The first limited time ” Tokyo Sky Tree Town Ice Skate” opened at Tokyo Sora Machi.
The rink is on until March 8th and the well known child actress as well as figure skater Miyu Honda and her sister made a guest appearance.
With the great view of skating right under neath the sky tree, you can skate freely in this 400m2 rink. At night, the Tokyo Sky Tree lights up, with the illumination around makes the place just breath taking. You can skate with Sorakara chan and enjoy the day!
There are food stands in the rink, where you can just go around with your skates on. Delicious soup of the day and hot chocolate will warm your body up! For those beginners, don’t worry! A “10 minute One point lesson” from a staff ice skater will give you a private lesson.
With the popular figure skater, Yuzuru Hanyu and Mao Asada, ice skating became a popular sports amongst children.
■ Tokyo Sky Tree Town Ice Skate 東京スカイツリータウン アイススケート
Hours of Operation：11：00～20：00（Closing entrance time19：30）
It may close due to the weather
場 所：東京スカイツリータウン4階 スカイアリーナ
Japan is known for their creative anime and manga. Each year they make a hit and many foreigners show a keen interest in them and “One Piece” is one of the biggest hit manga in Japan.
Anyone in town for spring (March,13) 2015, Japan will be opening its first “One piece” themed amusement park called “Tokyo One Piece Tower”.
Although it is not set in stone, this venue is planning an attraction event called
Find Poneglyph’s Robbin!” and shops with original limited goods. I bet big fans can’t wait to get their hands on them!
The “Tokyo One Piece Tower” is based on the TV animation “ONE PIECE”, and have attraction rides with Luffy, Zoro, Chopper and other character themed as well as simulation live entertainment show to experience adventure and bonds between the characters. It’s just like the anime!
On top of the goods store, there are cafes and restaurants with originals food and sweets where you can fully enjoy the anime theme. Talking about the anime over a cup of One Piece themed coffee sounds good, doesn’t?
Advanced tickets will be sold from January 2nd 2015, and latest news about “Tokyo One Piece Tower” will be shown on their official website!
■Tokyo One Piece Tower
Venue：Tokyo Minato ward, Shiba kouen 4-2-8 Tokyo Tower Foot Town
Hours of operation: 10:00~22:00 *First day March/13 from 13:00
Ticket Price: On the day Adults: 3,200 yen Child: (4~12 years old) 1,600 yen
Tickets bought in advance: Adults: 3,000 yen Child:(4~12 years old) 1,500yen
The 56 Japan Record Awards Grand Prix “R.Y.U.S.E.I” of J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE(the third genereation)
The 56th Japan Record Awards ceremony was held today Dec.30th in Tokyo.(http://www.tbs.co.jp/recordaward/) “R.Y.U.S.E.I.” of JSoul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE (/sandaime, the third generation) received the Grand prix. (http://www.jsoulb.jp/)
○The Best Rookie Singer Award/ Mariya Nishiuchi, ○The Best Singer Award/ EXILE ATSUSHI, ○The Special Singer Music Award/ Hiroshi Itsuki, ○The Special Film Theme Music Award/ “Anna and The Snow Queen”, ○The Special Award/ “Youkai Watch”, ○The Best Album Award/ “TRAD” of Mariya Takeuchi, and some other wards ere given to excellent singers, composers, lyricists, and other music artists.
Tokyo Station, which is one of the symbols of Tokyo and Japanese modernization, in Chiyoda-ward Tokyo near the Imperial Palace, celebrated its centennial anniversary on this Dec.20th. (http://www.tokyostationcity.com/100years/)
At 9:40am on the 20th, JR East (Japan Railroads East) started sell the 100th anniversary Suica, the IC passes but suspended the event due to the too many people people rushing there.
However, two days later, JR east annnounced to sell them again so that everyone that wanted the passe can purchase it. After the completion of the renewal construction of its building, that station has became even more popular and accepts huge number of visitors including tourists.
Inui-dori(/Inui Avenue) in the Imperial Palace was opened to public and accepted casual visitors Dec.3-7 in celebration of the 80th birthday of the current Emperor. (http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/eindex.html) (http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/event/inui.html)
Inui-dori is an about 650-meter-long avenue between the Inui gate on the side of Kitanomaru Park and the office building of the Imperal Household Agency, lined by 59 Japanese maples and trident maples. The above 5 days were thought to be the best time to enjoy viewing the autumnal foliages there. Actually, 54,000 people visited there on only the first day, which led to the earlier opening time of 9:30(originally planned to open at 10:00). And 349,500 people visited and enjoyed strolling and floliage- viewing there on the five days in total.
The Buzzwords of the Year 2014 of U-Can were selected and its award ceremony was held on Dec.1st. This year “Dameyo, dame, dame !”(/No, that is no good at all) which is a part of a dialogue of a comedian group Nippon Erekiteru Rengo and “Colelctive self -defense” , which was a hot subject in Japanese politics were selected, though the due rightholder, the current prime minster Abe of the latter refrained from receiving the award. Ten words including the above two becoming so popular this year have been chosen as well. (http://singo.jiyu.co.jp/)
Yuri Hanamori studied photography in the states, and came to this masterpiece photo book on girls who “Just rolled out of bed”. She snapped 17 girls who actually just got out of bed at their own homes in their comfy PJs. This includes actresses and idols as well.
She suggests that “girls are the cutest when they just woke up”. With the warm morning light wrapping around the soft, innocent girls, the girls are truly “themselves”. Not everyone can see you when you just wake up. Only those special close ones have the chance to catch you at that moment.
Each girls have their own story, which includes striking beauty, heart melting cuteness and mature sexy. It’s one of those special books where you just want to keep in your book shelf forever.
Meguro River, which runs through Nakameguro area that is a sophisticated bustling district in Tokyo popular among young people, now has a special illumination service for the first time Nov.23-Dec.25.
In this service the the roads along the riverbank are all decorated with special blue lights all the course of about 500 m long. The illuminated areas look like fantastic “Grotta Azzurra”, the Blue Cave on Capri Island in Italy. Meguro River is very popular in spring for the cherry avenue along the river provides breathtaking beauty of the cherry blossoms, So, this time Pink in spring and blue in late autumn-early winter can make a coloful contrast to make visitors there relaxed and comfortable.
Washi, the traditional Japanese paper officially registered as a UNESCO’s Intangible Cutural property
Washi, the traditional Japanese paper, and its crafting techniques were officially registered as a UNESCO’s Intangible Cutural Property at its committee meeting in Paris France on Nov.27th. As I wrote those were recommended last month here, they have been formally designated this time.
An artisan of washi, Mr. Nobushige Akiyama held special demonstrations of washi-making in Italy as a part of cross-cultural activities on Nov.29th. Italy has a long history of making artisan-based paper as well. This time’s designation is expected to hugely expand general recognition and interest of washi and paper culture in the international community.
Nov.3rd is the Culture Day, and 4,029 people including some foreigners who were considered to have made a huge contribution to the Japanese society or nation were conferred of decorations by the emperor. Some of them are such as, Kirin Kiki,an popular actor, Yuzo Kayama, a famous singer, actor,and lylicist, and Sumitaiyu Takemoto, a great master pappeteer of Bunraku, the traditional Japanese pappet theater.
On October 30th, the “MCIP Holdings” was established to promote Japanese entertainment in all over Asia.
This was done by Yoshimoto Kogyo、Dentetsu, Dwango、Sony Music Entertainment、The Jikei of Colleges, and the Aeonmall with the contribution of 21 million dollar by 21 Cool Japan Fund Inc.。The purpose is to create and promote Japanese entertainment to Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.
The contents have a wide varation, which includes idols, girl’s culture, the quirky pop culture and even food to traditional culture and skills. The contents will vary with each country’s culture and needs.
They are aiming for Asia’s contribution via event, live music, audition, digital media, local medial and the social media.
According to the conference held by Yoshimoto, they held the “Asia Anison-singer Audition” which is the Asia version of ” I will live in your city project”. Using the prototype that made business in Taiwan, it is the audition for girls project, chefs, vocaloids, idols, and anime songs.
Further plan is to hold events at the Aeonmall which is spreading to foreign countries, using the Aeonmall Makuhari shintoshin as a model.
Agency for Cultural Affairs anounced washi(Japanese-style paper) and its traditional manual making techniques were recommended as a World Intangible Cutural Heritage by the affiliated organization to UNESCO on this 28th.(http://www.bunka.go.jp/english/index.html)
There has been no case that recommended item be turned down at the official process of UNESCO ,and washi and related techniques are highly expected to be listed on the heritages of UNESCO at the coming inter-governmental committee at the headquarters in Paris on the Nov.24th.
The handmade washi and its culture are traditional items since the 8th century and there have been some different schools and approaches. This time three schools of Sekishu-banshi from Hamada City in Shimane Pref., Honmino-shi from Mino City in Gifu Pref., and Hosokawa-shi from Ogawa Town and Higashi-chichibu Village in Saitama Pref. have been recommended. Sekishu-banshi was registered as a heritage in 2009 but Honmino-shi was not because it was regarded quite similar to Sekishu-shi method, Therefore, this time all of the three were re-applied as “washi” as a whole. The mayor and civil- servants of Ogawa Town expressed their joy in jumping upon receiving the notice of the recommendation.
The building is 66m high and has 12 floors, each of which include first-rate stores, restanrants,and other establishments of totally 52. The basic concept is a bright shiny space like diamonds and the “brilliant life” image is adopted. jewelry stores, clothes shops, and even a wedding hall are there.
Ding Tai Fung, a popular Taiwanese restraunt chain which was selected one of the top 10 restaurants of the world by New York Times, opened a branch in the new complex and only there special xialongbao(Chinese soup dumplings) whose primary ingredient is truffles are served in Japan. (http://d.rt-c.co.jp/ginza/)
Tokyo International Film Festival 27 is being held Oct.23-31 at some venues, Roppongi, Nihonbashi and so forth in Tokyo.(http://2014.tiff-jp.net/en/)
At the festival’s opening, special program of featuring works of Hideaki Anno, the director of Evangelion series and other popular anime works and also known as the voice actor who played the main part of “The Wind Rises” was supplied. (http://khara.co.jp/hideakianno/personal-biography.html)
A suspense film, “Paper Moon” was run and the main part’s actor,Sae Myazawa appeaered on the stage. And Ultra Seven and tthe old actors of “Ultra Seven”, an old popular Sci-fi TV drama turned up on the stage.