MMN Festival: Saki Shibata, Ayumi Seto & Yuri Suganuma to Hold Official Tours as Tour Guides

16.March.2018 | FES / SPOT

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA will be held on March 24 and 25. At the event, three popular models – Saki Shibata, Ayumi Seto and Yuri Suganuma  – will work as tour guides at the festival to hold official tours for attendees!

 

Let’s take a close look at each of their tours and what you can look forward to.

 

Yuri Suganuma

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After watching the stage performances where Yuri Suganuma will appear you will participate in a workshop with her. You’ll be making a swag, which is a popular stylish wall decoration. A range of flowers will be provided, so pick your favourite and get hands-on in designing your own original swag. After it’s complete, the tour will conclude with a commemorative photo together.

■Date: March 25th

■Duration: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

■No. of People: 11

■Price: ¥3,500 (Includes workshop charge. Workshop scheduled to last 30 mins.)

 

13:00 Stage performances (w/ Yuri Suganuma)

14:30 Workshop

14:50 Commemorative photo

15 : 00     Viewing the stage

Register here: https://www.airbnb.jp/experiences/198915

 

 

Ayumi Seto

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You will participate in a workshop organized by “Aymmy in the batty girls,” an apparel brand for which Ayumi Seto works as the Director. After the workshop, you will join Ayumi Seto and go to the “Aymmy in the batty girls” store where she will showcase recommended spring items and outfit coordinates.

■Date: March 24th

■Duration: 1 Hour

■No. of People: 5

■Price: ¥2,000 (Includes workshop charge.)

 

11:00 Workshop: Design a mug

11:30 Spring recommendations at Aymmy store

12:00 Finish

 

■Date: March 25th

■Duration: 1 Hour

■No. of People: 5

■Price: ¥2,000 (Includes workshop charge.)

 

16:00 Workshop: Design a mug

16:30 Spring recommendations at Aymmy store

17:00 Finish

Register here: https://www.airbnb.jp/experiences/198906

 

 

Saki Shibata

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Saki Shibata will take on the role of a tour guide and show you around the Shibuya and Harajuku area! This special one-off tour will take you to spots in Shibuya and Harajuku that Saki visits often. You’ll also dress up in a kimono and pray at a shrine and more. The tour will take place on the 24th and 25th. The prices and schedules differ for each day so be sure read the details carefully.

■Date: March 24th

■Duration: 4 Hours

■No. of People: 9

■Price: ¥3,500 (Includes dining and workshop charges.)

■Schedule:

12:00 Create an accessory at the CHACO workshop in Laforet Museum Harajuku

13:00 Stage performances (w/ Saki Shibata)

14:30 Light meal

15:15 Walk along Cat Street

16:00 Finish at SHIBUYA CAST.

Register here: https://www.airbnb.jp/experiences/198879

 

■Date: March 25th

■Duration: 3 Hours

■No. of People: 9

■Price: ¥7,000 (Includes dining and workshop charges.))

■Schedule:

12:00 Meet at SHIBUYA CAST. for kimono fitting

12:45 Walk to Onden Shrine in kimono

13:55 Pray at Onden Shrine & receive goshuin

13:15 Stroll along Cat Street towards SHANTi

14:00 Late lunch at SHANTi

 

Register here: https://www.airbnb.jp/experiences/198895

 

 

Tours – How to Apply

To sign up for the tours, head to the Airbnb website and select the time and date. Please note that once all spaces have been filled the application window will close.

 

The application pages for each tour are different. Links and information will be posted on the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Twitter page, so be sure to follow us.

 

*Please note that payments can be made by card only.

 

■Information

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA
Locations: SHIBUYA CAST. / Tower Records Shibuya / Laforet Museum Harajuku / Onden Shrine
Dates: Saturday 24 March – Sunday 25 March
Time: 11:00-21:00 *Times differ at each area
Free Pre-Registration:http://mmnf2018.peatix.com

 

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    Zaou cheese at Tohoku Meguri Irotoiro

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    “It’s a fashion mall so of course they sell clothes, but they had a bunch of other stuff too, everything from traditional Japanese daruma to food. I really recommend S-PAL Sendai if you’re searching for souvenirs!”

     

    S-PAL Sendai
    Address: 1-1-1 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Restaurant wing open 11:00-22:00)
    No Fixed Holidays
    TEL: 022-267-2111
    Access: Connected directly to Sendai Station
    Official Website: https://www.s-pal.jp/sendai/ 

     

    “Sendai looking and progressing into the future as it overcomes the effects of the disaster. It’s a place with amazing food, fun shops, and is teeming with nature. If you’ve never been to Sendai before, then be sure to visit and have fun!”

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    27.November.2020 | FOOD

    The Gurakoro Burger is a seasonal item added to McDonald’s Japan’s winter menu every year. This year, they are releasing a new rich beef stew flavour on December 2 for a limited period.

    “Gurakoro” is a portmanteau of the Japanese words for “gratin” and “korokke,” the latter being the Japanese version of a French croquette. The Gurakoro burgers are crunchy on the outside and melty on the inside. They first appeared at McDonald’s Japan in 1993 and have returned every winter since, popular for its combination of the Gurakoro patty which is filled with creamy ebi, cabbage, a special korokke sauce, and an egg sauce, all squished between a toasted bun.

    Gurakoro Burger | ¥340

    The burger was created with a new recipe in 2019 that makes the flavour richer. The number of egg yolks used for the egg sauce was also increased, as was the spiciness of the korokke sauce.

    Beef Stew Gurakoro | ¥390

    This year, McDonald’s Japan is adding a beef stew sauce made with a combination of red wine and demiglace sauce. Added to this is mustard, creating a delicious flavour that goes hand in hand with the creamy gratin korokke.

  • TV Anime Ikebukuro West Gate Park Ending Theme Music Video by INNOSENT in FORMAL Released

    27.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    INNOSENT in FORMAL are set to release their first major mini album INNOSENT 2~How to spend the night~ on December 16 which will mark the band’s first step into a major label. Before that, however, we can all enjoy the new music video released for after song on Wednesday (November 25) which serves as the ending theme for the ongoing TV anime series Ikebukuro West Gate Park. The song was also released across music streaming platforms.

    The music video features the mystery cartoon band appear as themselves.

     

    INNOSENT in FORMAL – “after song” (Ikebukuro West Gate Park ED Theme)

    after song serves as one of two ending themes for the anime series alongside the already-released Omou Mama which also has its own music video.


    Ikebukuro West Gate Park has been well-received by anime fans outside of Japan, so here’s to INNOSENT in FORMAL’s popularity spreading overseas.

     

    INNOSENT in FORMAL’s upcoming mini album is now available to pre-order in Japan on iTunes.

  • Gifts Galore as Roppongi Hills Welcomes the Christmas Market Again For 2020

    27.November.2020 | SPOT

    Christmas has sleighed into Roppongi Hills again this year, beginning with the Keyakizaka-dori Illuminations on November 13. The Christmas Market is also set to return to Oyane Plaza on November 28.

    2020 marks the 14th run of the Roppongi Hills Christmas market which is inspired by the the famous Stuttgart Christmas Market in Germany. Visitors can sift through around 1,500 miscellaneous Christmas goods, enjoy German mulled wine and sausages, and more.

     

    At the West Walk, visitors will also find an enormous 6.5m tall Christmas tree to complement the warm, cosy, festive atmosphere of the holiday season event.

  • Seiko to Drop New Pokémon Watch Collection | MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    27.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Seiko is teaming up with Pokémon to release four limited-edition watches on December 11, 2020. Each model will be available to buy from Seiko in Japan.

    Pikachu Icon Design Model SCXP175 | ¥30,800 (Tax Included)

    The Pikachu Icon Design Model SCXP175 features a modern design with a yellow dial and black Pikachu silhouette. Pikachu’s tail is used as the watch hands, underneath which is a nod to Pikachu’s effectiveness as a lighting-type Pokémon against water-types. The watch has a leather strap with Pikachu’s paw prints running down it.

    Pikachu Green Model SCXP177 | ¥30,800 (Tax Included)

    The Pikachu Green Model SCXP177 features a green dial inspired by Pikachu running through Viridian Forest. The second hand also has Pikachu’s tail and the leather strap has Pikachu’s paw prints.

    Eevee Model SCXP179 | ¥30,800 (Tax Included)

    The cute Eevee Model SCXP179 has coloured dots for the hours which represent Eevee’s nine different evolutions. The leather strap has Eevee’s paw prints.

    Mewtwo Model SCXP181 | ¥30,800 (Tax Included)

    The Mewtwo Model SCXP181 is purple to represent the Psychic-type Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo. The leather strap reads “Pokémon” on it.

    There are three different underside designs featuring a closed Poké Ball, an open Poké Ball, and a closed Great Ball.

    Each watch comes in a special box and with an additional nylon strap, which you can swap out with the leather one, as well as a Poké Ball design cloth.

     

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  • sequence SUIDOBASHI: Tokyo’s Next-Generation Hotel Opens November 25

    26.November.2020 | SPOT

    Major real estate developer Mitsui Fudosan and Mitsui Fudosan Hotel Management will open “sequence SUIDOBASHI,” the third branch of their “sequence” hotel chain, in Chiyoda, Tokyo, on November 25, 2020.

     

    A convenient stay in Tokyo

    sequence SUIDOBASHI is just a 1-minute walk from Suidōbashi Station’s JR Line and a 6-minute walk from its Toei Subway-Mita Line. Its convenient location puts it near the Tokyo Dome City entertainment complex where you can enjoy sports events, concerts, an amusement park, and more. It also means easy access to other places like Akihabara, Kagurazaka, and Otemachi.

     

    Suidobashi is home to many office buildings, and so to blend in with its environment, sequence SUIDOBASHI features monotone colouring with chic and sophisticated design.

     

    An easy check-in with facial recognition technology

    At the hotel entrance is the facial recognition check-in counter. Guests use an app to register in advance and can use facial recognition or a QR code to self check-in easily. The hotel lobby also has a counter table and DJ booth as well as a cafe counter.

     

    One checked-in, guests can enter the hotel to find their rooms or other facilities throughout the building. sequence SUIDOBASHI is the second branch to incorporate facial recognition, which lets the hotel do everything for you from checking-in to entering your room, following sequence KYOTO GOJO. The hotel chain is also the first in Tokyo to incorporate it.

     

    The concept of “MOMENT”

    The hotel is built around the concept of a moment, offering a range of spaces for guests to enjoy different moments like the theatre and the lounge, all of which can be experienced with proper COVID-19 precautionary measures in place.

     

    Bar and dining at KANPAI TERRACE

    The hotel’s bar and dining restaurant KANPAI TERRACE has a spacious open terrace where guests can enjoy a selection of sandwiches, French toast, mains and sides for breakfast and lunch. During bar time, pick from a range of alcohols and pair them with various Japanese, Western, and Chinese foods.

     

    SHUNKAN LOUNGE

    Up on the 2nd floor is the guest-only “SHUNKAN LOUNGE,” a 40m² mini theatres with an enormous 120-inch screen where guests can enjoy sports, entertainment, and more. They can also take food and drink they bought from KANPAI TERRACE in there.

     

    SHUNKAN LOUNGE also has its own art gallery showcasing art themed on the concept of “MOMENT” from young, up-and-coming artists.

     

    Guest Rooms

    There are eight types of rooms to choose from, all of which can accommodate 2+ people. Rooms are compact and functional whether it be for guests’ morning routines or for desk work. The hotel has selected black as the base colour for the backstage area while the bed area uses white which softly illuminates with the light to create a chic contrast in the room design. There are also speckles of orange throughout the room which is the brand’s colour and adds accent to the overall design.

     

    Floors 3-6 and 12 feature bunk bed rooms perfect for friends and families travelling together. The rooms are compact with everything guests need in there including the washrooms with showers and toilets. There’s also a concept room called “Bunk Bed 4 LIVE” which features a projector and BOSE speakers for guests looking for more of a party room.

     

    If you’re looking for a place to stay in Tokyo, why not check out the “next-generation” lifestyle hotel sequence SUIDOBASHI?

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