“Loft” will release sundries relating to cherry blossoms
13.January.2018 | FASHION
Loft will sell spring sundries related to “cherry blossoms” from mid-January to mid-February.
In Japan, cherry blossoms are thought to be a motif that brings luck. The products noted below are recommended to use as gifts for friends, students preparing for an entrance exam and persons who will starting new endeavors from this coming spring.
“Haru wo Kotohogu Sakura no Pink (Charley) 378 yen
A bath additive which has the scent of cherry blossoms which brings good luck.
“Fukufuku Yu” Sakura Usagi (Charley) 216 yen
“CLEAN” Fabric Spray – Signs of spring (fragrance) 972 yen
A cherry blossom fragrance where you can feel the advent of spring.
“Venus Spa” Perfume Stick – Spring Blossom (Fitz Corporation)
“ettusais” Quick Care Coat – Sakura (ettusais) 1,026 yen ※this product will be available from mid-January.
A pink-colored nail beauty essence which coats nails with a thin/transparent vail.
“Kneipp” Hand Cream – Sakura 75ml (Kneipp Japan) 810 yen ※this product will be available from mid-January
A hand cream that has the gentle scent of cherry blossoms. The letters “Now and Forever” are printed on the product and the product is recommended to use as a gift for students who are going to graduate this coming spring.
Loft-limited “Little Charm” – You’re My Treasure Sakura Set (Fragrance) 1,620 yen ※this product will be available from mid-January
A gift set that includes two kinds of limited fragrance hand creams.
“Amino Mason” Moist Shampoo & Treatment Sakura Limited Kit “(Stella Sead) 3,024 yen ※this product will be available from mid-January
“bande” Someiyoshino (Nishikawa Communications) 432 yen ※this product will be available from the mid-January
The “Someiyoshino” (a variety of cherry blossom) version was added to this series of masking tape. Your letters and message cards will become gorgeous just by sticking this masking tape on it.
“DELDE” Pen Porch – Sakura 2 kinds (Sun Star Bungu) 1,491 yen ※Mid-February ※prices noted above include tax
Chuken Mochi Shiba―The Adorable Chubby Puppy Characters Get Their Own Store
15.March.2019 | SPOT
The cute character line Chuken Mochi Shiba opened up its very own pop-up shops at LOFT branches across Japan on March 14.
At the same time as SK Japan’s chubby puppy character line appeared in 2014, the Shiba Inu boom took over the world. Products in the line are sold mainly at amusement facilities in Japan and it has become a hit not just in Japan but overseas too, especially in South Korea and Taiwan.
The name of the pop-up shop is Marufuku Shoutengai. The first store to open is at the Umeda branch of LOFT which is currently running until April 2. The shops will open sequentially at different branches across the country before closing up in early August.
There will be plenty of merchandise to get your paws on at the Chuken Mochi Shiba-decorated store. Those who spend over ¥1,080 with tax in one purchase will receive a limited-edition postcard. These are available in limited quantities at each store. There are two postcard designs: the spring version will be available from this month until early May and the summer version will roll out in late May until August.
Sakura and Okaka, two characters in the line, are also scheduled to make an appearance at select stores. You will be able to have your photo taken with them.
Join the chubby Shiba Inu at a Chuken Mochi Shiba store near you!
Chuken Mochi Shiba Pop-Up Store
Running: From March 14, 2019
*Beginning at Umeda LOFT. The store will roll out at other LOFT branches sequentially.
Chuken Mochi Shiba Official Homepage: http://mochishiba.skj.jp/
©2014 SK JAPAN
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo launches 3-day limited plan! Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the cherry blossoms at Meguro.
25.February.2019 | SPOT
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is a museum hotel where you can discover the beauty of Japan. December 2018 marked its 90th anniversary since opening. For a three-day limited period from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March 2019, you can thoroughly enjoy Japanese hospitality as the hotel will be running a rickshaw service around Meguro River for guests to enjoy the cherry blossoms.
The name of the rickshaw service accommodation plan is “Jinrikisha de meguru Meguro kawa no kano ko ryoko”. You can select this plan whilst booking a room at the hotel. The plan involves a rickshaw ride around Tokyo’s leading cherry blossom-viewing hotspot for 30 minutes. During the ride, guests can enjoy the spring breeze as they sweep around the sakura trees of Meguro river.
After cherry blossom-viewing from the rickshaw, your hotel room, fully equipped with a jet bathtub and steam sauna, will be waiting for you. Each room of the hotel was designed with the Japanese concept of “harmony, respect, purity and tranquillity” to ensure that every single guest can fully enjoy a luxurious and relaxing stay. Hotel Gajoen Tokyo can only offer this service as it is located along Meguro River near all the cherry blossoms. The reservation period started on Wednesday 20th February.
In addition, during the same period in March, all sorts of limited edition cherry blossom celebrations will be taking place at the hotel, from themed restaurant menus to special events. From art to gourmet and desserts, there is so much to enjoy. Make sure to check out these spring-themed menus as you cannot get them anywhere else! The smell of spring will be wafting around the hotel due to the limited edition “Sakura Menus” which will be prepared by the restaurants in the hotel, for example, Tofuutei and RISTORANTE CANOVIANO.
You can fully embrace spring inside the hotel just as much as you can outside! Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is your chance to enjoy the cherry blossoms while they last. Come relax at your own pace with this comfortable and luxurious experience.
Jinrikisha de meguru Meguro kawa no kano ko ryoko (Japanese hospitality accommodation plan)
Name of accommodation plan: Jinrikisha de meguru Meguro kawa no kano ko ryoko
Rickshaw accommodation plan period： Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March 2019
The 8th floor “Executive lounge” serves a buffet-style breakfast featuring both western and Japanese food (Entry permitted between (7:00～10:30)
Price of plan
※1 night, 1 room (2 guests／breakfast included) ¥116,000 ～ (accommodation fee + tax)
All rooms are non-smoking.
Tokyo Tangible Cultural Properties exhibition at Hyakudan Stairs Art Museum
The rickshaw accommodation plan includes free entry to the “Spring, sakura, sakuya” exhibition at Hyakudan Stairs Art Museum. This is an exhibition of artwork featuring cherry blossoms blooming at cultural properties
To book a rickshaw ride, please choose a 30-minute time slot between 11:00 and 17:00
(Last opportunity to ride will be 16:30)
Book your special accommodation plan here ⇒ https://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/stay
Cherry Blossom Art, Food & More at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo celebrated its 90th anniversary in December last year, and for this year’s hanami season, it has many cherry blossom themed food and events in the works all set to begin in March.
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is located next to Meguro River, one of Japan’s most famous cherry blossom sites. When the flowers are in bloom, a bunch of flowery themed events are set to take place around the hotel including the restaurant.
Sakura Cake: ¥550 (Before Tax) @ Patisserie Lien 1928 (Running: March 1 – April 30)
We begin with a delightful delectable made with a white chocolate casing and filled with strawberry biscuit, strawberry jam and cherry blossom cream. It’s also laced with a little bit of Japanese sake jelly so when bitten into fills your mouth with a rich marriage of flavours.
Sakura Pancakes: ¥3,000 (Before Tax) @ Cafe＆Bar Yuian (Running: March 18 – April 30)
To bring out the ultimate fluffiness, the pancakes are steamed on a seiro steaming basket before being topped with cherry blossom sweet bean jelly. It is served with salted kōji ice cream. When you open up the basket your nose is hit sumptuously with the fresh smell of butter.
Sakura Afternoon Tea: ¥3,800 (Before Tax) @ KANADE TERRACE (Running: March 18 – April 14)
Indulge in a limited-time afternoon tea set brimming with beautiful cherry blossom inspired goodies.
Sakura Lunch Course: ¥5,000 (Before Tax) @ RISTORANTE “CANOVIANO” (Running: March 18 – April 30)
A springtime lunch course awaits made with lots of vegetables and a sauce that’s simple yet serves to bring out the original flavour of the masu salmon.
Sakura Kaisekizen: ¥3,500 (Before Tax) @ Tofutei (Running: March 18 – Early April)
Enjoy a spring-inspired traditional Japanese kaisekizen―an elaborate dinner assortment―with its delicate flavours and combinations. Have your fill of food with ingredients that beckon springtime including vegetable appetisers, Kyoto-style grilled Japanese Spanish mackerel, and much more.
The hotel is also home to the Hyakudan Staircase, or ‘100 Step Staircase,’ a registered Tangible Cultural Property of Tokyo. From March 28 to April 21 an exhibition of cherry blossom artwork will be on display including kabuki outfits with cherry blossom designs, ceramic art, paper crafts, bead art, patchwork quilts, flower arrangements, kusaki-zome natural dyeing, and more.
Secure a springtime trip in Japan this year at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo with a long line-up of exciting surprises.
Haru・Sakura, Sayuka at Hyakudan Staircase
Location: Hotel Gajoen Tokyo (1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro Ward, Tokyo)
Running: March 28, 2019 – April 21, 2019
TEL: 03-5434-3140 (10:00-18:00)
[Sunday-Thursday] 10:00-17:00 (Last Entries 16:30)
[Friday-Saturday] 10:00-20:00 (Last Entries 19:30)
Event Same Day – ¥1,600
Event Advance – ¥1,300
Museum Advance – ¥1,100 (Until March 27, 2019 at 16:30)
University & High School Student – ¥1,200
Junior High & Elementary School Student – ¥600
*Student ID required. Free for preschoolers.
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Official Website: https://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/
2019 Cherry Blossom Forecast! Some places in Tokyo are already blooming!
12.February.2019 | SPOT
When you’re traveling about during spring, the one thing you don’t want to miss are those cherry blossoms (sakura)! Today we’re going into introduce the countrywide cherry blossom forecast that was produced on 7th February. There is already a place in Tokyo where the blossoms are already blooming, so we’ll make sure to mention that too!
Cherry blossom forecast:
Sapporo: 30th April
Sendai: 10th April
Niigata: 7th April
Tokyo: 23rd March
Nagoya: 23rd March
Osaka: 26th March
Fukuoka: 19th March
The beginning of Cherry blossom season 2019
There are already some places in Tokyo where the cherry blossoms have started to bloom, for example, Happo-en. At Happo-en, there are approximately 85 trees in the park and five different types of cherry blossom tree; Kawazu-zakura, Yoshino-zakura, Yae-zakura, Shidare-zakura and Gyoikou. The famous “Kawazu-zakura is known to be an early bloomer, and started to flower on 7th February. This year, the flowers are expected to bloom a week later than they usually do.
Due to changing temperatures, the cherry blossoms may bloom at different times to what is predicted. At Happo-en, the garden structure is slightly tilted and therefore the sun hits the leaves of the trees here differently to other locations. As a result, the flowers take longer to bloom and therefore you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing for longer! As mid-Feburary is the best time to enjoy Kawazu-zakura, these trees will be illuminated from 15th February.
Japanese-style restaurant “ENJYU”, which uses naturally cultivated vegetables and carefully managed fermentation procedures, and “Thrush Cafe”, a cafe with a garden view you can enjoy from the inside, have both prepared new lunch menus which use Kawazu cherry blossoms to thoroughly celebrate the cherry blossom season.
Don’t miss out ー make sure you celebrate the cherry blossom season!
Address: 1-1-1, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
ENJYU SHIZENKAN RESTAURANT
Menu limited period: Friday 1st February ー Thursday 28th February
Opening hours: 11:30～(Last orders: 14:30)
Price: Lunch course: ￥5,000 (+ tax and service charge)
Reservations: 03-3443-3125 (Weekdays: 10:30 ー 22:00 ／Weekends & national holidays: 10:00 ー 22:00)
Thrush cafe Farm to Table
Menu limited period: Friday 1st February ー Thursday 28th February
Opening hours: 11:30 ー 14:30
Price: Lunch course main 1: ￥2,800 (+ tax and service charge) main 2: ￥3,800 (+tax and service charge)
Reservations: 03-3443-3105 (Weekdays: 10:30 ー 22:00 ／Weekends/ national holidays: 09:00 ー 22:00)
Hanami 2019: Cruise Down Meguro & Sumida River With a Glass of Rosé This Cherry Blossom Season
10.February.2019 | SPOT
SPICE SERVE, which manages the rental cruising service Anniversary Cruise, opened its Meguro River and Sumida River flower-viewing service yesterday in collaboration with Chandon wine. The service began in 2015 and has taken close to 3,000 people on cruises.
The Meguro River plan comes with all-you-can-drink Chandon. Enjoy a crisp and fruity glass of rosé as you make your way down the river to enjoy the cherry blossoms.
Attendees can enjoy a luxurious hanami cruise by climbing aboard a pontoon boat or the “Quest Gou,” a premium boat that’s like a floating lounge.
The Sumida River cruise comes with a special hanami bento prepared by TORA DELI, a popular restaurant that opened in Toranomon last year. If you order the Sweets Plan you can also enjoy a series of delicious sweets made by the patisserie SAKURA. These were serve last year and were a huge hit with cruisers.
Take your special someone on a romantic hanami boat ride this year down two of Japan’s most famous cherry blossom rivers.
Meguro River Cruise
Sumida River Cruise
Cherry Blossom Festival 2019 Taking Place in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi, Yaesu & Kyobashi Areas
27.January.2019 | SPOT
Sakura Festival 2019 is set to celebrate cherry blossoms in a variety of exciting ways around the Nihonbashi region of Tokyo from March 15 to April 7.
Nihonbashi has been home to many famous cherry blossom sites since long ago including Edo Sakura-dori and Hamachomidorido. This year marks the 6th run of the festival which will allow people to experience the cherry blossom season from numerous angles such as through digital art and with cherry blossom inspired food.
America’s Tree of Ténéré Digital Art Comes to Nihonbashi
The creative team behind the Tree of Ténéré digital art at the annual Burning Man festival held in Nevada, US is collaborating with the Sakura Festival to bring the piece to Nihonbashi. Dubbed ‘The Tree of Light,’ the 8 meter tall tree will be lit up with 100,000 LED lights decorated on each leaf which react to people, sounds and the wind.
The Tree of Light – Sakura Lights
Running: March 15, 2019 – April 7, 2019
Light-Up Time: 17:00-20:00
Location: Fukutoku no Mori
Interactive Cherry Blossom Carpet
The Sakura Carpet is a collaboration between the Nihonbashi district and nihonbashi β, a team of young creators. This 16 meter long ‘carpet’ will run along Naka-dori Street which leads to Fukutoku Shrine and will light up with visuals and play music as people walk along it. Together with around 100 cherry blossom lamps the entire street will transform into a world of pink. More illuminations will take place around the area including at Mitsui Honkan, Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi Main Building, Mitsui Tower and elsewhere.
Date: March 15, 2019 – April 7, 2019
Illumination Time: 17:00-20:00
Location: Naka-dori Street
Date: March 15, 2019 – April 7, 2019
*Illumination times will vary at each facility.
Locations: Edo Sakura-dori, COREDO Muromachi 1-3, Tokyo Station Yaesu Entrance Gran Roof, Tokyo Tatemono Nihonbashi Building, Mitsui Tower, Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi Main Building, Mitsui Honkan, YUITO, and elsewhere
Cherry Blossom Inspired Cuisine
Nihonbashi Sakura Menu Walk encompasses 190 restaurants in the Nihonbashi, Yaesu and Kyobashi areas which will serve cherry blossom inspired food, desserts and merchandise. Cherry blossom stalls will also appear around Fukutoku Shrine on March 30 and 31 which will bring together Nihonbahsi’s hotels, facilities and old restaurants together for 2 days of special limited time food.
Nihonbashi Sakura Menu Walk
Date: March 15, 2019 – April 7, 2019
*Serving times will differ at each restaurant
Locations: Restaurants in the Nihonbashi, Yaesu and Kyobashi areas
Nihonbashi Sakura Stalls
Date: March 30 and 31
Location: Around Fukutoku Shrine (Naka-dori, Ukiyo Shoji)
Enjoy the cherry blossoms in Japan this spring with lots of exciting events and food.
Cherry Blossoms & Hanami to Hit Tokyo Midtown For ‘MIDTOWN BLOSSOM 2019’
25.January.2019 | SPOT
Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi is beckoning the spring once again this year with MIDTOWN BLOSSOM 2019 which is set to run from March 15 to April 14.
This will be the 12th time this event has taken place which is held to celebrate springtime. The annual event brings in many people every year to one of Tokyo’s many famous cherry blossom sites. Much is planned for this year’s event as the 200 meter long street Sakura-dori will be decked out with outdoor lounges and illuminated cherry blossom trees. The spring vibe will be felt both indoors and outdoors too with a range of beautiful decorations.
The 200 meter row of cherry blossom trees line the garden area of Tokyo Midtown. In the daytime their pink hues can be looked at from down below inside the building while at night the trees will be lit up, calling you to stand and gaze from underneath them.
Cherry Blossom Light-Up
The illuminations will take place during the full bloom of the cherry blossoms. Before the full bloom however pink coloured lights can be enjoyed earlier during the evening for people to get a feel of what’s to come when the blossoms bloom. When they do come out, the lights will switch to white to create a magical scene. The row of trees can even be enjoyed from some of the restaurants in Tokyo Midtown, so why not enjoy a romantic dinner while gazing down at Japan’s cherry blossoms?
Location: Tokyo Midtown Garden along Sakura-dori
Running: March 15, 2019 – April 14, 2019
Chandon Blossom Lounge
Enjoy luxurious and sophisticated service carried out by the staff at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo with the Blossom Lounge. This experience is taking place once again in collaboration the premium sparkling wine brand Chandon. A special menu has also been prepared exclusively for MIDTOWN BLOSSOM. The fantastic food and striking desserts were chosen by The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo’s Chef de Cuisine William Khala. Enjoy a glass of rosé in the outdoor lounges or warm yourself in the Chandon Suite, the popular tent area returning from last year.
Location: Tokyo Midtown Garden area along Sakura-dori
Running: March 15, 2019 – April 14, 2019 (*Will close during bad weather)
Time: 12:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
*Open until 21:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and during the full bloom of the cherry blossoms. Last Orders: 20:30.
Spring Flower Display
There are still cold days leftover during this season and so a vivid display of flower art is being prepared to ring in the springtime warmth. Enjoy a range of striking artwork inside the warm building with pieces also by the past winner of the Flower Art Awards.
Location: Galleria Floor 1F, Tree Shower, Tokyo Midtown
Running: March 15, 2019 – April 14, 2019
Basks in the sights of the nighttime cherry blossoms as the spring sunshine dims and turns to evening.
MIDTOWN BLOSSOM 2019
Running: March 15, 2019 – April 14, 2019
Location: 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Directly connected to Exit 8 at Roppongi Station via the Toei Oedo Line.
Directly connected to Roppongi Station via the Hibiya Line.
3-minutes on foot from Exit 3 of Nogizaka Station via the Chiyoda Line.
10-minutes on foot from Exit 1 of Roppongi-itchōme Station via the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line.
Kyoto Botanical Garden’s Cherry Blossom Illumination Event Begins March 25
23.January.2019 | SPOT
Kyoto Botanical Garden’s Sakura Light-Up 2019 will run from March 25 to April 7 followed by the Sakura Sanpo cherry blossom strolling event from April 19 to 21.
Located by the Kamo River, Kyoto Botanical Garden is a large botanical garden and conservatory home to countless valuable plants that can’t been seen anywhere else. They currently have close to 200 species of plants. General guests are allowed to see 140 of these.
The garden boasts a long cherry blossom season. In many famous cherry blossom spots in Japan the Yoshino cherry trees bloom for one week at the beginning of April, but at Kyoto Botanical Garden they sprout early in mid-March and stay until the end of April.
Old Yoshino Cherry Tree
Period: Early April
The garden houses an old Yoshino cherry that was planted in 1961 during the Showa era. Gazing upon its beautiful old trunk that sprouts new branches evokes the history of the garden.
Turmeric has a recorded history in Japan since the middle of the Edo period where it has gone by many names such as kizakura (yellow cherry blossom), koganezakura (golden cherry blossom) and asagizakura (light yellow cherry blossom).
Ninna-ji Temple in Ukyō, Kyoto is home to both single and double-flowered omurozakura cherry blossom trees. Amongst these is the ‘half-flowered’ cherry tree called omuroariake. It’s a ancient variety of cherry blossom in Kyoto that has been around since the Edo Period.
Nakai, a gardener at Kyoto Botanical Garden who watches over the cherry blossoms, comments: “Cherry trees respond to you just by touching them. They bloom beautifully when you do things like improve the soil. So that people can see them at numerous periods of time, we extend the opening hours of the garden during the cherry blossom season and are open in the evening and at night. We’re still have work to do but we are aiming to become a garden that plants and preserves many different species. We’re a little-known good place where you can enjoy cherry blossoms you can’t at over well-known places.”
Enjoy hanami this year in Japan through March and April at Kyoto Botanical Garden.
Kyoto Botanical Garden
Address: Shimogamo Hangicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
Price: General ¥200 / High School Students ¥150 / Junior High School Students and below – Free / 70+ Years and Disabled – Free
Sakura Light-Up 2019
Running: March 25, 2019 – April 7, 201
Time: After Sunset (Around 6:30PM) to 9:00PM (Last Entries: 8:00PM)
Price: The price of entry only
*The park hours are extended from the usual 5:00PM closing time to 9:00PM
2019/4/19 @ 1:00PM-1:45PM
2019/4/20 @ 1:00PM-1:45PM, 5:00PM-5:45PM
2019/4/21 @ 5:00PM-5:45PM
Price: The price of entry only
*Due to opening hour extensions form April 8 to May 19 the usual 5:00PM closure time will extend to 6:30PM (Last Entries: 6:00PM)
*Those wishing to participate at either 1:00PM or 5:00PM must meet in front of the Shokubutsuen Kaikan.
Laundrin’s Sakura Cherry Blossom Fabric Softener Makes International Debut
10.January.2019 | FASHION
Premium fabric softener brand Laundrin’ will released their new Sakura Cherry Blossom 2019 scented softener and fabric refresher on February 1 in Japan, the US, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Katy Perry appeared in an advertising promo for the brand’s products. Its Classic Floral fabric softener has ranked No. 1 in Japan two years in a row.
Cherry blossoms are a symbol of Japan and are loved by people around the world. The flower is also becoming popular as a fragrance both inside and outside Japan. The softener combines Japan’s close-knit image of cherry blossoms with Laundrin’s refined skills to create an all new scent that captures the plump and refreshing smell of cherry blossoms when they have fallen and when the wind picks up their fragrance. It’s a sweet and sour mix of fresh peaches as the top note and cherry blossoms and cherries as the middle note.
Laundrin’ Fabric Softener Sakura Cherry Blossom 600ml
Price: ¥665 (480ml) / Refill Bottle: ¥474
The softener uses extracts of carefully selected organically farmed plants. Not only is it antibacterial, it combats unwanted smells from germs that accumulate from static electricity and pollen when hanging up washing inside rooms. It also reduces static electricity and protects against dust and pollen. It can be used with children’s clothing. It makes clothes soft so they don’t cause uncomfortable friction on the skin.
Laundrin’ Fabric Refresher Sakura Cherry Blossom 2019 (370ml): ¥474
Whether you have visitors coming or you’re heading out, this fabric mist adds fragrance, eliminates bacteria and deodorises fabrics from curtains to sofas, rugs, beds, coats, shoes, bags and so on. It eliminates unwanted odours like tobacco, food and pet smell while killing germs. It is made with organic extract and is an officially recognised organic product.
Try both the softener and refresher for yourself and add the sweet smell of Japan into your daily life.
Laundrin’ Official Website: http://www.laundrin.jp
Maru the Shiba Inu Special Fair to be Held at Shibuya LOFT
07.September.2018 | Uncategorized
Lifestyle department store Shibuya LOFT is holding a special fair for the internet celebrity shiba inu Maru. The event will run from September 6 to 24.
Maru has over 2.5 million followers on Instagram. His calendar that is released every year is so popular it never fails to sell out.
In Store Only: Shiba Inu Maru 2019 Calendar & Shibara Statue Set – ¥8,424 (Tax Included) *20 available (First-Come, First-Served)
Online Only: Shiba Inu Maru 2019 Calendar & Shibara Puppy Statue Set – ¥9,180 (Tax Included) *Available on LOFT’s website only
In addition to the Maru merchandise available at the fair, there are also exclusive items made in collaboration with Konatsu’s character Shibara. These items come in two sets including a 2019 calendar, ball pen and acrylic diorama. The sets will go on sale on September 8 from 10:00am (JST) and will ship at the end of October.
Shiba Inu Maru Smartphone Ring – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)
Shiba Inu Maru Original Notebook w/ Magnet – ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
There are around 100 lifestyle items to choose from featuring popular photos of Maru as well as original illustrations. Show your support for the pup by picking something up while in Shibuya!
Missed out on this year’s cherry blossom viewing? Come to “Cherry Blossom Viewing Bar ESOLA Shibuya
A wine bar where you can view cherry blossoms named “Ohanami (cherry blossom viewing) bar ESOLA Shibuya” will hold “Sakura (cherry blossom) Candle Night” for those of who missed out on the chance to view this year’s cherry blossoms.
The Italian bar that offers a world’s wine buffet, “ESOLA Shibuya” has now opened “Ohanami Bar ESOLA Shibuya,”a bar where you can view cherry blossoms (from the 1st of March to the 30th of April).
This year, the cherry blossoms bloomed earlier than usual, therefore the bar is now holding “Sakura Candle Night” where the customers can enjoy a magical spring night. The tables are lit up with candles.
About 3,000 cherry blossoms decorate the bar and wine glasses and chandeliers are also lit up along with candles.
“Eatable cherry blossom petals” will be served in their popular buffet where you can enjoy wines gathered from all over the world so that customers can make their original and cute “cherry blossom wine.” The buffet does not have any time-limitation.
They are also planning to sell the menu items related to cherry blossoms named “Haruiro (spring-colored) Butter no Kiwami Stake.”
“Sakura Candle Night” is an event which is recommended for those of who missed out on the chance to view this year’s cherry blossoms or for those who want to hold a women’s night out party.
Cherry Blossom Flavoured Shaved Ice Released at Kakigori Atelier Sekka in Sugamo
09.April.2018 | FOOD
Kakigori Atelier Sekka is a shaved ice shop in Sugamo ― a neighbourhood in Toshima, Tokyo ― that has been using natural ice from Mount Fuji since this year. The shop is now selling limited edition cherry blossom flavoured shaved ice for spring only.
The shaved ice has no-bake cheesecake syrup poured all over it and the inside is filled with cherry blossom flavoured condensed milk. It is topped with cherry blossom petals and cherry blossom fromage blanc.
The shop is also selling their Ichigo Mamire strawberry shaved ice again which is a hit every year. This popular flavour is stuffed with so many strawberries you won’t know if you’re eating strawberries or shaved ice. Be sure to check this one out too.
If you’re in Tokyo, then make sure to stop by Kakigori Atelier Sekka this spring and cool yourself off with one of their limited seasonal flavours.