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.
Saryou Tsuboichi Seicha Honpo
Address: 5F Namba SkyO, 5-1-60 Namba, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Café 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
Takeout & Shop 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
6 Autumn Drinks & Desserts Available in Japan This Year―Matcha, Sweet Potato & More
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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.
Make sure to try all the goodies available in Japan during autumn!
Café “Nintama Rantaro Chaya” to open in Tokyo and Osaka
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!
Nintama Rantaro Chaya (Cafes)
Location: OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE＆SPACE
B1F Pine Under Flat, 5-13-2 Jingu-mae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open: October 25th (Thurs.) ~ December 2nd (Sun.) 10:00～21:00
Location: contact 1-6-24 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka
Open: October 12th (Fri.) ~ November 25th (Sun.) 11:00 ~ 21:20
Reservations: 650 (tax excluded)
Official website: https://nintama-cafe.jp/
© Amako Sobei / NHK・NEP
“Nanoan” Sake Bar Opens in Old Fashioned House in Tennoji, Osaka
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.
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.
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.
For lunch, enjoy a farmer’s meal for ¥1,000. It comes with side dishes stacked with plenty of homegrown vegetables and more.
Enjoy a great meal and some sake in a quaint residence of the past!
Try This Mino Traditional Culture and Tea Tasting Experience Hotel Plan in Gifu
The Mino region of Gifu is famous for its traditional pottery called Mino Ware, its Gifu lanterns, and much more. Recently, an empty building located in front of Minokamo station in Gifu prefecture was renovated by a company called IDENTITY, who transformed it into a community building called MINGLE. MINGLE is now home to the Japanese tea shop Minokamo Chapo. This tea shop proudly represents the culture of tea and pottery that still remains in the Mino region. In order to share this wonderful culture, they are now offering a new accommodation plan to provide guests with the chance to experience the world of Japanese tea and the rich culture of Mino.
You can also experience tasting and comparing different Japanese teas that are offered by Minokamo Chapo. During your stay, you will also encounter lots of Mino Ware, and be surrounded by a traditional Mino interior decorated with Mino washi paper.
1st floor: Café and Bar
You can order the Japanese tea tasting selection at the counter. This space is used as the Minokamo Chapo tea shop from 11 am to 4 pm on weekends and national holidays.
2nd floor: Rooms
The rooms are approximately 22m2. On top of this space, there is also a shower room and toilet in their own separate rooms.
3rd floor: Lounge
This is an area of free space for the guests. There are future plans to decorate this space with paintings and pottery according to the season.
The interior of the guest rooms are also packed with the wonders of the Mino region, so we are going to introduce you to a few of its special features.
Upon entering your room, you will be greeted by the warm light of an Akari lantern. This is a kind of lantern which is recognized as a traditional craft of Gifu prefecture. This lantern design was created by famous artist Isasmu Noguchi, who named it Akari which means “light”.
In the bathroom, you will spot a few stylish mugs which belong to the brand “3rd-ceramics”.
The rooms are affixed with paper sliding doors (shoji) and bear beautiful Mino washi paper that is a traditional turquoise-blue colour.
This is the perfect place to enjoy a traditional experience like no other.
MINGLE Address: 2689-14, Otemachi, Minokamo, Gifu
3 Guests ¥13,890（¥4,630 per guest）
2 Guests ¥11,260（¥5,630/ per guest）
ーReservations Made a month in advanceー
3 Guests ¥11,190（¥3,730/ per guest）
2 Guests ¥9,460（¥4,730/ per guest）
※ The fee for 1 guest is the same as that of 2 guests.
Booking.com (English also available): https://www.booking.com/hotel/jp/mingle-minokamo.ja.html
Phone Number: 080-4210-7117
MinoKamo Chapo: https://mchaho.com/
Haneda Airport Releases First Bubble Tea Which Passengers Can Enjoy as They Fly
13.August.2019 | FOOD
XFLAG STORE + HANEDA is a small branch of XFLAG STORE and is located in Terminal 1 of Haneda Airport. On August 13th, they released three energising bubble tea flavours served in a bottle that you can take on board with you when travelling along domestic air routes. The three bubble tea flavours are; MILK TEA, HOJICHA (a type of green tea) and MATCHA.
These bubble tea flavours are limited to XFLAG STORE + HANEDA and were created with the intention of providing a splash of energizing fun to tiresome travels.
As long as you screw the lid on properly, you can store your delicious drink in your bag and even carry it onto your flight so you can enjoy it whilst soaring through the clouds. This is the first time a shop at Haneda airport has ever sold a bubble tea drink with the intention of flight passengers taking it on board with them.
*Drinks and liquids are usually permitted on domestic flights in Japan. Please check the specific rules of your flight by referring to the official website of your airline.
To commemorate the release of the new bubble teas, XFLAG STORE + HANEDA has launched an Instagram campaign with the chance to win an Amazon gift card worth ￥10,000 (approx. 80GBP/95USD).
To take part in the Instagram campaign for the chance to win a ￥10,000 Amazon gift card, be sure to take a photo with your XFLAG STORE + HANEDA bubble tea drink and then post the picture on Instagram with the following three hashtags:
#旅タピ #タピオカ #空の上で飲めるタピオカドリンク
Four winners will be selected.
Get your summer holidays off to a soaring start with a beautiful bottle of bubble tea.
MILK, HOJICHA, MATCHA Bubble Teas
Price: ￥650 (before tax)
Release Date: August 13, 2019
Available at: XFLAG STORE + HANEDA
Address: Haneda Airport Terminal 1 South Wing, floor 3 (3-3-2 Haneda Airport, Ota Ward, Tokyo)
*Bubble teas sold may differ in appearance to the images in this article.
* The MILK Bubble Tea (cup) is also available at XFLAG STORE SHINSAIBASHI. Both the HOJICHA and MATCHA Bubble Tea flavours are limited to XFLAG STORE + HANEDA.
XFLAG STORE Portal Website: https://xfl.ag/soratapi
Gundam Artist Yuji Kaida Exhibition Announced For Osaka Umeda LOFT
To celebrate 40 years of Yuji Kaida’s illustration artwork for the Gundam series, an exhibition entitled Yuji Kaida Gundam Gallery will take place on the fifth floor LOFT Forum of Umeda LOFT in Osaka from August 23 to September 8.
Yuji Kaida is known for his longtime work on box art for Gunpla model kits. The exhibition will feature a gorgeous collection of his iconic Gundam artwork, covering traditional art from Mobile Suit Gundam to Mobile Suit Gundam Wing to digital art in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.
Over 70 pieces illustrated by Kaida will be displayed, each categorised into one of four themes. Many of these will include artworks being shown to the public for the first time such as the Gwazine-class battleship.
There will also be enormous towers of piled-up Gunpla boxes, a showcasing titled “Maiking of Hi-νGUNDAM” the process of digital art, and more.
The exhibition is an absolute must-visit for all fans of the Gundam franchise.
©Sotsu Co., Ltd.・Sunrise Inc.
Yuji Kaida Gundam Gallery
Running: August 23, 2019 – September 8, 2019
Time: 11:00-21:00 (Until 18:00 on September 8) *Last entries 30-minutes before closing time
Location: LOFT Forum, Umeda LOFT Floor 5F, 16-7-5 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka
Entry Price: Adult ¥500 (Includes novelty gift) / High School Children & Below ¥400 (Includes novelty gift) / Elementary School Children & Below – Free
Official Website: https://art.parco.jp/
Sebastian Masuda And Other Phenomenal Artists Create Outstanding Doraemon Exhibition
17.July.2019 | SPOT
28 artist groups and individuals have created artistic pieces to represent Japan’s favourite animated character Doraemon. From July 12 to September 23, 2019, you can see these magnificent creations at the Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019 which will take place at Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan.
The Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019 features a range of artists who exhibit their works in Japan and even in foreign countries. This is a fantastic chance to meet a range of new Doraemon that the world has never seen. This event covers a range of genres through modern art that is overflowing with creativity and dedication for the anime character that has grasped the nation.
On July 11, the day before the opening of the exhibition, there was a special opening ceremony and private viewing event held exclusively for staff and the press, which was a massive success.
Press releases of the event reveal that artists Yasumasa Morimura and Sebastian Masuda were present at the ceremony for photos and greetings.
Yasumasa Morimura commented with deep emotion: “I am so happy to have finally taken part in the Doraemon Exhibition. For this creation, I used lots of paper to make the costumes. I collaborated with Junko Koike, collecting lots of Doraemon manga as raw materials for the dress. As Doraemon has the power to manipulate time and space, and has the ability to create a door that leads to anywhere he desires, I thought a grey dress would be appropriate. In fact, the entire exhibition venue is just like the inside of Doraemon’s pocket ー it is packed with the work of 28 solo artists and groups. What a fun experience it is. I hope that many people in the Kansai region come see this,” he explained.
Sebastian Masuda commented: “I’m actually the same age as Doraemon and I share the same birthday as Noby; the main character from the series. I was born with a love for Doraemon.”
He then commented on his art piece: “I actually wanted to make it as big as the Budha statue at Todaiji Temple in Nara, but we wouldn’t be able to fit it in the venue so I made it two metres tall instead”, he laughed. “I collected materials from markets from all around the world, so the final piece is literally made up of the colours of the world,” he continued.
His message to the people of Osaka is: “I would love it if lots of children came to see this. It would really make my day to hear reactions from them like “whoa, it’s huge” or “that’s so cool!””
Please come stop by to visit your favourite Doraemon!
The Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019
Running: July 12, 2019 ー September 23, 2019 (74 days)
※ No closed days.
Venue: Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan (next to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan)
Address: 1-5-10, Kaigandori, Minato Ward, Osaka
Open: 10:00 ー 17:00 ※ Last entries: 30 mins before closing time
Middle/High School: ￥1,200
4 y/o ー Elementary School: ￥800
Enquiries: (Hello Dial) TEL: 050-5542-8600 (8:00 ー 22:00, no holidays)
Three Perfectly Peachy Parfaits This Summer In Nagoya
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy Japanese peaches, which are particularly juicy and sweet around this time. Peaches go well with red bean paste, cream and a variety of other flavours, which is why you will be seeing a lot of peachy desserts this summer. You just have to try them!
Today, Instagrammer meme, who is a big fan of cute and stylish cafés, will be introducing you to peach parfaits that you absolutely must try in Aichi prefecture.
BLUE STAR CAFE（ブルースターカフェ）／Nagakute
BLUE STAR CAFE has started selling a peach parfait. The peaches are so sweet and juicy that I was moved to tears. The parfait is made up of fresh cream, vanilla ice cream, peach sherbet and frozen peach. It is simple, delicious and very satisfying.
▼BLUE STAR CAFE
Address: 504 Tsukada, Nagakute, Aichi
TEL：0561 42 6878
Official Website: https://bluestar-cafe.com/
Halleloo Garden（ハレルゥ ガーデン）
I was just waiting and waiting for Halleloo Garden to release their peach parfait and I was far from disappointed. Just looking at the pretty pink peaches is enough to get your mouth watering. When you cut into the peach, it will explode with colourful popping boba. What a fun parfait.♡
The parfait is made up of a variety of fruits including melon, blueberries, grapefruit and apple. It also contains vanilla ice cream, custard, fresh cream, and dried fruit too. Be aware that the contents of this parfait will change according to the season.
This peach parfait also comes with peach-flavoured black tea with boba. Add this to your parfait and notice the change in flavour as your parfait becomes a milk bubble tea! This was my first experience of popping boba. It was such a fun experience to bite into the boba and feel them explode, flooding my tastebuds with a delicious juicy flavour. Whether Halleloo Garden can serve this parfait seems to be dependent on whether they can receive peaches from their supplier, so I recommend phoning up the café before you turn up to if you want to try this.
Address: Kami-222-1 Miyoshicho, Miyoshi, Aichi
TEL: 0561 56 1080
Official Website: http://www.halleloo.jp/
merry café serves a beautiful peach parfait that looks just like a bouquet of flowers.
The simple peach compote allows you to enjoy the natural deliciousness of the peaches. During this season, finding peaches that are highly sweet can be a bit of a hit or miss, however there is no doubt that they will be sweet when made into a compote. It was a delicious peach parfait. ♡
Address: 7-18 Komochimatsu Shindencho, Toyoake,
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 15:00, 17:30 ー 22:00
Official Facebook Page: https://ja-jp.facebook.com/merrycafe1218/
All these pink peach treats look so beautiful. This peachy season is the perfect time to wrap yourself in the wonderful fragrance of sweet peach. Please check out meme‘s Instagram which is full of information on cute cafés you can visit for delicious desserts.
Author/ Photographer: meme
Toy Story 4 Themed Cafe Opens in Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo& Nagoya
Did you catch Toy Story 4 at the cinema yet? If you’re in Japan this summer then you won’t want to miss the official Toy Story 4-themed cafes opening in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya on July 20 and in Hokkaido on July 21 for a limited time.
The film was released just last month but is only set to hit Japanese theatres on July 12. It serves as the fourth and final film in the Toy Story series, wrapping up the story that first warmed the hearts of the public when the first movie dropped back in 1995.
The cafe will be a toy box of fun for all fans of the films, featuring a Toy Story inspired menu and decorations laced with trivia.
It costs ¥500 (before tax) per person to book a seat at the cafe. Customers who order from the menu will receive one of 13 possible stickers pictured above in the style of theatre tickets.
Everyone who enters the cafe will also receive one of these 13 possible entry bands.
<Woody & Bo Peep> Fateful Reunion Plate (¥1,890)
Fans of Woody and Bo Peep should look at ordering the Fateful Reunion Plate, a chicken sandwich and vichyssoise set based on both characters’ outfits. Find the sheep hidden amongst the dish!
<Duke Caboom> High in the Sky! Stunt Burger (¥1,890)
Duke Caboom’s chicken burger is served with mint sauce and a heap of assorted vegetables. Fly high in the sky with the dish’s delicious combination of flavours.
<Buzz, Ducky & Bunny> Night Carnival Pasta (¥1,790)
This meat pasta dish is topped with colourful vegetables. Keep the fun going at the moving carnival at night!
<Gabby Gabby & The Bensons> Afternoon Tea Set (¥1,790)
Paying tribute to Gabby Gabby and the dummies, the afternoon tea set comes with a tuna sandwich and a fruit and yogurt sandwich. To drink you can enjoy a decaff Earl Grey tea.
<Jessie> Pomegranate Water (¥890 or w/coaster ¥1,790)
Feel refreshed with Jessie’s satisfyingly sour pomegranate water.
<Slinky> Orange Yogurt Smoothie (¥890 or w/coaster ¥1,790)
Or order Slinky’s orange flavoured yogurt smoothie with kiwi sauce.
Ordering from the food menu will also get each person a specially-made paper apron.
There are lots of other items on the menu to look forward to as well. And don’t miss out on the range of exclusive merchandise they have either.
Acrylic Key Ring (13 Designs): ¥500 Each
A5 Folder (10 Designs): ¥350 Each
Mini Duralex Glass (5 Designs): ¥800 Each
The Toy Story hype doesn’t seem to show any signs of stopping just yet. Be sure to visit the official Toy Story 4 cafe in Japan.
© POOF-Slinky, LLC
*All prices include tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only and so designs are subject to change.
Toy Story 4 OH MY CAFÉ
Tokyo: OH MY CAFÉ TOKYO (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku) / July 20 – September 16, 2019
Osaka: kawara CAFE&DINING Shinsaibashi / July 20 – September 16, 2019
Nagoya: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO / July 20 – August 25, 2019
Hokkaido: Interlude Cafe / July 21 – September 16, 2019
Toy Story OH MY CAFE Official Website: https://toy.ohmycafe.jp/
Toy Story Official Website: https://toystory.disney.com/
Play Hide And Seek at After Hours Spooky Japanese Theme Park in Osaka
09.July.2019 | SPOT
Hirakata Park in Osaka is set to host its scary nighttime horror event “Hide And Seek at Hiraka Park” again this year from August 26 to September 1. Tickets are now on sale via Lawson Tickets. The event is being held in collaboration with MBS, Yami and ICT of NTT West.
The park will take a turn for the worse as soon as evening settles and night envelops the sky, bringing a spooky shift to the usual mirthful atmosphere during the day. Something terrible will lurk in the dark after the park closes.
Participants of this event will need to use their electronic devices, such as a tablet or smartphone, to help them reach the goal within an hour while keeping hidden from any spirits that may be lying in wait in the shadows. We also recommend taking a spare pair of pants.
But that’s not all, as guests at the park can now get involved in another frightening experience using VR technology. This VR game, which is called “The Vengeful Sleep Paralysis Ghost’s Mansion,” was introduced to the park on July 6 and is available for a limited time only.
If you’re down for some hair-raising spooks but can’t wait until Halloween, then you know where you need to go this summer.
Hirakata Park x NTT West: “Theme Park Hide and Seek”
Location: The whole of Hirakata Park
*The meeting point is at the park’s East Gate
Running: August 26, 2019 – September 1, 2019 & September 7, 2019 – September 8, 2019
Time Slots: ①19:00 / ②19:20 / ③19:40 / ④20:00 / ⑤20:20
*Participants are allocated an hour for each slot
*You must be at the East Game meeting point 5 minutes before your chosen slot
Price: Group Ticket (Up to 4 People) – ¥14,000 (*comes with free bonus
Tickets: Lawson Ticket (L-Code: 55500)
*Where tickets are available on the day, they will only be sold up until 20:00 that day at Lawson and MINISTOP convenience stores. Please use the Loppi ticket machines in the stores and search for the tickets using the L-Code “55500.”
Ticket Enquiries: Lawson Ticket – 0570-000-777 (10:00-20:00)
Ojamajo Doremi Anime Themed Cafe to Open in Tokyo & Osaka
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of TV anime series Ojamajo Doremi, two themed cafes named Ojamajo Doremi Cafe&Kitchen will open in Tokyo and Osaka from July 12 and August 29 respectively.
Ojamajo Doremi is an original magical girl created by Toei Animation that ran from February 1999 to January 2003. The series was a huge hit with young girls in Japan when it was released, sending them into a magical daze and further spreading the love for magical girl series. The Cafe&Kitchen is aimed at today’s young girls and the girls from back then who have now turned into women. The cafe promises to be kawaii through and through.
Doremi’s Adoration! Steak Sandwich Plate: ¥1,490と
Steak is Doremi’s favourite so there was no way the cafe was going to leave it off the menu. This steak sandwich is served in a baguette and is served with cheese sauce to make the steak even more delicious.と
Momoko’s New York Memories… Meat Ball Pasta Salad: ¥1,290
This dish is inspired by Momoko’s memories of how New York tasted back when she lived there as a young girl. The salad pasta bowl is colourful and filled to the brim, representing Momoko’s overflowing energy and liveliness. Pour the saffron flavoured cream cheese over to make it look and taste even more American.
Ojamajo Doremi’s 20th Birthday Cake: ¥1,190
The Cafe&Kitchen is a celebration of the series’s 20th anniversary, so they whipped up a birthday cake fitting for a magical girl. It’s a combination of roll cake and sponge cake so you’re sure to never tire of the flavour. Help celebrate Doremi’s 20th by tucking into this whipped cream covered birthday cake!
Magical Girl Apprentice’s Rainbow Pancakes: ¥1,190
Based on the iconic colours of the magical girls, this stack of cute pancakes are shaped like hearts. Scoop up the anglaise sauce and eat together with the pancakes for an even sweeter flavour.
Onpu’s Purple Tapioca Milk: ¥790
The famous idol Onpu gets her very own brown sugar bubble tea with tapioca pearls. Served in her image colour, the drink is whipped with whipped cream and showered with rainbow sprinkles♡
Aiko’s Blue Lemonade Float: ¥890
You’re sure to cool yourself down in the summer heat with Aiko’s blue lemonade topped with deliciously refreshing ice cream, lime and mint.
Acrylic Key Ring (6 Designs): ¥600
Clear Pouch (1 Design): ¥1,500
With art director by popular creators Etoile et Griotte, who are popular with lovers of kawaii things, the Cafe&Kitchen will also sell a selection of cute and exclusive merchandise.
Customers who book a table in advance (¥500 per person, excluding tax) and order from the menu will receive one of the six above-pictured original clear stickers chosen randomly.
Those who dine at the cafe will also receive one of these two possible original lunch mats.
Finally, customers who order a drink will receive one of six possible character coasters.
Visit the Ojamajo Doremi Cafe&Kitchen this summer to celebrate 20 years since the series first aired.
*All prices listed are pre-tax prices. Photos are for illustrative purposes only
Ojamajo Doremi Cafe&Kitchen
Location: Gourmet Stadium II, Dining Park Ikebukuro, Seibu Ikebukuro Floor 8F
Address: 1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Running: July 12, 2019 – August 31, 2019
Location: Abeno contact
Address: Abeno Q’s Mall Floor 4F, 1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka
Running: August 29, 2019 – September 29, 2019
Booking Price: ¥500 (Comes with booking present, up to 4 people per booking)
Cafe Website: https://ojamajodoremi-cafe-and-kitchen.jp
Attack on Titan Exhibition FINAL Will Take Place at Hirakata Park in Osaka
It has been announced that Attack on Titan Exhibition FINAL will be on exhibit at Hirakata Park in Osaka from September 21 to December 1.
It was announced earlier this month that the exhibition is also to take place at the MORI Arts Center Gallery on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills MORI Tower from July 5 to September 8. The exhibition serves to plunge fans into the world of Attack on Titan in a number of different ways, from art displays to diorama reconstructions of the world and more.
Advance tickets for the Hirakata Park event will be released on July 1.
Attack on Titan Exhibition FINAL (Osaka)
Location: Hirakata Park, Event Hall 1 (Hirakatakōenchō, Hirakata, Osaka)
Running: September 21 – December 1, 2019 (2 Periods: September 21 – October 27 / October 28 – December 1)
*The exhibited content will be different for both periods
Opening Hours: 10-:00-18:00 (Last Entries 17:00)
Attack on Titan Exhibition FINAL Website: http://www.kyojinten.jp
POSTOKYO By jouetie Pop-Up Shop to Open at HEP FIVE in Umeda Osaka
Japanese fashion brand jouetie is running a pop-up souvenir shop called POSTOKYO By jouetie on the first floor atrium of HEP in Umeda, Osaka from June 21 – June 30.
POSTOKYO By jouetie will serve original fashion items in a new an original style from the lens of jouetie, who fuse the many cultures of Japan, in the form of a souvenir shop from Tokyo where various cultures and subcultures and fashion mix together. Following the success of the first pop-up shop in Tokyo, demand for the store to open across other parts of Japan has been made clear, and it is now moving to Osaka for the first time.
Japanese model duo AMIAYA who conceived jouetie will be at the sop on Saturday June 22 from 11:00am to welcome customers. Popular Japanese YouTuber Yuka Furukawa, who is a big fan of the brand, will also make an appearance on June 21.
Let’s take a look at some of the items you can expect to get your hands on at the souvenir store.
POSTOKYO Mix Flower Open Colour Shirts: ¥6,000 (Before Tax)
These colourful open shirts are a mix of colour variation and camellias. They are made of super soft and comfortable satin.
NANCY SNAKE POSTOKYO T-Shirts: ¥5,000 (Before Tax)
jouetie has collaborated with paint artist NANCY SNAKE for the first time to release thiese manga-esque t-shirts with unique touches and coloured trims. The main print designs are beautifully coloured with careful detail embroidered by jouetie.
MASAKO.Y POSTOKYO T-Shirts: ¥5,000 (Before Tax)
Another debut collaboration, this time with artist MASAKO.Y. These t-shirt designs are inspired by Japanese izakaya and can be worn and enjoyed by any lover of Japanese cuisine. It also includes Japanese and English letter embroidery.
POSTOKYO Tokyo Bi-Colour No-Sleeve Knit: ¥4,500 (Before Tax)
These summery dresses are perfect for the coming warm season. The back is embroidered with a gorgeously eye catching crane while the front features the word “Tokyo” written in Japanese (東京) in the same colours.
Head to the shop to see even more must-get items from jouetie.
POSTOKYO By jouetie
Location: Umeda HEP FIVE Floor 1F Atrium (Address: 5-15 Kakudacho, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)
Running: June 21, 2019 – June 30, 2019
Event Details: https://bit.ly/2EXjKzD
Jouetie Official Website: https://jouetie.com/
Web Store: http://runway-webstore.com/jouetie/
Disney’s Aladdin Themed Cafe Opens Inside Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
Disney’s new live-action adaptation of Aladdin opened was released in Japan on June 7. To celebrate its release, two themed cafes were by OH MY CAFE in Tokyo and Osaka.
The Tokyo cafe opened at Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku on June 14 and the Osaka one at kawara CAFE & DINING on June 15. Both will run until July 15.
The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON editorial team visited the Omotesando cafe with Japanese model Kanako to report on the cafe’s decor and design and food.
The first thing to catch your eye when you enter is Jasmine’s gorgeous and intricate dress. Photos with the dress are permitted.
Hanging from the cafe ceiling is an assortment of magic lamps while carpets are draped across the wall. Kanako went dressed up like Jasmine to enter this Aladdin-inspired world.
There are plenty of places to take great photos throughout the cafe, such as these Jasmine silhouettes illustrated on pillars.
Jasmine & Dalia’s Colorful Pasta: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)
Magic Carpet’s Special Sandwich Wrap: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)
The food of course is also based on the film. The menu includes a delicious and faithful line-up from the curry inspired by the magic lamp to Carpet’s sandwich wrap and a colourful pasta dish decorated with Jasmine and Dalia. It’s safe to say everything on the menu is Instagram-worthy.
Kanako ordered the pasta dish. She gave it a rave review, saying, “It’s colourful and cute. It’s cute it has Jasmine and Dalia too♡” We recommend this dish for those who want to eat something light.
Rajah’s Orange Smoothie: With Coaster ¥1,690 (Before Tax), Without Coaster ¥750 (Before Tax) / Genie’s Yogurt Smoothie: With Coaster ¥1,690 (Before Tax), Without Coaster ¥750 (Before Tax)
For drinks, enjoy the tiger-striped Rajah orange smoothie or the blue Genie yogurt smoothie. Both are super refreshing and perfect for the summer heat.
The cafe also sells exclusive original merchandise including key rings, an iPhone case and much more. Visit the cafe to see the full line-up.
There are also two lunch mats you can get your hands on by booking a table in advance. The design is chosen for you randomly. So if you’re planning a trip, don’t forget to reserve in advance.
How did you enjoy your visit, Kanako-chan?
“They had Jasmine’s dress on display. I felt like I had been sucked into the world of Aladdin. If you love Aladdin or you love Disney, please be sure to pay a visit.”
Whether you have seen or have yet to see Disney’s new Aladdin movie, if you’re in Tokyo or Osaka this summer, don’t miss a chance to enter its romantic and oriental world at the official themed cafes.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Team)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
OH MY CAFE TOKYO
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: June 14, 2019 – July 15, 2019
kawara CAFE&DINING Shinsaibashi
Address: Shinsaibashi Opa Floor 9F, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Running: June 15, 2019 – July 15, 2019
Aladdin Cafe Reservations: https://magic.ohmycafe.jp
K-Pop Group BTS’s BT21 Cafe to Open in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya
The BT21 Cafe is set to open on floor BF2 of SHIBUYA109 in Tokyo for a limited time from June 28 to August 19. The cafe will subsequently open in Abeno (Osaka) from July 20 to August 25 and Nagoya from July 25 to September 1.
The concept of the cafe is “a resort in the southern countries.” An original summertime menu inspired by the blue sky, beach and sand will be whipped up and based on each of the characters: KOYA, RJ, SHOOKY, MANG, CHIMMY, TATA, COOKY, and VAN. A line-up of original merchandise will also be sold.
The menu is serve as a meal and dessert set with seven of each to choose from.
MANG Garlic Shrimp: ¥1,990 (Before Tax)
BYTATA Loco Moco Don: ¥1,990 (Before Tax)
With your set you will also receive a character card depending on the meal you choose.
Drinks (8 Options): ¥890 Each (Before Tax)
Clear Coasters (12 Designs)
If you order one of the eight Instagram-worthy drinks at the cafe you’ll also get one of 12 possible clear coasters chosen randomly.
Those who book a table in advance will receive one of seven possible mini fans too.
Dine with a refreshing menu on the first summer of the Reiwa period and enjoy a resort vibe at the BT21 Cafe.
Shibuya: SHIBUYA BOX CAFE & SPACE (Shibuya BOX 109) / June 28, 2019 – August 19, 2019
Nagoya: NAGOYA BOX CAFE & SPACE (Nagoya BOX) / July 25, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Abeno (Osaka): Abeno contact / July 20, 2019 – August 25, 2019
・Reservation Price: ¥650
・June 17 at 18:00 – Cafe website opens
・June 18 at 17:00 – Tokyo reservations open
・June 21 at 17:00 – Osaka and Nagoya reservations open
BT21 Cafe Official Website: http://box-cafe.jp/