Experience Japanese Culture #3: Temari Sushi Lesson in a Japanese Food Class at Dikanyama

04.April.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

Japanese model Yuri Sugunama, a.k.a “Yurippa,” is taking us on the third trip in her series series where she goes to personally experience Japanese culture and cultivate new hobbies. This time, she gets involved in a cooking lesson to make springtime temari sushi! Yurippa has always had an interest in homemade cooking but never really had the opportunity to challenge herself to it. So, how did she do…?

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uki-uki cafe is located in Daikanyama which is just one stop from Shibuya on the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line. It’s an easy place to get to just 5-minutes from the station tucked away in a quiet residential area. Upon opening the door to the café, you are greeted with a fresh space full of green plant life. You’ll totally forget about the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Teaching the lesson is uki-uki cafe’s representative, Ayumi Kashiwabara. She’s a food co-ordinator who promotes happy cooking that you’ll unintentionally want to take a photo of. Not only does she serve food that makes your everyday dining table evermore buoyant, she also holds cooking lessons every now and then. “Call me Ayu-chan-sensei, okay?” she says with a pose. She’s extremely friendly!

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Today’s challenge is making two items: ‘temari sushi’ and ‘spring mizore soup.’ First off, the temari sushi! You begin by mixing together 250g of rice with 25ml of vinegar, 15g of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. This is then divided into 8 portions. Spread out some clingfilm and place ham in the middle. Then put one portion of rice on top and roll. Do this for all 8 portions. Roll the ham and rice into one and when taking the clingfilm off make sure that they stay together and don’t separate.

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Next is making plum lotus roots. Fill the holes of the lotus roots with bainiku plum. Use your finger to delicately press it all together. It’s easy if you use a tube for this part. An excited Yurippa exclaimed, “This is the first time in my life I’m making food using bainiku plum!”

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At this point, Ayu-chan-sensei added a small touch: “It’ll look gorgeous if you do it like this.” With just a little twist, she made it look even more fantastic by putting on thinly sliced lemon and sprinkling over some pepper. The two of them looked like they were having fun cooking next to each other.

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Before dishing up the temari sushi, it’s time to make the mizore soup. Add two teaspoons of Japanese dashi to 120ml of water and mix in one teaspoon of soy sauce, one teaspoon of sake, one teaspoon of mirin, and a little salt. Bring to the boil and just add some grated daikon. Daikon skin has nutritional value, so wash it thoroughly and rub dry.

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Finally, add green beans into the mizore soup, put in wheat gluten, and… “All done!”

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Yurippa’s colourful temari sushi and mizore soup is complete and perfect for spring. Going out and adding seasonal a lunch mat, pair of chopsticks and tableware is fun too.

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Yurippa was happy, commenting: “I can feel that food made by hand really is more delicious! It was easy and didn’t take long, plus I like how exciting it looks. I want to invite my friends over to my house for a meal.”

 

Cooking lessons are held once in a while at uki-uki cafe where you can learn how to make food that’ll make your ordinary days more fun. If you think a cooking lesson is a little too much to handle, then just pop in to the café for a kawaii meal. Coming face to face with the food at uki-uki cafe will surely make your day that much happier.

 

■Information
uki-uki cafe
Address: 88.DAIKANYAMA 3F, Daikanyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00 (Lunch Last Orders 16:00 / Last Orders 17:30)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Daikanyama Station via the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line
Website: http://ayupichi.com/index.html
*Cooking classes are held at irregular periods. Please enquire beforehand if you are a visitor from overseas.

 

 

Model: Yuri Suganuma @yurippa93

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Yuri Sugunuma is a model with a high fashion sense that has been picked up by various magazines. She receives much love and support from girls of the same generation as her to whom she is known by her nickname “Yurippa.” She has a huge influence across her social media. Recently, she has stepped into other fields outside of modelling, such as appearing in TV shoots and in music videos. She is skilled in make-up and involved in the development of cosmetics.

Writer & Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

 

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    Japanese model Yuri Suganuma, a.k.a. ‘Yurippa,’ is beginning a new serialized project in which she goes to personally experience different areas of Japanese culture. In this first entry, Yurippa headed to FIGHT CLUB 428 in Shibuya to learn kickboxing, a form of martial art known to be very effective when it comes to dieting and getting rid of stress.

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    FIGHT CLUB 428 sits in the heart of Dogenzaka, a 7-minute walk from Shibuya Station. Serving up a convenient fitness menu and equipped with a bar, 428’s kick-back and welcoming atmosphere is its charm point.

    It’s actually not that well known, but kickboxing is a sport that originated in Japan. Traditionally, it’s a martial art and combat sport that is fought without weapons and uses the game rules of Muay Thai.

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    The gym itself is clean, and women can also enjoy using the facility without worry. Female members of the gym are generally around the age of 25, and everyone there is extremely friendly, so it’s also a great place to make friends. You can also rent gym clothing if you want, meaning you can drop in empty-handed even if you’re on a trip.

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    Yurippa took a 1-day course (¥3,000) where she was taught by kickboxing teacher Ohno Umihiko. Just wow, being taught by a former kickboxer… not to mention how handsome he is!

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    Before starting training, you just stretch your body. Your muscles are quite stuff during the winter season making it easier to hurt yourself, so do it slowly and carefully.

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    One stretching is over, Yurippa moved onto the training basics – how to skip-rope. She was taught the proper way to jump like you see in movies and dramas: by using your ankles. But she was still a bit stiff somewhere, maybe because she wasn’t used to the jump roping yet, or maybe because she was still nervous from the gym atmosphere.

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    Moving on, Yurippa finally transitioned to the next phase: how to punch. The teacher wrapped bandage around her fists so she couldn’t injure them.

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    Once her bandages were on, her fighting spirit came through suddenly and she put on her war face. She settled on her fighting pose and was brimming with motivation!

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    She focused on jabs for the punching basics, learning to punch straight and how to hook.

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    The teacher praised Yurippa for having an aptitude for punching which raised her ferociousness even more. She went all out when practicing a finishing punch combination!

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    Her smug face and pose makes her look like she’s saying “How do I look? Am I cool?”

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    Don’t forget to rehydrate during training intervals. By the way, you can buy this bottle at the gym.

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    Next is punching the focus mitts while wearing gloves. Before punching the mitts, it’s customary to set your gloves on them first.

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    Kickboxing its more effective for dieting than it looks because it uses your whole body. You also have to twist around a lot, so you can really tone up your waist line.

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    The mid-kicks were a particularly good stress-reliever for Yurippa. If you aim at the mitts and kick with everything you have it makes a really great sound, so can be very exhilarating.

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    The teacher is very skilled in his way of teaching. Girl-Fighter-Yurippa has been born magnificently! Originally, Yurippa did slow activities such as yoga and was bad at them. She said that the movements in kickboxing are cool and it’s something she wanted to challenge herself to at least once. “Having finally experienced it, it was even more fun than I expected. I want to try continuing it!”

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    The gym also has a popular bar. The owner Ohno loves alcohol. He wanted more people to know about the gym so he built a bar than anyone can visit easily. The bar also comes with a special bonus: when the gym is full, people can order drinks for just ¥300! FIGHT CLUB 428 – the place where you can kickbox and enjoy a drink on the side. If you’re in Shibuya, then be sure to stop by.

     

    ■Information

    FIGHT CLUB 428

    Address: 2-27-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Monday to Thursdays 7am-12am / Fridays to Saturdays 7am-7am next day / Sundays 7am-6pm

    Access: 7-minutes’ by foot from Shibuya Station via the Keio Inokashira Line, Tokyu Toyoko Line, Tokyo Metro Lines, JR Lines

    Price: 1-Day Course ¥3,000 (tax incl.) / Personal Training ¥7,000 (tax incl.)

    Website: http://fightclub.co.jp

    Model:Yuri Suganuma @yurippa93

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    Writer:Ryoichi Komaba

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  • Experience Japanese Culture #2: Comparing Tastes of Unique Japanese Chocolates – From Matcha to Sake

    02.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Japanese model Yuri Sugunama, a.k.a “Yurippa,” is taking us on her next trip in this series where she goes to personally experience Japanese culture and cultivate new hobbies. Yurippa loves chocolate – she eats one tablet of the stuff day. In this Valentine’s-special second entry, Yurippa sampled different chocolates that are popular right now.

     

    For Valentine’s Day in Japan, it’s custom for girls give guys chocolate and convey their feelings towards them. Guys return the favour on a day called White Day, which falls on March 14. So, since there’s one month to go before the big day, that means the most delicious chocolate in the world is about to hit shelves in Japan – popular both in Japan and overseas.

     

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    The first pick was the classic “KitKat,” a very well-known brand in over 100 countries. The Japanese brand of KitKat is actually made in Japan. It’s received much attention around the world for its original flavours. It’s also known for being associated with exam season for students – the word KitKat in Japanese (kitto katto) almost sounds like the phrase “Kitto Katsu!” which means “You will surely win!”

     

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    Yurippa tried out the new “KitKat Chocolatory” series, created by the chef and owner of “La Patissier Takagi,” Yasumasa Takagi. The “Sublime Valentine’s Assortment” costs ¥2,400 (tax excl.) and includes 7 KitKat bars with 6 different flavours. There’s dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, matcha, raw, and a pink coloured ruby flavour. It’s a great selection to share and eat together with people.

     

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    The centerpiece of the collection is new Ruby KitKat, developed by the Swiss chocolate makers Barry Callebaut over a period of more than 10 years. The chocolate uses no colouring agents – the pink colour is made naturally to create an entirely new chocolate. Yurippa gave it her stamp of approval, saying it’ll be popular with girls for its vivid pink colour. She couldn’t contain her surprise for this newfound chocolate, saying “The berry flavour has a sour taste, but it’s different from strawberry chocolate. It’s something I’ve never tasted before.”

     

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    Next on the list is “Tea Chocolate Premium Matcha 7”. Costing just ¥1,000 (tax excl.), these chocolates are made by Shizuoka Matcha Sweet Factory “Nanaya,” who are known for producing the world’s most rich flavoured matcha gelato. These matcha chocolates don’t hold back on the milk so as to bring out the fragrance and taste of the tea leaves to the max. The set comes with 7 different matcha chocolates of varying intensity and 1 houjicha flavoured chocolate.

     

     

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    Yurippa expressed her excitement for the delicious chocolate before opening it. “When you open the packaging, the fresh smell of the tea whets your appetite so much you can’t wait to tuck in!”

     

    The chocolate and tea leaves have a good combined balance of 3.1%, and the smell and taste of the leaves kicks in with a strong flavour combination of 21%. “The tea leaf combination is different but my impression of the chocolate changed dramatically!”

     

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    “If you eat the chocolates in order as written on the packaging, you can understand each flavour’s intensity much better! This chocolate would go better with hot milk or soy milk than coffee. The richer chocolate flavours are fairly moderate when it comes to sweetness, so if you’re on a diet then you can eat them without feeling guilty.”

     

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    The last pick is from the long-standing chocolate maker Mary Chocolate. The KANADE Japanese Sake Truffles (¥1,000) come in 3 flavours – milk, sweet and white – and are topped with carefully selected Japanese sake. Only the finest sake from Japan is used, such as Gokyo Junmai Sake from Yamaguchi Prefecture. Since the truffles contain alcohol, be wary not to hand them out to minors or people that are driving.

     

     

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    “There’s a good balance between the chocolate and sake, and depending on which brand of sake is used, you can enjoy a different flavour on your taste buds from each!”

     

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    Yurippa’s favourite was the milk truffle topped with Koyama Shuzo. She was very satisfied having recently acquired a taste for sake. “It brings out the enduring qualities of refreshing Japanese sake and a fruitiness. I really want people who like Japanese sake to try these! If you’re not too good with sake from Japan, then I recommend the white chocolate truffle with Ichiro from Dewazakura. The subtle fragrance of sake that you can feel inside the smooth texture of the white chocolate makes it really sophisticated.”

     

    Yurippa gives friend chocolate to everyone on Valentine’s Day, guys and girls. Why don’t you try tasting this unique Japanese collection of chocolates recommended by Yurippa with everyone?

     

     

     

    ■Information

    KitKat Chocolatory – Sublime Valentine’s Assortment

    Price: ¥2,400 (tax excl.) – Set of 7 (6 flavours)

    Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/

    Enquiries: Nestle – 0120-00-5916

     

    TEA CHOCOLATE PREMIUM MATCHA 7

    Price: ¥1,000 (tax excl.)

    Website: http://nanaya-matcha.com/?pid=113337997

     

    Mary Chocolate KANADE Japanese Sake Truffles

    Price: ¥1,000 (tax excl.)

    Website: http://maryshop.jp/shop/g/g4068/

     

    Model:Yuri Suganuma @yurippa93

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    Writer:Ryoichi Komaba

    Photographer:Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

     

  • 【Kyoto Stroll】 Two travellers, one day of tourist spots, gourmet food and activities in Kyoto!

    04.October.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Welcome back to MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON’s “Tokyo Stroll” series that recommends you travel destinations! Today, Hikari Shibata and Yuri Suganuma are leaving Tokyo and heading to the old capital Kyoto.

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    Together, Hikari and Yuri took the 07:00AM shinkansen train to Kyoto, arriving at 10:00AM. The first thing on their list was to fill up on some Kyoto gourmet! Sifting through Instagram and other SNS sites for the most popular spots, they decided to try some rare Kyoto confectionary at “Otabe Honkan”.

     

     

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    Having set their hearts on eating before sightseeing, they visited “Otabe Honkan”, a place they researched prior to their trip. After taking the subway to Jujo Station then walking for about nine minutes, they arrived.

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    They ordered according to what was popular online – “Kuchidoke Aisu” ( melt-in-the-mouth ice cream, ¥500 including tax), and the “Soufflé Sandwich” (¥162), which is new on the menu.

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    The melt-in-the-mouth “Kuchidoke Aisu” is an adzuki bean and milk shaved ice dessert which is topped with fluffy fresh cream and matcha. The Japanese word “ookini” (meaning “thank you” Kansai dialect) was written in matcha on the dessert – how cute! ♡

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    Hikari: The fresh cream wasn’t too sweet. Yummy!! Every now and then, I got a mouthful of adzuki beans. I really liked the variety of flavours ◎.

     

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    The new soufflé sandwich was made by adding velvety cream cheese to the bread dough.

     

    Yuri: The soufflé was soooo fluffy! The cream cheese flavour and the sandwich is a match made in heaven!

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    Otabe Honkan works with a factory as a joint establishment. The factory produces a variety of popular brand confectionaries from different parts of Kyoto. Fresh Yatsuhashi is one of the famous products made by Otabe.

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    The factory also holds handmade sweet-making classes and allows visitors to the view the factory, so if you’re interested, check the link to the website below.

     

    ■Information

     

    Otabe Honkan

    Adress:35,2, Nishikujo Takahatacho, Minami Ward, Kyoto,

    Opening hours: 09:00 〜 18:00

    URL:http://www.otabe.kyoto.jp/2013_new/store/honkan.html

     

     

    Off to Kyoto Tower – the symbol of Kyoto!

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    Stomachs full, the girls return to Kyoto Station and make their way to Kyoto Tower, which is the tallest building in Kyoto. The observation room is elevated 100 metres above the ground, and offers a stunning view of the streets. The many souvenir shops make it all the more popular with tourists.

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    On the 3rd floor of Kyoto Tower, there is a Makizushi sample-making event! (Makizushi: sushi rolled in seaweed with a filling). There are many classes running here that allow visitors to experience Japan to the full. Yuri and Hikari decided to try out something very unique to Kyoto. They headed to the Otabe dojo to learn how to make fresh Yatsuhashi sweets by hand.

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    Before preparation, they got changed into specialist clothing and then took a commemorative photo…but what is this photo really for?

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    To make these fresh Yatsuhashi by hand, the girls made a steamed flour dough, stuffed it with anko red bean paste et voila! The thick and chewy texture of the mochi made the kneading process hard work! Yuri and Hikari were silently working all the way through, kneading and kneading and kneading until their work was approved by their sensei.

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    Here’s a picture of their highly praised Yatsuhashi. Our confectionary chefs made plain Yatsuhashi, matcha Yatsuhashi and Murasaki Imo (purple sweet potato) Yatsuhashi! Now it’s time to enjoy the snacks with a tea ceremony!

     

    Yuri: We made these ourselves and to no surprise, they’re delicious!

    Hikari: The dough is chewy and has a gentle flavour!

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    At the end, the girls received a souvenir gift and a certificate, and with that, class had ended. Inside the souvenir package, there was the photo taken at the start of the class! This put a smile on their faces.

     

    ■Information

    Kyoto Tower Sando Otabe Taiken Dojo (京都タワーサンド おたべ体験道場)

    Address:Kyoto Tower Building floor 2, 721-1, Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto

    Reservations: https://otabe-ktt.dt-r.com/

    *Reservation possible for up to the previous day at 15:00

     

     

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  • MMN Festival: Saki Shibata, Ayumi Seto & Yuri Suganuma to Hold Official Tours as Tour Guides

    16.March.2018 | FES / SPOT

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA will be held on March 24 and 25. At the event, three popular models – Saki Shibata, Ayumi Seto and Yuri Suganuma  – will work as tour guides at the festival to hold official tours for attendees!

     

    Let’s take a close look at each of their tours and what you can look forward to.

     

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    After watching the stage performances where Yuri Suganuma will appear you will participate in a workshop with her. You’ll be making a swag, which is a popular stylish wall decoration. A range of flowers will be provided, so pick your favourite and get hands-on in designing your own original swag. After it’s complete, the tour will conclude with a commemorative photo together.

    ■Date: March 25th

    ■Duration: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

    ■No. of People: 11

    ■Price: ¥3,500 (Includes workshop charge. Workshop scheduled to last 30 mins.)

     

    13:00 Stage performances (w/ Yuri Suganuma)

    14:30 Workshop

    14:50 Commemorative photo

    15 : 00     Viewing the stage

    Register here: https://www.airbnb.jp/experiences/198915

     

     

    Ayumi Seto

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    You will participate in a workshop organized by “Aymmy in the batty girls,” an apparel brand for which Ayumi Seto works as the Director. After the workshop, you will join Ayumi Seto and go to the “Aymmy in the batty girls” store where she will showcase recommended spring items and outfit coordinates.

    ■Date: March 24th

    ■Duration: 1 Hour

    ■No. of People: 5

    ■Price: ¥2,000 (Includes workshop charge.)

     

    11:00 Workshop: Design a mug

    11:30 Spring recommendations at Aymmy store

    12:00 Finish

     

    ■Date: March 25th

    ■Duration: 1 Hour

    ■No. of People: 5

    ■Price: ¥2,000 (Includes workshop charge.)

     

    16:00 Workshop: Design a mug

    16:30 Spring recommendations at Aymmy store

    17:00 Finish

    Register here: https://www.airbnb.jp/experiences/198906

     

     

    Saki Shibata

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    Saki Shibata will take on the role of a tour guide and show you around the Shibuya and Harajuku area! This special one-off tour will take you to spots in Shibuya and Harajuku that Saki visits often. You’ll also dress up in a kimono and pray at a shrine and more. The tour will take place on the 24th and 25th. The prices and schedules differ for each day so be sure read the details carefully.

    ■Date: March 24th

    ■Duration: 4 Hours

    ■No. of People: 9

    ■Price: ¥3,500 (Includes dining and workshop charges.)

    ■Schedule:

    12:00 Create an accessory at the CHACO workshop in Laforet Museum Harajuku

    13:00 Stage performances (w/ Saki Shibata)

    14:30 Light meal

    15:15 Walk along Cat Street

    16:00 Finish at SHIBUYA CAST.

    Register here: https://www.airbnb.jp/experiences/198879

     

    ■Date: March 25th

    ■Duration: 3 Hours

    ■No. of People: 9

    ■Price: ¥7,000 (Includes dining and workshop charges.))

    ■Schedule:

    12:00 Meet at SHIBUYA CAST. for kimono fitting

    12:45 Walk to Onden Shrine in kimono

    13:55 Pray at Onden Shrine & receive goshuin

    13:15 Stroll along Cat Street towards SHANTi

    14:00 Late lunch at SHANTi

     

    Register here: https://www.airbnb.jp/experiences/198895

     

     

    Tours – How to Apply

    To sign up for the tours, head to the Airbnb website and select the time and date. Please note that once all spaces have been filled the application window will close.

     

    The application pages for each tour are different. Links and information will be posted on the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Twitter page, so be sure to follow us.

     

    *Please note that payments can be made by card only.

     

    ■Information

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA
    Locations: SHIBUYA CAST. / Tower Records Shibuya / Laforet Museum Harajuku / Onden Shrine
    Dates: Saturday 24 March – Sunday 25 March
    Time: 11:00-21:00 *Times differ at each area
    Free Pre-Registration:http://mmnf2018.peatix.com

     

  • From Kiki’s Delivery Service to Your Name – check out our model’s halloween costume!

    22.October.2017 | FASHION

    Halloween has already dawned upon the streets of Tokyo. You should make the most out of Halloween this year by adding some spirit into your costume! That’s why today our popular models are going to show you their Halloween costumes from previous years!

     

    Transform into a cute cat with Ren Koseki & Ema Tanioku

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    Er Tanioku (top) and Ren Koseki (bottom) are both dressed up as cats! ♪

    The big ribbon is so cute. ♡ This is a costume that even beginners can put together easily. We recommend this for those who are looking for something easy!

     

    Saki Shibata uses a scoop of sorcery to become Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service! 
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    Saki Shibata transformed into Kiki from the Ghibli film Kiki’s Delivery Service. The broomstick and cat companion Jiji are important to complete this look! You can pull off this look if you have a navy blue dress. This is also an easy costume for first-timers!

     

    The dangerous devil YuRippa and a Horror-themed Misa Kimura
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    Yuri Suganuma (top) and Misa Kimura (bottom) decided to go along with the horror theme. All you need is horror makeup and your look will be perfect! You can get costumes, accessories, fake wounds, tattoo stickers and anything else you need from a ¥100 shop or a ¥300 shop, so don’t forget to check them out!

     

    Culumi Nakada as Mitsuha from “Your Name”

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    Culumi Nakada transformed into the main character Mitsuha from “Your Name”. This film is still selling strong and is still a popular theme in the news, so there might be a lot of people dressing up as her this year too!

     

    Whatever you’re dressing up as for Halloween this year, please check out the costumes of our stylish models from previous years!

     

     

    Source:HARAJUKU KAWAII!! STYLE

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  • Exciting ukiyo-e and washoku digital art exhibitions in Kayabacho!

    30.March.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Did you know about the art exhibition currently going on down in Kayabachō? This fun and exciting happening in Nihonbashi is the talk of the town, combining the latest digital technology with a theme of springtime flowers. Add into the equation gourmet restaurants and cafés and you have yourself a jam-packed, exciting day!

     

    yurippa and Ema & Eri headed on over to Kayabachō in Nihonbashi to experience this 1-day plan!

     

    But before setting to work, they went and had a good meal.

    SPOT① WA CAFÉ AIM

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    WA CAFÉ AIM is a short 2-minute walk from Kayabachō Station. The café is stylish, comfortable and a feeling of maturity to it – a place for adults to mingle – with the colourful sound of a piano chiming through. They have an all-day lunch menu, so if it’s night-time and you fancy yourself a bit of lunch, then do not worry, they have you sorted.

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    Their pork curry is special in that it is sweet, sour and spicy all at once. The nicely cooked meat and spicy roux are exquisite together. Legend has it that there are some dedicated fans out there who go there every day to eat it for lunch!

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    There’s also a superb selected of desserts to choose from – ranging from puddings to cakes – perfect for a girls’ day out where everyone can share♡

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    WA CAFÉ AIM

    Address: 1 Chome-6-17 Kayabachō, Nihonbashi, Chūō-ku

    Open: 11:00-23:00 (Last orders for food at 22:00)

    Closed: Weekends and National Holidays

     

     

    SPOT② “Super Ukiyo-e: The Edo Code”

     

    – Japan’s traditional art of ukiyo-e fuses with cutting edge technology

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    “Super Ukiyo-e: The Edo Code” transforms ukiyo-e into something you’ve never seen before. See traditional ukiyo-e paintings created by famous painters enlarged into a high-definition digital format. Each piece is blown up and animated to create a 3D effect. This is something that could never have been experienced before; thanks to today’s technology, you can experience the true appeal of ukiyo-e in an all new way!

     

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    A collaborative piece between legendary ukiyo-e artists Hokusai and Hiroshige is also on display over in the fish market of Edo Bay. Of course, you can expect to see their artwork in motion too. I bet you never even dreamed you’d see this day!

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    You’ll also be spooked by the ghost ukiyo-e paintings in the “Obake Area” (Ghost Area). Try and catch the ghosts!

     

    Super Ukiyo-e: The Edo Code

    Official Website: https://superukiyoe.com/

     

    SPOT③“The Mysterious Restaurant of the Food God”

    – Dive deep into the world of traditional Japanese food

     

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    We headed into a mysterious and fantastical world of “washoku” (traditional Japanese cuisine) which combines food with state of the art digital technology. Washoku is indispensable for the Japanese people. And now you can experience the food in an entirely new way.

     

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    It’s a place filled with interactive technology. We touched the screens and instantly became one with the seasons. The essence of spring, summer, autumn and winter can all be found in them.

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    As we continued through the exhibition, we came to a restaurant where we found cooks holding the god’s hand. The food was especially delicious ♡

     

    The Mysterious Restaurant of the Food God

    Official Website: https://tabegamisama.com/

     

    There are a number of campaigns currently running for the two art exhibitions we mentioned today. Full details regarding the campaigns can be found on the official homepages.

    We got our fill of food and cafés at both exhibitions! Seeing, touching and tasting – the day out in Nihonbashi was even more fun than I had imagined.

    Because it is old-time Edo, the combination of both the traditional and modern was wonderful. Be sure you don’t miss your only chance to see this exhibition ♡

     

    Writer:Miiki Sugita

    Photo:Takuya Ikawa

    Model:Yuri Suganuma @yurippa93

                   Ema Tanioku @ematanioku

                   Eri Tanioku @eritanitani

     

     

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    1: Equipment/Ingredients

    15cm cake tin

     

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    Ikura salted salmon roe

    Hanpen pounded fish cake

     

    2:

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    3:

    Cut Hello Kitty, flowers and other shapes into some hanpen pounded fish cake.

     

    4:


    Slice the tuna, salmon, and Japanese egg into cubes about 1.2cm each.

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    Leave the ingredients exposed around the outside like so

     

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    Top with the rest of the ingredients as you like.

     

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    Finish by adding your Hello Kitties and flowers which you can decorate with leftovers, like the noses and middle of the flowers. I also used cucumber and crab sticks for the head decorations.

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

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