5 Must-Visit Spots in Kyoto For Autumn Scenery: Floor Reflections to Flowery Temple Water Basins
10.November.2019 | SPOT
Kyoto’s autumn hues have enchanted travellers, tourists and locals alike for untold years. Today, we are joined by Macchan, an Instagrammer who has provided us with their incredible photographs of Kyoto’s breathtaking autumnal scenery. Take note of these locations for your next trip!
Wachu-an, Notre Dame Jogakuin Junior and Senior High School
Wachu-an is a merchant and heritage home with a long history dating back to the early days of the Showa Period (1926–1989). It’s normally off-limits to the public, but opens during autumntime for everyone to visit. This year, it will be open from November 22 to December 1.
Trickling away in the large gardens is a small river, and enveloped in the gorgeous greenery connected to a passage on the slant of the foothill is the reception hall and a western-style house. When autumn rolls around, visitors enjoy the beautifully polished veranda of the Japanese-style room together with the floor of the western-style building which reflects the surrounding sights beautifully.
Wachu-an, Notre Dame Jogakuin Junior and Senior High School
Autumn Opening: November 22, 2019 – December 1, 2019
Address: 110 Shishigatani Sakuradanicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
Price: ¥600 (Discount for groups of 15+) / Free for junior high school students and younger
① 9 minutes on foot from the “Shinnyodomae” or “Kinrin Shako Mae” bus stops via the Kyoto City Bus 5 from Kyoto Station
② 7 minutes on foot from “Miyanomaecho” bus stop via the Kyoto City Bus 100 from Kyoto Station
③ 9 minutes on foot from the “Shinnyodomae” or “Kinrin Shako Mae” bus stops via the Kyoto City Bus 93 or 204 from Jingū-Marutamachi Station (Keihan Electric Railway)
④ 5 minutes on foot from the “Kami Miyanomaecho” bus stop via the Kyoto City Bus 32 from Kyoto-kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Railway)
⑤ 9 minutes on foot from the “Shinnyodomae” or “Kinrin Shako Mae” bus stops via the Kyoto City Bus 203 from Kyoto-kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Railway)
Yanagidani Kannon, also known as Yokokuji Temple, is holding the event “Yanagidani Kannon Autumn Colours Week” from November 2 to December 1. It includes special access to the Joshoin which is normally closed to the public, workshops, flower decorations at the temple’s purifying water basin, and more.
Enjoy the beautiful natural landscape surrounding the temple, dyed in the red and yellow hues of autumn. For more details on this event, click here.
Yanagidani Kannon Autumn Colours Week
Running: November 2, 2019 – December 1, 2019
Time: 9:00-16:00 (Joshoin open 10:00-15:00)
Location: Yanagidani Kannon, Yokokuji Temple (Dōnotani-2 Jōdodani, Nagaokakyo, Kyoto)
Entry Price: ¥300
Full Ticket: ¥1,100→¥1,100 (Includes entry to multiple areas)
Access: 15 minutes by taxi from Nagaokakyo Station (JR Line) / 10 minutes by taxi from Nishiyama Tennozan Station
Official Website: http://yanagidani.jp/
Shinnyo-dō Temple (Shinshōgokuraku-ji)
Shinnyo-dō Temple is a famous sightseeing spot during autumn as tourists and locals flock to see autumn fall around the ancient structure. From mid-November, the maple and ginkgo trees blossom from their beautiful buds along the stone path leading up to the temple.
The three-storied pagoda is a sight to behold during this time of the year, as is the carpet of fallen leaves behind the main temple which symbolises the curtain call of autumn. On average, the autumn foliage can be observed until early December here every year.
Shinnyo-dō Temple (Shinshōgokuraku-ji)
Address: 82 Jōdoji Shinnyochō, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Opening Hours: 9:00-16:00 (Reception open until 15:45)
*Restricted access to the garden and Shoin on November 10 and December 8
Price: ¥1,000 (¥900 for elementary school children, free for those younger)
①Take the Kyoto City Bus 5, 17 or 100 bound for Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺行き) from Kyoto Station and alight at Kinrin Shako Mae from which it is an 8 minute walk
Official Website: https://shin-nyo-do.jp/
This quiet little mountain temple sits tucked away halfway up the mountain known as Koshioyama. The temple as it is today was restored in the Edo Period. It’s a popular hiking spot amongst travellers as it offers a panoramic view of the Kyoto Basin (京都盆地), but it also attracts a lot of visitors during the autumn season.
The reflection of the autumn foliage from the water is nothing short of breathtaking. The hike up is tiring, but worth it, so if you’ve the stamina we highly recommend putting this one on your list. You won’t be disappointed.
Address: 1639 Ōharano Ishizukurichō, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Donation Fee: ¥200
①Take the Hankyu Bus 65 from Mukōmachi Station (JR Tōkaidō Main Line) or Higashi-Mukō Station (Hankyu Railway) and get off at the last stop, Minamikasugacho (南春日町), after about 25 minutes. It’s then a 60-70 minute walk from there.
②Board the Keihan Kyoto Bus at the East Exit of Katsura Station that is bound for Oharano & Nagamine (大原野・長峰). Get off at the last stop, Nagamine, and it’s a 50-60 minute walk.
Byodoin Temple, listed as a World Heritage Site, is also a popular spot in the fall. You can take some spectacular photos of the temple from across the lake. The height of the autumn foliage this year is late November to early December.
There is more information on the foliage dates on the official website, so be sure to check it out before visiting at the link below.
Address: Renge-116 Uji, Kyoto
Price: General ¥600 / Junior High School Students ¥400 / Elementary School Students ¥300 (*Includes garden and Byodoin Museum access)
①10 minutes on foot from Uji Station via the JR Nara Line from Kyoto Station
②10 minutes on foot from Uji Station via the Keihan Main Line from Gion-Shijo Station
Foliage Info: https://www.byodoin.or.jp/flower/
Official Website: https://www.byodoin.or.jp/
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teamLab: Digitized Fukuoka Castle Ruins to Take Place in 2019-2020
07.November.2019 | SPOT
teamLab has announced a new digital art event entitled “teamLab: Digitized Fukuoka Castle Ruins” which will bring interactive digital art to Fukuoka Castle from November 29 to February 2.
Breathing Resonating Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Ruins, teamLab, 2017, Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Construction of Fukuoka Castle began in 1601 and took place over the course of 7 years. The historical landmark is lined with hundreds of meters of stone walls, which has led the castle to be nicknamed Stone Castle.
Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Tower Ruins, teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
The exhibition is a part of teamLab’s Digitized City art project, the concept of which is that non-material digital technology can turn a city into art without physically altering it.
The castle’s enormous span of 20,000 square meters will be decorated with interactive digital art that reacts to people’s presence.
Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as Well in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Tower Ruins, teamLab, 2019, Digital Installation, 4 min 20 sec (loop), Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Sketch Kuroda Kanbei, teamLab, 2019, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi, Kenta Matsukuma, Jun Tanaka (Big Cats Creatives)
7 installations will make up the exhibition, including 4 new ones such as Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as Well in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Tower Ruins, where three-legged crowds from Japanese mythology known as Yatagarasu are rendered in light and fly across the castle walls, and Sketch Kuroda Kanbei, where people can draw Kuro Kanbei and historical figures and see them come to life.
teamLab: Digitized Fukuoka Castle Ruins 2019-2020
Running: November 29, 2019 – February 2, 2020 (No planned holidays)
Time: 18:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:30) *Open until 1:00am the following day on December 31
Location: Maizuku Park, Fukuoka Castle (Jonai, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka)
Tickets: Available on Ticket Pia, 7-Eleven, and directly at Fukuoka Castle
①8 minutes on foot from Akasaka Station or Ōhorikōen Station via the Kūkō Line (Fukuoka City Subway)
②5-8 minutes on foot from the “Fukuoka-jo Korokan-mae”, “Fukuoka-shi Bijutsukan Higashi-guchi” or “Otemon & Heiwadai Rikujo Kyogijo-iriguchi” bus stops, or 10 minutes on foot from “Akasaka 3-Chome” bus stop via the Nishitetsu bus
Official Website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/fukuoka-castle/
*Please note that there are stairs and areas with different height levels as well as unpaved areas, and so there may be areas which are difficult to access for those with wheelchairs, a physical disability, pushchairs, and so on
*Drunk attendees, attendees who cause disruption for others and so on will be ejected from the premises
*The exhibition will be cancelled on the day in the case of severely bad weather
Chat and Eat Japanese Sweets With a Real Maiko at Hoshinoya Kyoto
Hoshinoya Kyotoーa Japanese inn in Arashiyama where all rooms offer a river viewーhas announced a new event titled “Maiko Salon” which will run next year from February 4 to March 4 which offers female guests the chance to chat with a maiko (an apprentice geisha).
Maiko Salon is a women-only get-together that offers female guests to chat casually with a real maiko. The clothes that a maiko wears, including the kanzashi ornate hairpin, kimono, obi sash, obidome sash clip, okobo footwearーeverything, from head to toeーis carefully crafted by an expert artisan. This is why maiko have been called “walking pieces of traditional craftsmanship.” At the Maiko Salon, you have the opportunity to wear such craft made in Kyoto and enjoy a sophisticated womanly party.
For example, the table runners are made with Nishijin-ori, a type of fabric made in Kyoto’s district of Nishijin that has a history spanning over 1,000 years. The walls will also be decorated with obi cloth art panels with Maiko motifs.
Learn all about the Hanamachi geisha district through womanly conversation
Being entertained by geisha, known in Japanese as Ozashiki Asobi, is associated with maiko and geisha serving and entertaining men, and as being very private and inaccessible without being introduced by someone else. But since 2018, Hoshinoya Kyoto has been holding this women-only occasion for women to learn more about the culture in a casual environment. It’s a chance to learn more about maiko and their lifestyle through womanly topics like skincare, makeup and so on. There will also be a dance performance, after which attendees can ask about the practises of a maiko, what they think of their work, and so on.
Edible Kanzashi Ornate Hairpins
An original Japanese confection made to look like kanzashi ornate hairpins has been whipped up in 5 flavours by Kameya Yoshinaga, a long-standing Japanese confectionery maker which first opened almost 200 years ago. Enjoy together with sparkling wine during your time with the maiko.
Running: February 4, 2020 – March 4, 2020 (Not running on select days)
Bookings: Not required
Location: Salon & Bar Kura (Hoshinoya Kyoto)
Time: 16:00-17:00 (Maiko dance held twice daily)
Includes: Conversation with maiko, maiko performance, Japanese confection, sparkling wine
For: Guests at Hoshinoya Kyoto only (Men can also participate)
Notes: Times and days subject to change on certain days. The confections are also subject to change.
Hoshinoya Kyoto Official Website: https://hoshinoya.com/en/
4 Best Winter Illumination Events in Japan | 2019 Edition
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.
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
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.
Hamtaro Cafe 2020 to Open in Tokyo, Saitama, and Osaka
LEGS COMPANY has announced that it will open three cafes based on the popular Japanese character Hamtaro in Tokyo and Saitama on July 30 and Osaka on July 31.
Hamtaro is a manga and storybook series created and illustrated by Ritsuko Kawai. The series began serialisation in 1997 and an anime adaptation first broadcast back in 2000. More than 20 years later, Hamtaro continues to enjoy much popularity in Japan.
Hamtaro Cafe 2020 will be themed around sunflowers and the sea, and will serve up a fun experience perfect for the hot summer. The Ham-Hams have come out of their Clubhouse to pay a visit to the seaside and enjoy the sun. There will be sunflower and ocean themed food, drinks, and desserts for everyone to munch on.
Yakisoba On Beach Hut Sunflower Bread: ¥1,499
A plate of yakisoba and egg arranged to look like a sunflower, with Hamtaro sat right in the middle.
Cone Cappy Hide and Seek Ice Cream Parfait: ¥1,399
Cappy is wearing a cone on his head and is hiding amongst the ice cream, chocolate banana, and fresh mint.
Ham Ham Glass Drinks: Drink Only – ¥789 Each / With Glass – ¥1,789 Each
There are two drinks to choose from: the orange flavoured Hamtaro and the yogurt flavoured Bijou.
Vinyl Pouch: ¥1,300
Mascot Keyring Hamtaro: ¥1,550
The cafe will also sell a range of exclusive merchandise too, which is scheduled to be available for online purchase as well in Japan.
Ham-Ham Fans (14 Designs)
Original Coasters (15 Designs)
Those who dine at the cafe will receive a free Ham-Ham fan, and if you order a drink you’ll get a coaster too.
©Ritsuko Kawai / Shogakukan
Hamtaro Cafe 2020
Booking Price: ¥500 (4 people max per booking) *Comes with free gift
Tokyo: TOKYO BOX cafe&space / July 30, 2020 – September 6, 2020
(Address: Tokyo Solamachi Floor 1F East Yard 8, Tokyo Skytree Town, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)
Saitama: BOX cafe&space / July 30, 2020 – September 27, 2020
(Address: AEON Laketown kaze Lake Town Gate 1F, 4-2-2 Koshigaya, Saitama)
Osaka: Shinsaibashi contact / July 31, 2020 – August 16, 2020
(Address: 1-6-24 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture)
Official Website: https://hamutarocafe.sho.jp/
Tell the Time With the Kawaii New Hello Kitty KAORU Wristwatches
05.July.2020 | FASHION
Japanese watchmakers MARUZEKI released a new collection of Hello Kitty wristwatches as part of their KAORU model series on June 27, 2020.
KAORU x Hello Kitty Sweets Collaboration: ¥4,180 (Tax Included)
MARUZEKI’s “KAORU” watches are inspired by aromatherapy, implementing a world-first concept that lets the wearer enjoy their favourite fragrances on the go. Designed and created with Japan’s state-of-the-art materials and technology, the Hello Kitty collection of 3 watches come with vanilla, strawberry, and coconut scents.
The ‘Vanilla White’ fragrance is like a waft of sweet candy. It’s a popular scent seen in products, and uses a mix of aroma oils and perfumes to create the uplifting fragrance. The watch face has an illustration of Hello Kitty enjoying a cup of tea.
‘Strawberry Pink’ is inspired by strawberry milk and strawberry shakes. They recommend this one if you’re wanting a change of pace. This clock face has Hello Kitty enjoying some apple pie and talking on the phone.
‘Coconut Mint Green’ is a relaxing blend of coconut and passion fruit. Hello Kitty is dressed adorably as a mother making an apple pie for this design.
The watches are packaged in special boxes with a cute pop-up Hello Kitty inside like that of a picture book. This itself serves as kawaii decoration, and makes for a great gift to someone (or yourself!)
Witness 10,000 Sunflowers Bloomed in the Fields of Yokosuka Soleil Hill in Kanagawa
05.July.2020 | SPOT
The sunflower season is set to bloom on Soleil Hill, a park in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, from mid July to late August where approximately 10,000 bright yellow sunflowers will shine across the 5,000㎡ rolling expanse. And it’s free to enter.
Yokosuka Soleil Hill
Soleil Hill is a slightly elevated mass spanning 24.6 hectares which faces Sagami Bay in the Miura Peninsula. It’s a comprehensive park home to the Miura Peninsula farm as well as a host of hands-on activities. For example, you can experience picking the vegetables planted there, make your own bread, craft your own crafts, and more. You can also come into contact with various animals such as capybara and alpaca, go go-karting, sledding, and more.
Soleil Hill’s Sunflowers
Mid July to late August is the best time to see Soleil Hill’s sunflowers as this is when they are in full bloom. This period can change however depending on the weather. The spectacle of the beaming yellow flowers beneath the blue summer sky attracts over 130,000 visitors every year, making is a popular sightseeing spot. On a good day when the weather is clear, you can even see Mount Fuji and Sagami Bay.
The park has an atmosphere and aesthetic similar to Provence in southeastern France with its array of terracotta and brick buildings. In fact, the word “soleil” means “sun” in French, making it a fitting name for the sunflower fields of Soleil Hill. As well as there being plenty of photo opportunities there this year, the park will also be holding a stamp rally. Collect all of the stamps around the park and receive a prize. They even have sunflower-inspired food too.
Yokosuka Soleil Hill
Address: 4 Chome Nagai, Yokosuka, Kanagawa
Official Website: http://www.seibu-la.co.jp/soleil/
Chocolate-Piled Shaved Ice & Other Summer Season Delights at BEL AMER Kyoto Villa
Kyoto-based chocolate bar BEL AMER Kyoto Villa is serving up the perfect line of new chocolatey bites for summer 2020.
The entire line-up is a delight to look at, from a mountain of chocolate piled on top of shaved ice, a summertime mango and melon dessert, and more.
Chocolate Noir Shaved Ice x Matcha: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Shaved ice is the quintessential summertime dessert in Japan, and since this one is being served at a shop specialising in chocolate, what better way to serve it than drizzled in a mountain of the stuff? The shaved ice is covered in rich chocolate cream and chocolate sauce and is topped with chocolate nibs. It’s also served with a side of matcha sauce which you can pour over yourself, creating a delicious harmony of flavours.
Mille-Feuille au Chocolat Exotic With 196℃ Chocolate Ice Cream: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
This summertime dessert is made with lots of mango and melon. In the centre of it all is even more mango, as well as pineapple and coconuts, for a flavourful layered experience. Served on the side is ice cream made from BEL AMER Kyoto Villa’s own original couverture chocolate.
Summer Pavlova: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
This piece of art of a dessert is a must for lovers of matcha and melon. It’s made from fluffy meringue topped with white chocolate, matcha mousse, and chocolate cream, which itself is then topped with refreshing melon and grapes for a refreshing kick.
Chocolate Croquette Sandwich: ¥990 (Tax Included)
BEL AMER Kyoto Villa is also serving up a very unique dish indeed which mixes together chocolate and croquette—a flavour that actually works, combining sweetness and bitterness. The croquette is made from potatoes. The brioche sandwich also contains cheese and bacon.
These are just some of the delights on show at BEL AMER Kyoto Villa this summer. If ever you’re in Kyoto, be sure to stop by, especially in the summer.
BEL AMER Kyoto Villa Bettei Sanjo
Address: 66 Sanjodori Sakaimachi Higashi Iru Kitagawa Masuyacho, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto
Official Website: https://www.belamer-kyoto.jp
3 Gourmet Cheesecakes From Popular Cheesecake Shops in Japan
The cheesecake—a popular dessert with a flavour that is both rich and refreshing. The number of shops in Japan specialising in cheesecakes has been on the rise recently, all of whom are baking up their own unique versions. Here are three summertime cheesecakes available online in Japan from three popular cheesecake shops.
This summer, Mr. CHEESECAKE has whipped up a seasonal “Hirami Lemon” flavoured cheesecake which they are selling in limited quantities via their official LINE account from July 12 to 19. The cheesecake is packaged in a special box featuring an illustration of the summertime ocean.
Made with refreshing hirami lemons, the cheesecake has a sour and slightly bitter kick to it. By combining Japanese sansho pepper and olive oil, the sourness of the hirami lemon is elevate to new heights. Mint is also added to up the refreshing flavour, and salt from Okinawa heightens the sweetness of the cheesecake.
Mr. CHEESECAKE hirami lemon
Price: ¥5,400 (Tax Included)
Official Website: https://mr-cheesecake.com/
Neko Neko Cheesecake
Neko Neko Cheesecake, a cheesecake shop which opened in Tokyo in May, serves cat-shaped cheesecakes. This summer-only cheesecake is made using setonai lemons. It was released on Friday and will be sold in limited quantities only.
The cheesecake has lemon jelly in the middle and is topped with sliced lemons grown in the Seto Inland Sea area that are baked together with the cake. It’s finished with a smear of lemon jam and cream, making for a real summertime treat.
Neko Neko Cheesecake ~Setonai Lemon~
Release Date: July 1, 2020
Price: Single ¥3,800 / Lemon & Plan ¥5,980
Online Store: https://hbantique.official.ec
Release Date: July 3, 2020
Price: Single ¥2,200
Available: Neko Neko Cheesecake in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo
Confectionery shop LeTAO has released their popular “Melon Double” cheesecake again this summer.
A popular cheesecake released every year by LeTAO, the Melon DOuble is a sweet baked cheesecake made with individual layers of melon puree and mascarpone cream cheese. The refreshing sweetness of the melon goes hand in hand with the cheese.
Melon Double ~Hokkaido Melon~
Price: ¥1,728 (Tax Included) *Shipping fee ¥890
Available: Until August 31, 2020
Product Details: https://shop.letao.jp/item/F695.html
Tokyo National Museum Now Showing ‘Secrets of Screen Paintings’ Exhibition in its VR Theater
TNM & TOPPAN Museum Theater—a theatre set up by Tokyo National Museum, The National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties, and Toppan Printing where visitors can experience cultural assets in virtual reality—had to temporarily closed due to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, they their Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn exhibition can finally go ahead in the VR experience which will run from July 1 to October 4.
Additionally, Tokyo National Museum will display Japan’s painting and cultural property Wind God and Thunder God in Room 7 of the main building from July 21 to August 10.
The Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn online exhibition speaks for itself: it is a VR recreation that looks into the secrets behind two screen paintings and cultural properties—Wind God and Thunder God by Ogata Kōrin and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn by Sakai Hōitsu.
VR “Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn”
There’s something hidden behind Kōrin’s byōbu screen painting Wind God and Thunder God. Incredibly, it’s Hōitsu’s masterpiece Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn. Kōrin’s screen painting belonged to Hōitsu’s family. Hōitsu long admired Kōrin and considered him his mentor.
The exhibition will dive into this secret story behind Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn, the famous painting of rain-drenched and wind-battered flowers.
The ancient paintings brought to life
The two folding screen paintings have been separated and safely stored since 1974 to ensure their preservation. The VR experience recreates the paintings’ original back-to-back form.
Understand the secrets
Wind God and Thunder God was painted on the front of the folding screen while Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn was painted on the back. By looking at both, we uncover the deeper story behind these ancient paintings.
See the folding screens in the right light
Thanks to VR technology, the folding screens can be made bigger to look at all of the little details and in the right light.
Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn
Location: TNM & TOPPAN Museum Theater (Tokyo National Museum Floor B1F)
Running: July 1, 2020 – October 4, 2020
Times: [Wed-Sun/National Holidays] 11:00/12:00/13:30/15:00/16:00
* Running time: about 35 min.
* All visitors must make an online reservation to the museum.
* Screening times are subject to change.
* Admission starts 5 minutes prior to screening.
* You may not enter/exit mid-way through the program.
* Please purchace tickets ahead of screening time. (Tickets are sold on the day only.)
Official Website: http://www.toppan-vr.jp/mt/en/showing/
Miffy Creator Dick Bruna Gets Themed Wine Bar ‘Dick Bruna TABLE’ in Kobe
The new wine bar Dick Bruna TABLE is set to open in Kobe, Japan on July 17, 2020 at 11:00am (JST) where customers can enjoy various wines from around the world. Reservations are already open for both the bar and cafe tables, and if you book by July 16, you’ll get an original coaster.
Dick Bruna TABLE KOBE is themed around the popular children’s author and graphic designer Dick Bruna (1927-2017) who is known for his popular character Miffy. This will be the first bar of its kind centred on Bruna.
The bar has 4 floors which include a takeout counter, merchandise shop, cafe, wine bar, and event space. Dick Bruna TABLE will also be opening an online store for merchandise in the near future. It’s a must-visit for any fan of Miffy and Dick Bruna’s works.
Dick Bruna TABLE
Address: 3-1-1 Sannomiyacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe
[Weekdays] 11:00-15:00 (Last Orders 14:00) / 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
[Saturdays] 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
[Sundays/Public Holidays] 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: https://dickbrunatable.com/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s ‘Ninja Re Bang Bang Steve Aoki Remix’ Gets Picked Up in Playlists Worldwide
03.July.2020 | MUSIC
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s new release Ninja Re Bang Bang Steve Aoki Remix hit download and streaming services on June 25 (June 24 local time in Europe and the US). The track was released from twice Grammy nominated international celebrity DJ Steve Aoki’s label Dim Mak as well as the prominent label Smash the House which plays host to the Belgian dance music festival Tomorrowland.
This song is the first from a Japanese female artist to be released from these two international music labels. Right now, the track is enjoying much attention across major music streaming services, making it onto popular playlists including the ‘Tomorrowland Official Playlist’ which boasts 1.2 million followers, as well as ‘Friday Cratediggers’ which is a collection of weekly dance and electronic music picked up by producer, DJ, and remixer Bassboy. Kyary has also featured as the profile picture on Electropolis, which curates artists at the forefront of Japan’s dance music scene, and Kira Kira Pop Japan, which brings together pop numbers in Japan that are able to develop independently from ordinary pop music.
Moreover, the remix was released as part of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s collaboration with the Nintendo Switch™️ title Ninjala. As of June 30, Ninjala has already sold over 2 million copies. Future in-game collaborations are also set to be held with Kyary.
Spotify Playlist Links (Excerpt)
Ninja Re Bang Bang Steve Aoki Remix
Released: June 25, 2020
Distributed By: Japan: ASOBIMUSIC / USA: Dim Mak / Europe: Smash the House
Download/Stream Here: kppm.lnk.to/ninja
TV Anime Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition’s Opening Theme ‘Chiisana Hibi’ Music Video Released
Japanese rock band flumpool have released a music video for their song Chiisana Hibi (“Tiny Days”) taken from their newest album Real which hit shelves on May 20, 2020. The album was the band’s first in four years following EGG back in 2016.
Chiisana Hibi is used as the opening theme for the TV anime series Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition which finished airing last month.
flumpool vocalist Ryuta Yamamura wrote the lyrics about the little everyday things that bring us joy in our lives. The music video is shot with a monochrome filter which gives it the effect of liking like a story taken our of a movie.
fumpool – “Chiisana Hibi” Music Video
The digital version of band’s album not includes all 13-tracks on the album, but three of their singles from their last record EGG too including FREE YOUR MIND, Last Call, and Toutoi.
flumpoo’s 10th tour which was scheduled to begin this month to promote Real has had select dates postponed. A new tour schedule has been posted on their official website.
Released: May 5, 2020
First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD+Special Booklet+Postcards): ¥5,000 (Before Tax) [AZZS-106]
Regular Edition: ¥3,000 (Before Tax) [AZCS-1091]
flumpool 10th Tour「Real」: https://www.flumpool.jp/sp/fptour2020/
Japanese “hybrid” bookshop honto, which is co-managed by Junkudo and 2Dfacto, has used its online and physical book sales data to rank the top 10 manga series of the current 2020 summer anime roster. Their ranking was released on July 2.
Ito (PR, honto) | Comment
“The 2020 summer anime roster is about to start. With people staying at home right now, there is more opportunity to watch anime, so there must be a lot of people looking forward to the new series coming. So we are releasing our own ranking of manga and light novels from the anime series that are airing this summer. Let’s peruse series that are in the spotlight right now by dividing the ranking and the differences in age of people buying the books.”
*Data is based on the sales taken from the first half of 2020
The Top 3 Series
The slapstick love comedy Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Volume 4) by Take clocks in at number one. The series has sold over 1 million copies in Japan. The data shows that the series is most popular with people in their 30’s, who rate at 41.2% of the sales. Will they be watching the anime adaptation too?
In 2nd place is Fire Force (Volume 22) which is serialised in Weekly Shonen Magazine. This series is most popular with those in their 20’s. Season two of the anime series will premiere on July 5.
And in 3rd place is Sword Art Online (Volume 24), a series loved by fans the world over. This hugely popular series has sold over 20 million light novels, and is popular in all age groups, with the biggest percentage of sales going to those in their 40’s at 28.2%. The first season of the anime adaptation aired back in 2012. The second half of the War of Underworld will begin on July 11.
Full Top 10 List
1st Place: Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Volume 4)
2nd Place: Fire Force (Volume 22)
3rd Place: Sword Art Online (Volume 24)
4th Place: Kanojo, Okarishimasu (Volume 14)
5th Place: Baki Dou (Volume 5)
6th Place: Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World (Volume 22)
7th Place: Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater (Volume 6)
8th Place: My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Volume 14)
9th Place: Super HxEros (Volume 9)
10th Place: A Certain Scientific Railgun (Volume 15)
*According to honto
honto Official Website
Gourmet Shaved Ice Served Up at the New VERMICULAR PREMIUM SHAVED ICE SALON in Nagoya
03.July.2020 | FOOD
For this summer only, a limited-time gourmet shaved ice shop called “VERMICULAR PREMIUM SHAVED ICE SALON” is opening up inside VERMICULAR VILLAGE in Nagoya from July 2 to September 13.
The exquisite shaved ice options are topped with fruit confitures which are made without any water involved, allowing for the original flavour of the fruits to come through, as well as adzuki beans cooked with Vermicular cookware, and more. The shaved ice is served inside Vermicular’s high quality mini pots, which have been kept cool, meaning the ice doesn’t melt when it’s put inside, meaning it stays nice and fluffy until the end.
There are three to pick from, and underneath each the shaved ice is a blancmange which goes hand in hand with the shaved ice flavours.
Strawberry, Pistachio, & Condensed Milk: ¥1,300 (Before Tax)
This ice pot is topped with a strawberry jam which was made using no water, and pistachios—which go really well with the fruity confiture. At the very bottom is a condensed milk blancmange, making it delicious down to the last spoonful.
Nishio Matcha, Adzuki Beans, Brown Cane Sugar Warabimochi, & Houjicha: ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Next is a matcha flavoured shaved ice pot made with adzuki beans and matcha grown in Nishio, Aichi. Sat at the bottom of the pile is a houjicha tea blancmange and brown cane sugar warabimochi.
Mango, Passion Fruit, & Coconut: ¥1,300 (Before Tax)
Lastly is a mango and passion fruit sauce covered shaved ice with coconut milk and a topping of fresh mango. At the bottom is a coconut blancmange.
Address: 2-4 Funatocho, Nakagawa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi
Enquiries: VERMICULAR RESTAURANT THE FOUNDRY (052-355-6800)
Dining: 50 minutes max
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
Little Twin Stars 45th Anniversary Celebrated at Tokyo Tower
To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Sanrio’s popular characters Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, Tokyo Tower is now hosting an event called “Twinkle color miracle☆” which began on July 1.
A special projection mapping display called “TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA ～Twinkle color miracle☆～” by NAKED, INC. is being shown on the second floor main deck of Tokyo Tower. This three-minute video covers the entire 30-meter long north window of the tower, showing a cluster of fireworks, the ocean, Tanabata, and other designs featuring Kiki & Lala’s iconic pastel colouring. The video can be enjoyed with the gorgeous Tokyo nightscape in the background from the window.
TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA ～Twinkle color miracle☆～
Dates: July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020 / Time: 19:30-22:50
Dates: August 1, 2020 – August 26, 2020 / Time: 19:30-22:50
Dates: August 27, 2020 – September 22, 2020 / Time: 18:30-22:50
Location: Tokyo Tower Main Deck (150cm) Floor 2F, North Side
Price: Adults ¥1,200 / High School Students ¥1,000 / Children (Elementary & Junior High School Students) ¥700 / Aged 4+ Years ¥500
Tokyo Tower’s first floor cafe “Cafe La Tour” is also serving some exclusive Little Twin Stars menu items, like ice cream and drinks. If you order one of the Kiki & Lala drinks, you’ll get one of the above-pictured coasters which feature the various Little Twin Stars designs from over the years.
Cafe La Tour x Kiki & Lala Collaboration
Running: July 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020
Time: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Location: Tokyo Tower Main Deck (150cm) Floor 1F
Tokyo Tower x Little Twin Stars 〜Twinkle color miracle☆〜
Running: July 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020
Location: Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower Official Website: https://www.tokyotower.co.jp