Kawaii Monster Café, Harajuku

The Kawaii Monster Cafe is the result of a collaboration between artistic director Sebastian Masuda, a pioneer of Japanese kawaii culture and Diamond Dining.

The Café’s theme is “The new Tokyo that nobody has ever seen” (mada Daremo mitakotononai atarashii Tokyo) and actually with its 193 seats, the coffee announces the color being the biggest in Tokyo.

Spread out over 4 different zones : MUSHROOM DISCO,  MILK STAND, BAR EXPERIMENT  & MEL-TEA ROOM, the Kawaii Monster is not original in its look but also with its unbelievable array  of food and drink.

An experience not to miss on your next trip to Tokyo.

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Nacrée, Tokyo

In Myagi, Tokyo, architect Kengo Kuma has completed the whimsical interior design of a French restaurant ran by a Japanese chef who previously worked at a 3-star Michelin restarant in France. Named ‘Nacrée’, the focal characteristic of this space is defined by an unconventional element of architecture that wraps and curves around the floorplan to form a decorative and functional element. The acrylic cylinders suspend from the ceiling to create a transparent curtain and partitioning between different zones of the restaurant;

source : designboom

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Hat Cloud by Nendo

Inside the Seibu Shibuya department store in Tokyo, Nendo has recently completed the interiors of the ‘key to style’ fashion floor and the ‘hat cloud’ floor dedicated to millinery. The renovation of the women’s hat department saw the redesign adapting to the irregularly positioned columns. In response, a cloud-like floor plan was established within the intimate area with varying ceilings heights. the selection of hats are displayed against pastel pink walls; each one propped up by a handle to form a dynamic wall of umbrellas which wrap around the reflective seating area. source : dozen

EKOUIN NENBUTSUDO –  BUDDHIST TOKYO TEMPLE VEILED IN TREES BY YUTAKA KAWAHARA.

This intimate and reflective building enables congregation and prayer, while also providing accommodation and training facilities for region’s buddhist monks. The structure is veiled with bamboo plants, protecting occupants from the pollution and the noise from the adjacent street. The “bamboo forest in the sky” is interspersed with glass crystal screens made of 108 Swarovski pieces, symbolic of a Buddhist rosary. (The number 108 is also a symbol of material temptation in Buddhism.)

Source: http://www.yellowtrace.com.au/ekouin-nenbutsudo-yutaka-kawahara/

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KARL LAGERFELD CREATES CHRISTMAS CAKE FOR ALAIN DUCASSE, Tokyo

Chef ALAIN DUCASSE’s Tokyo-based eatery Beige has tapped Karl Lagerfeld to design a one-of-a kind Christmas cake for its 10th anniversary. The creative director of Chanel, Lagerfeld chose to recreate an iconic lipstick shape combining rich flavors of caramel and dark chocolate. source : luxuo.com

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9 Hour Capsule Hotel, Tokyo

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Designed by Studio S and located in Toyko this hotel takes minimalism to a new level. It embodies all the elements of the Japanese capsule concept except with one difference; it offers a luxurious experience. 9h features 125 modern capsules spread over 9 stories, separate male and female quarters, designer locker rooms, showers and a lounge.

Why 9 Hours ? :  1 hour shower + 7 hours to sleep + 1 hour rest = 9 hours.

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KitKat Chocolatory opens its first unique-to-Japan flavors shop in Tokyo

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The Kit Kat Chocolatory opened today at the Seibu Department Store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. It is located in the basement along with other food outlets and vendors.
According to Kotaku, the specialty shop will only sell gourmet Kit Kats and will partner with sweet shop Le Patissier Takagi to develop new Kit Kats aimed at adults as well as seasonal flavors. There are currently three limited edition flavors available: ‘Sublime Bitter’ made with couverture chocolate, a very high quality chocolate that contains extra cocoa butter, ‘Special Cherry Blossom Green Tea’ made with cherry blossom extract, and ‘Special Chili’, which contains a chilli pepper cream filling. Visitors can expect more exciting and unusual flavors to follow.

via designtaxi

Fun Trend in Tokyo : False Eyelashes

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In 1947, KOJI HONPO developed the first fake eyelashes in Japan, deriving their concept from handmade fake eyelashes worn by geisha. Since then, many improvements have been made and there are many products that are gentle on the skin and feel natural.

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When the fashion of foreign models such as Twiggy became popular in Japan in the 1970s, a fake eyelash boom began among women in general. Although the boom cooled down, from the late 1990s the “gal fashion” boom began, mainly among high school-aged girls, in which a large amount of makeup was applied. The impression of eyes that convey strong will is called “mejikara (eye power)”, and girls used their ingenuity to enhance their “mejikara”. In the 2000s, gal fashion also began to spread among women in general, and fake eyelashes became a necessary item. Nowadays, a wide range of women, from high-school girls to office workers, use fake eyelashes. via www.jnto.go.jp

Amazing Exhibit : Crystal formation at MOT, Tokyo by Yoshioka

 

The latest solo exhibition at the MOT / Museum for Contemporary Art in TokyoJapan, includes sculptures and larger installations which expose the otherwise unseen, delicate morphogenetic processes found in natural processes such as crystal formation, and the way prisms and spaces interact with light.

For Yoshioka, the self-generating, self-organising processes found in natural phenomena can be used as they are, not merely as an aesthetic facade that can be copied superficially. His intention is not to recreate nature, but to expose the innate beauty and creative ‘‘energy’’ in it, by making natural processes part of the art itself. As a result, he literally grows his paintings and sculptures as one would grow plants in a greenhouse through the use of a special liquid which allows natural crystals to grow freely (a transparent pool filled with this liquid, containing a growing colony of crystals is also part of the exhibition that offers visitors a direct encounter with his creative process).

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