Bringing you the latest hot news Spring 2019
Hundred-year-old tea shop making its presence in Omotesando
Kaneju Farm, a centur y old Japanese tea legacy of Shizuoka’s Makinohara City, is popular with tea lovers for growing premium tea leaves. This establishment has re-opened with an all new experience-oriented tea salon in Omotesando on February 22, oﬀ ering quality sencha, a type of Japanese green tea and a seasonal theme menu. This is a golden opportunity to learn more about the charms of Japanese tea!
KANEJU FARM OMOTESANDO kaneju-farm.co.jp
Enter the fascinating world of Moomins
Slated to open on March 16, Asia’s first Moomin-themed park, MOOMINVALLEY PARK in Saitama’s Hanno City. Inside the park, explore the iconic Moominhouse, along with attractions like the lighthouse, theater, bathing hut and other facilities that bring out the charm of the stories and artwork of the creator, Tove Jansson. Prepare your pouch as the gift shop inside also has the largest collection of Moomin goods in the world and themed restaurants to dine in.
MOOMINVALLEY PARK metsa-hanno.com/en/
MUJI’s ﬁrst hotel in Japan to open in Ginza
Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI will open its first hotel in Japan—MUJI HOTEL GINZA—on April 4, together with MUJI Diner on B1 ﬂ oor and a new global ﬂ agship store extending all the way from the ﬁ rst ﬂ oor to the sixth. After checking in on the sixth ﬂ oor, guests are urged to stop by ATELIER MUJI GINZA, a cultural facility that brings together two galleries, a salon, a library and an interactive space, before heading up to their room for a good night’s sleep.
MUJI HOTEL GINZA hotel.muji.com/en/
333 carp streamers adorning Tokyo Tower for Children’s Day
From March 29 to May 6, Tokyo Tower will be ﬂ ying exactly 333 colorful carp streamers, to correspond to the tower’s 333-meter height. These colorful ﬁ sh-shaped windsocks are actually a longstanding Japanese tradition called “koinobori”, a celebration for boys on Children’s day which take place on May 5, the last day of the Golden Week holidays. With the ability to swim up a waterfall, carps are a symbol of strength and vitality. Parents look on at the carp streamers ﬂ uttering energetically in spring wind with the hope that their children will grow up to be strong. Since 2011, there is always one giant saury ﬁ sh hiding among the carp around Tokyo Tower – try and ﬁ nd it!
Tokyo Tower www.tokyotower.co.jp/en.html
Renewal opening of Natural Hot Spring Heiwajima on March 28
Just a 15-minute car ride from Haneda Airport, this 24-hour hot spring facility is the best destination to relax and rejuvenate for travelers arriving early or departing late. The Natural Hot Spring Heiwajima underwent a renovation in January and will reopen on March 28 to provide a better convenience experience to its users. The renewal will include free Wi-Fi throughout the facility, “Free Lounge” equipped with device charging points while resting and complimentary suitcase locker service. A comfortable space where travelers can relax.
Natural Hot Springs Heiwajima www.heiwajima-onsen.jp