Review: Trying the New Cheese Tea at The Alley in Omotesando

30.November.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

Hi, everyone. Midori here, editor at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON.

 

Have you heard about ‘cheese tea’? It’s a drink that’s getting a lot of attention right now. It’s tea topped with cheese foam which results in a perfect match of sweetness from the tea and sourness from the cream cheese.

 

Related Article: Drink Tea in Style With FORTUNER tea-box’s Cheese Tea Tapioca in Harajuku

 

I heard that The Alley, a well-known bubble tea cafe recognised by its deer logo, released its own cheese tea so I took a trip there straight away!

 

I went to the branch in Omotesando. There are lots of other branches too so head to the closest one to you. The one in Omotesando sits right next to Gong Cha, another bubble tea store.

Cross the intersection at Laforet towards ICE MONSTER and turn the corner at the flamingo (pictured above).

You’ll come to a road with Cafe Ron Ron on the left and Gong Cha on the right.

 

Turn right at the FamilyMart at the end of the street and you’ll find The Alley!

The photo above was taken on a weekday before opening hours so there was no line,  but it was a different story in the afternoon on the weekend!

Ta-da!

 

The line is so long it’s hard to know where the end even is! It sure is popular. According to the staff working there, the line is constant on weekends from opening hours to when they close, so if you don’t want to line up they recommend visiting during the week.

There’s also a stylish indoor section where you can enjoy your drink.

Other menu items include the following:

Bonsai bubble tea and aurora drinks are really popular on Instagram in Japan right now!

When talking about The Alley you’ve got to mention the deer! There was a big one drawn on the wall inside.

I went with the brown sugar tea from the cheese foam series.

I recommend drinking cheese tea without the lid. If you drink it with the lid on it’s hard to get the cheese foam and tea at the same time. The Alley is best known for its tapioca bubble teas, but they have other ranges too like this one.

 

Now, onto tasting! Mixed in with The Alley’s famous fragrant tea is brown sugar. It has a smell that is sure to make you happy. The cheese doesn’t have that super sour taste, it’s a mellow flavour. The drink isn’t served hot but “mild hot” so you can get to drinking right away without burning yourself. It’s safe for those with sensitive tongues too. I have to let hot drinks cool down first before drinking them too so I was glad with my choice.

 

Head to The Alley to try out their new cheese tea yourself!

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  • Drink Tea in Style With FORTUNER tea-box’s Cheese Tea Tapioca in Harajuku

    21.September.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Hi, everyone.  It’s Midori from the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

    It’s been a trend for a while now, but tapioca shops have started popping up recently in Harajuku, and they’ve become so popular that most girls you see walking around there are drinking tapioca. Harajuku’s going through a real tapioca boom!

     

    They’re all holding cups from a number of different shops, but the one getting much attention for their cute cups is FORTUNER tea-box, so I went to take a look!

    FORTUNER tea-box is located behind the MOSHI MOSHI BOX along Tonchan Street (とんちゃん通り) on the first floor of a building called FLAG.

     

    If you walk from Murasaki Sports along Tonchan Street you’ll spot a 7-Eleven. Go past there and it’s inside Anywhere Door opposite BEAMS RECORDS.

     

    You’ll know it once you’ve passed the offices and open conference rooms and see girls holding cups.

    For those who aren’t good with tapioca, have no fear. They also serve drinks without tapioca, as well as unsweetened teas amongst other things.

    I ordered the “Cheese Tapioca Milk Tea”!

     

    At first glance you can tell it’s no ordinary tapioca milk tea, right? It has two layers with the top part being a whipped cream cheese.

     

    I wondered to myself how cream cheese could work with sweet milk tea but when I took a sip the sourness of the cream cheese and sweetness of the milk tea came together to create a deliciousl salty-sweet taste! It contains big and small chewy tapioca. You can treat it like a dessert.

     

    There are two mouthpieces on the lid and the straw is a super cute heart shape! It’s cute as well when you knock it back and get a cream cheese moustache.

    The inside of the shop too is cute and Instagram-worthy. There were lots of people taking photos when I went.

    I recommend taking a photo with the BEAMS RECORD sign behind you which is close to the shop.

     

    Buy a stylish drink with your friend and snap some photos with a snazzy background!

     

    ■Information

    FORTUNE tea-box

    Address: 3-27-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:30am-11:00pm (No Fixed Holidays)

    TEL: 03-5755-5708

    Website: http://fortuner.co.jp/index.html

  • 7 Popular Ice Cream Shops in Harajuku

    17.February.2018 | FOOD

    Over at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX, Harajuku’s tourist information center, we are always asked about ice cream and soft cream shops. These cute and Instagrammable shops are currently experiencing a huge boom with the younger generation!

     

    Here are 7 popular ice cream and soft cream shops that you can visit during your trip to Harajuku.

     

    Eddy’s Ice Cream

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    Located in Ura-Harajuku, Eddy’s Ice Cream completely is pasted in pink and white. Wherever you turn to look, you’re going to want to take a photo. The grand menu of Eddy’s Ice Cream, where the toppings are already chosen, is super popular, but you can also customise to your liking – there are 10 cones and 3 soft creams to choose from as well as 13 different toppings. The most popular item on the menu is the “Unicorn” (¥1,200), a magical delight wrapped in pastel coloured cotton candy and milk soft cream. This one promises a new kind of sensation for the taste buds!

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/55526/2

     

    ■Information

    Eddy’s Ice Cream
    Address: Eddy’s Ice Cream 1F, 4 Chome-26-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo (住所:東京都渋谷区 神宮前4-26-28 1F)
    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
    Closed: No fixed holidays
    TEL: 03-6438-9742
    Access: 10 minutes’ walk from Harajuku Station via the JR Line / 8 minutes’ walk from Meiji Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro
    Official Homepage: http://eddysicecream.jp/

     

    Roll Ice Cream Factory

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    This unique rolled ice cream is mixed together with liquid ice cream and other ingredients on a cool plate. You can order from the regular menu or customise your own. The shop’s recommendation is the “Cookie Monster”! Not only can you take great pictures of the finished ice cream piece itself, but also the process as it is made in front of you.

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/57051

     

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    ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY
    Address: Just harajuku 1st floor, 4-28-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
    Phone Number: 03-3470-0227
    Closing Dates: No scheduled holidays
    Open time: 10:00-21:00
    Official Homepage: http://rollicecreamfactory.com/

     

    Nanaya (Aoyama Branch)

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    Nanaya sells luxurious gelato made using matcha sourced from Fujieda in Shizuoka. It offers seven varying levels of matcha intensity – level 1 begins with a more moderately sweeter flavour, but as you progress up the scale to level 7 the flavour of the matcha becomes richer and deeper. The no. 7 gelato is the most popular item and claims to be the most matcha intense flavoured ice cream in the world. It uses matcha that received an award from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It boasts a deeply rich and bitter matcha flavour inside which lies a hint of refreshing sweetness.

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/58538

     

    ■Information
    Nanaya Aoyama
    Address: Nanaya 1F, 2-7-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
    Tel: 03-6427-9008
    Hours: 11:00〜19:00
    Closed: Tuesdays (but open on Tuesdays when it’s a national holiday)
    Website: http://nanaya-matcha.com

     

    Matcha Café Maiko

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    The same matcha – just imported from Hawaii! “MATCHA Stand MAIKO” has been in business in Hawaii since July 2016, and it has made its way to Omotesando in Japan. Matcha Café Maiko uses the highest quality matcha produced in “Harimaen,” a tea brand from Uji in Kyoto, aka the birthplace of Japanese tea. The matcha-flavored soft served ice cream of Matcha Café Maiko extracts the umami and texture of matcha to the fullest, meaning you can enjoy a matcha soft ice cream unlike any other!

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/47577

     

    ■Information

    “Matcha Café Maiko – Omotesando”
    Address: B1 of GYRE, 5-10-1, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo
    Open: 11:00-20:00
    Website: http://www.matchacafe-maiko.jp/

    “MATCHA Stand MAIKO”
    Address: 2310 Kuhio Ave. #143 Honolulu, HI 96815
    TEL: (808) 369-8031
    Open: 11:30-21:00 ※Time in Hawaii
    Website: http://www.matchacafe-maiko.com/

     

    “Milk” – Fresh Cream Specialty Shop

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    When “Milk” opened in Shibuya it was a roaring success, bringing in 30,000 people in the first month. Fresh cream usually plays the supporting role of sitting on top of something like pancake, but “Milk” promotes it to the lead role by drawing out its flavour to the fullest. “Milk” serves a range of sweets with the fresh cream as the main acts, including “Milky Cream Chiffon Cake” (¥780), “Milky Soft Cream” (¥540), “Milky Soft Parfait” (¥780), and more. The shop is only open for a limited period, so don’t miss out.

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/54370

     

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    “Milk” – Fresh Cream Specialty Shop (生クリーム専門店 ミルク)

    Popup Shop in Harajuku Justin
    Opening date: August 3rd ※Takeout available from August 10th
    Address: Harajuku JUSTIN Gingumae 3-25-18 Shibuya-ku Tokyo
    Open: 11:00-18:00(※JUSTIN’s normal business hour starts from 18:00)

    Takeout specialty shop in LUMINE EST Shinjuku
    Opening date: August 20th, 2017
    Address: LUMINE EST 1F Shinjuku 3-38-1 Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
    Open: 11:00-22:00 (10:30-21:30 on weekends and holidays)

    Official Website: http://www.opefac.com/milk/

     

    sorama

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    Affogato (¥550), a definite recommendation to those people who find normal ice cream a tad bit boring. It’s made with rich wholesome ice cream that melts its way into strong coffee. Even people who aren’t adjusted to coffee can enjoy this one. What’s more is that “sorama” is a café situated away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Harajuku where time flows calmer, allowing you to take a breather. It’s a place where you can enjoy more “grown-up” ice cream.

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/32960

     

    ■Information

    sorama gallery+coffee

    1-12-6 Dohi Bldg., Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3423-2370

    OPEN: 9:30~11:00/12:00~19:00  (Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays, National Holidays)

    Homepage: http://sorama.tokyo/coffee/

     

    coisof(コイソフ)

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    Ice cream and dairy specialists “Morinaga Milk Industry” teamed up with “GOMAYA KUKI,” a store specialising in sesame ice cream, to open the soft serve ice cream shop “coisof.” Their sesame ice creams strive to stand superior to ice creams all over the world and are topped with colourful “oiri,” a traditional candy from Kagawa prefecture that brings good luck. Once you have one you won’t be able to stop!

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/54778

     

    ■Information

    Coisof (コイソフ)

    Address:OZ Harajuku Building 1st floor, 1-8-24, Jingu-mae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Open: 10:00-20;00

    Telephone number: 070-1185-1309

     

    【Select Menu Items】

    ・Coi soft (white) ¥600 (tax included)

    ・Coi soft (mix) ¥600 (tax included)

    ・Coi soft (black) ¥600 (tax included)

     

    GOMAYA KUKI Website: http://gomayakuki.jp/

     

    Harajuku – the home of the “kawaii” culture. Know you know some of its most photogenic ice cream shops. So what are you waiting for? Have your fill♡

     

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    Writer: Ellie

  • Drink Latte Art of Van Gogh, Claude Monet & Hokusai’s Famous Paintings at Nescafe Harajuku

    22.November.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Nescafe Harajuku is serving a latte art event titled Nescafe Photo Latte Drinkable Art Exhibition from December 4 to 25 where customers can enjoy their coffee with famous paintings designed on them.

    Nescafe released their “Nescafe Photo Latte” on their website last month to rave reviews. It enables people to use a latte art sheet to create latte art of their own of photos, illustrations and messages.

    Nescafe Harajuku will have a special booth set up in cafe where customers can order drinks with famous paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Hokusai on them. These are limited in stock so you’d best grab your coffee quick before they’re all gone.


    The latte art products and drinks menu are poured with Nestle’s “Nescafe Golden Blend Barista” coffee machine. By laying a latte art sheet onto the creamy froth the picture springs to life with colour.

     

    Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a special drink this Christmas season at Nescafe Harajuku!

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  • ‘SAKURA Romantic Tea Party’ is Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando’s Newest Afternoon Tea Experience

    20.February.2020 | FOOD

    Q-pot. has revealed its new “SAKURA Romantic Tea Party” line-up which is set to be served at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, Tokyo from March 1, 2020 for a limited time.

    The cherry blossom pink coloured and flavoured line-up includes a glamorous afternoon tea set, limited-edition parfaits, plated goodies, drinks, and more. “Romantic” is the key word for this beautiful Japanese springtime assortment.

    Romantic SAKURA Parfait w/ Drink – ¥1,850 (Tax Included)

    The tall Romantic SAKURA Parfait is layered with a mix of both Japanese and Wesrern flavours, built up delicious with cherry blossom cream cherry blossom petal-laced jelly, houjicha tea sauce and more, all of which is topped off with cherry blossom cookies and meringue.

    Romantic SAKURA Mont Blanc Plate w/ Drink – ¥2,060 (Tax Included)

    This plate of delight features a soft mont blanc made with cherry blossom bean paste cream, rich matcha chocolate, Japanese waguri chestnut, and chestnut cream. Q-pot. CAFE offers a selection of original macarons too which you can pick from including strawberry, chocolate, lemon, and melon. Feel the call of Japanese spring with this romantic cherry blossom mont blanc.

    Romantic SAKURA Afternoon Tea Set w/ Drink – ¥2,400 (Serves 1) (Tax Included) *Photo shows tea set for two

    Simply put: a colourful pink and romantic afternoon tea set.

    The top tier is decorated with cherry blossom St. Honoré cakes made with gorgeous cherry blossom cream, peach bavarois, strawberry cookies, and rich cream ganache-filled biscuits.

    The bottom tier includes fat croissants filled with duck pastrami and cucumber that has been dressed with white wine vinegar. They’re served together with a white asparagus cream potage soup and skewered olives, mini tomatoes and pickles, creating a truly gourmet addition to your afternoon tea experience.

    Romantic SAKURA Berry Blossom Tea (Hot/Iced) – ¥750 Each (Tax Included)

    There’s also a cute pink cherry blossom tea that can be served hot or iced. It’s made using Q-pot CAFE.’s popular “Flower Garden” flavour which has a refreshing after taste as well as a floral and fruity sweet scent. Added to it is cherry blossom and raspberry flavouring which mixes deliciously with the milk.

    Hanami Party Plan – ¥3,000 Per Person (Tax Included) *Reservation-only

    You can also book a special hanami party plan which adds a sparkling beverage to the afternoon tea set together with a a cherry blossom card and a crunchy meringue. You must reserve for 2+ people, making it perfect for enjoying together with a friend or special someone.

     

    It’s not long until March now, meaning springtime, cherry blossoms, and Hanami flower-viewing is just around the corner in Japan. Why not celebrate romantically at Q-pot CAFE.?

  • Matcha Croissants & Other Breakfast Delights at CHAVATY in Omotesando

    30.January.2020 | FOOD

    If you’re looking for a very special breakfast in the Harajuku/Omotesando area during your trip to Tokyo, then we recommend grabbing a bite to eat at CHAVATY with their new breakfast service.

     

    CHAVATY is a cafe specialising in tea lattes made using high quality tea leaves. The cafe is announcing a special new breakfast called “CHAVATY Morning” which will begin on Sunday February 16 and will subsequently take place on the third Sunday of every month. You must make a reservation in advance, but what you get is indeed a treat sure to delight your eyes and belly, from teas to croissants, scones, granola, and more.

     

    Wake up and smell the coffee, or in this case the tea, with a choice of either uva straight tea or your choice of a tea latte. While sipping on that, you can enjoy a salad, two scones, and the main of this particular breakfast line-up: the matcha croissaint. There’s also homemade granola with yogurt. All of this for just ¥1,180 (before tax) so you can start your morning right.

    The homemade matcha croissants are baked fresh to order, so you can enjoy them nice and hot. Top them and fill them with the accompanying matcha cream for a luxurious CHAVATY-esque morning matcha explosion.

    The granola is also homemade, and served with plenty of acacia honey. The yogurt is made from 100% raw milk, so you get a mix of that refreshing taste of the milk, the richness of the honey, and the sweetness of the granola. You also get a combination of textures too, from the crunch of the granola to the smooth, fresh cream-like yogurt. A perfectly balanced breakfast for your morning.

    Tea Scone Sablés (Uva/Houjicha/Matcha) – ¥280 Each (Before Tax)

    You can also much down on one of the three homemade tea scone sablés, which come in uva, houjicha, and matcha flavours. Perfect with a cup of tea made from CHAVATY’s high quality tea leaves.

     

    Looking for the perfect Harajuku/Omotesando morning? Then head to CHAVATY.

  • Star Wars Theme Cafe Opens in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido & Fukuoka

    25.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    With The Rise of Skywalker concluding the Skywalker saga of the Star Wars film franchise, fans are left craving more from the galaxy far far away.

     

    If you’re one of those people, and need a fix before season two of The Mandalorian, which is coming in late 2020, then you’ll want to hit up the all-new Star Wars-themed cafes now open for a limited time at branches of OH MY CAFE across Japan in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, and Fukuoka.

     

    We visited the Tokyo branch of the cafe which is located inside Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku. Here’s our report of this must-see cafe for Star Wars fans, a museum-like space chock-full of concept art.

    Ready to greet you as you walk into the cafe is none other than Darth Vader. This life-size recreation of the Sith Lord is really striking, but don’t worryーthough he is realistic, he won’t use his Force choke on you, he only wishes for you to have a nice meal.

    Plastered across the cafe walls are pieces of concept art used during the production of the Star Wars film series.

    Here’s a galactic showcasing of the cafe’s menu. There are 7 food items and 5 drinks to choose from, all inspired by the franchise and its characters.

    <STAR WARS> Far Far Away Galaxy Black Curry – ¥1,590

    A signature dish of the cafe, this black curry features the Star Wars logo which is actually an edible wafer. The space design is bamboo charcoal-cooked rice which is mixed with spicy sauce and topped with peanuts for stars.

    <BB-8> Seafood BB-8 Gratin – ¥1,690

    Fans of BB-8 won’t be able to resist this delicious gratin, served with salad and French bread for a full belly.

    <Yoda> Root Leaf Stew – ¥1,590

    This stew is inspired by Yoda living his final years in his little shack in Dagobah during Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. It’s packed full of vegetables and will no doubt be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.

    <R2-D2 & C-3PO> Buddy Burger Plate – ¥1,990

    This set of two chicken burgers comes with an R2-D2 seasoned with béchamel sauce and a C-3PO burger seasoned with meat sauce. You can take the flags home with you too. We recommend sharing this between two people.

    Portion Bread – ¥500

    This is the one I was most interested in personally, because I was curious to know from its appearance how it would taste. It’s the portion bread that Rey tries eating in the film. At first glance it looks crunchy, but to my surprise it was soft with a subtle sweet flavour.

    Lightsaber Drinks – ¥600 Each (w/ Coaster ¥1,300)

    From the left, the flavours are Darth Vader blood orange, Luke Skywalker ramune, and Yoda melon. When you draw your straw from the paper wrapping, it turns into a lightsaber!

    <STAR WARS > Jet Black Coffee – ¥600 (w/Bottle ¥1,750)

    These limited edition bottles of black coffee feature the famous Star Wars opening crawl credits. Which one you get is randomーa must-have for all fans!

    After enjoying some Star Wars food and drink, it’s time to check out the cafe’s exclusive merchandise. There are 13 types of merch in total all bearing artwork from across the film series.

    Folder – ¥350

    I recommend picking up one of these folders made in collaboration with the cafe. It has illustrations of the food and drinks being sold there.

    Tote Bag – ¥3,500

    This tote bag has illustrations of characters from Star Wars and how they are all connected.

    There’s plenty of other must-grab merch too, from music to stationery and more.

    Customers who spend over ¥1,000 (excluding tax) on any of these exclusive items will receive the above-pictured limited edition bag. These are limited in stock so are available while supplies last.

    There’s plenty of places inside for fans to take great photos, so make sure you snap lots.

    Also, if you book a table in advance and order something from the menu, you’ll receive one of these 25 possible A5 folders, so be sure to book before you go!

     

     

    © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

    *All listed prices are pre-tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

  • Food Review: Q-pot CAFE.’s Afternoon Tea in Omotesando is a New Year’s Treat

    25.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    The afternoon tea is the perfect way to treat yourself to a little indulgence as you tuck into tea and sweets in the latter half of the day. It’s something surely everybody wants to try at least once.

     

    Q-pot. is known for its accessory brand, which features jewellery made to look like sweets and desserts. It is also known for the Q-pot CAFE. which flips that concept, instead making sweets and desserts that look just like real accessories.

     

    We recently covered the Christmas afternoon tea at Q-pot CAFE., so what on earth could be so special about this option that we just had to report on it?

    2020 is the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac, and so I was seated in the cheese area based on mice and rats’ favourite food.

    Seated with me at the table was Q-chan, a rat character created by Q-pot. which looks like a real rat eating cheese. The afternoon tea set I ordered is in fact based on this Q-chan character.

    “CHEESE” Afternon Tea Set w/ One Drink – ¥2,400 (Tax Included)

    The joyous and auspicious-looking afternoon tea set was adorned with a golden rosetta, fittingly festive for the New Year.

    The upper tier of the set is plated with servings of no-baked mousse, cupcakes, cherry scones, and lemon-flavoured cream macarons. Each and every piece was a work of art so beautiful they almost seemed a waste to eat!

    The red velvet cupcakes are topped with chocolate cream made in the image of our Q-chan. The flavours were a perfect match with the sweet and sourness of the red velvet and the subtly sweet chocolate.

    The no-bake mousse was in its own league: sensuously smooth and topped with crunchy streusel. Every mouthful was a treat to the senses―delicious with an incredible smell.

    The lower tier was packed full of filling savoury foods including a roast beef, tomato and broccoli croissant. There was also a rich potage made with onions, potatoes and melted cheese, as well as skewered baby tomatoes, olives and pickles which were perfect as a palate cleanser after the sweets.

    Hot “CHEESE” Tea – ¥750

    The afternoon tea set comes with one drink, so you can pick your favourite from the menu, but for an extra ¥100 you can get the New Year’s-exclusive drink: a hot cheese tea made with Q-pot CAFE.’s luxurious “Sweet Weekend” black tea . It has a smooth texture and a gorgeous subtle cheese scent.

    “CHEESE” Parfait w/ Drink – ¥1,850 (Tax Included)

    This parfait is also a New Year’s exclusive. It’s made formed of cute orange apricot layers, salty cookies, chocolate sponge, and topped off with cheesecake. Sat on the cheesecake having a munch is none other than Q-chan.

     

    Apricot and cheese is a rare combination, but it results in this parfait being like a refreshing no-bake cheesecake. As you delve lower into the depths of the parfait you can enjoy an assortment of scrumptious flavours.

    Q-chan’s tail is actually shaped like the letter “Q” too, and hidden behind him is a pile of nuts and at either side of him cookies with “2020” written on them. It really is a filling parfait.

     

    It was a very satisfying meal, from the sweets and drinks to the afternoon tea!

    Q-pot CAFE. Happy Bag 2020 – ¥3,000 (Before Tax)

    Q-pot CAFE. is also selling fukubukuro in a cute cheese colour. This is the cafe’s first time selling fukubukuro lucky bags with rat motifs.

     

    Award-winning Japanese writer Mizuki Tsujimura also posted a story about Q-chan on the cafe’s website which can be read below in Japanese.

     

    ▼The Adventures of the Little Rat Known as “Q”

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    There are several other fukubukuro lucky bags you can get your hands on too filled with accessories centred around cheese. The items are limited-edition and exclusive and come in ¥10,000 (Before Tax) and ¥30,000 (Before Tax) options.

     

    If you’re in Japan for the New Year, why not spend it with Q-chan and a side of cheese at the Q-pot Cafe.?

  • Indulge in Omotesando This Christmas With Q-Pot CAFE.’s Afternoon Tea Set

    27.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Christmas is almost here, and at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, the festivities have already begun as they begin serving a selection of special Christmas-exclusive menu items. These will be available until December 25.

     

    Q-pot. is known for its accessory brand, which features jewellery made to look like sweets and desserts. It is also known for the Q-pot CAFE. which flips that concept, instead making sweets and desserts that look just like real accessories.

     

    I visited Q-pot CAFE. to treat myself to their exciting Christmas afternoon tea.

    Q-pot. Omotesando is a 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station’s A2 exit. You’ll spot the entrance by its sparkly illuminations as pictured above.

    The cafe is split into seven concept rooms, such as Melt, Chocolate, BisQuit, SAKURA, and so onーso you can pick which sounds good to you and sit there. It also gives a reason to go back more than once!

    The Story of Sweet Kingdom Afternoon Tea Set ¥2,400 (Tax Included/Drink Included)

    The afternoon tea set: an indulgence any cafe-lover craves for at least once. And since Christmastime is coming, you want to enjoy a little treat too, right? Well, this two-tiered set comes with desserts, sweets, and some light food too.

    The top plate includes gingerbread man pops, cupcakes, vanilla panna cotta, and macarons.

     

    The gingerbread man pops are filled with caramel ganache, while the red velvet cupcakes topped with pistachio cream and made to look like a Christmas tree. The panna cotta is also sprinkled with dragees to look like stardust.

     

    The macarons are strawberry and melon flavoured. The melon one has a particularly rich flavour and contains red melon pieces. This macaron is so popular that there are people who go to Q-pot CAFE. just to sink their teeth into one of them.

    The bottom plate contains some hearty and crunchy  croissants filled with roast beef, mini tomatoes, and broccoli. It also comes with a side of rich cheese soup with onions and potatoes inside.  It’s a great palate cleanser after the desserts.

    Pistachio Cream Tea Latte ¥750 (Tax Included) *Also sold separately

    The drink that’s served with the afternoon tea set is a Christmas-only pistachio cream tea latte.  It’s a latte made with one of the cafe’s original flavoured tea brews called “Flower Garden.” The tea ensures the drink isn’t overly-sweet and leaves it with a mild flavour. It also comes with a holly-shaped cookie. This drink is also available to order separately from the drinks menu.

    The set comes with a special fairy tale-like Christmas lunch mat.

    CHRISTMAS CAKE ~The Story of Sweet Kingdom~ ¥3,800 (Tax Included)

    The cafe is also selling a cake that looks like something out of a children’s picture book. It’s topped with a coconut meringue snowman, gingerbread man, and strawberry Santa. This would make a great addition to a home party.

    Saku Saku Meringue ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Take away some crunchy snow-white meringues too, so addictive you won’t be able to stop after just one!

     

    The cafe is also selling a Christmas collection of their dessert-like accessories too.

    Christmas Tree Cupcake: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    The Christmas tree cupcake features a chocolate cookie-like base topped with a realistic pistachio cream adorned with pearls.

    Strawberry Santa Claus: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    Check out these adorable bright-red strawberry Santas too!

     

     

    Q-pot CAFE. has lots of other Christmas food and accessories in addition to these too, so if you’re in Tokyo anytime from now up to Christmas Day, then be sure to visit.

     

    Writer: Ellie (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Instagram-Worthy New York Christmas Lunch and Dessert Buffet Jollies Up Omotesando, Tokyo

    13.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    BAR & GRILL DUMBO is a restaurant heavily inspired by the Brooklyn neighbourhood town of Dumbo in New York. They will be adding a sprinkle of New York Christmas magic to the menu from November 7 – December 25, 2019 with the Christmas New York lunch and dessert buffet.

     

    The buffet table will be filled with irresistibly cute and delicious desserts. From the Statue of Liberty to Brooklyn Bridge, the background is lined with skyscrapers and New York’s most iconic landmarks. 

    The S’more Bar is the perfect opportunity to toast your own marshmallows. Sandwich your molten marshmallow between two crackers to enhance your New York Christmas experience. 

    Put your icing skills to the test at the Iced Biscuits Corner where you can enjoy decorating your own biscuits to your liking.

    There is more than just desserts, however. You must try the Christmas gratin, which is garnished with a jolly green Christmas tree made from romanesco broccoli. There is also a DUMBO Caesar Salad in the shape of a wreath, a delicious Roast Turkey Breast dish and much more. 

    Make sure to pop down to Omotesando for a jolly New York-style Christmas celebration.

  • Idol Group Keyakizaka46 Themed Cafes to Open in Harajuku, Osaka & Nagoya

    07.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The new cafe TOKYO BOX CAFE&SPACE will open in Omotesando, Harajuku on November 21, 2019.

    The cafe will serve as a space to promote artists, franchises and more by collaborating with them. For the grand opening, the cafe’s first collaboration will be with Japanese idol group Keyakizaka46 which will run for a limited period from November 21, 2019 to January 13, 2020. The collaboration will subsequently move to Osaka and Nagoya where it will open on November 22 and 28 respectively.

     

    The names of cafe menu dishes below are translated from Japanese.

     

    Cafe Menu

    Break the Cheese! – ¥1,690

    This cheesy pasta dish is made with crispy cheese, the spaghetti is bathed in a rich cheese sauce, and the plate is finished with delicious seafood. Break the cheese up and tuck in!

    Black Vegetable Curry – ¥1,590

    The quirk of this veggie-packed meal is the black colour of the curry. Topped with okra, tomatoes, Japanese mustard greens, sunny-side up egg and more, this nutritional dish is sure to fill your belly.

    2 People Season Pancakes – ¥1,790

    For the sweet-tooths out there, they can look forward to forking into some chocolatey pancakes lathered sweetly in blueberry sauce and blueberry cream. Between the pancakes are fruits and chocolate to create a pancake sandwich, and adorning the plate is more chocolate, fruit, and blue dragées.

    Humility! Kindness! Bonds! Shining Brightly, Keyakizaka46 Parfait – ¥1,690

    Named after one of the group’s catchphrases, this matcha parfait is green which is a colour that symbolises Keyakizaka46. It’s piled with chocolate, macarons, ice cream, warabimochi and more for a truly hearty and mouth-watering dessert.

    Late-Night Herb Tea – ¥890

    During those nights when you can’t fall asleep, there’s nothing better than some refreshing herbal tea.

    Matcha Milk That Stays Hot Even When It Blows In The Wind – ¥890

    Nothing beats a cup of hot matcha milk during the cold weather. Coloured green like the group’s iconic colour, this gorgeous, garden-like beverage is sure to warm up your mind and body.

     

    Exclusive Merchandise

    T-Shirt (White) – ¥3,100

    Acrylic Keyring – ¥900

    Tote Bag – ¥1,800

     

    Bonus Items

    Those who book a table in advance  (¥650 per person, tax excluded) and order something from the menu will randomly receive one of 26 possible trading cards pictured above.

    If you order something from the food or dessert menu, you’ll also receive one of 26 possible signed mini cards, chosen randomly.

    Finally, if you get a drink, you can get one of these 8 possible coasters, also chosen randomly.

     

    This is just a small peek into what’s to come at the cafesーthere are more drinks, dishes and merchandise to get your hands on, so don’t miss out.

     

    *All listed menu item prices do not include tax

    *All listed merchandise items include tax

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

    ©Seed & Flower LLC.

  • Visiting the Weathering With You Cafe Now Open in Tokyo and Osaka

    10.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / MOVIE

    LEGS COMPANY opened two cafes themed on the hit anime film Weathering with You in Tokyo and Osaka on October 8 and October 10 respectively. The cafes will run for a limited time only.

    We paid a visit to the Tokyo branch which opened inside OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE & SPACE which is only a 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station.

     

    The new blockbuster hit from internationally-acclaimed animator and film director Makoto Shinkai Weathering with You dropped back on July 19 and has since amassed over 13 billion yen (approximately US$131 million) in the box office. It was seen by 7.5 million people in the first 34 days of its release, and over 10 million after 75 days. Its huge success has cemented itself in the Japanese animated film industry as another monumental masterpieces from Shinkai. The film has also been nominated for Best International Feature Film for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards set to take place on February 9, 2020.

    While sat in the cafe you can watch scenes from the film on the giant screens while the main songs performed by RADWIMPS play.

     

    The cafe menu features a line-up of drinks, dishes and desserts inspired by the characters and moments in the series, including the chahan set prepared by Hina for Hodaka, the Hodaka Welcome Party Set, and more.

    Teru Teru Omurice – ¥1,490

    This is the dish I ordered to eat. I couldn’t resist how cute it was. It’s inspired by the teru teru bōzu that Nagi makes, a traditional Japanese doll used to prevent rain and bring good weather. The doll’s head is made of mashed potato. He’s sat on a bed of ketchup rice filled with vegetables and bathed in a delicious sauce. This one’s too cute it almost seems a waste to eat♡

    Nagi’s Teru Teru Bōzu À La Mode – ¥1,490

    For dessert I ordered another teru teru bōzu treat. This one is made from gyūhi, a type of Japanese confection made from rice flour. Its head is filled with vanilla ice cream, and if you turn it over, you’ll find Japanese pudding underneath, and under that granola. It’s finished with a lining of bright blue lychee jelly around the outside for a hint of freshness.

     

    The cafe offers plenty of other dishes that will leave any Weathering with You fans spoiled for choice.

    Hina’s Handmade Sesame Oil Infused Pea Sprout Potato Chahan Set – ¥1,490

    A chahan set lovingly prepared by Hina for Hodaka. Chop up the spring onions that come on the side and add them to the soup just like Hina does in the film! This is a hearty set sure to fill you up.

    Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set – ¥1,590

    This one-person set was made lovingly by Natsume when Hodaka comes to work at the same company as her, K&A. If you’re looking for a healthy green meal packed with veggies then you’ll love this one.

    Clearing Up Weather Tiramisu – ¥1,490

    This refreshing matcha tiramisu is inspired by the scene when Hina and Hodaka reunite, with the sauce representing the sunlight and the cotton candy the rainy clouds. Pour the sauce over the cotton candy and watch the clouds clear up.

    Acai Bowl of the World’s Secrets – ¥1,390

    Enjoy the main key visual of the film right on top of your plate. The mild flavour of the yogurt coupled with the refreshing kiwi is a mouth-watering combination. The colours are really beautiful, too.

    Swirling Snow Whipped Latte – ¥990

    Inspired by the immense snow that spirals around Tokyo in the film, a cup of this whipped cream latte is perfect as a post-meal wind-down.

    Left: The Fine Weather That Day (Grapefruit) – ¥1,690 / Right: The Sunset That Day (Cranberry) – ¥1,690

    These two drinks are for takeout, and are based on iconic scenes in the film, specifically when the turns fine and the sunset. They are served in exclusive cafe-original bottles. Both flavours are sweet, sour and refreshing. Plus, you can reuse the bottles.

    If you order one of the many drinks from the menu you’ll receive one of six possible coasters chosen randomly.

    The cafe has plenty of exclusive merchandise on their shelves too.

    Sparkly Rain Smartphone Case (7/8 Ver. & X Ver.) – ¥3,900 Each

    When you shake these iPhone cases, it looks like the rain is falling.

    Raindrop Stickers (10 Designs) – ¥400

    Don’t you just want to collect all of these cute raindrop stickers?

    If you book a seat in advance (¥650 before tax per person) you will receive one of six possible bromide pictures chosen randomly, so don’t forget to reserve in advance.

     

    Plunge yourself into the world of Weathering with You at either one of these cafes, now running until November 17.

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only. All listed prices are pre-tax prices.

    ©️2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee

  • Pink Ribbon Raises Breast Cancer Awareness with Pink Drinks and Pink Ribbon Smile Walk

    04.October.2019 | FOOD

    Pink Ribbon aims to spread knowledge about breast cancer and conveys the importance of breast cancer screening. In order to reach out to more people, Pink Ribbon has released special drinks for the month of October that are dyed completely pink. This limited edition series debuted at Cafe & Dining Zelkova which is located on the first floor of THE STRINGS in Omotesando.

    The White Chocolate Strawberry Cappuccino consists of hot milk blended with white chocolate and strawberry syrup. The beautiful blend creates a pure pink-coloured cappuccino. The Pink Lemonade is a cocktail which consists mainly of refreshing grapefruit juice. Both these beautiful drinks are Instagram-worthy.

     

    Those who order a drink will receive a free book which is full of essential information about breast cancer. There are also donation boxes for the Japanese Foundation For Cancer Research which provides customers with the opportunity to contribute towards research that saves lives.

     

    On October 5, there will be the Pink Ribbon Smile Walk Tokyo event where part of the terrace area will be lit up with pink illumination in order to raise awareness for Pink Ribbon’s breast cancer campaigns. Make sure to get involved.

  • Embark on An Aquatic Adventure to The Little Mermaid OH MY CAFE in Tokyo

    01.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    It has been 30 years since Disney’s The Little Mermaid came to theatres. To celebrate, The Little Mermaid cafe has dropped its anchor in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Hokkaido and will be around for a limited time only.  Curious travellers are sure to fall in love with this world filled with Disney magic.

    As a big Disney fan, curious model Kanako just could not miss the opportunity to visit, so we headed over to Tokyu Plaza, Omotesando (Tokyo) to create a tongue-tantalizing report just for you. 

    The entrance was a treasure trove of exciting 30th anniversary celebratory designs.

    Venturing deeper, we came across illustrations of the exciting underwater world. 

    Seeing all the images of the characters, memories of the film will come floating into your mind. Just how many wonders can one cafe hold?

    There are five delicious meals and five delicious drinks on the menu. Everything was so cute that it was difficult to decide what to order. Time to dive in!

    Ariel Vegetable Pasta with Genovese Sauce: ¥1990

    This dish particularly caught Kanako’s eye. A graceful print made of powdered spices and sauce depicts Ariel gliding through the sea. It went perfectly with the salad. Feel free to take the beautiful paper mat home with you as a souvenir. 

    Cream Beach Risotto: ¥1,990

    This creamy risotto depicts a beautiful beach. Look closely and you will spot Ariel’s most prized treasure: a dinglehopper.  Feel free to take the dinglehopper home with you and add it to your collection of treasure. A layer of shrimp sauce lies hidden between the rice and mountain of salad. Can you spot Sebastian keeping a careful eye on Ariel? 

    Seven Princesses of Atlantica Colourful Tartine Plate: ¥2,290

     This plate of tasty tartines depicts the seven sisters and will send you on an exciting flavour journey. The fruity tartine will fill your mouth with a fresh fruity burst of blueberries and strawberries. Next on the plate is a luxurious cream cheese tartine, followed by a chunky vegetable tartine and finally, a filling boiled egg and potato salad tartine. The tartines are surrounded by colourful sauces such as blueberry sauce, pumpkin sauce and carrot sauce. 

     Sebastian’s Strawberry Smoothie: ¥890 (with themed drink coaster: ¥1,790)

    This yoghurt smoothie is dedicated to King Triton’s royal court composer Sebastian. Mix in the strawberry sauce before tucking in to enhance the flavour. You can also take the decoration on the glass back home with you. 

    Upon noticing the coaster that came with her drink, Kanako’s eyes were sparkling with desire. The drink coaster is a sure way to add some magic to all your drinks at home. Unfortunately, they are in limited supply, so make sure to get one before they are all sold out.

    Next, the curious Kanako explored the merchandise corner. The illustrations on the merchandise have been specifically designed for this special cafe.

    Canvas Art A/B  (two designs): ¥3,500

    Now you can decorate your room with your own collection of whose-its, whats-its, and thingamabobs.

    Letter Writing Set with Case (1 design): ¥800

    BIC Ballpoint Pen (2 designs): ¥500 each (Flounder/Seahorse)

    The pink-themed gadgets and gizmos are very cute too.

    Spend over ¥1000 (before tax) in the merchandise corner and you will receive a special Little Mermaid 30th anniversary shopping bag. There are a limited number of these and they are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, so we recommend you go to the cafe as soon as possible if you want one.

    This cafe is a whole world waiting to be discovered. Reservations cost ¥500 per person (before tax). Just ordering from the menu will grant you the special gift of an A5 clear file and you can even pick your favourite from 30 designs. Make sure to reserve your spot in advance and get ready to plunge straight into the fun!

     

    ©️Disney

  • Weathering with You Anime Film Themed Cafe to Open in Tokyo & Osaka

    26.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / MOVIE / SPOT

    Two cafes filmed based on the hit anime film Weathering with You will open in Tokyo and Osaka on October 8 and 10 respectively for a limited time. The cafes are being opened by LEGS COMPANY.

     

    The new blockbuster hit from internationally-acclaimed animator and film director Makoto Shinkai Weathering with You dropped back on July 19 and has since amassed over 10 billion yen (approximately US$101 million) in the box office. It was seen by 7.5 million people in the first 34 days of its release. Its huge success has cemented itself in the Japanese animated film industry as another monumental masterpieces from Shinkai. The film has been nominated for Best International Feature Film for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards set to take place on February 9, 2020.

    The cafes have a beautiful menu lined up inspired by the world of Weathering with You. In addition to the themed decorations set to line the cafes, fans can also get their hands on a range of exclusive cafe merchandise and bonus items.

     

    Menu

    The Most Delicious Dinner in Your Life – ¥1,590

    This dish is a complete recreation of the dinner Hodaka eats in the film which he describes as the most delicious he has ever eaten in his 16 years of living. Enjoy a hearty burger together with clam chowder soup and fries.

    Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set – ¥1,590

    This one-person set was made lovingly by Natsume when Hodaka comes to work at the same company as her, K&A. Complete the set together with one of the “Dreamy” beverages from the drinks menu.

    Hina’s Handmade Sesame Oil Infused Pea Sprout Potato Chahan Set – ¥1,490

    A chahan set lovingly prepared by Hina for Hodaka. The soup becomes even more delicious with the spring onions.

    Nagi’s Teru Teru Bōzu À La Mode – ¥1,490

    The teru teru bōzu is a traditional Japanese doll used to prevent rain and bring good weather. This assortment includes candy, fruits, and the doll itself holding a cute umbrella.

    Clearing Up Weather Tiramisu – ¥1,490

    This refreshing matcha tiramisu is inspired by the scene when Hina and Hodaka reunite, with the sauce representing the sunlight and the cotton candy the rainy clouds.

    Dreamy Peach Soda – ¥790

    The Dreamy drink is an original beverage based on the drink that appears at Hodaka’s welcoming. The one in the film is alcoholic, but this is a non-alcoholic peach soda. Enjoy together with the Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set.

    Sweet Growth Drink – ¥1,090

    A fruity soda based on the small cat that Hodaka meets in an alleyway and names “Ame” (Rain).

     

    Original Merchandise

    Raindrop Stickers (1o Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥400

    Tote Bag – ¥2,400

     

    Bonus Items

    If you book a seat in advance you will receive one of six possible bromide pictures chosen randomly.

    And you’ll also get one of six possible coasters if you order from the drinks menu.

     

    There are lots of other gorgeous-looking menu items and merchandise available in addition to the ones we have shown. If you loved Weathering with You, then be sure to visit one of the cafes!

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only. All listed prices are pre-tax prices.

    ©️2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee

  • This Week’s Breakfast: French Toast at Bread, Espresso & in Omotesando

    17.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spent in order to live a happy life.

     

    Today, I went out for breakfast. I got up a little earlier than usual and headed to my favourite cafe, Bread, Espresso & which is located in Omotesando.

    It’s really easy to get to: it’s just a 5-minute walk from the A2 exit of Omotesando Station. Mornings are quiet in Omotesando, you don’t see many people walking around, so it feels like a completely different place compared to its busy streets during the day.

     

    When you enter the cafe, the smell of freshly-baked bread is the first thing to hit your senses. I sat down on one of the comfy sofa-seats and ordered myself the French toast breakfast set.

    There’s plenty of space between tables, so it’s an environment that’s easy to kick back and relax in.

    Inside and outside the cafe are cute signs with that day’s recommended menu items written on them. Next time I visit I think I’ll try one of the lunchtime desserts. That’s what I daydreamed about while waiting for my French toast to arrive.

    French Toast Set w/Drink – ¥800

    The French toast has a subtly sweet scent. It’s made with one of the cafe’s popular foods: the butter-loaded bread known as “Muu.”

     

    The toast’s crusts were nice and crunchy while the middle part was fluffy. The soft bread just melts in your mouth when taking a bite, and your taste buds are treated to the sweet flavour of the egg.

    The toast is delicious as it is, and you can totally leave it at that and enjoy your morning breakfast. But if you want to take it to the next level then you can drizzle the accompanying honey over the toast, giving the sweetness an even richer flavour.

    I’m usually not good with the characteristic sweet taste that honey has, or the bitterness layered into the overall flavour, but this honey was on the milder side so I really enjoyed it.

    After my food, I enjoyed the cappuccino the barista beautifully made for me which comes as part of the set.

     

    My 1-hour morning was spent even more relaxed than usual here. It’s much different from lunchtime which is a much busier and hurried time, so I could sink in my chair and really enjoy my drink too.

     

    Waking up early and enjoying a relaxing breakfast. That’s all I did, but it helped ease my busy mind and soul. I’m a simple person, and I think I’ll be able to face my week and work hard at it after this.

     

     

    Today’s Presents

    Futsu Furu Fig Sandwich – ¥420

    Futsu Uni Fruits – ¥400

    I wanted to share the happiness between friends and family on this fine day where I got to eat a delicious breakfast. These sandwiches are packed full of fruits―seasonal fruits which are best enjoyed right now. If you’re wondering what other sandwiches they sell then be sure to visit.

     

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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