Japan’s Hello Kitty Themed Hotel Rooms Open at Asakusa Tobu Hotel in Tokyo

16.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Tobu Hotel Management are set to welcome Tokyo’s only hotel rooms based around Sanrio’s popular character Hello Kitty at Asakusa Tobu Hotel when the hotel official opens for business on October 8, 2020.

There are two different room types, of which there are three rooms for each for a total of 6 rooms: “Cherry Blossom Maiden” and “Japanese Modern,” both centred around Hello Kitty.

The Cherry Blossom Maiden room brings together Japanese cherry blossoms with Hello Kitty dressed as a cute maiden. Decorated in pastel pink, this room is all things kawaii, and even comes with a raised flooring area to add to that Japanese vibe.

On the other side of the kawaii coin is the Japanese Modern room. The design here combines Asakusa-style colours with traditional Japanese elements, resulting in a stylish interior.

 

Reservations for the Hello Kitty Rooms open on August 24 at 10:00 (JST) via the hotel’s official website. If you’re staying in Japan anytime after October 8, make sure to book your room ASAP!

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    29.September.2020 | FOOD

    Kourakuen Holdings Corporation launched a collaboration campaign together with Sanrio’s popular character Hello Kitty on September 26 which is set to run to October 25.

    Hello Kitty takes over Kourakuen

    For the duration of the collaboration, the Roppongi and Dogenzaka branches of Kourakuen will be decorated in all things Hello Kitty

     

    Free folder with child meal sets

    A free and exclusive A4 size folder will be given to all who order the children’s meal set. This is available at select branches only and the folders are limited in stock.

     

    Kourakuen original merchandise

    Kourakuen x Hello Kitty Soy Sauce Plate | ¥200 (Tax Included)

    Kourakuen x Hello Kitty Folder | ¥100 (Tax Included)

    A special line-up of original and exclusive merchandise will also be sold at all Kourakuen branches including soy sauce plates, folders, and more.

  • 7 Best Spots to Visit During Autumn in Ishikawa Prefecture’s City of Kaga

    27.September.2020 | SPOT

    Ishikawa Prefecture is generally split into two areas—Kaga and Noto—and these areas are home to six cities dubbed Kaga no Kuni, or “Kaga Country.” The cities include Kaga, Komatsu, Nomi, Kawakita, Hakusan, and Nonoichi. Today, we’ll be looking at some of the must-visit spots in these cities to visit during the autumn season.

     

    Kaga Country’s Autumn Colours

    Natadera Temple in Komatsu

    The beautiful Natadera Temple is a symbol of southern Kaga and even has a Michelin star in Michelin Green Guide Japan. It’s home to a large number of important cultural properties such as the picturesque Kigan Yusenkyo Rock Formations. Visitors can ross the Fugetsukyo Bridge to reach the observation deck from which their eyes are treated to all the fiery colours of autumn.

     

    Address: Yu-122 Natamachi, Komatsu, Ishikawa
    TEL: 0761-65-2111
    Natadera Temple Official Website: http://www.natadera.com/

     

    Kakusenkei Gorges in Kaga

    The Kakusenkei Gorges are located in a valley where the Daishoji River runs. Its autumnal beauty is said to be the most beautiful in all of Japan’s Hokuriku region. The 1.3km stretch of the valley has a public footpath which is perfect during autumn as you gaze at the red and yellow leaves overlooking the river below.

     

    Address: Kakusenkei Gorges, Yamanakaonsen Kajikamachi, Ho, Kaga, Ishikawa
    TEL: 0761-78-0330
    Information: https://www.yamanaka-spa.or.jp/global/eng/view2.html

     

    Matsusaki in Nomi

    Matsusaki is an onsen ryokan (hot spring Japanese inn) that was built during the Edo Period. It’s enjoyed greatly for its open-air baths which boast their own water source as well as their kaiseki-ryori traditional Japanese multi-course dinner made using local ingredients. It’s also the setting for the Japanese novel Umi no Naru Toki. It boasts a gorgeous garden with an area that overlooks trees which blossom beautifully in autumn.

     

    Address: 3-1 Tatsunokuchimachi, Nomi, Ishikawa
    TEL: 0761-51-3111
    Matsusaki Official Website: https://www.matsusaki.jp/

     

    Jumoku Park in Hakusan

    The park located by the Ringyoshiken Center in Ishikawa Prefecture is home to a variety of towering regional trees. There are 900 trees of 130 different species, which give rise to beautiful cherry blossoms in the spring. It also enjoy incredible autumn scenery and is home to rolling fields and a Japanese-style garden too. It offers must-see views throughout all four seasons.

     

    Address: Ho-1 Sannomiyamachi, Hakusan, Ishikawa
    TEL: 076-272-0673
    Information: https://www.pref.ishikawa.lg.jp/ringyo/about/park.html

     

    Aramata Gorge in Komatsu

    Aramata Gorge is known as one of the Eight Views of Kano. The Osugidani River flows through this year, and there’s huge strangely shaped rocks and rolling trees which create an incredible sight to see. There’s a 400m path which bustles with people during the autumn months who flock to see the verdure.

     

    Address: Akazemachi, Komatsu, Ishikawa

     

    Bettou Suspension Bridge in Hakusan

    Bettou Suspension Bridge is the entryway to the highset peak of Hakusan. The discharge of rocks to the area in 2004 meant that the bridge had to be rebuilt. The towering bridge offers a panoramic view of autumnal trees and bushes.

     

    Address: Shiramine, Hakusan-shi, Ishikawa

     

    Tedori Gorge in Hakusan

    The beautiful Tedori Gorge was created as a result of the flow of Tedori River. Along the 8km path, which runs from Komon Bridge to Taizan Bridge, is a 20m-30m precipitous cliff. The surroundings along the bridge are a must-see, bringing people together every year to see the autumn environment.

     

    Address: Kamashimizumachi, Hakusan, Ishikawa

  • Sanrio Releases 2020 Autumn and Winter Cosmetic Series

    27.September.2020 | FASHION

    Sanrio has released a colourful new line-up of heart-focused cosmetic items—lip cream, hand cream, and lip tint—for the autumn and winter season. The packaging features everyone’s favourite Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Little Twin Stars, and many more. Additionally, they have released cute heart marks for people to put on their face.

    Heart Marks (3 Designs) | ¥1,430 Each (Tax Included)

    Use the heart-shaped sponge to dip into the cheek cream and stamp a cute heart on your face.

    Hand Cream (10 Designs) | ¥605 Each (Tax Included)

    Keep your hands moist during the colder seasons. There are five different scents to choose from.

    Lipstick (9 Designs) | |715 Each (Tax Included)

    Heart-shaped scented lipstick, each capped off with an adorable character from Sanrio’s roster.

    Lip Tint (6 Designs) | ¥770 (Tax Included)

    Tint your lips and keep them moisturised at the same time. Pick from red, coral pink, or pink.

     

    Other items in the line-up include hand cream and mini towel sets, lip cream and hand cream sets, and more. Autumn and winter’s chilly months can be beaten with a little self-care, so be sure to check this collection out.

     

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  • YUEN BETTEI DAITA: Tokyo’s New Onsen Ryokan Opening in Shimokitazawa

    26.September.2020 | SPOT

    UDS HOTELS is set to open YUEN BETTEI DAITA, a new onsen ryokan (hot spring Japanese inn), in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, on September 28, 2020. The hotel is just a 1-minute walk from Setagaya-Daita Station and an 8-minute walk from Shimokitazawa Station.

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    The inn is equipped with considerate facilities and has a relaxed atmosphere. It caters to modern day needs while still promising a traditional Japanese inn experience. And it doesn’t have to be just used as a hotel either – guests can just spend the day there in the hot springs if they like, allowing locals to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and their busy Tokyo lives.

     

    The Design

    YUEN BETTEI DAITA bases itself on the appearance of residences seen back in Tokyo back in the day. The hotel has taken in furniture and materials that were inherited in a thatched-roof residence in Setagaya which has over a 100 year history, which gives a nod to the history and culture of traditional Japanese architecture, while still incorporating more modern techniques in the wooden roofing and other areas. All of this combines to create a sophisticated Japanese culture-imbued space.

     

    Guest Rooms

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    Open-air onsen baths (1st Floor)

    The large open-air baths receive water from Odakyu Hotel de Yama’s own water source in Hakone. Guests can enjoy looking at a traditional Japanese garden while they bathe and listen to the sound of the water from Mount Fuji. The female baths also have scented mist saunas while the male baths have dry saunas.

     

    Cooking & Tea Ceremony (1st Floor)

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    Enjoy seasonal vegetables harvested from the local farms in Setagaya as well as Japanese sake and wine chosen to pair perfectly with the dishes.

     

    Saryou Tsukikage

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    SOJYU spa

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  • Kirby Café Launches Autumn Menu in Tokyo and Fukuoka

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    Filling Autumn Plate – Salmon Cream Pasta & Pumpkin Salad Sandwich | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)

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    25.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    In commemoration of Miffy’s 65th anniversary, the new Miffy Café opened on the first floor of Tokyo Solamachi on September 11, 2020 and will remain open for a limited time. The café is also collaborating with Japanese illustrator Shogo Sekine.

    We visited the café to check out the themed menu, merchandise, and other fun things on show to see.

    Stepping into the café is like stepping into a picture book world. It’s really colourful in there. My mother read Miffy to me when I was a child, so I was hit with a real sense of nostalgia when I entered the café. No matter your age, you’re sure to enjoy your time there – that’s the kind of fun atmosphere they have created.

    Terrine-Style Open Miffy Sandwich | ¥1,499

     

    I ordered the terrine-style open Miffy sandwich and Miffy orange float from the themed menu.

    The open sandwich arrives in the shape of Miffy, so it almost seems a waste to eat, but it was really cute and delicious. Simply the best. It’s filled with potato salad, an avocado sauce, and salmon.

    Miffy Orange Float | ¥899

    The ice cream that tops the orange float is made to look like Miffy too!

    Snapping a photo while drinking the float is pretty Instagrammable, so it’s a must when visiting.

    All of the items on the menu have Miffy somewhere on them, meaning anything you order is guaranteed to be kawaii. They have takeout too, which is great if you don’t have much time to hang around or just don’t want to dine inside.

    Speaking of which, each table in the café is separated with an acrylic board to protect customers during the pandemic, and all of them have super cute designs. Another photo opportunity for sure!

    The café sells original merchandise too. The fashion items and illustrations with English on them were designed by popular Japanese illustrator Shogo Sekine. There’s a whole range of different goodies, from plush toys to fashion and more.

    Don’t you feel happy just looking at all these colours? You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice on what to buy.

     

    The Miffy Café is open until October 18. You can book a table too, so if you’re in Japan during this time, be sure to visit the café website below.

     

    Illustrations Dick Bruna © copyright Mercis bv, 1953-2020  www.miffy.com

     

    Model & Writer:Eri Tanioku

    Photo: Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~ to Open in Tokyo, Osaka & Aichi

    24.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Japanese company LEGS has announced the opening of the limited-time Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~. The themed cafes will open in Tokyo on October 29, Osaka on October 30, and Aichi on October 23.

    Ojamajo Doremi is an original magical girl created by Toei Animation that ran from February 1999 to January 2003. To celebrate the series’s 20th anniversary last year, LEGS opened a different Ojamajo Doremi limited-time themed cafe in collaboration with Cafe&Kitchen which welcomed lots of magical girl fans.

     

    This year once again welcomes Etoile et Griotte as the art director for the fruit parlor-inspired cafe.

     

    Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~ celebrates the 20th anniversary of Ojamajo Doremi Sharp is the second series in the Ojamajo Doremi series. Fans will be able to get their hands on a range of exclusive magical merchandise as well as tuck into pastel coloured fruity food.

     

     

    FOOD

    Doremi’s Cheese Steak Doria in Cherry Sauce | ¥1,699

    Steak is Doremi-chan’s favourite food, so it was a must-have on the menu. The cream cheese is coloured like Doremi, and there’s a cute musical note topping too. It comes with a cute lunch mat that looks like Doremi’s skirt.

    Hazuki’s Omurice in Porcino & Orange Cream Sauce | ¥1,399

    The omelette is made to look like Hazuki’s yellow skirt. Enjoy together with the delicious porcino sauce and orange combination.

    Onpu’s Waffles With Crepe & Mascarpone | ¥1,299

    Blueberry sauce-drizzled and mascarpone-topped waffles served with a mashed potato skirt. The sweet and sour mix is to die for.

     

    DESSERT

    Aiko’s Blueberry Float | ¥999

    A fresh blueberry float inspired by Ai-chan. Mix everything together to create a different flavour.

    Momoko’s Lemon Cheesecake Parfait | ¥1,399

    A fresh lemon cheesecake packed parfait with lots of enjoyable flavours and textures.

    Rhythm Tap Tart | ¥1,300

    Inspired by the Rhythm Taps seen in the series, the tart imagines Doremi’s transformation scene in Ojamajo Doremi Sharp.

     

    DRINK

    Onpu Melody Drink (5 Flavours) | ¥1,099

    A rainbow line-up of colourful Onpu drinks available for takeout.

     

    Movie Theater Menu

    Girls Meet Sushi | ¥1,299

    Inspired by the meat sushi that Sora and the gang eat in the animated film Majo Minarai wo Sagashite. Comes with an original postcard.

     

    Exclusive Merchandise

    Acrylic Keyrings (6 Designs) – ¥600 Each

    Letter Set (1 Design) – ¥1,200 | Folder Set (2 Designs) – ¥700

    A selection of super kawaii cafe-original merchandise is available for fans to grab.

     

    Bonus Items

    Those who book a table in advance, order a drink, or spend more than ¥2,000 at the cafe will receive one of six possible A5 folders.

     

    Become a magical girl like Doremi at the Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020.

     

    ©Toei Animation

  • Mickey Mouse Exhibition ‘THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND’ to be Held in Roppongi

    23.September.2020 | SPOT

    The Asahi Shimbun and Nippon TV are set to host an exhibition centred on Mickey Mouse at the MORI ARTS CENTER GALLERY in Roppongi, Tokyo, from October 30, 2020 to January 11, 2021, in celebration of 90 years since Mickey Mouse’s screen debut. The exhibition will showcase works shown at the Mickey: The True Original Exhibition held in New York in 2018-2019.

     

    Walt Disney’s concepts and ideas are formed around innovation, creativity, imagination, and storytelling. And one character who walked that journey with him and continues to this day is none other than the iconic Mickey Mouse, who since making his first appearance in Steamboat Willie in 1928, has gone on to be a symbol of the Walt Disney Company loved by people the world over.

    Mickey: The True Original Exhibition in New York

    The Mickey: The True Original Exhibition held in New York looked at how Mickey Mouse has influenced art and pop culture over the years, covering everything from Steamboat Willie which hailed as Walt Disney’s first black and white sound film to over 100 colour short animations, artwork, and more.

    Keiichi Tanaami – “Mickey’s Japan Tourism”

    Javier Sanchez Medina – “Studio for Mickey’s hands”

    The exhibition was ran from November 2018 to February 2019 and saw installations from over 20 international artists including New York-based artist Daniel Arsham and Los Angeles-based artist and graphic designer Brian Roettinger.

    Brian Roettinger – “(L)imitation of Sound”

    DRx – “3000% Mickey Be@r”

    The Tokyo exhibition will be a travel back through time, looking at Mickey Mouse from the past to the present. It will be split into three zones: “The Origin,” “The True Original,” and “Beyond.”

     

    The Beyond zone will welcome original artwork from five Japanese artists.

     

    Original Merchandise – Pin Badge

    Original Merchandise – Ballpoint Pen

    The exhibition’s museum shop will have exclusive Mickey Mouse merchandise for sale, as well as pre-sales on other items. See new official goods from works like Steamboat Willie and Fantasia as well as items designed by Japanese artists. It’s a chance to see Mickey in a variety of different ways.

    Free eco-bag

    Visitors to the exhibition will also receive one of four original eco-bags for free upon arrival.

  • TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS Announces Escape Game Based On J-Pop Group Perfume

    23.September.2020 | SPOT

    TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS, the world’s first and Japan’s biggest puzzle-themed theme park, has announced a new escape game centred on the Japanese pop group Perfume. Titled “Escape From The Room Next To Perfume,” the game is set to hit the indoor theme park on September 22, 2020.

    An escape game is a real-life interactive experience that has players solving puzzles to escape a room. The story of the Perfume game puts players on the same team as Perfume. As players wait in anticipation, an LED display made to look like a window opens to reveal the Perfume members, who greet players and encourage them on their escape. And so begins the game.

    There are various items and pieces of information in the room for players to solve the puzzle, including dance poses by Perfume which give hints for the next step. It’s an interactive experience that makes it feel like Perfume are really there with you.

    Perfume fans can get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise too, like a sticker set, folder, and message cards. These items will be sold at the TMC GOODS SHOP at Tokyo Mystery Circus as well as the online stores SCRAP GOODS SHOP and Perfume’s own A!SMART.

  • Tokyo’s Pokémon Café Adds Eevee Frappe to the Menu

    22.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Pokémon Café in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, is adding an apple flavoured Eevee frappe to its ever-growing Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Café menu. The frappe will be available from October 2 to December 4.

    Eevee Apple Pie Frappe

    The sweet tang of the apple combines with the caramel to create a tasty dessert drink, topped with whipped cream, crunchy piece bits, and a cute Eevee tail cookie.

    Buy the separate Eevee sleeve to put on your drink to make a fully complete and adorable Eevee frappe♡

     

    © 2020 Pokémon.©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
    Pokémon, ポケットモンスター and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc. and GAME FREAK inc.

  • Ruriko Temple’s Five Story Pagoda to be Lit Up With Magical Illuminations

    22.September.2020 | SPOT

    The Five Story Pagoda of Ruriko Temple is a National Treasure of Yamaguchi Prefecture. The site is commemorating the 600th anniversary since the birth of Sesshū Tōyō, the Japanese master of ink and wash painting, with a special event on September 26 and 27 and October 10 and 11.

     

    The Five Story Pagoda was built in 1442 using skilful architectural techniques from the mid-Muromachi period. It is considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful pagodas.

    1,000 candles are set to be lit along the pathway to the pagoda, lighting up the way with enchanting light. The spectacle is set to be posted on the official Yamaguchi Prefecture PR YouTube page so that more people can enjoy the show.

     

    2020 marks the 600th anniversary of Sesshū Tōyō who is considered the most prominent master of ink and wash painting in Japan. In his mid 30’s, he visited Yamaguchi so that he could cross over to China on the Ōuchi clan’s mission to Ming China. He returned to 1483 where he based himself and worked until he passed away in 1506 at age 87.

  • KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU Collaborates With Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant For Halloween Fair

    22.September.2020 | FOOD

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU is set to collaborate with Tokyo’s three branches of Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant to serve up a Halloween themed menu. It will be served from September 19 to October 31.

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    Colourful Rainbow Pasta With Halloween Cream | ¥1,400

    Colourful pasta served in rich pumpkin sauce and with a variety of different ghost creams.

    Singing Alice’s Caesar Salad | ¥1,360

    Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant’s popular Caesar salad heads to KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, an assortment of purple carrots, pumpkin, and other tasty delights. Alice is also hidden in the pasta somewhere as a black witch.

    Kingpin Choppy & Henchman Humpty Dumpty Curry | ¥1,300

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s mascot is served wearing a silk hat and comes with his fellow henchman Humpty Dumpty.

    Cheshire Cat Splatter Ice Cream | ¥1,100

    Soft serve ice cream topped with crunchy cereal, cotton candy, and chocolate, all drizzled in a splattered sweet strawberry sauce.

     

    Customers who post a photo of their foot onto social media with the hashtag #tokyohalloweencollection can enter for a chance to win some Halloween merchandise.

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