6 Stylish Cafés in Ginza You Have To Visit

09.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

Ginza is a district in Tokyo that lures in all the young people. From its high-brand fashion trends to its stylish top-tier cafés and restaurants, the minute the weekend arrives, Ginza is a tourism hotspot flourishing with young people looking for a good time.

 

When planning a day out shopping with friends in Ginza, for many of us the day’s events revolve around where to go for lunch. Luckily, Instagram expert omao, whose city café and restaurant expertise is on a whole new level, has stepped in to help by sharing six stylish cafés in Ginza with us.

 

bills, Ginza

Ricotta Pancakes: ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

Bills is famous for their pancakes. Check out this luxurious stack of three thick ricotta cheese pancakes. Indulge in the flavour of ricotta cheese and the slightly salty butter, which softens the sweetness. Pour on the maple syrup to unlock a whole new level of deliciousness. It may be crowded on the weekends, but weekday mornings are a good time to go to ensure you get a spot. 

 

▼bills Ginza

Opening Hours: 8:30-23:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: Okura House 12F, 2-6-12, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

Website: https://billsjapan.com/jp/銀座

 

THE CITY BAKERY

Cinnamon Roll: ¥320 (Before Tax) , Other Items Unknown

city bakery is a café and bakery with its main branch located in New York. It is so popular that in Tokyo alone you can find a city bakery in Nakameguro, Shinagawa, Kichijōji and three more locations. As the name suggests, their specialty is bread but they also make amazing hamburgers, soups, salads and alcoholic drinks. The best part is that you can sit in the café and enjoy freshly baked bread still hot from the oven. 

 

▼THE CITY BAKERY

Opening Hours: 7:30-22:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: B2F, Tokyu Plaza, 5-2-1, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

Official Website: https://thecitybakery.jp

 

Ginza Ginger

Ginza Ginger’s main store is located in Ginza but there is also a branch at Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi. Having said that, the calm and exquisite atmosphere at the Ginza branch definitely makes it the winner of the two. Although shaved ice is usually only seen around Japan in summer, Ginza Ginger serves it throughout the year. They sell seasonal shaved ice flavours too which is highly recommended. If you’re looking for a souvenir, don’t forget to pick up their souvenir sweets which are made from ginger.

 

▼Ginza Ginger (Ginza main store)

Opening Hours:11:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: Quartier Blanc GINZA, 1F2F, 1,4,3, Ginza, Shibuya, Tokyo

Website: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13143693/

 

Ginza West

Ginza West has been around for a long time and is dedicated to delivering the best flavours by using natural ingredients and avoiding artificial colours and flavours. Pure white tablecloths are spread over the tables and chairs, creating a bright mood perfect for enjoying a dessert to yourself. Their popular “leaf pie” biscuits are the perfect souvenir for that friend who couldn’t come.

 

▼Ginza West

Opening Hours:

Weekdays: 9:00-22:00 (Shop Closes: 23:00)

Weekends and National Holidays: 11:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: 7-3-6, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

Official Website: https://www.ginza-west.co.jp

 

Cafe Paulista, Ginza Main Branch

Cafe Paulista is said to be the place of origin for the slang word “Ginbura” which is a combination of the words “Ginza” and “Brazilian coffee” and literally means “to hang out” (have a coffee) with friends in Ginza. Although this café enjoys a classic and quiet atmosphere, it is the perfect place to make yourself at home and settle down with a warming cup of coffee. Come enjoy your weekend caffeine dose with a small slice of cake and you won’t be disappointed.

 

▼Cafe Paulista, Ginza Main Branch

Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday:8:30-21:30

Sundays and National Holidays: 11:30-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: Nagasaki Center Bldg.1F, 8-9-16, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

Official Website: http://www.paulista.co.jp

 

centre the bakery

Tasting Set: ¥1,700

This café sells a shokupan set (sliced loaf set) which you can taste and compare. You can choose to eat in, however it is best to reserve in advance as it gets crowded quite quickly. This place is so popular that the queue for take out orders can stretch for an hour. Having said that, it is really worth the wait. You’re guaranteed to leave fully satisfied. 

 

▼centre the bakery

Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: 1-2-1,Chuo Ward, Tokto

Website: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13157424/

 

So, how about it?

If you’re stuck on where to go for food in the city, you can count on omao‘s Instagram to be there to help. However, you won’t be able to stop yourself from drooling – you have been warned. 

 

Photos and Original Text by: omao

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    One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. I find it very important time well spent in order to live a happy, fulfilling life.

     

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  • 3 Delicious, Mouthwatering Desserts in Osaka Perfect For Instagram

    10.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Our news website has already touched on a number delicious cafés in Japan’s Kansai region. For those of you who are struggling with their itineraries for their upcoming trip to Osaka, we’ve got a sweet treat for you: a list of cafés serving up irresistible desserts in Osaka that you must try. 

     

    All the cafés in this article were recommended by Instagram expert Tiara who knows everything there is to know about desserts in the Kansai region. Today we’ll be using Tiara’s mouthwatering photos to entice you that little bit more. 

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    Neoclassic Purin Set (Comes with financier almond cake and hot coffee)

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    ▼Chihiro Sweets Shop (ちひろ菓子店)

    Address: Floor 1, 1-25-13, Shinmachi, Nishi Ward, Osaka

    Opening Hours:
    Chihiro Sweets Shop: 12:00 – 19:00
    Café: 13:00 – 19:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Website: https://chihiroshop.thebase.in

     

     

    Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor/ Higobashi

    We’ve covered Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor in detail because it’s just so good. The first floor serves takeout desserts while the second floor is used as an eat-in space. The café menu varies according to the time of day. For example, the morning menu includes toasts with a variety of toppings including fruit. The lunchtime menu introduces Futsu ni Fruits’ main eye-catcher: the fruit sandwich. 

    Seasonal Fruits Sandwich

     The rich flavour of the fresh cream perfectly embraces the fruity flavours and will leave you feeling refreshed. If a fruit sandwich isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy delicious fruits here. 

     

    ▼Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor

    Address: 1-1-30, Tosabori, Nishi Ward, Osaka

    Opening Hours:
    Floor 1 Takeout: 10:00 – 16:00

    Floor 2 Eat-In: 10:00 – 19:00
    Closed: Mondays
    Website: https://www.instagram.com/futsuunifuruutsu_cafe/

     

     

    Fukushima Sugar/ Fukushima

    Each dessert at this cake shop is handmade. This is the perfect place to enjoy the flavours of the season. Only 10 groups can eat-in per day so if you want to eat in, make sure to reserve in advance. 

    Fig Chiffon cake/ Grape Tarts Assortment of 2/ Choux Pastry with Chestnut Cream Filling

    The fig chiffon cake is soft and just one bite will fill you with happiness. The cakes are served on the most beautiful wooden plate. The cake menu changes according to the season so if you’re interested, check out their Instagram. The showcase is lined with a variety of takeout desserts – you’ll be spoilt for choice.

     

    ▼Fukushima Sugar

    Address: 6 Chome-22-11 Fukushima, Fukushima Ward, Osaka

    Opening Hours:
    Takeout: From 13:00

    Eat-In: 14:00 – 17:00 (Reservation Required)  

    *It is possible to get a seat without reservation after 17:00

    Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays

    Website: https://www.instagram.com/sugar_fukushima/

     

     

    All of Tiara’s recommendations are just so mouthwatering – can you resist?

     

    Tiara’s Instagram is full of the most gorgeous cafés. If you’re looking for a dessert in the Kansai region, make sure to check out Tiara’s Instagram and you’re bound to find your dream destination in no time. 

    Original Text and Photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

     

    *As cafés are constantly updating their menus, please check the official website or social media accounts of the cafés mentioned in this article for the most accurate information. 

  • 5 Delicious Cafés Hidden In Tokyo’s Traditional Yanesen Area

    09.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

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    Upon your visit to Yanesen, the excitement from all your discovering will leave your stomach demanding your friends decide on a spot for lunch as soon as possible. That’s where our city café expert omao never fails to save the day. omao’s Instagram is a buffet of delicious restaurants and cafés. Today omao has recommended us a list of cafés in Sendagi and Nezu.

     

    Amane Saryo, Sendagi, Centre of Nezu

    Cake Set B (Price Unknown)

    The building for Amane Saryo is a renovated attic of an old-style Japanese house. The gorgeous interior is lined with plants and vases and the quiet, relaxing atmosphere spreads throughout. A kitchen and counter space is located on the ground floor whilst the second floor entertains a beautiful eat-in space. The menu consists of dessert sets that come with tea, ochazuke (rice with tea poured on top), and a variety of small, dainty dishes. Each cake is made with the utmost care and is very delicious.

     

    Amane Saryo

    Opening Hours: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays: 11:30-17:00/18:00-22:00

    Weekends and National Holidays: 11:30-22:00
    Fixed Holidays: Tuesday and Wednesday
    Address: 2-44-19, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

    Official Website: www.amanesaryo.com/ 

     

    SIGNE COFFEE, Nezu

    Pumpkin Purin and Blend Coffee (Price Unknown)

    SIGNE COFFEE is located close to Nezu Shrine. The white theme of the interior brightens the room, creating a soothing atmosphere. All the desserts are so delicious that you will have trouble choosing. Your stomach will still feel nice and light after finishing your coffee too. You’ll find yourself wanting to visit this café again and again. The desserts sometimes sell out so if you want to try them you should visit nice and early. 

     

    ▼SIGNE COFFEE

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Orders:17:30)
    Fixed Holidays: Thursdays and Fridays

    Address] 1-22-10, Nezu, Bunkyo, Tokyo

    Official Website: https://www.signecoffee.com/

     

    Suncrest, Nezu

    Mixed Sandwich Set: ¥550, Napolitan Spaghetti: ¥670/ Blend Coffee: ¥430

    Stepping through Suncrest’s doors is like going back in time. This old fashioned café is divided into counter seating and sofa seating. There is a wide range of coffees – perfect for the coffee-lover looking to embrace their love of coffee. Their sandwiches and napolitan spaghetti dishes will melt your heart in an instant. 

     

    ▼Suncrest

    Opening Hours: Unknown
    Fixed Holidays: Unknown
    Address: Suncrest Ikenohata 1F, 2-2-9, Ikenohata, Taito, Tokyo
    Website: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131106/13142959/

     

    CIBI Tokyo, Sendagi

    CIBI originated in Melbourne, Australia. The bread for their morning menu is made from homemade natural yeast and their homemade muffins and cakes are to die for. Pop in for lunch to have a taste of their popular lunch plate, which changes every month. The plate makes the most of ingredients of the season. If you’re looking to experience organic, fresh and locally-sourced ingredients, this natural café is the perfect place for you. 

     

    ▼CIBI Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 8:00-18:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Address: 3-37-11, Sendagi, Bunkyo, Tokyo
    Official Website: www.cibi.jp/

     

    Cafe Yuu, Nezu

    Beef Stew: ¥1,200

    Tucked away on a small side street is Cafe Yuu. Their irresistible beef stew dominates the lunch menu. The rich-flavoured stew is perfectly matured with tender beef – a match made in heaven. The drinks are poured in the most adorable cups. 

     

    ▼Cafe Yuu (Yuu cafe)

    Opening Hours: 11:45-17:00
    Closed: Tuesdays
    Address: 2-13-4 Nezu, Bunkyo City, Tokyo
    Website: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131106/13018429/

     

     

    Drooling for more? omao’s got you covered. Whether you’re stuck on where to go for lunch in the city or just want to look at gorgeous food, make sure to check out omao‘s Instagram. 

     

    Photos and original text by:omao

  • 5 Must Visit Cafes in Shiga Prefecture: Coffee, Desserts & Lunch – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    08.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Having recommended many cafes to our readers in Kyoto and Osaka, we felt it time to move to another prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. This time, we’re looking at Shiga, and we’re joined by Instagrammer Tiara who posts photos of their trips around Kansai eating sweets. They have kindly provided us with photos along with explanations of 5 must-visit cafes.

    and f CAFE in Moriyama

    and f CAFE is popular for its fresh fruit-filled parfaits and assortment of refreshing drinks. The cafe is adorned with many different plants. Up on the second floor is a spacious kid’s area, which makes it a popular location for people with children. There are even private rooms you can take your pets in, as well as mini dog park seats where you can sit with your dog.

    Morning-Harvested Strawberry Bread / Morning-Harvested Strawberry Latte
    Feast on an enormous thick-sliced piece of fluffy bread loaded with a homemade cream that’s made with mascarpone cheese and not too sweet, and topped with sweet strawberries, which have their flavour elevated thanks to the cream. The latte is also topped with super sweet strawberries.
    ▼and f CAFE (アンドエフ カフェ)
    Address: 208-5 Futamachicho, Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture
    Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00-16:00 / Cafe 11:00-18:00
    Closed: Sundays

    cafe de Boku in Moriyama

    cafe de Boku was actually renovated from an old-time sake brewery with a rich history. It’s furnished with lots of antique furniture. Their lunch menu is packed full of healthy vegetables, and they haven’t skimped on desserts either, boasting a range of parfaits and tarts made with fruits grown in Shiga.

    Seasonal Fruit Parfait
    The parfait I had was topped with a variety of fresh and juicy strawberry called akihime, grown in Dainaka. They go lip-smackingly well with the rich flavour of the milky ice cream. Part of the fun of eating the seasonal parfaits as cafe de Boku is that the parfait changes with each passing season, so it’s fun to look forward to what they’ll have next time.
    The cafe also sells a variety of takeout baked confections, making it a great place to stop by to pick up some nibbles for yourself or to share with friends.
    ▼cafe de Boku (カフェ デ ボク)
    Address: 1-10-2 Moriyama, Moriyama-shi, Shiga Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:00-17:30
    Closed: Thursdays

    Cafe Marvel in Otsu

    A window seat at Cafe Marvel means you get to watch the trains go past along the Keihan Electric Railway. This beautiful cafe has a wonderful interior with its wooden tables and chairs. They have a unique lunch menu, which is limited to just ten options, and those options change every day. In addition to the mains and soups, there’s around six deli-type foods to pick from.

    Fried Yuto Shrimp & Crab Cream Croquette With Omurice
    I ordered the fried yuto shrimp and crab cream croquette with omurice. The tasty fried shrimps are nice and big, and the cafe’s original tartar sauce is to die for. This is a pretty hearty lunch, but it’s so delicious you get through it quickly. It might be a good idea to check out their menu sheet which shows what’s been served each month, that way you can plan what you want to eat.
    ▼Cafe Marvel (カフェマーベル)
    Address: 5-9 Goryocho, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture
    Opening Hours: Not known
    Closed Days: Not known

    W.Bolero in Moriyama

    W.Bolero is a cafe selling luxurious Western-style confections. Tucked away quietly from the hustle and bustle of the city, their dining space has an antique aesthetic. They sell cakes, sweets, chocolate, pastries, and more.
    Opera d’été
    It has been called the number one confectionery shop in Saga because anything you eat there is exquisite. They also allow for takeout.
    There is also a branch of this cafe in Osaka, but at the Saga branch, with its warm and welcoming homely vibe, you can enjoy your coffee and cake at one of the terrace seats.
    ▼W.Bolero (ドゥブルベ・ボレロ)
    Address: 48-4 Harimadacho, Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
    Closed: Tuesdays
    Official Website: http://www.wbolero.com/

    Mov’s TOWN & COFFEE in Otsu

    Mov’s TOWN & COFFEE is another cafe with a relaxed atmosphere. It was renovated from a traditional Japanese house, and its interior design is Denmark-made. As well as comfy chairs, they even have sofas, so you can kick back with a cup of coffee or other beverage.

    Left: Cafe au Lait / Right: Coffee Jelly
    The subtly sweet  coffee beans used for the coffee in the cafe au lait are provided by a coffee roasting company based in Moriyama, Shiga called Comeyasu. The creamy coffee jelly contains a cream sauce with a fragrant kirsch and coconut smell. They also sell a variety of other drinks like healthy organic juices.
    ▼Mov’s TOWN &COFFEE (モヴズ タウン&コーヒー)
    Address: 1-56 Miyukicho, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 10:00-8:00
    Closed: Wednesdays / Every 3rd Tuesday of the month

    We hope you enjoyed this list. If you’d like more recommendations of cafes around the Kansai region then be sure to follow Tiara on Instagram.

     

    Original Text & Photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

    *Information written in this article is correct at the time of publishing. For more details on each shop, please visit their official websites and social media pages.

  • Food Review | Going On An Adventure With Maruko & Coji-Coji at Ginza’s MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ

    05.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    When I was a kid, I found myself relating to Maruko-chan a lot. I was bad at studying, I loved just kicking back and relaxing, was sly, was always spoiled by my mother. I’ve always thought I was just like Maruko. I spent my childhood together with her, reading Ribon magazine, reading manga, and watching anime. I love her so much that even to this day, when I’m at home on Sundays, I never fail to watch the show.

     

    Then there was Coji-Coji, who has a mellow and laid-back outlook, whose lines are sharp and quick, and who, if you see him, is sure to get a surprised reaction out of you. I was raised reading Chibi Maruko-chan, meaning I was of course a fan of the author Momoko Sakura, so it was only natural that I loved Coji-Coji which she wrote too.

    With that long introduction out of the way, it’s time for the main event. Combining the best of both worlds and my two favourites, the new MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ opened at Ginza Marionette Gate 1 on January 31 and it’s set to run until July 31.

     

    I form part of the editorial team here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, and loving Maruko-chan as much as I do, I of course had to make a trip to the cafe. I was joined by Chinese model and talent Etsuna.

    Artwork from the Markuko-chan and Coji-Coji picture book Ehon Maru Koji. The pictures have a gentle touch to them and are enough to make you feel at ease at the first glance.

    You feel warm and fluffy seeing the two of them getting along together like this.

    There’s huge pieces of artwork too like this one Etsuna is standing next to.

    The tables have these lunch mats on them. There’s two designs; one of Maruko and Coji-Coji walking across a field of grass and another with them swimming in the ocean amongst the fishes. Both are just too precious♡ I feel happy seeing the two of them having fun together. Boy, am I glad I came here.

     

    The menu line-up is overflowing with originality too, each like its own little art piece. I ordered the baked cheesecake with a drink and Etsuna got the parfait drink.

    Coji-Coji Is Here Cheesecake (w/Drink) – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    The cheesecake is topped with Coji-Coji and Mount Fuji cookies. You can get a Maruko-chan cookie instead of Coji-Coji too, but I went for the Coji-Coji one. The cheesecake has a refreshing taste with cream that’s not overly sweet. And when you add the berry sauce, it becomes a completely different delicious flavour.

    I ordered a hot black coffee as part of the set, and the mug it was serve in had an original design on it in line with the cafe’s theme. You can buy these mugs new there too.

    Onigiri Aliens & The Star Festival Parfait – ¥1,700 (Before Tax)

    This drink is inspired by the Milky Way of Tanabata. It’s topped with Maruko-chan, Coji-Coji, and alien cookies.

    Etsuna was spellbound by its gorgeous purple colour too♡

    The parfait and drink come in separate vessels、so I recommend enjoying them one at a time. After tucking into the subtly sweet fruits, vanilla ice cream, and cream of your parfait, feel even more refreshed with a sip of your cream cheese-filled drink.

    The Three Of Us Get Along – ¥1,880 (Before Tax)

    There are plenty of colourful options to choose from the menu, but the one that struck my attention the most was this tomato cream and pumpkin sauce mix which contains seafood.

    You get an edible Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji on the side too with tears in their eyes… what a melancholic expression. I feel sad just looking at this one.

    The character cookies aren’t just printed on – each and every one is hand drawn carefully. Which means the both of them have lots of different expressions! And they seem such a waste to eat (though of course I ate them all…)

    If you want to see what else is on the menu, check out our other article here: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/289822

     

    Mug: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)

    The cafe sells its own exclusive merchandise too, like the mug I got when my coffee and cake arrived.

    Masking Tapes – ¥350 Each / Ballpoint Pens – ¥600 Each

    B6 Notebooks – ¥280 Each

    I picked up a notebook, pen and some masking tape. Perfect for when the cherry blossom season starts.

    Hand Towel: ¥400 (Before Tax)

    Etsuna got her hands on a hand towel. Everything they have in stock is cute, so I urge you to get lost in the wares of the MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ if you visit! It’s possible to book a table in advance, but the weekends are particularly busy, so if you have a day in mind don’t forget to book.

    The MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ is packed full of Momoko Sakura’s world. It was a mix of fun, cute, sad, and relaxing.

     

    When I’m looking at Chibi Maruko-chan, I think of Sakura, and my chest feels tight and painful. But coming to this cafe made me think that when I look at Maruko-chan and her radiating personality, not just in the world of anime but in various different places, I feel that even if I’ve become an adult, I can always live my life together with Maruko-chan and Momoko Sakura, and that makes me happy. If you love Maruko-chan, Coji-Coji, and Momoko Sakura too, then be sure to jump into the picture book world of Ehon Maru Koji at MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ.

     

    ©️Momoko Sakura ©️Sakura Production

  • GINZA SIX Announces New Stairwell Art Installation by Tokujin Yoshioka

    29.January.2020 | SPOT

    A new piece of installation art is coming to GINZA SIX, the largest shopping centre in Tokyo’s Ginza fistrict, next month. From February 27, Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka’s “Prismatic Cloud” will adorn the stairwell until the end of October.

    Tokujin Yoshioka is a Japanese artist whose grand and poetic nature-themed work has received international praise. His skills include art, design, and architecture, which are being put to use to give GINZA SIX a new face for 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics and therefore year in which many people from around the world are sure to flock to Tokyo’s upmarket and luxurious district.

    Prismatic Cloud is an enormous light sculpture inspired by clouds and the fundamentals of nature. It was originally showcased at the Allen Center in Houston, US, and has been arranged once more for it’s Japan debut. It stretches an incredible 10 meters long and is made from 10,000 prism rods which are layered together, making light penetrate through them to look infinite. Its appearance changes depending where you view it from, both your position and your line of sight in relation to it.

     

    GINZA SIX’s stairwell is a symbol of the shopping centre, and it has become an art program filled with creativity and energy, with many international artists having displayed their works there, including Yayoi Kusama, Daniel Buren, Nicolas Buffe, Chiharu Shiota, and Klaus Haapaniemi. Prismatic Cloud is being overseen by Mori Art Museum, who also supervised Kusama, Buren, and Shiota’s work. While these installations are set up for a limited time, GINZA SIX also houses some permanent artwork around the complex by artists from around the world.

  • Capy Neko Cafe: Japan’s First Cat and Capybara Cafe Opens in Tokyo

    24.January.2020 | FOOD

    Capy Neko Cafe is the newest animal cafe to hit Tokyo. Located in the neighbourhood of Kichijoji, right by the station, customers are able to interact with both cats and capybara at the same time.

    Japan is famous for its host of animal cafes, from the ubiquitous cat cafes to more unique ones like the owl cafe. But Capy Neko Cafe stands out from the rest as being the first cafe in Japan to combine cats and capybara.

    You might wonder whether it’s actually safe to pet a capybara. They may be the largest rodent in the world, but they in fact loved to be pet by people. They are gentle creatures that get on with and can live alongside cats. At the cafe, you can take photos of the capybara who are sure to be chilling on the sofas as well as feed them. The comfy environment also means that they’ll feel like your very own pet capybara at home.

    ▶︎Tawashi (Male)

    Tawashi is a sensitive, affectionate, and gentle guy. He loves snacks, and he’s sure to flop down if you start petting him on the butt. Part of his daily routine is having an afternoon nap on the sofa together with the cats.

    ▶︎Dan (Male)

    The vice store manager of Capy Neko Cafe. He adores humans. He’s the kind of guy who’ll probably jump up onto you if you cover your lap with a blanket and sit on the sofa.

    ▶︎Emma (Female)

    Another member with a soft spot for humans, Emma is reserved kitty who lets everybody eat their food first. She’s a needy and spoiled girlーif she’s on your lap, you’re not getting up. She’s siblings with Dan.

    ▶︎Cream (Male)

    Cream is everybody’s idol. He’s unapologetically spoiled and a handsome guy with perfectly round black pupils.

     

    This list is just a small taste of the many cute residents to meet at Capy Neko Cafe. The cafe is also active in finding families for their rescued cats. The number of people who want to own a cat in Japan are looking to rescues now instead of pet shops. At Capy Neko Cafe, you get the best of both worlds: you can meet and interact with a cat and see if they’re a good match for you.

     

    If you’re interested in visiting Capy Neko Cafe, keep in mind that priority goes to those who have booked in advance. This can be done via their official website, so book first and look forward to kicking back and enjoying a cup of tea, coffee or soft drink before interacting with the cats and capybara!

  • Luxury Kyoto Jewellery Brand NIWAKA Brings its Beautiful Collection to Ginza in Tokyo

    23.January.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    NIWAKA is a Japanese jewellery brand that first launched in the city and ancient capital of Kyoto. The company has announced it is set to open a special concept store in Tokyo’s district of Ginza, home to luxury shops, restaurants and outlets.

     

    The new jewellery shop will boast the biggest collection in the country, housing five floors of fashion, bridal, and high jewellery.

    NIWAKA’s jewellery is renowned the world over, even being used by Hollywood actresses at the US Acadamy Awards for four years in a row.

    The new concept store in Ginza aims to deliver everything about the NIWAKA brand, with its modern interior littered with traditional Japanese motifs. They hope to grow their name even more with stores overseas in the future.

    The outside of the store is adorned with gorgeous and sparkling wisteria installations. Their abstract design makes them look like light bunches that sway gracefully.

     

    Inside the store, each floor has its own theme, with traditional elements like lattice and paper sliding doors combined effortlessly with the modern design.

    Los Angeles was the first to try NIWAKA’s new collection which was used by famous red carpet actress, and it will now be sold in Japan at the new concept store. The first floor will include a range of fashion jewellery in the company’s “Kyo no Matsuri” range as well as all-new accessories.

    Floors 2-4 will house gorgeous bridal jewellery with centre showpieces and tables and chairs on both sides.

    Up on the 5th floor will be the high jewellery, accessed via an elevator, which brings you to an incredible sparkling bamboo thicket-like space.

     

    If you’re looking to indulge in some expensive jewellery, worn by the famous actresses of Hollywood, then be sure to check out NIWAKA and visit their new Ginza store. Be on the lookout for future branches opening up in Japan and overseas.フ

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