Tokyo DisneySea Celebrates Christmas With Spectacular Show & Evening Illuminations

15.November.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

This year heralds another heart-warming Christmas celebration at Tokyo Disney Resort® with the official Disney Christmas event, which kicked off at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea on November 8 and will run up to Christmas Day.

 

Today, we’re reporting on Tokyo DisneySea’s entertainment programme “It’s Christmas Time!” as well as the park’s photo spots which can be enjoyed in the evenings.

 

It’s Christmas Time!

Returning again to Mediterranean Harbor this year is It’s Christmas Time!, a show which brings together the Disney character cast for a performance of Christmas song and dance.

The show begins with the performers stepping out in their bright-red Christmas outfits and singing with beautiful voices.

Lots of Disney friends were gathered together, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy, and Chip & Dale.

“Let’s have all have a wonderful Christmas together,” announced Mickey, who danced the waltz with everyone.

That’s when the snow began to fall, and the colourfully-clad performers began the real dance show, consisting of tap dancing, line dancing, and more. They played lots of classic Christmas songs, and we found ourselves naturally singing along too.

Duffy the Disney Bear, ShellieMay, Santa Claus and many more made an appearance too to join in the festivities.

Speaking of which, Pluto was there too, but he seemed kind of lonely… I wonder what happened?

When visiting Tokyo DisneySea this year, be sure to go all-out when celebrating with the Disney characters and performers too!

 

Romantic Photo Spots

If you head down to American Waterfront, you’ll see a 15 meter high Christmas tree in front of the S.S. Columbia. And if you continue from there towards Cape Cod Cook-Off, you can get a really beautiful photo from the bridge.

Reds, yellows, greens and other colours decorate the surrounding area of Cape Cod Cook-Off, where Duffy & Friends are celebrating their Christmas.

There’s also photo spots where you can take some cute photos in front of the Christmas tree.

Be sure to find the characters dressed in their winter clothes riding a sled too, you can snap a picture with them as well.

At each themed port in the park they have spectacular illuminations at night too, which are sure to warm you with that Christmas spirit.

 

Writer: Ellie(MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

©️Disney

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  • Sleigh Bells Ring at Tokyo Disneyland This Year With Plenty Of Food & Merchandise to Go Around

    11.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Jolly faces are all around at Tokyo Disney Resort right now as Disney Christmas kicked off last Friday. It’s set to sleigh its way up to Christmas Day this year.

    The editorial team at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON jumped ahead and got a taste of the festive fun at the parks recently, so we’re going to showcase some more of the seasonal food and merry merchandise you can get your hands on this Christmas at Tokyo Disneyland.

     

    Food that makes you want to kick back and enjoy a nice break

     

    Special Set – ¥1,500 @ Grandma Sara’s Kitchen

    Grandma Sara’s has created the perfect hot lunch for warming up cold guests this year, adorned with a clam and seafood tomato cream, cheese and white sauce. Dip your bread into the rich sauce and tuck in! For dessert, you get a cranberry cake inspired by the look of a snow-tipped Christmas tree.

     

    Hot drinks of all kinds

    ‘Tis the season to stay warm, and so Tokyo Disneyland has devised a line-up of tasty drinks to warm the cockles of your heart, with flavours ranging from ruby chocolate to matcha and tapioca cheese teaーa unique flavour that’s all the rage right now.

     

    We actually covered these drinks in detail last Monday, so check out our report here.

    Deck the halls with these dessert & souvenir sets

    Cranberry & Tea Cake With Souvenir Cup – ¥800 @ Sweetheart Cafe and elsewhere

    Strawberry Dessert With Souvenir Cup – ¥800 @ Sweetheart Cafe and elsewhere

    Head to the Sweetheart Cafe to enjoy some desserts which come with cute take-home souvenirs, like cups and plates. The cranberry and tea cake is a subtly sweet cake with a fragrant tea flavour and filled with sweet and sour cranberries.

     

    The strawberry dessert is like strawberry shortcake with ascending layers of cake batter, cream, and strawberries. It’s topped with holly to give it that Christmas-y finish.

    Chocolate Doughnut – ¥380 @ Cleo’s and elsewhere

    The chocolate doughnuts at Cleo’s are completely lathered in a chocolate danish-like dough and custard cream.

    The doughnuts even come in this cute Mickey and Minnie packaging, who are dressed ready and for giving gifts to guests.

    If you pay an extra ¥700 you can get this adorable pouch featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy as snowmen.

     

    Have a merry little Christmas with these holiday season goodies

    Headband – ¥1,800

    Fun Cap – ¥3,000 / Plush Toy Wristband – ¥1,700

    Feel happy simply by placing these Mickey & Minnie headband ears and getting into party mode. The park has also developed a Christmas version of the Pluto fun cap so he has reindeer antlers and holly attached. Both items were previously available in a pre-sale on the park app, so depending on the shop you visit, they may have none left in stock. But if you see one, be sure to grab it quick!

     

    There’s also a Mickey version of the Minnie Mouse plush toy wristband. Wear one and have your friend or loved one wear the other!

    Popcorn Basket – ¥2,400 @ The Gazebo (Popcorn Wagon)

    Pick up some popcorn served in a Christmas present basket decorated with cute illustrations of Mickey and company celebrating Christmas.

    It comes strung with a ribbon decorated with green, red and white colouring like a candy cane.

     

    Spend a Disney Christmas this winter at Tokyo Disneyland where you can stay warm with some comfort food and dress up!

     

    Model: Yuna Yabe

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Roppongi Hills Christmas Market 2019: Authentic German Food, Christmas Ornaments, Desserts & More

    12.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Christmastime has fallen on Roppongi Hills as it kicked off Roppongi Hills Christmas 2019 on Monday. The event sees the return of the gorgeous Keyakizaka illuminations from last year.

    Keyakizaka-dori Street runs almost 400 meters, along which “Snow & Blue” LED lights glow and glisten like frost-covered trees, turning the street into a winter wonderland. For 2019, a very special photo spot has been designed by Japanese illustrator Yu Nagaba as pictured above amongst the ocean of illuminations. Over on the West Walk, passersby will spot a draped Christmas tree.

     

    Starting this Friday (November 15), more illuminations will light up over at Mori Garden, which will reflect enchantingly from the garden lake, and 66 Plaza will be lit up too. All of these illuminations will glow until late in the night, making them a perfect spot for a little evening date.

    A Christmas market will take place starting on November 30 which will feature German food and drinks, a shop where you can buy a real fir Christmas tree, and more. And on November 15, restaurants and cafes at Roppongi Hills will adorn their menus with Christmas cakes, sweets, and dinner plans.

     

    Christmas Market 2019

    2019 marks the 13th year of the Roppongi Hills Christmas Market, and this year, many of Japan’s leading shops are taking part. The market will recreate the atmosphere and decor of a German Christmas market, with gorgeous decorations lining the roof, as well as the 11 stalls which will sell German-made Christmas sundries, German mulled wine, frankfurter sausages, and more. There will be over 2,000 individual items to find.

     

    Christmas Cakes & Merry Desserts

    Top: Christmas Show Girl ¥3,672 / Bottom: Christmas Tree ¥10,800 @ LOLA’S Cupcakes Tokyo

    Cafes and restaurants have cooked up various treats for the Christmas season which will be sold between November 15 to December 25, including Christmas cakes to complete your Christmas dinner, desserts so cute they almost seem a waste to eat, and little items perfect to give as gifts. There’s plenty on the menu to be enjoyed with friends, family and loved ones.

     

    Have a very special and merry little Christmas this year at Roppongi Hills.

  • Witness the Breathtaking Illuminations and Tokyo City Night Lights at Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019

    10.November.2019 | SPOT

    Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019 is set to run from December 1 to 25.

    The event will take place at Shinagawa Season Terrace, a towering office building in Tokyo, where the rolling grass lawn will be lit up beautifully with enchanting blue lights. They offer a breathtaking view against the city nightscape of Tokyo’s skyscrapers. Last year’s event saw nearly 17,000 people in attendance.

    2019 marks the 4th run of the event, and this year, the long staircase leading up to the lawn will also be lit up, welcoming visitors to see the illuminations from their first step upon arrival. The lights will flicker in 10 different patterns from the first floor (ground floor) up to the second.

     

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

     

    *Pictured photos are for illustrative purposes only

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  • Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea Release Their Own Spotify Music Playlist

    15.May.2020 | MUSIC / SPOT

    Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea launched their first ever music playlists on all major streaming websites on Friday, including on Spotify and Apple Music.

    Music from Tokyo Disneyland features everything from famous ballads and show music from the park to Tokyo Disneyland’s nostalgic anniversary theme song, a “Ride Through Mix” that has you feeling like you’re on the park’s attractions, and more. It’s a magic-filled Tokyo Disneyland musical fantasy.

    Music from Tokyo DisneySea follows the same course as the Tokyo Disneyland playlist, except it also has the theme songs of the park’s seven ports. It’s packed full of imagination the likes of which you can only experience at Tokyo DisneySea.

     

    New songs are set to be added from both parks each season, so you can feel like you’re at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea from your own home all year round!

  • Japan Coronavirus: Tokyo Disneyland® and DisneySea® To Close Temporarily Until March 15

    28.February.2020 | SPOT

    Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea will be temporarily closed until March 15 to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus. Japan’s Coronavirus Countermeasures Taskforce has advised that there is a high risk of spreading the infection at large-scale sports and culture events and facilities where large numbers of people travel from across the country and congregate in one area. As many facilities and events in Tokyo are being restricted, postponed and even cancelled over the next two weeks, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea announced that both parks will close temporarily from February 29 – March 15, 2020.

     

    The parks plan to reopen on March 16, 2020, however this will be decided following consultation with concerned administrative agencies and will be announced on their official website. If you have already purchased tickets which are valid during the parks’ closing dates, please refer to the links below.

  • Disney Easter 2020: Usapiyo Returns to Tokyo DisneySea® With Cute Food & Drink Line-Up

    15.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Tokyo DisneySea’s special springtime “Disney Easter” event will begin on March 27, and this year will once again see the arrival of the adorable yellow chick with rabbit ears Usapiyo to deliver a cute and fun Easter to guests in 2020. 

    Lots of newborn Usapiyo will stumble their way out of eggs again this year. Since they have just been born, they follow people, copy them, and try their hardest. These cute bunny-chicks will show just how charming they are in the “Tip-Top Easter” entertainment show, where they will captivate the Disney cast.

     

    In line with the arrival of the newborn Usapiyo chicks, a line-up of 19 menu items will be served from March 20, 2020, all of which are Easter themed with motifs like Usapiyo and eggs.

    Special Set – ¥1,980 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant

    Sparkling Orange Jelly Drink w/Souvenir Cup – ¥950 @ Sebastian’s Calypso Kitchen

    Head to Horizon Bay Restaurant at Tokyo DisneySea to order the special hamburger set, which has an Usapiyo cheese topping. Feeling thirsty? Then pay a visit to Sebastian’s Calypso Kitchen for a refreshing orange jelly drinkーyou even get to keep the cup! The Usapiyo food and beverages available this Disney Easter are almost too cute to eat or drink.

    Special Set – ¥1,070 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery

    Strawberry Mont Blanc w/Souvenir Plate – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery

    If you’re wanting something lighter, then order the egg, cheese and roast pork sandwich at Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery. You get to take the plate home too.

     

    There’s lots of other Usapiyo and Easter treats to discover at this year’s Disney Easter at Tokyo DisneySea.

     

    *Please note that this menu line-up is subject to change without notice, and stock is available while supplies last for certain orders

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  • Tokyo Disney Resort® Celebrates Toy Story’s Hamm With Pig Pink Merchandise

    06.February.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    Tokyo Disney Resort is set to show some love to Hamm, everybody’s favourite piggy bank from the Disney/Pixar animated film series Toy Story, from February 28 with the arrival of some exclusive Hamm merchandise. This includes fashion items with pink woven into it amongst other accessories and miscellaneous pig picks.

    *All Hamm merchandise will be sold from March 2 with the exception of sling bags, which will be sold from March 23.

     

    Dress up with Hamm

    Short Sleeve T-Shirt: ¥3,900

    T-Shirt: ¥3,900

    The unisex t-shirts include one design with a print of Hamm’s adorable face, and another more stylish t-shirt with a retro design.

    Cap: ¥2,900

    Body Bag: ¥2,900

    Coins aren’t the only thing Hamm can carry for you – with the new body bag, you can entrust your personal belongings to him, like your phone, card, coins, and so on, all while looking stylishly pink.

    Pass Case: ¥1,900

    Headband: ¥1,700

    Other items include a pass case of Hamm’s face, as well as a cute pig ear headband. There are lots of other items in the collection too.

     

    Pink life dining

    Tumbler: ¥1,100

    Plate: ¥1,100

    Fill the piggy bank that is your belly with food together with the pink tumbler and plate featuring designs that are actually used at restaurants throughout Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

    Mini Towel: ¥680

    Hand Cream & Lip Balm: ¥2,200

     

    The mini towel, hand cream and lip balm set, and other items are all pocket-size, so you can take them anywhere with you.

     

    This is just a small look at the pink range that’s set to beckon spring early. Don’t miss out on these exclusive items.

     

    *Product designs and designs are subject to change without notice

    *Available while supplies last

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

     

    ©Disney©Disney/Pixar 

  • Tokyo DisneySea’s Pixar Playtime Event Now in Full Swing and Loved by Pixar Movie Fans

    16.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    You say there’s a snake in your boot? That’s because Tokyo DisneySea’s long-awaited Pixar Playtime is finally here, partner! Running from January 10 to March 19, this special event is a celebrating of all-things Pixar, with appearances from fans’ favourite films from Toy Story to Finding Nemo and beyond.

     

    Today, we’re taking a small peek into what Pixar fanatics can look forward to. From shows to food and merchandise, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

     

    Pixar Playtime

    Pixar Playtime is an annual event that plunges guests into the wonderful worlds of Pixar’s filmography, giving them a chance to meet and celebrate with some of the most iconic characters in animation history. For Pixar Playtime 2020, Tokyo DisneySea has been decorated like a colourful board game with squares which guests can move along and challenge themselves to the many different objectives written on them. There are many programmes prepared for this year, including the one below.

     

    The “Pixar Playtime Pals” Show

    Taking place at Piazza Topolino in Mediterranean Harbor, the Pixar Playtime Pals show invites guests into playing various fun games inspired by the Toy StoryThe Incredibles, and Finding Nemo films.

    As the games progress, more and more characters begin to appear to raise levels of excitement including those from RatatouilleUpBrave, and Inside Out.

    It’s an exciting time for Pixar fans to interact with lots of their favourite characters.

     

    Decorations Aplenty

    Tokyo DisneySea is littered with decorations referencing Pixar’s films for the event including the iconic Pixar Ball.

    Other things guests will spot is the colourful roulette featuring numerous characters, a game booth based on the Toy Story film series, a plethora of photo spots including the one above of Jack-Jack from The Incrediblesーthe list goes on. There’s plenty to be enjoyed at every turn, so be sure to take it all in.

     

    Themed Menu

    Special Set – ¥1,980 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant

    This special set is inspired by Finding Nemo. The pink mashed potato spread on the hamburger is made to look like coral.

    There are also other little motifs, like this fish-shaped carrot which is orange like the titular clownfish himself.

    The captivating colours of the lemon roll cake bring to mind Dory swimming through the ocean, while the accompanying pumpkin cream soup is sure to warm you up.

    Sparkling Drink (Orange & Strawberry) – ¥450 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant

    This orange and strawberry flavoured sparkling drink is inspired by Hank the octopus. It’s topped with strawberry flavoured pearls which look like octopus suckers and add a delicious chewy texture to your sipping experience.

    Orange & White Chocolate Mousse w/ Souvenir Mug – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery

    This two-layered cup dessert is made from orange and white chocolate mousse. You’re sure you recall the famous claw scene from Toy Story as your fork descends onto the custard-flavoured Little Green Man. The dessert comes with a free Toy Story and star design mug.

    Blueberry Cheesecake w/ Souvenir Plate – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery

    The fresh smell of blueberry will hit your nose as you munch into this moist cheesecake, topped with strawberry chocolate-coated wheat bran. It also comes with a plate featuring the Pixar Playtime board game design.

     

    Special Merchandise

    Mug – ¥’2,300

    It wouldn’t be a Pixar event without some love for Luxo Jr., the famous lamp that is a symbol of Pixar. The “Playtime” text written on the mug depicts various movies from the animation studio.

    Pouch Set – ¥2,100

    You’re sure to be spoiled for choice when picking which of these pouches to use, but luckily they come as a set, so you get all three. They feature cute designs of the Pixar character cast.

    Osenbei – ¥1,100

    This set of osenbei rice crackers make for a perfect souvenir. There are five flavours in the set including persimmon seed, sweet & salty, curry, salted, and cheese.

     

    Jump into the wonderful world of Pixar at Tokyo DisneySea’s Pixar Playtime Event.

     

    ©️Disney

  • Tokyo DisneySea To Hatch ‘Disney Easter’ Foods, Events and More This Spring

    15.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    DisneySea will hold its 78-day fun-filled Disney Easter event from March 27, to June 12, 2020.

    Make sure to visit the Mediterranean Harbor for the Tip Top Easter performance where Mickey Mouse and friends will put on an exciting show to celebrate the coming of spring. Look out for the usapiyo – the half bunny half chicks that are born from Easter eggs. 

    From March 27 to May 31, 2020, there will be a special programme called CookieAnn’s Greeting Drive where Duffy’s friend CookieAnn and Mickey Mouse will be seen driving around American Waterfront on the Big City Vehicle.

    There will be lots of photo spots with interactive features around Mediterranean Harbor and American Waterfront where you can interact with the adorable uchipiyo – your Easter is bound to be filled with magic. 

     

    There will be 80 new merchandise items featuring Disney friends and usapiyo designs.

    Hand Puppet: ¥2,800

    Toy Badge: ¥1,900 Each

    Cream Sandwich Cake: ¥1,500/ Chocolate Crunch ¥1,700

    From usapiyo puppets that cry like a real usapiyo and soft toy badges of hatched usapiyo chicks to a cream sandwich cake decorated with the face of an usapiyo, there are plenty of spring souvenirs that you won’t be able to resist.

     

    Tokyo DisneySea will also be celebrating the Easter tradition of Easter egg hunting with the Egg Hunt Tasting menu which includes 15 varieties of Easter-themed foods and drinks. 

    Horizon Bay Restaurant Special Set: ¥1,980

    Horizon Bay Restaurant will be serving up a special hamburger decorated with an usapiyo-themed cheese slice for mains. The set will include an usapiyo dessert made from colourful marshmallows and raspberry cream that is arranged to look like a bird’s nest. 

    Horizon Bay Restaurant Special Drink (Orange and Cream): ¥450

    Enjoy the gradation of colours in this refreshing orange soft drink. It is topped with chocolate usapiyo ears to add that special spring feeling.

    New York Deli Special Set: ¥1,260

    At New York Deli, enjoy a fried chicken sandwich drizzled with teriyaki sauce and topped with egg salad. The fried chicken is hugged between two pink buns to represent spring. This special set will provide you with enough energy to carry on your DisneySea adventure. 

     

    Enjoy the vibrant spring scene at Tokyo DisneySea this year.

     

    *All images are representations
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  • Tokyo DisneySea Holds Duffy and Friends Heartwarming Days Programme

    14.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    As Japan braces itself for the cold winter, Tokyo DisneySea launched its heart-warming programme Duffy and Friends Heartwarming Days to run from January 10 to March 19, 2020. The event includes photo spots, cute food, merchandise and a new appearance from Duffy’s friend CookieAnn. We headed over to check out the programme and here’s our list of recommendations on what to look out for: 

     

    Duffy and Friends Heartwarming Days

    CookieAnn loves to cook. Duffy and Friends have gathered at Cape Cod to make a fresh batch of waffles filled with love, especially for all the visitors. This is the perfect spot to take a photo with your friends.

     

    Decorations

    Cape Cod is dressed in beautiful Duffy and Friends decorations that are sure to put a smile on your face. You just can’t miss this adorable photo spot where Duffy and Friends are making a tower of waffles together. 

    There are other photo spots where Duffy and Friends are seen getting ready to hand out waffles to everyone. At Cape Cod Cook-Off, some decorations illustrate the bench full of ingredients. 

    From the doors to the greenery surrounding the buildings, Duffy and Friends can be seen frolicking together all over Cape Cod. If you have a spare moment in your busy schedule, make sure to check it out. 

    Don’t forget to take a picture of Duffy and Friends sat on the bench!

     

    Special Menu

    Cape Cod Cook-Off First Prize Set (Comes with souvenir lunch bag): ¥2,280
    +Souvenir Tumbler Soft Drink Set: + ¥1,600

    There is also a Duffy and Friends Heartwarming Days-limited food menu. The special set includes a hamburger, chips a drink and includes a souvenir lunch bag. Just carrying the adorable pink lunch bag around with you will make you happy. 

    Vanilla and Peach Mousse with Souvenir Cup: ¥900

    There are two new desserts on the menu. This three-layer dessert consists of vanilla and peach mousse with a final chocolate topping to finish. This refreshing dessert is moderately sweet and will fill you with happiness after the first bite. 

    Waffle with Souvenir Plate: ¥900

    The waffle is topped with a cloud of whipped cream and garnished with raspberry-flavoured chocolate and a tangy sauce. The sweet sauce and soft waffle is a perfect match.

     

    Special Merchandise

    Waffle Maker: ¥4,200

    Waking up every morning to the smell of a fresh Duffy pancake might be just what you need to get out of bed every day.

    Stuffed Toy: ¥2,100 (Each)

    The special merchandise includes Duffy and Friends in special themed costumes, themed souvenir snacks and much more. 

    Plain Waffle: ¥2,000

    There are so many edible souvenirs. As expected, you can take home a Duffy waffle for your friends back home. The heart shape is just irresistible.

    Strawberry Fromage Latte: ¥1,900

     The latte is also very cute. After you finish drinking it, you can use it to store small items too.

    Even the Disney Resort Line has transformed into a Duffy and Friends-themed monorail. Each carriage enjoys unique decorations so if you are a fan of Duffy and Friends, you just can’t miss having a ride in one. We rode the second carriage which was ShellieMay-themed. From the grab handles to the seats, everything was pink, fluffy and adorable.

     

    Duffy and Friends will keep you warm this winter with their heartwarming merchandise, foods and drinks. Tokyo DisneySea should definitely be on your bucket list if you haven’t been already. 

  • Tokyo DisneySea Announces ‘Pixar Playtime’ Event For 2020

    22.December.2019 | SPOT

    Tokyo DisneySea has revealed details for its upcoming special event “Pixar Playtime” which is set to plunge guests into the wonderful worlds of Disney/Pixar films from January 10, 2020. Meet your favourite characters at one of the many programs or greeting events set to take place at one of the park’s first big events of the New Year.

    There are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself at Pixar Playtime, from snapping photos of the colourful Pixar decorations to wearing Pixar character merchandise, tucking into food and drink inspired by the characters of Pixar, and more. Let’s take a look.

     

    Decorations

    For Pixar Playtime 2020, Tokyo DisneySea will be decorated like a colourful board game, making for plenty of great photo opportunities with friends and family. The floor will be lined with squares like moves on a board game, so why not challenge yourself to the various objectives written on them and try and reach the goal at Water Front Park? There’s also a photo service where guests can have photos taken of them from high up as pictured above so it looks like they are pieces in the game.

    The park will of course also be littered with decorations referencing Pixar’s film catalogue, from Toy Story 4‘s Forky to the iconic Pixar Ball. Some returning features from last year’s event will also make an appearance including interactive photo spots, game booths, and lots more. There’s countless ways to enjoy yourself at Pixar Playtime.

     

    Special Merchandise

    Feel even more part of the festive fun by picking up some official colourful Pixar Playtime merch.

    Available at Emporio: Unisex Jumper – M Size ¥3,900, L Size ¥4,200 / Cap ¥2,900 / Headband ¥1,700 / Smartphone Case ¥2,100 / Lighting Pendant ¥1,900 / Cushion ¥1,900

    Red, yellow and blue define the Pixar Playtime goods line-up just like the Pixar Ball. We recommend picking up any of these items like the jumper, headband or smartphone case and snapping some photos in front of one of the many Pixar Balls scattered around the park, or while on the board game squares. Buying your own Pixar Ball cushion is sure to make for a great photos too. Dress up with friends and family and become part of the fun!

    Available at Emporio: Sun Visor ¥2,900 / Earmuffs ¥2,400 / Flag ¥600 / Plush Toy ¥2,700 / Jacket ¥5,900 / Shoulder Bag ¥2,500

    There’s also a new collection of Cars merchandise like a jacket and earmuffs, as well as a sun visor that has Lightning McQueen’s eyes on its front. We recommend taking these items to the “Lightning McQueen Victory Lap” entertainment program at American Waterfront and taking some photos while cheering on McQueen!

     

    Special Menu Line-ups

    Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear’s Cookie Sandwich w/ Souvenir Pouch – ¥1,300 @ Gondolier Snacks

    Restaurants around the park will be serving food, drinks and desserts inspired by the Pixar cast, like this cookie sandwich centred on Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear from Toy Story 3. The pink cookies are filled with chewy marshmallows and sweet-smelling strawberry flavoured cream. It even comes with a pouch that looks like the cookie treat itself, so much so you might find yourself wanting to bite into it after trying the real thing.

    Sparkling Drink (Mango & Orange) – ¥450 @ Cafe Portofino

    Sparkling Drink (Orange & Strawberry) – ¥450 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant

    These drinks are also Pixar-inspired. The mango and orange version is based on the colours of Ducky and Bunny from Toy Story 4, while the orange and strawberry beverage is made in the image of the octopus from Finding Nemo.

     

    Pixar Playtime officially begins on January 10, 2020, so make sure you get the chance to visit Tokyo DisneySea next year.

     

    *The special merchandise and menu line-ups will go on sale early from January 9, 2020, one day before the event begins. The products and food are subject to change without notice. Please note that items are subject to selling out.

    ©Disney ©Disney/Pixar

  • Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo: Kyoto’s Dessert House Releases Matcha Tiramisu and New Cheese Products

    20.December.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo opened in Kiyomizu Gojozaka, Kyoto in July this year as the first place in Kyoto to specialise in “bottled cheesecakes.” This month, they are releasing four new products to continue the cheese craze right to the end of 2019.

    The first is a revamp of their number one most popular soft serve cheese ice cream: the “Chocolate Mont Blanc Cheese Soft.” The soft serve ice cream is a mix of refreshingly sweet milk and rich cheese topped with a full-bodied mont blanc-style chocolate—a welcome addition during the winter months when you want to stay in and indulge in some chocolate. The ice cream is finished with crushed chocolate pieces and a crowning raspberry to create a chocolate cake in a cone. You’re sure to become a frequent customer after a bite of this.

    And for the Christmas season only, between December 18th-25th the shop is also selling another special soft serve that’s made to look like a Christmas tree. The cheese soft serve is covered with a sprinkling of Uji matcha powder and adorned with chocolate pearls and stars.

    Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo is also releasing hot versions of its “Kiyomizu Cheese Drink” and “Matcha Cheese Tea,” the iced versions of which were greatly enjoyed in summer. The Matcha Cheese Tea can also now be ordered with tapioca topping, creating a delicious combination between the expertly crafted rich matcha cheese tea and the chewy and sugary tapioca pearls.

    Also released this month is the “Homemade Matcha Tiramisu” when is served in a traditional masu box and served only on the second floor eat-in section. This irresistible delight is made with flavourful mascarpone cheese and bitter Uji matcha from Kyoto to create a dessert that’s perfect during a trip or day out in Kyoto. Because of the hard labour that goes into creating this dessert, only 5-10 are served per day, so be sure to arrive early to not miss the opportunity.

  • Starbucks Japan Reveals New Matcha White Chocolate Hot and Iced Drinks For Christmas

    17.December.2019 | FOOD

    Starbucks Coffee Japan is celebrating Christmas 2019 with two new delicious beverages: the Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino🄬 and Hot Matcha White Chocolate, both of which will be available to order between December 19 and 25 for this year only.

     

    Both versions of this delightful holiday season drink are the perfect accompaniment to the winter days, combining richly fragrant matcha with smooth white chocolate. The Frappuccino🄬 enjoys the addition of maple syrup for a distinct sweetness which mixes gorgeously with the matcha and milkiness of the white chocolate.

     

    The hot version is made with foamed milk which too is soaked in the full-bodied kick of the matcha. The fluffy texture of the foamed milk together with the sweet taste and velvety white chocolate is a combination sure to get you addicted.

     

    If you’re in Japan for Christmas this year, be sure to stop by Starbucks for a cup of Matcha White Chocolate.

  • Handmade Christmas Chocolate Santa and Snowman Released at ATELIER de GODIVA in Kyoto

    13.December.2019 | FOOD

    GODIVA Japan released two new chocolate products at the Daimaru Kyoto branch of ATELIER de GODIVA, a chocolate shop which combines GODIVA’s skilful craftsmanship with chocolate artistry. Named “ATELIER Christmas Showpiece Santa Claus” and “ATELIER Christmas Showpiece Snowman,” the two chocolate artworks were released on Wednesday and are available until December 25.

    Each and every one of these chocolate sculptures are handmade in-store by the shop’s chefs. They are exclusive to ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto and the perfect Christmas treat to adorn any Christmas party this holiday season.

    These cute Christmas-exclusives not only taste delicious, but are fun to look at. Santa is sat in a chimney ready to deliver the presents while the snowman is sat next to a Christmas tree looking warm with its scarf.

    Both of these are limited in stock and won’t be available ever again after they sell out, so don’t miss out.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Rilakkuma Santa Cookies

    08.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    In this recipe, you’ll learn how to make Santa Rilakkuma cookies 

     

    1: Ingredients: (For 10 Rilakkumas)

    Unsalted butter: 55g

    Icing sugar: 25g

    White sesame seeds: 30g

    Weak flour: 75g

     

    2: Leave the unsalted butter out for a while until it reaches room temperature and then mix until smooth. Next, mix in the sugar, sesame seeds and then flour in that order. 

    3: Next, split the dough into portions. To make one cookie, you need 15g for the face and 1g of dough for each ear. Arrange your face and both ears as shown in the photo below. 

    Top tip: Rilakkuma’s face is oval-shaped so don’t make it circular.

    4: After you’ve formed all your Rilakkumas, bake them at 180℃ for 15 minutes.

     

    5: Please refer to the video below to decorate Rilakkuma’s face:

    Before the cookies get cold, coat them in icing sugar, using a small brush to dust off the excess. Then, wait for the cookies to cool completely before decorating the face. Place a Meiji Apollo Strawberry Chocolate on Rilakkuma’s head for the Santa hat and you’re done. 

    This is the perfect way to contribute to your next Christmas potluck and it is a flawless plan to impress all your friends.

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

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