Minnie Mouse Takes Over Tokyo Disneyland for ‘Very Very Minnie!’ Event in 2020

07.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

The all-new Minnie’s Style Studio is set to open in Tokyo Disneyland on April 15, 2020 as a character greeting location where you can meet the Disney cast. In the run up to its opening, Minnie Mouse is hosting a 70-day kawaii-packed event entitled “Very Very Minnie!” which will run at the park from January 10 to March 19 next year.

There’s so much to look forward to at the event. The “It’s Very Minnie!” show will take place at the Showbase amphitheatre where Minnie and her fellow Disney comrades will look back at past events and dress up in various costumes they’ve worn up to now, along with music, serving lots of different styles such as Latin, romance and club. For the finale, the Disney characters will step out in all-new costumes inspired by Minnie. They will also dance along to a new theme song.

 

There will be a mini parade titled “Very Minnie Remix” packed full of Minnie references. The parade will make a stop in 6 areas around the park, with the characters and cast dressed in new costumes, inviting guests into the world of Minnie Mouse. Depending on the day you see the parade and what location from, you can expect to see something different every time, meaning you can enjoy the parade multiple times.

There will of course be plenty of cute Minnie-themed food and merchandise to enjoy too. Merch will feature Minnie’s iconic polka dot design.

Special Set – ¥990 @ Huey, Dewey and Louie’s Good Time Cafe

Sparkling Tapioca Drink (Strawberry Yogurt) – ¥450 @ Huey, Dewey and Louie’s Good Time Cafe

Minnie has a cute line-up for food and drink across various cafes and restaurants in the park. The “Mickey Mouse Pizza” now on sale at the Huey, Dewey and Louie’s Good Time Cafe will be transformed into a Minnie Mouse Pizza for a limited time. There’s also the tapioca drinks, filled with tapioca pearls so it looks like Minnie’s polka dots.

Special Set – ¥2,800 @ Eastside Cafe

Blue Bayou Course – ¥5,200 @ Blue Bayou Restaurant

Eastside Cafe is also getting in on the action, serving up a cute pasta dish with pink sauce and a ribbon, as is the Blue Bayou Restaurant where you can dine on a Minnie Mouse-inspired course.

The park will be decorated in all things “Very Very Minnie!” and they will change throughout the duration of the event. Be sure to find all the photo spots too for Minnie, Mickey, Donald and Goofy too.。

 

Enter the dreamy world of Minnie Mouse next year with “Very Very Minnie!”

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  • Dress Up in Tokyo Disneyland’s Spooky Outfits and Enjoy Disney Halloween 2019

    22.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    It’s only been a week since Halloween begun at Tokyo Disney Resort, and already guests are loving it. “Ghosts” are in the spotlight this year at Tokyo Disneyland, and they are serving up a spooky and ghostly time this year all the way up to October 31.

     

    Tokyo Disneyland Halloween Gear

    Since it’s Halloween, and you’ve made the effort to travel to Tokyo Disneyland, why not dress up too with one of the park’s many pieces of Halloween costume items?

    Mickey Mouse Ear Hat – ¥2,000

    The classic Mickey Mouse ear hat has taken on a Halloween theme for the event, wrapped in ripped bandages and spiderweb.

    Poncho – ¥3,900 (Sizes S~LL) *Kid’s size is ¥3,300

    Mickey has also turned into a white ghost but it doesn’t seem too spooky―friendly, actually―as he enjoys his drink and churro for the design of this poncho. It seems like he just wants to get in on the fun too.

    Cap – ¥2,800 / Parker – ¥4,900

    Transform into a black cat too with one of the many clothing items too, serving a completely different aura to the ear hats.

     

    Spooky Boo! Parade

    Once you’re all dressed up, it’s time to go and watch the Spooky Boo! Parade where the Disney cast and an army of ghosts invite guests into the Halloween festivities. Multiple stories will take place across the parade at once, so no matter which part of the parade you are watching, there’ll be plenty to enjoy. The parade takes place twice a day.

     

    Decorations

    Be sure to check out the decorations in front of Cinderella’s Castle while watching the parade, featuring the Disney cast dressed in their Halloween costumes.

    You’ll find ghosts hidden all around the park. Be on the lookout and see how many you can spot!

     

    Special Menu

    Wipe away your fatigue from walking around the park with one of the many special Halloween items on the menu at restaurants and cafes across Tokyo Disneyland.

    Popcorn Soda & Doughnut – ¥600 @ Boiler Room Bites and elsewhere

    The scrumptious popcorn coupled with the pumpkin flavoured doughnut make for a delightfully delicious combination. This is sure to whet your appetite right away.

    Short Rib Cone – ¥500 @ The Gazebo

    The cone is filled with ashed purple sweet potato and, short rib, and cheese sauce. A perfect little bite to walk around and eat while in the park when you’re feeling peckish.

    Special Set – ¥1,050 @ Sweetheart Cafe

    Arriving with a cute Jack Skellington bun is this potato salad and tomato beef-filled burger. When you unwrap the packaging and place the burger on top like in the photo, it looks like Sally is gazing lovingly at Jack♡

     

    Nighttime Decorations

    When night falls, Main Street at World Bazaar will light up with projecting mapping and Halloween music will play, creating an exciting Halloween nighttime experience. Fireworks will also launch into the night sky and be Halloween-themed too.

     

    Join the ghosts this year at Tokyo Disneyland for an exciting Halloween Party!

  • Jump Into the World Of Pixar with Tokyo DisneySea’s Pixar Playtime Event Coming Winter 2020

    05.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Tokyo DisneySea has announced that it will hold a special event next year titled “Pixar Playtime” from January 10 to March 19. The event will plunge guests into the world of Disney•Pixar animated films.

    The exciting “Pixar Playtime Pals” stage show is returning again for Pixar Playtime 2020. Guests will be invited to join in with familiar faces from the Pixar character cast for the show, which will take place at Mediterranean Harbor. Bo Peep from Toy Story 4 will make her first-ever appearance. At the end of the show, an entire band of characters will take to the stage for a grand finale with colourful balloons and decorations.

    Head over to American Waterfront to catch the one and only Lightning McQueen from the Cars film series who will be rolling his way to greet the crowd. Guests are encouraged to join in with the Lightning McQueen Victory Lap where they will parade around the New York area along to jubilant music.

    There will also be a Ratatouille stall where you can have fun cooking together with Remy.

    Special Set – ¥1,980 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant

    Horizon Bay Restaurant is serving up around 20 exciting dishes based on the Pixar cast, including an ocean-themed hamburger inspired by Finding Nemo and a roll cake based on the lovable Dory.

    Special Set – ¥1,980 @ Vulcania Restaurant

    If you love Monsters Inc., then you’ll want to dine at Vulcania Restaurant where you can get your teeth into a custard-filled Mike Wazowski steamed bun.

    Lots-o’-Cookie Sandwiches – ¥400 Each @ Liberty Landing Diner

    There are countless Pixar-inspired foods, drinks and desserts to look forward to at this year’s Pixar Playtime, and that includes plenty of never before seen options.

    Scattered around all areas of the park you will find instantly-recognisable Disney•Pixar decorations, including the iconic Pixar Ball, as well as photo spots based on the Finding NemoThe Incredibles and Coco film series’.

    Decorations Forky from Toy Story 4 will also be making an appearance around the park.

    If it’s merchandise you want, you have over 100 items to choose from, such as the Pixar ball-themed smartphone case, headband and jumper; the Lightning McQueen Victory Lap series including the plush toy, flag, sun visor and more; and plenty of other exciting goodies.

     

    Disney Hotels will will be offering special Tokyo Disney Resort® Vacation Packages which includes accommodation and access to the Pixar Playtime shows and food menus. There will also be lots of special events taking place as part of the festival, including at Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta and up and down the Disney Resort Line.

  • Disney Ambassador®️ Hotel Now Serving Adorable Cake & Drink For Halloween

    26.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Disney Halloween 2019 is in full force at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea where “ghosts” are this year’s theme. The spooky festivities are set to continue until October 31.

     

    Disney Ambassador®️ Hotel is also getting in on the Halloween action, with a bone-chilling food and drinks line-up at the Hyperion Lounge.

    Disney Halloween Cake Set – ¥1,700 (Available until October 31, 2019)

    The eye-catching blueberry mont blanc is served with either tea or coffee. The sweet and sourness of the blueberry combined with the cream cheese is spot on.

    It’s also filled with blueberry jam for even more of a blueberry kick. Mix together with the powdered mango for extra flavour.

     

    This cake set is serve from 12:00-22:00, but there is a limited number of servings per day so be sure to get in there quick!

    Disney Halloween Special Drink – ¥1,300 (Available until October 31, 2019)

    The Instagram-worthy drink is serving autumn vibes with its chestnut syrup and orange colour. It’s also topped with whipped cream and a cute chocolate bat. The drink has a refreshing mix of range juice and grape juice which balance deliciously with the purple sweet potato whipped cream and sweet syrup. There’s also grape jelly hidden underneath the cream.

    This is also served from 12:00-22:00, and gets you an original coaster. These are limited in availability.

     

    ©️Disney

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  • Disney Japan to Release New Year’s Themed Merchandise This Holiday Season

    30.November.2020 | FASHION

    Walt Disney Japan has announced the release of a new collection of merchandise to celebrate the New Year which will hit Disney Japan stores on December 1, 2020. Pre-sales items will also open at select stores and on ShopDisney on November 27.

     

    The line-up includes a selection of traditional Japanese New Year decorations and more, all with Disney motifs, like daruma dolls, kadomatsu pine decorations, and more.

    <Daruma Plush Toy Sets> Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse or Chip & Dale – ¥2,750 Each | <Mascot Figure> Donald Duck – ¥2,750 | Shimekazari – ¥2,860 | Kadomatsu – ¥1,980 (All Before Tax)

    Welcome the year with good fortune with the red and white Mickey and Minnie or Chip & Dale daruma dolls. They are sure to brighten up any house entrance or room.

    Winnie the Pooh Plush (Large) ¥3,300 | Roo or Piglet – ¥1,760 | Eeyore – ¥1,980 (All Before Tax)

    The faces of the Hundred Acre Wood arrive dressed in cute cow outfits to represent the Year of the Ox in 2021. Each of them is holding a bottle of milk.

    Tsum Tsum Plush Toys  – ¥990 Each (Before Tax)

    Disney Japan is also releasing a collection of Tsum Tsum plush toys, each of which is also dressed in cow clothing.

    nuiMOs Kimono Plush Toy Set – ¥2,530 Each | Year of the Ox Costumes – ¥1,980 Each | UniBEARsity Plush Toy Costume – ¥3,630 (Before Tax)

    nuiMOs and UniBEARsity have created their own New Year’s plush toy outfits too in celebration of the Ox.

     

    ©Disney
    ©Disney. Based on the “Winnie the Pooh” works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.

  • Mickey & Friends Disney Christmas Cupcakes to be Released at Ginza Cozy Corner

    20.November.2020 | FOOD / MUSIC

    Japanese confectionery company Ginza Cozy Corner is teaming up with Disney once again to release a new Christmas collection of cupcakes on December 1.

     

    Colourful Disney treats for the holiday season

    This sweet seasonal collection is inspired by Mickey & Friends and contains nine unique cupcakes which depict the characters getting ready for their Christmas party.

    Disney Christmas Collection (Contains 9) | ¥2,500 (Before Tax)

    Cupcakes include a Santa-hat wearing, chocolate ganache-filled Mickey cream cheese cake, a strawberry jam-filled Minnie mousse cake, a lemon and mint cream-packed, Christmas decoration-adorned Donald tart, a banana and mint cream Pluto tart, an orange cream Goofy chocolate cake, and more.

    The cakes are packed in a special Disney Christmas box which is sure to catch the attention of sweet tooths this holiday season, perfect for stay-at-home Christmas parties.

  • Toy Story’s Little Green Men and Lots-o’ Get Turned Into Confections at Japanese Convenience Stores

    17.November.2020 | FOOD / MOVIE

    Bandai’s character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has revealed that its next batch of sweet treats will be inspired by the Little Green Men and Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear from the popular Pixar movie franchise Toy Story. The confections will hit 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan on November 21, 2020.

    Tabemas Toy Story | ¥258 Each (Before Tax)

    The lovable Little Green Men and Toy Story 3‘s main antagonist Lots-o have been fully recreated, down to the finest details, into delicious confections. The details are well crafted you can almost hear the aliens chanting “OOOOOH” in unison! The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.

    The Little Green Men are matcha flavoured while Lots-o is strawberry flavoured. Both contain Japanese bean paste, and neither use artificial colourings. Their colours comes from the original ingredients. Each sweet is also only 100kcal making is a perfect quick treat.

     

    ‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour.

     

    ©Disney/Pixar

  • Japan’s Pixar Bullet Train Project ‘GO! WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE with Pixar’ Announces New Merchandise

    13.November.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    The “GO! WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE with Pixar” project has announced its second batch of original merchandise. Let’s take a look at a sample of the line-up.

     

    About GO! WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE with PIXAR

    JR Kyushu signed a promotional license agreement with Walt Disney Japan to launch the “GO! WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE with PIXAR” project, which began on September 12, 2020, and sees select shinkansen bullet trains decorated in characters from Pixar’s animated filmography.

     

    Original Merchandise – Batch ②

    Pixar Torimon | ¥1,512 (Tax Included)

    The Hakata Tormin is a popular souvenir confection in Fukuoka Prefecture. This collection features exclusive Pixar packaging.

    Pixar Stainless Steel Bottle | ¥3,190 (Tax Included)


    Pixar Mobile Battery | ¥4,180 (Tax Included) *Available online only

    Two items which are must-haves when travelling are a drink bottle and a mobile battery. The Pixar stainless steel bottle holds 130ml and is perfect for keeping hot drinks during the autumn and winter season.

    minimaginationTOWN Toy Story Woody Set | ¥2,480 (Tax Included)


    minimaginationTOWN Toy Story Ducky & Bunny Set | ¥3,278 (Tax Included)

    Cute Pixar plush toys riding the Pixar bullet train. There’s also Buzz and Little Green Men designs!

    Pixar Arita Ware Plate (Up design) | ¥3,080 (Tax Included) *Available online only

    Little Green Men Hand Towel | ¥2,816 (Tax Included) *Available online only

    Two traditional Japanese items with an Arita ware plate inspired by Up as well as hand towels which are available in navy and brown.

     

    Original Merchandise – Batch ②

    Release Date: November 13, 2020
    Available: Kokura Souvenir Shop, Hakata Souvenir Shop at Hakata Station’s Hakata Entrance, Hakata Souvenir Shop Dates, Hakata Souvenir Shop at Hakata Station’s Shinkansen area, Oita Souvenir Shop, Kumamoto Souvenir Shop, Nagasaki Souvenir Shop, Kagoshima Souvenir Shop, Miyazaki Souvenir Shop, and elsewhere
    Online Shop: https://jrk-kyushutabi.shop/html/page2.html
    *Limited in stock so available while supplies last

     

    Instagram campaign to win more original merch

    ©Disney/Pixar

    Prize: Embroidered Pouch With Pin

    The WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE Instagram Campaign will run from November 16, 2020 to January 16, 2021 for a chance for 20 people to enter to win an embroidered pouch with a pin. All they need to do is follow the official Instagram page @wakuwakuadventure and post a photo related to the project with the Japanese hashtag #わくわくアドベンチャーキャンペーン.

     

    ©Disney/Pixar

  • Toy Story’s Lotso Gets Special Disney Bag and Blanket Collection by Maison de FLEUR

    01.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Japanese brand Maison de FLEUR launched a new collection of merchandise on Saturday (October 31) themed on Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear from Toy Story 3 as part of their Disney Collection.

     

    LOTSO Frilly Handle Tote Bag | ¥4,590 (Before Tax)

    LOTSO Round Pouch | ¥3,990 (Before Tax)

    LOTSO Blanket | ¥4,990 (Before Tax)

    The line-up includes a fluffy tote bag, pouch, and blanket each of which bears Lotso’s cute face. The items are made from boa fabric which is so soft you’ll just want to hug your Lotso. Perfect for the autumn and winter season.

    LOTSO Square Tote Bag | ¥4,290 (Before Tax)

    There’s also a square canvas tote bag which can is suitable for any season. Lotso’s embroidered face is looking very cheeky. The insides of all the bags and the pouch also have prints of the characters from Toy Story so you can take them with you wherever you go.

    This collection is a must-have for fans of Lotso and Toy Story.

  • Disney’s Fantasia Gets Sweets Collection by Tokyo Banana

    22.October.2020 | FOOD

    GRAPESTONE is releasing a new sweets collection at Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana, which is located in Tokyo Station, in collaboration with the Disney classic Fantasia. The confections will be released in limited quantities from October 30, 2020.

    © Disney Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana JR Tokyo Station

    Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana opened on the JR Line side of Tokyo Station in November of last year. The shop is a joint-collaboration with Tokyo Banana—the official souvenir sweet of Tokyo—and Disney. The shop sold over 100,000 products in the first week of its opening, and caught the attention of Disney fans on social media who described the shop and the packaging of their sweets as cute.

    Disney Fantasia Chocolate Sandwich (Contains 28) | ¥3,024 (Tax Included)

    The cute packaging features Mickey Mouse as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in the 1940 animated film Fantasia. The light and crunchy cat tongue cookies at filled with chocolate banana milk shake flavoured cream

     

    The confections serve as the perfect gift or souvenir from Japan to yourself or any fan of Disney.

     

    © Disney

  • Disney: Twisted-Wonderland Mobile Game Gets Themed Cafes in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya

    19.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    LEGS, INC. has announced that it will open three cafes themed on the mobile game Disney: Twisted-Wonderland at OH MY CAFE branches in Tokyo and Osaka on November 20 and in Nagoya on November 27.

    Disney: Twisted-Wonderland is a Japanese mobile game that was released on March 18, 2020. The concept, character designs, and scenario for the adventure rhythm game were conceived by Yana Toboso, the creator of the popular Black Butler manga series. The game is centred on the villains of Disney.

     

    The cafe’s theme places customers in the food hall of Night Raven College, the magic training school where the game is set. It will be adorned in decorations inspired by the game’s food hall, and coupled with that, the cafe will serve up food and drink that actually appear in the game. There’s also exclusive merchandise for players to get their hands on.

     

    The Menu

    There are four different lunches to pick from, all of which are low in salt content and so are a healthy option for wizards and witches flying into the cafe.

     

    Food

    <Lunch Option A>


    Deluxe Menchi Katsu Sandwich | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)

    The most popular item on the food hall’s menu is the non-fried menchi-katsu meat cutlet sandwich.

     

    <Lunch Option B>


    Salmon Cream Stew | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)

    A cream stew packed with salmon and vegetables and served with slices of baguette for dipping.

     

    <Lunch Option C>


    Tomato Base Squid Ink Pasta | | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)

    A colourful tomato-based veggie pasta in squid ink and served with fruity yoghurt.

     

    <Lunch Option D>


    Four Mushroom Risotto | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)

    A creamy, mild-flavoured risotto served with four different kinds of mushrooms.

     

    Drinks


    Character Drinks (7 Flavours) – Heartslabyul, Savanaclaw, Octavinelle, Scarabia, Pomefiore, Ignihyde, Diasomnia | ¥890 with coaster ¥1,790 (Before Tax)

    A selection of colourful tinted waters inspired by seven different characters seen in the game.

     

    Merchandise


    Superdeformed Series Art Example


    Pattern Series Art Example

    Magic-wielding players can get their hands on a selection of merchandise both at the cafes, and from November 20, via the OH MY CAFE STORE website. There are two different designs for the merch line-up as pictured above.

     

    Bonus Items

    Customers who book a table in advance (¥650 before tax per person) at the cafe will receive one of 22 possible lunch mats, and if they order a drink, one of 22 coasters.

    ©Disney

  • Tokyo’s Mickey Mouse Exhibition ‘THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND’ Previews 5 Japanese Artworks

    14.October.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    The Asahi Shimbun and Nippon TV are set to host an exhibition centred on Mickey Mouse at the MORI ARTS CENTER GALLERY in Roppongi, Tokyo, from October 30, 2020 to January 11, 2021, in celebration of 90 years since Mickey Mouse’s screen debut. The exhibition will showcase works shown at the Mickey: The True Original Exhibition held in New York in 2018-2019.

     

    Before the exhibition opens, five participating Japanese artists have each revealed their never-before-seen artworks which will be on display.

     

    The Tokyo exhibition will be a travel back through time, looking at Mickey Mouse from the past to the present. It will be split into three zones: “The Origin,” “The True Original,” and “Beyond.” The five artists showcasing their work early will be featured in the “Beyond” zone and include Tomoko Oshima, Kosuke Kawamura, Nana Soeda, Calligrapher MAMI, and WAKU. Below are their featured pieces along with their comments.

     

    Tomoko Oshima | Comment

    “What’s fascinating about Mickey Mouse is, for reasons I can’t begin to work out, how he became a part of each person’s life. I was raised in a household that banned cartoon characters, so it always felt like something unobtainable. Mickey Mouse is like a hero to all of us. He’s dazzling and radiant, a kind of being I can’t look directly in the face of. When working on my Mickey Mouse art [for the exhibition], my concept was to create a Mickey that’s special only to me, so I challenged myself to turning that Mickey Mouse that everyone feels happy looking at and loves into my usual art style.”

    Oheya (Bedroom), Tomoko Oshima

     

    Kosuke Kawamura | Comment

    “What I find fascinating about Mickey Mouse is that no matter how old I get, he always transports me away from the real world to a world of dreams. He’s an idol of mine. I even have my own collection of merchandise I’ve been collecting over the years. For the exhibition, I needed to creating something for the Beyond [zone], so I tried shaping Mickey Mouse from how I see him in my head. I’ve always made sure to balance my artwork in such a way that it can be seen in two ways. When you stand close, you can see the detailed composition, but when you step away, it looks different. This time around I gave myself a little challenge and made the silhouette of his face and hands using flowers. If you get close to it you’ll see that it’s made up of lots of flowers, but stand from afar and you’ll be able to see the facial expressions and his pointing figure. I’d like people to give both a go, so when you’ve looked at it up close then take a step back.”

    Untitled, Kosuke Kawamura

    Nana Soeda | Comment

    “I feel Mickey Mouse’s appeal from his long history and how he has changed overtime, so I tried to express these aspects in the piece I made. The theme for it is centred on Mickey Mouse in the future, so when I was thinking about what he might look like in the future, I looked to past [designs] and tried fixing them up. So in my piece there’s a trace of looking back at past Mickey Mouse while giving him an update. Creating those ‘futures’ made me feel like I was walking through my own past and processes. You can’t know exactly what’s to come in the future even for someone as internationally popular as Mickey Mouse. But by learning from past memories and mistakes, you can draw on those to create a future, don’t you think? That’s something I wanted to convey in this piece, and I did so by creating something that’s close to the Mickey Mouse of the past with both 2D and 3D surfaces. The Mickey Mouse I drew is the one of ages past that looks completely different to his appearance today. But those look at it might feel something newer about it than older. That, or they might feel uncomfortable seeing him in a way they’re not used to. I want people to take their time looking at both and feeling whatever they feel when they do.”

    LOVE, Nana Soeda

     

    Calligrapher MAMI | Comment

    “I’ve captured Mickey Mouse’s silhouette as its own kanji by using calligraphy. His appearance is iconic worldwide, and by making him recognisable through this common language, I’ve tried to create a new kanji, effectively breaking the language barrier of calligraphy, something which is difficult in itself to overcome for people. Another thing with calligraphy is that you can write the same piece hundreds of times which means it can be fine tuned over and over. I believe that overlaps with Mickey Mouse’s design as he has too has evolved for a hundred years. But by no means have his designs he just spring out of existence immediately. He has undergone trial and error through the times, and always shines bright. It’s because of everyone who will see my piece as this exhibition that I’ve been able to create something I can feel from the heart.”

    ZEN Mickey, Calligrapher MAMI

     

    WAKU | Comment

    “I think the appeal of Mickey Mouse lies in the fact that people around the world all remember him from their childhoods. We form memories during our childhoods, and ever I’ve been able to recognise those memories inside of me, Mickey Mouse was something that was always close to me. When I see three circles together, Mickey Mouse’s face comes into my mind. He might be the first internationally recognisable symbol. I felt that the affinity between symbolism and neon signs is very high. So for my piece, I incorporated the techniques used for traditional Japanese neon signboards, something which I see less of these days. I took that and created the three Mickey Mouse circles using light.”

    Untitled (Still Being Worked On), WAKU

  • Review: Tokyo Disneyland’s New Big Hero 6 Attraction and Minnie’s Style Studio

    28.September.2020 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Tokyo Disneyland® is set to open its all-new Beauty and the Beast area of the park tomorrow on September 28, 2020. It’s opening in line with the new Big Hero 6 attraction, Minnie Mouse area where guests can meet Minnie, and the park’s new popcorn shop.

     

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON was granted early access to the news areas, so here’s our review!

     

    Check out our review of the new Beauty and the Beast area too here: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/362152

     

    The Happy Ride with Baymax: The world’s first Big Hero 6 attraction

    The Happy Ride with Baymax ride has guests joining one of the personal healthcare companion robots on an exciting cart ride.

    The park is limiting the number of people allowed on the attraction at once due to the pandemic. To board the attraction, guests need to download the app after entering the park.

     

    Big Pop: Tokyo Disneyland’s first popcorn shop

    Tokyo Disneyland’s first permanent popcorn shop opens in Tomorrowland.

    This space-themed shop serves up a whole range of flavours like cookie cream, caramel and cheese, and strawberry milk. There’s also four different popcorn baskets to choose form, including Big Hero 6 and Beauty and the Beast designs.

     

    Minnie’s Style Studio: Meet Minnie Mouse

    This studio imagines Minnie Mouse as an international fashion designer who designs outfits, shoots photos, and more. Guests can meet Minnie Mouse at her studio if they book in advance.

     

    ©Disney

  • Review: Tokyo Disneyland’s New Beauty and the Beast Area

    27.September.2020 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Tokyo Disneyland® is set to open its all-new Beauty and the Beast area of the park tomorrow on September 28, 2020. It’s opening in line with the new Big Hero 6 attraction, Minnie Mouse area where guests can meet Minnie, and the park’s new popcorn shop.

     

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON was granted early access to the Beauty and the Beast area – here’s our review!

     

    Check out our review of the new Big Hero 6 attraction and Minnie’s Style Studio too here: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/362221

     

    The world of Beauty and the Beast brought to life

    The area connects Belle’s village to Beast’s castle by way of the forest. At the entrance to the village, guests will immediately spot the cottage of Maurine, Belle’s father and the vilage inventor. Beyond that is Gaston’s water fountain as well as a restaurant inspired by Gaston’s bar. There are also other shops that Belle visits in the film, such as the bookshop. It’s like stepping into the magical world itself.

    When you leave the village and head through the forest, you are met by the spectacle that is Beast’s castle, coloured in a cute pink. There’s a large-scale attraction inside called “Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast.”

     

    The Tokyo Disneyland-original attraction “Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast”

    The attraction, located inside the towering 30m-tall castle, features magical cups that guests board. The cups dance in rhythm to music from the film as they take guests through iconic moments seen in the Disney classic.

    There are many surprises and discoveries to be found inside the castle.

    The park is limiting the number of people allowed on the attraction at once due to the pandemic. To board the attraction, guests need to download the app after entering the park.

     

    Village shops based on the movie

    The Village Shops area features a line of shops inspired by those seen in Belle’s town, each of which sells various items from clothing to accessories and souvenirs.

    There are around 100 pieces of merchandise for fans to sift through.

    The shops are also carrying out measures against COVID-19, showcasing the items in a display only so they cannot be touched when entering the store. Guests must use the sign-up system on the app beforehand if they want to enter the shop.

     

    La Taverne de Gaston

    All the little details have been captured to recreate Gaston’s bar, making it like a snippet right out of the film.

    Big Bite Croissant

     

    Very Cheers

    Sweet Gaston

    The menu features a line-up dishes, drinks, and desserts, like sausage croissants with, French toasted cheese sandwiches, soft drinks made to look like beer, and more. The bar also requires booking on the app prior to visiting.

    Le Fou’s Churros (Apple Caramel)

    Le Fou’s is located next to La Taverne de Gaston where you can get your fingers on snacks like apple caramel churros.

    And don’t miss up on visiting the new popcorn wagon either which serves popcorn in a Beauty and the Beast bucket.

     

    The new Beauty and the Beast area is a must-visit for any fan of the film, or for people who want to feel like a Disney princess.

     

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  • Mickey Mouse Exhibition ‘THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND’ to be Held in Roppongi

    23.September.2020 | SPOT

    The Asahi Shimbun and Nippon TV are set to host an exhibition centred on Mickey Mouse at the MORI ARTS CENTER GALLERY in Roppongi, Tokyo, from October 30, 2020 to January 11, 2021, in celebration of 90 years since Mickey Mouse’s screen debut. The exhibition will showcase works shown at the Mickey: The True Original Exhibition held in New York in 2018-2019.

     

    Walt Disney’s concepts and ideas are formed around innovation, creativity, imagination, and storytelling. And one character who walked that journey with him and continues to this day is none other than the iconic Mickey Mouse, who since making his first appearance in Steamboat Willie in 1928, has gone on to be a symbol of the Walt Disney Company loved by people the world over.

    Mickey: The True Original Exhibition in New York

    The Mickey: The True Original Exhibition held in New York looked at how Mickey Mouse has influenced art and pop culture over the years, covering everything from Steamboat Willie which hailed as Walt Disney’s first black and white sound film to over 100 colour short animations, artwork, and more.

    Keiichi Tanaami – “Mickey’s Japan Tourism”

    Javier Sanchez Medina – “Studio for Mickey’s hands”

    The exhibition was ran from November 2018 to February 2019 and saw installations from over 20 international artists including New York-based artist Daniel Arsham and Los Angeles-based artist and graphic designer Brian Roettinger.

    Brian Roettinger – “(L)imitation of Sound”

    DRx – “3000% Mickey Be@r”

    The Tokyo exhibition will be a travel back through time, looking at Mickey Mouse from the past to the present. It will be split into three zones: “The Origin,” “The True Original,” and “Beyond.”

     

    The Beyond zone will welcome original artwork from five Japanese artists.

     

    Original Merchandise – Pin Badge

    Original Merchandise – Ballpoint Pen

    The exhibition’s museum shop will have exclusive Mickey Mouse merchandise for sale, as well as pre-sales on other items. See new official goods from works like Steamboat Willie and Fantasia as well as items designed by Japanese artists. It’s a chance to see Mickey in a variety of different ways.

    Free eco-bag

    Visitors to the exhibition will also receive one of four original eco-bags for free upon arrival.

  • Tangled Inspired Disney Princess Cake Revealed by Ginza Cozy Corner

    15.September.2020 | FOOD

    Ginza Cozy Corner has revealed its new Disney princess cake based on the 2010 animated film Tangled which will be available to order at all branches in Japan from October 1, 2020.

    Tangled Dress Cake | ¥3,500 (Before Tax)

    The cake is centred on the golden-lock beauty Rapunzel, with her dress as the foundation for the cake. The cake is made with cream chess, strawberry jam, and blueberries, while Rapunzel’s iconic hair is lemon flavoured.

    Decorate the cake yourself

    The cake comes with the parts for you to decorate yourself. This adds a whole new level of fun to parties!

    Exclusive Rapunzel design box

    This cake was actually sold earlier this year during the Hinamatsuri festival in Japan, with all 1,000 cakes being sold out. It is now returning on October 1 and is made-to-order only.

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