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Opus Arisugawa Terrace & Residence

opus-arisugawa24Opus Arisugawa Terrace & Residence stands on a hilltop facing the northern tip of Arisugawa Park and Aiiku Hospital. Its close proximity to Arisugawa Park enables the residence to enjoy plush greenery in close proximity. It is also very close to the wonderful playground section of the Arisugawa Park.

opus-arisugawa3The Tokyo Lawn Tennis Club is also within walking distance, as well as a good selection of international schools and preschools. Furthermore, most of the international school buses have stops within a few minutes walk, which makes this property one of the most popular apartments among foreign families.

The entrance to the residence offers a luxury hotel-like feel with its long driveway and pleasant water fountain. The front desk has a bilingual concierge staff member and welcomes residents with a smile. The Terrace Wing (two to four-bedroom units for families) and Residence Wing (studio to two-bedroom units for single and couples) have separate entrances to provide more privacy. The interior of the residence is designed to be modern and smart.

opus-arisugawa2The layout design taken into consideration is for both functionality and enjoyment since the quality of materials being used is high and offers a sense of luxury.

The closest train station is Hiroo station and it is about a eight-minute walk away. Hiroo also offers a plethora of cafes, restaurants, shops and clinics. The international supermarket, National Azabu is also at the lower end of Arisugawa Park. Roppongi Hills is also not far from the residence and is within a 10- to 15-minute walk from the apartment complex.

For more details and current status, click here: Higherground Listingopus-arisugawa42

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Omiyage Japan Style

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By Richenda Elledge

If you are looking for a modern omiyage (souvenir in Japanese) to give to friends back home, the list can be exhausting. Usually what comes to mind are Japan-made knives, plastic key chains and magnets in sushi or ramen motif, chopsticks, daruma dolls, yukatas, and Maneki Neko (beckoning cat) figurines. There are some favorites of locals that make great souvenirs as well. Here is a quirky selection of items used by locals that would make cool omiyage:

iwako1Iwako Puzzle Erasers

You may have come across interesting looking erasers at shops like Tokyu Hands, or even passed out as rewards at your neighborhood children’s dentist. These are usually puzzle-type erasers, where you can take sections apart and put them back together again. Much loved by local kids and adults for decades, these low-cost items (usually JPY60 for one eraser or JPY378 for a small pack) make an original and quirky gift without breaking the bank.

iwako31A little history: IWAKO was founded in 1968 (formerly known as Iwasawa Kogyo). Asking why erasers always have to be rectangular, IWAKO started making erasers with different shapes. While this manufacturer makes a variety of plastic products, they are perhaps best known for their high-quality puzzle erasers. IWAKO erasers are made entirely in Japan and they are tested to be safe, following international toy safety guidelines. Interestingly, every year, two hundred groups of children visit their factory in Saitama Prefecture to see their production line as well as to input ideas for new creations.

For more info and extensive list of their products: http://www.iwako.com/IWAKO/

tshirtfactory1Customised T-shirts

My T Factory makes original and customised T-shirts on the spot. They have a few branches in Tokyo, in places with high concentrations of visitors; such as Ueno, Harajuku and Shibuya. There are tons of designs to choose, which they will then print onto a t-shirt then and there, along with personalised names or message. Designs vary and Japan motifs are just one of many different kinds.

myt2A great choice (and affordable since the starting price is JPY2480 for a printed end product), not only for souvenirs but as presents for any occasion. Offering a wide selection of sizes, including children sizes, they also do personalised dog clothing. For more details and address: http://www.myt-factory.com/index_en.html

frixionlightFriXion Erasable Pens

Generally speaking, Japanese-designed stationery are like no other, and the range of stationery choices in paper, pens, stickers and notebooks found in Japan are unrivalled. Leading stationery maker, Pilot Corporation makes a series of pens, felt-tips, highlighters and coloring pencils under the FriXion name and they are truly unique. These pens (starting from JPY100 for a basic model) have become a staple in many people’s pen cases. They are highly effective erasable pens with heat-sensitive ink. The way it works is that the heat generated by the friction of rubbing the special eraser (installed at the end of each pen) causes the ink to become clear. FriXion ink “erases” due to Pilot’s exclusive thermo-sensitive ink technology. When rubbing, the ink heats up to over 65°C and becomes invisible. FriXion pens have a special erasing tip which allows the paper to be heated quickly without damaging it. An interesting tip ideal for youngsters: one can write a secret message on a piece of paper, by first writing the secret message then erasing it. Reveal the message by placing the paper in the freezer for a few minutes. The ink will reappear at temperatures under -12°C. Neat! Probably best not to use on legal or official documents.

11996519225_b5ebb7f9cc_zKit Kat with a Japanese Kick

Nestle launched its first boutique in Japan for one of its major product lines, Kit Kat. The KitKat “Chocolatory” store located within the Seibu department store in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district, stocks exclusive varieties of the chocolate bar created in collaboration with Japanese chocolatier, Takagi.

11994724216_df8fb45f3c_zAccording to Nestle, 650 KitKat fingers are consumed every second around the world and, in Japan, the brand has been the country’s favourite chocolate since 2012. Its success has been fuelled by the launch of hundreds of unusual and innovative special edition flavours to meet Japanese consumers’ experimental tastes and sense of style. KitKat fans in Japan have been able to choose from varieties including Purple Potato, Cinnamon Cookie, European Cheese, Bean Cake and Wasabi - unwrapping sticks of pale green, delicate pink and lilac chocolate that look and taste very different from those anywhere else in the world. Flavors found only in Japan: Roasted Tea, Strawberry Cheesecake, Rum Raisin, Apple, Green Tea, Mandarin and Lemon, Azuki Red Bean Toast, and Wasabi.

Other listings of more traditional omiyage covered by the media:

https://www.pinterest.com/ristini/souvenirs-from-japan/

http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo/feature/6328/Essential-Tokyo-souvenirs

http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/must-have-souvenirs-travel-tips

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Grosvenor Place Kamizonocho

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In a nutshell, this property development simply wows. Grosvenor Place Kamizonocho is situated right on the border of Yoyogi Park. This super luxurious residence offers easy access to one of Tokyo’s largest parks, Yoyogi Park. Due to its on-the-park location, Grosvenor Place Kamizonocho reminds one of the posh apartments surrounding New York City’s Central Park or London’s Hyde Park.

grosvenorplacek3This property is in a quiet, serene neighborhood but it is also close to places like Omotesando and Shibuya. From the ground floor, there are five floors above and three floors below. The common spaces are tastefully done with features like designer furniture, attractive fireplace and private gardens.

Some of the apartments offer rooftop gardens with built-in jacuzzi baths. The kitchen go beyond the usual offerings to include items like a large wine cellar, high-end brand of oven (Miele), five-stove cooktop and a Western size dishwasher.grosvenorplacek21

The driveway into the parking is grand and attractive, and can accommodate 68 cars. Guest parking is available. Yoyogi-Koen station (Chiyoda line) is 8 minutes walk away and Sangubashi (Odakyu-Odawara line) station is 7 minutes walk away.

Please click this weblink for more details: http://higherground-rent.com/rent/1184/

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