Stay Home With MIOCHIN: Use Social Media To Connect With People and Share Ideas During the Lockdown

15.April.2020 | FEATURES

Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

 

Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

Today, we are joined by model and illustrator MIOCHIN who has shared with us how she has been spending her time at home recently.

 

1: Colouring In

I like to colour in pictures while listening to music☆

 

I try out different colour schemes depending on my mood. I express my feelings and emotions on paper in the form of colour by colouring in different pictures.

 

2: TikTok

I post on TikTok everyday! I watch the videos that pop up in my recommendations and think to my self, “I wanna try that too!” and so I do. You can have fun with lots of people on there with the latest trending dance or lip sync. It’s the best.

 

Recently I’ve been wanting to upload videos that only I can do, so right now I’m into making videos that express me.

 

MIOCHIN’s TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mionosekai

 

3: Live Streaming

I live stream everyday on LINE LIVE. I have fun and interesting conversations with viewers. I try to bring some happiness to everyone.

4: Merchandise

I’m thinking of new merch to sell on my online store☆

 

Once I’ve made it, it goes on my website MIONOSEKAI.

 

What’s your secret to spending time at home?

The way I have fun at home is connecting with people through social media. I spend some relaxing time alone, and I also share ideas and have fun with everyone using TikTok and live streams everyday!

Please give a message to those reading this article

“I think you can liven up, even just a little, by having fun with other people. You can still connect with people even if you can’t go outside, so let’s work hard support each other.”

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    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

     

    In this edition of Stay Home, we’re taking a look at six more cute, easy-to-make toast recipes that were featured with the trending Japanese hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”). Try making them yourself at home for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack.

     

    Related Article: Stay Home: 6 Toast Arrangements to Bring the Cafe Experience to Your Home During the Lockdown

     

     

    1: Orange Toast | @candyrose914

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    Ingredients
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    Method
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    3: Add a dollop of fresh cream on top.
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    2: Mini Strawberry & Red Bean Paste Butter Toast | @__yk._

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    Ingredients
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    Method
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    3: Apple Toast | @ruko_0519

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    Ingredients
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    Method
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    4: Marshmallow Toast | @woo.rrei

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    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Marshmallows ・Chocolate Sauce

     

    Method
    1: Slice a thin piece of bread and toast. Top with marshmallows.
    2: Toast once again under a grill until the marshmallows take on colour.
    3: Drizzle with chocolate syrup and you’re done!

     

    5: Open Avocado Sandwich | @keijunrin

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    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Avocado ・Pink pepper ・Egg yolk ・Mayonnaise

     

    Method
    1: Add the avocado to a slice of bread and grind on some rose pepper.
    2: Drop on an egg yolk and lightly toast under a grill.
    3: Drizzle with mayonnaise and enjoy!

     

    6: Bread Gratin | @izumxx_37

    izumi’s recipe is a combination of bread and “naporitan” which is a Japanese pasta dish. It’s a hearty serving that makes for a great lunch.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Naporitan pasta ・White Sauce ・Cheese

     

    Method
    1: Make naporitan and white sauce in advance. Cut the naporitan into small pieces.
    2: Slice 1 thin and 1 thick slice of bread.
    3: Cut out the inside of the thick slice. Place this hollowed-out thick piece on top of the thin slice of bread. This thin slice forms the bottom of your bread.
    4: Add the naporitan inside. Drizzle in white sauce so it’s like a lid over the pasta.
    5: Sprinkle on cheese, toast, and you’re done!

     

    Bring the cafe experience into your own home by making your own fun toast arrangements.

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    The page is split into four sections: “Watch,” “Read,” “Create,” and “Learn About Pola Museum of Art.”

     

    <Watch>

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    <Read>

    Learn more about art by reading commentary about artists and their works. This includes manga, life drawing, and much more. Discover the history of these artists, see how scientific research has brought to life the process of how they created their works, and more.

     

    <Create>

    A wide selection of video tutorials encourage you to simply move your hand to create something yourself. From painting to cutouts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

     

    <Learn About Pola Museum of Art>

    This section is a chance for people who have never heard of the Pola Museum of Art, or who have never visited it, to get to know the place. It covers everything from Fuji Hakone Izu National Park where the museum is located to the work that goes on behind the scenes at the museum.

     

    Pola Museum of Art will continue to update the page, so be sure to check it out.

  • Q-pot. Adds Kids Sizes to Next Batch Of Stylish Textile Face Masks

    04.May.2020 | FASHION

    Q-pot. dropped its new collection of textile style face masks from its “Made in Japan” apparel line Q-pot.Dress via its online shop on April 22, 2020. The company is now taking orders for its 4th batch of masks.

    The masks feature the same textile design seen in Q-pot.Dress’s attire collection. The “Chocolate College” design features Q-pot.’s signature motif. Due to high demand, the company is bringing the mask back in a kid’s size. “Honey Lemon” will also be available again.


    The “Candy” design from the brand’s autumn collection which was released around Halloween has also been introduced into the fray. The fourth batch of masks are available to order until May 6, 2020 at 23:59 (JST).


    The masks are a great way for parents and kids, as well as friends, to coordinate their outfits and look stylish.

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