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/
Explore Harajuku Virtually as Virtual Shibuya Announces New Harajuku Area
Virtual Shibuya has announced that its new Harajuku area will open on May 25, 2021. The virtual experience is hosted on Cluster, a virtual social media platform.
Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project launched the “Virtual Shibuya” back in May of last year in collaboration with KDDI, Shibuya Future Design, and the Shibuya Tourism Association. Officially recognised by Shibuya City, Virtual Shibuya comes in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which has brought tight restrictions to the economy and people’s way of life. It enables people to continue enjoying entertainment from the comfort of their homes by participating in a whole host of virtual events and activities. The project aims to deliver content from Shibuya with live performances from artists, art exhibitions, talks, and more. The use of 5G and the latest cutting edge technology connects the real Shibuya to a virtual space, combining the realms of the digital and real world.
Virtual Harajuku is the second area to open in the service and brings together the iconic locations surrounding Jingumae Crossing such as Laforet Harajuku and Tokyu Plaza. As part of the new area’s launch, Japanese pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has been announced as a Special Supporter of the service. The singer and model made her debut on the streets of Harajuku with her unique fashion. Ten years since her debut, she will continue promoting Harajuku from the service.
Discover 130 Years of KYOTO BENRIDO’s Colourful Photo and Printmaking World
Nara TSUTAYA BOOKS is set to host the KYOTO BENRIDO’s World fair from May 15 to July 9, celebrating the history of a store that was established in 1887.
Benrido has been contributing to the inheritance of Japanese culture through the photography, printmaking, and publications of cultural properties for 130 years. The The company owns is one of the world’s few remaining collotype studios which provides modern day photographers the unique opportunity to produce prints of their work using this rare process. Collotype was invented in France in the 19th century. It enables one to print images in various tones without the need for halftone screens.
Benrido offers a range of different products such as postcards, folding fans, standing screens, and more, all of which feature artwork by famous artists from the Meiji era to the early Showa era, the Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga, the portfolio of Saul Leiter, and more.
At the fair, visitors can pick up a wide selection of items from collotype pieces to other artistic goods. And starting on May 28, it will also sell items related to Hokusai and ukiyo-e prints.
KYOTO BENRIDO’s World
Running: May 15, 2021 – July 9, 2021
Opening Hours: 8:00-23:00
Location: Nara TSUTAYA BOOKS
Official Website: https://store.tsite.jp/nara/event/shop/19765-1744050424.html
Idol Group Tsubaki Factory Features on Tower Records Shinjuku’s NO MUSIC, NO IDOL? Poster
14.May.2021 | MUSIC
In promotion of their upcoming album 2nd STEP, which will hit shelves on May 26, Japanese idol group Tsubaki Factory was featured in Vol.242 of Tower Record Shinjuku’s idol project NO MUSIC, NO IDOL?.
Tsubaki Factory in NO MUSIC, NO IDOL Vol.242
Tsubaki Factory formed in 2015 as members of Hello Project, an all-female idol group project managed by UP-FRONT AGENCY. The eight-member group made their debut with the release of their first single Hatsukoi Sunrise/Just Try!/Uruwashi no Camellia in 2017. In the same year, they receive the Newcomer Award from the 50th Japan Cable Awards.
Their forthcoming 15-track album 2nd STEP will include six singles from their fifth to their current as well as three additional tracks and six brand new ones. Tower Records is handing out posters and postcards to fans who pre-order or buy the record at select stores.
Receive a free NO MUSIC, NO IDOL? poster and postcard
Posters and postcards will be given to fans who purchase any of the three editions of 2nd STEP at the select Tower Records branches below. Available in limited stock on a first-come, first-served basis, those who pre-order the album will be given priority of posters and postcards over those who purchase it after its release.
Participating Branches: Sapporo PIVOT/Sendai PARCO/Shinjuku/Yokohama Vivre/Niigata/Shizuoka/Nagoya PARCO/Umeda NU Chayamachi/Hiroshima/Takamatsu Marugamemachi/Fukuoka PARCO/Naha
2nd STEP will be released in 3 editions
First Press Limited-Edition A (CD+Blu-ray+48 Page Booklet) | ¥8,800 (Tax Included)
First Press Limited-Edition A includes the album, all versions of the music videos from the group’s 5th single to their current release, a Blu-ray featuring a behind-the-scenes shoot of the album cover photos, and an 48-page A4-size photo book.
First Press Limited-Edition B (CD+DVD) | ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
First Press Limited-Edition B includes a DVD featuring the footage taken from a drama event hosted by the group.
Regular Edition (CD) | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Get a freebie with your purchase at Tower Records
Purchasing the new album at Tower Records, TOWERmini, or the Tower Records online store will earn fans the below-pictured A4 folder. Available in limited stock on a first-come, first-served basis, those who pre-order the album will be given priority of folders over those who purchase it after its release.
Tsubaki Factory – “2nd STEP”
Release Date: May 26, 2021
Tower Records Official Website: https://tower.jp
MAC Reveals Disney’s Cruella de Vil Makeup Collection
MAC Cosmetics is set to launch its new “Cruella” makeup collection inspired by the Disney villain and fashion icon Cruella de Vil from the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians on May 13, 2021. The collection arrives ahead of the upcoming live-action movie Cruella which is set for release on May 28, 2021.
Disney Cruella Collection by MAC
The collection features nine products that bring to life the Disney villain’s look, whose origin story about aspiring to become a fashion designer will be portrayed by Emma Stone in the upcoming movie which is set in ’70s London during the height of the punk rock era. The line-up combines punk reds with metallic colours, and everything comes packaged in tubes and palettes bearing Cruella’s instantly-recognisable black and white colour combo.
Terry Barber, the Director of Makeup Artistry at MAC, said: “With there being such a huge trend for recycling the more niche counterculture moments of previous decades, this collection feels like MAC returning to a celebration of the kind of DIY styling and brave transformation that originally made it such a maverick brand.”
A Look at the Collection
MATTE LIPSTICK | $21
A rich matte lipstick formula with high-colour payoff and a creamy matte finish in three Cruella-inspired shades.
RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIPCOLOUR | $25
A liquid lipstick that provides a rebellious rush of Disney’s Cruella-inspired colour in a velvety, mattest-matte finish.
PRO LONGWEAR DUAL ENDED EYE LINER | $26
A long-lasting, dual-ended eyeliner featuring creamy, dense colour that glides smoothly across lids.
POWDER BLUSH DUO: CRUEL-LA INTENTIONS | $31
A Cruella-inspired blush duo that provides fantastic colour with ease and consistency.
76 SUPERMODEL LASH | $18
A limited-edition pair of backstage-favourite lashes featuring wispy, full volume for a runway-ready look.
EYESHADOW X 8: CRUELLA TO BE KIND | $45
A magnetic two-piece eye palette packed with a wondrous wave of eight statement shades inspired by the most iconic looks of Disney’s Cruella.
The full collection will drop worldwide this Thursday at MAC.
MAC Cosmetics Official Website: https://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/collections-disney-cruella
SHIRO Reveals New Cosmetic Items For Summer 2021
13.May.2021 | FASHION
Japanese cosmetic brand SHIRO is set to release its Ice Mint Body Mist, Ice Mint Body Lotion, and all-new Ice Mint Clay Hand Soap as part of its limited-edition Ice Mint fragrance series online on May 27 before the products head to stores on June 10.
Ice Mint Body Mist | ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
Ice Mint Body Lotion | ¥2,530 (Tax Included)
Ice Mint Clay Hand Soap | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
The refreshing products arrive in time for the summer season for cooling down on those hot and humid days. Each is imbued with ethanol and refreshing mint for that relieving feeling of refreshment.
SHIRO Ice Mint Series
Online Release Date: May 27, 2021 @ 10:00am (JST)
In-Store Release Date: June 10, 2021
Official Website: https://shiro-shiro.jp/
MUFG to Open MUFG Park in West Tokyo in 2023
13.May.2021 | SPOT
MUFG has announced that decided its Tokyo-based Musashino Sports Ground will is transforming into the new MUFG Park (tentative name) as part of its efforts toward the realisation of a sustainable environment and society. Set to open in 2023, MUFG Park will consist of three concept areas: a precious green environment in the city center (nature); environments for sports and to promote health (sports); and an environment for social exchange and activities (communication).
Tennis courts and grounds for soccer, rugby, and other sports
A community library stocked with reading material catering to cultural needs
Hosting lots of programs together with users of MUFG Park
“Committed to empowering a brighter future” is MUFG’s slogan which it is branding to help achieve a more sustainable environment and society. MUFG Park aims to resolve a wide variety of local and social issues that must be faced now and in the future, such as the conservation and passing-down of values related to precious natural spaces in urban areas, support for community-building in response to the post-COVID-19 era, and the creation of a resilient society. It also hopes to help empower a brighter future by communicating the various experiences and values cultivated there to society.
Grand Opening: 2023
Official Website: https://www.mufg.jp/
Hello Kitty x INTERGRATE Design Cosmetics Releasing This Spring
13.May.2021 | FASHION
Shiseido’s self-makeup brand INTERGRATE is set to release select beauty products with limited-edition Hello Kitty packaging on May 21. The theme of the collection is Meet “LOVELY.” In the run up to its release, Hello Kitty cans can enjoy three filters of the popular Sanrio character over on INTERGRATE’s official Instagram page.
INTERGRATE Limited-Edition Pro Finish Foundation Special Set K (2 Types) | ¥1,430 Each (Tax Included)
INTERGRATE Limited-Edition Pro Liquid Special Set K | ¥1,760 Each (Tax Included)
INTERGRATE Limited-Edition Water Jelly Crush Special Set K (2 Types) | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)
INTERGRATE Limited-Edition Triple Recipe Eyes Special Set K (2 Types) | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)
The limited-edition designs feature Hello Kitty and her cute friends who are ready to help you apply your makeup. The collection focuses on three each of INTERGRATE’s iconic foundations and eye shadows. This includes the Pro Finish series which has foundation in a compact case, durable liquid foundation, and water jelly crush. Pick from three foundations too which come in a triple set. For this limited-edition collaboration, you can enjoy the pink PK704 and brown BR703, both of which are popular colours.
Häagen-Dazs Dessert Buffet Whipped Up at Keio Plaza Hotel
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.
Sweets Collection with Häagen-Dazs ~Ice Cream Holic~
Running: June 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Bookings; Now Open
Location: Jurin (Keio Plaza Hotel Floor 2F)
Address: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Slots: 15:00-17:00 (Last Orders 16:30) / 15:30-17:30 (Last Orders 17:00)
Jurin Official Page: https://www.keioplaza.com/restaurants/coffee.html
Deliciously Luxurious Matcha Shaved Ice to be Served in Shinjuku This Summer
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.
Japanese Name: 和 －なごみ－
Serving: June 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Where: Southern Tower Dining / Lounge South Court (Odakyu Hotel Century Southern Tower Floor 20F)
Address: 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo
[Southern Tower Dining] 11:30-16:00 (Last Orders 15:00) / 17:30-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
[Lounge South Court] 10:00-23:30 (Last Orders 22:30)
Southern Dining Official Website: https://www.southerntower.co.jp/restaurant_lounge/st_dining/bar_lunch/
Disney Princesses Help You to Answer the Question ‘What is Love?’ at This Tokyo Event
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.
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+ 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.
What is Love? ~The Secret to Shining Bright Lies in the Princess World~
Japanese Event Title: WHAT IS LOVE？ ～輝くヒミツは、プリンセスの世界に。～
Running: June 23, 2021 – July 29, 2021
Where: Shibuya Marui (Floors 7F & 8F) *Reception is on floor 7F
Address: Shibuya Marui, 1-22-6 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://PrincessExhibition.jp
*Exhibition will subsequently move to JR Nagoya Takashimaya (August 4, 2021 – August 23, 2021) and Shizuoka (January 2022 – March 2022)w
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.
Japanese Plan Title: 江戸涼み滞在
Running: June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Where: HOSHINOYA Tokyo
Bookings: https://hoshinoya.com/tokyo/ (Must be made 14 days in advance)
Price: From ¥59,000 (1 room for 2 people. Tax, service charge, and accommodation not included)
Capacity: 1 group of up to 2 people per day
Notes: For guests of HOSHINOYA Tokyo staying in the Kiku (菊) rooms
Official Website: https://hoshinoya.com/en/
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)