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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    23.January.2020 | SPOT

    A huge exhibition of Chocomoo’s artwork is set to adorn WITH HARAJUKU HALL from August 20 to September 28 this year for “Chocomoo EXHIBITION -OUR SECRET PARTY- Supported by WITH HARAJUKU.”

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    Chocomoo Interview

     

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    “When I create a piece, I incorporate a lot of positive words into it in the hopes that it lifts people up.”

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    Interview/Original Text: Naho Sotome (五月女菜穂)

    Photos: 大黒屋 Ryan 尚保

    English Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

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    ©2020 Chocomoo

  • Tokyo Otaku Mode TOKYO Collaborates With Hatsune Miku at Shibuya PARCO

    23.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc. is opening a pop-up shop in collaboration with Hatsune Miku at Tokyo Otaku Mode TOKYO which is located on the 6th floor of Shibuya PARCO in Tokyo.

     

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  • Harajuku’s Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror | Food Review

    21.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” is set to open in Japan’s hub of kawaii culture Harajuku on December 21 where it will run until March 22 next year.

     

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON received early access to the cafe, so we went together with Ruki from Spain.

    The cafe incorporates “interactive tabletop projection mapping” technology developed by Sony, which allows customers to enjoy their meals while playing together with the characters as they walk around their plates and tables.

     

    So what exactly does this look like…?

    Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror is located along Takeshita Street in Harajuku. Enter Takeshita Street and walk just a little bit to find HARAJUKU AR BOX. The entrance is pictured above.

    The cafe operates on a “pair seating” system, making it the perfect spot to go with your best friend or special someone♡

     

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    Here is Ruki having Korilakkuma move around.

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    The next dish that was brought was the main. You pick one each of a main dish and dessert and share between two people.

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    The mapping helps you with drawing by projecting an outline you can trace. Ruki did hers really well!

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    Twin Korilakkuma Strawberry Milk – ¥990

    Korilakkuma Cafe au Lait – ¥890 (Served Hot Only)

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    Acrylic Key Ring (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500 Each

    Korilakkuma fans can expect to sift through a whole range of cafe-exclusive merchandise too, so be sure to check out what they’ve got in stock when you visit.

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  • Laforet Harajuku’s 2020 Fukubukuro Lucky Bags Are Not to be Missed

    20.December.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Laforet Harajuku has finally dropped details on its 2020 fukubukuro. Fukubukuro is a New Year custom in Japan where stores make up grab bags full of random items for people to purchase at a discounted price. Around 50 stores in Laforet are set to participate, with pre-orders now running until December 31, 2019.

     

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    jouetie (Floor 4F) – Set of 5 items priced at ¥11,000 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥39,600)

    This is just a small look at just some of the fukubukuro set to be sold, there are so many more to get your hands on. Start your 2020 year with some delicious discounts from Laforet Harajuku.

     

    *Contents subject to change without notice

    *Listed photos are select look only – more fukubukuro to be sold

  • FLOWERS BY NAKED 2020: Details Revealed For Tokyo’s Flower-Themed Art Event

    18.December.2019 | SPOT

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    Watch as the scenery changes when you blow on the towering dandelions in this incredible interactive experience that combines real life with digital technology.

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  • A.T.A.D: Harajuku’s New adidas Store to Open in Collaboration With atmos

    18.December.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    adidas Japan is collaborating with atmos—Tokyo’s streetwear and sneaker focused boutique—to open a new shop called A.T.A.D in Harajuku on December 20, 2019.

    adidas Japan has collaborated with countless artists to date, and this will be its first with atmos, together with whom it will showcase streetwear sneakers the likes of which people have never seen.

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  • PLAYFUL KIRBY: Laforet Harajuku’s Newest Pop-Up Shop Offers Exclusives For Fans of Nintendo’s Popular Character

    17.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / FEATURES

    Fans of Kirby who are in Japan for the holiday season will be delighted to hear that the Kirby-themed pop-up shop “PLAYFUL KIRBY” finally opened at Laforet Harajuku today and will run until Boxing Day.

     

    When playing Super Smash Bros. there’s no other character I’ll pick but Kirby. If you love Kirby as much as I do, then you’ll be waiting no time at all to head to PLAYFUL KIRBY like I did after hearing that they’re selling a whole range of original and exclusive merchandise the likes of which Nintendo players have never seen before.

    The store itself is located on the second floor of Laforet Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo. You’ll spot it instantly with the Kirby-pink text wrapped around the walls of the entrance.

    Kirby’s pink colour fills the entire shop floor. Upon entering you’ll spot all the different items on offer, including fashion items, as well as various photo spots featuring Kirby’s cute face.

    There’s even a tiny Kirby door so that he can get into the shop! Be sure to find it if you visit.

     

    The original version of this pop-up shop first appeared two years ago, and enjoyed visits not only from game fans, both kids and adults who had never heard of Kirby before, or who had heard of him but never played the games. The fashion line-up was a result of fan demand to enjoy Kirby in a variety of different ways. A visit to PLAYFUL KIRBY is like being inhaled into his Dream Land.

    PLAYFUL KIRBY is centred on two collaborations. This includes a teaming-up with popular illustrator Shogo Sekine. When this pop-up shop was conceived, Shogo Sekine was at the top of the list for collaborations with the staff in charge. The staff agreed that mixing the worlds of Kirby and Sekine together would give rise to some seriously wonderful results. After much internal discussion and talks with Sekine, a whole line of merchandise was created.

    The items feature Sekine’s stylised typography, symbols, shapes and so on. Their subtle design means they can be used as both everyday items and nerdy fan items. They’re stylish while retaining the cute aspects of Kirby.

     

    The following items are the number one most recommended pieces of merchandise to pick up as chosen by the PLAYFUL KIRBY staff.

    Tote Bags Ver. 2 PINK STRIPE – ¥2,800

    These tote bags feature gradations of Kirby pinks. This design is also featured on a t-shirt you can pick up too. They’re both made with high quality fabrics.

    Sacoche Pouches (2 Designs) – ¥2,300 Each

    The “Copy” written on the sacoche pouches refers to Kirby’s ability to copy his opponents’ abilities and appearance. This design is also included on a variety of other merchandise pieces like a smartphone case and more.

    Blanket – ¥3,800

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    Plush Toy – ¥2,300

    Kirby had intended to put on his stylish t-shirt ready to go out, but he ended up looking just adorable.

    The store’s second collaboration is with Converse Stars, also showcasing an assortment of cute and fun items.

    Cap – ¥5,800 / Long T-Shirt (Medium/Large) – ¥7,800 Each

    Show off your love of Kirby with some simple but stylish unisex Kirby attire.

    Hand Towel – ¥1,200

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    Stickers (3 Designs) – ¥500 Each

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    I spoke with the person in charge of the pop-up shop about the future of Kirby outside of the video game, and they told me that they plan to have more pop-up shops like this and open the opportunity for people to enjoy Kirby in a range of different ways while playing his games. For someone like me, who likes Kirby more than anything, I can’t wait to enjoy even more Kirby in the future.

    PLAYFUL KIRBY is open until December 26, 2019, so if you’re in Tokyo until then, make sure to pop on over to Laforet Harajuku.

     

     

    ▶︎Win Limited Edition Stickers

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is holding a competition on our official Instagram, Twitter and Weibo pages for a chance to win limited edition stickers from PLAYFUL KIRBY.

    How to Apply: Follow us on social media and share/retweet our post about the competition for a chance to win 1 special sticker from PLAYFUL KIRBY. (Designs are chosen randomly.)

    These are limited edition stickers exclusive to PLAYFUL KIRBY, so don’t miss your chance to get one!

     

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  • Peanuts x The Marc Jacobs Pop-Up Shop Opens at Shibuya PARCO

    17.December.2019 | SPOT

    A pop-up shop in collaboration with the Peanuts comic strip series starring Snoopy and The Marc Jacobs opened at GATE on the first floor of Shibuya PARCO today and will run until January 13, 2020.

    [Pre-Release Item] THE PEANUTS T-SHIRT: ¥21,000 (Before Tax)

    This special collaboration sees a line of apparel and items from The Marc Jacobs with gorgeous designs taken from the internationally comic strip series Peanuts by American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz.

    The pop-up shop is inspired by Snoopy’s dog house which when you step inside transports you into the wonderful world of Peanuts.

     

    The shop is also collaborating with the PEANUTS CAFÉ for three days between December 20-22. Attendees can get themselves a hot chocolate at the wagon located in front of Shibuya PARCO Koen-dori Street. The delicious drink is topped with chocolate chip cookies—a favourite of the Peanuts gang—and marshmallows.

    If you walk around the Center Gai, Dogenzaka and Koen-dori areas of Shibuya, you’ll spot posters plastered up to promote the pop-up shop. There are five designs featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy van Pelt, Linus van Pelt, and Peppermint Patty. If you scan the QR codes on each of the posters you can download respective wallpapers for each character for your smartphone.

     

    If you manage to scan all five of the QR codes, you’ll receive a special present when you show your phone at the pop-up store. This is running right now until December 30, 2019, so don’t miss out!

  • Kimono IN LAFORET 2020: Kimono Brands Galore to Gather at Event in Harajuku

    15.December.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Laforet Harajuku has announced that its next “Kimono IN LAFORET” kimono and furisode pop-up shop will run from January 4 to 22 next year.

    Iroca Kimono “Leopard Gecko” – ¥63,800 (Tax Included) / Half-Width Obi – ¥26,400 (Tax Included)

    Pure Silk Butterfly Black Cloth Furisode – ¥132,000 (Tax Included)

    Light Blue Dove Print Polyester Furisode – ¥128,150 (Tax Included)

    Eight brands will line the shelves of the annual pop-up shop, with kimono, furisode, accessories and more available for purchase, including new items.

    Model and actress Shen Tanaka features as the star of the main visual for Kimono IN LAFORET 2020, mixing colourful kimono with western clothing to create a unique look. Marie Higuchi, who was the stylist for the visual, has also released some dress advice for those who love kimono or those who are beginners and newcomers to the scene.

     

    Mixing kimono with the kind of regular clothing that screams you

    Marie Higuchi is a stylist who also writes columns in Nylon Japan and Sozen. Her advice can be used by both beginners and experts alike: by mixing kimono with some of your own clothing, you can simply and easily create a stylish look that’s you. This makes for a perfect outfit for a special occasion.

     

    Styling Point

    This outfit combines fishnet tights with sandals that have thick metallic soles to create an edgy kimono style. Using thick sandals makes them really stand out when wearing kimono, so you can easily incorporate them with any kimono you wear.

     

    Items Used

    Kimono/Obi/Other: iroca

    Haneri: C.H.O.K.O

    Obi Clip: conoco

     

    Styling Point

    The gorgeous flower head dress brings a strikingly elegant touch to the overall look of this outfit. Whether used with kimono or in your regular day-to-day outfits, it’s sure to bloom beauty with whatever style you go with.

     

    Items Used

    Kimono: MIKI SAKURA

    Head Dress: Atelier Senka

    One Piece Shirt: Ank Rouge (Laforet Harajuku Floor 4F)

     

    Styling Point

    Coloured turtlenecks are in right now for the current season in Japan, and this kimono look incorporates one underneath the kimono. The mix of loose socks and thick-sole sneakers really adds to the flavour of this style, even more so with the addition of personal items like the vinyl record headband and lip clutch bag which make it unique.

     

    Items Used

    Kimono/Obi: Tamao Shigemune

    Headband/Clutch Bag: SINZ (Laforet Harajuku Floor B0.5F)

    Other: Personal items

     

    If you’re looking for kimono and furisode when visiting Japan in January, be sure to hit up Kimono IN LAFORET at Laforet Harajuku, located in Tokyo’s fashion central: Harajuku.

  • Tokyo Sushi Restaurant Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure Opens New Branch in Shibuya

    14.December.2019 | FOOD

    Edomae sushi restaurant Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure, which is known for its strict use of organic ingredients, just opened its second branch in Tokyo Plaza Shibuya following its first branch in Omotesando Hills.

    Sasashigure is a type of sasanishiki rice grown completely organically without the use of any chemicals or fertilisers. It is grown by Akinori Kimura who is known for its “Miracle Apples,” the world’s first apples grown without pesticides.

     

    Sasashigure rice yields 40% less rice quantity in one-tenth hectare than regular rice, but it has a natural sweetness and elevate flavour, with each and every grain savoured in a mouthful.

     

    If you’re all for healthy eating and protecting the environment, and happen to be in Tokyo looking for some sushi, be sure to visit the new branch of Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure in Shibuya.

  • WITH HARAJUKU: Shiseido to Open Beauty Parlour, Hair & Makeup Academy and More in Harajuku’s New Shopping Complex

    12.December.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Shiseido has announced that it will open three new facilities in WITH HARAJUKU—a shopping complex currently in development by NTT URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION in front of Harajuku Stationーin April 2020. This includes the new beauty parlour Beauty Square, the hair & makeup academy and studio SABFA*, and the restaurant and lounge SHISEIDO PARLOUR THE HARAJUKU managed by Shiseido Parlour.

    *SABFA is a school managed by Shiseido for training professional hair and makeup artists

    Beauty Square will be located in the first floor as a place to discover beauty, have fun, and share experiences. As well as selling cosmetics, the facility will offer various beauty experiences using digital technology, and there will be a hair and makeup salon where customers can receive high quality service for a short period of time. By combining real experience with digital tech, Beauty Square hopes to bring in people of all ages and backgrounds from inside and outside Japan so that they can discover the fun of beauty and unlock their inner charm.

    SABFA on the second floor will be home to an all-new lecture and training facility as well as a photo studio. It will train educate and support the next generation of hair and makeup artists who will challenge the ideas of beauty and revolutionise the industry.

     

    SHISEIDO PARLOUR THE HARAJUKU is on the eighth floor where customers will be able to dine on French cuisine and indulge in line-up of wines carefully chosen by sommeliers. The restaurant overlooks Meiji Jingu, and its interior was designed by Kazuya Ura who designed the Twilight Express Mizukaze, a multiple unit sleeping-car excursion train operated by West Japan Railway Company.

     

    Be sure to visit WITH HARAJUKU when it opens in April next year.

  • Korilakkuma Cafe Opens in Harajuku With Projection Mapping Incorporated Dishes

    11.December.2019 | FOOD

    The all-new “HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe-” will open in Harajuku, Tokyo on December 21, 2019. This permanent cafe incorporates “interactive tabletop projection mapping” technology developed by Sony. The cafe runs in a “pair seating” system and so tables must be occupied by two people. 

    The first collaboration to hit the cafe for its grand opening is with Korilakkuma. The collaboration is titled “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror.” Customers will be able to enjoy their meals while playing together with the characters as they walk around their plates and tables through projection mapping technology.

     

    The theme of the cafe is “Korilakkuma inside a mirror,” which sees Korilakkuma meeting another Korilakkuma inside the mirror in a world of cats and cosmetics.

     

    Customers will be able to get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise with original art illustrated for the cafe, as well as enjoy themed meals which come in the form of courses made to share between two people. They are free to choose an appetizer, main dish and dessert. *Course menu only – items not available to order separately

     

    Menu item names are translated from Japanese.

     

    Appetizers: Soup and Salad

    Welcome to the World Inside the Mirror! Soup & Salad

    There are two soups to choose from: clam chowder and minestrone. As a pair you can also order one of each.

     

    Main Dishes

    Omurice – Let’s Draw Together

    Chicken and Mushroom Cream Pasta Made Delicious With Magic!

    Friendly Twin Korilakkuma Burger (Available December 21 – January 19 only)

    There are five main dishes in total to choose from including those above.

     

    Desserts

    Spell-Cast Pancakes

    Crème Brûlée & Magic Mirror (Available December 21 – January 19 only)

    Heart-Filled Fondant Chocolate (Available January 20 to February 16 only)

    There are five desserts in total to choose from including those above.

     

    Drinks

    Korilakkuma Cafe au Lait – ¥890 (Served Hot Only)

    Korilakkuma Cocoa – ¥890 (Served Hot Only)

    Twin Korilakkuma Strawberry Milk – ¥990

    When you order a drink, you’ll get an original coaster too.

     

    Merchandise

    Pin Badge (6 Designs) – ¥400

    Folder Set – ¥500

    Sliding Mirror (Pink or Purple) – ¥1,200 Each

     

    There are lots of other exclusive pieces of merchandise to get your hands on too. Every customer will also receive one of two dolomite crystals.

     

    *All listed prices include tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

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