Experience Shinjuku’s Famous Halloween Event Online at Virtual Shibuya
03.October.2020 | SPOT
The Virtual Halloween Committee has announced that it will host an online Halloween event inside Virtual Shibuya as a result of the pandemic and to mitigate crowded streets in Shibuya, a place which becomes a sea of people during the spooky holiday season.
The event, titled Virtual Shibuya au 5G Halloween Fes, will begin on October 26 and run up to Halloween Day. It is being promoted with the hashtag #StayVirtual.
Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project launched its new digital platform “Virtual Shibuya” back in May of this year. Officially recognised by Shibuya City, Virtual Shibuya comes in response to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has brought tight restrictions to the economy and people’s way of life. It will enable people to continue enjoying entertainment from the comfort of their homes by participating in a whole host of virtual events and activities. The project aims to deliver content from Shibuya with live performances from artists, art exhibitions, talks, and more. The use of 5G and the latest cutting edge technology will connect the real Shibuya to a virtual space, combining the realms of the digital and real world.
The Halloween event is inviting a host of Japanese artists and comedians to perform inside the virtual space, which itself will be littered with all things Halloween like Jack-o’-lanterns, bats, and more. Users will also be able to dress their avatars in the appropriate clothing in line with the holiday season of scares. All of this aims to deliver the famous Shibuya Halloween experience that the people of Tokyo are so used to.
Virtual Shibuya au Halloween Fes
Virtual Shibuya is evolving and will be updated for the upcoming Halloween event. Users can look forward to a host of music events and talk events during this age of the ‘new normal.’
au 5G Presents Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: Virtual Mini Live
Virtual Shibuya will host its very first virtual live concert to open the Halloween festival. Japanese pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is included in the performance line-up, who will be serving a very special one-night-only Halloween themed show inspired by horror movies. Titled “Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Online Halloween Live 2020 THE FAMILY 10.31,” you can find out more about the concert here.
au 5G Presents BiSH: Virtual Live
Japanese idol group BiSH will also be playing a special Halloween show at the event.
au 5G Presents “Everyone’s 5G” – Comedy Duo Wagyu Perform
Japanese comedy duo Wagyu will perform live using 5G technology which will render them in high-speed, high quality holograms.
The rest of the line-up and more details about the event will be announced in the coming weeks.
Virtual Shibuya au 5G Halloween Fes
Running: October 26, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Official Website: https://virtualhalloween.cluster.mu
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Release Candy Racer, the Singer’s First Full-Length Album in Three Years
20.September.2021 | MUSIC
Celebrating 10 years since her major debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will release her fifth full-length album Candy Racer on October 27, 2021. This will mark the singer’s first full-length album release in three years, her last being Japamyu in 2018.
The fifth album, titled Candy Racer, will be produced by CAPSULE’s Yasutaka Nakata. It will feature 11 tracks, including the recently released single GENTENKAIHI, of which the wacky music video has amassed over 1 million views on YouTube. Previously released tracks Kimi ga LINE Kuretara and Gum Gum Girl will also be included, along with world fabrication, a cover of a pre-electronic CAPSULE track originally released in 2005.
Creation of the album brought together a number of creative minds who have worked with Kyary Pamyu Paymu over the years, including Steve Nakamura serving as art director, Ken Hanzawa acting as photographer, Kumiko Iijima returning as the singer’s stylist, and Shinji Konishi as Kyary’s hair and makeup artist. All of these individuals were with Kyary at the time of her debut, and have returned to encourage her to not only stay connected to her roots, but to move forward without hesitation.
The limited edition version will come with a special 64-page flipbook.
A number of bonuses have also been announced, from stickers, clear pouches, and mobile stand keychains. These will be available while supplies last, so fans looking to get their hands on some of this swag are encouraged to preorder the album.
Are you looking forward to hearing Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s new tracks?
Adidas Originals and atmos Collaborate to Release Sneakers Based on Shibuya’s Hachiko
17.September.2021 | FASHION
A new pair of kicks based on the iconic symbol of Shibuya, Hachiko, will be released for round three of the SHIBUYA PACK! This collaboration between Adidas Originals and sneaker shop atmos will be sold at A.T.A.D, atmos stores and atmos Online on September 18, with lottery registration open now. The sneakers will also be available from the Adidas App and the Adidas Online Shop starting September 25.
Adidas Originals SUPERSTAR DOG atmos “HACHI”: ¥15,400 (Tax Included)
These exclusive Superstars, a timeless pair of sneakers from the Adidas Originals brand, will feature a unique texture that expresses the character of the dog Hachiko. The shoe’s tongue features a silver Trefoil logo, while the midsole has the address of where Hachiko’s statue is located. Of course, there’s a special Hachiko design on the insole!
Hachiko is a famous symbol of Shibuya, with his statue being a popular meetup point for friends and couples. Known for his loyalty to his owner, the dog waited for over nine years for the man to return after his death.
Proceeds from the sale of these sneakers will be used to support the YOU MAKE SHIBUYA souvenir program, which is helping to revitalize the local community by selling products marked with the special YOU MAKE SHIBUYA logo!
Adidas Originals SHIBUYA PACK – Round 3
Release Dates/Where to Buy:
September 14: Lottery Opens
September 18: A.T.A.D, atmos stores, atmos Online Store Pre-orders open
September 25: Adidas App, Adidas Online Shop
Official Site: https://www.atmos-tokyo.com/
Multimedia Project aoppella to Get New Pop-Up Shop at Namba Marui
The new multimedia project aoppella tells the story of eleven male high school students discovering the art of a cappella. Now, a new pop-up shop will be selling new merchandise from the project at both Shibuya MODI and Namba Marui this fall! Limited-edition items will feature chibi versions of the characters.
Prizes Available by Lottery
Prize A: Original Illustration Cushion
Prize B: Original Illustration Mini-Standee (11 varieties) – Choose 1 of your favorite character
Prize C: Complete Set of Original Illustration Postcards (11 varieties)
Prize D: 1 Random Original Illustration Postcard (11 varieties)
Acrylic Stand (11 varieties): ¥660 (Tax Included)
Flat Pouch (2 varieties): ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Heart-shaped Case (11 varieties): ¥660 (Tax Included)
Lunch Tote (2 varieties): ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Candy Tin with Magnet (2 varieties): ¥880 (Tax Included)
Guests who spend ¥3,000 or more (including tax) at the event venue and pay with an EPOS card will be entered into the lottery to win special prizes once per checkout.
aoppella!? Pop-Up Shop
Running: September 17 – September 27
Location: Shibuya MODI 7F Event Space
Running: October 22 – November 3, 2021
Location: Namba Marui 7F Event Space
Official Site: https://www.aoppella.com/
Hotel W Osaka x PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS Unveil Limited Halloween Dessert Menu
15.September.2021 | FOOD
Opening in March 2021, Japan’s first luxury lifestyle Hotel W Osaka works with PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS to produce the ‘MIXup’ Art & Pastry Bar, which has unveiled a new Halloween themed dessert course and à la carte cake, available from September 15.
Pumpkin & Choux Cream / Ghost Montblanc / Frankenstein Cheesecake
Osaka is said to be the birthplace of Japanese cuisine, and in a similar vein, this unique ‘MIXup’ dessert course serves ‘CHEEKY’ sweets which are finished one-by-one in front of the customer. The counter-style serving has proven popular since it began in May of this year, known for the playful presentation and customer participation.
This Autumn, the menu has been transformed into the ‘TRICKY CHEEKY HALLOWEEN’ course, with eight playful new desserts available to try. The desserts feature well-known Halloween monsters, and incorporate the taste of Autumn with pumpkin, chestnut, and pear, among other seasonal flavors.
The take-out Halloween sweets lineup includes a matcha and red bean Frankenstein Cheesecake, a spooky Ghost Montblanc, jack-o-lantern shaped Pumpkin Choux Creams, and more. A limited Halloween variation of the bar’s iconic rose and raspberry Rock’n’Roll cake is also available! The recipe and baking techniques are based on the methods of PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS, with arrangements by The W Osaka.
Try out some scarily tasty sweets this Halloween with The W Osaka and PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS!
TRICKY CHEEKY HALLOWEEN
Release Date: September 15 2021
Hyatt Centric Kanazawa Reveals Halloween Inspired Menu for October
All-day restaurant FIVE – Grill & Lounge, located within the Hyatt Centric Kanazawa hotel, will begin serving up a selection of Halloween-inspired treats beginning October 1, including cake sets, parfaits, muffins, and various lunch and dinner items.
Guests will also be able to enjoy some mischievous cocktails and mocktails inspired by witches and ghosts!
Halloween Cake Set
Black Sesame Pudding
Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwich
Monster Cream Puff
Halloween Parfait Set
Halloween Dinner/Lunch Course
Halloween Muffin Box
I sWitch (Mocktail)
The Halloween Cake Set is filled with ghoulish treats, each one displaying incredible attention to detail. In the Halloween Parfait Set, guests can enjoy a tower of different sweets, including black currant and chocolate. Themed with creepy eyeball decorations throughout, it offers a variety of overlapping textures and tastes guests will want to savor until the last bite.
When thinking of Halloween, the colors orange and purple instantly come to mind. For the Halloween Dinner/Lunch Course, the menu’s creators went with a more dark theme, envisioning a ghost appearing at any moment. The entire restaurant will be decorated in black and gray, creating a truly haunting dining experience.
Don’t miss out on the Halloween Muffin Box, a set of mini-muffins made with fresh autumn ingredients, and offering a much cuter feel. Quantities are limited!
The gin-based Spooky Night cocktail is refreshing, with a bold blue color and red-rim on the glass, sure to turn your mouth bright crimson. Hallo-Wine Sangria, house-made with autumn fruits, has a unique design, with a skeleton rising from the glass! For those wanting a mocktail, the I sWitch asks guests to pour the accompanying red syrup over the cotton candy, changing both the appearance and flavor of the drink as if by witchcraft!
Which of these treats would you be after?
FIVE – Grill & Lounge Halloween
Release Date: October 1, 2021
Popular Chichiyasu Chi-bou Fair 2021 Returns to LOFT Locations After Two Years
Household goods shop LOFT is teaming up with beverage company Chichiyasu for the Chichiyasu Chi-bou Fair 2021 at four locations nationwide. The event will run from September 16 until September 29 at Shibuya LOFT, and from October 20 until November 3 at Nagoya LOFT, Umeda LOFT, and Tenjin LOFT. Chi-bou is the name of the adorable character on the Chichiyasu logo.
Chi-bou Drawstring Bag (Set of 2): ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Chi-bou Gauze Handkerchief: ¥770 each (Tax Included)
Chi-bou T-shirt: ¥2,200 each (Tax Included) *Only available at Shibuya LOFT and Umeda LOFT.
Chi-bou Pouch: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Chi-bou Rubber Keychain (Set of 2): ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Chi-bou A5-size Notebook: ¥385 each (Tax Included)
Chi-bou Mug: ¥1,650 each (Tax Included)
Chi-bou Eco Bag (with Pouch): ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Chi-bou Masking Tape (Chichiyasu Milk/Boxed Milk): ¥495 each (Tax Included)
The Chichiyasu Chi-bou Fair was a popular event held at Shibuya LOFT in 2018 and at Yokohama and Umeda LOFT locations in 2019.
How would you like to buy some of this adorable merchandise?
Chichiyasu Chi-bou Fair 2021
Shibuya LOFT 1F, Masaka Stage
Nagoya LOFT 5F, Variety Goods Section
Umeda LOFT 1F, Loft Market
Tenjin LOFT 5F, Variety Goods Section
Shibuya LOFT: September 16 – September 29, 2021
Nagoya LOFT, Umeda LOFT, Tenjin LOFT: October 20 – November 3, 2021
Hours: Same as LOFT business hours *Shibuya LOFT and Umeda LOFT to close at 18:00 on the final day.
Official Site: https://www.loft.co.jp/
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka to Offer Extremely Limited Halloween Accommodations
08.September.2021 | SPOT
The RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka has announced a spectacularly limited Halloween accommodation plan, titled ‘A Terrifying Banquet in the Mysterious Lord’s Castle.’ Only one lucky person per day can book the decorated room, which features in-room meals and more treats to discover. Reservations are open through October 28, and the room will be available from September 10 until October 31.
‘A Terrifying Banquet’ Dining Table
Skeletons in hotel uniform, ready to greet guests in the front room
This spooky setup will be held in the Fontainebleau suite, themed as a French palace. Guests will enjoy a western dinner course in the comfort (or discomfort) of the room. Decorated with black cats, ever-watchful owls and skeletons, guests can also look forward to taking plenty of photos at a designated photo spot on the sofa.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep people in their homes, the hotel created this room as a way to experience a new kind of cozy Halloween getaway. Visitors will enjoy plenty of other perks, including free parking, soft drink coupons, and breakfast the following morning.
Would you be able to sleep in this room filled with skeletons and specters?
Special Halloween Room: ‘A Terrifying Banquet in the Mysterious Lord’s Castle’
Reservations Open: September 1 – October 28, 2021
Room Available: September 10 – October 31, 2021
*Reservations accepted until 8:00AM, 3 days in advance.
Official Site: https://www.rihga.co.jp/osaka/stay/plan/halloween2021
Wakayama Culture Festival 2021 Coming to Shibuya
ASOBISYSTEM, in cooperation with the Agency for Cultural Affairs, will hold the Kinokuni Wakayama Culture Festival 2021 in Shibuya on October 3, 2021. The event will be free to attend, and will take place at Shibuya CAST, a modern commercial facility located between Shibuya and Harajuku.
The Kinokuni Wakayama Culture Festival 2021, taking place in Wakayama Prefecture from October 30 to November 21, is the one of the largest cultural festival in Japan. This event will bring many popular presentations and goods from Wakayama to Shibuya, allowing Tokyo residents to experience some of the beauty and traditions of this area of the Kansai region. A number of celebrity guests will be in attendance, and local Wakayama goods will be on sale. Measures will be taken during the event to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Promoting the Wakayama Culture Festival Throughout Shibuya!
In a special collaboration with SHIBUYA TELEVISION, the largest media outlet in the Shibuya area, a promotional video produced in Wakayama Prefecture will be aired on eight large screens in the Shibuya area from September 27 to October 3. Select restaurants in Shibuya will also serve dishes featuring ingredients from Wakayama for a limited time.
Get the Wakayama Panda Mask Cover for Attending!
An original Wakayama Panda Mask Cover, produced by ASOBISYSTEM, will be given to visitors on the day of the event. *Quantity limited.
If you’re in the Tokyo area, be sure to come out to this special event where you can experience the charm of Wakayama!
Kinokuni Wakayama Culture Festival 2021 in Shibuya
When: October 3, 11:00-17:00
Where: Shibuya CAST. (1-23-21, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Content: Wakayama Product Market / Stage Show, etc.
Guests: To Be Announced
Organized by: Agency for Cultural Affairs
Planning: ASOBISYSTEM / Channel 47
* In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the event may be subject to admission restrictions, changes in content, or performance cancellations.
New Halloween Sweets Collection Arrives at Tokyo’s Q-pot CAFE.
03.September.2021 | FOOD
Halloween is arriving early at Omotesando’s popular Q-pot CAFE. A collection of sweet, scary, grotesquely-adorable sweets are now available for a limited time. Each cake set and macaron set are made to order.
Q-pot CAFE. Three Cake Set: ¥2,030 (Tax Included)
This collection of three unique cakes includes the stomach-turning brain cake, and the much more palatable eye-patch ghost cake. Guests can also enjoy the popular cookie tiramisu.
Halloween Limited Edition ~Eye-Patch Ghost Cake~
As you dig into this fluffy dessert, enjoy the flavor of chopped almonds and feuillantine, wrapped in gyuhi, a type of Japanese traditional confectionery. The pistachio and berry sauce blends into the vanilla mousse, and is sure to appeal to any fan of sweets.
Halloween Limited Edition ~Brain Cake~
This frightening dessert is made with strawberry and other red berry jellies, milk mousse, Genoise, and savory almonds. Dissecting it won’t be easy, but the taste is well worth it.
Mascarpone mousse with chocolate sponge dipped in espresso, topped with bittersweet coffee-flavored ganache cream with caramelized hazelnuts…what more could you want?
Q-pot CAFE. Halloween Macaron Set (3 pumpkin/3 apple cinnamon): ¥2,430 (Tax Included) *Also available at the cafe individually for ¥360 (Tax Included)
Jack-o-Lantern macaroons and spooky eyeball macaroons are available for takeout for a limited time only! Order at the cafe, the online shop, or through Uber Eats.
Full of the rich, sweet taste of pumpkin, these will put you in the mood for the Halloween season.
These scary snacks are filled with apple jelly, cinnamon, and spicy ganache cream.
Do these sweets put you in the Halloween spirit?
Q-pot CAFE. Three Cake Set & Macaron Set
Release Date: September 1, 2021
Adorable Halloween Dessert Buffet to be Served at Conrad Osaka
Hotel Conrad and Sebastian Masuda, known worldwide for his ‘kawaii’ works, are collaborating for the second year for a scrumptious Halloween event. Titled OWNER OF A COLORFUL HEART Halloween Sweets Buffet, the tasty treats will be available starting September 2. The buffet was held in Tokyo last year, but is moving to Osaka for 2021.
Guests can enjoy a variety of colorful Halloween sweets, created by Executive Pastry Chef Jimmy Boulet and supervised by Sebastian Masuda!
「OWNER OF A COLORFUL HEART」Halloween Sweets Buffet
Sweet Potato Mille-feuille
Orange Cupcake with Cassis Chantilly Cream
Spider Mousse Cake
Caramel and Persimmon Bellini
Crash the Halloween
Blueberry Mousse and Fig Compote with Sesame Pralines
Black Cardamom Chocolate and Pear
Colorful Curries & Stews
The buffet tables are decorated with dark purple tones and welcome guests with Bouley’s playful collection of sweets. His iconic mille-feuille uses ample amounts of cream and purple yams, with a chocolate spider web on top. The spider mousse cake, with its gentle shortcake-like texture and unusual combination of coffee and mango, is sure to surprise. Each treat uses autumn ingredients, and will surely have guests enjoying Halloween to the fullest.
Though the sweets buffet is sure to be filling enough, Conrad Osaka also serves a variety of savory items. For this event, five different colorful curries and stews from India, Thailand, and Hungary will be available. Along with naan bread, diners can sample Udon, French baguettes, rice crackers, waffles, and countless other goodies.
Anyone who comes to the event dressed in Halloween attire can post a photo with the hashtag #ownerofacolorfullheart on Instagram to receive a free glass of sparkling wine. A photo booth will also be on site, and guests can take pictures with some of Sebastian Masuda’s most popular works.
Which goodies would you be picking up from the buffet?
OWNER OF A COLORFUL HEART Halloween Sweets Buffet
Running: September 2 – October 31, 2021
Where: atmos dining (40F)
Official Site: https://conrad-osaka.hiltonjapan.co.jp/
YUZU, 24 Artists to Participate in Japanese Pixel Art Exhibition
Produced by art project production group WATOWA GALLERY, the YUZU x Shibuya Pixel Art YUZUTOWN Special Exhibition will be open at elephant STUDIO in Shibuya starting September 15! The theme of this year’s event is ‘bringing courage to Shibuya during the Coronavirus pandemic.’
SHIBUYA PIXEL ART, one of the world’s biggest pixel art contests and festivals, has been held in Shibuya each year since 2017. The area was called ‘Bit Valley’ in the late 1990s.
The YUZUTOWN Special Exhibition will commemorate the release of popular J-pop duo YUZU’s 15th album, YUZUTOWN. A total of 24 artists will be exhibiting and selling their pixel art creations, including Kazuko Shibuya, who has provided works for some of Japan’s most famous fantasy RPGs such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. Shigetaka Kurita, immortalized in the MoMA as the creator of ‘emoji,’, and eBoy, who provided the album cover for YUZUTOWN, will also be in attendance.
YUZU × Shibuya Pixel Art “YUZUTOWN Special Exhibition”
Running: September 15 – September 30, 2021
Location: elephant STUDIO (1&2F, 2-7-4 Shibuya, Tokyo)
Admission: ¥1,650 (Tax Included) *Reservations required.
Buy Tickets: https://artsticker.app/events/765 *Reservations now open.
Official Site: https://pixel-art.jp/reboot
Namco and Sanrio Team Up for Collaborative Halloween Campaign
BANDAI NAMCO AMUSEMENT has announced Namco de Halloween 2021 -Skulls Festival!- coming September 10. The campaign will take place at over 200 Namco amusement centers nationwide, and at the online crane game site Torumo. Those participating can snag some spooky and super adorable Sanrio goodies!
Namco Limited Edition Prizes
Sanrio Characters Big Plushies
Cinnamoroll / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock second week of September)
Sanrio Characters Skull Festival! Plushies
Pom Pom Pudding / Cinnamoroll / Pochacco / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock second week of September)
Sanrio Characters Skull Festival! Cushions
All characters (Back side: Blue) / My Melody & Kuromi (Back side: Pink) / Cinnamoroll, Pom Pom Pudding & Pochacco (Back side: Orange) (In stock second week of September)
Sanrio Characters Jiangshi Night Plushies 2021
Pom Pom Pudding / Cinnamoroll / Pochacco / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock second week of September)
Sanrio Characters Spooky Night 2021 Plushies
Pom Pom Pudding / Cinnamoroll / Pochacco / Hello Kitty / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock third week of September)
Sanrio Characters Dreamy Dark Halloween 2021 Plushies
Pom Pom Pudding / Cinnamoroll / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock fourth week of September)
Sanrio Characters Exciting Halloween 2021 Plushies
Pom Pom Pudding / Cinnamoroll / Hello Kitty / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock first week of October)
Use the Namco Point App to get one limited-edition shopping bag each day.
During the Torumo gift campaign, 100 winners will be randomly selected to win a special Halloween blanket.
The prizes available during the campaign were designed for the event. Also, limited-edition plushies to appear in the past have returned in brand new colors! Those who use the Namco Point App and place ¥500 into one of the crane machines will receive one of five clear cards and a colorful bag. (Not available using Torumo.)
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Namco de Halloween 2021 -Skulls Festival!-
Running: September 10 – November 3, 2021
Where: Over 200 Namco amusement facilities nationwide and Torumo online crane game site
Namco Point App: https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/app_dl/