Honatsugi MYLORD Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Black Cat Burger & Beer at Sankt Gallen Brewery
Sankt Gallen Taproom, a bar directly owned by the original Sankt Gallen microbrewery, has begun selling special menu items to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Honatsugi MYLORD until March 31, 2022. Since ancient times, black cats have been a symbol of prosperous business, and fittingly, the new menu features a black cat motif.
The 40th-anniversary beer, Congratulations Nya~ England IPA, is a New England IPA-style beer, a style that originated in the New England region of the eastern United States. The orange-yellow liquid was inspired by the eyes of a black cat glowing in the dark. The adorable cat ear burger buns are baked at the city’s Good Aging Store. The black color is made by adding unsweetened black cocoa to the flour.
Sankt Gallen Taproom x Honatsugi MYLORD
Running: March 1 – March 31, 2022
Address: Hon-Atsugi MYLORD 2 1F (2-2-1 Nakacho, Atsugi, Kanagawa / Near the North Exit of Honatsugi Station)
Official Site: https://www.sanktgallenbrewery.com/taproom/
Craft Beer Service Otomoni Releases Tsundere-themed IPA
Craft beer subscription service Otomoni opened orders for a new Tsundere-themed Hazy IPA on November 15, 2022. The beer has a sweetness level that changes on its temperature and was brewed as part of the 15th installment of the JAPANESE BEER ODYSSEY, which aims to share aspects of both traditional and modern Japanese culture through craft beer.
For better or worse, Japan’s otaku culture is now a major part of the country’s appeal to people around the world.
Japan’s video game and anime market is now legendary around the globe, and millions flock to the country each year to become more immersed in its popular culture. Just look at the annual Comiket event–over 700,000 visitors attend each year!
To celebrate the upcoming Comiket, a new beer has been brewed that pays homage to modern otaku culture. The Tsundere Hazy IPA is perfect for otaku who love a little challenge when it comes to their love life.
Brewed with NOMCRAFT Brewing in Wakayama Prefecture, the Tsundere Hazy IPA features two distinct flavors, each coming out more strongly depending on the beer’s temperature.
When poured, the beer has a very tropical aroma, and when ice-cold, it’s more refreshing and less sweet.
As the temperature of the beer rises, the smell becomes more fruity and strong, with the smell of hibiscus certain to make your mouth water. Whether you like bitter or sweet, this may be the perfect beer for you.
Would you try this tsundere-themed beer?
Tsundere Hazy IPA
Craft Brewery Releases Beer in Collaboration with Hololive Vtuber Aki Rosenthal
Aki Rosenthal, a popular member of the Hololive VTuber collective, has teamed up with Hansharo Beer in Izu to create a tasty new brew. Called ‘Good Job Again Today,’ this is the perfect beverage to enjoy after a long day. Sales will begin on August 25, 2022.
The beer is fermented with champagne yeast and colored by malt to resemble rosé wine. Aki Rosenthal, a well-known beer lover herself, was involved in the creation of the beer, and the talent hopes that it will make workers’ lives a little easier and more enjoyable. Even those who don’t typically like beer might like this slightly fruity taste, so be sure to give it a try if you can!
A girl who traveled from a different universe. She has hyper curiosity and manages to reach out to all sorts of things. Her trademark pigtails float due to some sort of supernatural power.
Character Design: Azumiu Akitake @akitake_a
Good Job Again Today!
Preorders Now Available
Where to Preorder:
Kushigin Stand-up Bar (1-8-4 Kanda Sakumacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Robatayaki Kushigin, KS Corner 1F (2-15-1 Kanda Sudacho, Chikyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Kushigin Akihabara #3, Furukawa Building 6, 1-2F (2-12-5 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyokda-ku, Tokyo)
General Online Sales begin August 25 at 21:00
Buy Online: https://hansharo-beer.stores.jp/
Price: ¥3,000 (Set of 4, Tax Included) *Shipping not included
Special Shop to Open in Tokyo and Kanagawa to Celebrate the Release of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
A special pop-up store celebrating the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero film is coming to four locations in Tokyo and Kanagawa! The film is scheduled to be released on June 11, 2022, and fans can pick up some exclusive merchandise at Shinjuku Station, Kawasaki Station, Ikebukuro Station, and Akihabara Station. The dates are listed below!
The pop-up shop will feature exclusive items decorated with popular imagery from the Dragon Ball series. Fans will also be able to grab some home goods themed around the Capsule House where Bulma lives!
As a purchase bonus, customers spending ¥2,500 or more will receive a special holographic sticker!
Each venue will be decorated, so enjoy taking some photos with your family and friends.
DRAGON BALL POP-UP STORE BY FLOWERING
Shinjuku Station / April 25 – May 8
Kawasaki Station / May 17 – May 24
Ikebukuro Station / June 1 – June 9
Akihabara Station / June 14 – June 23
Official Site: https://www.jr-cross.co.jp/
The Ryokan Tokyo Yugawara Opens in Kanagawa Prefecture, Features Hot Spring Bath Cafe
The Ryokan Tokyo Yugawara, a traditional-style Japanese inn and hot spring located in Kanagawa Prefecture, will open on March 18, 2022. The hot springs in the area have a storied history, appearing in the oldest collection of Japanese poems from the year 759 AD and loved by great writers such as Natsume Souseki and Ryunosuke Akutagawa. There is also a cafe inviting visitors to enjoy delicious meals as they relax in the springs.
Onsen Dojo operates and plans hot spring facilities, including the ‘Ofuro Cafe’ brand, resort facilities, and more. The company also provides support for local business investments.
The Ryokan Tokyo YUGAWARA
Grand Opening: March 18, 2022
Address: 742 Miyakami, Ashigarashimo, Yugawara, Kanagawa
Pola Museum of Art to Celebrate 20th Anniversary with Exhibition Featuring Monet, Matisse
Pola Museum of Art opened in September 2002, its huge collection amassed by the second-generation founder of Pola, Tsuneshi Suzuki (1930-2000), over a period of about 40 years after World War II. The museum has since held various special exhibitions based on this collection–for the 10th anniversary in 2012, the Forest Promenade was opened along with a collection of outdoor sculptures, the opening of a contemporary art gallery, and more hands-on exhibitions. From April 9 until September 6, 2022, the POLA will host an exhibition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the venue’s opening. This event will focus on new additions to the gallery, including works by Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, and Gerhard Richter.
Water Lilies. Claude Monet, 1907. Oil/Canvas. (93.3 x 89.2 cm)
In planning the exhibition, the theme chosen was ‘light.’ Impressionist painters such as Monet were experts at capturing light, and this is easily seen in Water Lillies.
Expanding the Existing Collection, New Pieces Connect the Modern and Contemporary Periods
Woman with a Parasol. Robert Delaunay. 1913. Oil/Canvas. (123.5 × 90.3 cm)
While the collection is largely composed of modern Western and Japanese paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries, the new additions include postwar contemporary pieces, with some on display for the first time ever.
The Largest Project in the Museum’s History
Woman with a Mirror. Fernand Léger. 1920. Oil/Canvas. (55.6 x 38.7 cm)
Woman Reading by the Window. Vilhelm Hammershøi. 1899. Oil/Canvas. (46.2×51.0 cm)
In order to showcase as much of the existing and new collections as possible, the exhibition will be held in five exhibition rooms in the museum, the Atrium Gallery, which was newly established in 2017 to showcase contemporary art, the lobby space, and even the forest promenade. This is the largest event since the opening of the Pola Museum of Art.
From Impressionism to the Present Day: Works Featuring ‘Light’
Abstract Painting. Gerhard Richter. 1987. Oil/Canvas. (200.7 × 200.8 cm) © Gerhard Richter 2021（20102021）
The exhibition introduces numerous works related to light from the height of the Impressionist movement to the present day. Be sure to visit if you can!
From Monet to Richter: Focus on New Acquisitions― Pola Museum of Art 20th Anniversary Exhibition
Running: April 9 – September 6, 2022 (Open Daily)
Location: Pola Museum of Art Exhibition Rooms 1-5, Atrium Gallery, Atrium Lobby, Forest Promenade
Sponsored by the Pola Museum of Art, The Pola Art Foundation
New Blue Mount Fuji Beer Looks Just Like the Snow-Capped Peak
07.March.2022 | FOOD
Fujisan Product, a company that specializes in making Mount Fuji-themed food and beverages, has released a gorgeous blue beer in partnership with distributor Millex Japan and Far Yeast Brewing, an award-winning craft brewery. The refreshing product is being sold mainly through department stores.
After plenty of trial and error, the drink now resembles a snow-capped mountain when poured into the appropriate glass. The blue color comes from Spirulina and blueberry, and the beer contains natural water from Mount Fuji.
Blue Mount Fuji Beer
Release Date: January 28, 2022
Official Site: https://www.fujisan-p.com
Aomori’s Be Easy Brewing and UNITED ARROWS Release Collaborative Craft Beer
UNITED ARROWS has released its first craft beer in collaboration with Be Easy Brewing, located in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture. The brew is available at the UNITED ARROWS BOTTLE SHOP, which sells select alcoholic beverages from both Japan and abroad. ‘Apple Pie Ala Mode’ went on sale starting January 2 at the UA BAR on the first floor of the UNITED ARROWS Harajuku flagship store, H BEAUTY AND YOUTH, and the California General Store.
Be Easy Brewing offers a selection of unique and constantly changing beers using ingredients found in Aomori like apples, strawberries and Tsugaru rice. From IPAs to wheat ales, the company is always experimenting with different styles. This strange collaboration was born after UNITED ARROWS expressed a fascination with the high quality and incredible taste of Be Easy Brewing’s beers.
‘Apple Pie Ala Mode’ is a Berliner Weisse with a slightly sour taste combining apple juice, cinnamon, and vanilla.
Apple Pie Ala Mode
Price: ¥770 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy: UA BAR（UNITED ARROWS Bar Harajuku 1F), H BEAUTY AND YOUTH, California General Store
※The UA BAR will serve the beer on draft for a limited time.
※There will be no lottery for in-store sales. The beer will be available to purchase starting January 2, 2022.
※Available while supplies last.
Live Report from RADWIMPS ‘FOREVER IN THE DAZE’ Tour
16.December.2021 | MUSIC
On November 23, 2021, RADWIMPS released their new album ‘FOREVER DAZE’ on the 16th anniversary of their major-label debut. A new report has been published highlighting the first day of the band’s new tour on December 4 at Pia Arena MM.
RADWIMPS Official Live Report
“It went by in the blink of an eye. Thank you so much for coming out. All I can do is say ‘thank you.’ There is so much more I’d love to say, but when I see all of your faces like this, all I can manage to get out is ‘thank you.’ Meeting each and every one of you makes this all more real. I’ve been waiting to be able to do this for such a long time. Thank you.”
This is how vocalist Yojiro Noda thanked the audience with all his heart and soul at the end of the show. The first day of the ‘FOREVER IN THE DAZE TOUR 2021-2022’ was a joyous occasion after nearly two years of the pandemic, with fans gathering to praise the band’s first new album in three years ‘FOREVER DAZE.’
Day one took place on December 4 at Pia Arena MM in Kanagawa. In addition to RADWIMPS members, drummers Mizuki Mori and Masafumi Eno, as well as guitarists Taiking (Suchmos) and Mizuki Masuda (miida) joined the band for this tour only. Since the tour has just started, I won’t spoil the set list and production, but the ensemble brought some incredible energy to the stage. RADWIMPS seemed to take on new life with each and every song performed, and the audience was slowly and steadily inspired by both Noda’s incredible vocals and the powerful instrumentals. As Noda said in a comment regarding the new album, “No matter how hard things get, I can always make music.”
How will the new songs found on FOREVER DAZE fit in with the band’s classic tracks? The performance features graphics from visual artist Kento Yamada that will wow audiences more than they could ever anticipate. The curtain has risen on this new RADWIMPS. Get ready to see them in a whole new light.
（text： Shoichi Miyake）
The ‘FOREVER IN THE DAZE TOUR 2021-2022’ is coming to six locations across Japan for twelve shows total. For more information, check out the official website!
Ginza Lion Building, Japan’s Oldest Beer Hall, Listed as a Tangible Cultural Property
15.December.2021 | SPOT
The Ginza Lion Building, built in 1934, has been officially recognized as a registered Tangible Cultural Property.
On April 8, 1934, a beer hall was opened on the first floor of the building. The interiors were lavish and incredible for the time, and were admired by citizenry and architects alike. During the war, many beer halls were destroyed by air raids or torn down for evacuation, but this location in Ginza survived and was seized in September 1945. It was then made into a beer hall exclusively for the Occupation Forces. In 1952, the site was made available to the public again.
Lion Beer Hall 7-chome / Present Day
Lion Beer Hall 7-chome / Original Construction Completed
Lion Beer Hall 7-chome / Present Day
Lion Beer Hall 7-chome / Original Construction Completed
Large Glass Mosaic Mural at the Bar
Lion Beer Hall 7-chome / Store Interior
Lighting with Grape Motif
Lighting with Beer Foam Motif
The red brick walls of the restaurant are meant to resemble the Earth bearing a rich harvest
A pillar made to look like barley
The banquet hall on the 6th floor of the building, Ginza Classic Hall, was once used as a conference room and is currently used as a party venue. The interior hasn’t changed much since its establishment, and guests enjoy the historical setting as they knock back a few brews. Ginza Lion Beer Hall celebrated its 87th anniversary on April 8, 2021.
The interior concept of the hall is ‘fertility and harvest,’ and the Lion was built with the intention of being the ‘best building in the world, and a representative beer hall in Japan that will last for generations to come.’
Ginza Beer Hall
Address: 7-9-20 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Official Site: https://www.ginzalion.jp/shop/brand/lionginza7/
LOVOT Cafe Celebrates First Anniversary with Limited Time Desserts and Merch
The huggable next-generation pet robot LOVOT was first released one year ago, and to celebrate, some limited time merchandise and sweets are now on sale!
LOVOT LOVOT Anniversary Dessert Plate, available until October 31, 2021
Autumn Only! LOVOT LOVOT Chicken Plate with Mushroom Sauce, available until November 30, 2021
Coaster / Postcard / Clear Folder
LOVOT Cafe Original Coaster / LOVOT Cafe Original Smartphone Case
LOVOT Cafe Original Tote Bag / LOVOT Cafe Original T-Shirt (Unisex)
LOVOT Cafe Original Case / LOVOT Cafe Original Handtowel
LOVOT Cafe Original Ballpen with Charm / LOVOT Cafe Original Mug
LOVOT Cafe Original American-style Cookie / LOVOT Cafe Original Natural Plate
LOVOT Cafe Original Pin
Featured in the special Dessert Plate is a loveable cake with LOVOT’s face, along with mini rolls, mini cupcakes, and vanilla ice cream with fruit on top. The LOVOT cake is made with milk chocolate and coffee mousse, along with chocolate streusel for a more mature flavor that isn’t overly sweet. Those who visit the store on or after October 1 will receive a limited-edition novelty drawing while supplies last. Coasters and postcards will also be given away on a first-come, first-served basis from October 1 until October 15, while clear folders will be gifted on or after October 16.
The goods for this collection are based on the theme of ‘LOVE is here,’ so please look forward to these sweet collectibles and many more years of LOVOT!
Address: LAZONA Kawasaki Plaza 2F (72-1 Horikawa-cho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
Hours: 10:00-20:00 M-F / 10:00-21:00 Weekends and Holidays (Last Seating at 19:00)
Official Site: https://lovot.life/
Unique New Beer Released in Collaboration With HERALBONY and haccoba
Craft sake brewery haccoba is teaming up with the experimental social advocacy group HERALBONY to release an artful new brew! The All-Yeast IPA -Yay!Yay! Hazy!!- will go on sale September 26, 2021, in limited quantities. A portion of all sales of the product will go to the artist who designed the bottle. Before launch, a special discussion panel was held at the HERALBONY GALLERY, located in Iwate Prefecture.
This release marks the first collaboration between Iwate-based HERALBONY, a company aiming to make strides in the social welfare sphere, and haccoba, a unique craft sake brewer from Fukushima.
Art Hand Towel
Scratch Works Yay!Yay! Fukushima. – Yukihito Okabe
HERALBONY continues to make a positive impact in the community, with many sympathizing with their vision and approach to making social change. Artist Yukihito Okabe’s original work Scratch Works Yay! Yay! Fukushima was made for this collaboration and was inspired by the sight, feeling, and taste of the materials that go into sake production. The way each vivid color overlaps with another to create new colors is similar to the process of fermentation, in which each microorganism weaves together with another to create something new. By combining art and alcohol, more people might be inspired to stop and ponder the issues currently facing the world.
The All Yeast IPA -Yay! Yay! Hazy!!- is an India Pale Ale that brings a powerful hops flavor. It was inspired by the idea of blending the hoppiness of an IPA with the charm of sake, and the beverage was brewed with a unique blend of rice malt and steamed rice, leading to more sweetness, acidity, and umami. Beer lovers, don’t miss this!
HERALBONY x haccoba
Price: ¥4,500 (Tax Included)
Release Date: September 26, 2021 (available while supplies last.)
Where to Purchase: Online Store, Sake Brewery Storefront, HERALBONY GALLERY in Morioka
Online Store: https://haccoba.com/products/zenkoji-ipa-yay-yay-hazy
Official Site: https://haccoba.com
Far Yeast Brewing Opens Branch in Taiwan’s East District, Serving Japanese Craft Beer
Far Yeast Brewing Co., Ltd., a craft beer maker that shares original Japanese beer with the world beer, will be opening their first directly managed overseas store in Taiwan. The Far Yeast Taiwan Craftbeer Gasteopub will be celebrating its grand opening in Taipei City, Taiwan on October 16 2021.
The Far Yeast Taiwan Craftbeer Gastropub is the fourth directly managed store following the Tokyo-Gotanda, Shizuoka-Atami, and Fukuoka branches, as well as the first overseas location.
The Far Yeast Taiwan Craftbeer Gastropub” will have 15 taps, offering not only the core brands Kawa KAGUA and Far Yeast, but also their special Japanese craft beer that can’t be found anywhere else in Taiwan. You can enjoy the beer alongside a selection of modern Japanese-themed meals.
Far Yeast Lychee Haze
To commemorate the opening, the company has brewed the Fruited Hazy IPA ‘Far Yeast Lychee Haze’ in collaboration with Taiwanese brewery UGLY HALF BEER, using Taiwanese lychee to flavor. The drink will be pre-released in Japan, available from September 30 with preorders opening from 13:00 on September 21.
The combination of Nelson Sauvin hops with a grape-like aroma and the tropical scent of the citrus and coconut Sabro hops compliment the gentle and sweet flavor of lychee, enticing all craft beer enthusiasts to Taipei.
Far Yeast Taiwan Craftbeer Gastropub is expected to have an international customer base, as the gastropub is located in Taipei’s East District, an area with a high population of foreign nationals and business people. Now that overseas travel has become much harder, the new branch will allow customers to enjoy the varied tastes of Japanese craft beer and the richness of Japanese food.
Far Yeast Taiwan Craftbeer Gastropub 源流台灣精釀啤酒餐酒館
Address: No. 322, Guangfu South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City,Taiwan 106
Access: A four minute walk from Taipei Metro (MRT) Bannan Line’s Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station
Opening Hours: 11:30 ~ 14:30 (LO 14:00)
17:30 ~ 24:00 (LO 23:30)
*Opening hours subject to change
Far Yeast Lychee Haze
Sales Start Date: September 30 2021
Retail Price: Subject to retailer
Purchase Online: https://faryeast.stores.jp/