Cat Day 2021: Japan Celebrates the Day of Cats With Pop-Up Shops and Events

06.February.2021 | FASHION

BS TV Tokyo is celebrating Japan’s Cat Day, which falls on February 22, by opening pop-up shops at ten Book1st stores and two Marui stores which will run from February 1 to 28.

The pop-up shops will feature a feline-filled wealth of reading material and merchandise based on popular cat characters in Japan, like Tom & Jerry, Kuroro, Nanana, and more. And if you head to the Nakano branch of Book1st and visit their 2nd floor cafe “Cafe nota nova,” there’ll be some decorative cat-themed displays on show. During the pop-up shops’ openings, all who buy goods and books related to the event will receive a free folder too.

 

If you love cats, and are in Japan this month, then don’t miss out on this special event in the run up to Cat Day!

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    11.May.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    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.

  • Deliciously Luxurious Matcha Shaved Ice to be Served in Shinjuku This Summer

    11.May.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    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.

  • Disney Princesses Help You to Answer the Question ‘What is Love?’ at This Tokyo Event

    10.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    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.

    From Tangled

    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+

    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.

  • HOSHINOYA Tokyo’s New Hotel Plan Lets Guests Cool Down in the Summer With an Edo Period Stay

    09.May.2021 | SPOT

    HOSHINOYA Tokyo is shining the spotlight on Japan’s Edo period culture once again this summer with a new hotel stay experience, Edo Suzumi (“Edo Cooling Down”), which will run from June 1 to August 31.

     

    Air cons are common in Japan, but they didn’t exist during the Edo Period. The people of Edo therefore had to find alternatives for cooling down during the hot Japanese summer heat. HOSHINOYA Tokyo’s new hotel plan will showcase just this by preparing special guest rooms for cooling off, making tsuri shinobu ornamental plans, making tea with both Japanese and Chinese ingredients, and more. Desserts made with sweet sake, something which townsfolk enjoyed drinking during the cool summer evenings, will also be served when the sun sets.

     

    Edo Suzumi: 3 Things to Look Forward to

     

    1. Guest rooms specially prepared with the Edo Period in mind

    Guest rooms will be decorated with cool indigo-dyed cloth. They will also feature a number of things that the people of Edo observed to cool down during the summer blaze, such as goldfish, tsuri shinobu, seasonal flower prints, and more. The colour blue reminds one of water and so when seen it is said to make one feel cooler by reducing the pulse, number of breaths, and blood pressure.

     

    Guests will be able to make their very own tsuri shinobu, a decorate hanging fern made from moss and bamboo which is suspended like a wind chime to create the same refreshing sensation during summer.

     

    2. HOSHINOYA Tokyo’s new Suzumi Seats cool you off in the evenings

    In the evenings, water will be sprayed on the hotel plaza floor, in the same area as where the new Suzumi Seats are. During the Edo Period, people would lay out suzumidai seats and sit outdoors in the evenings when the temperature drops. At HOSHINOYA Tokyo, guests can do the same while enjoying a sweet sake parfait made with seasonal peach compote and edamame mousse. Sweet sake has a good balance of glucose and amino acid, and so people during Edo times would drink it to replenish nutrients and cool down their body.

     

    3. New tea blends with Japanese and Chinese ingredients

    Ice was a valuable resource during the Edo Period, and so it’s said that many people would drink hot drinks during the summer and cool off by sweating. Various ingredients were sold for making tea in the towns, such as loquat, liquorice, cinnamon, and more, which would be mixed together. Guests will be able to try making their own original tea blends.

     

    Summer cooling was a big part of Edo culture and a way of life that was experienced using all of the senses, such as hanging chimes and ferns, observing goldfish, and more. This unique life can now be experienced at HOSHINOYA Tokyo this summer.

  • 3D Phantom®: Experience 3D With the Naked Eye at Media Ambition Tokyo 2021

    09.May.2021 | SPOT

    Life is Style, a company that develops 3D holographic advertising signs, is set to showcase its new 3D Phantom® at Media Ambition Tokyo (MAT) which is taking place at Tokyo City View from May 12 to 23.

     

    3D Phantom® is a 3D holographic display that uses LED lights on fast-spinning blades to create eye-popping 3D effects. At the event, the technology is set to transform the horizon that can be seen from the Roppongi Hills observations deck by forming light and images at the boundary between the land and sky.

     

    Yoichi Ochiai (New Media Artist) | Comment

    “My works are themed on change and transformation, visuals and materials, calculated nature and mass. I continue to attend MAT every year as I’m creating expression using media equipment. This time, I’ve endeavoured to create something that takes advantage of MAT’s location behind high above the city. I wondered what it would look like if I created something on the horizon that can be seen from the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills, how I could change the horizon digitally to make it something more material. After searching to see if there was some kind of transparent display that would build on top of the horizon that not damage the beauty of the location, I came across 3D Phantom. With this technology, I believe I’ve been able to transform the view beautifully into one long line. Please see it for yourself.” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)

     

    (C)Ninagawa Mika

  • Stay in Harajuku’s Yados Jingumae Hotel if You Love Art

    07.May.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    Japanese company Rokuyon, which is responsible for creating a variety of hotel plans in Shibuya including at our own MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS, has launched a new project for guests of various hotels who are fans of brands and artists.

     

    For their first endeavour, Rokuyon has teamed up with Yados Jingumae which has undergone major renovations. Guests staying in Room 202 this spring can enjoy a range of artworks as part of the room’s exclusive Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition, while in summertime Room 301 will incorporate furniture by Sekai Class.

     

    Yados Jingumae Room 202: Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition

    Living room

    Bedroom

    Artist room

     

    Participating Artists

    CHiNPAN | April 23, 2021 – May 30, 2021

    CHiNPAN began their career as an oil painter after getting selected at the 2008 Asia Creative Art Exhibition at The National Art Center in Tokyo. They explore the possibilities of oil painting by not limiting themselves to just paper. “Fusion” is the theme of their work which has taken them to creating visuals for shops, fashion, music, and more.

    BANBU | June 10, 2021 – July 19, 2021

    BANBU is a 24-y-ear-old artist who studied art abroad in Canada and New York after graduating at a vocational school in Japan. Currently based in Tokyo, they create colourful and eye-catching graphics with their three-eyed character.

     

    Hotel Stay x Artists Come Together

    “Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition” is the theme of Room 202 which will collaborate with different illustrators, video makers, photographers, and other artists every 1-2 months, shining the spotlight on each of their unique visions.

     

    Yados Jingumae Room 301: Sekai Class

    Hotel Stay x Furniture

    Vintage furniture and artwork from around the world will be brought together in Room 301 so guests can experience a ‘world living’ experience. What’s more is that all of the furniture, art, and items on display will be purchasable, and will change on a fixed schedule.

  • Blue Lock Manga Series Announces Exhibition in Shibuya to Promote 14th Volume

    07.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    In promotion of the 14th volume of Muneyuki Kaneshiro’s manga series Blue Lock, an exhibition will take place at SpaceHACHIKAI inside Tower Records Shibuya in Tokyo from May 15 to June 6.

     

    Buy merch and receive these items free

    Character illustrated cards

    Vinyl-style panels

    This will be Blue Lock‘s first-ever exhibition since it began serialisation in 2018. It will feature displays of manga drafts, uncoloured illustrations, and more. There will also be a special spot for taking photos. A collection of exclusive merchandise will be available for fans to buy, as well as free bonus items when a purchase it made.

     

    © 金城宗幸・ノ村優介/講談社

  • Tokyo’s New Museum Cafe is a Haven For Fans of Architecture

    06.May.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Japanese company Banc, which specialises in setting up hotels and other sites, held the grand opening of the new Architecture Cafe Sumika, a new museum/cafe in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on April 28.

    A peek inside

    A recreation of Fallingwater, a house designed by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright 

    Painting by chalk artist Misuzu Wakai

     

    Architectural designs recreated at the new museum cafe

    Villa Savoye (Le Corbusier)
    Fallingwater (Frank Lloyd Wright)
    Casa Ligornetto (Mario Botta)
    Sky House (Kiyonori Kikutake)
    Maison a Bordeaux (Rem Koolhaas)
    Malin Residence “chemosphere” (John Lautner)
    Eames House (Charles and Ray Eames)
    Silver Hat (Toyo Ito)
    Fisher House (Louis Kahn)
    Mailam House (Paul Rudolph)
    The Glass House (Lina Bo Bardi)
    Steel House (Kengo Kuma)

     

    A little look at the menu

    <Miho Chef Chocolatier> Premium Gateau Chocolate: ¥1,200 / Raw Marble Chocolate: ¥1,000 / Raw Dami Chocolate ¥450

     

    <Ten no Ya> Egg Sandwich: ¥750

    Architecture Cafe Sumika aim sto be a cosy space for architecture lovers who can enjoy thinking about their ideal home, talking about their favourite architect, and thinking about how architecture changes with the times. The cafe has recreated 12 architectural marvels from 12 different renowned architects, each at which sits at a different table.

     

    The cafe, which is located in Shinjuku Sanchome, employs a spacious cafe area with high ceilings that can be enjoyed by both lovers of architects and cafe enthusiasts where they can relax with a cup of tea, coffee, a soft drink, or even alcohol, the latter of which is served at bar hours from 18:00, completely changing the atmosphere into a night museum. There’s also a tasty food menu to tuck into.

     

    If you’re looking to speak to someone about architecture and real estate, Architecture Cafe Sumika also houses its own resident experts. Customers can also enjoy a range of other works by architects and interior designers.

     

    In celebration of the cafe’s opening, a competition is being held to create a jungle gym for children where entrees can win cash prizes, the top being ¥300,000. More details below.

  • BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku Launches Event to Promote Japan’s Sento Bath Houses

    03.May.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    The Sento no Susume 2021 event being held by BEAMS JAPAN and Cow Brand Soap has now headed to BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku. As part of the event, Mizuno has held designed a ‘running course’ is collaboration with sento bath house owners who have listed their recommended spots for running.

     

    From Left: Hiroshi Fukui (Managing Director at Cow Brand Soap), Aya Terakawa (Sports Caster), Mari Yamazaki (Manga Author), Ryozo Naganuma (Kotobukiyu’s 3rd Generation Owner), Hikaru Ikeuchi (Chairman of Board of Directors)

    BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku Floor 1F – Sento no Susume 2021 Pop-Up

    BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku Floor 1F – Sento no Susume 2021 Pop-Up

    BEAMS JAPAN Sento no Susume 2021 Virtual Venue

    For many years, sento public bath houses have been big part of Japanese culture and are located up and down the country. They are places people go to unwind, relax, and destress. However, with times changing, they are because less part of people’s lives, and the facilities themselves are seeing significant wear and tear as well as not having successors to take over the businesses. Sento no Susume aims to revitalise sento and raise their cultural value once again by showing how they can be enjoyed. The first event was held in January and February in 2019.

     

    The event arrived at BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku on April 26 and  invites manga artist Mari Yamazaki on board who has given the store a makeover with her iconic artwork themed on exercise and bathing. This event combines sento bath houses with sports, and so as well as discovering bath houses to visit, you can learn find out about great running courses at the Sento Run no Susume corner. There’s also a virtual venue accessible on the official website that creates the store in 4K 3D so everyone around the world can get involved regardless of their location.

  • Peter Luger Steak House Opens First Japanese Branch at Ebisu Garden Place

    02.May.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Hailing originally from Brooklyn, the 130-year-old Peter Luger Steak House has announced the opening of its first-ever Japanese branch which will welcome customers at Ebisu Garden Place in Tokyo this September with its 3-storeys of red brick.

    Peter Luger is credited with spreading the mouth-watering wonder of dry-aged beef steak to the world which has made the restaurant’s name globally famous. The restaurant of course wields a Michelin Star and has been featured high on the Zagat Survey for over 30 years.

     

    The secret behind Peter Luger’s signature ingredient

    The restaurant’s beef fillet and New York strip are signature items on the menu, both of which are made from porterhouse steak. Their steak is also made from USDA Prime beef which is dry-aged by hand to intensify the flavour and aroma.

     

    The porterhouse is placed directly onto the broiler and seasoned solely with salt. The steak is flipped only once during the broiling process. A knob of melted butter is added to a serving platter and the steak is sliced atop it. It’s then placed back into the broiler for a few minutes depending on the doneness requested by the customer. It’s this process that gives Peter Luger’s steaks their deliciousness. 

     

    Brooklyn red brick building and theatre decor

    The Japanese branch takes inspiration from the Brooklyn restaurant with its red brick exterior.

    The first floor is home to the bar where customers can enjoy food and cocktails. There’s also a takeout shop with gifts and other items.

    The second floor is the spacious dining space which is home to Peter Ruger’s first-ever open kitchen. The third floor is another seating area with balcony-like seats so you can look out over the city.

     

    There are seven private dining rooms of varying sizes for those looking a little more intimacy and privacy. The restaurant’s lighting was also designed by a New York designer.

  • Royal Park Hotel Begins Serving Limited-Time Desserts For Golden Week

    01.May.2021 | FOOD

    For this year’s Golden Week, Royal Park Hotel in Tokyo is serving up a limited-time selection of two desserts on its first floor cafe and bakery IKI: the Koinobori Roll Cake and Animal Sweets & Pastries, both of which are available now until May 5. It’s also selling two different mont blancs for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

     

    Carp streamer-inspired roll cake and animal pastries

    Koinobori Roll Cake – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    Animal Sweets & Pastries: Sheep Cheesecake, Bear Tiramisu, Rabbit Mousse – ¥540 Each / Piglet Pastry, Dog Pastry, Chick Pastry – ¥324 (Tax Included)

    This line-up of takeout desserts and pastries are made at the hotel’s own cafe and bakery IKI, all of which have been made to celebrate Children’s Day which falls on May 5 every year. This includes a moist chocolate and strawberry carp streamer roll cake which is popular at IKI every year. There’s also a cute selection of animal delights including the light and fluffy Sheep Cheesecake, mascarpone cream and coffee Bear Tiramisu, and a sweet and tangy Rabbit Mousse made from assorted berry mousse and jelly, as well as three pastries made to look like a chick, dog, and piglet.

     

    Serving: April 29, 2021 – May 5, 2021

     

    Happy Father’s Day & Happy Mother’s Day Specials

    Mother’s Day Mont Blanc / Father’s Day Mont Blanc – ¥1,944 Each (Tax Included)

    The Mother’s Day Mont Blanc is a wonderfully light combination of strawberry jelly, fresh strawberries, white chocolate mousse, and strawberry cream. The Father’s Day version is made with a fresh mascarpone cream, a mont blanc base that’s made from chestnut and blackcurrant jam, chocolate cream, and caramelised nuts.

     

    Mother’s Day Mont Blanc: May 7, 2021 – May 9, 2021

    Father’s Day Mont Blanc: June 18, 2021 – June 20, 2021

     

     

    Monthly Breads: May & June

    Each mother, IKI releases limited-time breads or pastries. For May, customers can enjoy the rich Edamame & Bacon Parmesan France and the bitter Chocolate Cream Cornet. In June, there’s an Orange Cream Cornet made with sliced orange peel, and the Tomato Rustic which is crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle, combining tomato and cheese. There’s also Shokupan made with matcha and large-grained adzuki beans.

     

    Edamame & Bacon Parmesan France / Chocolate Cream Cornet (Dark Chocolate) – ¥302 Each (Tax Included)

    Orange Cream Cornet – ¥302 / Tomato Rustic – ¥302 / Shokupan (Matcha & Adzuki Bean) – ¥648 (Tax Included)

     

    May Monthly Bread: May 6, 2021 – May 31, 2021

    June Monthly Bread: June 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021

  • Non-Alcoholic Cocktails Made With Vinegar Get Served at Tokyo’s Royal Park Hotel

    01.May.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Royal Park Hotel is collaborating with the Japanese condiment brand Mizkan, which is known for its vinegars, mustards, salad dressings and more, to serve non-alcoholic cocktails made with vinegar. The Non Alco-Vinegar Cocktail Fair will be held from May 1 to June 30.

     

    Royal Park Hotel x Mizkan

    Tropical Princess/FLORAL BEAUTY Vinegar Cashew/Frozen Fruity Su/Blueberry Black Vinegar Soy Milk Shake/Vinegar Fruit Yogurt/Ponzu & Tomato Ginger

    The non-alcoholic vinegar cocktails were created for both drinkers and non-drinkers of alcohol as a way to enjoy the food scene more. The alcoholic drinks used in cocktails gives them a kick, and so does vinegar when used in food. These beverages combine vinegar with a range of fruits, teas, carbonated water, and other ingredients.

     

    The line-up was conceived by the Vinegar Club who have also posted recipes for various cocktails on their website – links below.

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