Japanese-style confectionery series “Tabemasu” to release new Doraemon-themed bun at Lawson convenience stores!

26.February.2019 | FOOD

Tabemasu is a Japanese confectionery series that features sweet treats designed to look like characters. From Tuesday 26th February 2019, they will be releasing the “Tabemasu Doraemon” and “Tabemasu Doraemon Heart ver.” which will be sold at most Lawson stores.

There will be two varieties of Doraemon’s face that you can enjoy. A smiley, sweet grin and a madly in love face. The Doraemon comes in the form of “Nerikiri”, which is a traditional bean-jam-based confectionery surrounded by a light, soft bread. Even Doraemon’s bell, red nose and tail are clearly formed out of dough!

The heart-eyed Doraemon is a good contrast to the smiling Doraemon. He is madly in love and just as cute as before! The love letter he is holding in his hands, his heart-shaped eyes and rosy cheeks are just some of the finer details that have been carefully crafted!

 

The red bean jam at Doraemon’s core is custard flavoured for the smiling version and strawberry flavoured for the heart version. These classic flavours are everyone’s favourite and make for a great lineup. Chickpeas, that are known for their high nutrition value, have been used by the Tabemasu series for the first time. Only natural methods are used for the colourings. These delicate flavours and gentle texture in your mouth are not something you want to miss!

 

If you’re looking for a pleasant snack, look no further ♡

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  • Snoopy, Joe Cool & Charlie Brown Confections by Tabemas Are Coming to Lawson Convenience Stores

    08.August.2019 | FOOD

    Character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has unveiled its new Snoopy, Joe Cool and Charlie Brown wagashi confections that will go on sale at Lawson convenience stores across Japan on August 20.

    The characters are made from a type of dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets. Each of their charm points have been recreated, including Snoopy’s collar, Joe Cool’s shades and folded arm pose, and Charlie Brown’s instantly-recognisable outfit.

    Their cute designs make it hard to decide where to start eating from, with Snoopy’s beady eyes, Joe Cool’s composed manner, and Charlie Brown’s smiley face.

    Each character is filled with different flavoured bean pastes, maintaining that traditional wagashi touch. Snoopy is chocolate flavoured, Joe Cool is salted vanilla, and Charlie Brown is custard. The three of them line up perfectly for a cute Instagrammable photo. They are limited in stock so if you’re in Japan this summer be sure to stop by a Lawson store.

     

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  • Sebastian Masuda And Other Phenomenal Artists Create Outstanding Doraemon Exhibition

    17.July.2019 | SPOT

    28 artist groups and individuals have created artistic pieces to represent Japan’s favourite animated character Doraemon. From July 12 to September 23, 2019, you can see these magnificent creations at the Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019 which will take place at Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan.

    The Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019 features a range of artists who exhibit their works in Japan and even in foreign countries. This is a fantastic chance to meet a range of new Doraemon that the world has never seen. This event covers a range of genres through modern art that is overflowing with creativity and dedication for the anime character that has grasped the nation. 

    On July 11, the day before the opening of the exhibition, there was a special opening ceremony and private viewing event held exclusively for staff and the press, which was a massive success. 

     

    Press releases of the event reveal that artists Yasumasa Morimura and Sebastian Masuda were present at the ceremony for photos and greetings. 

    Yasumasa Morimura commented with deep emotion: “I am so happy to have finally taken part in the Doraemon Exhibition. For this creation, I used lots of paper to make the costumes. I collaborated with Junko Koike, collecting lots of Doraemon manga as raw materials for the dress. As Doraemon has the power to manipulate time and space, and has the ability to create a door that leads to anywhere he desires, I thought a grey dress would be appropriate. In fact, the entire exhibition venue is just like the inside of Doraemon’s pocket ー it is packed with the work of 28 solo artists and groups. What a fun experience it is. I hope that many people in the Kansai region come see this,” he explained.

    Sebastian Masuda commented: “I’m actually the same age as Doraemon and I share the same birthday as Noby; the main character from the series. I was born with a love for Doraemon.”

     

    He then commented on his art piece: “I actually wanted to make it as big as the Budha statue at Todaiji Temple in Nara, but we wouldn’t be able to fit it in the venue so I made it two metres tall instead”, he laughed. “I collected materials from markets from all around the world, so the final piece is literally made up of the colours of the world,” he continued. 

     

    His message to the people of Osaka is: “I would love it if lots of children came to see this. It would really make my day to hear reactions from them like “whoa, it’s huge” or “that’s so cool!””

     

    Please come stop by to visit your favourite Doraemon!

  • Japanese Desserts Shop Mme KIKI Sells Doraemon Dorayaki and Unmissable Delicacies in Italy

    07.June.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Japanese chocolatier Mme KIKI opened up their first ever Dorayaki shop in Rome, Italy called DORAYAKI- DOLCEZZE GIAPPONESI on 11th May. The shop is located at Via Del Porto Fluviale 3E, Rome.

     

    As the anime Doraemon is also popular in Europe, Doraemon’s face decorates the dorayaki pancakes of this shop. Besides the standard sweet Red Bean Paste filling, there is also Yuzu Orange Mascarpone, or Tiramisu Cream, Matcha Ice Cream and many other delicious flavours. For the dorayaki pancake, you can either choose standard wheat flour-based pancakes or gluten free pancakes that are made from organic rice flour.In fact, this shop mostly caters for a gluten-free diet. They also sell savoury pancakes called Doyrayaki Sandwiches. Flavours include avocado miso, tuna mayo, and ethnic vegetables.

    Besides dorayaki, there is also Japanese tea and matcha. These are served with original teapots and teacups for you to enjoy a full experience. 

    There are also other Japanese sweet treats such as Dango (sweet dumplings on a stick), Matcha Tiramisu, and much more. You can also enjoy Japanese drinks such as the Matcha Latte or Hojicha Latte. There are also small Japanese Otsumami (snacks served with drinks) such as potato salad, crispy karaage chicken, green edamame beans and much more. You can enjoy these alongside Japanese beer, sake, and cocktails made from sake. This cafe bar is full of delicious desserts, snacks and drinks.

     

    Last summer in Rome, a test kitchen was run where LEXUS ITALIA, the Embassy of Japan, and many others teamed up to hold workshops and set up food stands to carry out intense research. Finally as a result, this shop opened. The interior is a sakura pink colour and a round moss-like green plant hangs from the ceiling. Art by modern artist Rui Sakurai is also being displayed here.

    This is becoming a very popular cafe in Italy. On just the first day, a queue of over 600 people formed before the shop!

     

    Traditional Japanese sweets are taking over the world so don’t miss out!

  • Pyokotama♪ Releases Doraemon, Hello Kitty, Pikachu & Shin Chan Soft Balls

    26.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Sega Toys Co., Ltd. will launch a new lineup of large, round character-themed balls called Pyokotama♪ Character series! The lineup includes four designs; Crayon Shin Chan, Doraemon, Hello Kitty, and Pikachu! These characters are famous in Japan and all over the world! The lineup will reach stores on Thursday 26th September 2019.

     

    The cloth ball is approximately 13 cm in diameter. The faces of Crayon Shin Chan, Doraemon, Hello Kitty and Pikachu decorate the surface of the cushions…but what’s on the other side…? Make sure you take a look! Turn on the switch on the ball and and then throw it around as much as you like! When you do, it will play the character’s theme song or a famous song when you throw it!

     

     

    Crayon Shin Chan

    Make sure to check out the “backside” of the ball! As you throw the ball around, it will play the nostalgic melody of the Shin Chan theme song I’m Popular (Ora wa ninkimono).

     

    Doraemon

    His four-dimentional pocket is on the front of the ball and on the back is his small, red, circular tail! As you throw him around, he will play the anime opening song Yume o Kanaete Doraemon.

     

    Hello Kitty

    Her left ear is decorated with her signature large ribbon. When you throw this ball, a famous melody by Tchaikovsky will fill the air!

    Pikachu

    This ball is especially cute because of the ears! Throw this ball, and Pikachu will sing his own anime ending theme song”

     

    These cute and round balls are perfect to enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends!

     

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  • Rilakkuma & Kiiroitori Confections by Tabemas Coming to Lawson Convenience Stores

    18.May.2019 | FOOD

    Character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has revealed that its next products will be based on Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori. They will go on sale at Lawson convenience stores across Japan from May 21, 2019.

     

    Both characters are made from a type of dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets. Their tiny hands, ears and facial features have all been carefully and delicately crafted to create some seriously adorable sweets which, as Tabemas describes all their products, are just too cute to eat.

    Rilakkuma is filled with Japanese custard pudding flavoured bean paste while Kiiroitori is filled with chocolate flavoured bean paste. Both sweets are made with natural colouring and have the deliciously moist texture that wagashi have. They are also made with chickpeas which have become popular for their high nutritional value so are a better option for the health-conscious individual.

     

    Whether as a treat to yourself or a friend, don’t miss out on these cute and tasty sweets.

     

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  • Noborito Station Transforms Into a Doraemon Dream World

    27.April.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hi, everybody. I’m Midori from MMN’s editorial department.

     

    Right now, the Odakyu section of Noborito Station in Kanagawa is all Doraemon coloured! It is the closest station to the Kawasaki City Fujiko F Fujio Museum―a museum for the manga duo who created Doraemon―and so the station has been transformed into all things Doraemon to immerse fans in his bright blue world before they head to the museum. I heard that the station looked super cute so I took no time at all to pay a visit!

     

    You can arrive at Noborito Station is 16-minutes from Shinjuku Station via the Odakyu Line. There may be some people unfamiliar with the area but it’s surprisingly close! Recently the Rapid Express trains have started stopping there making it easier to commute to. The JR Nambu Line also rides to Noborito Station so you can leave from Tachikawa or Mizunokuchi too.

    As soon as you step off the train the platform signs are all Doraemon coloured! And if you look closely you can see his bell too.

    These little details are everywhere―they’re even on the pillars!

    The platform garbage bins too!

    And the bigger waste and recycling bins.

    The staircase leading down to the platform and up into to the station features illustrations of Doraemon flying with his friends in the clouds.

    The elevator design is based on Doraemon’s Anywhere Door♡

    And if you look closely at the toilet doors you can see cute designs of Doraemon for the men’s and Dorami-chan for the women’s! The section in the middle hadn’t been changed.

    There’s also a Doraemon to the side holding a small light. He’s pretty big so he’s perfect for taking a picture with!

    Walking a little further along there was an Anywhere Door, which when you approached…

    opens up! You’ll get to see many different sights through the door.

    They went all out with the little details even putting Doraemon’s colours and bell on this big sign too.

     

    A little further along…

     

    was a bronze Doraemon statue! He’s surprisingly small but really stands out.


    He has a shiny nose.

     

    I then descended the escalator to the bus terminal…

    …and found a statue of Dorami-chan too. In front of this statue is a shuttle bus that takes you to the Kawasaki City Fujiko F Fujio Museum.

    The bus design is really special! So cute!

     

    It was so much fun just walking around the station and seeing all the carefully placed details. There might be even more that I didn’t see too, so you should head to the station and seek them out!

     

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  • Japanese confectionery series Tabemasu makes Kirby and the Warp Star!

    20.April.2019 | FOOD

     Tabemasu is a Japanese confectionery series that features sweets designed to look like characters. A new Tabemasu series is about to be released called Tabemasu Asorto (Tabemasu assortment). The design for this series is based around Kirby, Kirby’s Dream Land and the Warp Star which Kirby rides in the game. This series will be released on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. Tabemasu has plans to release another round of the Tabemasu Asorto series later!

     

    The new Tabemasu Asorto series includes two traditional Japanese-style sweets in a set. The sweets are based on the world of Kirby. Kirby comes in the form of a chewy mochi sweet, and the Warp Star comes in the form of a soft, nerikiri sweet.

     

    The name “Tabemasu” is a combination of the word “tabemasu” (eat) and “mascot”. As the name implies, the entire sweet is made from traditional Japanese ingredients, and so you can consume it all!

     

     

     

     Kirby is a chewy pink ball of mochi dough filled with custard cream. There are a range of expressions to choose from, from smiley Kirby to sleepy Kirby and even a winking Kirby! There is also one secret design! There are six Kirby designs in total. Which of these squishy, round, cute Kirbys will you encounter? You’ll just have to head to the store to get one to find out!

     The Warp Star is a chocolate cream nerikiri. Both the sweets are made with natural colourings. Put your squishy Kirby on the Warp Star to enjoy an image straight out of the game! Of course you won’t be able to help but take photos of this edible mascot before eating it! Don’t forget to post your pictures on social media!

     

     You have to try this cute, photogenic Kirby!

     

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  • Doraemon’s 40th Anniversary Celebrated With Re-Recordings of 2 Famous Songs

    06.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The Doraemon anime series first hit the air on April 2, 1979 with its 40th anniversary having just passed on the same date this year. To celebrate this major milestone, two famous songs from the series―Doraemon no Uta and Boku Doraemon―both of which have been very well known since it first aired have been re-recorded.

     

    The former was the first ever opening song of the series. Originally performed by Kumiko Osugi with lyrics written by Takumi Kusube, the track has been performed by several different artists across the show’s long run. Now, with the series hitting the 40 year mark, the song has once again been re-recorded, this time by music producer and one half of the J-pop band Sukima Switch Shintarō Tokita. Tokita has written many songs for projects and artists. artists and has worked as a sound producer. The song is performed by the regular cast including Wasabi Mizuta who provides the voice of Doraemon in the 2005 series. The seamless recording makes each of their singing parts like a relay race.

     

    In charge of the other song Boku Doraemon is hit maker ha-j who is well known for having written songs for boy band Arashi and female idol group Nogizaka46. Wasabi Mizuta provides her energetic singing once more for this track.

     

    Both re-recordings maintain the same level of nostalgia while having a fresh spin added to them. Shintarō Tokita commented on the joy and pressure he embraced while working on his rearrangement: “I never imagined I would have the opportunity to be involved with the TV series so I was simultaneously taken aback and filled with happiness. But the song is also tied to the creator so it was also a challenge to reach the height of those emotions.”

     

    ha-j also talked about his version of Boku Doraemon and the respect he has for the series which he put into the song: “I put everything that Doraemon raised me with into the song. I threw down the gauntlet and squeezed everything in there.”

    The regular cast for the anime series participated in the recordings including the already-mentioned Wasabi Mizuta (Dorameon), Megumi Oohara (Nobita), Yumi Kakazu (Shizuka), Subaru Kimura (Takeshi) and Tomokazu Seki (Suneo). Their teamwork spans 15 years, and that harmony was carried with them to the recording room.

     

    These two songs debuted the new opening and ending themes respectively on Doraemon on April 5, 2019 and serve to commemorate 40 whole years.

  • 8 Character Themed Cafés Running in April 2019

    30.March.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

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

     

    Before continuing this article be sure to check out our March 2019 list of character cafes as some are still running.

     

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar x Cafe Cucina & Company (March 20 – April 3)

    Cafe Cucina & Company in Shibuya, Tokyo is collaborating with Eric Carle’s internationally-beloved picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar for two weeks from March 20 to April 3 to serve up a themed menu inspired by the colourful world. A total of 6 items will decorate the menu from hearty dishes to fruity drinks. This café will soon close on April 3, so don’t miss out!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/185739

     

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    Cafe Cucina & Company

    Location: Tokyu Department Store – South Building Floor 6F (2-24-1 Shibuya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo)

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

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3477-4406

    Website: http://cafecucina.jp/info.html

     

     

    Devil May Cry 5 x CAPCOM CAFE AEON Lake Town (March 7 – April 24)

    CAPCOM CAFE AEON Lake Town is celebrating the release of Devil May Cry 5―which hit consoles on March 8, 2019―with a themed cafe. A whole range of inspired dishes are on offer as well as drinks based on Nero, Dante and V. Reservations can be made online.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/180331

     

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    Capcom Cafe Devil May Cry 5 collaboration menu

    Cafe: Capcom Cafe AEON Lake Town
    Address: AEON Lake Town Kaze 3rd floor, 4-2-2, Lake Town, Koshigaya, Saitama

    Opening hours:Goods sales:  9:00 ー 22:00 Cafe:  11:00 ー 22:00 (Last orders: 21:00)
    Devil May Cry 5 collaboration limited menu period: Thursday 7th March ー Wednesday 24th April 2019TEL:048-967-5163

    Official website: http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/

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    Pokémon Cafe 1 Year Anniversary Menu (March 14 – April 26)

    Nihombashi’s Pokémon Cafe is currently celebrating its one-year anniversary with a special commemorative menu. Order a latte with latte art of any of the original 151 Pokémon, sips on smoothies, tuck into desserts and more.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/178933

     

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    Pokémon Cafe

    Address: Nihombashi Takashimaya East Building SC (5th floor), 2-11-2 Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
    Opening hours:10:30 ー 22:00

    Reservations: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/
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    Pompompurin Café Birthday Menu (March 15 – April 30)

    Pompompurin’s birthday falls on April 16, and to celebrate, the Harajuku, Umeda, Yokohama and Nagoya branches of the Pompompurin Café is holding a celebratory birthday event. Food includes the “Hamburger Plate” which is made from a hamburger and a layer of mashed potato served with a rice ball Purin. For dessert you can enjoy a delicious creamy cheese pudding. Head to the Pompompurin Café to celebrate Purin’s 23rd birthday!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/181662

     

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    Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku

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

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

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

    TEL: 03-5786-0770

     

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

     

    Pompompurin Cafe Yokohama

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

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

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

    TEL: 045-311-6750

     

    Pompompurin Cafe Nagoya

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

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

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

    TEL: 052-249-8320

     

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    Gudetama Cafe x MACCHA HOUSE (March 14 – May 6)

    The Gudetama Cafe located in HEP FIVE is now collaborating with MACCHA HOUSE, a cafe that has received huge media coverage for its Uji matcha tiramisu. For the collaboration MACCHA HOUSE have created Gudetama versions of their Uji Matcha Tiramisu and Houjicha Tiramisu. These fun treats will only be available for a limited time so don’t miss out! There are lots of other Instagram-worthy delights to enjoy too such as the “Gudetama White Curry,” “Hot Matcha Latte” and more.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/181060

     

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    Gudetama Cafe HEP FIVE

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

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

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

    TEL: 06-6366-3694

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

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    Sword Art Online: Alicization x SEGA Akihabara 4th (March 23 – May 6)

    Sword Art Online: Alicization now has its own themed cafe on the fifth floor of SEGA Akihabara 4th which is running until May 6. Enjoy a line-up of original dishes, desserts and drinks inspired by the series, and get your hands on an original coaster and limited-edition merchandise!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/181099

     

    ◼︎Information

    SEGA x Sword Art Online: Alicization Collaborative Cafe
    Running: March 23, 2019 – May 6, 2019
    Location: SEGA Akihabara 4th (Floor 5F)

     

    Menu #1: March 23, 2019 – April 5, 2019
    Menu #2: April 6, 2019 – April 19, 2019
    Menu #3: April 20, 2019 – May 6, 2019

     

    Cafe Website: http://sega-collabocafe.com/akihabara4th/sao-alicization.html

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    Kaido Kid x BOX CAFE&SPACE (April 19 – June 12)

    Two cafés themed on the Detective Conan character Kaito Kid, or the “Phantom Thief Kid” will open in Harajuku and Umeda on April 19. These will be the first ever Detective Conan cafés themed on Kaito Kid with a menu named by the manga’s author Gosho Aoyama. There will even be exclusive Kaito Kid merchandise you can’t get anywhere else sold, and the cafés will be decorated in all things Kaito Kid. The cafés will be decorated in all things Kaito Kid, so fans won’t want to miss out!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/184611

     

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    Kaito Kid Café

    Running: April 19, 2019 – June 2, 2019

    Table Bookings: https://kid-cafe.jp/

     

    Tokyo Café
    Location: HARAJUKU BOX CAFE&SPACE (Lucessimo Bldg. Floor 2F, 4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

     

    Osaka Café
    Location: UMEDA BOX CAFE&SPACE (Umeda LOFT Floor 1F, 16-7 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)

     

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    Leo Lionni Cafe x Sunday Brunch Marronnier Gate Ginza 1 (April 3 – July 31)

    Leo Lionni was a children’s picture book illustrator and author whose famous works include Swimmy and Frederick. His works were so popular that they even appear in textbooks! Dishes will be inspired by both Frederick and Swimmy. These are the world’s first ever collaborative cafes with Lionni, so check the link below to see all the different delicious dishes!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/181236

     

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    Leo Lionni Concept Cafe

    Running: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 ー Wednesday 31st July 2019

    Opening hours: 11:00 ー 21:00 (Food last orders: 20:00/Drinks: 20:30)

    Location: Sunday Brunch Marronnier Gate, Ginza 1 (4th floor)

    2-2-14, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    Official website: http://leolionnicafe.com/

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in Japan this spring, be sure to dine at all the character cafés you can!

  • Kagurazaka Terrine de Chocolat au Matcha Released at Le Coquillage

    28.March.2019 | FOOD

    French restaurant Le Coquillage has released the second item in its line of premium sweets: the Kagurazaka Terrine de Chocolat au Matcha.

    Kagurazaka Terrine de Chocolat Matcha

    The sweet is a harmonious marriage of white chocolate and matcha. It combines the delicate flavours of milk and vanilla and the rich deep notes of matcha to create enjoyable textures and tastes on the palate from the sweetness of the matcha to the refreshing delight of the chocolate.

    Milk and vanilla is a combination loved by the world’s patissiers. The smooth white chocolate used for this sweet is “Ivoire” by Valrhona.

    It also uses Nishio Matcha carefully selected by Yukiya Koumatsu, one of only 37 Tea Judges in Japan. In using this highly-regarded ingredient, Le Coquillage has been able to create delicious notes and flavours that linger in the mouth long after having eaten the sweet. The sweet is also alcohol and gluten free so anybody can enjoy it.

     

    If you’re thinking of gifting this to somebody then Le Coquillage can tie the box with a ribbon and give you a message card for free.

    The packaging has been specially designed to celebrate both French couverture chocolate and Japanese matcha production.

     

    Be sure to pick up a box for yourself or someone special if you’re in Shibuya.

  • Cherry Blossom Jam Filled Rilakkuma Confections Releasing at Lawson Convenience Stores

    21.March.2019 | FOOD

    Japanese confectionery brand Tabemas is releasing new cherry blossom flavoured Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori confections. You’ll find them at Lawson convenience stores around Japan from March 26.

     

    ‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour. Their products are hugely popular in Japan and are described as being too cute to eat. These delicate treats are the perfect dessert for the hanami season.

     

     

    This product was originally released back in 2017, but this time they have made it even more delicious and fitting for the springtime. Rilakkuma is posed holding a pink cherry blossom flower while Kiiroitori is wearing one on his head. Inside both of them are two different bean pastes: Rilakkuma is brown sugar syrup flavoured while Kiiroitori is cherry blossom flavoured.

     

    They not only taste delicious but are carefully crafted by hand so perfectly that you’ll find them nearly too cute to eat!

  • Adorable Easter Sweets Hatching at Hilton Tokyo

    06.March.2019 | FOOD

    Hilton Tokyo is releasing an assortment of Easter inspired takeout sweets at its first floor Chocolate Boutique. They will be sold from March 8 to April 30.

    Easter Chick

    Easter Bear & Rabbit

    All of the sweets were created by executive pastry chef Harita including the cute Easter Chick made to look like a newborn peeping from its egg, the Easter Chicken, the Easter Pig―made in line with the Year of the Pig―and more.

    Easter Takeout Sweets

    Easter Chickens

     

    The chocolates contain a variety of nuts, fruits and more. They make for the perfect springtime souvenir, so don’t miss out♡

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