Christmas 2018 at Universal Studios Japan, Sanrio Puroland & Tokyo Disney Resort

20.November.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

Universal Studios Japan, Sanrio Puroland and Tokyo Disney Resort are packed full of Christmas events for this year’s holiday season. Let’s take a look at what’s going on at each park right now.

 

Universal Studios Japan – “Universal Wonder Christmas”

Universal Studios Japan has added a new daytime program titled Yellow Christmas to its “Universal Wonder Christmas” winter event which is running until January 6, 2019.

The main event of Yellow Christmas is seeing the cheeky Minions from the Despicable Me film franchise come together for the Minion Hacha Mecha Christmas Party. This party is bigger, better and crazier than last year’s hugely successful run. Expect to see Minions donning Christmas attire as well as appearances from Gru and Santa Claus. Yellow balloons float across the event and bubbles are blown as everyone comes together for festive merry making. The event finale sees Minion-yellow confetti shoot across the whole area. The decorations give rise to a completely new kind of Christmas aesthetic from the usual red and green combination. Embrace your inner Minion!

 

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Meccha Minion! Yellow Christmas

Running: November 9, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Location: Universal Studios Japan

Event Page: https://www.usj.co.jp/christmas2018/minion/

 

Sanrio Puroland – “Puro Christmas”

Sanrio Puroland’s white Christmas-themed event “Puro Christmas” is currently being held up until Christmas Day.

“The Puro Christmas” is a brand new musical that has arrived at the park to warm the hearts of its guests this Christmas. It will is centred around Hello Kitty and the Little Twin Stars (Kiki and Lala) who are joined by some other familiar Sanrio faces. The show contains lots of Christmas songs, and guests are pulled into a winter wonderland as gorgeous flurries of snow fall before them.

Magical Snow is a new attraction at the park made in collaboration with NAKED that is running for a limited time only. It takes place at Kiki & Lala Twinkling Tour, an attraction based on the Yume Star-Cloud where Kiki and Lala were born. The attraction has been turned into a snowy world for this Christmas only.

Enjoy Christmas as you never have before this year at Sanrio Puroland.

 

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Puro Christmas

Running: November 9, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Event Page: https://www.puroland.jp/2018_christmas/

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Tokyo Disney Resort – “Disney Christmas”

Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are now hosting a special Christmas event this year which is running up to December 25.

 

Tokyo Disneyland is celebrating its 35th anniversary this Christmas. At Celebration Street, which is open at the park’s World Bazaar to commemorate 35 years, it is holding a very special performance you can only see during this holiday period. Christmas music, visuals and lights carry the Christmas spirit through the bazaar centred around Celebration Tower which is decorated in all the colours of Christmas. And for the first time ever, this year sees a Christmas tree behind Cinderalla’s castle with the 35th anniversary logo on it.

 

Over at Tokyo DisneySea they are hosting a range of festive events. This includes the new daytime harbor show “It’s Christmas Time” at the Mediterranean Harbor which sees Mickey Mouse and friends together with tap dancers and line dancers backed by breathtaking singers.

 

There are plenty of other Christmas themed events at the park too for the whole family to enjoy to be sure to check out their website.

 

■Information

Tokyo Disney Resort “Disney Christmas”

Running: November 8, 2018 – December 25, 2018

Tokyo Disneyland Christmas 2018: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tdl/event/detail/tdl_christmas2018/

Tokyo DisneySea Christmas 2018: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tds/event/detail/tds_christmas2018/

 

Which of these theme parks do you want to spend your Christmas at the most?

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  • French Artist Nicolas Buffe’s Art to Appear at GINZA SIX Christmas Event

    30.October.2018 | SPOT

    Christmastime is coming to Ginza’s biggest shopping complex GINZA SIX this year with an event that translates to GINZA SIX CHRISTMAS 2018 “Fantastic Gift”: The Tale of the Kingdom of Winter and the Kingdom of Summer. It will run from November 12 to December 25.

    Photo by Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzman + Rocio Romero)

    Christmas art by French artist Nicolas Buffe will be used for the event, with a huge piece being displayed in GINZA SIX’s symbolic open space that runs down the center of the building as well as at the front entrance facing Ginza Chuo-dori Street, the show window on floor B2F and elsewhere. There will also be an immersive piece that makes use of the latest cutting-edge AR technology.

    A “tale” is always at the core of Buffe’s work, the charming visuals of which pull both kids and adults alike into their unique worlds.

     

    The theme of this year’s tale is “gift.” The Kingdom of Summer and the Kingdom of Winter are both at their wits’ end trying to solve problems caused by both of their children. To resolve the quandary the two countries, they both send gifts to each child. To open up the cold heart of the princess of the Kingdom of Winter, she is sent the Kingdom of Summer’s elephant of light. To calm the hot-tempered prince of the Kingdom of Summer, he is sent some refreshing ice cream. Both countries are met with peace as a result.

    The radiating elephant that appears in the story will also appear in the middle of GINZA SIX as a huge 4 meter plus art piece. Drones will be used to create a flying scene.

    At various locations including the front entrance an app can be downloaded and used which when put up to different art pieces will make use of AR tech.

    A range of items made in collaboration with Buffe will also be sold including tote bags featuring characters from the tale, four different ice candies based on the countries and more. There will be plenty of things perfect to pick as a present for someone.

     

    ・Ginza Tsutaya Books (Floor 6F): From December 1, 2018 – TBA

    ・SIXIÈME GINZA (Floor 2F): From November 28, 2018 – February 28, 2019

    ・PALETAS (Floor B2F): From November 12, 2018 – February 24, 2019

    ・PHILIPPE CONTICINI (Floor B2F): Date TBA

     

    Spend a fantastical Christmas at GINZA SIX where the season for giving will be played out in the form of Nicolas Buffe’s newest creation.

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  • Tokyo Disneyland’s Very Very Minnie! Event is a Must-Experience For Minnie Mouse Fans

    18.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Fans of Minnie Mouse won’t want to miss her special “Very Very Minnie!” event that she is hosting at Tokyo Disneyland right now until March 19. Expect to see plenty of cute decorations, experience eating cute food, and getting your hands on some cute merchandise♡

     

    Hand washing area

    You’re sure to have never experienced hand washing like this before. Keep your hands clean at the park with this special soap which when dispensed is shaped like Minnie Mouse wearing her iconic ribbon. This is available for the duration of the event only, so head to Tomorrowland or Critter Country to try it out.

     

    Exclusive Minnie merchandise

    Around 80 pieces of limited edition Very Very Minnie! merchandise are being sold for the event.

    Parkers – Medium ¥4,900, Large ¥5,200 / Cap – ¥3,000 / Scarf Towel – ¥1,500

    Dress up like Minnie Mouse with one of the two parkers, one featuring white and black polka dots of different sizes, and the other with red and white ones. There’s also a cute cap, and scarf towel, so you can enjoy the event even more.

    Cushion – ¥2,300

    Hand Cream Set – ¥1,600

    Wall Pocket – ¥2,900 (*Items in pockets sold separately)

    There’s also  a cushion which you can put your hands in to keep warm this winter, a set of hand creams, a useful wall pocket which you can store various items inーand many more items, up to 80 of them!

     

    Themed menu

    When looking for something to eat, make sure you try out one of the many Minnie-themed food and drink items.

    Cranberry Vanilla Mouse Cake with Souvenir Plate – ¥800 / Yoghurt & Raspberry Mouse with Souvenir Cup – ¥800 / Served at: Sweetheart Cafe

    At the Sweetheart Cafe, you can get your hands on one of two of these desserts which come with their own free souvenirs which you can take to use at home. You won’t be able to resist the addictive sweet and sour flavour of the berries.

    Special Set – ¥1,980 / Served at: The Plaza Inn

    The Plaza Inn has a very special set prepared: a hearty meal featuring two hamburgers, ice cream for dessert with a white chocolate mousse adorned with Minnie’s ribbon, and more.

    Popcorn with Buckets – ¥2,300

    You’ll find this bucket sold at the popcorn wagon next to The Gazebo. It features a design of Minnie looking good in various outfits. If you’re wanting popcorn at Very Very Minnie! then look no further.

     

    Minnie Mouse’s influence can be felt all over Tokyo Disneyland right now, so make sure you see everything when visiting for Very Very Minnie!

     

    ©️Disney

  • Tokyo DisneySea’s Pixar Playtime Event Now in Full Swing and Loved by Pixar Movie Fans

    16.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    You say there’s a snake in your boot? That’s because Tokyo DisneySea’s long-awaited Pixar Playtime is finally here, partner! Running from January 10 to March 19, this special event is a celebrating of all-things Pixar, with appearances from fans’ favourite films from Toy Story to Finding Nemo and beyond.

     

    Today, we’re taking a small peek into what Pixar fanatics can look forward to. From shows to food and merchandise, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

     

    Pixar Playtime

    Pixar Playtime is an annual event that plunges guests into the wonderful worlds of Pixar’s filmography, giving them a chance to meet and celebrate with some of the most iconic characters in animation history. For Pixar Playtime 2020, Tokyo DisneySea has been decorated like a colourful board game with squares which guests can move along and challenge themselves to the many different objectives written on them. There are many programmes prepared for this year, including the one below.

     

    The “Pixar Playtime Pals” Show

    Taking place at Piazza Topolino in Mediterranean Harbor, the Pixar Playtime Pals show invites guests into playing various fun games inspired by the Toy StoryThe Incredibles, and Finding Nemo films.

    As the games progress, more and more characters begin to appear to raise levels of excitement including those from RatatouilleUpBrave, and Inside Out.

    It’s an exciting time for Pixar fans to interact with lots of their favourite characters.

     

    Decorations Aplenty

    Tokyo DisneySea is littered with decorations referencing Pixar’s films for the event including the iconic Pixar Ball.

    Other things guests will spot is the colourful roulette featuring numerous characters, a game booth based on the Toy Story film series, a plethora of photo spots including the one above of Jack-Jack from The Incrediblesーthe list goes on. There’s plenty to be enjoyed at every turn, so be sure to take it all in.

     

    Themed Menu

    Special Set – ¥1,980 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant

    This special set is inspired by Finding Nemo. The pink mashed potato spread on the hamburger is made to look like coral.

    There are also other little motifs, like this fish-shaped carrot which is orange like the titular clownfish himself.

    The captivating colours of the lemon roll cake bring to mind Dory swimming through the ocean, while the accompanying pumpkin cream soup is sure to warm you up.

    Sparkling Drink (Orange & Strawberry) – ¥450 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant

    This orange and strawberry flavoured sparkling drink is inspired by Hank the octopus. It’s topped with strawberry flavoured pearls which look like octopus suckers and add a delicious chewy texture to your sipping experience.

    Orange & White Chocolate Mousse w/ Souvenir Mug – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery

    This two-layered cup dessert is made from orange and white chocolate mousse. You’re sure you recall the famous claw scene from Toy Story as your fork descends onto the custard-flavoured Little Green Man. The dessert comes with a free Toy Story and star design mug.

    Blueberry Cheesecake w/ Souvenir Plate – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery

    The fresh smell of blueberry will hit your nose as you munch into this moist cheesecake, topped with strawberry chocolate-coated wheat bran. It also comes with a plate featuring the Pixar Playtime board game design.

     

    Special Merchandise

    Mug – ¥’2,300

    It wouldn’t be a Pixar event without some love for Luxo Jr., the famous lamp that is a symbol of Pixar. The “Playtime” text written on the mug depicts various movies from the animation studio.

    Pouch Set – ¥2,100

    You’re sure to be spoiled for choice when picking which of these pouches to use, but luckily they come as a set, so you get all three. They feature cute designs of the Pixar character cast.

    Osenbei – ¥1,100

    This set of osenbei rice crackers make for a perfect souvenir. There are five flavours in the set including persimmon seed, sweet & salty, curry, salted, and cheese.

     

    Jump into the wonderful world of Pixar at Tokyo DisneySea’s Pixar Playtime Event.

     

    ©️Disney

  • Latest News On SUPER NINTENDO WORLD at Universal Studios Japan – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    16.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is set to open at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in 2020ーthe year of the Tokyo Olympicsーas the world’s first theme park area centred on the world, games and video game characters from Nintendo.

     

    What is “SUPER NINTENDO WORLD”?

    SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be the first-ever multilevel Nintendo-themed area at USJ, and the first of its kind in the world. Fans of the internationally beloved games can expected to see a whole host of rides and attractions dedicated to their favourite characters, from Mario Kart to Yoshi and beyond, as well as themed restaurants, merchandise shops, and more.

    Power Up Band

    Guests at SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be able to feel like they are in a Mario video game with the Power Up Band, a purchasable wristband which works in connection with the USJ app for smartphones., which enables them to collect digital coins and compete with their friends for the highest score on the scoreboards.

     

    Hit question blocks to collect coins

    Just like Mario does in his quest to save Princess Peach from Bowser, guests can collect coins by hitting Question Blocks with their Power Up Bands. They will feel like they are competing in a video game, in real time, with the other guests in the park. The Power Up Band has numerous features, including the ability to obtain collectable items like Mario character stamps by completing various conditions listed on the app.

     

    Battle bosses with friends

    Additionally, guests can collect ‘Keys’ in a new attraction called ‘Key Challenges’ with which they can unlock various gameplay opportunities including ‘Boss Battles.’ They will be able to battle bosses together with their friends.

     

    Charli XCX & Galantis drop music video to promote the park’s grand opening

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  • Sanrio Puroland to Run “Sweets Puro very berry sweets Party” Next Year

    02.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Sanrio Puroland (Puroland) will be running its popular dessert-themed event “Sweets Puro very berry sweets Party” from January 10 to March 10, 2020. 

    Puroland’s restaurants will be selling Sweets Puro-limited desserts full of a variety of berries. Restaurant Yakata on floor 4 will be serving a berry and chocolate-themed dessert buffet on select days.

    As the first dessert buffet to be held since Puroland’s renovation, there will be a photo session allowing customers to take photos of the food and characters too. 

    The event will also see the return of the evening main show “Miracle Illusion☆Happiness”, which was last performed in September 2019 and ended with guests longing for more. Hello Kitty and her beloved boyfriend Dear Daniel will also appear in adorable angel costumes. This is a wonderful chance to enjoy delicious desserts, fantastic illumination and beautiful projection mapping.

    The “My Melody Strawberry Illuminations Ichigo Ichie” is another Sweets Puro-limited event to be returning this year following its popularity. This event will run from January 10 to February 14, 2020. From February 15 to March 10, 2020, Hello Kitty’s cute singing voice will echo throughout Puroland as she performs at the illumination show “SPARKLE!! Sweet Lights”.

    After the illumination show, Puro Village will be illuminated entirely in sweet pink illumination. 

    Meet the characters dressed in berry-themed costumes at the “Very Berry Character Hug Time” event and enjoy the Valentine’s Day and White Day-themed event “Special Sweets Greeting” (fee applies). 

    You also can’t miss the dessert house photo spot and dessert-themed character merchandise, which will be available for a limited time only. 

     

    Puroland will be bursting with sweet goodness that you just can’t miss next year.

     

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  • Tokyo DisneySea Announces ‘Pixar Playtime’ Event For 2020

    22.December.2019 | SPOT

    Tokyo DisneySea has revealed details for its upcoming special event “Pixar Playtime” which is set to plunge guests into the wonderful worlds of Disney/Pixar films from January 10, 2020. Meet your favourite characters at one of the many programs or greeting events set to take place at one of the park’s first big events of the New Year.

    There are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself at Pixar Playtime, from snapping photos of the colourful Pixar decorations to wearing Pixar character merchandise, tucking into food and drink inspired by the characters of Pixar, and more. Let’s take a look.

     

    Decorations

    For Pixar Playtime 2020, Tokyo DisneySea will be decorated like a colourful board game, making for plenty of great photo opportunities with friends and family. The floor will be lined with squares like moves on a board game, so why not challenge yourself to the various objectives written on them and try and reach the goal at Water Front Park? There’s also a photo service where guests can have photos taken of them from high up as pictured above so it looks like they are pieces in the game.

    The park will of course also be littered with decorations referencing Pixar’s film catalogue, from Toy Story 4‘s Forky to the iconic Pixar Ball. Some returning features from last year’s event will also make an appearance including interactive photo spots, game booths, and lots more. There’s countless ways to enjoy yourself at Pixar Playtime.

     

    Special Merchandise

    Feel even more part of the festive fun by picking up some official colourful Pixar Playtime merch.

    Available at Emporio: Unisex Jumper – M Size ¥3,900, L Size ¥4,200 / Cap ¥2,900 / Headband ¥1,700 / Smartphone Case ¥2,100 / Lighting Pendant ¥1,900 / Cushion ¥1,900

    Red, yellow and blue define the Pixar Playtime goods line-up just like the Pixar Ball. We recommend picking up any of these items like the jumper, headband or smartphone case and snapping some photos in front of one of the many Pixar Balls scattered around the park, or while on the board game squares. Buying your own Pixar Ball cushion is sure to make for a great photos too. Dress up with friends and family and become part of the fun!

    Available at Emporio: Sun Visor ¥2,900 / Earmuffs ¥2,400 / Flag ¥600 / Plush Toy ¥2,700 / Jacket ¥5,900 / Shoulder Bag ¥2,500

    There’s also a new collection of Cars merchandise like a jacket and earmuffs, as well as a sun visor that has Lightning McQueen’s eyes on its front. We recommend taking these items to the “Lightning McQueen Victory Lap” entertainment program at American Waterfront and taking some photos while cheering on McQueen!

     

    Special Menu Line-ups

    Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear’s Cookie Sandwich w/ Souvenir Pouch – ¥1,300 @ Gondolier Snacks

    Restaurants around the park will be serving food, drinks and desserts inspired by the Pixar cast, like this cookie sandwich centred on Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear from Toy Story 3. The pink cookies are filled with chewy marshmallows and sweet-smelling strawberry flavoured cream. It even comes with a pouch that looks like the cookie treat itself, so much so you might find yourself wanting to bite into it after trying the real thing.

    Sparkling Drink (Mango & Orange) – ¥450 @ Cafe Portofino

    Sparkling Drink (Orange & Strawberry) – ¥450 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant

    These drinks are also Pixar-inspired. The mango and orange version is based on the colours of Ducky and Bunny from Toy Story 4, while the orange and strawberry beverage is made in the image of the octopus from Finding Nemo.

     

    Pixar Playtime officially begins on January 10, 2020, so make sure you get the chance to visit Tokyo DisneySea next year.

     

    *The special merchandise and menu line-ups will go on sale early from January 9, 2020, one day before the event begins. The products and food are subject to change without notice. Please note that items are subject to selling out.

    ©Disney ©Disney/Pixar

  • Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo: Kyoto’s Dessert House Releases Matcha Tiramisu and New Cheese Products

    20.December.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo opened in Kiyomizu Gojozaka, Kyoto in July this year as the first place in Kyoto to specialise in “bottled cheesecakes.” This month, they are releasing four new products to continue the cheese craze right to the end of 2019.

    The first is a revamp of their number one most popular soft serve cheese ice cream: the “Chocolate Mont Blanc Cheese Soft.” The soft serve ice cream is a mix of refreshingly sweet milk and rich cheese topped with a full-bodied mont blanc-style chocolate—a welcome addition during the winter months when you want to stay in and indulge in some chocolate. The ice cream is finished with crushed chocolate pieces and a crowning raspberry to create a chocolate cake in a cone. You’re sure to become a frequent customer after a bite of this.

    And for the Christmas season only, between December 18th-25th the shop is also selling another special soft serve that’s made to look like a Christmas tree. The cheese soft serve is covered with a sprinkling of Uji matcha powder and adorned with chocolate pearls and stars.

    Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo is also releasing hot versions of its “Kiyomizu Cheese Drink” and “Matcha Cheese Tea,” the iced versions of which were greatly enjoyed in summer. The Matcha Cheese Tea can also now be ordered with tapioca topping, creating a delicious combination between the expertly crafted rich matcha cheese tea and the chewy and sugary tapioca pearls.

    Also released this month is the “Homemade Matcha Tiramisu” when is served in a traditional masu box and served only on the second floor eat-in section. This irresistible delight is made with flavourful mascarpone cheese and bitter Uji matcha from Kyoto to create a dessert that’s perfect during a trip or day out in Kyoto. Because of the hard labour that goes into creating this dessert, only 5-10 are served per day, so be sure to arrive early to not miss the opportunity.

  • Starbucks Japan Reveals New Matcha White Chocolate Hot and Iced Drinks For Christmas

    17.December.2019 | FOOD

    Starbucks Coffee Japan is celebrating Christmas 2019 with two new delicious beverages: the Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino🄬 and Hot Matcha White Chocolate, both of which will be available to order between December 19 and 25 for this year only.

     

    Both versions of this delightful holiday season drink are the perfect accompaniment to the winter days, combining richly fragrant matcha with smooth white chocolate. The Frappuccino🄬 enjoys the addition of maple syrup for a distinct sweetness which mixes gorgeously with the matcha and milkiness of the white chocolate.

     

    The hot version is made with foamed milk which too is soaked in the full-bodied kick of the matcha. The fluffy texture of the foamed milk together with the sweet taste and velvety white chocolate is a combination sure to get you addicted.

     

    If you’re in Japan for Christmas this year, be sure to stop by Starbucks for a cup of Matcha White Chocolate.

  • Handmade Christmas Chocolate Santa and Snowman Released at ATELIER de GODIVA in Kyoto

    13.December.2019 | FOOD

    GODIVA Japan released two new chocolate products at the Daimaru Kyoto branch of ATELIER de GODIVA, a chocolate shop which combines GODIVA’s skilful craftsmanship with chocolate artistry. Named “ATELIER Christmas Showpiece Santa Claus” and “ATELIER Christmas Showpiece Snowman,” the two chocolate artworks were released on Wednesday and are available until December 25.

    Each and every one of these chocolate sculptures are handmade in-store by the shop’s chefs. They are exclusive to ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto and the perfect Christmas treat to adorn any Christmas party this holiday season.

    These cute Christmas-exclusives not only taste delicious, but are fun to look at. Santa is sat in a chimney ready to deliver the presents while the snowman is sat next to a Christmas tree looking warm with its scarf.

    Both of these are limited in stock and won’t be available ever again after they sell out, so don’t miss out.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Rilakkuma Santa Cookies

    08.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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 make Santa Rilakkuma cookies 

     

    1: Ingredients: (For 10 Rilakkumas)

    Unsalted butter: 55g

    Icing sugar: 25g

    White sesame seeds: 30g

    Weak flour: 75g

     

    2: Leave the unsalted butter out for a while until it reaches room temperature and then mix until smooth. Next, mix in the sugar, sesame seeds and then flour in that order. 

    3: Next, split the dough into portions. To make one cookie, you need 15g for the face and 1g of dough for each ear. Arrange your face and both ears as shown in the photo below. 

    Top tip: Rilakkuma’s face is oval-shaped so don’t make it circular.

    4: After you’ve formed all your Rilakkumas, bake them at 180℃ for 15 minutes.

     

    5: Please refer to the video below to decorate Rilakkuma’s face:

    Before the cookies get cold, coat them in icing sugar, using a small brush to dust off the excess. Then, wait for the cookies to cool completely before decorating the face. Place a Meiji Apollo Strawberry Chocolate on Rilakkuma’s head for the Santa hat and you’re done. 

    This is the perfect way to contribute to your next Christmas potluck and it is a flawless plan to impress all your friends.

     

    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!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

  • Starbucks Unleashes Festive Spirit with Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino®

    05.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Now it’s December, we can unleash our festive spirits without anyone telling us “it’s too early”. The streets are glistening with Christmas decor and Christmas dinners, drinks and desserts are around every corner. Every year, Starbucks never fails to hype us up with their Christmas drinks and so without a moment to waste, I headed over to check them out. 

     

    For many, the excitement of Christmas starts to unfold at one moment: opening the stocking. Starbucks has hit home once again with the Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino®, which not only takes on the appearance of a stocking stuffed with treats, but tastes as jolly as one too. The Frappuccino® was released on December 4, 2019 and is enough to leave you with a very merry belly. 

    Once you place your order, you will be handed a sealed straw transformed with Christmas magic to become an edible cookie straw. This drink is the first of its kind for Starbucks and is on a whole new level of excitement. Just holding the straw in your hand waiting for your drink will have your heart racing in anticipation.

     

    Here it is:

    The small, bright red baubles of chocolate will immediately catch your attention. The Christmassy cup is literally a stocking packed with a range of delicious flavours and textures.

    Now it’s time to insert the straw. You will be surprised at just how strong and sturdy it is. Alternating between a few refreshing gulps and an odd chomp on the crispy straw creates a new kind of flavour experience. Rest assured that you are also provided with a regular straw so no need to worry about devouring the straw before finishing the drink.

    The frappuccino® base contains a rich chocolate sauce and is sprinkled with crispy potato chips. There are also some potato chips on top of the drink to moderate sweetness and add texture. 

     

    Not only will this fill your stomach, but just seeing the jolly drink will leave you fully topped up with the festive spirit. Sales will end once stock is depleted so make sure to try it asap if you are interested. 

     

    Have a jolly Christmas filled with excitement and love. 

  • PEANUTS Cafes and Diners Across Japan Release Christmas-Limited Snoopy Courses

    04.December.2019 | FOOD

    If you’re a Peanuts fan, you can’t miss out on the gorgeous Christmas menu which will served up at the PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and PEANUTS DINER Kobe from December 2 – 25. 

    Order the Christmas Dinner course for a large angus beef steak drizzled with a sweet and tangy sauce made of berries and raspberry vinegar.

    After your dinner enjoy the luxurious Christmas desserts plate of bite-sized treats such as a soft and tender canelé and sweet madeleine. The plate is decorated with a Christmas Snoopy pick where Snoopy’s face can be seen peeking through a wreath. 

     

    You don’t have to book in advance but we recommend you do. This can be done via the links in the information section below.

    Order the Salmon Cheese Gratin Christmas Plate for a luxurious course of mains, salad and dessert all on one tray. The sautéd salmon is the steal of the show as it sits in a bath of creamy stew and is topped with a generous layer of cheese. This is served alongside fluffy bread branded with Christmas designs that will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit. A Snoopy pick replaces the traditional cherry on the sundae that will leave you with a sweet aftertaste after your meal.

    The White Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to ward off the cold of winter. Like a white blanket of snow, white chocolate milk fills the cup and is topped with the traditional colours of Christmas. Allow yourself to be soothed by the drink’s mild sweetness.

     

    Make the most of your Christmas with Snoopy and friends. 

     

    © 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

  • Japan’s ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY Releases Christmas Themed Menu

    01.December.2019 | FOOD

    ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORYーan ice cream chain in Japan specialising in ‘rolled’ ice creamーreleased its Christmas menu today.

    From Left: Reindeer’s Christmas / Pink Pink Christmas / Blue White Christmas / Royal Pink Christmas

    This will be ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY’s third-ever Christmas menu, which they have made even more fun. There are three festive ice creams to choose from, including two featuring Santa Claus and a reindeer. The ice creams can be served in either their regular cups, or the store’s new “Fuwamoko” snowstorm cups, which looks like snow blowing in the wind. Check out the video below.

    Until now, people would take photos of the ice cream being made, but these new cups make for an even more Instagrammable post. Edit in a Christmas song or your favourite music to make your own cute video for your Instagram Stories. The Christmas menu is available until December 25, but these cups will be served until late February 2020. You’ll find the Christmas menu at the select branches and pop-up stores listed below.

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