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.

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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.
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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.

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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!

 

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Midtown Cruise

Location: Tokyo Midtown (9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Running: November 15th-December 25th

Illumination Time: 17:00-23:00

*The “Welcome Illumination” will run until 24:00

 

Starlight Garden 2017

Location: Tokyo Midtown Lawn

Running: November 15th-December 25th

Illumination Time: 17:00-23:00

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    Q-pot. Omotesando is a 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station’s A2 exit. You’ll spot the entrance by its sparkly illuminations as pictured above.

    The cafe is split into seven concept rooms, such as Melt, Chocolate, BisQuit, SAKURA, and so onーso you can pick which sounds good to you and sit there. It also gives a reason to go back more than once!

    The Story of Sweet Kingdom Afternoon Tea Set ¥2,400 (Tax Included/Drink Included)

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    The top plate includes gingerbread man pops, cupcakes, vanilla panna cotta, and macarons.

     

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    The macarons are strawberry and melon flavoured. The melon one has a particularly rich flavour and contains red melon pieces. This macaron is so popular that there are people who go to Q-pot CAFE. just to sink their teeth into one of them.

    The bottom plate contains some hearty and crunchy  croissants filled with roast beef, mini tomatoes, and broccoli. It also comes with a side of rich cheese soup with onions and potatoes inside.  It’s a great palate cleanser after the desserts.

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    The set comes with a special fairy tale-like Christmas lunch mat.

    CHRISTMAS CAKE ~The Story of Sweet Kingdom~ ¥3,800 (Tax Included)

    The cafe is also selling a cake that looks like something out of a children’s picture book. It’s topped with a coconut meringue snowman, gingerbread man, and strawberry Santa. This would make a great addition to a home party.

    Saku Saku Meringue ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Take away some crunchy snow-white meringues too, so addictive you won’t be able to stop after just one!

     

    The cafe is also selling a Christmas collection of their dessert-like accessories too.

    Christmas Tree Cupcake: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    The Christmas tree cupcake features a chocolate cookie-like base topped with a realistic pistachio cream adorned with pearls.

    Strawberry Santa Claus: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    Check out these adorable bright-red strawberry Santas too!

     

     

    Q-pot CAFE. has lots of other Christmas food and accessories in addition to these too, so if you’re in Tokyo anytime from now up to Christmas Day, then be sure to visit.

     

    Writer: Ellie (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    21.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Disney magic flows through the veins of Disney Resort throughout the year. However, when the clock strikes Christmas time, the entire resort transforms for Disney Christmas: the annual event where the streets sparkle the most compared to any other yearly event.

     

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    Two yellow chocolate stars shine in the middle of the drink. Can you spot them?

     

    This drink was created to look just like Santa Claus and the two stars represent the buttons on his clothes.

    This drink comes with a free original coaster, however, the coasters are in limited supply. Many restaurants around the resort are serving up special drinks which come with a free Disney Christmas coaster. The design available at Hyperion Lounge is Mini Mouse. Try collecting them for an extra special Disney Christmas. 

    Collect all the drink coasters and put them together for a Disney Christmas masterpiece!

     

    Whether inside the park or not, Tokyo Disney Resort never fails to make our hearts race with excitement. If you’re staying at the resort, don’t miss out on the restaurant’s irresistible Christmas drinks and desserts.

     

    Original Text Author: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

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