Disney’s The Lion King Themed Merchandise to be Sold at Laforet Harajuku
To celebrate the release of Disney’s upcoming film The Lion King, Laforet Harajuku has announced a collection of merchandise to be sold at around 30 stores inside the shopping complex. Running from August 7 to September 1, look forward to getting your paws on one pieces, t-shirts, bags, smartphone cases and more. Everything on sale is exclusive to Laforet Harajuku meaning you won’t get it anywhere else.
An exhibition entitled “The World of Disney’s The Lion King” will also take place alongside the event which will feature stills, photo spots and more all themed on the film.
Additionally, another stall will open called “Disney Classics MARKET” which will sell a selection of chic Disney-themed goods including The Lion King and many more.
Customers who purchase any items in The Lion King collection will receive the above-pictured original shopping bag too. Further details will be announced on Laforet Harajuku’s website in the run up to the event.
©2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Disney THE LION KING Collection | Laforet HARAJUKU
Running: August 7, 2019 – September 1, 2019
*Orders for fashion items will begin on August 1, 2019
The World of Disney’s The Lion King Exhibition
Location: Laforet Museum Harajuku
Running: August 7, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
*Entry may be restricted during busy times
*Please refrain from allowing children in by themselves
The Lion King (2019)
Release Date: July 18, 2019 (Japan: August 9, 2019)
Official Website: https://disney.co.uk/movies/the-lion-king-2019
Address: 1-9-13 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.laforet.ne.jp/
Yellow Coloured Minnie Mouse Cafes to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya & Fukuoka
A new line of Minnie Mouse cafes are set to open in Tokyo and Osaka from February 28, 2020 and Nagoya and Fukuoka from February 29, 2020 for a limited time. Named “OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE,” the cafes are an official collaboration between Disney and the Japanese cafe chain OH MY CAFÉ.
The cafe takes on the theme of Minnie Mouse being a living, breathing icon of today with a positive lifestyle. This is represented through the yellow colouring of the cafe, which features her iconic polka dots as well as ribbon taking on a yellow colour. Tuck into a cute menu line-up and get your hands on some cafe-exclusive Minnie Mouse merchandise.
Cheerful Burger – ¥1,990
This healthy burger is packed full of vegetables with a black bun made in the image of Minnie’s silhouette. Feel as energised as Minnie with one bite of this tasty burger.
Beef Hash Ribbon Rice – ¥1,390
Inspired by Minnie Mouse’s iconic ribbon, this hearty dish is a beef stroganoff plated with rice and veg. The ribbon is so cute it almost seems a waste to eat!
Fruit Sandwich – Single ¥990/ With Plate ¥2,790
An absolute must-order if you’re wanting a dessert. This sandwich is piled with fresh fruits creamy yoghurt, sprinkled with poppy seeds, and doused in lemon juice.
Fizzy Lemon Squash – Single ¥690 / With Coaster ¥1,390
Charge yourself up with this fizzy lemonade and its refreshing aftertaste.
Relaxing Chamomile Tea – Single ¥490 / With Mug ¥2,090
Kick back and relax after your meal with a cup of chamomile tea♡
Heart Badge (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500
Folder – ¥350
Lunch Mat (6 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥650 (*Table reservation required)
Those who book a table in advance will be given one of six possible lunch mats chosen randomly.
If you’re in Japan for the spring, then why not stop by the OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE cafe for a Disney treat?
OH MY！MINNIE MOUSE
Tokyo: OH MY CAFE TOKYO (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku Floor 3F, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: February 28, 2020 – April 12, 2020
Osaka: kawara CAFE&DINER Shinsaibashi (Shinsaibashi OPA Floor 9F, 1-4-3 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)
Running: February 28, 2020 – April 19, 2020
Nagoya: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO (Nagoya PARCO South Building Floor 5F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture)
Running: February 29, 2020 – April 26, 2020
Fukuoka: Kawara CAFE & KITCHEN KITTE Hakata (KITTE Hakata Floor 9F, 9-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka)
Running: February 29, 2020 – March 28, 2020
“OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE” OH MY CAFE Booking Website: https://mm.ohmycafe.jp/
J-Pop Group Perfume to Open Fashion Pop-Up Shop ‘Perfume Closet’ at Laforet Harajuku
Worldwide famous Japanese pop group Perfume are taking their fashion project “Perfume Closet” to Laforet Harajuku where it will run in a pop-up shop from February 20-26 this year.
Perfume Closet is a fashion project helmed by Perfume which aims to connect with fans through Perfume’s music by making outfits. This is the fourth time Perfume Closet has opened, and will feature a line-up entitled “Perfume Closet 2020SS” which is part of what Perfume are calling “Phase 2,” which started in January this year and centres on clothing. It follows on from “Phase 1” which featured a line-up of miscellaneous items.
SATIN COMBI TRENCH COAT – ¥49,500 (Tax Included) / FLOWER PLEATS DRESS – ¥44,000 (Tax Included)
SHEER COMBI KNIT ¥17,600 (Tax Included) / 2 WAY PLEATS SKIRT ¥35,200 (Tax Included)
RELAX WEAR (LADIES) – ¥16,500 (Tax Included) / PLEATS SLEEVE TEE (WHITE) – ¥9,900 (Tax Included) / SHEER COMBI RELAX PANTS – ¥22,000 (Tax Included)
The pop-up shop will stock a plethora of items made by the Perfume members, who worked on the designs, chose the materials, and crafted the silhouettes. It includes everything from coats to one pieces, blouses, bottoms, as well as unisex items men can wear too like pants, shirts, and more.
Fans of Perfume and fans of Japanese fashion aren’t going to want to miss out on the new Perfume Closet, open for one week only starting next Thursday!
Running: February 20, 2020 – February 26, 2020
Location: Laforet Harajuku (Floor 2F CONTAINER)
Laforet Harajuku Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/
IKEA Harajuku to Open in April 2020 as IKEA Japan’s First Central Tokyo Branch
15.February.2020 | SPOT
IKEA Japan has announced the opening of its first central Tokyo branch. Located inside WITH HARAJUKU, and just a 1-minute walk from Harajuku Station, the store will officially open its doors on April 25, 2020.
Harajuku is the hub of Japanese youth fashion culture, and is known the world over as one of the main tourist spots for those travelling to Tokyo. IKEA is taking its Swedish roots and planting them in the ground of central Tokyo with its spacious new storeーwhich will also have its own cafe.
If you’re travelling to Tokyo, make sure to pay IKEA Harajuku a visit during your inevitable Harajuku shopping spree.
Address: WITH HARAJUKU, 1-14-30 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Grand Opening: April 25, 2020
Access: 1-minute on foot from Harajuku Station via JR Line / 1-minute on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro
IKEA Japan Official Website: https://www.ikea.com/jp/en/
Disney Easter 2020: Usapiyo Returns to Tokyo DisneySea® With Cute Food & Drink Line-Up
Tokyo DisneySea’s special springtime “Disney Easter” event will begin on March 27, and this year will once again see the arrival of the adorable yellow chick with rabbit ears Usapiyo to deliver a cute and fun Easter to guests in 2020.
Lots of newborn Usapiyo will stumble their way out of eggs again this year. Since they have just been born, they follow people, copy them, and try their hardest. These cute bunny-chicks will show just how charming they are in the “Tip-Top Easter” entertainment show, where they will captivate the Disney cast.
In line with the arrival of the newborn Usapiyo chicks, a line-up of 19 menu items will be served from March 20, 2020, all of which are Easter themed with motifs like Usapiyo and eggs.
Special Set – ¥1,980 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant
Sparkling Orange Jelly Drink w/Souvenir Cup – ¥950 @ Sebastian’s Calypso Kitchen
Head to Horizon Bay Restaurant at Tokyo DisneySea to order the special hamburger set, which has an Usapiyo cheese topping. Feeling thirsty? Then pay a visit to Sebastian’s Calypso Kitchen for a refreshing orange jelly drinkーyou even get to keep the cup! The Usapiyo food and beverages available this Disney Easter are almost too cute to eat or drink.
Special Set – ¥1,070 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery
Strawberry Mont Blanc w/Souvenir Plate – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery
If you’re wanting something lighter, then order the egg, cheese and roast pork sandwich at Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery. You get to take the plate home too.
There’s lots of other Usapiyo and Easter treats to discover at this year’s Disney Easter at Tokyo DisneySea.
*Please note that this menu line-up is subject to change without notice, and stock is available while supplies last for certain orders
Running: March 27 – June 12, 2020
Tokyo DinseySea Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Mickey & Minnie Mouse Cookie Cupcakes
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
For this edition of Kaori’s Easy Recipe, I used a recipe from the Disney dessert cookbook Oishii Disney Sweets Recipes to make “Mickey & Minnie Cookie Cupcakes” which make for the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. It’s a super easy recipe to follow – I even made the cookies and ribbon using ingredients readily available at the supermarket. So don’t hesitate, give this easy recipe a go for yourself.
1: Ingredients (Makes 6 cupcakes measured 7cm)
2 medium eggs (40g egg yolk/60g egg white)
60g granulated sugar
2tsp vegetable oil
1-2tsp lemon juice
45g weak flour
①Put the egg yolk, vegetable oil, and lemon juice into a bowl and mix well.
②In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white and gradually add in the granulated sugar. When adding the sugar, I recommend doing it in four portions. So add one quarter of the sugar, mix, repeat.
③Once you’ve added all the sugar, mix well to incorporate into the egg white.
④Gradually add the weak flour. Do this in three portions like in step ②. Please be careful as to not mix too vigorously when adding the flour as it will result in the dough losing its loose texture and becoming firm.
3: Pour the mix into the cups so that 70-80% of the cups are full. Bake at 190℃ for 12 minutes, then bring the heat down to 170℃ and cook for a further 3 minutes.
4: Now it’s time to make Mickey Mouse. I used one big Oreo cookie and two little ones, the latter of which don’t have filling. Like in the photo below, half the bigger cookie, place the smaller ones inside, and place the bigger half back on. If you don’t have anything to stick the cookie back on, you can use the filling of the Oreo.
5: I used melted to chocolate to fix my Mickey Mouse together. If you add red M&M’s like I did in the photo below, Mickey transforms into Minnie.
6: Once the cupcakes are done baking, make an incision in the top to place the Mickey and Minnie cookies into.
7: Add some fresh cream to decorate, and your Valentine’s Day Disney cupcakes are complete!
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
There are many other cute Disney recipes available in the book that Kaori used too, so if you’re in Japan or have access to Japanese books, then why not pick up a copy?
Oishii Disney Sweets Recipes (Japanese Title: おいしい ディズニー スイーツ レシピ)
Price: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Available: Amazon Japan, Rakuten, and elsewhere
Tokyo Disney Resort® Celebrates Toy Story’s Hamm With Pig Pink Merchandise
Tokyo Disney Resort is set to show some love to Hamm, everybody’s favourite piggy bank from the Disney/Pixar animated film series Toy Story, from February 28 with the arrival of some exclusive Hamm merchandise. This includes fashion items with pink woven into it amongst other accessories and miscellaneous pig picks.
Dress up with Hamm
Short Sleeve T-Shirt: ¥3,900
The unisex t-shirts include one design with a print of Hamm’s adorable face, and another more stylish t-shirt with a retro design.
Body Bag: ¥2,900
Coins aren’t the only thing Hamm can carry for you – with the new body bag, you can entrust your personal belongings to him, like your phone, card, coins, and so on, all while looking stylishly pink.
Pass Case: ¥1,900
Other items include a pass case of Hamm’s face, as well as a cute pig ear headband. There are lots of other items in the collection too.
Pink life dining
Fill the piggy bank that is your belly with food together with the pink tumbler and plate featuring designs that are actually used at restaurants throughout Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
Mini Towel: ¥680
Hand Cream & Lip Balm: ¥2,200
The mini towel, hand cream and lip balm set, and other items are all pocket-size, so you can take them anywhere with you.
This is just a small look at the pink range that’s set to beckon spring early. Don’t miss out on these exclusive items.
*Product designs and designs are subject to change without notice
*Available while supplies last
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
Release Date: February 28, 2020
Participating Shops: Planet M at Tokyo Disneyland® / Figaro’s Clothiers at Tokyo DisneySea®
Park Food Themed Miscellaneous Merchandise
Release Date: February 28, 2020
Participating Shops: Home Store at Tokyo Disneyland® / Bella Minni Collectionsat Tokyo DisneySea®
Visiting @cosme TOKYO in HarajukuーThe Place That Satisfies All Of Your Makeup & Cosmetic Needs
04.February.2020 | Uncategorized
@cosme TOKYO is a new flagship store that opened in front of Harajuku Station in Tokyo on January 10, 2020.
@cosme is a web portal centred on makeup and cosmetics. Offering a wealth of beauty information from a number of perspective, the website lets you see the latest trending items in the makeup world from the word on the streetーby letting people comment on and rank itemsーoffers solutions to skincare and makeup-related problems, and more.
@cosme TOKYO is the first-ever physical store by @cosme. Its floor space spans over 1,300 square meters where it houses an enormous selection of cosmetics and makeup products, from inexpensive and affordable quality items to luxury brands. Since opening, it has become the talk of the town in Harajuku.
It’s comprised of three floors, each with their own highlights. Let’s go and check it out.
1st Floor: A Hall of Fame for the latest most popular cosmetics
When you walk into the first floor area, the first thing that’s sure to catch your eye is the incredible “Best Cosmetic Award Tower,” a collection of items that have have won past cosmetic awards for being the best. All the cosmetics are stacked up high in their own little display case.
As you proceed further across the shop floor, there is the “@cosme Weekly Ranking” corner which ranks the most popular items on the website for that week, so customers can always know what products are the best to incorporate into their makeup and beauty routine.
But perhaps the centrepiece of @cosme TOKYO is the “Tester Bar,” where customers are free to try out products using the puffs and cotton pads provided. There’s also a tap and sink for rinsing. You can’t deny how great this service is; without worrying about others, you can try out all the cosmetics to your heart’s desire and then buy them if they’re to your liking.
There are also smart lockers so you can lock your things away, allowing for your hands to be free while you test makeup and shop. But it doesn’t stop there, as there’s even a foreign currency exchange machine which caters for 85 currencies in 120 countries.
2nd Floor: Men’s cosmetics, beauty equipment, and more
Up on the second floor, you’ll find another area that ranks products, this time the ones with the most sales at @cosme TOKYO. Everything is displayed in such a way that it’s easy to find products as they are separated by base makeup, mascara, lipsticks, and so on. You’ll find pop artwork hand drawn by the staff to highlight products, so enjoy comparing and considering all the different items.
Recently in Japan, men’s products have been garnering attention, and so @cosme have created an entire section dedicated to male and unisex makeup items. Picking out makeup with your partner is goals, and now it’s finally becoming a reality.
Another area that’s popularーwith both Japanese people and foreignersーis one that stocks cosmetics made with naturally-derived ingredients from Japan, as well as products with Japanese-style packaging. It’s perfect if you’re looking for Japanese-specific items or for gifts and souvenirs.
Also on the second floor are beauty mirrors so you can check yourself out as well as two Tester Bars, so you can try out products here too.
If you have kids, you can drop them off in the kid’s area while you shop. There’s also bread-feeding rooms and places for changing diapers. They have it all!
3rd Floor: A place to relax exclusive to @cosme app users
The third floor is home to a lounge that can only be used by those who have the @cosme app installed on their phone. It can be used for relaxing or for hanging out with friends. It’s hard to find a such a quiet and relaxing place like this so close to Harajuku Station.
If you want to retouch your makeup, there’s a powder space you can do that for free, as well as oxygen boxes. This floor is packed full of different great services.
@cosme also has its own points system. One point equals one yen, and you get five for just visiting the store.
Anyone and everyone can enjoy a fun and easy shopping experience
Each product in the store has a JAN code on it which when scanned at one of the tablets in store will give you information about that product in multiple languages, including English, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, and Korean. This goes for the map of each floor too, so you can find out what each floor offers without getting lost.
@cosme TOKYO also has free Wi-Fi, and can also ship products around Japan. It offers a comprehensive shopping experience that caters to both Japanese and foreign customers.
You’re sure to find many items you like when visiting @cosme TOKYO, so you can’t miss out on visiting if you’re travelling to Harajuku or Tokyo. Enjoy shopping!
Opened: January 10, 2020
Address: 1-14-27 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://www.cosme.net/flagship/
Japan’s First CBD Shop ‘HealthyTOKYO’ to Open in Harajuku in February
HealthyTOKYO is set to open as the first shop in Japan specialising in the selling of CBD oil, and it’s doing so in Harajukuーone of Tokyo’s most famous towns that’s at the forefront of trends and pop culture. It is both a shop and a cafe.
CBD oil has seen a spike in sales over the past year. Made from hemp, research shows that there are many health benefits to using CBD. The main gains are from helping reduce stress, relieving pain, improving sleep, and helping prevent skin inflammation.
CBD is used by mixing it with food or drink. It’s also been recognised as having an effect as an ingredient in cosmetics and creams. While CBD oil is legal in Japan, the country’s law is strict when it comes to traces of THC, and so only allows oils with 0%.
As well as the oil itself, HealthyTOKYO will also stock a variety of vegan sweets and drinks containing CBD. The food line-up includes vegan-friendly cheesecake, mont blanc, and gateau chocolate, as well as gluten-free lasagne, amongst many other things. For drinks, there’s a variety of organic matcha, coffee, and more. A lot of these foods and drinks can be ordered with CBD oil too.
HealthyTOKYO brand CBD products all use naturally derived CBD oil, and the shop offers degrees of strength and different flavours too. They sell cosmetics, creams, and other products too.
If you’ve been looking for CBD while in Japan, or even vegan-friendly or gluten-free foods, then make sure you pay a visit to the country’s first CBD shop and cafe in Harajuku.
Official Website: https://healthytokyo.com/
Star Wars Theme Cafe Opens in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido & Fukuoka
With The Rise of Skywalker concluding the Skywalker saga of the Star Wars film franchise, fans are left craving more from the galaxy far far away.
If you’re one of those people, and need a fix before season two of The Mandalorian, which is coming in late 2020, then you’ll want to hit up the all-new Star Wars-themed cafes now open for a limited time at branches of OH MY CAFE across Japan in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, and Fukuoka.
We visited the Tokyo branch of the cafe which is located inside Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku. Here’s our report of this must-see cafe for Star Wars fans, a museum-like space chock-full of concept art.
Ready to greet you as you walk into the cafe is none other than Darth Vader. This life-size recreation of the Sith Lord is really striking, but don’t worryーthough he is realistic, he won’t use his Force choke on you, he only wishes for you to have a nice meal.
Plastered across the cafe walls are pieces of concept art used during the production of the Star Wars film series.
Here’s a galactic showcasing of the cafe’s menu. There are 7 food items and 5 drinks to choose from, all inspired by the franchise and its characters.
<STAR WARS> Far Far Away Galaxy Black Curry – ¥1,590
A signature dish of the cafe, this black curry features the Star Wars logo which is actually an edible wafer. The space design is bamboo charcoal-cooked rice which is mixed with spicy sauce and topped with peanuts for stars.
<BB-8> Seafood BB-8 Gratin – ¥1,690
Fans of BB-8 won’t be able to resist this delicious gratin, served with salad and French bread for a full belly.
<Yoda> Root Leaf Stew – ¥1,590
This stew is inspired by Yoda living his final years in his little shack in Dagobah during Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. It’s packed full of vegetables and will no doubt be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.
<R2-D2 & C-3PO> Buddy Burger Plate – ¥1,990
This set of two chicken burgers comes with an R2-D2 seasoned with béchamel sauce and a C-3PO burger seasoned with meat sauce. You can take the flags home with you too. We recommend sharing this between two people.
Portion Bread – ¥500
This is the one I was most interested in personally, because I was curious to know from its appearance how it would taste. It’s the portion bread that Rey tries eating in the film. At first glance it looks crunchy, but to my surprise it was soft with a subtle sweet flavour.
Lightsaber Drinks – ¥600 Each (w/ Coaster ¥1,300)
From the left, the flavours are Darth Vader blood orange, Luke Skywalker ramune, and Yoda melon. When you draw your straw from the paper wrapping, it turns into a lightsaber!
<STAR WARS > Jet Black Coffee – ¥600 (w/Bottle ¥1,750)
These limited edition bottles of black coffee feature the famous Star Wars opening crawl credits. Which one you get is randomーa must-have for all fans!
After enjoying some Star Wars food and drink, it’s time to check out the cafe’s exclusive merchandise. There are 13 types of merch in total all bearing artwork from across the film series.
Folder – ¥350
I recommend picking up one of these folders made in collaboration with the cafe. It has illustrations of the food and drinks being sold there.
Tote Bag – ¥3,500
This tote bag has illustrations of characters from Star Wars and how they are all connected.
There’s plenty of other must-grab merch too, from music to stationery and more.
Customers who spend over ¥1,000 (excluding tax) on any of these exclusive items will receive the above-pictured limited edition bag. These are limited in stock so are available while supplies last.
There’s plenty of places inside for fans to take great photos, so make sure you snap lots.
Also, if you book a table in advance and order something from the menu, you’ll receive one of these 25 possible A5 folders, so be sure to book before you go!
© & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.
*All listed prices are pre-tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
“Star Wars” at OH MY CAFE
■Tokyo: OH MY CAFE TOKYO (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku) / January 18, 2020 – February 23, 2020
■Osaka: kawara CAFE&DINING Shinsaibashi / January 17, 2020 – February 23, 2020
■Nagoya: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO / January 23, 2020 – February 25, 2020
■Hokkaido: Cafe Interlude, Coach & Four Shinkawa-dori / January 24, 2020 – February 24, 2020
■Fukuoka: kawara CAFE & DINING KITTE Hakata / January 24, 2020 – February 26, 2020
“Star Wars” OH MY CAFE Official Website: https://sw.ohmycafe.jp/
Interview: Internationally Popular Japanese Artist Chocomoo Talks About Upcoming Harajuku Exhibition
23.January.2020 | SPOT
A huge exhibition of Chocomoo’s artwork is set to adorn WITH HARAJUKU HALL from August 20 to September 28 this year for “Chocomoo EXHIBITION -OUR SECRET PARTY- Supported by WITH HARAJUKU.”
Chocomoo is a Japanese artist born and bred in Kyoto. Her work is known for its originality and pop style which she draws in black and white. Her work has been used for clothing and apparel brands, for music artists, and for many other special collaborations with other companies. She is active internationally and draws huge popularity with Japanese women between the ages of 10-20. We have translated an interview with her which was just released.
“I’ve loved drawing ever since I was a kid. I’d draw in notebooks, sketchbooks. When I went to New York for the first time, too, I kept a sketch diary and would draw in the park. I was later asked by a guy who managed a gallery if I’d put my work on at his site.”
It was there at that gallery exhibiting several of her works that the first buyer came by.
“I sold my first piece of art. A piece of art drawn by an ‘ordinary person,’ not someone who was an active artist. It was about 30 dollars, if I recall, but I was super happy.”
New York helped pave the way for Chocomoo to begin her first steps towards becoming an illustrator.
She would post her art on her blog and social media, which was seen by singers and songwriters who got in touch with her. She penned artwork for their tour merchandise, album covers, and more. Recently, she collaborated with Italian car brand FIAT. They released 100 limited edition cars with her art on it. Japanese convenience store FamilyMart even sold umbrellas with Chocomoo’s illustrations on them. The reach of her work has no limits.
“When I create a piece, I incorporate a lot of positive words into it in the hopes that it lifts people up.”
One distinct aspect of Chocomoo’s art is the black and white monotone colouring. When asked why she draws in this way, she said: “I did calligraphy from elementary school to high school and was captivated by how we would write in black. When using black ink, it has a matte look to it, and when using black paint, it’s got a glossiness. I think that’s part of the reason why I do it.”
This will be Chocomoo’s biggest exhibition. She is currently working on new material and looking into the details of the exhibition. Speaking about it, she said: “I want to try evolving in a way that’s me. I’m aiming to stimulate the people who come to see my work in a different kind of way.”
She also commented on the ‘OUR SECRET PARTY’ part of the exhibition title. “It’s an exhibition of my work, but I want everyone to enjoy it like they would a party. There’s also new things to be discovered which you won’t no about unless you visit, so I put ‘secret’ in there.”
Chocomoo was asked to give a comment on her future plans and goals. She said, with a smile: “I want to steadily keep doing what I’m best at without changing what I already have, but I also want my work to reach lots of children too. I’d be happy for them to colour in my work, and I want to challenge myself to making some kind of video format aimed at kids. After that, since I’ve already painted a car, I want to go bigger and paint an aeroplane!”
Interview/Original Text: Naho Sotome (五月女菜穂)
Photos: 大黒屋 Ryan 尚保
English Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
As Chocomoo looks to expand her portfolio and reach, we look forward to seeing what she has in store for her exhibition in Harajuku.
Chocomoo EXHIBITION -OUR SECRET PARTY- Supported by WITH HARAJUKU
Running: August 20, 2020 – September 28, 2020
Location: WITH HARAJUKU HALL (1-14-30, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo) *Building under construction at the time of posting this article
Exhibition Website: http://chocomoo-exihibition.com/
Tokyo Disneyland’s Very Very Minnie! Event is a Must-Experience For Minnie Mouse Fans
Fans of Minnie Mouse won’t want to miss her special “Very Very Minnie!” event that she is hosting at Tokyo Disneyland right now until March 19. Expect to see plenty of cute decorations, experience eating cute food, and getting your hands on some cute merchandise♡
Hand washing area
You’re sure to have never experienced hand washing like this before. Keep your hands clean at the park with this special soap which when dispensed is shaped like Minnie Mouse wearing her iconic ribbon. This is available for the duration of the event only, so head to Tomorrowland or Critter Country to try it out.
Exclusive Minnie merchandise
Around 80 pieces of limited edition Very Very Minnie! merchandise are being sold for the event.
Parkers – Medium ¥4,900, Large ¥5,200 / Cap – ¥3,000 / Scarf Towel – ¥1,500
Dress up like Minnie Mouse with one of the two parkers, one featuring white and black polka dots of different sizes, and the other with red and white ones. There’s also a cute cap, and scarf towel, so you can enjoy the event even more.
Cushion – ¥2,300
Hand Cream Set – ¥1,600
Wall Pocket – ¥2,900 (*Items in pockets sold separately)
There’s also a cushion which you can put your hands in to keep warm this winter, a set of hand creams, a useful wall pocket which you can store various items inーand many more items, up to 80 of them!
When looking for something to eat, make sure you try out one of the many Minnie-themed food and drink items.
Cranberry Vanilla Mouse Cake with Souvenir Plate – ¥800 / Yoghurt & Raspberry Mouse with Souvenir Cup – ¥800 / Served at: Sweetheart Cafe
At the Sweetheart Cafe, you can get your hands on one of two of these desserts which come with their own free souvenirs which you can take to use at home. You won’t be able to resist the addictive sweet and sour flavour of the berries.
Special Set – ¥1,980 / Served at: The Plaza Inn
The Plaza Inn has a very special set prepared: a hearty meal featuring two hamburgers, ice cream for dessert with a white chocolate mousse adorned with Minnie’s ribbon, and more.
Popcorn with Buckets – ¥2,300
You’ll find this bucket sold at the popcorn wagon next to The Gazebo. It features a design of Minnie looking good in various outfits. If you’re wanting popcorn at Very Very Minnie! then look no further.
Minnie Mouse’s influence can be felt all over Tokyo Disneyland right now, so make sure you see everything when visiting for Very Very Minnie!
Very Very Minnie!
Running: January 10, 2020 – March 19, 2020
Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Tokyo DisneySea’s Pixar Playtime Event Now in Full Swing and Loved by Pixar Movie Fans
You say there’s a snake in your boot? That’s because Tokyo DisneySea’s long-awaited Pixar Playtime is finally here, partner! Running from January 10 to March 19, this special event is a celebrating of all-things Pixar, with appearances from fans’ favourite films from Toy Story to Finding Nemo and beyond.
Today, we’re taking a small peek into what Pixar fanatics can look forward to. From shows to food and merchandise, this is an event you won’t want to miss!
Pixar Playtime is an annual event that plunges guests into the wonderful worlds of Pixar’s filmography, giving them a chance to meet and celebrate with some of the most iconic characters in animation history. For Pixar Playtime 2020, Tokyo DisneySea has been decorated like a colourful board game with squares which guests can move along and challenge themselves to the many different objectives written on them. There are many programmes prepared for this year, including the one below.
The “Pixar Playtime Pals” Show
Taking place at Piazza Topolino in Mediterranean Harbor, the Pixar Playtime Pals show invites guests into playing various fun games inspired by the Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Finding Nemo films.
As the games progress, more and more characters begin to appear to raise levels of excitement including those from Ratatouille, Up, Brave, and Inside Out.
It’s an exciting time for Pixar fans to interact with lots of their favourite characters.
Tokyo DisneySea is littered with decorations referencing Pixar’s films for the event including the iconic Pixar Ball.
Other things guests will spot is the colourful roulette featuring numerous characters, a game booth based on the Toy Story film series, a plethora of photo spots including the one above of Jack-Jack from The Incrediblesーthe list goes on. There’s plenty to be enjoyed at every turn, so be sure to take it all in.
Special Set – ¥1,980 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant
This special set is inspired by Finding Nemo. The pink mashed potato spread on the hamburger is made to look like coral.
There are also other little motifs, like this fish-shaped carrot which is orange like the titular clownfish himself.
The captivating colours of the lemon roll cake bring to mind Dory swimming through the ocean, while the accompanying pumpkin cream soup is sure to warm you up.
Sparkling Drink (Orange & Strawberry) – ¥450 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant
This orange and strawberry flavoured sparkling drink is inspired by Hank the octopus. It’s topped with strawberry flavoured pearls which look like octopus suckers and add a delicious chewy texture to your sipping experience.
Orange & White Chocolate Mousse w/ Souvenir Mug – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery
This two-layered cup dessert is made from orange and white chocolate mousse. You’re sure you recall the famous claw scene from Toy Story as your fork descends onto the custard-flavoured Little Green Man. The dessert comes with a free Toy Story and star design mug.
Blueberry Cheesecake w/ Souvenir Plate – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery
The fresh smell of blueberry will hit your nose as you munch into this moist cheesecake, topped with strawberry chocolate-coated wheat bran. It also comes with a plate featuring the Pixar Playtime board game design.
Mug – ¥’2,300
It wouldn’t be a Pixar event without some love for Luxo Jr., the famous lamp that is a symbol of Pixar. The “Playtime” text written on the mug depicts various movies from the animation studio.
Pouch Set – ¥2,100
You’re sure to be spoiled for choice when picking which of these pouches to use, but luckily they come as a set, so you get all three. They feature cute designs of the Pixar character cast.
Osenbei – ¥1,100
This set of osenbei rice crackers make for a perfect souvenir. There are five flavours in the set including persimmon seed, sweet & salty, curry, salted, and cheese.
Jump into the wonderful world of Pixar at Tokyo DisneySea’s Pixar Playtime Event.
Pixar Playtime 2020
Running: January 10, 2020 – March 19, 2020