Sustainable Concept Store Opens in Nagoya PARCO
Sustainable Think. is a concept shop centred around sustainability and SDGs which first opened in Yurakucho Marui in March. The store has now moved to Nagoya PARCO where it opened on April 3.
A look at some of the participating brands
The store hopes to teach people about the importance of sustainability with a collection of products that are socially- and environmentally-friendly. Sustainable materials and methods are used to produce the items sold at the store.
The store is decorated in 17 colours to represent the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a series of global initiatives being taken to create a sustainable future for people around the world. It also features an installation made from hikkake Japanese washi paper with colourful pull-out boxes containing items by participating brands.
Sustainable Think. Nagoya PARCO
Opened: April 3, 2021
Where: Nagoya PARCO Floor 2F
Official Website: https://sustainablethink.com/
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
Hio Miyazawa and Suzu Yamanouchi Feature in Special Rainwear Commercial
09.April.2021 | FASHION
Japanese rainwear brand Wpc. released a special new commercial featuring actors Hio Miyazawa and Suzu Yamanouchi. The collaborative video is entitled “What’s Changed, What Hasn’t Changed.”
The Rainwear Items
Basic Jump Umbrella – Off Paint
Big Silhouette Rain Poncho – Unisex Caramel
Floral Pink Gradation
Colour Mesh Coat – Beige
The message of the commercial is one of positivity: that though somethings might change, others do not. It refers to the state of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, that despite being unable to see our loved ones, and that we’re unable to lead the lives we once did, our feelings towards those special to us, and those around us, is eternal.
What’s Changed, What Hasn’t Changed
Lookbook: Free distribution at Wpc. Shinsaibashi PARCO and Wpc. pop-up shops
Official Website: https://bit.ly/3uw2BFn
Shun Nakao Solo Exhibition to Open at SkiiMa Gallery in Shinsaibashi
Japanese artist Shun Nakao is set to hold their GENKOUHAN exhibition at SkiiMa Gallery in Shinsaibashi PARCO from April 9.
A look at some of the merchandise to be sold
Lithographs | ¥4,200 Each (Tax Included)
Lithographs | ¥4,200 Each (Tax Included)
T-Shirts | ¥4,200 (Tax Included)
Sodagirl Acrylic Key Ring | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Nakao’s colourful and laid-back art is a pleasant sight for the eyes during these dark times. Fans of their work can also get their hands on a range of merch from lithographs to t-shirts, acrylic key rings, and more – all created for this exclusive exhibition.
Running: April 9, 2021 – April 26, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Location: SkiiMa Gallery at Shinsaibashi PARCO’s (Floor 4F)
SHUN NAKAO Official Website: https://www.shunnakao.com/
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/
Karuizawa’s New Apple Farm Opens in Collaboration With Hoshino Resorts and Local Farmers
The Karuizawa-based hotel and hot spring complex Hoshino Onsen Tombo-no-yu joined hands with local apple farmers last year to help support apple cultivation for their apple hot springs. This is now being taken to the next level with the opening of Ringo Tsuchi, an apple farm that Tombo-no-yu staff helped to build. The farm opened on March 19, and locals will be able to visit part of the farm for free starting on April 26.
The project ties in with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative, specifically the 12th goal: “Responsible Consumption and Production,” which looks to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. Karuizawa is located in Nagano Prefecture which is ranked as the 2nd biggest producer of apples in Japan. When growing apples, those fruits which incur any kind of damage or grazing isn’t shipped to the country’s supermarkets or stores. It’s these not-so-perfect apples that Tombo-no-yu uses for its apple hot spring experience. Though it may just be a small step towards that goes, it still goes a small incremental way towards achieving it.
Free entry to Ringo Tsuchi
The main raw materials at Ringo Tsuchi (“Apple Earth”) are the apples used in the apple hot springs and fallen leaves from around the Hoshino area. In addition to compost and water, the materials are fermented, which adds the necessary nutrients to growing apples and creates soft and breathable soil. And since compost is added, it creates an environment where gardening tools can be used in the earth without any prior preparation.
The completion of Ringo Tsuchi
In the mid-October last year, work was carried out at Nomoto Kajuen Orchards in Mimakigahara Okubo, Nagano, to carefully select picked apples and not-so-perfect apples. These apples were used for the apple hot springs at Tombo-no-yu over a three day period from October 23 to 25. The apples are placed in both the male and female hot springs to float on the water.
After that three-day period, the apples were collected, washed, and cut to be used for compost. Since fermentation removes water content, the staff also had to add water twice a month to manage the compost.
Working with the locals
Katsuya Nomoto is a representative of Nomoto Kajuen Orchards, a farm that grows apples, prunes, and more. The farm takes advantage of the area’s high altitude and takes pride in its work to cultivate produce that is healthy to the body and environment using soil microbes as an organic fertiliser. It’s also officially recognised as a farm dedicated to supporting Nagano’s environment, and carries out school trips for children to visit, creating ties with the local community.
Official Website: http://www.hoshino-area.jp
Disney’s Zootopia Themed Cafe to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya for Film’s 5th Anniversary
The Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya branches of OH MY CAFE are set to pay host to cafe experiences themed on Disney’s Zootopia in celebration of the movie’s 5th anniversary which hit last month. The cafes will transform into a Zootopia extravaganza from April 23.
Customers who book a table in advance receive one of six possible lunch mats
Vegetable Curry ¥1,890 (Before Tax)
Sandwich Plate ¥1,990 (Before Tax)
Corn Cream Pie ¥1,590 (Before Tax)
Salsa Burger ¥2,390 (Before Tax)
Carrot Doria ¥1,490 (Before Tax)
Acrylic Coasters +¥900 (Before Tax)
Iced Milk ¥990 (Before Tax) / With Mug +¥1,600 (Before Tax)
Iced Coffee ¥690 (Before Tax) / With Mug ¥1,600 (Before Tax)
Iced Drink ¥990 (Before Tax)
Movie Stills Series
Acrylic Key Rings
Square Magnet ¥550 (Before Tax) / Acryluc Key Ring ¥650 (Before Tax) / A4 Folder ¥350 (Before Tax)
Mask Cases ¥500 (Before Tax) / Masking Tapes ¥800 (Before Tax)
Tiny Animals Series
Acrylic Charms ¥450 (Before Tax) / Mini Notebook Set ¥850 (Before Tax)
A5 Folder Set ¥800 (Before Tax) / Mini Pouch Set ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
Mini Towels ¥1,000 (Before Tax) / Eco Bag ¥1,850 (Before Tax)
Zootopia fans won’t be able to resist the tasty and healthy themed menu featuring Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps, as well as getting their hands on a range of merchandise from stationery to fashion.
Zootopia OH MY CAFE
OH MY CAFE TOKYO
Running: April 23, 2021 – June 27, 2021
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
OH MY CAFE OSAKA
Running: April 28, 2021 – July 6, 2021
Address: 1-6-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Running: June 2, 2021 – July 13, 2021
Address: Nagoya PARCO, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
Official Website: https://zoo.ohmycafe.jp/
Pingu Says Noot Noot to These Delicious Drinks and Desserts Serving in Ikebukuro PARCO
atari CAFE&DINING at Ikebukuro PARCO in Tokyo is now serving up a Pingu-inspired menu of drinks and desserts until May 31. Each one definitely has the noot-of-approval from everybody’s favourite penguin.
Strawberry Fruit Milk | ¥858 (Tax Included)
The line-up includes three milk beverages each flavoured with a different fruit and all topped with a cute Pingu marshmallow
Mango Fruit Milk | ¥858 (Tax Included)
Banana Fruit Milk | ¥858 (Tax Included)
Pingu’s Snowy Mountain Milk Strawberry Pancakes | ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
This pancake dish is inspired by Pingu and Pinga sliding down the snowy mountain on their sled. The Pingu and Pinga ‘picture’ is actually an edible wafer.
Pingu Drinks Coaster
Get a free Pingu coaster with your order of any of these menu items.
Pingu Collab Menu
Serving: March 26, 2021 – May 31, 202
Where: atari CAFE＆DINING Ikebukuro PARCO
Address: 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
atari CAFE＆DINING Ikebukuro PARCO Official Website: http://www.sld-inc.com/atari_ikebukuro.html
‘Ugly Wardrobe’ Installation Created From Surplus Garments from Shibuya Fashion Week
30.March.2021 | FASHION
Sustainable fiberboard manufacturing company PANECO® has teamed up with the creative collective group ‘h220430’ to create the Ugly Wardrobe.
h220430 is a collective of creators focused on designing furniture, lighting, and other interior pieces. With their work, they hope to make people rethink and act against a string of international problems such as deterioration of the global environment and world conflicts.
PANECO® seeks to reduce waste clothing and help create a circular economy with their innovative fiberboard which can be used to make furniture, displays, and many other products.
COVID-19 greatly affected the fashion industry as it did others, and the stagnant market produced a vast number of surplus garments. PANECO® received 500 surplus garments that were about to be incinerated. They pressed the garments using special machinery and elevated them into a robust and beautiful material, and using it, constructed a wardrobe. Rather than watching them be incinerated without ever being worn, they found a way that they could be used as long as possible by upcycling them into wardrobe that would stand alongside fashion.
Shibuya PARCO Announces FASHION CAMPAIGN “CYCLE” Sustainability Project
Tokyo-based shopping complex Shibuya PARCO has announced its first full-building project FASHION CAMPAIGN “CYCLE” which is taking place from March 25 to April 5.
‘Sustainable’ is an indispensable keyword in the fashion industry. Shibuya PARCO is looking to become a new-generation fashion building that fully considerate of the environment through and through, and so it has launched a full-scale sustainability project that encompasses a range of actions, such as accelerating efficient energy use.
For the duration of FASHION CAMPAIGN “CYCLE,” items, services, and exhibitions will roll out which align with Shibuya PARCO’s sustainability policy. A range of events which also take place. This will include the Sustainable Payback scheme which ears you 10% payback on any select products bought that are tagged as sustainable. There is also be a rooftop flea market called HNF in SHIBUYA PARCO HOUYHNHNM no Furima which is run by Japanese web magazine HOUYHNHNM. ‘New vintage’ is the theme of the market where customers can get their hands on clothing, tools, music, and more from the 80’s onwards. At the CYCLE POP UP STORE, run in cooperation with the creator brand YEAH RIGHT!!, a range of upcycled products from old brand stock will be available for purchase, and American-Japanese model Kiko Mizuhara’s sustainable brand ‘OK’ is also making an appearance.
When you spend over ¥5,000 (tax included) on products in Shibuya PARCO with the above-pictured sustainable-certified tag you can get 10% payback.
*Select products only (as tagged)
*¥500 for every ¥5000 spent (for the first 500 customers only)
*¥50,000 max payback
Running: March 25, 2021 – April 5, 2021
Payback Exchange: Saison Counter (Shibuya PARCO Floor 5F)
YEAH RIGHT!! presents CYCLE POP UP STORE
At this pop-up store, you can get your hands on a range of items that were once old stock from brands and have been upcycled to become completely new products. Items from Kiko Mizuhara’s sustainable brand ‘OK’ will also be sold here.
Running: March 25, 2021 – April 4, 2021
Where: Shibuya PARCO POP UP SPACE on Floor 3F (GYSER PARCO)
HNF in SHIBUYA PARCO HOUYHNHNM no Furima
A flea market run by Japanese web magazine HOUYHNHNM. Get your hands on a ‘new vintage’ line-up of 80’s clothing, music, and more
When: April 3, 2021
Where: ComMunE on Shibuya PARCO Floor 10F
FASHION CAMPAIGN “CYCLE”
Running: March 25, 2021 – April 5, 2021
Where: Shibuya PARCO
Address: 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Product Page: https://shibuya.parco.jp/feature/detail/?id=3075
Japanese Boy Band JO1 Photo Exhibition Announced For Shibuya and Fukuoka
Japanese boy band JO1 released their first photo book Progress on January 27 this year. Fans who were unable to get a copy, or those who just want more JO1, will be excited to hear that a photo exhibition will take place at Shibuya PARCO from March 19 to 29 and Fukuoka PARCO from March 19 to April 4.
JO1 1st Photo Collection “Progress”
Shibuya exhibition’s main visual
Fukuoka exhibition’s main visual
“Progress” Mugs | ¥1,500
“Progress” Tote Bags | ¥1,800
“Progress” Folders | ¥500 Each
The exhibition will feature not only photos that are included in the photo book, but exclusive, never-before-seen ones too. A collection of merchandise will also be available for fans to buy, and all who attend the exhibition will receive a free solo photo of one of the members.
Progress JO1 Photo Exhibition
Running: March 19, 2021 – March 29, 2021
Where: Shibuya PARCO B1F GALLERY X
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Last entries at 19:30)
Running: March 19, 2021 – April 4, 2021
Where: Fukuoka PARCO Floor B1F
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30 (Last entries at 20:00)
*Prior bookings will be required for entries running from March 19 to 21
The Moomin Shop located inside Nagoya’s stylish retail centre LACHIC launched an anniversary fair last Friday (March 5) to commemorate the store’s 7th anniversary.
New Merchandise Launching March 2021
KAKSI Tote Bag (Medium Size) With Pass Case | ¥4,000 (Tax Included)
Jetstream Little My Tea Blue Pen/Moomin Blood Orange Pen | ¥2,420 Each (Tax Included)
Laptop Case (Greige/Pink) | ¥3,960 Each (Tax Included)
Tablet Case (Greige/Pink) | ¥2,970 Each (Tax Included)
Multi-Case (Greige/Pink) | ¥2,530 Each (Tax Included)
Flat Pouch (Greige/Pink) | ¥1,980 Each (Tax Included)
Spacious Multi-Pouch (Greige/Pink) | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)
Original Design Cup
Anniversary Logo Shop Card
Moomin Shop Nagoya LACHIC opened back in 2014. The anniversary fair sees the arrival of new and exclusive merchandise including a tote bag with pass case as part of the shop’s popular KAKSI bag series, Little My and Moomin pens, and more. And for every ¥4,180 spent including tax, customers will receive a free cup and shop card.
Tokyo’s Pixar Exhibition ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’ to Open in Spring 2021
A Japan-original Pixar exhibition by the name of PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR! is set to run from April 8-19 at Seibu Ikebukuro in Tokyo. The exhibition is a celebration of all things Pixar Animation Studio and Walt Disney Japan where fans will have the opportunity to glimpse never-before-seen concept art, learn about the secrets of the studio’s office building, hear interviews with Japanese staff who work at the animation studio, and much more.
Pixar fanatics can expect to see all their favourite characters from the filmography such as Monsters Inc., Toy Story, Wall-E, Coco, Finding Nemo, and more. There will be plenty of merchandise to add to the collection too—around 200 pieces in fact—including items with official artwork that has never been made into merch before.
New official artwork illustrated by Pixar Animation Studios for ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’
The artists at Pixar Animation Studios have created an original collection of artwork for the exhibition which will be displayed around the site itself as well as on merchandise sold there. There will also be a behind-the-scenes video showing at the exhibition where you can see the staff drawing the pieces.
A historical lookback at Pixar’s filmography
The exhibition will pay homage to everything Pixar has to offer, from their roots of animation shorts to their critically acclaimed full length animated features. If you have a favourite from any of these, you’re sure to find merchandise of it at the exhibition.
Feel like you’ve been invited to Pixar Animation Studios
The exhibition will have an area decorated with a gallery of posters, the famous Pixar lamp and ball, Woody and Buzz statues made from Lego, and more, as well as a photo gallery from pictures taken inside the studio.
Learn all there is to know about Pixar
Learn all the trivia about Pixar from what kind of Japanese people work at the studio, what characters are hidden throughout their films, and more.
Fans can sift through around 200 pieces of original merchandise.
Movie Poster Collection
The posters released for each of Pixar’s films have been shrunk down into a collection of postcards.
Final frame merchandise
A line-up of merchandise featuring the final frames taken from all 23 of Pixar’s feature length animations.
Early concept art
The exhibition will sell an array of merchandise featuring artwork that has never been turned into merch before, such as early concept art.
There will also be merchandise featuring fun Easter eggs hidden throughout Pixar’s films.
Pixar Animation Studios
A line-up of merchandise that makes you feel like you’re part of the Pixar office.
Visitors that spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) on merchandise at the exhibition will receive one of 8 possible pins. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, spending over ¥6,000 will get fans an original bottle too.
The exhibition will also be moving around Japan after its Tokyo run. Check the locations below.
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PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!
Running: April 4, 2021 – April 19, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Where: Seibu Ikebukuro Annex Bldg. Floor 2F
Price: General ¥800 / Children ¥500
Running: April 21, 2021 – May 5, 2021
Where: Daimaru Kyoto Museum Floor 6F
Running: July 21, 2021 – August 12, 2021
Where: Matsuzakaya Nagoya Floor 7F
Running: December 29, 2021 – January 16, 2021
Where: Matsuzakaya Shizuoka Floor 8F
Where: Fukuoka PARCO Floor 5F
Running: April 17, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Official Website: https://www.ntvs.co.jp/ppp-official/