CHAVATY’s Houjicha Ice Cream & Tea in Omtesando is Bringing Autumn Early

28.September.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

Hi, everyone, it’s Midori from the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

 

It’s gotten cold lately. It feels like autumn is here. It’s the season where numerous shops in Japan start selling houjicha sweets. With that in mind, I visited CHAVATY, an uva tea shop in Omotesando!

 

CHAVATY is located at the back of Tonkatsu Maisen, a famous restaurant in Omotesando. Maisen is along a road with a lot of signboards so follow it along towards 7-Eleven and you’ll find it. It’s in a part of Omotesando with a calm atmosphere.

I ordered the houjicha soft serve ice cream and the bottled uva tea latte.

 

First up, the ice cream!

You can pick from three flavours: uvacha, matcha or houjicha. I went with houjicha.

 

It’s pretty big. It has a lot of volume too as the ice cream seeps all the way down to the bottom of the cone!

 

It has a really rich flavour, it’s like eating houjicha. It’s ice cream but isn’t sweet at all so I recommend this for the non-sweet tooths out there.

This is the bottle tea latte! Again you can pick from the same three flavours as before. I chose uvacha.

 

Isn’t the bottle so cute?

 

Drinks like this are usually served in cups with or without lids which can be a nuisance when shopping. But with this you get a cap so you can seal it completely and carry on shopping. It might even be an idea to take it home, wash it and fill it again with whatever drink you like.

 

The taste of course is light and it smells good too. It kind of makes you feel like a grown-up.

You can ask for a vinyl bag which looks cute too. The colour scheme is sophisticated Instagram-worthy.

 

Enjoy some authentic houjicha treats for yourself too at CHAVATY.

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  • Cafe Hohokam – A Hamburger Shop Recommended by the Harajuku Tourist Information Center Staff

    06.July.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hi, everyone! I’m Midori Blackmore and I work at MOSHI MOSHI BOX, the Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

    Today, I went to Cafe Hohokam with fellow MOSHI MOSHI BOX colleague Ellie, so I wanted to share my experience with you all.

    Hohokam is located behind MOSHI MOSHI BOX and can be found up the staircase past FABIUS Cafe.

    Head up these stairs to find the entrance.

    Hohokam is decorated to look like a motel you would see in Arizona. I’ve never been outside Japan before so I had to look up what exactly they’re like. Arizona is a state in the southwestern region of the US. It’s bordered by Mexico to the south, is very hot, and is home to the Grand Canyon. It also has the largest Native American population.

    *We have blurred the faces of the people inside to protect their identities.

    ‘I see,’ I said to myself and looked around. So that’s the atmosphere they’re going for. It’s very stylish but also feels incomparable to anything else.

     

    We both ordered an orange cream soda with a Hohokam burger and French toast that comes topped with Nutella, bananas and whipped cream.

    How amazing does this look? It looks like the cream soda you only see in manga. I was really surprised. It’s tall and the colour is gorgeous. Really just the best. This must be the proper way to make it in the cream soda industry. When you drink your cream soda, don’t you think to yourself, ‘Summer has arrived,’ too?

    It’s strange when you first take a sip because although it’s blue it has an orange flavour. The soft serve cream on top is also sweet and really delicious!

     

    There’s four cream soda flavours to choose from: melon, raspberry, lemon and orange, and they’re all supposed to be colourful and taste good. It might be a fun idea to order different coloured drinks with your friends.

     

    Next up is the Hohokam burger! The menu said it has chili beans, cheese and a jalapeno patty.

    Tada!

     

    The flag on top is cute, isn’t it? You can wrap the burger with the napkins provided on the table before biting into it, but we both shared it.

    This is how it looks cut in half. The red part is the chili beans. It’s spicy when you take a bite, but it’s not overly spicy at all! For me I thought it was a refreshing kind of spiciness like that of Mexican cuisine. I’m no good with spice and even I could eat it.

     

    The meat inside was made very well. It was just the kind of hamburger you’d expect at a hamburger shop.

     

    There’s a bunch of other burgers to choose from too, like the mozzarella burger, barbeque burger, cheeseburger and more.

    Last up is the French toast with Nutella & Banana & Whip cream!

     

    Something looking like this has got to be delicious.

    The burgers at Hohokam are of course delicious, but I personally want to give the nod to their desserts. They’re seriously something else!

    The fluffy French toast is topped with sweet Nutella and whipped cream, but it’s not heavy at all. We were already quite full but we were able to lap it up easily.

    They also have a terrace smoking area. The atmosphere there was fairly nice too! Dining outside can make eating your food taste good too, can’t it?

     

    Another great thing is that everything at Hohokam can be ordered for takeout! We recommend getting a delicious burger and having a picnic in Yoyogi Park!

    So, do you like the sound of Cafe Hohokam? It’s great for lunch or dinner, and we also recommend using it as a café to stop by when you’re out shopping.

     

    If you’re in Harajuku and have an empty stomach, or you’re in need of a dessert, then please try Cafe Hohokam for yourself.

     

    Information

    Café Hohokam

    Address: 2F, 3-22-14 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:30-23:00(L.O. 22:30)

    TEL: 03-5755-5708

    Website: http://www.cafe-hohokam.com/

     

  • Cute & Delicious Animal Gelato at Eiswelt Gelato on Takeshita Street in Harajuku

    23.September.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hi everyone, it’s Midori from the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

    Isn’t the food in Japan recently way too cute? Especially in Harajuku – they have a lot of cute ice cream shops there selling items so cute they almost seem a waste to eat.

     

    A new shop with this very description just opened in Harajuku so I went to check it out! The name of the shop is Eiswelt Gelato, a chain that first opened on Huntington Beach in California.

     

     

    It’s located along Takeshita Street opposite Harajuku Station. It’s packed even on weekdays!

     

     

    This is how the menu looks. All the gelato sold here is shaped like animals.

     

    I ordered “Froggy” which is available only at this Japanese branch. You can pick from either mint or matcha flavours. I went with mint.

     

     

    The ice cream at the counter is super colourful. It’s a lot of fun waiting for your finished gelato to be made!

     

     

    After taking my order the lady carefully drew the frog’s face on.

     

    This is how it came out!

     

     

    It’s definitely something that came from California but it also has that cute Japanese character element to it. It’s charming and something that will be popular with girls. It seems a waste to eat but I had to!

     

    Gelato has less milk than regular ice cream but the flavour of the mint really comes through. It’s crazy delicious.

     

    I said it was a waste to eat earlier but I completely devoured it.

     

    Visit there yourself to get your hands on some new sweets that aren’t just cute but tasty too!

     

    ■Information

    Eiswelt Gelato Harajuku

    Address: 1-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

    TEL: 03-6804-3103

    Website: http://www.eiswelt-gelato.com/

  • The Korean shaved ice shop,“SULBING HARAJUKU” –a report by MOSHI MOSHI BOX, staff person, Midori

    16.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hello, everyone. My name is Midori Blackmore and I am a staff person of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

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    Do you like strawberries? I love strawberries so, I feel happy during this spring season because many desserts using strawberries are released every year.

    This time, I visited the very popular shaved ice specialized shop, “SULBING HARAJUKU” from Korea.

    The shop is always crowded in summer, but you don’t have to wait to get into the shop during the winter season.

    It might sound weird to eat ice cream during winter, but I think it is nice to eat something cold inside a warm room, for some reason.

    Eating a shaved ice inside a warm shop is the same!

     

    ソルビン原宿 外観
    The shop is located on the 2nd floor of the building where the sports store, SKECHERS is located, near the Takeshita Exit of Harajuku Station (make a right turn after getting out of the exit). The sign of the shop is small so be careful not to miss it.

    The inside of the shop is spacious and warm. Many of the customers are women but I saw some groups of men as well. A wide generation of people visit the shop.

     

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    Secure a table first before making an order at the counter. The product I ordered was a winter-limited, “Nama Ichigo SULBIN”(fresh strawberry shaved ice)!

    After ordering, take a buzzer and wait at your seat.

    When the buzzer rings, go to the counter and receive your shaved ice.

     

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    “Nama Ichigo SULBIN”(fresh strawberry shaved ice) 1,400 yen (tax included)

     

    Boom!

    The product was bigger than I thought. Look at the size of it!

    You will realize that it is not a normal shaved ice as soon as you put it into your mouth.

    The ice is very fine and has a soft texture. Even when it is cold out, the ice will not result in a “rush to the head”and you will be able enjoy the fresh ice texture.

    Also, the shaved ice of this shop has the flavor of milk! The combination of the milk-flavored shaved ice and lots of strawberries goes very well.

     

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    Red bean jam paste is inside the shaved ice so you will never get tired of eating this sweets item.

    SULBIN HARAJUKU sells many kinds of menu items.

     

     

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    One popular menu item is“Mango Cheese SULBIN” 1,500 yen (tax included)

     


    A popular item that is not a sweets is  (food menu)“Mozzarella Toppogi Toast” 1,100 (tax included)

    For those of you who do not have “a sweet tooth,”I recommend that you share an ice shaving dish with your friends or with your boyfriend.

     

    ソルビン原宿 生いちごソルビン
    “Nama Ichigo SULBIN” will be sold until February for sure but it might not be sold in March. Let’s go to the shop as soon as possible!!

     

    ◼︎Information

    SULBING HARAJUKU

    Address: 2F, Green Oak Harajuku, 1-14-34, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 10:30 – 20:00(LAST ORDER 19:30)

    Fixed holiday: undecided

    Access: 58m from the Takeshita exit of JR Yamanote Line – Harajuku Station

    1 minute on foot from the 2nd exit of Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line – Meiji Jingu Station
    TEL:03-6721-0404

    URL:http://www.sulbing.jp/

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

     

    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

    Twitter・Instagram @mmb_harajuku

     

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    With shops and businesses temporarily closed as a result of lockdown measures in Japan, Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart decided that since people can’t as easily get their hands on authentic matcha right now, they would collaborate with the famous matcha company Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten to stock some authentic matcha treats on its shelves. They were released at FamilyMart branches across Japan on May 19, 2020.

     

    Umami Matcha Parfait

    The parfait begins with a soft sponge bottom and is then layered with milk mousse and matcha mousse before being topped with matcha jelly, red bean paste, and other tasty accompaniments.

     

    Umami Matcha Cheesecake Baumkuchen

    The matcha baumkuchen is made using authentic Uji matcha and is baked to look like a cheesecake. You get the full rich matcha kick with this one.

     

    Hidetoshi Kanbayashi (Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten) | Comment

    “We use a blend of first-grade Uji matcha and top it with jelly and matcha mousse. We have made it in such a way that you can enjoy the full flavour and aroma of the matcha itself. Please enjoy.”

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