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 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

  • The Luxurious KitKat Chocolatory is Revamping Its Chocolate Line-Up

    03.October.2019 | FOOD

    Nestlé has announced that it is revamping its 16 products* at the KitKat Chocolatory which will be released on October 11, 2019.

    *One of these products will be released in late November

    The KitKat Chocolatory is a direct-to-consumer chain, serving premium, handcrafted KitKats made with top quality ingredients and production methods under full direction by Takagi Yasumasa―the owner and chef of LE PATISSIER TAKAGI. Its luxurious line is endless, with products ranging from the elusive ruby chocolate, whose cocoa beans give the finish product its pink colour, to volcanic chocolate made from rare cocoa beans sourced from volcanic islands, and beyond.

     

    The Chocolatory takes regular KitKats and the brand to a whole new level while still having that sense of familiarity, making their products great gifts and personal treats.

    The new line-up of 16 products is considered by four categories: 1) the chocolate type, 2) where the cocoa beans are produced, 3) the production process from bean to bar, and 4) the combination between chocolate and other ingredients. Each and every bar has been given equal attention to create chocolates with different flavours, enabling consumers to discover not only which tickle their taste buds, but the story behind each unique bar.

     

    There is a rapidly growing interest amongst consumers who want to know where their food comes from and how it’s made. When it comes to specialist chocolate products, a lot of information isn’t widely known. That’s the reason behind KitKat Chocolatory’s revamp, as well as to create chocolate that nobody has experience before.

     

    Let’s take a look at four of the new KitKats you can get your fingers on.

     

    Enjoy the Chocolate Varieties

    KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Bitter – ¥300 Each (Before Tax)

    A hallmark product since KitKat Chocolatory opened, the Sublime Bitter is couverture chocolate made with 66% cocoa. The bar is a blend of three different cocoa beans from Ghana, Madagascar, and the Dominican Republic. This addictive delight reserves the original bitterness of the cocoa while having a fruity tinge to it.

     

    Enjoy the Difference Between Cocoa Production Areas

    KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Volcanic Malakula Island – ¥400 Each (Before Tax)

    This mysterious ‘volcanic chocolate’ is made from extremely rare cocoa beans sourced from the volcanic Malakula Island which was voted one of the happiest places on earth. It has a distinct bitterness and very fragrant scent reminiscent of the ground.

     

    Enjoy the Chocolate Making Process

    KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Raw – ¥300 Each (Before Tax)

    The cocoa beans of this “raw” chocolate are cooked at a lower temperature than usual to draw out a more natural flavour of the original bean, like it’s been plucked right out of a cocoa bean farm and placed into your hands.

     

    Enjoy the Combination Of Ingredients

    KitKat Chocolatory Moleson – ¥500 Each (Before Tax)

    Finally, here is the world’s first ingredient-topped KitKat. It uses the smooth, melt-in-the-mouth KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Milk bar as the base, and is topped with sweet and sour dried cranberries and fragrant crushed almonds, creating a flavourful and textural ensemble.

    Discover a whole new world of KitKat and chocolate when the new products drop at KitKat Chocolatory on October 11.

  • Roof Star Gardens Illumination Event to Take Place On GINZA SIX’s Rooftop Garden

    02.October.2019 | SPOT

    Ginza’s biggest shopping centre GINZA SIX has announced that it’s set to light up its rooftop garden with an enchanting illumination event titled Rooftop Star Garden which will begin on November 26 and run until February 24 next year.

     

    Standing at 56 meters high, the rooftop garden is the “closest place to the stars” in Ginza. This will be GINZA SIX’s first ever illumination event and it will shine a bright spotlight against the nightscape of Ginza’s streets.

     

    Rooftop Star Garden will take place in two areas in the garden: the Water Fountain Area and the Forest Area, both of which will welcome star-themed light shows.

    The theme of the Water Fountain Area is “Shooting Star,” whose LED lights will elicit a sense of profoundness in its observers. 147 LED lights will form the main monument of this area, with bright, sparkling illuminations that will remind one of shooting and twinkling stars.

    The Forest Area is made up of two separate areas between the Water Fountain Area. Lasers will shoot through crystals, creating an ocean of countless specks of light that look like little stars that make it feel like you’re in space.

     

    This limited-time event is the perfect way to spend this year’s Christmas, so don’t miss out.

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

  • Two Snoopy Chocolate Shops to Open in Kyoto on October 9

    01.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Two chocolate shops themed on American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts character Snoopy are set to open simultaneously in Arashiyama and Kiyomizu-zaka in Kyoto on October 9, 2019.

    Tablet Chocolat – From ¥1,200

    Named SNOOPY Chocolat, the shops have many delicious treats lined up for fans of Snoopy, including these tablet-shaped chocolates. There are 8 in total, each telling a story of love, friendship and family that serve to give you courage.

    Tablet Chocolat Japan – From ¥500

    These cute heart-shaped tablet chocolates are made with Japanese ingredients like wasabi, yuzu, shiso, sesame, matcha, adzuki, shichimi, houjicha and more.

    BonBon Chocolat – From ¥800

    Made with rich, fragrant cocoa and Japanese flavours like yuzu, wasabi, roasted soy flour, matcha, houjicha and Japanese sake, these luxurious chocolates are like little pieces of art featuring Snoopy in his many different looks.

    Both shops will feature an interior design reminiscent of Japanese-style houses. The Kiyomizu-zaka branch will have a luxury white chocolate colour tone while the Arashiyama branch will have a brown-coloured milk chocolate tone.

    Tablet Chocolat (Arashiyama Exclusive)

    Tablet Chocolat (Kiyomizu-zaka Exclusive)

    Both shops will also have their own individual exclusive items too like the ones above, all original to SNOOPY Chocolat.

    There will of course be plenty of original merchandise to get your paws on too, like plush toys, takeout cups, mugs, tote bags, freezer bags, and more, all perfect for use at home or as gifts to a friend.

  • TOKYO CACAO: 20,000 Bars Of Tokyo-Made Chocolate to be Released

    24.September.2019 | FOOD

    Hiratsuka Confectionery Co., Ltd. began the Tokyo Cacao Project in 2003, where it began planting cacao beans on the island of Hahajima, the second largest of the Ogasawara Islands in Tokyo. The project’s aim was to produce chocolate made in Tokyo.

     

    That chocolate is finally ready for consumption, as the first-ever batch of chocolate using the beans will be released on November 1. The chocolate is called “TOKYO CACAO,” and a limited stock of just 20,000 will be sold.

    These plentiful domestic cacao beans are described as having a gentle flavour. The harvested raw cacao beans are fermented and then dried, creating a rich aroma and mild taste. A bite of this chocolate promises the deep, original taste of the cacao beans.

    The chocolate design takes on an Edo Kiriko glass style so it can be a chocolate that symbolises Tokyo. Its carefully-crafted shapely design elevates the delicate flavour of the cacao beans and the chocolate’s smooth texture. Hiratsuka Confectionery’s facility has its own “TOKYO CACAO LAB” so that the chocolate is made “from bean to bar” within Tokyo. This is where the fermentation and drying process takes place and subsequent bar production. It has taken over 10 years to create this authentic Tokyo-made chocolate.

    To ensure this chocolate can be treasured and enjoyed, it is carefully packaged and sleeved in a tin like a jewel. This exclusive, limited-edition chocolate from Tokyo is sure to be a welcomed gift to someone special.

    Hiratsuka Confectionery is planning to release some TOKYO CACAO at select stores ahead of the November release. If you’re in Tokyo this November, make sure you get your hands on some of this very special chocolate.

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

    30.August.2019 | FOOD

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

     

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

     

    Potato Desserts

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Halloween Goodies For Grown-Ups

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Apple Desserts

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

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

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

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

     

    This Year’s Must-Try Autumn Treats

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

     

    *All listed prices include tax

  • Japan’s Long Reigning Chocolate Brand Releases Limited Edition Flavour to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

    16.August.2019 | FOOD

    Takenoko No Sato is a popular type of chocolate-covered small biscuit snack sold in Japan. This year, the mini bamboo shoot-shaped biscuit brand has been busy celebrating its 40th anniversary with the Anniversary Dessert Series. Lucky for us, that means the release of a second irresistible limited edition flavour. The new flavour, which is called Takenoko No Sato Strawberry Shortcake, will be released countrywide for a limited time only starting on August 20, 2019. 

     

    Takenoko No Sato was born in August 1979 as the younger brother of Kinoko No Yama; a miniature mushroom snack made of a crunchy biscuit stalk and chunky chocolate mushroom head which was released in September 1975. These long-selling chocolate brands have been a popular hit since the day they hit the shops and have won the hearts of everyone from children to adults. 

    Takenoko No Sato Strawberry Shortcake consists of a crunchy biscuit covered in a layer of tangy strawberry chocolate that tastes like fresh cream and sweet yet sour strawberries. 

     

    If you have never tried this iconic Japanese brand of chocolate before, you definitely need to try it to see what all the hype is about. Don’t forget to try the Strawberry Shortcake flavour which is only available for a limited time only.

  • Hello everyone! This is Midori from MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON.

     

    Candy apples are the staple food of summer festivals. A crunchy candy coating and a sweet, fruity apple is such a divine combination. It can be quite difficult to find candy apples outside of festivals. That’s where Candy Apple steps in. This is a brand new shop on the block that specialises in candy apples!

     

    This is located just a five-minute walk from Shibuya Station’s west exit. If you check out their saved Instagram story, you probably won’t get lost. During the weekdays and on Saturdays, this is an Italian restaurant called Buonappetito. On Sundays, when the restaurant is closed, it transforms into a candy apple shop.

     

    The shop interior is gorgeous.

    Plain: ¥600

    I ordered the plain apple without wasting any time. This is much larger than what you would usually get at a festival. Although these are usually eaten by immediately sinking your teeth in and biting out a big chunk, you can cut your apple here and enjoy it at your own pace. 

    After taking your first bite, you will realise just how different this is to your normal candy apple. The apple is coated in a thin layer of candy, creating a delicious crunch. The apple is fresh, juicy and sweet. Some candy apples are made with mushy apples that are not fresh, however these apples are extremely fresh and delicious right to the last bite. 

    These candy apples are full of a variety of flavours.

    Cinnamon Sugar: ¥600

    The apple with the dusting of beige-coloured powder is cinnamon-flavoured. The sweet cinnamon scent spreads everywhere as soon as you set it on the table. The sweet flavour of the apple and the fragrant cinnamon is a match made in heaven. 

    Cocoa: ¥600

    The apple covered in the brown powder is cocoa-flavoured. The slightly bitter flavour of the chocolate is a perfect match for the sweet apple. The colour contrast between the brown chocolate and white apple is also beautiful.

    Matcha: ¥600

    The apple with the green powder is matcha as you may have already guessed! The flavouring of the Uji matcha used for this apple was carefully balanced to maximise the flavour when combined with the apple. After you take your first bite, you just won’t be able to stop. 

    Blueberry Yoghurt: ¥600

    The bright white dusting on this blueberry yoghurt-flavoured apple is beautiful. The blueberry scent is mild and is perfect with the yoghurt.

    Black Cocoa: ¥600

    The pitch black colour of the Black Cocoa Candy Apple is very appetizing. The black cocoa is even more bitter than the cocoa apple, which really brings out the flavour of the sweet apple even more.

    You can even get chocolate fondue for your candy apple (¥400). By adding the fairly bitter chocolate to your candy apple, you can enjoy three different kinds of sweetness when it mixes with the chocolate, candy and the apple. 

    You can even order your candy apple to go, making it the perfect summer souvenir. Taking it home to enjoy is also another wonderful way to make the most of your experience. 

     

    This candy apple shop is only open on Sundays, but you can order to take away on other days. 

     

    This is a flavour that a festival candy apple will never be capable of offering. You can tuck into your apple inside the beautiful shop, or take it home to enjoy at home at your own pace. 

  • Kit Kat To Release Two Autumn Kit Kat Flavours

    26.July.2019 | FOOD

    Indulge in the flavours of a Japanese autumn with the two new Kit Kat flavours of Kit Kat Chestnut and Kit Kat Sweet Potato. These will be released on August 19.

    Thin wafers sandwich layers of the delicious autumn fillings. Even the white chocolate that wraps these wafers is infused with the flavour of sweet potato or chestnut respectively. The biggest appeal of these Kit Kat flavours is their mild sweetness.

    The crispy texture of the wafers combined with the rich aroma and crumbly texture of the sweet fillings creates a whole new flavour to associate with a Japanese autumn. 

     

    Kit Kat knows just how celebrate the coming of a new season!

  • Most Popular Sweets & Chocolate Sold at Tokyo Station

    24.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Summer is here, and if you’re travelling around Japan, chances are you’ll be using Tokyo Station station at some point.

     

    We recently covered 6 must-buy souvenirs at Tokyo Station. Today we’ll be looking at the most popular Japanese and western sweets you can pick up there as ranked by sales.

     

    Western Sweets & Snacks

    1st Place: Maple Butter Cookie (Contains 18) – ¥1,900 (Tax Included) / Sold @ The Maple Mania

    These cookies are made from maple sugar and fermented butter and baked with dark chocolate in the middle to make a crunchy cookie sandwich. They have been the most popular treat since they were released♡

    2nd Place: Tokyo Station Waffles (10 Included) – ¥1,300 (Tax Included) / Sold @ R.L waffle cake

    A flagship product of R.L. Waffle Cake, their fluffy waffles contain cream and fruit. These Tokyo Station exclusives have been improved this year and are now made with bamboo charcoal. This set of 10 plain waffles are available for a limited time only.

    3rd Place: Tokyo Gianduja Chocolate Pie (Contains 8) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Caffarel

    Chocoholics are going to love Caffarel’s chocolate pies which are made lusciously with their gianduja chocolate. The pies enjoy repeat purchases from people who enjoy the crunchy outside of the pie and rich chocolate centre. They are enjoyed by people of all ages.

    4th Place: Tokyo Kaminariya (Contains 8) – ¥1,062 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Tokyo Kaminariya

    Tokyo Kaminariya is known for its sweet cone puffs which topped with fluffy cream, nuts and sesame seed bean paste. They are shaped like the god of thunder’s horn and are cat tongue biscuits containing fragrant rice flour.

    5th Place: Tokyo Station Assorted Cookies (Contains 20) – ¥1,965 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Tokyo Milk Cheese

    This cookie assortment features the classic Salt & Camembert and Honey & Gorgonzola flavours. A perfect souvenir from Tokyo with its cute packaging!

     

    Japanese Sweets & Snacks

    1st Place: Kinpira Gobo (1 Bag) – ¥350 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Nishikihonrin

    This crispy snack retains the original flavour of the ingredients and is made using 100% domestic wheat flour. It contains great burdock and spicy finely chopped vegetable flavours. It’s a perfect little treat to yourself or someone you know and is a hit with foreign customers!

    2nd Place: Mame Daifuku: ¥206 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Ginza Kanra

    A hallmark product of Ginza Kanra, these soft daifuku contain whole adzuki beans grown by contracted farmers. Their simple flavour has transcended generations and is a beloved traditional Japanese dessert with all ages.

    3rd Place: Panda no Tabi (Contains 5) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Keishindo

    Keishindo’s senbei shrimp rice cookies have various designs on them including cute pandas as well as famous sites in Tokyo such as Tokyo Tower and Kaminarimon. Exclusive to Tokyo Station, these are a fun and delicious choice.

    4th Place: Wasanbon (Contains 9) – ¥756 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Kurio Shoten Gransta

    Wasanbon is a type of traditional Japanese sugar. This product is made with traditional molasses which has been used since the store first opened. Using high quality sugar, Kurio Shoten has created a sweet and simple delicious snack.

    5th Place: edocco Nami Ningyo Yaki – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Hattendo & edocco

    Ningyo yaki are little baked doll cakes, and these ones have a “raw” texture to them which is both moist and chewy, a texture enjoyed by Japanese people.

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Be sure you get to try all the sweets and snacks you can in Japan and share them as souvenirs when you travel back home!

  • Japanese Souvenirs to Take Home With You This Summer at GINZA SIX

    17.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    GINZA SIX hails as the largest shopping facility in Tokyo’s upmarket district Ginza. This summer, the centre has a prepared a lineup of must-buy souvenirs and gifts, particularly in the food department, that will delight the family back home. Many of these items are available at GINZA SIX only giving you even more incentive to pay a visit while in the capital.

     

    Listed by price range, we have selected some of these summer treats that we know you’ll absolutely want to get your hands on.。

     

    ¥999 and under summer gifts made for showing a little thanks

    Namacha Tea Jelly @ Nakamura Tokichi Honten – ¥417 (GINZA SIX only)

    Tokichi is serving up a special GINZA SIX-only flavour of its matcha namacha jelly with added matcha bean paste. This bean paste is specially prepared matcha wrapped in white bean paste. It has a smooth texture and slight sweetness that marry together deliciously and heighten the richness of the flavour of the matcha.

    Summer Limited Kohaku Tani Goldfish Yukata Ver. @ GINZA KYOUKASUIGETSU – ¥550 (GINZA SIX only)

    These snacks comes in summery yukata design packaging with goldfish on them. Perfect for reminding one of Japanese summer.

     

    ¥1,000-¥2,999 summer gifts for adults

    KOHAKU Fruit Bar @ PALETA – ¥1,482

    This traditional wagashi (Japanese confection) is made from melted agar agar, sugar and starch syrup which is hardened to create a lollipop-like treat. Each one is handmade and crated with love and care by the confection artisans at PALETA who make them transparent like refreshing Japanese ice candy.

    Basket of 5 Mio @ KASHISHOU SUEHIROAN – ¥1,759

    This set comes with 5 different seasonal flavours which makes for the ultimate taste-testing gift.

     

    ¥3,000-¥4,999 delicious summers gift to share

    Semi-Dried Fruits Box @ AYAfarm – ¥3,519

    The perfect sharing gift to pick up, this box contains 9 different semi-dried fruits sourced from high quality fruits in Japan. The circular shape of the box make it great as a gift, and since each fruit is packaged individually, they can be enjoyed over time.

     

    ¥5,000+ premium Ginza-quality summer gifts for someone special

    Parfum du Miel Series @ ハL’ABEILLE – ¥6,000 (GINZA SIX only)

    Treat yourself or someone special to this premium lineup of original honeys which include bergamot, cognac and rose flavours. A sweet and tasty accompaniment to tea or ice cream.

     

    This is just a small selection of the items on offer over at GINZA SIX right now this summer. To see more, be sure to plan a shopping trip there while in Tokyo.

  • Described as the “most interesting sweets shop in the world”, PAPABUBBLE sells a range of cute and fun confections. On July 1, PAPABUBBLE will open a Candy Art Museum on basement floor 2 of GINZA SIX.

     

    PAPABUBBLE has set up shop in over 30 cities worldwide. The main shop will contain art pieces made from candy. Considering all the candy shops that are currently out there in the world, nobody has ever seen anything quite like this before. 

    The museum contains around 20 different ornaments that are edible sweets. Visitors who wish to purchase the ornaments can do so. Besides the standard sweets, the display items and range of sweets for sale will be changed every day. 

     

    When the museum opens in July, visitors will be able to enjoy the wonderful texture and flavour of candy lampshades, enjoy the artistic and charming glow of candy mushrooms, and gaze in bewilderment at an antique vase baumkuchen cake. 

    To commemorate its grand opening, customers who spend more than ¥5,000 (after tax) on display items or on the sweets shop range will receive either a soft gummy brain or soft gummy dentures. This campaign will be running throughout July. 

    Along with the grand opening of the art museum, there will also be Ginza-limited products on sale that are completely unique to the Ginza branch. The lineup includes sweets made from ingredients that are rarely seen in Japan. This includes colourful and fruity chocolate such as rocky roads and soft candy sweets made from snow sugar. PAPABUBBLE will also sell souvenirs that represent Ginza such as Kirihako boxes which are beautiful boxes made from wood. 

     

    If you are in Tokyo, you just cannot miss this museum that is overflowing with originality.

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