First ‘Diamond Skytree’ Photo Event to be Held at Sunshine 60 Observation Deck in Tokyo
14.September.2021 | SPOT
The SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observatory in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, will hold its first ‘Diamond Skytree’ photography event on October 18, 2021, with another viewing on October 20. These events will have guests up early, beginning just after 6:00AM! This is when the sun will overlap with the very tip of Tokyo Skytree in the east, and is an extremely rare sight that can only be seen a few days each year.
From sunrise to ‘Diamond Skytree’ (Taken from the Sunshine 60 Observation Deck)
The best way to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event is to stay at the Sunshine City Prince Hotel, where you can also enjoy a night-view photo session the night before. It also means there won’t be any rushing to the observatory in the wee hours of the morning! Visitors will also be able to hear a talk from night-sky photographer Hiroyuki Narisawa on how best to photograph ‘Diamond Skytree.’
SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck – ‘Diamond Skytree’ Photo Event
Dates: October 17-18, October 19-20
Reservations Open: September 7, 11:00 on official website.
Exhibition Opens at Select Animate Stores to Celebrate 30 Years of Mana RPG Series
17.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The Mana series (known in Japan as Seiken Densetsu) began in 1991 as an offshoot of the popular Final Fantasy RPG series. Since release, the twelve original Mana titles released have sold over eight million copies, and to commemorate 30 years, the ‘Mana: 30th Anniversary Exhibition in animate ONLY SHOP’ will take place at certain Animate locations around Japan. The event will kick off at Ikebukuro animate on October 9, 2021.
Character Pin Collection HEROS&HEROINES (24 varieties): ¥440 each (Tax Included)
Legend of Mana Character Pin Collection (20 varieties): ¥440 each (Tax Included)
T-shirt – Monster Design: ¥7,150 (Tax Included)
Blanket – Monster Design: ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
Legend of Mana Mini Acrylic Stand Collection (23 varieties): ¥770 each (Tax Included)
Postcard (51 varieties): ¥165 each (Tax Included)
Hardcover Notebook (3 varieties): ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Legend of Mana Tote Bag: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Mug – Monster Design: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
What’s your favorite game in the Mana series?
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Mana 30th Anniversary Exhibition in animate ONLY SHOP
Ikebukuro Animate 8F: October 9 – October 31, 2021
Nagoya Animate: November 6 – November 21, 2021
Osaka Nipponbashi Animate O.N.SQUARE 2F: November 27 – December 12, 2021
Fukuoka PARCO Animate: December 18, 2021 – January 10, 2022
Sendai Animate: January 15 – January 30, 2022
Official Site: https://www.jp.square-enix.com/mana30th/
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Theme Park Opens in Tokyo for Limited Time
Fans of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure will now be able to experience the first five anime arcs at a limited time theme park opening in Ikebukuro Sunshine City’s Namjatown! The event, created by Bandai Namco Amusement, will be open from September 18 until October 13, 2021. JOJO WORLD has already been held in locations across Japan, starting in Yokohama in March 2021 before moving to Osaka and Fukuoka.
Acrylic Keychain (5 designs): ¥1,800 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Badge (10 designs): ¥750 (Tax Included) *Random pack
Sticker Vol.2 (21 designs): ¥350 (Tax Included) *Random pack of 2
Ribbon Scarf Vol. 2 (5 designs): ¥1,800 (Tax Included)
Round Plushie Vol. 2 (5 designs): ¥1,000 (Tax Included) *Random
Souvenir Biscuits: ¥850 (Tax Included)
Wobbly Iggy Glass: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Special Food Menu
Stone Mask Omurice: ¥1,300 / Giorno’s Favorite Pudding: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Iggy’s Donuts: ¥650 (Tax Included)
Stone Free String Lottery Minigame
Prize: Multi-purpose Cloth (1 design)
Prize: Pin (4 designs) *Random
Prize: Sticker (7 designs) *Random
Standee Panel Display
Special tarot cards from the ‘Joestar and Company World Tour’ attraction
All participants in the ‘Let’s Go to the Manga Artist’s House’ attraction will receive a Pink Dark Boy notebook
‘The Passione Team Assignment Suitability Diagnostic Test’ attraction awards a random sticker (13 designs) to each guest
‘Memeta! Ripple Roulette Minigame’ Prize A: Multi-purpose cloth (2 designs) / Prize B: Acrylic Stand (10 designs) / Prize C: Scene Photo Bromides (20 designs, 2 given at random)
DIO’s ‘You’re Watching Me, aren’t you? Minigame’ Prize A: Cushion (2 designs) / Prize B: Pin-back Button (10 designs) / Prize C: DIO Postcard (15 designs) *Random
Exhibition / Photo Spot
*There are a limited number of products and prizes. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The original goods available at the theme park will feature illustrations of Jonathan Joestar, Joseph Joestar, Jotaro Kujo, Josuke Higashikata, and Giorno Giovanna, as well as 10 new Chimi Chara drawings of the characters by illustrator Yupon.
Seven new products will be available at the Tokyo opening, including a new collection of ribbon scarfs and round plushies. A special exhibition will look back at the anime series, and a new minigame, the ‘Stone Free Thread Lottery’ will even offer original prizes!
For those unable to make it to the event, the NAMCO PARKS Online Store will begin selling these original goods nationwide starting September 18. After the Tokyo event concludes, the theme park will move to Miyagi Prefecture from October 22 until November 28, and to Aichi Prefecture from October 29 until November 28.
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JOJO WORLD in TOKYO
Location: Sunshine City World Import Mart Building 3F (inside Namjatown)
Running: September 18 – October 13, 2021
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/jojo_world2021
Goods Available at NAMCO PARKS Online Store: https://parks2.bandainamco-am.co.jp/
Order Period: September 18 – October 18, 2021
*Products will be delivered in January 2022.
*Shipping charged separately.
Official Site: https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/
SEGA Taiyaki Ikebukuro, Akihabara Stores Reveal Second Collaboration with Chiikawa
07.September.2021 | Uncategorized
GENDA SEGA Entertainment’s SEGA Taiyaki Ikebukuro and Akihabara stores have announced a second Chiikawa collaboration, the ‘ChiiKawayaki’ Taiyaki. The series will feature a Bunny and ChiiKawa design, in addition to the reversible Tuxedo design from the first collaboration. Customers who purchase any of the ‘ChiiKawayaki’ products will receive a free collaboration badge! (※Random design)
ChiiKawayaki: Premium Cream or Chocolate:¥600 each (Tax Incl.)
※Shown images are samples.
Original Can Badge 2nd Series: 6 Designs (Random)
※Limited in quantity.
※Shown images are samples and may differ from the final product.
ChiiKawa is a popular manga that is serialized on Twitter by illustrator NAGANO. The comic depicts the daily life of the ChiiKawa’s and has become known for its soft artwork, heartwarming story, and occasionally, some contrasting darkness.
SEGA Taiyaki stocks popular food products from the Taiyaki brand Yokohama Kuriko-An, which has 31 stores throughout the Kanto region. They also collaborate with games and characters to produce Collaboration Taiyaki.
The second ChiiKawayaki collaboration will satisfy both your eyes and your stomach!
SEGA Taiyaki ChiiKawayaki
Release Date: September 4 2021
Available Stores: SEGA Taiyaki Ikebukuro, SEGA Taiyaki Akihabara
Ikebukuro: 11:00 ~ 20:00
Akihabara: 11:00 ~ 20:00
Available Products: Premium Cream, Chocolate Taiyaki: ¥600 (Tax Incl.)
Store Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/SEGA_taiyaki（@SEGA_taiyaki）
Official Site: https://chiikawa-info.jp/
Baumkuchen Specialty Shop Katanukiya Offers Limited-Edition Panda Cake at New Location
On September 1, Baumkuchen specialty shop Katanukia opened its second location on the second floor of Tokyo Solamachi, beneath Tokyo Skytree. These traditionally German cakes are extremely popular in Japan, and using a cookie cutter can transform them into works of art! To commemorate the new shop, the Tokyo Solamachi location will sell a limited-edition Panda Baumkuchen that is almost too cute to eat.
Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen: ¥594 (Tax Included)
Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen & Drawstring Bag Set: ¥1,815 (Tax Included)
The special Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen is made from soft, moist cake, and depicts an adorable panda character ready to gaze at the night sky from Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world. Children and adults alike will enjoy its gentle milk flavoring.
The Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen & Drawstring Bag Set includes the signature Baumkuchen, the Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen, Panda shortbread, and an adorable bag. There will only be 100 of these sets available, so grab one before they’re gone!
Is Baumkuchen popular in your country? How would you like to try these cute sweets in Tokyo?
Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen
Official Site: https://www.katanuki-ya.com/
CAPCOM vs. Tezuka Osamu CHARACTERS’ Exhibition Coming to Ikebukuro PARCO
Originally held as a special exhibition at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takurazuka, the CAPCOM vs. Tezuka Osamu CHARACTERS’ Exhibition is coming to the Kanto Region for the first time starting October 1. The event will be held on the 7th floor of Ikebukuro PARCO until October 18, 2021.
The collection features characters from Tezuka’s many manga works, and pits them against many popular characters from Capcom properties, including Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, and more. Seeing popular personalities from Astro Boy and Black Jack with these modern video game characters is quite a sight!
This year’s event will feature new main event illustrations, new Devil May Cry and Ace Attorney exhibits, and an updated layout.
In addition to the products previously sold in Takarazuka, new merchandise will also be available for purchase at the venue.
CAPCOM vs. Tezuka Osamu CHARACTERS’ (Dash)
Running: October 1 – October 18, 2021 (11:00-20:00)
Where: PARCO FACTORY (Ikebukuro PARCO 7F)
Official Site: https://art.parco.jp/parcomuseum/detail/
Chiikawa Pop-up Store Opens in JR Ikebukuro Station
Popular character Chiikawa is getting a Pop-up store for a limited-time! The shop is located at the event space outside of the south ticket gate of JR Ikebukuro station, and will be open until September 6, 2021.
The pop-up shop will feature a variety of cute goods like pouches and plushies, along with apparel. Visitors can also pick up some household goods, including tableware, chopsticks, and mugs featuring these lovable characters.
Special Event Merchandise
August’s New Products
Purchase Bonus: Chiikawa Mask Case (1 per person)
These goods will only be available at the pop-up shop and Official Chiikawa online store Chiikawa Market, so don’t miss out!
Chiikawa Pop-up Store
Running: August 20 – September 6, 2021
Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Until 18:00 on September 6)
Address: Event Space outside south ticket gate of JR Ikebukuro Station
(1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)
Chiikawa Market: https://www.chiikawa-market.jp/
Official Site: https://chiikawa-info.jp/index.html
Popular Game Touken Ranbu To Celebrate Stage Show’s Fifth Anniversary with Exhibition at Ikebukuro PARCO
Super popular sword simulation game Touken Ranbu-ONLINE- will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of its 2.5D stage show with a special exhibition, held at Ikebukuro PARCO Factory between September 10 and 27, 2021. A travelling exhibition is also scheduled to visit Nagoya and Shinsaibashi.
The exhibition will host a selection of dynamic attractions, including an area exploring the five year history of the theatre show, an area displaying costumes and set pieces from the latest performance, and a display featuring the umbrellas shown in the curtain call of each show.
There will also be limited anniversary goods available – A must-have for any Touken Ranbu fan!
Look back on five years of Touken Ranbu on stage with this special exhibition!
Touken Ranbu 5th Anniversary Exhibition
Duration: September 10 ~ 27, 2021
Opening Hours: 11:00 ~ 20:00 *Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Closes at 18:00 on the final day.
Location: PARCO Factory (Ikebukuro PARCO 7F)
Entry Fee: ¥500 (Tax Included)
※Free postcard included with tickets
※Free entry for children in elementary school and younger.
※Admission benefits are available for those with paid tickets.
Advance Lottery Reservation for Touken Ranbu Stage Fansite Members
Application Period: September 10 ~ September 13, 2021
Pre-order Period: August 18, 18:00 ~ August 22, 23:59
※Not offered on a first-come first-serve basis. A lottery will be held for those who applied during the pre-order period.
Lottery Results: August 26, 2021, from 12:00 onwards
Payment Period: 12:00 on August 26 until 23:00 on August 27, 2021
Touken Ranbu Stage Official Site: https://fc.stage-toukenranbu.jp/
※ Paid membership is required to enter the lottery.
※Applicable to those who entered during the application period.
Release Date: August 28, 2021 from 10:00~
L Cose: 39855 https://l-tike.com/toukenranbu-event
Upcoming The Prince of Tennis CG Film Inspires Limited-Time Cafe
Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro will be hosting a special cafe inspired by the upcoming The Prince of Tennis film, releasing in theaters September 3. The cafe will run from September 3 until October 14.
The Prince of Tennis ran in the popular manga magazine Shonen Jump from 1999 until 2008, and found incredible popularity in Japan. It was adapted into an anime series in 2001, running for 178 episodes, and has also been transformed into 15 stage musicals, a live-action film, a radio show, multiple video games, and more. The upcoming 3DCG film was announced in 2019.
In a teaser image released to promote the special cafe, main character Ryoma appears beside other characters from the series in an adorable tiny style. More details about the menu and goods offered will be revealed soon, so keep an eye out for an update!
What goods are you hoping to see sold at the cafe?
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Ryoma! Shinsei Gekijoban Tennis no Oji-sama Collaboration Cafe
Running: September 3-October 14, 2021
Location: Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro
Address: Q Plaza Ikebukuro (3F), 1-30-3 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/Capcom_Cafe/
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capcomcafe/
Official Site: http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/ikebukuro/
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan Anime Themed Cafe to Open in Ikebukuro
Animate Cafe Stand Hareza Ikebukuro has announced a collaboration with the ongoing TV anime series Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan which will see the cafe served up a themed menu, sell exclusive merchandise, and decorate the interior with original illustrations from August 25 to September 27.
Animate Cafe exclusive illustrations
Animate Cafe exclusive chibi illustrations
Collab Menu (Excerpt)
Parfait | ¥700 (Tax Included)
Latte | ¥600 (Tax Included)
Soda | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Big Acrylic Stand Keyrings | 3 Designs | ¥1,600 Each (Tax Included)
Cookies | ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stand Keyrings | 6 Designs | ¥700 (Tax Included)
Rubber Keyrings | 10 Designs | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan is a dark comedy manga series by Gaku Kuze that’s been serialised in Comic POOL since 2017. An anime adaptation began airing on July 6, 2021.
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan x Animate Cafe
Running: August 25, 2021 – September 27, 2021
Location: Animate Cafe Stand Hareza Ikebukuro
Booking Window: August 25, 2021 – August 29, 2021 (Online Booking)
*Booking not required from August 30 onwards
Animate Cafe Official Website: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/
Showa Summer Dessert Drinks Get Served Up at AWESOME STORE & CAFE IKEBUKURO in Tokyo
AWESOME STORE & CAFE IKEBUKURO is now serving up two new summer-exclusive dessert drinks inspired by the Japanese Showa era. The ‘Imitation Gold’ and ‘Blue Light Awesome’ are both available now until September 26.
Imitation Gold: ¥467 (Tax Included) / Blue Light Awesome: ¥467 (Tax Included) *both served in plastic cups (see below)
The Imitation Gold’s flavour is reminiscent of an energy drink. It’s topped with vanilla ice cream and colourful gummies. The Blue Light Awesome is a Blue Hawaiian syrup-infused pineapple juice topped with vanilla ice cream and a cherry. Both of these cute dessert drinks are the perfect refreshments for the summer.
Those who buy both drinks will also receive an original black straw to make the drinks even more Instagrammable. These are available while supplies last.
Some other popular must-tries
Other classics on the menu to try include soft and chewy bagels, coffees, and more.
Chocolate High | ¥396 (Tax Included)
Ebi Avocado | ¥396 (Tax Included)
Fuwa Toro Bacon Omelette | ¥396 (Tax Included)
AWESOME Organic Coffee (Hot/Iced) | From ¥217 (Tax Included)
AWESOME STORE & CAFE IKEBUKURO
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Currently operating on reduced hours – closes at 20:00)
Address: Q Plaza IKEBUKURO 1F, 1-30-3 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.awesomestore.jp/store/pages/cafe.aspx
Fullmetal Alchemist Art Exhibition to Return for the Manga’s 20th Anniversary in Tokyo and Osaka
As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of Hiromu Arakawa’s manga series Fullmetal Alchemist, the Fullmetal Alchemist Exhibition RETURNS art exhibition will run at Sunshine City Exhibition Hall C in Ikebukuro, Tokyo from December 18, 2021 to January 16, 2022. It will subsequently take place at Hirakata Park in Osaka in Spring 2022.
The exhibition is a powered up version of the original exhibition that took place from 2017 to 2019. It will feature lots more artwork for fans of the series to enjoy. The key visual for the exhibition is based on the original monochrome illustration that Arakawa drew 20 years ago to announce the manga’s serialization. She has redrawn it with colours for the exhibition.
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Fullmetal Alchemist Exhibition RETURNS
Running: December 18, 2021 to January 16, 2022
Venue: Sunshine City Exhibition Hall C
Running: Spring 2022
Venue: Hirakata Park
*More details TBA
Hirakata Park Official Website: http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/
Manga Artist Arina Tanemura Opens Cafes Based On Seven of Her Series Including Phantom Thief Jeanne
Two branches of Animate Cafe in Ikebukuro and Nagoya are celebrating seven manga works of manga artist Arina Tanemura including I.O.N, Phantom Thief Jeanne, Time Stranger Kyoko, Full Moon o Sagashite, Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross, and Neko to Watashi no Kinyōbi.
The collaboration will run from July 28 to August 23. Table reservations must be made for those wanting to dine from July 28 to August 1 as well as on weekends and public holidays. Reservations are not required for all other days.
Arina Tanemura Precious Wedding Party at Animate Cafe
The Menu Line-Up (Excerpt)
Full Moon o Sagashite: Negi Ramen Lunch | ¥980 (Tax Included)
Arina’s Precious Wedding Plate | ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
Phantom Thief Jeanne: Tiramisu | ¥800 (Tax Included)
The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross: Glass Dessert | ¥800 (Tax Included)
I.O.N: Drink | ¥600 (Tax Included)
Phantom Thief Jeanne: Sindbad | ¥600 (Tax Included)
Time Stranger Kyoko: Crystal Stranger | ¥600 (Tax Included)
Full Moon o Sagashite: Honey Hot Milk | ¥600 (Tax Included)
The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross: Espresso | ¥600 (Tax Included)
Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura: Soda | ¥600 (Tax Included)
Neko to Watashi no Kinyōbi: Curry Soup With Bread | ¥600 (Tax Included)
Free coaster with every menu order
Exclusive Merchandise (Excerpt)
Big Acrylic Stand (Wedding Ver.) | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
Wedding Card | ¥800 (Tax Included)
CoLotta Acrylic Plate Keyrings | ¥800 (Tax Included)
Big Ribbon Pouch | ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Stamp Card Campaign
Arina Tanemura made her debut in the shojo manga magazine Ribbon Original in 1996 with her short manga The Style of the Second Love. In 1998, she garnered mainstream popularity when her work Phantom Thief Jeanne began serialisation which has over 5.5 million copies in circulation. Some of her other famous works including Full Moon o Sagashite, Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, and The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross. In 2015, she worked as the character designer for the smartphone game IDOLiSH7.
This marks her third cafe collaboration, and this time it’s themed on a ‘Precious Wedding Party’ with food inspired by the characters from her stories as well as exclusive merchandise.