Craft Sake Week to Take Place in Roppongi Hills in 2019

13.November.2018 | SPOT

Sake brands from all across Japan are set to gather at Roppongi Hills next year for Craft Sake Week, an event celebrating Japanese sake that will run from April 19 to 29.

First held in Roppongi back in 2016, Craft Sake Week is produced by JAPAN CRAFT SAKE COMPANY which is spearheaded by Hidetoshi Nakata who has tried well over 300 brands of sake all over Japan. The event is being held as “a place for people to enjoy and learn about top brand sake.” Each day of the event will have its own theme which will be led by 10 different sake breweries. Each and every brand is valued equally, giving attendees a chance to find their favourite brands and brewers.

As well as being able to try out different drinks, there will be a chance to talk to sake experts who can advise on the best ways to pick out and enjoy sake. A line-up of food will also be available to complement the beverages on show. There will be many popular restaurants in attendance.

 

To date, around 400,000 people have attended the event including those from outside Japan, and the event aims to bring in even more visitors from overseas. The event has grown in popularity and is now also recognised worldwide.

Nakata doesn’t just want to celebrate and promote sakeーhe also wants to spread Japanese culture. That’s why every little thing at the event has been considered, from the venue design down to the cups you drink from.

 

The event won the Golden World Awards in October this year, an international award which recognises excellence in public relations practice. It was highly regarded for creating a space to spread Japanese sake culture to a diverse audience and for making sake appealing to the world.

 

If you’re in Japan next year and a true lover of sake then you won’t want to miss the 4th run of Craft Sake Week.

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  • Sake App “SakeWiz” to be Released in Japan, US, Canada and Singapore for iOS & Android

    13.May.2018 | FOOD

    A mobile app called SakeWiz used for finding information on Japanese sake was released on May 8, 2018 and is available on iOS and Android in Japan, the US, Canada and Singapore.

    日本酒専用アプリ「SakeWiz」(サケウィズ)

    There’s been a boom recently amongst young females in Japan for local sake. SakeWiz was developed to play a role in helping spread the boom of Japanese sake even more through the internet.

     

    The app was officially endorsed by Sake Service Institute (SSI), a Japanese sake service that authorises the Kikisake, or Master of Sake course.

    日本酒専用アプリ「SakeWiz」(サケウィズ)

    Using artificial intelligence, the app has label scanning software to search for Japanese sake brands and names which can be difficult to remember. Additionally, you can save your favourite brands on the app to share and recommend with friends.

     

    Sake has a tendency to mostly be enjoyed by males and females in their 30s. The polyphenol effect, which became the impetus for the first wine boom in Japan, also played a role in lighting a fire amongst young women who are consistently the leaders consumption in this area.

    日本酒専用アプリ「SakeWiz」(サケウィズ)

    There are plans to implement more functions such as to enable users to be able to comment on sake and food they like, as well as introduce coupons. The app is also available in multiple languages, including Chinese and Korean.

    日本酒専用アプリ「SakeWiz」(サケウィズ)

    If you love Japanese sake or someone who wants to try out all the sake that Japan has to offer, then consider downloading SakeWiz.

     

    ■Information

    SakeWiz

    Fuctions:

    ・Label scanning

    ・Favourites list

    ・Japanese sake online purchasing

    ・User community

    ・Search function for restaurants serving Japanese sake

    ・Ability to post on social media including Facebook and Instagram

     

    Download:http://l.ead.me/baqirY

     

    Firenze SAKE:http://firenzesake.jp/

  • Drink Sake in a Café Setting at Kuranoya in Shimbashi

    17.May.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Japanese sake bar Kuranoya held the grand opening of its second branch at the Karasumori exit of Shimbashi Station on May 15, 2018.

    日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口

    The main components of Kuranoya are sake and meat. Drinks are their forte, and they offer up a wide variety along with the perfect meal to match.  They clear away stereotypes and confidently serve up food with a Western essence along with Japanese sake.

     

    Their beverage line-up includes amino acids and is recommended to those who are looking to take care of their health and beauty. The café interior is stylish with the colour white as the base.

    日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口sub7 (2)

    Drinks range from affordable prices such as ¥299 (pre-tax) for one cup of sake to more premium brands. There are high table counter seats which make for the perfect date setting, or even customers on their own.

    日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口

    There’s even an all-you-can-drink plan with close to 30 brands of sake which can be enjoyed either across a two-hour period or an unlimited period. As well as their stock of highly valuable premium sake, the café even offers a sangria made using Japanese sake.

    日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口

    Whether you’re going on a date or having a girl’s get-together, Kuranoya can be used for numerous settings and promises delicious food and drinks.

     

    ■Information

    Kuranoya Karasumori

    Address: Murakami Bldg. 1F, Shimashi, Minato, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30) All Week / 17:00-23:30 (Last Orders 23:00) the day before a national holiday.
    Closed: New Year’s Holiday

    TEL: 03-6721-5105
    Webpage: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130103/13150045/

     

    Premium All-You-Can-Drink Sake
    Price: 2 Hours – ¥2,500 (Pre-Tax) / Unlimited Time – ¥3,000 (Pre-Tax)
    Days: Monday to Thursday, Saturday (*Within the café’s business hours only)

    *Limited places.

     

    Sea Urchin

    Special Opening Price: ¥29 (Pre-Tax)
    Available: May 21, 2018―May 31, 2018
    *Reservations required.
    *Normal price of ¥599 (Pre-Tax) to begin at the end of the campaign.

  • Umeshu Plum Wine KitKat Released at CRAFT SAKE WEEK@KITKAT BAR

    18.September.2018 | FOOD

    KitKat Umeshu is a new product produced by Hidetoshi Nakata specifically aimed at foreign tourists coming to Japan. It was first made available at CRAFT SAKE WEEK@KITKAT BAR, a Japanese sake bar for those coming from overseas, on September 13. The bar will run until September 24 at CITAN, a hostel, cafe and bar in Higashi-Nihombashi. The KitKat was also released for general sale on the Japanese market on September 18.

    Hidetoshi Nakata toured over 350 sake brewers and with his expertise launched the first Craft Sake Week in 2016, a huge coming together of sake artisans in Japan. The KITKAT BAR is part of that experience which has opened for inbound foreigners to try Japanese sake.

    The bar offers a special and exclusive menu featuring a careful selection of premium Japanese alcohol by Nakata as well as an original menu developed by chefs of well-known restaurants. They also offer a range of cocktails including  one that’s made with umeshu tsuruume suppai, an ingredient used in the new plum wine KitKat.

    The bar counter is crowned with a chandelier made from masu boxes which were created for measuring rice. This offers a new and unique way of experiencing the charm of Japanese culture. Since the bar has opened it’s been packed with foreigner customers.

    A female Asian customer who tasted the plum wine KitKat paired with the bar’s original ‘Kishuu Tonic’ cocktail expressed her surprise at how well they went together: “The sweetness of the KitKat and freshness of the cocktail matched exquisitely together. Despite the cocktail using sake as the base it was really easy to drink and delicious. Sake and chocolate go well together, don’t they.

     

    A male American customer compared the taste of the KitKat with the Umeshu Tsuruume Suppai wine used in the KitKat: “The combination of the sour plum wine with the sweet chocolate was delicious beyond my expectations. There’s a lot of flavours in Japan we can’t get overseas, so I want to buy things and take them back as souvenirs.”

    Speaking about Craft Sake Week, producer of the bar Hidetoshi Nakata commented the following: “I want lots of people to get to know about the enjoyment and appeal of Japanese sake and plum wine through this event and KitKat Umeshu Umetsuri to further expand the reach of them overseas.

     

    Experience the KitKat and Japanese sake for yourself at CRAFT SAKE WEEK @ KITKAT BAR.

     

    ■Information

    CRAFT SAKE WEEK @ KITKAT BAR

    Location: CITAN (15-2 Nihonbashiodenmacho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)

    Running: September 13, 2018 – September 24, 2018

     

    Opening Hours

    [Monday-Thursday, Sunday] 6:00pm-12:00am (Last Orders 11:30pm)

    [Friday-Saturday] 6:00pm-1:00am (Last Orders 12:30am)

    Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/tsuruume/

     

    KitKat Mini Umeshu Tsuriume

    Location: Souvenir shops, KitKat Gift Shop (at Rinku Premium Outlet), KitKat Chocolatory (select branches)

    RRP Price: ¥700 (Pre-Tax)

    On Sale: From September 18, 2018

    Quantity: 9 bars

     

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  • Tokyo’s New Sake Ice Cream Shop Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Ship Ice Cream Around Japan

    03.May.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    SAKEICE is an ice cream shop that offers a new kind of ice cream experience, combining Japanese sake and alcohol together with the frozen treat. The shop opened in Akusaka, Tokyo in March this year.

     

    However, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the store has had to close temporarily. SAKEICE wants to cheer people up during these turbulent times with their ice cream, and has therefore announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign so they can set up a website where people can order ice cream in Japan and have it delivered to them.

     

    I tried out their ice cream

    Otokoyama / Nihonshu Ice

    SAKEICE’s ice cream is laced with lots of Japanese alcohol. I tried the Otokoyama and the Nihonshu Ice, the latter of which is an original ice cream flavour exclusive to SAKEICE. They both contains around 4% alcohol. I were curious exactly how they would taste.

     

    I started with the Nihonshu Ice. The moment the ice cream hits your tongue, your taste buds are met with its smooth texture, and your nose is filled with the full bodied flavour of nihonshu. The velvety texture on your tongue as it melts is to die for. The Otokoyama has a refreshing kick to it when compared to the Nihonshu Ice. It’s creamy, but the aftertaste is refreshing, so we recommend it for people who aren’t a fan of sweet treats. Both are sure to leave you feeling satisfied, and maybe a little flushed afterwards.

     

    These ice creams contain alcohol, so keep that in mind when coming here with minors, kids, pregnant women, or if you’re driving.

     

    They have non-alcoholic flavours too!

    Matcha / Cherry Blossom

    Of course, they have non-alcoholic options too. I tried out the matcha and cherry blossom flavours.

     

    The matcha one has an irresistible bitterness layered inside the sweetness. You get that real rich matcha taste too. The cherry blossom ice cream is a cute light pink colour and has a subtle sweetness to it. If you don’t like alcohol then you’ll definitely want to try one of delights.

  • TSUTAYA TOKYO ROPPONGI Re-Opens After New Renovations Catering to International Customers

    10.March.2020 | SPOT

    TSUTAYA TOKYO ROPPONGI originally opened in 2003 as a “BOOK & CAFE.” On March 7, 2020, it has now reopened as a TSUTAYA BOOKS.

    The concept of the newly-renovated location is to create a place that better caters to Roppongi’s large population of foreign tourists. On average, 40 million travellers from around the world flock to Roppongi Hills annually, so to create a more comfortable environment for them, TSUTAYA TOKYO ROPPONGI has increased its number of Western books and magazines. It stands proud as a “Global Thinker” that serves what Roppongi has to offerーfrom a global perspective.

    Customers can read a book or magazine while enjoying a cup of coffee at the coffee shop before they make their purchase, or they can enjoy a drink in the new “BOOK & BAR-LOUNGE.”

    as exotic as you can be, inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s “Summer” – ¥2,400

    after this , you may, inspired by Paul Gauguin’s “Woman Holding a Fruit” – ¥2,200

    Enjoy one of the many creative cocktails inspired by famous artworks.

    The store also has its own souvenir shop for people to take a piece of Japan back home. Made by expert craftsmen, items include stationery, gadgets, items for decorating homes, and much more, all offering a new standard when it comes to lifestyle proposals.

     

    TSUTAYA BOOKS goes above and beyond what an ordinary bookshop is, instead providing a place for people to really stand back and think what it is they are looking for. It’s a place where you can discover what’s going on in the world right now, what’s popular, and where you stand amongst it all. You are sure to discover something new or surprising, so be sure to pay a visit to the new TSUTAYA TOKYO ROPPONGI if you’re travelling to Tokyo.

  • Grab Tokyo Souvenirs at Roppongi Hills’ New Food & Gift Area

    16.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    The new “Food & Gift Area” at Roppongi Hills is set to open in the North Tower on Floor B1F on April 10 where you can get your hands on a huge range of exclusive gifts and souvenirs, as well as quick and delicious food. It will house a total of 19 stores; that’s 12 shops selling Japanese confections and other picks perfect as gifts to yourself or someone else, and 7 eateries offering takeout and eat-in options.

    In the gift area, 12 storesーa mix of new establishments as well as well-known businesses setting up shop in Tokyo for the first timeーwill open their doors, such as the New Style Ginza Sembikiya cafe, Kashi no Kirokujo which sells exquisite cakes that are hard to get your hands on, and more. And there’s a whole range of Roppongi Hills exclusives too, like artistic yokan sweet bean jelly inspired by Tokyo’s streets, castella with the Roppongi Hills logo on it, senbei rice crackers, assorted sliced mochiーthe list goes on.

     

    Gift Area – Roppongi Hill Exclusives

    Tokyo Enbo – ¥4,320 (Tax Included) @ Wagashi Yui

    Recreated are the landmarks of Tokyo in the morning sun, with the beautiful silhouettes of the city’s skyrise buildings formed into sweet bean jelly. Try and find Roppongi Hills in this picturesque perfection.

    Ukeian Castella Wasanbon – ¥2,160 (Tax Included) @ Ukeian

    This castella cake is made rich and moist thanks to the eggs laid by specially-bred chickens. It’s made with wasanbon fine-grained Japanese sugar,  which gives it a tantalizing smell. The logo stands out too, giving it a beautiful appearance in addition to the delicious flavour.

    Roppongi Hills Sanmaido (5 Included) – ¥702 (Tax Included) @ Ginza Matsuzaki Senbei

    The senbei rice crackers have a gentle flavour, handcrafted one by one by the shop’s master chefsーincluding the Roppongi Hills logo design of these tile-shaped rice crackersーby adding eggs and sugar to wheat flour.

    Kinanomiya Sando (Exclusive Packaging/3 Included) – ¥540 (Tax Included) @ KISSHOKARYO

    KISSHOKARYO Japan Premium “Miyabi” – ¥1,870 (Tax Included) @ KISSHOKARYO

    Munch down on these delicious chocolate cookies made with high quality soy flour, almonds, and oat milk.

     

    They’re also serving a special Japanese parfait for eating-in, made with specially-selected Uji matcha from Kyoto and homemade soy flour.

    Sankaku Box Sando – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) @ New Style Ginza Sembikiya

    Roppongi Hills Exclusive Melon Parfait – ¥2,700 (Tax Included) @ New Style Ginza Sembikiya

    Added to the thick and fluffy bread is fresh fruit and subtly sweet cream to make a refreshing sandwich. The chocolate sandwich in the left of the picture is exclusive to Roppongi Hills.

     

    The must-try is the melon parfait, which is made with melons grown in Shizuoka that have been specially selected by the shop.

    Cake Shop Miracle Collaboration Set – ¥3,456 (Tax Included) @ Kashi no Kirokujo

    This set is an assortment made by four long-standing cake makers: Akasaka Kakiyama, Obusedo, Ganyudo, and Nanohana.

    Roppongi Lingotto – ¥3,240 (Tax Included) @ Bicerin

    Caffe mocha al Bicerin – ¥660 (Tax Included) @ Bicerin

    Served in a limited-edition Roppongi Hills box, the “Roppongi Lingotto” bears the shopping complex’s logo, and is a popular gift that was even served to members of the Japanese government at the G7 Ise-Shima and G20 Osaka summits.

    When dining in, you can order a rich bicerin which is a mix of espresso, milk, and chocolate sauce topped with whipped cream that’s shaped to look like a hill.

    Raw Pound Cake Assortment – ¥1,700 (Tax Included) @ Pavlov

    Choose from seven adorable small-size cakes, including cream vanille, pistachio fruits rouges, chocolate orange, very berry, Kyoto matcha, caramel nuts, and mont blanc.

    Roppongi Exclusive GIFT – ¥918 (Tax Included) @ Jiichiro

    Wrapped in special Roppongi Hills packaging, this box contains an assortment of Jiichiro treats from their popular baumkuchen to rusk, gateau chocolat, and more.

     

    In the Food Area, seven restaurants will open serving quick, authentic food. A number of popular restaurants are also making an appearance, like Kyu Yamutei which is famous for its Osaka spice curry, as well as THAI STREET FOOD by KRUNG SIAM. The menu line-ups will include dishes exclusive to Roppongi Hills.

     

    Food Area – Roppongi Hill Exclusives

    Curry-Gear MAX – ¥1,650 (Tax Included) @ Kyu Yamutei

    This curry combines unique ingredients and spices. The ingredients and roux are switched up every month, and you can pick from one to four rouxs.

    Khao Soi No-Broth Mazemen Noodle Curry – ¥1,200 (Tax Included) @ THAI STREET FOOD by KRUNG SIAM

    This mazemen noodle curry is a spin on the hugely popular khao soi Chiang Mai ramen, made without any broth. It has the full-bodied aroma and spiciness that comes with Thai-style curry. Change up the flavour with a topping of homemade pepper.

    Fisherman’s Seafood Spaghetti alla Pescatora – ¥1,848 (Tax Included) @ Pasta & Pizza Uota

    Piled with plenty of seafood, this luxurious and specially-made tomato pasta wastes no flavour of the fish used for its rich sauce.

    Brioche Vendée N – ¥864 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie Bonheur

    A traditional brioche from Vendée in France. It’s combined with orange flower water and contains raisins soaked in Kirsch. The center is moist and just melts in your mouth.

    Seafood & Eel Dashi Chazuke – ¥1,320 (Tax Included) @ Dashi Chazuke En

    Another exclusive to Roppongi Hills is this chazuke, filled with all the flavours and sea like tuna, porgy, eel, and more. Try it as it is first and then pour over the broth.

    Spring Vegetables & Fried Fish Lunch Box – ¥900 (Tax Included) @ Dexee Deli

    A set of seasonal vegetables like edible chrysanthemums, asparagus, and cabbage, combined with fried fish, rice, and bamboo shoots.

     

    Find a whole world of food, desserts and gifts at Roppongi Hills’ new Food & Gift Area.

  • Sanrio Character Museum to Open in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills For 60th Anniversary

    08.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Sanrio is set to turn 60-years-old in August 2020. To commemorate, the company has announced that it will open a museum called “Sanrio Character Museum” in summer 2020 where it will tour around Japan until 2025. The full dates and locations have yet to be announced, but its first stop will be the Tokyo City View Sky Gallery located on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Tokyo. Details for this first stop will be revealed sometime next month.

    ⓒ ’74, ’75, ’76, ’77, ’79, ’80, ’82, ’83, ’84, ’85, ’86, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’92, ’93, ’96, ’98, ’99, ’01, ’04, ’05, ’20 SANRIO CO., LTD.

     

    Since its establishment, Sanrio has sought to spread kawaii culture to the world, as well as the message of everybody getting along and being friends. But how have gotten to this point with each passing generation? The museum exhibition will answer that very question, exploring its line-up of over 450 characters Sanrio has created over the years, including the most prominent ones like Hello Kitty, My Melody and Little Twin Stars who have been around for more than 40 years. It will also showcase characters that will be nostalgic to longtime Sanrio fans.

     

    The exhibition will peruse the history of Sanrio from before it created its characters, and delve into the origin of the company’s kawaii world. Fans can expect to see valuable prints, products, materials, and more. The exhibition will also include works made in collaboration with some of Japan’s up-and-coming and prominent artists. Expect plenty of kawaii, and plenty of what is sure to be invaluable information for Sanrio fans.

  • BALCÓN TOKYO: Roppongi’s Sophisticated New Bar and Restaurant Offers Luxurious Food & Drinks

    16.January.2020 | SPOT

    BALCÓN TOKYO is the newest luxury bar and restaurant to hit Tokyo’s Roppongi district. Set to open on the 14th floor of Mitsui Garden Hotel Roppongi Tokyo Premier on January 24, BALCÓN TOKYO offers opulent lounge and balcony spaces for fine wine and dining.

    Located away from the hustle and bustle of busy Roppongi, the establishment offers a breathtaking view of Tokyo’s city nightscape in both the eastern and western directions.

    When customers pass through the beautiful bar and lounge they are met with the spacious museum-like balcony area where they can enjoy a dining experience wrapped in soft warm lights. For those looking for a more private meal, they can reserve one of the individual private rooms, each of which has its own distinct touch and flavour. Whether you’re looking for a quiet drink or dinner, or even midnight teatime, BALCÓN TOKYO caters to customers’ needs.

    The interior design is the brainchild of none other than Yasumichi Morita of GLAMOROUS co.,ltd., and company that specialises not only on interior and exterior building and establishment designs, but graphic visuals, products, and more.

    Taking the spotlight at dinnertime is the restaurant’s incredible and mouthwatering roast beef which is aged at ice temperature and cooked carefully with time and care. The gravy sauce drizzled over the meat takes three days to make and only adds to the delicious offering of the beef.

     

    The restaurant also offers plenty of seasonal foods and ingredients that go perfect with a glass of champagne. Whether you’re celebrating something special or just out for a casual meal, the restaurant caters to all.

    For breakfast, a half-buffet of western-style food is prepared where you can pick one main. And so that foreign guests can get a taste of the quality of Japanese food, all ingredients used at the restaurant are domestic to Japan. The restaurant also uses organic vegetables shipped directly from growers and producers.

     

    To celebrate the grand opening of BALCÓN TOKYO, customers who reserve a table online or via telephone between January 24 and February 29 this year will receive a 30% discount on meal courses.

  • Roppongi Hills Kicks of New Year’s Celebrations with Luxurious Food, Fukubukuro, Traditional Games and More

    28.December.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Roppongi Hills will be kicking off the New Year’s celebrations from January 1 to 3, 2020 with New Year’s good fortune around every corner. 

    January 1 will be filled with exciting lion dances and Japanese drum performances. January 2 and 3 will see traditional and nostalgic games that are free to play, providing fun for the whole family. 

     

    Restaurants and cafés will be serving New Year’s food themed around good fortune, happiness, good omens and new beginnings. Indulge on Spiny Lobster, fatty tuna, sea bream and many other luxurious “good fortune” foods.

    Spiny Lobster and Sea Bream Acqua Pazza (Limit of 15 sold per day): ¥3,278

    Mohri Salvatore Cuomo

    Colourful Chirashizushi Pintokona (Limit of 10 sold per day): ¥2,020

    Angus Beef Steak Burger (Limit of 15 sold per day): ¥2,800
    AS Classics Diner

    Crêpe 2020 (Limit of 10 sold per day): ¥980
    Cafe Crepe

    There are also New Year’s “Fukubukuro” to look out for. This is a Japanese New Year’s custom where “lucky bags” are filled with unknown contents and sold at a substantial discount. There are even January sales with items up to 70% off. Travel agency H.I.S. Co., Ltd. is bringing back their yearly dream holiday package which includes a top-quality resort lodge in the Savanna and safari experience for just ¥4 million.

     

    Have a wonderful New Year’s celebration at Roppongi Hills.

  • Roppongi Hills Christmas Market 2019: Authentic German Food, Christmas Ornaments, Desserts & More

    12.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Christmastime has fallen on Roppongi Hills as it kicked off Roppongi Hills Christmas 2019 on Monday. The event sees the return of the gorgeous Keyakizaka illuminations from last year.

    Keyakizaka-dori Street runs almost 400 meters, along which “Snow & Blue” LED lights glow and glisten like frost-covered trees, turning the street into a winter wonderland. For 2019, a very special photo spot has been designed by Japanese illustrator Yu Nagaba as pictured above amongst the ocean of illuminations. Over on the West Walk, passersby will spot a draped Christmas tree.

     

    Starting this Friday (November 15), more illuminations will light up over at Mori Garden, which will reflect enchantingly from the garden lake, and 66 Plaza will be lit up too. All of these illuminations will glow until late in the night, making them a perfect spot for a little evening date.

    A Christmas market will take place starting on November 30 which will feature German food and drinks, a shop where you can buy a real fir Christmas tree, and more. And on November 15, restaurants and cafes at Roppongi Hills will adorn their menus with Christmas cakes, sweets, and dinner plans.

     

    Christmas Market 2019

    2019 marks the 13th year of the Roppongi Hills Christmas Market, and this year, many of Japan’s leading shops are taking part. The market will recreate the atmosphere and decor of a German Christmas market, with gorgeous decorations lining the roof, as well as the 11 stalls which will sell German-made Christmas sundries, German mulled wine, frankfurter sausages, and more. There will be over 2,000 individual items to find.

     

    Christmas Cakes & Merry Desserts

    Top: Christmas Show Girl ¥3,672 / Bottom: Christmas Tree ¥10,800 @ LOLA’S Cupcakes Tokyo

    Cafes and restaurants have cooked up various treats for the Christmas season which will be sold between November 15 to December 25, including Christmas cakes to complete your Christmas dinner, desserts so cute they almost seem a waste to eat, and little items perfect to give as gifts. There’s plenty on the menu to be enjoyed with friends, family and loved ones.

     

    Have a very special and merry little Christmas this year at Roppongi Hills.

  • ROPPONGI HILLS HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2019: Monster Desserts, Horror Film Parade & More

    25.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Roppongi Hills has announced this year’s Halloween festival. Titled “ROPPONGI HILLS HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2019,” it will take place from October 1 to 31, packed full of spooky fun from a Halloween costume parade to a ghoulish gourmet menu line-up, featuring an always-unique array of food and drink.

    Halloween Cupcakes – ¥638 Each @ LOLA’S Cupcakes Tokyo (Available from October 5)

    LOLA’S Cupcakes has baked up an assortment of cute monster motif cupcakes, with flavours including pumpkin, purple sweet potato and more. Whichever one you pick, it’s sure to give you a smile and delight your taste buds.

    Halloween Mixed Berry Cake – ¥530 @ Roasted coffee laboratory

    Creepy eyeballs adorn this cake, which is topped with blackberries and blueberries while drizzled in bloody blackcurrant jam. The cake is layered with sponge, fresh cream and a sweet and sour strawberry jelly.

    Happy Monster – ¥980 @ Cafe Crepe

    Delight in this cute pumpkin and fresh cream crepe, filled with pumpkin ice cream and snug in an orange crepe wrap. Housed inside is an adorable purple sweet potato mont blanc monster wearing a witch’s hat.

    A movie-themed parade will take place on Saturday October 26 at the event in line with the 2019 Tokyo International Film Festival. Children and adults can take part in the parade if they dress up. The 1km parade will last 25 minutes.

    Gift bags will be given to all kids who get involved!

     

    ▼Halloween Parade

    Date: October 26, 2019

    Time: 10:30-13:30 (subject to change)

    Location: Roppongi Hills Arena

    Participation Conditions: Anybody who dressed up can join (the theme is “Movies”)

    Participation: Free

    Enquiries: 03-6406-6000 (Roppongi Hills Information)

     

     

    Halloween will hit Roppongi Hills for the entire month of October. Be sure to visit if you’re in Japan next month!

  • Roppongi Hills Renovates Food Court Revealing Mouthwatering Michelin Guide Restaurants

    26.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Looking for a delicious Michelin-approved food experience? You surely cannot go wrong with heading to Roppongi Hills; a large-scale development project located in Tokyo, which is known for its nightlife and and shopping. Roppongi Hills is also home to the shopping mall Metro Hat, which is currently renovating its food court on basement floor 2. The foodcourt will have its grand opening on October 29th. 

     

    The renovation will introduce seven new restaurants to the food court. Some of these include ramen shops and Yakitori restaurants which are bringing brand new rare dishes and flavours to the table.

     

    Let’s look at our recommendations:

     

    Ginza Kagari (銀座 篝)

    Chicken Soba: ¥900 (before tax)

    Ginza Kagari is known for their notorious never-ending queues. In 2016 and 2017, it earned a place in the Michelin Guide Tokyo and even became popular overseas. One of their specilaties is their chicken soba. The broth is packed with the goodness and flavour of the entire chicken and even the bones. The flavour of the broth is exquisite and rich. The salt kaeshi sauce which is made from a mix of soy sauce, mirin and sugar goes perfectly with the soup. The salt mixture in the sauce consists of a range of natural salts which contain the natural goodness of the sea and perfectly enhance the flavours of the soup.

     

    Location: Metro Hat Hollywood Plaza Floor B2

    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (L.O: 22:00)
    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/  (The website is scheduled to open during mid October)

     

    Yakitori Kokorikoan (焼鳥 ここりこ庵)

    Yakitori (chicken skewer): ¥200 (before tax)

    You must not miss out on Kokorikoan’s Chicken Skin Hotpot ー a dish that is rare even to Tokyo. This dish is the perfect opportunity to discover a new kind of flavour and a new way to enjoy food. This restaurant prepares their dishes using special and rare cuts of chicken and chicken that is freshly ground in the morning. The chicken is flavored using traditional flavorings such as tare sauce and salt as well as flavorings that are not so conventional in Japan such as balsamic vinegar, herb vinegar, madeira wine, brandy and much more. Each cut of meat is prepared with the most careful methods and best seasonings to fully bring out the flavours. 

     

    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
    Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:00 ー 15:30 (L.O.15:00)  Dinner: 17:00 ー 23:00 (L.O.22:00)

    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/ (The website is scheduled to open during mid October) 

     

     Pintokona (ぴんとこな)

    As a cheap place to enjoy authentic sushi, Pintokona has become a very popular restaurant. Now, it is having a fresh renewal. This sushi is made by using seasonal ingredients from around Japan. From November 1 to 30, there will be an exciting new menu that includes fresh fish from Miyazaki and authentic shochu (Japanese spirit). There will also be a fair that you also should not miss out on. 

     

    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
    Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:00 ー 15:30 (L.O: 15:00) Dinner: 17:00 ー 23:00 (L.O: 22:00)

    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/ (The website is scheduled to open during mid October) 

     

    AFURI(アフリ)

    Yuzu Orange and Salt Ramen: ¥1000 (before tax) 

    Popular ramen shop AFURI sells a ramen with a translucent gold-coloured soup made using the natural spring water that gushes from the foot of Mount Afuri (Mount Oyama) located in the Tanzawa Mountain Range of the Kanto Region. Carefully selected chicken bones, pot herbs, kombu (kelp) and katsuobushi (fermented and smoked fish) is boiled in the water to add to the flavour. The whole wheat flour used to make the noodles creates a wonderfully fresh, chewy texture. The chashu roast pork pieces are freshly barbecued upon each order, creating a fresh and delicious flavour. AFURI also sells vegan ramen which is particularly popular among foreigners.

     

    We have a full report on our heavenly trip to AFURI so if you are curious to find out more, please check out our this article: Introducing AFURI—Harajuku’s Michelin-Starred Ramen Restaurant

     

    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (L.O:22:00)
    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/shops_restaurants/restaurants/00100.html

     

    There are just so many popular shops and restaurants at Metro Hat that you will be spoilt for choice. We hope you enjoy exploring the rich culture of Roppongi. 

  • Experience the Attack on Titan VR Game at the MORI Tower Sky Deck in Roppongi Hills

    03.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    As part of the ongoing Attack on Titan Exhibition FINAL event that is taking place at MORI Arts Center Gallery until September 8, a new addition has been added to the event that will take place from August 6 to September 8.

    Titled “Sky Deck ~The Colossal Titan’s Invasion~,” the event will take place on the open-top roof of Roppongi Hills MORI Tower that will make use of the surrounding environment and utilise AR technology to project the Colossal Titan before your very eyes, up 270 meters high.

     

    What happens when the Colossal Titan himself appears before you in real life? This virtual experience will give you a peek into the cruel and terrifying world of Attack on Titan.

  • Ryuhei Maruyama and You Yokoyama From Kanjani Eight Sing Passionately About Sweet Sake

    18.June.2019 | FOOD

    Morinaga Sweet Sake will release their new TV commercial for their chilled sweet sake “Hiyashi Amazake” on July 5th.

    Hiyashi Amazake is made using a blend of carefully selected sake lees produced when making sake, malted rice, and Hakata salt. This drink will provide you with a refreshing aftertaste to keep you cool during the hot summer. To share the news of this wonderful drink with the rest of Japan, Ryuhei Maruyama and You Yokoyama from Japanese boyband Kanjani Eight will feature in the brand’s new advert as promotional characters. Watch the two idols as they muster up all their passion to sing a song about their undying love for Hiyashi Amazake whilst dressed in Hiyashi Amazake-themed Yutaka, leaning against the trees.  

     

    You just have to hear the intense rap, too. The boys manage to sing it all the way through to the end without breaking their serious face into fits of laughter.

     

    Please check out the incredibly entertaining Hiyashi Amazake advert!

  • Bask in the Cool Summer Evenings at MIDTOWN LOVES SUMMER 2019

    15.May.2019 | SPOT

    Tokyo Midtown is holding an event this summer titled MIDTOWN LOVES SUMMER 2019 from July 12 to August 25.

     

    The concept of the event is “The Evening Cool of Japanese Summer” and will have people enjoying the warm evenings on verandas, beside the murmuring streams, and in big open environments surrounded by nature.

     

    A digital art exhibition will be set up with benches for people to enjoy. This piece of modern digital art captures the cool of Japanese summer. Fog will fill the large lawn and colourful lights will illuminate the area to create a magical atmosphere.

    At the outdoor ROKU MIDPARK LOUNGE you will be able to sit down at a table and enjoy the feeling of the cool air under the shade of the trees. This limited-time lounge is held annually and this year is taking place in collaboration with Japanese craft gin brand ROKU. Enjoy sipping on some special cocktails and tucking into food.

     

    ASHIMIZU presented by Iyemon takes place at Midtown Garden’s small running stream where you can dip your legs into the water. This is the 10th time it has been held and has become a popular summer event.

     

    The Roppongi Uchimizu Daisakusen is also making a return. This annual summer event brings in lots of people every year. Uchimizu is a Japanese pastime of sprinkling water onto the pavements, and this year it is also being held as a way to tackle Tokyo’s ‘heat island’ effect. Stored water will be used including rain water and waters from wells. Take your own bottle, fill it up and get spraying!

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