LINE Sticker Character Usamaru Collaborates With ‘Yukimi Daifuku Cookies & Cream’ Ice Cream
14.September.2018 | FOOD
Lotte will release the popular cookies and cream flavour in its Yukimi Daifuku ice cream line on September 17. The company is teaming up with the LINE sticker character Usamaru for the product this year.
Usamaru is a very popular rabbit character on the Japanese messaging app LINE who was created by illustrator sakumaru. The cute and surreal bunny is especially with teenagers up to people in their 30s in Japan.
Yukimi Daifuku Cookies & Cream are soft mochi-wrapped dollops of vanilla ice cream containing chocolate cookies. The flavour of the cookies have been made even richer this time around.
There are 5 very cute Usamaru packaging designs to look out for each with small differences. Lotte are also holding a Yukimi Daifuku x Usamaru campaign where you can get your hands on an original clear file. Full details can be found on their website.
Enjoy this cute and delicious collaboration with Usamaru.
Nana’s Green Tea x Häagen-Dazs Release Chocolate Matcha Glass Dessert
12.January.2021 | FOOD
Nana’s Green Tea is serving up a brand-new dessert in collaboration with Häagen-Dazs for Valentine’s Day at 77 branches in Japan. The dessert was released on January 6 and will be available up to February 14.
Matcha Chocolate Glass with Häagen-Dazs | ¥880 (Before Tax)
The dessert is a tempting sight to behold – not only is it delicious but visually appealing to the eye too, and layered with various textures so that every bite is a surprise.
The dessert is made with Häagen-Dazs’ “Sweet Chocolate” ice cream coupled with Nana’s Green Tea’s own original matcha ice cream, soft and crunchy meringue sticks, crumbled cookies, white chocolate whipped cream, and matcha chiffon cake. Sat at the bottom waiting to be discovered is a sweet strawberry sauce for a tangy kick.
Nana’s Green Tea – Matcha Chocolate Glass With Häagen-Dazs
Serving: January 6, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Price: ¥880 (Before Tax)
Available: 77 Nana’s Green Tea branches in Japan (Excluding DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, Tokyo Dome, and Iias Okinawa Toyosaki)
Official Website: http://www.nanasgreentea.com/
Häagen-Dazs Reveals Chestnut Filling and Soy Flour Brown Sugar Syrup Mochi Ice Creams
09.September.2020 | FOOD
Häagen-Dazs Japan is bringing back its Hana Mochi series of mini cup ice creams this year in two flavours: Chestnut Paste and Ginsen Soy Flour Brown Sugar Syrup, both of which will be released across Japan on September 29, 2020 for a limited time.
The Hana Mochi series takes Häagen-Dazs’s smooth and rich ice creams and adds soft, chewy mochi to it. The Ginsen Soy Flour Brown Sugar Syrup was released last year and proved hugely popular, while the Chestnut Paste is a new mouth watering contender this time around.
The Ginsen Soy Flour Brown Sugar Syrup ice cream is made using dark roasted soy flour and is mixed with brown sugar syrup before being topped with mochi and a blend of yellow and black soybeans.
The new Chestnut Paste is a super sweet chestnut infusion and has an authentic Japanese wagashi confection taste to it. The ice cream is also laced with a chestnut sauce as well as salt to bring out the sweetness of the chestnut even more.
Both are the perfect flavours for autumn-time this year.
Häagen-Dazs – Hana Mochi Series
Release Date: September 29, 2020
Price: ¥295 (Before Tax)
Available: Supermarkets, convenience stores, and department stores in Japan
Houjicha Tea Brûlée Ice Cream Released by Baskin-Robbins Japan
03.September.2020 | FOOD
Baskin-Robbins has created an exclusive flavour for Japan, the “Houjicha Brûlée,” which was released on September 1 and will be served for a limited time only.
The ice cream is laced with rich and fragrant houjicha green tea and irresistibly mixed with caramel-infused brûlée. It’s a fusion of Japanese and Western flavours here for the autumn season and is the first time Baskin-Robbins Japan has sold it.
The ice cream recreates that same burnt look that crème brûlée has. You get the full-bodied aroma of the houjicha tea balanced by the sweetness of the custard and caramel.
This is the choice of ice cream for autumn this year, so if you’re in Japan to see the beautiful autumnal colours, don’t miss out.
Price: Single Regular Size – ¥390
*Price may differ between stores
Available: September 1, 2020 until stock runs out
Baskin-Robbins Japan Official Website: https://www.31ice.co.jp/
Häagen-Dazs Releases Honey Sweet Potato Ice Cream in Japan
02.September.2020 | FOOD
Häagen-Dazs Japan released its new “Honey Sweet Potato” flavour of mini cup ice cream on September 1, 2020. The ice cream is a combination of two types of potatoes with high sugar content.
Roasted sweet potato is a popular food eaten in Japan during the autumn season. By roasting them slowly, you allow the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes to come through, giving them that distinct autumn-time flavour. And it’s these potatoes that are used to make Häagen-Dazs’s new ice cream.
Sweet and rich honey-loaded ice cream
Sweet potatoes are naturally very sweet and have a syrupy texture to them, something which has been recreated to make this ice cream. As you spoon the ice cream, the melty honey sauce laced throughout the ice cream trickles.
Preserving the natural sweetness of the sweet potato
Roasting the sweet potatoes actually draws out their natural sweetness. Combined with Häagen-Dazs’s full-bodied milk, they have created a rich and subtly sweet ice cream.
Create your own Häagen-Dazs autumn recipe
Häagen-Dazs has also created a video using their vanilla flavour to showcase how to make your own ice cream dessert using pumpkin and cinnamon.
Häagen-Dazs Honey Sweet Potato Mini Cup (Limited Edition)
Released: September 1, 2020
Product Page: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/mitsu_imo/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Hello Kitty Strawberry Ice Cream
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
Today’s recipe will show you how to make a simple ice cream made with frozen strawberries and a blender.
500g frozen strawberries (either store bought or self-frozen)
120ml condensed milk
Sliced white chocolate to make Hello Kitty
Defrost around 3/10 of the frozen strawberries until they are more soft than frozen, allowing them to be blended more easily.
Throw the defrosted strawberries into a blender along with the condensed milk and blend.
Place the blended mix into a ziplock bag and place into the freezer. After about an hour, massage the mix while it’s still inside the bag. Repeat this whole process 2-3 times. Doing this will make the ice cream tastier.
Once fully set, place into a serving cup of your choice, use sliced white chocolate to make your chocolate Hello Kitty, and serve!
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
ONE PIECE LINE Messenger App Stamp Proceeds Donated to Japan’s Front Line Health Care Workers
28.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Johnny’s Smile Up ! Project was set up by Johnny’s Group to contribute towards society and aid in relief activities. In the past, it has helped organise relief activities following such disasters as the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, and Great Eastern Japan Earthquake.
Japanese messaging app LINE supports the project’s work, and so has teamed up with it and Eiichiro Oda, Takuya Kimura, and Kazuya Kamenashi to create ONE PIECE themed ‘donation stamps’ which will be available on LINE from August 27 to November 26.
LINE sells donation stamps every year, with the proceeds going towards providing relief during disasters as well as for children around the world. Since April this year, LINE has supported and cooperated with Johnny’s Smile Up ! Project, and in June released their first collaborative stamps together which were based on the Japanese boy band Kanjani Eight. The two companies are coming together once again to develop ONE PIECE stamps in collaboration with Japanese publisher Shueisha, the creator of ONE PIECE Eiichiro Oda, and singers and actors Takuya Kimura and Kazuya Kamenashi, both of whom are close friends with Oda.
The full stamp set includes 24 stamps for just ¥250 or 100 LINE coins, all of which were sketched and/or conceived by Eiichiro Oda, Takuya Kimura, and Kazuya Kamenashi.
Eiichiro Oda | Comment
“Illustration is a place where one’s personality comes out. Kimura and Kamenashi don’t normally draw pictures, so there was some silliness, but the atmosphere and intention was still ‘Smile Up’! I had fun with them both, and I’m thankful for the size of their hearts. Be sure to try out the stamps!”
Takuya Kimura | Comment
“I am truly honoured to have received Eiichiro Oda-sensei’s approval for the Smile Up ! Project. A lot of the words that are encouraging me these days can be found in ONE PIECE, and I was able to pick out my personal favourites! Definitely take a look!”
Kazuya Kamenashi | Comment
“I am beyond honoured to have been given the chance to participate as a fellow ‘ONE PIECE x Smile Up ! Stamp’ partner. Truth be told, drawing isn’t my forte, but I put my heart into it and had a wonderful time. It was like a dream, a lot of fun. Make sure you all use the stamps!
Johnny’s Smile Up ! Project will use the proceeds for the stamps to support front line health care workers in Japan.
*Comments translated from Japanese by MMN
ONE PIECE x Smile Up ! Stamps
Available: August 27, 2020 – November 26, 2020
Johnny’s Smile Up ! Project
Official Website: https://www.johnny-associates.co.jp/smile_up_project/report-286/
LINE Corportation opened pre-registration for its new PC gaming platform LINE POD on Thursday which will be available to Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, and countries in South East Asia.
LINE POD serves as a single hub where users can access mobile and PC games. Users can log in easily using their LINE accounts and can connect with OpenChat so they can talk with their friends and other users while playing. The service will be available in English, Chinese, Thai, and Indonesian, and will provide the security and service know-how that LINE has honed over its many years of operating a global messaging platform.
Below is a list of the first batch of games set to be available alongside the platform’s launch. More games will be added.
・Free Style: Online street basketball game
・Game of Thrones Winter is Coming: PC strategy game
・ArcheAge: Fantasy sandbox MMORPG
・Hunter’s Arena: Legends: Action RPG and Battle Royale hybrid
・Rebirth Online: Open-world MMORPG
*Pre-registration and release date for each title on LINE POD differs from region to region
LINE POD will offer both free-to-play and pay-to-play games. Users can purchase Coins with which to buy games or game packages.
©LINE PLUS Corp.
Service: PC Game Platform
Release Date: May 2020
Availabe Regions: Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines
Languages: English, Chinese (Traditional), Indonesian, Thai
Games: Free-to-Play & Pay-to-Play options available
Baskin-Robbins Launches Snoopy Collaboration Centred On the Peanuts Characters
09.May.2020 | FOOD
Baskin-Robbins launched its collaboration with Snoopy on Thursday which is set to run until June 2, 2020. The collaboration includes a flavour inspired by Snoopy’s favourite chocolate chip, a Snoopy Sundae, and much more. What better way to start the summer early than with the adorable Snoopy?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Fun: Single Regular Size ¥390 (Tax Included) / Serving: From April 25, 2020 while supplies last
Chocolate chip is Snoopy’s favourite, and this ice cream flavour represents that. It’s a mix of butter and caramel flavoured vanilla ice cream laced with fat chocolate chips. If you don’t eat it quickly and Snoopy sees you, he must just steal it from you!
Snoopy Double Cup: Small Double ¥490 (Tax Included), Regular Double ¥710 (Tax Included) / Serving: May 7, 2020 – June 2, 2020
The double cups lets you pick two ice cream flavours of your choice. The cups feature cute designs of the Peanuts characters – there are three in total.
Snoopy Sundae: ¥500 (Tax Included) / Serving: May 7, 2020 – June 2, 2020
The Snoopy Sundae lets you pick a small ice cream serving of your choice, and that’s then topped with a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkling of chocolate chips, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, chocolate chip cookies, a chocolate red heart, and a chocolate Snoopy and Belle. Make sure you don’t forget to snap an Instagram picture of this before tucking in.
Snoopy Shake: ¥620 (Tax Included) / Serving: May 7, 2020 – June 2, 2020
Have an ice cream flavour of your choice blended with milk into a shake. Have it topped with whipped cream, choc chips, and a Snoopy cookie. Your shake even comes with an original Joe Cool cup sleeve.
Variety Pack of 6 Flavours With Snoopy Cooler Pouch: Small ¥1,750 (Tax Included), Regular ¥2,330 (Tax Included) / Serving: May 7, 2020 – June 2, 2020
The takeout variety pack lets you pick six flavours, and it’s boxed in a beautiful Snoopy dog house box. The pack also comes with a cute limited edition cooler pouch. This pack is sure to get you and your friends smiling.
Stay cool this spring with Snoopy.
©2020 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
*Please note that prices vary from store to store
Tokyo’s New Sake Ice Cream Shop Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Ship Ice Cream Around Japan
SAKEICE is an ice cream shop that offers a new kind of ice cream experience, combining Japanese sake and alcohol together with the frozen treat. The shop opened in Akusaka, Tokyo in March this year.
However, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the store has had to close temporarily. SAKEICE wants to cheer people up during these turbulent times with their ice cream, and has therefore announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign so they can set up a website where people can order ice cream in Japan and have it delivered to them.
I tried out their ice cream
Otokoyama / Nihonshu Ice
SAKEICE’s ice cream is laced with lots of Japanese alcohol. I tried the Otokoyama and the Nihonshu Ice, the latter of which is an original ice cream flavour exclusive to SAKEICE. They both contains around 4% alcohol. I were curious exactly how they would taste.
I started with the Nihonshu Ice. The moment the ice cream hits your tongue, your taste buds are met with its smooth texture, and your nose is filled with the full bodied flavour of nihonshu. The velvety texture on your tongue as it melts is to die for. The Otokoyama has a refreshing kick to it when compared to the Nihonshu Ice. It’s creamy, but the aftertaste is refreshing, so we recommend it for people who aren’t a fan of sweet treats. Both are sure to leave you feeling satisfied, and maybe a little flushed afterwards.
These ice creams contain alcohol, so keep that in mind when coming here with minors, kids, pregnant women, or if you’re driving.
They have non-alcoholic flavours too!
Matcha / Cherry Blossom
Of course, they have non-alcoholic options too. I tried out the matcha and cherry blossom flavours.
The matcha one has an irresistible bitterness layered inside the sweetness. You get that real rich matcha taste too. The cherry blossom ice cream is a cute light pink colour and has a subtle sweetness to it. If you don’t like alcohol then you’ll definitely want to try one of delights.
Rilakkuma Features On the Packaging For Papico Chocolate Ice Cream
Papico, a long-selling brand of ice creams in Japan known for their smooth texture, is teaming up with Rilakkuma to give 1,000 people a chance to win limited-edition Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma hand puppets. The campaign is set to run from April 20, 2020.
Papico is a popular brand of ice cream in Japan that comes in many flavours, such as Chocolate Coffee, which blends chocolate with cafe latte, and the sweet, sour and refreshing White Sour. They also sell numerous limited-edition flavours.
The collaboration designs include Rilakkuma for Coffee Chocolate and Korilakkuma for White Sour. They also come as hand puppets.
The campaign offers 1,000 random people a chance to win both puppets. It will run from April 20, 2020 to July 19, 2020. To sign up, purchase one of the ice creams and apply via the application page included on your receipt.
McFlurry and KitKat Come Together in Long-Awaited Collaboration at McDonald’s Japan
13.February.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan has teamed up with Nestlé Japan to release a KitKat® McFlurry®. It was released on Wednesday at all McDonald’s branches in Japan.
It has been seven years since McFlurry® and KitKat® came together in their delicious chocolatey ice cream combination. It was such a hit back in 2007 that it has finally made its fabled return to the delight of sweet-tooth McDonald’s customers.
The KitKat® McFlurry® is a simple combination of smooth soft serve ice cream and crushed KitKat®. It’s also drizzled in a special sauce made from rich couverture chocolate.
The mix of the wafer-like chocolate KitKat® with the soft serve ice cream is a combination to die for, and the sauce only adds to the mouth-watering flavour.
The dessert will be served in limited-edition cups as pictured above. These cups are limited in stock and will discontinue once all are sold.
Running: February 12, 2020 – Early March 2020 (subject to change)
Available: McDonald’s in Japan (Select branches not participating)
Serving: All Day
Price: ¥290 (Tax Included)
*KITKAT and キットカット are registered trademarks of Nestlé Group.
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
6 Must Try Soft Serve Ice Creams in Hokkaido – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPONHokkaido is home to some seriously sumptuous desserts, not to mention their matcha range. Today we’re looking at 6 unmissable ice creams you can try around Sapporo, because if Hokkaido is known for anything, its the soft serve ice cream.We are joined once again by Kei, a Japanese Instagrammer who posts enticing pictures of the delicious desserts and drinks he has tried at cafes around Hokkaido. He has kindly provided us with his incredible pictures along with a descriptions, which we have translated into English.
UMIERE 2nd in TanukikojiUMIERE is credited with lighting the fire on the popularity of mokomoko, or ‘fluffy,’ soft serve ice cream. Their second branch, UMIERE 2nd, recently reopened after a revamp. As part of their renewal, they have introduced a number of new menu items like shiratama white flour dumplings.Macaron Soft Parfait – ¥718I ordered the Macaron Soft Parfait, which is a tower of organic soft serve ice cream, macarons, chocolate sauce, and sponge cake filled with sliced strawberries. The ice cream itself is both refreshing yet rich. As you continue to scoop up mouthfuls from the ice cream cup, the other ingredients gradually reveal themselves: the fresh cream, the strawberries, and the sponge, just like a parfait.The cafe enjoys a relaxed atmosphere and is a great place to pop into if you’re looking for a hideaway.▼Umiere 2nd (ウミエール)Address: Marufuku Bldg. Floor 2F, 4-Chome-9, Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, HokkaidoOpening Hours: 11:00-18:30No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 011-211-4738
JB ESPRESSO MORIHICO in Shindohigashi
When talking about coffee in Hokkaido, the name that’s likely to pop up is Morihico. And when talking about their most popular menu item sold at their chain cafe JB ESPRESSO, it’s their variety of cute ice creams.JB Soft Cream Pudding à la Mode – ¥450Based on the Japanese “purin à la mode,” a type of Japanese custard pudding served with an assortment of other desserts, this ice cream is custard pudding flavoured and is drizzled in caramel, topped with whipped cream, and crowned with a cherry. And the caramel isn’t just sauceーit’s crunchy like caramel chocolate, giving the ice cream a variety of scrumptious textures.JB Soft Cream Mix – ¥420The mixed ice cream is one of the specialities of JB, combining milk and chocolate flavours. The milk ice cream is made with milk from Jersey cattle, so is rich in flavour while still being smooth and refreshing. The chocolate is also rich, made from three types of Spanish chocolate.▼JB ESPRESSO MORIHICO (ジェービー エスプレッソ モリヒコ)Address: 16-1-1 Kita 34 Johigashi, Higashi Ward, Sapporo, HokkaidoOpening Hours: 9:00-22:00No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 011-788-2133
Kinotoya Bake (Pole Town Branch) in Odori Park
Kinotoya Bake is located in Pole Town, accessed by walking towards Tanukikoji from Odori Park. They don’t sell cooked confections or take like the Kinotoya brand is known for, but rather tarts, apple pies, and ice creams.Gokujo Milk Soft – ¥410The name of this ice cream alone screams Hokkaido, as the prefecture is known for its Gokujo, or “first-rate” milk. It’s pretty big as you can probably tell from the photo! This full-bodied milky cream, which is smooth like fresh cream, is the one I’d recommend from the various different ice creams made with Hokkaido milk. And because of its size, your belly is sure to be satisfied afterwards!▼Kinotoya BakeAddress: Pole Town, 3-Chome, 2 Minami Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, HokkaidoOpening Hours: 10:00-20:00No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 0120-24-6161
TEA SIGN in PARCO Odori ParkTEA SIGN is famous in Sapporo for its tapioca, and at the PARCO branch, they sell it with milk tea flavoured ice cream.Tapioca Milk Tea Soft Cream – ¥520You can really taste the flavour of the tea leaves. The ice cream is moderately sweet with a strong black tea taste. The ice cream means it offers a different kind of tapioca experience from your usual tapioca milk tea.▼TEA SIGN (ティーサイン)Address: PARCO (Floor B2F), 3-Chome-3, Minami 1 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, HokkaidoOpening Hours: 10:00-20:00No Fixed HolidaysOfficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teasign_japan/
TSURU CAFE in Miyanomori
TSURU CAFE is a stylish little cafe in Miyanomori where they serve cooked confections, cakes, and many popular ice cream flavours. As well as the cafe side of TSURU, they also sell artwork and other things by creators.Flavour Soft Strawberry – ¥830The “Flavour Soft Strawberry” is a speciality of TSURU CAFE. This towering dessert is layered with ice cream, fresh strawberries, meringue, and strawberry sauce. The milky ice cream is refreshing, and the sweet taste of the strawberries is divine. The flavours are simple, but every thing in the dessert is delicious. The strawberry sauce is served on the side so you can pour over the amount that suites your taste.▼TSURU CAFE (ツルカフェ)Address: 5-2-8 Miyanomori 2 Jo, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, HokkaidoOpening Hours: [Mon-Sat] 10:00-20:00 / [Sun & Holidays] 10:00-19:00Closed: WednesdaysOfficial Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Cafeteria/TSURU-CAF%C3%89-676596185685718/
COCOBON in Shin-Sapporo
COCOBON is a super popular fruit and ice cream shop that opened in Shin-Sapporo just last year. The ice cream and fruits are mixed together as soon as you put your order in.Walnut Chocolate – ¥400I ordered the Belgian chocolate ice cream with walnuts and chocolate cereal. The Belgian chocolate is sweet and its texture is amazing together with the walnuts. If you love chocolate, you’ll love the rich flavour of this ice cream.The shop actually closes when all the stock is sold out, so if you’re planning a trip here, be sure to arrive nice and early so as to not miss out.▼COCOBON (ココボン)Address: 8-7-30 Aobacho, Atsubetsu Ward, Sapporo, HokkaidoOpening Hours: 11:00-17:00Closed: Mondays & TuesdaysEnquiries: 011-887-8984Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cocobonnoinsta/?hl=jaDid you enjoy these ice cream scoops? We hope you get to try some of them, and if you want even more dessert recommendations from Hokkaido, be sure to follow Kei on Instagram.
Photos & Original Text: Kei / 敬 (@607keih)
Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
*Information written in this article is correct at the time of publishing. For more details on each shop, please visit their official websites and social media pages.
*Food names are translated from Japanese into English where appropriate.