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Tokyo’s Pokemon Cafe Unveils Eevee and Pikachu Menu Plus 151 Pokemon Latte Art

2018-11-20 02:59

Japan’s one and only official, permanent Pokemon Cafe is celebrating the release of Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! with a special, limited time only menu to honour the two beloved titular characters of the new games. The Pikachu Plate meal is a firm favourite on the Pokemon Cafe’s menu, but now you can catch an Eevee Plate too, which is basically the same, but you know, Eevee themed. It costs 1706 yen, and if you’d like to take a cool Eevee plate home with you, you can pay a bit extra (2894 yen both for the meal and plate). If you just can’t decide between these two…


Creepy Abandoned Underground Train Station in Tokyo Now Open to the Public

2018-11-19 05:07

If you’re interested in ‘haikyo’ (the exploration of abandoned areas for creepy thrills and cool photos), but less excited about the ‘tresspassing’ aspect of the hobby, here’s your chance to take part in some legally sound haikyo. Disused subway station, ‘Hakubutsukan-dobutsuen’ will be open to the public for a limited time only. 京成電鉄「旧博物館動物園駅」駅舎を改修へ 秋に一部公開 https://t.co/7Z8AJyI9S4 pic.twitter.com/fllIN9EVUX — 鉄道ニュース@鉄道新聞 (@tetsudo_shimbun) 19 June 2018 This free-to-enter attraction is in Ueno, and the name ‘Hakubutsukan-dobutsuen’ means ‘Museum and Zoo’, two popular attractions which can be found in Ueno Park. Located along the Keisei line which first went into service in 1933, it was popular up until the early nineties when longer six-car trains…


Shibuya Sky Building Will Give 230m High Rooftop View of Tokyo’s Famous Crossing

2018-11-16 04:45

Under plans for Shibuya’s redevelopment, various construction projects are taking place around the train station, including the Shibuya Sky Building. The tourist and youth heavy area is known for the iconic Shibuya Scramble (the crossing shown on literally any documentary about Japan) and the statue of Hachiko, the famously faithful canine who waited at the station for years after his owner’s death. The area has become synonymous with these tourist magnets, as well as fashion and youth culture. Source: まちゃー / PIXTA(ピクスタ) Despite its popularity, parts of Shibuya do look rundown, and city officials thought it was high time for a redevelopment project in time for Tokyo 2020. The slightly…


Tokyo’s Disney Princess Themed Illuminations Feature Frozen and Tangled This Christmas

2018-11-16 02:29

For Tokyo’s various districts, Christmas isn’t about presents or goodwill to all men. It’s a full-on battle to put on the most elaborate LED light show, with more bulbs, more cohesive themes, more immersive music, in order to be crowned the most romantic illuminations in the capital. A strong contender is always the Caretta Illumination in Shiodome, who put on light shows following the theme of certain Disney movies. Last year they wowed crowds with their homage to Beauty and the Beast, realized through a blue and gold colour scheme and candle-like LEDs. This year they’re upping the ante by taking on two well-loved animated films, Tangled and Frozen. The…


grape Japan and Japan Shopping Now in Content Sharing Partnership

2018-11-14 05:20

Introducing our new content sharing partner: Japan Shopping Now Operated by the Japan Shopping Tourism Organization, Japan Shopping Now is a site offering the best, most relevant information and stories about “Shopping Island, Japan,” from high-quality technology to traditional crafts passed down from ancient times, or regional specialty goods to anime and gaming subcultures with fans around the world. The establishment of our content sharing partnership with Japan Shopping Now comes four months after that of our partnership with the online news platform JAPAN Forward, which began in July of this year. Partnership Starts on November 14, 2018 As of November 14, 2018, our new partner Japan Shopping Now will…


Tokyo Winter Illuminations Guide 2018: For a Sparkling Japanese Christmas

2018-11-13 06:42

Although Japan doesn’t strictly celebrate Christmas, come winter it’s become a steadfast tradition for various districts of Tokyo to furiously attempt to outdo each other, with dazzling LED light displays. The Best Illuminations in Tokyo This Winter These are the capital’s major players in the wintery battle for seasonal supremacy. Shinjuku Terrace City Source: PR Times The area around Shinjuku station’s new south exit will become a twinkling, flower themed spectacle and the walkway between the west exit and south exit will have multicoloured lights that express the motif of flower fairies. Dates: 14th November – 14th February 2019 Nearest Station: Shinjuku or Shinjuku Sanchome Omotesando Hills Christmas 2018 with…


Anime Fans Will Love The New Toei Animation Museum

2018-11-12 05:57

Introduction to the Toei Animation Museum On July 28th, the new Toei Animation Museum opened its doors to the public. Located in the Oizumi area of Nerima Ward, Tokyo, on the first floor of the world-famous Toei Animation‘s New Oizumi Studio building, the museum allows visitors to learn about the various steps of creating anime through a series of interactive displays, view video clips and read about Toei Anime works from across the decades on a giant interactive screen and enjoy photo opportunities with cutouts and life-sized figures of famous Toei Animation characters. The temporary exhibit space currently features the popular Precure anime series. There’s also a museum shop where…


Japan’s Moomin Valley Theme Park Grand Opening Decided for Spring 2019

2018-11-08 05:00

As cute, large eyed creatures, Moomins were always sure to be a hit in Japan. When the TV animation was first shown in the country in 1969, many people wished they could be whisked away to the idyllic, slow-paced Moomin Valley. Now fifty years later, the chance is finally coming for Japanese Moomin fans as the Moomin Valley Theme Park is currently under construction. The complex, modelled on the Moomin Valley park in Finland, is located in Hanno, in Tokyo’s neighbouring prefecture of Saitama. Split into two parts, the Metsa Village will be opening in Novemeber this year. Metsa means forest in Finnish and they hope this free-to-enter area next…


Shimonada: Romantic Views at Japan’s Dreamlike Unstaffed Seaside Train Station

2018-11-07 04:13

There’s a remote train station in Ehime prefecture, Japan. The station is unmanned and there’s a simple shelter with benches and not much else, the surrounding area is sleepy countryside. Despite not having much going on, people purposely ride to Shimonada station, in the middle of nowhere, just to get off, sit on the platform and wait for the next train. The reason for this is that the minimalist layout offers stunning unobstructed views of the Seto Inland Sea and makes for incredibly photogenic scenery. These dreamy photo sets were uploaded to Twitter by one recent visitor (@neohimeism), and they fully showcase the appeal of the station. Source: neohimeism Source:…


Long-Established Kyoto Restaurant Innovates With Matcha Encrusted Roast Beef

2018-11-02 05:18

With its countless temples, traditional neighborhoods, and beautiful integration of nature and architecture, Kyoto is one of the most charming cities of Japan, providing a bounty of experiences for tourists to enjoy. As we have reported before, one of the most charming and memorable neighborhoods to visit in Kyoto is Pontocho. On the main alley of Pontocho, long-established restaurant Fujita specializes in the kaiseki style of traditional Japanese cuisine. However, they are not happy to rest on their laurels. While continuing their traditions, they are also experimenting with innovative menu ideas. This is reflected in their latest offering from their prepared food gift selections which can be purchased in the…


Tokyo 2018 Gyoza Festival Offers A Collection Of Japan’s Best Dumplings

2018-11-02 01:33

Dumplings, pot-stickers, or gyoza as they are known in Japan–call them whatever you want, but they’re delicious and a surprising amount of cooking styles make them a meal or side snack for drinking sessions that foodies never tire of. And while Japan boasts a nearly endless supply of great restaurants that offer a variety of different types of gyoza waiting to be eaten, this weekend Nakano’s Forest of Four Seasons Park is hosting the 2018 Gyoza Festival–where dumpling fans can try out 12 different types of delicious gyoza and other treats! Running from October 31st to November 11th, the 2018 Gyoza Festival is conveniently located in the Forest of Four…


Noge Halloween: A Wholesome, Family-Friendly Alternative To Shibuya’s Riotous Revelry

2018-10-31 05:12

Shibuya: Leave the kids at home and go at your own risk Shibuya always seems to grab all the attention when it comes to Halloween in Japan. As we have reported before, until recently, the crowds thronging to Shibuya at this time of year, although at times drunk and rowdy, have mostly been busy parading in their costumes, talking to other costumed revelers and partying all night, with the only foul note being trash in the streets and the occasional fight. However, this year, the festivities in Shibuya were marred by crime as a small truck was overturned by a crowd, a ramen shop ticket vending machine was vandalized, and…


Universal Studios Japan Adds Godzilla VS. Evangelion To Its Anime Attraction Lineup

2018-10-29 12:01

It’s no secret that a clash between the iconic anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion and the King of the Monsters, Godzilla has been brewing over the past few years. While a collaboration between the two monster-sized franchises was first teased as an April Fool’s joke, Metal Gear Solid character artist Yoji Shinkawa unveiled designs for a hybrid figure, and ultimately kaiju EVA-02 and Evangelion/Mechagodzilla figures. Now it appears the collision will have its biggest platform yet, with Universal Studios Japan hosting a Godzilla vs. Evangelion attraction to its summer lineup. The battle will be part of the 5th year celebration of the Osaka amusement park’s Universal Cool Japan initiative (an…


Hokkaido Now Has a ‘Cloud Walk’ in its Snowy Mountains

2018-10-24 05:58

Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido has no shortage of gorgeous winter scenery. The sheer amount of amazing sights to see could leave you a bit lost as to how to best appreciate it. If possible, the best way to take in as much scenery as possible is from above. Hoshino Resorts, a Japanese resort chain, have constructed a viewing terrace on Tomamu Mountain, 1088 metres above sea level nearby their Tomamu resort. A hoarfrost light up event is operating between 1st and 25th of December. During this season, all the surroundings and trees are covered in hoarfrost, creating a magical sparkle. The icy fog that also forms during the night is…


BT21 Cafe Returns to Japan with New Menu for Winter 2018

2018-10-18 02:14

The BT21 Cafe is coming back to Japan with a revamped menu representing each of the 8 adorable characters. The temporary eateries will appear in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. BT21 is the result of a collaboration between messaging app LINE and South Korean boyband BTS, one character was designed by each of the seven members and another character, representing the group’s fans, finished the lineup. The cafe will also have brand new merchandise on sale for superfans to pick up. It seems that since the cafe is coming to Nagoya for the first time, their menu will not be the new one, but the menu that appeared in Tokyo and…


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