ASOBUILD: The New Facility in Yokohama Offering Cutting-Edge Entertainment

19.March.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

ASOBUILD is a new entertainment facility connected directly to Yokohama Station that just recently opened on March 15, 2019. The complex offers new ways to enjoy entertainment. Prior to its opening, Chinese model Estuna attended its press conference to find out more.

ASOBUILD is a renovated building that was formerly an annex of the Yokohama Central Post Office. The entire complex from the basement floor up to the roof has been transformed into one giant play area. Each floor has its own theme which offers shopping, exciting interactive activities, workshops, the latest technology, a kid’s park and more. The various floors serve to entertain a whole range of different people.

 

 

MONOTORY – Japan’s biggest hands-on market (Floor 3F)

Floor 3F is home to MONOTORY, Japan’s largest hands-on market with over 150 artists officially signed up to it. It is here that workshops to create well over 200 different handicrafts in 20 different fields take place. Get involved and make leather crafts, ceramics, candles, flower arrangements and much more. Workshops can be signed up for over on the official website.

 

MONOTORY

Location: ASOBUILD Floor 3F

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00

Sign Up:https://monotory.me/

 

 

ALE BOX – An Interactive Site Currently Home to the Poop Museum (Floor 2F)

ALE-BOX can be found on the 2nd floor. It is home to a range of permanent experience-based events and is also host to limited-time ones too, such as Unko Museum Yokohama―the world’s first amusement park themed on poop―which is running now until July 15. You really need to see it for yourself, but to give an example, there is a giant poop volcano in the center of the park which releases poop like lava.

In the interactive area there is a game where you can stand on poop, another where you can make poop by shouting, and other poop-related interactive games.

There is even cute pink and sparkly poop area made for taking Instagrammable photos.

During the press conference, an artist named 326 drew poop portraits of people. There’s plenty of things you can rest assured you’ve never experienced before happening at the Unko Museum, so don’t hold it in―get on over there.

 

Also on the same floor is an escape game and a VR picture book made by Akihiro Nishino of the stand-up comedy duo King Kong. The activities and events happening on this floor will continue to change so there will always be something new to enjoy whenever you visit.

 

Unko Museum Yokohama

Address: ALE-BOX, ASOBUILD Floor 2F, 2-14-9 Takashima, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Running: March 15, 2019 – July 15, 2019

No Fixed Holidays.

Price: Junior High School Student and Older – ¥1,700 / Elementary School Student – ¥900 / Toddler – Free

Opening Hours

[Monday-Thursday] 11:00-20:00 (Last Entry 19:30)

[Friday-Sunday & Holidays] 10:00-21:00 (Last Entry 20:30)

Official Website: https://ale-box.com/unkomuseum/

 

 

POST STREET – Enjoy Yokohama Cuisine & Entertainment (Floor 1F)

POST STREET is located on the 1st floor and is directly connected to the East Exit of Yokohama Station. This ‘gourmet street’ is lined with 18 restaurants serving up Yokohama-style food such as the popular Shi Umai BAR, the all-new Niboshi Soba created by the owner of HechiKan, popular donut chain DUMBO Doughnuts and Coffee, the cheese restaurant DAIGOMI which is always booked up, and so on.

The cheeseburgers served at DAIGOMI BURGER, a restaurant and branch of Minamiaoyama- and Ikebukuro-based cheese restaurant DAIGOMI, are different from regular cheeseburgers as cheese is made as the main ingredient.

Making the burger patty 100% beef is a key step to bringing out the full enjoyment of the cheese. The buns are made with Japanese brown rice flour. Etsuna was very satisfied with hers, saying: “The D.G.M Cheeseburger is loaded with cheese. Ir’s delicious with the BBQ sauce, it adds a little sweetness.”

 

DAIGOMI BURGER

Location: POST STREET, ASOBUILD Floor 1F

Menu: D.G.M Cheeseburger – Lunch ¥1,780 (Tax Included) / Grand ¥1,674 (Tax Included), and more

 

 

PITCH CLUB – An Amusement Bar, Lounge & Adult Play Area (Floor B1F)

PITCH CLUB is an amusement bar and lounge on the basement floor currently in its pre-opening period. Its grand opening is set for Friday April 5. Created as a ‘sophisticated play area for adults,’ the space is a fusion of art, technology and sophisticated décor styled in the image of a Brooklyn bar.

Games include billiards with pink tables and cues, table tennis, pinball, board games and more. Play a game while enjoying a cocktail made by some of Japan’s leading bartenders or a rich wine brewed in Yokohama.

There is even an in-house darts game called Flash Darts that makes use of projection mapping. There are various ways to play and the targets can be changed too.

As well as the open space there are individual rooms too with stylish artwork covering the walls. These make for a perfect place for a private party or get-together.

 

PITCH CLUB

Location: ASOBUILD Floor B1F

Pre-Opening Period: March 15, 2019 – April 4, 2019

Grand Opening: April 5, 2019

Opening Hours: 6:00pm to Midnight (Until 4:00am on Fridays, Saturdays & Public Holidays(

Price: Men ¥3,000 / Women ¥1,000 (comes with 1 drink)

 

 

And there’s plenty more where that came from. The rooftop is home to a multisport court with basketball and football. The kid’s park will open on the 4th floor in May. The whole building is decked out with artwork from up-and-coming visionary artists.

 

Etsuna summed up her thoughts of her visit: “Each floor offers different atmospheres to enjoy. There’s art in various places so there are plenty of spots to snap photos for social media! Kids and adults alike can have fun here, so be sure to pay it a visit.”

 

See ASOBUILD yourself and experience cutting-edge entertainment you won’t find anywhere else!

 

Model:Etsuna Otsuka
Writer:Sayoko Ishii
Photographer:Kayo Sekiguchi

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    Participating Branches
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    If you are in Tokyo, you just cannot miss this museum that is overflowing with originality.

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    28.June.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

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  • Top 5 Tokyo Beer Gardens to Cool You Down This Summer

    16.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hi, readers! It’s Midori, from MMN’s editorial team.

     

    When thinking about summer, one of the first things that springs to mind are beer gardens! Drinking a cold beer outdoors on a hot summer’s day is a special kind of delicious. More and more beer garden events appear in Japan every year, the vibe and atmosphere is different for each depending on where you are.

     

    Today, I’ve compiled for you 5 must-visit beer gardens in Tokyo for summer 2019.

     

    Heineken Kirin Beer Garden: Enjoy a lamb BBQ at Kichijoji Daiichi Hotel

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    ▼Kichijoji Daiichi Hotel – “Heineken Kirin Beer Garden”

    Location: Kichijoji Daiichi Hotel Floor 8F Garden Terrace (Entrance at floor 7F)

    Address: 2-4-14 Honcho, Kichijoji, Musashino, Tokyo
    Running: May 24, 2019 – September 1, 2019 (*Closed on Mondays between May 24 – June 30)
    Time: 17:00-21:30 (Last Orders 21:00)

    Website: https://www.hankyu-hotel.com/hotel/dh/kichijojidh/

     

    Honoo Bulgogi vs. Tamashii Hot Pot: Ikebukuro Tobu Beer Garden

    The Tobu Department Store in Ikebukuro is set to serve up its popular bulgogi nabe on the building rooftop. This year also sees the introducing of a new hot pot. Women can also enjoy a discount price on the bulgogi nabe even cheaper than previous years. There is also an happy hour service where all customers can enjoy reduced prices. If you’re looking for affordable prices then look no further!

     

    ▼Honoo Bulgogi vs. Tamashii Hot Pot: Ikebukuro Tobu Beer Garden

    Location: Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro Floor 16F Rooftop

    Address: 1-1-25 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
    Running: April 24, 2019 – September 1, 2019
    Time: 17:00-23:00 (Last orders for à la carte and drinks at 22:00)
    Reservations: Via telephone or online. Reservations must be for 2+ people.

    Website: http://www.tobu-dept.jp/ikebukuro/

     

    Beer Garden With an Unbroken View Of the Sea at InterContinental Yokohama Grand

    InterContinental Yokohama Grand is bringing its hugely popular beer garden Hama Beer back to Yokohama Minato Mirai again this year. Look forward to tucking into some authentic delights at the hotel terrace with a panoramic view of the Yokohama sea. They also serve a variety of non-alcoholic cocktails too. I recommend this one if you’re looking for a romantic, slightly more adult beer garden experience.

     

    ▼InterContinental Yokohama Grand Beer Garden

    Location: InterContinental Yokohama Grand Floor 1F Outdoor Terrace (*Location will change if it rains)

    Address: 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
    Running: June 14, 2019 – September 16, 2019 (*Except on days when there are scheduled events)

    Time: [Mon-Thur] 18:00-21:00 / [Fri-Sun & Hols] 17:00-21:30

    Website: https://www.interconti.co.jp/yokohama/

     

     

    Machida MODI at Renewed “Sky Beer Garden” With Projection Show

    The Sky Beer Garden atop Machida MODI has reopened after renovations. A projection show is taking place on the building wall as part of the beer garden. On the official homepage, people can also sign up to have a message projected onto the wall. 7 people will be randomly selected per day. This would be perfect as a surprise to that special someone! You can also enjoy the beer garden at a discounted price if you follow them on Instagram.

     

    ▼Sky Beer Garden

    Location: LUGAR HA AMOR
    Address: Machida MODI Rooftop, 6-2-6 Haramachida, Machida, Tokyo
    Running: April 27, 2019 – September 29, 2019

    TEL: 042-812-2580

    Website: https://www.0101.co.jp/723/

     

     

    SKY PARADISE BEER GARDEN: Delicious steak and more at Isetan Shinjuku

    At Isetan Shinjuku’s stylish SKY PARADISE BEER GARDEN visitors can enjoy steak from Steak NO.1 STEAK THE FIRST. The drinks menu also includes beverages other than beer, so if you’re not a beer person then I definitely recommend this one. It is being held on the rooftop too so you can enjoy dining in the warm late afternoon and evening outdoors in Tokyo.

     

    ▼SKY PARADISE BEER GARDEN

    Location: Isetan Shinjuku Rooftop

    Address: 4-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
    Running: June 12, 2019 – September 16, 2019
    Time: [Mon-Thur] 16:00-22:00 / [Fri-Sun & Hols] 11:30-22:00 (Last Orders – Food 21:00/Drink 21:30)
    TEL: 03-6890-0199 (11:30-20:00)

    Website: https://www.isetan.mistore.jp/shinjuku.html

     

    There are many different unique beer gardens being held this year, so pick the one that suits you most and cool yourself off this summer in Tokyo♡

  • Hotel Gajoen Tokyo to Hold Japanese Art Exhibition at Hyakudan Kaidan

    12.June.2019 | SPOT

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is both a museum and a hotel which celebrated its 90th anniversary in December 2018. The establishment is set to hold its 5th Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan art exhibition at its Hyakudan Kaidan, or ‘100 Steps Staircase’―which was registered by Tokyo Prefecture as a Tangible Cultural Property in 2009 for its exceptional architecture and artistic beauty.

     

    The event will run from July 6 to September 1 and will feature all-new exhibits from 40 independent artists and groups from around Japan: from Aomori in the north to Kagoshima in the south.

    Bamboo Artwork by NIITAKE

    Participating in the exhibition for the first time is bamboo artist NIITAKE from Nichinan, Miyazaki. His pieces will include entrancing room installations as well as a colourful collaboration with the Nagasaki Lantern Festival which enjoys an incredible one million visitors.

    emullenuett: The Sand Art Duo

    emullenuet are an up-and-coming duo who create artwork out of sand. The two of them have created some pieces just for this exhibition such as Japanese ranma transoms.

    Edo Furin Wind Chimes

    This dramatic exhibit will include lacquer work, glass work, metal carving and more by Tokyo Teshigoto―a group backed by the city of Tokyo which is a collaboration between contemporary designers and traditional Edo techniques which aims to pass down theses kills to the next generation. Summertime furin which chimes will also line the showcase with their delicate designs and sounds. Other contemporary artists will also display their work with Japanese-style paper, allowing for visitors to see cultural assets established during the early Showa period.

    Aomori Nebuta

    This year’s exhibition will also see the return of some legends who have enjoyed popularity at previous runs of the event. As you descend the huge mother-of-pearl raden elevator you will be welcomed by an overwhelming assortment of standout pieces.

    Ishimaki Kokeshi

    Other popular names include Tadaharu Kawamura, a sculptor who works with natural materials such as leaves, shells and Japanese lantern cherries, and Takatoshi Hayashi who is known for their kokeshi dolls.

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