Professional Sumo Wrestlers Team Up With Aoyama Gakuin to Bring Sumo to Aoyama!
27.February.2018 | SPOT
Shibuya-Aoyama Gakuin Basho are set to hold Oosumo de Sekai to Tsunagaru Mirai e Tsunagu on 8 August 2018. The event aims to connect the world through professional sumo wrestling for the future.
The event will be held in the Aoyama area of Shibuya, known as the hub for cutting-edge culture, art and information. Numerous plans are being schemed so that people who have never seen a sumo match before can easily enjoy one.
Tickets go on sale from 10:00am on June 20th. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly, so be sure to mark the date on your calendar to get yours early!
Aladdin Inspired Afternoon Tea Wishes Its Way to VINO BUONO in Omotesando
The Omotesando branch of VINO BUONO is now selling a special Aladdin-themed afternoon tea until September 1.
This luxurious tea set comes with a mix of light savoury food and desserts. But the savoury side of it isn’t your conventional assortment, instead coming with four different selections including tandoori chicken pitta bread sandwiches, a couscous and seafood salad, and more.
The scones contain sweet and fragrant rosemary honey which fill are sure to tickle your fancy.
The Pistachio Macarons and Arabian Night Blanc-Manger are glazed in a beautiful blue colour reminiscent of the world of Aladdin. And don’t forgot the cute Magic Lamp Cookie with its blue centre―it’s almost too good to eat!
Other delights include the Mango & Flower Verrine, Pyramid Mousse, and gorgeous tea that looks like it has had a spell cast on it.
Take your special someone to VINO BUONO this summer and show them the world with this limited-time Aladdin afternoon tea.
Address: Portofino Floor 2F, 3-15-5, Kita-Aoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: Weekdays 11:30-17:00 (Last Entries/Orders 15:00) / Weekends & Holidays 14:00-17:00 (Last Entries 15:00 / Orders 15:30)
*2 hours allotted
Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays
Official Website: https://www.bestbridal.co.jp/restaurant/vino-buono/
Special Afternoon Tea
Running: Now Until September 1, 2019
Price: ¥3,360 (Tax & Service Charge Included)
Sumo, Sake & Other Events to Celebrate Ryogoku Edo Noren’s 2nd Anniversary
21.November.2018 | SPOT
Ryogoku Edo Noren will have been open for 2 years on November 25, 2018. To celebrate, the restaurant and shopping complex will host a series of events over the course of three days.
The establishment is a restoration of the former Ryogoku Station building that was built in 1929. It was renovated and re-opened in November 2016 as a place for people to enjoy Edo-style cuisine.
To celebrate turning two-years-old, a range of events will take place at Noren from November 23 to 25 including sumo performances, as well as special discounts on the best sake at each restaurant inside. Select restaurants are also holding an all-you-can-drink service.
Join the celebrations and enjoy Edo culture at Ryogoku Edo Noren.
Ryogoku Edo Noren
Address: 1-3-20 Yokoami, Sumida Ward, Tokyo (directly connected to JR Ryogoku Station’s west exit)
Opening Hours: 10:00-23:30 (business hours differ at each shop/restaurant)
Official Website: http://www.jrtk.jp/edonoren/
Healthy hamburger chain Jiyugaoka Burger opened its third branch in Aoyama on June 6.
The restaurant’s belief is that safe food that’s healthy for your body equals in a delicious meal. All of their burgers are handmade one by one. They make their own original patties and buns and strive to use as many fresh and organic domestic products as they can. The burgers shine through in their flavour which makes full use of the ingredients used.
Their original patties are handmade every morning out of 3 parts each with different coarseness. They ride on the strength of each part, and by altering the roughness, create a patty with a chewy texture that locks in the flavour of the meat and juice.
They are particular about their buns too. They have a winning texture that is irresistible even when you’re eating it with meat and veg between one. The restaurant uses no eggs or dairy products*, so those with allergies can rest assured you’ll be safe.
*The buns are made in a factory where there is bread made with eggs and dairy products.
The company is very much focused on the producing area of its vegetables and their quality. They used thick sliced sweet onions grown by Awaji Island producer Narui. Their organic potatoes are from Hokkaido Niseko Farm and are cooked with the skin on.
The new Aoyama branch of Jiyugaoka Burger has a white woodwork interior and the ceilings are high giving it a sense of space and comfort. There’s a large table in the middle which accommodates up to 12 people and can be used alone or for parties at night. There’s also 4-person tables for groups or business meetings. There’s also terrace seats that looks out onto Gaien-Nishi Dori, also known as Platinum Street.
Check out their healthy hamburgers for yourself!
Vogue Fashion’S Night Out 2018 to Take Place in Tokyo, Kobe, Nagoya & Osaka
Hosting this year’s night out is Tokyo on September 15, Kobe on September 22, Nagoya on October 27, and Osaka on November 17 and 18.
The event began in Japan in the same year and grew rapidly across the country. This year marks its 10th run.
The 10th annual FNO will return to its origins of spreading the joy and depth that fashion brings to people and share the enjoyment of shopping.
Special guests will be invited again this year to host ceremonies, and in addition to plans in store from various shops, there will also be charity projects in place once more.
Comment from Mitsuko Watanabe, Vogue Japan Editor-in-Chief
“FNO is shows liveliness year by year and has become an annual event. This memorable 10th year will take place in four cities, the biggest scale in FNO history. From the bottom of my heart I’m looking forward to getting to meet people in each of these places in Japan.”
FNO is a must-see for fashionistas. Get involved and come face to face with the world’s cutting edge styles!
Aoyama Flower Market Celebrates Opening of London Branch with ‘Flower Afternoon Tea’
Aoyama Flower Market Tea House operates as a café that lets you breathe in the seasons by promoting the fundamental principle of a lifestyle surrounded by flowers and greenery.
To celebrate the opening of the London branch of the café, Aoyama Flower Market Selfridges, the main branch in South Aoyama will serve a ‘flower afternoon tea.’
Aoyama Flower Market Selfridges is the first shop by Aoyama Flower Market to open in the UK, and the second to open overseas, following their store in Rue du Bac, Paris. They sell a mix of different item, including wicket baskets, mizuhiki (a type of decorative cord), pottery, not to mention lifestyle bouquets, a popular product in Japan.
The flower afternoon tea will run from April 23 to May 31. After enjoying mini sandwiches or scones you can tuck into ‘Flower French Toast,’ ‘Rose Jelly’ made with damask rose scent and extract which has a beautifying effect, and more.
There are also over 15 drinks to choose from, including fresh herbal tea made using a blend of 5 difference organically harvested herbs, flower tea, seasonal flavoured tea, and more.
Enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea menu over at Aoyama Flower Market Tea House!
Tokyo Stroll: Shopping & Sightseeing with Mozuku-kun the Dog #3 – Café Kitsuné, Minamiaoyama
In this featured series, dog lover and model Yuna Yabe heads out with her trusty partner Mozuku to visit hot spots that people and their dogs enjoy, while deepening her bond with him. In this article, the two of them stopped by Café Kitsuné during a morning stroll which is a coffee shop developed by French fashion brand Maison Kitsuné.
The time is 9am. Mozuku has a spring in his step as he walks the streets of Omotesando. The two companions cross the pedestrian crossing at Omotesando Crossing and gaze at the show windows of the high fashion brands. After walking a little, they arrive at Café Kitsuné.
The entrance to Café Kitsuné has a traditional Japanese vibe to it, fenced in with bamboo. The café is designed as a Japanese teahouse from the perspective of a French person.
The ceilings are low. Do you know why? It’s a bit off topic, but if you don’t have a low posture in a Japanese tearoom you can’t enter. There’s a reason for this. It’s because when entering a tearoom, everyone is expected to be equal.
When you enter Café Kitsuné, there’s not much distance between people – you are close to them. That sense of relief might be the reason.
The wallpaper has an arrow feather design known as yagasuri and a water design called seigaiha. Although it has a French pop feel to it, it’s relaxing, perhaps due to the traditional Japanese base décor.
You can also purchase souvenirs at the café, including original mugs and stationery. Is that a dog ear on the side of the mug?! … No, it’s a fox ear.
The barista was working quietly but nimbly at the sheet copper counter.
A vase was placed in the middle of the table. The flowers were arranged by the café staff and breathe seasonal life into the Japanese space.
The menu includes things like French toast, a ham and cheese sandwich, pound cake and so on, all of which go perfect with coffee.
The espresso machine is a Marzocco Linea. It’s a big machine with three portafilters. The taste of coffee changes depending on the day’s temperature and level of humidity. To tackle that, the barista changes the quantity of beans each day to maintain the same taste of the coffee.
To convert the coffee into Maison Kitsuné’s “New Classic” fashion theme, the espresso doesn’t have that common acidic flavour to it. Instead, it’s made with a classic taste and fragrance, making it stand out from the rest. The original blend coffee beans also has just a sweet touch of citrus fruits.
Yuna-chan ordered the iced latte (¥560). The sweetness of the coffee together with the milk was balanced perfectly. It had a mellow taste.
Dogs are allowed from the entrance all the way to the terrace. Here, Yuna popped Mozuku on her lap and enjoyed a short coffee break.
Mozuku climbed onto a terrace seat and stared at Yuna-chan sipping her iced latte. She had an expression on her face like she was immersed in the stylish, grown-up café.
This is the proper way to use an elegant café when taking a walk in the city. Enjoying stopping by a café with early summer budding before your eyes in the early morning with your dog is a wonderful thing. Yuna-chan, with her coffee in hand and Mozuku by her side walking the streets of Omotesando, looked like a polished, sophisticated Tokyo girl.
‘Let’s go out again, Mozuku!’
Showa Music Event for Foreigners & Young People to Take Place in Aoyama
KAYO & J-POP Encyclopedia is a music event hosted by Japanese and non-Japanese DJs set to take place in Aoyama on March 31. Two American DJs will perform at this 300-person capacity event. People from countries all around the world are expected to be there, like those from overseas on their way back from hanami.
In this current time where people are trying to end the Heisei Period, vinyl records are popular not only in Japan but are also having a boom across the world too. Take part in and enjoy this Showa music event where young Japanese people and overseas visitors will gather.
The kimono brand “Furifu” will hold a party! New yukatas of 2018 will be debuted
11.March.2018 | FASHION
“Furifu to Kimono de Utage,” a party where new yukatas of the kimono brand “Furifu” will be displayed, will be held at @Light Box Studio Aoyama on the 17th of March 2018 Sun.
As a special guest of this party the world-famous fashion designer, YOKO FUCHIGAMI who has been featured in Creators File, will hold a fashion-check-event.
The concept of “Furifu no Yukata 2018” is “Kikagakuteki Nihon Mukashibanashi.” Exciting collections of Furifu’s retro-feeling/pop yukatas can be enjoyed.
Alos, cute and colorful accessories of “frou frou de sucre” and “Lemon noire Lemon” will be sold too!
For the party food, the full-fledged popular bistro in Yoyogi Uehara, “CINQUANTE CINQ” will be offering a party menu.
Let’s enjoy this pop and happy fashion event produced by Furifu.
Heart-shaped burger is available at the“Mini Hamburger Senmonten (specialized store) Coeur” in Aoyama
27.January.2018 | FOOD
A new menu item called,“Photogenic Set” was released from “Mini Hamburger Senmonten Couer” which is gaining much popularity among young women for its cuteness.
“Photogenic Set” is a set menu which makes you want to upload a photo of it onto your SNS. Selectable mini hamburgers (two pieces) and a dessert burger with cream and fruit will come with the set.
In addition, the buns of the dessert burger are heart-shaped so as to boost the atmosphere of Valentine’s Day. I am sure that your love will come true by eating this menu item!
The second stage of the photo contest will be held in accordance with the releasement of the new menu. You will get a chance to get a gorgeous gift by uploading the photos of this new menu item onto your Instagram.
Let’s enjoy their cute hamburgers!
Artists gathering attention in Japan and abroad will gather in Aoyama
25.January.2018 | MUSIC
Colorpointe is a ballet entertainment unit which has been creating new forms of entertainment shows which are described to be “watchable music.”
On the 24th of February, they will hold a music festival at the live house in Aoyama, Tokyo featuring many artists from all over the world.
The performers are as follows.
The holder of the event, “Colorpinte,”is a new type of ballet entertainment unit which has been performing in many big events overseas since 2016 and succeeded the one-man live held at Shibuya WWW.
“ichika” is known as a maestro guitar player. His unique technique of playing guitar has been influencing listeners around the world and is popular among music lovers both in Japan and abroad.
The strong artist “Kokushoku Sumire” is a unit which works in Europe and the U.S., not just in Japan. They are known as an “neo classic unit” which mixes Japanese songs and the elements of Taisho Roman culture with classical music and chanson of France.
Also, a doll suit artist, “Hashimoto Lulu” who is covered in various TV programs, fashion events and foreign countries’ news sites will appear in the event.
“Gekka no Maho Ongakukai” is a gorgeous event where many fans from abroad participate.
“Tsukimiru Kimi Omou” is a venue where a photo of a big moon will be projected on the center of the stage.
Let’s visit the event where you can enjoy the performance of the special performers from a close distance.
Don’t miss this chance to meet with ex-sumo wrestlers! -Ryogoku- Edo NOREN’s events
31.December.2017 | SPOT
Various kinds of New Year’s events which all generations can enjoy will be held at -Ryogoku- Edo NOREN which was created under the concept of “enjoying stylish food cultures of the Edo Period.”
During the first season of the grand sumo tournament, a routine event where poems regarding sumo will be presented. The events are gaining much popularity among many people. Also, limited menu items using special ingredients produced in Kagoshima Prefecture will be held in accordance with the first season of the tournament.
The venue will offer nihonsyu (sake) sold at “Tokyo Shoten” for free as a celebrative event of New Year’s Day.
Date: 01,03 (Wed.) from 12:00 (the amount of nihonsyu is limited)
Customers who have a receipt of a product they bought on the same day (older than 20 years old) can participate in the event.
Rice cake-making event with ex-sumo wrestlers!
Mochi（rice cake） is a food which has been loved by Japanese people since the Edo Period and many people still participate in mochitsuki events. The mochitsuki event which will be held at -Ryogoku- Edo NOREN will invite ex-sumo wrestlers to participate! Performances by experts in mochitsuki can also be enjoyed.
Date: 01,06 (Sat.) from 14:00
※mochi will be handed out after the event is finished
Customers who have receipts of products bought on the same day (older than 20 years old) can participate in the event.
Ex-sumo wrestlers will show you some sumo performances!
Ex-sumo wrestlers will explain some techniques including forbidden techniques. After the explanation is finish, you can fight with them or take some photos with them. Both adults and children can enjoy the event!
Date: 01,06 (Sat.), 21 (Sun.) from 16:00
Delicious food from Kagoshima Prefecture will be offered!
2018 is the 150 anniversary-year of the Meiji Ishin (Meiji period revolution). “Shokuno Miyako Kagoshima Fair” offering original menu items using lots of ingredients produced in Kagoshima Prefecture will be held at -Ryogoku- Edo NOREN. The theme of the fair is “black.” They will offer dishes using ingredients related to the color black, such as black pork, black Satsuma chicken and kanpachi (greater amberjack), black vinegar and black koji shochu.
Date: 01,14 to (Sun.) to 02,11 (Sun.)
Let’s experience the culture of the Edo Period during the New Year’s holidays.
Flying sumo wrestler? The video of indoor skydiving at Koshitani Lake Town was released.
14.December.2017 | SPOT
FlyStation is an indoor sky diving facility which was built in April of 2017 in Japan. The attraction can fulfill everybody’s dream of flying the sky.
The great gusts of wind produced in a wind tunnel allows the sky diver to float in the air, a truly amazing experience. This indoor skydiving which persons older than four years old can enjoy is a new generation entertainment which about 60 million people mainly in Europe and the U.S. are enjoying.
At the base of this attraction there is a trampoline-like net for those of you who are not familiar with this kind of attraction so you can enjoy the flight with no worries. Of course, the attraction is safe to use.
The WEB movie shows the beauty and amusement of indoor sky diving where a wind speed of up to 360 ㎞ can be experienced.
「Love Flying? / Heiwa (Peace)」version
The “Heiwa” version represents the amusement of flying in the sky at the speed of 360km with the flight of a sumo wrestler. The video does not use any CG. Take a look at the wrestler’s body, watch his skin dance in this wind.
「Love Flying? / Seimei (life being)」version
The instructors of FlyStation appear on this video. Let’s enjoy their brilliant and artistic flight and in the“mystery of life beings.”
「Love Flying? / Fuatsu (windpressure)」version
In this version, the furious wind created by a special device called a Wind Tunnel is represented. You will be surprised with the latest technologies used in this device which enables the making of a 360km wind.
Let’s check the epic scale of indoor sky diving with these WEB movies.