Winter Illuminations in Tokyo 2017: Take your date to Shibuya, Omotesando or Meguro to see the romantic lights
26.November.2017 | SPOT
Let’s take a look at some of the popular illumination events happening in Tokyo this year – in Shibuya, Omotesando and Meguro.
Shibuya – “Blue Grotto”
The “Blue Grotto” (Ao no Dokotsu) illuminations will stretch from Shibuya Koen-dori all the way to Yoyogi Park Keyaki-Namaki. Running from November 22nd to December 31st, the Blue Grotto display will adopt a multitude of different changing lights for the very first time from this year onward. The romantic illuminations will feature lights changing at random, lights flickering and blinking, and lights that turn sequentially starting from the back of Keyaki-michi. The twinkling lights will shine onto a reflection mat laid on floor to recreate the famous “Blue Grotto” sea cave located in Italy.
And in collaboration with Yoyogi Park, “Ao no Dokotsu Blue Parks” will open for a limited period of time where you can enjoy an array of drinks including coffee and hot wine for the cold night, as well as a special “Ao no Dokotsu” pasta bolognaise.
Omotesando – “Epson presents Omotesando Illumination 2017”
This year’s Omotesando Illumination will run from November 30th to December 25th. Champagne gold lamps will be lit across 150 zelkova trees from Jingu Bashi crossing to Omotesando crossing. It’s been 7 years since the whole 1.1km of Omotesando was illuminated, and it will be even bigger this year – last year saw 500,000 lights radiate the streets but this year will see a dazzling 900,000. There will also be an Epson pop-up shop selling Epson brand watches for the duration of the event.
Nakameguro – “Nakameguro Jewel Dome 2017”
“Nakameguro Jewel Dome 2017” will run along Meguro River. This will be the second time the event has been held, continuing from last year, and will fall between December 15th to December 24th. This year’s event will see an upgrade from a shimmering 200,000 lights to a spellbinding 500,000 which will light up approximately 100 cherry blossom trees that line the Meguro River. 2 different coloured illuminations will grace the surroundings of the river – a warm orange gold and a snowy white. You will be invited to a fantastical world inside the bright jeweled dome where white snow will dance.
So, which of these events will you be taking your date to? Whether it’s with that special someone, friends or family, you’re sure to have a bright night. Be sure to use this list as reference if you’re in Tokyo!
This Week’s Breakfast: French Toast at Bread, Espresso & in Omotesando
Once thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spend in order to live a happy life.
It’s really easy to get to: it’s just a 5-minute walk from the A2 exit of Omotesando Station. Mornings are quiet in Omotesando, you don’t see many people walking around, so it feels like a completely different place compared to its busy streets during the day.
When you enter the cafe, the smell of freshly-baked bread is the first thing to hit your senses. I sat down on one of the comfy sofa-seats and ordered myself the French toast breakfast set.
There’s plenty of space between tables, so it’s an environment that’s easy to kick back and relax in.
Inside and outside the cafe are cute signs with that day’s recommended menu items written on them. Next time I visit I think I’ll try one of the lunchtime desserts. That’s what I daydreamed about while waiting for my French toast to arrive.
French Toast Set w/Drink – ¥800
The French toast has a subtly sweet scent. It’s made with one of the cafe’s popular foods: the butter-loaded bread known as “Muu.”
The toast’s crusts were nice and crunchy while the middle part was fluffy. The soft bread just melts in your mouth when taking a bite, and your taste buds are treated to the sweet flavour of the egg.
The toast is delicious as it is, and you can totally leave it at that and enjoy your morning breakfast. But if you want to take it to the next level then you can drizzle the accompanying honey over the toast, giving the sweetness an even richer flavour.
I’m usually not good with the characteristic sweet taste that honey has, or the bitterness layered into the overall flavour, but this honey was on the milder side so I really enjoyed it.
After my food, I enjoyed the cappuccino the barista beautifully made for me which comes as part of the set.
My 1-hour morning was spent even more relaxed than usual here. It’s much different from lunchtime which is a much busier and hurried time, so I could sink in my chair and really enjoy my drink too.
Waking up early and enjoying a relaxing breakfast. That’s all I did, but it helped ease my busy mind and soul. I’m a simple person, and I think I’ll be able to face my week and work hard at it after this.
Futsu Furu Fig Sandwich – ¥420
Futsu Uni Fruits – ¥400
I wanted to share the happiness between friends and family on this fine day where I got to eat a delicious breakfast. These sandwiches are packed full of fruits―seasonal fruits which are best enjoyed right now. If you’re wondering what other sandwiches they sell then be sure to visit.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Bread, Espresso &
Address: 3-4-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 8:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Cruise by the Dazzling Blue Grotto Illuminations in Fukuoka
10.September.2019 | SPOT
As part of a project to vitalise and develop the town of Hakata in Fukuoka and promote its wonderful culture to the people of the world, the Blue Grotto FUKUOKA Executive Committee is set to hold a special illumination event titled Blue Grotto FUKUOKA at Nakasu Bridge from September 16 to October 6.
This illumination event first began in Nakameguro, Tokyo back in 2014 where it enjoyed great success. The location was then moved in 2016 to Shibuya where over 2.8 million people attended. It was then held outside the Tokyo area for the first time in Sapporo in February 2018 and then in Osaka in September of the same year. This enabled it to become widespread across the country and has consequentially made it become one of the main illumination events of Japan.
Blue Grotto will now make its way to Kyushu for the first time with Blue Grotto FUKUOKA. Boats will be prepared for the romantic and magical cruise which will take passengers from Nakasu Bridge to Canal City Hakata and Hakata Bay.
As well as the breathtaking lights, passengers can look forward to a specially-prepared pasta meal made by Nisshin Foods using Blue Grotto brand products.
Blue Grotto FUKUOKA
Running: September 16, 2019 – October 6, 2019
Location: Nakasu Bridge (中洲懸橋), Fukuoka
Illumination Times: 18:30-22:00 (subject to change)
Access: 6-minutes on foot fromNakasu-Kawabata Station / 7-minutes on foot from Tenjin-Minami Station
Official Website: http://shibuya-aonodokutsu.jp/
The “Pancake Prince” Opens A Brand New Pancake Restaurant in Omotesando
After a year of extensive research eating pancake after pancake, the one known as the “Pancake Prince” will open another branch of the Pancake restaurant VERY FANCY® in Omotesando on September 11. This restaurant will feature a unique Omotesando menu.
The real identity of the legendary Pancake Prince is Satoru Sugimoto. In just one year, he visited a total of over 200 pancake restaurants in Japan and even overseas. His endless research led him to crafting a series of special recipes, which consist of high quality ingredients such as low viscosity wheat flour, aluminium-free baking powder, buttermilk and homemade cheese. The pancakes are fried carefully, creating a fluffy pancake with a new half-baked texture.
VERY FANCY® has launched a brand new online advanced booking system which allows customers to quickly take to their seats without having to wait. Thanks to this new system, the restaurant has now become queueless.
The menu at the brand new restaurant is based on the restaurant’s standard pancake menu. The additional Omotesando menu is full of original ingredients and toppings that are unique to Omotesando. If you turn up to this branch, you can enjoy a lot more than just pancakes as there will be a variety of collaboration contents offered as well. This restaurant has also prepared a kid’s menu and baby chairs.
Homemade cheese kneaded into pancake batter and then fried to perfection ー this is just one example of the new fluffy “half cooked” texture pancakes that you absolutely must try. Come spend a wonderful moment munching marvelous pancakes surrounded by a cute and photogenic atmosphere.
VERY FANCY®︎ OMOTESANDO
Grand Opening: September 11, 2019
Address: AF Lohas St.Bidg 2F, 5-3-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00
No regular holidays.
Reservation Website: http://veryfancy.me
The Little Mermaid Themed Cafes Set Sail to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya & Hokkaido
Ariel is swimming to Japan this September as four branches of OH MY CAFE turn into cafes inspired by The Little Mermaid. The Tokyo and Osaka branches will open on September 21, the Hokkaido branch on September 22, and the Nagoya branch on September 27. The collaboration is being carried out by LEGS COMPANY, LTD.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid was released back in 1989 as the 28th Disney animated feature film. It tells the story of the internationally-beloved Disney mermaid princess Ariel and her curiosity about the world above the sea.
The cafe’s concept is “independent girl.” Each cafe will take on a stylish look and be inspired by Ariel’s unwavering heart and her strength to make her dreams come true.
<Ariel> Veggie-Packed Pesto Pasta – ¥1,990
If you’re vegetarian, you won’t be disappointed with this healthy, vegetable-packed pasta dish. The plate it is served on features an illustration of Ariel swimming elegantly in the ocean.
Seaside Cream Risotto – ¥1,990
Based on sandy beaches is this creamy risotto. If you look closely you’ll see one of Ariel’s priceless treasures from her endless collection of whose-its, whats-its, and thingamabobs. Sebastian is hiding on the plate too, can you spot him?
<Kiss The Girl> Romantic Fruit Bowl – ¥2,190<Kiss the girll>
This romantic dish speaks for itself. Inspired by the breathtaking boat date between Ariel and Eric, the bowl includes assorted fruit, a cookie with the two lovers on it, and a side of jelly with Flounder cheering them on.
<Flounder> Stripey Yogurt Drink – ¥1,090 / With Coaster – ¥1,890
Flounder is Ariel’s closest friend, so he had to be included on the menu. This cute yogurt-flavoured smoothie takes on the same colours as our stripey fish companion.
<Sebastian> Strawberry Smoothie – ¥890 / With Coaster – ¥1,790
Servant of King Triton and music composer, everybody’s favourite Jamaican crab Sebastian gets his very own yogurt smoothie too. Mix the strawberry sauce in well for the best flavour.
Exclusive Original Merchandise
Acrylic Badge (5 Designs) – ¥800
Lunch Mat (Set of 2) – ¥800
Bag – ¥1,500
Every person that books a table in advance (¥500) and orders something from the food menu will receive one of 30 possible A5 folders.
Additionally, if they spend over ¥1,000 at the merchandise corner of a cafe, they’ll receive the above-pictured The Little Mermaid 30th shopper bag. These are limited in stock and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
There are lots of other character-themed food and drinks to be enjoyed at the cafes besides these ones too. To see everything, you’ll need to visit yourself! Immerse yourself in the magical world of The Little Mermaid with cafe decorations featuring Instagrammable illustrations drawn exclusively for this collaboration.
*All listed prices are pre-tax.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Actual products may differ.
“The Little Mermaid” OH MY CAFE
・Tokyo: OH MY CAFE TOKYO (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku) / September 21, 2019 – November 9, 2019
・Osaka: kawara CAFE&DINING Shinsaibashi / September 21, 2019 – November 10, 2019
・Nagoya: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO / September 27, 2019 – November 10, 2019
・Hokkaido: Cafe Interlude / September 22, 2019 – October 14, 2019
Official Website: https://mermaid.ohmycafe.jp/
PEANUTS Café and PEANUTS DINER to run Nostalgic Flying Ace Fair
The PEANUTS Cafe and PEANUTS DINER located in Nakameguro, Yokohama and Kobe will be holding a nostalgic Snoopy Flying Ace Fair from September 4th at all branches.
The first time this fair was held, Snoopy dressed as an Astronaut. As this is the second time the fair will be held, Snoopy will be present at all PEANUTS Cafes and PEANUTS DINERs in a different costume. This time, his costume is themed around the series Flying Ace. Pilot Snoopy will be soaring into the scene fully equipped in his Flying Ace gear, steering his red doghouse to battle his rival the Red Baron as he did in those nostalgic daydreams.
During the fair period, there will be a whole new menu of drinks and original merchandise themed around Snoopy’s classic look where he is wearing his Flying Ace aviator hat and red scarf.
Flying Ace Green Tea Latte: ￥700 before tax (eat in) Comes with a limited original drinks coaster
Take out: ￥600 (after tax)
The colour of the green tea takes on the image of Snoopy’s green helmet. The sweetness and bitterness of the flavours perfectly balance out. The strawberry syrup adds a tangy accent of flavour. The vibrant colour creates the imagery of Snoopy’s red scarf fluttering in the breeze. The drink is topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream and is studded with cocoa cookie bullets penetrating through its deliciously creamy surface. If you love sweet drinks, then come taste the flavour of Snoopy’s adventurous daydream.
* The limited original coaster is only given to those who order to eat in.
* As there are a limited number of these coasters, there is a possibility that they will run out before the end of the fair period.
Original Flying Ace Eco Tote Bag (green/orange):￥1,500 (before tax)
The PEANUTS Cafe in Meguro has also released a limited edition Flying Ace version of their popular Original Eco Tote Bag. This bag is available in the two fair colours: green and orange. This A4-sized bag is the perfect size for multiple uses. It can be folded and stored inside your main bag as a sub bag or even used as your main bag.
If you are a Snoopy fan, make sure to stop by!
© 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
Flying Ace Fair: IT’S A BEAGLE LIFE “HOW’S THIS?
Running: September 4 ー November 4, 2019
Running at: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
Address:2 Chome-16-7 Aobadai, Meguro City, Tokyo
Shibuya’s New Tourist Information Center is Open For Business at Night & Offers Airport Bus Service
31.August.2019 | SPOT
Tokyu Land Corporation has announced that Shibuya’s all-new tourist information center will be named “shibuya-san.” Located on the first floor of Shibuya FUKURAS, the tourist information and are center is set to open its doors to the public this December.
Tourist Information: Where you can become a Shibuya local
The tourist information section of the center is staffed by people from countries around the world, from Europe to Asia, most of which are non-Japanese students studying abroad. They are able to offer detailed tourist and sightseeing information for Shibuya from the perspective of a “foreigner in Japan.”
The center also does away with the ordinary set-up of most tourist information centers in which you speak to someone over the counter. Instead, tourists entering shibuya-san will be greeted directly by staff and talk to them side by side.
They also offer English guide books with a map produced by Time Out Tokyo. Time Out is a city guide service published in 108 countries around the world in 39 languages.
Art Center: Where art brings Shibuya and the world together
shibuya-san will be the first tourist information center in Japan to have its own art gallery. Being located right in front of Shibuya Station means that people visiting from around the world will be exposed to Shibuya’s culture through art. Focused on “Travel, City & People,” the art gallery will offer not only exhibitions and performances, but also events in which tourists can participate, as well as opportunities to talk directly with artists.
Open Late: Shibuya’s nightlife propelled with the center’s night hours
Almost all tourist information centers close in the late afternoon/early evening, but not shibuya-san. Shibuya’s nightlife is a huge part of the city’s culture, and so to make it more accessible to tourists, shibuya-san will be open until 11:00pm, offering helpful information and suggestions for getting around and enjoying yourself after-hours.
shibuya-san even has its own drinks counter where alcohol is served in the evenings. Events will be held there periodically where you can meet and talk with people.
Limousine Buses: Haneda Airport and Narita Airport
The bus terminal in front of the tourist center offers regular buses and will soon offer airport limousine buses from Haneda and Narita Airport. They will serve to create a new doorstep to Shibuya at Shibuya Station’s west exit for tourists visiting Shibuya. They will begin running in early December.
Whether you’re visiting Shibuya for the first time or are a returning guest, find out all there is to know about the area when shibuya-san opens this December.
shibuya-san tourist information & art center
Address: 1-2-3 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Services: Tourist Information Center / Baggage Storage & Delivery / Airport Limousine Bus Tickets & Service / Foreign Money Exchange / Shibuya Experience Program / Drinks Bar / Art Center / Events
Business Hours: 10:00-23:00 (*Select services will run at varying times)
Grand Opening: December 2019 (subject to change)
Official Website: https://shibuyasan.jp
*The website is currently a teaser site which opened on August 28, 2019. The full website will go live in the coming months.
Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando Unveils Halloween Menu & Accessories For 2019
Q-pot. is known for its accessory brand, which features jewellery made to look like sweets and desserts. It is also known for the Q-pot CAFE. which flips that concept, instead making sweets and desserts that look just like real accessories.
For Halloween this year, the Q-pot CAFE. has whipped up a spooky menu with the theme “DEVIL NIGHT” featuring appearances of all things Halloween from pumpkins to ghosts.
Devil Obake-chan Plate (w/Drink) – ¥2,060 (Contains milk, eggs and wheat)
This kawaii dessert plate features a ghost made from a chewy vanilla gyūhi mousse filled with berry sauce. It comes with crunchy black bat cookies made with rich black cocoa cream and a pumpkin flavoured jack-o-lantern macaron.
Black Cat Plate (w/Drink) – ¥2,060 (Contains milk, eggs and wheat)
Steer clear from black cats this Halloween, except for this one which is a dark Graham cracker made from bitter caramel and chocolate mousse and is filled with almonds and dried cranberries. Flying around the kitty are the same crunchy black bat cookies made with rich black cocoa cream and the pumpkin flavoured jack-o-lantern macaron.
Vampire Chocolate Latte – ¥750 / +¥100 as Set (Contains milk and wheat)
Don’t fear―you won’t turn into a vampire if you take a sip from this chocolate latte topped with latte art of a flying bat. This frothy rich dark chocolate delight includes smashed Oreos.
Strawberry Cheese Tea – ¥750 / +¥100 as Set (Contains milk)
The strawberry cheese tea is a unique mix of the cafe’s high quality black tea and salty cream cheese. It’s smooth to taste and is surprisingly light to drink. Add a fruity strawberry punch to the cheese tea by pouring in the accompanying strawberry sauce.
Vampire Afternoon Tea Set For One – ¥2,400 (Contains milk, eggs and wheat)
They even have a gorgeously spooky afternoon tea set.
The top plate comes with sponge and cream cheese cake pops coated in chocolate, salty breadsticks, homemade scones made from butter cream and sweet and sour berry sauce, devil heart macaron-topped cupcakes, and pumpkin macarons.
The bottom plate features savoury foods including croissants filled with egg, basil and dried tomatoes, as well as olives, mini tomatoes, pickles, and a soup.
As well as Halloween food, the cafe also has a line-up of “DEVIL NIGHT” themed accessories for sale.
[From Top Left Clockwise] Vampire Bat Piercings (Pair) ¥8,000 / Mini Devil Ghost Sheet Necklace (Set/Special Packaging) ¥21,000 / Vampire Bat Brooch ¥7,000 / Vampire Bar Ring ¥12,000 / Vampire Spider Ring ¥13,000
Black Cat Necklace ¥16,000 / Silk Hat Charm ¥4,500
The black cat jewellery is a new addition to this year’s line-up.
Enjoy a very cute and special Halloween in Japan this year at Q-pot CAFE.
*All listed prices are pre-tax
2019 HALLOWEEN MENU
Running: September 10, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Address: Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando (3-4-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
*The Halloween menu price will increase in line with the Japan’s increase in consumption tax from 8% to 10% from October 1, 2019
Q-pot. 2019 HALLOWEEN “DEVIL NIGHT” Jewellery
Release Date: September 7, 2019
BT21 Cafe Serves World Food in Shibuya, Umeda, Nagoya and Sapporo
LEGS COMPANY is opening four BT21 themed cafe called “BT21 CAFE 2019 WORLD”over the next couple of weeks. The Tokyo and Osaka branches opened on August 22. The Nagoya branch will open on September 4 and the Sapporo branch will open on September 5.
BT21 are the LINE messenger app characters created by K-pop group BTS. The cafe will serve up many different dishes of food from around the world, all with motifs of the various BT21 character line-up. Pictured below is just a select portion of the menu and merchandise you can look forward to.
Japanese Food Plate: Temari Sushi (Salmon, Duck, Minced Tuna, Fried Tofu, Shrimp Avocado) & Meat Udon – ¥1,490
American Food Plate: Slider Burgers (Macaroni Cheese, Egg Salad, Grilled Chicken), Potatoes & Carrot Salad – ¥1,490
South Korean Food Plate: Tteok-bokki, Japchae, Yangnyeom Chicken & South Korean-Style Rice Ball – ¥1,490
Brazilian Food Plate: Churrasco, Mashed Potato & Feijoada – ¥1,490
Japanese Dessert (Left): Custard Taiyaki, Strawberry Daifuku, Berry Bean Paste Dango, Matcha Ice Cream – ¥1,290 / American Dessert (Right): American Waffles – ¥1,290
RJ (Left): Peach Calpis – ¥990 / CHIMMY (Right): Pineapple Soda – ¥990
COOKY (Left): Guava Soda – ¥990 / TATA (Right): Pineapple Soda – ¥990
Japan Acrylic Key Rings (Left) – ¥750 / South Korea Acrylic Key Rings (Right) – ¥750
Folders (Left) – ¥400 Each / Hologram Stickers (Right) – ¥500 Each
Every person who books a table in advance (¥650) will receive one of 7 possible mini fans pictured above on the left. Those who order a drink will receive one of 12 possible coasters pictured on the right.
There are lots of other cute pieces of merchandise and menu items to look forward to too. Full details can be found on the cafe’s official website below.
*All listed prices are pre-tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
BT21 Cafe 2019 WORLD
- SHIBUYA BOX CAFE&SPACE SHIBUYA 109 (August 22, 2019 – September 29, 2019)
- UMEDA BOX CAFE&SPACE (August 22, 2019 – September 23, 2019)
- NAGOYA BOX CAFE&SPACE (September 4, 2019 – October 6, 2019)
- TOWER RECORDS CAFE at Sapporo PIVOT (September 5, 2019 – October 20, 2019)
*Cafes closed on September 30, 2019
・Price: ¥650 (Before Tax)
Official Website: http://box-cafe.jp/
The BT21 Cafe is reservation-only
Chibi Maruko-chan Themed Cafe Heading to Tower Records Cafe Omotesando
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Chibi Maruko-chan anime series, Tower Records Cafe in Omotesando is collaborating with the franchise to turn its establishment into all things Maruko-chan for a limited time from September 5 to 29. Also, 22 branches of Tower Records as well as the Tower Records online store will sell collaborative merchandise.
Maruko-chan’s Hamburger Plate – ¥1,500
The hamburger plate will be served throughout the entire collaboration. Hamburgers are Maruko-chan’s favourite meal, and this one is served with vegetables and a rice ball with her adorable face on it.
The collaboration will be split into two different periods with different food and merchandise line-ups. The food in the second period has yet to be unveiled, so we will take a look at some of the things for the first period.
Collaboration Period ①
Nagasawa-kun’s Onion Soup Pasta – ¥1,500
Served with a whole onion, this soup seeped vongole pasta is inspired by the onion-head himself Nagasawa-kun.
Chi Chicken Sandwich – ¥1,500
This dish is inspired by the scene in the anime series when Maruko fights with her sister over who gets to have a notebook as there is only one of them. When her sister claims ownership, Maruko proceeds to write “idiot” on the front cover while she’s asleep and slips it back onto her bookshelf. This tuna mayo packed sandwich comes with a sandwich bag featuring the design of the notebook.
Noguchi-san’s Birthday Cake – ¥1,200
Celebrate Noguchi-san’s birthday (September 9) with this very special blueberry and milk crepe birthday cake.
30th Anniversary Melon Soda Float – ¥800
Topped with a dollop of ice cream and a cherry, the melon soda comes with a special 30th anniversary straw tag.
Chibi Maruko-chan Lattes – ¥700
The character lattes will have different character designs for each period as pictured above with the top row being the first collaboration and the bottom the second.
For every menu item ordered, customers will receive a random postcard. The postcards above feature the designs from the first collaboration period.
And the ones above here are those in the second.
And if you order a set of three items (food, drink and dessert), you’ll receive an exclusive lunch mat. All of these items are first-come, first-served so you’ll want to get to the cafe ASAP when it opens.
The exclusive merchandise takes on a music theme with original designs, from a towel to a tote bag and more.
Three t-shirts and a hoodie will also be sold exclusively at Tower Records Shibuya, Tower Records Shinjuku, Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, and the Tower Records online store.
Full information can be found on the official website below.
*All prices are tax-inclusive. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
*Please enquire with shop staff about any food allergies.
ⒸSakura Production/Nippon Animation
Chibi Maruko-chan x TOWER RECORDS CAFE
Running: September 5, 2019 – September 29, 2019
Period ①: September 5, 2019 – September 17, 201
Period ②: September 18, 2019 – September 29, 2019
*The menu line-up and free gifts will be different for each period
TOWER RECORDS CAFE Omotesando
Address: Imon Harajuku Bldg. 2F, 6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:30 (Last Orders 20:30)
Official Website: http://tower.jp/restaurants/cafe/omotesando
*No reservations, however during busy times numbered tickets will be handed out. Details on numbered tickets will be announced on the cafe’s official Twitter page: @TRC_Omotesando
Chibi Maruko-chan x TOWER RECORDS Collaboration Merchandise
Release Date: September 5, 2019 (*Pre-orders now open)
Available: At 22 Tower Records branches and the online store
Tower Records Online: https://tower.jp
Collaboration Page: https://tower.jp/chibimaru
Bubble Tea Gourmets THE ALLEY to Open Flagship Store in Shibuya’s Dogenzaka District
Tea enthusiasts THE ALLEY are opening a flagship store in Dogenzaka, Shibuya on September 14, 2019.
THE ALLEY’s main customers are women and office workers. It’s custom for people to go out for a cup of coffee with friends and coworkers, but THE ALLEY hopes to bring that same idea of “grabbing a coffee” to tea with their drinks line-up. Located at the top of Dogenzaka, the new branch aims to make tea even easier to enjoy while embedding a culture of tea.
Enjoy a drink between shopping or work in one of their 73 comfy seats spread across two floors, or grab a takeaway cup to sip.
“THE ALLEY x thermo mug” 300ml Tumbler – ¥3,500 (Before Tax) / “THE ALLEY x thermo mug” 300ml Stainless Steel Bottle – ¥3,500 (Before Tax)
The cafe has also teamed up with thermo mug to create a seriously stylish tumbler and stainless steel bottle. Both are limited in availability, and if you do decide to grab one, you can get a coupon for one free drink of your voice. They are perfect for using at home, out or at the office.
THE ALLEY is known for its three tea bases: Assam, Royal No. 9, and Jasmine. But the new Dogenzaka branch will have two extra exclusives. The first is White Peach Oolong which originally appeared as a limited-time flavour and in the cafe’s milk foam series. It’s now a regular at the new cafe. The other is Tieguanyin, a premium oolong tea, whose sales ended in May this year. Due to high demand, they are bringing it back to THE ALLEY Dogenzaka and plan to put it on the menu of other branches in the future.
The cafe has also incorporated paper straws to help combat the use of single-use plastic straws. This includes their thick straws used for tapioca bubble tea drinks and ordinary thin straws for their regular teas.
THE ALLEY Dogenzaka marks the cafe’s move from a tea stand into a full-fledged tea shop. If you’re in Shibuya, be sure to pay them a visit when they open on September 14.
THE ALLEY Dogenzaka
Grand Opening: September 14, 2019
Address: 1-19-11 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:00-22:30
Official Website: http://www.the-alley.jp/
Hippos Arrive Under Shibuya’s Inari Bridge as Part Of National Geographic Promotion
21.August.2019 | SPOT
The Hostile Planet documentary series by National Geographic is set to air in Japan from August 22. To celebrate the show’s airing, a promotional shoot will take place at Inari Bridge in Shibuya on August 24 and 25 where three hippos will make an appearance to help spread the word of how animals have had to adapt to the recent rapid changes in the environment in order to survive.
A Tale Of Hippo Parents & Child, Living Off Grasslands, and Rapid Environmental Changes From the Seasons
Dry seasons are becoming regular, where water is snatched away from the earth’s surface by the scorching sunlight. These are especially merciless seasons for hippos and a real threat to their survival. They cannot enter the water even for a brief moment. Their only options is to walk under the fire of the blazing sun. Their homes used to be packed full of watering holes, but now all they can do is embark on an aimless search. And the severity of this―the beating of the sun and lack of water―is becoming more and more of a problem.
Three panel cutouts of hippos will be set up under Inari Bridge to tell a story of two parents and their child who who survived these harsh conditions by escaping from Katavi National Park in Tanzania and arriving in Shibuya, Tokyo.
Running: August 24, 2019 – August 25, 2019
*In the case of rain on August 24 then the dates will be postponed to August 25 and 26. In the case of rain on August 25 then the dates will be postponed to August 26 and 27. Dates TBA if it rains on August 27. The dates will be extended if there is rainfall even when it is sunny. Additionally, the shoot will run from 11:00-17:00 on August 26 if it must fall on that day.
Location: Inari Bridge (3-21-2 Shibuya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo)
Access: Directly connected to Exit 16b of Shibuya Station via the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line, Tōkyū Den-en-toshi Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line, and Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
Hostile Planet (6 Episodes)
Showing on National Geographic
Official Homepage (Japan): https://natgeotv.jp/tv/lineup/prgmtop/index/prgm_cd/2639
Fate/Grand Order Themed Cafe to Open in Omotesando
The third run of the Fate/Grand Order themed cafe, with designs produced by Sanrio, will take place at OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE&SPACE from September 5 to 29.
Fate/Grand Order is a popular online free-to-play RPG developed by Delightworks for smartphones and is based on the Fate/stay night franchise by Type-Moon. The story has continued to evolve since its released in July 2015, and as of July 2019, it has been downloaded more than 1.7 million times. A TV anime adaptation is slated for release in October 2019 and an anime film is in production for 2020.
This marks the third opening of this limited-time cafe, the previous two having taken place in December 2017 and August 2018 respectively. This year sees the introduction of new Servants as well as an all-new menu with the theme “Autumn tea room.” Exclusive merchandise featuring designs of the Servants will also be available for fans to pick up.
When you book a table in advance (¥650 before tax per person) and order from the menu you’ll receive one of the above possible 16 lunch mats.
And if you order a drink you’ll get one of the 16 coasters. You’ll get one of either piece of this original merchandise per item you order from the menu.
Master & Mash Snow Field Meatballs – ¥1,490
This dish is piled with filling sauteed meatballs and mushrooms. The cream sauce is made to look like a snowy field. It’s served with a side of jam for a succulent sweet and sour kick.
Romani & Vinci Waffle Sandwiches – ¥1,590
Waffles turned from desserts into a real meal, packed plump with chicken and cheese and served with a side of fries.
Gilgamesh & Merlin Afternoon Tea Set – ¥1,690
This gorgeous assortment of finger food includes cute cupcakes topped with Gilgamesh and Merlin. Enjoy together with a nice cup of tea.
Brynhildr & Sigurd Croquembouche Parfait – ¥1,390
Croquembouche is often served at weddings in Italy at France. Here, it has been turned into an easy-to-eat parfait. It’s topped with salt ice cream, yogurt mousse and more, all in refreshing colours.
Fruit Tea (5 Flavours) – ¥790 Each (Male Master / Female Master / Mash / Romani / Da Vinci)
Matcha Milk Float (3 Flavours) – ¥790 Each (Okita / Ryoma / Izo)
Acrylic Key Rings (16 Designs – Chosen Randomly) – ¥650
Folder Set of 2 – ¥750
There are even more items on the menu as well as merchandise to look forward to at the cafe. Head to Omotesando and enjoy a beautiful autumn with the Servants!
© TYPE-MOON / FGO PROJECT
*All prices listed are pre-tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
Fate/Grand Order Design produced by Sanrio – 3rd Collaborative Cafe
Running: September 5, 2019 – September 29, 2019
Location: OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE&SPACE (Pine Under Flat Floor B1F, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Official Website: https://fgo-sanrio-cafe.jp/
*Reservations now open via the official website