MMN Festival 2018 – SHIBUYA CAST: Ren Koseki Visits Maid Café “Maidreamin”
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA will take place in Harajuku & Shibuya on Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25. The festival will take place in 4 main areas. One of them is SHIBUYA CAST which is where we will hold the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON MARKET where you can enjoy Japanese food while taking in the cherry blossom scenery. Maid café group Maidreamin will also appear at the market. With that in mind, Ren Koseki dropped by the café in Shibuya to see what they’re all about. Maidreamin has recently become popular with female customers too who pop in for the maid experience. Ren had her fill by trying their great food, watched a live performance and got involved in dressing up.
Maidreamin offers an experience like no other, taking on the concept of a “dream country littered with ‘moe’ and ‘kawaii’ for all customers who enter.” This is expressed in many ways as expected from a dream country. When you enter the café, it’s said that you’re entering the country. Upon entering, you are greeted, and a ceremony is held to welcome you into the country. When you blow on the candle and it lights up you become a goshuin-sama (master) if you’re male or ojou-sama (lady) if you’re female. Animal ears will ‘sprout’ from the top of your head when you enter the Maidreamin country as you’re given an animal Alice band to wear.
All food and drink items on the menu come with either a Maidreamin ‘omajinai’ service or a drawing performance. Omajinai is when you chant a spell together with a maid to make your meal even tastier. Be sure to try chanting “oishikunaare, moe moe kyun♡” (“abracadabra, become delicious♡”) together with your maid. Those who want even more fun should get the “LOVE Kakuteriimin” (\1,240). A maid will call your name while making a cocktail right in front of you and put on a truly moe performance. It’s recommended for friend groups and work colleagues. Ren ordered strawberry milk. You can order from either a non-alcoholic and alcoholic menu.
The menu is so plentiful you’ll keep saying “cute” without even thinking. You can of course omurice, a classic maid café dish where you can request a maid to draw something on it, as well as the animal parfait which was just updated at the end of February. It’s proven popular with overseas influencers and girls in Japan for its cute appearance, delicious tasty and amount. Friends get together to each order the Bear (chocolate banana), Cat (vanilla), Dog, (tea), Panda (matcha) and Rabbit (strawberry) parfaits and take a group photo.
This is the \880 “Mori no Kokage no Usa-chan Parfait” (Bunny Under the Forest Bower Parfait). You can get a “Sakura Float” to go with the parfait (\1,100. Comes with the maid omajinai). We really want you to try it!
Ren has actually been to Maidreamin before. She had been wanting to try on the maid outfit again, so she transformed into a maid with “Magical Change” (\3,240), a popular original Maidreamin maid outfit that you can wear at the café. Among the maids there are 3 different outfits: “Training,” “Original” and “Dream Outfit”. Only a select few can wear the Dream Outfit. It’s a yearned for uniform whose wearer is known to have gone through the most strict and demanding reception training in the maid café industry. Only famous and successful applicants can wear it.
After changing into your maid outfit, take a commemorative chekki photo (\800). When taking a photo on stage where the maids perform live you can get a nice photo album and a maid will draw on the photo for you. It will encapsulate your time in the country!
Maidreamin has many overseas fans, so much so that they received an offer to perform the song for Anime Expo 2017 which is held in Los Angeles every year. If you order from the ‘Live Menu’ you can see them perform live too.
Look out for the ♪ badge on maids’ uniforms. This will tell you if they are a maid that performs live and who has a repertoire of over 10 songs they can perform. Shiorin gave an energetic performance for Ren. Those who want to have even more fun with the live show can buy a “Magical Stick” penlight. If you hand over your penlight to a maid that’s off stage, they might even dance otagei for you with the penlight, a type of choreographed dance performed by fans at idol shows! All of the maids at Maidreamin can perform otagei, making it the only maid café where all the maid staff can do it.
During the MMN Festival, you can catch popular Maidreamin maids including Dorisu, who gave Ren the welcome ceremony, as well as Hinata and Amo on the live stage at Onden Shrine on Saturday March 24 at 13:30-14:00. Hinata is a member of Moe Kami 8, a group formed by popular members of the maid café. The three of them will perform together with the top 17 maids of maid idol unit QSCS, who have over 450 members.
The services below are scheduled for the Maidreamin booth at MMN Festival 2018. Since the maid dress-up time is different from the café’s normal time, this is your chance to enjoy eating a parfait and more while dressed as a maid, something you normally can’t do. This is a must-do for both first timers, regular customers and cosplayers alike.
Bubble Tea Gourmets THE ALLEY to Open Flagship Store in Shibuya’s Dogenzaka District
Tea enthusiasts THE ALLEY are opening a flagship store in Dogenzaka, Shibuya on September 14, 2019.
THE ALLEY’s main customers are women and office workers. It’s custom for people to go out for a cup of coffee with friends and coworkers, but THE ALLEY hopes to bring that same idea of “grabbing a coffee” to tea with their drinks line-up. Located at the top of Dogenzaka, the new branch aims to make tea even easier to enjoy while embedding a culture of tea.
Enjoy a drink between shopping or work in one of their 73 comfy seats spread across two floors, or grab a takeaway cup to sip.
“THE ALLEY x thermo mug” 300ml Tumbler – ¥3,500 (Before Tax) / “THE ALLEY x thermo mug” 300ml Stainless Steel Bottle – ¥3,500 (Before Tax)
The cafe has also teamed up with thermo mug to create a seriously stylish tumbler and stainless steel bottle. Both are limited in availability, and if you do decide to grab one, you can get a coupon for one free drink of your voice. They are perfect for using at home, out or at the office.
THE ALLEY is known for its three tea bases: Assam, Royal No. 9, and Jasmine. But the new Dogenzaka branch will have two extra exclusives. The first is White Peach Oolong which originally appeared as a limited-time flavour and in the cafe’s milk foam series. It’s now a regular at the new cafe. The other is Tieguanyin, a premium oolong tea, whose sales ended in May this year. Due to high demand, they are bringing it back to THE ALLEY Dogenzaka and plan to put it on the menu of other branches in the future.
The cafe has also incorporated paper straws to help combat the use of single-use plastic straws. This includes their thick straws used for tapioca bubble tea drinks and ordinary thin straws for their regular teas.
THE ALLEY Dogenzaka marks the cafe’s move from a tea stand into a full-fledged tea shop. If you’re in Shibuya, be sure to pay them a visit when they open on September 14.
THE ALLEY Dogenzaka
Grand Opening: September 14, 2019
Address: 1-19-11 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:00-22:30
Official Website: http://www.the-alley.jp/
Hippos Arrive Under Shibuya’s Inari Bridge as Part Of National Geographic Promotion
21.August.2019 | SPOT
The Hostile Planet documentary series by National Geographic is set to air in Japan from August 22. To celebrate the show’s airing, a promotional shoot will take place at Inari Bridge in Shibuya on August 24 and 25 where three hippos will make an appearance to help spread the word of how animals have had to adapt to the recent rapid changes in the environment in order to survive.
A Tale Of Hippo Parents & Child, Living Off Grasslands, and Rapid Environmental Changes From the Seasons
Dry seasons are becoming regular, where water is snatched away from the earth’s surface by the scorching sunlight. These are especially merciless seasons for hippos and a real threat to their survival. They cannot enter the water even for a brief moment. Their only options is to walk under the fire of the blazing sun. Their homes used to be packed full of watering holes, but now all they can do is embark on an aimless search. And the severity of this―the beating of the sun and lack of water―is becoming more and more of a problem.
Three panel cutouts of hippos will be set up under Inari Bridge to tell a story of two parents and their child who who survived these harsh conditions by escaping from Katavi National Park in Tanzania and arriving in Shibuya, Tokyo.
Running: August 24, 2019 – August 25, 2019
*In the case of rain on August 24 then the dates will be postponed to August 25 and 26. In the case of rain on August 25 then the dates will be postponed to August 26 and 27. Dates TBA if it rains on August 27. The dates will be extended if there is rainfall even when it is sunny. Additionally, the shoot will run from 11:00-17:00 on August 26 if it must fall on that day.
Location: Inari Bridge (3-21-2 Shibuya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo)
Access: Directly connected to Exit 16b of Shibuya Station via the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line, Tōkyū Den-en-toshi Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line, and Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
Hostile Planet (6 Episodes)
Showing on National Geographic
Official Homepage (Japan): https://natgeotv.jp/tv/lineup/prgmtop/index/prgm_cd/2639
Top 13 Cream Sodas in Tokyo: Cool Yourself Down This Summer with Classic Drinks & Modern Beverages
Hey, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON readers! I’m Banako of MOSHI MOSHI FRIENDS.
It’s safe to say that most long-standing, older cafés in Japan serve cream soda. It’s a drink that bellows with nostalgia, topped cutely with a dollop of ice cream and sparkling bright with vivid colour like some rare jewel.
It’s a rather simple drink, but the number of people intrigued by its unique appearance are evidently on the rise. And I’m one of those people! I’ve had times where if it’s available on the menu I want to order it－and further still I’ve gone out of my way to a café solely because I’ve wanted some cream soda.
Depending on the vibe and atmosphere of a café, the appearance of the cream soda will be different, which also means a different flavour. This is all part of the enjoyment of cream soda: it’s fun to compare the different tastes.
I have made a long list of my most recommended cream sodas in Tokyo, all of which I have actually tried!
To make it easier to picture each drink I have also given a rating out of 5☆ stars for the strength of the fizziness, the sweetness of the soda, and sweetness of the ice cream. Use this as reference when picking your drink of choice. Enjoy this specially curated selection of drinks in cafés that you’re going to want to snap lots of pictures of♡
①CAMPUS TOY cafe&bar
CAMPUS TOY is located in the Jinbocho district of Tokyo. This exciting little place has gone for an American pop vibe. They sell toys too.
The extra goodies they put in the cream soda here is influenced by the US too. The owner is a really interesting person, so much so that you end up losing track of the time as you get lost in conversation with them.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
CAMPUS TOY cafe&bar
Address: 2-10 Kanda-Jinbocho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Mon-Fri] 18:00-22:00
Closed: Weekends & Public Holidays
Access: 2-minutes on foot from Jinbocho Station’s A2 Exit
This little-known-good-spot can be found in Shimokitazawa. The café interior has relaxed and retro décor. Their cream soda is served with two stacks of ice cream and a crown of whipped cream topped off with a cherry. What a cute-looking drink!
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★★☆
▶︎ Café Negura
Address: PACKAGE ONE Floor 1F (North Side), 2-26-13 Kitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:30 ー 20:00
Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays
Access:152m walk from Shimokitazawa Station
Another retro-style café, except this one is specifically influenced by the Showa period . Situated in Shibamata, everything about this café, from the outside to the interior, breathes retro-Showa. On the second floor is the Candy Candy Museum.
Their cream soda is the quintessential classic cream soda…but with a twist. It has mikan in it, a type of orange, which is very rare with cream sodas. That gives off a retro-ness too. Another cute beverage!
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
Address: 7-4-11 Shibamata, Katsushika Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:30 (Last Orders 18:00
Closed: Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Access: 2-minutes on foot from Shibamata Station (Accessed via the Keisei Line)
④ALL C’S CAFE
ALL C’S CAFE is in Koenji, the retro hub of Tokyo. Decorations of cute bears are what this café is all about. There are enormous life-sized bears everywhere, so you can get ready to snap some seriously kawaii pictures.
The café itself, as well as the adorable smiley bear on your cream soda, is sure to elicit some high-pitched “Aww’s.”
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★★☆
▶︎ALL C’S CAFE
Address: Miyake Bldg. 2F, 3-25-24 Koenji, Suginami Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00-22:00
Closed: No Fixed Holidays (except Obon and New Year’s Holidays)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from the north exit of Koenji Station (Accessed via the JR Chuo Line)
Hosekibako, which means ‘jewelry box’ in Japanese, is right next to Chitose-Karasuyama Station. Retro vibes waft their way throughout this cozy little hideaway with the littering of Showa manga and other miscellaneous odds and ends.
This café too has the signature classic cream soda. It has a transparent appearance in its truly beautiful colour.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
▶︎ Café Hosekibako
Address: Koyama Mansion 102, 4-18-18 Minamikarasuyama, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00-18:30 (Last Orders 18:00)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from the east exit of Chitose-Karasuyama Station (Accessed via the Keio Line)
⑥THE GREAT BURGER STAND
This hamburger shop sells an American-style cream soda, topped with swirly ice cream rather than cream soda’s classic dollop. That, together with the huge glass it’s served in, is enough to get you excited before you even take a sip. The café can be found in Shibuya Stream, meaning you can stop by for a breather after shopping.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★★☆
▶︎THE GREAT BURGER STAND
Address: Shibuya Stream 1F, 3-21-3 Shibuya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Access: 1-minute on foot from Shibuya Station via the JR Yamanote Line
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (Last orders: 22:30)
Closed when Shibuya Stream is closed.
Access: Approx. 1-minute walk from Shibuya Station (JR Yamanote Line)
⑦Coffee Shop Galant
Right beside Ueno Station you’ll find Galant, a coffee shop also with an air of retro-Showa to it during the bubble economy period. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time when you see the dazzling décor and the staff uniforms. Peeking through the see-through liquid is a cute red cherry♡
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
▶︎ Coffee Shop Galant
Address: 6-14-4 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 8:00-23:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: Directly behind the toy store Yamashiroya (山城屋), just a two minute walk from JR Ueno Station. Also 1-minute on foot from exit 5b of Ueno Station (accessed via the Tokyo Metro Line and Hibiya Line)
⑧bio ojiyan cafe Harajuku
Ojiya, also known as zosui, is a type of Japanese rice-based vegetable soup. In my opinion, the ojiya served here is the tastiest in the world! Their cream soda comes in a large round cup and is a nice refreshment after a spot of ojiya.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★★☆
▶︎bio ojiyan café
Location: 4-26-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 10-minutes on foot from JR Harajuku Station / 3-minutes on foot from the Jingumae Crossing ticket gate elevator exit of Meiji-Jingumae Station (Accessed via the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line)
⑨PEPPERS DRIVE IN
The main dish at this Kanagawa-based restaurant is curry. Every single thing about PEPPERS DRIVE IN is influenced by retro US elements, from the car park to the nooks and crannies inside and even the trays. You can take some really cute photos literally anywhere in the restaurant. The cream soda portion stays true to the American taste too with a generous serving.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
▶︎PEPPERS DRIVE IN
Address: 1129-1 Kidokoro, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30-15:00 (Last Orders 14:45) / Dinner 18:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Closed: Wednesdays (Except on public holidays, in which case closed the following day)
Access: 6-minutes by taxi from south exit of Isehara Station (Accessed via the Odakyu Odawara Line) / 16-minutes by taxi from the north exit of Hiratsuka Station (Accessed via the JR Tokaido Main Line)
Official Website: http://www.peppers.co.jp
I reviewed the melon bread pancakes at this Ginza-based café earlier this year. It’s located inside a long-standing department store meaning the cream soda here has been around for a long time too, offering a more traditional taste. They are served on coasters which you can take home with you. It’s a great place to stop off for a break when strolling around Ginza.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
Address: NISHIGINZA Floor B1F, 4-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: [Monday-Saturday] 11:00-20:30 (Last Orders 20:00) / [Sunday & Holidays] 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Closed: When NISHIGINZA Department Store is closed.
Another snug hideout, situated in the backstreets and surrounded by trees, is HIROMAN’S COFFEE. This cute café has lots of antique picture frames, rabbit ornaments, and other tidbits. Their melon soda arrives in a cute round and plump glass. They plenty of other Instagrammable drinks too including one topped with cotton candy. This one is one to keep coming back to!
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
▶︎ HIROMAN’S COFFEE
Address: 3-18-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 10-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station
⑫ blikje button
blikje button in Shimokitazawa, which offers both a café and dining experience, has a vintage vibe to it with decorations that have a handcrafted feel to them. The glasses the cream sodas come in match that aesthetic. The stroking colours of the sodas are something beautiful to behold!
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
Address: Shimokitazawa Central Bldg. 2F, 2-14-7 Kitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00-23:00 (Lunch 12:00-16:00/Café 12:00-18:00/Dinner 17:00-23:00) *Food last orders 22:00, drink last orders 22:30
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 2-minutes on foot from Shimokita Station via the Odakyu Line / 2-minutes on foot from the south-west exit of Shimokitazawa Station via the Keio Inokashira Line
CAROLINE DINER is a famous café in Harajuku inspired by American diners. The cream sodas sold here are striking and nothing short of Instagram-worthy! They go perfectly with the stylish interior of the café that you’ll no doubt find yourself taking photos.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
Address: 2-14-11 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00-18:30 (Last Orders 18:00)
Access: 10-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station / 10-minutes on foot from Kita-Sando Station / 10-minutes on foot from Setagaya Station
And that’s all from me Banako and my must-try recommendations for Tokyo cream soda. Do you have a favourite from this list?
Tokyo’s summer is nowhere near over yet. How about treating to yourself to a nice refreshing cream soda to cool yourself down from the scorching heat?
Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #11 – ‘Hatoya’ in Asakusa
In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Hatoya which is located in Asakusa Shin-Nakamise Arcade.
The streets of Tokyo’s historical district of Asakusa are packed to end with cafés. You can be spoiled for choice, but Hatoya stood out to me in particular as it’s an especially old café. Business there began back in 1927 but the actual building was built back in the Taisho period, meaning its history spans more than 90 years ago!
The outside appearance of the shop is smart and chic so it’s very easy to spot. I couldn’t tell by looking from the outside, but the inside is full of old decorations and odds and ends which make you feel the history of the café.
One reason why I wanted to visit this place so much is because I was drawn to their logo. It’s really retro-kawaii so I just couldn’t resist!
You should take some photos too if you visit.
It was time to head inside. It’s really comfy and cozy in there; the atmosphere was nice and relaxed.
Framed on the wall is a map of the Asakusa area during the Taisho era. Hatoya became famous back then because people could buy coffee for a mere 5 sen (a single sen is one-hundredth of a yen).
When business first began at Hatoya, because the café was opposite the stage door of a theatre, all of the famous actors and actresses would pop in. Some include famous Japanese comedian Roppa Furukawa and film actor Kiyoshi Atsumi who played Tora-san in the film series Otoko wa Tsurai yo.
I ordered the café’s popular hotcakes which cost ¥600. They have been making these same hotcakes since before the war.
They were nice and fluffy and had a deliciously gorgeous brown colour. The flavour was out of this world when the butter melted from the heat of the hotcakes and mixed together with the syrup.
The portion might look like a lot but they are fluffy and have a light flavour so can be finished with no problem.
And is the café’s signature milkshake (¥500).
It’s so refreshing that you can knock it back all in one go. It has a simple flavour but it tasted so good!
I also ordered the ¥600 cream soda, my favourite beverage.
I’ve been to many cafés, and have covered many in this series, but this is the first I have dined at with such a deep history. I found myself enthralled by the stories of the owner who has continued to treasure the café and maintained it all the same since it opened. I feel like I have learned about a world I never knew about. The next time I go to Hatoya with a friend I’ll be sure to let them in on its history. I encourage you to visit too!
Writer/Model: Ema Tanioku
Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
Design: Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)
Address: 1-23-8 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:00-17:30
No Fixed Holidays
Tabelog Page: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131102/13076130/
“Emaeri” is the nickname for models Ema and Eri Tanioku, who are Aomoji fashion model twins. Ema and Eri Tanioku specialise in twin fashion coordination. Over the years their fanbase has increased due to their cute looks. Ema Tanioku spreads Harajuku culture within Japan as well as overseas and works as a Harajuku Tourism Ambassador. Starting off as a model, Ema has broadened her talent range from fashion magazines to TV, and from playing the lead role in dramas to movies.
Mango Drinks Cafe CAFE MANGOSIX Opens First Japan Branch in Okinawa
15.August.2019 | FOOD
MANGOSIX Japan opened its first ever CAFE MANGOSIX branch in Naha, the capital of Okinawa, on August 10.
CAFE MANGOSIX is a hugely popular cafe in South Korea which serves healthy drinks and desserts themed on its 6 S’s concept: Sensual, Slim, Sweet, Social, Sexy, and Style.
Their must-try beverage is the Mango & Coconut Juice which combines rich mango with sweet coconut milk. The cafe even has some drinks exclusive to Japan so you won’t find them anywhere else!
The popular Blue Lemonade from South Korea is also being sold.
Cool yourself off after sunbathing on the beaches of Okinawa by grabbing a drink from the new CAFE MANGOSIX!
Address: 1-16-6 Matsuo, Naha, Okinawa
Opening Hours: 8:00-22:00
Access: 10-minutes by car from Naha Airport / 4-minutes on foot from Prefectural Office Station (via Yui Rail, aka Okinawa Monorail) / 2-minutes on foot from Okinawa Prefecture Government Building
Official Website: http://www.mangosix.co.jp/
Popular Tokyo Café Bakery BREAD, ESPRESSO & to Open in Fukuoka
Bakery café BREAD, ESPRESSO & has made quite a reputation in Omotesando, Tokyo for its stylish interior and delicious coffee and bread. The bakery café is now opening a new branch in Fukuoka called BREAD, ESPRESSO & HAKATA & on September 25th, 2019.
To commemorate 10 years in business, BREAD, ESPRESSO & will be opening their first ever branch in Hakata, Kyushu. The café bakery will be nestled between Hakata Station and CANAL CITY HAKATA. Whether you are a busy commuter looking for a heartwarming cup of coffee or a traveling tourist, the location is ideal for anyone looking for a quick rest stop.
The new café bakery is approximately 165 m² in size, making it the largest branch. The shop is decorated with a pure white base theme and has the perfect comfortable environment to enjoy a coffee.
Mu: ￥330 (after tax)
French Toast: ￥750 (after tax)
BREAD, ESPRESSO &’s popular Mu and French Toast will be on the menu along with Hakata-limited goods. If you are searching for some delicious bread in Hakata, please make your way to BREAD, ESPRESSO &.
BREAD, ESPRESSO & HAKATA & (パンとエスプレッソと博多と)
Address: 101, 2-8-12, Hakata Ekimae, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 8:00 ー 20:00
No regular holidays.
Enjoy a Meal While Gazing Across the Rice Fields Of Kamimomi at Momian
A new cafe called Momian opened by the Kakimomi Terraced Rice Fields in the Kamimomi area of Kumenan, a town in Okayama Prefecture, on August 3. The terraced rice fields of Kamimomi were selected by Pasona as one of Japan’s top 100 rice fields.
Momian’s menu promotes the local region by using locally sourced and produced ingredients as well as rice from the rice fields.
Kumenan has the highest rate of ageing in Okayama Prefecture. As of October 2018, over 44.3% of the population is over the age of 65. As a result, the region is facing a serious ageing population and consequential population decline. As well as this, more and more rice fields in Kamimomi have been abandoned in recent years and are no longer cultivated, leading to a serious maintenance problem with Satoyama which share resources in the region.
Pasona has aided in tackling Kamimomi’s farming issue and is working to help revitalise the local community. They also revamped and reopened the Kumenan Rest Area in 2016 through their subsidiary company Pasona Okayama.
There’s also where Momian comes in. The new cafe uses a refurbished old Japanese house and offers a gorgeous view of the rice fields and natural environment from its windows.
To help support and build a deeper connection with its local farmers, the cafe will serve up original dishes made using ingredients grown in the area throughout the year.
Kamimomi Tanada Terrace Momian
Grand Opening: August 3, 2019
Address: 1300 Kamimomi, Kumenan, Kume District, Okayama Prefecture
Business Hours: Fridays 12:00-16:00 / Weekends 10:00-16:00
Closed: Monday to Thursday
Tabelog Page: https://tabelog.com/okayama/A3301/A330101/33015274/
Lolita Singer Luna Haruna Announces Surprise Solo Live Performance at Most Recent Concert
Tokyo singer and lolita fashion model Luna Haruna finished her premium solo summer concert at SHIBUYA TAKE OFF7 on August 4. The concert title Lupa and Aries no gastronomie was named after her single Lupa to Aries which was released earlier this year in June and is so far only available on streaming services. Haruna performed once in the afternoon and once in the evening with a live band. She performed a total of 28 songs, including some brand new hits.
She launched into her concert with her hit songs Stertear, Kimi Iro Signal, Stella Breeze and Overfly. She then performed her two new fairytale-themed songs Lupa to Aries and Kaiten Mokuba live for the first time.
Afterwards, she turned to her fans and said:
“I challenged myself to something completely new this time. I want to show you all a side of me you have never seen before.”
What the fans heard next was an unexpected surprise.
She announced that she will be performing at Mt.RAINIER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE, Tokyo on November 16. The venue, packed with fans, could not contain their excitement, responding to the glorious news with cheers of joy that echoed throughout the entire room.
Her recent release Kaiten Mokuba follows the same fairytale theme as Lupa to Aries. The beautiful harmonies created by the strings pierce through the strong and pressing beat of the song. This gothic fairytale song is appropriately titled Kaiten Mokuba (Carousel) to further emphasise the distorted feeling of being spun around in endless circles. Luna is an artist who represents the lolita scene for lolita fans worldwide. This fairytale video is where her true self comes alive. Her new, mysterious visuals are a fusion of lolita fashion and Alice in Wonderland themes.
Luna Haruna Music Video: Kaiten Mokuba
The head-spinning music video shows Luna in different lolita fashion outfits. Each outfit explores the depths of a different character from Alice in Wonderland. Watch Luna spin her way through five Alice in Wonderland-themed lolita dresses including the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and of course, Alice.
Luna will also be singing the theme song for the upcoming anime film Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Fine, which will premiere on October 26. This isn’t the first time Luna has been involved in the Saekano anime series. She performed the theme songs Kimi Iro Signal and Stella Breeze, which were the TV anime’s first and second anime openings respectively.
The anime film opening will be written by Miku Sawai, who wrote the lyrics for the TV anime’s first and second ending theme songs Colourful and Sakura Iro Diary respectively. Miku Sawai and Luna Haruna have become massive sensations in the news for their anime hits. Just what kind of chemical reaction will unfold when these two heroines collaborate on the anime film’s opening theme song? Please keep your eyes peeled for future updates.
Luna Haruna 2019 Autumn Solo Concert (Title to be confirmed)
Date/Time: November 16, 2019 Doors Open: 16:30 Start: 17:00
Venue: Mt.RAINIER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE,
Address: Shibuya PRIME (6th floor), 2 Chome-29-5 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Ticket Prices: ￥6,480 (after tax, designated seating only).
* You can order a maximum of four tickets per concert.
*There is also a compulsory one drink fee that you must pay upon entry into the venue.
* Entry is not permitted for those under school age.
Fan Club Member-limited preorder period: August 4th (21:00) ー 19th (23:59)
Luna Haruna Official Fan Club “L-67 Luna☆Station”
・General Ticket Sales period: To be confirmed.
Queries: (Sunrise Promotion Tokyo) 0570-00-3337（10:00-18:00）
Available on most streaming services: https://harunaluna.lnk.to/OWrKt0ME
Lupa to Aries
Available on most streaming services: https://harunaluna.lnk.to/ro4yd5wD
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Fine
Premiere: October 26, 2019 across Japan.
Anime Film Website: https://saenai-movie.com
Luna Haruna Official Website: http://www.harunaluna.jp/
Cute LINE Penguin Character Gets Collaboration Café in Tokyo and Osaka
04.August.2019 | FOOD
A collaboration café dedicated to the adorable penguin character Koupen chan will run over the summer period. The café will open on August 8 in Tokyo and September 5 in Osaka.
The baby emperor penguin Koupen chan, who is often the go-to sticker for many Twitter and LINE users, is illustrated by the well-known RURUTEA. Many SNS users turn to the relaxing, soft and cuddly penguin to send soothing words of encouragement and a fuzzy hug to their loved ones. No wonder our adorable penguin has over 300,000 followers on Twitter.
Yokoshima Enaga-San Burger: ￥1,490
Koupen Chan Ochazuke (Rice served with broth): ￥1,390
The first time the Koupen Chan Collaboration Café opened for a limited period was on November 2017. Now, the café is back with a refreshed image which plunges deeper into the depths of Koupen chan’s affectionate world. There are even more features packed into this year’s collaboration menu. No matter what you order, your table will be overflowing with adorable penguin love.
Pink Koupen Chan Strawberry Milk Pancake: ￥1,390 (before tax)
Two Best Friends Lemon Peach Parfait: ￥1,290 (price before tax)
Don’t forget to check out the drinks and desserts which are bound to melt your heart.
Acrylic Drink Coaster (random design ), 4 designs available: ￥900 (before tax)
Bonus Gift for Café Customers: Placemat and Paper Drink Coaster (1 of 6 designs presented at random)
You won’t just be served a cute meal, however. Customers have the chance to get their hands on original merchandise with cute café-themed designs. The designs, which were illustrated by RURUTEA, include Koupen chan as your personal café server, a pink-themed Koupen chan and even a light blue Koupen chan relaxing in the café.
The reservation period opened recently. Reservations are now being accepted via the official website. This café is the perfect place to escape from the blazing summer heat and humidity to get refreshed. Come relax and enjoy a moment of cute food and drinks in this comfortable atmosphere.
* The images shown in this article may differ slightly to the actual merchandise/menu items.
* English menu names above are not official translations.
Koupen Chan Café 2019 SUMMER
Tokyo: SHIBUYA BOX CAFE & SPACE (SHIBUYA BOX)
Address: Shibuya Loft 2nd floor, 21-１ Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Open: August 8, 2019 ー September 23, 2019
Osaka: Shinsaibashi contact
Address: 1 Chome-6-２４ Kitahorie, Nishi Ward, Osaka
Open: September 5, 2019 ー October 6, 2019
Reservations now open.
Reservation price: ￥500 (includes a complementary souvenir for making the reservation)
A limit of 4 seats can be reserved through 1 reservation.
Night Party at Harajuku’s Conveyor-Belt Dessert Cafe Ron Ron for 20 Year Olds Only
MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron is a popular conveyor-belt dessert cafe in Harajuku. We visited the cafe last year when it had just dropped, so be sure to check out our cover story if you want more information.
The cafe has just announced a night party that is exclusive to those in their 20’s. Titled “Cafe Ron Ron 20ty’s Night Party -PINK FRIDAY- supported by MAISON ABLE,” the event began yesterday and will run every night up to September 27.
Customers can enjoy all-you-can-eat unlimited snacks for just ¥500 with no time restrictions. For an additional fee, you can also pick from the food menu which features 5 dishes and order from the drinks menu which includes alcohol.
Everything on the food and drinks menu is ¥500 too, making it a delicious bargain!
Desserts are served at varying time slots from 19:00. Depending on what time you arrive or decide to start eating the menu will change which is all part of the fun!
The cafe has also teamed up with the fashion rental shop airCloset next door so customers can enjoy dining at Cafe Ron Ron while wearing a yukata.
You can even continue wearing the kimono after you’ve eaten so you can stroll the streets of Harajuku, go to nearby festivals and more for an exciting day out in Japan’s youth and culture hub. The yukata can be rented by people of all ages – full details on the websites below.
Cafe Ron Ron 20ty’s Night Party -PINK FRIDAY- supported by MAISON ABLE
Location: MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron (6-7-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: August 2, 2019 – September 27, 2019
Conditions: Restricted to those aged 20-29 years (*photo ID required upon entry)
Opening Hours: 19:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:30)
Official Website: http://cafe-ronron.com/pinkfriday/
airCloset x ABLE
Address: 6-7-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: July 27, 2019 – September 30, 2019
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-21:00 / Weekends 11:00-19:00 (Last fittings at 17:00)
Return Periods: By 21:00 on weekdays / By 19:00 on weekends)
・Please take a camisole or tank top that can be worn under your yukata
・Foreigners are asked to take a copy of their passport when renting
・There is a luggage storage service for those who are returning on the same day
Official Website: http://cafe-ronron.com/yukataderonron/
Snoopy Themed PEANUTS HOTEL Celebrates 1st Anniversary
To celebrate the 1st anniversary of the PEANUTS HOTEL, which opened on August 1, 2018, the hotel has released a collection of original commemorative merchandise.
The PEANUTS hotel is home to 18 rooms each with its own unique design. The merchandise collection is themed on each of these rooms.
PEANUTS HOTEL “Happiness is a warm puppy..” (Room 64) – ¥3,500
The theme of Room 64 is “Happiness is a warm puppy,” so the PEANUTS HOTEL has made that a reality by creating a huggable Snoopy plush toy which is so cute and soft you’ll never want to let him go. He is a smaller version of the big Snoopy you can hug in Room 64, meaning you can take him anywhere with you!
PEANUTS HOTEL 1ST ANNIVERSARY Postcards (5 Designs / 2 Included With Each) – ¥2,200
The hotel’s postcard sets are popular with guests, and to celebrate the 1st anniversary, it is selling limited edition designs. Using special manufacturing methods, the hotel has released sets themed on Rooms 44, 57, 61 and 62. They are packaged in a beautiful box that looks like the outside of the hotel and its windows. They are great for both sending to someone with a message or for simply using them as decoration in your own room.
PEANUTS HOTEL x tegoto “solarsystem” (Room 42) – ¥49,000 (Only 30 Available)
PEANUTS HOTEL has teamed up with the internationally popular product brand tegoto to release mobiles inspired by Astronaut Snoopy which is the theme of Room 42. Each mobile is handcrafted individually and features Snoopy, Woodstock and the planetary system. Perfect for both kids and adults alike!
*Only 30 available. Each comes with its own unique handwritten serial number.
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro and PEANUTS DINER Yokohama are also joining in the celebration with their own pop-up corner which will run for the whole month of August. For this limited time only, they will sell items which are usually exclusive to the PEANUTS HOTEL.
“Lila” Aroma Essential Oils – ¥2,300 / Aroma Air Mist – ¥2,200 / Aroma Stone Diffuser – ¥2,200 / PEANUTS HOTEL Bath Towel – ¥3,200, Face Towel – ¥1,800, Amenity Set – ¥3,400 / Compression Bag (Contains 5) – ¥1,500
These items are also available over on the PEANUTS Cafe Online Shop. Join Snoopy and his friends in celebrating the 1st anniversary of the PEANUTS HOTEL by picking up some cute merch!
*All listed prices are pre-tax.
© 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
PEANUTS HOTEL / PEANUTS Cafe Kobe
Address: 1-22-26 Nakayamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
Official Website: https://www.peanutshotel.jp/en/
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
Address: 2-16-7 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama
Address: Marine & Walk Yokohama Floor 2F,1-3-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Official Website: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/
PEANUTS Cafe Online Shop
Official Website: https://www.peanutscafe.jp/online/
Vegan Bubble Tea Arrives at Harajuku’s BOTANIST Tokyo Tea Stand
30.July.2019 | FOOD
For the whole month of August, the BOTANIST Tokyo tea stand in Harajuku is serving two different tapioca bubble tea beverages. Just 100 of each will be sold each day.
The two delicious drink flavours include “Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea” and “Matcha Milk Tea.” Both beverages are made with high quality tapioca pearls from bubble tea store Bull Pulu who serve up Taiwanese pop culture with their tasty menu.
Vegans shopping in Tokyo’s Harajuku and Omotesando areas will be excited to try the vegan-friendly Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea. Both of the drinks are also sold in eco cups and come with paper straws.
Tapioca Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)
The vegan-friendly option is a combination of bright and colourful butterfly pea tea and soy milk. It’s laced with a tropical coconut syrup for enhanced flavour.
Tapioca Matcha Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)
The matcha milk tea is a combination of rich and smooth matcha foam and milk. It’s mixed with a fragrant hazelnut syrup.
Both drinks are takeout only and are available to buy on the first floor. If you fancy a little refreshing drink while strolling through Harajuku then be sure to visit BOTANIST Tokyo.
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo (Shop – Floor 1F / Cafe – Floor 2F)
Business Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://botanistofficial.com/shop/