EPISODE SUMMARY

Episode #91Upcycle Your Kawaii

Growing up outside of Japan, being wasteful was frowned upon but there wasn’t a big deal. Meanwhile, Japan has a long history of not being wasteful. It even has its own word! Mottainai! Why let anything go to waste, when you can take whatever you have and make the most of it! Take that trash, and turn it into treasure! Misha and RinRin have some treasures in the studio while Mr. Yabatan is on the road again and you won’t believe where he ends up! Care for sushi in a sento? [UTC]
August 3 Fri. 0:30 / 6:30 / 13:30 / 18:30
Shooting Locations
  • SEMI FLAGSHIP STORE TOKYO

    SEMI FLAGSHIP STORE TOKYO A store that sells bags and rucksacks made of materials which have been upcycled from outdoor banners of a department store and flags of a shopping arcade. Place: Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo

  • Bankadokoro

    Bankadokoro A speciality shop that makes Japanese handmade Western style umbrellas. They also undertake a part of a brand called "akizakura" which reuses old kimonos to produce sunshade umbrellas. Place: Nihombashiodenmacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

  • Kimono Haku

    Kimono Haku A kimono shop. Not only kimonos, but they also carry products from a brand called "akizakura" which are sunshade umbrellas made from recycled kimonos. Place: Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

  • Mono: Factory

    Mono: Factory A facility managed by a vendor that takes pride in recycling 99% of all industrial wastes. They sort out social materials and remake them into new products, exhibit and sell upcycled items. They have a showroom in Shinagawa. Place: Komagata-cho, Maebashi-shi, Gunma

  • Ueno Sakuragi Atari

    Ueno Sakuragi Atari A commercial facility renovated from traditional Japanese old houses built in 1938. It has been transformed into a beer hall, specialty salt and olive store etc., expanding to be a popular community space. Place: Uenosakuragi, Taito-ku, Tokyo

  • Sheena & Ippei

    Sheena & Ippei A lodging facility renovated from a long-established Tonkatsu restaurant. The first floor is a cafe. It is a hot spot crowded with locals and tourists from all over the world. Place: Nagasaki, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

  • Bunbuku

    Bunbuku A tavern renovated from a 90 year old public bathhouse. Traces of the good old days still remain inside and its nostalgic atmosphere gains attention. Place: Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Tokyo Photobook
  • Zutti Mattia

    Zutti Mattia Cosmetology school student. He introduces his original new celebrity- fashion based on the theme “neo-celebrity.”

Kawaii Tutorial
  • Yoshiaki Watanabe

    Perfect for summer! Basket bag
    Yuki Inomata
    She introduced us how to make bags with baskets and children’s old T-shirts.

    Handcraft creator. An expert of making fabric accessories. Her bag creations especially are extremely popular to an extent that she has published a tutorial book.

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