SUPER NINTENDO WORLD Will Open at Universal Studios Japan in Spring 2021
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced that its new Nintendo-themed area SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will open in spring 2021. The park was originally scheduled to open last year, the year of the Tokyo Olympics, but the date was postponed due to COVID-19.
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD: A Nintendo Fan’s Dream
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be the first-ever multilevel Nintendo-themed area at USJ, and the first of its kind in the world. Fans of the internationally beloved games can expected to see a whole host of rides and attractions dedicated to their favourite characters, from Mario Kart to Yoshi and beyond, as well as themed restaurants, merchandise shops—the list goes on. There is endless amount of fun for fans to feel a part of the Nintendo world as they take up the role of Mario and hit blocks to receive coins, collect items, and much more.
While the grand opening of SUPER NINTENDO is still a while away yet, USJ has everyone covered. The new and first of its kind Mario Cafe & Store will officially open inside the park’s Hollywood Area on October 16, 2020. Let’s take a closer look.
Mario Cafe & Store
Mario Cafe & Store’s location inside the Hollywood Area
This Mario themed space will serve up food and drink inspired by everybody’s favourite plumber as well as sell merchandise.
The cafe and shops’ exterior designs
The cafe and shop can be easily spotted thanks to the red and green “M” and “L” letters on the windows symbolising Mario and Luigi as well as the Mario and Luigi hats. Gamers can enjoy this exciting space while they wait for the official opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.
Mario & Luigi themed food
The food and drink line-up pays tribute to the beloved Mario video game franchise with instantly-recognisable motifs.
①Strawberry Shortcake Mario Hat Pancake Sandwich ②Grape Cheesecake Luigi Hat Pancake Sandwich ③Mario’s Strawberry Cream Fruit Cream Soda ④Luigi’s Apple Cream Fruit Cream Soda ⑤Soft Drinks (Super Mushroom, comes with drinks bottle)
Everything on the menu is sure to have you snapping some photos for Instagram.
Exclusive Mario merchandise
The shop is located next to the cafe and offers a whole range of exclusive merchandise with references to the Mario games like the brothers’ hats, Princess Peach’s crown, and more.
There’s also a special “WHOSE CAP?” series of goods to grab.
Stay tuned for future updates on SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.
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SUPER NINTENDO WORLD
Grand Opening: Spring 2021
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us
Hio Miyazawa and Suzu Yamanouchi Feature in Special Rainwear Commercial
09.April.2021 | FASHION
Japanese rainwear brand Wpc. released a special new commercial featuring actors Hio Miyazawa and Suzu Yamanouchi. The collaborative video is entitled “What’s Changed, What Hasn’t Changed.”
The Rainwear Items
Basic Jump Umbrella – Off Paint
Big Silhouette Rain Poncho – Unisex Caramel
Floral Pink Gradation
Colour Mesh Coat – Beige
The message of the commercial is one of positivity: that though somethings might change, others do not. It refers to the state of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, that despite being unable to see our loved ones, and that we’re unable to lead the lives we once did, our feelings towards those special to us, and those around us, is eternal.
What’s Changed, What Hasn’t Changed
Lookbook: Free distribution at Wpc. Shinsaibashi PARCO and Wpc. pop-up shops
Official Website: https://bit.ly/3uw2BFn
Shun Nakao Solo Exhibition to Open at SkiiMa Gallery in Shinsaibashi
Japanese artist Shun Nakao is set to hold their GENKOUHAN exhibition at SkiiMa Gallery in Shinsaibashi PARCO from April 9.
A look at some of the merchandise to be sold
Lithographs | ¥4,200 Each (Tax Included)
Lithographs | ¥4,200 Each (Tax Included)
T-Shirts | ¥4,200 (Tax Included)
Sodagirl Acrylic Key Ring | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Nakao’s colourful and laid-back art is a pleasant sight for the eyes during these dark times. Fans of their work can also get their hands on a range of merch from lithographs to t-shirts, acrylic key rings, and more – all created for this exclusive exhibition.
Running: April 9, 2021 – April 26, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Location: SkiiMa Gallery at Shinsaibashi PARCO’s (Floor 4F)
SHUN NAKAO Official Website: https://www.shunnakao.com/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Fragrance Brand Nostalgia Syndrome Releases Lily & Jasmine Series
07.April.2021 | FASHION
Nostalgia Syndrome opened pre-orders for its new Lily & Jasmine series of fragrances on March 31. The products will be released on April 22.
Nostalgia Syndrome is a fragrance brand produced by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu which launched last year. The new Lily & Jasmine series will be available to purchase online and will also be sold at two brand pop-up shops in Tokyo and Osaka. Those who spend over ¥10,000 online or at either of the stores (tax included) will receive a free Nostalgia Syndrome novelty – these are available in limited supply.
Online Store Novelty: Original Thermal Bottle
Pop-Up Store Novelty: Original Big Eco-Bag
Lily & Jasmine Series
Eau de Toilette | ¥8,250 (Tax Included)
Room & Fragrance Spray | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Aroma Diffuser | ¥7,150 (Tax Included)
Bath Salts | ¥3,410 (Tax Included)
Hand Soap | ¥3,520 (Tax Included)
Scented Candle | ¥8,140 (Tax Included)
Eau de Toilette Two-Set (9mL)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu | Comment
“This is Nostalgia Syndrome’s second fragrance release. After mixing together various ingredients, I was finally able to catch the right scent. The theme for this one is ‘travel fragrance.’ Because of COVID, our time spent outdoors has gone down dramatically, but smells tied to our memories make up part of us all. And smelling them brings back those memories. This is a blend of sweet, sophisticated lily and refreshing jasmine, so it’s a really easy one to use that can be enjoyed by both guys and girls. We’re also opening our first pop-up shop so please be sure to drop by to try out!”
Lily and jasmine are vibrant fragrances and perfect for the spring season. Order yours today!
Nostalgia Syndrome Lily & Jasmine
Pre-Orders: March 31, 2021 (Shipping from April 22)
Release Date: April 22, 2021
・＋SPBS (SHIBUYA SCRAMBLE SQUARE 2F)
Running: April 22, 2021 – May 26, 2021
Where: +SPBS, SHIBUYA SCRAMBLE SQUARE Floor 2F, 2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
Running: May 13, 2021 – May 20, 2021
Where: Shinsaibashi PARCO Floor B1F, 1-8-3 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi-, Osaka
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Nostalgia Syndrome Official Website: https://www.nostalgia-syndrome.com/
A BATHING APE® x COMME des GARCONS Launch Second Collaboration
07.April.2021 | FASHION
After one year since their first collaboration, A BATHING APE® and COMME des GARCONS released their second collection at BAPE STORE® and COMME des GARCONS OSAKA on April 3 featuring a new line-up that emphasises everything quintessential about both brands.
The collection includes full-zip hoodies, sweat shorts, tapered pants, and more, all branded with BAPE and GARCONS’ logos and serving hard, casual vibes. The brands released a look-book as pictured below with a simple yet aesthetic style.
A BATHING APE® x COMME des GARCONS
Released: April 3, 2021
Where: BAPE STORE® / COMME des GARCONS OSAKA
BAPE Official Website: https://bape.com/
Disney’s Zootopia Themed Cafe to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya for Film’s 5th Anniversary
The Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya branches of OH MY CAFE are set to pay host to cafe experiences themed on Disney’s Zootopia in celebration of the movie’s 5th anniversary which hit last month. The cafes will transform into a Zootopia extravaganza from April 23.
Customers who book a table in advance receive one of six possible lunch mats
Vegetable Curry ¥1,890 (Before Tax)
Sandwich Plate ¥1,990 (Before Tax)
Corn Cream Pie ¥1,590 (Before Tax)
Salsa Burger ¥2,390 (Before Tax)
Carrot Doria ¥1,490 (Before Tax)
Acrylic Coasters +¥900 (Before Tax)
Iced Milk ¥990 (Before Tax) / With Mug +¥1,600 (Before Tax)
Iced Coffee ¥690 (Before Tax) / With Mug ¥1,600 (Before Tax)
Iced Drink ¥990 (Before Tax)
Movie Stills Series
Acrylic Key Rings
Square Magnet ¥550 (Before Tax) / Acryluc Key Ring ¥650 (Before Tax) / A4 Folder ¥350 (Before Tax)
Mask Cases ¥500 (Before Tax) / Masking Tapes ¥800 (Before Tax)
Tiny Animals Series
Acrylic Charms ¥450 (Before Tax) / Mini Notebook Set ¥850 (Before Tax)
A5 Folder Set ¥800 (Before Tax) / Mini Pouch Set ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
Mini Towels ¥1,000 (Before Tax) / Eco Bag ¥1,850 (Before Tax)
Zootopia fans won’t be able to resist the tasty and healthy themed menu featuring Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps, as well as getting their hands on a range of merchandise from stationery to fashion.
Zootopia OH MY CAFE
OH MY CAFE TOKYO
Running: April 23, 2021 – June 27, 2021
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
OH MY CAFE OSAKA
Running: April 28, 2021 – July 6, 2021
Address: 1-6-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Running: June 2, 2021 – July 13, 2021
Address: Nagoya PARCO, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
Official Website: https://zoo.ohmycafe.jp/
Japan’s Kirby Café Announces Kirby’s Happy Birthday Fair
If you didn’t know, Kirby’s birthday falls on April 27. To celebrate, Kirby Café Tokyo and Kirby Café Hakata have announced the Kirby’s Happy Birthday Fair event which will run from April 1 to May 9 where customers can get their fingers on some delicious birthday treats and items.
Kirby’s Birthday Line-Up
Happy Birthday☆Kirby | ¥1,518 (Tax Included)
No birthday is complete without a fitting cake. This one is loaded with fruit, strawberry cream, an icing cookie, and other delicious treats. Make sure to get yourself a slice before Kirby inhales it whole!
Kirby 29th Birthday Badge | ¥594 (Tax Included)
Kirby 29th Birthday Candy (Lime Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included)
TOKYO BOX Candy (Lemon Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included) | Exclusive to Kirby Café Tokyo
Candy (Soda Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included)
Candy (Strawberry Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included)
Kirby’s Happy Birthday
Running: April 1, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Bookings: Not mandatory but recommended
Kirby Café Tokyo: https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/tokyo/
Kirby Café Hakata: https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/hakata/
Kirby Café Tokyo
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
Kirby Café Hakata
Address: Canal City Hakata North Bldg. B1F, 1-2-1 Sumiyoshi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Kirby Café Official Website: https://kirbycafe.jp
Disney Japan Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Disney Fan Magazine With Special Event
Walt Disney Japan will celebrate both the 30th anniversary of its Disney Fan monthly magazine and the 10th anniversary of its Disney Store original character UniBEARsity with a special event titled “Disney FAN 30th anniversary FAN!FAN!FAN!” which will run at the Shibuya Koen-dori branch of the Disney Store from April 2 and the Shinsaibashi branch from May 14.
The event will pay homage to the 30-year history of the much-loved Disney Fan magazine as well as feature a special art exhibition of past front covers. This artwork will be included on new and exclusive merchandise sold at the store. UniBEARsity will also see the spotlight as its history is also covered along with a range of 10th anniversary items.
Disney Fan 30th Anniversary Celebrations: Art Exhibition, History, and Merch
The Disney Fan exhibit will include a silhouette of Mickey Mouse made from a collage of old-time magazine covers. It will also feature an exhibit of back numbers, statues and papercrafts made from past magazine covers, commentary on certain issues, and more.
Fans can also get their hands on a collection of merchandise made with exclusive artwork from the magazine covers, from folders and face mask cases to magnets, frames and more – check out an excerpt of what’s on offer below.
UniBEARsity: 10th Anniversary Exhibition
UniBEARsity is a line-up of Disney teddy bear characters which came to life after Minnie taught Mickey and friends how to sew them. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, a special exhibition will take place including a special feature taken from Disney Fan when it first debuted, as well as a showcase of 89 teddy bears.an original story that bear characters. Check out what merchandise you can get here.
Disney FAN 30th anniversary FAN! FAN! FAN!
Disney Store Shibuya Koen-dori
Running: April 2, 2021 – May 9, 2021
*The first three days of the event (April 2-4) are exclusive to users of the Disney Store app
Address: Humax Pavilion Shibuya Koen-dori, 20-15 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Until 17:00 on May 9)
Disney Store Shinsaibashi
Running: May 14, 2021 – June 20, 2021
Address: 2-1-13 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 10:00-19:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 11:00-19:00 (Until 17:00 on June 20)
Event Page: http://shopDisney.jp/store/DisneyFAN30th/
Nintendo Releases Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S for the Switch
25.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S was released for the Nintendo Switch on March 18. The game was published by Crypton Future Media, who are known for creating VOCALOID, and comes as their first-ever puzzle game. The game is available for 25% off until March 31.
The main visual for the game was created by illustrator NEGI
The game is the expanded and complete version of Hatsune Miku Logic Paint -MIKULOGI- which was released for smartphones in March 2020. Players use the numbers in the top and left-hand sides of the screen to fill in a grid of square in order to create an image. They can also use the X marks to prevent mistakes. The images include illustrations of Piapro characters including Hatsune Miku and her familiar line-up of friends.
Players can also set their favourite songs to play in the home and puzzle screens and can unlock more songs by collecting Stars.
Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S builds on the MIKULOGI version by introducing even more puzzles – over 350, including the addition of new 20 x 20 puzzles alongside the original 5 x 5, 10 x 10, and 15 x 15. Players can now choose favourite Piapro character to solze puzzles together with, including Miku, Luka, Rin, Len, Kaito, and Meiko. There are also Missions for players to complete which will unlock artwork and 18 different songs.
Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S
Released: March 18, 2021
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/cfm_mobile
Exclusive Collection Releases in Collaboration with Japanese Manga Legend Osamu Tezuka
HIRUME, a company in Japan that provides creative idea using Japanese traditional techniques and material, has launched an exclusive collection in collaboration with Osamu Tezuka, a Japanese manga legend, from March 24 to April 13 at HIRUME Hankyu Umeda in Osaka.
Silk Scarf “Phoenix” | ¥42,000 (tax not included)
Modal Cashmere Scarf | ¥52,000 (tax not included)
3 set of Mamezara small plates | ¥3,800 (tax not included) / single Mamezara ¥1,500 (tax not included)
2 set of Mamezara small plates | ¥2,800 (tax not included) / single Mamezara ¥1,500 (tax not included)
Osamu Tezuka changed the concept of Japanese manga and established the ways to express manga with stories that led it into the realm of art. Tezuka’s characters continue influencing all genres, including literature and movies from generations to generations. His eternal theme of life and its preciousness was pierced in all his works which continue sending powerful messages.
The collection has inspired by Tezuka’s manga series Phoenix, his life work that he continued to work passionately until his late years, and Black Jack, which is still popular overwhelmingly among the doctors. The silk scarf embellishes prints of Black Jack. Mamezara the small plates come with 2 designs of Phoenix and Black Jacks gorgeously.
The collection with Osamu Tezuka’s manga that you can enjoy in your daily life is unmissable.
HIRUME × TEZUKA CHARACTERS
Running ：From March 24 ,2021 to April 13,2021
Address: 61 Koto Koto Stage 6F, Umeda Hnakyu, Osaka
Kirby Café Begins Serving its Spring Picnic Themed Menu
The Kirby Café branches in Tokyo and Hakata rolled out their Spring 2021 menu on Friday which is set to run until June 6. Themed on a springtime picnic, the line-up includes three items: six siz different temari-zushi servings, cherry blossom mochi, and a cherry blossom latte, all inspired by the Kirby video game series.
Cherry Blossom Temari-zushi: Eat In ¥2,178 / Takeout ¥2,138
A serving of six sushi rolls perfect for a spring picnic. Each roll features designs that will be instantly-recognisable to Kirby fans.
Souvenir – Lunchbox (4 Designs)
Kirby’s Spring Search | ¥1,078 (Tax Included)
Kirby is playing hide and seek under the cherry blossom tree in this cute dish which is adorned with shiny coloured candy.
Cherry Blossom Latte | ¥968 (Tax Included)
A light pink-coloured cherry blossom latte with a touch of salt. Mix everything together for a tasty sipping experience.
Kirby’s Spring Picnic Fair Menu
Japanese Menu Name: 春のまんまるピクニック フェア
Running: March 19, 2021 – June 6, 2021
Where: Kirby Café TOKYO / Kirby Café HAKATA
Table Reservations: Book at the links below
・Kirby Café TOKYO https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/tokyo/
・Kirby Café HAKATA https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/hakata/
Kirby Café Official Website: https://kirbycafe.jp
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Releases Osaka’s City of Daito as Accessible Island
17.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The city of Daito in Osaka teamed up with the Nintendo Switch title Animal Crossing: New Horizons to release the city as an accessible island, Daito Island, on March 10.
Every March, Daito hosts a PR event to promote the city. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the event has seen strict restrictions that do not allow social gatherings. In order that the event not be cancelled entirely, Daito is collaborating with Animal Crossing: New Horizons to promote the city in-game with stalls, historical content like traditional armour and Iimoriyama Castle, and more.
Visitors to the island will receive three kinds of Miyoshi Nagayoshi armour, a family crest, and a hat and outfit of Daito’s city mascot Daiton. These are available until April 30.
The access code is: DA-1888-0815-5276
Animal Crossing Daito Island
Released: March 10, 2021
Official Website: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/switch/acbaa/index.html
Osaka’s Limited-Time Pompompurin Cafe Reveals Second Menu Line-Up
The limited-time Pompompurin Cafe, which is running at Fruits Parlour + Bakery Season&Co. at Links Umeda in Osaka, has revealed its second menu line-up which will be served from March 15 to April 12.
Pompompurin Tart | ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Pompompurin Milkshake | ¥990 (Tax Included)
NMB48 x Pompompurin Vanilla & Strawberry Cake | ¥770 (Tax Included)
The second menu captures the adorable world of Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin. There’s also a special dessert made in collaboration with Osaka-based idol group NMB48, as well as exclusive merchandise.
Fruits Parlour + Bakery Season&Co.
Address: LINKS UMEDA Floor 1F, Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Opening Hours: 9:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: https://season-co.shop