Miffy Sakura Kitchen Pastry Takeout Shop to Open in Kyoto

23.June.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

Miffy Sakura Kitchen is Japan’s first bread takeout shop to combine the traditional Japanese aesthetic with Miffy. The shop will open in Arashiyama, Kyoto on October 3.

 

Arashiyama is a huge tourist destination and one of Kyoto’s most famous. The shop faces the main roads that run through Arashiyama, from Togetsukyo Bridge to the Bamboo Forest, making it an easily accessible location.

 

Miffy’s kitchen will sell items in collaboration with traditional Kyoto handicrafts and Kiyomizu pottery as well as a range of traditional miscellaneous goods. Everything there is Miffy licensed merchandise. There’s also the Miffy Sakura Bakery where you’ll be able to get your hands on kawaii Miffy themed pastries, Danish pastries, soft serve ice cream, drinks and more.

If you’re a Miffy fan then be sure to hit the Miffy Sakura Kitchen & Bakery in Kyoto later this year.

 

■Information

Miffy Sakura Kitchen – Arashiyama

Address: 20-27 Sagatenryuji Kitatsukurimichicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture

Opening Day: October 3, 2018

Opening Hours:

Miffy Sakura Kitchen – 10am-6pm (subject to change)

Miffy Sakura Bakery – 10am-5:30pm (subject to change)

No Fixed Holidays.

Miffy Sakura Kitchen Website: http://www.miffy-sakurakitchen.jp (*Will open at the beginning of October)

Miffy English Website: https://www.miffy.com/

Miffy Japanese Website: http://www.dickbruna.jp/

 

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  • BT21 Collaboration Cafés to Open in Omotesando, Shinjuku & Shinsaibashi

    22.June.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    BT21 is a character brand made in collaboration with LINE FRIENDS and BTS, a South Korean boy band.

     

    It’s been announced that the brand will get its own themed cafes in Omotesando, Shinjuku and Shinsaibashi serving food inspired by each character in BT21.

    CHIMMY YELLOW CAFE  ¥2,090(tax exclude)

    TATA BURGER  ¥1,990(tax excluded)

    MANG DANCE STEW RICE  ¥2,190(tax excluded)

    KOYA PARFAIT  ¥1,590(tax excluded)

    COOKY PROTEIN PANCAKE  ¥1,990(tax excluded)

    RJ COTTON CANDY DESSERT  ¥1,690(tax excluded)

    SHOOKY CHOCOLATE FONDUE  ¥1,690(tax excluded)

    VAN SPACE PLATE ¥2,290(tax excluded)

    BT21 DRINKS ¥790(tax excluded) 

     

    They also plan to sell original merchandise you can’t get anywhere else.

    If you want to go any of the cafes, you need to sign up in advance for a chance to be selected from a lottery draw. As a bonus for signing up (and being chosen), you can receive a sticker randomly selected from a possible 8 designs.

    Additionally, if you order from the drink’s menu, you’ll get a coaster selected from a possible 6.

     

    Registration is now open, so you’d best be quick if you want to go!

     

    ■Information

    Registration Windows:

    Tokyo (Omotesando, Shinjuku): June 20, 2018 – June 25, 2018

    Osaka (Shinsaibashi): June 29, 2018 – July 3, 2018

     

    Tokyo Café Locations

     

    Omotesando – OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE&SPACE

    Address: Pine Under Flat B1F, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Open: July 20, 2018 – September 2, 2018

     

    Shinjuku – SHINJUKU BOX CAFE&SPACE

    Address: Shinjuku Southern Terrace, 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shinjuku, Tokyo

    Open: July 26, 2018 – September 2, 2018

     

    Osaka Location

    Shinsaibashi – contact

    Address: 1-6-24 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

    Open: July 20, 2018 – September 2, 2018

     

    Reservations: Made via the official café website

    Reservation Price: ¥650 (Pre-Tax)

    Reservation Bonus: Stickers (randomly selected from 8)

    Drink Menu Bonus: Order from the drink’s menu to receive a coaster randomly selected from a possible 6.

    Official Website: https://box-cafe.jp

     

  • Let’s check out the menus of cafés located in Arashiyama, Kyoto”Japanese style x Rilakkuma”

    21.October.2017 | FOOD / SPOT

    A Japanese style café created under the theme of “Wa×Rilakkuma” “Arashiyama Rilakkuma Sabo” will be opened in Arashiyama, Kyoto. The opening ceremony will be held on the 28th of October (Sat.) from 10:30.

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    A take-out shop that offers desserts and drinks, dessert/food shop which introduces the concept of the café “honey” and Japanese style collaborative sundries created using the ideas of the Japanese style small goods series, Nishijinori (traditional crafts of Kyoto) and Shimizuyaki (a bowl/vessel making brand in Japan). A goods shop that offers many Rilakkuma licensed goods and limited products will be sold too. Moreover, the backyard has an eat-in-space and is a suitable area to take photos.

     

    Various drink menus, arranged Japanese desserts based on Japanese desserts and Western desserts, healthy meals using fresh vegetables using the images of characters such as Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori will be offered at the “sabo” (tea room) located on the 2nd floor.

    Detailed information: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/60634

     

    Below are examples of the goods and menu items.

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    Yaki Koyo / 8,800 yen (tax not included)

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    Issyoni Goron♪ Temarizushi to Omusubi Bento / 1,650 yen (tax not included)

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    Rilakkuma no Goyururi Kyo Chazuke / 1,580 yen (tax not included)

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    Jibun de Tsukureru? Korilakkuma no Fuwafuwa Hachimitsu Roll / 980 yen (tax not included)

    Rilakkuma to Chikurin no Michi Maccha Parfait / 1,180 yen (tax not included)

    Why don’t you spend a nice time at this collaborative café of Japanese style and Rilakkuma?

     

    ■Information

    Arashiyama Rilakkuma Sabo

    Address: 〒616-8374, 15 no uchi, Kitatsukurimichicho, Sagatenryuji, Ukyoku, Kyotoshi, Kyoto

    Business hours:

    Sabo: 10:30 to 17:30 (lunch LO 16:30, café LO 17:00)

    Take out: 10:00 to 17:30 (plan)

    Shop: 10:00 to 18:00 (plan)

    ※The café will be opened at 11:00 on opening day (10,28 (Sat.))

    ※Please note that it might not be possible to make reservations depending on the reservation situation.

    Holiday:no holidays

     

    (Arashiyama Rilakkuma Sabo Opening Ceremony)

    Date: 2017,10,28 (Sat.) reception: 10:00, opening ceremony: 10:30 to 11:00

    Location: Arashiyama Rilakkuma Sabo (〒616-8374, 15 no uchi, Kitatsukurimichicho, Sagatenryuji, Ukyoku, Kyotoshi, Kyoto) ※Please contact us directly if you have any questions.

     

    Rilakkuma Sabo official website: http://rilakkumasabo.jp

     

    Rilakkuma official website “Rilakkuma Goyururi Site”: http://www.san-x.co.jp/rilakkuma/

     

  • Pompompurin & Keroppi’s 2nd Collaboration is a Summertime Food Menu

    31.May.2018 | Uncategorized

    The Pompompurin Cafe is inspired by one of Sanrio‘s most popular characters, a Golden Retriever named Pompompurin. Two of its branches―in Harajuku and Umeda―are being hit with the second collaboration with another popular character from the company, Keroppi the frog. Check out the first one coming in July here.

    The second collaboration will run from June 12 to August 31 and will see the return of a certain menu from March this year which was praised as being ‘way too cute.’

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    Sleeping Together♪ Keema Curry

    Price: ¥1,390 + Tax

    This relaxing-looking keema curry has both characters sleeping soundly under a blanket made of egg.

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    Mug Jambalaya w/ 4 Coloured Tomatoes

    Price: ¥1,290 + Tax

    The jambalaya has four different coloured tomatoes and corn around the side as well as a mug filled with cajun sauce, rice and mashed potato made with spinach.

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    Floating at the Sea♪ Rubber Ring Doughnuts

    Price: ¥1,190 + Tax

    For dessert, doughnuts made to look like the rubber rings that you take to the beach. There’s whipped cream and the characters are coated with chocolate.

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    Beach Vacation Tropical Parfait

    Price: ¥1,250 + Tax

    This delicious parfait is made with two different kinds of jelly and whipped yogurt, fruit and is topped with parasols for that summertime vibe.

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    Customers who dine at the Pompompurin Cafe in either Harajuku or Umeda while this collaboration is going on will receive a lunch mat with an original design. Those who order from the collaborative menu will also receive a postcard with an original design, and a coaster if you order a drink. Keep in mind that supplies are limited, so you’d best get there quick.

     

    Head to the Pompompurin Cafe this summer and cool yourself with one of the refreshing items on the new Pompompurin and Keroppi menu!

    ■Information
    Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku
    Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)
    Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station
    TEL: 03-5786-0770

     

    Pompompurin Cafe Umeda
    Address: Hankyu Sanbangai South Wing B2F, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi
    Opening Hours:
    – 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) Until March 27th
    – After March 28th 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
    – Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
    Access: 3-minutes from Osaka Station via JR
    TEL: 06-6292-7140

     

    Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com

     

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    19.May.2020 | SPOT

    HOSHINOYA Kyoto has introduced a new hotel plan in an attempt to bring a little luxury into people’s lives and lift their spirit during this stressful time. The plan will have people going to Arashiyama to experience a bit of Kyoto culture and hospitality to lift their mood.

    You will board a small boat located at the port near the hotel entrance and be taken to your private room. During your sail, you will be able to soak in the gorgeous sights of nature all around. Check-in is being carried out in guest rooms, meaning you won’t have to come into contact with other guests.

    You have arrived at your room. HOSHINOYA Kyoto is located in Arashiyama which was formerly a holiday home destination for the Heian aristocrats. There are 25 rooms inside the garden, all of which look out onto the Ōi River. When you slide the window open, you can feel the gentle wind sweep through the valleys. Guest room walls are plastered with beautiful traditional kyokarakami wallpaper and fitted with HOSHINOYA Kyoto-original tatami sofas. Each and every part of the rooms are imbued with Kyoto culture. The rooms are not only comfortable and provide you with everything you need, but also offer a luxurious stay.

     

    Inside your room, there are sutras which can be used for sutra copying, known as sakyou in Japanese, as well as equipment for making matcha to enjoy your own private tea ceremony without having to worry about the tradition’s strict rooms. It’s your very own private Kyoto cultural experience without having to worry about other people.

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    There are also activities to enjoy Kyoto’s breathtaking green outdoors. Mosquito nets made from Japanese red cedar are provided under which you can take part in a stretch routine which uses breathing techniques and meditation.

     

    Outdoor activities are severely restricted right now as a result of COVID-19, but HOSHINOYA Kyoto has made it so you don’t have to do much moving around at all while still enjoying the fruits of nature.

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    16.May.2020 | FOOD

    HOSHINOYA Kyotoーthe Arashiyama-based hotel where every room offers a river viewーis launching a new kaiseki multi-course dinner this summer which offers the chance to enjoy the early summer breeze together with the spectacular views of the rainy season. Served with nine dishes, the kaiseki meal will be available between June 1 to July 31 this year.

     

    The days of June in Japan are hot that the month itself also goes by the name minazuki which translates to “the month without water.” However, the evenings are enjoyed for their cool and refreshing air, and so June is also known as suzukurezuki, or “the month of cool dusk.” Not only will guests be able to enjoy the refreshing feeling of the season, but their kaiseki meal will be inspired by the sights of the rainy season, as well as the verdant smells of early summer, too, adding an extra level of freshness.

     

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    It also comes with sweetfish dashi and watershield for that added feeling of coolness, as well as hotarukan which looks like fireflies gathered in the bamboo grass, and a texture-laden bamboo shoot and smoked salmon wrap.

     

    Cool Kamo-nasu Eggplant Assortment: Sweet early summer vegetable appetisers

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    Conger Eel Hanami: Recreating a hydrangea Hanami in a bowl

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    Young Fried & Salted Sweetfish: Smell the verdant fragrances with fried food

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    Cherry Mille-Feuille: A dessert gift from the early summertime

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    Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi is set to open in the Goshominami area of Kyoto on April 25, 2020. The single-accommodation hotel is a complete renovation of a traditional Kyoto-style townhouse.

    Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi comes as the 7th branch of hotels from Kyo no Ondokoro. It’s a single building to rent for up to 4 people, who can enjoy taking a soak in the man-made carbonated spring bath which is kind to the skin and hair, using the soft water shower, and getting ready in the spacious makeup corner. It’s the perfect getaway for girl groups travelling together.

    The hotel is in a convenient location for sightseeing in the ancient capital of Kyoto. The building has been completely renovated to adapt to modern lifestyle while still retaining those traditional elements of a Kyoto townhouse that was built during the Meiji Periodーand in an area that’s rich in traditional scenery.

    The lounge space sofa seats are inspired by Japanese rock gardens

    The lounge space, which connects the second-floor bedrooms and the washitsu Japanese-style room, are furnished with unique round sofas. All the rooms open up to each other so guests can enjoy the company of each other during their travel stay.

    Hinoki cypress artificial carbonated spring bath

    Amenities

    The round bath is made from hinoki cypress, and the carbonated water lets you stay glowing and nice and warm after you step out of it. The bathroom is also stocked full of amenities like shampoo courtesy of popular brand THREE.

    Up to four people can apply their makeup together in the makeup corner

    The makeup corner is big enough to sit four people so they can get ready for their day or night out together while chatting.

    Colourful art pieces also adorn the walls of the makeup room, Japanese-style room and elsewhere to add a touch of beauty to them.

     

    If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto with the girls then why not book at Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi when it opens on April 25?

  • Harajuku’s Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe Entertains Customers With Projection Mapping

    28.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    “HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe-,” a cafe in Harajuku whose name speaks for itself, has announced its second collaboration with Rilakkuma to bring the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe which will open for a limited time from April 3, 2020 to June 28, 2020.

     

    The cafe’s first collaboration with Rilakkuma was in December last year. It was called “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” and earned itself many fans for its cute food and decor, but especially for its interactive tables which used projection mapping technology to have Rilakkuma and friends running around people’s tables.

     

    Harajuku’s Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror | Food Review: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/284456

     

    Fruit is the theme of the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, which follows that Chairoikoguma and the other characters have gathered lots of nutritious fruit to fill up the belly of hungry Rilakkuma.

     

    Food

    Rilakkuma’s Fruit Salad – ¥1,590

    Get your fill of refreshing fruit from this fruit salad plate which has Rilakkuma poking his cute face out from behind it all. When you order this dish, you’ll need to touch the fruits that appear on the table to give them to Rilakkuma.

    Korilakkuma’s Apple Cheese Gratin – ¥1,690

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    Chairoikoguma’s Orange Burger – ¥1,690

    The bun of this hearty burger is branded with Chairokoguma’s cute bear face. But what happens when you squeeze Rilakkuma’s orange? (*Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)

     

    Desserts

    Rilakkuma’s Maku Maku Fruit Tree Parfait – ¥1,590

    Korilakkuma’s Maku Maku Strawberry Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)

    Kiiroitori’s Maku Maku Peach Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)

    For dessert, you have a selection of fruit-topped parfaits to choose from featuring Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiiroitori.

     

    Drinks

    Rilakkuma & Friends Maku Maku Drinks – ¥790 / With Glass – ¥1,990

    Warm & Fluffy With Everyone Cafe Latte – ¥890

    Pick between one of the cold beverages, or if it’s a cold day, warm up with a hot drink. Feel warm and fluffy like Rilakkuma and his friends with a warm beverage after your parfait.

     

    Exclusive Merchandise & Bonus Items

    Pin Badges (9 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥400

    Acrylic Key Rings (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500

    Get your hands on a selection of original merchandise too, including pin badges, acrylic key rings, and more.

    Stickers (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)

    Coasters (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)

    Book a table online in advance and receive one of four possible stickers. Order a drink at the cafe and get one of the four coasters!

     

    You’re sure to get your five-a-day when you dine at the Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, opening for spring on April 3, 2020 in Harajuku.

     

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  • Pompompurin Celebrates 24th Anniversary With Birthday Menu at the Pompompurin Cafe

    27.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin is celebrating his 24th anniversary at three branches of the Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku, Yokohama, and Umeda with a special birthday menu that will be served for the whole month of April.

     

    A special celebratory menu for the floppy-eared golden retriever

    The official date for Pompompurin’s birthday is April 16. The birthday menu line-up includes two food items, a drink made in collaboration with popular Japanese picture book author Yukako Ohde, and some novelty gifts.

     

    Birthday Menu

    Happy Birthday Flower Bouquet Bisque – ¥1,590 (Before Tax)

    This cute bisque soup has Pompompurin and Muffin holding a colourful boquet made from broccoli and mashed potatoes made to look like roses. It has a rich but mild flavour, and is both adorable and filling.

    Happy Birthday Strawberry Mousse – ¥790 (Before Tax)

    The strawberry mousse has a fluffy texture and refreshing, sweet taste. It can be eaten as it is or drizzled with the accompanying raspberry sauce.

    Yukako Ohde x Pompompurin Lemonade – ¥550 (Before Tax)

    Take a sip from this delicious lemonade from a straw adorned with a cute, warm illustration of Pompompurin by Yukako Ohde.

     

    Exclusive Anniversary Novelty Gifts

    Lunch Mat Design

    Customers who dine at any of the three cafes during the anniversary celebration will receive a free lunch mat.

    Coaster Designs

    And those who order the lemonade will receive a coaster with designs illustrated by Yukako Ohde. The designs are different at each branch of the Pompompurin Cafe. You can also receive another special coaster if you spend over ¥1,000 each (tax included) at Pompompurin Cafe Umeda and KIDDY LAND Osaka Umeda. Simply show your receipts at the cafe.

     

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  • mūya: Tokyo’s New Cafe Opening by ‘Bread, Espresso &’ Serving Fluffy Mū Bread

    25.March.2020 | FOOD

    Bread, Espresso & is a cafe chain with 17 branches in Japan, including Omotesando. The company is set to open an entirely new cafeーspecialising in Bread, Espresso &’s popular mū breadーcalled mūya on April 17, 2020 in Asakusa Mizumachi.

     

    Bread, Espresso &: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/254815

    Mizumachi is a new shopping centre also opening on April 17, 2020. It’s near Solamachi in Tokyo Skytree Town, and sits betwixt Kaminarimon and Tokyo Skytree.

     

    Mū is an original bread recipe baked up by Bread, Espresso & that’s made with lots of butter, giving it a rich taste. The word means “soft” in French. When you break a piece off the fluffy loaf, that rich buttery smell fills your nose.

     

    inside the cafe

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    French toast

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    21.March.2020 | FOOD

    GELATO PIQUE CAFE branches in Japan began their “Strawberry Fair” on Wednesday serving up drinks and desserts made using seasonal strawberries.

    What is GELATO PIQUE CAFE all about?
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    Shirasagi Coffee, a cafe in Ehime Prefecture, has released a new seasonal menu full of strawberries and cherry blossoms to commemorate the spring season.

     

    Shirasagi Coffee’s logo features a heron, a reference to a legend that says the locals of Matsuyama in Ehime noticed that a white heron healed its injured leg by bathing in the hot springs of Dōgo Onsen, one of the oldest hot springs in  Japan. The cafe was renovated using furniture made from scrap wood from when Dōgo Onsen was built. It’s an artistic cafe that has garnered much attention from both locals and tourists.

    Thick-Cut Natural Yeast Toast

    This thick-sliced bread is provided by Panya Uzu, a bread shop also in Matsuyama, Ehime. Perfect for breakfast or lunch, it’s topped with a cherry blossom jam and mascarpone cheese cream.

    Top: Cream Soda / Right: Cherry Blossom Tea Latte / Left: Cherry Blossom & Strawberry Mint Sour

    This line-up of three drinks are made using seasonal strawberries grown in Ehime Prefecture.

    Sweet Bavarois

    Bavarois is a classic dessert at Shirasagi Coffee, and this one is made using matcha grown in the village of Shingu in Ehime and is coated in a cherry blossom cream.

    Spring Madonna Parfait

    This limited-time parfait is stacked with 12 different ingredients of varying textures and flavours, including cherry blossom, as well as Ehime strawberries, chestnuts, and matcha. It’s the culmination of Ehime’s springtime ingredients.

    Takeout Drinks

    Mini Parfait

    The cafe also serves mini parfaits, drinks and other items for takeout. Pick something out and go and observe the cherry blossoms for Hanami at Dōgo Park.

  • Gluten-Free Vietnamese Bánh Mi Baguettes Sold at the New Bánh mi Tokyo

    20.March.2020 | FOOD

    In Vietnamese cuisine, a Bánh mi is a baguette stuffed with various ingredients and served as a sandwich. It’s a popular meal in Vietnam, and in recent years has seen an appearance in Japan.

    Bánh mi Tokyo opened in Gaiemmae, Tokyo on March 16, 2020. They serve bánh mi with a Japanese taste, and their bread is made from 100% rice flour with no artificial flavourings or purified sugar.

     

    Bánh mi are generally made with lard or margarine, but at Bánh mi Tokyo, they are made with with ingredients with good-quality oil content like rice koji sweet sake and nuts, which give them a richness and creaminess and remove things like trans-fats that are a burden on the body. This also greatly cuts calories and other fats too.

    Mackerel Curry Bánh Mi

    All bánh mi overflow with original flavours, from the chicken-filled “Standard Bánh Mi” to the “Mackerel Curry Bánh Mi” which is made with curry flavoured grilled mackerel, “Five Spice Char Siu Bánh Mi” stuffed with juicy pork belly, and more.

     

    Bánh mi Tokyo also serves high-quality original coffees which are a must-try together with your bánh mi

  • MUUN SEOUL: Harajuku’s Korean Cafe Serving Instagrammable ‘Fatcaron’ Macarons

    19.March.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    MUUN SEOUL is a cafe located along Tonchan-dori Street in Harajuku that serves Instagram-worthy South Korean food.

    Photo by Nagisa Kobayashi @popo_318

    Photo by Nagisa Kobayashi @popo_318

    The cafe sells “fatcarons,” a South Korean-style macaron which have proven very popular with young women in Japan.

    Photo by Taeco @taecostagram

    Fatcarons are larger than the standard macaron. They are topped with things like strawberries, given marble textures, and more to give them a cute appearance. MOON SEOUL serves many different varieties, all of which are standout compared to normal macarons.

    Photo by Sara @__sar310

    But the fatcaron experience at MOON SEOUL isn’t complete without ordering the drink above. It’s strawberry milk flavoured, but the milk is whipped until it’s fluffy, giving it a taste like no other strawberry milk you’ve tried. It also has sliced strawberries inside and on top, so if you love strawberries, you’ll love this.

    Photo by Yuina @popochan726

    You can order your fatcarons for takeout too in a clear takeaway box so you can go have a dessert picnic with your friends, and get a great photo of them all together too.

  • Experience Hanami and Cherry Blossoms With Digital Art at FLOWERS BY NAKED 2020 – Sakura –

    18.March.2020 | SPOT

    FLOWERS BY NAKED is an annual flower-themed digital art event held by NAKED Inc. As part of this year’s event, FLOWERS BY NAKED 2020 – Sakura –, a special addendum event entitled “Nijo Castle Sakura Matsuri” will take place during the evenings at the World Heritage Site Nijo Castle From March 20 to April 12 this year.

    FLOWERS BY NAKED is an interactive digital art experience. It has been held at Nijo Castle during the autumns of 2018 and 2019, but this will be the event’s first time being held in Kyoto during the spring season. 2020’s theme is cherry blossoms, and this will be showcased in a number of wonderful ways.

     

    Prologue | NAKED BIG BOOK

    “NAKED BIG BOOK, a monument of the beginning of this exhibition, will show collaboration works by an artist Ryotaro Muramatsu and a photographer LESLIE KEE. LESLIE KEE contained energy into photographs as the quiet expression, and Ryotaro Muramatsu reinterprets his works to dynamic photography art.​”

     

    Arrival of Spring | Kara-mon Gate (Important Cultural Property)

    “Projection mapping expresses the coming of Spring on Karamon-Gate as an important cultural property.”

     

    Flowers Wall ~ SAKURA ~ | Inner Moat

    “Projection mapping of impressive sakura on the moats in Nijo-jo Castle. The landscape will transition following sakura.”

     

    Sakura Droplets | Seiryu-en Garden

    “A mystical space surrounded by real sakura where bubbles confined spring fragrance float as the sakura droplet.​ ​”

     

    The event is working on countermeasures against the coronavirus, such as installing disinfectants and having staff wear masks. It requests that visitors take normal measures against the infection such as cough etiquette and washing your hands. Click here for more information.

  • Popular Yakiniku Restaurant Futago to Open New Branch at THE JUNEI HOTEL in Kyoto

    14.March.2020 | FOOD

    FTG Company, which operates 74 restaurants inside and outside Japan, is set to open its new restaurant Nikukappou Futago at THE JUNEI HOTEL Kyoto in Higashiyama, Kyoto on March 27, 2020 where it will serve authentic Japanese wagyu beef and full courses.

     

    THE JUNEI HOTEL Kyoto is a small luxury tourist hotel housing eleven rooms in total, including its Bamboo Suite. Bamboo can be found throughout all the rooms as part of the hotel’s concept: “A sojourn embraced by bamboo in a moonlit space.” The rooms, as well as the hotel interior overall, showcases beautiful traditional handiwork using bamboo.

    Inside Nikukappou Futago

    Nikukappou Futago fuses traditional Japanese elements with modern ones. It features half-size eating areas as well as private areas. Customers can expect their private dining experience to include freshly-cooked full courses with high quality Japanese wagyu and seasonal ingredients.

    Menu in Japanese *Menu will change monthly

    Nikukappou Futago’s concept is “A relaxed adult’s Iki.” The word iki here refers to a range of different meanings in Japanese, like “sophistication,” “breath,” “spirit,” and “life.” The restaurant will work to serve a hospitable service that enables each and every person to enjoy that iki that lives inside them.

    Foie Gras & Wagyu Filet Mouthful Bowl

    Wagyu Loin & Kyoto Vegetable Shabu-shabu

    The course is made with seasonal ingredients and vegetables. Plus, in using a range of cooking methods, the original flavour meat of the meat is intensified.

    Wagyu Sirloin Sumiyaki

    Enjoy a selection of high-quality rare wagyu cuts like sirloin, filet, loin, and more. You can also enjoy a selection of classic Japanese dishes like yakiniku, shabu-shabu, and sukiyaki, all in one course.

    Like the changing seasons in Kyoto, the menu will be altered every month to bring something new. Discover your iki and enjoy a great meal at Nikukappou Futago.

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