Featuring Japanese artisans × designers of the world, the shop, “WATONA” which introduces new sides of traditional crafts will open in Nihonbashi!

09.June.2017 | SPOT

 “WATONA” has a collection of products from all over Japan which are the collaborative works of Japanese artisans and designers from all over the world.

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 “WATONA” introduces traditional crafts made by artisans and shows how to use these crafts in modern daily life. This limited time offer shop will open at COREDO Muromachi 3 located in Nihonbashi from the 14th of June (Wed.) to the 24th of September (Sun.). Products which are the collaborative works of Japanese artisans and designers from all over the world will be sold.

 

The following are some examples of the products.

 

“Sakasatsuki”

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Isuke Shoten

Price (tax included) 15,120 yen per product

This vessel is made of gold and silver lacquer with a design depicting the image of the moon under the concept of “moon reflecting upside down on the vessel” which is one of the word origins of the word “盃” (vessel).

 

「MASSMOSS」

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Green’s Green

Price (tax included) 3,996 yen per product

A green interior item filled with traditional techniques and the beauty of Japan which gathers “Garden plants” produced in the Akiba District of Niigata Prefecture and “MASS” and “MOSS.

 

花結晶の器

風呂敷バッグ TSUNAGU

In addition, products which were popular among buyers and journalists in Europe such as “Hana Kesshou” which has beautiful patterns that look like flowers produced by “Kumagai Shouten,” a manufacturing and commerce company which has been continuing for 82 years in Kyoto and “TSUNAGU,”a bag which is a collaborative work of leather handle and Furoshiki (Japanese cloth wrapper) made by “Maruwa Shougyou” which has been continuing for 60 years in Kyoto.

 

The products are the collaborative works of traditional styles and modern designs. Why not find your favorite work of art.

 

■Information

WATONA

COREDO Muromachi 3 of Nihonbashi (〒103-0022  1-5-5, Muromachi, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)

Official site:http://watona.co.jp/

 

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    Goldfish Lantern Walkway

    Our first date in Nihonbashi was so much fun. While on the date Yutaro-kun spoke about the new live-action film he’s in, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War.

     

    “It’s a romance film with mind games to try and make the other person confess their love. I play the character Tsubasa. His number one highlight scene is the kabedon scene. That was my first day shooting, so I was super nervous, but I got along well with the other actors, and the atmosphere on set was harmonious, so I was able to relax for the shoots. Tsubasa is a genuine guy who will believe things that have been said to him in earnest. You’ve definitely gotta check out all his scenes throughout the film!”

     

    “A lot of the cast are the same age as me, so we were all energetic together in the waiting room. There’s a scene at the end where all the cast get together. It took 3 days to shoot so we ended up getting along really well.”

     

    “This film has made me realise that love comes in many shapes, and that mind games happen in a variety of ways between guys and girls. There’s cute scenes that express that small bit of pride that teenagers have, the embarassment they feel, when they get butterflies, scenes that will warm your heart. The film has various elements to it so I thoroughly enjoyed watching it myself. I hope that couples in love in their teens and twenties watch it, and I also hope that married couples watch it and crack up laughing too.”

     

    “In the film it’s summer break, and they go and see fireworks and stuff. It’s definitely one to watch durnig the summer. You’re gonna come watch it too, right? Shall we go?”

     

    An offer we cannot refuse! We’ll definitely go and see it with you, Yutaro-kun! 

     

    Model: Yutaro

    Writer: Yuki Yokoo

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    TALENT PROFILE

    Yutaro

    Yutaro was born in Hiroshima on June 3rd 1998. His modeling career has earned him lots of attention as a fashion icon of the new generation. The famous model also works as a “charisma” shop assistant. Yutaro has gained his reputation as a “mysterious and handsome guy” from his appearance on Japanese variety shows. His debut was made on the show “Gyoretsu no Dekiru Horitsu Sodanjo” and has since then appeared on numerous different TV shows. He challenged himself to appear on stage for the very first time in March this year and is gaining popularity by the day for his diverse work.

  • New Snorlax & Poké Ball Meals Arriving at the Pokémon Cafe in Nihonbashi

    06.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Pokémon Cafe in Nihonbashi is introducing a new Snorlax plate―inspired by the huge Snorlax that is sitting outside Pokémon Center Tokyo DX―and Poké Ball dessert bowl to its menu on August 10. These will be served with certain dishes in the cafe and can also be bought as merchandise there too so you can use them at home.

    Snorlax’s Stomach-Filling Afternoon Nap Lunch Plate – ¥1,922 (Tax Included)

    If you want a satisfied belly like Snorlax then you’ll want to order the hearty lunch plate. And after that you can take a nice afternoon nap. Just make sure not to block any routes or anything!

    I Choose You!! Poké Ball Dessert Bowl – ¥1,706 (Tax Included)

    What does it look like inside the Poké Ball? It’s being kept a secret by the Pokémon Cafe so you can only know if you visit! What kind of Pokémon could be sleeping inside…?

    Ingredients: Berry flavoured jelly, strawberry spongecake, strawberries, wafers, whipped cream, crepe, mint

    Pokémon Café Snorlax Plate – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    Pokémon Café Poké Ball Donburi Bowl – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    If you want your own Snorlax plate or Poké Ball bowl then keep in mind that supplies at the cafe are limited. And don’t forget that you must make a reservation at the cafe if you want to dine there.

     

    © 2019 Pokémon.©1995-2019 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.

    Pokémon, ポケットモンスター and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc. and GAME FREAK inc.

  • ECO EDO Nihonbashi 2019: Nihonbashi Readies For Annual Summer Event

    06.June.2019 | SPOT

    The 12th annual ECO EDO Nihonbashi event is set to take place across the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo again this year from July 5 to September 23.

    ECO EDO Nihonbashi sees lots of events take place through the town that give a modern spin on the lives of those in the traditional Edo period. “Cool and refreshing” is the theme of the event and something that was born from Nihonbashi during this period. It encourages people to use of all five senses: to feel the coolness as they observe the goldfish, lanterns and fireworks, to feel it by wearing a yukata, to hear the refreshing sounds of the wind chimes by means of the wind, to taste and smell the refreshing gourmet food prepared, and so on.

    Goldfish Lantern Road

    The Goldfish Lantern Road returns again this year, a path imbued with that Edo atmosphere that leads up to Fukutoku Shrine. The giant goldfish lanterns will be strung up once again to bring that summertime vibe. Digital lighting will also be used to illuminate the path for an even better experience. The lighting performance this year was created by Nihonbashi-based creative company flapper3.

     

    Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019

    Light-Up Time: 19:00-23:00

    Location: Nakadori Street (Between Coredo Muromachi 1 and 2)

     

    Little Path in the Wind Chime Forest

    The little path that connects Fukutoku Shrine to Fukutoku Forest will be draped with around 20 little Edo-style wind chimes. The sound of the chimes as they are brushed by the wind will allow you to enjoy the cool air. For the first time this year, the area will also be lit up in the evening. Be transported into a magical world as the wind chimes are illuminated by the beautiful lights.

     

    Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019

    Light-Up Time: 19:00-23:00

    Location: Little path at Fukutoku Forest, right beside Fukutoku Shrine

     

    Goldfish Sweets & Bar Crawl

    110 shops and restaurants in the Nihonbashi area, from those in shopping malls to individual stores, will serve up a selection of goldfish themed goodies once again which proved very popular last year. Tuck into goldfish inspired Instagrammable sweets, bar food, and alcohol.

     

    Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019

     

    Kyorakutei Yukata Station (*Booking required)

    Rent out a yukata or have your own fitted onto you in a Japanese-style room with this yukata service.

     

    Running: Every Saturday from July 5, 2019 – September 21, 2019 (Except August 31)

    Business Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Rentals from 10:30-17:30)

    Location: Kyorakutei (Coredo Muromachi 3 Floor 3F)

    Price: Yukata Fitting ¥3,000 / Yukata Rental ¥5,500

    TEL: 03-5652-5403 (Shinnichiya) (Weekdays 10:00-17:00)

     

    ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2019: Cool Edo & Goldfish Night Museum

    The Art Aquarium is an aquatic art museum managed by aquarium artist Hidetomo Kimura which fuses art, design and entertainment. The beautiful fish tanks are inspired by traditional Japanese design and focus on goldfish, combining sound, visuals, music and smell for an completely new and unique art experience. To date, over 9.45 million people have paid to enter this exhibition which is held only during ECO EDO Nihonbashi.

     

    Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019

    Location: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall (Coredo Muromachi 1 Floor 5F. Entrance accessed via Floor 4F.)

     

    Art Aquarium Natsumatsuri Summer Festival

    Celebrating its third year, the Art Aquarium Natsumatsuri Summer Festival returns for 2019. A host of events will take place every weekend including Bon Odori dancing, goldfish scooping and more. This year, visitors will be able to experience Bon Odori dancing from various locations across Japan.

     

    Running: Every weekend from July 20, 2019 – September 1, 2019

    Location: Fukutoku Forest

    Entry: Free (A fee is required for the goldfish scooping however)

    *Subject to cancellation during rainy weather.

    *Please check here to see the days when the Bon Odori and goldfish scooping are taking place.

     

    Lots of other fun events are taking place besides these ones too, so if you’re in Tokyo this summer be sure to get involved.

  • Royal Park Hotel Releases Luxurious Afternoon Tea Set to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

    31.May.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Since opening 30 years ago in Ningyocho, Nihombashi, business has been great for Royal Park Hotel. Rather than celebrating alone, they are stretching their feelings of gratitude to their customers by releasing the Celebration Afternoon Tea Set which they will serve for a limited period at the Lobby Lounge FONTAINE located on the first floor.

     

    The concept of the afternoon tea set has been clearly depicted by the eye-catching desserts. The chocolate high-heeled shoes represent the hotel’s strive to “walk” towards success, improvement and their ambition to achieve their goals, for example. The luxury chocolate room keys contribute to the hotel theme!

    The middle tier contains a variety of elegant treats including cherry tarts, scones, macarons, and more. Each of these eloquent desserts are dainty with refined flavour. Tasting so many exquisite desserts all at once will be enough to bring a tear of happiness to your eye. ♪

    The bottom tier consists of a luxurious assortment of sandwiches including tuna and potato, broccoli filling, dry-cured ham with cheese, and much more. Each tier is delicious and beautiful, adding to the celebratory mood! ♪

     

    ※ Photo shows a two-person portion.

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