Tokyo Stroll: A relaxing date with Yutaro at Shibuya’s Cat Cafe MoCHA!

18.October.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

Our cute model Yutaro finally found some time in his busy schedule to go on a date with me! Today we’re heading to a spot where you can cure your fatigue after a long day at work. Our destination for today is a cat café! Today Yutaro took me out to Café MoCHA in Shibuya. This cat café is filled with many sofa seats, from which you can gaze at the scenery of Shibuya at nighttime.

 

This was my first time at this cat café, but Yutaro’s second time. Yutaro quickly proceeded as if he was very familiar with it. We ended up on the second floor of Cat Café MoCHA Shibuya. First, we spent time on the upper floor to meet the cats.

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Cats, cats and more cats in so many different places – they were here, there and everywhere! Some stayed sprawled out on the swinging seats whilst some came to cosy up with the humans. This was a great opportunity to get to know them.

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All of a sudden…

 

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…When did Yutaro get those cat ears?! Did he do this to get into the cat café mood? With a bushy cat toy in one hand, he got closer to the cats. Notice Yutaro is wearing a sweater with a cat character on it in this photo! I wonder if he decided to wear this because of the cat café… anyhow, it’s so cute!

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“Caaaaaaats!”

 

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“I’ve got them all!”

 

I wonder if it’s Yutaro’s cat ears that attracted all the cats to gather around him? Yutaro waved the bushy cat toy about with one hand, triggering the playful cats. The sight of it healed my tired heart. ♡

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Afterwards, we chilled with some cats on a sofa, purring. The sofa was a great spot to look over the beautiful nighttime scenery of Shibuya. It was very…romantic…

 

After our break, we went straight back to play mode! It was time to play with the cats!

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The cats seemed to gradually get tired after all that playing and then it was back to relaxation mode. Why does this cat choose to sit right behind Yutaro?!

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And here’s one sitting just like Yutaro!

 

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Little by little, Yutaro and the cats became better friends.

 

 

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    ──So you’re demanded to have self-discipline too. El Angel is set in 1970s Buenos Aires. The fashion and interior designs seen in the film really stood out.

     

    Yutaro: For me personally the women’s clothes left an impression on me, particularly the one piece that Carlos’s mother wears. The clothes that Carlos wears in each scene too. They’re plain and simple but cool. I liked the leather jacket he wore when he went on a double date with his pal Ramón.

     

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    ──What kind of clothes do you like, Lorenzo?

     

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    Yutaro: Do you have a criteria when picking out a character t-shirt?

     

    Lorenzo: Well, I try not to wear t-shirts of franchises I don’t like, or games I haven’t played yet, or of bands I’ve never listened to before [laughs]. I’m wearing a Mario t-shirt today but there’s still much I don’t know about Japanese games or culture. I’m interested in many different cultures of many different countries, so I want to know more about Japan.

     

    Yutaro: In that case, let’s go shopping together in Harajuku next time!

     

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    Photographer: MURA

    Models: YutaroLorenzo Ferro

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

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  • Tokyo Stroll: Shopping & Sightseeing with Mozuku-kun the Dog #5 – Uzumako Ceramic Art School

    12.July.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    It’s been a minute since we last ventured out with Japanese model Yuna Yabe and her beloved pet pup Mozuku. If you’re new to this feature, Yuna Yabe takes her trusty partner Mozuku to various hot spots in Japan that you can enjoy with your pet dog. Their relationship continues to deepen in this priceless experience.

    Today, Yuna and Mozuku head to Uzumako Ceramic Art School which is close to Shiba Park. You can get a good view of TokyoTower from this famous park.

    What’s unique about this art school is that visitors are allowed to take their pets with them. So this means you can take your dog with you to do some ceramics!

     

    Yuna has always had an interest in ceramics. And what better way to experience creating something than with her partner in crime Mozuku! With him tottering beside her, she headed through the entrance curtain with a spring in her step.

    When you enter the classroom, there are lots of examples of pottery ware lining the shelves. The room has that smell of craftsmanship which lingers as you begin the class with a demonstration by the teacher. Once you have your apron on and are fired up to begin, it’s time to start.

     

    The work begins with kneading the clay to make its firmness uniform. This step helps prevent air bubbles from forming.

     

    Yuna asked the teacher many different questions as she enjoyed kneading her clay. “Where does ceramic work originate from?” “What kind of things to other dog owners make when they come here?”

    “What’s Yuna up to?” Mozuku’s puzzled face seemed to imply as he listened to Yuna and the teacher talk.

    Yuna turned to Mozuku and said to him, “I’m going to make you a food bowl!” It seemed like the message got through as his face read, “Looks like my owner is making something just for me.”

     

    Yuna wet her hands with some water and began forming a hole in the centre of her clay bundle. The hole forms and gets bigger as the pottery wheel spins.

    Next, she used both of her hands to ensure the thickness of the bowl was even all the way around.

    “Amazing! The shape of the clay changes in an instant!”

    By adding a little bit of pressure the pile of clay can change shape rapidly. It’s like a living thing.

    “It’s like the clay is my own child. I wanna wrap it up!”

    Once the shape is formed, Yuna cut around the edges. She is a skilled individual, she got the hang of it straight away.

    Mozuku sat right beside Yuna, quiet and curious.

    “Is it my turn yet?”

    He seemed itching to have a go at making something himself too.

    He watched over Yuna’s work from atop the table.

    “I wanna try spinning the wheel too!”

    Mozuku in fact had the most important job of all. Yuna popped a wooden mould onto his paw and stamped a paw print into thebottom of the bowl.

    “There we go!” said Yuna

    Mozuku mustered all of his strength to make his mark, his facial expression unusually serious as he carried out his big task.

    Time to check if the print was done properly!

    Here’s the final product―Mozuku did a great job!

     

    Their teamwork paid off as they were able to create a really cute dog bowl. The tiny footprint is packed with pet love. The art school actually sells a lot of different cute and stylish pet items but the owner making their own makes it unique―the only one in the world.

     

    If that love is able to get through to your pup, the food they eat from the bowl is sure to be even more delicious.

     

    Thanks for your help, Mozuku.

    “I can’t wait to fire it!” Yuna’s excitement was peak from start to finish. She was very satisfied after the class finished.

     

    After two weeks of waiting, the bowl was completely finished.

    Why not try creating something unique special for your own pet―together with them?

     

    Model: Yuna Yabe/Mozuku @yunaaay1030

    Text: Ai Watanabe

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

    TALENT PROFILE

    Yuna Yabe

    Yuna Yabe won the grand prix prize at the “Zipper×ASOBISYSTEM Model Auditions” at the age of 15. She is an expert not only in fashion but make-up and video editing too. She’s an influential figure to the people in her generation. Recently, her work has expanded greatly, such as appearing in music videos. Her activity continues to grow and looks to be very promising indeed.

  • Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 2 Celebrated With Exhibition at Shibuya PARCO

    05.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    An exhibition will be held at the Shibuya branch of shopping complex PARCO to celebrate the forthcoming second season of the popular anime adaptation of Teasing Master Takagi-san which will begin airing on July 7.

     

    Teasing Master Takagi-san is an ongoing romantic comedy and slice of life manga series by Sōichirō Yamamoto serialised in Monthly Shōnen Sunday. The manga has sold over 7 million copies. The first season of the anime series aired from January to March last with an OVA in July.

    The exhibition will plunge fans of the series into its world with original illustrations for the anime and manga and more on display. Fans can also get their hands on exclusive merchandise including capsule toys and canvas art.

    A3 Poster – ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

    Acrylic Key Rings (7 Designs) – ¥500 (Tax Included) *Capsule toy; design given is random

    Folder Set: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    Canvas Art: ¥2,500 (Tax Included)

     

    Fans of Takagi and her antics with Nishikata won’t want to miss out on this special limited-run exhibition.

     

    ©2019 Sōichirō Yamamoto・Shogakukan/Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 2 Production Committee

  • Theatre, Cafes, Bars, Restaurants & More Opening at New Shibuya PARCO in November (Part 2)

    03.July.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    After having been closed since August 7, 2016 for renovations, it has been revealed that the new Shibuya PARCO shopping complex is set to open in late November. The new building aims to be a “global shopping complex for a new generation.”

    Building on the complex’s facilities, Shibuya PARCO’s will communicate new forms of entertainment and experience together with designers and artists. Its goal is to deliver cultural trends on a global level. To do this, it is further developing aspects of the building to drive its unique perspective by focusing on the design, art and entertainment side of things.

     

    Around 180 unique stores will open their doors in the new Shibuya PARCO each of which pivot around 5 different themes: Fashion, Art & Culture, Entertainment, Food, and Technology. Multiple floors are being specially designed to form the interior of the complex so that they draw out the appeal of each of these individual genres.

     

    Recently, we took a look at the Fashion and Art & Culture parts of the new Shibuya PARCO. Today, we are taking a look at Entertainment, Food and Technology.

    The PARCO theatre is being expanded to accommodate fully premium seats. The theatre will showcase independent performances throughout the year.

    Another mini theatre called CINE QUNTO managed independently by PARCO will also open. They will show lots of high quality and unique shows from a variety of genres, overseas musicals and more, creating a space for lovers of culture.

    The QUATTRO LABO new Kichijoji Station is also moving to Shibuya PARCO. This music cafe and bar boasts a high-end audio record collection of over 3,000 vinyls. Together with CLUB QUATTRO and GALLERY X it will host various events and exhibitions.

    The main restaurant floor, known as CHAOS KITCHEN, is a melting pot of cuisine, culture and music, being home to 21 restaurants spanning a multitude of cuisines from udon to insect to mix bars and beyond. It also houses record shops and a shop selling festival goods. We look forward to experiencing this floor has to offer with its unique mix of establishments.

     

    There will be other restaurants and cafes besides those in the CHAOS KITCHEN too. The 7th floor will offer Japanese food like conveyor belt sushi, tempura, yakiniku, ramen, as well as restaurants offering vegan cuisine and more.

     

    The 4th floor will see the arrival of chompoo, a Thai restaurant serving healthy food packed full of herbs. Down on the first floor will be a variety of cafes, beer stands, and a gallery called COMINGSOON that promotes food culture. There is a flower shop will also set up a wine bar on occasion.

    Shibuya PARCO is also now offering online shopping, allowing people to purchase anything not currently in stock at stores.

     

    This new tourist spot of Shibuya is sure to bustle once it opens in late November this year as it offers an abundance of shops and restaurants for a new generation.

  • Toy Story’s Mr. Potato Head Themed Cafe Arrives in Shibuya

    28.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Everyone’s favourite supporting character Mr. Potato from the Toy Story film franchise is set to get his very own themed cafe which will open at CONCEPT CAFE by SWEETS PARADISE in Shibuya MODI from June 29 to July 28. Japan is known for its many character-themed cafes but this is the first one to be centred on Mr. Potato Head.

    You may or may not know that Toy Story is not the first place that Mr. Potato Head appeared. He was actually a real toy conceived by George Lerner in 1949 and was first manufactured and distributed by Hasbro in 1952. As his name suggests, he is a potato-shaped character with detachable parts.

    The menu line-up includes four dishes and eight drinks and the cafe will be decorated in all things Mr. Potato Head.

    Potato Head Fukuwarai Curry

    Hi! Cheese! Potato Head Burger

    Sweet Dream Potato Head

    All customers that dine at the cafe will receive one of eight possible Mr. Potato Head lunch mats as pictured below.

    Those who order a drink will also receive one of eight possible coasters chosen randomly. These novelties are limited in stock.

    An official Instagram page was set up for the cafe so be sure to check it out.

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