Pikachu & Poké Ball Doughnuts Released by Mister Donuts
Mister Donuts joined hands with the upcoming video games Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! on October 12 for an ongoing 5-month collaboration where they are released a range of products and merchandise. Two new Pokémon themed doughnuts are hitting the popular doughnut chain on November 16.
Pikachu Doughnuts: ¥216 (Tax Included)
These cute Pikachu doughnuts have a fluffy dough texture and are coated in banana flavoured chocolate. The black ears, red cheeks and black and white eyes are also made of chocolate.
Poké Ball Doughnuts: ¥216 (Tax Included)
The top half of these fluffy-textured doughnuts are coated with a strawberry glaze while the bottom half is made from white chocolate. It looks just like a Poké Ball!
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! will be released worldwide on November 16, so be sure to pick up some Pokémon themed treats to enjoy while you play!
Poké Ball Doughnuts
Running: November 16, 2018 to Late December 2018販
Available: At most Mister Donut branches across Japan
©2018 Pokémon. ©1995-2018 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Premium Matcha Doughnuts & Drinks On Sale at Mister Donut in Japan
Mister Donut is releasing limited quantities of 9 premium matcha products in cooperation with Uji tea shop Gion Tsujiri for a limited period starting from April 6th.
The keyword of this series is “deep matcha” and all items in it are a perfect combination of doughnuts and matcha.
Matcha Sweets Premium (*All prices include tax)
Brown Sugar Doughnut – Uji Matcha Rice Flour Dumpling (¥194)
The doughnut dough is made with brown sugar and contains adzuki beans, a rice flour dumpling, and Uji matcha from Gion Tsujiri. The top is sprinkled with sugar.
Brown Sugar Doughnut – Uji Matcha Warabimochi (¥194)
The dough of this doughnut is also made with brown sugar. The centre is filled with a brown sugar syrup jelly, warabimochi, and Uji matcha from Gion Tsujiri. Like the previous doughnut, it’s topped with sugar.
Doughnut Cream – Uji Matcha Brown Sugar Syrup (¥183)
This chewy and fluffy doughnut is like a sandwich, filled with brown sugar syrup jelly and whipped cream made from Gion Tsujiri’s Uji matcha. It’s also coated with soy flour chocolate.
Doughnut Cream – Uji Matcha Adzuki (¥183)
Another fluffy and chewy sandwich-like doughnut, layered with adzuki beans and whipped cream! It’s coated with matcha chocolate using Uji matcha from Gion Tsujiri.
Pon de Double Uji Matcha (¥151)
This classic ‘Pon de Ring’ doughnut is made and coated with with Gion Tsujiri’s rich Uji matcha.
Pon de Uji Matcha Kinako (¥151)
Another ‘Pon de Ring’ Made from Gion Tsujiri’s Uji matcha, this time coated with soy flour chocolate. It has a traditional Japanese flavour to it.
Uji Matcha Whipped Cream (¥151)
This fluffy doughnut is stuffed with Uji matcha whipped cream and coated with Uji matcha chocolate. It also has some soy chocolate for accent.
- Uji Matcha Au Lait (¥302)
- Uji Matcha Au Lait Whipped Cream (¥356)
Mister Donut is also serving two beverages made with Uji matcha from Gion Tsujiri. The balance between the matcha and milk is spot on – you can taste both the fragrance of the matcha and richness of the milk.
Head to a Mister Donut branch near you in Japan and tuck into their premium matcha doughnut collection!
Pikachu & Eevee Themed Pokémon Cafés to Open in Ikebukuro, Osaka Nagoya, Sapporo & Fukuoka
PARCO are opening five Pokémon themed cafés from October 27 at five The Guest Café & Diner branches across Japan in collaboration with the upcoming Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! games set to release worldwide on the Nintendo Switch on November 16, 2018.
Pikachu Doria / Eevee Doria: ¥1,290 Each
These two cute Pikachu and Eevee dishes are designed to look like Poké Balls. Mix the two sauces to create a doria! Who will you pick as your Pokémon partner?
Dragonite’s Hyper Beam Ramen: ¥1,390
This satisfying salt ramen bowl is topped with shrimp fritters. Mix with your TM Hyper Beam themed condiments for maximum deliciousness.
Pewter City Gym Beef Stew w/ Boulder Badge Sticker: ¥1,690
The ingredients on this plate of beef stew recreate Brock’s rocky gym in Pewter City.
Pikachu Pudding / Eevee Pudding: ¥1,390 Each
Pikachu and Eevee are all dressed up for these two puddings: Pikachu has a smart bow-tie on while Eevee is looking cute with flowery hair decorations. Both come coupled with a selection of fruits. It’s too hard to pick…
Sleeping Snorlax’s Glass Parfait: ¥1,290
This parfait is made with ice cream, mousse and mango purin. You’d better eat it quick before Snorlax wakes up!
Pikachu Iced Latte / Eevee Iced Latte: ¥890 Each
Check out those hairstyles! What’s the occasion…?
Customers will be gifted a paper luncheon mat of the Kanto region with original artwork when they arrive at the café. There will be a merchandise shop too decked out with acrylic key rings, pin badges, smartphone cases and more – also all with original artwork.
Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee Café produced by THE GUEST cafe & diner
Sapporo PARCO (Floor 4F)
Running: October 27, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Weekdays 10:00-20:00 (Food Last Orders 19:00 / Drinks Last Orders 19:30)
Weekends (Food Last Orders 19:30 / Drinks Last Orders 20:00)
*Closed 18:00 on December 25 (Food Last Orders 17:00 / Drinks Last Orders 17:30)
Fukuoka PARCO (Floor 5F)
Running: November 2, 2018 – December 17, 2018
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30 (Food Last Orders 19:30 / Drinks Last Orders 20:00)
Ikebukuro PARCO (Floor 7F)
Running: November 9, 2018 – January 7, 2019
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Food Last Orders 21:00 / Drinks Last Orders 21:30)
Shinsaibashi 161, Osaka (Floor 2F)
Running: November 16, 2018 – January 29, 2019
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)
Nagoya PARCO West Building (Floor 8F)
Running: November 16, 2018 – January 14, 2019
[Cafe] 10:00-21:30 (Food Last Orders 20:30 / Drinks Last Orders 21:00)
[Merchandise Shop] 10:00-21:00
THE GUEST cafe & diner Official Website: http://the-guest.com
Pokémon: Let’s Go Official Website: https://www.pokemon.co.jp/ex/pika_vee/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Pikachu Pumpkin Purin
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
In this recipe you’ll learn how to to easily make a Pikachu Pumpkin Purin using a blender!
200g pumpkin (Skin removed, mashed soft)
125ml fresh cream (Substitute with milk if you don’t have fresh cream)
30g-40g sugar (Adjust according to the sweetness of the pumpkin)
5g-7g gelatin (Soak in advance)
Blend the pumpkin, sugar, milk and fresh cream together. Add the soaked gelatin and blend again.
☆After soaking the gelatin, heat gently in the microwave and melt completely.
①Draw a face on the glass with melted chocolate.
②Make ears, eyes and cheeks with coloured modelling chocolate. Make the ears by adding melted chocolate to the tips.
③Paste the parts in step ② on the inside of the glass. Affix well making sure not to let air in. Once attached, cool in the refrigerator until the parts have fully solidified.
④Once the parts in step ③ have cooled, pour in your pumpkin purin liquid from earlier.
Place into the refrigerator. Once it has set, add fresh cream and the ears and you’re done!
Pokémon Postboxes Arrive in Yokohama For a Whole Year
Japan Post Service has teamed up with Pokémon to set up three postboxes with Pikachu, Eevee, and Piplup designs in Yokohama. They first opened on July 7, 2021 and will be available until June 30, 2022.
Yokohama is no stranger to Pokémon as it is the city that hosts the annual Pikachu Outbreak event, one which is set to return this year from August 7-13. It is also one of the cities taking part in the Poké Lid project to place Pokémon manhole covers across Japan.
And if you post your letter in the postbox pictured below, located in Yokohama Port Post Office, your envelope will be stamped with a special Pokémon stamp.
Locations: 2 at Yokohama City Hall / 1 at Yokohama Sakuragi Post Office
Running: July 7, 2021 – June 30, 2022
Pokémon Stamp Post Service
Location: Yokohama Port Post Office
Running: July 7, 2021 – June 30, 2022
POKÉMON COLORS Exhibition Opens at Matsuya Ginza
Matsuya Ginza opened its POKÉMON COLORS exhibition on July 22 which is set to run until August 11. The event is a kaleidoscope of bright colours and shapes of Pokémon and Pokémon motifs, with four activities and one installation to enjoy, as well as 160 original pieces of merchandise for fans to buy.
Art Deli Key Visual | ¥4,400
Pikachu Design Pouches – Assorted Pokémon Design Pouches | Small: ¥1,650 Each, Large ¥3,300 Each
Get your hands on a range of vivid and stylish Pokémon items, take photos at the many different photo spots dotted around the event, and learn the latest news about the Pokémon franchise.
Indigo dye art piece
Dangling from the first floor atrium is a 20-meter Pokémon art piece made by the dye group BUAISOU who used the traditional Japanese art of indigo dyeing to create it.
©2021 Pokémon. ©1995-2021 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Running: July 22, 2021 – August 11, 2021
Location: Matsuya Ginza – Floor 8F
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://pokemon-colors.com/
Jambuka Pancakes Get Tossed and Loaded With Fresh Cream and Fruits in Osaka
21.July.2021 | FOOD
Jambuka Abeno Q’s Mall is the only place in Osaka where locals can enjoy the incredible pancakes created by the fresh cream desserts specialist shop MILK. This summer, they are now serving a new seasonal treat: the ‘Sweet Summer Mikan & Lemon Pancakes.’
Sweet Summer Mikan & Lemon Pancakes | ¥1,089 (Tax Included)
Fresh Cream Milk Pancakes | ¥858 (Tax Included)
Fresh Cream Strawberry Milk Pancakes | ¥1,089 (Tax Included)
Fresh Cream Chocolate Banana Milk Pancakes | ¥979 (Tax Included)
All pancakes are made-to-order and are covered in a rich, creamy sauce made from fresh cream from Hokkaido. Enjoy them plain or topped with fresh fruit.
Sweet Summer Mikan & Lemon Pancakes
Running: July 15, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Location: Jambuka Abeno Q’s Mall
Address: Abeno Q’s Mall Floor 4F, 1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka, 545-0052, Japan
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jambuka_abeno/
Milkshake Shaved Ice and Milk Frozen Desserts Served Up at Motosue in Hyogo
20.July.2021 | FOOD
The new Motosue Hanare has opened next to Motosue Kurakuen in Hyogo where they are selling a range of desserts including the Milkshake Shaved Ice and Milk Frozen.
Milkshake Shaved Ice Pudding | ¥1,290 (Tax Included)
Milkshake Shaved Ice Sweet Potato | ¥1,350 (Tax Included)
Milkshake Shaved Ice Matcha Adzuki | ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Milk Frozen Chocolate Banana | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Milk Frozen Strawberry | ¥720 (Tax Included)
Eggy Bread | ¥750 (Tax Included)
Using milkshake as the base ingredients, the shave ice line-up gets its super fluffy texture from free range eggs. There are three flavours to enjoy, such as the pudding one which is topped with a whole Japanese pudding, adding a smooth and velvety texture to the fluffy shaved ice. Each is a perfect pick for cooling down during the summer season.
The ‘Milk Frozen’ desserts use frozen milk for the base and are topped with fruit. Each is made carefully handmade one by one, and they are even more refreshing than the shave ices. The eggy breads also come in a range of flavours including plain and custard.
Japanese Shop Name: 本巣ヱ 離れ
Address: 1-28 Kikutanichō, Nishinomiya, Hyogo 662-0078, Japan
Access: 3-minutes from Kurakuenguchi Station
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
Closed: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month
Official Website: https://supertamago.com/
Official Pokémon Baby Brand monpoké Unveils Autumn/Winter 2021 Lookbook
Pokémon’s official baby brand monpoké revealed their 2021 AUTUMN/WINTER LOOKBOOK’ on their official website. First launched in July 2019, this month sees the release of some special new items, including the brand’s first Eevee designs, in celebration of its 2nd anniversary.
2nd Anniversary Line-Up
Introducing the “monpoké Collection” by Asics, a Pikachu themed line-up that comes part of their children’s shoe series SUKU². Pre-sales for the footwear opened on Asics’ online store on July 8 with general sales set to roll out on July 17 at Asics Kids Ginza, Asics Kids Grand Front Osaka, select Asics Walking branches, select shoe shops, and elsewhere in Japan.
Plus2do, an organic cotton clothing brand, has released a new line of haramaki with cute embroidery that are great for babies who get cold tummies. Made from high quality organic cotton, the haramaki are all carefully crafted by artisans, and will roll out at Plus2do and elsewhere from July 29.
Inujirushi Honpo is offering a range of apparel and gifts for babies aged from birth to 12 months such as an apron suit, birth preparation set, maternity notebook case, and more. They will be released at department stores, including Takashimaya Osaka Store from July 14-20 and at Takashimaya Yokohama Store from July 21-August 3.
Takihiyo is releasing a line-up of clothing items for children aged 1-3 such as caps, outerwear, pants, pouches, and more at specialist stores from July 29.
Other items will also enter the collection in August such as Eevee plush toys from Sekiguchi, wooden rattles from Kawada, and more.
More details on the product will be released on the official Pokémon Japan homepage and Twitter in the lead up the releases.
©2021 Pokémon. ©1995-2021 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
monpoké 2021 AUTUMN/WINTER LOOKBOOK
monpoké Official Website: https://monpoke.jp/
McDonald’s Japan Releases Strawberry and Banana Frappes at McCafe by Barista®
15.July.2021 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan released its new Strawberry & Condensed Milk Frappe and Banana Caramel Frappe beverages at McCafe by Barista® branches up and down the country on July 14. The fruity frappes and the perfect choice for the hot summer season.
Strawberry & Condensed Milk Frappe | Regular: ¥490
The strawberry frappe is made with a sweet and tangy strawberry sauce that has fresh strawberry pieces in it as well as juice taken from amaou strawberries grown in Fukuoka which are known for their fresh and sweet taste. Added to the cup is rich condensed milk along with a squirt of whipped cream for a milky and velvety finish.
Banana Caramel Frappe | Regular: ¥490
The banana frappe is filled with a banana puree sauce, banana syrup, and a crème brûlée syrup. It’s topped with smooth whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. The banana and caramel make for a delicious combination.
Strawberry & Condensed Milk Frappe / Banana Caramel Frappe
Released: July 14, 2021
Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/campaign/banana-strawberry-frappe/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make a Rilakkuma Banana Cake
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make a delicious banana cake that is tasty even if refrigerated!
Makes a 18cm pound cake
2 ripe bananas
100g unsalted butter
50g granulated sugar
100g weak flour
Bring the butter to room temperature and mix it with the sugar until it becomes white. I used unsalted margarine for this.
Gradually add both the egg whites and yolks and pour slowly into the mixture while mixing. Mash the banana with a fork, add to the bowl, and mix.
Sieve in the flour and mix lightly.
Bake at 160℃ for 40-45 minutes and it’s ready! I used a 15cm pound cake tin and muffin tin to make mine. If using a muffin tin, bake for 30 minutes.
Leave to cool and use the edge of the pound cake tin to cut ears. Finish by using a chocolate pen to draw on Rilakkuma’s face.
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Japan’s Poké Lid Project Lays Down Seven New Manhole Covers in Hokkaido
Seven new Pokémon manhole covers were laid in Hokkaido on July 7 as part of the Poké Lid project to place Pokémon-design manhole covers across the country. The new designs include Alola Vulpix, Togekiss, Bewear, Ditto, Combusken, and more, which were placed in Hakodate, Otaru, Nemuro, Noboribetsu, Hombetsu, Rikubetsu, and Nakashibetsu.
Hokkaido is now home to 26 Poké Lids
All of the Poké Lids placed across Japan feature completely original Pokémon designs making each individual one the only one in the world. The Pokémon Company is also working to make each one of them PokéStops for Pokémon GO.
Appointed in November 2018 as the leader and deputy leader of the “Hokkaido Aficionado Expedition,” Alolan Vulpix and Vulpix have been promoting Hokkaido in their respective capacities. Alolan Vulpix is known as the Fox Pokémon and thrives in snow mountains. It was chosen to promote Hokkaido, one of Japan’s snowiest regions.
©2021 Pokémon. ©1995-2021 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Official Website: https://local.pokemon.jp/en/manhole/
Toy Story Inspired Ice Cream Cakes Release at Baskin-Robbins Japan
13.July.2021 | FOOD
Baskin Robbins released a new collection of ice cream cakes inspired by the characters from the Pixar film Toy Story. There are 15 delicious flavours to enjoy, so let’s take a look.
Popping Candy / Chocolate Chips / Strawberry / White Sponge
Love Potion / Chocolate / Chocolate Sponge
Matcha Cookie / Vanilla / Chocolate Sponge
Ducky & Bunny
Very Berry Strawberry / Chocolate Chips / White Sponge
Dark Chocolate / Chocolate Bits / Milk Chocolate / Chocolate Sponge
Little Green Men
Popping Candy / Melon / White Sponge
Strawberry Cheesecake / Strawberry / White Sponge
Caramel Ribbon / Chopped Chocolate / Chocolate Sponge
The ice cream cakes include designs based on everyone’s favourite toys such as Woody and Buzz, as well as their new friends Forky, Ducky, and Bunny.
Baskin-Robbins Japan’s Toy Story/Palette 8
Released: July 9, 2021 (Available all year)
Price: ¥4,200 (Tax Included)
*Price different by branch
Size: 18.5cm x 5cm
Baskin-Robbins Japan Official Website: https://www.31ice.co.jp/
Mister Donut x BAKE Release Crispy Cream Puffs
12.July.2021 | FOOD
BAKE CHEESE TART has teamed up with Mister Donut to release CROQUANTCHOU ZAKUZAKU, a crispy cream puff by BAKE CHEESE TART’s sister company of the same name. They are being served from July 2 to August 1.
CROQUANTCHOU ZAKUZAKU is a crispy cream puff with a custard cream filling made from Hokkaido milk. It was first produced in Hokkaido. They are stick shaped and covered in almond crunch and ‘ZAKUZAKU,’ a coating combination of egg white and sugar.
Don’t miss the chance to enjoy both BAKE CHEESE TART and CROQUANTCHOU ZAKUZAKU’s tasty treats at the same time.
Price: ¥250 Each (Tax Included)
Serving: July 2, 2021 – August 1, 2021 (Fridays, Weekends, Public Holidays Only)
Where: 17 branches of BAKE CHEESE TART in Japan
*Available while supplies last
More Details: https://cheesetart.com/news/zaku2021/
Lotte’s Craft Sake Chocolate brand YOIYO Releases Yakushima Flavour
12.July.2021 | FOOD
YOIYO is a chocolate brand created by confectionery company that fuses chocolate with sake. Online pre-orders for its second release opened on June 6, and it’s scheduled to release on June 13. This chocolate is made with Single Malt Komagatake Yakushima Aging, a whisky made at the Shinshu Mars Distillery in Miyada, Nagano.
YOIYO YAKUSHIMA NEW
限定TASING SET KOMAGATAKE×YAKUSHIMA
YOIYO uses specially-selected sake from across Japan and infuses it with the brand’s own smooth and tasty milk chocolate. One bites makes it feel as if you have visited the region in which the sake is produced thanks to the combination of pure water, ingredients rooted in the land, and the use of traditional techniques. The brand’s name YOIYO is Japanese for ‘good evening’ as Lotte wants people to enjoy indulging in the chocolate at dusk or after dinner.
Single Malt Komagatake Yakushima Aging is a whisky that is aged for 5+ years, and Lotte picks only from the best barrels. A bite into the chocolate first invites the full flavour of the whisky before the sweet and rich beckon of the chocolate arrives.
Lotte is also releasing a limited-edition tasting set which includes a bar of their first YOIYO release so chocoholic and sake-lovers out there can enjoy taste testing both.
Vegetable Shaved Ice Arrives On Honjitsuno’s Menu For Summer
Honjitsuno is a cafe based in Takeyacho, Kyoto, which introduced its new vegetable shaved ice desserts to the menu on July 1. Every month will see a different vegetable used.
Strawberry & Fruit Tomato | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
Made with strawberry sauce, fruit tomato jam, and milk pudding. Hidden inside is soft cheesecake.
Peach & Corn | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
Made with peach sauce, sweetcorn, custard cream, and caramel sauce. You can really taste the original sweet taste of the corn.
Matcha & Edamame | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
Made with Mashed green soybeans, seaweed salted red bean paste, mango, and matcha sauce.
All of the sauces and jams are homemade. Combining vegetables with fruits on shaved ice creates a whole new delicious eating experience.
Address: 371 Sashimonoyachō, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-0095, Japan
Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00 (Currently operating on reduced hours)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: http://www.bread-espresso.jp/