PARCO Department Stores in Japan to Undergo Huge Renovations

02.September.2018 | SPOT

PARCO department stores across Japan are undergoing renovation from this autumn to early winter to build them out approximately 21,000m². The work is being set out to create new ways to add value by offering expansive lifestyle to adults. The renovation will allow more popular cosmetic shops to be incorporated as well as a strengthening of beauty services and food variety.

The main Hiroshima branch of PARCO is remodelling its entire first floor with the slogan “LIFE with PARCO” in mind in an effort to increase convenience for people living in the city. It will be decked out with cafes, flower shops, cosmetic stores, shoe shops and much more, catering to a wide range of different customers.
The Fukuoka branch of PARCO is introducing a shiba inu dog cafe where you can enjoy a blissful coffee time in a retro environment while petting the pups. There will also be a new beauty salon that offers a range of services like cosmetic acupuncture, cosmetic correction, and more. As well as that, there will be a supplement shop stocking items for health and beauty, and many other shops.
The Nagoya branch is going with the tagline ‘Watashi Update’ (Updating Myself) and renewing their fitness club to offer new amenities and programs, as well as incorporating high quality fashion shops. They will cater to all your lifestyle needs.

The Kichijoji branch is getting a mini theater complex with 5 screens and 300 seats as well as a symbolic bakery and cafe that you’ll find on the first floor.

 

It will be exciting to see just how things change at PARCO and when we can at thew brand new stores.

Information
PARCO Official Website: http://www.parco.co.jp/

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    18.December.2017 | FASHION / SPOT

    Ever since PARCI_ya UENO’s grand opening, crowds of customers have visited. Many stores in PARCO_ya prepared panda goods for this opening but most say they are now sold out.

    Baby panda, Xiang Xiang’s (spelled as Shan Shan in romaji) public debut is the “big event” in Ueno now. In line with this baby panda fever, over 30 limited-time-offer goods are being offered.

     

    OLD-FASHIONED STORE (2F)

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    Sumi Panda (will begin sales from the latter half of February)

    Each dot is actually a panda face. A very fluffy material is used with the image of panda hair.

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    PANDA (will begin sales from the first half of February)
    This handkerchief is made so a panda appears when the handkerchief is folded. Even men who are a bit embarrassed to possess something cute, can use this handkerchief.

     

     

    TiC TAC (3F)
    They sell the popular hand-made watch brand “Kelutuan”made in Kanazawa. They have debuted a new collection of this brand with a panda motif. 
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    *for both versions they offer 2 band colors, bamboo and black.

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    *for both versions they offer 2 band colors, bamboo and black.

    hamamonyo (4F / store selling “tenugui” Japanese ornamental hand towels)

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    Mother and cub panda -mugshot  1,296 yen

    The hand towel has the mother and cub panda. In the background is a hemp and bamboo grass leaf pattern.

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    Panda and Saigo-don 1,080 yen

    A fun design of Ueno’s symbol character, Saigo-don and a panda.

    Ueno Yabusoba (6F) Panda soba tsutsumi

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    Ponda soba tsutsumi 1,404 yen *from after 15:00

    Little Panda loves to play. She likes climbing on trees, swinging on a swing and playing with tires and in a flower garden. After she plays she is tired and goes to sleep. This item expresses panda activities.

     

     

    DEAN & DELUCA CAFÉ (1F) / Caffe latte

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    Caffe latte S 389yen, M 432 yen,  L 486 yen

    If you purchase a Cappuccino a special dripping is possible

     

     

     

    Chugoku Meisai Ginza Aster (6F) / Birth-commemoration menu

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    4 kinds of salads including popular vegetables named after Shan Shan will be sold

    “Shan Sahn” no Kosai Tappuri Salad / 1,296 yen

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    Shan Shan Dumpling / 432 yen (two pieces)

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    Asakusa Ginshachi (6F) / Sasa Dango to Omatcha Set

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    Sasa Dango to Omatcha Set / 324 yen

    Shan Shan loves sasa dango (bamboo grass-flavored dumplings)!? The set of Ujimatcha and rich-flavored dango has the flavor of custard cream which is recommended for kids.

    Why don’t you enjoy the panda menus / goods of PARCO_ya after enjoying the pandas at the zoo.

    ◼︎Information

    Address: 3-24-6, Ueno, Taitoku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 10:00 to 21:00

    6F restaurant floor 11:00 to 23:00

    URL:http://parcoya-ueno.parco.jp/pc/

  • Sailor Moon & My Melody Candy Parlour Opens in Fukuoka PARCO for a Limited Time

    30.May.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    The Sailor Moon and My Melody collaborative café Sailor Moon×My Melody Candy Parlour opened for a limited period of time in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo and Nagoya and proved very popular. The Tokyo and and Nagoya branches are still open until May 21.

     

    Another branch was recently opened in Fukuoka PARCO on May 11 and will run until June 25.

     

    「セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー」福岡パルコ

    Those who purchase something at the café will receive a limited-edition Sailor Moon and My Melody paper lunch mat with an original pastel coloured design.

    *One per person.

     

    「セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー」福岡パルコ

    Let’s take a small peek at some of the cute food and desserts we can look forward to♡

     

    「セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー」福岡パルコ

    Sailor Moon & My Melody Peeking Face☆Burger – ¥1,490

    This is a cute doughnut-style burger with Sailor Moon and My Melody bobbing their heads up. My Melody‘s food burger has avocado in it while Sailor Moon‘s snack burger has berries. The place comes with cupcake-style mashed potatoes that complement the dish.

     

    「セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー」福岡パルコ

    We Can’t Wait Any Longer! Sailor Chibi Moon & My Melody Purin à la Mode – ¥1,390

    This is a pink purin à la mode and Sailor Chibi Moon is holding a spoon as if to ask whether it’s okay to start eating already!

     

    「セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー」福岡パルコ

    Welcome to Candy Parlour! Bottled Soda – ¥790

    All the characters are gathered together on the front of this bottle. The drink is a refreshing strawberry flavour.

     

    They will also sell these popular menu items again.

     

    There will of course be plenty of original merchandise sold of the two characters at the shop set up in the café. The shop can also be entered by those who can’t get into the café. The items are all limited in stock, so be sure to check them out quick!

    「セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー」福岡パルコ

     

    Acrylic Key Chain – ¥400

    They will sell 8 different key chain designs: the six sailors, Luna and My Melody. Look forward to seeing who you get.

     

    Die-Cut Stickers – ¥380

    Stickers will also be sold for the sailors, Luna and My Melody.

     

    「セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー」福岡パルコ「セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー」福岡パルコ

    Why not visit the Sailor Moon and My Melody collaborative café while you’re in Fukuoka?

     

    ■Information

    Sailor Moon×My Melody Candy Parlour @ Fukuoka PARCO

    Address: Fukuoka PARCO 5F THE GUEST cafe&diner, 2-11-1 Tenjin, Chuo, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Running: May 11, 2018―June 25, 2018

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30 (Food Last Orders 20:00)

    TEL: 092-235-7182

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

  • Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin festival to be held at Fukuoka PARCO

    15.January.2018 | FASHION / FOOD / SPOT

    The pants-loving, superb dancing character Panpaka Pants and Pom Pom Purin, who has continued to receive love for over 20 years since appearing in 1996, are teaming up in a dream collaboration.

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    The Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin Festival will be held at Fukuoka PACRO from January 19th!

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    The Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin Café will make its way to Kyushu for the first time for a limited period. To celebrate the grand opening, a Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin POP UP SHOP will also make an appearance, and limited edition café merchandise will be sold via Village Vanguard Freaks.

    Menu

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    Nakayoshi White Stew – ¥1,380

     

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    Pitta Bread Sandwich Set – ¥1,480

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    Purin Pancake – ¥1,380

     

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    Pom Pom Purin & Panpaka Pants Japanese Style Tiramisu – ¥850 each

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    Matcha Latte / White Mocha Latte / Marron Glacé Latte – ¥650 each

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    Merchandise

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    Jacquard Tote Bag – ¥3,900

     

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    Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin Puppets – ¥5,200

     

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    Tote Bag Sweets – ¥2,000

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    Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin Pop-Up Shop

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    Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin Jiichirou Assorted Set (w/ tote bag) – ¥1,350

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    There will also be a collaboration with the hugely popular Baumkuchen spit cake “Jiichirou.” There will be an assorted set that comes with a tote bag featuring an original illustration of both characters holding their own cake.

     

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    Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin Festival in Fukuoka PARCO

    Running: January 19, 2018 – February 4, 2018

    Time: 10:00-20:30

     

    Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin Café

    Location: kawara CAFE&DINING FORWARD, Fukuoka PARCO Shinkan 6F

    Opening Hours: 10:00-23:00 (last orders – food 21:30/drinks 22:00)

     

    Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin Pop-Up Shop

    Location: Fukuoka Main Building 1F, next to escalator

     

    Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin Café Merchandise

    Location: Village Vanguard Freaks, Fukuoka PARCO Main Building 7F

     

    Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin × Jiichirou

    Available: January 19, 2018 (sales will cease once all have been sold)

    Location: Jiichirou, Fukuoka PARCO Main Building 1F

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    20.August.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Get ready for some spooky fun as Tokyo Disney Resort® transforms for the 52-day-long horrifically exciting Disney Halloween from September 10 to October 31. Head to DisneySea to be captivated by the new harbor show Festival of Mystique, or get spooked out of your skin at the Spooky “Boo!” Parade at Disneyland. Today, we will be revealing the spooky looks of both parks.

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  • Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #11 – ‘Hatoya’ in Asakusa

    16.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Hatoya which is located in Asakusa Shin-Nakamise Arcade.

     

    The streets of Tokyo’s historical district of Asakusa are packed to end with cafés. You can be spoiled for choice, but Hatoya stood out to me in particular as it’s an especially old café. Business there began back in 1927 but the actual building was built back in the Taisho period, meaning its history spans more than 90 years ago!

     

    The outside appearance of the shop is smart and chic so it’s very easy to spot. I couldn’t tell by looking from the outside, but the inside is full of old decorations and odds and ends which make you feel the history of the café.

    One reason why I wanted to visit this place so much is because I was drawn to their logo. It’s really retro-kawaii so I just couldn’t resist!

    You should take some photos too if you visit.

    It was time to head inside. It’s really comfy and cozy in there; the atmosphere was nice and relaxed.

    Framed on the wall is a map of the Asakusa area during the Taisho era. Hatoya became famous back then because people could buy coffee for a mere 5 sen (a single sen is one-hundredth of a yen).

     

    When business first began at Hatoya, because the café was opposite the stage door of a theatre, all of the famous actors and actresses would pop in. Some include famous Japanese comedian Roppa Furukawa and film actor Kiyoshi Atsumi who played Tora-san in the film series Otoko wa Tsurai yo.

    I ordered the café’s popular hotcakes which cost ¥600. They have been making these same hotcakes since before the war.

    They were nice and fluffy and had a deliciously gorgeous brown colour. The flavour was out of this world when the butter melted from the heat of the hotcakes and mixed together with the syrup.

     

    The portion might look like a lot but they are fluffy and have a light flavour so can be finished with no problem.

    And is the café’s signature milkshake (¥500).

     

    It’s so refreshing that you can knock it back all in one go. It has a simple flavour but it tasted so good!

    I also ordered the ¥600 cream soda, my favourite beverage.

    I’ve been to many cafés, and have covered many in this series, but this is the first I have dined at with such a deep history. I found myself enthralled by the stories of the owner who has continued to treasure the café and maintained it all the same since it opened. I feel like I have learned about a world I never knew about. The next time I go to Hatoya with a friend I’ll be sure to let them in on its history. I encourage you to visit too!

     

    Writer/Model: Ema Tanioku
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
    Design: Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)

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  • STRAWBERRY MANIA: Harajuku’s Cutest & Tastiest Strawberry Ice Cream | Food Review

    13.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hey, readers. It’s Midori again, from MMN’s editorial team.

     

    Summertime in Harajuku means the cafes and ice cream shops start serving up some seriously kawaii and tasty ice creams. It’s always nice to grab a cone to enjoy while walking around shopping, but relaxing in a cafe to enjoy it is fun too♡

     

    If the latter sounds like your kind of thing, then I’ve got a new recommendation for you. I visited STRAWBERRY MANIA recently, cafe located along Takeshita Street in Harajuku that specialises in strawberry desserts.

    You’ll find it right above the 7-Eleven on Takeshita Street. Look for the strawberries!

    There’s also a sign outside showing a few of the desserts. Go up the staircase right next to it and you’ll come to the cafe entrance.

    No matter where you turn while you’re here, your eyes will be met with strawberries. It looks so cute♡

    The shopfront showcase is shelved with lots of succulent strawberry treats. The chef whips up other desserts to order besides these too. Everything’s almost too cute to eat!

     

    For the strawberry soft serve ice cream you can pick between three flavours: milk, strawberry or mixed. I couldn’t pick between them so I went for mixed.

    The combination of the bright red strawberry ice cream and pure white milk ice cream makes for a beautiful colour contrast.

    It’s also topped with a huge fresh strawberry.

     

    I took no time at all in taking a spoonful. The strawberry ice cream has a really rich flavour. It’s sweet but has that sour kick too, like you’re eating a real strawberry. The milk ice cream has a milder sweetness and a real milky taste, the kind you’d imagine if it was sold at a farm with cows.

    Everything is packed snug into the cone right down to the bottom, making it a filling treat. It can be ordered for takeout if you like, and if you do that you can get your ice cream straight away so you don’t have to wait for seats.

     

    They serve other things besides soft serve too, like shaved ice and parfaits. There’s so much to choose from, I think you’ll be spoiled for choice! Be sure to visit if you’re in Harajuku.

  • Popular Tokyo Café Bakery BREAD, ESPRESSO & to Open in Fukuoka

    09.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Bakery café BREAD, ESPRESSO &  has made quite a reputation in Omotesando, Tokyo for its stylish interior and delicious coffee and bread. The bakery café is now opening a new branch in Fukuoka called BREAD, ESPRESSO & HAKATA & on September 25th, 2019.

     

    To commemorate 10 years in business, BREAD, ESPRESSO & will be opening their first ever branch in Hakata, Kyushu. The café bakery will be nestled between Hakata Station and CANAL CITY HAKATA. Whether you are a busy commuter looking for a heartwarming cup of coffee or a traveling tourist, the location is ideal for anyone looking for a quick rest stop. 

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    Mu: ¥330 (after tax)

    French Toast: ¥750 (after tax)

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  • Tokyo Station Top Souvenir and Bento Rankings 2019

    09.August.2019 | Uncategorized

    Tokyo Station is a hive of thriving shops and restaurants. If you are wondering where to start, exit the ticket barriers and head to GRANSTA Marunouchi to discover a new world of bento lunches, souvenir gifts and much more. Still stuck on where to go? Lucky for you, GRANSTA Marunouchi shoppers have voted for their favourite bento meals, sweet souvenirs and general souvenirs. We have summarised the top three winners of each category.

     

    A total of 69 shops have risen to the challenge, submitting a total of 73 of their top items. This year, a total of 4,500 voters took part in the survey, which is 2,000 more than last year. There were 10 winners in each of the three categories of Bento Meals, Sweet Souvenirs, and General Souvenirs. Today, we are presenting you with the top three of each category. (The prices below are the prices after tax has been applied)

     

    ▶︎Bento Meals Category

    1st place: Asakusa Imahan Sukiyaki (Tokyo-limited)

    Asakusa Imahan was founded in the 28th year of the Meiji era (1895) and still serves delicious traditional Japanese food. The Sukiyaki Bento is filled with a range of nutritious vegetables and luxurious Japanese Black wagyu beef, which is a shop specialty. Enjoy the wonderful sukiyaki flavouring of the vegetables and meat. 

    Price: ¥1,450 Shop: Asakusa Imahan (浅草今半)

     

    2nd place: Salted Salmon Roe and Salmon Belly Bento 

    *Limit of 150 sold per day.

    Price: ¥1,280 Shop: Ekibenya Matsuri (駅弁屋 祭 )

    Salmon belly flavoured with natural fat is fried and topped with salmon roe coated in a soy sauce dressing. This exquisite bento is full of flavours that go well together.

     

    3rd place: Shoro Sando

    *Limit of 200 sold per day 

    Price: ¥648 Shop: Tsukiji Shoro (つきぢ松露 )

    The faintly sweet flavour of the tamagoyaki seasoned and flavoured egg is the perfect match with the mayonaise.

     

    ▶︎ Sweet Souvenirs Top 3 

    1st place: Maple Pie Sandwich Biscuit (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,944 (box of 8) Shop: The Maple Mania  

    Maple cream is combined with maple sugar and sandwiched between two delicious and crispy pie crusts. The box takes on the appearance of a red brick, making it the perfect Tokyo Station souvenir. 

     

    2nd place: Tokyo chocolate Sablé (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,080 (box of 12) Shop: Marché du Chocolat 

    The packaging features a beautiful illustration of Tokyo Station. There are two chocolate sablé flavours: raspberry and hazelnut.

     

    3rd place: My Captain Cheese Set (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,080 (box of 8 packets)  Shop: MY CAPTAIN CHEESE TOKYO 

    Although having just opened in April 2019, this shop quickly made the rankings. From the outer packaging to the flavour, the efforts put into the making of this souvenir are clear. This brand new sweet cheese-flavoured treat is a new GRANSTA-limited souvenir.

     

    ▶︎ General Souvenirs

    1st place: Karuizawa Royal Blend

    Limit of 30 made per day 

    Price: ¥1,122 (whole loaf)/ ¥ 561 (half loaf) Shop: BOULANGERIE ASANOYA 

    The recipe used to bake this bread was deeply loved by the Kazoku; the rich and noble family class that existed during the Showa Era of Japan. This thick and fluffy loaf is made with lots of fresh cream for a rich flavour.

     

    2nd place: Suica Penguin Mamegui Wrapping Cloth and Suica Baumkuchen cake (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Prices: Mamegui Wrapping Cloth: ¥648/ Baumkuchen: ¥ 540  Shop: Mamegui (まめぐい)

    The Suica penguin, who is the mascot on the Suica smart travel card, is printed on this round Baumkuchen cake. Wrap it in the hankerchief-sized tenugui cloth and it will be the perfect petit present for your friend.  

     

    3rd place: Lemon and Shiikuwasha Lemon Vinegar (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,728 (250ml) Shop: Nomusu Ekisupuresu Tokyo (飲む酢エキスプレ・ス・東京)

    This dessert vinegar has a refreshing lemon flavour. The slight bitterness of the Shiikuwasha vinegar makes it a wonderful dessert flavour. 

     

    If you are overwhelmed by the vast selection of bento lunches or souvenirs, referring to these rankings is a safe option. Have fun shopping at Tokyo Station!

  • Experience Tasting Mount Koya’s Famous Sesame Tofu at ONAKA PECO PECO in Tsukiji

    07.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen is a cafe located in Tsukiji, a district in Chuo, Tokyo. They serve rice balls filled with locally sourced ingredients from various locations in Japan. In the evenings, the rice balls can be enjoyed with delicious sake.

     

    If you visit the cafe right now you’ll be able to try sesame tofu (goma tofu) made by the long-running restaurant Kadohama. Sesame tofu is a meibutsu―or “local speciality”―of Mount Koyo.

     

    While it is possible to buy sesame tofu on Kadohama’s online store, the only places you can eat them out at is at their restaurant on top of Mount Koya or at select branches of department stores such as Mitsukoshi or Isetan. We visited ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen for a taste of this exquisite collaboration.

    Mount Koya is located in the Ito district of northern Wakayama Prefecture and is home to the town of Koya. The region is encased an abundant mountainous landscape. The Japanese Buddhist monk Kūkai opened the sacred mountain around 1,200 years ago. In 2004, Mount Koya which was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004 under the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” category. It has since become a popular tourist destination with Japanese and foreign travellers alike.

     

    Here is the heavenly menu lineup at ONAKA PECO PECO which is packed full of Kadohama’s sesame tofu.

    There are five items which are made with the sesame tofu: an onigiri rice ball, crab soup, cold tofu, pork shabu shabu, and a drink.

    Time to tuck in and try this famous food which has been enjoyed for many years!

    White Vegetables & Steamed Pork Shabu w/ Koji Sesame Tofu Sauce – ¥800

    This dish is garnished with a generous serving of fresh white vegetables and succulent meat. It includes lotus root, enoki mushrooms, cauliflower, and pork. It also comes with a white sauce made with sesame tofu, shio koji, and sesame oil. The sauce has a mild flavour in which you can get the full glorious taste of the tofu. It’s smooth and refreshing so is a perfect pick for the hot summer.

    Sesame Tofu & Plum Cheese-Loaded Rice Ball – ¥250

    This rice ball is a flavourful combination of a sesame tofu and plum paste and lots of cheese.

    This fat rice ball is wrapped in paper like a hamburger. The rich taste of the tofu and cheese reduces the sourness of the plum, giving it a gentler flavour.

    Sesame Tofu & Egg Crab Soup – ¥400

    The soup is an amazing combination with the rice ball. It has a miso soup base filled with green onion, enoki mushrooms, and crab. The elastic-y tofu is cut into big satisfying chunks. Its rich, creamy flavour combined with the crab is to die for.

    Sesame Tofu & Sweet Sake Jelly Drink – ¥350

    The cute white-coloured beverage is a healthy mix of sesame tofu paste and sweet sake. It retains the pulpy texture of the tofu and the aftertaste is super refreshing.

    You can order the drink for takeout so you can take a stroll around the streets of Tsukiji.

    Kadohama Sesame Tofu – Eat In: ¥300 / Takeout: From ¥240

    If you’re looking to enjoy the sesame tofu on its own then you’ve got to try it with either the wasabi and soy sauce or brown sugar. You can also order this to take away too. Each box contains one piece of tofu.

    The cafe is also selling exclusive merchandise as part of the collaboration. The collection includes a t-shirt, sacoche bag, and cap. Each item has a simple design making them easy to incorporate into looks.

    Easy access to Kadohama’s sesame tofu―which is made using traditional cooking methods that have been passed down generations at Mount Koya―can only be enjoyed at ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen. If you’re in Tokyo this summer, then take a trip to Tsukiji district to try this healthy and nutrient-packed tofu.

     

    Model: Ririka Satsuki

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Team)

    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Lolita Singer Luna Haruna Announces Surprise Solo Live Performance at Most Recent Concert

    05.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Tokyo singer and lolita fashion model Luna Haruna finished her premium solo summer concert at SHIBUYA TAKE OFF7 on August 4. The concert title Lupa and Aries no gastronomie was named after her single Lupa to Aries which was released earlier this year in June and is so far only available on streaming services. Haruna performed once in the afternoon and once in the evening with a live band. She performed a total of 28 songs, including some brand new hits.

     She launched into her concert with her hit songs Stertear, Kimi Iro Signal, Stella Breeze and Overfly. She then performed her two new fairytale-themed songs Lupa to Aries and Kaiten Mokuba live for the first time. 

    Afterwards, she turned to her fans and said:

    “I challenged myself to something completely new this time. I want to show you all a side of me you have never seen before.”

    What the fans heard next was an unexpected surprise. 

    She announced that she will be performing at Mt.RAINIER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE, Tokyo on November 16. The venue, packed with fans, could not contain their excitement, responding to the glorious news with cheers of joy that echoed throughout the entire room. 

    Her recent release Kaiten Mokuba follows the same fairytale theme as Lupa to Aries. The beautiful harmonies created by the strings pierce through the strong and pressing beat of the song. This gothic fairytale song is appropriately titled Kaiten Mokuba (Carousel) to further emphasise the distorted feeling of being spun around in endless circles. Luna is an artist who represents the lolita scene for lolita fans worldwide. This fairytale video is where her true self comes alive. Her new, mysterious visuals are a fusion of lolita fashion and Alice in Wonderland themes. 

     

    Luna Haruna Music Video: Kaiten Mokuba 

    The head-spinning music video shows Luna in different lolita fashion outfits. Each outfit explores the depths of a different character from Alice in Wonderland. Watch Luna spin her way through five Alice in Wonderland-themed lolita dresses including the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and of course, Alice.  

    Luna will also be singing the theme song for the upcoming anime film Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Fine, which will premiere on October 26. This isn’t the first time Luna has been involved in the Saekano anime series. She performed the theme songs Kimi Iro Signal and Stella Breeze, which were the TV anime’s first and second anime openings respectively. 

     

    The anime film opening will be written by Miku Sawai, who wrote the lyrics for the TV anime’s first and second ending theme songs Colourful and Sakura Iro Diary respectively. Miku Sawai and Luna Haruna have become massive sensations in the news for their anime hits. Just what kind of chemical reaction will unfold when these two heroines collaborate on the anime film’s opening theme song? Please keep your eyes peeled for future updates. 

     

    Photos: ©美澄

  • Night Party at Harajuku’s Conveyor-Belt Dessert Cafe Ron Ron for 20 Year Olds Only

    03.August.2019 | FASHION / FOOD

    MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron is a popular conveyor-belt dessert cafe in Harajuku. We visited the cafe last year when it had just dropped, so be sure to check out our cover story if you want more information.

     

    The cafe has just announced a night party that is exclusive to those in their 20’s. Titled “Cafe Ron Ron 20ty’s Night Party -PINK FRIDAY- supported by MAISON ABLE,” the event began yesterday and will run every night up to September 27.

    Customers can enjoy all-you-can-eat unlimited snacks for just ¥500 with no time restrictions. For an additional fee, you can also pick from the food menu which features 5 dishes and order from the drinks menu which includes alcohol.

    Everything on the food and drinks menu is ¥500 too, making it a delicious bargain!

    Desserts are served at varying time slots from 19:00. Depending on what time you arrive or decide to start eating the menu will change which is all part of the fun!

    The cafe has also teamed up with the fashion rental shop airCloset next door so customers can enjoy dining at Cafe Ron Ron while wearing a yukata.

    You can even continue wearing the kimono after you’ve eaten so you can stroll the streets of Harajuku, go to nearby festivals and more for an exciting day out in Japan’s youth and culture hub. The yukata can be rented by people of all ages – full details on the websites below.

  • Kirby Café Sets Up Shop in Fukuoka’s Canal City Hakata―Themed Food, Exclusive Merch & More

    02.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Kirby Café currently open at Tokyo Solamachi until September 23, and which has seen several runs due to its immense popularity, is heading to Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka. It will open on August 8 for a limited time only.

    Kirby’s Inhaled Caprese – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    Kirby Burger & Meat Pasta With Warm Veg – ¥2,580 (Before Tax)

    Kirby’s Uki Uki Marshmallow au Lait – ¥1,180 (Before Tax)

    The Kirby chefs are set to plate up an abundance of adorable dishes such as the Kirby burger and meat pasta which is served with hot vegetables. It arrives on an exclusive Hakata souvenir plate.

    Paper Mint Press – ¥1,980 (Before Tax)

    Kirby’s Funwari Stawberry Mousse – ¥1,480 (Before Tax)

    Fluffy Warp Star Pancakes – ¥1,980 (Before Tax)

    T-Shirt: Strawberry Light Pink: ¥3,400 (Before Tax)

    Fans can look forward to grabbing a range of exclusive merchandise too all of which have strawberry designs on them as Fukuoka are famous for their strawberries.

    Postcards (2 Designs) – ¥150 Each (Before Tax)

    You won’t be able to get these items anywhere else, so don’t miss out.

     

    There will also be an official store in a different part of Canal City Hakata called “Kirby Café The Store” where you can pick up even more Kirby goodies.

     

    When the reservation period for the Tokyo Solamachi café opened it was so popular that most tables were taken up on the same day which has left tons of people waiting for cancellations. If you’re looking to visit the Hakata branch then be sure to mark August 8 on your calendars!

  • Vegan Bubble Tea Arrives at Harajuku’s BOTANIST Tokyo Tea Stand

    30.July.2019 | FOOD

    For the whole month of August, the BOTANIST Tokyo tea stand in Harajuku is serving two different tapioca bubble tea beverages. Just 100 of each will be sold each day.

    The two delicious drink flavours include “Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea” and “Matcha Milk Tea.” Both beverages are made with high quality tapioca pearls from bubble tea store Bull Pulu who serve up Taiwanese pop culture with their tasty menu.

     

    Vegans shopping in Tokyo’s Harajuku and Omotesando areas will be excited to try the vegan-friendly Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea. Both of the drinks are also sold in eco cups and come with paper straws.

    Tapioca Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)

    The vegan-friendly option is a combination of bright and colourful butterfly pea tea and soy milk. It’s laced with a tropical coconut syrup for enhanced flavour.

    Tapioca Matcha Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)

    The matcha milk tea is a combination of rich and smooth matcha foam and milk. It’s mixed with a fragrant hazelnut syrup.

    Both drinks are takeout only and are available to buy on the first floor. If you fancy a little refreshing drink while strolling through Harajuku then be sure to visit BOTANIST Tokyo.

  • 5 Refreshing Shaved Ice Desserts to Try in Japan This Summer – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    28.July.2019 | FOOD

    The Japanese photo app LINE STEP is used to look up the hottest and most popular spots in your current location. The company has just revealed this summer’s Top 10 must-try shaved ice desserts in Tokyo.

    We’re going to take a look at our 5 most recommended from the selection.

     

    Shaved Ice Serve in an Entire Watermelon at KKOTBING

    KKOTBING in Jiyūgaoka serves Korean-style shaved ice, including their very Instagrammable melon shaved ice which is served in an entire melon! The mango yoghurt flavoured shaved ice is also a tantalizing treat guaranteed to make you drool with its refreshing combination of fresh mango pieces and light yoghurt. The store even has photo spots where you can set down your shaved ice and snap tempting photos to show off online.

     

    LINE STEP Page: https://m.linestep.io/review/1293001925947556534

     

    ▼KKOTBING

    Address: Jiyūgaoka Masumoto Bldg. 1F, 1-26-3 Jiyūgaoka, Meguro Ward, Tokyo

    Business Hours: Weekdays 12:00-23:00 / Weekends 11:30-22:30 (Food & Drink Last Orders 22:00)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: https://kkotbing-japan.com/

     

     

    Super Fluffy Shaved Ice Made With Natural Ice at Shigeyoshi


    Everybody knows about Shigeyoshi in the northern part of Senju. Every year without fail, you could be waiting up to 2 hours during shaved ice season at this hugely popular store. The unmissable menu choice this year is their cute strawberry flavoured bear shaved ice. This succulent strawberry selection is swimming in strawberry sauce. And don’t worry, the ears won’t melt or slide off while you’re taking your photo!

    LINE STEP Page: https://m.linestep.io/review/1293003652490855077

     

    ▼Shigeyoshi

    Address: 1-24-8 Senju, Adachi City, Tokyo

    Business Hours: 11:00-18:00 (*Summer season hours)

    Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays (Subject to change

    Official Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/shige_2017

     

    Cute, Crunchy & Fluffy Shaved Ice at foru cafe

    Out shopping or taking purikura pictures in Harajuku? Then make sure you drop by foru cafe which is famous for its brulee French toast. This summer, the cafe has whipped up a very special strawberry milk pavlova shaved ice dessert. The creamy and refreshing taste of the milk mixes lovingly with the sweetness of the strawberries. It’s all crowned with a crunchy meringue too which makes a delicious pairing with the shaved ice. Oh, and there’s a lemon pavlova version too which is super refreshing!

     

    LINE STEP Page: https://m.linestep.io/review/1292991141230150422

     

    ▼foru cafe

    Address: WeWork Iceberg 1F, 6-12-18 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Business Hours: 9:00-19:00 (Food Last Orders 18:00 / Drink Last Orders 18:30)

    Official Website: https://forucafe.com/

     

     

    Make Your Own Shaved Ice at #gram factory

    If you’d like a little serving of self-customisation with your shaved ice then you’ll want to head to#gram factory where you are free to choose your own toppings to make your own personalised dessert. Their milk flavoured shaved ice is made only with milk and condensed milk for a smooth and fluffy texture. Their popular choices include “SNOW QUEEN” where you can pick from various cute cookies like a flamingo or shell, and #OREOgram which is piled full of crunchy Oreo cookies. Delicious AND Instagram-worthy!

     

    LINE STEP Page: https://m.linestep.io/review/1293361333047132186

     

    ▼#gram factory

    Address: 2-15-1 Kitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo

    Business Hours: 11:00-20:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/gram_factory/

     

     

    Combinations and Toppings You Have Never Seen Before at Ichou no Ki

    Last on our list is Ichou no Ki where you can experience their beautiful hydrangea shaved ice. The littering of purple and light blue petal toppings are made from agar-agar to look like a hydrangea. Hiding underneath the white shaved ice is matcha cream, mint powder, houjicha tea syrup, and cornflakes, making for a kaleidoscope of colours and textures.

     

    LINE STEP Page: https://m.linestep.io/review/1293370743358226467

     

    ▼Ichou no Ki

    Address: 1-28-14 Kita-Shinagawa, Shinagawa, Tokyo

    Business Hours:

    [July-September] 11:30 until all reservations are made

    [October-June] 11:30-17:00

    *Group bookings can only be made for groups of 4 and under

    Closed: Thursdays (and select days which can be found on the shop’s official blog)

    Official Blog: http://s.ameblo.jp/ichounoki1979/

     

    Nothing beats shaved ice when the weather’s hot, so eat as much of it as you can this summer while in Tokyo.

  • Top 6 Most Fancy Lunches in Fukuoka – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    28.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Situated  on the northern shore of Kyushu is Fukuoka Prefecture, a hot spot for tourists and travellers both Japanese and foreign, particularly those visiting from parts of Asia such as China, Taiwan and South Korea.

     

    When it comes to amazing Japanese food, Fukuoka is high on the list, home to a bounty of restaurants including some seriously stylish and kawaii ones.

     

    Today, we are joined by foodie and Instagrammer moe who travels up and down Fukuoka dining at its many cafes for a bite of lunch or dessert. Using photos she has snapped on her days out, moe has listed 6 must-try fancy lunches you can order in Fukuoka.

     

    Niku to Wain Haneushi in Ropponmatsu

    Niku to Wain Haneushi is famous for its Saga beef which is matured on the bone in house for no less than two months. In the evenings they serve delicious steak for dinner, but during the day they whip up a seriously gorgeous and very affordable lunch menu. Their menchi-katsu, which is a breaded and deep fried ground meat patty, is served hot and fresh and retains the succulent juices of the meat. The next thing I’m looking forward to trying is their beef tongue.

     

    ▼Niku to Wain Haneushi (Japanese: 肉と葡萄酒 跳牛)

    Address: 1-4-30 Ropponmatsu, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Business Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:30 / Dinner 17:30-22:30

    Closed: Tuesdays

    Official Website: http://www.haneushi.com/

     

     

    Shinobumeshi in Ropponmatsu

    In the backstreets of Ropponmatsu is Shinobumeshi whose dishes provide a good balance of different foods. Their menu changes each day. The meal in the photo is their tender seafood katsu set. The katsu is deliciously crunchy and the okara soy pulp is to die for. It also comes with three little plates so your belly is sure to be full afterwards!

     

    ▼Shinobumeshi (Japanese: しのぶめし)

    Address: 1-7-36 Ropponmatsu, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Business Hours: 11:30 until all food is gone

    Closed: Thursdays and Fridays

    Official Website: http://shinobumeshi.com/muscat1b/

     

     

    moku in Hakozaki


    The building that moku is located in is a refurbished traditional house. It’s a fancy and stylish looking cafe but they have kids chairs and a kids menu too making it the ideal choice for families with children.

     

    I ordered the seafood caponata with sauce aurore. This pasta dish is packed full of healthy vegetables and fresh seafood that is bound to delight your tastebuds.

     

    ▼moku (Japanese: 杢moku)

    Address: Spital Hakozaki, 1-32-31 Hakozaki, Higashi Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Business Hours: 11:30-22:00
    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/moku777

     

     

    Shokudo Chez Moi in Befu, Jonan

    Chez Moi is a European style restaurant that centres on French cuisine. The vegetables used in making their dishes are sourced in various places in Fukuoka Prefecture including the city of Fukuoka, Itoshima in the west, Asakura in the south central region, and elsewhere. This lunch plate gleams vibrant colours, with the centrepiece being the chestnut pork which is surrounded by lots of different veggies that are fun to pick to enjoy their individual flavours.

    The dessert plate too is a cute work of art♡

     

    ▼Shokudo Chez Moi

    Address: 6-8-2 Torikai, Jonan Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Business Hours: Lunch 11:45-15:00 / Dinner 18:00-22:00

    Closed: Sundays

    Official Website: https://www.shokudochezmoi.com/

     

     

    Café 62 Banchi in Nishitetsu Hirao


    Famous for its homemade brad, Café 62 Banchi is located in a renovated room of an apartment. Pictured above is the “One Plate Lunch” which has a good balance of nutrients and is fun to pick at from the many choices on the plate.

     

    ▼Café 62 Banchi

    Address: Itani Bldg. 201, 2-17-3 Ogusu, Minami Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Business Hours: Lunch 11:30-17:00 / Dinner 17:00-22:00

    Closed: The 1st Tuesday of every month

    Official Website: https://www.cafe62.com/

     

    Papparayray in Akasaka


    Papparayray is popular for its rainbow coloured desserts which are piled with floral flowers and multicoloured fruits. My photo shows off their avocado and rolled oat salad. Rolled oats sit deliciously under the hearty bed of avocado. And the simple salt and olive oil seasoning is simply exquisite. No matter what vegetable is on your plate at this place, it’s sure to be fit for the gods.

     

    ▼Papparayray

    Address: Akasaka 2-2-22, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Business Hours: 11:30-18:00 (Lunch served 11:30-14:00)

    Closed: Sundays & Mondays

    Official Website: http://papparayray.petit.cc/

     

    moe’s Instagram is jam packed full of even more tempting food and desserts. If you’re looking for even more recommendations on where to eat in Fukuoka then make sure you give her a follow.

     

    Photo & Text: moe

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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