Universal Studios Japan Announces Christmas 2020 Program
01.November.2020 | SPOT
Universal Studios Japan is planning a special series of Christmas events for this year to celebrate everyone’s endeavours throughout this tumultuous 2020. Set to run from November 13 to December 27, the park will be changing its Universal Crystal Christmas event from last year which included a night show and special Christmas tree set-up to create a more safe experience for guests during the pandemic.
The park is set to bring as much fun, excitement, and smiles as ever for this year’s Christmas celebrations.
Happy Christmas Street Party: Dance with the park’s characters
Happy Christmas Street Party is a new event to Universal Studios Japan this Christmas which will welcome characters from Sesame Street and Peanuts, as well as snowmen and entertainers, all dressed in their holiday season garbs to sing and dance for guests. Guests will be able to feel as one as they sing and dance to Christmas songs in a safe, socially-distanced environment, together with the characters.
Location: Hollywood Area
Duration: 2-3 times a day, approx 20 mins
The singing show gets a Christmas makeover
A special and romantic Christmas story of love called “New York Christmas Wish” will take over this year’s singing show. Christmas songs will also be sung for the popular “Power of Pop” show.
Minion Park’s Yellow Christmas: Happiness here, there, and everywhere
USJ welcomes the “Minion Park’s Yellow Christmas” event once again this year where Minion decorations will adorn the park streets and the Minions themselves will be out and about dressed in Christmas costumes.
Happy Deco Masks
The park will be selling special stickers for people to adorn their masks with like decorating a Christmas tree.
Christmas food and merchandise
Guests can expect to tuck into some delicious Christmas-y food as well as get their hands on exclusive Christmas merchandise. There will also be special items available for guests who hold an Annual Passport to the park.
Universal Studios Japan Hotel
The park’s official hotel is now offering a special plan for the holiday season called “Christmas Dramatic Stay” which included a special Christmas dinner and breakfast to guests who stay there.
More details will be released on USJ’s official website in the lead up to the park’s Christmas program.
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Universal Studios Japan Christmas Program
Running: November 13, 2020 – December 7, 2020
Address: 2-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us
Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars Kiki & Lala Light Up Shinjuku With TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS Illumination Event
Sanrio’s beloved character pair Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, are hosting a special winter event titled “TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS” at Shinjuku Southern Terrace from December 1 to 25, illuminating the area with beautiful Christmas lights, as part of their 45th anniversary.
Kiki & Lala’s twinkling Christmas tree magical in the daytime and night time
The towering 4-meter tall Christmas Tree is decorated in countless mirror balls which reflect beautifully both during the day from the sun and at night with Kiki & Lala’s illuminations. A special light show is also taking place from 16:30 each day with Christmas songs.
Decorated around the tree are Kiki & Lala neon signs and pastel-coloured adornments.
Those unable to visit Shinjuku this Christmas can access the “TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS AR TREE” digitally This will have Kiki & Lala’s Christmas tree appear on your phone when taking photos. You can access it here.
Kiki & Lala treats at the Sanrio Cafe Wagon
Limited time menu
45th Anniversary Items
On weekends, as well as from December 19 up to Christmas Day, a food wagon will make an appearance at the event serving Kiki & Lala food and drink like the pink and fruity Ruby Chocolate Latte and fruit-filled Twinkle Crepe.
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Little Twin Stars x Shinjuku Southern Terrace TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS
Running: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Tree Light-Up Schedule: December 1 = 17:00-24:00 / December 2-24 = 16:30～24:00 / December 25 = 16:30-21:00
Address: 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/news/ts-odakyu-twinkle-color-christmas-20201119/
Japan’s Moomin Cafe Releases Christmas Takeout Food For the 2020 Holiday Season
02.December.2020 | FOOD
Moomin Cafe branches around Japan, which are themed on the Swedish fairy-tale Moomin books, released their Christmas menu on November 20.
Moomin Cafe Winter Season Menu | ¥4,800 (Before Tax) *Photo is a portion for 2
The seasonal menu is a very special set containing a burger, chicken, salmon milk soup, raspberry juice (which is adored by the Moomin family), and more, so you can eat heartily like the Moomins this winter.
Souvenir Cup (2 Designs)
Visitors can also order a dessert and choose from two different mugs. Takeout is available at each of the cafes so you enjoy a Moomin Christmas at home.
Table reservations are available via the Moomin Cafe website so customers can ensure they can get booked in during the busy holiday season.
If you’re in Japan for Christmas then don’t miss out on a visit to the Moomin cafe.
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KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory Themed Cafes to Open in Japan This Holiday Season
Japanese company LEGS has announced the opening of two limited-time cafes themed on the video game KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory which will run from December 11, 2020 to January 31, 2021.
KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory is a rhythm action game developed by Square Enix. Released on November 11 in Japan and November 13 everyone else, it is the latest instalment to Square Enix and Disney’s video game series Kingdom Hearts.
The cafe menu features a line-up of dishes, drinks, and desserts inspired by characters and worlds found throughout the internationally-beloved video game series. The items all adhere to Disney’s nutrient guidelines and so are low in salt and sugar, offering fans a healthier option. The cafe will also sell a range of original merchandise.
<Sora> Power of Waking Tomato Pasta | ¥1,599
A red tomato pasta inspired by Sora that comes with a potato salad shaped like King Mickey.
<Riku> Daybreak Chicken Burger | ¥1,599
A black chicken burger based on Riku becoming enveloped by the Power of Darkness. This dish also comes with a potato salad shaped like King Mickey.
<King Mickey> King’s Tuna Sandwich | ¥1,399, with plate +¥2,000
A tuna sandwich branded with a King Mickey symbol that comes with a side of fruit.
<Neverland> Island Seafood Curry | ¥1,699
A squid and shrimp seafood curry inspired by Peter Pan’s Neverland which you can travel to in Kingdom Hearts.
<Sora, Riku & Kairi> Fate’s Pineapple Herb Soda | ¥899, with acrylic coaster +¥1,000
A pineapple herb soda based on the Paopu Fruit from the series.
<Roxas, Xion, Axel> Sea Salt Ice Cream & Milk | ¥1,199, with acrylic coaster +¥1,000
Based on the sea salt ice cream that Roxas, Xion, and Axel all eat together. It’s served with hot milk that can be poured over the ice cream for a tasty treat.
<Hundred Acre Wood> Honey Latte | ¥799, with mug +¥1,650
A latte sweetened with Winnie the Pooh’s favourite thing in the world: honey.
Folder ¥500 / Acrylic Magnet ¥700
Tote Bags (3 Designs) | ¥3,500 Each (Timeless River/Keyblade A/Keyblade B)
Customers who book a table in advance (¥650 before tax) and order from the menu will receive one of two folders, and if they order a drink, one of four coasters. Available while supplies last.
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*All prices listed are pre-tax
KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory Cafe
・Tokyo (Shibuya): SHIBUYA BOX cafe&space
Running: December 11, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Address: LOFT (Floor 2F), 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
・Osaka (Umeda): UMEDA BOX cafe&space
Running: December 11, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Address: Umeda LOFT (Floor 1F), 16-7 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory Cafe Official Website: https://khmom.ohmycafe.jp/
Super Nintendo World Theme Park Area to Open at Universal Studios Japan in February 2021
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced that its highly-anticipated new Super Nintendo World area will open on February 4, 2021, which also happens to fall on the day of USJ’s 20th anniversary.
Super Nintendo World comes as the world’s first theme park area to be based around Nintendo’s characters and games, combining innovative ideas with cutting-edge technology.
While the grand opening is still a couple of months away, USJ is teasing fans by unveiling a portion of the park’s Mario Kart-themed ride which takes place inside of a reconstructed Bowser’s Castle.
Bowser’s Castle stands as one of the main symbols of Super Nintendo World. It’s a faithful recreation with towering stone walls, thick and heavy steel doors, pointed iron fencing, and more, not to mention the enormous stone Bowser statue that adorns the middle of the winding staircase ready to greet guests. There are plenty of thrills and chills to look forward to inside the castle of the King Koopa himself.
Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge will open as the world’s first theme park ride centred on the popular video game series Mario Kart.
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“Deep inside Bowser’s Castle lies Mario Kart: Bowser’s Castle, a collaborative effort between Nintendo and Universal Studio’s Creative Team to recreate the world of the hugely popular Mario Kart series which has sold over 150 million copies. Guests will put on their headsets and experience limitless excitement and thrills as they speed around courses.” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)
Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge
Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge is an XR ride that lets people feel like they are inside the world of Mario Kart while in the real world. The ride will feature all the details fans of the video game series are familiar with as they drift and spin around exciting courses alongside the game’s characters while collecting items from boxes to use on their opponents.
The attraction makes use of AR and projection mapping technology to make the game as immersive as possible. Fans are sure to love driving through their favourite courses and scenes recreated using leading-edge technology. The attraction is six years in the making and the results of efforts between Nintendo’s Creative Team, USJ, and the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto himself.
Endless fun for fans of Mario
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 a themed cafe, 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.
Guests will be able to purchase the Power Up Band, a wristband that works together with a smartphone app that allows you to collect virtual coins by punching Questions Blocks like Mario which are scattered around the park. Scores can be seen on the leaderboard so you can see how you stack up against other players.
Universal Studios Japan – Super Nintendo World
Grand Opening: February 4, 2021
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us/super-nintendo-world
Cheese Tea Shop machi machi Showcases Christmas 2020 Beverage
30.November.2020 | FOOD
Taiwanese cheese tea shop machi machi is releasing a new drink in Japan this holiday season on December 1: the ‘Flurry Strawberry Milk With Crème Brûlée.’
machi machi is an extremely popular cheese tea chain in Taiwan that has been called the ‘king of cheese tea’ by Taiwanese news outlets. Each and every cup poured is made fresh with tea from Taiwan to which rich cream cheese is added for a salty kick, creating a new kind of dessert drink.
Flurry Strawberry Milk With Crème Brûlée | ¥750 (Before Tax)
The new Christmas beverage being served in Japan uses fresh strawberries which adds a delightful sweetness to the milk. It’s topped with crushed Oreos and combined with crème brûlée for a variety of layered flavours. The Oreos add crunch to the dessert drink so that it’s a delicious experience down to the last sip.
If you’ve never had Taiwanese cheese tea, and are in Japan this Christmas, don’t miss out on this seasonal drink, available for the whole month of December.
Flurry Strawberry Milk With Crème Brûlée
Serving: December 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Available: machi machi stores in Japan
Official Website: https://machimachi.baycrews.co.jp
Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars Get Themed Cafe in Osaka This Holiday Season
30.November.2020 | FOOD
Sanrio’s popular characters Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, are getting their own themed cafe which will open for a limited time at the Fruits Parlor & Bakery Season & Co. in LINKS UMEDA in Osaka From December 3, 2020 to January 24, 2021.
The cafe will serve up a variety of menu items inspired by the Little Twin Stars as well as sell related merchandise. There will also be a photo spot for taking cute pictures, and a special dessert assortment made in collaboration with the popular artist Dream Ami which includes a parfait made up of their favourite sweet treats.
Cafe Menu (Prices Listed Before Tax)
Menu ①: December 3, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Little Twin Stars Shortcake (X’mas Ver.) | ¥1,900
Kiki’s Shooting Star Sweets Parfait | ¥1,600
Menu ②: December 26, 2020 – January 24, 2021
Little Twin Stars Tart | ¥1,700
Lala’s Shooting Stat Sweets Parfait | ¥1,700
Drinks Menu (Excerpt) (Available Throughout Collaboration)
Little Twin Stars Strawberry Tea Latte | ¥1,000
Dream Ami’s Special Collaborative Menu (Available Throughout Collaboration)
Dream Ami×Little Twin Stars Star Sweets 2020 2,100円
Customers who spend more than ¥1,000 (before tax) on merchandise at the cafe will also receive a free A4 folder. These are available while supplies last.
Dream Ami’s collaborative dessert looks both cute and delicious and definitely worthy of being on a Little Twin Stars menu!
Little Twin Stars Collaborative Cafe
Running: December 3, 2020 – January 24, 2021
Location: Fruits Parlor & Bakery Season & Co.
Address: LINKS UMEDA (Floor 1F), 1-1 Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Opening Hours: 9:30-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Official Website: https://season-co.shop
Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up Arrives For 2020-2021
29.November.2020 | SPOT
Shiraito Highland Way has announced that this year’s Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up will run from December 19, 2020 to February 14, 2021.
The illumination event will take place at Karuizawa Shiraito Falls, a 3-meter tall waterfall that spans 70-meters in length. The lights will add a warmth to the cool evening and glow under a starry night sky.
The event creates a different atmosphere from the summer light-up, allowing visitors to enjoy the enveloping nature in a way that they normally can’t and see beauty they may not have noticed in the area before. The waterfall is located in Jōshin’etsu-kōgen National Park, a protected area which means the lights will be set up in a way that’s considerate to the park.
If you’re in Japan this winter then don’t miss out on this year’s Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up which will be split into three sessions: the Christmas Session, New Year Session, and St. Valentine Session. More details below.
Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up
Location: Karuizawa Shiraito Falls
Running: December 19, 2020 – February 14, 2021
・Christmas Session: December 19th-20th, 24th-27th (17:00-19:00)
・New Year Session: January 2nd-3rd, 8th-11th (17:00-19:00)
・St.Valentine Session: February 11th-14th (17:30-19:30)
*Please see the website for the latest information
*Entry restrictions may be made depending on the number of visitors
Official Website: https://karuizawa-shw.com/
Tokyo’s Art Aquarium Museum in Nihonbashi Announces Christmas Event
29.November.2020 | SPOT
Having only held annual summertime events up to now, Art Aquarium Museum in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, is celebrating Christmas for the first time this year with a series of holiday season festivities.
The Aquarium’s first Christmas tree
Art Aquarium Museum will display its very first Christmas tree for the event indoors near the entrance. The tree artwork was created by Hidemoto Kimura using 550 colourful crystals that have been made to look like goldfish. Made from venetian glass, he had them shipped himself from Italy. They are strung in 10 different colours which glow and glisten to create a romantic atmosphere.
Artwork Name: Natale di Pesce D’oro
Running: December 1, 2020 – December 27, 2020
Location: Art Aquarium Museum entrance
Pair tickets for Christmas with alcohol
Pair Ticket (2 People) + 2 Drinks | ¥4,600 (Tax Included)
Those arriving in twos can buy Pair Tickets which come with two alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages so you can plunge into the magical underwater world of the aquarium while enjoying a drink.
Buy Tickets: https://ticket.artaquarium.jp/en/
Running: November 24, 2020 – December 27, 2020
Validity Period: December 1, 2020 – December 27, 2020
[Alcohol] COEDO Beer / Marihana / Louis Raison Rouge Délice
[Non-Alcoholic] Sanpellegrino Pompelmo / Grapefruit
Christmas menu served up in the lounge and cafe
2-Person Hors d’oeuvre With 2 Drinks | Online Booking ¥4,200, Same-Day ¥5,000 (Tax Included) | Serving: December 18, 2020 – December 25, 2020
The aquarium’s lounge restaurant is serving an hors d’oeuvre for pairs of Japanese and western food together with two drinks.
2-Person Christmas Sweets Plate With 2 Drinks | Online Booking ¥3,300, Same-Day ¥3,850 (Tax Included) | Serving: December 1, 2020 – December 27, 2020
The cafe is serving up plate of assorted desserts, perfect for a post-aquarium date.
Christmas Special Cocktail | ¥2,200 (Tax Included) | Serving: December 1, 2020 – December 27, 2020
Both the restaurant and cafe are also serving a seasonal cocktail of chocolate, strawberries, cranberries, and champagne jelly for a sweet and refreshing mix.
Art Aquarium Museum Christmas Event
Address: 1-3 Nihonbashihoncho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Until 20:00 in December)
No Fixed Holidays
General Admission: Adults (13 and over) ¥2,300 (Tax Included) / After Dark Ticket: Adults (13 and over) ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
*Free for 12 and under
Official Website: https://artaquarium.jp/en/
Jin Akanishi and Ryo Nishikido Feature in Swarovski’s Christmas Campaign
29.November.2020 | FASHION
Swarovski Japan is launching a Christmas campaign this year in collaboration with Jin Akanishi and Ryo Nishikido’s YouTube channel “NO GOOD TV” and fashion magazine ELLE Japon.
Swarovski is an Austrian glass producer founded in 1895 that’s celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The company’s Swarovski Crystal Business is known for its craftsmanship and innovation, providing crystal glass, jewellery, and accessories to the people of the world since its inception.
As part of Swarovski Japan’s Christmas campaign, it is teaming up with Japanese musicians Jin Akanishi and Ryo Nishikido. This is the first time the company has used male celebrities in its promotions in Japan. Together with the global women’s fashion magazine ELLE Japon, the campaign will promote Swarovski products in the run up to Christmas. A six-page feature will be included in January 2021 issue of ELLE Japon of the two musicians promoting Swarovski’s jewellery, watches, and more.
Jin Akanishi and Ryo Nishikido posted a 14-minute video on their YouTube channel (“NO GOOD TV – Vol. 21”) with behind-the-scenes footage of their ELLE Japon photo shoot as well as other news related to the collaboration with Swarovski.
Exclusive photos of Akanishi and Nishikido which weren’t feature in either the magazine or on YouTube were also officially released on Swarovski’s official LINE account.
Jin Akanishi and Ryo Nishikido Christmas Campaign Collaboration
Official Website: http://swarovs.ki/vl~D
Gifts Galore as Roppongi Hills Welcomes the Christmas Market Again For 2020
27.November.2020 | SPOT
Christmas has sleighed into Roppongi Hills again this year, beginning with the Keyakizaka-dori Illuminations on November 13. The Christmas Market is also set to return to Oyane Plaza on November 28.
2020 marks the 14th run of the Roppongi Hills Christmas market which is inspired by the the famous Stuttgart Christmas Market in Germany. Visitors can sift through around 1,500 miscellaneous Christmas goods, enjoy German mulled wine and sausages, and more.
At the West Walk, visitors will also find an enormous 6.5m tall Christmas tree to complement the warm, cosy, festive atmosphere of the holiday season event.
Roppongi Hills Christmas 2020
Running: November 13, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Location: Roppongi Hills (Keyakizaka-dori, West Walk Floor 2F, Oyane Plaza, and elsewhere)
Christmas Market 2020
Running: November 28, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Location: Oyane Plaza
Roppongi Hills Official Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/
Hatsune Miku Symphony to be Released On Amazon Music HD Using Dolby Atmos®
26.November.2020 | MUSIC
To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Hatsune Miku Symphony, three concerts are being held in Japan. The first took place at Suntory Hall for the first time on September 21, the second in Yokohama on October 17, and the third is scheduled to take place tomorrow (November 27) at Festival Hall in Osaka.
Fans unable to attend the final show will be pleased to know that part of the set list from Hatsune Miku Symphony 2019 is also being released tomorrow on Amazon Music HD in Dolby Atmos® format.
Dolby Atmos is a surround sound format that breaks the wall on the limits of mono and stereo sound and allows sounds to be interpreted in 3D, creating an entirely new immersive experience. This will make listening to a show like Hatsune Miku Symphony a true delight to Vocaloid lovers.
Those attending the Osaka concert will be able to listen to Miku Symphony in one of the Amazon Echo Studio booths that will be available at the venue. These booths will also be equipped with Dolby Atmos through Amazon Music HD.
The Yokohama performance that took place on October 17, 2020 is scheduled to be released on Blu-ray on February 3, 2021. It will be available to pre-order at the Osaka show.
Embroidery Art – ¥16,500 (Tax Included) | Acrylic Key Rings (7 Designs) – ¥800 (Tax Included)
A selection of merchandise will be available to buy at the Osaka show including an all-new piece of embroidery art, acrylic key rings, and more. These items will also be available to pick up at Magical Mirai 2020 in OSAKA taking place this weekend (November 28 and 29).
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Strawberry Shortcake Crepe Arrive For Christmas 2020 at gelato pique cafe
26.November.2020 | FOOD
gelato pique cafe in Japan is celebrating the holiday season with a series of ‘WHITE CHRISTMAS’ themed crepes and soft serve ice creams until December 27.
The cafe is a branch of the loungewear brand gelato pique. It aims to create desserts for adults. This Christmas, it is serving up some holiday special crepes and ice creams.
Strawberry Shortcake Crepe | ¥880 (Before Tax)
A fat crepe stuffed with strawberries and adorned in a way that’s just like a shortcake. It contains not only strawberries, but raspberries, and cream. The whole wheat biscuit adds texture to the crepe so it’s delicious to the last bite.
Pique Bear Crepe | ¥1,180 (Before Tax) *Limited quantity served each day
A snowy, all-white crepe made with sweet strawberries, milk gelato, and whole wheat biscuit. It’s topped with a cute white chocolate bear.
Holiday Special Soft Creams – From Left: Strawberry Custard, Rich Milk, Mix | ¥450 Each (Before Tax)
The strawberry custard ice cream is made with smooth, sweet, and rich custard cream and strawberry for a melt-in-the-mouth combination. The rich milk ice cream is a mix of refreshing milk and rich vanilla. The mix option combines both of these flavours which results in a real mouth-watering treat.
If you’re in Japan this holiday season, don’t miss out on these delightful desserts.
Running: November 16, 2020 – December 27, 2020
Gelato pique cafe Official site：https://pique-cafe.com/
*The Gotemba Premium Outlets branch of gelato pique cafe is only selling the Strawberry Custard Cream Soft Cream
*The Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C. branch is not selling soft creams