Enjoy Authentic and Affordable Sushi at Shari The Tokyo Sushi Bar in Ginza

02.November.2018 | FOOD

Shari The Tokyo Sushi Bar in Ginza is bringing huge changes to its menu on November 1, 2018 to offer a modern sushi dining experience for customers to enjoy Ginza’s yearned-for sushi culture.

The new Shari is now equipped with counters where nigirizushi hand-formed sushi can be enjoyed. It now offers the kind of cool atmosphere where you imagine a Japanese businessman in his 40’s treating his junior work colleagues to food. It is estimated an average customer will spend about ¥6,000 here.

 

The new menu is designed by Issei Suzuki who cultivated experience at Nadaman and worked as an executive chef at one of celebrity chef Koumei Nakamura’s restaurants. Suzuki has woven together affordable izakaya cuisine with Japanese-style Chinese cooking. Customers can enjoy authentic-tasting sushi and a selection of sides together with 30 types of wine and 20 brands of sake, all of which have carefully selected by alcohol connoisseurs.

Nigirizushi is served after you have chosen your preferred toppings. Each topping is served with two sushi pieces that come in sets of 6 for ¥1,500, 12 for ¥2,500 and 18 for ¥3,500. This autumn’s 18 piece combination comes with 9 different high quality ingredients including sea urchin, tuna, medium fatty tuna, sea bream, scampi and more. Each piece goes for ¥195 each making for a bargain order.

 

*All prices listed are tax-inclusive.

The new menu also includes makizushi rolled sushi which too is made with top grade ingredients. New items include the ‘Truffle Foie Gras Roll,’Grilled Beef Roll,’ ‘King Crab Roll’ and the cute seven-coloured and jewel-like ‘Rainbow Roll.’

The truffle roll sushi is contains richly seasoned foie gras teriyaki wrapped in vinegared rice and laced with sliced truffle that creates a beautiful dessert-like appearance.

The beef and sea urchin are grilled after being rolled around vinegared rice. It’s made with a rice wine and soy sauce based sauce that also uses beef sinew.

The king crab roll is best eaten the restaurant’s specially made sauce that contains tommaley and ponzu.

The colourful rainbow roll is made with five types of fish―greater amberjack, tuna, mackerel pike, squid and salmon―as well as fried egg and cucumber. These 7 ingredients make the roll look like a precious gem that you’ll find yourself snapping a photo of without even thinking.

The chef’s recommendation consists of two dishes. The ‘Kaisen Kamataki Gohan’ is a new dish that contains sea urchin, shrimp and squid cooked in an iron kettle with the juices of abalone and sea bram. The ‘Sake to Tappuri Ikura no Kamataki Gohan’ is a bright-red salmon and salted salmon roe dish which has people who have eaten it come back for it again at an 80% rate.

Shari The Tokyo Sushi Bar is a cost-efficient location for enjoying food in Ginza whether it’s from their izakaya style meals to their Japanese-style Chinese dishes.

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  • Enjoy Deliciously Rich Aged Sushi at the Newly-Opened Wadanoya in Ebisu

    29.September.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Have you ever heard of jukusei sushi?

     

    Jukusei sushi is aged or matured sushi. It overturns the idea of fresh fish and instead tries to bring out the maximum possible flavour out of the fish through ageing. Just how does the flavour of aged sushi change from the other sushi I’ve eaten?

     

    Today I visited Wadanoya, an aged sushi shop in Ebisu, Tokyo that receives direct deliveries from Kyushu.

    The restaurant is located between Daikanyama Station and Ebisu Station, just a 5-minute walk from either. It’s located on the lower first floor of a building.

     

    They offer both relaxing counter seats and horigotatsu, or sunken kotatsu seats. When there aren’t a lot of customers in I recommend eating at the counter where you can chat with the owner.

    The meal I ate was a set course. The starter was sashimi which I had with white wine. This fish was caught in the Goto Islands.

    Next up was tempura – Satsuma chicken and seasonal vegetables. The chicken was juicy with a light dressing. It’s eaten with salt and ponzu. The summer vegetables were okura and eggplant. These were also grown in Kyushu.

    This was followed by horse-meat sashimi from Kumamoto served with hot Kabosu Kosho. Adding even just a little to the meat allows for enjoyment of a completely different flavour. The meat is soft, melts in your mouth and doesn’t smell.

    Next was sea urchin from Nagasaki Prefecture topped with butter shoyu and fish offcuts. The butter shoyu gives the sea urchin and offcuts an extremely rich flavour. It was a luxurious dish with a hearty serving of fresh sea urchin.

    And then the star of the show which I couldn’t wait for – aged sushi!

     

    This fish is meichidai, or grey large-eye bream, which had been aged for one week. My first impression was “How rich!” It’s a little thick and has a deep flavour. Its good, rich taste fills your entire mouth.

    I also ate other aged sushi too including mackerel and tuna. The mackerel I had was aged in the refrigerator for 3 days and the tuna one week. It might have been the first time I had ever eaten such thick, smooth tuna.

     

    The owner said that each respective fish is aged for the right period under the right temperature conditions. They go to such lengths to create these rich flavours!

    Having enjoyed my fill with a full belly the last item on the course was a large serving of dagoshiru soup. It contains lots of ingredients like chewy dango, carrots and greater burdock. It had a subtle and mild taste.

     

    Wadanoya is a popular restaurant that originates from Osaka. It’s sure to end up popular in no time in Ebisu too. The restaurant is celebrating its opening until the end of October 2018 by serving their 28-item sushi course for ¥10,000 down from the regular price of ¥12,000.

     

    Take advantage of this special price and try aged sushi for yourself.

  • Seaweed Temaki Sushi Restaurant ‘Gonpachi Nori-Temaki’ Opening in Harajuku

    25.May.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Traditional Japanese restaurant cuisine chain Gonpachi is opening its twelfth store, Gonpachi Nori-Temaki, in Harajuku on May 30. The restaurant is just a 2-minute walk from Harajuku Station along Omotesando and specialises in hand-rolled seaweed bites.

    海苔手巻き専門店「権八 NORI-TEMAKI 原宿」

    The restaurant aims to fuse modern designs with Japanese culture. In the centre of the restaurant is a 360° counter where they serve customers freshly rolled seaweed temaki. The price range starts from ¥200 for one temaki. There are also sets available on the menu.

     

    The name ‘Gonpachi’ originates from Shirai Gonpachi, the protagonist of a famous kabuki play.

    海苔手巻き専門店「権八 NORI-TEMAKI 原宿」

    The seaweed at Gonpachi is kontobi seaweed from Maruyama Nori, a 160-year-old company who own a sushi shop with three Michelin stars. It has a fresh and natural taste as well as a light texture.

    海苔手巻き専門店「権八 NORI-TEMAKI 原宿」海苔手巻き専門店「権八 NORI-TEMAKI 原宿」

    As well as regular vinegared sushi rice, you can also order ‘cauliflower rice’ which has reduced sugar. It’s exceptionally nutritious and popular for its vitamin C and calcium content. The rice is an original Gonpachi creation.

    海苔手巻き専門店「権八 NORI-TEMAKI 原宿」

    There’s a wide range of fillings to choose from, including Nagaimo Pollock Roe (Regular: ¥200 / Large: ¥350), Salmon Avocado (R: ¥300 / L: ¥480), Salmon Roe Soy Sauce Zuke (R: ¥450 / L: ¥600), Sea Urchin (R: ¥650 / L: ¥1,000), and more. The level of freshness in the line-up is exceptional across the board.

     

    *All prices above are pre-tax.

    海苔手巻き専門店「権八 NORI-TEMAKI 原宿」海苔手巻き専門店「権八 NORI-TEMAKI 原宿」

    Enjoy some delicious temaki sushi in Harajuku with friends and family!

     

    ■Information

    Gonpachi Nori-Temaki Harajuku

    Address: Co-op Olympia 1F, 6-35-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening: May 30, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00 (subject to change)

    Access: 2-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station via JR Yamanote Line

    Website: http://gonpachi.jp/

  • Canadian Sushi Chain KINKA IZAKAYA to Open Branch in Roppongi

    06.September.2018 | FOOD

    The Japanese branch of Canadian restaurant group KINKA FAMILY has announced that Kinka Sushi Bar Izakaya is heading to Roppongi and will hold its grand opening on September 15.

    The new branch is located near The National Art Center, about a 4-minute walk from Roppongi Station. Their food and drinks garner huge praise from customers The stylish sushi bar hailing from Canada offers up an unconventional range of sushi that’s rare even in Japan like lobster sushi, as well as pressed sushi and sashimi. Wash it down with one of their original cocktails imbued with the essence of Japan.

    Aburi Mosaic Sushi

     

    Aburishasu Set of 8

     

    The grand opening of the new Roppongi branch marks 2 years since the one in Shibuya opened. To celebrate, both branches will hold an Aburi Festival. They will serve their Aburi Mosaic Sushi and Aburishasu at the discounted price of ¥500 down from ¥1,490 for a limited time. In addition, on September 15 only, you can enjoy a new Aburi Mosaic Sushi with 16 flavours, and from September 14 to 16 you can order their set of 8 aburishasu for just ¥500 down from ¥1,690.

     

    Experience sushi in a new way at Kinka Sushi Bar Izakaya.

     

    ■Information

    Kinka Sushi Bar Izakaya – Roppongi

    Address: 2F, 7-6-20 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    Grand Opening: September 15, 2018

     

    Opening Hours

    Lunch:

    [Weekdays] 11:30am-4:00pm (Last Orders 3:30pm)

    [Weekends & Holidays] 11:30am-5:00pm

    Dinner:

    [Monday-Thursday] 5:00pm-11:30pm (Last Orders 11:00pm)

    [Friday-Saturday] 5:00pm-4:00pm (Last Orders 3:00pm)

    [Sunday & Holidays] 5:00pm-10:00pm (Last Orders 9:30pm)

    Access: 4-minutes on foot from Roppongi Station

    Closed: Obon and New Year’s Holiday

    Website: http://www.kinka.com/japan

     

    Kinka Sushi Bar Izakaya – Shibuya

    Address: 2F Ichigo Fiesta, 3-10 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo

     

    Opening Hours

    Lunch:

    [Weekdays] 11:30am-4:00pm (Last Orders 3:30pm)

    [Weekends & Holidays] 11:30am-5:00pm

    Dinner:

    [Monday-Saturday] 5:00pm-12:00am (Last Orders 11:30am)

    [Sunday & Holidays] 5:00pm-11:00pm (Last Orders 10:30am)

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Shibuya Station

    Closed: Obon and New Year’s Holiday

    Website: http://www.kinka.com/japan

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  • WASHOKU: Asakusa’s Newest Restaurant For Experiencing Japanese-Style Cuisine

    07.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Asakusaーone of the hottest spots in Tokyo for sightseeing, ever-bustling with Japanese and foreign tourists and travellers alike. This ancient district is famous not only for its sights, like Sensō-ji (the oldest temple in Tokyo) and the Nakamise-dōri shopping street leading up to it, but for its bountiful offering of gourmet restaurants.

    Today, we’re taking a look at Taikenkei Dining -WASHOKU-, a restaurant which opened in Asakusa on November 19 this year. If you’re looking for the full package when it comes to experiencing Japanese food culture, WASHOKU has customers covered. Not only do they serve food, like traditional Kyoto obanzai, but they offer cultural experience plans too where you can learn to make sushi or dress up in a kimono and walk the old streets of Asakusa.

    WASHOKU’s concept when it comes to both lunch and dinner centres around enjoying Japanese-style food that is colourful. And that rings tantalisingly true with their kaleidoscopic obanzai, which is formed of 12 vivid bite-sized delights. Obanzai is a traditional style of Japanese cuisine that comes from Kyoto, made up of mostly seafood and vegetables. The obanzai served at WASHOKU was conceived under the guidance of nutritionists, and so is packed full of healthy nutrients for the body. Not only that, the ingredients selected are all domestic to Japan, and are of a very high quality.


    The obanzai I ate included fried beni haruka sweet potato which is sourced from Ishida Farmsーa sweet potato growerーin Katori, Chiba. It had a moist texture and rich sweetness. When I sank my teeth into it, I was flushed with feelings of the fall season.

     

    Other foods in the assortment included sashimi, scallop and yuzu, saikyo-yaki Kyoto-style grilled fish, and more. Each mouthful of the selection offered its own distinct and unique flavours.

    The obanzai is served with miso soup too with which you get to choose a miso ball from a variety of flavours to put into your bowl. I went for the sesame seed miso ball.

    The miso ball is made from miso paste and various ingredients. Once placed into the hot water, it melts and turns into miso soup. The sweet light-brown miso was perfect for warming up my chilly self.

    Dinner also features a dessert menu, as well as courses with an all-you-can-drink option, so I recommend these options for people who want to relax and take their time with their dining experience.

     

    As I mentioned earlier, WASHOKU also offers a variety of experience-based plans. This includes a sushi class where you can learn to make your own hand-rolled sushi.

    There are two types of “temari” hand rolled sushi you can make: the regular type, which makes use of tuna, salmon and other classic sushi toppings, and the high quality type, which uses more high-end ingredients like uni sea urchin eggs, caviar, gold leaf, and more. And for foreign customers, the restaurant has prepared a handout detailing the history of Asakusa and recipes, as well as souvenirs for them to take home.

    The MMN team of course had to have a go at making our own sushi, but it proved quite difficult. You have to get the right amount of sushi rice to roll, then actually roll it perfectly into a ball before topping with your ingredients. But the sushi I made was actually really delicious! To attend this class you have to book in advance, so if you’ve never tried making your own sushi before or have an need some guidance, then we can’t recommend it enough.

    As well as food-related experiences, WASHOKU provides customers with three different plans to experience Japanese culture. The first of these is the rickshaw ride, where you board a rickshaw pulled by a runner and are taken around the various sites of Asakusa. The ‘Excursion Around Asakusa Course’ takes you to the most popular spots around Kaminarimon, while the ‘Sky Tree Course’ takes you all the way to the Sumida River, and you also get to see Tokyo Skytree and various other attractions in Asakusa.

    The Edo Kiriko plan gives you the opportunity to cut your own Japanese glass to drink from. You can drink from your glass if you reserve the plan with lunch or dinner.

    Finally, you can rent a kimono. Select your favourite from the shop and have a professional dresser get you readyーwith both your kimono and your hair. After you’re dolled up, you can take a stroll around Asakusa to get a real feel for Japanese culture.

     

    All three of these plans are just ¥3,500 per person, and all require reservations which you can book online.

    So, if you’re looking for a taste of Japanese food and culture, why not take a trip to WASHOKU when visiting Asakusa for an all-in-one experience?

  • Ginza Sony Park’s Milan Design Week 2019 Exhibition to be Shown in Tokyo

    03.December.2019 | SPOT

    Ginza Sony Park is set to display their #012 Affinity in Autonomy exhibition at the Ginza Sony Park buildingーwhich is a project for the renovation of the Sony Buildingーfrom December 14, 2019.

    Affinity in Autonomy was first shown by Sony at Milan Design Week 2019 which was held back in April. It received huge praise from attendees, and so Ginza Sony Park are bringing it back home to showcase at the building, which has enjoyed over 5 million visitors since it opened, for more people to experience it. The exhibit looks at elevating the affinity between humans and robots so that they may co-exist.

    Also as part of the exhibition, Sony will showcase five individual pieces entitled Awakening, Accordance, Autonomous, Affiliation, and Association, which make use of image sensors. As visitors experience each one in order, their affinity towards robots will grow. Sound and visuals will play in response to people’s movements.

    The exhibition combines sound, colour and interaction, offering new insight into robots. What’s more is that the robots recognise humans and response in real time, further enhancing the realism offered by the experience.

     

    If you’re in Tokyo this holiday season, and are looking for the robots, then be sure to pay a visit to Ginza Sony Park.

  • Valentine’s Day 2020: Japanese Chocolates, Golden Desserts & More at GINZA SIX

    24.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Winter may be cold, but that’s no excuse to stay indoors all day when there’s so many seasonal events and festivals to be enjoyedーespecially in Japan. With Christmas and New Year’s just on the horizon, it’ll soon be time to begin preparations for Valentine’s Day.

     

    GINZA SIX is the biggest shopping centre in Ginza, a district itself which prides itself as the high end part of Tokyo. Seeing as Ginza is home to many internationally-known chocolatiers, you can bet that GINZA SIX is sure to deliver when it comes to high-quality Valentine’s chocolates and sweets. And you’d be right in thinking that, because the shopping complex is ready to showcase some of the delectable delights set to pose in all of their delicious glory during the season of love. Whether it’s a treat to some premium chocolate to your special someone, or a bit of self-indulgence, GINZA SIX has you covered this coming Valentine’s Day.

     

    But that’s not all, because a string of pop-up shops are going to open too. Let’s take a peek into what’s to come.

     

    Premium sweets made with the “4th type of chocolate”

    We all know dark, milk, and white chocolate, but many people are still unaware of ruby chocolate. Made from ruby cocoa beans, the chocolate was officially unveiled in 2017, and is marketed as the “4th category” of chocolate. It will come as no surprise then that GINZA SIX will be making use of this still rare chocolate, as well as “blonde” chocolateーyet another unfamiliar type.

    Valrhona Blonde Chocolate Plate With Jasmine Scent – ¥1,200 @ THE GRAND GINZA

    Blonde chocolate’s characteristic quality lies in its combination of caramel and biscuit. The chocolate artisans over at Valrhona, a Japanese chocolate company savoured by some of the world’s top patissiers, have forged a blonde chocolate dome dessert injected with a raspberry puree and sweet vanilla mousse. The dessert is sat on a bed of crunchy crumble and surrounded with a pool of jasmine-scented blonde chocolate cream. This one’s for the adults to enjoy.

    Ruby Saku Langue de Chat (12 Pack) – ¥1,200 @ ISHIYA GINZA

    For a limited time only, ISHIYA GINZA’s langue de chat, also known as cat tongue biscuits, arrive in a ruby chocolate flavour. They took their delicious cat tongues and sandwiched smooth and sour ruby chocolate between them.

     

    Japanese-style chocolates

    These next chocolates are made with the Japanese spirit and palate in mind.

    Tsujiri Collection (8 Pack) – ¥2,360 @ Tsujiri

    The tea experts at Tsujiri have paired chocolate with matcha and houjicha, two types of tea that go perfect with chocolate. Bringing out the flavour of tea in their products is Tsujiri’s speciality. Houjicha comes as the newest flavour to this product alongside koicha, yuzu, sesame praline, Japanese pepper, sakura strawberry, and brown sugar.

    Kurosu Vinegar Raw Chocolate – ¥1,500 @ Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery

    Kurosu vinegar is smooth and doesn’t have a strong flavour or smell. It goes well with these chocolates from the Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery, including their slightly bitter milk chocolate and white chocolate with soy milk. Each bite offers a sweet, refreshing flavour.

     

    Textural chocolates

    If you’re here for the texture, then you’ve come to the right place. From a dessert that combines light pound cake with rich mousse to a melt-in-the-mouth chocolate terrine, GINZA SIX has no shortage of sweets with tempting textures.

    Rouge – ¥2,315 @ Patisserie Pavlov

    This dessert is made with pound cake and rich mousse and is lavish with ganache. It’s covered with a strawberry chocolate coating and finished with an artisanal chocolate decoration.

    Chocolate Terrine – ¥6,000 @ FRANCK MULLER GENEVE

    Luxurious is the word to describe this chocolate terrine, a heavenly mix of Swiss dark chocolate and tasty cultured butter, resulting in a complex flavour profile of richness and melt-in-the-mouth sweetness.

     

    Dine-in Valentine’s menu

    Another way to enjoy your time at GINZA SIX for Valentine’s 2020 is to sit down at one of the cafes or restaurants to enjoy one of their exclusive Valentine’s Day menu items, such as an afternoon tea. It’s a great way to spend your time with your loved one or as a get-together for all the singles out there!

    La Saint-Valentin Afternoon Tea Sets – ¥4,200 (Serves 1) @ THE GRAND GINZA

    “Noir & Blanc” (Black/White) is the theme of these afternoon tea sets, which come in two different colours and are towered with strawberry-packed sweets and savoury snacks. Will you go for the stylish noir, or the sophisticated blanc?

    Coppa Valentine – ¥1,819 @ Café Cova Milano

    Served in a wine glass, this strawberry dessert is a layered combination of sweet and sour strawberry sorbet, chocolate ice cream, and strawberry sauce. It’s topped with heart-shaped chocolate and a rose bell.

     

    Limited-time pop-up shops

    CAFÉ COVA (GINZA SIX Floor B2F) 

    CAFÉ COVA has lots of incredible surprises for the Valentine’s season next year, including a chocolate box wrapped in beautiful packaging, as well as the above-pictured heart and rose panettone (which, by the way, they’ll only be selling a select few of!)

     

    Paul Smith POP UP SHOP (GINZA SIX Floor 4F) / Open November 27, 2019 – January 14, 2020

    IDEAS FROM LONDON is a pop-up shop by Paul Smith that’s set to bring ideas from the UK to Japan. See their new fashion collection, special collaborative items, and more.

     

     

    This is just a select look at what’s to come when the season of love hits GINZA SIX. Make sure you don’t miss out.

  • This Week’s Breakfast: Warming Up With Asa Kayu at Asora no Chaya in Ise

    14.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. I find it very important time well spent in order to live a happy, fulfilling life.

    During a business trip to Ise, I decided to treat myself to some breakfast in the coastal city. I got up nice and early and went to pray at the Toyo’ ukedaijingu of Ise Grand Shrine before making my way to Asora no Chaya to order some of their Asa Kayu (“Morning Porridge”) to warm myself up since I was feeling a little cold.

     

    Asora no Chaya is about an 8-minute walk from Ise Stationーwhich by the way is the closest station to the Toyo’ ukedaijingu of Ise Grand Shrineーand just a minute’s stroll from the inner shrine itself.

    At the entrance they had “Asa Kayu” written on the door as pictured above. The cafe itself is located on the second floor.

    The cafe has wood-based decor, and the windows are nice and big, letting lots of natural light seep in. From the window I could see Ise Grand Shrine which I prayed at just moments ago. It’s a place where you can wind down and relax.

     

    I ordered the “Mike no Asa Kayu Awabi” (in Japanese: 御饌の朝かゆ 鮑). I found out that the word mike is used to refer to precious, sacred food. Apparently, your good fortune will increase if you eat it after praying to the god of food at the Toyo’ ukedaijingu.

    Mike no Asa Kayu Awabi (御饌の朝かゆ 鮑) – ¥2,040 (Tax Included)

    My meal arrived in a wooden box. When I opened it, I was happy to see that I not only received the porridge, but other small plates and bowls of food too.

    I was charmed by how shiny the rice was in the sunlight. To eat the thin rice porridge, you add the awabi, pickled vegetables, kombu, bonito broth and other ingredients.

     

    The rice porridge is easy to digest and warms you up to the coreーthe perfect way to relax on a cold day. The combination of the tender bonito and the smooth porridge is a match made in heaven. It’s a very simple dish with no unnecessary additions. It has a gentle flavour that makes your mind and body just wind down and relax.

    As well as the rice porridge, the meal comes with other healthy foods too like dried fish, soft boiled egg and vinegared ingredients. For dessert, you get zenzai which is a type of sweet soup. This is a very special breakfast you can only experience here at this cafe, coupled with a view of Ise Grand Shrine, all in the early morning.

     

    Whenever I wake up early, it feels like I’ll have a very different start to the day than usual, but spending my morning in Ise, praying at Ise Grand Shrine and eating kayu porridge at Asora no Chaya had me holding my head high.

     

    This morning, it was the start of another new day, and I began it feeling dignified.

     

     

    Today’s Souvenir

    Awabi Gohan no Moto – ¥1,300 (Tax Included)

    I wanted to share the happiness between friends and family on this fine day where I got to eat a delicious breakfast. This Awabi Gohan no Moto is an easy way to enjoy awabi. You took it together with rice to make awabi rice. Being able to purchase awabi, which is a high quality ingredient, at this price is an absolute steal.

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Orders Now Open For Japan’s Ultimate Mochi Brand ‘THE OMOCHI’

    11.November.2019 | FOOD

    dot science launched a new brand on Wednesday called ‘THE OMOCHI.’ Together with the brand’s partner Kasaharamochiーa Miyazaki-based mochi making companyーthey are aiming to update one of Japan’s most recognised traditional confections: mochi.

     

    Kasaharamochi make their mochi using an old-fashioned method that is almost extinct which makes use of a kamado BBQ and firewood. They shoot towards making the ultimate mochi.

    In the video below, one of the staff members at Kasaharamochi discusses the cooking techniqueーthe oldest method, but the one that creates the most delicious mochi around.

    Ingredients are carefully selected and placed carefully into the fire to steam. Kasaharamochi has continuously sought this ancient technique to cook the perfect mochi, a flavour which has been eaten by emperors and the imperial family during celebrations. This mochi has now been dubbed THE OMOCHI.

     

    For the first line-up of the THE OMOCHI brand there will be 5 different types of mochi.

    Pickled Egg Yolk & Soy Sauce

    Cinnamon Honey Bar Mochi

    THE OMOCHI website is also showcasing how best to eat and enjoy mochi as well as what is possible with this sweet treat. The website offers wine pairings, what to eat mochi with, original recipes and more, so be sure to check out the website.

     

    THE OMOCHI Original Recipes: https://theomochi.com/#recipe

  • BABYMETAL Collaborates On Fashion Designer Yohji Yamamoto’s Ground Y Collection

    08.November.2019 | FASHION / MUSIC / Uncategorized

    2019 is the year of BABYMETAL, with their latest album METAL GALAXY having dropped in October and making them the highest Japanese group/artist to place on the Billboard Top 200 in the US in 56 years. As they continue knee-deep in their ongoing world tour, you might be wondering what else they have in the pipeline.

     

    Well, we can confirm that for you right here and now: they have teamed up with internationally-lauded Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto on his revolutionary Ground Y collection which boasts a genderless and ageless style.

    Pre-sales of the collection will take place at the new Shibuya PARCO which is set to open on November 22. This will be followed by sales at GINZA SIX, Laforet Harajuku, and the online store THE SHOP YOHJI YAMAMOTO.

    The collection will bring together the unique world of BABYMETALーa band which has won love the world over and has featured as guest acts on many tours of international artistsーand Yohji Yamamoto, a rebel and innovator in the fashion industry whose DNA is woven into the Ground Y line. The inspiration for this jet black collaborative collection is “galaxy,” an homage to BABYMETAL’s latest record METAL GALAXY.

    There are numerous items in the collection, including a jumbo cut and sewn embroidered with both the BMD FOX APPAREL logoーBABYMETAL’s official apparel brandーand the Ground Y logo. There’s also a big hoodie featuring a 360° print and BABYMETAL’s logo, a draped silk satin long shirt, and more.

     

    MASATOSHI YAMASHIRO snapped the photos in this photoshoot, a Tokyo-based photographer who started his career in LA and New York and works with fashion magazines, advertisements, and more.

  • GINZA SIX’s Kurogi Chacha to Serve High-Quality Green Tea Caviar Ochazuke

    27.October.2019 | FOOD

    Kurogi Chacha, a restaurant in GINZA SIX, is serving up an all-new ochazuke (green tea poured over rice) dish made with gyokuro, a high-quality green tea, and caviar. It will be served for a limited time for the whole month of November.

    Gyokuro Caviar Chazuke – ¥20,000 (Before Tax)

    Kurogi Chacha is a restaurant made in collaboration with Kyoto’s long-standing tea company Fukujuen and Kurogi which has been called the hardest restaurant in Japan to reserve a table at due to the sheer number of reservations.

     

    The new Gyokuro Caviar Chazuke is made with rich caviar and fine quality gyokuro tea which adds a refreshing taste to the dish. One bowl is served with an entire 30g can of caviar so you can enjoy its full flavour.

     

    If you find yourself in the Tokyo’s high-end district of Ginza then don’t pass up this opportunity to wine and dine at Kurogi Chacha.

  • GINZA SIX Christmas 2019: Christmas Cake, New Art by Klaus Haapaniemi & More

    21.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Ginza’s biggest shopping complex GINZA SIX is celebrating Christmas this year with an upcoming event entitled “Celebration of Life: Hoshi no Umi no Shukusai” (A Festival Under a Sea of Stars) which will take place from November 5, 2019 to December 25, 2019.

    Celebration of Life: Hoshi no Umi no Shukusai

    The visuals for “Celebration of Life: Hoshi no Umi no Shukusai” were created by Finnish artist Klaus Haapaniemi. The work is titled “Astral Sea” and Haapaniemi arranged the art specifically for the event. It features animals and living beings floating through space amongst the stars, each moving to the rhythm of the stars’ revolution. With this grand work, Haapaniemi has created a new myth that makes one think of space and how it connections to the lives of humans.

    The space and time-transcending “Lightning Whales” which appear in the Astral Sea will be suspended from the shopping centre’s atrium, and tapestries of Haapaniemi will also be draped down the centre, turning GINZA SIX itself into its own Astral Sea. The 10-meter long Lightning Whales floats have been designed in such a way that it looks like they are flying through space. Additional artwork can also be found in the front entrance, show window on floor B2F, and elsewhere.

     

    Klaus Haapaniemi x GINZA SIX Christmas Collaboration Items

    Several stores inside GINZA SIX are also releasing items in collaboration with Haapaniemi.

    Mimuro Sugi Junmai Daiginjo Imadeya Ginza Limited Edition Model – ¥3,000 @ Imadeya Ginza

    This Junmai Daiginjo is part of the Mimuro Sugi Roman Series developed by a sake brewery in Nara. This transparent drink retains the delicate flavour of the rice and leaves a beautiful lingering aftertaste. It’s best enjoyed with some tasty food.

    Available: November 5, 2019 – February 29, 2020 (While supplies last)

     

    Lightning Whales Frozen Fruit Bar – ¥600 @ PALETAS

    These new frozen fruit bars from PALETAS are inspired by Haapaniemi’s Lightning Whales. The bar’s fantastic colouring is taken from the Astral Sea, while its flavour is blueberry gelato with salt. It’s decorated with gold leaf and silver leaf.

    Available: November 5, 2019 – January 31, 2020

     

    Gloves – Whale Embroidery ¥9,000 / Swan Embroidery ¥10,000 @ Ginza Tsutaya Book Store

    Gloves are a must-have during winter, and these ones come with whale and swan embroidery. You’re sure to grab people’s attention with these gorgeous fits.

    Available: November 8, 2019 – December 25, 2019

     

    *Listed prices don’t include tax. Items subject to change without notice.

     

    Christmas Cake & Party Food

    Ginza is known for its long list of gourmet restaurants, serving food from around the world. This holiday season, GINZA SIX has plenty of Christmas delights lined up.

    Noel Neige – ¥4,630 @ Pavlov Pâtisserie

    This gorgeous, light cake uses cream for its snowy landscape, topped with bright-red strawberries.

    Panettone Babbo Natale – ¥7,407 @ Café Cova Milano

    Cova’s panettone is made with a secret recipe that has been handed down since the beginning of the 19th century.

    Assorted Mini Sandwiches – ¥3,704

    This assortment of mini sandwiches are the perfect choice for Christmas parties, filled with a variety of delicious ingredients like smoked salmon, caviar, pastrami, and more.

    *Listed prices don’t include tax.

     

    This is just a small look at what GINZA SIX has in store for this Christmas. If you’re spending the holiday season in Tokyo, be sure to stop by.

  • Ginza’s Gorgeous Ice Cream Shop coisof Releases Halloween Parfait

    18.October.2019 | FOOD

    Ginza’s luxury ice cream shop has released a new parfait flavour for the Halloween and autumn season.

    They have called it the “Akiiro Murasaki coi Parfait” (Autumn Colour Purple coi Parfait). Coloured like the vivid sumire plant―a species of violet―this mouth-watering parfait contains a jam made in-house with whole natsuhaze, a wild type of blueberry that has been used in Japan since ancient times. It’s topped with a dollop of rich and milky ice cream, a puree made from in-season purple sweet potatoes, and assorted nuts for added crunch.

    Natsuhaze blueberries contain a lot of polyphenols, giving them an elegant sour flavour which goes unbelievably well with the taste of the milky ice cream and sweet potato. The parfait is served with a liqueur made from sumire extract.

    For the Halloween period between October 16 to 31, the parfait can also be topped with various spooky decorations at no extra cost, like chocolate ghosts, spiders and cobwebs.

     

    If you’re celebrating Halloween in Japan this year, or want to treat your date to a Halloween treat, then take them to Tokyo’s high-class shopping district Ginza for a luxurious parfait.

  • Japanese Sweets Brand Minamoto Kitchoan to Open Cafe Restaurant K. MINAMOTO in Ginza

    16.October.2019 | FOOD

    Japanese confectionery brand Minamoto Kitchoan will open a new cafe and restaurant called “K. MINAMOTO” on October 19.

    K. MINAMOTO will be located on floors 2-5 at THE HOUSE, Minamoto Kitchoan’s new company building which it just moved to on October 3. The cafe-restaurant’s menu concept is dubbed “Ginza Sunny Fruits.” It takes into consideration how daily fruit consumption has greatly decreased today by serving up a luxurious fresh fruit-packed line-up.

     

    Minamoto Kitchoan is a company that has made full use of fruits since its establishment, including the suikanshuku, a Japanese wagashi confection made of whole dried domestic persimmons. We can trust then that K. MINAMOTO will provide us with our 5-a-day.

    Roast Beef Sandwich w/ Fruit Soup – ¥2,420 (Tax Included)

    Seafood Lemon Cream Fedelini w/ Fruit Soup – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)

    Each and every dish on the menu has fruit, all grown in Japan to ensure the a high level of quality. Since the dishes have fruity flavours, prepping them is simple, and they enjoy the colours and textures of each fruit.

     

    Drinks haven’t been left out either. They are made with fruit purees and syrup, or are tossed in as they are, allowing for maximum fruity goodness.

    Smoked Salmon, Fruit Salad & Potato Galette w/ Fruit Soup – ¥1,980 (Tax Included)

    Autumn Fruit Almond Pudding – ¥1,760 (Tax Included)

    All the staff at K. MINAMOTO have a wealth of knowledge about the menu and the fruits used in each dish. Their service creates a comfortable atmosphere, and though they are polite they are incredibly friendly, so you can call out to them without worry.

     

    Get your fill of fruit from the all-new K. MINAMOTO, opening October 19.

  • Dine On Fancy Authentic Japanese Food Casually at SHARI in Ginza

    06.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    SHARI is a restaurant located on the second floor of Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza-gochome, a new hotel that opened on September 26 located within walking distance from Ginza Station and Higashi-Ginza Station. This restaurant serves authentic and fancy Japanese-style food as well as luxurious Kobe beef, gozen set meals, and much more.

    Ginza is known as the expensive, upmarket part of Tokyo, and when talking about small local restaurants there the pricing threshold tends to be rather high, but at SHARI customers can enjoy proper Japanese cuisine in a more casual manner and at a much more affordable price, with the typical set lunches starting at just ¥1,200.

    Sophisticated is the word that springs to mind upon entering this restaurant, as your eyes meet the gorgeous mix of wood on black. As well as table seats, they also have counter seats too, allowing for you to enjoy a little luxury on your own if you so wish.

    There is an additional restaurant inside the main restaurant itself that goes by the name Teppanyaki Mitaki, a tiny six-seater restaurant that serves Kobe beef, a type of wagyu beef and one of the top three beefs in Japan.

    SHARI Gozen – ¥3,000 (Before Tax)

    I ordered the SHARI Gozen which is served during lunchtime. This set comes with six small bowls, each filled with different colourful foods. It’s a cute-looking set♡

    There’s lots of meat and fish included in the set. For meat, they have steak made with domestic beef. It’s succulent and drizzled in a rich sauce that fills your mouth deliciously with a single bite. With the sashimi, the restaurant makes sure to serve fish that’s in reason. There were 3 types of fish so it was a very satisfying meal.

    The set can also be served with a variety of deep-fried foods, stewed foods, and cold fishes, as well as rice, miso soup, desserts and more. No matter what you order you can rest assured you’ll be full afterwards.

     

    SHARI is a chic and stylish restaurant with great food, plus it’s located in Ginza. And you can enjoy all of this at a super low price!

    Lady’s Gozen – ¥2,600 (Before Tax)

    I have to recommend the Lady’s Gozen if you’re looking to enjoy fish and vegetables. It comes with two varieties of sashimi and one fried fish, all in season, as well as an assortment of fried food, savoury egg custard, and four side dishes.

    It also comes with rice and sushi rolls as well as a dessert like the SHARI Gozen.

    The whole dinner menu is lined with Japanese food, including sashimi, tempura, fried food and more. There’s also various courses, including the Teppanyaki Mitaki course which is priced from ¥12,000. It comes with Kobe beef of course in addition to various other high quality ingredients.

    Shu – ¥1,000 (Before Tax)

    I also recommend this Japanese-style cocktail for those thinking of staying late. It’s inspired by the colours used in kabuki theatre―a Bloody Mary combining shichimi, nihonshu, and tomato juice. The rim of the glass is lined with more shichmi for a spicy and refreshing kick when you sip.

    Check out the cute glass it comes in too.

     

    From affordable lunches to dinner courses made with top quality ingredients, SHARI can be enjoyed throughout the entire day with its diverse menu line-up. Be sure to pay a visit to tuck into authentic Japanese cuisine in the luxury district of Ginza.

     

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Roof Star Gardens Illumination Event to Take Place On GINZA SIX’s Rooftop Garden

    02.October.2019 | SPOT

    Ginza’s biggest shopping centre GINZA SIX has announced that it’s set to light up its rooftop garden with an enchanting illumination event titled Rooftop Star Garden which will begin on November 26 and run until February 24 next year.

     

    Standing at 56 meters high, the rooftop garden is the “closest place to the stars” in Ginza. This will be GINZA SIX’s first ever illumination event and it will shine a bright spotlight against the nightscape of Ginza’s streets.

     

    Rooftop Star Garden will take place in two areas in the garden: the Water Fountain Area and the Forest Area, both of which will welcome star-themed light shows.

    The theme of the Water Fountain Area is “Shooting Star,” whose LED lights will elicit a sense of profoundness in its observers. 147 LED lights will form the main monument of this area, with bright, sparkling illuminations that will remind one of shooting and twinkling stars.

    The Forest Area is made up of two separate areas between the Water Fountain Area. Lasers will shoot through crystals, creating an ocean of countless specks of light that look like little stars that make it feel like you’re in space.

     

    This limited-time event is the perfect way to spend this year’s Christmas, so don’t miss out.

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

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