Galaxy Harajuku Opens 4 New Attractions

22.June.2019 | SPOT

Galaxy Harajuku is a facility in Harajuku, Tokyo centred around the latest smartphones, VR technology and more from Galaxy. The facility reopened on June 20 with four all-new “movie-genic” interactive attractions.

Galaxy Harajuku offers a showcase of cutting-edge technology and interactive activities which can all be experienced for free. Customers can get the latest information on the company’s newest products, get involved in a range of events, or relax at the on-site cafe.

Galaxy Orbit (Floor 4F)
In the Galaxy Orbit, you stand in the centre of a roller coaster-like rail. As you dance to the music, the Galaxy S10+ will move around the rail, allowing you to create a 360° dance video using the phone’s super slow motion and super camera stabilisation functions.

Galaxy Lightwave (Floor 4F)
Thirteen Galaxy S10 phones will record you in a dark room where you use LED lights to create a colourful and beautiful 3D light painting.

Body Canvas (Floor 5F)
Create a unique art movie with your silhouette using the Galaxy S10’s ultra-wide-angle lens. Choose from six styles including music and visuals and start dancing.

Beat Challenge (Floor 6F)
Take part in a beat game with up to three people on a large display that links with the bezel-less Galaxy S10. The displays are made up of twelve individual Galaxy S10 devices that are fitted together seamlessly. After you finish your game you can create a customisable sticker displayed with the sound waves.

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  • The New VR NINJA DOJO in Kanda Combines the Ninja Experience With Virtual Reality

    05.March.2019 | SPOT

    The new VR NINJA DOJO is set to open in Kanda, Tokyo on March 18, 2019.

    Aimed at overseas visitors to Japan, the new entertainment facility blends the real and the virtual to provide an immersive virtual reality ninja experience. The building itself―from the exterior to the interior―take on traditional Japanese decor with tatami mats, sliding doors and more.

    It is set up in such a way that even those not wearing the VR headset can enjoy the experience, allowing for everyone to come together even if the dojo is packed with people. The entire operation is carried out in English too, so ninja participants don’t have to worry if their Japanese isn’t up to scratch.

     

    Everybody will carry out real ninja training before heading to the VR portion of the operation where they will be challenged against a real fully-trained ninja.

    Get involved in a whole new kind of ninja experience at the new VR NINJA DOJO.

  • New VR adventure game “Tokyo Chronos” releases character promotion video!

    01.March.2019 | ANIME&GAME

    Step into the gaming world with the new virtual reality mystery adventure game “Tokyo Chronos” which will be released by VR gaming company “MyDearest”. On 27th February 2019, the first character introduction video was released.

     

    The video featured the character Kyosuke Sakurai (voiced by Yuto Uemura). The introduction videos of the remaining characters will be released day by day until 20th March!

    Nine top voice actors and actresses voiced these characters ー you can enjoy the sound of their beautiful voices in the character introduction videos! To find out more about the next character video to be released, follow the game’s official Twitter!

     

    If you reserve the game in advance on the official online shop, you can get your hands on limited edition Tokyo Chronos goods that you cannot obtain from anywhere else. There are also other gaming goods that you should check out too while you’re at it!

     

    Artist ASCA, whose fourth single “REGISTER” was the opening theme song for Sword Art Online Alicization, will release a new song called “Mirage” as a coupling song for “REGISTER”. “Mirage” will become the ending song of Tokyo Chronos so please check it out!

  • Become a Ninja in VR, Tuck Into Ramen & More at Osaka Castle Park

    19.May.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    JO-TERRACE OSAKA is a restaurant and shopping complex at Osaka Castle Park. On May 30, the facility is set to open Osaka Castle Shitamachi, a line of shops where you can experience all the great things from Osaka and the Kansai region from food to activities.

     

    This traditional-modern fusion of Kansai-style establishments will make use of JO-TERRACE OSAKA’s main space which covers 893m². Its concept is to be a “third place” of Japanese experiences. The term third place refers to public spaces like shops, cafes, clubs and so on―separate from the “first place” (the home) and “second place” (the workplace).

    In the lane of ramen shops, which take on a traditional-modern look, various kinds of ramen from across Japan will be served up to customers. Restaurants will include those that were first established in Kansai as well as the most popular restaurants in the ramen scene right now.

    Over at VR NINJA Yasuke you can feel what it’s like to be a real ninja, VR-style. Aimed at foreign tourists, this service is available in English, Chinese and Korean.

    At WAHAKU you can tuck into some delicious and high quality wagyu beef and taste different brands of sake.

     

    There are lots of other exciting things to look forward to as well, so if you’re ever travelling to Osaka Castle be sure to pop in.

  • Laforet Harajuku Opens New Girly & Creative Toilets

    25.March.2019 | SPOT

    Laforet Harajuku’s 3rd floor female and multipurpose toilets just reopened on March 23.

     

    Since its establishment, the department store has found ways to promote and express creativity through fashion and advertising, and that unique inventiveness of theirs has now seeped into the toilets!

    The stylish new toilets incorporate amenity with designs expressing that typical Laforet Harajuku-esque humour.

    The entire interior design was created by Ran Tondabayashi, an artist who has worked on many of the visuals for Laforet Harajuku’s campaigns. The concept is “a strange and otherworldly space of Harajuku.” It makes use of collage, a technique that Tondabayashi is skilled at.

    Talking about the design, she comments: “Harajuku is a place that is full of vitality and is flooded with people. I created this design so that when people step into these toilets, just for a short while, they feel excited at being in a strange and curious place.”

     

    If you’re in Harajuku and need to use the bathroom then be sure to stop by Laforet Harajuku.

  • 5 Animal Cafés in Harajuku―Shiba Inu, Owls, Rabbits & More!

    07.March.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Did you know there are a lot of animal cafés in Harajuku? From lovable Shiba Inu and owls to rabbits and more, here are 5 animal cafés you should visit during your next trip to Japan’s fashion central.

     

    HARRY Harajuku Terrace

    At HARRY Harajuku Terrace you can come into contact with otters, hedgehogs and more. Their 3 otters are extremely friendly with humans; they rarely bring their claws out and are no threat so you can rest assured you’ll be safe to sit with them. Customers can buy snacks for them to enjoy so you’re sure to become best friends in no time.

    The café also has a extremely adorable French Flop bunny with cute droopy ears and fluffy fur that you can stroke♡

     

    All the animals in this café are accustomed to humans so it’s easy to snap some photos. This one’s a must-visit!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/86972

     

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    HARRY Harajuku Terrace

    Address: Jingumae 426 Bldg. Floor 3F, 4-26-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Business Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last Entries 18:30)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    Access: 8-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station via JR / 5-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro

    Website: http://www.animalcafe.tokyo

     

     

    Owl’s Garden

    Owl’s Garden is located behind Tokyu Plaza. They don’t just have owls either―they even have hawks. The café interior is styled on an English garden. There are 12 owls and hawks that live there. There are several price plans. The standard plan is ¥1,500 which gets you 60 minutes inside where you’re free to touch the birds, take pictures and have them sit on your arm as much as you like.

    They also have a Harris’s Hawk which are known for their intelligence. Hawks are often perceived as scary but they’re actually very friendly to humans.

     

    You can enjoy a drink at this café while playing with the owls and hawks. If you make a reservation you get a drink on the house, otherwise it’s ¥100. We recommend making a reservation if you’re planning a visit.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/119977

     

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    Owl’s Garden

    Address: Ingresso 2F, 4-31-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm (Until 6:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursdays except on National Holidays)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    Access: 6-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station via JR / 2-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro

    Website:https://owls-garden.jp

     

     

    Ra.a.g.f

    At this café you will come into contact with cute bunnies. 15 rabbits live in one room of this apartment. You pick one that wants to play at let them roam around the room. It costs ¥800 for 30 minutes and ¥1,100 for 60 minutes – and both options come with a drink. If you want to stay longer, it’s ¥550 for 30 minutes extensions.

    Purittsu-kun is the most popular rabbit because he looks just like Peter Rabbit. All the rabbits also know their own names, so try calling out to them!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/129775

     

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    Ra.a.g.f

    Address: Mezon Harajuku 3F, 6-14-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Weekdays 12:00-19:30 (Last Entries 19:00) / Weekends & Holidays 11:00-20:00 Last Entries 19:30)

    Closed: Every Tuesday

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Exit A7 of Meiji Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro Line, 8-minutes on foot from Omotesando Exit of Harajuku Station via JR Line, 10-minutes on foot from Exit 13 of Shibuya Station via all lines

    Website: https://raagf.com

     

    Harajuku Mame-Shiba Café

    Harajuku Mame-Shiba Café is Tokyo’s first animal café for Mame-Shiba Inu. Upon stepping your paws into the Harajuku Mame-Shiba Café you are met by Mame-Shiba dogs wearing bandanas around their necks. The café itself has retro style decor with Showa music providing your soundtrack. Tickets can only be bought at the café. It’s ¥880 for an adult for for 30 minutes. Once you have your ticket you wait until your designated time. It’s not uncommon for tickets to be sold out on the day so we recommend buying yours early in the day.

    Customers are prohibited from picking up and embracing the dogs but you may receive a hug from one of them! Stroking and interacting with the energetic pups however is fine.

    When noon draws in the dogs start going into nap mode. You’ll see the number of them tumbling over for a sleep increase one by one. This makes it easy to snap some photos, so if you’re looking to take lots of photos with them you should go at midday!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/168087

     

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    Harajuku Mame-Shiba Café

    Address: Harajuku Mame-Shiba Café Floor 3F, 1-6-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit of Harajuku Station via the JR Line / 5-minutes on foot from Exit 5 of Meiji-Jingumae Station via the Tokyo Metro Line

    Business Hours: Weekdays 11:00-19:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:30-19:30

    No Fixed Holidays.

    Price: ¥880 (13+ Years) / ¥580 (4-12 Years With Parent/Guardian) / Free (3 Years and Below With Parent/Guardian)

    *You can also get a ticket for the owl cafe there. ¥1,400 for adults, ¥1,000 for children.

    Website: http://owls-cats-forest.com/free/mameshiba-harajuku

     

     

    Harajuku Kawaii Zoo Land

    You will meet many different animals at this café. The main colour seen inside is pink which elicits cuteness, friendliness and happiness.

    The animals all live together like one big family. It’s a chance to see a range of animals you normally wouldn’t come into contact with like capybara and meerkats.

     

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    Harajuku Kawaii Zoo Land

    Address: ITO Bldg. Floor 3F, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3404-2233

    Website: http://harajukudoubutsuen.com

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Which one will you be visiting when you’re next in Harajuku?

  • LA-Based Street Brand RIPNDIP Opening First Japanese Branch in Harajuku

    09.February.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    RIPNDIP has announced that it will open its first flagship store in Japan on February 9, 2019 in the country’s fashion-central district of Harajuku.

    RIPNDIP is an LA-based streetware brand that has grown alongside skating culture. Their designs have earned them popularity across the globe whether it be that instantly-recognisable cat with a facial expression you have to see to believe, aliens and more. On occasions they change things up with new and original designs that excite wearers of the brand.

    The new Harajuku branch will open with a seasonal collection of Lord Nermal, the infamous cat and face of the brand. The interior will be decked out with a huge Lord Nermal sofa, a carpet fully lined with artwork, and more. There will also be an anime video of the brand playing in store.

     

    Limited-edition items not available anywhere else will be available for purchase to celebrate the grand opening. And on February 8, the day before opening, an event will be held at Senkeys PENTHOUSE in Harajuku for regular customers.

     

    The store is sure to shake things up in Japanese street culture, so be sure to visit when you’re in Harajuku.

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  • J-Pop Group Perfume to Open Fashion Pop-Up Shop ‘Perfume Closet’ at Laforet Harajuku

    16.February.2020 | FASHION / MUSIC

    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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Japan’s First CBD Shop ‘HealthyTOKYO’ to Open in Harajuku in February

    29.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    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.

  • Star Wars Theme Cafe Opens in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido & Fukuoka

    25.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    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.

  • 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.

     

    Chocomoo Interview

     

    “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.

     

    ©2020 Chocomoo

  • Harajuku’s Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror | Food Review

    21.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” is set to open in Japan’s hub of kawaii culture Harajuku on December 21 where it will run until March 22 next year.

     

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON received early access to the cafe, so we went together with Ruki from Spain.

    The cafe incorporates “interactive tabletop projection mapping” technology developed by Sony, which allows customers to enjoy their meals while playing together with the characters as they walk around their plates and tables.

     

    So what exactly does this look like…?

    Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror is located along Takeshita Street in Harajuku. Enter Takeshita Street and walk just a little bit to find HARAJUKU AR BOX. The entrance is pictured above.

    The cafe operates on a “pair seating” system, making it the perfect spot to go with your best friend or special someone♡

     

    The theme of the cafe is “another me in the mirror,” which sees Korilakkuma meeting another Korilakkuma inside of a mirror. When seated at your pair table, you’ll notice all of the Korilakkuma artwork adorning the cafe.

    When we sat down, the staff came and gave us a dolomite coasterーa gift for all customers who visit the cafe.

    When you place the coasters down on the table, that’s when the fun begins. Trace your finger around the table to play with Korilakkuma and company.

    Here is Ruki having Korilakkuma move around.

    When we had finished playing, the appetisers from our course menu arrived. It costs ¥2,500 per person, and you both have to order when ordering this course menu. You can pick from clam chowder or minestrone.

     

    If you thought that was it for the projection mapping, think again! The fun was only just beginning, as a new display came on the table when the plates went down.

    Ruki was completely enchanted by the sparkling food. It makes you feel like you’re inside of a picture book♡

    The salad was Caesar, and the minestrone was packed full of veg and ingredients, making it nice and filling.

     

    The next dish that was brought was the main. You pick one each of a main dish and dessert and share between two people.

    We ordered the “Omurice – Let’s Draw Together” (in Japanese: 一緒におえかきオムライス). Korilakkuma was wrapped up completely in an omelette blanket. The projection mapping comes on when you set this plate down too.

    Korilakkuma draws around the plate, and we got to join in too by decorating Korilakkuma’s blanket with drawings of Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori in ketchup.

    The mapping helps you with drawing by projecting an outline you can trace. Ruki did hers really well!

    As we forked into the omurice we found a cheeseburger underneath! The combination of the juicy cheese hamburger with the soft egg was to die for, and it becomes even more delicious and smooth when you pour over the cream sauce.

    Last up was dessert. We got the “Spell-Cast Pancakes” (in Japanese: パンケーキに魔法をかけて). The projection mapping cast a mirror onto the pancakes. Even more animations happen when you wave the brush you’re given on the table.

    The fluffy pancakes are topped with a hearty serving of cream. You can enjoy them as they are, but they’re delicious if you top them with the fruits, iced cream and nuts scattered around the plate too!

    Twin Korilakkuma Strawberry Milk – ¥990

    Korilakkuma Cafe au Lait – ¥890 (Served Hot Only)

    As well as the course menu, there are also special drinks you can order separately which come with another free and exclusive coaster.

    Sliding Mirror (Pink or Purple) – ¥1,200 Each

    Acrylic Key Ring (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500 Each

    Korilakkuma fans can expect to sift through a whole range of cafe-exclusive merchandise too, so be sure to check out what they’ve got in stock when you visit.

    Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror is Harajuku’s hottest new spot where you can enter the kawaii world of Korilakkuma. Pull up a seat and enjoy and interactive meal experience.

     

    ©2019 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

  • Laforet Harajuku’s 2020 Fukubukuro Lucky Bags Are Not to be Missed

    20.December.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Laforet Harajuku has finally dropped details on its 2020 fukubukuro. Fukubukuro is a New Year custom in Japan where stores make up grab bags full of random items for people to purchase at a discounted price. Around 50 stores in Laforet are set to participate, with pre-orders now running until December 31, 2019.

     

    As always, the line-up this year is diverse, from the unique fukubukuro you can actually look inside to see what they have—which is a popular one every year—to the Laforet Gentei Fukubukuro which contains items exclusive to Laforet Harajuku, and more.

    Those who pre-order a lucky bag will receive one of two things: either a coupon to get a random free item at one of the eateries at the GOOD MEAL MARKET on the second floor, or a ¥200 discount voucher to spend at Laforet Harajuku.

    On New Year’s Day and January 2, a taiko performance by Yushima Tenjin Shiraume Taiko will take place at the first floor entrance to drum in the New Year.

    Around 70 stores in the shopping complex will also sell items at a special price between January 1 and 7 to celebrate 2020. Select stores will be handing out bag hooks in collaboration with the popular South Korean boy band SEVENTEEN.

     

    The “Look and Choose” Fukubukuro

    OLIVE des OLIVE (Floor 5F) – Set of up to 6 items priced at ¥7,700 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥25,000)

    Cosme Kitchen (Floor 1.5F) – Set of 7 items priced at ¥5,500 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥14,000)

     

    Laforet Harajuku Exclusives-Filled Fukubukuro

    POU DOU DOU (Floor 4F) – Set of 7 items priced at ¥13,200 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥56,000)

    la belle Etude (Floor B0.5F) – Set of 6 items priced at ¥11,000 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥70,000~¥80,000)

     

    Other Fukubukuro

    Ank Rouge (Floor 4F) – Set of 6 items priced at ¥16,500 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥50,000)

    jouetie (Floor 4F) – Set of 5 items priced at ¥11,000 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥39,600)

    This is just a small look at just some of the fukubukuro set to be sold, there are so many more to get your hands on. Start your 2020 year with some delicious discounts from Laforet Harajuku.

     

    *Contents subject to change without notice

    *Listed photos are select look only – more fukubukuro to be sold

  • A.T.A.D: Harajuku’s New adidas Store to Open in Collaboration With atmos

    18.December.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    adidas Japan is collaborating with atmos—Tokyo’s streetwear and sneaker focused boutique—to open a new shop called A.T.A.D in Harajuku on December 20, 2019.

    adidas Japan has collaborated with countless artists to date, and this will be its first with atmos, together with whom it will showcase streetwear sneakers the likes of which people have never seen.

    A carefully selected line-up of adidas’ newest shoes will be displayed at the counter where customers order their shoes like they would a drink at a bar. They can pick the model, colour, and size, and can try them on before making a purchase. The current designs, logos and other items in the store were created by YAR, a creative studio spearheaded by Japanese graphic artist YOSHIROTTEN.

    The store also plans to sell items exclusive to A.T.A.D in collaboration with Japanese artists. More information will be posted on the store’s official Instagram page.

  • PLAYFUL KIRBY: Laforet Harajuku’s Newest Pop-Up Shop Offers Exclusives For Fans of Nintendo’s Popular Character

    17.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / FEATURES

    Fans of Kirby who are in Japan for the holiday season will be delighted to hear that the Kirby-themed pop-up shop “PLAYFUL KIRBY” finally opened at Laforet Harajuku today and will run until Boxing Day.

     

    When playing Super Smash Bros. there’s no other character I’ll pick but Kirby. If you love Kirby as much as I do, then you’ll be waiting no time at all to head to PLAYFUL KIRBY like I did after hearing that they’re selling a whole range of original and exclusive merchandise the likes of which Nintendo players have never seen before.

    The store itself is located on the second floor of Laforet Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo. You’ll spot it instantly with the Kirby-pink text wrapped around the walls of the entrance.

    Kirby’s pink colour fills the entire shop floor. Upon entering you’ll spot all the different items on offer, including fashion items, as well as various photo spots featuring Kirby’s cute face.

    There’s even a tiny Kirby door so that he can get into the shop! Be sure to find it if you visit.

     

    The original version of this pop-up shop first appeared two years ago, and enjoyed visits not only from game fans, both kids and adults who had never heard of Kirby before, or who had heard of him but never played the games. The fashion line-up was a result of fan demand to enjoy Kirby in a variety of different ways. A visit to PLAYFUL KIRBY is like being inhaled into his Dream Land.

    PLAYFUL KIRBY is centred on two collaborations. This includes a teaming-up with popular illustrator Shogo Sekine. When this pop-up shop was conceived, Shogo Sekine was at the top of the list for collaborations with the staff in charge. The staff agreed that mixing the worlds of Kirby and Sekine together would give rise to some seriously wonderful results. After much internal discussion and talks with Sekine, a whole line of merchandise was created.

    The items feature Sekine’s stylised typography, symbols, shapes and so on. Their subtle design means they can be used as both everyday items and nerdy fan items. They’re stylish while retaining the cute aspects of Kirby.

     

    The following items are the number one most recommended pieces of merchandise to pick up as chosen by the PLAYFUL KIRBY staff.

    Tote Bags Ver. 2 PINK STRIPE – ¥2,800

    These tote bags feature gradations of Kirby pinks. This design is also featured on a t-shirt you can pick up too. They’re both made with high quality fabrics.

    Sacoche Pouches (2 Designs) – ¥2,300 Each

    The “Copy” written on the sacoche pouches refers to Kirby’s ability to copy his opponents’ abilities and appearance. This design is also included on a variety of other merchandise pieces like a smartphone case and more.

    Blanket – ¥3,800

    At first glance, this blanket just looks like a stylish blanket with a floral print, but if you look closely you’ll spot Kirby blended in with the design. A perfect choice for the coming winter season.

    Plush Toy – ¥2,300

    Kirby had intended to put on his stylish t-shirt ready to go out, but he ended up looking just adorable.

    The store’s second collaboration is with Converse Stars, also showcasing an assortment of cute and fun items.

    Cap – ¥5,800 / Long T-Shirt (Medium/Large) – ¥7,800 Each

    Show off your love of Kirby with some simple but stylish unisex Kirby attire.

    Hand Towel – ¥1,200

    Another must-get item is this hand towel which keeps the roundness of Kirby’s head. Use at home or take it out with you!

    Stickers (3 Designs) – ¥500 Each

    Get your hands on these Laforet Harajuku-exclusive stickers with designs so cute you’ll want to collect them all!

     

    I spoke with the person in charge of the pop-up shop about the future of Kirby outside of the video game, and they told me that they plan to have more pop-up shops like this and open the opportunity for people to enjoy Kirby in a range of different ways while playing his games. For someone like me, who likes Kirby more than anything, I can’t wait to enjoy even more Kirby in the future.

    PLAYFUL KIRBY is open until December 26, 2019, so if you’re in Tokyo until then, make sure to pop on over to Laforet Harajuku.

     

     

    ▶︎Win Limited Edition Stickers

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is holding a competition on our official Instagram, Twitter and Weibo pages for a chance to win limited edition stickers from PLAYFUL KIRBY.

    How to Apply: Follow us on social media and share/retweet our post about the competition for a chance to win 1 special sticker from PLAYFUL KIRBY. (Designs are chosen randomly.)

    These are limited edition stickers exclusive to PLAYFUL KIRBY, so don’t miss your chance to get one!

     

    © Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.

  • 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.

  • WITH HARAJUKU: Shiseido to Open Beauty Parlour, Hair & Makeup Academy and More in Harajuku’s New Shopping Complex

    12.December.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Shiseido has announced that it will open three new facilities in WITH HARAJUKU—a shopping complex currently in development by NTT URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION in front of Harajuku Stationーin April 2020. This includes the new beauty parlour Beauty Square, the hair & makeup academy and studio SABFA*, and the restaurant and lounge SHISEIDO PARLOUR THE HARAJUKU managed by Shiseido Parlour.

    *SABFA is a school managed by Shiseido for training professional hair and makeup artists

    Beauty Square will be located in the first floor as a place to discover beauty, have fun, and share experiences. As well as selling cosmetics, the facility will offer various beauty experiences using digital technology, and there will be a hair and makeup salon where customers can receive high quality service for a short period of time. By combining real experience with digital tech, Beauty Square hopes to bring in people of all ages and backgrounds from inside and outside Japan so that they can discover the fun of beauty and unlock their inner charm.

    SABFA on the second floor will be home to an all-new lecture and training facility as well as a photo studio. It will train educate and support the next generation of hair and makeup artists who will challenge the ideas of beauty and revolutionise the industry.

     

    SHISEIDO PARLOUR THE HARAJUKU is on the eighth floor where customers will be able to dine on French cuisine and indulge in line-up of wines carefully chosen by sommeliers. The restaurant overlooks Meiji Jingu, and its interior was designed by Kazuya Ura who designed the Twilight Express Mizukaze, a multiple unit sleeping-car excursion train operated by West Japan Railway Company.

     

    Be sure to visit WITH HARAJUKU when it opens in April next year.

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