Six Recommended Souvenirs You Can Buy At Tokyo Station

06.July.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

It is already summer! As people return to their families in the countryside or embark on a special trip with friends, Tokyo station is just a thriving hive of busy bees. That is why today we will be introducing you to a variety of general souvenirs that you can buy at Tokyo Station and take to your friends and family. 

 

Souvenirs for Visitors to Japan

Tokyo Station Hand Towel (SHARED TOKYO): ¥1,404 (after tax )    ※ GRANSTA-limited 

This hand towel is decorated with classic illustrations of Tokyo Station’s reliefs and clematis flowers. The flowers portray the message: “happiness of travellers”

Furoshiki Patchin (SHARED TOKYO ) 1 set: ¥2,484 (after tax) 

This is a beautiful shaped piece of wood with four holes. When you wrap your bento lunch inside a cloth, this piece of wood comes in handy when tying the corners of the cloth together. In moments, you can turn a normal piece of cloth into a useful bag. When you are going on a trip and have lots of luggage, this will come in very handy. 

 

Character-themed Souvenirs

Suica Penguin O-mikuji Fortunes (TRAINIART TOKYO): ¥594 each (after tax)

Perhaps you are familiar with the Suica card, which is a form of rechargeable contactless card used to pay for train fares in Japan. For fans of the adorable Suica Penguin, which is the mascot of the card, this gift is a must. Peel off the sticker on the bottom and a red string will be revealed. Pull the string and your fortune will be revealed to you!

 

Unusual Souvenirs

Stained Glass-Style Bookmark (Neue ): ¥1,188 (after tax) 

How about a luxurious stained glass-style book mark? This would make the perfect gift for any bookworm. Just having this would make you excited to get reading.

 

Bullet Train Souvenirs 

TOKYO STATION SOCKS (Happy Socks): ¥972 (children )/¥ 1,620 (prices after tax ) ※GRANSTA-limited 

The pop-coloured socks are perfect for pumping energy through any child’s feet! There are also socks for adults which come in more mature colours which are easier to colour coordinate. These socks are easy to put on and are a great way to add a touch of cuteness to your look. 

Electric Pen: E6 Series Super Komachi Shinkansen /Electric Car Pen E5 Hayabusa (Neue): ¥648 (after tax)

 Tip the pen and the bullet train will zip to Tokyo Marunouchi Station. There’s no doubt that train fans and children would love to get this present. 

 

We hope this article helps you choose a souvenir on your next visit to Tokyo station.

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  • 7 Tasty Places to Eat Breakfast at Tokyo Station

    02.September.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Tokyo Station is one of the busiest stations in Japan, home to many of the JR Lines as well as the Tokaido Shinkansen which runs between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka.

     

    But Tokyo Station isn’t just a simple station. It’s a giant complex packed with many places to eat. Today, we’re going to take a look at 7 places you can eat breakfast at Tokyo Station before departing on your journey.

     

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    Fruit Parlor Kajitsuen

    Fruit Parlor Kajitsuen can be found in Kitchen Street which is a one-minute walk from the Yaesu North Exit ticket gates of Tokyo Station. As the name suggests, their menu is packed full of fresh fruity food. The breakfast menu has things like pancakes and toast, all of which arrive with fresh fruit. If you like to eat fruit in the morning then this is the place for you.

     

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    Fruit Parlor Kajitsuen

    Address: Kitchen Street 1F, Tokyo Station, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 7:30am-10:00pm (Last Orders 9:30pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 050-5869-7755

    Website: http://kajitsuen.jp

     

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    Rokurinsha

    The popularity of Rokurinsha has never died down ever since it opened on Tokyo Ramen Street in 2009. It has gone on to become a leader in the tsukemen, or dipping noodle industry. The restaurant also serves three types of ramen in the morning. The irresistible soup is nice and light so can be enjoyed even in the early hours.

     

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    Rokurinsha

    Address: Tokyo Ramen Street, Tokyo Station 1 Bangai B1F, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Morning 7:30am-9:45am (Last Orders 9:30am), Daytime 10:30am-11:00pm (Last Orders 10:30pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3286-0166

    Website: http://www.rokurinsha.com

     

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    Yaesu Hatsufuji

    This izakaya is located in Yaesu Shopping Mall and opens at 7am. They serve 7 different breakfast sets such as fried salmon, pork miso soup, fried eggs, and simmered meat and tofu. Their portions are big and they use great ingredients. If you want a Japanese-style breakfast then check this place out!

     

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    Yaesu Hatsufuji

    Address: Yaesu Chika Kita 1, 2-1 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: [Monday-Thursday] 7:00am-10:00pm (Last Orders 9:30pm), [Friday] 7:00am-10:30pm (Last Orders 10:00pm), [Weekends & Holidays] 7:00am-9:30pm (Last Orders 9:00pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3275-1676

    Website: http://www.hatsufuji.com

     

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    Tsukiji Sushi Say

    Located in Gransta on floor B1F is Tsukiji Sushi Say, a sushi restaurant that has been around since 1889. Their recommended breakfast meal is sea bream with sesame sauce. The rich sauce replaces the usual soy sauce and covers a sea bream sashimi. It can be eaten as it is or covered with kombu and bonito dashi. Being able to eat fresh fish in the morning is a luxury!

     

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    Tsukiji Sushi Say

    Address: Gransta B1F, Tokyo Station, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: [Monday-Saturday] 7:00am-10:30pm (Last Orders 9:45pm), [Sunday] 7:00am-9:30pm (Last Orders 8:45pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-5220-6865

    Website: http://www.tsukijisushisay.co.jp

     

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    Misogen

    This looks like coffee, but it isn’t. The drink is called ‘Shijimi Expresso’ and is made with clams from Lake Shinji in Shimane Prefecture together with flavoursome miso paste and served in an espresso cup. You get a small 70ml serving.

     

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    Misogen

    Address: KITTE B1F, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: [Monday-Saturday] 10:00am-9:00pm (Eat-in until 8:30pm), [Sunday & Holidays] 10:00am-8:00pm (Last Orders 7:30pm)

    Closed: No fixed holidays except when KITTE is closed.

    TEL: 03-6256-0831

    Website: http://misogen.com/

     

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    T’s Tantan

    Vegan food is hard to come by in Japan, but T’s Tantan is a rare exception. Their vegan menu uses no meat, dairy or animal products. Enjoy a selection of vegan foods on their breakfast menu including shoyu ramen, tantanmen, soup and rice, and more. Their recommended meal is the ‘Shiawase Tantan Soup Kake Gohan,’ a mix of rice and grains and an original T’s Tantan soup. Visit here if you want something healthy when you wake up.

     

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    T’s Tantan

    Address: Keiyo Street, Tokyo Station, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 7:00am-11:00pm (Last Orders 10:30pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3218-8040

    Website: http://ts-restaurant.jp

     

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    Boulangerie La Terre

    If you’re looking for bread in the morning then we recommend this place. They bake lots of fresh bread nice and early. This fluffy looking bread is made with milk from Jersey cattle from the city of Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture. Its fresh sweetness and fluffy texture is loved by customers.

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    Boulangerie La Terre

    Address: Keiyo Street 1F, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 7:00am-10:00pm (Last Orders 9:30pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3218-8017

    Website: https://www.laterre.com/boulangerie/

     

     

    We hope you find this useful when staying in Tokyo. Start your day with a delicious breakfast at Tokyo Station.

  • Tokyo Station’s Pokémon Store & Tokyo Gourmet Zone Announce Collaborative Event

    04.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Tokyo Gourmet Zone in Tokyo Station’s First Avenue shopping complex turned 1 year old on June 28. To celebrate its 1st anniversary, the station’s Pokémon Store located along Tokyo Character Street is teaming up with Tokyo Gourmet Zone to host a Pokémon-themed event where you can meet Pikachu, get your hands on original merchandise, and more.

    From July 13th to 15th at 11:00-15:00, if you order a soft drink or dessert at participating restaurants in Tokyo Gourmet Zone you can receive the above-pictured 1st anniversary lunch mat with a Pikachu design. These are limited to 1,000 per day on a first-come, first-served basis.

    You can also get a photo with Pikachu on the same three days. Your photo will be printed with an original photo frame.

    Over at the photo spot, you can get your photo taken next to 278 Pokémon plush toys. This is running right now until September 1 and includes Pokémon No. 001-251 in the Pokédex and all 28 forms of Unown.

    Several restaurants at Tokyo Gourmet Zone are also serving special meals in celebration of the 1st anniversary. These are available now until July 31.

     

    Head to Tokyo Gourmet Zone and help Pikachu in celebrating their first year!

     

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  • 3 New Shops Open In Tokyo Station selling Curry Buns, Souvenirs, Bentos and More

    13.June.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    From 2012, East Japan Railway has been developing the shopping area in the north eastern part of Tokyo station. As part of this project, three new shops will be added to this shopping area from July 10, 2019. The shops include a highly praised bakery, which is adored by bread-lovers, and even a shop that sells a wide range of Japan’s finest desserts, sweets, souvenirs and much more.

    Zopf Curry bun shop (First Tokyo shop)

    In a quiet remote part of Matsudo, Chiba lies what is known to many as the “sacred home of delicious bread”. This shop is called Zopf, and it brings in masses of customers daily, selling up to 700 delicious breads every single day. Zopf’s original recipe curry bun cannot be shaken from its holy heights. They are all deep fried at the station so your first bite is always crunchy and delicious.

    HANAGATAYA, Gransta Tokyo Chuo Line area  ※New brand

    HANAGATAYA Gransta Tokyo located in the Chuo Line passage contains a variety of carefully chosen popular Tokyo souvenirs, limited edition goods that cannot be purchased elsewhere, specially selected souvenirs and carefully-made bento lunches. The storefront will sell special branded goods which will regularly changed, displaying the latest and finest of Tokyo goods.

    NewDays Gransta Tokyo Chuo Line Area

    NewsDays convenience store never fails to serve the various needs of the busy people at the station. From food to items to services, quickly pop in here to solve all your last-minute problems!

     

    Come explore the new souvenirs, delicious bento lunches and much more at Tokyo Station!

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  • ONSEN GUEST HOUSE TSUTAYA to Open in Hakone This November

    21.September.2019 | SPOT

    ONSEN GUEST HOUSE TSUTAYA is a new hot spring and guest house facility set to open in the town of Sokokura in Hakone on November 26. The building is being renovated from an old guest house that has enjoyed a long history of hot springs since the Edo period.

    Sokura Onsen is about a 90 minute car drive from the city centre and is considered one of Hakone’s “7 Hot Springs,” a list that has been around since the Edo period. The place is said to have been used and loved by many military commanders back in the day for the high water yield gifted by the water source.

     

    When the building was first constructed it was known as “Tsutaya Ryokan” and became a famous guest house with not only locals but travellers who would arrive all the way from Tokyo. ONSEN GUEST HOUSE TSUTAYA combines history of both Sokura Onsen and Tsutaya Ryokan.

    The renovated building was built 29 years ago. Though it has been revamped, it still maintains a nostalgic air to it in the style of a traditional guest house. It’s home to 6 spacious ryokan-type rooms and 46 compact rooms.

     

    There is a space where one can gaze at the river after taking a dip in the hot springs, as well as a lounge with tables which encourages you to socialise with people you have just met. There are male and female open-air baths and indoor baths as well as a cooking space and laundry service for those looking to stay longer.

     The facility offers a retro environment in which each guest can relax and enjoy their own time as they please. Throughout the guest house is original old-fashioned furniture that has been upcycled, including kotatsu tables and shelves, to give that sense of traditional Japanese culture. This has been combined with contemporary art to create a fusion of the old and new.

    It is a harmonious combination of a traditional Japanese hot spring ryokan, or inn, and a guest house, which means travellers from abroad will be able to enjoy the beauty of the country’s traditional culture.

    Escape the noisy city and enjoy peace and tranquillity surrounded in the colours of autumn at ONSEN GUEST HOUSE TSUTAYA

  • Tokyo’s Revolutionary Buena Àrte Hostel to Open in Ryōgoku Area On September 14

    09.September.2019 | BUSINESS / SPOT

    Buena Àrte Hostel is a revolutionary new hostel set to open in the Ryōgoku area of Tokyo on September 14, 2019.

    In response to the increase in the number of foreigners staying in Tokyo, and especially in anticipation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics-when numbers are expected to skyrocket-Japan’s capital is well underway in developing more accessible accommodation options for foreign travellers, from hotels to hostels.

     

    Hostels in particular are a huge focus for the city, and so more and more of them are opening. Catered to younger people and travellers, hostels are a much cheaper accommodation option when compared to hotels, and thus are likely to increase the number of days in which people will stay.

     

    However, what is considered much more valuable for foreign travellers is the level of comfort, cleanliness, and safety. Buena Àrte Hostel is all of these and more, meaning even somebody travelling on their own can feel safe and secure. With over 200 pieces of art adorning its walls, it is the world’s first art-centred capsule hotel, focusing on “fun, comfort, and encounters.”

    The hostel has collaborated with globally-active artists and up-and-coming illustrators to bring their art to the walls of the communal spaces, restaurant, and even bedrooms. A lot of the pieces you can buy too.

     

    Found in over 160 of the bedrooms are illustrations drawn by artists who want to convey the fun and excitement of travel. These illustrations are exclusive as they were drawn for the hostel and so there is only one of each in the world. There are around 60 rooms without illustrations yet, so the hostel is asking for submissions. If your illustration is picked, the hostel will offer you a free night with breakfast and dinner as thanks. You can find more details on the official website.

    Buena Àrte Hostel has its own cafe and restaurant on the first floor, the Buena Cafe & Dining Bar, where guests including foreign tourists can enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine. The “Washoku Plate” is a meal set aimed at those arriving from overseas so they can enjoy a filling portion of Japanese-style cuisine. It includes everything from sukiyaki to tempura, kushikutsu, and more. It also includes Japanese sake. The bar sells other drinks too including wine, whisky and highball.

    The closest station to Buena Àrte Hostel is Ryōgoku Station. Ryōgoku is a district of Tokyo filled with Japanese tradition. It is home to Ryōgoku Kokugikan, which is considered the holy ground of sumo wrestling, as well as the Sumida Hokusai Museum which houses works by the famous ukiyo-e painter Hokusai, the Japanese Sword Museum, the traditional Japanese garden Former Yasuda Garden, the Edo-Tokyo Museum-the list goes on. And all of these places and more are within 10-minutes’ walking distance from Buena Àrte Hostel.

     

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  • Gamers! Rally Your Teammates For A New Quest: TOKYO GAME SHOW

    05.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The TOKYO GAME SHOW is in a league of its own. It is a mecca for gamers who cannot get enough of Japanese games and entertainment. This is where Japan’s major game publishers from all kinds of platforms unite to put on an enormous exhibition. 

    This includes the opportunity to explore games that are yet to be released as well as hear new announcements about the direction developers are steering the future of gaming. There’s no lagging behind. This is a major event for the gaming industry, raking in leagues of heroes every year. 

    On August 28, a total of 2,417 game booths were announced, which is the largest number the event has ever seen in its history. This event is home to games on a range of platforms including for console, smartphone and PC. The enormous variety of genres includes the most cutting-edge and latest trends including Esports, VR and much more.

     

    For those of you who love cosplay, this event is your chance to finally meet your fantasy. The outside area of Hall 9 will have a Cosplaying Area Stage where two events will take place: a cosplay fashion show and a gathering. 

    On Saturday 14th, Hall 1 event stage will hold the Cosplay Collection Night@2019 event where participants and event staff will take over the stage in game character cosplay. Spectating is free, so feel free to watch as each cosplayer dominates the entire stage, showing off their excellent craftsmanship and skills as they walk the runway and strike a pose definitely worth saving in your highlights! 

     

    On Sunday 15th at 2:30 pm, cosplayers will take to the stage in units of two or more to put on a dance or combat show that you just cannot critically miss out on. 

     

    Schedule:

    September 14 (Sat)  From 12:00 ー Cosplay Runway  From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway

    September 15 (Sun) From 13:30 ー Cosplay Runway From 14:30 ー Cosplay Dance and Combat Shows From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway

    The Gathering is where cosplayers can interact with one another and have photos taken ー the perfect opportunity to send those friend requests. On September 14, a gathering dedicated to the Final Fantasy Tales Series will take place on the Cosplay Area Stage. On September 15, there will be gatherings for the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series.

     

    Schedule:

    September 14  13:00-13:30 Final Fantasy Series Gathering  14:00-15:00 Final Fantasy Tales Series Gathering 

    September 15 12:30-13:00 Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors Series Gathering

    More information on the exhibitions, booths and events will be announced on the morning of September 12 so please check it out. 

     

    There is no better way to multi kill your time than to spend the entire day at TOKYO GAME SHOW 2019 ー get your tickets and GLHF!

  • Tokyo DisneySea Releases Duffy and Friends Autumn Goods and Menu

    28.August.2019 | FASHION / FOOD / SPOT

    Tokyo DisneySea® is releasing delightful collection of Autumn-themed Duffy and Friends merchandise, food and drinks from August 28. 

     

    Special Merchandise

    To celebrate the onset of autumn, the collection is themed around the woods in autumn where Duffy and Friends come out to play dressed up as different autumn animal friends. Duffy can be seen disguised as a squirrel and Gelatoni has become an owl!

    Autumn Plush Toy Costumes: ¥4,800 each *plush toys (small) sold separately 

    StellaLou and Shellie May have also come to play in their own cute autumn costumes. There is a total of 40 items in the autumn collection.

    Plush Toy Strap: ¥1,700 each

    Plush Toy: ¥2,900 each

    You can also purchase a strap to attach your toy to your arm and carry around the park. When you get back home, you can use your new toy as a curtain tie. 

    Rice Paddle: ¥1,000 

    Bowl and Chopsticks Set: ¥3,000 

    Multipurpose Cloth: ¥3,800 

    With this autumn collection of Duffy-themed goods, your family dinner will become even more fun. The cute Duffy rice paddle is the perfect size to fill your plate quickly with a hearty serving of rice. There is also a bowl and chopsticks set and a multipurpose cloth. The cloth can be used as a tablecloth or even be draped on your sofa or bed. 

    Chestnut Paste Filling Marshmallows: ¥600

    After decorating your table with the Duffy and Friends Multipurpose Cloth and tableware, these Chestnut Paste Filling Marshmallows are the perfect way to add the finishing touch to your autumn-themed dinner party. 

     

    Special Food and Drinks

    There are four new Duffy and Friends-themed menu items that all come with a free souvenir cup. The cup is decorated with a special Duffy and Friends autumn adventure design. 

    Milk Chocolate Mousse and Vanilla Pudding (comes with a souvenir cup): ¥900

    This dessert served in a cup consists of rich chocolate which is accented with a sweet and tangy mixed berry sauce. The cup features an image of Duffy and Friends playing in the woods among the beautiful autumn leaves. 

    Sweet Potato Mont Blanc with Souvenir Plate: ¥900

    This purple sweet potato dessert has a sweet and mild flavour. The souvenir plate will definitely increase your satisfaction level. 

    Souvenir Lunch Bag: Cape Cod Cook-Off First Prize Set (¥1,200)

    Iced Caramel Milk Tea (Comes with Souvenir Travel Mug): ¥1,400

    You can choose to enhance your meal with other merchandise or even drinks and food from the menu such as the lunch bag or sweet Iced Caramel Milk Tea. The Iced Caramel Milk Tea comes with a souvenir travel mug.

    *The contents of the autumn-themed merchandise collection and food and drinks menu is subject to change at any time without prior notice. These can be sold out at any time. 

    *Images displayed may differ to the actual merchandise, food and drinks.

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  • Tokyo Disney Resort Reveals Its Spooky Halloween Programme and Character Costumes

    20.August.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Get ready for some spooky fun as Tokyo Disney Resort® transforms for the 52-day-long horrifically exciting Disney Halloween from September 10 to October 31. Head to DisneySea to be captivated by the new harbor show Festival of Mystique, or get spooked out of your skin at the Spooky “Boo!” Parade at Disneyland. Today, we will be revealing the spooky looks of both parks.

    Tokyo DisneySea Festival of Mystique Costumes

    Working with the main theme of a medieval European halloween, inspiration has been taken from the living creatures and waves at the port town Porto Paradiso. 

    Mickey Mouse’s costume inspiration comes from the the bones and scaly body of a sea creature. He will also be seen wearing a broach decorated with beautiful jewels. 

    Minnie Mouse’s costume resembles that of a medieval princess. You will see her in a fancy hat that bears beautiful pearls. Her costume is covered in scales on the chest and on the back which really suits her.

    Tokyo Disneyland’s Spooky Boo! Parade Costumes

    Disney friends have joined forces with a group of spooky spirits. You just can’t miss out on this rare chance to see your favourite Disney characters disguised as ghosts and skeletons. The strange and unusual atmosphere is sure to send a chilling shiver down your spine. 

    Mickey and Minnie will be completely refreshing their colourful look. Mickey’s necktie and Minnie’s skirt are very mysterious and particularly intriguing.  Please come check them out!

     

    Enjoy the beautiful costumes and the fun range of events this Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort.

     

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  • Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #11 – ‘Hatoya’ in Asakusa

    16.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Hatoya which is located in Asakusa Shin-Nakamise Arcade.

     

    The streets of Tokyo’s historical district of Asakusa are packed to end with cafés. You can be spoiled for choice, but Hatoya stood out to me in particular as it’s an especially old café. Business there began back in 1927 but the actual building was built back in the Taisho period, meaning its history spans more than 90 years ago!

     

    The outside appearance of the shop is smart and chic so it’s very easy to spot. I couldn’t tell by looking from the outside, but the inside is full of old decorations and odds and ends which make you feel the history of the café.

    One reason why I wanted to visit this place so much is because I was drawn to their logo. It’s really retro-kawaii so I just couldn’t resist!

    You should take some photos too if you visit.

    It was time to head inside. It’s really comfy and cozy in there; the atmosphere was nice and relaxed.

    Framed on the wall is a map of the Asakusa area during the Taisho era. Hatoya became famous back then because people could buy coffee for a mere 5 sen (a single sen is one-hundredth of a yen).

     

    When business first began at Hatoya, because the café was opposite the stage door of a theatre, all of the famous actors and actresses would pop in. Some include famous Japanese comedian Roppa Furukawa and film actor Kiyoshi Atsumi who played Tora-san in the film series Otoko wa Tsurai yo.

    I ordered the café’s popular hotcakes which cost ¥600. They have been making these same hotcakes since before the war.

    They were nice and fluffy and had a deliciously gorgeous brown colour. The flavour was out of this world when the butter melted from the heat of the hotcakes and mixed together with the syrup.

     

    The portion might look like a lot but they are fluffy and have a light flavour so can be finished with no problem.

    And is the café’s signature milkshake (¥500).

     

    It’s so refreshing that you can knock it back all in one go. It has a simple flavour but it tasted so good!

    I also ordered the ¥600 cream soda, my favourite beverage.

    I’ve been to many cafés, and have covered many in this series, but this is the first I have dined at with such a deep history. I found myself enthralled by the stories of the owner who has continued to treasure the café and maintained it all the same since it opened. I feel like I have learned about a world I never knew about. The next time I go to Hatoya with a friend I’ll be sure to let them in on its history. I encourage you to visit too!

     

    Writer/Model: Ema Tanioku
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
    Design: Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)

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    Ema Tanioku

    “Emaeri” is the nickname for models Ema and Eri Tanioku, who are Aomoji fashion model twins. Ema and Eri Tanioku specialise in twin fashion coordination. Over the years their fanbase has increased due to their cute looks. Ema Tanioku spreads Harajuku culture within Japan as well as overseas and works as a Harajuku Tourism Ambassador. Starting off as a model, Ema has broadened her talent range from fashion magazines to TV, and from playing the lead role in dramas to movies.

  • Haneda Airport Releases First Bubble Tea Which Passengers Can Enjoy as They Fly

    13.August.2019 | FOOD

    XFLAG STORE + HANEDA is a small branch of XFLAG STORE and is located in Terminal 1 of Haneda Airport. On August 13th, they released three energising bubble tea flavours served in a bottle that you can take on board with you when travelling along domestic air routes. The three bubble tea flavours are; MILK TEA, HOJICHA (a type of green tea) and MATCHA. 

     

    These bubble tea flavours are limited to XFLAG STORE + HANEDA and were created with the intention of providing a splash of energizing fun to tiresome travels. 

    As long as you screw the lid on properly, you can store your delicious drink in your bag and even carry it onto your flight so you can enjoy it whilst soaring through the clouds. This is the first time a shop at Haneda airport has ever sold a bubble tea drink with the intention of flight passengers taking it on board with them.

     

    *Drinks and liquids are usually permitted on domestic flights in Japan. Please check the specific rules of your flight by referring to the official website of your airline. 

     

    To commemorate the release of the new bubble teas, XFLAG STORE + HANEDA has launched an Instagram campaign with the chance to win an Amazon gift card worth ¥10,000 (approx. 80GBP/95USD). 

     

    To take part in the Instagram campaign for the chance to win a ¥10,000 Amazon gift card, be sure to take a photo with your XFLAG STORE + HANEDA bubble tea drink and then post the picture on Instagram with the following three hashtags:

    #旅タピ #タピオカ #空の上で飲めるタピオカドリンク

    Four winners will be selected.

     

    Get your summer holidays off to a soaring start with a beautiful bottle of bubble tea. 

  • STRAWBERRY MANIA: Harajuku’s Cutest & Tastiest Strawberry Ice Cream | Food Review

    13.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hey, readers. It’s Midori again, from MMN’s editorial team.

     

    Summertime in Harajuku means the cafes and ice cream shops start serving up some seriously kawaii and tasty ice creams. It’s always nice to grab a cone to enjoy while walking around shopping, but relaxing in a cafe to enjoy it is fun too♡

     

    If the latter sounds like your kind of thing, then I’ve got a new recommendation for you. I visited STRAWBERRY MANIA recently, cafe located along Takeshita Street in Harajuku that specialises in strawberry desserts.

    You’ll find it right above the 7-Eleven on Takeshita Street. Look for the strawberries!

    There’s also a sign outside showing a few of the desserts. Go up the staircase right next to it and you’ll come to the cafe entrance.

    No matter where you turn while you’re here, your eyes will be met with strawberries. It looks so cute♡

    The shopfront showcase is shelved with lots of succulent strawberry treats. The chef whips up other desserts to order besides these too. Everything’s almost too cute to eat!

     

    For the strawberry soft serve ice cream you can pick between three flavours: milk, strawberry or mixed. I couldn’t pick between them so I went for mixed.

    The combination of the bright red strawberry ice cream and pure white milk ice cream makes for a beautiful colour contrast.

    It’s also topped with a huge fresh strawberry.

     

    I took no time at all in taking a spoonful. The strawberry ice cream has a really rich flavour. It’s sweet but has that sour kick too, like you’re eating a real strawberry. The milk ice cream has a milder sweetness and a real milky taste, the kind you’d imagine if it was sold at a farm with cows.

    Everything is packed snug into the cone right down to the bottom, making it a filling treat. It can be ordered for takeout if you like, and if you do that you can get your ice cream straight away so you don’t have to wait for seats.

     

    They serve other things besides soft serve too, like shaved ice and parfaits. There’s so much to choose from, I think you’ll be spoiled for choice! Be sure to visit if you’re in Harajuku.

  • Stay Cool This Summer in Kyoto at These 4 Nature Spots

    09.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    When talking about seasons in Kyoto, a lot of people are sure to point towards autumn when the leaves turn fiery red and sun yellow. But did you know that in Kyoto enjoys cool and truly beautiful summers?

     

    If you’re in the old capital this summer, or are planning to catch the sun there with a trip next year, then you’ll want to add the 4 spots in this list into your schedule, each abloom with magical foliage and verdure.

     

    We are joined by Macchan, a Japanese Instagrammer who snaps photos of sightseeing spots around Kyoto lush with greenery.

     

    Giouji Temple

    Giouji Temple is a modest thatched hut wrapped in a bamboo thicket and maple trees. The temple is detailed in the epic The Tale of the Heike in which the dancer Gio fled to the temple from her home in the capital with her mother and sister after falling out of love with Taira no Kiyomori.

     

    A visit here ensures you can enjoy the summer with more than just your eyes as you listen to the dancing of the bamboo thicket and the cries of the cicadas.

     

    Giouji Temple
    Address: 32 Sagatoriimoto Kozakachō, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
    Official Website: http://www.giouji.or.jp/en

     

    Adashino Nenbutsu-ji

    Adashino Nenbutsu-ji is a Buddhist temple with a history spanning 1,200 years. A memorial service for those who died without kin is taking place on August 23 and 24 at the riverbed of the temple’s west wing where candles will be lit in their honour. Lanterns are also lit in the surrounding area along the streets.

     

    Adashino Nenbutsu-ji

    Address: 17 Saga Toriimotoadashinocho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto

    Official Website: http://www.nenbutsuji.jp/index.html

     

    Fushimi Port Park

    Fushimi Port Park is a huge park home to a gymnasium and sumo area. They also have a hiking course. The sea does not reach here, but there is a canal which boats go up and down, and this is where the park gets its name. It has a bounty of trees and plants, so if you’re looking to enjoy a peaceful stroll in nature then be sure to visit.

     

    Fushimi Port Park

    Address: Yoshijima Kanaidocho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto
    Official Website: http://www.kyoto-park.or.jp/fushimi/

     

    Kan’in-no-miya Residence

    This residence was built for and used by the Kan’in-no-miya family in 1710, with Prince Naohito as its founder―the son of Emperor Higashiyama. The family lived in the house until 1877 after which they moved to Tokyo. Following the war, it was liberated and became a park, and today it is used to exhibit photography and paintings. The residence is famous for its peach trees, making it a popular spot in spring. However, in summertime, it’s much quieter, adding grace to the tranquillity of the surrounding green landscape. What’s more is that despite it being such a prestigious location, it’s free to enter! Don’t tell too many people about this secret spot.

     

    Kan’in-no-miya Residence

    Address: 3 Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo War, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Official Website: https://kan-in-nomiya-teiato.jp/eng/

     

     

    Macchan has visited many incredible spots around Kyoto, so if you’re in need of recommendations be sure to give them a follow.

     

    Photos: @macchan358

  • Tokyo Station Top Souvenir and Bento Rankings 2019

    09.August.2019 | Uncategorized

    Tokyo Station is a hive of thriving shops and restaurants. If you are wondering where to start, exit the ticket barriers and head to GRANSTA Marunouchi to discover a new world of bento lunches, souvenir gifts and much more. Still stuck on where to go? Lucky for you, GRANSTA Marunouchi shoppers have voted for their favourite bento meals, sweet souvenirs and general souvenirs. We have summarised the top three winners of each category.

     

    A total of 69 shops have risen to the challenge, submitting a total of 73 of their top items. This year, a total of 4,500 voters took part in the survey, which is 2,000 more than last year. There were 10 winners in each of the three categories of Bento Meals, Sweet Souvenirs, and General Souvenirs. Today, we are presenting you with the top three of each category. (The prices below are the prices after tax has been applied)

     

    ▶︎Bento Meals Category

    1st place: Asakusa Imahan Sukiyaki (Tokyo-limited)

    Asakusa Imahan was founded in the 28th year of the Meiji era (1895) and still serves delicious traditional Japanese food. The Sukiyaki Bento is filled with a range of nutritious vegetables and luxurious Japanese Black wagyu beef, which is a shop specialty. Enjoy the wonderful sukiyaki flavouring of the vegetables and meat. 

    Price: ¥1,450 Shop: Asakusa Imahan (浅草今半)

     

    2nd place: Salted Salmon Roe and Salmon Belly Bento 

    *Limit of 150 sold per day.

    Price: ¥1,280 Shop: Ekibenya Matsuri (駅弁屋 祭 )

    Salmon belly flavoured with natural fat is fried and topped with salmon roe coated in a soy sauce dressing. This exquisite bento is full of flavours that go well together.

     

    3rd place: Shoro Sando

    *Limit of 200 sold per day 

    Price: ¥648 Shop: Tsukiji Shoro (つきぢ松露 )

    The faintly sweet flavour of the tamagoyaki seasoned and flavoured egg is the perfect match with the mayonaise.

     

    ▶︎ Sweet Souvenirs Top 3 

    1st place: Maple Pie Sandwich Biscuit (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,944 (box of 8) Shop: The Maple Mania  

    Maple cream is combined with maple sugar and sandwiched between two delicious and crispy pie crusts. The box takes on the appearance of a red brick, making it the perfect Tokyo Station souvenir. 

     

    2nd place: Tokyo chocolate Sablé (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,080 (box of 12) Shop: Marché du Chocolat 

    The packaging features a beautiful illustration of Tokyo Station. There are two chocolate sablé flavours: raspberry and hazelnut.

     

    3rd place: My Captain Cheese Set (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,080 (box of 8 packets)  Shop: MY CAPTAIN CHEESE TOKYO 

    Although having just opened in April 2019, this shop quickly made the rankings. From the outer packaging to the flavour, the efforts put into the making of this souvenir are clear. This brand new sweet cheese-flavoured treat is a new GRANSTA-limited souvenir.

     

    ▶︎ General Souvenirs

    1st place: Karuizawa Royal Blend

    Limit of 30 made per day 

    Price: ¥1,122 (whole loaf)/ ¥ 561 (half loaf) Shop: BOULANGERIE ASANOYA 

    The recipe used to bake this bread was deeply loved by the Kazoku; the rich and noble family class that existed during the Showa Era of Japan. This thick and fluffy loaf is made with lots of fresh cream for a rich flavour.

     

    2nd place: Suica Penguin Mamegui Wrapping Cloth and Suica Baumkuchen cake (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Prices: Mamegui Wrapping Cloth: ¥648/ Baumkuchen: ¥ 540  Shop: Mamegui (まめぐい)

    The Suica penguin, who is the mascot on the Suica smart travel card, is printed on this round Baumkuchen cake. Wrap it in the hankerchief-sized tenugui cloth and it will be the perfect petit present for your friend.  

     

    3rd place: Lemon and Shiikuwasha Lemon Vinegar (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,728 (250ml) Shop: Nomusu Ekisupuresu Tokyo (飲む酢エキスプレ・ス・東京)

    This dessert vinegar has a refreshing lemon flavour. The slight bitterness of the Shiikuwasha vinegar makes it a wonderful dessert flavour. 

     

    If you are overwhelmed by the vast selection of bento lunches or souvenirs, referring to these rankings is a safe option. Have fun shopping at Tokyo Station!

  • Experience Tasting Mount Koya’s Famous Sesame Tofu at ONAKA PECO PECO in Tsukiji

    07.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen is a cafe located in Tsukiji, a district in Chuo, Tokyo. They serve rice balls filled with locally sourced ingredients from various locations in Japan. In the evenings, the rice balls can be enjoyed with delicious sake.

     

    If you visit the cafe right now you’ll be able to try sesame tofu (goma tofu) made by the long-running restaurant Kadohama. Sesame tofu is a meibutsu―or “local speciality”―of Mount Koyo.

     

    While it is possible to buy sesame tofu on Kadohama’s online store, the only places you can eat them out at is at their restaurant on top of Mount Koya or at select branches of department stores such as Mitsukoshi or Isetan. We visited ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen for a taste of this exquisite collaboration.

    Mount Koya is located in the Ito district of northern Wakayama Prefecture and is home to the town of Koya. The region is encased an abundant mountainous landscape. The Japanese Buddhist monk Kūkai opened the sacred mountain around 1,200 years ago. In 2004, Mount Koya which was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004 under the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” category. It has since become a popular tourist destination with Japanese and foreign travellers alike.

     

    Here is the heavenly menu lineup at ONAKA PECO PECO which is packed full of Kadohama’s sesame tofu.

    There are five items which are made with the sesame tofu: an onigiri rice ball, crab soup, cold tofu, pork shabu shabu, and a drink.

    Time to tuck in and try this famous food which has been enjoyed for many years!

    White Vegetables & Steamed Pork Shabu w/ Koji Sesame Tofu Sauce – ¥800

    This dish is garnished with a generous serving of fresh white vegetables and succulent meat. It includes lotus root, enoki mushrooms, cauliflower, and pork. It also comes with a white sauce made with sesame tofu, shio koji, and sesame oil. The sauce has a mild flavour in which you can get the full glorious taste of the tofu. It’s smooth and refreshing so is a perfect pick for the hot summer.

    Sesame Tofu & Plum Cheese-Loaded Rice Ball – ¥250

    This rice ball is a flavourful combination of a sesame tofu and plum paste and lots of cheese.

    This fat rice ball is wrapped in paper like a hamburger. The rich taste of the tofu and cheese reduces the sourness of the plum, giving it a gentler flavour.

    Sesame Tofu & Egg Crab Soup – ¥400

    The soup is an amazing combination with the rice ball. It has a miso soup base filled with green onion, enoki mushrooms, and crab. The elastic-y tofu is cut into big satisfying chunks. Its rich, creamy flavour combined with the crab is to die for.

    Sesame Tofu & Sweet Sake Jelly Drink – ¥350

    The cute white-coloured beverage is a healthy mix of sesame tofu paste and sweet sake. It retains the pulpy texture of the tofu and the aftertaste is super refreshing.

    You can order the drink for takeout so you can take a stroll around the streets of Tsukiji.

    Kadohama Sesame Tofu – Eat In: ¥300 / Takeout: From ¥240

    If you’re looking to enjoy the sesame tofu on its own then you’ve got to try it with either the wasabi and soy sauce or brown sugar. You can also order this to take away too. Each box contains one piece of tofu.

    The cafe is also selling exclusive merchandise as part of the collaboration. The collection includes a t-shirt, sacoche bag, and cap. Each item has a simple design making them easy to incorporate into looks.

    Easy access to Kadohama’s sesame tofu―which is made using traditional cooking methods that have been passed down generations at Mount Koya―can only be enjoyed at ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen. If you’re in Tokyo this summer, then take a trip to Tsukiji district to try this healthy and nutrient-packed tofu.

     

    Model: Ririka Satsuki

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Team)

    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Lolita Singer Luna Haruna Announces Surprise Solo Live Performance at Most Recent Concert

    05.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Tokyo singer and lolita fashion model Luna Haruna finished her premium solo summer concert at SHIBUYA TAKE OFF7 on August 4. The concert title Lupa and Aries no gastronomie was named after her single Lupa to Aries which was released earlier this year in June and is so far only available on streaming services. Haruna performed once in the afternoon and once in the evening with a live band. She performed a total of 28 songs, including some brand new hits.

     She launched into her concert with her hit songs Stertear, Kimi Iro Signal, Stella Breeze and Overfly. She then performed her two new fairytale-themed songs Lupa to Aries and Kaiten Mokuba live for the first time. 

    Afterwards, she turned to her fans and said:

    “I challenged myself to something completely new this time. I want to show you all a side of me you have never seen before.”

    What the fans heard next was an unexpected surprise. 

    She announced that she will be performing at Mt.RAINIER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE, Tokyo on November 16. The venue, packed with fans, could not contain their excitement, responding to the glorious news with cheers of joy that echoed throughout the entire room. 

    Her recent release Kaiten Mokuba follows the same fairytale theme as Lupa to Aries. The beautiful harmonies created by the strings pierce through the strong and pressing beat of the song. This gothic fairytale song is appropriately titled Kaiten Mokuba (Carousel) to further emphasise the distorted feeling of being spun around in endless circles. Luna is an artist who represents the lolita scene for lolita fans worldwide. This fairytale video is where her true self comes alive. Her new, mysterious visuals are a fusion of lolita fashion and Alice in Wonderland themes. 

     

    Luna Haruna Music Video: Kaiten Mokuba 

    The head-spinning music video shows Luna in different lolita fashion outfits. Each outfit explores the depths of a different character from Alice in Wonderland. Watch Luna spin her way through five Alice in Wonderland-themed lolita dresses including the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and of course, Alice.  

    Luna will also be singing the theme song for the upcoming anime film Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Fine, which will premiere on October 26. This isn’t the first time Luna has been involved in the Saekano anime series. She performed the theme songs Kimi Iro Signal and Stella Breeze, which were the TV anime’s first and second anime openings respectively. 

     

    The anime film opening will be written by Miku Sawai, who wrote the lyrics for the TV anime’s first and second ending theme songs Colourful and Sakura Iro Diary respectively. Miku Sawai and Luna Haruna have become massive sensations in the news for their anime hits. Just what kind of chemical reaction will unfold when these two heroines collaborate on the anime film’s opening theme song? Please keep your eyes peeled for future updates. 

     

    Photos: ©美澄

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