Eat Takeout Parfaits at THE PARFAIT STAND While Strolling Through Harajuku
Hi, everyone! I’m Banako and I work at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.
THE PARFAIT STAND is a newly opened store in Harajuku that specialises in takeout parfaits. I dropped by to see what they’re all about. Here’s the report.
To get there, head out of Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station and you’ll find it immediately to your left.
Originally there was a collection of train ticket machines there, but they renovated the space to open the new store. It’s literally outside the station!
The staff all welcomed me with gleaming smiles.
THE PARFAIT STAND is the popular sister store to BAKE CHEESE TART which, as the name suggests, sells freshly baked cheese tarts. Deliciousness is guaranteed.
There are two items on the menu! You have the Parfait Chocolate Blanc (¥756 w/tax) made with rich chocolate and bitter coffee, and the Strawberry White Parfait (¥972) which is a limited-edition item available until May 31st. They’re both amazing in their own way – you’ll be spoilt for choice.
After a lot of thought, I decided to go with the limited edition Strawberry White Parfait!
I thought it was fresh cream that crowned the top of the parfait, but contrary to my expectations it was meringue! It has a crunchy and crumbly texture and its mellow sweetness fills your mouth.
The parfait contains a milk pudding made with vanilla ice cream and Hokkaido milk. It’s also filled with thick strawberry jelly and mousse. The texture is irresistible from top to bottom – you won’t grow tired of it at any section.
You can get yourself an authentic, cute takeout parfait too at THE PARFAIT STAND. Just holding it is kawaii and something new to take onto the streets of Harajuku with you♡
How about it?
Let’s wear a kimono and enjoy Harajuku! 7 recommended photo spots in Ura-Harajuku
Hello everyone! My name is Shiota and I am the curator of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.
There are many photo spots in Harajuku gathering much attention on TV programs and SNS.
In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended photo spots in Ura-Harajuku with a staff member of “MOSHI MOSHI Kimono Salon,” located next to MOSHI MOSHI BOX. Even places that you visit often look different when you are wearing a kimono. Just try, and you will see!
The kimono she is wearing is yellow/green which are colors that suit this spring season. The color of the obi (band) is the same as the color of the kimono so it has a settled-look and it is suitable to walk around town in this kimono.
We took a photo in front of the cute shoji (paper door) of MOSHI MOSHI Kimono Salon!
The big wall painting beside BEAMS Harajuku was depicted by an artist ZIO ZIEGLER. The wall painting is very outstanding since the wall is painted black and white!
Design Festa Gallery Harajuku
A building that has a café and gallery. The exterior of the building was designed as an art work. The entrance fee is free so let’s visit this location!
NOW IS FOREVER
A famous wall which is often featured on TV programs. The wall is located at the end of the street (Meiji Street) between New Balance and Muraski Sports.
Santo Nibunno Ichi
You will find this colorful building by going straight down the street between New Balance and Murasaki Sports located on Meiji Street, make a right turn at Family Mart and then make a right turn again at the first corner. The building includes tenants such as Harajuku’s popular second-hand-clothing store, “Santo Nibunno Ichi” and the photogenic ice cream shop, “Eddy’s Ice Cream.”
Princess One Spoon Tokyo
This is a store that sells 500 kinds of accessories, girly sundries and sweets items. It is recommended to take a photo in front of the store since the exterior of the store is Western-style.
You can find many stylish adds on “Tonchan Street” behind MOSHI MOSHI BOX.
Let’s find your favorite location!
SOUVENIR SHOP Kaho
This store is suitable to be used as a resting place. This is the strawberry parfait (1,200 yen – tax included) sold at this store located near the intersection of Meiji Street and Tonchan Street. The store is located above the power stone store and they sell sweets items that are great souvenirs.
You will feel happy eating sweets items here since many of their items include lots of big strawberries! The texture and taste of the ice cream is similar to gelato.
MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center
The clock designed by Masuda Sébastien who works with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu as her art director can be found at MOSHI MOSHI BOX. It is a land mark of Harajuku which is featured in magazines and on TV programs and is used in many artisits’ PVs.
It is recommended that you hide the silver-colored base of the clock when taking a photo.
How did you like our recommended photo spots? In this article, I introduced to you some standard/new photos spots of Ura-Harajuku.
Feel free to contact MOSHI MOSHI BOX if you ever get lost!
Why not check out this article as well.
6 Most Popular Spots in Harajuku in February 2018 by MOSHI MOSHI BOX
Hello, everyone! My name is Shiota and I am the curator of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Tourist Information Center.
In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended popular spots in Harajuku where many tourists ask about!
There are many kinds of animal cafes in Harajuku such as cat cafés, owl cafés and rabbit cafés.
The “hedgehog café” and “otter café” are gathering much attention nowadays. Many people are in love with such cute animals.
Many tourists and families ask us to recommend to them places where they can have a Japanese-style lunch.
Harajuku is famous for Western-style restaurants but there are also many reasonable and delicious Japanese restaurants.
Animal ice cream
Ice creams using the motifs of animals are gaining popularity these days and we have uploaded many articles about such ice cream shops on our website. Animal ice creams are also gathering much attention on SNS. The item in the photo can be bought at a shop called, “Dobutsuen (zoo)” beside “Harajuku Denki Shokai.”
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU
This is a very popular café in Harajuku. They have different shows every day of the week.
“Monster girls” and even Japanese geisha also appear in their shows.
Please refer to their website RE: detailed information.
Second-hand clothing shops
Harajuku is known as an area where many second-hand clothing shops are located. Let’s visit Harajuku and find your favorite item.
Meiji Jingu (shrine)
Meiji Jingu is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Harajuku. It is considered to be “power spot” and you will for sure be empowered by visiting this shrine.
This shrine becomes very crowded during the cherry blossom season.
Detailed information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/51035
How did you like our introduction to Harajuku’s “hot spots?” Why not visit one of these spots the next time you are in Harajuku.
Introducing a new sweets item gaining popularity in Takeshita Street, Harajuku –“Rainbow Soft Cream!”
Hello, everyone! My name is Banako and I am a staff person of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center!
Have you heard of “Rainbow Soft Cream?” It is a sweets item sold in Harajuku that is gathering much attention on SNS nowadays. Harajuku is a place where many ice cream stores are located.
“LE SHINER” which sells this item is often featured in TV programs as a shop that is offering Instagrammable sweets items.
To get to the store, exit JR Yamanote Line – Harajuku Station / Takeshita Exit and walk straight down Takeshita Street. Then, make a right turn at the intersection where CROQUANTCHOU ZAKUZAKU is located. You can’t miss it, and the pink-colored bear sitting outside the shop will be there to greet you.
Rainbow Soft Cream (810 yen – tax included)
This is their popular sweets item –“Rainbow Soft Cream.” Rainbow colored fresh cream is placed around the pink-colored ice cream.
I love desserts, so I love this item. The look of this item and the store is so gorgeous and cute, so I took many photos.
“LE SHINER” sells many popular items such as “Light Bulb Soda” and “Cheese Dog” in addition to “Rainbow Soft Cream.”
Why not visit this shop when you visit Harajuku.
Ruki from MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON visits Pop Team Epic collaboration café at Sweets Paradise Harajuku
Japanese anime is a big hit all over the world. Lately, a new one has been climbing the rankings. Have you heard of Pop Team Epic?
Pop Team Epic (Poptepipic) is a digital manga series that uses punchy images and snappy phrases. It has become increasingly popular as a surreal visual gag manga. Now, it’s not only turning into a big hit in Japan, but all over the world!
We heard that Harajuku’s dessert café Sweets Paradise is opening a collaboration café with Pop Team Epic, and as big anime fans ourselves, we immediately set off with MOSHI MOSHI BOX staff member Ruki to check it out.
To get there, exit Harajuku station (JR Yamanote line) from Takeshita exit and walk straight. On your left, you will notice the shopping centre SoLaDo Takeshita Street (SoLaDo竹下通り) . You will find “Sweets Paradise on the 3rd floor.
To eat at Sweets Paradise, first you need to purchase a ticket from the machine at the entrance and then enter the café.
There are two courses available:
1 collaboration meal + drink + sweets banquet set ¥1950 (price including tax)
1 collaboration dessert + drink + sweets banquet set ¥2150 (price including tax)
You can also add foods and drinks from the Pop Team Epic collaboration menu to your chosen meal plan for ￥500. To do this, buy the appropriate ticket from the machine at the entrance.
There are Pop Team Epic decorations all around the café!
There is even a small set where you can destroy the Takeshobo publishing office, which comes up in the manga!
There are two types of seats inside the café: “anti-sama/ Takeshobo company employee seats” and the “believers’ seats” . The “anti-sama” tables are decorated very simply. In contrast, the “believers’” tables are draped with beautiful table cloths and are near a large screen that is showing episodes from the Pop Team Epic anime.
Being slightly peckish, Ruki did not waste time in scooping up the menu. This dish is called “Aaaaah ichimen no Kusomidori Pasta” （Aaahh a plate of gross green pasta）. The random words of countryside-raised Pop Team Epic character Popuko, has been made into a pasta dish.
Ruki: “Spinach, edamame and broccoli – this truly is a green dish! The basil sauce is very simple yet delicious! Is this the true taste of nature?!
This is the “Konna kao ni naru lemon Juice” (Lemon juice that makes you pull this face). Although a bold move, half the lemon is cut and placed as it is in the glass. Whatever the menu, the names of the foods are crazy! Just what you would expect from Pop Team Epic.
Riku’s reaction to the sour drink was predicted by the name of the drink!
This is the “Haken Parfait” (Hegemony parfait) You can even order one that is the size of Ruki’s head! This is one filling dessert! The word “覇権” (hegemony) is written on a macaron that sits on top of a pile of fruits and strawberry sherbet. At the foot of the parfait lies a wafer with a picture of a ladder on it.
The parfait is an original art piece that depicts a ladder which leads to the top of the parfait to have been toppled over. After looking up the word “覇権” and realizing its meaning, Ruki laughed a lot.
The last item Ruki ordered arrived. The Imi ga wakarimasu ka? Café latte. (Do you know what this means? Café latte) As you can imagine, it was quite difficult to say this name to the waiters and waitresses when ordering. There’s a pie chart drawn on the latte, but 90% of it is filled in with the answer “no”.
Ruki: It goes well with the desserts because it isn’t sweet!
If you order from the collaboration menu, you will receive a novelty 2019 New Year’s card… even though we have just started 2018…
Pop Team Epic goods are also selling at the cash register! The variety of goods stretched from stickers, keyrings and manga to toilet paper with scenes from the manga printed on it!
The café is only open until 13th March. Opening times vary depending on the café, so make sure you check the opening times before turning up. Don’t miss out on your chance to eat at the Pop Team Epic collaboration café because the manga is becoming more and more popular!
Check out this link for more information:
6 Recommended Cafés for Pancakes in Harajuku—A Change From Crepes!
Hi, everyone. Ellie here from the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.
Recently at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX we’ve had a lot of people, guys and girls, come in saying that they want to eat some tasty pancakes in Harajuku.
So today, I’m here to recommend some shops that sell pancakes around Harajuku.
“Café Casa” is a long-standing shop whose flavours have remained the same, serving to parents and children through the generations. Everything from the signboard to the illustrated menu and stained glass window created by the owner will leave you feeling cozy. The colour green envelops the café against other vivid colours. Due to customer demand the hot cakes sold there (￥750) have been a familiar item on the menu for almost 20 years. The contrast between the crunchy outside and fluffy inside is exquisite. They’re different from your usual pancakes and have a nostalgic feel to them. Combine them with maple syrup and you’ve got yourself a truly delicious treat.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/29317
This stylish café can be found by walking from Harajuku Station down Takeshita Street for about 5-minutes. When you reach the end, turn right and look for the green signboard. The main food on the menu is pancakes, all of which are made with the best ingredients and made one-by-one after an order comes in. The most popular and recommended item on the menu is the fluffy “Premium Pancake” (￥950). The soft pancake wobbles as the waiter brings it over – it looks like it will collapse just by being placed on the table. Eat this to experience the fluffiest and softest texture you have ever eaten.
Full Article: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/23455
Bills Tokyo Plaza Omotesando
Bills serve the world’s most famous breakfast and were responsible for causing Japan’s pancake boom. Located in Tokyo Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, the shop’s Australian Ricotta Pancakes. Spread underneath the thick pancake are slices of fresh banana which you eat together with honey comb butter and maple syrup. The marriage between the salty ricotta cheese and sweet syrup is to die for.
“Jinguen” is a gallery café located in Ura-Harajuku. Recommended from their menu are their thick homemade hot cakes. The outside of the hot cake is crisp while the middle is silky smooth. Of course, they go really well with maple syrup. You can also add vanilla icing, whipped cream, and chocolate or strawberry sauce.
Working Holiday Connections – Harajuku Omotesando YM Square Branch
This café is just a one-minute walk from Meiji Jingu Station via Tokyo Metro on the second floor of YM Square. It has tall glass windows which open up the shop and give you a sense of space. Their original “Manly Pancakes” draw a line between standard pancakes and the recent emerging thick and fluffy pancakes to unveil an original and unique texture. The subtle flavour of the eggs make the pancakes melt-in-the-mouth and match perfectly with syrup and fresh cream.
Sunday Jam – Harajuku Branch
This place’s specialty menu item is their Honolulu Pancakes. They’re incredibly thick, with a crumbly outside and soft middle. These luxurious pancakes have a special flavour made for adults. They are drizzled with butter and fresh cream, and you can choose sausages or bacon to go with them. Eating them with your choice of honey or maple syrup is simply irresistible!
Did you like this list? Try and find your favourite pancakes while in Harajuku!
6 Hidden Cafés in Harajuku Away from the Busy Streets
Hi, everyone! Ellie here, I work at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.
A question we’ve been getting a lot at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX recently is about cafés where you can sit down – ones with free spaces. Harajuku is particularly crowded on weekends and holidays, so you do need a little courage when heading to a café there, right?
So today, I’m going to show you some little-known good cafés in Harajuku!
Shuu – Harjauku Omotesando Branch
“Shuu” is a café just one minutes’ walk from Harajuku Station. It has a really relaxed and retro atmosphere. The seats are roomy, and they even have lots of sofas, so you can spend a super chill time there. There’s also spacious VIP seats which may be relief to some adults out there. As well as the regular set menu, the café also serves up seasonal menus, so be sure to check it out.
This small café can be found along Meiji-dori which neighbours the traffic lights at the exit of Takeshita Street. It’s on the 3rd floor of a mixed residence building, so I reckon there’s not a lot of people who know of this place. It has a retro-decorated interior. They’re known for their omurice! The mild cheese and gentle flavour of the Japanese style dashi is to die for.
This café is about 3-minutes by foot from Harajuku Station towards the lanes. I recommend their handmade sandwiches which come absolutely stuffed with fresh vegetables and juicy chicken. The interior décor is wooden, giving it a calm vibe where you can spend a relaxing time. If you love bread, then this café will be irresistible for you.
Enseigne d’angle is a 5-minute walk from Harajuku Station via the Takeshita Exit. It’s a coffee shop that stands still and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of Harajuku’s crowded streets. They’re famous for their “Kohaku Jouou” beverage and “Croque-monsieur.” They serve up authentic coffee and meals in a relaxed, calm environment.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/55919
Just a 1-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station or Meiji-Jingumae Station lies the Meiji Shrine. Just before the first torii gate you will find Café Morinoterasu, a tranquil place enveloped in nature. You can feel the warmth of the trees inside the café. The counters and chairs were made from old, withering trees on the shrine grounds. I recommend the eclairs and croissants prepared every day, or the tofu milk gelato. Not many people know about this hidden gem yet.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/51035
You’ll know you’ve found “sorama gallery+coffee” once you see its red doors. To find it, leave the 5th exit of Meiji Jingumae Station and head past the nearby McDonalds and Senbikiya. If you then turn left just before the Ukiyo-e Ōta Memorial Museum of Art, you’ll find it there. The cafè is small and compact with just a wooden bench for about 3 people to sit on as well as a number of individual stools. The sunlight pours through into the shop, and because of its wooden interior, you can stay nice and warm. It’s so relaxing there that you won’t even see the time fly by.
Did you enjoy this list? If you’re out in Harajuku and need a breather from the crowds, then please be sure find one of these hidden cafés and take some time to relax. And if you’re not sure how to get to any of these places, then pop into the MOSHI MOSHI BOX and we’ll help.
Cute Halloween Sweets Spook Their Way Into Tokyo’s The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
18.August.2019 | FOOD
For this year’s Halloween season, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu in Tokyo has announced that it will serve up its Halloween Sweets Selection again this year at the hotel’s pastry boutique ORIGAMI located on floor B2F. The confectionery chefs have spun some spooky fun into this collection of 10 cute treats.
Frankenstein – ¥1,760 / Phantom – ¥1,760 / Cyclops – ¥1,760
The Phantom is a popular confection every year at the hotel, but this year he’s had two new freaky friends carved out for him: Frankenstein’s monster and a Cyclops. These white chocolate monsters are filled with chocolate-covered almonds, macadamia nuts and other hidden delights.
Witch Hat – ¥715
Dressed in a milk chocolate mousse is ganache and a rich and bitter crème brûlée made with bitter orange. It also contains a mandarin orange liqueur for deeper flavours. The mix of orange notes is refreshing on the palate.
Cross – ¥715
The orange and black Cross is a mousse cake made from pumpkin puree beneath which lies a cinnamon flavoured crème brûlée and coffee flavoured ganache. The bitter coffee elevates the exquisite sweetness of the pumpkin for a delicious combination.
Evil Eye – ¥715
Enter at your own risk with the grotesque-looking (but delicious tasting) Evil Eye mousse cake. It’s made with fragrant biscuit and caramel as well as blonde chocolate from France and inside is a smooth pear jelly.
There are lots of other Halloween treats besides these coming to the hotel too, so if you’re in Tokyo this October then be sure to stop by for a Happy Halloween.
*All listed prices include tax
Halloween Sweets Selection
Running: October 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Location: ORIGAMI, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu Floor B2F
Full Sweets Line-Up: https://www.tokyuhotels.co.jp/capitol-h/restaurant/boutique/plan/50306/index.html
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
Address: 2-10-3 Nagatacho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.tokyuhotelsjapan.com/global/capitol-h/
Harajuku Summer Festival 2019 to Take Place at Togo Shrine
GLOBAL PRODUCE, a Japanese event organiser, is set to sponsor Harajuku Summer Festival 2019 which will be held at Togo Shrine in Harajuku, Tokyo on August 23. Bringing together professional event producers, the festival will combine elements of traditional Japanese culture with the latest trends.
Food trucks and stalls will open in the dozens, including appearances from the shaved ice shop Kooriya bebe which makes its fluffy shaved ice from the natural spring waters of Mount Fuji―perfect for the hot weather―as well as Ichika, a cafe known for its tapioca Japanese tea lattes made with high quality tea leaves from Kagoshima. Current popular restaurants will also serve up delicious summertime food. There will even be the Harajuku Bon Odori 2019 dance event, and the marchers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will also be present.
Tokyo Bijin Project will make their first ever live appearance, a group of shining Japanese women with “wisdom, dignity and compassion” who are set to speak out for other strong women. They will talk leadership, interpretation, attending to people, the spread of Japanese culture, and more.
If you are in Japan for the summer then make sure you attend all of the different summer festivals you can.
GLOBAL PRODUCE presents Harajuku Summer Festival 2019 at Togo Shrine
Date: August 23, 2019
Time: 19:00-21:00 (Reception open from 18:30)
Location: Togo Shrine (1-5-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Togo Shrine Official Website: http://www.togojinja.jp/
STRAWBERRY MANIA: Harajuku’s Cutest & Tastiest Strawberry Ice Cream | Food Review
Hey, readers. It’s Midori again, from MMN’s editorial team.
Summertime in Harajuku means the cafes and ice cream shops start serving up some seriously kawaii and tasty ice creams. It’s always nice to grab a cone to enjoy while walking around shopping, but relaxing in a cafe to enjoy it is fun too♡
If the latter sounds like your kind of thing, then I’ve got a new recommendation for you. I visited STRAWBERRY MANIA recently, cafe located along Takeshita Street in Harajuku that specialises in strawberry desserts.
You’ll find it right above the 7-Eleven on Takeshita Street. Look for the strawberries!
There’s also a sign outside showing a few of the desserts. Go up the staircase right next to it and you’ll come to the cafe entrance.
No matter where you turn while you’re here, your eyes will be met with strawberries. It looks so cute♡
The shopfront showcase is shelved with lots of succulent strawberry treats. The chef whips up other desserts to order besides these too. Everything’s almost too cute to eat!
For the strawberry soft serve ice cream you can pick between three flavours: milk, strawberry or mixed. I couldn’t pick between them so I went for mixed.
The combination of the bright red strawberry ice cream and pure white milk ice cream makes for a beautiful colour contrast.
It’s also topped with a huge fresh strawberry.
I took no time at all in taking a spoonful. The strawberry ice cream has a really rich flavour. It’s sweet but has that sour kick too, like you’re eating a real strawberry. The milk ice cream has a milder sweetness and a real milky taste, the kind you’d imagine if it was sold at a farm with cows.
Everything is packed snug into the cone right down to the bottom, making it a filling treat. It can be ordered for takeout if you like, and if you do that you can get your ice cream straight away so you don’t have to wait for seats.
They serve other things besides soft serve too, like shaved ice and parfaits. There’s so much to choose from, I think you’ll be spoiled for choice! Be sure to visit if you’re in Harajuku.
STRAWBERRY MANIA Harajuku
Address: ITO Bldg. 2F, 1-6-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/strawberrymania_harajuku15/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Steamed Minnie Mouse Cocoa Cakes
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
Today, I will show you the perfect recipe for making chocolate Minnie Mouse cakes using the Mickey Mouse Tezukuri Okazu Maker kit which you can buy on Belle Maison.
About 3-4 prep bowls
1 large egg
Oil or 10g melted unsalted butter
50g weak flour (sifted)
5g baking powder
①Crack the egg into a mixing bowl, add the sugar and whisk well.
②Add a drizzle of oil or melted butter and milk and whisk again.
③Add the sifted flour and stir in gently with a rubber spatula.
Oil the silicone cake moulds and spoon in your mix.
Steam on a high heat for about 10 minutes.
Now it’s time to make Minnie’s ribbon. I got this ribbon mould from Daiso. Place it onto some baking paper and outline the shape with a pen. Fill the outline with red-coloured chocolate and leave to set in the fridge. Once it has completely set, add the polkadots.
Once the cake has finished steaming, stick her onto a lollipop stick so it the cake be eaten like a lollipop, and fix the ribbon onto the top of Minnie’s head.
And she’s finished! It looks cute when you put a Mickey and Minnie one together side by side. You can make a lot of cute recipes using the Okazu Maker, so get your hands on one and try making your own!
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Silicone Tezukuri Okazu Maker (Mickey Mouse)
Price: ¥990 (Tax Included)
Sold Out On Day One―Itohkyuemon’s Matcha Parfait Bars Release at Gion Shijo Store
10.August.2019 | FOOD
Kyoto-based Uji tea store Itohkyuemon released its new Matcha Parfait Bars at its new branch in Gion Shijo on August 7.
The bars proved so popular that all 1,500 in stock sold out on the first day. The store is currently being piled with orders for future sales. There are five flavours to enjoy: the classic matcha parfait flavour as well as cherry blossom, tropical, mont blanc, and strawberry.
Matcha Parfait Bar – Matcha
The matcha flavoured bar retains the original rich flavour of the Uji matcha, which has been passed down since the Muromachi period, and combines it with a delicious assortment of parfait toppings including raw matcha chocolate, mini daifuku, coarse sweet red bean paste, and more.
Matcha Parfait Bar – Sakura (Cherry Blossom)
For another traditional Japanese twist there is the springtime sakura parfait bar which is made with cherry blossom pink rice flour dumplings and ice cream. It’s also topped with cherry blossom cream and salted cherry blossom petals for a cute finish.
Matcha Parfait Bar – Tropical
Tropical flavours like pineapple and mango blend together in this bar which is drizzled in a sweet, sour and refreshing tropical sauce. Topped with fresh tropical fruits, this is the ultimate summertime luxury.
Matcha Parfait Bar – Mont Blanc
This bar incorporates a sense of autumn with its mix of candied chestnut, astringent chestnut skin, and melt-in-the-mouth mont blanc cream.
Matcha Parfait Bar – Strawberry
Strawberry lovers will delight in the handmade strawberry sauce and strawberry meringue of this bar. The meringue elevates the sumptuous flavours of the parfait even more, including the fresh strawberry, raspberry and blueberry toppings which provide a sweet and sour kick.
Which of these Matcha Parfait Bars do you want to try the most?
Matcha Parfait Bars
Released: July 10, 2019 (On August 7, 2019 at the Gion Shijo branch)
Matcha Parfait Bar – Matcha: ¥540 (Tax Included)
Matcha Parfait Bar – Sakura (Cherry Blossom): ¥590 (Tax Included)
Matcha Parfait Bar – Tropical: ¥590 (Tax Included)
Matcha Parfait Bar – Mont Blanc: ¥590 (Tax Included)
Matcha Parfait Bar – Strawberry: ¥640 (Tax Included)
Participating Branches: Uji Honten, JR Uji Station, Gion Shijo, Byodoin, Kyoto Station, and online shop
Online Shop Product Page: https://www.itohkyuemon.co.jp/site/parfait-bar/index.html
Ice Cream Lovers’ Paradise: Over 100 of Japan’s Best Ice Creams Unite at Ice Cream Fair in Hokkaido
For six days only, The most mouthwatering ice cream flavours from all over Japan are heading to Sapporo Kita 3-jo Plaza AKAPLA for the regional ice cream fair Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019. The ice cream fair will start on August 15 and end on August 20, 2019.
The concept of Aipaku® is to make everyone’s childhood dream into a reality; a paradise park where visitors are surrounded by the most delicious ice cream flavours that are found countrywide. The Japan Ice Mania Association carefully selected heart-melting ice cream flavours from all over Japan to sell at this event. The event has been running since 2015 and has so far welcomed approximately 2 million satisfied ice cream lovers, making it the largest ice cream event in Japan. Visitors can tuck in to their ice creams straight away or buy cooler bags and dry ice at the venue to take it back home as a souvenir.
This time, Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019 is completely changing its lineup. Compared to when it was last run in 2017, this year will see many ice creams and ice cream brands that are new to Hokkaido making their debut. If you are an ice cream lover, this is a paradise world you just cannot miss out on.
Kikyou Shingen Soft/KIKYOUYA (￥500)
Since being launched in 2015, this ice cream has become the star of the show at Aipaku. This ice cream is otherwise only available in Yamanashi prefecture. The beautiful scent of the soft serve ice cream’s kinako roasted soy bean will be the first thing to reach your nose. This ice cream is made with the original, rich-flavored brown sugar syrup of Yamanashi prefecture.
Manhattan Roll Ice Cream/ Manhattan Roll ￥850
Roll Ice Cream is currently a big hit in Japan, so naturally it has infiltrated into this ice cream fair. This ice cream is not made using eggs like conventional ice creams. It is made with a unique combination ratio of milk, fresh cream and syrup. The result is a smooth ice cream which is rich but not overpoweringly sweet.
Double Ruby Fantasy/ MAISON GIVRÉE/￥600
This is an Aipaku-limited ice cream. Its rise to fame occurred as a result of the World Championship of Pastry Ice Cream and Chocolate which took place in Milan in 2015. This Aipaku-limited soft serve ice cream was created by Team Japan’s captain and world champion pâtissier Hiroyuki Emori. It is covered in sugar-coated ruby chocolate and decorated luxuriously with almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios. The pink colour is enough to melt your heart.
Aipaku Original Häagen-Dazs Sundae/ Aipaku Official ￥800
This is an original sundae flavour that can only be obtained from Aipaku. The ice cream is made using Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream with a generous layer of luxurious whipped cream. This is drizzled with a rich caramel sauce. Crispy feuillantine, which is made by smashing baked crêpe batter, accents the flavour and adds texture. Chunky slices of banana and salty vanilla-roasted peanuts are placed on top. This is a special sundae that ice cream-lovers will not be able to resist.
These are just a few of the vast range of ice creams you could be trying. There are just so many that you will be frozen for choice. The venue is also easy to access from Sapporo station. This is a wonderful way to leave the house and enjoy a Japanese summer whilst staying refreshed.
*Prices after tax stated above
* The ice creams at the event may differ to the images above.
Ice Cream Fair Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019
Running: August 15 ー 20, 2019
Opening Times: 11:00 ー 20:00
Venue: AKPLA, (Sapporo Kita 3-jo Plaza)
Kita 2 Jonishi, 4/ Kita 3 Jonishi 4, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Takeaway: If you wish to purchase ice creams to take away, please consider purchasing a cooler bag and dry ice (保冷バッグ＋ドライアイス) at the venue.
Aipaku Official Website: http://www.i-89.jp
Snoopy, Joe Cool & Charlie Brown Confections by Tabemas Are Coming to Lawson Convenience Stores
08.August.2019 | FOOD
Character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has unveiled its new Snoopy, Joe Cool and Charlie Brown wagashi confections that will go on sale at Lawson convenience stores across Japan on August 20.
The characters are made from a type of dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets. Each of their charm points have been recreated, including Snoopy’s collar, Joe Cool’s shades and folded arm pose, and Charlie Brown’s instantly-recognisable outfit.
Their cute designs make it hard to decide where to start eating from, with Snoopy’s beady eyes, Joe Cool’s composed manner, and Charlie Brown’s smiley face.
Each character is filled with different flavoured bean pastes, maintaining that traditional wagashi touch. Snoopy is chocolate flavoured, Joe Cool is salted vanilla, and Charlie Brown is custard. The three of them line up perfectly for a cute Instagrammable photo. They are limited in stock so if you’re in Japan this summer be sure to stop by a Lawson store.
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Tabemas – Snoopy Series
Flavours: 3 Snoopy (Chocolate) / Joe Cool (Salted Vanilla) / Charlie Brown (Custard)
Price: ¥259 Each (Before Tax)
Release Date: August 20, 2019
Available: At chilled desserts section of Lawson convenience stores across Japan
*Not available at Natural Lawson or Lawson Store 100
*Available while supplies last
*Stock date may differ from branch to branch
*Select stores not participating
Best Kyoto Souvenirs to Pick Up This Summer at Daimaru Kyoto
08.August.2019 | FOOD
Are you planning to shop for souvenirs in Kyoto this August? Daimaru Kyoto has the perfect lineup for the summer season, from cool and refreshing wagashi confections to sweets made with matcha grown in Kyoto and more―all packaged in gorgeous in packaging exclusive to the Kyoto branch of Daimaru. Here’s our top picks for summer 2019!
Ryo no Seifuu (Contains 8) @ Sasaya Iori, Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥2,160 (Tax Included) *Available until Mid-August
Inspired by cool springs, this tasty Japanese-style confection comes in 4 different refreshing and fruity flavours.
Kuzu Nagashi (Contains 3) @ Oimatsu, Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥1,339 (Tax Included) *Available until Mid-August
Indulge in two different flavours of arrowroot: one made with brown sugar from the island of Hateruma and another with sweet apricot juice. The brown sugar arrowroot is also mixed with honey and the apricot with apricot honey.
Kakitsubata (Contains 6) @ Shogoin Yatsuhashi Sohoten, Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥540 (Tax Included)
Yatsuhashi is a classic Japanese confection and is a famous souvenir sweet in Kyoto. These uncooked yatsuhashi have a faint cinnamon aroma and are formed in a way similar to dango.
Salted Lemon Pound Cake (1 Cake) @ Adachi Otoemon, Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)
Laced with tangy lemon skin, this refreshing pound cake is topped with rock salt which elevates the flavours to delicious new heights.
Raw Uji Matcha Chocolate (Contains 8) @ ATELIER de GODIVA [Kyoto Branch Only], Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥2,916 (Tax Included) *Available until Mid-August
Luxurious, rich and melt-in-your-moth raw chocolate made lavishly with bitter Uji matcha.
Kyo Chafure (Contains 5) @ Kyoto Tsuruya, Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥810 (Tax Included)
These soft doughy sablés made with rich Uji matcha.
Koto no Natsu @ Nomura Kyotsukidani, Floor B1F Tsukudani Marketplace – ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
If you’re looking for something a little more savoury then you’ll absolutely want to check out the popular chirimen sansho, dried whitebait seasoned with pepper. It comes packaged in beautiful summery Kyoto packaging.
Did you enjoy this list? Be sure to pick up as many tasty edible Kyoto souvenirs while exploring the ancient city.
Address: 79 Tachiuri Nishimachi, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Business Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/kyoto/
Night Party at Harajuku’s Conveyor-Belt Dessert Cafe Ron Ron for 20 Year Olds Only
MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron is a popular conveyor-belt dessert cafe in Harajuku. We visited the cafe last year when it had just dropped, so be sure to check out our cover story if you want more information.
The cafe has just announced a night party that is exclusive to those in their 20’s. Titled “Cafe Ron Ron 20ty’s Night Party -PINK FRIDAY- supported by MAISON ABLE,” the event began yesterday and will run every night up to September 27.
Customers can enjoy all-you-can-eat unlimited snacks for just ¥500 with no time restrictions. For an additional fee, you can also pick from the food menu which features 5 dishes and order from the drinks menu which includes alcohol.
Everything on the food and drinks menu is ¥500 too, making it a delicious bargain!
Desserts are served at varying time slots from 19:00. Depending on what time you arrive or decide to start eating the menu will change which is all part of the fun!
The cafe has also teamed up with the fashion rental shop airCloset next door so customers can enjoy dining at Cafe Ron Ron while wearing a yukata.
You can even continue wearing the kimono after you’ve eaten so you can stroll the streets of Harajuku, go to nearby festivals and more for an exciting day out in Japan’s youth and culture hub. The yukata can be rented by people of all ages – full details on the websites below.
Cafe Ron Ron 20ty’s Night Party -PINK FRIDAY- supported by MAISON ABLE
Location: MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron (6-7-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: August 2, 2019 – September 27, 2019
Conditions: Restricted to those aged 20-29 years (*photo ID required upon entry)
Opening Hours: 19:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:30)
Official Website: http://cafe-ronron.com/pinkfriday/
airCloset x ABLE
Address: 6-7-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: July 27, 2019 – September 30, 2019
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-21:00 / Weekends 11:00-19:00 (Last fittings at 17:00)
Return Periods: By 21:00 on weekdays / By 19:00 on weekends)
・Please take a camisole or tank top that can be worn under your yukata
・Foreigners are asked to take a copy of their passport when renting
・There is a luggage storage service for those who are returning on the same day
Official Website: http://cafe-ronron.com/yukataderonron/
Shop in Harajuku & Omotesando With a Takeout Dessert From Q-pot CAFE
03.August.2019 | FOOD
The real summer is here now, and what better way to cool yourself off during your shopping spree in Harajuku and Omotesando than with a cool and refreshing takeout dessert from Q-pot CAFE?
Melty Mousse (Peach x Apricot Seed) – ¥500 (Tax Included)
Q-pot CAFE’s Melty Mousses are encased in an adorable jar. This one is a heavenly mix of fruity peach mousse and a smooth apricot kernel milk mousse. Laced in the peach mousse is a divine blend of raspberries and lychees. The subtle sweetness of the peach coupled with the sourness of the raspberries and refreshing taste of the lychees make this dessert a perfect summer pickup. Also hidden within the delicious mix are pieces of fresh and juicy peach.
Melty Mousse (Mint x Chocolate) – ¥500 (Tax Included)
This summer sees the return of Q-pot CAFE’s popular mint chocolate mousse. Chocolate and mint are always an exquisite combination, and this mousse mix proves it, fusing rich chocolate with a cool mint kick. The cute melty-looking mint chocolate at the top also gives it an appetising appearance.
Cat Ice Creams – ¥600 Each (Tax Included)
Also returning once more this summer are Q-pot CAFE’s adorable cat ice creams, a mix of ice cream and various toppings. Choose from strawberry, vanilla or chocolate.
All of these desserts will be available to buy from August 5. They are all super cheap and are perfect for getting for takeout and walking around Harajuku and Omotesando. Be sure to stop by if you’re planning a shopping trip there this summer break.
Release Date: August 5, 2019
Price: ¥500 (Tax Included)
Available: Q-pot CAFE Omotesando (3-4-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Cat Ice Creams
Release Date: August 5, 2019
Price: ¥600 (Tax Included)
Available: Q-pot CAFE Omotesando (3-4-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Q-pot CAFE Official Website: https://www.q-pot.jp/shop/cafe/
Irresistible Midsummer Parfait Fair Tantalises at Shiseido Parlour in Ginza
01.August.2019 | FOOD
Get ready to dine on desserts in style as Shiseido Parlour announces its second-ever Midsummer Parfait Fair at its Salon de Cafe in Ginza which will be held from August 1 to 25.
Four incredible summery parfaits make the fair’s lineup, each centred around local and seasonal fruits. This year sees the return of the popular mango, fig and strawberry flavours, and for the first time ever, a melon flavour made with melons from the city of Furano in Hokkaido.
Hokkaido Prefecture Furano Melon Parfait – ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
Made with sweet and fragrant Furano melons grown in Hokkaido’s city of Furano, this angelic delight of a parfait is made with classic silky vanilla ice cream, refreshing hibiscus jelly, and for added accent, a squeeze of cranberry sauce. The fresh melon piece toppings are packed full of mouth-watering melon juice. The melon is served in several different ways for textural enjoyment including skinless slices, a slice with the skin on, and melon balls.
Wakayama Prefecture Kinokawa Fig Parfait – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)
The seasonal figs in this parfait have been grown and nurtured laboriously. The figs are plucked in Wakayama prefecture and are served fresh on your dessert. Tucked under the hearty serving of figs is a red wine-laced compote, sauce and sherbet while placed gracefully on top is a baked tuile. There is also a fig and apple jelly for that cheek-sucking sweet kick.
Okinawa Prefecture Apple Mango Parfait – ¥2,580 (Tax Included)
If you love mangoes, then you’re in for a treat with this parfait which is prepared with mangoes from Okinawa which have been cut up into different shapes and sizes. The dessert contains a midsummer medley of ingredients including a tropical homemade mango sherbet, an exotic sauce, milk flavoured ice cream, and cranberry sauce. Savour the succulent taste, smooth texture and sweet aroma of the elusive Keats mango, the richest and most delicious of all mangoes, and one which has only a limited production in Okinawa from mid-August onward.
Nagano Prefecture Hatake Kobo Koihime Strawberry Parfait – ¥1,890 (Tax Included)
Finally, this tempting parfait is made with strawberries from Hatake Kobo in Nagano. Because of the regional climate of Nagano, these gorgeous strawberries are delicious from summer through fall. They are served with classic vanilla ice cream for the absolute perfect pairing.
Which of these do you want to try the most?♡
Salon de Cafe – Shiseido Parlour
Address: Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building 3F, 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Tuesday-Saturday] 11:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30) / [Sunday & Holidays] 11:30-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Closed: Mondays (Unless it falls on a national holiday)
*Closed August 26, 2019 – October 31, 2019 for renovations
Official Website: https://parlour.shiseido.co.jp/?rt_pr=pl274
Wrap Yourself in Harajuku Fashion With These New Stores Opening at Laforet Harajuku
Laforest Harajuku is getting a revamp towards the end of August with new stores as well as renewals of current stores. The revamp aims to “promote Harajuku’s uniqueness and creativity.”
August 24th – RENEWAL OPEN
<Floor 1F> Vivienne Westwood RED LABEL Concept Store
Vivienne Westwood is fusing the Japanese branches of its prêt-à-porter Red Label and Anglomania collections to serve up the all-new Vivienne Westwood RED LABEL branding. Japan will get its very first Red Label concept shop at Laforet Harajuku on August 24 which will act as the flagship store where they will sew to perfection a very special capsule collection that will offer a unique and exciting clothing consumption experience.
August 23rd – NEW OPEN
<Floor 4F> Charles Chaton
After the success of its first ever pop-up shop in March 2019, girly brand Charles Chaton is setting up a permanent store in Laforet. The brand’s concept is “Girl, Forever!” which caters to girl culture and offers up items which it hopes that will catch the attention of girls in 50 years to come. The store’s slogan at Laforet Harajuku is “My Sweet Home” with which it will sell cute, comfortable and casual everyday clothing.
August 23rd – NEW OPEN
<Floor 2F> starblinc
starblinc are set to showcase “cute pop age of the 1960’s” with bright colours and flashy silhouettes, combining nostalgia and futurism to create an entirely new style. Look forward to diving into the unique future retro world of starblinc on August 23.
There are plenty more shops opening at Laforet Harajuku in addition to these ones, so if you’re in Tokyo this summer, get ready to stock up your wardrobe.
Address: 1-9-13 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/en/