Baby panda’s name is to be 香香 (Shan-Shan). Four recommend Ueno panda souvenirs.

26.September.2017 | FOOD / SPOT

Everyone has heard about the female giant panda cub that was born earlier this year on June 12 at Ueno Zoo. People around Ueno – both inside and outside the park – are celebrating the cub’s arrival, recently named Xiang Xiang. Check out the commemorative events and food below!

 

 

“Ueno Land” – Ueno Station’s New Souvenir Shop

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A new souvenir shop recently opened inside Ueno Station’s commercial facility “ecute ueno” with the concept of “bringing back memories.”

The shop will include limited edition panda figures designed by numerous creators – something which you can only get your hands on in this store – and more.

 

Full Details:Figures depicting the motifs of Ueno’s culture such as panda bears will be released. “Ueno Land”souvenirs are so cute.

 

◼︎Information

Ueno Land (ecute ueno)

Location: JR Ueno Station 3F Park Ticket Gates

Open: Mon-Sat 8:00-22:00 / Sun. & Holidays 8:00-21:30

ecute Official site:http://www.ecute.jp/ueno/

 

 

 

Ueno’s New Delicious Souvenir – “Panda Sugar Butter Sand Tree”

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The popular “Sugar Butter Sand Tree” snack is getting a new kawaii panda design to celebrate the birth of the panda cub back on June 12th.

This delicious cooked cereal snack is filled with a milk-scented white chocolate to create a little sandwich.

 

Full Details:Sugar Butter Tree sell panda design snack to commemorate birth of panda cub in Ueno Park!

 

◼︎Information

Panda Sugar Butter Sand Tree

Price: Pack of 7 – ¥570 / Pack of 14 – ¥1,000 (*prices are tax incl.)

On Sale: September 20, 2017

Shop: Sugar Butter Tree stores at – JR Ueno Station / JR Tokyo Station (Meihinkan South Exit) / JR Shinagawa Station / JR Ōmiya Station / Various locations in Tokyo Station / Tokyo Solamachi

Official site:http://www.sugarbuttertree.jp/

 

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    ■Information

    Plus Tohoku Fair

    Locations: ecute Omiya, ecute Ueno, ecute Tokyo, ecute Keiyo Street

    Running: September 3, 2018 – September 24, 2018

     

    ecute Omiya

    Address: 630 Nishikicho, Omiya Ward, Saitama, Saitama Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm (*Select shops not participating)

     

    ecute Ueno

    Address: 3F JR Ueno Station, 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm (*Select shops not participating)

     

    ecute Tokyo

    Address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm (*Select shops not participating)

     

    ecute Keiyo Street

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    ecute Website: https://www.ecute.jp

     

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    ■Information

    Adventure World

    Address: 2399 Katata, Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro-gun, Wakayama Prefecture

    Adventure World Official Website: http://www.aws-s.com/

     

     

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    Address: Ameyoko Plaza B-84, 6-10-7 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo

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    Closed: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month

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  • Get the New Panda Matcha French Toast Pudding at Ivorish in Ueno!

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    Ivorish is a shop in Ueno that specialises in making French toast. From June 18 to July 1 they are opening a sweets gift shop at the event space in ecute ueno where you can get your fingers on their kawaii new French toast pudding. You can always count on Ueno for all-things panda thanks to Xiang Xiang, the giant panda at Ueno Zoo.

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    Kids and adults alike will be rushing to get their hands on these delicious treat. It’s on sale now, so if you’re in Tokyo, make a trip to Ueno!

     

    ■Information

    Panda Container
    Location: Event Space A, ecute ueno, JR Ueno Station 3F, 7-11 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo

    Available: June 18, 2018 – July 1, 2018
    Opening Hours: 8am-10pm (Fridays 10:30pm / Sundays & Holidays 9pm)
    Event Access: https://www.ecute.jp/ueno/access
    Ivorish Website: http://ivorish.com/

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