Wrap Yourself in Harajuku Fashion With These New Stores Opening at Laforet Harajuku
Laforest Harajuku is getting a revamp towards the end of August with new stores as well as renewals of current stores. The revamp aims to “promote Harajuku’s uniqueness and creativity.”
August 24th – RENEWAL OPEN
<Floor 1F> Vivienne Westwood RED LABEL Concept Store
Vivienne Westwood is fusing the Japanese branches of its prêt-à-porter Red Label and Anglomania collections to serve up the all-new Vivienne Westwood RED LABEL branding. Japan will get its very first Red Label concept shop at Laforet Harajuku on August 24 which will act as the flagship store where they will sew to perfection a very special capsule collection that will offer a unique and exciting clothing consumption experience.
August 23rd – NEW OPEN
<Floor 4F> Charles Chaton
After the success of its first ever pop-up shop in March 2019, girly brand Charles Chaton is setting up a permanent store in Laforet. The brand’s concept is “Girl, Forever!” which caters to girl culture and offers up items which it hopes that will catch the attention of girls in 50 years to come. The store’s slogan at Laforet Harajuku is “My Sweet Home” with which it will sell cute, comfortable and casual everyday clothing.
August 23rd – NEW OPEN
<Floor 2F> starblinc
starblinc are set to showcase “cute pop age of the 1960’s” with bright colours and flashy silhouettes, combining nostalgia and futurism to create an entirely new style. Look forward to diving into the unique future retro world of starblinc on August 23.
There are plenty more shops opening at Laforet Harajuku in addition to these ones, so if you’re in Tokyo this summer, get ready to stock up your wardrobe.
Address: 1-9-13 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/en/
Taiwanese Cheese Tea Shop machi machi to Open New Branch in Laforet Harajuku
Taiwan-based cheese tea specialists machi machi are set to open their very first Japanese branch in Laforet Harajuku on June 26, 2019.
machi machi’s cheese tea has been described as “godlike” in the Taiwanese news. Each cup of this frothy tea is carefully crafted one by one, containing a mix of delicious Taiwanese tea and rich and salty cream cheese. The tea chain even opened a branch this spring in London’s Piccadilly Circus.
In the run up to the grand opening of their first Japanese store, machi machi will first open a pop-up shop in Jiyūgaoka on May 22. It will have neon signs and stylish wall art.
Iron Buddha Oolong Cheese Tea: ¥480 (Before Tax)
The Iron Buddha tea contains refreshing Taiwanese oolong tea topped with a rich cheese cap. The tea has a full-bodied flavour but its aftertaste is sweet. The smell is sweet with honey notes throughout. This is machi machi’s best tea to go with cheese.
Wildberry Cheese Tea: ¥680 (Before Tax)
This frozen tea is a mix of berry and jasmine teas topped with rich and soft cream cheese.
Strawberry Milk Panna Cotta: ¥630 (Before Tax)
A mix of strawberry milk and panna cotta is poured into a cute bottle to create an Instagrammable two-layered beverage.
From May 22 to 25, if you follow the new branch on Instagram you can get 50% off all drinks sold at the pop-up shop.
machi machi Jiyūgaoka Pop-Up Shop
Running: May 22, 2019 – June 16 ,2019
Address: Chestnut Hills 2 Floor 1F, 1-26-18 Jiyūgaoka, Meguro, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
machi machi Harajuku
Grand Opening: June 26, 2019
Address: GOOD MEAL MARKET, Laforet Harajuku Floor 2F, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
No Fixed Holidays
machi machi Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Restaurant/%E9%BA%A5%E5%90%89machi-machi-266090640705313/
Tokyo Stroll: Shopping & Sightseeing with Mozuku-kun the Dog #5 – Uzumako Ceramic Art School
It’s been a minute since we last ventured out with Japanese model Yuna Yabe and her beloved pet pup Mozuku. If you’re new to this feature, Yuna Yabe takes her trusty partner Mozuku to various hot spots in Japan that you can enjoy with your pet dog. Their relationship continues to deepen in this priceless experience.
Today, Yuna and Mozuku head to Uzumako Ceramic Art School which is close to Shiba Park. You can get a good view of TokyoTower from this famous park.
What’s unique about this art school is that visitors are allowed to take their pets with them. So this means you can take your dog with you to do some ceramics!
Yuna has always had an interest in ceramics. And what better way to experience creating something than with her partner in crime Mozuku! With him tottering beside her, she headed through the entrance curtain with a spring in her step.
When you enter the classroom, there are lots of examples of pottery ware lining the shelves. The room has that smell of craftsmanship which lingers as you begin the class with a demonstration by the teacher. Once you have your apron on and are fired up to begin, it’s time to start.
The work begins with kneading the clay to make its firmness uniform. This step helps prevent air bubbles from forming.
Yuna asked the teacher many different questions as she enjoyed kneading her clay. “Where does ceramic work originate from?” “What kind of things to other dog owners make when they come here?”
“What’s Yuna up to?” Mozuku’s puzzled face seemed to imply as he listened to Yuna and the teacher talk.
Yuna turned to Mozuku and said to him, “I’m going to make you a food bowl!” It seemed like the message got through as his face read, “Looks like my owner is making something just for me.”
Yuna wet her hands with some water and began forming a hole in the centre of her clay bundle. The hole forms and gets bigger as the pottery wheel spins.
Next, she used both of her hands to ensure the thickness of the bowl was even all the way around.
“Amazing! The shape of the clay changes in an instant!”
By adding a little bit of pressure the pile of clay can change shape rapidly. It’s like a living thing.
“It’s like the clay is my own child. I wanna wrap it up!”
Once the shape is formed, Yuna cut around the edges. She is a skilled individual, she got the hang of it straight away.
Mozuku sat right beside Yuna, quiet and curious.
“Is it my turn yet?”
He seemed itching to have a go at making something himself too.
He watched over Yuna’s work from atop the table.
“I wanna try spinning the wheel too!”
Mozuku in fact had the most important job of all. Yuna popped a wooden mould onto his paw and stamped a paw print into thebottom of the bowl.
“There we go!” said Yuna
Mozuku mustered all of his strength to make his mark, his facial expression unusually serious as he carried out his big task.
Time to check if the print was done properly!
Here’s the final product―Mozuku did a great job!
Their teamwork paid off as they were able to create a really cute dog bowl. The tiny footprint is packed with pet love. The art school actually sells a lot of different cute and stylish pet items but the owner making their own makes it unique―the only one in the world.
If that love is able to get through to your pup, the food they eat from the bowl is sure to be even more delicious.
Thanks for your help, Mozuku.
“I can’t wait to fire it!” Yuna’s excitement was peak from start to finish. She was very satisfied after the class finished.
After two weeks of waiting, the bowl was completely finished.
Why not try creating something unique special for your own pet―together with them?
Model: Yuna Yabe/Mozuku @yunaaay1030
Text: Ai Watanabe
Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Uzumako Ceramic Art School
Address: Sekisui House Floor 1F, 3-29-11 Shiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:00-19:00
Official Website: https://www.uzumakotougei.com/en/index.html
*The course Yuna took with Mozuku was the “Pet Ceramics Plan” where you can make 2-4 ceramic items and fire them. For your first try the staff will carve and glaze the final product to completion. This can be picked up one to one-and-a-half months after your course for ¥4,500. Please check the website for more details.
*Obedient dogs permitted. Please note that there are other participants so dogs who bark a lot or cannot relax are not permitted.
Yuna Yabe won the grand prix prize at the “Zipper×ASOBISYSTEM Model Auditions” at the age of 15. She is an expert not only in fashion but make-up and video editing too. She’s an influential figure to the people in her generation. Recently, her work has expanded greatly, such as appearing in music videos. Her activity continues to grow and looks to be very promising indeed.
Pokémon Center, Nintendo Shop & More to Open at Shibuya PARCO in November (Part 1)
After having been closed since August 7, 2016 for renovations, it has been revealed that the new Shibuya PARCO shopping complex is set to open in late November. The new building aims to be a “global shopping complex for a new generation.”
Building on the complex’s facilities, Shibuya PARCO’s will communicate new forms of entertainment and experience together with designers and artists. Its goal is to deliver cultural trends on a global level. To do this, it is further developing aspects of the building to drive its unique perspective by focusing on the design, art and entertainment side of things.
Around 180 unique stores will open their doors in the new Shibuya PARCO each of which pivot around 5 different themes: Fashion, Art & Culture, Entertainment, Food, and Technology. Multiple floors are being specially designed to form the interior of the complex so that they draw out the appeal of each of these individual genres.
Today, we will take a look at two of these themes: Fashion and Art & Culture.
On the Fashion floor, customers can expect to slalom between up to 100 stores shelved with a plethora of styles representative of Tokyo’s melting pot of cultures, from luxury to mode, street, casual, vintage and more.
The Fashion floor is bolstering its range of new generation fashion designers and brands and will have new points of sale that aim in the promotion of their names. For example, the art direction for the shop naming and logo of GEYSER PARCO on the third floor was created by YAR, a creative team spearheaded by YOSHIROTTEN.
The floor won’t just take into account the purchasing of clothing either―it will also cater clothes that have already been bought. There will even be an environmentally-friendly cleaning service for those fashionistas treasure their threads as well as repairs for a variety of clothes carried about by specialists and more, giving customers an incentive to make frequent use of Shibuya PARCO.
In the Art & Culture department, Shibuya PARCO will offer the PARCO MUSEUM which will exhibit a line-up of unprecedented artwork focused on art, design and fashion, al built uniquely from the ground up.
The museum’s logo was created by design group TOMATO while the interior décor was co-developed by two Japanese interior designers.
GALLERY X, originally located at Spain-Zaka in Shibuya, is moving to Shibuya PARCO’s B1F floor. The PARCO staff have curated an edgy assortment of art pieces from multiple art fields spanning anime, games and music.
A gallery-style shop is also opening to allow visitors to come into contact with a myriad of cultures. Names include OIL by Bijutsu Techo who will promote contemporary art and who are appearing inside a shop for the first time, Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun who will have their own ‘cultural information desk’ Hobo Nichi Karu-chan to communicate Tokyo culture, and more.
The sixth floor is the ‘Japan Culture’ zone where there will be Nintendo Tokyo, Pokémon Center Shibuya, a Touken Ranbu bookshop, and plenty of other Japanese pop culture content. It is an amalgamation of games, anime, E-sports, art, fashion and more where visitors can not only buy things but experience pop culture with all five of their senses. This is sure to be a hit with foreign visitors.
In the next article we will take a look at Entertainment, Food and Technology so stay tuned.
Grand Opening: Late November 2019
Address: 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: Shops 10:00-21:00 / Restaurants 11:00-23:30 (*Hours may differ at select establishments)
No Fixed Holidays.
Official Website: https://shibuya.parco.jp/
Sanrio’s Cinnamoroll Serving Up Drinks at the Sky Drink Stand in Harajuku
Cinnamoroll’s Sky Drink Stand is finally open in Harajuku where Sanrio’s adorable white puppy will be catering drinks to your taste until August 25.
The drink stand is located along Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street.
When you step inside you are taken soaring up into the clouds with its fluffy decor and decorations.
Cinnamoroll can be found all around the cafe looking adorable♡
To get a drink you first need to purchase a ticket from the ticket machine. Once you’ve got that, it’s time to head on over to the row of Cinnamoroll plushies.
There are 27 drinks in total to choose from. You will converse with Cinnamoroll and answers his questions which will change the colour, flavour and toppings of your drink. Your specially made and unique drink will arrive bottled with a handwritten name label on the front.
As you answer the questions you will be able to see Cinnamoroll making your drink on the tablet.
After a short time your drink will arrive!
Here is my cute and sparkly drink. I wrote “MOSHI MOSHI” in Japanese (もしもし) for the name tag. Mine was a delicious fizzy summery drink with blue jelly.
If you go with friends then you can have fun comparing your different drinks too!
You can get some even cuter photos at the shop’s many photo spots.
And if you want to order your drink in advance then you can use the Cinnamoroll Talk app which is compatible with Google Assistant. After you say, in Japanese, “OK Google, Cinnamoroll ni Osora Dorinku Onegai” (OK Google, please give me a Cinnamoroll Sky Drink), the order window will pop up. After you’ve talked with Cinnamoroll on the app you will receive an order number to collect your drink. There are also secret sentences hidden around the store for talking with Cinnamoroll, so if you find them you can have a longer chat with him!
Make your own unique summertime beverage with Cinnamoroll at the Sky Drink Stand♡
Cinnamoroll Sky Drink Stand
Location: BOK Gallery Takeshita Street (Tousen Harajuku, 1-16-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: August 22, 2019 – August 25, 2019 (*Open to the press and invitees only on August 21)
Price: ¥700 (Tax Included) per drink
Business Hours: 11:00-20:00
*Greeting events will be held at scheduled occasions where Cinnamoroll and friends will appear at the drink stand
Harajuku Summer Festival 2019 to Take Place at Togo Shrine
GLOBAL PRODUCE, a Japanese event organiser, is set to sponsor Harajuku Summer Festival 2019 which will be held at Togo Shrine in Harajuku, Tokyo on August 23. Bringing together professional event producers, the festival will combine elements of traditional Japanese culture with the latest trends.
Food trucks and stalls will open in the dozens, including appearances from the shaved ice shop Kooriya bebe which makes its fluffy shaved ice from the natural spring waters of Mount Fuji―perfect for the hot weather―as well as Ichika, a cafe known for its tapioca Japanese tea lattes made with high quality tea leaves from Kagoshima. Current popular restaurants will also serve up delicious summertime food. There will even be the Harajuku Bon Odori 2019 dance event, and the marchers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will also be present.
Tokyo Bijin Project will make their first ever live appearance, a group of shining Japanese women with “wisdom, dignity and compassion” who are set to speak out for other strong women. They will talk leadership, interpretation, attending to people, the spread of Japanese culture, and more.
If you are in Japan for the summer then make sure you attend all of the different summer festivals you can.
GLOBAL PRODUCE presents Harajuku Summer Festival 2019 at Togo Shrine
Date: August 23, 2019
Time: 19:00-21:00 (Reception open from 18:30)
Location: Togo Shrine (1-5-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Togo Shrine Official Website: http://www.togojinja.jp/
STRAWBERRY MANIA: Harajuku’s Cutest & Tastiest Strawberry Ice Cream | Food Review
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.
STRAWBERRY MANIA Harajuku
Address: ITO Bldg. 2F, 1-6-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/strawberrymania_harajuku15/
Night Party at Harajuku’s Conveyor-Belt Dessert Cafe Ron Ron for 20 Year Olds Only
MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron is a popular conveyor-belt dessert cafe in Harajuku. We visited the cafe last year when it had just dropped, so be sure to check out our cover story if you want more information.
The cafe has just announced a night party that is exclusive to those in their 20’s. Titled “Cafe Ron Ron 20ty’s Night Party -PINK FRIDAY- supported by MAISON ABLE,” the event began yesterday and will run every night up to September 27.
Customers can enjoy all-you-can-eat unlimited snacks for just ¥500 with no time restrictions. For an additional fee, you can also pick from the food menu which features 5 dishes and order from the drinks menu which includes alcohol.
Everything on the food and drinks menu is ¥500 too, making it a delicious bargain!
Desserts are served at varying time slots from 19:00. Depending on what time you arrive or decide to start eating the menu will change which is all part of the fun!
The cafe has also teamed up with the fashion rental shop airCloset next door so customers can enjoy dining at Cafe Ron Ron while wearing a yukata.
You can even continue wearing the kimono after you’ve eaten so you can stroll the streets of Harajuku, go to nearby festivals and more for an exciting day out in Japan’s youth and culture hub. The yukata can be rented by people of all ages – full details on the websites below.
Cafe Ron Ron 20ty’s Night Party -PINK FRIDAY- supported by MAISON ABLE
Location: MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron (6-7-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: August 2, 2019 – September 27, 2019
Conditions: Restricted to those aged 20-29 years (*photo ID required upon entry)
Opening Hours: 19:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:30)
Official Website: http://cafe-ronron.com/pinkfriday/
airCloset x ABLE
Address: 6-7-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: July 27, 2019 – September 30, 2019
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-21:00 / Weekends 11:00-19:00 (Last fittings at 17:00)
Return Periods: By 21:00 on weekdays / By 19:00 on weekends)
・Please take a camisole or tank top that can be worn under your yukata
・Foreigners are asked to take a copy of their passport when renting
・There is a luggage storage service for those who are returning on the same day
Official Website: http://cafe-ronron.com/yukataderonron/
Shop in Harajuku & Omotesando With a Takeout Dessert From Q-pot CAFE
03.August.2019 | FOOD
The real summer is here now, and what better way to cool yourself off during your shopping spree in Harajuku and Omotesando than with a cool and refreshing takeout dessert from Q-pot CAFE?
Melty Mousse (Peach x Apricot Seed) – ¥500 (Tax Included)
Q-pot CAFE’s Melty Mousses are encased in an adorable jar. This one is a heavenly mix of fruity peach mousse and a smooth apricot kernel milk mousse. Laced in the peach mousse is a divine blend of raspberries and lychees. The subtle sweetness of the peach coupled with the sourness of the raspberries and refreshing taste of the lychees make this dessert a perfect summer pickup. Also hidden within the delicious mix are pieces of fresh and juicy peach.
Melty Mousse (Mint x Chocolate) – ¥500 (Tax Included)
This summer sees the return of Q-pot CAFE’s popular mint chocolate mousse. Chocolate and mint are always an exquisite combination, and this mousse mix proves it, fusing rich chocolate with a cool mint kick. The cute melty-looking mint chocolate at the top also gives it an appetising appearance.
Cat Ice Creams – ¥600 Each (Tax Included)
Also returning once more this summer are Q-pot CAFE’s adorable cat ice creams, a mix of ice cream and various toppings. Choose from strawberry, vanilla or chocolate.
All of these desserts will be available to buy from August 5. They are all super cheap and are perfect for getting for takeout and walking around Harajuku and Omotesando. Be sure to stop by if you’re planning a shopping trip there this summer break.
Release Date: August 5, 2019
Price: ¥500 (Tax Included)
Available: Q-pot CAFE Omotesando (3-4-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Cat Ice Creams
Release Date: August 5, 2019
Price: ¥600 (Tax Included)
Available: Q-pot CAFE Omotesando (3-4-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Q-pot CAFE Official Website: https://www.q-pot.jp/shop/cafe/
Vegan Bubble Tea Arrives at Harajuku’s BOTANIST Tokyo Tea Stand
30.July.2019 | FOOD
For the whole month of August, the BOTANIST Tokyo tea stand in Harajuku is serving two different tapioca bubble tea beverages. Just 100 of each will be sold each day.
The two delicious drink flavours include “Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea” and “Matcha Milk Tea.” Both beverages are made with high quality tapioca pearls from bubble tea store Bull Pulu who serve up Taiwanese pop culture with their tasty menu.
Vegans shopping in Tokyo’s Harajuku and Omotesando areas will be excited to try the vegan-friendly Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea. Both of the drinks are also sold in eco cups and come with paper straws.
Tapioca Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)
The vegan-friendly option is a combination of bright and colourful butterfly pea tea and soy milk. It’s laced with a tropical coconut syrup for enhanced flavour.
Tapioca Matcha Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)
The matcha milk tea is a combination of rich and smooth matcha foam and milk. It’s mixed with a fragrant hazelnut syrup.
Both drinks are takeout only and are available to buy on the first floor. If you fancy a little refreshing drink while strolling through Harajuku then be sure to visit BOTANIST Tokyo.
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo (Shop – Floor 1F / Cafe – Floor 2F)
Business Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://botanistofficial.com/shop/
Office Lady Higashi’s Nonchalant Shibuya Diary #2: “BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK” – Harajuku
Hey. I’m Higashi.
When I was at university I worked a salon model job which started early in the morning. Everyday after my photo shoots at the salon, I enjoyed walking back from Omotesando to Shinjuku. On that route there was a coffee stand called “BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK.”
The friendly staff working there would call out to me with a smile: “Good morning! Where are you returning from today?” My usual course home would be to go there, order a takeout coffee, and walk back to Shinjuku while cheerfully listening to music.
But one day I became a working adult and full-fledged member of society. My new workplace was faraway from the coffee shop and so I could no longer visit it. But I would casually wonder to myself what the guys and girls who worked there and would always chat to me cheerfully and friendly were up to now.
So, yeah. I went to visit them.
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK is about a 7-minute walk from Harajuku Station’s Takeshita Exit.
Follow Meiji Dori street.
Make a turn at the corner of The DECK COFFEE and PIE, and you’ll see the sign.
THERE IT IS!
I was greeted by a stylish looking guy who looked great with facial hair. He was so cool!
I took no time at all ordering a coffee.
I found myself remembering how much I loved the gentle atmosphere brought about by the staff here and the smell of the coffee that flows in the air.
Latte art is his forte!
Time to try it.
Oh… this was just pure bliss!!
The coffee had slight acidic notes to it which permeated my body. It was really tasty and warmed by body to the core that day because it was raining!
“Was this shop built in 2010?” I asked him.
“To be precise, a furniture company called Landscape Products was set up here in 1997. It was converted into a corporation in 2000 and made a furniture shop called Playmountain over in Jingumae. The company then moved to Sendagaya in 2002.”
“Oh, so it started as a furniture shop.”
“That’s right. When making the company, our representative wrote a summary of all the projects that the company wishes to fulfill. Some of the projects on the list are coffee shops, publication and event planning. Based on that list, we opened a cafe called TAS YARD in Sendagaya in 2004.”
“The company office and the cafe were close to each other. They were in Sendagaya along the road I would take everyday. We’d have lunch and meetings in the cafe and then work at the company office. There used to be a tobacco shop smack in the middle of the road I would come and go along. Lots of people would stand at this postbox just in front of the shop. They used it almost like a resting spot from their busy [working] days. Seeing that, our representative thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be good if there was a coffee shop here?’ A while later the owner of the tobacco shop left that place and we immediately went to rent the building.”
He carried on explaining that they researched opening the shop, but at first it wasn’t a hit with the locals. They continued to explore for a solution and eventually the locals came to love the place. I never knew that this coffee shop was so earnestly in tune with the people of the town.
He continue: “I hope this becomes a place where people can take a bread, whether it’s sitting on the benches outside the shop or putting their coffee on the postbox when they come to make an invoice. Our shop’s name BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR comes from us wanting to become good neighbours with the locals and for us to make a comfortable and relaxing place together.”
If you’re looking for something new in your everyday life then please be sure to pay a visit here.
You’re sure to be warmed by the delicious coffee and the face of the handsome shop owner!
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR
Address: 3-51-6, Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Monday ー Friday: 8:30 ー17:00, Weekends/ national holidays: 11:30 ー 17:00
Open all year round except for the New Year’s Period
Come Witness The Hello Kitty X KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ HARAJUKU Collaboration
Sanrio and Harajuku’s KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ have set out on a two-month collaboration which will run until September 1. Sitting at the heart of Harajuku, which is the home of kawaii culture, the KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ is topping up its kawaii powers with the release of Hello Kitty collaboration meals and merchandise that you cannot obtain from anywhere else.
For the collaboration, Hello Kitty has transformed her look, turning into a kawaii Harajuku girl.
Once you enter the café, you will immediately notice the giant cake-shaped merry-go-round called the SWEETS GO ROUND. This time, you will notice that Hello Kitty’s head garnishes the top of the cake.
Make your way through the cafe and you will eventually come across the Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room, which is a special room that must be reserved in order to experience. On pink tatami flooring sits multiple low tea tables, representing the traditional culture of Japan in a colouful pop style. Foreigners would just love to spend some time in this room. Looking around the room, the macarons and strawberries remain in their usual places.
You will notice Hello Kitty’s ribbon and even many Hello Kitty stuffed toys also decorating the room. This entire new kawaii world locked in this room was created by Sebastian Masuda. Surrounded by a world of pastel colours and kawaii decorations, you just have to take photos.
If you wish to book the Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room, please talk to a member of staff.
Weekdays: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00
Sundays/ Weekends: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00
※ Two-hour time slots ※ Number of seats is limited
This is a unique opportunity to taste only the most kawaii of menus as Hello Kitty teams up with the KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ. Let’s check out the menu!
Colourful Pop Hello Kitty Burger: ￥1,680 (before tax)
Hello Kitty Harajuku Rainbow Curry: ￥1,580 (before tax)
Harajuku X KAWAII X Hello Kitty SWEETS GO ROUND Cake: ￥1,480 (before tax)
Harajuku KAWAII 原宿 KAWAII Poison Parfait: ￥2,480 (before tax )
There are also many Harajuku-style Hello Kitty goods that you should check out. The biscuits and stickers would make the perfect souvenirs.
Not only has the food been given a Hello Kitty upgrade, but the MONSTER CAFÉ’s iconic Monster Girls have also transformed their look for the Hello Kitty collaboration. If you are a fan of Hello Kitty or kawaii culture, you absolutely must check this out.
If you ever find yourself in Harajuku, please consider stopping by the KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ to witness the Hello Kitty collaboration project.
Harajuku × KAWAII × Hello Kitty
Running: July 12 ー September 1, 2019
Access: 5-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station／1-minute walk from Meiji Jingumae Station, Chiyoda Line
Lunch: 11:30 ー 16:30 (Last entries: 15:30, last orders: 16:00, 90-minute time slots）
Dinner: 18:00 ー 22:30 (Last orders: 22:00)
Sundays/ National Holidays: 11:00 ー 20:00 (Last orders: 19:30)
※ 2-hour time slot restriction applies during peak times
No regular holidays
Official Website: http://kawaiimonster.jp/day/pc/
Hello Kitty & KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Collaboration Begins July 12
02.July.2019 | FOOD
The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE in Harajuku is teaming up with Sanrio bring Hello Kitty, Harajuku culture and kawaii culture to the restaurant in a collaborative event that will run from July 12 to September 1. This year marks Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary and KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s 4th anniversary making this an event not to be missed.
“Harajuku x Kawaii x Hello Kitty” Themed Menu
Eight dishes will make up the colourful menu arriving at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE on July 12 inspired by Harajuku, kawaii culture and Hello Kitty.
Dishes include the Hello Kitty Burger packed with colourful melted cheese sauce, the Hello Kitty Harajuku Rainbow Curry which imagines Hello Kitty looking up to a rainbow after the rain lets up, and more.
Don’t forget the beautiful desserts either from a vibrant pop cake to a gorgeously layered parfait, all imbued with kawaii♡
During the event, customers who order from the collaborative menu will receive one of these original coasters featuring Hello Kitty and the restaurant’s popular character Mr. Choppy.
Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room: A Special Reservation-Only Room
Also running at the restaurant during the event will be a special reservation only “room” which can be found at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s popular Mel-Tea-Room area. This room will see Hello Kitty take on the theme of a Harajuku girl and be decorated in pastel colours, ribbons, strawberry cake and more. You’ll wish this room was your own!
Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room
Running: July 12, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Reservations: Once reserved please speak to the Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room staff
Slots: [Weekdays] 11:00/13:00/15:00 [Sundays & Holidays] 11:00/13:00/15:00/17:00/19:00
*2 hours per slot, limited availability
Original merchandise and novelties will also be available to purchase and pick up at the restaurant.
The collaboration is running until the end of Japan’s summer break, so if you’re here this summer then be sure to plan a trip to Harajuku to eat at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE.
Harajuku x KAWAII x Hello Kitty
Location: KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU
Running: July 12, 2019 – September 1, 20192019年7月12日（金）から9月1日（日）
Address: YM Square Bldg. 4F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Access: 5-minutes on foot Harajuku Station via JR / 1-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jigumae Station via Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line
Weekdays & Saturday:
[Lunch] 11:30-16:30 (last entry 15:30 / last orders 16:00 – 90 min stay max)
[Dinner] 18:00-22:30 (last orders 22:00)
Sundays & Holidays:
11:00-20:00 (last orders 19:30)
*During busy times, a max stay time of 2 hours may be implemented.
Official Website: http://kawaiimonster.jp
In 2016, fresh fruit juice shop Sour opened in Uraderacho, Kyoto. Now, they will soon open up shop down Cat Street in Harajuku.
Upon your order at Sour, fresh fruit will be squeezed for your drink in a juicer. After adding some sourness to your drink, not only will it taste divine but also look fun.
Like Sour in Kyoto, Sour Harajuku also uses fresh fruit and vinegar cordial. The interior was decorated by the Kyoto clothes shop and gallery VOU/Bou. CRT televisions, fluorescent lamps and other such decorations created by artists from Kyoto also decorate the interior. The colourful fruits of Sour contribute to the pop design atmosphere.
Drink example: Watermelon Sour/ Lemon Sour: ￥500 (after tax) ー (Appearance changes due to ingredients )
Sour offers seasonal menus that makes use of seasonal fruits as well as 20 varieties of vinegar cordial sour drinks. This summer, Sour is selling their standard Lemon Sour, as well as a range of other sour flavours including Watermelon, Passionfruit, Kiwi, Brand Orange, Pineapple, and much more.
Enjoy a wonderfully refreshing cup of a fruity drink this summer!
Address: MOE Building Floor 2, 5-25-1, Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Access: 7-minute walk from exit 13 of Shibuya Station (Tokyo Metro line)/ 7-minute walk from exit 7 of Meiji Jingumae Station (Tokyo Metro line)
Opening Hours: 12:00 ー 21:00 （Last Orders: 20:30）
machi machi Descends Upon Harajuku With Godlike Cheese Tea Limited Edition Menu
26.June.2019 | FOOD
Head over to the GOOD MEAL MARKET food court located on floor 2 of Laforet Harajuku because a Cheese Tea shop has just opened up shop.
machi machi is known as the “Cheese Tea God” by Taiwanese media and is certainly stirring up a sensation in Japan too. Each cup extracts the deliciousness of Taiwanese tea. The salty flavour of the rich-flavoured cream cheese will leave you astonished at the discovery of a brand new dessert flavour. This drink is enough to enlighten you with an emotional journey of deliciousness.
These drinks became a massive hit after they managed to capture the heart of globally famous Hollywood Star Jay Chou, who is known for his love of tea in Taiwan. As the thirst for this drink has spread worldwide, shops have been opening up in London, Korea and many other countries. This shop is gradually capturing more and more fans.
Season-Limited Melon Cheese Tea: ￥788 (after tax ) Melon Cheese Tea Float: ￥950 (after tax)
Season-Limited Strawberry Cheese Tea Float/Wildberry Cheese Tea Float:￥950 (after tax)
Laforert Harajuku-Limited Brûlée Milk Tea: ￥680 (after tax )
There are currently season-limited and Laforet Harajuku-limited menus available. There are a total of 20 drinks on the menu that have been developed from five varieties of Taiwanese teas as base flavours. The five base teas are: Tieguanyin Oolong tea, Sun Moon Lake Black tea, Jasmine Green tea, Four Seasons Spring tea, and Ceylon Highland Black tea.
machi machi is blessing every country of the world with the sacred flavours of Taiwan, so head to Laforet Harajuku while you have the chance.
Address: Laforet Harajuku (1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Open From: June 26, 2019
Address: 1-9-13, Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/en/
Yukata IN LAFORET: Grab Your Summer Yukata at Laforet Harajuku’s Event
Laforet Harajuku is holding a yukata event on its second floor CONTAINER area from June 25 to July 24 where you’ll be able to pick from a wide range of different yukata designs.
This marks the 5th run of the event, and this year, it is being split into three separate periods. A total of 9 shops are participating including the popular kimono brand Roccoya Summer Shop which fuses the traditional with the modern as well as MICOPARADE which is managed by designer and Japanese clothing model Maria Kawahara.
The event’s main visual was conceived by art director Tomoko Katayama, a designer at airlinesinc. and president of kimono teaching company Airport Lounge. There will be a photo spot as well as displays created by Katayama.
Period 1: June 25, 2019 – July 4, 2019
Roccoya Summer Shop
Roccoya is a brand popular for fusing together traditional and modern designs. The company is returning to Yukata IN LAFORET once again to sell a variety of new yukata, kimono and accessories. Pick anything from cute to contemporary to sophisticated couture. They also sell head accessories and customers can order specific sizes.
MICOPARADE is a kimono brand led by designer and Japanese clothing model Maria Kawahara which offers contemporary twists of traditional ideas. Expect kimono like you have never seen as modern fashion. This event will be MICOPARADE’s first unveiling of their new products.
Period 2: July 5, 2019 – July 14, 2019
MIKI SAKURA & Sakura Maison
Sakura Maison focuses on “Japanese kawaii” kimono, accessories and obi sashes while MIKI SAKURA’s concept, conceived by designers at Sakura Maison, is “dignified women wrapped in beautiful fragrances.”
These two brands will come together to showcase an array of feminine yukata including yukata made from lase. They will also sell headdresses, ornate hairpins and other accessories. Expect to get your fill of kawaii♡
Asobiya Meets yuminique
Asobiya is a brand that adds a bit of fun to traditional Japanese motifs. They will collaborate with the “nostalgic and cinematic” brand yuminique for the very first time. Asobiya will have their popular paper crane series of items while yuminique will showcase their “SECRET” themed line-up this summer with an assortment of handmade head accessories with rose and lily of the valley designs. You’re sure to find the right decorative accessories for your yukata look here♡
Period 3: July 15, 2019 – July 24, 2019
Ayako Nagahashi’s select shop is associated with many different kimono and yukata brands. The new yukata and accessory collection by KIIRO, which Nagahashi is the director of, and Furifu will be on show. New Yukata and obi sashes the likes of which the industry has never seen before from Nagahashi’s private brand Fruttarossa will also make an appearance. There will also be plenty of other pieces like geta shoes and obi clips.
Unique and innovative kimono creator and artist Shigemune Tamao is opening her first ever store where she will sell original kimono, obi sashes, and a selection of items made in collaboration with guest brands that transcend traditional and contemporary clothing.
Find the yukata for you at this year’s Yukata IN LAFORET.