Meiji Marble Chocolate Themed Hotel Room Opens at The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Umekoji
In celebration of Meiji’s popular Marble chocolate, The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Umekoji is collaborating with the confectionery brand to offer a Marble themed hotel room for guests. The room opened on July 27.
Showa retro-style posters, telephone, and other decorations
Meiji’s colourful Marble chocolate was first released in 1961. It turned 60-years-old in February of this year, meaning it has continued to be enjoyed by three generations. Grandparents have passed them onto mothers and fathers, and them to their own children. Now the whole family can celebrate the chocolate in a themed hotel room in Kyoto.
Named the Marble Room, the hotel room is decorated in seven colours just like the chocolates themselves. This includes seven individual pillows on the sofa, balloons, wall decorations, and more. There’s even a crane game inside the room where guests can obtain some chocolates for free.
Also inside the room are Showa retro-style posters and a telephone, and guests can watch all of the old Marble commercials on the television which have aired these past 60 years. Guests also receive a free smartphone ring, eco bag, pouch, and other little freebies as part of the plan.
Meiji Marble x The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Umekoji
Bookings: Open from July 27, 2021
Stay Period: August 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Meiji Official Website: https://www.meiji.co.jp/
Crayon Shin-chan and Adorable Bunny Rabbits Available from Ikumimama Animal Donuts
Ikumimama Animal Donuts has been a popular topic on social media for it’s cute creations, many based on popular characters. Now, customers located in Japan can purchase the new Crayon Shin-chan and Otsukimi Usa-chan Donut Sets online!
Otsukimi Usa-chan Set
Otsukimi Usa-chan (White)
Otsukimi Usa-chan (Pink)
Otsukimi Dango Donuts
Crayon Shin-chan Donut Set
Otsukimi means ‘moon-viewing’ in Japanese. On the 15th day of the eighth month of the traditional Japanese calendar, it’s tradition to hold a celebration to view the harvest moon. The Otsukimi Usa-chan set is perfect to serve during a get-together as you watch the starlit sky with friends. This year, September 21 is the lucky day! Dango, or dumplings, are popular snacks to enjoy during this event, and these coconut-filled Dango Donuts are a fun twist on a traditional treat.
Shinnosuke, Shiro, Buriburizaemon, and Himawari all make an appearance in the new Crayon Shin-chan collaboration.
Which of these sugary sweets looks the most scrumptious?
Rihga Royal Hotel x YOURS BOOK STORE New Accommodation Plan to Discover Your New Favorite Book
15.September.2021 | SPOT
Osaka’s Rihga Royal Hotel is collaborating with book direction brand YOURS BOOK STORE to produce a one-room one-day accommodation plan titled “Once in a Lifetime ~ Professionals Choose Your Book~.” The limited-time plan will be available between September 15 and November 30, 2021.
The lounge on the executive floor, known as The Presidential Towers, was reformed in March 2020 to include a library of 1,000 books, with themes including Osaka, refreshing, relaxing, and children’s books. It was then that the room plan collaboration with YOURS BOOK STORE, who was involved in the initial book selection, was proposed.
In the “Once in a Lifetime ~ Professionals Choose Your Book~” accommodation plan, a professional will discuss with the guest to learn more about their taste, with the book director offering 3 personalized book choices per person. The guest can also take full advantage of the hotel library.
Following your trip, a book chosen especially for guests will be sent to your home, with a message card describing how your books were selected. This unique accommodation plan allows you to bask in the afterglow of your trip while waiting to see what kind of book you receive.
Why not check out this unique plan where you can receive your own personalized book recommendation?
The National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto Opens Meiji Era Exhibition
14.September.2021 | SPOT
A special exhibition titled ‘Japanese Landscapes Discovered: Views from and for the Outside World,’ showcasing a private collection of Meiji era paintings, is now on display at the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto until October 31, 2021.
Inside the Exhibit
Inside the Exhibit
This exhibition is designed to take visitors on a journey through the Meiji period (1868-1912), the beginning of Japan’s modern era, through oil and watercolor paintings of the time, and through the landscapes and customs depicted in these pieces of art. During this time, many foreign painters visited Japan, and were inspired to paint the country’s beautiful landscapes and unfamiliar customs, bringing these creations back to their countries of origin. Japanese artists studied these unfamiliar painting techniques, and made their own culturally-inspired paintings, often selling them to foreign visitors as souvenirs.
Many works on display in this exhibition have never been shown publicly, with many being brought back to Japan from locations abroad. These include long-lost oil paintings by Kuroda Seiki and a massive newly-discovered work by Tamura Soryu. Other Japanese artists inspired by Western-style on display include Hiroshi Yoshida, Jirokichi Kasagi, Shotaro Koyama, and Ioki Bunsai.
Also on display are works by foreign artists who visited Japan during this period, including British news painter Charles Wirgman, French news painter Georges Bigot, and British landscape painters Alfred Parsons, Alfred East, and John Varley Jr. These three men in particular triggered a watercolor boom in Japan during the late Meiji period. Vibrant female painters such as British watercolorist Ella du Cane, a lover of Japanese gardens, also make an appearance.
Be sure to see these incredible depictions of Japan before they’re gone.
Japanese Landscapes Discovered: Views from and for the Outside World
Running: September 7 – October 31, 2021
Hours: 9:30-19:00 (Until 20:00 on Friday and Saturday)
Closed: Mondays, and on September 21. *The museum will be open September 20.
Tickets/Official Site: https://www.momak.go.jp/
*Admission is open until 30 minutes before closing.
*To prevent the spread of COVID-19, hours are subject to change. Please check hours before visiting.
Famous Oil Blotting Paper Brand’s Yojiya Café Reforms Three Popular Parfait Flavors
14.September.2021 | FOOD
The Yojiya Café, opened by the Yojiya brand famous for its Aburatorigami, or facial oil blotting paper, will be renewing its menu from September 13. The popular face parfait, which features the logo alongside a Kyoto woman with a mole, comes in three flavors available – Kinako, Matcha, and Milk Tea. Each parfait comes with a sauce, so you can adjust the taste as you eat.
Kinako Parfait: ¥1,200 (Tax Incl.)
Matcha Parfait: ¥1,200 (Tax Incl.)
Milk Tea Parfait: ¥1,200 (Tax Incl.)
The Yojiya Café is currently open in two locations, Gion and Sagano Arashiyama, offering a relaxing space to rest between shopping and sightseeing.
The café has renewed their iconic Kinako Parfait, which combines Japanese Kinako and Western Maple Syrup, along with the Matcha Parfait, which is packed full of matcha ice cream, jelly, and cookies. The Milk Tea Parfait is made with a rich Japanese Tea and Earl Gray ice cream.
Take a trip to Yojiya and find out which parfait is your favorite!
Yojiya Café – Parfait Renewal
Release Date: 14 September 2021
Yojiya Café Gion
Address: Izawa Building 2F, 266 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Weekdays 11:00 ~ 17:00 (LO16:30)
Weekends/Holidays: 10:00 ~ 18:00 (LO17:30)
YOJIYA CAFE Sagano Arashiyama
Weekdays 11:00 ~ 17:00 (LO16:30)
Weekends/Holidays: 10:00 ~ 18:00 (LO17:30)
Address: 2 Tateishicho, Sagatenryuji, Ukyo-Ku, Kyoto
Official Site: https://www.yojiya.co.jp/
Blue Bottle Coffee Opens New Cafe Inside SHIROIYA HOTEL in Gunma
Initially announced in July of this year, Blue Bottle Coffee Japan will open their newest shop on the premises of the SHIROIYA HOTEL in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture on September 17, 2021. The new shop is part of a recent initiative to revitalize the city, and make Maebashi an inspiring art and culture destination.
Shiroiya Cafe Limited Menu
Blue Bottle Coffee x Nakamata Fuwafuwa Wanuki Coffee Cream & Anko
Shiroiya Cafe Limited Item
Blue Bottle Coffee x Nakamata Maebashi City Tote Bag (Limited quantities available)
SHIROIYA the PÂTISSERIE×BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE
Grapefruit and Coffee Tart
Maebashi was once a large manufacturer of silk, and was crucial to Japan’s modernization. In 2016, a number of creative minds from both Japan and abroad gathered in the city with the goal of revitalizing the town center. With that in mind, they first renovated the 300-year-old Shiroiya Ryokan, opening the SHIROIYA HOTEL in December 2020. Blue Bottle Coffee was a perfect fit for the project, with a continued goal of fostering community and using their proceeds to help develop towns and cities.
Blue Bottle Coffee Shiroiya Cafe as designed by Keiji Ashizawa Design, also responsible for designing cafes in Minatomirai and Shibuya. Keeping with a comfortable theme, the cafe is designed to let in ample amounts of light. Historic bricks from Maebashi were a key material used in the flooring. Both the SHIROIYA HOTEL and the new Blue Bottle Cafe feature art pieces by Yoshio Shirakawa, an artist from the area.
The Blue Bottle Coffee x Nakamata Fluffy Wanuki Coffee Cream & Anko is only available at the Shiroiya Cafe, and is a collaboration with Wamukashi Nakamata, a confectionary shop in town. A special Maebashi-themed tote bag will also be on sale in limited quantities.
To commemorate the opening of the Shiroiya Cafe, the PÂTISSERIE, located inside the hotel, will serve a limited-time Grapefruit and Coffee Tart.
Would you like to visit Maebashi on your next trip to Japan?
Blue Bottle Coffee Shiroiya Cafe
Opening Date: September 17, 2021
Address: SHIROIYA HOTEL, 2-2-15 Honmachi, Maebashi, Gunma
Hours: 8:00-19:00 (Opens at 10:00 on opening day.)
Official Site: https://store.bluebottlecoffee.jp/
Hyatt Centric Kanazawa Reveals Halloween Inspired Menu for October
All-day restaurant FIVE – Grill & Lounge, located within the Hyatt Centric Kanazawa hotel, will begin serving up a selection of Halloween-inspired treats beginning October 1, including cake sets, parfaits, muffins, and various lunch and dinner items.
Guests will also be able to enjoy some mischievous cocktails and mocktails inspired by witches and ghosts!
Halloween Cake Set
Black Sesame Pudding
Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwich
Monster Cream Puff
Halloween Parfait Set
Halloween Dinner/Lunch Course
Halloween Muffin Box
I sWitch (Mocktail)
The Halloween Cake Set is filled with ghoulish treats, each one displaying incredible attention to detail. In the Halloween Parfait Set, guests can enjoy a tower of different sweets, including black currant and chocolate. Themed with creepy eyeball decorations throughout, it offers a variety of overlapping textures and tastes guests will want to savor until the last bite.
When thinking of Halloween, the colors orange and purple instantly come to mind. For the Halloween Dinner/Lunch Course, the menu’s creators went with a more dark theme, envisioning a ghost appearing at any moment. The entire restaurant will be decorated in black and gray, creating a truly haunting dining experience.
Don’t miss out on the Halloween Muffin Box, a set of mini-muffins made with fresh autumn ingredients, and offering a much cuter feel. Quantities are limited!
The gin-based Spooky Night cocktail is refreshing, with a bold blue color and red-rim on the glass, sure to turn your mouth bright crimson. Hallo-Wine Sangria, house-made with autumn fruits, has a unique design, with a skeleton rising from the glass! For those wanting a mocktail, the I sWitch asks guests to pour the accompanying red syrup over the cotton candy, changing both the appearance and flavor of the drink as if by witchcraft!
Which of these treats would you be after?
FIVE – Grill & Lounge Halloween
Release Date: October 1, 2021
niko and…Celebrates 80th Anniversary of Curious George with New Collab Items
Japanese fashion brand “niko and…” will release a collection of Curious George-inspired items to celebrate the character’s 80th anniversary. These items are now on sale at the brand’s stores nationwide, and on the official web shop, as well as on ZOZOTOWN and Rakuten Fashion.
Collaboration Items at a Glance
Remote Control Box: ¥1,540 (Tax Included) / Slippers: ¥2,090 (Tax Included) / Tissue Case: ¥4,180 (Tax Included)
Large Plushie: ¥4,840 (Tax Included) / Medium Plushie: ¥3,520 (Tax Included) / Vinyl Umbrella: ¥1,320 (Tax Included) / AC Adapter: ¥2,860 (Tax Included) / Charging Cable: ¥1,760 (Tax Included)
Masking Tape: ¥440 each (Tax Included) / Bath Chair: ¥2,970 (Tax Included) / Bath Bucket: ¥1,430 (Tax Included) / Alarm Clock: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Curious George is celebrating his 80th anniversary in 2021. In Japan, the monkey character was first introduced in 1954, and has been loved by countless people ever since. This collection combines the humorous and retro feel of Curious George with the sensibilities of “niko and…,” creating a unique mash-up of products.
Are you a fan of Curious George? Which of these products are you most likely to grab?
※Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H.A. Rey, are copyrighted and registered by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and used under license.All Rights Reserved.
※Universal Studios Licensing LLC（ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ライセンシング LLC）との商品化契約に基づき、株式会社アダストリアが企画・制作した商品です。
niko and… x Curious George
Release Date: September 8, 2021
Where to Buy: niko and…shops nationwide, and in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China / Official Web Shop / ZOZOTOWN / Rakuten Fashion
Online Store: http://www.dot-st.com/nikoand
Product Page: https://www.dot-st.com/cp/nikoand/202109product_zakka
Official Site: https://www.nikoand.jp
Collaborative Music Project MAISONdes Releases New Track Featuring Nagumoyuuki and riria.
12.September.2021 | MUSIC
MAISONdes is a unique music project. Extremely popular on TikTok, it’s described only as ‘a fictional apartment building somewhere,’ where a different singer and creator features on each and every track. Each song is even labeled with a room number. This allows up-and-coming artists to collaborate in ways they never expected, and leaves the listeners enjoying an all-new sound. Rather than stick to what’s comfortable, artists taking part in the project express themselves freely with their new creative partner.
Following artists like yama, Nakimushi, Kujira, Moka Sato, Riu Domura, Wanuka, and haruno, we come to Room #107. This time, Nagumoyuuki and riria are up to bat in the new single Natsukaze ni Tokeru, out September 8. Nagumoyuuki wrote the lyrics and arranged the track, while riria provided the vocals.
Room #107 – ‘Natsukaze ni Tokeru’ feat. riria., Nagumoyuuki / MAISONdes
MAISONdes began a YouTube channel in February 2021, and has already featured plenty of creators leading the new music scene. Released in May, ‘Yowanehaki feet. Wanuka, asmi’ won the TikTok Song Ranking four times in a row and has over 100 million views on the app. In August, vocalist asmi appeared on THE FIRST TAKE. The song also attracted a great deal of attention on Line Music, Spotify, and Apple Music.
In Fall 2019, singer-songwriter riria posted a video to TikTok and YouTube, in which she performs without showing her face. Currently, the artist has over 1.3 million followers on TikTok.
Nagumoyuuki is an up-and-coming composer who has written music for yama, who performed in Room #101, and who has featured massively popular singer Ado in her own work.
Comment from riria.
I was incredibly honored to participate in the MAISONdes project, and to sing Nagumoyuuki’s incredible song. It wasn’t the type of song I usually sing, so I was able to express myself in a new and fun way. Please give it a listen!
Comment from Nagumoyuuki
riria did an incredible job singing this song, which is about two people just passing the time during a quiet night. I hope you enjoy listening to it, no matter what’s going on in your life.
The illustrations used for the song were created by NANAKI PANTZ, who has also contributed to other videos from MAISONdes in the past.
This track is sure to be another hit across SNS, and the future’s looking bright for MAISONdes! Be sure to check out the rest of their tracks on YouTube.
Anohana Anime Series Commemorates 10th Anniversary with Tokyo Amusement Park Asakusa Hanayashiki
Tokyo-based amusement park Asakusa Hanayashiki, said to be the oldest such park in Japan, will hold an event starting September 18 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Anohana anime series.
The event itself will feature a brand-new illustration of the six main characters standing outside the gates of Asakusa Hanayashiki, as well as original merchandise, a menu of Anohana-inspired food, and a park-wide stamp rally. Those purchasing special tickets in advance will get exclusive offers, so don’t miss out if you’re in Tokyo!
Original Illustrations for the Event
Illustration Card (only for special ticket holders)
Ticket Holder (only for special ticket holders)
Stamp Rally Card
Special Stamp Rally Postcard
Those purchasing a dish from the special menu will receive a randomly selected coaster (7 designs) as a present.
JinTantanmen: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Menma’s Favorite Sweet Curry: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Super Peace Busters Drinks (6 varieties): ¥600 each (Tax Included)
Usamaru Shaved Ice: ¥500 (Tax Included)
Menma’s Favorite BOMBOM Croquette Burger DX: ¥550 (Tax Included)
Original Merchandise at a Glance
Hanayashiki Collaboration Original Illustration, Modern Japanese clothing ver. BIG Acrylic Stand (6 designs): ¥1,980 each (Tax Included)
Hanayashiki Collaboration Chibi Attraction ver. Pins (12 designs): ¥440 each / BOX: ¥5,280 (Tax Included) *Random
Receive a random original Bromide (6 designs) for spending over ¥2,000 on collaboration goods.
Anohana x Asakusa Hanayashiki
Running: September 18 – October 10, 2021
Location: Asakusa Hanayashiki
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (weather permitting) *Last entrance 30 minutes before closing.
Closed on: September 28 and October 5
Advance Tickets on sale from 7Ticket at 7-11 locations now.
*Information subject to change.
Event & Ticket Details: https://event.amnibus.com/anohana-hanayashiki/
SPINNS Collaborates with Popular YouTubers Uchira3shimai in New Autumn Visual
09.September.2021 | FASHION
Uchira3shimai are featured in the Autumn season visual for apparel brand SPINNS. The new visual poster appeared in store and online on September 5 2021. Four Autumn visuals will be released, alongside a new collaboration collection.
Behind the Scenes
With over 490,000 subscribers, popular YouTubers Uchira3shimai have appeared in the SPINNS Autumn visual. The new collection is titled “○○○3shimai STYLE.” The YouTubers are shown in some of SPINNS most trendy items, wearing caps, printed shirts, and flare pants.
You can easily spot the individuality of each sibling in this unmissable Autumn visual!
SPINNS x Uchira3shimai
Instore Release Date:：September 5 2021
SUPER SPINNS Fukuoka PARCO, SPINNS Nagoya, SUPER SPINNS Umeda HEP FIVE, SPINNS Shibuya 109, SPINNS Official Website
SPINNS Official Site Mail Order Acceptance Period: September 5 ~ September 12 2021
※SPINNS Website orders are processed in order of purchase
○○○3shimai STYLE VISUAL PAGE: https://www.spinns.jp/feature/202109_uchira3shimai_visual/?2
Uchira3Shimai YouTube Channel:
The Guests are Actors Too in the HOTEL SHE, OSAKA’s ‘Theatre While You Stay’ Performance
08.September.2021 | SPOT
The HOTEL SHE, OSAKA has announced a new form of evening entertainment that allows the guests to take part in their ‘Theatre While You Stay’ performances of The Indigo Restaurant, held between November 11 and 30 2021. Tickets sales start on September 3.
The food and drink menu can be enjoyed from the comfort of your room.
All guest rooms come furnished with a record player.
The boutique hotel brand HOTEL, SHE are leading hotels into the new era with their contemporary services, collaborating with poet Saihate Tahi to create the “Poet Hotel” and live-streaming a performance by artist SIRUP.
The ‘Theatre While You Stay’ is a form of evening entertainment where guests can enjoy and take part in a stage show that is set in the hotel, both planned and produced by HOTEL, SHE.
They were inspired by the “immersive theatre” technique which has become popular in New York’s Broadway, allowing you to freely move around the hotel in your role as you enjoy the show, breaking the boundaries between audience and performer – You aren’t just watching the show, but becoming a part of it.
The term “immersive theatre” was coined in London during the early 2000s and refers to a form of theatre that is based on the audience experience. It breaks down the traditional roles of the audience and performers, creating a new relationship between the guests and the show.
Set throughout the entire hotel building, the lobby, guest rooms, corridors, and courtyard are full of mysterious sounds and lights. The “story experience” starts as you check in, with no set start or end time. All phones, mobile devices and watches that tell the time are confiscated upon checking in, causing the guests to lose their sense of time and wander the hotel throughout the long evenings.
After watching, the whole story is gradually revealed by talking about the scenes that each experienced while drinking cocktails in the bar lounge and guest rooms. We want you to enjoy the limited food menu and sweets based on Asian dishes such as Taiwan.
After the show, you can enjoy cocktails in the bar lounge and discuss the scenes you watched as the story is gradually revealed. The delicious limited-time menu is full of sweet Asian dishes and desserts from Taiwan and beyond.
Theatre While You Stay – The Indigo Restaurant
Duration: November 11 ~ November 30 2021
※Cancelled on November 18 and 25.
Check In: 19:30 ~ 20:00 (VIP TWIN ROOM Check In is 19:15 ~ 20:00)
Check Out: 12:00 the following morning
Location: HOTEL SHE, OSAKA
Address: 1-2-5 Ichioka, Minato-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Primary Ticket Sales (Lottery): September 3 at 20:00 ~ September 12 at 23:59
Secondary Ticket Sales (Lottery): September 14 at 18:00 ~ September 20 at 23:59
General Ticket Sales (First-Come, First-Serve): Undecided
Tickets/Official Site: http://aiirohanten.com/
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka to Offer Extremely Limited Halloween Accommodations
08.September.2021 | SPOT
The RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka has announced a spectacularly limited Halloween accommodation plan, titled ‘A Terrifying Banquet in the Mysterious Lord’s Castle.’ Only one lucky person per day can book the decorated room, which features in-room meals and more treats to discover. Reservations are open through October 28, and the room will be available from September 10 until October 31.
‘A Terrifying Banquet’ Dining Table
Skeletons in hotel uniform, ready to greet guests in the front room
This spooky setup will be held in the Fontainebleau suite, themed as a French palace. Guests will enjoy a western dinner course in the comfort (or discomfort) of the room. Decorated with black cats, ever-watchful owls and skeletons, guests can also look forward to taking plenty of photos at a designated photo spot on the sofa.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep people in their homes, the hotel created this room as a way to experience a new kind of cozy Halloween getaway. Visitors will enjoy plenty of other perks, including free parking, soft drink coupons, and breakfast the following morning.
Would you be able to sleep in this room filled with skeletons and specters?
Special Halloween Room: ‘A Terrifying Banquet in the Mysterious Lord’s Castle’
Reservations Open: September 1 – October 28, 2021
Room Available: September 10 – October 31, 2021
*Reservations accepted until 8:00AM, 3 days in advance.
Official Site: https://www.rihga.co.jp/osaka/stay/plan/halloween2021