New Idol Boy Band SixTONES Breaks A Million Sales in 3 Days
28.January.2020 | MUSIC
On January 22, 2020, Japanese idol band SixTONES made their official debut, releasing their CD SixTONES vs Snow Man simultaneously. On January 23, they shot up to first place on the Oricon Daily Singles Ranking with 103,000 sales.
On the third day since its release, the CD was sold over a million times (1,094,000 copies).
The CD includes SixTONES’ debut song Imitation Rain which was produced by YOSHIKI (X JAPAN) and soon become a sensational rock ballad. Snow Man「D.D.」, which is also included on the CD is an upbeat tune where the boys show off their acrobatic skills in the music video – make sure to check them out!
UNIQLO TOKYO Begins Knitwear Focused Exhibition
21.September.2020 | FASHION
UNIQLO TOKYO, the global flagship store of UNIQLO, is now holding an exhibition themed on its knitwear at its first floor LifeWear Square area until October 11, 2020. It’s a consolidation of everything that goes into wearing the symbolic style of their LifeWear lineup, covering the art, science, and craftsmanship behind the items.
About UNIQLO TOKYO
UNIQLO TOKYO opened back in June this year in Ginza, Tokyo, as the country’s biggest store and global flagship store. UNIQLO TOKYO is the embodiment of UNIQLO’s “LifeWear,” clothing that the company has created to “improve everyone’s life.”
SCIENCE: 3D knit installations by Rhizomatiks Architecture
Rhizomatiks Architecture have created a range of installations including mannequins centred on knitwear. Customers will be able to see knitwear being made by the machines right before their eyes.
CRAFTSMANSHIP: Tools used in the manufacturing process
See the strict standards and measures taken to carefully craft each and every UNIQLO cashmere sweater, from the processes carried out to the materials and tools used in the manufacturing process, samples, and more.
See the headpieces created by Shiseido’s top hair and makeup artist Tadashi Harada for displaying the knitwear. Each and every one was made with care and attention for the 20 mannequins.
Address: MARRONNIER GATE GINZA 2, 3-2-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Tokyo’s Masterpieces From The National Gallery London Exhibition Adds Extra Nighttime Dates
21.September.2020 | SPOT
The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo has been hosting the Masterpieces From The National Gallery London exhibition since June 18 this year, and has just announced additional nighttime hour viewings, so the exhibit will be open until 21:00 from October 13 to 17.
The exhibition brings together a special selection of 61 masterful works from The National Gallery London in Japan for the first time, such as Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Johannes Vermeer’s Lady Seated at a Virginal, and Claude Monet’s The Water-Lily Pond.
Tickets for the evening viewings between October 13 and 17 will be available to purchase from September 19 via FamilyMart, e+, and Yomiuri Shimbun’s online store in Japan. More details are available on the exhibition website.
Masterpieces From The National Gallery London Exhibition – Tokyo
Running: June 18, 2020 – October 18, 2020
Venue: National Museum of Western Art
Opening Hours: 09:30-17:30 (until 21:00 from October 13 to 17)
Exhibition Website: https://artexhibition.jp/london2020/
*The exhibition will move to The National Museum of Art in Osaka from November 3, 2020 to January 31, 2021
Review: Meeting Pixar Characters in Japan at PIXAR FEST in Omotesando
OH MY CAFE, a chain of cafes in Japan, is now running a special Pixar-themed food event called ‘PIXAR FEST’ which will run in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.
“Keep On Smiling” is the the concept of the event, which will serve up a whole range of different foods including a Lightning McQueen exclusive on September 5, a special drink inspired by Disney Pixar’s Onward which released earlier this year, a collection of strawberry desserts centred on Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to celebrate Toy Story’s 25th anniversary, and more. There’s lots to see, so we follow MIOCHIN to the Tokyo event in Omotesando.
PIXAR FEST at OH MY CAFE is packed full of exciting things for both kids and adults alike. Here’s our report.
The fun begins even before you enter the cafe, as at the entrance, you are met with a wall poster of numerous popular Pixar characters.
The moment you step inside, Sully is there ready to greet you! You can even take a picture with him, so if you visit, don’t miss the chance.
You’ll find familiar faces scattered all around the cafe, like Woody, Buzz, Mike, Nemo. The decorations and designs are really wonderful.
The original menu has a cute lineup too, with dishes, drinks, and desserts inspired by characters from the animated movies.
The food tastes really good too, so be sure to pick out a menu item based on your favourite movie.
Until October 9, you can order the special Onward and Lightning McQueen menu items. This includes ‘Ian & Barley’s Pink Sunset Blue Mallow Tea’ and ‘Lightning McQueen’s Kachow Lightning Hamburger Sandwich.’ You can see the full menu lineup here. It makes you want to watch Pixar movies all day then grab some Pixar food!
Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear from Toy Story 3 will have his own special menu items too: the ‘Lots-o’s Strawberry Chicken Hamburger’ and ‘Lots-o’-s Strawberry Drink.’ These will be served from October 10 to November 24.
The cafe has its own collection of PIXAR FEST merchandise in three different types: the “PIXAR FEST Series” which uses the cafe’s main visual for its design, the “Vintage Series” which uses a cute purple, and the “Alien Mix” which has a pop design with the Little Green Men from Toy Story.
Customers can also receive a limited-edition OH MY CAFE sticker if they order something from the menu, buy some merchandise, and post their thoughts about the cafe and their items on Twitter with the hashtags #キャンペーン #PIXAR FESTカフェで最高の思い出を作ろう #OHMYCAFE. Be sure to get involved if you’re in Japan this summer and autumn.
PIXAR FEST at OH MY CAFE is a dreamland for Pixar fans, and is best experienced in person.
PIXAR FEST OH MY CAFE
OH MY CAFE TOKYO / August 28, 2020 – November 15, 2020
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku (Floor 3F), 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
kawara CAFE&DINER Shinsaibashi / August 28, 2020 – November 17, 2020
Address: Shinsaibashi OPA (Floor 9F), 1-4-3 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO / September 4, 2020 – November 24, 2020
Address: Nagoya PARCO South Building (Floor 5F), 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Pixar Fest OH MY CAFE Official Website: https://pf2020.ohmycafe.jp/
RAYARD Hisaya-odori Park: The New Landmark of Nagoya Combines Shopping Experience With the Outdoors
20.September.2020 | SPOT
Hisaya-odori Park is a park and shopping complex which opened on Friday (September 18, 2020) in Nagoya, Aichi. It will serve culture, experience, and products next to the newly renovated Nagoya TV Tower.
The park is split into five areas like Hammock Day where you can kick back in one of the hammocks while listening to music, pick up some produce at the Farmer’s Market, do some morning yoga, and more. The park will also have a line of trucks and wagons selling food, drink, items, and more.
RAYARD Hisaya-odori Park
RAYARD has also opened its second shopping complex at Hisaya-odori Park following the opening of RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK in Shibuya. The complex houses 35 restaurants and shops, 22 of which have never opened a branch in Nagoya before, which will deliver fashion, sports, food, communication, and so on.
A variety of popular cafes in RAYARD are opening in Nagoya for the first time, like the Snoopy-themed PEANUTS Cafe, the the bakery and cafe ESPRESSO D WORKS which is known for its “100 one hundred” bread which is world’s first made with 100% water content, and Karuizawa’s very popular cafe and restaurant Eloise’s Cafe.
There’ll be plenty of sweet treats to tuck into too, like crepes from ROCCA&FRIENDS CREPERIE to TEA which is so popular in Osaka that people can be waiting up to 2 hours in line, matcha desserts from Kyoto-based sweet shop Shimizu-Ippoen, and bonbons from South Korea’s number one cafe Cafe de paris.
If you’re wanting a real meal, enjoy some casual Italian dining at Arcoba which is managed by the former head chef of Kyoto’s famous restaurant IL GHIOTTONE. Or perhaps yakiniku from Yakiniku Tokugawaen which uses Japanese black wagyu from Kyushu as the main meat on its menu. Kouji MARUTANI will also be there serving up local ingredients from Mikawa, food made with koji, a variety of craft sakes, and more.
RAYARD Hisaya-odori Park will offer a wide range of interactive experiences too such as at the creative community cafe FabCafe Nagoya which makes use of 3D printing and digital fabrication, Snow Peak which provides a live view of nature, T4 NAGOYA where you can play ping pon indoors and outdoors, narifuri which sells bicycle apparel, and so on.
There is much and more to see at RAYARD Hisaya-odori Park, so if you’re in Japan this year, head to Nagoya to enjoy the autumn atmosphere.
RAYARD Hisaya-odori Park
Address: 3-6 Marunouchi, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
Opening Hours: Park: 24 hours a day / Shops & Restaurants: 10:00-21:00 (varies between businesses)
Official Website: https://mitsui-shopping-park.com/urban/hisaya/index.html
TOKYOBIKE to Release Two New Limited-Edition Bicycle Models For Autumn
20.September.2020 | FASHION
Japanese bicycle company TOKYOBIKE, which sells bikes around the world including Japan, Europe, the US and elsewhere, is releasing two new limited-edition models this autumn on October 10. They are the “TOKYOBIKE CALIN LIMITED” and “TOKYOBIKE BISOU 26 LIMITED.”
Make these easy-to-rides your first hybrid bicycles
TOKYOBIKE CALIN LIMITED -ARTICHOKE- ¥62,000 (Before Tax) | TOKYOBIKE BISOU 26 LIMITED -ARTICHOKE- ¥68,000 (Before Tax)
Bicycles have become ever more popular, and are extremely common in Japan. They are a favourable mode of transport due to how easy it is to get around while still enjoying the fresh air. The two new limited-edition TOKYOBIKE LIMITED -ARTICHOKE- bikes are made using TOKYOBIKE CALIN and TOKYOBIKE BISOU 26 as their bases, two models which are great for your first hybrid bikes. Both are equipped with standard frames making them easy to straddle as well as your standard seven gears to change your speed.
The chic colour of the limited-edition ARTICHOKE
The “ARTICHOKE” models are limited-edition and so not available in the regular lineup. They come in a chic colour combination that blends seamlessly with the leaves of the autumn season: dull silver for the head badge, black x ivory for the tires.
TOKYOBIKE CALIN LIMITED / TOKYOBIKE BISOU 26 LIMITED
Release Date: October 10, 2020
*Pre-orders opened on September 12, 2020
Hotel New Otani Tokyo, Osaka & Makuhari Now Serving Rich Chestnut Pancakes For Autumn
20.September.2020 | FOOD
The Tokyo, Osaka, and Makuhari branches of Hotel New Otani are now serving seasonal autumn versions of their specially made pancakes at their coffee shop and all-dining restaurant SATSUKI until November 30, 2020
Fantastically fluffy pancakes
Hotel New Otani has been serving its special pancakes for the past 10 years which have become a favourite amongst guests.
The hotel’s pastry chefs have whisked up a variety of flavours in line with the changing seasons this past decade using strictly-selected ingredients including strawberry, melon, mango, chestnut, and more.
A marriage of rich chestnut and fluffy pancake
Hotel New Otani Specially Made Chestnut Pancakes 2020 | ¥2,800 (Before Tax/Service Charge)
Chestnuts are the flavourful theme for autumn 2020’s pancakes, made with strictly-selected chestnut astringent skin, sweet bean jelly, and topped with a chestnut macaron.
The pancakes are served with melt-in-the-mouth Italian ricotta. There are two different doughs, one made from coffee flour which has high nutritional value, and the hotel’s original “White Cereal” which is a combination of millets and amaranth.
The pancakes are cooked on a low heat for about 5 minutes on each side so they rise to a fluffy 5cm thickness and become startlingly smooth.
Strawberries for winter
For this year’s winter, the hotel will be serving strawberry pancakes.
Enjoy a selection of seasonal pancakes when staying at Hotel New Otani.
Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Location: SATSUKI, Hotel New Otani Tokyo Main Lobby
Address: 4-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Bookings/Enquiries: 03-5275-3177 (10:00-21:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/restaurant/satsuki/
Hotel New Otani Makuhari
Location: SATSUKI, Hotel New Otani Makuhari
Address: 2-120-3 Hibino, Mihama-ku, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture
Bookings/Enquiries: 043-299-1848 (07:00-21:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/makuhari/restaurant/satsuki/
Hotel New Otani Osaka
Location: SATSUKI, Hotel New Otani Osaka
Address: 1-4-1 Shiromi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Bookings/Enquiries: 06-6949-3234 (07:00-20:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/osaka/restaurant/satsuki/
Sip Sparkling Wine and Other Drinks Among Tokyo’s Nightscape With Sarabeth’s HIGH TEA TERRACE NIGHT
19.September.2020 | FOOD
The Tokyo branch of New York-based restaurant chain Sarabeth’s has announced a special autumn event that goes by the name ‘HIGH TEA TERRACE NIGHT.’ Set to run from September 23 to October 31, customers will be able to sit on a rooftop terrace in the evening with Tokyo’s towering cityscape surrounding them while drinking sparkling wine and other all-you-can-drink free-flow alcoholic beverages—high tea style.
High tea refers to post-dinner evening tea time. At Sarabeth’s, customers can look forward to dining on a special set menu for grown-ups with alcohol and other treats.
High Tea Style Set Menu With Free Drink | ¥5,000 (Before Tax)
Served on an afternoon tea stand, tuck into six different appetisers, meatball sliders, and truffle flavoured French fries. For the main dish, there’s steak made in a red wine sauce and boletus mushrooms. Free drinks include sparkling wine, red and white wine, beer, high balls, cocktails, soft drinks, and more.
Feel the evening breeze of autumn while indulging in a special high tea experience in Tokyo.
Sarabeth’s Tokyo – HIGH TEA TERRACE NIGHT
Running: September 23, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Location: Sarabeth’s Tokyo
Address: 1-8-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Serving Hours: 17:00-20:30
*Free -flow drinks are all-you-can-drink for 90 minutes
*Reservations required by 16:00
Official Website: http://www.sarabethsrestaurants.jp/
Barbapapa Design Socks to be Released in Collaboration With Tabio
19.September.2020 | FASHION
Japanese sock manufacturers Tabio, which manages numerous stores like KUTSUSHITAYA, Tabio and Tabio, has revealed a new sock collection to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Barbapapa, the popular children’s picture book by the French-American couple Annette Tison and Talus Taylor. Pre-sales for the socks will begin on Tabio’s official website on September 25 with general sales heading to select branches in Japan on October 2.
The socks capture the cute and colourful world of the Barbapapa characters, with different designs for each member of the family.
Barbapapa (Pink), Barbazoo (Yellow), Barbabelle (Purple) | ¥1,815 (Tax Included)
Barbabeau (Black), Barbalib (Orange), Barbabright (Blue) | ¥1,815 (Tax Included)
Barbalala (Green), Barbapapa (Pink), Alphabet Design | ¥1,815 (Tax Included)
Barbabravo (Red), Barbamama (Black), Alphabet Design | ¥1,815 (Tax Included)
There are a total of four sets with three colours in each set. Each person who buys a set will also received an original Barbapapa pouch.
Coordinate your autumn and winter looks this year with this cute collaboration!
Tabio x Barbapapa
Pre-sales: September 25, 2020
General Released: October 2, 2020
Available: Tabio online store and select Tabio branches in Japan
Tabio Online Store: https://tabio.com/jp/brand/kutsushitaya/
Experience a Stylish Picnic at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
19.September.2020 | SPOT
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens is now taking bookings for its upcoming “Garden Picnic 2020 -Autumn Season-” event which is set to run from September 26 to November 23.
The Gaden Picnic event began in spring last year, and this time around, they’re hosting a special autumn themed picnic. Visitors can expect to tuck into a seasonal food lineup while enjoying the cooling autumn weather.
Garden Picnic 2020 offers a range of picnic rental necessities from food to drinks, desserts, picnic sheets, chopping boards, cutlery sets, dried flowers, garlands, alphabet letters, blackboards, bubbles, and more, so visitors can enjoy a proper and memorable picnic experience—one that will definitely be Instagram worthy—amongst the autumnal verdure of the Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens.
The garden paths, flower beds, and the Rokko mountains offer a beautiful outdoor experience throughout all four seasons. Autumn in particular, as the colours of the mountains transition into vibrant red and yellow hues and sway underneath the clear sky. From cosmos to gorgeous globe amaranth, colourful sage, and other autumnal flowers, it’s the perfect setting for an autumn aesthetic picnic.
Garden Picnic 2020
Running: September 26, 2020 – November 23, 2020
Price: Picnic set for two – ¥7,000 (Tax Included)
Includes: Food, Japanese sweets, mini wine bottle (comes with 2 glasses), mineral water, picnic blanket, chopping board, cutlery set, dried flowers (can be taken home), garlands, alphabet letters, blackboard, and bubbles
Booking: Must be booked by telephone called two days prior by 15:00
*Cancellations must be made by 12:00 the previous day, otherwise you will be charged
*10 bookings available per day, first-come, first-served
*Bookings available 10:30-14:00 (JST)
Official Website: https://www.kobeherb.com/event_experience/garden_picnic/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Winnie the Pooh Pumpkin Soft Cookies
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
Halloween in closing in, so for this recipe I’ll be using pumpkin to make delicious cookies—crunchy on the outside and moist in the middle. This recipe rolls the dough into a ball, so it’s a great alternative for people who aren’t good with shaping or cutting cookies.
50g pumpkin (mashed and skin removed)
20g-25g sugar (I used sanonto sugar to bring out the sweetness of the pumpkin, but white sugar is fine too)
30g unsalted butter
A pinch of salt
60g weak flour
Combine and mix the steamed pumpkin, room temperature butter, and sugar. Then incorporate the salt and flour and mix again.
Now to shape everything. For pumpkin decorations, roll the pumpkin together and create a little depression in the top. Use a toothpick or something similar to create five indents around the outside as pictured above.
To make Pooh Bear, simply roll round and add the ears.
Bake at 150℃ for 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool, then decorate Pooh’s facial features with a chocolate pen.
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Review: The 30 Year Old Cafe Chatei Hatou in Shibuya
18.September.2020 | FOOD
Hi, everyone. It’s Banako of MOSHI MOSHI FRIENDS. Today I’m reviewing Chatei Hatou, a long-standing cafe in Shibuya, Tokyo.
Shibuya is a place that bustles with youth culture and fashion. It’s also home to many eateries, but there aren’t many places around that you can go to to get away from the busy streets for a quiet break.
Chatei Hatou opened in 1989 at Miyamasuzaka Shita in Shibuya, where it has gone unchanged and welcomed customers for the past 30 years. It’s very easy to get to, being just a 3-minute stroll from the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station.
When opening the door to the cafe and stepping inside, the first thing to jump out at you are the rows of coffee cups lined up along shelves behind the counter.
The coffee cup collection features a selection of works by many different makers. There’s even a cup in there valued at ¥200,000!
The antiques littered here and there around the cafe elevate the vibe of the cafe. There’s a number of seating areas, including the counter seats as well as tables for two, four, or big groups.
I felt the faint tasty scent of the Japanese pudding calling to me so I went and ordered a pumpkin pudding along with a hot chocolate.
Cafe Chocolat (Hot) ¥950 / Pumpkin Pudding ¥500
The pumpkin pudding was nice and moist and rich in flavour. Nothing short of delicious. It’s made even sweeter when eaten together with the fluffy whipped cream―which also elevates the flavour of the pumpkin too.
I was inspired by the cafe owner to go for the cup I chose for my hot chocolate. There is so much variety between the cups; it’s fun getting to see rare ones. Be sure to check their Instagram page where they have more detailed write-ups about their coffee cups and coffee varieties.
The cafe has a selection of original coffee blends which they make fresh with the utmost care and consideration. You can buy their coffee beans, take cake away from you, and even order whole cakes, so you can enjoy their delights at home.
Chatei Hatou has stood together with Shibuya these past 30 years. According to the owner, the most important thing about running a cafe is making sure its doors are always open. It’s been tough as a result of the pandemic this year, but the cafe is still there as a part of people’s lives.
The next time you’re in Shibuya, why not enjoy a drink and a sit down at Chatei Hatou?
Address: 1-15-19 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:30 (Last Orders 22:30)
No Fixed Holidays (But may be closed during the New Year Holidays)
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Shibuya Station’s Hachiko Exit
Official Instagram: https://instagram.com/hatou_coffee_shibuya?igshid=9ubwybwvpktb
*The cafe is cash-only and has an outdoor smoking area
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Art and Lifestyle Come Together at Isetan Shinjuku’s ‘Living with ART’ Event
18.September.2020 | FASHION
Isetan Shinjuku is now hosting its “Living with ART” event on the 5th floor of the main building until September 29, 2020.
Living with ART brings together collections of artistic products by designers from both inside and outside Japan, from unique items to add accent to your daily life to more daily-use bits and bobs.
STUDIO THE BLUE BOY comes to Isetan Shinjuku for the first time
<STUDIO THE BLUE BOY> Wavy Gradient rug – Orange × Yellow | ¥289,000 (Before Tax)
Keisuke Shoda is a Tokyo-based designer and art director whose name is known both in Japan and overseas. He creates products for his art studio, STUDIO THE BLUE BOY, all of which are sold exclusively online from rugs to interior products and more. Exhibiting at Isetan Shinjuku for the first time, STUDIO THE BLUE BOY’s lineup will include their popular rugs, fragrances, bags, and more.
<STUDIO THE BLUE BOY> Zen Garden Collection (Left: Charcoal Grey, Right: Matcha Deep Green) | ¥329,000 Each (Before Tax)
Visitors will also be able to order the Charcoal Grey and Matcha Deep green rugs early from the studio’s new Zen Garden Collection line.
Valeria Vasi showcases their new range in Japan for the first time
<Valeria Vasi> Vases | ¥12,000-¥75,000 Each (Before Tax)
Barcelona-based designer Valeria Vasi is showcasing her iconic and eye-catching handcrafted vases. Her designs are simple, but have their own beauty and quality, giving room for a single flower to express its own beauty. She will be selling around 40 items.
<Valeria Vasi> Vases | ¥34,000-¥45,000 (Before Tax)
As well as her ceramic vases, which have a beautiful glossy finish, Valeria Vasi is also selling her newest glass-type vases in Japan for the first time.
Young artists’ pictures turned into blankets
<Slowdown Studio> Blanket | ¥32,000 (Before Tax)
Slowdown Studio’s products are available in 16 countries worldwide. It is a home product brand that makes items using pictures and illustrations created by young artists around the world. At the event, they will be selling 10 different kinds of blankets, including three from their new TOKYO COLLECTION together with Japanese artists.
<Slowdown Studio> Blanket | ¥32,000 (Before Tax)
The blankets can even be used as wall art.
This is just a snippet of what will be on show at Living with ART. If you’re in Tokyo this month, don’t miss out on the event.
Living with ART
Running: September 16, 2020 – September 29, 2020
Location: Isetan Shinjuku Main Building Floor 5F
Official Website: https://www.isetan.mistore.jp/shinjuku.html