Laid-Back Camp Stamp Rally to Promote the Beauty of Shizuoka Prefecture
Camping anime series Laid-Back Camp has taken the world by storm. The slice-of-life series is perfect for when you need to relax and daydream of time spent in the Japanese countryside. Shizuoka Prefecture has announced a special stamp rally featuring locations seen in the series from November 12, 2021 until January 10, 2022.
Even if you’re unable to visit during the event period, fans can find some incredible maps on the official website highlighting locations seen in the anime and manga series. These maps will be physically available at stamp rally locations. If you’re planning a trip to Japan in the future, it would be neat to try to visit these locales!
Laid-Back Camp x Shizuoka Prefecture Stamp Rally
Running: November 12, 2021 – January 10, 2022
Participation Fee: None
Egg specialty store TAMAGOYA to launch Strawberry Fair for a limited time in Shizuoka
Shizuoka-based egg specialty store TAMAGOYA is currently running a BERRY BERRY Strawberry Fair for a limited time.
TAMAGO Pudding Parfait
ICHIGP Pudding Parfait
Gigantic ICHIGO Shortcake Parfait
The cafe offers pancakes and parfaits made with strawberries from Shizuoka Prefecture. The menu includes the “TAMAGO Pudding Parfait” that looks like a fried egg with fluffy pancakes and pudding as a specialty of egg stores, and the seasonal “ICHIGO Pudding Parfait”. The “ICHIGO’s Giant Shortcake Parfait,” which weighs over 5 kg, is available by reservation only.
Enjoy the harmony of eggs and strawberries to your heart’s content.
Address: 1-322, Yasuhisa, Mishima-shi, Shizuoka, 〒411-0815
Opening Hours: 9:00～17:00/cafe branch 9:30～17:00（L.O15:30）
Official Site: http://izu-tamagoya.com/
Outdoor Music and Craft Festival Creema YAMABIKO FES 2021 Announces Second Round of Artists
Creema YAMABIKO FES 2021 has announced the second round of participating musical acts! The event features live performances on an impressive outdoor stage with Mt. Fuji in the background, along with a number of craft markets, workshops, and a two-day ‘sauna village,’ where guests can enjoy outdoor saunas while sampling some fantastic local fare.
Twelve live performances are scheduled during the event, with the full timetable scheduled to release in late October. The second announcement lists Hanaregumi, DENIMS, YONA YONA WEEKENDERS, Strange Reitaro, island echo, and Super VHS as participating acts.
DAY 1 (November 6, 2021)
Clammbon, never young beach, Humbert Humbert, DENIMS, YONA YONA WEEKENDERS, island echo
DAY 2: (November 7, 2021)
SPECIAL OTHERS, TENDRE, D.W. Nicols, Hanaregumi, Strange Reitaro, Super VHS
This year’s event will have a new kid’s area, along with a new outdoor area featuring 15 stores selling a wide variety of camping gear. There will also be a place to custom order items and a hammock area. The kid’s area will offer workshops for children led by expert staff, a stamp rally, and other content to keep the little ones busy.
The popular coffee roaster LEAVES COFFEE ROASTERS from Kuramae, Tokyo, will be participating in the event, serving up some delicious beverages. Japan’s champion barista Taka Ishitani will be participating in the coffee drinking competition, so don’t miss it!
Are any of your favorite bands playing at this year’s event?
Creema YAMABIKO FES 2021
Dates: November 6 and 7, 2021
Venue Hours: 10:00-17:30 (Concerts from 10:30-17:00)
Address: Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika OUTDOOR HILL VILLAGE
(719 Koyama, Gotemba, Shizuoka)
Official Site: htttp://www.yamabikofes.jp/
Chiikawa Themed Cafe to Open for Limited Time at Shizuoka PARCO
Twitter-famous character Chiikawa is coming to Shizuoka PARCO starting September 16! Guests can enjoy a cafe on the first floor of the facility serving specially-crafted treats, and can head to the fourth floor for a shop selling original Chiikawa cafe goods.
Hachiware Cream Soda / Chiikawa Cream Soda / Usagi Cream Soda: ¥990 each (Tax Included)
Fluffy Cloud Latte with Character Sugar: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Yoroi-san’s Strawberry Milk: ¥990 (Tax Included)
Best Friends Cookie Set (3 cookies): ¥880 (Tax Included, takeout only)
Each drink order will come with a random coaster (15 designs total).
Mug: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Cafe Chef Plushies: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Cafe Employee Plushies: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Bowl: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Random Acrylic Keychain (8 designs): ¥660 (Tax Included)
*Limit 2 items per person per type of merchandise. For random items, the limit is 10 items per person per type.
*Images are for reference only. Not all products are shown.
*Contents are subject to change.
4th Floor Shop Special Goods
Guests spending ¥4,400 or more (including tax) will receive an original cork coaster!
The Chiikawa manga, created by Japanese illustrator nagano, is extremely popular on Twitter for its cute illustrations and heartwarming stories. In August, the second Chiikawa book was released.
Who is your favorite Chiikawa character?
Chiikawa Cafe Drink Stand
Running: September 16 – October 3, 2021
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (last food order at 19:00, last drink order at 19:30)
Location: Shizuoka PARCO 1F (6-7 Koyamachi, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka)
Chiikawa Cafe Shop
Running: September 16 – October 3, 2021
Location: Shizuoka PARCO 4F
Official Site: https://shizuoka.parco.jp/
Laid-Back Camp Anime Releases the Jackets Worn by the Characters in the Series
Japanese outdoor brand NANGA released a collection of items last week in collaboration with the anime series Laid-Back Camp, including the jackets worn by the two main characters in the series as well as their sleeping bags. If you’re a camper yourself, you won’t want to miss out on this.
Get a free 185mm acrylic stand when you buy a jacket
Get a free pin when you buy the sleeping bag
The items include TAKIBI-original down jackets as well as original 450DX sleeping bags as used by Nadeshiko and Rin in the anime series. Now fans can stay warm and cosy like those two when they’re out camping.
PROJECT ATAMI Launches to Promote Artists in Atami
The all-new PROJECT ATAMI has been launched by AKAO ART RESIDENCE and artist support group ATAMI (ASIAN) ART GRANT.」
PROJECT ATAMI comes as a way to shine the light on the art of creators in Atami, a city in Shizuoka. It’s a chance to learn about the city and experience it using all five senses so people walk away never forgetting their Atami experience.
©️Ichiro Endo, Wall Art Festival
little hong kong; a little rooftop, 2020
1. AKAO ART RESIDENCE
At AKAO ART RESIDENCE, 20 artists get to stay at Hotel New Akao each year and have free reigns to create. Artists communicate with coordinators and hotel staff about their work from beginning to end throughout a period of a month. The program sees artists leaving their work bit by bit in the hopes that the hotel guests will be able to enjoy it.
HIRO TANAKA, Maki Ohkojima, Mitsuoka Koichi, Taira Ichikawa (Term 1: March-April)
Ichiro Endo, Akio Suzuki, Hiromi Miyakata, 花坊 (Term 2: May-June)
2. ATAMI (ASIAN) ART GRANT
ATAMI (ASIAN) ART GRANT is providing 30 artists with funds raised through sponsorship, donations, and crowdfunding, and will invite them to Atami in November. There, they will be asked to draw murals which will be installed around the city.
・AKAO ART RESIDENCE
Running: April 2021 – December 2021
Location: Akao Resort Park
Address: 1993-250 Atami, Atami-shi, Shizuoka
Running: November 2021
Location: Akao Resort Park, around Atami
PROJECT ATAMI Official Website: https://projectatami.com
Experience an Indoor Hanami Cherry Blossom Flower Viewing at Ofuro Cafe Bijinyu
28.March.2021 | SPOT
Ofuro Cafe Bijinyu is now hosting its “Air Hanami” event where customers can enjoy a safe and socially-distanced Hanami flower viewing experience this spring.
Ofuro Cafe is a relaxing space that feels like you’ve been invited to a friend’s house. You can enjoy coffee, magazines, the massage chair, rent a PC, and more, all for free.
In the middle of the cafe is a 3-meter tall cherry blossom tree to recreate that Japanese springtime feel. There are also some cherry blossom-themed souvenirs available for purchase.
With social gatherings and outdoor picnics being restricted in Japan for this year’s Hanami season, Ofuro Cafe offers a space where people can do it safely. They can chat, read a book, play board games, and more beside the cherry tree for a tranquil flower-viewing experience.
Ofuro Cafe Bijinyu
Address: 15-15 Kagoue, Aoi Ward, Shizuoka
Ofuro Cafe Bijinyu Official Website: https://ofurocafe-bijinyu.com/
Tokyo’s Pixar Exhibition ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’ to Open in Spring 2021
A Japan-original Pixar exhibition by the name of PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR! is set to run from April 8-19 at Seibu Ikebukuro in Tokyo. The exhibition is a celebration of all things Pixar Animation Studio and Walt Disney Japan where fans will have the opportunity to glimpse never-before-seen concept art, learn about the secrets of the studio’s office building, hear interviews with Japanese staff who work at the animation studio, and much more.
Pixar fanatics can expect to see all their favourite characters from the filmography such as Monsters Inc., Toy Story, Wall-E, Coco, Finding Nemo, and more. There will be plenty of merchandise to add to the collection too—around 200 pieces in fact—including items with official artwork that has never been made into merch before.
New official artwork illustrated by Pixar Animation Studios for ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’
The artists at Pixar Animation Studios have created an original collection of artwork for the exhibition which will be displayed around the site itself as well as on merchandise sold there. There will also be a behind-the-scenes video showing at the exhibition where you can see the staff drawing the pieces.
A historical lookback at Pixar’s filmography
The exhibition will pay homage to everything Pixar has to offer, from their roots of animation shorts to their critically acclaimed full length animated features. If you have a favourite from any of these, you’re sure to find merchandise of it at the exhibition.
Feel like you’ve been invited to Pixar Animation Studios
The exhibition will have an area decorated with a gallery of posters, the famous Pixar lamp and ball, Woody and Buzz statues made from Lego, and more, as well as a photo gallery from pictures taken inside the studio.
Learn all there is to know about Pixar
Learn all the trivia about Pixar from what kind of Japanese people work at the studio, what characters are hidden throughout their films, and more.
Fans can sift through around 200 pieces of original merchandise.
Movie Poster Collection
The posters released for each of Pixar’s films have been shrunk down into a collection of postcards.
Final frame merchandise
A line-up of merchandise featuring the final frames taken from all 23 of Pixar’s feature length animations.
Early concept art
The exhibition will sell an array of merchandise featuring artwork that has never been turned into merch before, such as early concept art.
There will also be merchandise featuring fun Easter eggs hidden throughout Pixar’s films.
Pixar Animation Studios
A line-up of merchandise that makes you feel like you’re part of the Pixar office.
Visitors that spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) on merchandise at the exhibition will receive one of 8 possible pins. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, spending over ¥6,000 will get fans an original bottle too.
The exhibition will also be moving around Japan after its Tokyo run. Check the locations below.
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PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!
Running: April 4, 2021 – April 19, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Where: Seibu Ikebukuro Annex Bldg. Floor 2F
Price: General ¥800 / Children ¥500
Running: April 21, 2021 – May 5, 2021
Where: Daimaru Kyoto Museum Floor 6F
Running: July 21, 2021 – August 12, 2021
Where: Matsuzakaya Nagoya Floor 7F
Running: December 29, 2021 – January 16, 2021
Where: Matsuzakaya Shizuoka Floor 8F
Where: Fukuoka PARCO Floor 5F
Running: April 17, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Official Website: https://www.ntvs.co.jp/ppp-official/
Laid-Back Camp Anime Characters’ Beanies Turn Into Merchandise Using NASA’s Outlast Technology
Fans of Laid-Back Camp will now be able to stay warm and cosy with a new collection of beanies inspired by the same ones worn in the anime series. The beanies are now available to purchase via Village Vanguard in Japan until March 26.
Laid-Back Camp White Outlast Beanie – Rin Shima | ¥5,940 (Tax Included)
Laid-Back Camp Grey Outlast Beanie – Ayano Toki | ¥5,940 (Tax Included)
Laid-Back Camp Beige Outlast Beanie – Ayano Toki | ¥5,940 (Tax Included)
Laid-Back Camp is a slice of life manga series written and illustrated by Afro. A 12-episode anime series aired in 2020.
The beanies released are made using Outlast, a heat protection material developed by NASA that absorbs, stores and releases heat for optimal thermal comfort even in the coldest of temperatures. The material ensures a temperature of 31℃-33℃ is maintained in line with the best body temperature for humans.
So now you can look cute and stay warm just like the characters in Laid-Back Camp!
Laid-Back Camp Beanies
Japanese Product Name: ゆるキャン△ ニットキャップ
Order Window: Available now until March 26, 2021 at 10:00am (JST)
Price: ¥5,940 Each (Tax Included)
See Capybara Bathing in a Yuzu Hot Bath at Izu Shaboten Zoo This Winter
16.December.2020 | SPOT
Izu Shaboten Zoo’s annual “Capybara Yuzu Hot Bath” event is set to return this winter from December 19, 2020 to January 5, 2021.
In Japan, there’s a saying that you won’t catch a cold if you take a hot yuzu bath, and so it has been a custom since the Edo period to float the fruits on top of the water during the winter season.
Izu Shaboten Zoo’s “Capybara Yuzu Hot Bath” event first started in 1996 and has continued every year since throughout the winter and over the New Year. Visitors flock to see the capybara looking content as they enjoy their warm citrus-smelling baths.
The zoo’s adorable capybara plush toy makes a return this year too. They are made with traditional Japanese colours like indigo blue and emerald green. Their cute appearance are sure to have you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
Shizuoka’s Strawberry Cafe Ichigo BonBonBERRY ATAMIHOUSE. Releases Winter Menu
07.December.2020 | FOOD
Ichigo BonBonBERRY ATAMIHOUSE. is the first cafe to open in Atami specialising exclusively in strawberry desserts. This Christmas, the cafe is serving up a new Christmas cake, winter afternoon tea set, and strawberry milk beverage, all of which hit the menu on Friday (December 4).
Hitorijime Christmas Cake | ¥1,000 (Before Tax) *Comes with drink
A dreamy Christmas cake for one loaded with cream and sweet strawberries. There’s a strawberry on top and more in the middle squished between soft sponge.
Winter Afternoon Set | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
The cafe has turned its popular afternoon tea into a wintertime version for Christmas, served with a mini bavarois in the shape of a strawberry, strawberry ice cream, melty fondant chocolate, and a rum raisin chocolate tiramisu. A delightful combination of sweet, tangy, and rich flavours.
Hot Strawberry Milk | ¥400 (Before Tax)
A hot strawberry milk to feel cosy in the cold winter weather, topped with plenty of cream and a sprinkling of strawberry powder. Enjoy it as it is or mix together for a creamier beverage.
The winter menu is seasonal and so will only be available this wintertime.
Ichigo BonBonBERRY ATAMIHOUSE.
Address: 3-16 Tawarahonchō, Atami, Shizuoka
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Access: 2-minutes from Atami Station (JR Line side)
Official Website: http://www.atami-bonbonberry.com
Autumn in Shizuoka: Izunokuni Panorama Park’s Autumn Tree Tunnel and Mountain View
03.December.2020 | SPOT
Japan in the autumn season is truly a sight to behold. Travelling to Shizuoka Prefecture during autumn calls for a trip to Izunokuni Panorama Park, where one can gaze at the autumn colours blooming at the peak of Mount Katsuragi. The best time to visit is from late November to early December, especially to see the tunnel of trees at Izunokuni Panorama Park’s Boardwalk which blossom reds and yellows.
The Boardwalk’s autumn tunnel
At the centre of Fujimidai Terrace you will find the Boardwalk which is home to a tunnel of autumnal trees. Visitors can enjoy the warmth of the sun filtering through the multicoloured leaves together with a cool breeze as they walk the leaf-littered path. Late November and early December is the height of autumn in this area, and on a clear day, Mount Fuji is clearly visible, making it a must-visit for anyone travelling to Japan in autumn.
A beautiful view of Suruga Bay and Mount Fuji for the New Year
Izunokuni Panorama Park will also be open on New Year’s Day—January 1, 2021—from 5:00am, offering visitors a breathtaking view of the sunset, Suruga Bay, and Mount Fuji from Fujimidai Terrace atop Mount Katsuragi. What a way to start the New Year. Additionally, the first 200 visitors each day from January 1st-3rd will also be given an ema plaque from Katsuragi Shrine.
Izunokuni Panorama Park
Official Website: https://www.panoramapark.co.jp/
Shizuoka’s Hot Spring Hotel SOKI ATAMI Opens For Business
07.November.2020 | SPOT
UDS Ltd. opened SOKI ATAMI on Sunday (November 1), a new hot spring accommodation situated in the town of Koarashicho in Atami, Shizuoka.
The town of Koarashicho is considered the annex, as it were, to Atami. SOKI ATAMI can be reached in around 40 minutes by bullet train from Shinagawa Station. The accommodation takes into account the value of Atami’s hot spring resorts and what’s on offer there. It serves a ‘sojourn style’ of accommodation that allows you to return to yourself as you are, without any stresses, something which is enhanced thanks to being situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city in nature.
The accommodation’s name originates from the Japanese characters so (素) and ki (器), the former roughly translating to ‘origin,’ ‘source,’ or ‘foundation’ and the latter as ‘utensil’ or ‘vessel.’ Together, the words combine to make up what SOKI ATAMI prides itself on: seeking authenticity and being yourself without decorations in a space that welcomes nature, natural features, and incorporates raw materials.
Atami is one of the primary hot spring locations in Japan, prospering as a place that treats illness and injury, something which began after Tokugawa Ieyasu himself bathed there during the Edo Period. The city has since continued as a place to pass down the Japanese culture of hot spring bathing, and SOKI ATAMI cements this fact once again with its grand opening as it serves as a facility offering the nurturing of the body and soul. At the same time, it will promote local culture and cuisine.
The accommodation, surrounded by nature, offers a panoramic view of the ocean, and consists of a reception wing, guest room wing, and restaurant wing. In the ‘Village Garden,’ there are trees growing citrus fruits and a variety of plants and crops, showcasing the regional lifestyle and natural features.
There are 54 guest rooms in total ranging from 40㎡ to 65㎡ which can fit up to 4 people. Guests can enjoy the hot springs with all room types.
TONERICO:INC. is in charge of the inter design who have given it a natural feel.
In the rooms, guests will find sencha and kisetsucha tea grown in Shizuoka Prefecture as well as a Japanese confection made with mugikogashi barley flour which is said to promote longevity and sound health.
Numerous amenities are also available in all guest rooms including relaxing self-care items.
The public baths benefit from the changing seasons which changes up the bathing experience. The water is perfect for de-stressing, moisturising, and making your skin look beautiful.
There’s also a traditional steam sauna in the women’s area for detoxing and moisturising.
The tea room on the top floor of the accommodation offers a panoramic view of Atami Bay. Guests can enjoy watching the annual fireworks launched there throughout the year.
Menu Sample: Seasonal Yoseicha Course ¥3,000 | Wakan Gin & Tonic ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
A variety of menu choices to stabilise the mind and body will be available to order, many using local ingredients from Atami and Shizuoka Prefecture.
Menu Sample: Breakfast – Seasonal Yosei Gozen | Dinner: SOKI Course, Nabe Course, Chef’s Course
In the restaurant wing is the dining room which has an open kitchen in front of guest tables where the chefs cook locally-sourced fish and vegetables among other delicious foods. and other ingredients are all sourced locally and directly.
The dining room was designed by age co.,ltd which has worked on many different ryokan and restaurants. The open and dynamic space has a high ceiling towering 4.5 meters overhead.
The garden area can be seen from the restaurant and is home to a variety of citrus fruits from the Izu Peninsula as well as seasonal vegetables and herbs. It offers beautiful scenery throughout the year .
Grand Opening: November 1, 2020
Address: 4-36 Koarashichō, Atami, Shizuoka
Access: 10-minutes by car from Atami Station
Official Website: http://www.so-ki.jp/