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
10-Day Sustainability Themed Event ‘Love Earth, Love Us’ to Open at Sendai PARCO
Sendai PARCO will begin a 10-day event focusing on the idea of sustainability starting September 17 and concluding September 26, 2021. ‘Love Earth, Love Us’ will highlight sustainability-related products and services available at the shops within Sendai PARCO, and a web page has already been opened to get people thinking about this important subject. Those purchasing or using any of these products and services will receive certain added bonuses, as a way to raise awareness and give back to those making an effort to support the health of the planet.
The main visual used in promoting the event was drawn by Toshiya Nakashima, and depicts Mount Vinicunca in Peru, often called Rainbow Mountain. The drawing was commissioned by Heralbony, an art gallery featuring pieces by those with intellectual disabilities, who will also hold a limited-time pop-up shop inside Sendai PARCO during the event. The shop will sell unique items, including hand towels featuring this gorgeous portrait of Rainbow Mountain, so don’t miss out!
Japanese Lifestyle Brand athletia to Launch in UK in October
Eco-friendly Japanese skincare and lifestyle brand athletia will release its products in the UK market this October. The UK version of the brand’s website, including an e-shop, is planned to be available to consumers on October 6.
athletia was launched by Kao Group’s cosmetics manufacturer e’quipe in February 2020, and prides itself on using only environmentally friendly ingredients, containers, and packaging.
At the time of launch, the company will adopt the DTC model, concentrating on e-commerce and social media in order to show transparency and build trust within the community. During the following year, athletia aims to specifically include other companies’ e-commerce sites in its sales strategy, due to the changes the retail world has experienced due to COVID-19.
European consumers have high standards when it comes to sustainable products, social contributions, and corporate transparency, and athletia is confident it can meet the level of excellence needed for further growth in the region. Using the UK as a foothold, athletia plans to expand to other European countries within three years.
UK Site: Launching October 6, 2021
Official Site: www.athletia-beauty.com
The Meguriwa Exhibition to Touch on Sustainability in Japan
Meguriwa, a project promoting sustainability in Japan, will hold a two-day market and exhibition on November 12-13, 2021. The venue for the event isn’t a large convention center, but rather an old house forgotten by time in southern Shibuya, surrounded by new development. The space blends traditional Japanese atmosphere with a modern Western style, and promises a sense of nostalgia to all who attend.
The event will bring together a large collection of artwork, products, and materials from creators and companies all over Japan who focus on recycling-centric creation. This includes products made from wood sourced from forest thinning, as well as those using a portion of proceeds to support environmental conservation efforts. In the midst of major societal changes, humans must continue to coexist with natural phenomena like climate change, viruses, and earthquakes. With this in mind, Meguriwa hopes to share their vision of a ‘circular bioeconomy,’ in which mankind doesn’t separate themself from nature, but instead both fears and appreciates it.
The event is advertised as a place where people can both learn and have fun while considering our impact on nature, and how we can impact the future. An online seminar, ‘The Meguriwa Study Hall,’ will take place each week for a month prior to the event!
This event is for a great cause. Get to know local craftsmen and more about long-term sustainability this November!
November 12, 2021 10:30-19:00
November 13, 2021 10:30-18:00
Location: OLD HAUS (An old house with a garden near Namikibashi)
Address: 1-26-32 Higashi, Shibuya, Tokyo
Price: Entrance Free
① Free Ticket: Free
② Priority Admission (Priority Entry): ¥1,000
Hoshino Resort Tomamu Offers Limited-Time Salmon Themed Package
One of the largest resorts in Hokkaido, Hoshino Resort Tomamu will be offering a ‘Family Salmon Trip’ package starting on September 4, 2021. This two-day, one-night plan will be available until October 31, 2021, and features a salmon-themed room complete with salmon pajamas! The accompanying meal plan includes dishes made from different parts of salmon, complete with a challenge: try your hand at making salmon roe, and enjoy your creation at breakfast the next day! Who knew that a salmon-themed getaway was even possible?
Bath inspired by a salmon roe bowl
Salmon Roe making experience
Children’s Salmon Plate
Breakfast ‘Salmon and Roe Oyako-don’
Why the salmon theme? The source of the Mukawa River is located near the resort, and where salmon are said to migrate, leaping upstream. Starting in September 2017, the salmon travel plan was introduced to inspire visitors to enjoy this fish at peak season. During the two-day, one-night stay, guests can surround themselves with all things salmon, going so far as to feel like one themselves! This ‘Family Salmon Trip’ was launched to give children a chance to experience the fun, based on one of Hokkaido’s most beloved dishes.
The plan includes a room decorated from floor to ceiling in fishy furnishings, including salmon curtains, mugs, figures, and cushions. The bedroom is inspired by the salmon’s difficult trek up the river, with a bed frame depicting father and son bears attempting to make a catch. Children will have a blast transforming into a salmon in their special pajamas, complete with a nightcap. The whirlpool tub offers stunning views, but that’s not all–with the help of bath salts, the bathtub transforms into a bowl of salmon roe, with a new salmon fillet float to make the experience even more memorable!
Families can change into a cook’s coat and try their hand at preparing salmon roe, which will then be used in next day’s ‘Salmon and Roe Oyako-don’ breakfast. The ‘Children’s Salmon Plate’ features a collection of unique salmon dishes on a fish-shaped plate, while adults can enjoy the featured Salmon Dinner, which uses every part of the salmon, from the nose to the tip of the tail!
How do you feel about a salmon-themed family vacation?
Family Salmon Trip
Running: September 4, 2021-October 31, 2021 until check-in
Details/Reservations (up to 10 days in advance): https://www.snowtomamu.jp/
Art For Social Change Project Launches in Japan Using Waste to Create Art
29.July.2021 | FASHION
Innovation Design launched its new ‘Art For Social Change’ project at haishop in Shibuya Scramble Square on July 21 which sees artwork made from waste.
According to Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, 42.74 million tonnes of garbage has been thrown out since 2019. That’s the equivalent of around 115 Tokyo Domes, or 918g of waste per person everyday. The waste cannot be exported, and so real action is required to reduce the amount of waste create on the island country of Japan, especially when thinking 20 years down the road.
That’s where haishop comes in. Using caps from detergent, which are actually no longer sold, as well as plastic caps and other materials resulting from waste, it will create a new identity for waste together with consumers in the form of art. Art For Social Change aims to send a message to society to make real transformations in the world through the medium of art.
It’s easy to imagine what happens when creating a product up to its completion, but considering what happens to it after it’s been used is a lot more difficult. Every year, the available capacity at final disposal sites decreases more and more. The important topic at hand is getting everyone in Japan to really treasure the products they buy, to conceive ideas on how to prolong longevity of the things that people purchase, and construct a new society centred on recycling and reusing. And this isn’t just a Japan problem – it’s a global one. That’s the message which Art For Social Change carries.
The only conditions on participating with the project is that you agree with its goal and that you use materials on sale at haishop. Everyone is invited regardless of age or gender.
The artworks in action
4th year students from Nitobe Bunka Elementary & Junior High School used waste materials to create ‘souvenir’ theme products which the children are helping to sell at the shop. The proceeds go back to the school itself while helping teach children about new ways of reusing and recycling.
Souvenirs created by the students of Nitobe Bunka Elementary & Junior High School
Mascara bottles made using caps from detergent bottles
Art For Social Change
Project Launch Date: July 21, 202
Official Website: https://www.innovationdesign.co.jp/
Jambuka Pancakes Get Tossed and Loaded With Fresh Cream and Fruits in Osaka
21.July.2021 | FOOD
Jambuka Abeno Q’s Mall is the only place in Osaka where locals can enjoy the incredible pancakes created by the fresh cream desserts specialist shop MILK. This summer, they are now serving a new seasonal treat: the ‘Sweet Summer Mikan & Lemon Pancakes.’
Sweet Summer Mikan & Lemon Pancakes | ¥1,089 (Tax Included)
Fresh Cream Milk Pancakes | ¥858 (Tax Included)
Fresh Cream Strawberry Milk Pancakes | ¥1,089 (Tax Included)
Fresh Cream Chocolate Banana Milk Pancakes | ¥979 (Tax Included)
All pancakes are made-to-order and are covered in a rich, creamy sauce made from fresh cream from Hokkaido. Enjoy them plain or topped with fresh fruit.
Sweet Summer Mikan & Lemon Pancakes
Running: July 15, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Location: Jambuka Abeno Q’s Mall
Address: Abeno Q’s Mall Floor 4F, 1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka, 545-0052, Japan
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jambuka_abeno/
McDonald’s Japan Releases Strawberry and Banana Frappes at McCafe by Barista®
15.July.2021 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan released its new Strawberry & Condensed Milk Frappe and Banana Caramel Frappe beverages at McCafe by Barista® branches up and down the country on July 14. The fruity frappes and the perfect choice for the hot summer season.
Strawberry & Condensed Milk Frappe | Regular: ¥490
The strawberry frappe is made with a sweet and tangy strawberry sauce that has fresh strawberry pieces in it as well as juice taken from amaou strawberries grown in Fukuoka which are known for their fresh and sweet taste. Added to the cup is rich condensed milk along with a squirt of whipped cream for a milky and velvety finish.
Banana Caramel Frappe | Regular: ¥490
The banana frappe is filled with a banana puree sauce, banana syrup, and a crème brûlée syrup. It’s topped with smooth whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. The banana and caramel make for a delicious combination.
Strawberry & Condensed Milk Frappe / Banana Caramel Frappe
Released: July 14, 2021
Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/campaign/banana-strawberry-frappe/
Shiraraso Grand Hotel Announces Traditional Japanese Candle-Making Experience For Guests
As part of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) project, Shiraraso Grand Hotel is offering a new experience for guests to create shades for warosoku traditional Japanese candles from July 7 to August 31.
Warosoku aren’t made with ordinary wax, they’re produced from plant-derived Japanese wax. Wakayama was once the biggest producer of this wax. Guests at the hotel will ghet to make their own shade decorations for these candles using decorations like the sea, food, hot springs, and panda.
The hotel is also offering free panda bookmarks to those who post a photo of their shade on Instagram, Twitter, or Instagram with the Japanese hashtag #白良荘グランドホテル.
Warosoku Shade Decoration Experience
Running: July 7, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Price: ¥2,000 for one set
Twitter: https://twitter.com/shiraraso_GH (@shiraraso_GH)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shiraraso (@shiraraso)
Official Website: https://shiraraso.co.jp/
These Bangles Are Made From Edo Kiriko Cut Glass Bottles
06.July.2021 | FASHION
GLASS-LAB released their new GLASS-LAB NEW PRODUCT “WA” collection of bangles made from Edo Kiriko cut glass bottles on their official website on July 1.
GLASS-LAB NEW PRODUCT “WA” Sustainable Clear | ¥18,370 (Tax Included)
GLASS-LAB NEW PRODUCT “WA” Sustainable Black | ¥18,370 (Tax Included)
GLASS-LAB NEW PRODUCT “WA” Sustainable White | ¥18,370 (Tax Included)
GLASS-LAB NEW PRODUCT “WA” Sustainable Green | ¥18,370 (Tax Included)
GLASS-LAB was opened by the Shiina family in 1950 in Koto, a city known for the production of Edo Kiriko, a traditional type of Japanese glassware. The owner eventually passed the factory onto his sons. It is now run by Takayuki Shiina who is highly skilled at sandblasting, so much so he can cut glass to a fine 0.09mm.
This new collection was made in collaboration with designer Yukio Fujita of ‘design shop YU.’
GLASS-LAB NEW PRODUCT “WA”
Released: July 1, 2021
Buy Here: https://glasslab.official.ec/
AMBUSH® Announces Sustainable Outdoor Collaboration Collection
24.June.2021 | FASHION
AMBUSH® is set to release a new outdoors collection in collaboration with the thermal-wear brand STANLEY and YOSHIDA-KABAN’s main brand PORTER on June 25.
AMBUSH® x STANLEY STANLEY BOTTLE 1 – ¥8,580 (Tax Included) / AMBUSH® x STANLEY STANLEY BOTTLE 2 – ¥6,380 (Tax Included)
AMBUSH® x PORTER NYLON CROSSBODY LARGE BAG – ¥52,800 (Tax Included) / NYLON CROSSBODY BAG – ¥42,900 (Tax Included)
AMBUSH® x PORTER NYLON ECO BAG | ¥24,200 (Tax Included)
The AMBUSH® x STANLEY collection features vacuum bottles and flasks. Stylish and simply designed, the “Go Series” bottles are easy to carry around and are perfect for both outdoor and everyday lifestyle. Hang the finger loop of the bottle from your iconic carabiner by AMBUSH®︎ and enjoy it as an accessory to spice up your outfit. The light and slim stainless steel single walled vacuum insulated flask suits scenes like outdoor camping and even at your kitchen at home.
The AMBUSH® x PORTER collection feature three types of bags. They come in two colours: black and blue. The CROSSBODY LARGEBAGs have a pocket on the front just the size for STANLEY Vacuum Bottle to fit in. What seems to be a wallet is a foldable eco bag, which can be used as a tote bag when you unfold it.
The sustainable collections come during a month of environmental awareness in Japan as designated by the Ministry of the Environment. It’s also during a time when outdoor festivals and camping are starting up again in the country, and are also handy for jogging and shopping, in an effort to cut plastic bottles, cups, bags, and so on.
Comment from AMBUSH® founder VERBAL
“For this collaboration, I was interested in how PORTER and STANLEY’s products are easy to use, which matches today’s lifestyle. I actually use STANLEY bottles in my studio and when I order coffee at coffee shops, so this was a collaboration I’m happy to have done. PORTER’s bags are just the right size. I wanted something that was thoroughly made down to the finest details, so I feel new possibilities [from this collection] which focuses on the necessities. PORTER bags are handy for popping outside so I can use them in the day or at night, and STANLEY bottles I use at work and at home <laughs>”
AMBUSH® x PORTER / AMBUSH® x STANLEY
Release Date: June 25, 2021
Available: AMBUSH®WORKSHOP / AMBUSH®WORKSHOP2 / AMBUSH® Hankyu Umeda Pop-Up Store / AMBUSH®WEBSHOP
AMBUSH Official Website: www.ambushdesign.com
Hello Kitty Promotes Messages of Protecting the Earth and the SDGs in Short Movie
A section of Deloitte Tohmatsu Group and FC Imabari’s educational book Watashi, Chikyu (Me, Earth) has been turned into a short movie featuring Hello Kitty. Released on YouTube on Wednesday, the video is aimed at elementary school children to educate them on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global initiative to create a sustainable future.
The 9-minute video takes Hello Kitty on a journey through earth’s life from 4.6 billion years ago, animal life on the planet, and the drastic changes that have come about from human activity.
At the end of the video, Hello Kitty has a message for kids: “I wanted to be in this so I can learn about what I can do for our future. I would love for this to get lots of people thinking about what they themselves can do, even if it ends up only being one person.”
#HelloSDGs Special Site: https://www.hellosdgs.com/
World’s First Cardboard Razor Released in Japan by BARBER SAKOTA x Kai
Kai Corporation and BARBER SAKOTA have teamed up to release the ‘world’s first’ cardboard razor. The first 100 people to purchase a BARBER SAKOTA t-shirt or cap at Tsutaya Books Daikanyama in Shibuya between June 15 and July 2 will receive a free one.
Kai Corporation is no stranger to manufacturing grooming products, but this speciality razor comes for those people who want a product that really lets them enjoy the satisfaction of their grooming routine.
The razor was also developed in line with the SDGs, resulting in a more sustainable product that opts for paper instead of plastic. The stylish designs come in various colours with street-style typography that reads ‘KAI.’
Kami Kamisori™ (Paper Razor)
Japanese Product Name: 紙カミソリ™
Available: June 15, 2021 – July 2, 2021
Where: BARBER SAKOTA Pop-Up Shop @ Tsutaya Books Daikanyama
Address: 17-5 Sarugakucho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 9:00-20:00
Conditions: First 100 people to buy a BARBER SAKOTA t-shirt or cap
Official Website: www.kamikamisori.com