The Harajuku & Umeda Pompompurin Cafés Reveal New Menus for Halloween

27.August.2018 | FOOD

The Harajuku and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Café, which is based on the popular Sanrio character Pompompurin, have unveiled their Halloween menus which will be served from September 1 to October 31.

 

Pompompurin, who came second in the 2018 Sanrio Character Awards, is joined by his best hamster friend Muffin in this special themed menu.

 

Purin the Mage’s Magical Stew: ¥1,290 (+Tax)

 

This magical and mellow tasting stew contains three different Halloween colours, orange, black and purple, each with their own distinct flavours. The orange is carrot, the black is squid ink, and the purple is sweet potato paste. Purin looks so cute dressed as a mage!

 

Black Cat Muffin Trick Pasta: ¥1,390 (+Tax)

 

Muffin went and turned this pasta completely black with his magic abilities! The pasta is made with squid ink and is topped with tomato sauce. It features a Muffin as a black cat made of mashed potato. The dish also comes with cute monsters made of zucchini and a salad mixed with pumpkin.

 

Happy Halloween Purin: ¥600 (+Tax*)

 

This rich pumpkin purin is crowned lavishly with purple sweet potato cream. It’s filled with the flavours of fall, and when you pour over the caramel sauce it becomes even tastier. It also comes with monster made from gateau chocolate. This dessert is great if you’ve still got room in your belly after a meal.

 

*When you order this as a set the price of the set becomes ¥300 (+tax).

 

 

When you order from the Halloween menu you will receive a shiori and lunch mat with original designs. If you order a drink you’ll also receive an original coaster. These items are limited edition and will no longer be available following the end of the menu’s run.

 

Get in the Halloween spirit with this special menu at the Pompompurin Café♪

 

■Information

Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku

Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)

Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station

TEL: 03-5786-0770

 

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

 

Pompompurin Cafe Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com

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  • Pompompurin x BOYS AND MEN Collaborative Café Opens in Nagoya

    22.August.2018 | FOOD

    The Pompompurin Café in Nagoya themed on the popular character Pompompurin from the Sanrio franchise is teaming up Japanese variety show Boy Boy Mugendai by BOYS AND MEN. The collaborative menu will be available for a limited period from August 21 to September 30.

    BOYS AND MEN are an entertainment group that was formed in 2010 by people who were born and live in the Tokai region of Japan. They have many members who are regulars on TV and radio shows in the the Tokai area.

    The collaboration is based on a skit by BOYS AND MEN titled Family (‘Usuika no Hitobito’).

    “Pompompurin x Usuika no Hitobito” – Showa-Style Noodle Set

    Price: ¥1,490 (+Tax)

     

    This surreal dish is made in the image of the father’s wig from the Usui family. It includes classic soba noodles with sauce and omelette as well as mayonnaise and seaweed.

    “Pompompurin x BM / YanKee5” – Red Hot Espuma Ramen Set

    Price: ¥1,490 (+Tax)

     

    This fiery red hot ramen packs a punch thanks to the cayenne pepper and chili oil. It’s topped with potato espuma which creates a mild balance with the heat of the dish.

    “Pompompurin x BM / Makoto” – Cotton Candy Pancake

    Price: ¥1,290 (+Tax)

     

    The pink colour fluffy cotton candy is inspired by the theme colour of Makoto’s leader. When you pour over the accompanying milk syrup it reveals a pancake of the other three members’ colours together with vanilla ice cream and Pompompurin. There are 3 different flavoured pancakes to choose from.

     

    Limited Edition Original Design Merchandise

     

    You can get your hands on one postcard per food item you order from the menu. You can also get a coaster when you order a drink. When you order both a drink and food you’ll receive a lunch mat. These items will no longer be available once the collaboration ends.

     

    Be sure to head on over to the Pompompurin Café in Nagoya whether you’re a fan of Pompompurin or BOYS AND MEN to enjoy this collaboration for yourself!

     

    ■Information

    Pompompurin Café Nagoya
    Address: BECOME SAKAE 2F, 3-32-6 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya
    Open: April 17, 2018
    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
    Access: 10-minutes on foot from Sakae Station via the Meijo Line
    TEL: 052-249-8320

    Pompompurin Café Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com/

    ©2018 “Boy Boy Mugendai” Production Team

    ©1996, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S591691

     

  • Popular Character Cafés in Japan: August 2018

    07.August.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Each month, a new themed café or menu is introduced in Japan in collaboration with popular characters. There’s a whole list of kawaii ones that make an appearance every time.

     

    Let’s take a look at some character cafés you can look forward to in August 2018.

     

    ‘Over Action Rabbit’ x VANDALISM Shibuya

    Over Action Rabbit is a popular stamp series used on the LINE and Kakao Talk messenger apps that has gained much attention in Japan and particularly with young people in South Korea. The cute and lovable rabbit is getting his own themed café that will be open for a limited period between July 21 and August 26. This is the first time a café has collaborated with Over Action Rabbit in Japan. The kawaii café will take the form of his surreal world and be decorate in pastel-coloured decor. They also have a takeout menu.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/118092

     

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    LINE Stamp “Over Action Rabbit” Character Café

    Running: July 21, 2018 – August 26, 2018

    Location: VANDALISM Shibuya

    Address: B1F Ota, 26-9 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm

    Official Homepage: http://dk311.jp/Extremely-Rabbit/cafe/

     

     

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar x Marione Gate Ginza

    The internationally beloved children’s picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar has its own café in Japan, and they’ve introduced some eye-catching new menu items for the summer. Everything delicious thing on the menu recreates the wonderful world of the story down to the finest of details that are sure to leave you smiling!

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/107654

     

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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar Café

    Address: Sunday Brunch, Marione Gate Ginza 1 (4F), 2-2-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Running: January 18, 2018 – August 31, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm

    *Reservations must be made for those who want to visit the cafe before 5:30pm. Making reservation is unnecessary for those who are planning to visit the café after 5:30pm.

    TEL: 03-3567-3366

    Website: http://www.harapecocafe.com

     

     

    Gudetama x Dining Park Ikebukuro

    To celebrate Gudetama’s 5th anniversary, he’s launched into space to bring us a very special space-themed menu packed with dishes perfect for Instagram feeds, such as the Zero Gravity Gudetama Burger, Black Hole Jar Parfait, and much more. Drink and dine at the café to receive a limited edition Gudetama fan and coaster. Keep in mind these are limited in quantity, so you’ll want to visit quick!

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/112954

     

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    Gudetama Café – Ikebukuro

    Address: Gourmet Stadium II, Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store 8F, 1-28-1 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

    Running: June 26, 2018 – September 4, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11am-11pm (Open from 10:30am on weekends & holidays)

    *Last Food Orders: 9:30pm / Last Drink Orders 10pm

    No fixed holidays except where Seibu Ikebukuro is closed.

    TEL: 03-5949-5675

    ©2013, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S590710

     

     

    Chiitan☆ x Harajuku Kawaii-ya

    Located down Takeshita Street, Harajuku’s iconic shopping spot, is Harajuku Kawaii-ya, a café that has teamed up with the kawaii otter mascot Chiitan☆. Running until September 9, the menu is filled with dishes with very unique names in Japanese which translate to things like “I’m Chiitan, the One Who Destroyed the Trampoline Someone Bought For Me… Hot Pie.” You don’t need to make any reservations. It’s first-come, first-served all day making it an easy place to get into if you’re unsure how to book in Japanese. Experience the world of Chiitan☆ in Harajuku!

     

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    Chiitan☆ x Harajuku Kawaii-ya (Produced by Animate Cafe)

    Running: August 8, 2018 – September 9, 2018

    Location: Harajuku Kawaii-ya (CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)

    Official Page: http://kawaiiya.jp/collabo-chitan.html

     

     

    Cinnamoroll x Sapporo PARCO

    Sanrio’s popular character Cinnamoroll recently won the 33rd Sanrio 2018 Character Awards  so to celebrate, he received his very own themed café which is open at Sapporo PARCO until September 10. Enjoy the Soratobu Cinnamoroll Curry featuring Cinnamoroll flying through a green curry sky with his big ears. The dish is topped with cotton candy clouds which, when mixed with the curry, creates a unique flavour of sweet and spicy. There’s a whole list of cute dishes on the menu. Cinnamoroll and his pals will also be there to greet you as staff.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/116613

     

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    Cinnamoroll Café

    Sapporo PARCO 4F・THE GUEST cafe&diner

    Address: Sapporo PARCO 4F – THE GUEST Cafe&Diner, 1-3-3 Minami, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

    Running: July 27, 2018 – September 10, 2018

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-8:00pm (Food Last Orders 7:00pm / Drinks Last Orders 7:30pm)

    Official Website: http://the-guest.com

     

     

    Cardcaptor Sakura x Sakura Fantasy Cafe

    The Sakura Fantasy Caf is a new collaborative café themed on the latest entry to the Cardcaptor series, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, now open for a limited time in Tokyo (Harajuku), Osaka (Abeno) and Saitama (Koshigaya). The cafés have a photogenic themed menu as well as a photo spot and more, all with original illustrations. There’s even a line-up of original Cardcaptor merchandise you can’t get anywhere else. The menu includes a selection of cheese toast, roast beef, smoothies, pancakes and more.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/116035

     

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    Sakura Fantasy Cafe

    Tokyo: Harajuku Box Cafe&Space

    Osaka: DELASOUL CHARBON

    Saitama: Koshigaya Box Cafe&Space

     

    Dates

    Tokyo: July 12, 2018 – September 2, 2018

    Osaka: July 27, 2018 – August 28, 2018

    Saitama: September 6, 2018 – September 30, 2018

     

    Opening Hours

    Tokyo: 11:00am-9:40pm

    Osaka: 11:00am-9:20pm

    Saitama: 11:00am-8:00pm (Last Orders 7:00pm)

     

    Entry

    Online reservations must be made (¥600 + tax) to access the Tokyo and Osaka cafes. 80 minutes allowed.

    Reservations not taken for Saitama cafe.

     

    Reservation Bonuses

    Free luncheon mat randomly selected from 3 designs.

     

    Menu Order Bonus

    Those who order from the themed menu will receive an original coaster randomly selected from 9 designs.

     

    Official Website: https://sakura-fantsy-cafe.jp

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Be sure you get a chance to visit a character café while you’re in Japan.

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

    08.July.2018 | 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 recipe you’ll learn how to make a cute Pompompurin Parfait

    It’s something you can make at home and is topped with a Pompompurin made out of sweet potato.

    1. Ingredients

    Store bought roll cake

    Fruits of your choice (fresh or canned)

    Fresh cream

    Sweet potato powder

    Milk

    Butter

    2. First things first, sorting out the sweet potato.

    ①Dissolve the sweet potato powder into the milk, add the butter ans mix

    ②Form Pompompurin’s face.

    ③The size will depend on the size of the parfait glass you are using.

    ④Mix in part cocoa to make the hat, and roll hands into little balls.

    ⑤Add a little bit of water to some egg yolk then brush onto the surface. Making sure not to brown your mix, cook at 140-150℃ for around 10 minutes.

    ⑥Leave to fully cool down then drawn on the face with a chocolate pen or melted cocoa.

    3. Cut fruits of your choice into bite-size chunks. Add a touch of kawaii by cutting banana or kiwi into flower shapes.

    4. Arrange the fruits neatly around the side of the glass and add alternating layers of any leftover fruit, roll cake and fresh cream.

    5. Cap everything off with a slice of roll cake so that the sweet potato Pompompurin sits nicely on top.

    Place him on top and you’re all done♡

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series!

     

    Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    ■Profile
    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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  • Tokyo DisneySea’s New Halloween Show is a Thrilling Must-See

    17.September.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Disney Halloween 2019 has finally begun, and this year, Tokyo DisneySea is serving guests a dark and mysterious Halloween experience to keep them on edge. The festivities will run all the way up to October 31.

     

    We visited the park to see Festival of Mystique, an all-new colourful and flamboyant show introduced this year. Here’s our report.

    The show began with music chiming in at Porto Paradiso in Mediterranean Harbor upon which trickled out lines of costumed friends of the sea. The beautifully dressed ladies at the front then spoke of a Halloween festival that was once held at the port, and their intention to resurrect it.

    Out came a merrymaking Mickey mouse and Disney cast aboard a ship, clad in cute outfits the likes of which have never been seen before at the park.

    Donald Duck, Goofy, Chip and Dale all got off the boat and headed towards the ladies, almost as if charmed by the allure of their beautiful and bewitching singing voices. This was followed by a sudden whimper by Pluto as he looked on towards Mickey. “Pluto, you’ve got to be a good boy! We’ve put a lot of effort into this Halloween,” Mickey said to him. When he said this he began to think that something strange was going on with the festival―like something was going to happen…

    The singing and dancing ladies went on to teach the onlooking guests a few dance moves to get involved with the show. Everybody danced together with Mickey as the leader.

     

    It wasn’t long however before the mood and tone of the music took an uncomfortable turn…

    Before we realised it, Mickey had been locked inside a cage! But he was dancing and having fun literally just seconds before―what happened?!

    Luckily, Minnie Mouse comes to the rescue to save Mickey and bring the fun Halloween festivity back. She takes the lead and dances with the guests this time.

     

    So what happened to the Disney characters, and what was their fate? We don’t want to spoil the ending, so you’ll have to see it for yourself this fall!

     

    ©️Disney

  • This Week’s Breakfast: French Toast at Bread, Espresso & in Omotesando

    17.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Once thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spend in order to live a happy life.

     

    Today, I went out for breakfast. I got up a little earlier than usual and headed to my favourite cafe, Bread, Espresso & which is located in Omotesando.

    It’s really easy to get to: it’s just a 5-minute walk from the A2 exit of Omotesando Station. Mornings are quiet in Omotesando, you don’t see many people walking around, so it feels like a completely different place compared to its busy streets during the day.

     

    When you enter the cafe, the smell of freshly-baked bread is the first thing to hit your senses. I sat down on one of the comfy sofa-seats and ordered myself the French toast breakfast set.

    There’s plenty of space between tables, so it’s an environment that’s easy to kick back and relax in.

    Inside and outside the cafe are cute signs with that day’s recommended menu items written on them. Next time I visit I think I’ll try one of the lunchtime desserts. That’s what I daydreamed about while waiting for my French toast to arrive.

    French Toast Set w/Drink – ¥800

    The French toast has a subtly sweet scent. It’s made with one of the cafe’s popular foods: the butter-loaded bread known as “Muu.”

     

    The toast’s crusts were nice and crunchy while the middle part was fluffy. The soft bread just melts in your mouth when taking a bite, and your taste buds are treated to the sweet flavour of the egg.

    The toast is delicious as it is, and you can totally leave it at that and enjoy your morning breakfast. But if you want to take it to the next level then you can drizzle the accompanying honey over the toast, giving the sweetness an even richer flavour.

    I’m usually not good with the characteristic sweet taste that honey has, or the bitterness layered into the overall flavour, but this honey was on the milder side so I really enjoyed it.

    After my food, I enjoyed the cappuccino the barista beautifully made for me which comes as part of the set.

     

    My 1-hour morning was spent even more relaxed than usual here. It’s much different from lunchtime which is a much busier and hurried time, so I could sink in my chair and really enjoy my drink too.

     

    Waking up early and enjoying a relaxing breakfast. That’s all I did, but it helped ease my busy mind and soul. I’m a simple person, and I think I’ll be able to face my week and work hard at it after this.

     

     

    Today’s Presents

    Futsu Furu Fig Sandwich – ¥420

    Futsu Uni Fruits – ¥400

    I wanted to share the happiness between friends and family on this fine day where I got to eat a delicious breakfast. These sandwiches are packed full of fruits―seasonal fruits which are best enjoyed right now. If you’re wondering what other sandwiches they sell then be sure to visit.

     

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Adorable Hello Kitty Plush Toy & Key Ring Releasing by Steiff

    15.September.2019 | FASHION

    As part of this year’s celebrations to commemorate Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary, Sanrio are teaming up with German-based plush toy company Steiff to release an original Hello Kitty teddy and key ring. Orders will open on October 5 and they will be released on November 1 at Sanrio stores and select department stores stocking Sanrio goods.

    The plush toys and key rings are all individually handmade in Germany and each comes with a unique serial number and packaged in a special gift box.

    The left ears are tagged with Steiff’s company logo. These tags feature the serial number and the time the item was manufactured.

    Embroidered on the foot of the Hello Kitty teddy is her name in gold together with a red and gold ribbon. Her arm, legs and neck are adjustable so you can pose her how you like. Both of these products are limited in stock and will discontinue once all have been sold, so if you’re looking to add to your collection you’ll want to get in there quick.

     

    ©️1976,2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. ©️Margarete Steiff GmbH 2019 

  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime Fair Opens at Three KIDDYLAND Stores

    14.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    From September 21 to October 11, three KIDDYLAND stores will be holding a fair dedicated to the anime That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, which has become a big hit overseas. 

     

    The series, which was created by Fuse, aired two seasons from October 2018 to March 2019. It has been confirmed that a sequel will be made in the year 2020. Following the anime’s successful reception, a novel version of the anime series which goes by the same name was produced by GOT A CHANCE novel. More than 14 million copies have been sold so far.

     

    The story follows an extraordinary event which happened to a normal man. The main character Satoru Mikami died to random knife attack and was reincarnated as a monster called a slime. The series became massively popular once the adorable figure of the main character as a slime was revealed.

     

     

    That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime: Slime Keyring (5 designs): ¥1,200 each (before tax)

    All your favourite characters have been reincarnated in a cute Sanrio-style! Head to the KIDDYLAND fair to get your hands on a KIDDYLAND-limited Slime Keyring. A large variety of new goods are being sold here ahead of any other shop and online service.

     

    That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime: Cuddly Characters Badge (5 designs): ¥680 each (before tax)

     

    Come explore all your favourite characters in their adorable Sanrio form!

     

    ©川上泰樹・伏瀬・講談社/転スラ製作委員会

  • Pompompurin Zombieland: Save Pompompurin From Zombies at Sanrio’s Horror Event

    14.September.2019 | SPOT

    Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin is collaborating with Obaken, a horror experience creative company, to bring the brand new horror event known as Pompompurin Zombieland to Sanrio Puroland on November 16 and 30.

     

    Tickets will go on pre-sale for official Pompompurin ambassadors, or Pombassadors, on September 14 at 10:00am (JST) and general sales will begin on September 28 at 10:00am (JST). To find out more about Pombassadors and how to become one click here.

     

    Pompompurin Zombieland Promo Video

    Horror experience planner Obaken is set to shake the cute world of Pompompurin into a terrifying zombie-infested one. In the story, Pompompurin was happily looking for some tasty mushrooms to pick when all of a sudden he eats a poisonous one by mistake. It is your mission to deliver him the antidote to stop him from becoming a zombie. Other unfortunate victims who also ate poisonous mushrooms have died and returned as the living dead and will roam around Puroland. The antidote to save Pompompurin, who is on the brinks of turning into a green zombie, lies in the non-poisonous mushrooms located in 6 areas of the park.

    You must survive getting infected by the zombie virus and get your hands on mushrooms. If you succeed you’ll receive an exclusive Pompompurin Zombieland pin badge stating that you have cleared the mission.

    You can even pick up an exclusive Zombie Purin t-shirt. These are limited in stock and can’t be bought anywhere else.

    Additionally, if you wear a combination of yellow and brown-coloured clothing when attending the event―which are the colours of Pompompurin―you’ll get the above-pictured Zombie Purin sticker.

    Full details can be found on the event’s website below. Don’t miss out on this creepy-cute experience this autumn.

     

    ©︎’96, ’19 SANRIO

  • Tokyo DisneySea’s Dark Halloween Festivities For 2019 Begin

    14.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Disney Halloween 2019 has finally begun! The Tokyo DisneySea fun is set to run until October 31 where it will provide guests with a dark and mysterious Halloween experience that will keep you on edge… like something’s about to happen, but you’re not sure what.

    Tokyo DisneySea’s decor takes on a more grown-up bewitching look compared to Tokyo Disneyland’s cute decorations.

    Hung throughout the park you will find decorative banners featuring illustrations of Disney characters dressed in their spooky garments. This year, Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the cast invite guests into a truly bewitching wonderland.


    If you pop over to American Waterfront you’ll find some great photo opportunities, like the Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck statues waiting to welcome you at the entrance, clad in hauntingly beautiful attire and stood next to night-black pumpkins and dried flowers.


    You’ll find the rest of the costumed characters further in too. Be sure to get photos with everyone!

    Chicken & Vegetable Steamed Bun – ¥600 @ Nautilus Galley / Teriyaki Chicken Rubber Ring Steamed Bun – ¥600 @ Seaside Snacks

    Nothing has been left out from the Halloween spell this year, even the food menu and drinks which arrive in festive colours like black and purple like this bandage-wrapped mummy steamed bun and rubber ring steamed bun.

    Inside the mummy is a delicious concoction of chicken, cabbage, and other veg.

    The rubber ring steamed bun is the perfect snack to munch on as you walk around the park. It’s filled with rich teriyaki chicken wrapped in a striking purple dough.

    All of the food is packaged in cute packaging too―don’t throw it away straight away and check out which illustration you got!

    Assorted Sweets – ¥430 @ Gondolier Snacks and elsewhere

    Check out these bite-sized confections, from a mini baumkuchen cake on a lollipop stick to strawberry cheesecake and purple sweet potato cream mochi. The chewy mochi Mickey can only be described as kawaii♡

    Grape Tapioca Tea – ¥500 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery

    Sparkling Black Tea Tapioca Drink – ¥450 @ Hudson River Harvest

    Tokyo Disneyland’s tapioca drinks are really popular in summer, and for Halloween they’ve arrived with all-new flavours, exclusive to the Disney Halloween event.

    There’s lots to see and experience at this year’s Disney Halloween. Be sure to look everywhere, even in shop windows. And if you’re eager to see more of the food and drinks available at both parks then click here.

  • Six Scrumptious and Satisfying Sodas in Kyoto You Have To Try

    09.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    At MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we have introduced a lot of kawaii bubble tea drinks you can in enjoy in Kyoto. However, we have much more to offer you than just bubble tea news! Today we have summarised the top soda drinks you can enjoy in Kyoto which both look and taste amazing. With the help of kyoto cafe life tiara ‘s phenomenal photos, we will be introducing you our top six picks.

     

    SHIN-SETSU /Nakagyō-ku

    Blood Orange (left)  Blue Curaçao (right): ¥690

    With a variety of 24 colourful cream sodas on the menu, this café offers a rainbow of flavours to enjoy. Your aesthetic soda is best enjoyed within the the picturesque American-style interior of the café, which is filled with antiques and cute pink decorations.
    ▼SHIN-SETSU
    Address: 277 Enpukujimaecho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto

    Opening Hours:

    Weekdays: 12:00-19:00(L.O)

    Saturdays 13:00-19:00(L.O)

    Sundays 12:00-19:00(L.O)

    No fixed holidays

    Official Instagram: @shinsetsu.kyoto

    Rhône(ローヌ)
    Cream Soda: ¥600

    On top of the refreshing blue ocean of soda floats a scoop of ice cream ー what a nostalgic image. The bright red cherry accents the flavour. Rhône serves not only delicious sodas but also homemade pudding and many other delicious desserts which are sure to leave your stomach satisfied. 

     

    ▼Rhône
    Address: 645-1, Sanjoinokumacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 12:00-22:00
    Closed: Wednesdays and Thursdays
    Official Instagram: @rhone_kyoto
    Kissa Zou (喫茶ゾウ)
    Cream Soda: ¥550
    After becoming a big hit in Nagoya, Kissa Zou opened a new branch in Kyoto earlier this year in April. An adorable elephant (zou) can be seen riding the very top of your scrumptious soda. It is just too cute to eat!
    ▼ Kizza Zou 
    Address:440-3 Santeicho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto,
    Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00(L.O 17:00)
    No fixed holidays
    Official Instagram: @kissa_zou
    NOTTA CAFE
    Cream Soda with Oiri Sweets (left) :  ¥600 Custard Pudding (right): ¥500
    NOTTA CAFE’s cream sodas have decorated the front pages of magazines before. A large crowd of oiri (Japanese-style round sweets) of a variety of colours can be seen huddled together riding the ice cream float on top of this cream soda. This ice cream soda is one of a kind and full of a variety of textures and flavours so you must try it.
    ▼NOTTA CAFE
    Address: 37 Saiinkitayakakecho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 11:30-20:00 (Wednesdays: 11:30-21:00)
    Closed: Mondays (additional irregular holidays)
    Official Instagram: @nottacafe
    Kissa Soirée (喫茶ソワレ)
    Blue Sky Cream Soda (left) Strawberry Cream Soda (right): ¥700 each
    This soda is topped with vanilla ice cream and a sakuranbo cherry. When the ice cream mixes with the soda, it becomes creamy. The interesting interior of this café is the perfect place to enjoy your luxurious sparkly cream soda.
    ▼Kissa Soirée
    Address: 95, Nishikiyamachidori Shijo Agaru Shincho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
    Opening Hours
    1st floor: 13:00-19:00 (L.O.18:00)
    2nd floor: 14:00-19:30 (L.O.18:45)
    Closed:Mondays
    Maeda Coffee (前田珈琲)
    Colourful Lemonade: ¥600
    This butterfly pea herb tea has minty aroma and a refreshing taste.  When you mix it, it gradually turns pink so you can enjoy the flavour as well as the changing appearance of your drink.
    ▼Maeda Coffee
    Address:  236 Takoyakushi Dori Karasuma Nishi Iru Hashibenkeicho, Nakagyo- ku, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 7:00-19:00
    Open all year round.
    Official Website: https://www.maedacoffee.com

     

    If you are ever in Kyoto, make sure to check out these cafés. If you are looking for more inspiration, look no further than kyoto cafe life tiara’s Instagram, which is full of delicious desserts in the Kansai region.

     

    Text and photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

  • Sanrio’s Kuromi Takes Over Harmonyland This Halloween For Devilish Events

    08.September.2019 | SPOT

    Sanrio character theme park Harmonyland in Oita has announced this year’s Halloween event, Kuromi’s Happy Halloween, which will begin on September 13. The devilish and mischievous Kuromi, whose birthday is on October 31-Halloween day-is taking over the park this year to deliver a very cute and just a tiny bit spooky Halloween to kids and adults this year.

     

    Harmonyland’s Halloween Night Party, a huge hit every year, will also return on October 26. In addition to Kuromi’s birthday event, Wish me mell, another one of Sanrio’s cute characters, will also celebrate her birthday on September 20.

    The event also has its own story. While Hello Kitty was having fun preparing for Halloween with everyone, Kuromi looked at the calendar and noticed that the park was scheduled to be closed on October 31, her birthday. Angry by this decision, the scheming Kuromi began Halloween preparations of her own.

     

    Pashakawa SWEET HALLOWEEN

    This event is a chance to meet your favourite characters, who will be dressed up in their Halloween costumes, and take a photo with them. Be sure to say the secret password to them, “trick or treat,” to get some free candy! The fun doesn’t stop there though, as there’ll be a chance to dance with the characters too.

     

    Omotenashi Hello Kitty Cafe

    Hello Kitty will serve as owner of the Hello Kitty Cafe, while Kuromi will be your maid along with the cafe staff, and Meister Cinnamon will learn your name and teach teach it to the rest of the character staff. At the end of the show, the cafe staff will change into their Halloween costumes.

     

    Halloween Photo Spots

    Special Halloween photos spots will be dotted around for Halloween where you can snap some cute pictures. From pumpkin heads of Hello Kitty, My Melody and  Kuromi to flower beds decorated with Kuromi, there will be no shortage of Instagrammable spots for photos. And when you get close to the two flower beds, you might just run into a trick set up by Kuromi herself… Also, the background music playing at the park was all chosen by Kuromi.

     

    Halloween Merch & Menu

    Of course, there will be lots of exclusive character merchandise to grab, as well as a cute themed menu designed just for Halloween.

     

    Halloween Night Party ~Pink or Black~

    The popular Halloween Night Party returns again this year, a one-night-only spectacle of lights, music and dance. The theme this year is “pink or black.” Clad yourself in one or both of these colours and have a fun Halloween night!

     

    ・Date: October 26, 2019 (18:00-21:00)

    ・Price: ¥1,000 (Everyone aged 4+) *Price is reduced to ¥500 to those who hold an annual ticke

    ・A shuttle bus will be operating for free (limited spaces)

     

    Celebrate Halloween this year together with Kuromi.

     

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  • Universal Studios Japan Scales Up Halloween Events For 2019

    06.September.2019 | SPOT

    The ever-popular Universal Surprise Halloween event is set to return again this year to Universal Studios Japan and will run from September 6 to November 4.

    The event is set to be bigger than ever this year, with more attractions than ever before, as well as the event’s three main elements―Zekkyo Halloween, Otana Halloween, and Kowa Kawa Halloween―making use of the entire park. Look forward to a unique and spooky Halloween experience the very second you enter the park.

     

    Zekkyo Halloween

    Three main events run every year during Universal Surprise Halloween. The first of these we are taking a look at is Zekkyo (“Screaming”) Halloween, which plunges guests into terrifying experiences, the kind of scream-inducing encounters you conjure up in your imagination at Halloween.

     

    As part of Zekkyo Halloween, just some of the exciting and hair-raising attractions include the brand new horror maze which will see you running for your life through its twists and turns, the return of the extremely popular zombie dance show, a survival horror maze based off the Resident Evil game series, and much, much more.

     

    Otona Halloween

    Otona (“Adult”) Halloween is a more sophisticated kind of Halloween experience aimed at adults, clad with glamour and fashion, but certainly not free of scares.

     

    Halloween 2019 sees the return of the interactive theatre event Hotel Albert in a brand-new sequel, Hotel Albert 2: Requiem. We covered last year’s here, but in summary, it’s an immersive theatre experience in which guests act as participants in the play. Guests walked around the attraction as characters in the story and experienced a beautifully haunting tale unfold before them. What secrets does the sequel hold? You’ll have to attend to find out!

     

    A new horror restaurant, named Park Side Grill ~Cursed Banquet Of Roses~, will serve up magnificent meals while imbuing a sense of uncanny in its diners.

     

    Kowa Kawa Halloween

    Of course, it’s not all doom and gloom at Universal Surprise Halloween. Children will get to enjoy Kowa Kawa (“Creepy-Cute”) Halloween again this year in all its Halloween trickery. Minions and the Sesame Street cast will be present and dressed in mischievous costumes. The incredible Festa de Parade will run the street, and kids will be able to catch falling candy at Happy Trick Or Treat where it will rain down like a waterfall.

     

    USJ is a spearhead in Japan’s Halloween culture, so if you’re there for the spooky season, make sure you don’t miss out.

     

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  • Halloween at HEP FIVE Osaka: Horror Ferris Wheel, Guillotine Photo Spot & More

    06.September.2019 | SPOT

    Osaka’s landmark shopping centre HEP in Umeda is just a short 3-minute walk from Umeda Station, meaning you don’t have to worry so much about looking over your shoulder to see if Michael Myers or Dracula is following this Halloween as you make your way to “HEP FIVE HORROR×HORROR AUTUMN.”

     

    This bone-chilling event is set to deliver horror, beauty and fashion all in one place.

     

    Junji Inagawa’s Horror Ferris Wheel

    The Horror Ferris Wheel was such a hit last year that it’s set to return again this Halloween, better and scarier than ever. There will be two Ferris wheels, each inspired by two of ghost story writer Junji Inagawa’s masterpieces. Incorporating an all-new horror system, the Ferris wheels will take riders up 106 meters high for a hair-raising experience they cannot escape. Once you’re in, you’re in until the end.

     

    Monster Food

    Of course, no Halloween party is complete without some fang-tastic food. HEP FIVE’s restaurants have each whipped up their own unique dishes for the holiday.

     

    Lulu Hashimoto’s Doll World

    Lulu Hashimoto has garnered attention both in Japan and overseas as the “living doll” for her doll costume. She will be present at HEP FIVE where you can get a photo with her at the first floor entrance atrium.

     

    Date: October 12, 2019

    Time: Slot ① 13:00 (Floors 5F-6F), Photos at 13:30 / Slot ② 15:00 (Floors 3F-4F), Photos at 15:30 /  Slot ③ 17:00 (Floors B1F & 2F), Photos at 17:30

    Locations: The initial fan greeting will take place at various places across the shopping centre, and photos will take place on the first floor atrium

    Getting a Photo: Tickets will be handed out from 11:00 on the day. 15 people per slot on a first-come, first-served basis.

     

    Horror Show Time

    Ghost performed Sadawo is set to take on the form of Japan’s most famous horror icon Sadako from Ringu while riding a Segway. Look forward to a whole host of terrifying performances.

     

    Date: October 19, 2019

    Times: ①12:00 (Floots 6F-7F) / ②14:00 (Floors 4F-5F) / ③16:00 (Floors 2F-3F) / ④18:00 (Floors B1F-1F)

    Locations: Various places across the shopping centre

     

    Guillotine Photo Spot

    Get your photo taken at the guillotine photo spot at the first floor atrium and look like something straight out of a slasher movie. Make it even better by dressing up in cosplay or Halloween outfits with friends!

    Enjoy a horror experience like no other this Halloween at HEP in Umeda, Osaka.

  • PEANUTS Café and PEANUTS DINER to run Nostalgic Flying Ace Fair

    05.September.2019 | FASHION / FOOD

    The PEANUTS Cafe and PEANUTS DINER located in Nakameguro, Yokohama and Kobe will be holding a nostalgic Snoopy Flying Ace Fair from September 4th at all branches.

     

    The first time this fair was held, Snoopy dressed as an Astronaut. As this is the second time the fair will be held, Snoopy will be present at all PEANUTS Cafes and PEANUTS DINERs in a different costume. This time, his costume is themed around the series Flying Ace. Pilot Snoopy will be soaring into the scene fully equipped in his Flying Ace gear, steering his red doghouse to battle his rival the Red Baron as he did in those nostalgic daydreams. 

     

    During the fair period, there will be a whole new menu of drinks and original merchandise themed around Snoopy’s classic look where he is wearing his Flying Ace aviator hat and red scarf.

    Flying Ace Green Tea Latte: ¥700 before tax (eat in) Comes with a limited original drinks coaster

    Take out: ¥600 (after tax) 

    The colour of the green tea takes on the image of Snoopy’s green helmet. The sweetness and bitterness of the flavours perfectly balance out. The strawberry syrup adds a tangy accent of flavour. The vibrant colour creates the imagery of Snoopy’s red scarf fluttering in the breeze. The drink is topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream and is studded with cocoa cookie bullets penetrating through its deliciously creamy surface. If you love sweet drinks, then come taste the flavour of Snoopy’s adventurous daydream.

     

    * The limited original coaster is only given to those who order to eat in.

    * As there are a limited number of these coasters, there is a possibility that they will run out before the end of the fair period.

    Original Flying Ace Eco Tote Bag (green/orange):¥1,500 (before tax)

    The PEANUTS Cafe in Meguro has also released a limited edition Flying Ace version of their popular Original Eco Tote Bag. This bag is available in the two fair colours: green and orange. This A4-sized bag is the perfect size for multiple uses. It can be folded and stored inside your main bag as a sub bag or even used as your main bag.

    If you are a Snoopy fan, make sure to stop by!

     

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  • Cute Hello Kitty Dumb Phone Can Feature As Extension To Your Smartphone

    04.September.2019 | FASHION

    As part of the ongoing celebrations for Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary, Sanrio just launched the all-new Hello Kitty FIGURINE KT-01BT in Japan on September 2.

     

    This Hello Kitty Smart Mate features the same design of the popular original Hello Kitty FIGURINE KT-01 released back in 2016. Featuring as both a flip dumb phone and figurine, the device is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

    Everything from its design and shape to the packaging it comes in is inspired by 1970’s Hello Kitty―the year she first showed her cute face to the world―clad in an pink adorable dress and ribbon.

     

    The device connects to both smartphones and Bluetooth, meaning it can serve as an extension to your smartphone, allowing you to take calls from it when your smartphone is in the bottom of your bag. It can also copy over your contacts and phone history from your smartphone, making it a very handy addition indeed. It features all the basic functions too including a calculator, clock and more.

    Check out how cute that design is!

     

    Pre-orders first opened on Amazon Japan on August 1, but the device is still available to purchase right now. It also arrived at Sanrioworld GINZA in Tokyo on September 2. Announcements for future stock will be made available on OLA and Yoozi will be made available in the near future.

     

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