Event Report: Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars and Their Dreamy World at Tokyo Tower
16.July.2021 | SPOT
Sanrio’s popular character duo Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, are have brought their dreamy, pastel-coloured world to Tokyo Tower with a special summer event titled “Little Twin Stars Summer Night Fantasy Meets Kiki & Lala Exhibition produced by LIDDELL” which began on July 10.
At the event entrance, guests are given a special ‘passport’ notebook which is stamped before entering, allowing access to Kiki & Lala’s world in the clouds above.
Guests are guided by Kiki & Lala’s voice through the rose-coloured “Star & Rose-Coloured Cloud Fantasy Gate” were they are met with five different booths.
At Kiki’s Star Catching booth, visitors can experience one of Kiki’s favourite past times by ‘catching’ stars. The stars that are caught can be taken home as a fun memory.
There’s also the Starry Sky Light Shower booth which is decorated with mirror balls that reflect the light as well as a wall featuring words and phrases said by the twins, the pink and light blue-coloured Kiki & Lala’s Playroom where you can snap cute photos, the Glittering Moviegenic booth which uses your smartphone to watch an animation of Kiki & Lala, and more.
Fans of the twins can enjoy an exhibit of various artworks too, including the 8-meter tall Fantasy Wall which depicts the world above the clouds.
The day before the exhibition began, on July 9, Tokyo Tower was lit up in blue and pink Kiki & Lala colours from 19:30 to midnight. It was a special one-night experience.
If you’re in Tokyo this summer, soar up high into Kiki & Lala’s world at Tokyo Tower.
©‘21 SANRIO 著作（株）サンリオ
LittleTwinStars Summer Night Fantasy Meets Kiki & Lala Exhibition produced by LIDDELL
Running: July 10, 2021 – July 25, 2021
Event Site: https://sanrio.site/qY0AN
Keyakizaka Lights, a Tokyo Winter Tradition, to be Held Again in 2022
02.October.2022 | SPOT
From November 11 until December 25, 2022, Roppongi Hills Christmas will cover Tokyo in glittering lights once again. The Keyakizaka Lights, one of Tokyo’s most popular winter attractions, will also take place in 2022, with the 400-meter-long Keyakizaka street covered in over 800,000 blue and white LED lights.
For the first time in three years, the Mohri Garden will be covered in lights as well. The annual Christmas market will invite guests to experience an authentic German Christmas, and Christmas cakes and gourmet food unique to Roppongi Hills will be for sale.
The Roppongi Hills Christmas event utilizes LED lights and has done so since the first event was held in 2003. Clean power will be used again this year, and the lights will be switched on from 5 PM until 11 PM each night.
Roppongi Hills Keyakizaka Lights
Running: November 10 – December 25, 2022 *Daily from 5:00 – 11:00 PM
*Lights may begin at a different time on November 10 only.
Location: Roppongi Keyakizaka Street
Official Site: https://www.roppongihills.com
teamLab Forest Fukuoka’s Interactive Digital Art Installation Gets Autumn Theme
Starting September 23, teamLab Forest Fukuoka will be transformed for the autumn season! The interactive digital art installation will feature animals made entirely of fall foliage, and guests can enjoy red and orange leaves fluttering through the one-of-a-kind 3D world.
teamLab’s prolific works are known for changing with the seasons. This autumn version of the popular exhibition will only be on display for a limited time, and visitors can use their
smartphones in the Catching and Collecting Forest to catch and collect the animals on display! The forest and ocean scenery will change as you explore, and starting on September 23, the trees will begin to show off beautiful autumn colors.
In the Forest of Movement, guests can enter the ‘Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives’ exhibit, where creatures made of autumn flowers exist in a three-dimensional space. The space is meant to make guests think about the cycle of death and rebirth, as flowers blossom and die each and every year.
The ‘Soft Terrain and Granular Topography’ will display tons of colorful grains raining down on visitors, while the ‘Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life’ will change the usual butterflies to have autumn colors as they fly around guests. This is a kind of autumn scenery you can’t see anywhere else, so be sure to come to Fukuoka during this beautiful season!
teamLab Forest Fukuoka – SBI Securities Co., Ltd.
Venue: BOSS E・ZO FUKUOKA 5F (Next to Fukuoka PayPay Dome)
Address: 2 Chome-2-6 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Official Site: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/forest/
NAKED’s Halloween Event Coming to Tokyo Tower for a Limited Time
22.September.2022 | SPOT
Digital art collective NAKED will hold a special Halloween projection mapping show at Tokyo Tower! The Tokyo Tower City Light Fantasia ~Halloween Party 2022~ event will run from September 16 until October 31 on the 2nd floor of the tower’s main deck.
NAKED has collaborated with Tokyo Tower in the past to create shows inspired by the seasons. These incredible illuminations captivate audiences at night, and this fall, visitors will be captivated by autumn leaves dancing in the breeze along with silvergrass swaying and the sound of chirping insects. The scene will eventually change into something more spooky–a ghost will appear alongside witches, bats, and pumpkins! The main deck will be enveloped in Halloween colors perfect for a fall photoshoot!
TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA ~Halloween Party 2022~
Venue: Tokyo Tower Main Deck (150m), 2F North Side Floor
Running: September 16 – October 31, 2022
September 16 – September 30 / 18:00-Close
October 1 – October 31 / 17:30-Close
Entry: Guests can enjoy the main deck for only the price of entry to the observation deck.
Sanrio Releases New Collection Inspired by Gyaru from the 90s and 2000s
13.September.2022 | FASHION
On September 14, Sanrio will release an adorable new collection of goods inspired by 90s gyaru fashion! Fans of Japanese pop culture may be familiar with the gyaru subculture, and now, you can grab your favorite Sanrio character all dressed up like a fashionable girl on the streets of Tokyo during the Heisei era. These items will be available at Sanrio stores nationwide, Sanrio corners in department stores, and Sanrio online. The lineup includes goods featuring Hello Kitty, My Melody, Kuromi, and Cinnamoroll.
A total of 17 new items will be available, including mascot keychains, accessory cases, and plenty more to show off your gyaru side. Hair clips, which were very popular during the height of gyaru fashion, are perfect to either attach to your head or to your school bag.
Along with the listed goods, secret straps featuring nostalgic 90s motifs will also be sold at random! These are perfect for hanging on your glove compartment, a mirror in your purse, or your bag.
Mascot Keychain (4 varieties): ¥1,980 each
Each mascot keychain shows a popular Sanrio character dressed in popular Gyaru fashion.
Accessory Case with Hole for Strap (4 varieties): ¥1,100 each
Hair Clip (4 varieties): ¥990 (Set of 2)
Secret Strap (8 varieties): ¥880 each
Each comes with a strap. The Cell phone can be opened and closed.
*Secret Straps are sold in a blind box.
Tokimeki Heisei Kogyaru Design Series
Release Date: September 14, 2022
Limit: From September 14 until September 20, each person is limited to 2 items of each character.
Sanrio Goods Page:
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Displays India-Ink Painting from the Film ‘Sen wa, Boku o Egaku’
From October 1 until November 27, Hotel Gajoen Tokyo will hold a special event in conjunction with the film Sen wa, Boku o Egaku. Visitors to the hotel’s historic One Hundred Steps Staircase will be surrounded by a world of color and paintings made from India Ink.
Fisherman and Woodcutters Room with Colored Wood Carvings
Grapevine, Hiromasa Togami.
Atelier (Image courtesy of Toho)
The coming-of-age story Sen wa, Boku o Egaku won 3rd place in the 2020 Honya Taisho and the 2019 TBS King’s Brunch Book Grand Prize. The book received rave reviews from booksellers nationwide and has now been adapted into a live-action film by Norihiro Koizumi, best known as the director of the Chihayafuru film adaptation. The film will be released on October 21, 2022. As a tie-up project with the film, the One Hundred Steps Staircase, a Tangible Cultural Property of Tokyo built in 1935, will be the setting for an incredible display of paintings that appear in the film.
Sen wa, Boku o Egaku at the One Hundred Steps Staircase
~The World of India-Ink Filled with Color~
Running: October 1 – November 27 *Open daily during event period
Hours: 11:00-18:00 (Last entry at 17:30)
Venue: Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, One Hundred Steps Staircase (Tangible Cultural Property of Tokyo)
Pochacco and Pekkle Collaboration Donuts Coming Soon
08.September.2022 | FOOD
The handmade donut shop Floresta will be offering some adorable Pochacco and Pekkle donuts from September 10 until September 30, 2022. Customers can snag them at Floresta locations and the online store.
Floresta specializes in donuts made from all-natural ingredients, and these adorable collaboration donuts are sure to put a smile on Sanrio fans’ faces!
These donuts are made with Floresta’s special white chocolate mixed with strawberry powder and pumpkin powder. Not overly sweet, these goodies will suit anyone’s palate.
Although these sweet treats may be colorful, they were made with all-natural ingredients and are free of synthetic colors, fragrances, and preservatives. Many customers have said that the natural taste is totally different from that of standard donuts, so why not give it a try with family or friends?
Pochacco & Pekkle Collaboration Donuts
Available: September 10 – September 30, 2022
Where to Buy: In-store or at the online shop (https://floresta-ec.jp/)
*Preorders begin on September 10 at 10:00 AM
*Items available in limited quantities.
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
Sanrio Avatar Creation App Hello Sweet Days Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Collab Cafe
24.August.2022 | Uncategorized
To commemorate the 5th anniversary of Sanrio’s avatar app Hello Sweet Days, a cafe collaboration with Sanrio Characters Honey Toast Cafe in Yokohama, the Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku, and the Cinnamoroll Cafe in Shinjuku will begin on August 20, 2022. This is the first collaboration to take place at all three stores at once.
Each location will offer a different collaborative drink for a limited time only. Those who purchase these tasty beverages or show the Hello Sweet Days app screen to the staff will receive exclusive goods while supplies last! Music from the app will be played in each cafe, so be sure to check it out!
The Sugoroku Event is a popular part of the Hello Sweet Days app. This year’s event will begin on August 21 and will take a look at the history of the app, given that it is celebrating its 5th anniversary. Players will be able to take look back on past additions and earn a variety of special rewards!
Running: August 21 – August 30 at 23:59
The Smile Festival SNS Contest will also be going on, inviting fans to participate to win Sanrio goods. More details on how to submit an entry are available on the app.
There will be many other special events and campaigns both inside and outside the app during the month of August to celebrate the 5th anniversary, so keep an eye out for more!
Ⓒ 2022 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L633389 Ⓒcocone
Hello Sweet Days 5th Anniversary Event
Smile Festival SNS Contest
Running: August 21 – August 31 at 23:59
Details Available in the App
・Sanrio Characters Honey Toast Cafe (Yokohama)
Running: August 20 – August 31, 2022
Collaboration Drink – Pochacco’s Banana Latte: ¥990 (Tax Included)
Shop Details: https://www.paselaresorts.com/collaboration/sanriocharacters-honeytoastcafe/
・Pompompurin Cafe (Harajuku)
Running: August 20 – August 31, 2022
Collaboration Drink – Pompompurin’s Tropical Float: ¥990 (Tax Included)
Shop Details: https://pompompurincafe.com/
・Cinnamoroll Cafe (Shinjuku)
Running: August 20 – August 31, 2022
Collaboration Drink – Hello Sweet Milk: ¥990 (Tax Included)
Shop Details: https://www.cinnamorollcafe.com/shinjuku/
teamLab to Hold Solo Exhibition at Seoul’s Pace Gallery
Art collective teamLab will hold a solo exhibition at Pace Gallery in Seoul from September 2 until October 29, 2022. Titled ‘teamLab: Massless Suns,’ the exhibition will mark the opening of the expanded gallery space at the internationally-recognized art landmark. The collective will also be unveiling a new work, Massless Suns and Dark Spheres, in which countless light and dark objects without boundaries fill the space around guests.
Massless Suns and Dark Spheres
Dissipative Figures – Human
Dissipative Figures – 1000 Birds
As visitors stare into the strange balls of light and darkness, it will seem as though the space around them is warped. If you reach out to try to touch the light spheres, they will shine brighter, and the orbs around them will respond in succession. The work questions the nature of existence and relies entirely on visitor perception.
Continuous Life and Death at Now of Eternity II
Waves of Light
Resonating Microcosms – Solidified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset
In March, the Pace Gallery opened a new exhibition space dedicated to experimental and immersive interactive works. Those familiar with teamLab will recognize some of their most popular works appearing during the exhibition, including the Dissipative Figures series and Waves of Light.
In the newly-opened outdoor courtyard, the work ‘Resonating Microcosms – Solidified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset’ will be on display, constantly transforming due to wind and rain, as well as influence from guests. A new concept work, ‘Solidified Light Color,’ will shine with 61 colors, inviting the environment and visitors to become a part of the art itself.
teamLab: Massless Suns
Running: September 2 – October 29, 2022
Venue: Pace Gallery Seoul (267 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul)
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
NAKED Exhibition Inspired by Tea Master Sen no Rikyu Opens at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa
NAKED’s newest work, inspired by Sen no Rikyu, has opened at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa! The exhibition will run through September 3 and blends physical art pieces found in the museum with the Metaverse.
NAKED’s first exhibition at this popular Kanazawa Museum brings visitors a modern version of chanoyu, or the ‘Way of Tea.’ This year marks the 500th birthday of Sen no Rikyu, a historical figure who had a significant influence on the tea ceremony still found in Japan today. NAKED wants to honor his contribution to shaping this massive part of Japanese culture. Visitors are invited to a traditional tea ceremony room, but the experience itself has been modernized by NAKED. This unprecedented art exhibition allows both those who know nothing about Sen no Rikyu and those who know him well to experience his philosophy and aesthetics in an entirely new way.
Gate: Greetings from the Master
Open-air: The Crossroads of this Transient World
Wash Basin: Where the Four Seasons Float
Dry Landscape Garden: The Teachings of Rikyu
Tea Whisk: “Make a Good Tea for your Guest.”
Hanging Scroll: The Master’s Memories
Small Room: Evolution
Tearoom: The End and the Beginning
NAKED Fuji Canele
Tsukubai, or a low stone basin filled with water, is used to cleanse the hands before entering a tearoom. Using interactive art, the water’s surface is covered in digital flowers that blossom when a guest’s hands pass over the basin.
In the ‘Small Room: Evolution’ area, guests will find the Sustainable Contemporary Golden Tearoom, which was created by NAKED staff together with sixth graders using golden trash collected at Kanazawa University Elementary School. The calligraphy on display in the tearoom was also done by children, with the best creations selected to be included in the exhibition. The scent was produced by EarthRing, an aroma brand located in Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture. The ‘Tea Whisk’ area offers a unique experience for all five senses, including the scent of matcha, which guests can smell when they mimic the act of prepping tea.
In addition, guests can purchase special NAKED Fuji Canele and a Kutani ware Original Tumbler with special tea-inspired motifs. The Canele is a triple collaboration with Fukumitsuya, the oldest sake brewery in Kanazawa, so don’t miss out!
NAKED Meets Sen no Rikyu
Venue: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Civic Gallery B
(1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa)
Running: August 6 – September 3, 2022
*For more information about tickets, please visit the official website.
Tickets / Details: https://meets.naked.works/kanazawa21/