Hello Kitty & My Melody Gift Sets by GODIVA Released at Sanrio

10.January.2019 | FOOD

GODIVA Japan has teamed up with Sanrio to produce four Hello Kitty and My Melody gifts sets. The products were released on January 9, 2019 at Sanrio shops, the Sanrio online store and department stores with Sanrio sections.

The sets come with chocolate from the internationally beloved and leading premium chocolate brand GODIVA which has been around for over 90 years. They also some with Hello Kitty and My Melody plush toys and mascot holders. This combination will make for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

The toys and holders have the GODIVA logo written on them along with 2019 for those looking to give a New Year’s gift or to add to their collection.

This marks the 8th collaboration between Sanrio and GODIVA. It began in 2013 when they released a Hello Kitty gift sets with individually wrapped chocolate, a original design plush toy and mascot holder. My Melody join the collection in 2015.

This gift set series sees sales by a lot of male customers as they are popular as gifts from guys to girls in Japan. Which one do you want the most?

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    8th Place

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    30.November.2019 | FOOD

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    The chocolate pies have a crunchy exterior made up of layers and layers of delicious pastry. They’re filled with warm, melted chocolate to complete the tempting treat.

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    The choco pies will be released in a special pink strawberry packaging for a limited time.

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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”

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    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.

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    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

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    Textural chocolates

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    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

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    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.

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    23.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse is a chocolate shop owned by French Monégasque chef Alain Ducasse. The chocolate shop will be enhancing its luxurious afternoon tea set called Le Goûter.

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    If you’re a chocoholic, this afternoon tea set should definitely be on your bucket list.

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    21.November.2019 | FOOD

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    Both the hot and cold versions of the drink contain Lindt’s signature melt-in-the-mouth milk chocolate which is mixed with luxurious hazelnut praline paste. The praline paste is made from roasted hazelnuts fused into delicious caramel. Once the aroma of both roasted hazelnuts and caramel entices you to take a sip, the rich flavour will spread through your mouth and you won’t be able to stop.

    The drinks are topped with a fluffy chocolate and whipped cream combination and chocolate flakes which add a wonderful texture. The finishing touches on the drink consist of a drizzle of hazelnut praline sauce and a sprinkle of chopped hazelnuts. The wavy water pattern that can be seen decorating the iced chocolate drink can be mixed into the drink and enjoyed. If you’re looking for a quick chocolatey refresh, the iced chocolate drink is perfect for you. For those of you who succumb to the winter chills, the hot chocolate drink will warm you up right away.

     

    Once the fragrance of these drinks reaches your nose, no chocoholic will be able to resist.

  • Masaki Aiba & Jun Matsumoto Take Over Shibuya Station Billboards in New Promo Ads

    06.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Meiji plastered up some new billboard advertisements for their Meiji Oishii Gyunyu milk and Meiji Milk Chocolate products at Shibuya Station on Monday.

    Actors and singers Masaki Aiba and Jun Matsumoto were chosen to be part of the ad promos for the products respectively.

    The advertisements will also feature back-to-back in the Saturday November 9 issue of Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun where they have both written columns about what they like about their chosen products.

    The pictures in this photoshoot were also released as downloadable wallpapers on Tuesday. Links below!

  • These Hello Kitty Kintsuba Japanese Confections are the Perfect Souvenir From Japan

    05.November.2019 | FOOD

    Confectionery company Nakataya has teamed up with Sanrio to release the Hello Kitty Kintsuba.

     

    Kintsuba is a type of traditional Japanese confection of sweet beans wrapped in wheat-flour dough. Nakataya is famous for their kintsuba, which are made with large-grained beans and red bean paste. They have maintained the flavour and quality of these confections, each of which is made with the utmost precision, and all individually.

     

    This year marks the 85th anniversary since Nakataya opened. The long-standing store hopes to bring in more foreign and younger customers by collaborating with Hello Kitty.

    They have crafted several flavours. Pictured above is the apple pie flavour, Hello Kitty’s favourite. It’s made with fuji apples from Aomori Prefecture which is known for its incredible apples. It’s mixed with white bean paste and is lightly flavoured with cinnamon.

    The mixed berry flavour is a fruity sweet and sour mix of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries which have been mashed together with white bean paste.

    The confection comes in two kinds of packaging: one designed by Nakataya’s founder Nakata (中田憲龍), and a Hello Kitty version where she is dressed as a dragonーa symbol of the shop. This is a completely original Hello Kitty design made specially for the collaboration.

    The outer packaging is made with a wrapping cloth to both pass down an aspect of traditional Japanese culture while also catering to the eco-friendly lifestyle of the modern age. It’s made from amuzen fabric and can be reused. The inner packaging is a simple paper tray so can be recycled. And if you take the wrapping cloth back to the store, they can refill it with the three Hello Kitty kintsuba confections at a discounted price.

  • Keio Plaza Hotel Tama’s Hello Kitty & Sanrio Rooms Celebrate 5th Anniversary

    04.November.2019 | SPOT

    To celebrate 5 years since the grand opening of the Hello Kitty Room at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama, guests are being treated to a very special present.

     

    Friday November 1 marked the 45th anniversary of Hello Kitty. Together with the 5th anniversary of the hotel room, all guests who stay in any of the Sanrio character-themed hotels at Keio Plaza Hotel from now until February 29 next year will receive an application paper. Once they fill it out and then post it in the box in the lobby on the second floor they will be entered for a chance to win a one-night ticket to one of the three Sanrio character rooms. Exclusive merchandise will also be sold to commemorate the 5-year milestone.

    The hotel poster promotional videos for the three rooms over on their homepage. This includes the revamped Hello Kitty Room, the My Melody Room which opened back in June, and the Little Twin Stars Room.

  • HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX Theatre-Restaurant Announces New Show Based On the Seven Lucky Gods

    27.October.2019 | SPOT

    The official Hello Kitty theatre and restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX, which opened back in August on Awaji Island, updated its show program on October 10 and is now hosting a new show themed on the Seven Lucky Gods titled “A Record of the Seven Lucky Gods of Awaji Island.”

    A Record of the Seven Lucky Gods of Awaji Island

    The HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX is home to a gallery that makes use of media art like 3D holograms. The theatre’s shows incorporate song, dance and musical performance, while the restaurant serves healthy, vegetable-packed meals including vegan-friendly options.

     

    The building itself is situated within farmlands and is crowned with the adorable hidden face of Hello Kitty which can’t be seen from the ground.

    The all-new show will feature an original story based around the Seven Lucky Gods of Awaji Island, a mystical island that is even mentioned in the Kojikiーa sacred text and first written recording of Japan.

     

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