Celebrate Naruto’s Birthday at Fuji-Q Highland’s Hidden Leaf Village Theme Park Area
Naruto Uzumaki’s birthday falls on October 10, so to celebrate, Fuji-Q Highland, an amusement park in Yamanashi, Japan, is holding a birthday festival for the titular character of the popular anime series. The event will be held at the park’s Naruto x Boruto Fuji Hidden Leaf Village area.
Naruto Ramen | ¥1,280 | Available: October 10, 2020 and October 11, 2020
Customers who order the special ramen dish from the ramen bar at the park, which is called Ramen Ichiraku after Naruto’s favourite eatery in the series, will get a huge topping of naruto, a type of Japanese steamed fish-paste cake. Only 100 of these hearty dishes will be served a day.
The park is also holding a social media campaign. If they can reach 7,610 followers—a number which can be read as “na-ru-to” in Japanese—this year, then they’ll hold a lottery for fans to win a special prize.
Naruto Print Cake / Naruto Team 7 Print Cake
Fuji-Q Highland will also serve up two cakes, one with just Naruto and the other with Naruto and the rest of Team 7 including Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi.
Jiraiya / Tsunade / Gaara / Itachi
Lastly, from the end of November, life-sized portraits of Jiraiya, Tsunade, Gaara, and Itachi will be set up at the park for fans to take photos with.
ⓒMasashi Kishimoto Scott / Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Pierrot
Naruto Uzumaki Birthday Festival 2020 – Naruto x Boruto Fuji Hidden Leaf Village
Fuji-Q Highland Official Website (English): https://www.fujiq.jp/en/
Celebrate Sasuke Uchiha’s Birthday at Fuji-Q Highland’s Naruto x Boruto Summer Event
Fuji-Q Highland began its ‘NARUTO x BORUTO Fuji Hidden Leaf Village’ event on Wednesday which is set to run throughout summer until August 29. The event is taking place to celebrate the birthday of the popular character Sasuke Uchiha from the Naruto franchise.
During the event, a keyword rally will take place, and a special menu will be served up.
Guests must play and ride six Naruto-themed attractions at the park where they will be able to collect keywords related to the Uchiha family. Those who manage to answer all the questions correctly will receive one of two free exclusive pins. The Sasuke & Itachi design will be available from June 9 to July 22 and the Uchiha Family design from July 23 to August 29. Check out the designs below, both of which are must-grabs for fans of Sasuke and the Uchihas.
Pin Design 1: Sasuke & Itachi (Uchiha Brothers) | Available: June 9, 2021 – July 22, 2021
Pin Design 2: Sasuke & Sakura & Sarada (Uchiha Family) | Available: July 23, 2021 – August 29, 2021
Guests will also be able to enjoy a special menu line-up including a ramen dish served at Ichiraku, the ramen bar at Fuji-Q Highland which is themed on the same eatery of the same name in Naruto, and two cakes at Fuji-Q Highland’s official hotel resort and spa.
Uchiha Brother’s Spicy Ramen | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Uchiha Brother’s Print Cake
Uchiha Family’s Print Cake
Running: June 9, 2021 – August 29, 2021
Where: Fuji-Q Highland
Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/
Keith Haring: 360° Exhibition in Yamanashi to Explore Pop Artist’s Lifework
The Nakamura Keith Haring Museum in Yamanashi is set to welcome the Keith Haring: 360° exhibition which will explore the diverse works of American pop artist Keith Haring. The exhibition will run from May 15, 2021 to May 8, 2022.
Keith Haring was an American pop artist whose work began in the 1980’s when he would create spontaneous drawings in the subways of New York City. Haring participated not only in solo exhibitions, but national and international shows too, such as documenta 7 in 1982 and Venice Biennale in 1984. His later works took on more political and societal themes such as drugs, racism, sexuality, and AIDS. Haring died of AIDS-related complications in 1990 at the young age of 31.
Photo by ©︎Makoto Murata
Untitled (Figure Balancing on Dog), 1989
Untitled (KH.200), 1982, The Museum of Art, Kochi
My Town, Peace I–IV, 1987, Tama City Cultural Foundation
Nakamura Keith Haring Collection
One of the most noteworthy appearances at the exhibition is Haring’s Figure Balancing on Dog (1989), a rare sculpture made of raw aluminium. As the title suggests, the piece features a person riding atop a dog, which may be a depiction of balance. It brings to mind the relationship between humans and animals and the anxiety towards a strange society that cannot be measured. Other works will also Untitled (KH.200) (1982), My Town which was drawn by 500 children from Tama, Tokyo, My Town, Peace I–IV (1987), and a series of six drawings entitled Bad Boys (1986) which Haring produced in Amsterdam.
For the first time ever, visitors will be able to see photos taken by Japanese art journalist Makoto Murata who interviewed Haring when visiting New York from December 1982 to January the following year.
The exhibition will look at Keith Haring, his diverse work, and deep messages of society from all angles – a 360° view.
Keith Haring: 360°
Running: May 15, 2021 – May 8, 2022
No Fixed Holidays
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
Official Website: https://www.nakamura-haring.com/
Get Wet at This Rain Themed Event at Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake
06.May.2021 | SPOT
Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake is calling for the rain this summer with the announcement of its Yatsugatake Fure Fure Sky event. The event will see over 1,000 fure fure bozu strung up—small handmade dolls to pray for the rain—along the 150-meter main street Green Pepper Avenue. The dolls act as the opposite of the more well known teru teru bozu dolls which are used to prevent rainy days.
Rain is something that’s always on the mind of travellers who hope for a dry trip when they reach their destination. This event however takes advantage of the rainy days to turn it into something to be enjoyed.
Yatsugatake Fure Fure Sky: 3 Things to Enjoy
The grand spectacle of the rain and over 1,000 dolls
Colourful fure fure bozu will line Green Pepper Avenue which serve as gorgeous decorations. There are eight colours to be spotted which represent the Yatsu in Yatsugatake meaning “eight” in Japanese.
Enjoy the sight and sound of the rainfall in the Rainy Domes
Sit inside your very own dome along Green Pepper Avenue and enjoy the sounds of the tapping rain. This is an experience that is best enjoyed when it rains, meaning praying for the rain is a must. It’s a chance to enjoy the rain without getting wet while sipping on wine and tucking into some light food.
Location: Green Pepper Avenue
Snap some photos in the rain wearing a Fure Fure Poncho
Inside the activity centre, visitors can rent their very own Fure Fure Poncho. This means they can head out in the rain and enjoy the sounds of the rain hitting their poncho, which is available in three different colours and all sizes for the family.
Location: Activity centre
Notes: Exclusive to Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake guests
Yatsugatake Fure Fure Sky
Running: June 1, 2021 – July 11, 2021
Location: Green Pepper Avenue (Japanese Name: ピーマン通り)
Official Website: https://risonare.com/yatsugatake/
LIBERE x Naruto Anime Capsule Collection Released
Japanese high-end street brand LIBERE has teamed up with the Naruto anime series to release a capsule collection. Pre-orders opened on April 22 at the fashion brand’s official online store and branches.
LIBERE FOR NARUTO
“LIBERE FOR NARUTO” is the theme of the collection which sees Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Kakashi, Shikamaru, and Itachi all serving a street-ninja style by wearing the items in the line-up. Each also incorporates family crests and colours that represent the cast. It includes tees, long-sleeved shirts, hoodies, bags, caps, and more, all of which have details like straps, pockets, and zippers, and all of which come with special tags, plastic bags, and dust bags that were specially made for this collection.
Pierrot, the animation studio who animated Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden, also created a look-book for the release which combines the anime with real life. A special poster will be included in all purchases.
LIBERE FOR NARUTO
Released: April 22, 2021
Where: LIBERE stores and online shop
LIBERE Official Website: https://www.libere-official.com/
Peter Rabbit English Garden to Open at Mount Fuji in Spring 2022
23.April.2021 | SPOT
Fujimoto Lake Biwa Resort is set to welcome the new Peter Rabbit™ English Garden in Spring 2022 which will be themed entirely around English writer Beatrix Potter’s fictional animal character Peter Rabbit.
The garden will open as the biggest English-style garden in Japan. Fujimoto Lake Biwa Resort is located right beside Mount Fuji and is known for the Fuji Shibazakura Festival, an annual springtime cherry blossom event. This means the garden will be opening during the perfect season at the site. It will bring to life a magical recreation of the Lake District where the Peter Rabbit stories are set. There will be lots of photo opportunities, a menu themed on the characters, a museum, a shop selling original merchandise, and more. British garden designer Mark Chapman is helping to create this English-style garden.
Not only can visitors enjoy the spring and summer flowers when the garden opens, but the gorgeous hues of autumn too, and all with Mount Fuji in the background.
Peter Rabbit™ English Garden
Opening: Spring 2022
Where: Fujimoto Lake Biwa Resort
Address: 212 Motosu, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi 401-0337, Japan
Fuji Shibazakura Festival Official Website: https://www.shibazakura.jp/
Naruto Shippuden’s Gaara Gets G.E.M. Series Complete Figure
19.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Fans of Naruto: Shippuden‘s Gaara Kazekaga won’t want to miss out on the new G.E.M. Series Complete Figure now available for pre-order worldwide on AmiAmi.
Potential spoilers ahead for the Naruto: Shippuden story.
G.E.M. Series NARUTO Shippuden Gaara Kazekage Complete Figure | ¥13,530 (Tax Included)
The Fifth Kazekage maintains his cool and collected personality in this detailed figure as he utilises his sand powers.
G.E.M. Series NARUTO Shippuden Gaara Kazekage Complete Figure
Release Date: October 2021
Pre-Order Here: https://www.amiami.com/eng/detail/?gcode=FIGURE-125718
Fuji-Q Highland’s Gaspard and Lisa Town Begins Spring Season Strawberry Festival
Strawberry lovers, listen up. If you’re looking to indulge in strawberry-flavoured desserts all day long, then this fruity festival will have your mouth watering. The Gaspard and Lisa themed town at Fuji-Q Highland in Yamanashi is now holding its annual Strawberry Festa event which is running until May 5.
There are so many tasty treats to enjoy at this year’s event, from cakes and pastries, desserts and drinks—all made with plump and fresh strawberries—that you can enjoy eating while walking around the themed town. One must-try is the Strawberry Pavlova which is made with a meringue that’s crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle and is adorned with fresh cream and, of course, strawberries. It’s a hearty serving but is actually a light and refreshing eat.
Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set at Les Rêves Salon de thé
Strawberry Festa exclusive face masks
Guests at the park who spend over ¥3,000 in a single transaction at any shop in the town will receive a free original face mask.
Hotel guest rooms
Meet Gaspard and Lisa in-person
Les Rêves Salon de thé
Strawberry Crepe recipe showcase
For those unable to travel due to restrictions, the town has also posted an online video showing how you can makes a strawberry crepe at home.
Chocolate bananas at LA BANANE
A variety of new shops have also opened at Fuji-Q Highland, including Strawberry Fetish which is Japan’s first shop specialising in strawberry hard candy, as well as LA BANANE where you can enjoy chocolate bananas and other treats.
Colourful bagels at BONBON BAGLE
Gaspard and Lisa Town original merchandise
Fuji-Q Highland Gaspard & Lisa Town Strawberry Festa
Running: March 23, 2021 – May 5, 2021
Where: Fuji-Q Highland
Event Details: https://www.fujiq.jp/special/lisagasevent/
Visit Mount Fuji to Eat Bread That Looks Just Like Japan’s Tallest Mountain
04.January.2021 | FOOD
FUJISAN SHOKUPAN is a sandwich bread shop located in Fujikawaguchiko―a resort town in the northern foothills of Mount Fuji―in Yamanashi Prefecture. The shop is now offering online half price deliveries in Japan on four types of its popular breads until January 2021.
FUJISAN SHOKUPAN’s website offer a range of products all of which are shipped across Japan in cooling packaging to keep everything fresh.
FUJISAN SHOKUPAN | ¥800 (Before Tax)
Perhaps the most famous item on their menu is that which goes by the same name as the shop itself. FUJI SHOKUPAN is a light blue and white sandwich bread which captures the form and appearance of Mount Fuji. Each sweet loaf is made with natural spring water from Fuji as well as Kyoho grape juice from Yamanashi before being baked with the utmost care.
If you get the chance to visit the area around Mount Fuji, or plan on climbing the mountain itself, be sure to mark the occasion by picking up a slice of FUJISAN SHOKUPAN.
Address: 3462-11 Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00
Official Website: https://fuji3shokupan-2han.com/
A new visual and promotional video for the TV anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations was showcased at Jump Festa 2021 on Saturday (December 19).
The visual teases the new Vessel Arc along with new characters including Kawaki and the members of Kara.
The promotional video showcases scenes from the new arc including Boruto and Kawaki facing off. Check it out below.
Some of the new cast members have released comments talking about their roles, as has the author of the Boruta manga Mikio Ikemoto. Read them below.
Mikio Ikemoto (Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Author) | Comment
It’s already been a year since my comment about Kawaki finally getting voiced in the anime, and it’s finally happened – he’s walking and talking! Thanks to the divine work of the anime staff and voice cast, he has come to life, and is sure to demonstrate a charm that is on par with Boruto and Naruto. Those currently reading the manga are now reaching the climax of a life or death struggle with a certain powerful enemy. It’s a turning point in the series. Do you remember the beginning of the manga’s first chapter? That’s right, it was grown-up Boruto fighting with Kawaki. But how will that play into the rest of the story? I can’t talk about it just yet, but the time when they have both matured and reached that age actually isn’t that far off. Why are they both fighting? And what of Naruto’s safety? Don’t miss out on the continuation of the developing story!”
Yūma Uchida (as Kawaki) | Comment
“Naruto was the first manga I ever purchased. The fact that I get to be involved with Boruto, a new story that ties into that world, is something I can’t get my head around. I’m extremely happy about it! I feel overwhelmed by Kawaki’s sharp gaze and strong presence, but I hope to get his part down to a tee.”
Yūichi Nakamura (as Koji Kashin) | Comment
“Koji Kashin is a particularly interesting character as you read the Boruto manga. I’m filled with gratitude that I get to play his part. His true identity has been recently revealed in the latest volumes, but I still can’t contain my excitement! I can’t wait to voice those scenes. I will put my all into the series.”
Akio Ohtsuka (as Amado) | Comment
“Looking back, I’ve been tied to the series since Naruto, and I’m honoured to once again be part of it like this. Amado seems like an eccentric character, but I think that we’ll walk together with him in the shinobi’s story from here on out.”
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Official Website: http://ani.tv/boruto/
Fuji-Q Highland’s Hidden Leaf Village Theme Park Area Adds New Photo Spots
Fuji-Q Highland, an amusement park in Yamanashi, Japan, added new photo spots to its popular Naruto x Boruto Fuji Hidden Leaf Village area on Friday (December 4).
The new spots
New statues of Jiraiya, Tsunade, Gaara, and Itachi have been placed around the park, making the perfect for a photo opportunity and to make guests feel even more like they’re in the world of Naruto.
A new Gaara-inspired ramen dish
¥1,180 (Tax Included)
The area is home to Ramen Ichiraku which is inspired by the ramen bar seen in the Naruto series. There, they have cooked up a new ramen dish inspired by Gaara which comes with a boiled egg with the kanji for ‘love’ (愛) that’s written on the character’s forehead.
Naruto themed hotel rooms at Highland Resort Hotel & Spa
Fuji-Q Highland’s official hotel, Highland Resort Hotel & Spa, has its own special Naruto-themed rooms with references to shinobi and the Hidden Leaf Village dotted everywhere. A new batch of amenities are also set to roll out for guests from February 1, 2021 which will include yukata that dress you like Naruto and Sasuke, face towels with Naruto and Sasuke on them during their final battle, and more.
If you’ve always wanted to feel like you’re in the world of Naruto, look no further than Fuji-Q Highland.
Fuji-Q Highland Naruto x Boruto Hidden Leaf Village
Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00
Closed:  December 10th /  January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/
Shinobi Japanese Ninja Suite Room NARUTO
Capacity: 4 People (¥6,000 for each additional person up to 6 people)
*Booking comes with amenities
Ikimonogakari’s ‘BAKU’ Announced as Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’ New Opening Theme
It has been announced that Ikimonogakari’s new song BAKU will be used as the next opening theme for the ongoing TV anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations from January 2021.
Ikimonogakari are known for having performed the songs Blue Bird and Hotaru no Hikari for the anime series Naruto: Shippuden, the latter being 12 years ago now. BAKU was written, composed, and arranged by Ikimonogakari guitarist Yoshiki Mizuno who also wrote the Naruto: Shippuden tracks.
BAKU will be released digitally on January 18, 2021, with a CD release slated to hit shelves on February 24, 2021. The single will also include the Naruto: Shippuden songs Blue Bird and Hotaru no Hikari, making is a must-have for fans of the franchise.
Yoshiki Mizuno | Comment
“We’re back for a third time. I am so happy we get to return to Naruto/Boruto again. Our story has evolved too since our debut 15 years ago. We put all of our efforts into ‘Blue Bird’ and ‘Hotaru no Hikari’ for Naruto, and it’s the same this time too. I believe this lucky third encounter is going to be a wonderful, intense one. Please look forward to it.”
© 岸本斉史 スコット／集英社・テレビ東京・ぴえろ
Digital Release: January 18, 2021
CD Release: February 24, 2021
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥1,200 (Before Tax) [ESCL-5319]
・Boruto: Naruto Next Generations CD cover art
・Picture label (First Press copies only)
・Ikimono card 056 (First Press copies only)
Limited Pressing Edition (Vinyl): ¥2,100 (Before Tax) [ESJL-3118]
・Boruto: Naruto Next Generations CD cover art
・Ikimono card 056
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Official Website: http://ani.tv/boruto/
Fuji-Q Highland Begins Christmas Event at Gaspard and Lisa Town
19.November.2020 | SPOT
Christmas cheer is here at Fuji-Q Highland, the popular amusement park in Yamanashi, where a special Christmas event is taking place at Gaspard and Lisa Town in the park.
Christmas gift set with original tote bag
Hot Coffee Set | ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
Up until Christmas Day, the Gaspard and Lisa Town shop is selling a special hot coffee set to warm visitors this holiday season which comes with coffee, cookies, and a coffee cup sleeve.
The set comes in a festive tote bag with Gaspard and Lisa celebrating Christmas 2020 around a Christmas tree.
Hot Coffee Set Contents
①Drip Coffee (Gaspard or Lisa version)
②5 Fujiyama Cookies
③Sleeve (Gaspard or Lisa version)
*Tote bags are available while supplies las
Treats for Christmastime
Gaspard and Lisa Christmas Jar Sweets | ¥500 (Tax Included)
At the Les Rêves Salon de thé tea salon, visitors can pick up a jar dessert which contains a sweet and sour tart topped with Gaspard and Lisa shaped cookies. Cafe Brioche is also selling a selection of freshly-made Christmas pastries.
When visitors spend over ¥2,000 in a single transaction at shops in the town they will receive a limited-edition Gaspard and Lisa Christmas coaster.
Send Christmas post to the Gaspard and Lisa creators
When buying something in the town, customers will be handed a Christmas card that they can send a message in to post in the town’s Christmas postbox. The post will be sent to wife and husband Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben, the creators of Gaspard and Lisa, in Paris, France. Up on the second floor of the town’s shop are also drawings and messages by the two creators delivered for this year’s Christmas event.
Post Collection: November 14, 2020 – December 13, 2020
Location: Gaspard and Lisa Town Shop
*1 card per transaction, available while supplies last
Meet Gaspard and Lisa
Gaspard and Lisa donning Christmas cloaks will make an appearance on Christmas cloaks to light up the Towatomo Tree. Visitors can also enjoy a soup with a cute Gaspard or Lisa sleeve.
Date: December 25, 2020
Time: From 16:30
Location: Gasprd and Lisa Town’s Towatomo Tree
Soup Only – ¥300 (Tax Included)
Soup & Sleeve – ¥720 (Tax Included)
Wine bottle shaped chocolate
～Le Premier～Le chocolate au vin | ¥2,980 (Tax Included)
The bakers at Highland Resort Hotel & Spa have crafted a new wine bottle-shaped chocolate for the Christmas event. Its sweetness makes it perfect for pairing with wine.
Available: Les Rêves Salon de thé in Gaspard and Lisa Town
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Gaspard and Lisa Town Christmas
Running: November 14, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Location: Fuji-Q Highland
Address: 5–6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed: December 3 / December 10
Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/en/
Directions to the park: https://www.fujiq.jp/en/access/