Transport Yourself To Japan This July At Shangri-La Plaza Mall

Am I in Kyoto? Nope, I’m still here in Manila. We got lucky this month, Japan Lovers! Shangri-La Plaza Mall is celebrating Japan with us.

There are various activities you could enjoy such as the 20th Eigasai PH (Japanese Film Festival), Cosplayers around the mall, Japanese shops on a stall, torii (gate) and cherry blossoms inspired decors! They also hosted workshops for Kyosendo, Japanese Food Photography and  Bento Making last weekend at their East Atrium and Grand Atrium.

For their Japanese lifestyle fair, here are the participating shops: The Bakeshop by EDSA Shangri-La Mall, Bonsai Shop, Daiso, Lollipuffs, Matsuri! Matsuri! The Kimono Shop, MUJI, National Book Store, Owndays, Paul Frank, Powerbooks, Q Power Station, Suiseki Stones and Toys R’ Us.

Everything reminded me of Japan! Just like this weeping cherry blossoms with origami

It looks like the one I saw in Hiroshima last spring

Kimono display

Me in yukata (summer version of kimono)

And of course the torii gates! Probably inspired by Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto.

Eigasai in Shang ended yesterday but I’m happy I was able to watch Chihayafuru part 2 with my friends from Kawaii PH (Chai, Sachi, Ingrid), The Anthem of the Heart with my Japan in Manila / Korea in Manila friends Ana and Ava, and “An” (Red beans) with Justin and Nicole. Visually speaking, my fave was Chihayafuru. I just can’t stop staring at Hirose Suzu (Chihaya), the lead star of Chihayafuru. She’s too cute in all angles! It is also starred by Nomura Shuhei and Arata Mackenyu. Such a light yet touching film. If you’re into animated films, I highly suggest The Anthem of The Heart. So much unpredictable and funny scenes. I can’t even! It was also a reunion of the makers (Nagai Tatsuyuki, director; Okada Mari, writer; Tanaka Masayoshi, character designer) of the popular anime series “Anohana”. Glad Ana and Ava enjoyed it even though they’re both not into animes. And last if you’re into cultured films, you shouldn’t miss “An”. It won so much International awards (Un Certain Regard, 2015 Cannes Film Festival; Audience Award, 2015 Cork Film Festival; Best Performance, 2015 Asia Pacific Screen Awards; Audience Award, 2015 Sao Paulo International Film Festival; Best Director, 2015 Valladolid International Film Festival; Best Film and Best Actress, 2015 Valletta Film Festival). I wanna watch everything but I don’t have enough time! Last year, I only get to watch one film tho.. Thank you Shang Cineplex for hosting this year’s Eigasai once again!

Even though Eigasai is over, there are more Japanese lifestyle workshops this weekend, don’t miss out! For more information, follow Shangri-La Plaza Mall on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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