16,000 People Attend MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA!

26.March.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES / FES / FOOD / MUSIC / SPOT

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA promoted Japanese culture to people of the world from Shibuya on March 24th and 25th. The weekend event ended with huge success.

 

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There were 5 main areas where the festival took place this year. Let’s break them down one by one and see what happened.

 

 

Tower Records Shibuya CUTUP STUDIO / MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC FESTIVAL

A music event titled Featuring Japanese new music “MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC FESTIVAL” took place. Down in the B1F CUTUP STUDIO at Tower Records Shibuya, influential artists and the music media, who had previously hooked up with many promising artists, became official curators to provide a line-up of artists.

 

T_S_24日The Wisely Brothers

On Day 1, MANON served as the opening act to the first half of the event, followed by the three artists recommended by music media company “Spincoaster” – SIRUP, Mizuki Ohira with Kobayashi Utena, and The Wisely Brothers. It was a thrilling string of performances as expected from Spincoaster, who showcase fresh music from both inside and outside Japan.

 

 

T_W_24日WREP BATTLEFIELD presents バトつく

In the second half we saw the MC battle produced by WREP, a hip-hop radio channel, under Zeebra and Hachi Moji. 4 teams battled it out in a tournament for the title of best MC, with MC Matsushima, MC Seishain and SAM taking the crown. Winners received a cash prize, wrapping up the first day of the event.

 

T_N_25日SHE IS SUMMER

On Day 2, Natalie Music worked as curators for the live stage event “Live Natalie meets MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON.” MISMOPE, Nemuri Haru, Monari Wakita, Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders, Luby Sparks, and SHE IS SUMMER took to the stage. Each of them offered a different genre as up-and-coming artists and sang the two-day festival into a close.

 

 

Tower Records Shibuya SKY GARDEN / MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC FESTIVAL

Up on the rooftop of Tower Records Shibuya, the Sky Garden, a selection of groups from the idol genre, a unique part of Japanese pop culture, performed on stage as artists that MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON wanted to show to the world.

 

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On March 24th, a total of eight idol groups performed including Yamakatsu and CY8ER, and on March 25th nine performed, such as Lucky Doll and The Dance for Philosophy, all of who enthralled the idol fans gathered at the venue.

 

 

Laforet Museum Harajuku / Harajuku Kawaii Market presented by Mynavi Baito

The Harajuku Kawaii Market was presented by Mynavi Baito at Laforet Museum Harajuku and centered on the theme of “Find Japan’s Kawaii♡”.

 

There was a whole collection of booths from fashion to beauty, fortune-telling, DIY and more, as well as appearances from models active in Japanese fashion magazines, artists, and a popular Youtuber.

 

Performers Rei Maruyama and Yuri Suganuma hosted the stage. The two of them are friends and so had a good, natural flow in directing the stage.

 

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Talk sessions were held around fashion, cosmetics, how to be photogenic and more and saw the likes of Saki Shibata, Rinko Murata, Megane, Noah Satou, Ayaka Segawa, and Rikako Ōya from Babyraids Japan.

 

 

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Mynavi Baito also presented their Challenge Award themed on fashion where school students were tasked with designing the cutest part-time work outfit to show to the world. Japanese models stepped out onto stage wearing each of the costumes.

 

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Artist, model and actress Natsume Mito produced her first ever show for the event – a fashion show themed on a picture book. Rilakkuma attended too for his inauguration ceremony to be appointed as a Shibuya Tourism Ambassador. He handed out maps to people at the event.

 

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MAGiC BOYZ and Amato Danshi performed live at the market with their catchy music and electrifying dance moves.

 

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The booth area bustled with people who attended DIY workshops for making accessories and pin badges, the fortune-telling area, hair styling booth and more. Japan’s kawaii was delivered across two days through the on-stage performances and many booths.

 

 

SHIBUYA CAST / MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON MARKET

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A market was held at SHIBUYA CAST called “Enjoy Hanami Early in Shibuya.” It was dotted with an array of food booths where people enjoyed strawberries from the city of Tamura in Fukushima Prefecture, the popular Kyoto souvenir “Tokyo Baum,” and Japan’s dashi stock. There were performances, people tried on kimono, there was a footbath and more. This area was particularly popular with overseas visitors.

 

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Official tours were held called “HARAJUKU EXPERIENCE” with SHIBUYA CAST as the start and finish point. They were very well received. Aimed at foreigners, the tours took them around the fascinating areas of Shibuya and Harajuku.

 

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It was just in time for the cherry blossoms at SHIBUYA CAST which were in full bloom this weekend, making the event even more brilliant.

 

 

RE THINK CAFÉ SHIBUYA / MOSHI MOSHI CAFÉ

 

The MOSHI MOSHI CAFÉ opened at RETHINK CAFE SHIBUYA with the concept of “Clean & Hungry.”

 

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A campaign was held for people to receive free sweets from areas around Japan by taking a photo of food they ordered from the café and posting it online with the specified hashtag.

 

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Lots of people posted their food on social media and were able to enjoy free sweets from regions across Japan that are hard to get your hands on in Tokyo. The café served up the individual charms of regions in the country.

 

 

Onden Shrine / MOSHI MOSHI ENNICHI

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Onden Shrine is where the local gods of Harajuku are enshrined. An Ennichi event was held for the festival titled “Tie Links With the Gods of Harajuku.”

 

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Harajuku-style rainbow coloured cotton candy, cute amezaiku and other treats were sold as food for Ennichi, and there was a booth for foreigners to learn Japanese shrine etiquette.

 

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Bilingual staff lectured on the manners and etiquette to teach the proper way of praying at shrines in Japan.

 

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Traditional Japanese performance opened the stage with taiko drums and Awa Odori. There were also character DJs, a display by pro kendama performer EASY and many other things for kids and adults alike to enjoy. At the end of the day was a large Bon Odori dance which the performers, attendees and staff joined in with.

 

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16,000 people attended this year’s MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Festival across the two days. Just like last year, many foreigners attended the event, but this year the variety of content at the festival was upped, the number of families increased, and we saw lots of children getting involved in the booths. MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON promoted Japanese culture to even more people this year, not just with those in attendance, but event to people on the street who were given sampling bags.

 

Further reports of the event for each area of the festival will be posted on the MMN website in the coming days. Stay tuned and don’t forget to check the official event page: https://fes18.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/index.html

 

MMN will continue to deliver Japanese popular to the world through our website and official events. On our website, we post interviews with Japanese artists active both in Japan and overseas, spots to visit and food to try in Japan as recommended by popular models, fashion trends in Japan, and much, much more. We provide information from a unique perspective, so be sure to check us out.

 

 

Information

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA

Date: March 24, 2018 – March 25, 2018

Time: 11:00-21:00

 

<Performance Line-up>

MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC FESTIVAL

Location: Tower Records Shibuya B1F CUTUP STUDIO / Tower Records Shibuya Rooftop

・Opening Act: MANON

・Spincoaster Stage: Mizuki Ohira with Kobayashi Utena / SIRUP / The Wisery Brothers

・WREP BATTLEFIELD presents Batotsuku (19:00 START)

MC: Zeebra/八文字

DJ: YANATAKE

MC BATTLE: MC BATTLE: MC Seishain / MC Matsushima / MC MIRI / Kizal / SAM / SHO GEN / Datemegiri / TKdakurobuchi / NiLL Nico / 8×8=49 / FRANKEN / Yuma

・Live Natalie meets MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON: Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders / SHE IS SUMMER / Nemuri Haru / MISMOPE / Luby Sparks / Monari Wakita

・MOSHI MOSHI IDOL SPECIAL: APPARE! Harajuku / Wyenra / QUEENS / Kus Kus / CY7ER / Sakadori Hasshinkyoku / C-Style / Jewel☆Neige / sora tob sakana / Nankini! / NEO JAPONISM / PPP!PiXiON / The Dance for Philosophy / Lucky Doll / Yamakatsu

 

Harajuku Kawaii Market presented by Mynavi Baito

Location: Laforet Museum Harajuku

MC: Yuri Suganuma / Rei Maruyama

Akari Abe / Amato Danshi / Manaka Arai / Alice Ikeda / Ellie / Rikako Ōya (Babyraids Japan) / Anna Kawamura / Chamereon Takeda / Aino Kuribayashi / Ren Koseki / Noah Satou / Saki Shibata / Hikari Shibata / Ayaka Segawa / Ema Tanioku / Eri Tanioku / Chie Tsuji / Mei Nagasawa / Fusedy / MAGiC BOYZ / Michi / Natsume Mito / Rinko Murata / Megane / Anna Yano/ Yuna Yabe / Yutaro / Una/ Yoshiaki / Rilakkuma (Shibuya Tourism Ambassador)

 

MOSHI MOSHI ENNICHI

Location: Onden Shrine

MC: Mio Ooyama

EASY / Coroton / Satsumasendai Odoridaiko / Shimockey / TAKARABUNE / Maidreamin / YUMENOYA Ukon Takafuji Japanese Dance Show & Bon Odori

 

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON MARKET

Location: SHIBUYA CAST

MIOCHIN

 

<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. / HAPPINET CORPORTATION / POKKA SAPPORO Food & Beverage Ltd. / KAGAMOKU CO.,Ltd / DIDYCO / FUSOSHA / Aqua Belle / Keihen Sangyo / Clarence Lee Design & Associates / Henkel Japan Ltd. / Yuzawaya

<Content Partners> Gurunavi, Inc. / Airbnb Inc. / Natalie / Spincoaster / WREP / SHIBUYA FASHION FESTIVAL / Japan Promotion

 

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

MMN Website: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp (Japanese, English, Chinese)

 

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    VALLEY PARK STAND
    Address: sequence MIYASHITA PARK 4F, 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 7:30-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30)
    TEL: 03-6712-5442

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/valleyparkstand/

     

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    Check-in is at 17:00 and check-out is 14:00 so guests can enjoy their stay leading into the early afternoon of the next day. The MIYASHITA PARK shops open at 11:00, so after checking-out, guests can go straight to shopping or lunch.

     

    So, how did you find MIYASHITA PARK, Hinanchu?

     

    “I’ve always lived in Tokyo, so I never imagined I’d stay in Shibuya, but you can really feel like a queen staying here! Despite it being smack bang in the middle of Tokyo, it’s right next to the park which feels good. I definitely recommend it to those who live in rural areas that want to come and play in Tokyo since places like Shibuya and Harajuku are close by. The hotel is littered with art and stylish design, so it’s not simply a stay but a creative experience too which I think will be popular with foreigners. I want to come here again on my own for a relaxing time!”

    On the fifth floor of the hotel is the restaurant and bar Dōngxī Restaurant & Sakaba which offers both breakfast, and dinner. The new entertainment restaurant and bar SOAK is also opening on November 13.

     

    If you’re thinking of staying in Tokyo or Shibuya, be sure to look up sequence MIYASHITA PARK.

     

    Photo: Kayo Sekiguchi
    Text: Sayoko Ishii

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

    SILENT SIREN

    SILENT SIREN is a four-member all-female band consisting of vocalist & guitarist Sumire “Suu” Yoshida, drummer Hinako “Hinanchu” Umemura, bassist Aina “Ainyan” Yamauchi, keyboardist Yukako “Yukarun” Kurosaka. In 2015, they performed their first solo concert at Nippon Budokan, making them the fastest Japanese all-female band in history to perform there since making their major debut. In April this year, they launched their own YouTube channel called “Sai Sai Channel.” They released their 7th album mix10th on September 2, 2020. The band celebrated their 10th anniversary with a special live performance at Yamanakako Communication Plaza Kirara on September 20, 2020. For the latest information on SILENT SIREN, visit their official website here: http://silent-siren.com/

  • Cute Miffy Travel Merchandise to be Sold at Pop-Up Store in Shibuya

    10.November.2020 | FASHION

    Pinkoi, the company that runs Asia’s biggest global e-commerce site of the same name, has announced a collaboration with Dick Bruna’s popular character Miffy, who is celebrating her 65th anniversary this year. A special pop-up store that will open up at Hotel Koe Tokyo from November 19 to December 6.

     

    Miffy fans can look forward to getting their hands on 180 different exclusive items made in collaboration with designers from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, China, and Japan

     

    Pinkoi x Miffy 〜TRAVEL with Miffy〜

    “TRAVEL with Miffy” is the name of the collaboration which features a collection of travel-themed Miffy goods.

     

    Merchandise (Sample)

    Re-Mask (Hong Kong) | Face Masks

    Face masks have become a normal part of everybody’s life this year as a result of the pandemic, so why not go for a cute design? These cotton masks were made by a face mask company in Hong Kong and come in a variety of colours such s white, pink, and navy.

    agooday (Taiwan) | Food Eco Bag

    An eco-bag perfect for taking to the supermarket when grocery shopping. The inside of the bag is made from vinyl so can be washed. Its small size also makes it conveniently compact for carrying around.

    一帆布包 (Taiwan) | Drink Holder

    This drink sleeve has a strap on it so you can carry around your hot or cold beverage like a handbag. These are made by a Taiwanese bag brand which has been going for over 30 years.

    pupupu (Japan) | Bags

    Cute bags with minimalist designs and made from warm and fluffy material perfect for the winter season. Miffy’s ears are actually the handles.

    寺沼麻美 (Japan) | Mobiles

    These cute Miffy mobiles are all handmade, with swaying stars and clouds to help you drift you off to sleep.

     

    Limited Edition Presents

    Stickers / Tote Bag / Handkerchief

    There’s also a selection of goodies visitors can get their hands on. If they post on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #pinkoixmiffy while at the pop-up store they can get some Miffy stickers. If they spend over ¥8,000 they’ll get the tote bag. Pinkoi members will get one of four possible Miffy handkerchiefs.

     

    Special Website

    A special page for the pop-up store will open on Pinkoi’s official website on November 12 less than a week before the pop-up store opens so Miffy fans can order items online early.

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Adorns Shiseido Beauty Square in Harajuku With New Winter Look

    03.November.2020 | FASHION

    Following her Halloween-inspired look for Shiseido Beauty Square, Japanese pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu returns to the beauty facility with a new white and snowy winter look which was unveiled on Monday (November 2).

     

    Shiseido Beauty Square

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu became the ambassador for Shiseido Beauty Square when it opened back in June. The concept of the beauty facility is centred on having people discovering their beauty, having fun, sharing experiences, and learning the latest in the scene

     

    Winter Key Visual

    Kyary’s winter look for 2020 features a breathtaking headdress inspired by snowy skies, silver flowers, and powdery snow. The look was made in collaboration with top Shiseido hair  and makeup artist Tadashi Harada.

     

    If you’re stuck on what makeup to wear for winter, and are in Tokyo this holiday season, be sure to pay a visit to Shieido Beauty Square where you’re sure to discover a new you.

  • IKEA to Open New 7-Floor Branch in Shibuya This November

    02.November.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    IKEA Japan has announced that it will open a new branch in Shibuya, Tokyo, on November 30, 2020.

    IKEA Shibuya comes soon after IKEA Harajuku which opened in June of this year. The new branch will boast seven floors: the first six will offer lifestyle products and open on November 30 while the 7th floor will house the restaurant which is set to open in Spring 2021.

     

    A special pre-opening will be available to IKEA Family members on November 27 and 28 who can get their hands on products before anyone else at a special price. Members must book their place by November 10.

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