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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  • Witness Beautiful Japanese Art at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo’s 100 Step Staircase

    24.July.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Those interested in Japanese art should most definitely visit the hotel and museum Hotel Gajoen Tokyo which is now holding the 5th Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan art exhibition until September 1.

    It is taking place 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. This year’s event has been made bigger and better with brand new exhibits.

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    This is what it looks like when looking up the 100 Step Staircase from the bottom. You will come to several rooms when ascending the stairs with light displays in them.

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  • Recommended Yukata For Keeping Cool This Summer

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    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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    Reiría Minana Yukata: ¥7,128

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    ▼kyomadoka: Haruna Kojima Original Design Yukata

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    Felissimo Neko-Bu™: Fill Yourself With Feline Fabulousness

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    This is a design of a tiger playing with green foxtail grass.

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    You can rent these yukata for a maximum of six hours, during which time you can take as many selfies as you want, enjoy a meal in Tokyo, and have a relaxing stroll around the streets of Shinjuku. This luxurious plan is a chance to experience the great feeling of wearing a yukata.

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

    22.June.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Laforet Harajuku is holding a yukata event on its second floor CONTAINER area from June 25 to July 24 where you’ll be able to pick from a wide range of different yukata designs.

     

    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.

     

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    Roccoya Summer Shop

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

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    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

    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.

  • Disney Store Unveils Mickey, Minnie, Ariel & Rapunzel Summer Yukata

    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

    The line-up sees the return of the Ariel and Rapunzel Disney princess yukata which were a hit in Japan last year as well as the new Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse versions. This year’s assortment of accessories and miscellaneous items to co-ordinate with the yukata is also even bigger than last year.

    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

  • These Tropical Fruit Shaved Ice Desserts at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Have Our Mouths Watering

    28.May.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Museum hotel Hotel Gajoen Tokyo’s Cafe & Bar Yuian, is bringing back its popular shaved ice desserts from last year! This year, a limited number of melon and pineapple shaved ice desserts containing rich-flavored shaved ice are being served up! 

    Rich Shaved Ice Melon ¥2,300 (+ tax & service charge)

     Rich Shaved Ice Melon & glass of champagne set    ¥3,800 (+ tax & service charge)

    The king of the summer fruits; a melon, in a luxurious form. A fresh, high quality and sweet melon is filled with milk-flavoured shaved ice. Deep-flavoured, melt-in-the-mouth melon fruit pieces and melon foam garnish the bowl.

    Rich Shaved Ice Pineapple  ¥1,800  (+ tax & service charge)

    Rich Shaved Ice Pineapple & glass of champagne set ¥3,200  (+ tax & service charge)

    The pineapple: a popular tropical fruit famous for improving your skin quality and help to ward off fatigue. The moderate sweet yet sour fruit pieces make for a good match with the mildly sweet milk-flavoured shaved ice. Tapioca pearls are used for the garnish.

     

    For the perfect sophisticated dessert experience, there is also the option to add a glass of champagne as a set to either of the desserts. To really enjoy the fruity flavours, Lanson Black Label Brut champagne has been specifically chosen for the meal set as it brings out the aroma of ripe tropical fruit.

  • Cat Idol Exhibition Purrs its Way to Hotel Gajoen Tokyo’s Hyakudan Kaidan

    25.February.2019 | SPOT

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, which celebrated its 90th anniversary in December last year, has announced that it will hold a cat idol exhibition from April 26 to May 19 at its Hyakudan Kaidan, or ‘100 Steps Staircase,’ an officially registered Tangible Cultural Property of Tokyo.

     

    29 artists are involved with the event where over 3,000 pieces of cat art will be exhibited.


    Photo From Past Event

     


    [The Jippo Room] Showa Cat Idol vs. Heisei Cat Idol – Banzai Neko Kikuchiyo vs. Tama Station Master
    Kikuchiyo was the beloved pet cat of manga artist Fujio Akatsuka who was famous for his ‘banzai’ pose where he would stretch his arms out. Tama was the first cat to be appointed station master where she operated at Kishi Station. These two cats, one from the Showa period and the other the Heisei Period, have been brought back to life in giant form by the handiwork of wool sculptor Sato Housetsu.

    [The Gyosho Room] Choju Jinbutsu Giga / Ukiyo-e Cats / Oiran Oinyan
    A big line-up of works will be exhibited in the Gyosho Room including a 3D version of the famous Choju Jinbutsu Giga (“Scrolls of Frolicking Animals”), gorgeous jewellery by jewellery designer SEKIKAZU, and around 20 new ukiyo-e pictures brought to life as statues.

    [The Seisui Room] Cat Ear Artist / The World of Cat Record Covers / Cat Match Label Collection
    A collection of match boxes with retro designs of cats from Japan’s biggest match collector will be showcased as well as record jackets with cat designs on them, cat dolls by ABENATSU famous for their ears, and more.

    [The Soukyu Room] Cat Idol Display – Works From 22 Artists
    A display of various artwork from 22 artists will be shown with the theme “cats and idols.” Pieces will include ceramics, porcelain kutani-ware, cloisonne ware, dolls, paper cutouts, statues, paintings, clothing, plush toys, wood and more. Everything shown can also be purchased.

     


    Take Photos at the Photo Spot
    Have your photo taken with a cat idol wearing cat fashion. The photo spot is located in front of the elevator at the entrance.

     

    The museum shop will also be selling a wide selection of cat themed items as well as Hyakudan Kaidan souvenirs. If you’re a cat lover then don’t miss out on this wonderful exhibition.

  • Cherry Blossom Art, Food & More at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

    13.February.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo celebrated its 90th anniversary in December last year, and for this year’s hanami season, it has many cherry blossom themed food and events in the works all set to begin in March.

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is located next to Meguro River, one of Japan’s most famous cherry blossom sites. When the flowers are in bloom, a bunch of flowery themed events are set to take place around the hotel including the restaurant.

    Sakura Cake: ¥550 (Before Tax) @ Patisserie Lien 1928 (Running: March 1 – April 30)

    We begin with a delightful delectable made with a white chocolate casing and filled with strawberry biscuit, strawberry jam and cherry blossom cream. It’s also laced with a little bit of Japanese sake jelly so when bitten into fills your mouth with a rich marriage of flavours.

    Sakura Pancakes: ¥3,000 (Before Tax) @ Cafe&Bar Yuian (Running: March 18 – April 30)

    To bring out the ultimate fluffiness, the pancakes are steamed on a seiro steaming basket before being topped with cherry blossom sweet bean jelly. It is served with salted kōji ice cream. When you open up the basket your nose is hit sumptuously with the fresh smell of butter.

     Sakura Afternoon Tea: ¥3,800 (Before Tax) @ KANADE TERRACE (Running: March 18 – April 14)

    Indulge in a limited-time afternoon tea set brimming with beautiful cherry blossom inspired goodies.

    Sakura Lunch Course: ¥5,000 (Before Tax) @ RISTORANTE “CANOVIANO” (Running: March 18 – April 30)

    A springtime lunch course awaits made with lots of vegetables and a sauce that’s simple yet serves to bring out the original flavour of the masu salmon.

    Sakura Kaisekizen: ¥3,500 (Before Tax) @ Tofutei (Running: March 18 – Early April)

    Enjoy a spring-inspired traditional Japanese kaisekizen―an elaborate dinner assortment―with its delicate flavours and combinations. Have your fill of food with ingredients that beckon springtime including vegetable appetisers, Kyoto-style grilled Japanese Spanish mackerel, and much more.

    The hotel is also home to the Hyakudan Staircase, or ‘100 Step Staircase,’ a registered Tangible Cultural Property of Tokyo. From March 28 to April 21 an exhibition of cherry blossom artwork will be on display including kabuki outfits with cherry blossom designs, ceramic art, paper crafts, bead art, patchwork quilts, flower arrangements, kusaki-zome natural dyeing, and more.

     

    Secure a springtime trip in Japan this year at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo with a long line-up of exciting surprises.

  • Chocolate Paper Cranes Now Being Sold at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo’s ‘Patisserie Lien 1928’

    05.September.2018 | FOOD

    Lien 1928, a patisserie loated in Hotel Gajoen Tokyo―which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year―is now selling a new folded paper crane chocolate.

    The product was released on September 1 and is the next chocolate released by patisserie chef Takeya Shouno serving as a follow up to their previously released temari ball chocolates.

    The hotel is offering two different products: the Folded Crane Chocolate & Ceiling Painting Chocolate Set and the Meoto Folded Crane Chocolate. The paper crane is made of dark chocolate and looks so much like a paper crane you wouldn’t think it’s chocolate.

    Pastry chef Shouno was inspired to make the chocolate to welcome to coming new era of Japan as next year the emperor will abdicate, meaning the Heisei Period will come to a close. He used the flax-leaf pattern to represent customers at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo. It took him one year of trial and error to get the design perfect and paper thin.

    The chocolate cranes are also sat atop a white chocolate stage and sat before a white chocolate folding screen. The stage is also made with white sesame seeds, sesame oil and soybean to create a rich and sweet flavour and fragrance.

     

    If you’re looking for a fancy Japanese souvenir then what better than chocolate paper cranes?

     

    ■Information

    Folded Crane Chocolate & Ceiling Painting Chocolate Set

    Price: ¥3,500 (Pre-Tax)

    Includes: 1 chocolate folded paper crane and 3 ceiling painting chocolates

    *Eat within 3 weeks of opening

     

    Meoto Folded Crane Chocolate

    Price: ¥3,700 (Pre-Tax)

    Includes: 2 chocolate folded paper cranes

    *Eat within 1 month of opening

     

    PATISSERIE – “Lien 1928”

    Address: 1F Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, 1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo

    Opening  Hours: 10:00am-8:00pm

    Enquiries: 03-5434-5230

    Website: http://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/lien

  • Morning art yoga to start at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

    02.September.2018 | SPOT

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is a Japanese-style museum-hotel which marked its 90th anniversary this year after renewing its in April of 2017. They have announced that they are going to start a yoga session called “Morning Art Yoga” where the lodgers and the visitors of the hotel can participate.

    “Morning Art Yoga” (a one hour session) will be held every Wednesday and Saturday from the 1stof September. It will be a session which includes a yoga experience held in a Japanese-style tatami room (4F) surrounded by gorgeous art works and breakfast served in “Ouka” located on the top floor of the hotel (8F).

    The breakfast offers special ingredients such as colorful vegetables and “Jujakuran” (special eggs) produced in Isehara, Kanagawa Prefecture. This will surely refresh your body and mind!
    The lodgers of the hotel do not have to pay for the plan and visitors can participate in the plan by paying 3,800 yen. You can participate empty-handed since all the necessary things like yoga mat and water are prepared by the hotel!
    Gajoen also offers other types of experience-based activities too.

    “Matcha Otemae Experience” (a tea-making experience) will be held in the executive lounge“Ouka.” The tea will be offered by a professional tea maker.

    “Gajoen Art Tour” is a one and a half hour long tour where the guide will show you the hotel’s special room, Japanese-style party room, “Shunyuki’s” special room and the 100 step staircase which are all designated as important cultural heritages of Tokyo.

     “Meguro Bukkaku Walking Tour” is a tour where a staff-person will lead the tour. You can observe the historical temple in Meguro which is known as one of the temples that enshrines the god of Yamate Shichifukujin since the Edo Period. You can also visit Syurinzan, Daien Temple, Tenonzan Gohyaku Rakan Temple, Taieisan Gokokuin and Ryusen Temple (Meguro Fudoson) that are located near the hotel.
    Why not refresh your body and mind by participating in this artistic yoga session?

     

    ■Information

    “Morning Art Yoga” start date: 2018, September 1st, Saturday

    Schedule: Every Wednesday, Saturday 7:30〜8:30
    15 participants (per session)
    ※Reservations must be made before 17:00. Reservations on a first-come-first-served basis
    Lodgers must make reservations at the front desk – free
    Visitors: 3,800 yen (tax and service fee are included)
    Yoga experience and breakfast at executive lounge are included.
    TEL:050-3188-7570 (reservation)
     “Matcha Otemae Experience” (lodgers only)
    Venue: executive lounge “Ouka”
    Schedule: Every Wednesday 〜Sunday 15:00 〜 17:00
    ※Reservation is not required, free
     “Gajoen Art Tour” (lodgers only)
    Schedule: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 9:00〜10:30
    ※Reservations must be made before 17:00. Reservations on a first-come-first-served basis
     “Meguro Bukkaku Walking Tour”
    Schedule: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 9:00 ~ 10:30
    ※Reservations must be made before 17:00. Reservations on a first-come-first-served basis
    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
    Address: 1-8-1, Shimomeguro, Meguroku, Tokyo
    TEL:03-3491-4111(Ou)

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