Filipinos and their love of Japanese culture, dwelling, and all things kawaii


The Seasons Residences marries Filipino hospitality with Japanese efficiency, allowing its future residents to experience an elevated lifestyle at the heart of Bonifacio Global City. Photo from Federal Land Inc.


Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Filipinos who now have the purchasing power to buy their own dwellings likely grew up watching Japanese shows and dreamed of visiting Japan back then. Now that they are all grown up, they can afford to buy their own technologically advanced homes reminiscent of the creativity and ingenuity of Japan.


Our love for anything kawaii or mecha also extends to Japanese cuisine and fashion. More than 1300 Japanese restaurants abound here, showing that Filipinos love Japanese food. Popular clothing and apparel brands from the Land of the Rising Sun have set up shop here. They are also on the lookout for the latest cars, the best electronic gaming devices, and high-tech appliances. Thanks to Japanese pop culture, Filipinos are also enticed to discover more about its values, often visiting the country or dreaming of migrating there.


The next best thing to living in Japan is owning a piece of it. Three companies in the real estate industry have finally made that possible. The country's premier real estate developer Federal Land, Inc. teamed up with Japan's leading firms Nomura Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. and Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. to develop The Seasons Residences — the first mixed-used development with a distinct Japanese concept. This year, the partnership launched its third residential tower — Aki Tower. The launch of Aki Tower follows the first two towers Haru and Natsu.


Set to rise in Federal Land's master-planned community Grand Central Park in Bonifacio Global City, The Seasons Residences features Japanese-inspired residences, curated amenities, and the first MITSUKOSHI in the country.


Strategically located in Bonifacio Global City along 8th Avenue, The Seasons Residences rises next to Grand Hyatt Manila within Grand Central Park, a 10-hectare master-planned community developed by Federal Land in Bonifacio Global City. It is a stone's throw away from the St. Luke's Medical Center, Philippine Stock Exchange, embassies, corporate offices, international schools, parks, and places of worship.


Convenient mobility options are accessible to all residents via major infrastructure developments such as the BGC-Ortigas Road Link, Metro Manila Subway System, BGC-NAIA Bus Rapid Transit System, and the Skytrain monorail link from BGC to Guadalupe, Makati City.


Impeccable Japanese innovations


Inspired by Japan's evocative season of autumn, The Seasons Residences' Aki Tower boasts meticulously designed amenities and living spaces to channel one's creativity. Among the impeccable Japanese innovations it features are Viscoelastic Coupling Dampers, a breakthrough in earthquake vibration control technology that can withstand earthquakes and high winds, common to the Philippines and Japan. This mirrors the technological marvels Japan is known for.


Artist's Perspective of The Seasons Residences The Guest House Bedroom. Photo from Federal Land Inc.


Each unit is equipped with a unique Japanese storage system, like kitchen floor storage, shoe cabinet, and bedroom closets. The kitchens are fitted with a space-saving kitchen sink with draining and cutting boards to maximize counter space, a range hood with Japanese oil filter technology, as well as air-washing tiles that minimize excessive humidity and foul odors in the air.


Artist's Perspective of The Seasons Residences The Guest House Tea Room. Photo from Federal Land Inc.


As leakage protection, the units are equipped with a sunken slab or a below-floor drainage system for easier pipe maintenance. The development also has eco-friendly solutions like water-efficient Japanese-branded shower toilets in all units and motion sensor lighting in common areas.

Meanwhile, the amenity floor is inspired by the seasons of Japan, with the arrangement of the elements patterned after spring (Haru), summer (Natsu), autumn (Aki), and winter (Fuyu).


The amenity floor is influenced by the seasons of Japan, with the arrangement of the elements inspired by spring (Haru), summer (Natsu), autumn (Aki), and winter (Fuyu). Photo from Federal Land Inc.


Those who want to stay fit Japanese style can try rajio taiso or radio calisthenics at the yoga studio and modern gym, or try nihon eiho, the unique swimming techniques combined with martial arts at the swimming pool. Zen is likewise a Japanese concept so the building also has landscaped gardens, and a spa and wellness room reminiscent of Japanese winters. You can also go to the business center to finish some remote work and then destress in the karaoke room with rock music.


The arrival of the Philippines' first MITSUKOSHI


If you need some retail therapy, then shop around the country's first MITSUKOSHI, a four-story mall developed with Japan's oldest department store chain. Located at the podium of The Seasons Residences, this premium commercial space showcases Japanese design elements in a casual but elegant setting.


The four-story mall will feature a well-curated selection of shops, a supermarket, and a food hall, among others. Photo from Federal Land Inc.


At the basement level will be MITSUKOSHI's signature depachika, a haven of top-shelf Japanese food and related products. Another floor will house a modern beauty store that offers natural and organic cosmetic brands. The mall will also highlight the world-famous Japanese hospitality or omotenashi.


The Seasons Residences indeed marries Filipino hospitality and a sense of community with the Japanese tradition of excellence and innovation. So own a piece of Japan now at the heart of BGC!


To know more about The Seasons Residences Aki Tower, visit www.federallandph.info/theseasonsresidences or call +63 917 323 3142 to schedule a private viewing in the showroom located at 7th Avenue corner 34th Street, Grand Central Park, BGC. Follow The Seasons Residences on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.