GINZA SIX’s 4 Main Valentine’s Day Treats for 2019

21.November.2018 | FOOD

Tokyo’s luxurious Ginza district is home to countless famous chocolateirs. Four Valentine’s Day gifts have been predicted to be the trend at GINZA SIX next year, the biggest shopping complex in the Ginza area.

 

The complex will boast a range of premium chocolates available only at GINZA SIX as well as plenty of top quality Valentine’s gifts produced by top creators from both in and out of Japan. Pop-up shops will also line the establishment. This includes a chocolate brand run by young chocolatiers that has won many awards in Paris and is coming to Japan for the first time, food shops where you can enjoy Japan’s food culture, workshops run by jewellery brands and more.

 

Sweet-looking chocolate made using “Ruby Chocolate”

Ruby chocolate is a variety of chocolate that was in development for over 10 years and introduced in 2017. It is to be considered as the fourth category of chocolate alongside, dark, milk and white. GINZA SIX will showcase an assortment of products made using ruby chocolate.

Ruby no Tamago (THE GRAND GINZA): ¥1,200 (Available at GINZA SIX only)

Ruby chocolate comes from the ruby cocoa bean and has a fruity flavour. The refreshing Ruby no Tamago is filled with light fromage blanc and sour cranberries and raspberries.

 

Elegant eat-in “Galentine” chocolate

The Galentine offers a new way to enjoy Valentine’s. A portmanteau of “girl” and “valentine,” it’s a tea set packed full of Valentine’s season-only specially made sweets and is aimed at girls who want to have a girl’s-only get-together.

Stawberry & Chocolate Afternoon Tea Set (THE GRAND GINZA): ¥3,800 (Available at GINZA SIX only)

A specially-crafted tea set made by chefs and patissiers, it emphasises sweet and juicy strawberries and chocolate including sweets, foie gras, a strawberry, avocado and seafood cocktail and more.

 

“Wasozai” chocolate

GINZA SIX is home to numerous famous shops and restaurants from all across Japan, so there will be no shortage of a variety of different chocolates made by patissiers who are masters at using Japanese ingredients (wasozai). It is also recognised for this by those from overseas, solidifying GINZA SIX as a promoter of Japanese culture from Ginza to the world.

Tsujiri Collection (Tsujiri): Set of 6 – ¥1,770 / Set of 12 – ¥3,540

The tea experts over in Tsujiri have carefully selected the best Uji matcha to fuse with chocolate. Each bite-sized piece brings out the full flavour of matcha, Tsujiri’s forte. There are six flavours to enjoy: rich tea, yuzu citrus, praline and sesame seeds, Japanese sansho pepper, sakura strawberry, and the new brown cane sugar.

 

“Health-conscious” chocolate

In a time where more and more people are becoming conscious of eating healthy, GINZA SIX will also sell a variety of Valentine’s chocolates made using ingredients that are good for the body such as kurozu black vinegar, soy milk, yuzu citrus and more. When you offer these chocolates to that special someone, you are saying you both care for them in a loving way and also for their well-being.

Kurozu Raw Chocolate (Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery): ¥1,500

These chocolates are a combination of white and dark chocolate, which are made with soy milk, and kurozu vinegar. They taste like cheesecake.

Valentine Chocolate (Patisserie Pavlov): ¥602

 

There are plenty of other high quality chocolates by brands to enjoy too, so if you’re in Japan around the Valentine’s season make sure to take a trip to GINZA SIX!

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  • Tsujiri’s New Uji Matcha Anmitsu Jelly Arriving at GINZA SIX

    27.April.2018 | FOOD

    The Ginza branch of Tsujiri, a long-standing store hailing from Uji in Kyoto, have announced a new product. Starting from May 1, their new Uji Matcha Anmitsu Jelly will arrive at GINZA SIX, packed with flavour and perfect as a present for summer.

     

    辻利 宇治抹茶のあんみつゼリー GINZA SIX

    The product contains lots of different ingredients all full of flavour, including matcha yokan jelly, houjicha jelly, citrus anko, apricot and rice flour dumpling. The yokan jelly is made with matcha and white bean; the houjicha jelly delicately draws out the flavour of the tea; the yuzu citrus in the anko gives a fresh fragrance; and the apricot and dumpling offers a fresh and juicy texture. Sprinkle on your desired amount of matcha sugar before eating to add the taste and scent of matcha to your palette.

     

    辻利 宇治抹茶のあんみつゼリー GINZA SIX

    This jelly filled plate offers a variety of flavours and something new wherever you choose to scoop from. With its refreshing taste and appearance, it can even be bought as a gift for the summertime.

     

    ■Information

    Uji Matcha Anmitsu Jelly

    Price: ¥454 (Tax Included)

    On Sale: May 1, 2018

    *Takeout product.

     

    Tsujiri Ginza

    Address: GINZA SIX B2, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:30-20:30

    TEL: 03-6263-9988

    Website: http://www.tsujiri.jp/

  • 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.

  • GINZA SIX: Must-Try Christmas Sweets & Winter Goodies This Year

    16.October.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    GINZA SIX, the biggest shopping complex in the Ginza Area, is getting ready for Christmas with a range of special seasonal foods and desserts. The line-up retains the sophistication GINZA SIX is known for as it prepares for the final Christmas of the Heisei Era of Japan.

     

    Let’s take a look at the gourmet selection on offer by splitting them into five separate themes.

     

    Christmas Cakes: From Regulars to One of a Kinds – Gems That Glow the Skills of Patissiers

    Monde argenté (ISHIYA GINZA): ¥4,000

    Noel Framboisier (Ginza Sembikiya): ¥5,000

     

    Classic Sweets: Promoting New Trends for the Last Heisei Period Christmas

    Stollen Pistachio (PALETAS): ¥2,593

    Sweet Potato Almond Noel Box (Minamikaze Noukasha Dessert House): ¥1,852

     

    Limited Edition Christmas Sweets Gifts: Classics in Glamorous Christmas Packaging

    Stardust Cookies (JOTARO SAITO): From ¥540

    Limited Edition Christmas Wheat Gluten Cookie Gift (Fu Fu Fu and): ¥3,000

     

    Party Food & Sake: A High Grade Selection to Decorate the Table

    Limited Edition Christmas Charcuterie & Salad (meat&green shunjyukusei): ¥2,560

    Okawa Sparkling Vinegar (Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery): ¥2,000

     

    Cafes & Restaurants’ Christmas Menus: Bringing a Moment of Bliss on the Holy Night

     

    Fantastic Christmas Course (Bistro Ozami): ¥8,000 / ¥12,000

    Christmas Afternoon Tea Set (THE GRAND GINZA): ¥3,800

     

    A range of pop up shops will also appear for a limited time. This includes pop up shops for fashion brands making their way to Japan for the first time as well as fashion x art collaborative brands, brands that will hold events where you can experience craftsmanship and more.

     

    Additionally, Ginza Sembikiya on floor B1F, which opened the first fruit parlour in Japan in 1894, will open a cafe for a limited period serving a range of fruit products that are good for health and beauty. Open from November 3, 2018 to January 31, 2019.

    <GINZA SIX Limited Edition> Ginza Sembikiya Parfaits: ¥1,500 Each (Pre-Tax)

     

    These parfaits are made with an abundance of fruit that  has been carefully selected by Ginza Sembikiya. The fruits are cut into large slices so you can enjoy their full original flavour. The parfaits are also made with a rich homemade fruit sauce. Choose from three parfait flavours: Muskmelon, Strawberry or Fruits Mille-Feuille.

     

    Bulgari will also open a pop up store called Bvlgari Pop (Up) Corn in the second floor SIXIÈME GINZA. The store is a reinterpretation of a 1960s movie set where they will sell a range of items including a limited edition model bag. Open from December 12, 2018 to January 15, 2019.

    <GINZA SIX Limited Edition> Product Name: Serpenti Forever / Price: ¥295,000 (w/tax ¥318,600)

     

    There’s plenty of other exciting Christmas and seasonal winter food and content to look forward to at GINZA SIX as well, so be sure to check their official website for more details.

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  • Top 10 Most Popular Souvenirs to Pick Up at Tokyo Station’s HANAGATAYA Store | 2019 Edition

    30.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    HANAGATAYA is a souvenir variety shop that opened in Tokyo Station’s central passage back in July. After over 5 months of sales, the store has revealed its Top 10 most popular products based on sales.

     

    The line-up features a selection of HANAGATAYA exclusives, as well as products from elsewhere which have received pre-sales at HANAGATAYA. You will be spoilt for choice with this selection, all of which are perfect for ringing in the New Year when travelling back home. Let’s take a look.

     

    1st Place

    Banana Custard Cream – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Emblem Design (Tokyo 2020 Official Licensed Product) – Contains 8 – ¥1,134 (Tax Included)

    Officially licensed by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, these chewy cakes are made from domestic Japanese rice, and are filled with deliciously creamy banana custard.

     

    2nd Place

    Tokyo Banana Butter Madeleine (Tokyo Banana World) – Contains 4 – ¥560 Tax Included)

    Exclusive to HANAGATAYA come these all-new butter madeleine’s created by famous confectionery company Tokyo Banana. These baked treats feature a buttery fragrance and taste, and are made with a banana confiture and finished with fresh lemon.

    *Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street

     

    3rd Place

    Toro One Press Chocolate Chick (Tokyo Hiyoko) – Contains 3 – ¥648 (Tax Included)

    This year marks 107 since the company Hiyoko was established. The “Toro One Press Chocolate Chick” is a new confection from them: an adorable skyward-looking chick made up of three chocolate layersーeach with their own distinct flavour. At the heart of the chick is a moist chocolate paste.

    *Exclusive to Tokyo Station

     

    4th Place

    Cheese Wich – Contains 5 – ¥594 (Tax Included)

    These light and refreshing cheese cookies, called Cheese Wiches, are filled with a chocolate-coated melted cheese sauce. Three layers means an enjoyable amalgamation of flavours and textures.

    *Exclusive to Tokyo Station

     

    5th Place

    Chocolate Chestnut Eggs (Ginza Tamaya) – Contains 4 – ¥800 (Tax Included)

    “Goma Tamago” is a popular bite-sized egg-shaped confection. This chestnut flavour was created for HANAGATAYA, a mix of dark chocolate and vanilla flavoured chestnut paste.

    *Exclusive to Tokyo Station

     

    6th Place

    Strawberry Cookie Sandwich (Berry UP!) – Contains 8 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    Berry UP! is a cute confectionery brand which creates baked strawberry sweets. Keeping with that theme, they have created a crunchy quintuple-layered cookie sandwich filled with sweet and sour strawberry chocolate.

     

    7th Place

    Shinjuku Curry Ebi (Shinjuku Nakamuraya) – Contains 6 – ¥600 (Tax Included)

    If you’re looking for something more savoury, then this one’s for you: Shinjuku Nakamuraya’s light, fluffy and melt-in-the-mouth ebi, coated in curry spices. One nibble is enough to get you instantly hooked.

     

    8th Place

    Strawberry Polvorón (Berry UP!) – Contains 6 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    Another entry from Berry UP!, these polvorón shortbreads are made from lots of fresh strawberries mixed with condensed milk and mascarpone, creating a subtle sweetness that’s enough to have your mouth watering.

     

    9th Place

    BLUE MELTIN SAND (Tokyo Campanella) – Contains 8 – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    What if herbal tea and cookies became its own snack? That’s what Tokyo Campanella asked too, and so make it a reality. Their BLUE MELTIN SANDs are cat’s tongue cookies stuffed with a herbal tea sauce that has a natural blue colour.

     

    10th Place

    Premium Cacao Full Sablé (Mary Chocolate) – Contains 18 – ¥1,350 (Tax Included)

    Finally, we have a premium edition of chocolate company Mary Chocolate’s Cacao Full Sablés. This one’s for the adults, a sophisticated combination of bittersweet chocolate and berries.

    *Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Which one takes your fancy the most? Whether as a souvenir for the folks back home, or as a treat to yourself to celebrate 2020, if you’re in Tokyo this year then be sure to give HANAGATAYA a visit.

  • World’s First Cacao Fruit Kit Kat Reduces Waste and Replaces Sugar with Cacao Pulp

    30.November.2019 | FOOD

    Nestlé has unveiled a new chocolate recipe that replaces added sugar with cacao pulp. Japan, famous for its exciting range of Kit Kat flavours, adopted the new recipe to create the first cacao fruit chocolate Kit Kat. The Kit Kat was released for sale at the Kit Kat Chocolatory and online on November 29, 2019.

    The Kit Kat Chocolatory sells premium-quality Kit Kats made and from a careful selection of ingredients and by a special production method. The process is overlooked by Yasumasa Takagi, the chocolatier who owns LE PATISSIER TAKAGI.

    Whether your’re looking for a unique Japanese souvenir for your friends and family, something small yet luxurious for your work colleagues or even just a petite treat for yourself, the Kit Kat Chocolatory’s popular range caters for every souvenir situation.

    The new Cacao Fruit Chocolate Kit Kat uses Nestlé’s new cacao pulp recipe. Cacao pulp is the white substance surrounding the cacao beans inside the fruit. It is dried and pulverised into a fine powder to be used as a replacement for sugar. By infusing cacao pulp into the chocolate, the chocolate flavour can be tasted more fully, making for a new and exciting flavour experience.

    Many people are unaware of the unique sweet and tangy flavour of the cacao fruit’s soft and fleshy insides. Part of the cacao pulp is normally used as sugar to ferment cacao beans in a normal chocolate-making process. However, approximately 70 percent of the pulp is instantly disposed of.

    Brazil and many other cacao-producing Latin American countries use cacao pulp to make drinks and smoothies that are easy to produce. It is also seen as an ingredient in ice creams. Some businesses have jumped on the appeal of cacao as a rarely used ingredient to make and export cacao juice. Other than this, usage of cacao pulp has remained low for a long time.

     

    Under Takagi’s guidance, a new Kit Kat has arrived at the chocolatory which spreads not only the appeal of cacao as a natural sugar and flavouring, but also encourages sustainable living through reduced food waste.

     

    Come try a Kit Kat made with cacao pulp for yourself.

  • McDonald’s Japan to Release Pink Triangular Strawberry and Chocolate Pie

    29.November.2019 | FOOD

    McDonald’s Japan is releasing a new strawberry flavour of its popular triangular chocolate pie dessert on December 4, 2019: the Sankaku Choco Pie Amaou.

     

    The chocolate pies have a crunchy exterior made up of layers and layers of delicious pastry. They’re filled with warm, melted chocolate to complete the tempting treat.

    The new flavour is made with strawberry powder made from Japanese amaou strawberries which are known for their distinct flavour and subtle sweetness and sourness. McDonald’s Japan released an ordinary strawberry flavour last year, but this one promises to be even richer in flavour.

    The choco pies will be released in a special pink strawberry packaging for a limited time.

    McDonald’s is also still selling the Sankaku Choco Pie Black which we covered last month. It contains almonds and sweet melted chocolate cream. These are also available for a limited time onlyーuntil late Decemberーso don’t miss out on these McDonald’s-exclusive treats!

  • Valentine’s Day 2020: Japanese Chocolates, Golden Desserts & More at GINZA SIX

    24.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Winter may be cold, but that’s no excuse to stay indoors all day when there’s so many seasonal events and festivals to be enjoyedーespecially in Japan. With Christmas and New Year’s just on the horizon, it’ll soon be time to begin preparations for Valentine’s Day.

     

    GINZA SIX is the biggest shopping centre in Ginza, a district itself which prides itself as the high end part of Tokyo. Seeing as Ginza is home to many internationally-known chocolatiers, you can bet that GINZA SIX is sure to deliver when it comes to high-quality Valentine’s chocolates and sweets. And you’d be right in thinking that, because the shopping complex is ready to showcase some of the delectable delights set to pose in all of their delicious glory during the season of love. Whether it’s a treat to some premium chocolate to your special someone, or a bit of self-indulgence, GINZA SIX has you covered this coming Valentine’s Day.

     

    But that’s not all, because a string of pop-up shops are going to open too. Let’s take a peek into what’s to come.

     

    Premium sweets made with the “4th type of chocolate”

    We all know dark, milk, and white chocolate, but many people are still unaware of ruby chocolate. Made from ruby cocoa beans, the chocolate was officially unveiled in 2017, and is marketed as the “4th category” of chocolate. It will come as no surprise then that GINZA SIX will be making use of this still rare chocolate, as well as “blonde” chocolateーyet another unfamiliar type.

    Valrhona Blonde Chocolate Plate With Jasmine Scent – ¥1,200 @ THE GRAND GINZA

    Blonde chocolate’s characteristic quality lies in its combination of caramel and biscuit. The chocolate artisans over at Valrhona, a Japanese chocolate company savoured by some of the world’s top patissiers, have forged a blonde chocolate dome dessert injected with a raspberry puree and sweet vanilla mousse. The dessert is sat on a bed of crunchy crumble and surrounded with a pool of jasmine-scented blonde chocolate cream. This one’s for the adults to enjoy.

    Ruby Saku Langue de Chat (12 Pack) – ¥1,200 @ ISHIYA GINZA

    For a limited time only, ISHIYA GINZA’s langue de chat, also known as cat tongue biscuits, arrive in a ruby chocolate flavour. They took their delicious cat tongues and sandwiched smooth and sour ruby chocolate between them.

     

    Japanese-style chocolates

    These next chocolates are made with the Japanese spirit and palate in mind.

    Tsujiri Collection (8 Pack) – ¥2,360 @ Tsujiri

    The tea experts at Tsujiri have paired chocolate with matcha and houjicha, two types of tea that go perfect with chocolate. Bringing out the flavour of tea in their products is Tsujiri’s speciality. Houjicha comes as the newest flavour to this product alongside koicha, yuzu, sesame praline, Japanese pepper, sakura strawberry, and brown sugar.

    Kurosu Vinegar Raw Chocolate – ¥1,500 @ Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery

    Kurosu vinegar is smooth and doesn’t have a strong flavour or smell. It goes well with these chocolates from the Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery, including their slightly bitter milk chocolate and white chocolate with soy milk. Each bite offers a sweet, refreshing flavour.

     

    Textural chocolates

    If you’re here for the texture, then you’ve come to the right place. From a dessert that combines light pound cake with rich mousse to a melt-in-the-mouth chocolate terrine, GINZA SIX has no shortage of sweets with tempting textures.

    Rouge – ¥2,315 @ Patisserie Pavlov

    This dessert is made with pound cake and rich mousse and is lavish with ganache. It’s covered with a strawberry chocolate coating and finished with an artisanal chocolate decoration.

    Chocolate Terrine – ¥6,000 @ FRANCK MULLER GENEVE

    Luxurious is the word to describe this chocolate terrine, a heavenly mix of Swiss dark chocolate and tasty cultured butter, resulting in a complex flavour profile of richness and melt-in-the-mouth sweetness.

     

    Dine-in Valentine’s menu

    Another way to enjoy your time at GINZA SIX for Valentine’s 2020 is to sit down at one of the cafes or restaurants to enjoy one of their exclusive Valentine’s Day menu items, such as an afternoon tea. It’s a great way to spend your time with your loved one or as a get-together for all the singles out there!

    La Saint-Valentin Afternoon Tea Sets – ¥4,200 (Serves 1) @ THE GRAND GINZA

    “Noir & Blanc” (Black/White) is the theme of these afternoon tea sets, which come in two different colours and are towered with strawberry-packed sweets and savoury snacks. Will you go for the stylish noir, or the sophisticated blanc?

    Coppa Valentine – ¥1,819 @ Café Cova Milano

    Served in a wine glass, this strawberry dessert is a layered combination of sweet and sour strawberry sorbet, chocolate ice cream, and strawberry sauce. It’s topped with heart-shaped chocolate and a rose bell.

     

    Limited-time pop-up shops

    CAFÉ COVA (GINZA SIX Floor B2F) 

    CAFÉ COVA has lots of incredible surprises for the Valentine’s season next year, including a chocolate box wrapped in beautiful packaging, as well as the above-pictured heart and rose panettone (which, by the way, they’ll only be selling a select few of!)

     

    Paul Smith POP UP SHOP (GINZA SIX Floor 4F) / Open November 27, 2019 – January 14, 2020

    IDEAS FROM LONDON is a pop-up shop by Paul Smith that’s set to bring ideas from the UK to Japan. See their new fashion collection, special collaborative items, and more.

     

     

    This is just a select look at what’s to come when the season of love hits GINZA SIX. Make sure you don’t miss out.

  • Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse Serves Up Irresistible Afternoon Tea Set

    23.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse is a chocolate shop owned by French Monégasque chef Alain Ducasse. The chocolate shop will be enhancing its luxurious afternoon tea set called Le Goûter.

    The afternoon tea set tempts you with its 10 delicious creations including choux pastries, macarons, melty pistachio moelleux, sweet sablé biscuits, and brioche bread. The drinks selection includes their standard afternoon tea, coffee, and flavoured teas.

     

    If you’re a chocoholic, this afternoon tea set should definitely be on your bucket list.

  • No Chocoholic Can Resist Lindt’s New Nutty Caramel Chocolate Drinks

    21.November.2019 | FOOD

    Since being founded in 1845, Lindt has carried its reputation as a Swiss brand of chocolate throughout the centuries, capturing the hearts of chocoholics in over 120 countries across the world. Lindt will be releasing a brand new chocolate drink on December 1, 2019 across Japan. The chocolate drink will be available in hot and cold and is made using an irresistible Gianduia chocolate hazelnut spread.

    Both the hot and cold versions of the drink contain Lindt’s signature melt-in-the-mouth milk chocolate which is mixed with luxurious hazelnut praline paste. The praline paste is made from roasted hazelnuts fused into delicious caramel. Once the aroma of both roasted hazelnuts and caramel entices you to take a sip, the rich flavour will spread through your mouth and you won’t be able to stop.

    The drinks are topped with a fluffy chocolate and whipped cream combination and chocolate flakes which add a wonderful texture. The finishing touches on the drink consist of a drizzle of hazelnut praline sauce and a sprinkle of chopped hazelnuts. The wavy water pattern that can be seen decorating the iced chocolate drink can be mixed into the drink and enjoyed. If you’re looking for a quick chocolatey refresh, the iced chocolate drink is perfect for you. For those of you who succumb to the winter chills, the hot chocolate drink will warm you up right away.

     

    Once the fragrance of these drinks reaches your nose, no chocoholic will be able to resist.

  • BABYMETAL Collaborates On Fashion Designer Yohji Yamamoto’s Ground Y Collection

    08.November.2019 | FASHION / MUSIC / Uncategorized

    2019 is the year of BABYMETAL, with their latest album METAL GALAXY having dropped in October and making them the highest Japanese group/artist to place on the Billboard Top 200 in the US in 56 years. As they continue knee-deep in their ongoing world tour, you might be wondering what else they have in the pipeline.

     

    Well, we can confirm that for you right here and now: they have teamed up with internationally-lauded Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto on his revolutionary Ground Y collection which boasts a genderless and ageless style.

    Pre-sales of the collection will take place at the new Shibuya PARCO which is set to open on November 22. This will be followed by sales at GINZA SIX, Laforet Harajuku, and the online store THE SHOP YOHJI YAMAMOTO.

    The collection will bring together the unique world of BABYMETALーa band which has won love the world over and has featured as guest acts on many tours of international artistsーand Yohji Yamamoto, a rebel and innovator in the fashion industry whose DNA is woven into the Ground Y line. The inspiration for this jet black collaborative collection is “galaxy,” an homage to BABYMETAL’s latest record METAL GALAXY.

    There are numerous items in the collection, including a jumbo cut and sewn embroidered with both the BMD FOX APPAREL logoーBABYMETAL’s official apparel brandーand the Ground Y logo. There’s also a big hoodie featuring a 360° print and BABYMETAL’s logo, a draped silk satin long shirt, and more.

     

    MASATOSHI YAMASHIRO snapped the photos in this photoshoot, a Tokyo-based photographer who started his career in LA and New York and works with fashion magazines, advertisements, and more.

  • Masaki Aiba & Jun Matsumoto Take Over Shibuya Station Billboards in New Promo Ads

    06.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Meiji plastered up some new billboard advertisements for their Meiji Oishii Gyunyu milk and Meiji Milk Chocolate products at Shibuya Station on Monday.

    Actors and singers Masaki Aiba and Jun Matsumoto were chosen to be part of the ad promos for the products respectively.

    The advertisements will also feature back-to-back in the Saturday November 9 issue of Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun where they have both written columns about what they like about their chosen products.

    The pictures in this photoshoot were also released as downloadable wallpapers on Tuesday. Links below!

  • GINZA SIX’s Kurogi Chacha to Serve High-Quality Green Tea Caviar Ochazuke

    27.October.2019 | FOOD

    Kurogi Chacha, a restaurant in GINZA SIX, is serving up an all-new ochazuke (green tea poured over rice) dish made with gyokuro, a high-quality green tea, and caviar. It will be served for a limited time for the whole month of November.

    Gyokuro Caviar Chazuke – ¥20,000 (Before Tax)

    Kurogi Chacha is a restaurant made in collaboration with Kyoto’s long-standing tea company Fukujuen and Kurogi which has been called the hardest restaurant in Japan to reserve a table at due to the sheer number of reservations.

     

    The new Gyokuro Caviar Chazuke is made with rich caviar and fine quality gyokuro tea which adds a refreshing taste to the dish. One bowl is served with an entire 30g can of caviar so you can enjoy its full flavour.

     

    If you find yourself in the Tokyo’s high-end district of Ginza then don’t pass up this opportunity to wine and dine at Kurogi Chacha.

  • Lindt’s 6 New Chocolate Cafe Mochas Will Warm You Up This Fall

    26.October.2019 | FOOD

    Premium chocolate brand Lindt is releasing six new mocha beverages on November 1 at Lindt Chocolat Cafe branches across Japan (excluding Lumine Tachikawa). The line-up includes white, milk and dark varieties of their new “Lindt Iced Chocolate Drink Mocha” and “Lindt Hot Chocolate Drink Mocha.”

    From these two new drinks customers will pick between their favourite kind of chocolate―white, milk or dark―after which their coffee chocolate beverage will be prepared with love and care with a fresh shot of aromatic espresso. The coffee beans used for these mocha delights were carefully chosen by the cafe chain to ensure they enjoy a harmonious combination with the espresso, resulting in a velvety sweetness from the chocolate and rich, full-bodied fragrance from the coffee.

    Choose between hot or iced depending on how you feel that day. The iced mochas have a refreshing aftertaste while the hot mocha leaves smooth lingering sweetness in your mouth while also relaxing and warming you up.

    Each drink is topped with a light and fluffy mousse and is drizzled in a rich mocha sauce before chocolate nibs and crunchy hazelnuts are thrown on top for texture. Whichever you order, it will be like a dessert in a cup: filling and satisfying. If you’re near a Lindt Chocolat Cafe while in Japan from November 1, be sure to pop in.

  • GINZA SIX Christmas 2019: Christmas Cake, New Art by Klaus Haapaniemi & More

    21.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Ginza’s biggest shopping complex GINZA SIX is celebrating Christmas this year with an upcoming event entitled “Celebration of Life: Hoshi no Umi no Shukusai” (A Festival Under a Sea of Stars) which will take place from November 5, 2019 to December 25, 2019.

    Celebration of Life: Hoshi no Umi no Shukusai

    The visuals for “Celebration of Life: Hoshi no Umi no Shukusai” were created by Finnish artist Klaus Haapaniemi. The work is titled “Astral Sea” and Haapaniemi arranged the art specifically for the event. It features animals and living beings floating through space amongst the stars, each moving to the rhythm of the stars’ revolution. With this grand work, Haapaniemi has created a new myth that makes one think of space and how it connections to the lives of humans.

    The space and time-transcending “Lightning Whales” which appear in the Astral Sea will be suspended from the shopping centre’s atrium, and tapestries of Haapaniemi will also be draped down the centre, turning GINZA SIX itself into its own Astral Sea. The 10-meter long Lightning Whales floats have been designed in such a way that it looks like they are flying through space. Additional artwork can also be found in the front entrance, show window on floor B2F, and elsewhere.

     

    Klaus Haapaniemi x GINZA SIX Christmas Collaboration Items

    Several stores inside GINZA SIX are also releasing items in collaboration with Haapaniemi.

    Mimuro Sugi Junmai Daiginjo Imadeya Ginza Limited Edition Model – ¥3,000 @ Imadeya Ginza

    This Junmai Daiginjo is part of the Mimuro Sugi Roman Series developed by a sake brewery in Nara. This transparent drink retains the delicate flavour of the rice and leaves a beautiful lingering aftertaste. It’s best enjoyed with some tasty food.

    Available: November 5, 2019 – February 29, 2020 (While supplies last)

     

    Lightning Whales Frozen Fruit Bar – ¥600 @ PALETAS

    These new frozen fruit bars from PALETAS are inspired by Haapaniemi’s Lightning Whales. The bar’s fantastic colouring is taken from the Astral Sea, while its flavour is blueberry gelato with salt. It’s decorated with gold leaf and silver leaf.

    Available: November 5, 2019 – January 31, 2020

     

    Gloves – Whale Embroidery ¥9,000 / Swan Embroidery ¥10,000 @ Ginza Tsutaya Book Store

    Gloves are a must-have during winter, and these ones come with whale and swan embroidery. You’re sure to grab people’s attention with these gorgeous fits.

    Available: November 8, 2019 – December 25, 2019

     

    *Listed prices don’t include tax. Items subject to change without notice.

     

    Christmas Cake & Party Food

    Ginza is known for its long list of gourmet restaurants, serving food from around the world. This holiday season, GINZA SIX has plenty of Christmas delights lined up.

    Noel Neige – ¥4,630 @ Pavlov Pâtisserie

    This gorgeous, light cake uses cream for its snowy landscape, topped with bright-red strawberries.

    Panettone Babbo Natale – ¥7,407 @ Café Cova Milano

    Cova’s panettone is made with a secret recipe that has been handed down since the beginning of the 19th century.

    Assorted Mini Sandwiches – ¥3,704

    This assortment of mini sandwiches are the perfect choice for Christmas parties, filled with a variety of delicious ingredients like smoked salmon, caviar, pastrami, and more.

    *Listed prices don’t include tax.

     

    This is just a small look at what GINZA SIX has in store for this Christmas. If you’re spending the holiday season in Tokyo, be sure to stop by.

  • Top 6 Desserts Made With Luxurious Pink Ruby Chocolate

    06.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Ruby chocolate is a variety of chocolate that was introduced in 2017 as the 4th main type of chocolate alongside milk, white and dark. It didn’t hit Japan until October 2018, but since then, the luxury pink delight has been getting much love with the release of many new products. The ruby colour of the cocoa beans is completely natural.

    I attended a product conference held by Barry Callebaut, the Belgian-Swiss chocolate company which introduced ruby chocolate to the world. I got to try out various confections made using this chocolate.

     

    When talking about ruby chocolate, you’re inclined to highlight its striking pink colour. But the looks are just part of the story. Compared to dark, white and milk chocolate, ruby chocolate is said to have the strongest cacao fruit flavour. Though it’s chocolate, it has a sour, fruity kind of taste.

     

    Until last year, I was more about the eye-catching pink colour of the chocolate, so I ended up overlooking that ruby chocolate is often paired with berry-type fruits when it comes to confections. I get it nowーso it has a sour taste? Well then, this year I really want to go all out and appreciate the unique flavour of this ruby chocolate.

     

    Today, I’m going to showcase six new products made with Callebaut® Ruby Chocolate. I’ve tried them all, so I can properly break down the flavours and how delicious they are for you!

     

    Ruby Chocolate Otabe – ¥660 (Before Tax)

    This Japanese confection is a combination of ruby chocolate and “Otabe,” which is a confection known as “yatsuhashi,” a popular souvenir sweet from Kyoto. Much time is put into making the ganache to ensure the fruitiness of the ruby chocolate remains intact. The ganache is wrapped in chewy yatsuhashi which is made with domestic koshihikari, which is a type of rice, and carefully selected water. There’s no way this could be anything short of delicious!

    At the taste-testing session, I got to see the ruby chocolate Otabe being made right in front of me. It was done by a kimono-clad Nara who normally makes confections in the factory.

    The rich and sour ganache combined with the chewy yatsuhashi is a match made in heaven! The pink colour really is cute after all, isn’t it? By wrapping the fruity chocolate in mochi, it creates even deeper flavours in your mouth.

     

    This product will be sold at Kyoto Station and various tourist sites around Kyoto, so if you ever visit the city, make sure you’re on the lookout.

     

    Ruby Chocolate Otabe

    Running: October 11, 2019 – Early May 2020

    Available: At Kyoto Station and tourist spots around Kyoto

    Official Website: http://www.otabe.kyoto.jp/

     

     

     

    Ruby Mille-feuille – ¥600 (Before Tax)

    From Juchheim comes these ruby chocolate-coated mille-feuille fingers, laced with butter from Hokkaido and strawberry and raspberry mixed cream layered into a crunchy sandwich.

    The puff pastry is of course tasty, and the sour flavour of the ruby chocolate mixed with the sourness of the berry cream packs a seriously fruity punch. It’s an overall crunchy and rich dessert, but it also has a refreshing taste to it, so one person is sure to be tempted by more than one.

     

    Ruby Mille-feuille

    Released: October 1, 2019 (Online orders from October 8, 2019 )

    Available: At all 272 branches of Juchheim in Japan / Juchheim Premium Online Shop

    Online Shop: https://e-shop.juchheim.co.jp/

     

     

    Pretzel Cookie – ¥480 Each (Before Tax)

    Food company Rosenheim have taken their crunchy butter pretzel cookies and coated them in various chocolate flavours, including ruby, sweet, milk, and white.

     

    The ruby pretzels have that distinct vivid pink colour and of course taste fruity. There’s six in a pack, so you can share them with friends.

     

    Pretzel Cookie

    Released: September 20, 2019

    Available: At mass retailers across Japan

     

    Christmas Wreath Ruby Framboise – ¥5,000 (Before Tax)

    Callebaut’s new ruby chocolate iced cake will be released from Maison Givrée. It’s topped with a ruby chocolate and raspberry ice cream and is adorned with cool and refreshing lychee sorbet.

    The best way to eat this cake is when the ice cream has melted a little bit. You can enjoy the sweet fragrance of the ruby chocolate and the marriage between its sour flavour and the raspberry. Try savouring the melted sorbet and ruby chocolate ice cream by leaving it in your mouth.

     

    Christmas Wreath Ruby Framboise

    Running: October 11, 2019 – December 13, 2019

    Delivery Window: December 20, 2019 – December 25, 2019 (subject to change)

    Stock: 50

    Available: At Maison Givrée and its online store

    Official Website: https://givreetokyo.shop-pro.jp/

     

     

    Ruby Chocolate Corn Puffs – One Box ¥1,450 (Tax Included)

    You can pick up a box of these ruby chocolate corn puffs at Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux on the 2nd floor of InterContinental ANA Hotel Tokyo. They have a shiny pink pearl-like appearance. The crunchy corn puffs are thick-cut which goes well with that fruity ruby chocolate taste.

     

    Ruby Chocolate Pear Tart – ¥650 (Tax Included)

    These cocoa-laced and ruby chocolate powdered baked tarts are also sold at Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux. They’re topped with almond cream and a pear compote. They’re also topped with a ganache made from ruby chocolate and a redcurrant puree. Their design is made so that it looks like a flower, crowned with extra redcurrants.

     

    Ruby Chocolate Corn Puffs

    Running: All year round

     

    Ruby Chocolate Pear Tart

    Running: October 1, 2019 – January 14, 2020

    Available: Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux (InterContinental ANA Hotel Tokyo – Floor 2F)

    Hotel Official Website: https://anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp/en/

     

     

    I’m all about ruby chocolate’s deep flavour now. If you’ve yet to try it then you’ve got to get your hands on some, to enjoy both its striking pink appearance and that sour cacao fruit flavour.

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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