MMN Festival 2018: Review of Airbnb Tours Held by Popular Japanese Models

11.April.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES / FES / SPOT

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA was held across the weekend of March 24 and 25 and promoted Japanese culture to the world from Shibuya. The event ended with huge success.

 

One of the popular aspects of the event were the original tours held in collaboration with Airbnb. Three models who performed on stage at the festival’s Harajuku Kawaii Market, presented by Mynavi Baito, became guides and took attendees on their own original tours.

 

Let’s review each of the tours so you can get a feel for walking the streets of Harajuku and participating in workshops with the models!

 

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Guide: Yuri Suganuma – Getting Involved in a Workshop with Yuri Suganuma

Yuri ‘Yurippa’ Suganuma worked as a guide at the Swag Workshop. She learned how to make a ‘swag’ from Asami Char Tanabe, a popular type of wall decoration similar to a wreath.

 

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What colours shall we go with?” “Aah, that’s cute!” Yurippa and those who got involved in the workshop were back and forth with each other having fun.

At the end of the workshop, everyone held their swag for a photo. It was a special workshop for those involved, who also posted their photos on social media.

 

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Guide: Saki Shibata – Shibatabi

Saki ‘Shibasaki’ Shibata held a tour on both days of the festival called ‘Shibatabi,’ a play on her nickname where ‘tabi’ means a ‘trip’ or to travel.

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On the 24th, Shibasaki took part in the CHACO workshop, something she had always been interested in. Everyone made matching piercings and earrings together before eating some lunch later on.

 

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Originally, the group were scheduled to go to Cat Street for some shopping, but the weather was too good, and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. So, they had a change of plan and instead made a trip to Yoyogi Park. They spent hanami strolling through the park.

 

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To wrap up, they walked back to their starting point of SHIBUYA CAST, ending the first day of Shibatabi.

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On the 25th, Shibatabi began with dressing up in kimono! Each person in the group had their kimono fitted in succession, and when everyone had theirs on they departed for Onden Shrine. There, they admired the booths such as the target practice game and glimpsed the performances on stage. To commemorate the day, they received a goushuin, before heading to their next destination SHANTi. This is Shibasaki’s favourite curry soup restaurant. Everyone enjoyed eating curry together before heading back to SHIBUYA CAST and scattering

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Shibatabi was like hanging out as friends with Shibasaki. She plans to hold it again every now and then, so be sure to keep up to date with her social media or check the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON website and our social media too.

 

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Guide: Ayumi Seto – Aymmy in the batty girls Tour

Model and designer Ayumi Seto gave a tour of ‘Aymmy in the batty girls.’ The first half of the tour centered around a workshop. Everyone created their own original mugs using Aymmy designs.

 

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 The tickets for this tour were like golden tickets as there were only 5 available. Those lucky few who obtained one were a little nervous in front of Ayumi.

 

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Following the workshop was a trip to the Aymmy in the batty girls store, where everyone was given tips and trucks for co-ords and styling with this year’s spring and summer items.

 

If you were one of the people who was able to spend a wonderful day on one of these exclusive tours: how did you find it?

 

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON will be teaming up with Airbnb again to hold future tours the way we know how. If you want the chance to get involved with one, then be sure to stay up to date via our website and social media.

 

 

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MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA – Summary

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

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    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.

     

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    ▶︎Dior Capture Youth Series

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    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.

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    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.

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    ▶︎FEMMUE

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    ▶︎dear mayuko

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    ▶︎Kiehls

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    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.

     

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    ▶︎CANMAKE

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    ▶︎BIODERMA

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    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.

  • Aymmy in the batty girls’s New Spring Fashion Items

    03.April.2019 | FASHION / FEATURES

    Aymmy in the batty girls is a fashion brand led by Ayumi Seto. I took a trip to the store’s press room together with Chinese model Etsuna to see the brand’s new spring collection.

     

    First up, Etsuna & Ayumi’s casual attire!

    “I normally wear a lot of pastel-coloured clothes, but today I came wearing a bright rose pink one piece to look like Ayumi! I was also happy Ayumi was wearing the same coloured pants as me.” ―Estuna

    Shirt: ¥14,040 / Pants with Belt: ¥18,360 (All Tax Included)

    “I coordinated this outfit using Aymmy’s new items. The sparkly buckle on the pants is an important piece so I wore shiny earrings and glasses to go with it. I also combined the purple in the shirt design with the pants, so even though I have both the patterns and flashy coloured pants it all comes together.” ―Ayumi

     

    Aymmy in the batty girls’s recommended spring items

    The theme for Aymmy in the batty girls’s items this season is “Blooming Garden Picnic.” They maintain that typical Aymmy feel while mixing in springtime motifs like daisies and tulips. The collection is made to make you feel like you’re by the flower beds having a picnic.

     

    Which item do they recommend this most?

    One Piece: ¥22,680 (Tax Included)

    “This slim-fit knitwear is something I want to see combined with the checkered one piece. It’s made tight and minimalist and can be worn stylishly and girly. The collar and sleeves are also rainbow coloured.” ―Ayumi

     

    Knitted Polo: ¥10,800 (Tax Included)

    “This slim-fit knitwear is something I want to see combined with the checkered one piece. It’s made tight and minimalist and can be worn stylishly and girly. The collar and sleeves are also rainbow coloured.” ―Ayumi

     

    Cardigan: ¥14,040 (Tax Included)

    “Glitter is in the spotlight this spring, so I recommend this knitted glitter cardigan too. The sleeves have frills to make you look cute. Another highlight is the red ribbon.” ―Ayumi

     

    PVC Bag: ¥7,560 (Tax Included)

    “The number one most popular items at our exhibition were these three PVC bags. They come in three different colours. They are transparent so you can see the contents inside which I think is cute. I recommend the red one to those who don’t want their things to be seen though, that one is harder to see through. We made the handles long too so they can be worn from the shoulder!” ―Ayumi

     

    Etsuna & Aymmy’s outfit showdown!

    At Etsuna’s request Aymmy did her styling for her!

    One Piece: ¥17,820 / Cardigan: ¥14,040 / Beret: ¥8,640 (All Tax Included)

    “Estuna’s image is pink, so I tried to give the outfit a spring vibe by combining pink and green. The gingham one piece has a high waist and can be used to alter to change how it looks so you can make yourself look even more stylish.” ―Ayumi

     

    Next, Etsuna did Ayumi’s styling.

    Sweater: ¥9,720 / Skirt: ¥17,280 / Blouse: ¥12,960 / Cap: ¥5,400 (All Tax Included)

    “Ayumi normally goes for a boyish look, so I wanted to make her more girly so I mixed in a dotted blouse. I combined red and white to make her look like Lolita from the movie.” ―Estuna

     

    Estuna was very happy with her first ever visit to the Aymmy press room. She comments: “Back when Ayumi used to be a frequent model in magazines, I often saw her cute boyish style. I am moved to be able to actually meet the person whom I admired. I can see she has become more of an adult since the magazines, but the base of her hasn’t changed one bit!”

     

    Aymmy in the batty girls’s new item collection can be bought from the brand’s official website or via Amazon. Those living overseas can purchase them on Amazon too. There are plenty of other cute items we couldn’t show today too, so be sure to check them out and enjoy filling up your wardrobe for Spring 2019!

     

    Etsuna also made a video about her trip over on her Weibo page, so check that out below too.

    https://weibo.com/1053701534/HnKj48RL9

     

    Model / Ayumi Seto Etsuna

    Writer / Sayoko Ishii

    Photographer / Kayo Sekiguchi

  • 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

  • Learn About Shimane Prefecture’s Oki Islands with Japanese Model Saki Shibata

    15.March.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    On March 2, 2019 Japanese model Saki Shibata, along with nine others, carried out a research project entitled “Research Lab on the Charms of Oki” (隠岐のお気に入り研究所) to come up with a travel plan for the Oki Islands.

    The Oki Islands are part of Shimane Prefecture. There are over 180 islands in total, sixteen of which are named, but only four of which are inhabited by humans. These can be visited via a ferry or high-speed boat.

     

    The islands were formed almost 6 million years ago from volcanic activity. In September 2014, the islands were designated a UNESCO Global Geopark for their rich land and unique flora and fauna, history and culture. Visiting the islands offers the opportunity to experience unique nature you can’t anywhere else in Japan. It is a place to enjoy characteristic culture of a different locale.

     

    If you flip over a map of Japan you will also see that the Sea of Japan side of the islands are in the centre of the country. The Oki Islands also used to bustle with people as the doorstep to Japanese trade.

    Saki Shibata visited the Oki Islands for the first time last year. She saw the bright red and immense Matengai Cliffs formed by the volcanoes’ magma, the sea waves, felt the breeze in her hair and more. See her full nature-packed trip here.

     

    An island local proposed her desire to show the wonder of the Oki Islands to the people of the world, and so the “Research Lab on the Charms of Oki” was formed. Saki, having already experienced those charms, was appointed Research Leader, and recruited other fellow members to join. She would convey her experiences and time spent on the islands for everybody to learn more about them so they could think up a travel plan together.

    The event began with project leader Saki Shibata greeting everybody. She spoke about her memories of the Oki Islands and expressed enthusiasm to create a wonderful travel plan to the participants. Her talk was accompanied by slideshows with which she presented photos taken during her trip last year.

    Saki played back through her mind how overwhelmed she was by the islands’ nature and how warm and welcoming the locals were. All the other research members were absorbed in her talk and listened intently.

    After Saki said her piece, a member of the Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark Association―which seeks to promote the charms of Oki Islands―spoke about Oki.

     

    A “geopark” is a location with valuable geological features and forms and promotes the well-being of people living there through education and tourism.

     

    Japan has nine officially-designated UNESCO Global Geoparks, one of them being the Oki Islands. Check out the video above which includes drone footage showcasing the expanse of nature there. It makes you want to see it with your very own eyes.

    The group subsequently went on to creating a travel plan for the Oki Islands. Each member wrote down where they wanted to visit in Oki amongst other things.

    They asked questions to the Geopark associate such as whether you can fish squid there, do skydiving and so on. When the group were asked what they had written down, all 9 of them had said they wanted to try eating Okigyu, or “Oki Beef.” Local food is an absolute must to include on any travel plan.

    Saki and her fellow research members’ original plan is complete, full of ways to feel the full power of Oki’s nature.

    After learning about Oki, everybody got to try specialty products from the island. They lapped up the flavours of Oki while listening to Saki speak more about her time there.

    Oki is famous for “Haruka,” a type of Iwagaki oyster. They are a brand of oyster raised in the beautiful waters of Nakanoshima in the town of Ama. They also tried other local delights such as turbo sazae rice balls, seaweed miso soup, sake lees crackers and kojouyu miso, fukugi tea and more.

    Obsidian

    Salted Polvorón Cookies (Oki Kisen Shoji) / Sake Lees Crackers (Oki Brewery) / Sake Lees Soap (jimono) / Fukugi Mist (jimono) / Fukugi Tea (Amacho Sakura no Ie)

    At the end of the event, Saki and the members were given an obsidian key ring and batch of Oki souvenirs from the associate. Though the event took place in Tokyo, everybody was able to get their fill of Oki.

    If you read this article and are interested in the Oki Islands, then we have some good news. All of the specialty products and souvenirs shown can be bought at Rito Kitchen Nihombashi who carried out this event. These aren’t easy to get your hands on unless you visit the islands, so if you’re in Tokyo, be sure to visit and enjoy the flavours of the Oki Islands.

  • Explore the Beautiful Agriculture of Tokunoshima Island with Saki Shibata

    06.February.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Saki Shibata loves travel, both in her personal and work life. She was recently appointed ambassador of the Tokunoshima Island Gem Project.

    Her position runs until March 31, and during that time she is going to introduce to all of us the “gems,” or things made on the island, as well as its allures and charms.

    Saki receives her official ambassador certificate. “I will put my all into promoting the appeals of Tokunoshima. Let’s all work hard, together!” she says with enthusiasm and a smile.

     

    View this post on Instagram

     

    しばさき 柴田紗希さん(@shibasaaki)がシェアした投稿

    To know the products, Saki must first learn about the people making them and where. She gets her hands on a tourist guidebook of Tokunoshima and studies. The island is approximately 470km south of mainland Kagoshima. It takes about an hour to get from there to the island in a plane. It’s also famous for triathlons and bullfighting.

    The main produce farmed on Tokunoshima is sugarcane. You can see sugarcane growing all over the island, and there are lots of different products made from sugarcane in souvenir shops.

    There is a rare and unusual product made from the island’s sugarcane “Shima no Napoleon.” It’s a type of sugarcane shochu sold on the island, outside of which only Amami Ōshima has special approval to make it, a neighbouring island. Saki saw the alcohol in shops and restaurants on Tokunoshima.

    Sugarcane shochu demands delicate control and management in the production process. Multiple types of storage vessels are used to contain it. Saki felt even more so just how special Shima no Napoleon is when she saw the place it was being made.

    There are plenty more special products being made from the sugarcane too. This includes additive-free cookies. They are sold in various flavours and are made on Tokunoshima. The manager said that the cookies came about from a desire to stock more products in the island’s souvenir shops using things available on the island. Much trial and error was put into crafting the best possible cookies.

    You can get them in stylish pouches or high quality packaging for that proper souvenir feel. The box type is really cute!

    The manager also kindly showed us around the factory. He has a wonderful smile!

    Saki was healed by the harmonious and peaceful atmosphere of everybody working.

    The next place Saki headed to was Tomita, an industrial association in Tokunoshima where they make raw peanuts. Tokunoshima is a producer of peanuts which has earned them the name Jimame, or “land of legumes.”

    The reason they sell the peanuts raw is because they want people to eat them with the flavour of their choosing at home. They also come with some simple recipes. Also, when planted, the raw peanuts give rise to sprouts in just a few days. People planting their own peanuts is something they want to encourage too.

    Let’s take a look at some of the other wonderful products. The Papaya Spice, a product of Okayama, goes well sprinkled lightly on meat, helping to bring out the meat’s full flavour. It’s packed with papaya enzymes and is supposed to be good when dieting.

     

    The Buta Miso is an accompaniment to a meal and is made from Berkshire pig, ginger, peanuts and other ingredients.

    If you want to visit Tokunoshima but haven’t got time then we’ve got some good news for you! If you’re in Tokyo between February 9 and March 8 this year, all of the “gems” you’ve seen up to now and more can be bought at Rito Kitchen in Nihonbashi. These are available for a limited time only, so head on over ASAP and enjoy the flavours of Tokunoshima.

     

    ■Information

    Rito Kitchen Nihonbashi

    Address: YUITO Nihonbashi Muromachi Nomura Building Floor B1F, 2-4-3 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-6225-2095

     

    Here are the products that Saki was most interested in when visiting Tokunoshima.

     

    The first is Shima no Hachimitsu, or “Island Honey” made by Shigeaki Maeda. This raw honey contains no sugar or additives. It has a very organic flavour that lets you taste the nature of Tokunoshima.

    Mr. Maeda handles every part of the manual labour effort when creating his honey, from collecting bees to operating the centrifuge to packaging. He understands customers may become worried as the concentrated honey solidifies when it’s stored below 14℃ (though this does not affect its quality, he explains), so he sells it from springtime.

    Contact:Shigeaki Maeda #201 5553-8 Kamezu Tokunoshima-cho Oshimagun Kagoshina

     

    This is called a Great Green Turban. You often see them spanning 20cm on Amami Ōshima, and you can even prep and cook them. Saki made them herself during her stay and enjoyed pasta and curry.

    Blue Shell, a Great Green Turban workshop, uses their mother-of-pearls to create beautiful stamps. Each and every one is handmade by the owner Umeyama, so all of them have their own unique forms and shapes.

     

    You can’t miss out on products made with oranges native to Tokunoshima either. The Dressing Candy, a brand of ponzu, is made with orange juice and fine powder and uses absolutely no agrochemicals. It’s a product that’s hard to get your hands on anywhere else.

     

    The 100% orange juice too is full of nutritional value and has even been called a “high power food.”

    Tokunoshima Airport is nicknamed Kodakara Kuukou, or “the airport treasured with children.” This comes from the high birth rate up and down the island. When you exit the airport you see women dubbed Nesugatayama as they look like the mountains when laying down. The airport is supposed to give you very good luck!

    Try discovering the beautiful charms of Tokunoshima yourself too like Saki, the ambassador of the Tokunoshima Island Gem Project, and be sure to visit Rito Kitchen too to enjoy the natural flavours of the island if you can’t make the trip.

  • Rikako Ōya’s #OOTD (September 2018)

    27.September.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES

    Rikako “Ricopin” is a Japanese model and this is her featured article series in which she delivers the latest fashion from Japan.

     

    For her 8th entry to the series, Ricopin is serving us a “Neo-Punk Mix” theme. The style incorporates elements of hardcore punk while lacing it with the kind of street and girly vibes that are in today―Ricopin style. She’s also joined once more by Yuri Suganuma again this month in her personal co-ord section.

     

    Street Mix means playing with colours & designs

    The t-shirt and knitted fabric pants have that 90s street style vibe to them. Nonchalantly added to that is checkered outerwear and a pair of boots which act as her punk components. By daring to add these colours it creates a unique, one-step-ahead of the pack punk style.

     

    KAWI JAMELE (LTN Showrooms): T-Shirt ¥2,800, Knitted Pants ¥11,800, Knitted Beret ¥2,800, Boots ¥13,800

    *Everything else are items from the stylist.

     

     

    An orthodox punk look with leather and a checkered pattern

    The leather jacket and checkered skirt alone give that “hard” look – they’re an indispensable combination in punk. The bright red t-shirt adds a change to the look while the long length of the skirt adds the kind of silhouette that’s in right now.

     

    Aymmy in the batty girls: T-Shirt ¥7,500, Checkered Long Skirt ¥22,000

    *Everything else are items from the stylist.

     

    Serving spicy sweetness with a rockabilly mix

    This style combines a glittery top with a circular skirt that falls gently. These girly monotone items serve a 50s rockabilly style while the redness of the hat give a punk element.

     

    Aymmy in the batty girls: Beret ¥8,000, Skirt ¥14,000 / KAWI JAMELE (LTN Showroom): Shoes ¥12,800

    *Everything else are items from the stylist.

     

    <Ricopin’s Thoughts>

    “I’ve loved that hard style since long ago. During middle school I was crazy on black co-ords, and before that I wore a lot of leather accessories. But this time I did things like combining a jacket with a deep blue checkered pattern, and added more colours to the co-ords. Even thought it was in the ‘hard’ realm I really felt a newness! The purple and orange combination in the first co-ord is also my theme colour for this year. I also added purple lipstick to match. Just wearing that really brings out your face. It makes you look stylish so I recommend it. The styling of the third co-ord with the checkered skirt is my favourite! The glitter material and skirt seem girly but they’re also cool. It seems easy to look flashy by just adding small accessories. The truth is whenever I go shopping after doing these shoots [for this article series] I’m learning while remembering how I combined things. Up to now I’ve done a lot of styles that are more bright and cheerful so for autumn and winter I sure want to go for something chic and cool!”

     

    Cooperating Stores

    LTN Showroom (KAWI JAMELE) (03-6690-8776), Aymmy in the batty girls  (03-3470-0140)

     

    In this section, Style Leader Ricopin shows us what clothes she’s into right now. This month she’s joined again by Yuri Suganuma, a model who Ricopin has much respect and affection for.

     

    Serving autumn with colours that are more chic than usual

    <Ricopin Interview>

    “I haven’t owned a lot of autumn browns and smoky colours up to now, but recently I’ve been wearing beige Chinos, and I like incorporating pink beige like today, so I’ve started collecting them. They are mellow colours but have their standout traits. I’m losing my strength to them they’re so easy to get by with (laughs). For example although t-shirts are standard simply changing the colour makes it autumn-like and changes the entire feel. That’s what I’m showing. I combined it with black but short pants and sandals aren’t too heavy and look good for the turning point of the seasons. It was a very fun photo shoot♡”

     

    <Yuri Suganuma Interview>

    “The first thing that popped into my head for this autumn coloured shoot was the colour orange. The orange skirt and orange logo on the t-shirt gives a sense of uniformity.The skirt and boots are also leather. Heavy material like that brings out the seasonal vibes. Incidentally, when I came up with this outfit, I realised the colours felt Halloween-y and thought ‘this really is an autumn outfit!’ (laughs) And Ricopin combined beige with black so we look like twins which I’m glad about!”

  • Experience Japanese Culture #5: Film camera part 2 – developing and printing pictures for the first time!

    13.July.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Welcome to Model Yuri Suganuma’s series where she discovers a new hobby! This is a continuation from her previous article where she first discovers her love for film cameras. Lately, she’s becoming more absorbed in this hobby, and after paying a visit to a second-hand camera shop in Shinjuku, she managed to get her hands on her dream camera! However, unless she gets her photos developed and printed, or gets them transferred into a digital format, she won’t be able to see any of her pictures. Upon this realisation, she travelled to Gakuei-daigaku station because her favourite photo shop “monogram” is located on this street. Presenting her much-loved film camera along with her first film roll full of dear memories to the staff, they took it off her hands to get the photos developed and printed. Monogram is known to take a lot of care in printing their photos perfectly. Did any of Yurippa’s photos really catch her eye?

    “This photo shop has such a cool image!” exclaimed Yurippa. She brought along with her two films she had taken with a film compact camera that she bought last month. She managed to restrain herself from getting them developed as soon as possible, committing to the decision to get them developed at an opportunity where we could also tag along!

    After Yurippa handed the undeveloped film to the staff, they asked her a series of questions: would you like prints or digital photos on a CD? What size would you like the prints? What kind of photo paper would you like them to be printed on? And lastly, would you like a white border on your prints? Yurippa couldn’t believe just how much choice she was given! That’s right – monogram can fulfil this many requests! Yurippa wanted a copy of the photos on her phone as well as prints so she asked for both digital photos on CD and prints on matte paper with a white border.

    Another cool service offered by monogram is that you can choose to have a colour tint on your photos. Monogram is also popular because of their ability to adjust the colours for printed and digitalised negative photos. There aren’t many photo shops around like this that will adjust the colours for you. They will also avoid loading their conversations with technical terms (unless you want them to). Yurippa asked for “California style” vivid photographs. They wrote down her order – take a look at her order sheet! Can you see just how unique monogram is in comparison to other photo shops? Yurippa waited in excitement to witness the outcome.

    They really proved their ability to produce special photos! First off, they placed the film in the developer. As well as developing solution, there are a range of chemicals in the machine. Afterwards, the film was processed for negative photos.

    The negative images were scanned and then printed on photo paper. This is the stage at which they were made into California style photographs. Three staff members at monogram overlooked the printing process. As each has their own unique style of printing, they can be designated to certain customers. This truly is the real world of a photography specialists! The staff just say: “leave it to us”, and they adjust the colours to complement the photo!

    Whilst waiting for the prints to be done, Yurippa spent some time browsing the shop for another film for her camera, which is the Konica Genba Kantoku that uses 35mm film. This is a standard film size that is easy to get your hands on. A staff member at the store explained to her what the numbers written on the film box meant. 100 is well suited for photos taken during the day, whereas 400 is an allrounder, as it is also suitable for taking photos during the day and also photos taken indoors. On the other hand, 800 is suited to photos taken indoors, on cloudy days and during the night. In other words, this number is the measurement of the film’s sensitivity to light in numerical value (ISO), they explained. As Yurippa is always on the go with her camera and taking photos during the day, she chose an ISO 400 film. She decided to purchase the Kodak ULTRAMAX400 for photos with an American vibe.

    Although this store specialises in developing photos, the shop is filled with camera accessories. A silver hand strap particularly caught Yurippa’s eye. Just by attaching one of these accessories, your camera will look really glamourous! Having said that, they suited her camera to the extent that they appeared to have been specifically made for it!

    The silver leather hand strap was launched as monogram’s 10-year anniversary edition accessory. It costs ¥ 2,000+ tax.

    …The prints are ready! They were all perfect personal photos. Yurippa was constantly hiding the photos and peaking at them. She selected her favourite ones to share with us – the feeling of the matte paper was really nice.

     

    They look so cool! Did I really take these myself? She asked. The locations in the photos are very distinct. Although digital photos are very useful, the feel of prints in your very own hand is just a wonderful feeling. You would want to give these to friends as a present. Having said that, the quality of these photos is so high that you begin to question whether you actually took them yourself!

    Finally, we asked Yurippa for her thoughts on today. “I used to think that developing photos involved exposing them to lasers. I was surprised to discover that this can be done with developing solution! There is just too much that I don’t know about photos taken with film. It is great fun to learn so much! I initially started this whole photo project because I didn’t have anything in particular that I would call a hobby, but now there’s no doubt that this is becoming one of my new favourite hobbies!

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    monogram

    Address:2-19-13, Takaban, Meguro, Tokyo

    Phone number:03-3760-5852

    Opening hours: 12:00〜20:00(Closed on Wednesdays)

    Access:1-minute walk from East exit of Gakuei-daigaku station  (Tokyu Yokohama line)

    URL:http://monogram.co.jp

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    Model:Yuri Suganuma @yurippa93
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    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.

     

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