A guide to Tokyo’s Best Cat Cafés

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Continue to previous post about Cat Cafe, now we are telling you which cat cafes you can visit if you are in Japan. Yay!

1. Nyafe Melange (ニャフェ・メランジエ)

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Overlooking the bustling streets of Shibuya, this café is home to 23 cats that enjoy lounging on their specially-made wall perches.

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Address: 1-7-13 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku
東京都渋谷区恵比寿1-7-13
Open 12:00 to 20:00 (Sun – Thurs), 12:00 to 21:00 (Fri – Sat)
Phone: 03-5449-4024
Website

2. Hapi Neko (ハピ猫)

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A beautiful café with a large open window and interior that makes you feel right in your own living room. This café is home to 16 cats and even has its own manga dedicated to the shop’s occupants.

▼ These little fluff balls are extra clean thanks to their sink bath.

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Address: 2-28-3 Dōgenzaka, Shibuya-ku
東京都渋谷区道玄坂2-28-3
Open 11:00 to 22:00
Phone: 03-3770-1328
Website

3. Cat Cafe Kyariko Shinjuku (猫カフェ きゃりこ 新宿店) 

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If you want to be surrounded by felines, this is the place to go. You’ll never be lonely amongst the shop’s 50 cats.

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Address: 1-16-2 Kabukichō, Shinjuku-ku
新宿区歌舞伎町1-16-2
Open 10:00 to 22:00
Phone: 03-6457-6387
Website

4. Cat Cafe Nekorobi (Cat Cafe ねころび)

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You’ll get to know the cats at Nekorobi really well. Each feline has their own extensive online and in-store profiles including baby pictures, head shots, and videos.

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Address: 1-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku
東京都豊島区東池袋1-28-1
Open 11:00 to 22:00
Phone: 03-6228-0646
Website

5. The rest area where cats are 229 (猫の居る休憩所299)

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As the name implies, you’ll be able to relax while you pet a kitty at this café. With complementary slippers for each guest and plenty of comfy couches, your stress is sure to melt away at “The rest area where cats are.”

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Address: 1-23-9 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku
東京都豊島区東池袋1-23-9 5F
Open 11:00 to 22:00
Phone: 03-6914-0071
Website

6. Neko Maru Cafe (猫まるカフェ Ueno)

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This cat café near the famous Ueno Park regularly updates their shop blog so you can check in with your favorite kitties from home.

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Address: 7-2-2 Ueno, Taitō-ku
東京都台東区上野7-2-2
Open 11:00 to 2:00 (Mon – Fri), 10:00 to 22:00 (Sat), 10:00 to 20:00 (Sun)
Phone: 03-5826-2501
Website

7. Temari no Ouchi (てまりのおうち Cat Cafe)

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This is undoubtedly the most whimsical cat café in Tokyo. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a fairytale starring 17 cats!

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Address: 2-13-14 Kichijōji Honchō, Musashino-shi
武蔵野市吉祥寺本町2-13-14 3F
Open 10:00 to 20:00
Phone: 0422-23-5503
Website

8.  Cat Cafe Kyariko Kichijoji (猫カフェ きゃりこ 吉祥寺店)

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The Kichijoji branch of Cat Cafe Kyariko is just a few seconds walk from the Kichijoji Station, allowing anyone to pop on by and pet a kitty cat.

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Address: 1-5-7 Kichijōji Minamichō, Musashino-shi
武蔵野市吉祥寺南町1-5-7 雪ビル4F
Open 10:00 to 22:00
Phone: 0422-29-8353
Website

9. Neko JaLaLa (ねこ JaLaLa)

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This is one snuggly café with a very unique group of cats. From huge Maine Coons to exotic Abyssinians, this is the best place to go if you want to spend time with unusual felines.

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Address: 3-5-5 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku
東京都千代田区外神田3-5-5 1F
Open 11:00 to 20:00
Phone: 03-3258-2525
Website

10. Cat Cafe nanny (猫カフェ nanny)

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This Akihabara café was made to be more of a cat house than a cat café. Enjoy this cat paradise!

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Address: 4-8-3 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku
東京都千代田区外神田4-8-3
Open 11:00 to 21:00
Phone: 080-4237-5310
Website

11. Calaugh Cafe (猫カフェきゃらふ)

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You can enjoy alcoholic beverages at this cat café every day starting from 6:00pm. Just don’t get too tipsy, the cats don’t like drunkards.

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Address: 2-19-13 Kaminarimon, Taitō-ku
東京都台東区雷門2-19-13 浅草駅前ビル2F
Open 11:00 to 22:00
Phone: 03-6231-6050
Website

12. Cat Cafe Asakusa Nekoen (Cat Cafe 浅草ねこ

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Enjoy a lovely view of Tokyo Skytree from this sixth floor cat café. The furry residents seem to enjoy the view too.

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Address: 3-1-1 Asakusa, Taitō-ku
東京都台東区浅草3-1-1
Open: 11:00 to 21:00
Phone: 03-3876-3813
Website

Credits : http://en.rocketnews24.com

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Why do Japanese people wear surgical masks? It’s not always for health reasons

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TOKYO —

The number of people you’ll see in Japan wearing surgical masks is pretty surprising. Sure, Japan is a hard working society, and the spread of productivity-sapping sickness is always a concern at schools and workplaces, but that doesn’t seem like reason enough for the proliferation of facial coverings that sometimes has Tokyo offices looking more like an operating room.

Health concerns are only part of the equation, though, as recent studies have revealed multiple reasons people in Japan wear masks that have nothing to do with hygiene.

Until recently, masks were primarily worn by people who had already come down with an illness. If you were feeling under the weather but couldn’t take the day off, common courtesy dictated that you cover your mouth and nose with a mask, so as not to breathe your germs all over you class or office mates or fellow commuters.

Things started changing in 2003, though, when medical supply maker Unicharm released a new type of mask specifically designed for hay fever sufferers. Until that point, most masks had been made of cotton, with an inner pouch into which gauze was placed. After taking off the mask users threw out the gauze, washed the cotton mask for reuse, and restuffed the pocket.

Unicharm’s anti-hay fever masks, though, were made of non-woven material, which was more effective in blocking pollen. They were also completely disposable and could be cheaply bought in bulk. This new type of mask was a game changer, and business research firm Fuji Keizai now says non-woven masks account for 86% of the market today.

The introduction of these cheap, easier-to-use masks also made it more practical to wear one in order to prevent getting sick in the first place. Commuting in Japan often means spending an hour or more pressed up against your fellow passengers on a train or bus, and not everyone has the good manners to put down their smartphone and cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze.

Sales figures show that use of masks has more than tripled over the last decade, with particularly large spikes caused by influenza outbreak fears in 2009 and worries over micro particulate matter following the earthquake and nuclear accident of 2011. Estimates for fiscal year 2013 value Japan’s mask market at 23.9 billion yen.

But as masks provoke less and less surprise, some people are using them for purposes that have nothing to do with physical health.

One 46-year-old mother, who herself wears a mask every day in the winter to prevent getting sick, says her high-school-age daughter wears one for a completely different reason. “She puts on a mask and sticks headphones in her ears so that people won’t bother her. It makes it harder for them to start talking to her.”

Juvenile psychologist Jun Fujikake has made simmilar observations. “When we deal with others, we have to judge whether to do things like smile or show anger,” he explains. “By wearing a mask, you can prevent having to do that. The trend of wearing a mask to prevent directly dealing with other may have roots in the current youth culture in which many of them are more accustomed to communicating indirectly through email and social media.”

But the recent surge in masks’ popularity isn’t entirely the result of a desire to give people the cold shoulder. On the contrary, an increasing number of people are using masks because of their desire for warmth.

Japan gets pretty chilly during the winter. Thankfully, the layered look is definitely in, and as the temperature drops, you can bundle up with tights, undershirts, sweaters, parkas, gloves, scarves, and caps. One thing that’s hard to do, though, is keep your face warm.

Granted, you could always pick up a ski mask at the sporting goods shop, but effectiveness aside, you’re going to get some strange looks wearing one anywhere other than on the slopes. But since Japanese society has already gotten used to people wearing surgical masks outside of the hospital, you can safely put one on to keep your nose and cheeks warm without attracting any attention.

Not only have masks become so commonplace that wearers aren’t seen as unattractive, some people are finding fashion and beauty uses for them. One professional model interviewed by reporters says she often slips on a mask after washing off her makeup at the end of a photo shoot, in order to keep her au naturel face hidden from the public. Even women whose livelihood doesn’t depend on looking their best at all times are finding masks to be a handy for those times when they need to dash out to run errands and don’t feel like spending a half-hour putting on blush and lipstick first.

Some people even see masks as a fashionable accessory. An online search for masuku bijin or “beautiful masked girl” will bring up hundreds of results, and an increasing number of companies are offering masks with floral, polka dot, and even houndstooth patterns, not to mention jet-black ninja-style masks for guys.

There’s even a mask whose seller claims it’ll help you lose weight. Cosmetics maker T-Garden has jumped into the mask arena with its Flavor Mask. Not only does it feature a pretty-in-pink design, each disposable mask comes infused with the scent of raspberry, which T-Garden says will boost your metabolism.

We’re not entirely convinced about the scientific soundness of their promise, and from an armchair psychology viewpoint, it seems like a food-based fragrance is going to do more to ramp up your appetite than your metabolism. Still, like any mask it should help prevent you from passing a cold around, keep your face a little warmer, cut off unwanted social interaction, and preclude the need to wear extensive makeup, none of which is necessarily diminished by its calorie-burning quackery.

Credits : http://japantoday.com

Miyavi Reveals Great News on New PV, Photo Book and Movie

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Some of you might remember that a few weeks ago Miyavi started a small twitter-project titled “#UnderTheSameSky“. He asked fans to send him tweets including pictures of the sky in their countries and the project was such a huge success that it lead to another idea: He wants to use pictures like that for his new music video!

This is the official announcement posted on Miyavi’s website:

“Under The Same Sky” project
Photos to be used in MIYAVI’s next music video wanted!Dear fans,
MIYAVI was discussing with the director of the next music video the other day and came up with the idea of featuring photos taken by his fans (that means you!). This was derived from his twitter experience #UnderTheSameSky, when he posted a picture of the sky in L.A. and his fans followed him, posting the pictures from all over the world.
So now, we are making an official request, to post your photos for MIYAVI’s new music video.
We do not know exactly at the moment how the photos will be featured in the video, but we are aiming to depict the bond between the fans and MIYAVI, and eventually the ties between all human beings.
We cannot tell you which song, but the hint is that it will be a music video for his up coming album “MIYAVI”. So use the below sample photos as a reference and send us YOUR photos!!
We do not want to spoil any of your photos, so please read the instructions and terms/conditions carefully, and send them to us!!
We hope we can share a peaceful experience through this project.
Thank you.

MIYAVI staff. 16th, February 2014

[ Types of Photos Wanted (see also sample photos below) ]
1. The Sun (Horizontal angle / be careful not to look at the sun directly!)
2. The Sky (Horizontal angle / Send us your beautiful sky!)
3. Your Eye (VERTICAL angle, either ONE of your eyes. Please refer to the composition of the sample photo. Do not take pictures of others without permission! )
4. Your Index finger (Horizontal angle / We are ONE!)
5. Your Palm (Horizontal angle)
* feel free to pick one of the above, or few, or all of them!

[ How to Send ]
Please send your photos via email to the following address.
To avoid confusion, 1 email per 1 photo, so please do not attach more than 1 Photo.sendusyoursky@gmail.com

Leave the title and the body text empty.
[ Acceptance Period ]
February 16th – February 20th 12pm(JST)

[ Terms and Conditions ]
– Size of each image should be 1MByte〜3MByte / jpeg format only. When using your phone, set it to hi-res mode.
– Photos should be taken by the sender.
– Violation of any laws (posting copyright images, etc.) is strictly prohibited. When found, the recipient shall have the right NOT to use the photos.
– Recipient shall have the right to choose the photos to be used in the video.
– Packet communication fees may apply for sending photos
– You cannot retrieve your photos once it’s been sent.
– By sending the photos, the sender grants the rights to the recipient to edit, copy, distribute, broadcast the photos.
– Photos will be used solely for the purpose of making MIYAVI’s music video (scheduled to be released March, 2014).
– Recipient cannot answer any questions regarding the selection of the photos.

Samples of the pictures can be found at the end of this article.

Not only will his album “MIYAVI” be released in Europe on March 3rd but he also announced the worldwide release of his first digital photo book! “SLAP SNAP” is the title of this book that has 131 pages and features pictures of his latest tour “SLAP THE BEAT TOUR 2013“. If you want this you have to buy it until March 31st because it’s available only for a limited period of time. Check out this site for more information and the page where you can download the photo book!

Creds : JpopAsia

Koda Kumi Releases “LOL” PV Preview

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A preview to the music video for Koda Kumi‘s upcoming track “LOL” has been uploaded onto avex‘s official YouTube channel.

Koda Kumi is currently preparing for the release of her 11th studio album “Bon Voyage” on February 26. “LOL” is one of the new tracks being released on the 16-track album.

The “LOL” music video has an in-your-face attitude that fits well with the song’s general vibe. Check out the preview below:

Creds : JpopAsia

Ryuta Flumpool : “Cewek Jakarta Kawaii”

Untuk merayakan peluncuran channel TV WAKUWAKU JAPAN, beberapa artis dari Jepang dan Indonesia tampil di konser WAKUWAKU JAPAN MUSIC FESTIVAL kemarin tanggal 16 Februari 2014. Bertempat di JAKARTA CONVENTION CENTER, CENDRAWASIH BALLROOM.

Lobby dibuka pada pukul 17:00WIB, open gate pada pukul 18:00WIB. Dan acara dimulai pada 19:00WIB.

Acara yang di promotori Java Festival Production ini, akan broadcast di channel wakuwaku pada tanggal 22 Februari 2014 pukul 17:00PM, so make sure kamu stay tune yah 😉 Kamu bisa berlangganan WakuWakuChannel lewat indovision atau okevision.

Penampilan pertama dibuka oleh JKT48, kemudian Afghan, lalu di susul oleh Bunga Citra Lestari dan yang ditunggu-tunggu Band asal Jepang, Flumpool.

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Flumpool membawakan 6 lagu, dan salah satunya adalah “Hana ni Nare”, member Flumpool sempat membawakan MC dalam bahasa Indonesia. Mereka ingin sekali datang kembali ke Jakarta.

Lalu, acara yang berlangsung selama 2 1/2 jam itu pun di tutup oleh penampilan JKT48.

Terima kasih WakuWaku Japan sudah membawa Flumpool ke Indonesia dan sukses untuk tayang perdananya tanggal 22 Februari nanti! 😀

Untuk melihat  situs resminya bisa diliat disini >> www.wakuwakujapan.tv