Japan’s Kirby Café Announces Kirby’s Happy Birthday Fair
If you didn’t know, Kirby’s birthday falls on April 27. To celebrate, Kirby Café Tokyo and Kirby Café Hakata have announced the Kirby’s Happy Birthday Fair event which will run from April 1 to May 9 where customers can get their fingers on some delicious birthday treats and items.
Kirby’s Birthday Line-Up
Happy Birthday☆Kirby | ¥1,518 (Tax Included)
No birthday is complete without a fitting cake. This one is loaded with fruit, strawberry cream, an icing cookie, and other delicious treats. Make sure to get yourself a slice before Kirby inhales it whole!
Kirby 29th Birthday Badge | ¥594 (Tax Included)
Kirby 29th Birthday Candy (Lime Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included)
TOKYO BOX Candy (Lemon Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included) | Exclusive to Kirby Café Tokyo
Candy (Soda Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included)
Candy (Strawberry Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included)
Kirby’s Happy Birthday
Running: April 1, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Bookings: Not mandatory but recommended
Kirby Café Tokyo: https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/tokyo/
Kirby Café Hakata: https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/hakata/
Kirby Café Tokyo
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
Kirby Café Hakata
Address: Canal City Hakata North Bldg. B1F, 1-2-1 Sumiyoshi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Kirby Café Official Website: https://kirbycafe.jp
Kuroko’s Basketball Pop-Up Shop in Akihabara to Features New Illustrations
BANDAI NAMCO Amusement is hosting a character pop-up store for anime ‘Kuroko’s Basketball,’ featuring new illustrations of the characters dressed in trad style. The shop will be open from September 16 2021 at the Atre Akihabara Store, stocking original goods using the new artwork.
Kuroko’s Basketball Acrylic Stand trad style ver. (7 types): ¥1,980 each (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball Can Badge trad style ver. (7 types): ¥540 each (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball A4 Acrylic File trad style ver.: ¥550 (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball Cloth Poster trad style ver.: ¥1,800 (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball Spoon trad style ver. (7 types): ¥1,200 each (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball Fork trad style ver. (7 types): ¥1,200 each (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball Acrylic Board trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, A Prize
Kuroko’s Basketball Jacket Style Acrylic Keychain trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, B Prize
Kuroko’s Basketball Can Badge trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, C Prize
Kuroko’s Basketball Die-cut Illustration Sheet trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, D Prize (random)
Be sure to check out this limited shop to immerse yourself in the world of Kuroko’s Basketball!
©Fujimaki Tadatoshi / Shueisha, Kuroko’s Basketball Production Committee
Hotel New Otani Announces Second PAUL & JOE Collaboration
Hotel New Otani Tokyo has collaborated with PAUL & JOE for the second time to offer a new accomodation plan, which will be available for one-night stays between December 1 2021 and January 4 2022. The rooms will not be available between December 31 and January 2.
This collaboration room will allow you to surround yourself in the world of PAUL & JOE, a Parisian brand PAUL & JOE that is extremely popular with young women in their 20s and 30s. The initial collaboration was so popular that within just 10 days, all of the available dates within three months were sold out. This Christmas edition will only be available for one month, so be sure to book while you can.
The pink and ivory room features the brand’s icon; Designer Sophie’s beloved cats, Nunet and Gypsy. The decorations also feature Crisantemo flower motifs.
Not only is the wallpaper covered in PAUL & JOE motifs, but even the smaller pieces such as cushions, curling irons, and brushes are themed too. In addition, to celebrate the festive season, the room will include a special Christmas tree, allowing you to enjoy a special Christmas with somebody special, sharing a view of Tokyo Tower.
The second round of cosmetics is focused on the 2021 CHRISTMAS COLLECTION. The ‘Lipstick Treatment’ features adorable cats wearing Santa hats, while the ‘Lipstick Limited’ comes in a luxurious Christmas red – and also features cats in hats! Plus, the new ‘Wrapping Hand Cream’ will wrap your hands in a fresh moisturising texture. In addition, the best-selling ‘Moisturizing Foundation Primer,’ which was renewed on September 1, and the P&J skincare selection (oil, lotion, cleansing), each must-haves for the upcoming dry season, have been miniaturized into take-home samples in a limited edition pouch, especially for hotel customers.
Alongside the limited cosmetic samples, there will be matching pajamas and slippers available for purchase and take home, with a that will take you even deeper into the PAUL & JOE world. While these cat-and-floral print PJs are perfect for a girls-only gathering, a men’s line has also been released due to popular demand, ideal for spending a romantic Christmas in matching pajamas.
Why not spend a wonderful Christmas in this PAUL & JOE room?
PAUL & JOE Room ~Christmas~
Friday & Saturday Rooms: September 14 2021~
Weekday & Sunday Rooms: Late October 2021
Room Duration: December 1 2021 ~ January 4 2022
※Unavailable between Dec. 31 and Jan. 21
Location: Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Reservations: https://www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/stay/plan/paul-joeroom/ *Reservations can only be made online
Back to the Future Exhibition Displays Props from 1985 Film in Japan for the First Time
The Hot Toys flagship store, TOY SAPIENS Tokyo, will begin hosting a free Back to the Future event titled RETRO SAPIENS starting September 18, and running until October 31, 2021.
Along with the opening of this exciting event, the TOY SAPIENS Tokyo store is also unveiling its new location. The much larger shop is now an easy walk from Shibuya Station and Harajuku Station!
After the event at the Tokyo location concludes, the event will travel to three more TOY SAPIENS stores nationwide, to allow more fans to see these legendary props in person. RETRO SAPIENS will open in Osaka in November 2021, and in Nagoya in February 2022.
One-of-a-kind props, clothing items, and set pieces from the Back to the Future film will be on display for the first time ever in Japan during this event. If you’re a fan, be sure to come and enjoy–admission is free! A number of Back to the Future related merchandise will also be on sale, including figures, apparel, and items only available at the RETRO SAPIENS event. These limited-edition products will also be available online at the TOY SAPIENS Official Online Store starting September 21.
A special Cosbaby Keychain will also be handed out to guests who clear certain conditions while enjoying the event. Those who purchase Back to the Future merchandise will receive a RETRO SAPIENS-themed shopping bag on a first-come, first-served basis.
RETRO SAPIENS Tokyo
Running: September 18 – October 31, 2021 *September 18-20 reserved for advanced ticket holders.
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last entry at 18:30.)
Address: TOY SAPIENS Tokyo (Ichigo Jingumae Building 1F, 6-25-16 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Official Site: http://hottoys-store.jp/retrosapiens/
KIRBY’S DREAM FACTORY Pop-Up Shop to Open at Nagoya PARCO
Everyone’s favorite pink ball is coming to Nagoya! The KIRBY’s DREAM FACTORY pop-up shop, previously appearing in Osaka, Shizuoka, and Tokyo, will open in Nagoya PARCO from October 22 until November 8, 2021.
Adorable Original Merchandise Overview
Kirby Plushie: ¥2,420 (Tax Included)
Mug: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Kirby Cookie: ¥540 (Tax Included)
Craft Tape: ¥825 (Tax Included)
*Images for promotion only. Designs may differ.
*Product prices subject to change.
*Number of items for sale limited.
Virtual Factory Experience Ticket: ¥700 (Tax Included)
The Kirby franchise began in 1992, when the first title was released for the GameBoy. Since then, a number of titles have been released starring the adorable pink orb, with 34 Kirby games released to date! The latest in the series, Kirby Fighters 2, released in September 2020 for the Nintendo Switch.
KIRBY’s DREAM FACTORY is an interactive pop-up experience, where Kirby and Waddle-Dee work together in a sweets factory. Visitors can take photos with their favorite character next to a working conveyor belt, and by holding up a smartphone to the QR code, a number of cool visuals will pop up! Over 100 pieces of exclusive merchandise will be on sale, and everyone who participates in the event will receive a limited-edition poster as a gift.
For those who can’t make it to Nagoya PARCO, don’t worry: the online store will also offer plenty of limited-edition Kirby goods!
*Game Boy and Nintendo Switch are trademarks of Nintendo.
© Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.
KIRBY’s DREAM FACTORY Nagoya
Running: October 22 – November 8, 2021
Venue: Nagoya PARCO, PARCO GALLERY West, 6F (3-29-1 Sakae, Naku-ku, Nagoya)
Hours: 11:00AM – 8:00PM (Last admission 30 minutes prior to close.)
*Pop-Up will close at 6:00PM on November 8, 2021.
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyFactory
Online Store: https://kirbysdreamfactory.shop/
Official Site: https://kirbysdreamfactory.jp/
Nihonbashi Art Aquarium Museum Closes for Renewal and Relocation
The Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM will be closed on September 26 2021 to make way for new exhibits and works. The museum is scheduled to be relocated in the first half of 2022.
The ART AQUARIUM Museum opened in Nihonbashi, Tokyo on August 28 202 with the concept of “a museum where life dwells.” This will be the largest renewal in the history of the museum Museum, opened by writer and general producer Hidetomo Kimura, with the addition of more exhibits and new and improved interactive areas.
The Nihonbashi Art AQUARIUM Museum opened alongside the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic, with the expectations that visitors would come from both within Japan and overseas, thanks to the exhibitions which easily explain and represent Japan’s proud traditional culture and performing arts, but due to Covid restrictions, foreign tourists are still unable to enter the country. Despite this, the Museum saw many customers and with the closing of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the museum will be closed in preparation to relocate to the new ART AQUARIUM. If you want to see the Nihonbashi location for yourself then this is your last chance!
In addition, the “ART AQUARIUM” digital tour is being held from September 12, allowing you to appreciate the Museum in a digital format until the reopening.
Make sure to check out the Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM while you have the chance!
ART AQUARIUM Museum
Address:：1-3-9 Nihonbashihonchō, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00~19:00 (L.A 18:30)
Official Site: https://artaquarium.jp
Kumagaya City, Saitama Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu Opens After Rebranding
13.September.2021 | SPOT
Cafe BIVOUAC, located in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, will reopen Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu on September 18, 21, after a full rebranding.
The space aims to be ‘a garden that clears a guest’s body and mind.’ Visitors can enjoy a full bath and sauna, freshly-picked vegetables at the Haruniwa Dining Room, and a lush green lounge in which to relax and unwind.
The Haruniwa Dining Room, run by The Farm, a resort in Chiba Prefecture, offers healthy dishes filled with fresh local vegetables from Kumagaya with carefully-selected main ingredients.
In addition, a collaboration with fashion brand ‘niko and…’ will also begin upon reopening, offering the perfect comfy clothes to wear while enjoying the property. The lineup includes an original bath bag and sauna hat, each sold exclusively at Hareniwa no Yu.
Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu (Cafe BIVOUAC)
Open: September 18, 2021
Address: 939 Kubojima, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama
Official Site: https://ofurocafe-bivouac.com/
French Artist Jean Jullien Provides Main Visual for Shibuya PARCO Art Week 2021
Last year’s Shibuya PARCO Art Week was met with incredible fanfare, and the 2021 event is now set to begin on September 17! This year, acclaimed French artist Jean Jullien is in charge of the main visual for the showing.
The exhibition will be held at NANZUKA 2G, located on the 2nd floor of Shibuya PARCO, as well as within the PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO on the 4th floor.
Shibuya PARCO Art Week 2021 Features
Martin Margiela: In His Own Words
© 2019 Reiner Holzemer Film – RTBF – Aminata Productions
Kensaku Kakimoto Exhibition ‘Devoting Time’ Collaboration with Luke Bubb, Piotr Stopniak
mono100 x Natsuki Kurachi POP UP
Nori Okawa Solo Exhibition ‘Good Boy, More Drunk’
Hikaru Ichijo Exhibition ‘CHIDORI ASHI,’ with a motif of ‘people who are carried away by alcohol’
Mariko Enomoto Solo Exhibition ‘Moments,’ depicting the fluctuations of daily life
Emi Ozaku Solo Exhibition ‘Good something for you’
Exhibition of Tetsuji Aoyama’s works, ‘21XX A Future Odyssey ~Someday in a Hundred Years~
Exclusive collaboration products by VOILLD x FACE on sale
Shun Komiyama Photo Exhibition ‘The Wind Responds,’ by MIDORI.so Gallery
A group exhibition ‘’ DONOKO? ‘’ Portrait series Curated by TOKYO URBAN ART
“Welcome back to your “Home Position” – Selecting art for the interior based on ‘likes’
At ‘WHITE CINE QUINTO’ on the 8th floor of Shibuya PARCO, visitors can see a powerful documentary film about Martin Margiela, Martin Margiela: In His Own Words. Also on the 8th floor, a hands-on exhibition titled #HotelKawashima will feature Akira Kawashima of the comedy duo Kirin becoming the manager of a hotel. The comedian’s voice will also be used for the in-house announcements throughout Shibuya PARCO.
An ART PASSPORT, distributed by the gallery and other stores throughout the complex, contains plenty of information about the events throughout the museum, as well as exclusive special offers. Be sure not to miss the interview with Jean Jullien!
Jean Jullien Exhibition「PAPER PEOPLE」/「POCKET PARENTS」
©Jean Jullien Courtesy of NANZUKA
©Jean Jullien Photo by Shigeru Tanaka Courtesy of NANZUKA
©Jean Jullien Photo by Shigeru Tanaka Courtesy of NANZUKA
Jean Jullien’s solo exhibition “PAPER PEOPLE,” curated by NANZUKA, will be held at the PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO on the 4th floor, and will depict the creative process of the artist through the medium of paper. Jullien, who has a deep knowledge and love of Japanese manga culture, is sure to bring some charm and comedy to the showing, as is typical of his style. The artist, from Brittany in France, has always been inspired by Japan, and also by the natural beauty of his homeland. Each of the nearly 50 works in the exhibition were created during the Coronavirus pandemic, and 25 special screen prints will be on sale via lottery, both at the event and online.
In the “POCKET PARENTS” exhibition at NANZUKA 2G on the 2nd floor of the complex, Jullien’s upbringing and experiences as a parent are expressed in a hilarious story about aging and responsibility. Compared to “PAPER PEOPLE,” this offers a different perspective from the artist, which visitors can learn more about in his interview.
Ichiban Kuji to Open Fourth Official Shop in Kyushu, First in the Region
Offered by BANDAI SPIRITS, Ichiban Kuji is a popular brand of lottery in Japan, in which players are guaranteed to win a piece of merchandise. This no-lose game is often seen in collaboration with popular anime and game series, and a number of dedicated BANDAI SPIRITS Ichiban Kuji stores are starting to pop up around Japan. Now, the fourth of these shops is opening in Fukuoka on September 9, making it the first in Kyushu.
Ichiban Kuji – Disney’s Twisted Wonderland, Vol. 4
Release Date: September 10, 2021
Ichiban Kuji – Monogatari Series
Release Date: September 18, 2021
Ichiban Kuji – Kirby Series KIRBY’S BURGER
Release Date: September 24, 2021
Ichiban Kuji – Mobile Suit Gundam Gunpla 2021
Release Date: September 25, 2021
Prior to opening brick-and-mortar stores, Ichiban Kuji took place at convenience stores, bookstores, and game centers across Japan. In December 2020, the first dedicated shop opened in Umeda, Osaka, with the following two opening in Ikebukuro in Tokyo and Yokohama in Kanagawa in March 2021. Popularity is only increasing, as fans continue to enjoy the unique collection of products.
The new Fukuoka location is the largest of any Ichiban Kuji shops to date, and also features the Ichiban Coffret, a lineup of high-quality pop culture-inspired cosmetics for purchase.
Ichiban Kuji Official Shop – Hakata Bus Terminal
Address: Hakata Bus Terminal 7F (2-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture)
Open Date: September 9, 2021
*Hours subject to change in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Healing ‘Panda’ Sweets Available at Gelato Pique Café for a Limited Time
A selection of healing monotone panda sweets will be available at the Gelato Pique Café between September 6 and September 25. The collection is titled “everyday PANDA! ~Sweets Time with Pandas~.”
Gelato Pique Café Original Panda Glass/Mug
Available from September 6
Gelato Pique Panda Motif Eco Bag / Panda Motif Hand Towel
Online reservations open September 2, available instore from September 8
In 2021, the Gelato Pique Café announced two rounds of animal themed sweets, proving hugely popular on social media. For Easter they released “Bunny Sweets” with rabbit ears motifs, while a series of “Polar Bear Sweets” was released during the Summer. Now, a selection of “Panda Sweets” is the latest to join the animal collection.
The chocolate and banana Panda Crepe is filled with a healing ganache and banana, while the Panda Gelato has cocoa biscuits studded around the pandas neck, along with rounded eyes and ears. The “healing monotone” Panda Float combines the Gelato Pique Café’s original Guatemalan coffee blend with Royal Blue Bourbon.
Along with this “everyday PANDA!” Fair, we have a large lineup of panda goods that will make you happy just by having them. Goods that are perfect for presents, souvenirs, and rewards for yourself can be purchased at each gelato pique cafe store and EC site, so please look forward to that too!
There is a huge lineup of panda goods that will brighten your day releasing alongside the “everyday PANDA” fair, which make perfect gifts for friends – or yourself! You can view the goods lineup in store and on the Gelato Pique website.
Baumkuchen Specialty Shop Katanukiya Offers Limited-Edition Panda Cake at New Location
On September 1, Baumkuchen specialty shop Katanukia opened its second location on the second floor of Tokyo Solamachi, beneath Tokyo Skytree. These traditionally German cakes are extremely popular in Japan, and using a cookie cutter can transform them into works of art! To commemorate the new shop, the Tokyo Solamachi location will sell a limited-edition Panda Baumkuchen that is almost too cute to eat.
Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen: ¥594 (Tax Included)
Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen & Drawstring Bag Set: ¥1,815 (Tax Included)
The special Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen is made from soft, moist cake, and depicts an adorable panda character ready to gaze at the night sky from Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world. Children and adults alike will enjoy its gentle milk flavoring.
The Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen & Drawstring Bag Set includes the signature Baumkuchen, the Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen, Panda shortbread, and an adorable bag. There will only be 100 of these sets available, so grab one before they’re gone!
Is Baumkuchen popular in your country? How would you like to try these cute sweets in Tokyo?
Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen
Official Site: https://www.katanuki-ya.com/
Gelato Pique Releases 32-piece Super Mario Loungewear Collection
Japanese luxury loungewear and sleepwear brand gelato pique is teaming up with the Super Mario franchise to release a new collection of 32 unique pieces for men, women, and children. Pre-orders for the items will begin on September 13 on the official gelato pique site, USAGI ONLINE, and the official online Nintendo Store. Items will go on sale to the general public on September 17 at select gelato pique stores nationwide, as well as the Nintendo TOKYO shop in Shibuya PARCO.
ALL DAY SUPER MARIO！
This collection comes just in time for fall, and is filled with soft and comfy items perfect for lounging around the house with family and friends. The lineup includes a number of popular characters and items from the Super Mario franchise, which celebrated 35 years in 2020.
<Character Pullover & Long Pants Set> Women’s: ¥12,760 / Men’s: ¥14,960 / Junior: ¥9,900 *Only available at the Official gelato pique Online Store / USAGI ONLINE / My Nintendo Store
These are perfect for the entire family to wear together, and come in four different colors!
Hoodie & Shorts Set (Mario/Yoshi): Women’s: ¥12,320
Baby Romper: ¥6,930
Let your little one become their favorite characters! These are perfect for celebrating Halloween at home.
Character Pillow: ¥4,180 each
Character Sweater: ¥7,920
Character Blanket: ¥5,720 each
Those who make a purchase from the Super Mario collection will receive a limited-edition Super Mario shopping bag in classic gelato pique colors. These are limited in number, so be sure to grab your items as soon as possible!
A special page featuring model Nicole Fujita will be available on the gelato pique Online Store starting on September 7. Don’t miss it!
gelato pique Super Mario Collection
Pre-orders Open: September 13, 2021 (12:00)
Where to Buy:
Official gelato pique Online Store: https://gelatopique.com/210907
USAGI ONLINE: https://usagi-online.com/s/210913PIQ/
GELATO PIQUE HOMME Online Store: https://gelatopiquehomme.com/page/feature/20210907_mcollabo/
*Customers can only buy a limited number of each item. Check the product page for details.
*You must be a MA member to purchase.
My Nintendo Store: https://store-jp.nintendo.com
Items on Sale: September 17, 2021
Participating stores: https://gelatopique.com/Page/shoplist.aspx
Nintendo TOKYO: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/officialstore/
*Part of this collection will be sold at Nintendo TOKYO.
Official Site: https://gelatopique.com/
The Westin Tokyo Hotel to Offer Premium Autumn Parfaits for Limited Time
05.September.2021 | FOOD
Three delicious desserts are coming to The Westin Tokyo for a limited time! Beginning October 1, visitors to the hotel can enjoy a collection of premium parfaits filled with seasonal ingredients and western liquors unique to the executive bar, simply named The Bar. These will be available until November 28, on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday nights only.
Chocolate Parfait with Figs and Red Berries
Chestnut and Apple Parfait
Chestnut and Hazelnut Mont Blanc Parfait
The chocolate parfait includes whole figs and bright red berries, and is finished with rich port. Calvados was added to the Chestnut and Apple Parfait, allowing guests to enjoy a refreshing combination of nuts, fruits, and mascarpone. The Mont Blanc Parfait includes a fragrant rum from Martinique, and has a richer dessert flavor.
The executive pastry chef carefully layers each parfait by hand, and these unique treats combining flavors of both east and west can only be found at The Westin Tokyo!
Premium Autumn Parfait
Available: October 1 – November 28, 2021 (Only available Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays)
Price: ¥3,000 each (Tax and Service Charge Included)
Location: Executive Bar “The Bar” (1F)