Taiwanese Tea Stand ‘THE ALLEY’ to Open First Kyushu Branch
19.March.2019 | FOOD
THE ALLEY is a tea stand chain from Taiwan that has branches across Asia including in Tokyo. The company has announced that they are set to open their first ever branch in Tenjin, Fukuoka in Kyushu on April 11, 2019.
THE ALLEY first arrived in Japan in July 2017 when a branch opened in Sanagi Shinjuku. The flagship store in Omotesando opened in the following month.
Let’s take a look at some of the beverages we can look forward to at the new stand.
Royal No. 9 Tapioca Milk Tea: Regular Size ¥500 (Before Tax) / Large Size ¥600 (Before Tax)
Made with fruit Assam tea using only carefully selected tea leaves by THE ALLEY. This drink packs a full-bodied bunch with a flavour like no other.
Brown Sugar Tapioca Series: Medium Size Only ¥650 (Before Tax)
Original brown sugar bubble tea drinks made with brown sugar syrup sourced in Okinawa. They come in two flavours: the latte mixed with milk which has a milk taste, and the matcha latte with its soft and bitter deliciousness.
Bonsai Tapioca Milk Tea: Regular Size ¥600 (Before Tax) / Large Size ¥700 (Before Tax)
Made in the image of a bonsai tree with Assam tea and topped with chocolate chips and fresh mint. This one is both visually stunning and tasty.
A range of other teas and drinks will be sold too including the Aurora Series, Lemon Green Tea and more.
Tea Leaf Salad: From ¥ 720 (Before Tax)
THE ALLEY doesn’t just serve tea either―they have a gorgeous and colourful salad too made using tea leaves as well as grilled bread, chewy steamed muffins, and more.
If you’re ever in Fukuoka then be sure to stop by the new THE ALLEY branch!
THE ALLEY Tenjin
Grand Opening: April 11, 2019
Opening Hours: 10:00-23:00
Address: 2-4-5 Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka
THE ALLEY Official Website: http://www.the-alley.jp
SEGA to Open Love Live! Themed Cafe in Akihabara and Around Japan
GENDA SEGA Entertainment is set to open a themed cafe in collaboration with Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club on April 29, 2021.
A completely original menu themed on the characters
Fans can tuck into a very special menu inspired by the members of the Nijigasaki High School Idol Club with drinks, desserts, and food. The cafe will run over the course of three periods each of which will also include their own unique menu items.
Drinks | ¥660 Each (Tax Included)
Period ①: Hamburger Plate / Yaki Udon | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)
Nikujaga Plate / Clam Chowder | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)
Period ②: 1st Year Banana Parfait / 2nd Year Strawberry Parfait / 3rd Year Grape Parfait | ¥1,100 Each (Tax Included)
Period ③ menu exclusives to be revealed
Get some freebies simply by ordering
Period ①: Drinks Coaster / Food Coaster / Parfait Costers
Period ②: Drinks Coaster / Food Coaster / Parfait Costers
Period ③ exclusive freebies to be revealed
Character birthday cards
Kanon Shibuya – May 1, 2021 / Sarah Kazuno – May 4, 2021
Ai Miyashita – May 30, 2021 / Nozomi Tojo – June 9, 2021
Mari Ohara – June 13, 2021
Merchandise to add to your collection
Releasing: April 29, 2021
Acrylic Stands | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)
Art Panels | ¥660 Each (Tax Included)
Releasing: May 15, 2021
Chibi Key Rings | ¥770 Each (Tax Included)
Bonus merch for every ¥2,000 spent
Bromides | Available April 29, 2021 – May 14, 2021
Bromides | Available May 15, 2021 – May 28, 2021
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SEGA x Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Collaboration Cafe
Running: April 29, 2021 – June 13, 2021
Where: SEGA Collaboration Cafe Akihabara 3 (SEGA Akihabara 3 Floor 7F) / SEGA Collaboration Cafe Stand / SEGA Akihabara 4 / Nanbasennichimae / Sendai / Okayama / Fukuoka Tenjin / Sasashima
Period ①: April 29, 2021 – May 14, 2021
Period ②: May 15, 2021 – May 28, 2021
Period ③: May 29, 2021 – June 13, 2021
Cafe Details: https://sega-collabocafe.com/top/nijigasaki03.html
Love Live! Official Website: https://www.lovelive-anime.jp/nijigasaki/
Japan’s Kirby Café Announces Kirby’s Happy Birthday Fair
If you didn’t know, Kirby’s birthday falls on April 27. To celebrate, Kirby Café Tokyo and Kirby Café Hakata have announced the Kirby’s Happy Birthday Fair event which will run from April 1 to May 9 where customers can get their fingers on some delicious birthday treats and items.
Kirby’s Birthday Line-Up
Happy Birthday☆Kirby | ¥1,518 (Tax Included)
No birthday is complete without a fitting cake. This one is loaded with fruit, strawberry cream, an icing cookie, and other delicious treats. Make sure to get yourself a slice before Kirby inhales it whole!
Kirby 29th Birthday Badge | ¥594 (Tax Included)
Kirby 29th Birthday Candy (Lime Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included)
TOKYO BOX Candy (Lemon Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included) | Exclusive to Kirby Café Tokyo
Candy (Soda Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included)
Candy (Strawberry Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included)
Kirby’s Happy Birthday
Running: April 1, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Bookings: Not mandatory but recommended
Kirby Café Tokyo: https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/tokyo/
Kirby Café Hakata: https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/hakata/
Kirby Café Tokyo
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
Kirby Café Hakata
Address: Canal City Hakata North Bldg. B1F, 1-2-1 Sumiyoshi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Kirby Café Official Website: https://kirbycafe.jp
Fukuoka Prefecture NPO Releases Fukuoka-Original Sake ‘Seiko Haruyoshi’
Fukuoka-based NPO Haruyoshi has launched limited sales of the first entry in a series of original sake releases, all of which are being made in Fukuoka. The name of the project’s first sake is Seiko Haruyoshi.
Seiko Haruyoshi 01 | ¥2,200
The sake is made from rice cultivated by Haruyoshi Denen in collaboration with Kazuyoshi Hamachi, a Japanese rice farmer based in Itoshima, Fukuoka. Haruyoshi Denen launched in 2019 and aims to have locals participating in the planting and harvesting of Yamada Nishiki, a short-grain rice used in the production of high-quality sake.
About the brewer’s rice of Itoshima
Itoshima is located in western Fukuoka, popular as a tourist area for its expansive mountain range and gorgeous ocean views. This rich natural environment also makes it an ideal location for rice cultivation, including Yamada Nishiki rice. This is what lead to the creation of Haruyoshi Denen, a project which enables the brewers to share their brewing story with locals.
Fukuoka’s sake breweries
Throughout the duration of this long-term project, a different Fukuoka-based brewery will be chosen to craft a sake each year. Producing the Seiko Haruyoshi is Isonosawa, the only Japanese brewery located in Ukiha, Fukuoka. Ukiha is abundant in natural water drawn from the Chikugo River.
Seiko Haruyoshi 01
Japanese Product Name: 晴好 HARUYOSHI 01
Tomozoe Honten: https://www.tomozoe-honten.co.jp/
Kotani Saketen: http://www.kotani-saketen.com
Bizen Fukuokaya: http://bizenfukuokaya.jp
Goto Shoten: https://www.gotoshoten.com
Yoshizuka Wines: https://www.yoshizuka-wines.com/
Haroyoshi Official Website: https://haruyoshi.jp/
Japanese Boy Band JO1 Photo Exhibition Announced For Shibuya and Fukuoka
Japanese boy band JO1 released their first photo book Progress on January 27 this year. Fans who were unable to get a copy, or those who just want more JO1, will be excited to hear that a photo exhibition will take place at Shibuya PARCO from March 19 to 29 and Fukuoka PARCO from March 19 to April 4.
JO1 1st Photo Collection “Progress”
Shibuya exhibition’s main visual
Fukuoka exhibition’s main visual
“Progress” Mugs | ¥1,500
“Progress” Tote Bags | ¥1,800
“Progress” Folders | ¥500 Each
The exhibition will feature not only photos that are included in the photo book, but exclusive, never-before-seen ones too. A collection of merchandise will also be available for fans to buy, and all who attend the exhibition will receive a free solo photo of one of the members.
Progress JO1 Photo Exhibition
Running: March 19, 2021 – March 29, 2021
Where: Shibuya PARCO B1F GALLERY X
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Last entries at 19:30)
Running: March 19, 2021 – April 4, 2021
Where: Fukuoka PARCO Floor B1F
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30 (Last entries at 20:00)
*Prior bookings will be required for entries running from March 19 to 21
Tokyo’s Pixar Exhibition ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’ to Open in Spring 2021
A Japan-original Pixar exhibition by the name of PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR! is set to run from April 8-19 at Seibu Ikebukuro in Tokyo. The exhibition is a celebration of all things Pixar Animation Studio and Walt Disney Japan where fans will have the opportunity to glimpse never-before-seen concept art, learn about the secrets of the studio’s office building, hear interviews with Japanese staff who work at the animation studio, and much more.
Pixar fanatics can expect to see all their favourite characters from the filmography such as Monsters Inc., Toy Story, Wall-E, Coco, Finding Nemo, and more. There will be plenty of merchandise to add to the collection too—around 200 pieces in fact—including items with official artwork that has never been made into merch before.
New official artwork illustrated by Pixar Animation Studios for ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’
The artists at Pixar Animation Studios have created an original collection of artwork for the exhibition which will be displayed around the site itself as well as on merchandise sold there. There will also be a behind-the-scenes video showing at the exhibition where you can see the staff drawing the pieces.
A historical lookback at Pixar’s filmography
The exhibition will pay homage to everything Pixar has to offer, from their roots of animation shorts to their critically acclaimed full length animated features. If you have a favourite from any of these, you’re sure to find merchandise of it at the exhibition.
Feel like you’ve been invited to Pixar Animation Studios
The exhibition will have an area decorated with a gallery of posters, the famous Pixar lamp and ball, Woody and Buzz statues made from Lego, and more, as well as a photo gallery from pictures taken inside the studio.
Learn all there is to know about Pixar
Learn all the trivia about Pixar from what kind of Japanese people work at the studio, what characters are hidden throughout their films, and more.
Fans can sift through around 200 pieces of original merchandise.
Movie Poster Collection
The posters released for each of Pixar’s films have been shrunk down into a collection of postcards.
Final frame merchandise
A line-up of merchandise featuring the final frames taken from all 23 of Pixar’s feature length animations.
Early concept art
The exhibition will sell an array of merchandise featuring artwork that has never been turned into merch before, such as early concept art.
There will also be merchandise featuring fun Easter eggs hidden throughout Pixar’s films.
Pixar Animation Studios
A line-up of merchandise that makes you feel like you’re part of the Pixar office.
Visitors that spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) on merchandise at the exhibition will receive one of 8 possible pins. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, spending over ¥6,000 will get fans an original bottle too.
The exhibition will also be moving around Japan after its Tokyo run. Check the locations below.
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PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!
Running: April 4, 2021 – April 19, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Where: Seibu Ikebukuro Annex Bldg. Floor 2F
Price: General ¥800 / Children ¥500
Running: April 21, 2021 – May 5, 2021
Where: Daimaru Kyoto Museum Floor 6F
Running: July 21, 2021 – August 12, 2021
Where: Matsuzakaya Nagoya Floor 7F
Running: December 29, 2021 – January 16, 2021
Where: Matsuzakaya Shizuoka Floor 8F
Where: Fukuoka PARCO Floor 5F
Running: April 17, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Official Website: https://www.ntvs.co.jp/ppp-official/
BEAMS JAPAN x Fukushima Prefecture’s Fukushima Mono Mappu Project Heads to Kyoto
Fukushima Mono Mappu, a project run in collaboration with BEAMS JAPAN and Fukushima Prefecture, has set up to shop in Kyoto for the first time at BEAMS JAPAN KYOTO where their line-up of products will be available for purchase until March 14.
Shirakawa Daruma BEAMS JAPAN KYOTO Exclusive Model (Purple) | Small ¥900, Medium ¥1,800, Large ¥4,500 (Before Tax)
The Fukushima Mono Mappu project launched in January 2018 as a way to promote Japan’s prefecture of Fukushima across the country. The collaborative project has released many different items, and now the people of Kyoto will be able to enjoy what the prefecture has to offer. To celebrate its first time in Kyoto, BEAMS JAPAN KYOTO will also be selling an exclusive purple daruma.
Fukushima Mono Mappu – Peko Taro’s City Trip
Japanese Event Title: ふくしまものまっぷ べこ太郎の都旅
Running: February 17, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Location: BEAMS JAPAN KYOTO
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Address: Shinpuhkan, 586-2 Banocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8172
Official Website: https://www.beams.co.jp
Doraemon Future Department Store to Open Pop-Up Shop in Hakata
Doraemon’s official shop Doraemon Future Department Store, which is located in Odaiba, Tokyo, has announced that it will open a pop-up shop in Hakata, Kyushu, from February 18 to March 7. Fans can get their hands on a selection of exclusive merchandise and more.
Not Only Merchandise, But Services Too
1. Customise Service
The pop-up shops will offer a customisation service which lets customers have different embroideries put into the T-shirts, tote bags, and key rings. The work is done on the spot by hand so you can see the result of what will be a very special item of which only one exists in the world. Perfect for Doraemon fans and gifts to friends and family.
2. Post Office
The shop will offer a postal service for sending off Doraemon letters and postcards with original Doraemon stamps.
Bonus Items: 1st Anniversary Postcard / Mini Tote Bag
There are also bonus items for fans to get their hands on depending on how much they spend.
1. Customers who buy anything from the pop-up store will receive a free 1st anniversary postcard. One per transaction, available while supplies last.
2. Customers who spend over ¥5,000 (tax included) in a single transaction will receive a free tote bag. One per transaction, available while supplies last.
Universal Points Card
Points cards will be available which allow fans to buy additional exclusive merchandise as well as receive discounts. 1 point = ¥1 discount. Points are gained during transactions. These cards can be used not only at the pop-up shop but the main store in Odaiba as well as online. There’s also a handy app tied to the card.
Doraemon Future Department Store in JR Hakata City 2021
Running: February 18, 2021 – March 7, 2021
Where: JR Hakata City AMU EST Floor 1F POPUP STAGE
Address: 1-1 Hakata Station Central Gate, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sat] 10:00-21:00 / [Sun & Holidays] 10:00-20:00
Doraemon Future Department Store Official Website: https://mirai.dora-world.com/
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice Releases Valentine’s Day Chocolate CoCo Dinosaur Beverages
08.February.2021 | FOOD
Tastea Trustea Japan released two new beverages on Friday (February 5) for Valentine’s Day at CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice in Japan: the CoCo Dinosaur and Tapioca CoCo Dinosaur.
CoCo Dinosaur ¥520 / Tapioca CoCo Dinosaur ¥580
The two teach beverages are made with a rich chocolate sauce and fresh milk. They are topped with chocolate and brown sugar syrup for a sweet combination of flavours and textures. An enjoyable beverage that is both refreshing and Instagram-worthy for Valentine’s Day.
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice
Serving: February 5, 2021 – End of February 2021
Where: All 12 branches of CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice in Japan
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice Japan Official Website: https://cocofreshtokyo.amebaownd.com/
Japan Hotels | New Hotel The OneFive Terrace Fukuoka to Open on December 15
14.December.2020 | SPOT
Hakata Hotels is welcoming the third branch of its The OneFive brand hotels with the opening of The OneFive Terrace Fukuoka in Chuo, Fukuoka, on December 15, 2020.
The OneFive is based around the old Japanese way of ichigo ichie, which roughly translates to “treasure every meeting, for it will never reoccur.” It has taken considerate measures to question what really constitutes as necessary service when it comes to hotels, and launched as a new brand of simple yet comfortable and high quality hotels serving Japanese omotenashi, or hospitality.
Simple yet fine quality comfort
The OneFive Terrace Fukuoka is located in busy central Hakata—within walking distance of the entertainment district of Nakasu and the lively riverside area of Tensu—while offering spacious and comfy rooms.
Rooms are 27㎡～48㎡ in size, with Double Rooms being equipped with king size beds and Twin Rooms with two double beds. Each has a bath, toilet, and wash area, as well as a writing desk, closet, and other pieces to make the hotel stay as comfortable and convenient as possible. There are of courses terraces too, living up to the hotel’s name, which act as ‘another living room’ for guests.
The 4 S’s of Japanese Tea at The OneFive Terrace Fukuoka
A selection of specially-selected teas from around locations in Kyushu such as Yame (Fukuoka), Chiran (Kagoshima), Ureshino (Saga), and elsewhere.
Enjoy tea in a variety of different styles from creamy and foamy draft tea to hand drip tea and more.
The hotel’s pastry chefs will whip up a range of tea-flavoured desserts that fuse the traditional Japanese taste with modern western ideas.
All guests staying at The OneFive Terrace Fukuoka are offered a welcome cup of tea. The hotel is a chance for them to appreciate the local culture, region, and lifestyle arranged in a contemporary way.
The OneFive Terrace Fukuoka
Grand Opening: December 15, 2020
Address: 3-14-36 Haruyoshi, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Official Website: https://www.hakatahotels.co.jp/theonefiveterracefukuoka/
My Melody and Kuromi Bubble Tea to be Served at Pearl Lady in Japan
18.October.2020 | FOOD
Bubble tea chain Pearl Lady, which is celebrating its 17th anniversary this year, is teaming up with Sanrio for the second time to release two new drinks themed on the popular characters My Melody and Kuromi on October 16, 2020. My Melody and Kuromi are also celebrating their 45th and 15th anniversaries respectively.
Black Lemonade | Strawberry Milk Tea (w/ Novelty) – ¥500 Each (Tax Included)
The two beverages are Sweet Strawberry Milk Tea, which is inspired by the cute My Melody, and Black Lemonade, which is based on her rival Kuromi.
When ordering either of the drinks at Pearl Lady, customers will also get one of 6 possible badges as pictured above. One of the designs is a secret, so you’ll need some luck if you want that one.
Kirby Café Launches Autumn Menu in Tokyo and Fukuoka
The Kirby Café in Tokyo and Fukuoka released three new dishes for autumn last Friday (September 18).
The menu items are made with seasonal flavours like pumpkin, sweet potato, and chestnut.
Filling Autumn Plate – Salmon Cream Pasta & Pumpkin Salad Sandwich | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
One plate packed with fall flavours including a rich salmon cream pasta and pumpkin salad sandwich. If you look closely, you’ll spot cute pieces of Waddle Dee cheese.
Fallen Leaf Waterfall☆Mont Blanc and Baumkuchen With Friends | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
Rick, Kine, and Coo feature on this tasty-looking dessert plate which is a baumkuchen piled with a chestnut mont blanc cream.
Kirby’s Hot Sweet Potato Sticks | ¥1,080 (Before Tax)
Crunchy on the outside, hot in the middle, and seasoned with fresh rosemary. Kirby is a pro at inhaling food, but don’t burn yourself with these!
Kirby Café TOKYO
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
Kirby Café HAKATA
Address: Canal City Hakata North Bldg. B1F, 1-2-1 Sumiyoshi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Book Here: https://kirbycafe.jp
Kirby Café Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/kirbycafe.jp
Sweet Potato Milk Bubble Tea Pours Into Chun Shui Tang For Autumn
15.September.2020 | FOOD
Chun Shui Tang, a chain of Taiwanese bubble tea stores, is adding a new limited-time drink to the menus of all branches in Japan on September 16: the “Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea.”
Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea | ¥650 (Before Tax)
The beverage is made with annouimo sweet potatoes grown on the island of Tanegashima in Kagoshima Prefecture. The potatoes are known for their high sugar content, adding a delicious natural sweetness to the tea. It’s blended with a high grade sugar syrup and topped off with whipped cream and sweet potato chips to create a dessert drink.
Those who order the drink via the Smatapi (スマタピ) app from September 9 can get the drink early before its general release on September 16.
In Japan for the autumn season? Enjoy the tasty autumn flavour of sweet potato with the Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea.
Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea
Release Date: September 16, 2020
*Mobile pre-sales available from September 9 to those who order using the Smatapi (スマタピ) app
Available: All Chun Shui Tang shops in Japan
Chun Shui Tang Japan Official Website: https://www.chunshuitang.jp/