Laforet Harajuku Announces LAFORET GOLDEN WEEK

24.April.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

Golden Week is almost here in Japan, and so Laforet Harajuku is readying itself for its special LAFORET GOLDEN WEEK event which will run from April 24 to May 9.

Around 60 stores inside the Harajuku-based shopping centre are participating in this event where shoppers can get their hands on a new wardrobe full of outfits, a stock of items and accessories, and more. There is also a special item available at Charles Chaton on Floor 4F of Laforet that is made as part of a triple collaboration between the store, DJ and music producer Night Tempo, and Rie Kanou, the author of the manga series Slow Motion wo Mou Ichido. At FRAPBOIS on Floor 1.5F, there’s a selection of t-shirts, shirts, one pieces and other must-grabs created in collaboration with Osamu Goods. And that’s just a taste of the many exclusives to be sold and doesn’t take into account all the other events that will take place at this year’s LAFORET GOLDEN WEEK. Let’s dive deeper.

 

The Little Cat Shop by MILKBOY | April 30 – May 9 | Floor 1F Entrance Space

The Little Cat Shop by MILKBOY is a cat-themed shop by three brands: MILK, MILKBOY, and LAND. It will incorporate hit motifs from the brands’ past line-ups as well as introduce all-new trends. As well as clothes, there are accessories, sofvi toys, and other items, each woven with each of the brand’s touch. There will also be a raffle to win exclusive sofvi toys made by notable sofvi artists like IZUMONSTER and Konatsuya. Plus, all customers who spend over ¥10,000 will get an original sticker.

Cat eyes dress ¥32,450 / CAT EYES SHIRTS ¥19,250 / CAT TOWER TEE ¥8,800 / MISCHIEF cat Frill TEE ¥13,200 / Ribbon CAT TEE ¥7,920 (Tax Included)

 

Kuttsuketemiyou Picture Book Pop-Up Shop | May 1 – May 16 | Floor 2F POP UP SHOP SPACE

Kuttsuketemiyou is a picture book by contemporary artist Ken Kagami and it’s getting its first pop-up shop at Lofret Harajuku. The humorous book sees Kagami seeing what would happen if he tried attaching certain things to animals. It’s a work of artistic nonsense enjoyed by children and adults alike, and fans of the quirky story can get their hands on a range of merchandise featuring the cute creatures. Kagami will also be doing signings.

 

Kuttsuketemiyou Book ¥1,650 / Mug ¥2,750 / Tote Bag ¥4,180 / T-Shirt ¥4,950 (Tax Included)

 

ABEMA 5th Anniversary Laforet Harajuku Campaign

In celebration of ABEMA’s 5th anniversary, it is holding a limited-time campaign in collaboration with several popular Japanese TV shows such as Koi to Ookami ni wa Damasarenai and Black Cinerella. ABEMA is a Japanese video streaming website. During the campaign, customers who spend over ¥2,000 at select stores will receive a limited-edition Black Cinderella sticker and a ticket to an online event centred on Koi to Ookami ni wa Damasarenai. They can also enter a raffle to win signed merchandise from the shows if they show their receipt and have spend over ¥2,000.

 

 

Harajuku Shopping Week 2021 | April 28 – May 7

Shoppers who spend over ¥1,000 at select stores will receive a scratch card that may net them a ¥1,000 coupon.

 

 

UNDER GROUND SNAP Photoshoot | April 29 – May 8 @ 12:00-16:00

A photoshoot will take place down on Floor B1.5F. Those who sign up can have their photo taken professionally by Gothic and Lolita Market which will be featured in the early June 2021 edition of Laforet Harajuku’s tabloid as well as on HARAJUKU POP WEB. Info on how to apply can be found on LAFORET GOLDEN WEEK’s official website.

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

     

     

    Monthly Breads: May & June

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    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)

     

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    Hibiya Festival main visual

     

    Peter Pan Broadway Musical – Mini Concert & Talk | Thursday April 29, 2021

     

    Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Japan’s First Rendition | Sunday May 9, 2021

     

    Hibiya Festival x Hibiya Music Festival Collaboration Stage | Saturday May 8, 2021

     

    Hibiya Outdoor Noh Performance | Thursday April 29, 2021

     

    NBA Ballet | Saturday May 1, 2021

     

    CAT-A-TAC SHOW (CAT-A-TAC) | Sunday May 2, 2021

     

    “Hibiya Ongaku Daigaku” – Shibuya Ongaku Daigaku Open Campas

     

    Hibiya Festival Program

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    24.April.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

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    All-In-One Gels | ¥1,210 Each

    Mini Towels | ¥660 Each

    Exclusive Snoopy Nanbu Tekki Teapot | ¥7,590

    Exclusive Snoopy Handkerchiefs | ¥550 Each

    Exclusive Snoopy Komon Pattern Plates | ¥1,320 Each

    Exclusive Snoopy Coin Purses | ¥1,210

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  • Tennozu Canal Fes 2021 Spring: A Line-Up Of Asian Music Artists

    23.April.2021 | FES / MUSIC

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    Schedule

    14:00~14:30 coco ayumi & Ethno-Exotica Vaudeville (Indian dance)

    15:00~15:30 Kanae Nozawa (Erhu)

    16:00~16:30 Shinchou Gekiin (Classical Chinese opera)

    17:00~17:30 HamojiN (Acapella)

    18:00~18:30 Tsukiko Nakamura (Piano and hand mic)

    18:40~19:10 Tsuzu King (Solo singing)

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