Harajuku’s BOTANIST Tokyo Reveals its Spring 2021 Menu
06.January.2021 | FOOD
BOTANIST’s flagship shop BOTANIST Tokyo is set to begin serving up its spring season menu for the new year at its second floor BOTANIST Cafe from January 8 to March 31.
Quinoa Teapot Salad & Potage (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
A sophisticated salad of quinoa, crunchy carrot and red onion, tomato, and more, all served in a cute teapot.
Salmon Salad & Waffles | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Naturally sweet vegan waffles with lime-drizzled vegetables and served with slightly salted salmon and cream cheese. Pour over the maple syrup to make the cream cheese even richer and enjoy a completely different flavour.
Cherry Blossom Jelly & Fromage Mousse (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥50 (Tax Included)
Refreshing cherry blossom flavoured jelly made with rich and velvety soy cream. The cherry blossom petal topping and sparkly appearance of the jelly makes this a luxurious looking dessert.
Cherry Blossom Chiffon Cake | ¥800 (Tax Included)
A fluffy cherry blossom chiffon cake dusted with cherry blossom powder. It’s a sweet and subtly salty mix topped with fresh cream.
Left: Three Berry Smoothie, Right: Strawberry & Raspberry Sweet Sake Smoothie (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥850 Each (Before Tax)
The Three Berry Smoothie incorporates the chunky texture of strawberries, sweetness of blueberries, and tangy taste of raspberries, creating a rich but not overly-sweet beverage. The Strawberry & Raspberry Sweet Sake Smoothie is one to go for if you love amazake.
Strawberry Decoration Hot Chocolate (Collaboration Drink) | ¥800 (Tax Included)
This luxurious strawberry hot chocolate is made in collaboration with Dari K, a craft chocolate maker who uses high quality cacao beans from Indonesia.
Select items on the spring menu are available for takeout as well as via Uber Eats in Japan, perfect for enjoy an indoor hanami this year.
BOTANIST Tokyo’s first floor shop will also release its spring series of products, such as the limited edition Botanical Spring Hair Perfume.
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
TEL: Floor 1F Shop: 03-5766-3777 / Floor 2F Cafe: 03-5766-3778
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:30 (Currently operating on decreased hours)
Official Website: https://shop.botanistofficial.com/
Yamaha has set up its iconic yellow LovePiano inside Toyosu Foresia in Tokyo where it will stay until April 20. The piano is for public use so anyone can show off their playing skills.
The LovePiano was built to get more people having a go at playing pianos and music in general. It has seen to over 50 locations in Japan from Shinjuku Station to Shinagawa Station, Sapporo Station, Osaka International Airport, and elsewhere.
Running: April 7, 2021 – April 20, 2021
Time: 08:00-19:00 (Closes at 15:00 on April 20)
Where: Toyosu Foresia
Official Website: https://jp.yamaha.com/products/contents/pianos/lovepiano/
Blue Bottle Coffee to Open First Pop-Up Store in Tokyo
Blue Bottle Coffee Japan is opening its first-ever pop-up store this spring at Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C. where it will run from April 21 to May 11.
Check out some of the products that will be on offer from the minimalist and stylish coffee brand.
Castella & Coffee Bean Set | ¥3,564 (Tax Included) | Exclusive pre-sale at Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C.
Eco Bag & Instant Coffee Set | ¥4,180 (Tax Included) | Exclusive pre-sale at Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C.
First Light Single Origin | ¥1,944 (Tax Included)
Renewal Blend | ¥1,836 (Tax Included)
Coffee Beans (200g x 2 bags) | ¥3,456 (Tax Included)
Coffee lovers can get their hands on a range of Blue Bottle Coffee’s bean range as sold at their cafes across Japan as well as an original tote bag to encourage “Coffee Time, Everywhere,” pre-sales on select items like the Blue Bottle Coffee Castella developed in collaboration with Bunmeido Tokyo, seasonal coffee beans, and more.
The pop-up shop will not be serving coffee for customers, but they can enjoy their coffee picks once they get home. And don’t worry if you don’t have a coffee grinder as there are instant coffees too.
Blue Bottle Coffee Pop-Up Store
Running: April 21, 2021 – May 11, 2021
Where: Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C.
Address: 3-17-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 158-0094
Official Website: https://store.bluebottlecoffee.jp/
Peanuts Comic Launches 70th Anniversary Birthday Campaign in Japan
Japan’s five Peanuts comic-themed cafes are now holding a birthday plan campaign in celebration of the series’ 70th anniversary.
Each cafe branch is offering something different
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro x WHYTROPHY With Birthday Rosette
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama With Embroidered Striped Pin
PEANUTS DINER Kobe With Embroidered Striped Pin
PEANUTS Cafe Snoopy Museum With Tote Bag
PEANUTS Cafe Nagoya With Tote Bag
Customers at the cafes will also be randomly selected to stay at the PEANUTS HOTEL and will receive a free sticker as pictured above. All who order the birthday plan and their group will even receive a free present.
(C) 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC (短縮形 (C) 2021 Peanuts)
Peanuts Birthday Plan Campaign
Running: April 7, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Campaign Page: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/special/birthday-plan-campaign/
Japanese Sensu Folding Fan brand BANANA to YELLOW Opens Pop-Up Shop in Shibuya
11.April.2021 | FASHION
Japan’s long-standing Kyoto-based sensu folding fan brand BANANA to YELLOW, which has been around since 1823, opened a pop-up shop at Shibuya PARCO in Tokyo on Friday, the store’s first-ever pop-up shop outside Kyoto.
BANANA to YELLOW’s goal is to make traditional Japanese sensu folding fans a fun and stylish experience for the modern day no matter the scene or season. The fans sold at the Shibuya pop-up shop will also include limited-edition designs.
The line-up features some of the brand’s signature fans which fuse traditional Kyoto-style folding fans with modern designs. Some of the fans are also printed by hand.
The fans can not only be used as they were originally intended—for manners, style, art, warding off evil, and so on—but also as a general accessory.
The brand also has a collection simple and casual of t-shirts featuring a classic folding fan pocket as originally featured on Japanese kimono.
A hand two-way tote bag also equipped with a sensu pocket.
Eau de Toilette
Miyawaki Baisen-an’s popular eau de toilette makes an appearance at the pop-up shop in four daily fragrances with a Japanese-style scent to them.
BANANA to YELLOW has collaborated with various artists to develop a range of fans. The first three guests include fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga (Anrealage), artist Shinro Ohtake, and Mahito the People (Gezan).
BANANA to YELLOW POP-UP STORE
Running: April 9, 2021 – April 22, 2021
Where: Shibuya PARCO’s Floor 1F GATE Pop-Up Space
Address: 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://shibuya.parco.jp/event/detail/?id=3285
Keio Plaza Hotel Announces Special Room Plan to Celebrate 50th Anniversary
10.April.2021 | SPOT
Keio Plaza Hotel will turn 50-years-old on May 1, 2021. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the hotel has announced a special room plan which will take place in its Imperial Suite Room, the only room in the hotel that still has the same design as when it first opened 50 years ago.
The Imperial Suite Room sits on the 41st floor of the hotel, offering a panoramic view of the east and west of Tokyo. This premium suite has been stayed in by countless VIPs and state guests. The concept for its design was conceived by Japanese modernist designer Isamu Kenmochi who is known as a pioneer of the ‘Japanese-Modern’ style.
Guest staying in the room for this plan will be greeted and serviced by a concierge. An optional tour of the hotel will also be offered by the concierge who is an expert in its history.
Before dinner, guests will be treated to a piano performance and enjoy some aperitifs made by the bartender. The bartender in question has won numerous awards at cocktail competitions and can make a drink catered to guests’ preferences.
Dinner is enjoyed with a front-row seat of Tokyo’s nightscape from up on the 44th floor. The full course meal is made with seasonal ingredients chosen by the head chef and comes with wine selected by the hotel’s sommelier. As a freebie, guests are given delicious baked confections as well as a bath towel embroidered with their own name.
Hospitable Concerto Echoing from the Skyscraper – Hotel Plan
Japanese Plan Name: 摩天楼に響く、おもてなしの協奏曲（コンチェルト）
Running: March 1, 2021 – March 28, 2022 (Saturdays Only)
Where: Keio Plaza Hotel
Reservations: Must be made 3 weeks in advance
Price: ¥500,000 (Tax Included) for one room for two guests
Capacity: 2-4 (an extra ¥100,000 for 3+ people)
Keio Plaza Hotel Official Website: https://www.keioplaza.co.jp/corporate/
X Japan’s hide’s 23rd Memorial Year Celebrated With PSYCHOVISION MUSEUM Exhibition
09.April.2021 | MUSIC
As part of the ‘hide The 23rd Memorial’ project being held to commemorate the last X Japan guitarist hide, an exhibition titled PSYCHOVISION hide MUSEUM Since 2000 is set to be held at Seibu Ikebukuro from May 11 to May 25.
hide was born in 1964, the year of the Tokyo Olympics. He was sometimes known as the Ugly Pink Machine, a name used in a phrase from some of his own artwork, the titles of his works, and more which read “Who’s this ugly pink machine?” And for 2021, also the year of the Tokyo Olympics, this phrase is making a return as part of the PSYCHOVISION hide MUSEUM Since 2000 exhibition.
hide passed away on May 2, 1998. On July 20, 200, the ‘hide MUSEUM’ was built in his hometown of Yokosuka in Kanagawa, where fans could go and enjoy all things related to the musician. The museum unfortunately closed in 2005, but not before 500,000 fans visited the site. Fans can now look forward to an all-new hide MUSEUM experience.
The museum exhibition will be themed on the future that hide looked to. It will be split into five zones that explore everything from his childhood to setting his eyes on the rock world, forming Saver Tiger, joining X Japan which was originally just called X, embarking on his solo career, and more.
Fans will also get to see a collection of outfits actually worn by hide, his beloved guitars, lyrics of his famous songs actually penned by him on paper, and much more, all of which has been under lock and key by his official management group HEADWAX ORGANIZATION CO.,LTD.
Fans of X Japan and fans of hide won’t want to miss out on this incredible intimate and detailed account of the life of one of Japan’s most revered musicians.
Who is hide? hide The 23rd Memorial Special Exhibition PSYCHOVISION hide MUSEUM Since 2000
Japanese Exhibition Title: hideって誰？ hide The 23rd Memorial 特別企画展 PSYCHOVISION hide MUSEUM Since 2000
Running: May 11, 2021 – May 25, 2021
Location: Seibu Gallery, Seibu Ikebukuro Bekkan Floor 2F
Address: 1-28-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-8569
Exhibition Website: https://www.psychovision.online/
Japanese Illustrator Mai Yoneyama Releases Limited-Edition T-Shirts
09.April.2021 | FASHION
To commemorate her exhibition “EGO” exhibition currently taking place at Anicoremix Gallery in Harajuku, Japanese illustrator Mai Yoneyama has released a collection of limited-edition t-shirts in collaboration with the sneaker brand atmos. The exhibition, which is showcasing many of Yoneyama’s works, is running until April 14.
Wear Mai Yoneyama’s iconic pop style wherever you go with these limited-edition tees.
MAI YONEYAMA x Anicoremix Gallery s atmos
Released: April 3, 2021
Exhibition Details: https://monokomono.com/events/mai-yoneyama-ego-2021/
Japanese Organic Cosmetic Brand SABON to Open Green Pop-Up Shop in Shinjuku
Japanese natural and ethical cosmetic brand SABON is set to promote its line-up with the opening of its Blissful Green Limited Collection Pop-Up Shop at Isetan Shinjuku on April 14.
The pop-up shop serves as a promotional space and pre-sale opportunity for the brand’s upcoming Blissful Green Limited Collection which incudes body scrub, body lotion, shower oil, and more. The collection invites people to a luxurious, natural self-care and shower-time experience. The brand will also hold a four-day calligraphy service for the spring season where customers can buy the items as gifts and include a special message.
Customers who spend over ¥12,000 (tax included) can have a special sticker or gift card penned by a professional calligrapher who will write a name and gift message. Full details here in Japanese.
April 16, 2021 @ 13:00-18:00
April 17, 2021 @ 16:00-20:00
April 24, 2021 @ 13:00-18:00
April 25, 2021 @ 13:00-18:00
Blissful Green Limited Collection
The Blissful Green Limited Collection is the embodiment of the SABON brand and offers thanks to the joy we feel being surrounded by nature. It captures the clean air inhaled in the forest, the gentle light filtering through the trees, and the coming-together of the mind, body, and nature. It includes body, face, and home items all packaged inside gorgeous bottles and tubs.
SABON Blissful Green Limited Collection Pre-Release Pop-Up Shop
Running: April 14, 2021 – April 27, 2021
Where: SABON Isetan Shinjuku
Address: 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Product Page: https://www.sabon.co.jp/special_contents/Blissful_Green/
LINE Friends Themed Cafe Opens in Ikebukuro
The popular LINE Friends characters now have their own pop-up cafe inside Ikebukuro PARCO which is running until April 25. The characters form part of a series of stickers used on the Japanese messaging app LINE which is used by other 200 million people worldwide.
Brown’s Beef Burger | ¥1,250
Lattes | ¥950
LINE FRIENDS Parfaits | ¥1,100 Each
Alphabet Die-Cut Stickers | ¥330 Each
Lunch Tote Bag | ¥1,650
Brown Mug | Available to the first 300 people who visit to the cafe
Join Brown, Cony, and Sally as they serve up a fun and tasty menu along with a collection of merchandise exclusive to the cafe as well as items also sold at the LINE Friends Store.
LINE FRIENDS POP-UP CAFÉ
Running: April 1, 2021 – April 25, 2021
Where: THE GUEST cafe&diner Ikebukuro
Address: Ikebukuro PARCO Floor 7F, 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-8557
Official Website: http://the-guest.com/
Snoopy Café Opens in Niigata in Collaboration With Hoshi Tabeyo Rice Crackers
Befco is collaborating its Hoshi Tabeyo star-shaped rice crackers with the lovable Peanuts comic strip to open a themed café at Hotel Nikko Niigata. Named the “Hoshi Tabeyo x Snoopy Café @ Hotel Nikko Niigata,” the café will open for a limited time from April 9 to May 9.“
Snoopy and fans of Japanese snacks can look forward to an original themed menu, with every food item and drink ordered getting them a free novelty. Of course, the café will sell its own original merchandise too. The café will be decorated in all things Peanuts and Hoshi Tabeyo, and there will even be two photo booths for snapping a commemorative photo of your fun day.
1. Snoopy Beef Stew: With a juicy meat and bouillon base, this stew is made with beef, onion, and mushrooms, all topped off with a Snoopy made from rice.
2. Snoopy Hamburger Curry: Snoopy’s rice ears are topped with a hamburger, and the curry sauce is made with fruit and vegetables. There’s even a little Woodstock made from cheese.
3. Snoopy Hot Sandwich: There are two different sandwiches, one with ham and cheese and the other with potato salad, and both have a different toasted illustration on them. These come in a free lunch box.
4. Hoshi Tabeyo Shaka Shaka Caesar Salad: A salad served in a cup drizzled in a Caesar dressing and with Hoshi Tabeyo rice crackers instead of croutons.
5. Thick Soufflé Pancake: Fat and fluffy pancakes combined with French meringue and served with a Snoopy cookie and sweet-tasting Hoshi Tabeyo. Enjoy together with the accompanying strawberry sauce.
6. Chocolate Parfait: A towering, chocolate-packed parfait layered with chocolate sauce, chocolate cornflakes, chocolate ice cream, and brownie. This is all topped off with a Snoopy cookie and Hoshi Tabeyo rice cracker.
7. Hotel Original Cookies (Set of 4): Crunchy cookies with various prints of familiar faces like Snoopy and Woodstock.
8. Lemonade: A sweet and refreshing lemonade beverage served with honey.
*Dishes 1-3 come with the Shaka Shaka Caesar Salad
*Ordering anything from the menu gets you one of four possible Hoshi Tabeyo x Snoopy postcards
© 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC（ 短縮形 © 2021 Peanuts ）
Hoshi Tabeyo x Snoopy Café @ Hotel Nikko Niigata
Running: April 9, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Location: Hotel Nikko Niigata Floor 31F
Address: 5-1 Bandaijima, Chuo Ward, Niigata
Opening Hours: 11:30-18:30 (Last Orders 17:30)
Official Website: https://www.hotelnikkoniigata.jp/sys/news/detail/323
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Fragrance Brand Nostalgia Syndrome Releases Lily & Jasmine Series
07.April.2021 | FASHION
Nostalgia Syndrome opened pre-orders for its new Lily & Jasmine series of fragrances on March 31. The products will be released on April 22.
Nostalgia Syndrome is a fragrance brand produced by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu which launched last year. The new Lily & Jasmine series will be available to purchase online and will also be sold at two brand pop-up shops in Tokyo and Osaka. Those who spend over ¥10,000 online or at either of the stores (tax included) will receive a free Nostalgia Syndrome novelty – these are available in limited supply.
Online Store Novelty: Original Thermal Bottle
Pop-Up Store Novelty: Original Big Eco-Bag
Lily & Jasmine Series
Eau de Toilette | ¥8,250 (Tax Included)
Room & Fragrance Spray | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Aroma Diffuser | ¥7,150 (Tax Included)
Bath Salts | ¥3,410 (Tax Included)
Hand Soap | ¥3,520 (Tax Included)
Scented Candle | ¥8,140 (Tax Included)
Eau de Toilette Two-Set (9mL)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu | Comment
“This is Nostalgia Syndrome’s second fragrance release. After mixing together various ingredients, I was finally able to catch the right scent. The theme for this one is ‘travel fragrance.’ Because of COVID, our time spent outdoors has gone down dramatically, but smells tied to our memories make up part of us all. And smelling them brings back those memories. This is a blend of sweet, sophisticated lily and refreshing jasmine, so it’s a really easy one to use that can be enjoyed by both guys and girls. We’re also opening our first pop-up shop so please be sure to drop by to try out!”
Lily and jasmine are vibrant fragrances and perfect for the spring season. Order yours today!
Nostalgia Syndrome Lily & Jasmine
Pre-Orders: March 31, 2021 (Shipping from April 22)
Release Date: April 22, 2021
・＋SPBS (SHIBUYA SCRAMBLE SQUARE 2F)
Running: April 22, 2021 – May 26, 2021
Where: +SPBS, SHIBUYA SCRAMBLE SQUARE Floor 2F, 2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
Running: May 13, 2021 – May 20, 2021
Where: Shinsaibashi PARCO Floor B1F, 1-8-3 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi-, Osaka
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Nostalgia Syndrome Official Website: https://www.nostalgia-syndrome.com/
Geoffrey Bouillot x Masahito Noto Launch Welcome Katsushika Art Project
Tokyo-based French artist Geoffrey Bouillot has teamed up with Japanese footballer Masahito Noto to launch the Welcome Katsushika Art Project, an artistic initiative to help promote the Tokyo ward of Katsushika by using it as a tourist spot to exhibit their works throughout the town and developing new collaborative items with traditional Japanese crafts as a crowdfunding return.
Katsushika will be decorated with new artwork that will act as photo spots for tourists and sightseers, and the project will collaborate with professionals throughout the town, all in an effort to help revitalise the tourism and traditional industries of Katsushika which have been affected by COVID-19.
Geoffrey Bouillot is a French artist based in Tokyo. In 2019, he was featured as a guest artist at Shibamata Art World, an art event held in Shibamata, Tokyo. His monochromic pieces make use of grey-scale painting and combine cubism and minimalism.
Masahito Noto is a Japanese professional footballer and athlete. He is also an artist whose artistic process involves layering paint to create unique pieces.
The project has developed items in collaboration with traditional craftwork companies, such Edo Kiriko glass-cutting with Shimizu Glass and wazarashi hand towels with Tokyo Wazarashi. These will be donated as a return for the crowdfunding that was required to fund this project.
There will also be an art panel showcased by the local soccer team Nankatsu SC as well as items made in collaboration with businesses such as t-shirts and hoodies by CON±RAD, soccer cleats by BMZ, blueberry brownies with a local eatery, and much more.
Welcome Katsushika Art Project
Official Website: https://readyfor.jp/projects/WelcomeKatsushika