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.
Visitors to the exhibition will also receive one of four original eco-bags for free upon arrival.
MICKEY THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND
Running: October 30, 2020 – January 11, 2021
Venue: MORI ARTS CENTER GALLERY (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower Floor 52F)
Entry Price: General ¥2,800 / Junior & High School Students ¥2,000 / Elementary School Students ¥1,200 / Preschoolers – Free
Official Website: mtob.exhibit.jp
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/
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
Tokyo Banana Chooses Eevee as Next Pokémon Souvenir Sweet
Tokyo Banana World has revealed that its next sweet treat in its Pokémon Tokyo Banana series will be Eevee which Pokémon Trainers can expect to catch up and down Japan from January 2, 2021, including at the store itself as well as at 7-Eleven branches.
Pokémon Tokyo Banana Welcomes Eevee as Entry #2
Tokyo’s official souvenir sweets brand Tokyo Banana launched its new Pokémon Tokyo Banana series of confections in November with the first catch being Pikachu. Now Eevee is being added to the collection.
The fluffy sponge is a delicious caramel macchiato flavour and is filled with sweet banana custard cream. It can be eaten as it is, refrigerated, or even baked to create completely different flavour experiences.
6 Designs Including a Lucky Heart-Shaped Tail
The sponge cakes come in six different designs, all of which are adorable. The one to look out for though is the one with a cute heart-shaped tail.
Fluffy Eevee Design Packaging
Eevee Tokyo Banana Caramel Macchiato (Contains 2) | ¥291 (Tax Included)
The packaging features fluffy artwork of Eevee in six different designs, such as a waving Eevee and winking Eevee.
Where Can You Catch Eevee Tokyo Banana?
Eevee will roll out at 7-Eleven stores across Japan (excluding Okinawa) at the dates listed below. Each branch will have a limited stock so don’t miss out.
January 2, 2021 Release
January 16, 2021 Release
January 23, 2021 Release
January 30, 2021
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Eevee Tokyo Banana
Rolling out from January 2, 2021
Official Website: https://tokyobanana.jp/products/banana_pokemon.html
Strawberry Loaded Afternoon Tea and Strawberry Cocktail to Welcome the New Year at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
27.December.2020 | FOOD
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, which is a museum and hotel fusion, is serving up a special Strawberry Afternoon Tea and Strawberry Cocktail at its restaurant New American Grill “KANADE TERRACE” from January 6 to February 11 and February 15 to March 19 next year.
Strawberry Afternoon Tea | ¥4,500, with champagne ¥6,200 (1 Person/Before Tax/Service Charge Not Included)
New American Grill “KANADE TERRACE” is known for its afternoon teas, which are made with seasonal ingredients, as well as its cocktails. Their new Strawberry Afternoon Tea will welcome in the New Year with a strawberry and rhubarb tart, strawberry fondue, strawberry and mascarpone soup, and other sweet and savoury selections.
Strawberry Cocktail | ¥1,600 (Before Tax/Service Charge Not Included)
The Strawberry Cocktail is of course made with fresh strawberries as well as mint and soda for a fusion of sweet and tangy. Those who don’t enjoy alcohol can rest assured they’ll enjoy this alcohol-free cocktail.
Strawberry Afternoon Tea / Strawberry Cocktail
Location: New American Grill “KANADE TERRACE” (Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Floor 1F)
Serving Dates: January 6, 2020 – February 11, 2020 / February 15, 2020 – March 19, 2020）
Serving Times: Afternoon Tea 14:30-17:30 / Cocktail 11:30-21:00
*Serving times are subject to change
*The afternoon tea is available while supplies last
Official Website: https://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/archives/59170