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.

     

    ②Place your solidified coffee jelly into a glass and add extra ice cream for add layers.

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    ・Sliced bread

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    ■How to make

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    ・Some corn

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    2: First, make the chicken rice. Cut carrots and green peppers into small pieces and fry them with some corn. When the carrots become soft, add the rice and fry some more. Next, add some ketchup and black pepper.

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    2

     

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    3

     

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    Fry over a low heat and when the surface consolidates, turn the heat off and wait until it cools. When it can be touched, pull away the egg omelet with your hands. Place the fried surface so that it faces top.

    4

     

    5: Next, turn the circular cup over and cut out some circular pieces of omelet. Be careful that it does not tear.

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    Place a dab of mayonnaise to  make the center of the eyes. For one of the eyes, place the mayonnaise at the bottom of the eye lid.

    7

     

    8: Use the laver punch and to make the mouth parts.

     8

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    2:

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    Put rice into the gacha gacha capsule.

    50g→base

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    (the quantity noted above can be changed)

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    2

    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

    Kiiroi Tori’s mouth→Cheder cheese

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    Korilakkuma’s ears→ham

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    ・Milk 500ml

    ・Gelatin 10g

    ・Sugar 4-5 table spoons

    ・Canned peaches

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    2:When the sugar has melted, pour in the gelatin which has been mixed with 2 table spoons of hot water

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    3. Mix so that it does not come to a boil and melt the gelatin completely

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    4:Cool the mixture and then put into a container and next into the refrigerator overnight

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    Use the cut kiwi and banana as decoration. The orange and grapes can be cut real thin.

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    6. Pour boiled water into a deep cup and melt the chocolate pen

    7. Deep fry aspaghetti and use this to join Purin’s hat, grape and peach together.

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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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    Kaori also invites you into her world of character-themed rice dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

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    Kaori lives in Hokkaido and enjoys making dinners, sweet treats and character food using bread ♡ Kaori also loves to experiment with small tricks for easy character-themed ▶@kaopan27

     

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    Today’s recipe will show you how to make a simple ice cream made with frozen strawberries and a blender.

     

    Ingredients


    500g frozen strawberries (either store bought or self-frozen)

    120ml condensed milk

    Sliced white chocolate to make Hello Kitty

     

    1.


    Defrost around 3/10 of the frozen strawberries until they are more soft than frozen, allowing them to be blended more easily.

     

    2.


    Throw the defrosted strawberries into a blender along with the condensed milk and blend.

     

    3.


    Place the blended mix into a ziplock bag and place into the freezer. After about an hour, massage the mix while it’s still inside the bag. Repeat this whole process 2-3 times. Doing this will make the ice cream tastier.

    Once fully set, place into a serving cup of your choice, use sliced white chocolate to make your chocolate Hello Kitty, and serve!

     

    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

  • Enter the World Of My Neighbor Totoro in Japan’s Oita and Miyazaki Prefectures

    14.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    My Neighbor Totoro is one of Studio Ghibi’s most celebrated animated feature films, adored by people around the world. If you’ve visited Japan, you’re bound to have run into something Totoro-related, but did you know there’s actually several locations in Kyushu which takes it to the next level, bringing the world of the film to life?

     

    Today, we are joined by Rie who posts her Kyushu travels on her Instagram page. She has provided us with photos of these amazing spots, which are must-visits for Totoro fans, along with her thoughts.

     

    Tataragi Bus Stop | Hita, Oita Prefecture

    When you roll up to Tataragi Bus Stop (多々良木バス停) in Oita’s city of Hita, you are welcomed by a giant piece of wall art made into the moss that grows on the wall. This bus stop is actually a stop used exclusively by school buses, so ordinary people can’t actually catch a bus here. And unfortunately, you won’t see any cat buses running down the street if you wait long enough in the rain, but it’s still a must-visit for fans.

    Address: Amagasemachi Gota, Hita, Oita, Japan (In Japanese: 大分県日田市天瀬町合田)

     

    Totoro’s Forest | Saiki, Oita Prefecture

    This area is visited by many tourists and sightseers throughout the year because of how similar it looks to something from My Neighbor Totoro. There is a small park near the bus stop which is known as Totoro no Mori (Totoro’s Forest).

    Being surrounded by nature, enveloped by the green trees and foliage, makes you feel like Mei and Satsuki from the movie. It’s like being transported back to my childhood. It’s a strange place that makes you feel nostalgic even if it’s your first time visiting.

    Address: 1368 Ume Oaza Minamitabaru, Saiki-shi, Oita Prefecture (In Japanese: 大分県佐伯市宇目大字南田原轟1368)

     

    Takahara, Miyazaki Prefecture

    The next spot I want to show you is where an ordinary person made their very own Totoro statue. If you hold up an umbrella in the rain you can take a photo that recreates that one scene from te movie. There is a sign nearby the statue with a caution written on it as the Totoro is actually inside a family garden. When visiting to take a photo, please make sure to follow the caution and not cause any trouble for people in the neighbouring area.

    Address: 7538-6 Kamamuta, Takaharu, Nishimorokata-gun, Miyazaki Prefecture (In Japanese: 宮崎県西諸島県群高原町大字蒲牟田7538-6)

     

    Rie posts photos of all her visits around Kyushu on Instagram, so if you’re thinking of ever visiting there, be sure to follow her for ideas on where to go.

     

    Photos by Rie

    *The information listed in this article is correct at the time of publishing

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Transform a Standard Roll Cake into a Kawaii Hello Kitty Cake

    11.August.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.

     

    In this recipe, you’ll learn how to transform a store-bought roll cake into a kawaii Hello Kitty cake which contains gyūhi – a form of traditional Japanese sweet which is a variety of mochi.

     

    Ingredients

    50g refined rice flour
    100ml water
    70g sugar
    potato starch
    strawberries and whipped cream to your liking
    sliced chocolate (for Hello Kitty’s face)

     

    1

    First, make the gyūhi by mixing 50g of refined rice flour with 100ml of water. Mix well to avoid lumps.


    Once this has been mixed, add 70g of sugar and mix again.

     

    2


    Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave at 600W for 2 minutes.

     

    3

    Stir the mixture with a rubber spatula and microwave again for one more minute at 600W.

     

    4


    Use a rubber spatula to stir the mixture until it clumps together in one piece. Put a large portion of potato starch onto a tray and place your gyūhi on top.

     

    5


    Once the gyūhi has cooled, cut it to the size of the palm of your hand and use a rolling pin to stretch it out into a flat shape.

     

    6

    Leave your gyūhi to cool. In the meantime, bring out your store-bought roll cake piece and fill the inside with strawberries. When done, top your roll cake piece with whipped cream.

    *If your forget to add the whipped cream, the strawberries underneath will be visible through the gyūhi layer!

     

    7


    Place the gyūhi layer on top of the roll cake and press the dough together at the bottom of the cake to seal it.

     

    8

    Shape two pieces of remaining gyūhi dough into triangles and affix them to the top of the cake to create Hello Kitty’s ears. Use the sliced chocolate to create whiskers, eyes and a nose for Hello Kitty’s face and cut up a strawberry to make her bow.

    Once you have finished putting all the decorations in place, you’re done!

     

    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

  • Kiki’s Delivery Service 2-Way One Piece Dresses Released by Donguri Closet in Japan

    06.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Donguri Closet is releasing two new “2-way shirt one piece” dresses inspired by Kiki’s clothes from the Studio Ghibli animated film Kiki’s Delivery Service.

     

    Donguri Closet is a brand by the official Studio Ghibli merchandise shop Donguri Kyowakoku, which is managed by Benelic.

    Kiki’s Delivery Service 2-Way Shirt One Piece – Essential Kiki | ¥6,800 (Before Tax)

    The one piece dresses come in two colour variations, one of which is based on Kiki’s regular dress, and the other inspired by the pastries sold at the bakery she works at in the movie.

    Kiki’s Delivery Service 2-Way Shirt One Piece – Bread Wreath | ¥6,800 (Before Tax)

    The dresses are one size fits all, but measure for those who stand at 150cm-168cm tall. Both are made from cotton and hemp so feel soft on the body and are the perfect choice for the hot weather. The dresses can also be worn like a Japanese haori if you undo all of the buttons, giving it more of a shirt look.

    Dress like Kiki with these new dresses from Donguri Closet.

  • Tokyo’s Official Studio Ghibli Store GBL Reveals New Socks, Carabiners, and Cap

    25.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Studio Ghibli brand GBL has revealed even more new items which will be released in line with the opening of the company’s new physical store at MIYASHITA PARK in Shibuya, Tokyo on July 28, 2020.

    Socks (6 Designs): ¥1,500 Each (Before Tax)


    Character Carabiners (5 Designs): ¥1,300 (Before Tax)

    Arriving in the new line-up are 6 colourful sock designs which fans are sure to be spoilt for choice with on which to wear. There’s also carabiners which are useful in all kinds of situations, whether for outdoor activities, for commuting, and more.

    Baseball Cap: ¥3,800 (Before Tax)

    There’s also a baseball cap which has a “P” on it, a reference to Porco Rosso. Its simple design makes it versatile for all situations.

     

    GBL is an online clothing company whose stock features designs from Studio Ghibli’s animated feature films. It will open its first store at MIYASHITA PARK in Shibuya, Tokyo on July 28, 2020 inside RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK.

     

    MIYASHITA PARK is a shopping complex filled with shops stocking high quality products. GBL MIYASHITA PARK will sell a range of fun, exclusive Studio Ghibli merchandise with designs taken from popular films from the studio.

  • Studio Ghibli Exhibition to be Held in Aichi Prefecture This Summer

    16.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Aichi Prefecture and Chunichi Shimbun have revealed that they are to hold a Studio Ghibli exhibition at Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art from July 22, 2020 – September 3, 2020.

    Yubaba wearing a Mask ©TS ©Studio Ghibli

    The exhibition, called Ghibli no “Dai Janai” Hakurankai (Ghibli’s “Not So Big” Exhibition), will be taking all necessary safety measures against COVID-19 to ensure people’s safety.

     

    Never before seen Ghibli material a must-see for fans

    Ghibli Park’s “Seishun no Oka” (Hill of Youth) Area ©Studio Ghibli

    The exhibition will look back at Studio Ghibli’s past as well as into the studio’s future. Fans will be able to look at construction materials and sketches of Ghibli Park, a new Studi Ghibli themed facility set to open at Aichi Expo Memorial Park in autumn 2022, as well as dolls of the characters from the upcoming animated film Earwig and the Witch which is being written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro. The film was originally scheduled to premiere at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival before the event was cancelled due to COVID-19 and will now be aired by NHK this winter.

     

    The Cat Bus from the Studio Ghibli Museum will also be showcased at the event; stills taken from Studio Ghibli’s films such as Laputa: Castle in the SkyPorco RossoHowl’s Moving CastlePrincess Kaguya and more will be displayed; there will be a photo spot for taking photos, and much more.

     

    Fans of Spirited Away will also be able to get their own omikuji fortunes from the giant Zeniba and Yubaba faces.

  • Studio Ghibli Skateboards Released at Tokyo’s Official Ghibli Store GBL

    15.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    GBL, an online clothing company whose stock features designs from Studio Ghibli’s animated feature films, is set to open its first store at MIYASHITA PARK in Shibuya, Tokyo on July 28, 2020 inside RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK.

     

    MIYASHITA PARK is a shopping complex filled with shops stocking high quality products. GBL MIYASHITA PARK will sell a range of fun, exclusive Studio Ghibli merchandise with designs taken from popular films from the studio. The latest merch reveal is a series of four skateboards.

    Robot Skateboard Deck: ¥12,000 (Before Tax)

    Bathhouse & No-Face Skateboard Deck: ¥12,000 (Before Tax)

    The designs include the Robot from Laputa: Castle in the Sky with a flame pattern, the bathhouse and No-Face from Spirited Away, the Cat Bus from My Neighbor Totoro, and the Studio Ghibli film opening. The boards are made from Canadian maple wood and are lightweight and durable.

    Cat Bus Skateboard Deck: ¥12,000 (Before Tax)

    Opening Skateboard Deck: ¥12,000 (Before Tax)

    The boards can be used for interior decoration, or if you have the rest of the board parts, as the latest designs for your board. The decks are sold without the parts only.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Korilakkuma Tofu Pudding

    12.July.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 a dreamy recipe on how to make the healthy Taiwanese snack douhua topped with Yukimi Daifuku mochi ice cream.

     

    Ingredients


    400ml soy milk
    2-g Lakanto (Zero-calorie natural sweetener)
    Pinch of salt
    8g gelatin (dissolved in 1 tbsp water)

     

    Pre-preparations


    Stick bear-shaped sliced chocolate around the side of a glass and leave to set in the refrigerator.

     

    1.


    Warm soy milk and Lakanto in a saucepan until the Lakanto is completely dissolved.

     

    2.


    Add the gelatin and mix until fully dissolved.

     

    3.


    Leave the mix to cool. Once cooled, remove the glass from the refrigerator and pour the mix into the glass. Place back into the fridge until it sets.

     

    4.


    Add sliced almonds and use a chocolate pen on Yukimi Daifuku to create Korilakkuma’s face, or a face of your choice.

     

    5.

    Remove the glass from the fridge and add the Yukimi Daifuku. Choose your choice of toppings, like soy flour and brown sugar syrup, then enjoy!

     

    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

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