Sai Sai Jaran Jaran #10: SILENT SIREN’s Hinanchu Visits Tokyo’s New Hotel sequence MIYASHITA PARK

11.November.2020 | FEATURES / SPOT

Sai Sai Jaran Jaran is a featured series here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON from the members of the all-female band SILEN SIREN (aka Sai Sai) who visit various hot spots in Japan and experience different things, the Sai Sai way.

 

In Episode #10, SILENT SIREN drummer Hinanchu wanted to go and stay at a hotel in Tokyo, so she decided to take a trip to sequence MIYASHITA PARK, a new hotel inside Shibuya’s new landmark shopping complex MIYASHITA PARK which itself opened in August 2020.

The newly-reborn MIYASHITA PARK is a four-storey shopping complex with stores located on the first three floors and the top floor being home to the park. The park houses a range of exercise and sports sites like a skate park and bouldering wall as well as the green area and even a Starbucks. This park is so spacious that it’s easy to forget it’s right next to busy Shibuya Station. It has been open for three months now and is already adored by the community.

sequence MIYASHITA PARK is an 18-storey hotel that stands on the north side of MIYASHITA PARK. It can even be accessed from the complex’s fourth floor park which leads visitors to the lobby lounge. The park side of the hotel is also home to a cafe called VALLEY PARK STAND.

VALLEY PARK STAND can be used by non-guests at the hotel too and is open from morning to night time. The windows tower from the floor to the ceiling, allowing plenty of natural light into the cafe. There’s plenty of seating areas with table seats, sofas, and benches.

MIYA PITA CHICKEN SHAWARMA ¥900 | FRENCH FRIES & COCKTAIL COMBO ¥800 (Tax Included)

VALLEY PARK STAND is a cafe themed on a fictitious valley park, acting as one big park situated in the middle of bustling Shibuya. Adventuring through the valley park is best done with one of the cafe’s signature “MIYA PITA” pita sandwiches in hand.

The cafe offers a selection of coffees, pastries, and pitas for lunch and breakfast. In the evenings, customers can switch to the bar to enjoy something alcoholic. Their original craft cocktails are very popular and are made by a bartender who honed their craft while working in New York.

 

Hinanchu ordered the “Park & Pomegranate Bellini.” Normally hotel cocktails are small, but the ones served at VALLEY PARK STAND are much more generous.

The cafe even sell their own merchandise, from mugs to tumblers and even picnic blankets so you can have a picnic in MIYASHITA PARK if the weather calls for it!

 

For more information about VALLEY PARK STAND, check out our full breakdown here.

 

VALLEY PARK STAND
Address: sequence MIYASHITA PARK 4F, 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 7:30-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30)
TEL: 03-6712-5442

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/valleyparkstand/

 

The hotel check-in lounge can be found on fourth floor, the same as VALLEY PARK STAND. Check-in uses a new unmanned self-service system so all you need to do is follow the instructions.

Guest rooms are simple but the furniture and fixtures are of high quality. Hinanchu stayed in the 4-person “BUNK BED 4” room. Prices vary depending on the season, but it can cost less than ¥5,000 for one person to stay in a 4-person room which is a bargain!

The wide windows in guest rooms look out across MIYASHITA PARK. Depending on the hotel room you’re in, you’ll also be able to see landmarks like Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree. The windows also read “Hi, TOKYO!” on them which makes for the perfect photo opportunity.

All rooms are also fitted with reading material by young authors. If you scan the QR code next to their piece, you can learn more about them and even make a donation.

Check-in is at 17:00 and check-out is 14:00 so guests can enjoy their stay leading into the early afternoon of the next day. The MIYASHITA PARK shops open at 11:00, so after checking-out, guests can go straight to shopping or lunch.

 

So, how did you find MIYASHITA PARK, Hinanchu?

 

“I’ve always lived in Tokyo, so I never imagined I’d stay in Shibuya, but you can really feel like a queen staying here! Despite it being smack bang in the middle of Tokyo, it’s right next to the park which feels good. I definitely recommend it to those who live in rural areas that want to come and play in Tokyo since places like Shibuya and Harajuku are close by. The hotel is littered with art and stylish design, so it’s not simply a stay but a creative experience too which I think will be popular with foreigners. I want to come here again on my own for a relaxing time!”

On the fifth floor of the hotel is the restaurant and bar Dōngxī Restaurant & Sakaba which offers both breakfast, and dinner. The new entertainment restaurant and bar SOAK is also opening on November 13.

 

If you’re thinking of staying in Tokyo or Shibuya, be sure to look up sequence MIYASHITA PARK.

 

Photo: Kayo Sekiguchi
Text: Sayoko Ishii

Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

 

SILENT SIREN

SILENT SIREN is a four-member all-female band consisting of vocalist & guitarist Sumire “Suu” Yoshida, drummer Hinako “Hinanchu” Umemura, bassist Aina “Ainyan” Yamauchi, keyboardist Yukako “Yukarun” Kurosaka. In 2015, they performed their first solo concert at Nippon Budokan, making them the fastest Japanese all-female band in history to perform there since making their major debut. In April this year, they launched their own YouTube channel called “Sai Sai Channel.” They released their 7th album mix10th on September 2, 2020. The band celebrated their 10th anniversary with a special live performance at Yamanakako Communication Plaza Kirara on September 20, 2020. For the latest information on SILENT SIREN, visit their official website here: http://silent-siren.com/

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    Band bassist Ainyan enjoys a beer or cocktail, but she wants to step into the world of wine, so we will join her on her journey today as she goes to learn all about wine from the very basics.

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    This experience is offered twice a day on weekends and national holidays at 14:00 and 16:00.

     

    Fukagawa Winery Tokyo opened in Tokyo in 2016 as a winery where the ordinary person could go and see wine being made to fully understand its process. It has expanded its circulation in recent years and is now able to take in grapes from across Japan, including Tokyo, to craft many different wines.

    On the day we visited we saw the staff bottling up the wine. On average, the winery ships out around 30,000 bottles a year.

    The corks have illustrations of “Wine Man” on them, a character created by Fukagawa Winery Tokyo. Ainyan was fairly fond of him!

    Time to see how the winery works!

     

    When you step inside, the scent of grapes is the first thing to hit your senses.

    The one in charge of Fukagawa Winery Tokyo is Kousuke Ueno, who was kind of enough to show us around. He taught us the process of wine making, as well as what types of grapes and tools they use.

    “This machine separates the grapes and stalks using the propellers. This method has been used for 150 years,” explained Ueno.

     

    There are periods when visitors can observe this machine being used to separate the grapes. It takes place between mid-August to November, so follow Fukagawa Winery Tokyo’s social media for announcements and details.

    “Wow! It smells so good!” said Ainyan. We got to see a bucket where Cabernet Sauvignon was being made. They put in whole grapes with the skin on and add natural yeast for the fermentation process. The sweet smell of the grapes fills the air and makes you want to have a glass.

    Now for what Ainyan has been waiting for: taste-testing time! She learned everything about the wine making process, so it was time to taste and compare some different wines.

    The winery allows taste-testing until 17:00. You can try 3 types for ¥700. And of course, if there’s one you tried that you really liked, you can buy it there and then. So sip, scrutinise, and select!

    “Please try this one first. It is wine, but it’s like a lemon sour,” explained Ueno, recommending that Ainyan first try the Yamanashi  Delaware Sparkling.

    Soak up all the notes of the drink by having a good smell first before taking a small sip. “Smells really good. This sourness really is like a lemon sour! I wonder why?” said Ainyan.

     

    This wine uses premature grapes which gives the wine a sour taste. The sourness of this wine can play the part of lemons, so it’s best paired with fried foods or meals with chicken in them.

    The second drink was the Yamagata Delaware Muroka. It’s an unfiltered wine made from completely ripened Yamagata Delaware grapes.

     

    Unfiltered means that the filtration process to take out visible solids and such is not used. This gives it a slightly cloudy appearance and an exquisite taste that’s somewhere between wine and juice.

    Left: Unfiltered Yamagata Delaware / Right: Filtered Yamagata Delaware

    For the third glass, Ainyan ordered the filtered Yamagata Delaware to test the difference between it and the unfiltered version.

    “The filtered one has a good balance of flavours and is refreshing. The unfiltered one has a smooth juiciness to it. They’re both delicious, but I like the unfiltered one more!” said Ainyan.

    Her fourth glass was an unfiltered red wine: the East Bay Assemblage Red B.

    The grapes used are a combination from Hokkaido, Nagano, and Aomori. It really is an assemblage!

    “The red wine has such a different taste and colour depending on the type too! This dark red wine is close to what I usually drink!” said Ainyan with a happy smile.

    At the end of the session, Ainyan had tried 10 wines and bought two bottles! She was delighted with her experience, saying: “I was surprised how different each and every one of the wines I tried at Fukagawa Winery Tokyo were. I think I’m getting hooked on the appeal of unfiltered, natural wines.”

     

    With Christmas and New Year around the corner, now is the season to indulge in wine. If you’re in Tokyo this December, pay a visit to Fukagawa Winery Tokyo for a full wine experience.

     

     

    Writer:Yuki Yokoo

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    SILENT SIREN is a four-member all-female band consisting of vocalist & guitarist Sumire “Suu” Yoshida, drummer Hinako “Hinanchu” Umemura, bassist Aina “Ainyan” Yamauchi, keyboardist Yukako “Yukarun” Kurosaka.

     

    The band made their major debut in November 2012 with their single Sweet Pop! The band is known to fans by their nickname “Sai Sai.” They are especially popular with middle school girls in Harajuku and have over 540,000 follows on their official LINE account.

     

    In 2015, they performed their first solo concert at Nippon Budokan, making them the fastest Japanese all-female band in history to perform there after their major debut. In 2016, they performed a headline show at Yokohama Arena, and embarked on a world tour consisting of 6 shows in 5 countries.

     

    At the end of 2016, they changed label to Universal Music and revamped their band logo and how they write their band name. In 2017, they wrapped up their 5th anniversary tour with their first two-day concert series at Nippon Budokan.

     

    In 2018, they embarked on their biggest Japan tour to date “Tenkaippin presents SILENT SIREN LIVE TOUR 2018 ~”Girls will be Bears” TOUR~ consisting of 33 shows. They also performed at big music festivals and at countless events, as well as performed their annual New Year’s solo concert at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium.

     

    In 2019, they began celebrations of 7 years since their debut and 10 years as a band. They released their final album of the Heisei era and 6th album in total 31313 on March 13 ,2019 and promoted it on their tour SILEN SIREN LIVE TOUR 2019 “31313” ~Sai Sai 10th Anniversary~ supported by Tenkaippin. They also performed at numerous summer festivals and events.

     

    On December 30, 2019, they will performed their annual New Year’s concert “SILENT SIREN Nenmatsu Special Live 2019 HERO” at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium.

     

    In 2020, they will celebrate 10 years since forming the band with a show at Yamanakako Communication Plaza Kirara on September 20, 2020.

     

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  • Sai Sai Jaran Jaran #7: SILENT SIREN’s Yukarun Has Her First Afternoon Tea at Ginza’s ‘THE GRAND LOUNGE’

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    Band keyboardist Yukarun has always wanted to try having afternoon tea. To make her dream come true, she took a visit to THE GRAND LOUNGE in Ginza.

    THE GRAND LOUNGE is a multipurpose lounge for adults located on the 13th floor of THE GRAND GINZA in GINZA SIX.

    Normally in restaurants afternoon tea is often reserved just for the afternoon but at THE GRAND LOUNGE you can enjoy it any time.

    *The afternoon tea set shown above is for 2 people.

    The afternoon tea set here costs ¥4,200 (before tax and service charge). It comes with 7 hors d’oeuvres, 7 sweets, strawberry mille-feuille, and a teapot with free black tea refills. Strawberries are the running theme until June, so the desserts and hors d’oeuvres are made using plenty of Japanese “tochiotome” strawberries. It’s a big tea set so can be enjoyed by couples or big eaters.

    Yukarun is very pleased with the afternoon tea set so much so that she must take a photo beforehand! There are so many strawberries sweets. “I feel happy just looking at this assortment♡” she says.

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    You choose your favourite by smelling the fragrant aromas of each bottle. The one most popular with Yukarun was the “White Orchard.” White tea and green tea are used as the base in this drink which are blended with melon and peach fragrance. The fact you get free refills makes it a favourable service.

    Time to tuck in!

    The tasty line-up will have you wondering where to even begin eating from.

    It’s not just the sweets that are piled with strawberries but the light appetisers too. These appetisers include foie gras, salmon and more―all extravagant delectables.

    “Delicious!” says a satisfied Yukarun as she takes her first bite from the bottom row appetisers.

    The variety of sweets is diverse, from jelly to tarts, mousse and beyond. “The sweets come in cute mini sizes! And they’re all super delicious!” comments Yukarun.

    “The tea I chose is really tasty too! I don’t think I’ve ever had tea this good before!”

    Then it was time for the crowning jewel of the afternoon tea set: the strawberry mille-feuille. It is a recreation of the legendary mille-feuille sold at Maxim’s de Paris, a much-loved French restaurant in Ginza that closed in 2015. This sandwich-like dessert takes crunchy pie and stuffs fat strawberries and custard cream between them. It’s a popular dessert ordered by itself too. The version of it that comes with the afternoon tea is half-sized.

    “So good! This is true happiness♡” says Yukarun who is clearly enjoying herself. The mille-feuille can also be ordered for takeout.

    How was your first ever afternoon tea experience, Yukarun?

     

    “It felt elegant and sophisticated being in a place like this. There are lots of bite-sized appetisers and sweets so it’s fun to try them one by one. It’s fun thinking about where to eat from too, and I was really glad you get to choose your own tea. I definitely want to come here again in my own time! I want to dress up and come with my girlfriends.”

    The items that come with the afternoon teas at THE GRAND LOUNGE change with each season, and right now it’s all about strawberries. Head to THE GRAND LOUNGE yourself and treat yourself and others to a luxurious afternoon tea―at any time of the day.

     

    Model: Yukako Kurosaka(SILENT SIREN)

    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

    Writer: Sayoko Ishii

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    SILENT SIREN is a four-member all-female band consisting of vocalist & guitarist Sumire “Suu” Yoshida, drummer Hinako “Hinanchu” Umemura, bassist Aina “Ainyan” Yamauchi, keyboardist Yukako “Yukarun” Kurosaka. The band were founded in 2010 by Umemura and Yoshida who are former models. In 2015, they performed their first solo concert at Nippon Budokan, making them the fastest Japanese all-female band in history to perform there after their major debut. Their new album 31313 is now on sale. The band are currently on their “31313” tour in support of the album. An additional date was added to the tour which will take place on June 10 at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo.

     

    Check their official website for the latest details: http://silent-siren.com/

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    Four different workshops will be set up at tents in the public terrace. Kids Gabbeh Painting will teach kids how to design their own Gabbeh, a traditional small fabric woven by nomads in southwestern Iran. After drawing their design, artisans will weave the Gabbeh, and will send it to your home. The ‘Socializing Flower Swag’ workshop allows visitors to make swag using dried flowers that were upcycled from fresh flowers that would otherwise be thrown away. These will be silk-screened and wrapped for a great souvenir. Outdoor Candle is a workshop where visitors can create original leather candle holders. 

     


    At Campfire Roast Coffee, guests can roast coffee over an open fire pit. Imagine how good it smells! Afterwards, you can take home your spoils.

     

    There will also be a TRUNK Vintage Store on-site, where hotel staff will sell decorations and furniture no longer needed in the hotel, as well as clothes and other goods. 

     

  • Nagoya Tokyu Hotel’s Newly Upgraded Sylvanian Families Room is Now Available

    15.December.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Nagoya Tokyu Hotel has launched its second plan in collaboration with the Sylvanian Families.

     

     

    This plan allows you to enjoy the world of the Sylvanian Families, a series of dollhouse toys that have been loved by many fans since their launch in 1985. Following on from the first plan, which was very popular, the new plan allows guests to enjoy the hotel’s original fruit sandwiches with Sylvanian Families characters imprinted on them at breakfast, as well as the opportunity to dress the dolls in a custom dress that can be freely decorated with lace and accessories to create your own Sylvanian Families.

     

    In this plan, the space with sofas and tables in the room has been converted into a kids’ space with play mats so that even small children can play safely. The kids’ space is filled with houses and buildings from the “Sylvanian Families” series that kids can actually touch and play with, such as the “Big House with a Red Roof (Classic Color),” the “Doki Doki Tree House in the Forest”, and the “Dreamy Amusement Park in the Castle”, as well as the chocolate-covered rabbit girl “Flare” and many other friends. There will also be a red and white polka-dot dress (size 110 only) that kids can try on to match with “Flare”.

     

    The number of adult fans who enjoy taking pictures of cute Sylvanian Families scenes and posting them on social media is also increasing very quickly. Let’s enjoy the world of “Sylvanian Families” to the fullest!

     

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  • Winter at Roppongi Hills Observation Deck 2021-2022 Event to Ring in the New Year

    14.December.2021 | SPOT

    Until the New Year, the Roppongi Hills Observation Deck will be hosting a number of winter events for those wanting to celebrate with the Tokyo skyline. 

     

     

    The Observation Deck will be decorated especially for the New Year’s holiday, and in addition to being able to see the first glimpse of Mt. Fuji for 2022, guests can take advantage of a special photo service and Twitter campaign. Seeing Japan’s most famous mountain covered in snow is a magnificent way to bring in what will hopefully be a better year. 

     

    THE SUN & THE MOON, the restaurant attached to the 52nd floor indoor observatory Tokyo City View, will also feature a special Tiger-themed drink inspired by the 2022 Chinese zodiac. The Geminids meteor shower viewing event will also be held on the Sky Deck on December 13 and 14, while the Christmas star gazing event can also be enjoyed on these dates.

     

    The ‘60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition: The Beginning of Kawaii’ exhibition is currently underway at Tokyo City View. Starting on December 26, the exhibition’s main piece called the ‘Unforgettable Tower’ will be transformed into its anniversary edition. At THE SUN & THE MOON, both the cafe and restaurant will also offer anniversary-themed dishes for a limited time in collaboration with the Sanrio exhibition. Photo spots around the venue will also be revamped for the New Year. 

     

    The Roppongi Hills Observation Deck is currently hosting ‘Christmas in the Sky 2021.’ 

     

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