Six recommended “made in Japan” gifts you can buy in Tokyo
“I want to buy a good “made in Japan” gift!” No doubt there are many tourists to Japan who think like this. In this article we want to introduce to you six gift items that MMN highly recommends.
“H TOKYO” – A handkerchief specialty store where Japanese designs are popular
“H TOKYO” is the handkerchief specialty store which is located on the 3rd floor of KITTE. From illustrators to novelists, these handkerchiefs are the result of many artist collaborations. The handkerchiefs line the shop, filling up the display areas. Patterns and traditional Japanese designs such as these can only be found in Tokyo. You can also purchase badges and uchiwa fans, small items made from the fabric of the handkerchiefs and many KITTE limited items that cannot be obtained anywhere else.
You can also purchase personalized handkerchiefs with initials, messages and even embroidery. Many foreign visitors and other tourists who are staying in Tokyo for a while choose to order their designs and then collect them before returning home.
Chopstick specialty store, Morita” in Asakusa
The chopstick specialty store called Morita,” a popular store on Nakamise Street, has variety of chopsticks from the reasonable ones to luxurious ones. They have a great variety of chopsticks along with many original items.
Chopsticks are an item that represents Japanese culture. They also have cute chopstick rests. They are tiny and easy to carry around so they made for a great souvenir.
“Coci la elle” in Daikanyama where you can get your very own colorful umbrella!
“Coci la elle” originally stocked only one type of umbrella when it opened, a type made for protecting you from the sun. They now own a second shop in Daikanyama which opened in April this year in addition to the main shop and studio in Kiyosumi-shirakawa.
The closest station is Daikanyama Station via the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line. The station is only 1 stop from Shibuya and so is conveniently accessible.
Coci la elle offers vibrant umbrellas in all types of colours and designs to brighten your day when those rainy days get you down. They also have umbrellas that will protect you from the blistering sun on those scorching days while also making you feel elegant at the same time.
Coci la elle doesn’t just stock umbrellas either. They also offer cute raincoats designed just like a classic raincoat, high quality big-sized scarves made from 100% silk, fun handkerchiefs with an original Coci la elle design, sun umbrellas all handmade by the staff, and more.
Ginza Gekko-so Art Supply Store” where you can purchase original stationaries
Ginza Gekko-so Art Supply Store” is located In Hanatsubaki Street, Ginza 8 Chome. It is a historical art supply store that was established in 1917. This store only carries original art supply products.
The products include colors, brushes and sketch books made by the craftsman and have a horn emblem that signature “call good friends.” They have been creating high quality art supplies, and so many colorful paintings such as oil colors, water colors and gouache placed all over the wall can be seen.
“Wa-no Utsuwa Dengama” – a shop specializing in Japanese pottery located in Kappabashi
The owner of this shop stockes pottery directly from pottery producers from all over Japan. At this shop, Kutani, Mino, Shigaraki, Arita, Masuko and other Japanese traditional dishes are available.
The shop has an extensive lineup from daily-use dishes to masterpieces of well-known pottery producers. You can find daily-use dishes on the first floor, and high-quality one-of-a-kind items, which are made by pottery artists, on the second floor.
Dishes that make your life more vivid await you at “Wa-no Utsuwa Dengam.” Come find a special pottery item for yourself, or get one as a present for your loved one.
MOSHI MOSHI BOX in Harajyuku offers “Made in Japan” – KENDAMA
Harajuku fashion and culture reporters ASOBISYSTEM and culture creating shop BEAMS have teamed up to create a new project called “ASOBEAMS”. They will be producing all new Tokyo souvenirs, starting with their first item, “KENDAMA TOHOKO”, the classic kentama toy.
Designed by a Harajuku artist, the kendama are being made by the worldwide respected kentama firmament Yamagata Workshop. These kendama are now being sold at MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Information Center locate very near Harajuku’s Takeshita Street.
We wish you luck in finding a Japan-limited, “Made in Japan” souvenir to your liking!
Travel Q&A: Where Can I Buy Cheap, Standard Souvenirs in Tokyo?
Tokyo has to be one of the most fun cities for finding souvenirs. But you might be left spoilt for choice wondering where to go. So we’ve compiled a list of shops where you can buy great Japanese souvenirs at a low price all situated in easy-to-find locations
These shops aren’t just used by foreign tourists, they’re used by Japanese people too, so you can rest assured you’ll be getting good quality items at a good price!
You’ll find this drug store easily with its trademark yellow sign. They sell high quality Japanese cosmetics, medical supplies, daily necessities and more priced lower than their regular prices elsewhere. Most of the time you’ll be able to spot this shop surrounding the major stations in Tokyo. It’s a very popular shopping spot, with Japanese people young and old going there daily. Get your hands on popular cosmetics by Shiseido for a low price or stock up on medicines amongst many other things.
There’s no one in Japan that doesn’t know about this discount store. It’s so popular there’s over 30 branches in Tokyo alone. They sell pretty much anything you can thick of from snacks, food and drinks to clothes, cosplay toys, merchandise, daily necessities and much more. You’ll get lost in the maze of shelves all of which overflow with different items. If you’re looking for something a little different for a souvenir, then look nowhere else.
We even made an article on popular souvenirs in Don Quijote which you can read here.
If you’re seeking out kawaii stationery you can’t find outside of Japan as well as other convenient Japanese everyday use items then Tokyu Hands is the place to go. They have branches in Tokyo, Shibuya, Ginza, Shinjuku and elsewhere, making it a great place to stop by when you’re shopping or sightseeing. They stock a lot of products but it’s not like a discount store such as Don Quijote where everything is scattered around, so you can feel more relaxed as you search for a souvenir.
Like Tokyu Hands, LOFT stocks a lot of different products. Japanese people use this shop often for birthday presents for friends and family. There’s over 25 branches in Tokyo including Shibuya and Shinjuku making it another easy place to get to. They also have lots of Japan-made kawaii stationery which makes it a very popular spot amongst foreign tourists.
If it’s electronics you want, then no place is better than Yodobashi Camera. This huge chain sells all kinds of high tech Japanese equipment from PCs to cameras and other electronic items.
Japanese merchandise for characters like Hello Kitty and My Melody is very popular overseas too. KIDDY LAND sells a huge range of character goods including plenty that cannot be found overseas. There’s 8 branches in Tokyo including Harajuku, so if you’re a lover of iconic Japanese characters then you’re going to love this place.
Make use of our list and find the perfect souvenirs for yourself, your family and your friends!
Build Your Own Tokyo Tower & Osaka Castle With These Souvenir Build Kits
10.August.2018 | SPOT
Gotopura are releasing these build-it-yourself kits based on Tokyo Tower and Osaka Castle which will be available early this month at souvenir shops, stations and airports in Tokyo.
Before the kits are disassembled from their frame, they spell out the name of the city the famous landmark is located in. In the case of the Tokyo Tower kit, the pieces spell the word “Tokyo” in Japanese kanji characters (東京) as pictured above. Similarly, the Osaka Castle kit spells out “Osaka” (大阪).
These two products are the first in a planned series of built kits to come from Gotopura.
Building the characters for “Tokyo” gives you a tall 140mm sized Tokyo Tower.
Build Osaka Castle easy with just 15 pieces!
You can also pick from red, clear blue and white versions.
Pick up a kit to build on your way to visit either of these famous spots or get one as a souvenir to take home!
MOSHI MOSHI BOX Staff Recommends: 6 Tasty Souvenirs at Shinjuku Station
It’s safe to say that a lot of people who travel around Tokyo use Shinjuku Station. There’s a lot of souvenir shops around there, but it can be difficult to know what to buy.
In this article, the staff over at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX, Harajuku’s tourist information center loved by travelers, will introduce you to some places to pick up a great souvenir around Shinjuku station, all easily accessible via train lines and the shinkansen!
Ruki’s Recommendations (Spanish Staff) – “BAKE CHEESE TART”
They have a crispy and fluffy texture! They’re sweet and really delicious.
They’re tasty as they are, but I recommend eating them hot when the shop opens, that’s when they’re best♡
Minimal’s Recommendations (Hong Kong Staff) – Cream Puffs at “Choux d’Enfer Paris”
Cute, bite-sized cream puffs! The outside sugar is crunchy and the dough is light.
They have regular flavours like custard and chocolate, but also Japanese-style flavours including cherry blossom and matcha.
Banako’s Recommendations (Chinese-Speaking Staff) – “Ginza Cozy Corner”
Ginza Cozy Corner sells delicious western-style confectioneries. I recommend their matcha flavoured yakikashi (baked sweets)! They’re made with carefully selected high quality ingredients such as Uji matcha and Uji houjicha that will make you feel relaxed. You can enjoy a combination of traditional Japan and western-style confectionery!
Midori’s Recommendations (Miss ID Semifinalist) – Pochiokaki at “Hyouhyouan”
These crunchy rice crackers come in decorative envelopes with beautiful Edo designs! They can of course be given as a New Year’s gift, and are a sign of good luck as a celebratory present. The rice crackers are also made of a rare mochi rice from Toyama Prefecture. They will satisfy kids and adults alike.
Ellie’s Recommendations (English-Speaking Staff) – Namasasara at “Yui”
This shop sells cute bite-sized Japanese sweets. You can buy them from inside NEWoMan which is a shopping facility directly connected to Shinjuku Station. Each and every one of their fine confectioneries are carefully handmade by experts. They sell sweets individually too, so I recommend them as a little present!
Shiota’s Recommendations (Director of MOSHI MOSHI BOX) – An Chocolate at “L’OLIOLI 365”
“An Chocolate” is a steamed dessert made with red bean and chocolate. The center has two layers and the bottom is a red bean and chocolate mousse. They have plenty of flavours including apricot jam, caramel, matcha and more.
Did you enjoy the staff’s list?
If you find yourself stuck on what to buy as a gift, then be sure to reference this article. Have a wonderful trip in Tokyo♫
MOSHI MOSHI BOX staff recommends 6 Tokyo souvenirs!
Tokyo Station is a station used by many tourists. When you visit Tokyo, of course, you will want to buy some souvenirs. But you may wonder, what souvenirs are “good” Tokyo souvenirs?
In this article, the staff of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center, who love to travel, will introduce to you some recommended souvenirs which can be bought in and around Tokyo Station.
“Ohana no Babaroa Ball Cake”recommended by our Spanish staff, Luki.
I am sure that this gift is suitable to be given to women who loves flowers.
The product uses eatable flowers and has a gorgeous looking/splendid taste.
“Torotoro Yaki Cup Cheese” recommended by our Hong Konger staff, Minimal.
A very popular product where some days about 4,000 pieces are sold in a day! The combination of the melty cream cheese and crunchy cookie tart is awesome.
You can enjoy the product by heating it or cooling it.
“Siretoco Doughnut”recommdend by our Chinese-speaking staff, Banako
Many cute animals are place on top of a doughnut and of course, the doughnuts taste good.
Each animal is very cute and there are Tokyo Station-limited variations!
“Tokyo Banana – Banana Yogurt Flavor” recommended by the Miss ID Semi-Finalist, Midori.
Did you know that a new version of Tokyo Banana (a very famous sweets item of Tokyo), a collaborative item with the panda cub in Ueno Zoo called Xiang Xiang, was released!?
The flavor of the product is banana & yogurt. Eating this item will feel a bit “mottainai”to eat. That is, it looks too cute to be eaten because the illustration of the panda cub is so cute!
“Gomatamago” recommended by our English-speaking staff, Ellie.
This sweets item is a standard souvenir of Tokyo. The black sesame paste, and black sesame jam are wrapped inside a castella sponge cake and the whole cake is coated with a white chocolate.
The splendid harmony of the 4 layers is addictive. The shape of the product which looks like an egg is very cute♡ The name, Gomatamago means, “goma” = “sesame” and “tamago”=”egg.”
“Tokyo Hiyoko” recommended by the director of MOSHI MOSHI BOX, Shiota.
A standard Tokyo souvenir dessert comprised of a sweet bean jam wrapped in a soft dough.
Don’t miss the various of flavors which are sold for a limited time offers!
How did you like our MOSHI MOSHI BOX staff recommended Tokyo souvenirs? Please refer to this article when you are not sure which Tokyo souvenir to buy. Let’s have fun in Tokyo!
Best store to purchase panda souvenirs! Matsuzakaya Ueno Store holds “Panda No. 1 Grand Prix”
With the birth of the panda cub, Xiang Xiang Ueno’s panda bear fever is on the rise. All kinds of panda menu items and souvenirs are gaining popularity.
In line with this excitement, Matsuzakaya Ueno Store has announced that they are going to hold the event titled, “Panda No. 1 Grand Prix” on the food floor of the department store so as to survey which is the most popular panda menu item. Twenty-five food items were chosen out of the approximately 50 panda menu items by buyers recommendations. If you are looking to purchase a panda food item, this is the place to head for. Here, we will introduce to you just a few of these panda food items.
<Heichinroh> Panda Man (bun with bean-jam filling) 453 yen per bun / Basement 1F
<Taro> Panda inari (sushi wrapped in fried bean curd) 594 yen / Basement 1F
<Obusedo> Kurian Panda Manju (bun with chestnut / bean-jam filling) 2 buns 594 yen / 1F
<Sapporo Kaniya> Panda chirashi (sushi topped with variety of ingredients) Basement 1F
<Shinjuku Takano> Akachan (baby) Panda 1 item 756 yen / 1F
<Juchheim> Panda Butter Cookie 12 cookies 648 yen / 1F
In addition, there are lots of other cute panda bear souvenirs. From the 25 recommended panda bear items, the NO.1 will be chosen. All customers who purchase a panda item worth over 200 yen will be given a ballot sheet. All you have to do is fill in the necessary information along with registering your choice and stuff this into the ballot box. After the voting is closed 5 lucky persons who casted their vote will win shopping coupons worth 3000 yen of one of the top 3 items.
For all who are wondering which panda souvenir to buy, head on over to Matsuzakaya Ueno store.
12 Summer Souvenirs to Pick Up at Tokyo Station
The hardest thing when travelling is deciding what souvenirs to take back home for friends and family. We have compiled a list of recommended souvenirs that are perfect for 2018 summertime and can be picked up from Tokyo Station right now.
Souvenir Theme: Refreshing
1: Ryoukansui (Minamoto Kitchoan / GRANSTA) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
Kingyokukan, a type of sweet jelly, is piled on top of lemon and lime flavoured sweet bean jelly and topped with more sweet jelly cut into sweetfish and maple shapes. Available until the end of August 2018.
2: Cream Bread with Coffee Jelly (Hattendo / Ecute Keiyo Street) – ¥260 Each (Tax Included)
Hattendo have created a new texture by combining cream and coffee flavoured jelly. This is a very summery dessert. Available until August 31, 2018.
3: Fruit Dango (Rokube / Ecute Tokyo) – ¥345 Each (Tax Included)
A combination of chewy dango and three different fresh jelly flavours: strawberry, mango or blueberry. Their colourful and refreshing appearance make them a perfect summer treat. Available until August 31, 2018.
Souvenir Theme: Fruits
1: Set of 9 Cube Jellies (DOCLE FELICE / GRANSTA) – ¥1,944 (Tax Included)
These cube shaped jellies are made using only carefully selected fruits grown in Japan. There are six flavours: apple, pear, white peach, melon, grape, and orange. Limited stock – will discontinue once sales end.
2: Jelly Peche (Shinseido Parlour / Ecute Tokyo) – ¥540 Each (Tax Included)
This white peach jelly is mixed with refreshing pineapple and passion fruit. Available until the end of September 2018 and at the Ecute Tokyo branch of Shinseido Parlour only.
3: Baked Cup Cheese Mango (Fromage Terra / Ecute Tokyo Keiyo Street) – ¥324 Each (Tax Included)
Baked cup cheese is a very popular product in Japan, and these ones are topped with a mango paste. Ensured to cool you down in summer. Available until September 2, 2018 at the Ecute Keiyo Street branch of Fromage Terra only.
Souvenir Theme: Tokyo Station Limited Edition
1: Tokyo Suzu Senbei (Fujimidou / GRANSTA) – ¥1,530 (Tax Included)
This popular product is available only at Tokyo Station and is made using carefully selected ingredients. They are a bell-shaped senbei, or rice cracker, themed on the silver bell located in Tokyo Station, a popular meeting spot.
2: Tokyo Anpan Cake (Tokyo Anpan Mame Ichizu / Ecute Tokyo) – ¥480 Each (Tax Included)
This pancake is filled with reduced sugar red bean paste from Tokachi in Hokkaido, large grain red beans, and butter. If you love Japanese red bean paste then this hearty serving is sure to satisfy your taste buds!
3: Marcoloni Biscuit (Pierre Marcoloni / GRANSTA) – ¥3,564 (Tax Included)
A biscuit that marries together rich couverture chocolate and fragrant ginger.
Souvenir Theme: Station Building Packaging
1: Shinkansen CAVA (Wine Shop ENOTECA / GRANSTA Marunouchi) – ¥2,700 (Tax Included)）
This sparkling wine comes in a pop art design of the shinkansen at Tokyo Station. We recommend this wine for people who don’t like sweet alcohol and alcohol lovers in general.
2: Baumkuchen Almond [Contains 7] (Meisterstücke Juchheim / Ecute Tokyo) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
These baumkuchen are almond flavoured and come in a packaging design featuring the Tokyo Station building. Available from August 13.
3: TOKYO☆Summer Station Building (Siretoco Donuts / Ecute Keiyo Street) – ¥420 Each (Tax Included)
These summer version doughnuts from Siretoco feature the bricks on the Tokyo Station building. Available until September 3.
If you’re lost on what souvenirs to buy at Tokyo Station, then be sure to use this list as reference!
Suntory’s Flagship Single Malt Whisky ‘Yamazaki’ Gets Limited-Edition Bottle
17.January.2021 | FOOD
Suntory has announced the release of a special edition of its single malt whisky, Yamazaki Limited Edition 2021, which will be released in Japan in limited quantities from May 25, 2021.
The whisky comes from Japan’s first and oldest malt distillery, multi-layered with fruit and Mizunara aromas. It is rich in Japanese nature and craftsmanship and has gone on to become one of the most popular whiskies in Japan for its delicate flavour. The prestige of the drink has also led it to be praised by whisky lovers around the world. The malt is carefully aged over the years and throughout the four seasons in its casks.
The new limited-edition version has been prepared in new Mizunara malt casks and is perfect as a gift. It’s also limited in stock making it a rare must-grab for drinkers of the brand.
Universal Studios Japan Announces Easter Universal Celebration 2021
13.January.2021 | SPOT
Universal Studios Japan is set to spring into Easter starting on March 12 with the announcement of Universal Easter Celebration 2021. This year, which marks the 20th anniversary since USJ opened, will see the park’s cute and iconic characters once again lull guests into an unforgettable Easter dream at Universal Wonderland and Minion Park.
Universal Easter Celebration
USJ will see colourful pastel decorations cover the Universal Wonderland and Minion Park areas, and the characters too will be dressed in their seasonal Easter costumes. A special Easter rendition of the Wonderland Seasons Joy show will also take place to commemorate the park’s 20th anniversary with song and dance.
Wonderland Seasons Joy ~Easter Ver.~
Minion Park Easter
The park will also introduced a special egg hunt after Elmo and the Minions dropped some of their eggs. If you manage to find them all you get a limited-edition gold medal. USJ is also taking the Easter festivities online too with a special celebratory live stream called Let’s Cooking! Kawaii Easter Party
WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s21) Minions and all related elements and indicia TM & © 2021 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. TM & © 2021 Sesame Workshop © 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC TM & © Universal Studios & Amblin Entertainment Universal Studios Japan TM & © Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
Universal Easter Celebration
Running: March 12, 2021 – June 27, 2021
Location: Universal Studios Japan
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us
200 Varieties of Japanese Iris to Bloom at Odawara Flower Garden
10.January.2021 | SPOT
The plum blossoms of Odawara Flower Garden, which is located in Odawara, Kanagawa, are at the height of their blossom right now. The park’s Keiryu no Baien (“Mountain Stream Plum Garden”) area boasts the largest collection of plum blossoms in Japan’s Kanto region, with 480 trees spanning 200 species.
480 individual Japanese ayame plum blossoms of 200 varieties will adorn the garden once again this year. The event has a different theme each year, with this year’s focusing on the interweaving of red and white coloured flowers on each tree branch.
Visitors will be able to see the beautiful colour combination from many different iris varieties such as the murui-shibori which sometimes sees red safflowers come to life, the wachigai which witnesses wonderful variegated flowering, the impeccably beautiful maki-tateyama, and more.
2021 Keiryu no Baien
Running: January 23, 2021 – March 7, 2021
Location: Odawara Flower Garden
Address: 3798-5 Kuno, Odawara, Kanagawa
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00
*No holidays for the duration of the event – open every day
Keiryu no Baien Guide Tour
Takayuki Otsubo, the president of the garden, is also an advisor on the management of its plants. He will be offering a detailed tour for the event.
Date: February 21, 2021
Times: 10:30 / 13:30 (1 hour each)
Capacity: 30 per slot (first-come, first-served)
*Tour will be held seated indoors if it rains
Keiryu no Baien Flowers and Kimono Girls
A kimono rental and fitting service will be available at the event so visitors can take photo next to the gorgeous flowers while adorned in traditional Japanese dress.
Date: February 13, 2021
Time: 9:30-16:00 (Bookable slots)
Price: ¥3,000 (Tax/Rental/Fitting included)
No. of People: 15 (Booking required)
Bookings: By phone call by February 7, 2021
*Must be at least 140m tall
*Visitors are asked to do their own makeup
*Male kimono are available in limited quantities
The Odawara Flower Garden cafe, Cafe Hibiscus, is serving a selection of plum blossom themed meals and drinks for the festival. This includes the above-pictured new soba noodle dish, which is topped with plum pulp grown in Odawara as well as kamaboko fish cake, shrimp fritters, and spring onion. The broth in particular is worth of note which the staff went to great lengths to create. There’s also plum blossom ice cream too made with nanko plums, as well as other delicious bites.
Plum Blossom Festival Soba Noodles – ¥600 (Tax Included) / With Drink ¥700 (Tax Included)
Plum Ice Cream – ¥380 (Tax Included)
Location: Cafe Hibiscus
Opening Hours: 10:00-16:00 (Last Orders 15:30)
*No holidays for the duration of the event – open every day
Plum Blossom Souvenirs
A selection of plum blossom-themed souvenirs will be available like umeboshi dried plum, plum jelly, and more.
Available: From early January 2021
Location: Entrance souvenir corner
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00
Odawara Flower Garden
Address: 3798-5 Kuno, Odawara-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Official Website: https://www.seibu-la.co.jp/odawarafg/
Super Nintendo World Releases Virtual Tour of Entire Theme Park Area
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) announced last month that its highly-anticipated new Super Nintendo World area will open on February 4, 2021, which also happens to fall on the day of USJ’s 20th anniversary.
Super Nintendo World comes as the world’s first theme park area to be based around Nintendo’s characters and games, combining innovative ideas with cutting-edge technology.
With just one month left until the grand opening, USJ has launched a special website for Super Nintendo World which offers a virtual tour through each part of the new theme park area. Mario fanatics are sure to be delighted by the adornments from Bowser’s Castle to Pipes, Mushrooms, Question blocks, and more, as well as familiar faces like Goombas, Thwomps, Yoshi—the list goes on.
Accessing the site will bring you to an overview of the map. As you scroll down the website takes you on a virtual journey to each of its iconic attractions, all of which are designed to make you feel like you’re really in the world of Super Mario.
Universal Studios Japan – Super Nintendo World
Grand Opening: February 4, 2021
Virtual Tour: https://super-nintendo-world.usj.co.jp/
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us/super-nintendo-world
teamLab Reconnect Project Combines Art With the Sauna Experience in Roppongi
06.January.2021 | SPOT
Art collective teamLab has announced the opening of teamLab Reconnect: Art with Rinkan Sauna Roppongi which will run for half a year starting this March in Roppngi, Tokyo.
Since 2019, teamLab has been combining saunas with digital art to create wholly new and unique sauna experiences never before seen.
teamLab Reconnect’s aim is not to offer a luxury and high-end venue for seeing artwork, but to put visitors into a luxurious state to experience the art. Through contrast bath therapy, where visitors are placed in a hot sauna followed by cold water and then relaxation, they can open their minds and senses to a variety of artworks and in essence become part of the art itself. teamLab hopes this will enable visitors to realise their own existence―their mind, body, and environment―and in turn ‘reconnect’ with the world and time.
teamLab, 2021, Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
teamLab Reconnect will welcome a variety of new artworks based on teamLab’s new art project ‘Supernature Phenomenon’ which captures different natural phenomena in nature.
Proliferating Immense Life – A Whole Year per Year
teamLab, 2020, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
This artwork captures the life cycle of flowers. It is not a pre-recorded image that is played back; it is created by a computer program that continuously renders the work in real time. The interaction between people and the installation causes continuous change in the artwork, meaning previous visual states can never be replicated, and will never reoccur.
Since opening their sauna in Mifuneyama Rakuen in Kyushu back in 2019, which won the SAUNACHELIN two years in a row in 2019 and 2020, teamLab has gone on to create new works of sauna art such as teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live and teamLab Ruins and Heritage: Rinkan Spa & Tea Ceremony.
teamLab Reconnect: Art with Rinkan Sauna Roppongi
Location: teamLab Reconnect, 5-10-25 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Running March 2021 – August 2021
Official Website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/reconnect/
hotel androoms Announces Opening of New Kyoto Shijo Branch in March
06.January.2021 | SPOT
Solare Hotels and Resorts has announced that a new branch of hotels androoms will open in Kyoto Shijo on March 6, 2021. In the run up to its grand opening, the company has opened a website where guests can book hotels with Solare Hotels and Resorts at the cheapest possible price. The website will begin rolling out more information about each hotel on the site through the year.
hotel androoms Kyoto Shijo is located a convenient 5-minute walk from Kyoto Station’s Karasuma Line section and 7 minutes from the Central Exit in the JR section, placing it within close distance to many of Kyoto’s sightseeing spots.
The hotel offers seven different room types from standard to double to premium twin. One room can house a maximum of three people, accommodating groups and families. It also promises to be packed with a variety of exclusive services you won’t find at other hotels.
Specialty coffee by Unir Kyoto
hotel androoms Kyoto Shijo will welcome the opening of a new branch of Unir inside the hotel which serves coffee made from specially-selected coffee beans. The coffee is hand-roasted on site with baristas pouring their love and skill into every cup.
Breakfast delivered right to your room
The morning time is your time and should be used as you please without you having to rush around, so says the hotel, and so it offers a breakfast delivery service which must be booked in advance.
Relax and unwind in the modern-style baths
Those looking for a little relaxation can look forward to pushing all their stresses aside in a modern bathing area which is inspired by a cave. It’s open from 3pm-2am and again from 6am-10am.
If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto and want a hotel with easy access to all the hot spots then be sure to consider hotel androoms Kyoto Shijo.
hotel androoms Kyoto Shijo
730 Ebisunocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Book Here (English): https://www.hotel-androoms.com/en/aks/
Tokyo Welcomes New KISS,TOKYO Bench at Shibuya River Street
02.January.2021 | SPOT
What is being dubbed as a new sightseeing spot in Shibuya, “KISS,TOKYO,” an artistic bench, appeared at Shibuya River Street on Christmas Day. The street runs from SHIBUYA STREAM towards Daikanyama.
“KISS,TOKYO” is a project and nod towards those who love Tokyo, taking inspiration from the “I♡NY” slogan and logo. Japan isn’t a country where kisses are used as greetings like other places around the world, but the bold notion of “KISS,TOKYO” expresses the feeling of love wards the people and city. It’s a mark to welcome visitors to the capital of Japan.
The bench was made in cooperation with the Shibuya City Tourism Association and Tokyu and under a crowdfunder.
A pop-up shop is now open at WIRED SHIBUYA selling merchandise with the KISS,TOKYO logo on it. It will run until January 31, 2021.
If you’re planning a trip to Shibuya, make sure you get a photo with the city’s new sightseeing and tourist spot.
Location: Shibuya River Street (3-22 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Running: December 25, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Location: WIRED SHIBUYA (3-27-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
KISS,TOKYO Official Homepage: https://kiss.tokyo/
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/
Doraemon Future Department Store to Open Pop-Up Shop in Osaka and Nagoya
Doraemon’s official shop Doraemon Future Department Store, which is located in Odaiba, Tokyo, is celebrating its 1st anniversary of opening this December by opening two limited-time shops in Osaka and Nagoya this month and January respectively. Fans can get their hands on a selection of exclusive merchandise and more.
The pop-up shops will offer a customisation service which lets customers have different embroideries put into the T-shirts, tote bags, and other merch they buy. The work is done on the spot by hand so you can see the result of what will be a very special item of which only one exists in the world. Perfect for Doraemon fans and gifts to friends and family.
The shop will offer a postal service for sending off Doraemon letters and postcards with original Doraemon stamps.
1st Anniversary Postcard
Mini Tote Bag
Those who buy anything from the department stores will receive a free 1st anniversary postcard. And for every ¥5,000 spent (tax included) they’ll get a mini tote bag. These are all limited in stock so you’ll want to get them while they’re hot.
If you’re in Osaka or Nagoya over the New Year be sure to pay a visit to the Doraemon Future Department Store pop-up shops.
Doraemon Future Department Store in Abeno Harukas Kintetsu 2021
Location: Abeno Harukas Kintetsu, Wing Building Floor 4F
Running: December 30, 2020 – January 17, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (until 18:00 on January 17)
Closed: January 1, 2021
Doraemon Future Department Store in Takashiyama Gate Tower Mall 2021
Location: Takashiyama Gate Tower Mall (Nagoya), Rose Terrace on Floor 7F
Running: January 8, 2021 – January 26, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
*Opening hours subject to change
Sailor Moon Launches Fans Into Space at KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA
KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA TOKYO, Konica Minolta Planetarium “MANTEN” in Sunshine City, and Konica Minolta Planetarium “TENKU” in TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN® are set to collaborate with the upcoming anime film Sailor Moon Eternal starting on December 22, 2020.
Each of the planetariums’ lobbies have been decorated into special Sailor Moon Eternal welcome zones, and fans can get their hands on a range of original and exclusive merchandise. At PLANETARIA TOKYO, their Cafe Planetaria is serving up a selection of Sailor Moon-themed food too.
Guided by the Light of the Moon: A Welcoming Under the Starry Sky
As part of the collaboration, PLANETARIA TOKYO, Planetaria “MANTEN,” and Planetaria “TENKU” have a special welcome reception ready for visitors inspired by the two-part Sailor Moon Eternal movie.
New official artwork designed for the planetarium
A special new and original illustration has been drawn for the collaboration which is displayed at each venue as well as featuring on some of the merchandise being sold.
The Welcome Zone is decked out in Sailor Moon Eternal decorations, a special photo booth, and more for fans to feel like they’re part of the anime film’s work.
Locate Luna, Artemis, and Diana
If you find Luna, Artemis, and Diana at any of the planetariums, there will be keywords associated with them. The first 5,000 people at each planetarium tell these to a staff member will receive a special limited-edition Sailor Moon Eternal postcard.
Cafe Planetaria Collaboration Menu
Galaxy Doughnuts – From Left: Super Sailor Jupiter / Super Sailor Mercury / Super Sailor Moon / Super Sailor Mars / Super Sailor Venus | ¥600 Each (Before Tax)
Cafe Planetaria at PLANETARIA TOKYO is selling doughnuts worthy of a cafe whose menu focuses on having customers enjoy “the taste of the night sky.” Each of the five galaxy doughnuts is inspired by the colours of the five main Sailors. There’s also a selection of drinks and other desserts too.
Super Sailor Moon Lychee Milk | ¥800 (Before Tax)
A lychee juice and milk combi topped with a crescent moon-shaped lemon. Pour in the accompanying pink grapefruit juice to enjoy a new taste and cute appearance.
Tuxedo Mask’s Chocolate Latte | ¥800 (Before Tax)
A truly striking beverage whose inspiration is sure to be instantly recognisable to Sailor Moon fans. It’s none other than Tuxedo Mask who gets himself a macadamia nut and chocolate latte.
Super Sailor Moon Parfait | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
A sweet and tangy parfait with colours based on the Sailor uniform. It’s topped with amaou strawberry ice cream and pineapple jelly and adorned with a chocolate crescent moon and ribbon.
Super Sailor Chibi Moon Sweets Box | ¥1,100 (Before Tax)
An assortment of sweets treats like a raspberry and strawberry fruit sandwich, a berry-topped baked dessert, a heart-shaped macaron, and more.
Otome Berry Tart ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
A fruity tart topped with assorted berries and a macaron made to look like the Crisis Moon Compact.
Planet Cocktail Series
Limited-Edition Coasters (3 Designs)
Fans who order one of the non-alcoholic cocktails from the Planet Cocktail Series will receive one of three limited-edition coasters for free. There are also alcoholic cocktails but these don’t come with a coaster.
Sailor Moon Eternal x KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA Collaboration
Running: December 22, 2020 – March 17, 2021
KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA TOKYO in Yurakucho: https://planetarium.konicaminolta.jp/planetariatokyo/
Konica Minolta Planetarium “MANTEN” in Sunshine City in Ikebukuro: https://planetarium.konicaminolta.jp/manten/
Konica Minolta Planetarium “TENKU” in TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN® in Oshiage: https://planetarium.konicaminolta.jp/tenku/
Cafe Planetaria: https://planetarium.konicaminolta.jp/planetariatokyo/cafe/
Hop Aboard The Exeggutor-Themed Plane in Japan
Japanese regional airline company Solaseed Air Inc. has partnered up with Pokémon, creating an Exeggutor-themed plane.
In October 2020, Exeggutor was labelled as Miyazaki prefecture’s favourite Pokémon. This selection is due to Miyazaki being commonly associated with its warm and sunny climate. Exeggutor also resembles Miyazaki’s famous Phoenix palm trees, making it the perfect Pokémon ambassador.
Solaseed Air Exeggutor decal sticker on the right side of the plane
Solaseed Air Alolan Exeggutor decal sticker on the left side of the plane
Solaseed Air has decorated the outside of their planes with large Pokémon decal stickers of approximately 9m long by 3m wide. Exeggutors can be seen on the right side whereas Alolan Exeggutors can be seen on the left.
Once you enter the aircraft, you will discover original Exeggutor headrest covers. The cabin crew will also be serving passengers while wearing original Exeggutor-themed aprons.
Solaseed Air Commemoration Gifts
A celebration was held at Miyazaki Airport on December 19, 2020 to commemorate the launch of the first Pokémon aircraft Solaseed Air 54, which departed Miyazaki at 10:05am and arrived at Tokyo Narita Airport at 11:40am. The passengers aboard were given Exeggutor-themed gift bags which contained sweets, an original Miyazaki prefecture ballpoint pen, coaster, magazine, commemoration certificate and more.
Solaseed Air Ceremony
Exeggutor also managed to make it to the ceremony to deliver happiness and express gratitude towards Solaseed Air passengers.
Enjoy the wonders of Miyazaki prefecture with Exeggutor and hop on the plane for an unforgettable adventure.
Exeggutor Resort in Miyazaki
Running from December 19, 2020
Solaseed Air Official Website: https://www.solaseedair.jp
Gundam Robot Facility with Giant Moving Gundam Robot Opens in Yokohama
GUNDAM FACTORY YOKOHAMA has successfully created a giant 18-metre-tall moving gundam robot which can be seen on the outside of the facility – a legendary dream made into reality. The facility opened on December 19, 2020 and will remain open for a limited time only.
The facility is split into two areas: The GUNDAM-DOCK and the GUNDAM-LAB. The GUNDAM-DOCK is for the storage and maintenance of the giant robot whereas the GUNDAM LAB is an exhibition space where you can learn about gundam robots and understand how they are built. Visitors can enter the GUNDAM-DOCK TOWER located on the GUNDAM-DOCK to witness the incredible moving body and head of the giant up close from a 15-18 metre height on the special viewing deck.
Gundam is a much-loved franchise by the Japanese and foreigners alike. This is a great chance to witness Japan’s latest breathtaking technology in person.
GUNDAM FACTORY YOKOHAMA
Location: Yamashitafuto, Yokohama,
Open: December 19, 2020 – March 31, 2022
Running: 10:00 – 21:00 (Last Entries: 20:00)
Adults: ¥1,650 (13 years and above)
Children: 7-12 years: ¥1,100
*For more information, please visit the official website.
Access: 7-minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station (Minatomirai Line)
Yokohama BAYSIDE BLUE Bus: 3-minute walk from Yamashitafuto Bus Stop
GUNDAM FACTORY YOKOHAMA Official Website: https://gundam-factory.net/