GINZA SIX New Year Sale: Free Performances, Lucky-Dip Bags, Food & More

20.December.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

Ginza’s largest shopping complex GINZA SIX has announced a huge sale for the new year which will begin on January 2. It take place at around 100 stores where they boast the latest global trends.

 

A host of free performances will also take place on January 2 and 3 at the Kanze Noh Theater on floor B3F. Look forward to a brass band jazz show and much more. Year-end fukubukuro lucky dip bags will also be sold by world class quality brands and there will be plenty of delicious gourmet food to enjoy.

 

Premium Fukubukuro Lucky-Dip Bags

‘Fukubukuro’ are a type of lucky-dip bag sold in Japan at the end of the year. You pay a certain amount of money that is lower than the actual cost of the items in the bag and you never know what you’re going to get. For the GINZA SIX sale you can expect a whole range of premium products from fashion to lifestyle goods, beauty, food and so on. Maison de NADIA on the second floor has a Pear Diamond up for grabs at ¥2,000,000 (the original price of which is ¥4,000,000). BEAUTY TERRACE GINZA ~DRESS CIRCLE~ on floor B1F has a whole range of goodies up for grabs that could even include a trip to Hawaii. They are selling lucky bags by weight: 3kg for ¥100,000, 5kg for ¥150,000, 8kg for ¥200,000 and 15kg for ¥450,000.

 

Running: January 2, 2019 until bags are sold out at each individual store

*Running dates differ at select stores.

 

2019 at GINZA SIX: Gourmet Food for the New Year

GINZA SIX will welcome the new year with fantastic food at both their B2F food floor and restaurants throughout where they will serve everything from classic Japanese ‘osechi’ celebratory meals to food you can take home as gifts.

Premium New Year Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set (THE GRAND GINZA): ¥6,500 (Pre-Tax)

Auxamis’s Specially Made Osechi Meal (Bistro Auxamis): ¥29,630 (Pre-Tax)

This afternoon tea set comes with an authentic Japanese tea experience in a tea room which is served with traditionally prepared new year food.

Kagami Mochi (Nakagawa Masashichi): ¥4,000-¥20,000 (Pre-Tax)

4 Drawer Noshi Makie (Yamada Heiando): ¥2,500,000 (Pre-Tax)

Products from lifestyle brands will also be sold including ‘kagami mochi’ mirror rice cakes which are a traditional new year decoration, as well as items themed on the 2019 Year of the Pig, cutlery crafted by traditional artisans and more.

 

Free Noh Performances

Enjoy a free and authentic Noh performance at the Kanze Noh Theater on floor B3F of GINZA SIX.

 

Date: January 2, 2019 – January 3, 2019

*Two performances a day

Morning Performance: 11:00-12:30 (Opens at 10:30)

Afternoon Performance: 15:00-16:00 (Opens at 14:00)

*Free to watch. Those under the age of 3 not permitted entry.

*Entry is first-come, first-served. The reception will open one hour before each performance.

*For enquiries, please contact GINZA SIX Information at 03-6891-3390 (10:30-20:30)

 

 

Edo New Year’s Pine Decoration

A large Edo-style new year’s pine decoration will sit at the entrance of GINZA SIX. It’s made from three trees and bound together with straw. Its traditional shape has been passed down since Ginza Matsuya opened in 1925, allowing you to witness a tradition that has gone unchanged since the Edo period.

 

Location: GINZA SIX front entrance

Running: December 26, 2018 – January 7, 2019

 

 

There’s plenty of other things to look forward to at the GINZA SIX sale too, from pop-up shops to events and more. If you’re in Japan for the new year then why not check out GINZA SIX?

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

    21.November.2018 | FOOD

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

     

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

     

    Sweet-looking chocolate made using “Ruby Chocolate”

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

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

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

     

    Elegant eat-in “Galentine” chocolate

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

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

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

     

    “Wasozai” chocolate

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

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

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

     

    “Health-conscious” chocolate

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

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

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

    Valentine Chocolate (Patisserie Pavlov): ¥602

     

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

  • French Artist Nicolas Buffe’s Art to Appear at GINZA SIX Christmas Event

    30.October.2018 | SPOT

    Christmastime is coming to Ginza’s biggest shopping complex GINZA SIX this year with an event that translates to GINZA SIX CHRISTMAS 2018 “Fantastic Gift”: The Tale of the Kingdom of Winter and the Kingdom of Summer. It will run from November 12 to December 25.

    Photo by Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzman + Rocio Romero)

    Christmas art by French artist Nicolas Buffe will be used for the event, with a huge piece being displayed in GINZA SIX’s symbolic open space that runs down the center of the building as well as at the front entrance facing Ginza Chuo-dori Street, the show window on floor B2F and elsewhere. There will also be an immersive piece that makes use of the latest cutting-edge AR technology.

    A “tale” is always at the core of Buffe’s work, the charming visuals of which pull both kids and adults alike into their unique worlds.

     

    The theme of this year’s tale is “gift.” The Kingdom of Summer and the Kingdom of Winter are both at their wits’ end trying to solve problems caused by both of their children. To resolve the quandary the two countries, they both send gifts to each child. To open up the cold heart of the princess of the Kingdom of Winter, she is sent the Kingdom of Summer’s elephant of light. To calm the hot-tempered prince of the Kingdom of Summer, he is sent some refreshing ice cream. Both countries are met with peace as a result.

    The radiating elephant that appears in the story will also appear in the middle of GINZA SIX as a huge 4 meter plus art piece. Drones will be used to create a flying scene.

    At various locations including the front entrance an app can be downloaded and used which when put up to different art pieces will make use of AR tech.

    A range of items made in collaboration with Buffe will also be sold including tote bags featuring characters from the tale, four different ice candies based on the countries and more. There will be plenty of things perfect to pick as a present for someone.

     

    ・Ginza Tsutaya Books (Floor 6F): From December 1, 2018 – TBA

    ・SIXIÈME GINZA (Floor 2F): From November 28, 2018 – February 28, 2019

    ・PALETAS (Floor B2F): From November 12, 2018 – February 24, 2019

    ・PHILIPPE CONTICINI (Floor B2F): Date TBA

     

    Spend a fantastical Christmas at GINZA SIX where the season for giving will be played out in the form of Nicolas Buffe’s newest creation.

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

    24.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Japanese-style chocolates

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Textural chocolates

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

    Rouge – ¥2,315 @ Patisserie Pavlov

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

    Chocolate Terrine – ¥6,000 @ FRANCK MULLER GENEVE

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

     

    Dine-in Valentine’s menu

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

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

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

    Coppa Valentine – ¥1,819 @ Café Cova Milano

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

     

    Limited-time pop-up shops

    CAFÉ COVA (GINZA SIX Floor B2F) 

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

     

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

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

     

     

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

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

    08.November.2019 | FASHION / MUSIC / Uncategorized

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

    27.October.2019 | FOOD

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

    21.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

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

    Celebration of Life: Hoshi no Umi no Shukusai

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

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

     

    Klaus Haapaniemi x GINZA SIX Christmas Collaboration Items

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

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

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

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

     

    Lightning Whales Frozen Fruit Bar – ¥600 @ PALETAS

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

    Available: November 5, 2019 – January 31, 2020

     

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

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

    Available: November 8, 2019 – December 25, 2019

     

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

     

    Christmas Cake & Party Food

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

    Noel Neige – ¥4,630 @ Pavlov Pâtisserie

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

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

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

    Assorted Mini Sandwiches – ¥3,704

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

    *Listed prices don’t include tax.

     

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

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

    02.October.2019 | SPOT

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

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

    30.August.2019 | FOOD

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

     

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

     

    Potato Desserts

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Halloween Goodies For Grown-Ups

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Apple Desserts

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

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

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

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

     

    This Year’s Must-Try Autumn Treats

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

     

    *All listed prices include tax

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

    17.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

    KOHAKU Fruit Bar @ PALETA – ¥1,482

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

  • Make Your Own Daruma at GINZA SIX’s Workshop

    31.March.2019 | SPOT

    D-BROS, a brand featuring products made by graphic designers, is celebrating GINZA SIX’s second anniversary by holding a workshop titled “Nihon o Asobou #04 My Daruma” on April 19.

    D-BROS began the “Nihon o Asobou” (Play With Japan) workshop project in 2018 as a way to get more people enjoying and in traditional Japanese culture and design. They have people making items that have been passed down the generations in Japan such as children’s toys, charms and folk crafts.

    The new workshop will give people the opportunity to create their very own 11cm Takasaki Daruma. This style of daruma originates in Takasaki, Gunma which is the leading producer of daruma dolls in Japan.

     

    If you’re in Tokyo on April 19 and are looking for a spot of Japanese tradition then stop by GINZA SIX and learn how make your own personal daruma doll.

  • New Year’s Sales Arriving in Tokyo & Yokohama in January 2019

    30.December.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Like many other countries, the New Year season is the time for bargain sales where you can get your hands on lots of great deals.

     

    We have selected a number of steals you can grab at various shop around Tokyo and Yokohama in January.

    Shibuya Mark City’s Winter Sale

    The winter sale at Shibuya Mark City will take place from January 2 to 15. A total of seventeen stores are taking part with whom you can get your hands on a range of winter fashion trend clothing, everyday use items and more with up to 70% off.

     

    What’s more is that for every ¥5,000 (tax included) you spend at select stores you will receive a ¥1,000 voucher to use at shops in Shibuya Mark City. These are available to the first 10,000 people with a maximum spending limit of ¥25,000.

     

    Expect plenty of good deals for your New Year’s shopping at Mark City in Shibuya.

     

    ■Information

    Shibuya Mark City Winter Sale

    Running: January 2, 2019 – January 15, 2019

     

    Shibuya Mark City

    Address: 1-12-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3780-6503

    Website: http://www.s-markcity.co.jp

     

    Odaibargain

    Odaibargain is now taking place across 4 facilities in Odaiba: AQUA CiTY ODAIBA, VenusFort, DiverCity Tokyo Plaza and DECKS Tokyo Beach until January 14.

    Wintertime bargains to look forward to in Odaiba includes not just shopping but themed menus at restaurants too. There are also food coupons being handed out as well as entertainment and leisure services. The diverse line-up includes everything from clothing to kids and pet items with up to 90% off.

     

    An event will also take place on New Year’s Day which consists of traditional Japanese lion dancing backed by traditional wagakki music.

     

    ■Information

    Odaibargain

    Running: December 26, 2018 – January 14, 2019

     

    AQUA CiTY ODAIBA

    Address: 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Shops 11:00-21:00 / Restaurants 11:00-23:00

    Website: https://www.aquacity.jp

     

    VenusFort

    Address: 1-3-15 Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Shops 11:00-21:00 / Restaurants 11:00-23:00

    *Business hours may differ for certain establishments.

    Website: https://www.venusfort.co.jp

     

    DiverCity Tokyo Plaza

    Address: 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Shops 10:00-21:00 / Food Court 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) / Restaurants 11:00-23:00

    *Business hours may differ for certain establishments.

    Website: https://mitsui-shopping-park.com/divercity-tokyo/

     

    DECKS Tokyo Beach

    Address: 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours:

    Shops/Cafes – 11:00-21:00

    4F Odaiba Takoyaki Museum – 11:00-22:00

    5F Restaurants – 11:00-23:00

    6F Restaurants – 11:00-Midnight

    *Business hours may differ for certain establishments.

    Website: https://www.odaiba-decks.com

     

    Lion Dancing & Traditional Music

    Date: January 1, 2019

    Time: 1st Performance – 11:00 / 2nd Performance – 13:00

    Location: Around each location listed above

     

    Yokohama Landmark Plaza & MARK IS Minato Mirai’s W★SALE

    Landmark Plaza located inside Yokohama Landmark Tower is teaming up with MARK IS Minato Mirai to hold a New Year’s sale from January 2 to 14.

     

    Close to 120 popular shops are participating in the sale across both establishments selling a range goods from clothing for men, women and kids as well as interior design items, food, drinks and more with up to 70% off and select stores.

    Fukubukuro lucky bags will also be sold at select shops containing clothing, food and drinks, restaurant coupons and more.

     

    ■Information

    Yokohama Landmark Plaza & MARK IS Minato Mirai’s W★SALE

    Running: January 2, 2019 – January 14, 2019

     

    Landmark Plaza

    Address: 2-2-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

    Participating Stores: 40 fashion and variety shops

    Opening Hours:

    Shops – 11:00-20:00 (from 10:00-20:00 on January 2)

    Restaurants – 11:00-22:00 (Mirai Yokocho – 11:00-23:00)

    *Business hours may differ for certain establishments.

    Website: http://www.yokohama-landmark.jp

     

    MARK IS Minato Mirai

    Address: 3-5-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

    Participating Stores: 80 fashion, variety and food shops

    Opening Hours:

    Shops & Food Court – 11:00-20:00 (until 21:00 on Friday, Weekends & Holidays and January 2)

    Restaurants – 11:00-23:00

    *Business hours may differ for certain establishments.

    Website: http://www.mec-markis.jp/mm/

     

    Laforet Harajuku’s LAFORET GRAND BAZAR

    The LAFORET GRAND BAZAR will take place at Laforet Harajuku from January 24 to 28.

    There is lots planned for Laforet’s sale. If you line up outside before it opens you will receive a special “Morning Ticket” that gets you a further 10% off select shops inside until 2:00pm. Lots of timed sales will also take place at fixed hours. This includes the “Laforet Card Discount” where using your Laforet Card at certain times will earn you another 5% off.

    The GOOD MEAL MARKET on the second floor will serve different discounted food for ¥390 each day. Each meal is available to the first 300 people only so don’t miss out.

     

    ■Information

    LAFORET GRAND BAZAR

    Running: January 24, 2019 – January 28, 2019

    Opening Hours:

    January 24 – 9:00-21:00

    January 25 to 28 – 11:00-21:00

    Event Page: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/grand_bazar/

     

    Laforet Harajuku

    Address: 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

    URL: 03-3475-0411

    Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/

     

    Make sure to take advantage of all the deals on offer in the New Year!

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe : Learn How to Make “Pressed Sushi of Sanrio’s character”

    30.December.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish. In this character recipe you’ll learn how to make a “Sanrio Character’s Pressed Sushi”, the perfect dish for a new year♡

     

    1:Ingredients

    Sashimi of your choice (for this time, try salmon, snapper and tuna) Shredded cooked egg
    Salmon roe
    Boiled podded peas
    Green shiso
    Vinegar rice
    Pudding cup

    ☆You can use as much as you want.
    ☆You can use a cake pan instead of a pudding cup.

     

    For Topping

    Kamaboko of your choice
    Shimeji mushroom(for pompompurin’s hat) ※pour men-tsuyu a bit and use microwave.

    Cookie cutters
    Dried seaweed puncher

     

    3

    1 Put saran wrap into the pudding cup
    2 Put in sliced sashimi with a slight overlap
    3 Let the vinegar rice cool a bit and stuff it tightly.
    4 Wrap it well and let the sashimi and rice keep for a while.

    4

    Cut the white Kamaboko out with a cat shaped cookie cutter (for Hello Kitty).
    Cut the green Kamaboko out with a round shaped cookie cutter. Place the small round eyes on the round shaped face.(for Keroppi)

    Cut the yellow Kamaboko out with a bear shaped cookie cutter, then take the ear pieces away, and replace them with raindrop shaped Kamaboko. Use pasta to fix Shimeji mushroom cooked in a microwave for the hat(for Pompom purin).

    Put seaweed-eyes and nose on each face.
    ☆All cookie cutters except the aluminium one, and Kitty’s bow, are available at Seria.

    5

    Take Sushi from picture3 out and turn upside down on the green shiso.
    Place shredded cooked egg, boiled podded pea, salmon roe, kamaboko on the picture5 and your pressed sushi is complete.

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

  • New Year’s Shopping in Japan: 2019 Fukubukuro Lucky Bags

    29.December.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Fukubukuro, or “lucky bags,” are a Japanese New Year custom sold by many shops across the country. The contents of the bags is always unknown but they are sold at a discounted price. It’s exciting and a great chance to get your hands on a whole range of goodies for a bargain. We have compiled a list of recommended fukubukuro for you to check out.

    Tobu Department Store, Ikebukuro – Fukubukuro

    The Ikebukuro branch of Tobu Department Store is selling close to 57,000 fukubukuro.

    The keywords for their 2019 lucky bags are “Heisei” (which refers to the current era of Japan), “Food,” and “Dual Wield.” Below are just a couple of fukubukuro you can get your hands on.

     

    Kinokuniya is a fairly new store having opened in September 2017. They are just one fukubukuro aimed at those born during the Heisei period (1989-2019). But this is no ordinary lucky bag. You can receive a select number of items depending on your age from the store’s stock of 3,500 products that prices up to ¥39,000. This includes glossaries, everyday foods and more. For example, if you’re 30-years-old and were born during the Heisei period you will receive 30 items.

    *1 bag per person

    *Products included are those originally priced at ¥4,000 (including tax) and below.

    Application Period: December 26, 2018 – January 3, 2019

    How to Buy: You must sign up at the store for a chance to win one. Winners will be contacted via telephone on January 4, 2019.

    Pick-Up Period: January 17, 2019 – January 23, 2019

    *A separate fee will be charged for those who request delivery.

     

    Another fukubukuro is the one at Pan Rizotta. Once again, you will receive a range of pastries from the store’s line-up of 120 items depending on your age. They cost ¥3,100 and there are 5 available.

     

    Application Period: December 26, 2018 – January 3, 2019

    How to Buy: You must sign up at the store for a chance to win one. Winners will be contacted via telephone on January 4, 2019.

    Pick-Up Period: January 6, 2019 – January 10, 2019 (*takeaway only)

     

    ■Information

    Tobu Department Store (Ikebukuro Branch)

    Address: 1-1-25 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

    URL:http://www.tobu-dept.jp/ikebukuro/

     

    PAPABUBBLE – Limited Edition Fukubukuro

    For a limited time only the art candy shop PAPABUBBLE is now selling three different sized fukubukuro for the New Year. The small bag is filled with the shop’s classic confections, the medium with unreleased flavours, and the large with a bunch of rare items.

    Running: At all branches of PAPABUBBLE until they sell out

    Price: Small ¥1,500 / Medium ¥3,000 / Large ¥5,000

    Don’t forget to check out their New Year candy mix which features pig designs for the 2019 Year of the Pig.

     

    ■Information

    PAPABUBBLE

    Participating Branches: Nakano, Shibuya, GINZA SIX, Yokohama, Daimaru Tokyo, Lumine EST Shinjuku, LUCUA Osaka, Fukuoka Tenjin Chikagai, Sendai PARCO 2, Sogo Chiba JUNNU, Nihonbashi, Keio Noren Street, Yokohama Landmark

    *The Nihonbashi branch is not selling fukubukuro but will sell the New Year candy mix

    URL:http://www.papabubble.jp

     

    Village Vanguard Online – Cheki Fukubukuro

    Village Vanguard is selling must-get fukubukuro featuring a set of 7 instax items including the camera, films, an album and more.

    For girls they are offering the “Kawaii Cheki Fukubukuro” which contains cute pastel colour cameras a rare Minion camera.

    For guys they are selling the “Otona Cheki Fukubkuro” with various sleek designs. Select bags contain the Suguremono Smartphone de Cheki which enables you to print your photos from your smartphone, and the Neo Classic camera. These fukubukuro are very limited in stock so you’ll want to be quick!

     

    ■Information

    Cheki Fukubukuro 2019

    https://vvstore.jp/feature/detail/6931/?utm_source=press

     

    Brooks – Overseas Fukubukuro

    Online tea and coffee shop Brooks is now taking fukbukuro orders to celebrate its 50th anniversary. In line with this, they are also now selling them to 50 countries around the world. Their bags include popular brand drip coffee, tea and more.

    2019 Fukubukuro: ¥5,400 (Tax Included) *Free Shipping

    2019 Premium Fukubukuro: ¥10,800 (Tax Included) *Free Shipping

    The overseas-only fukubukuro contains products from high quality brands, popular drip coffee, sencha sold only in Japan, genmaicha and more. Additionally, the first set of 100 sold will contain a special Onenga Coffee bag for a taste of Japanese New Year.

    Overseas Fukubukuro

    Running: December 18, 2018 – January 31, 2019

    Price: ¥5,000 (*Free shipping. However, fees may apply depending on shipping laws in certain countries.)

     

    ■Information

    Brooks Official Website:https://www.brooks.co.jp/?b=4002

     

    Mister Donut – 2019 Fukubukuro

    Mister Donut has teamed up with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! for their fukubukuro. Items include blankets, clear files, mini tote bags, accessories and a calendar all featuring chubby designs of Pikachu and Eevee surrounded by delicious doughnuts. The fukubukuro line-up includes the two standard ¥1,080 and ¥2,160 bags as well as a new ¥3,240 version. These will no longer be available once they sell out so don’t miss out!

     

    ■Information

    Mister Donut Fukubukuro 2019

    Running: December 26, 2018 until all have sold out at each branch

    Available: At most Mister Donut branches in Japan

    *The start date and contents may vary shop branch to branch. Full details can be found on the Mister Donut website.

    Official Websitehttps://www.misterdonut.jp

     

    LOFT Shibuya & Ginza – “Thank You Heisei Fukubukuro Series”

    LOFT Shibuya will resume business on New Year’s Day and LOFT Ginza on January 2nd. To celebrate, lots and lots of amazing lucky bags containing hit products from the variety store will be sold. Below is just a small example of what to expect.

    Thank You Heisei Fukubukuro: Omotenashi

    Japanese Food (Sake Bottle, Sake Cup, Bowl, Small Bowl, Chopsticks and more) *5 Available (Shibuya LOFT)

    Thank You Heisei Fukubukuro: Boom!

    Panda Panda Panda Blessing (Plushie Calendar, Standing Pencil Case, Cable Biter, and more) *3 Available (Ginza LOFT)

     

    ■Information

    Thank You Heisei Fukubukuro Series

    Price: ¥3,100 (Tax Included)

    Re-Opening:

    Shibuya LOFT – January 1, 2019 at 10:00am

    Ginza LOFT – January 2, 2019 at 10:00am

    Locations: Shibuya LOFT Floor 1, Ginza LOFT Floor 3

    URL:https://www.loft.co.jp

     

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in Japan for the new year then you absolutely have to get your hands on a fukubukuro!

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