【Booth Edition】What to expect at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2016. Experience Japanese traditional & pop culture at the booth area!

24.November.2016 | FASHION / FES

The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL is loaded with exciting things to experience. Not can you look forward to the fashion shows and live performances, but the booth area too, where you can get hands on with many things Japanese culture has to offer. The number of booths has increased this year – and so has the fun! Let us introduce you to the indoor booths.



At the centre of the booths is the “Yagura Stage,” where lots of different Japanese performances will be held.


【26th】Bon Odori 


Bon Odori, a style of dancing performed during the Bon Festival, is a Japanese summer tradition. You’ll be able to try out dancing the Bon dance yourself around the Yagura stage! You’ll be joined by “yuru-chara”, the Japanese term for “mascot characters”. Get involved and make the stage even more of a fun time.


【27th】Domobics by Tokyo Performance Domo


“Tokyo Performance Domo” is a collaborative unit between J-pop idol group “Tokyo Performance Doll” and NHK mascot character “Domo-kun” which has everybody joining in with fun and original exercises together. Get involved!


【26th &27th】DJ MARUKOME


MARUKOME … will be a DJ?! That’s right, DJ MARUKOME , the mascot for Japan’s #1 miso company, will be a DJ and followed by Japanese traditional instruments performers. The anticipation continues to grow as we look forward to hearing just what kind of music DJ Marukome will play for us!


【26th &27th】Traditional Japanese Arts Performances


Look forward to seeing lots of traditional Japan delivered to you, such as “Awa Odori”, a type of traditional dance, as well as performances of traditional Japanese music and instruments. Be sure to look out for the kind of traditional performances you wouldn’t normally get the chance to see.





【Booth Details】

There are lots of booths this year where you can get hands on with Japanese culture. Experience the Japan “today” through a variety of different booths from traditional to fashion, technology and much, much more!



Outdoor / Photo spot


【Japanese traditional culture】

Experience Japanese Culture Booth “WABI-SABI”


“WABI-SABI” is the booth area where you can experience traditional Japanese culture hands on. For just ¥500 you can get involved in lots of different workshops!!! For more information on what kind of booths you can experience, click the following link:more details




Itani-shoten’s bridal costume brand, Kimono Yugi, a combination of craftsmanship techniques and modern colors, offers a new kawaii. You can also take a commemorative photo with a model wearing it.


Pray for wishes. Create your card to pray.

Paformance of weaving Amami’s traaditional cloth, Amamifu.We usually used cloth for weaving Amamifu, but we use sheets of paper written your wishes, and weaves Amamifu.


Harajuku Nippon Market

Full-fledged Japanese armor used for photographs of Japanese period dramas, Japanese traditional items, other Japanese things are exhibited.




The digital art exhibition “SUPER UKIYO-E ‘Edo no Himitsu Ten’” is being held from January 28th, 2017 to May 21st, 2017. The exhibition will see the best pieces of art chosen from around 20,000 works (and rising) turned into high resolution digital art.
You can stand in front of a visual image of lots of digital ukiyo-e works at the booth and take an immersive photograph.Be sure to use the hashtags #superukiyoe #スーパー浮世絵





You can experience a VR view of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s “KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2016 in San Francisco” concert which was held on July 2nd, 2016, over at the Reco Choku booth! The entire concert was filmed in full 360° on a 4K camera for this VR experience. Try it out yourself and feel just like you’re part of the concert!


『DRONE VISION』 produced by fujitelevision


“DRONE VISION”produced by Fuji Television lets people have unique experience with drones! Not only can participants operate the drone but also experience the epic sensation through taking the video!


BIOHAZARD 7 resident evil (CAPCOM)


Abosultely terrifying virtual reality “BIOHAZARD 7 resident evil” is coming to MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON. Take also a look at some of the most popular and anticipated Play Station®VR “Lantern”. Let’s have the most frightening and bone chilling experience of the year!



Okamoto’s condom “001 (OKAMOTO ZERO ONE)” are Made in Japan. They are manufactured at our Ibaraki Plant in Ryugasaki, Ibaraki Prefecture. As the name suggests, Okamoto’s condom “001 (OKAMOTO ZERO ONE)” are our thinnest condom ever, at just 0.01 millimeter range.






Colorful Shopping Wonderland comes to MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Festival!!! AEON, Asia’s number one premier retailer will have two booths at this year’s event! Inside, we will be showcasing our World Tour and the widely popular Randsel in a variety of colors at the KAWAii RANDSEL STATION. Try one on! Here we will also be giving away limited edition souvenirs. But hurry, supplies are limited so grab them while they last!




A new project was started on OLIVE des OLIVE’s LINE account in October this year. Introducing IBM’s artificial intelligence system “Watson”, which can offer fashion styling tips via questions sent by users.The system has learnt all information relating to clients, as well as stock information and trending information, all of which is managed by OLIVE des OLIVE. It is capable of answering questions posed in natural language and via image data and so can offer fashion coordinates to customers.This is an unprecedented style of shopping, a first-of-a-kind, innovative service using artificial intelligence.




Have yourself a go at trying on clothes from MILPOM★, as well lolita fashion and more.

Models from KERA will also be coming over periodically, so you might even get a chance to have your picture taken together with that model you’ve always wanted to!


Monster Party!

There are various Japanese visual bands, punk and Gothic fashion costume! You can take a hair makeup on the spot! Let’s take a picture like Bandman and Diva who went up to a live stage.


Model’s belonging  & SNOW


At model’s belonging booth, models who are popular in harajuku will sell their personal belongings! Let’s get your favorite models goods and enjoy the fashion! You can also enter the raffle event at the SNOW, a photo app, booth! There will be limited edition photo frame!


“KAWAII ROOM” 〜 experience a secret of Japanese Girls’ Beauty〜

This is a joint promotion booth for Japanese cosmetics and consumer goods. See a variety of items themed around “Busy Morning, No Time” and “Night-time Care” and experience make-up application from a professional beautician. We recommend this booth to foreigners so they can take part and discover and experience the secrets and quality of this make-up. And those of you who take the questionnaire will receive a gorgeous sample!!




KIREIMO is a new hair removal salon that upholds and maintain 3 fortes and 7 promises, offering you the most luxurious relaxation time you could ever imagine alongside the hair removal. There are currently 33 stores running exclusive campaigns, offering free service and student discounts for first timers, Try out a painless, full-body hair removal treatment yourself at KIREIMO! ♪


Bonita Bubble

This bubbles of this Peko produced clay mix are spongy and springy and do not harm your skin. They will repair pores that that are full of old keratin and impurities.
By absorbing these, the clay will clean your face and your pores will become fresh with your skin left feeling healthy and transparent.


【Japansese Information】


As part of the “Tokyo Brand Suishin Project”, the exhibition of the various products offered by &TOKYO which was held by Tokyo and business officials is being held at the &TOKYO booth. In addition, there is a designated photo spot where you can take a commemorative photo to remember the day. You’ll can also print the photo off for free and receive original goods as a present from &TOKYO.


Find Your JAPAN  Powerd by studioALTA

In summer 2017, Studio Alta will open an amusement theatre in Yurakucho in Tokyo that is aimed at and for all the people of the world! And we are happy to reveal the initial information about it here!We’d also like to announce “webTV「FIND YOUR JAPAN」” which explores overlooked areas of Japan.Moreover, you can become Japan discovery ambassador so that you can report places of Japan that you have discovered and want to spread the word about! Those of you who report for us can receive your very own original.




Come to our booth and tell us where you have visited and where you want to go in Japan! We have some special present if you answer questionnaire. You can also get the  GOOD LUCK TRIP magazine which contains the latest topics and the detailed maps.


Good stuff from all over Japan.

You can sit and hvea break in our place, where we play bing!


Welcome to Pink city !


Matching Tottori Prefecture’s new specialties Foods, pink curry and pink soy sauce, we colored our space.Come and see the new Kawaii specialties Foods.


Jurassic Photo session in Fukui prefecture.

Trick art of dinosaurs is comming from the Fukui prefecture dinosaur museum which is one of Japan’s dinosaur fossil excavated sites. Enjoy taking pictures with a powerful dinosaur’s trick art and also taking a picture wearing dinosaur’s headdress.






Who’s that skinhead? Its Marukome, spinning the ingredients like spinning on the dance floor. This is a taste of a mixture of Japanese groove and Future Techno, and a hint of Kraftwerk. Just listen to the dance remix of “Marukome- Marukome-” and EDM- “Enjoy Dance with Marukome”. I keep this floor hot while spinning the pot!


You will be a captain “Tsubasa”

You can enjoy striking out by kicking a soccer ball and dropping the target can. If you can drop all, present Japanese popular manga “Captain Tsubasa” collaboration ball type “Oden” cans!




The booth of CHOBITTTODUKAN  spinned off from KOBITODUKAN, the 10th anniversary title is broadcasting now on KIDS STATION and TOKYO MX. We sell goods of KOBITODUKAN and release the new character. TEMPURA KIDZ who sing the main theme song and KAKUREMOMOJIRI, the main character might come…!?


The 40th anniversary of  UNICO

This booth displays copies of the original panels from the manga “Unico” as well as a special collaborative piece between WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA, jouetie, and Unico. The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL is a place full of the kind of photogenic spots that you can only get here at the event, so be sure to snap some cute shots together with everyone.





Lawson, one of the biggest convenience store in Japan, will have an “Lawson dream audition” for those who want to become a singer! Don’t miss out on this big opportunity!


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“My favourite…” – Take a picture with your smartphone, print it as a chekki photo, tag it with the special tag (which we will announce at the booth) and post it to Twitter or Instagram.Whether it’s a person or an object, your favourite thing can be anything!(So that we know the message has been sent properly, be sure to follow the official Chekki Twitter or Instagram accounts)





ZiPPMUFF is a new product with a simple combination, but something that’s never been seen before: “Towel with superb absorbency” and “Zipper”. In sports, outdoors, fashion and many other contexts…… Enjoy your own style with ZiPPMUFF! * ZiPPMUFF is a registered trademark of LUCK’A Inc. and has been submitted as a utility model. ZiPPMUFF×MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON×imabari towel COLLABORATION ITEM <JAPAN MADE> Available now!


Nature feeling Yoga trip

Experience of yoga at the place where display Amami’s pictures. After photographing yoga poses and submitting it to Instagram, it shows up in a slideshow on the screen set up at the venue on the same site. Yoga beginners are also welcome! Please come and visit.



We have over 100 kinds of capsule toys as japanese culture. Please come, find, get your favorite item. Good Luck!!


Rocket News24 Gachapon capsules

Rocket News 24 is a popular web magazine that reports interesting, strange and exciting news! At MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, rocket news 24 will provide goods that has been used in the magazine but has no where to go. Let!s try the limited event spcial lottery!


Sagawa Express can hold onto your luggage for a period of time and even deliver it to the airport or a hotel for you.If your baggage is a struggle from being too heavy, if you feel like you just want to leave it somewhere for a little while, if you did some shopping but have too much to carry and can’t get back, or if you want to enjoy the event to the fullest, then this service is most definitely for you.

The booth area at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2016 will be bubbling with everything you could ever want and expect from Japanese culture. Join in and have fun with us and experience all aspects of the culture!






・ Outdoor / Photo spot




Venue:TOKYO TAIIKUKAN (1-17-1 Sendagaya Shibuyaku Tokyo)

Date:November 26th(Sat.) and 27th(Sun.) , 2016


※Foreigners who register beforehand can enter the venue free of charge on condition that they show their passport or residence card to the entry staff on the day of the event



  • Stop-Motion Anime Series Pui Pui Molcar Releases Cute and Fluffy Merchandise

    21.February.2021 | FASHION

    The popular stop-motion anime series Pui Pui Molcar released a small collection of cute items over on the Japanese anime, manga, and hobby merchandise website CharaDepa on Thursday (February 18) including key rings, an acrylic dioramas, and badges.

    Box of Badges (Contains 5) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

    Acrylic Key Rings | ¥620 (Before Tax)

    Acrylic Diorama | ¥1,800 (Before Tax)

    Pui Pui Molcar is an ongoing stop-motion anime series produced by Shin-Ei Animation and Japan Green Hearts that began airing on January 5 of this year.



  • Japan’s Popular Capybara Character Kapibara-san Releases Surprise Merchandise Box

    18.February.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    Japanese subscription box service SURPRISE BOX began a collaboration with the adorable Kapibara-san on Wednesday (February 10) to offer a collection of surprise boxes for fans.

    Kapibara-san is a character created by Tryworks – it even has its own anime series. The subscription service is offering three box plans at varying prices, each of which contain a collection of unknown merchandise related to the cute capybara. While the contents are a mystery, everything is sure to be tear-inducingly kawaii.

  • Japan’s Construction Industry is About to Become Fun With Kajikawa Construction x ASOBISYSTEM’s 3K Project

    06.August.2020 | FASHION

    Kajikawa Corportation and ASOBISYSTEM CO., LTD are looking to revamp the perceived image of the construction industry in Japan with the launch of the 3K Project. The three “K’s” of the project are the Japanese words Kawaii (cute), Kirei (clean), and Kirakira (shiny).

    Construction work is generally perceived by a different set of three K’s: Kitsui (severe), Kitanai (dirty), and Kiken (dangerous), but the number of young people, both men and women, working in the industry in Japan is on the rise, resulting in the work environment changing too. That’s where Kajikawa Corporation and ASOBISYSTEM’s 3K Project comes in, which aims to re-brand the industry.


    That begins with the unveiling of the 3K Project’s official mascots: Corny, Gungun & Nonnon, Scoppy, and Metty, a band of construction tools and equipment, each of which has their own unique traits and personalities and who will be used in promotional material about the 3K Project.

    A set of GIF stickers of these characters has been released on GIPHY aimed at encouraging people who are challenging themselves to new things during increased time at home as a result of the pandemic.

    The stickers can be found on Instagram stories by typing the following terms in Japanese: 3Kプロジェクト (3K Project), 3Kスタンプ (3K Stamp), カワイイ (Kawaii), キラキラ (Kirakira), キレイ (Kirei), or “Kawaii” in English.


    Everyone around the world has had to adapt to a new lifestyle of more time staying indoors, and so we haven’t been able to meet with friends and family in person as much. These GIFs are a cute way to show them that you’re working on yourself.


    Stay tuned for more updates about 3K Project as it works towards changing the face of Japan’s construction industry.

  • Experience Japanese Culture at Home With Live Streams From Japanese Artists and Monks

    23.May.2020 | SPOT

    Japan Culture and Technology, a company which offers Japanese experiences taught by professionals in their respective industries, has launched an online service on WABUNKA EXPERIENCE which lets you experience traditional Japanese culture from the comfort of your home.

    WABUNKA EXPERIENCE is led by leading artists and offers memorable experiences of Japanese traditional culture, such as calligraphy, tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and so on, at impressive sites in Tokyo or Kyoto.

    Now people can learn about Japanese art, culture, and ways of thinking from home with the launch of their new online service. Expert Japanese artists and monks will be streaming workshops live from temples and cultural facilities in Kyoto and Tokyo. Since travel is strictly limited right now, this is the perfect opportunity for foreigners to learn more about Japan and Japanese culture.

    The commemorate the launch of the online service, it will be offered at a special price. Check out the website below and learn about the programs currently on offer, from online meditation to flower arrangement, tea ceremony, and more.

  • Relier81 x UNITED TOKYO Release Stylish Sandals Made With Kimono Obi

    09.May.2020 | FASHION

    Japanese attire brand Relier81 began selling its “OBI Square Sandals” on the official UNITED TOKYO online store on Thursday. The sandals are made using dead stock obi which are the sashes used to tie kimono.


    Who are Relier81?

    Relier81 is a Kyoto-based upcycling brand which aims to maintain Japanese tradition, culture, and the original craftsmanship of its creations.


    In today’s era, there are less opportunities for people to wear kimono in Japan. Beautiful and breathtaking kimono, obi, and other kimono related items are gathering dust in people’s wardrobes. So Relier81 began to think of a way that would enable them to still make use of kimono and kimono accessories that would fit the modern lady. That’s where their upcycling skills come into play.

    OBI Square Sandals – ¥29,700 (Before Tax) | Size 1: 23cm-23.5cm, Size 2: 24cm-24.5cm

    Relier81 have collaborated with UNITED TOKYO for these new OBI Square Sandals, a brand which prides themselves on products that are “Made in Japan.” The sandals use Relier81’s “OBI Sandals” as the base which have been wrapped in carefully selected dead stock obi by UNITED TOKYO’s designers. There are 12 sandal designs in total with two different kinds of elastic insoles used. The sandals lighten the burden of the feet and are super comfortable to ensure that your feet don’t get tired easily.


    The sandals are shipped in a special “kiribako” box with both company’s logos branded on it to keep with the traditional theme.

    All of these sandals are manufactured in Japan, but the ageing of artisans and lack of successors is of real concern. UNITED TOKYO’s official online store has posted photos of the manufacturing process of one shoes to show people how it’s done.

  • URBAN SENTO: The New Brand Making Japanese Bath House Clothing Stylish

    22.February.2020 | FASHION

    “JAPAN MADE PROJECT” is a project launched by Japanese apparel shop URBAN RESEARCH which aims to revitalise regions around Japan by building local communities with businesses and creators around the country while also looking to take a step back to reconsider what is appealing about each of those regions.

    As part of this new project, URBAN RESEARCH has announced its plans to establish “JAPAN MADE PROJECT TOKYO” on March 20, 2020. Focusing on Tokyo, this branch of the project will see the launch of “URBAN SENTO.” This will focus on the potential of sento, or “bath houses,” in the city, which will also include a new line of bath house clothing made in collaboration with Kosugi-yu a sento located in the Tokyo district of Koenji.


    Public bath houses play an important part in Japanese culture by contributing to people’s mental health and creating communities. This is especially so in a city as busy as Tokyo. That’s where URBAN SENTO comes in, which will encourage the rediscovery of the city’s appealing culture through sento.


    Pre-sales for the new clothing line opened on the URBAN RESEARCH online store on February 14, 2020. It features a collection of must-have items for the bath house, whose message is to spread the bath house lifestyle.



    To ensure the clothing is comfortable as bath-wear, the collection is made from high quality cotton provided in collaboration with HAAG, a brand managed by Smile Cotton. This cotton is nice and soft and does not rub against the skin. Smile Cotton’s materials are even endorsed by the Japan Atopic Dermatitis Patients Association.

    Crew Neck T-Shirt – ¥7,700 (Tax Included) | Sizes: Small/Medium/Large | Colours: White/Light Grey/Black

    One Piece – ¥13,200 (Tax Included) | Sizes: Small/Medium | Colours: White/Light Grey/Black

    Short Pants – ¥12,100 (Tax Included) | Sizes: Small/Medium/Large | Colours: White/Light Grey/Black

    ZIP Parker Hoodie – ¥16,500 (Tax Included) | Sizes: Small/Medium/Large | Colours: White/Light Grey/Black

    Pouch (Medium Size) – ¥3,080 (Tax Included) | Colours: White/Navy/Orange

    The mesh pouch can be taken into the bath with you. Put your shampoo or other bath products in with you and take a dip.


    Miscellaneous Items: IKEUCHI ORGANIC x URBAN SENTO
    The bath towels you can use at Kosugi-yu are made by IKEUCHI ORGANIC. They come in two sizes and are incredibly soft on the skin.

    Oragnic 120 Bath Towel – ¥5,060 (Tax Included) | Colours: White/Grey

    Oragnic 120 Face Towel – ¥1,980 (Tax Included) | Colours: White/Grey


    Kimura Soap x URBAN SENTO
    The products used for cleaning yourself at Kosugi-yu, as well as what’s used for washing the towels, is soap provided by Kimura Soap. This pure soap, crafted by artisans by cooking in kettles, is friendly to the environment and the skin. It can be used at the bath house, in the bath at home, or even for your laundry.

    Body Soap (Hinoki Cypress/Lavender) – ¥1,980 (Tax Included)

    This body soap gently lathers your skin in bubbles and leaves your skin filling refreshed. Both the hand soap and body soap feel good to use.

    The a video and main visual were released for URBAN SENTO, which feature Japanese music artists Yusuke Emoto and Aoi Nogi as the models.

  • Kimono IN LAFORET 2020: Kimono Brands Galore to Gather at Event in Harajuku

    15.December.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Laforet Harajuku has announced that its next “Kimono IN LAFORET” kimono and furisode pop-up shop will run from January 4 to 22 next year.

    Iroca Kimono “Leopard Gecko” – ¥63,800 (Tax Included) / Half-Width Obi – ¥26,400 (Tax Included)

    Pure Silk Butterfly Black Cloth Furisode – ¥132,000 (Tax Included)

    Light Blue Dove Print Polyester Furisode – ¥128,150 (Tax Included)

    Eight brands will line the shelves of the annual pop-up shop, with kimono, furisode, accessories and more available for purchase, including new items.

    Model and actress Shen Tanaka features as the star of the main visual for Kimono IN LAFORET 2020, mixing colourful kimono with western clothing to create a unique look. Marie Higuchi, who was the stylist for the visual, has also released some dress advice for those who love kimono or those who are beginners and newcomers to the scene.


    Mixing kimono with the kind of regular clothing that screams you

    Marie Higuchi is a stylist who also writes columns in Nylon Japan and Sozen. Her advice can be used by both beginners and experts alike: by mixing kimono with some of your own clothing, you can simply and easily create a stylish look that’s you. This makes for a perfect outfit for a special occasion.


    Styling Point

    This outfit combines fishnet tights with sandals that have thick metallic soles to create an edgy kimono style. Using thick sandals makes them really stand out when wearing kimono, so you can easily incorporate them with any kimono you wear.


    Items Used

    Kimono/Obi/Other: iroca

    Haneri: C.H.O.K.O

    Obi Clip: conoco


    Styling Point

    The gorgeous flower head dress brings a strikingly elegant touch to the overall look of this outfit. Whether used with kimono or in your regular day-to-day outfits, it’s sure to bloom beauty with whatever style you go with.


    Items Used

    Kimono: MIKI SAKURA

    Head Dress: Atelier Senka

    One Piece Shirt: Ank Rouge (Laforet Harajuku Floor 4F)


    Styling Point

    Coloured turtlenecks are in right now for the current season in Japan, and this kimono look incorporates one underneath the kimono. The mix of loose socks and thick-sole sneakers really adds to the flavour of this style, even more so with the addition of personal items like the vinyl record headband and lip clutch bag which make it unique.


    Items Used

    Kimono/Obi: Tamao Shigemune

    Headband/Clutch Bag: SINZ (Laforet Harajuku Floor B0.5F)

    Other: Personal items


    If you’re looking for kimono and furisode when visiting Japan in January, be sure to hit up Kimono IN LAFORET at Laforet Harajuku, located in Tokyo’s fashion central: Harajuku.

  • Experiencing Japan: Dining at Denkiya Hall in Asakusa Wearing a Retro and Antique Kimono

    25.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hi, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON readers! Banako here again from the MOSHI MOSHI Friends group.


    I have a question to ask you all. If you’ve been to Japan, did you ever dress up in a kimono or yukata to go sightseeing? It’s become common to see not only Japanese people, but foreign travellers and tourists clad in traditional Japanese ware snapping photos in the country’s historical locations. Dressing up in a kimono and walking the streets really immerses you in that Japanese spirit and transforms your experience entirely.


    I visited kesatokyo in Asakusa which rents out kimono that are somewhat different from the norm, got myself a kimono, and took a trip to Denkiya Hall, a long-standing cafe in Asakusa.

    Denkiya Hall is located along Senzoku-dori Shopping Street which is a 10-minute walk from the Tsukuba Express side of Asakusa Station. The street is quiet and peaceful since it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the station front.

    The kimono at kesatokyo are renowned through the town as they give off cute retro-antique vibes with their combination of things like lace necks, head dresses and berets.


    You can get some romantic co-ords which you won’t find with other kimono by matching with your friend in terms of design and accessories. I headed into the cafe excited with my kimono choice which matches the old-fashioned design of the cafe exterior.

    A standout feature of this cafe is that some of the tables have arcade games attached to them. If there’s a free seat at one of them, pick your favourite-looking, slot in a coin and start playing! Be sure to ask the staff to switch it on for you beforehand.

    While gazing through the nostalgic games, I ordered the cafe’s popular omumaki (¥700) and cream soda (¥650) while my friend got hot cakes.

    Stuffed and wrapped inside the omelette is a hearty serving of fried noodles. The noodles themselves are on the thicker side and have a rich seasoning like that from the Showa period. You can also pick between different noodles.

    The cream soda had deliciously sweet syrup and vanilla ice cream inside it.

    Your kimono will match the atmosphere of the cafe really well, so you can take some really great pictures at any time.

    Denkiya Hall opened over 100 years ago and incorporates styles from three different historical periods: Meiji, Taisho and Showa, giving it a nostalgic feeling.

    Another one of Denkiya Hall’s specialities is their boiled adzuki, the perfect treat to warm yourself up as the weather gets colder.


    It was fun strolling around Asakusa after our cafe visit, as well as searching for more modern towns like Ginza and Omotesando.


    We returned our kimono to kesatokyo at 18:40, right before the final return time. The basic rental plan for one person is ¥6,050 and it even includes hair styling! You can make reservations either via DMs on the store’s official Instagram or by telephone. You’re certain to get a reply on Instagram so it’s recommended going that route. The shop has more details on their plans on their website.


    Wearing a beautiful kimono and warming up inside a cafe during wintertime. How does that sound?

  • BEAMS fennica to Release Gorgeous Collection in Collaboration With Ainu Crafts

    06.October.2019 | FASHION

    fennica is a fashion label associated with BEAMS that combines traditional Japanese handicraft with new and old designs collected from Northern Europe. The label has announced that it will collaborate with the Akan Tourism Association (法人阿寒観光協会まちづくり推進機構) non-profit organisation to release an all-new collection that incorporates traditional Ainu crafts.

    Terry Ellisーthe London-based director of fennicaーand Keiko Kitamura observed Ainu culture in the Lake Akan area in Kushiro, Hokkaido, and have used the creative beauty of young craftsmen and craftswomen who are in charge of next-generation Ainu culture. Overtime they have worked together with the artisans to create an original collection entitled “Ainu Crafts from Lake Akan: Tradition and Innovation” which will be sold on the fifth floor of the Shinjuku branch of BEAMS Japan in the fennica studio and B Gallery from October 12.

    The collection incorporates silver jewellery with Ainu patterns, wood-carved cutlery, hamper bags made with traditional materials, and many other lifestyle items familiar to Ainu culture. During the showcasing, there will be other exhibitions related to Ainu in the gallery, as well as talks, live performances, and more.


    A special webpage went live on October 1 talking about this collaboration.

    The collection’s director Terry Ellis commented: “When I was walking around Takiguchi’s store Ichigen No Mise, my attention focused on this cutlery. I felt the folklore in its simplicity. Though it’s an item to be used, the craftsmanship is incredible. You can’t just stop at one, you want to collect more and decorate with them.” *Translated from Japanese


    Keiko Kitamura, also a director for the collection, commented: “Akan is a rare kind of place, with mountains, rivers, lakes and forests. It has its own shapes and colours because of the light, colours and sounds which change intensely with time and soak into your body. And Ainu art is distinct from the traditional craftsmanship of other countries and regions because in almost all categories you can still produce it even today. There are [Ainu] people who are still continuing to make art for their family to this day. Their still being here is something valuable.”


    She continues: “Japan’s handiwork is in danger of vanishing across all areas of the country. Even if there are no successors, there are people who have been beside them watching, and people who were once involved in the past. So we may barely just make it. Because if this handiwork comes to a stop, it will be no more. We feel a sense of duty to protect this wonderful work.”

  • Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Offers Luxurious Accommodation Plan & Tea Ceremony Experience For Families

    05.August.2019 | SPOT

    Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, a highly prestigious and magnificent 4-star hotel located in Shinjuku, is now serving an all-new “luxurious” family package which includes a tea ceremony experience and much more. It is currently running from July 20 to September 1.

    The rooms offered in the accommodation plan are the hotel’s popular Wide Twin Rooms located on the Premier Grand club floor. Use of the Club Lounge is included in the package. The Wide Twin Rooms include two roomy queen-size beds which span 1.53 meters wide which allow parents to sleep comfortably with their children. Rooms also feature their own bathroom facilities.


    The package also includes a check-in simulation for children aged 6-12 years where they can get a feel for what it’s like to check-in. They will fill in their own check-in cards with parents and receive a ticket for the tea ceremony experience. They will be able to take their card home with them and take a commemorative photo.

    The tea ceremony experience will be held on the hotel’s 10th floor in the “Shofuan,” an authentic tearoom that has been in the hotel since it opened in 1971. Parents and children will receive proper instruction from the tea ceremony teacher before pouring their own tea, allowing them to learn about traditional Japanese culture and etiquette. They will receive a special certificate of completion at the end.


    If you’re travelling to Japan as a family this summer then enjoy it in luxury at Hotel Keio Plaza Tokyo.

  • See Traditional and Modern Japanese Culture Collide With Yukata, DJs & More at Tokyo’s Hamarikyu Gardens

    30.July.2019 | SPOT / Uncategorized

    The three-day Hamarikyu Oedo Cultural Festival will take place at the beautiful Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo from August 23 to 25. It will be produced by international fashion designer and stylist Junko Koshino.


    The boisterous festival is a coming together of Japan’s traditional Edo period and modern times which will be celebrated with a myriad of exciting experiences.

    The centrepieces of this year’s event are the DJ performances and Yukata Fest which will take place around the two 6-meter tall pillars in the garden’s plaza. DJ KOO will appear as a special guest on Friday August 23rd while Japanese models Arina Urahama, Sayaka Shimizu and YORI will take the spotlight on Saturday 24th wearing Edo-style outfits with a contemporary pop spin all made by Junko Koshino.


    During the Yukata Fest, there will be taiko drumming along to the DJ performance. Three people from the Eitetsu Fu’un no Kai―a group supervised by famous Japanese musician Eitetsu Hayashi―will be the drummers. The Fest will mash together traditional Japanese music with modern DJing.

    Expect to be thrilled with an up-close performance of kendo swordsmanship, iai―the art of drawing one’s sword―and a showcasing of naginata, a type of long pole weapon. There will also be a play area where you can play karuta with the Hyakunin Isshu one-hundred poems which was popular during the Edo period, blow bubbles, and more.

    And of course, there’ll be plenty of Japanese food to tuck into as well served at one of the many booths. This includes namie yakisoba, a local speciality soba noodle dish adored by the people of Fukuoka which will be served as part of maintaining the culture, a Fukushima no Sake standing bar which has won the top award in the Shinshu Kanpyokai 7 years in a row, and so on.

    Specially prepared traditional Japanese wagashi confections produced by Junko Koshino will also be sold as part of a collaboration project with Ito En who are sponsoring the event and holding a special tea party. They are limited in availability, and those lucky few who do get a spot will be able to enjoy tea and sweets while enjoying a view of the spectacular Japanese-style gardens at the Nakajima No Ochaya cafe.

    Visitors will also be able to pick from a wardrobe of bright and colourful yukata, including some designed by Junko Koshino, at one of the booths at the festival and have them fitted on from them. Those who arrive already dressed in a yukata will receive free entry to the festival!

    You’ll completely forget you’re in the boisterous city of Tokyo while at this traditional x modern fusion of a festival. If you’re in Japan this summer, then don’t miss out. More details of the festival and its content can be found on the official website below.

  • To commemorate the collaboration between mobile game Monster Strike and manga My Hero Academia, XFLAG STORE SHIBUYA, SHINSAIBASHI and +(PLUS) HANEDA are releasing a new limited period café menu, which includes brand new drinks that come with original sleeves for the cups.

    Character Sodas: Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugou, Shoto Todoroki, Ochaco Uraraka, Tenya Iida

    Price: ¥750 each (before tax)


    If you order any drink from this café menu, you will be presented with an original badge that is chosen at random. During the commemoration period, the café space will be decorated with special illustrations and there will be special videos running for visitors to enjoy.