New Tokyo Tourism Center ‘Have a Nice TOKYO!’ Opens to Promote Local Attractions

22.September.2021 | SPOT

Have a Nice TOKYO! (HanT), a new tourist communication center promoting both local and nationwide events and attractions, celebrated its grand opening on September 14, 2021. 

 

This new facility aims to provide assistance and guidance to both domestic and international visitors, helping with matters relating to sightseeing, culture, food, and technology. It’s three main functions are tourism assistance, providing useful and necessary information, and selling goods from around the country. As the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a major blow against the country’s tourism industry, this new venture was opened in a conveniently-located space, well-suited for the important task of helping the local and nationwide economies when the country opens to travel once again. The nearby Marunouchi Happ. Stand & Gallery, a cafe, will act as a partner facility and will offer a special menu linked to the project. 

 

 

Tourism Advice & Guidance

Information Counter

The information counter provides helpful information for tourists regarding events, stores, and facilities in the area. In the future, a variety of tours will be available to choose from, highlighting the attractions of the region, as well as providing ticket sales, luggage storage, and sightseeing vehicles such as buses and rentable bikes. 

 

Travel Information & Assistance

POP UP ZONE

In the POP UP ZONE, visitors can experience all sorts of unique things from around Japan using the five senses! See, hear, and taste different areas of the country using crafts, food, and technology, and get personalized recommendations regarding where to explore next!

 

 

Sale of Goods

SHOP ZONE

See, smell, or taste something you liked in the POP UP ZONE? The SHOP ZONE will offer tons of different specialty products from all around Japan!

 

Be sure to stop by the next time you’re in Tokyo!

 

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    Cafe Amayadori

     

    Cafe Amayadori Menu

    Cafe Amayadori Tote Bag

     

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    Phosphorescent Sticker (Random out of eight): ¥605 (Tax Incl.)

     

    Acrylic Stand (Random out of five): ¥880 (Tax Incl.)

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    Bandanna: ¥1,870 (Tax Incl.)

     

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    Enjoy a cute, social-media friendly meal and original merchandise at the exciting Sumikko Gurashi cafe!

     

    ©2021 Japanese Sumikko Gurashi Association Film Club

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    Kibiso Stripes & Streaks2018 Photo Sue McNab

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    Ogarami Choshi, the byproduct of the silk mill: Photo Keiko Matsubara

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    An Archetype refers to something that many things have been based on, and Gucci’s advertisement campaigns are exactly that – the Archetype to Gucci’s world.

    The exhibition features astronauts, aliens, horses, angels, and more motifs that were featured in venues throughout the world, from Tokyo to Los Angeles, and even Paris’ May Revolution in 1968. Visitors are whisked away on a spectacular journey through Alessandro Michele’s kaleidoscopic vision. You will also discover the music, art, journeys, and pop culture that inspired Gucci’s campaigns.

     

    Exhibition director Alessandro Michele spoke, saying “I thought it would be interesting to invite people to join me on this six year journey, experiencing a dazzling world of fantasy and surprises. From there, I decided to create an immersive world that people could jump into through the advertisement campaigns. After all, it is the campaigns that best represent my vision.” 

     

    The exhibition is made up of multiple spaces built using cutting-edge technology, sophisticated craftsmen, and innovative interior design. The studio was designed by Archivio Personale, who has transformed Alessandro Michele’s vision into a narrative space. 

    As you enter the venue, you’ll discover a control room, seemingly behind the scenes of the first exhibition as photos of Michele’s campaigns are projected onto screens. Each room is based on a different theme, connected by aisle to recreate the diverse and wonderful world of Gucci’s campaigns.

     

    The Gucci Beauty room is full of screens at different angles, each showing footage from a lipstick collection campaign with the phrase “for the bold, the bright, and the beautiful.” The room dazzles those entering with the smile of punk singer Dani Miller, which is said to have overturned beautify standards in the cosmetics industry.

     

     The Gucci Bloom room is a floral paradise with its rich, floral scent. This campaign featured actress Dakota Johnson, feminist artist and photographer Petra Collins, and Hari Nef, a transgender actress and model, as the protagonists, each hiding away in an imaginary hidden garden. The three charismatic and unconventional women perfectly reflect Michele’s vision of modern femininity.

     

    The 2018 pre-fall collection campaign paid homage to the young people who participated in Paris’ May 68 movement to mark the 50th anniversary of the event, using graffiti to add depth to the atmosphere. 

    The room featuring the 2018 Spring/Summer campaign features visuals by Ignashi Monreal, who is known for his elaborate and expressive artwork, covering the walls and ceiling with a giant mural.

     

     

    The room for the 2016 Fall/Winter collection takes you to Tokyo, using thousands of sequins across the walls to recreate Tokyo, a city that shines even at night. Meanwhile, the 2017 Fall/Winter room will take you all the way to space, with otherworldly creatures, aliens, and astronauts, all introduced in a Natural History Museum inspired diorama style.

    The 2018 Fall/Winter room reflects the world of an eccentric collector, with shelves covering the walls from floor to ceiling. There are countless collectors items, with cases of butterflies, cuckoo clocks, colorful plushies, and even a number of Gucci GG Marmont bags. There are even set spaces, such as the  2016 Spring/Summer campaign which was set in the toilets of a 1980’s club in Berlin and the luxurious modern villa from the “Party of a Lifetime” cruise collection campaign in 2020. Head behind the scenes and traverse deeper into this maze-like space, riding the Los Angeles subway to return to Alessandro Michele’s very first campaign in 2015 Fall/Winter.

     

     

    Lose yourself in the world of Gucci’s advertising campaigns with this immersive space!

     

    Images Courtesy of Gucci

     

  • Three Unique Japanese Cafes You’ll Want to Visit Again and Again

    05.October.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Most of us have been spending more and more time at home over the past year. It’s time to get out for a change of scenery, and what better activity than cafe hopping! Check out these unique cafes around Japan, each offering a safe and relaxing space to enjoy a day out. 

     

     

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    Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/497213

     

     

     

    [Gifu] Activity Cafe Takayama Zenko-ji

    Set inside a Buddhist temple, this cafe invites anyone, regardless of faith or nationality, to enjoy a cup of tea while experiencing traditional culture. It’s also a great space to work remotely, with free Wi-fi!

    Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/484296

     

     

     

    [Tokyo] NANARIDA

    Filled with plants and light, NANARIDA has been dubbed a digital detox cafe, not allowing smartphones or laptops each Sunday. Leaving your phone with the staff will grant you a free beverage, so come enjoy some tea and conversation. 

    Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/493631

     

    TEXT: Natalie(MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

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