Disney Uji Matcha Alfort Biscuits Release Across Kansai Area of Japan
09.March.2019 | FOOD
The new Uji matcha flavoured Disney Alfort biscuits will be released in the Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Wakayama, Nara and Shiga prefectures. They were released early on March 1, 2019 at JR Rail stores and will be released at major souvenir shops at other train stations, airports and highways on March 12.
Disney Alfort: ¥880 (Before Tax)
The Disney Alfort are a combination of biscuit and Uji matcha with fun Mickey and Minnie Mouse designs imprinted on them.
The crunchy digestive biscuits are made with wholewheat flour and chocolate that is layered with fragrant and delicious first-grade matcha. The biscuits maintain the same deliciousness as the original Alfort biscuits but have a rich and bitter Uji matcha bite to them.
There are three different packaging designs the biscuits are wrapped in. If you love Disney and love matcha then be sure to pick up a box yourself.
Disney Alfort Uji Matcha
March 1, 2019 – Shops throughout JR Rail lines in the Kansai region
March 12, 2019 – Major souvenir shops at rail stations, airports and highways in the Kansai region
Bourbon Official Website (Japanese): https://www.bourbon.co.jp/
Rich and Divine Matcha Roll Cake Gets Baked by 170 Year Old Japanese Tea Shop
10.April.2021 | FOOD
Japanese tea shop and cafe Tsuboichi Seicha Honpo has baked up a brand new matcha roll cake made with high quality matcha leaves specially selected by their own tea experts. If indulgence is your calling, then this cake is the perfect accompaniment with a cup of tea whether it be matcha, Japanese tea, black tea – or any other of your favourite kind of tea.
The cake is a striking black colour, one that is featured in traditional Japan. The soft matcha filling provides an eye-catching contrast to the sponge. It’s baked on a high temperature over charcoal and bamboo which serves to deepen the colours even more and elevate the vividness of the green matcha.
Cafe time can now be enjoyed at home with this very special treat.
Disney’s Zootopia Themed Cafe to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya for Film’s 5th Anniversary
The Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya branches of OH MY CAFE are set to pay host to cafe experiences themed on Disney’s Zootopia in celebration of the movie’s 5th anniversary which hit last month. The cafes will transform into a Zootopia extravaganza from April 23.
Customers who book a table in advance receive one of six possible lunch mats
Vegetable Curry ¥1,890 (Before Tax)
Sandwich Plate ¥1,990 (Before Tax)
Corn Cream Pie ¥1,590 (Before Tax)
Salsa Burger ¥2,390 (Before Tax)
Carrot Doria ¥1,490 (Before Tax)
Acrylic Coasters +¥900 (Before Tax)
Iced Milk ¥990 (Before Tax) / With Mug +¥1,600 (Before Tax)
Iced Coffee ¥690 (Before Tax) / With Mug ¥1,600 (Before Tax)
Iced Drink ¥990 (Before Tax)
Movie Stills Series
Acrylic Key Rings
Square Magnet ¥550 (Before Tax) / Acryluc Key Ring ¥650 (Before Tax) / A4 Folder ¥350 (Before Tax)
Mask Cases ¥500 (Before Tax) / Masking Tapes ¥800 (Before Tax)
Tiny Animals Series
Acrylic Charms ¥450 (Before Tax) / Mini Notebook Set ¥850 (Before Tax)
A5 Folder Set ¥800 (Before Tax) / Mini Pouch Set ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
Mini Towels ¥1,000 (Before Tax) / Eco Bag ¥1,850 (Before Tax)
Zootopia fans won’t be able to resist the tasty and healthy themed menu featuring Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps, as well as getting their hands on a range of merchandise from stationery to fashion.
Zootopia OH MY CAFE
OH MY CAFE TOKYO
Running: April 23, 2021 – June 27, 2021
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
OH MY CAFE OSAKA
Running: April 28, 2021 – July 6, 2021
Address: 1-6-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Running: June 2, 2021 – July 13, 2021
Address: Nagoya PARCO, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
Official Website: https://zoo.ohmycafe.jp/
The New Disney Kyoto Traditional Design Series Combines Disney With Kyoto Craftsmanship
Kyoto City and Japanese company Shintsu are set to release their Disney/Kyoto Traditional Design Series after previously having to postpone the release due to the pandemic. It will be available from April 27 to May 10 and celebrates the skilled, dexterous hands of Kyoto’s expert craftsman and their industry which has been passed down for thousands of years. They have innovated to create something brand-new that captures both the craft and culture of Kyoto and the contemporary wonder of Disney.
Comments from the Creators
Okazen | Comment
“We have existed inside our town in Kyoto for 200 years. We make a variety of items from garments for maiko apprentice geisha to our own company-originals products. For this Disney/Kyoto Traditional Design Series, we wondered how we could express the world of Disney using the kyoyuzen Kyoto-style method of dyeing. We made something with detailed consideration, looking at all the intricate things in the dyeing process. Our Fantasia furisode long-sleeved kimono features a truly treasured scene which enabled use to incorporate many different methods in order to capture the expression, clothing, and all the stars as much as possible. We believe this piece will suck everyone into Fantasia’s world.”
Asahido | Comment
“For producing something for the Disney/Kyoto Traditional Design Series, we asked gave one of our craftsmen free rein to put their own individual self into the work. At the time, they were primarily an illustrator, so we were worried if the judges would overlook them, but the end result was something that looks truly complete and finished. The traditional craftwork of Kiyomizu pottery is a process of hand making and hand drawing each and every little thing. I believe it’s this quality that gives the characters warmth and life. I’d love for people to take it in their hands themselves and take their time looking at it in a full 360°.”
Tsujikura | Comment
Tsujikura is Japan’s oldest wagasa Japanese umbrella shop. We’ve been in Kyoto since 1690. In that small space underneath the washi Japanese paper and bamboo, one enters a rich world where they can feel the four seasons of Japan. Our umbrella for the Disney/Kyoto Traditional Design Series uses a very advanced technique known as kiritsugi, a type of cutting and patching. We displayed Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on handmade washi paper which we dyed. You can feel an affinity with the umbrellas for their simple and minimal designs. Our aim was to incorporate Disney elements into a traditional Japanese umbrella pattern.”
Other Featured Works
©DISNEY Based on the”Winnie the Pooh” works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard .
Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten
Disney Releases ‘Walt Disney Animation Studios Concept Design’ Book
04.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese publisher Genkosha released a carefully-curated book of works taken from Disney’s archives entitled Walt Disney Animation Studios Concept Design on March 30.
The book comes as the second in a series of archive tomes that shines a light on the Disney team’s artwork. It focuses on the visual development artists and their character designers, background concept art pieces, and more. It’s a must-have for Disney fans, containing works from the birth of Mickey Mouse in 1928 to Snow White, Pinocchio, Bambi, Peter Pan, The Lion King, Tangled, and more. The translated version of the book will also contain Frozen 2 and the newest entry to the Disney filmography Raya and the Last Dragon.
Whether you’re a fan of Disney or an illustration or concept artist in animation, games, and so on, you won’t want to miss out on this special tome.
Disney: Twister-Wonderland Designer Glasses to be Released by Zoff
Japanese eyewear brand Zoff is collaboration with the mobile game Disney: Twisted-Wonderland to release a collection of seven glasses this April on their official website.
Specially-crafted frames based on the Dorms
The collection features seven different glasses each inspired by a different Dormitory of Night Raven College as seen in Disney: Twisted-Wonderland. The temple, for example, features inlet parts based on the seven Dorms, so fans can represent their favourite while looking stylish at the same time. The coupling glasses cases, too, are branded with a simple yet sophisticated design of the Dorm emblems, and each case even comes with a glasses cloth bearing the names of the students.
The frames and cloth designs up close
Heartslabyul Design | ¥11,100 (Tax Included)
Looking head on at the glasses, you can see crowns on either side, while looking from the sides are playing card marks.
Savanaclaw Design | ¥11,100 (Tax Included)
Thick frames with gold combination colouring and claw marks featured on the sides. This glasses are made using laser technology.
Octavinelle Design | ¥11,100 (Tax Included)
The front and temple have an octopus leg design and the inner side part has a shell. The black and purple make for a striking colour fusion.
Scarabia Design | ¥11,100 (Tax Included)
These glasses look basic at first glance, but gleaming on either side are cobra heads wrapping around the front. The golden temple section features delicate metal engraving.
Pomefiore Design | ¥11,100 (Tax Included)
The metal engravings and crowns on the front sides elevate your countenance without going over the top. The curvy temple also serves to make the wearer look even more beautiful.
Ignihyde Design | ¥11,100 (Tax Included)
An iconic mix of black and blue. The blue temple has a transparency to it, and if you’re a fan of Ignihyde, you’ll be able to spot the motif on the front sides.
Diasomnia Design | ¥11,100 (Tax Included)
The spinning wheel motif gives the temple a three-dimensional feel. A basic but stylish colour choice perfect for work.
The glasses case bears the Dorm symbols on the front while the inside has the game title logo.
Each glasses cloth is different for each Dorm as pictured throughout
Disney: Twisted-Wonderland Zoff Eyewear Collection
Orders: Open Mid April 2021 (Limited Edition)
Delivery: Late October 2021
Matcha and Latte Cookies and Drinks Released by Yojiya
01.April.2021 | FOOD
Kyoto makeup brand Yojiya is now selling its own collection of snacks and drinks which it released via its website last week.
Yojiya Matcha Sandwich Cookies | ¥1,400 (Tax Included)
Yojiya Cafe Latte Chocolate Cookies | ¥1,350 (Tax Included)
Yojiya Matcha Milk | ¥950 (Tax Included)
Yojiya’s snack line-up is made with the idea of being able to enjoy high-quality food products at home. Their collection includes crunchy matcha and cafe latte cookies along with matcha milk, the latter of which is made with famous Uji matcha from Uji, Kyoto. Perfect for a tea/coffee break or as a souvenir.
Released: March 25, 2021
Online Shop: https://www.yojiyacosme.com/
Disney Japan Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Disney Fan Magazine With Special Event
Walt Disney Japan will celebrate both the 30th anniversary of its Disney Fan monthly magazine and the 10th anniversary of its Disney Store original character UniBEARsity with a special event titled “Disney FAN 30th anniversary FAN!FAN!FAN!” which will run at the Shibuya Koen-dori branch of the Disney Store from April 2 and the Shinsaibashi branch from May 14.
The event will pay homage to the 30-year history of the much-loved Disney Fan magazine as well as feature a special art exhibition of past front covers. This artwork will be included on new and exclusive merchandise sold at the store. UniBEARsity will also see the spotlight as its history is also covered along with a range of 10th anniversary items.
Disney Fan 30th Anniversary Celebrations: Art Exhibition, History, and Merch
The Disney Fan exhibit will include a silhouette of Mickey Mouse made from a collage of old-time magazine covers. It will also feature an exhibit of back numbers, statues and papercrafts made from past magazine covers, commentary on certain issues, and more.
Fans can also get their hands on a collection of merchandise made with exclusive artwork from the magazine covers, from folders and face mask cases to magnets, frames and more – check out an excerpt of what’s on offer below.
UniBEARsity: 10th Anniversary Exhibition
UniBEARsity is a line-up of Disney teddy bear characters which came to life after Minnie taught Mickey and friends how to sew them. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, a special exhibition will take place including a special feature taken from Disney Fan when it first debuted, as well as a showcase of 89 teddy bears.an original story that bear characters. Check out what merchandise you can get here.
Disney FAN 30th anniversary FAN! FAN! FAN!
Disney Store Shibuya Koen-dori
Running: April 2, 2021 – May 9, 2021
*The first three days of the event (April 2-4) are exclusive to users of the Disney Store app
Address: Humax Pavilion Shibuya Koen-dori, 20-15 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Until 17:00 on May 9)
Disney Store Shinsaibashi
Running: May 14, 2021 – June 20, 2021
Address: 2-1-13 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 10:00-19:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 11:00-19:00 (Until 17:00 on June 20)
Event Page: http://shopDisney.jp/store/DisneyFAN30th/
Pixar Japan Announces ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’ Event to Take Place in Tokyo
Seibu Ikebukuro will pay host to the upcoming ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’ event which will take place from April 8 to 19 in cooperation with Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Japan. Pixar fans can look forward to viewing a special selection of valuable concept art, buying merch, and more.
A Look at Pixar Animation’s History
Feel Like You’re at Pixar Animation Studios
The event will be a celebration of all things Pixar, from their early animation shorts to their upcoming film Luca. This will include a special area that recreates the real-life Pixar Animation Studios.
Pixar Office Photo Postcards (3 Designs) | ¥220 Each
BnL T-Shirt (One Size Fits All) | ¥3,520
Canvas Panel (29.7cm x 21cm) | ¥3,850
Event-Original Merchandise (Excerpt)
Plates | ¥990 Each
Shopping Bag | ¥880
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There will also be a trivia quiz to test how much fans know about their favourite films, as well as a special video showcasing the making of the original artwork displayed at the event. Around 200 pieces of merchandise will also be sold.
PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR! is a popular annual festival in Japan and a must-visit for any fan of Disney/Pixar.
©DISNEY/PIXAR All rights reserved. No reproduction or republication without written permission.
PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR! 2021 First Run
Running: April 8, 2021 – APril 19, 2021
Where: Seibu Gallery at Seibu Ikebukuro Bekkan Floor 2F
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/ikebukuro/
Häagen-Dazs Releases Matcha Chocolate Cookie and Almond Caramel Cookie Ice Cream
26.March.2021 | FOOD
Häagen-Dazs Japan released two new ice cream flavours as part of its Decorations mini cup series on March 23: the Matcha Chocolate Cookie and Almond Caramel Cookie.
The visually-striking Häagen-Dazs Decorations series is a smooth, rich-flavoured ice cream with delicious toppings to compliment the ice cream.
For the third entry to Decorations, Häagen-Dazs welcomes back the Almond Caramel Cookie from 2019 and adds the all-new matcha and chocolate combo Matcha Chocolate Cookie.
Matcha Chocolate Cookie / Almond Caramel Cookie – ¥295 Each (Before Tax)
Even more delicious after stirring
The best way to enjoy Decorations is to first spoon the ice cream as it is to taste the flavours. After that, you’ll want to stir it all together to all the flavours and textures fuse, creating a delightful contrast between the soft ice cream and crunchy toppings.
Almond Caramel Cookie
Almond Caramel Cookie takes inspiration from the Florentine biscuit which is a sweet pastry topped with nuts and fruits. The cup contains delicious caramel butterscotch ice cream laced with caramel sauce, all of which is topped off with crumbly sliced almonds and crunchy butter cookie pieces.
Matcha Chocolate Cookie
The Matcha Chocolate Cookie is exactly what it says on the cup: a fragrant matcha ice cream infused with chocolate sauce and topped with sweet chocolate and matcha cookies.
Decorations: Almond Caramel Cookie & Matcha Chocolate Cookie
Released: March 23, 2021
Where: Japan (Supermarkets, convenience stores, department stores, and elsewhere)
Product Page: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/decorations_2021/
Disney’s Chip ‘n’ Dale Celebrate Screen Debut With shopDisney Merchandise Collection
21.March.2021 | FASHION
Walt Disney Japan is celebrating the original screen debut of the lovable chipmunk brothers Chip ‘n’ Dale with a special merchandise collection which will go on pre-sale at select Disney Japan stores and shopDisney on March 19.
Chip ‘n’ Dale made their screen debut on April 2, 1943 in the 7-minute cartoon Private Pluto. Disney’s new merch collection pays homage to the duo with a range of items ranging from plush toys to stationery, products created in collaboration with FOOD TEXTILE—which turns food wastage into dye—as part of Walt Disney Japan’s “Healthytainment” initiative, and more.
Excerpt of Products
Plush Toy Key Rings ¥2,750 / iPhone 11 Case ¥3,520 / Ballpoint Pens ¥880 Each / Key Rings ¥1,760 / AirPods Case ¥1,980 / Stereo Earphones ¥3,300 / Notebook ¥660 / Mobile Battery Charger ¥4,400 / Mobile Ring ¥1,760 (Tax included in prices)
FOOD TEXTILE x Disney Store Collaboration
Baby Gift Set ¥7,700 / Baby Bib Set ¥5,060 / Tote Bag ¥5,060 / T-Shirt ¥4,620 / Pouch ¥2,090 (Tax included in prices)
The collection includes a set of adorable items for babies decorated with cute illustrations of Chip ‘n’ Dale. These sets are made in a collaborative project between Disney Store and FOOD TEXTILE. Pre-sales will open on shopDisney on April 2 with general sales to release on April 6. They are made from organic cotton and are dyed with natural colours extracted from food waste such as coffee, cherry blossom, lettuce, and more. This eco-friendly method ensures food waste doesn’t stay as waste but is instead reused.
Chip ‘n’ Dale Screen Debut Merchandise
Pre-Sales: March 19, 2021
General Sale: March 23, 2021
FOOD TEXTILE x Disney Store
Pre-Sales: April 2, 2021
General Sale: April 6, 2021
FOOD TEXTILE Official Website (English): https://www.foodtextile.jp/en/
shopDisney Japan: https://shopdisney.disney.co.jp/
Product Details: http://shopDisney.jp/Chip_and_Dale/2021/
Mickey & Friends Cupcake Collection Releases at Ginza Cozy Corner
19.March.2021 | FOOD
Japanese cake shop Ginza Cozy Corner is set to release its new Mickey & Friends Collection of nine cupcakes which will be available to buy from March 19 to April 22.
Huey, Dewey, and Louie Duck appear for the first time
Mickey & Friends Collection (Contains 9) | ¥2,700 (Tax Included
Ginza Cozy Corner has baked up many Disney-inspired cupcakes before, but this is the first time that Donald Duck’s nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie Duck, are being served. The perfect pastel-coloured sweet treats for Easter and the coming spring season.
Mickey & Friends Collection
In-Store Orders: March 19, 2021 – April 22, 2021
Online Orders: March 15, 2021 – April 17, 2021
Ginza Cozy Corner Official Website: http://www.cozycorner.jp/top.html
Disney: Twisted-Wonderland Releases Luxury Bag Collection in Collaboration With Maison de FLEUR
18.March.2021 | FASHION
Maison de FLEUR has teamed up with Disney: Twisted-Wonderland to release a collection of super stylish bags and pouches on STRIPE CLUB. The line-up hit the website on March 12.
Double Ribbon Tote Bags ¥5,819 / Side Ribbon Tote Bags ¥6,589 / Pouches ¥3,949
The Collection at a Glance
The gorgeous collection features designs inspired by the seven Dormitories of Disney: Twisted-Wonderland and are adorned with cute ribbons. The Dorm names written on the front of the bags so fans can their support of their favourite.