Spend your winter this year at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan!
12.September.2017 | SPOT
Two big winter events are set to hit Universal Studios Japan on November 10th this year. “Universal Winter Christmas” will house an infinitely-changing giant new Christmas tree, while the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will showcase a castle show plunged into a magical wintertime world.
The popular wintertime Christmas tree at Universal Studios Japan is having a makeover
The new interactive Christmas tree will have a life of its own as it changes form together with the lights and music. There will be a huge performance of the Christmas live show “Tenshi no Kureta Kiseki III ～The Voice of an Angel～” which will colour the place dramatically in fantastic sparkles. The hugely popular Minions will also make an appearance in festive attire to cause chaos at the all-new big midday Christmas party with balloons and confetti. Guests can expect to get wrapped up in the mischief of the Minions as they enjoy an all-night festive frolic and a fun Christmas.
“Hogwarts Magical Night ～Winter Magic～” – a grand show at the snowdrift Hogwarts Castle
When spells are cast at the snowy Hogwarts Castle, lights will illuminate a warm light reminiscent of the Christmas season, and when the ball scene plays out, an astonishing winter spectacle never before seen in the wizard world will come about. Hogsmeade will be adorned in Christmas decorations, complete with a magical Christmas tree which people can cast a spell on to light candles and make the ornaments move. “Winter in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is the winter you have always wanted to experience in the wizard world. You will be thrown into a magically marvellous winter wonderland that promises to be a fun-filled day of winter and wizardry.
Have an exciting and romantic day out at Universal Studios Japan this winter.
Universal Studios Japan Announces Halloween 2020 Event
07.September.2020 | SPOT
Halloween at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is set to begin on September 18, 2020 when guests will see each area around the park transformed into Halloween mode with decorations, a spooky soundtrack, and more. Popular characters at USJ will also be dressed up in their Halloween outfits ready to greet guests.
The “Minion Monster Greeting” will be a must-see as the cheeky Minions make an appearance for some mischief. The popular annual “Universal Monsters Live: Rock and Roll Show” will also return and see familiar faces like Dracula, Beetlejuice, and other creepers perform song and dance. This year will also see a special show called “Monster de Dance” where monsters and performers will take to the street in masses and perform the ‘rat-tat-tat’ dance with guests. This dance originates from Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe’s song and music video Rat-tat-tat, and this year will be performed in a special “social distancing” version.
EXILE NAOTO | Comment
“We are returning again to Universal Studios Japan this Halloween to perform Sandaime J Soul Brother’s ‘Rat-tat-tat’ once more! This year, we’ve evolved the dance into the ‘Social Distancing Rat-tat-tat’ so that people can still enjoy the dance while keeping a distance from other people. It would make me happy to see people get involved!”
Kenjiro Yamashita | Comment
“I’m aware that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of places that people can have a good time have become few in number across the world. I’m thankful to the many people who joined in with our ‘Rat-tat-tat’ dance last Halloween. This year, we’ve powered up the dance and kept social distancing in mind so that everyone can feel safe, so please be sure to give it a go!”
At USJ, which is known as the ‘holy ground for costumes and dress-up,’ they are continuing to provide exciting entertainment for people during the new normal to ensure that anyone can participate and feel safe.
Halloween food and merchandise
The Minions, Sesame Street characters, and others will be dressed up in their Halloween best. There will also be a special Halloween art display of the Minions and Snoopy at the 42nd Street Greeting Gallery.
Halloween Event 2020
Running: September 18, 2020 – November 8, 2020
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us
‘Making of Harry Potter’ Theme Park to Open in Tokyo in 2023
Muggles, wizards and witches in Japan will be able to discover how the Harry Potter films were made at a new amusement park set to open on the site of Toshimaen, a long-standing amusement park in Nerima, Tokyo, in 2023. Toshimaen is set to close on August 30, 2020, making way for the new park.
Development of the new Harry Potter park has several companies involved including Warner Bros. Studio Tours, Warner Bros. Japan, Seibu Railway, Itochu, and Fuyo General Lease.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – Making of Harry Potter
The 30,000 square meter-spanning amusement park invites fans of the film franchise into a behind-the-scenes adventure into its production. Studio Tour Tokyo marks the second run of this park, following the success of Warner Bros. Studios Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter located in the UK.
Fans can expect to be teleported into a magical world of spells and wonder as they fly through the long-running franchise dating back to the original film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. The park will also include content related to the Fantastic Beasts film series.
Visitors will be able to walk through the iconic film series sets actually planned and produced by the Harry Potter filmmakers. They will be able to experience scenes from the movies themselves and feel part of the wizarding world.
Though details are sparse as of yet, a special area filled with carvings of magical creatures seen through the film series is in development at the entrance of the park.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – Making of Harry Potter is scheduled to open sometimes in the middle of 2023.
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – Making of Harry Potter
Grand Opening: Mid 2023
Universal Studios Japan to Release Snoopy, Elmo and Other Cute Character Face Masks
In an effort to ensure the safety and protect the health of guests and staff, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) introduced strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on June 8, 2020, such as limiting the number of people who could enter the park each day and enforcing thorough cleaning routines. This enabled the park to reopen after its temporary closure. It has since been able to deliver its scope of fun and excitement to guests, albeit in a more structured way.
USJ wants to make wearing masks more fun too, and so it is releasing a range of character-inspired face masks, such as Snoopy, Elmo and the Cookie Monster, on August 7. Part of the money made from sales of these masks will be donated to the USJ Wonder Kids Program which helps support children in need.
Universal Studios Japan original design masks
The masks’ unique designs take the mouths of each character. These can be worn together with each respective characters’ headband which are also sold at USJ. Designs include Elmo, Cookie Monster, Snoopy, Tim, Jurassic Park, and Jaws.
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Universal Studios Japan Original Design Face Masks
Release Date: August 7, 2020
Price: Single Mask – ¥900 (Tax Included) / Set of Two – ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
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Universal Studios Japan’s ‘Stand By Me Doraemon 2’ XR Ride Food and Merchandise Revealed
To promote the upcoming 3D CG anime film Stand By Me Doraemon 2, USJ is opening its second-ever Doraemon themed XR ride on August 4 which will run until January 6, 2021.
Doraemon fans will be able to get their hands on a whole range of exclusive merchandise as well as tuck into themed food.
STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 XR Ride
The Stand By Me Doraemon 2 XR Ride will be a high-speed sensory explosion that makes use of VR technology to send riders on a VR coaster time travel experience through the past, present, and future. The ride will feature a completely original story that ties into the upcoming movie. Park guests will board the Time Coaster to travel through time and chase after Nobita-kun.
Doraemon Plate Set | ¥2,100 (Tax Included)
A special food menu inspired by the new movie will be served from August 4 for a limited time. The “Doraemon Plate Set” will have you salivating for the roast chicken topped with a demi-glace sauce and mushroom sauce and surrounded with a bed of vegetables and potato wedges. The plate is also appropriately topped with characters from the movie.
Doraemon Kid’s Set | ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Doraemon’s Pass Loop Cake | ¥800 (Tax Included)
The Doraemon Kid’s Set features nods to the robot cat’s secret gadgets, like the Take-copter and Time Cloth, while the adorable Pass Loop Cake is inspired by Doraemon’s Pass Loop.
Popcorn Bucket | ¥3,800 (Tax Included)
The Popcorn Bucket is fun to look at and even better to eat from, featuring a special Anywhere Door mechanic. Dorayaki is Doraemon’s favourite food, and guests can enjoy dorayaki flavoured popcorn.
Doraemon Dango | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Doraemon Frozen | ¥900 (Tax Included)
Guests can also get their hands on a range of drinks and desserts too.
T-Shirts (Navy/White) | Folder Set | Mug
Sold At: Space Fantasy Station
A range of Doraemon merchandise will also roll out from August 28, including ticket holders, key rings, plush toys, and more. Pre-orders are available at Space Fantasy Station from August 4 to 27.
Follow Doraemon on an exciting journey on the STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 XR Ride!
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Universal Studio Japan’s New ‘Stand By Me Doraemon 2’ XR Ride Opens in August
To promote the 50th anniversary anime film Doraemon: Nobita’s New Dinosaur, which is set for release in Japan on August 14, 2020, Doraemon himself is making appearances right now at Jurassic Park in Universal Studios Japan until July 22, 2020. Additionally, in promotion of the upcoming 3D CG anime film Stand By Me Doraemon 2, USJ is opening its second-ever Doraemon themed XR ride on August 4 which will run until January 6, 2021.
It will be a fast-paced Stand By Me Doraemon 2 themed XR ride and sensory explosion that makes use of VR technology to send riders on a VR coaster time travel experience through the past, present, and future.
Stand By Me Doraemon was released in 2014 as the first 3D CG animated Doraemon film and was a huge hit for the quality of its animation and moving story. The staff have returned to work on its sequel, Stand By Me Doraemon 2, including writers and directors Takashi Yamazaki and Ryuichi Yagi. The XR ride will feature an original story that is connected to the sequel film which itself will be based on the Doraemon short film Doraemon: A Grandmother’s Recollections.
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Stand By Me Doraemon 2 XR Ride
Running: August 4, 2020 – January 6, 2020
Universal Studios Japan Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/e/
Universal Studios Japan’s ‘We are One’ Summer Festival Begins This July
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) reopened on June 19, 2020 after temporary closure as a result of COVID-19. The park is now running with strict measures in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, including practicing the 2m social distancing rule, making it mandatory to wear face masks, and so on. The park has posted a full video demonstration of the rules on their official website.
That means summertime is set to shine on USJ once again this year. The new ‘Universal Summer Parade: We are One’ event will begin on July 23 as the first parade held by the park since its reopening. Guests will be able to enjoy a fun and exciting summer at USJ with all the necessary precautions in place to ensure their safety.
Many familiar faces will gather at USJ to celebrate summer with guests, including the Minions, Elmo, Snoopy, Hello Kitty, and more. Each of them will board colourful floats for the parade during the parade, which will open with the fittingly-titled “Opening Float” followed by a flurry of unique floats like the flashy “Latin Float,” cute European-inspired “Europe Float,” the mysterious “Indian Float,” and the finale “America Float,” amongst many others. There will be music to entertain guests for laughs, smiles, and fun energy while characters and entertainers ride the floats and serve summertime vibes.
The peak moment of the parade will be when confetti rains down on guests in huge quantities. Flags can also be bought for the parade for the first time in this year. Performers and the park characters will be able to entertain guests at a distance while still connecting with them through the fun performances. A special “social distance” performance created in cooperation with the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education will also be part of the parade. This year’s parade plans to have guests dancing and smiling even more than previous years to lift some of that stress away and give them the fight and energy to continue into tomorrow.
Universal Summer Parade: We Are One
Put your hands into the air as the sun beats down and the floats arrive to a lively rhythm. ‘We are One’ is the catchphrase, so get your boogie on and explode with excitement together with the entertainers and park characters for a heated summer parade!
Running: July 23, 2020 – August 27, 2020
Location: Parade Route
Time: One per day from 11:00am (approx 40 mins)
Buy yourself a parade flag for ¥500 and wave it around to the beat of the festival!
Cool yourself off with some summer merch
Get your hands on some merch for cooling off, including the must-have summer “Handy Fan,” a “UV Poncho” which keeps you cool in the heat of the sun, a classic “Sensu” folding fan, and more.
Feel the Japanese festivities with the Universal Market
The Universal Market will give that Japanese ‘matsuri’ festival vibe. Enjoy some cool desserts, spicy food, and more.
Left: Super Hot! Turkey Leg ¥1,000 / Centre: Peach Jelly Soda: ¥650 / Right: Frappe Sundae ~Strawberry & Blue Hawaii~ ¥750
Since guest safety is the number one priority this summer, the park will not be holding its famous splash performance where guests are soaked with water by water shooters.
Additionally, the parade will also not stop in any of the usual designated places and will instead keep on moving, meaning the parade can be enjoyed from anywhere along the parade route. Guests will be able to keep plenty of distance from others as they watch the parade.
The park also released a statement on its ‘enhanced sanitation in park operations’ on its official website so you can find out more about what USJ is doing to tackle the COVID-19 spread.
If you’re in Osaka this year, you can still enjoy summer at Universal Studios Japan with all the necessary precautions in place.
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Mario Question Blocks Appear in New York to Win a Trip to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is set to open at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in 2020ーthe year of the Tokyo Olympicsーas the world’s first theme park area centred on the world, games and video game characters from Nintendo. A whopping 60 billion yen has been injected to make the park a reality.
In promotion of the park, the “SUPER NINTENDO WORLD CHALLENGE” was held in New York, US on February 19.
Fans dashed to Grand Central Terminalーa tourist hot spotーwhere the event was held to play a game involving the iconic Question Blocks from the Mario video game franchise. The set-up, which brought to mind a Bonus Stage from the game, had people hitting the question blocks just like Marioーsomething which we all must have imagined doing before.
1,000 people participated in the event which they signed up to prior. It was a day of fun for not only players but onlookers too. Grand prize winners won trips to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, which is set to open before the Tokyo Olympic Games start, while all other participants got their hands on some exclusive SUPER NINTENDO WORLD merch early.
One participant said: “I love everything about Mario, so I knew I’d definitely be taking part today! I’ve loved Mario since I was a kid, I even had a plush toy of him. Mario really is exciting. I’ve always wanted to be Mario, so I’m really happy with how today turned out. I want to go to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD with my best friend and try out all the attractions. I’m sure it’s gonna be a lot of fun!” (Male, 20 / Staten Island, New York) *Translated from Japanese
One of the grand prize winners said: “I’ve been a huge fan of Nintendo’s games since I was 3-years-old. I was lucky to get to take part in the SUPER NINTENDO WORLD CHALLENGE today, but to go and win the grand prize is an amazing feeling! I’ll be going to Japan with my girlfriend who I love so much! I’m always paying attention to news about SUPER NINTENDO WORLD. The Mario Kart attraction will definitely be a ride, I’m looking forward to it so much I just can’t wait! I always thought it would be great if they made a Mario theme park, so the fact they’re doing it in both Japan and even the US is amazing!” (Male, 20 / The Bronx, US) *Translated from Japanese
The Question Blocks also made an appearance in Times Square. The event was covered on the morning news in the US with fans visible at the event, Rockefeller Plaza, and elsewhere.
If you’re a Mario and Nintendo fan planning a trip to Japan then be sure you get to experience SUPER NINTENDO WORLD when it opens this year.
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD
Universal Studios Japan’s New Promotional Video Sees NMB48 Members Enjoying Their Youth
31.January.2020 | SPOT
Last autumn, Universal Studios Japan released a video showcasing youngsters in enjoying their youth in the park, and it blew up on Japanese social media. The park released a new version of the video online on January, and it will hit television in the Kansai area on February 1.
The video’s theme is “Youth is a moment; youth is infinite.” We see five NMB48 membersーCocona Umeyama, Rei Jōnishi, Suzu Yamada, Ayaka Yamamoto, and Haasa Minamiーenjoying themselves in their private time at USJ. They play the part of five friends about to graduate from high school, and like them, the lighthearted nature of the video makes you want to make some memories at the park with your friends too.
The video is saying to all young people that they hope they can make special memories at USJ, deepen their bonds with their friends, and continue their friendships after graduating.
We get to see the five NMB48 members enjoying the park to the fullest, wearing park merchandise like their cute headbands and pouches, riding the attractions with smiles on the face, snapping photos, and eating food. The song that plays during the video is LILLY by Osaka-born three-piece rock band Hump Back.
USJ is set to hold numerous campaigns for students entering the park, beginning in February, including student discounts.
Video Special Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/campaign/spring2020/studentfestival/
Universal Studios Japan Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/e/
Universal Cool Japan 2020 Finally Begins: Attack on Titan, Monster Hunter World & More
This year’s Universal Cool Japan finally opened at Universal Studios Japan on Tuesday, where it is set to run until June 28, bringing together the ‘cool’ aspects of Japan enjoyed by the rest of the world. Four internationally beloved franchises take the spotlight for 2020: Attack on Titan, Monster Hunter World, Detective Conan, and Lupin III.
A host of lucky guests were able to experience the attractions before anyone else. Today, we hear their review and comments of the all-new rides, attractions, live shows and restaurants centred around the four big contenders which serve to fully immerse fans in their incredible worlds.
Attack on Titan’s first XR ride
The Attack on Titan manga series has celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. For this year’s Universal Cool Japan, the internationally-acclaimed series welcomes its first ever XR ride, as well as its own “Survey Corps Diner.”
Guests wear VR goggles that transport them into a 360° rendering of the world of Attack on Titan, with life-size Titans appearing before their very eyes. Guests ride a roller coaster and fly alongside the Survey Corps. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to soar up high with ODM maneuver gear, now’s your chance. The Attack on Titan XR Ride offers a thrill like no otherーone so tense you’ll be left wondering whether you will survive.
“It was so much fun! The visuals are breathtaking and connect superbly to the ride’s movements. I was completely immersed in the visuals; it really felt like I was riding a wagon. Eren and the Survey Corps members were so cool, and even the horses looked realistic. It was amazing!” (Woman, 20/Osaka Prefecture) *Translated from Japanese
The themed restaurant, “Attack on Titan Survey Corps Diner,” is so realistic to a quality you wouldn’t believe, with the Survey Corps members’ weapons and personal belongings left casually around the place. Guests can feel immersed as they listen to the conversations between the characters will chowing down on their meal, take a photo with life-sized versions of Levi and Hange, and more.
Detective Conan World’s two new attractions with Shuichi Akai have fans screaming
At Detective Conan World, fans can expect to see the appearance of the hugely popular character Shuichi Akai who is set to star in the upcoming animated film Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (releasing April 17, 2020). Four rides and attractions can be enjoyed at Detective Conan World, including the manga series’ first-ever story-packed roller coaster named Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream: The Ride.
Guests can also look forward to joining Conan solve cases in Detective Conan: The Escape ~The Scarlet Bullet~, an escape game featuring an original story and a live performance by a real cast. Participants will make use of AR technology and solve the cases within the time limit to escape. Expect appearances from familiar faces too like Rachel Moore, Richard Moore, and others.
In Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream: The Ride, you’ll be placed in the passenger seat with Akai on the wheel who will use some extreme driving techniques to shake off the criminal. Look forward to plenty of thrills in this immersive experience.
“Not only do you solve cases, there’s also a gaming aspect to the challenges which require the use of the AR terminal. It’s also a team game where you work with others, so I enjoyed it with everyone else. A lot of characters make an appearance too, it was so cool.” (Female, 20/Osaka Prefecture) *Translated from Japanese
There’s also the Detective Conan Mystery Challenge in which guests take a hands-on approach to solve various incidents around the theme park. Harley Hartwell, Kazuha Toyama, and Tomoya’s love rival Momiji Ooka are also present in this game with in the form of a real-life cast.
Fans can also tuck into some mystery-themed food at the Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant which combines food and live entertainment. Fans reacted overwhelmingly to the appearance of Masumi Seraーthe sister of Akai. There’s also appearances from Amuro Tooru and Serena Sebastian too.
Lupin the Third: The Live
Witness a live cast playing the roles of the popular Lupin III, Daisuke Jigen, Goemon Ishikawa XIII, Fujiko Mine, and Koichi Zenigataーthe latter of which is trying to chase down Lupin. It features live entertainment by real cast members who will perform right before guests. The reaction to this live show has been overwhelming as guests feel like they are running through Delancey Street in New York with Lupin in this interactive story.
“I was amazed to have been able to see such an amazing show right in front of me. Lupin and the gang came from above, below, left, and right. There were too many good moments. I didn’t have enough eyes! <laughs>” (Female, 20/Hyogo Prefecture)
Last year’s Lupin III restaurant, Ristorante Amore, has received an upgrade for 2020. Experience being served by Lupin himself, with his gentle approach and know-how when it comes to getting with the ladies, and Goemon Ishikawa XIII, who is aloof and has terrible romance skills. They are serving up authentic Italian cuisine.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR WALK
The Monster Hunter video game franchise is loved the world over, and is appearing once more at Universal Cool Japan after two years. Use interactive VR technology and go hunting in the world of Iceborne, the hit expansion to Monster Hunter World, in an experience so immersive you’ll forget about the real world.
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Universal Cool Japan 2020
Running: January 21, 2020 – June 28, 2020
*Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR WALK running from March 20, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/universal-cool-japan2020/
Universal Studios Japan to Offer Student Discounts in February and March
22.January.2020 | SPOT
Osaka-based theme park Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced special discounts on its “Universal Annual Pass” tickets for students which will be available from February 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020. All university students, graduate students, junior college students, vocational college students, high school students, and junior high school students can get their hands on the discount by simply showing their student ID when purchasing the pass.
The pass enables the guests to enjoy the host of exciting seasonal events and attractions throughout 2020 at USJ. The park will also offer exclusive campaigns for students during the graduation and spring break seasons.
Don’t miss this chance to experience USJ’s world-class entertainment at a discounted price. Reap all the benefits of student life!
Universal Annual Pass Student Discount
Available: February 1, 2020 – March 31, 2020
*Available at the following times on the web ticket store only: January 31, 2020 at 16:00 (JST) to March 30, 2020 at 23:59 (JST)
For the student discount, the annual ticket start date must be activated between January 1, 2020 at March 31, 2020. It will then be valid for one year.
Limited To: University students, graduate students, junior college students, vocational college students, high school students, and junior high school students
Price: Student Discount – ¥21,800 (Tax Included) / Original Price – ¥26,800 (Tax Included)
・Web ticket store (until March 30, 2020)
・Universal Studios Japan ticket booth
・Universal Studios Japan Annual Pass Centre
・Lawson (Lawson Ticket via Loppi machines) (until March 30, 2020)
*When purchasing at the park, please show your student ID. Photocopies not valid.
*Discount not applied to the following tickets: “Universal Annual Pass Light” and “Universal Annual Pass VIP”
Universal Studios Japan Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/e/
Latest News On SUPER NINTENDO WORLD at Universal Studios Japan – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is set to open at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in 2020ーthe year of the Tokyo Olympicsーas the world’s first theme park area centred on the world, games and video game characters from Nintendo.
What is “SUPER NINTENDO WORLD”?
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be the first-ever multilevel Nintendo-themed area at USJ, and the first of its kind in the world. Fans of the internationally beloved games can expected to see a whole host of rides and attractions dedicated to their favourite characters, from Mario Kart to Yoshi and beyond, as well as themed restaurants, merchandise shops, and more.
Power Up Band
Guests at SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be able to feel like they are in a Mario video game with the Power Up Band, a purchasable wristband which works in connection with the USJ app for smartphones., which enables them to collect digital coins and compete with their friends for the highest score on the scoreboards.
Hit question blocks to collect coins
Just like Mario does in his quest to save Princess Peach from Bowser, guests can collect coins by hitting Question Blocks with their Power Up Bands. They will feel like they are competing in a video game, in real time, with the other guests in the park. The Power Up Band has numerous features, including the ability to obtain collectable items like Mario character stamps by completing various conditions listed on the app.
Battle bosses with friends
Additionally, guests can collect ‘Keys’ in a new attraction called ‘Key Challenges’ with which they can unlock various gameplay opportunities including ‘Boss Battles.’ They will be able to battle bosses together with their friends.
Charli XCX & Galantis drop music video to promote the park’s grand opening
To promote the opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, USJ dropped a music video entitled WE ARE BORN TO PLAY on their official YouTube channel on Tuesday in collaboration with Swedish electronic DJ duo Galantis and English singer-songwriter Charli XCX. The music video merges the real world with the world of Mario, with Charli hanging out with Toad on top of Peach’s castle and people stomping on digital Goombas. The song features original music mixed together iconic leitmotifs from the Mario games.
We look forward when SUPER NINTENDO WORLD finally opens and will most definitely cover it once it does.
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo: Kyoto’s Dessert House Releases Matcha Tiramisu and New Cheese Products
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo opened in Kiyomizu Gojozaka, Kyoto in July this year as the first place in Kyoto to specialise in “bottled cheesecakes.” This month, they are releasing four new products to continue the cheese craze right to the end of 2019.
The first is a revamp of their number one most popular soft serve cheese ice cream: the “Chocolate Mont Blanc Cheese Soft.” The soft serve ice cream is a mix of refreshingly sweet milk and rich cheese topped with a full-bodied mont blanc-style chocolate—a welcome addition during the winter months when you want to stay in and indulge in some chocolate. The ice cream is finished with crushed chocolate pieces and a crowning raspberry to create a chocolate cake in a cone. You’re sure to become a frequent customer after a bite of this.
And for the Christmas season only, between December 18th-25th the shop is also selling another special soft serve that’s made to look like a Christmas tree. The cheese soft serve is covered with a sprinkling of Uji matcha powder and adorned with chocolate pearls and stars.
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo is also releasing hot versions of its “Kiyomizu Cheese Drink” and “Matcha Cheese Tea,” the iced versions of which were greatly enjoyed in summer. The Matcha Cheese Tea can also now be ordered with tapioca topping, creating a delicious combination between the expertly crafted rich matcha cheese tea and the chewy and sugary tapioca pearls.
Also released this month is the “Homemade Matcha Tiramisu” when is served in a traditional masu box and served only on the second floor eat-in section. This irresistible delight is made with flavourful mascarpone cheese and bitter Uji matcha from Kyoto to create a dessert that’s perfect during a trip or day out in Kyoto. Because of the hard labour that goes into creating this dessert, only 5-10 are served per day, so be sure to arrive early to not miss the opportunity.
Chocolate Mont Blanc Cheese Soft – ¥550 (Before Tax)
Christmas Cheese Soft – ¥400 (Before Tax) *Available December 18-25, 2019 only
Matcha Tapioca Cheese Tea – ¥550 (Before Tax)
Homemade Matcha Tiramisu – ¥540 (Before Tax)
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo
Address: 569-10 Shiraitochō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Official Website: http://kiyomizu-cheese.com/