MMN Festival 2018 Report: Onden Shrine – Bon Odori and an Array of Ennichi Food

30.March.2018 | FEATURES / FES / SPOT

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA promoted Japanese culture to the world from Shibuya. Over the course of two days, MMN delivered a new kind of Japanese festival to 16,000 people.

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In this article, we report on Onden Shrine – one of the four areas of the festival – where the gods of Harajuku are enshrined. Let’s take a look at the line-up of performances for the stage area as well as the variety of booths!

 

Stage

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Mio Ooyama was in charge of presenting the on-stage performances and, with her bilingual skills, introduced each performer to the audience.

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Satsumasendai Odoridaiko opened the stage with a team made up entirely of women who struck their drums like thunder. Dressed in traditional outfits, the traditional sound of their drums rippled through across the event.

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The members of maid café group Maidreamin put on a full-force idol performance, captivating the crowd with their catchy music and kawaii dance moves!

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Next on stage was kendama performer EASY, who is also active overseas too. His skilful performance with his kendama – a toy enjoyed by both children and adults – garnered him huge rounds of applause.

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Then it was character DJ time, which all the kids had been waiting for! Shimockey of Shimo-Kitazawa and Coroton of Gunma Prefecture were there to entertain. They both sang and danced together with the children! Shimockey and Coroton were also very popular outside DJ time too.

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Last on stage was Ukon Takafuji of YUMENOYA for the Japanese dance show. At the end, all the performers, attendees and venue staff joined in with Bon Odori dancing! Everyone got involved from children to adults, overseas tourists and the character DJs.

 

Ennichi Area

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The Ennichi area was filled with food and games, as well as MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON style workshop booths. There was a diverse line-up of booths enjoyed by kids, grown-ups and foreigners too.

 

Harajuku Rainbow Cotton Candy

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The colourful cotton candy store from Takeshita Street in Harajuku TOTTI CANDY FACTORY served up a special event-only menu. They sold a numer of things, including TOTTI Rainbow (¥800) which was a combination of 5 flavours: plain (white), strawberry (red), carbonated (blue), and lemon (yellow). Cotton candy is a common treat sold at shrine food stalls, but TOTTI give a Harajuku spin to it. People carrying cotton candy around Onden Shrine really decorated the area.

 

Amezaiku

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The amezaiku booth was very well received last year too. Not only could to purchase some amezaiku candy, you could also make your own amezaiku rabbit, bear and more together with the teacher.

 

Mizuhiki

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Mizuhiki artist Kaori Funaki was invited to hold a workshop for people to create ‘mizuhiki’ which are special cords that tie envelopes used for monetary gifts. There was also individual mizuhiki related merchandise on sale, such as chopstick rests.

 

Kendama

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Global Kendamas Network was established to help spread the use of kendama, a popular sport originating from Japan that has given rise to pros around the world. Kendama performer EASY performed on stage, kendama for pros were sold, and people tried out kendama themselves.

 

Onden Shrine Omamori

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Omamori and other items are sold at Onden Shrine. The god of beauty is enshrined at Onden Shrine, so the small, round omamori charm for “Beauty” (¥500) was very popular amongst girls. With foreign tourists, the omamori for “Victory” was popular.

 

Learn Shrine Etiquette

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As part of the Harajuku tours by Airbnb which began and finished at SHIBUYA CAST, people were taught the proper manners and etiquette to praying at Japanese shrines, including about torii gates, temizuya, hishaku, and the main shrine building. Foreign tourists with an interest in Japanese culture were happy to get involved.

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People were also able to participate in a formal sanpai and learned about ‘tamagushi houten’ – humbly presenting a tamagushi, a type of Shinto offering.

 

Frisbee Strike Out

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At this booth, people had to throw a frisbee 6 times. When they got 1 line of bingo they picked one item they liked, and when they got 2 lines they picked two. Even if people didn’t get bingo, awards were still handed out to participants. The line-up included regional Japanese specialties such as “Soy Sauce Mochi” from Oita Prefecture and staple souvenir from Fukushima Prefecture “Brown Sugar Manju”.

Target Practice Game

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The target practice game is common at Ennichi, but this was a special MMN Festival version. People had 5 shots per turn, and depending on how many targets they shot down, the number of prizes would change. Those who couldn’t land a shot weren’t left out however and were gifted low calorie chocolate. Prizes included tins of oden, tom yum flavoured okaki, and more.

 

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Did you enjoy the events at Onden Shrine? We took elements from traditional Japanese matsuri festivals and put a MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON spin on them. During the Onden Shrine events, we were able to receive cooperation from local people and those associated with the shrine prior to the festival until the end of the festival.

 

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON would like to continue holding even more events in the future where locals and those visiting Shibuya and Harajuku can have fun together.

 

 

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    A flea market was also held on stage where people could enter a lottery to purchase personal items from models that attended the festival. People that bought Saki and Rinko’s items were overjoyed after hearing them tell the story behind each one! Harajuku Kawaii Market took place on March 24th and 25th. It promoted Japan’s kawaii culture from Harajuku and proved a roaring success.

     

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    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA is currently being held across Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25, serving Japanese culture to the world from Shibuya. Day one ended with huge success. Laforet Museum Harajuku, one of the four areas of the festival, was home to the Harajuku Kawaii Market take place, an event themed on the concept of “Find Japanese Kawaii♡”. The market was lined with a whole host of booths where people got up close with Japanese fashion, beauty, fortune-telling, DIY and more. But that’s not all.

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    With excitement still rippling through the room, “Mynavi Baito presents Challenge Award” was next on stage. Nine fashion students were split into teams of three who were challenged to create cute part-time work outfits to promote to the world. Yuri Suganuma, Mei Nagasawa and Anna Yano stepped out onto stage and presented the outfits by wearing them. Team 95 created an izakaya outfit, Team Hikari produced a Gas Station uniform, and Team Twinkle served up moving-company couture.

     

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    The audience were made to vote for a winner with a raise of hands. The winners of the Challenge Award were Team Twinkle and their mover outfit! They went away with a cash prize of ¥100,000. Tears were even seen from the team upon hearing the announcement. It was a moving stage event – you could see their passion and how hard they had all worked.

     

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    Seeing that had people sighing in adoration with accompanying exclamations of “kawaii.”

     

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    With three more stage events wrapped up, it was time to move on to slot three. The first of the performances was the “Fashion & Hair Dye Talk Session with Ren Koseki, Hikari Shibata, Yuri Suganuma, Ayumi Seto and MIZUKI (KORD)” presented by FRESHLIGHT. Popular models Ren Koseki and Ayumi Steo, as well as popular stylist MIZUKI (KORD), chatted about their experiences with dyeing their hair, recommended hair colours for spring, and more.

     

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    Locations: SHIBUYA CAST. / Tower Records Shibuya / Laforet Museum Harajuku / Onden Shrine

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    Time: 11:00-21:00 *Times differ at each area

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  • MMN Festival 2018 Report: Natsume Mito Produces and Performs First Show “Tobidase! Picture Book Show 〜Storytime With Natsume Mito〜”

    28.March.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES / FES

    MOSHI MOSHI FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA was held in Shibuya and Harajuku on March 24th and 25th. On Saturday March 24th, model and artist Natsume Mito held her first ever fashion show Tobidase! Picture Book Show ~Storytime With Natsume Mito at Laforet Museum Harajuku.

     

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    Natsume Mito fully produced the fashion show which was themed on Bulldog Tanei to Kieta Hoshi (BUNKEIDO Co., LTD.), a picture book by Tomonori Taniguchi. The story is as follows. The stars have disappeared from the sky. During this time, a letter arrives for the bulldog detective requesting he search for the lost stars. He accepts and heads out to find them. He’s able to locate them, but why did they disappear, and who sent the letter…? This exciting story is full of heart and can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

     

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    Natsume Mito read the story aloud while a cast of Japanese models brought the world of the book to life through fashion. Models that performed included Yuri Suganuma, Ema Tanioku, Eri Tanioku, Aino Kuribayashi, Chie Tsuji, Abe Akari, Saki Shibata, Rinko Murata, Manaka Arai, Alice Ikeda, Una, and Anna Kawamura. Natsume Mito styled the outfits in the image of everything from the bulldog detective to the animals, moon and stars. The models were immersed in their roles and walked and posed as directed.

     

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    Bulldog Detective (Ema Tanioku) & Starfish (Saki Shibata)

     

     

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    At the end of the show, the models that performed spoke with the stage presenter Rei Maruyama and gave their thoughts on this first ever fashion show.

     

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    Anna Kawamura (Tortoise): Beret – Caorinomori / Hairband attached to hat, Brooch – Barairo no boushi / Bootsu – gREEN DOT / other personal items UNA (Owl): Innerwear, Jacket, Fringe Skirt – Barrack Room / Tulle Skirt – Gaijin / Hat, Choker – MARTE / other personal items Yuri Suganuma (Star): Neckband – SPINNS / Lace Pants – gREEN DOT / other personal items Chie Tsuji (Star): One Piece, Shoes – daidai / Camisole One Piece – Barrack Room / Necklace – CA4LA Bridal / other personal items Ema Tanioku (Bulldog): Shoes – daidai / other personal items

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    Eri Tanioku (Bulldog): Jacket, Shoes – HUG / Blouse, Hat – SPINNS / other personal items Alice Ikeda (Moon): Belt – HUG / Pumps – gREEN DOT / other personal items Manaka Arai (Star): One Piece – MARTE / Hair Accessory – CA4LA Bridal / Pumps – Gaijin / other personal items Rinko Murata (Star): Lace Gown – Barrack Room / Shoes – RANDA / other personal items Saki Shibata (Starfish): One Piece – gREEN DOT / Neckband, Pumps – Gaijin / Hair Accessory – CA4LA Bridal Aino Kuribayashi (Star): One Piece – Gaijin / Lace Top – gREEN DOT / Hat – Barairo no boushi / Hairband attached to hat – Caorinomori / Sandals – RANDA

     

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    Natsume Mito Comment:

    “I went and produced a show that combined a picture book with fashion. This was my first time doing this, so I was worried perhaps due to my own self-satisfaction. I was finally able to feel relief after hearing claps from people who came to watch (laughs). Thank you so very much to everybody who came! And to all the models who performed too. I’m happy that the outfits I put together went perfectly with everyone. I can see once again how difficult it was to convey what was in my head to the staff too. It was a very good learning experience. I want to try creating another stage show that conveys the wonder of loving picture books together and the fun of fashion!”

     

    Tobidase! Picture Book Show ~Storytime With Natsume Mito wrapped up with much success. Look forward to the many things Natsume Mito will challenge herself to next!

     

     

     

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    27.March.2018 | FEATURES / FES / MUSIC

    The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Project has one goal: to promote Japanese pop culture to the people of the world. On March 24th and 25th, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA was held, delivering Japan’s popular culture to the world from the Shibuya and Harajuku area.

     

    There were several places this year’s festival took place. One of those locations was Tower Records Shibuya, where we held a music event titled “Featuring Japanese New Music: MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC FESTIVAL.” Here, music artists with huge influence in the scene, as well as music media companies who have hooked up with new talent, came together as curators to deliver a fantastic showcase of promising artists. The event took place at the CUTUP STUDIO on B1F of Tower Records Shibuya.

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    Recognised R&B artist SIRUP warmed and spellbound the room with his sugary vocals and mellow, infectious beats.

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    Mizuki Ohira rocked the steelpans while Kobayashi Utena played the marimba, giving rise to an exotic musical co-performance. Three-piece female band The Wisely Brothers sent forth new-age girl power with their heavy garage rock. They also spoke about there being so much manga in Japan as one of the things they like about the country.

     

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    The second half of the event was graced by an MC battle produced by WREP, a hip-hop radio channel, hosted by Zeebra and Hachi Moji. Four spectators from the audience were appointed as team leaders and had to create teams from the 12 battle MCs present at the show.

     

     

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    The 4 teams battled it out in a tournament for the title of best MC. MCs that participated in the battle included MC Seishain, MC Matsushima, MC MIRI, Kizal, SAM, SHO GEN, Datemegiri, TKdakurobuchi, NiLL Nico, 8×8=49, FRANKEN, and Yuma.

     

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    Team SHO GEN, TKdakurobuchi & NiLL Nico and Team MC Matsushima, MC Seishain & SAM came out victorious. At the end of the battle, the chief members of the teams SAM and TKdakurobuchi clashed in a final battle with SAM taking the crown. The winning team took home a cash prize with the hip-hop fans in the crowd in a flurry of excitement. This marked the end of the first day.

     

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    For Day Two, Natalie Music worked as curators for the live stage event “Live Natalie meets MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON.” MISMOPE were the first on stage with their spacey performance, followed by Nemuri Haru, who left a huge impact with her mad mix of poetry and rap.

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    Monari Wakita fitted in nine songs in 30 minutes, demonstrating her multi-layered musicianship. The packed-out CUTUP STUDIO also got involved with some fiery call & response.

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    Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders wowed the audience with their infectious outlook and sharp, nimble dancing. During their song Saishuu Jinrui, which is the lead song taken from their first major album Mae Narawanai released on March 21st, they demonstrated their acrobatic bodies to the tune of a lively piano.

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    Five-member band Luby Sparks, who are recognised in the British alternative rock scene, also announced their new vocalist Erika for the first time.

    SHE IS SUMMER

    The last performer of the day was SHE IS SUMMER, who performed a string of popular hits such as Machiawase wa Kimi no Iru Shinsen and Tobikiri no Oshare Shite Wakarebanashi wo. The two-day festival came to a close with MICO’s energetic, jumpy performance.

     

    ■Information

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL in SHIBUYA 2018

    Event Website: http://fes18.moshimoshi-nippon.jp

    MMN Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/msmsnippon/

    MMN Twitter: https://twitter.com/MOSHI2_NIPPON

  • 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.

     

    T_M_24日Yamakatsu

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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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    L_24日リラックマ渋谷区観光大使ごゆるりアンバサダー就任式

    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.

     

    L_25日MAGIC BOYZ

    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.

     

    C_桜の様子

    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.”

     

    O_原宿で人気のわたあめ

    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.

     

    O_神社の作法を教える様子

    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)

     

  • Additional Information! Maidreamin, Kendama Performers, TOTTI CANDY FACTORY to Participate & Character DJ Festival Will be Held

    23.March.2018 | FEATURES / FES / SPOT

    The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Executive Committee will hold the country’s biggest inbound event for promoting Japanese pop culture to the world, “MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA,” across the areas of Shibuya and Harajuku on Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25. New artists have been added to the event line-up as well as their performing dates. Registration for the event is also now open. Those who register for the festival will receive an original bag as thanks.

     

    Register Here: https://mmnf2018.peatix.com

     

    This year’s MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL will take place in four main locations. Here are the artists who will perform as well as the content and activities to be held at each location.

    In this article, we will take a detailed look at the stage performances and booths you can expect to see at Onden Shrine.

     

     

    EASY – The Kendama Performer

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    EASY is a professional kendama (“sword and ball”Japanese toy) performer who is performing throughout the world. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy his breathtaking kentama performance!

     

     

     

    Maidreamin

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    めいどりーみん

    The popular cast members of the maid café, “Maidreamin” will gather at Onden Shrine! They will grab ojou-sama (ladies) and goshujin-samas’ (masters) hearts with their songs and dance performances.

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/98007

     

     

    TOTTI CANDY FACTORY

    TOTTY CANDY is popular for its giant rainbow-colored cotton candy. Cotton candy is eaten by many people as an Ennichi (hopping day) food. This cotton candy named TOTTY CANDY has the essence of Harajuku-style!

     

     

    Character DJ Festival

    Shimockey

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    DJs disguised as popular characters will perform on-stage at Onden Shrine and will grab audience’s hearts with their tunes and fantastic performances. DJs – Shimockey and coroton and many more.

    DJ/Shimockey and coroton

     

     

    <Free Entry to MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA>

    Register for free entry to this year’s festival!

    To register, place visit the Peatix website below and follow the instructions. Upon completing your registration, you will receive a QR Code from Peatix that you must take with you and present at each area on the day of the event.

    Click here to register.

    *Upon registering, you will be signed up as a MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Member where you will receive newsletters and other information. You will also be signed up to Omotenashi Platform.

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018

    Those that register for the event in advance will receive an original bag as thanks. There are 1,500 bags available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will find in them one of either popular products from KitKat Chocolatory: the “KitKat Chocolatory Moleson” (¥500) or the “KitKat Chocolatory Moleson Matcha” (¥500). Bear in mind that stocks are limited, so don’t forget to sign up early!

     

     

    ■Information

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA

    Venue: LAFORET MUSEUM HARAJUKU, SHIBUYA CAST, TOWER RECORDS Shibuya, Onden Shrine

    Date: 03/24 (Sat.), 25 (Sun.)

    Time: 11:00 to 21:00 ※the opening hours differ depending on the venue

    Official site:https://fes18.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/

    Pre-register (free):http://mmnf2018.peatix.com

     

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    ▼ROCCA & FRIENDS TRUCK

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    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rocca.truck/

     

     

    Jumondo

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    Everything was tasty but my personal favourite was the yuzu flavoured white miso dumpling.

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    ▼Jumondo

    Address: 76 Tamamizuchō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

    TEL: 075-525-3733

    Official Website: http://jumondo.jp/index.html

     

     

    Kyo Yasaka Pudding

    Yasaka is a particularly popular tourist spot in Kyoto, and that’s where the cute purin shop Kyo Yasaka Pudding is located.

    Purin is a type of custard purring sold in Japan. The first pudding we picked up was the store’s recommended option named after the store itself, the Kyo Yasaka Pudding. It contains a transparent lemon and honey flavoured jelly inside which there are small and colourful agar agar balls and mango jelly balls.

     

    It has an enjoyable texture and a refreshing sweetness that I’ve never experienced before with other purin. It’s very tasty!

     

    There are five flavours to choose from, the others being hard, smooth, matcha and black soy bean, and houjicha black soy bean. All are served in tiny cute jars. Not only do they look great, they taste amazing too. Each is made with ingredients sourced in Kyoto including the milk, Uji matcha, houjicha, and black soy beans.

    They also sell soft serve ice cream topped with candy balls, very Kyoto-like! You can choose from vanilla, matcha, or a mix of both. I think it’ll be really fun if you can snap a photo of your ice cream with one of Yasaka’s stylish locations in the background! Speaking of which, there was a cute illustration on the wall of the store so we took our photo there.

     

    Be sure to pay a visit to Kyo Yasaka Pudding to pick up your own pudding whether as a souvenir or for yourself.

     

    ▼Kyo Yasaka Pudding

    Address: 87-4 Hoshinochō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    TEL: 075-533-8338

    Official Website: https://kyo-yasaka-pudding.co.jp/

     

     

    Kyoto is full of shops selling desserts and sweets perfect to walk around and munch on while you walk its ancient streets, or to take home as a souvenir. Enjoy all the tasty things you can during your visit to this beautiful city♡

     

    Photos/Text: meme

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • 5 Must-Visit Shrines Close to Central Tokyo

    31.December.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Japan is home to a lot of shrines. We have picked out 5 shrines you have to visit when travelling to Tokyo. All of them are close to the city centre, and not only are they easy to get to, each of them is also very famous.

     

    Shinjuku: Hanazono Shrine, an oasis in central Tokyo

    Hanazono Shrine is associated with food and agriculture, success, fortune, and family and company prosperity amongst other things. The closest station to it is Shinjuku-Sanchome Station where it is within mere seconds’ walking distance from the station’s E2 exit. An alternative route is from Shinjuku Station from which is just a 7-minute walk. The shrine is smack in the middle of Shinjuku and near the Shinjuku City Office and Shinjuku Golden Gai.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/134888

     

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    Hanazono Shrine

    Address: 5-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo

    Shrine Office Times: 8:00-20:00

    Praying Times: 9:30-16:30

    TEL: 03-3209-5265

    Access: Seconds from E2 Exit of Shinjuku-Sanchome Station via Tokyo Metro Line / 7-minutes on foot from East Exit of Shinjuku Station via JR, Odakyu and Keio Lines

    Website: http://www.hanazono-jinja.or.jp

     

    Harajuku: Onsen Shrine, home to the Shinto god of Harajuku and tied to beauty and marriage prosperity

    Onden Shrine is located just a 10-minute walk from both Shibuya Station and Harajuku Station via the JR Yamanote Line or 7-minutes from Meiji-Jingumae Station via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line. It has been enshrined in Harajuku for more than 400 years where it has watched over the area.

     

    Onden Shrine is a site for blessings in things like marriage and beauty. It offers a lot of keywords particularly favoured by girls, so it’s definitely one to visit.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/96403

     

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    Onden Shrine

    Address: 5-26-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3407-7036

    Access: 10-minutes on foot from “Shibuya Station” or “Harajuku Station” via the JR Yamanote Line / 7-minutes on foot from “Meiji-Jingumae Station” via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line

    URL:http://www.ohmiya-hachimangu.or.jp/

     

    Azabu-Jūban: Azabu Hikawa Shrine, the Sailor Moon holy ground

    Azabu Hikawa Shrine which is located in the district of Azabu-Juban known for being referenced many times in the Sailor Moon series. The closest station is Azabu-Juban Station. Naoko Takeuchi, the author of Sailor Moon, actually lived in Azabu-Juban when the series was being serialised in Nakayoshi from 1991 to 1997. The shrine was used as a model for Hikawa Shrine where Rei, or Sailor Mars, worked as a shrine maiden.

     

    The shrine is seen as lucky for many reasons. People pray there for increased luck, business prosperity, warding off evil, better fortune, success in life, wealth, safe childbirth, protection against misfortune, academic achievement, exam success, family safety, marriage, national security, and more.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/118472

     

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    Azabu Hikawa Shrine

    Address: 1-4-23 Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    Time: Shop 9:00am-5:00pm / Shrine 9:00am-4:30pm

    TEL: 03-3446-8796

    Access: 8-minutes on foot from Azabu-Juban Station via the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line or Toei Oedo Line

    Website: http://www.azabuhikawa.or.jp

     

    Kamiyachō: Atago Shrine, climb the stone steps for success in life

    You can reach Atago Shrine in 5 minutes by foot from Kamiyacho Station via the Hibiya Line or 8 minutes by foot from either Toranomon Station via the Ginza Line or Onarimon Station via the Toei Mita Line.

     

    The fire god Homusubi no Mikoto is the main deity enshrined at Atago Shrine who not only offers protection against fire and fire-related disasters, but brings good fortune to businesses and marriages too.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/80038

     

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    Atago Shrine

    Address: 1-5-3 Atago, Minato, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3431-0327

    Access: 5 minutes by foot from Kamiyacho Station via the Hibiya Line / 8 minutes by foot from either  Toranomon Station via the Ginza Line or Onarimon Station via the Toei Mita Line / 20 minutes by foot from JR Shimbashi Station

    Homepage: http://www.atago-jinja.com

     

    Asakusa: Imado Shrine, the birthplace of the ‘maneki-neko’ waving cat

    The closest station to Imado Shrine is Asakusa Station. It’s about a 15 minute walk from there, but you can reach it quicker on the Megurin Bus for just ¥100. The shrine is popular power spot for successful marriage. The god of wealth and longevity and one of Asakusa’s Seven Lucky Gods, Fukurokuju, is also enshrined here. The shrine is also recognised as one of Tokyo’s 8 Shitamachi shrines that people make a pilgrimage to.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/111527

     

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    Imado Shrine

    Address: 1-5-22 Imado, Taito, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 9am-5pm

    TEL: 03-3872-2703
    Access: 15-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station / 5-minutes on foot from Asakusa 7-Chome bus stop (浅草七丁目) via Toei Bus / 1-minute on foot from ‘Riverside Sports Center’ bus stop (リバーサイドスポーツセンター前) via Kita Megurin Bus in Taito

    Website: http://imadojinja1063.crayonsite.net

     

    Did you enjoy our list? Remember, all of them are super easy to access from central Tokyo and from tourist hot spots, so be sure to make your own pilgrimage around each of them while in Tokyo.

  • Kifune Shrine’s Bewitching Autumn Illuminations Begin on November 3

    31.October.2018 | SPOT

    Eizan Electric Railway and the Kibune Tourist Association are teaming up to hold an autumn illumination event which will run from November 3 to 25.

    This marks the 16th run of the event which will once more be held in co-operation with Kyoto Hanatouro who will provide paper lanterns and spotlights. The Momiji Tunnel, Ninose Station and Kibuneguchi Station along with Kifune Shrine and elsewhere will be lit up with enchanting illuminations.

    As the train runs through the Momiji Tunnel―a tunnel of maple trees―it will cut its lights and slow down for passengers to enjoy riding past the lit-up magical maples with autumnal hues. The path leading up to Kifune Shrine as well as the main shrine itself too will glow with warm colours.

    Take in the spectacle of Japanese autumn-time at Kifune Shrine in Kyoto.

  • Traditional Japanese Purin Shop Zenkoji Purin with Tearoom Opens in Nagano

    01.July.2018 | FOOD

    Zenkoji Temple is one of the most important and popular temples in Japan and one of Pure Land Buddhism. A new purin shop will open close by the temple. It will serve traditional style purin, a type of Japanese custard and caramel dessert, as well as being the first purin shop to have its own tearoom. It’s located in an old oil house that has been around for 280 years since the Edo Period.

    The shop has both a tearoom and tea house garden, offering a traditional Japanese space for people to relax and enjoy their purin. Their goal is to let locals and tourists experience tradition with a twist.

     

    The purin sold here uses carefully selected ingredients grown in the natural environment of Nagano. For example, the milk used―called Azumino Gyunyu―has a mellow and deep flavour to it.

    Customers can also look forward to drinking tea such as houjicha made by people with great knowledge and experience that has accumulated over the years. They also do their best to make the purin fresh to order. As of now there are 5 different expertly made flavours available, so be sure to try them all!

     

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    Zenkoji Purin

    Address: 170 Higashimachi, Nagano-shi, Nagano Prefecture

    *5-minutes on foot from Zenkoji Temple

    Opening Hours (Shop): 10:00am-5:00pm

    Opening Hours (Tearoom): 12:00pm-4:00pm (Last Orders 3:30pm)

    Website: http://zenkoji-purin.com/

     

  • Tsuzuri Project Dedicates High Resolution Facsimile of Japanese Artwork to Tanzan Shrine in Nara

    01.July.2018 | SPOT

    The Tsuzuri Project is a joint project organised by Canon and the Kyoto Culture Association (NPO). Their latest facsimile work is of Birds and Flowers of Autumn and Winter (Kano School) for Stage 11 of the project. The high-quality copy has been offered to Tanzan Shrine in Sakurai, Nara Prefecture. The original copy is currently preserved at the British Museum.

     

    The project aims to “create and make use of high resolution facsimiles of cultural assets from Japanese antiquity, with keeping the original cultural assets in more favourable environments.” This is achieved with Canon’s SLR cameras which capture high resolution digital images that are then processed and printed.

    Canon have updated their equipment including cameras and lenses to achieve even higher resolution and produce a faithful copy of Birds and Flowers of Autumn and Winter. That copy has been given to Tanzan Shrine, the original owners of the piece.

     

    Birds and Flowers of Autumn and Winter is of the Edo Period’s Kano School of painting. It’s painted on fusuma, vertical rectangular panels, and depicts images of autumn and winter such as wild geese, ducks, white camellia and the Japanese 1000 ryou coin. The original belonged to Tanzan Shrine in Nara Prefecture where Fujiwara no Kamatari is enshrined, a Japanese statesmen and politician who was central to the Taika Reform (645). It’s an important piece of work which displays the skills of the Kano School of Japanese painting which stretched across the Momoyama Period to the beginning of the Edo Period.

     

    The facsimile is now on permanent display at Tanzan Shrine and available for public viewing. Film footage of Tsuzuri Project’s 11th Stage work will be made available on the Canon homepage and at an exhibition from mid-August.

     

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    Tanzan Shrine

    Address: 319 Tounomine, Sakurai-shi, Nara Prefecture=

    TEL: 0744-49-0001

    Tanzan Shrine Homepage: http://www.tanzan.or.jp/

    Tsuzuri Project Homepage: https://global.canon/en/tsuzuri/index.html

     

  • teamLab Bring Digital Art to Kyoto World Heritage Site Shimogamo Shrine

    11.June.2018 | SPOT

    teamLab is an ‘artist collaborative, interdisciplinary creative group’ made up of specialists including programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects – the list goes on. They work to blur together the art, science, technology and creative industries.

     

    The team are bringing their Light Festival in Tadasu no Mori digital art exhibition to Shimogamo Shrine, which stands as one of seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The event will run from August 17 to September 2.

    Resisting and Resonating Ovoids and Forest – Forest of Tadasu at Shimogamo Shrine
    teamLab, 2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

     

    Shimogamo Shrine sits between Kamo River and Takano River. It is one of Kyoto’s oldest shrines, having been a place of worship to countless people since old times. ‘Tadasu no Mori’ (Forest of Correction) is a sacred grove at the shrine and reminder of times gone, stretching 124,000 square meters. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1994.

    Resonating Spheres – Forest of Tadasu at Shimogamo Shrine
    teamLab, 2016, Interactive Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

     

    teamLab will showcase the above two art displays. Light, sound and digital technology will surround the trees leading up to the shrine and gate. The exhibits will transform with the presence of people.

     

    Head to one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines to see a fusion of tradition and modern technology.

     

    ■Information
    Light Festival in Tadasu no Mori at the World Heritage Site of Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto
    Location: Shimogamo Shrine / Tadasu no Mori, 59 59 Shimogamo Izumigawacho, Sakyo, Kyoto
    *Please enter the southern part of Tadasu no Mori via Mikage Dori.Running: August 17, 2018 – September 2, 2018Tickets: Lawson and MiniStop convenience stores ticket terminals.
    *Loppi L-Code: 57291 / Lawson Tickets:  http://l-tike.com/tl-sg/
    Time: 18:30-22:00 (Last Entries 21:30)
    *Subject to change during busy times.
    Price: Weekdays ¥1,000 / Weekends ¥1,200 *Free for those in elementary school and below.
    *Pre-sale pair tickets available August 17-19 at ¥1,200
    *Pre-sale pair tickets are limited in quantity.
    *Pre-sale pair tickets will also be sold at the shrine when the event is running.*Restricted entry during busy times.
    *No smoking anywhere on the shrine grounds.
    *For this event, you will required a ticket to enter Tadasu no Mori area.
    *No car park.
    *Please arrive using public transportation.
    *Please note that the event content is subject to sudden change.teamLabo Official Website: http://teamlab.art/jp/

     

  • Top 10 Landmarks in Japan – Popular Tourist Spots Announced by TripAdvisor

    26.May.2018 | SPOT

    Travel and restaurant website TripAdvisor® has unveiled the most popular landmarks around the world of 2018 for its Travellers’ Choice Awards.

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    This is the sixth edition of this ranking. 759 famous locations throughout the world with cultural and historical backgrounds were selected. Taking the top spot this year once again was Angkor Wat in Cambodia. From Japan, Fushimi Inari-Taisha ranked in at number one for the fourth year in a row for the Japanese selections. It also placed 24th worldwide and 5th in Asia.

     

    Seven brand new locations made it into the ranking, including Old City (Switzerland) and London Bridge (UK). In the Asia category, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (India) and Supertree Grove (Singapore) appeared for the first time. Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture made its debut in the list for Japan.

     

    Let’s take a closer look at the most popular tourist landmarks that ranked from Japan.

     

     

    Top 10 Landmarks in Japan

    (*Numbers in brackets denote their position last year.)

    1st (1) – Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kyoto

    2nd (2) – Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto

    3rd (6) – Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima

    4th (5) – Senso-ji, Tokyo

    5th (8) – Todai-ji, Nara

    6th (3) – Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto

    7th (10) – Himeji Castle, Hyogo

    8th (10) – Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

    9th (9) Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Tokyo

    10th (First Time Ranking) – Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima

    *Source:

    https://www.tripadvisor.jp/TravelersChoice-Landmarks-cTop-g294232

     

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    Fushimi Inari-Taisha in Kyoto placed number one once again for the fourth year in a row. The red ‘floating’ torii gate is truly a beautiful spectacle.

     

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    Kinkaku-ji placed second again with its dazzling and gorgeous yellow appearance.

     

    原爆ドーム 広島

    In third place was Hiroshima Peace Memorial, a symbol of peace and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history

     

    Full details can be found over on TripAdvisor, so be sure to reference it during your Japan travels!

     

    ■Information

    TripAdvisor Official Website – Japan

    https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g294232-Activities-c47-Japan.html

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