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vol.85 February 2018

News & Announcements

“Live like locals” Apartment Hotel

Among the ways to experience a destination, living in an apartment like the locals stands out. This is what the new “MIMARU TOKYO UENO NORTH” hotel offers from February 8: studio type rooms with kitchens, electric appliances and cooking utensils where guests can live as regular Tokyoites and see the metropolis as its residents do. As there are many authentic Japanese restaurants nearby, order delivery is available via websites. The location is also convenient to visit Tokyo Station and other major tourist spots.

AnimeJapan 2018 will be held with more upgrades!

One of Japan’s foremost anime events, AnimeJapan is celebrating its 5th anniversary and from March 22 to 25 it will be open at Tokyo Big Sight, gathering many anime-related companies from all over the world. Commemorating the 5th anniversary, the event is more exciting than ever before, with anime works exhibitions, attractive goods and event-limited foods in collaboration with anime works. Events on the special stage, which previously were application-only, are now open, giving all visitors a chance to see them (only front seats require application and are won by lottery)

Official Pokémon Shop and Café

The world popular Pokémon’s new official shop, “Pokémon Center Tokyo DX & Pokémon Café,” will open on the 5th floor of S.C. East Building of Nihombashi Takashimaya on March 14, offering shop-limited goods and services geared to games. Also, the first full-time Pokémon café will open that offers Pokémon-themed dishes and drinks. People who visit during the opening period will be given special gifts! (Japanese version only)

Special “FINAL FANTASY” Exhibition

Popular abroad as it is in Japan, the game “FINAL FANTASY” commemorates the 30th years with the “FINAL FANTASY 30th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION.” From January 22 to February 28, Mori Arts Center Gallery at Roppongi Hills will be open with not only a wealth of exhibits, but also a new audio AR system letting visitors enter into the world of the game with the background sounds and characters’ voice through smartphones and headphones. (Japanese version only)

Special Feature

Feel the Japanese Spirit with a REAL Katana!

It may seem dangerous but once you learn from the grand master, it will be fun.
Experience how it is like to be a real samurai with Jenna and Noemi!

Access: Ginza Sta. on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line


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Notification from Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Tokyo Tokyo official Website

Tokyo Tokyo official Website revamped and new promotional videos have now been released! We will deliver the "now" of Tokyo where tradition and innovation intersect.

Editor’s note

In the same month that I visited HiSUi TOKYO to accompany shooting of the samurai experience, I also had the opportunity to see the ninja experience in the darkness in front of Tokyo Tower. Descendants of the Musashi Clan are allowing participants to try their hand at small weapons (like shuriken throwing blades) and self-defense techniques that have been handed down from their forebears. This is a chance to see how life-threatening the work of the ninja actually was. Me, I’ll certainly try the kunoichi (female ninja) experience next time!

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