Ichiban Kuji to Open Fourth Official Shop in Kyushu, First in the Region
08.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT
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.
Official Site: https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/chara_shop/ichibankuji-official-shop/
teamLab Forest Fukuoka to Introduce Spring Sakura Theme for a Limited Time
07.March.2023 | SPOT
Starting March 4, the permanent museum teamLab Forest Fukuoka will transform its artwork into a stunning spring theme. Guests will be able to enjoy gorgeous cherry blossoms for a limited time, and starting March 24, the Catching and Collecting Forest will also be transformed in the same way.
TeamLab’s works are created in real time by procedural generation, meaning that they are always changing and evolving. Each work changes depending on the season.
▼Starting March 4
Both Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives – A Whole Year per Year and Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives II – A Whole Year per Year are only available to see during spring. Come and see animals made entirely of cherry blossoms as they roam through the museum!
The work titled Soft Terrain in Granular Topography shows multicolored grains of light pouring from the sky, while Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life surrounds visitors with brightly colored butterflies
▼Starting March 24
In the Catching and Collecting Forest, visitors can explore with their smartphones and catch various animals made entirely of cherry blossoms.
teamLab Forest Fukuoka – SBI SECURITIES Co., Ltd.
Venue: BOSS E･ZO FUKUOKA 5F, Next to Fukuoka PayPal Dome
Address: 2-2-6 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Official Site: http://forest.teamlab.art
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/
Popular Manga Series Chainsaw Man Gets Pop-Up at Iwataya in Fukuoka
07.September.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION
Jewelry brand Tasaki has announced a special collaboration pop-up with the popular manga Chainsaw Man from September 7 until September 13, 2022 at KIRAMEKI BOARD on the first floor of the Iwataya Department Store in Fukuoka. The pop-up is being held to celebrate new items in the ‘danger’ line, one of Tasaki’s new iconic items.
At the venue, guests can peruse a selection of Tasaki’s fine jewelry, including the new ‘danger’ collection which was inspired by the beauty of insectivorous plants. This is a perfect mix with Chainsaw Man, which has captivated audiences around the world with its unique plot, savage content, and one-of-a-kind characters. Special visuals of the main characters wearing jewelry from the ‘danger’ collection will be on display, drawn by the original author of the series Tatsuki Fujimoto. Also on display at the venue will be a special Pochita figure, whose chainsaw will be lavishly set with pearls.
To celebrate the collaboration, unique jewelry inspired by Chainsaw Man, Pochita, and Power will be on sale exclusively at the pop-up venue. These will only be available in limited quantities.
Fans of the series who are looking for some gorgeous new drip shouldn’t miss this curious crossover event!
TASAKI x Chainsaw Man Pop-Up
Running: September 7 – September 13, 2022
Venue: Iwataya Main Store 1F, KIRAMEKI BOARD
Official Site: http://www.tasaki.co.jp/
Kirby Cafe Tokyo and Fukuoka Reveal Peach-Inspired Summer Menu
29.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD
Kirby Cafe TOKYO and Kirby Cafe HAKATA will begin selling special summer-themed food and drink items on July 7. The Kirby Cafe Summer 2022 event will introduce seven peach-themed goodies to the menu through September 11.
Transform! Carby Cake ~WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD!~
Kirby’s Peach♡Peach Parfait
Summer Souvenir Parfait Glass
Awoofy’s Footsteps in the Desert Pizza
Waddle Dee’s Friendly Rice Croquettes
King Dedede’s Full Tummy! Massive Beast King Plate
Rolling ♪ Peach Soda
(Includes Summer Souvenir Parfait Glass)
Rolling ♪ Summer-Colored Pineapple Soda
Summer Souvenir Acrylic Muddler (3 varieties)
Visitors to the two cafe locations can enjoy peach-flavored treats like Kirby’s Peach Parfait and an adorable cake based on the pink puffball’s Carby form seen in the new game Kirby and the Forgotten Land. Those wanting something more savory can enjoy Waddle Dee’s Friendly Rice Croquettes and the absolutely huge King Dedede’s Full Tummy! Massive Beast King Plate.
Come enjoy the warmer months with Kirby and friends!
Summer is returning to the Kirby Cafe. Thinking of the warmer months, Chef Kawasaki has created a special menu! As a Waddle Dee, filled with great excitement, wandered through the forest…it saw tons of lush, ripe peaches.
“Huh? That pink, round peach reminds me of something…”
Then came Kirby, who was looking forward to the summer menu more than anyone else.
“Ah, that’s right! The peach looks just like Kirby!”
Happy to have solved the riddle, Kirby smiled brightly at Waddle Dee. Gazing at this glorious summer scene with tons of juicy peaches ready to be eaten, he couldn’t help but imagine tons of tasty treats! Peach parfait, sparkling soda, blue jelly sparkling like the ocean…not wanting to forget these ideas, Kirby and Waddle Dee gathered the peaches and began cooking.
Please come and enjoy this summer with Kirby and his friends under the dazzling sunshine!
©Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Kirby Cafe Summer 2022
Available: July 7 – September 11, 2022
Locations: Kirby Cafe TOKYO, Kirby Cafe HAKATA
Official Site: https://kirbycafe.jp
BT21 Amusement Park Event to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka
NAMJATOWN, a theme park located in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, will be holding a special BT21 event from May 14 until June 12, 2022! The ‘BT21 MerryLand ~Welcome to our Dreamy World!~’ event celebrates the popular LINE FRIENDS characters, and guests can enjoy lots of games and treats!
The event recreates MerryLand, an amusement park in the BT21 member’s dreams. Guests can participate in three unique mini-games inspired by amusement park attractions, along with a stamp rally and riddle-solving game! Original merchandise and menu items will also be available.
BT21 MerryLand Spinning Ferris Wheel / BT21’s Whirling Teacups ♪ / The Full Stomach Yum-yum Wagon
A Prize: Relaxing Cushion (7 varieties)
B Prize: Bandana (7 varieties)
C Prize: Mini Acrylic Stand (7 varieties, random)
D Prize: Character Pin (7 varieties, random)
*The design for A Prize and B Prize will differ depending on the mini-game.
(Guests can choose the design for each game.)
*For C Prize and D Prize, the design is the same for all mini-games.
Venue Exclusive Project! Rally Game
Rally Game Prizes
Participation Prize: Mascot Rubber Charm (7 varieties, random)
*Prizes are the same for each Rally Game.
Original Food & Drinks
Soft Drink with Acrylic Coaster / Fortune Latte (14 varieties) / Icing Cookie (7 varieties)
Those unable to attend the event can head to the Namco Parks Online Store to play some web-based mini-games offering the same prizes! Certain pieces of merchandise will also be available for purchase online.
Following Tokyo, the event will head to HEP FIVE in Osaka from July 2 until July 24 and Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka from August 5 until August 28.
©Bandai Namco Amusement Inc.
Address: Sunshine City World Import Part Building 2F/3F (3-1-3 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)
Running: May 14 – June 12
Venue: Hugood! from NAMJATOWN
Address: HEP FIVE 9F (5-15 Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka)
Running: July 2 – July 24, 2022
Venue: Namco Canal City Hakata
Address: Canal City Hakata South Building B1F (1-2-74 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka)
Running: August 5 – August 28, 2022
Online Sales / Online Lottery Wheel
Sales Period: May 16, 11:00 – June 13, 23:59
Official Site: https://event.bandainamco-am.co.jp/cx/bt21-merryland/
teamLab Opens 8th Annual Art Exhibition at Mifuneyama Rakuen in Saga Prefecture
From July 15 until November 6, 2022, the ‘teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live’ exhibition at Mifuneyama Rakuen, an ancient forest at the Takeo Hot Springs in Saga Prefecture. The massive event is held each summer and fall and was named CNN World’s ‘Best Outdoor Art Exhibition to Visit’ in 2021 and one of the Top 10 Art Installations in the world by DesignboomMagazine in 2017.
Works on Display
Universe of Water Particles on a Sacred Rock, 2017
Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and Boats – Mifuneyama Rakuen Pond, 2015
Ever Blossoming Life Rock, 2017
Life is Continuous Light – Azalea Valley, 2017
Rock Wall Spatial Calligraphy, Continuous Life – Five Hundred Arhats, 2017
Split Rock and Enso, 2017
Resonating Forest – Cherry Blossoms and Maple, 2017
Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins, 2019
Graffiti Nature – Living in the Ruins of a Bathhouse, Red List, 2017-
Resonating Forest in the Ravine, 2019
Abstract and Concrete – Forest Entrance, 2018
Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup, 2016
Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Summer Forest, 2018
Mifuneyama is said to have risen from the Ariake Sea 3 million years ago. The 500,000 square meter Mifuneyama Rakuen Park was created in 1845, at the end of the Edo period. The park is home to megaliths, caves, and forests that have been slowly shaped over thousands of years. teamLab believes that the shapes and textures of these objects are important, serving as traces of ancient people and natural changes over time. The concept of the project is that non-material digital technology can turn nature into art without harming it.
The creative team will be holding a number of other high-profile exhibitions this year, including installations in Paris, Tallinn, Shanghai, and Geneva. Their sauna collaboration with TikTok for teamLab Reconnect in Roppongi made huge waves in 2021–guests would take alternating hot and cold baths to experience intense physical sensations while surrounded by digital art.
teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live
Running: July 15 – November 6, 2022
Location: Mifuneyama Rakuen (4100 Takeo, Takeocho Oaza Takeo, Takeo City, Saga)
Official Site: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/mifuneyamarakuen/
Tea-focused Starbucks Scheduled to Open at AMU Plaza Hakata City
Starbucks will open the first Starbucks Tea & Cafe location in Kyushu at AMU Plaza Hakata on April 27, 2022. This spin-off shop specializes in colorful, aromatic tea-based beverages, and has locations in Tokyo, Toyama, and Osaka.
Starbucks Coffee AMU Plaza Hakata, the first Starbucks Tea & Cafe to open in the Kyushu area, is a new store on the second floor of Amu Plaza Hakata directly connected to JR Hakata Station.
Yuzu & Citrus Lavender Sage Tea / Japanese Chai Tea Latte / Strawberry & Passion Tea Frappucino®
Starbucks Tea & Cafe will offer a lineup of 13 types of tea-based beverages, including tea lattes and tea frappuccinos made with seasonal ingredients. The Japanese Chai Tea Latte is new this season and includes hojicha with spices like yuzu peel, ginger, Japanese pepper, and cinnamon.
Come enjoy this cozy space and enjoy a warm cup of tea at this unique Starbucks where tea is the main attraction!
Starbucks Coffee AMU Plaza Hakata 2F
Address: JR Hakata City 2F (1-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka)
Opening April 27, 2022
Official Site: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
INN THE PARK Fukuoka Allows Guests to Spend the Night in a Public Park
30.March.2022 | SPOT
INN THE PARK Fukuoka is the first place in Kyushu where you can spend the night overnight in a public park! No, you won’t be sleeping on a bench or on the ground–this is way fancier. This is the second such location, with the first opening in Shizuoka in 2017.
The new facility will be located in Uminonakamichi Seaside Park in Higashi-ku, Fukuoka City. The park is about 6km from east to west and includes a zoo, outdoor swimming pool, aquarium, outdoor theater, and more. Guests can overlook Hakata Bay while enjoying these many fun outdoor activities and delightful accommodations!
How about staying here on your next trip to Japan?
INN THE PARK Fukuoka
Open: March 15, 2022
Official Site: https://www.innthepark.jp/
Disney Cats & Dogs Exhibition to be Held at Mitsukoshi Gallery in Fukuoka
17.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT
Mitsukoshi Fukuoka has opened a new exhibition dedicated to the many lovable dogs and cats found in Disney films! The event is taking place at the Mitsukoshi Gallery on the 9th floor until March 27, 2022.
The Disney film Bambi aimed to take on the difficult task of portraying animals realistically. Animals were kept in the studio and artists studied their movements and expressions while creating the film. Audiences were stunned, and since that point, more and more beloved animals have appeared in Disney films. The Disney Cats & Dogs exhibition will also show the evolution and innovation of Disney’s animal animation and the history of the trial and error process in bringing them to life.
Lady and the Tramp
The lineup will include Mickey’s sidekick Pluto, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, The Arisocats, and more. Figaro from Pinocchio, Lucifer from Cinderella, the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, and Mochi from Big Hero 6 will also be appearing!
The exhibition will feature over 300 digitized works of rare art along with dioramas and more materials related to the creation of Disney films. Fans shouldn’t miss this opportunity to see these behind-the-scenes items!
Disney Cats & Dogs Exhibition
Running: March 9 – March 27, 2022
Hours: 10:00 – 20:00 (Closing at 18:00 on March 27 / Admission permitted until 1 hour prior to closing)
Location: Mitsukoshi Fukuoka 9F ‘Mitsukoshi Gallery’
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Mentaiko Manufacturer Fukuya for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of her major label debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is having a busy year. The artist will perform at this year’s Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States, and released her first full-length album in three years ‘Candy Racer’ in October 2021. On January 16, Kyary embarked on the largest tour of her career, ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ which will see the singer performing 30 shows across Japan.
In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the “LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project” was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities. The 30 stops on the new tour include many that Kyary has not visited before, and were chosen based on the singer’s desire to perform for fans who may not typically be able to attend one of her shows. On March 5, Kyary will perform in Fukuoka, and will also be collaborating with Fukuya, the oldest mentaiko producer in Japan. Fukuya has been selling the pollock roe product since 1949.
The company’s logo has been reimagined, paying homage to the artwork associated with Kyary’s 2016 song Sai & Co.
Fukuya’s most popular product, pickled cod roe in oil, will be sold in an original collaborative package with new Kyary-inspired branding. Mentaiko and dried mentaiko will be packed in two unique packages that can be stacked to form one image. A message from Kyary is also included. These will be available at select Fukuya locations and online for a limited time, as well as at the March 5 concert in limited quantities.
A T-shirt with a collaboration logo and design has also been unveiled featuring the new color scheme and Kyary’s 10th-anniversary logo. This shirt will only be available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website for two weeks and at certain Fukuya stores starting March 8.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu x Fukuya
Fukuya (Fukuoka) x LPJP
Orders Accepted until March 31, 2022
Fukuya x LPJP Collaboration T-shirt
Sales open until March 15, 2022
Where to Buy:
Participating Locations: Nakasu/Kawabata/Fukuoka Airport/Hakata Station DEITOS/Hakata Station Underground Shopping Center/Dazaifu/HAKU HAKU
Buy Online: https://store-localpowerjapan.com/
Official Site: https://localpowerjapan.com
Cherry Blossoms Coming to teamLab Forest Fukuoka for a Limited Time
The permanent museum teamLab Forest Fukuoka is bringing cherry blossoms to the virtual exhibition for a limited time only beginning March 1, 2022. A number of animals made of spring flowers will be roaming through the three-dimensional space, and you won’t want to miss this memorable experience!
A Whole Year per Year / Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives – A Whole Year per Year
A Whole Year per Year / Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives II – A Whole Year per Year
A Whole Year per Year / Soft Terrain and Granular Topography – A Whole Year per Year
A Whole Year per Year / Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life – A Whole Year per Year
TeamLab’s works are created in real-time by procedural generation, meaning that they are always changing and evolving. The works also change with each season. Both Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives – A Whole Year per Year and Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives II – A Whole Year per Year are only available to see during the spring. Enjoy wandering through colorful landscapes as you’re surrounded by butterflies and sakura blossoms while you can!
teamLab Forest Fukuoka – SBI SECURITIES Co., Ltd.
Venue: BOSS E･ZO FUKUOKA 5F, Next to Fukuoka PayPal Dome (2-2-6 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka)
Official Site: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/forest/
Street Fighter 35th Anniversary Exhibition to be Held in Shibuya and Kitakyushu
18.February.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT
A Street Fighter exhibition honoring the series’ 35th anniversary is currently being held in Tokyo! The event will also open in Kitakyushu on June 18, 2022.
‘Can You Shoot a Hadouken?’ Experience
Life-size Statues of Chun-Li and Vega
※All photos are from the Fukuoka venue.
Original Merchandise at a Glance
The Street Fighter series debuted in arcades in 1987 and is celebrating its 35th anniversary throughout 2022.
This exhibition was initially held in Fukuoka City in 2020, and will now travel to the Tokyo Anime Center and the Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art.
Street Fighter quickly became a social phenomenon upon release and is still beloved around the world. The release of Street Fighter II in 1991 established the fighting game genre, and the newest title Street Fighter V continues to be a fan favorite.
This exhibition traces the history of Street Fighter, displaying original drawings from the original title’s production, arcade machines, and more. With the help of Capcom, guests can enjoy hands-on digital content using the latest technology.
Street Fighter Exhibition – ‘A World of People Stronger than Me’
Running: February 10 – March 27, 2022
Hours: 11:00 – 20:30 (Last entry at 20:00)
*Closing at 17:00 on March 27 (Last entry at 16:30)
Location: Tokyo Anime Center, Shibuya MODI 2F (1-21-3 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: June 18 – August 7, 2022
Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (Last Entry at 17:30)
Location: Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Riverside Gallery, Riverwalk Kitakyushu 5F (1-1-1 Muromachi, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka)