Authentic Uji Matcha Soft Serve Ice Cream Released at MINISTOP in Japan
04.November.2018 | FOOD
MINISTOP convenience stores across Japan released two new matcha soft service ice creams on November 2: the Uji Matcha Soft and the Premium Adzuki Matcha Soft.
MINISTOP has served a range of Premium Soft ice cream products made with top quality ingredients since 2015 including their Premium Belgium Chocolate Soft and Premium Chestnut Mont Blanc Soft. This year’s ingredient is matcha, the hugely popular tea flavour loved both in Japan and overseas.
Uji Matcha Soft / Uji Matcha Mix Soft: ¥270 Each (Tax Included)
Premium Azuki Matcha Soft / Premium Azuki Matcha Mix Soft: ¥300 Each (Tax Included)
The soft serves are made with full-bodied matcha carefully selected by the tea experts of Hokodo, a long-standing Uji tea shop. You can choose from the regular Uji Matcha Soft or go the full mile and get the Premium Azuki Matcha Soft which comes topped with adzuki red bean sauce and soybean mochi pieces.
The cones are also made in the image of a matcha teacup. Their colour comes from brown sugar syrup which uses brown sugar from Okinawa Prefecture, offering a sweet sugary addition to the bitter flavour of the matcha.
These ice creams are available for a limited time only so head to a MINISTOP convenience store while you can and try them yourself!
Premium Azuki Matcha Soft
Uji Matcha Soft
Release Date: Released at branches sequentially from November 2, 2018 (Available at all branches from November 9, 2018)
Available Regions: Whole of Japan
*Flavours to alternate at each branch from November 2 to November 9.
*Available with a cone or cup.
Official Website: https://www.ministop.co.jp
Furoshiki-Wrapped Matcha and Strawberry Sandwich Biscuits Released at PRESS BUTTER SAND
15.December.2019 | FOOD
PRESS BUTTER SAND released two new sandwich biscuit products on December 13. PRESS BUTTER SAND Kyoto Station will release the Tsutsumi Uji Matcha and PRESS BUTTER SAND Hakata Station the Tsutsumi Amaou Strawberry. Both are limited in stock.
Both boxes of these delicious treats contain five of the store’s famous “PRESS BUTTER SAND” sandwich biscuits, and they come gift-wrapped in an original furoshikiーa type of Japanese wrapping cloth. The appearance of both products in their packaging maintain an artisanal aesthetic and capture the vibe of their respective cities.
The furoshiki were designed by Yumiko Kakizaki (BAKE Inc.), the creative director at PRESS BUTTER SAND, and several creators active around Kyoto and Fukuoka. Each design was made to represent the characteristics of Kyoto and Hakata.
Also available is the Tsutsumi Black, a set each of 5 original and black flavoured butter biscuit sandwiches.
PRESS BUTTER SAND boasts over 2.5 million sales a year on average. If you’ve get to try their scrumptious biscuit sandwiches then don’t pass up the opportunity to try these new flavours.
Tsutsumi Uji Matcha (Includes 5 Uji Matcha and 5 Original Biscuit Sandwiches)
Available: PRESS BUTTER SAND Kyoto Station
Running: December 13, 2019 until stock sells out
Tsutsumi Amaou Strawberry (Includes 5 Amaou Strawberry and 5 Original Biscuit Sandwiches)
Available: PRESS BUTTER SAND Hakata Station
Running: December 13, 2019 until stock sells out
Official Website: https://buttersand.com
The Perfect Souvenir: Kyoto’s Famous OTABE Confections in Velvety Matcha Chocolate
17.November.2019 | FOOD
If you’re in Kyoto looking for a delicious elegant souvenir for your people back home then BijuuCo.,ltd. is your port of call. Their irresistible desserts vary from their well known sweet bean paste-filled Yatsuhashi to their Kyo-Baum. They will be releasing the mouthwatering Matcha Chocolate OTABE from November 20, 2019.
The rich aroma of the matcha chocolate will be the first thing to entice you. The matcha Yatsuhashi is made from specially selected water and Koshihikari rice, which is famed as Japan’s best rice. The soft and chewy texture of the Yatsuhashi dough gently embraces a velvety, melt-in-the-mouth matcha chocolate ganache filling. These OTABE confections are bursting with the flavours of Kyoto and are only available to purchase for a limited period.
OTABE combined with Kyoto’s famous matcha chocolate is matcha match made in heaven. If you’re ever in Kyoto, you must try it.
Matcha Chocolate OTABE
Selling: November 20, 2019 to the start of May, 2020
Price: Box of 10 (2 packs of 5): ¥660 Before Tax
Eat within 11 days of production.
Purchasable from souvenir shops in Kyoto and Kyoto Station.
Official Website: http://www.otabe.kyoto.jp/
Make Your Own Matcha Drink and Try Black Bean Butter Toast in Nakameguro, Tokyo
13.November.2019 | FOOD
If you’re looking for a cool café experience in Tokyo then head to Nakameguro for a goldmine of craft beer taprooms, coffee roasters and restaurants. One café to consider adding to your list of must-go places is music café and wine bar epulor. The café has added a number of exquisite and unique items to its menu this November including a matcha drink, black bean paste and butter toast and craft cola.
Take a seat and admire the walls of old records which create a soothing artistic atmosphere while sipping your cup of the café’s specialty hand drip coffee or sommelier-selected wine as the music of old records fills the air. When you have finished, feel free to take a gander at the gallery corner to appreciate the cafés art.
The November menu introduces a high-quality matcha by UK brand Matchæologist®, providing the opportunity to make and enjoy your own matcha drink. From the high-quality rich flavour to the contemporary design of the tea vessel, Matchæologist® lives up to its reputation as artisanal matcha green tea specialists.
Fans of epulor’s popular Red Bean Paste and Butter Toast are in for a treat as the café is now serving up the Black Bean Paste and Butter Toast. The bread is a charcoal bread from the bakery Lotus baguette, which uses only natural yeast, Japan-produced wheat and no additives. The binchotan charcoal used to prepare the bread is a traditional charcoal which has been used since the Edo period. The appearance is just as striking as its taste.
The café has also started to sell Japan’s craft cola TOMO COLA. The cola is spiced with flavours from around the world including kola nut, nutmeg, Japanese herbs and Japanese citrus fruits. This natural cola contains no additives so you can indulge in the taste of nature and enjoy a unique flavourful experience of Japan.
epulor is the perfect spot to enjoy a luxurious moment of relaxation during your busy day while immersing yourself in an artistic and cultural experience.
Address: ESCENARIO AOBADAI Floor 1, 1-19-10,Aobadai, Meguro, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00
Butter Sandwich Shop PRESS BUTTER SAND Releases Uji Matcha Flavour at Tokyo Station
11.November.2019 | FOOD
The butter sandwich specialists over at PRESS BUTTER SAND are bringing their famous Uji matcha flavour butter sandwiches to their Tokyo Station branch on November 13.
Known as the Uji Matcha Butter Sand, this tasty snack was developed to celebrate the grand opening of the Kyoto Station branch of PRESS BUTTER SAND. Due to high demand, they’ve decided to take the product to Tokyo for a limited time.
The exterior is made with butter cream and carefully selected Uji matcha. You get the full rich flavour of the matcha and delicious taste of the butter at once. The sandwich itself is filled with bitter matcha butter cream and sweet caramel butter for a sumptuously smooth combination that marries temptingly with the crunchy cookie exterior.
The sandwich biscuits come in packaging that features navy Kyoto-esque artwork inspired by the characteristic cultivation method for Uji matcha which blocks out sunlight. The sandwiches themselves are individually packaged in matcha green packets to contrast with the box.
Don’t miss out on a chance to enjoy the flavours of Kyoto while in Tokyo. Available at Tokyo Station only.
Uji Matcha Butter Sand
Price: Box of 5 – ¥1,150 (Tax Included) / Box of 9 – ¥2,070 (Tax Included)
Shop: PRESS BUTTER SAND Tokyo Station
Available: November 13, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Official Website: https://buttersand.com
Adorable Mini Penguin and Polar Bear Confections to Arrive in Family Mart
08.November.2019 | FOOD
Tabemas is a Japanese confectionery series of small, traditional sweets designed to look like characters. For the first time, Tabemas is collaborating with the popular fictional character series Sumikko Gurashi to release Shirokuma and Penguin? sweets. The new confections will be sold in the chilled desserts corner of Family Mart convenience stores across Japan from November 12, 2019.
The lovable characters who have been transformed into delicious sweets are Shirokuma: the shy polar bear who tends to get cold easily; and Penguin?, who has no confidence in their identity as a penguin.
The series name “Tabemas” means “edible mascot” and as the name suggests, these are traditional nerikiri confections which are made from bean paste and soft mochi, creating an adorable plump appearance. Shirokuma’s body is white with pink ears whereas Penguin? has a pea-green body with a white stomach and yellow feet and beak. Both confections are kneaded with the characters’ charm and stand joining their tiny hands, staring at you with their adorable round eyes.
Both confections are filled with the mild flavour of red bean paste. To match the colour schemes of the characters, the white Shirokuma is milk-flavoured and the pale green Penguin? is apple-flavoured. The flavours of these confections are just as irresisitble as their appearance. You’re bound to be taking lots of photos of them for your next social media post in no time!
As these confections are in limited supply, make sure to buy them as soon as possible if you are interested.
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Tabemas Confectionery Series: Sumikko Gurashi
Confections: Shirokuma (Milk), Penguin? (Apple)
Recommended Retail Price: ¥369 each (Before Tax)
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Available at: The chilled desserts section of Family Mart convenience stores across Japan.
* These are in limited supply and sales will end once all stock has been depleted.
*The days on which the Tabemas Confectionery series is sold may vary from store to store.
* Some Family Marts may not sell the Tabemas series.
More Information on the Tabemas Sumikko Gurashi Series (Japanese Only):https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/products/2019/4549660424444000.html
Top 5 Halloween Treats to Pick Up at Japanese Convenience Stores This Year
October is here, meaning Halloween is right around the corner. If you’re not up for dressing up in a costume or going out this year, then you can still get in the Halloween spirit by picking up one of the many Halloween exclusive goodies now being sold at Japanese convenience stores. We’ve picked out our top 5 favourite for you.
Starbucks® Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte
Starbucks Japan is now stocking its sweet caramel pudding latte across most convenience stores in Japan. The golden-capped cup features a spooky Halloween design, decorated with ghosts, pumpkins and bats. Enjoy Halloween in a cup with the beverage’s rich and sweet caramel pudding flavour.
▼Starbucks® Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte
Available: Most convenience stores across Japan. Select branches not stocking.
Calbee Jagabee Black Consomme
These crunchy potato sticks are a popular savour snack in Japan. This Halloween, Calbee has coloured their sumptuous sticks black, and made them taste like delicious consomme. This is a 7-Eleven and Ai Group-exclusive. Its cute pot design will have you grabbing one off the shelf without even thinking.
▼Calbee Jagabee Black Consomme
Price: ¥138 (Before Tax)
Available: 7-Eleven and Ai Group
KOIKE-YA Karamucho Hot Chili Flavour
The classic thick-cut Karamucho potato chips have been sprinkled with extra spiciness for that heated kick. The packet features all the familiar faces of Halloween, from a witch to a pumpkin, bats, a graveyard and more. If you’re a spice-seeker then this one’s for you. Also a 7-Eleven and Ai Group exclusive product.
▼KOIKE-YA Karamucho Hot Chili Flavour
Price: ¥128 (Before Tax)
Available: 7-Eleven and Ai Group
7-Eleven Marshmallow Chocolate Ganache Daifuku
7-Eleven is also releasing a range of its own original Halloween treats, including this sweet white daifuku which looks like a marshmallow and is filled with rich chocolate ganache. A Japanese and Western-combined confection you can enjoy with one hand.
▼7-Eleven Marshmallow Raw Chocolate Daifuku
Price: ¥118 (Before Tax)
Available: 7-Eleven (Except in Okinawa)
7-Eleven Black Cat Sachertorte
Black cats are a popular symbol of Halloween, particularly in Japan. This cake is made with chocolate cream and vanilla cream and is coated in a crunchy chocolate coating for even more tasty texture. This is a seriously cute choice you’re sure to love!
▼7-Eleven Black Cat Sachertorte
Price: ¥308 (Before Tax)
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Did you enjoy our picks? There are plenty of Halloween-themed foods, confections and sweets to look forward to this year at convenience stores in Japan. Head to your closest one and see what they have in stock.
GODIVA Releases New Heavenly Chocolixir Tea and Chocolate Pairing Drink
03.October.2019 | FOOD
As the almighty creator of the chilled chocolate drink called the Chocolixir, GODIVA has now transcended to a whole new level with its Tea Magic Series which pairs luxurious GODIVA chocolate with a specially made tea. The fourth and final heavenly Chocolixir drink for the Tea Magic Series has now been revealed to be called the Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami. This is a pairing of GODIVA white chocolate and Uji matcha. A limited number of these will be released for sale from October 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019.
The GODIVA Tea Magic Series is made using the finest GODIVA chocolate. The chocolatier considers the most appropriate tea to enhance the flavour of the chocolate and only uses the finest tea leaves to make the drink. The result is a chilled chocolate tea which is filled with a flavour that will enlighten you. Hojicha Chocolate tea was the first tea of the series and was released on July 1st.
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami (270ml): ¥602 (before tax)
GODIVA’s mildly sweet and velvety white chocolate is blended with rich uji matcha tea and then chilled to a perfectly refreshing temperature. A light cloud of whipped cream floats on the surface and is sprinkled with carefully made uji matcha powder. Matcha chocolate sticks garnishe the drink.
From your first sip to your last, your mouth will be filled with a rich and luxurious matcha flavour. From time to time, your tongue will discover the exciting texture of small pieces of smashed white chocolate pieces.
This is the perfect opportunity to indulge in the luxurious flavour of mild white chocolate blended with rich uji matcha.
GODIVA Tea Magic Series: Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami (Final Drink)
Available: October 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Only available at GODIVA shops
Branch search: https://www.godiva.co.jp/boutique/?view=map&store_list_id=50
Check Out the Chocolate Matcha Frappé at McDonald’s This Autumn
23.September.2019 | FOOD
McDonald’s is bringing back its irresistible Uji Matcha drinks series this autumn and adding a brand new drink: The Choco Matcha Frappé, which will be sold from September 25 for a limited period. This drinks series is only available at McDonalds Restaurants which serve the McCafé by Barista menu.
The overwhelmingly popular Uji Matcha Series is currently being served for a limited period. From a Strawberry Matcha Frappé to Uji Matcha Chocolate and even Oreo® Cookie toppings, this series is the perfect way to indulge in a fusion of Japanese and western flavours. The Choco Matcha Frappé is the latest drink to join this series.
The base of the chocolate Matcha Frappé consists of chocolate whipped cream and a layer of high quality Belgian couverture chocolate sauce. The next layer is the frappé, which consists of matcha milk made from matcha sourced from Uji, Kyoto. This is topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate sauce and sprinkled with bitter cocoa Oreo® pieces. The faint green colour of the matcha is a wonderful contrast with the chocolate colour, creating the image of autumn.
The mild flavour of the Uji matcha and chocolate is a matcha match made in heaven that you will want to taste again and again. The crunchy, bitter Oreo® cookie pieces create a texture adventure and enhances the flavours of the chocolate and matcha. This frappé is the perfect way of enjoying both the colours and flavours of autumn.
The Matcha Frappé Latte, Matcha Latte and Iced Matcha Latte have been returning to the menu year after year since their first appearance in 2014. These drinks are also available this year. The entire drinks series is made using the slightly bitter Uji matcha sourced from Kyoto: the birthplace of matcha. The mellow flavour is perfectly balanced out by the milk. These matcha drinks are definitely worth trying.
Choco Matcha Frappé
Price (After Tax): Regular ¥490 / Large ¥530
Selling: September 25 – Mid October 2019 (subject to change)
Matcha Frappé Latte
Price (After Tax): Regular ¥450 / Large ¥490
Selling: Until mid-October (subject to change)
Iced Matcha Latte
Price (After Tax): Regular ¥390 / Large ¥430
Selling: Until mid-October (subject to change)
Price (After Tax): Small ¥350 / Regular ¥390
Selling: Until mid October (subject to change)
Available only at McDonald’s branches in Japan with a McCafé by Barista area.
* Please visit McDonald’s official website to find out more information.
* Only available during “McCafé by Barista” opening hours. Opening hours vary from branch to branch.
Sensuously Scrumptious Mont Blanc Parfait Arrives at GINZA SIX Tsujiri
20.September.2019 | FOOD
The Ginza branch of long-standing Uji tea shop Tsujiri has unveiled a seasonal treat that will be available this autumn only. It was released on September 18 and will be served until October 31.
Tsujiri Ginza is the only branch of Tsujiri in the Kanto region of Japan, aiming to offer a “new kind of matcha experience” to the people of Tokyo. This autumnal mont blanc parfait dessert is made from an aromatic chestnut cream made in France, matcha soft serve ice cream made by the Uji matcha experts at Tsujiri, and fluffy fresh cream, creating a seasonal mix of flavours.
Once you’re done shopping around the extravagant town of Ginza, why not treat yourself to a tasty matcha-packed delight?
Address: GINZA SIX Floor B2F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:30-20:30
Tsujiri Official Website: http://www.tsujiri.jp
Starbucks’ Halloween Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte is Bound to Possess Your Heart
15.September.2019 | FOOD
The Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte will be infiltrating Starbucks’® Chilled Cup line of beverages from September 24 for a limited period.
The ghostly touch of sweet and smooth caramel pudding is accented with a dark base note of strong coffee. If you are looking for a creamy and luxurious flavour, this is the perfect autumn treat.
Starbucks never fails to raise our spirits with their adorable themed designs. This Halloween, the cup design been invaded with an army of ghosts, pumpkins and more Halloween-themed illustrations. The heavenly golden lid adds a touch of luxury to the design and is a premonition for the sweet and rich caramel that awaits underneath.
The Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte from the Starbucks’ Chilled Cup series is bound to send chills down your spine this Halloween!
Starbucks® Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte
Price: ￥200 (200ml cup)
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Available at: Most convenience stores across Japan.
Product Information: http://www.starbucks.co.jp/rtd/
* Information will be published on September 24th.
Kyoto’s Sweet and Salty Matcha Cheese Tea is an Enlightening Flavour Discovery
15.August.2019 | FOOD
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo opened at Kiyomizu Gojozaka at the foot of the famous Kiyomizudera Temple as Kyoto’s first ever cheesecake shop to sell its delicious cheesecakes in a cute jar. On August 13, they released a mouthwateringly rich Matcha Cheese Tea which will enlighten you with a new way to enjoy matcha.
The Matcha Cheese Tea harnesses Kyoto’s unbeatable Uji matcha which is full of rich and fresh flavour. A light cloud of fluffy cheese foam floats on top of the drink, adding a salty accent to the overall flavour. A traditional tea combined with a sweet and salty cheese flavour ー this brand new flavour discovery will leave you feeling refreshed and enlightened. The recipe for the cheese foam consists of cream cheese carefully selected by the cheesecake shop’s specialists. This is then blended with a small amount of salt to accent the flavour.
If you mix the matcha milk tea with the cheese foam, the rich matcha mixes with the saltiness of the cream cheese, creating a sweet salty flavour that you will not be able to get enough of. As the flavour is not too overpowering, you can enjoy this drink endlessly and will feel refreshed even on a hot summer’s day.
Matcha Cheese Tea: ￥460
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo recommends three different ways to drink the Matcha Cheese Tea to enjoy three different levels of flavour combinations.
① First off, drink just the matcha milk tea so you can experience the true authentic flavour of Kyoto’s famous rich Uji matcha tea.
② Next, move your straw so that you taste just the cheese foam on its own. The fluffy foam will gently slide over your tongue and spread a mild and sweet flavour all over your mouth.
③ Finally, it’s time to mix everything. The saltiness of the cheese foam and the sweetness of the matcha milk will create a new salty sweet flavour that you will want to try again and again.
Whether you are a Japanese local or a foreigner, this drink is a fun new way to enjoy matcha. If you are new to matcha, this is a good way to try the flavour without being too overwhelmed.
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo (清水チーズ工房)
Address: 569-10, Shiraitocho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 17:30
No fixed closed days.
Official Website: http://kiyomizu-cheese.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