Live Puzzle Game, ‘The Little Wizard and Monsters,’ to be Held in Cosplay City Matsudo

22.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME

Ready to put your thinking caps on? Gather your best friends and head to Matsudo City in Chiba (about 40 minutes from Tokyo Station) for the real puzzle-solving game ‘The Little Wizard and Monsters ~Enter the Costume Contest, ya hear?~, taking place from December 4, 2021, until March 27, 2022. During the event, guests will have to search for clues in the area around Yabashira Station on the Shin Keisei Line, as well as the 21st Century Forest and Square Park. 

 

The 21st Century Forest and Square Park and Yabashira Station are both very familiar to those in their 20s and 30s who love pop culture, and this event was planned in the hopes that people would learn more about the area. While attempting to solve the puzzle, guests will find plenty of very Instagrammable spots and locations perfect for cherry blossom viewing as well!

 

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    Autonomous Resonating Life and Resonating Trees, teamLab, 2017.

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    Lightning artwork (*For illustrative purposes only, art will be different for the event)

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    The Tokyo Disneyland-original attraction “Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast”

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    Very Cheers

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    KADOKAWA is set to open a Hello Kitty themed cafe on the Narita Anime Deck—which is located on the Main Building second floor of Narita International Airport Terminal 2—for a limited time from July 3, 2020 to October 2, 2020.

     

    The Narita Anime Deck

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    Hello Kitty Cafe

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    An Original Food Menu


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    Hello Kitty’s Gurakoro Burger: ¥1,500


    Hello Kitty’s Strawberry Pancake: ¥1,400


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    Hello Kitty’s Latte (46 Designs): ¥720 Each

     

    Novelties

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    1st Line-Up: July 3, 2020 – August 2, 2020


    2nd Line-Up: August 3, 2020 – September 2, 2020


    3rd Line-Up: September 3, 2020 – October 2, 2020

    If you’re travelling through Narita Airport anytime this year up to October, then be sure to head on up to the Narita Anime Deck to dine at the Hello Kitty Cafe.

     

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