Miffy Sakura Kitchen & Bakery to Open in Arashiyama, Kyoto
The new takeout bakery Miffy Sakura Kitchen will open in Arashiyama, Kyoto on October 3, fusing traditional Japan with Dick Bruna’s cute bunny character.
The bakery faces the main street that runs from Togetsu-kyo Bridge through the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, the most iconic tourist spots of Arashiyama.
Vintage Mugs – ¥1,200 (Pre-Tax)
Lunch Bowls – ¥2,000 (Pre-Tax)
At the bakery you can get your hands on a range of Miffy licensed merchandise as well as a string of exclusive Miffy Sakura Kitchen made in the style of traditional Kyoto pottery and more.
Of course, there’s plenty of delicious goodies to get your fingers on too like anpan sweet bread, danish pastries, ice cream, drinks and more, all inspired by Miffy.
Miffy Anpan – ¥260 (Pre-Tax)
The Miffy anpan is shaped like Miffy’s face which is filled with sweet adzuki bean paste.
Miffy Fuku Daruma Bread – ¥350 (Pre-Tax)
This cute and round Miffy bread is made in the image of a daruma doll and is filled with rich matcha cream. Limited quantity available.
Carrot Bread – ¥310 (Pre-Tax)
Miffy loves carrots, so this one’s dedicated to her. It’s made with carrot puree and contains an egg salad.
Miffy Danish Pastry – ¥500 (Pre-Tax)
When you sink your teeth into this crunchy toasted pastry your mouth is filled with the sweet taste of butter. You can order it as French toast or enjoy it as a sandwich.
Miffy Cube (Matcha & White Chocolate) – ¥230 (Pre-Tax)
This cubed shaped bread bears the shop’s logo and Miffy on the front. You’ll get addicted to the sweet white chocolate and bitter matcha inside!
The bakery itself will also be decorated with all things Miffy, so if you’re a fan of the cute bunny yourself you’ll definitely want to go and visit.
“Miffy Fukudaruma” is now on sale! Let’s buy it as a “test passing” or “winning-an-election” celebration gift
04.March.2018 | FASHION
The telegram service “Hotto Denpo” has started selling “Miffy Fukudaruma (traditional doll which brings luck) Kohaku (red and white) Set” which is a suitable gift to be given as a celebration gift. Celebrations include such occasions as test passing, winning an election and marriage.
Miffy has become a “daruma” which brings luck. The palm-sized stuffed darumas made of a crepe material is very soft and is suitable to be used as a decoration inside your room. The product will be shipped inside a cute box.
Why not express your feeling of thankfulness to your family or friends by giving them this product which is also suitable to be given as a formal gift.
Looking for unique kawaii food? Head down to Miffy Café at Shibuya Parco to experience the new collaboration of food and famous character Miffy from Holland!!
04.March.2016 | FOOD
If you have ever been to THE GUEST cafe&diner located at Shibuya Parco, you may have noticed the queue of food fans which can be trail from 3~6 hours every day! That’s dedication!
Now, from 18th March, THE GUEST cafe&diner will start its new collaboration with the ever popular character from Holland, Miffy — as if they’re not getting enough business already!
This unique collaboration intends to not only sell a great number of limited Miffy-related merchandise which are not available elsewhere, but also to provide a special menu to customers which serves Miffy-tastic meals!
Please come and enjoy the unique experience of the collaboration between world famous Miffy and this wonderful Japanese café! Scoop up your serving of Miffy-madness now!
Location : Shibuya Parco PART1 ・7F THE GUEST cafe & diner
Period of availability : Friday 18th March ～ Sunday 8th May 2016
Miffy themed café to open in Ikebukuro in March
01.March.2017 | FOOD
In celebration of everyone’s beloved favourite rabbit Miffy’s 60th anniversary, a Miffy themed café is set to open in Ikebukuro on March 7th and will be open until May 7th. The café is located in “Dining Park Ikebukuro” which you will find on the 8th floor of Seibu Ikebukuro. Seibu Ikebukuro is accessible from the East exit of the main Ikebukuo Station – just head outside and you will see it.
The menu has a line-up of 6 different cute Miffy inspired dishes, including chubby, lovable and good-fortune “Fuku Daruma.” As well as that, there is the Miffy omurice which looks like Miffy heading out into the carrot fields; a yellow soup “Miffy Cheese Cream Pasta”; the “Miffy Pancake,” which brings to life the character of the colourful picture books drawn by Miffy’s creator Dick Brun, and is topped with berries; the “Miffy Grilled Apple,” which sits on top of custard cream; and the “Miffy Orange Hot Chocolate” dashed with sugar beads which looks like stars in the night sky.
People who order one of the above mentioned food items will receive limited edition presents including a lunch mat and post cards. If you’re a Miffy fan, you won’t want to miss out on these kawaii freebies!
Miffy Café Ikebukuro
Dates: Tuesday March 7th, 2017 to Sunday May 7th, 2017
Gourmet Stadium II Seibu Ikebukuro 8F 1 Chome-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Miffy Café Ikebukuro
Open: 11:00-23:00 (open from 10:30 on weekends and national holidays) ※Last Orders: 22:00
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The new Miffy themed double-wall glass, which was released in November last year and sold out only in one day is back with new designs including standard design from previous collection.
Double-wall Miffy Glass
miffy style Surprised
miffy style Sleeping
miffy style Tears
miffy style Standard
Don’t miss out the must-have Miffy themed adorable double wall glass!
Kyoto Tower Hotel Celebrates 110th Anniversary of Randen Tramway Service With Special Hotel Plan
18.June.2021 | SPOT
In commemoration of the Randen tramway service’s 110th anniversary, Kyoto Tower Hotel introduced an exclusive new one-night hotel plan on Friday at one of its rooms. The Kyoto Tower Hotel Train Room is a themed guest room experience and celebration of Randen’s long history.
A look at the Randen Kitano Line
Randen tram photos decorate the guest room
Old train tickets and platform signs
A tatami area, train handles, and train priority seat
Randen Train Room souvenirs for guests
Randen was founded in 1910 and remains the only tramline in Kyoto. It’s part of Keifuku Electric Railroad and runs from Shijo-Omiya to Arashiyama. The Randen Train Room is a trainspotter and train otaku’s paradise. Inside, guests will find historical photos of trams that have run as part of the Randen service, as well as other train-related motifs like a Randen priority seat chair, carriage handles, and more. There’s also a little tatami seating area which is perfect for sitting on and planning your next day’s trip, putting out souvenirs you’ve picked up, or just relaxing. Guests can also watch a DVD on the TV that looks at footage of Randen trains, and even listen to a CD that has train sounds on it.
Randen Train Room
Location: Kyoto Tower Hotel (Room 820)
Running: June 11, 2021 – June 10, 2022
Ace Hotel Kyoto Commemorates 1st Anniversary With Yu Nagaba Exhibition
Ace Hotel Kyoto marked its 1st anniversary on June 11 since opening. In celebration of hitting the milestone, the hotel is collaborating with Japanese artist Yu Nagaba by displaying his work at its gallery until June 30. The works displayed are of the sights and people that Nagaba saw and penned in a memo pad while staying at Ace Hotel Kyoto. All of the illustrations were made for this exhibition and so they are being exhibited for the first time. One of the pieces is also being sold at stickers in the hotel’s shop.
Yu Nagaba‘s work
Yu Nagaba | Comment
“After I heard whispers that Ace Hotel was setting up in Kyoto, I hoped I could do something, so I was happy to take part in this project, but I also spent my time wondering what I could draw, and no ideas came to mind. After pondering I went to find inspiration by deciding to stay at Ace Hotel. I drew what came to mind during my time there as I walked the streets of Kyoto and spent time at the hotel. I drew a total of 49 illustrations in my memo pad. I painted six of my favourites on canvas. I hope people can get a feel for my experiences of Kyoto in these pieces.”
Ace Hotel Kyoto x Yu Nagaba
Running: June 7, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Location: Ace Hotel Kyoto (Floor 1F Gallery Space)
Official Website: https://www.acehotel.com/kyoto/
Experience a Bath Like Never Before in a Luxurious Private Space at Yadoru KYOTO HANARE
15.June.2021 | SPOT
Yadoru KYOTO HANARE is a hotel in Kyoto that blends seamlessly into the town, offering a stay experience that’s like living there. For guests who use their baths, they have introduced a new selection of five ingredients to be put into the bath like bath salts. Each comes with a different effect, enhancing your bathing experience beyond getting clean.
Yadoru KYOTO HANARE is continuing to enforce precautions against the spread of COVID-19 so guests can enjoy getting away from home to relax and unwind safely. The hotel has and continues to enjoy many guests during this time who are seeking out some healing. One of the biggest selling points for guests is the hotel’s bathing experience. With that in mind, they have set up the Yadoru YUAMI service which allows guests to try a variety of bathing products made by local Kyoto businesses.
‘Yuami’ is an old Japanese expression for getting in the bath. The word ‘yadoru’ in the hotel’s name is also an old phrase meaning ‘to stay at a lodging on your travels.’ Yadoru KYOTO HANARE is wanting to have its site feel even more like a traditional Kyoto townhouse for guests to experience, so they are now using the word ‘YUAMI’ as part of their services.
With Yadoru YUAMI, guests can pick from five different bath products, each wrapped in pouches. Each offers a completely different bathing experience with different benefits and fragrances.
1. Sake Lees
Sake lees from Kyoto’s long-standing and historical sake brewery Sasaki Shuzou. Massage the lees in the bathtub while they are still in the pouch to create a milky white water that fills the bathroom with the fragrant smell of sake lees. The ingredients in the lees have a moisturising effect, improve blood circulation, and leave skin looking beautiful.
2. Gyokuro Green Tea
The Kyoto Distillery stands as Japan’s first establishment specialising in gin. One of their gins is called Ki no Bi, a Japanese craft gin. Its smell and taste is the result of a combination of 11 kinds of botanical products including gyokuro green tea, junpier berry, and hinoki cypress, all of which are featured individually on this list. Gyokuro is a type of high-grade Japanese green tea and contains theanine which stimulates relaxing, making it perfect for unwinding after a long day.
3. Juniper Berry
Juniper berry is an indispensable ingredient in making craft gin. This bathing product is made with the type that’s actually used in making Ki no Bi craft gin. When submerged in the water, the air is filled with the woody, relaxing, and inviting scent of gin.
4. Hinoki Cypress
This bathing powder is also made with the same hinoki cypress used in Ki no Bi which, when put in the water, emits the smells of a forest. Hinoki cypress contains phytoncide which has a relaxation effect, calming the autonomic nervous system and blood pressure.
Matcha is the quintessential flavour of Kyoto. Guests who check in at Yadoru KYOTO HANARE are offered a cup. They can also bathe in it with Yadoru YUAMI.
Release Date: June 1, 2021
Price: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
Location: Yadoru KYOTO HANARE (Participating Branches: Washi no Yado/Kanade no Yado/Mizunoe no Yado/Roji no Yado)
Book by Telephone: 03-4510-8671
Book by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Exclusive to Yadoru KYOTO HANARE guests
Disney’s Mickey & Friends Teams Up With Tokyo’s Souvenir Sweet Tokyo Banana
07.June.2021 | FOOD
Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana, a joint confectionery shop between GRAPESTONE and Tokyo Banana, released its new Mickey & Friends collection on Thursday.
Tokyo Banana Mickey & Friends Collection | ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto join hands in a heart-warming new collection of Tokyo Banana, a cream-filled sponge cake and the official souvenir sweet of Tokyo’s official souvenir sweet: Tokyo Banana.
Mickey & Friends arrive in all the colours of the rainbow
The colourful packaging features the Disney group of best friends including Mickey, who loves his friends, his girlfriend Minnie, the anger-prone Donald, stylish Daisy, silly Goofy, and trusty Pluto.
Six cute patterns decorate the sponge cakes
There are six super cute Mickey & Friends designs you could get in your Tokyo Banana, and each one is random. They are filled with chocolate banana-flavoured custard cream.
Collect all the postcards
All boxes of these treats come with two of eight possible postcard designs which you can use for sending to someone or even as room decoration.
Mickey & Friends Tokyo Banana
Released: June 3, 2021
Where: Tokyo Banana stores
Tokyo Banana Official Website: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/disney/index.html
These Disney Ceramic Teacups and Plates Are Traditional Kiyomizu Wares From Kyoto
07.June.2021 | FASHION
Asahido is now selling a collection of Disney-inspired ceramics made using a traditional Japanese pottery technique known as Kiyomizu which originated in Kyoto.
Winnie the Pooh Hundred Acre Wood Teacup
This collection of teacups features hand drawn designs of Winnie the Pooh and his friends relaxing in their home of the Hundred Acre Wood. They are dyed indigo using a traditional dyeing technique known as gosu which makes the colour run deep into the design. There are cups to pick from, one big and one small and both with different designs. More details here (in Japanese).
Mickey & Minnie Traditional Dyed Pattern Mugs
These smiley teacups are made using the same dyeing technique and feature Mickey and Minnie made from collages of traditional Japanese patterns that have long been used in Kyoto.
Disney Princess Plates
Seven Disney Princesses have been feauted in this hand-painted Kiyomizu ware plate collection, all of which are lined with gorgeous colours including gold. They make for beautiful decorations for any Disney fan’s room.
Mickey & Minnie Kiyomizu Dolls
“Rakuyaki” is the name of the hand-mouldered pottery technique used to crafts these Mickey and Minnie Mouse dolls, one which has been used since the Taisho Period. Compared to the other ceramics on this list, these dolls are baked at a lower temperature, giving the colours a softer look. Red and black are classic colour combinations used in this technique, so Mickey and Minnie were the perfect candidates. Only 100 of each will be sold.
Asahido’s Kyoto Traditional Design Disney Series
Official Website: https://www.asahido.co.jp/lp/disney/
The Promised Neverland x Hotel Keihan Room Plan Collaboration Begins
Hotel Keihan launched a new guest room plan in collaboration with the anime series The Promised Neverland at its Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai, and Sapporo branches on Tuesday. It also released a collection of exclusive merchandise which can be bought at each hotel’s front desk.
Exclusive Merch Line-Up
Pins | ¥550 Each (Tax Included)
Key Rings | ¥550 Each (Tax Included)
The hotel plan was originally scheduled to take place for three months but has been extended by a further month to accommodate for travel restrictions as well as guest demand. New prices have also been introduced to make it more accessible to people. Fans of the anime series can get their hands on a range of items not available anywhere else too including pins, key rings, folders, and more.
The hotel room designs are inspired by both seasons of The Promised Neverland and come with life-size panels, wall decorations, and more, so fans can look forward to getting sucked into the world of the anime series.
Hotel Keihan x The Promised Neverland
Running: June 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021 (Guest Rooms + Merchandise)
Book Here: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/yakuneba/
Hotel Keihan Official Website: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/
Hotel Keihan Sapporo: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/sapporo/
Hotel Keihan Sendai: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/sendai/
Hotel Keihan Tsukiji Ginza: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/tsukijiginza/
Hotel Keihan Nagoya: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/nagoya/
Hotel Keihan Kyoto: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/kyoto/
Hotel Keihan Kyobashi: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/kyobashi/
Michelin Star Restaurant and Sushi Bar in Kyoto Get Added to Hometown Tax Service
Furunavi, a Japanese website that offers the hometown tax service, has added two restaurants in Kyoto to its listings. Hometown tax allows taxpayers to donate to any municipality and receive tax cuts.
Due to COVID-19, the number of tourists and travellers in Kyoto has meant that major tourist sites and restaurants have seen a lack of visitors. In response to this, Furunavi is collaborating with Kyoto City using its ‘Furunavi Gourment Point’ scheme that lets people dine at restaurants and eateries in the city while enjoying tax deductions.
Kikunoi Roan and Sushi Rakumi are two restaurants that have been added to Furunavi’s service.
Kyoto x Kikunoi Roan
Kikunoi Roan is a Michelin two-star restaurant located just a little down from Shijo-dori and Kiyamachi-dori by the business district of Takase River. When stepping through the noren entrance curtain of the concrete building, you’re met with a quiet tranquility that makes you forget you’re even in the big bustling city. The restaurant’s counter seats are popular as you get to watch the chefs prepare the food before you. It’s a compact space that brings customers close together. More details on Furunavi here.
Kyoto x Sushi Rakumi
Sushi Rakumi is a Michelin one-star sushi restaurant situated beside Shirakawa River. This counter-style sushi bar seats just eight people at a time. The chefs are skilled in many different forms of sushi making, all of which capture the delicious taste of Kyoto cuisine. The sushi toppings are all sourced from Kyoto, Toyosu, and Yaizu. Enjoy a unique selection of innovative sushi courses. More details on Furunavi here.
Furunavi x Kyoto Restaurants
Address: 118 Saitocho Kiyamachidori 4-Jo Sagaru, Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto 600-8012 Kyoto Prefecture
Address: 332-6 Miyoshichō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0081
Furunavi Official Website: https://furunavi.jp/
Kyoto’s Ace Hotel Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary With Special Hotel Plan
31.May.2021 | SPOT
Ace Hotel Kyoto will commemorate its first anniversary on June 11, 2021. The hotel opened on the site of the historical former Kami Branch of the Kyoto Central Telephone Office which was completely renovated and refurbished. The hotel takes on an ‘East Meets West’ theme with elements of art and culture found throughout. As part of the celebration, the 98-year-old Samiro Yukino, a dyer and the man responsible for creating the hotel’s logo, has made sign posters and will display 242 photos from his immense collection of 17,000 photographs he has taken over the years in 10 guest rooms as part of the special hotel plan.
Ace Hotel Kyoto Tatami Suite
Ace Hotel Kyoto Standard Twin
Ace Hotel displays works of art from artists from both Japan and abroad all around the building, from the hotel’s iconic logo to dye work, paintings decorating the guest rooms, eye-catching tapestries, and more. Despite the pandemic which began last year, Ace Hotel has enjoyed many guests staying there. In celebrating of their first anniversary, they are releasing offering their ‘We Are One’ package for guests booking Suite rooms.
Ace Hotel ranked No. 9 in the ‘Most Popular New Hotels’ in TripAdvisor’s 2021 Traveller’s Choice Best of the Best Hotels. It was also the only Japanese hotel to rank in the list.
Special Hotel Package – “We Are One”
Location: Ace Hotel Kyoto
Start Date: June 11, 2021
Guest Rooms: Exclusive to just 10 rooms
Booking/Details Here: https://www.acehotel.com/kyoto/
The Taiwanese castella cake shop Pong Pong and Japanese bubble tea brand Mottram teamed up to release their new ‘Pong Pong on the Mottram Milk’ beverage at the Kawaramachi branch of Pong Pong in Kyoto on Tuesday.
Pong Pong is a shop specialising in the Taiwanese-style of castella, a type of cake originating from Japan. It has stores at Osaka Namba, Kobe Sannomiya, Osaka Kuzuha Mall, and Kyoto Kawaramachi. The castella are made fresh, are fluffy like a cloud, and never fail to sell out.
The castella are made with lots of meringue and are airy. They are cooked slowly for 90-minutes and have a rich eggy flavour with a fluffiness akin to a chiffon cake.
Pong Pong x Mottram’s Menu
Pong Pong on the Mottram Milk | ¥860 Each (Tax Included)
The store is limiting the Pong Pong on the Mottram Milk to just 50 servings per day. There are two types: one made with brown sugar milk and another with Uji matcha milk.
Machi Bura Pong Pong (Plain) | ¥400 (Tax Included)
Machi Bura Pong Pong (Matcha) | ¥450 (Tax Included)
The Machi Bura Pong Pong are perfect for snacking on while strolling around Kyoto.
May and June exclusive Pong Pong
Matcha White Chocolate Pong Pong | ¥860 (Tax Included)
Cooked slowly for 90 minutes with specially-selected matcha and white chocolate for a tasty and fluffy finish.
Fuwa Shuwa Taiwan Castella Pong Pong | ¥700 (Tax Included)
A large-size plain castella baked slowly for 90 minutes. Hot, fluffy, and kids will love it too.
Moko Shuwa Cream Castella – Fresh Cream Pong Pong | ¥860 (Tax Included)
This one is stuffed with smooth fresh cream to create a different kind of castella experience.
If you’re in Kyoto, be sure to visit Pong Pong in Kawaramachi to try the ‘Pong Pong on the Mottram Milk’ collab beverage.
Pong Pong on the Mottram Milk
Released: May 18, 2021
Where: Taiwan Castella Pong Pong Kawaramachi Sanjo (Limited to 50 Per Day)
Address: 33 Daikokuchō, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8031, Japan
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
No Fixed Holidays
Pong Pong Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pongpong_of/
Miffy Eco Bag Series Features Simple and Stylish Dull Colour Line-Up
20.May.2021 | FASHION
The online Japanese shop CONCIERGE NET is now taking orders for its new “Dick Bruna” collectors series of Miffy eco bags. Released on Friday, these simple yet stylish bags come in dull colours. They are lightweight, can be used as a secondary bag at work or outdoors, and are eco-friendly. There’s a matching pouch for each one too to complete the collection.
The bag can be wrapped up
The pouches are a compact and convenient A4 size and match with their corresponding tote bags. The bags also come with a cute ribbon which can be used to tie them up smaller for storing at home or in your main bag. Each is also fitted with a loophole which you can attach keyrings and charms to. The straps are nice and long so fit over the shoulder comfortably.
Get your own cute Miffy tote bag with this new series.
Dick Bruna Collectors Sack Series
Released: May 14, 2021
Buy on CONCIERGE:
Buy on Rakuten: https://item.rakuten.co.jp/concierge-daikanyama/10623/
Parfait Inspired by Kyoto Zen Garden Arrives at AMAN KYOTO
The Kyoto-based luxury resort and spa AMAN KYOTO is now serving a special parfait for spring and early summer until June 30 which is inspired by traditional Japanese zen gardens.
Zen Garden Parfait
The Living Pavilion by Aman
Situated quietly in a secret garden at the heart of a forest, AMAN KYOTO is just a stone’s throw from Kyoto’s famous golden Kinkaku-ji Temple. This secluded spot is home to abundant nature with green filling your vision at every turn.
The Zen Garden Parfait is enjoyed at the resort’s dining space, The Living Pavilion. The sponge of the cake and the cookies are made with matcha and made to look like the moss of a zen garden. The delicious ‘stones’ are made from houjicha tea cookies, while the crunchy cocoa-flavoured cat tongue biscuits are reminiscent of trees. White chocolate sits hidden underneath the garden panna cotta while fragrant matcha tiramisu, which is made from organic matcha from Uji, helps to complete that garden look. Other sweet additions include rich matcha cream, a nine-layered tiramisu, yuzu ice cream, yuzu jam, and more.
The parfait is served in an original matcha bowl made by Japanese ceramics artist George Nakamura.
Zen Garden Parfait
Available: Until June 30, 2021
Price: ¥5,300 (Tax Included)
TEL: 075-496-1335 (9:00-18:00)
Book Online: https://www.aman.com/ja-jp/resorts/aman-kyoto/dining/living-pavilion-aman
*Limited number of parfaits per day
*Parfait available as an additional dessert with lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea courses
*Those ordering the parfait on its own as a visitor must book for 3:00pm or 3:30pm