Evangelion Second Impact Hits Hakone Kowakien YUNESSUN Spa Resort

14.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

If you’re looking for a unique onsen experience in Japan then spa resort Hakone Kowakien YUNESSUN is for you. From Japanese sake to coffee, there are a range of unique baths for you to enjoy a soak in. The resort is also home to a number of water attractions for those looking for a splash of fun. From January 10 to June 30, 2020 the resort will be doubling up the excitement by collaborating with Evangelion. The upcoming Second Impact no Yu event provides a chance for Evangelion fans to discover the exciting world of Evangelion while soaking up the spa goodness.

The Second Impact no Yu event is being held in cooperation with the Evangelion Hakone 2020 MEET EVANGELION IN HAKONE project run by the Odakyu Group. As the first step of this project, the Evangelion series’ global catastrophe “Second Impact” will be invading the swimsuit area of the Yunessun spa. If you’re looking to plunge straight into some thrilling action, make sure to head to the cave bath and water slide.

From the inside to the outside, the resort has been completely invaded by Evangelion-themed decoration. More details on the collaboration event contents will be released on the resort’s official website so make sure to check it out if you are interested.

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  • 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

  • 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

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  • Yukai Resort Premium Toba Saichoraku: The New Hot Spring Resort Hotel in Mie Prefecture

    28.June.2020 | SPOT

    Yukai Resort, a company in Japan which manages lots of famous hot spring resorts across the country, opened Yukai Resort Premium Toba Saichoraku in Toba, Mie on June 5, 2020.

     

    Yukai Resort manages 29 well-established hot spring resort hotels and ryokan throughout Japan, including hotels where you can get one night with dinner and breakfast from just ¥7,500 (before tax) to ryokan where you can enjoy kaiseki meal courses, and more. All their luxury establishments feature hot springs surrounded in lush environments.

     

    Yukai Resort Premium Toba Saichoraku opened on June 5, 2020 and is taking all of the necessary precautions against COVID-19 to protect guests and so that guests can enjoy a comfortable stay.

     

    Yukai Resort Premium Toba Saichoraku is 10 minutes by car from Toba Aquarium and 30 minutes from Ise Grand Shrine, making it a great location to enjoy the sightseeing spots of Ise and Shima. The hotel’s concept is centred on being an “active resort” where you can get the full Toba experience with history, the sea, and activities.

    The large open-air communal baths look out onto Toba Bay. The baths are designed like infinity pools, giving the effect that they are connected to the sea. Guests can enjoy a dip in the day or evening so they can enjoy both a blue sky or starry sky. There are also saunas.

    There is also an indoor swimming pool with warm water, as well as foot baths, a kids play park, karaoke room, and many more fun features.

    Yukai Resort Premium Toba Saichoraku also houses Yukai Resort’s first ever indoor glamping guest rooms with large tents decked with beds, sofa, carpet, cushions, and other amenities for a glamorous camping experience. There are glamping rooms with their own open-air baths that look out onto Toba Bay too, as well as both Japanese-style and Western-style rooms.

    As a precaution against COVID-19, the restaurant is serving its food for takeout only until August 31, 2020. Guests can enjoy their meal in their rooms or in one of the many communal spaces. There’s plenty of health Japanese food to enjoy including sushi, Matsuzaka roast beef, eel, tuna, and more.

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion x GU’s Second Clothing Collection Releasing June 19

    14.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    GU has revealed its next collaboration collection with the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series which is set for release on June 19, 2020.

    The collection features a diverse design line-up, such as the Eva-02 from the upcoming film Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time. Each item features characters, logos, and motifs from the franchise that any fan can recognise instantly. The collection includes t-shirts, hoodies, open shirts, and more.

     

    The key visual illustrated exclusively for the collection features the Evangelion pilots donning the GU attire.

  • Orders Open For Neon Genesis Evangelion Exclusive Merchandise in Collaboration With 4 Brands

    06.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Four brands—tk.TAKEO KIKUCHI, Base Station, PLATINUM AURA, and UNBUILT TAKEO KIKUCHI—are teaming up with the popular anime franchise Neon Genesis Evangelion in promotion of the upcoming film Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time.

     

    The items are set to roll out at WORLD ONLINE STORE from mid-June, each being a showcase of the brands as well as an expression of the popular anime franchise. The collection ranges from backpacks, tote bags and pouches to t-shirts, sneakers, and more. tk.TAKEO KIKUCHI will be releasing a special leather jacket featuring a large print on the back.

     

    Be sure to check out the full collection in the lead up to Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time.

  • Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time Anime Film Collaborates With Eye Drops Brand Sante FX

    04.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Santen Pharmaceutical has teamed up with the upcoming anime film Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time to released limited edition versions of its eye drop products Sante FX NEO and Sante FX V+. The products went on sale on June 1, 2020.

    The Sante FX series is a popular eye drops brand in Japan. It has previously collaborated with Evangelion in the past, with the last collaboration happening 8 years ago for the promotion of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. The product was promoted a series of commercials under the title “Refreshing Feeling Sante FX” which featured Evangelion references. They are doing the same for the new collaboration under the title “New Refreshing Feeling Sante FX.”

     

    Four different models will be released for both the Sante FX NEO and Sante FX V+ eye drops, including Shinji, Asuka, Rei, and Kaworu. Each features an original illustration of the characters along with colours that identify them.

    A commercial was released to promote the products featuring narration by Kotono Mitsuishi who voices Misato Katsuragi in Neon Genesis Evangelion.

     

    Sante FX x Evangelion CM

    A special website was launched exclusively for the product where Sante FX are carrying out eye tests in Japanese. Users can answer questions to measure the “vigilance” of their eyes. The answers they get will also present them with the Evangelion character they are.

  • Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 T-Shirts Releasing by UNIQLO’s UT Brand

    10.April.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    UNIQLO’s graphic T-shirt brand UT it collaborating with the forthcoming anime film Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 to release a collection of T-shirts at UNIQLO stores across Japan and their online store on April 17, 2020.

     

    The film, which is set for release on June 27, 2020, will wrap up the Rebuild of Evangelion film series as the fourth and final entry. The T-shirts in the collection feature completely original and exclusive designs.

     

    Designs take inspiration from memorable scenes

    The collection is comprised of 8 original T-shirt designs which were drawn exclusively for UT, ranging from Evanglion Unit-01, Unit-00, and Unit-01 to popular character Kaworu, and the first-ever Unit-00 Berserk mode T-shirt design. Fans of the Evangelion world are sure to appreciate all the little details.

     

    UT x Evangelion UNIQLO 2020 Spring/Summer


    Delivered in an exclusive box with the Evangelion font

    Those who purchase from the collection via UNIQLO’s online store between April 10-23 will have their orders shipped in a special box bearing various words in the “Eva Font,” such as the UNIQLO brand concept, the brand name’s original “Unique Clothing Warehouse,” and so on.

     

    Due to the ongoing situation surrounding the novel coronavirus, select branches of UNIQLO in Japan are closed or have had their opening hours altered. Details can be found on their website.

  • Travel Virtually to Japan’s City of Komoro in Nagano to See Cherry Blossoms, Soak in the Onsen & More

    02.April.2020 | SPOT

    Komoro Tourism Bureau has developed the new “Komoro Tourism Channel” using Voicy, a news and media site which reports spoken information online. The channel focuses on the latest information with regards to tourism in Komoro, and focuses on the city’s many different hot springs.

     

    About Komoro

    Komoro is a city in Nagano Prefecture. Komoro Castle is home to Kaikoen Park, which was chosen as the 100 best cherry blossom spots in Japan. The city also boasts a wide variety of onsen (hot springs) which offer amazing views and numerous different bathing experiences. Komoro Tourism Channel covers all of this and more.

     

    Komoro is about 2-hours by car via the Nerima Interchange on Kan-etsu Expressway. It’s also accessible from Tokyo via car. You can also reach it in around 24 minutes from Karuizawa Station via Shinano Railway.

     

    Delivering the sounds of the relaxing onsen from Komoro

    Komoro has eight water sources which provide water to its hot springs. The city sits 1,400 meters above sea level, from which each of its hot springs offer breathtaking views. The podcast on the hot springs, which is in Japanese, lets you feel like you’re experiencing them from your very own home. More podcasts on Komoro are planned to be released in the future, and QR codes will be implemented are various hotels and tourist facilities in Komoro which when scanned will offer voice guides to those places.

     

    Komoro Tourism Channel: https://voicy.jp/channel/1074

     

    The Komoro Tourism Bureau is coming up with measures to continue promoting the city during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As well as Komoro Tourism Channel, it is also releasing information on its website, Twitter page, and elsewhere.

     

    Kaikoen Park at Komoro Castle

    Kaikoen Park at Komoro Castle is a tourist hot spot in Komoro. The castle itself was chosen as one of Japan’s 100 most famous castle sites. It is also famous for the castle itself being situated lower than the town around the castle. Kaikoen Park was selected as one of Japan’s 100 best cherry blossom spots, where around 500 trees bloom Yoshino cherries, shidare-zakura, higan-zakura, and more through April every year. The “Komoro-yae-beni-share” tree is an endemic species of cherry tree to Komoro and has a deep pink colour. The park also has towering stone walls and is home to the the front castle gate.

     

    Komoro Castle Official Website (Japanese): https://www.komoro-tour.jp/castle/

    Komoro Castle Official Website (English): https://www.komoro-tour.jp/lg_en/

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion Themed Clothing Collection Released in Collaboration With X-girl

    31.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Women’s streetwear fashion brand X-girl has teamed up with Neon Genesis Evangelion to release a new collection of 15 T-shirt inspired by the internationally-celebrated anime series. T-shirts from the collection dropped on Friday last week online Calif, which has an international shipping option, as well as at various stores around Japan, and more items are set to roll out from mid-April.

    Neon Genesis Evangelion is known for its deep story, memorable characters, and stylish expression. It had a huge influence on the anime industry and since its release has continued to influence countless series that have followed it.

    The new collection by X-girl captures famous scenes from the anime series and its memorable characters. There are also iconic lines written in text on the T-shirts.

    The short-sleeved t-shirts were released on May 27, while shirts and bags will drop around mid-April.

    The new Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 animated film will be released on June 27, 2020. Get ready for it with a T-shirt from X-girl’s new collection.


    Ⓒカラー/Project Eva.

  • See 3,000 Rhododendrons in Full Bloom at the Tsutsuji Garden by Lake Ashi in Hakone

    29.March.2020 | SPOT

    May is the most colourful time of the year at Hotel de Yama near Lake Ashi in Hakone, when a total of 3,000 rhododendronsーcomprised of 30 different typesーbloom their beautiful flowers in the large Tsutsuji Garden, where one can enjoy a great view of Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi.

     

    Tsutsuji Garden at Hotel de Yama

    “Tsutsuji” is the Japanese word for rhododendron. The Tsutsuji Garden at Hotel de Yama was once the villa of Koyata Iwasaki, “the fourth and last president of a unified Mitsubishi.” During that time, numerous varieties of rhododendrons were planted in the garden, which have since been maintained. There are plants amongst them that are over 100-years-old, ones that tower over the human stature, and more; with petals that bloom pink, red, purple, and white.

     

    A combined view of the kaleidoscopic rhododendrons and Mount Fuji

    The staff who are experts on the garden have set up two photo frame stands in two of the best spots in the garden for taking picturesque photos. Snap some Instagrammable and memories with the colourful rhododendrons and Mount Fuji together.

    Rhododendron Desserts: Saison a colorier – ¥1,634 / Tea Set – ¥2,360 (Before Tax)

    Salon de thé Rosage, the dessert restaurant that sits in front of the hotel, is serving up a new special dessert called “Saison a colorier” in line with the full bloom of the rhododendrons. It captures the colourful pink, red, white, and purple appearance of the flowers, and looks like a mini version of the hotel’s garden on your plate. The main part of the dessert is the tea mousse, which has a bright red colour as it is coated beautifully in a strawberry puree nappage. The tea used in the mouse is an original rhododendron blend exclusive to the restaurant.


    The white rhododendron dessert is a macaron that’s filled with raspberry sorbet. The red which contrasts with the white is a rhododendron milk tea cream and fresh raspberries. The rest of the plate is adorned with pink jelly and edible flowers. The perfect afternoon tea to finish off your time at Tsutsuji Garden.

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion Inspired Accessories to be Released by Q-pot.

    18.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Q-pot. is turning the world of Neon Genesis Evangelion into a delectable collection of dessert-themed accessories, which will go on sale at select Q-pot. shops, the Q-pot. pop-up shop in Seibu Ikebukuro, all EVANGELION STORE branches, and RADIO EVA STORE on April 2, 2020.

    Let’s take a look at what Q-pot. has whipped up in the accessory kitchen this time.

     

    Macaron

    Macaron (Unit-01/Unit-00/Unit-02/Unit-08/Mark.06) – Necklaces ¥9,000 Each (Before Tax), Bag Charms ¥8,000 Each  (Before Tax)

    Modelled after Evangelion Units 01, 00, 02, 08, and Mark.06, and branded with the NERV logo, these macarons are coloured the same as the Plugsuits of their pilots, and are also topped with Entry Plugs.

     

    Melty Melt

    Melty Melt (Unit-01/Unit-00/Unit-02/Unit-08/Mark.06) – Necklaces ¥18,000 Each (Before Tax), Rings ¥15,000 Each  (Before Tax)

    All of the necklaces and rings in the Melty Melt collection are handmade individually, and coloured beautifully like their respective Evangelions. The line-up is a loving homage to the series made into tasty and tempting-looking melted accessories.

     

    Misato Biscuit Cross

    Misato Biscuit Cross Necklace – ¥13,000 (Before Tax)

    Misato Katsuragi is the operations director at NERV. This necklace is based on the cross pendant that she always carries with herーturned into a Q-pot-style biscuit. It reads 3310 (pronounced “Misato” in Japanese) on the back.

     

    Longinus Folk

    Longinus Folk Necklace – ¥16,000 (Before Tax)

    Based on the Spear of Longinus, which is indispensable to the story of Evangelion, the tip reads “EVA” on one side and “Evangelion + Q-pot.” on the other.

     

    Lilith Sugar Cookie

    Lilith Sugar Cookie Necklace – ¥10,000 (Before Tax) / Bag Charm – ¥9,000 (Before Tax)

    Lilith was kept crucified to a giant cross in the deepest level of the NERV headquarters, Terminal Dogma. Lilith has been transformed into a cute sugar cookie necklace and bag charm, with chocolate and icing that looks so real you just want to take a bite.

     

    Rei Capsule

    Rei Capsule Necklace – ¥10,000 (Before Tax)

    This necklace is inspired by Rei Ayanami, the First Child, and that includes it light purple and mint colours. The tablet reads “LINK” and “9mg.”

     

    EVANGELION x Q-pot. Special Package

    01: Accessory Tin

    The items in the Melty Melt series, the Misato Biscuit Cross Necklace, the Longius necklace, and the Lilith Sugar Cookie items all come in this original Evangelion x Q-pot. tin.

    02: Accessory Bag

    The Macaron items and Rei Capusle necklace are packaged in a special seal bag.

    EVANGELION x Q-pot. (Limited Stock)

    Those who spend over ¥30,000 (before tax) on these items are Q-pot. shops, the Q-pot. pop-up shop in Seibu Ikebukuro, and EVANGELION STORE branches will receive one of six possible postcards. These are limited in stock and so are a super rare collectable.

  • Top 10 Must-Try Cherry Blossom Outdoor Bathing Experiences in Japan

    12.March.2020 | SPOT

    Online Japanese travel website Jalan has published an article listing the Top 10 cherry blossom furo (bath) locations in Japan based on the results of a questionnaire it held.

     

    Experiencing an outdoor Japanese bath is one thing, but it’s made even more special when coupled with the view and scent of the springtime cherry blossoms. The line-up features a list of locations praised for their scenery and the blossom of the cherry trees.

     

    1st Place: Hotel Keikyu Aburatsubo Kanchoso | Kanagawa Prefecture

    The baths at Hotel Keikyu Aburatsubo Kanchoso offer a clear view of Koajiro Bay from the hills of the Miura Peninsula. The bright blue shimmer of the ocean and the overlooking sky is made even more vibrant by the Yoshino cherry and kawazu-zakura trees that stand around the bath. It’s a tranquil spectacle as you gaze at the blue sea and enjoy your hot bath, which is full of beneficial minerals, as cherry blossom petals dance down from the trees onto the water surface.

     

    2nd Place: Hotel Suehiro | Aichi Prefecture

    This popular hotel offers a spectacular view of the ocean from the open-air rooftop bath. Around this time, the 300 Yoshino cherry trees are in full bloom down below. The common way of viewing cherry blossoms is to look up at the trees; but Hotel Suehiro offers the opposite for a unique Hanami experience.

     

    3rd Place: Onsen Yumoto Hounoya | Nara Prefecture

    Mount Yoshino is a famous cherry blossom spot as well as a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Onsen Yumoto Hounoya sits in the centre of it all, with cherry blossom trees rolling up and down all around. Enjoy a dip in the hydrogen carbonate spring water while you soak up the sights.

     

    4th Place: Goriyaku no Yu | Chiba Prefecture

    Among the mountains of the lush green city of Minamiboso lies Goriyaku no Yu. Three cherry trees bloom right in front of the open-air bath, which can be enjoy together with the striking mountains of the Yoro Ravine. Depending on the day, the petals of the cherry trees fall into the bath, dyeing it a beautiful pink.

     

    5th Place: Fuga No Yado Chouseikan | Niigata Prefecture

    Fuga No Yado Chouseikan is home to the largest open-air bath in the prefecture. It’s surrounded by 10 Yoshino cherries, which are lit up at night to create a magical atmosphere. Enjoy their full bloom together as the season for the petals’ fall begins.

     

    6th Place: Hotel Kami no Yu Onsen | Yamanashi Prefecture

    100 cherry trees can be enjoyed from the guest rooms, various baths, and inside the hotel at Kami no Yu Onsen. There are three kinds of cherry blossoms to see: the Yoshino cherry, yoshino-zakura, and yae-zakura. You can see them from the large public baths, but it’s the Hanami Furo baths that you can rent out which provide the best experience. They must be booked via telephone.

     

    7th Place: Fujino Yamanami Onsen | Kanagawa Prefecture

    This spacious open-air bath is enveloped by a gorgeous garden which blooms many different flowers through the season, including the 11 cherry blossom trees. During the day, you can enjoy the elegance of the garden, and at night it is lit up to provide a bewitching experience. The hot water is pulled from 1,800 meters below ground. The water is praised for its rich minerals which warm you from the inside.

     

    8th Place: Awanoyu Ryokan | Nagano Prefecture

    Five Yoshino cherries are planted beside this milk-coloured bubbly bath. Only in a mountainous land such as this where spring arrives late can you enjoy the cherry blossoms together with the leftover snow atop the mountains. The ryokan’s sulphur spring water contains carbon dioxide which warms the bath.

     

    9th Place: Okayama Ikoi No Mura | Okayama Prefecture

    Okayama Ikoi No Mura is a facility that offers a range of experiences, including coming into contact with animals. There are three bookable baths which offer your very own Yoshino cherry blossom tree view. The observatory deck at the facility is also popular as it overlooks the Seto Inland Sea.

     

    10th Place: Shigisan Kanko Hotel | Nara Prefecture

    Shigisan Kanko Hotel in Nara is easily reachable even from Osaka. There, guests can enjoy the full extent of the outdoors with the hot springs that reflect the mountains and the light pink Yoshino cherry trees.

     

    These cherry tree furo baths, where even the steam of the water is dyed pink, can only be enjoyed for about half a month! So if you’re planning a trip to Japan for the spring, cherry blossoms, and Hanami, be sure to put one of these picks on your list of must-visit places.

  • EVANGELION STORE Heads to Shopee Thailand

    08.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    BeeCruise, a company that supports the expansion of Japanese content overseas, has joined hands with the official Evangelion e-commerce site EVANGELION STORE, which is run by Ground Works, to make the EVANGELION STORE available in more countries around the world. The store hit the Thai branch of Shopeeーthe largest e-commerce site in Southeast Asiaーon March 4, 2020.

    EVANGELION STORE first appeared on Shopee Taiwan in 2019. Since then, it expanded to Shopee Singapore and Shopee Malaysia in January this year. Shopee Thailand will be its fourth excursion, and to celebrate its opening, customers can get 10% off products on Shopee Thailand now until March 25, 2020 when they follow EVANGELION STORE.

    The EVANGELION STORE release an official statement saying: “To all Evangelion fans, we are incredibly happy to be able to bring the official merchandise of EVANGELION STORE to you all. The final Evangelion film [Evangelion: 3.0+1.0] will be released on June 27, 2020. We ask for your support in getting excited about Evangelion!”

     

    Find your favourite merchandise on the EVANGELION STORE today.

  • Okinawa’s New Hot Spring Resort Lequ Okinawa Chatan Spa & Resort Opens

    08.March.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Lequ Okinawa Chatan Spa & Resort is the first hotel resort from Vessel Hotels. Operating on the concept of “Loving Yourself, Family, and the Town,” the hotel opened in the town of Chatan in Nakagami, Okinawa on March 1, 2020.

     

    Rooftop Infinity Pool & Cafe/Bar

    Sat atop the hotel roof is a spa which houses an infinity pool that offers an unbroken view of Chatan as well as the picturesque sunset in the evenings. There’s also a 3-meter high infinity pool, jacuzzis, and more, offering a luxurious space to relax.

    Located to the side of the pool is a cafe and bar that serves a selection of original cocktails and fruity drinks as well as light food. When the sun sets and the evening settles, the pool lights are turned on, creating a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy a cup of Japanese sake or one of the refreshing cocktails while staring down at nighttime Chatan.

     

    Vessel Hotel’s First Natural Hot Spring

    Chatan Onsen hails as Vessel Hotel’s first-ever natural onsen hot spring. The water is drawn from 1,400m underground, which provides relief and relaxation from a day of sightseeing and travelling. The hot spring has towering windows, and there’s also a sauna for both men and women.

     

    SPA SOLANI OKINAWA CHATAN – The Relaxation Salon

    SPA SOLANI OKINAWA CHATAN is a “relaxation salon” which offers a Hawaiian-style spa experience using original products made using ingredients sourced in Okinawa. Oils are made with carefully-selected organic ingredients for that natural feeling. There are body treatments, messages, quick treatments, and more.

     

    Filling Breakfasts at the Resort’s Kitchen

    Vessel Hotel has brought its “Happy Breakfast Project” to Lequ Okinawa Chatan Spa & Resort. Tuck into a variety of meals prepared with Okinawan ingredients, or try one of the household classic Okinawan breakfasts. Whatever you have, you are guaranteed the Okinawan experience to start your day off.

     

    The restaurant’s original souffle hamburger is made with a mix of Okinawan black cattle beef and Agu pork. The souffle is made in-house and prepared by the hotel guests’ hands. Food is also served in Okinawan yamuchin porcelain.

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