Christmas is coming soon! Seven illumination events in Tokyo/Kanagawa.
The weather is getting cold and the winter season is just around the corner.
Can’t wait until Christmas which is the biggest winter event! I will introduce to you some romantic illumination spots which will be opened from November.
Shibuya Hikarie (2017,11,1 (Wed.) to 12,25 (Mon.))
Minnie Mouse, the girlfriend of Mickey Mouse will appear at the event.
Various kinds of photo spots (scenes) will be installed in many areas inside the facility such as the scene where Minnie Mouse is preparing for Christmas with Micky Mouse and the scene where Minnie Mouse and Daisy are dressing up for the holiday season.
Tokyo Sky Tree (2017,11,9 (Thurs.) to 12,25 (Mon.))
A “French Christmas” event where Lisa and Gaspard are highlighted will be held at the 450m-high viewing galleria under the original story of “the first Christmas in Tokyo where Lisa and Gaspard decorate the highest observation deck of Tokyo Sky Tree.” The world of Lisa and Gaspard and hear-warming oil paintings can be enjoyed at this event while viewing the beautiful sight of the city with Christmas illuminations.
Detailed information: “Tokyo Sky Tree”×”Lisa and Gaspard” Christmas event
Tokyo Midtown (2017,11,15 (Wed.) to 12,25 (Mon.))
“Midtown Christmas 2017” is a Christmas event which will reach its 10th year anniversary in November 2017. A rendition of cosmic space above the vast 2,000㎡ grass area can enjoyed at the popular main event “Star Light Garden.”
Different renditions will be performed each day under the theme of “cosmic journey!” You can enjoy the rendition each day imaging many kinds of planets in the solar system such as the “moon,” the “sun” and “Saturn.”
Omotesando Hills (11,8 (Wed.) to 12,25 (Mon.))
Under the theme of “100-colored Christmas trees’ wood,” an artistic Christmas illumination will be held. The vivid-colored woods of Christmas trees created by “Shikiri,” a concept based on Japan’s traditional “majikiri (partition)” and a 7m tall white tree which is a layered, three-sided pyramid tree will be set up. The sight of the soft light shows and the various kinds of colors depending on place, angle and time will offer each visitor an emotional experience.
Detailed information: Colorful trees will light up Omotesando Hills “100 Shoku no Christmas Tree no Mori”
BUSTERCALL = ONE PIECE Exhibition to Take Place at Yokohama ASOBUILD
The BUSTERCALL Project is holding a One Piece themed exhibition called BUSTERCALL = ONE PIECE Exhibition at Yokohama ASOBUILD from November 20 to December 27 at Yokohama ASOBUILD. BUSTERCALL is a project formed of 200 artists and creators around the world to deliver events and exhibitions centred on the popular manga and anime series One Piece.
At BUSTERCALL = ONE PIECE Exhibition, fans can pick up a range of merchandise as well as make their own original T-shirts at the workshop.
Original Emblem: ¥1,000 (Tax Included) *27 designs
Original T-Shirt: ¥3,500 (Tax Included) WHITE/BLACK SIZES: S/M/L/XL
Fans can make their own original emblems which can be attached to one of 27 different T-shirts.
One Piece fans can also get their hands on a selection of apparel, figures, and other pieces of merchandise, some of which will also be available to buy online in Japan. Some creators are also selling special items in limited quantities.
All fans who visit the art exhibition will get a free original sticker too.
BUSTERCALL = ONE PIECE Exhibition
Venue: ASOBUILD Floor 2F ALE-BOX
Address: 2-14-9 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Running: November 20, 2020 – December 27, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Entries 19:00)
Official Website: https://jp.bustercall.com
Egyptian God Anime Series Tototsu ni Egypt Kami Announces December 7 Broadcast
24.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME
It has been announced that the first episode of Frontier Works’s upcoming web anime series Tototsu Ni Egypt Kami (“Suddenly, Egyptian Gods”) will be posted on December 7, 2020 at 12:00pm (JST).
New promotional video released alongside air date announcement
Check out the newest PV release for the series which introduces each of the main characters.
Web Anime “Tototsu Ni Egypt Kami” PV Long Version
Get a free postcard in Japan
To promote the series, Japanese anime goods chain Animate is holding a campaign where for every ¥1,000 spent on Tototsu Ni Egypt Kami merchandise at Animate stores in Japan customers will receive one of 13 postcards.
Running: December 19, 2020 – January 17, 2021
Participating Stores: Animate / Animate Online / Shosen Grande / Horindo Takadanobaba
AMOCAFE Ikebukuro is also celebrating the release of the anime series by serving up a themed menu as well as selling exclusive merchandise.
Running: November 25, 2020 – December 9, 2020
Location: AMOCAFE Ikebukuro, 1-31-6 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:45 (Reservation Only)
Official Website: https://amocafe-reserve.jp/to_to2ni_cafe/
Who would have thought that the Egyptian gods could be kawaii? Well, that’s exactly what they’ve become in Tototsu Ni Egypt Kami, a series set in Ancient Egypt where the Egyptian deities, like Anubis, Thoth, Bastet, and Ra live laid-back and relaxed lives. The series is adapted from a popular line of character mascots of the same name.
Tototsu Ni Egypt Kami
Initial Broadcast: December 2020
Watch On: YouTube, GYAO!, Bandai Channel, FOD, ABEMA, d Anime Store, U-NEXT
Official Website: https://to-to2ni-anime.jp
Sanrio Puroland Announces the Release of Sanrio Character Face Masks and Cases
Sanrio Puroland has announced the release of a new Sanrio character face mask and case collection on December 18, 2020.
Original Masks & Cases – Regular Sizes (6 Designs) | ¥1,650 Each (Tax Included)
The face masks and face mask cases feature cute designs of Sanrio characters including Dear Daniel, Badtz-Maru, Kuromi, My Sweet Piano, and Mocha.
Original Masks & Cases – Kids Sizes (3 Designs) | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)
There are also kids sizes with My Melody, Kuromi, and a character mix designs so parents and children can look cute together.
Mask Attachments (6 Designs) | ¥1,650 Each (Before Tax)
Sanrio also has a line-up of Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, My Melody, Kuromi, Pompompurin, and Cinnamoroll attachments for the face masks.
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Sanrio Puroland Official Website: https://www.puroland.jp/
Japan’s Tom and Jerry Exhibition Celebrates 80 Years of the Animated Series
23.November.2020 | SPOT
Tom and Jerry is an animated franchise created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Adored worldwide for its titular rival characters, the hit series has won Academy Awards for Animated Short Film.
The series is now getting its first ever exhibition, and it will take place in Japan, celebrating 80 years of the beloved franchise. Fans can look forward to seeing 250 original illustrations, animation cels from the debut animation short in the series Puss Gets the Boot, rough sketches, storyboards, and more. There will also be exhibits of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons loved by Japanese children.
The Exhibition Break-Down
Chapter One: The Birth of the Legendary Duo
Chapter One of the exhibition will look at the history behind the birth of Tom and Jerry in 1940, and visitors will be able to watch the episodes that received Academy Awards.
Chapter Two: The Charm of the Tom and Jerry Series
The episodes, layout, secondary characters, title backgrounds, and more will be explored in detail. There will also be 3D recreations of Tom being out-done by Jerry.
Chapter Three: Passing Onto Future Generations
This chapter will explore Tom and Jerry from 1986 onwards. Visitors will also be able to see a recreation of the desk of American animator Spike Brandt who worked on numerous Tom and Jerry films.
Chapter Four: Onto Television
Chapter Four will explore the limits of what Hanna-Barbera were able to do in the early days on a low budget. Episodes and sounds nostalgic to Japanese people who grew up with their animations will also be played.
Chapter Five: Tom and Jerry’s Eternal Chase
Exhibits of the Tom and Jerry Show, as well as an exclusive animation made for this exhibition, will be showcased. Visitors can also get their hands on a selection of 200 pieces of exclusive merchandise and pre-sales on original items.
TOM AND JERRY and related characters and elements ⓒ ＆ ™ Tuｒner Entertainment Co. (s20)
Tom and Jerry Exhibition
Running: December 18, 2020 – January 13, 2021 (Except January 1, 2021)
Location: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse 1 Floor 2F, 1-1 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 10:30-17:00 / [Weekends] 10:00-18:00
Official Website: https://akarenga.yafjp.org/event/tomandjerry/
Luxurious Christmas Desserts Whipped Up at Ginza’s SHISEIDO PARLOUR SALON DE CAFE
23.November.2020 | FOOD
SHISEIDO PARLOUR SALON DE CAFE in Ginza, Tokyo, is serving up Christmas cheer this year in the form of a delightful selection of desserts from December 1 to 29.
Christmas Angel Parfait | ¥2,300 (Tax Included)
Made with super sweet Le Lectier pears and combined with assorted berries, this parfait is like a gift from the heavens.
Present From The Heavens w/ Drink | ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
A super cute Christmas assortment with a Christmas present made from white chocolate and berry yam, a snowman made from yuzu citrus-laced milk ice cream, and more.
Shiseido Parlour Story w/ Drink | ¥2,600 (Tax Included) *Served weekdays only
Ensemble Chocolate w/ Drink | ¥2,200 (tax Included)
A brownie made from a combination of Belgian, French, and Swiss chocolate surrounded by ganache, ice cream, and more, served with a spread of berry sauce.
Strawberry Parfait | ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
A simple but deliciously sweet parfait made with koiminori strawberries from Nagasaki. It’s served with ice cream and sauce but only contains 10g sugar content.
SHISEIDO PARLOUR SALON DE CAFÉ
Address: Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building 3F, 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5537-6231 (Reservations Not Required)
[Mon-Sat] 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
[Sun & Public Holidays] 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Closed: Mondays (Except Public Holidays) / New Year Holidays
Official Website: https://parlour.shiseido.co.jp/
Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars Kiki & Lala to Feature in Special Christmas Event in Shinjuku
22.November.2020 | SPOT
Sanrio’s beloved character pair Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, will feature as part of a special winter event titled “TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS” in collaboration with Odakyu Electric Railway. It will take place at Shinjuku Southern Terrace from December 1 to 25, illuminating the area with beautiful Christmas lights.
Kiki & Lala’s Twinkling Christmas Tree
Shinjuku Southern Terrace will dazzle visitors with its pink and blue illuminations as will its towering 4-meter tall Christmas Tree which was made in collaboration with the installation art group MIRRORBOWLER. It will be decorated in countless mirror balls which will reflect beautifully both during the day from the sun and at night with Kiki & Lala’s illuminations. The tree will also be adorned with numerous Christmas decorations like clouds, moons, and stars—all very reminiscent of Sanrio’s pastel-coloured pair.
Kiki & Lala Food & Drink
Kiki & Lala Ruby Chocolate Latte ¥400 (Tax Included) | Kiki & lala Twinkle Crepe ¥600 (Tax Included)
On weekends, as well as from December 19 up to Christmas Day, a food wagon will make an appearance at the event serving Kiki & Lala food and drink like the pink and fruity Ruby Chocolate Latte and fruit-filled Twinkle Crepe.
Limited-Edition Design Clip
Customers who spend over ¥2,000 (tax included) at the wagon will get themselves a free limited-edition design clip.
Cafe Wagon Schedule
Running: December 5th-6th, 12th-13th, 19th-25th, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
AR Kiki & Lala Tree
Those unable to visit Shinjuku this Christmas can access the “TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS AR TREE” digitally This will have Kiki & Lala’s Christmas tree appear on your phone when taking photos. You can access it here.
©‘76,’20 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ
Little Twin Stars x Shinjuku Southern Terrace TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS
Running: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Tree Light-Up Schedule: December 1 = 17:00-24:00 / December 2-24 = 16:30～24:00 / December 25 = 16:30-21:00
Address: 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/news/ts-odakyu-twinkle-color-christmas-20201119/
Pikachu Caramel Frappes Zap Their Way to Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe This Holiday Season
Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, is adding the new “Caramel Pika Pika Frappe” to its menu this holiday season from December 5, 2020 to January 15, 2021.
Caramel Pika Pika Frappe | ¥700 (Before Tax)
The adorable beverage is based on the Japanese custard pudding known as purin. It’s laced with caramel sauce, closed off with a squirt of whipped cream, and finished with a sprinkling of chocolate chips for accent.
The drink also comes with one of four possible Pikachu sleeves which feature designs in promotion of the upcoming animated film Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (also known as Pokémon the Movie: Coco) which will be released in Japan on December 25, 2020 and in the US in 2021.
© 2020 Pokémon.©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Pokémon, ポケットモンスター, and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK inc.
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© Pokémon © 2020 Pikachu Project
Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe
Address: Sunshine City Alpa 2F, 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/pikachu_sweets/
Tokyo’s Fate/Grand Order 2021 Event to Take Place at Ikebukuro Sunshine 60
To promote the upcoming anime film adaptation of mobile RPG Fate/Grand Order‘s popular episode “6th Singularity: Camelot,” an event will take place at SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck and Sunshine Aquarium in Ikebukuro, Tokyo from December 4, 2020 to January 31, 2021.
New artwork displayed for the event
A collection of new artwork has been drawn specially for the event. Fans will find life-sized cut-outs of Bedivere, Mashu Kyrielite, Lion King, Gawain, and Lancelot at the observation deck and Ozymandias, Nitocris, and Arash at the aquarium. There will also be voiced panels at the observation deck with newly-recorded lines by Mamoru Miyano (Bedivere) and Takehito Koyasu (Ozymandias). Different voice recordings will be rolled out throughout the duration of the event. This info can be found by following the venue on Twitter @skycircus60.
Anime photos and signed exhibits
The observation deck will also feature photos taken from scenes in the anime series as well as exhibits signed by the character voice actors.
Both the observation deck and aquarium will sell their own original merchandise, so fans will want to visit both venues.
Keyword Rally answer sheet
Both venues will host a keyword rally where fans will have to fill out their answers of the correct words on the sheets in Japanese. Clearing each one will get them an original card with five different designs from the observation deck and three from the aquarium.
Answer sheets can be bought for ¥600 each from the 60th floor ticket counter at the observation deck and next to the annual passport counter at the aquarium.
Tully’s Coffee Collaboration
Tully’s Coffee coasters
Both venues have their own branches of Tully’s Coffee, a cafe chain. For every ¥800 spent on a transaction you will receive one of eight possible coasters chosen randomly.展
Movie ticket campaign
If you go to see the upcoming Fate/Grand Order movie in Japan and show your movie ticket at either the observation deck or aquarium you can get 20% off your entry to the event.劇
More original merchandise
Starting on December 4, the observation deck will begin selling merchandise tickets in addition to regular entry tickets which include both admission and a piece of merchandise.
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Fate/Grand Order x SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck x Sunshine Aquarium
Venues: SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck / Sunshine Aquarium
Address: Sunshine City, 3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Observation Deck: December 4, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Aquarium: December 4, 2020 – January 11, 2021
SKY CIRCUSSunshine 60 Observation Deck Official Website: https://sunshinecity.jp/observatory/
Tokyo Tower to Begin Morning Tea Gathering On 150-Meter Main Deck
21.November.2020 | SPOT
Tokyo Tower is set to host a special morning tea gathering on its 150-meter-high main deck, which overlooks central Tokyo, from November 21, 2020.
A peaceful morning cup of tea above Tokyo
Tokyo is a communications tower in the middle of Tokyo which has its own observation deck open to the public which offers an incredible view of the capital. During the day, the tower is very busy with visitors, and so this morning tea gathering aims to offer people a chance to enjoy the tower and its view in peace and quiet, before opening hours, with a cup of Japanese tea.
An open display showcasing Japanese crafts
The event is cooperating with the Japan-France Tea Ceremony Association who is providing specially-selected traditional Japanese tea-making and serving equipment, all of which were made by traditional Japanese artisans and have been passed down since the Edo Period for an authentic.
Open to foreigners even if you don’t know Japanese or the etiquette of the Japanese tea ceremony
Don’t worry if you can’t speak Japanese or don’t know the manners or proper etiquette when it comes to the Japanese tea ceremony – the event is open to all, and you can participate without sitting in the traditional seiza positioning. The staff can speak English, French, and Spanish, so foreign tourists won’t miss out on anything.
Morning Tea Gathering
Running: November 21, 2020 / December 5, 2020 / December 19, 2020 / January 9, 2021 / January 23, 2021 / February 6, 2021 / February 20, 2021
Time: Meeting at 8:15am / Entering at 8:30am
Meeting Point: Tokyo Tower Floor 1F Foot Town
Sign Up: アソビューサイト
SOAK: Tokyo’s New Entertainment Restaurant & Bar Opens Bookings
20.November.2020 | FOOD
Japanese creative company BAKERU has opened bookings for the new entertainment restaurant and bar SOAK which is set to open on November 13, 2020 on the top floor of MIYASHITA PARK’s new brand hotel “sequence MIYASHITA PARK” in Shibuya, Tokyo. The restaurant will served up a ‘Japanese innovative’ menu made by Takeshi Nagashima of Nishiazabu 81 and Hideaki Nagaya of L’Effervescence.
An otherworldly restaurant and bar serving Japanese innovative cuisine
“BUILD NEO TOKYO” is the theme of SOAK. SOAK welcomes by Takeshi Nagashima of Nishiazabu 81 which delivers performance style-entertainment to customes, and Hideaki Nagaya of L’Effervescence, who was chosen for “JAPANESE CUSINE TOP 5 CHEF IN HONG KONG.” Bartending will be Takashi Goto who has worked as the main bartender at Sake Bar DECIBEL in New York and Shampoo in Shinjuku Golden Gai.
An event and party space which can hold up to 100 people
Located just a 3-minute walk from Shibuya Station, SOAK can be used as a party and event space with a maximum capacity of 100 people whether it be a wedding reception or a gathering of friends, family, or business, as well as for events, catering to any and every need. The space was designed by Noiz, a leading interior designer in Japan. The monuments were designed by contemporary artist Akira Yoshida, while the audio design is by Acoustic Engineering and the music is selected by Hirokazu Yamasaki from the post-rock and instrumental band Toe.
OYU: The rooftop terrace offering a panoramic view of Shibuya
Take in a panoramic view of Shibuya atop the rooftop terrace, and enjoy the pool either in the sunlight or shrouded luxuriously in the night with gorgeous illuminations and a glass in hand.
The pre-opening is set for November 13, 2020, but this is subject to change depending on the state of the pandemic.
Pre-Opening: November 13, 2020
Address: MIYASHITA PARK North Floor 18F, 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 17:00-24:00 (Last Orders 23:30)
TEL: 03-6427-9989 (17:00-22:00)
Official Website: https://soaks.tokyo/
Mickey & Friends Disney Christmas Cupcakes to be Released at Ginza Cozy Corner
Japanese confectionery company Ginza Cozy Corner is teaming up with Disney once again to release a new Christmas collection of cupcakes on December 1.
Colourful Disney treats for the holiday season
This sweet seasonal collection is inspired by Mickey & Friends and contains nine unique cupcakes which depict the characters getting ready for their Christmas party.
Disney Christmas Collection (Contains 9) | ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
Cupcakes include a Santa-hat wearing, chocolate ganache-filled Mickey cream cheese cake, a strawberry jam-filled Minnie mousse cake, a lemon and mint cream-packed, Christmas decoration-adorned Donald tart, a banana and mint cream Pluto tart, an orange cream Goofy chocolate cake, and more.
The cakes are packed in a special Disney Christmas box which is sure to catch the attention of sweet tooths this holiday season, perfect for stay-at-home Christmas parties.
Disney Christmas Collection
Running: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Ginza Cozy Corner Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Starbucks Japan Reveals Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino®
19.November.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan has revealed that its second instalment of its limited-edition holiday season 2020 beverages will be the “Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate” and “Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino®” which customers can order from November 24. A new batch of festive Starbucks merch will also hit Japanese branches on November 30.
A harmonious fusion of matcha and sweet white chocolate
Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino® Tall ¥590 (Tall-size only)
Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate: Short ¥450 / Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570 (Hot option only)
Matcha is one of Starbucks Japan’s signature flavours and just to happens to have been in the spotlight in last year’s holiday season drinks. This year sees marbling mixture of of rich matcha sauce and sweet white chocolate syrup with the Frappuccino®, finished with a squirt of whipped cream, brownie bits, and snowy powdered sugar. The hot version comes as a marriage of matcha and white mocha mixed together with steamed milk to warm the cockles of hearts during the cold months.
New holiday season merchandise
The theme of the second batch of merchandise is “Brilliant Season” which capture the bright and sparkly vibe of winter like with the snowflake-covered stainless steel bottle, a glass mug with beads in it that move around when shaken, a snow globe, and more. The perfect line-up for capturing the holiday season mood during your coffee break.
Starbucks Japan is currently serving the Berry x Berry No-Bake Cheesecake Frappuccino® and Berry x Berry White Mocha holiday season drinks for the holiday season until November 24 when they will be replaced by the Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate and Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino®. It is also serving the Starbucks® Christmas Blend, Gingerbread Latte, and Macadamia Toffee Latte until Christmas Day.
Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate and Matcha
Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino®
Running: November 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Available: Starbucks in Japan
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/