New-style Japanese souvenirs; Cinco de Mayo Festival in Tokyo


Japanese souvenirs

Uniqlo, one of Japan’s biggest clothing retailers, launched a project called Nippon Omiyage (Japanese Souvenir) at some of its stores on Monday.

As Golden Week — one of Japan’s major holiday seasons when many people travel abroad — is approaching, Uniqlo has created some Japanese-style items as gift suggestions to bring to foreign acquaintances.

These original creations reflect a bit of tradition as well as modern design that may appeal to those living abroad.

For instance, from its T-shirt series, various printed shirts feature contemporary ways of using Japanese cultural imagery, including Mount Fuji, chrysanthemums and Tokyo Skytree. These are available from ¥990.

Also, for small gifts, items such as bandanas and “furoshiki” (traditional Japanese wrapping cloth) are available startng at ¥390.

Items from this project will be available only at select stores in the Tokyo area, major international airports (except Haneda), and one store each in Kyoto, Kobe and Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture.

The items are available online as well.

For the list of stores and for more information, visit www.uniqlo.com/jp.


Cinco de Mayo in Tokyo

Tokyo’s first Cinco de Mayo Festival will be held at Yoyogi Park Event Space on May 3 and 4.

Cinco de Mayo, which celebrates Mexican culture and heritage, is one of the largest festivals in the United States. In Japan, the festival will be a celebration of all the Americas, showcasing countries from Canada to Chile.

Visitors will be able to enjoy food, drinks and entertainment from Mexico, the United States, Peru, Brazil, Chile and other countries in the Western Hemisphere.

Some of the highlights of the entertainment offerings will be mariachi, traditional Mexican dance and contemporary music from Mexico. Fabiola Jaramillo, a finalist in “La Academia,” a Mexican version of “American Idol,” will be among the performers.

Also featured will be Oscar Lobbo, whose album “Za Za Za” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums for six consecutive weeks.

There will be music and dance from Peru and Brazil, as well as a special performance by the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet Brass Band. Salsa dancers are welcome to dance the night away under the stars with top salsa DJs on May 3.

Entrance is free.

For more information, visit www.cincodemayo.jp.