Sailor Moon Show Restaurant To Open in Azabu Juban, Tokyo

18.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

Dining on Sailor Moon-themed food while being entertained by a live Sailor Moon musical is a dream come true for many. On August 15, 2019, a show restaurant called Sailor Moon-SHINING MOON TOKYO will open in Azabu Juban, Tokyo. 

 

Japan has already surprised many with the release of a Sailor Moon 2.5D Musical. This is a type of modern Japanese musical theatre based on anime where the characters are brought into the real world. This new show restaurant is aiming even higher, offering a completely new form of live entertainment. 

There isn’t a better place for the restaurant to open than Azabu Juban, where the Sailor Moon characters are often seen in the anime. In fact, Azabu Juban is a holy land for all Sailor Moon fans, attracting fans from all over Japan and even from overseas. Once fans heard the news of the show restaurant, excitement spread like wildfire.

 

There is no doubt that this original show is a fantastic opportunity to delve deep into the world of Sailor Moon. There will also be the opportunity to try meals and drinks that are based on the anime which is not sold anywhere else. Of course, there will also be an area dedicated to the sale of original goods. 

 

The official website was published ahead of the grand opening of the restaurant. General ticket sales will be launched at 10 am on July 21. Enjoying Sailor Moon-themed meals and drinks while being entertained by a Sailor Moon stage show is a completely unique experience that many are curious about.

 

©️Naoko Takeuchi

©️Naoko Takeuchi, PNP, Sailor Moon  –SHINING MOON TOKYO –

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    They were followed by Kotono Mitsuishi (Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino) and Misato Fukuen (Sailor Chibi Moon/Chibiusa), voice cast from the TV anime series Sailor Moon Crystal. The two of them did a rerun of a radio show previously presented by Mitsuishi for members of the official Sailor Moon fan club “Pretty Guardians” where they answered questions from fans.

     

    Legendary Sailor Moon composerAkiko Kosaka was then invited on stage to answer questions from listeners. She performed La Soldier and Tuxedo Mirage from the franchise’s 400+ track discography.

     

    The event didn’t end here however, things were just getting started as a string of announcements were about to commence. New information for the Sailor Moon 25th Anniversary Project was announced.

    Firstly, it was revealed that the Sailor Moon manga series will be released digitally worldwide in 10 languages. It began rolling out on July 1.

    To celebrate this, t-shirts with illustrations from Sailor Moon author will are being released exclusively at UNIQLO through their graphic t-shirt brand UT.

    It was also announced that the franchise will celebrate with Japanese jewellery company Samantha Thavasa this fall and that this year will see the return of the popular Sailor Moon Cafe from 2017 with the new theme “Girls Night Out” this October.

    An event will also be held to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Akiko Kosaka titled “Sailor Moon x Akiko Kosaka 45h Anniversary Music History Supported by Pretty Guardians.” The line-up includes an appearance from ANZA, the first person to play Sailor Moon and Usagi in the Sailor Moon musicals back in the 90s. This two-day event will be held at Harajuku Quest Hall on November 9 and 10 with the first day focusing on piano performances and a talk and the second with a full backing band.

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    Medvedeva released the following video where she commented on the forthcoming performance.

     

     

    Pre-sale tickets for the ice skating show and Akiko Kosaka’s 45th anniversary event are now on sale over at the official Pretty Guardians fan club for 2019 members only.

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    The films are set to be released sometime next year and will be overseen by Naoko Takeuchi.

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    Photography: 佐藤里奈

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    28.June.2019 | FASHION / FOOD

    Every year, dessert-inspired accessory brand Q-pot. collaborates with Sailor Moon, and this year will mark their fifth.

    Macarons are the theme this year. The collaboration will begin on June 30, the birthday of the titular character Usagi Tsukino, with the release of various accessories and menu items.

     

    Q-pot. Accessories

    Transformation Brooch Macaron: Necklace ¥15,000 (Before Tax) / Key Ring ¥13,000 (Before Tax)

    Macarons have been a long-awaited entry to the series amongst fans, and they are finally here in the form of the Sailors’ transformation brooch. This luxury accessory features a gold plate and colourful gemstones.

    Sailor Ribbon Macaron: Necklace ¥9,500 (Before Tax) / Bag Charm ¥7,500 (Before Tax)

    These mini macarons are inspired by each Sailor’s costume, with the pâte de fruits part representing the ribbon on each character’s breast and the macaron itself their collars. The colours too are in line with each character’s costume.

    Luna Macaron & Artemis Macaron: Necklace ¥10,000 (Before Tax) / Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    Luna and Artemis who support the Sailors on their adventures have been turned into delicious-looking macaron accessories. The gem colour of the Luna accessory is based on Sailor Moon while Artemis’s is based on Sailor Venus.

    All of these accessories are packaged in this beautiful round box. Their elegant presentation makes them look like luxurious sweets.

     

    Q-pot. Cafe’s Collaboration Menu

    Transformation Brooch Macaron Cake (w/ Plate) + Drink Set: ¥3,900 (Before Tax) *Contains milk, eggs and wheat

    This gorgeous cake is made to look just like the transformation brooch macaron. It contains apricot which glistens just like when the Sailors transform and a rich mango mousse. The fancy ribbon plate it is served on can be taken away with you.

    Crystal Star Macaron Cake (w/ Plate) + Drink Set: ¥3,900 (Before Tax) *Contains milk, eggs and wheat

    Another beautiful cake, this time based on the Crystal Star Compact macaron. It contains a peach and strawberry mousse which glistens just like when the Sailors transform. This ribbon plate too can be taken away with you.

     

    Sailor Ribbon Macaron Parfait (w/ Coaster) + Drink Set: ¥2,500 (Before Tax) *Contains milk, eggs and wheat

    These parfaits topped with cute macarons are inspired by the Sailors’ costumes. They include refreshing cream cheese, milk tea mousse and different sauces depending on the character such as peach or kiwi. If you line all five up on the table it will feel like casting Sailor Planet Power!

    Sailor Afternoon Tea Set / Drink Set for 1 Person: ¥2,600 (Tax Included) *Contains milk, eggs and wheat

    If you’re looking for a little more luxury why not indulge in this tea set? It’s packed full of fruits and other delights representative of the Sailor Moon world.

    Moon Twilight Soda

    Also on the menu is the apple and lemon flavoured Moon Twilight Soda which captures the romantic instant when the sky turns a light pink colour just before it’s completely wrapped in night.

     

    There are lots of other accessories and menu items in addition to these too so be sure to check out the collaboration.

     

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  • Sailor Moon Charms, Accessories & More Merchandise Coming to Casselini This Summer

    21.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Clothing and accessories shop Casselini is set to collaborate with Sailor Moon for its second time starting on July 5 when it will drop a whole array of Sailor themed accessories and items.

     

    The tote bag series―which featured designs taken from the anime series―and was popular during the first collaboration round has been revived and all-new designs. The hugely-popular cat charms are also making a return with a total of six new designs to look forward to.

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    Sailor Moon Crystal Star Compact Earrings ¥3,132 (Before Tax) Release Date: July 5, 2019

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    03.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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    Dramatic music played as gigantic visuals of Attack on TitanGodzillaNeon Genesis Evangelion and Salior Moon appeared. Ozawa spoke of his experience seeing three 4D attractions that are running for the event for a limited time, praising their high quality.

     

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    Summer Menu: King of Sun Kingdom – ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

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    Special Drink: What’s The Rainbow Invitation? – ¥980 (Before Tax)

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    24.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Sai Sai Jaran Jaran is a featured series here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON from the members of the all-female band SILEN SIREN (aka Sai Sai) who visit various hot spots in Japan and experience different things, the Sai Sai way.

     

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    Time to see how the winery works!

     

    When you step inside, the scent of grapes is the first thing to hit your senses.

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    “Wow! It smells so good!” said Ainyan. We got to see a bucket where Cabernet Sauvignon was being made. They put in whole grapes with the skin on and add natural yeast for the fermentation process. The sweet smell of the grapes fills the air and makes you want to have a glass.

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    The winery allows taste-testing until 17:00. You can try 3 types for ¥700. And of course, if there’s one you tried that you really liked, you can buy it there and then. So sip, scrutinise, and select!

    “Please try this one first. It is wine, but it’s like a lemon sour,” explained Ueno, recommending that Ainyan first try the Yamanashi  Delaware Sparkling.

    Soak up all the notes of the drink by having a good smell first before taking a small sip. “Smells really good. This sourness really is like a lemon sour! I wonder why?” said Ainyan.

     

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    Left: Unfiltered Yamagata Delaware / Right: Filtered Yamagata Delaware

    For the third glass, Ainyan ordered the filtered Yamagata Delaware to test the difference between it and the unfiltered version.

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    With Christmas and New Year around the corner, now is the season to indulge in wine. If you’re in Tokyo this December, pay a visit to Fukagawa Winery Tokyo for a full wine experience.

     

     

    Writer:Yuki Yokoo

    Photographer:Kayo Sekiguchi

     

    SILENT SIREN

    SILENT SIREN is a four-member all-female band consisting of vocalist & guitarist Sumire “Suu” Yoshida, drummer Hinako “Hinanchu” Umemura, bassist Aina “Ainyan” Yamauchi, keyboardist Yukako “Yukarun” Kurosaka.

     

    The band made their major debut in November 2012 with their single Sweet Pop! The band is known to fans by their nickname “Sai Sai.” They are especially popular with middle school girls in Harajuku and have over 540,000 follows on their official LINE account.

     

    In 2015, they performed their first solo concert at Nippon Budokan, making them the fastest Japanese all-female band in history to perform there after their major debut. In 2016, they performed a headline show at Yokohama Arena, and embarked on a world tour consisting of 6 shows in 5 countries.

     

    At the end of 2016, they changed label to Universal Music and revamped their band logo and how they write their band name. In 2017, they wrapped up their 5th anniversary tour with their first two-day concert series at Nippon Budokan.

     

    In 2018, they embarked on their biggest Japan tour to date “Tenkaippin presents SILENT SIREN LIVE TOUR 2018 ~”Girls will be Bears” TOUR~ consisting of 33 shows. They also performed at big music festivals and at countless events, as well as performed their annual New Year’s solo concert at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium.

     

    In 2019, they began celebrations of 7 years since their debut and 10 years as a band. They released their final album of the Heisei era and 6th album in total 31313 on March 13 ,2019 and promoted it on their tour SILEN SIREN LIVE TOUR 2019 “31313” ~Sai Sai 10th Anniversary~ supported by Tenkaippin. They also performed at numerous summer festivals and events.

     

    On December 30, 2019, they will performed their annual New Year’s concert “SILENT SIREN Nenmatsu Special Live 2019 HERO” at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium.

     

    In 2020, they will celebrate 10 years since forming the band with a show at Yamanakako Communication Plaza Kirara on September 20, 2020.

     

    SILENT SIREN Official Website: https://silent-siren.com/

  • Tokyo Otaku Mode TOKYO Collaborates With Hatsune Miku at Shibuya PARCO

    23.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc. is opening a pop-up shop in collaboration with Hatsune Miku at Tokyo Otaku Mode TOKYO which is located on the 6th floor of Shibuya PARCO in Tokyo.

     

    The shop will be open from December 27 until January 19 next year. Japanese illustrator hakusai is on board to illustrate the designs for the shop itself as well as the shop-exclusive merchandise. The design features Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka, Kagamine Rin and Len, KAITO and MEIKO wearing traditional Japanese dress.

    Acrylic Stands – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)

    Mini Towels – ¥700 Each (Before Tax)

    There are 10 original and exclusive pieces of merchandise with various designs to choose from. Plus, customers who purchase over ¥3,000 (tax included) worth of items will receive a special Vocaloid sticker.

     

    The Snow Miku Sky Town store at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido is also collaborating with the pop-up shop where they will sell select merchandise from Snow Miku Sky Town.

    Those of you looking to get your hands on some limited-edition Vocaloid goodies will want to roll on up to Tokyo Otaku Mode TOKYO before the pop-up shop closes.

     

    *The items shown in the photos above are of products in development. Actual products are subject to change.

    Art by hakusai  © Crypton Future Media, INC. www.piapro.net  

  • Tokyo DisneySea Announces ‘Pixar Playtime’ Event For 2020

    22.December.2019 | SPOT

    Tokyo DisneySea has revealed details for its upcoming special event “Pixar Playtime” which is set to plunge guests into the wonderful worlds of Disney/Pixar films from January 10, 2020. Meet your favourite characters at one of the many programs or greeting events set to take place at one of the park’s first big events of the New Year.

    There are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself at Pixar Playtime, from snapping photos of the colourful Pixar decorations to wearing Pixar character merchandise, tucking into food and drink inspired by the characters of Pixar, and more. Let’s take a look.

     

    Decorations

    For Pixar Playtime 2020, Tokyo DisneySea will be decorated like a colourful board game, making for plenty of great photo opportunities with friends and family. The floor will be lined with squares like moves on a board game, so why not challenge yourself to the various objectives written on them and try and reach the goal at Water Front Park? There’s also a photo service where guests can have photos taken of them from high up as pictured above so it looks like they are pieces in the game.

    The park will of course also be littered with decorations referencing Pixar’s film catalogue, from Toy Story 4‘s Forky to the iconic Pixar Ball. Some returning features from last year’s event will also make an appearance including interactive photo spots, game booths, and lots more. There’s countless ways to enjoy yourself at Pixar Playtime.

     

    Special Merchandise

    Feel even more part of the festive fun by picking up some official colourful Pixar Playtime merch.

    Available at Emporio: Unisex Jumper – M Size ¥3,900, L Size ¥4,200 / Cap ¥2,900 / Headband ¥1,700 / Smartphone Case ¥2,100 / Lighting Pendant ¥1,900 / Cushion ¥1,900

    Red, yellow and blue define the Pixar Playtime goods line-up just like the Pixar Ball. We recommend picking up any of these items like the jumper, headband or smartphone case and snapping some photos in front of one of the many Pixar Balls scattered around the park, or while on the board game squares. Buying your own Pixar Ball cushion is sure to make for a great photos too. Dress up with friends and family and become part of the fun!

    Available at Emporio: Sun Visor ¥2,900 / Earmuffs ¥2,400 / Flag ¥600 / Plush Toy ¥2,700 / Jacket ¥5,900 / Shoulder Bag ¥2,500

    There’s also a new collection of Cars merchandise like a jacket and earmuffs, as well as a sun visor that has Lightning McQueen’s eyes on its front. We recommend taking these items to the “Lightning McQueen Victory Lap” entertainment program at American Waterfront and taking some photos while cheering on McQueen!

     

    Special Menu Line-ups

    Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear’s Cookie Sandwich w/ Souvenir Pouch – ¥1,300 @ Gondolier Snacks

    Restaurants around the park will be serving food, drinks and desserts inspired by the Pixar cast, like this cookie sandwich centred on Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear from Toy Story 3. The pink cookies are filled with chewy marshmallows and sweet-smelling strawberry flavoured cream. It even comes with a pouch that looks like the cookie treat itself, so much so you might find yourself wanting to bite into it after trying the real thing.

    Sparkling Drink (Mango & Orange) – ¥450 @ Cafe Portofino

    Sparkling Drink (Orange & Strawberry) – ¥450 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant

    These drinks are also Pixar-inspired. The mango and orange version is based on the colours of Ducky and Bunny from Toy Story 4, while the orange and strawberry beverage is made in the image of the octopus from Finding Nemo.

     

    Pixar Playtime officially begins on January 10, 2020, so make sure you get the chance to visit Tokyo DisneySea next year.

     

    *The special merchandise and menu line-ups will go on sale early from January 9, 2020, one day before the event begins. The products and food are subject to change without notice. Please note that items are subject to selling out.

    ©Disney ©Disney/Pixar

  • 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

  • FLOWERS BY NAKED 2020: Details Revealed For Tokyo’s Flower-Themed Art Event

    18.December.2019 | SPOT

    FLOWERS BY NAKED is an annual flower-themed art event held by NAKED Inc., and the company has announced its next run: FLOWERS BY NAKED 2020 – Sakura – will take place from January 30 to March 1 next year at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in Tokyo, where visitors can enjoy flowers an a wholly new kind of interactive experience. Tickets went on sale on December 17, 2019, and this event will mark its 5th anniversary of taking place in Nihonbashi.

     

    To date, FLOWERS BY NAKED has seen over 500,000 people attend the events, which have become a place for Instagrammable photos with over 660,000 posts made with the hashtag #flowersbynaked.

     

    2020’s theme is cherry blossoms, so to celebrate, NAKED has unveiled four key visuals for four gardens set for the event along descriptions. As visitors journey through the gardens, they will experience an immersive story melding the worlds of flowers and art.

    ■Prologue

    “When a butterfly telling the spring dances in the snowy winter world, the page is turned and the world changes from winter to spring.”

     

    This is where the story begins: where winter flowers bloom. But as the pages of the big book are turned, the space is transformed into springtime as the snow melts.

    ■Dandelion Hill

    “When you blow dandelion as if you were playing as a child, the fluff soars up to the sky with your old memories.”

     

    Watch as the scenery changes when you blow on the towering dandelions in this incredible interactive experience that combines real life with digital technology.

    ■Glowing Garden

    “In a shimmering space that seems to be lost in a kaleidoscope by a mirror, the sun shines even more.”

     

    When you step into this radiant garden which is lit by the pouring sunlight, it will seem as if the entire world around you glows with the fiery light of our burning star.

    ■OUSAI Garden

    “The fastest cherry blossom viewing space in Japan where you can enjoy the five senses, such as the blossoming cherry blossoms and the scent of spring.”

     

    The river seen at the beginning of the story leads to here, a holy cherry blossom garden watched over by an enormous pink cherry tree. There is plenty to interact with in this area for visitors to experience cherry blossoms with all five of their senses.

     

    Advance tickets for this event are now on sale, so don’t miss out.

  • Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo Releases Merchandise in Collaboration With BEAMS

    18.December.2019 | FASHION

    Starbucks Coffee Japan has collaborated with BEAMS Creative Lab (ビームス創造研究), which is led by Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe, Senior Creative Director at BEAMS, to release a collection of merchandise to celebrate the coming New Year. The items arrived at Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo on December 17.

    Since opening on February 28, 2019, Roastery Tokyo has collaborated with BEAMS Creative Lab on three separate occasions to release collections of merchandise themed on “Play,” “Travel,” and “Go out!” respectively. They have proven popular with both Japanese and foreign customers. For this fourth collaboration, the theme is “Lucky Charms.”

    The line-up of items range from classic Japanese New Year’s celebratory items like pochibukuro mini envelopes and a towel with a New Year’s greeting design on it to Roastery Tokyo-exclusive Kewpie dolls coloured copper and silver like the roasters in the coffee shop.

    Look over the past year and beckon the New Year with a cup of coffee at Starbucks and some festive goodies.

  • 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.

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