7 Souvenirs Celebrating the Year of the Pig & 2019

28.December.2018 | FOOD

Onenga are an important part of the New Year holidays in Japan. They are gifts given when looking back over the past year with a person and are usually handed over with the phrase kotoshi mo douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu which thanks the person for their support over the past year and into the next.

 

The Daimaru Tokyo department store is selling a whole range of confections based on the 2019 “Year of the Pig” from December 26 to January 3 which will make for perfect New Year gifts. Not only can they be used as onenga but as souvenirs for anyone visiting Japan during the New Year season.

Pig Shaped Monaka Bean Jam Wafer Cakes (Set of 12): ¥1,850 / Sold at Funabashiya

Both the wafer cake shell and the red bean paste are separate from each other which retains the freshly-made crunch. It’s made in the cute shape of a pig which is unique for a monaka wafer cake.

 

Pig Shaped Sweet Jelly: ¥918 / Sold at Ryoguchiya Korekiyo

This sweet jelly features a pig and piglet in it so adorable you’ll want to take a photo. The light that filters through creates a beautiful scene of a pig and its child.

 

2019 Mochi (Set of 6): ¥1,080 / Sold at Ginza Akebono

This assortment of sticky rice cakes comes with various designs including “2019,” pine trees, pigs and more.

Small Sweet Jelly With Pig Packaging (Set of 12): ¥3,240 / Sold at Toraya

The artistry of a long-standing store shines through on the piggy packaging of these sweet jellies.

 

Sweet Cigars (Set of 20): ¥1,458 / Sold at Yoku Moku

These are a hallmark product at Yoku Moku loved by men and women of all ages.

Shoufuku Tafuku (Set of 5): ¥864 / Sold at Akasaka Kakiyama

These mochi are cut thin, dried and baked before being put into cute boxes that feature illustrations of a pig dressed as a daruma.

Shichifukujin (Set of 7): ¥2,700 / Sold at Kanou Shoujuan

This set comes with a range of different confections inspired by the Seven Deities of Good Luck.

 

You’re sure to find the perfect pick for a New Year’s gift in this line-up!

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    09.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    The next set of beauty items in the popular Pokémon Cosmetic Series has finally been revealed: the Pokémon Cheek and Pokémon Pressed Powder will be released on September 10. The line-up includes Pikachu, Eevee, Mew, and Snorlax.

    Pokémon Cheek – ¥1,300 (Before Tax)

    The Pokémon Cheek is a cream-type blush that spreads smoothly on your skin without any stickiness. It’s comfortable on the skin and is durable. It also contains micropearls and so gives your skin a natural shine.

    It comes in four colours: Pikachu Milky Pink, Eevee Rose Pink, Snorlax Coral Pink, and finally Mew Pearl White which brightens your natural skin tone. The blush comes as a stick and so is ncie and easy to apply and carry around.

    Pokémon Pressed Powder – ¥1,500 (Before Tax)

    The pressed powder comes with its very own powder puff featuring a cute original design. The powder is mixed with minerals that are gentle on the skin as well as collagen. It leaves your face looking smooth and natural without any unwanted shiny patches.

    Pick from four different colours: Pikachu Pink which brightens natural skin colour, Eevee Mint which elevates transparency, Snorlax Yellow which conceals blemished, and Mew Purple which brings out transparency and shimmer.

     

    When out there in the wild catching Pokémon, why not look good at the same time? Be sure to check out the Pokémon Cosmetic Series, and stay tuned for any new products that are released.

  • 2019 Top 10 Souvenirs Available at Daimaru Department Store, Tokyo

    27.July.2019 | FOOD

    Looking for some delicious, well presented Japanese souvenirs? Head to Daimaru department store which is adjoined to Tokyo Station. On the first floor and basement floor lies a Japanese-style desserts and sweets area which contains approximately 70 delicious brands. Every day, approximately 30,000 desserts are sold to customers who are looking for souvenirs to bring to their family and friends. 

    Now we have arrived at the summer holidays, there are many tourists who will soon reach the stage of panic where they are unsure of what souvenirs to bring back to their loved ones. Luckily, Daimaru Department store is a goldmine of beautifully presented Japanese-style sweet snacks made by top brands. Today, we present you with a list of the 10 fastest-selling souvenirs that were sold from July 2018 to June 2019. There is still plenty of time to get your hands on these souvenirs!

     

    1st Place: N.Y.C. SAND: Caramel Sandwich Biscuits (box of 8) ¥1,080 (1st floor)

     As you take a bite, you will notice that the biscuit, chocolate and caramel will balance in perfect harmony just for a brief glorious moment. 

    2nd place: Fukusaya: Fukusaya Cube (Cut into two) ¥270 (1st floor)

    Have a small slice of luxury with this traditional recipe castella sponge cake which was specially made by experienced bakers. This is presented in a small, cute box. 

     

    3rd place: Kamakura Toshimaya: Hato Sable (box of 10) ¥1,080 (1st floor)

    This is a crispy dove-shaped shortbread biscuit which has a rich buttery flavour. This was first produced in the early 1900’s during the Meiji period and is a souvenir limited to Tokyo.

     

    4th place: Asakusa Mangando: Imokin ¥129 each (1st floor)

    This baked treat is packed with the delicious flavour of sweet potatoes. The freshly baked scent is enough to draw you in. 

    5th place: TOKYO BANANA STUDIO: Panda Banana Yoghurt (Box of 4) ¥515 (1st/basement floor) 

    Children would just love to see the cute panda design. Wrap yourself in the mild banana yoghurt-flavoured cream.

    6th place: Noix: Walnut cookie (Box of 4) ¥648 (1st floor)

    This crunchy cookie is topped with a generous amount of caramelised walnuts.

     

    7th place: Nenrinya: Mount Baum Shikkarime ¥756 (1st floor)

    The outside of this baumkuchen is fragrant and crispy whilst the inside is soft and spongy. Take a bite to experience the wonderful texture of this European-style baked good. 

    8th place: Azabujuban Agemochi-ya: Panchetta Agemochi (40g) ¥442 (1st floor)

    The flavour of this baked mochi dough is like eating bacon cooked in an Italian style. This new flavour is a wonderful discovery that you should also try.

    9th place: Sugar Butter Tree: SUGAR BUTTER SAND TREE (Box of 10) ¥690 (1st floor)

    The crispy biscuit and melty white chocolate is a sublime combination that you will want to try again and again.

    10th place:  Kanou Shoujuan: Ikkoten ¥270 each (1st floor)

    A whole Japanese chestnut is smothered in a thick layer of Tamba Dainagon adzuki bean mix that is simmered lightly. This is especially delicious when eaten with tea. 

     

    What do you think? When in desperate need of a souvenir for your family, friends or work colleagues back home, how about choosing one of the souvenirs listed above?

  • Black Cheesecake & Other Delicious Seasonal Desserts Cooked Up at Daimaru Tokyo

    11.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    School’s nearly out for summer in Japan with summer break set to begin on July 20. Kids and adults alike can look forward rolling up to Daimaru Tokyo to get their sweet tooth hands on one of five special desserts available at Hoppe Town on the ground and first floor from July 17 to 23.

     

    Let’s take a look at these mouth-watering delights.

    Basket Cheesecake (8cm) – ¥400 @ Aoyama Fromage (Floor 1F)

    This cheesecake is all the rage in the dessert world this year for its eye-catching black surface. The burnt surface enjoys just the right amount of bitterness and is a perfect match for the soft, rich center.

    CAKETALE (6 Included) – ¥648 @ CAKETALE (Floor 1F)

    Tuck into one of six different of these different takes which have been turned into cat tongue biscuits. Flavours include strawberry shortcake, cheesecake, mont blanc and more, and they come in some seriously kawaii packaging which looks just like a book.

    Tokyo Saku Saku Tiramisu Panda Package (16 Included) – ¥1,080 @ Tokyo Oraikan (Floor 1F)

    Sink your teeth into these cute and crunchy rich panda tiramisu cakes♡

    Dashi Shoyu (1 Bag) – ¥388 @ Okashi Rakuichi (Floor B1F)

    This popular brand with their delicious flavours and cute packaging designs have their own shop in Senju in a low-lying part of the city where the Metropolitan Electric Railway runs through. This is their most popular product, a bag of crunchy soy sauce covered balls with a rich flavour.

    Tokyo Lemonche (Includes 8) – ¥1,555 @ Tokyo Lemonche (Floor B1F)

    A perfect summer treat, the Tokyo Lemonche is a light and refreshing lemon puff sandwich filled with lemon cream. You can really taste the original flavour of lemon in them.

     

    Make a stop by Daimaru Tokyo this summer if you’re in Japan!

  • New Pokémon Centre DX and West Japan’s First Pokémon Café to open in Osaka

    13.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    A new official Pokémon Centre DX and a new Pokémon Café will open in Osaka on September 20, 2019 in Daimaru Shinsaibashi’s Main Building.

     

    This will be the second Pokémon Centre to open in Osaka. The Pokémon café will adjoined to the shop and will be the first ever branch of the Pokémon café to have ever opened in West Japan. This is also the second permanent Pokémon café to open in Japan besides the Pokémon café in Nihombashi.

    The new Pokémon Centre DX and Pokémon Café will be situated in a bustling tourist hotspot. On your visit, you can also take a gander around the Shinsaibashi shopping district or  the American Village (America-mura) which is full of entertainment. This area is thriving with department stores, special shops, big brands and so much more. Tourists from other parts of Japan and all over the world are constantly flocking to this giant marketplace.

    As the worldwide exhibition event Expo 2025 will be held in Konohana Ward, Osaka, there is no doubt that Osaka is becoming more and more of a Tourist hotspot!

     

    Osaka is a wonderful tourist destination. If you decide to visit, don’t forget to include the Pokémon Centre DX and Pokémon Café on your itinerary!♪

     

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  • Over 30 Matcha Desserts to be Sold at Daimaru Tokyo’s Green Sweets Fair

    14.May.2019 | FOOD

    Matcha is a huge part of Japanese food culture that has earned much love around the world. Its bitter taste is enjoyed in both traditional Japanese desserts and delicacies as well as those in the west too.

     

    Daimaru Tokyo is currently holding the Green Sweets Fair until May 31 where you can enjoy over 30 different matcha desserts. Let’s take a look at some of them.

     

    <Nenrinya> Matcha Mound Baum: ¥1,836

    This baumkuchen cake is left to mature after cooking over a long period of time. It’s made with Uji matcha from Kyoto and has a strong matcha fragrance.

     

    <YOKUMOKU> Cigar au Matcha (8 Pieces): ¥1,080

    The round cigars are made with lots of Hokkaido butter and filled with matcha chocolate.

     

    <Funabashiya> Matcha Rice Flour Dumpling Anmitsu: ¥583 (1 Pot)

    Enjoy an assorted pot of rich matcha agar, specially-made strained bean paste, and rice flour dumplings.

     

    <Ginza Mamehana> Soy Cream Animitsu Daifuku (Matcha/Brown Sugar Syrup): ¥1,029 (Box of 6)

    These daifuku rice cakes come in two different flavours: one with brown sugar syrup soy cream and sliced agar and another with matcha, bean paste and agar.

     

    There are plenty more where that came from, so head to Daimaru Tokyo for the Green Sweets Fair.

  • Daimaru Tokyo’s Most Delicious Desserts of 2019

    08.May.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    With Mother’s Day in Japan set for May 12, an assortment of delicious desserts are set to be sold at Hoppe Town on the basement and first floors of Daimaru Tokyo from May 8 to 14. Let’s take a look at 6 of them!

    <Aoyama Fromage> Basque Cheesecake: Small ¥400 / Large ¥1,000 @ MVP SWEETS, Floor 1F

    The new “Basque Cheesecake” is must-try, representing Basque Country in Spain. This burnt cheesecake is soft and creamy and has a slightly bitter caramel bite to it.

    <Koganei Cheese Cake> Dried Fruit No-Bake Cheesecake (1 Slice): ¥422 @ WEEKLY SELECT SWEETS, Floor 1F

    A no-bake cheesecake made with sugar and packed with plenty of additive-free dried fruits. The dried fruits add a sweetness to the cheesecake.

    <Mameya Kanazawa Bankyu> Mameya’s Parent & Child Panda Baum (1 Slice): ¥594 @ WEEKLY SELECT SWEETS 3, Floor B1F

    These cute panda cakes are palm-sized and cut into the shape of the pandas. Crunchy fondant adds texture to the soft Japanese-style baum.

    <Biscuits Millefeuille Croute> Biscuits Millefeuille Croute: 6 Pieces ¥864 / 10 Pieces ¥1,404 @ SEASON SWEETS, Floor B1F

    These millefeuille have a crunchy texture with an exquisite balance of bitterness and sweetness.

    <Ki no Kuniya> Handmake Hello Kitty Monaka: ¥200 Each @ WEEKLY SELECT SWEETS 2, Floor B1F

    These monaka, or “wafer cakes,” feature adorable Hello Kitty imprints on them. The crunchy outer layer encloses rich anko bean paste.

    <AOYAMADORI NO PURINYASAN> Aoyama Sanpo Chocolat (4 Pieces): ¥1,080 @ WEEKLY SELECT SWEETS 2, Floor B1F

    These rich and soft chocolate cakes have enjoyed long sales and are perfect as small gifts.

     

    Pick up some of the hottest desserts and sweets in Tokyo this month at Daimaru Tokyo.

  • Daimaru Tokyo’s Most Delicious Desserts This Spring

    11.April.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Lots of delicious desserts and sweets have arrived at Daimaru Tokyo for the spring season and will be sold up until April 16.

     

    Here are some of the must-tries!

    Sky Berry Strawberry Sandwich (3 Slices): ¥1,382 (Tax Included) @ Fruits Dining Palate, WEEKLY SELECT SWEETS (Floor 1F)

    This brand new dessert is made with Sky Berries, a new type of strawberry from Tochigi Prefecture, and is packed inside fat sandwiches filled with fluffy fresh cream.

    Kyoto Sanshoku (1 Slice): ¥1,080 (Tax Included) @ Grand Marble, WEEKLY SELECT SWEETS 2 (Floor B1F)

    Grand Marble specialises in making Danish pastries with marble designs. The Kyoto Sanshoku is a mix of three flavours: matcha, strawberry and plain. It also comes in a gift box making it a great little gift.

    Whole Mikan Orange Daifuku  – 1 Piece: ¥399 (Tax Included) / 4 Pieces: ¥1,589 (Tax Included) @ Ichifuku Hyakka, SEASON SWEETS (Floor B1F)

    These daifuku contain whole mikan oranges grown in the southern part of Ehime Prefecture. When bitten into the juice of the mikan bursts into your mouth and fills it with a delicious citrus flavour.

    Fried Marshmallow Sandwich – 4 Pieces: ¥734 (Tax Included) / 6 Pieces: ¥1,101 (Tax Included) / 10 Pieces: ¥1,836 (Tax Included) @ Baked Mallow, MVP SWEETS (Floor 1F)

    Available for a limited time only, this innovative treat is a cookie sandwich filled with a gorgeous velvety fried marshmallow containing chocolate.

    Caramel & Framboise (5 Pieces): ¥675 (Tax Included) @ Caramel Verger, WEEKLY SELECT SWEETS 2 (Floor B1F)

    A perfect combination of dried fruits, caramel and corn flakes make up the base of this chocolate cookie. The sour berries and smooth, rich flavour of the caramel make for an delicious match.

    Tokyo Mignon Cadeau – 6 Pieces: ¥756 (Tax Included) / 11 Pieces: ¥1,296 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Mignon Cadeau, 1F WEEKLY SELECT SWEETS 3 (Floor 1F)

    These crunchy wavers are made from fried crepe dough and coated in chocolate.

     

    Head to Daimaru Tokyo for a taste of these limited-time sweets!

  • Francfranc Unveils Iconic New Tokyo Souvenir Range

    04.April.2019 | FASHION

    Japanese furniture and home décor company Francfranc have approved to start a new project created by art director Tetsuya Chihara called “KISS,TOKYO” which aims to promote Tokyo. The collaborative collection will go on sale from April 26 at Francfranc branches across Japan and via their online shop.

     

    The main motifs of the KISS,TOKYO brand are bright red lips and a winking girl. These original designs were created by Tetsuya Chihara. The icon has been branded onto 24 cute pop items which include everything from everyday things you can use to fun products great as souvenirs.

    Girl Tumbler: ¥900 (Tax Included)

    Every time you take a sip from this tumbler, the kissing lip glitter flutters around the cup.

    Vinyl Umbrella 58 Red: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

    A pop design vinyl umbrella that will make going out in the rain fun.

    Tokyo  Mug: ¥900 (Tax Included)

    The rim of this beautiful mug is lined with gold leaf.

    Red Lips Cushion: ¥2,500 (Tax Included)

    These big and beautiful red lips are soft to touch and feel great to hug.

     

    The product line-up also includes plenty of items perfect as souvenirs and gifts from Tokyo.

     

    Tokyo Snow Dome: ¥4,000 (Tax Included)

    Inside this snow globe is Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree and more, as well as lots of kissing lips that flutter around the tiny world when shaken.

     

    Girl Flat Pouch: ¥2,000 (Tax Included)

    This pouch is made of soft cotton and is flat meaning it won’t become bulky and uncomfortable to take around.

     

    And there are lots of other items too, so get your hands on this cute and chic new line!

  • Travel Japan #10: Sending Japanese Souvenirs to My Dear Friend

    29.March.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    My trip is almost at an end. My final destination is the huge supermarket next to the beach where I was able to feel like a real Okinawan local as I blended in with the crowd while pushing my cart.

     

    Kanji, Katakana, Hiragana. The Japanese bubble writing was like hints to solving a puzzle. I peruse the products lined on the shelves to see what the symbols symbolize.

     

    It’s time to go ahead and by a souvenir for my treasured friend who is waiting across the ocean for my return.

     

    Snacks galore fill the shelves. I find myself lost on which to pick, but I use my senses to see which packaging I like the most and put something in my basket.

     

    Part of the fun is looking forward to what flavour it will be after opening them. Let’s call it a Happy Bag.

    The meat and fish aisle is overflowing with items. I see stickers along it with the names of products and their prices. There’s a mountain of ready-to-eat foods. It’s not like this is something uncommon to see, I have them in my country too, but it’s interesting to see the little differences.

    There were fruits and vegetables I had never seen before too.

     

    How do they taste?

    How do you use them in cooking?

    The supermarket breathes the lives of Japanese people.

    I take some chopsticks with me too which I learned to use during my trip.

    This vermilion colour is unique to Japan. Though vivid, it’s an elegant and refined red that sticks in my mind.

    This country’s culture is packed tight into these chopsticks.

     

    Their respect of dining, delicateness and humility. It would be great to share these feelings with someone.

    When in Japan, an everyday scene in the country that’s different from what one usually does is almost like a dream to a foreigner like me.

    Even though I am leaving the country, I will remember the sights I saw here clearly and vividly. I can wear this little bit of courage I gained from flying into a new culture with pride.

    I really mean it when I say that what I have gathered on this trip will spill into my road ahead in life.

    I push my cart and begin moving forward.

     

    Model / Mala Morgan

     

    Items to send to a precious friend found only in Okinawa, Japan

    TOPVALU Brown Sugar Dough Cake Triple Friend in Rice Oil ¥98 (Before Tax) / ¥105.84 (Tax Included) –150g

    This brown sugar dough cake is made using Okinawan brown cane sugar. Simply frying them three times in rice oil gives them a crunchy texture. They feel nice to chew, there’s a rhythm to it; I ended up buying several bags so I want to share them with my friend as an afternoon snack.

     

    TOPVALU Full-Bodied Brown Sugar Toffees Made with Okinawan Brown Sugar ¥90 (Before Tax) / ¥97.20 (Tax Included) – 100g

    I liked the look of the brown sugar snacks so I went ahead and grabbed another. These toffees are cooked on an open fire. They are a mix of sugar, brown sugar and starch syrup. They have two enjoyable textures―the inside and outside―and are delicious enough that your taste buds will never tire of them. I’m completely obsessed with Okinawa’s brown sugar.

     

    HOME COORDY Dishwasher-Safe Brown Apitong Wood Chopsticks ¥398 (Before Tax) / ¥429.84 (Tax Included) –23cm

    These chopsticks are relaxing to hold. They have a really nice wooden texture. On my trip food taught me about the delicateness of Japanese people as well as polite manners. I want to convey that same feeling by taking these chopsticks back as a souvenir.

     

    AEON Mihama’s matchless stock of Okinawa’s amazing products

    Whether it be daily necessities during your travels or souvenirs to take back home, AEON boasts a wide range of Japanese products at an affordable price. The Maihama branch is close to the beach and hotels too equaling convenience for quickly picking up what you need on your trip.

     

    AEON Tyatan

    Address: 8-3 Mihama, Chatan, Nakagami District, Okinawa Prefecture

    Opening Hours: Food 7:00-Midnight / Clothing & Living Goods 10:00-Midnight

    *Business hours may differ for certain select stands and stores.

    *The Clothing & Living Goods section is open from 9:00 to midnight on weekends and Thank You Day

    TEL: 098-982-7575

     

    *Tax-inclusive prices are displayed up to the second decimal point.

    *In the case that multiple items are purchased, the fraction below the decimal point will also be added to calculate the consumption tax.

     

    We are handing out coupons for the products mentioned here. Be sure to use them the next time you visit ÆON for great discounts.

    5% Coupon:https://www.welcome-aeon.com/coupon/web_coupon.html

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  • Sakura Sweets Released at Daimaru Tokyo

    06.March.2019 | FOOD

    Daimaru Tokyo becomes extremely busy during the hanami season due to being connected directly to Tokyo Station and having easy access.

     

    The department store can sell up to 30,000 sweets in a single day, and with the cherry blossom season drawing close, it is now selling a selection of sakura inspired sweets. There are around 70 to choose, all dotted with cherry blossom motifs from pink coloured mont blancs to pies and cookies decorate with cherry blossom petals.

     

    Here are just nine of those sweets flower-viewers can look forward to enjoying.

    Japanese Style Sakura Roll Cake: ¥1,080 @ TOPS (Floor 1F)

    Fork into a soft and beautiful roll cake filled with pink cream and decorated with cherry blossom shaped gold leaf.

    Sakura Mont Blanc: ¥594 @ ANTENOR (Floor 1F)

    Formed into a dacquoise dessert cake made with cherry blossom cream and strawberry jam and cream.

    Kamakura Sakura Cha Hantsuki (Box of 10): ¥1,080 @ Kamakura Goro (Floor 1F)

    A half-moon shaped osenbei wafer filled with slightly sweet cream with a cherry blossom tea fragrance.

    Sakura Mont Blanc: ¥584 @ Patisserie KIHACHI (Floor 1F)

    This sakura delight is coloured and flavoured with the bloom of cherry blossoms.

    Palet Chocolate (Box of 5): ¥1,728 @ Bel Amer (Floor B1F)

    Beautifully decorated round chocolates adorned with flowery flakes and cherry blossom shaped chocolates.

    Sakura Pie (Box of 12): ¥1,080 @ Gin no Budo (Floor 1F)

    Shaped like sakura petals, these luxurious pies are flavoured with cherry blossoms and butter.

    Sakura Kudzu (Box of 3): ¥1,026 @ Ginza Suzuya (Floor 1F)

    The bean paste floating inside this kudzu is laced with cherry blossom leaves.

    Sakura Hitohira (Box of 18): ¥1,130 @ Ginza Tamaya (Floor 1F)

    Petal-shaped cookie sandwiches filled with cherry blossom leaves and white chocolate.

    Ohanami Anmitisu: ¥572 @ Funabashiya (Floor 1F)

    Assorted fruit served with a seasonal syrup made with cherry blossoms.

     

    Enjoy all the sakura sweets you can this flower-viewing season.

  • Travel Japan #5: Experiencing Everyday Life in Japan at a Supermarket in Kyoto

    25.February.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    After getting to know some Kyoto history I wanted to know more about today’s Kyoto. The enormous and modern terminal of Kyoto Station contrasts with the temples I’m so interested in. The two co-exist in harmony. I could see Kyoto Tower through the glass – it stood tall like it was watching over this ever-changing city. I will change my perspective today and walk the streets like the locals who live here in Kyoto.

    My destination is undecided. It’s nice to surrender yourself to the flow of the people once in a while and head towards your goal as in Amidakuji (Ghost Leg lottery). Because I’ve learnt on my trip that you can encounter wonderful things by chance on occasion.

    The glass walkway is like a tunnel into the future.

    I look at my reflection in the window and see I have become more of an adult.

    Stood there I gaze for a long time up at Kyoto Tower. As I stare I think about how the city changes, people change, the days transition, but how there are also things I want to stay the same.

    The next place I head to is Aeon Mall, a shopping centre close to Kyoto Station. This is a foreign supermarket to for me, so I get excited. It’s like sifting through a toy box.

     

    An ordinary day for the people living in this country is an extraordinary day for me.

    Each and every thing in there is something I’ve never laid eyes on before.

     

    I walk around, forgetting about the passage of time, and get a glimpse into the simple yet happy lifestyle of people.

    There’s a conveyor belt sushi restaurant in the mall, something I had been yearning for.

    I wonder if my friends would laugh if I told them that the sushi coming round on a conveyor belt is like something out of a Tim Burton movie?

    I feel like the protagonist of that film as I eat the sushi that rolls on by.

    I visited a general store where everything is sold for ¥100.

    I bought a letter set from here and wrote a letter to my precious friend.

     

    To my beloved friend,

     

    Japan is a really wonderful place.

    I’m determined to absorb everything I see and experience in the limited time I have here.

    I don’t know what I will discover on this trip, what I am heading towards.

    It’s hard to describe in words, but I will continue my travels.

     

    Model: Mala Morgan

     

     

    Aeon Mall Kyoto: A Japan-packed shopping mall 10 minutes on foot from Kyoto Station

    Aeon Mall Kyoto is just a 10-minute walk from Kyoto Station. Its shelves are lined with daily necessities, you can dine there, buy souvenirs and more. On Weekends and national holidays there are free shuttles bus that runs every 15 minutes from Kyoto Station’s Hachijoguchi Exit which is very convenient for travellers with heavy luggage.

     

    I really recommend visiting if ever you’re in Kyoto.

     

    Aeon Mall Kyoto

    Address: 1 Nishikujō Toriiguchichō, Minami Ward, Kyoto

    Business Hours: Different for each store. Please visit the mall’s website below to check opening hours.

    Website: http://kyoto-aeonmall.com/

     

    KOHYO (Aeon Mall Kyoto – Sakura Building Floor 1F)

    KOHYO is a supermarket that sells various Japanese goods. I get my hands on a range of daily necessities and ingredients as I feel with my own skin what it’s like to real live life in Japan.

     

    Business Hours: 9:00-22:00

    Website: http://www.kohyo.co.jp/

     

    Kaiten Sushi Uogashi (Aeon Mall Kyoto – Sakura Building Floor 4F)

    Kaiten Sushi Uogashi is a conveyor belt sushi restaurant that sells over 20 types of seafood everyday. The ingredients change each day. I reconfirm that I really am in Japan as I tuck into my delicious sushi.

     

    Business Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)

    Website: http://www.maruchu-sushi.com/

     

    DAISO (Aeon Mall Kyoto – Kaede Building Floor 4F)

    DAISO stocks new products every single day. There are ¥100-type stores in every country, but the ones in Japan really are something special! They have so many items that make for perfect souvenirs. It’s an irresistible place for girls who love shopping so I’ve got to tell my friends about it.

     

    Business Hours: 10-00-21:00

    Website: http://www.daiso-sangyo.co.jp/

  • Daimaru department store celebrates Hinamatsuri with 7 new desserts!

    22.February.2019 | FOOD

    Every year on 3rd March, Japan celebrates Hinamatsuri ーa day dedicated to girls. When a girl is born, her family and friends wish her a healthy life full of happiness and successful development.

     

    To contribute to the celebration, Daimaru department store’s Tokyo branch is releasing a series of cute spring-themed Hinamatsuri desserts. These are perfect to bring along to a Hinamatsuri party or to give away as a souvenir or gift. There is a variety of seven sweet treats to choose from.  

    〈Sugar Butter no Ki〉Sandwich biscuit coated with strawberry chocolate(contains 8 biscuits)¥1,080/ (Department store 1st floor)

    Crunchy, creamy sandwich biscuits covered in sweet yet sour strawberry chocolate.

    〈Kamakura Goro main store〉Kamakura Sakura cha hangetsu(contains 10)¥1,080/(Department store 1st floor)

    Sakura cherry blossom- flavoured tea fused with fresh aromatic cream, sandwiched between sweet crunchy, fragrant crackers.

    〈Gin no Budou〉Ichigo no Truffle(contains 6)¥1,080/ (Department store 1st floor)

    Fragrant, milky white chocolate filled with a sweet yet sour, juicy strawberry purée, wrapped in ganache.

    〈ANTENOR〉Ruby Chocolate ¥864/ (Department store 1st floor)

    This is made using “Ruby chocolate” ー what is now known as the “fourth kind of chocolate”. This is the perfect accompaniment for the lime and white chocolate mousse and balances out the sweet and sour strawberry and framboise flavours. What a wonderful variety of flavours!

    〈La Terre Saison〉Ohinamatsuri Ru-ro (Approximate length: 12cm)¥1,728/ (Department store basement floor)

    ※ On all days besides 1st-3rd March, there will be a different version of this dessert where the strawberries take on the appearance of “ohinasama” and “odairisama” dolls that are commonly used to celebrate Hinamatsuri. 

    This roll cake will melt in your mouth like rice. The rice flour used to make this cake is 100% sourced from Niigata prefecture. The round-shaped Hinamatsuri doll figures are very cute!

    〈Wittamer〉Fraise Rouge(Approx. diameter: 10.5cm)¥2,808 ※Available until 4th March

    Strawberry mousse, jam, crispy feuillantine and chocolate mousse are layered to perfection. The mild flavour of strawberry will fill your mouth.

    〈Patisserie KIHACHI〉Gateau Pistacchio ¥562 ※Available from 27th February

    Fresh cake layered with mousse and pistachios, complimented with more pistachios and white chocolate cream.

     

    Celebrate Hinamatsuri in Japan with these cute desserts! ♡

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