MMN Festival: Saki Shibata, Ayumi Seto & Yuri Suganuma to Hold Official Tours as Tour Guides
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA will be held on March 24 and 25. At the event, three popular models – Saki Shibata, Ayumi Seto and Yuri Suganuma – will work as tour guides at the festival to hold official tours for attendees!
Let’s take a close look at each of their tours and what you can look forward to.
After watching the stage performances where Yuri Suganuma will appear you will participate in a workshop with her. You’ll be making a swag, which is a popular stylish wall decoration. A range of flowers will be provided, so pick your favourite and get hands-on in designing your own original swag. After it’s complete, the tour will conclude with a commemorative photo together.
■Date: March 25th
■Duration: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
■No. of People: 11
■Price: ￥3,500 (Includes workshop charge. Workshop scheduled to last 30 mins.)
13：00 Stage performances (w/ Yuri Suganuma)
14：50 Commemorative photo
15 : 00 Viewing the stage
Register here: https://www.airbnb.jp/experiences/198915
You will participate in a workshop organized by “Aymmy in the batty girls,” an apparel brand for which Ayumi Seto works as the Director. After the workshop, you will join Ayumi Seto and go to the “Aymmy in the batty girls” store where she will showcase recommended spring items and outfit coordinates.
■Date: March 24th
■Duration: 1 Hour
■No. of People: 5
■Price: ￥2,000 (Includes workshop charge.)
11：00 Workshop: Design a mug
11：30 Spring recommendations at Aymmy store
■Date: March 25th
■Duration: 1 Hour
■No. of People: 5
■Price: ￥2,000 (Includes workshop charge.)
16：00 Workshop: Design a mug
16：30 Spring recommendations at Aymmy store
Register here: https://www.airbnb.jp/experiences/198906
Saki Shibata will take on the role of a tour guide and show you around the Shibuya and Harajuku area! This special one-off tour will take you to spots in Shibuya and Harajuku that Saki visits often. You’ll also dress up in a kimono and pray at a shrine and more. The tour will take place on the 24th and 25th. The prices and schedules differ for each day so be sure read the details carefully.
■Date: March 24th
■Duration: 4 Hours
■No. of People: 9
■Price: ￥3,500 (Includes dining and workshop charges.)
12:00 Create an accessory at the CHACO workshop in Laforet Museum Harajuku
13:00 Stage performances (w/ Saki Shibata)
14:30 Light meal
15:15 Walk along Cat Street
16:00 Finish at SHIBUYA CAST.
Register here: https://www.airbnb.jp/experiences/198879
■Date: March 25th
■Duration: 3 Hours
■No. of People: 9
■Price: ￥7,000 (Includes dining and workshop charges.)）
12:00 Meet at SHIBUYA CAST. for kimono fitting
12:45 Walk to Onden Shrine in kimono
13:55 Pray at Onden Shrine & receive goshuin
13:15 Stroll along Cat Street towards SHANTi
14:00 Late lunch at SHANTi
Register here: https://www.airbnb.jp/experiences/198895
Tours – How to Apply
To sign up for the tours, head to the Airbnb website and select the time and date. Please note that once all spaces have been filled the application window will close.
The application pages for each tour are different. Links and information will be posted on the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Twitter page, so be sure to follow us.
*Please note that payments can be made by card only.
Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea Release Winter Clothing Collection
19.October.2019 | FASHION
Tokyo Disney Resort dropped its new “White x White” collection of warm and fluffy clothing for the winter season yesterday (October 18). The 16 item line-up incorporates different materials perfect for the cold weather, like sheep boa, corduroy, knitwear, and more.
Mittens – ¥2,500
These cute mittens are fitted with bonbons inspired by Mickey Mouse’s ears.
Since these are mittens, you can take your fingers out if you need them to check your phone!
Hat – ¥2,900
The hat is made from sheep boa and corduroy and the ear parts can be worn up or down. When worn up, both sides reveal a Mickey Mouse hand design.
Earmuffs – ¥2,400
The collection also includes earmuffs and a tote bag made from fur, a corduroy Minnie Mouse headband, and other snow-white items fitting for wintertime.
Women’s Coat – ¥11,800 (Medium/Large)
Women’s Jacket – ¥9,800 (Medium/Large)
Both the coat and jacket will go on sale on November 1. They are both made from sheep boa and have cute Mickey Mouse quilting on the front.
Stay warm this winter with Tokyo Disney Resort’s White x White collection.
*Product designs and prices subject to change without notice
*Available while supplies last
Available: Town Center Fashions at Tokyo Disneyland® / Figaro’s Clothiers at Tokyo DisneySea®
Scotland-Approved Hello Kitty Tartan Bags to be Released by Sanrio
19.October.2019 | FASHION
Scotland has given the seal of approval for Sanrio to release six new Hello Kitty bags with tartan designs in-store and online on October 24.
Red Tote Bag – ¥4,500
The classy collection is perfect for the autumn/winter seasons and can be worn for general daily use with their subtle, nonchalant Hello Kitty designs.
Navy Tote Bag – ¥4,500
The designs were accepted into The Scottish Register of Tartans. Sanrio now have four original tartan designs recognised by the register.
The registration began in 2009 where they received approval from the register for the rights to a pink Hello Kitty tartan design to celebrate her 35th anniversary. Three new designs were subsequently added each year between 2016-2018 and were used for Hello Kitty birthday commemoration merchandise, a bag series worn by parents and children, and more.
Black Tote Bag – ¥4,500
There are two types of bags in this new collection including the standard tote bag and a two-way mini tote bag, both which come in red, navy and black colours for a total of six. They are nice and roomy to carry your everyday things.
Red 2-Way Mini Tote Bag – ¥4,000
Though the mini tote bag is on the smaller side, it has a 13cm gusset so holds plenty too. It also comes with a removable shoulder case strap so you can coordinate it how you like.
Which bag do you want for the autumn/winter season?
*All listed prices include tax
© 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD.
Hello Kitty Tartan Design Bags
Release Date: October 24, 2019
◇Sanrio Stores / Shops stocking Sanrio merchandise (*Select stores not participating
◇Sanrio Online Shop
Yahoo! Shopping: https://shopping.geocities.jp/sanrio/
New Pokémon Anime OP Theme be Performed by Mafumafu and Soraru
The all-new Pokémon anime series is set to begin airing on TX Network on November 17. It has been revealed that Mafumafu, a talented creator and music producer active online, is producing the series’ new opening theme in addition to writing the lyrics, composing the song, and arranging the music.
Mafumafu is known for getting a diverse range of artists on board to sing the vocals, and this time they have paired up with Soraru to form the collaborative duo “After the Rain.”
The two artists have a big online presence, with Mafumafu having over 850 million views on YouTube and 1.6 million followers on Twitter, and Soraru having over 180 million views and 1.4 million followers. They were chosen to perform the opening theme to create that sense of partnership, like Ash and Gou, Ash and Pikachu, or Gou and Scorbunny.
The song title and release details will be announced right before the anime airs. We look forward to hearing how it ties in to and plays up to the Pokémon discography.
Music Video for Time Limit Investigator Theme Song by Ringo Sheena Will Hold You Hostage
18.October.2019 | MUSIC
On November 13, Ringo Sheena will release her first ever all-time greatest hits album entitled: Newton no ringo Hajimete no Best Ban.
The album is full of songs ranging from her debut in 1998 to her brand new song Kouzen no himitsu, which was written for the TV Asahi October season Friday night drama Jikou Keisatsu (Time Limit Investigator). Ringo has just dropped the music video for Kouzen no himitsu and it is bound to steal your gaze.
The song perfectly reflects the feelings of main character Mikazuki, who is played by Kumiko Hiramaru. In the video, Ringo Sheena is dressed as a bittersweet cinnamon policewoman who leads the dance as the ring leader of two darkside police members. This project was created with cinnamon squad: the wind ensemble to which song arranger Youichi Murata belongs, and midnightoutlaw, who often perform at Ringo Sheena’s live performances and recording sessions. The result: an intense video that one might even think is part of the Jikou Keisatsu series.
One member of the darkside police force is AYA SATO, who left a grand impression on viewers after her striking performance as three different characters in Ringo’s previous music video Gate Of Living. The second member of the dance duo is MIKEY from Tokyo Gegegay. AYA’s thrilling choreography consists of her characteristic hand movements which will imprison your attention in no time.
The music video’s director Hiroshi Usui has been the man behind Ringo’s most iconic music videos and most of her live performance videos since her debut. Being very familiar with Ringo and the performers, Usui’s masterpiece brings out the full potential of all the performers.
A Statement by Hiroshi Usui
“You have just witnessed the almighty power of this performance supergroup. It would be a crime not to see it. You will spot something that amazes you each time you watch it. There’s no Time Limit on your investigation. Please, enjoy!
Newton no ringo Hajimete no Best Ban
November 13, 2019
First Press Limited Edition: UPCH-29348/9 (2CD) ¥3,300 (+ tax)
* Once all First Press Limited Edition albums have been sold, only the Regular Edition (UPCH-20535/6 (２CDs)) will be available.
Newton no ringo Hajimete no Best Ban Special Edition Website:
Kouzen no himitsu Downloading and Streaming Links:
Ringo Sheena Special Edition Website: http://smarturl.it/ringo_sp
Jikou Keisatsu (Time Limit Investigator)
TV Asahi October 2019 Friday Night Drama
Broadcast: Every Friday 23:15 – 24:15 (Some regions not included)
Official Website: https://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/jikou2019/
MOSHI MOSHI FRIENDS Members Enter Kourakuen’s Child Character Design Contest to Win 500,000 Yen
Kourakuen is a popular Japanese ramen chain based in the east of Japan that is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. Their diverse ramen menu line-up elicits a hint of nostalgia amongst the people of Japan, with its number one product being the “Chuka Soba,” a Chinese-style soba noodle dish.
The company just recently launched its first ever mascot characters called “Mama” and “Papa.” They are a family who love to eat out at Kourakuen, with Papa having a weakness for ramen and Kourakuen’s popular Chuka Soba, and Mama having a thing for their seasonal and limited-time dishes.
In celebration of 65 years since its establishment, Kourakuen announced an international Child Character Design Contest which people from around the world are able to participate in. Participants must create a child character for Mama and Papa. The winning character will serve to promote and make Kourakuen an even more fun place, appearing on the company’s social media platforms and at events to spread the word of their ramen across the globe.
But that’s not all. Winners will receive ¥300,000 travel money with JTB and ¥200,000 in prize money. Many people are unaware of Kourakuen outside Japan, hence the contest, so if you’re reading this article, this is your chance to get involved and get the word out there!
Our MOSHI MOSHI Friends members decided to all get together and enter the contest!
Six of our amazing members came together. They are a diverse bunch, each of different nationalities and ages and having different hobbies.
They headed to the Dogenzaka branch of Kourakuen in Shibuya, Tokyo where they ordered food of their choice as inspiration for their character designs.
Being a ramen chain, Kourakuen of course has a long list of ramen options, but they also boast a selection of delicious side dishes too like gyoza and chahan. Our members were spoiled for choice and it took them 5-minutes or so to decide, but each of them settled on their favourite-sounding dishes.
Time to tuck in!
Chuka Soba – ¥440
Naomi is a model from the Philippines. She went and tried the “Chuka Soba,” Kourakuen’s most popular dish.
This was her first time eating at Kourakuen, and she seemed to enjoy the subtle flavours of her Chuka Soba.
Etsuna, a model from China, has recently been obsessed with going to Hakata to eat tonkotsu, so she went for the “Tonkotsu Chashu Noodles” (¥640). She was really happy that there were mustard greens in the dish which she said made it really tasty. We were looking forward to seeing what kind of character Estuna was going to illustrate as she graduated from an arts college.
Vegetable Gyoza – ¥240
“I’ll go with vegetable gyoza!” Peter decided promptly, a Canadian and vegetarian who was raised in Japan.
He was very pleased with his choice, saying: “I finally get to eat meatless gyoza after so long! There’s plenty of veg in them like yam, beefsteak plant and ginger. The skin is chewy too, it’s really good.” Kourakuen’s vegetable gyoza have no meat or onions in them, so we recommend them for people who have always wanted to try gyoza but don’t like the smell.
Sammy is a British translator for us on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON and she loves Japanese food. She loves ramen but is also health-wise, so she ordered the “Reduced Salt Chuka Soba” (¥440). “I came prepared, I’ve been practicing drawing my character since yesterday!” she explained, full of vim and vigour.
Our next member, Daniel, Chief Editor at game and entertainment website IGN JAPAN, ordered the limited-time “Sesame Miso Chashu Noodles” (¥640). He gave careful consideration to his dish and character design idea, explaining: “I want to use noodles in my drawing. I love adding egg to my ramen, and children are born from eggs, so I’m thinking I might include eggs too.”
Egg Rice Bowl – ¥320
ChiMy ordered the Negi Ramen (¥540) together with the Egg Rice Bowl. She works as both as an illustrator and DJ. She actually frequents Kourakuen after her DJ sets, so she already had in mind her order.
With their bellies full and their minds filled with inspiration from each of their dishes, it was time to get drawing.
They laid out their crayons, pencils, coloured pencils and erasers onto the table. The competition allows both digital and hand drawn submissions. MOSHI MOSHI Friends went the traditional hand drawn route.
ChiMy got stuck right in, using the pens she normally uses for her works.
Everyone was chatty just moments ago, but as soon as they put pen to paper, they went straight into serious mode. We could see them incorporating different elements of their food into their drawings, like noodles, egg, seaweed, narutomaki, rice bowls, and so on.
Each person who participates in the contest can submit as many entries as they like. Estuna seemed to be drawing both a boy and a girl.
“Does this kid [character] even have a gender to begin with?” Daniel pondered as he worked on his character.
Our members had to come up with fitting names for their child too.
After about an hour of working hard, our members’ adorable children were finally complete.
ChiMy’s character is called “En-chan.” She has a rice bowl for a hat and her hair is made of noodles. Her hair also has a stylish narutomaki hair clip.
Sammy named her character “Umen,” which makes use of both Papa’s noodles and Mama’s narutomaki. His cute shoes are actually eggs!
Naomi create a super adorable sibling pair, called Chad The E-Boy and VSCO-chan respectively. They have matching wavy noodle hair, as you’d expect from a brother and sister.
Estuna’s idea was a twin brother and sister called “Menyuyu-chan” and “Rakutaro” who transform when they eat noodles. It’s cool that she even added some lore to their character!
Daniel’s character is “Ramen Baby,” a creepy-cute ramen bowl who eats their own noodles, aka themselves. The diaper adds that baby touch to the character.
Peter conceived “Mugimen,” who has a Native American-like appearance and whose torso is an egg. His headpiece is wheat which is a fundamental ingredient of ramen.
Everyone was able to come up with their own unique ideas and put them on paper. It’s interesting to see how all their ideas came together and how their dishes inspired what they drew.
The MOSHI MOSHI Friends left feeling satisfied after their tasty food at Kourakuen and being engrossed in their work.
Submissions for the contest close at 23:59 (JST) on Friday October 25. Don’t worry if you’re not confident in your drawing skills as Japanese illustrator Shashamin will take your idea and add any finishing touches to your design and colouring. Anyone and everyone are encouraged to get involved.
*All listed prices of the menu items include tax
*Select branches may not stock select menu options listed in this article
*To see the full menu, please visit Kourakuen’s official website at https://www.kourakuen.co.jp/
Writer: Ellie (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Kourakuen’s Child Character Design Contest
Summary: Kourakuen is a ramen chain loved by families, so to celebrate the restaurant’s 65th anniversary it has created the Kourakuen Family, a family who now serve as the mascots for the chain. The competition asks people to draw the Mama and Papa a child to complete the family, who is also the main character.
Prize: ¥300,000 travel money with JTB and ¥200,000 prize money
Running: September 24, 2019 at 10:00 (JST) – October 25, 2019 at 23:59 (JST)
①Follow Kourakuen on Twitter@kourakuen_pr and post your illustration with the hashtag #幸楽苑ファミリー along with the name of your character. Illustrations must be in JPEG format and be less than 2mb.
②Upload your illustration to the campaign website along with the name of your character.
*Your illustration must be coloured. You are free to draw whatever ideas you like. Submissions can be digital art or hand-drawn art.
*If doing a hand drawn illustration, please ensure your photo is taken in a brightly-lit room so it can be seen clearly.
*Each participant can draw as many drawings as they like. However, only one character will be accepted from a submission.
Submission Necessities: You must ensure the following 2 items are included in your submission. If you forget to include both, your submission will not be accepted.
①Character illustration (JPEG)
*You may include how you conceived the character along with your drawing process, but this it not mandatory.
The winning entry will be posted on Kourakuen’s official website and social media platforms 1 month after submissions close. Time frame is subject to change. Please make sure all the information and required items are included before submitting.
Contest Details (Japanese): https://www.kourakuen.co.jp/pr/campaign201909/character
SILENT SIREN Drop Second Teaser For 31313 Tour DVD and Blu-ray
18.October.2019 | MUSIC
SILENT SIREN just released a new teaser for the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of their performance at Zepp DiverCity on June 9, 2019 which was part of their “31313 Tour.” The final two shows of the tour took place at the venue on June 9 and 10 respectively. The tour was held in promotion of their latest album 31313 which was released on March 13, 2019.
The title of the album is a reference this as well as “SILENT SIREN Day” which is also on March 13 and Heisei 31 (aka the year 2018), the final year of the Heisei era in Japan.
Check out the new teaser trailer below.
The DVD and Blu-ray feature the full concert set as well as a collection of commercials featuring the members for their merchandise which played before the show started, and dance covers of their song Koi no Esper submitted by fans. It also features the band’s first ever performance of NO GIRL NO CRY (SILENT SIREN ver.)―made in collaboration with Poppin’Party―which took place the following day on June 10, a show which was added due to high demand.
The release will drop in four editions, including two fan club editions and two limited editions.
The fan club editions are coupled with a CD containing the live audio from the June 9 show as well as a visual commentary from the members, a 68-page book, and one of four possible A2 posters chosen randomly.
Blu-ray & DVD
SILENT SIREN LIVE TOUR 2019 “31313” ~Sai Sai Keisei 10 Nenme Datte yo~ supported by Tenkaippin @ Zepp DiverCity
Release Date: October 30, 2019
Fan Club Edition (1 Blu-ray+CD+GOODS+SPECIAL BOOK): ¥8,800 (Before Tax) [PDXN-1910]
Fan Club Edition (2 DVDs+CD+GOODS+SPECIAL BOOK): ¥7,800 (Before Tax) [PDBN-1909]
First Press Limited Edition (1 Blu-ray+GOODS): ¥5,800 (Before Tax) [UPXH-29032]
First Press Limited Edition (1 DVD+GOODS): ¥4,800 (Before Tax) [UPBH-29084]
*Orders for fan club editions are now closed.
SILENT SIREN Official Website: http://silent-siren.com/
10 Things You Can Do at the MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS Hotel in Harajuku | Birthday Party Edition
MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS is a hotel accommodation service run by MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON located in Harajuku and bookable via Airbnb. Our hotel isn’t just popular for sleep, however: it has become a hot spot with stylish girls who get together and use it as a party space.
This is the Birthday Edition of our Top 10 list of things you can do at MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS. Enjoy a very special birthday in Harajuku you’ll never forget!
Girls’ Night In Edition: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/262308
⑤Get your hair and eyelashes done at Harajuku’s popular salon L by HOME for your special day
L by Home is a popular salon in Harajuku that’s just a 2-minute walk from MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS. The salon offers a special plan in collaboration with MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS.
If you book a room at MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS you can receive a special price at L by HOME. Celebrate your special hair by getting a cute hair arrangement and eyelash extensions. The extensions come in different colours depending on which room you book at the hotel, be it SAKURA or ORIGAMI. You will receive a message about it after booking on Airbnb.
Price: ¥3,000 per 30 minutes
*Shampoo is available at an extra cost
Price: ¥10,000 per hour
Service: The base colour is brown and you can pick an additional colour of your choice
SAKURA Colours (brown×cotton, aqua, pink, magenta)
ORIGAMI Colours (brown×burg, lite brown, purple, gold)
▶︎L by HOME
Address: 2F, 3-27-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Hair Salon 11:00-21:00 (10:00-19:00 on Sundays & holidays) / Eyelash Lason 11:00-20:00 (10:00-19:00 on weekends & holidays)
⑥Adorn your hotel room with cute decorations
Guests are free to use rooms as they please, so be sure to decorate it for the big day with cute decorations, so long as you use tape that doesn’t damage the walls or furniture. There are lots of shops in the Harajuku and Omotesando area that sell birthday goods: FLYING TIGER COPENHAGEN, ASOKO, AWESOME STORE, and DAISO to name a few.
⑦Experience a kawaii birthday like no other at MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS
Enjoy an unforgettable birthday in one of our special rooms, like SAKURA which is completely pink throughout. There are a limited number of beds in the rooms but there is no limit to how many people stay in a single room, so invite all your friends over for a huge party! And if you tell us in advance that you’re bringing a cake in, you can borrow a cake stand from us so you can make the cake even cuter. The stand is 18cm in diameter so it should hold a whole cake, but be sure to check the size of yours in advance.
There’s no doubt you’ll enjoy your birthday party even more if you spend it in our pink haven. There is a kitchen with plates, cutlery and everything you need to cook up more snacks and food for your party too.
We will continue the Top 10 list in the next article entitled Food Edition. Remember, if you’re looking to stay in Harajuku, be sure to book with MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS for a hotel stay like no other.
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS
Address: 2-18-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Access: 8-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae (Harajuku) Station via the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin lines
Official Website: https://rooms.moshimoshi-nippon.jp
ORIGAMI Bookings: https://bit.ly/2Ug3nVv
SAKURA Bookings: https://bit.ly/2NwrA8x
BEASTARS Anime Opening Theme ‘Wild Side’ by ALI Releasing on November 27
Shibuya-based multinational hip-hop/funk band ALI will release their new single Wild Side on November 27, 2019.
The song is used as the opening theme for the new anime series BEASTARS which premiered on Fuji TV’s [+Ultra] programming block. The series will also stream on Netflix this month.
This will be ALI’s first ever physical CD release, who normally drop their songs digitally on digital music platforms and vinyl. The CD will be released in two editions: the Regular Edition which includes just the CD, and the Limited Edition which is coupled with a DVD featuring the Wild Side music video.
ALI will drop their first CD album ALI on the same day. The record is a compilation of all the songs they have released digitally since February this year. It will also be released in two editions, with the Limited Edition DVD featuring live footage of the band.
ALI will head on their first solo tour named “Wild Side Tour 2019” this December. Tickets are now on sale via their official website below.
1st CD Single – “Wild Side”
Release Date: November 27, 2019
First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,800 (Before Tax) [ALI-005]
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥1,000 (Before Tax) [ALI-006]
Streaming/Download Links: https://lnk.to/NFlpy
1st CD Album – “ALI”
Release Date: November 27, 2019
First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥3,000 (Before Tax) [ALI-003]
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥2,000 (Before Tax) [ALI-004]
Wild Side Tour 2019 Details:
TV Anime “BEASTARS”
Broadcasting: Netflix / [+Ultra]
Official Website: bst-anime.com
Tokyo’s Newest Bubble Tea Shop PEARL LADY CHA BAR Opens at Tokyo Station
18.October.2019 | FOOD
Bubble tea chain PEARL LADY opened a new tea and tapioca beverage cafe called PEARL LADY CHA BAR at GRANSTA Marunouchi in Tokyo Station on October 17.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of CHA BAR, a Japanese tapioca drink chain that serves different types of tea from around the world. The chewy tapioca pearls added to the drinks are made in the company’s own factory and delivered fresh everyday to stores.
They boast a large drink line-up for tea-lovers, such as their specially-made rich milk tea latte, rock salt cream cheese made with mascarpone, seasonal fruit beverages, and more. The menu offers new and original ways of enjoying tea.
If you’re passing through Tokyo Station during your travels to the capital, be sure to pick up a drink from PEARL LADY CHA BAR.
PEARL LADY CHA BAR GRANSTA Marunouchi
Address: JR East Tokyo Station Floor B1F (Outside Ticket Gates), 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Access: 1-minute on foot from the Marunouchi F central ticket gates at Tokyo Station
Official Website: http://www.pearllady.jp/chabar/
Ginza’s Gorgeous Ice Cream Shop coisof Releases Halloween Parfait
18.October.2019 | FOOD
Ginza’s luxury ice cream shop has released a new parfait flavour for the Halloween and autumn season.
They have called it the “Akiiro Murasaki coi Parfait” (Autumn Colour Purple coi Parfait). Coloured like the vivid sumire plant―a species of violet―this mouth-watering parfait contains a jam made in-house with whole natsuhaze, a wild type of blueberry that has been used in Japan since ancient times. It’s topped with a dollop of rich and milky ice cream, a puree made from in-season purple sweet potatoes, and assorted nuts for added crunch.
Natsuhaze blueberries contain a lot of polyphenols, giving them an elegant sour flavour which goes unbelievably well with the taste of the milky ice cream and sweet potato. The parfait is served with a liqueur made from sumire extract.
For the Halloween period between October 16 to 31, the parfait can also be topped with various spooky decorations at no extra cost, like chocolate ghosts, spiders and cobwebs.
If you’re celebrating Halloween in Japan this year, or want to treat your date to a Halloween treat, then take them to Tokyo’s high-class shopping district Ginza for a luxurious parfait.
Akiiro Murasaki coi Parfait
Price: With Liqueur ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Without Liqueur ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
Running: October 16, 2019 – November 30, 2019
*Free Halloween parfait toppings available October 16, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Grand Opening: January 17, 2019
Address: re:Dine GINZA Floor 9F, 4-3-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00
3 Must-Visit Locations to See Kyoto’s Autumn Colours at Night in 2019
17.October.2019 | SPOT
Kyoto is known as the ancient capital of Japan. It is said to be the place where quintessential Japanese culture started, and has charmed the world over with its incredibly rich 1,200-year history.
Autumn is a popular season in Japan, especially amongst tourists and travellers. While in spring you have the bright pink cherry blossoms, when autumntime rolls around, the trees turn into enchanting reds and yellows. People from around the world flock to see this incredible sight, with Kyoto being a very popular location.
KYOTO SIDE, a regional information website run by Kyoto Prefecture, has listed a number of must-visit places around the city for seeing the autumn foliage, which is known as koyo in Japanese. Of course, viewing the beautiful colours of the trees and their leaves is a must during the daytime, but seeing them in the evening has become popular in recent years too. It offers you an entirely different experience and atmosphere. Here’s three places you should jot down for your Kyoto trip this autumn.
Jitokuin Temple: A place of rest created by the chief priest and locals
Jitokuin Temple is located in the town of Yosano in Yosa District. Maple trees were planted almost 11 years ago with the help of locals and the chief priest to create local ties. Every autumn, the trees behind the mountain bloom in vivid hues, leading the temple to be nicknamed “Koyo-ji,” or “Temple of Autumn.” The locals work hard in the surrounding gardens day by day, so the sights change a little bit every year.
The maple trees are planted in a way that it looks like they take an entire side of the mountain. They are a sight to be hold during the day, but for one week in November there will be illuminations in the evenings, creating a magical scene under the night sky.
Light-Up Period: November 9, 2019 – November 16, 2019
Light-Up Time: 17:00-20:00 (Temple is open 09:00-20:00)
Autumn Foliage Peak Period: Early-Mid November
Address: 2250 Akeshi, Yosano, Yoza-gun, Kyoto
Support Fund: ¥300
Official Website: http://jitokuin.com
Nariaiji Temple: The 5-storey pagoda comes together with the autumn colours
Nariaiji Temple, located in Kyoto Prefecture’s city of Miyazu, is an ancient temple betwixt mountains overlooking Amanohashidate, one of Japan’s “Three Scenic Views.” It’s home to a grand 5-storey pagoda which is surrounded by hundreds of maple trees, offering an incredible, quintessentially Japanese view during autumn.
During the day, you can snap some gorgeous photos with the Sea of Japan and Amanohashidate in the back. For two nights only, on Saturday November 9 and Sunday November 10, the entire area will be beautifully lit up with warm illuminations.
Light-Up Period: November 9, 2019 – November 10, 2019
Light-Up Time: Sunset – 21:00 (Temple is open 08:00-16:30)
Autumn Foliage Peak Period: Early-Late November
Address: 339 Nariaiji, Miyazu, Kyoto
Official Website: http://www.nariaiji.jp/
Kasagiyama Prefectural Natural Park: A bright-red landscape from the mountain peak
Kasagiyama Prefectural Natural Park: is located atop Mt. Kasagi and is also home to Kasagi-dera, a temple with a 1,300-year history. During autumn, one entire side of the park is dyed in autumnal colours.
This November, the area will be lit up for a limited period, offering a gorgeous view from the mountain peak of the trees below as well as the flowing Kizugawa river.
Light-Up Period: November 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Light-Up Time: 17:00-21:00 (Temple is open 09:00-16:00)
Autumn Foliage Peak Period: Early-Mid November
Address: Mt. Kasagi, Kasagi, Soraku District, Kyoto
Price: Illuminations – Free / Temple – Adults ¥300, Children ¥100
Official Website: https://www.kasagidera.or.jp
See Japan’s autumn colours in an entirely new way this year at one of Kyoto’s many autumn-time illumination events.
Official Website: http://www.kyotoside.jp/
Kabukichō Sherlock Anime Ending Song by Lozareena Released on Downloading Services
Cute and edgy singer-songwriter Lozareena receives constant praise and admiration from numerous creators for her distinctive voice. She has previously featured on the NHK TV and radio program Minna no Uta. Her songs have also been played for several days in a row on NHK General TV and NHK Educational TV. Lozareena is known for having featured in the song Don’t you think feat. Lozareena by THE ORAL CIGARETTES (released by A-Sketch). Social media sites are flooding with comments on her beautiful voice.
Following the premiere of Kabukichō Sherlock on the late night anime programming block Animeism on MBS, TBS and BS-TBS on October 11, the ending theme song Hyakuoku Kounen (Ten Billion Light Years) has been released on downloading services in Japan. Upon hearing the ballad, which was produced by Seiji Kameda, the listener will feel time pass slower.
Kabukichō Sherlock fans are excited to know how the song fits into the anime. Along with the song’s digital release, artwork for the song has also been revealed. Please check out the artwork along with the single and the anime to enjoy a complete experience.
A Statement from Seiji Kameda
Lozareena’s voice is magical. There are times when her voice sounds childlike. Her voice paints an image of emotional pain entwined with strength. I have the utmost respect for her because she puts in all her effort when she sings.
Hyakuoku Kounen (Ten Billion Light Years)
Download Links: https://smr.lnk.to/TxBp6
Lozareena Official Website: http://lozareena.com/
TV Anime Kabukichō Sherlock
Premiere: October 2019, 11
Available on Animeism (MBS, TBS, BS -TBS)
Official Website: http://pipecat-kabukicho.jp/
Also available on the following Media Service Providers:
Docomo Anime Store (From October 12, 2019, every Saturday from 12:00)
AbemaTV (From October 15, 2019)
To be released on the following media service providers after October 19, 2019:
niconico（NicoNico Namahousou／NicoNico Channel)／GYAO!／Hikari-TV／Fuji TV On Demand／Bandai Channel／Hulu／J:COM On Demand／Video Pass／Anime Hodai／U-NEXT／Amazon／NETFLIX／Rakuten TV／DMM.com／Video Market／HAPPY Douga／MOVIE FULL plus