Fujikawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival 2020 Begins This November

19.October.2020 | SPOT

The Fujikawaguchiko Tourism Association will host this year’s Fujikawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival, which will be the 22nd run, to help support the tourism industry in the northern region of Fuji which has seen a great impact as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

With much less people travelling to Japan during the pandemic, and the virus having continued for a long time, the Fujikawaguchiko Tourism Association is instead focusing on travellers within the country by hosting various events that can be enjoyed at Fujikawaguchiko.

 

All the necessary precautions will be taken at this year’s festival, including taking people’s temperature upon arrival, the mandatory wearing of face masks, alcohol gel being available at the site, and more. This will protects not only the locals but sightseers too, and so cooperation is being asked of everyone visiting.

At this year’s festival, visitors can look forward to the popular Momiji Tunnel of maple trees which will be lit up at sunset until 10:00pm. The beautiful autumn colours can be enjoyed with Mount Fuji in the background. There will also be food, souvenirs, and a variety of activities to be enjoyed.

The Momiji Tunnel is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting Yamanashi during autumn and is nothing less than Instagram-worthy.

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  • Sakura Miku Blossoms On Merchandise at Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 in Aomori

    14.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Japanese anime, game, and hobby merch site CharaAni released a new collection of Sakura Miku merchandise on Monday in collaboration with the Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 festival.

     

    Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 x Sakura Miku Line-Up

    Folders | ¥450 Each (Tax Included)

     

    Tapestries | ¥3,500 Each (Tax Included)

    Acrylic Stands | ¥1,500 Each (Tax Included)

    Holographic Pins | ¥550 Each (Tax Included) *Blind box, designs are random

    Reversible Blankets | ¥5,500 Each (Tax Included)

    Scarf Towel (Art by iXima) | ¥2,000 (Tax Included)

    Happi (Art by iXima) | ¥6,000 (Tax Included)

    Hand Towel (Art by Mamo) | ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

    Motel Key Ring (Art by iXima) | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)

    Teacups | ¥1,700 Each (Tax Included)

    Flat Pouch (Art by iXima & Mamo) | ¥2,500 (Tax Included)

    Drum Bag (Art by iXima) | ¥6,500 (Tax Included)

    Full Graphic T-Shirt (Art by Morichika) | ¥5,500 (Tax Included)

    Full Graphic Zipper Hoodie (Art by Hechima) | ¥9,900 (Tax Included)

    Fashion Mask (Art by iXima) | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)

    Desk Mat (Art by iXima) | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)

    Shitakawa Rayaki Dove Whistle | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)

    Music Box: “Haru o Matsu Hito” – PolyphonicBranch feat. Hatsune Miku

    The Sakura Miku x Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 collection invites on board four artists: iXima, Mamo, Hechima, and Morichika who have created original artwork for the line-up. The items can be bought both at the festival and online.

     

    The collection also includes Sakura Miku-inspired dove whistles made by Shitakawa Rayaki Tsuchi Ningyo, a clay doll company that has been around for over 200 years. The company began in the latter half of the Edo Period when Takaya Kanegura, who had learned how to make ceramics in the town of Chikuzen in Fukuoka, was employed by the Hirosaki Domain to build a furnace.

     

    Miku fans can also get their hands on a music box which features an original song created for the festival called Haru o Matsu Hito (“Person Waiting For Spring”). It features artwork by iXima.

     

    Art by iXima / Mamo / へちま / もりちか © Crypton Future Media, INC. www.piapro.net

  • Keith Haring: 360° Exhibition in Yamanashi to Explore Pop Artist’s Lifework

    10.May.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    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.

  • 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.

     

    Times: 11:00-16:00
    Price: Free

    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.

     

    Times: 9:00-18:00

    Price: Free

    Location: Activity centre

    Notes: Exclusive to Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake guests

  • Enjoy a Picnic Under Okinawa’s Starry Night Sky on Taketomi Island

    27.April.2021 | SPOT

    HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island, a hotel resort in Okinawa, is bringing back its night time picnic plan this year where guests can sit on sofas by the beachside with the gorgeous starry sky overhead. The plan is called “Hoshi Furu Yoru no Teingaara Picnic” (Starry Night Milky Way Picnic). Teingaara (てぃんがーら) is Okinawan for the Japanese word for Milky Way (Ama no Gawa, 天の川). It will run from June 1 to August 31.

     

    Gaze at the Milky Way beside the tranquil seaside

    Aiyaru Beach is just a five-minute walk from HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island, and it’s here where guests can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Milky Away. The beach is situated away from any hustle and bustle, and not many people visit at night, allowing for a chance to enjoy the sound of the waves. Plus, there aren’t many days when people have picnics when the moon is out, meaning guests can enjoy a more quiet and private picnic under the moonlight on a comfy sofa.

     

    A fancy picnic inspired by the Milky Way

    Tuck into a very special picnic based on the Milky Way made with Taketomi Island’s famous Japanese leek, papaya, purple yam, and other delicious veggies as well as island tofu cream and miso. The set comes with a sparkling wine which captures the deep hues of the night sky.

    A conversation with the stars

    An expert on the Ishigaki Island and the stars will take guests on a journey through the stars, offering commentary on the island’s beauty and culture.

     

    In March 2018, the Yaeyama Islands, which includes Taketomi Island, were recognised by the non-profit organisation International Dark‑Sky Association as Japan’s first International Dark Sky Park for its distinguished quality of starry nights. The Yaeyama Islands have a lower latitude than Tokyo meaning many more stars can be seen in the sky. Summertime is the best season for enjoying its stars too.

  • 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.

  • Stay in a Penguin Themed Hotel Room at Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa

    15.April.2021 | SPOT

    Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa opened its Penguin Room on April 6, a single new guest room themed around penguins designed in collaboration with Asahikawa Zoo.

     

    Penguin Room Feature ①

    Guests are immediately greeted with penguins galore as the enter their room, with penguin plushies by the bedside, on the ceiling, and pretty much everywhere else. It will be like staying with a family of penguins for the duration of their stay.

     

    Penguin Room Feature ②

    After a visit to Asahikawa Zoo, guests can head back to their hotel room where a variety of fun penguin-related items are stocked including games, all of which will remind them of their time at the zoo.

    Penguin Room Feature ③

    The room is also decorated with boards featuring photos and information of animals at Asahikawa Zoo. The boards are handwritten by the zoo staff, something they do every spring season.

     

    Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa previously collaborated with Asahikawa Zoo when a polar bear themed room. Now, penguin lovers can have their dream come true as they spend their time surrounded by penguin decorations in their room. The hotel is just a 30-minute car ride from Asahikawa Zoo, so why not make a plan to experience both if you’re visiting Hokkaido this spring?

  • Earth Day Tokyo 2021 to Promote Sustainability, Eco-Friendliness, and an Organic Lifestyle at Yoyogi Park

    15.April.2021 | SPOT

    This year’s Earth Day Tokyo will take place at Yoyogi Park from April 17-18 where messages of eco-friendliness, organic products, sustainability, ethics, and inclusiveness will be at the core of various events held as part of the festival.

     

    This year marks Earth Day Tokyo’s 20th run as part of the global Earth Day initiative and brings together environmental NPOs, charities, and locals. Due to COVID-19, in-person events will only take place on April 17 and 18 but the festival will run online from April 17 to 25.

     

    Earth Day Tokyo 2021 Concert

    Concerts will take place across the two-day Yoyogi Park festival. Many musicians and guests have committed themselves to the future of the planet at the Earth Day Tokyo’s concerts, with past line-ups including Japan’s King of Rock Kiyoshiro Imawano, UA, BONNIE PINK, and more.

     

    This year will see performances from Itou Seikou ITP, Kenichi Nagira, yae, scoobie do, Taiji Sato, Nozomi Nobody, hachi_Aigoz, tico moon, Rokuta Yanagiya, and Ichido Ryutei.

     

    Market area

    Every single product at the market booths has a story, and visitors will be able to hear about them from the makers in-person as they shop. And the items sold at the market will be different each day, stocking something to add a little environmental consideration into our lives.

     

    C. W. Nicol’s “Nicol’s Forest Kitchen” sausages help plant forests

    The late Welsh-born Japanese writer, actor, and singer-songwriter C. W. Nicol was the Executive Committee Chairman for Earth Day Tokyo from 2000 until his passing last year. He also launched Nicol’s Forest Kitchen in 2011 which has been a regular at Earth Day Tokyo to help protect Japan’s forests. The food stall will make an appearance this year too.

     

    C. W. Nicol began to wonder how he could help raise people’s interest in forests as well as help revitalise forests that had been destroyed. Nicol’s Forest Kitchen project was his answer: to spread awareness through food, and in doing so, the project could help build up forests.

     

    Visitors separate garbage themselves with the help of volunteers

    At the Eco Station, volunteer staff will help direct visitors in separating garbage properly, raising awareness on the proper procedures which they can take away home with them.

  • Little Glee Monster and Other Japanese Artists Announced For Tokyu Musix Challenge

    15.April.2021 | FES / MUSIC

    Tokyu Musix Challenge is set to take place at Bunkamura Orchard Hall this year on March 7 at 18:00.

     

    2020 saw the cancellation of music events across the world, with Japan being no exception. Shibuya, Tokyo’s hub of countless live music venues and halls, was particularly affected by the effects of the pandemic. But the energy and power that music artists hold is one they can offer to brighten up peoples’ time during today’s times. That’s where Tokyu Musix Challenge comes in, a new kind of music festival that will bring together a multitude of genres, and where better for it to be held than the cultural melting pot that is Shibuya.

     

    This year will be the first run of the festival, where a collaboration between classical music and contemporary pop music will clash at Bunkamura Orchard Hall. The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, which is recognised as Japan’s oldest symphony orchestra, will play alongside acts such as Little Glee Monster, Ai Higuchi, Win Morisaki, Meimi Tamura, Kayoko Yoshizawa, ROTH BART BARON, and more. And the line-up is set to grow as more performers will be announced in the lead up to the event.

     

     

    Comments from the Artists

    Little Glee Monster

    “We are really looking forward to feeling the fresh breeze of our music colliding with the grand scale of an orchestra. We’ll be sure to play our part so that we don’t lose to the overwhelming performance of everyone in the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, but also so that our music complements theirs. We hope that everyone can have a good time and feel good from the strength that music has.”

     

    Ai Higuchi

    “In 2020, we may have all lived kind of complicit with so many options in front of us leading down different paths. A certain friend might have gone to a drinking party, another might not have seen their lover for a long time. What choices do we make? We become darker depending on our choices. In Shibuya, a city that continues to change, I will sing my unchanged songs.”

     

     

    Win Morisaki

    “Over this past year, the respect I have for the position I’m in where I can express myself has really sunk in. I’m so happy I’ve been able to get involved with this challenge. And getting to sing with an orchestra, it’s magnificent. I’m so excited about what’s to come.”

     

    Meimi Tamura

    “I can’t contain my excitement at a genre collaboration between classic, which is the foundation of music, and pop which is strongly tied to Shibuya. I think I’m going to start feeling tense at getting to perform alongside everyone in the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and singers of all different kinds of music. We don’t have a lot of freedom today during the pandemic, but I will work my hardest so that I can deliver love through music from the city of Shibuya.”

     

    Kayoko Yoshizawa

    “My chest roars and having the opportunity to perform along side Japan’s oldest and longest-running Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the legendary Orchard Hall. It’s my first time experiencing singing with an orchestra, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the songs will be structured, and how my voice will sound, when we do it.”

  • Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE Announces Art Festival by the Beachside

    04.April.2021 | SPOT

    The incredible Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE, a beachside cafe which offers guests a breathtaking ocean view along the Okinawan coast, has announced the upcoming Beachside Art Festival which will take place from April 10 to May 9. The festival will bring together artwork from a range of artists born and raised in Okinawa and leading the island’s youth culture. There will be a range of events from live painting to workshops, exhibits, and more.

     

    The participating artists have all taken part in personal art exhibits, art events, showcased their work at concerts, and more both inside and outside Japan, but due to COVID-19, many events have of course been cancelled. Beachside Art Festival will serve as a way to display their wonderful works while supporting them at the same time.

     

    The Artist Line-Up

    DENPA

    nami

    HAYATO MACHIDA

    Chibana Yukinaga

    MACHIDA visiting BANTA CAFE to check the feel of the ocean and their artwork

     

    Vibrant artwork with the ocean as the backdrop

    Visitors will be greeted by artwork dotted across various locations around BANTA CAFE. If they follow the top of the cliff down to the beach they will find sofas to sit on which have also been decorated with the artists’ artwork. Then there’s the Goro Goro Lounge with its enormous window that stretches an entire wall and offers a panoramic view of the sea. Here, visitors can look out at the artwork which will look like it’s floating above the horizon. All drinks ordered also come with a free sticker featuring artwork by the four participating artists.

     

    Experience art-in-the-making with live painting

    DENPA and MACHIDA will host their own live painting sessions where they will take inspiration from the surrounding environment.


    HAYATO MACHIDA @ April 10, 2021 / April 11, 2021

    DENPA @ April 18, 2021

    Times: 11:00-13:00 / 14:00-17:00

    Where: In front of BANTA CAFE on the beach

    Price: Free

     

    Have a go at traditional Okinawan bingata dyeing

    Visitors can have a go at making their very own coasters from nine different colours using a traditional Okinawan stencilled dyeing technique known as bingata.


    Running: April 24, 2021 / May 1, 2021 / May 2, 2021 / May 5, 2021

    Times: 10:00 / 12:00 / 14:00 / 16:00 (Each slot lasts approx. one hour)

    Capacity: 4

    Where: Iwaba Terrace

    Price: ¥2,000 (Tax Included)

    Note: Online booking required

     

     

    Take home a souvenir at the beachside museum shop

    A museum shop will be open for the event on weekends and holidays where you can pick up art prints, stickers, postcards, and other mementos.


    Opening Days: Weekends & Public Holidays

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Where: Beachside Terrace

  • Fuji-Q Highland’s Gaspard and Lisa Town Begins Spring Season Strawberry Festival

    27.March.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    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

  • elrow Launches Worldwide Up & Coming Talent DJ Contest

    20.March.2021 | FES / MUSIC

    International club event organiser elrow opened global applications for its “Up & Coming Talent” DJ contest on Thursday which is set to run until March 14. Anyone around the world who is aged 18+ can submit their applications via elrow’s official website.

     

    Up&Coming Talent | elrow

    Application Period: March 18, 2021 – April 14, 2021

    Conditions: Aged 18+

    Apply Here: https://www.elrowupncoming.com/

     

    The contest’s mission is to find and co-create up and coming talent and help them build their careers so that they can find independent success in the music industry. They are looking to “discover and promote the new headliners of tomorrow.”

     

    Several panels of judges will take part in selecting applicants. elrow is looking for two artists from around the world who have both DJ and production knowledge. Successful applicants will be added to elrow’s roster of artists for a minimum for one year. It’s a must for bedroom artists and dance music-lovers looking to make it in the industry.

  • Goldfish Festival to Take Place This Summer at Hoshino Resorts Aomoriya

    19.March.2021 | SPOT

    If you’re looking to experience Aomori’s culture, then Hoshino Resorts Aomoriya is the hotel to stay at. Every year throughout the year the accommodation hosts many festivals. This summer, guests can look forward to the Goldfish Festival which will run from June 1 to August 31. Inspired by local tradition, the hotel will be decorated with paper goldfish floats—including one towering 3-meters tall—known as kingyo nebuta or kingyo neputa in Japanese. Shaved ice will also be served to help guests cool off.

     

    Kingyo Nebuta goldfish floats, a summer tradition of Aomori

    Aomori is synonymous with its myriad of goldfish festivals. The must-have decoration at these festivals are their goldfish floats which are lit up in the evenings. Their origin lies in the tsugaru-nishiki, a species of goldfish found only in Aomori’s city of Tsugaru. People revered them back in the day and so created the floats to showcase that. They are a symbol of summertime Aomori and adored by locals and tourists alike.

     

    Kingyo Sukui Yatai: Challenge yourself to Japanese festival goldfish scooping

    A new stall arrives at Hoshino Resorts’ Goldfish Festival this year: the classic Japanese goldfish scooping experience, a common sight at summer festivals. The goldfish you catch can be ‘rented’ and taken to your hotel room. Guests have to meet certain requirements if they want to be able to take the fish home with them. The staff look after the fish every day so guests can rest assured they are treated well. Goldfish scooping will be held with social distancing measures in place, with only one group allowed in the stall per turn.

     

     

    4 Exciting Things to Look Forward to

    Surrounded by over 450 ningyo neputa goldfish floats

     

    Goldfish ice cream made in the form of traditional Japanese amezaiku candy art

    Time: 19:00-22:00

    Where: Yottemare Sake Bar

    Price: ¥900 (Before Tax)

     

    Take your scooped fish to your hotel room

     

    Time: 16:00-21:00

    Where: Jawamegu Plaza

    Price: ¥500 (Before Tax)

    Includes: 2-3 fish, fishbowl, air pump

     

    Over 30 summer yukata to pick from with goldfish designs

     

    Time: 15:00-20:00

    Where: Jawamegu Plaza

    Price: Adults ¥500 / Kids ¥300 (Before Tax)

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