The “ichigo-daifuku” (strawberry-rice cake) specialized store, “Ichigo An” was opened in Akihabara
Roots Co., Ltd. opened an “ichigo”(strawberry) “daifuku” (a soft round rice cake stuffed with sweet bean-jam) specialized shop which will sell this sweets item produced with their affiliated farms throughout Japan and the strawberries they use are directly sent from various production areas.
The harmony of the straberries’ sourness, bean-jam’s sweetness and the chewy rice cake, is excellent!
The new store was opened in response to requests from customers who purchased the ichigo daifuku of “Taiyaki Kanda Daruma Akihabara Store” run by Roots. Five varieties using strawberries produced in Japan will be sold throughout the year.
Tsubuan (coarse red bean-jam) – 250 yen (tax included)
Koshian (strained bean-jam) – 250 yen (tax included)
Rennyu An (condensed milk and bean-jam) – 270 yen (tax included)
Matcha An – 270 yen (tax included)
Cream iri Tsubuan – 270 yen (tax included)
Let’s enjoy “Ichigo An’s” ichigo daifuku which is sold throughout the year.
Naruto Anime Series Celebrates 20th Anniversary With New Gallery Featuring Collaborations With Five Animators
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the globally popular Naruto anime series, NARUTO THE GALLERY will be held at AKIBA_SQUARE inside Akihabara UDX from December 10, 2022 until January 31, 2023. The gallery will feature collaborations with five animators.
This will be the first Naruto exhibition held since 2015. The event will focus on the growth of the characters, the bonds they share with their friends, and the many fights that have taken place over the past two decades.
Iconic scenes from the Naruto anime series will be on display in collaboration with five up-and-coming animators: Ai Niina, Kohei Kadowaki, que, Kosuke Sugimoto, and Kohta Morie. This will give fans the chance to see an unprecedented and unique view of the world of Naruto which can only be seen at the event.
Admission Bonus: Gemaki-style Card
An original Gemaki-style Card featuring a newly-drawn visual will be handed out to those visiting the exhibition.
The first lineup of exclusive event-only merchandise has been revealed and longtime fans of the series won’t want to miss adding some of these goods to their collection.
Participating Artists / Episode
Ai Niina / Sasuke’s Ninja Way
Kohei Kadowaki / Naruto’s Path
que / The Land of Waves
Kosuke Sugimoto / Sasuke’s Vessel
Kohta Morie / Naruto and Kurama
©NARUTO THE GALLERY実行委員会
NARUTO THE GALLERY (Naruto 20th Anniversary Project)
Running: December 10, 2022 – January 31, 2023
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last entry at 19:30)
Venue: AKIBA_SQUARE (Inside Akihabara UDX)
Official Site: https://naruto-20th.jp
Sana Natori and Sanrio Characters Open Second Collaboration Store in Akihabara
A new collaboration store is now open in Akihabara, bringing together the popular YouTuber Sana Natori and everyone’s favorite Sanrio characters. The shop will be open until October 19, and this second collaboration features Halloween-inspired goods.
This time around, seven new goods are available, with 21 designs available in total. The illustrations were drawn exclusively for the collaboration.
Goods at a Glance
Pin (3 varieties)
Acrylic Keychain (3 varieties)
Acrylic Card (7 varieties)
Acrylic Figure Plate (3 varieties)
Sana Natori x Kuromi
Sana Natori x Pompompurin
Sana Natori x Lloromannic
Sticker (Set of 3)
Long Sleeve T-shirt
Purchase Bonus – Postcard (2 varieties)
Sana Natori is a VTuber who has become popular with audiences of all ages. Her aim is to live a proper life online, and she’s known largely for her livestreams, gaming, and music.
Following the well-recieved first collaboration, these spooky designs are sure to be a hit this holiday season. Which goods are you after?
(C) Sana Natori (C) 2022 SANRIO CO.,LTD. APPROVAL NO. L634678
Sana Natori x Sanrio Characters
Running: October 6 – October 19, 2022
Venue: Akihabara Sukima Store, JR Akihabara Station Central Ticket Gate
*Merchandise also available from Sanrio Anime Store Online
Sanrio Anime Store Online: https://sanrio-animestore-a3.jp/title/search/product?parent_title_id=111&utm_source=prt240
Night Strawberry Picking Tour Opens at Hoshino Resorts Risonare Atami in Shizuoka
The scenic Hoshino Resort Risonare Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture, known for its spectacular views and hot springs, will begin hosting Night Strawberry Tours, inviting couples to pick strawberries in an illuminated greenhouse from January 6 until March 30, 2023. The event is only available on even-numbered days, and only one couple per day can participate. Beni Hoppe Strawberries are a specialty of the area, and this is the 10th event of its kind. Fittingly, guests can enjoy their strawberries with 10 unique condiments.
Enjoy Fresh Strawberries with 10 Condiments
Guests can enjoy ten unique condiments with their strawberries, including condensed milk, mascarpone, and pistachio. When the mild flavor of condensed milk is combined with savory pistachios, the fresh, full-bodied sweetness of the Beni Hoppe strawberries reaches a new level. Visitors are welcome to ask the staff for the best combinations, or are welcome to experiment themselves!
Pick Strawberries at Night in a Private, Shimmering Greenhouse
After dinner, guests will leave the hotel to begin the Night Strawberry Tour. A red carpet is laid out in the illuminated greenhouse, and those taking part in the tour will enjoy strawberry picking as they sip a glass of rose champagne.
See how Strawberries are Cultivated
Beni Hoppe strawberries are made by combining the Akihime and Sachinoka varieties. In Japanese, the name means red cheeks, and the name was inspired by the Japanese term hoppe ga ochiru*, meaning “my cheeks are falling off.” This is often used to describe food that’s extremely flavorful. These particular strawberries are award-winning, so visitors won’t want to miss this exclusive experience!
*See Shizuoka Prefecture’s official website for more information.
Hoshino Resorts Risonare Atami – Night Strawberry Tour
Running: Even-numbered days from January 6, 2023 – March 30, 2023
Price: ¥17,000 per person, reservation for 2 people (Tax Included)
Cure Maid Cafe in Akihabara Starts Collab with Anime Series ‘Luminous Witches’
Gee! Store, a popular series of shops specializing in anime character goods, has announced a collaboration with the series Luminous Witches! From September 9 until September 19, Cure Maid Cafe in Akihabara will be serving up tasty treats inspired by characters from the series.
Exclusive Collaboration Character Cards (9 varieties)
The cafe will offer a number of snacks and drinks, including Eggplant Cheese Pasta, Aira & Eleonore’s Curry, and Moffy’s Parfait. A special drink will be available to order by posting with a special hashtag on social media, so be sure to check back for more information!
©TABLIER MARKETING INC., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Luminous Witches Cafe
Running: September 9 – September 19, 2022
Venue: Cure Maid Cafe (Gee! Store 4F, Onoden Main Store, Akihabara)
The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Gets Pop-Up Store in Akihabara
To celebrate the second season of The Rising of the Shield Hero, a special pop-up store will open on August 19 inside GiGO Akihabara!
2L Chara Fine Mat (4 varieties): ￥1,980 (Tax Included)
Mini-Character Pin (6 varieties): ￥440 (Tax Included)
New items include character mats with newly-drawn illustrations and mini-character pins.
During the event period, for every purchase of ￥3,000 or more (including tax), customers will receive a random postcard as a bonus. Be sure to grab yours before they’re gone!
The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Pop-Up Store
Running: August 19 – August 28, 2022
Venue: Akib@ko 5F Collaboration Studio & Gallery
Event Details: https://tempo.gendagigo.jp/shieldhero-shop/2022.html
Anime Series ‘Uncle from Another World’ to Get Take-Out Collab Cafe in Akihabara
A take-out collaboration cafe inspired by the anime series Uncle from Another World is now open at CURE MAID CAFE in Akihabara! The event is running until August 28, 2022.
Exclusive Collaboration Character Cards (6 varieties)
The take-out collaboration cafe features a lineup of collaboration drinks inspired by characters from the series. Special bonuses will be given to those who order from the collaboration menu, and photos from the series will be displayed at the eat-in space Entas Cure Terrace on the same floor.
Enjoy these otherwordly collab drinks that can only be found here!
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Uncle from Another World Take-Out Collaboration Cafe
Venue: CURE MAID CAFE
Running: August 10 – August 28, 2022
BL Mystery Game Hashihime of the Old Book Town Inspires Collaboration Cafe at Akihabara Nagomido
Starting on June 17, romantic Taisho-style cafe Akihabara Nagomido began a special collaboration with the BL mystery game Hashihime of the Old Book Town. The special event will run through July 4, 2022.
Collaboration Cafe Original Menu
Menu Order Bonus: Bookmark
Acrylic Stand (6 varieties)
Pin Gacha (6 varieties, random)
Fortune Gacha (7 varieties, random)
Goods Available to Order
Canvas Art (6 varieties)
Goods Purchase Privilege: Original Postcard
During the event, fans of the series can enjoy dishes, desserts, and drinks inspired by the game. Special collaboration merchandise will only be available here, and special prizes can be won by playing the on-site gacha! A bookmark will be given to guests who order any original collaboration food or drink items, and an original postcard will be given to those spending at least ¥3,000 on merchandise. Those visiting between June 29 and July 4 will receive a limited-edition postcard.
Come enjoy this unique atmosphere while surrounded by your favorite characters!
What is Hashihime of the Old Book Town?
The location? Jinbocho, Tokyo, during the rainy season, 1922.
A young writer named Tamamori moves to Tokyo with the hopes of getting into a prestigious university–but he fails the exams and is kicked out of his place.
In an amazing stroke of luck, Tamamori begins working at a bookstore with a mysterious owner who never shows his face. This stranger also lets him live there and pays for his necessities. Living at a bookstore with only a few customers leaves Tamamori tons of time to work on writing.
Suddenly, a series of suicides and mysterious deaths begin. Tamamori’s best friend dies–and no one knows why.
Tamamori notices that the same three rainy days are repeating over and over. Yes, he can time travel–but only three days into the past.
What is real and what is an illusion?
A pop-occult Taisho BL mystery is waiting for you. (From the game’s homepage)
Hashihime of the Old Book Town x Akihabara Nagomido
Running: June 17 – July 3, 18:00
Hours: 12:00-21:00 (Last order at 20:30)
Venue: Akihabara Nagomido
Address: Sakai Suehiro Building B1F (6-14-2, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Online Store: https://akiba753do.theshop.jp/ (Orders now open)
Official Site: https://www.nagomi-cafe.com/
CulZone in Akihabara Begins Limited-Time Anime T-Shirt Festival
CulZone, inside ACZ and operated by Ichigo Animation, has expanded and reopened! To commemorate, the Anime T-Shirt Festival will be running from June 17 until July 10. Dozens of shirts will be on sale featuring both new and old anime titles.
©Negi Haruba, Kodansha /The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ Production Team ®KODANSHA
©Koyoharu Gotouge / Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable
©2016 Natsume Akatsuki, Kurone Mishima / KADOKAWA / Konosuba Production Committee
©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
©Tappei Nagatsuki, KADOKAWA / Re: Zero Production Committee
©Sotsu / Sunrise
©1995 Masamune Shirow / Kodansha, Bandai Visual, MANGA ENTERTAINMENT
Character shirts and logo shirts will be available and every fan will find something perfect! Items will be changed regularly throughout the event, so be sure to stop by and find something perfect for your summer wardrobe.
Anime T-Shirt Festival
Running: June 17 – July 10, 2022
Venue: AKIBA Cultures ZONE 4F ‘CulZone’
Official Site: https://www.ichigo.gr.jp/
Pocky on the Rocks, Popular Since the 1970s, Reimagined for Modern Tastes
13.June.2022 | FOOD
Pocky is one of the most popular Japanese snacks around the world, and a new way to enjoy it is here. Since the 1970s, Pocky on the Rocks has been a popular way to enjoy the tasty treats during the summer. A modern version has just been unveiled, and six special boxes with exclusive designs will be released on June 14 along with a new campaign, recipe submission contest, and a collaboration with select cafes around Japan.
Pocky on the Rocks was first introduced in an ad campaign in 1976. People began putting Pocky sticks in a cool glass filled with ice or using the sticks as muddlers for alcoholic drinks. This stylish summer snack has been reimagined for 2022, and customers are inspired to pair the sticks with their favorite drink, stick them into ice cream, or add them to a cup of seasonal fruit!
Pocky on the Rocks in the 1970s
Pocky on the Rocks Today
Collaboration with 5 Cafes in Tokyo and Kansai
Cafe Roman – Takadanobaba, Tokyo
Cafe Negura – Shimokitazawa, Tokyo
Dark Cherry Soda
DORSIA – Sannomiya, Kobe
Heart Strawberry Milk
Sunshine Cafe – Higashi-Umeda, Osaka
Almond Mixed Juice
Poem Cafe – Motomachi, Kobe
Pocky’s limited edition packaging, coming June 14, will feature a recipe for the 2022 Pocky on the Rocks. A recipe submission contest will also be held on Instagram, and anyone can participate. On the campaign website, fans can find collaboration recipes made in conjunction with five different cafes around Tokyo and the Kansai region. Of course, you can also grab these treats at each shop!
Fans can win retro goods in another ongoing campaign simply by snapping a picture of a Pocky receipt.
You’ve probably tried Pocky before, but have you ever tried Pocky on the Rocks?
Experience Japanese Culture from Anywhere with Kanda Myojin Shrine’s Virtual Space
09.June.2022 | SPOT
Kanda Myojin Shrine dates back over 1,270 years, making it one of the most well-known religious sites in Tokyo. Dai Nippon Printing is now making it possible for interested visitors to experience the site from anywhere in the world, unveiling the Kanda Myojin CG Space this week. Developed with approval from the shrine, the virtual space faithfully reproduces the structure and design of the location using 3D laser measurement technology and CG techniques developed by DNP over many years. The space will be open online to all audiences.
A portion of the work from the Masayuki Kojo 10th Anniversary Exhibition currently behind held on-site at Kanda Myojin from June 4 until July 10 will also be available to view in the CG space. The space will also be linked to ‘Virtual Akihabara,’ developed by DNP in conjunction with the AKIBA Tourism Council. Using XR (Extended Reality), the company hopes to develop a wide variety of new communication styles.
The Kanda Myojin CG Space was created by using DNP’s laser measurement technology to recreate three-dimensional objects. By using high-definition photography and photogrammetry technology, images of objects are taken from many angles, creating a realistic 3DCG space to explore. The structure of the shrine, which was rebuilt in 1934 after being damaged in the Great Kanto Earthquake, has been faithfully reproduced in every way.
In conjunction with events held at the Kanda Myojin Museum, the Kanda Myojin CG Space will make the history of Kanda Myojin and its collection of materials, including rare ukiyo-e prints, available online for anyone to access. Through these exhibits, people both in Japan and abroad can experience Edo culture through their web browsers!
Kanda Myojin CG Space
Masayuki Kojo 10th Anniversary Exhibition
Running: June 4 – July 10, 2022
Hours: 9:00-16:00 *Last entry at 15:45, open daily
Address: Kanda Myojin Cultural Exchange Center 1F (2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Japanese Confectionary Series Tabemas Releases Chiikawa Sweets at FamilyMart Stores
12.April.2022 | FOOD
Bandai’s Japanese confectionary project Tabemas has been transforming popular characters into tasty treats for years. Starting April 5, over 16,600 FamilyMart stores nationwide will offer sweets inspired by illustrator nagano’s popular characters Chiikawa and Usagi!
This is the first time these characters have been featured in the Tabemas series. Fans can grab Chiikawa with sparking eyes or smiling with red cheeks, a sparkly-eyed Usagi, and the adorable cat Hachiware. It will be difficult to eat something so painfully cute, but each is sure to taste delicious! The Chiikawa sweets are milk and custard flavored, Usagi is sweetened with caramel, and Hachiware offers the taste of strawberry milk.
(C)nagano / chiikawa committee
Chiikawa & Usagi Tabemas
Price: ¥398 each (Tax Included)
Release Date: April 5 ~
Where to Buy: Chilled Dessert Corners at 16,600 participating FamilyMart Stores Nationwide
*Limited quantities available.
*May not be available at all locations.
Fujiya Celebrates 111th Anniversary with Milky Sweet Retro Accommodation Plan
04.April.2022 | SPOT
Fujiya is celebrating 111 years with a special collaboration with Hoshino Resort! The sweets company is well-known for ‘Milky,’ one of the most popular candies in Japan, and now, fans of these sweets can surround themselves completely with retro vibes. To inspire younger generations to travel again, a Milky-inspired room plan is now available to book.
Four Unique Features of the Milky Sweet Accommodation Plan
１. A Milky Sweet Room with a Retro Feel!
This sweet room is completely covered with retro Milky style! The candy’s mascot Peko-chan takes center stage in Taisho clothing, and guests can enjoy a Milky snack set and Milky bath salts to complete this one-of-a-kind experience.
2. Become Peko-chan with Adorable Costumes!
Dress up as Peko-chan with your best friend and take some hilarious pictures! These tops and overalls are included with the room, but feel free to wear them out and about.
3. Milky-flavored Popcorn Available in Collaboration with TAMARIBA!
Popcorn sweetened with Milky powder is now available at TAMARIBA. Enjoy this tasty treat as you explore the grounds, and enjoy the special bag featuring Peko-chan.
Location: TAMARIBA / Available: 15:00-19:00 / Price: Free
*Available while supplies last
4. Enjoy Special Experiences at BEB5 Karuizawa and BEB5 Tsuchiura
Find Retro Peko-chan in Karuizawa Hoshino!
All-you-can-eat French Toast with Milky Sauce
Make a Milky Smoothy on a Bike!
Peko-chan Retro Photo Cycling Tour in Tsuchiura!
Milky Sweet Room Plan
Available: April 1 – June 30, 2022
Reservations Now Open
*Reservations required at least 4 days in advance