Airbnb recommends 3 kinds of overnight stays and 4 experiences to take in this cherry blossom season
05.April.2017 | SPOT
With the arrival of Japan’s cherry blossom season, it is predicted that this year foreign tourists visiting Japan will increase by 18% and domestic travel will increase by 28% over last year.
Airbnb recommends 3 kinds of overnight stays and 4 experiences for this cherry blossom viewing season.
Three popular overnight stays for the cherry blossom viewing season
This house is located in the town of Yoshino in Nara Prefecture, a town known as one of Japan’s most famous places for cherry blossom viewing. The room is made of Yoshino cedar and white cedar so you can enjoy viewing cherry blossoms enveloped in the nice tree smell. One overnight stay is approximately 9900 yen ~
There are about 1300 cherry trees in Nishi Park and it has been chosen as one of the 100 best cherry blossom viewing sites in Japan. You can walk to this park in 5 minutes. One overnight stay is approximately 7900 yen~
You can walk to Maruyama Park in 5 minutes from this cabin. Murayama Park is famous for its cherry blossoms. You can enjoy drinks and cakes in an old Japanese-style house café near here. One overnight stay is approximately 7000 yen~
Not only will you learn how to do floral arrangement, but also you can learn floral arrangement philosophy by visiting a shrine and participating in a tea party for 3 days. Mika who has a 30 year career in flower arranging will help you to enjoy this experience!
This experience will be taught by Kyoko who runs a Furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloth) online shop. You will learn how to wrap different things using a Furoshiki on this 3 day-trip. Using your newly learned technique you can wrap your lunch box and go on a cherry blossom-viewing picnic.
An Amazake making experience and a tasting of different kinds of Amazake over a 3 day-period. The host will be Mayu who is a sommelier and the owner of a SAKE BAR.
The host of this event, Maria has experienced teaching Japanese-style painting in Japan and in New York. She will guide the program both in Japanese and in English. You will learn about the history, and about pigmented ink by visiting an art store. You can enjoy Japanese-style painting over a 3 day-period.
It’s getting warmer everyday and the cherry blossoms will be at their best very soon. Have some wonderful spring experiences!
Official My Hero Academia Hanko Stamps Released
Japanese hanko stamp shop HANKOS released a new collection of official stamps with character designs from the anime series My Hero Academia on June 22, 2022!
These order-made hanko stamps, which are used in place of signatures in Japan, let you pick your favorite character to be engraved along with your name or a word written in Japanese.
47 Unique Illustrations
3 Fonts Available
Official Hanko Case
There are 47 different illustrations available to choose from including characters like Izuku Midoriya (Deku), Katsuki Bakugo (Dynamight), Ochako Uraraka (Uravity), Shoto Todoroki (Shoto), Neito Monoma (Phantom Thief), Itsuka Kendo (Battle Fist), Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu (Real Steel), and Shota Aizawa (Eraser Head).
Customers can choose from three different fonts, from more traditional to more cute. If you don’t want to use these stamps as a signature, you don’t need to add your name! Feel free to add messages like ‘OK,’ or ‘Thank You,’ or any other brief comments.
*Add up to 3 kanji, 5 hiragana or katakana characters, or 6 letters from the Roman alphabet.
Fans can choose from a self-inking type of hanko, perfect for signing for packages, stamping memos, marking personal belongings, and more. You can also choose a more official stamp that can be registered for use at almost all banks in Japan. Both types come with an exclusive case featuring Deku, Dynamite, and All Might.
Which character would you want alongside your official signature?
Hololive Meet to Bring Popular VTubers to Anime Expo 2022 in Los Angeles
Massively popular VTubers from Hololive Productions will appear at Anime Expo 2022 in Los Angeles from July 1 until July 4, 2022. The contention is one of the largest anime events in North America.
Fans will be able to purchase exclusive merchandise featuring the Hololive Meet ambassadors: Gawr Gura, Tokino Sora, and Ayunda Risu. The three represent Hololive English, Hololive, and Hololive Indonesia, respectively. Everything from shirts to wall scrolls will be on sale, so if you’re in the LA area, be sure to come out and support your favorite streamer!
Anime Expo 2022
Booth Number: Exhibit Hall #4606
Dates: July 1 – July 4, 2022
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closing at 15:00 on July 4)
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center
Official Site: https://www.anime-expo.org/
Popular LINE Sticker Character Opanchuusagi Inspires Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka
The popular character Opanchuusagi, created by illustrator Kawaisoni, has inspired two collaboration cafes! Fans of the adorable rabbit will be able to grab themed dishes and goods in both Tokyo and Osaka from July 7 until August 21. Does the character look familiar? You’ve probably seen her on social media or on LINE!
Opanchuusagi does her best for everyone but tends to fail in hilarious ways. The melancholy character has been getting increasingly popular lately, leaving comments like “poor thing,” or “so cute!”
Cafe Visitor Bonus / Menu Order Bonus
Opanchu Shaved Ice
Opanchu Missing-Underpants Soda
Opanchu Pink Soda
Opanchu Strawberry Milk
The Opanchuusagi Cafe will offer a lineup of cute menu items perfect for posting on social media, from the curry and burger to the shaved ice and latte. The cafe will also sell original merchandise, so don’t miss your chance to snag some!
Why not come relax at this unique cafe on a hot summer day?
BOX cafe&space Matsumoto Kiyoshi Ikebukuro Part 2
July 7 – August 21, 2022
Matsumoto Kiyoshi Ikebukuro Part 2, 4F (1-22-8 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)
BOX cafe&space Umeda LOFT
July 7 – August 21, 2022
Retro Cafe Inspired Items Available from Thank You Mart
THANK YOU MART will begin selling a total of 18 unique items starting in late June. These items were inspired by Japanese cafes during the Showa era, and give off the perfect amount of retro vibes. Most items at THANK YOU MART costs ¥390 (¥429 with tax).
The new cafe-inspired items are perfect for those longing for days long past, made with impactful yet subdued colors and classic patterns. The logo looks like something pulled out of the Showa era, so if you’re a fan of classic Japanese style, be sure to grab some of these inexpensive items when they drop later this month!
THANK YOU MART – Cafe Amour
Sales begin in Late June 2022
Where to Buy: All THANK YOU MART locations, THANK YOU MART Online Shop
Official Site: https://www.390yen.jp/
NANA Manga Artist Ai Yazawa’s Exhibition Commemorated by Six Manga Magazines
The Ai Yazawa ALL TIME BEST Exhibition will be opening Takashimaya stores in Shinjuku, Osaka, and Yokohama, before traveling to the Aeon Mall Okayama and Daimaru Tokyo. The Tokyo exhibition will be opening on July 20, and to commemorate the big event, six of Shueisha’s shojo manga magazines will be including clear color folders inspired by Yazawa’s most famous works!
Yazawa’s most popular manga series include Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai, Neighborhood Story, Paradise Kiss, and Nana. This exhibition will serve as a ‘best-of album’ for her many beloved works.
The Ai Yazawa ALL TIME BEST Exhibition will feature over 300 original drawings and illustrations, as well as never-before-seen materials from the production of Yazawa’s many manga series and anime adaptations. Many readers say that Ai Yazawa’s works taught them about the important things in life, such as love, dreams, and fashion. Which inspired you the most?
On Sale June 23 – The Margaret Summer Issue Supplement, ‘Neighborhood Story Zama ver.’
Front: Ai Yazawa / Shueisha ©
Back: Ai Yazawa / Shueisha ©
On Sale July 1 – Ribon Magazine August Issue Supplement ‘Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai Ribon ver.’
Front: Ai Yazawa / Shueisha ©
On Sale July 13 – Bessatsu Margaret August Issue Supplement ‘Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai Betsuma ver.’
Ai Yazawa / Shueisha ©
On Sale July 20 – Margaret #16 Appendix ‘NANA Margaret ver.’
Ai Yazawa / Shueisha ©
On Sale July 26 – Cookie September Issue Supplement ‘NANA Cookie ver.’
Ai Yazawa / Shueisha ©
On Sale July 28 – Cocohana September Issue ‘Paradise Kiss Cocohana ver.’
Ai Yazawa / Shodensha ©
Each clear folder features the image of a famous scene from one of Ai Yazawa’s works. Be sure to grab these rare supplements before they’re gone!
ALL TIME BEST Ai Yazawa Exhibition
July 20 – August 8, 2022
Shinjuku Takashimaya 11F Event Space
10:00-19:00 (Closes at 17:30 on August 8)
August 24 – September 12, 2022
Osaka Takashimaya 7F Grand Hall
10:30-18:30 (Closes at 16:30 on September 12)
September 21 – October 10, 2022
Yokohama Takashimaya Gallery 8F
10:30-18:30 (Closes at 16:30 on October 10)
November 26 – December 25, 2022
Aeon Mall Okayama 5F, Okayama Mirai Hall
January 4 – January 22, 2023
Daimaru Museum Kyoto (Daimaru Kyoto 6F)
Clear Folder Details: http://ribon.shueisha.co.jp/yazawaai-ten2022/
Lupin the Third Inspires Collaboration NFT Sneakers
Takeshi Koike’s Lupin the Third series has inspired something truly unique. web3 creative studio 1BLOCK, inspired by a younger Lupin and friends, will be offering up some virtual sneakers in summer 2022. These sneakers are part of MetaSamurai, a 3D avatar project. Each of these NFTs will be the only one of their kind in the world.
MetaSamurai was inspired by Lupin III, Daisuke Jigen, and Goemon Ishikawa from the Lupin the Third series. The virtual sneakers were created with designs based on the three series: Lupin the Third: The Gravestone of Daisuke Jigen, Lupin the Third: The Blood Spray of Goemon Ishikawa, and Lupin the Third: Fujiko Mine’s Lie.
Watch out for the world’s first Lupin the Third 3DNFT project!
Coji-Coji and Sanrio Characters Come Together to Celebrate Cinnamoroll’s 20th Anniversary
To commemorate Cinnamoroll’s 20th anniversary, Coji-Coji and a ton of other Sanrio characters are coming together to celebrate!
The characters who live in fairy tale lands are always on a mission to entertain humans. Coji-Coji attends a school and studies hard every day, following the example of famous characters active in the human world. Sanrio characters have come to the school to study hard themselves, and this newly-created collaboration art shows the characters in adorable matching school uniforms.
Look forward to these new collaborative products coming in the summer of 2022, as well as other unique plans to celebrate the anniversary of Cinnamoroll!
Coji-Coji x Sanrio Characters
Official Site: https://www.cojicoji.site/
VTuber Group NIJISANJI Releases 10th Round of Themed T-Shirts
Popular VTuber group NIJISANJI has started selling some new T-shirts as part of the NIJI-Tee project. These shirts were designed by three of the members and are available to order from the NIJISANJI official store.
Three members–Kokoro Amamiya, SisterClaire, and Kizuku Yashiro–designed these shirts themselves. Which one will you be ordering?
NIJI-Tee (10th Round)
Sales begin June 24, 18:00~
Where to Buy: NIJISANJI Official Store
*These products will also be available at Kotobukiya.
Expected Delivery: Late July 2022
The up-and-coming music unit zonji will perform the new opening theme for the popular anime series Kingdom! The song will be heard when the second cour premieres on July 9, 2022.
zonji is a home-based music unit consisting of Shoya Abe (Vo./Producer) and Takuma Nozawa (Gt./Designer).
The group began its activities in 2020 with the slogan ‘music for all moods.’ With a mix of catchy melodies and a contemporary R&B sound, the pair have been releasing a ton of incredible tracks all made in their home homes.
The new song geki, written by zonji for the Kingdom anime series, is based on the theme of ‘proclamation,’ a statement of one’s most powerful beliefs. Fans of the anime series will understand how this theme plays into the show, and the catchy track will be available as a digital single on July 20.
Comment from Shoya Abe (Vo./Producer)
In Kingdom, Shin speaks loudly and earnestly of a dream that is unlikely to come true. His message of loneliness, persistence, and hope really inspired me, as I also struggled for years without knowing if my work would pay off.
When I started writing geki, I thought about all the important people I’ve met in my life. Just as Ou Ki and Hyou live on in Shin’s heart, I live each day with these people in my soul.
You are not alone. To all of the dreamers out there who feel like they’re fighting alone, I want you to listen to geki.
Comment from Takuma Nozawa (Gt./Designer)
This is like a dream.
I’ve been following Kingdom since a friend recommended it to me in college. I’ve felt so many emotions through this work–elation that bubbled up from the depths of my soul, despair that made me want to give up, excitement to the point of shaking. It has also inspired me to keep going when I’m feeling hopeless.
I’m not as strong as Shin, but I still managed to continue with my music and now I’ve been given this incredible opportunity. I’m honored to be a part of a work that has had such an impact on me. I can’t wait until the next season of the anime.
geki – zonji (Digital Single)
Release Date: July 20, 2022
Kingdom Series 4
Airing Saturdays at 24:00
Official Site: https://kingdom-anime.com
Felissimo’s KAWAII COMPANY to Sell Colorful Miwa Soumen Noodles for a Limited Time
27.June.2022 | FOOD
In late 2020, Felissimo teamed up with the ‘King of Kawaii’ Sebastian Masuda to create KAWAII COMPANY, a project selling adorable original items. The company is now teaming up with Ikeri, a long-running Miwa Soumen shop in Nara, to create some colorful noodles to enjoy this summer. Five colors will be available, and these noodles can be purchased online until September 30, 2022.
The Kawaii Soumen box includes five scents and flavors of noodle–purple sweet potato, plum, Kabosu, Blue Beefsteak Plant, and plain. The adorable box is also reusable!
Ikeri has been selling soumen in Nara for over 170 years. This new collaboration aims to introduce more ‘kawaii’ into traditional pieces of Japanese culture. Ikeri’s thin soumen noodles are made by hand one by one and shine like jewels when boiled.
Customers are welcome to try different arrangements with these gorgeous noodles. These are the perfect summer gift for adults who love tasty food, tradition, and appearance! The wooden box is handmade by craftsmen in Nara Prefecture.
How would you like to not only eat these tasty noodles but post them all over social media?
7th Dance Music Festival ULTRA JAPAN 2022 to be Held in Odaiba
ULTRA JAPAN 2022 will be held at TOKYO ODAIBA ULTRA PARK II in Tokyo on September 17 and 18, 2022!
ULTRA JAPAN is the Japanese version of ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (UMF), one of the world’s largest urban dance music festivals held yearly in Miami since 1999. This year marks the 7th event in Japan, and the festival has been held in over 21 countries around the world. In 2016 and 2017, it was named the #1 festival in the world in a fan poll by DJ MAG.
ULTRA JAPAN has become a staple of the dance music community in Japan, attracting over 530,000 people since it was first held in 2014. The festival has been number one in terms of attendance among all dance music festivals held in Japan, bringing together some of the world’s best DJs and delighting fans with intense special effects. The festival is only 15 minutes from Shibuya!
Stay tuned for more information about the artist lineup for ULTRA JAPAN!
Golden Kamuy x Sanrio Characters Collaboration Cafe to Open in Shibuya
Characters from the popular anime series Golden Kamuy will team up with beloved Sanrio characters for a new collaboration cafe! Fans should visit Chugai Grace Cafe in Shibuya by July 18 to try some themed dishes and grab some exclusive merchandise.
Eat the Great North! Cream Stew Plate
Almond Pound Cake with Lingonberry Sauce
Matagi’s Stump Birthday Cake
Monkichi the Monkey and Shiraishi’s Banana Soda
Cola Float and Strange Juice
Pin – Cafe ver. (7 varieties, random)
Acrylic Stand (7 varieties)
Acrylic Frame Keychain (7 varieties)
Acrylic Block – Cafe ver.
Let’s Go to the Cafe! Curry (2 varieties)
Pouch (10 varieties)
Genjirou Tanigaki Birthday Set
Collab Menu Order / Advanced Reservation Bonus Coaster (17 varieties)
Matagi’s Stump Birthday Cake Order Bonus – Bromide
Goods Preorder Bonus Bromide (17 varieties)
The collaboration menu will include a tasty Almond Pound Cake with Lingonberry Sauce and Matagi’s Stump Birthday Cake to celebrate Tanigaki’s birthday! Don’t miss out on these exclusive menu items and goods.
© 2022 SANRIO CO., LTD. TOKYO, JAPAN(L)
Golden Kamuy x Sanrio Characters x Chugai Grace Cafe
Running: June 23 – July 18, 2022
Venue: Shibuya MODI 7F, Chugai Grace Cafe
Official Site: https://chugai-grace-cafe.jp/collaboration/kamuyxsanrio/