MMN Festival: Popular Models, Youtuber & Fortune-Tellers to Appear at Laforet Harajuku!

02.March.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES / FES / SPOT

It’s finally March, which means “MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA” (MMN Festival) is almost here. This year’s MMN Festival will move away from the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and take place around the Shibuya and Harajuku area! We will deliver Japanese culture to the world to the fullest in the form of music, fashion, food, tourist experiences and more from Shibuya.

 

What’s more is that this year’s festival is free for all to enter! But you need to register in advance, so don’t forget. Click here to register.

 

The MMN Festival will take place in four main locations: Laforet Museum Harajuku, Tower Records Shibuya, SHIBUYA CAST., and Onden Shrine.

 

Let us introduce to you the contents of the talk show & fortune at Laforet Harajuku.

Laforet Harajuku has its own museum where we will hold a ‘Harajuku Kawaii Market’ with the theme of ‘Find Japan’s Kawaii♡’. Head on over to get involved with the many experience-based contents available, offering fashion, beauty, fortune telling, DIY and more. You’ll be served up everything you need to transform into a kawaii girl simply by visiting. We will deliver Japan’s kawaii culture from the hub of Laforet Harajuku!

 

 

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TALK:Fusedy × Ren Koseki

Illustrator Fusedy, who released the manga Kimi no Ude no Naka wa Sekaiichi Atatakai Basho in February to popular success, will hold a talk on “Love” with Japanese model Ren Koseki. Fusedy will also talk about Ren’ai Gaku (“Love Studies”) from the manga, and there will be a Q&A session with both of them where they will offer love consultation to people that send in their questions prior to the talk. If you’re having doubts or difficulties with love, then be sure to sign up at the link below.

URL:https://goo.gl/forms/05ofoTaKi94bkBy43

 

 

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TALK :Megane

Popular Youtuber “Megane” has been invited as a guest to a talk show that will hosted by Rei Maruyama and Yuri Suganuma who will pry Megane to discuss things people usually would not know about. You can also propose your own questions for Megane to

answer on stage! Send your questions here: https://goo.gl/forms/uDAJAry9rUUM40au1

 

 

 

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TALK: Saki Shibata × Ayaka Segawa × Rei Maruyama

Saki Shibata, Ayaka Segawa and Rei Maruyama are all close friends in their personal lives. Each of them is active in a certain field: one is a performer, another is an artist and nurse, and the other is a model. In this talk, the three of them will mutually discuss their lines of work. Performer Rei Maruyama will tell some jokes, and we she might even tell us about something the three of them have talked about in private! Don’t miss thir upfront and honest unfolding in a talk where you can get to know them in a way you can’t on social media!

 

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TALK: Rikako Ōya × Ellie × Yuri Suganuma × Ema Tanioku × Yuna Yabe

A host of models will offer tips & tricks on taking Instagram-worthy photos as well as a range of how-to’s! The line-up includes Rikako Ōya (Babyraids Japan) who has an article series on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, Ellie, Yuri Suganuma, Ema Tanioku and Yuna Yabe will look at cuts from each of their posts will checking their Instagrammable points. And don’t miss out on the tour that will be held by Yuri Suganama and Ema Tanioku after the event that is related to their featured articles.

 

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FORTUNE-TELLING: Chamereon Takeda × Mei Nagasawa

Mei Nagasawa, who is a lover of all things spiritual, will have her fortune told for romance and work by Chamereon Takeda. The constellations will also be ranked on stage in relation to one’s fate for love! This is an opportunity to experience a fortune-telling from Chamereon Takeda herself in the flesh.

 

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FORTUNE-TELLING: Chamereon Takeda × Hikari Shibata

Hikari Shibata will have her fortune told by Chamereon Takeda through horoscopes. There will also be a horoscope ranking for April for everybody that attends the session! This is an opportunity to experience a fortune-telling from Chamereon Takeda herself in the flesh!

 

Registration for the event is free of charge!

To register, place visit the Peatix website below and follow the instructions. Upon completing your registration, you will receive a QR Code from Peatix that you must take with you on the day of the event.

Click here to register.

*Upon registering, you will be signed up as a MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Member where you will receive newsletters and other information. You will also be signed up to Omotenashi Platform.

 

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018

 

Those that register for the event in advance will receive an original bag as thanks. There are 1,500 bags available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will find in them one of either popular products from KitKat Chocolatory: the “KitKat Chocolatory Moleson” (¥500) or the “KitKat Chocolatory Moleson Matcha” (¥500).

 

 

 

■Information

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA

Official site:https://fes18.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/index.html

 

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  • Introducing Laforet Harajuku Booth Contents! MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA

    28.February.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES / FES / SPOT

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA will be held in March, just two months from now.

     

    This year, the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL will move away from the routine location of Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and head to the Shibuya and Harajuku area! We will deliver Japanese culture to the world to the fullest in the form of music, fashion, food, tourist information, and much more from numerous locations around town. The venues for the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL  are Laforet Museum Harajuku, Tower Records Shibuya, SHIBUYA CAST, and Onden Shrine.

     

    かわいいマーケットロゴ

    Let us introduce to you the contents of the booths at Laforet Harajuku.

     

    Swag

    Laforet Harajuku has its own museum where we will hold a ‘Harajuku Kawaii Market’ with the theme of ‘Find Japan’s Kawaii♡’. Head on over to get involved with the many experience-based contents available, offering fashion, beauty, fortune telling, DIY and more. You’ll be served up everything you need to transform into a kawaii girl simply by visiting. We will deliver Japan’s kawaii culture from the hub of Laforet Harajuku!

     

    DIY:Herbarium & Swag Workshop

     

    The Herbarium & Swag Workshop will combine the art of “herbarium” by collecting colourful dried flowers in bottles and “swags” which are wall decorations similar to wreaths made up of your favourite flowers. Each workshop will take place in the afternoon on the 25th. Get your hands on a stylish item perfect for interior decoration or as a gift to a friend.
    Check out the works by teacher Asami “Char” Tnabe here: http://she-mag.jp/diary/87798?wid=54525

     

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    DIY: Mug Workshop presented by Aymmy in the batty girls

    Apparel brand “Aymmy in the batty girls” are holding a workshop in the DIY area to make your very own original mug. You can design a kawaii mug with Aymmy’s logo, spring & summer items and more. There’s also a limited number of places to participate in a workshop together with Aymmy designer Ayumi Seto. Full details will become available on the event homepage!

     

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    FASHION:Tokyo Flea Market

    A flea market will be held selling personal items owned by the stage performers. You might even be able to get your hands on items featured in magazines and items worn by the performers on their social media! The list of participating performers in the flea market will be updated regularly so make sure to check it out!

    Flea Market Participants:Natsume Mito,Ayumi Seto,Yuri Suganuma,Hikari Shibata,Ren Koseki,Chie Tsuji,Ema Tanioku,Eri Tanioku,Anna Yano,Yuna Yabe…and more

     

     

    EXPERIENCE:Fortune-Telling Booth

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    The fortune-telling area features booths for four different fortune tellers active in magazines and on TV! For ¥500 you can receive a 10-minute telling from an expert. Take advantage of this opportunity to find out for fate for April!

     

    BEAUTY: MEGA Don Quijote Shibuya Honten

    You can try out the latest products at the Don Quijote cosmetic booth, and if there’s any particular items you like then you can buy them. Get your hands on this year’s spring trend make-up before anyone else!

     

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    EXPERIENCE:My Navi Baito Booth

    Questionnaires related to part-time work as well as interviews will be held at the booth. Models performing on-stage will also drop by the booth! Full details will become available on the event page so be sure to check it out.

     

     

     

    Register & Receive an Original Bag!

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018

    Those that register for the event in advance will receive an original bag as thanks. There are 1,500 bags available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will find in them one of either popular products from KitKat Chocolatory: the “KitKat Chocolatory Moleson” (¥500) or the “KitKat Chocolatory Moleson Matcha” (¥500).

     

     

    How to Register

    You must sign up in advance to go to the festival. Registering is completely free. To register, please visit the Peatix link below and follow the instructions. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a QR code from Peatix that you must bring with you on the day of the event.

    Register here!

    *Upon registering, you will be signed up as a MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Member where you can receive mail magazines, and to Omotenashi Platform.

     

     

    ■Information

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA

    Official site:https://fes18.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/index.html

    Harajuku Kawaii Market:https://fes18.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/event_laforet.html

     

  • Announcement of Performers & Stage Content at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA

    27.February.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON (MMN) is set to hold the biggest event for promoting Japanese pop culture to the world, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA, across the areas of Shibuya and Harajuku on March 24th and 25th.

     

    Today, we are announcing the main performers as well as some of what you can expect to see at the festival. This year’s MMN FESTIVAL is free entry! But you’ll need to register in advance to attend, so don’t forget!

     

    Advance Registration: https://mmnf2018.peatix.com

     

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL

    There are 4 main areas where the MMN Festival will take place that you need to know about!

     

    A multitude of popular models including Natsume Mito and Yutaro will grace the stage, as well as young artists MAGiC BOYZ. A host of talented personalities will also take to performing including the fortune teller Chamereon Takeda, who has appeared on TV and in magazines, comedian Rei Maruyama, Youtuber Megane and more. Music media company Spincoaster, music website Natalie and hip-hop musician & activist Zeebra will come together to curate a special live performance made up exclusively of must-see acts. Ukon Takafuji, who choreographed the internet-famous “Tokyo Bon 2020” video that blew up online across the globe, will perform a traditional Japanese dance show and ‘Bon Odori’ performance. There will also be a selection of must-try original foods and popular sweets that you can only get at this festival.

     

    Area 1: Laforet Museum Harajuku

    HARAJUKU KAWAII MARKET

    <Harajuku Kawaii Market presented by Mynavi Baito>

    Laforet Harajuku will take on the theme of “Find Japan’s Kawaii♡” for the Harajuku Kawaii Market.

    ラフォーレ原宿

    You will turn into a kawaii girl in this area simply by turning up. Get involved with fashion, beauty, fortune-telling, DIY and more.

     

    Japanese model Natsume Mito will hold her very own fashion show for the first time. The show’s theme is based on a picture book chosen by Natsume Mito herself, Bulldog Tantei to Kieta Hoshi (Tomonori Taniguchi, BUNKEIDO). She will read the book aloud while models dress up to bring the world of the book to life!

     

    Be electrified by a performance from hip-hop group MAGiC BOYZ too. Having collaborated with recognized Japanese rappers as well as up-and-coming artists, they have truly made a name for themselves. Their show is a must-see, so don’t miss out.

     

    Popular fortune-teller Chamereon Takeda will take to the stage. Japanese model Hikari Shibata will have her fortune told by the expert through horoscopes. Turn up and find out your horoscope for April too. Those wanting to experience fortune telling with the real life Chamereon Takeda should head over to Laforet!

     

    Mynavi Baito will hold their “Big Challenge of the Youth” project for which young people must create their own kawaii part-time work outfits which will be worn by a line-up of models on stage! See Yuri Suganuma, Mei Nagasawa and Anna Yano dress up in clothes made by actual school students.

     

    Look out for 2 jam-packed days of girly events with popular models, Youtubers and artists!

     

    Area 2: Tower Records Shibuya B1F CUTUP STUDIO / Tower Records Shibuya Rooftop Stage

    MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC

    <Featuring Japanese new music: “MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC FESTIVAL”>

    Down in Tower Records Shibuya’s CUTUP STUDIO on B1F, influential artists in the music scene and music media companies that have hooked up with many promising artists and new talent will become official curators for a special stage event together with MMN.

     

    MMN will also take to the roof to hold our own stage event. If you love kawaii and you love idols, then you won’t want to miss out on our very special idol stage where you can see performances from a huge list of idol groups!

     

    The Wisely Brothers

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    SIRUP

    Music media company “Spincoaster” will also host a stage of 3 artists making the headlines right now as recommended by the company themselves – The Wisely Brothers, Mizuki Ohira, and SIRUP.

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    Zeebra

    Zeebra, a hip-hop artist and activist representing the city of Tokyo, is bringing the heated MC battle segment from his hip-hop radio channel “WREP” to the festival. See Zeebra and audience representatives battle it out in a 3-on-3 MC battle before your very eyes.

    新しい学校のリーダーズ

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    Luby Sparks

    SHI IS SUMMER

    Natalie, Japan’s number one source of information for music news, has selected a line-up that best represents our “MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Project” – those who best deliver the charm of Japanese pop culture. The line-up includes Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders, MISMOPE, Luby Sparks, SHE IS SUMMER and more.

     

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    Yamakatau

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    MMN are set to showcase idol groups we want to introduce to international audiences. Our line-up includes Lovely Doll, Yamakatsu, Sakadori Hasshinkyoku, sora tob sakana, APPARE! Harajuku, Jewel☆Neige, NEO JAPONISM, CY8ER, and more. Don’t miss out on this chance to see performances from real idols!

     

    Area 3: Shibuya Cast

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON MARKET

    <Enjoy Hanami Early in Shibuya: “MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Market”>

    The MMN Market will let people experience Japan’s flower-viewing season early in Shibuya. Gaze at cherry blossoms while indulging in traditional Japanese food, matcha sweets, sake and plenty of other goodies. It will be a cuisine and culture experience only possible in Japan, with stalls selling fresh vegetables and more.

     

    Japanese male idol group Amato Danshi will open their own café offering a selection of sweets recommended by the guys themselves. The No.1 maid café group Maidreamin will also be there to serve you. Get your hands on original merchandise, cast a spell on your drink to make it even more delicious, dress up and have your photo taken chekki-style with a maid, and more!

     

    A lottery draw will also be held to win unique souvenirs and items from Kyoto. This will be your chance to taste the hugely popular “Tabe Aruki Kyo Baum” from Kyoto’s famous sweet shop “Kyo Baum Shop.”

     

    Area 4: Onden Shrine

    MOSHI MOSHI ENNICHI

     

    <Tie Links With the Gods of Harajuku: “MOSHI MOSHI ENNICHI”>

    This “Ennichi” event will use cutting-edge technology at the traditional Onden Shrine. There will be traditional Japanese performances as well as DJs dressed up as characters who will put on a fantastic DJ show. There’s plenty to get directly involved with including a big karaoke party and ‘Bon Odori’ session.

     

    A must-see in this area will be the traditional Japanese dance show put on by Ukon Takafuji, the producer and chairman of “JAPAN CULTURE ENTERTAINMENT -YUMENOYA-” and the second generation of the company “Takafuji Dance Company,” a pioneer of traditional Japanese dance that boasts a history of 100 years. Not only will there be classic Bon Odori hits playing, but also a performance of Tokyo Bon 2020 choreographed by Ukon Takafuji himself, a song co-produced with “COOL JAPAN TV” that has taken the world by storm. Whether you’re young, old or from overseas, everybody is invited to join in the dance!

     

    <Experience-Based Tours For Foreign Attendees>

    An official event tour will be held for the very first time in collaboration with Airbnb. Not only will you be taken around the event venues but introduced to recommended spots around them too. There will also be tours with popular models who will take you little-known good places in Harajuku. A tour for foreigners will also be held in co-operation with “Jnnovations,” a unique and high-quality tour service aimed at foreign travelers.

     

    *Airbnb, エアビーアンドビー(エアビー) and their logos are registered trademarks of Airbnb Inc.

     

    キットカット

    <Original Bag Present>

    Those that register for the event in advance will receive an original bag as thanks. There are 1,500 bags available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will find in them one of either popular products from KitKat Chocolatory: the “KitKat Chocolatory Moleson” (¥500) or the “KitKat Chocolatory Moleson Matcha” (¥500).

     

    ■Information

    Summary: MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA

    <Festival Date>

    24 March 2018 – 25 March 2018

    <Festival Time>

    11:00-21:00 (Subject to Change)

    <Organizer>

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Executive Committee

    <Support>

    Shibuya City / Shibuya City Tourism Association

    <Co-Operation>

    TOKYU CORPORATION / SHIBUYA CAST. / Tower Records Japan Inc. / Laforet HARAJUKU / Religious Corportation Onden Shrine / Jnnovations, Inc.

    <Sponsors>

    Mynavi Baito / NIPPON PAINT HOLDINGS CO.,LTD / Bijuu co.,ltd. / KitKat Chocolatory Amato Danshi / Maidreamin / Don Quijote Co., Ltd.

    <Content Partners>

    Gurunavi, Inc. / Airbnb Inc. /Natalie / Spincoaster / WREP

    <Festival Locations>

    Shibuya & Harajuku Area (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

    <Main Locations>

    Laforet Museum Harajuku / SHIBUYA CAST. / MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center / Onden Shrine / Tower Records Shibuya

    <Festival Contents>

    Experienced-Based Content / Live Performances / Fashion / Participative Content / Tour Services / Inbound Services / …and more

     

    <Performers>

    ■Harajuku Kawaii Market presented by Mynavi @ Laforet Museum Harajuku

    ・MC: Yuri Suganuma / Rei Maruyama

    ・Fashion & Talk Stage (Alphabetical Order):

    Akari Abe / Ellie / Rikako Oya (Babyraids Japan) / Chamereon Takeda / Aino Kuribayashi / Ren Koseki / Saki Shibata / Hikari Shibata / Ayaka Segawa / Ema Tanioku / Eri Tanitoku / Chie Tsuji / Mei Nagasawa / Fusedy / Natsume Mito / Rinko Murata / Megane / Anna Yano / Yuna Yabe / Yutaro / …and more

    ・Live: Amato Danshi / MAGiC BOYZ

    ・Booth Contents: Ayumi Seto / …and more

     

    ■MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC FESTIVAL @Tower Records Shibuya (B1/Rooftop)

    ・Spincoaster Stage @ B1・CUTUP STUDIO

    Mizuki Ohira / SIRUP / The Wisely Brothers

     

    ・WREP BATTLEFIELD presents Batotsuku @B1・CUTUP STUDIO

    MC: Zeebra / Hachi Moji

    DJ: YANATAKE

    Battle MCs:

    SAM / Nill Nico / TKdakurobuchi/ SHO GEN / 8×8=49 / Kizal / Datemegiri / FRANKEN / Yuma / MC Seishain / MC MIRI / (+one more artist)

     

    ・Live Natalie Meets MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON @B1・CUTUP STUDIO

    Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders / SHE IS SUMMER / MISMOPE / Luby Sparks / …and more

     

    ・MOSHI MOSHI IDOL SPECIAL @Rooftop・SKYGARDEN

    APPARE! Harajuku / CY8ER / Sakadori Hasshinkyoku / Jewel☆Neige / sora tob sakana / NEO JAPONISM / Lucky Doll / Yamakatau / …and more

     

    <Festival Price>

    Free (*Some festival contents will charge a fee)

    Those who wish to participate in the festival must register in advance (https://mmnf2018.peatix.com). Select content does not require registration.

    <Official Event Website>

    http://fes18.moshimoshi-nippon.jp

    <Social Media>

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/moshi_fes

    <Related Websites>

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp (Available in English, Japanese and Chinese)

     

     

     

  • Event Registration Now Open! MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 to be held in Shibuya

    29.January.2018 | FEATURES / FES

    This year, the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL will move away from the routine location of Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and head to the Shibuya and Harajuku area! We will deliver Japanese culture to the world to the fullest in the form of music, fashion, food, tourist information, and much more from numerous locations around town.

     

    <Find Japan’s Kawaii♡ “Harajuku Kawaii Market”>

    Location: Laforet Museum Harajuku

    Time/Date: March 24th-25th at 11:00-19:00 (subject to change)

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    <This picture shows a past event>

    Laforet Harajuku has its own museum where we will hold a ‘Harajuku Kawaii Market’ with the theme of ‘Find Japan’s Kawaii♡’. Head on over to get involved with the many experience-based booths available, offering fashion, beauty, fortune telling, DIY and more. You’ll be served up everything you need to transform into a kawaii girl simply by visiting. On stage, we will have models who are active in magazines catered to the Harajuku Style, influential figures popular across social media, and more! We will deliver Japan’s kawaii culture from the hub of Laforet Harajuku!

     

     

    <Featuring Japanese new music “MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC FESTIVAL”>

    Location: Tower Records Shibuya B1F CUTUP STUDIO / Tower Records Shibuya Rooftop Stage

    Time/Date: March 24th-25th at 14:00-21:00 (subject to change)

    タワーレコ—ド

    Over at Tower Records Shibuya, we will host a music event for young up-and-coming artists in the Japanese music scene. A range of artists and people from the music media who have hooked up with talented new musicians will become official curators at the event and recommend promising artists. MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, who promote Japan’s pop culture to the world, will join forces with each curator and create an exciting stage.

     

     

     

    <Enjoy Hanami Early in Shibuya at “MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Market”>

    Location: Shibuya CAST.

    Time/Date: March 24th-25th at 12:00-18:00 (subject to change)

    渋谷キャスト

    We will set up a fun market at SHIBUYA CAST. where you can enjoy Japan’s symbolic cherry blossoms while eating traditional Japanese food and matcha sweets and drinking sake. There will be stalls selling vegetables, booths where you can get up close and personal with traditional Japanese culture, and more. The market will offer a cuisine and culture experience only possible in Japan.

     

     

     

    <Tie Links With the Gods of Harajuku at “MOSHI MOSHI ENNICHI”>

    Location: Onden Shrine

    Date/Time: March 24th-25th at 12:00-18:00 (subject to change)

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    A traditional day held at Onden Shrine is ‘Ennichi’. Look forward to strolling along the festival walk and tucking into some festive food at the indispensable food carts, trying your luck at the classic yo-yo fishing, and more. We will also set up a stage at the shrine where you can listen to traditional Japanese gagaku, or ancient imperial court music, as well as a character DJ festival where many different well-known characters will perform. You’ll be spoiled for choice on where to begin at the festival, and there’s plenty for both kids and adults to enjoy.

     

     

    熱狂する外国人

    Register & Receive an Original Bag!

    People that register in advance for the event will receive an original bag as thanks. But be careful, as we only have a limited stock, so don’t forget to register early.

     

     

     

    How to Register

    You must sign up in advance to go to the festival. Registering is completely free. To register, please visit the Peatix link below and follow the instructions. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a QR code from Peatix that you must bring with you on the day of the event.

    Register here!

    *Upon registering, you will be signed up as a MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Member where you can receive mail magazines, and to Omotenashi Platform.

     

     

     

    ■Information

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA

    Time: 11:00-21:00 (subject to change)

    Organizers: MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL Executive Committee

    Support: Shibuya-ku / Shibuya-ku Tourism Association

    Location: Shibuya & Harjauku area (Tokyo)

    Main Locations: Laforet Museum Harajuku / Shibuya CAST. / MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center / Onden Shrine / Tower Records Shibuya

    Contents: Experience-based Activities / Performances / Fashion / Participation-based Activities / Inbound Services / and more

     

    Price: Free (select areas will charge a fee)

    Click following site to register:https://mmnf2018.peatix.com/

    Official Event Page: http://fes18.moshimoshi-nippon.jp

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/moshi_fes

  • 2 Months Until MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA—What Exactly is This Festival? (Fashion · Food)

    01.February.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES / FOOD

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA will be held in March, just two months from now. But what kind of event is MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL? Let’s take a look at past events and see the kind of exciting things you can expect to experience there.

    <Click here for Part One – Music & Experience >

     

    What is the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL?

    The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL is an event centered around Japanese fashion, music, anime, food and lifestyle. It’s part of the “MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON” project which aims to promote and deliver Japanese pop culture to the world from fashion to music, food, anime and more.

     

    The first festival was held in 2014 and saw more than 15,000 people attend, and since then the attendance rate has increased every year. The festival has also been taken out of Tokyo and overseas on a world tour.

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    ■Popular food from across the whole of Japan!
    In 2016, Japan’s biggest food event, Niku Fes, was held outdoors at the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL. A total of nine restaurants rolled up to the festival, including “Kanzaki Jukuseiniku Kakunoshin,” a winner of 3 awards. Every restaurant stall was constantly packed with long lines of people hungry for a taste of Japanese food. Sweets were also available, such as crepes themed around popular anime characters.

    What kind of food can you expect to try this year? Look forward to finding out!

     

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    ■Flea market & fashion show

    The flea market is held every year and is a place where you can buy personal items of real models managed by ASOBISYSTEM. It’s an irresistible event for fans and an always hugely popular area with products in short supply. In 2015, the World Cosplay Summit was featured on stage at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL. The spectacular runway saw avid cosplayers dressed up as characters from a wide selection of series.

     

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    Lots of kawaii & girly booths!

    A lot of girls in with the trends of today make their way to MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL. In the past, there’s been a nail art service where you didn’t need to book, and there’s even been a hair removal salon – something which you normally can’t experience as carefree as this. There’s plenty of content at the festival that’s immensely popular with girls every year. This year, we will be holding the “Harajuku Kawaii Market” at the Laforet Museum in Harajuku! Prepare yourself to become cute just by attending!

    Until last year, the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL has been annually held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. But that’s about to change this year as we up our game and take the event around Harajuku and Shibuya. This year’s festival is fittingly titled MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA, so expect to see us delivering Japanese culture to the world from Harajuku & Shibuya.

     

    The festival is free for foreigners, but you’ll need to register in advance. Registration is now open.

    We’ll be rolling out more details about the event via the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON website and across our social media, so follow us and keep up to date so you don’t miss anything!

     

    ■Information

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA

     

    Running: Saturday March 24, 2018 – Sunday March 25, 2018

    Time: 11:00-21:00 (subject to change)

    Organizers: MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL Executive Committee

    Support: Shibuya-ku / Shibuya-ku Tourism Association

    Location: Shibuya &amp; Harjauku area (Tokyo)

    Main Locations: Laforet Museum Harajuku / Shibuya CAST. / MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist

    Information Center / Onden Shrine / Tower Records Shibuya

    Contents: Experience-based Activities / Performances / Fashion / Participation-based Activities /

    Inbound Services / and more

     

    Price: Free (select areas will charge a fee)

    Pre-Registration: https://mmnf2018.peatix.com/

     

    Official Event Page: http://fes18.moshimoshi-nippon.jp

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/moshi_fes

     

     

  • 2 Months Until MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA—What Exactly is This Festival? (Music · Experience)

    31.January.2018 | FEATURES / FES

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA will be held in March, just two months from now. But what kind of event is MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL? Let’s take a look at past events and see the kind of exciting things you can expect to experience there.

     

    What is the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL?
    The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL is an event centered around Japanese fashion, music, anime, food and lifestyle. It’s part of the “MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON” project which aims to promote and deliver Japanese pop culture to the world from fashion to music, food, anime and more.

     

    The first festival was held in 2014 and saw more than 15,000 people attend, and since then the attendance rate has increased every year. The festival has also been taken out of Tokyo and overseas on a world tour.

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    Live performances from Japan’s biggest artists

    The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL has seen performances from some of the most popular artists in Japan, including CAPSULE, an electronica duo that includes Yasutaka Nakata, who are a prominent existence in the club scene around world; and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, a pop icon and international sensation. In 2016, iconic Japanese idol group Dempagumi.inc, as well as RAM RIDER – an artist active in many fields including as a DJ, producer and music provider – took to the stage, along with a host of other artists also popular inside and outside Japan.

     

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    ■Traditional Japanese performances & culture experience workshops
    The festival showcases the charm of Japanese culture with performances from a diverse range of groups, such as ouen-za, who use original choreography in the form of traditional Japanese dancing to create a unique kind of performance; TAKARABUNE, who perform Awa Dori to give life to a new Japanese artform; and KIRIE, who put on art performances based on Japanese myths and fairy tales. Experience traditional Japanese culture hands-on by getting dressed in traditional Japanese clothing or trying out the Awa Odori dance. Try your hand at a calligraphy lesson or traditional Japanese wagakki instruments, get painted in yuzen komon body art, or see ink wash paintings. There’s plenty of workshops for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re a foreign tourist or Japanese local, all of which embrace the old days of Japanese culture.

     

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    ■MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON SYMPOSIUM
    The Symposium gathers brings a diverse selection of prominent figures from managers and cultural figures to creators and musicians for talk sessions. Hear from the top dogs of various industries – including managers who are successful around the world and prominent in the inbound and outbound marketplace – and their thoughts on the Tokyo of today, Japan in the future, and how Japan should promote the charm of its culture overseas.

     

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    Until last year, the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL has been annually held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. But that’s about to change this year as we up our game and take the event around Harajuku and Shibuya. This year’s festival is fittingly titled MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA, so expect to see us delivering Japanese culture to the world from Harajuku & Shibuya.

     

    The festival is free for foreigners, but you’ll need to register in advance. Registration is now open.

     

    We’ll be rolling out more details about the event via the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON website and across our social media, so follow us and keep up to date so you don’t miss anything!

     

    ■Information

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA

    Running: Saturday March 24, 2018 – Sunday March 25, 2018

    Time: 11:00-21:00 (subject to change)

    Organizers: MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL Executive Committee

    Support: Shibuya-ku / Shibuya-ku Tourism Association

    Location: Shibuya &amp; Harjauku area (Tokyo)

    Main Locations: Laforet Museum Harajuku / Shibuya CAST. / MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist

    Information Center / Onden Shrine / Tower Records Shibuya

    Contents: Experience-based Activities / Performances / Fashion / Participation-based Activities /

    Inbound Services / and more

     

    Price: Free (select areas will charge a fee)

     

    Pre-Registration: https://mmnf2018.peatix.com/

    Official Event Page: http://fes18.moshimoshi-nippon.jp
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/moshi_fes

     

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  • 10 Things You Can Do at the MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS Hotel in Harajuku | Birthday Party Edition

    18.October.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS is a hotel accommodation service run by MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON located in Harajuku and bookable via Airbnb. Our hotel isn’t just popular for sleep, however: it has become a hot spot with stylish girls who get together and use it as a party space.

     

    This is the Birthday Edition of our Top 10 list of things you can do at MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS. Enjoy a very special birthday in Harajuku you’ll never forget!

     

    Girls’ Night In Edition: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/262308

     

    ⑤Get your hair and eyelashes done at Harajuku’s popular salon L by HOME for your special day

    L by Home is a popular salon in Harajuku that’s just a 2-minute walk from MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS. The salon offers a special plan in collaboration with MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS.

    If you book a room at MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS you can receive a special price at L by HOME. Celebrate your special hair by getting a cute hair arrangement and eyelash extensions. The extensions come in different colours depending on which room you book at the hotel, be it SAKURA or ORIGAMI. You will receive a message about it after booking on Airbnb.

    ▶︎Hair Arrangement

    Price: ¥3,000 per 30 minutes

    *Shampoo is available at an extra cost

     

    ▶︎Eyelashes

    Price: ¥10,000 per hour

    Service: The base colour is brown and you can pick an additional colour of your choice

    SAKURA Colours (brown×cotton, aqua, pink, magenta)

    ORIGAMI Colours (brown×burg, lite brown, purple, gold)

     

    ▶︎L by HOME

    Address: 2F, 3-27-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-5411-0366

    Opening Hours: Hair Salon 11:00-21:00 (10:00-19:00 on Sundays & holidays) / Eyelash Lason 11:00-20:00 (10:00-19:00 on weekends & holidays)

    URL:http://l.home-harajuku.com/

     

     

    ⑥Adorn your hotel room with cute decorations

    Guests are free to use rooms as they please, so be sure to decorate it for the big day with cute decorations, so long as you use tape that doesn’t damage the walls or furniture. There are lots of shops in the Harajuku and Omotesando area that sell birthday goods: FLYING TIGER COPENHAGEN, ASOKO, AWESOME STORE, and DAISO to name a few.

     

     

    ⑦Experience a kawaii birthday like no other at MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS

    Enjoy an unforgettable birthday in one of our special rooms, like SAKURA which is completely pink throughout. There are a limited number of beds in the rooms but there is no limit to how many people stay in a single room, so invite all your friends over for a huge party! And if you tell us in advance that you’re bringing a cake in, you can borrow a cake stand from us so you can make the cake even cuter. The stand is 18cm in diameter so it should hold a whole cake, but be sure to check the size of yours in advance.

    There’s no doubt you’ll enjoy your birthday party even more if you spend it in our pink haven. There is a kitchen with plates, cutlery and everything you need to cook up more snacks and food for your party too.

     

    We will continue the Top 10 list in the next article entitled Food Edition. Remember, if you’re looking to stay in Harajuku, be sure to book with MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS for a hotel stay like no other.

     

    Models: Aiko / Ringo
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
    Writer: Sayoko Ishii

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Shibuya PARCO Refurbishments Reveal Collaboration Exhibitions With AKIRA, AUTO MOAI, JUN INAGAWA And More

    17.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The new fully refurbished Shibuya PARCO shopping complex is set to reopen on November 22, 2019. When Shibuya PARCO closed for renovations in 2016, GALLERYX BYPARCO was moved to Spain-zaka in the centre of Shibuya. This November, GALLERY X will return to its home on the basement floor 1 of the shopping complex. 

    The first opening exhibition of GALLERY X is titled “AKIRA ART OF WALL Katsuhiro Otomo × Kosuke Kawamura AKIRA ART EXHIBITION” which will see an entire wall decorated in a collage of art by manga author and film director Katsuhiro Otomo and his legendary series AKIRA until May 2020. 

     

    The art wall is in fact a relocation of the AKIRA art wall that has existed at the infrastructure building site in Shibuya for almost two years. Parts of it was damaged over time, and so it will resurface at PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO on the 4th floor of the new Shibuya PARCO. That’s not all: there will also be valuable original works displayed as well as posters, 3D model recreations of things seen in AKIRA, the series soundtrack by Geinoh Yamashirogumi playing, 3D attractions where you can interact with a futuristic “Neo Tokyo” and much more. 

    AUTO MOAI (December 2019)

    Kazuki Iio (Zun) (December 2019)

    Misaki Tanaka (February ー March 2020)

    JUN INAGAWA (April 2020)

    The first exhibition will be followed by a strong lineup of exhibitions. The exhibition areas will be filled with a wide range of attractions, making it appealing for a wide range of people with different tastes. 

    * The above information and dates are subject to change at any moment without prior notification.

    GALLERY X is full of originality and is a source of the latest entertainment culture so please check it out. 

  • BEAMS JAPAN to Open New Branch in Shibuya This Autumn

    16.October.2019 | FASHION

    Following up from the opening of their Shinjuku branch back in 2016, BEAMS JAPAN has announced that it will open a second branch in Shibuya on December 5, 2019. It will be found inside the new Shibuya FUKURAS which is also set to open beside Shibuya Station to this December.

    Shibuya-Exclusive Field Watch – ¥15,000 (Before Tax)

    BEAMS JAPAN Shibuya is set to be the second hub for BEAMS “TEAM JAPAN,” a project which aims to build a community around the brand and promotes products made in Japan. Opening with a completely original line focused on “super basic” clothing, it is sure to be a welcome addition to the streets of Shibuya―one of Japan’s leading districts when it comes to Japanese fashion and culture.

    BEAMS JAPAN Hachiko Logo Long T-Shirt – ¥7,800 (Before Tax)

    Scramble Crossing/Traffic Safety Caps – ¥5,800 Each (Before Tax)

    The new store will stock a whole range of different clothing items, including attire exclusive to the branch such as the above-pictured caps and watch inspired by Shibuya;s tourist sites like the Scramble Crossing and Hachiko statue.

  • Experience Art and the Japanese Tea Ceremony Come Together at hotel koe tokyo’s Private Lounge

    14.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    “hotel koe tokyo” isn’t your everyday normal hotel. Developed and produced by “koe,” the hotel brings together fashion, music, cuisine, and a luxury accommodation experience. In line with DESIGNART TOKYO 2019, the hotel has announced it will hold a reservation-only event entitled “DESIGNART TOKYO 2019: Tea ceremony by artless+asahiyaki” at its third-floor private lounge on October 19 and 20.

    Asahi ware is a type of Japanese pottery originating in Uji, Kyoto almost 400 years ago. Hosai Matsubayashi is the 16th generation master of this long-running workshop, known as Asahiyaki, and he’s set to collaborate with Shun Kawakami, an artist and art director of global branding agency artless Inc. The collaboration is being held to promote Japanese culture not only to the people of Japan but those overseas too, and “hotel koe tokyo” is the perfect place to do it due to the huge number of foreign visitors that stay at the hotel.

    The two of them have taken the traditional Japanese tearoom and have put a modern spin on it. Normally, this private lounge of the hotel is only usable by guests staying there, but this reservation-only event will grant exclusive access to all. It brings together Japanese tea and art in the form of a special tea-making course. Attendees will follow Hosai Matsubayashi’s instructions and prepare their own tea. During the session, both Matsubayashi and Kawakami will give talks on their work while you enjoy your tea.

    Take advantage of this special occasion to learn about the beauty of Japanese tea.

  • Wear Plain Clothes This Halloween at Shibuya’s Jimi Halloween 2019 Event

    13.October.2019 | FASHION

    Worried about what to wear for Halloween this year? No need to panic. If you’re spending your Halloween in Shibuya this year, which is known the world over for its incredible Halloween festivities, then head to Tokyo Culture Culture on October 27 where a very unique event is taking place.

    Jimi Halloween is an event that takes out the stress of having to go all out for Halloween as people go dressed as ordinary people. It has been held annually since 2014, with the number of attendees growing each year. Over 800 people took part last year, all clad in their plain clothes.

     

    This year’s event will be split into three slots, with a capacity of 200 people per slot. Sign-ups begin on October 15 at 12:00pm (JST).

     

     

    Past Examples

    ①Situational attire

    Beauty salon client

    Dressing up as someone doing something has been a popular choice at the event recently. You can come up with some creative ideas that’ll make people say, “You came as that?!”

     

    ②”I’ve seen people like that!” attire

    Flea market woman

    There’s always certain types of people that everyone sees, and in Japan this is one of them!

     

    ③”I get it, but I don’t get it” attire

    Hawaii vibe  uncle

    You’ve heard all about them, but have you seen them?

     

    ④Work attire

    Handing out tissues with pachinko ads on them

    Work attire is a go-to at the plain clothes event. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this is the one that started the entire movement.

     

    ⑤Miscellaneous attire

    Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

    The final entry is those which are hard to categorise. They serve whatever vibes they are feeling.

     

    Attend this year’s event and show off your own unique ideas!

  • 10 Things You Can Do at the MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS Hotel in Harajuku | Girls’ Night In Edition

    11.October.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS is a hotel accommodation service run by MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON located in Harajuku and bookable via Airbnb. Our hotel isn’t just popular for sleep, however: it has become a hot spot with stylish girls who get together and use it as a party space.

     

    This is our Top 10 list of things you can do in SAKURAーone of the hotel roomsーso you can discover the best way to enjoy your stay in Harajuku.

     

    ①Take advantage of the room decor and decorations to snap all the photos you can!

    MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS opened its first room SAKURA in December last year, and more recently ORIGAMI in August. From the walls to the furnishing, SAKURA is cherry blossom pink throughout, decked out with countless gorgeous Instagram-worthy spots popular with our female guests.

     

    You can always get a beautiful photo together with the cherry blossom flower monument in the background, located behind the bed and bloomed right up to the ceiling.

    The enormous and comfy pink bed is piled full of lots of fluffy cushions. You can take some pretty romantic pictures too when snuggled on top or in the bed.

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    Don’t forget about the neon sign either, a symbol of the room and the Japanese kanji character for cherry blossom (桜 sakura). Sit on the sofa in front of it and make use of the sign’s lighting to get a more dreamy and fantastical shot.

     

    ②Popular Harajuku takeout food perfect for a night at MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS SAKURA

     

    MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS is located in Tokyo’s fashion and culture hub of Harajuku, and that means it’s within walking distance of some quintessential kawaii and Instagrammable food shops. We’ve picked out three we think are perfect for ordering takeout to enjoy back in your room at SAKURA.

     

    GOOD TOWN DOUGHNUTS

    Smile Mango ¥420 / Raspberry Pistachio ¥400 / Sea Salt Caramel ¥390 (All Tax Inclusive)

    GOOD TOWN DOUGHNUTS is a really popular doughnut shop in Harajuku. Their big size doughnuts not only look cute, they’re the real deal taste-wise, and are also made with natural yeast, wheat flour from Hokkaido, sea salt sourced in Okinawa, sugar from Tanegashima, and organic oils. They are high-quality doughnuts full of flavour and plenty filling.

     

    GOOD TOWN DOUGHNUTS

    Address: J-cube B1F, 6-12-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)

    TEL: 03-5485-8827

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: http://good-town.com/

     

     

    AND THE FRIET

    Box (2 Friet Types) w/ Dip – From ¥800 (Before Tax)

    This French fry shop makes their fries from a variety of carefully selected in-season potatoes, including potatoes from Belgium. They are crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the centre. They’re also delicious even when eaten cold, making them a great takeout option. You can pick two types from six varieties for one box, plus a dip of your choice. A perfect party accompaniment.

     

    AND THE FRIET Laforet Harajuku

    Address: Laforet Harajuku 2F, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    TEL: 03-6434-7568

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

    No Fixed Holidays (Except when Laforet Harajuku is closed)

    Official Website: http://andthefriet.com/

     

     

    TOAST LUCK

    <Macarons> From Left: Soybean Flour / Crunky / Cheese – ¥371 Each (Before Tax)

    At TOAST LUCK, you can enjoy a whole range of different South Korean foods, including toast which is their main menu item. They also sell these marble-coloured macarons which are a little bigger than Japanese macarons. There’s lots of flavours to choose from, all of which give you a different take on your regular macaron!

     

    TOAST LUCK

    Address: 3-27-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-6812-9499

    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: https://www.toast-luck.com/

     

     

    ③Line up all your food in your hotel room for a girls’ night in

    Gather all of your takeout goodies from around Harajuku for a girls’ night in at MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS SAKURA! The room has its own kitchen equipped with utensils, a microwave and refrigerator, so you can even prep your own food too.

    The living room is nice and spacious so you can really let your hair down and relax. There’s a limited number of beds but there’s no limit to the amount of people that can stay over, so invite all of your friends along!

     

     

    ④Watch movies on the projector

    The room is equipped with an Android TV mobile projector which has Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and other services on it as well as games. There’s endless amounts of fun to be had, so grab your snacks and put on a movie or compete together in a game. The screen projects onto the white walls, so you can pick the best spot for viewing.

    Projecting it on the wall beside the bed means you can relax while watching films or music videos together.

     

    The cherry blossom pink MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS SAKURA offers a memorable accommodation experience like no other. We will continue the Top 10 list in the next article entitled Birthday Edition.

     

    Remember, if you’re looking to stay in Harajuku, be sure to book with MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS.

     

     

    Models: AikoRingo
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
    Writer: Sayoko Ishii

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • 2019 Kobe Luminarie Winter Illuminations to Light Up Kobe This December

    09.October.2019 | SPOT

    The 25th Kobe Luminarie light festival will take place from December 6 to 15. The theme of this year’s festival is “25 Years, Guided by the Light of Hope” (Original Italian title: Da 25 anni, guidati dalle luci della speranza).

    Kobe Luminarie is an illumination festival that has been held annually since 1995 in commemoration of the Great Hanshin earthquake which hit Kobe that year on January 17. The event has continued as a symbol of hope for Kobe and has also become a festival associated with the winter season. Last year’s festival saw around 3.43 million people in attendance.

    The “Light Bulbs” make a comeback radiating their warm light

    Formerly the doorstep to foreign culture, Nakamachi-dori, lined with countless tasteful stores, will be lined with around 270 meters’ worth of decorations. The entrance decoration, named Frontone, stands almost 22 meters tall with three towering gates each connected to each other. The Sparri Ara is a wide wall of lights which runs 50 meters from Frontone all the way to Kyomachisuji Crossing. And as a special instalment to the 25th run of the festival, the light bulbs used at the first festival will be strung up to create another wall illumination from Itomachi to the East block which will be dubbed the “Memorial Zone.”

    The event’s largest light dome

    In the eastern amusement park plaza, Cassa Armonica―an illuminated church structure set up every year―will be enveloped in a large 21 meter high dome featuring an arch for the first time standing 4 meters tall in the memorial area

     

    Over in the floral clock area, the Sparri Ara wall lights twinkle beside the wisteria trees. The lights will change and transform to the sound of the music. Attendees will also be able to pick up small gifts too as well as take pictures at the various photo spots.

     

    Earthquake Talk Booth

    Talks will be held discussing the origins of Kobe Luminarie and why it started. Earthquake survivors will also talk about their real experiences.

    International Creative Director and Executive Producer Daniel Monteverde, who has been working with Luminaire for 20 years, made the following comment: “The city of Kobe will bustle once again this year, which will mark 25 years. People will fill the streets and look to the sky while they wait for the chime of the bell to signal the illuminations. We hold the memories of the people we lost 25 years ago close to our hearts. I hope we can convey our hopes and dreams and our story to our children and the young people who will bear the next generation. I hope people will be proud of Kobe which has recovered from the earthquake.”

     

    He continues: “The Kobe Luminarie lights will shine once more for Hyogo, for Japan, and for the world. These lights are a symbol of each and every person’s devotion, their efforts, and their love. I pray that the Luminarie lights will send a message of hope to the world and continue shining in our hearts for the rest of time.” * Full comment translated from Japanese

  • New York-Style Cafe & Restaurant Sarabeth’s Celebrates 7 Years in Japan With Special Event in Shinjuku

    04.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    It has been seven years since Sarabeth Levine took her New York-based cafe and restaurant Sarabeth’s to Japan back in 2012. To celebrate, the establishment will hold a special one-night event with a commemorative menu.

    “Fermented Foods” is the theme of the event, which will see an incredible line-up of premium dishes. There will also be a talk by Sarabeth Levine herself who will be in attendance.

    The menu line-up features a range of healthy fermented foods, like pancakes and Eggs Benedict, while drinks options include lemonade with fermented syrup, goishicha tea from Aichi Prefecture, and more. There will also be Sarabeth cookies which you can take home with you.

  • Netflix Anime Series ‘Beastars’ Promotional Event to Take Place at Tobu Zoo in Saitama

    02.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Tobu Zoo is set to collaborate with the upcoming drama anime series Beastars from November 2 to December 29.

    Beastars is a manga series written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki. It is serialised in Weekly Shōnen Champion which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

    Beastars is set in a world of herbivores and carnivores. The story follows Legoshi, a quiet and gentle grey wolf and student at Cherryton Academy. His world is turned upside down when one of his fellow students is brutally murdered.

     

    The collaboration event will see Tobu Zoo decorated with illustrations drawn specifically for the event. There will also be exclusive and original merchandise on sale, as well as themed food and more.

     

    Beastars will premiere in Japan on Fuji TV’s +Ultra programming block on October 9. It will also be streamed exclusively on Netflix.

     

    ©板垣巴留(秋田書店)/BEASTARS制作委員会

  • Embark on An Aquatic Adventure to The Little Mermaid OH MY CAFE in Tokyo

    01.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    It has been 30 years since Disney’s The Little Mermaid came to theatres. To celebrate, The Little Mermaid cafe has dropped its anchor in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Hokkaido and will be around for a limited time only.  Curious travellers are sure to fall in love with this world filled with Disney magic.

    As a big Disney fan, curious model Kanako just could not miss the opportunity to visit, so we headed over to Tokyu Plaza, Omotesando (Tokyo) to create a tongue-tantalizing report just for you. 

    The entrance was a treasure trove of exciting 30th anniversary celebratory designs.

    Venturing deeper, we came across illustrations of the exciting underwater world. 

    Seeing all the images of the characters, memories of the film will come floating into your mind. Just how many wonders can one cafe hold?

    There are five delicious meals and five delicious drinks on the menu. Everything was so cute that it was difficult to decide what to order. Time to dive in!

    Ariel Vegetable Pasta with Genovese Sauce: ¥1990

    This dish particularly caught Kanako’s eye. A graceful print made of powdered spices and sauce depicts Ariel gliding through the sea. It went perfectly with the salad. Feel free to take the beautiful paper mat home with you as a souvenir. 

    Cream Beach Risotto: ¥1,990

    This creamy risotto depicts a beautiful beach. Look closely and you will spot Ariel’s most prized treasure: a dinglehopper.  Feel free to take the dinglehopper home with you and add it to your collection of treasure. A layer of shrimp sauce lies hidden between the rice and mountain of salad. Can you spot Sebastian keeping a careful eye on Ariel? 

    Seven Princesses of Atlantica Colourful Tartine Plate: ¥2,290

     This plate of tasty tartines depicts the seven sisters and will send you on an exciting flavour journey. The fruity tartine will fill your mouth with a fresh fruity burst of blueberries and strawberries. Next on the plate is a luxurious cream cheese tartine, followed by a chunky vegetable tartine and finally, a filling boiled egg and potato salad tartine. The tartines are surrounded by colourful sauces such as blueberry sauce, pumpkin sauce and carrot sauce. 

     Sebastian’s Strawberry Smoothie: ¥890 (with themed drink coaster: ¥1,790)

    This yoghurt smoothie is dedicated to King Triton’s royal court composer Sebastian. Mix in the strawberry sauce before tucking in to enhance the flavour. You can also take the decoration on the glass back home with you. 

    Upon noticing the coaster that came with her drink, Kanako’s eyes were sparkling with desire. The drink coaster is a sure way to add some magic to all your drinks at home. Unfortunately, they are in limited supply, so make sure to get one before they are all sold out.

    Next, the curious Kanako explored the merchandise corner. The illustrations on the merchandise have been specifically designed for this special cafe.

    Canvas Art A/B  (two designs): ¥3,500

    Now you can decorate your room with your own collection of whose-its, whats-its, and thingamabobs.

    Letter Writing Set with Case (1 design): ¥800

    BIC Ballpoint Pen (2 designs): ¥500 each (Flounder/Seahorse)

    The pink-themed gadgets and gizmos are very cute too.

    Spend over ¥1000 (before tax) in the merchandise corner and you will receive a special Little Mermaid 30th anniversary shopping bag. There are a limited number of these and they are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, so we recommend you go to the cafe as soon as possible if you want one.

    This cafe is a whole world waiting to be discovered. Reservations cost ¥500 per person (before tax). Just ordering from the menu will grant you the special gift of an A5 clear file and you can even pick your favourite from 30 designs. Make sure to reserve your spot in advance and get ready to plunge straight into the fun!

     

    ©️Disney

  • 6 Sailor Moon Cafes Opening Across Japan Including Tokyo and Osaka

    01.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    LEGS COMPANY, LTD. has announced that it will open six Sailor Moon cafes for its Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 event across Japan this year. The opening dates differ from branch to branch, but the first two will open in Tokyo and Osaka on October 3. See all the opening dates in the Information section below.

     

    LEGS held the Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 event back in September 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sailor Moon. The event’s theme focused around adulthood imbued with a hint of cuteness. The cafes were so popular that they had a second “encore” run in December of the same year.

     

    This year, LEGS has created an entirely new concept.

    The theme this year is “Girls Night Out,” and the menu line-up stays true to it, featuring food and drinks all ladies are sure to enjoy on a night out.

    5 Sailor Tortilla Wrap Sandwiches – ¥1,590 (Not available at the Saitama cafe)

    Pretty Girl’s Brunch Pancakes – ¥1,590 (Available at lunchtime only)

    Girls Night Out (Chicken Steak Plate) – ¥1,990 (Available at dinnertime only)

    Cosmic Heart Berry Sandwich – ¥1,690

    Moon Night Parfait – ¥1,490 (Available at dinnertime only)

    Girls Night Out Drinks (10 Flavours) – ¥890 Each (Usagi Tsukino/Ami Mizuno/Rei Hono/Makoto Kino/Minako Aino/Chibiusa/Haruka Tennou/Michiru Kaiou/Setsuna Meiou/Hotaru Tomoe)

    This is just a select look at what’s on the menu―there are many other themed foods and desserts too!

    Acrylic Key Ring (12 Designs Chosen Randomly) – ¥650

    Clear Bag (1 Design) – ¥1,800

    Plate (1 Design) – ¥2,200

    The artwork for select cafe-exclusive merchandise was done by popular creator Etoile et Griotte who makes items for girls who love cute things, and Japanese illustrator Jenny Kaori, who creates cute, fashionable and alternative works.

    Every person who books a seat in advance (¥650 before tax) at the cafe will receive one of the 5 above-pictured ticket holders chosen randomly.

    If you dine at the cafe, you’ll get one of the 4 above-pictured lunch mats chosen randomly.

    And if you order a drink, you’ll get one of the 10 above-pictured coasters chosen randomly.

     

    *All prices are pre-tax prices. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

    ©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation

  • KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Halloween 2019: Vampires, Werewolves, Frankenstein’s Monster & More On the Menu

    29.September.2019 | FOOD

    Harajuku hot spot the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE will hold a Halloween event entitled “KAWAII HARAJUKU Halloween PARTY 2019” for the entire month of October.

    The Halloween season is almost upon us in Japan, where the spooky season’s festivities often begin a little earlier in October as cafes, restaurants and shops start serving up their own unique Halloween-themed menus.

     

    This year at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, the Monster Girls are inviting you to their kaleidoscopic Halloween party. From vampires to werewolves, Frankenstein’s monster and beyond, prepare to encounter a Halloween like no other with a line-up of colourful dishes.

    Colourful Pop Burger: Frankenstein’s Monster – ¥1,580 (Before Tax)

    The cafe’s mascot character Mr. Choppy has been turned into Frankenstein’s monster! This fat and juicy burger is filled with salsa sauce and melted cheese. Even the bun is cute and colourful too!

    Choppy Baron’s Dark Curry – ¥1,400 (Before Tax)

    This time, Mr. Choppy has turned into a vampire for this pitch-black curry, laced with other Halloween colours too like purple and orange. This vivid plate isn’t just tasty, its appearance has life to it too.

    Nameless Cemetery Cheese Glutton – ¥3,200 (Before Tax) *Recommended for 3+ people

    This surreal dish is a giant breaded coffin filled with gratin, rainbow-coloured cheese, and white sauce. Surrounding it are bats, eyeballs, and gravestones.

    Monster Bongo Bongo Tiramisu – ¥1,080 (Before Tax)

    An assortment of ice creams like matcha and houjicha all coated in Halloween-coloured chocolate. Hidden underneath the ghoulish pile is colourful cereal.

    Midnight Pumpkin Chiffon Cake – ¥1,580 (Before Tax)

    A fluffy chiffon cake topped with black sesame ice cream and a pumpkin lathered in pumpkin-flavoured fresh cream. The trickling bloody chocolate completes that Halloween look.

    Bark At The Moon – ¥980 (Before Tax)

    This adorable wolf dessert appeared during a full moon. It includes a crunchy doughnut on top of which is sat a sweet black sesame mousse werewolf.

    Non-Alcoholic Basil Seed Jelly Cocktail – ¥900 (Before Tax) / Shake Hip Shake Chocolate – ¥950 (Before Tax)

    There are two drinks to pick from this Halloween: a dark chocolate shake with a pumpkin floating on top and a cocktail filled with basil seed and jelly for an enjoyable texture. The cocktail can be served non-alcoholic or alcoholic.

     

    There’s plenty to look forward to at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE this Halloween, so if you’re in Harajuku this October, don’t miss out!

     

    *The food menu is limited to lunch time hours
    *The drinks menu is available at all times

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