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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  • Stock Your Kitchen With Japanese Kitchenware Tools by SALON adam et rope’

    21.May.2020 | FOOD

    SALON adam et rope’ has launched its new “Nihon no Daidokoro Dougu” (Japanese Kitchen Tools) collection which features a curated selection of Made In Japan kitchenware and cookware items from high quality Japanese brands.

     

    Kasane

    Top: ¥12,000 / Middle: ¥12,000 / Bottom: ¥9,000 (Before Tax)

    Traditionally, Japanese knives were made by men with men in mind, but these Kasane knives are made by women to fit with the modern age. They are made in such a way to feel comfortable in smaller hands. The handles are made from rare natural wood from the cerasus jamasakura trees of Gifu Prefecture which give them a texture that changes as you continue to use the knives. The blades themselves are made from high-carbon stainless steel which gives them superior sharpness and durability. The blade edge is the result of a new technology developed by Sumikama called “Zero Edge” which makes them thin and sharp.

     

    Kaji Donya

     
    Left: ¥1,300 / Middle: ¥2,000 / Right: ¥2,800 (Before Tax)

    Left: ¥1,000 / Middle: ¥1,200 / Right: ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

    These handy stackable containers are made by Kaji Donya, a company based in Tsubame, Niigata. The height of each one is the same which makes them super convenient when stacking inside fridges.

    Ceramic Grill: ¥1,400 (Before Tax)

    The ceramic grill is a longtime seller at SALON. If you’re grilling bread on it, it leaves the outside crispy and the inside nice and soft. It uses far-infrared rays which means the water content of the ingredients grilled on it is not lost, allowing for the full tasty flavour to stay locked in and the food plump and juicy.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Hello Kitty Sushi Cakes For Hinamatsuri

    01.March.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    Hinamatsuri is almost here, and I’ve got the perfect treat for this year’s festival: Hello Kitty Sushi Cakes. These Hello Kitty decorations can be made with basic Japanese ingredients, so follow along and try making them yourself.

     

    1: Equipment/Ingredients

    15cm cake tin

     

    1 cup vinegared sushi rice

    200g tuna

    200g salmon

    3 Japanese rolled omelettes (dashi-maki tamago)

    20 beefsteak plant

    Ikura salted salmon roe

    Hanpen pounded fish cake

     

    2:

    Line a cake tin with baking sheet paper like in the photo. Use a cake tin with a detachable bottom spanning 15cm. In the case that you don’t have a cake tin with a detachable bottom, cover the bottom of your tin with cling film which will make it easy to remove everything afterwards.

     

    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.

    Pile the ingredients in this order: rice→tuna, salmon, and egg→rice. Refer to the photo below.

     

    5:

    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

  • Hanami in Japan 2020: Bite-Size Sushi Hanami Bento Lunch Box Releasing in Ginza

    17.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    SHARI and SHARI THE TOKYO SUSHI BAR in Ginza, as well as CRAFT in Ariake, are releasing the perfect accompaniment to your hanami flower-viewing experience in Japan this spring: the “Hanami Roll Sushi Bento” lunch box, which consists of 36 bite-size sushi pieces made up of 12 different kinds of sushi. It will be available February 18 to April 30.

    Hanami Roll Sushi Bento (36 Pieces/Serves 3-4): ¥4,500 (Tax Included)

    As soon as your take the lid off this colourful assortment of rolled sushi, you’ll find yourself reaching for your camera to snap a photo for Instagram. Each piece is 3cm in diameter and so is deliciously bite-sized. The line-up includes four new kinds of sushi rolls conceived for this release which use seasonal spring ingredients, like sakuradai cherry blossom sea bream, sakura ebi, rape blossoms, fuki giant butterbur, green beans, and moreーas well as eight other types of sushi that are popular classics at each of the three restaurants.

    Shrimp Roll

    From the four new rolls, we have the sakura ebi shrimp roll, which is served with a gorgeous cherry blossom colour. It’s made with shibazuke pickles and vinegared rice, which gives it its colour, and contains, rape blossoms, okra, Chinese yam, and egg. The rape blossoms add a springtime bitterness to the sweetness of the sakura ebi, creating a wonderful combination of flavours.

    Beef Butterbur Miso Roll

    Then there’s the sakuradai roll is wrapped with vinegared tobiko flying fish roe, okra, and cucumber, which is topped with sashimi-style sakuradacherry blossom seam bream and salty cherry blossom leaves. The spring vegetable and tempura roll has shrimp and green bean tempura mixed with yuzu kosho paste; and finally, the beef butterbur miso roll, which contains beef rib seasoned in a sukiyaki style, finished with sesame seeds, and seasoned with butterbur miso.

     

    The eight popular classics include the wagyu roll sushi seasoned with luxurious truffle oil, Italian roll, duck roll, salmon roll, spider roll (soft shell crab), and more. All of these varied picks go great with wine or champagne.

    Hanami Roll Sushi Bento (9 Pieces): ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    The “Hanami Roll Sushi Bento” comes in various sizes. As well as the 36 pieces of 12 sushi types, there’s also 18 pieces of 9 types (serves 1-2), and the 9 pieces of 9 types (serves 1).

     

    Reservations are available until 15:00 the previous day. Order yours for your Hanami cherry blossom flower-viewing this year in Japan.

  • Asakusa’s New Conveyor Belt Sushi Chain Kura Sushi Offers a Traditional Japanese Space

    23.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Muten Kura Sushi opened the first of its its all-new chain of “global flagship” sushi restaurants in Asakusa BOX on January 22.

     

    This kaitenzushi restaurant, or “conveyor belt sushi,” aims to promote Japanese culture. It wants people, both Japanese and foreign, to rediscover the wonders of kaitezsushi, and what better place to open its first branch than Asakusaーone of the biggest tourist hot spots in Tokyo?

    The restaurant’s design and decor takes on a more traditional approach, drawing inspiration of Japan’s Edo period with classic ukiyo-e paintings and paper lanterns adorning the walls, amongst many other things. This classic image of Japan has found its way to the dining space itself too, with flat tables made from plain wood and chairs topped with tatami. This gives it that air of grace and beauty which is typically associated with traditional Japanese culture, as well as a relaxed atmosphere.

    The logo used on the restaurant’s paper lanterns, crockery, staff uniform and elsewhere was designed by Japanese art director and creative director Kashiwa Sato. It was created for the brand to be used on all future branches, including all Japanese restaurants and those planned for the US and Taiwan.

    The restaurant even has several Japanese festival games for customers to play, like target practice and ring toss. They can win coupons that can be used in the restaurant, and kids can win toys too.

    Some of the staff can speak foreign languages too, and tablets that you order food from are available in 4 languages.

    Staff also carry a “Langogo Genesis,” a speech translation machine, to allow for smooth customer service. It’s connected to an AI language server which can speak and translate quickly in 104 languages.

    This global flagship restaurant also has a self check-in and payment system. Using touch screen, customers will be shown their seats automatically. The AI also adds up how many plates you have used by scanning their QR codes, and this is used to determine how much you need to pay. This means you needn’t wait for someone to bring the bill, you just head straight to the till.

     

    There’s also a smartphone app (called スマホでくら) which you can use to book a table and makes for easy checking in when you arrive at the restaurant.

    Head to Kura in Asakusa, Tokyo to enjoy Japan’s longtime affordable and delicious fast food: sushi.

  • Tokyo Sushi Restaurant Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure Opens New Branch in Shibuya

    14.December.2019 | FOOD

    Edomae sushi restaurant Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure, which is known for its strict use of organic ingredients, just opened its second branch in Tokyo Plaza Shibuya following its first branch in Omotesando Hills.

    Sasashigure is a type of sasanishiki rice grown completely organically without the use of any chemicals or fertilisers. It is grown by Akinori Kimura who is known for its “Miracle Apples,” the world’s first apples grown without pesticides.

     

    Sasashigure rice yields 40% less rice quantity in one-tenth hectare than regular rice, but it has a natural sweetness and elevate flavour, with each and every grain savoured in a mouthful.

     

    If you’re all for healthy eating and protecting the environment, and happen to be in Tokyo looking for some sushi, be sure to visit the new branch of Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure in Shibuya.

  • WASHOKU: Asakusa’s Newest Restaurant For Experiencing Japanese-Style Cuisine

    07.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Asakusaーone of the hottest spots in Tokyo for sightseeing, ever-bustling with Japanese and foreign tourists and travellers alike. This ancient district is famous not only for its sights, like Sensō-ji (the oldest temple in Tokyo) and the Nakamise-dōri shopping street leading up to it, but for its bountiful offering of gourmet restaurants.

    Today, we’re taking a look at Taikenkei Dining -WASHOKU-, a restaurant which opened in Asakusa on November 19 this year. If you’re looking for the full package when it comes to experiencing Japanese food culture, WASHOKU has customers covered. Not only do they serve food, like traditional Kyoto obanzai, but they offer cultural experience plans too where you can learn to make sushi or dress up in a kimono and walk the old streets of Asakusa.

    WASHOKU’s concept when it comes to both lunch and dinner centres around enjoying Japanese-style food that is colourful. And that rings tantalisingly true with their kaleidoscopic obanzai, which is formed of 12 vivid bite-sized delights. Obanzai is a traditional style of Japanese cuisine that comes from Kyoto, made up of mostly seafood and vegetables. The obanzai served at WASHOKU was conceived under the guidance of nutritionists, and so is packed full of healthy nutrients for the body. Not only that, the ingredients selected are all domestic to Japan, and are of a very high quality.


    The obanzai I ate included fried beni haruka sweet potato which is sourced from Ishida Farmsーa sweet potato growerーin Katori, Chiba. It had a moist texture and rich sweetness. When I sank my teeth into it, I was flushed with feelings of the fall season.

     

    Other foods in the assortment included sashimi, scallop and yuzu, saikyo-yaki Kyoto-style grilled fish, and more. Each mouthful of the selection offered its own distinct and unique flavours.

    The obanzai is served with miso soup too with which you get to choose a miso ball from a variety of flavours to put into your bowl. I went for the sesame seed miso ball.

    The miso ball is made from miso paste and various ingredients. Once placed into the hot water, it melts and turns into miso soup. The sweet light-brown miso was perfect for warming up my chilly self.

    Dinner also features a dessert menu, as well as courses with an all-you-can-drink option, so I recommend these options for people who want to relax and take their time with their dining experience.

     

    As I mentioned earlier, WASHOKU also offers a variety of experience-based plans. This includes a sushi class where you can learn to make your own hand-rolled sushi.

    There are two types of “temari” hand rolled sushi you can make: the regular type, which makes use of tuna, salmon and other classic sushi toppings, and the high quality type, which uses more high-end ingredients like uni sea urchin eggs, caviar, gold leaf, and more. And for foreign customers, the restaurant has prepared a handout detailing the history of Asakusa and recipes, as well as souvenirs for them to take home.

    The MMN team of course had to have a go at making our own sushi, but it proved quite difficult. You have to get the right amount of sushi rice to roll, then actually roll it perfectly into a ball before topping with your ingredients. But the sushi I made was actually really delicious! To attend this class you have to book in advance, so if you’ve never tried making your own sushi before or have an need some guidance, then we can’t recommend it enough.

    As well as food-related experiences, WASHOKU provides customers with three different plans to experience Japanese culture. The first of these is the rickshaw ride, where you board a rickshaw pulled by a runner and are taken around the various sites of Asakusa. The ‘Excursion Around Asakusa Course’ takes you to the most popular spots around Kaminarimon, while the ‘Sky Tree Course’ takes you all the way to the Sumida River, and you also get to see Tokyo Skytree and various other attractions in Asakusa.

    The Edo Kiriko plan gives you the opportunity to cut your own Japanese glass to drink from. You can drink from your glass if you reserve the plan with lunch or dinner.

    Finally, you can rent a kimono. Select your favourite from the shop and have a professional dresser get you readyーwith both your kimono and your hair. After you’re dolled up, you can take a stroll around Asakusa to get a real feel for Japanese culture.

     

    All three of these plans are just ¥3,500 per person, and all require reservations which you can book online.

    So, if you’re looking for a taste of Japanese food and culture, why not take a trip to WASHOKU when visiting Asakusa for an all-in-one experience?

  • Help Me Choose! Japan’s Trending Makeup #3: Autumn & Winter Cosmetics

    30.August.2019 | FASHION / FEATURES

    “Help Me Choose!” is the first ever featured article series where I, Yuri “Yurippa” Suganuma, feature as the writer, model and director.

     

    I’ve been conservative with my eyeliner when doing my makeup recently, instead wanting to go for a more effortless style to convey my eyes. I’ve also been having more fun with eyeshadow, and I’ve wanted to make my lips the centerpiece of my makeup, so I’ve been making additions and subtractions which has slowly led to a more grown-up look.

     

    So, for my recommended autumn/winter cosmetics this time around I’ll be focusing on eyeshadow, lips, and cheeks. These are items I’ve been interested in and am buying. Here’s my review.

    ▶︎THREE

    THREE Dimensional Vision Eye Palette 03 – ¥7,020 (Tax Included)

     

    This palette features four colours, none of which you will ignore. The colours also have different textures including pearl, matte powder, and cream.

     

    Today’s Makeup:

    ①For the whole eyelid

    ②For the undereye

    ③Adds gradation to the double eyelid

    ④Adds accent to the inner corner

     

    I tried playing around a bit! Although I added colour and glitter to the inner corners of my eyes I’m all about it.

     

    According to THREE, this is the order you should put these items on:

    1. Add the ② cream eyeshadow to your whole eyelid

    2.Add the ③ colour as a base around the edge of your ueye

    3.Layer ① on your whole eyelid

    4.Finish with ④ as a highlighter

     

    Using the cream eyeshadow as a base brings out the orange to make it look even better!

     

    Part of the fun of this eye palette is how easily arranged it all is. The colours in this palette in particular are extremely popular.

     

    ▶︎RMK

    RMK Stone Blossom Brush 03 – ¥3,456 (Tax Included)

     

    The thin powder blends softly into your cheeks. It gives gentle colouring while still bringing your whole face to life, making it an indispensable item. And terracotta looks good on anyone.

     

    And how about combining it with this?

     

    RMK Stone Blossom Lips 05 – ¥3,780 (Tax Included)

     

    This lipstick is a smooth cream type. The orange hype is just beginning. It has a slightly deep colour and gives off a casual grown-up vibe. It also has moisturizing ingredients in it making it great for winter when your lips dry up.

     

    By the way, this collection was inspired by the stony beaches of Málaga in Spain. The items are limited-edition so get your hands on them ASAP.

     

    ▶︎CHANEL

    (New Colour) Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme 130 – ¥4,536 (Tax Included)

     

    From my always-favourite Rouge Allure Velvet series comes a new colour and a limited-edition colour from CHANEL! At first glance, No. 130 looks like a deep red, but when you put it on it also has a slight purple tinge to it, serving up a wine colour.

     

    The deep burgundy makes you look like a lady and is sure to captivate. If you’re a girl who loves autumn/winter collections then you won’t be able to resist the colour of this one!

     

    (Limited Edition Colour) Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme 128 – ¥4,536 (Tax Included)

     

    Orange beige. Beige lipstick has yet to become a thing around the world, but this colour isn’t overly plain and even works on myself! The beige has a subtle, healthy orange in it. Another stylish colour from CHANEL.

     

    Another thing I like is how the case is matte (normally in the Velvet series it’s glossy). Autumn/winter vibes, I’m all about it!

     

     

    ▶︎GUERLAIN

    GUERLAIN Glitter Eyeliner 02 KAKI & 03 BURGUNDY – ¥5,508 Each (Tax Included)

     

    This glittery liquid eyeliner gleams and looks just as it does when applied to yourself. It gives your eyes a beautiful impact, and both of this colours are good taste.

     

    ▶︎SHIRO

    SHIRO Ginger Lipstick 9I08 Vintage Brown – ¥4,320 (Tax Included)

     

    SHIRO have released their very first lipstick collection. The vintage brown has a deep, elegant look to it. SHIRO really are amazing. They’ve become a brand I just can’t let go. Everyone who sees this colour says it’s cute. I especially want to recommend this one to those of you who are beginners to orange and browns. It’s a really stylish one.

     

    Incidentally, the brand actually changed its logo to commemorate its 10th anniversary, from “shiro” to “SHIRO.”

     

    “Do you have anything a little more natural?”

     

    ▶︎THE PUBLIC ORGANIC

    THE PUBLIC ORGANIC Essential Oil Colour Lipstick Noble Orange – ¥700 (Tax Included)

     

    This organic cosmetic item is 100% natural. It’s made with the skin in mind to ensure it’s good to it. It also has a nice roughness to it like when taking your makeup off with soap. This terracotta orange adds just a touch of colour so as to make full use of the lips’ natural colour.

     

    This lipstick was originally released as a limited-edition item last year and blew up on social media, but they are set to bring it back as a regular item this year on September 25.

     

     

    ーYurippa’s Closing Commentsー

    In the end, I end up going for deep coloured lips and burgundy eyes every autumn and winter, but with these items they’re not just simply deep reds or browns. When you apply them they have a faint orange or purple in them. I think that was the original intention of those brands. I love little devilish things like that, and so I recognize to the fun of cosmetics year by year.

     

    I’m actually really into the new eyeshadow from TOMFORD, but I wasn’t able to get ahold of it by the photoshoot so I had to leave it out this time, TOMFORD’s eyeshadow is amazing  too!

     

    I’m a girl who loves autumn and winter, so I’m looking forward to the coming seasons. I want to use lots of different coloured items and become an even more beautiful woman―more than in summer and more than I am now!

     

     

    Writer / Model  Yuri Suganuma
    Photographer  / Haruka Yamamoto

    TALENT PROFILE

    Yuri Suganuma

    Yuri Suganuma 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.

  • Roppongi Hills Renovates Food Court Revealing Mouthwatering Michelin Guide Restaurants

    26.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Looking for a delicious Michelin-approved food experience? You surely cannot go wrong with heading to Roppongi Hills; a large-scale development project located in Tokyo, which is known for its nightlife and and shopping. Roppongi Hills is also home to the shopping mall Metro Hat, which is currently renovating its food court on basement floor 2. The foodcourt will have its grand opening on October 29th. 

     

    The renovation will introduce seven new restaurants to the food court. Some of these include ramen shops and Yakitori restaurants which are bringing brand new rare dishes and flavours to the table.

     

    Let’s look at our recommendations:

     

    Ginza Kagari (銀座 篝)

    Chicken Soba: ¥900 (before tax)

    Ginza Kagari is known for their notorious never-ending queues. In 2016 and 2017, it earned a place in the Michelin Guide Tokyo and even became popular overseas. One of their specilaties is their chicken soba. The broth is packed with the goodness and flavour of the entire chicken and even the bones. The flavour of the broth is exquisite and rich. The salt kaeshi sauce which is made from a mix of soy sauce, mirin and sugar goes perfectly with the soup. The salt mixture in the sauce consists of a range of natural salts which contain the natural goodness of the sea and perfectly enhance the flavours of the soup.

     

    Location: Metro Hat Hollywood Plaza Floor B2

    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (L.O: 22:00)
    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/  (The website is scheduled to open during mid October)

     

    Yakitori Kokorikoan (焼鳥 ここりこ庵)

    Yakitori (chicken skewer): ¥200 (before tax)

    You must not miss out on Kokorikoan’s Chicken Skin Hotpot ー a dish that is rare even to Tokyo. This dish is the perfect opportunity to discover a new kind of flavour and a new way to enjoy food. This restaurant prepares their dishes using special and rare cuts of chicken and chicken that is freshly ground in the morning. The chicken is flavored using traditional flavorings such as tare sauce and salt as well as flavorings that are not so conventional in Japan such as balsamic vinegar, herb vinegar, madeira wine, brandy and much more. Each cut of meat is prepared with the most careful methods and best seasonings to fully bring out the flavours. 

     

    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
    Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:00 ー 15:30 (L.O.15:00)  Dinner: 17:00 ー 23:00 (L.O.22:00)

    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/ (The website is scheduled to open during mid October) 

     

     Pintokona (ぴんとこな)

    As a cheap place to enjoy authentic sushi, Pintokona has become a very popular restaurant. Now, it is having a fresh renewal. This sushi is made by using seasonal ingredients from around Japan. From November 1 to 30, there will be an exciting new menu that includes fresh fish from Miyazaki and authentic shochu (Japanese spirit). There will also be a fair that you also should not miss out on. 

     

    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
    Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:00 ー 15:30 (L.O: 15:00) Dinner: 17:00 ー 23:00 (L.O: 22:00)

    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/ (The website is scheduled to open during mid October) 

     

    AFURI(アフリ)

    Yuzu Orange and Salt Ramen: ¥1000 (before tax) 

    Popular ramen shop AFURI sells a ramen with a translucent gold-coloured soup made using the natural spring water that gushes from the foot of Mount Afuri (Mount Oyama) located in the Tanzawa Mountain Range of the Kanto Region. Carefully selected chicken bones, pot herbs, kombu (kelp) and katsuobushi (fermented and smoked fish) is boiled in the water to add to the flavour. The whole wheat flour used to make the noodles creates a wonderfully fresh, chewy texture. The chashu roast pork pieces are freshly barbecued upon each order, creating a fresh and delicious flavour. AFURI also sells vegan ramen which is particularly popular among foreigners.

     

    We have a full report on our heavenly trip to AFURI so if you are curious to find out more, please check out our this article: Introducing AFURI—Harajuku’s Michelin-Starred Ramen Restaurant

     

    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (L.O:22:00)
    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/shops_restaurants/restaurants/00100.html

     

    There are just so many popular shops and restaurants at Metro Hat that you will be spoilt for choice. We hope you enjoy exploring the rich culture of Roppongi. 

  • Indulge in Dainty and Divine Handmade Macarons in a Peaceful and Picturesque Region of Tokyo

    22.August.2019 | FOOD

    If you are a fan of delicious and dainty desserts then DOTORI is definitely for you. DOTORI, which specialises in handmade macarons, will be opening their new branch in the peaceful picturesque Tokyo district of Daikanyama on August 23 2019.

    DOTORI makes and bakes their macarons daily. The macarons here are slightly bigger than your standard ones and are filled with a thick layer of cream. Enjoy the way it melts in your mouth beautifully.

    DOTORI’s divine macarons are not the only blessing to fall upon Daikanyama. The shop is also fully stocked with a variety of drinks that are a perfect match with the macarons. From Milk Bubble Tea and Coffee to Cheese Tea, there is a full lineup of delicious and original DOTORI drinks to discover. 

    Surrounded by the white-themed interior, customers can soak in the beautiful and liberating view of lustrous green trees outside.

    To celebrate the opening of the new shop, there will be a special five-day campaign running from August 23 to 27. The first 50 customers to order a drink on each day of the campaign will receive a free drink carrier with their order. (Limit of one per customer.)

     

    Head to Daikanyama for the divine DOTORI experience you deserve.

  • Mogu Mogu Nippon | Indulging in Oniku no Osushi’s Matsusaka Beef Don in Asakusa

    27.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Asakusa is located in Tokyo and is home to many famous tourist and sightseeing spots such as Sensō-ji Temple and the Kaminarimon Gate. It’s also a place lined with restaurants serving up an array of gourmet dishes.

     

    We have covered many popular cafés and local specialties in Asakusa in MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON. Today, we will take a look at a sushi restaurant called Oniku no Osushi which opened recently where customers can eat sushi served with Japanese wagyu beef. It is the first big name restaurant from the Gion district of Kyoto to arrive in the country’s Kanto region. Since opening its doors, it has been much-talked-about and has enjoyed the hustle and bustle of hungry customers.

    The restaurant is about an 8-minute walk from Akasaka Station via the subway and just a 2-minute walk via Tsukuba Express. You’ll know the restaurant when you see it as the outside of it incorporates a wooden design. Inside, too, wooden planks and pillars decorate the interior.

     

    Matsusaka beef is a brand of beef in Japan made from the meat of Japanese Black cattle that are reared under strict conditions in Matsusaka, Mie. At Oniku no Osushi, customers are able to eat this beef in the form of sushi marbled and with a rare texture.

    I dined together with Chinese model and talent Etsuna. She loves eating out but this was her first time eating rare meat on sushi. We ordered the restaurant’s popular Oniku no Osushi platter and the Gyusen Don (served only at lunchtime).

    Oniku no Osushi Platter (8 Pieces): ¥5,000

    The meat sushi platter comes with eight pieces including two pieces each of lean beef, salted beef, roast beef, and fatty gunkan beef. Excluding the gunkan beef it’s recommended eating each piece from the left as pictured above. Everything is already flavoured so you can eat them as they are.

     

    The gunkan beef is best enjoyed while it is still frozen so I started with that. The cold beef just melts as it enters you mouth. It tastes sweet and has a fatty texture to it. The egg yolk mixes together with the beef on your tongue and gives it an even smoother taste.

     

    The meat of the lean beef, salted beef and roast beef sushi is soft and each is layered with refreshing grated lemon and daikon. When you bite into the succulent meat your taste buds are treated to the sweetness of the fat and the meats’ rich flavours. I was able to taste the distinct qualities of each type.

    Gyusen Don (w/ Cold Miso Soup): ¥2,480

    The Gyusen Don is served at lunchtime only. It contains Matsusaka Gyusen® flakes and Kyoto-style tsukemono pickled vegetables, condiments and bite-sized meat pieces. The presentation of the dish is beautiful! You add soy sauce to it and mix with the egg yolk, and it’s simple irresistible! We made sure to snap a final photo before tucking in.

    The beef of this dish melts in your mouth just like the gunkan beef and blends well with the egg yolk to create a velvety flavour. The dish also has condiments and pickled vegetables too adding to the variety of tastes. If you add wasabi or ginger the flavours are elevated even further, especially when eaten with the Kyoto-style pickled vegetables which creates a spicy tang.

     

    The miso soup that the dish is served with is also Kyoto-style. Wheat starch and pickled vegetables are added to the sweet white broth to create a mellow flavour that goes well with the dish.

    Etsuna gave high praise to the dish too: “It was so delicious. I think there are still a lot of foreigners that don’t know about meat sushi yet, so I think it’ll get popular soon. It’s a bit pricey there are a lot of foreign travelers who want to eat tasty Japanese food, so I recommend it to them.”

     

    Asakusa is famous for its takeaway food to be eaten while walking, but Oniku no Sushi serves up an Asakusa-exclusive gourmet experience too.

    Steamed Rice & Meat: ¥500

    If you’re walking around Asakusa and are feeling peckish, then you should go for steamed rice and meat (おにくの飯蒸し). It’s packed full of beefy flavour.

    What did you think of this little Asakusa lunch trip? Of course, Oniku no Osushi has an evening slot for dinner too, so if you’d like to try some Matsusaka beef then be sure to pay a visit.

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Department)

    Model: 悦奈(Etsuna)

  • Help Me Choose! Japan’s Trending Makeup #2: Yurippa’s Repeat Cosmetic Pickups♡

    05.June.2019 | FASHION / FEATURES

    This is my first ever series I’ve ever been put in charge of as a writer and model.

     

    As long as you’re stocked up on these items, you’re good to go. In this special edition, I will showcase cosmetics that I’m a repeat buyer of and would definitely buy again.

    ▽Skincare

    The first thing I should mention is my skin type.

    ・I have tough skin and so it doesn’t blemish easily

    ・It becomes dull when I have lack of sleep

    ・With my combination skin, it’s easy to spot oily areas (T Zone) and dry areas (around the eyes, U Zone)

     

    Like this.

     

    Using my knowledge of various cosmetics and methods I have tried I would like to showcase my recommendations. (Don’t worry if you don’t have the same skin type as me as some of the items I have picked can be used with other types too, so be sure to take a look.)

     

    Finally, you’ll be happy to know that these can be used during all seasons.

     

    So, ready to give it a go?

     

    ▶︎Dior Capture Youth Series

    Quickly and actively delays the appearance of signs of ageing. This series was created to retain youthful looking skin. There are six serums to choose from which cater to different skin conditions. Each can be used on their own or in combination with your own serum products. I’ve made a custom serum for myself by combining two different types.

     

    1. Intense Rescue Oil (30ml) – ¥12,420 *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

    (Effective against dry skin and helps maintain moisture. Supplements lipids.)

     

    2. Glow Booster (30ml) – ¥12,420 *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

    (Rich in Vitamin C. Leaves skin glowing and feeling invigorated.)

     

    For face lotion, I use 3.Enzyme Solution. It has a refreshing water-like texture and leaves skin moist. Good to use on skin that favours serums in this series.

    Enzyme Solution (150ml) – ¥7,452 *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

     

    For cream, I use 9.Capture Youth Creme. It doesn’t remove the face lotion or the serum and doesn’t feel sticky.

    Capture Youth Age-Delay Advanced Creme (50ml) – ¥12,420 *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

    It’s safe to say that after using this series, I don’t even know what dry skin is anymore. It really is that effective!

     

    ▶︎FEMMUE

    5. Lumière Vital C  (30ml) – ¥8,000 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

    6. Ideal Oil (30ml) – ¥6,000 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

     

    FEMMUE is a really popular brand right now from the hub of beauty, South Korea. Firstly, it’s steeped in fragrance. It’s rich in floral scents like perfume. Simply holding the bottles fills you with a feeling of satisfaction. It leaves your skin feeling clear, smooth and glowing. And though it’s a thick oil, the skin absorbs it extremely well. 10/10 from me!

     

    I might recommend it to girls who’ve just stepped into adulthood, girls who want to look sexy, and those who want to be popular! It’s perfect for skin that blemishes easily.

     

    ▶︎dear mayuko

    7. Innocent Skin Serum (20ml) – ¥8,424 *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

     

    This serum contains sericin which comes from silkworm cocoons. Sericin ensures your skin is moist and is gentle on the skin. Despite being a beauty product the texture of this serum is really silky (like water!) and will leave your skin soft and healthy.

     

    Personally, I recommend using it as a booster serum! It’s an easy way to nourish the skin before putting on any makeup. It will also help things like face lotions and milky lotions soak in better. The serum itself soaks into your skin nice and quickly so it won’t ruin your makeup. Its warm matte texture and colour will leave you looking soft♡

     

    ▶︎Kiehls

    4. Kiehl’s Ultra Face Cream (49g) – ¥4,000 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

    This cream spreads lightly on the skin. It’s also very clear to see that it lets no moisture escape…! That’s how dense this cream is, it’s like it adds a cover to your face. It also doesn’t clear away face lotion or any beauty essences. It reaaally moisturises your skin. This is my 5th or 6th time buying it.

     

    8. Kiehl’s Ultra Face Cleanser – ¥2,800 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

    This can be used on any skin time. (It’s also good for people with eyelash extensions!)

     

    It’s a gel-type cleanser. What’s good about it being gel-type is that cleans off better than oil and yet doesn’t take in unnecessary moisture from the skin. You also don’t get that stretched feeling after you wash your face. This can really be used all season and by anyone. I haven’t used any other cleansers the past three or four times. It’s one I can trust.

     

    ▽Cosmetics

    Be sure to check out my recommended lipsticks from last time too!

    https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/183569

     

     

    ▶︎CANMAKE

    8. Quick Lash Curler (Transparent Type) – ¥680 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

    I often use this as a top coat. It makes it harder for your eyelashes to sag and can be used with any kind of mascara. You get a great product for a cheap price, so there’s no need to feel guilty about picking up something cheap. You’ll end up picking it up multiple times a day, and the cosmetic pouch one stick comes with is sure to come in handy too!

     

    ▶︎BIODERMA

    2. Sensibio H2O – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

    This is a cleansing water to be used with sensitive skin. Pour some onto a cotton pad and simply wipe to remove your makeup without any unwanted excess being left on. It’s a super convenient product to have during those times when your makeup need a quick fix up. It’s often used in makeup shoots too! They have both small and large bottles, so try starting from the handy mini size first ☺

     

    ▶︎M.A.C

    1. Strobe Cream Peachlite – ¥4,500 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

    A glittery pink cream that feels comfortable on the skin. When used as a base for your makeup it will brighten your skin, or when used as a highlight it will glimmer in the light on your shiny skin. It might be nice to add to the décolleté or when you are exposing skin too to add a little something. This item has many different uses!

     

    ▶︎Primavista

    3. Long Keep Base UV – ¥2,800 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

    This product can won’t blemish skin at all even if it’s been working all throughout the day. It goes on gently and soaks up quickly. This means it can be used when you don’t have much time, such as when you’re in a hurry in the morning. It feels so light it makes you wonder whether you’ve even put any on! It also holds up well against sweat and oil so I highly recommend it for the coming season! (It’s been a No. 1 best seller for 9 years in a row.)

     

    As a footnote, I’ll just add that I’m actually a model for Primavista’s products and I’m really glad I discovered them.

     

    ▶︎YSL

    5. TOUCHE ÉCLAT BLUR PRIMER 1 – ¥6,300 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

    This is a makeup base that has gold pearls in it. It fixes the uneven parts of the skin to make it uniform making it perfect for foundation. It has a semi-matte consistency and the goal pearls give your skin a gorgeous gloss.

     

    10. LE CUSHION ENCRE DE PEAU B30 – ¥7,500 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

    This is the covering power, moisturisation and texture I wanted! It feels very light on the face, so much so that it feels like you have none on, but it’s the opposite of useless―it covers the face completely. As expected of them. It’s easy to put on too, just pat it onto your face with a sponge. It’s very durable too!

     

    ▶︎MIMURA

    4. Smooth Skin Cover – ¥4,200 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

    This too is a makeup base and evens out the odds of your face. It’s silky and makes you look extremely beautiful so it’s the perfect accompaniment to makeup. It also thankfully contains SPF20 and PA++ and is free from ethanol, colouring agents and synthetic fragrances, making it kind to skin. I would also recommend it to people with weak skin. This is my second pot ♡

     

     

    ▶︎LANCOME

    6. Grandiôse Mascara (Volume Type) BK – ¥4,200 (Before Tax)

    The rose design of the cap is so cute! This is the No. 1 easiest product to coat. The shape of brush has been carefully calculated to curve with your eyelashes. It does nothing short of bolstering the volume of them. It has also received high praise for how easy it comes off with hot water. But it doesn’t blot either. This one’s for those who want to emphasise their gaze♡

     

     

    ▶︎CLINIQUE

    7. Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula BK – ¥3,780

    We can all relate to mascara becoming clumpy. This formula entwines with each eyelash hair to give big, beautiful eyes. It makes you feel good when applied. Though this is my third time buying it it never fails to make me say out loud to myself, “Wow, how beautiful.” You don’t have to worry about sweat or oil either, plus it comes off easily with hot water♡

     

     

    ▶︎MAYBELLINE

    9. Hyper Sharp Liner BK – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.

    I have loved and used MAYBELLINE since I was a high school student. I’ve used many different eyeliners but always end up returning to the same place. The Hyper Sharp Liner is easy to draw with, doesn’t smear, and the tip of the brush is thin and soft, so drawing on cat eyes is so much easier now. It’s perfect! Get it ASAP!

     

     

    What do you think of my list? The categories are a bit jumbled, but I have listed all the items I highly recommend.

     

    A lot of the items I’ve presented are expensive, but even if they are pricey, the quality is good and the effects they have really work! I wonder if the reason for people in their teens and 20s focus so much on skin care is because they have seen the speed at which you can revitalise your skin, or have the power to ‘rebirth’ oneself.

     

    My skin is changing entirely now compared to back when I thought it was okay to not take care of it. I want to make more recommendations to people at my age and invest in my future self.

     

    Be sure to reference this last, and thank you for reading! Until next time ☺

     

     

    Writer / Model  Yuri Suganuma
    Photographer  / Hikari Shibata

    Translator / Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

    TALENT PROFILE

    Yuri Suganuma

    Yuri Suganuma 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.

  • New sushi restaurant Osushi to washoku hatanaka opens in front of Kanazawa station, Ishikawa!

    25.April.2019 | FOOD

    On 20th April, a new sushi restaurant called Osushi to washoku hatanaka opened in front of JR Kanazawa station, Ishikawa prefecture.

     

    The restaurant’s sushi is made by 29-year-old Ayako Hatanaka, who has had many years of experience training at Japanese restaurants in Kyoto and even at a top-class sushi restaurant in the capital of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur. Talented staff who have experience working abroad have been specially chosen to work here, and so foreigners can stop by this restaurant to order sushi with no trouble at all!

    The restaurant building was once a traditional Kanazawa Machiya merchant house that was built straight after WWII. For the purpose of the restaurant, it was renovated but still maintains the graceful Japanese-style atmosphere The building was formerly used by a fish dealer and so the restaurant decor includes an old fashioned store signboard.

    The menu is filled with sushi made using fish freshly caught from Kanazawa Port. There are also many vegetable side dishes made from vegetables which were nurtured to contain lots of nutrients. The vegetables are sourced from the Hokuriku region, which is the northwestern region of Honshu; Japan’s main island. You can also enjoy the flavour of natural wine as the drinks menu includes Japanese alcohol sourced from the Hokuriku region.

     To celebrate the grand opening, MotionGallery is holding a grand funding event which aims to not only raise money to support the business but will also make it possible to purchase 25% off meal tokens! Already, the funding project has raised over two million yen, which is almost three times the amount that the fund aimed to raise.

     

     

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