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Children's library opens; Tribute to classic art

Children’s library opens

Family restaurant Hyappon No Spoon (100 Spoons) in Yokohama’s Azamino Gardens appeals to parents for their wide range of healthy meals served in a relaxing atmosphere. On March 1, the restaurant made a move to make itself more appealing to children by opening a library in the restaurant to give them a place to socialize.

The interior of the dining area is richly appointed, featuring sophisticated decor and many windows to create a comfortable environment for families to enjoy their meals together.

One corner of the space is home to the library. There, children can read books and socialize with their peers in a room boasting a selection of hundreds books collected from all over the world, as well as sofas and comfortable chairs to encourage reading as well as communication.

In cooperation with World Library, an organization that provides international books for the children’s library, the restaurant holds free Sunday book-reading events using oversized picture books. The next readings will be held from noon and 3 p.m. on March 27.

The Sunday book-reading event is a joint project between Smiles Co., Ltd., the company that owns Hyappon No Spoon and Soup Stock Tokyo, as well as a variety of businesses, and World Library. Smiles has more than 70 Soup Stock Tokyo outlets, all of which are conveniently located near train stations in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and many other regions of the country.

Tribute to classic art

Honoring the beauty and sophistication seen in Katsushika Hokusai’s works, Seiko Watch Corp. is announcing the debut of the Fugaku Tourbillon Limited Edition under its Credor Brand. This exquisite timepiece will be limited to a run of only eight watches available at Seiko’s boutiques worldwide.

Based on the ultra-thin Caliber 6830 movement, this masterpiece is equipped with a variety of features, such as manual winding, 21,600 vibrations per hour, accuracy to a mean daily rate of -10 to +15 seconds and water resistance to three bars. The movement measures just 3.98 mm deep and 25.6 mm in diameter, making it the world’s smallest tourbillon.

The face is a tribute to Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa, with the wave motif also gracing the watch back. Three contemporary master craftsmen, who successfully expressed the essence of Japanese beauty with their lacquer and engraving techniques, created each element of the Fugaku with extraordinary skill. Additionally, the magnificent movement is adorned with 18k yellow and white gold, blue sapphires, and mother-of-pearl. This extraordinary masterpiece is available for ¥50 million excluding tax.