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 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.
PARCO_ya UENO is selling limited-time-offer items to commemorate baby panda, Xiang Xiang’s public debut
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)
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.
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.
*for both versions they offer 2 band colors, bamboo and black.
*for both versions they offer 2 band colors, bamboo and black.
hamamonyo (4F / store selling “tenugui” Japanese ornamental hand towels)
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.
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
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
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
4 kinds of salads including popular vegetables named after Shan Shan will be sold
“Shan Sahn” no Kosai Tappuri Salad / 1,296 yen
Shan Shan Dumpling / 432 yen (two pieces)
Asakusa Ginshachi (6F) / Sasa Dango to Omatcha Set
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.
Sailor Moon & My Melody Candy Parlour Opens in Fukuoka PARCO for a Limited Time
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.
*One per person.
Let’s take a small peek at some of the cute food and desserts we can look forward to♡
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.
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!
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!
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.
Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin festival to be held at Fukuoka PARCO
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.
The Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin Festival will be held at Fukuoka PACRO from January 19th!
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.
Nakayoshi White Stew – ￥1,380
Pitta Bread Sandwich Set – ￥1,480
Purin Pancake – ￥1,380
Pom Pom Purin & Panpaka Pants Japanese Style Tiramisu – ￥850 each
Matcha Latte / White Mocha Latte / Marron Glacé Latte – ￥650 each
*all prices are tax excluded
Jacquard Tote Bag – ￥3,900
Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin Puppets – ￥5,200
Tote Bag Sweets – ￥2,000
*sold at Village Vanguard Freaks
*select items listed
*all prices are tax excluded
Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin Pop-Up Shop
Panpaka Pants × Pom Pom Purin Jiichirou Assorted Set (w/ tote bag) – ￥1,350
*sold at Jiichirou
*price is tax excluded
*please note that the contents are subject to change without note
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.
Embark on An Aquatic Adventure to The Little Mermaid OH MY CAFE in Tokyo
It has been 30 years since Disney’s The Little Mermaid came to theatres. To celebrate, The Little Mermaid cafe has dropped its anchor in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Hokkaido and will be around for a limited time only. Curious travellers are sure to fall in love with this world filled with Disney magic.
As a big Disney fan, curious model Kanako just could not miss the opportunity to visit, so we headed over to Tokyu Plaza, Omotesando (Tokyo) to create a tongue-tantalizing report just for you.
The entrance was a treasure trove of exciting 30th anniversary celebratory designs.
Venturing deeper, we came across illustrations of the exciting underwater world.
Seeing all the images of the characters, memories of the film will come floating into your mind. Just how many wonders can one cafe hold?
There are five delicious meals and five delicious drinks on the menu. Everything was so cute that it was difficult to decide what to order. Time to dive in!
Ariel Vegetable Pasta with Genovese Sauce: ¥1990
This dish particularly caught Kanako’s eye. A graceful print made of powdered spices and sauce depicts Ariel gliding through the sea. It went perfectly with the salad. Feel free to take the beautiful paper mat home with you as a souvenir.
Cream Beach Risotto: ¥1,990
This creamy risotto depicts a beautiful beach. Look closely and you will spot Ariel’s most prized treasure: a dinglehopper. Feel free to take the dinglehopper home with you and add it to your collection of treasure. A layer of shrimp sauce lies hidden between the rice and mountain of salad. Can you spot Sebastian keeping a careful eye on Ariel?
Seven Princesses of Atlantica Colourful Tartine Plate: ¥2,290
This plate of tasty tartines depicts the seven sisters and will send you on an exciting flavour journey. The fruity tartine will fill your mouth with a fresh fruity burst of blueberries and strawberries. Next on the plate is a luxurious cream cheese tartine, followed by a chunky vegetable tartine and finally, a filling boiled egg and potato salad tartine. The tartines are surrounded by colourful sauces such as blueberry sauce, pumpkin sauce and carrot sauce.
Sebastian’s Strawberry Smoothie: ¥890 (with themed drink coaster: ¥1,790)
This yoghurt smoothie is dedicated to King Triton’s royal court composer Sebastian. Mix in the strawberry sauce before tucking in to enhance the flavour. You can also take the decoration on the glass back home with you.
Upon noticing the coaster that came with her drink, Kanako’s eyes were sparkling with desire. The drink coaster is a sure way to add some magic to all your drinks at home. Unfortunately, they are in limited supply, so make sure to get one before they are all sold out.
Next, the curious Kanako explored the merchandise corner. The illustrations on the merchandise have been specifically designed for this special cafe.
Canvas Art A/B (two designs): ¥3,500
Now you can decorate your room with your own collection of whose-its, whats-its, and thingamabobs.
Letter Writing Set with Case (1 design): ¥800
BIC Ballpoint Pen (2 designs): ¥500 each (Flounder/Seahorse)
The pink-themed gadgets and gizmos are very cute too.
Spend over ¥1000 (before tax) in the merchandise corner and you will receive a special Little Mermaid 30th anniversary shopping bag. There are a limited number of these and they are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, so we recommend you go to the cafe as soon as possible if you want one.
This cafe is a whole world waiting to be discovered. Reservations cost ¥500 per person (before tax). Just ordering from the menu will grant you the special gift of an A5 clear file and you can even pick your favourite from 30 designs. Make sure to reserve your spot in advance and get ready to plunge straight into the fun!
The Little Mermaid OH MY CAFE
Tokyo: OH MY CAFE TOKYO Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku (September 21 – November 9
Osaka: kawara CAFE & DINING Shinsaibashi (September 21 – November 10)
Nagoya: kawara CAFE & KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO (September 27 – November 10)
Hokkaido: Cafe Interlude (September 22, 2019 – October 14)
The Little Mermaid OH MY CAFE Official Website: https://mermaid.ohmycafe.jp/
6 Sailor Moon Cafes Opening Across Japan Including Tokyo and Osaka
LEGS COMPANY, LTD. has announced that it will open six Sailor Moon cafes for its Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 event across Japan this year. The opening dates differ from branch to branch, but the first two will open in Tokyo and Osaka on October 3. See all the opening dates in the Information section below.
LEGS held the Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 event back in September 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sailor Moon. The event’s theme focused around adulthood imbued with a hint of cuteness. The cafes were so popular that they had a second “encore” run in December of the same year.
This year, LEGS has created an entirely new concept.
The theme this year is “Girls Night Out,” and the menu line-up stays true to it, featuring food and drinks all ladies are sure to enjoy on a night out.
5 Sailor Tortilla Wrap Sandwiches – ¥1,590 (Not available at the Saitama cafe)
Pretty Girl’s Brunch Pancakes – ¥1,590 (Available at lunchtime only)
Girls Night Out (Chicken Steak Plate) – ¥1,990 (Available at dinnertime only)
Cosmic Heart Berry Sandwich – ¥1,690
Moon Night Parfait – ¥1,490 (Available at dinnertime only)
Girls Night Out Drinks (10 Flavours) – ¥890 Each (Usagi Tsukino/Ami Mizuno/Rei Hono/Makoto Kino/Minako Aino/Chibiusa/Haruka Tennou/Michiru Kaiou/Setsuna Meiou/Hotaru Tomoe)
This is just a select look at what’s on the menu―there are many other themed foods and desserts too!
Acrylic Key Ring (12 Designs Chosen Randomly) – ¥650
Clear Bag (1 Design) – ¥1,800
Plate (1 Design) – ¥2,200
The artwork for select cafe-exclusive merchandise was done by popular creator Etoile et Griotte who makes items for girls who love cute things, and Japanese illustrator Jenny Kaori, who creates cute, fashionable and alternative works.
Every person who books a seat in advance (¥650 before tax) at the cafe will receive one of the 5 above-pictured ticket holders chosen randomly.
If you dine at the cafe, you’ll get one of the 4 above-pictured lunch mats chosen randomly.
And if you order a drink, you’ll get one of the 10 above-pictured coasters chosen randomly.
*All prices are pre-tax prices. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation
Sailor Moon Cafe 2019
▶︎Tokyo・Shibuya: SHIBUYA BOX CAFE&SPACE SHIBUYA 109
Running: October 3, 2019 – November 17, 2019
▶︎Osaka・Abeno: Abeno contact
Running: October 3, 2019 – November 17, 2019
▶︎Aichi・Nagoya: NAGOYA BOX CAFE&SPACE
Running: October 10, 2019 – November 24, 2019
▶︎Hokkaido・Sapporo: Coach & Four Shinkawa-Dori (Hokkaido Branch)
Running: October 18, 2019 – November 17, 2019
▶︎Kyushu・Fukuoka: kawara CAFE & DINNING KITTE (Hakata Branch)
Running: October 26, 2019 – December 1, 2019
▶︎Saitama・Koshigaya: BOX CAFE&SPACE
Running: November 14, 2019 – January 13, 2019
Reservations: Opened September 26, 2019
*¥650 per reservation. Up to 4 people per reservation. Includes bonus item.
Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 Official Website: https://sailor-moon-cafe2019.jp/
Tokyo Disney Resort to Unlock A Whole New World in 2020: New Area, New Attractions, New Adventures
30.September.2019 | SPOT
Tokyo Disney Resort will be telling the guards to open up the gates to an enormous number of brand new attractions, events and much more all at once on April 15, 2020. Over the course of the year, there will be so many exciting events and programs all over the resort that you will be wanting to waltz into Disney Resort® every day. This is the perfect chance to experience your perfect Happily Ever After.
In short, Alongside the numerous seasonal programs and events, Tokyo Disneyland will be expanding Fantasyland. A new area will be built inside it called New Fantasyland, which is dedicated to the Disney film Beauty and the Beast. There will even be a new attraction called ‘Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast’, an indoor theatre called ‘Fantasyland Forest Theatre’, and much more. Along with the new Fantasyland developments, Tomorrowland will be home to the new ride ‘The Happy Ride with Baymax’ and Toontown is getting an attraction called Minnie’s Style Studio.
New Disneyland Attractions to Open on April 15, 2020
New Attraction: Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast
There will be a brand new large-scale attraction dedicated to the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. Enter the picturesque village of medieval France where Belle resides. Embark on a journey through the film in a dancing teacup and become part of famous scenes as the nostalgic movie music embraces you. You will want this beautiful moment to last forever.
New Indoor Theatre: Fantasyland Forest Theatre
This is the first ever full-scale indoor theatre to ever be built at Disneyland and it will reside in Fantasyland. The theme of the theatre is travelling the wonderful world of music with your favourite Disney characters. The live performances to take place on the stage will be undoubtedly dynamic and intense.
Minnie Mouse Meet and Greet Facility: Minnie’s Style Studio
For the first time in forever, Tokyo Disneyland is setting up a greeting facility for Minnie Mouse to greet guests. Head to Toontown to meet fashion designer Minnie Mouse in her beautiful costumes. Make sure to get a picture with her!
*Toontown, where Minnie’s Style Studio is located, will be presented by Kodansha Ltd.
The Happy Ride with Baymax
If you’re a fan of Big Hero 6 then this ride is for you. Your favourite personal medical healthcare companion Baymax will pull you along on a thrilling and rather unpredictable journey.
* The Happy Ride with Baymax is presented by Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.
Tokyo DisneySea ‘Disney Easter’ Special Event
March 27- June 12, 2020
Tokyo DisneySea has some incredibly exciting news: The Usapiyo chicks are due to hatch in time for Easter! These mysterious chicks with bunny ears are sure to have your heart hopping with happiness. They will be taking part in a show held at the Mediterranean Harbor. The Usapiyo will be joining Mickey Mouse and the gang to celebrate spring and fill your heart with excitement and fun.
Tokyo Disneyland Special Program: ‘Happy Fair with Baymax’
June 4 – November 1, 2020
This program will take place in Tomorrowland and will see the park filled with decorations, photo spots, merchandise and menu items themed on Big Hero 6. Your excitement levels are bound to inflate dramatically!
These are just a few exciting events that 2020 holds in store. Be Prepared for some fun!
*All images in this article are illustrations.
Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Taiwanese Bookstore Chain Eslite Opens New Outlet in Nihonbashi, Tokyo
Eslite Bookstore is one of the prominent bookstore chains in Taiwan that opened an all-new outlet in Nihonbashi, Tokyo on September 27, 2019 that promotes reading, culture and lifestyle.
This will be the first Eslite Spectrum shopping mall to open outside Greater China. Its concept is “a cultural wonderland for reading and living” under wh ich Eslite has curated Nihonbashi’s rich history and culture to promote to the people of Tokyo.
Eslite Spectrum is always in the front row when it comes to the latest in Taiwanese trends, and it’s a place I never fail to visit when I travel to Taiwan. When I heard they would be expanding to Tokyo, I couldn’t wait for the day of the grand opening to arrive. I made my merry way there, excited and eager to see what kind of place it would be, and what kind of items they would stock.
The outlet is split into 4 different zones: the bookshop zone, the stationery zone, the miscellaneous item and workshop zone, and the restaurant zone. The bookshop features a line-up of carefully selected reading material and book recommendations.
One hundred brands from around the world make up the miscellaneous and eating areas. Half of the brands are Taiwanese, meaning you can get your hands on authentic goods from Taiwan itself.
The building was designed by leading Taiwanese architect Kris Yao, whose concept for the design was “interweaving the old and new.” It’s a stylish, welcoming building with elements of the traditional Japanese aesthetic in there. The store front has indigo blue noren entry curtains, which is both stylish and quintessentially Japanese.
This new branch of Eslite Spectrum is home to stores setting up shop in Japan for the very first time. There are also many shops here selling items exclusive to Nihonbashi. I’m going to showcase four of the places I was particularly interested in.
Kuo Yuan Ye
Kuo Yuan Ye is a confectionery shop based in Shinlin, Taipei. Since opening, they have continued to use traditional confectionery-making methods, serving sweets with deep, rich flavours.
As well as having maintained tradition, they have also released products in collaboration with rising designers. I encourage you to try their beautiful line-up yourself to taste their long, delicious history.
We have covered Sarutahiko Coffee on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON in the past when we visited the branch in Ebisu.
The first thing that struck me upon visiting this new branch is how different the interior design is to other places. The design and its concept of “coffee and words” were created by book director Yoshitaka Haba. Quotes pulled from the books can be found written all around the cafe. There is also a space underneath the chairs for storing books. No matter where you look in the cafe, it’s nothing less than stylish.
The cafe has their own special hot cakes and original coffee blends exclusive to Nihonbashi. The hot cakes are topped lavishly with mont blanc, giving it an extremely rich taste and one reminiscent of autumn-time. Both the hot cakes and this original coffee blend are limited-time menu options available until November 14, so you’ll want to get in there quick.
For the first time ever, long-standing Taiwanese tea store Wonder Chuan arrives on the shore of Japan. The shop takes great care in the growing and brewing of its tea leaves, pouring their heart and soul into every cup.
The Taiwanese oolong tea drank was a similar colour to matcha. It had a sweet flavour and a much smoother taste compared to Japanese oolong. The shop also serves a selection of cocktails made with oolong tea as well as perform traditional tea-making methods for customers. They even have plans to host their very own Taiwanese tea workshops in the future.
The last place I want to introduce is Fujin Tree, also a first in Japan. This is another one of my favourites, so I was thrilled when this one was coming to Tokyo too!
It’s uncommon to be able to drink wine in restaurants in Taiwan, but the popular Fujin Tree serves Taiwanese cuisine and champagne in style.
Their dishes are packed full of fresh vegetables and fruit. One of their popular picks is their springstar and century egg with spicy minced pork. It’s a tasty dish with full, rich flavours that goes well with sake. It’s also great with rice. There are many amazing options on the menu, but if you’re spoilt for choice then I recommend this one.
Eslite is the bridge between Japanese and Taiwanese that aims to become a hub for Asian culture. Centred around reading, there are countless experiences to look enjoy here. Discover a new side of Nihonbashi by paying a visit.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Eslite Spectrum Nihonbashi
Address: COREDO Muromachi Terrace 2F, 3-2-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Fuji Tree is open 11:00-23:00)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: http://www.eslitespectrum.jp
Taste Different Japanese Teas in Wine Glasses in Fukuoka
27.September.2019 | FOOD
Neworld has teamed up with Asakura, Fukuoka-based tea manufacturing company Seichajo Yamashina to offer an all-new tea-tasting course. Reservations opened on September 25 and can be made via telephone call.
Yamashina Tea Stall first opened its doors to the public back in 1947 in the city of Asakura, Fukuoka. This long-standing tea shop oversees every aspect of their original blends, from the tea leaf selection to the roasting.
The shop’s representative, Koya Yamashina, is a tea professional, having worked as an instructor on Japanese tea as well as an established Japanese tea critic. He has travelled up and down Kyushu―one of the five main islands of Japan where Fukuoka sits―which has enabled him to select only the best tea for the shop, considering the taste, smell, season, place of production, and growers themselves.
Yamashina Tea Stall promises a fun and authentic experience when it comes to Japanese tea, for the very fact that it has had its hands on so many different types. That’s where their new program comes in to play, where they will pair different Japanese teas into different wine glasses―provided by Tokyo glass makers Kimura Glass―for tasters to get the best out of the tea, including the flavours and fragrance.
Let’s take a look at the course.
Piccolo 6oz Flute & Yama no Asatsume
This brand of tea is called Chiran Yama no Asatsume and it comes from Kagoshima Prefecture. It’s grown in Ushirodake, an area in Kagoshima with a high altitude, the only place it can be grown. It has a distinct fresh and sweet fragrance. The tea is served in a 6oz Piccolo glass which is a popular glass for champagne. Its delicate rim and form makes it the perfect shape to enjoy the full taste of the tea.
Garson 3oz Grappa & Yame Gyokuro
Yame Gyokuro is known as one of the most luxury teas in Japan. Served in a Garson glass, it has a thin, long shape, making it ideal for smelling the gentle aromas of the gyokuro tea and for enjoying its smooth, sweet taste.
Pivo Orthodox 63224-210 & Sun Rouge
Sun Rouge is an extremely rare variety of tea grown on the distant island of Tokunoshima which is south of Kagoshima. It is served in a classic champagne glass, much different from the flute-type champagne glasses. The liquid is allowed to spread over a wider surface, letting you take in the distinct beautiful purple colour of the tea while enabling the fragrance to dance around the elegant glass.
This is just a snapshot of the many drinks this course has to offer. If you’re looking to experience Japanese tea in style, then why not try out this course? They even sell sets of glasses and tea so you can take them home with you!
Yamashina Tea Stall
Address: 1635 Amagi, Asakura, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Course Name: CRAFT STORE x Seichajo Yamashina Japanese Tea Course (5 Types)
Reservations: Telephone (Limited number of places, please enquire ASAP)
Blue Grotto Fukuoka Illuminations 2019: Exquisite Food & Enchanting Lights
Blue Grotto FUKUOKA is an illumination event that opened at Nakasu Bridge in Fukuoka on September 16 and will run until October 6.
Nakasu Bridge is located in the shopping district Nakase, where two exhibits are taking place: “Blue Grotto” and “Blue Waterfall.” They are also offering a very special romantic and magical 30-minute boat cruise which takes passengers from Nakasu Bridge to Canal City Hakata and Hakata Bay.
As well as the breathtaking lights, passengers can look forward to a specially-prepared Blue Grotto Bolognese meal made by Nisshin Foods. Passengers will also receive an original Blue Grotto postcard courtesy of their boarding.
During the illumination event, there will be multiple food booths around Nakase Bridge serving an assortment of delicious food, including some made using Blue Grotto brand ingredients in collaboration with Nisshin Foods.
Blue Grotto FUKUOKA
Running: September 16, 2019 – October 6, 2019
Location: Nakasu Bridge (中洲懸橋), Fukuoka
Illumination Times: 18:30-22:00 (subject to change)
Access: 6-minutes on foot fromNakasu-Kawabata Station / 7-minutes on foot from Tenjin-Minami Station
Official Website: http://shibuya-aonodokutsu.jp/
Miyako Hotel Hakata Opens With Instagram-Worthy Pool, Michelin-Led Restaurant Menu & More
24.September.2019 | SPOT
Miyako Hotel Hakata will have its grand opening on September 22, 2019. To help spread word of the luxurious secrets behind its doors, an official report was released detailing everything there is for guests to look forward to.
Its metropolitan exterior is inspired by the spectacular natural landscapes of Kyushu
Miyako Hotel Hakata can be found by taking the Tsukushi Exit of Hakata Station where it stands directly in front, towering above the surrounding buildings. The basement floor of the hotel is directly connected to the station for ease of access. This floor is also home to a convenience store, restaurants and more and can be used by non-guests too.
The building is a gorgeous eye-catching glass cube which offers an abundance of natural light during the day. At night, the hotel exterior is illuminated with 168 LED lights, giving it an metropolitan appearance. The building rooftop has a running ‘waterfall’ which is inspired by the majestic rural environments of Kyushu. Its iconic design makes it instantly-recognisable, with hopes in mind that this will make it a new landmark of Hakata.
The lobby houses a gorgeous cafe lounge serving food and drink
Up on the 3rd floor is the clean, bright and spacious front lobby where staff are waiting to greet guests warmly. In addition to the reception desk, there is CAFÉ EMPATHY, a cafe and lounge which can be used by both guests and non-guests. The cafe is produced by Transit General Offiice which is known for having produced the The Rail Kitchen Chikugo―a restaurant train―amongst a host of shared offices, hotels and more.
The spectacular menu line-up includes an array of delicious drinks from herbal teas to flavoured lattes, as well as an assortment of light meals made using ingredients from around Kyushu. They also serve an original afternoon tea that’s served from 14:30. Everything on the menu is nothing short of Instagrammable and perfect for those who love to wine and dine on drinks and food that is both cute and fancy.
The colourful flavoured lattes come in four flavours and can also be ordered for takeout. One of them is the Beets Latte which is a pink colour which comes from the beetroot used to make it. It has a subtle sweetness and smooth flavour.
The stocked teas include those made by Paris-based tea company KUSMI TEA, such as the Anastasia which is a mix of standard black tea and citrus, as well as an array of decaffeinated fruit teas.
Spend your time in luxury in your room
Floors 5 through 12 are all lined with guest rooms. There are four types of rooms, all large, including Twin and Double. Each and every room has been given the same level of care and attention to create the most comfortable experience for guests.
The Deluxe room is the perfect package if you’re looking to indulge in a little extravagance, whether as a treat to yourself or together with that special someone. The room design is stylish and simple, allowing for optimal relaxation. The bed is roomy and is ideal for watching the television or chatting.
All guest rooms are also equipped with tablets from which you can control the air con, lights and so on. The TV can even tell you whether the restaurant is full or not which is a super convenient feature.
A restaurant and bar menu created by a Michelin-starred chef & dreamy terrace pool
On floor 13―the top floor―you will find Miyako Hotel Hakata’s must-see feature: the SOMEWHERE RESTAURANT & BAR. This all-dining restaurant’s concept is “A Beautiful Place Somewhere.” Its dinner menu was conceived by Michihoro Haruta, the chef at Crony, a Michelin 1-starred restaurant in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo. The innovative menu is made with local ingredients from Fukuoka and across Kyushu. The wine menu was created by Kazutaka Ozawa, a sommelier at Crony. The restaurant enjoys a laid-back atmosphere that isn’t overly formal or strict, with a glass exterior including the roof, allowing diners to enjoy the romantic evening atmosphere.
Breakfast is served to both guests and non-guests and is served as a western-style buffet packed full of assorted foods such as freshly-baked bread, omelette, Eggs Benedict, and more. They serve an original Japanese-style breakfast too for those who fancy Japanese food. The tall windows allow natural light to pour into the restaurant.
Right next to the restaurant is the hotel’s very own spa, offering a natural hot spring pool, jet bath, footbath and more. As part of the hotel’s grand opening, the spa is free for all guest until March 31, 2020. The hotel offers rental swimsuits too so you can freely and easily enjoy a nighttime dip. And when night truly sets in, you can gaze an unbroken view of Hakata from the roof, and the ‘waterfall’ next to the pool will also be lit up.
There’s even a special poolside menu so you can order cocktails and light food from the terrace. With everything illuminate in beautiful lighting, your cocktail in hand, you can certainly snap some Instagram-worthy shots. And if you’re looking for a warm bath, there is a large public bath and even a sauna indoors.
Miyako Hotel Hakata
Address: 2-1-1 Hakataekihigashi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka
Official Website: https://www.miyakohotels.ne.jp/hakata/english/index.html/
TOKYO CACAO: 20,000 Bars Of Tokyo-Made Chocolate to be Released
24.September.2019 | FOOD
Hiratsuka Confectionery Co., Ltd. began the Tokyo Cacao Project in 2003, where it began planting cacao beans on the island of Hahajima, the second largest of the Ogasawara Islands in Tokyo. The project’s aim was to produce chocolate made in Tokyo.
That chocolate is finally ready for consumption, as the first-ever batch of chocolate using the beans will be released on November 1. The chocolate is called “TOKYO CACAO,” and a limited stock of just 20,000 will be sold.
These plentiful domestic cacao beans are described as having a gentle flavour. The harvested raw cacao beans are fermented and then dried, creating a rich aroma and mild taste. A bite of this chocolate promises the deep, original taste of the cacao beans.
The chocolate design takes on an Edo Kiriko glass style so it can be a chocolate that symbolises Tokyo. Its carefully-crafted shapely design elevates the delicate flavour of the cacao beans and the chocolate’s smooth texture. Hiratsuka Confectionery’s facility has its own “TOKYO CACAO LAB” so that the chocolate is made “from bean to bar” within Tokyo. This is where the fermentation and drying process takes place and subsequent bar production. It has taken over 10 years to create this authentic Tokyo-made chocolate.
To ensure this chocolate can be treasured and enjoyed, it is carefully packaged and sleeved in a tin like a jewel. This exclusive, limited-edition chocolate from Tokyo is sure to be a welcomed gift to someone special.
Hiratsuka Confectionery is planning to release some TOKYO CACAO at select stores ahead of the November release. If you’re in Tokyo this November, make sure you get your hands on some of this very special chocolate.
Contains: 2 Chocolates (70% Cocoa)
Price: ¥3,000 (Before Tax)
Release Date: November 1, 2019 (*Orders now being taken on the online store)
Available At: The TOKYO CACAO website and a planned list of select stores which is yet to be announced (as of September 19, 2019)
Official Website: http://www.tokyo-cacao.com/
Poop-Themed Exhibition to Teach People All About Poop in Fukuoka
20.September.2019 | SPOT
Fukuoka PARCO and Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens are collaborating to hold a poop-themed exhibition entitled “Poop Exhibition: Poop Academy Cultural Festival in Fukuoka” on floor B1F of the south building of Fukuoka PARCO from September 27 to October 27.
There will be many elements to the exhibition. The first of these is the language section where sentences written in Japanese will be draped all across one room, each with references to poop.
Above photo taken from the Ikebukuro exhibition
In the “Outdoor Lesson” corner, there will be cased displays of different animal droppings with descriptions, enabling people to see the different shapes and sizes poop comes in.
In the “Poop Arithmetic 3rd Year Students” corner is a photo spot where you can pose like the Poop Maths Teacher as shown on the right.
At the end of the exhibition there’s an exam room where you can take a test based on what you have learned from the exhibition.
There’ll even be a range of original and exclusive merchandise.
Postcard Set (5 Designs) – ¥400
Folders – ¥300
Toilet Roll – ¥348 / Character Tape Cutter – ¥700 / Leather Futon Books (2 Designs) – ¥500 Each
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Listed prices are pre-tax. Event content subject to change.
Poop Exhibition: Poop Academy Cultural Festival in Fukuoka
Running: September 27, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30 (Until 18:00 on October 27; last entries 30 minutes before closing times)
Location: Fukuoka PARCO South Building Floor B1F
Entry Price: ¥600 (Free entry for preschoolers)
*POCKET PARCO members get ¥100 off
Event Page: https://art.parco.jp/fukuoka/detail/?id=297
Top 5 Delicious Must-Eat Parfaits in FukuokaFrom must-try desserts to the most fancy lunches, the best cute and stylish cafes and more, we have covered many unmissable locations in Japan’s prefecture of Fukuoka.This time, we’re here to present a sweet assortment of parfaits in Fukuoka that are sure to get your mouths watering. We are joined by Instagrammer moe who has provided us with photos and descriptions of this tasty line-up.green bean to bar CHOCOLATE in ImaizumiChocolate Glass ParfaitLet’s begin with the Chocolate Glass Parfait, an extravagant parfait which is made with cocoa beans from various different regions, offering plenty of flavour. It’s a refreshing parfait topped with chocolate tea granita jelly. It’s also drizzled in a chocolate sauce which is made with cocoa beans and imbued with berries. If you’re a chocoholic then this one will provide the hit you need!▼green bean to bar CHOCOLATEAddress: Nishitetsu Tenjin CLASS 1F, 1-19-22 Imaizumi, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka PrefectureOpening Hours: 11:00-21:00Closed: WednesdaysOfficial Website: https://greenchocolate.jpPatisserie Georges Marceau in WatanabedoriYou Kihi – ¥980A floral fragrance dances around this beautiful parfait, which one would expect the refreshing peach to be the centerpiece, only to find out that other fruits come through the flavour assortment too like lychee and raspberry. As well as fruits, the parfait includes sherbet, panna cotta, and other refreshing combinations.▼Patisserie Georges MarceauAddress: 1F, 5-8-19 Watanabedori, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka PrefectureOpening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Until 19:00 on Sundays)No Fixed HolidaysOfficial Website: http://gm.9syoku.com/patisserie/Oyatsu cafe Hibi to in HiraoStrawberry ParfaitThis classic strawberry parfait contains double-sized cornflakes. I would change nothing about its taste or appearance, which also matches the atmosphere of the cosy and beautiful cafe.▼Oyatsu cafe Hibi to (Japanese: おやつcafe日々to)Address: Maison Sansou 2F, 2-17-21 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka PrefectureOpening Hours: 11:00-20:00No Fixed HolidaysOfficial Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hibitoacco/Kurasukoto in HiraoLeft: Coffee Jelly Parfait / Right: Strawberry ParfaitCoffee jelly is a bitter flavour more suited to the adult palate. It goes perfect with the condensed milk and caramel nut-topped smooth ice cream cake. Piled with juicy strawberries and blueberries, you’re sure to enjoy your fill with this strawberry parfait.▼KurasukotoAddress: 2F, 1-11-21 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka PrefectureOpening Hours: 11:30-18:00 (Food Last Orders 17:15 / Dessert Last Orders 17:30)Closed: Sundays & MondaysOfficial Website: https://www.kurasukoto.com/shop-hirao/momotose in HiraoSeasonal ParfaitStrawberries, kumquat, and flower petals adorn this piece of parfait art. The combination of the sour fruits and sweet ice cream is a match made in heaven. As well as parfaits, momotose also sells other delicious desserts too like roll cake.▼momotoseAddress: 1F, 3-19-20 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka PrefectureOpening Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:00 / Tea 14:00-18:00 / Dinner 18:00-21:00No Fixed HolidaysOfficial Website: http://momotose-fukuoka.com
Kenshi Yonezu’s New Single ‘Uma to Shika’ Achieves Record-Breaking Sales
17.September.2019 | MUSIC
Kenshi Yonezu released his new single Uma to Shika on September 11 and it has soon become a new record-breaking sensation. The song served as the main theme for the TBS Sunday drama No Side Game, which just aired its last episode. The Oricon Weekly Single Rankings revealed that the single has so far been sold 412,000 times, which is Yonezu’s largest sale yet.
The first ever solo Japanese artist to make over 400,000 sales within the first week of a release was achieved by Tomohisa Yamashita in June 2006 with his song Daite Señorita. After 13 years and 3 months, a new record has been set by Yonezuー the perfect way to start the brand new Reiwa Era.
The Download Chart shows that the rank for Uma to Shika is remaining steady. The Oricon Digital Single Ranking Chart shows that the single was downloaded 74,178 times in just one week, earning the top place. Since the single’s advanced sales which started on August 12, the single has remained at No.1 for five whole consecutive weeks.
In the drama No Side Game, Hayato Kimijima (played by Yo Oizumi) works as the general manager of the company’s rugby team named Astros. He puts up a rigorous fight to keep the team from falling apart so that they can face off against their arch rival team known as the Cyclones. Despite suffering an injury, team player Jo Hamahata, who carries the spirit of the team, rises to the challenge of the fierce battle with every ounce of energy to ensure victory, gambling his sports career by wagering everything on his last shot.
The team members, staff and even the team supporters joined forces as one to ensure the team’s win, putting every ounce of their body and soul into the match. The theme drama’s theme song Uma to Shika is perfect for summing up this heated moment. The overwhelming feelings of the drama resonate in Yonezu’s song and has even stretched out to inspire many viewers. Many fans are still sending in messages about their lingering feelings towards the final episode.
Uma to Shika Commemoration Event
Location: Tenjin Kirameki Square
Dates and Times: Saturday, September 21 (10:00-20:00)
Sunday, September 22 (10:00-20:00)
Location: NAMBA PARKS Canyon Court
Dates and Times: Saturday, September (11:00-21:00)
Sunday, September 29 (11:00-21:00)
Official Twitter Account: @tabi_dekajake
Important Event Information:
* Please refrain from sending enquiries directly to the venues.
*As the commemoration exhibitions will be held outdoors in a public location, please act with consideration for others who are passing by.
* Events will be cancelled in the case of stormy weather. Announcements will be made on the event’s official Twitter mentioned above.
*If there are many attending this event, please cooperate as staff control the crowds by placing rules and guiding the queues.
Kenshi Yonezu: New Single ‘Uma to Shika’
Release Date: September 11, 2019
First Press No Side Limited Edition (CD+Whistle Pendant+Leather Cover): ¥1,900 (Before Tax) [SECL-2493～94]
First Press Limited Edition Version with DVD: (CD+DVD, Paper Cover): ￥1,500 (before tax) [SECL-2495～96]
Regular Edition: (CD only): ￥1,000 (before tax) [SECL-2497]
Kenshi Yonezu ‘Uma to Shika’ Special Edition Website: https://reissuerecords.net/umatoshika/
Kenshi Yonezu ‘Uma to Shika’ Streaming Links: https://smej.lnk.to/JCJ0B
Official Website: http://reissuerecords.net/
5 Must-Try Desserts On Fukuoka’s Beach-Lined City Of ItoshimaItoshima is a city located in the western part of Fukuoka and is known for its many gorgeous and picturesque locations－especially its beaches.Today, we are joined once again by Instagrammer moe who is here to show us the best delicious drinks and desserts to enjoy while gazing out at Itoshima’s breathtaking beaches and rural landscapes.OYATSU-STAND in Nishi-kuLeft: Tapioca Milk Ryokucha Green Tea / Right: Tapioca Milk Houjicha (¥600 Each)What better way to enjoy a refreshing green bubble tea than with a sun-kissed blue sky and ocean right in front of you? As well as ryokucha and houjicha, there are plenty of other thirst-quenching flavours to choose from as well, including Japanese tea latte.▼OYATSU-STANDAddress: 2198-3 Kota, Nishi-ku, FukuokaBusiness Hours: 10:30am until sunsetNo Fixed HolidaysOfficial Website: https://futamigaura.com/oyatu-stand/Itoshima Sabo in Nishi-kuSpecially-Made Single Classic Pancake – ¥500You’ll find yourself reaching for your camera to snap a picture of this Instagram-worthy pancake, branded with the cafe’s name Itoshima Sabo in Japanese. They serve everything from breakfasts to full course meals.▼Itoshima SaboAddress: 2915-1 Kota, Nishi-ku, FukuokaBusiness Hours: 10:00-21:00No Fixed HolidaysOfficial Website: https://futamigaura.com/itoshima-sabo/KUROKI in NijoishizakiRoll CakeKUROKI is a French restaurant that serves up a variety of courses. This fluffy homemade roll cake is filled with rich and smooth cream. You can order it as a set together with a meal too. Don’t forget, this place is reservation-only!▼KUROKIAddress: 459-3 Nijoishizaki, Itoshima, FukuokaBusiness Hours: Lunch 12:00-17:00 (Reservation Only) / Dinner 18:00~ (Reservation Only)Closed: SundaysOfficial Instagram: @restaurantkurokiSumi Cafe in HonSalted Milk Houjicha Purin – ¥500Sumi Cafe is a long-standing cafe that can be found by following a narrow road along the countryside. This irresistible salted milk houjicha purin is combined with astringent chestnut and candied chestnut to make a luxurious dessert.▼Sumi CafeAddress: 1454 Hon, Itoshima, FukuokaBusiness Hours: 12:00-17:00 (Lunch Last Orders 15:30 / Cafe Menu Last Orders 16:30)Closed: New Year’s HolidayTabelog Page: https://tabelog.com/fukuoka/A4009/A400901/40024859/Loiter Market in ShimakeyaLeft: Salt & Caramel / Right: Milk & Strawberry (¥400 Each)Made with organic ingredients, Loiter Market’s gelato is served in cute pastel colours. The salt and caramel is a must-try, it’s made with salt sourced in Itoshima.▼Loiter MarketAddress: 166-3 Shimakeya, Itoshima, FukuokaOpening Hours: 12:00-17:00No Fixed HolidaysOfficial Website: https://loiter-market.com