Shibuya’s New Hotel sequence MIYASHITA PARK Connects the People to the City

01.August.2020 | SPOT

sequence MIYASHITA PARK is a new mixed-use hotel set to open inside MIYASHITA PARK on August 1, 2020.

sequence’s concept is to connect the people with the city. It offers a space for everyone whether they want a quiet time alone, whether they are sightseeing, having a work-do, celebrating a party or festival, and more. This is centred around the hotel’s three notions: “SMART,” “OPEN,” and “CULTURE.”

The hotel is inspired by the local concept of “PARK MIND” which offers guests a place to relax after a long, busy day, like in a park. It has collaborated with Tokyo-based designers and creators to bring this to life in room designs. Furniture and fittings are simple while still being of high quality.

The fourth floor entrance connects seamlessly to Miyashita Park and is home to a lobby lounge as well as the new VALLEY PARK STAND cafe and bar. Up on the fifth floor is the breakfast dining restaurant Dōngxī Restaurant & Sakaba. Up on the 18th floor, guests can enjoy a panoramic view of Shibuya, as well as dine at the entertainment restaurant SOAK whose design and concept mixes together history and the future, the West and the East. There is also art from artists coordinated by The Chain Museum.

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    A peek at the manga-themed menu

    Is That Rice? No, It’s Curry | ¥1,000

    Rations From Shiba | ¥1,000

    Gou’s Secret Batting Form ~Hachiku~ | ¥800

    Sei’s Secret Batting Form ~Utsusemi~ | ¥800

    Terrible Tatsuragawa’s Glasses | ¥600

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    Acrylic Character Key Rings | 14 Designs | ¥800 Each

    Acrylic Uniform Key Rings | 14 Designs | ¥650 Each

     

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    For every ¥2,000 spent at the cafe on menu items or merchandise, customers will receive one free photo card. There is also a birthday campaign being held from July 19 where you can win a free birthday bromide for every ¥2,000 spent.

     

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    16.June.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

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    Yu Nagaba | Comment

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    Early Morning Practice in the Sky

     

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    Dash Store Exclusive T-Shirts | 5 Designs | ¥7,150 Each (Tax Included)

     

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    Pre-Sale Pin Set | DYNAZENON ¥1,320 – GRIDMAN ¥880 (Tax Included)

     

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    09.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / FOOD / SPOT

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    The Narita Anime Deck opened inside Narita International Airport Terminal 2 in November 2019. It’s an entertainment facility where travellers from around the world can experience and enjoy Japanese anime culture in various forms such as with character merchandise, food, events, and a variety of photo spots.

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    One must-grab item is the face mask case which arrives in four designs – one for each character.



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