Doraemon 50th Anniversary Online Fair Launched at TSUTAYA Ginza
30.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Since the launch of the manga back in 1970, Doraemon has brought smiles on people’s faces in the form of books, anime, live-action films, collaborations with artists, and more, for the past 50 years.
To celebrate the franchise’s 50th anniversary, TSUTAYA Ginza has opened an online fair on its website. TSUTAYA Ginza is a place where people of all ages and nationalities come from around the world, and the number one book the store can recommend as part of Japan’s culture continues to be the first volume of Doraemon. For the entirety of 2019—that’s January to December—the first volume of Doraemon was the number one best selling book at TSUTAYA Ginza.
Doraemon 50th Anniversary Fair
Doraemon Volume 1 (Tentoumushi Comics)
Doraemon has come to be a symbol of Japan and has been passed down generations, but there probably a lot of people who don’t know how the story started. To find out, pick up a copy of volume one at TSUTAYA Ginza.
Doraemon Volume 0 (Tentoumushi Comics)
As part of the anniversary celebrations, a special volume 0 has been published. This full-colour book features 6 versions of the first Doraemon story as well as comments by the author and more.
Doraemon Mizuhiki Accessories (Pins, Earrings, Piercings)
Mizuhiki are decorative Japanese cords which are used for important ceremonial occasions such as weddings, births, and funerals. These special Doraemon mizuhiki have been turned into beautiful accessories featuring Doraemon and Dorami’s iconic blue and yellow colours respectively. They can be used for decorating clothes with and more.
This is just a peek at some of the celebratory merchandise on offer for the online fair. For the full list, check out the website below.
Doraemon 50th Anniversary Online Fair: https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/blog/humanities/14121-1501150523.html
Address: GINZA SIX 6F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 〒104-0061
Official Website: https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/
In celebration of Chinese New Year, GUCCI launched a new collection in collaboration with the famous Japanese manga series Doraemon as selected by the brand’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele.
GUCCI recruited photographer Angelo Pennetta to create playful photoshoot for the collection which features smiling models accompanied by Doraemon inside a retro house.
The exclusive collection features over 50 items from T-shirts to hoodies, shoes, bags, headwear, a suitcase, and more. Each item combines the stylish design of GUCCI and the colourful blue and white colour of the iconic manga character.
Every item in the line-up arrives in sustainable packaging made from 100% recycled materials. GUCCI stores in Japan, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam will also welcome figures and prints inspired by the cities in these countries. The Shanghai and Hong Kong GUCCI art walls will also feature Doraemon against a GG backdrop.
The collection was released on GUCCI’s official website worldwide and will drop in-store in Japan on January 20. The GUCCI store in Shibuya PARCO will plaster up promo posters and the Ginza, Aoyama, Shinjuku, and Nagoya branches will feature recreation’s of the iconic Anywhere Door from the manga series.
Doraemon X GUCCI Collection
GUCCI Official Website: https://www.gucci.com/
Go Strawberry Picking With Hello Kitty and Friends at Sanrio Puroland
Sanrio Puroland opened a special new event last Friday (January 8) called “Sweets Puro” which is themed on strawberry picking.
Characters greet guests in their strawberry-designed outfits
Guests participate in an augmented reality strawberry stamp rally
New character videos play at the illuminations
A strawberry-packed dessert menu
Tables in the food court receive makeovers
Guests can look forward to seeing sparkly new pink-coloured illuminations, snapping sweet photos at the entrance photo spot, getting involved in the AR strawberry picking stamp rally using their smartphones, and more. They can also pay to spend one minute with the park characters who will be dressed in their strawberry outfits, and if they arrive 30 minutes before the first floor character food court opens, they can get the limited-offer morning breakfast “Strawberry Morning Bread Set.” The park will even be serving up seasonal alcoholic drinks like the Sweets Puro Strawberry Peach Sour.
The first day of the event saw the characters come out to greet guests in their adorable strawberry and dessert themed costumes. This was followed by a new illumination show, Puro Sweets Party, which took place at Puro Village, and My Melody sang and danced to the music against the bright and beautiful lights. Guests enjoyed a selection of limited-time food like the Pompompurin’s Croissant Doughnut Strawberry Sandwich and Hello Kitty’s Sweet Strawberry Milk.
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Sanrio Puroland – “Sweet Puro”
Running: January 8, 2021 – March 9, 2021
Official Website: https://www.puroland.jp
7 Days of Strawberry Dessert Love at Isetan Shinjuku This January
10.January.2021 | FOOD
Isetan Shinjuku has announced a special one-week event titled “7 Days of Loving Strawberries” which is centred around cute and delicious strawberry desserts and will run this month from January 13-19. Ten cafes and restaurants are participating with a sweet and succulent line-up including strawberry daifuku, strawberry shortcake, special parfaits and crepes, and more.
Strawberry Candle Pavlova @ mihopan popcake | Two for ¥972 (Tax Included) *Limited quantities
MIGAKI-ICHIGO Strawberry Parfait @ Ichibiko | ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Shake @ Ichigo-ya Sunsunen | ¥721 (Tax Included)
Crispy Strawberry Mille-Feuille Crepe @ Sorairo Crepe | ¥935 (Tax Included) *Limited quantities
Strawberry Shortcake Parfait @ Shiseido Parlour | ¥1,045 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Daifuku @ Berry UP! | ¥432 (Tax Included)
Ripe Strawberry Milk Pudding @ Kanjyuku Ichigo Kashi Kekyusho | ¥486
Whole Strawberry Sandwich @ Sajisakon | From ¥864 (Tax Included)
MIGAKI-ICHIGO Strawberry Daifuku @ Seigetsudo Hoten | ¥432 (Tax Included)
7 Days of Loving Strawberries (Japanese Name: いちごに恋する七日間)
Running: January 13, 2021 – January 19, 2021
Location: Isetan Shinjuku Floor B1F
Official Website: https://mi-journey.jp/foodie/66251/
Official HIGE DANdism Release Music Video Teaser For Doraemon Film Theme ‘Universe’
Official HIGE DANdism dropped a teaser for their new Universe single on Wednesday, the newest single from the pop band which is set for release on February 24, 2021.
The new song features as the main theme for the upcoming anime film Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021 which is hitting Japanese theatres on March 5, 2021. The song is an ode to the little alien Papi and the grand adventures of Doraemon and co in the film.
Official HIGE DANdism – “Universe” Music Video Teaser
The full music video, directed by Takuto Shimpo who has directed numerous of the band’s videos, will premiere on YouTube on January 9, 2021 at 18:00 (JST). Save the premiere video link below.
Official HIGE DANdism – “Universe” Music Video Premiere Link
Universe will be released in three editions: the CD-Only Edition, CD+Live Blu-ray Edition, and CD+Live DVD Edition. The DVD and Blu-ray editions come with the full footage of Official HIGE DANdism’s online concert “Official HIGE DANdism ONLINE LIVE 2020 – Arena Travelers -” which was watched by 120,000 fans on September 26, 2020.
Universe will hit major music streaming and download services earlier than the physical release on January 9, 2021.
Release Date: February 24, 2021
CD-Only Edition: ¥700 (Before Tax) [PCCA. 70553]
CD+Live DVD Edition: ¥4,500 (Before Tax) [PCCA-06011]
CD+Live Blu-ray Edition: ¥4,500 (Before Tax) [PCCA-06010]
Official HIGE DANdism “Universe” Special Site: https://universe.ponycanyon.co.jp
Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021
Release Date: March 5, 2021
Official Website: https://doraeiga.com/2021/
discord Yohji Yamamoto x HUNTER Pet Accessories Drop in Tokyo
08.January.2021 | FASHION
discord Yohji Yamamoto, a luxury accessory brand spearheaded by Yohji Yamamoto, has launched a collaboration with German pet brand HUNTER to release a collection of dog collars, leads, and other accessories like bags and wallets.
HUNTER was established in 1980 and has gone on to mark its territory across the world as a provider of high quality pet goods, praised for for the design, functionality, and safety of its products.
Black Dog Collar & Lead
The dog collars are fitted with studs as part of the collaboration. Both the collar and lead feature the same colouring as discord Yohji Yamamoto’s products, arriving in the brand’s signature black as well as beige, the latter of which is often used for its bags and small leather products. They are also clipped with a signature charm which has a design symbolising the collaboration.
Beige Dog Collar & Lead
The accessories are made from elk leather which is soft and made extra durable with double layering. Having the collar and lead the same colours also adds a sophistication to the design when fitted on a dog.
The collection will be released at discord Yohji Yamamoto stores in GINZA SIX, Shibuya PARCO, and Isetain Shinjuku, as well online. More details can be found on the official website here.
discord Yohji Yamamoto Black / Beige Selection
Y BACKPACK Nylon Studs | ¥148,000
ORIGAMI Tote | ¥98,000
Triple Clutch | ¥58,000
Diagonal Bag | ¥45,000
Y SERIES Studs
Y BODYBAG Studs | ¥138,000
Y BACKPACK Studs | ¥158,000
Small Leather Goods
Card Mini Wallet | ¥17,000
Key Wallet | ¥20,000
discord Yohji Yamamoto x HUNTER
discord Yohji Yamamoto GINZA SIX
Address: GINZA SIX Floor 2F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Product Page: https://www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp/shopinfo-detail/?id=6545
discord Yohji Yamamoto Shibuya PARCO
Address: Shibuya PARCO Floor 1F, 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Product Page: https://www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp/shopinfo-detail/?id=6545
discord Yohji Yamamoto Isetan Shinjuku
Address: Isetan Shinjuku Main Building Floor 1F (Handbags), 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Product Page: https://www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp/shopinfo-detail/?id=6523
discord Yohji Yamamoto Official Website: https://theshopyohjiyamamoto.jp/shop/c/c50/
Harajuku’s BOTANIST Tokyo Reveals its Spring 2021 Menu
06.January.2021 | FOOD
BOTANIST’s flagship shop BOTANIST Tokyo is set to begin serving up its spring season menu for the new year at its second floor BOTANIST Cafe from January 8 to March 31.
Quinoa Teapot Salad & Potage (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
A sophisticated salad of quinoa, crunchy carrot and red onion, tomato, and more, all served in a cute teapot.
Salmon Salad & Waffles | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Naturally sweet vegan waffles with lime-drizzled vegetables and served with slightly salted salmon and cream cheese. Pour over the maple syrup to make the cream cheese even richer and enjoy a completely different flavour.
Cherry Blossom Jelly & Fromage Mousse (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥50 (Tax Included)
Refreshing cherry blossom flavoured jelly made with rich and velvety soy cream. The cherry blossom petal topping and sparkly appearance of the jelly makes this a luxurious looking dessert.
Cherry Blossom Chiffon Cake | ¥800 (Tax Included)
A fluffy cherry blossom chiffon cake dusted with cherry blossom powder. It’s a sweet and subtly salty mix topped with fresh cream.
Left: Three Berry Smoothie, Right: Strawberry & Raspberry Sweet Sake Smoothie (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥850 Each (Before Tax)
The Three Berry Smoothie incorporates the chunky texture of strawberries, sweetness of blueberries, and tangy taste of raspberries, creating a rich but not overly-sweet beverage. The Strawberry & Raspberry Sweet Sake Smoothie is one to go for if you love amazake.
Strawberry Decoration Hot Chocolate (Collaboration Drink) | ¥800 (Tax Included)
This luxurious strawberry hot chocolate is made in collaboration with Dari K, a craft chocolate maker who uses high quality cacao beans from Indonesia.
Select items on the spring menu are available for takeout as well as via Uber Eats in Japan, perfect for enjoy an indoor hanami this year.
BOTANIST Tokyo’s first floor shop will also release its spring series of products, such as the limited edition Botanical Spring Hair Perfume.
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
TEL: Floor 1F Shop: 03-5766-3777 / Floor 2F Cafe: 03-5766-3778
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:30 (Currently operating on decreased hours)
Official Website: https://shop.botanistofficial.com/
Tokyo Welcomes New KISS,TOKYO Bench at Shibuya River Street
02.January.2021 | SPOT
What is being dubbed as a new sightseeing spot in Shibuya, “KISS,TOKYO,” an artistic bench, appeared at Shibuya River Street on Christmas Day. The street runs from SHIBUYA STREAM towards Daikanyama.
“KISS,TOKYO” is a project and nod towards those who love Tokyo, taking inspiration from the “I♡NY” slogan and logo. Japan isn’t a country where kisses are used as greetings like other places around the world, but the bold notion of “KISS,TOKYO” expresses the feeling of love wards the people and city. It’s a mark to welcome visitors to the capital of Japan.
The bench was made in cooperation with the Shibuya City Tourism Association and Tokyu and under a crowdfunder.
A pop-up shop is now open at WIRED SHIBUYA selling merchandise with the KISS,TOKYO logo on it. It will run until January 31, 2021.
If you’re planning a trip to Shibuya, make sure you get a photo with the city’s new sightseeing and tourist spot.
Location: Shibuya River Street (3-22 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Running: December 25, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Location: WIRED SHIBUYA (3-27-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
KISS,TOKYO Official Homepage: https://kiss.tokyo/
Tuck Into a Strawberry and Herb Full Fruit Course at Fruits Salon in Ginza
01.January.2021 | FOOD
Fruits Salon, a cafe inside Beauty Connection Ginza that serves full courses of fruit, has introduced a new strawberry and herb course to its menu which is being served until February 1, 2021.
Fruits Salon opened in November last year and garnered much attention for its full course fruit dishes. In August, the cafe served up the “Peach Full Course” which proved super popular. Last month, they offered a menu centred on juicy and sweet grapes. For December and January, the course features four items that combine the taste of seasonal strawberries and fragrant herbs.
Strawberry & Herb Full Course | ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
1st Plate: Shortcake
The first plate is a strawberry herb shortcake which contrasts beautiful red strawberries with white cream. It contains a jam made with milk sauce and gin, resulting in a harmonious balance between sweet and sour.
2nd Plate: Soup
The second plate is a hot strawberry and elderflower soup, combined with a mix of creamy yogurt, pistachio salt, and red wine reduction.
3rd Plate: Parfait
The third plate is the main: a milk gelato parfait with sorbet and chamomile. It also contains granita and champagne. The glass is completely stuffed to the brim and overflowing with sweet treat delights.
This extravagant full course is booking-only and lasts 90 minutes. That’s 90 minutes of pure indulgence.
Beauty Connection Ginza Fruits Salon
Address: GINZA gCUBE 2F, 7-9-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.beauty-connection.jp/fruits/
Roppongi Readies For 2021 New Year Celebrations at Tokyo Midtown
Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi is set to celebrate the New Year with a festival that will run from January 2 to 11 in 2021.
New Year’s Feast
From Left: Miyagawacho Suiren / SILIN Fuan Long Yuen / UNION SQUARE TOKYO／Kisentei
Restaurants in Tokyo Midtown will be serving up a feast for the New Year from Japanese wagyu beef to seafood and more, all to prepare everyone for a luck-filled and positive 2021.
Running: January 2, 2021 – January 11, 2021
Participating Restaurants: Miyagawacho Suiren / SILIN Fuan Long Yuen / UNION SQUARE TOKYO／Kisentei SILIN / Philippe Mille Tokyo / Le Pain Quotidien / RIO BREWING & CO. BISTRO AND GARDEN / Pizzeria-Trattoria Napule / HAL YAMASHITA Tokyo / NIRVANA New York / Maruya / THE COUNTER Roppongi
New Year’s Greeting Souvenirs
SAKE SHOP Fukumitsuya / Toraya
There will be no shortage of New Year’s greetings souvenirs at Tokyo Midtown, whether it be a set of sake with a special 2021 Year of the Ox label from SAKE SHOP Fukumitsuya or a fruity and colourful confection from Toraya. The pictured confection is made up of colourful layers to represent building up the fruits of one’s labour to achieve your dreams.
Shishimai Lion Dance
The traditional shishimai lion dance is an annual New Year’s-must in Japan. This year’s performance will see the return of taiko drumming and the fue flute, all carried out with proper social distancing measures.
Running: January 2, 2021 – January 3, 2021
Time: 4 times per day
Location: Tokyo Midtown Galleria
Tokyo Midtown New Year 2021
Address: 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Running: January 2, 2021 – January 11, 2021
Official Website: https://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/index.html
*Opening hours different on January 2 and 3
*Opening hours subject to change or full closure – check the official website for the latest information
Japan’s Kirby Cafe to Celebrate the Near Year With a Special 2021 Menu Addition
The Kirby Cafe in Tokyo has announced a seasonal dish for the new year as part of the cafe’s “Sweet NEW YEAR 2021” celebration which it will begin serving from January 1, 2021.
Kirby Burger & New Year Dessert | ¥1,980 (Before Tax)
The dish comes with a miniature version of Kirby Cafe’s popular burger on a teeny-tiny plate measured at just 10cm in circumference.
The mini dish looks super cute lined up next to the cafe’s plush toys.
The plate that the food is served on comes as a free souvenir which you can take home with you after eating. These will be limited in stock so will be available while supplies last for the New Year.
Sweet NEW YEAR 2021
Kirby Burger & New Year Dessert
Serving: January 1, 2021 – January 31, 2021
Kirby Cafe Official Website/Table Reservations: https://kirbycafe.jp
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Unveils Shiseido Beauty Square Spring 2021 Look
31.December.2020 | FASHION
Following her Winter 2020 look for Shiseido Beauty Square, Japanese pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is serving something different with the unveiling of her look for Spring 2021.
The theme of this look is “2021: A Beauty Odyssey” with her hair, makeup, and outfit fusing together space and Harajuku-style beauty. It serves a romantic future full of hopes and dreams for the present.
The look was once again made in collaboration with top Shiseido hair and makeup artist Tadashi Harada.
If you’re in need of makeup ideas for the New Year, and are in Tokyo this winter, be sure to pay a visit to Shieido Beauty Square where you’re sure to discover a new you.
Shiseido Beauty Square
Address: WITH HARAJUKU Floor 1F, 1-14-30 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://beautysquare.tokyo/
*Website available in English, Japanese, and Chinese
2021 New Year’s Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum: The Year of the Ox
Tokyo National Museum has announced that it will reopen after for the New Year closure on February 2021 when it was host its 2021 New Year’s Celebration.
This marks the 18th run of the museum’s annual New Year’s event based on the Chinese zodiac. 2021 is the Year of the Ox, and so the museum will see a special collection of exhibits based around oxen. There will also be traditional Japanese celebrations for the new year such as ikebana flower arrangement, taiko drumming, shishimai lion dance, and more.
A Special Collection of Oxen Artwork
Honkan Special Gallery Rooms 1 & 2
Excellent ox, Important Culture Property of Japan
Tebako Cosmetic Box, National Treasure of Japan
Visitors will be able to learn about the history and culture surrounding ox in Japan. The exhibition is based on the Japanese proverb ushi ni hikarete zenkouji mairi which translates literally to “being pulled to the Zenkoji temple by a cow.” It refers to doing or receiving something good by accident or through the invitation of somebody else.
New Year’s Lucky Omen Works
Shōrin-zu byōbu, Hasegawa Tōhaku (16th Century), National Treasure of Japan
Kokin Wakashū Sheets, National Treasure of Japan
The museum will also welcome a selection of Japanese National Treasures to bring luck to the New Year.
New Year’s Events
January 2, 2021
10:00／11:30 Taiko Performance
13:00／14:30 Shishimai Lion Dance
January 3, 2021
10:00／11:30 Shishimai Lion Dance
13:00／14:30 Taiko Performance
January 2, 2021 – January 11, 2021
Ikebana around the museum
New Year’s Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum
Start Date: January 2, 2021
Closed: January 12, 2021 (Open on January 11, a national holiday)
Opening Hours: 9:30-17:00
Official Website: https://www.tnm.jp/?lang=en