Attention ! folkcraft and “kokeshi” lovers! “isetan mingei” to open in Shinjuku Isetan
09.January.2018 | SPOT
Toys, brooms, cloth good and many other goods made of Ontayaki (Onta ware), Yachimun ware, glass ware, Japanese paper products, braided goods, kokeshi and papier mache goods will be collected from throughout Japan to be exhibited and sold at “isetan mingei” to be opened in Shinjuku Isetan.
Kamata Takashi’s Isetan-original “kokeshi” (cylindrical bodied doll) and the collaborative products of “Keijusha” (Japanese paper work studio) and “kirigami” (paper cutting) artist Yaguchi Kanako made especially for Isetan, and many more original goods that can only be purchased at this event will be sold.
Kamata Takashi’s Isetan-original “kokeshi” 3,780 yen (tax included)
Keijusha and Yaguchi Kanako’s collaborative products
From the left: box (A4) 9,720 yen (tax included) Center: postcard box 3,024yen each (tax included)
Right: box (middle-sized) 6,048 yen (tax included) Above: Calling card box 2,592 yen each (tax included)
In addition to regular products, products focusing on the season, age and the locality will be collected for a limited time offer.
Why not come and enjoy this folkcraft event, “isetan mingei” at Shinjuku Isetan.
Scorch your Senses at the Spicy as Hell and Tasty as Well 2019 Food Festival Round 2 in Shinjuku
Spicy as Hell and Tasty as Well 2019 will be holding round 2 on August 16, 2019 at Okubo Park, Kabukicho in Shinjuku. This will be the event’s biggest gekikara gourmet saiten (super spicy festival) Japan has ever seen.
Food services that represent the spicy foods of the world have all joined forces at Kabukicho in Shinjuku; Asia’s largest entertainment district to tinge it with a luminescent spicy red colour. So far, around 0.7 million people with a burning passion for spice have made their way to the spice central to test their tolerance to the range of gourmet spicy dishes. From beginner to mania, the event caters to all levels of spice-lovers. From a tiny touch of spice to spicy as hell, there is a wide range of spice levels to choose from. The dishes served and participating shops are changed each week, so you can enjoy a new spicy experience each week.
At the 1st Round, spice fans had their fill of Ciao em Cafe’s Bún bò Huế. This café, which originates from the outskirts of Tokyo in Hana-Koganei, took part in the event for the first time. One of their signature dishes is the Vietnamese soup, which captured the hearts of many women for its perfectly balanced sweet yet spicy flavour. Despite being Menya Mazeharu’s first time serving at the event, their queues stretched out into the sunset from morning to evening each day .
Round 2 will see Cheese to Gibier Curry Naru Ichizoku and Tokyo spice curry Aka to Kuro spicing up the event for the first time. This is the perfect opportunity to experience Awajishima Curry made with the world’s most sense-scorching spices including ghost pepper, trinidad scorpion pepper, and the carolina reaper. Tokyo spice curry serves up red curry dishes made with ingredients traditionally used in natural Chinese food therapy. Their black curries are Kashmiri curries that will leave you feeling satisfied.
These are just a selection of the vast number of noteworthy spicy dishes. You are bound to find the perfect curry to spice up your life at this event, so please check it out.
Spicy as Hell and Tasty as Well 2019 (激辛グルメ祭り2019)
Venue: Okubo Park, Kabukicho, Shinjuku
Address: 2-43, Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Access: 3-min walk from Seibu-Shinjuku Station or an 8-min walk from Shinjuku station (JR/ Odakyu/ Keio lines)
Entry: Free to enter, pay for your food and drinks.
2nd round: Aug 16 ー 21
3rd round: Aug 23 ー 28
4th round: Aug 30 ー Sept 4
5th round: Sept 6 ー 11
6th round: Sept 13 ー 18
* Closed on Aug 15, 22, 29 and Sept 5, 12 to change the shops.
* Open on rainy days (closed during stormy weather).
* Spicy as Hell and Tasty as Well is open for a total of 38 days this year, the longest it has ever run in history.
Pop Team Epic Pop-Up Shop Makes its Way to Shinjuku This Month
The Pop Team Epic pop-up shop is set to take to make a return this month. It will open on the sixth floor of Shinjuku Marui Annex and run from August 23 to September 16.
Themed on the the popular manga and anime series, the pop-up shop first appeared in December 2016 and has since popped up many times around Japan over the years. Having been held in various places around Tokyo as well as Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo and Osaka, it is finally making its way to Shinjuku for the first time.
The shop’s main visual was drawn by series creator Bkub Okawa. Its design will feature on many exclusive pieces of merchandise at the shop.
Fans of the series have lots to look forward to at the shop, with plenty of cute and hilarious decorations of Popuko and Pipimi and plenty of photo opportunities. Those who spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) at the shop will even receive an original sticker. Only one will be given per person.
More details about the event can be found over at the official Twitter page.
Pop Team Epic Pop-Up Shop
Running: August 23, 2019 – September 16, 2019
Time: 11:00-21:00 (Until 19:00 on September 16, 2019 *Free entry, no planned holidays
Location: Shinjuku Marui Annex 6F (3-1-26 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo)
Event Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/pteppopup
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Offers Luxurious Accommodation Plan & Tea Ceremony Experience For Families
05.August.2019 | SPOT
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, a highly prestigious and magnificent 4-star hotel located in Shinjuku, is now serving an all-new “luxurious” family package which includes a tea ceremony experience and much more. It is currently running from July 20 to September 1.
The rooms offered in the accommodation plan are the hotel’s popular Wide Twin Rooms located on the Premier Grand club floor. Use of the Club Lounge is included in the package. The Wide Twin Rooms include two roomy queen-size beds which span 1.53 meters wide which allow parents to sleep comfortably with their children. Rooms also feature their own bathroom facilities.
The package also includes a check-in simulation for children aged 6-12 years where they can get a feel for what it’s like to check-in. They will fill in their own check-in cards with parents and receive a ticket for the tea ceremony experience. They will be able to take their card home with them and take a commemorative photo.
The tea ceremony experience will be held on the hotel’s 10th floor in the “Shofuan,” an authentic tearoom that has been in the hotel since it opened in 1971. Parents and children will receive proper instruction from the tea ceremony teacher before pouring their own tea, allowing them to learn about traditional Japanese culture and etiquette. They will receive a special certificate of completion at the end.
If you’re travelling to Japan as a family this summer then enjoy it in luxury at Hotel Keio Plaza Tokyo.
Tea Ceremony Experience and Luxurious Accommodations for Families
Running: July 20, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Price: ¥18,450 per person for the Wide Twin Rooms on the Premiere Grand Club Floor *Usage for 2-4 people (Includes use of the Club Lounge, breakfast, and includes service charge and tax)
①Tea Ceremony experience for overnight guests (1.5 hours required, children of preschool age or younger cannot participate but are welcome to watch)
②Simulated Club Lounge check-in experience for children and special commemorative photographs available between 2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
③Amenity items for mother use (skin care products etc.)
④Commemorative certificates of stays and tea ceremony completion, and photographs presented to guests
⑤Complimentary late check-out at 12:00p.m. (Normal check-out time is 11:00a.m.)
⑥Complimentary use of Sky Pool facilities
Enquiries & Reservations: +81-35322-8000
Keio Plaza Official Website: https://www.keioplaza.com/
2019 Top 10 Souvenirs Available at Daimaru Department Store, Tokyo
27.July.2019 | FOOD
Looking for some delicious, well presented Japanese souvenirs? Head to Daimaru department store which is adjoined to Tokyo Station. On the first floor and basement floor lies a Japanese-style desserts and sweets area which contains approximately 70 delicious brands. Every day, approximately 30,000 desserts are sold to customers who are looking for souvenirs to bring to their family and friends.
Now we have arrived at the summer holidays, there are many tourists who will soon reach the stage of panic where they are unsure of what souvenirs to bring back to their loved ones. Luckily, Daimaru Department store is a goldmine of beautifully presented Japanese-style sweet snacks made by top brands. Today, we present you with a list of the 10 fastest-selling souvenirs that were sold from July 2018 to June 2019. There is still plenty of time to get your hands on these souvenirs!
1st Place: N.Y.C. SAND: Caramel Sandwich Biscuits (box of 8) ￥1,080 (1st floor)
As you take a bite, you will notice that the biscuit, chocolate and caramel will balance in perfect harmony just for a brief glorious moment.
2nd place: Fukusaya: Fukusaya Cube (Cut into two) ￥270 (1st floor)
Have a small slice of luxury with this traditional recipe castella sponge cake which was specially made by experienced bakers. This is presented in a small, cute box.
3rd place: Kamakura Toshimaya: Hato Sable (box of 10) ￥1,080 (1st floor)
This is a crispy dove-shaped shortbread biscuit which has a rich buttery flavour. This was first produced in the early 1900’s during the Meiji period and is a souvenir limited to Tokyo.
4th place: Asakusa Mangando: Imokin ￥129 each (1st floor)
This baked treat is packed with the delicious flavour of sweet potatoes. The freshly baked scent is enough to draw you in.
5th place: TOKYO BANANA STUDIO: Panda Banana Yoghurt (Box of 4) ￥515 (1st/basement floor)
Children would just love to see the cute panda design. Wrap yourself in the mild banana yoghurt-flavoured cream.
6th place: Noix: Walnut cookie (Box of 4) ￥648 (1st floor)
This crunchy cookie is topped with a generous amount of caramelised walnuts.
7th place: Nenrinya: Mount Baum Shikkarime ￥756 (1st floor)
The outside of this baumkuchen is fragrant and crispy whilst the inside is soft and spongy. Take a bite to experience the wonderful texture of this European-style baked good.
8th place: Azabujuban Agemochi-ya: Panchetta Agemochi (40g) ￥442 (1st floor)
The flavour of this baked mochi dough is like eating bacon cooked in an Italian style. This new flavour is a wonderful discovery that you should also try.
9th place: Sugar Butter Tree: SUGAR BUTTER SAND TREE (Box of 10) ￥690 (1st floor)
The crispy biscuit and melty white chocolate is a sublime combination that you will want to try again and again.
10th place: Kanou Shoujuan: Ikkoten ￥270 each (1st floor)
A whole Japanese chestnut is smothered in a thick layer of Tamba Dainagon adzuki bean mix that is simmered lightly. This is especially delicious when eaten with tea.
What do you think? When in desperate need of a souvenir for your family, friends or work colleagues back home, how about choosing one of the souvenirs listed above?
2019 Souvenirs at Daimaru Department Store, Tokyo
Available Period: July 31 ー August 31.
Avaialble at: Daimaru Department Store Tokyo, Floor 1/Basement floor Hoppe Town
Address: 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Osamu Watanabe’s Mouthwatering Museum of Sweets Showcases Giant Candy Unicorn & More
Have you heard of Osamu Watanabe? You won’t forget his name by the end of this article. He is an installation and contemporary artist that draws his inspiration from the world of sweets and confections. He has drawn much attention not just in Japan but overseas too in countries like the US, Italy, Turkey, Indonesia and China with his various exhibitions.
Watanabe is set to take his “Museum of Sweets” exhibition to Shinjuku where it will open at the Odakyu Department Store on July 31.
The candy creations will be split throughout 9 different areas such as the titular room Museum of Sweets as well as the Forest of Sweets, Banquet of Sweets, Sweets Aquarium and more, all of which are sure to tickle the taste buds of sweet tooth visitors.
What’s more is that you are permitted to take photos, opening the door for countless photo opportunities for Instagram.
Osamu Watanabe will also be present to host a workshop on 4 separate days so you can craft your own cookie charm using materials Watanabe actually uses in his creations.
Enter a fantastic candy land cooked up by the one and only Osamu Watanabe.
Museum of Sweets
Running: July 31, 2019 – August 14, 2019
Time: 10:00-20:00 (Until 20:30 from August 7-13 / Until 17:00 on August 14)
*Last entries 30 minutes before closing times
Location: Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku Floor 11F
Entry: General ¥600 / High School & Junior High School Students ¥400 / Elementary School Students & Younger – Free
*If you are disabled you and a guardian can get in for free if you take a physical disability certificate
*Those who hold an Odakyu Points Card or Odakyu Ladies Club Card can get ¥100 off entry (applicable only to those who have a card)
Odakyu Department Store Official Website: http://www.odakyu-dept.co.jp/
Workshop: Make a Cookie Charm With Osamu Watanabe!
Running: August 3, 2019 / August 4, 2019 / August 11, 2019 / August 12, 2019
Slots: 13:00 / 13:30 / 14:00 / 14:30 / 15:00 / 15:30 (Each Day)
Participants: 10 per slot
Applying: Please apply at the department store from 10:00 on the day
Osamu Watanabe Official Website: http://watanabeosamu.tokyo/profile_en.html
Sanrio Announces Character Themed Cafe at EGG & SPUMA in Shinjuku
04.July.2019 | FOOD
Sanrio has announced that it will open its third-ever limited-time cafe themed on their magazine Ichigo Shimbun at EGG & SPUMA located on the 8th floor of Shinjuku Lumine EST from July 11 to September 30.
Ichigo Shimbun is a monthly magazine published by Sanrio which includes information about the latest character merchandise, the Sanrio Character Awards, and more. Many of Sanrio’s characters appear in the magazine and are set to appear at the cafe in the form of food. The theme of the cafe will be “Vacation.”
EGG & SPUMA are known for their pancakes, so for the Sanrio collaboration, they will serve a special plate of pancakes themed on a beach with Pompompurin sunbathing on top. You can also order refreshing summery soda drinks too.
There will be two different menus served at different periods for the duration of the collaboration, meaning a repeat visit is a must. We hope you get to try everything!
Ichigo Shimbun Diner
Location: EGG & SPUMA, Shinjuku Lumine EST Floor 8F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Running: July 11, 2019 – September 30, 2019
Business Hours: Weekdays 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00) / Weekends & Holidays 11:00-22:30 (Last Orders 21:30)
Top 5 Tokyo Beer Gardens to Cool You Down This Summer
Hi, readers! It’s Midori, from MMN’s editorial team.
When thinking about summer, one of the first things that springs to mind are beer gardens! Drinking a cold beer outdoors on a hot summer’s day is a special kind of delicious. More and more beer garden events appear in Japan every year, the vibe and atmosphere is different for each depending on where you are.
Today, I’ve compiled for you 5 must-visit beer gardens in Tokyo for summer 2019.
Heineken Kirin Beer Garden: Enjoy a lamb BBQ at Kichijoji Daiichi Hotel
This beer garden is being hosted in a BBQ style. Enjoy a two-hour all-you-can-drink course with either a Jingisukan BBQ or oil ponzu fondue as well as a selection of à la carte that go perfectly with the beer on offer. Look out for the lamb BBQ as well, a hugely popular choice every year at the hotel.
▼Kichijoji Daiichi Hotel – “Heineken Kirin Beer Garden”
Location: Kichijoji Daiichi Hotel Floor 8F Garden Terrace (Entrance at floor 7F)
Address: 2-4-14 Honcho, Kichijoji, Musashino, Tokyo
Running: May 24, 2019 – September 1, 2019 (*Closed on Mondays between May 24 – June 30)
Time: 17:00-21:30 (Last Orders 21:00)
Honoo Bulgogi vs. Tamashii Hot Pot: Ikebukuro Tobu Beer Garden
The Tobu Department Store in Ikebukuro is set to serve up its popular bulgogi nabe on the building rooftop. This year also sees the introducing of a new hot pot. Women can also enjoy a discount price on the bulgogi nabe even cheaper than previous years. There is also an happy hour service where all customers can enjoy reduced prices. If you’re looking for affordable prices then look no further!
▼Honoo Bulgogi vs. Tamashii Hot Pot: Ikebukuro Tobu Beer Garden
Location: Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro Floor 16F Rooftop
Address: 1-1-25 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Running: April 24, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Time: 17:00-23:00 (Last orders for à la carte and drinks at 22:00)
Reservations: Via telephone or online. Reservations must be for 2+ people.
Beer Garden With an Unbroken View Of the Sea at InterContinental Yokohama Grand
InterContinental Yokohama Grand is bringing its hugely popular beer garden Hama Beer back to Yokohama Minato Mirai again this year. Look forward to tucking into some authentic delights at the hotel terrace with a panoramic view of the Yokohama sea. They also serve a variety of non-alcoholic cocktails too. I recommend this one if you’re looking for a romantic, slightly more adult beer garden experience.
▼InterContinental Yokohama Grand Beer Garden
Location: InterContinental Yokohama Grand Floor 1F Outdoor Terrace (*Location will change if it rains)
Address: 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Running: June 14, 2019 – September 16, 2019 (*Except on days when there are scheduled events)
Time: [Mon-Thur] 18:00-21:00 / [Fri-Sun & Hols] 17:00-21:30
Machida MODI at Renewed “Sky Beer Garden” With Projection Show
The Sky Beer Garden atop Machida MODI has reopened after renovations. A projection show is taking place on the building wall as part of the beer garden. On the official homepage, people can also sign up to have a message projected onto the wall. 7 people will be randomly selected per day. This would be perfect as a surprise to that special someone! You can also enjoy the beer garden at a discounted price if you follow them on Instagram.
▼Sky Beer Garden
Location: LUGAR HA AMOR
Address: Machida MODI Rooftop, 6-2-6 Haramachida, Machida, Tokyo
Running: April 27, 2019 – September 29, 2019
SKY PARADISE BEER GARDEN: Delicious steak and more at Isetan Shinjuku
At Isetan Shinjuku’s stylish SKY PARADISE BEER GARDEN visitors can enjoy steak from Steak NO.1 STEAK THE FIRST. The drinks menu also includes beverages other than beer, so if you’re not a beer person then I definitely recommend this one. It is being held on the rooftop too so you can enjoy dining in the warm late afternoon and evening outdoors in Tokyo.
▼SKY PARADISE BEER GARDEN
Location: Isetan Shinjuku Rooftop
Address: 4-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Running: June 12, 2019 – September 16, 2019
Time: [Mon-Thur] 16:00-22:00 / [Fri-Sun & Hols] 11:30-22:00 (Last Orders – Food 21:00/Drink 21:30)
TEL: 03-6890-0199 (11:30-20:00)
There are many different unique beer gardens being held this year, so pick the one that suits you most and cool yourself off this summer in Tokyo♡
New Pokémon Centre DX and West Japan’s First Pokémon Café to open in Osaka
A new official Pokémon Centre DX and a new Pokémon Café will open in Osaka on September 20, 2019 in Daimaru Shinsaibashi’s Main Building.
This will be the second Pokémon Centre to open in Osaka. The Pokémon café will adjoined to the shop and will be the first ever branch of the Pokémon café to have ever opened in West Japan. This is also the second permanent Pokémon café to open in Japan besides the Pokémon café in Nihombashi.
The new Pokémon Centre DX and Pokémon Café will be situated in a bustling tourist hotspot. On your visit, you can also take a gander around the Shinsaibashi shopping district or the American Village (America-mura) which is full of entertainment. This area is thriving with department stores, special shops, big brands and so much more. Tourists from other parts of Japan and all over the world are constantly flocking to this giant marketplace.
As the worldwide exhibition event Expo 2025 will be held in Konohana Ward, Osaka, there is no doubt that Osaka is becoming more and more of a Tourist hotspot!
Osaka is a wonderful tourist destination. If you decide to visit, don’t forget to include the Pokémon Centre DX and Pokémon Café on your itinerary!♪
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Pokémon Centre Osaka DX & Pokémon Café
Address: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building, 9
1-7-1, Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka,
Grand Opening: September 20, 2019 (subject to change)
Closed: Dependent on the closing times of Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building.
Official Website: https://www.pokemon.co.jp/gp/pokecen/osaka/
SK-II continues to revolutionise the way customers experience shopping for skincare productcs as it announces SK-II Future X, an upcoming limited-time event that will run from April 24 to 30 on the first floor of Isetan Shinjuku.
At SK-II Future X, shoppers will be able to remove the stress from looking for skin care products in an environment that combines the physical with the digital―and they are free to come and go as they please. This exciting experience will provide plenty of interactive ways of shopping.
“Magic Scan” is the name of Japan’s first piece of AI technology that can measure one’s skin, and it will be used at this event. All you have to do is stand in front of a mirror for about 3 minutes. The tech will determine the condition of your skin, its age, and recommend the right skin care products for you. It does this by paying attention to tremors in the skin.
The SK-II Facial Treatment Essence will also be sold at the event with a limited edition design. This beautifying essence contains over 90% Pitera™, a multiple award-winning naturally-derived ingredient. Shoppers can also enjoy pre-sales of their Facial Treatment Essence Spring Red Limited Edition which isn’t set to go on sale in Japan until May 10. Purchasing these products gets you a go on the Pitera™ Vending Machine which will change the design of your bottle.
Other services will include a 180° selfie booth, an AR wall where you can learn some of the secrets behind Pitera™, and more. If you’re wanting to find out ways to care for your skin then be sure to visit.
SK-II Future X Event
Running: April 24, 2019 – April 30, 2019
Location: The Stage, Isetan Shinjuku Floor 1
Pre-Sales: Facial Treatment Essence Spring Red Limited Edition / Facial Treatment Essence Spring Mint Blue Limited Edition
Official Website: https://meeco.mistore.jp/contents/sk_2/index.html
Francfranc Unveils Iconic New Tokyo Souvenir Range
04.April.2019 | FASHION
Japanese furniture and home décor company Francfranc have approved to start a new project created by art director Tetsuya Chihara called “KISS,TOKYO” which aims to promote Tokyo. The collaborative collection will go on sale from April 26 at Francfranc branches across Japan and via their online shop.
The main motifs of the KISS,TOKYO brand are bright red lips and a winking girl. These original designs were created by Tetsuya Chihara. The icon has been branded onto 24 cute pop items which include everything from everyday things you can use to fun products great as souvenirs.
Girl Tumbler: ¥900 (Tax Included)
Every time you take a sip from this tumbler, the kissing lip glitter flutters around the cup.
Vinyl Umbrella 58 Red: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
A pop design vinyl umbrella that will make going out in the rain fun.
Tokyo Mug: ¥900 (Tax Included)
The rim of this beautiful mug is lined with gold leaf.
Red Lips Cushion: ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
These big and beautiful red lips are soft to touch and feel great to hug.
The product line-up also includes plenty of items perfect as souvenirs and gifts from Tokyo.
Tokyo Snow Dome: ¥4,000 (Tax Included)
Inside this snow globe is Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree and more, as well as lots of kissing lips that flutter around the tiny world when shaken.
Girl Flat Pouch: ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
This pouch is made of soft cotton and is flat meaning it won’t become bulky and uncomfortable to take around.
And there are lots of other items too, so get your hands on this cute and chic new line!
KISS,TOKYO Product Page
Snoopy Art Exhibition Scheduled for Shinjuku & Fukuoka Viewing
29.March.2019 | SPOT
American artist Tom Everhart is set to hold an exhibition on the internationally-beloved comic series Peanuts™ which features popular characters such as Snoopy and Charlie Brown. This will be his biggest art exhibition in Japan to date.
It will take place in at Hilton Tokyo’s Hiltopia Artist Square in Shinjuku from April 26 to 30 and Erugara Hall Tenjin in Fukuoka from May 2 to 6. Select artworks will be available for purchase at both venues.
“Brothers and Sisters Please”
Around 60 pieces by Tom Everhart will be on show including a special Japan-only early preview of his newest work Brothers and Sisters Please.
“My Brothers Please”
Everhart paints Snoopy’s face with a calm expression and makes full use of vibrant colours, resulting in a feeling of inner-warmth and comfort when observed. Other pieces will include mixed media works, rare lithographs and more.
Enter a world of Peanuts™ art.
Location: Hilton Tokyo’s Hiltopia Artist Square (Hilton Tokyo Floor B1F, 6-6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo)
Running: April 26, 2019 – April 30, 2019
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Until 16:00 on April 30)
Location: Erugara Hall Tenjin Floor 7F (1-4-2 Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture9
Running: May 2, 2019 – May 6, 2019
Opening Hours: 11:00-18:30 (From 12:00 on May 2 / Until 16:00 on May 6)
Entry to both exhibitions is free.
Travel Japan #10: Sending Japanese Souvenirs to My Dear Friend
My trip is almost at an end. My final destination is the huge supermarket next to the beach where I was able to feel like a real Okinawan local as I blended in with the crowd while pushing my cart.
Kanji, Katakana, Hiragana. The Japanese bubble writing was like hints to solving a puzzle. I peruse the products lined on the shelves to see what the symbols symbolize.
It’s time to go ahead and by a souvenir for my treasured friend who is waiting across the ocean for my return.
Snacks galore fill the shelves. I find myself lost on which to pick, but I use my senses to see which packaging I like the most and put something in my basket.
Part of the fun is looking forward to what flavour it will be after opening them. Let’s call it a Happy Bag.
The meat and fish aisle is overflowing with items. I see stickers along it with the names of products and their prices. There’s a mountain of ready-to-eat foods. It’s not like this is something uncommon to see, I have them in my country too, but it’s interesting to see the little differences.
There were fruits and vegetables I had never seen before too.
How do they taste?
How do you use them in cooking?
The supermarket breathes the lives of Japanese people.
I take some chopsticks with me too which I learned to use during my trip.
This vermilion colour is unique to Japan. Though vivid, it’s an elegant and refined red that sticks in my mind.
This country’s culture is packed tight into these chopsticks.
Their respect of dining, delicateness and humility. It would be great to share these feelings with someone.
When in Japan, an everyday scene in the country that’s different from what one usually does is almost like a dream to a foreigner like me.
Even though I am leaving the country, I will remember the sights I saw here clearly and vividly. I can wear this little bit of courage I gained from flying into a new culture with pride.
I really mean it when I say that what I have gathered on this trip will spill into my road ahead in life.
I push my cart and begin moving forward.
Model / Mala Morgan
Items to send to a precious friend found only in Okinawa, Japan
TOPVALU Brown Sugar Dough Cake Triple Friend in Rice Oil ¥98 (Before Tax) / ¥105.84 (Tax Included) –150g
This brown sugar dough cake is made using Okinawan brown cane sugar. Simply frying them three times in rice oil gives them a crunchy texture. They feel nice to chew, there’s a rhythm to it; I ended up buying several bags so I want to share them with my friend as an afternoon snack.
TOPVALU Full-Bodied Brown Sugar Toffees Made with Okinawan Brown Sugar ¥90 (Before Tax) / ¥97.20 (Tax Included) – 100g
I liked the look of the brown sugar snacks so I went ahead and grabbed another. These toffees are cooked on an open fire. They are a mix of sugar, brown sugar and starch syrup. They have two enjoyable textures―the inside and outside―and are delicious enough that your taste buds will never tire of them. I’m completely obsessed with Okinawa’s brown sugar.
HOME COORDY Dishwasher-Safe Brown Apitong Wood Chopsticks ¥398 (Before Tax) / ¥429.84 (Tax Included) –23cm
These chopsticks are relaxing to hold. They have a really nice wooden texture. On my trip food taught me about the delicateness of Japanese people as well as polite manners. I want to convey that same feeling by taking these chopsticks back as a souvenir.
AEON Mihama’s matchless stock of Okinawa’s amazing products
Whether it be daily necessities during your travels or souvenirs to take back home, AEON boasts a wide range of Japanese products at an affordable price. The Maihama branch is close to the beach and hotels too equaling convenience for quickly picking up what you need on your trip.
Address: 8-3 Mihama, Chatan, Nakagami District, Okinawa Prefecture
Opening Hours: Food 7:00-Midnight / Clothing & Living Goods 10:00-Midnight
*Business hours may differ for certain select stands and stores.
*The Clothing & Living Goods section is open from 9:00 to midnight on weekends and Thank You Day
*Tax-inclusive prices are displayed up to the second decimal point.
*In the case that multiple items are purchased, the fraction below the decimal point will also be added to calculate the consumption tax.
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About ÆON Group
ÆON Group is a retail corporate group based in Japan that has established 21,742 branches (as of February 2018) in 13 countries across Asia.
Its private brand TOPVALU sells high-quality products at an affordable price. The TOPVALU GURINAI range for example stocks a myriad of products crafted with the utmost care through various production techniques, and of the ingredients used only the best are selected.
The GURINAI range is divided into three parts that give customers the opportunity to easily purchase organic products and ingredients. ‘TOPVALU GURINAI Organic’ offers organic foodstuffs marked with the official organic stamp of approval. ‘TOPVALU GURINAI NATURAL’ provides fresh meat that, as a general rule, is farmed using no chemicals. ‘TOPVALU GURINAI free from’ stocks processed foods with additives, raw materials and ingredients taken into strict consideration.
ÆON Group Private Brand TOPVALU: https://www.topvalu.net (Japanese only)