Rain transforms Tokyo Disneyland into a kaleidoscope of breathtaking lights【Photos】

Don’t let the dreary weather dampen your day–your dreams will definitely still come true.

Everyone’s experienced the gut-wrenching disappointment of rain ruining their long-awaited vacation plans. While it might be easy to write off such a day as a failure, some recent photos snapped at Tokyo Disneyland prove that life always has a silver lining.

Twitter user @kah05disney, who happens to have an annual passport to the Tokyo Disney Resorts, visited Disneyland last week at night and happened to capture some of the most breathtaking scenery we’ve ever seen, all on her trusty Nikon D750.

▼ “Disneyland’s 35th anniversary celebration on a rainy day. The reflections in the puddles at my feet were exceedingly beautiful.”

The reflections of the buildings and lights on the wet ground make for a truly magical combination at the Magic Kingdom. In fact, dare we say that we hope it rains the next time we venture over?

It’s clear that @kah05disney has a penchant for both photography and Disney, as plenty of her photos illustrate:

▼ Both in the day…

▼ …and at night

▼ What a fun effect!

Incidentally, Tokyo Disneyland celebrated its 35th anniversary this year on April 15, which means visitors can enjoy a special anniversary celebration called “Happiest Celebration!” until March 25, 2019. Mark your calendars and don’t worry if the forecast predicts rain–you just might be in for a rare treat instead.

Source: Twitter/@kah05disney via ITmedia Inc.
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Man spotted on train near Tokyo Disneyland with sticker saying he gropes women every day

Warning label for other passengers seems to have been secretly slapped on.

Chikan, or train gropers, take advantage of the environmental conditions on Japan’s urban rail lines, copping a feel on targets when they’re distracted from being in a hurry and/or already being in such close proximity to so many other people. But one accused chikan in the Tokyo area looks to have let his own guard down.

On Wednesday morning, Japanese Twitter user @Yammer_1 was on the Musashino Line, which serves the suburbs of Chiba Prefecture that lie east of downtown Tokyo. After getting on the 10:22 train from Nishi Funabashi Station, but before arriving at her destination, Maihama Station (the closest stop to Tokyo Disneyland), @Yammer_1 snapped the following pictures.

Stuck to the back of the man’s sweater is a sticker that reads “Kono hito haimichi chikan shiteimasu,” or “This person is groping people on the train every day.” Sure enough, in the first of the three photos, he can be seen extending his right hand, concealed by the jacket draped over it, towards the posterior of the woman standing next to him.

Some Twitter users speculated this might be a staged attempt at humor, or that maybe the man himself was the victim of a prank. It does seem kind of odd that someone would bother putting a sticker on the back of someone who’s holding a jacket, which he’ll eventually put on and cover up the warning/accusation. However, @Yammer_1 says the man indeed start touching the woman with his hidden hand, and kept it up for an extended period of time. Though @Yammer_1 initially thought the two might be acquaintances, the man and woman exchanged no words that indicated any sort of existing relationship in the 12 minutes @Yammer_1 spent on the train before getting off at Maihama, at which point the man in the photo and the woman next to him remained on the train which continued on towards Tokyo.

Twitter commenters have been nearly unanimous in their denouncement of the man’s actions, but some have also expressed disappointment that whoever wrote the sticker apparently had the courage to stick it on the man’s back, but not to contact the authorities after ostensibly witnessing him repeatedly grope women on the train. Similarly, more than one commenter encouraged @Yammer_1 to submit her photos to the police, since if the man is traveling on the same line frequently enough to have the sticker’s author recognize him, it stands to reason that investigators should be able to track him down. One commenter even suggested that had @Yammer_1 recorded video instead of taking still shots, an even stronger case could be built against the man, like what happened when a man in Tokyo was arrested after being filmed taking illicit upskirt videos.

Meanwhile, this is a good time to remember that unfortunately not all chikan come with visible warning labels, so it’s always a smart idea to stay aware of your surroundings when riding the rails.

Source: Twitter/@Yammer_1 via Hachima Kiko
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Tokyo’s most famous landmarks are even more beautiful after heaviest snowfall in years【Photos】

Sensoji Temple, the Ghibli Museum, and Tokyo Disneyland are always worth a visit, but especially on snowy days like this.

I’m always baffled when I’m flipping through an English-language travel guide and come across a passage that refers to Tokyo as “ugly.” To me, Japan’s capital is one of the most visually compelling cities on the planet, thanks to how deeply traditional and fancifully modern architecture are often both pressed into the same sight lines.

And while I’d call Tokyo a beautiful city on any day, it takes on a special ethereal character when the snow piles up, as it did this Monday thanks to the area’s heaviest snowfall in years.

As we’ve seen before, a blanket of snow can give a setting a timeless quality. With the surrounding contemporary skyline obscured by the foggy night, the Asakusa neighborhood’s Sensoji Temple looks much like it must have to pilgrims and visitors generations ago.

Elsewhere, Kanda Shrine’s orange paint provided a dazzling contrast with the white snow, as did the neon signage of the bustling Shibuya and Shinjuku skyscrapers.

While it may have lost its status as Tokyo’s tallest structure to the Skytree, 332.9-meter (1,092-foot) Tokyo Tower remains a beacon that’s visible from many parts of the city, and its glow tinged the icy mist on Monday night.

A few years ago, Tokyo Station was renovated, winding back the clock on its appearance to more closely match its original, 1914 design. Much like with Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, the snow heightened the retro atmosphere.

Tokyo tends to go all out with its Christmas light displays, with neighborhoods seemingly trying to one-up each other. Most of them come down shortly after Christmas Eve, but a few places are proud enough to leave them up all winter long, as seen in these shots from Toyosu, on the east edge of downtown.

Meanwhile, the Ghibli Museum (soon to screen the latest anime from famed director Hayao Miyazaki), looked frostily festive even in the afternoon.

▼ Are you cold, rooftop Laputa robot?

Going from one mecca for animation lovers to another, Tokyo Disneyland may not actually be over the border in Chiba Prefecture, but with weather patterns pretty much identical to Tokyo, it was also transformed into a winter wonderland, even if Alice doesn’t make an appearance in these photos.

▼ It’s too bad that rumored Frozen expansion isn’t finished yet.

Things were equally snowy out in the suburbs, and even non-shutterbugs found themselves enjoying the snow, like these two brothers from Tokyo’s residential Setagaya Ward who saved themselves a trip to the ski slopes by snowboarding on a regular sloping street near their home.

And if you’re the sort of person who thinks all this looks beautiful, but hates being out in the cold, just remember…

…if that adorable little kitty can handle the weather, you can too.

Featured image: Twitter/@onotch_x

Universal Studios Japan staff help celebrate visitor’s birthday with disappearing spray art

The impermanence of the animated character artwork is what makes it extra special.

Theme parks like Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios are huge in Japan, not only in terms of size but also with their following. People eagerly travel from all around the country to visit these character-filled amusement parks, and with many making their first visit at a young age, fond childhood memories keep them coming back again for more year after year.

One of the many things that visitors love about these theme parks is the level of attention given to even the smallest of details. Recently, people have been raving about the Mickey-shaped egg yolks and soap foam found at Tokyo Disneyland, and now a new discovery, this time at Universal Studios Japan, is currently melting hearts and going viral online.

This short video, posted by Twitter user , shows a unique service at Universal Studios that’s aimed at surprising guests, particularly those celebrating birthdays with a visit to the park. Unsuspecting visitors can find themselves being the recipient of a beautiful message from staff workers who use nothing but a spray bottle filled with water to create amazing works of art.

Take a look at the clip here:

This ingenious way of making visitors feel special brought a smile to everyone’s faces online, quickly racking up over 400,000 likes in just a couple of days, and receiving comments like:

“This is wonderful!”
“They really know how to make people happy!”
“It would be great if all the staff could do this for every visitor!”
“This is fantastic spray art!”
“The sad thing about this is that it disappears! They should do it on a card somehow so visitors can take it home!”

Once this video appeared online, other Twitter users were quick to share their own photos and videos of similar art by theme park workers at USJ. This one shows a staff member creating an image of Snoopy for a crowd of adoring fans.

▼ And here he brings a couple of Minions to life.

The Minion birthday message appears again, along with some of the cast from Sesame Street wishing visitors a Merry Christmas.

▼ A Minion welcomes visitors to the park.

▼ Minions are one of the most popular choices for the sidewalk spray art.

It turns out it’s not just visitors to USJ who are being treated to these beautiful displays. At Tokyo Disneyland, a staff worker provides some commentary and adds some crowd participation to the mix while creating an image with a broom and a bucket of water.

With so many people chancing upon these impermanent artworks while they’re being made, you might be able to stumble upon one during your next visit to USJ or Tokyo Disneyland too. Here’s hoping they decide to add some more characters to their repertoire, especially at USJ where their Cool Japan collaboration includes series like Final Fantasy and Sailor Moon!

Source: My Game News Flash
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Tokyo Disney Resort plans 300-billion yen expansion, rumored to be third Tokyo Disney theme park

Expansion to have attractions exclusive to Japan, with Frozen area expected.

Since its opening in 1983, Tokyo Disneyland has enjoyed the status of being Japan’s premier theme park. That prestige steadily grew over the years as the addition of hotels, shopping centers, and eventually a whole second theme park, Tokyo Disney Sea, were added to the vicinity, together forming the Tokyo Disney Resort of today.

In recent years, however, Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan has been grabbing headlines and attracting visitors with a slew of tie-ups with non-Disney franchises, including Harry Potter, Final Fantasy, Nintendo’s video game properties, and a slew of popular anime series. There’s also a Studio Ghibli theme park coming to Aichi Prefecture, filled with the whimsical wonder of the animation house behind My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.

But Tokyo Disney Resort isn’t just resting on its laurels. Oriental Land (the company that actually owns and operates Tokyo Disney Resort, under a licensing agreement from the Walt Disney Company), is planning a massive expansion of the resort, with a budget of 300 billion yen (US$2.68 billion).

The new additions will increase the size of Tokyo Disney Resort by some 30 percent. While Oriental Land hasn’t specifically announced that the expansion will be a third park, speculators believe that to be a likely scenario, considering the budget’s similarity to the 3.4 billion yen Disney spent in building Disney Sea, which opened in 2011 (the planned three billion expansion is the largest of its kind since then).

Oriental Land wants the expansion to include exclusive attractions that can’t be found in other Disney theme parks around the world. A Frozen area seems like a given, considering that there isn’t enough room within the confines of Tokyo Disneyland or Disney Sea to create attractions appropriate in scale to the film’s immense popularity.

The Nhon Keizai Shimbun reports that Oriental Land hopes for the expansion to be ready to receive guests in 2023, which, if doable, would roughly match up with the Ghibli theme park’s projected early 2020s opening.

Sources: Livedoor News via Hachima Kiko, Kyodo Tsushin, Nihon Keizai Shimbun via Jin
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How to make Tokyo Disneyland’s awesome Mickey Mouse eggs at home!【SoraKitchen】

Naive question prompts discussion about Disneyland eggs, existence of magical chickens and we get our chef’s hat and apron on.

Go to any big theme park in Japan, and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to food options, most of which are suitably themed with popular characters. At Tokyo Disneyland, why have boring old curry rice, when you can have curry rice with a magical boiled egg with a Mickey Mouse-shaped yolk on top!

The special boiled eggs you can get at Tokyo Disneyland’s Plaza Restaurant boggle the mind. Visiting the park when they were young, the shape of the yolk got Twitter user @yanagaikota wondering what witchcraft could Disney could possibly use to make them, and so they decided to ask a member of staff.

Ask a silly question, get a silly answer. Presumably with a straight face, the cast member helpfully replied that all the eggs the chickens in Toontown lay come out like that. Or, in other words, the answer was “Magic!” But while the idea of magical chickens, or golden egg-laying geese, is one I’d happily believe in, it turns out the real method is less romantic.

Using a Japanese-created machine that is either incredibly inventive or the beginning of the end of human civilisation, the yolks and white of multiple eggs can be manhandled into tube form, and it’s only a small step from this to making other designs like the Mickey Mouse shape.

But if you don’t want to buy a special machine to form tubular eggs, the Internet is full of recipes to make pretty good Mickey Mouse-shaped substitutes yourself so we decided to try one out and bring you the recipe and our results.

1. Draw a line length-ways on the egg, as in the photo above.

2. Make a hole in the shell, being careful not to break the whole thing and send raw egg flying everything. If you do, it should be promptly followed up by throwing your hands up in the air and crying “Why do I always destroy the things I love?!?”, if the mood takes you.

3. Remove and separate the egg yolk and white, then break away more of the shell until you get to just above the line you drew earlier.

4. Place the egg shell in a small but relatively deep dish, so that it will remain upright. We used kitchen paper to keep it from rolling over. Next pour the egg white back into the shell.

5. Place the dish into a pan with a small amount of water. Put the lid on the pan and steam the egg white for around five minutes over a medium heat, or until the egg white starts to solidify. Be careful not to overdo the egg white.

6. Using a utensil of your choice (we favoured the spork as the most versatile of utensils), carefully dig out some of the egg white to make a Mickey Mouse-shaped mould into which you will pour the egg yolk.

7. After adding the egg yolk to the rest of the egg, trying not to go outside the Mickey Mouse shape, cover the dish with cling film (plastic wrap) and return it to the pan.

8. Steam the egg for as long as it takes the water to come to the boil, about a minute, then cut the heat.

9. Marvel at the works these hands have wrought.

And there you have it, Mickey Mouse, or in our attempt, Mickey’s tumour-ridden rabbit friend who looks slightly more like the Disney star than a random egg pattern, perfectly delicious and probably safe from certain famously litigious corporations. Not bad for a first attempt though we think, although we might try using a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter at Step 6. next time. If you can manage better, drop a photo in the comments below.

Source: Twitter/@yanagikota via Hachimakiko
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An illustrated field guide to the myriad marvelous uniforms of Tokyo Disney Sea

Disney’s second Tokyo-area theme park is all about the aesthetics, as this collection of more than 20 outfits shows.

I often get asked, by people coming to Japan on vacation, whether they should visit Tokyo Disneyland or Disney Sea, and the answer really depends on what you want out of an amusement park. Disneyland has the bigger share of famous rides, but Disney Sea puts extra effort into visual theming, making it the better choice for strolling and snapping pictures.

That commitment to aesthetics applies to the staff’s uniforms as well. On a recent trip to Disney Sea, Japanese Twitter user @koikoisararira, who hadn’t been to the park for several years, was amazed by just how many different cute and stylish outfits there are for the female cast, as Disney likes to call its front-line park employees. Utilizing a potent mix of mnemonic and artistic skill, @koikoisararira sketched more than 20 examples, and today we present the field guide to Disney Sea uniforms.

▼ From left to right: Greeters at main entrance/exit, guest control (customer relations) employees, and cleaning staff

▼ 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride staff, with gallant poses and steam punk accents

▼ The gothic-style uniforms for the Tower of Terror and Haunted Mansion (the latter with a special Halloween celebration cape), whom @koikoisararira describes as looking like sisters.

▼ The Toy Story Mania attendants’ outfits, on the other hand, have less somber colors.

▼ Fortress Exploration is meant to evoke the Italian Renaissance, and so its staff uniforms have an Olde World flair to them.

▼ Moving from Olde World to Old West, ponchos and pouches for Westernland

▼ Aquatic tones for Mermaid Lagoon, site of the park’s Little Mermaid stage show (even staff wearing the black jackets have the seashell-decorated shirts on underneath)

▼ Appropriately Arabian attire for Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage and the Aladdin-related Magic Lamp Theater

▼ And finishing things off, even the souvenir and concession staff is looking sharp, with a non-specific shop clerk and juice vendor…

▼ …a balloon vendor, and, last, another shop clerk.

Along with the Haunted Mansion uniform, the Mermaid Lagoon cast also had special Halloween additions when @koikoisararira was at the park. With Christmas coming up soon, there are sure to be plenty of new seasonal touches to the Disney Sea uniforms, so hopefully @koikoisararira finds time to visit again during the holidays.

Source, images: Twitter/@koikoisararira