Sorry for the lateness in this vlog…much sleep was needed. This is from Xmas Day where we went to Shibuya to say hello to Hachiko, the loyal canine, do some shopping and just have a look around and be gobsmacked at the awesomeness that is Shibuya. Then at night, we went to Roppongi Hills to check out the Illuminations spectacle (it’s so pretty!)
You may think that the Peanuts gang from Charles M. Schulz wouldn’t be popular or too well known in Japan but you’d be mistaken. Universal Studios in Osaka has loads of on site stores decorated with, and selling any kind of merchandise you can think of with Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang. However the character with the most likes and fans would have to be the lovable beagle, Snoopy.
And now that love has gone one step further with the announcement that a dedicated Snoopy museum is opening up in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. The museum is a joint venture with the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center located in Santa Rosa, California and is the first of its kind in the world.
And even better, the museum is a convenient 7 minute from the nearby Roppongi train station.
And like all things of their kind in Japan, you’ll also be able to purchase limited edition exclusive items from the store located in the museum.
The museum will also be hosting various exhibitions at different times of the year with one running from April 23rd until September 25th called My Favorite Peanuts. The exhibition will feature up to 60 pieces of Peanuts artwork created by Charles’ wife, Jean.
For more info, head on over to the official site for details on how and where to buy tickets.
Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction is the latest instalment in the hugely popular Pokemon franchise. The movie was this Summer’s blockbuster in Japan drawing huge crowds to the screenings. To coincide with the launch of the movie, a promotional event ran alongside it bringing together two of the features unique to Japan.
A Pikachu maid cafe opened in Roppongi Hills from July 19th through to August 31st. Japanese actress, Rika Adachi who features in the film as Marilyn Flame, helped the proceedings along by acting at the cafe manager and adding a maid flavour to the event. She donned a maid outfit with a Pikachu influence and helped out by serving some extremely lucky guests.
And another bit of the quirky news that we all love from Japan. A Pikachu cafe has opened in Roppongi Hills to celebrate the launch of the latest Pokemon movie. The movie is the -wait for it- the 17th in the series, wowzers! You can check out a trailer for Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction down below.
So what exactly will they be serving in this cafe?
So…who’s hungry? 🙂
Thanks to Steph G for the tip on this article!
If you’re out and about in the Roppongi Hills area, best you be careful as there are zombies roaming around the place lately. But it’s ok, you can relax, a T Virus hasn’t broken out in the area. It’s all part of an event being held by a local bar in a social setting.
The performance group, ZOMBIENA, is running an event on the last Sunday of each month at the Night Gallery Cafe, CROW. You turn up, pay ¥500 and you’ll receive a zombie make over and the chance to meet up with other zombie fans for a drink or two. It’s a great opportunity to also make new friends, talk about and watch zombie movies and take parts in “zombie walks” which occur a couple of times during the year.
The walks have so far been held 6 times with crowds in the area of 900 with 60 to 70% being female.
The Mori Art Museum based in Roppongi Hills is currently facilitating a special exhibition dedicated to none other than Hatsune Miku. The exhibition is to mark the 10th anniversary for the venue and the Hatsune Miku event called, “All You Need Is LOVE: From Chagall to Kusama and Hatsune Miku”, will help to do that. The theme of the installation is “Spreading Love”.
The event is only happening for this week along with the specially themed Hatsune Miku cafe as well. Catch a video below from the official Hatsune Miku 39ch YouTube channel.