Buy These Face Masks and Help Save Japan’s Cats in the Process
08.May.2020 | FASHION
Neco Republic launched online pre-orders of its new face masks, called “SAVE THE CAT MASK,” via its website on May 6, 2020. Neco Republic is a company who pours efforts into helping save cats in Japan; they manage various businesses including the cat cafe Neco Republic which takes in rescue cats, NECOREPA/ which sells a variety of products and items with all proceeds going towards their efforts to taking in stray cats, Neco Ichi Neco Za which is a rescue cat event held in Japan, and more.
The “SAVE THE CAT MASK” series was launched for cat lovers and as a way to help cats in the process. The previous batch of these masks sold out in just two days.
High quality materials and skilful sewing, all made in Japan
SAVE THE CAT MASK – ¥1,980 for one / ¥9,900 for five
The masks are made from high quality natural cotton with all manufacturing carried out in Japan. They are sewed using a Japanese sewing method known as ayaori which ensures elasticity and makes it harder for the masks to wrinkle. The masks can also be washed repeatedly. Maintaining hygiene is of utmost important when it comes to face masks, and so these face masks are made so you can hand wash them lightly with detergent as well as put them in a net before putting them in the washing machine.
The masks are all sewn in Gifu Prefecture which is where Neco Republic is based.
Cute designs inspired by cats
There are five design variations of the masks each inspired by a different cat breed including calico, Russian Blue, tuxedo, white, and black. They are also shaped subtly like a cat which most likely won’t be noticed by other people meaning you can express you love of cats secretly.
Save cats during the process
The masks aren’t only for us humansーthey benefit our cats too. All proceeds from the masks will go towards Neco Republic’s rescue cat cafe as well as be used for the company’s efforts for helping rescue cats.
Neco Republic’s SAVE THE CAT MASK
Maison Kitsuné Reveals Collaboration Mask with PITTA MASK
23.September.2021 | FASHION
Maison Kitsuné, a popular Parisian lifestyle brand that produces unique music and fashion items, has collaborated with Japanese mask brand PITTA MASK, a brand which has become famous for its extraordinary outlook. The trendy mask was unveiled at NYFW: The Shows on September 10 2021.
The collaboration combines the creative direction of both Maison Kitsuné and PITTA MASK, working together to transform the typical mask, which has become a daily necessity, into something fun and stylish, all while maintaining the spirit of each individual brand.
PITTA MASK and Maison Kitsuné, a lifestyle brand known for combining fashion and music, have collaborated to create a stylish and colorful mask that goes beyond just protecting the face, both practical and fashionable.
The two collaboration masks, which were unveiled during New York Fashion Week, will be presented as a free gift to customers who spend over ¥8,000 (Excl. Tax) in Maison Kitsuné stores in New York, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka from the end of September. The set is made up of two masks, in navy and white.
Quantities are limited, so be sure to check out the latest information on social media!
Maison Kitsuné x PITTA MASK Collaboration Face Mask
Gift Campaign Period: Late September 2021 Onwards (scheduled)
Maison Kitsuné Official Instagram: www.instagram.com/maisonkitsune/
Art Charity Auction Opens to Support the Fight Against COVID-19
20.September.2021 | FASHION
Last year, the Pola Museum Annex in Tokyo hosted a charity auction to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic breaking out across the globe. As the world continues to feel the effects of the virus, the charity event is returning for a second year, and is set to be held from November 12 until December 5, 2021. The title for this year’s art exhibition is ‘Find Your Travel.’
Lemon Tree – Yuka Kashihara. Acrylic and oil on canvas. 2020.
POLA Dot or snowball ~Based on Tosa Mitsuyoshi’s Colored Painting of Yugiri from The Tale of Genji~ – Tetsuya Noguchi. Acrylic. 2020.
our whereabouts – Moe Nakamura. Camphor, bronze, oil. 2021.
Philanthropy – Yuko Higuchi. Hemp paper, pen, watercolor. 2020.
Baby Heel-less Shoes – Noritaka Tatehama. Cowhide, pigskin, dye, metal zipper, coated crystal glass. 2020.
Last year’s charity auction raised over ¥9,145,000 (about $83,000) for the Japanese Red Cross. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the globe, and as Japan remains locked down, this year’s event hopes to raise even more useful funds to help medical professionals on the front lines.
20 artists are participating in the exhibition, with each creating one work based on the theme of ‘travel.’ In addition to simply viewing these pieces at the exhibition, a silent auction will also be held online. With travel being severely restricted, these works of art seek to inspire and encourage visitors to imagine a better future, when the world is open once again. All proceeds will once again be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.
Find Your Travel Charity Auction
Running: November 12 – December 5, 2021
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last entry 18:30) / Admission Free
Address: Pola Museum Annex 3F (1-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: http://www.po-holdings.co.jp/m-annex/
Wildly In-Demand Neko Neko Tiramisu Returns in Limited Quantities
10.September.2021 | FOOD
Neko Neko Cheesecake, a sweets shop specializing in cat-shaped treats, is adding the massively popular Neko Neko Tiramisu back to the menu for a limited time only, from September 10 until September 30, 2021.
※Until supplies last.
Originally sold as a limited-edition release for Father’s Day, 800 of these cat-shaped treats sold out instantly. Brought back as a result of constant consumer requests, the Tiramisu will only be available in very limited quantities.
The Neko Neko Tiramisu is filled with soft sponge cake soaked with coffee syrup, with a layer of mascarpone cheese mousse layered on top. Finished with cocoa and coffee powder, it’s the perfect mix of bittersweet and rich flavors.
The Tiramisu will also be available at the online store All Hearts Mall, making it easy to send to friends and family. As the pandemic continues to keep people apart, this adorable sweet is a great way to surprise loved ones far away.
What do you think about this Neko Neko Tiramisu? It might be too cute to eat.
Kyoto Sweets Cafe eXcafe Gion-Shinbashi Restarts Popular Breakfast Menu for Weekends
The calm Machiya sweet shop eXcafe Gion-Shinbashi will be restarting the popular eXcafe Breakfast (Calico) menu on weekends from September 4 2021. This is the perfect spot to start your Gion adventure, packed full of ancient city charm and history.
eXcafe currently has three store locations in Kyoto: Kyoto-Arashiyama, Gion-Shinbashi, and the newly opened Gion Yasaka.
eXcafe Gion Shinbashi is located in an area where you can appreciate the beauty of Gion, with the ever changing scenery fully reflecting the four seasons. Even on sunny weekends, the area isn’t overly busy and the sky is beautifully clear, making it the perfect spot for commemorative photos.
The returning breakfast menu is the eXcafe Breakfast (Calico), made up of charcoal-grilled toast with a calico cat motif. The fluffy bread is thickly cut and can be completed with your favorite topping: Bean paste, butter, whipped cream, or fruits. The breakfast set also includes a drink and Mitarashi dango dessert, making it the perfect way to spend a relaxing moment at the beginning of your trip, or as a break from your early-morning sightseeing.
Morning walks in Gion are particularly refreshing at this time of year, making a perfect break from the intense Summer heat. It is also ideal for visiting the Yasaka Shrine.
You’ll feel even cooler as you listen to the flowing Shira River, the water gently bubbling under the cobblestones of the famous Tatsumi Bridge. Although it is located in a trendy area, the eXcafe Gion-Shinbashi is a welcome break from the bustle of the city, surrounded by cobblestone alleys and wooden townhouses.
Address: 57-1 Motoyoshi-cho, Higashiyama, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 18:00
Weekends, holidays: 08:00 ~ 18:00
Cat Cafe and Shelter Necorepublic Opens Massive Complex in Osaka
16.August.2021 | SPOT
Necorepublic, which operates a shelter cat cafe and accompanying apparel brand ‘NECOREPA/’, held the grand opening of NecorepaLand in Kumatori, Osaka on July 22, 2021. This is the first ‘NECOREPA/’ flagship store in Kansai.
All ‘NECOREPA/’ Items
Adorable socks and cat-shaped masks
Restaurant specializing in Japanese Spiced Curry.
Spiced Keema Curry with Bonito stock.
Lemonade and fragrant Tsujimoto Coffee.
The cat cafe, where guests can relax with 9 shelter cats.
Cats enjoy playing with the hammock hanging from the ceiling.
NecorepaLand is one of the largest Necorepublic complexes, and was created to support the brand’s shelter activities, with proceeds from dining and shopping being used to help cats in need. The ‘NECOREPA/’ store is heaven for cat lovers, featuring cat-themed goods, including bags, wallets, socks, and other accessories.
The complex also houses a specialty Japanese spiced curry restaurant, with three unique flavors available. Guests can wash it down with some lemonade or Tsujimoto coffee, and gaze out the large windows overlooking the terrace. A separate cat cafe located in the back of the building houses 9 shelter cats ready to play with visitors, and each cat is adoptable!
With all sales going to a good cause, NecorepaLand is sure to bring some positive change to the Kansai area.
eXcafe Gion, a cafe in Gion, Kyoto is now open for business on weekdays again.
Cat-shaped bread by Neko Neko Shokupan
The cafe is located near Tatsumihashi
eXcafe’s famous Hoku Hoku Dango Set
eXcafe Gion opened in November 2019 following the opening of the popular eXcafe Arashiyama. Gion is a major sightseeing spot of Kyoto for its fusion of traditional and contemporary Kyoto culture. One of its longest and most quintessential traditions of that of Chayamachi, also called Hanamachi, where maiko and geisha live and work.
eXcafe Gion is situated near Tatsumihashi where the relaxing sounds of the Shirakawa River can be heard. The cafe incorporates elements of a traditional Japanese teahouse with tatami flooring and wooden structures, ready to welcome guests with open arms who have been strolling around to see the historical architecture of the local area.
The summer season sees locals and sightseers dressed in yukata, the sound of geta shoes clacking on the floor. Summertime is also when the cafe serves their famous Hoku Hoku Dango, a must-try if visiting Gion.
Address: 57-1 Motoyoshicho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0087, Japan
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/excafe.official/
Sailor Moon Eternal Inspired Face Mask Protects and Looks Kawaii
Bandai Namco Group released a new Sailor Moon Eternal themed face mask as part of their ‘CHARA-MASK’ line for adults on Premium Bandai on June 14.
CHARA-MASK Sailor Moon Eternal | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
The face mask, based on the Sailor Moon Eternal anime film, was designed in collaboration with Sailor Moon‘s author Naoko Takeuchi. It’s lined with sparkly rhinestones to give it a cute finish.
Bandai’s CHARA-MASK series features reusable masks fitted with anti-odour and anti-bacterial filters which can be swapped out. They are also made from comfortable light mesh fabric, can be washed, and worn for long periods of time. They are sized at 100mm in width and 130mm in height.
CHARA-MASK – Sailor Moon Eternal
Released: June 14, 2021 (Available while supplies last)
Delivery: October 2021
Cute Cat-Shaped Mango Cheesecake Arrives at Neko Neko Cheesecake
31.May.2021 | FOOD
Neko Neko Cheesecake released its new seasonal ‘Neko Neko W Cheesecake Mango’ on Tuesday. Neko Neko Cheesecake is a sister brand of Neko Neko Shokupan by the same company, ALL HEARTS COMPANY, which serves cat-shaped bread.
Neko Neko W Cheesecake Mango | ¥2,430 (Tax Included)
The cute cheesecake is packed full of seasonal mango in the form of a mango and passion fruit sauce layered on top of the biscuit base. The cake is topped with fresh mango, lending a juicy and refreshing flavour to the sweet and tangy cake.
This tropical mango delight is one of many delicious cakes by Neko Neko Cheesecake. Be sure to check out our other coverages on the shop.
Tokyo Mew Mew New Anime Cast Music Group Smewthie Performs Live
In promotion of the upcoming new anime series adaptation of Tokyo Mew Mew New, which is releasing in 2022, the cast hosted an event titled ‘2nd MEW♡ting’ on Saturday May 22 where they read their lines aloud to fans.
The event was held on the same date as Masaya Aoyama’s birthday – the male love interest of the series protagonist Ichigo Momomiya. There was a section of the event where Ichigo spoke about the cake she made for Aoyama the day before.
This was Smewthie’s first event with a live audience. They performed full versions of bitter sweet darling and Resolution of colors for the first time, amongst other fun things such as a segment similar to a Japanese variety show.
‘bitter sweet darling’ was the group’s first single
Smewthie「bitter sweet darling」Music Video
Smewthie「bitter sweet darling」Dance Performance Video
bitter sweet darling: Track Download ¥250 / Full Single Download ¥1,350 / His-Res Track Download ¥400 / Hi-Res Full Single Download ¥1,800
bitter sweet darling is available on music streaming and download services.
Will you be watching Tokyo Mew Mew New when it airs next year?
Smewthie 2nd MEW♡ting
Event Page: https://tokyo-mew-mew.com/news/article_012.html
Neko Neko Shokupan x Samansa Mos2 Clothing Collaboration Released
Fashion brand Samansa Mos2 joined paws with the cat-themed bread and pastry store Neko Neko Shokupan to release their first collection together at Samansa Mos2 stores and the online store CAN ONLINE SHOP on May 14.
Half-Sleeve Photo Print T-Shirts
Price: ¥3,190 (Tax Included)
Half-Sleeve Monogram Print T-Shirts
Price: ¥3,190 (Tax Included)
Half-Sleeve Back Print T-Shirts
Price: ¥3,190 (Tax Included)
Back print tee design
Shokupan Print Hoodie
Price: ¥4,290 (Tax Included)
Photo Print T-Shirt
Price: ¥2,530 (Tax Included)
French Flare T-Shirts
Price: ¥2,530 (Tax Included)
Embroidered Canvas Tote Bag
Price: ¥3,850 (Tax Included)
Price: ¥660 (Tax Included)
Reversible Shoulder Pouch
Price: ¥3,190 (Tax Included)
Price: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Mobile Ring Holder
Price: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Neko Neko Shokupan are known for their rich and milky cat-shaped bread which uses milk and zero water. They’re a hugely popular bakery brand who often find themselves across social media pages including Instagram. This marks their first collaboration with Samansa Mos2 who celebrate their 35th anniversary this year.
The collection features key visuals taken from the Neko Neko Shokupan brand. Items include a variety of tees and hoodies as well as other miscellaneous must-grabs like tote bags, handkerchiefs, bottle holders, and more. There’s even a children’s line-up as part of Samansa Mos2’s kid brand Samansa Mos2 Lagom so parents and their children can coordinate cute matching outfits.
Look felinely-fashionable this summer with the Samana Mos2 x Neko Neko Shokupan collection.
Neko Neko Shokupan, a Japanese company that makes cat-shaped bread, is releasing a new limited-time blueberry flavour for the entire month of June at all branches.
Neko Neko Shokupan Blueberry | Single Slice ¥842 (Tax Included)
Their bread arrangements are super popular
The June-exclusive blueberry bread uses blueberry jam in the dough. One bite fills your taste buds with sweet and fruity ecstasy. It can be enjoyed as it is, or made even more delicious by toasting and adding a spread of butter which elevates the sweetness of the blueberry even more.
The cat-shaped bread, which is made with milk, can be decorated with chocolate pens and other decorations to create a unique and original design. Their bread arrangements are super popular on social media. Perfect as a sweet treat to yourself or a gift to someone.
If you’re in Japan this June, don’t miss out!
Neko Neko Shokupan Blueberry
Price: Single Slice ¥842 (Tax Included)
Available: At all Neko Neko Shokupan branches
Official Website: https://nekoshoku.allhearts.company
Tokyo Revengers Anime Series to Release Exclusive Merchandise Collection
Japanese anime and manga online store CharaAni is releasing an exclusive new Tokyo Revengers anime merchandise collection this June.
Customers who purchase any of these items on the website can pick between one of five postcards that they’ll receive for free. Check out the designs below.
Free postcard with every purchase
Embroidered Patches | ¥770 Each or Entire Box ¥6,610 | Releasing: July 2021
A collection of embroidered patches featuring the characters from Tokyo Revengers. Each is around 10cm in size and can be used in a variety of ways.
Mikey and Draken T-Shirts | ¥16,500 Each | Releasing: June 2021
Two work-style tees with the initials TG embroidered on the front and featuring different designs on the back of Mikey and Draken.
A4 Folders | ¥440 Each | Releasing: June 2021
Washable Face Masks | ¥2,200 Each | Releasing: June 2021
A collection of stylish reusable face masks made from a light material that makes them perfect for the hot summer weather.
Tokyo Revengers Merchandise
Rolling Out: June 2021
Product Page: https://www.chara-ani.com/pickup.aspx?p=tokyo_revengers