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Strawberry Dessert Buffet at Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

Partners Information: To celebrate Hina-Matsuri (Girl’s Doll Festival), Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (KPH), one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo will hold a special Strawberry Dessert Buffet – Girl’s Celebration from 1 February to 31 March 2019.

Held at the hotel’s All Day Dining Restaurant Jurin, on the 2nd floor, a total of 30 different desserts will be served featuring strawberries, the most symbolic spring fruit in Japan including tarts, pies, roll cakes, cupcakes, mousse, jelly and more.

The Strawberry Dessert Buffet – Girl’s Celebration promises to be deliciously Instagrammable.

Price

4,300 yen per adult
2,600 yen per child

Prices include drinks

Opening hours

3:00pm to 5:30pm with last orders taken at 5:00pm

Address

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

Tel:+81 3 3344 0111

2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku,
Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo
160-8330 Japan

Further information and reservations

Call reservations on +81 3 3344 011 (outside Japan) or 03 3344 0111 from Japan

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Virtual YouTuber Hiyatoi Reiko promotes Osaka slum district of Kamagasaki, Nishinari

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For some years now, the slum areas of Japanese cities like Sanya in Tokyo and Kamagasaki (now officially known as Airin) in Osaka have experienced a curious form of gentrification, led by the rise of cheap accommodation facilities for backpackers.

In a sign that this gentrification has reached new digital levels, Airin now has its own virtual YouTuber.

In “her” videos, Hiyatoi Reiko (Day Laborer Reiko) introduces the so-called “doya” housing and other aspects about the district in ways that even the uninitiated can understand. Despite being a character entirely made by computer graphics, Hiyatoi Reiko’s channel has attracted over 30,000 subscribers.

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Of course, there is a flesh-and-blood human behind Hiyatoi Reiko and this time it’s not a well-meaning government bod, but a 34-year-old man who spent six years as a day laborer and living in the Nishinari ward doya in Osaka. The channel was launched in March 2018, with the first video now having accrued over 90,000 views. Other videos in the channel have garnered over 300,000 and even 400,000 views.

Though the number of day laborers has declined, Nishinari is still home to thousands of the very poorest in Japanese society. They live in cheap dosshouses where lodging is paid by the night. The Yakuza controls much of the slums, including the job market, gambling, and prostitution. In the past, discontent has boiled over into full-scale riots. Activists have been embedded in such areas for decades, though government interventions have been controversial and largely cosmetic (such as renaming Kamagasaki to “Airin”).

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