6 Recommended Shaved Ice Desserts in Japan for Summer 2018
Shaved ice is one of the most popular desserts during summertime in Japan. It’s made with ice shaved from an ice block and drizzled in different kinds of syrups.
Here’s a list of 6 shaved ice desserts you should try in Japan this summer.
Strawberry Shaved Ice & Melon Shaved Ice
Fruit Parlor Odawara is located in the city of Hachinohe in Aomori Prefecture and sells desserts mixed with fresh fruits. Their strawberry shaved ice is made with around 25 sachinoka strawberries farmed locally, while their melon shaved ice uses carefully selected ripe melons and is served inside a melon. Only 10 of each flavour are available to purchase each day. They’re being sold until the end of August, so be sure to visit quick!
Kazuri Chocolate Mint
Mario Gelateria is selling a range of chocolate mint shaved ice desserts for a limited period at three of its branches. Enjoy the fluffy Kezuri Chocolate Mint at the Shibuya Hikari branch, Chocolate Mint which turns pink at the Yokohama Bayside and Minato Mirai branches, and more. The Kezuri Chocolate Mint is most recommended, made with frozen mint milk and chocolate sauce. Enjoy topped with salted chocolate mint with salt from Uyuni Salt Lake.
Peanut & Homemade Condensed Milk Shaved Ice
Taiyaki Tomoean is selling a shaved ice dessert that includes a paste made in-house with crushed peanuts and a homemade syrup made with condensed milk. It’s also topped with extra peanuts, giving layers of different flavours and texture with the full-bodied taste of the peanuts and sweetness of the syrup. You won’t have eaten shaved ice like this before.
Wicked Snow – Watermelon & Melon Shaved Ice
Wicked Snow is a desserts cafe who are bringing back their three popular summer-only shaved ice flavours – pick from watermelon, melon, or a combination of both. The shaved ice is Wicked Snow’s own unique blend, made to look like powdered snow that melts in your mouth. Topped with plenty of watermelon and melon, this is the kind of dessert you’d expect to see on Instagram.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/113471
Yondaime Tokujiro Natural Ice
In the Karuizawa Lakeside Shop of Hotel Green Plaza Karuizawa they are selling shaved ice made with natural ice from Nikko Yondaime Tokujiro, a brewery of which there are only a few located in Japan. Located in Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, this natural ice warehouse has passed down traditional methods and techniques for 4 generations since the Meiji Period. The shaved ice is topped with tochiotome strawberry sauce, original plum sauce, matcha adzuki and more.
Tamba Spring Water Shaved Ice
Nakajima Taishodo are selling shaved ice made with large-grained adzuki beans and spring water both from the city of Tamba. The high quality beans give the dessert a sweetness, while the shaved ice, made with famous spring water from the company’s breweries, give a fluffy texture. People from Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe come all the way to see this shaved ice which stands 18cm tall!
Looking to cool yourself off while in Japan this summer? Then how about some refreshing shaved ice?
Kaori’s Easy Recipe – Learn how to make “Hello Kitty mille-feuille”
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
This time you’ll learn to make “Hello Kitty mille-feuille” using bar chocolate.
1 frozen pie sheet
some fresh cream
①Take out a frozen pie sheet from the freezer and after thawing for about 3 minutes, cut into 3 parts.
②Bake ①in the over at 180℃ for 15~20 minutes.
③After ② has cooled, divide the baked pie sheet into 2 using a knife.
④Place fresh cream and strawberries on ③. (as much as you like)
3：Shape the chocolate bar
Flatten out the white chocolate and using the Hello Kitty cookie cutter cut out a Hello Kitty face. Cut out the ears, nose and eyes after you have colored the white chocolate.
4：After it is finished, cool it for a while in the fridge. (By cooling it the chocolate will become hard and this makes it easier to decorate.)
5：Place the Hello Kitty on top of the mille-feuille. Viola! Your “Hello Kitty mille-feuille” is now complete.
It’s easy to use chocolate-bar chocolate to form various shapes so it is very suitable to make “character-sweets.” A simple mille-feuille can be transformed into a cute and fancy sweets item just by decorating it with a Hello Kitty.
There’s plenty more character-themed dishes on the way from Kaori! In the mean time, please check out her Instagram page where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes.
6 places you can get Instagram-worthy rainbow treats in Tokyo!
Rainbow sweets are now trending. As well as being very popular overseas, a large variety of shops that sell rainbow sweets have also been opening in Japan. Today we’ll be looking at rainbow sweets that you can eat in Tokyo! The impact of their vivid colours makes them perfect for an Instagram shot!
LE SHINER (Takeshita Street, Harajuku)
This shop has appeared many times on TV for its Instagram-worthy aesthetics. The pink bear is a real eye-catcher! The exterior is also cute ♡
The shop’s speciality is the rainbow soft serve ice cream. Colourful rainbow ice cream spirals around the base of pink ice cream.
Their colourful menu also includes rainbow cake sticks, rainbow sandwiches and much more!
Further information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/93444
Totti Candy Factory (Takeshita Street, Harajuku)
Totti Candy Factory has cute petit cakes, cotton candy and much more. There must be so many people who have tried this! Whatever you may have heard about this place, their showstopper is definitely the huge colourful cotton candy!
If you’re looking for a present or souvenir, we recommend you get one in a cup!
The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE is a new famous spot in Harajuku that has attracted many from all over the world.
One of their specialities is the colourful poison parfait, which is a photogenic masterpiece that is topped with ice cream, fruit, and even a piece of roll cake.
There are even rainbow cakes, rainbow pasta dishes, and much more!
Further information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/64096
LOLA’S Cupcakes (Roppongi, Harajuku)
It is possible to say that LOLA’S Cupcakes are the instigators for the rainbow sweets trend. Their cupcakes may be famous, but their rainbow cakes are also a popular choice!
Seven different colour layers of cake are sandwiched together with buttercream.
A WORKS (Gakugei-daigaku Station)
What makes this cafe appear so Instagram-worthy is its resemblance to a traditional Japanse-style house. In this popular cafe, all the cakes are made by hand. Sales end once all the cakes are gone.
This place has more to offer than just a rainbow-coloured cheesecake — there are also unicorn cakes, Cheshire cat cakes and much more ♡
NEW NEW YORK CLUB (Azabu-Jūban/ Jiyūgaoka station)
This shop was built for those who want to experience and taste New York culture in a New York atmosphere. Their signature treat is the rainbow-coloured bagel. However, they are only available on the weekends!
What are you waiting for? Get your hands on some rainbow sweets!
5 Newly Opened Stores in Harajuku & Omotesando Selling Popular Sweets
Hey, everyone. Shiota here, the Director of the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center. Harajuku is a candy and sweets battleground, with many different stores lining the streets. Today, we take a look at Instagram-worthy goodies from much talked about newly opened stores!
“THE PARFAIT STAND” – Takeout Parfaits
Located exactly ZERO minutes from the Takeshita Exit of Harajuku Station is THE PARFAIT STAND, the sister store to popular cheese tart shop BAKE CHEESE TART.
Topping the parfait isn’t fresh cream, but meringue! The taste and texture of the parfait is irresistible throughout, with ice cream, purin, mousse and more. Just holding it is kawaii and something new to take onto the streets of Harajuku with you♡
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/100198
“LONG! LONGER!! LONGEST!!!” – Japan’s Longest Food & Sweets
Opening as Japan’s first shop to center around the ‘length’ of food, LONG! LONGER!! LONGEST!!! is located along Takeshita Street. The menu has three size variations, the same as in the store’s name. ‘LONGEST’ in fact offers the longest food product in Japan!
They have lots of products on offer, including soft serve ice cream, tornado potato, churros and more. You’ll never forget about their crazy length once you try one!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/93395
“GOMAYA KUKI” – Sesame Ice Cream
GOMAYA KUKI is a store selling sesame ice cream which has received support from inside and outside Japan. They have opened a store in Ura-Harajuku. One serving is covered in close to 9,000 sesame seeds!
Their menu is full of new, unique products including ice cream made with sweets friend in sesame oil, Japanese-style parfaits sprinkled with sesame seeds, and more. They also offer takeaway ice cream in cups.
“Q-pot CAFE.” – Accessories Turned Into Sweets
This café is inspired by Q-pot., an accessory brand who create kawaii products themed around sweets.
The café is decorated in all things sweet as far as the eye can see. The interior has a fairy-tale like atmosphere that female customers will love. The sweets here are both sweet in appearance and taste looking exactly Q-pot.’s necklaces, rings and so on.
“The Pie Hole Los Angeles” – Original Pies from LA
This popular store hails from Los Angeles and sells their own original pies and organic coffee, and it’s found its way to Takeshita Street in Harajuku!
Since April 4, they have been holding their second all-you-can-eat session for all their pie products every Wednesday. From sweet pies to classic pies, each and every one is handmade with care and attention. Why not head to one of their all-you-can-eats to try them yourself?
Are you hungry now? Be sure to use this list as reference if you’re looking for a café in Harajuku!
And if you’re unsure of how to get to any of these places, then pop into the MOSHI MOSHI BOX and we’d be happy to help!
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?
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:
Tokyo’s Craft Chocolate Shop nel Releases Cacao Kintoki Shaved Ice Desserts
nel craft chocolate tokyo, a craft chocolate shop located in Nihonbashihamacho, Tokyo, released two chocolate shaved ice desserts last Wednesday for the hot summer season. The desserts are also being sold at Saryo Tsukikage, a restaurant inside the hot spring ryokan Yuen Bettei Daita in Setagaya.
Left: Cacao Kintoki | Right: White Cacao Kintoki
Cacao kintoki is a type of shaved ice made with specially-selected cacao beans from Vietnam. It uses a ‘bean to bar’ method where the shaved ice is made from scratch, roasting the beans fresh to create the dessert.
The two new treats at nel use a chocolate base and add cacao pulp to the mix, adding a natural fruity flavour derived from the bean. Each is also served with a special cacao sauce for extra flavour. The white cacao version is made by combining with in-house white chocolate. It also comes with an Okinawan passion fruit and cacao pulp sauce, resulting in a sour kick and refreshing taste.
The open-air baths at Yuen Bettei Daita
A special matcha version of this shaved ice can also be enjoyed while bathing in the open-air baths at Yuen Bettei Daita. It’s made with nel’s homemade white chocolate as well as dark chocolate, cacao pulp, and specially-selected yame matcha from Shimokita Chaen Ōyama, a cafe in Setagaya.
nel CRAFT CHOCOLATE TOKYO
Address: HAMACHO HOTEL 1, 3-2-2 Nihonbashihamacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://nel-tokyo.jp/
Yuen Bettei Daita
Address: 2-31-26 Daita, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.uds-hotels.com/yuenbettei/daita/restaurant/#saryo
Tokyo’s New Strawberry Dessert Shop ICHIBIKO Opens at Shibuya’s Tokyu Food Show
ICHIBIKO is a new strawberry dessert-themed cafe that opened at Tokyu Food Show in Shibuya, Tokyo, on June 1. The shop’s concept is centred on letting people enjoy strawberries all year round served in a variety of sweet and succulent ways.
Migaki-Ichigo Pudding | 3 Flavours
The Migaki-Ichigo Pudding is a Japanese-style custard pudding made with a layer of custard and strawberry jam. The jam, which contains fresh juicy pieces of strawberry left over, is made from a type of high quality strawberry called Migaki-Ichigo. These puddings are available in three flavours.
Migaki-Ichigo Pudding – Strawberry Custard | ¥432 (Tax Included)
Made with fresh cream and vanilla custard and combined with strawberry jam. Rich and full of fruity flavour.
Migaki-Ichigo Pudding – Condensed Strawberry Milk | ¥486 (Tax Included)
Layered with condensed milk instead of custard, lending a refreshing milky flavour to the sweet strawberry and giving a velvety texture.
Migaki-Ichigo Pudding – Strawberry Milk Yogurt | ¥432 (Tax Included)
Made with strawberry sauce-infused yogurt and Migaki-Ichigo jam giving a cool, refreshing flavour.
The new ICHIBIKO store also sells the brand’s most popular beverage, ICHIBIKO Milk, as well as baked confections, and fresh Migaki-Ichigo strawberries sourced directly from farmers.
ICHIBIKO Shibuya Tokyu Food Show
Grand Opening: June 1, 2021
Address: SHIBUYA MARK CITY East Mall Floor 1F, 1-12-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Access: Connected directly to the Keio-Inokashira Line at Shibuya Station
ICHIBIKO Official Website: https://ichibiko.jp/
Disney’s Mickey & Friends Teams Up With Tokyo’s Souvenir Sweet Tokyo Banana
07.June.2021 | FOOD
Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana, a joint confectionery shop between GRAPESTONE and Tokyo Banana, released its new Mickey & Friends collection on Thursday.
Tokyo Banana Mickey & Friends Collection | ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto join hands in a heart-warming new collection of Tokyo Banana, a cream-filled sponge cake and the official souvenir sweet of Tokyo’s official souvenir sweet: Tokyo Banana.
Mickey & Friends arrive in all the colours of the rainbow
The colourful packaging features the Disney group of best friends including Mickey, who loves his friends, his girlfriend Minnie, the anger-prone Donald, stylish Daisy, silly Goofy, and trusty Pluto.
Six cute patterns decorate the sponge cakes
There are six super cute Mickey & Friends designs you could get in your Tokyo Banana, and each one is random. They are filled with chocolate banana-flavoured custard cream.
Collect all the postcards
All boxes of these treats come with two of eight possible postcard designs which you can use for sending to someone or even as room decoration.
Mickey & Friends Tokyo Banana
Released: June 3, 2021
Where: Tokyo Banana stores
Tokyo Banana Official Website: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/disney/index.html
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Gets Cute Cupcake Release by Ginza Cozy Corner
04.June.2021 | FOOD
Ginza Cozy Corner is releasing a new collection of cupcakes and confections at its stores on June 11 in collaboration with the Disney classic The Little Mermaid. The cupcakes feature designs that will be familiar to any fan of the animated film, from Ariel to Flounder, King Triton’s Trident, and others that capture the wonderful underwater world of Atlantica.
Some of the Disney delights include the Mermaid Ariel Apple & Strawberry Whipped Cream Tart, Princess Ariel Raspberry Jam & Strawberry Mousse Cake, Ursula Blueberry Jam & Blueberry Whipped Cream Cocoa Tart, Eric’s Cheese Mousse & Berry Jam Cake, and more.
The Little Mermaid Collection | Includes 9 | ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
The cakes come in a gorgeous box
The Little Mermaid Collection
Running: June 11, 2021 – July 29, 2021
Order Start Dates
[In-Store] June 1, 2021 until all sell out
[Online] June 7, 2021 – July 24, 2021
June 12, 2021 – July 29, 2021 (Except June 18-20)
Ginza Cozy Corner Official Website: http://www.cozycorner.jp/
gelato pique café Begins Serving Desserts Made With American Cherries
gelato pique café is now serving up a selection of three desserts topped with seasonal American cherries. The items are available on the menu until July 15.
American Cherry Crepe: Have In ¥980 / Takeout ¥970
American Cherry Soft Cream: Have In ¥580 / Takeout ¥570
American Cherry Soda: Have In ¥580 / Takeout ¥570 (Photo for illustrative purposes only – served in a takeout cup)
American Cherry Crepe & Soda Set: Have In ¥1,380 / Takeout ¥1,370
Plain Crepe & American Cherry Soda Set: Have In ¥980 / Takeout ¥970
The American Cherry Crepe is filled with sweet and velvety royal milk gelato and seasonal American cherries. The sweetness of the gelato, sour kick of the cherries, and rich chocolate ganache cream make for a tasty combination, complemented by the range of textures including the soft fruit and crunchy granola.
The American Cherry Soft Cream contains a cherry sauce made with fresh cherries – and the whole thing is topped off with a cute cherry.
The beautifully red American Cherry Soda is made completely out of sweet cherries. The cherry syrup adds a gorgeous gradation to the drink as well as a refreshing after taste. There are two ways to enjoy this special drink: as it is, which offers a feeling of refreshment, or mixing the milk-flavoured gelato in for sweetness and creaminess.
AMERICAN CHERRY SPECIAL
Serving: May 25, 2021 – July 17, 2021
Where: gelato pique café (Participating Branches: Atre Ebisu, Lumine Ikebukuro, Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari, Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu, Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Mozo Wonder City, Namba Marui, Mitsui Outlet Park Hokuriku Oyabe, Kanazawa Forus, Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C)
*Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C is now serving the soft cream
*Opening hours subject to shortening depending on COVID-19
Official Website: https://pique-cafe.com/
Cute Cat-Shaped Mango Cheesecake Arrives at Neko Neko Cheesecake
31.May.2021 | FOOD
Neko Neko Cheesecake released its new seasonal ‘Neko Neko W Cheesecake Mango’ on Tuesday. Neko Neko Cheesecake is a sister brand of Neko Neko Shokupan by the same company, ALL HEARTS COMPANY, which serves cat-shaped bread.
Neko Neko W Cheesecake Mango | ¥2,430 (Tax Included)
The cute cheesecake is packed full of seasonal mango in the form of a mango and passion fruit sauce layered on top of the biscuit base. The cake is topped with fresh mango, lending a juicy and refreshing flavour to the sweet and tangy cake.
This tropical mango delight is one of many delicious cakes by Neko Neko Cheesecake. Be sure to check out our other coverages on the shop.
Enjoy a Japanese Summer Afternoon Tea Set From Home
31.May.2021 | FOOD
InterContinental Tokyo Bay will begin selling its new fruit-loaded ‘Summer Afternoon Tea Set’ at its hotel restaurant The Shop N.Y.LOUNGE BOUTIQUE on June 1. Available until August 31, the afternoon tea set is one to be enjoyed at home.
Summer Afternoon Tea Set | ¥3,780 (Tax Included)
This marks the third Summer Afternoon Tea to be sold by the restaurant which began its takeout and delivery service for the set last summer. The line-up is packed with a range of seasonal summer fruits, including the Mango Coconut which is a coconut mousse topped with mango sauce along with fresh mango and passion fruit, the Peach Mousse which combines peach mousse with peach jelly, refreshing Lemon Macarons, the cream, mango, and passion fruit-filled Mango Passion Cream Puff, and more. An afternoon tea set isn’t complete without scones either – this one has separate chocolate and raisin ones which go nicely with the pistachio whipped butter and raspberry jam.
On the savoury side of things are mini hamburgers with a pineapple and BBQ sauce, caprese salad with ham, peach, mozzarella, and more.
Petit Fours Set | ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
Treat yourself to an indulging afternoon tea at home this summer.
Summer Afternoon Tea Set
Order Window: June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Location: The Shop N.Y.LOUNGE BOUTIQUE
*Orders must be made two days in advance by telephone
Koala’s March Cookies x Police × Heroine Lovepatrina! Collaboration Launches
In promotion of the tokusatsu film Police x Heroine Lovepatrina! ~Challenge from a Phantom Thief! Let’s Arrest with Love and a Pat!~, which was released in Japan on May 21, Japanese snack company Lotte released a special version of its popular Koala’s March cookies on Friday.
Lovepatrina’s March | ¥3,240 (10 Boxes)
Police x Heroine Lovepatrina! ~Challenge from a Phantom Thief! Let’s Arrest with Love and a Pat!~
Police × Heroine Lovepatrina! is a Japanese tokusatsu TC drama series which first aired in July last year. Its fourth and latest entry is Girls × Heroine.
Lotte’s collaboration launched in promotion of the new film which hit Japanese theatres on May 21.
Check out the cute packaging for the popular cookies!
ReleaseD: May 21, 2021
Product Page: https://lotte-shop.jp/shop/e/eLorikoalp202104/
Colourful Dessert Buffet ‘OWNER OF A COLORFUL HEART’ to be Served at Conrad Osaka
Conrad Osaka is set to serve a very special rainbow-coloured dessert buffet called ‘OWNER OF A COLORFUL HEART’ at its Atmos Dining restaurant in collaboration with Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda, who is known for his iconic work in Japan’s culture of ‘kawaii,’ from June 4 to August 31.
OWNER OF A COLORFUL HEART Peach Dessert Buffet
The colourful line-up aims to bring light and strength to people during these dark times. It says that if we were to shine a light on our hearts, the hidden colours of our hearts would illuminate for all to see. We are all owners of a colourful heart. The beautiful and mouth-watering dessert table conceived by Masuda was made after he had discussions with Jimmy Boulay, executive chef at Atmos Dining, who helped bring this peach-filled sweet treat bounty to life.
The picturesque buffet is made so colourful thanks to a range of natural ingredients such as paprika, turmeric, coconut, rose, and more. The ‘Colourful Heart Tarts,’ which look like baby peaches, are fluffy and made sweet with peach and vanilla. The ‘Sunshine in the Dark’ is bright yellow like sunshine and contains peach and vanilla caramel cream. The ‘Peach Prism Cupcakes’ glisten vividly, and the ‘Daisy Celebration’ is a wonderful mix of almonds, rose mousse, and peach compote. Below is a small peek at just some of the goodies on this summertime feast.
Menu Sneak Peek
Marble Marble Mousse
Colourful Heart Tarts
Sunshine in the Dark
Peach Prism Cupcakes
The restaurant also has a photo booth where you can take photos together with some of Sebastian Masuda’s most iconic works. There’s also merchandise from the artist’s own brand Sebastian Masuda ART. And that’s not all – a special hotel plan at Conrad Osaka is also available where guests can stay in rooms decorated in Masuda’s art. The plan comes with the dessert buffet attached. There are just three rooms a night with this plan for the duration of the buffet.
Win a free glass of sparkling wine by posting a photo of yourself with a heart in the picture at the buffet with the hashtag #ownerofacolorfulheart.
If you’re in Osaka this summer, show that you’re also the owner of a colourful heart at this very special dessert buffet.
OWNER OF A COLORFUL HEART Peach Dessert Buffet
Running: June 4, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Times: [Mon-Thur] 15:00-17:00 / [Fri-Sun & Holidays] 14:30-18:00
Price: Adults ¥6,200 / Children ¥3,100
*Prices will change to ¥6,800 and ¥3,400 respectively for Obon from August 7 to 16
Venue: Atmos Dining (Conrad Osaka Floor 40F)
Address: 3-2-4 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Reservations: Online / Telephone (06-6222-0111 )
Kawaii Strawberry Milk by ICHIBIKO Now Stocked at 7-ELEVEN Convenience Stores
27.May.2021 | FOOD
Japan’s strawberry dessert specialists ICHIBIKO released their ICHIBIKO Strawberry Milk and ICHIBIKO Strawberry Milk Pudding at all 7-ELEVEN convenience stores in Japan (excluding Okinawa) on May 18.
ICHIBIKO’s Strawberry Milk which they serve at their own cafe is made by putting sliced strawberries into a specially-made strawberry milk that has sugar in it and then finishing with frozen strawberries and a topping up of raw milk. Since its addition to the menu in 2018, ICHIBIKO has served over 150,000 cups of the sweet stuff, making it their most popular drink.
The strawberry milk and pudding now available at 7-ELEVEN is based on the flavour of this beverage. Both feature cute strawberry pink designs.
ICHIBIKO Strawberry Milk | ¥267 (Tax Included)
The ICHIBIKO Strawberry Milk recreates the same tasty flavour of their cafe beverage. It’s made with 27% strawberry juice and fresh strawberry, and also contains raw milk, making it taste nice and fresh without being too sweet.
ICHIBIKO Strawberry Milk Pudding | ¥181 (Tax Included)
Like its name suggests, the ICHIBIKO Strawberry Milk Pudding is a Japanese-style pudding (purin) made with the same strawberry milk. Additions include a layer of fresh strawberry sauce and vanilla for a rich and tasty combination.
If you’re in Japan for the spring or summer, stop by your closest 7-ELEVEN and grab yourself some of ICHIBIKO’s strawberry goodness.
ICHIBIKO x 7-ELEVEN
Released: May 18, 2021
Where: 7-ELEVEN (Japan, excluding Okinawa)
ICHIBIKO Official Website: https://ichibiko.jp/
Cream Puff Cheesecake Burger Released at Japan’s Lawson Convenience Stores
26.May.2021 | FOOD
Lawson Store 100 released a new dessert to its shelves on May 19: the ‘Garatto! BASCHEESE Burger,’ a burger-like cheesecake cream puff.
Garatto! BASCHEESE Burger | ¥214 (Tax Included)
The plump and generous dessert is an original that’s exclusive to Lawson Store 100.
It’s made with cream cheese all the way from Australia. The cheese and egg make for a tasty combination, and the entire thing is topped with cheese whipped cream. Although it’s a big dessert, it’s light and fluffy just like a cream puff. There’s even cheese whipped cream underneath the cheesecake itself.
The dessert is actually a combination of a cream puff and the BASCHEESE dessert, meaning the best of both worlds. Perfect as a little at-home treat.
If you’re in Japan then be sure to look up where your closest Lawson Store 100 is so you can tuck in and enjoy!
Garatto! BASCHEESE Burger
Released: May 19, 2021
Where: Lawson Store 100 (Japan)
Lawson Store 100 Official Website: https://store100.lawson.co.jp/
Hilton Tokyo’s Dessert Fair ‘Crystal Mermaid in White Lagoon’ is Luxuriously Mouth-Watering
Hilton Tokyo is serving up a special dessert buffet this summer which it’s calling ‘‘Crystal Mermaid in White Lagoon.’ It will be available at the hotel’s Marble Lounge on the first floor from June 4.
‘Crystal Mermaid in White Lagoon | Weekdays: ¥5,000 – Weekends: ¥5,400
As the name suggests, the delicious line-up imagines a mermaid princess who resides in the emerald green ocean with the sun beating down and reflecting off the water’s surface. This picturesque scene comes to life in the form of 30 colourful desserts, 5 light foods, a selection of high-quality teas, 20 non-alcoholic cocktails, and more. All of this can be enjoyed as a projection mapping show takes place in the restaurant to the relaxing sounds of the ocean.
On the menu is the ‘Rosy Shell Gem,’ a rose-flavoured shortcake with a fluffy sponge stuffed with white peach and mixed berries. There’s also the ‘Blue Lagoon’ cake with a white wine mousse and honey-roasted blueberries and blackcurrants, as well as the ‘Pearl Bracelet’ made with white sesame seed bavarian cream and refreshing passion fruit and pineapple.
The ‘Deep Sea Sinking Emerald’ creates the image of a mermaid finding a treasure that has sunk deep in the ocean. It’s made with a chocolate ganache that’s topped with a deep-green alcoholic Mojito jelly. The ‘Mermaid’s Treasure Box’ is a meringue decorated with summer fruits like mango and apricot which are the jewels of the treasure box. The ‘Love Letter in a Bottle’ is inspired by a love letter in a glass bottle not reaching its destination. It has a plum and grape mousse with mascarpone cheese.
Other items on the menu include the vanilla custard jelly dessert ‘Mermaid’s Tears Religieuse,’ the hermit crab-like acai and blueberry jelly yogurt mousse ‘Mermaid’s Attendant,’ the ‘Loving Mermaid’ galette bretonne which looks like a mermaid’s tale, ‘Sunset Jelly,’ and more.
For drinks, there’s high brand teas like Earl grey from Ronnefeldt as well as Mango Dream, Soft Peach, a variety of mermaid-inspired non-alcoholic cocktails, coffee, and so on.
Feast upon the treasures of the ocean at the Crystal Mermaid in White Lagoon buffet.
Crystal Mermaid in White Lagoon
Running: June 4, 2021 – Late August 2021
Where: Marble Lounge (Hilton Tokyo Floor 1F)
Address: 6-6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 14:30-17:30
Hilton Tokyo Official Website: https://tokyo.hiltonjapan.co.jp/