Canadian Sushi Chain KINKA IZAKAYA to Open Branch in Roppongi
06.September.2018 | FOOD
The Japanese branch of Canadian restaurant group KINKA FAMILY has announced that Kinka Sushi Bar Izakaya is heading to Roppongi and will hold its grand opening on September 15.
The new branch is located near The National Art Center, about a 4-minute walk from Roppongi Station. Their food and drinks garner huge praise from customers The stylish sushi bar hailing from Canada offers up an unconventional range of sushi that’s rare even in Japan like lobster sushi, as well as pressed sushi and sashimi. Wash it down with one of their original cocktails imbued with the essence of Japan.
Aburi Mosaic Sushi
Aburishasu Set of 8
The grand opening of the new Roppongi branch marks 2 years since the one in Shibuya opened. To celebrate, both branches will hold an Aburi Festival. They will serve their Aburi Mosaic Sushi and Aburishasu at the discounted price of ¥500 down from ¥1,490 for a limited time. In addition, on September 15 only, you can enjoy a new Aburi Mosaic Sushi with 16 flavours, and from September 14 to 16 you can order their set of 8 aburishasu for just ¥500 down from ¥1,690.
Experience sushi in a new way at Kinka Sushi Bar Izakaya.
Seaweed Temaki Sushi Restaurant ‘Gonpachi Nori-Temaki’ Opening in Harajuku
Traditional Japanese restaurant cuisine chain Gonpachi is opening its twelfth store, Gonpachi Nori-Temaki, in Harajuku on May 30. The restaurant is just a 2-minute walk from Harajuku Station along Omotesando and specialises in hand-rolled seaweed bites.
The restaurant aims to fuse modern designs with Japanese culture. In the centre of the restaurant is a 360° counter where they serve customers freshly rolled seaweed temaki. The price range starts from ¥200 for one temaki. There are also sets available on the menu.
The name ‘Gonpachi’ originates from Shirai Gonpachi, the protagonist of a famous kabuki play.
The seaweed at Gonpachi is kontobi seaweed from Maruyama Nori, a 160-year-old company who own a sushi shop with three Michelin stars. It has a fresh and natural taste as well as a light texture.
As well as regular vinegared sushi rice, you can also order ‘cauliflower rice’ which has reduced sugar. It’s exceptionally nutritious and popular for its vitamin C and calcium content. The rice is an original Gonpachi creation.
There’s a wide range of fillings to choose from, including Nagaimo Pollock Roe (Regular: ¥200 / Large: ¥350), Salmon Avocado (R: ¥300 / L: ¥480), Salmon Roe Soy Sauce Zuke (R: ¥450 / L: ¥600), Sea Urchin (R: ¥650 / L: ¥1,000), and more. The level of freshness in the line-up is exceptional across the board.
*All prices above are pre-tax.
Enjoy some delicious temaki sushi in Harajuku with friends and family!
Sushi represents Japanese food! 5 recommended sushi restaurants in Tokyo
Sushi is the probably the most famous Japanese food! Below are 5 sushi restaurants we highly recommend.
Roppongi “atelier Morimoto XEX”
“atelier Morimoto XEZ” is a combined restaurant produced by Masaharu Morimoto who works in foreign countries centering around the U.S. You can make an order until 3:00 AM and enjoy many kinds of dishes which are a mixture of Japanese style and Western style. “Edomaezushi” is the recommended dish. Why don’t you enjoy the dishes created by this top chef who is loved by people all over the world?
“Sushizanmai” is a sushi chain restaurant. The price of one of the lunch menus “Maguroduke Donburi” is only 477 yen (tax not included)! Moreover, you can drink as much coffee as you like. The lunch menu noted previously is offered from 11:00 to 17:00 at Shinjuku Higashiguchi Store (only on weekdays.) The helping of rice can be chosen at will and the menu comes with miso soup. The menu is recommended for those of you who want to enjoy seafood at a low price!
Shinjuku “Hokkaido Sushi Unimaru”
The branch store of “Hokkaido Unimaru” where you can enjoy sushi and dishes of sea urchin opened inside of “Odakyu Ace” at Shinjuku Station’s West Exit. The set “Uni Tabekurabe” (1,800 yen) offers three kinds of sea urchins; Murasaki Uni, Bafun Uni and Ensui Uni. Accordingly, you can compare the taste of these different sea urchins. This set menu is highly recommended. You can choose either “Shiro Shari (white rice)” using rice vinegar or “Aka Shari (red rice) using red vinegar.
The entertaining sushi restaurant that you can feel like being in Edo.
02.December.2016 | SPOT
Everyone would say Sushi if you think of what is the popular food in Tokyo. There are roughly three business categories of sushi restaurants: revolving sushi restaurants, residential district’s sushi restaurants, and high-priced sushi restaurants. Revolving sushi restaurants are a cheap and entertaining place which everyone can enjoy. At residential districts restaurants, you can enjoy sushi for about five thousand yen, but there are a lot of exclusive customers, and they are kind of not a friendly place for first-timers. Some high priced sushi restaurants such as the ones in Ginza which has been called the “Sushi Mecca” recently cost twenty to thirty thousand yen for only course menus, and yet those restaurants are most likely to have full reservations for next few months. There is not so much chance to visit those places.
Meanwhile, the new restaurant in Akasaka-mitsuke called “Itamae Sushi Edo” draws many people’s attention. This restaurant is a very entertaining place known as “theater type restaurant where you can feel like you’re traveling back in Edo period.” Inside of this restaurant is amazing. You sit on the table facing down to the kitchen on stage.
Counter table around the stage is unusual for normal Sushi restaurants that you can look up and see sushi chefs cooking and handling knives. The interior looks exactly like the image of EDO which most foreigners would picture in their mind. This is because this place is Hong-Kong capital sushi restaurant. There are also varieties of food menus such as “Kobo rainbow sushi” as one of the specialty foods. If you want the chef’s recommendation, the cost starts from seven thousand yen. There are services which you can take pictures wearing kimono in the entrance, and can buy sushi figures for souvenirs as well.
It is also getting popular among Japanese customers that are filled with fun, hospitality and interiors taking a ‘so-what’ attitude toward Japanese authentic cultures. They were expecting to have almost all foreigner customers at first, but it is getting half and half ratio recently. I bet you will love to share this experience with somebody after visiting this restaurant.
Itamae Sushi Edo
Address: No. R Akasakamitsuke 1F, 3-9-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Atsuo Ohki（”Tokyo the Best Restaurant” Editor in Chief）
Hanami in Japan 2020: Bite-Size Sushi Hanami Bento Lunch Box Releasing in Ginza
SHARI and SHARI THE TOKYO SUSHI BAR in Ginza, as well as CRAFT in Ariake, are releasing the perfect accompaniment to your hanami flower-viewing experience in Japan this spring: the “Hanami Roll Sushi Bento” lunch box, which consists of 36 bite-size sushi pieces made up of 12 different kinds of sushi. It will be available February 18 to April 30.
Hanami Roll Sushi Bento (36 Pieces/Serves 3-4): ¥4,500 (Tax Included)
As soon as your take the lid off this colourful assortment of rolled sushi, you’ll find yourself reaching for your camera to snap a photo for Instagram. Each piece is 3cm in diameter and so is deliciously bite-sized. The line-up includes four new kinds of sushi rolls conceived for this release which use seasonal spring ingredients, like sakuradai cherry blossom sea bream, sakura ebi, rape blossoms, fuki giant butterbur, green beans, and moreーas well as eight other types of sushi that are popular classics at each of the three restaurants.
From the four new rolls, we have the sakura ebi shrimp roll, which is served with a gorgeous cherry blossom colour. It’s made with shibazuke pickles and vinegared rice, which gives it its colour, and contains, rape blossoms, okra, Chinese yam, and egg. The rape blossoms add a springtime bitterness to the sweetness of the sakura ebi, creating a wonderful combination of flavours.
Beef Butterbur Miso Roll
Then there’s the sakuradai roll is wrapped with vinegared tobiko flying fish roe, okra, and cucumber, which is topped with sashimi-style sakuradai cherry blossom seam bream and salty cherry blossom leaves. The spring vegetable and tempura roll has shrimp and green bean tempura mixed with yuzu kosho paste; and finally, the beef butterbur miso roll, which contains beef rib seasoned in a sukiyaki style, finished with sesame seeds, and seasoned with butterbur miso.
The eight popular classics include the wagyu roll sushi seasoned with luxurious truffle oil, Italian roll, duck roll, salmon roll, spider roll (soft shell crab), and more. All of these varied picks go great with wine or champagne.
Hanami Roll Sushi Bento (9 Pieces): ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
The “Hanami Roll Sushi Bento” comes in various sizes. As well as the 36 pieces of 12 sushi types, there’s also 18 pieces of 9 types (serves 1-2), and the 9 pieces of 9 types (serves 1).
Reservations are available until 15:00 the previous day. Order yours for your Hanami cherry blossom flower-viewing this year in Japan.
Hanami Roll Sushi Bento
SHARI (TEL: 050-5357-5354) (Address: Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Gochome Floor 2F, 5-13-15 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
SHARI THE TOKYO SUSHI BAR (TEL: 050-5212-7574) (Address: ALBORE GINZA Floor 8F, 2-4-18 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
CRAFT (TEL: 050-5357-5353) (Address: CRAFT Floor 2F, 3-7-2 Ariake, Koto Ward, Kyoto)
36 Pieces/12 Types (Serves 3-4 People): ¥4,500
18 Pieces/9 Types (Serves 1-2 People): ¥2,400
9 Pieces/9 Types (Serves 1 Person): ¥1,200
Reservations can be made via telephone or in-store until 15:00 the previous day.
*Reservation Window: Telephone 10:00-20:00 / In-Store 12:00-22:30
*Depending on the ingredient stock, reservations may be made on the same day
*The Hanami Roll Sushi Bento is for takeaway only and cannot be eaten in the restaurant
Grab Tokyo Souvenirs at Roppongi Hills’ New Food & Gift Area
The new “Food & Gift Area” at Roppongi Hills is set to open in the North Tower on Floor B1F on April 10 where you can get your hands on a huge range of exclusive gifts and souvenirs, as well as quick and delicious food. It will house a total of 19 stores; that’s 12 shops selling Japanese confections and other picks perfect as gifts to yourself or someone else, and 7 eateries offering takeout and eat-in options.
In the gift area, 12 storesーa mix of new establishments as well as well-known businesses setting up shop in Tokyo for the first timeーwill open their doors, such as the New Style Ginza Sembikiya cafe, Kashi no Kirokujo which sells exquisite cakes that are hard to get your hands on, and more. And there’s a whole range of Roppongi Hills exclusives too, like artistic yokan sweet bean jelly inspired by Tokyo’s streets, castella with the Roppongi Hills logo on it, senbei rice crackers, assorted sliced mochiーthe list goes on.
Gift Area – Roppongi Hill Exclusives
Tokyo Enbo – ¥4,320 (Tax Included) @ Wagashi Yui
Recreated are the landmarks of Tokyo in the morning sun, with the beautiful silhouettes of the city’s skyrise buildings formed into sweet bean jelly. Try and find Roppongi Hills in this picturesque perfection.
Ukeian Castella Wasanbon – ¥2,160 (Tax Included) @ Ukeian
This castella cake is made rich and moist thanks to the eggs laid by specially-bred chickens. It’s made with wasanbon fine-grained Japanese sugar, which gives it a tantalizing smell. The logo stands out too, giving it a beautiful appearance in addition to the delicious flavour.
Roppongi Hills Sanmaido (5 Included) – ¥702 (Tax Included) @ Ginza Matsuzaki Senbei
The senbei rice crackers have a gentle flavour, handcrafted one by one by the shop’s master chefsーincluding the Roppongi Hills logo design of these tile-shaped rice crackersーby adding eggs and sugar to wheat flour.
Kinanomiya Sando (Exclusive Packaging/3 Included) – ¥540 (Tax Included) @ KISSHOKARYO
KISSHOKARYO Japan Premium “Miyabi” – ¥1,870 (Tax Included) @ KISSHOKARYO
Munch down on these delicious chocolate cookies made with high quality soy flour, almonds, and oat milk.
They’re also serving a special Japanese parfait for eating-in, made with specially-selected Uji matcha from Kyoto and homemade soy flour.
Sankaku Box Sando – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) @ New Style Ginza Sembikiya
Roppongi Hills Exclusive Melon Parfait – ¥2,700 (Tax Included) @ New Style Ginza Sembikiya
Added to the thick and fluffy bread is fresh fruit and subtly sweet cream to make a refreshing sandwich. The chocolate sandwich in the left of the picture is exclusive to Roppongi Hills.
The must-try is the melon parfait, which is made with melons grown in Shizuoka that have been specially selected by the shop.
Cake Shop Miracle Collaboration Set – ¥3,456 (Tax Included) @ Kashi no Kirokujo
This set is an assortment made by four long-standing cake makers: Akasaka Kakiyama, Obusedo, Ganyudo, and Nanohana.
Roppongi Lingotto – ¥3,240 (Tax Included) @ Bicerin
Caffe mocha al Bicerin – ¥660 (Tax Included) @ Bicerin
Served in a limited-edition Roppongi Hills box, the “Roppongi Lingotto” bears the shopping complex’s logo, and is a popular gift that was even served to members of the Japanese government at the G7 Ise-Shima and G20 Osaka summits.
When dining in, you can order a rich bicerin which is a mix of espresso, milk, and chocolate sauce topped with whipped cream that’s shaped to look like a hill.
Raw Pound Cake Assortment – ¥1,700 (Tax Included) @ Pavlov
Choose from seven adorable small-size cakes, including cream vanille, pistachio fruits rouges, chocolate orange, very berry, Kyoto matcha, caramel nuts, and mont blanc.
Roppongi Exclusive GIFT – ¥918 (Tax Included) @ Jiichiro
Wrapped in special Roppongi Hills packaging, this box contains an assortment of Jiichiro treats from their popular baumkuchen to rusk, gateau chocolat, and more.
In the Food Area, seven restaurants will open serving quick, authentic food. A number of popular restaurants are also making an appearance, like Kyu Yamutei which is famous for its Osaka spice curry, as well as THAI STREET FOOD by KRUNG SIAM. The menu line-ups will include dishes exclusive to Roppongi Hills.
Food Area – Roppongi Hill Exclusives
Curry-Gear MAX – ¥1,650 (Tax Included) @ Kyu Yamutei
This curry combines unique ingredients and spices. The ingredients and roux are switched up every month, and you can pick from one to four rouxs.
Khao Soi No-Broth Mazemen Noodle Curry – ¥1,200 (Tax Included) @ THAI STREET FOOD by KRUNG SIAM
This mazemen noodle curry is a spin on the hugely popular khao soi Chiang Mai ramen, made without any broth. It has the full-bodied aroma and spiciness that comes with Thai-style curry. Change up the flavour with a topping of homemade pepper.
Fisherman’s Seafood Spaghetti alla Pescatora – ¥1,848 (Tax Included) @ Pasta & Pizza Uota
Piled with plenty of seafood, this luxurious and specially-made tomato pasta wastes no flavour of the fish used for its rich sauce.
Brioche Vendée N – ¥864 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie Bonheur
A traditional brioche from Vendée in France. It’s combined with orange flower water and contains raisins soaked in Kirsch. The center is moist and just melts in your mouth.
Seafood & Eel Dashi Chazuke – ¥1,320 (Tax Included) @ Dashi Chazuke En
Another exclusive to Roppongi Hills is this chazuke, filled with all the flavours and sea like tuna, porgy, eel, and more. Try it as it is first and then pour over the broth.
Spring Vegetables & Fried Fish Lunch Box – ¥900 (Tax Included) @ Dexee Deli
A set of seasonal vegetables like edible chrysanthemums, asparagus, and cabbage, combined with fried fish, rice, and bamboo shoots.
Find a whole world of food, desserts and gifts at Roppongi Hills’ new Food & Gift Area.
Roppongi Hills Food & Gift Area
Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Grand Opening: April 10, 2020
Official Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/
Japan’s First Muslim Eyelash Extension Salon ‘Crazy Beauty’ Opens in Shibuya
11.February.2020 | FASHION
Japanese eyelash extension salon Crazy Beauty has announced its efforts to strengthen its services to cater towards its increasing number of Muslim customers. The salon released a new list of policies in English including using no pork-derived ingredients in its glue, a comment about the alcohol level of its glue, and more.
“Muslim Welcome” is the name of this new initiative launched by Crazy Beauty with support from the Made in Japan Halal Support Committee.
Crazy Beauty provides prayer mats and has a space for its Muslim clients to pray.
Consideration For Muslim Customers
Since Muslims are not able to use products with alcohol in them, Crazy Beauty provides Halal-certified Clean Shu! Shu! Neo, which has alkali ions in it that kills bacteria, and it also cleans and smells since. Crazy Beauty also uses MOMA Water, officially recognised by JAKIM in Malaysia. Customers can also enjoy Halal-certified tea after their session.
Muslim Welcome Eyelash Policies
・Our salon uses medical grade glue that does not contain pork-derived ingredients.
・The medical-grade glue used in our salon contains a small amount of alcohol.
・A spare space can be used for prayer purposes.
・Prayer mats are available upon request.
If you’re a Muslim and looking to experience Japan’s beauty scene, then be sure to check out Crazy Beauty to see everything they have to offer.
Address: 906 Dogenzaka Square, 5-18 Maruyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Reception Times: Last Phone Booking 21:00 (Until 19:00 on Sundays and Public Holidays)
No Fixed Holidays (Open during festival seasons)
Official Website: https://crazybeauty.jp/en
Sanrio Character Museum to Open in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills For 60th Anniversary
Sanrio is set to turn 60-years-old in August 2020. To commemorate, the company has announced that it will open a museum called “Sanrio Character Museum” in summer 2020 where it will tour around Japan until 2025. The full dates and locations have yet to be announced, but its first stop will be the Tokyo City View Sky Gallery located on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Tokyo. Details for this first stop will be revealed sometime next month.
ⓒ ’74, ’75, ’76, ’77, ’79, ’80, ’82, ’83, ’84, ’85, ’86, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’92, ’93, ’96, ’98, ’99, ’01, ’04, ’05, ’20 SANRIO CO., LTD.
Since its establishment, Sanrio has sought to spread kawaii culture to the world, as well as the message of everybody getting along and being friends. But how have gotten to this point with each passing generation? The museum exhibition will answer that very question, exploring its line-up of over 450 characters Sanrio has created over the years, including the most prominent ones like Hello Kitty, My Melody and Little Twin Stars who have been around for more than 40 years. It will also showcase characters that will be nostalgic to longtime Sanrio fans.
The exhibition will peruse the history of Sanrio from before it created its characters, and delve into the origin of the company’s kawaii world. Fans can expect to see valuable prints, products, materials, and more. The exhibition will also include works made in collaboration with some of Japan’s up-and-coming and prominent artists. Expect plenty of kawaii, and plenty of what is sure to be invaluable information for Sanrio fans.
60th Anniversary Sanrio Character Museum
Start Date: Summer 2020
*Details TBA at the time of posting this article
Asakusa’s New Conveyor Belt Sushi Chain Kura Sushi Offers a Traditional Japanese Space
Muten Kura Sushi opened the first of its its all-new chain of “global flagship” sushi restaurants in Asakusa BOX on January 22.
This kaitenzushi restaurant, or “conveyor belt sushi,” aims to promote Japanese culture. It wants people, both Japanese and foreign, to rediscover the wonders of kaitezsushi, and what better place to open its first branch than Asakusaーone of the biggest tourist hot spots in Tokyo?
The restaurant’s design and decor takes on a more traditional approach, drawing inspiration of Japan’s Edo period with classic ukiyo-e paintings and paper lanterns adorning the walls, amongst many other things. This classic image of Japan has found its way to the dining space itself too, with flat tables made from plain wood and chairs topped with tatami. This gives it that air of grace and beauty which is typically associated with traditional Japanese culture, as well as a relaxed atmosphere.
The logo used on the restaurant’s paper lanterns, crockery, staff uniform and elsewhere was designed by Japanese art director and creative director Kashiwa Sato. It was created for the brand to be used on all future branches, including all Japanese restaurants and those planned for the US and Taiwan.
The restaurant even has several Japanese festival games for customers to play, like target practice and ring toss. They can win coupons that can be used in the restaurant, and kids can win toys too.
Some of the staff can speak foreign languages too, and tablets that you order food from are available in 4 languages.
Staff also carry a “Langogo Genesis,” a speech translation machine, to allow for smooth customer service. It’s connected to an AI language server which can speak and translate quickly in 104 languages.
This global flagship restaurant also has a self check-in and payment system. Using touch screen, customers will be shown their seats automatically. The AI also adds up how many plates you have used by scanning their QR codes, and this is used to determine how much you need to pay. This means you needn’t wait for someone to bring the bill, you just head straight to the till.
There’s also a smartphone app (called スマホでくら) which you can use to book a table and makes for easy checking in when you arrive at the restaurant.
Head to Kura in Asakusa, Tokyo to enjoy Japan’s longtime affordable and delicious fast food: sushi.
Kura Sushi Asakusa ROX
Address: Asakusa ROX Floor 4F, 1-25-15, Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo)
January 22-26 @ 12:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
From January 27 @ 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30)
Official Website (English): http://www.kura-corpo.co.jp/en/
BALCÓN TOKYO: Roppongi’s Sophisticated New Bar and Restaurant Offers Luxurious Food & Drinks
16.January.2020 | SPOT
BALCÓN TOKYO is the newest luxury bar and restaurant to hit Tokyo’s Roppongi district. Set to open on the 14th floor of Mitsui Garden Hotel Roppongi Tokyo Premier on January 24, BALCÓN TOKYO offers opulent lounge and balcony spaces for fine wine and dining.
Located away from the hustle and bustle of busy Roppongi, the establishment offers a breathtaking view of Tokyo’s city nightscape in both the eastern and western directions.
When customers pass through the beautiful bar and lounge they are met with the spacious museum-like balcony area where they can enjoy a dining experience wrapped in soft warm lights. For those looking for a more private meal, they can reserve one of the individual private rooms, each of which has its own distinct touch and flavour. Whether you’re looking for a quiet drink or dinner, or even midnight teatime, BALCÓN TOKYO caters to customers’ needs.
The interior design is the brainchild of none other than Yasumichi Morita of GLAMOROUS co.,ltd., and company that specialises not only on interior and exterior building and establishment designs, but graphic visuals, products, and more.
Taking the spotlight at dinnertime is the restaurant’s incredible and mouthwatering roast beef which is aged at ice temperature and cooked carefully with time and care. The gravy sauce drizzled over the meat takes three days to make and only adds to the delicious offering of the beef.
The restaurant also offers plenty of seasonal foods and ingredients that go perfect with a glass of champagne. Whether you’re celebrating something special or just out for a casual meal, the restaurant caters to all.
For breakfast, a half-buffet of western-style food is prepared where you can pick one main. And so that foreign guests can get a taste of the quality of Japanese food, all ingredients used at the restaurant are domestic to Japan. The restaurant also uses organic vegetables shipped directly from growers and producers.
To celebrate the grand opening of BALCÓN TOKYO, customers who reserve a table online or via telephone between January 24 and February 29 this year will receive a 30% discount on meal courses.
Address: Mitsui Garden Hotel Roppongi Tokyo Premier (Floor 14F), 3-15-17 Roppongi, Minato War, Tokyo
・Morning 6:30-10:30 (Last Orders 10:00) *Please note that there may be waiting times due to priority going to hotel guests
・Dinner 17:00-02:00 (Food Last Orders 01:00 / Drinks Last Orders 01:30)
Official Website: http://balcon-tokyo.jp/
Reservation Page: https://www.tablecheck.com/shops/balcon-tokyo/reserve
Roppongi Hills Kicks of New Year’s Celebrations with Luxurious Food, Fukubukuro, Traditional Games and More
Roppongi Hills will be kicking off the New Year’s celebrations from January 1 to 3, 2020 with New Year’s good fortune around every corner.
January 1 will be filled with exciting lion dances and Japanese drum performances. January 2 and 3 will see traditional and nostalgic games that are free to play, providing fun for the whole family.
Restaurants and cafés will be serving New Year’s food themed around good fortune, happiness, good omens and new beginnings. Indulge on Spiny Lobster, fatty tuna, sea bream and many other luxurious “good fortune” foods.
Spiny Lobster and Sea Bream Acqua Pazza (Limit of 15 sold per day): ¥3,278
Mohri Salvatore Cuomo
Colourful Chirashizushi Pintokona (Limit of 10 sold per day): ¥2,020
Angus Beef Steak Burger (Limit of 15 sold per day): ¥2,800
AS Classics Diner
Crêpe 2020 (Limit of 10 sold per day): ¥980
There are also New Year’s “Fukubukuro” to look out for. This is a Japanese New Year’s custom where “lucky bags” are filled with unknown contents and sold at a substantial discount. There are even January sales with items up to 70% off. Travel agency H.I.S. Co., Ltd. is bringing back their yearly dream holiday package which includes a top-quality resort lodge in the Savanna and safari experience for just ¥4 million.
Have a wonderful New Year’s celebration at Roppongi Hills.
January 1: 12:00-15:00
Japanese Drum Performance Start Times: 12:30, 13:30, 14:30
Lion Dance Start Times: 13:00, 14:00
Sake Offering: 13:00 (First-come-first-served, limit of 200 people, entry from 12:00. Obtain a ticket from the Seiriken Haifusho (整理券配布所)
January 2, 3: 11:00-16:00
Entry fee applies to certain areas
Japanese Drum Performance Start Times: 11:00, 13:50, 15:30
Lion Dance Start Times: 11:10, 12:30, 15:00
Koto Performance Start Times: 11:30, 12:30, 14:30
*The Koto experience corner will be closed between the following times: 11:30-11:50, 12:30-12:50, 14:30-14:50
Spinning Top Championships: January 2 from 13:00
*First-come-first-served, 12 places, please obtain a ticket from the Seiriken Haifusho (整理券配布所). Tickets will be available from 11:00.
Kendama Championships: January 3 from 13:00
*First-come-first-served, 20 places, please obtain a ticket from the Seiriken Haifusho (整理券配布所). Tickets will be available from 11:00.
Old traditional games available: Koma-mawashi (Spinning tops), kendama, beigoma, otedama and much more
Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato City, Tokyo 106-6108, Japan
Official Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/
Tokyo Otaku Mode TOKYO Collaborates With Hatsune Miku at Shibuya PARCO
Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc. is opening a pop-up shop in collaboration with Hatsune Miku at Tokyo Otaku Mode TOKYO which is located on the 6th floor of Shibuya PARCO in Tokyo.
The shop will be open from December 27 until January 19 next year. Japanese illustrator hakusai is on board to illustrate the designs for the shop itself as well as the shop-exclusive merchandise. The design features Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka, Kagamine Rin and Len, KAITO and MEIKO wearing traditional Japanese dress.
Acrylic Stands – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)
Mini Towels – ¥700 Each (Before Tax)
There are 10 original and exclusive pieces of merchandise with various designs to choose from. Plus, customers who purchase over ¥3,000 (tax included) worth of items will receive a special Vocaloid sticker.
The Snow Miku Sky Town store at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido is also collaborating with the pop-up shop where they will sell select merchandise from Snow Miku Sky Town.
Those of you looking to get your hands on some limited-edition Vocaloid goodies will want to roll on up to Tokyo Otaku Mode TOKYO before the pop-up shop closes.
*The items shown in the photos above are of products in development. Actual products are subject to change.
Art by hakusai © Crypton Future Media, INC. www.piapro.net
Tokyo Otaku Mode TOKYO
Address: Shibuya PARCO (floor 6), 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
Sales Period: December 27, 2019 – January 19, 2020
Corporate Website: https://corporate.otakumode.com/
Peanuts x The Marc Jacobs Pop-Up Shop Opens at Shibuya PARCO
17.December.2019 | SPOT
A pop-up shop in collaboration with the Peanuts comic strip series starring Snoopy and The Marc Jacobs opened at GATE on the first floor of Shibuya PARCO today and will run until January 13, 2020.
[Pre-Release Item] THE PEANUTS T-SHIRT: ¥21,000 (Before Tax)
This special collaboration sees a line of apparel and items from The Marc Jacobs with gorgeous designs taken from the internationally comic strip series Peanuts by American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz.
The pop-up shop is inspired by Snoopy’s dog house which when you step inside transports you into the wonderful world of Peanuts.
The shop is also collaborating with the PEANUTS CAFÉ for three days between December 20-22. Attendees can get themselves a hot chocolate at the wagon located in front of Shibuya PARCO Koen-dori Street. The delicious drink is topped with chocolate chip cookies—a favourite of the Peanuts gang—and marshmallows.
If you walk around the Center Gai, Dogenzaka and Koen-dori areas of Shibuya, you’ll spot posters plastered up to promote the pop-up shop. There are five designs featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy van Pelt, Linus van Pelt, and Peppermint Patty. If you scan the QR codes on each of the posters you can download respective wallpapers for each character for your smartphone.
If you manage to scan all five of the QR codes, you’ll receive a special present when you show your phone at the pop-up store. This is running right now until December 30, 2019, so don’t miss out!
PEANUTS x THE MARC JACOBS Pop-Up Store
Running: December 17, 2019 – January 13, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
No Fixed Holidays (Except when Shibuya PARCO is closed)
Location: Shibuya PARCO (GATE, Floor 1F)
*Please note that depending on how busy the shop is you may be given a numbered ticket upon arrival to determine when you can enter. More details can be found on the Shibuya PARCO website.
Shibuya PARCO Official Website: https://shibuya.parco.jp
Hot Chocolate Wagon
Running: December 20, 2019 – December 22, 2019
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
Location: In front of Shibuya PARCO Koen-dori Street
Tokyo Sushi Restaurant Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure Opens New Branch in Shibuya
14.December.2019 | FOOD
Edomae sushi restaurant Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure, which is known for its strict use of organic ingredients, just opened its second branch in Tokyo Plaza Shibuya following its first branch in Omotesando Hills.
Sasashigure is a type of sasanishiki rice grown completely organically without the use of any chemicals or fertilisers. It is grown by Akinori Kimura who is known for its “Miracle Apples,” the world’s first apples grown without pesticides.
Sasashigure rice yields 40% less rice quantity in one-tenth hectare than regular rice, but it has a natural sweetness and elevate flavour, with each and every grain savoured in a mouthful.
If you’re all for healthy eating and protecting the environment, and happen to be in Tokyo looking for some sushi, be sure to visit the new branch of Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure in Shibuya.
Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure
Address: Shibuya FUKURAS 6F, Tokyu Plaza Shibuya, 1-2-3 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30)
No Fixed Holidays (Except when Tokyu Plaza Shibuya is closed)
Official Website: http://www.tamasushi.co.jp/
WASHOKU: Asakusa’s Newest Restaurant For Experiencing Japanese-Style Cuisine
Asakusaーone of the hottest spots in Tokyo for sightseeing, ever-bustling with Japanese and foreign tourists and travellers alike. This ancient district is famous not only for its sights, like Sensō-ji (the oldest temple in Tokyo) and the Nakamise-dōri shopping street leading up to it, but for its bountiful offering of gourmet restaurants.
Today, we’re taking a look at Taikenkei Dining -WASHOKU-, a restaurant which opened in Asakusa on November 19 this year. If you’re looking for the full package when it comes to experiencing Japanese food culture, WASHOKU has customers covered. Not only do they serve food, like traditional Kyoto obanzai, but they offer cultural experience plans too where you can learn to make sushi or dress up in a kimono and walk the old streets of Asakusa.
WASHOKU’s concept when it comes to both lunch and dinner centres around enjoying Japanese-style food that is colourful. And that rings tantalisingly true with their kaleidoscopic obanzai, which is formed of 12 vivid bite-sized delights. Obanzai is a traditional style of Japanese cuisine that comes from Kyoto, made up of mostly seafood and vegetables. The obanzai served at WASHOKU was conceived under the guidance of nutritionists, and so is packed full of healthy nutrients for the body. Not only that, the ingredients selected are all domestic to Japan, and are of a very high quality.
The obanzai I ate included fried beni haruka sweet potato which is sourced from Ishida Farmsーa sweet potato growerーin Katori, Chiba. It had a moist texture and rich sweetness. When I sank my teeth into it, I was flushed with feelings of the fall season.
Other foods in the assortment included sashimi, scallop and yuzu, saikyo-yaki Kyoto-style grilled fish, and more. Each mouthful of the selection offered its own distinct and unique flavours.
The obanzai is served with miso soup too with which you get to choose a miso ball from a variety of flavours to put into your bowl. I went for the sesame seed miso ball.
The miso ball is made from miso paste and various ingredients. Once placed into the hot water, it melts and turns into miso soup. The sweet light-brown miso was perfect for warming up my chilly self.
Dinner also features a dessert menu, as well as courses with an all-you-can-drink option, so I recommend these options for people who want to relax and take their time with their dining experience.
As I mentioned earlier, WASHOKU also offers a variety of experience-based plans. This includes a sushi class where you can learn to make your own hand-rolled sushi.
There are two types of “temari” hand rolled sushi you can make: the regular type, which makes use of tuna, salmon and other classic sushi toppings, and the high quality type, which uses more high-end ingredients like uni sea urchin eggs, caviar, gold leaf, and more. And for foreign customers, the restaurant has prepared a handout detailing the history of Asakusa and recipes, as well as souvenirs for them to take home.
The MMN team of course had to have a go at making our own sushi, but it proved quite difficult. You have to get the right amount of sushi rice to roll, then actually roll it perfectly into a ball before topping with your ingredients. But the sushi I made was actually really delicious! To attend this class you have to book in advance, so if you’ve never tried making your own sushi before or have an need some guidance, then we can’t recommend it enough.
As well as food-related experiences, WASHOKU provides customers with three different plans to experience Japanese culture. The first of these is the rickshaw ride, where you board a rickshaw pulled by a runner and are taken around the various sites of Asakusa. The ‘Excursion Around Asakusa Course’ takes you to the most popular spots around Kaminarimon, while the ‘Sky Tree Course’ takes you all the way to the Sumida River, and you also get to see Tokyo Skytree and various other attractions in Asakusa.
The Edo Kiriko plan gives you the opportunity to cut your own Japanese glass to drink from. You can drink from your glass if you reserve the plan with lunch or dinner.
Finally, you can rent a kimono. Select your favourite from the shop and have a professional dresser get you readyーwith both your kimono and your hair. After you’re dolled up, you can take a stroll around Asakusa to get a real feel for Japanese culture.
All three of these plans are just ¥3,500 per person, and all require reservations which you can book online.
So, if you’re looking for a taste of Japanese food and culture, why not take a trip to WASHOKU when visiting Asakusa for an all-in-one experience?
Taikenkei Dining -WASHOKU-
Address: 2113 Kaminarimon Bldg. Floors 5F-6F, 2 Kaminarimon, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:00 / Dinner 15:00-17:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 1-minute on foot from Exit 4 of Asakusa Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / 2-minutes on foot from Exit A3 of Asakusa Station via the Toei Asakusa Line
Official Website (English): https://washoku.site/en/
Shibuya PARCOーWhere You Can Enjoy Everything: Anime, Games, Food, Fashion & More
Shibuya PARCO finally opened its doors on November 22. The shopping complex is already receiving overwhelming love and attention as Shibuya’s newest tourist spot as it strives to offer itself as “a unique, next-generation facility” for the world.
Boasting a gargantuan 193 shops, spanning fashion, food, art and more, Shibuya PARCO is a place where you can enjoy just about anything. MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON has compiled a list of our own recommended places from there for you, the readers, if you ever visit Shibuya.
Mirai Sake/KUBOTA SAKE BAR (Floor B1F)
Sake is a big part of Japanese culture, and is enjoyed by people worldwide. Mirai Sake/KUBOTA SAKE BAR are serving the ultimate sake experience, where you can select the drinks that best suit your palate. The bar will serve original drinks, rare sake from ¥500 a cup, as well as food pairings from ¥400.
There will also be 12 original cocktails judged by YUMMY SAKE. If you’ve found you’re not too good with sake, then you’re sure to find one you like when pulling up a stool here.
Mirai Sake Official Website: https://miraisake.com/
ONITSUKA (Floor 3F)
Japanese fashion brand Onitsuka Tiger has announced a new luxury line entitled THE ONITSUKA. They have created a hybrid design combining formal shoes with sneakers that goes with a variety of styles, from suits to casual.
The shoes are made from high quality leather from the brand Kobegyu Leather. The heal of the souls are equipped with αGEL Foam to offer comfort and shock resistance for dynamic movement. This line will also be available to purchase at a concept store opening in New York in March 2020.
Onitsuka Tiger Official Website: www.onitsukatiger.com
AKIRA ART OF WALL (Floors 4F & B1F)
The new PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO and GALLERY X housed inside Shibuya PARCO both aim to promote art and culture to the people of Tokyo. Decorating them as the opening exhibition is the “AKIRA ART OF WALL Katsuhiro Otomo × Kosuke Kawamura AKIRA ART EXHIBITION.” This art wall is in fact a relocation of the AKIRA art wall that had existed at the infrastructure building site in Shibuya for almost two years. Parts of it had been damaged over time, and so has resurfaced at the new museum.
You can also get your hands on a range of merchandise, from classic manga prints to posters, clothing made in collaboration with apparel brands, and more. This is a limited-time exhibition, so if you’re in Tokyo this December, don’t miss out.
©MASH・ROOM/KODANSHA ©Kosuke Kawamura ©︎AKIRA ART OF WALL EXHIBITION
AKIRA ART OF WALL Otomo Katsuhiro × Kosuke Kawamura AKIRA ART EXHIBITION
PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO (Shibuya PARCO 4F): November 22, 2019 – December 16, 2019 @ 10:00-21:00
GALLERY X (Shibuya PARCO B1F) November 22, 2019 – December 18, 2019 @ 10:00-21:00
*Exhibitions at both sites will end at 18:00 on their final dates. Last entries to PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO are 30-minutes before closing times.
Entry Price: General ¥1,000 / High School Students and Below ¥800 / Preschoolers – Free
At Nintendo TOKYO, the first long-awaited official Nintendo shop, fans can look forward to purchasing games, consoles, character merchandise, and more. There is also an area where you can play games, and events are scheduled to be held at the store.
The store stocks lots of exclusive goods you won’t find anywhere else. If you love games, and you love Nintendo, then this place is a must-visit if in Tokyo.
Nintendo TOKYO Official Website: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/officialstore/index.html
Pokémon Center Shibuya (Floor 6F)
Pokémon fans won’t be able to resist stepping into the Pokémon Center, where they can pick up countless Pokémon merch. Upon entry they’ll walk past a 2-meter tall Mewtwo.
From plush toys to bags, kitchenware, stationary, Shibuya-exclusives and moreーstock up on all the Pokémon gear you could ever want. There’s even some items made in collaboration with Nintendo TOKYO which is just next door!
Pokémon Center Official Website: https://www.pokemon.co.jp/gp/pokecen/
Address: 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Shops & Services 10:00-21:00 / Restaurants 11:00-23:30 (*Times differ between shops)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://shibuya.parco.jp/teaser/