Starbucks to Open New Branch at Mojiko Station―An Important Intangible Cultural Property
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.
Starbucks Coffee Mojiko Station
Address: 1-5-31 Nishikaigan, Moji Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture
Grand Opening: March 10, 2019
Business Hours: 8:00-21:00
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Starbucks Japan’s Second Holiday Season Drinks Shine Like Christmas Lights
Follow on from Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino®, Starbucks Coffee Japan has announced its second release in its series of holiday season beverages: the Nutty White Chocolate Frappuccino® and the Nutty White Mocha will hit most branches across Japan from November 22.
These two delicious drinks are the perfect holiday season treats, both capturing the moment when Christmas lights and illuminations twinkle. The coffee chain is also releasing its second batch of merchandise too.
The Nutty White Chocolate Frappuccino® is a combination of milky white chocolate and nutty hazelnuts with a sprinkling of roasted walnuts and crunchy shortbread for tantalising texture. It’s finished with a squirt of whipped cream which has been topped with chocolates of three different colours and silver dragees to create that Christmas light sparkle. You’re sure to feel the Christmas spirit with this order.
If it’s a hot drink you desire for warming up during the chilly weather, then you won’t be able to resist the Nutty White Mocha, a rich cup of coffee made with white chocolate and hazelnut syrup and a strong shot of espresso. The instant you take a sip from your cup, your taste buds will be treated to the nuttiness of the hazelnuts, and the subsequent milkiness of the white chocolate and full-bodied flavour of the espresso. The whipped cream represents a Christmas tree while the sauce is the ribbons and the dragees are the lights. A true capturing of Christmastime.
*This product uses chocolate that with less than 0.5% cocoa.
“Brilliant Season” is the theme of Starbucks’ second batch of Christmas goods this holiday season. We see the return of the snow dome cup from last year as well as a snow dome tumbler, a cutlery set with teaspoons and forks, a journal, clear pouch, and moreーlots that can be used as gifts. There’s plenty to plunge you into that Christmas mood as you stroll through the winter-kissed town amongst the warm Christmas lights. There’s also a special stainless steel tumbler which changes colour depending on which angle the light touches it, as well as a sparkly holographic mug.
Warm yourself up this winter in Japan by stopping by your nearest Starbucks branch.
Nutty White Chocolate Frappuccino®
Price: Tall ¥590 (Before Tax) (*Tall size only)
Release Date: November 22, 2019 (*Available while supplies last)
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan
Nutty White Mocha
Price: Short ¥450 / Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570 (All Before Tax)
Running: November 22, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan
2nd Merchandise Batch
Running: November 22, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan at the online store (some products available in-store only) while supplies last
*Prices etc. can be found on the official website
Starbucks Coffee Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Starbucks Japan Releases Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino
12.November.2019 | FOOD
The holiday season has finally hit Starbucks in Japan, and for the first drink in their series of Christmas beverages, they are serving the new Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino which is made to look and taste like a strawberry cake. Customers can even customise their drinks with as much free strawberry sauce as they like.
Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino – Tall ¥590 w/ Free Strawberry Sauce (*Sauce not available with other drinks)
The drink is built on sponge cake flavoured base, on top of which sits ascending layers of bright-red strawberry sauce, whipped cream, and a sprinkling of freeze-dried strawberries, effectively creating a dessert that you can drink. One sip of this pink delight fills your mouth with the sweet and refreshing taste of fresh fruity strawberries.
We recommend customising yours with non-fat milk or soy milk. If you want to hold back on some of the sweetness, go for the non-fat milk option, and if you want something smoother, get the soy milk. Drizzle over additional strawberry sauce to your liking, and you’ve got yourself a festive treat for the season!
Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino
Released: November 9, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan while supplies last
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
teamLab: Digitized Fukuoka Castle Ruins to Take Place in 2019-2020
07.November.2019 | SPOT
teamLab has announced a new digital art event entitled “teamLab: Digitized Fukuoka Castle Ruins” which will bring interactive digital art to Fukuoka Castle from November 29 to February 2.
Breathing Resonating Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Ruins, teamLab, 2017, Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Construction of Fukuoka Castle began in 1601 and took place over the course of 7 years. The historical landmark is lined with hundreds of meters of stone walls, which has led the castle to be nicknamed Stone Castle.
Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Tower Ruins, teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
The exhibition is a part of teamLab’s Digitized City art project, the concept of which is that non-material digital technology can turn a city into art without physically altering it.
The castle’s enormous span of 20,000 square meters will be decorated with interactive digital art that reacts to people’s presence.
Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as Well in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Tower Ruins, teamLab, 2019, Digital Installation, 4 min 20 sec (loop), Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Sketch Kuroda Kanbei, teamLab, 2019, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi, Kenta Matsukuma, Jun Tanaka (Big Cats Creatives)
7 installations will make up the exhibition, including 4 new ones such as Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as Well in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Tower Ruins, where three-legged crowds from Japanese mythology known as Yatagarasu are rendered in light and fly across the castle walls, and Sketch Kuroda Kanbei, where people can draw Kuro Kanbei and historical figures and see them come to life.
teamLab: Digitized Fukuoka Castle Ruins 2019-2020
Running: November 29, 2019 – February 2, 2020 (No planned holidays)
Time: 18:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:30) *Open until 1:00am the following day on December 31
Location: Maizuku Park, Fukuoka Castle (Jonai, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka)
Tickets: Available on Ticket Pia, 7-Eleven, and directly at Fukuoka Castle
①8 minutes on foot from Akasaka Station or Ōhorikōen Station via the Kūkō Line (Fukuoka City Subway)
②5-8 minutes on foot from the “Fukuoka-jo Korokan-mae”, “Fukuoka-shi Bijutsukan Higashi-guchi” or “Otemon & Heiwadai Rikujo Kyogijo-iriguchi” bus stops, or 10 minutes on foot from “Akasaka 3-Chome” bus stop via the Nishitetsu bus
Official Website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/fukuoka-castle/
*Please note that there are stairs and areas with different height levels as well as unpaved areas, and so there may be areas which are difficult to access for those with wheelchairs, a physical disability, pushchairs, and so on
*Drunk attendees, attendees who cause disruption for others and so on will be ejected from the premises
*The exhibition will be cancelled on the day in the case of severely bad weather
Starbucks® Releases Stylish Stainless Steel Bottle Produced By fragment design
07.November.2019 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan will sell a stainless bottle set produced by fragment design – a design project produced by Hiroshi Fujiwara – from December 18, 2019. The set will consist of the Starbucks Ware® Stainless Steel Bottle fragment (500ml), fragment Coffee Essence Colombia coffee sticks and special design paper cups.
To purchase, enter the online lottery draw which starts on November 5. Those who are successfully chosen will have the opportunity to purchase the set from specified Starbucks cafes or from the online store.
fragment design started collaborating with Starbucks back in 2012. The November 2019 collaboration will see the release of the first ever stainless steel vessel which comes with cups. The fragment design and Starbucks logos decorate a matte black-themed background, making for an artistic design that you will never get tired of seeing. The vacuum insulation of the bottle makes it highly effective at reducing heat transfer, retaining the original temperature of your hot or cold drink for longer. The material is highly durable and the bottle’s capacity is equal to that of a Starbucks grande. The set comes with three Colombia coffee sticks and three original paper cups so you can enjoy the classic flavours of Starbucks just by pouring hot water.
Starbucks Ware® is made using an original manufacturing method. The coffee in the set boasts Starbucks’ high-quality and delicious flavour. The coffee sticks allow you to easily prepare a cup of your favourite coffee at any time and even when on the go. Just add hot water and milk to your liking to enjoy a cup of irresistible flavours. The cups feature the same black theme as the fragment design Stainless Steel Bottle.
This is a great chance to enjoy the flavours of Starbucks anywhere and anytime in a stylish bottle.
fragment design ＋ Starbucks® Special Design Collaboration Set
Stainless Bottle Fragment 500ml
Size: 7cm X 7cm X 22.5 cm (width, depth, height)
Can preserve a drink of 76°C or over or 8°C and below for 6 hours.
fragment/Starbucks Ware® Coffee Essence Colombia & Cup and Starbucks Ware® 3 Colombia Coffee Sticks + 3 Original Paper Cups
Total Price: ¥6,000 (¥6,590 Tax Included)
Stainless Steel Bottle: ¥5,500 (¥6,050 Tax Included)
fragment/ Starbucks Ware® Coffee Essence Colombia & Cup: ¥500 (¥540Tax Included)
* Not sold Separately
Opens: November 5 – 20, 2019 (23:59)
Selling: December 18 – 25, 2019
* If you apply through a participating Starbucks Cafe, you can access the application website from November 5.
Starbucks to Release Two Anniversary Drinks in Kyoto and Hyogo for Only 10 Days
06.November.2019 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan is commemorating 20-years since opening their Kyoto and Hyogo Prefecture branches with a 10-day-limited anniversary project which will run from November 12 to November 21. The barristers of both prefectures rose to the challenge to come up with three anniversary drinks and a vote took place to decide on a winning drink for each prefecture. The winners were announced as the Kyoto Erai Matcha Matcha Frappuccino® and the Hyogo Bari Choco Haittou Frappuccino®.
* Update: Starbucks Coffee Japan has just announced that the 20-year commemoration drink sales period has been postponed. The new drink launch date and limited period is yet to be announced. For more information, please follow this link (Japanese only) : https://www.starbucks.co.jp/press_release/pr2020-3224.php
One sip of the Kyoto anniversary drink will send your taste buds on a journey to Kyoto. The ideas for the drink originated from the Kyoto Porta West branch. The barristers of Kyoto took it in their hands to interpret the culture of Kyoto in the form of a Starbucks drink by infusing the essence of Kyoto’s historical temples and elegant flavours. The taste of Starbucks’ popular Matcha Cream Frappuccino® can be tasted in the drink. Just seeing the green colour is enough to trigger memories of the Zen Buddhist temple Saiho-ji, which is famous for its moss garden to the extent that it is even called “Koke-dera”, meaning “moss temple”.
The whipped cream creates a contrast with the green matcha which will definitely spark memories of Ryoan-ji Zen temple in some keen Kyoto travellers. The drink is dusted with matcha and dark mocha powder, creating the image of green and brown leaves. The milk base fully enhances the matcha flavour. A creamy cloud of whipped cream and dusting of bitter matcha are layered to create a wonderful flavour adventure which is bound to take your taste buds on a journey off the beaten track.
Stretching from the north to the south of the Japan, Hyogo Prefecture is the largest prefecture in the Kinki region and is home to many towns which are bursting with originality. Hyogo’s barristers created their drink based on the concept of increasing love for Hyogo Prefecture’s unique towns. The idea for the Hyogo Bari Choco Haittou Frappuccino® came from the barristers of the Himeji Minami branch.
The Port of Kobe opened in 1868 and has since flourished as the gateway to the world. Foreign culture including western confectionary has since spread across Japan with Kobe as its starting point. Considering Kobe’s history with western culture and the cold winter days that lie ahead, chocolate was chosen as the main flavour. Chocolate chips, chocolate sauce and chocolate whipped cream decorate the drink in diversity. The drink is even topped with chocolate sauce and dark mocha powder, making the perfect luxury Frappuccino® to tempt all chocoholics. After just one sip, you will immediately fall in love with the top-class chocolatey flavour.
If you’re in Kyoto or Hyogo, make sure to stop by a Starbucks to get your fill of cultural flavours.
Kyoto Erai Matcha Matcha Frappuccino®
Price:¥590 (Tall, Before Tax)
Available at 33 Starbucks Cafes across Kyoto Prefecture
*Sales will end once stock has been fully depleted.
Hyogo Bari Choco Haittou Frappuccino®
Price:¥590 (Tall, Before Tax)
Available at 54 Starbucks Cafes across Hyogo Prefecture
*Please be aware that not all Starbucks Cafes sell the Hyogo Bari Choco Haittou Frappuccino®. Sales will end once stock has been fully depleted.
Release: Please follow this link for updates on the new sales period and start date (Japanese only):https://www.starbucks.co.jp/press_release/pr2020-3224.php
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/en/
Starbucks Japan Reveals Christmas Strawberry Cake Frappuccino
28.October.2019 | FOOD
The holiday season at Starbucks in Japan is set to begin on November 1 when it will begin rolling out new drinks and products celebrating those special moments during Christmas, such as when making a toast at a party, or switching on the Christmas lights.
Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino – Tall ¥590 (Tall size only)
The first of the Starbucks holiday season beverages is the Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino. This drink is layered beautifully and temptingly like a cake in a cup, containing a strawberry sauce made from fresh strawberry pieces, a sponge cake crumble made with thinly crushed shortbread and sponge cake, and topped with whipped cream and freeze-dried strawberries.
Merry Strawberry Cake Milk – Short ¥450/Tall ¥490/Grande ¥530/Venti® ¥570
There’s also a hot version, filled the same sweet and sour strawberry sauce and delicious sponge cake that melt together deliciously with the milk. This one’s a no-coffee beverage made with lots of steamed milk. One sip will make your eyes widen at how fruity the strawberries are, as well as the richness of the fluffy whipped cream. It’s like Christmas cake and hot milk in your mouth at the same time.
These two beverages are just the first release of drinks to come in Starbucks Japan’s holiday season beverage line. Feel the Christmas spirit and warm yourself up this autumn and winter by stopping by Starbucks.
Starbucks Japan Holiday Season Beverages – ① Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino/Milk
Running: November 1, 2019 – November 21, 2019
Available: Most Starbucks branches in Japan (*While supplies last)
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Starbucks Japan Unveils Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino®
17.October.2019 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan has announced a new beverage called the Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino® which will be released at Starbucks branches (*1) across Japan from 17:22 (*2)―the time of sunset when night begins―on October 18, 2019. The coffee chain is also releasing its new “Halloween Masquerade” filter on Instagram (*3).
*1. Select branches not participating.
*2. Roll out time may differ at select branches.
*3. Instagram is a service owned by Facebook, Inc. The above-mentioned filter is not backed or managed by Instagram in any way nor is it affiliated with the service.
The Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino® is themed on an evening masquerade party. It will go on sale when the sun sets at 17:22 on October 18. As the name suggests, the drink itself is black and mysterious like the night, blending together black cocoa powder with white chocolate brownie.
The jet black beverage also has a red hue to it which comes from a sweet and sour red berry sauce made from raspberries, cranberries and strawberries. It’s topped with a squirt of fluffy whipped cream, sprinkled with black cocoa powder, and drizzled with more of that red berry sauce to create that Halloween aesthetic. The black cocoa adds a delicious bitterness to the sweetness of the brownie and the sweet and sour mixed berries, creating a mouth-watering flavour combination.
The Halloween Masquerade filter was developed by Starbucks for people’s Instagram stories this Halloween. There are four masks to choose from which can be changed by just tapping on the screen. There are other cool Halloween effects on the filter to find too. Something might even pop out of your mouth if you open wide…
Starbucks Japan will also sell the above-pictured Halloween cup stands when the drinks go on sale. Limited in stock, the stands come in black and white, titled Halloween Red Night Frappuccino® or the Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino® respectively. You can buy them separately or as a set.
Experience a spooky masquerade party at Starbucks this Halloween.
Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino®
Price: Tall Size Only – ¥590 (Before Tax)
Running: October 18, 2019 at 17:22 to October 31, 2019 (While supplies last)
Available: At most Starbucks Japan branches
Starbucks “Halloween Masquerade” AR Filter
Available: From October 16, 2019 at 10:30 (JST)
How to Use:
・Available from Starbucks Japan’s official Instagram profile @starbucks_j
・Download the Instagram app on your phone and access via https://sbux.jp/masq
*The filter will be removed without notice on November 1, 2019
Running: October 18, 2019 – October 31, 2019 (While supplies last)
Halloween Red Night Frappuccino® / Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino®
Price: ¥990 Each (Before Tax) *Fits Tall size drinks only, Frappuccino® drink sold separately at ¥590
Available: At most Starbucks Japan branches
Starbucks Coffee Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Starbucks Brews The Perfect Potions to Possess Your Heart This Halloween
06.October.2019 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan is opening the portal to a whole new realm of flavour from October 11, 2019. Premonitions reveal that two devilishly delicious masquerade-themed drinks are to emerge for the Halloween season and infiltrate the menus of Starbucks branches across Japan. The two drinks called Halloween Red Night Frappuccino® and Halloween Masquerade Raspberry Mocha, are sure to give you an out-of-body experience.
Just one sip of the Halloween Red Night Frappuccino® will pull you into a masquerade party world. The mysterious full red appearance of this devilish drink is tinged red with a tangy sauce which is a blend of raspberries, cranberries and strawberries. White chocolate brownies have been blended to make the frappuccino base. This is topped with a ghostly cloud of whipped cream sprinkled with dark cocoa powder. Red sauce can be seen trickling down the sides of the cup, tainting the white whipped cream. You will immediately be tricked into treating yourself to this irresistible drink.
Like a luxury dessert, not only do the colours of the frappuccino contrast, but the sweet fruity tang makes for the perfect contrast with the white chocolate brownie
If your regular Starbucks order is the White Mocha, then make way for your new Hallow-queen: The Halloween Masquerade Raspberry Mocha. This is made with a startling shot of espresso which has a sweet yet tangy mixed berry flavour. This is masked with a white mocha flavour.
Starbucks has brewed the perfect potions to steal your heart this Halloween. Dare you try one?
* The above image is an illustration.
Halloween Red Night Frappuccino®
Price: (Tall only) ¥590
Halloween Masquerade Raspberry Mocha
* Contains less than 5% raspberry juice
Price: Short ¥450/ Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570
*All prices stated before tax
Available: October 11, 2019 – October 31, 2019
*Sales will end once stock has been depleted.
Available at most Starbucks Cafes across the country
6 Sailor Moon Cafes Opening Across Japan Including Tokyo and Osaka
LEGS COMPANY, LTD. has announced that it will open six Sailor Moon cafes for its Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 event across Japan this year. The opening dates differ from branch to branch, but the first two will open in Tokyo and Osaka on October 3. See all the opening dates in the Information section below.
LEGS held the Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 event back in September 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sailor Moon. The event’s theme focused around adulthood imbued with a hint of cuteness. The cafes were so popular that they had a second “encore” run in December of the same year.
This year, LEGS has created an entirely new concept.
The theme this year is “Girls Night Out,” and the menu line-up stays true to it, featuring food and drinks all ladies are sure to enjoy on a night out.
5 Sailor Tortilla Wrap Sandwiches – ¥1,590 (Not available at the Saitama cafe)
Pretty Girl’s Brunch Pancakes – ¥1,590 (Available at lunchtime only)
Girls Night Out (Chicken Steak Plate) – ¥1,990 (Available at dinnertime only)
Cosmic Heart Berry Sandwich – ¥1,690
Moon Night Parfait – ¥1,490 (Available at dinnertime only)
Girls Night Out Drinks (10 Flavours) – ¥890 Each (Usagi Tsukino/Ami Mizuno/Rei Hono/Makoto Kino/Minako Aino/Chibiusa/Haruka Tennou/Michiru Kaiou/Setsuna Meiou/Hotaru Tomoe)
This is just a select look at what’s on the menu―there are many other themed foods and desserts too!
Acrylic Key Ring (12 Designs Chosen Randomly) – ¥650
Clear Bag (1 Design) – ¥1,800
Plate (1 Design) – ¥2,200
The artwork for select cafe-exclusive merchandise was done by popular creator Etoile et Griotte who makes items for girls who love cute things, and Japanese illustrator Jenny Kaori, who creates cute, fashionable and alternative works.
Every person who books a seat in advance (¥650 before tax) at the cafe will receive one of the 5 above-pictured ticket holders chosen randomly.
If you dine at the cafe, you’ll get one of the 4 above-pictured lunch mats chosen randomly.
And if you order a drink, you’ll get one of the 10 above-pictured coasters chosen randomly.
*All prices are pre-tax prices. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation
Sailor Moon Cafe 2019
▶︎Tokyo・Shibuya: SHIBUYA BOX CAFE&SPACE SHIBUYA 109
Running: October 3, 2019 – November 17, 2019
▶︎Osaka・Abeno: Abeno contact
Running: October 3, 2019 – November 17, 2019
▶︎Aichi・Nagoya: NAGOYA BOX CAFE&SPACE
Running: October 10, 2019 – November 24, 2019
▶︎Hokkaido・Sapporo: Coach & Four Shinkawa-Dori (Hokkaido Branch)
Running: October 18, 2019 – November 17, 2019
▶︎Kyushu・Fukuoka: kawara CAFE & DINNING KITTE (Hakata Branch)
Running: October 26, 2019 – December 1, 2019
▶︎Saitama・Koshigaya: BOX CAFE&SPACE
Running: November 14, 2019 – January 13, 2019
Reservations: Opened September 26, 2019
*¥650 per reservation. Up to 4 people per reservation. Includes bonus item.
Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 Official Website: https://sailor-moon-cafe2019.jp/
Taste Different Japanese Teas in Wine Glasses in Fukuoka
27.September.2019 | FOOD
Neworld has teamed up with Asakura, Fukuoka-based tea manufacturing company Seichajo Yamashina to offer an all-new tea-tasting course. Reservations opened on September 25 and can be made via telephone call.
Yamashina Tea Stall first opened its doors to the public back in 1947 in the city of Asakura, Fukuoka. This long-standing tea shop oversees every aspect of their original blends, from the tea leaf selection to the roasting.
The shop’s representative, Koya Yamashina, is a tea professional, having worked as an instructor on Japanese tea as well as an established Japanese tea critic. He has travelled up and down Kyushu―one of the five main islands of Japan where Fukuoka sits―which has enabled him to select only the best tea for the shop, considering the taste, smell, season, place of production, and growers themselves.
Yamashina Tea Stall promises a fun and authentic experience when it comes to Japanese tea, for the very fact that it has had its hands on so many different types. That’s where their new program comes in to play, where they will pair different Japanese teas into different wine glasses―provided by Tokyo glass makers Kimura Glass―for tasters to get the best out of the tea, including the flavours and fragrance.
Let’s take a look at the course.
Piccolo 6oz Flute & Yama no Asatsume
This brand of tea is called Chiran Yama no Asatsume and it comes from Kagoshima Prefecture. It’s grown in Ushirodake, an area in Kagoshima with a high altitude, the only place it can be grown. It has a distinct fresh and sweet fragrance. The tea is served in a 6oz Piccolo glass which is a popular glass for champagne. Its delicate rim and form makes it the perfect shape to enjoy the full taste of the tea.
Garson 3oz Grappa & Yame Gyokuro
Yame Gyokuro is known as one of the most luxury teas in Japan. Served in a Garson glass, it has a thin, long shape, making it ideal for smelling the gentle aromas of the gyokuro tea and for enjoying its smooth, sweet taste.
Pivo Orthodox 63224-210 & Sun Rouge
Sun Rouge is an extremely rare variety of tea grown on the distant island of Tokunoshima which is south of Kagoshima. It is served in a classic champagne glass, much different from the flute-type champagne glasses. The liquid is allowed to spread over a wider surface, letting you take in the distinct beautiful purple colour of the tea while enabling the fragrance to dance around the elegant glass.
This is just a snapshot of the many drinks this course has to offer. If you’re looking to experience Japanese tea in style, then why not try out this course? They even sell sets of glasses and tea so you can take them home with you!
Yamashina Tea Stall
Address: 1635 Amagi, Asakura, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Course Name: CRAFT STORE x Seichajo Yamashina Japanese Tea Course (5 Types)
Reservations: Telephone (Limited number of places, please enquire ASAP)
Blue Grotto Fukuoka Illuminations 2019: Exquisite Food & Enchanting Lights
Blue Grotto FUKUOKA is an illumination event that opened at Nakasu Bridge in Fukuoka on September 16 and will run until October 6.
Nakasu Bridge is located in the shopping district Nakase, where two exhibits are taking place: “Blue Grotto” and “Blue Waterfall.” They are also offering a very special romantic and magical 30-minute boat cruise which takes 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 Blue Grotto Bolognese meal made by Nisshin Foods. Passengers will also receive an original Blue Grotto postcard courtesy of their boarding.
During the illumination event, there will be multiple food booths around Nakase Bridge serving an assortment of delicious food, including some made using Blue Grotto brand ingredients in collaboration with Nisshin Foods.
Blue Grotto FUKUOKA
Running: September 16, 2019 – October 6, 2019
Location: Nakasu Bridge (中洲懸橋), Fukuoka
Illumination Times: 18:30-22:00 (subject to change)
Access: 6-minutes on foot fromNakasu-Kawabata Station / 7-minutes on foot from Tenjin-Minami Station
Official Website: http://shibuya-aonodokutsu.jp/
Miyako Hotel Hakata Opens With Instagram-Worthy Pool, Michelin-Led Restaurant Menu & More
24.September.2019 | SPOT
Miyako Hotel Hakata will have its grand opening on September 22, 2019. To help spread word of the luxurious secrets behind its doors, an official report was released detailing everything there is for guests to look forward to.
Its metropolitan exterior is inspired by the spectacular natural landscapes of Kyushu
Miyako Hotel Hakata can be found by taking the Tsukushi Exit of Hakata Station where it stands directly in front, towering above the surrounding buildings. The basement floor of the hotel is directly connected to the station for ease of access. This floor is also home to a convenience store, restaurants and more and can be used by non-guests too.
The building is a gorgeous eye-catching glass cube which offers an abundance of natural light during the day. At night, the hotel exterior is illuminated with 168 LED lights, giving it an metropolitan appearance. The building rooftop has a running ‘waterfall’ which is inspired by the majestic rural environments of Kyushu. Its iconic design makes it instantly-recognisable, with hopes in mind that this will make it a new landmark of Hakata.
The lobby houses a gorgeous cafe lounge serving food and drink
Up on the 3rd floor is the clean, bright and spacious front lobby where staff are waiting to greet guests warmly. In addition to the reception desk, there is CAFÉ EMPATHY, a cafe and lounge which can be used by both guests and non-guests. The cafe is produced by Transit General Offiice which is known for having produced the The Rail Kitchen Chikugo―a restaurant train―amongst a host of shared offices, hotels and more.
The spectacular menu line-up includes an array of delicious drinks from herbal teas to flavoured lattes, as well as an assortment of light meals made using ingredients from around Kyushu. They also serve an original afternoon tea that’s served from 14:30. Everything on the menu is nothing short of Instagrammable and perfect for those who love to wine and dine on drinks and food that is both cute and fancy.
The colourful flavoured lattes come in four flavours and can also be ordered for takeout. One of them is the Beets Latte which is a pink colour which comes from the beetroot used to make it. It has a subtle sweetness and smooth flavour.
The stocked teas include those made by Paris-based tea company KUSMI TEA, such as the Anastasia which is a mix of standard black tea and citrus, as well as an array of decaffeinated fruit teas.
Spend your time in luxury in your room
Floors 5 through 12 are all lined with guest rooms. There are four types of rooms, all large, including Twin and Double. Each and every room has been given the same level of care and attention to create the most comfortable experience for guests.
The Deluxe room is the perfect package if you’re looking to indulge in a little extravagance, whether as a treat to yourself or together with that special someone. The room design is stylish and simple, allowing for optimal relaxation. The bed is roomy and is ideal for watching the television or chatting.
All guest rooms are also equipped with tablets from which you can control the air con, lights and so on. The TV can even tell you whether the restaurant is full or not which is a super convenient feature.
A restaurant and bar menu created by a Michelin-starred chef & dreamy terrace pool
On floor 13―the top floor―you will find Miyako Hotel Hakata’s must-see feature: the SOMEWHERE RESTAURANT & BAR. This all-dining restaurant’s concept is “A Beautiful Place Somewhere.” Its dinner menu was conceived by Michihoro Haruta, the chef at Crony, a Michelin 1-starred restaurant in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo. The innovative menu is made with local ingredients from Fukuoka and across Kyushu. The wine menu was created by Kazutaka Ozawa, a sommelier at Crony. The restaurant enjoys a laid-back atmosphere that isn’t overly formal or strict, with a glass exterior including the roof, allowing diners to enjoy the romantic evening atmosphere.
Breakfast is served to both guests and non-guests and is served as a western-style buffet packed full of assorted foods such as freshly-baked bread, omelette, Eggs Benedict, and more. They serve an original Japanese-style breakfast too for those who fancy Japanese food. The tall windows allow natural light to pour into the restaurant.
Right next to the restaurant is the hotel’s very own spa, offering a natural hot spring pool, jet bath, footbath and more. As part of the hotel’s grand opening, the spa is free for all guest until March 31, 2020. The hotel offers rental swimsuits too so you can freely and easily enjoy a nighttime dip. And when night truly sets in, you can gaze an unbroken view of Hakata from the roof, and the ‘waterfall’ next to the pool will also be lit up.
There’s even a special poolside menu so you can order cocktails and light food from the terrace. With everything illuminate in beautiful lighting, your cocktail in hand, you can certainly snap some Instagram-worthy shots. And if you’re looking for a warm bath, there is a large public bath and even a sauna indoors.
Miyako Hotel Hakata
Address: 2-1-1 Hakataekihigashi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka
Official Website: https://www.miyakohotels.ne.jp/hakata/english/index.html/