Anohana, Her Blue Sky, and The Anthem of the Heart Decorating Japanese Trains This Spring
Chichibu Railway in Saitama Prefecture is launching its 4th run of wrapping its trains in illustrations of popular anime series and films, starting on April 3. For this run, anime fans will be able to board trains decorated with completely original artwork of Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, The Anthem of the Heart, and Her Blue Sky.
Front of train
Front of train
Sides of train
Inside train on doors
Inside train on doors
Inside train on doors
(C)2019 SORAAO PROJECT
Get a special freebie for boarding the trains
Exclusive Folder (Front)
Exclusive Folder (Back)
Chichibu Railway x Cho Heiwa Busters Exclusive Merchandise – Batch ①
Anohana x Chichibu Railway Exclusive Folder | ¥400 (Tax Included)
The Anthem of the Heart x Chichibu Railway Exclusive Folder | ¥400 (Tax Included)
Her Blue Sky x Chichibu Railway Exclusive Folder | ¥400 (Tax Included)
Completely new and original artwork illustrated for the project
Chichibu Railway Menma
Chichibu Railway Jun-chan
Chichibu Railway Aoi-chan
(C)2019 SORAAO PROJECT
The project hopes to bring in more tourists and sightseers as the country has seen a drop due to the effects of COVID-19. It also celebrates the 10th anniversary of Anohana first airing on Japanese TV.
Cho Heiwa Busters Trains
Start Date: April 3, 2021
Train Model: 3-carrige 7501
Release Date: April 10, 2021
Where: Hanyu Station / Kumagaya Station / Yorii Station / Nagatoro Station / Chichibu Station / Ohanabatake Station / All stations running to and from Mitsumineguchi Station
Official Website: https://www.chichibu-railway.co.jp/
Halloween Afternoon Tea with Black Cat Motif Coming to Tokyo’s Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa
During the month of October, Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo will be offering a special Autumn Afternoon Tea. Inspired by Halloween–and particularly black cats–Lounge Momiji on the first floor will invite guests to devour some tasty treats.
This year’s Halloween theme is ‘black cats,’ which are said to be the messengers of witches. Guests will be able to enjoy Halloween-specific sweets and afternoon tea to fully enjoy the flavors of autumn.
In addition to sweet and sour macaroons filled with blackcurrant with a black cat motif, visitors can enjoy a bat-themed purple sweet potato Mont Blanc and cream puffs made with pumpkin. The black cat cookies are also perfect for posting to Instagram, so come enjoy lots of sweet and savory goods made with autumn fruits and vegetables such as grapes, persimmons, and figs.
Come enjoy afternoon tea and get into the Halloween spirit this October!
Autumn Afternoon Tea ~Chat Noir~
Venue: Lounge Momiji (Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa 1F)
Price: ¥5,800 per person
Running: October 1 – October 31, 2022
Hours: 1:00 PM-6:00 PM (Last entry at 3:00 PM, All You Can Drink)
Details/ Reservations: https://www.princehotels.co.jp/shintakanawa/plan/momiji/afternoontea2H_Halloween/
Ibiza-Inspired Kiranah Resort Toyosu Opens with Stunning View of the Rainbow Bridge
31.August.2022 | SPOT
Kiranah Resort Toyosu, an outdoor dining and leisure facility, will open in Koto-ku, Tokyo on August 26, 2022.
Kiranah Resort Toyosu is a complex perfect for families, couples, and children alike, and was inspired by Ibiza in Spain. The attractive location offers a view of Tokyo Bay and a panoramic view of the Rainbow Bridge. The site is the size of a soccer field and includes barbecue facilities with approximately 1,000 seats in three unique areas, as well as a restaurant and bar offering both a la carte and full-course meals. Visitors will also find a DJ booth, dog area, bonfire lounge, event stage, lawn, and much more.
The barbecue area spans three areas, each with a distinct atmosphere. The number of guests, the menu, and the price can be changed according to the guest’s needs.
The cabin area offers an outdoor kitchen with a grill and sofas beneath an air-conditioned pergola perfect for every kind of weather.
At the pool area, guests will find impressive DJ booths and will feel as though they have been transported to a luxury beach resort. At night, the area is lit up to give a more adult atmosphere.
The Pallet area includes activities for children and adults alike, and sports a massive lawn, bonfire area, and food trucks. A huge dog park will also welcome furry friends!
The main dining room is scheduled to open in September and will feature a bar area on the first floor and a restaurant on the second floor. The restaurant will have dishes and drinks to suit every situation, including lunch, a la carte, catering menus, and full-course gastronomic meals in an extraordinary space. Seats on the second floor overlook the Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, and Sky Tree, so be sure to visit on your next trip to Tokyo!
Kiranah Resort Toyosu
Address: 6-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:00-15:00, 17:00-21:00 (Subject to change.)
Holidays: None (subject to change)
Access: 10-minute walk from Shijo-mae Station on the Yurikamome Line / 5 minutes by taxi from Toyosu Station on the Yurikamome Line
TOKYO LIGHTS 2022 International Projection Mapping Competition to be Held at Meiji Jingu
From September 17 until September 19, the TOKYO LIGHTS 2022 International Projection Mapping Competition will be held at Meiji Jingu! This will be the second such event and will bring together some of the most impressive and technologically advanced light displays from around the world to wow audiences.
The main event will be the 1-minute Projection Mapping Competition, in which competitors from around the world will project their art onto the historic Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery. In the Festival of Light area, a barrage of unique light shows will take visitors on a journey through a wonderful world of light and sound.
Image from Last Year’s Event
The 19 Finalists
Light Shows at TOKYO LIGHTS 2021
The competition portion will feature a collection of short, one-minute projection mapping presentations. The theme chosen for 2022 is LIFE: Existence, living, and humanity.
19 finalists were chosen from 241 entries and 55 countries. Those unable to attend will be able to watch the event streamed on YouTube. The finalists for 2022 include Iran, Croatia, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Ukraine, two entries from Bulgaria and Thailand, five entries from China, and three entries from Japan. Don’t miss the awards ceremony on the final day!
TOKYO LIGHTS 2022 International Projection Mapping Competition
Venue: Meiji Jingu Gaien Seitoku Memorial Picture Gallery and Meijijingu Gaien Rubber Baseball Field (1-1 Kasumigaoka-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
September 17 – September 19 / 18:00-21:00
September 17-18 / International Competition (2 Performances)
Round 1: 18:30-19:20 / Round 2: 20:00-20:50
September 19 / International Competition (1 Performance) & Award Ceremony / 19:00-20:50
Official Site: https://tokyolights.jp
Hololive VTubers Announce Hololive Summer Event and Comiket Appearance
21.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The Hololive Summer event, first held in the summer of 2019, will return this year!
A ton of new content and special panels will be shown at the 2022 event, so check the official Hololive Production Twitter account often for more information!
Hololive will also have a booth at this year’s Comiket on August 13 and 14! A number of exclusive commemorative Hololive Summer 2022 goods will be on sale.
The back cover of the Comiket 100 catalog, on sale July 16, shows the official Hololive Summer 2022 key visual. Be sure to keep an eye out for more details!
Toy Story Aliens Cafe to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
The Toy Story Aliens Cafe will be opening for a limited time in Tokyo starting July 23, in Osaka on July 27, and in Nagoya on August 4. Fans of the film series will remember the adorable Alien characters, originally shown as prizes in a crane game. This pop-up cafe will feature themed dishes and merchandise, and Pixar fans should be sure to attend!
Alien Burger A (Teriyaki Soy Meat) / Burger B (Tomato Soy Meat) / Burger C (Chicken & Potato)
Moon Landing?! Potato & Bread
Space Crane Game Cider / Grape Juice
Hot Tea / Hot Milk
The food menu includes a tasty black curry, a green pasta featuring broccoli, edamame, spinach, and snap peas, and three types of alien burgers featuring either teriyaki soy meat, tomato soy meat, or chicken and potato. Even the drinks stick to the Alien theme, and the menu includes an Alien Smoothie with a tasty banana yogurt flavor.
Guests will also be able to purchase event-exclusive merchandise from keychains and stickers to tote bags and letter sets.
Toy Story Aliens Cafe at OH MY CAFE
Tokyo: OH MY CAFE TOKYO
Running: July 23 – September 25, 2022
Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku Mall 3F (4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Osaka: OH MY CAFE OSAKA
Running: July 27 – October 3, 2022
1-6-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka (2F)
Nagoya: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN
Running: August 4 – October 10, 2022
Nagoya PARCO South Building 5F (3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya)
July 23, 12:00~
Kuroko’s Basketball 10th Anniversary Event Coming to Tokyo and Osaka This Summer
A special event is coming to Tokyo and Osaka this summer to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kuroko’s Basketball anime series. Fans will want to visit Tokyo in July and Osaka in September.
Kuroko’s Basketball is a manga series by Tadatoshi Fujimaki which was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump until 2014 and tells the story of a high school basketball team trying to make it to the national tournament. The anime adaptation began airing in April 2012.
Kuroko’s Basketball ~A Miracle One Day in the City~
Kuroko’s Basketball ~ Kyoto Exhibition
Admission Bonus – Invitation Card (9 varieties)
Exclusive Goods – F6 Character Board
Acrylic Stand (9 varieties)
Mini Acrylic Charms 1 (Random)
Mini Acrylic Charms 2 (Random)
Pin (9 varieties, random)
Purchase Bonus – Shopping Bag
The event will feature exhibits highlighting the history of the series and will feature a special voiceover. Exclusive merchandise will be on sale and guests will be welcomed by Kuroko and his friends at the entrance, all wearing special costumes drawn for the event.
Are you a Kuroko’s Basketball fan?
Kuroko’s Basketball 10th-Anniversary PARTY!
Venue: Ikebukuro Sunshine City World Import Mart Bldg. 4F, Exhibition Hall A
Running: July 16 – July 31, 2022
Hours: Weekends and Holidays, 10:00-20:00
*Closing at 17:00 on July 31.
*Last entry until 30 minutes prior to closing.
Venue: Hirakata Park Event Hall I
Running: September 16 – November 6, 2022
Event Details: https://kurobas-ap.com/
On Sale: July 16, 0:00 – July 31, 16:00
Where to Buy: Loppi at Lawson / Ministop locations
Online Reservations: https://l-tike.com/event/kurobas_ap/
The Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli Exhibition Opens in Tokyo
The Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli Exhibition finally opened on July 1, 2022 at Warehouse Terrada in Shinagawa, Tokyo.
First held at Kanda Myojin in 2019, the reception for the exhibition was incredible, and after popping up in Nagasaki and Kyoto, the newest Tokyo exhibition will be the first held in three years. It features significantly more exhibits and content, so Ghibli fans won’t want to miss it.
Toshio Suzuki, a producer at Studio Ghibli, has worked with both Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata on a number of beloved masterpieces. The exhibition will feature a large bookshelf housing 8,800 of Suzuki’s publications. Many of these were published before Suzuki joined Studio Ghibli, and guests are invited to see how the producer was inspired to join the legendary studio.
This exhibition was realized after Suzuki himself proposed the idea of exhibiting his books for the first time following the 2019 event. The giant bookshelf containing 8,800 tomes was based on a brick-and-mortar store that once served as Suzuki’s ‘hideout.’
The Massive Abura-ya Annex
Chihiro’s Bathhouse – Chilled Footbath
As a limited event, the Tokyo exhibition will also feature the Abura-ya Annex, a huge space that recreates the world of Spirited Away. Visitors can transform themselves into No-Face using AR or enjoy the Chilled Footbath after getting their fortunes told at the Yubaba and Zeniba Luck and Love Fortune Telling Corner.
8,800 of Toshio Suzuki’s Favorite Books
Valuable Documents, Behind-the-Scenes Details, etc.
No-Face perches atop one of the many bookshelves at the exhibition, lost in a tome of his own. All 8,800 books were read by Suzuki, and all of them influenced the creator’s decision to join Studio Ghibli. The wallpaper was designed by William Morris, a favorite of the producer since his youth. Some of the books can be picked up and enjoyed, so be sure to flip through some of these inspiring pages!
Rare materials and copy that led to many of the studio’s blockbuster hits are all on display, and visitors can trace the secret story behind the establishment of Studio Ghibli and how the company created everything from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind to their latest release Earwig and the Witch. Suzuki is known for his incredible scripts, such as the many lines he wrote for the title character in The Tale of Princess Kaguya.
On June 30, an opening ceremony was held with Suzuki in attendance. “I’ve stored away so many items that have been important to me in my life, and while it can be somewhat embarrassing to have them on display, I’m glad that so many can appreciate them,” he said. “My dream was to collect all the books I’ve read over the past 70 years and display them in one room. I was so happy when I realized that we could fit all 8,800 books in one space. I hope as many people as possible come to enjoy the exhibition.”
Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli Exhibition
Running: July 1 – September 7, 2022
Location: Warehouse Terrada B&C Hall/E Hall
Kirby Cafe Tokyo and Fukuoka Reveal Peach-Inspired Summer Menu
Kirby Cafe TOKYO and Kirby Cafe HAKATA will begin selling special summer-themed food and drink items on July 7. The Kirby Cafe Summer 2022 event will introduce seven peach-themed goodies to the menu through September 11.
Transform! Carby Cake ~WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD!~
Kirby’s Peach♡Peach Parfait
Summer Souvenir Parfait Glass
Awoofy’s Footsteps in the Desert Pizza
Waddle Dee’s Friendly Rice Croquettes
King Dedede’s Full Tummy! Massive Beast King Plate
Rolling ♪ Peach Soda
(Includes Summer Souvenir Parfait Glass)
Rolling ♪ Summer-Colored Pineapple Soda
Summer Souvenir Acrylic Muddler (3 varieties)
Visitors to the two cafe locations can enjoy peach-flavored treats like Kirby’s Peach Parfait and an adorable cake based on the pink puffball’s Carby form seen in the new game Kirby and the Forgotten Land. Those wanting something more savory can enjoy Waddle Dee’s Friendly Rice Croquettes and the absolutely huge King Dedede’s Full Tummy! Massive Beast King Plate.
Come enjoy the warmer months with Kirby and friends!
Summer is returning to the Kirby Cafe. Thinking of the warmer months, Chef Kawasaki has created a special menu! As a Waddle Dee, filled with great excitement, wandered through the forest…it saw tons of lush, ripe peaches.
“Huh? That pink, round peach reminds me of something…”
Then came Kirby, who was looking forward to the summer menu more than anyone else.
“Ah, that’s right! The peach looks just like Kirby!”
Happy to have solved the riddle, Kirby smiled brightly at Waddle Dee. Gazing at this glorious summer scene with tons of juicy peaches ready to be eaten, he couldn’t help but imagine tons of tasty treats! Peach parfait, sparkling soda, blue jelly sparkling like the ocean…not wanting to forget these ideas, Kirby and Waddle Dee gathered the peaches and began cooking.
Please come and enjoy this summer with Kirby and his friends under the dazzling sunshine!
©Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Kirby Cafe Summer 2022
Available: July 7 – September 11, 2022
Locations: Kirby Cafe TOKYO, Kirby Cafe HAKATA
Official Site: https://kirbycafe.jp
Popular LINE Sticker Character Opanchuusagi Inspires Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka
The popular character Opanchuusagi, created by illustrator Kawaisoni, has inspired two collaboration cafes! Fans of the adorable rabbit will be able to grab themed dishes and goods in both Tokyo and Osaka from July 7 until August 21. Does the character look familiar? You’ve probably seen her on social media or on LINE!
Opanchuusagi does her best for everyone but tends to fail in hilarious ways. The melancholy character has been getting increasingly popular lately, leaving comments like “poor thing,” or “so cute!”
Cafe Visitor Bonus / Menu Order Bonus
Opanchu Shaved Ice
Opanchu Missing-Underpants Soda
Opanchu Pink Soda
Opanchu Strawberry Milk
The Opanchuusagi Cafe will offer a lineup of cute menu items perfect for posting on social media, from the curry and burger to the shaved ice and latte. The cafe will also sell original merchandise, so don’t miss your chance to snag some!
Why not come relax at this unique cafe on a hot summer day?
BOX cafe&space Matsumoto Kiyoshi Ikebukuro Part 2
July 7 – August 21, 2022
Matsumoto Kiyoshi Ikebukuro Part 2, 4F (1-22-8 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)
BOX cafe&space Umeda LOFT
July 7 – August 21, 2022
Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Welcoming Guests for Rainy Season Fun
17.June.2022 | SPOT
During late spring and early summer, Japan enters the rainy season. From mid-June until early July, Tokyo City View, the indoor observatory at Roppongi Hills, will be giving people a way to enjoy this dreary time. From photo spots to afternoon tea and cute menu items at the on-site restaurant and cafe, this is one of the best places to spend time in Tokyo.
Photo Spot Transforms Rainy Weather into Sunny Weather
Starting June 13, three photo spots featuring colorful umbrellas will appear around Tokyo City View. Even if it’s pouring rain outside, it’s always sunny under these pop-art umbrellas! Take some shots 250 meters above the streets of the city and post them on social media!
Normally, Tokyo City View ticket holders can enter the Sky Deck rooftop deck for an additional ¥500. For a limited time, a special set ticket including Sky Deck will be available at the on-site ticket counter! On rare sunny days during the rainy season, guests can enjoy the open-air Sky Deck, a perfect place to refresh and unwind.
Running: June 13 – July 4, 2022
Admission: ¥2,000 (General Admission, Weekdays)
*Certain areas of the indoor observatory will be closed during this period.
Spend a Rainy Day at THE SUN & THE MOON Cafe & Restaurant
NY Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce: ¥1,280 (Tax Included)
Banana Split: ¥1,150 (Tax Included)
THE SUN & THE MOON Cafe and Restaurant is attached to Tokyo City View. At the cafe section, guests will be able to order some cute new items from the dessert menu to sweep away the rainy day blues.
The restaurant section offers a spectacular city view and is filled with greenery, intending to make guests feel like they’re in a forest in the sky. On a rainy day, you may feel like you’re in the rainforest! Come enjoy a cup of tea and gaze out at the city.
The Roppongi Hills Observation Deck regularly hosts the Roppongi Astronomy Club. On July 7, the Tanabata Special Viewing Event will invite guests to enjoy a sparkling night view of Tokyo and the stars above. On July 15, a special Moonrise Viewing will be held, where visitors can watch the moon rise from the direction of Tokyo Skytree.
How would you like to spend a rainy day in this spectacular Tokyo landmark?
Roppongi Hills Observation Deck
Address: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower (6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://tcv.roppongihills.com/jp/
Ueno’s National Museum of Western Art Celebrates Reopening with Live Commentary for ‘In Dialogue with Nature’ Exhibit
16.June.2022 | SPOT
The National Museum of Western Art, located in Ueno Park, reopened in April 2022 after being closed for renovations for 18 months. The first special exhibition post-reopening will feature Van Gogh’s works in Japan for the first time, along with paintings depicting modern nature from both the National Museum of Western Art and the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany.
To commemorate the post-renovation reopening of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, this exhibition traces the development of modern art born out of the dialogue between nature and humankind.
The event was realized in collaboration with the Museum Folkwang, and both institutions were founded on private collections: that of Karl Ernst Osthaus (1874–1921) in Germany and Matsukata Kojiro (1866–1950) in Japan.
The exhibition will feature over 100 paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs from both museums, spanning from German Romanticism to the art of the twentieth century, ranging from Impressionism to Post-Impressionism.
Guests can enjoy all aspects of the infinite expanse of nature as shown in both collections, from the smallest roadside flowers to the vast universe and all humanity contained within. Would you like to come and experience this unique exhibition?
The National Museum of Western Art Reopening Event
In Dialogue with Nature: From Friedrich, Monet and Van Gogh to Richter
Running: June 4 – September 11, 2022
Closed Mondays, July 19 (*Open July 18 and August 15)
Venue: The National Museum of Western Art (Ueno Park, Tokyo)
Hours: 9:30-17:30 (Open until 20:00 on Fridays, Saturdays)
Niconico Museum Homepage: https://ch.nicovideo.jp/niconicomuseum
GELATO PIQUE HOMME Limited Concept Store Opens at Hankyu Men’s Tokyo for Father’s Day
15.June.2022 | FASHION
Men’s roomwear brand GELATO PIQUE HOMME will open a limited-time concept store at Hankyu Men’s Tokyo from June 15 until June 21, 2022.
The store will offer a wide variety of items, including light and comfortable loungewear perfect for summer and unisex items perfect for partners. In addition, GELATO PIQUE x BE@RBRICK collaboration items will also be available for purchase.
Popular around the world, Medicom’s BE@RBRICK figure can now be purchased in full Gelato Pique loungewear, with customers able to choose between 400% and 1,000% sizes. Shoes are also available for each figure.
The summer collection includes soft and lightweight items perfect for the heat, including sweatshirts, long pants, and ultra-thin shirts.
Hand soap and face wash will also be available. Gelato Pique Homme’s original citrus mint blend is made with bergamot and patchouli essential oils sourced from France.
Come pick up some of these items, perfect for Father’s Day!
GELATO PIQUE HOMME LIMITED CONCEPT STORE
Running: June 15 – June 21, 2022
Address: Hankyu Mens Tokyo Main Base, 1F (2-5-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
*Business days and hours are subject to change.
GELATO PIQUE HOMME Official Site: https://gelatopique-homme.com/