MMN Festival 2018: Music Artist Line-Up – Up and Coming Artists From Japan!

06.March.2018 | FEATURES / FES / MUSIC / 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.

This year’s MMN Festival is free for all to enter! But don’t forget: you must register in advance to attend.

Sign up here:https://mmnf2018.peatix.com/

 

This year’s main locations are Laforet Museum Harajuku, Tower Records Shibuya, SHIBUYA CAST., and Onden Shrine. All locations are free to enter upon registering in advance.

 

In this article, we’ll take a detailed look at who you can expect to see performing on stage at Tower Records Shibuya.

At our location of Tower Records Shibuya, we will hold a music event to shine the spotlight on young and budding artists in Japan’s music scene.

Artists and music media companies that have hooked up with many promising artists and new talent will become official curators of a special stage event to host an exclusive showcase of must-see up-and-coming artists. Also, up on the rooftop, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON (MMN) will oversee an idol stage event with a line-up consisting entirely of idol groups that MMN want to recommend to international audiences. It will be jam-packed full of Japanese ‘kawaii.’

 

B1F CUTUP STUDIO

Down on B1F in the CUTUP STUDIO, influential artists in the music scene, as well as music media who have teamed up with new talent, will showcase a list of carefully selected artists. MMN, who deliver Japanese pop culture to the world, will join hands in overseeing this stage event with each curator.

 

Curator 1: Spincoaster Stage

“Spincoaster” will bring three artists to perform recommended by the company themselves – The Wisely Brothers, Mizuki Ohira and SIRUP.

 

Spincoaster

“Encountering music that will shake your heart” is at the core of Spincoaster, a music media company that carefully picks and showcases up-and-coming artists from around the world. In addition to managing their music news media company, they also manage a music bar and have selected songs for SONY, Reebok and Suntory.

Website: https://spincoaster.com

 

 

 

The Wisely Brothers

The Wisely Brothers

Despite being girls, this three-piece band have a unique band name with “brothers” in it. Last year, they performed at numerous events including the Ringo Music Festival. They have also traveled all the way to South Korea for a show and have even held a solo concert at Shibuya WWW. They’re a band receiving rapidly growing attention. Their style screams freedom and you can feel that they are enjoying music written from the heart, with lyrics uniquely depicting themes such as girls’ buoyant romance, listlessly passing one another without meeting, and ambivalent emotions. You’ll become addicted to their music as you listen to it. The songs are rooted in indie pop but somewhere in the sound there’s a feeling that you can’t let go which leaves you feeling comfortable somewhere inside.

 

The Wisely Brothers / Maple Canada

 

 

大比良瑞希

Mizuki Ohira

An artist who brings to life sophisticated music, from a luxury urban and mellow sound to sentimental folk. Her song Real Love was picked up in the Spotify playlist “Woman’s Voice” and was listened to over 100,000 times in January and February. Her number of overseas fans is also on the rise. She also works as a model. Her music video Everything gives me chance what I love it, in which actress Culumi Nakada also appears, has received praise for its level of quality in looking just like a short film.

 

Everything gives me chance what I love it / Mizuki Ohira

 

 

SIRUP

SIRUP

He flew into the scene like a comet last year with his digital single Synapse. The name “SIRUP” is a combination of “Sing & Rap.” His characteristically deep vocals were influenced by African-American music from soul to R&B. His combination of soul, hip-hop and R&B has particularly been a hit with young music lovers. He is popular for his sophisticated sound that fuse singing and rapping in Japanese and English.

 

SIRUP – Synapse

 

 

Curator 2: WREP BATTLEFIELD presents Batotsuku

Witness an MC battle right before your eyes hosted by Zeebra, a hip-hop artist representing the city of Tokyo, who is bringing the heated MC battle segment from the hip-hop radio channel “WREP” produced by Zeebra himself.

4 people will be chosen on the day of the event to become team captains and create their own team from 12 appointment battle MCs for a 3-on-3 MC battle.

 

Zeebra

Zeebra

A hip-hop MC and member of legendary hip-hop group KGDR. He is also active as a DJ under the name DJ DIRTYKRATES. In 2016, he was appointed the first Shibuya Tourism Night Ambassador. He is not only leads Shibuya’s night scene, but also maintains a responsibility for the places where people can enjoy nightlife as well as cleaning up rubbish after events.

He also held the Night Mayor Summit discussions took place regarding ways to develop night culture. He is recognised worldwide for being out of the box when it comes to hip-hop.

 

 

Curator 3: Live Natalie meets MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

Natalie Music have selected a line-up of artists that best represents the “MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Project” of delivering Japanese pop culture to the world. The line-up includes Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders, MISMOPE, Luby Sparks, SHE IS SUMMER, and more.

 

Natalie Music

Natalie Music is a news website that covers the latest topics regarding music from both major and indie artists in Japan. They hold many interviews and write reports on events. The website receives much support for the level of detail that goes into in their articles which are written from the point of view of fans. They have over 120,000 followers on Twitter (as of March 2018) and are read by music fans and beyond.

URL:http://natalie.mu/music

 

 

新しい学校のリーダーズ

Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders

A four-member dance performance unit who stick out from the crowd and demonstrate originality to strengthen today’s boring society and make living fun. They became popular after a collaboration with a commercial for Lotte “Fit’s” which was remixed by tofubeats. They have also performed at Nico Nico Chokaigi 2016 and ULTRA TEEN FES, and middle schoolers have even covered their dances on the video streaming site “MixChannel.” The photos they post on their social media are also a must-see, filled with girl-like freedom and plenty of humour.

 

Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders / Music Video Clip

 

 

ミスモペ

MISMOPE

A two-piece band who deliver happy pop tunes that will brighten the day of those who hear them. Even in their songs with sad lyrics you can hear a positivity in there somewhere when the girls sing. Their music is affixed with energy. The vocals are characteristic in the way that they are both innocent and piercing. This is their weapon of choice during live performances in the city. MISMOPE are popular with girls of the same generation, with much interest having been gained in their music videos and outfits. They are also recognised as fashion icons!

 

MISMOPE / “Ano ne, Ano sa”

 

 

Luby Sparks

Luby Sparks

A five-member band made up of university students with an average age of 21. They have created a buzz amongst indie music fans for co-performing with overseas bands and performing at a UK festival. Their list of collaborations with overseas artists is long – they have performed together with artists coming to Japan including The Bilinda Butchers and Manic Sheep, as well as creating a split cassette with YUCK. In 2017, they appeared as the first and only Japanese band to perform at UK music festival “Indietracks Festival.” The band have a growing fan base around the world for their emotional sound.

 

Luby Sparks “Thursday”

 

 

SHI IS SUMMER

SHE IS SUMMER

SHE IS SUMMER is noted for her discotheque and groovy sound. The gap between the cute voice of MICO and her lyrics that pierce deep into the heart of girls is out of this world. In 2017, she released her second EP Swimming in the Love E.P. which was chosen as a “Tower Records Recommendation” in June. With the release peaking at number one on the iTunes Electro Charts and 6th on Oricon’s Indie Weekly Charts, she’s an artist gaining rapid popularity right now. Her dramatic music videos are also a sight to behold as they make you feel the story.

 

SHE IS SUMMER / “Are Kara no Hanashi Dakedo”

 

 

Curator 4: MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

“MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON” have a list of Japanese idols to recommend to the world. Idol groups set to perform at MMN Festival include Lovely Doll, Yamakatsu, Sakadori Hasshinkyoku, sora tob sakana, APPARE! Harajuku, Jewel☆Neige, NEO JAPONISM, CY8ER, and more.

 

 

愛乙女☆DOLL

Lovely Doll

A group with a cuteness you will want to keep close to you. Their incredibly impressive live performances flood the stage with entertainment. In 2017 they released Yoake Mae, Niji ga Sasu and Hikari no Symphony which ranked 7th and 8th place in Oricon’s Weekly Charts. The group have also performed at South-East Asia’s biggest Japanese culture event “JAPAN EXPO THAILAND 2017.” Their overseas activity is spreading far and wide.

 

Lovely Doll / “Yoakemae Nijigasasu”

 

 

Yamakatau

Yamakatsu

An idol group who formed in 2011 as part of Entertainment Yamaguchikasseikai, a project that was initiated to revitalize Yamaguchi Prefecture by discovering new idols. As well as working as “Furusato Ambassadors” and “Sekai Jamboree Official Supports” to promote the charm of Yamaguchi Prefecture to the rest of Japan, the group also appear as regular members of information programs on TV. They are set to perform at “Idol Koushien SPRING FESTIVAL 2018.”

 

Idol koushien day02 Yamakatsu

 

 

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Sakadori Hasshinkyoku

A group centred around the concept of jumping on current trends before anyone else and spreading the excitement of inexperience. They are completely backed by car website MOBY. They have held a solo concert at TSUTAYA O-EAST in Shibuya and will perform at Idol Koushien and IDOL CONTENT EXPO.

 

Sakadori Hasshinkyoku / “Karimen Distiny”

 

 

sora tob sakana

sora tob sakana

A four-member girl group with an average age of 15. Known by the nickname “Osakana,” they dream to one day perform live on the moon. They will make their major debut in May this year and hold a solo show at Tokyo International Forum. Their overseas activity is on the spread – last year, they appeared at “Taiwan Comic Exhibition,” their first Taiwanese event. Be sure to check out the interview we did with them(https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/61765)

 

sora tob sakana / ribbon

 

 

Immerse yourself in the latest music from Japan at Tower Records Shibuya from bands and hip-hop to idols!

 

Register for Free Entry into MMN Festival!

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). Bear in mind that stocks are limited, so don’t forget to sign up early!

 

 

How to Register

To access MMN Festival, you must register in advance. (Admission is free of charge. Select festival contents however will charge a fee.)

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.

Please display your QR Code at each location on the day of the event.

*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.

 

 

■Information

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA

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

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  • 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

    大比良瑞希

    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.

    WREP

    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

    ミスモペ

    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.

     

    愛乙女☆DOLL

    Yamakatau

    sora tob sakana

    CY8ER

    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)

     

     

     

  • 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.

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    TALK:Fusedy × Ren Koseki

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    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

     

  • Mito Natsume, Yutaro, MAGiC BOYZ will perfom at MOSHI FESTIVAL in LAFORET harajuku! Check the contents!

    01.March.2018 | FASHION / 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.

     

     

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    Let us introduce to you the contents of the show & live 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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    Tobidase! Picture Book Show 〜Storytime With Mito Natsume〜

    Natsume Mito will host her very first fashion show which she will also participate in. The show’s theme is centered on Natsume Mito’s favourite book, Bulldog Tantei to Kieta Hoshi by Tomonori Taniguchi (BUNKEIDO Co., LTD.) The line-up will bring to life the world of this picturebook through fashion. Natsume Mito will read the book aloud while models Akari Abe, Aino Kuribayashi, Saki Shibata,Yuri Suganuma, Ema Tanioku, Eri Tanioku ,Chie Tsuji and Rinko Murata will light up the stage and capture the essence of the story with their outfits.

     

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    FASHION: Mynavi Baito presents Challenge Award

    Wakamono no Honki no Chosen(Big Challenge of the youth) is a project presented by Mynavi Baito. The wakamono (The youth) this time will challenge themselves to create kawaii part-time work outfits to the world. It will take place on the Harajuku Kawaii Market stage where models Yuri Suganuma, Mei Nagasawa, and Anna Yano will wear the actual outfits! Be sure to check out this stage event created by the youth.

     

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    FASHION: Saki Shibata × Rinko Murata

    This show will take place onstage at the market selling personal items from Saki Shibata and Rinko Murata! The two of them will give a lecture on styling points such as introducing co-ords using the items on sale at the market and suggestions on possible co-ords you could create with them. And of course, you’ll be able to purchase their everyday clothes there too! The personal items that will be exhibited are scheduled to go up on the event website in advance so don’t forget to check them out.

     

     

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    LIVE: Amato Danshi

    Amato Danshi (a.k.a Ama Dan) are a six-member idol group themed on the world’s trending sweets set to perform on stage. As well as their Laforet stage performance, there will also be a booth at Shibuya Cast selling sweets recommended by Ama Dan themselves. Sweet lovers should make sure to check out both the performance and the booth!

     

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    LIVE:MAGiC BOYZ

    MAGiC BOYS are a hip-hop group made up of three high school students MCs Toma, Ryuto and Mahiro, and elementary school student DJ Jo. The young quartet are growing fast: they have collaborated with recognized Japanese rappers as well as up-and-coming artists, and have received support from music providers. Their eyes are set on heading out into the world with rap!

     

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    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.

     

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    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

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

     

  • 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.

     

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

     

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    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

     

  • 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 & 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? (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

     

     

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    Shibuya PARCO has unveiled its key visual for its Spring 2021 fashion campaign “SHIBUYA PARCO S/S NEW LOOK” which features Japanese model Lala Takahashi.

    SHIBUYA PARCO S/S NEW LOOK Key Visual

     

    In the visual, Lala Takahashi is donning the ‘Pablo’ series by UNDERCOVER which is inspired by Picasso’s ‘Blue Period.’ It’s been transferred onto a print of an abstract oil painting by Jun Takahashi. The photo was taken by visual artist Takako Noel, while the conceptual headpiece, which is made from recycled plastic, was created by hair stylist Haruka Tazaki.

    The campaign brings with it a wave of new fashion and cosmetic items from stores inside Shibuya PARCO. A special coupon that can be used on the PARCO online store from February 9 to 28 is also available. It comes in response to stay-at-home measures raised in Japan due to the pandemic.

  • Cute Milk Bottle Pudding Releases at Milk Bakers in Tokyo

    12.February.2021 | FOOD

    Tokyo-based bakery Milk has released an adorable new milk pudding at two of its branches, both of which are served in cute milk bottles.

    Smooth Pudding / Milk Pudding – ¥380 Each (Tax Included)

    Box of 4

    Box of 8

    Pudding Soft

    Carefully-selected and fresh milk of high quality is used to make these Japanese-style puddings, known as purin. Each and every one is handmade individually, and they can be bought separately or in boxes of 4 and 8. No preservatives, additives, of any nasty stuff is added to the dessert either.

     

    Also on the menu is a milk-loaded soft serve ice cream. The cup it’s served in has a cute retro design to it.

  • Taiwanese Melon Bread Heads to Harajuku Food Factory

    08.February.2021 | FOOD

    The hugely popular Taiwan Melon Pan bread, which sells 10,000 units a month in Osaka, Kichijoji, and Nishiogikita, is now being served at Harajuku Food Factory until February 20.

    Taiwan Melon Pan | ¥380 (Before Tax)

    Taiwan Cheese Melon Pan | ¥450 (Before Tax)

    The Taiwan Melon Pan bread is a combination of sweetness, rich butter, and salt for an irresistible flavour experience.

  • Blue Bottle Coffee to Open Pop-Up Stores at Shibuya Scramble Square in Tokyo

    07.February.2021 | FOOD

    Blue Bottle Coffee Japan has announced that it will open a pop-up store on the second floor of Shibuya Scramble Square in Tokyo from February 10 to March 15.

    Cacao Candy & Instant Coffee Set | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)

    Coffee Set | ¥3,200 (Before Tax)

    Sweet Bean Jelly & Instant Coffee Set | ¥3,000 (Before Tax)

    The pop-up shop will sell a variety of Blue Bottle Coffee products like fresh coffee beans, mugs, Valentine’s Day gifts, item sets, and more.

  • hotel koe tokyo Celebrates 3rd Anniversary With Luxurious Financier Strawberry Open Sandwich

    07.February.2021 | FOOD

    hotel koe tokyo is celebrating its third anniversary by serving up a special financier strawberry open sandwich at the koe lobby on the first floor.

    Financier Strawberry Open Sandwich | ¥1,045

    The sandwich is made using a financier bread baked by the hotel koe bakery. This fluffy and airy treat has crunchy sides and sits on top of a bed of fresh cream bathed in crème anglaise. It’s finished with a loaded topping of fresh strawberries which add a sweet and tangy flavour to the sandwich.

     

    If you’re staying in Tokyo this month, don’t miss out on this limited-time treat which is being served from February 8 to 28.

  • Cat Day 2021: Japan Celebrates the Day of Cats With Pop-Up Shops and Events

    06.February.2021 | FASHION

    BS TV Tokyo is celebrating Japan’s Cat Day, which falls on February 22, by opening pop-up shops at ten Book1st stores and two Marui stores which will run from February 1 to 28.

    The pop-up shops will feature a feline-filled wealth of reading material and merchandise based on popular cat characters in Japan, like Tom & Jerry, Kuroro, Nanana, and more. And if you head to the Nakano branch of Book1st and visit their 2nd floor cafe “Cafe nota nova,” there’ll be some decorative cat-themed displays on show. During the pop-up shops’ openings, all who buy goods and books related to the event will receive a free folder too.

     

    If you love cats, and are in Japan this month, then don’t miss out on this special event in the run up to Cat Day!

  • Esports Livestream Event RAGE PARTY 2021 Invites Famous Japanese Names to Compete Against Each Other

    27.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    The upcoming Japanese esports event RAGE PARTY 2021 powered by SHARP, which is being held by SHARP and Dynabook, is set to stream live via YouTube on February 23, 2021. The event will take place without an IRL audience and will invite a line-up of Japanese talent, voice actors, and gamers to compete against one another.

    RAGE is Japan’s biggest esports event, and RAGE PARTY 2021 powered by SHARP will be the first to bring together a collection of famous faces to battle it out. They will play Apex Legends, which garnered 50 million players in just one month of launching, and Project Sekai Colorful Stage! feat. Hatsune Miku which broke 1 million players within just two days of release. Music artists are also set to perform on the day.

  • Kingdom Anime Collaborates With Firsthand On Exclusive Merchandise

    23.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Creative and sustainable concept store Firsthand released a collection of items in collaboration on Wednesday (January 20) with the TV anime series Kingdom, which is set to begin airing its third season this April, and Japanese artist Kosuke Kawamura. The items are available to buy both online in Japan and at a pop-up store at OPEN STUDIO inside FREAK’S STORE Shibuya.

    Firsthand is a Japanese brand centred on upcycling and sustainable production. Fans of the ongoing anime series can get their hands on a range of clothing items, phone cases, and more. If they head to OPEN STUDIO they’ll also find an illustration exhibit, a photo spot, and more. The gallery is also selling posters signed by Kosuke Kawamura.

    Will you be watching Season 3 of Kingdom this spring?

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