Japan Travel: Odaiba

photo credits: gotokyo.org

Odaiba, the artificial island of shopping and entertainment

The first time I saw Odaiba was thanks to the Natsuko Takahashi animated series, "Tokyo Magnitude 8.0" (東京マグニチード). In the anime, the protagonists go to a robot exhibition on the island, beautifully detailed in its reproduction. At that moment I had the idea to insert in our editorial calendar an article about this place so technological and colorful!

Odaiba (お台場) was born under the Tokugawa shogunate at the end of the Edo period in the form of 6 small artificial fortified islands. The purpose of these islands was to protect and contrast possible attacks against Tokyo by the ships of the Commodore Perry fleet.

More than 100 years later, in the early 1980s, the small islands were joined together to create a huge residential and financial district. The project suffered a major slowdown due to the outbreak of the "bubble economy" in 1991, leaving Odaiba almost completely abandoned. It wasn’t until the second half of the 1990s that the large unified artificial island became one of Tokyo's most famous tourist attractions, with populated hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, shops, and the Yurikamome elevated railway line.

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Two sides of the same island: West Odaiba, East Odaiba

West Odaiba is home to large parks and shopping centers. Among the most scenic, we find the Odaiba Seaside Park which extends on the north coast and where a replica of the Statue of Liberty stands right on its beach. The first of the island's largest shopping centers are located here. It’s the Decks Tokyo Beach in which you can visit Madame Tussaud's wax museum. The second shopping center is Acqua City with its two floors dedicated to catering, various shops, a multiplex cinema, a wedding chapel and the Sony Explora Science Technology Museum: a science museum that explores "light", "sound" and " entertainment. "
(For all information on the museum, you can visit the official website, in English: https://www.sonyexplorascience.jp/english/)

photo credits: anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp

Not far from Acqua City is the Fuji TV Building, one of the most bizarre buildings in Japan. From the ultra-futuristic style. This 25-story building was designed by the architect Kenzo Tange and completed in 1997. Headquarters of the Fuji Television Network, making it particularly attractive is the titanium silver sphere on top of it. Thirty-two meters in diameter, inside this element there is a viewing platform open to the public that offers a complete view of Tokyo and Mount Fuji.

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Further south lies the Diver City Tokyo Plaza, Odaiba's third-largest shopping mall designed to be the "theatrical space of the city". It is an almost mandatory destination for foreign visitors in Tokyo because it offers a wide selection of Japanese themed souvenirs in many of its shops and as many authentic Japanese restaurants.

If you think shopping malls are enough, you're wrong. And with Palette Town that Odaiba wins everything. Much more than a simple aggregation of shops, it is a real mini city. Its towering Ferris wheel, known as Daikanransha (大観覧車) can be seen all over the island thanks to its 115m of height as an undisputed sign of fun and joy. Palette Town offers numerous attractions whose focus is Venus Fort, the realm of shopping. Venus Fort was opened in 1999 and was designed to take on the features of 17th century Europe, complete with an artificial sky painted on the roof that follows the alternation of day and night as if you were really in the open air.

Just below Venus Fort is the Sun Walk, which offers a collection of shops for pet lovers. Here you can not only eat at the Dog Cafe but even rent a dog for an hour to take it for a walk. Palette Town also includes the technological showcase of Toyota Mega Web, the entertaining lounge for leisure time and one of the most popular entertainment venues for live events: the Zepp Tokyo (ゼップ東京).

photo credits: scottshaw.org, shutoko.jp

Odaiba Est is entirely dedicated to exhibitions and sports.

Of great importance is the Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center), one of the main arenas and convention centers of the nation. It is here where the fencing, wrestling and taekwondo events will be hosted during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Opened in 1996, the Tokyo International Exhibition Center stands out thanks to its iconic Conference Tower made up of four inverted pyramids. The entire Tokyo Big Sight complex has numerous restaurants, cafes, a grocery store and a sales corner dedicated to Big Sight goods.

photo credits: mystays.com

Next to it there’s the Panasonic Center, a showroom for new products and new Panasonic technologies. On the first floor is the Atrium Exhibition where sponsorships of events and all the advertising campaigns of the electronics giant take place all over the world. Also on the same level is the Wonder Life-Box where visitors are presented with the new technologies of the future and the company's latest products. The second-floor houses RiSuPia, an interactive museum focused on hidden mathematics in nature and science. Extremely beloved is the Nintendo Game Front where all the latest Nintendo games are present with the chance to try them! Here is also the Cafe E-Feel for a gourmet break thanks to its wide range of coffees, desserts and light meals.

photo credits: expology.com

In this part of the neighborhood, there is also the Tennis – no – Mori Park, a huge center dedicated to the game of tennis with 48 courts. Also present was the Ariake Coliseum stadium, an indoor sports arena in the Ariake Tennis Forest Park which can hold up to 10,000 people.

photo credits: tokyo20ty20ty.com

Reaching Odaiba

Reaching Odaiba from Tokyo is easy! You can opt for the boat thanks to the Tokyo Water Bus or the Tokyo Cruise. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or just hop on the Yurikamome train, the TWR Rinkai Line or the Japan Railways. However, if you love walking, then don't think twice: the Rainbow Bridge is for you! An 800-meter long bridge that is not opened at night and in case of bad weather or festive events.

photo credits: mywowo.net

Do you think this will be enough to visit Odaiba? There are really many inputs. Like all the rest of Japan, every corner takes on an enormous charm that increases from time to time discovering the complex details that have made it.

ARTE SU MARTE Feat “The Onigiri Art” @ TENOHA

Together with the very famous Nori • Nori aperitif, TENOHA has another great surprise on Thursday 13 June: a Live art performance by THE ONIGIRI ART!
The wonderful collaboration ARTE SU MARTE x TENOHA is back with a great new event of LIVE ART PERFORMANCE!

"The Onigiri Art" is the artist that you can find anywhere on the web with his streetwear creations made of rice, raw fish and seaweed.
Yujia Hu, the artist behind the art name The Onigiri Art, is Chinese boy who works in Milan as Sushi Manager in the family restaurant. He began to "play" with the ingredients he uses every day to create real works of art such as important basketball personalities and the Nike Air Jordan sneakers. His art has then expanded and turned all the most famous streetwear into onigiri.

Are you curious to see it live? Then you can't miss the special appointment at TENOHA! All the informations below:


Where: TENOHA, Via Vigevano 18, 20144 Milan
When: June 13, 2019
COST: € 12 per person
APERITIVO Nori • Nori (Nori maki, buffet, drink)
Live art performance by THE ONIGIRI ART

Information and Reservation

RSVP: https://www.tenoha.it/taste/the-onigiri-art/

If you want to know more about the artist The Onigiri Art, check out his Instagram page: @theonigiriart

Obviously Japan Italy Bridge will be there and we are waiting for you in this special evening among art, great food and special drinks at TENOHA, where the hour is happy for real!

Bringing Japan to Italy: episode 06 – Takarabune

A few months ago, in conjunction with the Japan Matsuri in Bellinzona, we had the opportunity to interview one of the very few Awa Odori dance troupe: Takarabune!

The Awa Dance Festival (阿波踊り), the largest dance festival in Japan, is held from August 12th to 15th as part of the Bon Festival in Tokushima prefecture of Shikoku in Japan.
The earliest origins of this style of dace are found in the Japanese Buddhist priesthood dances of Nembutsu-odori and hiji-odori of the Kamakura period (1185 – 1333), and also in the kumi-odori, a lively crop dance that was known to last for several days.

The Takarabune group has been traveling the world for years to bring joy and to share the culture of Japanese festivals with all other foreign nations.
In an exclsive interview for Japan Italy Bridge they tell us how they see the relationship between Italy and Japan and their thoughts on our beautiful country. Enjoy!

Follow Takarabune

Website: takarabune.org
Facebook: facebook.com/Takarabune.official
Instagram: @takarabune_official
Twitter: @Takarabune_info

Hanko Workshop @ TENOHA

Are you ready for June 9th? TENOHA is preparing a very interesting flower and plant theme event with Laura Sauchelli from FATTOAMENO, we are talking exactly about a HANKO Workshop.

What is an Hanko?

Hanko (判子) are custom seals made with wood, plastic or other material widely used in Japanese culture. In Japan, a stamp is often used instead of a signature. This was initially an exclusive of the emperor and his vassals, after which the nobles and samurai also began to use it in the feudal period. The Samurai seal was exclusively used with red ink.
After 1980, precisely after the modernization of Japan, Hanko are used by the whole Japanese society.

Do you want to create your own Hanko? It will be a unique experience, we are waiting for you on June 9th at TENOHA!


Where when
Where: TENOHA, Via Vigevano 18, 20144 Milan
When: June 9th
※ First session: 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm
※ Second session: 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm
PRICE: € 15 per person
AVAILABILITY: 15 pax per session


For info and reservations click on the links below:

FIRST SESSION: https://www.tenoha.it/booking/hanko-con-laura-prima-sessione/

SECOND SESSION: https://www.tenoha.it/booking/hanko-con-laura-seconda-sessione/

TENOHA: https://www.tenoha.it/

Flow Yoga with Oki Satoko @ TENOHA

Something you can’t miss!
Two relaxing and refreshing Flow Yoga sessions in the TENOHA event space together with the teacher OKI SATOKO for one day dedicated to a healthy lifestyle.

But what exactly Flow Yoga - Oishī kokyū is?

In particular, the flow style is a combination of breathing with the Asana position. Slow movements and intensification of breathing, till to the final relaxation with Japanese perfumes.

OKI SATOKO, a woman of great commitment in various fields both in Japan and abroad, is an expert in the field of Flow Yoga with her 12 years of experience as a teacher and supporter of how fundamental the combination of movement and breathing is. In addition to this, from 2017 she is a director and a representative of the Breathtrant company, which deals with the conviction of the importance of proper breathing and "heart health". Her fame is also due to the fact that she was chosen by GAP as an ambassador for the GAP fit line and as a performer in the television program "GINZA YOGA".

With great enthusiasm and great pride, we’ll wait for you at TENOHA for an intense and relaxing experience to be discovered!


WHEN: June 8th, 2019
First session: 10.00 - 11.00
Second session: 12.30 - 13.30


NOTES: The lesson will be held in Japanese with an Italian translator

For more information, click here:


To RSVP click here:
FIRST SESSION: https://www.tenoha.it/booking/primasessione-yoga/
SECOND SESSION: https://www.tenoha.it/booking/secondasessione-yoga/

Festa del Giappone @ Circolo Magnolia

On June 9, 2019, at the Circolo Magnolia located at Parco Idroscalo, an entire day dedicated to Japanese culture will be held. There will be many workshops, demonstrations and important personalities known in the world of the Rising Sun. Obviously, you can also taste the coveted Japanese food and sake.

Many are the workshop available for the audience! You can find the manga drawing workshop curated by Giappone in Italia, focusing mainly on the character design. Furthermore, you will find the Lykke Anholm workshop, the Italian ambassador of the KonMari method, focusing on the whole philosophy underlying the worldwide phenomenon of Marie Kondo. Also, have you ever heard of Kintsugi? It’s the ancient and very significant Japanese art of repairing ceramics with urushi lacquer and gold dust. The restorative artist Chiara Lorenzetti will explain this in the smallest detail.

A dive into Japanese tradition with some demonstrations, including the Yukata Dressing by Mamiko Ikeda and the evocative Tea Ceremony by Alberto Moro. IFIORINELLARETE takes care of the demonstration of Kokedama, a technique in which a seedling is removed from its own pot and wrapped in a ball made with a mixture of different substrates, covered with fresh moss. The plant created can be placed on a flat surface, or left floating in the air for an even more suggestive effect. The famous Keiko Irimajiri will present her Bentō Showcooking while Luca Vecchi will tell us about the concept of his work Okaa-Sama | Honorable Mother.
Surely you already met this artist in the exhibition that was held on May 10th and you can also watch his video interview here below.

And for all the people that love the Japanese language, Eurasia Language Academy will hold An interactive language course! Curious?

We’ll be waiting for you on June 9th at Circolo Magnolia, Parco idroscalo. We’ll be there, what about you??

Info & Prevendite

Pre-sale: bit.ly/Prevendite_LaFestaDelGiappone
Organisation: Associazione Culturale Giappone in Italia
Website: www.giapponeinitalia.org
Mail: info@giapponeinitalia.org

Poké Don @ TENOHA & | RAMEN

That the Japanese diet is one of the best in the world is well known. Just like in the Italian style, also in Japan they don't like to cover the flavors of the various ingredients too much. No sauces too strange or too intrusive, just a little wasabi or teriyaki and the dish is ready to be served.

If you haven't tried the & | Taste at TENOHA, we suggest you to take a tour to get a taste of real Japan in Milan. But even more, we advise you to pass by TENOHA & | Ramen, a small corner dedicated to this typical Japanese dish, launched last November 28th.
If you are like me, I'm sure you will love the hot ramen even in August. However, if you prefer something fresher, don't despair, the POKE’ DON have arrived.

With a diverse range of options, the new Poké Don from TENOHA & | RAMEN, offer a wide choice moving from salmon and avocado to a vegetarian option, passing through spicy flavors too.

Accompanied by shoyu sauce with yuzu, sesame sauce, soy sprouts, edamame, wakame but also more "Italian" ingredients such as cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots and marinated egg, these new offerings make your mouth water just by looking at them!

We at Japan Italy Bridge have tried them for you and we have gone crazy for the Salmon Avocado and Tori Poké versions and now we are curious to know which one will be your favorite!

Information & Opening hours

where: Via Vigevano 20, Milano
Lunch: 12:00 - 15:00
Dinner: 19:00 - 23:00 | 19:00 - 23:30 (Friday and Saturday)
No reservations

Hakken Menù @ TENOHA

Exclusive from May 20th to August 10th, 2019

Are you ready to try an unprecedented culinary experience? TENOHA has decided to surprise you by creating an absolutely unique and new menu that you can't find anywhere else. A journey of flavours that you certainly won’t forget and that will make you fly directly to Japan. TENOHA & | Taste gives you the opportunity to learn about the delicacies that are only available for a limited period of time, from May to August. Don't miss this opportunity and taste the new HAKKEN Menu!

We are sharing here below the dishes prepared with love by Denmei. We are sure that these tasty meals will make you dream.

The Journey

20 May - 2 June
(九州 )Kyushu・(宮崎県)Miyazaki Prefecture:
Chicken Nanban チキン南蛮

3 June - 16 June
(四国)Shikoku・(徳島県)Tokushima Prefecture:
鯛茶漬け Taichazuke - Sea bream with rice and hot tea

17 June - 30 June
(中国) Chūgoku・(広島県)Hiroshima Prefecture:
Fried Oyster かきフライ

1 July - 14 July
(中部)Chūbu・(長野県)Nagano Prefecture:
Nagano-soba + Onigiri with Nagano flavor

15 July - 28 July
(中部)Chūbu・(愛知県)Aichi Prefecture:
Hitsumabushi - Eel

29 July - 10 August
(北海道)Hokkaido Prefecture:
ちゃんちゃん焼き Chanchanyaki - Salmon and Miso flavored vegetables

The Menù

20 May - 2 June: CHICKEN NANBAN

宮崎県・チキン南蛮 Chicken Nanban from Miyazaki Prefecture.

Directly from the Kyūshū region, a special karaage fried chicken marinated in sweet and sour sauce and accompanied with tartar sauce. This recipe seems to have its origins in the Iberian peninsula and then it was adapted in Japanese style in the Miyazaki prefecture.

3 June - 16 June: TAI-CHAZUKE

徳島県・ 鯛茶漬け Tai-chazuke (Sea bream with rice in dashi soup) from Tokushima prefecture, located north of Shikoku island, in the southern part of Japan. It’s traditional cuisine is based mainly on the various types of fish and seafood. The famous Taichazuke is served white rice, sea bream, sesame and nori seaweed all accompanied by Japanese dashi sauce. All of this makes the dish delicate and harmonious, a unique flavor that you can hardly forget and find elsewhere.

17 June - 30 June: FRIED OYSTER

広島県 ・かきフライ Fried Oyster by Hiroshima prefecture, located in the south of Japan, facing the inland sea of Seto and the island of Shikoku. The Kaki furai, or fried oysters, is the dish chosen for the journey you’re making in this prefecture, not only for its preparation but also for the high quality of oysters renowned throughout Japan.


長野県・長野そば: Nagano-soba from Nagano prefecture. Here we are in the most central part of Japan, the Chūbu region, from which the Nagano Soba Noodles were chosen for the continuation of our journey. Nagano is a particularly famous area for the production of Soba and for those who don’t know it yet, we are talking about a thin pasta with a dark tone of buckwheat often accompanied by a special cold broth.

15 July - 28 July: HITSUMABUSHI

愛知県・櫃まぶし: Hitsumabushi, the most famous dish of the Aichi prefecture.

The grilled eel, and not cooked as it happens in the rest of Japan, is the protagonist in this unique and crunchy dish that TENOHA gives you the opportunity to taste with white rice and dashi broth.

29 July - 10 August: CHAN-CHAN-YAKI

And here we arrive with our trip to the northernmost prefecture of Japan, Hokkaido. With its 北海道県・ちゃんちゃん焼き  Chan-Chan Yaki, you will have the opportunity to taste a typical dish with a homey flavor. The name of the dish refers to the cooking named “Chacha”, which is an onomatopoeia that describes a quick gesture. It is steamed salmon served with seasonal vegetables, mountain herbs and Miso. (For this last recipe we would love to thank the source http://kyoudo-ryouri.com/it/food/1402.html ).

The journey began on May 20th with the exclusive Chicken Nanba. If you haven't tried it yet, TENOHA is waiting for you to delight you. However, the chance to taste this amazing this will last only until June 2nd! If you have already tried it, you still have a few days to enjoy it again.

We from Japan Italy Bridge have already begun this incredible journey in the land of the Rising Sun and we will go on inebriated by tastes that we will carry with us forever. Are you ready to come with us?

Info & Reservation

Via Vigevano 18, 20144 Milan
Tel: 02 8088 9868
Email: info@tenoha.it
URL: www.tenoha.it