Introducing AFURI—Harajuku’s Michelin-Starred Ramen Restaurant

25.April.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

Hi, everyone. I’m Shiota, the Director of the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

 

Foreigners coming to Japan love ramen, as shown in our questionnaire where it ranked 2nd place. I’m sure there’s a lot of you reading those who like it too.

 

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Did you know, there’s actually a famous ramen place in Harajuku listed by Michelin? Today, I’ll introduce you to AFURI Harajuku, a ramen shop recognised worldwide.

 

It’s easy to get to. Just take the JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Station and it’s a 3-minute walk from there. Head left out of Takeshita Exit and make a right when you come to Nescafe Harajuku. You’ll be able to see it on your left.

 

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The restaurant itself has a very stylish and modern exterior. You’ll actually wonder whether it’s really a ramen shop when you see it. It has a welcoming atmosphere even if you go by yourself. When we went, despite it being 3pm on a weekday, most of the seats were taken up. And half of the customers were non-Japanese! As expected of such a popular restaurant.

 

The smell of citrus hits your nose upon entering the restaurant, something you wouldn’t expect in a place that sells ramen.

 

The inner section of the U-shaped counter is in fact an open kitchen, giving the whole restaurant a feeling of openness, and the background music that plays is calm. It feels like you’re in a fancy café.

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I ordered the Yuzu Salt Ramen (¥980).

 

The toppings are simple. It comes with juicy mizuna, a boiled egg, bamboo shoots, char siu chicken fillet, and refreshing yuzu skin. You can choose from a boiled char siu packed with the chicken’s good flavour or a light and healthy chicken char siu.

 

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The noodles are thin and a healthy mix of wholewheat flour from Hokkaido and rye. The soup is made with carefully selected ingredients such as roast chicken,  seafood and potherbs that have been carefully cooked in natural spring water from Mount Afuri. The flavour is both full-bodied and light and will have anybody who’s tasted it addicted.

 

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There’s also a vegan ramen (¥1,350) option too made with seasonal vegetables for vegans, vegetarians and healthy eaters. It’s made with freshly-harvested Kamakura vegetables. No animal products are used in the dish, whether that’s in the noodles, soup or toppings. The salted soup goes perfectly with the vegetables. This option is also recommended for people who aren’t good with thick ramen.

 

AFURI in Harajuku is celebrated not only by worldwide fans of ramen, but healthy eaters and vegetarians too. There’s no doubt you’ll become hooked once you give their food a try.

 

◼︎Information

AFURI Harajuku

Address: Grande Foresta 1F, 3-63-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 10am-3am (following day)

No Fixed Holidays.

3-minutes on foot from Takeshita Exit for Harajuku Station

TEL: 03-6438-1910

Website: http://afuri.com/

MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

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MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

 

Services:

Service list

・free wi-fi

・free water

・free PC & charge

・baggage room

・gift shop

・currency exchange

Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

Contact: 03-2225-6447

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  • MOSHI MOSHI BOX Questionnaire to 100 Foreigners: #2 “Where are you heading to next in Tokyo?”

    12.April.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. I’m Shiota, the director of the MOSHI MOSHI BOX.

    This is the second entry to our already-popular series where we ask questions to 100 foreigners. We give questionnaires about Japan to foreign tourists that come into the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

    The 2nd question we asked people was “Where are you heading to next in Tokyo?” Let’s take a look at the answers!

     

     

    渋谷

    1st Place: Shibuya (34 Votes)
    The most popular answer was Shibuya, which got more than double that of the 2nd place rank. It’s common to see lots of foreign tourists taking photos of Shibuya’s famous Scramble Crossing. In the questionnaire answers, a lot of people were planning to go there for fashion and shopping.

     

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    I really love shopping. ―Karymoon, Mexico

     

    ・I’ve always wanted to try going to 109! I love fashion. ―Brigitte, France
    ・I’m off to buy clothes. If you’re going from Harajuku you can walk there [Shibuya] and stroll while window shopping. ―liu, China

     

     

    浅草 

    2nd Place: Asakusa (13 Votes)
    Asakusa is popular for its traditional townscape. There was an overwhelming number of people on their way to Sensou-ji Temple. Asakusa is a great for accessing other great sightseeing spots too like Skytree and Ueno.

     

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    I want to see the beautiful, traditional streets. ―Anonymous, US

     

    ・I’m collecting goshuin from shrines, so I’m going to the famous temple of Asakusa. ―LEE SUU JUNG, Taiwan
    ・I like the traditional culture of Japan. I go to Asakusa every time I come to Japan. ―Anonymous, US

     

     

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    3rd Place: Ueno (12 Votes)
    Coming close to a tie with Asakusa is Ueno. Ueno is filled with lots of fun places to visit, like museums and the zoo, making it a great place to spend the day.

     

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    I heard that the cherry blossoms in Ueno Park are beautiful, so I’m going to go there. ―Celine, France

     

    ・I’m thinking about going to the zoo and Ueno Park. ―Kati, Australia
    ・I like pandas, so I’m going to go and see Ueno Zoo. ―Bianca, Italy

     

     

    Other Answers:

    Akihabara
    I love anime! If we’re talking anime merchandise, then it’s “Akiba,” right? ―Jackson, UK

     

    Ikebukuro
    Ikebukuro is the haven for female otaku. It’s also the best since there are so many cosplay events there. ―Anonymous, US

     

    銀座

    Ginza
    I like the stylish streets. I’m gonna go there to shop. ―Adre, Portgual

     

    築地

    Tsukiji
    I love sushi! I’m going to go and eat delicious sashimi at Tsukiji. I want to experience the unique atmosphere too.

     

    新宿

    Shinjuku
    I’m going to the big UNIQLO, museum and Hanazono Shrine found only in Shinjuku. ―Anonymous, Australia

     

    東京タワー

    Tokyo Tower
    It looks fun. It’s a famous place in Japan, isn’t it? ―Sue, US

     

     

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX アンケート

    Did you enjoy this questionnaire? Travelers have a surprisingly similar mindset to that of Japanese people when it comes to having fun in Tokyo.

    If you have any questions about anything or topics you want us to cover then please send us a message on our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/msmsnippon/

    We’ll continue to hold more questionnaires with foreign tourists at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX, so be sure to drop by to see us if you’re in Harajuku!

     

     

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

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    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

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  • MOSHI MOSHI BOX recommends 4 second-hand fashion shops located in the fashion capital Harajuku

    08.April.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES / SPOT

    Hi everyone! I’m Midori Blackmore from MOSHI MOSHI BOX Tourist Information Centre. As you all know, second-hand clothing has quickly become the new fashion. I have never worn a matching second-hand clothing outfit with a friend before. My friends are very different from me. They can effortlessly coordinate second-hand fashion whereas I can’t. I love second-hand clothes so much that they make up half the clothes I own in my closet.

     

    …Despite this, I still feel a scared to enter second-hand shops, don’t you?

    Whenever I see a new collection of second-hand fashion items making their debut appearance in a shop, I always think to myself, “only fashionable people can buy this stuff!” Running out of courage, there are times that I stop right before the entrance of the shop. That’s why I’m dedicating this article to all the second-hand fashion newbies out there. Today I’m going to introduce you to some second-hand clothing shops that are not scary to enter!

     

     

    KINJI

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    What is scary about second-hand clothing shops you ask? Sometimes they can look kind of dark. After all, dark clothing is fashionable. The dark atmosphere can be quite intimidating and can even put you off checking out the new arrivals of second-hand clothing. However, KENJI is a large shop with a bright interior. The atmosphere is comparable to that of a supermarket. Of course, the items inside are also super cute!

     

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    I recommend KENJI’s remade goods! If you own one of these, you will find yourself often being asked by people where you got that from.

     

    ■Information

    Address: Floor B1, YM Square Harajuku, 4-31-10, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours: 11:00 — 20:00

    TEL::03-6406-0505

    Website:http://www.kinji.jp/

     

     

     

    flamingo

    Flamingo is the mecca of second-hand shops. This famous shop also has a branch in Shimokitazawa. We are often asked about this shop at MOSHI MOSHI BOX. Compared to shopping malls, not only are there less customers in second-hand clothing shops, but the staff at second-hand shops approach you more, so there are times that I get put off from entering at all.

    I recommend flamingo because unlike other second-hand shops, it is always busy with customers. The atmosphere of “no unfashionable people allowed” might play on your mind in some second-hand shops but not here! At flamingo, everyone is too busy daydreaming about clothes to even notice you so there is no need to overthink!

     

    Flamingo has a reputation of selling lots of shoes. Although brand new shoes are cute, worn out shoes also have their charm. You can wear them down yourself but this can be quite difficult to achieve, so it might be worth just buying some from a second-hand shop.

     

    ■Information

    Address: 1st floor Junkyard, 4-26-28, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours: Weekdays: 12:00 — 21:00 Weekends & national holidays: 11:00 — 21:00

    TEL:03-5785-3357

    Website:http://tippirag.com/shopsyo_fla_hara/

     

     

     

    WEGO Harajuku main shop

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    WEGO is popular with middle school students because it is cheap, affordable and sells second-hand clothes! There used to be a second-hand shop next to H&M but now there is a special second-hand clothing floor inside WEGO Harajuku main shop. The shop is filled with friendly staff and the kindest of people, so this is definitely a place you could challenge yourself to!

     

    Second-hand clothing plus new accessories… It’s fun to think about creating an outfit at WEGO. The prices here are fairly cheap, so you’ll probably end up buying lots of things. Sometimes there are limited sales events where you can stuff your bag with as many clothes as you like for a fixed price, so make sure to keep checking their SNS feeds!

     

     

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    Address: 1st & 2nd floor, Iberia Building, 6-5-3, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours: 10:00 — 21:00

    TEL:03-3400-7625

    Aebsite:http://www.wego.jp/

     

     

     

     

    MARTE

    Have you ever made the effort to buy specifically from a second-hand shop but then the clothes you have and the atmosphere in which you try the clothes on have changed so much that you cannot coordinate anything? When you buy basic items, patterned shirts and large jackets from a second-hand shop, you sometimes think your new purchases are cute when you see them in the shop but then when you go home you lose the confidence to wear them…what a waste, right?

    For those of you out there who have experienced this, I recommend MARTE.

     

    I definitely recommend the dresses from here. Just put one on and you will transform into a vintage girl. You can always coordinate these dresses with a jacket and trainers. Consult the fashionable shop assistants and make sure to get your hands on some clothes that are easy to mix and match!

     

    MARTE’s original items are also really cute!

     

     

    ■Information

    Address: 6-6-11, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours: Weekdays: 13:00 — 22:00 Weekends & national holidays: 12:00 — 20:00

    Access:5-minute walk from Harajuku station ( JR Yamanote line) 1-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line/ Fukutoshin line)

    TEL:03-3797-3123

    Website:http://marte.jp/

     

     

    I have so many more recommendations for you in mind but the more I write the more likely I am to expose just how nervous I am about entering shops so I’m going to stop here!

     

    If you are ever lost, please come see us at MOSHI MOSHI BOX!

     

     

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

     

    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

    Twitter・Instagram @mmb_harajuku

     

  • Harajuku’s artistic okonomiyaki restaurant: Reporting from Sakura Tei!

    07.April.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hi! I’m Ellie from MOSHI MOSHI BOX Tourist Information Centre. At MOSHI MOSHI BOX, we get a lot of people asking us to recommend a place where they can eat authentic Japanese food in Harajuku. That’s why I’ve decided to take a trip to “Sakura Tei”. Sakura Tei is a restaurant not far from MOSHI MOSI BOX that serves a typical Japanese dish – onokomiyaki. Half of Sakura Tei’s customers are tourists from outside of Japan, so I would really recommend this place to foreigners.

     

    What exactly is okonomiyaki? Its basic form is a savoury pancake made from water, wheat flour, shredded cabbage and fried batter pieces. The name okonomiyaki means grilled (yaki) as you like it (onkonomi). Therefore, it can be customised with seafood or meat. The ingredients are mixed together and then grilled in a cast iron pan. This is one of the most popular dishes in Japan.

     

    Look out for the artistic exterior and bamboo

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    Walk down Meiji-dori in the direction of Murasaki Sports (ムラサキスポーツ) . Meiji-dori is the street on which MOSHI MOSHI BOX is also located. Once you are at Murasaki Sports, walk down the street between Murasaki Sports and New Balance (NB) and then turn left at the Family Mart. You will immediately notice that the road splits off into two directions. From this point, take the thin pathway on your left. You will see a white building on your left called “DESIGN FESTA GALLERY”. The restaurant Sakura Tei is on the left of this building. Look out for the vivid wall art and bamboo exterior – this is a sign you are in the right place. If you get lost and don’t know the way, don’t hesitate to ask us for help at MOSHI MOSHI BOX.

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    The interior is also photogenic! Each wall is painted with beautiful artwork. A new design is painted on the walls every half year, so you might see something different if you come back later in the year! Some paintings were offered by a solo exhibition artist from the “DESIGN FESTA GALLERY” next door. Other designs were even painted by the restaurant staff! The restaurant seats more than 200 people, making it perfect for even large parties.

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    Being hit by a wave of beauty, it was fun to take pictures of the interior even before having entered.

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    What caught my attention the most were the trees that are growing inside the restaurant. I was told that they were growing here before this place became a restaurant, and rather than cutting them down, the owner nurtured them, incorporating them into part of the restaurant. From this dynamic and unique idea, an atmosphere of freedom formed. You wouldn’t even believe you are still in Harajuku. The atmosphere is so relaxing.

     

    Order an original Okonomiyaki at Sakura Tei!

    Besides okonomiyaki, the menu includes an abundant range of dishes such as monjayaki (similar to okonomiyaki), yakisoba (fried noodle dish) gyoza (dumplings) and teppanyaki (grilled food served on an iron plate). There is also an English menu available and many foreigners belong to the team of staff. They can speak many languages including English and Korean. You can order vegetarian and vegan food too so if you have any questions, feel free to talk to the staff!

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    I ordered Sakura Tei’s most popular item off the menu – the “Sakura yaki” (¥1,400). All the prices on the menu are the prices including tax. Pork, squid, shrimp, matsutake mushrooms, welsh onions, pork belly slices and egg are the eight ingredients mixed into the batter of this okonomiyaki. Each table has a hot teppanyaki plate fitted into it so you can make your own okonomiyaki yourself.

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    It’s ok even if you’ve never made one before! Easy instructions on how to make it are provided on each table.

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    I immediately took up the challenge of making one. First, you have to mix the ingredients with the batter with all your might – that’s the key to making it so delicious. After mixing well, place the batter onto the grill plate and form it into a round shape. Then, place the pork belly slices on top and cook until golden brown (Approx. 6-8 minutes).

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    Once the underside is golden brown, it’s time to flip it over! It’s heavier than I thought… I wasn’t sure if I could do it…

    I drew up all my courage and went for it!!

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    I did it! Whenever customers flip their okonomiyaki particularly well, there is always a mini celebration. It’s all about celebrating the process of making okonomiyaki and having fun here. A staff member even mentioned: “I love seeing the customers having fun while making okonomiyaki”.

     

    After flipping, cook for another 6 minutes.

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    When your okonomiyaki is cooked, place your egg on top (that you lightly cooked on the teppanyaki grill) and then add the original sauce and mayonnaise. Sprinkle on some katsuobushi (dried skipjack tuna flakes), some more mayonnaise and you are done!

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    I immediately took my first bite while it was still piping hot. Normally, okonomiyaki is slightly thinner than this one…but what about the flavour..?

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    …Super delicious!!! The batter is packed with ingredients that taste great with the seafood stock. The slightly sweet sauce makes it into a delicious specialty that can only be experienced at Sakura Tei! Normal okonomiyaki uses wheat flour that makes you full very quickly, however Sakura Tei’s okonomiyaki is soft and thick – you will hungrily eat it all up! ♡

     

    A fried parfait?! My first dessert experience here

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    After having okonomiyaki, you always want something sweet in your mouth! Skimming the menu, the one thing that caught my eye was the “ama-imonja yaki banayan” (¥550). Monjayaki uses wheat flour that is lightly mixed with water amongst a range of ingredients and then fried on the pan. It resembles okonomiyaki but is thicker. I quickly gobbled up the ama-imonja yaki.

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    It was easy to make! Just mix all the parfait ingredients together and then cook it. Just looking at this dessert made feel like an excited child. I had never tasted anything like this before!

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    It tasted a bit like a banana muffin and the caramelised golden-brown areas were sweet – I just couldn’t stop! You should try making this one too!

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    There is one more thing I would like to recommend you to have after your meal. The homemade “Sakura Lemonade” (¥500 ). Their lemonade includes a Sakura-salted flavor that is popular among foreigners. The fresh flavor and taste of sakura brings back memories of spring. You can enjoy this drink at any time of year, so please check it out!

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    That was my first visit to Sakura Tei. It wasn’t just the okonomiyaki, dessert and drink that I enjoyed, but also the way the restaurant makes the customers laugh and smile. If you’re ever in Harajuku, make sure to check this place out!

     

    Model & Writer Ellie

     

    Information

    Sakura Tei (さくら亭)

    Address:3-20-1, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours:11:00 — 23:00 Lunch: 11:00 — 15:00

    No regular closing days

    TEL:03-3479-0039

    URL:https://www.sakuratei.co.jp/

     

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

     

    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

    Twitter・Instagram @mmb_harajuku

  • Eat Takeout Parfaits at THE PARFAIT STAND While Strolling Through Harajuku

    03.April.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hi, everyone! I’m Banako and I work at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

    THE PARFAIT STAND is a newly opened store in Harajuku that specialises in takeout parfaits. I dropped by to see what they’re all about. Here’s the report.

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    To get there, head out of Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station and you’ll find it immediately to your left.

     

    Originally there was a collection of train ticket machines there, but they renovated the space to open the new store. It’s literally outside the station!

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    The staff all welcomed me with gleaming smiles.

     

    THE PARFAIT STAND is the popular sister store to BAKE CHEESE TART which, as the name suggests, sells freshly baked cheese tarts. Deliciousness is guaranteed.

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    There are two items on the menu! You have the Parfait Chocolate Blanc (¥756 w/tax) made with rich chocolate and bitter coffee, and the Strawberry White Parfait (¥972) which is a limited-edition item available until May 31st. They’re both amazing in their own way – you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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    After a lot of thought, I decided to go with the limited edition Strawberry White Parfait!

     

    I thought it was fresh cream that crowned the top of the parfait, but contrary to my expectations it was meringue! It has a crunchy and crumbly texture and its mellow sweetness fills your mouth.

     

    The parfait contains a milk pudding made with vanilla ice cream and Hokkaido milk. It’s also filled with thick strawberry jelly and mousse. The texture is irresistible from top to bottom – you won’t grow tired of it at any section.

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    You can get yourself an authentic, cute takeout parfait too at THE PARFAIT STAND. Just holding it is kawaii and something new to take onto the streets of Harajuku with you♡

     

    How about it?

     

    ■Information

    THE PARFAIT STAND Harajuku

    Address: JR Harajuku Station Takeshita Exit Ticket Gates, 1-18-20 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00

    TEL: 03-5413-3763

    Website: https://theparfaitstand.com

     

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

     

    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

    Twitter・Instagram @mmb_harajuku

     

    Writer:Banako(MOSHI MOSHI BOX)  Twitter・Instagram(@banakooooo)

     

  • MOSHI MOSHI BOX Questionnaire to 100 Foreigners: #1 “What’s the tastiest food you have eaten in Japan?”

    13.March.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / Uncategorized

    Hi, everyone. I’m Shiota, the director of the MOSHI MOSHI BOX.

     

    We are starting a new series where we ask questions to 100 overseas visitors to Japan. We will give questionnaires to foreign tourists that come into the MOSHI MOSHI BOX related to Japan and announce the results on the website.

     

    For the first entry, we asked 100 people from overseas “What’s the tastiest food you have eaten in Japan?” Answers varied from traditional Japanese food that you can probably guess to other unexpected choices. Let’s take a look at the ranking!

     

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    1st Place: Sushi (43 Votes)
    Coming in 1st place is sushi which is nearly double that of the 2nd place result! The view must be that Japanese food = sushi. There were lots of opinions by people expressing their love for sushi like the ones below.

     

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    ”It’s totally different from the food in Germany! The fish and rice are delicious.” (Kasey/Australia)

     

    ・”The sushi I ate at Tsukiji was the freshest and most delicious in the world.” (Mary/Hong Kong)
    ・”I don’t like the sushi in my country all that much, but eating it in Japan is delicious.” (Nadia/US)
    ・”I love the tuna! I really love the tuna!!” (Kyle/Brazil)

     

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    2nd Place: Ramen (23 Votes)
    Ramen received a lot of support among males. It seems that rich flavours such as tonkotsu and Iekei are popular.

     

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    ”I tried to imitate making ramen once in Chile but it it’s no match for Japan’s ramen!” (Cristobal /Chile)

     

    ・”Ramen isn’t well known in my country. I can only eat it in Japan, so I feel great today!” (Mark/Australia)
    ・”I had Iekei ramen. I like fatty things, so it was really satisfying.” (Costa Rica)

     

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    3rd Place: Okonomiyaki (10 Votes)
    You can enjoy many variations of okonomiyaki depending on the ingredients. A great thing about it is that you can make it yourself.

     

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    ”There was cheese inside, but it was so good together with the sauce.” (Mario/UK)

     

    ・”I love rich flavoured things. The sauce is the best!” (Denis/France)
    ・”I’m happy that I can make it myself, it’s fun.” (Naomi/US)

     

    Other Answers

     

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    Karaage:
    “It’s like friend chicken but even tastier.” (Carld/US)

     

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    Crepes:

    “I wanted to eat crepes in Harajuku! They were delicious.” (Wan/Hong Kong)

     

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    Tempura Soba:

    ・”I like it because the flavour of the soup is light. The crunchy texture of the tempura batter is nice too.” (Himana/Argentin)

     

    Katsu Curry:

    “I love Japanese curry. The fact that it has katsu too makes it amazing!” (Emily/Australia)

     

    Japanese-Style Breakfast:

    “I ate breakfast at a hotel. With just a small quantity I was amazed at the number of items that were served.” (UK)

     

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    Ochazuke:

    “I don’t have it in my country, so I was astonished, but it was delicious. It’s an innovative idea, it’s great.” (Philippines)

     

    Roast Beef Don:

    “I ate at the famous ‘Red Rock’ and it was the best! I could see why everyone was lined up.” (South Korea)

    Did you like our first questionnaire? There was a lot of food on the list that Japanese people love too, but it’s interesting to see it from different points of view.

     

    If you have any questions about anything or ideas that you want us to cover then send us a message on our Facebook page!

    https://www.facebook.com/msmsnippon/

     

    We’ll continue to hold more questionnaires with overseas tourists at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX, so be sure to drop by if you’re in Harajuku!

     

     

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

     

    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

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  • Let’s wear a kimono and enjoy Harajuku! 7 recommended photo spots in Ura-Harajuku

    10.March.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES / SPOT

    Hello everyone! My name is Shiota and I am the curator of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

    There are many photo spots in Harajuku gathering much attention on TV programs and SNS.

     

    In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended photo spots in Ura-Harajuku with a staff member of “MOSHI MOSHI Kimono Salon,” located next to MOSHI MOSHI BOX. Even places that you visit often look different when you are wearing a kimono. Just try, and you will see!

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    The kimono she is wearing is yellow/green which are colors that suit this spring season. The color of the obi (band) is the same as the color of the kimono so it has a settled-look and it is suitable to walk around town in this kimono.

    We took a photo in front of the cute shoji (paper door) of MOSHI MOSHI Kimono Salon!



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    Beams Harajuku

    The big wall painting beside BEAMS Harajuku was depicted by an artist ZIO ZIEGLER. The wall painting is very outstanding since the wall is painted black and white!

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    BEAMS Harajuku

    Address: 3-24-7, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 11:00 to 20:00

    Access: 6 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Meiji Jingumae Station 5th Exit

    7 minutes on foot from JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station Takeshita Exit/Entrance

    TEL: 03-3470-3947



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    Design Festa Gallery Harajuku

    A building that has a café and gallery. The exterior of the building was designed as an art work. The entrance fee is free so let’s visit this location!

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    DESIGN FESTA GALLERY

    Address: 3-20-18, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 11:00 to 20:00

    Fixed holiday: Year’s end holidays and New Year’s Day

    Access: 6 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Meiji Jingumae Station 5th Exit

    8 minutes on foot from JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Takeshita Exit/Entrance

    TEL:03-3479-1442
    URL:https://designfestagallery.com/
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    A famous wall which is often featured on TV programs. The wall is located at the end of the street (Meiji Street) between New Balance and Muraski Sports.


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    Santo Nibunno Ichi

    You will find this colorful building by going straight down the street between New Balance and Murasaki Sports located on Meiji Street, make a right turn at Family Mart and then make a right turn again at the first corner. The building includes tenants such as Harajuku’s popular second-hand-clothing store, “Santo Nibunno Ichi” and the photogenic ice cream shop, “Eddy’s Ice Cream.”

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    Santo Nibunno Ichi

    Address: 4-26-28, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: weekdays 13:00 to 20:00, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 to 20:00

    Access: 7 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Meiji Jingumae Station 5th Exit

    10 minutes on foot from JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station Takeshita Exit/Entrance

     

     

     

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    Princess One Spoon Tokyo

    This is a store that sells 500 kinds of accessories, girly sundries and sweets items. It is recommended to take a photo in front of the store since the exterior of the store is Western-style.

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    Princess One Spoon Tokyo

    Address: 4-27-4, Jinbumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo, Jingumae S Building

    Business hours: 11:00 to 20:00

    Access: 6 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Meiji Jingumae Station 5th Exit

    10 minutes on foot from JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station Takeshita Exit/Entrance

    TEL:03-6434-7017
    URL:http://www.p1s.jp/

     

     

     

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    Tonchan Street

    You can find many stylish adds on “Tonchan Street” behind MOSHI MOSHI BOX.

    Let’s find your favorite location!



     

     

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    SOUVENIR SHOP Kaho

    This store is suitable to be used as a resting place. This is the strawberry parfait (1,200 yen – tax included) sold at this store located near the intersection of Meiji Street and Tonchan Street. The store is located above the power stone store and they sell sweets items that are great souvenirs.

    You will feel happy eating sweets items here since many of their items include lots of big strawberries! The texture and taste of the ice cream is similar to gelato.

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    SOUVENIR SHOP Kaho

    Address: 3-22-11, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 11:00 to 20:00

    Access: 5 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Meiji Jingumae Station 5th Exit

    7 minutes on foot from JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station Takeshita Exit/Entrance

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

    The clock designed by Masuda Sébastien who works with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu as her art director can be found at MOSHI MOSHI BOX. It is a land mark of Harajuku which is featured in magazines and on TV programs and is used in many artisits’ PVs.

    It is recommended that you hide the silver-colored base of the clock when taking a photo.

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    MOSHI MOHIS BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

    Address: 1F, 23-5, 3rd Street, Jinguame, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 10:00 to 18:00

    Access: 5 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Meiji Jingumae Station 5th Exit

    7 minutes on foot from JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Takeshita Exit/Entrance

    TEL:03-6447-2225

     

    How did you like our recommended photo spots? In this article, I introduced to you some standard/new photos spots of Ura-Harajuku.

    Feel free to contact MOSHI MOSHI BOX if you ever get lost!

     

    Why not check out this article as well.

    https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/34595

     

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    Moshi Moshi Kimono Salon Produced by YUMENOYA

    Address: 〒150-0001, 3-23-5, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 10:00 to 18:00

    Fixed holiday: None

    TEL:03-5770-5131

    URL:https://www.tokyo-samurai.com/blank

     

     

     

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

     

    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

    Twitter・Instagram @mmb_harajuku

     

     

  • RELATED ENTRIES

    • Cute and Chic Leather Wallets & Purses Released at Tiffany @ Cat Street in Harajuku

      03.April.2020 | FASHION

      Tiffany & Co. released a new collection of small leather products at its Harajuku concept store Tiffany @ Cat Street on Wednesday.

       

      What is Tiffany @ Cat Street?

       Tiffany @ Cat Street is a concept store that opened in April 2019 which is set to remain open for just 3 years. It is the company’s first concept store to open in Japan. The shop showcases the wit, creativity, and timeless charm that Tiffany & Co. is known for, as well as a shopping experience in an interactive environment. It stocks everything from Tiffany’s iconic collection from jewellery to home goods, accessories, and more. The line-up and designs also change themes on occasion. Tiffany @ Cat Street also has a cafe on the top floor.

      Continental Flap Wallet – ¥72,000 (Before Tax)

      Coin Pouch – ¥36,500 (Before Tax)

      The small leather product line-up is made from high-quality Italian leather coloured in that eye-catching Tiffany blue. Each item is also stamped with the store’s signature cat motif.

      Card Case – ¥24,500 (Before Tax)

      Compact Wallet – ¥55,000 (Before Tax)

      The four variations are the perfect gift to yourself or someone you hold dear to you.

       

      Be sure to stop by Tiffany @ Cat Street the next time you’re in Harajuku.

    • Harajuku’s Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe Entertains Customers With Projection Mapping

      28.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

      “HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe-,” a cafe in Harajuku whose name speaks for itself, has announced its second collaboration with Rilakkuma to bring the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe which will open for a limited time from April 3, 2020 to June 28, 2020.

       

      The cafe’s first collaboration with Rilakkuma was in December last year. It was called “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” and earned itself many fans for its cute food and decor, but especially for its interactive tables which used projection mapping technology to have Rilakkuma and friends running around people’s tables.

       

      Harajuku’s Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror | Food Review: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/284456

       

      Fruit is the theme of the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, which follows that Chairoikoguma and the other characters have gathered lots of nutritious fruit to fill up the belly of hungry Rilakkuma.

       

      Food

      Rilakkuma’s Fruit Salad – ¥1,590

      Get your fill of refreshing fruit from this fruit salad plate which has Rilakkuma poking his cute face out from behind it all. When you order this dish, you’ll need to touch the fruits that appear on the table to give them to Rilakkuma.

      Korilakkuma’s Apple Cheese Gratin – ¥1,690

      A combination of hot apple and melted cheese, you’ll find yourself addicted to the sweet and sour mix of flavours. Pick lots of apples with Rilakkuma and company with the projection mapping game. (*Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)

      Chairoikoguma’s Orange Burger – ¥1,690

      The bun of this hearty burger is branded with Chairokoguma’s cute bear face. But what happens when you squeeze Rilakkuma’s orange? (*Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)

       

      Desserts

      Rilakkuma’s Maku Maku Fruit Tree Parfait – ¥1,590

      Korilakkuma’s Maku Maku Strawberry Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)

      Kiiroitori’s Maku Maku Peach Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)

      For dessert, you have a selection of fruit-topped parfaits to choose from featuring Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiiroitori.

       

      Drinks

      Rilakkuma & Friends Maku Maku Drinks – ¥790 / With Glass – ¥1,990

      Warm & Fluffy With Everyone Cafe Latte – ¥890

      Pick between one of the cold beverages, or if it’s a cold day, warm up with a hot drink. Feel warm and fluffy like Rilakkuma and his friends with a warm beverage after your parfait.

       

      Exclusive Merchandise & Bonus Items

      Pin Badges (9 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥400

      Acrylic Key Rings (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500

      Get your hands on a selection of original merchandise too, including pin badges, acrylic key rings, and more.

      Stickers (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)

      Coasters (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)

      Book a table online in advance and receive one of four possible stickers. Order a drink at the cafe and get one of the four coasters!

       

      You’re sure to get your five-a-day when you dine at the Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, opening for spring on April 3, 2020 in Harajuku.

       

      ©2020San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

    • Pompompurin Celebrates 24th Anniversary With Birthday Menu at the Pompompurin Cafe

      27.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

      Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin is celebrating his 24th anniversary at three branches of the Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku, Yokohama, and Umeda with a special birthday menu that will be served for the whole month of April.

       

      A special celebratory menu for the floppy-eared golden retriever

      The official date for Pompompurin’s birthday is April 16. The birthday menu line-up includes two food items, a drink made in collaboration with popular Japanese picture book author Yukako Ohde, and some novelty gifts.

       

      Birthday Menu

      Happy Birthday Flower Bouquet Bisque – ¥1,590 (Before Tax)

      This cute bisque soup has Pompompurin and Muffin holding a colourful boquet made from broccoli and mashed potatoes made to look like roses. It has a rich but mild flavour, and is both adorable and filling.

      Happy Birthday Strawberry Mousse – ¥790 (Before Tax)

      The strawberry mousse has a fluffy texture and refreshing, sweet taste. It can be eaten as it is or drizzled with the accompanying raspberry sauce.

      Yukako Ohde x Pompompurin Lemonade – ¥550 (Before Tax)

      Take a sip from this delicious lemonade from a straw adorned with a cute, warm illustration of Pompompurin by Yukako Ohde.

       

      Exclusive Anniversary Novelty Gifts

      Lunch Mat Design

      Customers who dine at any of the three cafes during the anniversary celebration will receive a free lunch mat.

      Coaster Designs

      And those who order the lemonade will receive a coaster with designs illustrated by Yukako Ohde. The designs are different at each branch of the Pompompurin Cafe. You can also receive another special coaster if you spend over ¥1,000 each (tax included) at Pompompurin Cafe Umeda and KIDDY LAND Osaka Umeda. Simply show your receipts at the cafe.

       

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    • MUUN SEOUL: Harajuku’s Korean Cafe Serving Instagrammable ‘Fatcaron’ Macarons

      19.March.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

      MUUN SEOUL is a cafe located along Tonchan-dori Street in Harajuku that serves Instagram-worthy South Korean food.

      Photo by Nagisa Kobayashi @popo_318

      Photo by Nagisa Kobayashi @popo_318

      The cafe sells “fatcarons,” a South Korean-style macaron which have proven very popular with young women in Japan.

      Photo by Taeco @taecostagram

      Fatcarons are larger than the standard macaron. They are topped with things like strawberries, given marble textures, and more to give them a cute appearance. MOON SEOUL serves many different varieties, all of which are standout compared to normal macarons.

      Photo by Sara @__sar310

      But the fatcaron experience at MOON SEOUL isn’t complete without ordering the drink above. It’s strawberry milk flavoured, but the milk is whipped until it’s fluffy, giving it a taste like no other strawberry milk you’ve tried. It also has sliced strawberries inside and on top, so if you love strawberries, you’ll love this.

      Photo by Yuina @popochan726

      You can order your fatcarons for takeout too in a clear takeaway box so you can go have a dessert picnic with your friends, and get a great photo of them all together too.

    • Harajuku’s KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Begins Spring Fair ‘KAWAII×Sakura×Easter 2020’

      16.March.2020 | FOOD

      If you’ve never heard of the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE in Tokyo, then you’re going to want to visit by the time you see what they’re cooking up for spring.

       

      This year, the cafeーwhich is based on the idea of customers being inside the stomach of a giant monster that’s eaten Harajuku wholeーis holding a spring fair entitled “KAWAII×Sakura×Easter 2020” which is running from March 13 to April 26. The menu line-up incorporates elements of Japanese spring with a colourful Harajuku twist, from Easter to cherry blossoms.

       

      *Menu item names have been translated from Japanese

      Colourful Pop Burger Cock-A-Doodle-Doo Monster – ¥1,680

      This new chicken monster burger is stuffed full of delicious goodness, including sukiyaki.

      Cherry Blossom Bloom Rice – ¥1,300

      The year is 2020, and spring has arrived in Japan. This Earth-inspired blue rice has cherry blossom coloured cheese fondue dolloped on top of it which is sat on a bed of black curry. The spicy curry has delicious burnt caramel inside it.

      Tropical Bibimbap – ¥1,200

      Bibimbap, the soul food of South Korea. This colourful version is topped with edible flowers and cherry blossom wheat-gluten bread, giving it that springtime feeling. The specially-made monster furikake gives the dish a real spicy kick.

      UFO Doughnut Pancakes – ¥1,200

      These chewy in-house made doughnuts are filled fat with strawberries, mikan, lemon mousse, and strawberry ice cream. Doughnut pancakes are the latest gourmet indulgence in Harajuku.

      Sakura Mousse Piyo Piyo Cake – ¥980

      Aka-chan is the name of this newborn monster chick, whose cute face is made from cherry blossom mousse.

      Pastel Easter Sakura Rabbit Parfait – ¥2,400

      Wearing a cute pointy hat and a colourful dress, this sakura Easter bunny is caked in strawberry, orange, and melon flavoured cream, strawberry ice cream, panna cotta, Japanese pudding, fresh strawberries, and raspberry sauce.

       

      A trip to Harajuku this spring isn’t complete without a visit to the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, so don’t miss out on their spring fair.

    • Shiseido Parlour to Open New Restaurant at WITH HARAJUKU in Tokyo

      15.March.2020 | FOOD

      Shiseido Parlour, a pioneer of Japanese-style Western cuisine, has announced that it is opening its new restaurant and lounge Shiseido Parlour The Harajuku on the 8th floor of WITH HARAJUKU, a shopping centre located in front of Harajuku Station in Tokyo, on April 25, 2020.

      Goshu no Sosai With Seasonal Ingredients

      Main Dish

      Shiseido Parlour The Harajuku breathes new life into the Japanese-style Western cuisine that has been cultivated in Ginza for 100 years, serving up a new prix fixe-style fixed price menu that elevates the taste, smell, and appearance of the seasonal ingredients used, from a Japanese way of thinking. This food can be enjoyed with a glass of one of the main wines selected by the restaurant’s sommeliers, high-quality tea, and more.

       

      Meals are enjoyed even more by the view offered at the restaurant, where you can see shrine groves of Meiji Jingu Shrine.

      Main Dining

      Forest Dinner (Chef’s Recommendation) – ¥12,000 (Tax Included)

      The design concept for the restaurant interior is forests. The restaurant promises a relaxing atmosphere like that of being wrapped amongst the mighty trees of the woods, the cool air blowing, and the rays of the sun spilling through the trees.

       

      The interior design was created by Kazuya Ura, a Japanese architect who was involved with the building plan for the Kyoto State Guest House. The restaurant lounge features glass art on the wall which captures the image of sunlight filtering through the trees. This was created by Japanese glass designer Ikko Itabashi.

      Lounge

      The chic red lounge offers a view of the garden terrace and faces the direction of Akasaka. Tuck into appetisers and desserts and enjoy sipping on a drink. This is a great place to sit after your meal or for meeting up with someone.

       

      If you’re visiting Harajuku during your trip to Japan, why not pop into the new Shiseido Parlour The Harajuku?

    • MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS Opens Sentō Bathhouse and Sumō-Themed Fusion Accommodation Called ‘DOSUKOI’

      09.March.2020 | SPOT

      MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS is located in the heart of Harajuku’s tourism welcomes travellers from all over the world to immerse in Japanese culture in a way they’ve never experienced before. The cherry blossom-themed accommodation SAKURA is a blooming success throughout the year and ORIGAMI’s mesmerizing and clever designs never fail to make tourists crease their necks in amusement. 

       

      The third Japanese culture accommodation has stomped into MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS as a fusion of sumō wrestling and sentō bathhouse culture called ‘DOSUKOI’. The word dosukoi is phrase that sumo wrestlers shout out to get hyped up – perfectly summing up your excitement as you explore this spectacular fusion world from corner to corner. From a giant sumō hand to a historical sentō bathtub with a magnificent mural artwork scenery, the entrance, living room and sentō-style bathing area is overflowing with originality.

       

      Living Room

      The entrance to the living room is themed around a sentō bath. The tiled roof and traditional entranceway noren fabric dividers will be the first thing to welcome tired travellers. 

      A giant sumō hand overshadows the light on the ceiling, representing the tsuppari striking technique used by sumō wrestlers. The furniture, including the soft sofa, rug and chairs, is white and beige to represent the colour of the sumō ring. 

      The relaxing room is punctuated with powerful illustrations of sumō wrestlers that cover the wallpaper. 

       

      Bathroom

      The round bathtub is made from Japanese cypress wood and is large enough to fit 3-4 people – perfect to soak off your tiredness with friends and family. A large wall painting (mural)  of a grand ocean view dominated by Mount. Fuji stretches across the wall. A purple curtain is suspended above the circular bath, representing the mizuhikimaku curtain which hangs above a sumō ring. 

      The dressing area is equipped with a fridge and chair like a traditional bathhouse. DOSUKOI guests will also find complimentary bath salts which are a gift.

      The grand mural is an original piece by Kiyoto Maruyama – one of Japan’s three remaining sentō mural artists. This graceful painting was created using a large and smaller brush. As you admire the bold colours and fine details of this rare art, which is fading away as society progresses, you will be sent on a journey back through time. 

       

      Bedroom

      The spacious sleeping area consists of two levels, each of which has enough room for two people to sleep. The room also has another bed in storage, meaning that up to five guests can stay. 

       

      Sink and Toilet

      The separate sink area is equipped with a hair dryer. There is also a Japanese Washlet toilet with multiple functions. 

       

      Amenities and Extras

      The kitchen is fully equipped with cooking utensils, a microwave, refrigerator and all the daily essentials. 

      After a long, relaxing hot soak, put on a light yokozuna yukata robe and you’ll feel just like a sumō champion. There are also many amenities and items that fit with the DOSUKOI theme. 

      MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS isn’t just a hotel but is also the perfect party space for you and your friends to get together. As the cold days are still with us, how about warming up in a toasty sentō-style bathtub with your friends?

    • J-Pop Group Perfume to Open Fashion Pop-Up Shop ‘Perfume Closet’ at Laforet Harajuku

      16.February.2020 | FASHION / MUSIC

      Worldwide famous Japanese pop group Perfume are taking their fashion project “Perfume Closet” to Laforet Harajuku where it will run in a pop-up shop from February 20-26 this year.

       

      Perfume Closet is a fashion project helmed by Perfume which aims to connect with fans through Perfume’s music by making outfits. This is the fourth time Perfume Closet has opened, and will feature a line-up entitled “Perfume Closet 2020SS” which is part of what Perfume are calling “Phase 2,” which started in January this year and centres on clothing. It follows on from “Phase 1” which featured a line-up of miscellaneous items.

      SATIN COMBI TRENCH COAT – ¥49,500 (Tax Included) / FLOWER PLEATS DRESS – ¥44,000 (Tax Included)

      SHEER COMBI KNIT ¥17,600 (Tax Included) / 2 WAY PLEATS SKIRT ¥35,200 (Tax Included)

      RELAX WEAR (LADIES) – ¥16,500 (Tax Included) / PLEATS SLEEVE TEE (WHITE) – ¥9,900 (Tax Included) / SHEER COMBI RELAX PANTS – ¥22,000 (Tax Included)

      The pop-up shop will stock a plethora of items made by the Perfume members, who worked on the designs, chose the materials, and crafted the silhouettes. It includes everything from coats to one pieces, blouses, bottoms, as well as unisex items men can wear too like pants, shirts, and more.

       

      Fans of Perfume and fans of Japanese fashion aren’t going to want to miss out on the new Perfume Closet, open for one week only starting next Thursday!

    • IKEA Harajuku to Open in April 2020 as IKEA Japan’s First Central Tokyo Branch

      15.February.2020 | SPOT

      IKEA Japan has announced the opening of its first central Tokyo branch. Located inside WITH HARAJUKU, and just a 1-minute walk from Harajuku Station, the store will officially open its doors on April 25, 2020.

       

      Harajuku is the hub of Japanese youth fashion culture, and is known the world over as one of the main tourist spots for those travelling to Tokyo. IKEA is taking its Swedish roots and planting them in the ground of central Tokyo with its spacious new storeーwhich will also have its own cafe.

       

      If you’re travelling to Tokyo, make sure to pay IKEA Harajuku a visit during your inevitable Harajuku shopping spree.

    • Visiting @cosme TOKYO in HarajukuーThe Place That Satisfies All Of Your Makeup & Cosmetic Needs

      04.February.2020 | Uncategorized

      @cosme TOKYO is a new flagship store that opened in front of Harajuku Station in Tokyo on January 10, 2020.

       

      @cosme is a web portal centred on makeup and cosmetics. Offering a wealth of beauty information from a number of perspective, the website lets you see the latest trending items in the makeup world from the word on the streetーby letting people comment on and rank itemsーoffers solutions to skincare and makeup-related problems, and more.

      @cosme TOKYO is the first-ever physical store by @cosme. Its floor space spans over 1,300 square meters where it houses an enormous selection of cosmetics and makeup products, from inexpensive and affordable quality items to luxury brands. Since opening, it has become the talk of the town in Harajuku.

       

      It’s comprised of three floors, each with their own highlights. Let’s go and check it out.

       

      1st Floor: A Hall of Fame for the latest most popular cosmetics

      When you walk into the first floor area, the first thing that’s sure to catch your eye is the incredible “Best Cosmetic Award Tower,” a collection of items that have have won past cosmetic awards for being the best. All the cosmetics are stacked up high in their own little display case.

      As you proceed further across the shop floor, there is the “@cosme Weekly Ranking” corner which ranks the most popular items on the website for that week, so customers can always know what products are the best to incorporate into their makeup and beauty routine.

      But perhaps the centrepiece of @cosme TOKYO is the “Tester Bar,” where customers are free to try out products using the puffs and cotton pads provided. There’s also a tap and sink for rinsing. You can’t deny how great this service is; without worrying about others, you can try out all the cosmetics to your heart’s desire and then buy them if they’re to your liking.

       

      There are also smart lockers so you can lock your things away, allowing for your hands to be free while you test makeup and shop. But it doesn’t stop there, as there’s even a foreign currency exchange machine which caters for 85 currencies in 120 countries.

       

      2nd Floor: Men’s cosmetics, beauty equipment, and more

      Up on the second floor, you’ll find another area that ranks products, this time the ones with the most sales at @cosme TOKYO. Everything is displayed in such a way that it’s easy to find products as they are separated by base makeup, mascara, lipsticks, and so on. You’ll find pop artwork hand drawn by the staff to highlight products, so enjoy comparing and considering all the different items.

      Recently in Japan, men’s products have been garnering attention, and so @cosme have created an entire section dedicated to male and unisex makeup items. Picking out makeup with your partner is goals, and now it’s finally becoming a reality.

      Another area that’s popularーwith both Japanese people and foreignersーis one that stocks cosmetics made with naturally-derived ingredients from Japan, as well as products with Japanese-style packaging. It’s perfect if you’re looking for Japanese-specific items or for gifts and souvenirs.

      Also on the second floor are beauty mirrors so you can check yourself out as well as two Tester Bars, so you can try out products here too.

      If you have kids, you can drop them off in the kid’s area while you shop. There’s also bread-feeding rooms and places for changing diapers. They have it all!

       

      3rd Floor: A place to relax exclusive to @cosme app users

      The third floor is home to a lounge that can only be used by those who have the @cosme app installed on their phone. It can be used for relaxing or for hanging out with friends. It’s hard to find a such a quiet and relaxing place like this so close to Harajuku Station.

      If you want to retouch your makeup, there’s a powder space you can do that for free, as well as oxygen boxes. This floor is packed full of different great services.

       

      @cosme also has its own points system. One point equals one yen, and you get five for just visiting the store.

       

      Anyone and everyone can enjoy a fun and easy shopping experience

       

      Each product in the store has a JAN code on it which when scanned at one of the tablets in store will give you information about that product in multiple languages, including English, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, and Korean. This goes for the map of each floor too, so you can find out what each floor offers without getting lost.

      @cosme TOKYO also has free Wi-Fi, and can also ship products around Japan. It offers a comprehensive shopping experience that caters to both Japanese and foreign customers.

      You’re sure to find many items you like when visiting @cosme TOKYO, so you can’t miss out on visiting if you’re travelling to Harajuku or Tokyo. Enjoy shopping!

    • Japan’s First CBD Shop ‘HealthyTOKYO’ to Open in Harajuku in February

      29.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

      HealthyTOKYO is set to open as the first shop in Japan specialising in the selling of CBD oil, and it’s doing so in Harajukuーone of Tokyo’s most famous towns that’s at the forefront of trends and pop culture. It is both a shop and a cafe.

       

      CBD oil has seen a spike in sales over the past year. Made from hemp, research shows that there are many health benefits to using CBD. The main gains are from helping reduce stress, relieving pain, improving sleep, and helping prevent skin inflammation.

       

      CBD is used by mixing it with food or drink. It’s also been recognised as having an effect as an ingredient in cosmetics and creams. While CBD oil is legal in Japan, the country’s law is strict when it comes to traces of THC, and so only allows oils with 0%.


      As well as the oil itself, HealthyTOKYO will also stock a variety of vegan sweets and drinks containing CBD. The food line-up includes vegan-friendly cheesecake, mont blanc, and gateau chocolate, as well as gluten-free lasagne, amongst many other things. For drinks, there’s a variety of organic matcha, coffee, and more. A lot of these foods and drinks can be ordered with CBD oil too.

       

      HealthyTOKYO brand CBD products all use naturally derived CBD oil, and the shop offers degrees of strength and different flavours too. They sell cosmetics, creams, and other products too.

       

      If you’ve been looking for CBD while in Japan, or even vegan-friendly or gluten-free foods, then make sure you pay a visit to the country’s first CBD shop and cafe in Harajuku.

    • Star Wars Theme Cafe Opens in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido & Fukuoka

      25.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

      With The Rise of Skywalker concluding the Skywalker saga of the Star Wars film franchise, fans are left craving more from the galaxy far far away.

       

      If you’re one of those people, and need a fix before season two of The Mandalorian, which is coming in late 2020, then you’ll want to hit up the all-new Star Wars-themed cafes now open for a limited time at branches of OH MY CAFE across Japan in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, and Fukuoka.

       

      We visited the Tokyo branch of the cafe which is located inside Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku. Here’s our report of this must-see cafe for Star Wars fans, a museum-like space chock-full of concept art.

      Ready to greet you as you walk into the cafe is none other than Darth Vader. This life-size recreation of the Sith Lord is really striking, but don’t worryーthough he is realistic, he won’t use his Force choke on you, he only wishes for you to have a nice meal.

      Plastered across the cafe walls are pieces of concept art used during the production of the Star Wars film series.

      Here’s a galactic showcasing of the cafe’s menu. There are 7 food items and 5 drinks to choose from, all inspired by the franchise and its characters.

      <STAR WARS> Far Far Away Galaxy Black Curry – ¥1,590

      A signature dish of the cafe, this black curry features the Star Wars logo which is actually an edible wafer. The space design is bamboo charcoal-cooked rice which is mixed with spicy sauce and topped with peanuts for stars.

      <BB-8> Seafood BB-8 Gratin – ¥1,690

      Fans of BB-8 won’t be able to resist this delicious gratin, served with salad and French bread for a full belly.

      <Yoda> Root Leaf Stew – ¥1,590

      This stew is inspired by Yoda living his final years in his little shack in Dagobah during Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. It’s packed full of vegetables and will no doubt be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.

      <R2-D2 & C-3PO> Buddy Burger Plate – ¥1,990

      This set of two chicken burgers comes with an R2-D2 seasoned with béchamel sauce and a C-3PO burger seasoned with meat sauce. You can take the flags home with you too. We recommend sharing this between two people.

      Portion Bread – ¥500

      This is the one I was most interested in personally, because I was curious to know from its appearance how it would taste. It’s the portion bread that Rey tries eating in the film. At first glance it looks crunchy, but to my surprise it was soft with a subtle sweet flavour.

      Lightsaber Drinks – ¥600 Each (w/ Coaster ¥1,300)

      From the left, the flavours are Darth Vader blood orange, Luke Skywalker ramune, and Yoda melon. When you draw your straw from the paper wrapping, it turns into a lightsaber!

      <STAR WARS > Jet Black Coffee – ¥600 (w/Bottle ¥1,750)

      These limited edition bottles of black coffee feature the famous Star Wars opening crawl credits. Which one you get is randomーa must-have for all fans!

      After enjoying some Star Wars food and drink, it’s time to check out the cafe’s exclusive merchandise. There are 13 types of merch in total all bearing artwork from across the film series.

      Folder – ¥350

      I recommend picking up one of these folders made in collaboration with the cafe. It has illustrations of the food and drinks being sold there.

      Tote Bag – ¥3,500

      This tote bag has illustrations of characters from Star Wars and how they are all connected.

      There’s plenty of other must-grab merch too, from music to stationery and more.

      Customers who spend over ¥1,000 (excluding tax) on any of these exclusive items will receive the above-pictured limited edition bag. These are limited in stock so are available while supplies last.

      There’s plenty of places inside for fans to take great photos, so make sure you snap lots.

      Also, if you book a table in advance and order something from the menu, you’ll receive one of these 25 possible A5 folders, so be sure to book before you go!

       

       

      © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

      *All listed prices are pre-tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

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