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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  • 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.

     

     

  • TV Anime Sarazanmai Inspired Sushi Released at Restaurant Sushizanmai

    02.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    TV anime series Sarazanmai is set to begin airing on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block on April 11, 2019.

     

    As an April Fool’s Joke, Japanese sushi chain Sarazanmai changed their website on April 1 to make it look like they were teaming up with the anime series. Fortunately for fans it turned out to be a real collaboration.

    Eight of the 55 branches of Sushizanmai in the Kanto region of Japan will begin selling a set of 6 sushi pieces inspired by the series for ¥2,160. It will be available from April 11 to May 31. Those who order the sushi will receive one of the six above-pictured lunch mats.

  • 3-Starred Michelin Sushi Chef Opens First Branch in Tokyo

    01.April.2019 | FOOD

    Master Chef Masaki Miyakawa owns a famous sushi restaurant in Hokkaido called Sushi Miyakawa. He is set to bring his legendary menu to Tokyo with his first ever branch in the capital called Sushi Shin by Miyakawa which will open on the 38th floor of Mandarin Oriental Tokyo on April 6, 2019. Online reservations will begin on April 2 at 10:00am (JST).

    There are just five sushi restaurants in Japan that hold three Michelin stars. Masaki Miyakawa is set to bring his decades of sushi experience to sushi lovers in the capital. He will dish out fresh fish and ingredients all shipped from Hokkaido to the restaurant every day.

    One example of the sushi served at the restaurant is the sea urchin sushi which is seasoned perfectly with wasabi and salt and wrapped delicately in seaweed before topping the rice with sweet sea urchin eggs. Each ingredient’s exquisite and delicious flavour is brought out to the max while maintaining a palatable balance.

    The restaurant’s decor too has been thoughtfully considered by Masaki Miyakawa, who will make use of designs crafted by some of the best artisans in Japan. For example, the chairs are made by Shinobu Tanihata, who is famous as a craftsman of kumiko, a traditional wood crafting technique with a history spanning over 1300 years. The restaurant counter is made from cypress wood from a tree that is over 350-years-old while the walls were designed by Japanese mud wall designer Shūhei Hasado.

  • Help Me Choose! Japan’s Trending Makeup: #1 Lipsticks Loved by Everyone!

    22.March.2019 | FASHION / FEATURES

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

    Moshi Moshi Nippon is where I start!

     

    To briefly explain my makeup history, I first became interested in makeup when I was in elementary school after I went to a drugstore and saw cosmetics all lined up. After entering middle school, I was an awkward girl hooked on eyeshadows. I realised in high school that unique people get a lot of attention, and so I wanted to learn more about makeup. Every week, if I had a free moment, I’d pop down to the department store and little by little, deepened my knowledge about cosmetics. At around the age of 22 or 23, I achieved my certification as a “Cosmetics/ Skincare Meister”. (There’s still a lot to learn though…)

     

    At 23, I started writing a series of my own about makeup!
    Even if it’s just a little bit, I want everyone to feel like they can use my articles to help themselves find their favourite cosmetics.

     

    As this is my first ever business, I was obviously quite nervous about a few things.

     

    As the impression that makeup leaves, and everyone’s individual tastes can always completely change in an instant, I made this report which puts the spotlight on lipsticks that are suitable for a range of people!

     

    These are recommendations by Yurippa!

    These lipsticks are perfect for spring and summer!

    If you’re looking for stylish yet affordable lipsticks, join me and take a peak of my world of makeup through my eyes!

     

    ▽ Yurippa’s recommended lipsticks!

    3CE  MOOD RECIPE MATTE LIP COLOR #909 ¥2160

    Feels like a cream when you spread it on your lips.

    A matte finish colour that sticks to your lips.

    Very good colouring

    Slightly deep red coral…

    Gives an adult-like impression!

    Coordination ideas: Perfect highlight for an all black outfit or a white shirt, or all navy look. I think it would make a great contrast with blue!

    Suitable for all skin types (yellow base, blue base)

    No matter where you go, you’ll be complimented for your lipstick coordination ♡

    To buy this, search for ”3ce” lipstick

    It’ll be somewhere around the 4th or 5th link down. Look out for the product number #909.

    This is a very popular lipstick!

     

    ・another item・

     

    M・A・C

    (Left)Dubonnet ¥3240

    Matte finish wine purple colour.

    Deep with an edgy finish.

    M・A・C lipstick colours are very defined and difficult to rub off!

    You don’t even need to top up very much throughout the day.

     

    (Right)Chili (MINI size) ¥1404

    This is an orange brown matte lipstick.

    There are many models these days who use this colour.

    If you are not sure what colour suits you, you can play it safe with this.

    All these lipsticks smell like vanilla.

    ※M・A・C lipstick is sold at some stores.

     

    CHANEL Rouge, Allure, Velvet series ¥4536

    These are also matte lipsticks.

    If you compare the feel of 3CE and M・A・C lipsticks, you’ll find they both have a different matte texture.

    You can really feel the moisture in this!!

    A smooth, matte finish.

    I’m way too keen on this series. I mainly have lipsticks from the colour version.

    The texture, quality of colour, and the exquisite choice of colour is what makes this lipstick so addictive!

     

     

    (Left)No.58 Rouge Vie

    Deep, strong red

    (Right)No.61 La Secrete

    Salmon pink

     

    ▽2019 Perfect for spring and summer Lip

    ADDICTION  Lipstick Sheer 003 cherry cherry ¥3024

    Finally here’s a non-matte lipstick that I like! Haha…

    But despite I love matte lipsticks so much, this lipstick just has the cutest texture! I fell in love with it at first sight.

    The transparency is perfect for the shade of red.

    Despite the strong red colour, it is rather transparent, giving a “pop” look.

    The more you apply, the cuter your lips!

    How about wearing a white shirt to match your red lips?

    …or a patterned shirt, woven bag and denim bottoms??

    Allow yourself to be driven by the wild feeling of spring and summer fashion. This lipstick is a must for your handbag!

    I really want to wear cherry earrings to match the lipstick!

     

    shiro ginger lip butter(lip gloss)9C06 copper brown  ¥4104

    A matte brown-orange.

    This is quite a fashionable colour that will make you appear more like an adult.

    A lip balm and gloss in one! No need to apply a balm as a base to stop your lips from drying out.

    The shade is rather nice and the colouring is perfect.

    The small touch of gloss will make you seem more adult-like ♡

    It has a smooth texture and spreads smoothly!

    The natural scent of ginger makes it seem just like an organic cosmetics product like “shiro”.

    Look no further for a lipstick you can use all year round!

    The new colours came out on 7th March as a product not just for spring and summer, but also autumn and winter.

     

    Celvoke  Enthrall gloss 03 ¥3024

    Orange/brown, glossy and plenty of moisture.

    This will give you the plump lips that every girl wants!

    As the colour is quite toned-down and dark, use a subtle amount of eyeshadow,  give your cheeks a matte finish and your lips will become the glossy accent to finish your look!

     

    ▽ Stylish yet affordable!

    CANMAKE Lip Tint Matte 03 rose ¥650

    This is a rather girly rose pink.

    Although this is a strong-coloured lip tint, it holds moisture so you don’t have to worry about your lips drying out.

    Spreads completely over your lips perfectly.

    You would look so cute if you combined this with a floral outfit or gingham checks♡

     

    01 coral

    04 Terracotta red

     

    ・INTEGRATE Silky Matte Lip(Lip/cheek colour)PK384 ¥1296

    Bright coral with a slight glossy semi-matte finish.

    This is a fresh colour which will brighten your face.

    Enjoy the light texture as you apply it.

    As you can colour both your cheeks and your lips with this lipstick, this is perfect for those of you with busy mornings or those of you who are not good at makeup and are uncertain of how to balance colours!

    This is an easy way to achieve a balanced look!

     

    ~ <Extra!> If you get your hands on this you should celebrate! ~

    Pat McGrath is a hair and makeup artist. She owns the makeup brand “Pat McGrath”♡

    She still hasn’t been to Japan.

    She is involved in famous fashion show brands and collections and is a hair and makeup specialist.

    From the packet design, these products overflow with cuteness!

    The smooth matte lipstick is absolutely perfect when it comes to durability and colour.

    This high-quality lipstick is a leading lipstick ー no doubt about it!

    Just how people buy CDs because of the awesome CD designs, you might end up getting this just for the packaging!

     

    ・Pat McGrath MATTETRANCE LIPSTICK

    Elson 2  (The Perfect Red) ¥4752

    Omi (Mid-tone Rose) ¥4752

    (The packaging and the lipstick are just so beautiful!)

    You can purchase these online.

    I don’t think there’s many people who use these lipsticks!

    If you have them, you can boast about your fashion to others! ☺︎

    That’s all!

     

    …and that wraps up my personal lipstick report!

    I didn’t even realise that I wrote an entire report…

    I want to continue with a second and even third series!

    I aim to write these reports in a style that creates a close connection with my readers.

    If you want to ask questions or need advice, I’m making an advice corner where you can reach me personally!

    Let’s be friends!

     

     

     

    Writer / Model  Yuri Suganuma

    Photographer    Haruka Yamamoto

    Make & Hair      Yusuke Hashimoto

  • Conveyor Belt Sushi Chain Kura Sushi Unveils ‘KURA BURGER’

    26.February.2019 | FOOD

    Japanese sushi chain Revolving Sushi Bar Kurasushi has revealed two new delicious burger items it is adding to its conveyor belt line-up at all branches from March 1: the KURA BURGER Fish (an industry first) and the KURA BURGER Meat.

    The KURA BURGER Fish contains fish caught in the waters of Japan. The patty is juicy and complemented by the delicious taste of fish, spices and sauce.

    The KURA BURGER Meat is a classic yet scrumptious beef burger served with ketchup.

    The burger buns are made from rice flour, giving them a tantalisingly chewy texture, and also contain black vinegar to make them fluffier and add a touch of sweetness.

    Each burger s also topped with spring onion tempura which are crunchy on the outside and juicy in the middle. This combination of Japanese ingredients into a burger make for a matchless experience for your taste buds. Head to Kura Sushi to try them yourself.

  • Travel Japan #5: Experiencing Everyday Life in Japan at a Supermarket in Kyoto

    25.February.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    After getting to know some Kyoto history I wanted to know more about today’s Kyoto. The enormous and modern terminal of Kyoto Station contrasts with the temples I’m so interested in. The two co-exist in harmony. I could see Kyoto Tower through the glass – it stood tall like it was watching over this ever-changing city. I will change my perspective today and walk the streets like the locals who live here in Kyoto.

    My destination is undecided. It’s nice to surrender yourself to the flow of the people once in a while and head towards your goal as in Amidakuji (Ghost Leg lottery). Because I’ve learnt on my trip that you can encounter wonderful things by chance on occasion.

    The glass walkway is like a tunnel into the future.

    I look at my reflection in the window and see I have become more of an adult.

    Stood there I gaze for a long time up at Kyoto Tower. As I stare I think about how the city changes, people change, the days transition, but how there are also things I want to stay the same.

    The next place I head to is Aeon Mall, a shopping centre close to Kyoto Station. This is a foreign supermarket to for me, so I get excited. It’s like sifting through a toy box.

     

    An ordinary day for the people living in this country is an extraordinary day for me.

    Each and every thing in there is something I’ve never laid eyes on before.

     

    I walk around, forgetting about the passage of time, and get a glimpse into the simple yet happy lifestyle of people.

    There’s a conveyor belt sushi restaurant in the mall, something I had been yearning for.

    I wonder if my friends would laugh if I told them that the sushi coming round on a conveyor belt is like something out of a Tim Burton movie?

    I feel like the protagonist of that film as I eat the sushi that rolls on by.

    I visited a general store where everything is sold for ¥100.

    I bought a letter set from here and wrote a letter to my precious friend.

     

    To my beloved friend,

     

    Japan is a really wonderful place.

    I’m determined to absorb everything I see and experience in the limited time I have here.

    I don’t know what I will discover on this trip, what I am heading towards.

    It’s hard to describe in words, but I will continue my travels.

     

    Model: Mala Morgan

     

     

    Aeon Mall Kyoto: A Japan-packed shopping mall 10 minutes on foot from Kyoto Station

    Aeon Mall Kyoto is just a 10-minute walk from Kyoto Station. Its shelves are lined with daily necessities, you can dine there, buy souvenirs and more. On Weekends and national holidays there are free shuttles bus that runs every 15 minutes from Kyoto Station’s Hachijoguchi Exit which is very convenient for travellers with heavy luggage.

     

    I really recommend visiting if ever you’re in Kyoto.

     

    Aeon Mall Kyoto

    Address: 1 Nishikujō Toriiguchichō, Minami Ward, Kyoto

    Business Hours: Different for each store. Please visit the mall’s website below to check opening hours.

    Website: http://kyoto-aeonmall.com/

     

    KOHYO (Aeon Mall Kyoto – Sakura Building Floor 1F)

    KOHYO is a supermarket that sells various Japanese goods. I get my hands on a range of daily necessities and ingredients as I feel with my own skin what it’s like to real live life in Japan.

     

    Business Hours: 9:00-22:00

    Website: http://www.kohyo.co.jp/

     

    Kaiten Sushi Uogashi (Aeon Mall Kyoto – Sakura Building Floor 4F)

    Kaiten Sushi Uogashi is a conveyor belt sushi restaurant that sells over 20 types of seafood everyday. The ingredients change each day. I reconfirm that I really am in Japan as I tuck into my delicious sushi.

     

    Business Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)

    Website: http://www.maruchu-sushi.com/

     

    DAISO (Aeon Mall Kyoto – Kaede Building Floor 4F)

    DAISO stocks new products every single day. There are ¥100-type stores in every country, but the ones in Japan really are something special! They have so many items that make for perfect souvenirs. It’s an irresistible place for girls who love shopping so I’ve got to tell my friends about it.

     

    Business Hours: 10-00-21:00

    Website: http://www.daiso-sangyo.co.jp/

  • New York Imported Sushi Restaurant Sushi Cafe Taro Undergoes Renovation

    24.February.2019 | FOOD

    Sushi Cafe Taro, a sushi restaurant that opened in Sangenjaya, Tokyo in December last year to successful popularity, is currently undergoing renovation and will reopen on March 1, 2019. The restaurant is a branch of the Brooklyn-based sushi restaurant Taro Sushi.

    Japanese sushi has become popular worldwide. Each country creates their own version and styles of the food, and Sushi Cafe Taro serves it New York Style. They sell the instantly-recognisable California roll sushi which is actually a rare sight in Japan as well as other kinds of sushi rolls, all at an affordable price.

     

    Below is the restaurant’s recommended menu item which is being made even better for the reopening.

    Salmon Avocado Roll: ¥480

    The roll is made with salmon from Alaska and complemented with avocado. Salmon is much more popular than tuna in the US which is the big fish in Japan.

     

    Other picks include the Shrimp Tempura Roll made with large and tender Whiteleg shrimp and spicy sauce, the Una Avo Roll made with eel and avocado―a combination you wouldn’t normally see in Japan―and much more.

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