Starbucks Japan Announces Customizable Frappuccino for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s is starting early at Starbucks Japan. From January 16 the coffee chain will be serving two customizable beverages: the Valentine Customania Cocoa and Valentine Customania Frappuccino®.
Chocolate lovers won’t be able to resist either of these beverages which both contain a blend of rich dark chocolate sauce and full bodied caramel sauce. With the Frappuccino® you can add powdered Cafe Verona® coffee beans which taste perfect with the chocolate.
Both drinks come with three different customizable options. Romantic tops your drink with vibrant pink strawberry meringue. Chocolate gets it sprinkled with crunchy chocolate biscuit which can also be changed to chocolate chips with the Frappuccino®. Coffee adds an espresso shot to the hot drink while the Frappuccino® has coffee added to it.
Enjoy a customizable drink with your date this Valentine’s season.
Running: January 16, 2019 – February 14, 2019
Valentine Customania Cocoa
Price: Short ¥450 / Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570 (Before Tax)
Valentine Customania Frappuccino®
Price: Tall Size Only ¥590 (Before Tax)
Running: January 16, 2019 – February 14, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan
Starbucks Japan Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Traditional Tatami-Style Starbucks Branch in Kyoto Wins Scenery Award
The Kyoto Keikan Shou, or Kyoto Scenery Award, gives praise and acknowledgement to creative originality in places where the lineage of traditional culture has been fused with the contemporary, creating a harmonious scenic balance. One category in the awards is ‘Outdoor Advertising,’ and this year, Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya has taken the prize home. It was honoured for its signboard that projects on the side of the building, hanging lanterns, sheet copper doorplate and other elements which hold both stark originality while showing consideration for the traditional locale.
This branch of Starbucks opened back in June 2017 in Ninenzaka, a street in Kyoto’s Higashiyama ward. The building, owned by the taxi and limousine service YASAKA GROUP, is a renovated two-storey traditional Japanese house with a history spanning over 100 years. Both the main building and fencing are preserved as ‘Traditional Architecture’ under the Sanneizaka Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. Starbucks have shown respect for the history of the building and its local area while fusing it with modern coffee culture.
The exterior of the building lines up with all the other building along the road with its wooden signs displayed outside. The hanging lanterns features the ubiquitous Starbucks siren logo which was created back in 1971 when the coffee chain first launched. The sheet copper doorplate also exhibits the logo, and this branch boasts the world’s first Starbucks noren, or entry curtain, at the entrance. Upon entering, customers are greeted by the baristas at the counter which is decorated with paper lanterns like that of those during Hanatouro, a lantern festival in Higashiyama, Kyoto. The second floor also has a traditional tatami seating area where you must take off your shoes, offering a very different Starbucks experience that offers the same product but stays faithful to Japanese tradition.
If you’re in Kyoto and fancy a Starbucks but still want to stay immersed in Japanese culture then look no further than this branch in Ninenzaka.
Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya
Address: 349 Higashi-iru, Masuya-cho, Shimogawara, Minamimon-dori, Kōdai-ji, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 8:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays.
Starbucks Japan Announces Calligraphy-Inspired Goma Goma Goma Latte & Frappuccino®
19.December.2018 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan is starting up its second “STARBUCKS® JAPAN WONDER PROJECT” on December 26 which aims to promote the wonderful characteristics and elements of Japanese culture.
The event it is looking to is a tradition observed on New Year’s Day called Kakizome, or “first calligraphy of the year.” This has inspired two drinks to lead customers into a happy new year: the Goma Goma Goma Frappuccino® that calls to mind ink and paper with its combination of black and white and the Goma Goma Goma Latte that fuses a harmonious fragrance of sesame seeds and espresso that warms you up on a cold winter’s day.
Kakizome is an event that originates in the old Japanese imperial court where one would prepare their ink in the morning and write a poem while facing that year’s lucky direction. The tradition today begins on January 2 in which people write their aims, goals and wishes for the new year stroke by stroke. The paper is then thrown into a fire in the middle of January as it is said the person will be able to write a more fair hand by doing so.
The Goma Goma Goma Frappuccino® is made with a white Frappuccino® body and combined with a sesame seed sauce to create a beautiful and very different design. The whipped cream on top is topped with black, white and gold sesame seeds for added crunch. It’s also drizzled in honey which goes perfectly with the seeds. The beverage’s bright and shiny appearance looks towards a hopeful 2019.
The hot Goma Goma Goma Latte combines sesame seeds and espresso with milk for a touch of sweetness, bringing together both a Japanese and Western taste.
Head to Starbucks for the coming new year where coffee meets culture.
Goma Goma Goma Frappuccino®: Tall ¥580 (Pre-Tax)
Goma Goma Goma Latte: Short ¥440/ Tall ¥480 / Grande ¥520/ Venti® ¥560 (Pre-Tax)
Running: December 26, 2018 – January 16, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches across Japan
Christmas Tree Inspired Frappuccino to be Released at Starbucks Japan
29.November.2018 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan will release its third set of drinks in an ongoing series of Christmas themed beverages at the coffee chain. The new Pistachio Christmas Tree Frappuccino® cold beverage and Pistachio Christmas Tree hot beverage will be released on December 5.
Christmastime is fasting approaching in Japan―the lights sparkle and illuminate the streets and the holiday season vibe is growing. Seeing Christmas trees decorating people’s living rooms and dotted around outside is sure to elicit a mutual excitement with many people.
Pistachio Christmas Tree Frappuccino®: Tall ¥590 (Pre-Tax) *Tall size only
Pistachio Christmas Tree: Short ¥450 / Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570 (Pre-Tax)
Starbucks have tried to capture that same feeling with their upcoming new Christmas tree-inspired drinks made with roasted pistachios and a rich, fragrant pistachio sauce. Topping both drinks is a red ribbon raspberry sauce. At the bottom of the frappuccino is a white and snowy whipped cream along with roasted academia nuts for added texture. The whipped cream too is mixed with the pistachio sauce. Its appearance truly reminds one of a Christmas tree.
The hot milk in the Pistachio Christmas Tree intensifies the flavour of the pistachios while warming both your heart and body. The Frappuccino® version is perfect with all kinds of customisation just like the hot beverages. It’s best enjoyed by creating your own when ordering – it’s like decorating a Christmas tree with ornaments.
The recommended customisation with the hot pistachio drink is an espresso shot. It creates an irresistible harmony with the roasted texture of the macadamia nuts and the texture of the pistachios. For the frappe, try the almond toffee syrup. It draws out the flavours of both types of nuts and creates a dessert-like taste. You should also try soy milk with either of these new drinks as it results in a richer flavour and highlights the pistachios even more.
Christmas is almost upon us so why not celebrate with one of Starbucks’ special seasonal selections?
Pistachio Christmas Tree Frappuccino®
Pistachio Christmas Tree
Available: At most Starbucks branches across Japan
Running: November 5, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Starbucks Japan Website: http://www.starbucks.co.jp/
HOSHINOYA Tokyo’s New Hotel Plan Lets Guests Cool Down in the Summer With an Edo Period Stay
09.May.2021 | SPOT
HOSHINOYA Tokyo is shining the spotlight on Japan’s Edo period culture once again this summer with a new hotel stay experience, Edo Suzumi (“Edo Cooling Down”), which will run from June 1 to August 31.
Air cons are common in Japan, but they didn’t exist during the Edo Period. The people of Edo therefore had to find alternatives for cooling down during the hot Japanese summer heat. HOSHINOYA Tokyo’s new hotel plan will showcase just this by preparing special guest rooms for cooling off, making tsuri shinobu ornamental plans, making tea with both Japanese and Chinese ingredients, and more. Desserts made with sweet sake, something which townsfolk enjoyed drinking during the cool summer evenings, will also be served when the sun sets.
Edo Suzumi: 3 Things to Look Forward to
1. Guest rooms specially prepared with the Edo Period in mind
Guest rooms will be decorated with cool indigo-dyed cloth. They will also feature a number of things that the people of Edo observed to cool down during the summer blaze, such as goldfish, tsuri shinobu, seasonal flower prints, and more. The colour blue reminds one of water and so when seen it is said to make one feel cooler by reducing the pulse, number of breaths, and blood pressure.
Guests will be able to make their very own tsuri shinobu, a decorate hanging fern made from moss and bamboo which is suspended like a wind chime to create the same refreshing sensation during summer.
2. HOSHINOYA Tokyo’s new Suzumi Seats cool you off in the evenings
In the evenings, water will be sprayed on the hotel plaza floor, in the same area as where the new Suzumi Seats are. During the Edo Period, people would lay out suzumidai seats and sit outdoors in the evenings when the temperature drops. At HOSHINOYA Tokyo, guests can do the same while enjoying a sweet sake parfait made with seasonal peach compote and edamame mousse. Sweet sake has a good balance of glucose and amino acid, and so people during Edo times would drink it to replenish nutrients and cool down their body.
3. New tea blends with Japanese and Chinese ingredients
Ice was a valuable resource during the Edo Period, and so it’s said that many people would drink hot drinks during the summer and cool off by sweating. Various ingredients were sold for making tea in the towns, such as loquat, liquorice, cinnamon, and more, which would be mixed together. Guests will be able to try making their own original tea blends.
Summer cooling was a big part of Edo culture and a way of life that was experienced using all of the senses, such as hanging chimes and ferns, observing goldfish, and more. This unique life can now be experienced at HOSHINOYA Tokyo this summer.
Japanese Plan Title: 江戸涼み滞在
Running: June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Where: HOSHINOYA Tokyo
Bookings: https://hoshinoya.com/tokyo/ (Must be made 14 days in advance)
Price: From ¥59,000 (1 room for 2 people. Tax, service charge, and accommodation not included)
Capacity: 1 group of up to 2 people per day
Notes: For guests of HOSHINOYA Tokyo staying in the Kiku (菊) rooms
Official Website: https://hoshinoya.com/en/
3D Phantom®: Experience 3D With the Naked Eye at Media Ambition Tokyo 2021
09.May.2021 | SPOT
Life is Style, a company that develops 3D holographic advertising signs, is set to showcase its new 3D Phantom® at Media Ambition Tokyo (MAT) which is taking place at Tokyo City View from May 12 to 23.
3D Phantom® is a 3D holographic display that uses LED lights on fast-spinning blades to create eye-popping 3D effects. At the event, the technology is set to transform the horizon that can be seen from the Roppongi Hills observations deck by forming light and images at the boundary between the land and sky.
Yoichi Ochiai (New Media Artist) | Comment
“My works are themed on change and transformation, visuals and materials, calculated nature and mass. I continue to attend MAT every year as I’m creating expression using media equipment. This time, I’ve endeavoured to create something that takes advantage of MAT’s location behind high above the city. I wondered what it would look like if I created something on the horizon that can be seen from the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills, how I could change the horizon digitally to make it something more material. After searching to see if there was some kind of transparent display that would build on top of the horizon that not damage the beauty of the location, I came across 3D Phantom. With this technology, I believe I’ve been able to transform the view beautifully into one long line. Please see it for yourself.” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)
Tomodachi wa Kuma Original Honey Sake Releases in Japan
08.May.2021 | FOOD
Liquor Innovation’s online sake store KURAND collaborated with Saiki Tamumu’s popular character Tomodachi wa Kuma to release an original label honey sake. The drink is available to purchase until May 31 at 17:00 (JST).
Tomodachi wa Kuma Honey Sake
Free original glass
The honey beverage features an original label in collaboration with Tomodachi wa Kuma, a popular character in Japan who saw 38,000 customers dine at his themed cafe last year, over 100,000 books sold, and lots of merchandise sold.
The bottle label has the adorable bear dressed as a bee eating honey comb and being scolded by other bees.
Tomodachi wa Kuma Honey Sake
Order Window: April 30, 2021 – May 31, 2021 at 17:00 (JST)
Shipping (Japan): Late June 2021
Price: ¥4,500 (Tax Included)
Freebie: Tomodachi wa Kuma Original Glass
Product Page: https://kurand.jp/products/tomodachihakuma
Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition Opens at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
The Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition opened at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, on April 29. It was also announced that the Japanese illustrator is releasing the first artbook to compile all of his CD cover art on May 28, but the book can be bought early at the exhibition.
Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition
Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition CD Artworks
Yusuke Nakamura has designed covers forASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, Masashi Sada, Spitz, and more
Commentary on the CD covers written by the Yusuke Nakamura himself
Rough sketches are featured in the book
A talk between Yusuke Nakamura and Masafumi Gotoh (ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION)
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call Yusuke Nakamura one of Japan’s most prolific artists, having worked with some of the country’s biggest names such as ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, Gentouki, Masashi Sada, and more. His new artbook, entitled PLAY, compiles all of his CD covers from 2002-2020, commentary, rough sketches, talks, and more. While many things from the book are explored at the exhibition, there’s plenty of content exclusive to the book too, so it’s a must-grab for fans.
Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition
Running: April 29, 2021 – May 29, 2021
Location: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Official Website: https://www.kanazawa21.jp/
Release Date: May 28, 2021
Price: ¥2,273 (Tax Included)
Shonai Hotel Suiden Terrasse Reopens With New Sauna Area
08.May.2021 | SPOT
Shonai Hotel Suiden Terrasse reopened on April 29 after refurbishments to install a new sauna. The hotel, located in Yamagata Prefecture, is known for being situated atop rice paddies. Along with the sauna, it has also introduced a new spa program and healthy new menu made using organic vegetables grown by the hotel company itself.
An authentic Finnish-style sauna
The sauna is based on the Finnish-style löyly sauna, fully equipped with an authentic kiuas sauna stove inside which sauna stones are placed to heat up the room. Hinoki scented water is also used in the sauna.
The Sauna Features
The male sauna features hexagonal designs on the seats, ceiling windows, and bath. The seats can be moved around freely so guests can decide how high they wish to sit for optimal heat customisation. The sauna rooms overlook the rice paddies outside, and there’s open-air baths outdoors too so guests can feel at one with nature.
The women’s sauna is also a löyly type but uses raised benches instead of chairs. After sweating it out, guests can head to one of the outdoor baths and enjoy the view and sky.
There’s also a bar where guests can order local beers, sake, and wine, as well as fruit juice and ice cream. While relaxing, they can pick out from one of the 1,000 books available.
As well as fitness and massage services, morning yoga will begin this June. The MOON TERRASSE restaurant is also introducing new healthy dishes and drinks made with organic local ingredients.
SHONAI HOTEL SUIDEN TERRASSE
Address: Shimotorinosu-23-1 Kitakyōden, Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-0053, Japan
Official Website: https://www.suiden-terrasse.yamagata-design.com/
Stay in Harajuku’s Yados Jingumae Hotel if You Love Art
Japanese company Rokuyon, which is responsible for creating a variety of hotel plans in Shibuya including at our own MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS, has launched a new project for guests of various hotels who are fans of brands and artists.
For their first endeavour, Rokuyon has teamed up with Yados Jingumae which has undergone major renovations. Guests staying in Room 202 this spring can enjoy a range of artworks as part of the room’s exclusive Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition, while in summertime Room 301 will incorporate furniture by Sekai Class.
Yados Jingumae Room 202: Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition
CHiNPAN | April 23, 2021 – May 30, 2021
CHiNPAN began their career as an oil painter after getting selected at the 2008 Asia Creative Art Exhibition at The National Art Center in Tokyo. They explore the possibilities of oil painting by not limiting themselves to just paper. “Fusion” is the theme of their work which has taken them to creating visuals for shops, fashion, music, and more.
BANBU | June 10, 2021 – July 19, 2021
BANBU is a 24-y-ear-old artist who studied art abroad in Canada and New York after graduating at a vocational school in Japan. Currently based in Tokyo, they create colourful and eye-catching graphics with their three-eyed character.
Hotel Stay x Artists Come Together
“Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition” is the theme of Room 202 which will collaborate with different illustrators, video makers, photographers, and other artists every 1-2 months, shining the spotlight on each of their unique visions.
Yados Jingumae Room 301: Sekai Class
Hotel Stay x Furniture
Vintage furniture and artwork from around the world will be brought together in Room 301 so guests can experience a ‘world living’ experience. What’s more is that all of the furniture, art, and items on display will be purchasable, and will change on a fixed schedule.
Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition
CHiNPAN Exhibition: April 23, 2021 – May 30, 2021
BANBU: June 10, 2021 – July 19, 2021
Rokuyon Official Website: https://rokuyon.co.jp/
Popular Senior Japanese Instagrammers Bon and Pon Feature in Sunny clouds 2021 Summer Collection Promo
07.May.2021 | FASHION
Japanese fashion brand Sunny clouds has teamed up to release its Summer 2021 collection. Modelling the line-up are Bon and Pon, two popular Japanese seniors from Sendai in their 60’s who blew up online for their coordinated matching outfits. They have almost 830k followers on Instagram.
<Sunny clouds> Pon’s Panel Striped Women’s One Piece | ¥5,900 (Before Tax)
<Sunny clouds> Bon’s Panel Striped Men’s Shirt | ¥5,600 (Before Tax)
Bon and Pon blew up on Instagram in 2016 for their coordinated outfits. The two of them enjoy dressing up together and travelling, visiting art museums, and enjoying life.
As part of Sunny clouds’ Summer 2021 collection, the fashionable duo, who love stripes, are donning matching striped outfits, complete with their signature specs. The items are made from 100% cotton and serve a refreshing vibe.
Dragalia Lost Sound Collection Announced For June 2021 Release
It has been announced that a new album compiling the in-game event music from Dragalia Lost will be released on June 30, 2021. Dragalia Lost is an action role-playing smartphone game developed by Cygames and published by Nintendo.
The two-disc album features artists such as TAKU INOUE, ANCHOR, SiN, Shūhei Mutsuki, Sekihan, M･A･O, BlooDye, Setsuko (from Kuhaku Gokko), Takayoshi Tanimoto, Shiki Aoki, Megumi Ogata, Hironao Nagayama, and more. The first disc features 16 tracks while the second has 22 instrumental tracks. It also comes with a lyric booklet and 60-page artbook. Each copy of the album is also coupled with an application ticket to receive an in-game item.
DRAGALIA LOST SONG COLLECTION is a must-grab for fans of the game.
DRAGALIA LOST SONG COLLECTION
Release Date: June 30, 2021
Where: Amazon Japan / Tower Records / HMV Japan / TSUTAYA / Rakuten Books / TOY’S STORE
Dragalia Lost Official Website: https://dragalialost.com/jp/
LINE Disney Tsum Tsum Puzzle Game Breaks 90 Million Downloads
07.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese messaging app LINE announced that their casual puzzle game LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum has broken 90 million views. The popular game launched a collaboration with the Star Wars franchise on Tuesday which is set to run until May 31.
LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum is based off Disney’s collectable stuffed toy series. The game launched first in Japan on January 29, 2014, before rolling out to the US, UK, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere on July 1 of the same year. Tsum Tsum and 400-or-so characters are popular around the world with the toys having appeared in Disney films, commercials, at events, and more.
In celebration of the puzzle game reaching 90 million downloads, the Today’s Mission feature is offering a 10x bonus. The game is also collaborating with Star Wars until the end of May where Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper are making an appearance. And for the duration of May, the game’s title logo and background music has been changed into traditional Japanese styles.
Tsum Tsum Tenka Touitsu Event
Another in-game event is also ongoing where players can receive pins and a Princess Minnie by clearing the mission.
©& TM Lucasfilm Ltd.
90 Million Download Celebratory Events
Running: May 4, 2021 – May 31, 2021
LINE Disney Tsum Tsum Official Website: https://www.disney.co.jp/games/dtt.html
Kyoto Animation have announced a two-part anime film for their popular anime franchise Free!. Titled Free! The Final Stroke, the films will be released on September 17, 2021 and April 22, 2022 respectively. Cinema tickets are set to go on sale in Japan on May 28 and come with a free folder.
The Free! series began in 2013 when KyoAni released the first season of the internationally-loved swimming anime. Since then, three seasons have been released as well as five movies.
Free! The Final Stroke Announcement Video
Stay tuned for more details in the run up to both films’ releases.
Free! The Final Stroke
Part One: September 17, 2021
Part Two: April 22, 2022
Free! The Final Stroke Official Website: http://fs.iwatobi-sc.com/
Blue Lock Manga Series Announces Exhibition in Shibuya to Promote 14th Volume
07.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME
In promotion of the 14th volume of Muneyuki Kaneshiro’s manga series Blue Lock, an exhibition will take place at SpaceHACHIKAI inside Tower Records Shibuya in Tokyo from May 15 to June 6.
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Character illustrated cards
This will be Blue Lock‘s first-ever exhibition since it began serialisation in 2018. It will feature displays of manga drafts, uncoloured illustrations, and more. There will also be a special spot for taking photos. A collection of exclusive merchandise will be available for fans to buy, as well as free bonus items when a purchase it made.
BLUE LOCK EXHIBITION
Running: May 15, 2021 – June 6, 2201
Opening Hours: 19:30-20:00 (Last Entries 19:30)
Location: Tower Records Shibuya Floor 8F (SpaceHACHIKAI)
Event Details: https://towershibuya.jp/news/2021/04/26/153196
Tower Records Shibuya Official Website: https://towershibuya.jp/
Get Wet at This Rain Themed Event at Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake
06.May.2021 | SPOT
Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake is calling for the rain this summer with the announcement of its Yatsugatake Fure Fure Sky event. The event will see over 1,000 fure fure bozu strung up—small handmade dolls to pray for the rain—along the 150-meter main street Green Pepper Avenue. The dolls act as the opposite of the more well known teru teru bozu dolls which are used to prevent rainy days.
Rain is something that’s always on the mind of travellers who hope for a dry trip when they reach their destination. This event however takes advantage of the rainy days to turn it into something to be enjoyed.
Yatsugatake Fure Fure Sky: 3 Things to Enjoy
The grand spectacle of the rain and over 1,000 dolls
Colourful fure fure bozu will line Green Pepper Avenue which serve as gorgeous decorations. There are eight colours to be spotted which represent the Yatsu in Yatsugatake meaning “eight” in Japanese.
Enjoy the sight and sound of the rainfall in the Rainy Domes
Sit inside your very own dome along Green Pepper Avenue and enjoy the sounds of the tapping rain. This is an experience that is best enjoyed when it rains, meaning praying for the rain is a must. It’s a chance to enjoy the rain without getting wet while sipping on wine and tucking into some light food.
Location: Green Pepper Avenue
Snap some photos in the rain wearing a Fure Fure Poncho
Inside the activity centre, visitors can rent their very own Fure Fure Poncho. This means they can head out in the rain and enjoy the sounds of the rain hitting their poncho, which is available in three different colours and all sizes for the family.
Location: Activity centre
Notes: Exclusive to Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake guests
Yatsugatake Fure Fure Sky
Running: June 1, 2021 – July 11, 2021
Location: Green Pepper Avenue (Japanese Name: ピーマン通り)
Official Website: https://risonare.com/yatsugatake/