Tokyo Stroll: A relaxing date with Yutaro at Shibuya’s Cat Cafe MoCHA!
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.
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.
All of a sudden…
…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!
“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. ♡
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!
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?!
And here’s one sitting just like Yutaro!
Little by little, Yutaro and the cats became better friends.
Japanese Tea Flavoured Shaved Ice For Takeout at Susumu Chaya in Tokyo and Kagoshima
11.July.2020 | FOOD
Japanese tea shop Susumu Chaya started up a takeout service for shaved ice on Tuesday (July 7) at all of its branches including in Kagoshima as well as Jiyugaoka and Shibuya’s DESCENTE TOKYO in Tokyo.
The shaved iced takeout service was originally only available at the two Tokyo branches, but now customers in Kagoshima can enjoy the tea-flavoured desserts.
Matcha Shaved Ice: ¥750 (Before Tax)
Made using Susumu Chaya’s “koicha,” a rich and full-bodied matcha variety.
Houjicha Shaved Ice: ¥750 (Before Tax)
The houjicha shaved ice is made using only first-grade tea leaves picked by Susumu Chaya. It has a refreshing taste.
The shaved ice can be ordered for takeout or eaten inside the cafes. Enjoy the full flavour of Japanese tea coupled with a refreshing portion of shaved ice.
Susumu Chaya Kagoshima
Address: 27-13 Uenosonochō, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima Prefecture
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Access: 8-minutes on foot from Kagoshima-Chūō Station
Susumu Chaya Tokyo Jiyugaoka
Address: 1-25-5 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
Closed: Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Jiyugaoka Station’s front entrance via the Ōimachi Line
Susumu Chaya DESCENTE TOKYO Shibuya Meiji Dori
Address: 6-19-21 Jingumae, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 4-minutes on foot from Exit 16 of Shibuya Station
Official Website: https://susumuya.com/
Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke & Other Studio Ghibli T-Shirts to be Sold at GBL MIYASHITA PARK in Tokyo
GBL, an online clothing company whose stock features designs from Studio Ghibli’s animated feature films, is set to open its first store at MIYASHITA PARK in Shibuya, Tokyo on July 28, 2020 inside RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK.
MIYASHITA PARK is a shopping complex filled with shops stocking high quality products. GBL MIYASHITA PARK will sell a range of fun, exclusive Studio Ghibli t-shirts with designs taken from popular films from the studio.
The theme of this year’s line-up is t-shirts that have a “second-hand” design to them. There are 28 t-shirts to choose from including colour variations. Six of these are exclusive to GBL MIYASHITA PARK.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind T-Shirt (Pure White): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)
Princess Mononoke T-Shirt (Grey): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)
Kiki’s Delivery Service T-Shirt (Red): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)
The range is made from soft cotton and is inspired by American style t-shirts. To reduce the collar from stretching over time, twill tape is wrapped around the neck part of the t-shirt. The t-shirts are also stone washed during the manufacturing process to ensure they are both soft and have that ‘used’ quality to them.
Laputa: Castle in the Sky T-Shirt (Grey): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)
Porco Rosso T-Shirt (Black): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)
Whisper of the Heart T-Shirt (Navy Blue): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)
Sizes come in Small, Medium, Large, XL, and XXL. The collection is a must-have for any fan of Studio Ghibli.
GBL MIYASHITA PARK
Address: MIYASHITA PARK South (Floor 3F), 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:0021:00
No Fixed Holidays
*You must book in advance to visit RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK
GBL Brand Website: http://www.gbl.tokyo
Experience Shibuya Online With Airbnb and PLAY! DIVERSITY SHIBUYA’s Special Website
05.July.2020 | SPOT
PLAY! DIVERSITY SHIBUYA and Airbnb launched a new website on July 2 which lets people experience Shibuya tourism and all things Shibuya online.
The online project comes in response to the economic slump that Shibuya has faced as a result of COVID-19 which has meant less tourism. The website will feature a host of unique content that captures the essence of the Shibuya experience.
The first entry to the website will see KABA taking users on a virtual walk through the city of Shibuya. KABA, an activist for the LGBTQ community in Japan, was appointed as an official Tourism Ambassador of Shibuya this year. As well as this, the energetic Akkun, another Shibuya Tourist Ambassador and influencer amongst Shibuya’s youth, will also be hosting a “Shibuya Sake School.” There is much more content to enjoy right now too, and the website is set to expand even more.
Other features include the “WANDER COMPASS” which lets users learn about Shibuya’s history and visit local spots through a virtual tour, and Shibuya TSUTAYA O-EAST’s own DJ Bar “AZUMAYA” is showcasing how to make Japanese cocktails using various Japanese ingredients and spices.
Visit Shibuya from the comfort of your own home using Airbnb and PLAY! DIVERSITY SHIBUYA’s special new website.
New York Ramen Bar Kuro-Obi to Open First Japanese Branch in Shibuya
05.July.2020 | FOOD
New York-based ramen bar Kuro-Obi has announced that it’s opening it first Japanese branch in the food hall of Shibuya’s new shopping centre RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK on August 4, 2020.
Kuro-Obi was established in New York back in 2014. To date, it has opened 6 branches across the US as well as one branch in Singapore. It specialises in “tori paitan”, a silky chicken-base broth. The new Japanese ramen bar will serve many different tori paitan ramen dishes takeout style, which is common in the US. All ramen served here is served in paper cups rather than bowls, so it can be eaten both in the food hall or taken away.
Added to the rich soup broth and noodles is moist chicken char siu, soft-boiled egg, negi spring onion, and fried onion chips. The black pepper used adds a kick to the overall flavour. Thick noodles are also used.
“Ramen is Freedom” is the theme of Kuro-Obi’s brand in Japan, with which they aim to challenge the new possibilities of ramen.
Kuro-Obi MIYASHITA PARK
Grand Opening: August 4, 2020
Address: MIYASHITA PARK South 3F FOOD HALL, 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30)
Official Website: https://kuroobi-ramen.com/
Cute Bear Pancakes Whipped Up at IMADA KITCHEN in Tokyo’s SHIBUYA109
30.June.2020 | FOOD
IMADA KITCHEN in SHIBUYA109 has teamed up with Hattendo Cafe to co-create the new “Torokeru Kuma-san Pancakes” (Melty Mr. Beat Pancakes) which will be served from July 1, 2020 to August 30, 2020.
IMADA KITCHEN is a food project that aims to create original food in Shibuya. Together with Hattendo, a Hiroshima brand known for its incredible cream pastries, they have created a super cute bear design pancake. Bear designs are popular with young girls in Japan.
Torokeru Kuma-san Pancake: ¥450 (Before Tax)
The fluffy pancakes are filled with melt-in-the-mouth, handmade custard cream, meaning a single bite lets you enjoy both the moist texture of the pancake and the melty drizzle of the custard cream. Your mouth is instantly filled with flavours of maple syrup and egg, which when combined with the accompanying berries makes for a sweet amalgamation of deliciousness.
Torokeru Koro Tama Kuma Sandwich: ¥450 (Before Tax)
Normally, you would have to go to Hiroshima to try Hattendo Cafe’s “Torokeru Koro Tama Kuma Sandwich,” but now it will be available to try at IMADA KITCHEN. Made with the cafe’s “cream bread,” this moist sandwich is filled with egg salad, korokke, and cabbage for a hearty meal.
Location: MOG MOG STAND (SHIBUYA109 Floor B2F)
Official Website: https://imada-kitchen.jp/
Yuri!!! on ICE x Sanrio Characters Come Together at a Themed Cafe in Tokyo
LEGS COMPANY has revealed that it is opening a Yuri!!! on ICE and Sanrio fusion themed cafe called “Yuri on Ice x Sanrio Characters Cafe 2020” in Shibuya, Tokyo for a limited time from August 6, 2020.
Yuri!!! on ICE is a sports anime series centred on figure skating. It was produced by MAPPA and directed and written by Sayo Yamamoto together with Mitsurō Kubo. The series received rave reviews from anime watchers and the figure skating community.
LEGS COMPANY brought this collaborative cafe to Tokyo and Osaka once before back in September and October of 2017. The collaboration is set to return this summer, with this year’s theme centred on an ice cream stand. The menu is made up of themed dishes, drinks, and desserts. Let’s take a look at just some of the items on offer.
A Select Look at the Menu
Utopia Akatsuki Simmered Cutlet Plate: ¥1,599
A Yuri!!! on ICE classic, this katsudon dish is served in a separated style.
Borscht Plate: ¥1,599
Borscht is a Russian dish that appears in the show, and in this plate it’s served as a main. Enjoy together with the sour cream.
Paella Plate: ¥1,599
A Spanish dish that appears at the end of the show, served with fish, sauce, and a side of gazpacho cold soup.
Pancake & Ice Cream Plate: ¥1,399
Enjoy a mix of sweet and sour flavours with a fruit and whipped cream-topped pancake and ice cream. You get to pick your favourite character for your ice cream.
Tiramisu & Ice Cream Plate: ¥1,399
You can choose your favourite character with the bittersweet tiramisu too.
Soda Float: ¥989 (Bottom Left: Strawberry / Middle: Melon / Right: Blue / Top Left: Cola / Top Right: Coffee)
Stickers (14 Designs): ¥400
Mini Towels (3 Designs): ¥850 Each
Fans can get their hands on exclusive merchandise too which is also available online in Japan.
Fans (4 Designs) *For those who book a table in advance only
Coasters (7 Designs) *For those who order a drink only
The cafe will also offer free merchandise too, including fans for those who book a table in advance, coasters for those who order a drink, and more.
©はせつ町民会／ユーリ!!! on ICE 製作委員会
©1976,1989,1992,1993,1996,1998,2020 SANRIO CO.,LTD. APPROVAL NO.610406
Yuri on Ice x Sanrio Characters Cafe 2020
Running: August 6, 2020 – September 22, 2020
Location: SHIBUYA BOX cafe&space (Shibuya LOFT 2F, 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Reservations: Now Open
Reservation Price: ¥650 (*4 seats per reservation)
Yuri on Ice x Sanrio Characters Cafe 2020 Official Website:
IKEA Shibuya Grand Opening Announced For Winter 2020
18.June.2020 | SPOT
Having opened Tokyo’s first IKEA branch in Harajuku earlier this month, IKEA Japan has announced that their next branch, IKEA Shibuya, will open in winter 2020.
IKEA Shibuya will be just a 5-minute walk from Shibuya Station via the JR Line exit will span 7 floors. It will look out onto both Shibuya Center-Gai shopping street and Inokashira-Dori which is just a short stroll from the famous Shibuya Scramble Crossing, making it super easy to get to.
President and Chief Sustainability Officer of IKEA Japan, Helen Von Rice, expressed her enthusiasm for the upcoming launch of the new store. “We’re looking forward to getting to meet even more of you in Tokyo,” she said. “Shibuya is the hub of Tokyo’s development; a place where the future is created. I am overjoyed that we get to become a part of that.” (*Comments translated from Japanese by MMN)
In February of this year, IKEA Japan opened “IKEA for Business,” the first-ever planning space for corporate business owners which will provide solutions for various types of businesses.
IKEA Shibuya will be recruiting for 170 jobs in the run up to its opening which will begin rolling out on June 18, 2020. The recruitment page can be found below.
Address: Takagi Bldg. 1F-7F, 24-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Grand Opening: Winter 2020
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Shibuya Station (JR Yamanote Line side) / 11-minutes on foot from Shinsen Station (Keio Inokashira Line)
Japanese Recruitment Page:
English Recruitment Page:
Studio Ghibli American Casual Clothing Brand GBL to Open First Store in Shibuya
Japanese company Benelic is set to open the first permanent store for GBL, an online clothing company whose stock features designs from Studio Ghibli’s animated film features. The store will open inside MIYASHITA PARK, a new shopping centre opening in Shibuya this summer.
GBL aims to capture those special feelings of magic and wonder we have all felt watching a Studio Ghibli film. Each clothing item in GBL’s collection is woven with love and enthusiasm for the internationally beloved animations.
The First Stop: Shibuya
GBL was launched in 2017, and since then has sold its stock via its website and at pop-up shops. Shibuya will be the place that GBL opens its first physical store, which is designed like a garage filled with fun and exciting products.
New 2020 Design T-Shirts
Shibuya is known the world over as the hub of street trends, making it the perfect location for GBL’s line-up of attire which combines Studio Ghibli and an “American casual” style.
Fans of Studio Ghibli won’t want to miss out on a trip to Shibuya when they visit Tokyo to enter GBL.
Kyoto Neko Neko: Cat Shaped Desserts and Pastries Served at Kyoto’s New Bakery
02.June.2020 | FOOD
ALL HEARTS COMPANY, a Japanese company that develops bakeries and patisseries across Japan, opened its new bakery and confectionery shop Kyoto Neko Neko in Shijo, Kyoto on June 1, 2020. There, they are serving cat-shaped pastries and desserts including Kyoto-exclusive products from their Neko Neko Bread brand and Neko Neko Cheesecake shop.
Kyoto Neko Neko Danish Bread: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
This butter-loaded Danish pastry is folded into a braid shape and baked which keeps the pastry moist. It’s topped with a sprinkling of sugar, leaving it glistening. It’s recommended that you first try the pastry as it is—soft and moist. You can then try lighting toasting it which gives it a crispy texture and brings out the delicious aroma of the butter.
Products are packaged in a cute box making them a great gift idea.
Kyoto Neko Neko Cheesecake (On sale from mid-June 2020)
This cheesecake is made with Brie de Meaux cheese and is laced with black cocoa. The luxurious cheese combined with black soy beans and brown sugar syrup jelly makes for a marriage between Japanese and Western flavours. You get an extra layer of deliciousness too with a dusting of soy flour.
Kyoto Neko Neko Bread (Plain): ¥550 (Before Tax)
This Kyoto version of the Neko Neko Bread is still made without water, but rather than using only milk, Kyoto Neko Neko has added soy milk made using soy beans from a tofu shop in Kyoto, lending a smooth and rich flavour to the bread. And instead of mascarpone cheese, Kyoto Neko Neko uses soybean cream, and instead of dairy butter a soy cream butter.
Kyoto Neko Neko Bread (Houjicha): ¥680 (Before Tax)
Kyoto Neko Neko Bread (Matcha): ¥680 (Before Tax)
There’s also a houjicha flavour made with houjicha tea and white chocolate, as well as a matcha flacvour combined with black soybean.
Kyoto Neko Neko Shioji
Address: 578 Obiyamachi, Tachiuri Nakanocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Grand Opening: June 1, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:30-18:00
No Fixed Holidays (Closed: New Year’s Holidays)
Official Website: https://nekoshoku.jp/
Enter Virtual Shibuya: The New Ghost in the Shell Digital Platform
Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project launched its new digital platform “Virtual Shibuya” with an opening event on May 19. The event Virtual Shibuya helped promote release of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 with talks and performances from SEKAI NO OWARI’s DJ LOVE, virtual YouTuber and member of Nijisanji Ange Katrina, Chinatsu Wakatsuki of Future Design Shibuya, and Naohiro Ukawa of S/U/P/E/R DOMMUNE—all of whom are fans of Ghost in the Shell.
Officially recognised by Shibuya City, Virtual Shibuya comes in response to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has brought tight restrictions to the economy and people’s way of life. It will enable people to continue enjoying entertainment from the comfort of their homes by participating in a whole host of virtual events and activities. The project aims to deliver content from Shibuya with live performances from artists, art exhibitions, talks, and more. The use of 5G and the latest cutting edge technology will connect the real Shibuya to a virtual space, combining the realms of the digital and real world.
The guests joined over 50,000 users for the first event which went down a storm. Chinatsu Wakatsuki said: “I was amazed how much it looked like Shibuya! I can’t go to Shibuya right now, so it felt like I got to visit home again after so long.”
Shibuya was fully recreated a virtual space for people to visit
Lots of Ghost in the Shell fans gathered in the city
Everybody in this virtual world jumped into their avatar skins, including the diverse range of guests who probably would never have come together had it not been for the Ghost in the Shell theme, as well as DJ LOVE, Katrina, Chinatsu Wakatsuki, and Naohiro Ukawa.
The real world and the world of Ghost in the Shell collide
The four performers, who were coming face to face with each other for the first time, talked to guests about what they love about Ghost in the Shell while strolling around Virtual Shibuya and having fun with fans on equal terms.
Comments from the performers
・Chinatsu Wakatsuki (Future Design Shibuya)
“I was amazed how much it looked like Shibuya! Shibuya is a place I hold near and dear to my heart. There were a lot of ‘firsts’ for me, like my first time using an avatar, and meeting new people for the first time, so I thought it was going to be difficult at first, but I found myself not nervous at all and had fun with everyone in there using this futuristic entertainment. Looking forward, au 5G will grow and the number of things we can do will as well. I hope to challenge myself as a tarento and a mum in many different things and have fun with this Virtual Shibuya!”
・“DJ LOVE” (SEKAI NO OWARI)
“It felt like I had dived right into the world of Ghost in the Shell, my favourite series. It was a wonderfully fun event which expanded on my dreams. I’m looking forward to seeing it evolve and I hope to perform live there at some point. I want to make stuff that people who haven’t been physically able to go to venues up to now can enjoy. I think it would be fun to communicate with people who participated.”
“The streets of Shibuya I know were completely transformed into the world of Ghost in the Shell, and my favourite Tachikoma made an appearance too. For a Ghost in the Shell fan like myself it was a whale of a time! Right now we have to battle with staying indoors. Me having disappeared has caused a bit of trouble, but the thrill of this virtual event has lifted my nerves. I had a lot of fun.”
You can check out footage from the event in the video below which was posted on Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project’s official YouTube channel.
The world of Ghost in the ShellVirtual Shibuya in can be experienced until May 31, 2020, so sign up while you still can.
Ghost in the Shell x Virtual Shibuya
Virtual Shibuya: https://shibuya5g.org/article/virtual-shibuya/
Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/shibuya5g
Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project to Launch Virtual Shibuya Platform
17.May.2020 | SPOT
Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project is set to launch its new digital platform “Virtual Shibuya” on May 19, 2020. The platform is officially recognised by Shibuya City.
Virtual Shibuya comes in response to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has brought tight restrictions to the economy and people’s way of life. It will enable people to continue enjoying entertainment from the comfort of their homes by participating in a whole host of virtual events and activities.
The project aims to deliver content from Shibuya with live performances from artists, art exhibitions, talks, and more. The use of 5G and the latest cutting edge technology will connect the real Shibuya to a virtual space, combining the realms of the digital and real world.
1: Online Events
A variety of online events will be held inside the virtual event space. People tune into Virtual Shibuya while at home by connecting with their smartphones, PCs or VR devices. They will have their own avatar and be able to traverse the area together with other people who are connected while participating in different interactive online events. The events will also be streamed on video streaming services.
2: XR Art
Experience XR (cross reality) content which will connect both Virtual Shibuya to the real Shibuya. Those in either Shibuya will be able to experience the same content and entertainment.
The opening event for the grand opening of Virtual Shibuya will promote the release of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 with talks and performances from SEKAI NO OWARI’s DJ LOVE, who is a fan of Ghost in the Shell, as well as virtual YouTuber and member of Nijisanji Ange Katrina, Chinatsu Wakatsuki of Future Design Shibuya, and Naohiro Ukawa of S/U/P/E/R DOMMUNE.
Ghost in the Shell Night by au 5G
Date: May 19, 2020
How to Participate
Virtual Shibuya can be accessed using a VR device, smartphone, or PC/Mac. To participate, you must create a (free) Cluster account and install the Cluster app on your device. This event will also be streamed live on YouTube Live and the official Twitter page of Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project.
Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/shibuya5g
Buy These Face Masks and Help Save Japan’s Cats in the Process
08.May.2020 | FASHION
Neco Republic launched online pre-orders of its new face masks, called “SAVE THE CAT MASK,” via its website on May 6, 2020. Neco Republic is a company who pours efforts into helping save cats in Japan; they manage various businesses including the cat cafe Neco Republic which takes in rescue cats, NECOREPA/ which sells a variety of products and items with all proceeds going towards their efforts to taking in stray cats, Neco Ichi Neco Za which is a rescue cat event held in Japan, and more.
The “SAVE THE CAT MASK” series was launched for cat lovers and as a way to help cats in the process. The previous batch of these masks sold out in just two days.
High quality materials and skilful sewing, all made in Japan
SAVE THE CAT MASK – ¥1,980 for one / ¥9,900 for five
The masks are made from high quality natural cotton with all manufacturing carried out in Japan. They are sewed using a Japanese sewing method known as ayaori which ensures elasticity and makes it harder for the masks to wrinkle. The masks can also be washed repeatedly. Maintaining hygiene is of utmost important when it comes to face masks, and so these face masks are made so you can hand wash them lightly with detergent as well as put them in a net before putting them in the washing machine.
The masks are all sewn in Gifu Prefecture which is where Neco Republic is based.
Cute designs inspired by cats
There are five design variations of the masks each inspired by a different cat breed including calico, Russian Blue, tuxedo, white, and black. They are also shaped subtly like a cat which most likely won’t be noticed by other people meaning you can express you love of cats secretly.
Save cats during the process
The masks aren’t only for us humansーthey benefit our cats too. All proceeds from the masks will go towards Neco Republic’s rescue cat cafe as well as be used for the company’s efforts for helping rescue cats.
Neco Republic’s SAVE THE CAT MASK