Animal and Character Glassware Brand Goodglas Reappears at Keisei Department Store in Mito, Ibaraki
If you love adorable animal-inspired glassware, head to Keisei Department Store in Mito, Ibaraki from June 8 until June 14, 2022! Goodglas Japan will be selling a selection of over 30 unique pieces during this brief period.
The MyStraws collection has been incredibly popular to those more environmentally concious. Rather than use plastic straws, why not grab one of these glass straws decorated with an adorable penguin, sea otter, or polar bear? These straws come with a carrying case and a special cleaning brush.
Goodglas / MyStraw Glass – Penguin
Goodglas / MyStraw Glass – Penguin, Sea Otter, Polar Bear
Straw, Case, Brush (3-piece set)
Goodglas – Shiba
Goodglas – Rabbit Mug
These glasses are handmade by skilled artisans and are sure to make anyone smile!
Goodglas @ Keisei Department Store in Mito, Ibaraki
Address: 1-6-1 Izumicho, Mito, Ibaraki
Available: June 8 – June 14, 2022
Location: 1F Special Venue
Official Site: https://www.r-kj.com/
Watch out for counterfeit products!
Goodglas items are not available on Amazon, Yahoo! Shopping, or Rakuten.
Similar products are being sold using stolen images of Goodglas products. Please be aware that these products are fake.
Find authorized Goodglas dealers on the official Goodglas Japan website.
Evangelion’s Unit 1 Featured on Limited Edition Edo Faceted Glass at Tsutaya Books Daikanyama
The first Evangelion-themed Edo faceted glasses were released in November 2021, and Tsutaya Books Daikanyama will soon be selling limited quantities online! These items were previously only available to purchase locally.
Evangelion Unit 1 Edo Faceted Glass: ¥64,900 (Tax Included)
The Evangelion Unit 1 Edo Faceted Glass was designed along with a traditional pattern inspired by chrysanthemums, which symbolize longevity in Japanese culture. While the standard colors of faceted glass are red and blue, the gold and purple colors used in this unique item are extremely difficult to create, with only a few factories capable of producing them.
The glassware is designed and cut by Kosho Nemoto at Nemoto Glass, which has produced the finest Edo faceted glass in Tokyo for three generations. The webpage below also explains how these glasses are produced.
The product is scheduled to be released in late June 2022 and is currently available for pre-order. The amount available is extremely limited, so be sure to order as soon as possible if you’d like to add one of these valuable glasses to your collection.
Former Toride Inn Honjin Someno Family Residence in Toride City, Ibaraki Prefecture Offering Special Seal for Visitors
30.May.2022 | SPOT
Toride City in Ibaraki Prefecture began heavily developing during the Edo Period as a strategic town on the Mito Kaido road. The symbol of the town is the Former Toride Inn Honjin Someno Family Residence, designated as a prefectural cultural property and historic site. This stunning building will now be open to the public starting June 3, 2022!
In Japan, fans of temples and shrines often collect Goshuin. These are beautiful handwritten shrine seals collected in a special book, and they have recently become popular with younger generations. The first ‘honjin goshuin’ in Japanese history will be available at the Former Toride Inn!
A honjin was an inn for government officials, generally located in post stations during the later part of the Edo period. In Toride, the Someno Family Residence was designated as the main honjin for use by the Mito Tokugawa family in 1687. Since then, successors of the Mito Tokugawa family and many other feudal lords and samurai traveling between Edo and Mito used the location as a place to rest.
Of the three remaining honjin on the Mito Kaido road, the Former Toride Inn Honjin Someno Family Residence is the oldest and largest in scale. Today, it is also the only one with both the grounds and interior open to the public. With deep ties to the Mito Tokugawa family and Yoshinobu Tokugawa, the last shogun of the Edo Shogunate, it remains an incredible historical site.
Former Toride Inn Honjin Someno Family Residence Information (Released October 1, 2021)
Visitors can obtain two honjin goshuin: one features an illustration of the main building, while the other features the seal of the Someno Family Residence.
Former Toride Inn Honjin Someno Family Residence
Hours: Open to the public every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (excluding New Year’s holidays) from 10:00-16:00 *Last admission at 15:30
Details of Mobile Police Patlabor 30th Anniversary Exhibition in Tsuchiura Announced
Mobile Police Patlabor is celebrating 30 years with a special exhibition in Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki Prefecture from January 14 until February 13, 2022.
The exhibition has traveled to four locations so far, starting in Osaka in 2019, then Tokyo, Nagoya, and Niigata soon after. It has been extremely well-received by fans, and this new iteration will exhibit original drawings and cells from Mobile Police Patlabor 2: The Movie, along with poster and cels.
Other production materials from the 47-episode TV series broadcast on NTV from 1989 until 1990 will also be available to peruse for the first time.
1. Exhibition of Original Drawings and Cels from the Original Time of Production on Display for the First Time
The original jacket illustrations for the TV anime version and Mobile Police Patlabor 2: The Movie drawn by character designer Akemi Takada, as well as celluloid images discovered by the editorial department of KADOKAWA Newtype, and valuable original art owned by the animation production company Production I.G will all be on exhibition.
2. Exhibition of New 3-D Works
The exhibition will feature new sculptures created by sculptor Hideki Kawabata.
Especially noteworthy is the 1.2-meter tall Griffon statue.
3. New Merchandise on Sale
New booklets featuring the anime and movie will be available for purchase prior to the start of the exhibition.
Also, new Griffon goods, still very popular among fans, will be available.
4. Commemorative Stamp Rally
To commemorate the opening of the exhibition, a stamp rally will be held around the city.
Those who visit every spot will receive a clear folder decorated with the main visual of the exhibition drawn by Yukio Kitta.
5. AR Audio Guide Exclusive to the Venue
As with the previous Niigata exhibition, guests can listen to AR voice guidance by Miina Tominaga (Noa Izumi) and Yoshiko Sakakibara (Shinobu Nagumo) while at the venue.
Mobile Police Patlabor 30th Anniversary Celebration in Tsuchiura Exhibition
Location: Tsuchiura City Gallery (Arcus Tsuchiura 1F, 1-1 Yamato-cho, Tsuchiura)
Access: 1-minute walk from the Tsuchiura Station West Exit
Running: January 14 – February 13, 2022
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Entry 17:30)
*Please allow about one hour for viewing.
Tourist Information and Goods Center Kirarakan (Tsuchiura City Hall 1F, 9-1 Yamato-cho, Tsuchiura)
Official Goods: https://www.amazon.co.jp/stores/page/8931A4C7-C1EF-4435-A813-5650084F3700
Stamp Rally Details: https://www.city.tsuchiura.lg.jp/page/page016117.html
Official Site: https://patlabor.tokyo/
TeamLab to Hold Garden Festival of Light in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture in 2022
Interactive digital art collective TeamLab will hold the Kairaku-en (Japanese Garden) Festival of Light at one of Japan’s three most beloved gardens located in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture from February 1 until March 31, 2022. A total of eight creative works showcasing the ‘longevity of life’ will be on display, utilizing the greenery of the surrounding 180-year-old garden itself. One work will illuminate over 1,500 plum trees, while another will see giant cedars interacting to guests’ presence. During this period, the Mito Ume Festival (February 11 – March 21) will also take place at the gardens. The festival has been held continuously for over 120 years.
Kairakuen is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan and was built by Tokugawa Nariaki during the Edo period (1842). The other two gardens are Kenroku-en in Ishikawa Prefecture and Koraku-en in Okayama Prefecture. In 1922, Kairaku-en was designated a National Historic Site and also a National Place of Scenic Beauty. In 2022, the garden will celebrate its 180th anniversary, and features over 3,000 plum trees of over 100 varieties.
TeamLab’s ‘Digitized Nature’ art project utilizes technology to ‘turn nature itself into art in its natural state’ without destroying or uprooting any of the plants or trees. It can be difficult for humans to imagine the world that will exist after their particular life ends, and this installation hopes to show the beauty that is possible even after a hundred or a thousand years. Through the combination of human creations and nature itself, TeamLab wants to remind people what is possible when we live side by side in harmony with one another.
TeamLab Kairaku-en Festival of Light 2022
Running: February 1 – March 31, 2022
Location: Kairakuen, Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture
Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of January.
Enjoy a Weather and Time-based Cream Soda at the Newly Opened ‘Cafe Amayadori’
The Oarai Tourism Omotenashi Promotion Council opened Cafe Amayadori, a rain and healing themed coffee shop, on September 18 2021. The shop was opened as a challenge and is located in the Umimachi Terrace Tourist Information Center.
Cafe Amayadori Menu
Cafe Amayadori Tote Bag
You can clearly hear the sound of the rain from inside the store, while the served cream soda changes based on both the weather and the time. On clear days where the sun is shining, you can order the traditional green-color ‘Blue Sky Cream Soda,’ while on rainy days you can order the blue ‘Rain-color Cream Soda.’
The cafe also serves a wide variety of Japanese and Western meals and desserts, each cooked using local Oarai produce. Morning and lunch specials are also available, meaning you can easily work your visit around your own schedule.
The concept of the cafe is “Rain.” You can dash into the cafe as if you’re looking for shelter from the weather before sitting down to eat and drink in the calm space, emphasized by the soothing music that plays in the background. While the soundtrack depends on the day, the sound of rain is often played. However, the sounds played on rainy days are a little different to the usual. True to its name, the cafe can create a comfortable Amayadori (lit. rain shelter) no matter what the weather!
‘rain coat studio’ is a group of creators who have been working on ‘rain’ themed events and designs since 2016. The group was formed with the idea that “when it rains, our activities are limited due to the dull weather. On the other hand, the rain represents the season and soothes those who listen to it’s sound.”
The group aims to create music, events, artwork, and more, that are cool like the rain but still convey a kindness. The ‘rain coat studio’ came up with the idea of a coffee shop as a way to try creating a restaurant business that followed their ideals.
The signature item on Cafe Amayadori’s menu is the ‘Weather Cream Soda.’ The flavor depends on whether the weather is clear, rainy, and after-rain, but can also depend on the time – They even offer special drinks for ‘Morning Fog’ and for drinking in the evening, along with a limited-time ‘Seasonal Cream Soda.
The cafe doesn’t just serve Cream Soda! Customers who would like a full meal can also order from a selection of Japanese food, Western food, and desserts. A limited edition tote bag is currently on sale to commemorate the opening of the cafe.
Why not try relaxing on a rainy day at Cafe Amayadori?
Address: Uramichi Terrace, 301 Sakuramichi, Oarai-cho, Higashi-Ibaraki-gun, Ibaraki *Directly connected to Oarai Station
Opening Hours: 09:00 ~ 17:30 (subject to change)
Closed: Mondays, Holidays (subject to change)
Official Site: http://rain-sound.com/cafe
Baccarat Crystal Commissions YOSHIKI to Design Piece for 180th Anniversary
X JAPAN leader YOSHIKI was one of eleven designers chosen to submit an original design for Baccarat, commemorating the 180th anniversary of the crystal manufacturer’s Harcourt glass. The work was unveiled at Paris Fashion Week in Fall 2021.
Baccarat is a manufacturer of fine crystal founded in 1764 in the Lorraine region of France. The company’s iconic Harcourt glass features a hexagonal base with three-button feet and is known as a timeless and iconic symbol of the brand.
This year marks the 180th anniversary of the glass, which was first created during the time of Louis Philippe I. It’s hard to believe that these pieces have been on the tables of royalty for almost two centuries!
YOSHIKIMONO, the kimono brand created by YOSHIKI, has been featured at Tokyo Fashion Week multiple times. In 2020, his works were shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK, along with the Tokyo National Museum.
Known for his blend of rock and classical music, YOSHIKI continues to express his individuality in both his sound and fashion taste. From the front, the glass looks to be on fire, while from the top, there is a sense that a poisonous flower is taking bloom. The work is a one-of-a-kind blend of east and west and was a new challenge for the performer.
Comment from YOSHIKI
“I am honored to have been chosen as a designer for the 180th anniversary of Baccarat’s Harcourt glass. I’d like everyone to also keep an eye out for some new music coming soon. Thank you to all of the fans who continue supporting me in everything I do.”
Baccarat x YOSHIKI
Cute Cow Double Wall Glass by GOODGLAS Releases For the 2021 Year of the Ox
13.December.2020 | FASHION
GOODGLAS Japan is releasing a new cow design double wall glass this month for the New Year as 2021 will mark the Year of the Ox. This is the third in the company’s Chinese zodiac design, following from their boar and rat designs, and like those will be available in a limited quantity of 500.
Zodiac Series – “Cow” | ¥3,200 (Before Tax)
Glass products at GOODGLAS are all handmade and use the traditional glass blowing method. Perfect for hot drinks and dessert, the cow design also makes as a great New Year’s decoration.
Handmade Double-Wall Miffy Glass Releases at Chiba LOFT in Japan
28.November.2020 | FASHION
GOODGLAS Japan is expanding its range of products at Chiba LOFT this Saturday (November 28) which includes the return of last year’s popular Miffy glass as well as a Christmas series.
Miffy Glass at Chiba LOFT
miffy ©Mercis bv | ¥3,900 (Before Tax)
A Miffy glass made with traditional glass blowing that captures her adorably long ears, something which the company expressed was difficult to get right and took numerous trial and error attempts.
Christmas season glasses
Christmas Tree & Snowman | ¥6,500 (Before Tax)
Rudolph | With Snow ¥3,300 (Before Tax), Without Snow ¥3,200 (Before Tax)
For the Christmas series, GOODGLAS has crafted Christmastree, snowman, and Rudolph designs. The Rudolph glass is like a snow globe with snow in it.
Gon, the Little Fox
Gon, the Little Fox | ¥3,200 (Before Tax)
This glass is inspired by Gon, the Little Fox, a Japanese children’s story. It was created in collaboration with Handa, the town where the story’s author Niimi Nankichi was worn and where he wrote the story.
Year of the Ox
GOODGLAS is also planning to release a cow-themed glass to represent the 2021 Year of the Ox.
GOODGLAS New Products
Release Date: November 28, 2020
Available: Chiba LOFT (Floor 8F)
Address: 1-6-2 Sakuragicho, Omiya-ku, Saitama
GOODGLAS Official Website: https://www.r-kj.com/about-2
Autumn Leaves at Ibaraki Prefecture’s Ryujinotsuri Bridge Are a Must See in 2020
03.November.2020 | SPOT
The marvel that is the 375m-long Ryujinotsuri Bridge in Ibaraki, is a must-see this autumn season as maple trees, sawtooth oaks, and other autumnal spectacles dye the area in breathtaking reds from mid to late November.
Ryujinotsuri Bridge: Japan’s biggest suspension bridge
Ryujinotsuri Bridge is located in Okukujichanosato Park in Ibaraki Prefecture’s city of Hitachiota. From atop the towering bridge one can overlook at the expansive gorge 100m down below where the misty Ryujin Lake flows. Trees stretch to a horizon in this incredible breathtaking environment, offering beautiful vistas throughout all four seasons.
Bungee jump over Ryujin Lake
Ryujinotsuri Bridge is the biggest suspension bridge in Japan, and so of course it has to offer something special to visitors. And that would be bungee jumping which is sure to excite thrill-seekers travelling to Japan.
Outdoor activities galore
Visitors can enjoy the surrounding nature by taking a canoe or boat on top of Ryujin Lake.
BBQ and camping facilities
There are also BBQ and camping facilities in the area for people to enjoy the outdoors and see the stars at night.
A full hiking autumn experience at Ryujinotsuri
There are several hiking courses on offer that cater to both beginners and pros. Get close with nature and see the autumn colours, hear the birds sing, and breathe in that fresh air.
Address: 2133-6 Keganochō, Hitachiota, Ibaraki
Official Website: https://ohtsuribashi.ryujinkyo.jp/
Hello Kitty Double Wall Glasses by GOODGLAS Are Perfect For Dessert Servings
25.October.2020 | FASHION
Japanese glass company GOODGLAS re-released the red versions of its Hello Kitty double wall glasses on Friday after they sold out in just two months when they first went on sale on July 20.
Handmade Hello Kitty Double Wall Glass
Hello Kitty Double Wall Glass (Red) | ¥3,600 (Before Tax)
Glass products at GOODGLAS are all handmade and use the traditional glass blowing method.
Not just cute but practical too
Limited Edition Blue Colour
The glasses can be used for beverages too. Winter is on the horizon, so this is the perfect vessel to sip a cosy hot drink from.
Enjoy a tea break at home with Hello Kitty
When you pour either your hot or cold drink into the glass, Hello Kitty’s face stands out even more—and depending on the beverage you pour inside, you can create different looks.
©︎1976, 2020 SANRIO CO., LTD.TOKYO,JAPANⓁ
Hello Kitty Double Wall Glass Red
Re-released: October 23, 2020
GOODGLAS Japan Official Website: https://www.r-kj.com/
Ibaraki Prefecture Announces Official Tours of Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura
17.October.2020 | SPOT
Ibaraki Prefecture has been promoting the areas of Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura with a variety of events and programs since 2018. For 2020, one of the programs the prefecture has announced is ‘Mount Tsukuba PLAY 2020’ which invites people on a trial tour around Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura.
About Mount Tsukuba
Mount Tsukuba is the doorstep to tourism in Ibaraki Prefecture, known for its iconic double peaks which has it listed officially as one of the “100 Most Beautiful Mountains in Japan.” The mountain offers 10 different courses for climbers, all of which boast gorgeous views and scenery throughout all four seasons. It also has a famous shrine halfway up the mountain known as Tsukubasan Shrine which is considered the physical enshrinement of the mountain itself. The shrine has long been a place of worship for people.
About Lake Kasumigaura
Lake Kasumigaura is the second-largest lake in Japan after Shiga Prefecture’s Lake Biwa. It is loved by locals and tourists for its beautiful natural environment and the expanse of its breathtaking view. It also has its own cycling route, Tsukuba Kasumigaura Ring Ring Road, which is an official National Cycling Route that has become a popular route with cyclists in recent years.
During the autumn season on weekends, the area offers a special long-ride cycling tour as an opportunity for people to soak up the local area, as well as kids programs, concerts for parents and their children, and other activity programs and guide tours. Bookings are now available online.
A Look at Mount Tsukuba PLAY 2020
Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura – 2 Day 1 Night Sports Experience Tour
Mount Tsukuba PLAY 2020 is offering a special sports tour for elementary school kids where a guide will take them to climb Mount Tsukuba and canoe around Lake Kasumigaura, amongst other activities.
A Photogenic Tour in the Small Town by the Lake Shore
atacamaki, a ‘slow photographer’ and resident of Kasumigaura, will be taking photographers on a two day trip around the lake and surrounding area with rental bicycles to teach them how to shoot photos like a pro.
Concert in Tsukuba Forest
A concert will be held for children in the forest where they can lay down on the grass and be at one with nature as they enjoy the performance. The performance will be played by Akashi Yamada, the forest instructor and a singer-songwriter.
Cycling Along the Kokai River and Near Chikusei With Tsukuba Mounta in the Background
A local guide will give parents and children a tour of Tsukuba and all the must-see spots. The 37km cycling tour will offer plenty for people to see and encourages beginners to cycling.
A Long Cycling Tour Around Lake Kasumigaura, Kitaura, and Tsukuba
The program also offers a two-day long distance cycling tour of 100km.
Mount Tsukuba PLAY 2020
Mount Tsukuba PLAY Special Site: https://mount-tsukuba.com/play
Handmade Hello Kitty Double Wall Glasses to be Released in Japan
GOODGLAS Japan has revealed its cute new Hello Kitty double wall glasses which it will release in Japan on July 20, 2020.
Glass products at GOODGLAS are all handmade and use the traditional glass blowing method. When you pour either your hot or cold drink into the glass, Hello Kitty’s face stands out even more—and depending on the beverage you pour inside, you can create different looks. The glasses also come in four variations with different coloured ribbons: red, pink, blue, or gold.
You can make your own glass desserts too. There are plenty of ideas you can try to bring the cafe experience into your own home.
Hello Kitty Double Wall Glass
Pre-orders: July 17, 2020
Release Date: July 20, 2020
GOODGLAS Japan Official Website: https://www.r-kj.com/
The glasses will also be released at select LOFT branches throughout Japan. More info can be found on GOODGLAS’s website.
Available: July 18, 2020 – July 23, 2020
Location: Ueno Marui 1F Event Space
Address: 6-15-1 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo