Starbucks Japan Osaka Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Meccha Matcha Latte & Frappuccino
06.November.2018 | FOOD
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Starbucks Japan setting up shop in Osaka, the coffee chain is holding a 10-day event titled Osaka 20th Thanks Week at 105 branches across Osaka Prefecture.
The celebration will see community activities taking place at each branch along with the serving of the new Osaka Meccha Matcha Latte and Osaka Meccha Matcha Frappuccino, two beverages crafted by the Osakan baristas of Starbucks for the Osakan locals.
The first Starbucks branch to open in Western Japan was at HEP FIVE in Umeda, Osaka on November 28, 1998. The keyword for these beverages is omoroi, a word in Kansai dialect that means ‘interesting’ and ‘amusing,’ and one that is intended to warm the hearts of those who drink these new beverages. Matcha is used as the base flavour for both of these drinks. It should also tickle the fancy of those who know that Osaka was the birthplace of Sen no Rikyū, one of the most influential figures on the Japanese way of tea.
The three matcha beverages―the hot or iced latte and frappuccino―uses 1.5 times more matcha powder than Starbucks’ regular matcha drinks. This explains the meccha in the title of the beverages which in Japanese means ‘very’ or in this case ‘a lot.’
Osaka Meccha Matcha Frappuccino®: Short ¥550/Tall ¥590/Grande ¥630/Venti® ¥670 (Pre-Tax)
The base of the Osaka Meccha Matcha Frappuccino® is refreshing vanilla ice cream on top of which sits colourful matcha, creating a contrast of white and green. Squirted on top is a fluffy serving of whipped cream drizzled in caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and extra matcha powder. Not only is this beverage made to look like Osaka Castle’s main keep, it’s also made to reflect the vim and vigour of the Osakan spirit that always wants to try “this and that.”
Osaka Meccha Matcha Latte (Hot/Iced): Short ¥440/Tall ¥480/Grande ¥520/Venti® ¥560 (Pre-Tax)
The iced version of the Osaka Meccha Matcha Latte is based on the popular matcha tea latte while the hot version is the perfect accompaniment to warm you up during the cold season.
If you’re in Osaka later this month then be sure to enjoy these meccha matcha drinks conceived from the minds of the baristas of Osaka!
Osaka Meccha Matcha Frappuccino®
Osaka Meccha Matcha Latte (Hot/Iced)
Running: November 12, 2018 – November 21, 2018
Available: At 105 Starbucks branches in Osaka Prefecture
Osaka 20th Thanks Week Community Activities
Running: At Starbucks branches in Osaka Prefecture
Activities: Varying from branch to branch
Starbucks Japan Official Website: http://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Starbucks Japan’s Chilled Espresso & Matcha Tea Latte Gets Renewed
24.August.2018 | FOOD
Starbucks’ chilled cup line of beverages is renowned in the chilled cup coffee market. Two of their drinks, the Starbucks Espresso and Starbucks Matcha Latte, are being renewed.
The new espresso loses none of its rich flavour so its consumers can enjoy the taste of strong and full-bodied coffee for the coming autumn season. The cup also has a new coffee cherry stylish design inspired by the strength of the beverage.
Starbucks Matcha Tea Latte
This luxurious latte combines lots of milk with matcha from Uji, Kyoto. Tencha, another kind of matcha, is also added to strengthen the authentic tea’s richness and sweetness. The cup has a traditional Japanese design with tea leaves.
Enjoy a coffee break with the new and improved Starbucks Espresso and Matcha Tea Latte.
Starbucks Japan to Release Strawberry Cake Frappuccino for Christmastime
27.October.2018 | FOOD
This year’s holiday season at Starbucks Japan begins on November 1.
2018’s theme is “STARBUCKS® THE Blend IS THE MAGIC.” It’s the season for loving one another, and it’s this heartwarming occasion that Starbucks is set to deliver to its customers.
Christmas Strawberry Cake Frappuccino®: Tall ¥590 (Pre-Tax)
Christmas Strawberry Cake Milk: Short ¥450 / Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570 (Pre-Tax)
The first of several Christmas-y beverages hitting the coffee chain this holiday are the Christmas Strawberry Cake Frappuccino® and Christmas Strawberry Cake Milk.
To ensure you get that full strawberry texture, both delicious drinks are made with a sweet ‘n sour strawberry sauce that leaves in plenty of the strawberry pieces. The standout feature of both is their gentle flavour which has that feeling of comfort milk has. They are also made to look like sponge cake. An enjoyable texture is also made by adding well-baked biscuits.
Available: November 1, 2018 – December 4, 2018
Gingerbread Latte (Hot/Iced): Short ¥420 / Tall ¥460 / Grande ¥500 / Venti® ¥540 (Pre-Tax)
Joyful Medley Tea Latte (Hot Only): Short ¥380 / Tall ¥420 / Grande ¥460 / Venti® ¥500 (Pre-Tax)
Also on the list is the Gingerbread Latte―a classic during the holiday season at Starbucks―and the Joyful Medley Tea Latte. A range of Christmas merchandise is also up for grabs including the always-popular tumblers, ‘bearistas’ (stuffed bear baristas) and ornaments. Snow globes are arriving this year too. All of this will let you bask in that Christmas spirit nice and early.
And of course it wouldn’t be Christmas at Starbucks without their Starbucks® Christmas Blend. It’s a flavour you can only enjoy during this season so pick up a bag for yourself.
Available: November 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Yule Log: ¥460 (Pre-Tax)
Cranberry Bliss Bar: ¥270 (Pre-Tax)
On the food menu come the mini-sized yule logs. It uses an original chocolate that goes perfect with coffee and raspberry jam for added accent. The Cranberry Bliss Bars also pair perfectly with the Christmas Blend.
Available: November 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018
There’s no better place to warm yourself up this holiday season than Starbucks!
STARBUCKS® THE Blend IS THE MAGIC
Running: November 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018
*First line of drinks available until December 4, 2018.
Available: At most Starbucks branches across Japan
Starbucks Japan Official Website: www.starbucks.co.jp
Starbucks Releases Stylish Glass Mugs in Collaboration with Fragment Design
07.August.2018 | FASHION
Starbucks Coffee Japan has teamed up with design project Fragment Design led by designer and musician Hiroshi Fujiwara to release two glass mugs under the ‘Fire-King’ brand. The product will go on sale from August 21, 2018 at select Starbucks branches across Japan as well as the Japanese Starbucks online store.
This is Starbucks’ first collaboration with glass tableware brand Fire-King. The company was established in the US in 1942. They create thick, long-lasting glass products. Their milky white coloured ‘milk glass’ range are noted for their gentle colour and round form and are described as very much being old-fashioned American items. They are collected by fans of traditional American fashion and culture, many of which are also in Japan.
The mugs come in grey and navy, typical colours of Fragment Design, offering a retro and modern look.
Both mugs also stack on top of each other meaning you can buy them as a pair.
Be on the lookout for these mugs at Starbucks Japan later this month.
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
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/
Sold Out On Day One―Itohkyuemon’s Matcha Parfait Bars Release at Gion Shijo Store
10.August.2019 | FOOD
Kyoto-based Uji tea store Itohkyuemon released its new Matcha Parfait Bars at its new branch in Gion Shijo on August 7.
The bars proved so popular that all 1,500 in stock sold out on the first day. The store is currently being piled with orders for future sales. There are five flavours to enjoy: the classic matcha parfait flavour as well as cherry blossom, tropical, mont blanc, and strawberry.
Matcha Parfait Bar – Matcha
The matcha flavoured bar retains the original rich flavour of the Uji matcha, which has been passed down since the Muromachi period, and combines it with a delicious assortment of parfait toppings including raw matcha chocolate, mini daifuku, coarse sweet red bean paste, and more.
Matcha Parfait Bar – Sakura (Cherry Blossom)
For another traditional Japanese twist there is the springtime sakura parfait bar which is made with cherry blossom pink rice flour dumplings and ice cream. It’s also topped with cherry blossom cream and salted cherry blossom petals for a cute finish.
Matcha Parfait Bar – Tropical
Tropical flavours like pineapple and mango blend together in this bar which is drizzled in a sweet, sour and refreshing tropical sauce. Topped with fresh tropical fruits, this is the ultimate summertime luxury.
Matcha Parfait Bar – Mont Blanc
This bar incorporates a sense of autumn with its mix of candied chestnut, astringent chestnut skin, and melt-in-the-mouth mont blanc cream.
Matcha Parfait Bar – Strawberry
Strawberry lovers will delight in the handmade strawberry sauce and strawberry meringue of this bar. The meringue elevates the sumptuous flavours of the parfait even more, including the fresh strawberry, raspberry and blueberry toppings which provide a sweet and sour kick.
Which of these Matcha Parfait Bars do you want to try the most?
Matcha Parfait Bars
Released: July 10, 2019 (On August 7, 2019 at the Gion Shijo branch)
Matcha Parfait Bar – Matcha: ¥540 (Tax Included)
Matcha Parfait Bar – Sakura (Cherry Blossom): ¥590 (Tax Included)
Matcha Parfait Bar – Tropical: ¥590 (Tax Included)
Matcha Parfait Bar – Mont Blanc: ¥590 (Tax Included)
Matcha Parfait Bar – Strawberry: ¥640 (Tax Included)
Participating Branches: Uji Honten, JR Uji Station, Gion Shijo, Byodoin, Kyoto Station, and online shop
Online Shop Product Page: https://www.itohkyuemon.co.jp/site/parfait-bar/index.html
Visiting Shibuya’s Candy Apple Store | Food Review
Hello everyone! This is Midori from MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON.
Candy apples are the staple food of summer festivals. A crunchy candy coating and a sweet, fruity apple is such a divine combination. It can be quite difficult to find candy apples outside of festivals. That’s where Candy Apple steps in. This is a brand new shop on the block that specialises in candy apples!
This is located just a five-minute walk from Shibuya Station’s west exit. If you check out their saved Instagram story, you probably won’t get lost. During the weekdays and on Saturdays, this is an Italian restaurant called Buonappetito. On Sundays, when the restaurant is closed, it transforms into a candy apple shop.
The shop interior is gorgeous.
I ordered the plain apple without wasting any time. This is much larger than what you would usually get at a festival. Although these are usually eaten by immediately sinking your teeth in and biting out a big chunk, you can cut your apple here and enjoy it at your own pace.
After taking your first bite, you will realise just how different this is to your normal candy apple. The apple is coated in a thin layer of candy, creating a delicious crunch. The apple is fresh, juicy and sweet. Some candy apples are made with mushy apples that are not fresh, however these apples are extremely fresh and delicious right to the last bite.
These candy apples are full of a variety of flavours.
Cinnamon Sugar: ¥600
The apple with the dusting of beige-coloured powder is cinnamon-flavoured. The sweet cinnamon scent spreads everywhere as soon as you set it on the table. The sweet flavour of the apple and the fragrant cinnamon is a match made in heaven.
The apple covered in the brown powder is cocoa-flavoured. The slightly bitter flavour of the chocolate is a perfect match for the sweet apple. The colour contrast between the brown chocolate and white apple is also beautiful. ♪
The apple with the green powder is matcha as you may have already guessed! The flavouring of the Uji matcha used for this apple was carefully balanced to maximise the flavour when combined with the apple. After you take your first bite, you just won’t be able to stop.
Blueberry Yoghurt: ¥600
The bright white dusting on this blueberry yoghurt-flavoured apple is beautiful. The blueberry scent is mild and is perfect with the yoghurt.
Black Cocoa: ¥600
The pitch black colour of the Black Cocoa Candy Apple is very appetizing. The black cocoa is even more bitter than the cocoa apple, which really brings out the flavour of the sweet apple even more.
You can even get chocolate fondue for your candy apple (¥400). By adding the fairly bitter chocolate to your candy apple, you can enjoy three different kinds of sweetness when it mixes with the chocolate, candy and the apple.
You can even order your candy apple to go, making it the perfect summer souvenir. Taking it home to enjoy is also another wonderful way to make the most of your experience.
This candy apple shop is only open on Sundays, but you can order to take away on other days.
This is a flavour that a festival candy apple will never be capable of offering. You can tuck into your apple inside the beautiful shop, or take it home to enjoy at home at your own pace.
Address: Nomura Building 1st floor, 7-12, Sakuragaocho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Open every week on Sundays only)
*Only the Italian restaurant Buonappetito is open on weekdays.
This Summer, Try These Luxurious Kyoto-Limited Uji Matcha Pancakes
25.July.2019 | FOOD
Eggs ’n Things, Shijo Street, Kyoto will be selling luxurious Uji matcha pancakes from August 1, 2019.
Eggs ‘n Things Shijo Street first launched their delicious uji matcha pancakes back in February 2017. The pancakes quickly became a big hit among the locals as well as the tourists, appealing to visitors who wanted to discover more about Kyoto. This summer, Eggs ‘n Things is packing their Kyoto-limited pancakes with even more Kyoto goodness.
These pancakes are luxuriously covered with rich matcha custard cream and garnished with rice flour dumplings, adzuki bean paste, chestnuts and a mini monaka wafer cake. Matcha is even kneaded into the pancake dough, maximising its mellow flavour. If you visit Kyoto, be sure to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of matcha ordering these matcha pancakes at Eggs ‘n Things Shijo Street, Kyoto.
Kyoto-limited Uji Matcha Pancakes
Price: ￥1,580 (before tax)
Limited sale period start date: August 1, 2019
Restaurant: Eggs ’n Things Shijo Street, Kyoto
Eggs ’n Things Shijo Street, Kyoto
Address: 47-4, Motoakuojicho, Higashinoroindori Shijo Sagaru, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 9:00 ー 22:00 (last orders: 21:00)
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)
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.
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*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/
Delicious Matcha Desserts Released at Itohkyuemon Gion Shijo in Kyoto
Kyoto-based green tea company Itohkyuemon has been around since the end of the Edo period, its longevity having established itself has a hugely popular store. The company have just announced that they will open their first ever tea house extension in Kyoto called Itohkyuemon Gion Shijo on August 7.
The cafe will serve up its own exclusive menu items from desserts to meals.
(Left) Gion Parfait – ¥1,480 / (Right) Sweets Plate – ¥1,680
The Gion Parfait is made with high-quality Uji matcha, something Itohkyumon is renowned for. It’s served in a large parfait class bigger than their usual matcha parfait and is stacked sumptuously with chestnuts, tamba black beans, chocolate, a slice of Uji matcha roll cake, and more.
If you love Japanese tea then you’ll adore the Sweets Plate which is filled with an assortment of matcha and houjicha sweets.
Matcha Curry Udon: ¥980
The Matcha Curry Udon, which was previously sold only at the JR Uji Station branch of Itohkyuemon, will now be served at the new establishment. This Itohkyuemon-original dish is a combination of chewy matcha udon noodles and white broth matcha curry. The curry is also served as a souvenir; when it was first released in 2014 it sold out its stock of 2,000 in just two days. Experience matcha like never before when visiting Kyoto at Itohkyuemon Gion Shijo.
Itohkyuemon Gion Shijo
Address: 586 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto (Japanese Address: 京都市東山区四条通大和大路東南角祇園町南側586 井澤南ビル)
Business Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
No Fixed Holidays (Except New Year’s)
Price: ¥1,480 (Tax Included)
Price: ¥1,680 (Tax Included)
as Drink Set: ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
Matcha Curry Udon
Price: ¥980 (Tax Included)
as Rice Set: ¥1,240 (Tax Included)
as Rice & Mini Parfait Set: ¥1,580 (Tax Included)
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)
Mogu Mogu Nippon | Convenience Store: 3 Seven Eleven Matcha Desserts
If you are wondering what Japan is particularly good at, matcha desserts is definitely one of them. However, you don’t have to go to a shop that specialises in matcha sweets to get your fill. Matcha desserts can be easily obtained from the convenience store and once you start, it is hard to stop.
Today, Instagrammer Yukko is going to introduce you to three delicious matcha desserts that you can get from Seven Eleven.
Dorayaki Pancakes Filled With Matcha Cream ￥278 (before tax)
Seven Eleven is always selling some kind of delicious matcha cream-filled dorayaki. This time, the name has been changed slightly. This dorayaki is just ￥3 more expensive than last time, however it looks just as good as it always has. You just will not be able to resist buying it.
As you take your first bite of this high-quality snack, the scent of the matcha will reach you first, followed by the flavour of the matcha which spreads instantly through your mouth. The matcha is rich yet so light that it will instantly melt on your tongue. The pancakes sandwiching the large creamy matcha filling are both fluffy and thick. Cut it in half and you will not be able to resist.
This is a wonderful snack to sink your teeth into while you walk. If you want to keep your hands clean, you could even use a spoon to scoop out the filling. Enjoy it in your own unique way as it is tasty no matter how you choose to enjoy it!
Matcha and Matcha Parfait ￥278
As the name implies, this matcha parfait is the perfect opportunity to taste a variety of matcha flavours in one single tub. From the bottom, the cup is filled with matcha jelly, followed by matcha mousse, milk mousse and matcha whipped cream. Within the layers of matcha whipped cream you will discover a goldmine of matcha jelly and a dorayaki pancake core.
The matcha flavour of the jelly is quite weak, however its wobbly and springy texture contributes to the deliciousness of the parfait. The moderately sweet whipped cream combined with the matcha flavour is perfectly balanced. The milk mousse has a rich, milky flavour. It may be sweet, however the matcha mousse underneath it is slightly bitter, so enjoy them together for a delicious overall flavour.
The fluffy matcha mousse and rich matcha is unbelievably delicious. The dorayaki centre is soft, fluffy and thick which accents the flavour. Overall, the parfait is not overpoweringly sweet and the matcha flavour is gentle on your tongue.
Uji Matcha Cream Mochi: ￥110 (before tax )
Uji Matcha Cream Mochi is a soft, thin and chewy dough that is rolled out thin and then wrapped around a large spoon of uji matcha cream. This is always a popular pick. Last time, they served the uji matcha chocolate mochi. I wonder how the Uji Matcha Cream Mochi will taste!
This time, the mochi has a slightly more springy texture. The outside is chewy, yet the inside is gooey. This mochi cake is bursting with matcha so you can really enjoy the matcha flavour. The bitter matcha flavour is perfectly balanced with a touch of sweetness. This dessert even come with a fork so that you don’t have to get your hands dirty.
I know, it is hard to choose which matcha dessert to try. Convenience stores are always refreshing the varieties of goods they sell, so if you are particularly attracted to any of the desserts mentioned above, it is probably best to try them before they are replaced.
Mogu Mogu Yukko introduces lots of desserts and sweets that are easily found in convenience stores and supermarkets on her Instagram so please check out her other posts:
Photos and Text: Mogu Mogu Yukko
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