10-Player Virtual Reality Invader Game “ARKINVADERS” Arriving to Laguna Ten Bosch Theme Park in Aichi Prefecture
16.March.2018 | SPOT
Lagunasia is a waterpark in Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture. On 28 April, the park is bringing a brand-new attraction to visitors: “ARKINVADERS” is the world’s first virtual attraction that will use the floor and walls to virtually create a world like Space Invaders.
Waves of invaders will be virtually rendered onto the floor and walls, and you will use your feet to shoot down blocks.
The visuals will be projected in the digital environment right before your eyes onto the entire wall and floor beneath you to make you feel like you’re really standing there. 10 people can play at a time, so get your friends and family involved and have a blast!
Witness the Sengoku Period Parade at the Kazutoyo Festival in Kisogawa
01.September.2019 | SPOT
The town of Kisogawa in Nagoya, Aichi is just 30-minutes by car from Nagoya Station, which is set to welcome the 36th annual Kazutoyo Festival on September 15.
The city of Ichinomiya was the birthplace of Yamauchi Kazutoyo, a famous military commander during the Azuchi–Momoyama period (1568-1600). Every year, the bustling Kazutoyo Festival recalls the Sengoku Period, a time of war and upheaval in Japan which lasted over a thousand years, as well as the helmet and armor-clad commander.
The festival also has mini live performances, as well as an anime show which can be enjoyed by children. There’s also food, horse riding, and other fun activities.
Experience a unique cultural autumntime festival this year at the Kazutoyo Festival in Kisogawa.
36th Kisogawa Kazutoyo Festival
Date: September 15, 2019
Main Location: Ichinomiya Shiritsu Kuroda Elementary School (Kojo-26-2 Kisogawacho Kuroda, Ichinomiya, Aichi)
Sub-Locations: Aeon Mall Kisogawa (25-1 Kisogawacho Kuroda Minamihatsukaike, Aichi Prefecture) & APiTA Kisogawa Shop (51-4 Kisogawacho Kuroda, Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture)
Sengoku Period Parade
Time: From 10:00
Course: Sotowariden Crossing→Kisogawa Ginza Shotengai→Kuroda Elementary School
Enquiries: Kisogawa Kazutoyo Festival Planning Committee (0586-87-3618)
4 Must-Try Kawaii Aesthetic Tapioca Drinks in Aichi Prefecture
Japan is a haven for bubble tea and tapioca-based beverages. Here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON we have covered many stores selling these tasty drinks in Harajuku―the town which started the tapioca boom in Japan―but today we will be heading southwest of Tokyo to Aichi Prefecture, located in central Honshu Island, to look at 4 must-drink tapioca drinks.
We are joined by meme whose Instagram page is packed full of drinks and desserts from cafes across Japan.
The Flower Table in Sakae
Located inside the MITSUKOSHI shopping complex in Nagoya’s retail and entertainment district Sakae is The Flower Table. I absolutely recommend this store for those who aren’t good with sweet drinks as you can choose between having sugar or no sugar.
Your taste buds are hit by the flavour of the milk tea on the first sip which has a bite to it. The tea leaves used by the shop in this drink are from Kusumi Tea, a Paris-based premium tea brand.
If you’re someone who likes chai then this taste is sure to tempt your palate. Not only does the milk tea taste exquisite, the tapioca pearls are sweet and satisfyingly chewy too. And let’s not forget to mention their adorable takeout cup designs!
▼The Flower Table
Address: MITSUKOSHI Nagoya Sakae Store Floor 3F, 3-5-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:30 (Food Last Orders 19:30)
*Food not served until 11am, only drinks between 10-11am
*Afternoon tea sets, parfaits and other teatime menu options served from 2pm
Official Website: https://theflowertable.owst.jp/en/
BON CAFÉ in Sakae
BON CAFÉ can also be found in Sakae. I had heard lots of praise about this place before my first visit so I was eager to get in there. I ordered two drinks: the mango cream cheese tea (with cream and tapioca pearls) and the brown sugar milk tea (with tapioca pearls). It’s hard to tell by the photos but both drinks are packed with tapioca pearls aplenty.
I’d heard before that the mango cream cheese tea was like a “dessert that you can drink,” and I can confirm that it’s true. It’s topped with fresh cream and pearls so it’s just as satisfying as a mango parfait.
Address: Apa Hotel Nagoya Nishiki Floor 2F, Nishiki 3-15-30, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://bon-cafe.jp/tapioca/
Peripatos in Kita-Okazaki
Drinks at Peripatos are takeout-only. Their bottle designs are cute and simple with just a kitty illustration on them. The three drinks in the photo are Very Berry, Tropical, and Hazelnut & Caramel Sauce with coffee jelly.
The tropical drink has pieces of fresh mango in it while the Very Berry has fresh strawberry and chewy strawberry flavoured tapioca pearls in it. My friend ordered the Hazelnut & Caramel one which has coffee flavoured jelly in it instead of tapioca pearls. You sip it while crushing the jelly.
The shop interior is really cute too!
Address: 4-4 Ida Nishimachi, Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture
Opening Hours: [Mon-Tues & Fri-Sat] 11:00-21:30 / [Thurs & Sun] 11:00-18:00
Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/c.peripatos/
Watashi to Cafe in Kariya
At Watashi to Cafe I ordered the strawberry milk tapioca drink. The pearls in this drink are strawberry flavoured too, and there’s a lot of them making is super tasty. The glasses they come in are cute too.
They also sell beautiful herbarium-like drinks. These don’t have tapioca pearls in them but I recommend these too!
▼Watashi to Cafe
Address: 2-20 Minamisakuramachi, Kariya, Aichi Prefecture
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:00 / Dinner 15:00-Midnight
Official Website: https://watashitocafe.gorp.jp/
Did you enjoy this list? meme has lots of other tempting recommendations of drinks and desserts on their Instagram page too, so if you’re looking for something to try while in the Tokai region of Japan be sure to give them a follow.
Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
3 Must-Visit Places in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON
Aichi Prefecture is located in the centre of Japan’s Honshu island. It is home to countless shops, astounding castles, and many sightseeing spots. Mother nature is a huge part of Aichi’s beauty where she has provided plenty of places for enjoying the outdoors.
Instagrammer NAMIKO, who travels all over Japan to visit tourist and sightseeing spots, is here today to showcase three unmissable places to visit when travelling to Aichi using photos she has posted.
Aichi Farm (Aichi Bokujo)
Running just a 10-minute stroll from Kurozasa Station is Aichi Farm which is home to various farm animals, a place where you can enjoy BBQ food, and more, making it a very popular spot for friends and families looking for a day out.
But the absolute must-see part of your trip here during summer are the sunflower beds which bloom from early July right up to early September. The best times to see them in full bloom are posted on the farm’s official website so be sure to check before packing your outdoor gear and heading out.
▼Aichi Farm (Aichi Bokujo)
Address: Minamiyama-977 Komenokichō, Nisshin, Aichi
Opening Hours: Dependent on the season, check the official website for details
No Fixed Holidays (Except New Year’s and Tuesdays when the horse riding club is running)
Official Website: http://www.aiboku.com/
Nomazaki Lighthouse, or Noma Lighthouse for short, can be found along the coast of a town called Mihama in Chita District. This town bears many sightseeing spots including the aquarium and art museum. The lighthouse can be reached by riding the Meitetsu Chita New Line to Noma Station. You then change onto the Mini Seibu Bus and get off at Noma Lighthouse (野間灯台).
It is the oldest lighthouse in all of Aichi Prefecture and is popular for its “kawaii” appearance. Wanderlust travellers will love basking in the radiant summer sun by the sea and sandy beach when they go to visit Noma Lighthouse.
Address: Iwanari-20-1 Onoura, Mihama, Chita District, Aichi
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://www.aichi-now.jp/spots/detail/115/
Himakajima is an island in Mikawa Bay which can be reached in just an hour from Nagoya, the capital of Aichi Prefecture. Not only do you have sunny beaches, there’s also a temple, a park for children to play in, the island’s famous giant swing, and lots of other fun places to explore. It’s also known for its octopus and blowfish catches which can be eaten there.
There are plenty of spots for taking great photos too. Since it’s an island located off the coast, any photo you take will look picturesque.
Official Website: https://www.himaka.net/
If you’re seeking out even more travel recommendations and sightseeing spots around Japan for your bucket list then we highly encourage you to follow NAMIKO on Instagram.
Three Perfectly Peachy Parfaits This Summer In Nagoya
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy Japanese peaches, which are particularly juicy and sweet around this time. Peaches go well with red bean paste, cream and a variety of other flavours, which is why you will be seeing a lot of peachy desserts this summer. You just have to try them!
Today, Instagrammer meme, who is a big fan of cute and stylish cafés, will be introducing you to peach parfaits that you absolutely must try in Aichi prefecture.
BLUE STAR CAFE（ブルースターカフェ）／Nagakute
BLUE STAR CAFE has started selling a peach parfait. The peaches are so sweet and juicy that I was moved to tears. The parfait is made up of fresh cream, vanilla ice cream, peach sherbet and frozen peach. It is simple, delicious and very satisfying.
▼BLUE STAR CAFE
Address: 504 Tsukada, Nagakute, Aichi
TEL：0561 42 6878
Official Website: https://bluestar-cafe.com/
Halleloo Garden（ハレルゥ ガーデン）
I was just waiting and waiting for Halleloo Garden to release their peach parfait and I was far from disappointed. Just looking at the pretty pink peaches is enough to get your mouth watering. When you cut into the peach, it will explode with colourful popping boba. What a fun parfait.♡
The parfait is made up of a variety of fruits including melon, blueberries, grapefruit and apple. It also contains vanilla ice cream, custard, fresh cream, and dried fruit too. Be aware that the contents of this parfait will change according to the season.
This peach parfait also comes with peach-flavoured black tea with boba. Add this to your parfait and notice the change in flavour as your parfait becomes a milk bubble tea! This was my first experience of popping boba. It was such a fun experience to bite into the boba and feel them explode, flooding my tastebuds with a delicious juicy flavour. Whether Halleloo Garden can serve this parfait seems to be dependent on whether they can receive peaches from their supplier, so I recommend phoning up the café before you turn up to if you want to try this.
Address: Kami-222-1 Miyoshicho, Miyoshi, Aichi
TEL: 0561 56 1080
Official Website: http://www.halleloo.jp/
merry café serves a beautiful peach parfait that looks just like a bouquet of flowers.
The simple peach compote allows you to enjoy the natural deliciousness of the peaches. During this season, finding peaches that are highly sweet can be a bit of a hit or miss, however there is no doubt that they will be sweet when made into a compote. It was a delicious peach parfait. ♡
Address: 7-18 Komochimatsu Shindencho, Toyoake,
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 15:00, 17:30 ー 22:00
Official Facebook Page: https://ja-jp.facebook.com/merrycafe1218/
All these pink peach treats look so beautiful. This peachy season is the perfect time to wrap yourself in the wonderful fragrance of sweet peach. Please check out meme‘s Instagram which is full of information on cute cafés you can visit for delicious desserts.
Author/ Photographer: meme
LEGO NINJAGO World Grand Opening! Check out the Ninja Food Menu!
LEGOLAND JAPAN is no doubt the perfect day trip for families with kids (and adults who still haven’t grown up). 13:00 on Monday 1st July will be a very special moment for the park… as it will be celebrating the grand opening of LEGO NINJAGO World! This will be the first time the park has ever been extended since opening!
Except Dubai, all countries/states in the world that are home to a LEGOLAND own a NINJAGO World too ー and they are so popular! Now, it’s about time that the country of ninja actually gets a LEGO NINJAGO World! It will be the eighth area of the park. From the moment you enter, you will be immersed in a ninja world! Rise up to the challenges set by the activities and plunge into all the attractions to better your ninja skills!
The new area is home to three new attractions. The Flying Ninjago will be the first to catch your eye. This is a gigantic ride that adults and kids are bound to get a thrill out of! Two brand new rides called Lloyd’s Spinjitzu Spinners and Kai Sky Master will have their world debut at LEGOLAND JAPAN!
Apart from the attractions, there’s so much more fun stuff to do to immerse fully in the NINJAGO experience.
Jay’s Lightning Drill
Cole’s Rock Climb
Polish your fundamental ninja skills with Jay’s Lightning Drill and Cole’s Rock Climb. NINJAGO World also contains many new lego models. The largest in the area is the 4-metre tall Samurai robot lego model!
Spin Tower Burger Set【Brick House Burger】¥2,000 (price after tax)
Shuriken Pancake【Naruto Table】¥450 (price after tax)
To commemorate the birth of NINJAGO World, there are so many ninja-themed meals, treats and desserts being sold all over the new attraction area and throughout the theme park!
Challenge your ninja skills, enjoy the thrilling rides and indulge in the delicious ninja food at LEGO NINJAGO World!
LEGO NINJAGO World
Grand opening: Monday 1st June 2019 at 13:00
Address: Kinjoufutou, LEGOLAND Japan Limited, 2 Chome-2-1, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi
See Autumn Leaves of Toyota in Aichi Prefecture at Korankei and Shikizakura Park
12.November.2018 | SPOT
The peak season to see the autumn leaves will arrive imminently at the popular autumn tourist spots Korankei and Shikizakura Park in Toyota, Aichi which are being celebrated with festivals that are currently running until November 30.
When talking about famous autumn leaf spots in Toyota, Korankei is the one that always crops up, but in recent years more people have come to learn about Shikizakura Park which has now become another must-visit location during the fall season. Close to 10,000 four-season cherry blossoms decorate the mountain surfaces in the area along with maple trees.
The highlight of the Korankei Maple Festival is the light up of Mt. Iimori. The mountain will turn a golden colour from the trees as Taigetsukyo Bridge and Tomoe River are illuminated, creating a magical atmosphere.
The thing to see at the Shikizakura Park Cherry Blossom Festival is the herbarium workshop where attendees can experience handmaking their own herbariums from Japanese paper. You must book a place in advance to join in so be sure to check the official website.
A special bus is also running to and from both Korankei and Shikizakura Park from November 10 to 30.
Enjoy autumn in full bloom at Toyota, Aichi.
Korankei Maple Festival
Running: November 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018
Location: Korankei (Iimori Asukecho, Toyota, Aichi Prefecture)
Access: 20-minutes from Toyota-Matsudaira Interchange via the Tokai Loop Expressway
Shikizakura Park Cherry Blossom Festival
Running: November 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018
Location: Toyota (Aichi Prefecture), Shikizakura Park, Senmi Shikizakura Four Seasons Cherry Blossom, and elsewhere
Access: 20-minutes from Toyota-Matsudaira Interchange via the Tokai Loop Expressway
Limited Run Bus – Korankei to Shikizakura Park (香嵐渓・小原四季桜バス)
Running: November 11, 2018 – November 30, 2018
Price: ¥500 (Korankei to Shikizakura Park)
Studio Ghibli Theme Park to Open in Japan in 2022
Studio Ghibli’s animated features are loved the world over, with classic titles such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totori and Kiki’s Delivery Service.
Plans for a Ghibli theme park are now in place and it is scheduled to open in Aichi Prefecture in 2022. The exact location will be Ai-Chikyu Haku Kinen Koen, also known as Moricoro Park, which is where the Expo 2005 World’s Fair took place.
Let’s take a little look at some of the park’s areas that are currently under construction.
Seishun no Oka Area
The ‘Hill of Youth Area.’ Right at the entrance is the main gate’s elevator tower, which is being established as a landmark. It takes inspiration from Howl’s Moving Castle, incorporating a design based on late-19th century sci-fi elements. It plans to be a symbolic structure of the main gate.
Next to the elevator tower will be the antique shop as seen in Whisper of the Heart.
Ghibli no Daisouko Area
The ‘Ghibli’s Great Storehouse Area.’ The warm water pool currently being managed at Moricoro Park will close in September 2018 and undergo renovation to be turned into the new Ghibli storehouse area. This area will be a collection of storehouses littered with lots of exciting Studio Ghibli displays.
Everything here will be indoors, so it won’t be affected by the weather, allowing people to enjoy their time seeing all there is to see. Lots of planned for this area including item exhibition rooms, video exhibition rooms, a play area for children, and more.
Mononoke no Sato Area
The ‘Mononoke Village Area.’ To harmonize with the Japanese landscape, places like the Aichi Satorabo fields at Moricoro Park will take inspiration from the international sensation Princess Mononoke, with the construction of the Tatara factory and more. There will also be art displays of the Tatari Gami demon, Lord Okkoto boar god and others from the film. The entire area will be turned into a Princess Mononoke village.
Majo no Tani Area
The ‘Witch Valley Area.’ This area will take on the theme of two films imbued with magic: Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service.
Expect to see Howl’s Castle and a play area based on Kiki’s house amongst other attractions.
The colourful streetscape will be as if you’ve been sucked right into the films themselves!
Dondoko Mori Area
The ‘Dondoko Forest Area’ is Totoro themed. Satsuki and Mei’s house is already built here. A reception area will be built and the path in the forest behind the mountain will be renovated to enhance the surrounding area of the house even more.
The area’s name comes from the ‘dondoko dance’ that Satsuki and Mei do with Totoro to make the seeds they planed grow even quicker.
We can hardly wait for the opening of the official Studio Ghibli theme park in 2022!
“LEGOLAND Japan Hotel” located beside the outdoor kid’s theme park, “LEGOLAND JAPAN” was opened on the 28th of April (Sat.).
In line with this opening, “LEGOLAND Japan” carried out a major renewal and is now to be called, “LEGOLAND Japan Resort.” In addition to the hotel it will include “SEA LIFE Nagoya,” the aquarium opened on the 15th of April (Sun.) and “LEGOLAND Japan.”
“LEGOLAND Japan Hotel” is a hotel where you can enjoy the world of LEGO. The lodging floor is separated into the following five zones/themes; pirates, adventure, kingdom, LEGO ninja-go and LEGO friends. Each hotel room has a room for kids with a bunk bed, TV and treasure box. Restaurants that serve alcohol and full-fledged dishes and play areas for kids are located on the second floor.
The 10 characters of “LEGOLAND Japan,” children wearing uniforms using the motif of each floor’s theme and hotel CEO, Torben Jensen appeared at the commemoration ceremony. Torben commented, “LEGOLAND Japan Resort” is a place where you can enjoy the world of LEGO. The resort is thrilling and exciting and a stay at this hotel will for sure give you and your family pleasant memories!”
Why not stay at “LEGOLAND Japan Hotel”and enjoy the world of LEGO to the full.
Standing Style Japanese Sake Bar Junmaishu YATA to Open in Chubu Centrair International Airport
Tachinomi is a type of Japanese bar that focuses on standing and drinking rather than sitting down. The new branch of Junmaishu YATA is one of these, and will open in Chubu Centrair International Airport on April 25, 2018 as the first branch from the company to open inside an airport.
The idea behind the new store is that rather than branching out overseas, they wanted to set up shop at Chubu Centrair International Airport where both Japanese and those from overseas gather to offer seriously delicious sake for everybody to enjoy.
YATA is a standing-style bar where customers can casually and easily enjoy Japanese sake. All the drinks on their menu are junmaishu, which is sake made from just rice and rice malt with no added. There’s no menu display. Instead, you can converse with the staff while choosing a drink of your course.
The bar is thoroughly particular about the ingredients, brands, chasers and so on of the drinks served there. There’s even an all-you-can-drink option. It’s great for how simple it is, as well as the reasonable prices.
Despite the current climate of strict regulations, YATA has overcome various hurdles and will successfully open in Chubu Centrair International Airport. Head on in if you’re passing through and experience their passion for yourself.
Limited Edition Chocolate & Orange Peel Topped Senbei Rice Crackers From Hyakuhachiju-do
20.March.2018 | FOOD
It’s been 180 days since the rice cracker (senbei) brand shop Hyakuhachiju-do opened in Ehime Prefecture.
To commemorate, the store will sell 180 limited edition premium sets of fried rice crackers from March 16th.
These premium rice crackers are coated with things like chocolate and cheese on one side. Each rice cracker is delicately made one by one and topped with orange peel and other delicious bits.
Plus, they look very cute, so they’d make a perfect gift to someone.
Be sure to try these innovative senbei rice crackers.
Harajuku café Anywhere Door giving free “Harajuku Ringo” cakes in select stores around Japan
Harajuku’s “Anywhere Door” café is giving out “Harajuku Ringo” (Harajuku Apple) fruit cakes that look just like apples. Available at select cafés in Shizuoka, Sendai and Nagoya, the apple-shaped cakes are completely free to customers who are visiting for celebrations such as birthdays.
Just as the name suggests, the concept of “Anywhere Door” is to become a door that connections Japan to the rest of the world. Their popular “Harajuku Ringo” blew up on Instagram in Europe for its likeness a real apple. The fruit cake is now making a return.
An apple comport is wrapped with mousse made with domestic Japanese ‘Jonathon’ apples. Powdered white chocolate is delicately sprayed onto the surface of the cake to make it look beautiful.
The outside is fluffy, and the inside is thick. Both the look and texture of this authentic treat is something to enjoy.
The movie, “Mary to Majo no Hana” Art Exhibition will be held at LAGUNA TEN BOSCH LAGUNASIA.
14.September.2017 | SPOT
“Mary to Majo no Hana the Art Ten” will be held at the theme park LAGUNA TEN BOSCH LAGUNASIA from the 7th of October (Sat.) in commemoration of the release of the movie “Mary to Majo no Hana.”
“Mary to Majo no Hana” is a movie directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi who directed the movie “Karigurashi no Arrietty” which ranked No.1 in box-office sales of all movies released in 2010 and “Omoide no Marnie” which was nominated in the 88th Academy Award Animated Feature Film Category. “Mary to Majo no Hana” and its exhibition “the Art ten” are gathering much attention as the first animated movie created by STUDIO PONIC which inherited the will of STUDIO GHIBLI.