Animal Crossing: New Horizons Reveals Japan’s Sado Island as Accessible Location

03.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME

The city of Sado in Japan’s Niigata Prefecture is collaborating with the Nintendo Switch™ title Animal Crossing: New Horizons by making Sado Island an accessible location in-game from December 10, 2020. It is unconfirmed whether this is a Japan-only release.

The collaboration comes in response to the decrease in the number of people able to travel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, players will be able to freely visit tourist spots and areas around Sado Island remotely and virtually in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Players can visit various areas like rice and paddy fields based on the Japanese Crested Ibis, a species listed by Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems as endangered, a gold mine, woodland areas, and much more.

 

There will also be a Sado Island hub facility with related exhibits that players can visit. Now players can travel to Sado Island in Japan this Christmas and New Year from the comfort of their own homes.

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  • Luxury Animal Crossing: New Horizons Clothing Collection by gelato pique Gets More Stock

    23.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Japanese luxury loungewear and sleepwear brand gelato pique will open online orders for an additional stock of its Animal Crossing: New Horizons collection on December 22, 2020 at 12:00pm (JST).

     

    Original pre-orders for the collection will begin over on Gelato Pique’s official website on November 18. They will subsequently be released at the official Nintento TOKYO store as well as select Gelato Pique stores in Japan on January 13, 2021. Before that, they are also lining the shelves of a Gelato Pique pop-up store called “Gelato Pique Christmas Town” in Omotesando Hills which is running until December 25.

     

    ABOUT COLLECTION

    The collection is a collaboration with the Nintendo Switch™ title Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It captures the warm, cosy, laid-back life of the game in the form of comfortable loungewear so you can feel as soft and relaxed as the characters in the game.

     

    Line-Up (Excerpt)

    Jacquard Pullover ¥5,800

    A Timmy & Tommy knitted jacquard pullover with a simple yet design.

    [Colours: Brown/Cream/Grey] Hoodies ¥6,800 | Short Pants ¥4,200 | Set ¥11,000

    Become your favourite character with a cosy ear-topped hoodie and pants.

    Left: Fruit Pullover ¥5,400 | Fruit Long Pants ¥5,200

    Left: Character Pullover ¥5,400 | Character Long Pants ¥5,200

    Cut and sewn pyjamas with mini character designs and fruit patterns.

    Left: Blanket ¥5,800 | Right: Jacquard Blanket B ¥5,800

    Stay warm with these Timmy & Tommy blankets.

     

    Additional Stock Orders

    Additional stock orders will take place on gelato pique’s online store and USAGI ONLINE. It will run through a lottery system with random people being chosen. You will also need a Japanese address to receive the items.

     

    Running: December 22, 2020 at 12:00 (JST) – January 17, 2021 at 23:59 (JST)

    Product Delivery: January 23, 2021

    Stay cosy and warm this winter with the critters of Animal Crossing.

     

    © 2020 Nintendo

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons Makes Japan’s Sado Island as Accessible Location

    13.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    The city of Sado in Japan’s Niigata Prefecture is with the Nintendo Switch™ title Animal Crossing: New Horizons by making Sado Island an accessible location in-game from December 10, 2020. It is unconfirmed whether this is a Japan-only release.

    The collaboration comes in response to the decrease in the number of people able to travel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, players will be able to freely visit tourist spots and areas around Sado Island remotely and virtually in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

    There are 6 areas that players can visit, including the Paddy Field Art Area which has a design based on the Japanese Crested Ibis—a species listed by Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems as endangered—the Sado Kinzan area which is based on the real-life gold mine and World Heritage Site of the same name, the Sado Museum Area, Onogame Area, Lake Kamo Area, and Shukunegi Area. There’s plenty of virtual sightseeing to be done, and players can’t forget to take a photo next to the tarai-bune boats which are a popular part of Sado’s tourism.

     

    Sado Island Original Custom Design

    Sado Island have even made their own Custom Design cosmetics including the “I♡SADO” T-shirt, a Crested Ibis hat, and more.

     

    Download Code: MA-5962-3753-4973

     

    Museum Artwork by Local Artists

    The virtual Sado Island is home to a hub where real artists of the real Sado Island can display their own custom artwork, allowing for people to come together with a sense of community and support for local artists. More artwork is set to roll out over the coming weeks, and players living in Sado will be able to display their own work in the future too.

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons Clothing & Accessories Revealed by Luxury Japanese Brand Gelato Pique

    17.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Nintendo has announced that luxury Japanese loungewear and sleepwear brand Gelato Pique is releasing a collection of clothing and accessories in collaboration with the Nintendo Switch™ title Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

     

    The line-up includes pyjamas, hoodies, shorts, tote bags, blankets, pouches, and more, with the Animal Crossing’s beloved Timmy and Tommy appearing as the main character feature on the designs.

     

    Pre-orders for the collection will begin over on Gelato Pique’s official website on November 18, but you will most likely need an address in Japan to order. They will subsequently be released at the official Nintento TOKYO store as well as select Gelato Pique stores in Japan on January 13, 2021. Before that, they will also line the shelves of a Gelato Pique pop-up store called “Gelato Pique Christmas Town” in Omotesando Hills which is set to run from December 18 to 25.

     

    Animal Crossing: New Horizons Line-Up

    Timmy & Tommy knitted jacquard tops with a simple desig


    Jacquard Pullover ¥5,800 | Short Pants ¥4,200 | Cushions ¥3,400 Each (All Tax-Inclusive)

     

    Become your favourite character with a cosy ear-topped hoodie


    [Colours: Brown/Cream/Grey] Hoodies ¥6,800 | Short Pants ¥4,200 (All Tax-Include)

     

    Cut & Sewn Series: Character designs and fruit patterns


    Left: Fruit Pullover ¥5,400 | Fruit Long Pants ¥5,200

    Left: Character Pullover ¥5,400 | CharacterLong Pants ¥5,200

     

    Warm Timmy & Tommy blanket


    Left: Blanket ¥5,800 | Right: Jacquard Blanket B ¥5,800 (Before Tax)

     

    Animal Crossing x Gelato Pique Special Book


    Pouch and tote bag comes with the book

    Japanese publishing company Takarajimasha is also releasing a special book on December 22 entitled Animal Crossing meets GELATO PIQUE SPECIAL BOOK in two versions which come with a Timmy and Tommy design pouch and tote bag. These are limited-edition items available only with the book.

     

    © 2020 Nintendo

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons to Host Kanda Shrine’s Summer Festival In-Game

    29.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Noryo Matsuri is a popular summer festival held every August at Kanda Shrine in Tokyo, bringing in over 40,000 visitors every year to enjoy a variety of fun and exciting activities like the big bon-odori dance to anime songs, live performances, events in collaboration with anime series and more. Unfortunately, the event was cancelled this year due to COVID-19.


    However, that isn’t stopping the festival from being held in some sort of form. In fact, the festival organisers are teaming up with Animal Crossing: New Horizons to bring the festival to the Nintendo Switch title in Japan.

    Players can even get their hands on some original Kanda Shrine outfits, as well as visit Kanda Shrine Island by using Luna’s dreaming service in game (until September 30).

  • Inuyasha Spin-Off Anime ‘Yashahime’ Releases First Trailer, Promotional Exhibition to Take Place Across Japan

    09.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The first trailer for the upcoming TV anime series Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon is here. The anime, which will air from October 3, serves as a spin-off series of the anime adaptation of Inuyasha which originally ran from 2000-2004 and wrapped up with Inuyasha: The Final Act in 2010.

    Confirmed cast members for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon include Sara Matsumoto as Towa Higurashi, Mikako Komatsu as Setsuna, and Azusa Tadokoro as Moroha.

     

    To promote the series, a series of exhibitions celebrating the history of Inuyasha will take place across Japan including Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Niigata—the latter of which is the hometown of Inuyasha author Rumiko Takahashi. Merchandise will also be available for fans to buy.

    The main visual for the exhibition

    Details on tickets, merchandise, and the full content of the exhibition will be announced in the near future, so stay tuned.

     

    ⒸRumiko Takahashi / Shogakukan・Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation・Sunrise 2009

  • XLARGE Collaborates With Animal Crossing For Fall 2020 Collection Launch

    16.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    In line with the launch of XLARGE’s Fall 2020 collection, the clothing company has teamed up with  Animal Crossing: New Horizons to release a selection of fall attire for the Nintendo Switch title.

    XLARGE is a pioneering clothing company and innovator in street wear, combining aspects of world street culture like music, art, and skateboarding.

    XLARGE’s “2020 FALL COLLECTION” features 11 items which will roll out at all XLARGE and XLARGE/X-girl stores, as well as the official online store Calif, in Japan.

     

    You can find the ID codes for the Animal Crossing: New Horizons collection on XLARGE’s official website here.

  • Gaze at Japan’s Setting Sun Over the Horizon at Oedo Onsen Monogatari Shiomiso

    13.July.2020 | SPOT

    Oedo Onsen Monogatari Hotels & Resorts reopened “Oedo Onsen Monogatari Shiomiso” on July 10, 2020 after the hot spring hotel underwent some revamps.

    To commemorate the reopening, the hotel is now holding a dinner buffet and all-you-can-drink plan until August 31, 2020.

     

    Take a dip in the famous Senami Onsen

    Oedo Onsen Monogatari Shiomiso is home to Senami Onsen, a hot spring which first opened back in 1904 after the area was excavated for oil and the hot water shot out from the ground. Also known by the name “Netsu no Yu” (Hot Water), the hot spring has continued to offer rich quantities of water for over 100 years. Japanese poet and pioneering feminist Yosano Akiko wrote a poem about the place in 1937.

    The water is thick and transparent, and also has chloride in it, which helps prevent sweat from evaporating, leading to moisturised skin. You also don’t feel cold after leaving the water, and the water has sterilising properties. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing experience while gazing out across the Japanese sea at the evening  setting sun.

     

    Choose the right room for your trip

    There are a number of different rooms to pick from that cater to all kinds of travels, such as the ocean view Japanese-style rooms which accommodate 2-5 people, rooms with a terrace, Japanese-style rooms with open-air baths, and more.

     

    All-you-can-drink summer drinks and a gourmet buffet

    The new restaurant serves up a menu by legendary Japanese chef Takaharu Takashina, with seasonal ingredients sourced in Niigata Prefecture. The restaurant serves a Japanese and Western fusion buffet, a diverse breakfast assortment, and more. There’s sushi, fried foods, fish from the Japan sea, exquisite rice, and much more to enjoy.

     

    Affordable summer all-you-can-drink

    The all-you-can-drink plan comes with evening buffet as a set and is running until August 31, priced at just ¥1,500. Cool down from the summer heat with a refreshing beer, highball, or other beverage to enjoy with your meal.

     

    All-You-Can-Drink Plan

    Running: Until August 31, 2020

    Time: 60-minutes max in the evenings

    Menu: Beer, Shochu, Highball, Sours, and more.

  • New Animal Crossing: New Horizons Outfits Released in Collaboration With Pip Elekiban

    07.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Pip Japan has created collection of items for the Nintendo Switch title Animal Crossing: New Horizons using the game’s Custom Designs featured which it revealed on July 2 via the official Pip Elekiban Twitter account. Pip Elekiban is a magnetic patch used on the skin for treating muscle stiffness.

    Animal Crossing: New Horizons has enjoyed successful sales during the stay-at-home measures put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pip Japan has released a trailer for its in-game clothing collection which consists of 3 one-piece outfits, a shirt, and more. Check it out below.

    In May 2020, a survey was held in Japan for 300 men and women aged between 20-50 years old. They were asked whether they felt some form of stress during the current situation, with 60% confirming that they did. This includes mental stress as a result of not being able to visit places they wanted to visit or meet who they wanted to meet, work-related stress, physical stress brought about by a lack of exercise, and so on. Part of Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ success can be attributed to these causes, with people purchasing the game during the lockdown to help alleviate stresses and as a form of escapism.

     

    Pip Japan wanted to help bring some smiles to people’s faces during the pandemic, and so have designed their own clothing collection for the game.

    Pip Elekiban One Piece A (MO-YX9Y-498B-5XGT)


    Pip Elekiban One Piece B (MO-11XP-HKB5-PQBQ)


    Pip Elekiban One Piece C (MO-5FVD-28WC-PQ8V)

    The one-piece dresses all feature super cute and stylish designs.

    Pip Magneloop Shirt A (MO-YFHC-Y855-TN7V)


    Pip Magneloop Shirt B (MO-LMWM-DJ2B-XWJ6)


    Pip Magneloop Shirt C (MO-C12M-1561-N59T)

    The shirts have simple designs but are cute in their own way too.

    Pip Elekiban Tile (MO-80L5-K03Q-JKNQ)

    They even made their own tile too.

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons Weddings Add Yumi Katsura Dresses For Free

    09.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Yumi Katsura International has teamed up with the Nintendo Switch title Animal Crossing: New Horizons to release the first of a series of wedding dresses designed by the wedding dress company.

    The distribution of the free dresses comes in response to the weddings around the world that have had to be cancelled or postponed for couples as a result of the coronavirus.

    The dresses feature lace and see-through textures, off-should designs, back ribbons, and so on. The arms and train can be enjoyed in a number of ways too, and the dresses come in either a silver blue or classic beige colour. The dresses are packed full of Yumi Katsura’s popular inclusions.

    The Animal Crossing: New Horizons wedding event “June Bride” is running for the entire month of June, so enjoy yourself a cute wedding ceremony and a photo shoot, or just simply dress up for a date, in your new wedding dress.

    Share your wedding photos with the hashtag #あつ森YumiBrides for the chance to be featured on Yumi Katsura’s official Instagram page. Yumi Katsura will be posting more content each week for the June Bride event.

  • Raise Your Own Sky Lantern at New Greenpia Tsunan in Niigata

    25.February.2020 | SPOT

    New Greenpia Tsunan, a resort facility in Tsunan, Niigata, is holding an exciting sky lantern event every day until March 31, 2020.

     

    The sky lantern event is held every winter at New Greenpia Tsunan, and has returned again for 2020. It began in 2012 as a means of showing respect for and praying for the revival of disaster-stricken areas, such as the areas affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, the Nagano and Niigata earthquake, and so on. Every year, couples and families come together to put their prayers and wishes into the lanterns before letting them go into the night sky. The countless lanterns raised at once soar up high and light up the black cloak of the night like burning stars.

    For 2020, the event will also sell lantern t-shirts, handkerchiefs, hand towels, cookies, and other themed items.

     

    If you’re travelling in or around Niigata in Japan this year, then don’t miss New Greenpia Tsunan’s very special winter event.

  • Josh Cumbee Releases ‘Sound Of Your Name’ Music Video Filmed at Mount Myoko in Japan

    23.February.2020 | MUSIC / SPOT

    American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Josh Cumbee dropped his first digital single release Sound Of Your Name on Valentine’s Day. The song’s lyrics talk about having lost the love of your life, a picture of which is painted in its beautiful new music video.


    Fans in the comments have expressed their love for the lyrical content, as well as Josh’s beautiful voice, but what has drawn so much attention is the breathtaking location the video was shot in. Fans have pondered over where it was shot, with some thinking it was in Canada, but it was actually shot at Mount Myoko in Niigata, Japan.

     

    Josh Cumbee – “Sound Of Your Name” Music Video 


    The video was directed by Yudai Maruyama, who said: “Josh came from California, which is where I studied abroad during university, so it felt really fresh and was a lot of fun to shoot this video with him in my hometown of Niigata.”



    Karin Ookoso, a model and who appears in the music video alongside, said: “The day Josh arrived we all went to the hot springs. We all bought some sweets from the candy store in front of the hot springs and ate them together. It was really fun. Josh is really kind. He learned lots about Japan, and likes the country, which made me super happy.”


    A behind-the-scenes video was also released for the music videoーfilmed with an all-Japanese teamーwhere we see Josh enjoying the snowy landscape of Niigata, and chatting together with Karin. Check it out below.

     

    Josh Cumbee – “Sound Of Your Name” Behind-The-Scenes


    Josh described realising his dream of visiting the snowy Japanese mountain as like being transported into a different dimension. He said the filming lasted from early morning into the late night, but thanks to everyone involved pouring all their strength into the video, they were able to create something breathtaking. He thanked the director Yudai Maruyama, describing him as having wonderful insight, Karin whom he likened to a fairy, the staff, and his own management.

  • 5 Must-Visit Beautiful and Romantic Lantern Festivals in Japan | 2020 Edition

    02.February.2020 | SPOT

    The season for Japan’s enchanting and romantic lantern events has finally arrived, and the line-up this year is diverse, from events where lanterns are the main attraction to lantern-lined festivals and Japanese matsuri festivals.

     

    Hankyu Travel International compiled a list of these events , and we’ve pulled out some of the best ones for you.

     

    Hanamaki Hoshi Meguri no Yoru | Iwate Prefecture

    This year marks the third run of “Hanamaki Hoshi Meguri no Yoru,” an event held during winter for guests staying at Hanamaki Onsen. The event is comprised of many elements, including fireworks, folk entertainment, and more. People will also write wishes and messages or draw pictures on their lanterns before sending them up into the winter night sky. Afterwards, they can enjoy a dip in the hot springs at Hanamaki Onsen to warm themselves up and unwind from the day.

     

    Running: January 26, 2020/February 22, 2020/February 11, 2020/February 16, 2020/February 24, 2020

    Location: Namari Ski Center
    Address: Nakadaira-36-1 Namari, Hanamaki, Iwate

     

    ▼Hanamaki Hoshi Meguri no Yoru Tour
    https://www.hankyu-travel.com/kokunai/keyword/%E3%81%AF%E3%81%AA%E3%81%BE%E3%81%8D%E6%98%9F%E3%82%81%E3%81%90%E3%82%8A%E3%81%AE%E5%A4%9C/?p_baitai=9599

     

     

    China Lantern Festival | Chiba Prefecture

    Tokyo German Village is hosting its second China Lantern Festival, inspired by the typical traditional festivals held in China during spring. A selection of 30 lantern installations of varying sizes made by the world’s biggest lantern maker Lantern Group have been set up in the 50,000 square meter area. Pieces include lanterns over 10 meters long and high, lanterns floating on the water, moving lanterns, and more.

     

    Running: November 23, 2019 – April 5, 2020

    Location: Tokyo German Village

    Address: 419 Nagayoshi, Sodegaura, Chiba

     

    ▼Tokyo German Village Tour
    https://www.hankyu-travel.com/kokunai/keyword/%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E3%83%89%E3%82%A4%E3%83%84%E6%9D%91/?p_baitai=9599

     

     

    Tsunan Yuki Matsuri | Niigata Prefecture

    Since 2012, the people of Tsunan in Niigata have raised sky lanterns into the sky to pray for the revival from the disaster that the Tohoku earthquake brought in 2011. It is a two-day festival, with the first day of the event taking place at night, and the second being the main day of the festival. The festival is so popular that tickets never fail to sell out quickly every year. It brings with it a host of events, from the lanterns to the snowboard straight jumping tournament, the hanging of snow lanterns, snowmobile rides, and more.

     

    Running: March 14, 2020 (There will also be a lantern event the night before on March 13, 2020)

    Location: New Greenpia Tsunan

    Address: 12300 Akinari, Tsunan, Nakauonuma-gun, Niigata

     

    ▼Niigata Tsunan Sky Lantern Festival Tour
    https://www.hankyu-travel.com/chubu-hokuriku/niigata/lantern/?p_baitai=9599

     

     

    Nagasaki Lantern Festival | Nagasaki Prefecture

    This festival was originally held during the Chinese New year by the people of Nagasaki Chinatown, but in 1994 it was given the name “Nagasaki Lantern Festival.” To date, it has been attended by over 1 million people. This year, around 15,000 lanterns of varying sizes are set to light the streets. Taking place across several areas, some standout pieces include the peach-coloured lanterns at Nagasaki Chinatown, the ceiling lanterns at Hamanomachi Arcade, the water lanterns at Nagashimagawa Park, and more. On weekends, there are also parades, traditional Chinese performance, and other exciting events. And if you head to Nagasaki Confucian Shrine (also known as Koshi-byo), you can offer a love lantern to pray for happiness in your relationship.

     

    Running: January 24, 2020 – February 9, 2020
    Locations: Nagasaki Chinatown/Central Park/Tojin Yashiki/and elsewhere
    Address: Various places throughout the city of Nagasaki

     

    ▼Nagasaki Lantern Festival

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    Nagasaki Tourism Page: https://travel.at-nagasaki.jp/en/what-to-see/62/

     

    Ryukyu Lantern Festival 2019-2020 | Okinawa Prefecture

    Murasaki Mura Ryukyu Kingdom Theme Park is known for having originally been used as the set for several historical drama series, and was subsequently turned into a theme park after filming was finished. The Ryukyu Lantern Festival welcomes a variety of different lanterns, including Chinese lanterns, paper lanterns, various Asian lanterns, and more, each of which bring a completely different atmosphere depending on the area you are in. This year sees the welcome return of the annual lantern contest where 45 individual lantern pieces are exhibited. There are also different street performances every day on the Night Lantern Stage, as well as projection mapping displays, the Night Lantern Cafe, and more.

     

    Running: December 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020

    Location: Murasaki Mura Ryukyu Kingdom Theme Park

    Address: 1020-1 Takashiho, Yomitan, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa

    Murasaki Mura Official Website: https://murasakimura.com/

     

     

    Be part of one of Japan’s many beautiful lantern festivals this year and witness some seriously breathtaking night scenes.

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