Shibuya’s Cheapest Vending Machine

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We found the cheapest vending machine in Aoyama. Here you can get coffee for just 80 yen! Or green tea for just 50 yen!

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We guess we’ll be able to make it on a cheap budget in Tokyo after all.

(Located on Aoyama-dori Street, just north of the intersection with Omotesando Street.)

Tokyo Is Yours

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We at WAttention are not huge fans of graffiti, but there are some exceptions to the rule. Though the author (or artist?) behind these taggings is obviously anonymous, “Tokyo is Yours” has been showing up all across Shibuya and beyond, especially along the back alleys.

We personally find it encouraging. How about you?

Tokyo Must Do with Japan Tour Guide

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Get a taste of “real” Japan with sights recommended by Japan Tour Guide, a group in Japan that matches visitors with volunteer guides. (http://tourguide.jp/)

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Today’s Guide: Tomonari Watanabe

Tomonari is a student from the Tokyo University of Science. He guides foreign visitors every weekend in Tokyo, where he was born and raised. To date, he has guided some 300 groups of visitors.

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Spot 1: Kichijoji (10:00am)

Take a stroll around the most desirable town to live in, as voted by the locals. The picturesque Inokashira Park here is famous for cherry blossom viewing and boasts a large pond where you can paddle a boat in. You may even catch some street performers along the river path.

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For a satisfying and affordable meal, try yakitori restaurant Iseya.

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Spot 2: Shibuya (1:15pm)

After seeing how the locals live, see how they play.

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Shibuya is where you can shop for the latest fashion, eat a variety of food and try all sorts of entertainment, such as concept cafes–maid cafes, ganguro cafes (witness extreme makeup!) and even a goat cafe!

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Between Shibuya and Harajuku, there is Cat Street which has many street fashion clothes shops and general shops where you can enjoy window shopping.

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Spot 3: Harajuku (3:00pm)

The most famous place for foreign tourists in Harajuku is definitely Meiji Shrine. Feel purified both mentally and physically while experiencing Shinto, the Japanese traditional religion.

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From the shrine, you can easily access the trendsetting Takeshita Street, which is famous for its clothes shops and crepes. For high fashion, Omotesando Street is just round the corner.

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Spot 4: Shinjuku (5:15pm)

In the skyscraper district of Shinjuku, there are many shopping malls, bars and clubs where you can experience Tokyo’s nightlife. For a feel of Japan’s early post-war days, head to drinking alley Omoide Yokocho. Or visit Hanazono Shrine, Shinjuku’s guardian shrine for some history and culture.

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For dinner, why not treat yourself to Kyomachi Koishigure, where you can enjoy Kyoto’s traditional atmosphere and savor delicious Japanese food and sake.

 

Shibuya’s Goat Cafe

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This is Sakuragaoka Cafe in the backstreets of Shibuya’s Sakuragaoka-cho.

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This cafe is different from other cafes because…

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you can pet and feed the goats here!

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The goat, Sakura-chan is waiting for you, so why not stop by?

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23-3 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya

Hours:
Morning time 8:30am-11:30am (last order 11am) ※Weekdays only
Lunch time 11:30am-3pm
Idle time 3pm-5:30pm
Dinner time 5:30pm-11pm
Midnight time 11pm-6am Sunday (holidays until midnight)

Cat Street

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This is “Cat Street”, called by this name for two reasons. First, it seems that cats seem to like walking this street.

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Many new shops by aspiring fashion designers and up-and-coming fashion lines can be found here.

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Not only new fashion but also cafe or restaurant you can enjoy in this street.

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Kawazu-zakura Cherry Blossoms in Bloom!

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We found kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms in the side streets of Omotesando!

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This variety of cherry blossoms are originally from Shizuoka Prefecture, and bloom quite early, between late February and early March. Enjoy looking for cherry blossoms in Shibuya Ward, even along discreet passageways!

The importance of personal space in Japan

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This is a bench in a public area in Shibuya Ward.
If you’re wondering what the spheres are for, they are mean to delineate one’s personal space. After all, space is important, especially in Tokyo.

A good invention? Or inconvenient for those who simply want to lie down? What do you think?

United Nations University

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United Nations University (UNU) is located in Shibuya, just across from Aoyama Gakuin University. Its main building on Aoyama-dori Street is hard to miss. Built in 1973, it is an academic and research institute of the United Nations.

Information

ADDRESS: 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-8925
Tel: 03-5467-1212
Fax: 03-3499-2828

Big Buddha Statue by Shibuya

Have you ever seen a daibutsu (large Buddha statue) in Japan? Perhaps you’ve heard of the most famous ones in Kamakura and Nara. We introduce to you a daibutsu at Chokokuji-Temple, right next to Shibuya.

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Nishi-Azabu is a district of Minato Ward in Tokyo, Japan, which was a part of the former Azabu Ward.

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Inside this main hall, you’ll find a marvelous daibutsu statue.

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Chokoku-ji Temple (長谷寺), also known as Azabu Big Kannon (麻布大観音), is a Soto-shu (曹洞宗) temple.

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ADDRESS: 2-21-34 Nishiazabu, Minato, Tokyo

Isehan-Honten Museum of Beni

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Are you familiar with beni?
Beni is the red color pigment extracted from benibana (safflower) petals, which have only 1% of red pigment. Benibana is said to have its origin in the Nile River Valley of Egypt, but has been used traditionally in Japanese beauty products.

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Today, we went to the Isehan-Honten Museum of Beni. It was established in 2006 to preserve and pass down the history, culture and traditional craftsmanship of beni.

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We tried to paint beni on our hands. Even after washing it, the red color wouldn’t come out, showing how strong this dye is.

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Information

ADDRESS :K’s Minami Aoyama Building, 6-6-20 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
TEL & FAX: 03-5467-3735
HOURS: 10:00 – 18:00
CLOSED: Mondays, during exhibition installations, and during the New Year’s holiday period. (Except when a national holiday falls on Monday. In this case, the museum is open on the holiday and is closed the next day, Tuesday)
ADMISSION: Free (except exhibitions)
ACCESS: 12 min. walk from Omotesando Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza, Hanzomon, Chiyoda Line, B1 Exit) or a 1 min. walk from Minami Aoyama 7-chome bus stop on the 01 or 88 Bus (Shibuya – Shimbashi)

Bamboo street in Nezu Museum

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Nezu Museum was founded to conserve and exhibit the collection of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art created by Nezu Kaichiro (1860-1940).

This bamboo-lined path leads to the entrance of museum.

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Nezu Museum

ACCESS: 8-minute walk from Omotesando Station (Ginza, Hanzomon and Chiyoda Lines) Exit A5 (stairs only), 10-minute walk from Exit B4 (escalator available), or 10-minute walk from the B3 Exit (elevator and escalator available).

Discover the hidden Hachiko on the manhole!

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You can find this manhole design in Shibuya (especially near Shibuya Center Street).
Can you see the running men?

O.K.Let’s turn this manhole to the side.

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Can you see dogs?

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There are many dogs! And what’s more, one of them has a collar on its neck.
Yes, it is Hachiko!

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So keep an eye out for the Hachiko manhole in Shibuya!

【TOKYU HANDS × WAttention】The Top 5 Health Care & Beauty Products

TOKYU HANDS is “THE ONE-STOP SHOP” chock-full of all kind of goods such as kitchen utensils, beauty goods, stationery, bags and tools, joined by fun discoveries and surprises. Visit TOKYU HANDS and gain a better understanding of today’s Japan.

 

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No. 1: MISOKA Toothbrush

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This is the toothbrush that requires only water for use. Its bristles are coated with nano-mineral ions, and activated by water. MISOKA not only cleans your teeth but also leaves an ionic coat on the surface of your teeth.

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Simply dip it in water and you’re ready to brush! It is especially popular amongst Japanese and Asian customers.

Price: 1,080 yen (including tax)
Category: toothbrush
WAttention Editor’s comment: “For the outdoor and businessman who’s always on the go, you won’t find a better toothbrush than this one. And it actually works!”

 

 



No. 2: Green Bell Nail Clipper w/Magnifying Glass G-1004

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Tired of straining your eyes when trimming your nails? This nail clipper comes with a 2x magnifying glass, which can also stand up on its own and be used for reading and other needs.

Price: 1,188 yen (including tax)
Category: nail clipper
WAttention Editor’s comment: “The perfect gift for seniors in particular, but I picked up one for myself too!”

 

 



No. 3: BOTANIST Smooth Shampoo & Treatment

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This non-silicone shampoo and treatment uses low acidity soap, making for a foamy and moist lather, and an unexpected silky feel. The shampoo and treatment each have their own distinct scent, and using both at the same time makes for a wonderful mixed fragrance.

Price: 1,512 yen each (including tax)
Category: shampoo, treatment
WAttention Editor’s Comment: “What a relief to finally have a non-silicone shampoo and treatment that still leaves my hair feeling as smooth and shiny. No more worrying about the silicone weighing down and drying out my hair!”

 

 



No. 4: Propolinse

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The secret to this mouthwash is its ability to remove protein impurities that build up within your mouth area. Since you can see with your own eyes the results of each rinse, you’ll feel even more refreshed!

Price: 271 yen for 12ml pouch (6 pack), 1,058 yen for 600mL bottle (including tax)
Category: mouthwash
WAttention Editor’s Comment: “Having seen for myself the disgusting things this mouthwash cleaned out of my mouth, I don’t think I can go without!”

 

 



No. 5: maNara Hot Cleansing Gel (200g)

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Even though technically a cleansing lotion, it functions similar to a beauty lotion, with a 91.4% serum content! When applied, this lotion will create a warming sensation, helpful for opening up your pores and removing dirt and oil. Utilizing no additional food coloring or mineral oils, it is especially easy on your skin.

Price: 4,104 yen (including tax)
Category: makeup remover
WAttention Editor’s Comment: “I didn’t expect it to warm my skin so quickly, and its citrus fragrance made for an even more refreshing feeling!”

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Times Square Building 2-8F, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo

WEBSITE:http://www.tokyu-hands.co.jp/foreign.html

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Jizo is covered with…”Salt”

Jizo is the guardian deity of children. If you come and travel around Japan, you can see jizo statues in many places. Some wear red clothes, and others have sweets and toys offered to them.

WAttention staff found a strange jizo at Tofukuji Temple in Shibuya.

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You can see normal traditional jizo near entrance of this temple.

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But if you head to the left side with your back against this jizo…you can see this strange jizo below.

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This Jizo is covered with salt. Why you ask?

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It is said to have the power to heal when you rub the part of the body on the jizo with salt where you are injured. Hence, it has become incredibly worn down through the years!

Information
Tofukuji Temple

Address: 3-5-8, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Do you want to dip fried chicken into…

WAttention editors went to Kin no Torikara in Shibuya (Shibuya Center Street).
This shop is famous for its boneless deep-fried chicken that comes with various sauces, including salt & lemon, ume, teriyaki, pepper, sweet chili, and even chocolate!

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We tried the chocolate sauce!!

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Information

Address: 25-3 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

About Sangaku: Geeky Geometric Offerings

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Konno Hachimangu Shrine is located in Shibuya. This shrine is known as the shrine for sangaku. Sangaku refers to a votive tablet depicting a math puzzle given in devotion to a shrine or temple by a wasan (Japanese mathematics) mathematician.

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In this shrine,you can see actual sangaku from the Edo era. Many students in Edo offered sangaku after completing difficult mathematics problems and vowed to study even harder afterwards.

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Konno Hachimangu Shrine

Address: 3-3-5-12,Shibuya,Shibuya-ku,Tokyo

Drainspotting: 3 Shibuya Manholes

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This cherry blossom manhole is the most popular and common in Tokyo.

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Bet you never noticed the Hachiko manhole, just by the Hachiko statue!

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Lastly, the “Tricky manhole”, along Dogenzaka. From this angle, it looks like a person running on the upper half, but look at it sideways, and you’ll notice a dog pattern. Look even closer and you’ll find one of the dogs has a collar – surely a Hachiko reference! (Hence: “Dog・en・saka”)

SHIBUYA HOTEL EN Opens Feb. 5

SHIBUYA HOTEL EN will open on Feb 5th, 2016 in Shibuya, with a design based on Japanese culture, nature, art, tradition and history.

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Each of the 9 floors are decorated according to different theme, like Hokusai, “WA”, and manga.

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The Manga Floor

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Torii (Gate) Floor

Why not try a stay here for a new kind of “WA” hotel!

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Information
SHIBUYA HOTEL EN

PRICE: Single 19,000 yen (per night)/ Twin 25,000 yen (per night)/Special floor 40,000 yen (per night)

TEL:03-5489-1010

ADDRESS: 1-1 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya

ACCESS: From JR Yamanote Line Shibuya Station (Hachiko exit), cross the Shibuya scramble and head towards “Shibuya 109”. Turn to the left at the traffic light at Dogenzaka 2 Chome. Shibuya Hotel En will be on the left after passing the first traffic signal.

WEBSITE: http://www.shibuyahotel.jp/en/

Why not move around Shibuya via the Hachiko Bus?

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Shibuya City runs the small, non-step Hachiko Bus, which also allows easy wheelchair access. You can go nearly everywhere in Shibuya by this bus!

Bus Route(Uehara-Tomigaya)
Uehara-Tomigaya Route map(PDF 31KB)

Uehara-Tomigaya Time table(PDF 85KB)

Bus Route “Jinguno Mori Route”(Jingumae-Sendagaya)
Jingumae-Sendagaya Route map (PDF 64KB)

Jingumae-Sendagaya Time table (PDF 18KB)

Bus Route Honmachi-Sasazuka Loop “Haruno Ogawa (A Stream in Springtime) Route “

Honmachi-Sasazuka Loop Haruno Ogawa Route map(PDF 67KB)

Honmachi-Sasazuka Loop Haruno Ogawa Time table (PDF 87KB)

Bus Route Ebisu-Daikanyama Loop “Yuyake Koyake (Sunset) Route”

Ebisu Daikanyama Yuyake Koyake Route map(PDF 72KB)

Ebisu Daikanyama Yuyake Koyake Time table(PDF 57KB)

Information

Fee:100 yen

Bird Watching in Yoyogi Park

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Did you know there are a variety of birds you can spot in Shibuya?
If you’re interested in bird watching, we recommend you join this class!

Information
Date: Jan. 23 (Sat), 2016
Place: Bird Sanctuary, Yoyogi Park in Shibuya
Participation Fee: Free
Participant Max: 20
Application Method: Call 03-3469-6081 (Yoyogi Park Service Center)

Birds viewable in January, 2015
Spot-Billed duck/Turtledove/Goshawk/Buzzard/Kingfisher/Pygmy Woodpecker/Parus Varius/Japanese Great Tit/Brown-Eared Bulbul/Japanese White-Eye/Starling/Thrush/Sparrow/Water wagtail/Oriental Greenfinch/Black-faced Bunting/White’s Thrush etc.

URL: http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/event/2015/12/post-691.html (Japanese)

Hachiko heading back to Akita?!

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In 1924, Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, took Akita dog Hachiko, as a pet. Hachiko kept waiting for his owner in front of Shibuya Station after Ueno’s death, and now, his bronze statue is famous as a meeting place in Shibuya.

However, recently officials have begun considering moving the Hachiko statue temporarily to his hometown of Odate, Akita Prefecture in 2020, in light of construction work around the station. Such would make for his first return in 96 years!

“Tree of Children” in Aoyama

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Ever see this strange objet d’art along Aoyama-dori Street?

It is called “Tree of Children”, sculpted by famous Japanese artist Taro Okamoto. Okamoto said “Humans must accept life as it is,” and expressed this thought through this artwork with many faces of children living freely. Find it just in front of the United Nations University!

Address: 5-53-1 Jingumae, Shibuya

TOKYO COFFEE FESTIVAL 2015 Winter

TOKYO COFFEE FESTIVAL 2015 Winter will be held at Aoyama’s UNU farmers’ market this weekend. Many baristas and coffee shop operators from all over Japan will show off their craft!

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SHOP LIST

December 12 (Sat)

27 COFFEE ROASTERS、AMAMERIA espresso、And Coffee Roasters (ACR)、Antidotechocolate、Bal Musette、Bird Daikanyama、bon pin gâteaux、BOOK TRUCK、cafe fua (かふぇ ふあ)、cafequark+grenier、Double tall cafe、FESTINA LENTE、Foret Coffee、GLITCH COFFEE&ROASTARS、KISSACO、Light Up Coffee、MERRY TIME、Mica Takahashi、NAGASAWA COFFEE、NOZY COFFEE、on the way、otomoni coffee、Paul Bassett、PNB COFFEE、REC COFFEE、ROUND TWO RECORDS、Slow Coffee Style / KINTO、Single Origin Roasters、SWITCH COFFEE TOKYO、TIKI COFFEE、TRUNK COFFEE、WOODBERRY COFFEE ROASTERS、Yeti Fazenda COFFEE、コルシカ珈琲、ザ・モダンコーヒー、セントベリーコーヒー、テラコーヒー、珈琲や、珈琲豆イースト

December 13 (Sun)

27 COFFEE ROASTERS、AMAMERIA espresso、And Coffee Roasters (ACR)、Antidotechocolate、Bal Musette、Bird Daikanyama、bon pin gâteaux、BOOK TRUCK、cafequark+grenier、Double tall cafe、FESTINA LENTE、FUGLEN COFFEE ROASTERS、GLITCH COFFEE&ROASTARS、HONO、KISSACO、Life size cribe、Light Up Coffee、MERRY TIME、Mica Takahashi、NAGASAWA COFFEE、NOZY COFFEE、otomoni coffee、Pas a Pas、Paul Bassett、REC COFFEE、ROUND TWO RECORDS、Slow Coffee Style / KINTO、Single Origin Roasters、SWITCH COFFEE TOKYO、TIKI COFFEE、TRUNK COFFEE、WOODBERRY COFFEE ROASTERS、Yeti Fazenda COFFEE、コルシカ珈琲、ザ・モダンコーヒー、しげくに屋55ベーカリー、セントベリーコーヒー、テラコーヒー、珈琲や、珈琲豆イースト

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1643842275884125/
WEBSITE:http://farmersmarkets.jp/coffeefes2015-winter/

Santa’s favorite place to shop in Shibuya

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Even Santa can’t resist the unlimited shopping opportunities at TOKYU HANDS!

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From high-functional livingware to fancy made-in-Japan items, beauty products and materials for DIY, TOKYO HANDS has an incredible line-up that satisfies pretty much any customer.

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On top of that, overseas customers are warmly welcomed with a 5% discount coupon if you present your passport.

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Join Santa and do this year’s Christmas shopping at TOKYU HANDS!

Information
TOKYU HANDS Shibuya Store
Address: 12-18 Udagawa-cho Shibuya
Hours: 10am-8:30pm

Cinnamoroll Cafe Opens for Limited Period

Meet and bite super cute “dog” characters. Cinnamoroll Cafe’s special dishes and beverages feature Sanrio’s (the company also responsible for Hello Kitty) Cinnamon friends.

CINNAMOROLL is a character series created by Sanrio in 2001. The main character, Cinnamon, is a white puppy with long ears, blue eyes, pink cheeks, and a plump and curly tail that resembles a cinnamon roll.

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Be quick as this cafe at Shibuya PARCO is only open until 28 December. Original character goods are also available at the shopping counter inside the cafe.

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Information
PLACE:THE GUEST cafe&diner in PARCO,Shibuya
4,Dec-28,Dec,2015
OPEN: 11:00-22:00
・twitter
https://twitter.com/THEGUESTcafe
・facebook
https://www.facebook.com/THEGUESTcafe
・instagram
https://instagram.com/theguestcafe/

Sit down face to face with your savory pie @ Pie face

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The newest faces in town here in Shibuya are these yummy Australian savory pies.

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They come in more than 10 flavors, each with a smiley that resembles that flavor. Since Pie face opened on November 19 at Shibuya Modi, these pies have been selling like hot cakes!

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Information: Jinnnan 1-21-3 Shibuya-MODI 1F ,Shibuya
Hours: 9am to 10pm (open everyday)
URL: http://www.duskin.co.jp/service/pieface/ (Japanese)

A Nationwide Simultaneous Test Transmission

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Date and time: November 25 (Wed.), around 11:00 a.m.
A nationwide simultaneous test transmission was broadcast through the
city’s disaster prevention wireless system.
Broadcast Description
• Chime sound
• Kore wa tesuto desu (“this is a test”). (Repeated three times.)
• Kochira wa, Bosai Shibuya desu (“this is Shibuya Disaster Prevention”).
• Chime sound
The test was performed to check the activation of J-Alert.
Since the test take place simultaneously throughout Japan, nearby communities were also broadcasting and training in other ways.

What Is J-Alert?

J-Alert is a nationwide instantaneous warning system in which emergency information about ballistic missile impact, large-scale terrorism, large earthquakes and the like issued by the Fire and Disaster Management Agency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is received by cities through satellites and automatically broadcast over the disaster prevention wireless system.
This system enables the national government to directly inform the residents of Shibuya City
of emergencies.

Telephone Response Service

You can check the broadcast content from the city’s disaster prevention wireless
system over the phone (in Japanese only).
Phone numbers: 03-3498-7211 to 7213 and 03-3498-9419
• The numbers are not toll-free.
• A broadcast over the disaster prevention wireless system cannot be checked after
24 hours have passed since the broadcast.
• If there have been no broadcasts within the last twenty-four hours, a message
will play stating “this is the Shibuya City Office. There are currently no saved
broadcasts.”
• You cannot listen to the “Yuyake Koyake” song that is broadcast at 5 p.m.
Inquiries: Disaster Prevention Planning Promotion Section, Disaster Prevention
Planning Division (Tel: 3498-9409)

Informed by Shibuya City Office

This year’s chirstmas tree at Shibuya Hikarie

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This year’s chirstmas tree at Shibuya Hikarie has “wonderland” as its theme, and is a collaboration with famous Japanese band “Dreams ComeTrue”!

Come and have your own dream come true at this 6m tall christmas tree, which will be lit up from 16:00 until midnight. From 16:00 until 22:00, Dreams Come True’s popular songs will be played every thirty minutes as well.

Spot Informatiion
Shibuya Hikarie Christmas 2015 ~WONDERLAND~ Collaboration Tree  
Light up from early November until December 25 (Friday) from 16:00 – 24:00 daily.
Location: The first floor main entrance of Shibuya Hikarie

Say “Cheese” to new Pablo Café opening on Dec. 12

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Famed for their melt-in-your-mouth cheese tarts, Osaka-based Pablo will open their first café in the Kanto area in chic Omotesando on Dec. 12.

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While you can pick up their classic cheese treats on the first floor – much like at their other stores across Tokyo – you can also dine on their expanded menu at the fashionable 2nd floor café, which includes Honey Cheese Toast, Sweet Cheese Fondue, and their limited item Baked Mini Cheese Tart Camembert x Quattro Fromage – available only at this Omotesando location!

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Address: Jingumae 1-14-21, Shibuya
Hours: 10am – 9pm (Last Order for food at 8pm, drinks at 8:30pm)
Price: Baked Mini Cheese Tart 780 yen tax included, Baked Mini Cheese Tart Camembert x Quattro Fromage 1,500 yen tax included
Website (Japanese) http://www.pablo3.com/shops/omotesando.html

12 years of world-class cocktails @ Bar Ishi no Hana

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International award winning cocktail mixologist Shinobu Ishigaki’s bar Ishi no Hana celebrates is 12th anniversary. WAttention editors visited the bar earlier this year and were deeply impressed by cocktail “Japanese Old Fashioned” prepared by the master himself.

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Visit Ishi no Hana from December 1 to December 15 and receive a special souvenir. How about celebrating your own special day at this classy bar?

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Restaurant Information: Shibuya 3-6-2 Dai 2 Yagi Bldg. B1, Shibuya Hours: 6pm – 2am URL: http://ishinohana.com/en/

Farmer’s Market @UNU Aoyama

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Farmer’s Market is held in Aoyama every weekend!

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You can get fresh veggies, foods, bread and more at these markets.

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Date:Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am~4pm
Place:United Nation University in Aoyama
Address:5-53-70, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.farmersmarkets.jp/