Feel the Spirit of Japanese Culture With Hotel Gajoen Tokyo’s Yukata Plan

19.June.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

Japanese museum and hotel Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is currently offering its new “Yukata Plan” until September 30. The plan includes a yukata service, lunch or dinner, and a chance to witness the Hyakudan Kaidan, or ‘100 Step Staircase,’ which was registered by Tokyo Prefecture as a Tangible Cultural Property in 2009 for its exceptional architecture and artistic beauty.

 

The plan lets guests wear a beautiful and colourful yukata allows them to get a feel for the Japanese spirit. After enjoying a special food course specially prepared by the hotel’s chef, you will head on over to observe the Hyakudan Kaidan, something offered in the hotel’s popular summer plan. Yukata are available for men, women and children, making it perfect for groups, couples and families. What’s more is that you can take home the yukata, obi sash and geta shoes you choose.

Once you chance into your yukata you can stroll to some of Meguro’s famous spots such as Meguro River as well as Ryūsenji temple and Ōtori-jinja Shrine, both of which are just a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

 

Enjoy a real Japanese time this summer at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo.

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  • Recommended Yukata For Keeping Cool This Summer

    25.June.2019 | FASHION / FEATURES

    Hi everyone, this is Midori from MMN’s Editorial Department!

    Do you know what a Yukata is? It’s a long, casual garment that resembles a kimono. As they are made of light and breathable material, this traditional Japanese clothing is usually worn in the summer. A beautiful yet refreshing garment is the perfect clothing for a summer festival and other summer events. How would you like to try one on? Today, I’ll be introducing you to this year’s latest Yukatas.

     

    KIMONOMACHI: Polyester Yukata Perfect for a Hot Summer’s Day

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    Cream Water-Colour Camellia Flower Yukata: ¥11,880 (after tax) 

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    ▼ KIMONOMACHI main shop

    Official Website: https://www.kimonomachi.co.jp/

     

    Cayhane Yukata: Easy to Wear By Yourself 

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    Reiría Minana Yukata: ¥7,128

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    ▼ Cayhane

    Official Website: http://www.cayhane.jp/shop/c/c01

     

     

    kyomadoka: Wear a Yukata Designed By an AKB48 Graduate 

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    RiLi.tokyo Sells Yukata That Look Like Japanese Sweets

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    Furifu and Touken Ranbu-ONLINE- Collaborative Yukata

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    Tsurumaru Kuninaga: ¥62,640 (after tax)

    Kashuu Kiyomitsu: ¥62,640 (after tax )

    ▼Furifu Touken Ranbu Collaborative Yukata

    Official Website: https://mgos.jp/furifu/index.html

     

    All these Yukata are available online. This would be the perfect way to stay cool and beautiful during the summer. Wearing one to a summer event would be a wonderful experience. ♡

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  • Yukata IN LAFORET: Grab Your Summer Yukata at Laforet Harajuku’s Event

    22.June.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

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    This marks the 5th run of the event, and this year, it is being split into three separate periods. A total of 9 shops are participating including the popular kimono brand Roccoya Summer Shop which fuses the traditional with the modern as well as MICOPARADE which is managed by designer and Japanese clothing model Maria Kawahara.

     

    The event’s main visual was conceived by art director Tomoko Katayama, a designer at airlinesinc. and president of kimono teaching company Airport Lounge. There will be a photo spot as well as displays created by Katayama.

     

    Period 1: June 25, 2019 – July 4, 2019

    Roccoya Summer Shop

    Roccoya is a brand popular for fusing together traditional and modern designs. The company is returning to Yukata IN LAFORET once again to sell a variety of new yukata, kimono and accessories. Pick anything from cute to contemporary to sophisticated couture. They also sell head accessories and customers can order specific sizes.

     

    MICOPARADE

    MICOPARADE is a kimono brand led by designer and Japanese clothing model Maria Kawahara which offers contemporary twists of traditional ideas. Expect kimono like you have never seen as modern fashion. This event will be MICOPARADE’s first unveiling of their new products.

     

    Period 2: July 5, 2019 – July 14, 2019

    MIKI SAKURA & Sakura Maison

    Sakura Maison focuses on “Japanese kawaii” kimono, accessories and obi sashes while MIKI SAKURA’s concept, conceived by designers at Sakura Maison, is “dignified women wrapped in beautiful fragrances.”

     

    These two brands will come together to showcase an array of feminine yukata including yukata made from lase. They will also sell headdresses, ornate hairpins and other accessories. Expect to get your fill of kawaii♡

     

    Asobiya Meets yuminique

    Asobiya is a brand that adds a bit of fun to traditional Japanese motifs. They will collaborate with the “nostalgic and cinematic” brand yuminique for the very first time. Asobiya will have their popular paper crane series of items while yuminique will showcase their “SECRET” themed line-up this summer with an assortment of handmade head accessories with rose and lily of the valley designs. You’re sure to find the right decorative accessories for your yukata look here♡

     

    Period 3: July 15, 2019 – July 24, 2019

    AYAKONAGAHASHI


    Ayako Nagahashi’s select shop is associated with many different kimono and yukata brands. The new yukata and accessory collection by KIIRO, which Nagahashi is the director of, and Furifu will be on show. New Yukata and obi sashes the likes of which the industry has never seen before from Nagahashi’s private brand Fruttarossa will also make an appearance. There will also be plenty of other pieces like geta shoes and obi clips.

     

    Shigemune Tamao

    Unique and innovative kimono creator and artist Shigemune Tamao is opening her first ever store where she will sell original kimono, obi sashes, and a selection of items made in collaboration with guest brands that transcend traditional and contemporary clothing.

    Find the yukata for you at this year’s Yukata IN LAFORET.

  • 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

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    05.June.2019 | FASHION

    Disney Store Japan has announced that it will begin selling a range of original yukata and miscellaneous items for summer. Sales in-store begin on June 18 with pre-sales hitting the online store a week earlier on June 11.

    Ariel/Rapunzel

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    Mickey Mouse/Minnie Mouse

    The designs are chic and subtle while still celebrating the characters of the Disney world. The Mickey and Minnie yukata in particular feature retro patterns which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The obi sash that come with the outfits also play into the story of each character.

    The other items in the mix include fans, bags, and a range of cute accessories to make your yukata even more glamorous.

     

    It would be super fun to co-ordinate the yukata together with friends. So if you’re heading to Japan this summer then why not pay a visit to the Disney Store and ready yourself for the fireworks and festivals?

     

    ©Disney

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