Starbucks to Open New Branch at Mojiko Station―An Important Intangible Cultural Property

27.February.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

Starbucks Coffee Japan has announced that it will open a new branch at Mojiko Station on March 10, 2019.

The new coffee shop will open on the station’s first floor, a former waiting room for third class citizens during the Taisho Period. Mojiko Station was built in 1914 and was the first station to be designated as one of Japan’s Important Intangible Cultural Property.

 

It underwent renovations for six years from 2012 to 2018 to be reconstruct its Taisho Period appearance. The newly painted pale yellow walls and ceiling of the former waiting room call to mind buildings from back then.

 

The concept of the Starbucks design is “Storyteller.” Through the station it is housed in and the coffee it serves it aims to tell a part of the the region’s history behind the zeal behind its pioneers.

The counter wall is decorated with iron plates that signify Japan’s industrial revolution and the history behind industrial area of Kitakyushu’s and its for the country’s modernisation. The plates, which are head marks from the front of a train, are branded with the Starbucks logo.

 

The ceiling also makes use of train railway railing from Kyushu for its decoration, showing respect for the people and culture of Kyushu and the development of Kyushu’s railroads. Some of the tables and chairs in the cafe too are made from chinaberry tree wood from Fukuoka Prefecture.

 

Experience history come alive through the contemporary at the new Starbucks at Mojiko Station.

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  • Poop-Themed Exhibition to Teach People All About Poop in Fukuoka

    20.September.2019 | SPOT

    Fukuoka PARCO and Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens are collaborating to hold a poop-themed exhibition entitled “Poop Exhibition: Poop Academy Cultural Festival in Fukuoka” on floor B1F of the south building of Fukuoka PARCO from September 27 to October 27.

    There will be many elements to the exhibition. The first of these is the language section where sentences written in Japanese will be draped all across one room, each with references to poop.

    Above photo taken from the Ikebukuro exhibition

    In the “Outdoor Lesson” corner, there will be cased displays of different animal droppings with descriptions, enabling people to see the different shapes and sizes poop comes in.

    In the “Poop Arithmetic 3rd Year Students” corner is a photo spot where you can pose like the Poop Maths Teacher as shown on the right.

    At the end of the exhibition there’s an exam room where you can take a test based on what you have learned from the exhibition.

     

    There’ll even be a range of original and exclusive merchandise.

    Postcard Set (5 Designs) – ¥400

    Folders – ¥300

    Toilet Roll – ¥348 / Character Tape Cutter – ¥700 / Leather Futon Books (2 Designs) – ¥500 Each

    Japan is having a poop craze right now, with the opening of the Unko Museum in Yokohama which is also set to arrive in Shanghai next month.

     

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Listed prices are pre-tax. Event content subject to change.

  • Top 5 Delicious Must-Eat Parfaits in Fukuoka

    19.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    From must-try desserts to the most fancy lunches, the best cute and stylish cafes and more, we have covered many unmissable locations in Japan’s prefecture of Fukuoka.
    This time, we’re here to present a sweet assortment of parfaits in Fukuoka that are sure to get your mouths watering. We are joined by Instagrammer moe who has provided us with photos and descriptions of this tasty line-up.
    green bean to bar CHOCOLATE in Imaizumi
     
    Chocolate Glass Parfait
    Let’s begin with the Chocolate Glass Parfait, an extravagant parfait which is made with cocoa beans from various different regions, offering plenty of flavour. It’s a refreshing parfait topped with chocolate tea granita jelly. It’s also drizzled in a chocolate sauce which is made with cocoa beans and imbued with berries. If you’re a chocoholic then this one will provide the hit you need!
    ▼green bean to bar CHOCOLATE
    Address: Nishitetsu Tenjin CLASS 1F, 1-19-22 Imaizumi, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
    Closed: Wednesdays
    Official Website: https://greenchocolate.jp
    Patisserie Georges Marceau in Watanabedori
    You Kihi – ¥980
    A floral fragrance dances around this beautiful parfait, which one would expect the refreshing peach to be the centerpiece, only to find out that other fruits come through the flavour assortment too like lychee and raspberry. As well as fruits, the parfait includes sherbet, panna cotta, and other refreshing combinations.
    ▼Patisserie Georges Marceau
    Address: 1F, 5-8-19 Watanabedori, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Until 19:00 on Sundays)
    No Fixed Holidays
    Oyatsu cafe Hibi to in Hirao
    Strawberry Parfait
    This classic strawberry parfait contains double-sized cornflakes. I would change nothing about its taste or appearance, which also matches the atmosphere of the cosy and beautiful cafe.
    ▼Oyatsu cafe Hibi to (Japanese: おやつcafe日々to)
    Address: Maison Sansou 2F, 2-17-21 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Kurasukoto in Hirao
    Left: Coffee Jelly Parfait / Right: Strawberry Parfait
    Coffee jelly is a bitter flavour more suited to the adult palate. It goes perfect with the condensed milk and caramel nut-topped smooth ice cream cake. Piled with juicy strawberries and blueberries, you’re sure to enjoy your fill with this strawberry parfait.
    ▼Kurasukoto
    Address: 2F, 1-11-21 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:30-18:00 (Food Last Orders 17:15 / Dessert Last Orders 17:30)
    Closed: Sundays & Mondays
    momotose in Hirao
    Seasonal Parfait
    Strawberries, kumquat, and flower petals adorn this piece of parfait art. The combination of the sour fruits and sweet ice cream is a match made in heaven. As well as parfaits, momotose also sells other delicious desserts too like roll cake.
    ▼momotose
    Address: 1F, 3-19-20 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:00 / Tea 14:00-18:00 / Dinner 18:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Official Website: http://momotose-fukuoka.com
    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re looking for other sweet suggestions for must-try drinks and desserts in Fukuoka then be sure to follow moe on Instagram.
    Text & Photosmoe
    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
  • Kenshi Yonezu’s New Single ‘Uma to Shika’ Achieves Record-Breaking Sales

    17.September.2019 | MUSIC

    Kenshi Yonezu released his new single Uma to Shika on September 11 and it has soon become a new record-breaking sensation. The song served as the main theme for the TBS Sunday drama No Side Game, which just aired its last episode. The Oricon Weekly Single Rankings revealed that the single has so far been sold 412,000 times, which is Yonezu’s largest sale yet.

     

    The first ever solo Japanese artist to make over 400,000 sales within the first week of a release was achieved by Tomohisa Yamashita in June 2006 with his song Daite Señorita. After 13 years and 3 months, a new record has been set by Yonezuー the perfect way to start the brand new Reiwa Era.   

    The Download Chart shows that the rank for Uma to Shika is remaining steady. The Oricon Digital Single Ranking Chart shows that the single was downloaded 74,178 times in just one week, earning the top place. Since the single’s advanced sales which started on August 12, the single has remained at No.1 for five whole consecutive weeks. 

     

    In the drama No Side Game, Hayato Kimijima (played by Yo Oizumi) works as the general manager of the company’s rugby team named Astros. He puts up a rigorous fight to keep the team from falling apart so that they can face off against their arch rival team known as the Cyclones. Despite suffering an injury, team player Jo Hamahata, who carries the spirit of the team, rises to the challenge of the fierce battle with every ounce of energy to ensure victory, gambling his sports career by wagering everything on his last shot.

     

    The team members, staff and even the team supporters joined forces as one to ensure the team’s win, putting every ounce of their body and soul into the match. The theme drama’s theme song Uma to Shika is perfect for summing up this heated moment. The overwhelming feelings of the drama resonate in Yonezu’s song and has even stretched out to inspire many viewers. Many fans are still sending in messages about their lingering feelings towards the final episode. 

  • Starbucks Japan’s Autumn Beverage Line-Up Includes Golden Sweet Potato Frappuccino & Macchiato

    17.September.2019 | FOOD

    Starbucks Japan has unveiled the second batch of drinks in its ongoing Artful Autumn @ Starbucks® promotion: the “Sweet Potato Gold Frappuccino®” and the “Sweet Potato Gold Macchiato.” Both will go on sale on September 10.

     

    The concept for this year’s Artful Autumn is “Be Colourful,” and that shines true with this golden, autumnal coffee line-up.

    The Sweet Potato Gold Frappuccino® contains a rich syrup made from cured sweet potato. It retains the rich, full-bodied aroma, sweetness and deep flavour of the Japanese sweet potato (satsumaimo). The drink’s main characteristic is the crunchy texture left behind from the potatoes. Its golden appearance comes from the honey and sweet potato blend sauce. This sauce swirls around the beverage which can be seen through the cup, giving it that artistic flavour required to be considered for the Artful Autumn selection. The cold coffee beverage is drizzled in this same sauce, rich in flavour and fragrance.

     

    Each cup of the Sweet Potato Gold Macchiato is made delicately in a mix of foamed milk, sweet potato honey, and a shot of freshly extracted espresso. The combination of the sweet and rich sweet potato and full-bodied espresso roast coupled with the caramel-y flavour is a coffee match made in heaven. The hot beverage is topped with more of that incredible sauce drizzled in the classic way of a macchiato.

     

    Warm yourself up this season with the latest in the Artful Autumn collection.

  • 5 Must-Try Desserts On Fukuoka’s Beach-Lined City Of Itoshima

    15.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Itoshima is a city located in the western part of Fukuoka and is known for its many gorgeous and picturesque locations-especially its beaches.
    Today, we are joined once again by Instagrammer moe who is here to show us the best delicious drinks and desserts to enjoy while gazing out at Itoshima’s breathtaking beaches and rural landscapes.
    OYATSU-STAND in Nishi-ku
    Left: Tapioca Milk Ryokucha Green Tea / Right: Tapioca Milk Houjicha (¥600 Each)
    What better way to enjoy a refreshing green bubble tea than with a sun-kissed blue sky and ocean right in front of you? As well as ryokucha and houjicha, there are plenty of other thirst-quenching flavours to choose from as well, including Japanese tea latte.
    ▼OYATSU-STAND
    Address: 2198-3 Kota, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: 10:30am until sunset
    No Fixed Holidays
    Itoshima Sabo in Nishi-ku
    Specially-Made Single Classic Pancake – ¥500
    You’ll find yourself reaching for your camera to snap a picture of this Instagram-worthy pancake, branded with the cafe’s name Itoshima Sabo in Japanese. They serve everything from breakfasts to full course meals.
    ▼Itoshima Sabo
    Address: 2915-1 Kota, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: 10:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    KUROKI in Nijoishizaki
    Roll Cake
    KUROKI is a French restaurant that serves up a variety of courses. This fluffy homemade roll cake is filled with rich and smooth cream. You can order it as a set together with a meal too. Don’t forget, this place is reservation-only!
    ▼KUROKI
    Address: 459-3 Nijoishizaki, Itoshima, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: Lunch 12:00-17:00 (Reservation Only) / Dinner 18:00~ (Reservation Only)
    Closed: Sundays
    Official Instagram: @restaurantkuroki
    Sumi Cafe in Hon
    Salted Milk Houjicha Purin – ¥500
    Sumi Cafe is a long-standing cafe that can be found by following a narrow road along the countryside. This irresistible salted milk houjicha purin is combined with astringent chestnut and candied chestnut to make a luxurious dessert.
    ▼Sumi Cafe
    Address: 1454 Hon, Itoshima, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: 12:00-17:00 (Lunch Last Orders 15:30 / Cafe Menu Last Orders 16:30)
    Closed: New Year’s Holiday
    Loiter Market in Shimakeya
    Left: Salt & Caramel / Right: Milk & Strawberry (¥400 Each)
    Made with organic ingredients, Loiter Market’s gelato is served in cute pastel colours. The salt and caramel is a must-try, it’s made with salt sourced in Itoshima.
    ▼Loiter Market
    Address: 166-3 Shimakeya, Itoshima, Fukuoka
    Opening Hours: 12:00-17:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Official Website: https://loiter-market.com
    Did you enjoy these picks? If you’re looking for even more desserts to try in Fukuoka then be sure to check out moe’s Instagram page which is filled with just that!
    Photos: @amatou.fuk
  • Cruise by the Dazzling Blue Grotto Illuminations in Fukuoka

    10.September.2019 | SPOT

    As part of a project to vitalise and develop the town of Hakata in Fukuoka and promote its wonderful culture to the people of the world, the Blue Grotto FUKUOKA Executive Committee is set to hold a special illumination event titled Blue Grotto FUKUOKA at Nakasu Bridge from September 16 to October 6.

     

    This illumination event first began in Nakameguro, Tokyo back in 2014 where it enjoyed great success. The location was then moved in 2016 to Shibuya where over 2.8 million people attended. It was then held outside the Tokyo area for the first time in Sapporo in February 2018 and then in Osaka in September of the same year. This enabled it to become widespread across the country and has consequentially made it become one of the main illumination events of Japan.

    Blue Grotto will now make its way to Kyushu for the first time with Blue Grotto FUKUOKA. Boats will be prepared for the romantic and magical cruise which will take passengers from Nakasu Bridge to Canal City Hakata and Hakata Bay.

     

    As well as the breathtaking lights, passengers can look forward to a specially-prepared pasta meal made by Nisshin Foods using Blue Grotto brand products.

  • Transvaal Daisies & Wind Chimes Cool Down You This Summer at Kasuga Shrine in Fukuoka

    31.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Situated on the northern shore of Kyushu is Fukuoka Prefecture, a hot spot for tourists and travellers both Japanese and foreign, particularly those visiting from parts of Asia such as China, Taiwan and South Korea.

     

    When it comes to delicious Japanese food, Fukuoka is high on the list, home to a bounty of incredible restaurants. It’s the same with shopping too―there are countless stores to rummage through with shelves lined with innumerable things you’ll want to buy.

     

    But your Fukuoka experience will not be complete without a trip to one of the prefecture’s breathtaking tourist spots. Today, we are visiting Kasuga Shrine (not to be confused with Kasuga Grand Shrine in Nara), and we are joined by Japanese Instagram user Rie, who posts about her trips around Kyushu, and who has provided us with her experience visiting the shrine along with photos. You’ll find out how to get there and the must-see aspects.

    Kasuga Shrine is located in the city of Kasuga, Fukuoka. It’s about a 30-minute drive from Fukuoka city. But if you’re looking to catch the public transport, you’ll want to hop on the JR Line to Kasuga Station, or you can board the Nishitetsu Bus and get off at Kasuga (春日). The shrine is about a 7-minute walk from either of these stops.

     

    The shrine has a long history. Its origins are said to lie in Emperor Tenji enshrining the male deity Ame-no-Koyane-no-mikoto there.

     

    In the shrine grounds there is a camphor tree called “Kasuga no Mori” (The Grove of Kasuga) which is registered as a natural monument. The shrine is also home to a festival called “Kasuga no Muko Oshi” which has also been designated as an significant intangible folk cultural asset.

    But what’s been catching people’s attention recently is the flower-filled chōzuya. A chōzuya, also known as a temizuya, is a water basin placed at shrines and temples in Japan which visitors use to cleanse themselves before entering the shrine or temple.

     

    It’s more common in May and June to see hydrangeas placed in the basins, but at Kasuga Shrine they flutter in transvaal daisies♡

    The flowers were placed in there on August 19 and will remain there until September 1. During the same period, there are lots of beautiful wind chimes being strung up around the shrine ground. Their tranquil sound as the breeze blows, together with the watery flowers, are enough to make you feel cool this summer.

    If you’re looking to find more beautiful places to visit around Kyushu, Rie has plenty of recommendations on her Instagam page so be sure to give her a follow.

     

    Photos by Rie

  • Starbucks Japan Releases Autumn Themed Mugs & Tumbler in ‘You Are Here’ Collection

    30.August.2019 | FASHION

    The ‘You Are Here’ collection is a series of drinking vessels by Starbucks that captures and invites people to the beauty of countries around the world. With designs from over 20 countries and cities worldwide, this line of mugs and tumblers has become something of a collector’s item for world travellers as each item is unique to each country.

     

    Starbucks have drawn inspiration from Mount Fuji, sushi, cherry blossoms, daruma and other symbols for their Japanese designs. So far in the “Japan Seasonal” series we have seen Winter, Spring and Summer versions of this collection. The new Autumn version goes on sale today (August 30).

    You Are Here Collection Mug JAPAN Autumn (59ml) – ¥1,200* / You Are Here Collection Stainless Tumbler JAPAN Autumn 473ml – ¥4,000 / You Are Here Collection Mug JAPAN Autumn (355ml) ¥1,800

    The designs feature a red and yellow autumn-leaved Mount Fuji with susuki grass, the red rising sun, chestnuts, and other motifs associated with Japanese autumntime. The inside of the mugs are also completely yellow, completing that relaxed autumn vibe. Each item is packaged in a gift box making for perfect souvenirs or to add to your collection.

     

    Taste Japanese autumn at home or the workplace by getting your hands on one of these beverage vessels.

     

    *Listed prices do not include tax

  • Hatsune Miku Music Cafe Opening in Tokyo & Fukuoka

    21.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / MUSIC

    The Hatsune Miku Music Cafe is set to return for the third time this month. It will open in Akihabara, Tokyo on August 23 and in Hakata, Fukuoka on August 28.

     

    The music cafe will be supported by VOCALOID music label KARENT. VOCALOID fans can look forward to dining while listening to music from their favourite characters―Miku, Luka, Rin, Len, MEIKO and KAITO―on high quality speakers and giant monitors.

    Customers are able to request songs be played by picking from the record shelf. The huge discography will include the cafe’s official theme song and music video Jazz Chorus no Natsu Takenawa which is written and composed by buzzG.

     

    Fans can look forward to character-inspired food and drinks and can get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise with designs illustrated by Kisaragi Yuu.

    And if you gather enough stamps on your stamp card―one per visit―you’ll be able to get priority access to a DJ event on October 6.

     

    Merch

    Leek Bag – ¥1,500 (Tax Included)

    Multi Pouch (6 Designs) – ¥2,800 (Tax Included)

     

    Food Menu

    Miku’s Leek Record Curry – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    “Jazz Chorus no Natsu Takenawa” Summer Sky Jelly From the Starry Heavens – ¥600 (Tax Included)

     

    When ordering something from the food menu you can receive one of 18 possible mini acrylic stands, chosen randomly.

     

    Drinks Menu

    Rin & Len’s Yellow Mango Milk – ¥750 (Tax Included)

    Luka’s Pink Peach Soda – ¥750 (Tax Included)

     

    There’s lots more merchandise, food and drinks as well as this too. You can see the full line-up on the official website.

     

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    *The rate of consumption tax is set to increase from 8% to 10% in Japan from October 1, 2019 and so the prices listed here will increase
    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

  • Popular Tokyo Café Bakery BREAD, ESPRESSO & to Open in Fukuoka

    09.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Bakery café BREAD, ESPRESSO & has made quite a reputation in Omotesando, Tokyo for its stylish interior and delicious coffee and bread. The bakery café is now opening a new branch in Fukuoka called BREAD, ESPRESSO & HAKATA & on September 25th, 2019.

     

    To commemorate 10 years in business, BREAD, ESPRESSO & will be opening their first ever branch in Hakata, Kyushu. The café bakery will be nestled between Hakata Station and CANAL CITY HAKATA. Whether you are a busy commuter looking for a heartwarming cup of coffee or a traveling tourist, the location is ideal for anyone looking for a quick rest stop. 

    The new café bakery is approximately 165 m² in size, making it the largest branch. The shop is decorated with a pure white base theme and has the perfect comfortable environment to enjoy a coffee. 

    Mu: ¥330 (after tax)

    French Toast: ¥750 (after tax)

    BREAD, ESPRESSO &’s popular Mu and French Toast will be on the menu along with Hakata-limited goods. If you are searching for some delicious bread in Hakata, please make your way to BREAD, ESPRESSO &.

  • Starbucks Japan Announces 2nd Collaboration With Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Design Project ‘Fragment ‘Design’

    03.August.2019 | FOOD

    Following the success of the first collaboration back in 2017, Starbucks Coffee Japan has teamed up once again with Hiroshi Fujiwara and his design project Fragment Design. The collection this time around will include the Fragment/Starbucks VIA® Coffee Essence Caramel & Cup and the Mocha & Cup. Both will go on sale at most Starbucks branches and the online store in Japan from August 7.

     

    Starbucks VIA® is an instant coffee produced by Starbucks which simply requires you to add milk and water, allowing you to enjoy Starbucks’s signature taste wherever you go.

    This Starbucks VIA® collaboration comes as a set with both the instant coffee packs as well as an iced coffee cup. The cups and packages are designed by Fragment Design which is spearheaded by Japanese musician and designer Hiroshi Fujiwara. The caramel flavour comes with a grey design and the mocha with navy.

     

    Pick your coffee of choice and enjoy Starbucks at home, at the workplace or anywhere outdoors.

  • Kirby Café Sets Up Shop in Fukuoka’s Canal City Hakata―Themed Food, Exclusive Merch & More

    02.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Kirby Café currently open at Tokyo Solamachi until September 23, and which has seen several runs due to its immense popularity, is heading to Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka. It will open on August 8 for a limited time only.

    Kirby’s Inhaled Caprese – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    Kirby Burger & Meat Pasta With Warm Veg – ¥2,580 (Before Tax)

    Kirby’s Uki Uki Marshmallow au Lait – ¥1,180 (Before Tax)

    The Kirby chefs are set to plate up an abundance of adorable dishes such as the Kirby burger and meat pasta which is served with hot vegetables. It arrives on an exclusive Hakata souvenir plate.

    Paper Mint Press – ¥1,980 (Before Tax)

    Kirby’s Funwari Stawberry Mousse – ¥1,480 (Before Tax)

    Fluffy Warp Star Pancakes – ¥1,980 (Before Tax)

    T-Shirt: Strawberry Light Pink: ¥3,400 (Before Tax)

    Fans can look forward to grabbing a range of exclusive merchandise too all of which have strawberry designs on them as Fukuoka are famous for their strawberries.

    Postcards (2 Designs) – ¥150 Each (Before Tax)

    You won’t be able to get these items anywhere else, so don’t miss out.

     

    There will also be an official store in a different part of Canal City Hakata called “Kirby Café The Store” where you can pick up even more Kirby goodies.

     

    When the reservation period for the Tokyo Solamachi café opened it was so popular that most tables were taken up on the same day which has left tons of people waiting for cancellations. If you’re looking to visit the Hakata branch then be sure to mark August 8 on your calendars!

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