Japan’s Pingu Exhibition to Take Place in Ginza Showcasing Lots of Noot Noot Treasures
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Swiss claymation children’s television series Pingu. Japan is celebrating the milestone with the “Pingu Exhibition” which will take place on the 8th floor of Matsuya Ginza in Tokyo from August 12 to 24.
Original material for Pingu by the show’s creator Otmar Gutmann will be exhibited, as well as the actual clay figures, dioramas, storyboards, and more that were used during the filming in Switzerland. Many of the 400 or so items on display have never been shown in Japan before.
There will also be a recorded interview with Seishi Kattou, the only Japanese animator that was working in the Pingu studio at the time. But the fun doesn’t end there, as there will even be an AR attraction made using CG and original animations from the Pingu in the City 3D CG film.
A peek into the exhibition
The secret story behind Pingu’s creation
Visitors will be able to learn about the author Otmar Gutmann as well as see production materials, storyboards, and other treasured items that give insight into how the creator and studio gave rise to Pingu.
Exhibits: Notes from Otmar Gutmaan, storyboards, clay figures, dioramas, pilot episode screening, and more
The Clay Room
Pingu’s iconic exaggerated elastic movements are made possible through the use of clay. These movements play an important part in conveying characters’ emotions and are one element of the show’s storytelling. These movements will be exhibited in the event’s Clay Room where you’ll get to see different models morphing into different shapes. These clay figures are all handmade by the Pingu studio staff themselves.
Exhibits: Clay figures, tools, Pingu studio videos, and more
3DCG Animation and Pingu in the future
Pingu in the City is a Japanese 3D CG animated series which used the same style of the original series but instead opted for computer animation, adding a different layer of charm to the internationally adored series. Visitors will be able to enjoy this digital Pingu in a variety of ways.
Exhibits: Digital videos, AR, and more.
There will also be exclusive Pingu exhibition merchandise on sale, as well as pre-sales of Pingu merchandise yet to go on sale.
Shin Sobue (Pingu Exhibition Art Director) | Comment
“This will be the first all-out exhibition for Pingu, a series which has transcended borders from Switzerland and the UK to Japan. This will be a happy exhibition that neatly divides everything for people to enjoy, from its mysterious language to its comical movements, story, and laid-back humour.” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)
Pingu 40th Anniversary Exhibition
Running: August 12, 2020 – August 24, 2020
会場： 松屋銀座 8階 イベントスクエア 東京都中央区銀座3-6-1
Japanese Spring Cherry Blossom Desserts and Food Bloom Pink at Tokyo Solamachi This March
Spring is arriving early at Tokyo Solamachi where shops and restaurants will be serving up their own cherry blossom themed desserts and dishes from March 1.
The Line-Up: A Delectable Excerpt
Vibrant Cherry Blossom Desserts Welcome Spring
Hanami Soft | ¥800
Where: Gion Tsujiri (East Yard Floor 6F)
Serving: March 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021
Feel the warm breeze of Japanese hanami with a parfait serving of cherry blossom bavarian cream and jelly, Uji match soft serve ice cream, cherry blossom chocolate, white flour dango dumplings, high quality red bean paste, wafer, and other little assorted treats.
Sakura Mochi Flavoured Spring Pancakes | ¥935
Where: Coconoha (West Yard Floor 4F)
Serving: March 1, 2021 – April 11, 2021
Coconoha’s popular fluffy pancakes topped livingly with cherry blossom ice cream, chewy white flour dumplings, and sweet red bean paste.
Takeout Cherry Blossom Food
Sakura Sushi | Takeout ¥2,138, Eat-In ¥2,178
Where: Kirby Cafe Tokyo (East Yard 4F)
Serving: From March 19, 2021
A picnic serving of six springtime sushi rolls decorated with Kirby references which comes in a cute lunchbox.
Cherry Blossom Lassi | ¥520
Where: AMARI DELI (West Yard Floor 2F)
Serving: March 1, 2021 – April 11, 2021
A cherry blossom lassi in full bloom with fluffy whipped cream and finished with sprinkles of pink-coloured chocolate.
Cute Spring Cherry Blossom Snacks
Financier Sandwich Box – Sakura & Matcha | ¥1,500 (Contains 4)
Where: Afternoon Tea Room (East Yard Floor 3F)
Serving: February 25, 2021 – April 21, 2021
An assortment of two financier cakes: the Sakura Financier Sandwich which is cherry blossom flavoured and filled with white chocolate, roasted walnuts, and strawberry flakes, and the Matcha Financier Sandwich which is filled with milk chocolate, roasted walnuts, and pistachio. Available while supplies last.
Restaurant Menus Beckon Hanami
Spring Roast Beef Nigiri & Cherry Blossom Dashi Kishimen Noodles | ¥1,380
Where: Sugimoto (East Yard Floor 6F)
Serving: March 1, 2021 – April 11, 2021
Roast beef sushi rolls made with Nagoya Owari beef and served with slightly-salted flat kishimen noodles served in a cherry blossom flavoured broth. Limited to 10 servings per day.
This is just a sampled look at what’s to come at Tokyo Solamachi this spring – if you’re in Tokyo for the cherry blossom season, be sure to visit!
Cherry Blossom Desserts & Dishes
Where: Tokyo Solamachi
Address: 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Starting: March 1, 2021
TEL: 0570‐55‐0102 (11:00-19:00)
Tokyo Solamachi Official Website: http://www.tokyo-solamachi.jp/
Laforet Harajuku Welcomes High-End Brands and Tokyo’s First Femtech Store For Spring 2021
24.February.2021 | Uncategorized
Starting this month, Laforet Harajuku is readying itself for Spring 2021 with the rollout of items by high-end brands and shops, all with an audience in mind who simply love culture regardless of their age or gender. This spring will see the opening of Lois CRAYON, a brand that emphasises individuality and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, as well as “circle in circle,” a new spot that will serve as a gathering place for a variety of clothing brands like l’atelier du savon, CHILD WOMAN, and more.
Laforest will also welcome LOVE PIECE CLUB to Tokyo for the first time, a shop which opened as Japan’s first centring on Femtech. It offers a variety of items to help support women’s health through technology.
AIR will offer a diverse wardrobe of unisex items from popular street brands such as REVENGE STORM, STARWALK, THEATER8, and more. CHOA ONNI is exhibiting South Korean culture like wearing K-pop idol clothes to take photos, and ovgo B.A.K.E.R is serving up vegan food and gluten-free cookies.
Public toilets will display photos by photography unit Toki to Yamikaya and Alexander Julian.
March 6 | New Store Opening
《Floor 1F》Lois CRAYON
4.23| New Store Opening
《Floor 3.5F》circle in circle
March 26 | New Store Opening
《Floor B0.5F》LOVE PIECE CLUB
February 11 | New Store Opening
《Floor 3F》『 』AIR
February 25 | New Store Opening
《Floor B0.5F》ME’VE the store
March 12 | New Store Opening
February 25 | New Store Opening
February 25 | New Store Opening
《Floor B1F》CHOA ONNI
March 6 – April 4 | New Store Opening
《Floor 2F》ovgo B.A.K.E.R
《Floor B1F》Women’s & Men’s Gallery Toilets
Toki with Alexander Julian
Yamikaya / FLOWER PUSHER
■Laforet Harajuku 2021 SS Promo Visual
Laforet Harajuku’s Spring/Summer 2021 promo visual was created by Japanese art director Uenishi Yuri. Following the Autumn/Winter 2020 theme, Uenishi has conceived a new concept: ‘CHARGE.’ This theme focuses on the roots of plants that spread underground, with the yellow colour used in the visual reminiscent of electricity or lightning flashes.
Laforet HARAJUKU 2021 S/S
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/
Disney Japan Celebrates Minnie’s Day With Exclusive Minnie Mouse Merchandise
22.February.2021 | FASHION
Minnie’s Day is set to fall in Japan on March 2, so to celebrate, Walt Disney Japan is getting in on the festivities nice and early by announcing the release of a new Minnie Mouse merchandise collection, called the “Disney ARTIST COLLECTION by Kelly Park,” which will be officially released at Disney stores in Japan on February 23. Pre-sales will also roll out at select stores and Disney Japan’s online store shopDisney from February 19.
Plushie ¥3,300 / Makeup Brush Set ¥2,640 / Tote Bag ¥2,090 / Room Fragrance ¥4,180 / iPhone Case (iPhone 11) ¥3,520 / Mirror ¥2,420 / Ballpoint Pen & Notebook Set ¥1,980 – (Prices Include Tax)
nuiMOs Plushie ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Kelly Park is an artist that is enjoying immense popularity in South Korea right now. Their new “Disney ARTIST COLLECTION by Kelly Park” is an exclusive release in collaboration with Disney Store.
The line-up is a celebration of all things Minnie Mouse for her big day, aptly named “Minnie’s Day,” on March 2. Vibrant blue is the main colour for the collection which Kelly Park has created to support fellow dreamers out there – those who have big hopes and aspirations in their everyday lives. The designs are bright, beautiful, and full of positivity, making them a perfect pick for the coming spring season. Minnie fans can feel fresh this spring season with fahsion items, accessories, stationery, a variety of lifestyle goods, and more.
Disney’s popular nuiMOs plushie range will welcome an exclusive new Minnie Mouse plushie on February 26 which features the date “March 2, 2021” on it for Minnie’s Day. It also comes with a pin. These plushies are limited-edition and only 320 will be sold – a number that of course aligns with March 2.
Celebrate the day of the original Disney Princess with the new Disney ARTIST COLLECTION by Kelly Park.
Disney ARTIST COLLECTION by Kelly Park
Pre-Sales: February 19, 2021 @ shopDisney, Disney Store Shibuya Koen-dori, Disney Store Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi, Disney Store Shinsaibashi
General Sale: February 23, 2021 @ Disney Stores in Japan
Store List: https://www.disney.co.jp/store/storeinfo.html
Minnie’s Day: http://shopDisney.jp/MinnieMouse/2021/
Tokyo Nightlife Beckons With Tokyo Tower’s NAKED SAUNA & SPA
19.February.2021 | SPOT
It’s time to strip down and relax as Japanese company NAKED announces that its ‘NAKED NIGHT SAUNA’ event, which is being held as part of its ‘NAKED SAUNA & SPA’ project, will take place atop Tokyo Tower from March 12 to 14. Visitors will also receive a relaxation drink called ‘CHILL OUT’ in collaboration with Endian.
NAKED SAUNA & SPA is a sauna project launched by NAKED in November 2020 to promote equilibrium of the senses. The first event was held in the village of Achi in Nagano Prefecture which is known for being Japan’s best location for enjoying the starry night sky. The second event was themed around the concept ‘Art of Meditation.’ It was held in Ariake and had visitors becoming one with nature as they sat under the expanse of Tokyo’s night sky to enjoy every gleaming speck that twinkled above them. It was an opportunity for busy city workers to reset and recalibrate.
Now, the project is set to host its third event in collaboration with Tokyo Tower. Visitors can enjoy towering above the capital’s city streets as they enjoy a sauna experience inside exclusive tents. It will be a fusion of analogue and technology as people enjoy sitting by the fire, smoking shisha, and gazing at mist that will be pumped and illuminations that will be lit to create atmosphere. Of course, this entire event will be held in accordance with government guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing will be enforced which will include a drive-through system so you don’t come into contact with people, and all visitors will have their own tents (groups of 4 max), and all tent saunas will be separated with partitions.
The tent saunas that will be used are MORZH SKY, a type of tent with a transparent roof made by the Russian tent company MORZH. They are provided by Sauna Camp.Inc. The tents are fitted with a stove and chimney so visitors can adjust the temperature to their liking.
To attend the event, you must register to the Facebook online community NAKED SAUNA CLUB and fill out the form that will be made available there on March 1 and 2. A select number of visitors will be chosen at random on March 3 and winners will be contacted directly on March 4 with further instructions.
If you’re in Tokyo this March, then don’t miss out on a chance to kick back and unwind up Tokyo Tower with a sauna treat.
NAKED NIGHT SAUNA at Tokyo Tower
Running: March 12, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Location: Tokyo Tower
Address: 4-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 17:00-20:00
Price: ¥20,000 (tax included) for 1-day tent rental (max 4 people)
Tickets: Will be posted on NAKED SAUNA CLUB Facebook Group
NAKED Official Website: https://naked.co.jp
Japan’s Snoopy Themed PEANUTS Cafe Reveals Charlie Brown Inspired Dessert
15.February.2021 | FOOD
Six branches of the hugely-popular PEANUTS Cafe in Japan are welcoming a collection of tasty new seasonal menu items this Saturday which are set to be served until March 14.
The Limited-Time Line-Up
Brownie Charles’s Brownie Chocolat | ¥950 (Before Tax)
Strawberry Whipped Hot Chocolate | Eat In ¥750 – Takeout ¥700 (Before Tax)
The collection includes a chocolate brownie inspired by the scene when Charlie Brown meets Peggy Jean for the first time. He is very nervous and mistakenly introduces himself as “Brownie Charlies.” There’s also a sweet strawberry hot chocolate topped with a squirt of whipped cream and drizzle of strawberry sauce.
(C) 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
PEANUTS Cafe Limited-Time Menu
Running: February 13, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Participating Branches: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, PEANUTS DINER Yokohama, PEANUTS DINER Kobe, PEANUTS Cafe Kobe, PEANUTS Cafe Snoopy Museum, PEANUTS Cafe Nagoya
PEANUTS Cafe: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
PEANUTS DINER: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/
Snoopy Japan Official Website: http://www.snoopy.co.jp/
Baumkuchen Served Hot at Your Home Baked Up by Nenrinya
14.February.2021 | FOOD
Japanese bakery and confectionery company Nenrinya is releasing a takeout baumkuchen dessert which can be warmed up at home. The baumkuchen was released at Nenrinya’s JR Shinagawa Station branch on Monday (February 1) and will be released at their Daimaru Tokyo and Sogo Yokohama branches on February 16.
Hot Baum Shikkarime | ¥432 (Tax Included)
To heat up, you simply microwave it for 30 seconds at 500W. This leaves the inside moist and adds a crunch to the outside, all while helping to emit the sumptuous smell of that butter. It goes perfect with a cup of coffee, tea, or milk. Customise by adding some whipped cream or pour some melted chocolate over.
Hot Baum Shikkarime
Japanese Product Name: ホットバーム しっかり芽
Nenrinya JR Shinagawa Station
Running: February 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021
*Serving from 12:00pm at this branch
Nenrinya Daimaru Tokyo & Nenrinya Sogo Yokohama
Running: February 26, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Nenrinya Official Website: https://www.nenrinya.jp/
Cute Milk Bottle Pudding Releases at Milk Bakers in Tokyo
12.February.2021 | FOOD
Tokyo-based bakery Milk has released an adorable new milk pudding at two of its branches, both of which are served in cute milk bottles.
Smooth Pudding / Milk Pudding – ¥380 Each (Tax Included)
Box of 4
Box of 8
Carefully-selected and fresh milk of high quality is used to make these Japanese-style puddings, known as purin. Each and every one is handmade individually, and they can be bought separately or in boxes of 4 and 8. No preservatives, additives, of any nasty stuff is added to the dessert either.
Also on the menu is a milk-loaded soft serve ice cream. The cup it’s served in has a cute retro design to it.
Available: Milk Sano / Milk Shibuya
Address: 2-7-1 Sano, Adachi-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Official Website: https://tokyo-milk.jp/
Love Me Pom Poko! Manga Gets Themed Cafe at NewType Shinjuku in Tokyo
NewType Shinjuku, a subculture cafe and bar in Tokyo, is collaborating with Modomu Akagawara’s manga series Love Me Pom Poko! from February 6 to 28. The cute and charming world of the series arrives not only on the food and drinks menu but in the form of merchandise and decorations too. As is the case with collaboration cafes in Japan, there’s some free novelties for customers to enjoy when they purchase something from the menu too.
Love Me Pom Poko! is not that known in the West yet, but if you happen to be in Tokyo this month, be sure to stop on by to experience the art of the series yourself.
Love Me Pom Poko! Collab Cafe
Running: February 6, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Location: NewType Shinjuku
Address: Dash Bldg. 1F, 5-12-16 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 16:00-20:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 11:00-20:00
Official Website: http://ntsnjk.tokyo/
Taiwanese Melon Bread Heads to Harajuku Food Factory
08.February.2021 | FOOD
The hugely popular Taiwan Melon Pan bread, which sells 10,000 units a month in Osaka, Kichijoji, and Nishiogikita, is now being served at Harajuku Food Factory until February 20.
Taiwan Melon Pan | ¥380 (Before Tax)
Taiwan Cheese Melon Pan | ¥450 (Before Tax)
The Taiwan Melon Pan bread is a combination of sweetness, rich butter, and salt for an irresistible flavour experience.
Harajuku Food Factory – “Taiwan Melon Pan”
Serving: February 3, 2021 – February 20, 2021
Where: Harajuku Food Factory
Address: THE SHARE Floor 1F, 3-25-18 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: http://www.opefac.com/
The Prince of Tennis 20th Anniversary Celebrated at Niigata Prefecture Manga and Anime Museum
Niigata Prefecture Manga and Anime Museum is currently holding a special event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the popular manga series The Prince of Tennis. Centred on both The Prince of Tennis and The New Prince of Tennis, the event is running until February 14.
©Takeshi Konomi / Shueisha
The event is a must-visit for fans of the manga series, who will get to enjoy seeing drafts by the author, full-colour manga panels, and more. They can also get their hands on a line-up of original merchandise produced for the event.
The Prince of Tennis 20th Anniversary Exhibition
Japanese Event Title: ～連載20周年記念全国ツアー～ テニスの王子様大原画展「テニスの王子様」×「新テニスの王子様」
Running: January 16, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Venue: Niigata Prefecture Manga and Anime Museum
Address: 2-5-7 Yachiyo, Chuo Ward, Niigata
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:00-17:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 10:00-17:00
Exhibition Official Website: http://tenipuri.gengaten.com/
Niigata Prefecture Manga and Anime Museum Official Website: http://museum.nmam.jp
Blue Bottle Coffee to Open Pop-Up Stores at Shibuya Scramble Square in Tokyo
07.February.2021 | FOOD
Blue Bottle Coffee Japan has announced that it will open a pop-up store on the second floor of Shibuya Scramble Square in Tokyo from February 10 to March 15.
Cacao Candy & Instant Coffee Set | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)
Coffee Set | ¥3,200 (Before Tax)
Sweet Bean Jelly & Instant Coffee Set | ¥3,000 (Before Tax)
The pop-up shop will sell a variety of Blue Bottle Coffee products like fresh coffee beans, mugs, Valentine’s Day gifts, item sets, and more.
Blue Bottle Coffee Pop-Up Store
Running: February 10, 2021 – March 15, 2021
Location: Shibuya Scramble Square Floor 2F
Address: 2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Houes: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://store.bluebottlecoffee.jp/
hotel koe tokyo Celebrates 3rd Anniversary With Luxurious Financier Strawberry Open Sandwich
07.February.2021 | FOOD
hotel koe tokyo is celebrating its third anniversary by serving up a special financier strawberry open sandwich at the koe lobby on the first floor.
Financier Strawberry Open Sandwich | ¥1,045
The sandwich is made using a financier bread baked by the hotel koe bakery. This fluffy and airy treat has crunchy sides and sits on top of a bed of fresh cream bathed in crème anglaise. It’s finished with a loaded topping of fresh strawberries which add a sweet and tangy flavour to the sandwich.
If you’re staying in Tokyo this month, don’t miss out on this limited-time treat which is being served from February 8 to 28.
hotel koe tokyo Financier Strawberry Open Sandwich
Where: koe lobby @ hotel koe tokyo
Serving Dates: February 8, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Serving Times: 15:00-18:00提供期間：2021年2月8日（月）～2月28日（日）
[Morning] 7:30-11:00 (Last Orders 10:30)
[Lunch] 11:00-15:00 (Last Orders 14:30)
[Tea Time & Dinner] 15:00-20:00 Last Orders 19:30)
Official Website: https://hotelkoe.com/food/