Beauty and AR Technology Collide at SK-II Wonderland Pop-Up Shop in Harajuku
Japanese cosmetics brand SK-II has opened a pop-up shop called SK-II Wonderland at CASE B in Harajuku, Tokyo.
The store lets customers use an AR application that combines Google’s latest AR technology “AR Core” with SK-II’s accumulated knowledge on skin to create skin and skin care themed digital art.
Upon entering the shop you are transported into the colourful world seen on the bottle of the SK-II KARAN Limited Edition Facial Treatment Essence which was made in collaboration with KARAN, an artist from the Netherlands. This artwork comes to life when using the AR app, which is available in English, Japanese and Chinese.
The first floor of the building houses three rooms each with different designs inspired by the limited edition bottles. Using the app opens up the room to a whole world of colours. There are 26 different things to interact with via the app while in the rooms.
You can even find out the age of your skin up at the second floor booth. This is done by taking a photo of your skin which will be compared to other skin types in SK-II’s information-packed database.
It can be a little nerve-wracking to do it, but my skin is 9 years younger than my actual age, and my cameraman was also 5 years younger, so we were super relieved.
You will also find the “Pitera Table” at the shop which reacts to the KARAN limited edition bottle and people’s movements. It can tell you all about SK-II’s miracle Pitera ingredient.
Of course, there are things to buy at the pop-up shop too, so if you’re in Harajuku before to stop by SK-II Wonderland to enjoy some digital art while finding out the actual age of your skin.
Running: Until January 24, 2019
Location: Harajuku CASE B (6-16-26 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Japanese Cosmetic Picture Book #2: Brightening Oil & Beauty Essence by AGILE COSMETICS PROJECT
Japan is home to an abundance of top-class, high quality cosmetic items. Knowledge about these cosmetics is slowly becoming widespread outside the country, with travellers stuffing their suitcases with everything they can to take back home with them.
Our featured series Japanese Cosmetic Picture Book is all about us here in the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON team recommending products to you, our readers, that are made in Japan and that we use ourselves. Look forward to learning about the latest in cosmetics from the land of the rising sun.
Left: Clock G.e.n.e / Right: White Oil
The products we are taking a look at today are the White Oil and Clock G.e.n.e by AGILE COSMETICS PROJECT. The White Oil is an indispensable partner for the summer season while the Clock G.e.n.e is an essence that conditions the skin throughout the day.
AGILE COSMETICS PROJECT is a Japanese skincare brand that launched in November last year. They use completely natural ingredients in their products that are safe and good for your skin. What’s characteristic about them however is that they update their products based on the demands of customers. To make products that their customer base will want to continue using, they focus on how an item feels on the skin, the functionality of its visual aspect, and its palatability amongst other things, all while making speedy improvements.
Has there ever been another brand that has listened to the desires of its users?
White Oil – ¥6,400 (Before Tax/Free Shipping) / Repeat Purchase – ¥5,500 (Before Tax/Free Shipping)
The White Oil is a two-layer product and so is to be shaken first before being used. Mixing two separate layers makes it easier for the oil to come together, down to the smallest corners of the outer layer. Ensure you mix it well before use.
When applied to your skin, it has a smooth texture despite being oil and does not become sticky. It feels very comfortable and natural on the skin and never becomes sticky even after applying, all while ensuring it stays moist. Since it’s fairly smooth it means you can use it in summer and before you put on any makeup.
It’s a personal favourite of mine. It makes a skincare routine super simple: after applying skin lotion you use the oil and you’re done. It even comes in a stylish bottle and has a pleasant herb fragrance. I also have sensitive skin, so the fact that it’s free from petroleum-based oils, mineral oil, parabens, UV absorption, and synthetic colouring is a huge plus.
I have used it for a week so I can’t feel any change to my skin tone yet, but it has been incredible for keeping my skin in good condition. There are a lot of people on social media who have used it and have said that their skin tone has become brighter, so I will wait and continue using it!
Clock G.e.n.e – ¥7,000 (Before Tax/Free Shipping)
The second product to showcase is Clock G.e.n.e which was developed to create and maintain a “daily rhythm” in your skin. This liquid essence will treat one’s tired skin, whether it be from your body clock being off, stress or the like. It adds moisture to the skin throughout the day and also protects it from damage and repairs at night.
It comes in a pipette-type bottle. It is added to your skin after applying moisturiser and makes it super soft. This too is made from 98% natural ingredients and is free from silicon, parabens, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, and synthetic colouring, meaning people with sensitive skin can use it freely without worry.
If you use skin lotion, Clock G.e.n.e and White Oil in that order, your skin is going to feel completely different the next year. When you start using these items, people are going to complement how smooth your skin looks, so for me the effects are outstanding.
Even now, with the high level of satisfaction people have with these two products, the company are continuing to update them based on feedback buyers can give via the QR code that is coupled with the products. I feel strongly AGILE COSMETIC PROJECT’s desire to create products that they want consumers to continue using means that they are making good products. Both items are sold online, but the first production batch for Clock G.e.n.e is currently sold out. They are set to release more in the near future, so be sure to peruse their website.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
AGILE COSMETICS PROJECT
Official Website: https://a-c-p.tokyo
Sanrio’s Cinnamoroll Serving Up Drinks at the Sky Drink Stand in Harajuku
Cinnamoroll’s Sky Drink Stand is finally open in Harajuku where Sanrio’s adorable white puppy will be catering drinks to your taste until August 25.
The drink stand is located along Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street.
When you step inside you are taken soaring up into the clouds with its fluffy decor and decorations.
Cinnamoroll can be found all around the cafe looking adorable♡
To get a drink you first need to purchase a ticket from the ticket machine. Once you’ve got that, it’s time to head on over to the row of Cinnamoroll plushies.
There are 27 drinks in total to choose from. You will converse with Cinnamoroll and answers his questions which will change the colour, flavour and toppings of your drink. Your specially made and unique drink will arrive bottled with a handwritten name label on the front.
As you answer the questions you will be able to see Cinnamoroll making your drink on the tablet.
After a short time your drink will arrive!
Here is my cute and sparkly drink. I wrote “MOSHI MOSHI” in Japanese (もしもし) for the name tag. Mine was a delicious fizzy summery drink with blue jelly.
If you go with friends then you can have fun comparing your different drinks too!
You can get some even cuter photos at the shop’s many photo spots.
And if you want to order your drink in advance then you can use the Cinnamoroll Talk app which is compatible with Google Assistant. After you say, in Japanese, “OK Google, Cinnamoroll ni Osora Dorinku Onegai” (OK Google, please give me a Cinnamoroll Sky Drink), the order window will pop up. After you’ve talked with Cinnamoroll on the app you will receive an order number to collect your drink. There are also secret sentences hidden around the store for talking with Cinnamoroll, so if you find them you can have a longer chat with him!
Make your own unique summertime beverage with Cinnamoroll at the Sky Drink Stand♡
Cinnamoroll Sky Drink Stand
Location: BOK Gallery Takeshita Street (Tousen Harajuku, 1-16-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: August 22, 2019 – August 25, 2019 (*Open to the press and invitees only on August 21)
Price: ¥700 (Tax Included) per drink
Business Hours: 11:00-20:00
*Greeting events will be held at scheduled occasions where Cinnamoroll and friends will appear at the drink stand
Duty Free Japanese Cosmetics Now Available at Narita Airport
20.August.2019 | FASHION
The JAPAN DUTY FREE Main Building Shop reopened on floor 3F of Narita Airport Terminal 2 on August 9, 2019, where they are now selling products by Kagurazaka-based cosmetics brand Makanai Cosmetics.
The JAPAN DUTY FREE store’s concept is making people feel the beauty of Japan in a modern way.
To celebrate the shop’s reopening, they are now selling the “HAPPY BAG” which contains seven popular cosmetic items by the brand. Arriving in a cloth bag with an original design, this bag is exclusive to the JAPAN DUTY FREE store. They are also selling the brand’s most popular set of hand cream and lip cream as well as a set of supplements and powder to protect against UV rays. Those who spend over ¥15,000 will also receive special bath powder as a gift.
Makanai Cosmetics are already set up in Terminal 1 of the airport, and with the opening of the second branch, are set to deliver J-Beauty to even more people arriving from around the world.
JAPAN DUTY FREE Main Building Shop
Location: Duty Free Area, Narita International Airport Terminal 2 Floor 3F
Opening Hours: 7:30-21:30
Makanai Cosmetics Narita Airport Branch
Location: Narita International Airport Terminal 1, Central Building Floor 4F
Opening Hours: 8:00-20:00
Official Website: http://en.makanaicosmetics.co.jp/
YOUCA’s Formula For a Fine Face Vol. 1: Oriental Face
Popular Japanese hair and makeup artist YOUCA is an analyzer of the latest makeup collections. In this new featured series, YOUCA reveals the secret formula to easily incorporating today’s makeup trends into your daily routine. In Volume 1, she showcases midsummer oriental-style makeup. Learn the formula for a fine face by following her trendy tips and tricks.
Oriental Face Formula = Turquoise Line x Terracotta Lipstick + Flower Print
YOUCA: “The 2019 fall/winter collections have been adventurous with eye makeup colours, featuring things like paint makeup and graphic eyeliner. Those are hard to incorporate with your everyday looks, so I recommend just using them in one spot. I’m serving makeup colours that go well with the botanical look, something which is in fashion right now.”
Turquoise Line: Go casual with a single coloured line drawn from your eye
What we are focusing on here is the single coloured eye makeup line. By choosing a colour like turquoise, which is far away from skin colour, it highlights the eyes more. With this style you are looking to make the eyeline stand out, so we want to be low-key with the eyeshadow. All YOUCA has done here is used grey eyeshadow (pictured top right) which is spread thinly. The eyelashes are not raised and only a little mascara has been applied. Then, using the eyeliner (pictured bottom left), she has drawn a thin line just above where the double eyelid ends. Simply apply the colour as it is without flicking it up for a more effortless eye.
Terracotta Lipstick: Sophisticated grown-up lips without looking overly pop
The colour of terracotta, which is a type of earthenware, goes really well with floral designs. It’s also a perfect match with the turquoise eyeliner. Just put a little bit of the terracotta lipstick (pictured bottom right) on your lips and pat it with your finger to blend. Keep in mind that the eyes are the main focus so don’t emphasize your lips too much.
To make your eye makeup stand out even more, try to go makeup-less as much as possible on your skin. YOUCA is using the purple makeup base from Shinseido (pictured bottom) instead of foundation which gives a more no-makeup naked look. For her cheeks, she’s using the Cream Cheek (pictured top right) by Celvoke and applying it thinly to her cheeks to give her a more grown-up look.
Clockwise From Top Left
Top Left: SHISEIDO Essentialist Eye Palette 02 – ¥4,000 / Shiseido International
Top Right: Celvoke Comfy Stick Brush 03 – ¥3,500 / Celvoke
Bottom Right: SHISEIDO Kajal InkArtist 07 – ¥2,200 / Shiseido International
Bottom Middle: Shiseido Glow Enhancing Primer – ¥4,000 / Shiseido International
Bottom Left: Celvoke Dignified Lips 09 – ¥3,200
Shirt (Stylist’s Own Item) / DISCOVERED: Pants ¥27,000 / flake: Earrings ¥24,000, Bangle ¥46,000/ agete: Ring (Gold/Right Hand Ring Finger) ¥22,000 / IDEALITE: Ring (Silver/Right Hand Index Finger)
IDEALITE 03-5413-3546（alpha PR）
Shinseido International 0120-81-4710
*All prices listed are pre-tax prices
Harajuku Summer Festival 2019 to Take Place at Togo Shrine
GLOBAL PRODUCE, a Japanese event organiser, is set to sponsor Harajuku Summer Festival 2019 which will be held at Togo Shrine in Harajuku, Tokyo on August 23. Bringing together professional event producers, the festival will combine elements of traditional Japanese culture with the latest trends.
Food trucks and stalls will open in the dozens, including appearances from the shaved ice shop Kooriya bebe which makes its fluffy shaved ice from the natural spring waters of Mount Fuji―perfect for the hot weather―as well as Ichika, a cafe known for its tapioca Japanese tea lattes made with high quality tea leaves from Kagoshima. Current popular restaurants will also serve up delicious summertime food. There will even be the Harajuku Bon Odori 2019 dance event, and the marchers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will also be present.
Tokyo Bijin Project will make their first ever live appearance, a group of shining Japanese women with “wisdom, dignity and compassion” who are set to speak out for other strong women. They will talk leadership, interpretation, attending to people, the spread of Japanese culture, and more.
If you are in Japan for the summer then make sure you attend all of the different summer festivals you can.
GLOBAL PRODUCE presents Harajuku Summer Festival 2019 at Togo Shrine
Date: August 23, 2019
Time: 19:00-21:00 (Reception open from 18:30)
Location: Togo Shrine (1-5-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Togo Shrine Official Website: http://www.togojinja.jp/
STRAWBERRY MANIA: Harajuku’s Cutest & Tastiest Strawberry Ice Cream | Food Review
Hey, readers. It’s Midori again, from MMN’s editorial team.
Summertime in Harajuku means the cafes and ice cream shops start serving up some seriously kawaii and tasty ice creams. It’s always nice to grab a cone to enjoy while walking around shopping, but relaxing in a cafe to enjoy it is fun too♡
If the latter sounds like your kind of thing, then I’ve got a new recommendation for you. I visited STRAWBERRY MANIA recently, cafe located along Takeshita Street in Harajuku that specialises in strawberry desserts.
You’ll find it right above the 7-Eleven on Takeshita Street. Look for the strawberries!
There’s also a sign outside showing a few of the desserts. Go up the staircase right next to it and you’ll come to the cafe entrance.
No matter where you turn while you’re here, your eyes will be met with strawberries. It looks so cute♡
The shopfront showcase is shelved with lots of succulent strawberry treats. The chef whips up other desserts to order besides these too. Everything’s almost too cute to eat!
For the strawberry soft serve ice cream you can pick between three flavours: milk, strawberry or mixed. I couldn’t pick between them so I went for mixed.
The combination of the bright red strawberry ice cream and pure white milk ice cream makes for a beautiful colour contrast.
It’s also topped with a huge fresh strawberry.
I took no time at all in taking a spoonful. The strawberry ice cream has a really rich flavour. It’s sweet but has that sour kick too, like you’re eating a real strawberry. The milk ice cream has a milder sweetness and a real milky taste, the kind you’d imagine if it was sold at a farm with cows.
Everything is packed snug into the cone right down to the bottom, making it a filling treat. It can be ordered for takeout if you like, and if you do that you can get your ice cream straight away so you don’t have to wait for seats.
They serve other things besides soft serve too, like shaved ice and parfaits. There’s so much to choose from, I think you’ll be spoiled for choice! Be sure to visit if you’re in Harajuku.
STRAWBERRY MANIA Harajuku
Address: ITO Bldg. 2F, 1-6-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/strawberrymania_harajuku15/
Night Party at Harajuku’s Conveyor-Belt Dessert Cafe Ron Ron for 20 Year Olds Only
MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron is a popular conveyor-belt dessert cafe in Harajuku. We visited the cafe last year when it had just dropped, so be sure to check out our cover story if you want more information.
The cafe has just announced a night party that is exclusive to those in their 20’s. Titled “Cafe Ron Ron 20ty’s Night Party -PINK FRIDAY- supported by MAISON ABLE,” the event began yesterday and will run every night up to September 27.
Customers can enjoy all-you-can-eat unlimited snacks for just ¥500 with no time restrictions. For an additional fee, you can also pick from the food menu which features 5 dishes and order from the drinks menu which includes alcohol.
Everything on the food and drinks menu is ¥500 too, making it a delicious bargain!
Desserts are served at varying time slots from 19:00. Depending on what time you arrive or decide to start eating the menu will change which is all part of the fun!
The cafe has also teamed up with the fashion rental shop airCloset next door so customers can enjoy dining at Cafe Ron Ron while wearing a yukata.
You can even continue wearing the kimono after you’ve eaten so you can stroll the streets of Harajuku, go to nearby festivals and more for an exciting day out in Japan’s youth and culture hub. The yukata can be rented by people of all ages – full details on the websites below.
Cafe Ron Ron 20ty’s Night Party -PINK FRIDAY- supported by MAISON ABLE
Location: MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron (6-7-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: August 2, 2019 – September 27, 2019
Conditions: Restricted to those aged 20-29 years (*photo ID required upon entry)
Opening Hours: 19:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:30)
Official Website: http://cafe-ronron.com/pinkfriday/
airCloset x ABLE
Address: 6-7-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: July 27, 2019 – September 30, 2019
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-21:00 / Weekends 11:00-19:00 (Last fittings at 17:00)
Return Periods: By 21:00 on weekdays / By 19:00 on weekends)
・Please take a camisole or tank top that can be worn under your yukata
・Foreigners are asked to take a copy of their passport when renting
・There is a luggage storage service for those who are returning on the same day
Official Website: http://cafe-ronron.com/yukataderonron/
Shop in Harajuku & Omotesando With a Takeout Dessert From Q-pot CAFE
03.August.2019 | FOOD
The real summer is here now, and what better way to cool yourself off during your shopping spree in Harajuku and Omotesando than with a cool and refreshing takeout dessert from Q-pot CAFE?
Melty Mousse (Peach x Apricot Seed) – ¥500 (Tax Included)
Q-pot CAFE’s Melty Mousses are encased in an adorable jar. This one is a heavenly mix of fruity peach mousse and a smooth apricot kernel milk mousse. Laced in the peach mousse is a divine blend of raspberries and lychees. The subtle sweetness of the peach coupled with the sourness of the raspberries and refreshing taste of the lychees make this dessert a perfect summer pickup. Also hidden within the delicious mix are pieces of fresh and juicy peach.
Melty Mousse (Mint x Chocolate) – ¥500 (Tax Included)
This summer sees the return of Q-pot CAFE’s popular mint chocolate mousse. Chocolate and mint are always an exquisite combination, and this mousse mix proves it, fusing rich chocolate with a cool mint kick. The cute melty-looking mint chocolate at the top also gives it an appetising appearance.
Cat Ice Creams – ¥600 Each (Tax Included)
Also returning once more this summer are Q-pot CAFE’s adorable cat ice creams, a mix of ice cream and various toppings. Choose from strawberry, vanilla or chocolate.
All of these desserts will be available to buy from August 5. They are all super cheap and are perfect for getting for takeout and walking around Harajuku and Omotesando. Be sure to stop by if you’re planning a shopping trip there this summer break.
Release Date: August 5, 2019
Price: ¥500 (Tax Included)
Available: Q-pot CAFE Omotesando (3-4-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Cat Ice Creams
Release Date: August 5, 2019
Price: ¥600 (Tax Included)
Available: Q-pot CAFE Omotesando (3-4-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Q-pot CAFE Official Website: https://www.q-pot.jp/shop/cafe/
Wrap Yourself in Harajuku Fashion With These New Stores Opening at Laforet Harajuku
Laforest Harajuku is getting a revamp towards the end of August with new stores as well as renewals of current stores. The revamp aims to “promote Harajuku’s uniqueness and creativity.”
August 24th – RENEWAL OPEN
<Floor 1F> Vivienne Westwood RED LABEL Concept Store
Vivienne Westwood is fusing the Japanese branches of its prêt-à-porter Red Label and Anglomania collections to serve up the all-new Vivienne Westwood RED LABEL branding. Japan will get its very first Red Label concept shop at Laforet Harajuku on August 24 which will act as the flagship store where they will sew to perfection a very special capsule collection that will offer a unique and exciting clothing consumption experience.
August 23rd – NEW OPEN
<Floor 4F> Charles Chaton
After the success of its first ever pop-up shop in March 2019, girly brand Charles Chaton is setting up a permanent store in Laforet. The brand’s concept is “Girl, Forever!” which caters to girl culture and offers up items which it hopes that will catch the attention of girls in 50 years to come. The store’s slogan at Laforet Harajuku is “My Sweet Home” with which it will sell cute, comfortable and casual everyday clothing.
August 23rd – NEW OPEN
<Floor 2F> starblinc
starblinc are set to showcase “cute pop age of the 1960’s” with bright colours and flashy silhouettes, combining nostalgia and futurism to create an entirely new style. Look forward to diving into the unique future retro world of starblinc on August 23.
There are plenty more shops opening at Laforet Harajuku in addition to these ones, so if you’re in Tokyo this summer, get ready to stock up your wardrobe.
Address: 1-9-13 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/en/
Vegan Bubble Tea Arrives at Harajuku’s BOTANIST Tokyo Tea Stand
30.July.2019 | FOOD
For the whole month of August, the BOTANIST Tokyo tea stand in Harajuku is serving two different tapioca bubble tea beverages. Just 100 of each will be sold each day.
The two delicious drink flavours include “Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea” and “Matcha Milk Tea.” Both beverages are made with high quality tapioca pearls from bubble tea store Bull Pulu who serve up Taiwanese pop culture with their tasty menu.
Vegans shopping in Tokyo’s Harajuku and Omotesando areas will be excited to try the vegan-friendly Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea. Both of the drinks are also sold in eco cups and come with paper straws.
Tapioca Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)
The vegan-friendly option is a combination of bright and colourful butterfly pea tea and soy milk. It’s laced with a tropical coconut syrup for enhanced flavour.
Tapioca Matcha Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)
The matcha milk tea is a combination of rich and smooth matcha foam and milk. It’s mixed with a fragrant hazelnut syrup.
Both drinks are takeout only and are available to buy on the first floor. If you fancy a little refreshing drink while strolling through Harajuku then be sure to visit BOTANIST Tokyo.
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo (Shop – Floor 1F / Cafe – Floor 2F)
Business Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://botanistofficial.com/shop/
Office Lady Higashi’s Nonchalant Shibuya Diary #2: “BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK” – Harajuku
Hey. I’m Higashi.
When I was at university I worked a salon model job which started early in the morning. Everyday after my photo shoots at the salon, I enjoyed walking back from Omotesando to Shinjuku. On that route there was a coffee stand called “BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK.”
The friendly staff working there would call out to me with a smile: “Good morning! Where are you returning from today?” My usual course home would be to go there, order a takeout coffee, and walk back to Shinjuku while cheerfully listening to music.
But one day I became a working adult and full-fledged member of society. My new workplace was faraway from the coffee shop and so I could no longer visit it. But I would casually wonder to myself what the guys and girls who worked there and would always chat to me cheerfully and friendly were up to now.
So, yeah. I went to visit them.
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK is about a 7-minute walk from Harajuku Station’s Takeshita Exit.
Follow Meiji Dori street.
Make a turn at the corner of The DECK COFFEE and PIE, and you’ll see the sign.
THERE IT IS!
I was greeted by a stylish looking guy who looked great with facial hair. He was so cool!
I took no time at all ordering a coffee.
I found myself remembering how much I loved the gentle atmosphere brought about by the staff here and the smell of the coffee that flows in the air.
Latte art is his forte!
Time to try it.
Oh… this was just pure bliss!!
The coffee had slight acidic notes to it which permeated my body. It was really tasty and warmed by body to the core that day because it was raining!
“Was this shop built in 2010?” I asked him.
“To be precise, a furniture company called Landscape Products was set up here in 1997. It was converted into a corporation in 2000 and made a furniture shop called Playmountain over in Jingumae. The company then moved to Sendagaya in 2002.”
“Oh, so it started as a furniture shop.”
“That’s right. When making the company, our representative wrote a summary of all the projects that the company wishes to fulfill. Some of the projects on the list are coffee shops, publication and event planning. Based on that list, we opened a cafe called TAS YARD in Sendagaya in 2004.”
“The company office and the cafe were close to each other. They were in Sendagaya along the road I would take everyday. We’d have lunch and meetings in the cafe and then work at the company office. There used to be a tobacco shop smack in the middle of the road I would come and go along. Lots of people would stand at this postbox just in front of the shop. They used it almost like a resting spot from their busy [working] days. Seeing that, our representative thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be good if there was a coffee shop here?’ A while later the owner of the tobacco shop left that place and we immediately went to rent the building.”
He carried on explaining that they researched opening the shop, but at first it wasn’t a hit with the locals. They continued to explore for a solution and eventually the locals came to love the place. I never knew that this coffee shop was so earnestly in tune with the people of the town.
He continue: “I hope this becomes a place where people can take a bread, whether it’s sitting on the benches outside the shop or putting their coffee on the postbox when they come to make an invoice. Our shop’s name BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR comes from us wanting to become good neighbours with the locals and for us to make a comfortable and relaxing place together.”
If you’re looking for something new in your everyday life then please be sure to pay a visit here.
You’re sure to be warmed by the delicious coffee and the face of the handsome shop owner!
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR
Address: 3-51-6, Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Monday ー Friday: 8:30 ー17:00, Weekends/ national holidays: 11:30 ー 17:00
Open all year round except for the New Year’s Period
Come Witness The Hello Kitty X KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ HARAJUKU Collaboration
Sanrio and Harajuku’s KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ have set out on a two-month collaboration which will run until September 1. Sitting at the heart of Harajuku, which is the home of kawaii culture, the KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ is topping up its kawaii powers with the release of Hello Kitty collaboration meals and merchandise that you cannot obtain from anywhere else.
For the collaboration, Hello Kitty has transformed her look, turning into a kawaii Harajuku girl.
Once you enter the café, you will immediately notice the giant cake-shaped merry-go-round called the SWEETS GO ROUND. This time, you will notice that Hello Kitty’s head garnishes the top of the cake.
Make your way through the cafe and you will eventually come across the Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room, which is a special room that must be reserved in order to experience. On pink tatami flooring sits multiple low tea tables, representing the traditional culture of Japan in a colouful pop style. Foreigners would just love to spend some time in this room. Looking around the room, the macarons and strawberries remain in their usual places.
You will notice Hello Kitty’s ribbon and even many Hello Kitty stuffed toys also decorating the room. This entire new kawaii world locked in this room was created by Sebastian Masuda. Surrounded by a world of pastel colours and kawaii decorations, you just have to take photos.
If you wish to book the Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room, please talk to a member of staff.
Weekdays: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00
Sundays/ Weekends: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00
※ Two-hour time slots ※ Number of seats is limited
This is a unique opportunity to taste only the most kawaii of menus as Hello Kitty teams up with the KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ. Let’s check out the menu!
Colourful Pop Hello Kitty Burger: ￥1,680 (before tax)
Hello Kitty Harajuku Rainbow Curry: ￥1,580 (before tax)
Harajuku X KAWAII X Hello Kitty SWEETS GO ROUND Cake: ￥1,480 (before tax)
Harajuku KAWAII 原宿 KAWAII Poison Parfait: ￥2,480 (before tax )
There are also many Harajuku-style Hello Kitty goods that you should check out. The biscuits and stickers would make the perfect souvenirs.
Not only has the food been given a Hello Kitty upgrade, but the MONSTER CAFÉ’s iconic Monster Girls have also transformed their look for the Hello Kitty collaboration. If you are a fan of Hello Kitty or kawaii culture, you absolutely must check this out.
If you ever find yourself in Harajuku, please consider stopping by the KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ to witness the Hello Kitty collaboration project.
Harajuku × KAWAII × Hello Kitty
Running: July 12 ー September 1, 2019
Access: 5-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station／1-minute walk from Meiji Jingumae Station, Chiyoda Line
Lunch: 11:30 ー 16:30 (Last entries: 15:30, last orders: 16:00, 90-minute time slots）
Dinner: 18:00 ー 22:30 (Last orders: 22:00)
Sundays/ National Holidays: 11:00 ー 20:00 (Last orders: 19:30)
※ 2-hour time slot restriction applies during peak times
No regular holidays
Official Website: http://kawaiimonster.jp/day/pc/