W Osaka: Japan’s First Luxury Lifestyle Hotel to Open in March 2021
22.November.2020 | SPOT
Marriott International has announced that W Osaka will have its grand opening on March 16, 2021. Room bookings opened via the hotel's official website on Wednesday (November 18).
W Osaka is a luxury lifestyle hotel that will open along Midosuji, the primary main street in central Osaka, positioning it within walking distance of Shinsaibashi which is home to world-leading luxury brand stores, Dotonbori which hails as one of the main tourist spots in Osaka where one can find an unending selection of restaurants and places for a great night out, and Minamisenba where you can find Osaka-based designer stores, coffee shops, and more. It's also conveniently situated near the business district of Honmachi.
The Hotel’s Theme: A fun place for Osaka’s merchants
The hotel’s design was overseen by Osaka-born international architect Tadao Ando. The 32- storey building is coloured a simple yet stylish black and is based around crystals.
The interior design was carried out by Concrete Architectural Associates from the Netherlands who have recreated the image of Osaka’s city lights with dazzling neon lights. Under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate during the Edo period, extravagance was banned, but that was well over a century ago, so it is of course permitted now. But while W Osaka incorporates flashy design, its interior isn’t overly-sophisticated and maintains an air of light-hearted fun to it.
A single button caters to whatever, whenever when it comes to guests
The 337 guest rooms boast beautiful vivid colours and contemporary designs that are sure to leave an impression. Washrooms are spacious and are equipped with rainfall showers. The rooms’; windows also stand from the floor to the ceiling, allowing for a perfect view of Osaka’s beautiful streets. Best of all, all room telephones are fitted with a “Whatever/Whenever” button on them which enables hotel staff to cater to guests’ needs and wishes at all times no matter what it is.
A Michelin-star chef’s menu
In the lobby, guests will see a mic on a mic stand which is a nod to Osaka’s famous manzai culture of comedy duos. The hotel also plans to open a bar area. For now, however, guests can enjoy the all-dining restaurant which boasts a menu supervised by a Michelin-star-winning chef who has also ranked in Asia’s Best Restaurants 50. In the future, W Osaka plans to be host to unique wedding ceremonies too.
If you’e planning a trip to Osaka next year, be sure to check out W Osaka, opening March 16, 2021.
Grand Opening: March 16, 2021
Address: 4-1-3 Minamisenba, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Official Website: http://marriott.co.jp/hotels/travel/osaow-w-osaka
Mr. Osomatsu Themed Hotel Rooms Open Across Japan
KADOKAWA has announced that it’s taking the Mr. Osomatsu themed hotel room from EJ Anime Hotel at Tokorozawa Sakura Town in Saitama, which ran from December 3, 2020 to March 31, 2021, to six hotels in Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Hakata starting on April 28.
Mr. Osomatsu anime freebies for guests
Design of the free mask case
The ‘EJ’ of EJ Anime Hotel stands for ‘Entertainment Japan.’ The hotel aims to have guests living inside the stories they love from a wide range of Japanese media from anime to manga, movies, tokusatsu SFX movies, idol culture, and more. As well as room decorations and the exclusive merch that will be on sale, the hotel is also offering a new kind of accommodation experience by incorporating videos, sounds, lighting, and more. Its restaurant will also offer a selection of food and drink in collaboration with various series including all-out full course dinners.
Due to its popularity with guests, the Mr. Osomatsu themed anime room is heading to six locations across Japan which are listed below.
Mr. Osomatsu Room
Bookings: Now Open
Running: April 28, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Capacity: Up to two people per room (Twin Rooms only)
Official Website: https://tokorozawa-sakuratown.jp/hotel/
Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu
Nagoya Sakae Tokyu REI Hotel
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Shin Osaka Esaka Tokyu Rei Hotel
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Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu
Gintama @ Dash Store to Open in Ikebukuro and Osaka This April
The Gintama @ Dash Store pop-up shop is returning to Ikebukuro P’PARCO and Animate Osaka Nipponbashi where fans can get their hands on lots of merchandise of Hideaki Sorachi’s manga series Gintama.
Gintama’s characters wear blue for the store
Dash Store will sell a range of exclusive items as well as offer pre-sales on upcoming merchandise. The illustration pictured above of the characters in blue hoodies was also drawn exclusively for the store and will feature on a range of items.
For every ¥2,000 (tax included) spent by fans at the store they will receive one of nine possible bromide pictures. And for an extra ¥500, those who buy one or more items can get a special tote bag too.
A look at some of the merch line-up
Acrylic Stands | ¥1,650 Each (Tax Included)
Folders | ¥440 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Key Rings | ¥715 Each (Tax Included)
Hoodies | ¥5,500 Each (Tax Included)
HOSHINOYA Tokyo Recreates an Edo Period Festival For Summer 2021
18.April.2021 | SPOT
This summer, the Japanese ryokan inn HOSHINOYA Tokyo is once again hosting its “Tokyo Midsummer Night’s Banquet” event which brings Edo period culture to the modern day in the form of a traditional festival with entertainment and food.
Tokyo Midsummer Night’s Banquet: 4 Things to Enjoy
1. The new HOSHINOYA Tokyo Sake Bar
For a limited time only, the new HOSHINOYA Tokyo Sake Bar is opening on the first floor of the inn which will serve an izakaya-style experience to guests who can expect to enjoy Japanese sake together with various otsumami foods to enjoy with alcohol provided by restaurants nearby in Kanda, Nihonbashi, and Ningyocho. There will be old-timey noren entry curtains, lanterns, and other little decorations to give it that Japanese summer festival vibe. Staff will also be clad in traditional happi coats.
2. HOSHINOYA Ennichi
At the inn lobby and entrance, guests will be welcomed straight into the heart of the summer festival experience coupled with Edo culture. When evening settles in, the calm atmosphere will be transformed with the sound of lively music reminiscent of a Japanese matsuri orchestra. Guests can enjoy a range of activities from Edo times, such as ‘fishing’ for a flower as pictured above.
Location: HOSHINOYA Tokyo lobby and plaza
3. A very special menu for guests staying at the inn
Enjoy a range of Edo period foods like conger eel, refreshing cold sea bream chazuke perfect for the summer weather, and more. Food is served in guest rooms so they can enjoy a private dining experience.
Location: Guest Rooms
4. Rental yukata service for that real Japanese summer vibe
Use the inn’s rental kimono service to pick out a summery yukata and obi sash to look beautiful and get into Japanese summer festival mode. Guests can walk in and around the inn as well as around the local district of Otemachi.
Price: ¥5,000 per person
Book Here: https://hoshinoya.com/tokyo/
Tokyo Midsummer Night’s Banquet
Running: July 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Where: HOSHINOYA Tokyo
Conditions: Guests only
Official Website/Yukata Rentals: https://hoshinoya.com/tokyo/
Alice in Wonderland Themed Afternoon Tea Buffet ‘Lost in Europe’ Heads to Nagoya
This spring, Hilton Nagoya is set to serve up a special afternoon tea set and buffet plan at its first floor all-dining restaurant IN PLACE 3-3. The theme of the afternoon tea line-up, which will be served either as a set-only plan or the set plus a buffet, is ‘Lost in Europe.’ Fans of Lewis Carroll’s beloved novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland can look forward to jumping in the rabbit hole as they indulge in a colourful and delicious line-up that sends them straight to wonderland.
The plans will run for three months during which three different menu line-ups will be served, each with a European feel to them as Alice finds her curiosity tending away from Japanese cuisine to the delectable assortments of overseas.
Spain will serve as the first menu. Travelling to Spain, Alice finds the country one overflowing with creativity in the arts, so says the story of this fun afternoon tea. Dishes will be plated with desserts fusing together Spain’s food culture with that of Wonderland, traditional Spanish desserts, sweet treats inspired by Spanish art, and more. Many of the irresistible items will also be made with almonds – Spain being the second largest producer of almonds in the world.
Inside the restaurant, diners will feel like they have travelled to a Spanish rendition of Wonderland with a mix of styles from both locations, such as Spanish sunflowers, mosaic tiles, stained glass windows, and more.
A little look at the menu (some of it)
1. Afternoon Tea Set Menu: ¥4,600 (Tax Included)
Cubism Cheshire Cat Arroz Con Leche
A coconut-flavoured Spanish rice pudding made with coconut lavender jelly. Its design, from the stripes to the grinning teeth, are references to the Cheshire Cat.
Blue Caterpillar Siesta Cake
A cake covered in striking blue chocolate, made with pistachio mousse, and filled with a mixed berry jelly.
Butterfly Windmills Mousse
An artistic delight made with smooth chestnut mousse and colourful butterfly wings attached.
Pistachio Crema Catalana in Berry Sauce
A traditional dessert of Catalonia, this crema catalana features a rich pistachio-flavoured custard cream and is served with a berry sauce.
Salted churros that are crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the inside, and a checked bocadillo filled with Spanish omelette.
Lost in Europe Afternoon Tea Set Summary
10 desserts, two savoury items, and a choice of a soft drink, coffee, or tea.
2. Afternoon Tea Set & Dessert Buffet: Adults ¥5,000 / Children ¥2,500
Mischievous Crazy Clock Cake
A warped, melted clock made with passion fruit cream and orange and mango mousse.
Mosaic Tile Sangria Jelly (Non-Alcoholic)
A refreshing beverage made with non-alcoholic white wine and grape, strawberry, and grapefruit jelly, all made to look like mosaic tiles.
Pick from nine different savoury items like paella, sopa de ajo garlic soup, patatas bravas, tapas, and more.
There are also a range of other desserts like a coffee jelly ice cream, a melon cake, and more, as well as fruity iced candies.
Afternoon Takeout Box
Customers can also get their afternoon tea set to go with a mix of desserts and savouries.
Lost in Europe
・Afternoon Tea Set
Running: May 13, 2021 – August 18, 2021
・Afternoon Tea Set & Dessert Buffet
Running: May 13, 2021 – August 15, 2021
Times: 15:00-17:00 (Thurs-Sun and holidays only)
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?
Opened: April 6, 2021
Location: Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa
Official Website: https://omo-hotels.com/asahikawa/
Experience a Hotel Camping Experience at Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto
Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto is collaborating outdoor recreation product brand Coleman to launch the Hotel Camp Buffet which will run from May 1 to August 31 at the hotel.
Guests can enjoy a fusion of the hotel and camping experiences as Coleman provides their tents, tables, chairs, and other outdoor items to be used at Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto. The hotel chef, Honda, has also conceived a camp buffet for guests to enjoy at both lunchtime and dinnertime.
The hotel is carrying out all necessary measures against COVID-19 including providing guests with a how-to breakdown at all tables, providing alcohol spray, mouth guards with the Coleman logo so guests can enjoy dining and talking, and more.
Coleman x Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto Hotel Camp Buffet
Individual Room Plan | Capacity: 4-6 People
Enjoy a camping buffet with tents, chairs, and other camping goods provided by Coleman. Everything will already be set up for guests to enjoy.
Lunch & Dinner Buffet Menus
・Beef churrasco in black pepper
・Frankfurt and smoked berry ham
Lunch & Dinner
・Meat and potato cottage pie
・Atlantic salmon wood plank grill
・Croque-madame style hot ham and cheese sandwich
・Spare ribs in BBQ sauce
Hotel Camp Buffet
Where: ALL DAY DINING KAZA (Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto Floor 1F)
Address: 1 Taimatsuchō, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Running: May 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Times: [Lunch] 11:30-15:00 (Last Orders 13:00) / [Dinner] 17:30-21:00 (Last Orders 19:00)
Bookings: Must be made 3 days in advance. Slots are two hours max.
Price: ¥6,050 (Includes lunch and dinner buffet and room)
Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto Official Website: https://www.rihga.co.jp/kyoto
Keio Plaza Hotel Announces Special Room Plan to Celebrate 50th Anniversary
10.April.2021 | SPOT
Keio Plaza Hotel will turn 50-years-old on May 1, 2021. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the hotel has announced a special room plan which will take place in its Imperial Suite Room, the only room in the hotel that still has the same design as when it first opened 50 years ago.
The Imperial Suite Room sits on the 41st floor of the hotel, offering a panoramic view of the east and west of Tokyo. This premium suite has been stayed in by countless VIPs and state guests. The concept for its design was conceived by Japanese modernist designer Isamu Kenmochi who is known as a pioneer of the ‘Japanese-Modern’ style.
Guest staying in the room for this plan will be greeted and serviced by a concierge. An optional tour of the hotel will also be offered by the concierge who is an expert in its history.
Before dinner, guests will be treated to a piano performance and enjoy some aperitifs made by the bartender. The bartender in question has won numerous awards at cocktail competitions and can make a drink catered to guests’ preferences.
Dinner is enjoyed with a front-row seat of Tokyo’s nightscape from up on the 44th floor. The full course meal is made with seasonal ingredients chosen by the head chef and comes with wine selected by the hotel’s sommelier. As a freebie, guests are given delicious baked confections as well as a bath towel embroidered with their own name.
Hospitable Concerto Echoing from the Skyscraper – Hotel Plan
Japanese Plan Name: 摩天楼に響く、おもてなしの協奏曲（コンチェルト）
Running: March 1, 2021 – March 28, 2022 (Saturdays Only)
Where: Keio Plaza Hotel
Reservations: Must be made 3 weeks in advance
Price: ¥500,000 (Tax Included) for one room for two guests
Capacity: 2-4 (an extra ¥100,000 for 3+ people)
Keio Plaza Hotel Official Website: https://www.keioplaza.co.jp/corporate/
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/
Snoopy Café Opens in Niigata in Collaboration With Hoshi Tabeyo Rice Crackers
Befco is collaborating its Hoshi Tabeyo star-shaped rice crackers with the lovable Peanuts comic strip to open a themed café at Hotel Nikko Niigata. Named the “Hoshi Tabeyo x Snoopy Café @ Hotel Nikko Niigata,” the café will open for a limited time from April 9 to May 9.“
Snoopy and fans of Japanese snacks can look forward to an original themed menu, with every food item and drink ordered getting them a free novelty. Of course, the café will sell its own original merchandise too. The café will be decorated in all things Peanuts and Hoshi Tabeyo, and there will even be two photo booths for snapping a commemorative photo of your fun day.
1. Snoopy Beef Stew: With a juicy meat and bouillon base, this stew is made with beef, onion, and mushrooms, all topped off with a Snoopy made from rice.
2. Snoopy Hamburger Curry: Snoopy’s rice ears are topped with a hamburger, and the curry sauce is made with fruit and vegetables. There’s even a little Woodstock made from cheese.
3. Snoopy Hot Sandwich: There are two different sandwiches, one with ham and cheese and the other with potato salad, and both have a different toasted illustration on them. These come in a free lunch box.
4. Hoshi Tabeyo Shaka Shaka Caesar Salad: A salad served in a cup drizzled in a Caesar dressing and with Hoshi Tabeyo rice crackers instead of croutons.
5. Thick Soufflé Pancake: Fat and fluffy pancakes combined with French meringue and served with a Snoopy cookie and sweet-tasting Hoshi Tabeyo. Enjoy together with the accompanying strawberry sauce.
6. Chocolate Parfait: A towering, chocolate-packed parfait layered with chocolate sauce, chocolate cornflakes, chocolate ice cream, and brownie. This is all topped off with a Snoopy cookie and Hoshi Tabeyo rice cracker.
7. Hotel Original Cookies (Set of 4): Crunchy cookies with various prints of familiar faces like Snoopy and Woodstock.
8. Lemonade: A sweet and refreshing lemonade beverage served with honey.
*Dishes 1-3 come with the Shaka Shaka Caesar Salad
*Ordering anything from the menu gets you one of four possible Hoshi Tabeyo x Snoopy postcards
© 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC（ 短縮形 © 2021 Peanuts ）
Hoshi Tabeyo x Snoopy Café @ Hotel Nikko Niigata
Running: April 9, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Location: Hotel Nikko Niigata Floor 31F
Address: 5-1 Bandaijima, Chuo Ward, Niigata
Opening Hours: 11:30-18:30 (Last Orders 17:30)
Official Website: https://www.hotelnikkoniigata.jp/sys/news/detail/323
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/