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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    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.

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    Casa Ligornetto (Mario Botta)
    Sky House (Kiyonori Kikutake)
    Maison a Bordeaux (Rem Koolhaas)
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    Silver Hat (Toyo Ito)
    Fisher House (Louis Kahn)
    Mailam House (Paul Rudolph)
    The Glass House (Lina Bo Bardi)
    Steel House (Kengo Kuma)

     

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    <Ten no Ya> Egg Sandwich: ¥750

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    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.

  • Red Bull x King Gnu Secret Gig Announced

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    Tickets to the Red Bull Secret Gig shows are free, but the venue is kept a secret until the last minute, and concertgoers must solve puzzles and riddles. There are two ways to attend the King Gnu concert: in-person and online, each of which will be determined on fans’ success in the endeavour.

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

    03.May.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

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

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    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.

     

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    Brooklyn red brick building and theatre decor

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

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    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.

     

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    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)

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

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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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    Free hand towel

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  • Cow Brand Soap x BEAMS Japan Take Over Kotobukiyu Bath House in Tokyo

    30.April.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    BEAMS Japan and Cow Brand Soap have teamed up to an event titled Sento no Susume 2021 which began on April 23. As part of the event, the two brands have come together at the popular Tokyo-based bath house Kotobukiyu where illustrations for the collaboration drawn by manga artist Mari Yamazaki (Thermae RomaeOlympia Kyklos) has been put up on the outside, inside, and along the walls.

     

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    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.



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  • Madoka Magica & Magica Record Anime Merchandise Releases at EMooooN

    29.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Fans of Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Magica Record won’t want to miss out on these new themed backpacks and wristwatches released by KADOKAWA at the apparel brand EMooooN. Available to order until May 23, the merch designs take inspiration from the 2011 film Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie and the anime adaptation of the mobile RPG Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story.

     

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    Homura Akemi Backpack | ¥14,700 (Tax Included)

    Embroidered with Homura’s name, this black backpack’s inner design features flowers and the starry night sky.

    Madoka Kaname Wristwatch | ¥18,480 (Tax Included)

    The face of this wristwatch features magical circles and its colours based on Madoka’s clothes. Its stylish design also makes it wearable in any situation.

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    Iroha Tamaki Backpack | ¥14,700 (Tax Included)

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    Yachiyo Nanami Backpack | ¥14,700 (Tax Included)

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    Yachiyo Nanami Wristwatch | ¥18,480 (Tax Included)

     

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  • Furla x LINE FRIENDS Capsule Collection Releases in Japan

    29.April.2021 | FASHION

    Italian luxury goods company Furla has collaborated with the messenger app LINE to release a capsule collection featuring the LINE FRIENDS characters. The collection was released on April 23 at FURLA Shinjuku Scramble Square, FURLA Lumine Omiya, and FURLA Kinshicho PARCO.

     

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    The line-up, which is officially titled FURLA LINE FRIENDS, welcomes the popular LINE FRIENDS original characters BROWN, CONY, and SALLY on seven different items such as micro bags, card cases, and more.

     

    The micro bags, which are in this season, make up the entirety of the characters’ faces and come with adorable leather. They are perfect for coupling with kawaii outfits, adding a sense of accessory to a look. The slim leather ‘envelope’ zip case is multipurpose and serves as a bag-in-bag as it can easily slot away in any handbag. There’s also card cases with zip pockets so your favourite LINE FRIENDS character can keep your cards safe while you’re out and about day and night.

     

    Furla and LINE FRIENDS have also created an original phone wallpaper which can be downloaded.

    MICRO BAG | ¥29,700 (Tax Included)

    MICRO BAG | ¥29,700 (Tax Included)

    MICRO BAG | ¥29,700 (Tax Included)

    S ENVELOPE | ¥22,000 (Tax Included)

    S ENVELOPE | ¥22,000 (Tax Included)

    M CARD CASE | ¥17,600 (Tax Included)

    M CARD CASE | ¥17,600 (Tax Included)

  • LIBERE x Naruto Anime Capsule Collection Released

    28.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Japanese high-end street brand LIBERE has teamed up with the Naruto anime series to release a capsule collection. Pre-orders opened on April 22 at the fashion brand’s official online store and branches.

     

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    “LIBERE FOR NARUTO” is the theme of the collection which sees Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Kakashi, Shikamaru, and Itachi all serving a street-ninja style by wearing the items in the line-up. Each also incorporates family crests and colours that represent the cast. It includes tees, long-sleeved shirts, hoodies, bags, caps, and more, all of which have details like straps, pockets, and zippers, and all of which come with special tags, plastic bags, and dust bags that were specially made for this collection.

    Pierrot, the animation studio who animated Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden, also created a look-book for the release which combines the anime with real life. A special poster will be included in all purchases.

     

    (C)岸本斉史 スコット/集英社・テレビ東京・ぴえろ&LIBERE(R)

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