You can get roasted green tea and matcha sweets at a convenience store?! Check out 7- Eleven’s “Wa sweets fair”!
05.June.2018 | FOOD
As Japan celebrates “Wagashi Day” on Saturday 16th June, 20,385 7-Eleven convenience stores will be holding a sweets fair from 5th June called “Wa Sweets Fair”. (It is currently the end of May 2018)
At this fair, there will be a range of six sweets that fuse Japanese ingredients such as black syrup, uji matcha and roasted houjicha green tea with western ideas. Enjoy the slightly fluffy texture of the popular choux pastry series “moko” filled with a fragrant black syrup and roasted soybean flour cream. This is called “Kuromitsu kinako moko”. There is also the melty-centred rice cake “Mochitoro” series where almond jelly-flavoured cream and strawberry sauce are combined to make a new flavour called “Mochi toro ichigo annin” (rice cake with a molten strawberry and almond core).
Molten core Uji Matcha Tiramisu
Price：￥230（price without tax）
This will be the first matcha tiramisu ever released by Seven Eleven. This uses Italian mascarpone for a rich, smooth tasting tiramisu that melts in the mouth, and a rich uji matcha for the mousse.
rice cake with a molten strawberry and almond core
Rice cake with a molten strawberry and almond core
Price: ￥100（price without tax）
This is a western-style daifuku mochi; a rice cake filled with melt-in-the-mouth almond jelly. This is a fusion of almond jelly, which is popular in western confectionary, and a sweet and sour strawberry sauce. This is encased in lightly sweetened cream and then wrapped by a soft mochi rice cake.
Dorayaki pancake filled with soft choco mint cream
Price: ￥150（price without tax）
Layer by layer, dorayaki pancake batter is fried on a copper plate, creating a springy texture. The cocoa-flavoured dorayaki skin embraces a large filling of fresh flavoured chocolate mint cream.
Take some time out of your day to enjoy the traditional flavours of Japan through Seven Eleven’s diverse range of sweets.
Heart-Meltingly Cute Olaf Confection to Arrive in 7-Eleven to Celebrate Frozen 2
Tabemas is a Japanese confectionery series of small, traditional sweets designed to look like characters. To celebrate the release of Frozen 2 on November 22, the series is releasing an Olaf confection which will be sold at 7-Eleven convenience stores across Japan from the same day as the release of the film.
The series name “Tabemas” means “edible mascot” and as the name suggests, Olaf has completely transformed into a delicious traditional sweet from carrot nose to adorable feet. In sweet form, the 40mm-tall chubby Olaf is stood still, staring up at you with adorable round eyes overflowing with adoration.
This is a traditional nerikiri confection made from bean paste and soft mochi to a surprising level of detail. Even the snowflake pattern has been recreated. As Frozen 2 is set in autumn, Olaf has been stuffed with the most appropriate autumn flavour: maple. This small and dainty confection is the perfect treat for people of all ages.
These are in limited stock so hurry down to your nearest 7-Eleven from November 22 if you are interested.
Tabemas Confectionary Series: Frozen 2 Olaf
Recommended Retail Price: ¥258 (Before Tax)
Release Date: November 22, 2019
Available at: The chilled desserts section of 7-Eleven convenience stores across Japan
*As these are in limited stock, sales will end once stock has been depleted.
*Not available at all 7-Eleven convenience stores.
More Information: https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/olaf/
The Perfect Souvenir: Kyoto’s Famous OTABE Confections in Velvety Matcha Chocolate
17.November.2019 | FOOD
If you’re in Kyoto looking for a delicious elegant souvenir for your people back home then BijuuCo.,ltd. is your port of call. Their irresistible desserts vary from their well known sweet bean paste-filled Yatsuhashi to their Kyo-Baum. They will be releasing the mouthwatering Matcha Chocolate OTABE from November 20, 2019.
The rich aroma of the matcha chocolate will be the first thing to entice you. The matcha Yatsuhashi is made from specially selected water and Koshihikari rice, which is famed as Japan’s best rice. The soft and chewy texture of the Yatsuhashi dough gently embraces a velvety, melt-in-the-mouth matcha chocolate ganache filling. These OTABE confections are bursting with the flavours of Kyoto and are only available to purchase for a limited period.
OTABE combined with Kyoto’s famous matcha chocolate is matcha match made in heaven. If you’re ever in Kyoto, you must try it.
Matcha Chocolate OTABE
Selling: November 20, 2019 to the start of May, 2020
Price: Box of 10 (2 packs of 5): ¥660 Before Tax
Eat within 11 days of production.
Purchasable from souvenir shops in Kyoto and Kyoto Station.
Official Website: http://www.otabe.kyoto.jp/
Make Your Own Matcha Drink and Try Black Bean Butter Toast in Nakameguro, Tokyo
13.November.2019 | FOOD
If you’re looking for a cool café experience in Tokyo then head to Nakameguro for a goldmine of craft beer taprooms, coffee roasters and restaurants. One café to consider adding to your list of must-go places is music café and wine bar epulor. The café has added a number of exquisite and unique items to its menu this November including a matcha drink, black bean paste and butter toast and craft cola.
Take a seat and admire the walls of old records which create a soothing artistic atmosphere while sipping your cup of the café’s specialty hand drip coffee or sommelier-selected wine as the music of old records fills the air. When you have finished, feel free to take a gander at the gallery corner to appreciate the cafés art.
The November menu introduces a high-quality matcha by UK brand Matchæologist®, providing the opportunity to make and enjoy your own matcha drink. From the high-quality rich flavour to the contemporary design of the tea vessel, Matchæologist® lives up to its reputation as artisanal matcha green tea specialists.
Fans of epulor’s popular Red Bean Paste and Butter Toast are in for a treat as the café is now serving up the Black Bean Paste and Butter Toast. The bread is a charcoal bread from the bakery Lotus baguette, which uses only natural yeast, Japan-produced wheat and no additives. The binchotan charcoal used to prepare the bread is a traditional charcoal which has been used since the Edo period. The appearance is just as striking as its taste.
The café has also started to sell Japan’s craft cola TOMO COLA. The cola is spiced with flavours from around the world including kola nut, nutmeg, Japanese herbs and Japanese citrus fruits. This natural cola contains no additives so you can indulge in the taste of nature and enjoy a unique flavourful experience of Japan.
epulor is the perfect spot to enjoy a luxurious moment of relaxation during your busy day while immersing yourself in an artistic and cultural experience.
Address: ESCENARIO AOBADAI Floor 1, 1-19-10,Aobadai, Meguro, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00
Butter Sandwich Shop PRESS BUTTER SAND Releases Uji Matcha Flavour at Tokyo Station
11.November.2019 | FOOD
The butter sandwich specialists over at PRESS BUTTER SAND are bringing their famous Uji matcha flavour butter sandwiches to their Tokyo Station branch on November 13.
Known as the Uji Matcha Butter Sand, this tasty snack was developed to celebrate the grand opening of the Kyoto Station branch of PRESS BUTTER SAND. Due to high demand, they’ve decided to take the product to Tokyo for a limited time.
The exterior is made with butter cream and carefully selected Uji matcha. You get the full rich flavour of the matcha and delicious taste of the butter at once. The sandwich itself is filled with bitter matcha butter cream and sweet caramel butter for a sumptuously smooth combination that marries temptingly with the crunchy cookie exterior.
The sandwich biscuits come in packaging that features navy Kyoto-esque artwork inspired by the characteristic cultivation method for Uji matcha which blocks out sunlight. The sandwiches themselves are individually packaged in matcha green packets to contrast with the box.
Don’t miss out on a chance to enjoy the flavours of Kyoto while in Tokyo. Available at Tokyo Station only.
Uji Matcha Butter Sand
Price: Box of 5 – ¥1,150 (Tax Included) / Box of 9 – ¥2,070 (Tax Included)
Shop: PRESS BUTTER SAND Tokyo Station
Available: November 13, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Official Website: https://buttersand.com
Adorable Mini Penguin and Polar Bear Confections to Arrive in Family Mart
08.November.2019 | FOOD
Tabemas is a Japanese confectionery series of small, traditional sweets designed to look like characters. For the first time, Tabemas is collaborating with the popular fictional character series Sumikko Gurashi to release Shirokuma and Penguin? sweets. The new confections will be sold in the chilled desserts corner of Family Mart convenience stores across Japan from November 12, 2019.
The lovable characters who have been transformed into delicious sweets are Shirokuma: the shy polar bear who tends to get cold easily; and Penguin?, who has no confidence in their identity as a penguin.
The series name “Tabemas” means “edible mascot” and as the name suggests, these are traditional nerikiri confections which are made from bean paste and soft mochi, creating an adorable plump appearance. Shirokuma’s body is white with pink ears whereas Penguin? has a pea-green body with a white stomach and yellow feet and beak. Both confections are kneaded with the characters’ charm and stand joining their tiny hands, staring at you with their adorable round eyes.
Both confections are filled with the mild flavour of red bean paste. To match the colour schemes of the characters, the white Shirokuma is milk-flavoured and the pale green Penguin? is apple-flavoured. The flavours of these confections are just as irresisitble as their appearance. You’re bound to be taking lots of photos of them for your next social media post in no time!
As these confections are in limited supply, make sure to buy them as soon as possible if you are interested.
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Tabemas Confectionery Series: Sumikko Gurashi
Confections: Shirokuma (Milk), Penguin? (Apple)
Recommended Retail Price: ¥369 each (Before Tax)
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Available at: The chilled desserts section of Family Mart convenience stores across Japan.
* These are in limited supply and sales will end once all stock has been depleted.
*The days on which the Tabemas Confectionery series is sold may vary from store to store.
* Some Family Marts may not sell the Tabemas series.
More Information on the Tabemas Sumikko Gurashi Series (Japanese Only):https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/products/2019/4549660424444000.html
Rilakkuma & Korilakkuma Confections by Tabemas Coming to Lawson Convenience Stores
14.October.2019 | FOOD
Character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has revealed that its next products will be Halloween-themed Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma sweets. They will go on sale at Lawson convenience stores across Japan (excluding Lawson Store 100 branches) on October 15, 2019.
These adorable confections are so cute it’s hard to choose where to even start eating them from! Both versions are wearing snug pumpkin hats.
‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour. The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.
To keep with the theme of autumn, Rilakkuma is pumpkin pudding flavoured (which is his favourite treat) and Korilakkuma is maple flavoured.
Stop by the ubiquitous Lawson convenience store while in Japan and grab yourself one of these treats for Halloween.
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*The photographs are for illustrative purposes only.
*Actual product may differ from the photographs.
*Please be careful not to choke on the mochi.
*The latest information can be viewed via the Bandai Candy homepage.
*Tabemas and 食べマス are registered trademarks of Bandai.
Tabemas Rilakkuma Halloween 2019: Rilakkuma/Korilakkuma
Price: ¥280 Each (Tax Included)
Release Date: October 15, 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
Product Page (Rilakkuma): https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/products/2019/4549660423898000.html
Product Page (Korilakkuma): https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/products/2019/4549660423904000.html
Kyoto Station’s Beautiful Cafe Saryo Fukucha Releases New Herb Tea and Dessert Sets & Autumn Menu
Saryo Fukucha has unveiled new Japanese herb tea and dessert pairing sets as well as a batch of seasonal autumntime menu items.
Kyoto is a city where history and tradition come together, and where every single day, people from all around the world come and go, each encountering new experiences. Saryo Fukucha opened inside Kyoto Station back in April this year. It is managed by long-running tea company Fukujuen.
▼Japanese Herb Tea & Dessert Pairing Menu
Herb Tea & Dessert Sets: ¥900 Each (Before Tax) *Herb teas by themselves are ¥500 each
Running: From October 10, 2019 (Available all year round)
Hibiscus Blend Houjicha x Crème Brûlée Chocolate Berry Confiture
The tea is a luxurious and fragrant blend of light-roasted houjicha, hibiscus and rose hip. It’s perfectly paired with a rich chocolate crème brûlée and refreshing berry confiture.
Cinnamon Blend Kukicha x Mascarpone Cream & Apple Tatin
This kukicha, or twig tea, has a distinct refreshing flavour to it. It has been blended beautifully with cinnamon and chamomile. The kukicha is paired with a caramelised apple tatin which is topped with a dollop of rich mascarpone.
Peppermint Blend Kukicha x Seasonal Fruit Tart
Peppermint and chamomile are the blending ingredients for this kukicha tea. It comes with a tart with a full-bodied almond taste topped with seasonal fruits like strawberries and raspberries.
Ginger Blend Genmaicha x Tart Ricotta with Orange
Genmaicha is combined with roasted brown rice, giving it its characteristic sweet-smelling quality. Blended with ginger and dandelion leaves, it’s been matched with a fromage blanc cream-topped ricotta cheese tart with a side of orange.
Running: October 10, 2019 – Late February 2020 (subject to change)
Sasamaki Okowa (Matsutake Mushroom & Daggertooth Pike Conger/Minced Chicken & Yama no Sachi) Houjicha Set – ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
This set was created by Hisato Nakahigashi from Miyamasou, a highly-rated inn in Kyoto. Enjoy the combination of the houjicha tea with the bamboo leaf-wrapped okowa steamed rice.
Chestnut Houjicha Wafer Cake – ¥350 (Before Tax)
Not only does this wafer cake look cute, it’s packed full of autumnal ingredients too, including astringent chestnut and coarse sweet red bean paste.
FUKUCHA Specially Made Matcha Koji Sweet Sake Red Bean Soup – ¥700 (Before Tax)
The koji sweet sake used in this dessert has a gentle flavour and a strong aroma. Added to it is matcha, chestnuts, sweet potato, and rice flour dumplings, all set into a mizu manju sweet water jelly.
Japanese confections are always best paired with Japanese tea, so be sure to stop by Saryo Fukucha when travelling around Kyoto.
Address: Kyoto Station Central Exit Floor 2F (901 Higashishiokoujicho, Shiokouji Sagaru, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto)
Opening Hours: 8:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://fukucha-fukujuen.com/
GODIVA Releases New Heavenly Chocolixir Tea and Chocolate Pairing Drink
03.October.2019 | FOOD
As the almighty creator of the chilled chocolate drink called the Chocolixir, GODIVA has now transcended to a whole new level with its Tea Magic Series which pairs luxurious GODIVA chocolate with a specially made tea. The fourth and final heavenly Chocolixir drink for the Tea Magic Series has now been revealed to be called the Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami. This is a pairing of GODIVA white chocolate and Uji matcha. A limited number of these will be released for sale from October 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019.
The GODIVA Tea Magic Series is made using the finest GODIVA chocolate. The chocolatier considers the most appropriate tea to enhance the flavour of the chocolate and only uses the finest tea leaves to make the drink. The result is a chilled chocolate tea which is filled with a flavour that will enlighten you. Hojicha Chocolate tea was the first tea of the series and was released on July 1st.
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami (270ml): ¥602 (before tax)
GODIVA’s mildly sweet and velvety white chocolate is blended with rich uji matcha tea and then chilled to a perfectly refreshing temperature. A light cloud of whipped cream floats on the surface and is sprinkled with carefully made uji matcha powder. Matcha chocolate sticks garnishe the drink.
From your first sip to your last, your mouth will be filled with a rich and luxurious matcha flavour. From time to time, your tongue will discover the exciting texture of small pieces of smashed white chocolate pieces.
This is the perfect opportunity to indulge in the luxurious flavour of mild white chocolate blended with rich uji matcha.
GODIVA Tea Magic Series: Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami (Final Drink)
Available: October 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Only available at GODIVA shops
Branch search: https://www.godiva.co.jp/boutique/?view=map&store_list_id=50
Check Out the Chocolate Matcha Frappé at McDonald’s This Autumn
23.September.2019 | FOOD
McDonald’s is bringing back its irresistible Uji Matcha drinks series this autumn and adding a brand new drink: The Choco Matcha Frappé, which will be sold from September 25 for a limited period. This drinks series is only available at McDonalds Restaurants which serve the McCafé by Barista menu.
The overwhelmingly popular Uji Matcha Series is currently being served for a limited period. From a Strawberry Matcha Frappé to Uji Matcha Chocolate and even Oreo® Cookie toppings, this series is the perfect way to indulge in a fusion of Japanese and western flavours. The Choco Matcha Frappé is the latest drink to join this series.
The base of the chocolate Matcha Frappé consists of chocolate whipped cream and a layer of high quality Belgian couverture chocolate sauce. The next layer is the frappé, which consists of matcha milk made from matcha sourced from Uji, Kyoto. This is topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate sauce and sprinkled with bitter cocoa Oreo® pieces. The faint green colour of the matcha is a wonderful contrast with the chocolate colour, creating the image of autumn.
The mild flavour of the Uji matcha and chocolate is a matcha match made in heaven that you will want to taste again and again. The crunchy, bitter Oreo® cookie pieces create a texture adventure and enhances the flavours of the chocolate and matcha. This frappé is the perfect way of enjoying both the colours and flavours of autumn.
The Matcha Frappé Latte, Matcha Latte and Iced Matcha Latte have been returning to the menu year after year since their first appearance in 2014. These drinks are also available this year. The entire drinks series is made using the slightly bitter Uji matcha sourced from Kyoto: the birthplace of matcha. The mellow flavour is perfectly balanced out by the milk. These matcha drinks are definitely worth trying.
Choco Matcha Frappé
Price (After Tax): Regular ¥490 / Large ¥530
Selling: September 25 – Mid October 2019 (subject to change)
Matcha Frappé Latte
Price (After Tax): Regular ¥450 / Large ¥490
Selling: Until mid-October (subject to change)
Iced Matcha Latte
Price (After Tax): Regular ¥390 / Large ¥430
Selling: Until mid-October (subject to change)
Price (After Tax): Small ¥350 / Regular ¥390
Selling: Until mid October (subject to change)
Available only at McDonald’s branches in Japan with a McCafé by Barista area.
* Please visit McDonald’s official website to find out more information.
* Only available during “McCafé by Barista” opening hours. Opening hours vary from branch to branch.
Experience the Heart of the Japanese Tea Ceremony This Autumn in Ginza
22.September.2019 | FOOD
In line with the annual autumn event Ginchakai―which is held in Ginza and brings together multiple schools of tea in Japan for an open-air tea ceremony―Tokyu Plaza Ginza is hosting an event themed on the heart of the Japanese tea ceremony.
This special event will serve Japanese omotenashi, or “hospitality,” thorough various exhibits including a co-project with Tokyo University of the Arts, an exhibition by one of Japan’s leading confectionery companies Toraya Confectionery, and more.
The co-project with Tokyo University of the Arts will feature installations produced by the university that is centred on calligraphy drawn by Japanese calligrapher Shoko Kanazawa, who performs both in Japan and overseas, and the tea ceremony. There will also be several tokonoma alcoves around the event which will be like miniature gardens where one can enjoy the beauties of nature. There will even be covers of famous songs about autumn on October 27 at the KIRIKO TERRANCE on the roof.
Up in the KIRIKO LOUNGE on the 6th floor, Toraya will serve up a selection of traditional Japanese confections, including those that had already been created by the end of the Edo period. You can order a set of two confections and a drink. Sweets include the Kiren Kaki, which is made to look like a Japanese permission, and the Kuri Goyomi, which is made with chestnuts, sugar, and agar-agar.
Soak up the enchanting nostalgia of autumn while enjoying the Japanese tea ceremony at Tokyu Plaza Ginza.
The Heart of the Tea Ceremony in Ginza (Japanese Title: 銀座で触れる、茶の湯の心)
Running: September 26, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Location: Various places around Tokyu Plaza Ginza
GINZA Tokonoma Alcoves: Admire the Season With Tokonoma Art
Running: September 26, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Locations: Floors 3, 4, and 6
Autumn Music Performances
Date: October 27, 2019
Location: KIRIKO TERRACE on the Tokyu Plaza Ginza rooftop
TOKYU PLAZA GINZA x Bunkamura SPECIAL PROGRAM ~ Toraya Confectionery~
Running: October 11, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Time: 11:00-23:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays and public holidays)
Location: KIRIKO LOUNGE (Tokyu Plaza Ginza Floor 6F)
Tokyu Plaza Ginza
Address: 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://ginza.tokyu-plaza.com/
Sensuously Scrumptious Mont Blanc Parfait Arrives at GINZA SIX Tsujiri
20.September.2019 | FOOD
The Ginza branch of long-standing Uji tea shop Tsujiri has unveiled a seasonal treat that will be available this autumn only. It was released on September 18 and will be served until October 31.
Tsujiri Ginza is the only branch of Tsujiri in the Kanto region of Japan, aiming to offer a “new kind of matcha experience” to the people of Tokyo. This autumnal mont blanc parfait dessert is made from an aromatic chestnut cream made in France, matcha soft serve ice cream made by the Uji matcha experts at Tsujiri, and fluffy fresh cream, creating a seasonal mix of flavours.
Once you’re done shopping around the extravagant town of Ginza, why not treat yourself to a tasty matcha-packed delight?
Address: GINZA SIX Floor B2F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:30-20:30
Tsujiri Official Website: http://www.tsujiri.jp
Kyoto’s Sweet and Salty Matcha Cheese Tea is an Enlightening Flavour Discovery
15.August.2019 | FOOD
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo opened at Kiyomizu Gojozaka at the foot of the famous Kiyomizudera Temple as Kyoto’s first ever cheesecake shop to sell its delicious cheesecakes in a cute jar. On August 13, they released a mouthwateringly rich Matcha Cheese Tea which will enlighten you with a new way to enjoy matcha.
The Matcha Cheese Tea harnesses Kyoto’s unbeatable Uji matcha which is full of rich and fresh flavour. A light cloud of fluffy cheese foam floats on top of the drink, adding a salty accent to the overall flavour. A traditional tea combined with a sweet and salty cheese flavour ー this brand new flavour discovery will leave you feeling refreshed and enlightened. The recipe for the cheese foam consists of cream cheese carefully selected by the cheesecake shop’s specialists. This is then blended with a small amount of salt to accent the flavour.
If you mix the matcha milk tea with the cheese foam, the rich matcha mixes with the saltiness of the cream cheese, creating a sweet salty flavour that you will not be able to get enough of. As the flavour is not too overpowering, you can enjoy this drink endlessly and will feel refreshed even on a hot summer’s day.
Matcha Cheese Tea: ￥460
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo recommends three different ways to drink the Matcha Cheese Tea to enjoy three different levels of flavour combinations.
① First off, drink just the matcha milk tea so you can experience the true authentic flavour of Kyoto’s famous rich Uji matcha tea.
② Next, move your straw so that you taste just the cheese foam on its own. The fluffy foam will gently slide over your tongue and spread a mild and sweet flavour all over your mouth.
③ Finally, it’s time to mix everything. The saltiness of the cheese foam and the sweetness of the matcha milk will create a new salty sweet flavour that you will want to try again and again.
Whether you are a Japanese local or a foreigner, this drink is a fun new way to enjoy matcha. If you are new to matcha, this is a good way to try the flavour without being too overwhelmed.
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo (清水チーズ工房)
Address: 569-10, Shiraitocho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 17:30
No fixed closed days.
Official Website: http://kiyomizu-cheese.com/