Experience the snowfall-night-view of Tokyo! “TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA” at Tokyo Tower
17.November.2017 | SPOT
On the second floor of the main observation deck an event titled, “TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA” will be held. This event will integrate Tokyo’s night view and projection mapping and it will be held from 2017 November 15th (Wed.) ~ 2018 January 31st (Wed.). This event was planned and will be carried out by NAKED Inc. This year’s event will utilize a snow machine, laser beams and mirror balls to create a sparkling snow fall – a first for Tokyo Tower.
In recent years, NAKED Inc. has been producing Tokyo Tower’s Observation Deck Christmas illumination experiential event, “TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA.” The theme of this year’s illumination program is “SNOW CRYSTAL TOWER” and they are going to play out the scene where a frozen and still Tokyo Tower, comes alive making for a “Magical observation deck of snow and ice.” Using laser beams, a snow machine and mirror balls, it will seem as if glistening snow is falling throughout the observation deck. Furthermore, by projection mapping on the windows and the floor of the observation deck they will create a magical frozen world. During this grand collaborative event when the night view from Tokyo Tower and the illumination performance can be seen, a “snow crystal” photo spot will be installed for an event limited time.
Utilizing the snow machine, snow will fall all around Tokyo Tower. Then using lazer beams and mirror balls this snow will sparkle making for a fairy-tale like atmosphere.
By projection mapping on the windows and the floor, one will experience a magical world which expresses a frozen Tokyo Tower world.
Along with the spectacular night view of Tokyo, why not come and experience this magical world of Tokyo Tower enveloped in snowfall.
Little Twin Stars 45th Anniversary Celebrated at Tokyo Tower
To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Sanrio’s popular characters Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, Tokyo Tower is now hosting an event called “Twinkle color miracle☆” which began on July 1.
A special projection mapping display called “TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA ～Twinkle color miracle☆～” by NAKED, INC. is being shown on the second floor main deck of Tokyo Tower. This three-minute video covers the entire 30-meter long north window of the tower, showing a cluster of fireworks, the ocean, Tanabata, and other designs featuring Kiki & Lala’s iconic pastel colouring. The video can be enjoyed with the gorgeous Tokyo nightscape in the background from the window.
TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA ～Twinkle color miracle☆～
Dates: July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020 / Time: 19:30-22:50
Dates: August 1, 2020 – August 26, 2020 / Time: 19:30-22:50
Dates: August 27, 2020 – September 22, 2020 / Time: 18:30-22:50
Location: Tokyo Tower Main Deck (150cm) Floor 2F, North Side
Price: Adults ¥1,200 / High School Students ¥1,000 / Children (Elementary & Junior High School Students) ¥700 / Aged 4+ Years ¥500
Tokyo Tower’s first floor cafe “Cafe La Tour” is also serving some exclusive Little Twin Stars menu items, like ice cream and drinks. If you order one of the Kiki & Lala drinks, you’ll get one of the above-pictured coasters which feature the various Little Twin Stars designs from over the years.
Cafe La Tour x Kiki & Lala Collaboration
Running: July 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020
Time: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Location: Tokyo Tower Main Deck (150cm) Floor 1F
Tokyo Tower x Little Twin Stars 〜Twinkle color miracle☆〜
Running: July 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020
Location: Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower Official Website: https://www.tokyotower.co.jp
1→10, Inc. Brings Magical Shores Interactive Land Art to Siloso Beach in Singapore
19.April.2020 | SPOT
Japanese creative studio 1→10, Inc. opened up Singapore’s first ever permanent interactive land art exhibition “Magical Shores” on January 23 this year together with Lighting Planners Associates (LPA), a lighting company based in both Tokyo and Singapore.
Magical Shores spans 400 meters of Sentosa’s Siloso Beach, turning it into an immersive, multi-sensory experience of AI-operated lights and sounds which elevate the beauty of the surrounding natural environment.
Guide To Magical Shores | Siloso Beach, Sentosa:
AI technology responds to visitors on the beach, giving them a breathtaking and unique performance. Sensors are dotted around the area which use sensing data to react based on people’s movement around the beach. The AI is constantly developing as it collects big data about the temperature and climate of Siloso Beach as well as that of people’s movements.
In two of the interactive areas, people can witness the “Circle of Life” beginning with the big bang. After that there is magma, followed by heavy rainfall and eventually flowing water which gives birth to life. Cells divide as plants begin to sprout, fish swim in the sea, and birds and insects sing in the mountains. At the end, life falls, and the process begins again.
Japanese musician Masakatsu Takagi was put in charge of the music and sound design of the exhibition. Takagi is known for having written the music for Wolf Children and The Boy and the Beast. He took inspiration from his music project “Marginalia,” a sound diary where he would record the sounds of birds, insects, the wind, rain, and so on from his studio window. Takagi did field recording on the beach to capture the sounds of nature to use for the art exhibition.
Kuniyuki Takahashi also offered his musicianship to the exhibition. Based in Sapporo, he is an internationally-recognised composer. He also recorded the sounds of Siloso Beach, and together with Takagi, created the perfect soundtrack for Magical Shores.
Magical Shores is currently temporarily closed as a result of the coronavirus but will resume once more as soon as the situation allows it.
Official Website: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/magical-shores
Tokyo Tower’s One Piece Themed Live Show “MARIONETTE” Returns For 2020
Tokyo Tower’s indoor theme park “Tokyo One Piece Tower” is set to bring back its popular live show “MARIONETTE” in an all-new form when it opens this month on March 18.
What is Tokyo One Piece Tower?
Tokyo One Piece Tower is an indoor theme park located at Tokyo Tower Foot Town, an entertainment facility nestled under Tokyo Tower, where visitors can join the Luffy, the Straw Hat Pirates, and other characters from the titular hit series. It’s home to a range of exciting attractions and thrilling live shows, and guests can even get a photo with the characters. There’s also a restaurant and cafe which serves One Piece themed food and drink, and you can of course pick up some exclusive merchandise from the park’s One Piece store too.
ONE PIECE LIVE ATTRACTION “MARIONETTE”
ONE PIECE LIVE ATTRACTION “MARIONETTE,” as it is officially named, is a live entertainment show which makes full use of projection mapping and and lighting tech to take spectators on a journey with Luffy and his fellow pirates. The website describes the plot as follows: “The biggest pinch in the history of the series comes to Luffy by the evil scientist Caesar’s development of a venomous gas. In addition to the Straw Hat Pirates, the fierce battle scenes, in which the Revolutionary Sabo and another enemy Charlotte Cracker sing in a complex mix, are a moment to keep an eye on. What was Luffy’s decision when he faced his friends who were manipulated?“
Experience One Piece like never before during your visit to Japan’s capital at Tokyo One Piece Tower.
*Please note that due to the ongoing situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Japan, Tokyo One Piece Tower will be temporarily closed from February 28, 2020 to March 17, 2020. Please be aware that this date is subject to change depending on the subsequent state of the virus. You can get the latest information from Tokyo One Piece Tower’s official website and social media pages.
ONE PIECE LIVE ATTRACTION – “MARIONETTE”
Address: Tokyo Tower Foot Town, 4-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:00)
*Closed February 28, 2020 – March 17, 2020
Official Website: https://onepiecetower.tokyo/ticket/
Osaka Hirakata Park’s ‘Time Travel Fantasy’ Illumination Event Extended to Spring
29.February.2020 | SPOT
Hirakata Park’s “Hikari no Yuenchi” illumination event, which has been running for the autumn and winter season and is set to finish on March 1, 2020, is being extended into the spring season due to its huge popularity. The spring period will run from March 20 to April 7.
The theme of this year’s Hikari no Yuenchi is “Time Travel Fantasy.” Dazzle your eyes with a bright selection of breathtaking illuminations inside the event’s four areas, such as the lights along Time Travel Fantasy Street where the symbol of the parkーa 10-meter tall treeーstands gloriously, or the Illumination Flower Garden. The blue and purple winter colours of the lights will change into springtime pinks, greens, and yellows.
Illumination Flower Garden
Flowering illuminations will twinkle atop the hill in spring pastel colours like cherry blossom pinks, fresh verdure green, and rape blossom yellows.
The dazzling delights of the winter season will continue into the spring period, like the 24 different night attractions, and the illumination food too like the “shining bubble tea.” We also recommend taking advantage of the “Night Fee,” which sees a special entry price open from 16:00.
Enjoy the cool spring breeze and gorgeous Japanese illuminations at Hirakata Park this March.
Hirakata Park Hikari no Yuenchi
Running: March 20, 2020 – April 7, 2020
Address: 1-1 Hirakatakoencho, Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture
Illumination Times: 17:30-20:30
Official Website (English): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/en/
Event Page (Japanese): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/illumination/
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo: Kyoto’s Dessert House Releases Matcha Tiramisu and New Cheese Products
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo opened in Kiyomizu Gojozaka, Kyoto in July this year as the first place in Kyoto to specialise in “bottled cheesecakes.” This month, they are releasing four new products to continue the cheese craze right to the end of 2019.
The first is a revamp of their number one most popular soft serve cheese ice cream: the “Chocolate Mont Blanc Cheese Soft.” The soft serve ice cream is a mix of refreshingly sweet milk and rich cheese topped with a full-bodied mont blanc-style chocolate—a welcome addition during the winter months when you want to stay in and indulge in some chocolate. The ice cream is finished with crushed chocolate pieces and a crowning raspberry to create a chocolate cake in a cone. You’re sure to become a frequent customer after a bite of this.
And for the Christmas season only, between December 18th-25th the shop is also selling another special soft serve that’s made to look like a Christmas tree. The cheese soft serve is covered with a sprinkling of Uji matcha powder and adorned with chocolate pearls and stars.
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo is also releasing hot versions of its “Kiyomizu Cheese Drink” and “Matcha Cheese Tea,” the iced versions of which were greatly enjoyed in summer. The Matcha Cheese Tea can also now be ordered with tapioca topping, creating a delicious combination between the expertly crafted rich matcha cheese tea and the chewy and sugary tapioca pearls.
Also released this month is the “Homemade Matcha Tiramisu” when is served in a traditional masu box and served only on the second floor eat-in section. This irresistible delight is made with flavourful mascarpone cheese and bitter Uji matcha from Kyoto to create a dessert that’s perfect during a trip or day out in Kyoto. Because of the hard labour that goes into creating this dessert, only 5-10 are served per day, so be sure to arrive early to not miss the opportunity.
Chocolate Mont Blanc Cheese Soft – ¥550 (Before Tax)
Christmas Cheese Soft – ¥400 (Before Tax) *Available December 18-25, 2019 only
Matcha Tapioca Cheese Tea – ¥550 (Before Tax)
Homemade Matcha Tiramisu – ¥540 (Before Tax)
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo
Address: 569-10 Shiraitochō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Official Website: http://kiyomizu-cheese.com/
Starbucks Japan Reveals New Matcha White Chocolate Hot and Iced Drinks For Christmas
17.December.2019 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan is celebrating Christmas 2019 with two new delicious beverages: the Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino🄬 and Hot Matcha White Chocolate, both of which will be available to order between December 19 and 25 for this year only.
Both versions of this delightful holiday season drink are the perfect accompaniment to the winter days, combining richly fragrant matcha with smooth white chocolate. The Frappuccino🄬 enjoys the addition of maple syrup for a distinct sweetness which mixes gorgeously with the matcha and milkiness of the white chocolate.
The hot version is made with foamed milk which too is soaked in the full-bodied kick of the matcha. The fluffy texture of the foamed milk together with the sweet taste and velvety white chocolate is a combination sure to get you addicted.
If you’re in Japan for Christmas this year, be sure to stop by Starbucks for a cup of Matcha White Chocolate.
Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino🄬
Tall: ¥570 (Tall size only)
Hot Matcha White Chocolate
Short: ¥430 / Tall: ¥470 / Grande: ¥510 / Venti®: ¥550
Running: December 19, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan
Notes: Listed prices do not include tax. Both drinks contain less than 0.5% cocoa.
Starbucks Coffee Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Handmade Christmas Chocolate Santa and Snowman Released at ATELIER de GODIVA in Kyoto
13.December.2019 | FOOD
GODIVA Japan released two new chocolate products at the Daimaru Kyoto branch of ATELIER de GODIVA, a chocolate shop which combines GODIVA’s skilful craftsmanship with chocolate artistry. Named “ATELIER Christmas Showpiece Santa Claus” and “ATELIER Christmas Showpiece Snowman,” the two chocolate artworks were released on Wednesday and are available until December 25.
Each and every one of these chocolate sculptures are handmade in-store by the shop’s chefs. They are exclusive to ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto and the perfect Christmas treat to adorn any Christmas party this holiday season.
These cute Christmas-exclusives not only taste delicious, but are fun to look at. Santa is sat in a chimney ready to deliver the presents while the snowman is sat next to a Christmas tree looking warm with its scarf.
Both of these are limited in stock and won’t be available ever again after they sell out, so don’t miss out.
ATELIER Christmas Showpieces
Running: December 11, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Price: ¥1,500 Each (Before Tax) *Takeout only
Available: ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto (Daimaru Kyoto B1F, 79 Tachiuri Nishimachi, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
GODIVA Japan Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Rilakkuma Santa Cookies
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
In this recipe, you’ll learn how to make Santa Rilakkuma cookies
1: Ingredients: (For 10 Rilakkumas)
Unsalted butter: 55g
Icing sugar: 25g
White sesame seeds: 30g
Weak flour: 75g
2: Leave the unsalted butter out for a while until it reaches room temperature and then mix until smooth. Next, mix in the sugar, sesame seeds and then flour in that order.
3: Next, split the dough into portions. To make one cookie, you need 15g for the face and 1g of dough for each ear. Arrange your face and both ears as shown in the photo below.
Top tip: Rilakkuma’s face is oval-shaped so don’t make it circular.
4: After you’ve formed all your Rilakkumas, bake them at 180℃ for 15 minutes.
5: Please refer to the video below to decorate Rilakkuma’s face:
Before the cookies get cold, coat them in icing sugar, using a small brush to dust off the excess. Then, wait for the cookies to cool completely before decorating the face. Place a Meiji Apollo Strawberry Chocolate on Rilakkuma’s head for the Santa hat and you’re done.
This is the perfect way to contribute to your next Christmas potluck and it is a flawless plan to impress all your friends.
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Starbucks Unleashes Festive Spirit with Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino®
Now it’s December, we can unleash our festive spirits without anyone telling us “it’s too early”. The streets are glistening with Christmas decor and Christmas dinners, drinks and desserts are around every corner. Every year, Starbucks never fails to hype us up with their Christmas drinks and so without a moment to waste, I headed over to check them out.
For many, the excitement of Christmas starts to unfold at one moment: opening the stocking. Starbucks has hit home once again with the Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino®, which not only takes on the appearance of a stocking stuffed with treats, but tastes as jolly as one too. The Frappuccino® was released on December 4, 2019 and is enough to leave you with a very merry belly.
Once you place your order, you will be handed a sealed straw transformed with Christmas magic to become an edible cookie straw. This drink is the first of its kind for Starbucks and is on a whole new level of excitement. Just holding the straw in your hand waiting for your drink will have your heart racing in anticipation.
Here it is:
The small, bright red baubles of chocolate will immediately catch your attention. The Christmassy cup is literally a stocking packed with a range of delicious flavours and textures.
Now it’s time to insert the straw. You will be surprised at just how strong and sturdy it is. Alternating between a few refreshing gulps and an odd chomp on the crispy straw creates a new kind of flavour experience. Rest assured that you are also provided with a regular straw so no need to worry about devouring the straw before finishing the drink.
The frappuccino® base contains a rich chocolate sauce and is sprinkled with crispy potato chips. There are also some potato chips on top of the drink to moderate sweetness and add texture.
Not only will this fill your stomach, but just seeing the jolly drink will leave you fully topped up with the festive spirit. Sales will end once stock is depleted so make sure to try it asap if you are interested.
Have a jolly Christmas filled with excitement and love.
Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino®
Only Available in Tall: ¥690 (Before Tax)
Selling: December 4 – 25, 2019
Available at most Starbucks Coffee shops across Japan
* Sales will end once stock is depleted.
Starbucks Coffee Japan: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
PEANUTS Cafes and Diners Across Japan Release Christmas-Limited Snoopy Courses
04.December.2019 | FOOD
If you’re a Peanuts fan, you can’t miss out on the gorgeous Christmas menu which will served up at the PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and PEANUTS DINER Kobe from December 2 – 25.
Order the Christmas Dinner course for a large angus beef steak drizzled with a sweet and tangy sauce made of berries and raspberry vinegar.
After your dinner enjoy the luxurious Christmas desserts plate of bite-sized treats such as a soft and tender canelé and sweet madeleine. The plate is decorated with a Christmas Snoopy pick where Snoopy’s face can be seen peeking through a wreath.
You don’t have to book in advance but we recommend you do. This can be done via the links in the information section below.
Order the Salmon Cheese Gratin Christmas Plate for a luxurious course of mains, salad and dessert all on one tray. The sautéd salmon is the steal of the show as it sits in a bath of creamy stew and is topped with a generous layer of cheese. This is served alongside fluffy bread branded with Christmas designs that will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit. A Snoopy pick replaces the traditional cherry on the sundae that will leave you with a sweet aftertaste after your meal.
The White Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to ward off the cold of winter. Like a white blanket of snow, white chocolate milk fills the cup and is topped with the traditional colours of Christmas. Allow yourself to be soothed by the drink’s mild sweetness.
Make the most of your Christmas with Snoopy and friends.
© 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
Christmas Dinner Course
Price: ¥3,900 (Before Tax) Per Person
Locations: PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and Kobe
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/christmas_2019
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and Kobe: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/christmas_2019_kobe
* Reservations can also be made on the day.
Salmon Cheese Gratin Christmas Plate
Price: ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
Location: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
White Hot Chocolate
Price: ¥800 (Before Tax)
Location: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
Address: 2-16-7 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama
Address: MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA 2F, 1-3-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Official Website: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/
PEANUTS DINER Kobe
Address: PEANUTS HOTEL 1F, 1-22-26 Nakayamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo
My Hero Academia Event to Take Place at Tokyo Tower
An event is set to take place at Tokyo Tower from December 7 in promotion of the upcoming anime film My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising, which is set to release on December 20.
If you pick up a Tokyo Tower Main Deck ticket, which takes you up 150 meters in the tower, you’ll receive a ticket with a limited-edition design, a folder, and one of six possible stickers as pictured above.
The Main Deck will be decorated with all things My Hero Academia, including original illustrations as well as key visuals for the upcoming movie. There will also be photo panels featuring classic lines said by characters where you can take photos.
A stamp rally will also be held throughout the tower at the event Collect all six stamps and receive one of six possible desk mats.
Running: Weekdays 10:00-18:00 (Reception Closes 17:30) / Weekends 10:00-20:00 (Reception Closes 19:30)
Available: Stamp Rally counter on the first floor of Tokyo Tower
*Please note that you will also have to pay the entrance fee to the Main Deck to participate
Test your My Hero Academia knowledge with the official quiz taking place on weekends up the outer staircase. Those who take part will be able to take a photo together with Midoriya and Bakugo and will receive a certificate.
Running: Weekends & Public Holidays 10:00-16:00 (Not running during rainy weather)
*A Main Deck entry ticket is required to access the outer staircase. A ticket to the event is also required to receive the certificate
Choose a beverage inspired by your favourite character. Every drink ordered comes with a My Hero Academia coaster.
Location: Cafe La Tour, Main Deck Floor 1F
Opening Hours: 9:30-22:45 (Last Orders 22:00)
Price: ¥600 Each
Don’t miss out on the chance to grab some Tokyo Tower-exclusive My Hero Academia merchandise either.
Location: Merchandise Counter, Tokyo Tower Floor 1F
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Until 20:00 on weekends)
©2019 “My Hero Academia THE MOVIE” Production Committee ©Kohei Horikoshi / Shueisha
Tokyo Tower x My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising
Running: December 7, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Location: Tokyo Tower (4-2-8 Shiba-koen, Minato, Tokyo)
Event Page: https://itateri.com/heroaca.html
Japan’s ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY Releases Christmas Themed Menu
01.December.2019 | FOOD
ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORYーan ice cream chain in Japan specialising in ‘rolled’ ice creamーreleased its Christmas menu today.
From Left: Reindeer’s Christmas / Pink Pink Christmas / Blue White Christmas / Royal Pink Christmas
This will be ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY’s third-ever Christmas menu, which they have made even more fun. There are three festive ice creams to choose from, including two featuring Santa Claus and a reindeer. The ice creams can be served in either their regular cups, or the store’s new “Fuwamoko” snowstorm cups, which looks like snow blowing in the wind. Check out the video below.
Until now, people would take photos of the ice cream being made, but these new cups make for an even more Instagrammable post. Edit in a Christmas song or your favourite music to make your own cute video for your Instagram Stories. The Christmas menu is available until December 25, but these cups will be served until late February 2020. You’ll find the Christmas menu at the select branches and pop-up stores listed below.
Christmas Menu (4 Flavours)
Running: December 1, 2019 – December 25, 2019
①Royal Pink Christmas
Price: Fuwamoko Cup ¥1,350 / Regular Cup ¥1,300
②Pink Pink Christmas
Price: Fuwamoko Cup ¥1,100 / Regular Cup ¥1,050
③Blue White Christmas
Price: Fuwamoko Cup ¥1,100 / Regular Cup ¥1,050
Price: Fuwamoko Cup ¥1,100 / Regular Cup ¥1,050
*Listed prices do not include consumption tax
・ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY Stores: Harajuku Omotesando (Tokyo), Dotonburi (Osaka), Aeon Mall Sakai Kitahanada (Osaka), LACHIC (Nagoya), Don Quijote Yamashita (Yokohama), Shinkyogoku (Kyoto)
・ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY Pop-Up Shops: Shiki 0101 (Saitama) *December 18, 2019 – January 7, 2020 / TOKIWA (Oita) *December 21, 2019 – December 30, 2019
Official Website: https://rollicecreamfactory.com