Experience Japanese Culture at Narita Airport: Ninja Cosplay, Plants in a Bottle & More in April
28.March.2018 | SPOT
Narita International Airport Corportation are currently holding lots of different Japanese cultural events for tourists coming to Japan from overseas to embed a desire to return back again!
In April, they have set up an activity where you can make your own original herbarium bottle, and they will also hold a Children’s Day doll exhibition among other things.
Create Your Own Original Herbarium Bottle
Narita Airport are holding their first workshop to create an original herbarium bottle inspired by Japanese springtime. The plant will have a long life in the bottle so you can take it home with you as a souvenir.
*Herbarium Bottle: Decorative glass bottle with a plant inside soaked in silicone oil.
Children’s Day Doll Exhibition
In line with Children’s Day on May 5th, the airport will showcase a display of dolls traditionally set up for the celebration. The dolls celebrate the life and healthy growth of children and normally wear armour and a helmet which is meant to protect children so they don’t fall into disaster.
Experience Japanese Culture Corner
At this popular corner, you can experience the culture of Japan at your own leisure, take commemorative photos and more. For April, you can dress up in armour and a helmet, kids can dress up like ninjas, there’s a opportunity to have a hand at ukiyo-e printing, you can wear kimono, try calligraphy, make paper dolls, and create kites. This area is open every day for people leaving Japan.
If you’re heading back via Narita Airport then be sure to stop by for a final chance to enjoy Japan. Then, of course, come back!
Sanrio Characters’ Collab Café extends opening period
Sanrio Characters’ Collab Café has extended the opening period of the cafe at Narita International Airport passenger terminal 2 until July 30. The café serves a menu of food and drink collaborated with Sanrio’s beloved characters Cinnamoroll, Hello Kitty and My Melody.
Additional Menu: Cinnamoroll’s Fluffy Egg Pancake
Cinnamoroll’s Fluffy Egg Pancake is on sale for a limited quantity from June 19 to celebrate Cinnamoroll’s 1st place at 2021 Sanrio Character Ranking. The pancake represents the fluffy clouds in the sky. Additionally, the 2nd edition of visit campaign limited to weekdays has been launched from June 14. 2 original coasters will be given for each menu item ordered for a limited quantity so don’t miss out!
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Sanrio Characters’ Collab Café
Running：April 14, 2021 – July 30, 2021
Place：Narita Anime Deck/ Narita International Airport passenger terminal 2, main building 2nd floor
Devote Your Heart to Attack on Titan in the Final Survey Corps Project
17.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME
To commemorate the end of Attack on Titan‘s 12-year saga, the editorial team at Weekly Shonen Magazine launched the ‘Final Survey Corps Application’ project on June 9 which imagines the staff and fans as part of the Survey Corps to express their love for the series. The staff at Animate and TSUTAYA stores in Japan are currently donning Survey Corps uniforms. A special online exhibition will also be held by the magazine to give thanks to fans who have supported Attack on Titan for 12 years.
Fans can use the all-new Survey Corps Maker service where they can upload their own photo or an illustration of themselves or an original character and writes words dedicated to the series. They are encourage to share this with other Survey Corps members around the world.
Survey Corps Maker: How to Use
1. Select a base image
2. Write your thoughts and comments about Attack on Titan
3. Share with the world
Survey Corps Maker Samples
The staff at Animate Ikebukuro
The staff at TSUTAYA
Attack on Titan Online Exhibition
The online exhibition is a virtual event that was conceived after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the for in-person event in Japan to be cancelled. But this shift is good news to fans outside Japan as it means everyone around the world can join – and it’s free.
The event requires a quick sign-up, after which fans can enjoy looking through displays of official artwork. There’s also a merch shop with exclusive items to get your hands on. Please note that the exhibition features spoilers up to the final chapter.
Celebrate Sasuke Uchiha’s Birthday at Fuji-Q Highland’s Naruto x Boruto Summer Event
Fuji-Q Highland began its ‘NARUTO x BORUTO Fuji Hidden Leaf Village’ event on Wednesday which is set to run throughout summer until August 29. The event is taking place to celebrate the birthday of the popular character Sasuke Uchiha from the Naruto franchise.
During the event, a keyword rally will take place, and a special menu will be served up.
Guests must play and ride six Naruto-themed attractions at the park where they will be able to collect keywords related to the Uchiha family. Those who manage to answer all the questions correctly will receive one of two free exclusive pins. The Sasuke & Itachi design will be available from June 9 to July 22 and the Uchiha Family design from July 23 to August 29. Check out the designs below, both of which are must-grabs for fans of Sasuke and the Uchihas.
Pin Design 1: Sasuke & Itachi (Uchiha Brothers) | Available: June 9, 2021 – July 22, 2021
Pin Design 2: Sasuke & Sakura & Sarada (Uchiha Family) | Available: July 23, 2021 – August 29, 2021
Guests will also be able to enjoy a special menu line-up including a ramen dish served at Ichiraku, the ramen bar at Fuji-Q Highland which is themed on the same eatery of the same name in Naruto, and two cakes at Fuji-Q Highland’s official hotel resort and spa.
Uchiha Brother’s Spicy Ramen | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Uchiha Brother’s Print Cake
Uchiha Family’s Print Cake
Running: June 9, 2021 – August 29, 2021
Where: Fuji-Q Highland
Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/
Gintama Pop-Up Event Opens at Narita Anime Deck
Narita Anime Deck opened its Gintama pop-up event last Tuesday which is set to run until July 15.
The Narita Anime Deck opened inside Narita International Airport Terminal 2 in November 2019. It’s an entertainment facility where travellers from around the world can experience and enjoy Japanese anime culture in various forms such as with character merchandise, food, events, and a variety of photo spots.
The event sees anime series characters Gintoki Sakata, Toshiro Hijikata, and Okita Sougo dressed as pilots and Shinsuke Takasugi as a traveller. These designs are featured on a range of merchandise, decorations, and the food menu.
One must-grab item is the face mask case which arrives in four designs – one for each character.
The food line-up includes the Uji Gintoki Don & Katsudon Hijikata Special Set. This meal and dessert comes with an Uji matcha syrup-covered anko bowl which is based off the food that Gintoki gives to a cat. You can also order a latte featuring latte art of your favourite character. For every item ordered on the menu, you get a free coaster. These come in two design collections: one is available now and will be replaced by the other on June 19.
And if you spend over ¥3,000 on Gintama merchandise at the event, you’ll receive a free card. Fans can also get a free lunch mat if they spend over ¥4,000 and the shop or eat-in restaurant and show their receipts.
Gintama Pop-Up Event
Running: June 1, 2021 – July 15, 2021
Location: Narita Anime Deck
Official Website: https://www.animedeck.jp/
Sanrio Character Ranking 2021 to Announce Winner in Collaboration With Tokyo Girls Collection
Sanrio has announced that the announcement ceremony for the winner of the 2021 Sanrio Character Ranking will take place in collaboration with Tokyo Girls Collection (TGC), a semi-annual fashion festival in Tokyo, on June 8. The event will be streamed live on Hello Kitty and TCG’s respective LINE accounts, as well as Sanrio’s official YouTube account, so that more people can tune in to this year’s announcement and see which of Sanrio’s characters will take the crown.
80 characters are participating in this year’s Sanrio Character Ranking which will be announced in order from 80 to 1. This year also sees the return of the sub-award categories including Collaboration. Hosting the event as MC is tarento and actress Nao Asahi and the Japanese comedy duo Wagyu ga Tsutome.
But the winner announcement is not the only event scheduled for 2021’s ranking. Since this time is a collaboration with TGC, there will be a fashion runway where popular models will show off their looks, a live performance with JO1 and the Sanrio characters, a rap battle, and more.
Fashion Runway: Famous models display the Sanrio character aesthetic
On the fashion stage, a line-up of well-known Japanese models will serve fashion inspired by Sanrio’s most famous characters including My Melody, Kuromi, Little Twin Stars, and Pompompurin.
Marie Iitoyo and Maika Yamamoto will use a real-time composite photography system as they dress up as the adorable My Melody and her rival Kuromi. Serving the dreamy star-filled world of Kiki and Lala are Kaane and Sakura Saiga, Yoshiaki & Michi, and Rikariko. For the Pompompurin section, which is themed on the golden retriever’s daily life, we have Nana Kato, Ami Komuro, Natsuki Deguchi, Sachi Fujii, and Roy. But that’s not all as Sakachin, Yuki Higashihara, and Reina, who won the LINE LIVE auditions to appear on this year’s fashion runway, will also appear.
A heated rap battle between the Sanrio characters
In the rap battle, KIRIMI-chan, Kuromi, Kogimyun, and Pompompurin will go head to head against special guests Tsukasa Saito of comedy duo Trendy Angel and Yuriyan Retriever.
The Sanrio cast join music artists for a concert
The adorable Cinnamoroll, who is also expanding his work as an idol, will perform alongside JO1, while Hello Kitty will sing with singer-songwriter Sonoko Inoue.
A new virtual experience using the latest technology
Japanese digital advertising company CyberAgent, who produced virtual events and 3DCG content, will be using the latest in 3DCG and XR tech to blur the lines between reality and the virtual space with an interactive experience, such as people’s comments on social media and the video displaying in real time, and more.
2021 Sanrio Character Ranking – Winner Announcement
Running: June 8, 2021 @ 19:30-21:30 (JST)
Watch on Hello Kitty’s LINE Account: https://lin.ee/7juKjZs
Watch on TGC’s LINE Account: https://page.line.me/tgc_line
Watch on LINE LIVE: https://live.line.me/channels/21
Watch on Sanrio’s YouTube Page: https://youtu.be/ujzQG0afFnc
Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/news/mx-ranking2021-20210527/
Tokyo Mew Mew New Anime Cast Music Group Smewthie Performs Live
In promotion of the upcoming new anime series adaptation of Tokyo Mew Mew New, which is releasing in 2022, the cast hosted an event titled ‘2nd MEW♡ting’ on Saturday May 22 where they read their lines aloud to fans.
The event was held on the same date as Masaya Aoyama’s birthday – the male love interest of the series protagonist Ichigo Momomiya. There was a section of the event where Ichigo spoke about the cake she made for Aoyama the day before.
This was Smewthie’s first event with a live audience. They performed full versions of bitter sweet darling and Resolution of colors for the first time, amongst other fun things such as a segment similar to a Japanese variety show.
‘bitter sweet darling’ was the group’s first single
Smewthie「bitter sweet darling」Music Video
Smewthie「bitter sweet darling」Dance Performance Video
bitter sweet darling: Track Download ¥250 / Full Single Download ¥1,350 / His-Res Track Download ¥400 / Hi-Res Full Single Download ¥1,800
bitter sweet darling is available on music streaming and download services.
Will you be watching Tokyo Mew Mew New when it airs next year?
Smewthie 2nd MEW♡ting
Event Page: https://tokyo-mew-mew.com/news/article_012.html
HATSUNE MIKU Digital Stars 2021 Online Event Announced For August
Crypton Future Media has announced that the ‘HATSUNE MIKU Digital Stars 2021’ online music event will take place on August 29, 2021 as part of their Digital Stars project. The club event sees fans come together to party online.
Merchandise for the event is available to buy on HOBBY STOCK between May 20 and June 10.
The HATSUNE MIKU Digital Stars 2021 Compilation, a CD which is part of the annual Digital Stars series, was also released at music stores in Japan on May 18.
For more information on the event, check the official website below.
Virtual Harajuku to Showcase Artiswitch’s First Original Animation by Sunrise Studio & ASOBISYSTEM
Artiswitch is a Harajuku-focused fashion, art, and music project launched by Japanese animation studio Sunrise (Mobile Suit Gundam; Love Live!) and ASOBISYSTEM, who are perhaps best known as the agency that Kyary Pamyu is signed to, as well as working with other artists such as Yasutaka Nakata and promoting Japanese pop culture to the world from Harajuku where they are based. As part of the project’s launch, they will feature a pre-showing of an original animation on Virtual Harajuku on May 27, 2021 at 20:00 (JST).
Virtual Harajuku is the second area to open inside Virtual Shibuya, a service that recreates Tokyo’s area of Shibuya and its entertainment facilities virtually. Artiswitch’s original animation will feature as part of ‘Virtual Harajuku au 5G POP DAY OUT 2021’ which is being held as part of the opening ceremony of Virtual Harajuku which opened on Tuesday (May 25).
The original animation will be Artiswitch’s first released to the world. A special talk show will also take place hosted by Barbie of the Japanese comedy duo Fall in Love. Guests will include Utano Aoi and Yutaro who voice Nina and Akihiro in the animation. MIOCHIN, who has been called the leader of Harajuku’s girl scene and has over 1.6 million followers on TikTok, will also make an appearance. The trio will talk about their favourite parts of the animation, stories from Harajuku, and more. All the guests will appear in Virtual Harajuku as avatars on a special stage located in a virtual version of Jingumae Crossing.
The event can be enjoyed with or without a VR headset for free on smartphones, PC, and Mac. Head inside Virtual Harajuku to enjoy the animation and event yourself.
The animation will also be subsequently released on Artiswitch’s official YouTube channel on May 28, 2021 at 20:00 (JST). Six episodes are planned in total.
Animation Promotional Video
Be sure to check out Artiswitch’s first release coming this week!
Mineko Orisaku Exhibition Combines Gold Leaf With Photography
FUJIFILM SQUARE in Minato, Tokyo, has announced the HAKU graphy Hommage to Hokusai exhibition by Mineko Orisaku which will run from July 21 to August 19 this year.
Hommage to Hokusai ©Mineko Orisaku
Following sunset (Tanuki-ko Lake) ©Mineko Orisaku
Pine and Mt.Fuji (Kawaguchi-ko Lake) ©Mineko Orisaku
Since announcing her “HAKU graphy” project in 2017, Mineko Orisaku has been experimenting with combining gold leaf and photography. This is different from the usual method of printing photos onto printing paper or washi paper, instead using FUJIFILM’s Acuity UV inkjet printer to print delicate gold leaf. This technology allows a wider use of printing materials and colours.
Mineko Orisaku’s exhibition is an homage to Hokusai, one of Japan’s most celebrated ukiyo-e painters and artists. She has used FUJIFILM’s large-format GFX digital camera for her works on Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji to create something unique to her vision. Her work can be enjoyed alongside another Hokusai exhibition taking place at FUJIFILM Photo Salon Tokyo’s Space 1 and 2.
HAKU graphy Hommage to Hokusai
Running: July 21, 2021 – August 19, 2021
Times: 10:00-19:00 (Until 16:00 on August 19)
Venue: FUJIFILM Photo Salon Tokyo Space 3 inside FUJIFILM Square
Address: Tokyo Midtown West, 9-7-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052
Official Website: https://fujifilmsquare.jp/
Disney Princesses Help You to Answer the Question ‘What is Love?’ at This Tokyo Event
As part of Disney’s Ultimate Princess Celebration, a worldwide festival themed on courage and kindness that began in April, an event titled “What is Love? ~The Secret to Shining Bright Lies in the Princess World~” will take place at Shibuya Marui in Tokyo from June 23 to July 29 this year. It will subsequently move to JR Nagoya Takashimaya from August 4 to 23 and finally conclude next year in Shizuoka where it will run from January to March.
This event tries to answer the question “What is Love?” through a range of content that encourages the use of all five senses: visually, digitally, musically, through scent, and more.
What is Love? ~The Secret to Shining Bright Lies in the Princess World~
Visitors are guided by 12 Disney princesses who will take them on a journey of their ‘love’ in six different areas.
A Look at the Event
1. Introduction: 12 Shining Princesses
At the event, you will meet the 12 princesses and learn their story, what their personality is like, and more.
2. Opening Theater: Discover the Secrets to Shining Bright
Attend the theatre and watch the stories of the princesses with your own eyes.
3. 7 Keywords Unravelled From Their Stories
Seven keywords that appear in the princesses’ stories will be explored, each of which are tied back to love. This will include exhibits of scenes from the Disney animated movies, an AR experience using smartphones, and more.
From Beauty and the Beast
Using their smartphones, visitors can hold up their phones and utilise AR technology to see various scenes from Beauty and the Beast in an area inspired by the library that Beast bestowed upon Belle.
In Tangled, the King and Queen release lots of sky lanterns on Rapunzel’s birthday each year in hopes that she will see them and return. Let your own lanterns fly like in the movie and witness a beautiful spectacle.
4. Music and Fragrance: Clad in Radiance Unseen to the Eye
A unique experience combining music and fragrances inspired by the princesses, who radiate from love, will let visitors feel closer to them.
5. Glowing Lines: Words That Make the World Shine
At the Closing Theater, words and lines said by the princesses will be displayed, offering another way of enjoying their world that radiates from love.
6. Prologue: Your Own Unique Story Begins
Pick up a range of merchandise featuring designs of the exhibition’s main visual, the seven key words, and more.
Services and Content Offered by Disney at the Exhibition
Disney+ is a streaming service that brings together all Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic content in one place, as well as exclusives. Those at the exhibition can watch the content offered by Disney+ at the Opening Theater.
Disney DX App
The Disney DX is an app exclusive to Japan that comes as a set with Disney+. It offers the chance to see cut scenes from movies, behind-the-scenes content, and more. The exhibition utilises this app through AR experiences, so if downloaded, you’re sure to have an even more fun time.
A curated list of Disney Princess music is played at the exhibition. If you head to the shop, you can pick up movie soundtracks and other albums. Disney even created a playlist themed on the princesses that’s now available on music streaming services.
What is Love? ~The Secret to Shining Bright Lies in the Princess World~
Japanese Event Title: WHAT IS LOVE？ ～輝くヒミツは、プリンセスの世界に。～
Running: June 23, 2021 – July 29, 2021
Where: Shibuya Marui (Floors 7F & 8F) *Reception is on floor 7F
Address: Shibuya Marui, 1-22-6 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://PrincessExhibition.jp
*Exhibition will subsequently move to JR Nagoya Takashimaya (August 4, 2021 – August 23, 2021) and Shizuoka (January 2022 – March 2022)w
BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku Launches Event to Promote Japan’s Sento Bath Houses
The Sento no Susume 2021 event being held by BEAMS JAPAN and Cow Brand Soap has now headed to BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku. As part of the event, Mizuno has held designed a ‘running course’ is collaboration with sento bath house owners who have listed their recommended spots for running.
From Left: Hiroshi Fukui (Managing Director at Cow Brand Soap), Aya Terakawa (Sports Caster), Mari Yamazaki (Manga Author), Ryozo Naganuma (Kotobukiyu’s 3rd Generation Owner), Hikaru Ikeuchi (Chairman of Board of Directors)
BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku Floor 1F – Sento no Susume 2021 Pop-Up
BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku Floor 1F – Sento no Susume 2021 Pop-Up
BEAMS JAPAN Sento no Susume 2021 Virtual Venue
For many years, sento public bath houses have been big part of Japanese culture and are located up and down the country. They are places people go to unwind, relax, and destress. However, with times changing, they are because less part of people’s lives, and the facilities themselves are seeing significant wear and tear as well as not having successors to take over the businesses. Sento no Susume aims to revitalise sento and raise their cultural value once again by showing how they can be enjoyed. The first event was held in January and February in 2019.
The event arrived at BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku on April 26 and invites manga artist Mari Yamazaki on board who has given the store a makeover with her iconic artwork themed on exercise and bathing. This event combines sento bath houses with sports, and so as well as discovering bath houses to visit, you can learn find out about great running courses at the Sento Run no Susume corner. There’s also a virtual venue accessible on the official website that creates the store in 4K 3D so everyone around the world can get involved regardless of their location.
Sento no Susume 2021
Srart Date: April 26, 2021
- BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku
Running: April 26, 2021 – May 31, 2021
- MIZUNO OSAKA CHAYAMACHI
- MIZUNO TOKYO
Sento no Susume 2021 Merchandise
Available at BEAMS in-store and online
Participating Branches: BEAMS JAPAN (Shinjuku)
Dates: April 26, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Future participating branches depending on Japan’s state of emergency: BEAMS JAPAN SHIBUYA/BEAMS JAPAN KYOTO/BEAMS STREET UMEDA/HEP FIVE
BEAMS Official Website: https://www.beams.co.jp/
- BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku
Hibiya Festival 2021: Musicals, Performances, and More
This year’s Hibiya Festival will take place around Tokyo Midtown Hibiya from April 29 to May 16. Visitors can enjoy free musicals, Japanese dance, opera, and more, all in an open space.
Hibiya Festival main visual
Peter Pan Broadway Musical – Mini Concert & Talk | Thursday April 29, 2021
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Japan’s First Rendition | Sunday May 9, 2021
Hibiya Festival x Hibiya Music Festival Collaboration Stage | Saturday May 8, 2021
Hibiya Outdoor Noh Performance | Thursday April 29, 2021
NBA Ballet | Saturday May 1, 2021
CAT-A-TAC SHOW (CAT-A-TAC) | Sunday May 2, 2021
“Hibiya Ongaku Daigaku” – Shibuya Ongaku Daigaku Open Campas
Hibiya Festival Program
This year marks 40 years since the Peter Pan Broadway musical first hit Japan, and so it will be performed at Hibiya Festival 2021. The hit British musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will also be performed in Japan for the first time with a full Japanese cast. On the music side of things, music producer Seiji Kameda is spearheading the Hibiya Musical Festival. There are around 20 different slots to enjoy at the festival, all of which are free to watch and many which don’t need to be booked in advance. The festival is also producing video content this year for those unable to attend so they can still be part of the fun online.
Hibiya Festival 2021
Running: April 29, 2021 – May 16, 2021
Where: Tokyo Midtown Hibiya
Event Details: https://www.hibiya.tokyo-midtown.com/hibiya-festival/