Top 11 Character Cafés in Japan: December 2018 – Part 1

06.December.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

Character cafés are an exciting experience in Japan which sees a café collaborate with well-known anime series, game series and various franchises by decorating the café interior with designs and illustrations based on them and meals and drinks inspired by them.

 

There are lots of themed collaborations happening this month, including Christmas ones. So many in fact that we’ve had to split the list into two parts! This is part one.

 

Pompompurin x Muffin Christmas Menu (November 1 – December 25)

Christmas has fallen on the Pompompurin Cafés in Harajuku and Umeda this month with a Pompompurin and Muffin Christmas themed menu being served. The menu includes a cream stew is topped with potato potage and fresh whipped cream that’s uneven to make it look like white snow, a yule log on top of which sits a mango ice cream Pompompurin and vanilla ice cream Muffin who are both wearing raspberry winter hats while enjoying Christmas together, and much more. There’s plenty of cute Christmas celebrations to be had at the Pompompurin Café this year.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/137629

 

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Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku

Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)

Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station

TEL: 03-5786-0770

 

Pompompurin Cafe Umeda
Address: Hankyu Sanbangai South Wing B2F, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Access: 3-minutes from Osaka Station via JR
TEL: 06-6292-7140

 

Pompompurin Cafe Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com

©1996, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S592650

 

Pompompurin x Gudetama Christmas Menu (December 1 – December 25)

Four Christmas food items have arrived to the Yokohama and Nagoya branches of the Pompompurin Café, two of which are collaborations between Pompompurin and Gudetama! One of these is the “Purin Santa & Gude Reindeer’s Xmas Beef Tongue Stew” which has been delivered to warm up both your heart and stomach this Christmas. This dish is a slowly cooked beef tongue stew cutely topped with our favourite Pompompurin who is wearing a Santa hat made from a walleye pollack roe mashed potato. Next to him his his trusty pal Gudetama the Reindeer who has lotus roots for antlers. Surrounding them are star shaped potatoes, carrots and assorted vegetables. A very special plate!

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/147566

 

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Pompompurin Cafe Yokohama

Address: Yokohama Sotetsu Square, 2-1-5 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi

Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)

Access: 5-minutes on foot from West Exit at Yokohama Station via JR

TEL: 045-311-6750

 

Pompompurin Cafe Nagoya

Address: BECOME SAKAE 2F, 3-32-6 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi

Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Food Last Orders 19:30 / Drinks Last Orders 19:30)

Access: 1-minutes on foot from Sakae Station via the Meijo Line

TEL: 052-249-8320

 

Pompompurin Cafe Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com

©1996, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S592650

 

Gudetama Café x Tuxedosam Christmas Menu (December 1 – December 25)

Over at the Gudetama Café in Umeda, Osaka they are serving up a collaborative menu with the popular Sanrio character Tuxedosam. On the menu customers can look forward to tucking into a white stew featuring a Santa Tuxedosam sleeping under a fluffy Gudetama omelette. For dessert there are Gudetama pancakes crowned with ramune flavoured Tuxedosam sherbet. The sweet and sour mix of the colourful fruits and berry sauce match perfectly. There’s other options too, and all of them are a must-have for Instagram feeds!

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/146662

 

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Gudetama Cafe HEP FIVE

Running: December 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018

Address: HEP FIVE 7F, 5-15 Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

Opening Hours: 11:00am-10:30pm (Last Orders 10:00pm)

No Fixed Holidays. (*Except when HEP FIVE is closed)

TEL: 06-6366-3694

Gudetama Cafe Official Website: http://gudetama.createrestaurants.com/

©1993, 2013, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S592279

 

 

Cardcaptor Sakura x Cafe THE SUN (October 26 – January 3)

Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition: Magical Art Museum is an ongoing event over at the Mori Arts Center Gallery which is located on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. As part of the exhibition which celebrates the popular manga series, a themed cafe called “SAKURA Cafe&Parlor” has been set up where they are selling a range of original dishes inspired by the series including the Star Burger, Suppi’s Manpuku Curry and more. Non-alcoholic cocktails are also being served with motifs of the Cards from the series.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/135915

 

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SAKURA Cafe & Parlor
Location: Cafe THE SUN (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F)
Running: October 26, 2018 – January 3, 2019
Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00 (Last Food Orders 21:00 / Last Drink Orders 21:30)

*Open 7 days a week.
TEL: 03-3470-5235 (http://www.thesun-themoon.com/sun/)

 

 

Evangelion x Ikebukuro 46 Shokudou (November 16 – January 6)

EVANGELION STORE TOKYO-01 is celebrating its 7th anniversary and to celebrate, they have opened an Evangelion themed izakaya in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The concept of the bar is an “izakaya for everyone.” Fans of the series will instantly recognise the red entrance curtain and lamps in the bar as representing NERV from Evangelion. They can also enjoy some very reasonable prices on the menu. The bar has over 30 drinks and meals for fans to enjoy, and affordable lunch sets which are served until 4pm. Everything on the menu is packed with references to Evangelion.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/141872

 

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Evangelion Sakaba

Location: 46 Shokudou (Ikebukuro, Tokyo)

Address: Narita Bldg. Floor 4F, 1-29-4 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

Running: November 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019 (Closed December 31 – January 1)

Opening Hours: 11:30-23:30 (Last Orders 23:00)

Entry: Free Seating (Reservations Possible)

TEL: 070‐6407‐4611

Reservation Period: November 8, 2018 – January 6, 2019 (Except December 31 – January 1)

Reservation Times: 11:30-23:30 (11:30-21:30 from November 8 to 15)

 

Evangelion Sakaba Official Website: https://www.evasakaba.jp

 

 

BT21 x BOX CAFE & SPACE (November 1 – January 14)

The BT21 café is based on the BT21 character brand, a collaboration between South Korean boy band BTS and LINE FRIENDS, and it’s back again in Tokyo and Osaka. The café is reservation-only. Customers who make a reservation can get their hands on a free clear file. The menu includes “RJ’s Coconut Red Curry,” “TATA’s Hot Sandwich” and more as well as a line-up of 8 drinks based on each member’s character.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/135570

 

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Tokyo Location

SHIBUYA BOX CAFE & SPACE

Address: 2F Shibuya LOFT, 21-1 Udagawacho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Open: November 1, 2018 – January 14, 2019

 

Osaka Location

UMEDA BOX CAFE & SPACE

Address: 1F Umeda LOFT, 16-7 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

Open: November 1, 2018 – December 2, 2018

 

Bookings: https://box-cafe.jp/

Booking Price: ¥650 (Pre-Tax)

*Those who purchase a drink will receive one of eight possible coasters chosen randomly.

 

Did you enjoy part one of this list? There are plenty of cute cafes to enjoy in Japan this winter. Look forward to part two!

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  • Entering the Magical Art Museum of Cardcaptor Sakura in Roppongi Hills

    29.November.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. Minimaru here from the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center!

     

    I went to check out the Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition in Roppongi Hills. I was born in Hong Kong, and the Cardcaptor Sakura anime series aired there too. When I was a kid I would imitate Sakura everyday. I’m reading the new serialisation and watching the new anime too so I was really looking forward to visiting the exhibition.

    The exhibition is located on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in the Mori Arts Center Gallery and has been running since October 26. It is split into two different periods and is ongoing until January.

     

    Without further ado, let’s head into the world of Cardcaptor Sakura!

    The moment you enter the exhibition you’re met with an enormous book! This area is called The Library of Beginnings which is home to works by prominent artists from all fields. Each of them showcases the reason why Cardcaptor Sakura is such a popular series.

    Next I entered the Flower Room. You’re allowed to take your favourite flower stickers here and stick them anywhere you like.

    We look lots of photos of the artistic flower-bloomed room.

     

    The next area I entered was the Maze of Original Pictures. Photography here is off-limits. Be sure to visit the exhibition yourself too so you can see this area with your own eyes. There’s around 200 original illustrations spanning across the series from the Clow Card arc to the Sakura Card and Clear Card arcs. I stayed in this area alone for half an hour!

     

    Moving on, I visited the Tomoyo’s Sieged Atelier area. All of Sakura’s outfits are made by her best friend Tomoyo – she always appears wearing something different. This area is filled with all the different outfits made by Tomoyo across the series.

    This one is of course my favourite!

    A gigantic Cerberus was in the next area! He’s so much bigger in the flesh, the picture doesn’t do him justice!

    You’re allowed to take a photo with him so be sure you get one if you visit!

     

    There’s another important thing you need to know about. On weekdays until December 21 at 16:00-19:00 you’re allowed to borrow Sakura’s wand and magical outfit. Transform into a magical girl and take a photo with Cerberus!

    The final area is the Card Room where Clow Cards, Sakura Cards and Clear Cards are on display.

    It’s an overwhelming experience seeing all of the cards lined up.

     

    When you come out of the exhibition there is a Cardcaptor Sakura museum shop. They sell lots of exclusive and original merchandise you can’t get anywhere else. Being a fan myself I couldn’t contain myself and bought lots of things.

    The exhibition really felt like Sakura had cast her magic on it. You’re sure to enjoy your time there no matter how many times you go back, so don’t miss out while it’s still running!

  • Tokyo Stroll: Indulge at Harajuku’s Conveyor Belt Dessert Cafe ‘MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron’

    29.November.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron is a new hot spot in Harajuku that has been popping up all over Japanese social media. It’s so popular that it’s common to see lines of people waiting outside to get in, and that’s due to the fact that this is the world’s first-ever all-you-can-eat conveyor belt dessert cafe!

     

    MMN decided to visit the cafe to see what all the fuss was about. Unfortunately, it was raining on the day, but that didn’t stop the smiles on girls’ faces waiting outside for it to open which gleamed like a clear summer’s day.

     

    We visited the cafe with Japanese model Rinko Murata who has a weakness for sweet things and whose anticipation for this place was growing.

    Upon entering the cafe you must first buy a ticket from the ticket machine. It costs ¥1,800 (tax included) for all-you-can-eat desserts and a drink.

    This is the drink shelf. You can choose your favourite from a selection of colourful beverages that come in original bottles.

    Rinko-chan picked out a photogenic-looking drink too!

    If you stand against the pastel pink walls you can snap a cute photo from any angle!

     

    Rinko-chan was quick in wanting to snap one. There are messages written over the walls too. It makes you want to take your dessert in hand and take lots of pictures.

    The dessert lane stretches a sweet 38 meters. There are over 25 delights to choose from which appetisingly pass by one by one. They arrive crowning pastel coloured plates looking like precious gems and jewels. There’s even light savoury food in addition to the sweet stuff.

     

    You’re allowed 40 minutes. Heaven begins as you sit down: pick, take a photo, tuck in and repeat.

    Is this one an ice cream? It actually isn’t – underneath the cone hides potato salad! This is one of the non-dessert light foods and is perfect for cleansing your palate. There’s a meat ball burger, nikuman meat bun, popcorn and others too. (And keep in mind that items change depending on the season!)

    All the sweets are bite-sized meaning you can enjoy lots of different kinds one after the other.

    “Eating something this cute feels such a waste!” commented Rinko-chan.

     

    Piling up the plates after you’ve finished is kinda fun too!

    The shortcake dessert with the black cat wafer is the most popular. Only 10 of them come by in an hour. Rinko-chan was lucky enough to get her hands on one.

    The cat has an iconic presence in the cafe. In fact, the “Ron Ron” in the cafe’s name comes from French and refers to the purring sound a cat makes when it’s happy.

    There’s a super cute girly powder room up on the second floor.

    They have hair straighteners, makeup and other bits and bobs that customers are free to use. Use of the powder room isn’t included within the time restriction of the all-you-can-eat service, so once you’ve filled your belly with treats you can hit it up, touch up your makeup and head out shopping.

    If you’re in Harajuku why not enjoy lots of desserts and a girly time over at MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron?

     

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Social Media Campaign

    Running: November 29, 2018 – December 4, 2018

    We are giving away chekki photographs of Rinko Murata randomly to 2 lucky people who follow us on either our Instagram, Twitter or Weibo pages and share this article (or hit ‘Like’ on Instagram). Anyone from around the world can participate in this campaign, so get involved!

     

    Writer: Ai Watanabe

    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • 7 Christmas Desserts From Japan to Enjoy This Year♡

    14.November.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Christmas is fast approaching, which in Japan means that lots of festive cakes, drinks and other delectables are starting to pop up for the holiday season.

     

    Here’s our 7 recommendations to check out for Christmas 2018.

    Christmas Fair 2018 Tokyo Xmastation

    Christmas has arrived early at Tokyo Station’s Gransta and Gransta Marunouchi malls with Christmas Fair 2018 Tokyo Xmastation which is running until December 25. They are selling a range of delicious Christmas cakes including one made in the image of the Tokyo Station building, another inspired by the Suica IC card penguin and much more. They are all a must-see♡

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/141020

     

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    Christmas Fair 2018 Tokyo Xmastation

    Location: Gransta (inside ticket gates) and Gransta Marunouchi (outside ticket gates)

    Running: November 12, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    Website: http://www.net-ekinaka.com/shop/r/r101003/

    ©Chiharu Sakazaki/ East Japan Railway Company /DENTSU Suica by East Japan Railway Company

    *Suica is a registered trademark of East Japan Railway Company.

     

    Afternoon Tea – “Strawberry Christmas Cake Parfait”

    Afternoon Tea is set to release a string of new desserts for Christmas, beginning with the two apple desserts based on the apple Christmas tree ornaments which were released on November 6. This will be followed by a Strawberry flavoured “Christmas cake parfait” that is layered strawberries, pistachio cream, strawberry jam, chocolate sponge and berries. It’s also mixed with a cream cheese gelato and elderflower jelly and is said to go perfectly with black tea!

     

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    Afternoon Tea

    ・Apple Sweet Potato Pudding a la Mode

    Available: November 6, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    ・Afternoon Tea Apple Pie Parfait

    Available: November 6, 2018 – November 28, 2018

    ・Strawberry Christmas Cake Parfait

    Available: November 29, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    Available at most Afternoon Tea TEAROOM branches. Prices vary at each branch. Limited quantity available of each so will discontinue once all have sold.

    Afternoon Tea Official Website: https://www.afternoon-tea.net/tearoom

     

    Grand Hyatt Tokyo – 2018 Christmas Cakes

    The luxury Grand Hyatt Tokyo hotel is now selling a line-up of exquisite Christmas cakes for a limited period. The menu features 9 cakes including 4 new entries to this year’s range. 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. There’s plenty more mouth-watering delectables where that came from too, so check the link below.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/139223

     

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    Sparkle with Joy

    Reservation Windows

    In-Store/Telephone: November 1, 2018 – December 16, 2018

    Online: November 1, 2018 – December 17, 2018 at 11:00am

     

    How to Order

    Reservation Number: 0570-012-025 (9:00am-10:00pm)

    Fiorentina Pastry Boutique: 03-4333-8713 (9:00am-10:00pm)

    Online: www.tokyo.grand.hyatt.co.jp/christmascake-JP

     

    Pick-Up Window: December 20, 2018 – December 25, 2018 (11:00am-9:00pm)

     

    Fiorentina Pastry Boutique

    Address: Grand Hyatt Tokyo (1st Floor Lobby), 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 9:00am-10:00pm (Cakes & Tarts available 10:00am-10:00pm)

    TEL: 03-4333-8713

    Grand Hyatt Tokyo Website: https://www.hyatt.com/ja-JP/hotel/japan/grand-hyatt-tokyo/tyogh

    Harajuku & Umeda Pompompurin Café Christmas Menu

    The Harajuku and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Café are celebrating Christmas with a Pompompurin and Muffin character themed menu that is being served all the way up to Christmas Day. The menu items featured extravagant names such as “I’ll Give You a Present ♪ Fluffy Snow Cream Stew,” a cream strew topped with potato potage and fresh whipped cream that’s uneven to make it look like white snow with Purin Claus and his little reindeer helper Muffin are handing out presents atop their Christmas sleigh. There’s exclusive merchandise to get your hands on too.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/137629

     

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    Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku

    Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)

    Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station

    TEL: 03-5786-0770

     

    Pompompurin Cafe Umeda
    Address: Hankyu Sanbangai South Wing B2F, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi
    Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
    Access: 3-minutes from Osaka Station via JR
    TEL: 06-6292-7140

     

    Pompompurin Cafe Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com

    (c)1996, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S592650

     

    Starbucks Christmas Beverages

    The Starbucks holiday season began on November 1. The first line of Christmas drinks hitting the coffee chain this year are the Christmas Strawberry Cake Frappuccino® and Christmas Strawberry Cake Milk. To ensure you get that full strawberry texture, both delicious drinks are made with a sweet ‘n sour strawberry sauce that leaves in plenty of the strawberry pieces. The standout feature of both is their gentle flavour which has that feeling of comfort milk has. They are also made to look like sponge cake. An enjoyable texture is also made by adding well-baked biscuits.

     

    Be sure to check out the other Christmas treats you can enjoy at Starbucks this year too.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/137601

     

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    STARBUCKS® THE Blend IS THE MAGIC

    Running: November 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    *First line of drinks available until December 4, 2018.

    Available: At most Starbucks branches across Japan

     

    Starbucks Japan Official Website: www.starbucks.co.jp

     

    Krispy Kreme Christmas Doughnuts

    Krispy Kreme released five Christmas themed doughnuts in Japan on November 14: Santa, Reindeer, Snowman, Milk Tea Box and Sprinkle Wreath. The Santa and Reindeer doughnuts take on a cute square shape as does the Milk Tea Box which is made to look like a Christmas present. These make for a perfect gift to hand out♡

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/135400

     

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    Holly Jolly Holiday

    Release Date: November 14, 2018

    Website: http://krispykreme.jp/app/

     

    Hilton Tokyo Odaiba – “Girls’ Sweets Coffret Christmas Buffet”

    Hilton Tokyo Odaiba brings a Christmas buffet this year called the “Girls’ Sweets Coffret.” It’s inspired by the “Christmas Coffret” cosmetic sets that are sold during the Christmas season only which tickle the hearts of girls across Japan. The buffet is overlooked by a bright pink Christmas tree under which are all presents a girl could hope for including a dress, jewel box, flowers and more―all edible. A cute Santa Claus, reindeer and snowmen also decorate the table in all their delicious dessert glory. The colour palette is girly but stylish, with pink as the main colour and blacks and whites everywhere else. An absolute must-post on Instagram!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/134994

     

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    Girls’ Sweets Coffret Christmas Dessert Buffet

    Address: Hilton Tokyo Odaiba, 1-9-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo
    Location: Seascape Terrace・Dining (Floor 2F)
    Running: November 1, 2018 – December 28, 2018
    Time: Slot 1 – 15:00-16:30 (90 minutes) / Slot 2 – 16:45-17:30 (Express Buffet – 45 minutes)

    Price

    Slot 1 – Weekdays: General ¥3,500, Children ¥2,100 / Weekends: General ¥3,900, Children ¥2,340

    Slot 2 – Weekdays: General ¥2,400, Children ¥1,440 / Weekends: General ¥2,800, Children ¥1,680

    *Listed prices do not include tax or service charge.

    *Children prices are for those aged between 6-11 years.

     

    Website: https://www.hiltonodaiba.jp/plans/restaurants/5263

     

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in Japan this year be sure to eat all of the Christmas goodies you can find.

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  • Mister Donut Japan to Launch New Matcha Doughnut Series

    07.April.2020 | FOOD

    Mister Donut Japan is set to release a new limited line of matcha doughnuts in collaboration with Gion Tsujiri and Toshi Yoroizuka at all branches in Japan from April 10, 2020.

     

    Following the success of Mister Donut’s previous collaborations with the two companies, named “misdo meets Gion Tsujiri” and “misdo meets Toshi Yoroizuka” respectively, this new collaboration sees all three companies come together for the first time to co-develop the matcha doughnuts. The triple team’s matcha creations are the fitting way to celebrate Mister Donut’s 50th anniversary as Gion Tsujiri brings the best Uji matcha from Kyoto and Uji-born pastry chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka brings his skill set.

     

    Pon de Ring Uji Matcha Chocolate Almond

    The classic chewy Pon de Ring laced with Uji matcha and coated in chocolate. It’s finished with a sprinkling of Uji matcha powder and crunchy almonds.

     

    Pon de Ring Uji Matcha Milk Crunch

    The matcha-ness is turned up with this Pon de Ring, which is not only mixed with Uji matcha, but coated with Uji matcha chocolate. It’s served with a snowfall of milk crunch pieces., highlighting the velvety texture of the doughnut while adding crunch.

     

    Pon de Ring Uji Matcha & Chocolate Cream

    This doughnut is made into a sandwich, with Uji matcha whipped cream and chocolate cream. The Uji matcha chocolate adds a richness to the overall flavour.

     

    Pon de Ring Uji Matcha Doughnuts

    Running: April 10, 2020 – Early June 2020

    Available: At most Mister Donut branches in Japan

     

    Tiramisu Chocolate Whip

    The dough of these tiramisu doughnuts are combined with cocoa. This one is filled with chocolate whipped cream, a tiramisu, and milk crunch pieces for an amalgamation of tasty flavours and textures.

     

    Tiramisu Uji Matcha Whip

    The chocolate whipped cream of the previous doughnut is replaced with Uji matcha whipped cream for this luxurious delight. The cream is also embedded with almonds.

     

    Uji Matcha Chocolate Pie

    The name speaks for itself: a lovely layered pie of Uji matcha chocolate and chocolate cream.

     

    Tiramisu Doughnuts & Chocolate Pie

    Running: April 10, 2020 – Early May 2020

    Available: At most Mister Donut branches in Japan

  • These Breathtaking Doughnuts Will Turn Your Home Into an Authentic Cafe Experience

    05.April.2020 | FOOD

    With most of us cooped up indoors, that desire to go and relax in a cafe with some coffee and cake just keeps on growing. “gmgm,” a doughnut shop in Koenji, Tokyo that specialises in “flower doughnuts,” is very aware of this, and so they opened an online shop on Saturday to allow for people to enjoy that authentic cafe experience from their own home.

    gmgm, the flower doughnut shop

    Nana Yui, an artist of dried flower art, opened gmgm in June 2019 as the sister store to HANABAR, a bar in Ikebukuro, Tokyo where drinks are served topped with beautiful dried flower art. At gmgm, the beautiful flower art combines harmoniously with the antique furniture and decor. It’s a popular doughnut shop whose doughnuts are beautiful enough to be given as gifts.

    Earl Grey x Rose: ¥500

    Cream Cheese Strawberry x Safflower: ¥500

    The doughnuts gmgm is offering to ship out on their website include their five regular doughnut flavours and some limited-time flavours, all of which are nothing short of cute works of art.

    Customers who order on the shop by April 30 will also receive a free dried flower and a tea turns blue. Those who order more than 8 will receive that plus a pressed viola flower you can eat.

    You can also make ice cubes with flowers in them and set your table like in the cafe’s photos for a really luxurious tea time!

  • Grab These Adorable and Delicious-Looking Kirby Figures at Japan’s Game Centres

    29.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    The second batch in a series of Kirby figurines, based on the Kirby’s Dream Land game series, began rolling out at game centres across Japan on March 26, 2020. They are part of the “Palcolce collection,” a line of palm-sized figures themed around desserts.

    Three figures make up the second batch of the series, which includes Kirby standing atop a Star Block shortcake holding a bright-red strawberry, another of Waddle Dee climbing a cupcake on chocolate ladder, and Kirby flying through the sky on a cheesecake Warp Star.

     

    A third batch is also planned drop in the near future.

    Collect all three from arcades throughout Japan to create a truly kawaii Kirby scene!

     

    ©Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc. KB19-3661

  • Harajuku’s Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe Entertains Customers With Projection Mapping

    28.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    “HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe-,” a cafe in Harajuku whose name speaks for itself, has announced its second collaboration with Rilakkuma to bring the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe which will open for a limited time from April 3, 2020 to June 28, 2020.

     

    The cafe’s first collaboration with Rilakkuma was in December last year. It was called “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” and earned itself many fans for its cute food and decor, but especially for its interactive tables which used projection mapping technology to have Rilakkuma and friends running around people’s tables.

     

    Harajuku’s Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror | Food Review: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/284456

     

    Fruit is the theme of the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, which follows that Chairoikoguma and the other characters have gathered lots of nutritious fruit to fill up the belly of hungry Rilakkuma.

     

    Food

    Rilakkuma’s Fruit Salad – ¥1,590

    Get your fill of refreshing fruit from this fruit salad plate which has Rilakkuma poking his cute face out from behind it all. When you order this dish, you’ll need to touch the fruits that appear on the table to give them to Rilakkuma.

    Korilakkuma’s Apple Cheese Gratin – ¥1,690

    A combination of hot apple and melted cheese, you’ll find yourself addicted to the sweet and sour mix of flavours. Pick lots of apples with Rilakkuma and company with the projection mapping game. (*Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)

    Chairoikoguma’s Orange Burger – ¥1,690

    The bun of this hearty burger is branded with Chairokoguma’s cute bear face. But what happens when you squeeze Rilakkuma’s orange? (*Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)

     

    Desserts

    Rilakkuma’s Maku Maku Fruit Tree Parfait – ¥1,590

    Korilakkuma’s Maku Maku Strawberry Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)

    Kiiroitori’s Maku Maku Peach Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)

    For dessert, you have a selection of fruit-topped parfaits to choose from featuring Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiiroitori.

     

    Drinks

    Rilakkuma & Friends Maku Maku Drinks – ¥790 / With Glass – ¥1,990

    Warm & Fluffy With Everyone Cafe Latte – ¥890

    Pick between one of the cold beverages, or if it’s a cold day, warm up with a hot drink. Feel warm and fluffy like Rilakkuma and his friends with a warm beverage after your parfait.

     

    Exclusive Merchandise & Bonus Items

    Pin Badges (9 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥400

    Acrylic Key Rings (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500

    Get your hands on a selection of original merchandise too, including pin badges, acrylic key rings, and more.

    Stickers (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)

    Coasters (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)

    Book a table online in advance and receive one of four possible stickers. Order a drink at the cafe and get one of the four coasters!

     

    You’re sure to get your five-a-day when you dine at the Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, opening for spring on April 3, 2020 in Harajuku.

     

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  • Pompompurin Celebrates 24th Anniversary With Birthday Menu at the Pompompurin Cafe

    27.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin is celebrating his 24th anniversary at three branches of the Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku, Yokohama, and Umeda with a special birthday menu that will be served for the whole month of April.

     

    A special celebratory menu for the floppy-eared golden retriever

    The official date for Pompompurin’s birthday is April 16. The birthday menu line-up includes two food items, a drink made in collaboration with popular Japanese picture book author Yukako Ohde, and some novelty gifts.

     

    Birthday Menu

    Happy Birthday Flower Bouquet Bisque – ¥1,590 (Before Tax)

    This cute bisque soup has Pompompurin and Muffin holding a colourful boquet made from broccoli and mashed potatoes made to look like roses. It has a rich but mild flavour, and is both adorable and filling.

    Happy Birthday Strawberry Mousse – ¥790 (Before Tax)

    The strawberry mousse has a fluffy texture and refreshing, sweet taste. It can be eaten as it is or drizzled with the accompanying raspberry sauce.

    Yukako Ohde x Pompompurin Lemonade – ¥550 (Before Tax)

    Take a sip from this delicious lemonade from a straw adorned with a cute, warm illustration of Pompompurin by Yukako Ohde.

     

    Exclusive Anniversary Novelty Gifts

    Lunch Mat Design

    Customers who dine at any of the three cafes during the anniversary celebration will receive a free lunch mat.

    Coaster Designs

    And those who order the lemonade will receive a coaster with designs illustrated by Yukako Ohde. The designs are different at each branch of the Pompompurin Cafe. You can also receive another special coaster if you spend over ¥1,000 each (tax included) at Pompompurin Cafe Umeda and KIDDY LAND Osaka Umeda. Simply show your receipts at the cafe.

     

    ©1996,2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S605291

  • McDonald’s Japan Releases Citron and Pistachio Flavoured Macarons at McCafé by Barista Branches

    26.March.2020 | FOOD

    McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s in Japan released two new flavours in their macaron series on Wednesdayーpistachio and citronーwhich will be served for a limited time until the end of August this year.

     
    The pistachio and citron flavours join McCafé by Barista’s colourful macaron series alongside vanilla, raspberry, and chocolate, which cost just ¥150 each.

     

    The pistachio flavour is filled with a pistachio powder-dusted pistachio cream, giving the crunchy macaron a deliciously nutty flavour and fragrance.


    The citron macaron is filled with a refreshing and sour lemon cream. Both of the new flavours are the perfect treat for the start of spring and going into the summer season. They’re even better with one of McCafé by Barista’s high quality coffees.



    McCafé by Barista is also serving the “Special Macaron Set” for ¥500 which comes with any two macarons of your choice and a medium hot or iced latte.

  • mūya: Tokyo’s New Cafe Opening by ‘Bread, Espresso &’ Serving Fluffy Mū Bread

    25.March.2020 | FOOD

    Bread, Espresso & is a cafe chain with 17 branches in Japan, including Omotesando. The company is set to open an entirely new cafeーspecialising in Bread, Espresso &’s popular mū breadーcalled mūya on April 17, 2020 in Asakusa Mizumachi.

     

    Bread, Espresso &: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/254815

    Mizumachi is a new shopping centre also opening on April 17, 2020. It’s near Solamachi in Tokyo Skytree Town, and sits betwixt Kaminarimon and Tokyo Skytree.

     

    Mū is an original bread recipe baked up by Bread, Espresso & that’s made with lots of butter, giving it a rich taste. The word means “soft” in French. When you break a piece off the fluffy loaf, that rich buttery smell fills your nose.

     

    inside the cafe

    The mū loaf is a cube shape, and the interior of the shop has cube designs all over it.

    Customers sit at tables with chairs that stack up like cubes – a unique and original design.

     

    French toast

    Mū is the main dish at mūya, which can be served as it is, as a sandwich, as French toast, or even in a parfait.

     

    When you’re passing through Asakusa, be sure to pop into mūya to try the famous mū bread of Bread, Espresso &.

  • Succulent Strawberry Drinks & Desserts Served Up at GELATO PIQUE CAFE

    21.March.2020 | FOOD

    GELATO PIQUE CAFE branches in Japan began their “Strawberry Fair” on Wednesday serving up drinks and desserts made using seasonal strawberries.

    What is GELATO PIQUE CAFE all about?
    “Desserts for adults” is the concept at GELATO PIQUE CAFE, a cafe brand developed by GELATO PIQUE which specialises is comfy loungewear. The cafe, which has branches in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and elsewhere in Japan, serves comfort food and is interested in the health and happiness of its guests. Their menu is overflowing with ideas, with all options made using only the best selected ingredients.

     

    The enticing line-up is nothing short of kawaii, and screams springtimeーfitting for the season as Japan celebrated Vernal Equinox Day yesterday, the first day of springーwith sweet and sour strawberries adorning their crepes, smoothies, gelatos, soft serve ice creams, and more.

    Strawberry Mille Feuille Crepe – ¥830 (Before Tax)

    Topped with a whole strawberry, this mille feuille-inspired seasonal crepe is made with an in-house crafted strawberry cream, mille feuille puff pastry, and vanilla gelato. The strawberries used are a mix, all grown in Kumamoto Prefecture, including yuubenikoinozomikoiminori, and others. Much love and care is put into growing strawberries in Kumamoto, making them sweet and delicious.

    White Strawberry & Red Strawberry Gelato – ¥460 (Before Tax)

    This two-coloured serving of gelato ice cream is made with sweet-smelling white strawberries and a brand of red strawberry from Fukuoka called amaou. No strawberry lover will be able to resist this pick.

    Strawberry Smoothie – ¥590 (Before Tax)

    Enjoy a cold strawberry smoothie made from seasonal strawbs, milk, and honey. Indulge in the refreshing sweetness of the strawberries, and enjoy the cute pink flavour of the beverage.

    Strawberry Milk Soft Serve Ice Cream – ¥450 (Before Tax)

    Or grab yourself a cone of soft serve ice cream to enjoy the combination of flavours: sweet and sour strawbs and sweet, creamy milk.You can also get a mix together with the light blue vanilla flavour.

  • Shirasagi Coffee: Ehime Prefecture’s Cafe Releases Springtime Cherry Blossom Menu

    21.March.2020 | FOOD

    Shirasagi Coffee, a cafe in Ehime Prefecture, has released a new seasonal menu full of strawberries and cherry blossoms to commemorate the spring season.

     

    Shirasagi Coffee’s logo features a heron, a reference to a legend that says the locals of Matsuyama in Ehime noticed that a white heron healed its injured leg by bathing in the hot springs of Dōgo Onsen, one of the oldest hot springs in  Japan. The cafe was renovated using furniture made from scrap wood from when Dōgo Onsen was built. It’s an artistic cafe that has garnered much attention from both locals and tourists.

    Thick-Cut Natural Yeast Toast

    This thick-sliced bread is provided by Panya Uzu, a bread shop also in Matsuyama, Ehime. Perfect for breakfast or lunch, it’s topped with a cherry blossom jam and mascarpone cheese cream.

    Top: Cream Soda / Right: Cherry Blossom Tea Latte / Left: Cherry Blossom & Strawberry Mint Sour

    This line-up of three drinks are made using seasonal strawberries grown in Ehime Prefecture.

    Sweet Bavarois

    Bavarois is a classic dessert at Shirasagi Coffee, and this one is made using matcha grown in the village of Shingu in Ehime and is coated in a cherry blossom cream.

    Spring Madonna Parfait

    This limited-time parfait is stacked with 12 different ingredients of varying textures and flavours, including cherry blossom, as well as Ehime strawberries, chestnuts, and matcha. It’s the culmination of Ehime’s springtime ingredients.

    Takeout Drinks

    Mini Parfait

    The cafe also serves mini parfaits, drinks and other items for takeout. Pick something out and go and observe the cherry blossoms for Hanami at Dōgo Park.

  • Gluten-Free Vietnamese Bánh Mi Baguettes Sold at the New Bánh mi Tokyo

    20.March.2020 | FOOD

    In Vietnamese cuisine, a Bánh mi is a baguette stuffed with various ingredients and served as a sandwich. It’s a popular meal in Vietnam, and in recent years has seen an appearance in Japan.

    Bánh mi Tokyo opened in Gaiemmae, Tokyo on March 16, 2020. They serve bánh mi with a Japanese taste, and their bread is made from 100% rice flour with no artificial flavourings or purified sugar.

     

    Bánh mi are generally made with lard or margarine, but at Bánh mi Tokyo, they are made with with ingredients with good-quality oil content like rice koji sweet sake and nuts, which give them a richness and creaminess and remove things like trans-fats that are a burden on the body. This also greatly cuts calories and other fats too.

    Mackerel Curry Bánh Mi

    All bánh mi overflow with original flavours, from the chicken-filled “Standard Bánh Mi” to the “Mackerel Curry Bánh Mi” which is made with curry flavoured grilled mackerel, “Five Spice Char Siu Bánh Mi” stuffed with juicy pork belly, and more.

     

    Bánh mi Tokyo also serves high-quality original coffees which are a must-try together with your bánh mi

  • MUUN SEOUL: Harajuku’s Korean Cafe Serving Instagrammable ‘Fatcaron’ Macarons

    19.March.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    MUUN SEOUL is a cafe located along Tonchan-dori Street in Harajuku that serves Instagram-worthy South Korean food.

    Photo by Nagisa Kobayashi @popo_318

    Photo by Nagisa Kobayashi @popo_318

    The cafe sells “fatcarons,” a South Korean-style macaron which have proven very popular with young women in Japan.

    Photo by Taeco @taecostagram

    Fatcarons are larger than the standard macaron. They are topped with things like strawberries, given marble textures, and more to give them a cute appearance. MOON SEOUL serves many different varieties, all of which are standout compared to normal macarons.

    Photo by Sara @__sar310

    But the fatcaron experience at MOON SEOUL isn’t complete without ordering the drink above. It’s strawberry milk flavoured, but the milk is whipped until it’s fluffy, giving it a taste like no other strawberry milk you’ve tried. It also has sliced strawberries inside and on top, so if you love strawberries, you’ll love this.

    Photo by Yuina @popochan726

    You can order your fatcarons for takeout too in a clear takeaway box so you can go have a dessert picnic with your friends, and get a great photo of them all together too.

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

    18.March.2020 | FOOD

    Dandelion Chocolate and IYEMON SALON ATELIER have joined sticky fingers to bake up their new “Tea & Cocoa Brownie” which is now being served at IYEMON SALON ATELIER KYOTO and Dandelion Chocolate Kyoto Higashiyama Ichinenzaka.

    This collaboration came about to celebrate 1 year since IYEMON SALON ATELIER KYOTO opened. The chocolates fuse IYEMON SALON’s tea with Dandelion Chocolate’s organic, single origin bean to bar chocolate.

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

    The two different flavoured brownies, Uji matcha and houjicha, are filled with a ganache made from Japanese tea and carefully selected chocolate from the Dominican Republic. The chocolate has a strong, rich flavour like that of coffee and cherries, but is still easy to get without it tasting overwhelming. The brownies are also vegan-friendly and gluten-free, containing no eggs, dairy products, wheat, or white sugar. They are the perfect accompaniment to both tea and a mild-tasting sake.

     

    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.

     

    ©Dandelion Chocolate Japan

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