Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kansai Region for 2018

05.May.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

The warm spring is rolling through and bringing us closer to the hot summer, and you know what that means in Japan? Barbeques and beer gardens!

In this article we take a look at some BBQ and beer garden events taking place in the Kansai region this year.

 

Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kanto Region for 2018

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“Kyoto Tower Beer Garden” – Kyoto
Kyoto Tower Beer Garden is located on the 10th floor rooftop of Kyoto Tower Hotel and recently underwent renovation. At the drink counter, people can make their own Instagram-worthy drinks, and a new chef’s corner has also been built where you can watch the chef prepare food right in from of you.

There’s close to 50 drinks to choose from, and a huge menu spanning cuisine from Japan, the West and China. They also have tents prepared in case of rain or if customers wish to stay out of the hot sun. The beer garden is in perfect view of the Kyoto Tower too, so why not make a trip?

 

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Kyoto Tower Beer Garden
Address: Kyoto Tower 10F, 721-1 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Running: April 28, 2018 – September 24, 2018
*Reservations only. Reserve by 12:00 the previous day.
Opening Hours: 12:00-15:00 (Last Orders 14:30)
Price: Adults ¥3,900 / Elementary School Students ¥2,400 / Children (Aged 3+) ¥1,500
TEL: 075-343-9090
Website: https://www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/kyoto-tower/

 

 

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“Daimaru Beer Garden Kyoto” – Kyoto
The beer garden as an amusement spot is a summer pastime that has continued for over 100 years and always bustles with happy faces. Daimaru Beer Garden Kyoto brought it back to life last year where it was held on a rooftop, and once again this year, it will be held on the roof of Daimaru Kyoto. It was a hit last year and will be bigger and better this year, returning as a ‘traditional’ style of BBQ. The buffet will also feature obanzai, which is a traditional type of Kyoto cuisine. It’s also open during the day, so it’s a perfect place to stop by during your Kyoto sightseeing.

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/106189

 

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Daimaru Beer Garden Kyoto
Location: Daimaru Kyoto rooftop
Address: 79 Shijo Street Takakura Nishiiri Tachiurinishimachi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Running: May 22, 2018―September 24, 2018
*The event will close if it rains.
*Closed on August 16.
Time: 5pm-10pm (Last Orders 9:30pm)
*Open from 4pm on Weekends & Holidays

Telephone Booking: 075-746-5067
*Phone bookings being taken from 1pm-8pm on May 16. Bookings taken from 11am-8pm from May 17 onwards.

Website Booking: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/kyoto/
*Website bookings available on the Daimaru Kyoto homepage from May 9 at 1pm.

 

 

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“Riverside Beer Garden 2018: Matsuri BBQ” – Osaka
This BBQ festival is aimed at adults and takes place in a spacious private area. It is currently serving food and drinks themed on Hokkaido and will switch to Kyushu & Okinawa later in August. For the Hokkaido slot, they are offering 3 plans that includes food such as juicy beef and pork, ramen salad which originates in Hokkaido, buttered jacket potatoes from Hokkaido, and more.

For drinks, they recommend yubari king melon sour and haskap berry sour. For the Kyushu & Okinawa slot, look forward to tucking into some tartar chicken which is a famous food of Miyazaki, amongst a range of dishes and ingredients from both Kyushu and Okinawa. For drinks they are also serving sweet potato shochu, strong Okinawa liquor, mango sour and flat lemon sour.

 

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Riverside Beer Garden 2018: Matsuri BBQ
Running:
Hokkaido Cuisine: May 1, 2018 to July 31, 2018
Kyushu & Okinawa Cuisine: August 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018
*Will close temporarily or fully in case of bad weather or natural disasters.
*The rooftop seats (120 seats) will be open even during rain.
Address: Keihan City Mall Rooftop, 1-1 Tenmabashikyomachi, Chuo, Osaka
Opening Hours: 16:00-22:30 (Last Entry 20:30)
TEL: 06-6450-6640 (Reception 12:00-22:00)
Website: https://www.matsuri-bbq.com

 

 

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“Beer 300” – Abeno Harukas Beer Garden – Osaka
Abeno Harukas is the tallest skyscraper in Japan. The beer garden on the Harukas 300 observation deck has been held three times, and this year will be the fourth. It has received praise for its tall view atop 300m, as well as its immensely satisfying menu. On this year’s “BBQ Menu” you can tuck into thick-cut beef harami, roast pork shoulder, and spicy piri chicken (which goes perfect with beer), each of which can be matched with a variety of different ingredients. Drinks are self-service, so there’s no obligation to wait around, so you can enjoy the beer garden to its fullest!

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/100551

 

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Harukas 300
Address: 1-1-43
Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka
Opening Hours: 09:00-22:00
TEL: 06-6621-0300
Website: https://www.abenoharukas-300.jp

 

 

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“Poolside Beer Garden” – Osaka
The Poolside Beer Garden will open at Senri Hankyu Hotel on June 1. This year, they’re serving freshly made pizza and pasta which you can see made in front of you! The drink’s menu is leveling up to 34 beverages, includes local Hokusetsu sake, and colourful cocktails that remind you for being a resort.

There’ll even be performances like samba to enhance the resort atmosphere. Enjoy this cool, refreshing beer garden by the poolside!

 

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Poolside Beer Garden
Running: June 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018
Address: 2-1 Shinsenri Higashimachi, Toyonaka-shi, Osaka (Senri Hankyu Hotel Poolside)
Opening Hours:
[Monday-Saturday] 17:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
[Sunday & Holidays] 17:30-20:30 (Last Orders 20:00)
Price: Adults ¥4,500 / Children (3+) ¥2,000
TEL: 06-6871-2416
Website: https://www.hankyu-hotel.com/hotel/hh/senrihh/

 

 

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“Sorairo Kitchen in Tenshiba: Terrace BBQ Beer Garden” – Osaka
‘Sorairo Kitchen in Tenshiba’ is a casual Italian restaurant where they have open a BBQ beer garden on the terrace, which looks out onto the lawn.

The roast beef shoulder, thick cut roast pork and organic vegetables with the BBQ can come with rotisserie chicken cooked on the terrace or an all-you-can-eat buffet!

 

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Sorairo Kitchen in Tenshiba
Address: Tenshiba Entrance Sequare, 住所:5-55 Chausuyamacho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Food Last Orders 22:00 / Drinks Last Orders 22:30)
*Lunch menu available until 16:00
No Fixed Holidays.
TEL: 050-5286-3794
Website: http://www.iconet.co.jp/shop/brand/06.html

 

 

Are you hungry yet? Make sure to try a Japanese BBQ and beer garden during your trip this summer and make some nice memories!

 

Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kanto Region for 2018

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  • The warm spring season is almost over, and summer is coming soon. BBQ parties and beer gardens are the two most exciting events of the hot summer season. In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended BBQ parties and beer gardens.

     

    Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kansai Region for 2018

     

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    Saitama Prefecture – Light & Music Beer Garden
    The theme of the event is a “Japanese summer festival” (Natsumatsuri) and it will take place in a traditional Japanese-style beer garden. As you come through the bamboo lantern-lit entrance, you will be engulfed by soft lights in a wide, open green space.

    Ordering the special offer Roast Beef Sushi (1 person 3 pieces) gives you the chance to see the expert chef put on a fiery flambe show. There’s also a buffet with a mix of around 20 Japanese and Western foods such as skewered and grilled food, savory egg custard, sushi wrapped in fried tofu, juicy sausages and much more as well as a line-up of close to 15 drinks served free flow style including beer and Japanese cocktails.

     

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/102961

     

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    Light & Music Beer Garden (Japanese: 光と音のビアガーデン~彩涼夏舞~)
    Running: July 6, 2018―August 31, 2018 (*Reservations to be made 3 days in advance)
    Time: 1st Slot 17:00-19:00 / 2nd Slot 19:00-21:00
    Price: ¥6,000 (Price includes consumption tax and service charge)
    Location: Omiya Rikyu Guest House
    Address: 1-816-7 Uetakechō, Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama Prefecture
    Access: 9-minutes walk from Toro Station via the JR Line.
    TEL: 048-614-0811
    Website:http://www.bestbridal.co.jp/guestparty/saitama/rikyu_omiya/beer-9/

     

     

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    Tokyo- ARK HILLS SOUTH TOWER ROOFTOP LOUNGE ~ROPPONGI BBQ BEAR GARDEN~
    A beer garden serving authentic BBQ cuisine was opened on top of Ark Hills South Tower where a luxurious rooftop garden sits. Despite being in the middle of the big city, the garden has a freeing, spacious feeling with plenty of greenery and even sofa seats. Food includes filling T-bone steak that uses carefully selected Iwanaka roasted pork shoulder, as well as a selection of seafood and vegetables. In addition, downstairs in the same building, you can buy meat to take to the BBQ too. Choose your favorite ingredients and enjoy cooking it on the barbeque yourself.

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/103521

     

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    ARK HILLS SOUTH TOWER ROOFTOP LOUNGE ~Roppongi BBQ Beer Garden~
    Address: Ark Hills South Tower Sky Park, 1-4-5 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
    *Please use the direct elevator on the path behind the B1F Ark Kitchen ‘Etsubo’ (笑壷)
    Running: April 23, 2018 – September 30, 2018
    Opening Hours: 17:00-23:00
    *[April-June] Saturdays 12:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 12:00-22:00
    *[July-August] Saturdays 15:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 15:00-22:00
    *[September] Saturdays 12:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 12:00-22:00
    TEL: 03-5549-1550 (*Reception opens April 20)
    No Fixed Holidays. (Except during bad weather.)

    Website: http://arkhills.beergardens.jp/
    Booking: https://www.tablecheck.com/shops/

     

     

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    Tokyo – LUGAR HA AMOR
    LUGAR HA AMOR is a beer garden where you can enjoy an extraordinary space, foods, videos and music on the rooftop of MACHIDA MODI. The word LUGAR HA AMOR means “a place filled with love” in Portuguese. The space created under the key word of “luxury beer resort” has three kinds of comfortable sofas that are couple sofa, bed sofa and low table sofa. You can also enjoy the video show projected on the wall of the building and project a message to your precious person.

     

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    LUGAR HA AMOR
    Address: 6th Avenue, 2-6, Haramachida, Machidashi, Tokyo
    Period: 2018/4/27 (Fri.) to 9/30 (Sun.)
    Price: 3,000 yen~

    Website:https://www.lugar-ha-amor.com

     

     

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    TOKYO – Hono no Bulgogi Densetsu β
    The rooftop beer garden, Hono no Bulgogi Densetsu β was opened on the 16th floor of Tobu Hyakkaten Ikebukuro Honten. The theme of 2018’s bear garden is “wellness.” Healthy spinach and pea sprouts are added to the Bulgogi pot as well as vegetables. The spiciness of the bulgogi pot including eight kinds of vegetables, meat, bean starch vermicelli, kimchi, toppogi can be adjusted at your own will. They also offer beer/sour/whisky servers and a gin server!

     

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    Hono no Bulgogi Densetsu βAddress: 1-1-25, Nishiikebukuro, Toshimaku, Tokyo (16th floor (rooftop) of Tobu Hyakkaten Ikebukuro Honten)
    Period: 2018/4/25 (Wed.) to 9/2 (Sun.)
    ※The whole building will be closed on 8/22 (Wed.)
    ※The beer garden will be closed when the weather condition is bad
    Business hours: (Mon. to Thurs.) 17:00 to 23:00 (Fri., Sat., Sun. and holidays) 16:00 to 23:00
    ※Last order (a la carte and drink) – 22:00
    ※Please note that the business hours noted above might be changed
    TEL: (direct) 03-6912-5955

    Website:http://www.tobu-dept.jp/ikebukuro/

     

     

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    Kanagawa Prefecture – Umi no Mieru Beer Garden Hama Beer!
    Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel opened their popular beer garden, Umi no Mieru Beer Garden Hama Beer! The terrace is very close to the ocean, so you can enjoy eating and drinking in the beer garden while feeling the breeze from the ocean.

    The theme of the dishes this year is “American-style BBQ.” Gorgeous meat dishes and American-style dishes using special spices and sauces which go well with beer, are offered. As a main dish, you can enjoy a big steak (100g.). Let’s enjoy full-fledged hotel dishes at this beer garden♡

     

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    Umino Mieru Beer Garden Hama Beer!
    Period: 2018/6/15 (Fri.) to 9/17 (Mon, holiday)
    ※Except the days when events are held such as the fireworks festival
    Reservation: 2018/5/15 (Tue.) 10:00~
    Address: 1-1, 1st Avenue, Minatomirai, Nishiku, Yokohamashi, Kanagawa Prefecture
    Business hours: Mon. to Thurs. 18:00 to 21:30 (L.O.)
    Fri. to Sun, holidays 17:00 to 21:30 (L.O.)
    Fees: 6,000 yen (same day) / 5,500 yen (pre-sold ticket)
    (free drink – 120 minutes, table foods)

    Website:http://www.interconti.co.jp/yokohama/

     

     

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    Kanagawa Prefecture – BAYSIDE BEER GARDEN 2018
    Three kinds of BBQ beer gardens are offered at tables cook & LIVING HOUSE in Yokohama. The first BBQ is NEW YORK BBQ where you can enjoy juicy and thick smoked pork with a special BBQ sauce. You can also make your own customized burger at your own will! They are also offering many countries’ BBQs including seafood BBQ and grilled steak! Fruits cocktails and plum wines are also available!

     

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    BAYSIDE BBQ BEER GARDEN 2018 NEW YORK/MEXICO/GERMANY
    Address: NEW YORK: 20184/16 (Mon.) to 2018/6/30 (Sat.)
    MEXICO: 2018/7/1 (Sun.) to 2018/8/31 (Fri.)
    GERMANY: 2018/9/1 (Sat.) to 2018/10/31 (Wed.)
    BBQ – business hours: 17:00 to 23:00 (last entrance 20:00)
    TEL:045-620-8970

    Website:https://www.tablescook-livinghouse.com

     

     

    Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kansai Region for 2018

  • Top 7 Places to Eat Curry in Harajuku Not Known by Many People

    08.May.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Did you know that there are lots of places to eat irresistibly delicious curry in Harajuku, but not that many people know about them yet? Now you can get in on the secret.

    From standard Japanese-style curry to more unique flavours, here’s our list.

     

     

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    YOGORO

    This spinach-based chicken curry (¥900) is a reputable item on YOGORO’s menu, made in a tetsunabe pot! There are two types to choose from: one with spicy tomato as the base and fresh cream, and a milder version made with spinach. You can pick from pork and chicken for the meat to enjoy an original combination. We also recommend it topped with the soft-boiled egg!

     

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    YOGORO
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    Address: Komatsu Bldg. 1F, 2-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours:
    [Monday-Friday] 11:30-16:00 / 18:00-20:00
    [Saturday] 11:30-16:00
    Closed: Sundays & Public Holidays
    TEL: 03-3746-9914
    Webpage: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130601/13076645/

     

     

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    Minoringo

    This Keema curry (¥900) looks just like a decorative cake. The top of the curry is flooded with cheese. Its rich flavour is simply irresistible! We also recommend the standard Keema curry without the cheese too♡

     

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    Minoringo
    Address: West Bldg. 1F, 1-22-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Toyko
    Opening Hours:
    [Tuesday-Friday] 11:30-15:00 / 18:30-21:30
    [Weekends & Holidays] 11:30-19:00
    Closed: Mondays
    TEL: 03-6447-2414
    Website: http://www.minoringo.jp

     

     

    Curry Up
    This curry house is produced by ‘A Bathing Ape’ founder NIGO. The beef & butter chicken curry (¥1,100) has a distinct mild yet rich taste to it. It’s enjoyable to enjoy two different flavours in one as seen in the picture. You can also combine your own flavours to your liking.

     

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    Curry Up
    Address: 105, 2-35-9 Jinguae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours:
    [Monday-Saturday] 11:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
    [Sunday & Holidays] 11:30-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 03-5775-5446
    Website: http://www.curryup.jp

     

     

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    SHANTi
    If we’re talking soup curry, then where else to go than SHANTi. The spice is on point and there’s a hearty serving of vegetables. There’s also many varieties of curry to choose from, so expect to be spoilt for choice. During lunchtime you can get a large serving of rice for free, and you’re free to enjoy a second helping, so if you’re a big eater, look no further.

     

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    SHANTi
    Address: Honorary Harajuku Bldg. 2F, 3-26-11 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:30-00:00 (Last Orders)
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 03-5772-6424
    Website: http://www.shanticurry.com

     

     

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    BRITISH INDIAN CAFE 1930
    You wouldn’t think that this is a curry house, with its landmark stylish red wall. They serve Indian curry made the way the British do. Their popular butter chicken curry mixes together honey and fresh cream to give it its distinct sweet flavour. The faint spiciness and milk sweetness has made it a particularly popular dish with female customers. The softness of the tandoori chicken is great too. Being British-style, the curry goes well together with black tea.

     

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    BRITISH INDIAN CAFE 1930
    Address: 3-27-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:30-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 050-5590-0486
    Website: http://cafe-1930.com

     

     

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    HENDRIX
    You could call the chefs at HENDRIX spice masters. They’re extremely thorough and attentive with the timing of when they put their spices in the curry. A popular dish on their menu is their pork curry. It’s cooked gradually with a large amount of spice and has a deep flavour that doesn’t just simply scream ‘hot.’ They’re also particular about their saffron rice which complements the curry. They use only koshihikari rice from the city of Inzai in Chiba Prefecture. The fact they’re even particular about the rice means you can look forward to some truly layered flavours!

     

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    Address: 2-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:30-14:30 / 18:00-23:00
    Closed: Sundays & Public Holidays
    TEL: 03-3479-3857
    Webpage: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1309/A130901/13007422/

     

     

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    MOKUBABZA

    This keema curry restaurant is located on the corner of a secluded street. It originally used to open only as a night bar, but keema curry became the talk of the town for being delicious, so it came to be open during lunchtime too. The most popular item on their menu is undoubtedly their ‘Cheese Keema Curry.’ It offers a large serving of rice topped with keema curry and melty mozzarella cheese. Placed again on top of that is a perfectly round egg yolk, giving it a unique appearance. This exquisite dish is cooked thoroughly with carefully selected spices.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/38757/2

     

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    CURRY & BAR – “MOKUBAZA”

    Address: 2-28-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-15:00 (Lunch Time) / 19:30-23:30 (Bar Time)

    Closed: Sundays & Holidays (Only closed for lunch on Sundays)

    TEL: 03-3404-2606

    Website: www.mokubaza.com/

     

    Drooling yet? You’ve absolutely got to try the exquisite curry hidden away in Harajuku. Tuck in during lunchtime or dinnertime!

     

  • 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.

     

    AFURI 原宿 ラーメン ベジタリアン

    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.

     

    Infatuation Denverさん(@infatuation_den)がシェアした投稿

    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.

     

    Maria Eduarda Costaさん(@duudacostaa)がシェアした投稿

    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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  • Travel Q&A: 10 Rules & On-the-House Services at Japanese Restaurants

    19.April.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Restaurants in Japan have a very different list of rules, on-the-house services and etiquette standards compared to other countries. If you enter a restaurant when in Japan without knowing some of these things you might make a mistake!

     

    We’ve put together a list of 10 important points to learn before dining out in Japan.

     

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    1.Don’t give tips

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    2.Watch out for ‘Otooshi’

    Otooshi, also known as tsukidashi, are small appetizers served at bars and establishments that sell alcohol, particularly izakaya. They will be served event if you didn’t order them, and you can be charged for them. There are numerous reasons they give for serving ootoshi, such as ‘proof that we have taken your first order’ and ‘something to eat while you wait for the first food to come out.’ Lots of tourists not accustomed to this practice have felt cheated.

     

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    3.Water is free

    When you sit down at a restaurant in Japan, you’ll be served water. Many tourists are surprised at the fact that cold water is served all year round the majority of the time in Japan. There are also establishments that serve free hot green tea instead of water.

     

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    4.The unexpected things are expensive (or cheap)

    It’s not rare for things like delivery pizza or Korean pork belly BBQ, which are extremely cheap and common foods in other countries, to be expensive in Japan. On the other hand, you can eat Japanese foods like sushi, tempura and ramen at a very cheap price.

     

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    5.You order alcohol first at an izakaya

    It’s not a set rule, but generally when you go to an izakaya, ordering a drink gives you plenty of time to read through the menu. Beer is often ordered before anything else. There’s even a set phrase for it, toriaezu biiru (‘[I’ll have] beer for now’). Try saying it in Japanese when you’re at an izakaya.

     

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    6.All-you-can services

    Restaurants in Japan often have all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink services. If you pay a set price, you can eat or drink as much as you like. Many places offer this service, including, but not limited to, izakaya, yakiniku restaurants, and sushi bars. We recommend this to people who want to pay a little to get a lot!

     

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    7.Oshibori are free

    Oshibori, or moistened towels, are given for free at Japanese restaurants. They are wet towels used to wipe your hands and face before a meal. Depending on the restaurant, you may be given a cold or hot towel. Staff at izakaya will also hand them to you. A lot of tourists praise this service as high quality.

     

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    8.Rules and menus are different at fast food restaurants

    International restaurant chains like McDonald’s and Subway are of course in Japan too. If you’re a tourist bored of Japanese food, you’ll probably want to eat something familiar like fast food. In those times, you’ll be baffled by the differences between a fast food joint in your own country and in Japan. For example, in the case of McDonald’s, the Japanese large-sized drinks are smaller than the medium-sized drinks in the US. There’s also no self-service. Instead, the staff will pour the drink for you.

     

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    9.You cannot take food into restaurants (though there are exceptions)

    One rule that puzzles a lot of people from Asia that come to Japan is the rule that states you cannot enter a place with food or drink. However, select establishments, such as food courts in large shopping malls, will permit you to do so. Be sure to do some research beforehand.

     

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    10.Take your shoes off on tatami

    At izakaya and traditional Japanese restaurants, they implement customary Japanese style seating and tatami flooring. If you’re dining at a place with tatami mats, you must take your shoes off before stepping on it. The table seats and tatami are split into different areas even if it’s the same restaurant, so even if it’s OK to wear your shoes at table seats, you’ll need to take off your shoes when using tatami in most cases.

     

     

    Did you learn something new? Sit alongside the locals when you come to Japan and enjoy some delicious Japanese cuisine!

     

    If you have any questions you want answering about Japan, then please be sure to get in touch with us on the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Facebook page!

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

  • 6 Best Spots to Visit in Odaiba: Gundam, Ramen, Shopping and More!

    05.April.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    As well as being a hub for shopping, Odaiba is a popular sightseeing destination. It’s seen as being a little far from central Tokyo, but you can in fact arrive there in about 20 minutes from Shibuya and Shinjuku.

     

    Here are 6 locations in Odaiba that we recommend for foreign tourists. Be sure to take note if you’re planning a trip there!

     

     

     

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    AQUA CiTY ODAIBA

    This is Odaiba’s huge shopping complex. There’s a huge range of facilities to be found there, including a shrine, ramen, 4DX® and much more. One place you mustn’t forget to visit is Odaiba’s “Statue of Liberty” which has become a famous photo spot. It’s relatively smaller compared to the one in New York and the replica in Paris, but you’ll still see a lot of people snapping pictures.

     

    ◼︎Information

    Address: 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato
    Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00
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    TEL: 03-3599-4700

    Website:www.aquacity.jp

     

     

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    Odaiba Tourist Information Center
    At this information center you will find a realistic looking android by the name of Chihira Junko. She is 26-years-old, was born on June 1st and comes in at 165cm tall. This is the only place in the world with an android permanently set up at a tourist information center. She speaks Japanese, English and Chinese.

    ◼︎Information

    Odaiba Tourist Information Center
    Address: AQUA CiTY ODAIBA 3F, 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato
    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
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    TEL: 03-3599-4700

     

     


    Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai
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    ◼︎Information

    Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai
    Address: AQUA CiTY ODAIBA 5F, 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato
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    TEL: 03-3599-4700

    Website:http://www.aquacity.jp/tokyo_ramen_kokugikan/

     

     

    Hello Kitty Japan
    This shop serves up a compelling collaboration between the Japanese style and Sanrio characters. It’s lined with merchandise of popular characters from Hello Kitty to Gudetama and beyond. They also sell kawaii sweets inspired by the characters in the sweets corner of their eat-in section♡

    ◼︎Information

    Hello Kitty Japan
    Address: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza 2F, 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
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    Website:https://www.sanrio.co.jp/shop/sh6204120/

     

     


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    ◼︎Information
    THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO
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    Website:https://www.gundam-base.net/

     

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    ◼︎Information

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    TEL: 03-3599-5231

    Website:https://www.madametussauds.jp/ja/

     

    Did you like our pick?

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  • 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/

     

    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

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    [Online Store Exclusive] Acrylic Keychain (7 varieties, Random)

     

    The cafe’s new menu includes afternoon tea, perfect for warming the body and soul during the cold winter months. The colorful food items and desserts are sure to be a hit on social media, and fans will enjoy the Magical Milk Tea and other dishes inspired by the popular BT21 characters.

     

    In addition to new merchandise and bonuses featuring newly-drawn art, a photo spot will welcome guests to the cafe and invite them to celebrate this five-year milestone. 


    Why not take a break from everyday life to enjoy a magical time with these cute characters?

     

    ©BT21

  • Grand Front Osaka to Hold Harry Potter Christmas Event

    28.October.2022 | MOVIE / SPOT

    The Grand Front Osaka mall has announced an incredible Christmas celebration in collaboration with the magical world of Harry Potter! Fans will want to visit the massive shopping center between November 10 and December 25 to take part in the festivities.

    Standard Decorations

    Showtime Decorations

    Harry Potter-Inspired Decorations

     

    The highlight of the event is the 13-meter-tall Christmas Tree, which will be set up on the first floor of the mall’s North Building. The tree will be decorated with Harry Potter-inspired ornaments like moving staircases and window frames, which will look as though they are floating in the air. At night, a light show will take place around the tree, complete with projections inspired by the four houses of Hogwarts. 

    Decorated Ted E. Bear

    Stamp Rally Card

    House Flag Decorations

    Tully’s Coffee and Harry Potter Collaboration Goods and Menu

     

    Special Harry Potter-themed decorations will be attached to many trees in the area around the nearby Umekita Plaza, and fans can also find a Harry Potter panel exhibition. An Instagram photo campaign will be held in which visitors can enter to win collab merch, so don’t miss out!

     

    Come make some magical memories at this Harry Potter event in Osaka this winter.

  • NAKED GARDEN ONE KYOTO Night Walk Project Invites Guests to Stroll Through the Tale of Genji

    28.October.2022 | SPOT

    From November 11 until December 4, NAKED will hold the unique NAKED GARDEN ONE KYOTO event in Uji. The one-of-a-kind art project is being produced through a partnership with Kyoto City, Uji City, and Otsu City in Shiga Prefecture. Several events and art exhibitions will appear in the Kyoto area until December 25, 2022.

     

    The project first began on September 15 at Kyoto City Hall, and it will move to Uji on November 11. NAKED’s unique digital art will bring color to Uji, a place steeped in Japanese history and the heart of Japanese tea culture. The Asagiri Bridge, appearing in The Tale of Genji, will be illuminated, and the Zen temple Kosho-ji will be offering tea ceremonies and a digital teamaking experience for guests to enjoy. NAKED’s popular Distance Lanterns will return, allowing visitors to explore Uji at night while properly socially distancing. 

     

    At Kosho-ji, guests can enjoy the renewed DANDELION PROJECT. Created by Ryotaro Muramatsu, the art project has appeared in a number of towns and cities around the world, inviting participants to create flowers and send them around the globe digitally as a hope for peace. Visitors can use their smartphones to send dandelion fluff with their name on it to the metaverse version of Kosho-ji and beyond, eventually causing a digital flower to bloom. 

     

    Why not come take a quiet walk through the streets of Uji, Kyoto? 

     

     

    Works

     

    Urasenke Tea Ceremony and Digital Teamaking Experience

     

    『DANDELION PROJECT』by RYOTARO MURAMATSU / NAKED

     

    NAKED Distance Lantern®︎

     

    Asagiri Bridge and Kotosaka Interactive Illuminations

     

    NAKED Tsukubai®︎

     

    Chazuna’s New Mobility C⁺walkT Experience

  • Chainsaw Man Tokyo Special Division 4 Event and Pop-Up Shop to Open in Tokyo

    27.October.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    A story-based digital GPS rally inspired by Chainsaw Man will be held within Tokyo’s subway system from November 1 until November 28. Fans of the anime series won’t want to miss it!

     

    Participants will be tasked with one vital mission: to find five senior devil hunters who are currently undercover at subway stations around the city.

     

    Participants will download an app from the special website and follow the instructions within to find stamp locations at stations throughout Tokyo. When they reach the designated location, they’ll find a special poster, and they’ll just need to press a button in the app to earn a stamp. By collecting stamps in all six locations, fans will receive a unique key visual which can only be obtained through this event. 

     

    Pop-Up Shop

    During the event period, fans will also find a limited-time pop-up shop inside Ikebukuro Sunshine City. Original collaboration items will be on sale, and a game will be set up with winners able to walk away with unique prizes. From November 1 to November 20, admission to the shop will be by advance reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis to reduce crowding. Reservations can be made through the official website.

     

    ©藤本タツキ/集英社・MAPPA

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