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.
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.
The concept of “Furifu no Yukata 2018” is “Kikagakuteki Nihon Mukashibanashi.” Exciting collections of Furifu’s retro-feeling/pop yukatas can be enjoyed.
Alos, cute and colorful accessories of “frou frou de sucre” and “Lemon noire Lemon” will be sold too!
For the party food, the full-fledged popular bistro in Yoyogi Uehara, “CINQUANTE CINQ” will be offering a party menu.
Let’s enjoy this pop and happy fashion event produced by Furifu.
Aladdin Inspired Afternoon Tea Wishes Its Way to VINO BUONO in Omotesando
The Omotesando branch of VINO BUONO is now selling a special Aladdin-themed afternoon tea until September 1.
This luxurious tea set comes with a mix of light savoury food and desserts. But the savoury side of it isn’t your conventional assortment, instead coming with four different selections including tandoori chicken pitta bread sandwiches, a couscous and seafood salad, and more.
The scones contain sweet and fragrant rosemary honey which fill are sure to tickle your fancy.
The Pistachio Macarons and Arabian Night Blanc-Manger are glazed in a beautiful blue colour reminiscent of the world of Aladdin. And don’t forgot the cute Magic Lamp Cookie with its blue centre―it’s almost too good to eat!
Other delights include the Mango & Flower Verrine, Pyramid Mousse, and gorgeous tea that looks like it has had a spell cast on it.
Take your special someone to VINO BUONO this summer and show them the world with this limited-time Aladdin afternoon tea.
Address: Portofino Floor 2F, 3-15-5, Kita-Aoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: Weekdays 11:30-17:00 (Last Entries/Orders 15:00) / Weekends & Holidays 14:00-17:00 (Last Entries 15:00 / Orders 15:30)
*2 hours allotted
Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays
Official Website: https://www.bestbridal.co.jp/restaurant/vino-buono/
Special Afternoon Tea
Running: Now Until September 1, 2019
Price: ¥3,360 (Tax & Service Charge Included)
Disney Store Unveils Mickey, Minnie, Ariel & Rapunzel Summer Yukata
05.June.2019 | FASHION
Disney Store Japan has announced that it will begin selling a range of original yukata and miscellaneous items for summer. Sales in-store begin on June 18 with pre-sales hitting the online store a week earlier on June 11.
The line-up sees the return of the Ariel and Rapunzel Disney princess yukata which were a hit in Japan last year as well as the new Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse versions. This year’s assortment of accessories and miscellaneous items to co-ordinate with the yukata is also even bigger than last year.
Mickey Mouse/Minnie Mouse
The designs are chic and subtle while still celebrating the characters of the Disney world. The Mickey and Minnie yukata in particular feature retro patterns which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The obi sash that come with the outfits also play into the story of each character.
The other items in the mix include fans, bags, and a range of cute accessories to make your yukata even more glamorous.
It would be super fun to co-ordinate the yukata together with friends. So if you’re heading to Japan this summer then why not pay a visit to the Disney Store and ready yourself for the fireworks and festivals?
Product Page (Japanese): https://store.disney.co.jp/special/yukata.aspx
Official Website (Japanese): https://store.disney.co.jp/
*Select stores not stocking these products. Additionally, the products are not sold at outlet branches.
*Item designs, release date, price and branch list subject to change
Enjoy Kimono at Laforet Harajuku’s ‘Kimono IN LAFORET’ Function
31.December.2018 | FASHION
Laforet Harajuku is set to hold a kimono and furisode event from January 4 to 23 next year. A selection of 11 stores are taking part including 5 that are participating in the event for the first time. Shops include those that sell kimono which can be worn as everyday fashion to those that stock antique kimono and modern recycled kimono.
A multitude of items will be sold. Whether it’s for an official event like graduation or the Coming of Age Ceremony or something that can be born with regular clothing, you’re sure to find it here.
Modern Antenna is a brand based in Arashiyama, Kyoto that sells kimono with polished and sophisticated designs. Their quality is consistent with everything from the designs to the manufacturing. They don’t just cater to the traditional Japanese category―they take into account fashion as a whole when creating their clothing.
Roccoya Winter Shop
Roccoya is popular for its designs that fuse together the modern and traditional. They will appear alongside several guest brands including Haikaru Confeito, Baba Soushoku, hanamame, TSUBAKIAN, and erikaDear. The line-up will include a range of new furisode as well as casual kimono that can be washed at home, various pieces that can be used at ceremonies and for everyday use such as the haneri neck piece, obi sash, shawls, and obidome. They will also sell small accessories like headdresses and hairpins.
MIKI SAKURA & Sakura Maison
MIKI SAKURA’s concept for its items is “dignified women wrapped in beautiful fragrances.” Sakura Maison creates original “Japanese kawaii” kimono and accessories. These two brands will come together to open a special pop-up shop where popular artists will come together.
yuminique’s brand concept is to create something just for the customer that raises their mood simply by wearing it. They sell accessories like headdresses. They picture a jewellery box under a young girl’s bed when handcrafting each and every one of their products which are made from fantastic materials.
Masaboshi offers news ideas with its diverse range of kimono―from antique to contemporary―that create timeless looks. They will exhibit a wardrobe of cute furisode and pop vintage kimono personally selected by them as well as a line of cool and elegant kimono that grown-ups can enjoy too.
Modern Kimono Umeya feat. Tamao Shigemune
Modern Kimono Umeya and Tamao Shigemune are coming together to showcase new and original items as well as exclusive products you can only purchase at this event.
Modern Kimono Umeya is a select shop selling kimono and accessories for people to enjoy wearing kimono freely and as they like in the best possible way to bring out themselves. Their products take inspiration from regular clothing. Tamao Shigemune is a kimono maker that creates kimono, yukata, obi sashes and accessories completely produced by her from the designing to the planning and styling. She produces things she wants herself that no one else offers.
Discover Harajuku-style kimono at Kimono IN LAFORET in the new year!
Kimono IN LAFORET
Location: Laforet Harajuku
Running: January 4, 2019 – January 23, 2019
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/
Dress in a kimono and discover the secret locations of Gojo on a walking tour in Kyoto
13.October.2018 | SPOT
There is a walking tour of Gojo in Kyoto you can take to see little-know historical and famous spots around the area. The tour is led by staff who have acquired the top level in the Kyoto Kentei Test, a “sightseeing and culture test” to gauge “applicants’ knowledge of Kyoto’s history and culture.” Staff give a truly in-depth tour taking you to places not shown in guidebooks and places even the people of Kyoto are unaware of.
The tour was conceived by Akane Kifune who works at Kyoto Kimono Rental Yumeyakata. Gojo is a place that despite being located in the heart of Kyoto, once you take one step into it you are brought to a retro town filled with lush greenery that even the locals don’t know about.
The theme of the tour is “Look/Taste/Take Photos.” You are taken to photo spots perfect for kimono as recommended by Yumeyakata’s pro cameraman. Participants will also receive exclusive items from cafes and shops in the Gojo area not available to anyone else!
The tour begins on October 20. Rent out a kimono and tour the hidden shops and cafes of Gojo.
Kimono Off the Beaten Path Gojo Walking Tour
Meeting Place: Kyoto Kimono Rental Yumeyakata – Gojo
Time: 9:00am Arrival – 10:30am Departure / 1:00pm Arrival – 2:30pm Depature
Participation Fee: ¥1,800 (Pre-Tax)
*Or ¥1,500 to participate for those who rent their kimono at Yumeyakata. A separate fee is charged however for kimono rentals starting at ¥2,800.
No. of People: 2-10
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Kyoto Kimono Rental Yumeyakata
Address: 128, Manjujicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 〒600-8104
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Gojo Station via the Karasuma Line.
How to Style Your Hair & Make-Up for Wearing Yukata
29.June.2018 | FASHION
The summer season is almost here, which in Japan means summer festivals and fireworks. Wearing yukata is tradition during summer here and really gives you that summertime vibe.
But to enjoy yukata fashion even more, you’ve got to get the hair and make-up right too. Here’s some tips!
How To Style Hair & Make-Up for Yukata: 2018 Edition
Showing us the tricks of the trade is top hair and make-up artist Yumiko Kamada of cosmetics company Shiseido who has incorporated 2018 trends and made it so that anybody can challenge themselves to it.
1. Start off by curling your hair. Depending on how you like it done, it’s good to slightly curl the tips with the curling iron too.
2. Tie your hair from behind your ears to the top of your head to separate the front and back like in picture ②.
3a. Tie each part of the hair you separated close to the top of your head.
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.
4. Twist the front and back bundles and bring together.
5. To give the top balance, fix tightly with a hairpin. Add nuance by styling your hair around your face and finish with hairspray. Leave a refreshing impression with checkered hair decorations and transparent glass hairpins.
1. For the base make-up, lightly apply liquid foundation to your skin.
2. Lightly fix with face powder and use highlighter to give your skin shine and luster.
3. Powder your eyebrows to a natural thickness and make soft.
4. Add coral cream eye colour to the outer part of the double eyelid. Apply lavender cream eye colour to the entire bottom eyelid. For single eyelids, close your eye and add the eye colour to the eyelid.
5. Carefully add mascara starting from your lash roots to brighten your eyes.
7. Add pink cream blusher to the upper parts of your cheeks. This brings out the depth of your face and makes your side profile look beautiful.
7. Use a glossy pink lipstick to give a bright look. Lightly shade off the outline to give a lighter look.
Recommended Make-Up Items: PLAYLIST Multi Painter (With New Colours)
These multi coloured creams come in paint tubes and can be used just about anywhere from your eyelids to eyebrows, cheeks, lips and so on. There are 14 colours in total (13 coloured and 1 clear). There’s the lavender and coral which was used in this tutorial as well as two new summer colours. Pick them up and get on Japan’s 2018 summer trends!
Dress up in a colourful and beautiful yukata and have yourself an unforgettable summer!
Healthy hamburger chain Jiyugaoka Burger opened its third branch in Aoyama on June 6.
The restaurant’s belief is that safe food that’s healthy for your body equals in a delicious meal. All of their burgers are handmade one by one. They make their own original patties and buns and strive to use as many fresh and organic domestic products as they can. The burgers shine through in their flavour which makes full use of the ingredients used.
Their original patties are handmade every morning out of 3 parts each with different coarseness. They ride on the strength of each part, and by altering the roughness, create a patty with a chewy texture that locks in the flavour of the meat and juice.
They are particular about their buns too. They have a winning texture that is irresistible even when you’re eating it with meat and veg between one. The restaurant uses no eggs or dairy products*, so those with allergies can rest assured you’ll be safe.
*The buns are made in a factory where there is bread made with eggs and dairy products.
The company is very much focused on the producing area of its vegetables and their quality. They used thick sliced sweet onions grown by Awaji Island producer Narui. Their organic potatoes are from Hokkaido Niseko Farm and are cooked with the skin on.
The new Aoyama branch of Jiyugaoka Burger has a white woodwork interior and the ceilings are high giving it a sense of space and comfort. There’s a large table in the middle which accommodates up to 12 people and can be used alone or for parties at night. There’s also 4-person tables for groups or business meetings. There’s also terrace seats that looks out onto Gaien-Nishi Dori, also known as Platinum Street.
Check out their healthy hamburgers for yourself!
Mika Ninagawa’s 2nd Furisode Collection Inspired by Japan’s 4 Seasons Now on Sale
31.May.2018 | FASHION
Furisode brand Ichikura is now taking orders at all its stores together with select La Bliss stores of Mika Ninagawa‘s second collection of Ichikura furiosde.
A photographer and movie director, Mika Ninagawa was responsible for the direction of the collection, adding seven new strikingly colourful furisode to the arsenal modelled by actress Aoi Morikawa.
M / mika ninagawa is a brand directed by Mika Ninagawa herself which first collaborated with Ichikura in 2017 to release a furisode collection. Sakura Miyawaki of the popular idol groups AKB48 and HKT48 was the first to model for the colourful collection series which drew huge attention.
Orders for the second M / mika ninagawa furisode collection opened on April 28 at 24 Ichikura stores and 3 La Bliss stores.
This collection includes seven never-before-seen designs, embodying the grace of Japan’s four seasons with vibrant colours like pink and crimson.
Full details were posted on the Ichikura website on May 21, so be sure to check them out.
Furisode are traditionally worn in Japan on Coming of Age Day which celebrates those turning twenty years old. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime ceremony, so why not challenge yourself to wearing one yourself?
Vogue Fashion’S Night Out 2018 to Take Place in Tokyo, Kobe, Nagoya & Osaka
Hosting this year’s night out is Tokyo on September 15, Kobe on September 22, Nagoya on October 27, and Osaka on November 17 and 18.
The event began in Japan in the same year and grew rapidly across the country. This year marks its 10th run.
The 10th annual FNO will return to its origins of spreading the joy and depth that fashion brings to people and share the enjoyment of shopping.
Special guests will be invited again this year to host ceremonies, and in addition to plans in store from various shops, there will also be charity projects in place once more.
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.”
FNO is a must-see for fashionistas. Get involved and come face to face with the world’s cutting edge styles!
Senso Inc, a kimono manufacturer soon to celebrate 140 years since its establishment, will launch an app called WA TAILOR on June 1, 2018 that enables you to custom make your very own kimono. These days people are detaching themselves from kimono, and so this app offers the opportunity to interact and play around with kimono in the hopes of getting them interested.
The service lets you pick your own measurements and 10 varieties of cloth. Next, you pick the dye (28 colours), nagajuban (10 colours), obi (10 types), obishime (24 colours), and obiage (24 colours). The model displays your choices in real time making it easy to mix and match as you make your selections.
You can order your design online, as well as a sample cloth posted to you for free if you want it. After making your purchase, a dyed cloth sample will also be delivered to your for confirmation.
The dyed sample will be delivered in approximately 10 days upon ordering, and the finished product will be delivered in up to 2 months.
Those who have never worn a kimono before enjoy using this opportunity to challenge themselves to creating their own.
Yukata Fukubukuro Lucky Bags Released by Kyoto Kimono Brand KIMONOMACHI
20.May.2018 | FASHION
KIMONOMACHI is a brand hailing from Kyoto that makes traditional Japanese clothes.
The company pre-released their newest yukata fukubukuro, or ‘lucky bags,’ on May 16. The bags were officially unveiled on May 17 and will be available for seven days.
There are several lucky bags to choose from, including one containing a single yukata, a 2-set which includes a yukata and obi, and 4, 5 and 6-sets which include that plus accessories. Part of the reason for the popularity of these bags is that you can pick from four sizes: Small (S), Free, (F), Tall (TL), and 2L.
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!
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!
Aoyama Flower Market Celebrates Opening of London Branch with ‘Flower Afternoon Tea’
Aoyama Flower Market Tea House operates as a café that lets you breathe in the seasons by promoting the fundamental principle of a lifestyle surrounded by flowers and greenery.
To celebrate the opening of the London branch of the café, Aoyama Flower Market Selfridges, the main branch in South Aoyama will serve a ‘flower afternoon tea.’
Aoyama Flower Market Selfridges is the first shop by Aoyama Flower Market to open in the UK, and the second to open overseas, following their store in Rue du Bac, Paris. They sell a mix of different item, including wicket baskets, mizuhiki (a type of decorative cord), pottery, not to mention lifestyle bouquets, a popular product in Japan.
The flower afternoon tea will run from April 23 to May 31. After enjoying mini sandwiches or scones you can tuck into ‘Flower French Toast,’ ‘Rose Jelly’ made with damask rose scent and extract which has a beautifying effect, and more.
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!
Tokyo Stroll: Shopping & Sightseeing with Mozuku-kun the Dog #3 – Café Kitsuné, Minamiaoyama
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The barista was working quietly but nimbly at the sheet copper counter.
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.
The menu includes things like French toast, a ham and cheese sandwich, pound cake and so on, all of which go perfect with coffee.
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.
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.
Yuna-chan ordered the iced latte (¥560). The sweetness of the coffee together with the milk was balanced perfectly. It had a mellow taste.
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.
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.
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!’