Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom at “Nicolas Sakura Festival”!

21.February.2016 | FOOD

From February 15th to March 14th, four restaurants established by “Nicolas House” will be serving a special cherry blossom themed menu as part of its “Nicolas Sakura Festival”. This includes the cream puff expertise shop “Usagi Cream Puff Factory” (うさぎシュークリーム工場), the rabbit-eared “Nicolas Charles Café” (ニコラシャールカフェ), the all cute “Nicolas Friends” (ニコラフレンズ), and “Nicolas Cafeteria” (ニコラ食堂), which has cute decor but in fact serves authentic homemade French cooking.

 

Food researcher Nicolas Charles came to Japan because he loved sakura (cherry blossoms) and white rabbits. When he was 6 years old, he was enchanted by the “Sakura and White Rabbit” photograph inside a Japanese style calendar that his mother gave to him to decorate his room with. When Nicolas saw the photo his heart was set on coming to Japan, and he now resides here. The theme of this event is sakura, which will serve to link together Nicolas with Japan. The special menu can be seen below.

“Kid’s Style Lunch Set for Adults ~Chicken Sakura Sauce Sauté” ¥2,150

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The popular kid’s lunch set from Nicolas House will be sakura themed for the “Nicolas Sakura Festival” as part of this limited edition menu. The lunch set offers crispy grilled chicken that comes with Nicolas’s special sauce made with sakura. The domestic chicken was carefully selected by Nicolas, and the sauce is homemade with sakura mustard and is fused with honey from Provence, France, so that the fragrance of sakura can be felt with ever bite!

Over 20 different ingredients decorate the plate on this lunch set, and although at first glance the food is very cute, the taste is authentic French cooking. Visit Nicolas House for an early spring this year!

 

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■Information
“Nicolas Sakura Festival”

Date: February 15th~March 14th
Location: Nicolas House, Omotesando (Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 4-26-5 1.2F)

Closest Station:
Meiji-jingumae Station via Fukutoshin Line, 3 minutes walk from Exit No.5
Harajuku Station via JR Yamanote Line, 7 minutes walk

Omotesando Station via Ginza Line, 10 minutes walk from Exit A2

Shop TEL:03-6434-9579
URL:http://nicolasusagi.com/

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    Models: Etsuna, NaomiChiMy, Peter, Sammy, Daniel

    Writer: Ellie (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Photographer: pon

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    ⑦Experience a kawaii birthday like no other at MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS

    Enjoy an unforgettable birthday in one of our special rooms, like SAKURA which is completely pink throughout. There are a limited number of beds in the rooms but there is no limit to how many people stay in a single room, so invite all your friends over for a huge party! And if you tell us in advance that you’re bringing a cake in, you can borrow a cake stand from us so you can make the cake even cuter. The stand is 18cm in diameter so it should hold a whole cake, but be sure to check the size of yours in advance.

    There’s no doubt you’ll enjoy your birthday party even more if you spend it in our pink haven. There is a kitchen with plates, cutlery and everything you need to cook up more snacks and food for your party too.

     

    We will continue the Top 10 list in the next article entitled Food Edition. Remember, if you’re looking to stay in Harajuku, be sure to book with MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS for a hotel stay like no other.

     

    Models: Aiko / Ringo
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
    Writer: Sayoko Ishii

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • BEASTARS Anime Opening Theme ‘Wild Side’ by ALI Releasing on November 27

    18.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Shibuya-based multinational hip-hop/funk band ALI will release their new single Wild Side on November 27, 2019.

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    This will be ALI’s first ever physical CD release, who normally drop their songs digitally on digital music platforms and vinyl. The CD will be released in two editions: the Regular Edition which includes just the CD, and the Limited Edition which is coupled with a DVD featuring the Wild Side music video.

     

    ALI will drop their first CD album ALI on the same day. The record is a compilation of all the songs they have released digitally since February this year. It will also be released in two editions, with the Limited Edition DVD featuring live footage of the band.

     

    ALI will head on their first solo tour named “Wild Side Tour 2019” this December. Tickets are now on sale via their official website below.

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