New Christmas Drinks Arriving at Grand Hyatt Tokyo This Holiday Season

21.November.2018 | FOOD

The luxury hotel Grand Hyatt Tokyo that towers over the bustling city has announced a new hot drink for this year’s cold weather as well as bright red cocktails to capture the colours of the holiday season.

The Oak Door is Grand Hyatt’s steak house where they serve fresh ingredients prepared in a dynamic way. For this year’s festive period, it has created hot chocolates made with espresso and topped with expressive marshmallow men. They go perfectly with The Oak Door’s homemade almond cinnamon rolls.

 

The Oak Door

Item: Winter Hot Chocolate – ¥1,600 (Tax Included, Service Charge Separate)

Serving Period: November 23, 2018 –  January 31, 2019
Serving Hours: Lunch 11:30-14:30 (until 15:00 on weekends & holidays) / Afternoon 15:00-17:00 / Dinner 18:00-22:00

The Oak Door is also a place where people can enjoy a wide range of wines and cocktails. There’s a new Christmas cocktail this year, a sweet and sour combination of a blackberry and raspberry based liqueur and champagne. You can feel that Christmas vibe even just looking at it.

 

The Oak Door

Item: Berry Amor – ¥1,800 (Tax Included, Service Charge Separate)

Serving: December 16, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Serving hours: 11:30-00:30
TEL: 03-4333-8784

Maduro, the hotel’s jazz lounge, has also prepared a range of cocktails made with fruit grown in Japan. These include cocktails made with “Sky berry” brand strawberries from Tochigi Prefecture, cocktails mixed with champagne, sangria and more. Enjoy a Christmas red cocktail while listening to some live music.

 

Maduro
・Sky Berry Sangria – ¥2,300

・Sky Berry Mohito – ¥2,300

・Leonardo – ¥2,500

(Tax Included, Service Charge Separate)

Serving Time: December 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019

Serving Hours: 19:00-01:00 (until 02:00 on Fridays & Saturdays)
TEL: 03-4333-8783
*A separate fee for the music bar will be charged at ¥2,000 (pre-tax) from 20:00

 

Treat yourself and indulge in Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s special Christmas menu this holiday season.

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  • Christmas Fair to be Held at Tokyo Station’s Gransta Shopping & Dining Mall

    11.November.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Christmas is coming to early to Tokyo Station’s Gransta and Gransta Marunouchi malls with Christmas Fair 2018 Tokyo Xmastation, an event that will run from November 12 to December 25 selling a range of fun and festive cakes.

    Tokyo Station Building Cake: ¥88,000 (Tax Included)

    The best pastry chefs at Gransta’s branch of French patisserie chain Colombin have come together to recreate the Marunouchi building of Tokyo Station. The entire dessert is handmade and ready to welcome the holiday season.

     

    *Reservations only.

    *Can be taken home at room temperature.

     

    Shop: Colombin (Gransta)

    Reservation Window: November 12, 2018 – December 15, 2018

    Pick-Up: Until December 21, 2018

    Gran Christmas Cake: ¥3,240 (Tax Included)

    Forma is known for its delicious cheesecakes, and this two-layered Christmas cake is a Forma original made with a mousse of unsalted cream cheese from Zao with added strawberry and another mellow-tasting mascarpone mousse.

     

    Shop: Forma (Gransta)

    Reservation Window: November 12, 2018 – December 18, 2018

    Pick-Up: December 22, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    General Sale: December 22, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    Suica Penguin Architect’s Tuile: ¥5,400 (Tax Included)

    This cake is made in the image of the cute penguin mascot of Suica, a company that sells prepaid smart cards for transport and shopping. It’s a fusion of chocolate mousse and Tonka bean cream.

     

    Shop: DALLOYAU (Gransta)

    Reservation Window: November 12, 2018 – December 17, 2018

    Pick-Up: December 22, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    General Sale: December 22, 2018 – December 25, 2018

     

    The main visual for the 2018 Christmas Fair was designed by Japanese illustrator HONGAMA. The theme of the picture is ‘Don’t miss out on those cakes!’ It features people dressed in Christmas outfits chasing after cakes in an effort to tell people to not forget to reserve their cake.

     

    Finish your Christmas menu off with one of Grasta’s delicious cakes!

  • Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s 2018 Christmas Cakes, the Theme is ‘Sparkle With Joy’

    05.November.2018 | FOOD

    The luxury Grand Hyatt Tokyo hotel sits in Roppongi towering over the bustling city of Tokyo. The hotel has unveiled its new sparkly Christmas cake range created by an expert team of global award-winning pastry chefs. This year marks the 15th anniversary since the hotel opened. The theme of the cakes is ‘sparkle with joy,’ a fitting title for both the celebration of the anniversary and Christmastime.

    “Sparkle” – ¥5,500 (22.5cm×9cm) *150 available

    “Crystal Fruits Shortcake” – ¥5,500 (12cm×12cm) *100 available

    There are 9 different cakes to choose from this year including 4 new types. The ‘Sparkle’ cake features an extravagantly adorned cake with a scrumptious row of eclairs on top that have been sprinkled with sparkly decorations. The ‘Crystal Fruits Shortcake’ has a beautifully and intricately crafted dome inside which sit jewels of colourful fruits.

    Strawberry Shortcake – ¥4,600 (12cm) / ¥6,500 (15cm)

    Shanty Chocolat – ¥4,600 (12cm) / ¥6,500 (15cm)

    This year will also see the return of the always-popular ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ and ‘Shanty Chocolat’ too. The hotel is also offering discounts to those who order the cakes online.

    As well as cakes Hyatt will also be serving Christmas bread, gift boxes and more. Don’t miss out on this delightful line-up to enjoy with family and friends this holiday season.

  • Christmas Candle Night 2018 to Take Place at Karuizawa Kogen Church

    07.November.2018 | SPOT

    Countless candles are set to illuminate Karuizawa Kogen Church from December 1 to 25 for Christmas Candle Night 2018. The church, located in the town of Karuizawa which was opened by missionaries, is open to all people and loved by many people.

    The church, encased tranquilly amongst the trees and nature, has a long history dating back to 1921. It initially began in the Taisho Period as a place where highly educated people gathered including Japanese author Tōson Shimazaki and poet Hakushū Kitahara. It continues today as a church that welcomes anybody who visits it.

     

    Warm Glowing Lantern Candles in the Holy Forest and the Illuminated Crossroads

    Candles stood in lanterns will light up the forest surrounding the church, and a 6 meter tall fern tree will glow against the night sky. The illuminated crossroads that run through the forest will transform the area into a magical and mysterious marvel as gentle lights flicker before you.

    Date: December 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    Time: 18:30-21:00

    Lantern Strolling Through the Holy Forest

    Just as the missionaries paved the way for Karuizawa, so too will you be able to stroll through the forest lit only by the lantern you carry and the candles surrounding you. This is a chance to make some Christmas memories you wouldn’t be able to in the city.

    Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25

    Time: 18:30-21:00

    *Lanterns provided

    Christmas Song & Prayer

    A musical ensembles of hand bells and harps will be carried out as will song and music with a gospel choir and pastor. Enjoy praying, singing and feeling with music.

     

    Hand Bell & Harp Ensemble

    Date: Saturdays and December 24

    December 1 and 8 – 19:00/20:00

    December 15, 22 and 24 – 18:30/19:30/20:30

    *20 minutes per session

     

    Christmas Song & Prayer

    Date: Sundays and December 25

    December 2 and 9 – 19:00/16:00

    December 16, 23 and 25 – 18:30/19:30/20:30

    *20 minutes per session

     

    The Holy Night’s Gentle Melody

    The gentle tune of a music box will calm people’s hearts just as the sounds heard in Karuizawa’s forests do, like the cries of birds and trees rustling in the wind.

    Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25

    December 1, 2, 8 and 9 – 19:20/20:20

    December 15, 16, 22, 23, 24 and 25 18:50/19:50/20:50

    *5 minutes per session

    Binding Thoughts & Feelings Into Christmas Letters

    The church treasures the time it takes to put together a letter to send to someone. Write a special letter to that special someone.

    Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25

    Time: 18:30-21:00

     

    Enjoy a calm and peaceful Christmas this holiday season at Karuizawa Kogen Church.

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    Harajuku Chocolate Mint Pancakes: Eat In ¥1,480 (Before Tax), Takeout ¥880 (Before Tax) | Serving: May 15, 2020 – June 11, 2020

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  • KitKat Chocolatory to Release Beautiful New Packaging Illustrated by Misaki Tanaka

    05.April.2020 | FOOD

    Nestlé Japan is collaborating with popular Japanese illustrator Misaki Tanaka to release a new series of chocolate packaging on April 15 at KitKat Chocolatory. The concept behind the packaging is to have people choose the chocolate they want based on the words and pictures branded on the single chocolate boxes.

     

    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.

    KitKat Mekakushi Chocolatory – ¥300~¥400 (Before Tax)

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    KitKat Mekakushi Chocolatory Full Box (15 Included) – ¥5,100 (Before Tax)

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  • Ornament-Like Cake Parfaits Now Being Baked Up at Pascal Le Gac Tokyo in Akasaka

    05.April.2020 | FOOD

    Pascal Le Gac Tokyo is the first overseas branch of internationally-recognised French-based chocolate company Pascal Le Gac which released some breathtaking new desserts to its menu on Wednesday.

    Chocolate Parfait Flurry / Phrase Parfait Flurry

    The original Parfait Flurry desserts are made in the image of a bloomed flower. When they were released back in April 2019, they instantly garnered attention across social media and news websites for their gorgeous design. Pascal Le Gac Tokyo has brought them back to the menu, this time in the form of cakes.

     

    Cakes that are like parfaits

    The new desserts take the same concept of the original parfaits, but instead turns them into cakes. But that doesn’t simply mean taking the parfait ingredients as they are and turning them into a cake. Rather, the cakes recreate the taste of the parfaits, so it’s like eating the real thing. The wine glass that the parfaits were served in have been recreated using icing to give that shiny effect, and the chocolate flowers have been cut thin so they are easy to eat.

    Chocolate Flurry – ¥864 (Tax Included)

    Starting from the bottom upwards, the Chocolate Flurry is layered with chocolate cookie pieces, chocolate flavoured almond sponge, chocolate cream, chocolate mousse, cacao flavoured vanilla cream, more chocolate cream, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and chocolate glaçage. Every part of this art piece is made with cacao.

    Phrase Flurry (Tax Included)

    Starting from the bottom upwards, the Phrase Flurry is layered with pistachio cookie pieces, almond sponge, pistachio mousse, strawberry mousse, lychee jelly, strawberry compote, raspberry flavoured fresh cream, strawberry chocolate, and red glaçage. The marriage of strawberry, lychee, and pistachio flavours is nothing short of heavenly.

     

    *Please note that opening hours and closures are subject to change depending on the situation of the coronavirus outbreak. Check the cafe’s official website for the latest details.

  • Tea & Chocolate Brownie Released by Dandelion Chocolate and IYEMON SALON ATELIER

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    Tea & Cocoa Brownie (Uji Matcha/Houjicha) – ¥1,800 (Before Tax) *Contains 2 of each flavour

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    The vegan lifestyle is slowly gaining recognition in Japan, so don’t miss this chance to treat yourself to some melt-in-the-mouth vegan delights.

     

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  • GODIVA’s Irresistible Chocolixir Sakura Drink Available This Spring

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    GODIVA Japan Inc. is releasing a new chocolate drink as part of their Chocolixir series. The new drink flavour “Chocolixir Sakura” will be sold from February 16 to April 9, 2020 at GODIVA shops only. 

    Chocolixir Sakura: ¥630 (Before Tax)

    Cherry blossom jelly and pink chocolate curls rest on top of a white cloud of whipped cream to create the appearance of cherry blossom petals. The drink creates the image of beautiful sakura petals as they reflect off the water’s surface, creating the warm image of the rays of the spring sun. The sweet aroma and creamy melt-in-the-mouth white chocolate is divine. This chilled drink also contains small pieces of smashed white chocolate, creating a fun texture in your mouth. 

     

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    It has been seven years since McFlurry® and KitKat® came together in their delicious chocolatey ice cream combination. It was such a hit back in 2007 that it has finally made its fabled return to the delight of sweet-tooth McDonald’s customers.

     

    The KitKat® McFlurry® is a simple combination of smooth soft serve ice cream and crushed KitKat®. It’s also drizzled in a special sauce made from rich couverture chocolate.

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  • 9 Must Try Desserts and Sweets in Hokkaido & at New Chitose Airport – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    06.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    We at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON know our readers love desserts and sweets as much as we do, and that’s why we make sure to never go too long without writing about the latest must-try treats in Japan, like our recent article on matcha desserts in Sapporo.
    We return to you once more with the 9 must-try delectable delights at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, and at various locations across Hokkaido. If you’re heading to Japan’s northernmost prefecture, and are using this airport, or are travelling throughout Hokkaido, then you can’t miss out on these irresistible picks.
    Today, we are joined by Kei, a Japanese Instagrammer who posts enticing pictures of the delicious desserts and drinks he has tried at cafes around Hokkaido. He has kindly provided us with his incredible pictures along with a descriptions, which we have translated into English. Enjoy!

    GINRYU・BonBon BERRY | New Chitose Airport

    GINRYU・BonBon BERRY is a revamp of the original shop, GINRYU. Located on the second floor of New Chitose Airport Terminal, the new shop has teamed up with BonBonBERRY, another store right next to Atami Station in Shizuoka Prefecture.

     

    The shop specialises in Tokachi Ginryu strawberries, a variety of strawberry produced in the town of Otofuke. They have a distinct appearance and taste, with their beautiful white inside, low acidity, and high sugar content.

    Omocchiizu Strawberry Skewer – ¥432
    This skewered dessert is made up of strawberries, cheese-filled sticky rice cake, and strawberry baumkuchen. This is the ultimate strawberry indulgence!
    Strawberry Bavarois – ¥740
    Bon Bon Soft – ¥500
    The Strawberry Bavarois and soft serve ice cream look super cute too. The high sugar content of the Ginryu strawberry makes them perfect for any kind of dessert.
    The shop is stocked full of other great sweet treats too, so be sure to check out their strawberry range.
    ▼GINRYU・BonBon BERRY
    Address: New Chitose Airport Terminal – Floor 2F
    Opening Hours: 8:00-20:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Enquiries: 0123-29-4480

    Chocolatier Masale | New Chitose Airport

    Chocolatier Masale is a standout name in Hokkaido. This leading chocolate company have multiple branches – in addition to the Sapporo shops, they have sites in both the lobby and gate lounge of New Chitose Airport.

    Mousse Glacee White Chocolate & Hokkaido Milk – ¥410
    Exclusive to the departure lobby branch of Chocolatier Malase, this chocolatey dessert is an ensemble of ice cream made from mousse-packed Hokkaido milk and covered in chocolate. It’s finished with cracked freeze-dried strawberries which give a fruity kick to the smooth taste of the ice cream and delightful chocolate.
    ▼Chocolatier Masale – New Chitose Airport Departure Lobby (ショコラティエマサール 新千歳空港出発ロビー店)
    Address: New Chitose Airport Terminal – Floor 2F
    Opening Hours: 8:00-20:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Enquiries: 0123-29-4115
    Official Website: https://www.masale.jp/

    siretoco sky sweets | New Chitose Airport

    siretoco doughnuts were created in the town of Nakashibetsu in Hokkaido. The New Chitose Airport Terminal branch is immensely popular for its cute mini animal doughnuts which are steamed instead of being dropped into hot oil, making them a healthier doughnut option.
    Happy New Year Lucky Rat – ¥420 / Rich★Cream Cheese – ¥390
    The doughnut on the left celebrates 2020 and the Year of the Rat in the Chinese Zodiac. It’s white chocolate and strawberry chocolate flavoured. It’s also not too sweet and has a soft and fluffy texture. The cheese doughnut has a very cheesy flavour indeed. All the animal faces are also made by hand, so each and every one is unique. Both are really cute looking.
    ▼siretoco sky sweets (シレトコ スカイ スイーツ)
    Address: New Chitose Airport Terminal – Floor 2F
    Opening Hours: 8:00-20:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Enquiries: 0123-46-2109

    Cafe Owl | Lake Shikotsu

    Handmade Baked Purin – ¥500
    Cafe Owl is situated in Shikotsuko Onsen, a popular tourist spot about a 55-minute transit bus ride from New Chitose Airport. It has a warm atmosphere to it with its log house-like appearance. Their food menu has just two things on it: pizza and purin (Japanese custard pudding). I ordered a purin and cup of coffee as a set.
    The photo doesn’t show how big the purin actually is – it’s like a cake slice. It has a refreshing taste and isn’t overly-sweet so can be chowed down easily.
    ▼Cafe Owl (カフェアウル)
    Address: Shikotsuko Onsen, Chitose, Hokkaido
    Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00
    Closed: Wednesdays
    Enquiries: 0123-25-2590

    Pennennolde | Lake Shikotsu

    Atsuma Honeysuckle Rare Cheese & Cocoa – ¥380 / Walnut Chocolate Ganache – ¥380
    This cafe is also located in Shikotsuko Onsen. Their main meal is muffins, which are served warm inside their very relaxed space. The honeysuckle cheese muffin is thick and sticky, and doesn’t have an unpleasant smell from the cheese. It’s simply delicious. The chocolate ganache too is melted which only adds to the nice texture of the walnuts.
    The muffins can be ordered for takeout too, so you can take them with you to enjoy the local sights.
    ▼Pennennolde (ペンネンノルデ)
    Address: Bangaichi, Shikotsuko Onsen, Chitose, Hokkaido
    Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Enquiries: 0123-25-4115

    Kita no Umaimonten Hekisui | Lake Shikotsu

    Raspberry Chocolate Soft Cream – ¥500
    This cafe is close to Lake Shikotsu. They sell soft serve ice cream from the famous Iwase Farm located in the city of Sunagawa. This flavour is made with rich chocolate ice cream and is topped with freeze-dried raspberries, creating a great balance between the two.
    This small place has its own eat-in area too, so you can kick back and relax while you enjoy the taste of some Hokkaido soft serve ice cream.
    ▼Kita no Umaimonten Hekisui (北のうまいもん店碧水)
    Address: Shikotsuko Onsen, Chitose, Hokkaido
    Opening Hours: Not known
    Closed Days: Not known
    Enquiries: 0123-25-4115
    Official Website: Not known

    Doremo LeTAO | Chitose

    Chocolate Noisette Berry – ¥1,540
    Doremo LeTAO is just a 15-minute walk from Chitose Station. Their “Chocolate Noisette Berry” is packed fully of rich chocolate, nuts, and berries.
    Berry Mascarpone – ¥1,650
    The “Berry Mascarpone” comes with four pancakes drizzled in berry sauce, mascarpone, custard, strawberries, and vanilla ice cream. The pancakes have soft meringue inside them, but are still light to eat, so you can rest assured you won’t have a heavy stomach afterwards.
    ▼Doremo LeTAO (ドレモルタオ)
    Address: 6-1-1 Asahinochi, Chitose, Hokkaido
    Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Enquiries: 050-5570-2975

    Mirtillo | Osatsu

    Mirtillo is a gelato shop on the outskirts of Osatsu in Chitose. It’s a tricky place to reach without a car, but it still stands as an incredibly popular gelato store. They have 16 flavours of gelato including several limited-time options.

    Waffle Parfait – ¥1,000
    I tried their “Waffle Parfait,” which lets you pick from two gelato of your choice along with toppings. The combination of the crunchy waffles with the gelato is delicious. Added together with the blueberry sauce and fruits, you get a variety of tastes and textures.
    The blueberries are actually all grown on site.
    ▼Mirtillo (ミルティーロ)
    Address: 2 Osatsu, Chitose, Hokkaido
    Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Enquiries: 0123-23-5323
    Official Website: http://mirtillo.tank.jp/

    Donut Chaya Honwaka | Eniwa

    Honwaka Cocoa – ¥140 / Autumn Chestnut – ¥220
    Honwaka is a doughnut shop about 1.5km from Eniwa Station. I got to try some of their seasonal autumn flavours: the fluffy and flavourful “Honwaka Cocoa,” and the chestnut and chestnut cream-loaded “Autumn Chestnut.” The chestnut cream is just the right amount of sweetness and has a really delightful chestnut flavour.
    The store offers limited-time seasonal flavours with each passing season, so be sure to check out my Instagram to see more.
    ▼Donut Chaya Honwaka (ドーナツ茶屋 ほんわか)
    Address: 7-18-4 Koganeminami, Eniwa, Hokkaido
    Opening Hours: 11:00-17:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Enquiries: 0123-25-5346
    Did you enjoy these dessert picks? We hope you get to try some of them, and if you want even more dessert recommendations from Hokkaido, be sure to follow Kei on Instagram.

     

    Photos & Original Text: Kei / 敬 (@607keih)

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

    *Information written in this article is correct at the time of publishing. For more details on each shop, please visit their official websites and social media pages.

    *Food names are translated from Japanese into English where appropriate.

  • Valentine’s Day 2020 Gift Recommendations: Chocolates and Treats at Tokyo Station

    05.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    If you’re in Tokyo in the run up to Valentine’s Day, and are in in need of some ideas to bestow your loved one, then you’ll want to head to Tokyo Station City where they are never short of great ideas when the season of love rolls around.

     

    From little gifts under ¥500 to more indulgent delights over ¥1,000, Tokyo Station has it all. We’ve picked out some recommendations ranging from chocolates to sweets and other great ideas for those without a sweet tooth.

     

    【Under ¥500】Little gifts to hand out

    Heart de Katsu Burger – ¥237 @ Tonkatsu Maisen (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020

    For a limited time only, Tonkatsu Maisen’s popular katsu burgers are being served in the shape of a heart up right now until Valentine’s Day. If you’re with your loved one in Tokyo until then, then how about enjoying one of these together?

    Heart Senbei (3 Included) @ Fujimido (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020

    Senbei are Japanese rick crackers, and these heart-shaped ones come as a set in black pepper, tuna mayo, and ume katsu (plum pulp and bonito flakes) flavours. Perfect for those who don’t like sweet things, and great with a cup of Japanese sake.

    Shizuko Chocolate (1 Included) – ¥378 @ Naruto Kintoki Honpo Kurio (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020

    Kurio’s potato sweet bean jelly is made from the store’s sweet potato bean paste which is set and thus has the original flavour maintained. It’s mixed with dark chocolate for that luxury feel as well as sweet potato skin.

    Coffee Bean Chocolates (50g) – ¥432 @ Marche du Chocolat (GRANSTA)

    For those with more of an adult flavour palate, these coffee beans are coated in milk chocolate. A must-have for all coffee lovers out there!

     

    [¥500-¥1,000] Show your love with prices too good to overlook

    Jelly in Puree Chocolatey in Sachinoka Strawberry & Dark Chocolate (24g) – ¥500 @ Hitotsubu Kanro (GRANSTA) *Available until March 14, 2020

    Part of Hitotsubu Kanro’s popular “Jelly in Puree Chocolatey” series, this limited edition flavour is made with sachinoka strawberries. Pick from four different designs.

    Orangette (1 Box) – ¥680 @ Fairycake Fair (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020

    Those who love a mix of chocolate and fruit will want a box of these orangettes, which exquisitely combine the bitterness of orange peel with chocolate. Exclusive to GRANSTA.

    Hazelnuts & Puffs (1 Box) – ¥680 @ Fairycake Fair (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020

    Two types of chocolate, hazelnut and puff, fill up a box of these treats, each with their own crunchy textures. Also exclusive to GRANSTA.

    USHIO CHOCOLATL (1 Included) – ¥810-¥864 @ SHARED TOKYO (GRANSTA)

    These chocolates are made simply from cocoa beans and salt. The packaging is super stylish too making them a great gift. They are limited in stock, so if you like the look of them, you’d best get in there quick.

     

     

    [Over ¥1,000] High quality and luxurious indulgence

    Cher Milieu – ¥1,404 @ le billet (Ecute Tokyo)

    Made with rich Belgian sweet chocolate, sharp and bitter dark chocolate, and orange-flavoured sake, these raw chocolates are a welcome melt-in-the-mouth experience for Valentine’s Day.

    Raw Chocolate (9 Included) – ¥1,500 @ Quatre (Ecute Keiyo Street)

    Each and every one of these raw chocolates is handmade with the chef’s specially-selected chocolate and lots of fresh cream from Hokkaido. Every bite is a trip to chocolate paradise.

    Dassai Matcha Truffles (4 Included) – ¥1,620 @ Waraku Beniya (Ecute Tokyo)

    Waraku Beniya’s Dassai Matcha Truffles are made with high quality Uji matcha from Kyoto, an original blend of white chocolate, and a special brand of Japanese sake.

     

    Tokyo Station is the place to go this Valentine’s Day, and there’s plenty more to see in addition to what’s on this list. Now is the time to give back to your loved one with a Valentine’s treat.

     

    *All listed prices include tax

  • Valentine’s Day 2020 in Japan: Must-Buy Chocolate & Sweet Gifts

    27.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Christmas is over, and Easter is still on the horizon, but if you love chocolate as much as we do, never fearーas our sweet tooth cravings will soon be satisfied with the season of love.

     

    In Japan, shop’s and restaurant’s are already carving their Cupid arrows to fire at customers for Valentine’s Day to tempt them into one of their many tantalising treats. If you’re in Japan this year, we’ve whipped up a list just for you of five must-buy gifts for Valentine’s Day 2020.

     

    Garrett Popcorn

    Almond Chocolate Truffle | Garrett Valentine’s Tin | Valentine’s Mix

    Garrett Popcorn is an American brand of popcorn that boasts a myriad of gourmet handcrafted popcorn flavours. You may not know that it’s also a household name in Japan, where they also make the popcorn fresh every day for snack-hungry customers. For Valentine’s, they serving up an exclusive series full of love which consists of the “Almond Chocolate Truffle,” “Garrett Valentine’s Tin,” and “Valentine’s Mix.”

    Almond Chocolate Truffle in Garrett Valentine’s Tin – From ¥1,130

    First up, the Almond Chocolate Truffle. If you’re not already drooling at that name, let the description begin: this popcorn takes Garrett’s crushed almond CaramelCrisp™️, coats it in chocolate, and sprinkles it generously with a dust storm of cocoa powder. The fragrant scent and texture of the almonds adds an incredible touch to the combination of the sweet, velvety milk chocolate and the slightly-bitter bite of the cocoa powder. Get in the Valentine’s mood even more by purchasing one of the Garrett Valentine’s Tin – the perfect accompaniment to your movie night in with your loved one.

    Valentine’s Mix (Chocolate Cocoa & Strawberry) – ¥1,200

    Valentine’s Mix (Chocolate Cocoa & White Chocolate Bark) – ¥1,200

    Last year, Garrett Popcorn release a cute heart-shaped tin big enough to fit in the palm of your hands. 2020 will see the return of the tin, this time with two different designs: one with kissing lips and the other with hearts.

     

    Inside the first tin is a mix of sweet chocolate cocoa flavoured CaramelCrisp™️ and sour freeze-dried strawberries. The other tin, which has a more sophisticated chocolate brown and salmon pink design, contains the same cocoa flavoured CaramelCrisp™️ but combines it with “white chocolate bark” – a white chocolate made with almonds and dried cranberries.

     

    ▶︎Garrett Popcorn Valentine’s Day Products

    Running: January 10, 2020 – February 14, 2020 (Mix available from January 17, 2020) *While supplies last

    Prices:
    ・Almond Chocolate Truffle: Small ¥620/Medium ¥1,100/Large ¥1,720/Jumbo ¥3,450/Quart Tin ¥1,750/1 Gallon ¥4,400/2 Gallons ¥8,400
    ・Garrett Valentine’s Tin/Quart Tin: From ¥1,130
    ・Valentine’s Mix: ¥1,200
    Available: Garrett Popcorn Shops®︎ branches in Japan
    Official Website: http://jpgarrettpopcorn.com/

     

    KitKat Chocolatory

    Ruby 2020 Assortment

    KitKat Chocolatory is releasing a new assortment of KitKat treats for the Valentine’s season in Japan made with ruby chocolateーthe fourth type of chocolate alongside milk, white, and darkーwhich was developed by Belgian-Swiss chocolate makers Barry Callebaut.

    KitKat Chocolatory Ruby 2020 Assortment – ¥1,200

    Ruby chocolate gets its striking pink colour from the original bean and has a distinct fruity sourness to it. This is the perfect Valentine’s Day giftーor even just as a treat to yourself!

     

    ▶︎KitKat Chocolatory Ruby 2020 Assortment

    Price: ¥1,200
    Running: from January 15, 2020
    Available: KitKat Chocolatory store/Online
    Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/

     

    GODIVA

    Valentine’s Collection

    GODIVA, one of the main players in the Japanese chocolate game, has developed the “Chocolate Chronicle Sweet Collection”ーan assortment of individually unique chocolates. The “chronicle” refers to the many places the chocolates have encountered since being created, both in the past and present.

    Chocolate Chronicle Sweetheart (Contains 6) – ¥3,240

    Chocolate Chronicle Chic Assortment (Contains 15) – ¥6,264

    The “Original Maya” considers the civilisation and mysteries of Mesoamerica. The “Cocoa Honey Delight” uses honey to sweeten the chocolate like they did in the latter half of the Middle Ages when there was no sugar. The “Modern Love”burns into your mind the image of its vivid red heart lovingly made with sweet and sour strawberries, ganache, and milk chocolate.

     

    ▶︎GODIVA Valentine’s Collection 2020

    Running: from January 10, 2020 (Limited Time)
    Prices:
    Chocolate Chronicle Sweetheart: 6 Set ¥3,240/12 Set ¥5,400
    Chocolate Chronicle Chic Assortment: 4 Set ¥1,296/6 Set ¥2,160/10 Set ¥3,240/16 Set ¥5,400
    Chocolate Chronicle Sweet Kare Assortment: 6 Set ¥1,080
    Chocolate Chronicle Chic Collection: 4 Set ¥1,836/6 Set ¥2,700/9 Set ¥3,888/12 Set ¥5,076/15 Set ¥6,264/20 Set ¥8,208
    Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp/

     

     

    Koi Suru Chocolate

    Valentine’s Collection 2020

    The base of these treats is chocolate by Shiroi Koibito. The collection was first released in January 2018 and is very reminiscent of Hokkaido chocolate. There are lots of chocolates in the collection made with cute pink ruby chocolate too.

    Mille-feuille (Contains 3) – ¥520

    These mille-feuille are layered with milk and white chocolate and coated in things like couverture chocolate and ruby chocolate.

    The Heart (Contains 7) – ¥1,080

    Each of these hearts has its own distinct sauce: the ruby chocolate has blackcurrant, the milk chocolate has caramel, and the white chocolate has yuzu.

     

    ▶︎Koi Suru Chocolate Valentine’s Collection 2020

    Release Date: January 17, 2020
    Available: ISHIYA store/Online
    Prices:
    Mille-feuille: 3 Set ¥540/6 Set ¥1,080/12 Set ¥2,160
    The Heart: 7 Set ¥1,080/14 Set ¥2,160
    Official Website: http://www.ishiya.co.jp/koi_choco/

     

    Morozoff

    Valentine’s Dessert Plate

    Morozoff specialises in western-style sweets, and at Cafe Morozoff, they’re serving up a Valentine’s-only dessert.

    Valentine’s Dessert Plate – ¥1,200

    The beautiful dessert plate is an assortment of cute heart-shaped treats. The rich chocolate mousse has an orange scent, and the fluffy chocolate sponge combines sweet and sour strawberries with smooth whipped cream which elevate the flavour of the chocolate.

     

    ▶︎Morozoff Valentine’s Dessert Plate

    Running: January 15, 2020 – February 14, 2020

    Available: select Cafe Morozoff branches in Japan
    Price: ¥1,200 (comes with tea or coffee)
    Official Website: http://www.morozoff.co.jp/

     

    Did you enjoy this list? There’s plenty of Valentine’s Day delights to be enjoyed while in Japan. Which on this list has you drooling the most?

  • Make Your Own Rilakkuma Valentine’s Day Treats With Kai’s Recipe Kits

    22.January.2020 | FOOD

    Cupid is readying his arrows for Valentine’s Day 2020 which is right around the corner. It’s the time of the year to show your special someone that you love them with some tasty chocolatey treats.

     

    If you’re wanting to make a grand gesture this year by making your own gifts, but are struggling for ideas or are intimidated by the task, the Kai Corporation in Japan has you covered with its collection of Rilakkuma goods. Now you can make some Instagram-worthy gifts with little effort. Let’s take a look.

     

    Make lots of Rilakkuma chocolates with this simple tool

    Rilakkuma Silicone Chocolate Maker – ¥850 (Before Tax) – Buy Here

    Five different patterns of Rilakkuma, Kiiroitori, and Korilakkuma make up this silicone tray, allowing you to make lots of bite-sized chocolates at once. This is perfect for sharing between you and your loved one or amongst friends. It can be used for making gummy treats and ice for drinks too, meaning it’s useful for the entire year.

     

    Make cute cookies by simply pressing your dough

    Korilakkuma Cutter Set – ¥650 (Before Tax) – Buy Here

    Anyone can make cute Korilakkuma cookies easily with this cutter set which you simply press the dough with. It comes with two different poses so you can make an assortment of them. If you know someone who’s not a fan of chocolate, then this is a perfect alternative.

     

    Decorate your sweets and desserts with this mini chocolate tray

    Mini Chocolate Tray – ¥650 (Before Tax) – Buy Here

    This chocolate tray makes makes chocolate bears which can hold things like nuts and candy. They can be used in a lot of creative different ways. The tray was made in collaboration with Cookpad.

     

    Super simple recipes that take out the work

    Here are some super simple recipes that remove the labour out of making and decorating sweet treats. Learn how to make Instagrammable delights with these items and techniques.

    Korilakkuma Cookie Marshmallow Sandwich – Item Used: Korilakkuma Cutter Set

    All you need to do is warm some marshmallows in a microwave and stick them between two cookies for a gooey and crunchy treat. At some toppings like freeze-dried strawberries for colour and to make them even cuter.

    Gateaux Chocolate Cupcakes – Item Used: Rilakkuma Face Cupcake Paper Wraps (5 Included)

    Make your Valentine’s cupcakes even more adorable with these paper wraps with Rilakkuma’s kawaii face on them.

    Tiny Bear Chocolates: Item Used – Mini Chocolate Tray

    There are many creative ways you can utilise these tiny bear chocolates. Make them hold small candy, nuts, and other delicious bites, or just simply top them on another dessert.

     

    Take the stress out of making something for Valentine’s Day this year with this range of items from Kai.

  • Love At First Sip: Starbucks Japan To Release Valentine’s 2020 Drink Series ‘CHOCOLATE with’

    13.January.2020 | FOOD

    Starbucks Japan has developed a new Valentine’s drink series called ‘CHOCOLATE with’ to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2020. Some drinks in this romantic series include the Chocolate with Almond Praline Frappuccino® and the White Chocolate with Latte®. The series will be launched on January 17, 2020 in most Starbucks cafés across Japan.

     

    The ‘CHOCOLATE with’ series aims to spark a sense of anticipation for the next delicious flavour to fill the gap and hopes to tempt more people to surrender to the delicious flavour of chocolate. This fun series aims to be loved by all genders and all ages across Japan.

    Left: CHOCOLATE with Passion Fruit Frappuccino®: Tall ¥590 *(Only available in Tall)
    Middle: CHOCOLATE with Almond Praline Frappuccino®: Tall ¥590 *(Only available in Tall)
    Right: White CHOCOLATE with Latte: Short ¥450, Tall ¥490, Grande ¥530, Venti® ¥570

    The CHOCOLATE with Passion Fruit Frappuccino® is a chocolate-flavoured drink with refreshing yellow streaks of passion fruit sauce, chocolate chips and shaved chocolate for the topping. This Frappuccino® enjoys both a fruity flavour as well as comforting chocolate. *Contains less than 5% passion fruit juice.

     

    The CHOCOLATE with Almond Praline Frappuccino® is made by mixing chocolate sauce with caramel and coffee for a creamy and deep base flavour. Crunchy and fragrant candied almonds and chocolate sauce top the drink, providing a very chocolatey experience perfect for any chocoholic.

     

    The elegant and sweet White CHOCOLATE with Latte contains creamy and smooth couverture chocolate white flakes, espresso and warm milk, combined for a strong and relaxing flavour.

    Right: CHOCOLATE Mousse with Latte (Hot): Short ¥390 Tall ¥430 Grande ¥470 Venti® ¥510
    Left: CHOCOLATE Mousse with Drip Coffee (Hot): Short ¥340 Tall ¥380 Grande ¥420

    These ‘CHOCOLATE Mousse with’ drinks are perfect for drip coffee and Starbucks latte fans. These Valentine’s season-limited drinks are customisable so you can enjoy the delicious flavour of chocolate mousse in the form of a new Valentine’s drink. The smooth chocolate mousse is light and melts in your mouth. By adding the drip coffee, the flavours merge together for a brand new and exciting flavour experience.

    CHOCOLATE with Milk Tea Frappuccino®Tall ¥590 *(Only available in Tall)

    On January 31, the CHOCOLATE with Milk Tea Frappuccino® with its delicious aroma, chocolatey flavour and fun textures will make its debut. The tea is made from a blend of several different kinds of tea. Milk and milk tea powder is added to enhance the flavour and then blended with white mocha syrup and chocolate chips. This is the perfect chance to enjoy chocolate and milk tea in one drink.

    This year, Starbucks will also be selling Valentine’s merchandise. This year’s theme colours are pink and navy. A range of cute yet fancy designs decorate Starbucks’ classic flasks and mugs and is bound to deliver a heart-warming experience with every sip. There are also pink Starbucks cards decorated with hearts and love letter-themed message card sets in the series. If you’re looking for a causal-style gift for someone special, how about something from the Starbucks Valentines series rather than traditional chocolates?

     

    Come try a drink from the CHOCOLATE with series for a new and exciting chocolate drink experience.

  • Surprise That Special Someone on Valentine’s Day with Décadence du Chocolat Japanese-Style Chocolates

    03.January.2020 | FOOD

    Décadence du Chocolat will release their popular Valentine’s chocolate assortment from January 23, 2020 for a limited time only. Each carefully crafted chocolate is packed with Japanese flavours and originality by chocolatiers who follow a detailed procedure. The assortment range features three Valentine’s bonbon chocolates. The shop will also be releasing their popular LOVE KISS chocolate again this year in Yuzu Orange and Strawberry-flavour.

    Valentine’s Limited Bonbon Chocolate Assortment (Contains 4): ¥1,100

    Valentine’s Limited Bonbon Chocolate Assortment (Contains 24): ¥5,200

    The bonbon assortment of four contains one Kinako chocolate which is made with roasted soybean flour, a Muscovado Matcha chocolate, an Apple Hojicha chocolate made using roasted green tea, and the shop’s popular standard bonbon chocolat. The boxes come in 4, 9, 12 and 24 chocolates to cater for every situation. These chocolates are bound to be the perfect gift for your partner whether they are Japanese or foreign.

    Valentine’s Limited LOVE KISS: ¥550

    Décadence du Chocolat’s lip-shaped LOVE KISS is popular every year and has become a symbol of Valentine’s Day. Concealed in a beautiful box fit for a wedding ring, just seeing it is enough to fill your partner with excitement. This year’s LOVE KISS chocolate is made with a yuzu orange and strawberry ganache for a sweet and tangy flavour.

     

    These Japanese-style chocolates are the perfect way to treat anyone on Valentine’s Day. 

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