Tokyobike is set to open a new shop in Fukuoka, its first branch outside of Tokyo. The shop will have its pre-opening this week on July 23 followed by its grand opening on August 1. The store is being managed by FILAMENTS Inc. which is known for running the Hiroshima-based sports bike store “grumpy” as well as the bicycle lifestyle shop “pop grumpy.”
What is Tokyobike?
Tokyobike is a bicycle manufacturer which launched in 2002 on the east side of Tokyo. Specialising in bikes that can be enjoyed in the city and people’s everyday lives, the company now has over 200 stores in Japan, as well as three directly-managed shops in Tokyo and eight partner shops overseas.
The company’s Tokyobike Plus brand is a concept shop made in collaboration with a range of the company’s unique partners and offers a “plus” factor and value that can only be experienced with Tokyobike, showcasing a range to customers that shows them how to enjoy the bicycle life.
Tokyobike Plus Fukuoka is located in Yakuin which is just a 10-minute walk from Tenjin in central Fukuoka. It’s surrounded by bustling cafes, interior design shops, popular confectionery stores, and more. It’s also close to Ohori Park, Fukuoka Zoo and Botanical Garden, Ropponmatsu, and plenty of other places within 3km which can be easily reached by bike.
The store offers bike repairs and maintenance, sells bike-related goods which can be sifted through with a complementary cup of coffee, and staff can give information to riders on how best to enjoy riding around Fukuoka. Its interior design was conceived by Makoto Obuchi of GO!design factory Inc. who is responsible for creating the designs for the Italian restaurant Cernia in Fukuoka, the Akasaka-based izakaya Machiya Akariya, Meshiya Koyama Parking in Kego, and more.
To celebrate the opening of Tokyobike Plus Fukuoka, the first 80 customers will receive a free original Tokyobike hand towel designed by Kamawanu, a company specialising in making hand towels which are individually dyed using a traditional method known as chuusen.
Tokyobike Plus Fukuoka
Address: 16-1 Yakuinifukumachi, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
Official Website: https://tokyobike-fukuoka.com
Winter Scenery Coming to teamLab Forest Fukuoka for a Limited Time
The permanent museum teamLab Forest Fukuoka is bringing winter scenery to the virtual exhibition for a limited time starting November 20, 2021. Many of the virtual exhibits will be covered in fluffy snowflakes as butterflies flutter by in seasonal winter colors. Animals made of winter flowers will wander by guests as they explore this magical world.
Works to Feature Seasonal Changes
Soft Terrain and Granular Topography – A Whole Year per Year – teamLab, 2020
Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life – A Whole Year per Year – teamLab, 2020
Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives – A Whole Year per Year – teamLab, 2020
Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives II – A Whole Year per Year – teamLab, 2019
teamLab’s works are drawn in real-time by computer programs and are constantly changing and evolving, with many changing with the seasons. This is the perfect place to enjoy the winter season out of the cold!
TRUFULL TOKYO Releases First Truffle Ice Cream
08.November.2021 | FOOD
Truffles aren’t something most people eat every day, but TRUFULL TOKYO wants to change that. The casual truffle brand wants to combine this luxury ingredient with simple dishes to make it easier to chow down on this tasty treat more often, and now, their first product release has been announced! TRUFULL ICE CREAM, playfully created by a French chef, aims to give people a new view of what food can be.
The truffles aren’t the only thing that makes this ice cream special. The milk used to create it is gathered at Zao Provence Farm in Miyagi prefecture in the morning and processed the exact same day! After the ice cream is made, it is mixed with plenty of French black truffles, making a flavor like no other.
The upscale TRUFULL ICE CREAM, a perfect dessert for the discerning adult, is available at CARBON COFFEE in Fukuoka.
TRUFULL ICE CREAM
Release Date: November 15, 2021
Price: ¥500 for 120ml cup (Tax Included)
Where to Buy: CARBON COFFEE
Address: Royal Building 1F 1-2-34 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Official Online Store: Scheduled to Open November 15
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trufull_tokyo/ (@trufull_tokyo)
Official Site: https://trufulltokyo.com/
Contemporary Art Festival ART@FUKUOKA Opens at Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin
Department store Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin will host the contemporary art festival ART@FUKUOKA for the first time, from October 13 until October 25, 2021.
The art market is growing year by year, with more and more people curious about incorporating unique works into their interior design, or purchase pieces as assets. In particular, the contemporary art market has become the focus of a large movement and continues to elevate a number of new personalities. The ART@FUKUOKA festival will feature 300 works by promising young artists from both Japan and abroad. This is a great chance for those unfamiliar with the contemporary art world to get a feel for what it represents!
Main Building 8F Works at a Glance
Sadamasa Motonaga – Untitled
©Motonaga Data Research Office
Nick Walker – Vandalism
DOLK – Winner blue dolk
ONEMIZER – Bicause Pipi
ART ~New Expressions~ (Main Building Antenna Plus 1F) Works at a Glance
The contemporary art movement is gaining more popularity worldwide. Each year, expressions become more and more diverse, and more unique creators spring onto the scene. The ART ~New Expressions~ section focuses on artists with the potential to lead the next generation.
BABYTECTOR [PRISM]. 2021.
Emoji_Alligator_Emoji (Output. ver). 2021.
BREAK DANCE. 2021.
Panther and Phoenix. 2021.
Running: October 13 – October 25, 2021
Address: Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin
Venue 1/Main Building, 8F: 10:00-6:00 *Closes at 5 PM on October 25
Venue 2/Antenna Plus, Main Building 1F: 10:00-8:00
Official Site: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/fukuoka/
“Katanukiya” opens in Fukuoka, Selling Kumamon Katanuki Baum for Limited Time Only
01.October.2021 | FOOD
Ginza-based Katanukiya, a store that specializes in shaped Baum, will be opening a limited-time shop in Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin between October 1 and October 31. The store will stock both the ‘Panda Series’ and panda sable.
Kumamoto Panda Baum: ¥594 (Tax Incl.)
Kumamon Shaped Katanuki Baum: ¥540 (Tax Incl.)
Ghost Panda Baum: ¥540 (Tax Incl.)
Panda Baum: ¥540 (Tax Incl.)
Amabie Baum: ¥540 (Tax Incl.)
The new ‘Kumamoto Panda Baum’ will be debuting at the Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin store, along with the ‘Kumamon Shape Katanuki Baum.’ A new baum featuring the Amabie, a creature which is said to have appeared in Kumamoto during the Edo period and represents a bright, hopeful future, will also be available. Why not enjoy some cute character Baum this Autumn?
Katanukiya Limited-time Shop
Shop Duration: October 1 ~ October 31 2021
Location: Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin, Main Building 2F Confectionery Exhibition Hall
Official Site: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/fukuoka/
Fukuoka Unko Museum Finale Campaign Held, Halloween Event Coming to Tokyo
01.October.2021 | SPOT
With the Unko (Poop) Museum’s run in Fukuoka coming to an end, the Unko Museum Fukuoka Thank You Campaign will be running from October 1 until October 24 to show appreciation for guest’s patronage over the past six months. A number of new photo spots and merchandise will be available, and concurrently, the Unko Museum Tokyo will be holding a special Halloween event from October 1 until October 31, 2021.
The Golden Poo
Ticket Pre-order Bonus: Limited-Edition Fukuoka Clear Folder
Influencers should take a trip to Fukuoka because a new photo spot is inviting photo-savvy visitors to sit on a golden toilet bowl for some one-of-a-kind pictures. Is it strange? Sure, but how could people not like that kind of Instagram post?
Each person who takes the time to rub the giant Golden Poo at the gift shop will receive an exclusive not-for-sale golden poo sticker! Anyone who spends over ¥1,300 (including tax) in a single transaction will also receive an exclusive bag!
Halloween Event「MAX UNKO HALLOWEEN 2021」
Umberto, the guardian God of the Unko Museum, dressed up for Halloween
The Unko Volcano, known as the symbol of the museum, will be illuminated with a special Halloween image! Though the space will still be as fun as ever, it will be just a little more spooky than usual–and those who show up in costume will get a free Umberto sticker! Following the Unko Museum Instagram account will also get you some additional goods, so be sure to do so. This event will certainly be one you’ll never forget.
Unko Museum Fukuoka Thank You Campaign
Running: October 1 – October 24, 2021
Admission: Free *Admission to the museum not included.
Location: CHIKYUJIN presents Unko Museum Fukuoka Powered by HAWKS
Ticket Site: https://ticket.e-zofukuoka.com/#/
Official Site: https://e-zofukuoka.com/unkomuseum/
MAX UNKO HALLOWEEN 2021
Running: October 1 – October 31, 2021
Admission: Free *Admission to the museum not included.
Location: Unko Museum Tokyo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/unko_museum/ (@unko_museum)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unko_museum/ (@unko_museum)
Official Site: https://unkomuseum.com/tokyo
Autumn Scenery Coming to teamLab Forest Fukuoka for a Limited Time Only
The permanent museum teamLab Forest Fukuoka is bringing autumn scenery to the virtual exhibition for a limited time only beginning September 18, 2021. A number of animals made of autumn foliage will be roaming through the space, and you won’t want to miss this memorable experience!
teamLab Forest Highlights
Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives – teamLab, 2020
Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives II – teamLab, 2019
Soft Terrain and Granular Topography – teamLab, 2020
Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life – teamLab, 2020
The prolific works of the teamLab art collective change with the seasons. In the Forest of Movement, guests can enter the ‘Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives’ exhibit, where creatures made of flowers exist in a three-dimensional space. For this fall event, these flowers will be those found in the autumn months. The ‘Soft Terrain and Granular Topography’ will display tons of colorful grains raining down on visitors, while the ‘Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life’ will change the usual butterflies to have autumn colors as they fly around guests.
teamLab Forest is a new museum created by art collective teamLab. The museum consists of two sections: the first, ‘The Catching and Collecting Forest,’ invites guests to explore with their smartphone to capture various unique creatures, while the second, ‘The Athletics Forest,’ is a physical creative space which asks visitors to use their body to immerse themselves in interactive areas.
Would you like to visit this distinctive museum in Fukuoka on your next trip to Japan?
teamLab Forest Fukuoka – SBI SECURITIES Co., Ltd.
Autumn Scenery Coming on September 18, 2021
Venue: BOSS E･ZO FUKUOKA 5F, Next to Fukuoka PayPal Dome (2-2-6 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka)
Official Site: http://forest.teamlab.art
Ichiban Kuji to Open Fourth Official Shop in Kyushu, First in the Region
Offered by BANDAI SPIRITS, Ichiban Kuji is a popular brand of lottery in Japan, in which players are guaranteed to win a piece of merchandise. This no-lose game is often seen in collaboration with popular anime and game series, and a number of dedicated BANDAI SPIRITS Ichiban Kuji stores are starting to pop up around Japan. Now, the fourth of these shops is opening in Fukuoka on September 9, making it the first in Kyushu.
Ichiban Kuji – Disney’s Twisted Wonderland, Vol. 4
Release Date: September 10, 2021
Ichiban Kuji – Monogatari Series
Release Date: September 18, 2021
Ichiban Kuji – Kirby Series KIRBY’S BURGER
Release Date: September 24, 2021
Ichiban Kuji – Mobile Suit Gundam Gunpla 2021
Release Date: September 25, 2021
Prior to opening brick-and-mortar stores, Ichiban Kuji took place at convenience stores, bookstores, and game centers across Japan. In December 2020, the first dedicated shop opened in Umeda, Osaka, with the following two opening in Ikebukuro in Tokyo and Yokohama in Kanagawa in March 2021. Popularity is only increasing, as fans continue to enjoy the unique collection of products.
The new Fukuoka location is the largest of any Ichiban Kuji shops to date, and also features the Ichiban Coffret, a lineup of high-quality pop culture-inspired cosmetics for purchase.
Ichiban Kuji Official Shop – Hakata Bus Terminal
Address: Hakata Bus Terminal 7F (2-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture)
Open Date: September 9, 2021
*Hours subject to change in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Experience “Love” with All Five Senses at Disney Princess Exhibition, Visiting Fukuoka, Osaka in 2022
The WHAT IS LOVE? -Sparkling Secrets of the Princess’ World- exhibition, based on “Courage and Kindness” and held to commemorate the Global Princess Celebration, is currently touring in Tokyo and Nagoya. The event has announced that the next venue will be in the Fukuoka Asian Museum from January 2, 22. The exhibit will be held in Osaka in Summer 2022.
In addition, the Disney Princess Exhibition VR, currently being held at Docomo Shop D Garden in Nagoya, will move to the Docomo Shop Grand Front in Osaka from September 12, 2021, with ticket reservations currently being accepted.
Original Goods Samples
Earl Gray Tea: ¥1,296 (Tax Included)
2 Pocket Mirror File (A4, Key Visual): ¥462 (Tax Included)
Framed Poster (A3, Princess Aurora) ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Room Fragrance (Jasmine) ¥5,280 (Tax Included)
The concept of the exhibition is WHAT IS LOVE, reflecting the title. At the exhibition, you can learn more about the “Love” that made each Princess shine throughout their story, featuring 12 Princesses: Snow White from Snow White, Cinderella from Cinderella, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Jasmine from Aladdin, Pocahontas from Pocahontas, Mulan from Mulan, Tina from Princess and the Frog, Rapunzel from Tangled, Merida from Brave, and Moana from Moana.
The exhibition consists of six areas where you can experience “Love” as taught by Disney Princess, using video, digital technology, music, and fragrances to stimulate all five senses. By experiencing the exhibition, your own world will begin to shine as you learn more about the various types of “Love” that can be felt towards your soulmate, family, friends, and yourself.
A selection of popular exhibition original goods are currently on sale at the Tokyo venue (Shibuya Marui) and the Nagoya venue (JR Nagoya Takashimaya). They can also be purchased through the official online shop, so don’t miss out!
WHAT IS LOVE? ~Sparkling Secrets of the Princess’ World~
Venue: Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Planning Gallery
Duration: January 2 ~ March 27, 2022
*Admission fees and ticket sales information will be announced in future.
*The addition of a VR exhibition is unconfirmed
Date: Summer 2022
Online shop: https://store.plusmember.jp/princessexhibition/
CLOUDY Opens Africa-Themed Apparel Event Inside Hakata Hankyu
Apparel brand CLOUDY opened a pop-up event at the Media Stage on the first floor of Hakata Hankyu on July 28 which will run until August 3.
Hakata Hankyu exclusive tee design
CLOUDY was established with the goal of creating education and employment opportunities in Africa. Part of its proceeds are donated to the NPO Doooooooo.
At the event, CLOUDY will be selling a collection of apparel made using traditional weaving techniques from Ghana, such as handmade baskets which take two weeks to make, quilted bags with African prints, hand-woven canvas tote bags made from eco-friendly fabrics, tees made out of recycled materials, and more, all colourful for the spring and summer seasons. A limited-edition Hakata Hankyu tee will also be available to purchase.
CLOUDY Pop-Up Event
Running: July 28, 2021 – August 3, 2021
Location: Hakata Hankyu Floor 1F, 1-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Until 18:00 on August 3)
CLOUDY Official Website: https://cloudy-tokyo.com/
Mr. Osomatsu Escape Game Heads to Fukuoka
SCRAP’s Mr. Osomatsu themed escape game “Escape From the Black Market Empire,” which is currently taking place in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka, has proven so popular that it’s set to open in Fukuoka on August 1.
Exclusive merchandise when buying select tickets: glass, coaster, business card, and card case
Sticker Set ¥300 / Folder ¥1,000 / Pins ¥500 / Acrylic Keyrings ¥800 / Mini Tote Bags ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
The escape game, which is called “Escape From the Black Market Empire,” features an original voiced story (recorded by the original voice actors) that has players using their smartphones to communicate with the six Matsuno siblings. They must work with them to help repay their debt.
The event also has its own exclusive merchandise. In Fukuoka, it will be held at SPACE on the Station on the 6th floor of SOLARIA STAGE which is located not even a minutes’ walk from Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station.
Mr. Osomatsu Escape Game: Escape From the Black Market Empire
Start Date: August 1, 2021
Venue: SOLARIA STAGE (6th Floor – SPACE on the Station)
General Tickets: ¥2,700
Advance Tickets w/Merchandise: ¥5,700
Official Website: https://realdgame.jp/osomatsusan/
Veuve Clicquot La Grande x Yayoi Kusama Collaboration Gets Restocked
First released in 2020, the limited-edition Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2012 Yayoi Kusama is set to be restocked in limited quantities. To promote the re-release, three pop-up shops are set to open in Japan: one in Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store from July 28 to August 3, another in Iwataya Mitsukoshi from August 14 to August 17, and another in Mitsukoshi Nagoya Sakae Store LACHIC from August 14 to August 22.
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2012 Yayoi Kusama Gift Box | ¥27,740 (Tax Included)
Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store Pop-Up Shop
Iwataya Mitsukoshi Pop-Up Shop
Mitsukoshi Nagoya Sakae Store LACHIC Pop-Up Shop
The pop-up shops serve as a space to celebrate two revolutionary women: the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and Madame Clicquot, who led the champagne industry as a female entrepreneur in the 1800s. This includes Kusama’s 2-meter tall sculpture My Heart That Blooms in The Darkness of The Night designed for the collaboration, a replica of Kusama’s Self Obliterated by Dots: Madame Clicquot which she created in 2006 for the Madame Clicquot Art Exhibition charity event, recordings of Kusama reading out poems she created for the collaboration, and more. Visitors to the pop-up shops can also scan a QR code and watch the What makes me Bloom short movie, and more.
The Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2012 Yayoi Kusama Gift Box can be bought at the three stores, and at LACHIC, you can try a glass of the champagne.
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame x Yayoi Kusama
Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store
Address: 1-4-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0022, Japan
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
Running: July 28, 2021 – August 3, 2021
Location: Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store (Floor 1F Central Hall)
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:30
Product Page: https://www.mistore.jp/shopping/product/900000000000000001739169.html
*Click and Collect only
*Orders open on July 21 from 10:00
Address: 2 Chome-5-35 Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, 810-8680, Japan
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Running: August 11, 2021 – August 17, 2021
Location: Iwataya Mitsukoshi KIRAMEKI BORD (Floor 1F)
Mitsukoshi Nagoya Sakae Store LACHIC
Opening Hours: Mitsukoshi Nagoya Sakae Store 10:00-20:00 / LACHIC 11:00-21:00
Address: 3-5-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 460-8669, Japan
Running: August 14, 2021 – August 22, 2021
Location: LACHIC Bazaar (Floor 1F)
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
*Purchases from Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store are advance orders only
teamLab Forest Fukuoka’s Interactive Digital Art Installations Get Summer Makeover
teamLab Forest Fukuoka is getting a makeover for the summer season from July 17. Look out for seasonal digital installations including a bed of bright yellow sunflowers, animals made of summer flowers walking around, and more.
Summer Digital Artworks
Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives
Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives II
Soft Terrain and Granular Topography, 2020
Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life
For summertime only, teamLab’s Athletics Forest presents Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives – A Whole Year per Year where various animals made from seasonal flowers, such as sunflowers, roam the area. There’s also A Whole Year per Year / Soft Terrain and Granular Topography – A Whole Year per Year where visitors can see varying levels of three-dimensional soft terrain, and Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life – A Whole Year per Year, where butterflies flutter in summer colours.
The teamLab Athletics Forest and Catching and Collecting Forest are new museums by teamLab. In the Athletics Forest, visitors use three-dimensional thinking using the body, while in the Catching and Collecting Forest, they capture the wonder of catching and collecting things as children.
teamLab’s artworks are not pre-recorded images that are played back; they are created by a computer program that continuously renders the artwork in real time. As a whole, they are continuously changing, and previous visual states are never replicated. The picture at this moment can never be seen again.
teamLab Forest Fukuoka – Summer 2021
Start Date: July 17, 2021
Venue: BOSS E・ZO FUKUOKA (Floor 5F)
Address: 2 Chome-2-6 Jigyohama, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka
Official Website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/forest/