6 Second Hand Shops in Harajuku – Recommended by “Harajuku girls” Yuna Yabe & MIOCHIN

26.July.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES / SPOT

Yuna Yabe and MIOCHIN are known for their unique fashion sense. The two of them have decided to bring their special YouTube features to MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON in the form of articles.

 

In this first entry, the two fashion gurus headed to six unique second hand shops both of them are personal fans of.

 

“3 Biki no Koneko” – Reasonably priced with a diverse line-up

The first spot on today’s list is 3 Biki no Koneko which can be found on the second floor of Harajuku ALTA, a shopping mall located partway down Takeshita Street, making it a very accessible and easy-to-find shop.

The second hand items here are very reasonably priced. The customer ratio is diverse, from middle school children to foreigners, further showing the shop’s affordable line-up. They have so many different things on display, even patterned cloth, character merchandise and a trove of accessories, so you’re sure to find something you like.

Yuna and MIOCHIN take no time at all to find something for themselves. Although it’s still only the first stop on the list, they’re prone to loosening their purse strings!

 

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3 Biki no Koneko

Address: Harajuku ALTA 2F, 1-16-4 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 10:30am-8:00pm

TEL: 0570-07-5500

Website: http://raghouse-fujita.co.jp/3neko/

 

 

“Panama Boy” – A 39 year old second hand shop

The next stop is Panama Boy which is distinguishable by its brick wall. It’s an old shop that has stayed in the same location since 1979. They also operate outside Harajuku, with two branches in Sapporo and one branch each in Nagoya, Kyoto and Sendai.

If you’re someone who finds the hurdle too high when it comes to used clothes shops, then fret not. This shop is stocked with many different selections including plenty of casual designs that are easy to pick up.

There’s also vintage items on the second floor. Pick up one of the headdresses or lace robes for when you’re dressing up for a special day.

And don’t miss the shop’s original remade clothes. Panama Boy truly overflows with originality you won’t find anywhere else.

 

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Panama Boy

Address: 1-16-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 10:30am-8:30pm

TEL: 03-3402-2425

Website: http://www.panamaboy.co.jp

 

 

“Kilo Shop” – Unique & Reasonable!

The Kilo Shop flagship store is situated in Paris, France. Their best quality is their unique way of selling items by weight. Standing in the shop can be overwhelming due to the large quantity of items that pack it. Most second hand things in there are from Europe.

MIOCHIN went straight to weighing something out! You press the button on the scale that is the same colour as the tag on the item you pick up and it will weigh it for you.

This one’s just ¥558! MIOCHIN could not contain her excitement at the cheap prices. It’s very possible to find bargains for yourself here.

Kilo Shop is full of clothes you won’t find anywhere else – you’ll have to make the trip there. Try finding some vintage treasures for yourself.

 

■Information

Kilo Shop Tokyo

Address: Laforet Harajuku B1, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm

TEL: 03-6447-0083

Website: http://kilo-shop.jp

 

“KINJI” – The number of items is irresistible!

The next stop is KINJI. It’s in a favourable location opposite Laforet Harajuku along Meiji-dori. It’s on floor B1F of the building. Once you enter, the spectacle will roll out before you and you’ll gaze around wondering just how long it will take to make a round trip. It’s that big. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it has the biggest number of items and styles in Harajuku. Of course, they have everyday items too. You’d never get bored of going here even if you went every day.

 

A particularly popular part of the shop is the retro and fairy corner. This might be a good place to start looking if you’re feeling a little lost.

Yuna and MIOCHIN once again were quick to discover some second hand items they liked, and of course they bought them!

Do you know the origin of the shop’s name “KINJI”? It actually comes from the name of the company president’s grandfather. Knowing a bit of history about somewhere can make you love it even more, right?

 

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KINJI

Address: YM Square Harajuku B1F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm

TEL: 03-6406-0505

Website: http://www.kinji.jp

 

 

“thrift-tokyo” – ½ price when buying 10+ items!

thrift-tokyo is located at the back of Cat Street. They sell both men’s and women’s items. The racks outside the shop are lined with colourful items too. You’ll get excited before even entering.

The thrill of thrift-tokyo is the cheap prices. But other second hand shops have cheap prices too. What’s more surprising about this place is that you can get half the price when buying 10 or more items. This counts if it’s two people buying at the same time too. It also needs to be over ¥1,900.

Our two fashion icons are picking things in a calculated manner. All of the item prices are already reasonable, and you can get them even cheaper with the discount. How about visiting with a friend?

 

■Information

thrift-tokyo

Address: 3-18-18 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 12:00pm-8:00pm

TEL: 03-3479-7029

Website: https://thrift-tokyo.stores.jp/

 

“G2?” – Unique girly retro

The last stop of the day is G2?, a second hand shop with a girly-retro vibe. Their line-up is centred around vintage clothing from the 1950s-1970s in Europe and the US. Items here aren’t just cute, they have a spiciness to them too.

The interior displays make it feel as if you’ve been sucked into the room of a very stylish girl. Even just gazing around is fun. The vintage toy corner is apparently popular with foreign customers.

You should definitely check out the record-shape bags. The shop is filled with designs you won’t find anywhere else so you can stand out from the crowd.

 

■Information

G2?

Address: Jingumae Bldg. 2F,  3-22-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Opening Hours: Weekdays 12:00pm-8:00pm / Weekends 11:00am-8:00pm

TEL: 03-5786-4188

Website: http://www.g2q.jp

 

Did you like this list? If you’re in or going to Japan this summer be sure to visit Harajuku and shop to your heart’s content at one of their many second hand stores.

 

And be sure to check out Yuna Yabe and MIOCHIN’s YouTube channels below.

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  • Tokyo Second-Hand Shops: ‘VINTAGE QOO TOKYO’ – A Romantic Vintage Shop in Omotesando

    14.May.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES / SPOT

    VINTAGE QOO TOKYO is a romantic vintage shop that can be likened to a jewel box. It’s located in a place a little beyond Omotesando’s alleyways. You’ll know it by its cute mix of vintage colours: white and pink.

     

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    Inside dangles a chandelier which lifts the atmosphere of the shop. Every article of clothing, and each bag, pair of shoes and so on lines the shop beautifully, and all stand out from one another. It’s the kind of dressing room you yearn for as a child – a place that will sweep you off your feet.

     

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    The store is particular about its wares, filling shelves with items from the 80s and 90s. Although everything in there is stuffed together side-by-side, you can feel that it’s from another time, with each high brand item donning its own texture and appearance.

     

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    At QOO, they don’t just sell clothes. They offer vintage furniture and interior items too. Their appeal comes from their designs and silhouettes which are distinct from the time they came from.

     

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    The wallpaper, decorating the shop with its original textile, and the ceiling layered with lattice that was used in gardens in the older days will tickle your heart.

     

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    VINTAGE QOO TOKYO celebrates its 6th year since opening this year. The owner, Junna Mori, opened it herself after gaining experience as a buyer with another company. The store began as a wholesaler.

     

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    “I plunged myself into visiting vintage shops in Daikanyama with a suitcase packed with items in hand. While I was doing that, I started to want to own my own shop.”

    “Because I love second-hand clothes, I thought intensely about how I could keep them something close and familiar to people.”

     

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    Junna said this while delicately taking vintage items into her hand that have been picked to flow with the current times.

    “For beginners, they find it hard to wipe thoughts about second-hand clothes and vintage like ‘If you’re not well-acquainted, you can’t wear them,’ and ‘It’s not a world I can enter,’ don’t they? It’s because of those people that I want to take in items that can add something your everyday life.”

     

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    It certainly is a waste that the culture of second-hand clothing is dying out because it’s a difficult world to get into.

    “That’s why I want to carry on the legacy by matching items that flow with the current age and its trends.”

     

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    VINTAGE QOO TOKYO is dedicated to seizing the irreplaceable second-hand and vintage culture.

    VINTAGE QOO TOKYO doesn’t have a set stock day, and it shows as those who may have visited the store yesterday will come the next day and say, ‘This wasn’t here yesterday!’ The lineup changes bit by bit every day.

     

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    “If you have a lot of items in stock because of a set day where goods arrive, and they sell well, then you’ll have a shortage of stock. I don’t like to think that people won’t come across something because they couldn’t make it in time with such timing like that, and so I value a fresh lineup every day.”

    This is the kind of vintage lifestyle that VINTAGE QOO TOKYO offers. If it’s the luxurious kind of vintage that’ll strike a chord in your heart you’re looking for, then you will find it here.

     

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    Burberrys Trench Coat – ¥42,800 (Tax-Included) / Suede Belt – ¥2,800 (Tax-Included)

     

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    GUCCHI Floral T-shirt – ¥23,800 (Tax-Included)

     

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    CHANEL Round Double Flap Matelasse Plate Chain Bag – ¥218,800 (Tax-Included)

     

     

    ■Information
    VINTAGE QOO TOKYO
    Address: Cinnamon Oak 1F, 4-11-15 Jingumae, Shibuya Tokyo
    TEL: 03-6804-2017
    Opening Hours: 12:00-19:00
    Website: https://www.qoo-online.com/

     

    Photo:Kayo Sekiguchi
    Edit:Namiko Azuma(ASOBISYSTEM)
    Text:Miiki Sugita
    Design:Yuko Abe(ASOBISYSTEM)

  • First-comers are welcome! 5 recommended second-hand clothing stores in Harajuku.

    29.October.2017 | FASHION / FEATURES

    I assume some of you might have no idea which shop to go to even though you want to buy some second-hand clothes. In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended second-hand clothing stores in Harajuku!

     

     

    Lots of original/remake products at “Santamonica”

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    Harajuku – the town that has come to be the Mecca for second-hand clothing for many years. Santa Monica is a store located away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets that opened as the very first ladies only shop. 37 years on, it’s still the newest place to be so.

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    The main color of the store and the big signboard is white. It’s a store where you can enjoy second-hand clothing to a whole new level, a place that sells original items, remade items, and more. This store is recommended for the beginners of second-hand clothes

     

    Detailed information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/28279

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    Santa monica Harajuku store

    Address: 〒150-0001, 4-25-5, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 11:00

    Holiday: no holiday

    TEL:03-5474-1870
    URL: http://www.harajuku-santamonica.com

     

     

    A second-hand clothing store which has many trendy items “FUNKTIQUE”

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    “FUNKTIQUE” is a second-hand clothing store located beside Tonchan Street. They sell trendy, modern items based on the street cultures of 90’s to 00’s. They collect various items from vintage sport brands, artistic small items and new items and the condition of each item is very good.

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     Many models and stylists visit this store and therefore I am sure that you can become the expert in fashion.

    Detailed information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/42681

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    FUNKTIQUE

    住所:東京都渋谷区神宮前3-21-22 フィールドビル3F

    営業時間:12:00~20:00

    定休日:年中無休(年末・年始を除く)

    URL:http://www.funktique.com/

     

     

    “flower” where many “girly” items can be found

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    flower’s Harajuku store reached its 17th anniversary this year. The store has been offering selected-items that cannot be purchased at other stores and supporting girls who want to buy “girly” items. The clean and white/wood brown colored store has a comfy atmosphere which makes you want to stay for a long period of time! The space inside the store is wide and the clothes are not racked messily so you can find your favorite item easily.

    The motto of the store is to sell simple/elegant and unique clothes. They also sell orthodox items such as denims and race blouses.

     

    ■Information

    flower Harajuku Store

    Address: 4-26-30

    Business hours: 11:30 to 20:00

    TEL:03-5414-3626

    URL:https://www.flower-shibuya.com

     

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  • 【Tokyo Stroll】Strolling in Harajuku which has a lot of great vintage clothing stores that are loved by fashionistas.

    24.May.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Harajuku is the origin of kawaii culture which is broadly known all over the world nowadays. This city is also one of the most popular sightseeing spots that you can get any items from unique young fashion to trendy fashion. Today, I went to visit some places, mainly the vintage clothing stores that certainly have the latest Harajuku culture with Fashionista Yabe Yuna who is active in Japanese fashion magazines etc.

     

     

    Starting from “Aloha Amigo”

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     “Aloha Amigo” is a new style mixed culture café and dining located in the commercial facility called “Six Harajuku Terrace.” Since this building located in back street of Cat Street, you can spend a relaxing time staying away from the hustle and bustle in this place.

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    First of all, I ordered “Amigo Taco Rice (994yen include tax)” and “Home-made lemonade. (518yen include tax)” This healthy taco rice has spicy taco meat and fresh vegetables on the top of ten-grain rice. It might look plenty, but even the girls can eat this up easily!

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    I took a picture with the friendly owner at last! All the staff are friendly, nice, and it has a great atmosphere. This place is really comfortable to me. You don’t have to hesitate to talk to them when you visited here.

     

    ▼Information

    Aloha Amigo

    Address:5-16-13 Six Halajuk terrace ,Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

    Hours:11:30AM to 11:00PM

    Holiday:Open 7 days a week(Except for the year-end and New Year holidays)

    Official site:http://harajuku.aloha-amigo.com/

     

     

    To “thrift-tokyo”

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    The next one that we visited was “thrift-tokyo” where you can purchase a variety of generations’ fashion items and miscellaneous good for a reasonable price. It is also located in the back street of Cat Street. They carry a variety of merchandise from men’s to ladies’.

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    One of the features of this “thrift-tokyo” is that you can get great vintage clothing for a very cheap price. They often do the sales like “50% off buying more than 10 items” or “buy 2 get 1 free.”

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    Why don’t you find the good one like going treasure hunting?

     

     

    ▼Information

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    Address:3-18-18 1F Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

    Hours:12:00AM to 8:00PM

    Holiday:Open 7 days a week(Except for the year-end and New Year holidays)

    Official site:https://thrift-tokyo.stores.jp/

     

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

    25.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    <Yoda> Root Leaf Stew – ¥1,590

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

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

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

    Portion Bread – ¥500

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Folder – ¥350

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

    Tote Bag – ¥3,500

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

    © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

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

  • Interview: Internationally Popular Japanese Artist Chocomoo Talks About Upcoming Harajuku Exhibition

    23.January.2020 | SPOT

    A huge exhibition of Chocomoo’s artwork is set to adorn WITH HARAJUKU HALL from August 20 to September 28 this year for “Chocomoo EXHIBITION -OUR SECRET PARTY- Supported by WITH HARAJUKU.”

    Chocomoo is a Japanese artist born and bred in Kyoto. Her work is known for its originality and pop style which she draws in black and white. Her work has been used for clothing and apparel brands, for music artists, and for many other special collaborations with other companies. She is active internationally and draws huge popularity with Japanese women between the ages of 10-20. We have translated an interview with her which was just released.

     

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    “I’ve loved drawing ever since I was a kid. I’d draw in notebooks, sketchbooks. When I went to New York for the first time, too, I kept a sketch diary and would draw in the park. I was later asked by a guy who managed a gallery if I’d put my work on at his site.”

     

    It was there at that gallery exhibiting several of her works that the first buyer came by.

    “I sold my first piece of art. A piece of art drawn by an ‘ordinary person,’ not someone who was an active artist. It was about 30 dollars, if I recall, but I was super happy.”

     

    New York helped pave the way for Chocomoo to begin her first steps towards becoming an illustrator.

     

    She would post her art on her blog and social media, which was seen by singers and songwriters who got in touch with her. She penned artwork for their tour merchandise, album covers, and more. Recently, she collaborated with Italian car brand FIAT. They released 100 limited edition cars with her art on it. Japanese convenience store FamilyMart even sold umbrellas with Chocomoo’s illustrations on them. The reach of her work has no limits.

     

    “When I create a piece, I incorporate a lot of positive words into it in the hopes that it lifts people up.”

    One distinct aspect of Chocomoo’s art is the black and white monotone colouring. When asked why she draws in this way, she said: “I did calligraphy from elementary school to high school and was captivated by how we would write in black. When using black ink, it has a matte look to it, and when using black paint, it’s got a glossiness. I think that’s part of the reason why I do it.”

     

    This will be Chocomoo’s biggest exhibition. She is currently working on new material and looking into the details of the exhibition. Speaking about it, she said: “I want to try evolving in a way that’s me. I’m aiming to stimulate the people who come to see my work in a different kind of way.”

    She also commented on the ‘OUR SECRET PARTY’ part of the exhibition title. “It’s an exhibition of my work, but I want everyone to enjoy it like they would a party. There’s also new things to be discovered which you won’t no about unless you visit, so I put ‘secret’ in there.”

     

    Chocomoo was asked to give a comment on her future plans and goals. She said, with a smile: “I want to steadily keep doing what I’m best at without changing what I already have, but I also want my work to reach lots of children too. I’d be happy for them to colour in my work, and I want to challenge myself to making some kind of video format aimed at kids. After that, since I’ve already painted a car, I want to go bigger and paint an aeroplane!”

     

    Interview/Original Text: Naho Sotome (五月女菜穂)

    Photos: 大黒屋 Ryan 尚保

    English Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

    As Chocomoo looks to expand her portfolio and reach, we look forward to seeing what she has in store for her exhibition in Harajuku.

     

    ©2020 Chocomoo

  • Harajuku’s Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror | Food Review

    21.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” is set to open in Japan’s hub of kawaii culture Harajuku on December 21 where it will run until March 22 next year.

     

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON received early access to the cafe, so we went together with Ruki from Spain.

    The cafe incorporates “interactive tabletop projection mapping” technology developed by Sony, which allows customers to enjoy their meals while playing together with the characters as they walk around their plates and tables.

     

    So what exactly does this look like…?

    Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror is located along Takeshita Street in Harajuku. Enter Takeshita Street and walk just a little bit to find HARAJUKU AR BOX. The entrance is pictured above.

    The cafe operates on a “pair seating” system, making it the perfect spot to go with your best friend or special someone♡

     

    The theme of the cafe is “another me in the mirror,” which sees Korilakkuma meeting another Korilakkuma inside of a mirror. When seated at your pair table, you’ll notice all of the Korilakkuma artwork adorning the cafe.

    When we sat down, the staff came and gave us a dolomite coasterーa gift for all customers who visit the cafe.

    When you place the coasters down on the table, that’s when the fun begins. Trace your finger around the table to play with Korilakkuma and company.

    Here is Ruki having Korilakkuma move around.

    When we had finished playing, the appetisers from our course menu arrived. It costs ¥2,500 per person, and you both have to order when ordering this course menu. You can pick from clam chowder or minestrone.

     

    If you thought that was it for the projection mapping, think again! The fun was only just beginning, as a new display came on the table when the plates went down.

    Ruki was completely enchanted by the sparkling food. It makes you feel like you’re inside of a picture book♡

    The salad was Caesar, and the minestrone was packed full of veg and ingredients, making it nice and filling.

     

    The next dish that was brought was the main. You pick one each of a main dish and dessert and share between two people.

    We ordered the “Omurice – Let’s Draw Together” (in Japanese: 一緒におえかきオムライス). Korilakkuma was wrapped up completely in an omelette blanket. The projection mapping comes on when you set this plate down too.

    Korilakkuma draws around the plate, and we got to join in too by decorating Korilakkuma’s blanket with drawings of Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori in ketchup.

    The mapping helps you with drawing by projecting an outline you can trace. Ruki did hers really well!

    As we forked into the omurice we found a cheeseburger underneath! The combination of the juicy cheese hamburger with the soft egg was to die for, and it becomes even more delicious and smooth when you pour over the cream sauce.

    Last up was dessert. We got the “Spell-Cast Pancakes” (in Japanese: パンケーキに魔法をかけて). The projection mapping cast a mirror onto the pancakes. Even more animations happen when you wave the brush you’re given on the table.

    The fluffy pancakes are topped with a hearty serving of cream. You can enjoy them as they are, but they’re delicious if you top them with the fruits, iced cream and nuts scattered around the plate too!

    Twin Korilakkuma Strawberry Milk – ¥990

    Korilakkuma Cafe au Lait – ¥890 (Served Hot Only)

    As well as the course menu, there are also special drinks you can order separately which come with another free and exclusive coaster.

    Sliding Mirror (Pink or Purple) – ¥1,200 Each

    Acrylic Key Ring (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500 Each

    Korilakkuma fans can expect to sift through a whole range of cafe-exclusive merchandise too, so be sure to check out what they’ve got in stock when you visit.

    Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror is Harajuku’s hottest new spot where you can enter the kawaii world of Korilakkuma. Pull up a seat and enjoy and interactive meal experience.

     

    ©2019 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

  • Laforet Harajuku’s 2020 Fukubukuro Lucky Bags Are Not to be Missed

    20.December.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Laforet Harajuku has finally dropped details on its 2020 fukubukuro. Fukubukuro is a New Year custom in Japan where stores make up grab bags full of random items for people to purchase at a discounted price. Around 50 stores in Laforet are set to participate, with pre-orders now running until December 31, 2019.

     

    As always, the line-up this year is diverse, from the unique fukubukuro you can actually look inside to see what they have—which is a popular one every year—to the Laforet Gentei Fukubukuro which contains items exclusive to Laforet Harajuku, and more.

    Those who pre-order a lucky bag will receive one of two things: either a coupon to get a random free item at one of the eateries at the GOOD MEAL MARKET on the second floor, or a ¥200 discount voucher to spend at Laforet Harajuku.

    On New Year’s Day and January 2, a taiko performance by Yushima Tenjin Shiraume Taiko will take place at the first floor entrance to drum in the New Year.

    Around 70 stores in the shopping complex will also sell items at a special price between January 1 and 7 to celebrate 2020. Select stores will be handing out bag hooks in collaboration with the popular South Korean boy band SEVENTEEN.

     

    The “Look and Choose” Fukubukuro

    OLIVE des OLIVE (Floor 5F) – Set of up to 6 items priced at ¥7,700 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥25,000)

    Cosme Kitchen (Floor 1.5F) – Set of 7 items priced at ¥5,500 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥14,000)

     

    Laforet Harajuku Exclusives-Filled Fukubukuro

    POU DOU DOU (Floor 4F) – Set of 7 items priced at ¥13,200 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥56,000)

    la belle Etude (Floor B0.5F) – Set of 6 items priced at ¥11,000 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥70,000~¥80,000)

     

    Other Fukubukuro

    Ank Rouge (Floor 4F) – Set of 6 items priced at ¥16,500 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥50,000)

    jouetie (Floor 4F) – Set of 5 items priced at ¥11,000 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥39,600)

    This is just a small look at just some of the fukubukuro set to be sold, there are so many more to get your hands on. Start your 2020 year with some delicious discounts from Laforet Harajuku.

     

    *Contents subject to change without notice

    *Listed photos are select look only – more fukubukuro to be sold

  • A.T.A.D: Harajuku’s New adidas Store to Open in Collaboration With atmos

    18.December.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    adidas Japan is collaborating with atmos—Tokyo’s streetwear and sneaker focused boutique—to open a new shop called A.T.A.D in Harajuku on December 20, 2019.

    adidas Japan has collaborated with countless artists to date, and this will be its first with atmos, together with whom it will showcase streetwear sneakers the likes of which people have never seen.

    A carefully selected line-up of adidas’ newest shoes will be displayed at the counter where customers order their shoes like they would a drink at a bar. They can pick the model, colour, and size, and can try them on before making a purchase. The current designs, logos and other items in the store were created by YAR, a creative studio spearheaded by Japanese graphic artist YOSHIROTTEN.

    The store also plans to sell items exclusive to A.T.A.D in collaboration with Japanese artists. More information will be posted on the store’s official Instagram page.

  • PLAYFUL KIRBY: Laforet Harajuku’s Newest Pop-Up Shop Offers Exclusives For Fans of Nintendo’s Popular Character

    17.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / FEATURES

    Fans of Kirby who are in Japan for the holiday season will be delighted to hear that the Kirby-themed pop-up shop “PLAYFUL KIRBY” finally opened at Laforet Harajuku today and will run until Boxing Day.

     

    When playing Super Smash Bros. there’s no other character I’ll pick but Kirby. If you love Kirby as much as I do, then you’ll be waiting no time at all to head to PLAYFUL KIRBY like I did after hearing that they’re selling a whole range of original and exclusive merchandise the likes of which Nintendo players have never seen before.

    The store itself is located on the second floor of Laforet Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo. You’ll spot it instantly with the Kirby-pink text wrapped around the walls of the entrance.

    Kirby’s pink colour fills the entire shop floor. Upon entering you’ll spot all the different items on offer, including fashion items, as well as various photo spots featuring Kirby’s cute face.

    There’s even a tiny Kirby door so that he can get into the shop! Be sure to find it if you visit.

     

    The original version of this pop-up shop first appeared two years ago, and enjoyed visits not only from game fans, both kids and adults who had never heard of Kirby before, or who had heard of him but never played the games. The fashion line-up was a result of fan demand to enjoy Kirby in a variety of different ways. A visit to PLAYFUL KIRBY is like being inhaled into his Dream Land.

    PLAYFUL KIRBY is centred on two collaborations. This includes a teaming-up with popular illustrator Shogo Sekine. When this pop-up shop was conceived, Shogo Sekine was at the top of the list for collaborations with the staff in charge. The staff agreed that mixing the worlds of Kirby and Sekine together would give rise to some seriously wonderful results. After much internal discussion and talks with Sekine, a whole line of merchandise was created.

    The items feature Sekine’s stylised typography, symbols, shapes and so on. Their subtle design means they can be used as both everyday items and nerdy fan items. They’re stylish while retaining the cute aspects of Kirby.

     

    The following items are the number one most recommended pieces of merchandise to pick up as chosen by the PLAYFUL KIRBY staff.

    Tote Bags Ver. 2 PINK STRIPE – ¥2,800

    These tote bags feature gradations of Kirby pinks. This design is also featured on a t-shirt you can pick up too. They’re both made with high quality fabrics.

    Sacoche Pouches (2 Designs) – ¥2,300 Each

    The “Copy” written on the sacoche pouches refers to Kirby’s ability to copy his opponents’ abilities and appearance. This design is also included on a variety of other merchandise pieces like a smartphone case and more.

    Blanket – ¥3,800

    At first glance, this blanket just looks like a stylish blanket with a floral print, but if you look closely you’ll spot Kirby blended in with the design. A perfect choice for the coming winter season.

    Plush Toy – ¥2,300

    Kirby had intended to put on his stylish t-shirt ready to go out, but he ended up looking just adorable.

    The store’s second collaboration is with Converse Stars, also showcasing an assortment of cute and fun items.

    Cap – ¥5,800 / Long T-Shirt (Medium/Large) – ¥7,800 Each

    Show off your love of Kirby with some simple but stylish unisex Kirby attire.

    Hand Towel – ¥1,200

    Another must-get item is this hand towel which keeps the roundness of Kirby’s head. Use at home or take it out with you!

    Stickers (3 Designs) – ¥500 Each

    Get your hands on these Laforet Harajuku-exclusive stickers with designs so cute you’ll want to collect them all!

     

    I spoke with the person in charge of the pop-up shop about the future of Kirby outside of the video game, and they told me that they plan to have more pop-up shops like this and open the opportunity for people to enjoy Kirby in a range of different ways while playing his games. For someone like me, who likes Kirby more than anything, I can’t wait to enjoy even more Kirby in the future.

    PLAYFUL KIRBY is open until December 26, 2019, so if you’re in Tokyo until then, make sure to pop on over to Laforet Harajuku.

     

     

    ▶︎Win Limited Edition Stickers

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is holding a competition on our official Instagram, Twitter and Weibo pages for a chance to win limited edition stickers from PLAYFUL KIRBY.

    How to Apply: Follow us on social media and share/retweet our post about the competition for a chance to win 1 special sticker from PLAYFUL KIRBY. (Designs are chosen randomly.)

    These are limited edition stickers exclusive to PLAYFUL KIRBY, so don’t miss your chance to get one!

     

    © Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.

  • Kimono IN LAFORET 2020: Kimono Brands Galore to Gather at Event in Harajuku

    15.December.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Laforet Harajuku has announced that its next “Kimono IN LAFORET” kimono and furisode pop-up shop will run from January 4 to 22 next year.

    Iroca Kimono “Leopard Gecko” – ¥63,800 (Tax Included) / Half-Width Obi – ¥26,400 (Tax Included)

    Pure Silk Butterfly Black Cloth Furisode – ¥132,000 (Tax Included)

    Light Blue Dove Print Polyester Furisode – ¥128,150 (Tax Included)

    Eight brands will line the shelves of the annual pop-up shop, with kimono, furisode, accessories and more available for purchase, including new items.

    Model and actress Shen Tanaka features as the star of the main visual for Kimono IN LAFORET 2020, mixing colourful kimono with western clothing to create a unique look. Marie Higuchi, who was the stylist for the visual, has also released some dress advice for those who love kimono or those who are beginners and newcomers to the scene.

     

    Mixing kimono with the kind of regular clothing that screams you

    Marie Higuchi is a stylist who also writes columns in Nylon Japan and Sozen. Her advice can be used by both beginners and experts alike: by mixing kimono with some of your own clothing, you can simply and easily create a stylish look that’s you. This makes for a perfect outfit for a special occasion.

     

    Styling Point

    This outfit combines fishnet tights with sandals that have thick metallic soles to create an edgy kimono style. Using thick sandals makes them really stand out when wearing kimono, so you can easily incorporate them with any kimono you wear.

     

    Items Used

    Kimono/Obi/Other: iroca

    Haneri: C.H.O.K.O

    Obi Clip: conoco

     

    Styling Point

    The gorgeous flower head dress brings a strikingly elegant touch to the overall look of this outfit. Whether used with kimono or in your regular day-to-day outfits, it’s sure to bloom beauty with whatever style you go with.

     

    Items Used

    Kimono: MIKI SAKURA

    Head Dress: Atelier Senka

    One Piece Shirt: Ank Rouge (Laforet Harajuku Floor 4F)

     

    Styling Point

    Coloured turtlenecks are in right now for the current season in Japan, and this kimono look incorporates one underneath the kimono. The mix of loose socks and thick-sole sneakers really adds to the flavour of this style, even more so with the addition of personal items like the vinyl record headband and lip clutch bag which make it unique.

     

    Items Used

    Kimono/Obi: Tamao Shigemune

    Headband/Clutch Bag: SINZ (Laforet Harajuku Floor B0.5F)

    Other: Personal items

     

    If you’re looking for kimono and furisode when visiting Japan in January, be sure to hit up Kimono IN LAFORET at Laforet Harajuku, located in Tokyo’s fashion central: Harajuku.

  • WITH HARAJUKU: Shiseido to Open Beauty Parlour, Hair & Makeup Academy and More in Harajuku’s New Shopping Complex

    12.December.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Shiseido has announced that it will open three new facilities in WITH HARAJUKU—a shopping complex currently in development by NTT URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION in front of Harajuku Stationーin April 2020. This includes the new beauty parlour Beauty Square, the hair & makeup academy and studio SABFA*, and the restaurant and lounge SHISEIDO PARLOUR THE HARAJUKU managed by Shiseido Parlour.

    *SABFA is a school managed by Shiseido for training professional hair and makeup artists

    Beauty Square will be located in the first floor as a place to discover beauty, have fun, and share experiences. As well as selling cosmetics, the facility will offer various beauty experiences using digital technology, and there will be a hair and makeup salon where customers can receive high quality service for a short period of time. By combining real experience with digital tech, Beauty Square hopes to bring in people of all ages and backgrounds from inside and outside Japan so that they can discover the fun of beauty and unlock their inner charm.

    SABFA on the second floor will be home to an all-new lecture and training facility as well as a photo studio. It will train educate and support the next generation of hair and makeup artists who will challenge the ideas of beauty and revolutionise the industry.

     

    SHISEIDO PARLOUR THE HARAJUKU is on the eighth floor where customers will be able to dine on French cuisine and indulge in line-up of wines carefully chosen by sommeliers. The restaurant overlooks Meiji Jingu, and its interior was designed by Kazuya Ura who designed the Twilight Express Mizukaze, a multiple unit sleeping-car excursion train operated by West Japan Railway Company.

     

    Be sure to visit WITH HARAJUKU when it opens in April next year.

  • Korilakkuma Cafe Opens in Harajuku With Projection Mapping Incorporated Dishes

    11.December.2019 | FOOD

    The all-new “HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe-” will open in Harajuku, Tokyo on December 21, 2019. This permanent cafe incorporates “interactive tabletop projection mapping” technology developed by Sony. The cafe runs in a “pair seating” system and so tables must be occupied by two people. 

    The first collaboration to hit the cafe for its grand opening is with Korilakkuma. The collaboration is titled “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror.” Customers will be able to enjoy their meals while playing together with the characters as they walk around their plates and tables through projection mapping technology.

     

    The theme of the cafe is “Korilakkuma inside a mirror,” which sees Korilakkuma meeting another Korilakkuma inside the mirror in a world of cats and cosmetics.

     

    Customers will be able to get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise with original art illustrated for the cafe, as well as enjoy themed meals which come in the form of courses made to share between two people. They are free to choose an appetizer, main dish and dessert. *Course menu only – items not available to order separately

     

    Menu item names are translated from Japanese.

     

    Appetizers: Soup and Salad

    Welcome to the World Inside the Mirror! Soup & Salad

    There are two soups to choose from: clam chowder and minestrone. As a pair you can also order one of each.

     

    Main Dishes

    Omurice – Let’s Draw Together

    Chicken and Mushroom Cream Pasta Made Delicious With Magic!

    Friendly Twin Korilakkuma Burger (Available December 21 – January 19 only)

    There are five main dishes in total to choose from including those above.

     

    Desserts

    Spell-Cast Pancakes

    Crème Brûlée & Magic Mirror (Available December 21 – January 19 only)

    Heart-Filled Fondant Chocolate (Available January 20 to February 16 only)

    There are five desserts in total to choose from including those above.

     

    Drinks

    Korilakkuma Cafe au Lait – ¥890 (Served Hot Only)

    Korilakkuma Cocoa – ¥890 (Served Hot Only)

    Twin Korilakkuma Strawberry Milk – ¥990

    When you order a drink, you’ll get an original coaster too.

     

    Merchandise

    Pin Badge (6 Designs) – ¥400

    Folder Set – ¥500

    Sliding Mirror (Pink or Purple) – ¥1,200 Each

     

    There are lots of other exclusive pieces of merchandise to get your hands on too. Every customer will also receive one of two dolomite crystals.

     

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

    ©2019 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

  • Kirby Pop-Up Shop ‘PLAYFUL KIRBY’ to Open in Laforet Harajuku in Tokyo

    08.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / SPOT

    LEGS is opening a Kirby-themed pop-up shop named ‘PLAYFUL KIRBY’ for a limited time in Laforet Harajuku, a landmark of Tokyo’s fashion hub Harajuku.

    The shop has invited popular Japanese illustrator Shogo Sekine on board, who is known for its distinct typography work which mixes fashion with messages written in English, to create an original line of Kirby apparel and miscellaneous fashion items.

    PLAYFUL KIRBY is also teaming up with Converse. Kirby has inhaled a few too many Converse Stars and has turned into a truly fashionable pink blob. The line-up is unisex so can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone. It will include items also available to purchase at Converse Stars branches as well as Laforet Harajuku exclusives.

     

    Witness Nintendo’s Dream Land hero in an all-new light as he becomes a fashion icon at Laforet Harajuku this month from December 16 to 26.

     

    ©Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

  • Pompompurin Cafe Reveals Christmas Menu For Harajuku, Yokohama & Umeda Branches

    27.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Harajuku, Yokohama and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Cafeーthe cafe chain centred on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurinーis serving up two cute Christmas menu items this year from December 1 to 25.

    *Food names below are translated from Japanese

    Hurry Up Santa – Pompompurin Cheese Keema Curry – ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    This rich and spicy keema curry is made with Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, and natural cheese. The colourful stars are made from carrot and paprika, while the spiralled Christmas cheese is a combination of spinach and mashed potato. Purin is made of rice and is waiting in anticipation for Santa to deliver his present. You’ll see he’s holding a stocking which is a made from bread and walleye pollack mayo. A hearty dish that is both delicious and adorable

    Snowman Pompompurin – Snow Covered Chocolate Tart ¥1,190 (Before Tax)

    Pompompurin has turned into a vanilla ice cream snowman and is standing next to a pistachio cream Christmas tree. They are both atop a rich chocolate tart. This cute dessert is like a Christmas garden straight out of a children’s picture book.

    If you decide you want to spend your Christmas with Pompompurin this year, then you’ll receive a free lunch mat when you order food and a free coaster when you get a drink. These are both limited in quantity, so don’t miss out!

     

    ©1996, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S603310

  • 10 Things You Can Do at the MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS Hotel in Harajuku | Foodie Edition

    13.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS is a hotel accommodation service run by MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON located in Harajuku and bookable via Airbnb. Our hotel isn’t just popular for sleep, however: it has become a hot spot with stylish girls who get together and use it as a party space. 

     

    Today we’ll be looking at the different ways you can have fun when staying at our pink paradise room SAKURA. 

     

    Girls’ Night In Edition: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/262308

    Birthday Party Edition: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/264752

     

    【8】Extend your adventures to the rooftop 

    The rooftop of MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS can be used freely by our guests. There are tables and chairs and even a hammock so make yourself comfortable. We particularly recommend spending a morning here. Enjoy bathing in the morning light on our spacious rooftop right below the clouds and make some good memories eating breakfast with your friends. 

    *Please note that the rooftop is not accessible when booked.

    MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS is located near a number of breakfast foodie favorites including Bread, Espresso & and whyte which have made their fame on Instagram. How about a baked good and a drink to enjoy on the rooftop with your friends?

     

    【9】Barbeque it up on the rooftop with zero preparation

    There is still more to your rooftop adventures. There is a barbeque course which you can enjoy without having to prepare anything at all. The barbeque course includes meat, fish, vegetables, dessert and even more luxurious dishes. The course even comes with a selection of drinks so you can spend less time preparing and more time enjoying.

    This course is available to book for groups of six people or more. You can even invite your friends who are not staying at MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS so feel free to invite many people. Find out more about what’s on the menu here

     

    【10】Feast out with your foodie friends near MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS: Recommendations from locals

    Where do the locals and people working in Harajuku choose to eat out? As our office is located in Harajuku, we have plenty of knowledge to share with you:

     

    Okonomiyaki at Sakura Tei

    Just a five-minute walk from MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS lies the Okonomiyaki restaurant Sakura Tei. From the beautiful interior decoration and wonderful atmosphere to the delicious food, this restaurant should be on your food adventure list. As many foreigners eat here, the staff can even speak in multiple foreign languages. Make use of Sakura Tei’s simple guide on how to make okonomiyaki and put your skills to the test. 

     

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE TOKYO

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE TOKYO is one of the landmarks of Harajuku. Welcome to the vivid world of bright pop colours where you will be staring in awe at everything from the decorations to the food and drinks. Some of the crazy meals to satisfy your kawaii cravings include rainbow pastas and cakes. Don’t leave without getting your hands on some KAWAII MONSTER CAFE-limited merchandise! Your meal will also be interrupted by the Monster Girls who will put on an incredibly fun performance for you. 

     

    Gonpachi Nori-Temaki

    Seaweed from the well-established shop Maruyama Nori and only the freshest and luxurious fish is used to make these temaki sushi. The seafood used in these temaki sushi rolls is of a quality that you won’t find at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant so if you are looking for a new experience of sushi, make sure to stop by.

     

    cafe Hohokam

    If your burger cravings get to you then cafe Hohokam is for you. The interior is spacious and there is even terrace seating, creating a refreshing atmosphere. From mozzarella to barbeque to cheese, the menu is full of different flavours and is filling enough to leave any foodie fully satisfied.

     

    Harajuku Ice Cream Shops

    Harajuku is a kawaii ice cream shop hot spot. The shops serve up a range of toppings and will fill your cone with heaps of colours and fun flavours. A trip to an ice cream shop in Harajuku is an adventure in itself. When you’re done with dinner and the sweet cravings kick in, let the kawaii ice cream shops of Harajuku be your saviour. 

     

    MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS is located at the heart of Harajuku and is surrounded by great places to shop, eat, sightsee and much more. Enjoy a stay at MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS and embark on a wild Harajuku adventure.

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