5 Fashionable Second-Hand Clothing Stores in Ueno
Ueno is home to many famous tourist spots including Ueno Zoo and the Ameya-Yokochō open-air market. But did you know that Ueno also has a lot of second hand clothing stores?
Let’s take a look at some of the stylish shops dotted around Ueno Station.
This boutique carries a wide selection of fashionable vintage clothes. The shop’s key colour scheme in the building interior is white which provides a background against the variety of colourful fashionable items in stock. They sell men’s and women’s clothing making it a place absolutely worth checking out.
In addition to second-hand clothing, this store is lined with a range of vintage items too. It can be found on the way to Ameya-Yokochō, an open-air market and a famous tourist spot of Ueno, so you can stop by en route.
Hareru Thrift Store
The bargains here are incredible. You can pick up clothes super cheap from ￥500 to ￥1000! The items there have also been praised for their good condition. You might be able to find a gem among the rubble.
WEGO is a casual shop popular with people of all ages that stocks stylish, modish items. If you’re interested in fashion then this popular store is a must-visit.
This America-inspired store sells sundries imported from the US as well as clothes. It has a nostalgic feel to it while still feeling fresh and new. The array of items sold here will get you excited.
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Art museums and souvenir shops! Six recommended sightseeing spots in Ueno
Ueno has Tokyo’s first art museum, museum and zoo and is a suitable place to visit for those of you who are interested in the history of Tokyo’s downtown.
The Ueno Royal Museum
“The Ueno Royal Museum” does not have a permanent exhibition but rather holds rotating exhibitions such as the “Ueno no Mori Museum Taishoten (exhibition of award-winning works)” and “Nihon no Shizen wo Egaku Ten (exhibition of paintings of nature)” on a regular basis. An original letter paper with the illustration of the Takamori Saigo’s statue is sold at the museum shop since the statue is located near the museum.
National Museum of Science and Nature
“National Museum of Science and Nature” is a museum where you can learn about the evolution of human-kind, various animals/plants and the development of science technology. It is the only conclusive science/nature museum in Japan which has more than 4.52 million items. The skeletal preparations of Futabasaurus suzukii and T-Rex and the stuffed specimen of animals including threatened species have a tremendous impact.
TOKYO METROPOLITAN MUSEUM
TOKYO METROPOLITAN MUSEUM is the first public museum in Japan which was established on 1926. In addition to large exhibitions where you can observe quality works from both home and abroad, they hold various rotating exhibitions and public invitation exhibitions. You can also enjoy eating/drinking in the restaurants inside the museum. Both western-style restaurants and Japanese-style restaurants where you can eat soba (buckwheat noodles) and donburis are available.
【Tokyo Stroll】The cafe you that you want to visit to see someone #3 “Galant” —a retro café in Ueno
“It’s a mysterious café vacuum sealed with an energy that feels like it’s the time of the Japanese economic miracle”
We’re at the third installment of this series where we take a stroll to old-fashioned cafes filled with a sense of nostalgia.
I, Ema Tanioka, will be introducing to you another retro café that I am in love with. Today, we go to “Galant” in Ueno, a town where the Showa mood still lingers.
Galant has continued to be loved by many people since it opened its doors back in 1977. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the popular café. “Galant” sounds a little space-y, don’t you think? It’s a little different from the norm. When I enquired to the staff about the origin of the café’s name, they told me that it comes from the Mitsubishi Galant as the owner is a fan of cars. To think that a car’s name became the name of a café! But it has a ring to it and is easy to remember, so it might actually be a huge success.
Anyway, without further ado, let’s make our way there!
Galant is on the 2nd floor of this building. As you head up the stairs, it no longer felt like I was in the real world. A completely different world opened before me. Because of the entrance’s chic brickwork, I was surprised by the dazzling lights floating inside.
Here too! There was so much sparkle.
The first thing to peak my interest was the uniform the staff were wearing. So cute… You don’t see that red & yellow combination much these days. It helped amplify that retro mood of the café even more.
The male staff wore red & black! Black was the base colour and had that well defined, guy-like feel to it. Together with the checkered vests, it completed that retro look. It was wonderful. The café was also playing popular Showa era songs. I really felt like I had stepped back in time.
And then… and then! The menu arrived!
The most popular item on the menu is the chocolate parfait (￥900 tax incl.). It was absolutely stuffed with cream all the way to the middle. For people who love sweet things this is an irresistible delight. By the way, I must ask, what do you do when it comes to the cherry on top of the parfait? The truth is, I absolutely love parfaits, but I’m really not into the cherry – I usually leave it until the end. Even though it looks so cute on the parfait…
Another item is the cream soda (￥750 tax incl.). When going to a café, you just have to get a cream soda!! It’s because you don’t see them around much besides at cafes and family restaurants, so I’m the person that ends up ordering one unintentionally when if I see it on the menu.
There’s a nice fat serving of ice cream in there. It’s a drink you can enjoy that has the aesthetic of a dessert. The melon soda is crystal clear like a precious gem. The best part about cream soda is how the ice cream slowly melts into the drink. It’s pretty fun to watch!
Galant is the kind of café where the more you get to know it, the more you start to love it. Its fans have been supporting it for many years, and even when I become a grandma in the future, I reckon it’ll still be bustling all the same.
【Tokyo Dinner】The unique “new-drinking place” is becoming popular! Ueno Okachimachi’s bar ” Yang-Shan Aji –bo ” serving delicious Lamb meat
Although there are varieties of pubs and bars in the world, the Japanese gastropub has a very different atmosphere. Some bars in Asakusa or Ueno open from the morning, and recently you can spot foreign tourists in there sometimes. One of the good things about these types of bars is you can stop by there freely without making reservations like other restaurants. Although it is great to drink in the traditional Japanese pub and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere, the unique new types of bars has been becoming popular these days. Young people are fond of their casual yet unique atmosphere.
The bar called “Yang-Shan Aji-bo” which opened last year in Ueno-Okachimachi which is known as the bar sanctuary is one of the bars that you can casually enjoy drinking at lunch time.
As the same bar keeper who is from North East China of the one in Kanda called “Aji-bo” which serves natural wines, they proudly serve lamb meat or appetizers that go with wine or noodles.
lamb skewers(1080yen include tax)
You should order the lamb skewers(1080yen include tax) that is cooked with many parts of lamb to begin with. They have five different kinds of skewers including lamb shoulder and lamb neck, and that goes great with wine(540yen include tax). It is also fun to do bar hopping in two or three different bars around this area, but this place has good food, drinks and comfortable space so that you can’t help staying here for long hours.
Yang-Shan Aji –bo
Address:3-12-6 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Holiday：Open 7 days a week
Hours：Mon – Fri 7:30AM to 9:30PM , 11:30AM to 11:00PM(L.O)
Sat, Sun,Holidays: 13:00PM to 11:00PM(L.O)
【Tokyo Stroll】Strolling in Harajuku which has a lot of great vintage clothing stores that are loved by fashionistas.
Harajuku is the origin of kawaii culture which is broadly known all over the world nowadays. This city is also one of the most popular sightseeing spots that you can get any items from unique young fashion to trendy fashion. Today, I went to visit some places, mainly the vintage clothing stores that certainly have the latest Harajuku culture with Fashionista Yabe Yuna who is active in Japanese fashion magazines etc.
Starting from “Aloha Amigo”
“Aloha Amigo” is a new style mixed culture café and dining located in the commercial facility called “Six Harajuku Terrace.” Since this building located in back street of Cat Street, you can spend a relaxing time staying away from the hustle and bustle in this place.
First of all, I ordered “Amigo Taco Rice (994yen include tax）” and “Home-made lemonade. (518yen include tax）” This healthy taco rice has spicy taco meat and fresh vegetables on the top of ten-grain rice. It might look plenty, but even the girls can eat this up easily!
I took a picture with the friendly owner at last! All the staff are friendly, nice, and it has a great atmosphere. This place is really comfortable to me. You don’t have to hesitate to talk to them when you visited here.
The next one that we visited was “thrift-tokyo” where you can purchase a variety of generations’ fashion items and miscellaneous good for a reasonable price. It is also located in the back street of Cat Street. They carry a variety of merchandise from men’s to ladies’.
One of the features of this “thrift-tokyo” is that you can get great vintage clothing for a very cheap price. They often do the sales like “50% off buying more than 10 items” or “buy 2 get 1 free.”
Why don’t you find the good one like going treasure hunting?
5 recommended shops in Harajuku to buy trendy items!
Hello. My name is Shiota and I am the director of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center .
In this article, I will introduce to you some shops in Harajuku run by famous people such as models, Instagrammers and entertainers.
Why not get your very own Harajuku trendy items!
BATTY GARAGE BY AYMMYS
This is an apparel brand directed/designed by Ayumi Seto, a model.
It is a select shop created under the concept of ,“a select shop which was started by the concept characters of “Aymmy in the batty girls.”The characters are “Aymmy,” “Veronica” and “Cassarine”in the garage of Ammy’s house.
Many items bought by these three characters and clothes brought from their closets are sold.
This is a brand directed by a twin unit called AMIYA consisting of twin sisters who work as a models, singers and DJs.
Many fun, street-style clothes are sold and thus the brand is gathering much attention as a brand where you can buy unique items.
This is a brand created under the concept of “Good Girl or Bad Girl?” You might feel like you are looking inside a Western girl’s wardrobe since they sell unique items, simple items and used items.
Many staff working in this shop are also working as a model or Instagrammer so it might be a good idea to use their styles as a reference.
This is a brand directed/designed by Manami Hanashiro who has experience of working in “NADIA’s” (Harajuku) staff and designing “BUBBLES.” Her photos uploaded onto her Instagram is gathering much attention these days.
The shop which is gaining popularity nowadays sells vintage items for women that has a dark atmosphere.
This is a brand produced by the very popular model, Testuko Okuhira. Many girls are imitating her style and such girls are called a“Peco Girl.”
Make sure to check out information about this brand via her website and her SNS since the store is opened for a limited time offer and fixed holidays are undecided.
How did you like this article about purchasing trendy items in Harajuku?
Keep your eyes focused on these famous fashionable shops in Harajuku!
【Used clothes in Tokyo】 Sangenjaya ZIG which is open until 24:00
ZIG is located on Chazawa Street that connects Sangenjaya and Shimokitazawa/Higashikitazawa and it takes 7 minutes on foot from Sangenjaya Station to get to the shop. The interior of the shop is made of wood. The shop has a moody atmosphere like an old folk house.
The items for men are placed at the right side of the shop and items for women are placed at the left side. Small racks are installed in the center of the shop.
ZIG was opened in 2015. Mao Taniguchi, the owner of the shop selects the men’s items and his wife Mai selects the women’s items.
She comments on her selections: “I am particular about details, the design and the sizes of the clothes. You have to be a woman to find just the right item.”
Items with wide sleeves and tight waists, lace items which are firmly made, and jersey tops which look good to be coordinated with girly skirts… The selection is superb! I couldn’t meet with Mai but I thought she must be a person who has a good sense while looking at the clothes.
ZIG is a made-up word but they realized after that the word is an adjective meaning “drowsy.”
“The three of us working in this shop are kinda “drowsy” so I like this word.”
The shop is owned by the Taniguchi couple and Matsuo.
“I think the name of our shop is very catchy. ZIG. I like this name very much!”
Nighttime is a mysterious time that makes us feel free and innocent. The shop which is open until late night has items such as sexy dresses and oversized clothes for men. Let’s visit the shop and encounter their special clothes!
Dress 16,000 yen ＋ tax, belt 73,000 yen ＋ tax
Vintage tunic 23,000 yen ＋ tax
Tops 7,500 yen ＋ tax, Jacket 12,000 yen ＋ tax
Sanrio Gift’s New Shop in Ueno Welcomes Hello Kitty Panda Merchandise & More
Sanrio opened a new gift shop called Sanrio Gift Gate in Ueno on January 24, 2020. This is the 107th branch of the gift shop to open in Japan, following the openning of the Asakusa branch which opened in Asakusa last year. Aimed at tourists both Japanese and foreign, it sells merchandise of Sanrio’s popular cast of characters.
The souvenir shop features a range of Ueno exclusives, including a line-up of six popular Sanrio characters wearing panda outfits.
Plush Toys (6 Designs) – ¥2,200 Each / Small Plush Toys (6 Designs) – ¥1,760 Each
Who could resist one of these cute toys? The bigger ones at 16cm tall and the small ones 11cm. The line-up includes fan favourites Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, Kuromi, and Pochacco.
There’s also pop-up cards with a variety of designs, including one that opens up into Ameya-Yokochō open-air market, another that turns into Hello Kitty and a panda sat down, and more.
Edo-Tamagawaya x Hello Kitty Pink Tonkotsu Ramen – ¥390
Budoonoki Sanrio Character Baumkuchen – ¥594 Each (Hello Kitty/My Melody/Pompompurin/Cinnamoroll)
The Salt Industry Center of Japan x Hello Kitty Table Salt – ¥248
There’s also food and snacks amongst a whole range of other goodies, all perfect as gifts and souvenirs.
Be sure to stop by Sanrio Gift Plaza the next time you’re in Ueno.
ⓒ 1976, 1996, 2020 SANRIO CO.,LTD. TOKYO, JAPAN Original Text: SANRIO CO.,LTD.
*All listed prices include tax. Sold items receive stock turnovers.
Sanrio Gift Gate Ueno
Address: Plaza U Bldg. 1F, 4-8-6 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:00-20:00 (subject to change – please check website for latest info))
Other: Duty-Free/Payment possible with Alipay and WechatPay.
Shop Information: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/shop/sh8122100/
Giant 5-Meter Tall Dinosaur Panda Stomps Into Ueno Station
The Dinosaur Expo 2019 began at National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno, Tokyo on July 13, and in promotion of the exhibition, a thrilling dinosaur themed event is set to take place at the Atre Ueno shopping mall from August 1 to September 30.
Atre Ueno is located inside Ueno Station, and if you roll into the station right now you’d best be careful of the bipedal, carnivorously cute 5 meter high panda-saur. You’ll find it on display at the station’s Grand Concourse (it’s pretty hard to miss!)
You might be wondering why there’s a giant panda dressed as a fluffy dinosaur. The reason is that Ueno Zoo has its very own giant pandas which have become a symbol of the town. And the dinosaur our station panda is dressed as is the Deinocheirus, the main showpiece of The Dinosaur Expo.
In promotion of the museum’s exhibition, 19 restaurants and cafes at Atre Ueno are serving up their very own dinosaur-inspired meals―both meat for the carnivora and vegetarian for the herbivores―as well as desserts.
Head to Ueno this summer break for your fill of dino fun!
The Dino Expo 2019
Running: July 13, 2019 – October 14, 2019
Location: National Museum of Nature and Science
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Official Website: https://dino2019.jp/
Address: 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Shops 10:00-21:00 / Restaurants 11:00-22:30
*Select stores have different opening hours
Official Website: https://www.atre.co.jp/store/ueno
Celebrate Ueno Zoo Panda Xiang Xiang’s 2nd Birthday With ecute Ueno’s Panda Sweets & Merchandise
Shopping centre ecute Ueno has announced that it is holding a campaign entitled “Pandaful Party” from June 3 to June 30 to celebrate the 2nd birthday of Ueno Zoo’s popular panda Xiang Xiang. Panda themed desserts, food and merchandise will be sold at various stores throughout ecute Ueno.
Panda Rolled Sushi Set – ¥648 (Tax Included) @ Wakahiro (ecute Ueno)
Sushi-lovers won’t want to miss this set of rolled sushi. The three cute pandas all come with three different flavours: fried salmon, minced chicken and egg. Available at the ecute Ueno branch of Wakahiro only.
Panda Baked Sweet Potato (100g) – ¥324 (Tax Included) @ Rapoppo (ecute Ueno)
Aged potatoes are used to make this popular baked sweet potato treat, and these ones have a cute panda design♡
Parent & Child Panda Eclair (1 Eclair) – ¥380 (Tax Included) @ Dolce Felice (ecute Ueno)
These adorable eclairs feature a panda parent and cub on them. They are filled with chocolate custard and a crunchy biscuit.
Panda Case Beans – ¥972 (Tax Included) – Mameya Bankyu (ecute Ueno) *Serving June 3 – June 16 only
Inside these panda cases are black soybeans covered in chocolate and houjicha tea chocolate.
Ueno Assorted Cookies (1 Tin) – ¥1,296 (Tax Included) @ Juchheim (ecute Ueno)
Grab a cup of tea and tuck into these tin of cute assorted cookies with panda motifs on them.
Panda Cocoa (Hot/Iced) – ¥400 (Tax Included) @ UP CAFE (ecute Ueno)
This cup of hot panda cocoa can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.
Merchandise includes cute panda salt, fortunes, a squishy and more.
People can also get their hands on this exclusive Pandaful Party shopping bag on June 12, the day of Xiang Xiang’s birthday. These are limited in stock so you’ll want to start your shop nice and early!
Running: June 3, 2019 – June 30, 2019
Location: ecute Ueno (JR Ueno Station)
Address: JR Ueno Station Floor 3F, 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 8:00-22:00 (*Different for some stores)
The Micro Museum Hostel Ueno: A New Conceptual Hostel With a Gallery
09.February.2019 | SPOT
The Micro Museum Hostel Ueno is set to open this month in Arakawa, Tokyo.
The hostel aims to give guests an elevated accommodation experience that goes beyond simply having them sleep there for the night. It is located in Uguisudani which despite its station connecting to both the Yamanote Line and Keihin-Tōhoku Line, has a sort of nostalgic feeling to it like that of a close-knit town. The number of tourists visiting there has been on the rise in recent years as it is close to Ueno and Negishi.
As its name suggests, the hostel is home to a small museum. It was designed by Ryo Mitsui who created it so that different coloured lights shed through the outside. The entrance inside will be displayed with artwork from up-and-coming artists that will change each month.
The hostel hopes to bring in not just guests to see the museum but locals too to tie everyone to art.
The inside is minimalist yet stylish. It caters to different needs with its room variations including rooms for 2, rooms for 4 and more.
Take advantage of your overnight stay to experience something new by booking with The Micro Museum Hostel Ueno.
The Micro Museum Hostel Ueno
Address: 4-35-11 Higashinippori, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
Grand Opening: February 2019
Official Website: https://www.the-micro-museum.art
Ueno’s Historical & Former Hakubutsukan-Dōbutsuen Train Station to Open for Public Viewing
25.October.2018 | SPOT
Hakubutsukan-Dōbutsuen Station is a designated historical structure of Tokyo. In line with its opening for public viewing, it has been revealed that new installations will be set up as part of the ‘UENOYES’ project.
UENOYES was set up to promote the art and culture of Ueno Park and its surrounding areas to the rest of the world. Hakubutsukan-Dōbutsuen Station is next on the list of historical structures in Ueno to be showcased. Part of the station building will be accessible to the public in co-operation with Keisei Electric Railway and Tokyo University of the Arts. It will turn into a cultural platform where people can communicate with one another.
The installations can be enjoyed while reading into stories based on research in Ueno. Original stories have been collected from the voices of many people including director Hitsujiya Shirotama as well as members of staff from the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, Ueno Zoo, Keisei Electric Railway and elsewhere. The space is also dsigned by Sakata Akiko who works in stage design.
Guests will be led by guides as music plays both above ground and underground in the station building.
3D-printed skeletal replicas of animals can also be found at the exhibition which are printed by Kento Mori of the National Museum of Nature and Science.
Discover a new side of Ueno by following the UENOYES project.
Running: Fridays & Weekends from November 23, 2018 – February 24, 2019 (*Closed Dec 28-30)
Tim: 11:00-16:00 (Last Entries 15:30 / Limited access during busy times)
*Please check the official UENOYES website for details on how to attend.
UENOYES Official Website (English): https://uenoyes.ueno-bunka.jp/en/
UENOYES Official Website (Japanese): https://uenoyes.ueno-bunka.jp/
Cute Panda Sweets Releasing at Ginza Cozy Corner, Ueno Park Lueno
23.September.2018 | FOOD
The Ueno Park Lueno branch of Ginza Cozy Corner will release their new chestnut flavoured “Panda Yaki” on September 22.
These sweets are cooked fresh right in front of customers in the shape of a panda’s face – a reference the giant pandas of Ueno Zoo, the animals which the district of Ueno has almost become synonymous with.
The regular Panda Yaki menu comes with four flavours to pick from: custard, chocolate, adzuki bean paste, and cheese. They are popular with customers for not only being delicious, but extremely cute too.
The new entry being added to the menu is chestnut, a very familiar flavour during autumn in Japan. The cooked chewy pastry is filled with subtly sweet chestnut paste with additional diced candied chestnuts for texture.
You can pick up your own Panda Yaki either as a souvenir or to eat in one gulp while strolling around Ueno. Available this autumn only!
Souvenirs & Bento: Taste the Flavours of Tohoku at ecute’s Plus Tohoku Fair
29.August.2018 | FOOD
It can be tough picking out gifts and souvenirs, especially in Japan.
In this article you’ll find some great choices at 4 branches of the train station shopping complex ecute where they will hold the Plus Tohoku Fair from September 3 to 24. Get your hands on a range of food gifts and souvenirs from fruits to meat and fish, all made with ingredients from the Tohoku region of Japan.
Recommended Gift: Fruits
Fig Tart – ¥594 (Tax Included) / le billet (ecute Tokyo)
This tart is made with sweet and refreshing figs from Fukushima Prefecture. It’s made with a custard containing cream cheese. Available at ecute Tokyo only.
Raihou Strawberry Chiffon Sandwich – ¥700 (Tax Included) / OVO (ecute Omiya)
This fluffy chiffon cake sandwich is made with the finest quality eggs and is filled with raihou strawberries from Miyagi Prefecture which are known for being a luxury. Available at ecute Omiya only.
4 Fruit Sandwich – ¥540 (Tax Included) / Sandwich House Marchen (ecute Ueno, Tokyo) & Sandwich Café Oishii Marchen (ecute Omiya)
This colourful and hearty sandwich is made with a variety of fruits including La France pears from Yamagata Prefecture and apples from Aomori Prefecture. Only 30 made per day.
Shine Muscat Grape Éclair – ¥320 (Tax Included) / Dolce Felice (ecute Ueno)
When you bite into this éclair your mouth is filled with the refreshing sweetness of the fresh cream mixed with fresh fruit Shine Muscat grapes. Only 30 made per day served after 11:00am. Available at ecute Ueno only.
Baked Apple Tart – ¥1,480 (Tax Included) / Andeli (ecute Omiya)
This limited edition autumn tart is packed with Jonathan apples from Yamagata Prefecture. Only 16 available per day. Available at ecute Omiya only.
Goro Goro Kurenai no Yume Apple Pie – ¥1,296 (Tax Included) / Rapoppo (ecute Ueno) & Rapoppo mini-on (ecute Omiya)
Kurenai no yume is a new variety of apple grown in Akita Prefecture that’s a deep red all the way through the peel to the meat. This apple has been taken and made into a deliciously plump pie. Only 12 made per day.
Recommended Gift: Meat
Iwate Yamagatamura Shorthorn Beef Bento – ¥1,580 (Tax Included) / Daichi wo Mamoru Deli (ecute Tokyo)
Shorthorn makes up only 1% of the beef share in Japan. This carefully brings out all the flavour of the red meat which comes from cows that graze from spring to autumn and are raised carefully. Available at ecute Tokyo only.
Yamagata Beef Shigureni & Soboro – ¥1,000 (Tax Included) / Tsukada Nojo OBENTO&DELI (ecute Ueno) & Tsukada Farm Tokyo (ecute Keiyo Street)
This bento is made with beef carefully selected by Yamagata beef experts. The sweet and hot shiguredani complements the dish perfectly.
Yamagata Pork & Three Mushroom Cream Stew – ¥1,060 (Tax Included) / Madame Bro (ecute Keiyo Street)
The pork in this dish comes from the famous Hirata Farms in Yamagata Prefecture. It’s topped with three kinds of mushrooms. Available at ecute Keiyo Street only. Served from 11:00am-10:30pm.
Seasonal Vegetable Katsu & Hirekatsu Bento – ¥1,150 (Tax Included) / Hirata Bokujo (ecute Tokyo)
This bento comes with edamame from Yamagata and mozzerella cheese wrapped in pork from Hirata Bokujo. It also comes with pork fillets. Available at ecute Tokyo only.
Beef & Seafood Spicy Bento – ¥2,380 (Tax Included) / Kakunoshin TSB (ecute Keiyo Street)
Enjoy Japanese Black beef and oyster from Iwate Prefecture in this one bento. It comes with homemade warishita making it a very delicious bento! Only 20 made per day. Available at ecute Keiyo Street only.
Tohoku Wagyu Rice Balls – ¥390 each (Tax Included) / Omusubi Momochi (ecute Keiyo Street)
These rice balls are made luxuriously with wagyu beef from Tohoku. Only 20 made per day.
Recommended Gift: Fish
Bigeye Tuna & Sea Urchin Eggs Hokkai Don – ¥1,500 (Tax Included) / Sushi Rikizou (ecute Ueno) & Uoriki Seafood Sushi (ecute Keiyo Street)
This luxurious bento is made with raw bigeye tuna from Miyagi Prefecture and sea urchin eggs from Iwate Prefecture.
Hiraizumi Uni Gohan – ¥1,200 (Tax Included) / Furusato Ryori Fukuyoshi (ecute Tokyo) & Miyage Kasen (ecute Ueno)
This bento includes eel steamed in a specially made soy sauce dashi, chewy salmon roe from Sanriku, and kukiwakame seaweed which plays a major role in bringing out the flavours of the ocean in this dish.
Mackerel Sushi (4 Pieces) – ¥1,296 (Tax Included) / Wakahiro (ecute Ueno)
These thick mackerel sushi pieces still have the juicy fat on them and are made with vinegar. The kombu from Hokkaido brings out the deliciousness of the mackerel.
Coho Salmon & Sea Urchin Egg Bento – ¥1,167 (Tax Included) / Chirashi Sushi Kanzan (ecute Ueno)
This bento comes with a large serving of salmon from Miyagi Prefecture topped with lots of sea urchin eggs. Only 30 made per day. Available at ecute Ueno only.
Baby Scallop Pollack Cream Doria – ¥800 (Tax Included) / Humming Cafe By Plame Collome (ecute Ueno)
This dish is small but full of flavour. It’s packed with lots of sweet baby scallops from Aomori Prefecture and made with a white sauce accented by walleye pollack roe and melted cheese. Available at ecute Ueno only.
Head to one of these four ecute branches where this food from Tohoku and more is set to gather!
Andall is a Mini Castella Sponge Cake Shop in Ueno Ameyoko Market
Andall first opened on July 8 along Ameyoko Shopping Street, an open-air market that sits in Taito Ward in Tokyo
Andall sells baby castella, a type of popular Japanese sponge cake that rings nostalgic to Japanese people as it’s often seen at festivals and on Ennichi. Their versions of baby castella are much more modern and catered towards Ueno’s culture of walking while eating.
There are nine different toppings to choose from with this sweet dessert. The most popular is undoubtedly the ‘Ueno Panda’ version which is made with an original ‘panda sauce’ that uses yogurt as the base and is finished with a panda shaped cookie.
Houjicha Mango – ¥500
The Houjicha Mango baby castella enjoys the fragrance of houjicha tea together with the sweet and sour fusion of tropical fruits and mangoes.
Black Sesame Roasted Soybean Flour – ¥500
The deep flavour of the black sesame soybean flour matches deliciously with the rich taste of brown sugar syrup.
They are also selling Taiwanese style fluffy shaved ice this summer only and will be introducing a range of products for autumn.
If you’re sightseeing in Ueno then be sure to stop by Andall to try one of their baby castellas!
Get the New Panda Matcha French Toast Pudding at Ivorish in Ueno!
20.June.2018 | FOOD
Ivorish is a shop in Ueno that specialises in making French toast. From June 18 to July 1 they are opening a sweets gift shop at the event space in ecute ueno where you can get your fingers on their kawaii new French toast pudding. You can always count on Ueno for all-things panda thanks to Xiang Xiang, the giant panda at Ueno Zoo.
The pudding is served in a container like the items on shop’s popular bread pudding menu so you can give it to someone as a gift or take it home.
The pudding is a mix of matcha French toast, matcha ganache and large-grained adzuki beans. All of this is combined with a smooth cheese pudding and Mascarpone cream. It’s a fusion of Japanese and Western flavours that works perfectly. When you open up the lid, you’re greeted by the face of a panda so cute you’ll want to keep it and not eat it!
Kids and adults alike will be rushing to get their hands on these delicious treat. It’s on sale now, so if you’re in Tokyo, make a trip to Ueno!
Top Places to Drink in Japan: 2018 Ranking Announced by HOT PEPPER
18.May.2018 | SPOT
HOT PEPPER is a coupon magazine packed full of information on where to get the best for your money in Japan.
The magazine held a survey on locations through the Kanto and Kansai regions of Japan that people most want to drink at. The results are finally in―here’s the list for 2018.
Top 10 – “Top Drinking Locations – 2018: Kanto Area”
1st Place: Shinjuku – 768 votes
2nd Place: Ginza – 736 votes
3rd Place: Ebisu – 489 votes
4th Place: Ikebukuro – 475 votes
5th Place – Shimbashi – 472 votes
6th Place: Yokohama – 449 votes
7th Place: Kichijoji – 407 votes
8th Place: Around Tokyo Station – 405 votes
9th Place: Ueno – 376 votes
10th Place – Roppongi 370 votes
The top batter this year in the Kanto area is Shinjuku. Since the opening of NEWoMan ni 2016, Tokyo’s special ward has built a stylish image for itself, and its level of convenience has upgraded with the introduction of quadruple tracks on the Odakyu Lines. These are some of the causes for its first place ranking. Shinjuku also boasts a wide range of shops from high end expensive stores to more affordable and reasonable ones. Its ability to be a place where people of any age and gender can enjoy themselves is the secret to its popularity and success.
Several places from last year ranked again which are known for being cheap to get drinks, including Ebisu in 3rd place, Ikebukuro in 4th place and Ueno in 9th place. It’s not just the cool and hip places to drink that are popular with people – the more old-fashioned ones are popular too, and the wards and towns listed are home to them.
Top 10 – “The Places I Want To Drink At – 2018: Kansai Area”
1st Place: Umeda – 1066 votes
2nd Place: Around Sannomiya Station – 526 votes
3rd Place: Namba – 371 votes
4th Place: Kawaramachi – 341 votes
5th Place: Ohatsu Tenjin – 243 votes
Joint 6th & 7th Place: Shinsaibashi / Tenma – 227 votes
8th Place: Kyobashi – 213 votes
9th Place: Gion – 186 votes
Joint 10th Place: America Mura / Nishi-Shinsaibashi – 184 votes
Umeda has consistently ranked 1st place every year since the survey began in 2015. Shinsaibashi has moved up to 6th place from 11th place last year. This district has shops of all kinds and gets particularly high support from women in their 20s.
In the Best Cost Performance Location Ranking for Tokyo, Shimbashi took the top spot, a district very popular with salary men. Coming in a close 2nd was Akabane, then Ueno in 3rd.
On the other hand, in the best cost performance locations for Kansai, Kyobashi ranked 1st place, also popular with salary men. In 2nd place was Shinsekai. Both places are popular areas for their large number of ‘B-grade gourmet’ restaurants.
If you’re considering going for drinks in Japan then be sure to reference the Top Drinking Locations survey for 2018.
Tokyo Second-Hand Shops: ‘VINTAGE QOO TOKYO’ – A Romantic Vintage Shop in Omotesando
VINTAGE QOO TOKYO is a romantic vintage shop that can be likened to a jewel box. It’s located in a place a little beyond Omotesando’s alleyways. You’ll know it by its cute mix of vintage colours: white and pink.
Inside dangles a chandelier which lifts the atmosphere of the shop. Every article of clothing, and each bag, pair of shoes and so on lines the shop beautifully, and all stand out from one another. It’s the kind of dressing room you yearn for as a child – a place that will sweep you off your feet.
The store is particular about its wares, filling shelves with items from the 80s and 90s. Although everything in there is stuffed together side-by-side, you can feel that it’s from another time, with each high brand item donning its own texture and appearance.
At QOO, they don’t just sell clothes. They offer vintage furniture and interior items too. Their appeal comes from their designs and silhouettes which are distinct from the time they came from.
The wallpaper, decorating the shop with its original textile, and the ceiling layered with lattice that was used in gardens in the older days will tickle your heart.
VINTAGE QOO TOKYO celebrates its 6th year since opening this year. The owner, Junna Mori, opened it herself after gaining experience as a buyer with another company. The store began as a wholesaler.
“I plunged myself into visiting vintage shops in Daikanyama with a suitcase packed with items in hand. While I was doing that, I started to want to own my own shop.”
“Because I love second-hand clothes, I thought intensely about how I could keep them something close and familiar to people.”
Junna said this while delicately taking vintage items into her hand that have been picked to flow with the current times.
“For beginners, they find it hard to wipe thoughts about second-hand clothes and vintage like ‘If you’re not well-acquainted, you can’t wear them,’ and ‘It’s not a world I can enter,’ don’t they? It’s because of those people that I want to take in items that can add something your everyday life.”
It certainly is a waste that the culture of second-hand clothing is dying out because it’s a difficult world to get into.
“That’s why I want to carry on the legacy by matching items that flow with the current age and its trends.”
VINTAGE QOO TOKYO is dedicated to seizing the irreplaceable second-hand and vintage culture.
VINTAGE QOO TOKYO doesn’t have a set stock day, and it shows as those who may have visited the store yesterday will come the next day and say, ‘This wasn’t here yesterday!’ The lineup changes bit by bit every day.
“If you have a lot of items in stock because of a set day where goods arrive, and they sell well, then you’ll have a shortage of stock. I don’t like to think that people won’t come across something because they couldn’t make it in time with such timing like that, and so I value a fresh lineup every day.”
This is the kind of vintage lifestyle that VINTAGE QOO TOKYO offers. If it’s the luxurious kind of vintage that’ll strike a chord in your heart you’re looking for, then you will find it here.
Burberrys Trench Coat – ¥42,800 (Tax-Included) / Suede Belt – ¥2,800 (Tax-Included)
GUCCHI Floral T-shirt – ¥23,800 (Tax-Included)
CHANEL Round Double Flap Matelasse Plate Chain Bag – ¥218,800 (Tax-Included)
Ride the Xiang Xiang Panda Bus for Free in Ueno
10.May.2018 | SPOT
In accordance with Ueno Museum Week which is running from May 5 to May 20, the new Panda Bus is being introduced at Ueno no Renkai, Ueno Marui and Matsuzakaya Ueno and can be ridden for free.
Since the birth of Xiang Xiang, the giant panda living at Ueno Zoo, there has been panda fever in Ueno. Keeping with the excitement, the new panda bus will now ride around the town.
Sitting inside the bus will be plushies of Daimaru and Matsuzakaya’s original character Sakura Panda along with black and white panda plushies.
The seat covers also have panda ears on them. If you’re a panda lover then be sure to look out for the Panda Bus and climb aboard!