A Hotel that Sparks Joy – Muji Hotel Tokyo

A Hotel that Sparks Joy – Muji Hotel Tokyo

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

This is evident in Muji Hotel, which was recently launched in Ginza, Tokyo. A dream come true for fans of Muji and the creatives who are obsessed with white space and simple aesthetic, you know that phrase, “less is more”. In an era of mass production and consumption, Muji has successfully stood the test of time.

In case you didn’t know, Muji was established in 1979 selling a wide range of products, including household goods, apparel and food, and the label has always been marketed as “brandless” as their products bear no logo. In fact, “Muji” is simply short for “Mujirushi Ryōhin” or “brandless quality goods.”

According to Muji’s art director, Kenya Hara, Muji is not just about minimalism and simplicity, he sees Muji as a living existence, and emphasize that Muji is not a trend per se, it is about using design to improve our quality of life.

To date, there are more than 900 Muji outlets worldwide.

As a leading brand in Japanese contemporary design, Muji has expanded its offering beyond its no-frills retail shop to celebrate the Muji experience in three dimensions by means of a hotel.

Muji Hotel Tokyo

Located just a stone throw away from Tokyo station, Muji Hotel Tokyo is not only home to the hotel but also the brand’s debut flagship store, and it houses an elegant Muji Diner.

The 11-storey building in Ginza is designed and run by Tokyo-based urban-planning agency UDS together with Muji’s design team.  The result is a contemporary 79-room hotel that fully expresses the Muji’s brand. According to UDS, the hotel is “anti-cheap” and “anti-gorgeous”. Look carefully, you’ll see that the primary materials of the interiors are made of stone and oak.

 

Guests can choose from a 14sqm basic room to a 52sqm deluxe with a custom-made hiba cypress bath. 

There is something zen-like about Muji’s minimalist homeware and furnishing, and now that everything is assembled together under one building for the ultimate Muji experience, this hotel makes for a perfect city retreat in hypermodern Tokyo. Yes, we think it is definitely worth staying in and reasonably so if you’ve been looking for the idea of slow living.

 

The first impression of the rooms in Muji Hotel Tokyo: Minimal décor, yet warm and inviting. True enough, the art of Japanese homemaking is less about artistic decoration, but more about refining the way we interact with the furniture to the way we use our daily amenities.

It is interesting to find that Muji Hotel Tokyo is located in glitzy Ginza dotted with luxury malls and swanky bars, and the hotel proves to be a stand-out arrival. For those not in the mood for shopping or partying, there is a Muji library and a gallery in the establishment for you to linger, or simply get some shots for the ‘gram.

If Marie Kondo were to visit this hotel, she would declare that this hotel sparks joy. Well, if you have stayed in a Japanese Ryokan or a capsule hotel before, we think you should try Muji Hotel Tokyo on your next trip.

Where: Ginza 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Reservations: https://hotel.muji.com/ginza

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Relax with Rilakkuma and Friends in this Traditional Teahouse

Relax with Rilakkuma and Friends in this Traditional Teahouse

Japan has plenty of cute characters, but few of them match the cuteness of Rilakkuma. Perhaps it is the bear’s lackadaisical attitude that made it all the more lovable, especially in an increasingly divisive and fast-paced world. The “Rilakkuma Effect” is a cute phenomenon in hyper-efficient Japan, and I have been influenced– thanks to Netflix, which has recently released a 13-episode stop-motion animated series titled Rilakkuma and Kaoru.

Image credit: Netflix

The original Netflix series, Rilakkuma and Kaoru, is about a hardworking young woman named Kaoru, who struggles with bad luck while navigating through adulthood. She lives with her lazy stuffed toy/roommates Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiroitori. As adulting anxieties consume her, they remind her to take a breather, may it be through shopping or a much-needed walk in the park

Image credit: Netflix

Rilakkuma is the complete opposite of the Japanese ethos. In fact, the name Rilakkuma literally translates to “relaxed bear”. Rilakkuma is lazy and unproductive in socio-economic terms, just like what you see in the series— taking a nap and lazing around, basically, doing nothing.

Each episode lasts for about 12 minutes and promises to make you rethink about your daily responsibilities for a short while. Not sure about you, I live life in the fast lane hence my head is constantly thinking about the next task to tackle and I don’t suffer from decision dilemma, unlike Kaoru in the series. What I’ve learned from the series is that we shouldn’t beat ourselves up too much and instead of conforming, we should look within to find out who we are and what we want out of life, not what society wants for us. 

And if life gets too hectic, we can chill out with Rilakkuma and friends. I recently discovered there is not one, but two Rilakkuma themed cafes in Japan. The first Rilakkuma outlet I’ve been to is in Arashiyama, Kyoto. The latest addition is located in the picturesque Miyajima Island, Hiroshima, which is famed for its giant “floating” red torii gate and hundreds of deer. 

Traditional Japanese Style Rilakkuma Cafe in Miyajima Island

Image credit: 2019 San-X Co., Ltd.

The outlet at Miyajima Island is housed in a traditional teahouse and it goes by the name of Miyajima Rilakkuma Sabo. The menu draws inspiration from the local delicacy, where Hiroshima is known for its fresh oysters and saltwater eel. And of course, Rilakkuma’s love for dessert is evident in the menu. Two words: Cuteness overload.

Image credit: 2019 San-X Co., Ltd.

Image credit: 2019 San-X Co., Ltd.

Image credit: 2019 San-X Co., Ltd.

If you are planning a trip to Hiroshima, make sure to include this place on your itinerary to have a Kawaii experience with Rilakkuma!

Address

Miyajima Rilakkuma Sabo

739-0500 Hatsukaichi,
Hiroshima Prefecture 537 Nakanocho,
Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi,
Hiroshima

Opening Hours

Daily from 10AM to 5:30PM

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But where is the best konbini according to the headline?

Seico Mart in Sapporo, Hokkaido

If you’re travelling around Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, you’d probably have seen Seico Mart, one of the major convenience stores in this region.

There is one particular Seico Mart in Sapporo, Hokkaido that offers freshly made sushi on-site and the quality is surprisingly good! The rice is evenly seasoned with vinegar, there isn’t any overpowering smell, the taste of the rice and fish is a balance of sweet and savoury. Yes, there is an in-house sushi chef!

Image credit: SoraNews24

For about ¥400 (approximately SG$5) you can enjoy freshly made sushi set on-site that comes with inarizushi (sushi rice wrapped in fried tofu) and natto maki (fermented soybean rolls). There is only one such Konbini in Japan at the moment located in the capital city of Hokkaido, that is Sapporo. If you’re travelling on a budget in Sapporo, be sure to make a pit stop at this Seico Mart.

Address

Seico Mart (Minami Hachijo branch) / セイコーマート(南8条店)

Hokkaido, Sapporo-shi, Chuo-ku, Minami 8-jo Nishi 4-chome 422-banchi 5, Grand Park Building

北海道札幌市中央区南8条西4丁目422番地5グランドパークビル

Opening Hours

Daily 24 Hours

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Meet The Dream Sleeper – Overnight Bus Hotel 

The superior overnight bus service offered by Kanto Bus Co. Ltd – The Dream Sleeper is a game-changer for travellers who wish to get the most out of their trip and yet do not want to compromise on comfort and quality.

You’ll have more time to explore Tokyo till around 10pm and do not have to worry about the logistics of catching the first or last Shinkansen to Osaka. The idea is similar to an overnight train experience offered in Europe, in a sense where passengers are actually sleeping on a “bus hotel”.

The Dream Sleeper comes with 11 single guest rooms. Each room is equipped with a high-tech “zero gravity seat” ergonomically designed according to NASA’s standards. To put it simply, it has been designed to achieve a comfortable weightless posture to alleviate passenger’s fatigue from sitting for long periods of time. Amenities such as sleeping mask, ear plugs, toothbrush set are provided as well. Not forgetting to mention, it has the cleanest toilet you’ll ever find on a bus. The experience feels like checking into a minibus hotel as you’ll have to remove your shoes when you board The Dream Sleeper and change into a pair of slippers. 

How long is the bus journey?

The Dream Sleeper departs from Ikebukuro, Tokyo daily at 10.50pm. The overnight journey from Tokyo to Osaka is about 7.5hours, and it usually reaches Osaka by 6:30am. This potentially makes it the better choice for maximising your time during your trip. 

Well, of course, taking the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka is faster (2 hours journey) but it may cost you one extra night of lodging in Tokyo if you wish to take the earliest Shinkansen at 6AM out to Osaka.

What about the cost? Even though the price is comparable to a domestic flight ticket, and slightly more expensive than taking the Shinkansen, but it is a worthwhile experience. The Dream Sleeper provides every guest their own private sleeping cabin, amenities, free WiFi, and a hotel-like atmosphere, you’ll find yourself waking up in the heart of Osaka refreshed and ready to hit the streets! 

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Now for those in Asia, you don’t have to endure the logistics of flying 14 hours to London to dine in this upmarket 24/7 restaurant. London restaurant Duck & Waffle has recently announced its first international outpost to be in Hong Kong which is set to open this year. Details of the restaurant in Hong Kong hasn’t been fully revealed – whether will it be open for 24 hours or if the view will rival the London’s. But we agree that this is a much-anticipated addition to the Hong Kong food scene.

What’s all the hype about? The critically acclaimed London restaurant is famed for serving British-European dishes, and as its name suggests, its cult signature dish is Duck & Waffles – a crispy duck leg confit on Belgium waffles topped with a fried duck egg and grainy mustard maple syrup. When in London, this is a must-try and you must book your table at least 1 month in advance. The reason being, we are enamored with sky high dining. Located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, you’ll be treated to an impressive view of London skyline while you dine.  

Apart from the unparalleled view of the city, the restaurant is also known for its eclectic menu that will appeal to the adventurous diner, such as a foie gras breakfast, beef cheek doughnuts, and BBQ spiced crispy pig ears.  And if you’re a sweet tooth then Elvis PB&J waffles with banana brûlée will do the trick.

Where in London: 110 Bishopsgate (Heron Tower)

Reservations: duckandwaffle.com

Opening hours: 24 hours

 

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