Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Tokyo Midtown’s Christmas illuminations this year
04.October.2017 | SPOT
Tokyo Midtown will hold its 10th run of the annual Christmas event “Midtown Christmas” this year from November 15, 2017 to December 25, 2017.
The event’s highlight “Starlight Garden” will make a triumphant return in 2017. This year marks the 9th appearance of the spectacle, where the 2,000㎡ park square of midtown is dotted with countless illuminations that transport people into the to the vast expanse of outer space. 2017 is also the 10th anniversary since Tokyo Midtown opened for business. People can look forward to displays themed around traveling to outer space that will change each day. From the moon to the sun, Saturn and more, this year’s Midtown Christmas will appease people’s wonder with the delights of the solar system.
The “Midtown Cruise” which leads people around the spectacular illuminations of Tokyo Midtown will begin in the plaza area where the “Starlight Garden” is before taking them to see 6 different types of illuminations. As people leave the brand new “Stardust Zone,” the “Starlight Garden” will unfold before them.
Tokyo Midtown’s illuminations have become a true winter attraction. As the weather becomes colder, it becomes a good excuse to stay indoors. But it’s also the time when the most beautiful illuminations make an appearance, so there’s really no excuse to miss this!
MIDTOWN ART PALETTE Brings Dreamy Digital Artwork to Tokyo Midtown For Summer
17.July.2021 | SPOT
Tokyo Midtown’s annual MIDTOWN ART PALETTE has returned again for the summer, opening on July 16 and running until September 5. This year, the event delivers a Digital Art Garden with gorgeous dream-like digital artwork.
Digital Art Garden
Last year’s event
Experience a distinctively Japanese way to stay cool and refreshed on a wooden veranda with light and mist dancing through the outdoor space inspired by traditional Japanese rock gardens. Find yourself bewitched by an enchanting summer evening as the digital art transforms throughout the day.
This year’s event is being held with all proper social distancing measures in place.
Take digital art home with you with AR fireworks
Locate five QR codes dotted around Tokyo Midtown which when accessed via your smartphone will award you with artistic AR fireworks, allowing you to enjoy fireworks with you wherever you point the camera on your screen, including at home.
MIDTOWN ART PALETTE
Running: July 16, 2021 – September 5, 2021
Opening Hours: 15:00-22:00 / Digital Fireworks: 18:00-22:00
Enjoy Japanese Lantern Decorations Outdoors at the Limited-Time MIDPARK ART LOUNGE in Tokyo
This summer, Tokyo Midtown has announced an outdoor lantern art event titled MIDTOWN ART PALETTE which will run from July 16 to September 17.
The outdoor event is taking place at MIDPARK ART LOUNGE which will be open at Midtown Garden for a limited time from July 16 to September 5. At the lounge, visitors can enjoy gazing at lantern art while enjoy a meal.
Summer Colours (3 Fruit Rollss) | ¥1,200
MIDPARK Goldfish (Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic) | ¥1,000
Mascarpone Cream Shaved Ice | ¥1,250
Visitors can enjoy tucking into some fruit rolls, a refreshing cocktail, shaved ice, and other tasty treats perfect for cooling down in the hot Japanese summer while sitting on one of the grass-like sofas that are like sitting on grass or wooden tables as they gaze at the enchanting lanterns.
MIDPARK ART LOUNGE
Running: July 16, 2021 – September 5, 2021
[Weekdays] 16:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
[Weekends & Holidays] 12:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
*Open from 12:00 during Obon (August 13-16)
*Event times subject to change
Location: Midtown Garden
Tokyo Midtown Official Website: https://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/
Art and Illuminations Fuse at Chiba Park For Nighttime Entertainment
07.July.2021 | SPOT
YohaS is set to collide the real and digital worlds at Chiba Park with an event titled YohaS 2021 Night Park Gallery which will run from July 6 to 10.
Lightning artwork (*For illustrative purposes only, art will be different for the event)
The event held back in 2019
YohaS is a collaborative project between Chiba City and Tsubakimori Komuna. It was launched to boost and develop the nighttime economy of Chiba, with its first event having taken place as the evening portion of the Ooga Hasu Flower Festival held in Chiba back in 2018. YohaS was unable to be held last year due to the pandemic and so an event was held online. This year sees its return with an event taking on the theme of “Silent Lips” which refers to the current situation with COVID-19 and how we cannot see peoples’ smiles or lips due to them wearing face masks.
The title of the YohaS 2021 event is “Night Park Gallery” which will turn Chiba Park into an art gallery and fuse it with breathtaking lighting and illuminations by Sun Effects. There will be six stages produced by Hiroaki Kumagai, a former member of Cirque du Soleil, each of which will offer equally incredible performances with their own stories from July 6-9. Visitors can also purchase YohaS wristbands, t-shirts, anti-bacterial sprays, and more.
For those still unable to attend in person, YohaS will also open an online version of the event called Virtual YohaS in Chiba Park which can be accessed via a PC or smart device.
YohaS 2021 Night Park Gallery
Running: July 6, 2021 – July 10, 2021
Opening Hours: 17:00-21:00
Location: Chiba Park
Address: 3 Chome-1-1 Benten, Chuo Ward, Chiba, 260-0045, Japan
YohaS Official Website: https://www.yohas.fun/
Mineko Orisaku Exhibition Combines Gold Leaf With Photography
FUJIFILM SQUARE in Minato, Tokyo, has announced the HAKU graphy Hommage to Hokusai exhibition by Mineko Orisaku which will run from July 21 to August 19 this year.
Hommage to Hokusai ©Mineko Orisaku
Following sunset (Tanuki-ko Lake) ©Mineko Orisaku
Pine and Mt.Fuji (Kawaguchi-ko Lake) ©Mineko Orisaku
Since announcing her “HAKU graphy” project in 2017, Mineko Orisaku has been experimenting with combining gold leaf and photography. This is different from the usual method of printing photos onto printing paper or washi paper, instead using FUJIFILM’s Acuity UV inkjet printer to print delicate gold leaf. This technology allows a wider use of printing materials and colours.
Mineko Orisaku’s exhibition is an homage to Hokusai, one of Japan’s most celebrated ukiyo-e painters and artists. She has used FUJIFILM’s large-format GFX digital camera for her works on Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji to create something unique to her vision. Her work can be enjoyed alongside another Hokusai exhibition taking place at FUJIFILM Photo Salon Tokyo’s Space 1 and 2.
HAKU graphy Hommage to Hokusai
Running: July 21, 2021 – August 19, 2021
Times: 10:00-19:00 (Until 16:00 on August 19)
Venue: FUJIFILM Photo Salon Tokyo Space 3 inside FUJIFILM Square
Address: Tokyo Midtown West, 9-7-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052
Official Website: https://fujifilmsquare.jp/
Japanese Illustrator Mai Yoneyama Releases Limited-Edition T-Shirts
09.April.2021 | FASHION
To commemorate her exhibition “EGO” exhibition currently taking place at Anicoremix Gallery in Harajuku, Japanese illustrator Mai Yoneyama has released a collection of limited-edition t-shirts in collaboration with the sneaker brand atmos. The exhibition, which is showcasing many of Yoneyama’s works, is running until April 14.
Wear Mai Yoneyama’s iconic pop style wherever you go with these limited-edition tees.
MAI YONEYAMA x Anicoremix Gallery s atmos
Released: April 3, 2021
Exhibition Details: https://monokomono.com/events/mai-yoneyama-ego-2021/
Vegan Food Heads to Tokyo Midtown at New FRUITS IN LIFE Juice Bar and Deli
07.February.2021 | FOOD
FRUITS IN LIFE is a new fruit juice bar and deli set to open in Tokyo Midtown on March 2, 2021. The eatery will serve up a fruity vegan menu.
Slow Juice (6 Flavours) | ¥850 Each (Before Tax)
Smoothies (11 Flavours) | Medium ¥550, Large ¥700 (Before Tax)
Fruful 200 Set | ¥1,250 (Before Tax)
Smoothie Parfaits: Avocado & Banana ¥1,000 (Before Tax) / Amaou Strawberry ¥1,250 (Before Tax)
FRUITS IN LIFE opens its first branch in Tokyo Midtown
Enjoy 200g of fresh fruits with Fruful 200
The menu is entirely plant-based ranging from smoothies and cold press slow juices to avocado toast made with a 100% whole wheat focaccia, the rice paper-wrapped salad baton filled with fruit and veg, and more. The lunch menu also includes the one plate Fruful 200 Set which contains 200g of fruits, and more. There’s also fruit desserts like jelly and smoothie parfaits. The Avocado Banana Parfait is packed with vitamins and over 200g of fruits, is only 438ml, and is low in calories.
FRUITS IN LIFE Tokyo Midtown
Grand Opening: March 2, 2021
Location: Tokyo Midtown Plaza Floor B1F
Address: 9-7-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 8:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30) / [Weekends & Holidays] 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE Releases Video of Magical Beachside Illuminations
19.January.2021 | SPOT
The incredible beachside Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE, which offers guests a breathtaking ocean view along the Okinawan coast, released a video on the official Hoshino Resorts YouTube page showcasing the cafe’s ongoing illumination event, “Illumi Banta,” which is running until February 28, 2021. Guests can enjoy some limited-time menu options and then take a romantic stroll along the beach with a warm lantern in hand.
Okinawa is known for its warm climate, rarely dipping below 15°C in the chilly season of winter. There are many celebratory days enjoyed every year around Christmas and New Years, and so BANTA CAFE decided to get in on the action with Illumi Banta, which has been running since December 1 last year—while following the necessary precautions against COVID-19 to ensure everyone stays safe. The spacious cafe is mostly outdoors so visitors can enjoy their time without worry.
A seat at the cafe in on a clear evening guarantees a front row seat to a beautiful orange sunset that sinks into the horizon. Normally, the cafe closes as sunset arrives, but for this event, opening hour have been extended into the night.
BANTA CAFE is located in the village of Yomitan where the beautiful ocean is surrounded by coral reef, enormous rocks, and a rich natural environment. It’s a must-visit if travelling to Okinawa.
Running: December 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021 (Except February 1st-5th)
Time: 18:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
Address: 560 Gima, Yomitan, Nakagami District, Okinawa
Opening Hours: 10:00 to one hour after sunset (from 08:00 on weekends and holidays)
Official Website: https://banta-cafe.com/en/
Kyoto’s Shinto Shrine Iwashimizu Hachimangu Announces Light-Up Event
16.January.2021 | SPOT
Iwashimizu Hachimangu, a Shinto Shrine in Yawata, Kyoto, has announced that a 5-day light-up event will take place from February 10 to 14 at the site’s main shrine which is listed as a national treasure of Japan.
Following government guidelines in response to COVID-19, the event will feature LED illuminations, glowing exhibits from craftsmen, lights made by locals from materials such as bamboo, and more, all in the hopes of creating a bit of evening-time sightseeing in the area. The event will also be streamed live online for those unable to attend where viewers can also enjoy watching ceremonial dance by shrine maidens.
Iwashimizu Hachimangu Inori no Tomoshibi ~Wa no Kokoro~
Event Name in Japanese: 国宝・石清水八幡宮 祈りのともしび～和の心～
Running: February 10, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Light-Up Times: 17:00-20:00
Location: Iwashimizu Hachimangu (30 Takabo, Yawata, Kyoto)
Note: Face masks and COVID-19 Contact Confirming Applications required
Event Page: https://ochanokyoto.jp/event/detail.php?eid=569
Official Website: https://newnormaltourism.jp/
Roppongi Readies For 2021 New Year Celebrations at Tokyo Midtown
Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi is set to celebrate the New Year with a festival that will run from January 2 to 11 in 2021.
New Year’s Feast
From Left: Miyagawacho Suiren / SILIN Fuan Long Yuen / UNION SQUARE TOKYO／Kisentei
Restaurants in Tokyo Midtown will be serving up a feast for the New Year from Japanese wagyu beef to seafood and more, all to prepare everyone for a luck-filled and positive 2021.
Running: January 2, 2021 – January 11, 2021
Participating Restaurants: Miyagawacho Suiren / SILIN Fuan Long Yuen / UNION SQUARE TOKYO／Kisentei SILIN / Philippe Mille Tokyo / Le Pain Quotidien / RIO BREWING & CO. BISTRO AND GARDEN / Pizzeria-Trattoria Napule / HAL YAMASHITA Tokyo / NIRVANA New York / Maruya / THE COUNTER Roppongi
New Year’s Greeting Souvenirs
SAKE SHOP Fukumitsuya / Toraya
There will be no shortage of New Year’s greetings souvenirs at Tokyo Midtown, whether it be a set of sake with a special 2021 Year of the Ox label from SAKE SHOP Fukumitsuya or a fruity and colourful confection from Toraya. The pictured confection is made up of colourful layers to represent building up the fruits of one’s labour to achieve your dreams.
Shishimai Lion Dance
The traditional shishimai lion dance is an annual New Year’s-must in Japan. This year’s performance will see the return of taiko drumming and the fue flute, all carried out with proper social distancing measures.
Running: January 2, 2021 – January 3, 2021
Time: 4 times per day
Location: Tokyo Midtown Galleria
Tokyo Midtown New Year 2021
Address: 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Running: January 2, 2021 – January 11, 2021
Official Website: https://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/index.html
*Opening hours different on January 2 and 3
*Opening hours subject to change or full closure – check the official website for the latest information
2021 New Year’s in Japan: 5 Must-Visit Illumination Spots
27.December.2020 | SPOT
Illumination and light-up events are a huge part of winter and the holiday season in Japan, but when Christmas ends, many of them are turned off until next year. But there are still some that run through the New Year holidays and into early spring, so we’ve compiled a list of 5 must-visit illumination and light-up spots to visit over the next couple of months.
Please note that the times and dates of these events are subject to change depending on the COVID-19 situation.
Tochigi: The Garden of Illuminated Flowers ~Flower Fantasy 2020~
Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga, Tochigi, is holding an illumination event for winter called “The Garden of Illuminated Flowers ~Flower Fantasy 2020~” until February 7, 2021. Held for the 19th time this year, the event was ranked among the Top 3 biggest light-up events in Japan in 2017 alongside Sapporo White Illuminations and Huis Ten Bosch Illuminations. It was also ranked top by night view critics in Japan as the best illumination event for four consecutive years.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/366535
▼The Garden of Illuminated Flowers ~Flower Fantasy 2020~
Address: 607 Hasamacho, Ashikaga, Tochigi
Running: October 17, 2020 – February 7, 2021
Official Website: https://www.ashikaga.co.jp/flowerfantasy_special2020/en/index.html
▼MIDTOWN WINTER MOMENTS
Tokyo Midtown’s winter season event ‘MIDTOWN WINTER MOMENTS’ is running until February 28, 2021. “ANOTHER WORLD” is the concept for this year’s rendition of the annual event, which is enjoying new winter illuminations, Christmas decorations, an ice rink, and plenty of other fun experiences for people to enjoy throughout the entire day, right into the evening. A highlight of the event is the “MIDTOWN WINTER LIGHTS,” warm illuminations to light fires in hearts during the cold winter season that will create a dazzling spectacle the likes of which cannot be missed.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/366420
▼MIDTOWN WINTER MOMENTS
Running: November 19, 2020 – February 28, 2021
Official Website: https://www.tokyo-midtown.com
Kanagawa: SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION’s ‘Pokémon Illuminations’
Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest’s annual SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION winter event is taking place until April 4, 2021, and this year, it has brought that a new Pokémon with Pokémon illuminations. Wild Pokémon illuminations roam everywhere and there are plenty of Pokémon photo spots to take your picture with including Pikachu sleeping in the forest, Charmander taking a nap by an open-air, and more.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/375427
Address: 1634 Wakayanagi, Midori-ku, Sagamihara, Kanagawa
Running: November 14, 2020 – April 4, 2021
Illumination Times: 16:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:30)
*Illumination times to begin from 17:00 starting in February
Official Website: https://www.sagamiko-resort.jp/illumillion/
Nagano: Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up
Shiraito Highland Way is holding this year’s Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up until February 14, 2021. Karuizawa Shiraito Falls is a 3-meter tall waterfall that spans 70-meters in length. The lights add a warmth to the cool evening and glow under a starry night sky. The event creates a different atmosphere from the summer light-up, allowing visitors to enjoy the enveloping nature in a way that they normally can’t and see beauty they may not have noticed in the area before.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/379120
▼Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up
Location: Karuizawa Shiraito Falls
Running: December 19, 2020 – February 14, 2021
・Christmas Session: December 19th-20th, 24th-27th (17:00-19:00)
・New Year Session: January 2nd-3rd, 8th-11th (17:00-19:00)
・St.Valentine Session: February 11th-14th (17:30-19:30)
*Please see the website for the latest information
*Entry restrictions may be made depending on the number of visitors
Official Website: https://karuizawa-shw.com/
Shizuoka: Hikari no Sumika Winter Illuminations
Toki no Sumika is hosting its 19th annual winter illumination event “Hikari no Sumika” until March 21, 2021. There are many different illumination areas to enjoy at the event, like the Forest of Trees Illuminations, the 370m-long Tunnel of Lights, and more.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/359381
▼Hikari no Sumika 2020-2021
Running: September 18, 2020 – March 21, 2021
Address: Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika, 719 KōyamaGotemba, Shizuoka
Illumination Times: 17:30-22:00
Car Park Spaces: 2,000
Enquiries: 0550-87-3700 (9:00-20:00)
Official Website: http://www.tokinosumika.com/illuminations2017/renewal/
Illumination Island Odaiba 2020: Tokyo’s Artificial Island Begins Winter Illuminations Up to Christmas
13.December.2020 | SPOT
23 facilities including shopping centres, hotels, parks, and more in Odaiba are participating in Illumination Island Odaiba 2020, a large-scale illumination event that opened on Friday and is set to run up to Christmas Day.
This year’s event is bigger than the last, with only 10 facilities having taken part in 2019. The main park in Odaiba will also be lit up for the first time this year. The event is taking place to express gratitude towards those facing hardship during the pandemic – to connect everyone via gorgeous lights for a brighter tomorrow.
*Please note that illumination dates and times differ for each facility
Participating Facilities (Excerpt)
DECKS Tokyo Beach
The third-floor seaside deck faces Odaiba Marine Park and offers a gorgeous view of Tokyo Bay. Winter illuminations will serve cosy vibes around the rest area and plants, and serves as the perfect site to gaze at the lit-up Rainbow Bridge against the backdrop of Tokyo’s nightscape.
Running: November 14, 2020 – February 14, 2021
DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
The Festival Hiroba’s staircase will be colourfully lit up from 16:00 every day until January 31, 2021. After that, it will be lit up from 17:00.
teamLab – “The Tree of Resonating Colors of Life” ©チームラボ
teamLab’s towering digital art installation The Tree of Resonating Colors of Life is running at Odaiba until February 7, 2021. The 8-meter tall three-dimensional tree is created from an accumulation of light spheres.
Palette Town Daikanransha
The Daikanransha Ferris wheel is a symbol of Odaiba and offers a panoramic view of famous sights around Tokyo up 115-meters in the sky.
Winter Illuminations: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Statue of Liberty
Odaiba’s Statue of Liberty will be lit up with rainbow colours, changing the atmosphere in the area completely.
Running: December 11, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Japanese artist Takahiro Matsuo is also getting in the the action with the prism art at his PRISM/GLOW exhibition.
Running: November 27, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Tokyo International Cruise Terminal Station
A 5-meter tall Christmas tree is decorating Tokyo International Cruise Terminal Station.
Running: November 27, 2020 – December 25, 2020 (Not running select days)
Illumination Island Odaiba 2020
Running: December 11, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Official Website: https://www.tokyo-odaiba.net/illumination2020/
Shizuoka’s Strawberry Cafe Ichigo BonBonBERRY ATAMIHOUSE. Releases Winter Menu
07.December.2020 | FOOD
Ichigo BonBonBERRY ATAMIHOUSE. is the first cafe to open in Atami specialising exclusively in strawberry desserts. This Christmas, the cafe is serving up a new Christmas cake, winter afternoon tea set, and strawberry milk beverage, all of which hit the menu on Friday (December 4).
Hitorijime Christmas Cake | ¥1,000 (Before Tax) *Comes with drink
A dreamy Christmas cake for one loaded with cream and sweet strawberries. There’s a strawberry on top and more in the middle squished between soft sponge.
Winter Afternoon Set | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
The cafe has turned its popular afternoon tea into a wintertime version for Christmas, served with a mini bavarois in the shape of a strawberry, strawberry ice cream, melty fondant chocolate, and a rum raisin chocolate tiramisu. A delightful combination of sweet, tangy, and rich flavours.
Hot Strawberry Milk | ¥400 (Before Tax)
A hot strawberry milk to feel cosy in the cold winter weather, topped with plenty of cream and a sprinkling of strawberry powder. Enjoy it as it is or mix together for a creamier beverage.
The winter menu is seasonal and so will only be available this wintertime.
Ichigo BonBonBERRY ATAMIHOUSE.
Address: 3-16 Tawarahonchō, Atami, Shizuoka
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Access: 2-minutes from Atami Station (JR Line side)
Official Website: http://www.atami-bonbonberry.com