6 Kawaii Stationery Items in Japan: Masking Tape, Labels & More!
Japan’s range of stationery has proven popular even with tourists coming from overseas for its great functionality and array of kawaii designs.
Let’s take a look at some of the cute and convenient stationery you’ll only find in Japan.
Animal Speech Labels & Memo Pad
Paperable is a Japanese stationery brand who have release two new products from Village Vanguard: ‘Animal Voice Labels’ and the ‘Cat Voice Memo Pad.’ They are designed to make it look like the animals are saying something to you. There are 6 versions of the memo pad each featuring a different cat and all with different expressions, like grinning and impudent. Make use of whichever one you need to, depending on how you feel on a certain day.
Beautifully Translucent Labels
These are also by the same stationery branch, Paperable. They’re made to look like real flower petals. They can be used to index things and add decoration to your memo pad or notebook, or to jot down a few words. There’s also a leaf version. The leaf veins really bring the labels to life. Both are see-through and look gorgeous.
Masking Tape – Always Sold Out Online
You can now pick up beautiful, delicate-looking hydrangea masking tape from Village Vanguard, Japan’s flower of the rainy season. You can even combine each flower along the tape to make up a bigger and colourful hydrangea flower. Try making your own.
Beautiful Masking Tape Like Tiles Seen in Morocco, Turkey and Mexico!
This unique masking tape is also available at Village Vanguard and created by Taiwanese designer Chang Hao Hsueh. They are based on tiles seen around the world like in Morocco and Turkey which are made using old traditional methods. It can be used on lots of things to pretty them up such as small notebooks, pads, and even glass bottles or make-up boxes! You’ll be sure to find one that you like.
Sailor Moon Sealing Wax – Pretty Up Your Letters & Invitations
Over on the shopping website Premium Bandai they are selling Sailor Moon inspired wax which you melt and seal envelopes with. There are two different sets. Each comes with five metal stamps with different stamp designs, such as the Crystal Star and Planetary Symbols. These are limited in quantity so be sure to order yours quick!
Rojiman’s 3 Cats Turned Stationery!
Rojiman owns three Scottish Fold cats who have become something of a hit online, even being picked up by overseas media. The hats each of them wear are actually made from hairs collected during their brushing sessions. This new ‘100% Cat Hair’ series includes stationery inspired by the trio including cards, tags, masking tape and more. Make your study sessions or work fun with these items!
Did you enjoy this list? Be sure to get your hands on all the cute stationery you can when in Japan, whether for yourself or as a gift!
Popular Nail Salons in Harajuku & Trending Nails by 5 Popular Models
There must be a lot of people out there wondering how to do their nails for spring and summer this year. At the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center we’ve directed many foreign tourists to popular nail salons.
So, we’re compiling a lot of some of the popular locations you’ll find in Harajuku! Check them out alongside the list of trending nail styles by popular models that follows.
This is a nail and eyelash salon who offer a huge range of top class eyelash extensions and high-quality nail painting art. They position themselves as your indispensable partner, leading you on the way to drawing out your natural beauty, offering new a lifestyle. The comfort at the salon is outstanding, set up in an open environment with plenty of light. And the fact that they can do both your nails and hair is enticing!
This place is open from 10am to 10pm, so you can even pop in after a bit of sightseeing. You can never get tired of their gel nails which come in designs based on what’s trending each month, as well as their variety of nail parts and colours. Customers can take in art with them to show the staff, so we recommend Anranju who want to enjoy their nails done exactly in accordance with what they like.
This nail salon is recommended for people to want to get their nails done like their favourite artist during a concert, as well as character art nails, intricate nails, and more. The staff have a lot of experience with nails and have done so many that it’s impossible to count them. They are very talented, and their designs are constantly incorporating the newest trends.
Trending Nails by 5 Popular Models
Yuri Suganuma: Primary colours and glitter make cute, flashy nails
Yuri Suganuma went for different colours across all her nails. Changing the colours of each nail is impactful and gives a pop vibe. As a pointer, glitter using glitter colours makes them look fashionable, doesn’t it!
Saki Shibata: Attractive nails made with dull colours
Dull colours are aplomb and raise your level of maturity. Shibasaki is using gentle, organic nails from Ambiente, so this one’s recommended for people who like to do their own nails.
Misa Kimura: Supporting the springtime vibe with nail art
Misa Kimura is serving spring with her nail art. The holographic nails raise the level of their gorgeousness. Take note of the top coat which is matted!
Mei Nagasawa: Sweet and lovely nails with hearts and pink
Mei Nagasawa’s beautiful nails use pink as the base colour. The little hearts popped on there are super cute, aren’t they? ♡ This design will completely up the appeal of your girliness, so try it for yourself.
Ayumi Seto: Girly dots and rainbows
The dot and rainbow design matches Ayumi Seto’s image perfectly. They’re completely coated in glitter, making them shine and look cute when hit by the light. Colourful nails work well with simple outfit co-ords!
Did you enjoy this list? Use these trending designs by models as a reference and enjoy creating your spring and summer nails!
10 Useful Travel Items You Can Buy in Japan at 100-Yen Shops
Japan’s 100-yen shops garner much attention even amongst foreign tourists for their massive range of useful items. Their shelves are also filled with plenty of things you would find convenient to have during your trip in Japan. Let’s take a look at some of the travel goods you can pick up there – at a very reasonable price. You’ll be glad you had some of these!
The ¥100 pouch is a convenient little thing to store away items like cosmetics, toiletries and such. If you buy one of the transparent ones, then it becomes even more convenient as you can see the contents and locate what you need without hassle. There’s many to choose from – they come in big and small sizes, and cute-looking ones have been on the increase recently. It’s nice to have so much choice, so pick your favourite!
The zipper bags sold at Daiso, one of Japan’s most popular 100-yen shops, have simple, very smart designs. They’re useful for storing bathroom items, chargers and other cords, and other knick-knacks. They’re popular with people not only for travelling but during everyday life too.
3.Vacuum Storage Bags
Vacuum storage bags are an old standby in travelling. There’s ones for grabs with cute designs, and the whole vacuum part of it is a lot of fun. You can pack away bulky towels and clothes nice and compactly. The only problem is that the compaction force wears away gradually on long trips, so be sure to have some backups prepared for peace of mind.
The cushion case protects your electronic devices from damage. They are a must-have for digital cameras, laptops etc. It’s good to check the feel of your cushion case when choosing one. If you pick one extra cushiony then you can rest assured your devices will be safe. There’s a plethora of designs and sizes to pick from!
You can even buy wet wipes at the 100-yen shop, an absolute must-have even in regular life. Can Do’s bacteria eliminating type wet wipes have kawaii designs like ninja and samurai. They’re even sold at Seria, another 100-yen chain. Those with kids will be pleased with this item.
6. Eye Mask
We recommend this one for those who struggle to sleep when going on a trip. Can Do have even kawaii-fied eye masks. From standard types to fun, amusing types, sift through the range and pull out one that you like most. They might even make a good souvenir.
There’s nothing better than being hugged by a neck pillow when sleeping on a bus or plane. They lighten the load on your neck, so there’s plenty of people that make regular use of them. Choose from pillows filled with beads, cotton, and even ones that you can fill with air which are also convenient for carrying around.
If you find yourself in a downfall of rain at your travel destination and are in need of a raincoat but want something cute, then how about taking a trip to Daiso? They sell a mix of different raincoats with cross designs, half-moon designs and more. They’re the perfect thickness too so they’re something you can make use of regularly.
9.Selfie Stick & Remote Camera Shutter
Selfie sticks have made their way to 100-yen shops recently, and they even sell remote camera shutters! Get all the tools you need for taking memorable photos at the 100-yen shop.
Tripods for your smartphone? You betcha! They are compact and not a hassle to carry at all. Can Do tripods are stable, and best of all, you can change the angle of your camera freely. Take some fun pics!
Was this list useful? There’s plenty more convenient and useful items where that came from at Japanese 100-yen shops. Make sure you pop into one and stock up.
MOSHI MOSHI BOX Staff Recommends: 6 Tasty Souvenirs at Shinjuku Station
It’s safe to say that a lot of people who travel around Tokyo use Shinjuku Station. There’s a lot of souvenir shops around there, but it can be difficult to know what to buy.
In this article, the staff over at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX, Harajuku’s tourist information center loved by travelers, will introduce you to some places to pick up a great souvenir around Shinjuku station, all easily accessible via train lines and the shinkansen!
Ruki’s Recommendations (Spanish Staff) – “BAKE CHEESE TART”
They have a crispy and fluffy texture! They’re sweet and really delicious.
They’re tasty as they are, but I recommend eating them hot when the shop opens, that’s when they’re best♡
Minimal’s Recommendations (Hong Kong Staff) – Cream Puffs at “Choux d’Enfer Paris”
Cute, bite-sized cream puffs! The outside sugar is crunchy and the dough is light.
They have regular flavours like custard and chocolate, but also Japanese-style flavours including cherry blossom and matcha.
Banako’s Recommendations (Chinese-Speaking Staff) – “Ginza Cozy Corner”
Ginza Cozy Corner sells delicious western-style confectioneries. I recommend their matcha flavoured yakikashi (baked sweets)! They’re made with carefully selected high quality ingredients such as Uji matcha and Uji houjicha that will make you feel relaxed. You can enjoy a combination of traditional Japan and western-style confectionery!
Midori’s Recommendations (Miss ID Semifinalist) – Pochiokaki at “Hyouhyouan”
These crunchy rice crackers come in decorative envelopes with beautiful Edo designs! They can of course be given as a New Year’s gift, and are a sign of good luck as a celebratory present. The rice crackers are also made of a rare mochi rice from Toyama Prefecture. They will satisfy kids and adults alike.
Ellie’s Recommendations (English-Speaking Staff) – Namasasara at “Yui”
This shop sells cute bite-sized Japanese sweets. You can buy them from inside NEWoMan which is a shopping facility directly connected to Shinjuku Station. Each and every one of their fine confectioneries are carefully handmade by experts. They sell sweets individually too, so I recommend them as a little present!
Shiota’s Recommendations (Director of MOSHI MOSHI BOX) – An Chocolate at “L’OLIOLI 365”
“An Chocolate” is a steamed dessert made with red bean and chocolate. The center has two layers and the bottom is a red bean and chocolate mousse. They have plenty of flavours including apricot jam, caramel, matcha and more.
Did you enjoy the staff’s list?
If you find yourself stuck on what to buy as a gift, then be sure to reference this article. Have a wonderful trip in Tokyo♫
MOSHI MOSHI BOX staff recommends 6 Tokyo souvenirs!
Tokyo Station is a station used by many tourists. When you visit Tokyo, of course, you will want to buy some souvenirs. But you may wonder, what souvenirs are “good” Tokyo souvenirs?
In this article, the staff of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center, who love to travel, will introduce to you some recommended souvenirs which can be bought in and around Tokyo Station.
“Ohana no Babaroa Ball Cake”recommended by our Spanish staff, Luki.
I am sure that this gift is suitable to be given to women who loves flowers.
The product uses eatable flowers and has a gorgeous looking/splendid taste.
“Torotoro Yaki Cup Cheese” recommended by our Hong Konger staff, Minimal.
A very popular product where some days about 4,000 pieces are sold in a day! The combination of the melty cream cheese and crunchy cookie tart is awesome.
You can enjoy the product by heating it or cooling it.
“Siretoco Doughnut”recommdend by our Chinese-speaking staff, Banako
Many cute animals are place on top of a doughnut and of course, the doughnuts taste good.
Each animal is very cute and there are Tokyo Station-limited variations!
“Tokyo Banana – Banana Yogurt Flavor” recommended by the Miss ID Semi-Finalist, Midori.
Did you know that a new version of Tokyo Banana (a very famous sweets item of Tokyo), a collaborative item with the panda cub in Ueno Zoo called Xiang Xiang, was released!?
The flavor of the product is banana & yogurt. Eating this item will feel a bit “mottainai”to eat. That is, it looks too cute to be eaten because the illustration of the panda cub is so cute!
“Gomatamago” recommended by our English-speaking staff, Ellie.
This sweets item is a standard souvenir of Tokyo. The black sesame paste, and black sesame jam are wrapped inside a castella sponge cake and the whole cake is coated with a white chocolate.
The splendid harmony of the 4 layers is addictive. The shape of the product which looks like an egg is very cute♡ The name, Gomatamago means, “goma” = “sesame” and “tamago”=”egg.”
“Tokyo Hiyoko” recommended by the director of MOSHI MOSHI BOX, Shiota.
A standard Tokyo souvenir dessert comprised of a sweet bean jam wrapped in a soft dough.
Don’t miss the various of flavors which are sold for a limited time offers!
How did you like our MOSHI MOSHI BOX staff recommended Tokyo souvenirs? Please refer to this article when you are not sure which Tokyo souvenir to buy. Let’s have fun in Tokyo!
MOSHI MOSHI BOX staff recommends Osaka souvenirs!
Osaka is known as a popular sightseeing spot in Japan. So, when you visit Osaka, of course, you will want to buy some souvenirs. But you may wonder, what souvenir is a good souvenir to buy in Osaka.
In his article, the staff of MOSHI MOSHI BOX who love to travel, will introduce to you some recommended souvenirs which can be bought in and around Osaka Station.
“Nakanoshima Caramel Scotch recommended by our Spanish staff, Ruki.
It looks like a cookie but it is a snack which includes caramel and almonds.
The crunchy texture of scotch is superb. The blue box is very cute too.
“batondor” recommended by our Hong Kong staff Minimal
A special stick dessert with only eight sticks in a box.
The taste of the product is very thick compared to “Pockies” which can be bought at convenience stores and it has the flavor of butter. It is a great match with alcohol!
“Fueki Pudding” recommended by our Chinese-speaking staff, Banako
A pudding using the motif of the good-old Fueki paste container. The container can be used as an accessory case or interior. I am planning to buy it for my friends when I visit Osaka next time.
“Tenten Hitokuchi Gyoza” recommended by the Miss ID Semi-Finalist Midori
I always buy this product when I visit Osaka. I don’t cook at all but this gyoza (dumpling) is very easy to make.
It is recommended to put it into a pot during the cold season!
“Jagariko Takoyaki Aji” recommended by English-speaking staff, Ellie
Takoyaki is one of the most famous foods of Osaka. As you might know, Jagariko is a very popular snack among Japanese people but this flavor has a thick flavor of takoyaki.
It is fairy cheep and it is a very “Osaka-like” product which is suitable to be bought as a gift for your friends!
“Rikuro Ojisanno Omise – Yakitate (freshly baked) Cheese Cake” recommended by the curator of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Shiota.
A tasteful cheese cake famous in Osaka. You can watch the staff of the shop making cheese cakes! It is recommended to warm this cake up before you eat it. Of course, you can also enjoy the product after cooling it down inside a refrigerator.
How did you like our MOSHI MOSHI BOX staff recommended Osaka souvenirs? Please refer to this article when you are not sure which souvenir to buy. Let’s have fun in Osaka, a city which has lots of delicious food and unique items.
Don Quijote: The Most Popular Store Among Foreigners in Japan for Souvenirs!
Don Quijote is the biggest discount chain store in Japan. It’s always bustling with foreign tourists for its wide selection of bargains, ranging from food to electronics, variety goods like costume and merchandise, and pretty much anything you can imagine. Items in-store are duty free and all branches have a foreign currency service. For people coming from overseas to Japan, Don Quijote stands at the top as the best and easiest place to shop.
So what are the most popular products bought at Don Quijote? Let’s take a look.
Japanese Snacks & Sweets
You can be spoiled for choice with Japanese snacks and sweets as there are so many popular ones to choose from. There are even tourists who buy 10-20 packets in one shop as gifts to their friends. One particularly popular choice is Kororo, a soft candy made with 100% fruit juice. They are loved for their cute appearance and real fruit flavour. Another popular pick are Japanese KitKats, which are known for their unique flavours including matcha, wasabi, sake and more.
Japanese Medical Supplies
A lot of foreign tourists buy Japanese medical supplies in bulk to take back home. “Strong Wakamoto” is a digestive medicine that is very popular. There are a lot of Japanese people that aren’t too familiar with this product, but it’s well-known in other places – in Taiwan, for example, you’ll see it advertised in commercials. It’s sold in Taiwan too, but because it’s about NT$ 200 cheaper (￥600) in Japan, the number of people buying from Japan is on the rise.
A popular gift for mothers in Japan from Don Quijote is the “Ceramic Knife” which is praised for its ease-of-use. There’s a selection of different sizes and colours, and you can also buy them divided for different purposes too. They also sell a range of useful items for the kitchen too, like food containers – perfect for giving to people.
Hairdryers by Panasonic are commonplace with people overseas and of course in Japan too. “Botanical Shampoo” ranked number one in the hair care categories of Japan’s major mail-order business. Although there’s no added silicon, it’s said that the shampoo provides a gently moist finish. It’s become a very popular product in Asia, including South Korea and Taiwan.
Don Quijote has a large alcohol section which serve as a great gift to friends, including nihonshu, shochu, cocktails and more. A brand of nihonshu called “Dassai” is ranked among the most popular drinks ever since it was showcased on Taiwanese television. The price changes depending on the variety of sake you go for, so you can split your purchases appropriately between those you are gifting.
Did you enjoy this article? If you’re buying souvenirs from Japan, then Don Quijote is a perfect place to seek something out!
SHINING MOON TOKYO: Sailor Moon Show Restaurant to Open in Azabu-Juban
Azabu-Juban is a district in Tokyo and considered a holy ground amongst Sailor Moon fans as it is where the Sailors reside in the series. That fact is about to be set in stone as the all-new show restaurant SHINING MOON TOKYO is set to open in Azabu-Juban on August 15.
The building used for the restaurant was actually built in the same year when the Sailor Moon manga began serialisation. It’s also located in Joule A, the same place where Jewelry OSA-P appears in the series.
Since its release in 1991, the Sailor Moon manga series has been translated into 17 languages, and the anime series has made it to 40 countries worldwide. It has even spawned musicals which have been taken around the world. Now, fans can look forward to enjoying their favourite series in a new form with the opening of SHINING MOON TOKYO.
The restaurant’s stage show is being produced by Nelke Planning who has been involved in many of the franchise’s musicals. It will make use of stunning LED visuals and lightning and will feature music and dancing.
At the entrance to the restaurant is a gorgeous golden moon which you can sit on and pose like one of the Sailors.
A little further in is the stage, whose pink aesthetic and decorations have received the official stamp of approval from Sailor Moon author Naoko Takeuchi. The distance between the stage and audience is short, allowing for an up-close, immersive and thrilling spectator experience.
Concealed behind glass display cases are gorgeous and glittery Sailor Moon outfits.
Our five Sailors all feature in the stage show who we get to see in their everyday lives, during their transformations, and in battle scenes. The manga will be brought to life before the crowd’s eyes.
Most of shows will be non-verbal, meaning that people can enjoy them without understanding Japanese. Many different stories will be told on stage―you can find out which ones they will be showing while at the restaurant.
The restaurant will feature a kawaii menu with original drinks and dishes you can’t get anywhere else.
Sailor Planet Sushi Balls – ¥1,800 (Tax Included)
This tropical-looking sushi platter is made up of five different sushi balls including Japanese halfbeak, Okinawan spinach, salted salmon roe, snow crab, and conger eel. The vinegar used in the dish has antioxidants in it which will protect your body like a Guardian Sailor!
Tsukino Family Classic! Rabbit Curry – ¥1,800 (Tax Included)
The rice in this adorable dish is made into the shape of a rabbit, which in Japanese is usagi―and is also the name of our titular heroine! It contains fragrant spices which are sure to warm your body and healthy herbs to soothe fatigue.
SHINING MOON TOKYO Roll Cake – ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
For dessert, look forward to a gorgeous strawberry roll cake topped with fresh cream and cherries. If you like the sound of lots of flavours dancing in your mouth at once, then we recommend this one to you!
SHINING MOON TOKYO Pancakes – ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
The sweet and sour taste of the mango and kiwi elevate the nectarous notes of the maple pancakes. It even comes with an iced Sailor Moon cookie.
Pretty Guardian Lunch Box (Left) / Moon Prism Rice Burger (Right)
Once you’ve eaten everything in your lunch box, which includes rice balls, vegetables and more, you can take it home with you to add to your Sailor Moon collection!
Drinks – ¥800 Each (Tax Included)
There are five drinks inspired by each respective Sailor and each comes with their own original coaster.
Acrylic Silhouette Key Rings – ¥1,300 Each (Tax Included)
Stock up on your Sailor Moon collection too with a whole range of exclusive goodies!
Enter a new Sailor Moon world with food and entertainment at SHINING MOON TOKYO when it opens in the Sailors’ hometown on August 1.
ⒸNaoko Takeuchi・PNP / Sailor Moon –SHINING MOON TOKYO–
SHINING MOON TOKYO
Grand Opening: August 15, 2019
Address: Joule A Floor B1F, 1-10-1 Azabu-Juban, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Access: Direct connection from Azabu-Juban Station which is on the Toei Edo Line and Tokyo Metro Namboku Line
Official Website: https://sailormoon-shiningmoontokyo.com/en/
Miniature Theme Park SMALL WORLDS TOKYO to Open in Tokyo Next Spring
10.August.2019 | Uncategorized
The all-new SMALL WORLDS TOKYO theme park is set to open in the Ariake district of Tokyo in spring 2020.
The park will cover an 8,000m2 area which will be split into seven different areas made up of moving miniature models: the Kansai International Airport, the Space Center, World Streets, Sailor Moon, Neon Genesis Evangelion Tokyo-3, and Neon Genesis Evangelion Evangelion Cage.
The facility hopes to bring a new level of immersion the likes of which we have not seen before. It is a joint project between Japanese creators Tatsuya Kaneko and Shōji Kawamori and a team of Japanese engineers. Using the latest cutting-edge technology and delicate artistry in Japan, the staff behind this project have built a moving miniature universe that will transport visitors to another world.
Sailor Moon fans will delight in the recreation of Azabu-Jūban, a district of Tokyo where the series protagonists reside, and Crystal Tokyo. Evangelion fans will also rejoice in witnessing Tokyo-3 as well as Evangelion Cages in which Evangelions are housed.
Not only will visitors be able to look at the miniature world, they can become part of it too with the Citizens Rights Figure Program which will scan a 3D model of the person and have a figure of themselves placed in the area of their choice. Sign-ups for this program will open on August 9 at 10:00 (JST) on the park’s website.
Details on tickets and facility specifics will be announced in the near future.
©SMALL WORLDS. Inc
SMALL WORLDS TOKYO
Address: Ariake Butsuryu Center, 1-3-33 Ariake, Koto Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.smallworlds.jp/
Beautiful Sailor Moon T-Shirts Released by UNIQLO’s UT Brand
UNIQLO’s graphic t-shirt brand UT it collaborating with Sailor Moon to release a collection of t-shirts at UNIQLO stores across Japan and their online store on June 23.
The original Sailor Moon manga series written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi was the biggest shojo manga series of the 1990’s. It has been translated into 17 languages and the anime series has been made available in over 40 countries. The Sailor Moon 25th Anniversary Project began in 2017 and has brought about new anime series, a musical and more. In July this year, the manga series was released digitally and simultaneously worldwide for the first time.
To celebrate and help promote the digital distribution of the manga series, the t-shirt collection was made in collaboration with Naoko Takeuchi herself. The designs are enough to make the hearts of fans out there throb.
This design features Sailor Moon’s iconic pose when she declares, “In the name of the moon, I’ll punish you!”
This design showcases the classic scene when the Sailors send in their power to the Holy Grail. The dialogue has been translated into 10 languages in celebration of the international digital distribution of the manga.
The front of this t-shirt features the series logo while the back has the Sailors and Luna each with their respective colours.
The back of this t-shirt features Sailor Moon’s birthday scene. It comes with trendy tie-dye colouring.
This final design has a pocket with a picturesque scene of Azabu-Jūban, a district in Tokyo where the Protagonists live. There is also a cute embroidering of Luna above it.
From longtime readers to more recent fans, this is a collection you’re sure to enjoy!
Sailor Moon UT
Release Date: August 23, 2019
Price: ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Available: At UNIQLO branches in Japan and the online store
2019 Top 10 Souvenirs Available at Daimaru Department Store, Tokyo
27.July.2019 | FOOD
Looking for some delicious, well presented Japanese souvenirs? Head to Daimaru department store which is adjoined to Tokyo Station. On the first floor and basement floor lies a Japanese-style desserts and sweets area which contains approximately 70 delicious brands. Every day, approximately 30,000 desserts are sold to customers who are looking for souvenirs to bring to their family and friends.
Now we have arrived at the summer holidays, there are many tourists who will soon reach the stage of panic where they are unsure of what souvenirs to bring back to their loved ones. Luckily, Daimaru Department store is a goldmine of beautifully presented Japanese-style sweet snacks made by top brands. Today, we present you with a list of the 10 fastest-selling souvenirs that were sold from July 2018 to June 2019. There is still plenty of time to get your hands on these souvenirs!
1st Place: N.Y.C. SAND: Caramel Sandwich Biscuits (box of 8) ￥1,080 (1st floor)
As you take a bite, you will notice that the biscuit, chocolate and caramel will balance in perfect harmony just for a brief glorious moment.
2nd place: Fukusaya: Fukusaya Cube (Cut into two) ￥270 (1st floor)
Have a small slice of luxury with this traditional recipe castella sponge cake which was specially made by experienced bakers. This is presented in a small, cute box.
3rd place: Kamakura Toshimaya: Hato Sable (box of 10) ￥1,080 (1st floor)
This is a crispy dove-shaped shortbread biscuit which has a rich buttery flavour. This was first produced in the early 1900’s during the Meiji period and is a souvenir limited to Tokyo.
4th place: Asakusa Mangando: Imokin ￥129 each (1st floor)
This baked treat is packed with the delicious flavour of sweet potatoes. The freshly baked scent is enough to draw you in.
5th place: TOKYO BANANA STUDIO: Panda Banana Yoghurt (Box of 4) ￥515 (1st/basement floor)
Children would just love to see the cute panda design. Wrap yourself in the mild banana yoghurt-flavoured cream.
6th place: Noix: Walnut cookie (Box of 4) ￥648 (1st floor)
This crunchy cookie is topped with a generous amount of caramelised walnuts.
7th place: Nenrinya: Mount Baum Shikkarime ￥756 (1st floor)
The outside of this baumkuchen is fragrant and crispy whilst the inside is soft and spongy. Take a bite to experience the wonderful texture of this European-style baked good.
8th place: Azabujuban Agemochi-ya: Panchetta Agemochi (40g) ￥442 (1st floor)
The flavour of this baked mochi dough is like eating bacon cooked in an Italian style. This new flavour is a wonderful discovery that you should also try.
9th place: Sugar Butter Tree: SUGAR BUTTER SAND TREE (Box of 10) ￥690 (1st floor)
The crispy biscuit and melty white chocolate is a sublime combination that you will want to try again and again.
10th place: Kanou Shoujuan: Ikkoten ￥270 each (1st floor)
A whole Japanese chestnut is smothered in a thick layer of Tamba Dainagon adzuki bean mix that is simmered lightly. This is especially delicious when eaten with tea.
What do you think? When in desperate need of a souvenir for your family, friends or work colleagues back home, how about choosing one of the souvenirs listed above?
2019 Souvenirs at Daimaru Department Store, Tokyo
Available Period: July 31 ー August 31.
Avaialble at: Daimaru Department Store Tokyo, Floor 1/Basement floor Hoppe Town
Address: 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Q-pot Cafe’s Dreamy Sailor Moon Afternoon Tea | Food Review
Hey, readers. I’m Midori from MMN’s editorial team.
Sailor Moon fans are going to want to visit Q-pot right now―a cafe in Omotesando that makes desserts that look like real accessories―as the cafe is currently collaborating with the franchise. The inside of the cafe has been transformed into a cute and magical Sailor Moon world, the kind you could only imagine in your dreams. It has blown up since it opened on June 30 across Japanese social media.
There was no way I was going to miss a chance to eat here, so I took a trip to Q-pot to see what kind of kawaii things they had on the menu for the collaboration.
You’ll know Q-pot when you see it in Omotesando by the pouring teapot on the wall next to the menu outside.
Strung up at the entrance are lots of ema plaques where people write their wishes and goals.
As soon as you step inside the cafe you are transported into a world of cute. The various chocolate and biscuit decorations on the wall are just plain kawaii. It gets you excited to start eating♡
I started by ordering the drink set which comes with the Moon Twilight Soda and Tuxedo Night Mocha. The soda contains berries and its lemon and apple flavour gives it a sweet and sour taste. The pink gradation is cute too♡
The mocha takes inspiration from Tuxedo Mask flying through the city at night. The rim of the glass is lined with sparkly sugar. The drink isn’t just an ordinary cafe mocha – it secretly contains a sweet strawberry flavour which adds an enchanting aftertaste.
Next I tried the Transformation Brooch Macaron Cake. Shaped as a macaron, this cake is based by the brooch necklace which Usagi uses to transform into Sailor Moon. It’s served on a ribbon-shaped plate which you can take home with you. The cake is filled with apricot and mango mousse inside which is pineapple♡
On top of the macaron is another exquisite macaron containing lemon jelly. The jelly and fruit sparkle to create a girly and gorgeous dessert. After you’ve eaten you can take the plate back to use at home!
And now for the crowning jewel: the Sailor Moon Afternoon Tea Set! This is one that anybody is going to crave when seeing it. It comes with two plate packed with food and desserts. The ribbon at the top is cute too.
The upper tier is adorned with macarons, mousse cakes, cookie sandwiches, and glass desserts.
The lower tier has sandwiches, vichyssoise soup, and olive and tomato pinchos.
The glass dessert is a raspberry mousse topped with Sailor Moon’s Moon Stick. The mousse is fluffy and very tasty. The sourness of the berries isn’t too strong either – it’s a nice and light flavour.
When biting into the mousse cakes your mouth is filled with the gentle sweetness of the white chocolate.
Macarons are a popular dessert at Q-pot. The Sailor Moon ones are bite-sized and almost seem a waste to eat because of how cute they are. The cookie sandwiches, which are based on Luna and Artemis, are stuffed with lemon cream which has a refreshing taste. The cookies also have a delicious buttery flavour.
The lower tier sandwiches contain duck and broccoli. The sandwiches are small but you get a lot of veg so you won’t go hungry. The soup is great not just as a light meal but as a palate cleanser after the desserts too. Try eating some when your stomach says it’s full from all the sweet stuff!
My belly was pretty full after this afternoon tea set. I recommend ordering it for lunch.
If you’re looking for a place to eat out with your girl friends when why not enter the fairy tale world of Q-pot for the Sailor Moon collaboration? Q-pot even has its own merchandise too so be sure to check it out!
©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation
Sailor Moon Show Restaurant To Open in Azabu Juban, Tokyo
Dining on Sailor Moon-themed food while being entertained by a live Sailor Moon musical is a dream come true for many. On August 15, 2019, a show restaurant called Sailor Moon-SHINING MOON TOKYO will open in Azabu Juban, Tokyo.
Japan has already surprised many with the release of a Sailor Moon 2.5D Musical. This is a type of modern Japanese musical theatre based on anime where the characters are brought into the real world. This new show restaurant is aiming even higher, offering a completely new form of live entertainment.
There isn’t a better place for the restaurant to open than Azabu Juban, where the Sailor Moon characters are often seen in the anime. In fact, Azabu Juban is a holy land for all Sailor Moon fans, attracting fans from all over Japan and even from overseas. Once fans heard the news of the show restaurant, excitement spread like wildfire.
There is no doubt that this original show is a fantastic opportunity to delve deep into the world of Sailor Moon. There will also be the opportunity to try meals and drinks that are based on the anime which is not sold anywhere else. Of course, there will also be an area dedicated to the sale of original goods.
The official website was published ahead of the grand opening of the restaurant. General ticket sales will be launched at 10 am on July 21. Enjoying Sailor Moon-themed meals and drinks while being entertained by a Sailor Moon stage show is a completely unique experience that many are curious about.
©️Naoko Takeuchi, PNP, Sailor Moon –SHINING MOON TOKYO –
Sailor Moon –SHINING MOON TOKYO –
Location: Basement Floor 1, Joule A, 1 Chome-10-10 Azabu Juban, Minato City, Tokyo
Grand Opening: August 15, 2019
※ Ticket sales start at 10 am on July 21, 2019
General Ticket Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Official Website: https://sailormoon-shiningmoontokyo.com/
The Sailor Moon themed event USAGI BIRTHDAY SPECIAL PARTY 2019 was held at Laforet Museum Harajuku on June 30. This event has become an annual celebration in recent years to honour the birthday of Usagi Tsukino, the main character of the series. The venue was packed by countless fans.
It began with a video of the opening for the Sailor Moon musical “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live after which its cast appeared on stage to open the event: Tomomi Kasai (Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino), Momoko Kaechi (Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno), Kyoko Ninomiya (Sailor Mars/Rei Hino), Kanna Matsuzaki (Sailor Jupiter/Makoto Kino), and Yu Nakanishi (Sailor Venus/Minako Aino).
They were followed by Kotono Mitsuishi (Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino) and Misato Fukuen (Sailor Chibi Moon/Chibiusa), voice cast from the TV anime series Sailor Moon Crystal. The two of them did a rerun of a radio show previously presented by Mitsuishi for members of the official Sailor Moon fan club “Pretty Guardians” where they answered questions from fans.
Legendary Sailor Moon composerAkiko Kosaka was then invited on stage to answer questions from listeners. She performed La Soldier and Tuxedo Mirage from the franchise’s 400+ track discography.
The event didn’t end here however, things were just getting started as a string of announcements were about to commence. New information for the Sailor Moon 25th Anniversary Project was announced.
Firstly, it was revealed that the Sailor Moon manga series will be released digitally worldwide in 10 languages. It began rolling out on July 1.
It was also announced that the franchise will celebrate with Japanese jewellery company Samantha Thavasa this fall and that this year will see the return of the popular Sailor Moon Cafe from 2017 with the new theme “Girls Night Out” this October.
An event will also be held to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Akiko Kosaka titled “Sailor Moon x Akiko Kosaka 45h Anniversary Music History Supported by Pretty Guardians.” The line-up includes an appearance from ANZA, the first person to play Sailor Moon and Usagi in the Sailor Moon musicals back in the 90s. This two-day event will be held at Harajuku Quest Hall on November 9 and 10 with the first day focusing on piano performances and a talk and the second with a full backing band.
The first ever Sailor Moon themed ice skating show is also set for June 2020 with a performance by Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva who made headlines for appearing as Usagi and Sailor Moon for Dreams on Ice at Nagaoka City Hall in July 2016 and again for the 2017 ISU World Team Trophy at Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo.
Medvedeva released the following video where she commented on the forthcoming performance.
Pre-sale tickets for the ice skating show and Akiko Kosaka’s 45th anniversary event are now on sale over at the official Pretty Guardians fan club for 2019 members only.
Finally, a new two-part film titled Sailor Moon Eternal. Kazuko Tadano, who was the original character designer 90’s series, is returning to work on the character design for the films. Check out the teaser below.
The films are set to be released sometime next year and will be overseen by Naoko Takeuchi.
At the end of the event, everybody sang Moonlight Densetsu together, drawing the info-packed event to a close.
©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP/”Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live Production Committee
©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP/ Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie Production Committee
Sailor Moon x Akiko Kosaka 45h Anniversary Music History Supported by Pretty Guardians
Date: November 9 – November 10, 2019
Location: Harajuku Quest Hall
Day One Line-Up
Akiko Kosaka/ANZA・Hisano Akamine・Misako Iwana・Emi Kuriyama・Meiko Miyazawa・Sanae Kimura/Hikari Ono・Sakoto Yoshioka・Yūta Mochizuki
Day Two Line-Up
Akiko Kosaka/ANZA・Hisano Akamine・Misako Iwana・Emi Kuriyama・Meiko Miyazawa・Yūko Hosaka・Sanae Kimura・Yuhka Asami・Mao Mita・Tamaki Shirai/Yūta Mochizuki・Ryuji Kasahara・Momoko Okuyama/Hikari Ono
Sailor Moon Official Website: http://sailormoon-official.com/
Sailor Moon & Q-pot.’s 5th Accessory and Food Collaboration Begins June 30
Every year, dessert-inspired accessory brand Q-pot. collaborates with Sailor Moon, and this year will mark their fifth.
Macarons are the theme this year. The collaboration will begin on June 30, the birthday of the titular character Usagi Tsukino, with the release of various accessories and menu items.
Transformation Brooch Macaron: Necklace ¥15,000 (Before Tax) / Key Ring ¥13,000 (Before Tax)
Macarons have been a long-awaited entry to the series amongst fans, and they are finally here in the form of the Sailors’ transformation brooch. This luxury accessory features a gold plate and colourful gemstones.
Sailor Ribbon Macaron: Necklace ¥9,500 (Before Tax) / Bag Charm ¥7,500 (Before Tax)
These mini macarons are inspired by each Sailor’s costume, with the pâte de fruits part representing the ribbon on each character’s breast and the macaron itself their collars. The colours too are in line with each character’s costume.
Luna Macaron & Artemis Macaron: Necklace ¥10,000 (Before Tax) / Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)
Luna and Artemis who support the Sailors on their adventures have been turned into delicious-looking macaron accessories. The gem colour of the Luna accessory is based on Sailor Moon while Artemis’s is based on Sailor Venus.
All of these accessories are packaged in this beautiful round box. Their elegant presentation makes them look like luxurious sweets.
Q-pot. Cafe’s Collaboration Menu
Transformation Brooch Macaron Cake (w/ Plate) + Drink Set: ¥3,900 (Before Tax) *Contains milk, eggs and wheat
This gorgeous cake is made to look just like the transformation brooch macaron. It contains apricot which glistens just like when the Sailors transform and a rich mango mousse. The fancy ribbon plate it is served on can be taken away with you.
Crystal Star Macaron Cake (w/ Plate) + Drink Set: ¥3,900 (Before Tax) *Contains milk, eggs and wheat
Another beautiful cake, this time based on the Crystal Star Compact macaron. It contains a peach and strawberry mousse which glistens just like when the Sailors transform. This ribbon plate too can be taken away with you.
Sailor Ribbon Macaron Parfait (w/ Coaster) + Drink Set: ¥2,500 (Before Tax) *Contains milk, eggs and wheat
These parfaits topped with cute macarons are inspired by the Sailors’ costumes. They include refreshing cream cheese, milk tea mousse and different sauces depending on the character such as peach or kiwi. If you line all five up on the table it will feel like casting Sailor Planet Power!
Sailor Afternoon Tea Set / Drink Set for 1 Person: ¥2,600 (Tax Included) *Contains milk, eggs and wheat
If you’re looking for a little more luxury why not indulge in this tea set? It’s packed full of fruits and other delights representative of the Sailor Moon world.
Moon Twilight Soda
Also on the menu is the apple and lemon flavoured Moon Twilight Soda which captures the romantic instant when the sky turns a light pink colour just before it’s completely wrapped in night.
There are lots of other accessories and menu items in addition to these too so be sure to check out the collaboration.
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Sailor Moon Charms, Accessories & More Merchandise Coming to Casselini This Summer
Clothing and accessories shop Casselini is set to collaborate with Sailor Moon for its second time starting on July 5 when it will drop a whole array of Sailor themed accessories and items.
The tote bag series―which featured designs taken from the anime series―and was popular during the first collaboration round has been revived and all-new designs. The hugely-popular cat charms are also making a return with a total of six new designs to look forward to.
Sailor Moon Princess Serenity Cat Charm ¥6,480 (Before Tax) Release: July 5, 2019
The “Sailor Moon Cat Charms” were a huge hit with fans in the first collection. Fans won’t be able to resist this second collection either. This time, Princess Serenity is also making an appearance. They will make for a super cute bag charm or key chain.
Sailor Moon Crystal Star Compact Earrings ¥3,132 (Before Tax) Release Date: July 5, 2019
These earrings have the same pattern as the Crystal Star Compact that Sailor Moon and the other Sailors use to transform. These large earrings will sway gently in the summer breeze. The colours too are also very summery, making them a perfect summertime accessory.
Sailor Moon Choker ¥3,132 (Before Tax) Release Date: July 5, 2019
This simple yet dainty choker is casually decorated with Sailor Moon motifs. You’re sure to look as cute as a Sailor by wearing this together with the earrings.
Sailor Moon Quilted Shoulder Bag ¥8,100 (Before Tax) Release Date: July 5, 2019
These quilted sacoche shoulder bags are a must-take wherever you go this summer. There are two designs: the Crystal Star Compact and Luna the cat♡
Sailor Moon Beaded Pouch ¥4,320 (Before Tax) Release Date: July 5, 2019
The beaded designs on both the Crystal Star Compact pouch and Luna pouch have been carefully embroidered by hand. These items have been made with the closest attention to detail, down to the moon-shaped zip charm and the embroidery on the reverse side!
These are special items that fans just cannot miss out on!
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Sailor Moon × Casselini collaboration items
Release Date: July 5, 2019
Available: Casselini stores / Casselini online store / ZOZOTOWN
Casselini Official Online Store: http://www.casselini-online.com/feature/19ss-collaboration-vo2/
Isetan Celebrates Sailor Moon’s Birthday With Merchandise Collection
Bandai’s fashion division has teamed up with the Shinjuku branch of Japanese department store Isetan to release a range of new Sailor Moon items on their official website. The collection is being released to celebrate series protagonist Usagi Tsukino’s birthday which falls on June 30.
This is the 6th time Isetan has collaborated with Sailor Moon The theme this year is a combination of “Usagi’s bedroom” and “boutique.” The huge range includes a jewellery series made using Swarovski® crystals, phone cases and more. Expect to deck yourself out with Sailor Moon jewellery, decorate your house with Sailor Moon furniture, and more.
Sailor Moon Silver Crystal Necklace: ¥95,040 (Tax Included)
The line-up includes everything from designs based on items that appear in the anime series itself to accessories inspired by the characters’ image colours such as Sailor Moon and Luna. The items are chic and nonchalant, meaning you can wear them in an everyday setting while still channelling your love for the series.
LIGHTS STYLE Collaboration – Sailor Moon/Princess Serenity Smartphone Cases: ¥13,200
Bandai has collaborated with LIGHTS STYLE to release three smartphone cases made with Swarovski® crystals.
Sailor Moon Low Table: ¥64,800 (Tax Included)
The first ever furniture piece of the Sailor Moon collaboration series is also being released: three styles of low tables that represent Usagi’s bedroom as a grown-up.
Lots of other items are included in the line-up, so be sure to check out the official product page.
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Sailor Moon x Isetan Collaboration
Available: On the Bandai Fashion website and Premium Bandai website
Released: June 12, 2019
Product Page: https://bandai-fashion.jp/feature/sailormoon-isetan2019/
Sailor Moon Official Website: http://sailormoon-official.com/
New Pokémon Centre DX and West Japan’s First Pokémon Café to open in Osaka
A new official Pokémon Centre DX and a new Pokémon Café will open in Osaka on September 20, 2019 in Daimaru Shinsaibashi’s Main Building.
This will be the second Pokémon Centre to open in Osaka. The Pokémon café will adjoined to the shop and will be the first ever branch of the Pokémon café to have ever opened in West Japan. This is also the second permanent Pokémon café to open in Japan besides the Pokémon café in Nihombashi.
The new Pokémon Centre DX and Pokémon Café will be situated in a bustling tourist hotspot. On your visit, you can also take a gander around the Shinsaibashi shopping district or the American Village (America-mura) which is full of entertainment. This area is thriving with department stores, special shops, big brands and so much more. Tourists from other parts of Japan and all over the world are constantly flocking to this giant marketplace.
As the worldwide exhibition event Expo 2025 will be held in Konohana Ward, Osaka, there is no doubt that Osaka is becoming more and more of a Tourist hotspot!
Osaka is a wonderful tourist destination. If you decide to visit, don’t forget to include the Pokémon Centre DX and Pokémon Café on your itinerary!♪
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Pokémon Centre Osaka DX & Pokémon Café
Address: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building, 9
1-7-1, Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka,
Grand Opening: September 20, 2019 (subject to change)
Closed: Dependent on the closing times of Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building.
Official Website: https://www.pokemon.co.jp/gp/pokecen/osaka/
Sailor Moon Fans! Casselini is selling advanced collaboration items!
Clothing and accessories shop Casselini (キャセリーニ) is collaborating with Sailor Moon for the second time now! Get ready for some cute new Sailor Moon accessories and goods to be released in July!
The anime tote bag series that was popular from the first collaboration round has been revived and upgraded with new designs! The cat charms that were insanely popular last time have also been brought back. Now, there are a total of six new badges including new designs! The popular anime tote bag will be released on Saturday 25th May 2019 ahead of the other collaboration items.
Sailor Moon Anime Tote Bag ¥4,860 (price after tax) Release date: Sat 25/05/2019
These tote bags decorated with anime scenes are something that fans just won’t be able to resist! They’re also the perfect size ー A4! This makes them perfect for everyday use in a variety of scenarios. You can even use it as a bag to separate things inside your main bag! There’s a purple and pink version to choose from!
These special items are a must-have for many fans! More information on this series will be released later!
© Naoko Takeuchi/PNP/Toei Animation
Sailor Moon X Casselini collaboration goods advanced sales
Anime Scene Tote Bag
Release date: Saturday 25/05/2019
Available at: Casselini stores, the official online store, ZOZOTOWN.
Casselini official online store: http://www.casselini-online.com/feature/19ss-collaboration-vo2/