Rilakkuma & Korilakkuma Halloween Sweets Are Arriving to Lawson Convenience Stores in Japan
13.October.2018 | FOOD
Character themed Japanese sweets brand Tabemas are releasing two new treats for Halloween: one for Rilakkuma who is celebrating his 15th anniversary this year and one for his buddy Korilakkuma. The sweets will be available at Lawson convenience stores across Japan (excluding Lawson Store 100 branches) from October 16.
Tabemas are a sweets company who make wagashi―Japanese style sweets―based on familiar characters. They have teamed up with a list of popular faces including Doraemon, Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Hello Kitty and Pompompurin. The new Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma sweets feature both bears holding a jack-o’-lantern. They’re so cute – where do you even start eating from?
The company’s name “Tabemas” is a portmanteau of the Japanese word taberareru and the word “mascot,” translating to “mascots that you can eat.” As the name suggests, these delicately crafted treats are made to look just like the characters.
The name of this Japanese sweet is “nerikiri” which are made from bean paste. The Rilakkuma nerikiri is pumpkin purin flavoured which has both an autumn feel to it and also happens to be Rilakkuma’s favourite food. Korilakkuma is maple flavoured, and both are filled with red bean paste. They look cute but are also authentic Japanese sweets!
If you’re in Japan this month then be sure to find the closest Lawson to you to get your hands on these.
Tabemas Rilakkuma Halloween: Rilakkuma (Pumpkin Purin Flavoured)
Tabemas Rilakkuma Halloween: Korilakkuma (Maple Flavoured)
Price: ¥280 Each (Tax Included)
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Available: At the chilled desserts corner of Lawson branches in Japan.
*Not available at Lawson Store 100 branches.
*Limited stock. Products will discontinue once all have been sold.
©2018 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Actual product may differ slightly.
*Please ensure not to choke on the sweets.
*The latest information can be found on the Bandai Candy homepage.
*”食べマス” is a registered trademarks of Bandai Co., Ltd.
Product Page: http://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/hw_rilakkuma/
Kaori’s easy recipe – learn how to make “Rilakkuma Henshin Halloween Plate!”
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
This time, I will introduce to you “Rilakkuma Henshin Halloween Plate.”
Rice / 180g
Mentsuyu (Japanese noodle soup / half a cup
Slice cheese / two slices
Cheddar slice cheese / one slice
Thinly sliced ham / one slice
Seaweed / 1/2 sheet
Sausages / two
2: Make Rillakuma-colored rice (90g) by adding and mixing mentsuyu with the cooked rice. Mix it in well so all the rice is the same color.
3: Mentsuyu rice→Rilakkuma
Separate the rice into two groups, one to make the face (80g) , and the other to make the ears (5g). Use saran wrap to form the rice into the correct shape.
4: Boil the sausages.
Cut the slice cheese (5mm) and roll it at an angle on the sausage.
When you roll the cheese, melt the cheese with your hand’s heat and attach to the sausage so that the cheese will look like the bandage of a mummy.
Place the cheese cut in a circle on top of the blank space and place the seaweed on top of the circular cheese. This will become the eyes.
5: Fix the ears using fried pasta (refer to “Purin Chan no Milk Pudding”). Attach the cheese to the mouth and ears and make the eyes and mouth by using the seaweed. As in step 4, complete Rilakkuma by using the slice cheese and placing the parts so everything is balanced.
6: Place a hat on Korilakkuma using the seaweed
Cut the seaweed like in the photo. If the seaweed sticks up hold it down and into place by using some saran wrap.
After attaching the seaweed, fix the ears using fried pasta. In the same way as you did for Rilakkuma, make the eyes and mouth with seaweed and ears with sliced ham. Use a toothpick to cut the slice of cheddar cheese. This will for the head parts of the pumpkin. Now, place this on top of the hat.
Voila! It is now complete. The combination of mentsuyu rice and cheese is fantastic, isn’t it? This is a great recipe to use at a Halloween party or a Halloween bento box.
Kaori also invites you into her world of character-themed rice dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Lawson’s Rilakkuma Chocolate Buns Are Kawaii and Piping Hot
28.September.2018 | FOOD
Hi, everyone. It’s Midori here from the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.
It’s gotten cold all of a sudden recently – are you all feeling well? When it’s cold in Japan there’s nothing better than popping down to the convenience store and grabbing a nikuman―a meat bun. So that’s what I did today. I went to Lawson to buy myself a meat bun and came across something very cute they were selling!
And that was this!
“Rilakkuman”―a Rilakkuma bun!
It’s a Rilakkuma manjuu which is a steamed bun with a filling. It looks just like Rilakkuma’s face. So cute!
I took a picture with it at the World Clock―the MOSHI MOSHI BOX’s iconic Instagram spot.
It doesn’t pander to today’s social media and Instagram war which is nice.
There'[s also a Rilakkuma panel displayed inside the MOSHI MOSHI BOX so I got two Rilakkuma’s in one photo! That’s a lot of Rilakkuma.
It seems a waste to eat it but I went all out and wolfed it down.
There’s sweet chocolate paste in the middle.
I felt sorry for him but he was just delicious so I didn’t hold back. It was Rilakkuma from the outset and he was cute.
The season is getting cold, so you all should try eating a Rilakkuman for yourselves too! If you’re eating one in Harajuku then please stop by the MOSHI MOSHI BOX and say hi.
Rilakkuman (Chocolate Flavour)
Price: ¥200 (Tax Included)
*Some branches are not stocking the product.
*Sales are subject to closure without notice depending on the region.
Rilakkuma’s 15th Anniversary Celebrates with Strawberry Wagashi Sweets
12.May.2018 | FOOD
Tabemasu is a wagashi sweets series that creates sweets of different characters. To celebrate his 15th anniversary, the company are releasing a Rilakkuma themed wagashi that features the cute bear himself and his pal Kiiroitori. The set of two wagashi will go on sale from May 15, 2018 and will be available in limited stock at Lawson convenience stores across Japan (excluding Lawson Store 100 branches).
This is the fifth Rilakkuma wagashi to be released from Tabemasu. The pack contains two wagashi: a strawberry flavoured Rilakkuma and a honey maple flavoured Kiiroitori. The release comes under the Taberareru Mascot (‘Mascots You Can Eat’) series, and as the name suggests, the wagashi are crafted with a great attention to detail, capturing the characters’ cuteness.
The theme of this release is ‘strawberry’ which in Japanese is ichigo. This lines up with Rilakkuma’s 15th anniversary as 1 in Japanese is ichi and 5 is go. We have Rilakkuma’s cute pose holding a strawberry with both paws, and Kiiroitori with a leaf on his head also hugging a strawberry. Inside the sweets is strawberry flavoured red bean paste and vanilla maple flavoured red bean paste respectively. Kids can also enjoy eating these as they are bite-sized and easy to eat.
Find the closest Lawson to you and get your hands on a pack of these cute wagashi for yourself!
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Mickey Mouse Pancakes
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.
In this recipe, I made Mickey Mouse pancakes from the Face Art ga Kawaii Pancake Pan Mickey Mouse set you can buy on Belle Maison. You hear a lot of different tips and tricks on how to make the perfect pancake with your batter, so I’ll show you a combined recipe to make yours as beautiful as possible♡
1. Ingredients (Makes 7-8 pancakes)
400g hot cake mix
1 large egg (approx. 52g)
2. Mix the egg and milk together well. Add the hot cake mix slowly to ensure it does not become lumpy. Next, add the honey and mix. If you have time, leave to stand for 30 minutes on the side.
3. For the next step, please see the video I made below.
Heat the pan well without any oil.
Once heated, place the pan on a wet cloth once to remove the residual heat, turn the flame down to a medium, and pour in your mix.
Once your mix is in the pan, reduce to a low heat, put the lid on and leave to cook.
Once the surface is dry, cook the back side of the mix in another pan which you have already heated.
Belle Maison sells Minnie Mouse and Winnie the Pooh versions too. Try making your own Disney pancakes!
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!
Face Art ga Kawaii Pancake Bread
Price: ¥2,640 (Tax Included)
Ginza’s Gorgeous Ice Cream Shop coisof Releases Halloween Parfait
18.October.2019 | FOOD
Ginza’s luxury ice cream shop has released a new parfait flavour for the Halloween and autumn season.
They have called it the “Akiiro Murasaki coi Parfait” (Autumn Colour Purple coi Parfait). Coloured like the vivid sumire plant―a species of violet―this mouth-watering parfait contains a jam made in-house with whole natsuhaze, a wild type of blueberry that has been used in Japan since ancient times. It’s topped with a dollop of rich and milky ice cream, a puree made from in-season purple sweet potatoes, and assorted nuts for added crunch.
Natsuhaze blueberries contain a lot of polyphenols, giving them an elegant sour flavour which goes unbelievably well with the taste of the milky ice cream and sweet potato. The parfait is served with a liqueur made from sumire extract.
For the Halloween period between October 16 to 31, the parfait can also be topped with various spooky decorations at no extra cost, like chocolate ghosts, spiders and cobwebs.
If you’re celebrating Halloween in Japan this year, or want to treat your date to a Halloween treat, then take them to Tokyo’s high-class shopping district Ginza for a luxurious parfait.
Akiiro Murasaki coi Parfait
Price: With Liqueur ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Without Liqueur ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
Running: October 16, 2019 – November 30, 2019
*Free Halloween parfait toppings available October 16, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Grand Opening: January 17, 2019
Address: re:Dine GINZA Floor 9F, 4-3-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00
Starbucks Japan Unveils Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino®
17.October.2019 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan has announced a new beverage called the Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino® which will be released at Starbucks branches (*1) across Japan from 17:22 (*2)―the time of sunset when night begins―on October 18, 2019. The coffee chain is also releasing its new “Halloween Masquerade” filter on Instagram (*3).
*1. Select branches not participating.
*2. Roll out time may differ at select branches.
*3. Instagram is a service owned by Facebook, Inc. The above-mentioned filter is not backed or managed by Instagram in any way nor is it affiliated with the service.
The Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino® is themed on an evening masquerade party. It will go on sale when the sun sets at 17:22 on October 18. As the name suggests, the drink itself is black and mysterious like the night, blending together black cocoa powder with white chocolate brownie.
The jet black beverage also has a red hue to it which comes from a sweet and sour red berry sauce made from raspberries, cranberries and strawberries. It’s topped with a squirt of fluffy whipped cream, sprinkled with black cocoa powder, and drizzled with more of that red berry sauce to create that Halloween aesthetic. The black cocoa adds a delicious bitterness to the sweetness of the brownie and the sweet and sour mixed berries, creating a mouth-watering flavour combination.
The Halloween Masquerade filter was developed by Starbucks for people’s Instagram stories this Halloween. There are four masks to choose from which can be changed by just tapping on the screen. There are other cool Halloween effects on the filter to find too. Something might even pop out of your mouth if you open wide…
Starbucks Japan will also sell the above-pictured Halloween cup stands when the drinks go on sale. Limited in stock, the stands come in black and white, titled Halloween Red Night Frappuccino® or the Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino® respectively. You can buy them separately or as a set.
Experience a spooky masquerade party at Starbucks this Halloween.
Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino®
Price: Tall Size Only – ¥590 (Before Tax)
Running: October 18, 2019 at 17:22 to October 31, 2019 (While supplies last)
Available: At most Starbucks Japan branches
Starbucks “Halloween Masquerade” AR Filter
Available: From October 16, 2019 at 10:30 (JST)
How to Use:
・Available from Starbucks Japan’s official Instagram profile @starbucks_j
・Download the Instagram app on your phone and access via https://sbux.jp/masq
*The filter will be removed without notice on November 1, 2019
Running: October 18, 2019 – October 31, 2019 (While supplies last)
Halloween Red Night Frappuccino® / Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino®
Price: ¥990 Each (Before Tax) *Fits Tall size drinks only, Frappuccino® drink sold separately at ¥590
Available: At most Starbucks Japan branches
Starbucks Coffee Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
This Week’s Dessert: Savouring Autumntime Matcha Sweets at ATELIER de GODIVA in Ikebukuro
One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spent to ensure happiness.
I’ve been working relatively hard as of late. I had some spare time before a business meeting, so I took advantage of the occasion to treat myself to some desserts. My destination: ATELIER de GODIVA located inside Seibu Ikebukuro.
GODIVA has numerous stores throughout Tokyo, but Ikebukuro’s concept store branch has an eat-in space that’s perfect for that tea or coffee break.
ATELIER de GODIVA boasts that same level of quality when it comes to their desserts, some of which are exclusive to this branch. There are only three branches: this one in Seibu Ikebukuro (Tokyo), another in Daimaru Kyoto (Kyoto), and the last in Hakata Hankyu (Fukuoka). The cake I am showing you today is a special dessert sold only in these three branches (and is takeout only at Hakata Hankyu).
The first delight I ordered was the Mousse Matcha Cherry.
Mousse Matcha Cherry: Eat in ¥980 / Takeout ¥780 (*Matcha Ice Cream is eat-in only)
Available: Until November 26, 2019 while supplies last
The shiny cake is served on a round white plate with a dollop of matcha ice cream. The pink berry sauce is drizzled around the plate to make the plating even cuter.
Time to tuck in. This extravagant cake is supported by a fluffy matcha mousse topped with a crunchy chocolate sable. On top of that still are juicy cherries, adding a hint of freshness to the cake. The matcha glaze on the mousse has just the right amount of bitterness, which when coupled with the subtly sweet matcha mousse makes for a heavenly balance of flavours. Lined around the base of the mousse are sweet and sour dried raspberries which elevated the matcha-ness of the matcha mousse.
The matcha ice cream which it comes with when you order to eat in is rich and creamy.
I was full up after my dessert, but since I’d taken the time to come here I wanted to order a drink too… so I got a takeout Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami from a shop adjoining ATELIER de GODIVA.
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami – ¥602 (*Takeout only at the GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro branch)
This new drink is part of GODIVA’s chocolate and tea pairing series. The chefs at GODIVA have carefully selected the best varieties of tea to combine with chocolate. This one is an iced drink made with white chocolate and matcha.
It’s a mix of GODIVA’s popular smooth and sweet white chocolate and rich Uji matcha. It’s crowned with a sprinkling of bitter Uji matcha powder. All of the flavours are highlighted in this sweet drink. The crunchy white chocolate pieces you sip up as you drink are delicious. It’s the kind of drink where you’re sure to find something new each time you take a drink.
My 30-minute tea break is my little self-indulgence for the day. Spare minutes in my daily schedule affords me the chance to go and enjoy some delicious desserts. You should treat yourself to some special autumntime sweets too.
Matcha Adzuki ATELIER Tablet – ¥800
It’s important to share the happiness between family and colleagues on when you get the chance to enjoy something tasty. The present I bought today was a tablet chocolate handmade in the shop. The matcha white chocolate has almonds in it as well as Japanese-style chocolate mixed with adzuki. It has a strong matcha flavour and isn’t overly-sweet. You can also request for a ribbon to be tied around it for gift-giving. It’s a chocolate that’s sure to bring anyone joy.
Writer：Sayuri Mizuno（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
ATELIER de GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro
Address: Seibu Ikebukuro B1F, 1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sat] 10:00-21:00 / [Sun & Holidays] 10:00-20:00
ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto
Address: Daimaru Kyoto B1F, 79 Tachiuri Nishimachi, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sun] 10:00-20:00
ATELIER de GODIVA Hakata Hankyu
Address: Hakata Hankyu B1F, 1-1 Hakataekichūōgai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: [Sun-Thurs] 10:00-20:00 / [Fri-Sat] 10:00-21:00
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami
Running: October 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019
GODIVA Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Full Moon Salted Caramel & Paradigm Shift Pudding Cooked Up By firando
15.October.2019 | FOOD
Mirai Image and firand have teamed up to create a new dessert brand named “firando.” Their website launched just recently, and their first products, “MANGETSU” and “PURIORI,” were shown for the first time at the 9th Tsuhan Expo which took place on September 26-27. Sales of these two confections went live on their official website on Tuesday (October 15).
During the Edo portion of Sakoku, when Japan closed its doors to most foreign trade and foreign nationals, Hirado was called “firando” and thrived as a port for international trade. During this time, caramel, then a western-style confection, found its way to Hirado, and has since resurfaced in Hirado, Nagasaki.
“MANGETSU” is the Japanese term for full moon. This salted caramel treat is made with a very special salt: it’s taken from the sea of the beautiful Hirado Island only when the tide is high during an evening full moon. It’s also made with freshly-squeezed raw milk shipped directly from the only dairy farmer in Hirado that has been passed down the generations. The dessert is completely additive-free, using no preservatives or artificial colouring. It uses the highest quality unrefined sugar from Kagoshima Prefecture that is easy on the body, with each and every grain being accounted for in the 10-second cooking progress. The milk has a rich flavour, and the full moon salt adds a pleasant accent, resulting in a refreshing aftertaste.
The “PURIORI” is a Japanese-style pudding whose concept is “going back in time.” The concept asks, “What if you went back in time to the end of the Edo period and presented nanbangashi* to the Matsuura feudal lord?” The pudding piles together the layers of Japan’s confection culture. It’s made with rare eggs from Nagasaki Prefecture that you can’t get on the marketplace.
*Nanbangashi are a variety of Japanese sweets derived from Portugal and Spain
firanodo has whipped up some seriously special and luxurious desserts here. If you find yourself in Nagano, be sure to visit their store, and don’t forget to check out their website below.
Address: 310-2 Tsuyoshichō, Hirado, Nagasaki
Products: MANGETSU / PURIORI」
Official Website: https://firando-caramel.com/
Rilakkuma & Korilakkuma Confections by Tabemas Coming to Lawson Convenience Stores
14.October.2019 | FOOD
Character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has revealed that its next products will be Halloween-themed Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma sweets. They will go on sale at Lawson convenience stores across Japan (excluding Lawson Store 100 branches) on October 15, 2019.
These adorable confections are so cute it’s hard to choose where to even start eating them from! Both versions are wearing snug pumpkin hats.
‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour. The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.
To keep with the theme of autumn, Rilakkuma is pumpkin pudding flavoured (which is his favourite treat) and Korilakkuma is maple flavoured.
Stop by the ubiquitous Lawson convenience store while in Japan and grab yourself one of these treats for Halloween.
©️2019 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
*The photographs are for illustrative purposes only.
*Actual product may differ from the photographs.
*Please be careful not to choke on the mochi.
*The latest information can be viewed via the Bandai Candy homepage.
*Tabemas and 食べマス are registered trademarks of Bandai.
Tabemas Rilakkuma Halloween 2019: Rilakkuma/Korilakkuma
Price: ¥280 Each (Tax Included)
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Available: At chilled desserts section of Lawson convenience stores across Japan
*Not available at Natural Lawson or Lawson Store 100
*Available while supplies last
*Stock date may differ from branch to branch
*Select stores not participating
Product Page (Rilakkuma): https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/products/2019/4549660423898000.html
Product Page (Korilakkuma): https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/products/2019/4549660423904000.html
Wear Plain Clothes This Halloween at Shibuya’s Jimi Halloween 2019 Event
13.October.2019 | FASHION
Worried about what to wear for Halloween this year? No need to panic. If you’re spending your Halloween in Shibuya this year, which is known the world over for its incredible Halloween festivities, then head to Tokyo Culture Culture on October 27 where a very unique event is taking place.
Jimi Halloween is an event that takes out the stress of having to go all out for Halloween as people go dressed as ordinary people. It has been held annually since 2014, with the number of attendees growing each year. Over 800 people took part last year, all clad in their plain clothes.
This year’s event will be split into three slots, with a capacity of 200 people per slot. Sign-ups begin on October 15 at 12:00pm (JST).
Beauty salon client
Dressing up as someone doing something has been a popular choice at the event recently. You can come up with some creative ideas that’ll make people say, “You came as that?!”
②”I’ve seen people like that!” attire
Flea market woman
There’s always certain types of people that everyone sees, and in Japan this is one of them!
③”I get it, but I don’t get it” attire
Hawaii vibe uncle
You’ve heard all about them, but have you seen them?
Handing out tissues with pachinko ads on them
Work attire is a go-to at the plain clothes event. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this is the one that started the entire movement.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
The final entry is those which are hard to categorise. They serve whatever vibes they are feeling.
Attend this year’s event and show off your own unique ideas!
Date: October 27, 2019 (3 Slots / 200 People Per Slot)
Slot ①: 11:00-14:00
Slot ②: 15:00-18:00
Slot ③: 19:00-22:00
★Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the website below
Venue: Tokyo Culture Culture (cocoti SHIBUYA 4F, 1-23-16 Shibuya, Tokyo)
Entry: Free (Apply at the link below)
Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Transforms For Halloween 2019
11.October.2019 | FOOD
Royal Park Hotel Tokyo in Nihonbashi has begun its Halloween festivities for 2019, including a bone-chilling black and orange food and dessert menu, spooky decorations, a photo spot in the first floor main lobby, and more.
Check out their mouth-watering sweets assortment! Their Halloween Afternoon Tea set is packed full of autumntime flavours, from the glass desserts, to the apple chiboust, chocolate pocket watches with bats on them, adorable monster burgers, and more.
The hotel is also offering a Halloween Dinner Buffet on weekends and holidays decorated in Halloween colours. Pile your tray with figs and blackcurrants, chestnut mousse, pumpkin tarts, and plenty of other tasty treats, all prepared fresh in the kitchen.
This is just a peek into the hair-raising fun happening right now at Royal Park Hotel Tokyo. There’s also the Halloween Cocktail Fair, Halloween Sweets & Bread event, and much more.
Spend your Halloween here, or even use it as an opportunity to try wearing your Halloween costume out so you’re ready for October 31!
Halloween Afternoon Tea
Running: October 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Location: Fontaine (Floor 1F Lobby Lounge)
Price: ¥4,840 Per Person (Tax Included)
Halloween Dinner Buffet (Weekends & Holidays Only)
Running: October 5, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Location: Symphony (Floor 1F Lobby Lounge)
Price: ¥7,260 Per Person (Tax Included) / Seniors ¥6,050 Per Person (Tax Included)
*¥4,235 Per Person (Tax Included) for those aged 4-12 years and 65+
Halloween Cocktail Fair
Running: October 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Location: Fontaine (Floor 1F Lobby Lounge) / Royal Scots (Floor B1F Main Bar)
Price: ¥1,936 Per Person (Tax Included)
Halloween Sweets & Bread
Running: October 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Location IKI (Floor 1F Sweets & Bakery)
Royal Park Hotel Tokyo
Address: 2-1-1 Nihonbashikakigarachō, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.rph.co.jp/
Tokyo’s Poop Museum Announces Halloween Event ‘MAX UNKO HALLOWEEN’
10.October.2019 | SPOT
Unko Museum Tokyo, a poop-themed (unko in Japanese) museum located on the second floor of DiverCity Tokyo Plaza in Odaiba, opened its Halloween event “MAX UNKO HALLOWEEN ~Unko & Dancing Halloween~” last Friday which will run all the way up to October 31. They are serving “max unko kawaii-ness” in this all-new Halloween event.
Unflushed Poop Resurrects For a Poop Monster Parade
At the Unko Museum this Halloween, expect to see nnko idol monsters, unko mummies, and lots of other cute and fashionable unko critters. All of them will be part of a spooky parade together with the museum’s mascot character Umberto. Join in as they show the audience how to do the unko dance which the museum created themselves!
Candy Rains From the Unko Volcano
You’ll find Halloween decorations all around the Unko Museum for the duration of the event. If you’ve visited before, you’ll be familiar with the Unko Volcano which normally spurts out poop. Well, for Halloween, it will instead offer up candy. Its design has also changed so it’s more fitting for the spooky season.
By the way, if you go up to one of the museum staff members and say, “Trick or Unko?” you’ll receive a special present. Don’t miss out―pluck up the courage and just say those words!
Exclusive Unko Museum Halloween Merchandise
The museum’s popular “My Unko Maker” feature, where you sit on a toilet and colourful poop appears at the bottom, will also take on a Halloween theme. Halloween items will also be sold including the above-pictured unko headbands.
Visit the quirky Unko Museum for a Halloween event like no other.
MAX UNKO HALLOWEEN ~Unko & Dancing Halloween~
Location: Unko Museum Tokyo
Address: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza Floor 2F, 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:00)
No Fixed Holidays (Except when DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is closed)
Ticket Reservations: https://reserve.ale-box.com/reserve/169
Official Website: https://unkomuseum.com/tokyo
Starbucks Brews The Perfect Potions to Possess Your Heart This Halloween
06.October.2019 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan is opening the portal to a whole new realm of flavour from October 11, 2019. Premonitions reveal that two devilishly delicious masquerade-themed drinks are to emerge for the Halloween season and infiltrate the menus of Starbucks branches across Japan. The two drinks called Halloween Red Night Frappuccino® and Halloween Masquerade Raspberry Mocha, are sure to give you an out-of-body experience.
Just one sip of the Halloween Red Night Frappuccino® will pull you into a masquerade party world. The mysterious full red appearance of this devilish drink is tinged red with a tangy sauce which is a blend of raspberries, cranberries and strawberries. White chocolate brownies have been blended to make the frappuccino base. This is topped with a ghostly cloud of whipped cream sprinkled with dark cocoa powder. Red sauce can be seen trickling down the sides of the cup, tainting the white whipped cream. You will immediately be tricked into treating yourself to this irresistible drink.
Like a luxury dessert, not only do the colours of the frappuccino contrast, but the sweet fruity tang makes for the perfect contrast with the white chocolate brownie
If your regular Starbucks order is the White Mocha, then make way for your new Hallow-queen: The Halloween Masquerade Raspberry Mocha. This is made with a startling shot of espresso which has a sweet yet tangy mixed berry flavour. This is masked with a white mocha flavour.
Starbucks has brewed the perfect potions to steal your heart this Halloween. Dare you try one?
* The above image is an illustration.
Halloween Red Night Frappuccino®
Price: (Tall only) ¥590
Halloween Masquerade Raspberry Mocha
* Contains less than 5% raspberry juice
Price: Short ¥450/ Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570
*All prices stated before tax
Available: October 11, 2019 – October 31, 2019
*Sales will end once stock has been depleted.
Available at most Starbucks Cafes across the country
Top 6 Desserts Made With Luxurious Pink Ruby Chocolate
Ruby chocolate is a variety of chocolate that was introduced in 2017 as the 4th main type of chocolate alongside milk, white and dark. It didn’t hit Japan until October 2018, but since then, the luxury pink delight has been getting much love with the release of many new products. The ruby colour of the cocoa beans is completely natural.
I attended a product conference held by Barry Callebaut, the Belgian-Swiss chocolate company which introduced ruby chocolate to the world. I got to try out various confections made using this chocolate.
When talking about ruby chocolate, you’re inclined to highlight its striking pink colour. But the looks are just part of the story. Compared to dark, white and milk chocolate, ruby chocolate is said to have the strongest cacao fruit flavour. Though it’s chocolate, it has a sour, fruity kind of taste.
Until last year, I was more about the eye-catching pink colour of the chocolate, so I ended up overlooking that ruby chocolate is often paired with berry-type fruits when it comes to confections. I get it nowーso it has a sour taste? Well then, this year I really want to go all out and appreciate the unique flavour of this ruby chocolate.
Today, I’m going to showcase six new products made with Callebaut® Ruby Chocolate. I’ve tried them all, so I can properly break down the flavours and how delicious they are for you!
Ruby Chocolate Otabe – ¥660 (Before Tax)
This Japanese confection is a combination of ruby chocolate and “Otabe,” which is a confection known as “yatsuhashi,” a popular souvenir sweet from Kyoto. Much time is put into making the ganache to ensure the fruitiness of the ruby chocolate remains intact. The ganache is wrapped in chewy yatsuhashi which is made with domestic koshihikari, which is a type of rice, and carefully selected water. There’s no way this could be anything short of delicious!
At the taste-testing session, I got to see the ruby chocolate Otabe being made right in front of me. It was done by a kimono-clad Nara who normally makes confections in the factory.
The rich and sour ganache combined with the chewy yatsuhashi is a match made in heaven! The pink colour really is cute after all, isn’t it? By wrapping the fruity chocolate in mochi, it creates even deeper flavours in your mouth.
This product will be sold at Kyoto Station and various tourist sites around Kyoto, so if you ever visit the city, make sure you’re on the lookout.
Ruby Chocolate Otabe
Running: October 11, 2019 – Early May 2020
Available: At Kyoto Station and tourist spots around Kyoto
Official Website: http://www.otabe.kyoto.jp/
Ruby Mille-feuille – ¥600 (Before Tax)
From Juchheim comes these ruby chocolate-coated mille-feuille fingers, laced with butter from Hokkaido and strawberry and raspberry mixed cream layered into a crunchy sandwich.
The puff pastry is of course tasty, and the sour flavour of the ruby chocolate mixed with the sourness of the berry cream packs a seriously fruity punch. It’s an overall crunchy and rich dessert, but it also has a refreshing taste to it, so one person is sure to be tempted by more than one.
Released: October 1, 2019 (Online orders from October 8, 2019 )
Available: At all 272 branches of Juchheim in Japan / Juchheim Premium Online Shop
Online Shop: https://e-shop.juchheim.co.jp/
Pretzel Cookie – ¥480 Each (Before Tax)
Food company Rosenheim have taken their crunchy butter pretzel cookies and coated them in various chocolate flavours, including ruby, sweet, milk, and white.
The ruby pretzels have that distinct vivid pink colour and of course taste fruity. There’s six in a pack, so you can share them with friends.
Released: September 20, 2019
Available: At mass retailers across Japan
Christmas Wreath Ruby Framboise – ¥5,000 (Before Tax)
Callebaut’s new ruby chocolate iced cake will be released from Maison Givrée. It’s topped with a ruby chocolate and raspberry ice cream and is adorned with cool and refreshing lychee sorbet.
The best way to eat this cake is when the ice cream has melted a little bit. You can enjoy the sweet fragrance of the ruby chocolate and the marriage between its sour flavour and the raspberry. Try savouring the melted sorbet and ruby chocolate ice cream by leaving it in your mouth.
Christmas Wreath Ruby Framboise
Running: October 11, 2019 – December 13, 2019
Delivery Window: December 20, 2019 – December 25, 2019 (subject to change)
Available: At Maison Givrée and its online store
Official Website: https://givreetokyo.shop-pro.jp/
Ruby Chocolate Corn Puffs – One Box ¥1,450 (Tax Included)
You can pick up a box of these ruby chocolate corn puffs at Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux on the 2nd floor of InterContinental ANA Hotel Tokyo. They have a shiny pink pearl-like appearance. The crunchy corn puffs are thick-cut which goes well with that fruity ruby chocolate taste.
Ruby Chocolate Pear Tart – ¥650 (Tax Included)
These cocoa-laced and ruby chocolate powdered baked tarts are also sold at Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux. They’re topped with almond cream and a pear compote. They’re also topped with a ganache made from ruby chocolate and a redcurrant puree. Their design is made so that it looks like a flower, crowned with extra redcurrants.
Ruby Chocolate Corn Puffs
Running: All year round
Ruby Chocolate Pear Tart
Running: October 1, 2019 – January 14, 2020
Available: Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux (InterContinental ANA Hotel Tokyo – Floor 2F)
Hotel Official Website: https://anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp/en/
I’m all about ruby chocolate’s deep flavour now. If you’ve yet to try it then you’ve got to get your hands on some, to enjoy both its striking pink appearance and that sour cacao fruit flavour.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Munch On These Crispy Freshly-Baked Custard Apple Pies Made With Sweet Potato at RINGO
05.October.2019 | FOOD
RINGO, a shop which specialised in freshly-baked custard apple pies, has announced that it will release its new Yakitate Custard Oimo Apple Pie on October 17.
RINGO opened its first branch in Ikebukuro, Tokyo back in 2016. Since then, it has expanded and opened 12 branches across Japan, including Osaka and Fukuoka, and 3 stores overseas. They sell over 6 million custard apple pies every year. Since their products are baked fresh in-house, you can watch and see how they are made.
The new Yakitate Custard Oimo Apple Pie is a crunchy 144-layer pie packed full of custard cream and an autumntime sweet potato paste for an added subtle sweetness.
The sweet and sour apple filling is made with a range of domestic apples, including the hatorazu ringo apple from Aomori Prefecture. The pastry is also laced with cocoa powder and topped with roasted white sesame seeds. A deliciously fitting dessert for the autumn season!
Yakitate Custard Oimo Apple Pie
Running: October 17, 2019 – November 10, 2019
Price: ¥465 (Tax Included)
Available: At RINGO branches across Japan (except ekie Hiroshima and Sendai Station)
*There are is a limited number served per day
Official Website: http://ringo-applepie.com