Kuriya Kashi Kurogi & Sarutahiko Coffee to Open Collaborative Cafe in Minami Aoyama
10.August.2018 | FOOD
Sweet shop Kuriya Kashi Kurogi and roastery cafe Sarutahiko Coffee are collaborating to open their own cafe for a limited period from August 12 to November 11.
Both chains have innovated the worlds of traditional Japanese food and coffee respectively and are now coming together to co-open a new cafe.
The highlight of this collaboration are the two original shaved ice flavours, ‘Sumitachibana’ and ‘Sumizumi,’ both of which can’t be found anywhere else.
Sumitachibana is a mix of cold-brew coffee syrup, sudachi citrus syrup, and a homemade cream cheese. It’s a never-before-seen combination that is both rich and refreshing.
The coffee served at the cafe is made using rare beans that won Cup Of Essence (COE) and geisha beans. Every mug of this drip coffee is made carefully one by one.
The cafe interior uses white as a base colour and is decked out with handmade antique wood and aluminium furniture to give it a unique but mellow atmosphere.
Enjoy a relaxing time with a mug of high class coffee and Japanese sweets made using carefully selected ingredients.
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!
Sales of New Ujimatcha latte starts at “the AIRSTREAM GARDEN” in Omotesando
10.April.2018 | FOOD
“Chushutsusha” which introduces the culture of Japanese tea to the world, has developed a new menu item of the demand center style café, “the AIRSTREAM GARDEN” named “Koini Ochiiru (fall in love) Ujimatcha Latte” released on the 6th of April (Fri.)
Hibiki Fujioka (barista) and Yuya Koyama (Japan’s first “charista” – tea barista) developed “Chushutsusha” which is introducing the new café culture of Japan created based on the key word of “extracting technology.” They decided to develop and sell “Ujimatcha Latte” at “the AIRSTREAM GARDEN” created based on the key word of “creating a new community by extracting our passion.”
“Ujimatcha Latte” (550 yen – tax included) uses the single-origin matcha tea leaves produced in “Tsujiki,” the tea producing farm family in Ujishi, Kyoto. It is a brand new Japanese tea which has a rich flavor that goes well with the taste of milk.
“the AIRSTREAM GARDEN” is also selling many other kinds of drinks and food items. Their original blend of coffee created by a professional roaster will be served in two ways (espresso and hand drip). The café latte created with their special espresso machines is one of the most popular menu items they sell! For those of you who want to enjoy the real taste of coffee we recommend you choose the hand dripped coffee.
The lunch box menu items produced by the catering service, “Mo:take” will be offered on a day-by-day basis. Both main and side dishes can be chosen at your own will and you can eat your food on the wood deck or you can takeout your order.
Why not spend a splendid time at “the AIRSTREAM GARDEN” which will sell some very special menu items?
A café that offers special coffee! Ebisu’s popular café “Sarutahiko Café” is for coffee lovers.
Hello, my name is Shiota. I am the curator of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Information Center.
Ebisu is an area that tops my chart in “the area in which I want to reside.” I visited Ebisu, an area where many fashionable and food-loving people gather with one of my center staff, Ellie.
In this article, I will introduce to you the special coffee shop, “Sarutahiko Coffee” Ebisu Main Store which is gathering much attention nowadays.
The interior the shop has a warm atmosphere.
The inside of the store is small but it has a cozy atmosphere. The interior’s color coordination is very fashionable.
And the charm point of this shop is that the staff are all very friendly. They are not pushy with their customers but are very kind and thus the atmosphere of the shop is very good. I can tell that they are relating with their coffee and customers with love. I visited the shop before, privately and at that time I stayed in the shop for a long time.
Tomoyuki Otsuka – the head of the shop.
He used to be an actor but changed his job and started to sell coffee.
He studied about coffee very hard and has lots of knowledge about coffee.
He did not have enough money to install a counter when he first started the shop, so he made the counter himself. He said he sanded the planks used in his shop himself using sandpaper!
Official coffee shop of Sarutahiko Shrine in Ise
Many coffee shops in Japan have an English name but Sarutahiko Coffee uses Kanji characters for the shop’s name (猿田彦珈琲).The name “Sarutahiko” was officially bestowed by Sarutahiko Shrine in Ise.
So, the shop is officially approved by the shrine. They also sell souvenirs other than coffee. The shrine enshrines “Michihiraki” so the souvenirs are popular as gifts at wedding parties.
Michihiraki blend (5 packs) (959 yen, tax included)
Menu items which make you want to drink many cups of coffee
Sarutahiko Coffee offers hand-dripped coffee. It feels good to watch the staff making your coffee. Sarutahiko Coffee is a coffee shop which promotes the culture of “hand dripped coffee.” Before they started offering hand dripped coffee, such coffee was thought to be the “wrong” way to make coffee.
Classic French Short (399 yen, tax included)
The deep dripped hand dripped coffee is more bitter than other coffees. It has less sourness and it is easy to drink.
Caramel Flappe Short (529 yen, tax included)
This drink is not too sweet and has a strong coffee flavor. It is recommended for those of you who love sweet desserts and do not drink coffee so often. The ice melts tenderly inside your mouth so you won’t get a headache.
Coffee of the day, Sarutahiko French (300 yen, tax included)
When we see “coffee of the day,” it makes us think that we will only be able to drink this coffee today, so we had better not miss this chance.
The “coffee of the day” offered on the day I visited the shop was “Sarutahiko French,” a standard coffee of the shop which is bitter but fresh at the same time.
The Japanese-style design of the cup is very cute.
By the way, did you notice that the prices of the menu items noted above are cheaper than the usual prices in other shops? Very reasonable indeed!
This is because the head of the shop wants to create a community-based shop.
“I want my customers to visit my shop several times per day and feel that the shop is a part of their daily lives.”
The head of the shop is surely a passionate person who loves his coffee, customers and the local area he resides in.
I became a fan of Sarutahiko Coffee through this visit.
Currently, there are seven branches of Sarutahiko Coffee inside Tokyo. Let’s visit one of their shops and have a real good coffee!
Tokyo’s New Starbucks Branch in Ginza is a Cafe Dream Come True For Workers and Business People
Starbucks Coffee Japan opened a new branch at CIRCLES Ginza on July 30, 2020 that will serve as a dream location for business people.
The dream coffee shop, split into two floors, offers a unique environment and service created in collaboration with Think Lab. Rather than your regular, more public Starbucks, this branch also lets customers reserve booths and meeting spaces. This includes the SMART LOUNGE™ aimed at business users, as well as solo working spaces by Think Lab.
Starbucks Coffee CIRCLES Ginza caters to both solo workers and co-workers, giving them a space to think and concentrate alone, or come together in groups to exchange ideas. Booths offer a place to host online meetings, the SMART LOUNGE lets groups arrange chairs and tables however they like, and the Think Lab—which you pay an extra fee to use—is the perfect spot for some quiet contemplation.
1st Floor: Quick TOGO experience
The first floor is for people who aren’t looking to stay at the cafe long. They are looking for a quicker experience where they can order their Starbucks drink and food and head on out. The cafe offers cashless payments, which is notable as Japan is still very much a cash-based country, as well as the Starbucks mobile order and pay service where you pick what you want on your phone and then go and pick it up.
2nd Floor: A place where you can focus
Reserve a booth for video calls and more
There are four individual half-booths which can be reserved, each of which have a screen for video calls and online meetings. These can be used for 40 minutes and can be booked in advance. The booking system was co-developed by Starbucks and Vacan.
Tables for in-person group meetings
The window tables offer a place for meetings, discussions, and business negotiations for 2-12 people. It’s a relaxing area where workers and clients can chat freely.
For those who want to work along, Starbucks has created a spacious area with individual booths where you don’t have to meet eyes or be bothered by other people.
If you’re working in Tokyo, and need a business-oriented location where you can enjoy a coffee, then look no further than Starbucks Coffee CIRCLES Ginza.
Starbucks Coffee CIRCLES Ginza
Grand Opening: July 30, 2020
Address: CIRCLES Ginza, 3-7-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 7:00-22:30
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
RIVERSIDE CLUB: Food, Art & Music Culture Come Together in Nakameguro’s New All-Day Lounge
RIVERSIDE CLUB officially opened on the first floor of “THE WORKS” along Meguro River in Tokyo on July 17, 2020. An all-day lounge which can be enjoyed from breakfast to dinner, its concept is a fusion of food, art, and music cultures which it calls “GOOD CULTURE SALON.”
RIVERSIDE CLUB boasts an incredible menu forged by chefs at the forefront of Tokyo’s food culture. Meals can be enjoyed while gazing at the various artwork on display, and customers can look forward to seeing collaborations with numerous apparel brands. It’s a unique space designed by adults for adults, the likes of which has never been seen before.
Comfort food is at the heart of RIVERSIDE CLUB’s menu design which they have cooked up using their own unique vision.
For breakfast, customers can enjoy a healthy smoothie made from a blend of kale, pineapple, kiwi and avocado. If they’re looking for something more classic, they can order the avocado toast served with bacon and eggs, or cold-pressed juice by SUNSHINE JUICE which hails as Japan’s first shop specialising in cold-pressed juice. The thought behind the morning menu is making sure to get both a tasty and nutritional meal down customers even if they’re in a rush.
If customers are looking for something a bit more hearty in the morning then they can check out the all-day menu where they’ll find the lounge’s fat and juicy 100% beef “RIVERSIDE BURGER.” There’s also the “Lemon Rice” provided by LEMON RICE TOKYO, a popular Shibuya-based restaurant owned by Yuhi Komiyama, the vocalist of Hoff Dylan and known as the gourmet chef of the music industry. Everything on the menu is made with Tokyo’s food culture in mind, and if you’re looking for something very Tokyo-esque, then there’s the “Hamburger Naporitan,” a bed of spaghetti topped with a hamburger.
Popular foods from NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE will also be served, such as scones, carrot cake, apple crumble, lemon pie, and more. NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE is a popular Hawaiian bakery which was originally in charge of pastries served at Diamond Head Market & Grill, which is famous for its Hawaiian lunches and scones, but subsequently opened its own store in Kyoto and became so popular that it often sells out its stock by evening time. Coffee made using specially selected coffee beans provided by Minami-Aoyama-based coffee rosters will also be served and goes perfectly with NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE’s food. Customers will be able to order their own coffees or buy their own bag of beans to take home.
RIVERSIDE CLUB has collaborated with numerous artists for graphics on show there. Their logo was created by “& Supply,” a Tokyo-based creative studio. Various artwork will be displayed, including a photograph of Lady Gaga taken by Nobuyoshi Araki for a bondage-themed photoshoot in Vogue Hommes Japan. Pieces by LEEGET, who creates graphics and illustrations, will also be displayed. RIVERSIDE CLUB will continue to serve its “GOOD CULTURE SALON” theme by promoting more artwork in the future.
RIVERSIDE CLUB also allows pets, so customers can enjoy a quiet time with their furry comrades. Pets will get their own pet-friendly menu, toys, and more in the future.
Address: 3-18-3 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: http://theworks.tokyo
Pikachu Ice Lollies and Frappe to Arrive at Tokyo’s Pokémon Cafe This Summer
The Pokémon Cafe in Ikebukuro, Tokyo is introducing some refreshing Pikachu sweet treats to its menu this summer, beginning on August 1.
Pikachu Pineapple Ice Bar | ¥650 (Before Tax)
First up on the is the tropical pineapple flavoured ice bar which comes with four different variations of Pikachu’s adorable face. There’s also two different packaging designs which come in blue or pink.
Pikachu Tail Chocolate Banana Frappe | ¥700 (Before Tax)
Drink Sleeve | ¥550 (Before Tax)
For drinks, the Pokémon Cafe is serving up a chocolate banana frappe topped with Pikachu’s tail made from chocolate. The drink comes with a free sleeve of Pikachu’s chubby face.
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Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe
Address: Sunshine City Alpa 2F, 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/pikachu_sweets/
*Opening hours subject to change. Please check the official website before travelling.
*Duration of these limited-time menu items subject to change without notice.
*Available while supplies last.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Actual products may differ in colour and design.
Starbucks Japan to Open New Branch Produced by Hiroshi Fujiwara in Miyashita Park
30.July.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan is opening a new branch in MIYASHITA PARK on August 4, 2020. Set to be Starbucks Japan’s fifth “park” branch—opening inside a park—the new coffee shop is being produced by Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment brand.
MIYASHITA PARK is a shopping complex filled with shops stocking high quality products, and stands as a new landmark of Shibuya. On the rooftop is the newly-arranged park area which has its own skate park, bouldering wall, and more. It’s home to all-new facilities, and there’s also the actual park where events can take place.
Starbucks Coffee Miyashita Park offers a new style of Starbucks conceived from the mind of Hiroshi Fujiwara. Glass doors are fitted on both the front and back sides of the cafe, allowing for a full-open design. The flooring is coloured green, making it feel as if it has become one with the green outdoors of the park, and the same mesh used inside Miyashita Park is used for the ceiling.
The cafe’s design was conceived to be a unique standout in the park, specifically with the image in mind of countries outside Japan where you walk along a lone road and eventually come to a gas station.
Starbucks Coffee Miyashita Park will also sell a range of merchandise at the back of the shop, as well as Starbucks coffee beans. There’s also a glass table in the middle of the cafe which slots in nicely with the overall aesthetic. The fun design together with the expanse of the park outside adds for an enjoyable combination that makes it a pleasant stay as you sip your beverage.
The regular line-up of merchandise sold at the Miyashita Park branch, such as the tumblers, are all produced by Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment brand. Items are branded with the word “MYST” which lets you know it’s from this particular branch, as well as Fragment’s logo.
Discover a new Starbucks experience at Miyashita Park.
Starbucks Coffee Miyashita Park
Address: 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Grand Opening: August 4, 2020
Opening Hours: 8:00-22:00
Tokyo & Osaka’s Pokémon Cafés Reveal New ‘Pokémon Café Mix’ Menu
The Tokyo and Osaka branches of Pokémon Café have revealed a new limited-time menu they are introducing which is inspired by the free-to-play puzzle video game Pokémon Café. It will be served from August 8 to November 23.
Vulpix’s Burnt Caramel Sundae: ¥1,298 (Tax Included)
This gateau chocolate, vanilla ice cream, and fruit-filled sundae is drizzled in burnt caramel that has been scorched by Vulpix’s Ember.
Gossifleur’s Salad Plate: ¥1,848 (Tax Included)
Salad, soup, and plenty of veg fill this healthy late.
Sneasel’s Pickle Burger: ¥1,848 (Tax Included)
The combination of the tartar sauce, teriyaki chicken, and cheddar cheese is pure perfection. Served with pickles and a side of salad, this makes for a healthy and filling meal.
Additionally, if customers own the Pokémon Café Mix and show their in-game meal list on their console screen to the staff, they can receive the following special menu items.
Buneary’s Nutty Frappe: ¥1,188 (Tax Included)
Exclusive to those who have cleared up to Order 21.
Yamper’s Hide & Seek Bolognese: ¥1,848 (Tax Included)
Exclusive to those who have cleared up to Order 31.
The more orders you clear in-game, the more special and exclusive menu items you can receive.
Pokémon Cafe (Nihombashi, Tokyo)
Address: Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, 2-1-2 Nihombashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:30-22:00
No Fixed Holidays (Except when Nihombashi Takashimaya SC is closed)
Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka)
Address: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Honkan 9F, 1-7-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Business Hours: 10:00-21:30
No Fixed Holidays (Except when Daimaru Shinsaibashi is closed)
Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #12 – ‘Sepia’ in Shibamata
In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Sepia in Shibamata, a Showa-retro style cafe which I’ve always wanted to visit.
The cafe is just a 2-minute stroll from Shibamata Station which appears in the Japanese film Otoko wa Tsurai yo. The walk along the road that leads to Sepia, which is nearby the Buddhist temple Shibamata Taishakuten, is a pleasant one. Tokyo is a city consistently perceived as one that is cutting-edge in every aspect, but what I felt from each and every building surrounding Shibamata Station was a kind of warmth that you feel when something has history to it.
It’s been seven years since I came to Tokyo. Visiting Shibamata made me me realised how many places there are which I still don’t know about. It invigorated me. As my mind wandered with these pondering thoughts, I finally spotted the sign outside the cafe, and it sure is a cute one!
The moment I stepped inside, I stood, my mouth agape, and looked at my surroundings. It’s the first time I’ve entered such a bright, shining cafe. It was littered with characters I’ve never seen before, manga, magazines, and more.
When you hear the word kira kira (“glitter,” “sparkle”), the first thing that comes to mind for a lot of people is probably Harajuku and the Harajuku style, but Sepia’s version of kira kira is a nostalgic one betwixt 1965 and 1975 during the Showa Period. The cafe is incredibly delicate in every spot and corner, like I’m looking inside some grand treasure chest.
The owner of Sepia is Kiyoko Hasezawa. The cafe gets its name from the manga Milky Sepia Monogatari by Ako Mutsu. Ms. Hasezawa said that she wanted to bring to life the world of the manga she loved. The cafe is full of her dreams and is enjoyed by everyone, both children and adults alike.
The cafe menu is even inspired by the food that appears in the Milky Sepia Monogatari manga. The hard pudding I had, which combined caramel sauce and cream, was an absolute delight.
Homemade Showa Pudding & Cream Soda Set: ¥1,200
If we’re talking cafes, then you can’t go wrong with cream soda. The cream soda served at Sepia comes in seven different flavours and colours: melon, Blue Hawaii, strawberry, lemon, peach, grape, and orange. I was spoilt for choice on which to go for, but in the end I went with the pink-coloured strawberry. It had a sweet flavour and was really delicious.
Strawberry Cream Soda: ¥750
I devoured the hotcakes too. The pastry was so fluffy and tasty – I could have eaten a hundred of them. The second one I ate with honey.
At the back of the cafe, they also have the “Candy Candy Museum.” There’s a personal collection of items from Candy H Milky, a female fashion enthusiastic who used to be a customer at Sepia. There’s a photo spot for snapping a photo in the cafe too.
It’s a great time getting to go and look at the displays after eating. I recommend going to see the collection yourself with your own eyes. Entry to the museum is ¥300.
There’s a tearoom up on the second floor which has a nostalgic vibe to it. I felt warm and relaxed, like I’d been transported to my grandma’s house.
Humans can’t travel back in time, but if we look after mementos properly, we can go back there in our minds and memories. Sepia, a place that continues to be cherished and loved, is everybody’s treasure trove.
My oh my, I really want to go back there again.
Address: 7-4-11 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
Days Open: Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays
Business Hours: 12:00-17:00 (Last Orders 16:30)
For the latest information, visit Sepia’s official Twitter page @sepia_mama
bibbaR Osaka’s Colourful New Shaved Ice is Inspired by a Picture Book
22.July.2020 | FOOD
bibbaR, a cafe in Osaka, is currently celebrating the launch of children’s author Tomonori Taniguchi’s new picture book Kamereon no Kakigooriya (The Chameleon’s Shaved Ice Shop) with a special line-up of shaved ice recipes inspired by the book which are currently being served until August 31, 2020.
The colourful and fruity collection is the number one way to cool down this summer in Japan.
The shaved ice line-up is based on the colourful chameleon’s shaved ice that he sells at his shop. It’s a full realisation of the character’s shaved ice creation come to life which can be topped with various sauces and fruits.
Rainbow Shaved Ice (5 Sauces): ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Ordering this gets you all five of the sauces: soda, honey & lemon, strawberry, kyoho grape, and melon. Create your own rainbow of flavours.
Sun – Honey & Lemon Sauce With Mixed Juice Foam: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Sea Breeze – Soda & Salted Vanilla Cream and Foam: ¥1,100 (Before Tax)
The “Sun” shaved ice is a combination of everybody’s favourite honey and lemon as well as mixed juice, while the “Sea Breeze” mixes salt with vanilla and soda.
Sunset – Apple Sauce & Strawberry Foam: ¥1,300 (Before Tax)
Dawn – Fresh Kyoho Grape Sauce & Blueberry Sauce: ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Forest – Fresh Melon Sauce & Lime Mint: ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Order the red “Evening” for a refreshing and sour mix of apple and strawberry, the “Dawn” which is topped with lots of grape sauce, or “Forest” for a summertime blend of ripe melon, lime, and mint.
Beat the summer heat this season with one of Chameleon’s shaved ice recipes.
Address: Grand Front Osaka Shop & Restaurant South Bldg. 1F, 4-20 Ōfukachō, Kita-ku, Osaka
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (currently operating with reduced hours)
Official Website: http://www.cporganizing.com/bibbar/
Rilakkuma x Tower Records Collaboration Sees Themed Cafe, Exclusive Merchandise & More
Tower Records is collaborating with Rilakkuma for “Rilakkuma x TOWER RECORDS Campaign 2020” which will run at Tower Records, TOWERmini, and Tower Records Online in Japan from August 1 to 30.f
For the campaign, Tower Records selling a range of merchandise with exclusive designs illustrated for the event, and there’ll even be Rilakkuma themed cafes. Tower Records began collaborating with Rilakkuma on merchandise in 2009 and has done so every year since. This year sees the arrival of Chairoikoguma for the first time too.
Yhose who use the Tower Records app to show their coupons in-store, they will receive the above-pictured selection of must-have exclusive goodies including a mirror, postcard, bag, and bookmark. These are available on a first-time, first-served basis. Additionally, Rilakkuma themed cafes will be held at TOWER CARDS CAFE branches in Omotesando, Nagoya SKYLE, and Sapporo PIVOT which will have entirely original menus and bonus items for dining there.
The merchandise collection will drop on August 1 and will include a range of Tower Records exclusives. Pre-sales opened on July 15. You can see the full list here.
Available at all Tower Records branches and Tower Records Online
Exclusive to Tower Records Shibuya, Tower Records Sapporo PIVOT, TOWER RECORDS CAFE Omotesando, TOWER RECORDS CAFE Nagoya SKYLE, Tower Records Online
Exclusive to Tower Records Online
Rilakkuma and the Honey Forest’s Concert Cafe
The entire cafe menu line-up is so cute you’re completely spoilt for choice.
Rilakkuma and the Honey Forest’s Concert Dessert Plate: ¥2,500
“Honey Forest Concert” is the theme of the cafe, and this image is captured in the adorable dessert plate which is topped with various desserts and fruits. Everyone who orders one of these also receives a free sticker.
Rilakkuma’s Meatball Stew: ¥1,580
This hot meatball stew is served in a cute bread cup with Rilakkuma poking his head out from inside.
Kiiroitori’s Omurice: ¥1,580
Kiiroitori’s face is made from omelette and rice. Served with a side of healthy veg.
Rilakkuma’s Honey Lemon Drink: ¥850
A sweet and sour mix of honey and lemon.
Korilakkuma’s Strawberry Calpis: ¥850
Strawberries are Korilakkuma’s favourite, and that’s the flavour of this refreshingly sweet Calpis drink, topped with Korilakkuma vanilla ice cream.
There are lots of other dishes to look forward to in addition to the ones above, making this cafe one to go back to many times. And you can special free merchandise when visiting and dining there too.
Collaboration Cafe – Participating Stores
Omotesando/Nagoya SKYLE: August 1, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Sapporo PIVOT: August 1, 2020 – August 17, 2020
Official Website: https://tower.jp/rilakkumacafe
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Rilakkuma x TOWER RECORDS Campaign 2020
Running: August 1, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Official Website: https://tower.jp/rilakkuma
Japanese Tea Flavoured Shaved Ice For Takeout at Susumu Chaya in Tokyo and Kagoshima
11.July.2020 | FOOD
Japanese tea shop Susumu Chaya started up a takeout service for shaved ice on Tuesday (July 7) at all of its branches including in Kagoshima as well as Jiyugaoka and Shibuya’s DESCENTE TOKYO in Tokyo.
The shaved iced takeout service was originally only available at the two Tokyo branches, but now customers in Kagoshima can enjoy the tea-flavoured desserts.
Matcha Shaved Ice: ¥750 (Before Tax)
Made using Susumu Chaya’s “koicha,” a rich and full-bodied matcha variety.
Houjicha Shaved Ice: ¥750 (Before Tax)
The houjicha shaved ice is made using only first-grade tea leaves picked by Susumu Chaya. It has a refreshing taste.
The shaved ice can be ordered for takeout or eaten inside the cafes. Enjoy the full flavour of Japanese tea coupled with a refreshing portion of shaved ice.
Susumu Chaya Kagoshima
Address: 27-13 Uenosonochō, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima Prefecture
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Access: 8-minutes on foot from Kagoshima-Chūō Station
Susumu Chaya Tokyo Jiyugaoka
Address: 1-25-5 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
Closed: Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Jiyugaoka Station’s front entrance via the Ōimachi Line
Susumu Chaya DESCENTE TOKYO Shibuya Meiji Dori
Address: 6-19-21 Jingumae, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 4-minutes on foot from Exit 16 of Shibuya Station
Official Website: https://susumuya.com/
Enjoy Miffy and a Glass of Wine at Dick Bruna TABLE Opening in Kobe This July
10.July.2020 | FOOD
Dick Bruna TABLE is a new wine bar set to open in Kobe, Japan on July 17, 2020 where customers can enjoy various wines from around the world. The bar is themed around the popular children’s author and graphic designer Dick Bruna (1927-2017) who is known for his popular character Miffy.
The first bar of its kind to be centred on Bruna, table bookings for both the bar and cafe spaces opened on July 1. Customers who book before July 16 will receive two free original Dick Bruna TABLE coasters.
Dick Bruna TABLE is split into 4 floors. The first floor is the takeout counter, the second the merchandise shop and a cafe which is designed to be like a Dick Bruna studio, the third is the wine bar which is made to look like an old cafe in Utrecht, the city where Dick Bruna lived, and the fourth is the event space where exhibitions and parties will take place. There’s also a special VIP room on the top floor.which include a takeout counter, merchandise shop, cafe, wine bar, and event space.
Takeout Counter & Entrance
The staircase that leads from the first floor takeout counter to the second floor is like a gallery with various Dick Bruna artworks scattered around. There are plenty of chances snap some photos.
Cafe & Shop
The cafe and shop are like a studio dedicated to Dick Bruna’s many works. They have a warm welcoming atmosphere to them thanks to the old wooden beams and white walls and lights. The merchandise area and cafe areas blend seamlessly into one.
The wine bar, inspired by old cafes in Dick Bruna’s beloved home of Utrecht, serves authentic wine. The brick tiles are reminiscent of the streets of Utrecht and, together with the old wood, give it an inviting vibe. The bar also houses many paperbacks bound and designed by Dick Bruna.
Event Space & VIP Room
The event space is painted a simple white. It can be used for art exhibitions, workshops, parties, and more.
Head to Dick Bruna TABLE to enjoy both the cute world of Dick Bruna’s characters as well as a delicious glass of wine.か
IIIustrations Dick Bruna © copyright Mercis bv,1953-2020 www.miffy.com © Dick Bruna
Dick Bruna TABLE
Address: 3-1-1 Sannomiyacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe
[Weekdays] 11:00-15:00 (Last Orders 14:00) / 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
[Saturdays] 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
[Sundays/Public Holidays] 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: https://dickbrunatable.com/
Sanrio Characters Come Together at Tokyo’s New POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU
The new limited-time character cafe POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU is set to open in Harajuku, Tokyo from July 15, 2020 to mid-January 2021.
From July 15 to mid-October, the cafe will be centred on the Top 10 characters of this year’s Sanrio Character Ranking, an annual event where fans around the world can vote for their favourite Sanrio characters. The cafe will subsequently celebrate the 45th anniversaries of both My Melody and Little Twin Stars until mid-January next year.
At POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU, where the customers can draw their own designs on their orders, like latte art, Sanrio fans can look forward to a super cute menu line-up inspired by the adorable character roster.
My Melody Sweet & Sour Strawberry Shaved Ice
Tuxedo Sam Seafood Coquille Plate
If you’re visiting Harajuku any time up to January next year, be sure to stop by POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU to make your own kawaii Sanrio character dishes.
POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU
Address: IMON Bldg. B1F, 6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: https://k-tanuma.com/company#04
Tanabata and Milky Way Inspired Food and Drink Arrives at PLANETARIA TOKYO
KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA TOKYO, a twin-dome planetarium in Tokyo’s Yurakucho district, introduced a new menu at its Cafe Planetaria on July 1, 2020.
A cafe where you can taste the stars
Cafe Planetaria’s concept is that customers happened upon it during a trip through the galaxy. It is the only cafe in space—one where you can delight in cocktails that shine bright like a nebula, or tuck into finger food that’s like fragments of planets.
The new menu hopes to serve customers a day they won’t forget after they have gaze upon the starry night sky.
How best to enjoy Cafe Planetaria
Cafe Planetaria’s menu can be enjoyed at DOME 1 inside the planetarium so you can enjoy cocktails and food while watching the starlit show. It’s open to those who aren’t using the planetarium too, so if you’re looking for a quick stop-off on your time through the galaxy and don’t have time for stargazing you can enjoy the galactic delights too.
Nebula Soft Serve Ice Cream: ¥550 (Tax Included)
This purple soft serve ice cream is inspired by nebula imagery.
Moon Parfait: ¥770 (Tax Included)
A colourful parfait topped with the moon and sweet-tasting planets.
Mercury (Cocktail): ¥880 (Tax Included)
Part of the planetary cocktail series.
Observe “Tokyo’s Milky Way”
PLANETARIA TOKYO has brought back its planetarium work Tokyo no Amanogawa o Wasurenai (Never Forget Tokyo’s Milky Way). The show makes use of works left behind by Japanese novelist Kenji Miyazawa, poets Chūya Nakahara and Yumeji Takehisa, and others, to bring viewers back to a time when you used to be able to see the Milky Way in the city of Tokyo. When the city lights switch off for the night, the former Milky Way will shine its radiant brilliance. Viewers will be able to see the same sight that so many artists and writers saw when creating works about Tokyo’s starry sky.
Make a wish upon a falling star
A popular service at PLANETARIA TOKYO that is also free is getting to see falling stars in real time with a system set up by Meteor Broadcaster. They are shown across a giant 12m long screen. On the Gregorian calendar, Tanabata is celebrated on July 7, but on the old Japanese lunisolar calendar it will fall on August 25 this year. If you’re in Tokyo around that time, why not visit the planetarium and make a wish?
Online shop to enjoy the Milky Way at home
Gallery Planetaria is a concept shop in PLANETARIA TOKYO whose concept is based around being a secret shop hidden away somewhere in the galaxy. Their online shop is selling plenty of fun items that you can only get on this side of the galaxy. The service is available in Japan only, but check out their website to see what they’ve got in stock.
Gallery Planetaria Online Shop
Starry Sky Guide: Summer – At Home Version (Narrated by Yoshimasa Hosoya)
PLANETARIA TOKYO has posted an at-home version of their summertime starry sky guide which was shown at the venue. It’s narrated by Japanese voice actor and narrator Yoshimasa Hosoya and features a 360° VR experience. Check it out here.
KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA TOKYO
Address: Yurakucho Marion 9F, 2-5-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:30-22:00 (Reception closes 21:00)
*No Fixed Holidays
*Open until 22:30 (reception closes 21:30) on weekends and public holidays
Official Website: https://planetarium.konicaminolta.jp/planetariatokyo/