7 Christmas Desserts From Japan to Enjoy This Year♡

14.November.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

Christmas is fast approaching, which in Japan means that lots of festive cakes, drinks and other delectables are starting to pop up for the holiday season.

 

Here’s our 7 recommendations to check out for Christmas 2018.

Christmas Fair 2018 Tokyo Xmastation

Christmas has arrived early at Tokyo Station’s Gransta and Gransta Marunouchi malls with Christmas Fair 2018 Tokyo Xmastation which is running until December 25. They are selling a range of delicious Christmas cakes including one made in the image of the Tokyo Station building, another inspired by the Suica IC card penguin and much more. They are all a must-see♡

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/141020

 

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Christmas Fair 2018 Tokyo Xmastation

Location: Gransta (inside ticket gates) and Gransta Marunouchi (outside ticket gates)

Running: November 12, 2018 – December 25, 2018

Website: http://www.net-ekinaka.com/shop/r/r101003/

©Chiharu Sakazaki/ East Japan Railway Company /DENTSU Suica by East Japan Railway Company

*Suica is a registered trademark of East Japan Railway Company.

 

Afternoon Tea – “Strawberry Christmas Cake Parfait”

Afternoon Tea is set to release a string of new desserts for Christmas, beginning with the two apple desserts based on the apple Christmas tree ornaments which were released on November 6. This will be followed by a Strawberry flavoured “Christmas cake parfait” that is layered strawberries, pistachio cream, strawberry jam, chocolate sponge and berries. It’s also mixed with a cream cheese gelato and elderflower jelly and is said to go perfectly with black tea!

 

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Afternoon Tea

・Apple Sweet Potato Pudding a la Mode

Available: November 6, 2018 – December 25, 2018

・Afternoon Tea Apple Pie Parfait

Available: November 6, 2018 – November 28, 2018

・Strawberry Christmas Cake Parfait

Available: November 29, 2018 – December 25, 2018

Available at most Afternoon Tea TEAROOM branches. Prices vary at each branch. Limited quantity available of each so will discontinue once all have sold.

Afternoon Tea Official Website: https://www.afternoon-tea.net/tearoom

 

Grand Hyatt Tokyo – 2018 Christmas Cakes

The luxury Grand Hyatt Tokyo hotel is now selling a line-up of exquisite Christmas cakes for a limited period. The menu features 9 cakes including 4 new entries to this year’s range. The ‘Sparkle’ cake features an extravagantly adorned cake with a scrumptious row of eclairs on top that have been sprinkled with sparkly decorations. The ‘Crystal Fruits Shortcake’ has a beautifully and intricately crafted dome inside which sit jewels of colourful fruits. There’s plenty more mouth-watering delectables where that came from too, so check the link below.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/139223

 

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Sparkle with Joy

Reservation Windows

In-Store/Telephone: November 1, 2018 – December 16, 2018

Online: November 1, 2018 – December 17, 2018 at 11:00am

 

How to Order

Reservation Number: 0570-012-025 (9:00am-10:00pm)

Fiorentina Pastry Boutique: 03-4333-8713 (9:00am-10:00pm)

Online: www.tokyo.grand.hyatt.co.jp/christmascake-JP

 

Pick-Up Window: December 20, 2018 – December 25, 2018 (11:00am-9:00pm)

 

Fiorentina Pastry Boutique

Address: Grand Hyatt Tokyo (1st Floor Lobby), 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 9:00am-10:00pm (Cakes & Tarts available 10:00am-10:00pm)

TEL: 03-4333-8713

Grand Hyatt Tokyo Website: https://www.hyatt.com/ja-JP/hotel/japan/grand-hyatt-tokyo/tyogh

Harajuku & Umeda Pompompurin Café Christmas Menu

The Harajuku and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Café are celebrating Christmas with a Pompompurin and Muffin character themed menu that is being served all the way up to Christmas Day. The menu items featured extravagant names such as “I’ll Give You a Present ♪ Fluffy Snow Cream Stew,” a cream strew topped with potato potage and fresh whipped cream that’s uneven to make it look like white snow with Purin Claus and his little reindeer helper Muffin are handing out presents atop their Christmas sleigh. There’s exclusive merchandise to get your hands on too.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/137629

 

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Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku

Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)

Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station

TEL: 03-5786-0770

 

Pompompurin Cafe Umeda
Address: Hankyu Sanbangai South Wing B2F, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Access: 3-minutes from Osaka Station via JR
TEL: 06-6292-7140

 

Pompompurin Cafe Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com

(c)1996, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S592650

 

Starbucks Christmas Beverages

The Starbucks holiday season began on November 1. The first line of Christmas drinks hitting the coffee chain this year 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.

 

Be sure to check out the other Christmas treats you can enjoy at Starbucks this year too.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/137601

 

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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

 

Krispy Kreme Christmas Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme released five Christmas themed doughnuts in Japan on November 14: Santa, Reindeer, Snowman, Milk Tea Box and Sprinkle Wreath. The Santa and Reindeer doughnuts take on a cute square shape as does the Milk Tea Box which is made to look like a Christmas present. These make for a perfect gift to hand out♡

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/135400

 

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Holly Jolly Holiday

Release Date: November 14, 2018

Website: http://krispykreme.jp/app/

 

Hilton Tokyo Odaiba – “Girls’ Sweets Coffret Christmas Buffet”

Hilton Tokyo Odaiba brings a Christmas buffet this year called the “Girls’ Sweets Coffret.” It’s inspired by the “Christmas Coffret” cosmetic sets that are sold during the Christmas season only which tickle the hearts of girls across Japan. The buffet is overlooked by a bright pink Christmas tree under which are all presents a girl could hope for including a dress, jewel box, flowers and more―all edible. A cute Santa Claus, reindeer and snowmen also decorate the table in all their delicious dessert glory. The colour palette is girly but stylish, with pink as the main colour and blacks and whites everywhere else. An absolute must-post on Instagram!

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/134994

 

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Girls’ Sweets Coffret Christmas Dessert Buffet

Address: Hilton Tokyo Odaiba, 1-9-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Location: Seascape Terrace・Dining (Floor 2F)
Running: November 1, 2018 – December 28, 2018
Time: Slot 1 – 15:00-16:30 (90 minutes) / Slot 2 – 16:45-17:30 (Express Buffet – 45 minutes)

Price

Slot 1 – Weekdays: General ¥3,500, Children ¥2,100 / Weekends: General ¥3,900, Children ¥2,340

Slot 2 – Weekdays: General ¥2,400, Children ¥1,440 / Weekends: General ¥2,800, Children ¥1,680

*Listed prices do not include tax or service charge.

*Children prices are for those aged between 6-11 years.

 

Website: https://www.hiltonodaiba.jp/plans/restaurants/5263

 

Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in Japan this year be sure to eat all of the Christmas goodies you can find.

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    Chun Shui Tang, the Taiwanese tea shop credited with inventing tapioca milk tea, is releasing two new drinks at all their Japanese branches this winter. The Tapioca White Chocolate Milk Tea and Tapioca Matcha White Chocolate will be released on November 12.

    Tapioca White Chocolate Milk Tea: ¥600

    The Tapioca White Chocolate Milk Tea takes Chun Shui Tang’s traditional tapioca milk tea and adds white chocolate to it to make an even richer, milkier and subtly sweet beverage.

    Tapioca Matcha White Chocolate: ¥650

    Tapioca Matcha White Chocolate is a harmonious mix of bitter matcha and creamy white chocolate topped with whipped cream that elevates the flavour of the chocolate.

    The shop are also bringing back the Tapioca Ginger Milk Tea (¥550) for winter. Customers can also order an affordable Taiwanese noodle set meaning you can enjoy both lunchtime and teatime!

     

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  • Pikachu & Poké Ball Doughnuts Released by Mister Donuts

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    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!

     

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    Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo will begin serving its new citrus fruit-packed Yuzu Lemon Afternoon Tea on November 1 at the Le Jardin, the hotel’s lobby lounge which offers a view of the beautiful garden.

     

    You’ll see yuzu and lemons throughout the year, but it is said that winter is the best season to enjoy them. Both lemons and yuzu are said to have a relaxation effect, and so Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo will beckon guests through its cosy doors with the afternoon tea set’s refreshing citrus fragrance, inviting them to an early wonderful winter at the beginning of November.

    The set includes an assortment of sweets including a yuzu and lemon flavoured savarin, a lemon cheesecake that squeezes out all the juicy nectar of the citrus fruit, and more. The lemons and yuzu are the citrus kingpins of this afternoon tea.

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    Dig into one of these delicious Marron Chantilly desserts surrounded by the luxurious atmosphere of Tokyo Kaikan. 

  • 5 Must-Try Desserts On Fukuoka’s Beach-Lined City Of Itoshima

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    OYATSU-STAND in Nishi-ku
    Left: Tapioca Milk Ryokucha Green Tea / Right: Tapioca Milk Houjicha (¥600 Each)
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    ▼OYATSU-STAND
    Address: 2198-3 Kota, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: 10:30am until sunset
    No Fixed Holidays
    Itoshima Sabo in Nishi-ku
    Specially-Made Single Classic Pancake – ¥500
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    ▼Itoshima Sabo
    Address: 2915-1 Kota, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: 10:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    KUROKI in Nijoishizaki
    Roll Cake
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    ▼KUROKI
    Address: 459-3 Nijoishizaki, Itoshima, Fukuoka
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    Closed: Sundays
    Official Instagram: @restaurantkuroki
    Sumi Cafe in Hon
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    Loiter Market in Shimakeya
    Left: Salt & Caramel / Right: Milk & Strawberry (¥400 Each)
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    ▼Loiter Market
    Address: 166-3 Shimakeya, Itoshima, Fukuoka
    Opening Hours: 12:00-17:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Official Website: https://loiter-market.com
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    Photos: @amatou.fuk
  • Häagen-Dazs Release New Soybean Flour Brown Sugar Syrup and Zunda Mochi Ice Creams

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    Soybean Flour Brown Sugar Syrup Hanamochi

    The soybean flour brown sugar syrup hanamochi was released back in 2015 and returned again in 2017. This year, Häagen-Dazs is bringing is back even more delicious than before. They have blended together a variety of soybean flours to elevate the ingredient’s original flavour.

     

    The top of the mochi is sprinkled with a blend of lightly roasted black and yellow soybeans. By roasting them, the original taste and fragrance of the soybean comes through tenfold. Dark roasted soybean has also been combined with milk for a velvety texture, and the entire thing is drizzled in a rich original brown sugar syrup sauce which further enrichens the soybean flavour.

     

    Zunda Hanamochi

    Zunda is sweet soybean paste made from mashed edamame beans and a flavour that has been gaining popularity in Japan in recent years. Häagen-Dazs is incorporating the flavour for the first time in their hanamochi series.

     

    The lumpy texture of the crushed edamame goes deliciously well with the chewy mochi, taking the original authentic taste and texture of edamame to a whole new level. Mixing it with soybeans and rich milk turns it into a smooth ice cream in your mouth. The sauce also contains a sprinkle of salt to bring out the flavour of the zunda.

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  • Kusatsu Onsen’s Emerald Green Pudding is a Must-Try After a Dip in the Hot Springs

    11.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Kusatsu Onsen is a hot spring resort in Gunma Prefecture that is one of Japan’s three principle hot spring locations. The site opened its new Japanese custard dessert (known as ‘purin’) shop, Kusatsu Onsen Pudding, on August 24, which serves the most incredibly smooth purin you have ever tried, each inspired by the hot springs.

     

    Once you’ve stepped out of the nice warm hot springs of Kusatsu Onsen you can refresh yourself with a delicious purin packed full of love from the shop which has created a flavour you can only try by travelling to Gunma and going there. Each and every dessert is made fresh in the shop to further elevate its exclusivity as a local speciality.

     

    Kusatsu Onsen Pudding also makes sure to use local and regional ingredients where it can to help support manufacturers and producers. Their purin is also made with a special type of milk sourced from in Gunma known as Haruna milk. The milk is made as delicious as can be by ensuring cows are raised on a healthy natural diet of grass on green pastures in Gunma bathed in plenty of sunlight.

    Yuhata Purin

    The Yuhata purin is inspired by the hot spring areas where mineral deposits are harvested, its jelly taking on a gorgeous emerald green colour. It’s lemon and lime flavoured, the perfect flavour to enjoy when stepping out of the hot water, and one which goes surprisingly well with purin.

    Yumomi Purin

    The staple purin of the store, this purin is based on yumomi, a method used for cooling the hot water with paddles from which cold water gushes forth. This velvety delight is made with lots of fresh cream and high-quality vanilla beans from Madagascar for added punch.

    Furomage

    A pun on the word fromage, with furo in Japanese meaning “bath,” the Furomage purin uses a rich cream cheese base which has a seriously smooth texture. It’s topped off with strawberry jelly for the perfect combination, packing a perfect balance between sweet and sour.

    Yuhata Soft (Milk/Yuhata/Mixed)

    Choose from the Yuhata soft serve ice cream which is ramune flavoured and inspired by the flowing water of the hot springs or the Haruna milk-mixed vanilla flavoured Milk soft serve. If you can’t pick, then choose mixed for a bit of both. A satisfyingly refreshing pick for when you’re done in the hot springs.

    The shop has plans to sell purin made using bamboo steamers in the near future, so you’re pudding can be steamed like yourself after a dip in the water! The wooden spoons used to eat the desserts are also made in the image of the paddles used in yumomi too.

  • Tokyo Station’s Christmas Cakes Are a Must-Buy Present This Holiday Season

    08.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Two of Tokyo Station’s shopping areas, GRANSTA and GRANSTA MARUNOUCHI―which are accessible inside the ticket gates and outside the ticket gates respectively―are set to hold the GRANSTA Christmas Fair from November 5 to December 25.

     

    GRANSTA x Tokyo Staion Hotel

    The main GRANSTA shopping area is joining hands with Tokyo Station Hotel for the very first time to release a line of hotel-original Christmas cakes.

    Noel – ¥6,200 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Station Hotel (*10 servings per day)

    This pine tree stump chestnut cake was originally sold to support the reconstruction work of the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building which was held until 2012. Topping the chestnut sweet potato base is a mix of chestnut mousse and coffee cream. This is topped with two types of chestnut pastes in a spiral shape to create the tree rings.

    Bûche Chocolat Vanille – ¥5,500 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Station Hotel (*10 servings per day)

    The Bûche Chocolat Vanille is an exquisite yule log made with melt-in-the-mouth chocolate mousse and vanilla cream inside which hides sweet and sour, kirsch-soaked cherries and sauteed pears. The top of the log is temptingly lined with even more cherries to give it both that rich look and even richer taste.

     

    Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building Cake Designs

    GRANSTA will also sell cakes inspired by Tokyo Station. As well as the ones shown here, there are ones based on the bullet trains and more.

     

    Station Building Fruit Cake – ¥4,320 (Tax Included) @ Colombin (*only 100 available)

    Exclusive to GRANSTA comes this special Christmas fruit cake based on the station building. It would make great gift to bring to the Christmas party.

    Cupola de Tokyo – ¥3,780 (Tax Included) @ Caffarel (*only 50 available / *design still a WIP so may differ from the photo)

    This colourful Christmas cake draws inspiration from the gorgeous interior designs of the north and south domes of the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building.

     

    Suica Penguin Cakes

    The adorable Suica Penguin is the mascot of Suica contactless smart cards used at train stations.

    Suica Penguin Cake – ¥5,400 (Tax Included) @ Dalloyau (*only 100 available)

    The main Suica Penguin cake is a combination of chocolate mousse and a cream made from tonka beans. This cute cake is sure to bring joy to any child this Christmas♡

    Suica Penguin Chocolate Raspberry – ¥490 (Tax Included) @ Fairycake Fair (*30 servings per day)

    Fairycake Fair has whipped up a chocolate cream-topped cupcake filled with raspberry jam. This one is for those who want something a bit smaller than a ginormous cake!

    There are lots more cakes to look forward to, including ones in very limited quantities. If you’re in Japan this Christmas season, be sure to pay a visit to GRANSTA and GRANSTA MARUNOUCHI in Tokyo Station.

     

    ©Chiharu Sakazaki / JR East / DENTSU Suica by JR East Suica

  • Warm The Cockles Of Your Heart This Christmas at HOSHINO Karuizawa Area

    06.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    This holiday season, Hoshino Resorts is set to hold a Christmas event at HOSHINO Karuizawa Area, a place managed by the company which brings together people who love culture and nature. It will run from November 16 to December 25.

     

    The event’s theme is “A Town Where Happiness Shines.” From mistletoe illuminations to xmas desserts and more, you’re sure to have the cockles of your heart warmed this year at this happiness-filled festival.

     

    Mistletoe Illuminations

    At Harunire Terrace, where 16 shops line the cosy wooden terrace, the columns and overhangs will be adorned in Christmas garlands, and mistletoe-shaped illuminations will dangle from tree branches.

     

    You can spot a lot of mistletoe in Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary. Even in wintertime the plant does not wither, instead keeping its green leaves, which in folklore has led it to be viewed as a symbol of immortality.

     

    Mistletoe is known in many cultures as a symbol of happiness. In the Western world, lovers who stand under mistletoe are expected to kiss. The warm illuminations are set to light a warm and romantic atmosphere to all those who attend.

     

    Mistletoe Lanterns

    As well as the illuminations, there will also be mistletoe lanterns hiding in the trees to celebrate romantic love this Christmas. Get ready to count down with everybody at the event as when you reach zero, all of the lanterns will turn on at the same time. There will even be mini live performances where you can sing along to Christmas songs.

     

    Christmas Sweets at Hoshino Resorts Karuizawa Hotel Bleston Court

    Order the “Episode de Noel” at Hoshino Resorts Karuizawa Hotel Bleston Court for a delicious Christmas sweets dessert course of 4 treats.

     

    This is just a peek inside the stocking of what’s to come at the festival. There will be a hot chocolate bar, fresh s’mores, kids events, photo spots, a Christmas market, and more. Ride your sleigh into HOSHINO Karuizawa Area this winter.

  • White Miso Cheese & Fig Shaved Ice Serving This September at Hachiya in Tokyo

    30.August.2019 | FOOD

    Since July, the tea stand cafe Hachiya has been releasing one brand-new shaved ice flavour every month. The final flavour arriving on September 2 is the autumn-vibe white miso cheese and fig shaved ice which will be sold exclusively at the Sendagaya branch until September 30.

    White Miso Cheese & Fig Shaved Ice – ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

    The shaved ice is an original homemade blend of full-bodied white miso cheese syrup and fig syrup. The milk white and light pink contrast make this one beautiful and delicious-looking dessert.

     

    Hidden inside the shaved ice is sweet white bean paste dressed with cashew nuts. It’s also topped with extra cashew nuts as well as dried strawberries. The dessert has a soft chewy texture and is packed with flavour which fills your mouth as it melts on your tongue.

     

    September marks the end of the summer and the call of autumn. Japan is known for its celebration of the seasons, so why not join in with this delicious autumnal delight? And if you’re no good with cheesy desserts, you can order the shaved ice with just fig syrup too.

     

    This is a limited-time item which will discontinue once all of the syrup runs out. Don’t miss out!

  • Halloween Treats, Wagashi, Drinkable Potato Desserts & More at GINZA SIX This Autumn

    30.August.2019 | FOOD

    This autumn, Ginza’s biggest shopping complex GINZA SIX is serving up a sumptuous selection of seasonal sweets and desserts. Their main components this year are apples and potatoes. Expect to enjoy potato in an entirely new way, and get ready for the spooky season with a line-up of Halloween treats that everyone can enjoy.

     

    Let’s take a look at just some of the gourmet delights arriving for the autumn season, some of which are already on sale.

     

    Potato Desserts

    Drinkable Potatoes (Purple Sweet Potato/Ripe Potato/Potato Leaf) – ¥600 Each @ Minamikaze Noukasha Dessert House (Available: October 1 – October 31)

    We’re at a point in time now where not only can we eat potatoes―we can drink them too! These potato dessert drinks come in three flavours: fruity Purple Sweet Potato, rich Ripe Potato, and Potato Leaf. The potatoes used to make all of the drinks were farmed from Minamikaze Noukasha’s 160 potato farms.

    Set of 5 Native Potato Pies (Oiran Potato/Genji Potato/White Potato/Hayato Potato/Tanegashima Purple Sweet Potato) – ¥2,500 @ Minamikaze Noukasha Dessert House (Available: October 1 until all sold)

    Methods to make potato cultivation even easier were introduced almost 400 years ago in Japan. Cultivating original varieties of potatoes is difficult―it’s mostly not done today. These pies are proudly made with those rare native potato varieties.

    Potato Parfait – ¥2,000 @ JOTARO SAITO (Quantity: Only 10 served per day)

    This gorgeous parfait is made with a purple sweet potato and sweet potato cream and is layered with agar-agar, rice flour dumplings, and ice cream. Inspired by the form of an affogato, it’s topped with potato ice cream drizzled in a warm rice sauce.

     

    Halloween Goodies For Grown-Ups

    Halloween Party Pumpkin Purin – ¥4,800 @ Marlowe (Available: October 1 – October 31) *Must order within 3 days

    This party-sized Halloween-exclusive rich pumpkin custard pudding contains cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s even topped up with a jack-o-lantern face.

    Glowing Lollipop Candy – ¥833-¥1,111 @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE (Available: September 21 – October 31)

    These lollipops come on sticks with LED lights that make the candy glow a ghoulish light, making them a great Halloween treat.

    Halloween Afternoon Tea Set – ¥4,200 @ THE GRAND GINZA (Available September 1 – October 31)

    Feast on an exquisite Halloween afternoon tea set made up of an exquisite selection of drinks and desserts.

     

    Apple Desserts

    Apple Gummy – ¥2,777 / Apple Gummy Candy – ¥1,666 @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE (Available: August 27 – November 4)

    The apple gummy is about the size of a Jonathan apple. If you’re wondering what flavour it is, you’ll have to wait until you bite into it to find out! The apple gummy candy set takes on flavours of different apple varieties.

    Pom Caramel – ¥800 Each @ PHILIPPE CONTICINI (Available: August 27 – November 4)

    These cute and round vanilla flavoured apple mousses are filled with an apple compote, which has a hint of star anise, and cream caramel. They’re packed full of apple-y goodness and maintain PHILIPPE CONTICINI’s refined flavours.

     

    This Year’s Must-Try Autumn Treats

    Bessei Maruto Parfait “Shubo” – ¥2,300 @ Nakamura Tokichi Honten (Available: October 1 – November 30)

    Exclusive to the Ginza branch of Nakamura Tokichi is this specially made parfait, layered with autumn-time ingredients including Japanese chestnut matcha cream, fig, chestnut sherbet, and bean paste. You can really taste the rich matcha notes in this beautiful dessert.

    Kyoto Koicha Terrine Inori no Kajitsu – ¥2,000 @ Tsujiru (Available from September 1)

    A great little gift is this terrine chocolat, made with chestnut, black soybeans, fig, and cranberries.

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? All of these items are autumn-exclusives and some are very limited in stock. Be sure to enjoy all the flavours of autumn this year in Japan.

     

    *All listed prices include tax

  • 4 Must-Try Kawaii Bubble Teas & Desserts in Kyoto

    25.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Japan is a haven for bubble tea and tapioca-based beverages. Here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON we have covered many shops selling these tasty drinks in Harajuku―the town which started the tapioca boom in Japan―but today we will be heading to the ancient city of Kyoto.

     

    We are joined by Kyoto café life tiara who posts photos of the best drinks and desserts they have tried around the Kansai region of Japan. They have provided us with photos of two must-try bubble teas and two must-try desserts in Kyoto.

     

    ROCCA & FRIENDS PAPIER KYOTO in Shijo

    ROCCA & FRIENDS PAPIER KYOTO is just a 5-minute walk from Shijo Station. The cafe is made from a traditional townhouse along an old-fashioned Kyoto-esque street.

     

    It takes a little while for your drink to arrive placing your order, but that’s because each beverage is carefully handmade from fresh. I ordered the mango smoothie soda and the strawberry smooth soda. Both are fruity and super refreshing and full of chewy tapioca pearls.

     

    ROCCA & FRIENDS PAPIER KYOTO

    Address: 735-2 Shinkamanzacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: Mondays

    Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/rocca.papier/

     

    &Hana in Shijo

    &Hana is located at the back of Kyoto Daimaru. The cheese rose tapioca milk tea I bought is a cute pink colour. It’s a mix of rose which is good for skin and relaxation, sweet brown sugar tapioca, and sour cheese.

    Draped at the back of the cafe are bunches of dried flowers which provide an Instagrammable background for your drinks.

     

    ▼&hana

    Address: 619 Nishiuoyacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:0

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/and_hana_/

     

     

    KISSHOKARYO KYOTO in Gion

    This honey and tea parfait is special because they only serve 20 of them a day. Tapioca pearls go well not just in drinks but in desserts like this one too♡

     

    The fluffy shaved ice is a perfect match with the homemade Earl Grey tea syrup. The rest of the parfait is made up of milk tea flavoured jelly, tapioca pearls, tea ganache, and other delightful surprises.

    I enjoyed mine with lots of syrup and roasted soybean flour!

     

    ▼KISSHOKARYO KYOTO Gion Honten

    Address: 306 Ishibashicho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: https://kisshokaryo.jp/

     

    MASHOLA in Kawaramachi

    MASHOLA is a South Korean-style cafe which of course sells tapioca pearl drinks, but also this delicious capo egg brulee tart as well. As soon as you put the order in their fire up the tarts fresh along with hot tapioca pearls for a heavenly melt-in-the-mouth experience.

    They also sell bottled strawberry milk packed full of fresh strawberries, and for an extra ¥80 you can top if off with tapioca.

     

    ▼MASHOLA

    Address: 406 Sakuranocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website:  https://mashola.business.site/

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Kyoto café life tiara has lots of other tempting recommendations of drinks and desserts on their Instagram page too, so if you’re looking for something to try while in the Kansai region of Japan be sure to give them a follow.

     

    Text & Photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Colourful New Agar & Mango Jelly Drink Released at Kyo Yakasa Pudding in Kyoto

    24.August.2019 | FOOD

    Kyo Yakasa Pudding opened its doors to the world back in April, and since then they have whipped up many different kinds of Japanese custard pudding, known as purin. Earlier this month they released their all new “Yasaka Cider,” a jelly-like drink which became a hit on Japanese Instagram (search with #京八坂プリン).

    The shop’s most popular product since launching is the Kyo Yasaka Pudding―named just like the shop. It has a honey and lemon flavoured jelly which is full of agar and mango jelly balls, giving it a cute appearance and very refreshing flavour and completely new kind of texture.

    Now, the shop has released its new Yasaka Cider. The word “Cider” in Japanese doesn’t actually refer to the alcoholic drink, but instead is usually a carbonated mixture of lemon and/or lime.

     

    Available this summer only, the Yasaka Cider is the perfect accompaniment for cooling yourself down while strolling the streets of Kyoto, filled with Kyo Yasaka Pudding jelly, agar balls, mango jelly balls, and an in-house made lemon slice and honey mix. The beverage is made fresh to order and comes in a cute bag which you can carry around easily with you.

    There are lots of great photo opportunities for Instagram in the store too! If you’re in or travelling to Kyoto this summer then be sure to stop.

  • Spooky Halloween Doughnuts Float Into Krispy Kreme Japan

    24.August.2019 | FOOD

    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Japan (KKDJ) is carving its jack-o-lanterns out early this year in time for Halloween as it reveals its new series of holiday-themed doughnuts titled “MONSTER HARVEST in Monster DINER.”

    This pumpkin, chestnut and apple flavoured selection will be available at most Krispy Kreme branches across Japan from September 11 to October 31.

     

    Pumpkin Custard Jack

    Price: ¥230

    The jack-o-lantern is the centrepiece of Halloween, and now you can much on one in doughnut form! Its face is coated in dark chocolate and filled with a velvety pumpkin custard cream. It also contains some pumpkin seeds for a crunch.

     

    Black Cat Chestnut

    Price: ¥250

    The black cat’s dark chocolate covered face includes crunchy cracker ears, giant white chocolate button eyes, and caramel chocolate nose and whiskers. Inside it’s filled with a rich chestnut cream made from domestic chestnuts. The bottom part of the face is also sprinkled with tasty poppy seeds.

     

    Apple Caramel Monster

    Price: ¥230

    This cute apple monster is a new addition to the KKDJ Halloween range. It’s made from a juicy, sweet and sour apple nappage made from the juice of apples grown in Aomori Prefecture. The single eyeball is made from a mix of white and dark chocolate and is what makes this doughnut so cute. The single pumpkin seed at the top completes the monster’s apple disguise.

    Halloween Sprinkle

    Price: ¥190

    Covered in rainbow sprinkles, this custard pudding (purin) flavoured doughnut is subtly sweet and satisfyingly crunchy.

     

    Halloween Dozen (Box of 12)

    Price: ¥2,000

    If you’re having a Halloween party with family or friends then this box of dozen doughnuts is the perfect treat, containing all of the above doughnuts as well as some of KKDJ’s classic doughnuts. You save ¥440 by picking up this box.

     

    Don’t miss this year’s seasonal delights from Krispy Kreme.

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