Harajuku’s New Bubble Tea Shop Chakasho―Review

03.March.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

Hey, everyone. It’s Midori from the MMN Editorial Team.

 

It feels like a new bubble tea shop opens in Harajuku every single month. Chakasho is the latest to do so having opened on February 23. It has been trending on social media so I decided to take a trip myself to see what it was all about.

 

This is the second branch of Chakasho to open, the first being based in Ōkubo, Tokyo. It’s very convenient to not have to travel all the way to Ōkubo to try this shop’s famous bubble tea!

It’s located next to Etude House in Cute Cube which can be found in the Meiji-dori side of Takeshita Street. Take care not to miss it as the shop sign is one step down from the main street!

 

There are no seats in the shop so you can line up inside which makes it great for rainy days. On the day I visited the staff were guiding the line so it felt like we moved forward more smoothly than other bubble tea shops.

Menus are handed to customers upon entering the shop. This one I’m looking at alone was the recommendations menu―so many to pick from!

There are menus up at the counter too. I ordered the “Brown Sugar Latte Tapioca & Au Lait.” It has tapioca au lait which I think it pretty rare!

Ta-da!

I have Oreos piled on top in my cup. Speaking of which, with this bubble tea you don’t have to pierce a film with straw. There aren’t many bubble tea places that serve drinks with a lid like this, are there?

There’s a heap of brown sugar sauce and tapioca at the bottom of the cop. Those who aren’t good with the lumpy looking distinct texture of tapioca might find it easier to try brown sugar tapioca. The tapioca served at Chakasho are large-grained so I don’t think they have that lumpy kind of texture.

 

I was surprised at how delicious the drink really tastes. Up until the moment where I tried it I saw how simple the designs of the cups were and wondered if this place really was popular, but balance between the refreshing sweetness of the brown sugar tapioca, which you wouldn’t think that’s what it actually is, together with the full-bodied flavour of the tea and texture of the Oreos is amazing. I now understand why it’s a well-regarded shop.

 

The tapioca balls are fairly big and are more gummy than chewy. They have a satisfying texture. I felt really happy after having finished and enjoyed the drink.

 

For people tired of “flashy” bubble tea, or who didn’t enjoy the last bubble tea they tried, or want to try drinking it but aren’t so sure about the kawaii cups they come in, then I recommend Chakasho to anyone and everyone!

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  • Drink Tea in Style With FORTUNER tea-box’s Cheese Tea Tapioca in Harajuku

    21.September.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Hi, everyone.  It’s Midori from the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

    It’s been a trend for a while now, but tapioca shops have started popping up recently in Harajuku, and they’ve become so popular that most girls you see walking around there are drinking tapioca. Harajuku’s going through a real tapioca boom!

     

    They’re all holding cups from a number of different shops, but the one getting much attention for their cute cups is FORTUNER tea-box, so I went to take a look!

    FORTUNER tea-box is located behind the MOSHI MOSHI BOX along Tonchan Street (とんちゃん通り) on the first floor of a building called FLAG.

     

    If you walk from Murasaki Sports along Tonchan Street you’ll spot a 7-Eleven. Go past there and it’s inside Anywhere Door opposite BEAMS RECORDS.

     

    You’ll know it once you’ve passed the offices and open conference rooms and see girls holding cups.

    For those who aren’t good with tapioca, have no fear. They also serve drinks without tapioca, as well as unsweetened teas amongst other things.

    I ordered the “Cheese Tapioca Milk Tea”!

     

    At first glance you can tell it’s no ordinary tapioca milk tea, right? It has two layers with the top part being a whipped cream cheese.

     

    I wondered to myself how cream cheese could work with sweet milk tea but when I took a sip the sourness of the cream cheese and sweetness of the milk tea came together to create a deliciousl salty-sweet taste! It contains big and small chewy tapioca. You can treat it like a dessert.

     

    There are two mouthpieces on the lid and the straw is a super cute heart shape! It’s cute as well when you knock it back and get a cream cheese moustache.

    The inside of the shop too is cute and Instagram-worthy. There were lots of people taking photos when I went.

    I recommend taking a photo with the BEAMS RECORD sign behind you which is close to the shop.

     

    Buy a stylish drink with your friend and snap some photos with a snazzy background!

     

    ■Information

    FORTUNE tea-box

    Address: 3-27-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:30am-11:00pm (No Fixed Holidays)

    TEL: 03-5755-5708

    Website: http://fortuner.co.jp/index.html

  • Food Review: Seahorse Bubble Tea at Sin an ju in Front of Harajuku Station

    22.February.2019 | FOOD

    Hey, everyone. Midori here again from the MMN Editorial Team.

     

    The bubble tea boom in Japan is still rife. Harajuku in particular has become a war zone with new bubble tea shops opening all the time. Si an ju is one of them and it has become popular for its delicious drink selection so I went to try it out myself!

    Si an ju is located just in front of Harajuku Station. Bubble tea shops in Harajuku tend to open along Cat Street or in Ura-Harajuku. Surprisingly there was even one in front of the station so it’s safe to say bubble tea life is making progress.

    To get there, exit from Harajuku Station’s Takeshita Exit, cross at the traffic lights. Turn left and you’ll be able to see the outdoor shop sign.

    Also beyond that is Cafe Yolum, a South Korean cafe.

     

    Related Article: Cafe Yolum: The Popular & Pretty Pink South Korean Cafe in Harajuku

    At the storefront is a huge and airy bubble tea monument. Now I’m getting excited!

    There are several tables inside for customers to sit down, relax and enjoy their beverages, but not many.

    The menu is fairly big and they even have options without tapioca balls. The Blue Lagoon drink sounds interesting, it has a mysterious colour.

    On my visit thought I ordered the shop’s recommended Brown Sugar Bubble Milk.

     

    The sauce in the cup is a brown sugar sauce which together with the decorative seahorse makes it look like a coral reef. Very beautiful!

    The sauce is collected at the bottom and sinking around the sides so be sure to give the drink a good mix before drinking. Compared to other bubble teas the tapioca look pretty big. They might be almost as big as the thickness of the straw.

     

    Time to drink!

     

    It’s pretty sweet-tasting. It’s sweet even for me who orders their bubble tea with the maximum sugar option. But it’s not an overpowering sweetness – the brown sugar has a refreshing sweet flavour. The tapioca balls are large and so are filling

    The brown sugar sauce will fall and mix into the drink as you sip so it’s best to take a photo right away.

     

    I visited the shop at the same time as they opened so I was able to buy my drink without waiting, but if you go on the weekend in the afternoon the lines can get pretty long, so it might be an idea to go earlier.

     

    A lot of bubble tea shops open at 11:00am but Sin an ju opens at 10:00am so I recommend going there if you’re in Harajuku early in the morning when no others are open!

     

    I also highly recommend it for people who like chewy tapioca balls. Be sure to pay them a visit.

  • Visiting Harajuku’s Newest Tapioca Drink Store KOI Thé

    30.November.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Japan is going through an unprecedented tapioca boom right now, and Harajuku is no exception, with tapioca stores opening left, right and centre. With so many to choose from no matter which you go to on a weekend there will be a huge line. I visited KOI Thé, a new shop that just opened on November 25.

     

    It’s located right near the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Tourist Information Center where you’ll find us.

    Head through Takeshita Street from Harajuku Station and go down the path between New Balance and Murasaki Sports.

     

    Follow straight down and you’ll find KOI Thé on your left. Look for the big tapioca drink outside – you can’t miss it!

     

    It’s quite spacious instead and has simple decor rather than being stylish. Guys can line up without worry too.

     

    This is how the menu looks. You can adjust how much ice and sugar you want in your drink.

    I went with the classic tapioca milk tea!

    The tapioca balls here aren’t black but in fact golden. The reason they are gold is because they don’t use food colouring.

    Tapioca that is transparent like this is cute too. The balls are comparatively smaller and are chewy and taste delicious!

     

    I ordered the drink with the normal amount of sweetness and it tastes even more refreshing than at other stores. It’s a simple tapioca drink made for adults.

     

    If you’re a little embarrassed at lining up at a tapioca shop then I recommend getting it from one for grown-ups in Omotesando!

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  • Summer is the perfect time to enjoy Japanese peaches, which are particularly juicy and sweet around this time. Peaches go well with red bean paste, cream and a variety of other flavours, which is why you will be seeing a lot of peachy desserts this summer. You just have to try them!

     

    Today, Instagrammer meme, who is a big fan of cute and stylish cafés, will be introducing you to peach parfaits that you absolutely must try in Aichi prefecture.

     

    BLUE STAR CAFE(ブルースターカフェ)/Nagakute

    BLUE STAR CAFE has started selling a peach parfait. The peaches are so sweet and juicy that I was moved to tears. The parfait is made up of fresh cream, vanilla ice cream, peach sherbet and frozen peach. It is simple, delicious and very satisfying. 

     

    ▼BLUE STAR CAFE

    Address: 504 Tsukada, Nagakute, Aichi

    TEL:0561 42 6878

    Official Website: https://bluestar-cafe.com/

     

    Halleloo Garden(ハレルゥ ガーデン)

    I was just waiting and waiting for Halleloo Garden to release their peach parfait and I was far from disappointed. Just looking at the pretty pink peaches is enough to get your mouth watering. When you cut into the peach, it will explode with colourful popping boba. What a fun parfait.♡

    The parfait is made up of a variety of fruits including melon, blueberries, grapefruit and apple. It also contains vanilla ice cream, custard, fresh cream, and dried fruit too. Be aware that the contents of this parfait will change according to the season. 

     

    This peach parfait also comes with peach-flavoured black tea with boba. Add this to your parfait and notice the change in flavour as your parfait becomes a milk bubble tea! This was my first experience of popping boba. It was such a fun experience to bite into the boba and feel them explode, flooding my tastebuds with a delicious juicy flavour. Whether Halleloo Garden can serve this parfait seems to be dependent on whether they can receive peaches from their supplier, so I recommend phoning up the café before you turn up to if you want to try this. 

     

    ▼Halleloo Garden

    Address: Kami-222-1 Miyoshicho, Miyoshi, Aichi

    TEL: 0561 56 1080

    Official Website: http://www.halleloo.jp/

     

    merry café(メリーカフェ)Toyoake

    merry café serves a beautiful peach parfait that looks just like a bouquet of flowers.

    The simple peach compote allows you to enjoy the natural deliciousness of the peaches. During this season, finding peaches that are highly sweet can be a bit of a hit or miss, however there is no doubt that they will be sweet when made into a compote. It was a delicious peach parfait. ♡

     

    ▼merry café

    Address: 7-18 Komochimatsu Shindencho, Toyoake,

    TEL:0562-91-3230

    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 15:00, 17:30 ー 22:00

    Official Facebook Page: https://ja-jp.facebook.com/merrycafe1218/

     

     

    All these pink peach treats look so beautiful. This peachy season is the perfect time to wrap yourself in the wonderful fragrance of sweet peach. Please check out meme‘s Instagram which is full of information on cute cafés you can visit for delicious desserts. 

     

    Author/ Photographer: meme

     

  • Checking Out Jaejoong’s Cafe ‘cafe de KAVE’ in Shin-Okubo

    01.May.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hey everyone! This is Midori from Moshi Moshi Nippon’s Editorial Department!

     

    Kim Jae-joong who was one of the original members of famous South Korean pop group TVXQ, is currently working as a solo artist. Did you know that he’s now produced his own cafe?! The cafe is called “Cafe de KAVE”. It opened in Shin-Okubo in November 2018, and even now it’s as popular as ever!


    The cafe is full of pastel colours and has a fairytale-like atmosphere…


    There’s even a spot where you can take a picture with Kim Jae-joong!

    Terrace seating too!

    I ordered my food to take away but the interior was just as cute as the exterior ー too cute! ♡

    There was also merchandise on display along with his autograph. Fans would just go wild at the sight of this!

    I ordered a popular Instagram drink: The brown sugar tapioca milk tea!

    What a strange design! It looks like a can…yet it’s see-through!

    You open it just like a tin can and poke the straw through to enjoy.

    You can’t ask to have the sweetness of this drink adjusted, but it’s pretty balanced and you can really enjoy the taste of the sweet brown sugar!

     

    Whether you’re a Kim Jae-joong fan or not, come enjoy this beautiful atmosphere and delicious, Instagram-worthy drink!

  • Milk tea specialist shop CHAYAM lands in Japan! Now open at Shin-Okubo!

    22.April.2019 | FOOD

    YOPU collaborated with the world’s most famous Chinese tea brand and Korea’s no.1 fresh juice brand to create the milk tea CHAYAM. The first branch to open in Japan opens on Friday 19th April 2019 in Shin-Okubo, Tokyo.

    The name CHAYAM is a combination of the words “cha” (tea) and “yammy” (yummy). CHAYAM arrived in Japan thanks to the expertise of Boduo Holding Group, which owns over 20,000 businesses in China. Whether young or old, everyone in Japan can enjoy this high-quality drink at an affordable price!

     

    Tapioca is one of the best toppings for milk tea, and at CHAYAM, an original recipe is used to make these fresh by hand every day at the shop. Customers can enjoy the fresh, chewy texture! To preserve the original flavour of the tea leaves, homemade black sugar syrup is used. The rich sweetness of the black syrup draws out the flavour of the milk tea.

    The long-awaited first shop will be linked to JUICY&88hotdog in Shin-Okubo. This is just a 10-second walk from JR Shin-Okubo station and a 1-minute walk from JR Okubo station. What a wonderful location! There is table seating inside but you can also order it to take out! As it is located near the station, this is the perfect place for a tea break. Alternatively, you can enjoy the streets of Shin-Okubo when you order to take out!

     

    Besides the standard advertised menu, CHAYAM plan to launch seasonal menus every season and create collaboration drinks with JUICY.

     

    This carefully-made, high-quality tea has finally landed in Japan! If you’re a tapioca-lover, you have to check this out! ♡

  • Tai Parfait Cafe, Yokohama sells cute, fluffy tapioca pancakes!

    18.April.2019 | FOOD

    Tai Parfait Cafe, which is located on the 5th floor of Yokohama World Porters, is currently selling spring-limited Tapioca Pancake flavours! The spring-limited pancake sales were supposed to end on 14th April, however, due to their overwhelming popularity, the sales will continue until the end of May!

    Tapioca Tai Pancake

    There are three kinds of spring-limited Tapioca Tai pancakes!

    The Tapioca Milk Tea pancake (¥1,200) is made by kneading earl grey tea into the batter. The pancake is then fried and then topped with milk tea cream. The Houji-cha pancake (¥1,200) is topped with buttermilk and houji-cha sauce. Finally, the strawberry pancake (¥1,300) is topped with strawberry sauce as well as fruit pieces.

     

    These fluffy pancakes are generously topped with cream and tapioca! ♡

    Besides The Tapioca Tai pancakes, the tapioca rock salt and cheese drink is also popular. This is your chance to enjoy mascarpone sauce with an accent of French rock salt! Whether it be pancakes or drinks, come enjoy tapioca served up in a variety of ways! ♪

     

  • Food Review: Seahorse Bubble Tea at Sin an ju in Front of Harajuku Station

    22.February.2019 | FOOD

    Hey, everyone. Midori here again from the MMN Editorial Team.

     

    The bubble tea boom in Japan is still rife. Harajuku in particular has become a war zone with new bubble tea shops opening all the time. Si an ju is one of them and it has become popular for its delicious drink selection so I went to try it out myself!

    Si an ju is located just in front of Harajuku Station. Bubble tea shops in Harajuku tend to open along Cat Street or in Ura-Harajuku. Surprisingly there was even one in front of the station so it’s safe to say bubble tea life is making progress.

    To get there, exit from Harajuku Station’s Takeshita Exit, cross at the traffic lights. Turn left and you’ll be able to see the outdoor shop sign.

    Also beyond that is Cafe Yolum, a South Korean cafe.

     

    Related Article: Cafe Yolum: The Popular & Pretty Pink South Korean Cafe in Harajuku

    At the storefront is a huge and airy bubble tea monument. Now I’m getting excited!

    There are several tables inside for customers to sit down, relax and enjoy their beverages, but not many.

    The menu is fairly big and they even have options without tapioca balls. The Blue Lagoon drink sounds interesting, it has a mysterious colour.

    On my visit thought I ordered the shop’s recommended Brown Sugar Bubble Milk.

     

    The sauce in the cup is a brown sugar sauce which together with the decorative seahorse makes it look like a coral reef. Very beautiful!

    The sauce is collected at the bottom and sinking around the sides so be sure to give the drink a good mix before drinking. Compared to other bubble teas the tapioca look pretty big. They might be almost as big as the thickness of the straw.

     

    Time to drink!

     

    It’s pretty sweet-tasting. It’s sweet even for me who orders their bubble tea with the maximum sugar option. But it’s not an overpowering sweetness – the brown sugar has a refreshing sweet flavour. The tapioca balls are large and so are filling

    The brown sugar sauce will fall and mix into the drink as you sip so it’s best to take a photo right away.

     

    I visited the shop at the same time as they opened so I was able to buy my drink without waiting, but if you go on the weekend in the afternoon the lines can get pretty long, so it might be an idea to go earlier.

     

    A lot of bubble tea shops open at 11:00am but Sin an ju opens at 10:00am so I recommend going there if you’re in Harajuku early in the morning when no others are open!

     

    I also highly recommend it for people who like chewy tapioca balls. Be sure to pay them a visit.

  • Strawberry Tapioca Pancakes Pile Their Way Into Osaka’s #702 CAFE&DINER

    19.January.2019 | FOOD / Uncategorized

    #702 CAFE&DINER in Namba Parks has introduced new tapioca pancakes to its menu which can now be ordered until February 28.

     

    Towering four thick individual pancakes, each serving is topped with smooth and fluffy cream before being decorated with chewy and colourful tapioca. There are four tapioca flavours to choose from: strawberry, mango, matcha and tea.

    To give an example of how delicious this pancakes really are, the milk tea versions come with tea flavoured tapioca balls, milk tea flavoured sauce, and cream. It’s like eating milk flavoured bubble tea. The toppings may look simple but they are sumptuous, vibrant and photo-worthy.

  • 3 Shops in Harajuku That Sell Korean Cosmetics

    15.December.2018 | FASHION / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. It’s Midori from the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON editing team.

     

    If you want to style your face like they do in Korea then you need Korean cosmetics! There are plenty of items that do the job and all for a low price too. But they can be hard to get your hands on in Japan and you can be left in the drug store wondering where they are.

     

    But you’re in luck if you head to Takeshita Street in Harajuku! Today I will show you three cosmetic shops that stock Korean cosmetics.

     

    1. Etude House
    If you’re looking for cute, cheap and effective then Etude House is the place to go, a South Korean makeup brand. It’s a popular chain with more and more branches opening up throughout Japan.

     

    Takeshita Street has two Etude House stores.


    The first is located just a little after the ALTA shopping mall. It’s really close to Harajuku Station so I recommend going at a time when Takeshita Street isn’t packed.


    The other shop is the main branch and sits in the centre of Takeshita Street right next to the Croquant Chou Zakuzaku.

     

    This is a pretty spacious store and just underwent renovation in October.

     

    ■Information

    Etude House (Takeshita Street Branch)
    Address: 1-16-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
    TEL: 03-5413-8170
    Website: http://m.etude.jp/smart/index.jsp

     

    Etude House (Takeshita Street Main Branch)
    Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU Floor 1F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
    TEL:03-6455-4453
    Website: http://m.etude.jp/smart/index.jsp

     

    2. STYLENANDA


    Another shop growing rapidly in popularity is STYLENANDA, a South Korean clothes brand. This place is frequented by many idols. It’s characteristically cute and simple.


    STYLENANDA is directly opposite Etude House so you can have fun going between both! There are plenty of photo opportunities inside the store too.

     

    ■Information
    Address: OM169 Bldg., 1-6-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
    TEL: 03-6721-1612
    Website: http://m.jp.stylenanda.com/product/list_3ce.html?cate_no=138  

     

    3. innisfree


    Last up is innisfree, another South Korean cosmetics brand which is located opposite PINK-latte at the entrance of Takeshita Street. It’s popular for its skincare products which are made with natural ingredients and are friendly to sensitive skin.

     

    The shop is bustling with greenery so it has a fresh vibe to it.

     

    ■Information
    Address: 1-6-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
    TEL: 03-6804-6352
    Website: http://www.innisfree.com/jp/ja/main/index.do

     

    These South Korean cosmetic stores are decked out with decor that matches the brand’s concepts. The staff are really friendly too so I recommend them more than going to a boutique. Be sure to check them out for yourself!

  • Review: Trying the New Cheese Tea at The Alley in Omotesando

    30.November.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hi, everyone. Midori here, editor at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON.

     

    Have you heard about ‘cheese tea’? It’s a drink that’s getting a lot of attention right now. It’s tea topped with cheese foam which results in a perfect match of sweetness from the tea and sourness from the cream cheese.

     

    Related Article: Drink Tea in Style With FORTUNER tea-box’s Cheese Tea Tapioca in Harajuku

     

    I heard that The Alley, a well-known bubble tea cafe recognised by its deer logo, released its own cheese tea so I took a trip there straight away!

     

    I went to the branch in Omotesando. There are lots of other branches too so head to the closest one to you. The one in Omotesando sits right next to Gong Cha, another bubble tea store.

    Cross the intersection at Laforet towards ICE MONSTER and turn the corner at the flamingo (pictured above).

    You’ll come to a road with Cafe Ron Ron on the left and Gong Cha on the right.

     

    Turn right at the FamilyMart at the end of the street and you’ll find The Alley!

    The photo above was taken on a weekday before opening hours so there was no line,  but it was a different story in the afternoon on the weekend!

    Ta-da!

     

    The line is so long it’s hard to know where the end even is! It sure is popular. According to the staff working there, the line is constant on weekends from opening hours to when they close, so if you don’t want to line up they recommend visiting during the week.

    There’s also a stylish indoor section where you can enjoy your drink.

    Other menu items include the following:

    Bonsai bubble tea and aurora drinks are really popular on Instagram in Japan right now!

    When talking about The Alley you’ve got to mention the deer! There was a big one drawn on the wall inside.

    I went with the brown sugar tea from the cheese foam series.

    I recommend drinking cheese tea without the lid. If you drink it with the lid on it’s hard to get the cheese foam and tea at the same time. The Alley is best known for its tapioca bubble teas, but they have other ranges too like this one.

     

    Now, onto tasting! Mixed in with The Alley’s famous fragrant tea is brown sugar. It has a smell that is sure to make you happy. The cheese doesn’t have that super sour taste, it’s a mellow flavour. The drink isn’t served hot but “mild hot” so you can get to drinking right away without burning yourself. It’s safe for those with sensitive tongues too. I have to let hot drinks cool down first before drinking them too so I was glad with my choice.

     

    Head to The Alley to try out their new cheese tea yourself!

  • Visiting Harajuku’s Newest Tapioca Drink Store KOI Thé

    30.November.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Japan is going through an unprecedented tapioca boom right now, and Harajuku is no exception, with tapioca stores opening left, right and centre. With so many to choose from no matter which you go to on a weekend there will be a huge line. I visited KOI Thé, a new shop that just opened on November 25.

     

    It’s located right near the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Tourist Information Center where you’ll find us.

    Head through Takeshita Street from Harajuku Station and go down the path between New Balance and Murasaki Sports.

     

    Follow straight down and you’ll find KOI Thé on your left. Look for the big tapioca drink outside – you can’t miss it!

     

    It’s quite spacious instead and has simple decor rather than being stylish. Guys can line up without worry too.

     

    This is how the menu looks. You can adjust how much ice and sugar you want in your drink.

    I went with the classic tapioca milk tea!

    The tapioca balls here aren’t black but in fact golden. The reason they are gold is because they don’t use food colouring.

    Tapioca that is transparent like this is cute too. The balls are comparatively smaller and are chewy and taste delicious!

     

    I ordered the drink with the normal amount of sweetness and it tastes even more refreshing than at other stores. It’s a simple tapioca drink made for adults.

     

    If you’re a little embarrassed at lining up at a tapioca shop then I recommend getting it from one for grown-ups in Omotesando!

  • New Rainbow Crepe at RAINBOW SWEETS HARAJUKU

    06.November.2018 | FOOD

    Rainbow Roll Icecream, Rainbow Cotton Candy, and now a Rainbow Crepe with 5 colored wings, is available at RAINBOW SWEETS HARAJUKU from November 6.

    Only at Takeshita Street in Harajuku… sweets and shop designed to offer a unique experience. Featuring a rainbow road, a rainbow wall, and of course rainbow sweets … this is a rainbow adventure.

    The Rainbow Crepe is strawberries and creme wrapped in five vivid color wings made of crepe dough, and topped with rich mascarpone cream.

    This sweet not only looks great, but taste great too!

    The Rainbow wall that symbolizes RAINBOW SWEETS HARAJUKU was designed as a new photo spot. Customers can enjoy their rainbow experience with the Rainbow wall as a backdrop. Let’s enjoy rainbow experiences, only in Harajuku!

  • Harajuku Ice Cream Shop Coisof Releases New Designs in Collaboration With Popular Creators

    16.August.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Popular soft service ice cream shop Coisof located along Takeshita Street in Harajuku have teamed up with NeoHonokaYun, Roa Kusunoki and sarasawano―five popular creators associated with girls’ beauty media Mel―to release new ice cream flavours which are now on sale until August 30.

    NEO MONSTER – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    This ice cream was designed by Neo. It’s made with a classic rich soft service, sprinkled with purple sweet potato powder and topped with cute chocolate eyes.

    HONOKA GALAXY – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)​

    This original shake was conceived from the mind of Honoka. The colour is inspired by the Milky Way. The yogurt milk shake is topped with blue dragées and sauce to give that summery feel.

    Yun Princess. – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    This original soft serve by Yun is a regal display of pink crowned with freeze dried strawberries.

    Kusunoki Summer Shake – ¥1,200 (Tax Inlcuded)

    Roa Kusunoki was inspired by summer to make this original refreshing shake. The vivid lychee sauce brings to mind the ocean.

    sara’s Unicorn Shake – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    This unicorn coloured shake was designed by sarasawano. It has a yogurt flavoured shake as the base which is topped with lychee, raspberry and grape sauce. You can enjoy the colours mix together as you stir and drink this shake.

     

    Which of these do you want to try the most? Pick your favourite and head on over to Coisof in Harajuku!

     

    ■Information

    Coisof

    Address: 1F OZ Harajuku Bldg, 1-8-24 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-7:00pm

    TEL: 070-1185-1309

    Website: http://coisof.jp/

     

  • Photo Opportunities in Harajuku This Summer – Showcased by “Harajuku girls” Yuna Yabe & MIOCHIN

    03.August.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Yuna Yabe and MIOCHIN bring the second entry to their featured article series. In the first article, they visited 6 different second hand clothing stores in Harajuku. This time, they head to various photogenic places around Harajuku. The locations they visited were submitted by their followers on social media who were asked to recommend Instagram-worthy locations in Harajuku. They took plenty of photos, so let’s see how their trip went!

     

    Instagram Worthy Spots in Harajuku Recommended by People


    Yuna Yabe and MIOCHIN go through Harajuku almost every day. But just because they’re always there, they may still be unaware or not know about some spots. So here’s some spots recommended by their followers!


    Yuna: “This is from @killer_princess2. Doesn’t it look amazing?! It’s completely black! You’ll be able to take a super cool picture if you wear a monotone outfit! Personally, I definitely want to go and see this.”

    Yuna: “This is from @misa.s.world. Is it a shop display? What an extremely cool place! It made me think that although I’m in Harajuku almost every day there’s still place I don’t know ahout.”

     

    MIOCHIN: “This is from @kanon_thx. This is the World Clock monument at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center managed by the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Project. It’s a famous spot for photos in Harajuku. It’s easy to find and colourful so I definitely recommend it!”

     

    MIOCHIN: “This is from @twintail.g__. The colourful graffiti is cute! It looks like a place where you could take an Instagram photo if you match outfits with a friend♪”

    Thank you to everyone who submitted recommendations. Yuna and MIOCHIN will now set off into Harajuku to take some pictures!

     

    Visiting the Recommended Places!


    The first place they went to is the “Now Is Forever” graffiti located just a short walk from Family Mart on Shibuya Cat Street. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call this place the most popular with people visiting Harajuku for taking Instagram photos. It’s a bit of a walk form the station, but its colours make it stand out so it’s very easy to find and an easy location for snapping shots for your page.

     

    Next, they headed in the direction of Takeshita Street with the “Now Is Forever” to the back of them. They went through Cat Street and took the first left to find the black concrete wall.

     

    Yuna: “When I looked at the photo of this that a follower sent, I really wanted to come here! It’s simple but you don’t really see walls like this, so I recommend it to people!”

    ★TIP
    When taking a photo of something black, you can make the black colour more compact and take a better photo by lowering exposure. Depending on what app or device your using the interface will be different, but most use a sun icon for exposure.

     


    Cat Street is a graffiti gold mine. You’ll run into many great photo opportunities just by walking.

     

    ★TIP
    Harajuku’s streets are narrow and there’s a lot of obstructions, but if you take advantage of that you can take some very different looking photos from other people. This photo is made gorgeous with the flower bed in a blurry foreground.

     

    Yuna: I put on the VSCO C1 filter on my app. Normally I’m the type to not add flashy things, but the VSCO filters look natural and stylish so I recommend them!

    The brick wall at MICO Jingumae*, a commercial complex in Cat Street, is also a recommended spot. It’s easy place to take simple photos in full outfits. *Address: 4-25-4 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

     

    ★TIP

    When taking a photo try to make skilled use of blank spaces. By adding stamps later on it’s easy to incorporate more of your style into it!

     

    MIOCHIN: “I used the LINE Camera app and added stamps. The colourful stamps are cute and stand out because the photo has a simple background!”


    There’s a sudden refreshing path when you climb the stairs at MICO Jingumae. You can get away from the hustle and bustle of Harajuku and have a breather.

     

    This street has a European vibe to it. From Cat Street it’s close to Omotesando Crossing along Meiji-dori. Walk along the little path beside Laforet Harajuku.

     


    This street goes by the names Mozart Street and Fontaine Street. The two of them discovered a water fountain in front of the building with the beauty salon. Despite being smack in the middle of Harajuku it had an exotic atmosphere.

     

    Did you enjoy this trip? Yuna and MIOCHIN went to stroll around photogenic spots in Harajuku and there were many they hadn’t been introduced to yet. Part of Harajuku’s appeal is how shops, displays and graffiti/illustrations change every day. No matter when you go, you’re sure to have a great time. Why not visit yourself this summer?

     

    This series can also be enjoyed on YouTube. Be sure to check it out below!

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