Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Totoro Black Sesame Seed Purin

05.August.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / FOOD

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.

 

In this character recipe you’ll learn how to make a Totoro black sesame seed purin.

 

1: Ingredients

Black Sesame Purin Mix (purchased from Daiso)

Milk

Pura Chocolate (Swiss chocolate also fine)

Transparent Jar (Weck jar used)

☆For Decorating:

Almonds

Fresh Cream

Fruits of your choice

 

2: Cook the black sesame seed purin according to the box instructions and leave to cool.

 

3: Cut the chocolate into eyes, a nose and stomach and decorate the features with a chocolate pen. Make a leaf with a green pura chocolate.

☆Cool each part in the refrigerator to fully harden.

 

 

4: One the chocolate in step 3 has solidified, place it on the inner side of the jar as shown in the photo.

Add whiskers with the chocolate pen.

 

☆Once everything is in position, leave it to cool in the refrigerator once more.

 

 

5: After cooling again, pour in your black sesame seed purin mix from step 2.

☆If you do not leave the chocolate to completely harden it will fall off.

☆Place in the fridge once more to harden and you’re done!

Finish off by decorating with fresh cream, add almonds for ears and top with a cherry.

 

Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

 

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Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.
I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling.
My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

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    ☆If the features aren’t fully solidified they will melt and break when you put them onto the ice cream.

    ☆The coffee jelly used in this recipe was prepared according to the instructions on the box.

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    ①Use a hot ice cream scoop to scoop out a ball of ice cream. Using a heated scoop ensures a rounder shape. It only melts the ice cream a tiny bit so it’s fine to add the facial features. It’s harder if you try adding them to hard ice cream as they will break apart easily.

     

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    ・Sliced bread

    ・Strawberries

    ・Fresh cream

    ・Sliced cheddar cheese

    ・Chocolate sheets

    ・Cutter

     

    ■How to make

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    ・Some corn

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    3:Round out the rice (10g piece) as shown in the photo.

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    4:It should look like this. (refer to the photo)

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    Rillakuma and Korillakumas’ mouths→sliced cheese

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    8. Draw Prin’s face. Place the chocolate pen in the dish and use a toothpick.

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    9. Put “Prin-chan”’s face and some big fruit slices on top of the pudding.FullSizeRender (6)

    10. Put all fruits on the pudding taking great care to keep things in balance. Voila! Your pudding is completed!

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    Step 3

    Leave to cool. Now you can start drawing the face.

    For the hat I used sliced chocolate, for the ears sliced cheese, and for the facial features a chocolate pen.

    Once you’ve drawn the face, it’s time to tuck in!

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡
    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡
    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

  • Studio Ghibli Vintage Glass Collection Features Totoro, Spirited Away, Laputa & More Designs

    14.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The official Studio Ghibli merchandise store Donguri Kyowakoku and its online shop Sora no Ue is releasing a new line of seven vintage glasses starting from mid-May this year.

     

    The first line was released back in May 2019 and was a huge hit amongst Studio Ghibli fans. The collection is reminiscent of American comics in its designs.

    The new second line of seven glasses includes Laputa: Castle in the SkyMy Neighbor TotoroKiki’s Delivery ServicePorco RossoWhisper of the HeartSpirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle. This is the first time a Howl’s Moving Castle glass has entered the collection.

    The glasses have also been made 1.5 times bigger than those in the first line while still keeping the designs stylish. They will make a great addition to any kitchen cupboard.

  • Studio Ghibli Merchandise Collection ‘Donguri Closet’ Opens For Grown-Up Fans

    09.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Donguri Kyowakoku Sora no Ue, the official online shop for Studio Ghibli merchandise in Japan, has released its new Donguri Closet line for grown-up fans of the animation studio which will run for a limited time only.

    The new Donguri Closet brand focuses on the heroines of Studio Ghibli’s moviesーfemale characters who are by nature gentle but all of whom are strong women. The brand’s concept centres on being a place where people can be themselves through the merch. The collection is available to buy on Donguri Kyowakoku Sora no Ue.

    This textile series features both big Totoro and small Totoro running around playing while surrounded by mint leaves.

    Mini Pouch – ¥1,600 (Before Tax)

     

    Clear Pouch – ¥1,800 (Before Tax)

    The line-up is packed full of items you can use in your everyday life, from pouches to tote bags and more.

    Left: Kiki’s Departure Mini Towel – ¥600 (Before Tax) / Right: Baron & Louise Mini Towel – ¥600 (Before Tax)

    The mini towels feel soft on the skin and are embroidered with delicate flowers. Their small size means you can carry them around with you everywhere in your bag.

    Whisper of the Heart Embroidered Brooch Collection (Box of 10) – ¥7,000 (Before Tax)

    A Whisper of the Heart version of the store’s popular embroidered brooch collection enters the fray.

    The Donguri Closet collection is available for a limited time only so be sure to check out the official website.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make a Gudetama Parfait

    09.May.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    Today, I’ll be showing you how to make a Gudetama parfait made with a yogurt mousse and topped with orange and peach jelly.

     

    Ingredients
    Yogurt Mousse Ingredients:
    100g sugar free yogurt
    50ml fresh cream
    20g sugar
    3g gelatin
    *With the gelatin, mix well with 1 tbsp water

     

    Mikan & Yellow Peach Jelly Ingredients:
    100ml mikan juice (or any orange juice)
    150g tinned peaches (with syrup)
    5g gelatin
    *With the gelatin, mix well with 1 tbsp water

     

    1


    ①Mix the sugar into the yogurt well. Add in 7/10 of the fresh cream and mix well again.

    ②Microwave the gelatin for 10-20 seconds at 500w. Add into the mixture from ① and mix well.

     

    2

    Once the mixture has set in about ⅓ of a glass, add sliced chocolate on the inside for the eyes and mouth. I cut mine into shape using a toothpick.


    Make sure the chocolate is properly fixed to the glass at this point.

     

    3


    Put your yellow peach and mikan orange into a blender (but not the gelatin part). The syrup of the peaches is already sweet so there’s no need to add sugar.

     

    ②Microwave the gelatin for 10-20 seconds at 500w. Add into the blended mixture and mix well.

     

    Pour on top of the mix inside the glass. If there are any peach pieces left, cut them up and use them as toppings.

    Top with fresh cream and chopped fruit, and you’re done! I stuck Gudetama’s face on well and good so it looks like his chocolate face is on the outside. Be sure to try doing the same.

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡
    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡
    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Keroppi Matcha Pound Cake at Home

    18.April.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    Today, we’ll be combining bitter matcha with anko red bean paste to create a delicious matcha cake. Each ingredient its mixed in sequence, so as long as you follow the recipe tips, you’re sure to have your very own moist and tasty pound cake by the end of it.

     

    Ingredients (Makes One 18cm Pound Cake)

    100g butter (room temperature)

    90g granulated sugar

    2 large eggs (room temperature)

    100g wheat flour

    5g Uji matcha powder

    4g baking powder

    Anko to taste

     

    Making Keroppi’s Face

    Eyes: Sliced White Chocolate

    Eyes & Mouth: Sliced Chocolate

    Cheeks: Strawberries

    Check out my video from this article for tips where I made Keroppi’s face: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/41842

     

    1:

    Bring the butter to room temperature. Slowly add the granulated sugar to the butter while beating air into the mixture with a hand whisk until it turns a whitish colour and fluffy.

     

    2:

    Beat an egg and bring to room temperature. Slowly pour into the mixture from Step 1 while mixing with the hand mixer. If you add it all or too much at once the egg will separate.

     

    3:

    Sieve flour and mix and incorporate that, the matcha powder, and baking powder into the mixture.

     

    4:

    Remove half of the mixture. Add the anko red bean paste into the remaining mixture, and then re-add the mixture you removed like a lid. Flatten the mixture’s surface. Bake in the oven at 170° for approximately 40 minutes. If it starts burning at any point, cover with aluminium foil.

     

    5:

    Once cooked, leave to cool a bit. Then wrap tightly while it is still warm. Leave to rest like this for about a day and your cake will be super moist and delicious.

    I didn’t take any step-by-step photos this time around, but if you follow the instructions I promise you’ll have a really tasty cake at the end. Try it yourself!

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

  • Stay Home: 6 Fun Character Dessert Recipes to Try During the Lockdown

    11.April.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan.

     

    The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

     

    We have picked 6 character recipes from our popular Kaori’s Easy Recipe series where Kaori shows us how to turn delicious desserts into cute characters.

     

    1: Disney Tsum Tsum Chocolate Covered Cookies

    Ingredients:

    ・Silicone cupcake case (6cm size used for this recipe)・White chocolate・Matcha chocolate・Marble chocolate・Chocolate plastic (also called “modelling chocolate”)・Chocolate pen・Oreo cookies・Pink, yellow, blue and green food colouring

     

    This is a super simple recipe which requires you to melt chocolate, put it in a cupcake case, let is set, and decorateーthat’s it! This is a fun one to do together with your kids.

     

    Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/215213

     

    2: Pompompurin Pumpkin Tarts

    Ingredients:

    ・12 Tart shells・150g Pumpkin (deseeded, skin taken off and made soft)・50ml Fresh cream (In this recipe I used soy milk)・20-30g Sugar (Depending on the sweetness of the pumpkin)・1 Egg yolk (small egg)・Sliced Chocolate・Tinned yellow peach

     

    Soften some pumpkin in the microwave and add sugar, fresh cream, and egg yolk. Place into some store-bought tart shells, draw on faces, and you have yourself some adorable Pompompurin tarts.

     

    Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/107177

     

    3: Korilakkuma Coffee Jelly Parfait

    Ingredients:

    ・Coffee Jelly・Chocolate Pens・Milk・Ice Cream

     

    A super simple parfait made using store-bought coffee jelly. There’s a bit of technical work that goes into making Korilakkuma’s face, but Kaori shows you how to do it nice and easy.

     

    Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/118421

     

    4: Hello Kitty Fruit Sandwich

    Ingredients:

    ・Sliced bread・Strawberries・Fresh cream・Sliced cheddar cheese・Chocolate sheets・Cutter

     

    You’ll never want to slice your bread any other way after following this recipe. Hello Kitty is topped with freshly sliced strawberries, fresh cream, and other delights.

     

    Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/38348

     

    5: Totoro Black Sesame Seed Pudding

    Ingredients
    ・Black Sesame Purin Mix (purchased from Daiso)・Milk・Pura Chocolate (Swiss chocolate also fine)・Transparent Jar (Weck jar used)・Almonds・Fresh Cream・Fruits of your choice

     

    Totoro’s features are made with little chocolates and chocolate pens. Those are added to turn the entire glass into a cute Totoro pudding dessert♡

     

    Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/120542

     

    6: Mickey & Minnie Mouse Cookie Cupcakes

    Ingredients (Makes 6 cupcakes measured 7cm):
    ・2 medium eggs (40g egg yolk/60g egg white)・60g granulated sugar・2tsp vegetable oil・1-2tsp lemon juice・45g weak flour

     

    The recipe shows you how to make the actual cupcake, but store-bought ones work too. The Mickey and Minnie decorations are made from Oreos and marble chocolate.

    Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/292614

     

     

    Bring the cafe experience to your own home with one of Kaori’s easy recipes. See more of her recipes here: Kaori’s Easy Recipe

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

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