Japan’s The Star Wars Book Compiles the Saga of the Galaxy Far Far Away
21.April.2021 | MOVIE
The Star Wars Book is a new publication being released in Japan that chronicles the entire Star Wars Saga, from the 1977 film A New Hope to the 2019 The Rise of Skywalker. It also includes spin off stories, information on the animated series as well as the characters, creatures, weapons, vehicles, and more.
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The book is a must-have for fans of the series whether you have full knowledge of its rich world and want to relive it in its entirety, or if there is more you want to read into.
THE STAR WARS BOOK Saga of a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Japanese Title: THE STAR WARS BOOK はるかなる銀河のサーガ 全記録
Released: April 19, 2021
Price: ¥3,960 (Tax Included
LINE Disney Tsum Tsum Puzzle Game Breaks 90 Million Downloads
07.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese messaging app LINE announced that their casual puzzle game LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum has broken 90 million views. The popular game launched a collaboration with the Star Wars franchise on Tuesday which is set to run until May 31.
LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum is based off Disney’s collectable stuffed toy series. The game launched first in Japan on January 29, 2014, before rolling out to the US, UK, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere on July 1 of the same year. Tsum Tsum and 400-or-so characters are popular around the world with the toys having appeared in Disney films, commercials, at events, and more.
In celebration of the puzzle game reaching 90 million downloads, the Today’s Mission feature is offering a 10x bonus. The game is also collaborating with Star Wars until the end of May where Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper are making an appearance. And for the duration of May, the game’s title logo and background music has been changed into traditional Japanese styles.
Tsum Tsum Tenka Touitsu Event
Another in-game event is also ongoing where players can receive pins and a Princess Minnie by clearing the mission.
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90 Million Download Celebratory Events
Running: May 4, 2021 – May 31, 2021
LINE Disney Tsum Tsum Official Website: https://www.disney.co.jp/games/dtt.html
Star Wars Theme Cafe Opens in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido & Fukuoka
With The Rise of Skywalker concluding the Skywalker saga of the Star Wars film franchise, fans are left craving more from the galaxy far far away.
If you’re one of those people, and need a fix before season two of The Mandalorian, which is coming in late 2020, then you’ll want to hit up the all-new Star Wars-themed cafes now open for a limited time at branches of OH MY CAFE across Japan in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, and Fukuoka.
We visited the Tokyo branch of the cafe which is located inside Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku. Here’s our report of this must-see cafe for Star Wars fans, a museum-like space chock-full of concept art.
Ready to greet you as you walk into the cafe is none other than Darth Vader. This life-size recreation of the Sith Lord is really striking, but don’t worryーthough he is realistic, he won’t use his Force choke on you, he only wishes for you to have a nice meal.
Plastered across the cafe walls are pieces of concept art used during the production of the Star Wars film series.
Here’s a galactic showcasing of the cafe’s menu. There are 7 food items and 5 drinks to choose from, all inspired by the franchise and its characters.
<STAR WARS> Far Far Away Galaxy Black Curry – ¥1,590
A signature dish of the cafe, this black curry features the Star Wars logo which is actually an edible wafer. The space design is bamboo charcoal-cooked rice which is mixed with spicy sauce and topped with peanuts for stars.
<BB-8> Seafood BB-8 Gratin – ¥1,690
Fans of BB-8 won’t be able to resist this delicious gratin, served with salad and French bread for a full belly.
<Yoda> Root Leaf Stew – ¥1,590
This stew is inspired by Yoda living his final years in his little shack in Dagobah during Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. It’s packed full of vegetables and will no doubt be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.
<R2-D2 & C-3PO> Buddy Burger Plate – ¥1,990
This set of two chicken burgers comes with an R2-D2 seasoned with béchamel sauce and a C-3PO burger seasoned with meat sauce. You can take the flags home with you too. We recommend sharing this between two people.
Portion Bread – ¥500
This is the one I was most interested in personally, because I was curious to know from its appearance how it would taste. It’s the portion bread that Rey tries eating in the film. At first glance it looks crunchy, but to my surprise it was soft with a subtle sweet flavour.
Lightsaber Drinks – ¥600 Each (w/ Coaster ¥1,300)
From the left, the flavours are Darth Vader blood orange, Luke Skywalker ramune, and Yoda melon. When you draw your straw from the paper wrapping, it turns into a lightsaber!
<STAR WARS > Jet Black Coffee – ¥600 (w/Bottle ¥1,750)
These limited edition bottles of black coffee feature the famous Star Wars opening crawl credits. Which one you get is randomーa must-have for all fans!
After enjoying some Star Wars food and drink, it’s time to check out the cafe’s exclusive merchandise. There are 13 types of merch in total all bearing artwork from across the film series.
Folder – ¥350
I recommend picking up one of these folders made in collaboration with the cafe. It has illustrations of the food and drinks being sold there.
Tote Bag – ¥3,500
This tote bag has illustrations of characters from Star Wars and how they are all connected.
There’s plenty of other must-grab merch too, from music to stationery and more.
Customers who spend over ¥1,000 (excluding tax) on any of these exclusive items will receive the above-pictured limited edition bag. These are limited in stock so are available while supplies last.
There’s plenty of places inside for fans to take great photos, so make sure you snap lots.
Also, if you book a table in advance and order something from the menu, you’ll receive one of these 25 possible A5 folders, so be sure to book before you go!
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*All listed prices are pre-tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
“Star Wars” at OH MY CAFE
■Tokyo: OH MY CAFE TOKYO (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku) / January 18, 2020 – February 23, 2020
■Osaka: kawara CAFE&DINING Shinsaibashi / January 17, 2020 – February 23, 2020
■Nagoya: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO / January 23, 2020 – February 25, 2020
■Hokkaido: Cafe Interlude, Coach & Four Shinkawa-dori / January 24, 2020 – February 24, 2020
■Fukuoka: kawara CAFE & DINING KITTE Hakata / January 24, 2020 – February 26, 2020
“Star Wars” OH MY CAFE Official Website: https://sw.ohmycafe.jp/
Star Wars Themed Cafe Opens at Tokyo’s Marunouchi Cafe
To celebrate the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this Christmas, a promotional event entitled “STAR WARS Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2019 – Precious for you-” is taking place in the Marunouchi area of Tokyo from November 7 to December 25.
As part of the promotion, a cafe named “RISE CRYSTAL CAFE” themed on the film will open at the Marunouchi Cafe on the first floor of the Marunouchi Building skyscraper, with meals, drinks and desserts inspired by the movie.
*Menu item names listed below are translated from Japanese.
Dark Side Pasta – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
If you’re of the Dark side of the Force, then you’ll devour this pitch-black squid ink pasta served with an eggplant and bacon tomato sauce. If you sink into the darkness low enoughーor just fork far enough into your pastaーyou’ll find some delicious mascarpone cheese.
Holiday Wreath Taco Rice – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Featured on this round Christmas wreath are familiar faces from the Star Wars franchise including C-3PO, R2D2, and BB-8. It’s made with assorted rice and topped with various vegetables like tomato and avocado, as well as cheese.
Galaxy Present Sandwich – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
A present delivered from space, this tall sandwich is layered with ham, tomatoes, and vegetables, and is served with a side of R2D2 soy milk cream cheese.
Starry Christmas Chicken (Serves 1-2) – ¥1,980 (Tax Included) *Available at dinner only
Served succulently on the bone, this gorgeous piece of chicken is served with four different kinds of sauces based on the far far away stars of the night sky.
Light Side Soy Milk Parfait – ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
If you lean towards the Light side of the Force, then you’ll love this subtly sweet parfait made with soy milk soft serve ice cream and soy milk cream. It’s also topped with chocolate mint ice cream and agar-agar that gets its blue colour from natural ingredients.
Dark Side Soy Charcoal Parfait – ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
This chocolate parfait is crowned with black bamboo charcoal soy milk cream and agar-agar. The gentle sweetness of the soy milk ice cream mixed with the sweet and sour blackcurrant sorbet makes for a delicious pairing.
Light & Dark Fizz – ¥880 (Tax Included)
This one’s for both Light and Dark seekers, a refreshing tea drink coupled with the common mallow herb. See what happens when you pour the elderflower and lemon syrup into the beautiful blue beverage.
Blue Milk – ¥880 (Tax Included)
Chewy blue jelly floats around in this drink which is made with low-fat almond milk.
Black Ginger Ale – ¥880 (Tax Included)
This jet-black ginger ale is made with bamboo charcoal and a ginger syrup that’s made in-house. Its refreshing flavour makes it the perfect meal accompaniment.
Commemorate the final film in the Skywalker saga with a Star Wars-inspired meal!
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RISE CRYSTAL CAFE
Running: November 7, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Location: Marunouchi Cafe (Marunouchi Building Floor 1F)
Lunch – [Weekdays] From 11:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] From 10:00
Dinner – [Weekdays] From 16:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] From 17:00
*Food last orders 1-hour before closing time, drinks last orders 30-minutes before closing time
*Not open during Dinner on Saturday November 16 as the space is being rented
Marunouchi Cafe Official Website: https://www.marunouchi.com/tenants/1046/
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Release Date: December 19, 2019
Director: J. J. Abrams
Distributed by : Walt Disney Studios
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Film Scenes to Feature on Tokyo Disneyland’s Star Tours Attraction
Tokyo Disneyland’s popular attraction Star Tours: The Adventures Continue is set to incorporate scenes from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker which is set for release on December 19, 2019, serving as the final film to wrap up the Skywalker Saga. The scenes will feature on the attraction for a limited time from December 20, 2019 to March 19, 2020.
Guests can look forward to flying through the world of the filmーwhich is set to wrap up the Skywalker Saga.
Additionally, if you head to the Star Wars-themed merchandise shop Cosmic Encounter in Tomorrowland from December 2 onward, there is a photo spot to get your photo taken with D-O, the new droid set to appear in the upcoming film.
Case – ¥2,000 / Pouch Set – ¥2,800 / Luggage Tag – ¥1,000 / Blanket – ¥4,300
Rucksack – ¥3,900 / Hoodie – ¥5,900 / Drink Bottle – ¥2,700
The shop will also release 20 new pieces of merchandise on the same day, including items related to the new film as well as across the whole Star Wars franchise. This includes stylish clothing to travel goods and more.
Commemorate the release of the final film in the Skywalker Saga with a trip to Tokyo Disneyland.
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Star Tours: The Adventures Continue – Special Version
Running: December 20, 2019 – March 19, 2020
Tokyo Disney Resort: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Release Date: December 19, 2019
Director: J. J. Abrams
Distributed by : Walt Disney Studios
©2019 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
New Must-Grab Disney Merchandise Features Mickey Mouse, Marvel & Star Wars
19.August.2019 | FASHION
Japan’s consumption tax is set to increase on October 1 from 8% to 10%. If you’re looking to bulk buy or grab up must-have items from Japan then now is the perfect time before the percentage goes up!
Today we will take a look some of Disney’s premium pieces of merchandise which are must-grabs before the tax increase.
Disney Senryobako – ¥ 2,982,650 (Tax Included) *Rate subject to change
A senryobako, or “thousand gold coin box,” is a box that was used during the Edo period to store koban, the former Japanese oval coin. This box features a Mickey and Minnie Mouse design that reads “Forever together” at the top. It also includes a set of 50 koban featuring Mickey and Minnie designs on them. This is a super special and premium gift item!
Available At: GINZA TANAKA
Mickey 90th Anniversary Design Signature Pot (18cm) – ¥30,000 (Before Tax) *Comes in 11 colours
This pot is being released in celebration of 90 years since Mickey’s screen debut. The pot lid features the iconic outline of Mickey Mouse. It’s also delivered in limited-edition packaging.
Available At: Le Creuset
Movie Masterpiece DIECAST: Avengers 1/6 Scale Iron Man Mark 7 Figure – ¥58,800 (Tax Included)
This highly detailed figure looks like Iron Man jumped right out of the movie theatre screen. Several different models and pieces are on sale too for each movie the superhero features in the Marvel Universe. Collect them all to create a whole range of poses.
Available At: Hot Toys
ROYAL SELANGOR Star Wars Vehicles “X-Wing” – ¥37,800 (Tax Included)
ROYAL SELANGOR Star Wars Figurine “Darth Vader” – ¥54,000 (Tax Included)
Malaysian-based company Royal Selangor is the largest pewter manufacturer and retailer in the world. Their new X-Wing and Darth Vader models elicit that vintage space opera vibe.
Available At: Royal Selangor
Each and every one of these items is a luxury Disney product. If you’re a collector or are looking to buy a present for a fan then now’s the best time to grab any of these premium products!
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Walt Disney Japan Official Website: https://www.disney.co.jp/
Japanese glasses brand Zoff has unveiled that it will release a new line of glasses in its Star Wars collection at its stores and its online store on July 12.
With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker set for a December 20, 2019 release, Zoff is getting in on the action by adding to its range. It first dropped the Star Wars collection back in 2018 where it developed glasses frames. This summer, it’ll be stylish sunglasses.
The sunglasses are inspired by the sequel trilogy with references to major characters including Anakin Skywalker as well as scenes only seen in the sequels including a young Obi Wan Kenobi and Yoda when he was lively.
Each model in the collection cuts 99.9%. The line-up includes a model with photochromic lenses, another with polarised lenses, The Zoff Night & Day that is both glasses and sunglasses, and more.
Zoff Night & Day
2 Designs – ¥9,500 Each (Tax Included) *Includes price for normal lenses
The outer metal chip of the glasses has the iconic Star Wars logo subtly branded onto it which reflects light while the inner part, which is the same metallic colour, has the same logo but larger. The glasses have a red colour, synonymous with the Sith, combined with yellow, a colour representing hope for the future.
3 Designs – ¥7,500 Each (Tax Included) *An extra ¥3,000 for additional lenses
The colour of these lenses change depending on the amount of UV rays. With the photochromic lenses, the inner part is used as glasses while the outer part is used as sunglasses. There are three designs including Yoda and Anakin. Since the designs are on the inner part of the glasses they can be used in less informal settings too.
3 Designs – ¥7,500 Each (Tax Included) *An extra ¥5,000 for additional lenses
The polarised lenses cut reflected light such as on glares from roads and glass. This makes them ideal for driving, jogging, fishing and other scenarios where one is exposed to bright glares. The three designs feature Darth Maul from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, podracing, and Yoda’s epic battle.
Glasses come with an original Star Wars case and cloth.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, you won’t want to miss out on this exclusive collection.
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STAR WARS COLLECTION SUNGLASSES
Release Date: July 12, 2019 (from 11:00am JST on Zoff’s online store)
Available: Zoff (excluding outlet branches), Zoff online store, Rakuten, ZOZOTOWN, and Amazon (subject to change)
Types: 5 Models in 8 Designs
Price: ¥7,500-¥9,500 (Tax Included) *All come with case and cloth
IC card cases using the motif of Millennium Falcon that appears in “Star Wars” is now on sale.
“FLASH Series,” a sundry brand that sells products using technologies and facilities RE: circuit boards, started selling “FLASH IC Card Case,” “FLASH IC Card Clip” and “FLASH iPhone Case” using the motif of “Millennium Falcon（TM）” that appears in the “Star Wars” series.
The iPhone case uses an IC card clip and an IC card case using a circuit board mounted on an electrical part designed with the circuit board CAD. The product is designed in the same way as when designing real circuit boards. Since the circuit board CAD is not a design software, the products are designed manually by drawing lines using a mouse. The products are coated with plastic in a clean room to protect the parts. The products are only available in Japan.
Both the“FLASH IC Card Case” and the “FLASH IC Card Clip” have a gimmick where the mounted LED lights up when they are used in the collector’s box and during IC-card shopping. This feature will make your everyday commute to school or work much more enjoyable. The card can be used as an ID card case if the size matches with your card.
The IC card case using the motif of「Millennium Falcon（TM）」has 8 blue LEDs mounted on the drive unit. The IC card case is made using an electric circuit. Three kinds of electric circuits (surface, middle part and reverse side) are pressed together to make the case. The printed electrical circuit is manufactured by FR-4 (glass fiber cloth and epoxy) and is light but strong. The circuit is also used in cars and industrial machines.
Two white LEDs are mounted on the front Floodlight part of FLASH IC card clip. The clip was developed under the concept of “not carrying around a wallet.”An ID card can be inserted too.
FLASH iPhone Case has a red LED (without battery) mounted on the top laser cannon part. The LED does not light up normally but will light up randomly when strong radio waves are emitted. The characteristic of this case is its precise design created with an electrical circuit CAD. The lines of the electrical circuit CAD are all straight, so about 80,000 straight lines are used in the “Millennium Falcon（TM）” design.
For those of you who love Star Wars, you must get these products which use latest technologies!
To become a Jedi, I took a samurai lessons
In the world-famous movie, Star Wars, you can find many elements of Japanese samurai culture.
As many of you might know, George Lucas is a big fan of Kurosawa Akira’s movies and it is a famous story that he offered Toshiro Mifune, an actor who played in many of Kurosawa’s movies, the part of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars.
This time, I joined the course called “Samurai Training” held by the kimono rental shop, “Yumenoya” in Asakusa to enjoy STAR WARS™/Jedi Challenges to the fullest.
To get to Yumenoya, go through the Kaminarimon and turn right at Nakamisedori. And you will see it on your right. Look for the mannequin wearing a kimono.
It is just a 5 minutes on foot from Asakusa station on Tokyo Metro Ginza line. It’s in a very convenient location.
You must wear wafuku (traditional Japanese clothes) to participate in Samurai Training. There are many kinds of kimonos available.
This time, I chose a red kimono which looks strong.
Now Ruki’s ready to meet the challenge. She learned how to hold a katana and make a stroke pose.
Today’s teacher is Ukon Takafuji who is the second generation of “Buto Takafujiryu” from Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa Prefecture.
In addition to offering lectures, both in Japan and abroad, he established an exercise routine called, “Katana Exercise” to introduce the charms of traditional arts.
Now let’s start the training program. Get dressed in your “furisode” and let’s begin the battle!
First, Ruki learned how to bow.
Ruki “the Katana is much longer than I thought it would be and it’s difficult to use.
After rehearsing for 30 minutes, Luki could use the katana fairy well.
And now let’s beggingSTAR WARS™/Jedi Challenges.
This isSTAR WARS™/Jedi Challenges which Lenovo developed. First , download the Jedi Challenges application and set your smartphone in the goggle.
The models which this app can be used are iPhone 6, Plus, iPhone X, Galaxy 7, edge, S8, Pixel / Pixel XL, LG G6, Moto Z2 Force Edition and Android smartphones.
English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese are can be used. (2018 January )
First, connect the light saver and smartphone to Bluetooth. It’s good its wireless.
It’s much lighter than you would think and it won’t slip because it has a good grip.
This light saver is just like a real thing in every detail. Just by looking at it, you can enjoy the world view of this game.
Fasten the the smartphone to the goggles as is instructed in the app. It cannot be used with other apps.
It is also recommended that you turn your banner off so that it’s not interrupt your game.
When you put your AR goggles on, a 360 degree 3D image will appear. Look around and you can enter the world Star Wars.
The half invisible characters will appear as life-sized characters. You can experience the scene where Princess Leia asks Obi-Wan for help – the best scene in EP4.
If you play the game in the darkened room the images will be even clear and the atmosphere will be awesome.
There are 3 types of games in total, however the best game is “light saver battle.”
In this game you can actually fight with the characters that appeared in the story using the light saver.
“I can see the light saver!” says Ruki in excitement. If it was for real you would have to do special training to be able to use the light saver. But in this game it is so easy to use. The power of technology is amazing. Thank you, Lenovo!!
At the early stage you can successfully finish but as the stages advance you enemies will become stronger and stronger. This time it is battle with Darth Maul. The life-size characters coming this way look so real-looking. Ruki looks like he is going to run away.
In the light saver battle, you have to stop you opponent’s light saver and then duck your opponent’s light saver, all the while looking for a moment for you to attack. Using AR you can experience a real battle scene. A hint will appear momentarily on the screen to suggest to you how to convey a big damage when your opponent is off guard. You have a chance to cause major damage. Don’t miss this chance. While you are playing this game you will no doubt be moving about, so make sure that there are no obstacles in your way and it is best to play the game in a wide space.
Ruki: “When you cut your opponent with the light saver, the light saver shakes and it is as if it is for real. It really feels like you have entered the world of the movie.”
Using sword-work learned directly from teacher Ukon, and after a desperate struggle, somehow you were able to win over Darth Maul.
The light saver is not for real but this is the way you will feel.
We finished Samurai training and got a certificate.
Overall Luki becoming a closer to be Jedi…?
In addition, STAR WARS™/Jedi Challenge includes other games.
Your concentration and strategy will be tested in Holochess.
By making best use of the aliens in this game you are trying to increase your territory in the chessboard.
This is a strategy game where rebel forces fight with the mighty empire forces.
Enlarge your front line bases and repel the empire forces!
You might be able to become a Jedi by playing STAR WARS™/Jedi Challenge!
May the force be with you!
Commemorating the release of the new episode of “Star Wars,” an exhibition which exhibits items such as traditional crafts will be held in Harajuku.
17.September.2017 | SPOT
“Star Wars” is not just a movie but a spectacular, huge entertainment event. The latest episode of “Star Wars” called “Star Wars / The Last Jedi” will be released from the 15th of December (Fri.).
In commemoration of the release of this movie, the art show “STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI ART SHOW TOKYO” which exhibits art works, fashions and traditional crafts of Harajuku VACANT will be held.
Eight up-and-coming artist of Japan will participate in the event and will create their own art works based on “Star Wars / The Last Gedi.”
This is a special event which the fans of “Star Wars” must check out. Since the entrance fee is free, why don’t you visit this event?