Craft Sake Week to Take Place in Roppongi Hills in 2019

13.November.2018 | SPOT

Sake brands from all across Japan are set to gather at Roppongi Hills next year for Craft Sake Week, an event celebrating Japanese sake that will run from April 19 to 29.

First held in Roppongi back in 2016, Craft Sake Week is produced by JAPAN CRAFT SAKE COMPANY which is spearheaded by Hidetoshi Nakata who has tried well over 300 brands of sake all over Japan. The event is being held as “a place for people to enjoy and learn about top brand sake.” Each day of the event will have its own theme which will be led by 10 different sake breweries. Each and every brand is valued equally, giving attendees a chance to find their favourite brands and brewers.

As well as being able to try out different drinks, there will be a chance to talk to sake experts who can advise on the best ways to pick out and enjoy sake. A line-up of food will also be available to complement the beverages on show. There will be many popular restaurants in attendance.

 

To date, around 400,000 people have attended the event including those from outside Japan, and the event aims to bring in even more visitors from overseas. The event has grown in popularity and is now also recognised worldwide.

Nakata doesn’t just want to celebrate and promote sakeーhe also wants to spread Japanese culture. That’s why every little thing at the event has been considered, from the venue design down to the cups you drink from.

 

The event won the Golden World Awards in October this year, an international award which recognises excellence in public relations practice. It was highly regarded for creating a space to spread Japanese sake culture to a diverse audience and for making sake appealing to the world.

 

If you’re in Japan next year and a true lover of sake then you won’t want to miss the 4th run of Craft Sake Week.

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  • Sake App “SakeWiz” to be Released in Japan, US, Canada and Singapore for iOS & Android

    13.May.2018 | FOOD

    A mobile app called SakeWiz used for finding information on Japanese sake was released on May 8, 2018 and is available on iOS and Android in Japan, the US, Canada and Singapore.

    日本酒専用アプリ「SakeWiz」(サケウィズ)

    There’s been a boom recently amongst young females in Japan for local sake. SakeWiz was developed to play a role in helping spread the boom of Japanese sake even more through the internet.

     

    The app was officially endorsed by Sake Service Institute (SSI), a Japanese sake service that authorises the Kikisake, or Master of Sake course.

    日本酒専用アプリ「SakeWiz」(サケウィズ)

    Using artificial intelligence, the app has label scanning software to search for Japanese sake brands and names which can be difficult to remember. Additionally, you can save your favourite brands on the app to share and recommend with friends.

     

    Sake has a tendency to mostly be enjoyed by males and females in their 30s. The polyphenol effect, which became the impetus for the first wine boom in Japan, also played a role in lighting a fire amongst young women who are consistently the leaders consumption in this area.

    日本酒専用アプリ「SakeWiz」(サケウィズ)

    There are plans to implement more functions such as to enable users to be able to comment on sake and food they like, as well as introduce coupons. The app is also available in multiple languages, including Chinese and Korean.

    日本酒専用アプリ「SakeWiz」(サケウィズ)

    If you love Japanese sake or someone who wants to try out all the sake that Japan has to offer, then consider downloading SakeWiz.

     

    ■Information

    SakeWiz

    Fuctions:

    ・Label scanning

    ・Favourites list

    ・Japanese sake online purchasing

    ・User community

    ・Search function for restaurants serving Japanese sake

    ・Ability to post on social media including Facebook and Instagram

     

    Download:http://l.ead.me/baqirY

     

    Firenze SAKE:http://firenzesake.jp/

  • Drink Sake in a Café Setting at Kuranoya in Shimbashi

    17.May.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Japanese sake bar Kuranoya held the grand opening of its second branch at the Karasumori exit of Shimbashi Station on May 15, 2018.

    日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口

    The main components of Kuranoya are sake and meat. Drinks are their forte, and they offer up a wide variety along with the perfect meal to match.  They clear away stereotypes and confidently serve up food with a Western essence along with Japanese sake.

     

    Their beverage line-up includes amino acids and is recommended to those who are looking to take care of their health and beauty. The café interior is stylish with the colour white as the base.

    日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口sub7 (2)

    Drinks range from affordable prices such as ¥299 (pre-tax) for one cup of sake to more premium brands. There are high table counter seats which make for the perfect date setting, or even customers on their own.

    日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口

    There’s even an all-you-can-drink plan with close to 30 brands of sake which can be enjoyed either across a two-hour period or an unlimited period. As well as their stock of highly valuable premium sake, the café even offers a sangria made using Japanese sake.

    日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口

    Whether you’re going on a date or having a girl’s get-together, Kuranoya can be used for numerous settings and promises delicious food and drinks.

     

    ■Information

    Kuranoya Karasumori

    Address: Murakami Bldg. 1F, Shimashi, Minato, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30) All Week / 17:00-23:30 (Last Orders 23:00) the day before a national holiday.
    Closed: New Year’s Holiday

    TEL: 03-6721-5105
    Webpage: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130103/13150045/

     

    Premium All-You-Can-Drink Sake
    Price: 2 Hours – ¥2,500 (Pre-Tax) / Unlimited Time – ¥3,000 (Pre-Tax)
    Days: Monday to Thursday, Saturday (*Within the café’s business hours only)

    *Limited places.

     

    Sea Urchin

    Special Opening Price: ¥29 (Pre-Tax)
    Available: May 21, 2018―May 31, 2018
    *Reservations required.
    *Normal price of ¥599 (Pre-Tax) to begin at the end of the campaign.

  • Umeshu Plum Wine KitKat Released at CRAFT SAKE WEEK@KITKAT BAR

    18.September.2018 | FOOD

    KitKat Umeshu is a new product produced by Hidetoshi Nakata specifically aimed at foreign tourists coming to Japan. It was first made available at CRAFT SAKE WEEK@KITKAT BAR, a Japanese sake bar for those coming from overseas, on September 13. The bar will run until September 24 at CITAN, a hostel, cafe and bar in Higashi-Nihombashi. The KitKat was also released for general sale on the Japanese market on September 18.

    Hidetoshi Nakata toured over 350 sake brewers and with his expertise launched the first Craft Sake Week in 2016, a huge coming together of sake artisans in Japan. The KITKAT BAR is part of that experience which has opened for inbound foreigners to try Japanese sake.

    The bar offers a special and exclusive menu featuring a careful selection of premium Japanese alcohol by Nakata as well as an original menu developed by chefs of well-known restaurants. They also offer a range of cocktails including  one that’s made with umeshu tsuruume suppai, an ingredient used in the new plum wine KitKat.

    The bar counter is crowned with a chandelier made from masu boxes which were created for measuring rice. This offers a new and unique way of experiencing the charm of Japanese culture. Since the bar has opened it’s been packed with foreigner customers.

    A female Asian customer who tasted the plum wine KitKat paired with the bar’s original ‘Kishuu Tonic’ cocktail expressed her surprise at how well they went together: “The sweetness of the KitKat and freshness of the cocktail matched exquisitely together. Despite the cocktail using sake as the base it was really easy to drink and delicious. Sake and chocolate go well together, don’t they.

     

    A male American customer compared the taste of the KitKat with the Umeshu Tsuruume Suppai wine used in the KitKat: “The combination of the sour plum wine with the sweet chocolate was delicious beyond my expectations. There’s a lot of flavours in Japan we can’t get overseas, so I want to buy things and take them back as souvenirs.”

    Speaking about Craft Sake Week, producer of the bar Hidetoshi Nakata commented the following: “I want lots of people to get to know about the enjoyment and appeal of Japanese sake and plum wine through this event and KitKat Umeshu Umetsuri to further expand the reach of them overseas.

     

    Experience the KitKat and Japanese sake for yourself at CRAFT SAKE WEEK @ KITKAT BAR.

     

    ■Information

    CRAFT SAKE WEEK @ KITKAT BAR

    Location: CITAN (15-2 Nihonbashiodenmacho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)

    Running: September 13, 2018 – September 24, 2018

     

    Opening Hours

    [Monday-Thursday, Sunday] 6:00pm-12:00am (Last Orders 11:30pm)

    [Friday-Saturday] 6:00pm-1:00am (Last Orders 12:30am)

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

     

    KitKat Mini Umeshu Tsuriume

    Location: Souvenir shops, KitKat Gift Shop (at Rinku Premium Outlet), KitKat Chocolatory (select branches)

    RRP Price: ¥700 (Pre-Tax)

    On Sale: From September 18, 2018

    Quantity: 9 bars

     

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    25.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Roppongi Hills has announced this year’s Halloween festival. Titled “ROPPONGI HILLS HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2019,” it will take place from October 1 to 31, packed full of spooky fun from a Halloween costume parade to a ghoulish gourmet menu line-up, featuring an always-unique array of food and drink.

    Halloween Cupcakes – ¥638 Each @ LOLA’S Cupcakes Tokyo (Available from October 5)

    LOLA’S Cupcakes has baked up an assortment of cute monster motif cupcakes, with flavours including pumpkin, purple sweet potato and more. Whichever one you pick, it’s sure to give you a smile and delight your taste buds.

    Halloween Mixed Berry Cake – ¥530 @ Roasted coffee laboratory

    Creepy eyeballs adorn this cake, which is topped with blackberries and blueberries while drizzled in bloody blackcurrant jam. The cake is layered with sponge, fresh cream and a sweet and sour strawberry jelly.

    Happy Monster – ¥980 @ Cafe Crepe

    Delight in this cute pumpkin and fresh cream crepe, filled with pumpkin ice cream and snug in an orange crepe wrap. Housed inside is an adorable purple sweet potato mont blanc monster wearing a witch’s hat.

    A movie-themed parade will take place on Saturday October 26 at the event in line with the 2019 Tokyo International Film Festival. Children and adults can take part in the parade if they dress up. The 1km parade will last 25 minutes.

    Gift bags will be given to all kids who get involved!

     

    ▼Halloween Parade

    Date: October 26, 2019

    Time: 10:30-13:30 (subject to change)

    Location: Roppongi Hills Arena

    Participation Conditions: Anybody who dressed up can join (the theme is “Movies”)

    Participation: Free

    Enquiries: 03-6406-6000 (Roppongi Hills Information)

     

     

    Halloween will hit Roppongi Hills for the entire month of October. Be sure to visit if you’re in Japan next month!

  • Roppongi Hills Renovates Food Court Revealing Mouthwatering Michelin Guide Restaurants

    26.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Looking for a delicious Michelin-approved food experience? You surely cannot go wrong with heading to Roppongi Hills; a large-scale development project located in Tokyo, which is known for its nightlife and and shopping. Roppongi Hills is also home to the shopping mall Metro Hat, which is currently renovating its food court on basement floor 2. The foodcourt will have its grand opening on October 29th. 

     

    The renovation will introduce seven new restaurants to the food court. Some of these include ramen shops and Yakitori restaurants which are bringing brand new rare dishes and flavours to the table.

     

    Let’s look at our recommendations:

     

    Ginza Kagari (銀座 篝)

    Chicken Soba: ¥900 (before tax)

    Ginza Kagari is known for their notorious never-ending queues. In 2016 and 2017, it earned a place in the Michelin Guide Tokyo and even became popular overseas. One of their specilaties is their chicken soba. The broth is packed with the goodness and flavour of the entire chicken and even the bones. The flavour of the broth is exquisite and rich. The salt kaeshi sauce which is made from a mix of soy sauce, mirin and sugar goes perfectly with the soup. The salt mixture in the sauce consists of a range of natural salts which contain the natural goodness of the sea and perfectly enhance the flavours of the soup.

     

    Location: Metro Hat Hollywood Plaza Floor B2

    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (L.O: 22:00)
    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/  (The website is scheduled to open during mid October)

     

    Yakitori Kokorikoan (焼鳥 ここりこ庵)

    Yakitori (chicken skewer): ¥200 (before tax)

    You must not miss out on Kokorikoan’s Chicken Skin Hotpot ー a dish that is rare even to Tokyo. This dish is the perfect opportunity to discover a new kind of flavour and a new way to enjoy food. This restaurant prepares their dishes using special and rare cuts of chicken and chicken that is freshly ground in the morning. The chicken is flavored using traditional flavorings such as tare sauce and salt as well as flavorings that are not so conventional in Japan such as balsamic vinegar, herb vinegar, madeira wine, brandy and much more. Each cut of meat is prepared with the most careful methods and best seasonings to fully bring out the flavours. 

     

    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
    Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:00 ー 15:30 (L.O.15:00)  Dinner: 17:00 ー 23:00 (L.O.22:00)

    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/ (The website is scheduled to open during mid October) 

     

     Pintokona (ぴんとこな)

    As a cheap place to enjoy authentic sushi, Pintokona has become a very popular restaurant. Now, it is having a fresh renewal. This sushi is made by using seasonal ingredients from around Japan. From November 1 to 30, there will be an exciting new menu that includes fresh fish from Miyazaki and authentic shochu (Japanese spirit). There will also be a fair that you also should not miss out on. 

     

    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
    Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:00 ー 15:30 (L.O: 15:00) Dinner: 17:00 ー 23:00 (L.O: 22:00)

    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/ (The website is scheduled to open during mid October) 

     

    AFURI(アフリ)

    Yuzu Orange and Salt Ramen: ¥1000 (before tax) 

    Popular ramen shop AFURI sells a ramen with a translucent gold-coloured soup made using the natural spring water that gushes from the foot of Mount Afuri (Mount Oyama) located in the Tanzawa Mountain Range of the Kanto Region. Carefully selected chicken bones, pot herbs, kombu (kelp) and katsuobushi (fermented and smoked fish) is boiled in the water to add to the flavour. The whole wheat flour used to make the noodles creates a wonderfully fresh, chewy texture. The chashu roast pork pieces are freshly barbecued upon each order, creating a fresh and delicious flavour. AFURI also sells vegan ramen which is particularly popular among foreigners.

     

    We have a full report on our heavenly trip to AFURI so if you are curious to find out more, please check out our this article: Introducing AFURI—Harajuku’s Michelin-Starred Ramen Restaurant

     

    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (L.O:22:00)
    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/shops_restaurants/restaurants/00100.html

     

    There are just so many popular shops and restaurants at Metro Hat that you will be spoilt for choice. We hope you enjoy exploring the rich culture of Roppongi. 

  • Experience the Attack on Titan VR Game at the MORI Tower Sky Deck in Roppongi Hills

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    As part of the ongoing Attack on Titan Exhibition FINAL event that is taking place at MORI Arts Center Gallery until September 8, a new addition has been added to the event that will take place from August 6 to September 8.

    Titled “Sky Deck ~The Colossal Titan’s Invasion~,” the event will take place on the open-top roof of Roppongi Hills MORI Tower that will make use of the surrounding environment and utilise AR technology to project the Colossal Titan before your very eyes, up 270 meters high.

     

    What happens when the Colossal Titan himself appears before you in real life? This virtual experience will give you a peek into the cruel and terrifying world of Attack on Titan.

  • Ryuhei Maruyama and You Yokoyama From Kanjani Eight Sing Passionately About Sweet Sake

    18.June.2019 | FOOD

    Morinaga Sweet Sake will release their new TV commercial for their chilled sweet sake “Hiyashi Amazake” on July 5th.

    Hiyashi Amazake is made using a blend of carefully selected sake lees produced when making sake, malted rice, and Hakata salt. This drink will provide you with a refreshing aftertaste to keep you cool during the hot summer. To share the news of this wonderful drink with the rest of Japan, Ryuhei Maruyama and You Yokoyama from Japanese boyband Kanjani Eight will feature in the brand’s new advert as promotional characters. Watch the two idols as they muster up all their passion to sing a song about their undying love for Hiyashi Amazake whilst dressed in Hiyashi Amazake-themed Yutaka, leaning against the trees.  

     

    You just have to hear the intense rap, too. The boys manage to sing it all the way through to the end without breaking their serious face into fits of laughter.

     

    Please check out the incredibly entertaining Hiyashi Amazake advert!

  • Bask in the Cool Summer Evenings at MIDTOWN LOVES SUMMER 2019

    15.May.2019 | SPOT

    Tokyo Midtown is holding an event this summer titled MIDTOWN LOVES SUMMER 2019 from July 12 to August 25.

     

    The concept of the event is “The Evening Cool of Japanese Summer” and will have people enjoying the warm evenings on verandas, beside the murmuring streams, and in big open environments surrounded by nature.

     

    A digital art exhibition will be set up with benches for people to enjoy. This piece of modern digital art captures the cool of Japanese summer. Fog will fill the large lawn and colourful lights will illuminate the area to create a magical atmosphere.

    At the outdoor ROKU MIDPARK LOUNGE you will be able to sit down at a table and enjoy the feeling of the cool air under the shade of the trees. This limited-time lounge is held annually and this year is taking place in collaboration with Japanese craft gin brand ROKU. Enjoy sipping on some special cocktails and tucking into food.

     

    ASHIMIZU presented by Iyemon takes place at Midtown Garden’s small running stream where you can dip your legs into the water. This is the 10th time it has been held and has become a popular summer event.

     

    The Roppongi Uchimizu Daisakusen is also making a return. This annual summer event brings in lots of people every year. Uchimizu is a Japanese pastime of sprinkling water onto the pavements, and this year it is also being held as a way to tackle Tokyo’s ‘heat island’ effect. Stored water will be used including rain water and waters from wells. Take your own bottle, fill it up and get spraying!

  • Former Japanese football player Hidetoshi Nakata attended opening ceremony for KitKat and sake pairing event currently being held in Roppongi!

    23.April.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    A regional KitKat Pairing Bar called “Gotouchi no KitKat Pairing Bar” is currently running in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. The pop-up bar features an AI’s recommendations of regional KitKats with Japanese sake from among 1,650 combinations of pairings.

    You can also witness the event vehicle covered in 15 varieties of Gotouchi KitKat prints at the event in Roppongi Hills.

    The sake brands featured at the event are brands carefully selected by famous Japanese former football player Hidetoshi Nakata, who has been promoting sake to the world. He has built his expertise by visiting more than 350 breweries nationwide. Nakata was also present to kick off the event! Nestlé’s managing executive officer Cedric Lacroix also makes an appearance.

    Cedric Lacroix commented that the products created with the help of Nakata have a favourable reputation in Japan. He stated that he is incredibly pleased to be working with Nakata for the pairing bar, as he is full of knowledge in the field of sake.

     

    Nakata stated:

    “We don’t have the mindset of creating a new product, but we intend to focus on the act of celebrating with people from the region by creating something new.

     

    Besides the KitKat Nihonshu Masuizumi and Umeshu Tsuru-ume, there is now a third collaboration KitKat flavour being released!

    You can experience 150 different pairings of KitKats and sake that have been carefully chosen by Nakata before they are on sale anywhere else! The AI will be introducing regional (Gotouchi) KitKats such as Kyushu Amaou strawberry and Gunma Asian skunk cabbage KitKat!

     

    “The sweetness of the chocolate combined with the sharp aftertaste of the dry alcohol is very interesting. The taste differs from person to person so I would like everyone to try it for themselves”, continued Nakata.

     

    “Having chocolate with alcohol is quite a normal thing to do, however, both chocolate and Japanese sake have a long, deep-rooted culture in Japan. There’s the impression that Japanese sake only goes well with traditional Japanese food (Washoku). Hopefully, this event helps people to discover this new combination of chocolate and Japanese sake”, he continued passionately. 

     

    The Gotouchi KitKat Pairing Bar will be running until national holiday Monday 29th April. Come try this brand new experience involving regional KitKat flavours and their matching Japanese sake!

  • Limited Edition Starbucks Mamezara Plates & More Releasing at Roppongi Hills

    21.April.2019 | FASHION / FOOD / SPOT

    An array of new products and food dishes limited exclusively to the stores at Roppongi Hills are being released this month.

     

    ULTRABOOST 19W: ¥23,760 (Tax Included)

    adidas Brand Core Store stocks a plethora of sportswear from running shoes to training gear, football clothing and more. These are the new and improved ULTRABOOST trainers which have been stripped down and remodelled. They maintain solid resilience like a spring, boast unrivalled durability, and are high in efficiency. They hold the wearer’s foot in proper place when running while exhibiting reliable elasticity ensuring great propulsive power. adidas has made them even more adequate for the shape of the foot and cut the points of the shoe that apply unwanted pressure. They fit so well they feel like a second layer of skin.

     

     

    Baby Shoes collection: ¥37,800 (Tax Included) *1 size in 3 colours, EU Size 18

    Christian Louboutin’s second baby shoes collection will be sold exclusively at Roppongi Hills from April 18. Available in three colours, the design features a small handmade ribbon with the shoe upper being made entirely from satin. The red leather souls add a cute touch to the shoes’ overall looks. Each design matches the colours of the women’s 2019 spring/summer La Massine Flat collection meaning mothers can match with their kids.

     

    Starbucks Mamezara Set ART: ¥2,700 (Before Tax) *Up to 5 per person

    The Roppongi Hills branch of Starbucks will release a set of three mamezara plates on April 25 made in the image of a Starbucks cup. One features the coffee chain’s logo and the other two are illustrations inspired by the artistic culture of Roppongi Hills.

     

    Limited Edition Lunch “Fukuoka Prefecture Japanese Yam & Wagyu Black Beef Sukiyaki Gozen”: ¥3,780 (Tax Included)

    Restaurant Kakiyasu’s limited-time lunch set was originally set to run until mid-April but it has been extended until the end of May. The set comes with grated and fluffy Japanese yam from Fukuoka Prefecture topped on the thinly sliced beef.

     

    There are lots of other exclusive items and dishes coming to Roppongi Hills too. Check the store list below.

  • This AI Chooses the Best KitKat Flavour to Pair With Your Sake

    30.March.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Gotochi KITKAT Pairing Bar will be open at Roppongi Hills from April 19 to 29 serving KitKat and sake pairings chosen from 1,650 combinations by AI.

    Japan is known for its KitKat flavours, with a total of 350 having been created to date, 40 of which are always available. Many of those flavours are made using ingredients from local regions across the country where they sold at those places’ souvenir shops. Their unique flavour combinations and colours have tickled the fancy of Japanese people and foreigners alike.


    The KITKAT Pairing Bar offers a new way for both locals and overseas visitors to enjoy eating KitKats by picking which flavour will go best for them when paired with sake.

     

    You must answer 5 questions at the bar from which the AI will filter your tastes from 150 combinations chosen that day. There will be a total of 1,650 combinations available across the 11 day period.

     

    Of course, you can purchase your local flavour KitKat there and then. The sake combinations were carefully selected and curated by Hidetoshi Nakata, a former soccer player and experienced sake expert who has tried well over 350 brands of sake all over Japan. The sake pairings are supervised by CRAFT SAKE WEEK.

     

    Have the AI find your flavours!

  • Venue for Japanese sake event CRAFT SAKE WEEK is a work of art!

    27.March.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Sake brands from all across Japan are set to gather at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo for “CRAFT SAKE WEEK at ROPPONGI HILLS 2019”; an eleven-day event celebrating top-class Japanese sake that will run from April 19 to 29. The venue will be decorated with the Japanese essence of traditional handicrafts. During these 11 days, Roppongi will be transformed into a magical artistic space.

    CRAFT SAKE WEEK is where you can enjoy an atmosphere of a total of 110 carefully chosen Japanese breweries and numerous top-class restaurants. The venue was designed with this intention and has been designed with meticulous attention to detail. There will be a special guest attending the event; Yuko Nagayama! Nagayama designed the Japan Pavilion for Expo 2020 which is a worldwide innovation exhibition that will be held in Dubai.

    Hidetoshi Nakata worked alongside Nagayama to create the concept for the design of the venue and after much debate, they decided to base the design on something that represents the origin of the essence of Japanese culture: rope. Hemp rope is featured in the design as it has a variety of applications in Japan from festivals to everyday purposes and has been used since ancient times. The hemp rope used for this venue design is flexible and has excellent durability. Hemp rope has a sense of volume and is also light and weightless. No matter what perspective you view it from, its appearance has a dynamic impact.

    A Statement by Hidetoshi Nakata

    This event space created by Nagayama is not just high quality, but creates an atmosphere of the warmth of everyday life in Japan. You can feel this unique world she has created. This is a unique world that only Nagayama is capable of creating as a female architect. It is stylish and you can feel the comfort. I requested that she creates something that depicts and allows you to physically experience the wondrous essence of Japanese culture.  

     

    A statement by Yuko Nagayama

    I created this environment out of sustainable materials that have been used by Japan for many, many years. This environment is a place intended to lightly embrace those who love Japanese sake. I took advantage of the height of Roppongi Hills Arena. It’s 16 km tall and 570 hemp trees were used to make the three large canopies that cover the event space. The canopies naturally curve due to gravity. This natural curvy shape can be seen from afar and has become the symbol to represent the event.

     

    One by one, experience a range of Japanese breweries, and discover the depths of the flavours of Japanese sake. Not only is the alcohol the attraction, but the venue design is entirely new and magical. People from Japan and around the world will be gathering at this event so please come take your fill!

  • Häagen-Dazs Matcha Salon to Open in Roppongi in April

    22.March.2019 | FOOD

    Häagen-Dazs Japan will opened a matcha-packed Matcha Salon for a limited-time at Roppongi Hills Cafe from April 24 to May 5.

    Häagen-Dazs first arrived in Japan in 1984 and has since been enjoyed for 35 years. To celebrate this landmark, this Matcha Salon will serve up a 6-item green tea course to commemorate the Häagen-Dazs Green Tea ice cream, the first flavour that hit the Japanese market.

     

    After the green tea flavoured ice cream was released Häagen-Dazs went on to serve up flavours developed in America. In coming to Japan the company wanted to create a flavour that more met the demands of Japanese palates, and so they settled on matcha, an ingredient that has been enjoyed in Japan for hundreds of years. Much trial and error was carried out to bring out the creamy flavour of Häagen-Dazs ice cream and matcha bitterness which is what led to the Häagen-Dazs green tea ice cream.

     

    Tea leaf management is no easy task. The flavour of leaves can change completely from various factors such as the weather. To ensure Häagen-Dazs Green Tea could be preserved and made consistently, staff carry out organoleptic tests to create a tea leaf blend that Häagen-Dazs can use.

     

    Since matcha is weak to heat and light, the powdering of the tea leaves is done in a dark room. This is done inside a millstone which does not heat up as easily as metal, ensuring residual heat does not get into the tea leaves. Because of this delicate process, only a dozen or so grams of matcha can be made in one millstone every hour.

     

    Special cups were even developed to package the green tea ice cream which makes it hard for light to get in.

     

    If you’ve yet to try this special ice cream made for Japanese people then make sure you get the chance.

  • See the Cherry Blossoms From the Sky at the Tokyo City View Observation Deck

    10.March.2019 | SPOT

    The Tokyo City View Observation Deck at Roppongi Hills is holding a hanami event this spring titled Tenkuu no Ohanami 2019 (“Flower Viewing From the Sky 2019”) which will run from March 15 to April 7.

     

    From the observation deck you can glimpse the cherry blossoms dotted around some of Tokyo’s most famous sites and landmarks including Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree, Yoyogi Park, Shinjuku Gyoen and more. Aoyama Cemetery in particular, located in the direction of Shibuya and Shinjuku, will be a sight to behold from high above.

    Roppongi Hills Spring Festival 2019 will also be running from April 5 to 7 at the Sky Deck where they are holding a kimono campaign. If you arrive dressed in a kimono then you can get in the Sky Deck for free. Beautiful music will provide the soundtrack to the exciting event.

    Finally, up on the 52nd floor restaurant and bar lounge, a selection of cherry blossom inspired dishes will be serve, and brand-new springtime souvenirs will line the shelves at the souvenir shop.

     

    Enjoy a panoramic view in the heart of Tokyo of the city’s spectacular cherry blossom spots.

  • Attack on Titan Exhibition to Take Place at Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi

    06.March.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The first Attack on Titan exhibition to be held was “WALL TOKYO” back in 2014 at The Ueno Royal Museum, a collection of art pieces made in collaboration with contemporary artists which brought in 250,000 fans.

     

    This summer, five years on, a new exhibition entitled “Attack on Titan Exhibition Final” will be held at Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi from July 5 to September 8. Pre-sale tickets for the initial pre-opening will be released on April 9.

    Fans can look forward to an array of art pieces that represent the world of Attack on Titan, voice guides from characters in the anime, more original drawings than the last event, and much more.

     

    Further details will be announced on the exhibition’s website and social media pages in the near future.

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