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

06.May.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

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

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  • 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

  • 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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    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!

     

  • The character cafe is a unique experience in Japan where a cafe collaborates with a well-known character from an anime series, games and so on and themes the decor and menu on that character. Here are some of the collaborative cafes open in May this year.

     

    Click here for part two:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/106411

     

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    “Care Bear™ Cafe” – Harajuku Box Cafe & Space

    The popular Care Bear™ characters are getting their first ever collaborative cafe which will open at Harajuku Box Cafe & Space on May 20. Expect to see a photogenic and themed menu as well as plenty of perfect places to snap photos. There’ll also be an opportunity to take a picture with Care Bear™ plush toys♡ Look forward to getting your paws on the cute limited edition merchandise too available only at this cafe.

     

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    Care Bear™ Cafe

    Address: Harajuku Box Cafe & Space, Lucessimo Building 2F, 4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:40 (*80 minutes max)

    Entry: Reservations only.

    *Entry permitted on the day if there are available seats.

    Website: https://carebears-cafe.jp

     

     

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    Rilakkuma×Seibu Ikebukuro

    The ‘Rilakkuma Town Cafe’ has opened as part of Rilakkuma’s 15th anniversary exhibition ‘Welcome to Rilakkuma Town’ and will be open for a limited time only. There’s lots of menu items you’ll want to take pictures of, as well as limited edition merchandise. The interior decor is decorated in kawaii Rilakkuma illustrations drawn specially for the cafe, as is the merchandise.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/101347

     

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    Rilakkuma Town Cafe

    Running: April 25, 2018 to June 19, 2018

    Address: Gourmet Museum II, Dining Park Ikebukuro, Seibu Ikebukuro Hoten 8F (1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo)

    Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-21:50 / Holidays 11:00-21:20 (*80 minutes max stay time)

    Entry: ¥500 (Tax Excluded)

    *Reservations only, but entry is permitted on the same day if seats are available.

    Website:  http://rilakkumacafe.jp/

     

     

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    Neko no Gohanya-san×Cute Cube Harajuku

    On the third floor of Cube Cube Harajuku is Kawaiiya which isn’t collaborating with a character, but with a hugely popular capsule toy series by the name of Neko no Kaburi Mono, which translates to ‘cats with things on their heads.’ There is even a photo exhibition with super cute pictures of cats in hats taken by cat photographer Sakura Ishihara. There isn’t any actual cats at the event, so even those who are allergic can enjoy the event.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/99802

     

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    Neko no Gohanya-san

    Running: From April 1 until further notice

    *This is not a cat cafe. There are no actual cats.

     

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    Kawaiiya – Cute Cube Harajuku 3F

    Address: 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-6463-7833

    Website: www.cutecubeharajuku.com

     

     

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    Sailor Moon×My Melody Candy Parlour

    This character cafe is open in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo and Nagoya for a limited period. Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon and Sanrio’s popular character My Melody have come together to inspire an array of food, sweets and drinks you can only get at this cafe.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/90049

     

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    Sapporo PARCO (Sapporo)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Sapporo PARCO 4F, 1-3-3 Minami, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

    Running: April 6, 2018 – May 14, 2018

    Opening Hours: Sunday-Friday 10:00-20:00 (food last orders 19:00 / drinks last orders 19:30) / Saturdays 10:00-20:30 (food last orders 19:30 / drinks last orders 20:00)

     

    Ikebukuro PARCO (Tokyo)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Ikebukuro PARCO Honkan 7F, 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

    Running: April 20, 2018 – May 21, 2018

    Opening Hours: Café 10:00-22:00 (food last orders 21:00 / drinks last orders 21:30) / Merchandise Shop 10:00-21:00

     

    Nagoya PARCO (Nagoya)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Nagoya PARCO West Building 8F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture

    Running: April 6, 2018 – May 21, 2018

    Opening Hours: Café 10:00-21:30 (food last orders 20:30 / drinks last orders 21:00) / Merchandise Shop 10:00-21:00

     

    Shinsaibashi 161 (Osaka)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, 2F, 1-6-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

    Running: February 17, 2018 – April 15, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (food last orders 20:00 / drinks last orders 20:30)

    *Café will close at 18:00 on April 15th (food last orders 17:00 / drinks last orders 17:30)

     

    THE GUEST café&diner Official Website: http://the-guest.com

     

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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar×MARRONNIER GATE GINZA

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the most popular children’s picture books in the world, and it’s been turned into a cafe in Ginza. The colourful and vivid mind of illustrator and children’s book writer Eric Carle has been brought to life through food. The items on the menu excite the fun aspect of eating. Expect to tuck into everybody’s favourite French toast, omurice, hamburgers, pasta and more, all themed on the wonderful world of the world’s beloved caterpillar.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/84934

     

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    Harapeko Aomushi Café

    Date: January 18, 2018 – August 31, 2018 (*closed February 19th)

    Address: MARRONNIER GATE GINZA 1 (4F), Sunday Brunch, 2-2-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

    *Reservation required before visiting the café by 17:30. You can sit at any seat after 17:30

    Homepage: www.harapecocafe.com

     

    TM & © 2018 Eric Carle LLC.

     

     

    There are so many collab cafes open this month, so if you’re in Japan right now, then why not take a trip with a friend?

     

    Click here for part two:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/106411

  • The character cafe is a unique experience in Japan where a cafe collaborates with a well-known character from an anime series, games and so on and themes the decor and menu on that character. Here are some of the collaborative cafes open in May this year.

     

    This part two. Click here for part one:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/106286

     

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    Little Twin Stars × Voice Actress Shouta Aoi
    A café in collaboration with voice actress Shouta Aoi and Sanrio mascots Kiki and Lala, aka the Little Twin Stars, will open at Omotesando Box Cafe & Space on May 11, 2018. With pastel coloured food and desserts that’ll have you reaching for your camera over and over, why not dive into the world of the Little Twin Stars yourself?

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/103772

     

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    Shouta Aoi × Little Twin Stars Café
    Address: Omotesando Box Cafe & Space, Pine Under Flat B1F, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Running: May 11, 2018―June 10, 2018
    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:40 (80 minutes permitted)
    Reservations: ¥500 (with original sticker)
    Website:https://shoutaaoi-littletwinstars-collab-cafe.jp

     

     

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    Popular Manga ‘Grappler Baki’ × Village Vanguard
    A café themed on the popular manga series Grappler Baki is now open at the Village Vanguard Café in Lumine EST Shinjuku until June 3. Baki is a famous manga with a second anime season adaptation slated for summer this year. There are 19 items on the menu in total, all of which are inspired by the original manga, including the 14 Kilo Satoumizu. There’s also original merchandise on sale to commemorate the café.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/102844

     

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    Village Vanguard Café Lumine EST Shinjuku
    Address: Lumine EST Shinjuku 5F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
    TEL: 03-6457-7651
    Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:30-21:30
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    Grappler Baki Collaboration Café
    Running: April 17, 2018 – June 3, 2018
    https://www.village-v.co.jp/news/item/2473

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    The Greatest Showman × Tower Records Café
    The Tower Records Café is paying homage to the hit musical The Greatest Showman with a collaborative café running from May 9 to 27. There you will find costume displays of characters that appear in the story such as Barnum, a specially crafted menu inspired by the film, and even a 360° VR experience where you can watch the performers rehearsing.

    Additionally, special promotional videos will play each day, and there’ll even be events you can participate in on weekends. This café truly captures the world of The Greatest Showman!

     

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    The Greatest Showman × Tower Records Café
    Running: May 9, 2018 to May 27, 2018
    Location: Tower Records Café Omotesando
    Address: Ido Harajuku Building 2F, 6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders)
    Webpage: http://tower.jp/restaurants/cafe/omotesando

     

     

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    Crayon Shin-chan Movie × CHEZ MADU TV Asahi
    CHEZ MADU has partnered up with the Crayon Shin-chan movie Crayon Shin-chan: Burst Serving! Kung Fu Boys ~Ramen Rebellion~ and opened a café at Roppongi TV Asahi for a limited period. There, you can enjoy the black panda ramen which appears in the film, as well as a curry inspired by the ‘burst’ part of its title that comes with karaage, gyoza, steamed dumplings and more. This one’s a must-see for fans of Crayon Shin-chan.

     

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    CHEZ MADU TV Asashi
    Address: TV Asahi Atrium 1F, 6-9-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 03-6406-2188
    Website: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/hq/cafe/index.html

     

     

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    My Little Pony × Sweets Paradise
    Roll up to the My Little Pony Pinkish Cafe which is open at Sweets Paradise in Shijo Kawaramachi until May 15 and Shinjuku Mylord until May 21. At the Kyoto branch they’re serving ‘Pinkie Pie’s Matcha Cupcakes,’ a flavour representative of Kyoto. The matcha green is decorated with colourful sugar which brings to mind the vibrant world of My Little Pony, as well as strawberries, to make a ‘pop-like’ kind of matcha. There’s also ‘Twilight’s Magical Ice Parfait’ which features the purple pony on top of some ice cream, as well as drinks. Enjoy any of the 13 items on the collaborative menu.

     

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    MY LITTLE PONY Pinkish Cafe in Sweets Paradise

    Shinjuku Mylord, Tokyo – April 16 to May 21
    Shijo Kawaramachi, Kyoto – April 16 to May 15

    Price: Adults ¥1,300 / Children ¥860 / Free for those aged 3 and below
    *The collaborative café is \650 on top of the buffet price.
    *Sweets Paradise is expected to be very busy during this event. Please make a reservation in advance.
    Website: http://www.mylittlepony.jp/

     

     

    There are so many collab cafes open this month, so if you’re in Japan right now, then why not take a trip with a friend?

    Check out part one here:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/106286

     

  • Introducing AFURI—Harajuku’s Michelin-Starred Ramen Restaurant

    25.April.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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    I ordered the Yuzu Salt Ramen (¥980).

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    ◼︎Information

    AFURI Harajuku

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

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

    No Fixed Holidays.

    3-minutes on foot from Takeshita Exit for Harajuku Station

    TEL: 03-6438-1910

    Website: http://afuri.com/

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

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

     

    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

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  • 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

    The fact that you don’t need to give tips as restaurants in Japan can be bewildering to some foreign tourists. In Japan, there’s normally no service charge, unless it’s a high-end restaurant, in which case it’s possible that a service charge will be added. If you force a tip on the staff, they will get told off by their superiors later, so keep that in mind.

     

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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/

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  • Stay in Harajuku’s Yados Jingumae Hotel if You Love Art

    07.May.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    Japanese company Rokuyon, which is responsible for creating a variety of hotel plans in Shibuya including at our own MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS, has launched a new project for guests of various hotels who are fans of brands and artists.

     

    For their first endeavour, Rokuyon has teamed up with Yados Jingumae which has undergone major renovations. Guests staying in Room 202 this spring can enjoy a range of artworks as part of the room’s exclusive Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition, while in summertime Room 301 will incorporate furniture by Sekai Class.

     

    Yados Jingumae Room 202: Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition

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    Participating Artists

    CHiNPAN | April 23, 2021 – May 30, 2021

    CHiNPAN began their career as an oil painter after getting selected at the 2008 Asia Creative Art Exhibition at The National Art Center in Tokyo. They explore the possibilities of oil painting by not limiting themselves to just paper. “Fusion” is the theme of their work which has taken them to creating visuals for shops, fashion, music, and more.

    BANBU | June 10, 2021 – July 19, 2021

    BANBU is a 24-y-ear-old artist who studied art abroad in Canada and New York after graduating at a vocational school in Japan. Currently based in Tokyo, they create colourful and eye-catching graphics with their three-eyed character.

     

    Hotel Stay x Artists Come Together

    “Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition” is the theme of Room 202 which will collaborate with different illustrators, video makers, photographers, and other artists every 1-2 months, shining the spotlight on each of their unique visions.

     

    Yados Jingumae Room 301: Sekai Class

    Hotel Stay x Furniture

    Vintage furniture and artwork from around the world will be brought together in Room 301 so guests can experience a ‘world living’ experience. What’s more is that all of the furniture, art, and items on display will be purchasable, and will change on a fixed schedule.

  • Blue Lock Manga Series Announces Exhibition in Shibuya to Promote 14th Volume

    07.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    In promotion of the 14th volume of Muneyuki Kaneshiro’s manga series Blue Lock, an exhibition will take place at SpaceHACHIKAI inside Tower Records Shibuya in Tokyo from May 15 to June 6.

     

    Buy merch and receive these items free

    Character illustrated cards

    Vinyl-style panels

    This will be Blue Lock‘s first-ever exhibition since it began serialisation in 2018. It will feature displays of manga drafts, uncoloured illustrations, and more. There will also be a special spot for taking photos. A collection of exclusive merchandise will be available for fans to buy, as well as free bonus items when a purchase it made.

     

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  • Tokyo’s New Museum Cafe is a Haven For Fans of Architecture

    06.May.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Japanese company Banc, which specialises in setting up hotels and other sites, held the grand opening of the new Architecture Cafe Sumika, a new museum/cafe in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on April 28.

    A peek inside

    A recreation of Fallingwater, a house designed by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright 

    Painting by chalk artist Misuzu Wakai

     

    Architectural designs recreated at the new museum cafe

    Villa Savoye (Le Corbusier)
    Fallingwater (Frank Lloyd Wright)
    Casa Ligornetto (Mario Botta)
    Sky House (Kiyonori Kikutake)
    Maison a Bordeaux (Rem Koolhaas)
    Malin Residence “chemosphere” (John Lautner)
    Eames House (Charles and Ray Eames)
    Silver Hat (Toyo Ito)
    Fisher House (Louis Kahn)
    Mailam House (Paul Rudolph)
    The Glass House (Lina Bo Bardi)
    Steel House (Kengo Kuma)

     

    A little look at the menu

    <Miho Chef Chocolatier> Premium Gateau Chocolate: ¥1,200 / Raw Marble Chocolate: ¥1,000 / Raw Dami Chocolate ¥450

     

    <Ten no Ya> Egg Sandwich: ¥750

    Architecture Cafe Sumika aim sto be a cosy space for architecture lovers who can enjoy thinking about their ideal home, talking about their favourite architect, and thinking about how architecture changes with the times. The cafe has recreated 12 architectural marvels from 12 different renowned architects, each at which sits at a different table.

     

    The cafe, which is located in Shinjuku Sanchome, employs a spacious cafe area with high ceilings that can be enjoyed by both lovers of architects and cafe enthusiasts where they can relax with a cup of tea, coffee, a soft drink, or even alcohol, the latter of which is served at bar hours from 18:00, completely changing the atmosphere into a night museum. There’s also a tasty food menu to tuck into.

     

    If you’re looking to speak to someone about architecture and real estate, Architecture Cafe Sumika also houses its own resident experts. Customers can also enjoy a range of other works by architects and interior designers.

     

    In celebration of the cafe’s opening, a competition is being held to create a jungle gym for children where entrees can win cash prizes, the top being ¥300,000. More details below.

  • BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku Launches Event to Promote Japan’s Sento Bath Houses

    03.May.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    The Sento no Susume 2021 event being held by BEAMS JAPAN and Cow Brand Soap has now headed to BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku. As part of the event, Mizuno has held designed a ‘running course’ is collaboration with sento bath house owners who have listed their recommended spots for running.

     

    From Left: Hiroshi Fukui (Managing Director at Cow Brand Soap), Aya Terakawa (Sports Caster), Mari Yamazaki (Manga Author), Ryozo Naganuma (Kotobukiyu’s 3rd Generation Owner), Hikaru Ikeuchi (Chairman of Board of Directors)

    BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku Floor 1F – Sento no Susume 2021 Pop-Up

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    For many years, sento public bath houses have been big part of Japanese culture and are located up and down the country. They are places people go to unwind, relax, and destress. However, with times changing, they are because less part of people’s lives, and the facilities themselves are seeing significant wear and tear as well as not having successors to take over the businesses. Sento no Susume aims to revitalise sento and raise their cultural value once again by showing how they can be enjoyed. The first event was held in January and February in 2019.

     

    The event arrived at BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku on April 26 and  invites manga artist Mari Yamazaki on board who has given the store a makeover with her iconic artwork themed on exercise and bathing. This event combines sento bath houses with sports, and so as well as discovering bath houses to visit, you can learn find out about great running courses at the Sento Run no Susume corner. There’s also a virtual venue accessible on the official website that creates the store in 4K 3D so everyone around the world can get involved regardless of their location.

  • Peter Luger Steak House Opens First Japanese Branch at Ebisu Garden Place

    02.May.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Hailing originally from Brooklyn, the 130-year-old Peter Luger Steak House has announced the opening of its first-ever Japanese branch which will welcome customers at Ebisu Garden Place in Tokyo this September with its 3-storeys of red brick.

    Peter Luger is credited with spreading the mouth-watering wonder of dry-aged beef steak to the world which has made the restaurant’s name globally famous. The restaurant of course wields a Michelin Star and has been featured high on the Zagat Survey for over 30 years.

     

    The secret behind Peter Luger’s signature ingredient

    The restaurant’s beef fillet and New York strip are signature items on the menu, both of which are made from porterhouse steak. Their steak is also made from USDA Prime beef which is dry-aged by hand to intensify the flavour and aroma.

     

    The porterhouse is placed directly onto the broiler and seasoned solely with salt. The steak is flipped only once during the broiling process. A knob of melted butter is added to a serving platter and the steak is sliced atop it. It’s then placed back into the broiler for a few minutes depending on the doneness requested by the customer. It’s this process that gives Peter Luger’s steaks their deliciousness. 

     

    Brooklyn red brick building and theatre decor

    The Japanese branch takes inspiration from the Brooklyn restaurant with its red brick exterior.

    The first floor is home to the bar where customers can enjoy food and cocktails. There’s also a takeout shop with gifts and other items.

    The second floor is the spacious dining space which is home to Peter Ruger’s first-ever open kitchen. The third floor is another seating area with balcony-like seats so you can look out over the city.

     

    There are seven private dining rooms of varying sizes for those looking a little more intimacy and privacy. The restaurant’s lighting was also designed by a New York designer.

  • Royal Park Hotel Begins Serving Limited-Time Desserts For Golden Week

    01.May.2021 | FOOD

    For this year’s Golden Week, Royal Park Hotel in Tokyo is serving up a limited-time selection of two desserts on its first floor cafe and bakery IKI: the Koinobori Roll Cake and Animal Sweets & Pastries, both of which are available now until May 5. It’s also selling two different mont blancs for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

     

    Carp streamer-inspired roll cake and animal pastries

    Koinobori Roll Cake – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    Animal Sweets & Pastries: Sheep Cheesecake, Bear Tiramisu, Rabbit Mousse – ¥540 Each / Piglet Pastry, Dog Pastry, Chick Pastry – ¥324 (Tax Included)

    This line-up of takeout desserts and pastries are made at the hotel’s own cafe and bakery IKI, all of which have been made to celebrate Children’s Day which falls on May 5 every year. This includes a moist chocolate and strawberry carp streamer roll cake which is popular at IKI every year. There’s also a cute selection of animal delights including the light and fluffy Sheep Cheesecake, mascarpone cream and coffee Bear Tiramisu, and a sweet and tangy Rabbit Mousse made from assorted berry mousse and jelly, as well as three pastries made to look like a chick, dog, and piglet.

     

    Serving: April 29, 2021 – May 5, 2021

     

    Happy Father’s Day & Happy Mother’s Day Specials

    Mother’s Day Mont Blanc / Father’s Day Mont Blanc – ¥1,944 Each (Tax Included)

    The Mother’s Day Mont Blanc is a wonderfully light combination of strawberry jelly, fresh strawberries, white chocolate mousse, and strawberry cream. The Father’s Day version is made with a fresh mascarpone cream, a mont blanc base that’s made from chestnut and blackcurrant jam, chocolate cream, and caramelised nuts.

     

    Mother’s Day Mont Blanc: May 7, 2021 – May 9, 2021

    Father’s Day Mont Blanc: June 18, 2021 – June 20, 2021

     

     

    Monthly Breads: May & June

    Each mother, IKI releases limited-time breads or pastries. For May, customers can enjoy the rich Edamame & Bacon Parmesan France and the bitter Chocolate Cream Cornet. In June, there’s an Orange Cream Cornet made with sliced orange peel, and the Tomato Rustic which is crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle, combining tomato and cheese. There’s also Shokupan made with matcha and large-grained adzuki beans.

     

    Edamame & Bacon Parmesan France / Chocolate Cream Cornet (Dark Chocolate) – ¥302 Each (Tax Included)

    Orange Cream Cornet – ¥302 / Tomato Rustic – ¥302 / Shokupan (Matcha & Adzuki Bean) – ¥648 (Tax Included)

     

    May Monthly Bread: May 6, 2021 – May 31, 2021

    June Monthly Bread: June 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021

  • Non-Alcoholic Cocktails Made With Vinegar Get Served at Tokyo’s Royal Park Hotel

    01.May.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Royal Park Hotel is collaborating with the Japanese condiment brand Mizkan, which is known for its vinegars, mustards, salad dressings and more, to serve non-alcoholic cocktails made with vinegar. The Non Alco-Vinegar Cocktail Fair will be held from May 1 to June 30.

     

    Royal Park Hotel x Mizkan

    Tropical Princess/FLORAL BEAUTY Vinegar Cashew/Frozen Fruity Su/Blueberry Black Vinegar Soy Milk Shake/Vinegar Fruit Yogurt/Ponzu & Tomato Ginger

    The non-alcoholic vinegar cocktails were created for both drinkers and non-drinkers of alcohol as a way to enjoy the food scene more. The alcoholic drinks used in cocktails gives them a kick, and so does vinegar when used in food. These beverages combine vinegar with a range of fruits, teas, carbonated water, and other ingredients.

     

    The line-up was conceived by the Vinegar Club who have also posted recipes for various cocktails on their website – links below.

  • Coji-Coji’s Jiro Becomes Legendary Japanese Mermaid Amabie at Harajuku Event

    30.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Nippon Animation began holding the Amabie Jiro Fair at KIDDYLAND Harajuku’s Maruko & Coji-Coji Store on April 29, selling merchandise of the character Jiro from Momoko Sakura’s manga series Coji-Coji.

     

     

    Pre-sale merchandise

     

    Free hand towel

    Jiro has turned into Amabie once again this year, a legendary Japanese mermaid who is said to emerges from the sea and prophesise either an abundant harvest or an epidemic. People are instructed people to make copies of its likeness to defend against illness.

     

    Fans who spend over ¥8,000 at the Maruko & Coji-Coji store will receive a free original hand towel as pictured above.

  • Cow Brand Soap x BEAMS Japan Take Over Kotobukiyu Bath House in Tokyo

    30.April.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    BEAMS Japan and Cow Brand Soap have teamed up to an event titled Sento no Susume 2021 which began on April 23. As part of the event, the two brands have come together at the popular Tokyo-based bath house Kotobukiyu where illustrations for the collaboration drawn by manga artist Mari Yamazaki (Thermae RomaeOlympia Kyklos) has been put up on the outside, inside, and along the walls.

     

    See the illustrations being plastered in the video below.

     

    At the bath house entrance, along the walls, and everywhere else

     

    Fashion shoots are being held at the bath house

     

    Limited-edition merchandise for Sento no Susume 2021

    For many years, sento public bath houses have been big part of Japanese culture and are located up and down the country. They are places people go to unwind, relax, and destress. However, with times changing, they are because less part of people’s lives, and the facilities themselves are seeing significant wear and tear as well as not having successors to take over the businesses. Sento no Susume aims to revitalise sento and raise their cultural value once again by showing how they can be enjoyed. The first event was held in January and February in 2019.



    This year will be the second hosting of the event and invites manga artist Mari Yamazaki on board who has given Kotobukiyu a makeover with her iconic artwork themed on exercise and bathing. Six sports are featured in her drawings for the bath house including basketball, climbing, javelin, surfing, judo, and volleyball.

     

    Have you experienced a Japanese sento before?

  • Shiseido Parlour Releases Creamy BOUQUET DE FRAISES Biscuit Cake

    28.April.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Ginza branch of Shiseido Parlour in Tokyo released its new BOUQUET DE FRAISES biscuit cake on Friday. The dessert is inspired by Shieido Parlour’s strawberry parfait and is made to be held in one hand. It comes with three kinds of creams, and each is a crunchy and customisable delight decorated like a bouquet.

    BOUQUET DE FRAISES | ¥540 (Tax Included)

    The buttery cone is a cat tongue biscuit and is filled with cream shanty, cream patissiere, and strawberry jam. The bouquets are also topped with fresh strawberries.

    BOUQUET DE FRAISES (Box of 10) | ¥5,724 (Tax Included) | Reservation-only

  • New Doraemon and Korosuke Dessert Gets Served at the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum

    28.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Kawasaki-based Fujiko F. Fujio Museum, which is dedicated to the Japanese manga writing duo who created Doraemon, is now serving up its new Doraemon Korosuke Chiffon Sandwich which was added to the menu on Wednesday.

    Doraemon Korosuke Chiffon Sandwich | ¥1,280 (Tax Included)

    The new arrival sees Doraemon and Korosuke turned into chiffon sandwiches with the beloved blue robot cat made from chocolate and filled with banana cream and his friend filled with mango cream.

     

    Check out some of the other items available on the menu at the museum too.

    Doraemon Arrabbiata | ¥1,230 (Tax Included)

    French Toast de Anki Bread | ¥980 (Tax Included)

    Fork into the Doraemon Arrabbiata with tomato sauce and a Doraemon face made from egg sheets, or a French toast inspired by Doraemon’s Copying Tost, one of his many Secret Gadgets.

     

    ⒸFujiko-Pro

  • Over 1,000 Pieces of Miffy Merchandise Arrives at SOGO Omiya

    27.April.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    SOGO Omiya Store in Saitama is currently holding the Miffy zakka Festa, an event centred on the cute character Miffy which is running until May 5. Over 1,000 items are available to buy including exclusive merchandise, bonuses on certain purchases, a special photo spot where visitors can snap a picture against a wall covered in Miffy art, and more.

    A4 Folder | ¥495 (Tax Included)

    Slim Pouch | ¥990 (Tax Included)

     

    Acrylic Clock | ¥6,050 (Tax Included)

    Soft Mascots | ¥330 Each (Tax Included)

    Orange Earl Grey Tea | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)

     

    Bonus Item

    For every ¥3,300 spent on anything in the merch line-up, customers will receive the above-pictured four pieces of A4 wrapping paper.

     

    Miffy Wall Photo Spot

    Take a commemorative picture with Miffy at the designated wall photo spot.

     

    If you love all things kawaii, the Miffy zakka Festa is a must-visit this spring for stocking up on your collection.

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