Modern Japonisme Beauty Products and Fragrances Arrive at SABON’s Shinjuku Pop-Up Store
14.June.2020 | FASHION
Japanese beauty company SABON opened its first ever pop-up shop on Wednesday on the first floor of Isetan Shinjuku in the makeup and promotion section. The shop will run until June 23, 2020.
Items on show include classic SABON products as well as their “TOKYO CELEBRATION” line-up, a collection of “modern Japonisme” items made in collaboration with millennial generation Japanese calligrapher MAMI. The fragrance of this special collection is “Clear Citrus Green” which combines notes of sparkling lemon, fresh verdure, transparent jasmine, and dreay orange blossom.
The collection is first on pre-sale at the Isetan Shinjuku pop-up store until June 23. After that, it will go on limited sales at SABON stores across Japan and SABON’s online store on June 25.
Additionally, customers who spend over ¥8,000 (tax included) on the TOKYO CELEBRATION collection have the chance to receive the above-pictured fan. These are available while supplies last.
Location: Isetan Shinjuku (1st Floor Makeup/Promotion)
Running: June 10, 2020 – June 23, 2020
Line-Up: SABON Products / TOKYO CELEBRATION Collection
Prices: ¥1,300-¥18,500 (Before Tax)
Official Website: https://www.sabon.co.jp
Exquisite Afternoon Tea to be Served in Tokyo in Collaboration With Pierre Hermé
InterContinental Tokyo Bay is set to serve up a special afternoon tea by French pastry chef Pierre Hermé at five of its restaurants including New York Lounge from June 1 to August 31.
A colourful, fruit-filled line-up
From the left: Mosaic Cheesecake, Macarons, Ispahan, Emotion Satine
From the left: Jardin de Misole, Jardin de L’atlas, Infiniment Cassis
Chocolate gateaux line-up
Two jam scones, one with raspberry and one with lemon
The savoury items are made by the French restaurant next door
The full afternoon tea at New York Lounge
The full afternoon tea at Hudson Lounge
The full afternoon tea at Manhattan
The full afternoon tea at La Provence
The full afternoon tea at Italian Dining Zillion
The afternoon tea line-ups are a collaboration between French pastry chef Pierre Hermé, who has been called the pastry industry’s Picasso, and award-winning executive chef Junji Tokunaga. Their first time working together, the duo have created an afternoon tea service packed with fruits like passion fruit, raspberry, orange, lychee, lemon, and more. Tokunaga also baked up chocolate gateaux as an homage to Hermé.
Items on the menu include Pierre Hermé’s signature Ispahan which is a rose-flavoured macaron stuffed with rose cream, fresh lychee, and raspberry; Mosaic Cheesecake which harmoniously combines griotte cherries and pistachio; the refreshing Emotion Satine in all its passion fruit, orange, cream cheese, and mascarpone richness; four original gateaux chocolate oranges by Tokunaga; scones, and more.
The afternoon tea served at French Dining Manhattan, a restaurant which has a terrace overlooking Tokyo Bay, also comes with its own original savoury line-up, while Fine Dining La Provence and Italian Dining Zillion serve up lunch plates with theirs.
Pierre Hermé x Junji Tokunaga
Running: June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
<Pierre Hermé x Junji Tokunaga Summer Sparkle Afternoon Tea>
New York Lounge/Hudson Lounge/Rainbow Bridge View Dining & Champagne Manhattan
<Pierre Hermé x Junji Tokunaga Summer Sparkle Afternoon Tea-Style Dessert w/Lunch Plan>
La Provence/Italian Dining Zillion
Mineko Orisaku Exhibition Combines Gold Leaf With Photography
FUJIFILM SQUARE in Minato, Tokyo, has announced the HAKU graphy Hommage to Hokusai exhibition by Mineko Orisaku which will run from July 21 to August 19 this year.
Hommage to Hokusai ©Mineko Orisaku
Following sunset (Tanuki-ko Lake) ©Mineko Orisaku
Pine and Mt.Fuji (Kawaguchi-ko Lake) ©Mineko Orisaku
Since announcing her “HAKU graphy” project in 2017, Mineko Orisaku has been experimenting with combining gold leaf and photography. This is different from the usual method of printing photos onto printing paper or washi paper, instead using FUJIFILM’s Acuity UV inkjet printer to print delicate gold leaf. This technology allows a wider use of printing materials and colours.
Mineko Orisaku’s exhibition is an homage to Hokusai, one of Japan’s most celebrated ukiyo-e painters and artists. She has used FUJIFILM’s large-format GFX digital camera for her works on Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji to create something unique to her vision. Her work can be enjoyed alongside another Hokusai exhibition taking place at FUJIFILM Photo Salon Tokyo’s Space 1 and 2.
HAKU graphy Hommage to Hokusai
Running: July 21, 2021 – August 19, 2021
Times: 10:00-19:00 (Until 16:00 on August 19)
Venue: FUJIFILM Photo Salon Tokyo Space 3 inside FUJIFILM Square
Address: Tokyo Midtown West, 9-7-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052
Official Website: https://fujifilmsquare.jp/
Explore Harajuku Virtually as Virtual Shibuya Announces New Harajuku Area
Virtual Shibuya has announced that its new Harajuku area will open on May 25, 2021. The virtual experience is hosted on Cluster, a virtual social media platform.
Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project launched the “Virtual Shibuya” back in May of last year in collaboration with KDDI, Shibuya Future Design, and the Shibuya Tourism Association. Officially recognised by Shibuya City, Virtual Shibuya comes in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which has brought tight restrictions to the economy and people’s way of life. It enables people to continue enjoying entertainment from the comfort of their homes by participating in a whole host of virtual events and activities. The project aims to deliver content from Shibuya with live performances from artists, art exhibitions, talks, and more. The use of 5G and the latest cutting edge technology connects the real Shibuya to a virtual space, combining the realms of the digital and real world.
Virtual Harajuku is the second area to open in the service and brings together the iconic locations surrounding Jingumae Crossing such as Laforet Harajuku and Tokyu Plaza. As part of the new area’s launch, Japanese pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has been announced as a Special Supporter of the service. The singer and model made her debut on the streets of Harajuku with her unique fashion. Ten years since her debut, she will continue promoting Harajuku from the service.
Idol Group Tsubaki Factory Features on Tower Records Shinjuku’s NO MUSIC, NO IDOL? Poster
14.May.2021 | MUSIC
In promotion of their upcoming album 2nd STEP, which will hit shelves on May 26, Japanese idol group Tsubaki Factory was featured in Vol.242 of Tower Record Shinjuku’s idol project NO MUSIC, NO IDOL?.
Tsubaki Factory in NO MUSIC, NO IDOL Vol.242
Tsubaki Factory formed in 2015 as members of Hello Project, an all-female idol group project managed by UP-FRONT AGENCY. The eight-member group made their debut with the release of their first single Hatsukoi Sunrise/Just Try!/Uruwashi no Camellia in 2017. In the same year, they receive the Newcomer Award from the 50th Japan Cable Awards.
Their forthcoming 15-track album 2nd STEP will include six singles from their fifth to their current as well as three additional tracks and six brand new ones. Tower Records is handing out posters and postcards to fans who pre-order or buy the record at select stores.
Receive a free NO MUSIC, NO IDOL? poster and postcard
Posters and postcards will be given to fans who purchase any of the three editions of 2nd STEP at the select Tower Records branches below. Available in limited stock on a first-come, first-served basis, those who pre-order the album will be given priority of posters and postcards over those who purchase it after its release.
Participating Branches: Sapporo PIVOT/Sendai PARCO/Shinjuku/Yokohama Vivre/Niigata/Shizuoka/Nagoya PARCO/Umeda NU Chayamachi/Hiroshima/Takamatsu Marugamemachi/Fukuoka PARCO/Naha
2nd STEP will be released in 3 editions
First Press Limited-Edition A (CD+Blu-ray+48 Page Booklet) | ¥8,800 (Tax Included)
First Press Limited-Edition A includes the album, all versions of the music videos from the group’s 5th single to their current release, a Blu-ray featuring a behind-the-scenes shoot of the album cover photos, and an 48-page A4-size photo book.
First Press Limited-Edition B (CD+DVD) | ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
First Press Limited-Edition B includes a DVD featuring the footage taken from a drama event hosted by the group.
Regular Edition (CD) | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Get a freebie with your purchase at Tower Records
Purchasing the new album at Tower Records, TOWERmini, or the Tower Records online store will earn fans the below-pictured A4 folder. Available in limited stock on a first-come, first-served basis, those who pre-order the album will be given priority of folders over those who purchase it after its release.
Tsubaki Factory – “2nd STEP”
Release Date: May 26, 2021
Tower Records Official Website: https://tower.jp
MAC Reveals Disney’s Cruella de Vil Makeup Collection
MAC Cosmetics is set to launch its new “Cruella” makeup collection inspired by the Disney villain and fashion icon Cruella de Vil from the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians on May 13, 2021. The collection arrives ahead of the upcoming live-action movie Cruella which is set for release on May 28, 2021.
Disney Cruella Collection by MAC
The collection features nine products that bring to life the Disney villain’s look, whose origin story about aspiring to become a fashion designer will be portrayed by Emma Stone in the upcoming movie which is set in ’70s London during the height of the punk rock era. The line-up combines punk reds with metallic colours, and everything comes packaged in tubes and palettes bearing Cruella’s instantly-recognisable black and white colour combo.
Terry Barber, the Director of Makeup Artistry at MAC, said: “With there being such a huge trend for recycling the more niche counterculture moments of previous decades, this collection feels like MAC returning to a celebration of the kind of DIY styling and brave transformation that originally made it such a maverick brand.”
A Look at the Collection
MATTE LIPSTICK | $21
A rich matte lipstick formula with high-colour payoff and a creamy matte finish in three Cruella-inspired shades.
RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIPCOLOUR | $25
A liquid lipstick that provides a rebellious rush of Disney’s Cruella-inspired colour in a velvety, mattest-matte finish.
PRO LONGWEAR DUAL ENDED EYE LINER | $26
A long-lasting, dual-ended eyeliner featuring creamy, dense colour that glides smoothly across lids.
POWDER BLUSH DUO: CRUEL-LA INTENTIONS | $31
A Cruella-inspired blush duo that provides fantastic colour with ease and consistency.
76 SUPERMODEL LASH | $18
A limited-edition pair of backstage-favourite lashes featuring wispy, full volume for a runway-ready look.
EYESHADOW X 8: CRUELLA TO BE KIND | $45
A magnetic two-piece eye palette packed with a wondrous wave of eight statement shades inspired by the most iconic looks of Disney’s Cruella.
The full collection will drop worldwide this Thursday at MAC.
MAC Cosmetics Official Website: https://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/collections-disney-cruella
SHIRO Reveals New Cosmetic Items For Summer 2021
13.May.2021 | FASHION
Japanese cosmetic brand SHIRO is set to release its Ice Mint Body Mist, Ice Mint Body Lotion, and all-new Ice Mint Clay Hand Soap as part of its limited-edition Ice Mint fragrance series online on May 27 before the products head to stores on June 10.
Ice Mint Body Mist | ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
Ice Mint Body Lotion | ¥2,530 (Tax Included)
Ice Mint Clay Hand Soap | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
The refreshing products arrive in time for the summer season for cooling down on those hot and humid days. Each is imbued with ethanol and refreshing mint for that relieving feeling of refreshment.
SHIRO Ice Mint Series
Online Release Date: May 27, 2021 @ 10:00am (JST)
In-Store Release Date: June 10, 2021
Official Website: https://shiro-shiro.jp/
MUFG to Open MUFG Park in West Tokyo in 2023
13.May.2021 | SPOT
MUFG has announced that decided its Tokyo-based Musashino Sports Ground will is transforming into the new MUFG Park (tentative name) as part of its efforts toward the realisation of a sustainable environment and society. Set to open in 2023, MUFG Park will consist of three concept areas: a precious green environment in the city center (nature); environments for sports and to promote health (sports); and an environment for social exchange and activities (communication).
Tennis courts and grounds for soccer, rugby, and other sports
A community library stocked with reading material catering to cultural needs
Hosting lots of programs together with users of MUFG Park
“Committed to empowering a brighter future” is MUFG’s slogan which it is branding to help achieve a more sustainable environment and society. MUFG Park aims to resolve a wide variety of local and social issues that must be faced now and in the future, such as the conservation and passing-down of values related to precious natural spaces in urban areas, support for community-building in response to the post-COVID-19 era, and the creation of a resilient society. It also hopes to help empower a brighter future by communicating the various experiences and values cultivated there to society.
Grand Opening: 2023
Official Website: https://www.mufg.jp/
Hello Kitty x INTERGRATE Design Cosmetics Releasing This Spring
13.May.2021 | FASHION
Shiseido’s self-makeup brand INTERGRATE is set to release select beauty products with limited-edition Hello Kitty packaging on May 21. The theme of the collection is Meet “LOVELY.” In the run up to its release, Hello Kitty cans can enjoy three filters of the popular Sanrio character over on INTERGRATE’s official Instagram page.
INTERGRATE Limited-Edition Pro Finish Foundation Special Set K (2 Types) | ¥1,430 Each (Tax Included)
INTERGRATE Limited-Edition Pro Liquid Special Set K | ¥1,760 Each (Tax Included)
INTERGRATE Limited-Edition Water Jelly Crush Special Set K (2 Types) | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)
INTERGRATE Limited-Edition Triple Recipe Eyes Special Set K (2 Types) | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)
The limited-edition designs feature Hello Kitty and her cute friends who are ready to help you apply your makeup. The collection focuses on three each of INTERGRATE’s iconic foundations and eye shadows. This includes the Pro Finish series which has foundation in a compact case, durable liquid foundation, and water jelly crush. Pick from three foundations too which come in a triple set. For this limited-edition collaboration, you can enjoy the pink PK704 and brown BR703, both of which are popular colours.
Häagen-Dazs Dessert Buffet Whipped Up at Keio Plaza Hotel
Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo, is welcoming Häagen-Dazs through its doors who have prepared a very special dessert buffet for the hotel’s “Summer Trip with Häagen-Dazs” service. The sweet treat line-up will be served from June 1 to September 30 along with a range of savoury foods from around the world – an inviting prospect to those unable to travel during the pandemic.
Sweets Collection with Häagen-Dazs ~Ice Cream Holic~ | General ¥4,800, Children (Aged 4-12)
The first entry to the Summer Trip with Häagen-Dazs is the “Sweets Collection with Häagen-Dazs ~Ice Cream Holic~” dessert buffet. To protect customers, all desserts are ordered and served like a course rather than going to pick up the food yourself. This marks the third year of the dessert buffet, and this time it’s inspired by ice cream shops in New York, the home of Häagen-Dazs. Ice cream will be served in a cool and refreshing variety of ways.
Experience that feeling of picking out a flavour from the ice cream store with a line-up of eight flavours including classics such as vanilla and strawberry as well as the new rich royal milk tea. Each serving is customisable with numerous toppings.
Other menu items include mini ice cream croissants, ice cream sodas, ice cream cake, and more. There’s also a line-up of savoury food too if you want to line your belly before dessert: fried chicken, burgers, hot dogs, fries, and so on.
While the buffet is on, the hotel restaurant itself will be transformed into an ice cream theme park with summery tropical fruit colouring as well as designs and decor inspired by ice creams and cones.
Sweets Collection with Häagen-Dazs ~Ice Cream Holic~
Running: June 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Bookings; Now Open
Location: Jurin (Keio Plaza Hotel Floor 2F)
Address: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Slots: 15:00-17:00 (Last Orders 16:30) / 15:30-17:30 (Last Orders 17:00)
Jurin Official Page: https://www.keioplaza.com/restaurants/coffee.html
Deliciously Luxurious Matcha Shaved Ice to be Served in Shinjuku This Summer
This summer, Southern Tower Dining and Lounge South Court—both of which are located inside Odakyu Hotel Century Southern Tower—are serving up a fluffy matcha shaved ice dessert called Wa -Nagomi- from June 1 to September 30.
Southern Tower’s Famous Fluffy Light Snowfall Wa -Nagomi- Shaved Ice | Eat In ¥1,470, Takeout ¥700
The matcha-flavoured shaved ice has a texture as light and fluffy as snow. As you spoon through the dessert your taste buds are met with a range of delicious tastes and textures like the Japanese rice flour confection known as gyuhi, winter melon syrup, black soybean flour ice cream, and cream.
The dessert can also be ordered for takeout. The black soy bean flour ice cream adds a crunchy cereal-like texture to the soft shaved ice, and with the takeout option, there’s also chocolate-coated wheat bran and brown sugar syrup.
Japanese Name: 和 －なごみ－
Serving: June 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Where: Southern Tower Dining / Lounge South Court (Odakyu Hotel Century Southern Tower Floor 20F)
Address: 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo
[Southern Tower Dining] 11:30-16:00 (Last Orders 15:00) / 17:30-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
[Lounge South Court] 10:00-23:30 (Last Orders 22:30)
Southern Dining Official Website: https://www.southerntower.co.jp/restaurant_lounge/st_dining/bar_lunch/
Disney Princesses Help You to Answer the Question ‘What is Love?’ at This Tokyo Event
As part of Disney’s Ultimate Princess Celebration, a worldwide festival themed on courage and kindness that began in April, an event titled “What is Love? ~The Secret to Shining Bright Lies in the Princess World~” will take place at Shibuya Marui in Tokyo from June 23 to July 29 this year. It will subsequently move to JR Nagoya Takashimaya from August 4 to 23 and finally conclude next year in Shizuoka where it will run from January to March.
This event tries to answer the question “What is Love?” through a range of content that encourages the use of all five senses: visually, digitally, musically, through scent, and more.
What is Love? ~The Secret to Shining Bright Lies in the Princess World~
Visitors are guided by 12 Disney princesses who will take them on a journey of their ‘love’ in six different areas.
A Look at the Event
1. Introduction: 12 Shining Princesses
At the event, you will meet the 12 princesses and learn their story, what their personality is like, and more.
2. Opening Theater: Discover the Secrets to Shining Bright
Attend the theatre and watch the stories of the princesses with your own eyes.
3. 7 Keywords Unravelled From Their Stories
Seven keywords that appear in the princesses’ stories will be explored, each of which are tied back to love. This will include exhibits of scenes from the Disney animated movies, an AR experience using smartphones, and more.
From Beauty and the Beast
Using their smartphones, visitors can hold up their phones and utilise AR technology to see various scenes from Beauty and the Beast in an area inspired by the library that Beast bestowed upon Belle.
In Tangled, the King and Queen release lots of sky lanterns on Rapunzel’s birthday each year in hopes that she will see them and return. Let your own lanterns fly like in the movie and witness a beautiful spectacle.
4. Music and Fragrance: Clad in Radiance Unseen to the Eye
A unique experience combining music and fragrances inspired by the princesses, who radiate from love, will let visitors feel closer to them.
5. Glowing Lines: Words That Make the World Shine
At the Closing Theater, words and lines said by the princesses will be displayed, offering another way of enjoying their world that radiates from love.
6. Prologue: Your Own Unique Story Begins
Pick up a range of merchandise featuring designs of the exhibition’s main visual, the seven key words, and more.
Services and Content Offered by Disney at the Exhibition
Disney+ is a streaming service that brings together all Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic content in one place, as well as exclusives. Those at the exhibition can watch the content offered by Disney+ at the Opening Theater.
Disney DX App
The Disney DX is an app exclusive to Japan that comes as a set with Disney+. It offers the chance to see cut scenes from movies, behind-the-scenes content, and more. The exhibition utilises this app through AR experiences, so if downloaded, you’re sure to have an even more fun time.
A curated list of Disney Princess music is played at the exhibition. If you head to the shop, you can pick up movie soundtracks and other albums. Disney even created a playlist themed on the princesses that’s now available on music streaming services.
What is Love? ~The Secret to Shining Bright Lies in the Princess World~
Japanese Event Title: WHAT IS LOVE？ ～輝くヒミツは、プリンセスの世界に。～
Running: June 23, 2021 – July 29, 2021
Where: Shibuya Marui (Floors 7F & 8F) *Reception is on floor 7F
Address: Shibuya Marui, 1-22-6 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://PrincessExhibition.jp
*Exhibition will subsequently move to JR Nagoya Takashimaya (August 4, 2021 – August 23, 2021) and Shizuoka (January 2022 – March 2022)w
SK-II STUDIO Releases ‘VS’ Animated Anthology Featuring World Class Athletes
SK-II STUDIO, a film studio owned by the global skincare brand SK-II, has released a new animated anthology series entitled VS in collaboration with the world’s top athletes. It features six stories with athletes taking on pressures that threaten to dictate their destiny in order to #CHANGEDESTINY.
‘VS Trolls’ featuring Simone Biles
‘VS Obsession’ featuring Liu Xiang
‘VS Pressure’ featuring Kasumi Ishikawa
‘VS Rules’ featuring Mahina Maeda
‘VS Limitations’ featuring Hinotori Nippon
‘VS Machines’ featuring Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo
SK-II STUDIO’s VS series is a collection of six animated films based on the life experiences of six Olympic athletes: Simone Biles, the gymnast who has won the most medals worldwide; LiuXiang, a world-record swimmer; Ishikawa Kasumi, table tennis player and two-time Olympic medalist; Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo, badminton duo and Olympic gold medalists; Mahina Maeda, surfer; and Hinotori Nippon, the Japan women’s national volleyball team. Each athlete explores what it means to take destiny in their own hands, overcoming societal expectations that dictate how perfect we should look and act.
Each short film explores a different societal pressure experience by women: online trolls, pressure from those around us, looks, rules on what’s considered beautiful, limitations imposed by others, and seeking perfection like machines. Each is represented as a ‘kaiju,’ a form of giant monster seen in Japanese movies.
The VR series combines animation with live-action woven together through multiple genres like sci-fi, action, sports, and more. It invites award-winning studios on board including Imaginary Forces, Passion Pictures, Platige Image, and C3, as well as original music by guest artists John Legend, Lexie Liu, and others.
The animated series released worldwide on May 1, 2021 on SK-II’s official YouTube channel. A virtual premiere was also held on the brand’s Twitter page, and an in-person premiere took place in Hainan, China with a pop-up store at Haitang Bay Duty Free Shopping Centre in Sanya in partnership with China Duty Free Group. It also saw the opening of SK-II City, a virtual city built by SK-II where visitors can watch all six films in a the virtual SK-II Cinema. It’s also home to the SK-II Mall where users can buy products, and they can also enjoy a backstage tour of SK-II STUDIO.
SK-II STUDIO was established in March this year in an effort to further promote SK-II’s #CHANGEDESTINY campaign to support female empowerment over social pressures. The VR series comes as part of this with a string of positive messages.
SK-II VS Series
Binge-watch the VR Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLi9Vo29oBJ-IYQEsV9XVHrBWWt6Nzs6fd
Visit the virtual SK-II City:https://city.sk-ii.com/
SK-II Official Website: https://www.sk-ii.com/