A forest of coloured Christmas trees illuminates Omotesando Hills for the festive season.
01.October.2017 | Uncategorized
“OMOTESANDO HILLS CHRISTMAS 2017 with Panasonic Beauty” will take place during the festive season at Omotesando Hills. During this limited period event, the atrium will be decorated to the theme of a multicoloured forest of 100 Christmas trees that radiates with beautiful illumination.
This winter, French designer and architect Emmanuelle Moureaux, who manages many projects in Tokyo, has taken inspiration from the lights all over the city and used this inspiration for an artistic piece to be displayed at Omotesando Hills. To create a symbol for this impressive building, Moureaux will create a grand Christmas tree art piece, using the atrium to its full potential.
At Omotesando Hills, Moureaux took inspiration from traditional Japanese room partitions to create the concept of “Shikiri”. “Shikiri” is Moureaux’s concept of using colour to create and divide spaces. From this, the idea of a vivid forest of beautiful Christmas trees was born. The centrepiece is a 7-metre tall white Christmas tree that is made up of carefully stacked 70cm triangles. The surrounding area consists of 100 colours of mini trees, where approximately 1,500 tress are suspended. The paper trees soften the light, creating a beautiful display. Each angle and the location from which you view the masterpiece, and even the time of day at which you view the piece, will change your experience. There are an infinite number of ways to view this artistic work. Each person will feel a unique emotion to each view.
▼A comment from Emmanuelle Moureaux
This is the first piece in which I have used illumination. Keyaki Namiki and Yoyogi park are just a couple of examples of the many areas of this region that are filled with an impressive amount of greenery. This is why I decided to craft a forest in the atrium of Omotesando Hills. The atrium is quite narrow yet deep, so the task of arranging the scene to give a view of 100 colours set quite a challenge, however the slope of Omotesando Hills is its special feature. I want to create a scene, where from any point at which a viewer stands, they would not be able to resist walking around in circles to watch the changing scenery of illumination. Please come along and gaze at the soft illumination of these Christmas trees. Enjoy the different views of all the different perspectives.
Enjoy the beautiful Omotesando Hills illumination with your friends, lover, or family and get in the festive spirit!
Valentine’s Dessert Sets Served Up at Harajuku’s Tea Latte Shop CHAVATY
22.January.2021 | FOOD
CHAVATY, a cafe in Harajuku that serves tea lattes made with high quality tea leaves, is getting ready for Valentine’s Day early with the release of some tasty new desserts which they began serving up on Thursday (January 14).
Valentine’s Set | ¥1,100 (Before Tax)
Valentine’s Scone Set (6 Included) | ¥2,480 (Tax Included)
Raspberry Chocolate | ¥970 (Tax Included)
The Valentine’s Set comes with a cute scone as well as fondant chocolate made with rich, high-grade chocolate from the French chocolate brand Cacao Barry. It also comes with a tea latte of your choice. There’s also a scone set which comes with two each of three different scones for a total of six including the Berry & Cocoa Pink Chocolate, Orange & Chocolate Chip Double Chocolate, and Dried Fruits & Nuts White Chocolate. CHAVATY has also made their own seasonal homemade spread: the Raspberry Chocolate.
CHAVATY Valentine’s Set
Running: January 14, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Address: Minami-Harajuku Bldg. 1F, 4-6-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://chavaty.shop-pro.jp/
Harajuku’s BOTANIST Tokyo Reveals its Spring 2021 Menu
06.January.2021 | FOOD
BOTANIST’s flagship shop BOTANIST Tokyo is set to begin serving up its spring season menu for the new year at its second floor BOTANIST Cafe from January 8 to March 31.
Quinoa Teapot Salad & Potage (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
A sophisticated salad of quinoa, crunchy carrot and red onion, tomato, and more, all served in a cute teapot.
Salmon Salad & Waffles | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Naturally sweet vegan waffles with lime-drizzled vegetables and served with slightly salted salmon and cream cheese. Pour over the maple syrup to make the cream cheese even richer and enjoy a completely different flavour.
Cherry Blossom Jelly & Fromage Mousse (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥50 (Tax Included)
Refreshing cherry blossom flavoured jelly made with rich and velvety soy cream. The cherry blossom petal topping and sparkly appearance of the jelly makes this a luxurious looking dessert.
Cherry Blossom Chiffon Cake | ¥800 (Tax Included)
A fluffy cherry blossom chiffon cake dusted with cherry blossom powder. It’s a sweet and subtly salty mix topped with fresh cream.
Left: Three Berry Smoothie, Right: Strawberry & Raspberry Sweet Sake Smoothie (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥850 Each (Before Tax)
The Three Berry Smoothie incorporates the chunky texture of strawberries, sweetness of blueberries, and tangy taste of raspberries, creating a rich but not overly-sweet beverage. The Strawberry & Raspberry Sweet Sake Smoothie is one to go for if you love amazake.
Strawberry Decoration Hot Chocolate (Collaboration Drink) | ¥800 (Tax Included)
This luxurious strawberry hot chocolate is made in collaboration with Dari K, a craft chocolate maker who uses high quality cacao beans from Indonesia.
Select items on the spring menu are available for takeout as well as via Uber Eats in Japan, perfect for enjoy an indoor hanami this year.
BOTANIST Tokyo’s first floor shop will also release its spring series of products, such as the limited edition Botanical Spring Hair Perfume.
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
TEL: Floor 1F Shop: 03-5766-3777 / Floor 2F Cafe: 03-5766-3778
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:30 (Currently operating on decreased hours)
Official Website: https://shop.botanistofficial.com/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Unveils Shiseido Beauty Square Spring 2021 Look
31.December.2020 | FASHION
Following her Winter 2020 look for Shiseido Beauty Square, Japanese pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is serving something different with the unveiling of her look for Spring 2021.
The theme of this look is “2021: A Beauty Odyssey” with her hair, makeup, and outfit fusing together space and Harajuku-style beauty. It serves a romantic future full of hopes and dreams for the present.
The look was once again made in collaboration with top Shiseido hair and makeup artist Tadashi Harada.
If you’re in need of makeup ideas for the New Year, and are in Tokyo this winter, be sure to pay a visit to Shieido Beauty Square where you’re sure to discover a new you.
Shiseido Beauty Square
Address: WITH HARAJUKU Floor 1F, 1-14-30 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://beautysquare.tokyo/
*Website available in English, Japanese, and Chinese
SHIRO’s Omotesando Cosmetic and Beauty Store Gets Museum-Like Makeover
The flagship store of cosmetic brand SHIRO, SHIRO Omotesando, received a makeover on Friday last week (December 18). The shop, which has moved to the building’s second floor, has increased in size by 30%, allowing for SHIRO to display its 70 or so skincare and cosmetic products like a museum.
The many ingredients used in SHIRO’s products are now on display—something which customers don’t normally get to see―such as extract of gagome kombu, tamanu, pot marigold, and more. The line-up is packed solely with high quality ingredients by trusted producers and is a chance for people to get to know about the products they are buying even more.
The Edible Display
A special display of edibles, which will change depending on the harvesting seasons, can be enjoyed including ginger, yuzu, aloe, and more.
Underneath the displayed ingredients are eight drawers which reveal the actual size of the ingredients before they are turned into products. It also reveals when they are produced, information about the producers, and so on.
The store has of course undergone a full revamp, with the walls layered with gravel and soil, further adding to the display of the raw materials and ingredients. The wall design incorporates a traditional Japanese architecture method which results in it looking like something straight out of nature.
Limited Edition Products
To celebrate the renovations at SHIRO Omotesando, the store will be selling a limited-edition SHIRO PERFUME as well as a selection of products available at only select stores like SHIRO LIFE and SHIRO HOME items.
SHIRO BEAUTY (B1F)
SHIRO BEAUTY is a salon on floor B1F that manages SHIRO Omotesando. It’s set to close on December 31 and will reopen in mid-February next year to bring in haircut, hair colouring, head spa, and other services as well as facials, body treatments, and more.
SHIRO PERFUME will be sold in limited quantities and is exclusive to SHIRO Omotesando.
SHIRO PERFUME – WISHING WELL | ¥10,500 (Before Tax)
SHIRO PERFUME – WISHING WELL Fragrance
A warm and cosy fragrance with fresh berry notes on top and bitter orange for accent.
TOP: Bitter Orange, Berries, Redcurrants
MIDDLE: Jasmine, Rose
LAST: Wood, Cedarwood, Musk
Address: 5-2-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Omotesando Station’s A1 Exit
SHIRO Official Website: https://shiro-shiro.jp/
Mr.HALAL opened its second Japanese branch, Mr.HALAL Harajuku, on Saturday (December 19). Mr.HALAL first opened as a mobile eatery in Marunouchi in February 2020, serving New York-style chicken over rice with its mantra “Healthy, Tasty, Spicy for Everyone.” Since then, it has delivered New York food culture to the people of Tokyo’s business district.
Now, the mobile food branch is expanding to serve to even more people as it celebrates its 1st anniversary by opening a new branch in Harajuku, Japan’s hub for trends and youth culture.
Chicken Over Rice
Mr.HALAL’s chicken over rice is made to order with high quality basmati rice coupled with fresh vegetables. All sauce toppings are original, made with yogurt and spicy red sauce. All ingredients and items on the menu are of course Halal-certified.
Other dishes include chicken over salad, burritos, soups, and more.
Grand Opening: December 19, 2020
Address: Rhythm Omotesando, 4-30-2 Jingujmae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:30-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 1-minute on foot from Meiji Jingumae Station
Mr.HALAL Official Website: https://www.mr-halal.com
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU Collaborates With Ty On Photo Room and Food
18.December.2020 | FOOD
The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE in Harajuku is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a special collaboration with the multinational toy company Ty. The collaboration is running from December 18, 2020 to January 17, 2020.
©︎Ty Inc.Oak Brook,IL USA
Photo Spot: “My Ty Room”
©︎Ty Inc.Oak Brook,IL USA ©︎KAWAII MONSTER CAFE
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s iconic Mel-Tea-Room has been transformed into the “My Ty Room” with fluffy plush toys adoring a bed and making for a truly kawaii photo spot. There are also panels detailing more about Ty for people to get to know the brand more. If you’re in Japan for the kawaii experience, then look no further than this room for some Instagram-worthy shots.
©︎Ty Inc.Oak Brook,IL USA ©︎KAWAII MONSTER CAFE
All of Ty’s toys have their own birthdays, so to celebrate everyone’s at the same time, KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s popular “Sweets-Go-Round” area, which features a giant moving cake stage in the middle, has been turned into the “Ty Gift Stage.” Guests will find plush toys inside and dangling out of present boxes. There will also be an appearance of a mascot of a Ty toy that has never been showcased in Japan before.
Beanie Boos Reagan the Kitty (M) / Beanie Boos Enchanted the Owl (L) / Beanie Boos Tasha Leopard (KC)
If there’s a plush toy you’re interested in you can buy it at the cafe, including toys in Christmas colours for the holiday season. The toys come in three sizes, and there’s other merch to pick up too like key rings, pencil cases, and more.
Ty x KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Collab Menu
Six menu items combine Ty’s toys with KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s kaleidoscopic world. This includes some of Ty’s most popular characters as well as the cafe’s own character Mr Choppy.
Collab Food Menu Excerpt
Colourful Dotty Curry | ¥1,300
A colourful vegetable curry inspired by Dotty the Leopard filled with carrots, daikon radishes, beets, and more.
Colourful Pop Buger – Mr Choppy | ¥1,480
A burger based on KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s own Mr Choppy. It’s filled with sautéed chicken and covered in a honey mustard sauce.
Gilda the Flamingo Cake | ¥950
A fresh cream-filled cake made with chocolate mousse and sat on a fluffy pancake. It also has a cute rainbow just like the one in the cafe’s Ty room.
Fantasia Cupcake | ¥900
Fantasia the Unicorn has turned into a cute cupcake with an adorable marshmallow nose.
Colourful Christmas Heather Parfait | ¥2,400 (Available until December 25)
The cafe’s popular “Colourful Poison Parfait” has been turned into Heather the Unicorn Cat, topped with strawberry, lemon, and ramune ice cream.
Ty x KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Collaboration
Location: KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU
Address: YM Square Bldg. 4F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:30-19:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 5-minutes on foot Harajuku Station via JR / 1-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jigumae Station via Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line
Official Website: https://kawaiimonster.jp/day/pc/
Shizuoka’s Strawberry Cafe Ichigo BonBonBERRY ATAMIHOUSE. Releases Winter Menu
07.December.2020 | FOOD
Ichigo BonBonBERRY ATAMIHOUSE. is the first cafe to open in Atami specialising exclusively in strawberry desserts. This Christmas, the cafe is serving up a new Christmas cake, winter afternoon tea set, and strawberry milk beverage, all of which hit the menu on Friday (December 4).
Hitorijime Christmas Cake | ¥1,000 (Before Tax) *Comes with drink
A dreamy Christmas cake for one loaded with cream and sweet strawberries. There’s a strawberry on top and more in the middle squished between soft sponge.
Winter Afternoon Set | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
The cafe has turned its popular afternoon tea into a wintertime version for Christmas, served with a mini bavarois in the shape of a strawberry, strawberry ice cream, melty fondant chocolate, and a rum raisin chocolate tiramisu. A delightful combination of sweet, tangy, and rich flavours.
Hot Strawberry Milk | ¥400 (Before Tax)
A hot strawberry milk to feel cosy in the cold winter weather, topped with plenty of cream and a sprinkling of strawberry powder. Enjoy it as it is or mix together for a creamier beverage.
The winter menu is seasonal and so will only be available this wintertime.
Ichigo BonBonBERRY ATAMIHOUSE.
Address: 3-16 Tawarahonchō, Atami, Shizuoka
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Access: 2-minutes from Atami Station (JR Line side)
Official Website: http://www.atami-bonbonberry.com
Stylish Japanese Zipper Bag Brand Pake® Opens Pop-Up Shop in Laforet Harajuku
Laforet Harajuku is always first in line when it comes to the latest brand trends. This week, from December 1 to 7, Japanese zipper bag brand Pake® is running a pop-up shop at the Harajuku-based shopping centre.
Pake® launched its brand in October 2019 and became incredibly popular on Japanese social media for its simple yet stylish designs. The brand has gone on to collaborated with various artists like Yumi Matsutoya as well as cosmetic and fashion brands such as ADDICTION BEAUTY.
The Quantum Tone Dark Cyan | ¥400 (Tax Included)
The Filler Tone Olive Drab | ¥600 (Tax Included)
The zipper bags come in a variety of colours and sizes. They are made with a barrier film that cuts 80% UV which protects the items inside from sunlight. They are also waterproof, dust-proof, and odour-resistant. Making the product as strong and resistant as possible means the zipper bags are reusable, not only for storing at-home bits, but for camping, water sports, and more.
HUMANMADE®︎×Pake®︎ Set 1 | ¥2,500
UNDERCOVER×Pake®︎Set 2 ¥2,200
The pop-up shop will also sell two sets made in collaboration with fashion brand UNDERCOVER (pre-sales) and NIGO® brand HUMAN MADE®.
Get the best and most stylish zipper bags around with Pake®.
Pake® Pop-Up Shop
Running: December 1, 2020 – December 7, 2020
Location: Laforet Harajuku
Address: 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Laforet Harajuku Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/
Sarutahiko Coffee Releases Pistachio and Mixed Berry Coffee Beverage For Christmas
03.December.2020 | FOOD
Sarutahiko Coffee released a Christmas-exclusive seasonal flavour of its popular Jellatte dessert drink on Tuesday (December 1) which it’s calling the “Maroron Merry Pudding Jellatte.”
Maroron Merry Pudding Jellatte | ¥750 (Before Tax)
The beverage is the second in this year’s Christmas themed drinks to be released by Sarutahiko Coffee. It uses a coffee jelly base made from Ethiopian coffee beans and contains layers of mascarpone cheese from Italy, a chocolate sauce made from Cacao Hunters chocolate, milk pudding, four kinds of mixed berry jellies, pistachio milk pudding, milk foam, and to top it all off, chocolate pieces and pistachios.
The pistachio and mascarpone bring a richness to the dessert drink which blends deliciously with the freshness of the berries and full-bodied coffee for a combination that’s like a warm and cosy Christmas hug.
Maroron Merry Pudding Jellatte
Serving: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Available: Sarutahiko Coffee in Japan
Official Website: https://sarutahiko.co
Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars Kiki & Lala Light Up Shinjuku With TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS Illumination Event
Sanrio’s beloved character pair Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, are hosting a special winter event titled “TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS” at Shinjuku Southern Terrace from December 1 to 25, illuminating the area with beautiful Christmas lights, as part of their 45th anniversary.
Kiki & Lala’s twinkling Christmas tree magical in the daytime and night time
The towering 4-meter tall Christmas Tree is decorated in countless mirror balls which reflect beautifully both during the day from the sun and at night with Kiki & Lala’s illuminations. A special light show is also taking place from 16:30 each day with Christmas songs.
Decorated around the tree are Kiki & Lala neon signs and pastel-coloured adornments.
Those unable to visit Shinjuku this Christmas can access the “TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS AR TREE” digitally This will have Kiki & Lala’s Christmas tree appear on your phone when taking photos. You can access it here.
Kiki & Lala treats at the Sanrio Cafe Wagon
Limited time menu
45th Anniversary Items
On weekends, as well as from December 19 up to Christmas Day, a food wagon will make an appearance at the event serving Kiki & Lala food and drink like the pink and fruity Ruby Chocolate Latte and fruit-filled Twinkle Crepe.
©’76,’20 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ
Little Twin Stars x Shinjuku Southern Terrace TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS
Running: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Tree Light-Up Schedule: December 1 = 17:00-24:00 / December 2-24 = 16:30～24:00 / December 25 = 16:30-21:00
Address: 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/news/ts-odakyu-twinkle-color-christmas-20201119/
Japan’s Moomin Cafe Releases Christmas Takeout Food For the 2020 Holiday Season
02.December.2020 | FOOD
Moomin Cafe branches around Japan, which are themed on the Swedish fairy-tale Moomin books, released their Christmas menu on November 20.
Moomin Cafe Winter Season Menu | ¥4,800 (Before Tax) *Photo is a portion for 2
The seasonal menu is a very special set containing a burger, chicken, salmon milk soup, raspberry juice (which is adored by the Moomin family), and more, so you can eat heartily like the Moomins this winter.
Souvenir Cup (2 Designs)
Visitors can also order a dessert and choose from two different mugs. Takeout is available at each of the cafes so you enjoy a Moomin Christmas at home.
Table reservations are available via the Moomin Cafe website so customers can ensure they can get booked in during the busy holiday season.
If you’re in Japan for Christmas then don’t miss out on a visit to the Moomin cafe.
©Moomin Characters TM
Cheese Tea Shop machi machi Showcases Christmas 2020 Beverage
30.November.2020 | FOOD
Taiwanese cheese tea shop machi machi is releasing a new drink in Japan this holiday season on December 1: the ‘Flurry Strawberry Milk With Crème Brûlée.’
machi machi is an extremely popular cheese tea chain in Taiwan that has been called the ‘king of cheese tea’ by Taiwanese news outlets. Each and every cup poured is made fresh with tea from Taiwan to which rich cream cheese is added for a salty kick, creating a new kind of dessert drink.
Flurry Strawberry Milk With Crème Brûlée | ¥750 (Before Tax)
The new Christmas beverage being served in Japan uses fresh strawberries which adds a delightful sweetness to the milk. It’s topped with crushed Oreos and combined with crème brûlée for a variety of layered flavours. The Oreos add crunch to the dessert drink so that it’s a delicious experience down to the last sip.
If you’ve never had Taiwanese cheese tea, and are in Japan this Christmas, don’t miss out on this seasonal drink, available for the whole month of December.
Flurry Strawberry Milk With Crème Brûlée
Serving: December 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Available: machi machi stores in Japan
Official Website: https://machimachi.baycrews.co.jp