Shopping on your way home or to work is convenient, yet a great way to lift your mood. A new business “Kirarina Keiou Kichijouji” is going to open on the 23rd at the Keio Inokashira Kichijouji station. Celebrating their opening, a fashion show took place on April the 14th.
Models strutted the not so typical cat walk you would imagine.
The models included Michibata Karen (The oldest of the famous 3 hot sisters <3). The train heading to Kichijouji from Shibuya, 14 male and female models strutted the red carpet cat walk dressed in stylish Sring/Summer outfits.
The maximum speed of the train is 70km. Karen noted with a smile, ” There was a time where the train shook, but I held on tight to the safety rings. “Because I’m used to wearing high heels, I was able to enjoy the whole show.
Brands, sucha as “acquagirl” to “urban resesarch”, “YEVVA VECCA”, “Journal Standard”, “chambre de charme “clef”", and other popular brands are included as well.
A new hot spot opens in Tokyo Nihonbashi.
Actress Masami Nagasawa donned in a beautiful kimono, representing TOHO cinema Nihonbashi
On 3/20 COREDO Muromachi 2 and COREDO Muromachi 3 made their amazing entrance in Nihonbashi. Utilizing it’s history and culture at its best, it has 83 shops, which includes traditional shops, food and a wide selection of choices made from the bunch.
For those picky with alcohol, no worries. For those who wants to test Japanese sake, no worries! Savour every drip of these delectable sake at the ” Nihonshu (Japanese sake) bar”. It serves Niigata prefecture sake house, ” Hakkaisan” ‘s products, as well as all types of foods to have the perfect marriage with the sake.
The sweet deal doesn’t just stop here. Get your hands on ”Daiginjo wasanbon” ring cake ( L/5000yen, S/3,200) sold exclusively in Nihonbashi. Made to perfection with Wasanbon and fresh butter, you can definitely experience the Edo period with the flavourful aroma.
The best part about “COREDO Muromachi 3″ is the Japanese style rental space “Kyorakutei/Megurian” which sends out Nihonbashi style. With the elegant traditional Japanese tea room, you can emmerse yourself in Japanese culture. In a more spacious room, they offer tea ceremonies and a place to chat with your friends over a cup of nice tea. For those who wants to experience Japan, this is the place to go. Japanese tea ceremonies, kimonos and more are not only for Japanese people, but also for tourists.
The renowned traditional Japanese sweets store “Tsuruyayoshinobu (Tokyo)” located in Kyoto with over 200 years of great service, offers “kayujaja” which allows you to watch professional sweets chef creating their delicate yummy pieces. “Kyousabou” is the perfect place for those to chill and relax. “TSURUYA Pancake” is another limited item that is offered only here. Getting their inspiration from Dorayaki, you can build your own “IROMONAKA” (2,300) using colorful monakas.
COREDO Muromachi 2 and COREDO Muromachi 3 is the part of the “Nihonbashi Muromachi devlopment plan”, which is planning to recover FUKUTOKU, which has a history for more than 1,100 years.
So ,what are you waiting for? Go for a beautiful stroll near Nihonbashi and have the full blown experience!
In Japan, we have full bloom of cherry blossoms in many rigions by the end of March this year. In Kansai (the Western part of Japan), beautiful combinations of cherryblossoms and old cultural buildings, sush as temples and paths are seen.
In Kanto(the Eastern part of Japan) ,where full bloom situation was recognized by March 29th, a lot of people enjoy the coloful cherry blossoms in various places, such as Ueno Park, Inokashira Park, Shinjuku Gyoen Park, Sumida River ,and other popular cherry blossom viewing spots and facilities.
Osamu Tezuka’s posthumous drawings, manuscripts, and some personal items such as half-eaten sweets were found from a long locked drawers of his desk in his office by his daughter, Rumiko Tezuka on March 27th.
Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989) was one of the top manga artist and thought to have been the greatest pioneer to develop and promote the manga culture not only in Japan but worldwide. A lot of his works,such as ”Atom Astro Boy”,”Jungle Emperor Leo” have been dramatized, made to be anime, or other measures ,all of which have been loved by people all over the world for long years. His activities and works have influenced innumerable cartoonists, anime staffers, film makers, and other artists.
The desk drawers that had been locked for about 25 years because the key had been long lost after Tezuka’s passing was finally unlocked by his daughter who said finally she had successfully made a copy of the key. A manuscript written about comments of Katsuhiro Otomo who is the creater of a popular manga and movie works of “AKIRA” was one of the found items. Some hand drawings of his are quite arousing which might be a bit different from general images of his manga works. These newly found works may give us new impressions about Tezuka’s works and his art world.
The new highest skyscraper of Japan “ABENO HARUKASU” had its grand opening in Abeno-ward in Osaka City on March 7th. (http://www.abenoharukas-300.jp/en/)
The building is 300m high, rising 60 stories above the ground, which is the highest skyscraper and the third highest building of Japan next only to Tokyo Sky Tree (634m) and Tokyo Tower (333m). “harukasu” means “to clear up” in the old Japanese language. The view from the observatory “Harukasu 300″ on the 58-60 floors is expected to “clear up” visitors hearts and give lively and fresh impressions as well as good services available from the facilities in the building.
The B2- 14 above the ground floors are shopping area of Kintetsu Department Store, which now has the biggest space of all the department stores in Japan. The 19,20,38-55,and 57 floors are for Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel. Abeno Haruksu Art Museum in on the 16th floor, and other floors are for office area for businesses such as banks, schools ,and others.
This new highest skyscraper, which has overtaken Yokohama Landmark Tower (296m) ,the old higehst one since 1993, now is highly expected to become the new center of commerce and tourism to get a lot of attention and popularity, especially in Osaka and the Western part of Japan.
“LUPIN THE IIIRD Jigen Daisuke’s Grave Marker”,” a spin-off anime work of a popular anime and manga series of “LUPIN THE IIIRD” is reportedly going to be released in this coming summer at Shunjuku Wald 9, a huge cinema complex in Tokyo.
Daisuke Jigen in one of the group members of Lupin the 3rd, a grandson of Arsene Lupin in the manga story created by Monky Punch. In this latest work of the series, Jigen’s young days and how he came to become Lupin the 3rd’s friend will be described. This new work is the second spin-off of the series following the first one of “LUPIN THE 3RD- A Woman called Fujiko Mine” released in April 2012, which had been released as one of the works of the series for the first time in 27 years.
“Tokyo Runway”, the big event that fashionistas anticipate.
Fashion models strut the cat walk wearing popular brands and show off the trendy looks.
The first “Tokyo Runway Shop” multi brand shop will open in Bangkok in May, which is inspired by the aesthetics of Tokyo Runway.
Within the year, a 2nd shop will open in the same city, and a total of 5 stores in 3 years.
The first shop will open in the heart of Fashion city, “SIAM ONE SHOPPING CENTRE”.
Targeting women in their 20′s~ 30′s, total of 8 casual shops like “Olive des Olive” and “NICE CLAP” will be available.
The great thing about this store, is you can experience the whole culture and not just fashion. They have an event space where music and videos are played. They aim to sell 50,000,000 yen this year. Gearing up for opening, VERTEX ASIA (partner company of Igritz), Japanese casual brand group FASHION PORT, Thailand’s well known entrepreneur TOB being the president has build TAO KA NOI company. Combining these 3 companies, they built the Tokyo Runway Marketing Co., Ltd.
Planning to expand beyond the countries of South East Asia, TOB has left a comment at the Tokyo Runway 2014 SPRING/SUMMER show on 3/21. He said that, ” I highly respect Japan’s unique inspiration and imagination. This will definitely be the first step Thailand and Japan will be taking together”.
■TOKYO RUNWAY SHOP
※Opening 2014 Mid May
Location：Thailand Bangkok「SIAM ONE SHOPPING CENTER」
Brands：Cochinillo、CUBE SUGAR 、GLAD NEWS、MAJESTIC LEGON、NICE CLAP、Olive des Olive、VIFILLE、WIX
※Average sales per customer: 5000yen per piece
Surface area of the store:約100㎡ ￼
The famous model JUN HASEGAWA strutted the cat walk fiercely at the opening for Tokyo Runway 2014 Spring/Summer on 3/21 at Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyougijou.
Most girls have daydreamed about living in sweet house (especially in Xmas season decorating your own gingerbread house!).A fluffy cupcake sofa, chocolate bar walls and candy swirl lights…
Q-pot.×Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel Club Resort presents a Sweet Room!
Indulge yourself in a chocolate living room and whipped cream bed.
Using desserts and sweets as accessory motifs, Q-pot has made yet another cute creation.
The designer Tadaaki Wakamatsu produced the Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel Club Resort Executive Sweet Room.
The bitter sweet room ” Bitter chocolate living room” has a decorated cake bed with whipped ream and strawberry bedroom. It’s a sweet, romantic atmosphere all over the room.
There’s a drink bar where you can savour chocolates and tea served at the Q-pot CAFE while watching the “chocolate TV” collaborated with SHARP.
What a sweet fantasy world <3
For customers spending a night here, they get to have an original goodie pouch and accessories. You can definitely spend a SWEET night in a SUITE room with your love for special days. Filled with sweet fantasy, we suggest that you enjoy a night of luxury here.
Reservation for this room starts from 2013/3/8 (Sat) and opens from the 14th (Fri.)
Q-pot.x Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel Club Resort
“From SUITE ROOM to a SWEET ROOM”
Reservation starts from 2014/3/8 (Sat)
Opens from 2014/3/14 (Fri)予約開始日：2014年3月8日(土)
Hotel fee: ￥98,100 / Sat/Sun・ ￥118,100 / Holidays ・￥138,100/ Picked Dates
* Two adults per room ( Child under the 6th grad allowed to share a bed)
Place: Tokyo Bay Maihama Club Resort
Address: Chiba Prefecture Urayasu Maihama 1-7
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
I personally think women with curves are attractive, but living in Japan, it’s difficult to get your hands on plus sized clothing, but this new brand PUNYUS by WEGO is a definite game changer.
The brand PUNYUS ( onomatopoeia for SQUISHY) is produced by the famous japanese comedian, Watanabe Naomi. In the beginning of April, she is going to present her debut collection inspired by Harajyuku street wear with 60′s and 90′s hip hop glamour.
This brand PUNYUS represents girl’s feelings and emotions, and is not caught with just one concept and design. With variety of sizes ranging from free size to 6L, prices are also wallet friendly from t shirts starting from 3,900 yen, bottoms from 3,900 and dresses from 5,900 yen.
The total producer Naomi Watanabe being a crazy fan of Beyonce, she herself is 158cm, being 76kg,B96cm/W90cm/H96cm and self claimed H cup.
With the PUNYUS presentation press, Shingo Fujimori a comedian duo from Oriental Radio, Babazono from Asian, and Spike came out as a guest to talk about the concept of this brand. Naomi left a comment saying ” It was my first tim making clothes lie this. I also drew the illustration where it is printed on the items.” Other than being a great Beyonce fan, she shows off her talent as a great designer too.
WEGO is a clothing brand which the headvquarter is in Tokyo Shibuya ward (Also in Harajuku and Saibashi). Having a casual fashion concept, WEGO targets young folks in their teens to 20′s. They also carry w♥c, which was a brand produced by a Japanese celebrity, Chinatsu Wakatsuki (Contract finished in 2013).
So now for those fashionistas out there! Time to go on a shopping spree
Satin Doll Stores
Satin Doll “Ueno Main Store”
A large quantity of world famed watches is displayed
The main store is located in the center of the market and therefore named as “Ameyoko-no-heso” or the navel of “Ameyoko.”
Satin doll has 4 specialty watch stores in the area between JR Ueno and Okachimachi stations. Compare to other ttree branch shops, the main shop in “Ameyoko” sells other brand watches including Rolex. Because of its location in the middle of so-called discount shopping street, it tends to be more casual style shop so you can drop in freely without any sense of hesitation.
The main store is dealing with high quality watches from all over the world, such as Rolex, Cartier, Chanel, and Omega. A large number of rare models of used watches are also available with rather lower prices than other stores in Tokyo.
|Satin Doll “Ueno Main Store”|
|10-2, Ueno 6-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN|
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Satin Doll “Ueno Center Store”
You can easily find this branch shop at just beside the entrance of the Ueno Center Building. It widely exhibits Rolex watches for your trying on. Especially variety of used Rolex models are exhibited at reasonable prices.
|Satin Doll “Ueno Center Store”|
|7-8, Ueno 4-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN|
Satin Doll “Ueno Store”
The branch shop displays various Rolex models, such as Sports Models, Date Just, and Pure Gold Models, and also Boy’s Models and Ladies Models. You are sure to find your favorite model among them.
|Satin Doll “Ueno Store”|
|4-11, Ueno 6-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN|
Satin Doll “Okachimachi Store”
“Okachimachi Store” is something unique among other group shops. It is a kind of small shop located in the middle of the shopping street. As well as selling various models of ROLEX･TUDOR･OMEGA, it also purchase or trade-in your used models of them.
|Satin Doll “Okachimachi Store”|
|4-4, Ueno 6-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN|
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Rich stock of the most popular type of Rolex, “Daytona”
“Daytona” is only a chronograph among Rolex brands and well known as “the king of Rolex.” Among popular line-ups in Rolex, such as “Explorer,” and “Submariner,” its popularity never declined in recent decades.
As well as in Japan, its name is also very popular among foreign visitors from Europe and USA. Vintage models produced between 1960s and 1970s are much popular than existing models and market prices on these vintages models Exotic dial,” and is called as extra rare watch. It is also called as “Paul Newman-dial,” because, late actor and car racer, Paul Newman’s favorite model. The model is usually sold at more than 5,000,000 yen as a premium.
Satin Doll provides super long guarantee and special after care service for Rolex watches which you purchased from their stores. 20 year-guarantee for new Rolex watches and 15 year-guarantee even for its used models. They give guarantee for movement of their Rolex watches for customers’ long use.
So-called “service-pack” is a special after care service for Rolex watches, which is indispensable for mechanism of smooth movement.
Actually, mechanical watches require overhaul once in every 4 or 5 years depending on condition of your use.
Oil of inner movement will be unclean and also some parts of it exhausts oneself by long use.
Satin Doll provides special overhaul service only for Rolex watches without any service charge.
What is overhaul service?
・Take out movement from your Rolex.
・Each small parts, such as hands, face, and gear wheels, are carefully decomposed one by one from the movement.
2. Wash or rinse out
・Each small parts are rinsed out in a special detergent by ultrasonic waves, and dried after that.
・And other outer parts
of Rolex, such as case and bracelet, are also washed out and polished carefully for removing stains.
3. Oiling and assembling
・Each cleaned parts are assembled after oiling.
*It is really hard enough to examine adequate quantity of oil, and strength of assembling. Only long experienced engineers can carry on assembling.
・Assembled movement is packed back into the cleaned case.
・And other related adjustments, such as stem of the watch, pace of movement, accuracy, waterproofing, and condition of movement, are performed. Entire overhaul service is finally finished.
The 28th Gold Disk Awards winners’ names and works were announced on this Feb.27th. These awards are given to music artists whose achievements are higher and this time the accomplishment performances Nov.1 ,2011 - Dec.31, 2013 were examined objects. (http://www.golddisc.jp/award/28/index.html)
The” Artist of The Year “(the Japanese Music section)(this is the grandprix of the awards) was given to AKB48, and the group has won the same grandprix three straight years, which was the record-high of the awards’ history. And the “Artist of The Year”(the Western Music section) was given to One Direction, a popular rock’n roll band from UK. The”Best Asian Artist” was given to TVXQ(/東方神起). And totally, 59 artists or works received those honorable prizes.
It is customary that a girl gives chocolates to a boy who she likes as a implicit connfession of falling love with him on the Saitnt Valentine’s Day falling on Feb,14th in Japan. However, nowadays young people have ideas different from such conventional idea. A lot of female Japanese now have “various types for dofferent purposes” of chocolates that they give to others, such as, “tomo-choco”(chocolates for their friends), “Kazoku-choco”(chocolates for their families), and kind of toraditional “Giri-choco”‘(obigatory chocolates for their bosses or coworkers and so forth).Acording to a certain survey, 90.2 % of the chocolates that female junior or senior-high school students have gived this year were “tomo-chico”. That may mean young females may tend to make much of firendships between or among girls’ community sometimes rather than love relationships with males..?
Japan’s National Foundation day falls on Feb,11th. This year a lot of related events were held. lectures about the Japanese mythology were held at some shrines or academic facilities, and supecial commemorative parades were conducted in the Meiji Shrine, Harajuku,Aoyama, Omotesando area where a lot of people including foreign tourists visit even on ordinary occasions. Still the shrine where the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken are enshrined may have special meanings of love of the country. (http://kenkoku.web.fc2.com/parade.htm)
“Setsubun”, an equinox falls on February 3rd and it is customary to throw soybeans to dispel evil at Setsubun festivals on the day as other writers and I have referred to in this site. But what happpens at the Setsubun festival hosted by Hakone Shrine in the popular hot spring resort in Kanagawa is slghtly different. After “ordinary” processesof festival have finished, Oni or Japanese style evil (people who the parts) run away on a boat on the Lake Ashi near the facility and priests and other good people chase them to throw beans, This year that festival on the lake was very popular and a lot of people visited there.
The ever first major gallery of the popular manga ” The space brothers” will be taking place in Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Japan, and other prefectures from May. A passionate story on brother hood; portraying brothers aiming to become astronauts and traveling to space together.
With 200 pieces of art work pages, and TV anime settings, the JAXA will post their space related work, enticing people to take a look.
This gallery was inspired by the author, Chuya Koyama’s aesthetics of “having children gain interests towards space via the gallery”.
The first section ” Prologue- The child era- aspiring astronauts with desire to go to space”
to the 2nd section, ” colored work pieces, manga, and anime gallery” are said to have up to 5 sections and the majority of the work are going to be introduced.
Some areas in the gallery don’t allow photos to be taken, there is a space for big fan to wear astronauts costumes and taking photos.
This beautiful gallery will be taking place in Mitsukoshi Ginza May16th, Tokyobunka Museum from July 30~ Jan.25th.
The space brother gallery infos:
Place: 2014/May/1st 9 (Thursdays) until the 6th (Tuesday and Wedneday)
TIme 10:00~18:30 (gate opens at 7pm)
The last day will be until 17:00 (gate closes around 17:30)
Setting: Nihonbashi Japanse Mitsukoshi 7th floor gallery
Entrance fee: Normal/University students 800yen
High school/junior school 600yen
Kids under elementary schools not charged.
*planning to show around prefectures*