Event News: FLOWER AQUARIUM by NAKED

If you are in Tokyo or follow a lot of people that are, I don’t doubt you saw pictures of the Flowers by Naked installation in Nihonbashi a couple of months ago. Well the NAKED team, founded and headed by Ryotaro Muramatsu, is back again with another flower based experience but this time it’s at the Shinagawa Aqua Park.

These exhibitions are never just a feast for the eyes. The scents, the music, the performance, and even the drinks are all designed to fit. The concept this time is the marriage between water and flowers. The main events are the dolphin shows; called “The LIFE” at night and ‘GROOVY GREEN’ in the day. It’s not just dolphins though. The team has incorporated several parts of the aquarium.

Each exhibition has food and drinks that tie into the theme. This time is no exception with 4 items on offer: mint beer, elderflower soda, strawberry ice cream and rose squash. They all have much fancier flower based names but let’s be real here, you want to know what’s in it.

This is not the first event NAKED have held at the aquarium, the last being SNOW AQUARIUM in winter. It is open from April 22nd to July 2nd so that’s plenty of time to visit. I personally might wait until summer is getting unbearable to be outside but I can’t stay in my house any longer.

Be warned though, these exhibitions can get pretty crowded. Worse still, you are not the only one trying to get the perfect shot for social media, making it even more slow moving. Bring your patience with you if that kind of thing bothers you.

The aquarium is open from 10am-10pm (last entry 9pm) During Golden Week it opens form 9am though. It’s only 2200yen for adults. Not bad for a fun day out.

Address

4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8611

Links:

http://www.aqua-park.jp/aqua/floweraquarium/index.html#/boards/flower

http://naked-inc.com/
 

I’m a Barbie girl

Last month I moved out of the share house I had been staying in since I moved back to Tokyo.
On literally my last day (while I was clearing out the kitchen) one of the girls in the house asked if I wanted to hang out and be friends.
I was really happy because for the past 6 months I hadn’t really gotten to know anyone new that well.
Any time I wasn’t working I had been spending with my existing friends which meant my circle has stayed pretty small.
So she added me on LINE and asked me if I wanted to go to the Barbie café in Yokohama.
If you saw my Rilakkuma café post you know that Japan has a lot of theme cafés and also that I’m really into going to them so of course I said yes.

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The Barbie café, actually called Pink Holiday, is a permanent fixture in Yokohama so we didn’t make a reservation before going.
This nearly backfired when we found out it was actually pretty busy and the day we went they initially told us we could only stay for an hour.
Luckily the other reservation cancelled so we could stay longer and make the most of the café. Of course I took a million photos!
Like the Rilakkuma café, in the entrance they had some Barbie goods for sale. They also had signed pictures of all the famous people who have visited the café.
That includes Popteen girls, Larme girls and current queen of Harajuku Peco.

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Like most little girls I was Barbie obsessed as a child. Unlike most little girls, my mother indulged my ever Barbie related whim because she wasn’t allowed dolls as a child.
Barbie as a brand is a big deal in Japan but the actually dolls weren’t a cornerstone of my Japanese friends’ childhoods (that honour goes to Licca).
This explains why, as I looked around this café that is filled with so many special edition Barbies and Barbie goods and my child heart was going crazy, my friend was more into the furnishings.
If you wanna see some cool special Barbie goods, it’s worth a visit. If you just want a cute café that’s great selfie fodder, it’s probably worth a visit too.

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So how was the food? Well it was okay, but nothing to write home about. I had a cake plate and the cheese fondue.
The food tasted okay, and they had made an effort with the presentation clearly but I wasn’t into it. The plates had finger print marks from the cocoa powder they tried to decorate with.
The big draw of the café seems to be the Barbie cakes they make. Think your 5 year old birthday, over the top frosting, has a Barbie doll inside it, cakes.
While I was there, not one, not 2, but 3 different tables ordered the birthday Barbie cake, which came with a song too. It was very cute.

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I briefly mentioned it before but, this café is great for photos. They even have a Barbie box for you to take pictures in.
If you pay you can get checki taken of you posing in the doll box but I just used my smartphone.
Before taking photos, they have a dress up section with cute accessories and outfits so you can be your best doll for your shot.
I didn’t try any of it on because I was already looking cute couldn’t be bothered.

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To sum up, if you are in Yokohama and you have time, check out the café.
The food isn’t the reason to go, but the décor is so maybe just go for cake and tea and the atmosphere.
If you go on a weekend or holiday, make an appointment first so you don’t get disappointed like we nearly were.

http://www.pinkholidaycafe.jp/
Pink Holiday Café
TEL 045-315-6711
ADDRESS 横浜市中区宮川町2-49桜木町TSビル2F

A Trip to the Rilakkuma Café

The other day I finally got a chance to visit the Rilakkuma café in Harajuku.
It’s only open for a limited period so the reservations are going really fast.
Also, I work during the day so most of the spots I was actually free for went reaaally soon.
Reservations are done through the website and you have the choice between two free gifts.
Option A was this limited edition sticker and the much cheaper option. This sold out really quickly obviously.
Option B was a bit more expensive and you get a limited edition mason jar. Look how cute!

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Like most of these special theme cafes, you have a limited set of food and drink options.
You have to choose before you enter and I assume they start preparing your order before you go in to keep things moving quickly.
I ordered the Rilakkuma carbonara and the chocolate mousse.
My friends got the Eggs Benedict, the strawberry parfait and the strawberry smoothie.
All the food was of course, super cute but as far as quality, it was pretty average tasting.

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The chocolate mousse made the biggest impact when it came out.
They had it under a Korilakkuma cloche and when they opened it out there was dry ice.
It was all very dramatic! And so cute! And way too big for one person to eat!
To be honest, I forgot that I’m not a big fan of how they make chocolate mousse in Japan, I always expect it to be creamy but it is more jelly-like.

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Even cuter than the food, was the café itself! Right from the entrance way I knew it was going to make me die of cuteness.
The point of the café is to introduce a new character to the Rilakkuma family.
As such, the new character Koguma-chan was everywhere! On the walls, the seat next to me, the small store, all the café goods!
Koguma is about as small as Korilakkuma and has a white fluffy chest. It also loooves honey. Honey is one of the major themes of the café.

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When you enter the café you are given a number. When it is called you get a chance to go to the small shop with a lot of limited edition goods. I was really tempted to buy a lot of stuff because it was all so cute but I have just moved house and I don’t wanna fill my new place with stuff I won’t use. However a lot of it was special edition so I had to indulge a little.
If you don’t choose to buy anything however you can still get some free posters and coasters! Super cute!

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Some people might be wondering if they can still go even if they haven’t made a reservation.
Fear not! They sell some tickets on the day but they sell out really quickly if that’s what you plan.
I recommend trying a weekday if you are in Tokyo on holiday of something. Go while you still have a chance, it ends on April 10th!!

https://rilakkumacafe.jp/

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