HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX, Nijigen no Mori, & Other Exciting Things to Experience on Japan’s Awaji Island

25.March.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

Pasona Group is a website that publishes news of and promotes the food, sights, and culture of Awaji Island to build a connection between islanders and travellers. The website has published its latest “Awaji Island New Report” showcasing what to enjoy on the island at the turn of spring. Let’s take a look.

 

Nijigen no Mori

Night Walk Hi no Tori – “SAKURA Night”

Nijigen no Mori is an anime on Awaji Island. Spring last year saw the Naruto & Boruto Shinobi-Zato attraction, and this summer will see the arrival of a life-sized Godzilla attraction. The new night attraction “Night Walk Hi no Tori” will also take place for a limited time as part of the “SAKURA Night” Instagram photo event which can be followed with the hashtag #nwsakura2020. The phoenix and cherry blossoms are the theme of this nighttime attraction. Those who post a photo of themselves at the event with the hashtag and receive the most likes will receive two tickets to stay at Hotel GRAND CHARIOT Hokutoshichisei 135° on Awaji Island. See the attraction and get pulled into a magical nightly world of cherry blossoms.

 

©TEZUKA PRODUCTIONS.

 

Address: 2425-2 Kusumoto, Awaji, Hyogo

Running: March 20, 2020 – April 30, 2020

Price: General – ¥2,500 / Children (5-11 Years Old) – ¥1,200 / Below 4 Years Old – Free (*Tax included in prices)

Times: 18:30 / 19:10 / 19:50 / 20:30

*Times subject to change depending on the time of sunsets – check the official website for information

Official Website: https://nijigennomori.com/

 

miele

Cherry Blossom Waffles – ¥1,800 (Before Tax)

Starting on April 1, the cafe Miele is serving up cherry blossom waffles for the spring season. They are topped with heart shaped marshmallows arranged to create cherry blossom petals, matcha ice cream daifuku, and cherry blossom flavoured roll cake. The hearty waffle servings are fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, topped with delicious squirty cream.

 

Address: 785-9 Nojimahikinoura, Awaji, Hyogo

Running: April 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020

Opening Hours: 10:30-19:00

 

HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX

World Oldies Selection ~1964 TOKYO~

The official Hello Kitty theatre and restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX on Awaji Island is currently holding a new event titled World Oldies Selection ~1964 TOKYO~ where Hello Kitty and performers sing and dance to famous nostalgic songs that played during the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, like Poupée de cire, poupée de son, Land of 1,000 Dancers, and YMCA. It’s a beautiful performance that both kids and adults alike can enjoy.

 

©1976, 2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G604668

 

Running: April 7, 2020

Opening Hours: 11,00-20:00 (Up to 3 performances per day)

Address: HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX, 177-5 Nojimahirabayashi, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture

Website: https://awajiresort.com/hellokittyshowbox/

 

 

Craft Circus

Puppy Island Pizza – ¥480 (Before Tax)

Craft Circus reopened after renovations on February 15. The new “Wan-chan Shima Pizza” (Puppy Island Pizza) can be eaten by both you and your dog. It is made from rice flour produced on Awaji Island. You can pick from a variety of toppings and seafood, all of which are also from Awaji Island. It’s gluten free and can be served with low-salt mascarpone cheese, making it healthy for your dog to eat. A single slice is 15cm and it comes in a cute dog bone shape. It can also be ordered for takeout, so you can enjoy a Hanami picnic with your dog under the cherry blossom trees!

 

Address: 2-2 NojimahirabayashiAwaji, Hyogo

Opening Hours: 10:30-20:30 (Last Orders 18:30)

*Opening hours change depending on the season

Official site:https://awajicraftcircus.com/

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    Ingredients


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    120ml condensed milk

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    1.


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    2.


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    3.


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    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

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

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    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

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    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 transform a store-bought roll cake into a kawaii Hello Kitty cake which contains gyūhi – a form of traditional Japanese sweet which is a variety of mochi.

     

    Ingredients

    50g refined rice flour
    100ml water
    70g sugar
    potato starch
    strawberries and whipped cream to your liking
    sliced chocolate (for Hello Kitty’s face)

     

    1

    First, make the gyūhi by mixing 50g of refined rice flour with 100ml of water. Mix well to avoid lumps.


    Once this has been mixed, add 70g of sugar and mix again.

     

    2


    Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave at 600W for 2 minutes.

     

    3

    Stir the mixture with a rubber spatula and microwave again for one more minute at 600W.

     

    4


    Use a rubber spatula to stir the mixture until it clumps together in one piece. Put a large portion of potato starch onto a tray and place your gyūhi on top.

     

    5


    Once the gyūhi has cooled, cut it to the size of the palm of your hand and use a rolling pin to stretch it out into a flat shape.

     

    6

    Leave your gyūhi to cool. In the meantime, bring out your store-bought roll cake piece and fill the inside with strawberries. When done, top your roll cake piece with whipped cream.

    *If your forget to add the whipped cream, the strawberries underneath will be visible through the gyūhi layer!

     

    7


    Place the gyūhi layer on top of the roll cake and press the dough together at the bottom of the cake to seal it.

     

    8

    Shape two pieces of remaining gyūhi dough into triangles and affix them to the top of the cake to create Hello Kitty’s ears. Use the sliced chocolate to create whiskers, eyes and a nose for Hello Kitty’s face and cut up a strawberry to make her bow.

    Once you have finished putting all the decorations in place, you’re done!

     

    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 → @kaopan72

  • Handmade Hello Kitty Double Wall Glasses to be Released in Japan

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    You can make your own glass desserts too. There are plenty of ideas you can try to bring the cafe experience into your own home.

  • Awaji Island’s Anime Theme Park Nijigen no Mori Announces NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO Summer Events

    17.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO is an area of Nijigen no Mori—an anime theme park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture—with attractions and more based on Naruto and his son Boruto. The park’s website has posted information about the ninja themed arena’s summer events.

     

    Naruto Shippuden Puzzle Solving Game

    To celebrate the birthdays of Sasuke Uchiha and Itachi Uchiha, which fall on July 23 and June 9 respectively, a Sasuke and Itachi themed puzzle solving game will be held at NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO.


    The 30-minute game has guests running around the area to find hints written on panels. There are lots of words and illustrations related to Sasuke and Itachi for the game, so it’s a must-experience for fans. Additionally, fans who purchase a ticket will receive one of four possible mini acrylic stands. These are available while supplies last.

     

    Running: July 4, 2020 – August 31, 2020
    Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Reception closes 20:00)
    Price: ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
    *Separate ticket to enter the park required

     

    Boruto’s Ennichi

    An Ennichi festival will be held themed on Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. There will be six Japanese festival-style yatai carts, traditional Japanese festival games like hitting the target and fishing for water balloons, a workshop to make your own Boruto uchiwa fan, lots of booths for friends and families to have fun, and more. Each booth also is giving out its own unique character stick to visitors. Those who buy a ticket to the event will also receive a Boruto sun visor.

     

    Running: July 23, 2020 – September 30, 2020

    Business Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Reception closes 20:00)

    Price: ¥500 for 1 turn / ¥1,200 for 3 turns / ¥1,800 for 6 turns (Tax Included)

    *Separate ticket to enter the park required

     

    If you’re in Japan this summer, why not spend your time together with the characters from Naruto and Boruto at Nijigen no Mori?

     

    ©Masashi Kishimoto Scott / Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Pierrot

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