Tea Shop ‘Tsuboichi Seicha Honpo’ to Open at Namba SkyO

14.October.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

Tsuboichi Seicha Honpo was first established 185 years ago as a tea wholesale store in Sakai, the birthplace of Sen no Rikyū, a historical figure considered to have had the most influence on the Japanese ‘Way of Tea.’

The company have several locations dotted around Osaka, and they’re set to add another to the list on October 17 when Saryou Tsuboichi Seicha Honpo opens at Namba SkyO.

The new shop will be split into three spaces: the café space, shop space and takeout space. The café space is based on the ‘house in a mountain town area’ concept advocated by Sen no Rikyū. Tea experts will make delicious cups of tea one by one in a relaxed environment which can be enjoyed with handmade sweets that elevate the flavour of the tea.

 

In the shop space you can get your hands on a range of Japanese teas carefully judged and selected by Tsuboichi’s tea connoisseurs in addition to Japanese sweets made using high quality tea, a range of products perfect as gifts, and more. The takeout area is also the first ever at any of Tsuboichi’s locations.

Shinise Honpo no Ocha Man (Matcha): ¥280 (Pre-Tax)

Matcha Smoothie (Rich): ¥280 (Pre-Tax)

For the takeout menu too, the beverages served are poured fresh after your order so you can get the full taste of Tsuboichi’s tea. Drinks include sencha, matcha, a rich-flavoured matcha latte, houjicha latte and more. The shop’s Ocha Man (Matcha) and the Matcha Smoothie and Houjicha Smoothe―both of which you can choose the richness of―are particular must-tries. All three are available at this new branch only.

 

There’s also a workshop taking place for foreign tourists on the 5th floor of Namba SkyO where people can experience tradition and culture hands on. In line with this, the new Tsuboichi Seicha Honpo shop will sell an original tea and coffee blend for the first time. Around 10 types of single origin tea leaves can be picked from.

 

If you’re looking to test of lots of different Japanese teas then look no further than Saryou Tsuboichi Seicha Honpo in Namba.

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  • 6 Autumn Drinks & Desserts Available in Japan This Year―Matcha, Sweet Potato & More

    14.October.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    There is a Japanese phrase that says “fall is the best season for eating” (食欲の秋; shokuyoku no aki). When fall arrives in Japan with all of its beautiful red and yellow colours, so do all of the delicious drinks and desserts. We have compiled a list of 6 that we want to recommend to our readers.

     

    “Tapioca Hōjicha Milk Tea” @ Chun Sui Tang (From September 26)

    Taiwanese cafe Chun Sui Tang released their new original Japanese-style Tapioca Hōjicha Milk Tea on September 26. Hōjicha, a type of Japanese green tea that involves roasting the tea leaves in a specific way, is fused with tapioca milk tea. The new creation introduces a new way to enjoy flavours. As the tea leaves are sourced from Shizuoka, all the raw ingredients are free from additives and are 100% national produce. A master tea specialist carefully roasts the tea leaves using a far infrared roaster and continues the process until the stem is reached. At this point, the tea is turned into a fine powder and a wonderful aroma drifts through the air. The texture of the chewy tapioca combined with the mildly bitter Hōjicha milk and fluffy cream makes for a great combination. Enjoy a wonderful Japanese-style original tapioca drink which makes for a great dessert! Available this Autumn only!

     

    ■Information

    Tapioca Hōjicha Milk Tea (Hot/ Iced)

    Tapioca Adzuki Milk Tea (Hot/Iced)

    Price: ¥600 + tax

    Released: September 26, 2018

    Available at all Chun Sui Tang stores. (Can also order to take away)

     

    Chun Sui Tang (春水堂) Official Website: https://www.chunshuitang.jp/

     

     

    Autumnal Japanese-Style Desserts @ Pie Holic (September 14 – October 31)

    Pie Holic is a Japanese pie shop that specialises in making Californian style pies. They are now selling four new Japanese-style desserts this autumn only at their Roppongi and Yokohama branches. The list includes the crunchy Doraimo Pie on top of which sits a fluffy dorayaki topped with a light whipped cream and rich, naturally sweet purple sweet potato cream. There’s also the Soybean Mochi Pie, a luxurious dessert filled with chewy warabimochi.

     

    ■Information

    Pie Holic Roppongi

    Address: 6-2-31 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-5776-7500

    Official Website: http://www.tgn.co.jp/hall/yokohama/ph/66/

     

    Pie Holic Yokohama

    Address: 1-3-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-11:00pm (Last Orders 9:30pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 045-227-6777

    Official Website: https://www.tgn.co.jp/hall/yokohama/ph/

     

    “Purple Sweet Potato McShake” @ McDonald’s (September 26 – End of October)

    McDonald’s Japan is currently selling its recently-released Purple Sweet Potato McShake for a limited time only. The drink retains the characteristic and familiar creamy texture of the classic McShake but combines it with purple sweet potatoes and regular sweet potatoes to create the perfect beverage for the autumn season.

     

    ◼︎Information

    Autumn Purple Sweet Potato McShake

    Running: September 26, 2018 – End of October 2018 (subject to change)

    Available: Most McDonald’s branches in Japan

    Serving Time: 10:30am – Closing Time (or until 1:00am the next day at 24-hour branches)

    Price: Small ¥120 / Regular ¥200

    McDonald’s Japan Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/

     

    McDonald’s Matcha Drink Series (September 12 – End of November)

    McDonald’s Japan is currently selling four matcha beverages at its McCafé by Barista chain for a limited period. The drinks include the Brown Sugar Syrup & Soybean Flour Matcha Frappe, Matcha Latte Frappe, Iced Matcha Latte and Matcha Latte. This year they have put in even more matcha powder sourced in Uji in each of the drinks to make the matcha flavour even richer!

     

    ■Information

    McCafé by Barista Matcha Series

    Location: All Mcdonald’s chains with a McCafé by Barista (89 branches as of September 2018)

    Available: September 12, 2018 – End of November 2018 (subject to change)

    McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/menu/barista/

     

    “Strawberry Matcha Frappe” @ McDonald’s (October 10 – Mid November)

    This beverage is an addition the McDonald’s matcha series above, this time opting for a more western-style flavour by adding strawberries. It’s a luxurious combination of the full-bodied flavour of matcha together with sweet and sour strawberries. It includes both a strawberry paste made from whole strawberries and a strawberry whipped cream at the bottom. Sitting on top of these is a matcha latte frappe which uses slightly bitter Uji matcha from Kyoto and delicious milk farmed in Japan. Crowning the drink is more strawberry whipped cream and sprinkling of matcha powder.

     

    Strawberry Matcha Frappe
    Price: Regular ¥490 / Large ¥530 (Tax Included)
    Running: October 10, 2018 – Mid November (Subject to Change)
    Available: At McDonald’s branches across Japan with a McCafé by Barista (Approx. 89 branches as of October 2018)
    *The branch list can be viewed on the official McDonald’s Japan homepage (Japanese).

    McDonald’s Official Homepage: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/menu/barista/

     

    “Crème Brûlée Doughnut” @ Mister Donut (September 28 – End of December)

    Mister Donut in Japan is now selling three different types of crème brûlée doughnuts. As the name suggests, it’s the popular crème brûlée turned into a doughnut. The doughnut is made with burnt cream, sprinkled with caramelised sugar and filled with custard cream before being scorched on top with a gas burner.

     

    ■Information

    Crème Brûlée Doughnut (3 Types)

    Running: September 28, 2018 – End of December 2018

    Available: At most Mister Donut branches in Japan

    Website: https://www.misterdonut.jp

     

    Make sure to try all the goodies available in Japan during autumn!

  • Café “Nintama Rantaro Chaya” to open in Tokyo and Osaka

    30.September.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Two limited-time-offer collaboration cafés named “Nintama Rantaro Chaya” (cafés using the motif of the popular TV animation with the same name) will be opened in Osaka and Tokyo. The Osaka café will be opened in “contact” located in Shinsaibashi starting from October 12th (Fri.) and the Tokyo café will be opened in “OMOTESANDO BOX CAFÉ & SPACE” located in Omotesando starting from Octorber 25th (Thurs.).

    In the animation story, the principal of the ninja school all of a sudden declares, “To be a full-fledged ninja, you must be able to cook!” So, it is decided that the 3 students, Rintaro, Kirimaru and Shinbei must go to different tea houses for training. Rintaro is to go to a “healthy tea house,” Kirimaru is to go to a “powerful tea house” and Shinbei is to go to a “modern tea house.”

     

    Seniors of these 3 students and some teachers decide that they will lend a helping hand in the training session, so they go along. Furthermore, the principal declares, “If your tea house does a booming business, I will give you a reward!” And so, a heated cooking competition unfolds.

    All menu item prices are the before-tax price.

    Green salad udon \1,590

    Isaku and Kematome’s collaborative “vegetable-rich” healthy salad udon. By pouring a seseme sauce on the udon the taste becomes even better.

    Stamina rich bowl ~hitsumabushi-style~ \1,390

    A high-powered rice bowl made by Choji, Koheita and Monjiro. By scooping a small serving of the rice bowl into a small bowl and pouring the broth over it, you can have a hitsumabushi-style dish.

    Takeya and Kukuchi’s collaborative tofu hamburg doria (casserole) \1,490

    Kukuchi offers you a “modern-tasteing” tofu hamburg doria. The rice placed under the hamburg has a jazzy basil flavor. This comes with Takeya’s fresh salad set.

    Collaborative dish of a star and an idol. Which character is the most popular? \1,590

    A star and an idol dance on the stage! Don’t miss Takiya shamaru and Mikiemon’s collaborative dream collaboration!

    Denko-san’s (Yamada teacher) ohagi parfait \1,090

    Ms. Yamada, you put a whole ohagi on top of the parfait! Denko-san’s powerful parfait.

    Doi teacher’s “paste” item? Mitarashi parfait \1,090

    “Mr. Doi, can you eat paste products?” Actually, this is not a paste product! Here is a Japanese-style parfait with the motif of “oden.”

    Relaxing matcha latte ~with Rantaro’s onigiri-shaped rice cookie   \890

    Have a relaxing matcha latte with Rantaro’s special onigiri-shaped rice cookie.

     

    Enjoy the numerous other Nintama-style menu items of these 3 different tea houses.

    You can also purchase original goods that can only be bought at these cafes. You can also purchase special post cards and egg-shaped key holders. Don’t miss this chance to get your very own Nintama Rantaro goods.

    Reservations are required and all persons who make reservations will receive 1 original sticker (3 types given out at random).

    In addition, special lunch mats (4 types given out at random) will be given to all customers of the café and customers ordering a drink will receive special coasters (22 types given out at random).

     

    All Rintama Rantaro fans, why not come and enjoy these collaborative cafes!

  • “Nanoan” Sake Bar Opens in Old Fashioned House in Tennoji, Osaka

    11.May.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    A one-hundred year old residence from the Taisho Period in Osaka’s Tennoji ward has been renovated and turned into a Japanese sake bar called Nanoan. This is the second store by Nanakura, which is located in the same area as the bar, Chausuyama.

    大阪・天王寺 「菜乃庵 nanoan」大阪・天王寺 「菜乃庵 nanoan」2

    The quiet residence is located in the middle of Tennoji about 2-minutes from the station. The neighbourhood of Tennoji has been undergoing development, and the house used to build Nanoan is said to be the last remaining residence from the Taisho Period.

    Customers can look forward to enjoying meals made with exquisite ingredients as well as drinks in this historical, antique-looking building. It’s located just 1-minute on foot from the first store, Nanakura. Located right by is Tennoji Park, and from the second floor, you can see Keitakuen Garden.

    大阪・天王寺 「菜乃庵 nanoan」3

    The bar can be used for many situations, like enjoy yourself at a 1-2 person counter while looking out to the garden, or you can rent the bar for an 80-person banquet.

    大阪・天王寺 「菜乃庵 nanoan」ランチ大阪・天王寺 「菜乃庵 nanoan」 ランチ

    For lunch, enjoy a farmer’s meal for ¥1,000. It comes with side dishes stacked with plenty of homegrown vegetables and more.

    大阪・天王寺 「菜乃庵 nanoan」 お酒

    Enjoy a great meal and some sake in a quaint residence of the past!

     

    ■Information

     

    Nanoan – Sake Bar

    Address: 2-23 Chausuyamachō, Tennōji-ku, Osaka

    Opening Hours: Daytime 11:30-15:00 (Last Orders 14:00) / Evening 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 06-6770-5757

    Website: http://www.nanoan.com/

     

    Nanakura – Sake & Sansai

    Address: 4-26 Chausuyamacho, Tennōji-ku, Osaka

    Opening Hours: Evening 17:00-00:00 (Open from 15:00 on Sundays & Holidays)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 06-6777-4373

    Website: http://www.nana-kura.com/

     

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  • Star Wars Theme Cafe Opens in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido & Fukuoka

    25.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    With The Rise of Skywalker concluding the Skywalker saga of the Star Wars film franchise, fans are left craving more from the galaxy far far away.

     

    If you’re one of those people, and need a fix before season two of The Mandalorian, which is coming in late 2020, then you’ll want to hit up the all-new Star Wars-themed cafes now open for a limited time at branches of OH MY CAFE across Japan in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, and Fukuoka.

     

    We visited the Tokyo branch of the cafe which is located inside Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku. Here’s our report of this must-see cafe for Star Wars fans, a museum-like space chock-full of concept art.

    Ready to greet you as you walk into the cafe is none other than Darth Vader. This life-size recreation of the Sith Lord is really striking, but don’t worryーthough he is realistic, he won’t use his Force choke on you, he only wishes for you to have a nice meal.

    Plastered across the cafe walls are pieces of concept art used during the production of the Star Wars film series.

    Here’s a galactic showcasing of the cafe’s menu. There are 7 food items and 5 drinks to choose from, all inspired by the franchise and its characters.

    <STAR WARS> Far Far Away Galaxy Black Curry – ¥1,590

    A signature dish of the cafe, this black curry features the Star Wars logo which is actually an edible wafer. The space design is bamboo charcoal-cooked rice which is mixed with spicy sauce and topped with peanuts for stars.

    <BB-8> Seafood BB-8 Gratin – ¥1,690

    Fans of BB-8 won’t be able to resist this delicious gratin, served with salad and French bread for a full belly.

    <Yoda> Root Leaf Stew – ¥1,590

    This stew is inspired by Yoda living his final years in his little shack in Dagobah during Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. It’s packed full of vegetables and will no doubt be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.

    <R2-D2 & C-3PO> Buddy Burger Plate – ¥1,990

    This set of two chicken burgers comes with an R2-D2 seasoned with béchamel sauce and a C-3PO burger seasoned with meat sauce. You can take the flags home with you too. We recommend sharing this between two people.

    Portion Bread – ¥500

    This is the one I was most interested in personally, because I was curious to know from its appearance how it would taste. It’s the portion bread that Rey tries eating in the film. At first glance it looks crunchy, but to my surprise it was soft with a subtle sweet flavour.

    Lightsaber Drinks – ¥600 Each (w/ Coaster ¥1,300)

    From the left, the flavours are Darth Vader blood orange, Luke Skywalker ramune, and Yoda melon. When you draw your straw from the paper wrapping, it turns into a lightsaber!

    <STAR WARS > Jet Black Coffee – ¥600 (w/Bottle ¥1,750)

    These limited edition bottles of black coffee feature the famous Star Wars opening crawl credits. Which one you get is randomーa must-have for all fans!

    After enjoying some Star Wars food and drink, it’s time to check out the cafe’s exclusive merchandise. There are 13 types of merch in total all bearing artwork from across the film series.

    Folder – ¥350

    I recommend picking up one of these folders made in collaboration with the cafe. It has illustrations of the food and drinks being sold there.

    Tote Bag – ¥3,500

    This tote bag has illustrations of characters from Star Wars and how they are all connected.

    There’s plenty of other must-grab merch too, from music to stationery and more.

    Customers who spend over ¥1,000 (excluding tax) on any of these exclusive items will receive the above-pictured limited edition bag. These are limited in stock so are available while supplies last.

    There’s plenty of places inside for fans to take great photos, so make sure you snap lots.

    Also, if you book a table in advance and order something from the menu, you’ll receive one of these 25 possible A5 folders, so be sure to book before you go!

     

     

    © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

    *All listed prices are pre-tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

  • Irresistible Fruit Sandwich Shop “Futsu ni Fruits” Opens in Osaka

    30.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Popular Tokyo fruit sandwich shop “Futsu ni Fruits” has opened a branch in Osaka called “Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor”. With the help of Kansai’s expert dessert Instagrammer Tiara, we’ll be taking a closer look at the shop’s irresistible menu.

     

    Futsu ni Fruits is a sister branch of Omotesando’s popular café & bakery “Bread, Espresso &,”. Futsu ni Fruits at Tosabori Parlor in Osaka sells takeout sandwiches on floor 1 and has an eat-in café space on floor 2. 

    Fruit Sandwich

     The café menu varies according to the time of day. There’s a toast menu in the morning which sells toast with various fruit toppings. Futsu ni Fruits’ classic Fruit Sandwiches are available from lunchtime and onwards. The rich whipped cream embraces the flavour of the fruit filling perfectly, leaving a refreshing aftertaste. 

     

    The teatime menu is served from 3 pm which is your chance to try the Tosabori Parlor-limited Purin à la mode, parfaits and much more. 

    Seasonal Fruits Drink

    Purin à la Mode, Strawberry Milk and Coffee Milk

    The Tosabori Parlor-limited purin à la mode is a luxurious mountain of delicious fruit and purin. 

    If you’re curious to try a Japanese fruit sandwich then Futsu ni Fruits is guaranteed to give you an enjoyable experience. 

     

    If you’re a dessert-lover in Japan then you just have to check out Tiara’s Instagram which is a library of the most delicious desserts in the Kansai region. 

     

    Article Contents and Photos by: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

     

    *The information on the desserts mentioned in this article are subject to change at any time. For the latest updates, please refer to the links provided in this article.

  • Pokémon Sword and Shield Themed Food to be Served at the Pokémon Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka

    17.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Tokyo (Nihonbashi) and Osaka (Shinsaibashi) branches of the Pokémon Cafe are releasing their second batch of menu items in collaboration with Pokémon Sword and Shield which will be served between January 18 and March 19 next year.

     

    Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are the latest games in the Pokémon video game franchise and were released for the Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019. The two new menu items fans can hope to enjoy based on Weezing and Morpeko. Also, due to popular demand, the serving period for the first collaborative menu which featured Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble has been extended to March 19, 2020.

    Weezing’s Chemical Change Gas Pancakes – ¥1,628

    Try pouring the accompanying blueberry sauce over Weezing’s cotton candy gas clouds and you might just see an actual chemical change yourself!

     

    Ingredients: Pancakes, Matcha Whipped Cream, White Chocolate Sauce, Blueberry Sauce

     

    Morpeko’s Hungry W Sauce Omurice – ¥1,628

    Just like Morpeko can change between two forms via its Hunger Switch ability, this omurice too is served with two different flavoured sauces.

     

    Ingredients: Omurice, Demi Glace Sauce, Tomato Cream Sauce

     

    If you’ve yet to visit the Pokémon Cafe in Japan be sure to put it on your list of things-to-do, and expect to enjoy a whole range of Pokémon-themed treats!

     

     

    *All listed prices include tax

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  • Hotel Royal Classic Osaka: A Museum & Hotel Fusing Tradition and Innovation in an Art Museum-Style Space

    30.November.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Shin Kabuki-za is an old theatre in Osaka that has been loved by locals since it opened in 1926. The theatre is set to find new life as Hotel Royal Classic Osaka, a new hotel developed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma which is set to open on December 1, 2019. The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON editorial team received exclusive access to view the hotel before it opens to report on it and showcase how it differs completely from other hotels with its characteristic charms.

     

    Its direct connect to Namba Station means super easy access

    Hotel Royal Classic Osaka is situated in the central part of Osaka Minami. Direct access to the hotel from the Osaka Metro section of Namba Station will be made available from March 2020, allowing for easy access and the reassurance that you won’t get lost wandering the streets trying to find your accommodation. Its location means easy access for tourists and travellers with a lot of luggage, working professionals who want to shorten the distance between commutes as much as possible, and pretty much any other scenario where accessibility is a priority.

     

    An iconic building exterior combining tradition and modern innovation

    Shin Kabuki-za is known by the locals who live in the area for its magnificent karahafu roof gables. The hotel will inherit this symbolic part of the theatre’s design and restore the lower part of the building. The upper part makes use of multiple layers of aluminium to create a dynamic and intricate design, resulting in a unique appearance that fuses both the traditional formation of the original theatre with a modern touch. Thanks to Kengo Kuma’s skillful architectural work, the building merges effortlessly with the surrounding buildings while retaining the local culture.

     

    It’s as much of an art museum as a hotel

    Olympic Girl 100m by Ay-O (Takao Iijima)

    The hotel also stands tall and proud as an art museum. As you walk down its corridors, your eyes will meet a plethora of gorgeous pieces of artwork which serve to lay guests into a sense of calmness and tranquility. These works are scattered throughout the hotel, both at the front desk, guest rooms, and elsewhere, making it feel like you have really stepped into a museum of art. High-class pieces also line the walls nonchalantly, so give yourself time to appreciate the many masterpieces you’ll find there.

      

    High ceilings create spaceーspace which is nothing less than relaxing

    There are 150 guest rooms in total, consisting of Standard Rooms, Premium Rooms, and Suite Rooms. Not only does each and every room boast a beautiful and panoramic window view of Osaka’s nightscape, they also enjoy high ceilings, creating a sense of space and freedom.

    Wood is the base of all the rooms, giving them a natural and relaxed feeling. The furniture is simple which gives the rooms a minimalist design, again adding to the space and sense of luxury. We stayed in one of the Standard Rooms. Don’t let going for Standard make you feel inferior, however, as we felt the room was incredibly spacious with plenty of space to store luggage.

    Room lighting is controlled with a tablet located next to the bed. The tablets are compatible in four languages. Each icon on them also has universally easy-to-recognise pictures for easy use.

    Also, the bathtubs in Standard Rooms have a little window that looks into the main bedroom. If you’re with someone you’re on good terms with, whether friends, family or a loved one, you can communicate back and forth while you take a soak. (There is of course a sliding door so you can close it off too!)

    We were also shown around one of the Suite Rooms which are fitted with a living room and spacious washroom. It really is penthouse-level extraordinary.

    The bathrooms have a window that looks out across the city nightscape, allowing for an indulging soak with a breathtaking view. It’s not one we could afford every single time we book a hotel, on a special occasion one time it’s an absolute definite.

     

    Amenities galore to pamper your hair and body

    The rooms come with a long line-up of fantastic amenities, like comfy cotton PJs, fluffy slippers, and our personal favourite: a compressed bag for your clothing. 

    The amenities in the washroom were bountiful too, from shampoo to conditioner, shower gel and body gelーall of which, by the way, are by the Thai organic brand Panpuri. They all smelled incredible and filled the bathroom with their gorgeous scent.

    They have all your ordinary must-haves too like a hair comb, cotton buds, toothbrush, and so on.

     

    KUMO KUMO: The bar and lounge with comfy sofas

    The hotel building has a total of twenty floors. After enjoying our time in the hotel portion, we headed up to the bar and lounge KUMO KUMO on the 20th floor. Inside the elevator, piano music plays while you gaze at the several pieces of art fitted inside. There was even a piece by Yayoi Kusama, so be sure to take a look.

    When entering KUMO KUMO, there’s not only seats at the counter, but lots of sofas too with a window view.

    Jazz music flowed through the bar and lounge, which is best enjoyed with a cup of delicious sake while staring out over nighttime Osaka.

     

    HAFU is a restaurant for guests only that serves breakfast.

    Their menu consists of lots of healthy options, from fruits to salads.

    The chef will also prepare fresh hotel-grade egg and meat dishes too, amongst other delicious delights. There’s also a range of slim-friendly menu items made with foreign guests in mind. The assortment was truly incredible, we can’t recommend this place enough.

    Of course, there’s yogurt, mini sweets and other dessert-like morning treats to indulge in too. It was a breakfast for the gods.

     

    YURAYURA: A restaurant that combines Japanese and Western cuisine

    The team enjoyed lunch at YURAYURA too, a buffet-style restaurant that also seats non-guests. Their menu is an amalgamation of the Japanese and Western palate, serving carefully-selected ingredients from countries around the world.

    They had various foods from around Asia too like nasi goreng from Indonesia, as well as Korean japchae, and more.

    Other things we spotted were pincho and small-cut sweets too.

    For Japanese food there were things like freshly-fried tempura, and large cuts of roast beef which were cut there and then by the chef.

     

    What I was personally happy about was their cafe menu, with things like cafe latte and other hot drinks. It was a satisfying 90-minutes spent, wolfing down food and then enjoying some sweets with a cafe latte.

     

    5 spaces that can be used for weddings, parties & more

    The hotel building even houses two chapels, as well as banquet halls, which can be used for weddings, parties and more. The chapels have large windows that let in plenty of natural sunlight. The use of natural wood also gives the room a warm feeling to it.

    Floor 8’s HANAEMI

    There are five banquet halls in total each on a different floor and each with their own concept. Those on floors 7, 8 and 9 even have terraces for parties too. Whether you’re having a party, a wedding, or a conference, there is a room for you.

    Hotel Royal Classic Osaka’s speciality is its inclusion of leaving a part of traditional Japan in there while still letting you feel the Japan of today. Whether you’re travelling to Osaka for some sightseeing and fun, or you’re in the business scene and need a regular-use hotel, look no further. We felt connected to Osaka in our experience there, so if you’re planning a trip to Osaka, be sure to book with Namba’s newest landmark.

  • Pompompurin Cafe Reveals Christmas Menu For Harajuku, Yokohama & Umeda Branches

    27.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Harajuku, Yokohama and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Cafeーthe cafe chain centred on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurinーis serving up two cute Christmas menu items this year from December 1 to 25.

    *Food names below are translated from Japanese

    Hurry Up Santa – Pompompurin Cheese Keema Curry – ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    This rich and spicy keema curry is made with Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, and natural cheese. The colourful stars are made from carrot and paprika, while the spiralled Christmas cheese is a combination of spinach and mashed potato. Purin is made of rice and is waiting in anticipation for Santa to deliver his present. You’ll see he’s holding a stocking which is a made from bread and walleye pollack mayo. A hearty dish that is both delicious and adorable

    Snowman Pompompurin – Snow Covered Chocolate Tart ¥1,190 (Before Tax)

    Pompompurin has turned into a vanilla ice cream snowman and is standing next to a pistachio cream Christmas tree. They are both atop a rich chocolate tart. This cute dessert is like a Christmas garden straight out of a children’s picture book.

    If you decide you want to spend your Christmas with Pompompurin this year, then you’ll receive a free lunch mat when you order food and a free coaster when you get a drink. These are both limited in quantity, so don’t miss out!

     

    ©1996, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S603310

  • Adorable Sanrio Character My Melody Gets Her First Permanent Character Café in Osaka

    24.November.2019 | FOOD

    A new character café themed around the sweet and adorable Sanrio character My Melody will open on the 7th floor of HEP FIVE, which is just a three-minute walk from HANKYU Umeda Station in Osaka. The café is set to open on December 5 and will be Japan’s first permanent My Melody Café.

    Once you enter the café, you will be immersed in a world of pink, green and white pastel colours. Take a seat in the pleasant British garden-themed café surrounded by roses. Sanrio friends My Melody, My Sweet Piano and Kuromi are relaxing in the garden, enjoying afternoon tea together in the soothing atmosphere. 

     

    Food Menu

    My Melody European-Style Curry ¥1,490 + tax

    Kuromi’s Green Flower Prawn and Avocado Doria: ¥1,390 + tax 

    My Sweet Piano’s Fluffy and Foamy Pollock Roe Pasta ♪ ¥1,390 + tax

     

    Dessert Menu

    My Melody’s Hide-And-Seek in the Strawberry Mountain Parfait: ¥1,690 + tax 

    Kuromi’s Tiramisu Flower Pot: ¥1,490 + tax

    Giant Blooming Flower Pancake: ¥1,490 + tax

     

    The café’s original menu is bursting with the cuteness of My Melody and her friends. You won’t be able to resist posting your photos of the interior and food on Instagram. 

     

    Original Merchandise 

    Make sure to take a photo with My Melody and friends at one of the photo spots in the café and check out the large variety of My Melody café-limited goods which cannot be purchased anywhere else. The above photo shows just a small selection of the cute goods that are available. 

    Customers who enjoy a meal in the My Melody Café will receive a free placemat and sticker. If you order a drink, you will receive a free drink coaster. These are in limited stock so if you want them, make sure to visit the café as soon as you can.

     

    ©1976, 2005, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S603311

  • Idol Group Keyakizaka46 Themed Cafes to Open in Harajuku, Osaka & Nagoya

    07.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The new cafe TOKYO BOX CAFE&SPACE will open in Omotesando, Harajuku on November 21, 2019.

    The cafe will serve as a space to promote artists, franchises and more by collaborating with them. For the grand opening, the cafe’s first collaboration will be with Japanese idol group Keyakizaka46 which will run for a limited period from November 21, 2019 to January 13, 2020. The collaboration will subsequently move to Osaka and Nagoya where it will open on November 22 and 28 respectively.

     

    The names of cafe menu dishes below are translated from Japanese.

     

    Cafe Menu

    Break the Cheese! – ¥1,690

    This cheesy pasta dish is made with crispy cheese, the spaghetti is bathed in a rich cheese sauce, and the plate is finished with delicious seafood. Break the cheese up and tuck in!

    Black Vegetable Curry – ¥1,590

    The quirk of this veggie-packed meal is the black colour of the curry. Topped with okra, tomatoes, Japanese mustard greens, sunny-side up egg and more, this nutritional dish is sure to fill your belly.

    2 People Season Pancakes – ¥1,790

    For the sweet-tooths out there, they can look forward to forking into some chocolatey pancakes lathered sweetly in blueberry sauce and blueberry cream. Between the pancakes are fruits and chocolate to create a pancake sandwich, and adorning the plate is more chocolate, fruit, and blue dragées.

    Humility! Kindness! Bonds! Shining Brightly, Keyakizaka46 Parfait – ¥1,690

    Named after one of the group’s catchphrases, this matcha parfait is green which is a colour that symbolises Keyakizaka46. It’s piled with chocolate, macarons, ice cream, warabimochi and more for a truly hearty and mouth-watering dessert.

    Late-Night Herb Tea – ¥890

    During those nights when you can’t fall asleep, there’s nothing better than some refreshing herbal tea.

    Matcha Milk That Stays Hot Even When It Blows In The Wind – ¥890

    Nothing beats a cup of hot matcha milk during the cold weather. Coloured green like the group’s iconic colour, this gorgeous, garden-like beverage is sure to warm up your mind and body.

     

    Exclusive Merchandise

    T-Shirt (White) – ¥3,100

    Acrylic Keyring – ¥900

    Tote Bag – ¥1,800

     

    Bonus Items

    Those who book a table in advance  (¥650 per person, tax excluded) and order something from the menu will randomly receive one of 26 possible trading cards pictured above.

    If you order something from the food or dessert menu, you’ll also receive one of 26 possible signed mini cards, chosen randomly.

    Finally, if you get a drink, you can get one of these 8 possible coasters, also chosen randomly.

     

    This is just a small peek into what’s to come at the cafesーthere are more drinks, dishes and merchandise to get your hands on, so don’t miss out.

     

    *All listed menu item prices do not include tax

    *All listed merchandise items include tax

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

    ©Seed & Flower LLC.

  • The New Prince of Tennis Themed Cafes to Open in Akihabara & Osaka

    04.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Akihabara (Tokyo) and Nanbasennichimae (Osaka) branches of the Sega Collabo Cafe are set to collaborate with the TV anime series The New Princess of Tennis from December 6.

    Fans can look forward to tucking into food, drinks and desserts inspired by characters in the series. There will also be exclusive Sega Collabo Cafe merchandise on sale in collaboration with the series, as well as other goodies like an original coaster which you get when ordering a drink.

     

    The collaboration will run from December 6, 2019 to January 26, 2020. During that time, there will be three different slots, each featuring different menu options.

     

    Drinks Menu (All 3 Periods) – ¥600 Each (Before Tax)

    ・Seigaku

    ・Hyoutei

    ・Rikkaidai

    ・Higa

    ・Shitenhoji

     

    *Photo is for illustrative purposes only. May differ from actual product.

     

    Food Menu – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)

    Slot ①: December 6, 2019 – December 20, 2019

    ・Taka-san’s Specially-Made Mille-Feuille Sushi

    ・Higa Soba

     

    Slot ②: December 21, 2019 – January 10, 2020

    ・Invincible Rikkaidai Soy Ramen

    ・Ryoma’s American SABA Burger

     

    Slot ③: January 11, 2020 – January 26, 2020

    ・Hyoutei Truffle Pasta

    ・Okonomiyaki

     

    Only one of each of these dishes will be sold each day per slot, and it will be determined by whichever is ordered during the first order of that day.

     

    Dessert Menu – ¥1,000 Each (Before Tax)

    Slot ①: December 6, 2019 – December 20, 2019

    ・Hyoutei’s Victory Parfait

    ・Shitenhoji Parfait

     

    Slot ②: December 21, 2019 – January 10, 2020

    ・Higa Parfait
    ・Karupin Parfait

     

    Slot ③: January 11, 2020 – January 26, 2020

    ・Seigaku Parfait

    ・Rikkaidai Parfait

     

    Food, Drink & Dessert Menu Bonus Items

    For every meal, drink or dessert ordered at the cafe, customers will receive an original coaster. Designs are given randomly, and there are 11 different ones for each slot as pictured above in respective order.

     

    Sega Collabo Cafe Exclusive Merchandise

    Releasing: December 6, 2019

    Hologram Pin Badges (11 Designs) – ¥500 Each (Before Tax)

    Superdeformed Pin Badges (11 Designs) – ¥400 Each (Before Tax)

     

    There is much more merchandise for fans to get their hands on too. Both cafes are reservation-only, so book your table now on the official website below.

     

    ©Takeshi Konomi / Shueisha・NAS・The New Prince of Tennis Project

    ©SEGA

  • The Pompompurin Cafe’s New Autumn Dessert Will Warm & Fill You Up

    26.October.2019 | Uncategorized

    If you’ve not yet been to the Pompompurin Cafe, or this is your first time hearing about itーthemed entirely on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurinーthen their two new menu items, available this autumn for the entire month of November, is sure to pull you in.

     

    As the leaves turn red and gold and people order pumpkin spiced lattes for takeout, the Harajuku, Yokohama and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Cafe want to get in on the autumnal action too. So they have created a special chicken stew and fruit gratin, served as colourful as the season itself is and perfect during any time of the day when your belly is calling for nutrition.

    Chicken Brown Stew: Strolling Along While Looking at the Autumn Colours – ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    This chicken stew features Pompompurin and his best friend and hamster Muffin. The dish depicts a scene of both of them strolling and getting along while looking at the autumn leaves. Purin is made from rice and sits inside the rich stew while a mashed potato Muffin perches on top of him wearing his hat.  They are surrounded by carrots and other veggies made to look like the vibrant leaves of Japan’s maple and ginkgo trees.

    Fruit Gratin: Hot Spring Warm-Up – ¥1,090 (Before Tax)

    If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth but also want to warm up then look no further than at Pompompurin and Muffin relaxing together in the hot spring that is this fruit gratin dessert. Purin is made from pumpkin flavoured ice cream while Muffin is of the vanilla kind. They are warming themselves up in a fruit-packed custard cream sauce. The fruit is drizzled in sauce and cooked to make the fruit even sweeter and intensify its flavour. Did you see the cute towels on their heads too? Many people do this in Japan when getting into the hot spring (or “onsen”), and you might have seen it if you watch anime too.

     

    The fall fun doesn’t stop there however, as all people who dine at the cafe will receive the lunch mat pictured below, and everyone who orders a drink will get a coaster. Available while supplies last.

    Lunch Mat (3 Designs)


    Coaster (1 Design)

     

    Stay warm while its cold at the Pompompurin Cafe this autumn.

     

    ©1996, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S602780

  • Experience Art and the Japanese Tea Ceremony Come Together at hotel koe tokyo’s Private Lounge

    14.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    “hotel koe tokyo” isn’t your everyday normal hotel. Developed and produced by “koe,” the hotel brings together fashion, music, cuisine, and a luxury accommodation experience. In line with DESIGNART TOKYO 2019, the hotel has announced it will hold a reservation-only event entitled “DESIGNART TOKYO 2019: Tea ceremony by artless+asahiyaki” at its third-floor private lounge on October 19 and 20.

    Asahi ware is a type of Japanese pottery originating in Uji, Kyoto almost 400 years ago. Hosai Matsubayashi is the 16th generation master of this long-running workshop, known as Asahiyaki, and he’s set to collaborate with Shun Kawakami, an artist and art director of global branding agency artless Inc. The collaboration is being held to promote Japanese culture not only to the people of Japan but those overseas too, and “hotel koe tokyo” is the perfect place to do it due to the huge number of foreign visitors that stay at the hotel.

    The two of them have taken the traditional Japanese tearoom and have put a modern spin on it. Normally, this private lounge of the hotel is only usable by guests staying there, but this reservation-only event will grant exclusive access to all. It brings together Japanese tea and art in the form of a special tea-making course. Attendees will follow Hosai Matsubayashi’s instructions and prepare their own tea. During the session, both Matsubayashi and Kawakami will give talks on their work while you enjoy your tea.

    Take advantage of this special occasion to learn about the beauty of Japanese tea.

  • Visiting the Weathering With You Cafe Now Open in Tokyo and Osaka

    10.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / MOVIE

    LEGS COMPANY opened two cafes themed on the hit anime film Weathering with You in Tokyo and Osaka on October 8 and October 10 respectively. The cafes will run for a limited time only.

    We paid a visit to the Tokyo branch which opened inside OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE & SPACE which is only a 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station.

     

    The new blockbuster hit from internationally-acclaimed animator and film director Makoto Shinkai Weathering with You dropped back on July 19 and has since amassed over 13 billion yen (approximately US$131 million) in the box office. It was seen by 7.5 million people in the first 34 days of its release, and over 10 million after 75 days. Its huge success has cemented itself in the Japanese animated film industry as another monumental masterpieces from Shinkai. The film has also been nominated for Best International Feature Film for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards set to take place on February 9, 2020.

    While sat in the cafe you can watch scenes from the film on the giant screens while the main songs performed by RADWIMPS play.

     

    The cafe menu features a line-up of drinks, dishes and desserts inspired by the characters and moments in the series, including the chahan set prepared by Hina for Hodaka, the Hodaka Welcome Party Set, and more.

    Teru Teru Omurice – ¥1,490

    This is the dish I ordered to eat. I couldn’t resist how cute it was. It’s inspired by the teru teru bōzu that Nagi makes, a traditional Japanese doll used to prevent rain and bring good weather. The doll’s head is made of mashed potato. He’s sat on a bed of ketchup rice filled with vegetables and bathed in a delicious sauce. This one’s too cute it almost seems a waste to eat♡

    Nagi’s Teru Teru Bōzu À La Mode – ¥1,490

    For dessert I ordered another teru teru bōzu treat. This one is made from gyūhi, a type of Japanese confection made from rice flour. Its head is filled with vanilla ice cream, and if you turn it over, you’ll find Japanese pudding underneath, and under that granola. It’s finished with a lining of bright blue lychee jelly around the outside for a hint of freshness.

     

    The cafe offers plenty of other dishes that will leave any Weathering with You fans spoiled for choice.

    Hina’s Handmade Sesame Oil Infused Pea Sprout Potato Chahan Set – ¥1,490

    A chahan set lovingly prepared by Hina for Hodaka. Chop up the spring onions that come on the side and add them to the soup just like Hina does in the film! This is a hearty set sure to fill you up.

    Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set – ¥1,590

    This one-person set was made lovingly by Natsume when Hodaka comes to work at the same company as her, K&A. If you’re looking for a healthy green meal packed with veggies then you’ll love this one.

    Clearing Up Weather Tiramisu – ¥1,490

    This refreshing matcha tiramisu is inspired by the scene when Hina and Hodaka reunite, with the sauce representing the sunlight and the cotton candy the rainy clouds. Pour the sauce over the cotton candy and watch the clouds clear up.

    Acai Bowl of the World’s Secrets – ¥1,390

    Enjoy the main key visual of the film right on top of your plate. The mild flavour of the yogurt coupled with the refreshing kiwi is a mouth-watering combination. The colours are really beautiful, too.

    Swirling Snow Whipped Latte – ¥990

    Inspired by the immense snow that spirals around Tokyo in the film, a cup of this whipped cream latte is perfect as a post-meal wind-down.

    Left: The Fine Weather That Day (Grapefruit) – ¥1,690 / Right: The Sunset That Day (Cranberry) – ¥1,690

    These two drinks are for takeout, and are based on iconic scenes in the film, specifically when the turns fine and the sunset. They are served in exclusive cafe-original bottles. Both flavours are sweet, sour and refreshing. Plus, you can reuse the bottles.

    If you order one of the many drinks from the menu you’ll receive one of six possible coasters chosen randomly.

    The cafe has plenty of exclusive merchandise on their shelves too.

    Sparkly Rain Smartphone Case (7/8 Ver. & X Ver.) – ¥3,900 Each

    When you shake these iPhone cases, it looks like the rain is falling.

    Raindrop Stickers (10 Designs) – ¥400

    Don’t you just want to collect all of these cute raindrop stickers?

    If you book a seat in advance (¥650 before tax per person) you will receive one of six possible bromide pictures chosen randomly, so don’t forget to reserve in advance.

     

    Plunge yourself into the world of Weathering with You at either one of these cafes, now running until November 17.

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only. All listed prices are pre-tax prices.

    ©️2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee

  • Embark on An Aquatic Adventure to The Little Mermaid OH MY CAFE in Tokyo

    01.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    It has been 30 years since Disney’s The Little Mermaid came to theatres. To celebrate, The Little Mermaid cafe has dropped its anchor in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Hokkaido and will be around for a limited time only.  Curious travellers are sure to fall in love with this world filled with Disney magic.

    As a big Disney fan, curious model Kanako just could not miss the opportunity to visit, so we headed over to Tokyu Plaza, Omotesando (Tokyo) to create a tongue-tantalizing report just for you. 

    The entrance was a treasure trove of exciting 30th anniversary celebratory designs.

    Venturing deeper, we came across illustrations of the exciting underwater world. 

    Seeing all the images of the characters, memories of the film will come floating into your mind. Just how many wonders can one cafe hold?

    There are five delicious meals and five delicious drinks on the menu. Everything was so cute that it was difficult to decide what to order. Time to dive in!

    Ariel Vegetable Pasta with Genovese Sauce: ¥1990

    This dish particularly caught Kanako’s eye. A graceful print made of powdered spices and sauce depicts Ariel gliding through the sea. It went perfectly with the salad. Feel free to take the beautiful paper mat home with you as a souvenir. 

    Cream Beach Risotto: ¥1,990

    This creamy risotto depicts a beautiful beach. Look closely and you will spot Ariel’s most prized treasure: a dinglehopper.  Feel free to take the dinglehopper home with you and add it to your collection of treasure. A layer of shrimp sauce lies hidden between the rice and mountain of salad. Can you spot Sebastian keeping a careful eye on Ariel? 

    Seven Princesses of Atlantica Colourful Tartine Plate: ¥2,290

     This plate of tasty tartines depicts the seven sisters and will send you on an exciting flavour journey. The fruity tartine will fill your mouth with a fresh fruity burst of blueberries and strawberries. Next on the plate is a luxurious cream cheese tartine, followed by a chunky vegetable tartine and finally, a filling boiled egg and potato salad tartine. The tartines are surrounded by colourful sauces such as blueberry sauce, pumpkin sauce and carrot sauce. 

     Sebastian’s Strawberry Smoothie: ¥890 (with themed drink coaster: ¥1,790)

    This yoghurt smoothie is dedicated to King Triton’s royal court composer Sebastian. Mix in the strawberry sauce before tucking in to enhance the flavour. You can also take the decoration on the glass back home with you. 

    Upon noticing the coaster that came with her drink, Kanako’s eyes were sparkling with desire. The drink coaster is a sure way to add some magic to all your drinks at home. Unfortunately, they are in limited supply, so make sure to get one before they are all sold out.

    Next, the curious Kanako explored the merchandise corner. The illustrations on the merchandise have been specifically designed for this special cafe.

    Canvas Art A/B  (two designs): ¥3,500

    Now you can decorate your room with your own collection of whose-its, whats-its, and thingamabobs.

    Letter Writing Set with Case (1 design): ¥800

    BIC Ballpoint Pen (2 designs): ¥500 each (Flounder/Seahorse)

    The pink-themed gadgets and gizmos are very cute too.

    Spend over ¥1000 (before tax) in the merchandise corner and you will receive a special Little Mermaid 30th anniversary shopping bag. There are a limited number of these and they are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, so we recommend you go to the cafe as soon as possible if you want one.

    This cafe is a whole world waiting to be discovered. Reservations cost ¥500 per person (before tax). Just ordering from the menu will grant you the special gift of an A5 clear file and you can even pick your favourite from 30 designs. Make sure to reserve your spot in advance and get ready to plunge straight into the fun!

     

    ©️Disney

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