The kimono brand “Furifu” will hold a party! New yukatas of 2018 will be debuted

11.March.2018 | FASHION

“Furifu to Kimono de Utage,” a party where new yukatas of the kimono brand “Furifu” will be displayed, will be held at @Light Box Studio Aoyama on the 17th of March 2018 Sun.

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 As a special guest of this party the world-famous fashion designer, YOKO FUCHIGAMI who has been featured in Creators File, will hold a fashion-check-event.

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The concept of “Furifu no Yukata 2018” is “Kikagakuteki Nihon Mukashibanashi.” Exciting collections of Furifu’s retro-feeling/pop yukatas can be enjoyed.

 

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Alos, cute and colorful accessories of “frou frou de sucre” and “Lemon noire Lemon” will be sold too!

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For the party food, the full-fledged popular bistro in Yoyogi Uehara, “CINQUANTE CINQ” will be offering a party menu.

 

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Let’s enjoy this pop and happy fashion event produced by Furifu.

 

■Information

 

Furifu to Kimono de Utage

Venue: Chome-16-7, 5, Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, @Light Box Studio Aoyama

Date: 2018/03/17 (Sun.)

open 12:30~

start 13:00~

close 16:00

 

Price: 6,000 yen

(free food / free drink)

Dress cord: Kimono or yukata (Japanese traditional summer clothes)

Special site: https://furifu-utage.com/

 

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    How To Style Hair & Make-Up for Yukata: 2018 Edition
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    ・Hair

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    2. Tie your hair from behind your ears to the top of your head to separate the front and back like in picture ②.

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    3b. For the front, divide the inner part of your hair from the knot into two, and pass the tips of your hair through. Add some nuance to the side with a Gibson tuck.

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    ・Make-Up

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    ■Information

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    TEL / FAX: 03-6459-2994

    Website: https://jiyugaoka-burger.com/

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    Comment from Mitsuko Watanabe, Vogue Japan Editor-in-Chief

    FNO is shows liveliness year by year and has become an annual event. This memorable 10th year will take place in four cities, the biggest scale in FNO history. From the bottom of my heart I’m looking forward to getting to meet people in each of these places in Japan.”

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    FNO is a must-see for fashionistas. Get involved and come face to face with the world’s cutting edge styles!

     

    ■Information

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    Tokyo – 10th Annual Run
    Locations: Omotesando, Aoyama, Harajuku areas

    Date: Saturday September 15, 2018

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    Date: Saturday September 22, 2018

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    Date: Saturday October 27, 2018

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    VOGUE JAPAN Official Homepage
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    KIMONOMACHI operate online via their online shop, and for this event are selling their wares at malls. Their first exhibition not only allows people to see the yukata with their own eyes which are usually bought online, but they can even try the kimono on over their clothes. Find your favourite yukata too!

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    While the event is taking place, you can get your hands on coupons and pamphlets on how to coordinate your yukata. If you’re interested then be sure to go and grab a lucky bag for yourself!

     

    ■Information

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    There are also over 15 drinks to choose from, including fresh herbal tea made using a blend of 5 difference organically harvested herbs, flower tea, seasonal flavoured tea, and more.

     

    Enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea menu over at Aoyama Flower Market Tea House!

     

    ■Information

    Flower Afternoon Tea

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    Running: April 23, 2018―May 31, 2018

    Time: Weekdays 14:00-18:00 (Closed weekends, holidays and May 1-May 2)

    Price: ¥2,600 per person (2 people or more only) *tax excl.

    Capacity: 5 groups per day (up to 10 people max.)

     

    Contents:

    Light Food & Desserts

    ・Scone w/ rose jam and cream

    ・Mini sandwich (2 types)

    ・Mini cake with pistachio and raspberry mousse

    ・Mini earl grey chiffon cake

    ・Rose jelly

    ・Flower French toast (w/ vanilla ice cream)

    Drinks

    ・Fresh herbal tea, flower tea, flavoured tea, and more.

    *15 drinks available. Alcohol not served.

    Website: http://www.afm-teahouse.com

     

    Aoyama Flower Market Selfridges (London)

    Address: 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB

    TEL: 020-7788-6212

    Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:30-21:00 / Sunday 11:30-18:00

    Website: http://www.aoyamaflowermarket.com/pc/?action=uk

     

  • Tokyo Stroll: Shopping & Sightseeing with Mozuku-kun the Dog #3 – Café Kitsuné, Minamiaoyama

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    In this featured series, dog lover and model Yuna Yabe heads out with her trusty partner Mozuku to visit hot spots that people and their dogs enjoy, while deepening her bond with him. In this article, the two of them stopped by Café Kitsuné during a morning stroll which is a coffee shop developed by French fashion brand Maison Kitsuné.

     

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    The time is 9am. Mozuku has a spring in his step as he walks the streets of Omotesando. The two companions cross the pedestrian crossing at Omotesando Crossing and gaze at the show windows of the high fashion brands. After walking a little, they arrive at Café Kitsuné.

     

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    The entrance to Café Kitsuné has a traditional Japanese vibe to it, fenced in with bamboo. The café is designed as a Japanese teahouse from the perspective of a French person.

     

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    The ceilings are low. Do you know why? It’s a bit off topic, but if you don’t have a low posture in a Japanese tearoom you can’t enter. There’s a reason for this. It’s because when entering a tearoom, everyone is expected to be equal.

     

    When you enter Café Kitsuné, there’s not much distance between people – you are close to them. That sense of relief might be the reason.

     The wallpaper has an arrow feather design known as yagasuri and a water design called seigaiha. Although it has a French pop feel to it, it’s relaxing, perhaps due to the traditional Japanese base décor.

     

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    You can also purchase souvenirs at the café, including original mugs and stationery. Is that a dog ear on the side of the mug?! … No, it’s a fox ear.

     

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    The barista was working quietly but nimbly at the sheet copper counter.

     

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    A vase was placed in the middle of the table. The flowers were arranged by the café staff and breathe seasonal life into the Japanese space.

     

     

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    The menu includes things like French toast, a ham and cheese sandwich, pound cake and so on, all of which go perfect with coffee.

     

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    The espresso machine is a Marzocco Linea. It’s a big machine with three portafilters. The taste of coffee changes depending on the day’s temperature and level of humidity. To tackle that, the barista changes the quantity of beans each day to maintain the same taste of the coffee.

     

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    To convert the coffee into Maison Kitsuné’s “New Classic” fashion theme, the espresso doesn’t have that common acidic flavour to it. Instead, it’s made with a classic taste and fragrance, making it stand out from the rest. The original blend coffee beans also has just a sweet touch of citrus fruits.

     

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    Yuna-chan ordered the iced latte (¥560). The sweetness of the coffee together with the milk was balanced perfectly. It had a mellow taste.

     

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    Dogs are allowed from the entrance all the way to the terrace. Here, Yuna popped Mozuku on her lap and enjoyed a short coffee break.

     

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    Mozuku climbed onto a terrace seat and stared at Yuna-chan sipping her iced latte. She had an expression on her face like she was immersed in the stylish, grown-up café.

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    This is the proper way to use an elegant café when taking a walk in the city. Enjoying stopping by a café with early summer budding before your eyes in the early morning with your dog is a wonderful thing. Yuna-chan, with her coffee in hand and Mozuku by her side walking the streets of Omotesando, looked like a polished, sophisticated Tokyo girl.

    ‘Let’s go out again, Mozuku!’

     

     

    ■Information

    Café Kitsuné
    Address: 3-17-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 9:00-19:00
    Access: 3-minutes on foot from Omotesando Station via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Hanzomon Line and Ginza Line
    TEL: 03-5786-4842
    Website: https://shop.kitsune.fr/stores

    *Dogs cannot walk with your inside the café. Please use a dog carrying bag when entering

    Tokyo Stroll  Shopping Sightseeing Mozuku Dog Café Kitsuné  Minamiaoyama

    Model:Yuna Yabe/Mozuku @yunaaay1030

    Yuna Yabe won the grand prix prize at the “Zipper×ASOBISYSTEM Model Auditions” at the age of 15. She is an expert not only in fashion but make-up and video editing too. She’s an influential figure to the people in her generation. Recently, her work has expanded greatly, such as appearing in music videos. Her activity continues to grow and looks to be very promising indeed.

     

    Writer:Ai Watanabe

    Photograph:Kayo Sekiguchi

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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