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 PoohHello 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.

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    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.”

     

    1: Ingredients

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    Rice / 180g

    Mentsuyu (Japanese noodle soup / half a cup

    Slice cheese / two slices

    Cheddar slice cheese / one slice

    Thinly sliced ham / one slice

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    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.

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     3: Mentsuyu rice→Rilakkuma

    White rice→Korilakkuma

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

     

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    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.

    I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling,

    The character foods and character bento boxes are introduced in my Instaglam page→@kaopan27

  • Lawson’s Rilakkuma Chocolate Buns Are Kawaii and Piping Hot

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    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.

     

    Oh…

     

    Oops.

     

    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.

  • 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).

     

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    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.

     

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    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.

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    Find the closest Lawson to you and get your hands on a pack of these cute wagashi for yourself!

     

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    Tabemasu Rilakkuma: Ichigo Rilakkuma

    On Sale: From May 15, 2018

    Available: Dessert corner at Lawson stores across Japan
    (13,136 stores as of the end of March)
    *Not available at Lawson Store 100 branches.
    *Limited quantity. Will discontinue once all have sold
    *The date on which stores get the product in stock may differ from store to store.
    *Select stores won’t stock the product.
    Type: 1 pack of 2 (Strawberry Flavoured Rilakkuma / Honey Maple Flavoured Kiiroitori)

    Price: ¥366 (w/tax ¥395)

     

    Full Details:http://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/ichigo_rilakkuma/

     

    Tabemasu Line-up:http://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
    *Photos may differ from the actual product.
    *The Kiiroitori wagashi contains honey. Please do not give to infants under the age of 1.
    *Be careful as to not get the sweets stuck in your throat.
    *”食べマス” is a registered trademark of Bandai Co., Ltd.

     

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