Experience Japanese Culture #4 – Searching for a Film Camera in Shinjuku’s Used Camera Shops

30.May.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

This is Yuri ‘Yurippa’ Suganuma’s featured article series in which she takes us on her adventures to cultivate new hobbies.

 

Yurippa has been interested in photography for some time now, but she’s been unsure which camera she should buy. So, she decided to head to some used camera stores,  Lucky Camera Shop andChuko Camera Box in Shinjuku to find the perfect camera that best suits her. Was she able to find the right one…? Let’s find out!

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The first place Yurippa stopped by was Lucky Camera Shop. It’s located next to Isetan Shinjuku and has a kind of foreign, non-Japanese air to it. When Yurippa saw the eye-catching red exterior of the shop, it was loved at first sight. In any case, time to head in!

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The store is lined with cameras made in lots of different countries including Japan, Germany and the US. Lucky Camera Shop puts a lot of effort into stocking foreign-made cameras and mechanical cameras with everything built in. They have a varied line-up, including famous Leica cameras.

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The Leica parts were all expensive – the bodies and lenses were both over ¥100,000 ($915)!

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Yurippa was shown a camera she was interested in from inside the showcase. The left was a single-lens reflex Olympus OM-1 and the right was a Barnack Leica. 35mm films are all the rage right now, and these were some of the first models to use them. Both are at a nice, compact size.

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Yurippa was blown away looking through the viewfinder of the Olympus OM-1. ‘You can see things easily, so much so that everything looks even more beautiful through the viewfinder!’ she said.

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Next, Yurippa also tried the Barnack Leica. It’s a valuable camera that has you feeling a little nervous touching it. She said surprised at how quiet the shutter was, to which the shop assistant explained, “This is a different single-lens reflex to that of the OM-1. There’s no mirror inside so the shutter is quiet.” Yurippa learned much about how cameras are put together differently, as well as the diverse number of types available.

 

■Information

Lucky Camera Shop

Address: Gomeikan Bldg. 1F, 3-3-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

TEL: 03-3354-7898

Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

Access: 5-minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station / 1-minute on foot from Shinjuku Sanchome Station

Website: http://lucky-camera.com/

 

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The next shop Yurippa headed to was Chuko Camera Box. It’s a used camera store located along Shinjuku Electric Street (Shinjuku Denki-gai). The showcase is crowded with cameras, and the shop has an atmosphere to it like a secret hideout.

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“It’d be great to have a camera that’s small and easy to use. One that I can take out and snap a photo with straight away. That’d definitely be fun!” said Yurippa while looking in earnest for a camera.

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She continued to search with these keywords in mind, focusing on auto-focus film compact cameras. And then, she found it. In her hands was the Genba Kantoku from Konica. You can snap a photo just by pressing the shutter. It has auto-focus, flash and auto-load. “It’s a little big, but it’s affordable and seems easy to use!”

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Chuko Camera Box is famous for its friendly store clerk and regular customers. Yurippa learned that the Genba Kantoku was formerly used for recording at construction sites. It’s durable and can get wet or be dropped and has an excellent lens. She’s finally made her purchase!

 

■Information

Chuko Camera Box

Address: 1-13-7 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-5339-2701

Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30

Access: 2-minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station

Website: http://camerabox.web.fc2.com

 

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Yurippa loaded her Genba Kantoku right away with 35mm film. Simply take out the film tip and close it on its back. Film cameras can seem tricky, but there are easy-to-use ones like this too!

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Yurippa was hugely satisfied finally getting her hands on her long-sought film camera. In the second part of this article, she will develop and print the photos that she has taken with her Genba Kantoku at a photo shop.

 

How about getting yourself your own film camera and to start up photography yourself?

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Model: Yuri Suganuma @yurippa93

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Yuri Suganuma is a model with a high fashion sense that has been picked up by various magazines. She receives much love and support from girls of the same generation as her to whom she is known by her nickname “Yurippa.” She has a huge influence across her social media. Recently, she has stepped into other fields outside of modelling, such as appearing in TV shoots and in music videos. She is skilled in make-up and involved in the development of cosmetics.

 

Photographer & Writer: Haruka Yamamoto

Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

 

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    Teaching the lesson is uki-uki cafe’s representative, Ayumi Kashiwabara. She’s a food co-ordinator who promotes happy cooking that you’ll unintentionally want to take a photo of. Not only does she serve food that makes your everyday dining table evermore buoyant, she also holds cooking lessons every now and then. “Call me Ayu-chan-sensei, okay?” she says with a pose. She’s extremely friendly!

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    Today’s challenge is making two items: ‘temari sushi’ and ‘spring mizore soup.’ First off, the temari sushi! You begin by mixing together 250g of rice with 25ml of vinegar, 15g of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. This is then divided into 8 portions. Spread out some clingfilm and place ham in the middle. Then put one portion of rice on top and roll. Do this for all 8 portions. Roll the ham and rice into one and when taking the clingfilm off make sure that they stay together and don’t separate.

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    Next is making plum lotus roots. Fill the holes of the lotus roots with bainiku plum. Use your finger to delicately press it all together. It’s easy if you use a tube for this part. An excited Yurippa exclaimed, “This is the first time in my life I’m making food using bainiku plum!”

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    At this point, Ayu-chan-sensei added a small touch: “It’ll look gorgeous if you do it like this.” With just a little twist, she made it look even more fantastic by putting on thinly sliced lemon and sprinkling over some pepper. The two of them looked like they were having fun cooking next to each other.

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    Before dishing up the temari sushi, it’s time to make the mizore soup. Add two teaspoons of Japanese dashi to 120ml of water and mix in one teaspoon of soy sauce, one teaspoon of sake, one teaspoon of mirin, and a little salt. Bring to the boil and just add some grated daikon. Daikon skin has nutritional value, so wash it thoroughly and rub dry.

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    Finally, add green beans into the mizore soup, put in wheat gluten, and… “All done!”

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    Yurippa’s colourful temari sushi and mizore soup is complete and perfect for spring. Going out and adding seasonal a lunch mat, pair of chopsticks and tableware is fun too.

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    Yurippa was happy, commenting: “I can feel that food made by hand really is more delicious! It was easy and didn’t take long, plus I like how exciting it looks. I want to invite my friends over to my house for a meal.”

     

    Cooking lessons are held once in a while at uki-uki cafe where you can learn how to make food that’ll make your ordinary days more fun. If you think a cooking lesson is a little too much to handle, then just pop in to the café for a kawaii meal. Coming face to face with the food at uki-uki cafe will surely make your day that much happier.

     

    ■Information
    uki-uki cafe
    Address: 88.DAIKANYAMA 3F, Daikanyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00 (Lunch Last Orders 16:00 / Last Orders 17:30)
    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Daikanyama Station via the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line
    Website: http://ayupichi.com/index.html
    *Cooking classes are held at irregular periods. Please enquire beforehand if you are a visitor from overseas.

     

     

    Model: Yuri Suganuma @yurippa93

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  • Experience Japanese Culture #2: Comparing Tastes of Unique Japanese Chocolates – From Matcha to Sake

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    Japanese model Yuri Sugunama, a.k.a “Yurippa,” is taking us on her next trip in this series where she goes to personally experience Japanese culture and cultivate new hobbies. Yurippa loves chocolate – she eats one tablet of the stuff day. In this Valentine’s-special second entry, Yurippa sampled different chocolates that are popular right now.

     

    For Valentine’s Day in Japan, it’s custom for girls give guys chocolate and convey their feelings towards them. Guys return the favour on a day called White Day, which falls on March 14. So, since there’s one month to go before the big day, that means the most delicious chocolate in the world is about to hit shelves in Japan – popular both in Japan and overseas.

     

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    The first pick was the classic “KitKat,” a very well-known brand in over 100 countries. The Japanese brand of KitKat is actually made in Japan. It’s received much attention around the world for its original flavours. It’s also known for being associated with exam season for students – the word KitKat in Japanese (kitto katto) almost sounds like the phrase “Kitto Katsu!” which means “You will surely win!”

     

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    Yurippa tried out the new “KitKat Chocolatory” series, created by the chef and owner of “La Patissier Takagi,” Yasumasa Takagi. The “Sublime Valentine’s Assortment” costs ¥2,400 (tax excl.) and includes 7 KitKat bars with 6 different flavours. There’s dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, matcha, raw, and a pink coloured ruby flavour. It’s a great selection to share and eat together with people.

     

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    The centerpiece of the collection is new Ruby KitKat, developed by the Swiss chocolate makers Barry Callebaut over a period of more than 10 years. The chocolate uses no colouring agents – the pink colour is made naturally to create an entirely new chocolate. Yurippa gave it her stamp of approval, saying it’ll be popular with girls for its vivid pink colour. She couldn’t contain her surprise for this newfound chocolate, saying “The berry flavour has a sour taste, but it’s different from strawberry chocolate. It’s something I’ve never tasted before.”

     

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    Next on the list is “Tea Chocolate Premium Matcha 7”. Costing just ¥1,000 (tax excl.), these chocolates are made by Shizuoka Matcha Sweet Factory “Nanaya,” who are known for producing the world’s most rich flavoured matcha gelato. These matcha chocolates don’t hold back on the milk so as to bring out the fragrance and taste of the tea leaves to the max. The set comes with 7 different matcha chocolates of varying intensity and 1 houjicha flavoured chocolate.

     

     

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    Yurippa expressed her excitement for the delicious chocolate before opening it. “When you open the packaging, the fresh smell of the tea whets your appetite so much you can’t wait to tuck in!”

     

    The chocolate and tea leaves have a good combined balance of 3.1%, and the smell and taste of the leaves kicks in with a strong flavour combination of 21%. “The tea leaf combination is different but my impression of the chocolate changed dramatically!”

     

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    “If you eat the chocolates in order as written on the packaging, you can understand each flavour’s intensity much better! This chocolate would go better with hot milk or soy milk than coffee. The richer chocolate flavours are fairly moderate when it comes to sweetness, so if you’re on a diet then you can eat them without feeling guilty.”

     

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    The last pick is from the long-standing chocolate maker Mary Chocolate. The KANADE Japanese Sake Truffles (¥1,000) come in 3 flavours – milk, sweet and white – and are topped with carefully selected Japanese sake. Only the finest sake from Japan is used, such as Gokyo Junmai Sake from Yamaguchi Prefecture. Since the truffles contain alcohol, be wary not to hand them out to minors or people that are driving.

     

     

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    “There’s a good balance between the chocolate and sake, and depending on which brand of sake is used, you can enjoy a different flavour on your taste buds from each!”

     

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    Yurippa’s favourite was the milk truffle topped with Koyama Shuzo. She was very satisfied having recently acquired a taste for sake. “It brings out the enduring qualities of refreshing Japanese sake and a fruitiness. I really want people who like Japanese sake to try these! If you’re not too good with sake from Japan, then I recommend the white chocolate truffle with Ichiro from Dewazakura. The subtle fragrance of sake that you can feel inside the smooth texture of the white chocolate makes it really sophisticated.”

     

    Yurippa gives friend chocolate to everyone on Valentine’s Day, guys and girls. Why don’t you try tasting this unique Japanese collection of chocolates recommended by Yurippa with everyone?

     

     

     

    ■Information

    KitKat Chocolatory – Sublime Valentine’s Assortment

    Price: ¥2,400 (tax excl.) – Set of 7 (6 flavours)

    Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/

    Enquiries: Nestle – 0120-00-5916

     

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    Price: ¥1,000 (tax excl.)

    Website: http://nanaya-matcha.com/?pid=113337997

     

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    Price: ¥1,000 (tax excl.)

    Website: http://maryshop.jp/shop/g/g4068/

     

    Model:Yuri Suganuma @yurippa93

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    Yuri Sugunuma is a model with a high fashion sense that has been picked up by various magazines. She receives much love and support from girls of the same generation as her to whom she is known by her nickname “Yurippa.” She has a huge influence across her social media. Recently, she has stepped into other fields outside of modelling, such as appearing in TV shoots and in music videos. She is skilled in make-up and involved in the development of cosmetics.

     

    Writer:Ryoichi Komaba

    Photographer:Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

     

  • Experience Japanese Culture #1: Japanese Kickboxing at “FIGHT CLUB 428” in Shibuya

    17.January.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Japanese model Yuri Suganuma, a.k.a. ‘Yurippa,’ is beginning a new serialized project in which she goes to personally experience different areas of Japanese culture. In this first entry, Yurippa headed to FIGHT CLUB 428 in Shibuya to learn kickboxing, a form of martial art known to be very effective when it comes to dieting and getting rid of stress.

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    FIGHT CLUB 428 sits in the heart of Dogenzaka, a 7-minute walk from Shibuya Station. Serving up a convenient fitness menu and equipped with a bar, 428’s kick-back and welcoming atmosphere is its charm point.

    It’s actually not that well known, but kickboxing is a sport that originated in Japan. Traditionally, it’s a martial art and combat sport that is fought without weapons and uses the game rules of Muay Thai.

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    The gym itself is clean, and women can also enjoy using the facility without worry. Female members of the gym are generally around the age of 25, and everyone there is extremely friendly, so it’s also a great place to make friends. You can also rent gym clothing if you want, meaning you can drop in empty-handed even if you’re on a trip.

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    Yurippa took a 1-day course (¥3,000) where she was taught by kickboxing teacher Ohno Umihiko. Just wow, being taught by a former kickboxer… not to mention how handsome he is!

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    Before starting training, you just stretch your body. Your muscles are quite stuff during the winter season making it easier to hurt yourself, so do it slowly and carefully.

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    One stretching is over, Yurippa moved onto the training basics – how to skip-rope. She was taught the proper way to jump like you see in movies and dramas: by using your ankles. But she was still a bit stiff somewhere, maybe because she wasn’t used to the jump roping yet, or maybe because she was still nervous from the gym atmosphere.

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    Moving on, Yurippa finally transitioned to the next phase: how to punch. The teacher wrapped bandage around her fists so she couldn’t injure them.

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    Once her bandages were on, her fighting spirit came through suddenly and she put on her war face. She settled on her fighting pose and was brimming with motivation!

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    She focused on jabs for the punching basics, learning to punch straight and how to hook.

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    The teacher praised Yurippa for having an aptitude for punching which raised her ferociousness even more. She went all out when practicing a finishing punch combination!

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    Her smug face and pose makes her look like she’s saying “How do I look? Am I cool?”

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    Don’t forget to rehydrate during training intervals. By the way, you can buy this bottle at the gym.

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    Next is punching the focus mitts while wearing gloves. Before punching the mitts, it’s customary to set your gloves on them first.

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    Kickboxing its more effective for dieting than it looks because it uses your whole body. You also have to twist around a lot, so you can really tone up your waist line.

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    The mid-kicks were a particularly good stress-reliever for Yurippa. If you aim at the mitts and kick with everything you have it makes a really great sound, so can be very exhilarating.

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    The teacher is very skilled in his way of teaching. Girl-Fighter-Yurippa has been born magnificently! Originally, Yurippa did slow activities such as yoga and was bad at them. She said that the movements in kickboxing are cool and it’s something she wanted to challenge herself to at least once. “Having finally experienced it, it was even more fun than I expected. I want to try continuing it!”

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    The gym also has a popular bar. The owner Ohno loves alcohol. He wanted more people to know about the gym so he built a bar than anyone can visit easily. The bar also comes with a special bonus: when the gym is full, people can order drinks for just ¥300! FIGHT CLUB 428 – the place where you can kickbox and enjoy a drink on the side. If you’re in Shibuya, then be sure to stop by.

     

    ■Information

    FIGHT CLUB 428

    Address: 2-27-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Monday to Thursdays 7am-12am / Fridays to Saturdays 7am-7am next day / Sundays 7am-6pm

    Access: 7-minutes’ by foot from Shibuya Station via the Keio Inokashira Line, Tokyu Toyoko Line, Tokyo Metro Lines, JR Lines

    Price: 1-Day Course ¥3,000 (tax incl.) / Personal Training ¥7,000 (tax incl.)

    Website: http://fightclub.co.jp

    Model:Yuri Suganuma @yurippa93

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    Yuri Sugunuma is a model with a high fashion sense that has been picked up by various magazines. She receives much love and support from girls of the same generation as her to whom she is known by her nickname “Yurippa.” She has a huge influence across her social media. Recently, she has stepped into other fields outside of modelling, such as appearing in TV shoots and in music videos. She is skilled in make-up and involved in the development of cosmetics.

    Writer:Ryoichi Komaba

    Photographer:Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator:Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

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    20.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Fujifilm Imaging Systems is collaborating with the popular TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu you Yaiba to release two models of its instant photo-printing instax cameras based on the main characters Tanjiro and Nezuko. Pre-orders will open in Japan at Fujifilm as well as camera and electronic stores in Japan on November 25 at 10:00am (JST) and be released on December 10.

    First introduced in 1998, the instax instant camera allows users to take and produce photos on the spot. The new Demon Slayer models are packed in limited-edition boxes in promotion of the recently-released anime film Demon Slayer: Mugen Train which hit theatres in Japan on October 16, 2020.

    Tanjiro Model

    Nezuko Model

    The collaboration uses the instax mini 11 model as its base are adds motifs that reference Tanjiro and Nezuko.

    Each comes with its own themed accessories too including a shoulder pouch and camera strap. All these items are exclusive to those who purchase the box.

     

    More info as well as a promotional video can be found over on instax’s official website here.

     

    ©Koyoharu Gotouge/Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

  • A Cheesecake You Can Drink Releases at CheeseTable in Shinjuku

    13.November.2020 | FOOD

    Shinjuku and Ikebukuro’s popular cheese cafes CheeseTable released added a new hot version of their drinkable cheesecake to the menu on Tuesday (November 10), the perfect way to warm up as the season gets colder.

     

    The cheesecake-in-a-mug is a popular menu item at CheeseTable and has continued to be changed and adapted to the seasons over the years. Until now it has only been available to drink cold, but for the first time they’ve introduced a hot option.

    Strawberry Cream Drinkable Hot Cheesecake | ¥780 (Before Tax)


    Chocolate Espresso Drinkable Hot Cheesecake | ¥780 (Before Tax)

    There are two flavours to pick from, both of which offer the sensation that you’re eating a real cheesecake. There’s the creamy strawberry jam “Strawberry Cream” which is best enjoyed after stirring and the “Chocolate Espresso” which is a rich and sweet mix.

    Honey Mascarpone Drinkable Cheesecake | ¥600 (Before Tax)


    Brown Sugar Syrup & Soy Flour Drinkable Cheesecake | ¥600 (Before Tax)

    The signature iced Honey Mascarpone and Brown Sugar Syrup & Soy Flour flavours are also must-tries. Honey Mascarpone has been popular since it was first release for its subtly sweet taste. The Brown Sugar Syrup & Soy Flour dessert drink is topped with soy flour warabimochi and rice flour dumplings. This latter flavour is very Japanese, combining the sweetness of the syrup with cream cheese.

     

    If you’re in Tokyo this winter then stay warm with a cup of cheesecake!

  • Canon to Release Special Hello Kitty iNSPiC Mobile Printer

    01.November.2020 | FASHION

    Canon Marketing Japan has announced the release of a special Hello Kitty model of its iNSPiC PV-123 pocket-sized mini printer.

    The iNSPiC PV-123 is a mini printer designed for the smartphone generation that lets users print photos instantly. Canon’s new model is made in collaboration with Sanrio’s popular character Hello Kitty.

    Not only does the printer itself feature a cute Hello Kitty design, it also lets users print special Hello Kitty themed frames and stamps using the Canon Mini Print app. These are available until October 31, 2021 for the Hello Kitty model only.

    The iNSPiC PV-123 HELLO KITTY is the perfect companion for mobile printing, making it super easy to print your memories wherever you are.

  • Sanrio Themed Cafe Celebrates Characters’ Monthly Magazine ‘Ichigo Shimbun’

    23.October.2020 | FOOD

    Sanrio is once again collaborating with the EGG & SPUMA cafe located on the 8th floor of Shinjuku Lumine EST to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Ichigo Shimbun, a monthly magazine published by Sanrio which includes information about the latest character merchandise, the Sanrio Character Awards, and more. The limited-time cafe will run from November 1, 2020 to late January 2021.

    Sanrio fans can expect a very special menu line-up of food, drinks, and desserts based on their favourite characters from the Sanrio roster.

    There will in fact be two different menus served on separate occasions. The first menu will welcome a soufflé omelette topped with a potato salad Pochacco while the second will see an adorably pink My Melody cream stew.

    There will also be an incredibly cute two-tiered afternoon tea set with desserts and savoury items.

    For drinks, there is a Hello Kitty strawberry milk, Cinnamoroll milk, and milk caramel pudding Pompompurin.

    © 2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L613344

    And everyone who orders from the collaborative menu will receive one of eight possible coasters as thanks for visiting.

  • Winnie the Pooh Themed Cafe ‘Hunny’s Cafe in Strange Dreams’ to Open in Shinjuku

    02.October.2020 | FOOD

    LEGS COMPANY is set to open a Winnie the Pooh themed cafe called “HUNNY’S CAFE in STRANGE DREAMS” in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on October 14, 2020. This date is particularly special because October 14, 1926 is the date in which the first volume of stories about the titular character, Winnie-the-Pooh, was released.


    The cafe is being produced by OH MY CAFE and is themed on sending customers into a strange world of dreams, perfect for the long autumn nights.

    The Grand Menu

    The menu line-up features a whole range of cute drinks, dishes, and desserts inspired by the adorable bear, such as the dream Pooh has of Heffalump and Woozle in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, food with his face on, and much more.

    Pooh’s Strange Dream Chicken Burger | ¥1,890, with plate ¥3,480

    A healthy steamed chicken burger with a Pooh burger bun and served with a side of edamame potage.

    Pooh’s Strange Dream Curry Rice | ¥1,590

    The secret ingredient of this curry rice is, of course, Pooh’s favourite honey. An authentic curry packed full of spices.

    Heffalump & Woozle Honey (?) Cream Pasta | ¥1,590, with bowl ¥2,990

    A cream pasta made to look like honey that contains vegetables and cream. A dish definitely out of the mind of Pooh bear.

    The dishes we have shown so far are available for a limited time from November 20 to December 27 as part of the cafe’s “Hunny Fair.”

    Piglet’s Rolling Salad | ¥990

    The tiny, cute, and beloved piglet has been turned into a tomato and beetroot salad served in a glass.

    Tigger’s Hopping Salad | ¥890

    The energetic hop, skimp, and jumper Tigger too has his own salad made from pumpkin and carrot.

    Eeyore’s Grape Yoghurt Drink | ¥890, with coaster ¥1,490

    A grape yoghurt drink inspired by Eeyore’s colours.

    HUNNY’S CAFE Honey au Lait ¥790, with mug ¥2,290

    A hot honey beverage to send you into the land of nod and dreams.

     

    Original Merchandise

    Pooh fans can get their hands on a selection of different merchandise series, like the cafe logo series, Strange Dreams series, and honey series.

    Cafe Logo Series: A4 Folder ¥350 / Sticker Set ¥1,000


    Strange Dreams Series: Tote Bags ¥2,200 Each / T-Shirts ¥2,500 Each


    Honey Series: Acrylic Key Ring ¥480 / Plush Toy ¥3,600 (Available from November 20)

     

    Bonus Items


    Original Lunch Mat (4 Designs)

    Customers who book a table in advance and order something from the menu will receive one of four possible lunch mats. And if they spend over ¥2,500 (before tax) on cafe and cafe logo series merchandise, they’ll receive one of two possible small mamezara plates too.

     

    © Disney. Based on the “Winnie the Pooh” works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.

  • Canon Reveals Pikachu Design iNSPiC REC Camera

    30.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Canon Marketing Japan has announced that a Pikachu model of its new concept camera iNSPiC REC will be released in Japan at the end of October this year.

    iNSPiC REC PIKACHU MODEL – Front face design


    Camera’s back design

    The cover is coloured in a bright Pikachu yellow with a print of his adorable and chubby winking face.

    Other face design (8 designs)

    As well as the standard front face Pikachu design, customers will also get an additional one of the above eight possible designs too as a set. These other face designs are chosen randomly.

    Cusomers who order the iNSPiC REC PIKACHU MODEL early will also get a Pikachu tail neck strap, key ring, and additional front cover too.

  • TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS Announces Escape Game Based On J-Pop Group Perfume

    23.September.2020 | SPOT

    TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS, the world’s first and Japan’s biggest puzzle-themed theme park, has announced a new escape game centred on the Japanese pop group Perfume. Titled “Escape From The Room Next To Perfume,” the game is set to hit the indoor theme park on September 22, 2020.

    An escape game is a real-life interactive experience that has players solving puzzles to escape a room. The story of the Perfume game puts players on the same team as Perfume. As players wait in anticipation, an LED display made to look like a window opens to reveal the Perfume members, who greet players and encourage them on their escape. And so begins the game.

    There are various items and pieces of information in the room for players to solve the puzzle, including dance poses by Perfume which give hints for the next step. It’s an interactive experience that makes it feel like Perfume are really there with you.

    Perfume fans can get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise too, like a sticker set, folder, and message cards. These items will be sold at the TMC GOODS SHOP at Tokyo Mystery Circus as well as the online stores SCRAP GOODS SHOP and Perfume’s own A!SMART.

  • Art and Lifestyle Come Together at Isetan Shinjuku’s ‘Living with ART’ Event

    18.September.2020 | FASHION

    Isetan Shinjuku is now hosting its “Living with ART” event on the 5th floor of the main building until September 29, 2020.

    Living with ART brings together collections of artistic products by designers from both inside and outside Japan, from unique items to add accent to your daily life to more daily-use bits and bobs.

     

    STUDIO THE BLUE BOY comes to Isetan Shinjuku for the first time

    <STUDIO THE BLUE BOY> Wavy Gradient rug – Orange × Yellow | ¥289,000 (Before Tax)

    Keisuke Shoda is a Tokyo-based designer and art director whose name is known both in Japan and overseas. He creates products for his art studio, STUDIO THE BLUE BOY, all of which are sold exclusively online from rugs to interior products and more. Exhibiting at Isetan Shinjuku for the first time, STUDIO THE BLUE BOY’s lineup will include their popular rugs, fragrances, bags, and more.

    <STUDIO THE BLUE BOY> Zen Garden Collection (Left: Charcoal Grey, Right: Matcha Deep Green) | ¥329,000 Each (Before Tax)

    Visitors will also be able to order the Charcoal Grey and Matcha Deep green rugs early from the studio’s new Zen Garden Collection line.

     

    Valeria Vasi showcases their new range in Japan for the first time

    <Valeria Vasi> Vases | ¥12,000-¥75,000 Each (Before Tax)

    Barcelona-based designer Valeria Vasi is showcasing her iconic and eye-catching handcrafted vases. Her designs are simple, but have their own beauty and quality, giving room for a single flower to express its own beauty. She will be selling around 40 items.

    <Valeria Vasi> Vases | ¥34,000-¥45,000 (Before Tax)

    As well as her ceramic vases, which have a beautiful glossy finish, Valeria Vasi is also selling her newest glass-type vases in Japan for the first time.

     

    Young artists’ pictures turned into blankets

    <Slowdown Studio> Blanket | ¥32,000 (Before Tax)

    Slowdown Studio’s products are available in 16 countries worldwide. It is a home product brand that makes items using pictures and illustrations created by young artists around the world. At the event, they will be selling 10 different kinds of blankets, including three from their new TOKYO COLLECTION together with Japanese artists.

    <Slowdown Studio> Blanket | ¥32,000 (Before Tax)

    The blankets can even be used as wall art.

     

    This is just a snippet of what will be on show at Living with ART. If you’re in Tokyo this month, don’t miss out on the event.

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