Limited-Time Autumn Harvest Event Comes to Moominvalley Park
As the summer heat begins to wane and the cool and comfortable autumn air arrives, why not celebrate the season with Moomin? The Moominvalley Park Harvest event is coming for a limited-time only, starting on September 4, 2021 and continuing through October 24, 2021.
Moominvalley Park is a theme park centered on the popular Swedish comic The Moomins. Announced in 2013, the complex opened on Lake Miyazawa in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture in March 2019. Moominvalley Park has two specific zones: the Metsä area, free to visitors, features lakefront dining and shops, while the Moomin zone contains different attractions, such as Moomin’s house and an art museum.
Images of Last Year’s Balloon Art
The creatures who live in the Moominvalley enjoy the bounty of all four seasons, and the harvest from summer to autumn is particularly tasty, filled with berries and mushrooms ripe for the picking. Nutritious blueberries, raspberries, lingonberries and cloudberries spring from the bushes, and the Moomin family would love to welcome you with some of these tasty snacks! Limited-time menu items and workshops will be available, so visitors can have their fill of the autumn season.
Last year’s balloon art event was hugely popular, and will be making a comeback in 2021. Berries are a symbol of the harvest throughout Scandinavia, and guests are welcomed by these sweet treats floating in the sky. Beneath the autumn sky and surrounded by lush trees beside the lake shore, the Moominvalley feels like a storybook brought to life. Don’t miss this colorful and joyous event!
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/
Saitama-based EJ Anime Hotel Collaborates With Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- Anime
The EJ Hotel, located inside Saitama Prefecture’s Tokorozawa Sakura Town, has unveiled a new collaboration room with the Kakuriyo – Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- anime, with room reservations opening on August 18, 2021.
Kakuriyo – Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- Japanese-style Room
Kakuriyo – Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- Western-style Room
Hotel Limited Goods / Original Furoshiki
Hotel Limited Goods / Original Folding Fan
Hotel Limited Goods / Original Goshuinchō
Hotel Limited Goods / Original Chopstick Rest Set
Hotel Limited Goods / Hand Towel
Hotel Limited Goods / Original Clear File
Collaboration Dinner Sample (6-piece set)
Lunch Menu Sample (3-piece set)
Collaboration Drink: Kabosu Sake (Alcoholic)
Collaboration Drink: Cherry Juice (Soft drink)
EJ Anime Hotel collaborates with a variety of IPs under the concept of “staying in your favorite story.”
In addition to room decor and original merchandise, the hotel offers a new kind of hotel experience by using videos, sound, and lightning, along with an exclusive collaboration restaurant serving a full-course dinner, to allow you to immerse yourself in your favorite anime.
Kakuriyo – Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- is a popular anime based on the novel series written by Yūma Midori and published by Fujimi L Bunko. The 26-episode series aired in 2018.
The collaboration faithfully reproduces the world from the series in real life: The prosperous and long-established Tenjinya Inn of the Hidden Realm, the world of Ayakashi.
You will be greeted by character panels upon entry to the room and can enjoy a smartphone minigame featuring newly recorded lines from the characters. There are plenty of original goods for you to take home, and the full-course dinner reflects the food from the original series.
The collaboration room will be available between August 17 2021 and March 16 2022.
The adjacent hotel restaurant Tiam will also offer monthly collaboration lunches that can be enjoyed by guests and non-guests alike, with limited themed drinks and coasters to take home!
©2018 Yūma Midori･Laruha/ KADOKAWA/ Kakuriyo – Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- Production Committee
※All images are samples and are subject to change
Kakuriyo – Bed & Breakfast for Spirits-
Reservations Start: August 17, 2021
Availability: September 17, 2021 ~ March 16, 2022
Details & Reservations: https://tokorozawa-sakuratown.jp/hotel/kakuriyo.html
※Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Official Site: http://kakuriyo-anime.com/
Moomin Comic Strips Exhibition Showcases 280 Items at Hiroshima Museum of Art This Summer
The Moomin Comic Strips Exhibition is set to run at Hiroshima Museum of Art from July 17 to September 5, showcasing approximately 280 comic drawings and sketches by Tove and Lars Jansson which have never been shown in Japan before.
The comics by Tove Jansson (1914-2001) began publication in the British newspaper The Evening News in 1954. With the help from her younger brother Lars Jansson (1926-2000), the series continued to be published for more than 20 years. At its peak, Moomin comics were published in over 40 countries, 120 newspapers, and read by 20 million people.
The Moomins are immensely popular in Japan and have enjoyed numerous exhibitions up and down the country. Fans will be delighted to lay their eyes upon artwork from Moomin Characters’ collection which have never been displayed in Japan until now.
Bathe With Real Ducks at Tamagawa Onsen in Saitama
01.June.2021 | SPOT
As part of their 10th anniversary event, Tamagawa Onsen, a Showa retro-style bathhouse in Saitama, opened their ‘Real Duck Baths’ on May 29 which lets people bathe with real ducks. The experience is available on weekends and public holidays only.
Forget bathing with bright yellow toy ducks – now you can have the real thing. These ducks were hatched and raise from ducklings by the bathhouse manager Arai at their home. The ducks are still small so the hours when they will be out are not set in stone, but the bathhouse hopes that guests will watch their and support their growth as they mature over time.
Real Duck Bath
Running: Weekends and public holidays from May 29, 2021
*Subject to cancellation on any day depending on the condition of the ducks
Where: Tamagawa Onsen
Address: 3700 Tamagawa, Tokigawa, Hiki District, Saitama 355-0342, Japan
Official Website: https://tamagawa-onsen.com/
Japan’s Capcom Cafe Releases Ace Attorney Themed Menu
The Capcom Cafe located inside AEON Lake Town in Saitama is now serving up an Ace Attorney themed menu until July 8.
1. Keema Curry | ¥1,738 (Tax Included)
A keema curry inspired by the hoodie worn by Phoenix Wright. It features the Japanese word kurae! (くらえ！) which in the English version of the series is the quote “Take that!”
2. Tonosaman Tacos Plate | ¥1,958 (Tax Included)
A plate of tacos themed on Miles Edgeworth and Steel Samurai, the latter known as Tonosaman in Japanese. It includes two tortillas, one with a picture of Steel Samurai and the other with his name in Japanese.
3. Godot’s Cafe Coffee Break Set | ¥1,408 (Tax Included)
A rich coffee jelly with accompanying biscuits and gateaux chocolate. Based on Godot.
4. Blue Hawaii Parfait | ¥1,408 (Tax Included)
A parfait with motifs of Franziska von Karma. It captures her cool and stylish look. A perfect drink for a hot summer’s day.
5. Chocolate Banana Drink | ¥880 (Tax Included)
A drink inspired by the yukata worn by Maya Fey. Comes with a chocolate banana like the one she is holding in the illustration drawn of her for this cafe collab.
6. Fruit Sangria | ¥880 (Tax Included)
A fruity and refreshing non-alcoholic sangria inspired by Apollo Justice.
7. Rock Soda | ¥880 (Tax Included)
A non-alcoholic cocktail on the rocks inspired by Klavier Gavin. Served with a bottle and glass.
For an extra ¥3,000, customers can get the Kurae! plate as a set with the keema curry
Get some free original novelties
Get a free lunch mat (pictured left above) when you order any dish or dessert or a free coaster (pictured right above) when getting a drink.
And if you spend over ¥3,000 on the cafe menu, you get one of these free postcards.
Fans need to book a table in advance to dine at the Capcom Cafe.
©CAPCOM CO., LTD. 2021 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Ace Attorney Collab Menu
Running: May 21, 2021 – July 8, 2021
Location: Capcom Cafe AEON Lake Town
Address: 4-21-1 Azumacho, Koshigaya, Saitama 343-0826, Japan
Capcom Cafe Official Website: http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/
Japan is home to many official Moomin establishments including the Moomin Shop, Moomin Cafe, and Moomin Stand. Located up and down the country, each brand began the Snufkin Fair on Friday last week.
Moomin Cafe: Snufkin Fair Menu
Camping Feast: Hot Skillet Chicken on the Bone | ¥1,700 (Tax Included)
Camping Feast: Hot Skillet Grilled Salmon | ¥1,700 (Tax Included)
Northern Europe Blueberry Coffee Jelly | ¥550 (Tax Included)
Snufkin Hat Cream Soda | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Snufkin Coffee Smoothie | Regular ¥580 – Large ¥700 – 2 Hattifattener Cookies +¥70 (Tax Included)
Snufkin Fair: New Merchandise
Kalita Coffee Mill | ¥9,020 (Tax Included) – Kalita Hasami Ware Dripper | ¥3,850 (Tax Included)
Kalita Vintage Snufkin & Moomin Mugs | ¥1,540 Each (Tax Included)
Kalita Measuring Spoon | ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Kalita Stock Bag | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Wall Mug (Mustard Moomin – Red Little My – Olive Snufkin) | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)
Robert Bowling Coffee (Coffee Beans – Coffee Powder) | ¥2,036 Each (Tax Included)
Harmonica Charm (Ivory – Red – Black) | ¥2,310 Each (Tax Included)
Embroidered Handkerchiefs (Snufkin – Hattifatteners – Moomin) | ¥1,100 Each (Tax Included) *Moomin Shop exclusive
Outdoor Snufkin Hat | ¥3,520 (Tax Included) *Moomin Shop exclusive
Polo Shirts (Navy Moomin & Shadow – Black Moominpappa) | Sizes: S, M, L, XL | ¥4,290 Each (Tax Included) *Moomin Shop exclusive
Bonus Items | Left: Moomin Shop, Right: Moomin Cafe (Limited Stock)
The Snufkin Fair is centred on Snufkin, a character who appears in the Moomin series. He’s a wanderer, explorer, and philosopher. The fair is being held at six Moomin Shop branches, three Moomin Cafe branches, 11 Moomin Stand branches, and the Moomin Japan online shop.
At the Moomin Cafe, fans can tuck into one of two camping-style skillet dishes along with some coffee desserts and more. Over at the Moomin Shop, there’s plenty of items to get your hands on including apparel such as polo shirts and hats. There’s even a cafe mill, dripper, vintage mugs, measuring spoons, and more all made in collaboration with Katila which are all available both at Moomin Cafe and Moomin Shop. Roll up to the Moomin Stand for Snufkin and Hattifattener inspired drinks. Have your coffee smoothie topped with some Hattifattener cookies. And if you spend over ¥4,400 on select Snufkin Fair items, you’ll get a free bonus item: a coffee bag-style jute pouch. There are two designs available depending where you spend – at Moomin Shop and Moomin Cafe.
Don’t miss your chance to enjoy some Moomin goodies at the Snufkin Fair this spring.
Running: May 14, 2021
Participating Branches: Tokyo/LUMINE Kita-Senju/Futakotamagawa/LAZONA Kawasaki Plaza/Naogya LACHIC/LUCUA Osaka/Online Shop
Branch List: https://benelic.com/moominshop/
Official Website: https://moomin-shop.jp/
Participating Branches:Tokyo Dome City LaQua/Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi/Canal City Hakata
Branch List: https://benelic.com/moomin_cafe/
Participating Branches: See Below (11 Branches)
Branch List: https://benelic.com/moominstand/list
Over 1,000 Pieces of Miffy Merchandise Arrives at SOGO Omiya
SOGO Omiya Store in Saitama is currently holding the Miffy zakka Festa, an event centred on the cute character Miffy which is running until May 5. Over 1,000 items are available to buy including exclusive merchandise, bonuses on certain purchases, a special photo spot where visitors can snap a picture against a wall covered in Miffy art, and more.
A4 Folder | ¥495 (Tax Included)
Slim Pouch | ¥990 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Clock | ¥6,050 (Tax Included)
Soft Mascots | ¥330 Each (Tax Included)
Orange Earl Grey Tea | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
For every ¥3,300 spent on anything in the merch line-up, customers will receive the above-pictured four pieces of A4 wrapping paper.
Miffy Wall Photo Spot
Take a commemorative picture with Miffy at the designated wall photo spot.
If you love all things kawaii, the Miffy zakka Festa is a must-visit this spring for stocking up on your collection.
Miffy zakka Festa
Running: April 23, 2021 – May 5, 2021
Where: SOGO Omiya Store
Address: 1-6-2 Sakuragicho, Omiya Ward, Saitama-shi, Saitama
Entry: Numbered entry tickets will be given on the first floor of SOGO Omiya on the station side between 9:30-9:55
SOGO Omiya Store Official Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/omiya/
Children’s Book Author Leo Lionni Gets Pop-Up Shop in Saitama
19.April.2021 | FASHION
A pop-up shops has opened at SOGO Omiya Store in Saitama centred on the Italian-American children’s book author Leo Lionni. Another pop-up shop based on the children’s book 11 Piki no Neko by Noboru Baba also opened alongside it.
Leo Lionni’s Friends Merchandise
Frederick Plush Toy | ¥2,200 (Tax Included) | Only 30 available
Swimmy Mini Letter Set | ¥440 (Tax Included) | Only 30 available
Time Wall Clock | ¥7,480 (Tax Included) | Only 10 available
Original bonus tote bag
11 Piki no Neko Merchandise
Blue Plush Toy (Large Size) | ¥4,400 (Tax Included) | Only 16 available
Toraneko Plush Toy | ¥1,650 (Tax Included) | | Only 32 available
Three Piece Lunch Box | ¥1,430 (Tax Included) | Only 30 available
Leo Lionni’s works are loved the world over and have been translated into many different languages. Fans can get their hands on a range of items, and the first 300 people to spend over ¥5,500 will receive a free original tote bag. This goes for the 11 Piki no Neko shop too – the first 150 to spend over ¥2,000 will receive a free pin.
Leo Lionni’s Friends Pop-Up Shop
Running: April 14, 2021 – APril 27, 2021
Where: SOGO Omiya Store (Floor 3F)
Address: 1-6-2 Sakuragicho, Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama
Official Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/omiya/
The Moomin Cafe at Tokyo Dome City Begins Serving Breakfast Menu
The Moomin Cafe at Tokyo Dome City LaQua introduced a breakfast menu on April 1.
Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwich: One – ¥510 (Tax Included) / Two – ¥800 (Tax Included)
Hattifatteners Hot Dog: ¥600 (Tax Included)
Northern Europe Breakfast Plate | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Open Fruit Sandwich | ¥700 (Tax Included)
Five fun and delicious items arrive at the Moomin Cafe for the spring season, each with a reference or design inspired by the beloved Moomins.
Breakfast Menu: Released April 1, 2021
Where: Tokyo Dome City LaQua
Official Website: https://moomincafe.jp/
Japan’s Moomin Stand Takeout Drinks Chain Releases New Beverages For Spring 2021
13.March.2021 | FOOD
The Japanese Moomin-themed drinks chain Moomin Stand released two new seasonal drinks on Friday (March 12) for the spring season as part of its “Spring Arrives in Moominvalley” event. The two drinks feature a cute cup with a Moomin looking out the window as well as a straw with Moomin, Snufkin, and Little My walking together.
Moomin House Blue Raspberry Smoothie | Regular Size ¥630, Large Size ¥750 (Before Tax)
A refreshing blue raspberry smoothie made with yogurt and mixed berries. The cup comes with a cute Moominhouse lid.
Moominvalley Spring Soda | Regular Size ¥550, Large Size ¥670 (Before Tax)
Spring has arrived in Moominvalley, so the locals are out for a stroll together as featured on the straw design. This drink is made with springtime pineapple and nata de coco.
Spring Arrives in Moominvalley
Japanese Event Name: ムーミン谷に春が来た
Start Date: March 12, 2021
Moomin Stand Official Website: http://www.benelic.com/moomin_cafe/moominstand/
Rascal the Raccoon Anime Series Pop-Up Store to Open in Saitama
Nippon Animation is opening a pop-up store for its adorable anime series Rascal the Raccoon at Aeon Lake Town Mori in Koshigaya, Saitama which will run from March 19 to August 31.
Bacteria Elimination Spray | ¥500 (Before Tax)
Notepad Box | ¥800 (Before Tax)
Mousepad | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
PU Leather Tablet Sleeve Case (8-11″ Size Tablets) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
PU Leather Laptop Sleeve Case (Laptops up to 13.5″) | ¥2,273 (Before Tax)
Denim Design / Dreamy-Cute Design
Leather Pins (3 Designs) | ¥500 Each (Before Tax)
Denim Tote Bag | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Mousepad | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
PU Leather Tablet Sleeve Case (8-11″ Size Tablets) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
PU Leather Laptop Sleeve Case (Laptops up to 13.5″) | ¥2,273 (Before Tax)
Original Magnet Sheet
Romeo’s Blue Skies Official Store
Original Shopping Bag
The pop-up shop will sell a variety of new merchandise with different designs. An official store for Nippon Animation’s Romeo’s Blue Skies anime series will also open up alongside the pop-up shop. For every ¥1,500 spent on merchandise (including tax), fans will receive a free original magnet sheet.
Rascal’s Tail ~Nippon Animation Store~
Japanese Name: ラスカルのしっぽ ～日本アニメーションストア～
Running: March 19, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Where: Aeon Lake Town Mori Floor 3F
Address: 3-1-1 Lake Town, Koshigaya, Saitama, 343-0828
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Official Website: https://www.araiguma-rascal.com/
The Moomin Shop located inside Nagoya’s stylish retail centre LACHIC launched an anniversary fair last Friday (March 5) to commemorate the store’s 7th anniversary.
New Merchandise Launching March 2021
KAKSI Tote Bag (Medium Size) With Pass Case | ¥4,000 (Tax Included)
Jetstream Little My Tea Blue Pen/Moomin Blood Orange Pen | ¥2,420 Each (Tax Included)
Laptop Case (Greige/Pink) | ¥3,960 Each (Tax Included)
Tablet Case (Greige/Pink) | ¥2,970 Each (Tax Included)
Multi-Case (Greige/Pink) | ¥2,530 Each (Tax Included)
Flat Pouch (Greige/Pink) | ¥1,980 Each (Tax Included)
Spacious Multi-Pouch (Greige/Pink) | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)
Original Design Cup
Anniversary Logo Shop Card
Moomin Shop Nagoya LACHIC opened back in 2014. The anniversary fair sees the arrival of new and exclusive merchandise including a tote bag with pass case as part of the shop’s popular KAKSI bag series, Little My and Moomin pens, and more. And for every ¥4,180 spent including tax, customers will receive a free cup and shop card.