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
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/
5 Peachy Desserts to Indulge Yourself in This Summer in Fukuoka
We’ve featured many different must-eat desserts in Fukuoka on here MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON. Today, we’re adding to that long list of tasty treats as we are joined by moe one again who has provided us with tasty photos from their Instagram along with descriptions of 5 peachy desserts to indulge yourself in this summer in Fukuoka.
Related Article: 5 Must-Try Desserts On Fukuoka’s Beach-Lined City Of Itoshima
Kurasukoto | Hiroo, Fukuoka
Peach Shaved Ice
This super cute-looking pink shaved ice is drizzled in a syrup made from Fresh peaches grown in Kyushu. It’s made even more refreshing with the freeze dried raspberries and crunchy pistachios. Hidden underneath everything is lots of almond jelly.
Address: 2F, 1-11-21, Hiroo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 11:30-17:00 (Last Orders 16:15)
Closed: Sunday / Monday
Official Website: https://www.kurasukoto.com/shop-hirao/
REC COFFEE | Yakuin, Fukuoka
White Peach & Lychee Tiramisu Parfait
This exquisite takeout parfait is made with a mix of white peach jelly, mascarpone, and rich espresso.
White Peach Tart
If coffee’s not to your taste, then this luxurious and cute tart topped with really thinly sliced white peach will be. It’s really refreshing, you’ll finish it in no time!
REC COFFEE Yakuin Station
Address: 1F, 1-1-26 Shirogane, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: [Mon-Thu] 8:00-01:00 | [Fri-Sat] 8:00-02:00 | [Sun & Holidays] 10:00-01:00
Official Website: https://rec-coffee.com/
Pâtisserie Georges Marceau | Tenjin Watanabe-dori, Fukuoka
This parfait is made with a generous portion of fresh peaches. Looking at the glass, you can see lots of different layers of goodies, so no matter where you spoon from it’s incredibly delicious. The textures of the tea sablé biscuit, mint and red shiso jelly, and nata de coco makes for a great combination.
Pâtisserie Georges Marceau
Address: 1F, 5-8-19 Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Until 19:00 on Sundays)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: http://gm.9syoku.com/patisserie/
NOOICE food and coffee | Yakuin, Fukuoka
Whole Peach Plate Parfait
The name says it all: a whole stunning peach, and one served with a dollop of pistachio ice cream. Underneath the peach is an Earl Grey and mascarpone pudding. Peach and Earl Grey is simply a match made in heaven♡
NOOICE food and coffee
Address: 1-18-3 住所：福岡県福岡市中央区今泉1-18-3 1F
Tino | Ropponmatsu, Fukuoka
Cold Peach Lemon Cream Pasta
This one isn’t a dessert but a pasta dish! It has a rich flavour but the lemon cream sauce and fresh peach adds a fresh taste to it.
Address: Takahashi Apartment 2F, 4-6-25 Ropponmatsu, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: [Lunch] 11:00-15:00 | [Dinner] 17:30-21:00
Did you enjoy these picks? If you’re looking for even more desserts to try in Fukuoka then be sure to check out moe’s Instagram page which is filled with just that!
Original Japanese Text & Photos: moe
*The information about the items on this list are correct at the time of publishing. For the latest information, please visit each cafe’s official websites and social media pages.
Inuyasha Spin-Off Anime ‘Yashahime’ Releases First Trailer, Promotional Exhibition to Take Place Across Japan
The first trailer for the upcoming TV anime series Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon is here. The anime, which will air from October 3, serves as a spin-off series of the anime adaptation of Inuyasha which originally ran from 2000-2004 and wrapped up with Inuyasha: The Final Act in 2010.
Confirmed cast members for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon include Sara Matsumoto as Towa Higurashi, Mikako Komatsu as Setsuna, and Azusa Tadokoro as Moroha.
To promote the series, a series of exhibitions celebrating the history of Inuyasha will take place across Japan including Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Niigata—the latter of which is the hometown of Inuyasha author Rumiko Takahashi. Merchandise will also be available for fans to buy.
The main visual for the exhibition
Details on tickets, merchandise, and the full content of the exhibition will be announced in the near future, so stay tuned.
ⒸRumiko Takahashi / Shogakukan・Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation・Sunrise 2009
Running: November 7, 2020 – November 23, 2020
Time: 10:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:00)
Location: Ikebukuro PARCO 7F PARCO FACTORY
*Open until 18:00 (Last Entries 17:00 on November 23
*Advance tickets to be sold but are not required
*Opening hours subject to change depending on the COVID-19 situation at the time
*Exhibition subject to sudden changes, postponement, or cancellation depending on the COVID-19 situation at the time
*For the latest details and updates, check the event’s official website and Twitter page
Niigata, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka Exhibitions
Tokyobike is set to open a new shop in Fukuoka, its first branch outside of Tokyo. The shop will have its pre-opening this week on July 23 followed by its grand opening on August 1. The store is being managed by FILAMENTS Inc. which is known for running the Hiroshima-based sports bike store “grumpy” as well as the bicycle lifestyle shop “pop grumpy.”
What is Tokyobike?
Tokyobike is a bicycle manufacturer which launched in 2002 on the east side of Tokyo. Specialising in bikes that can be enjoyed in the city and people’s everyday lives, the company now has over 200 stores in Japan, as well as three directly-managed shops in Tokyo and eight partner shops overseas.
The company’s Tokyobike Plus brand is a concept shop made in collaboration with a range of the company’s unique partners and offers a “plus” factor and value that can only be experienced with Tokyobike, showcasing a range to customers that shows them how to enjoy the bicycle life.
Tokyobike Plus Fukuoka is located in Yakuin which is just a 10-minute walk from Tenjin in central Fukuoka. It’s surrounded by bustling cafes, interior design shops, popular confectionery stores, and more. It’s also close to Ohori Park, Fukuoka Zoo and Botanical Garden, Ropponmatsu, and plenty of other places within 3km which can be easily reached by bike.
The store offers bike repairs and maintenance, sells bike-related goods which can be sifted through with a complementary cup of coffee, and staff can give information to riders on how best to enjoy riding around Fukuoka. Its interior design was conceived by Makoto Obuchi of GO!design factory Inc. who is responsible for creating the designs for the Italian restaurant Cernia in Fukuoka, the Akasaka-based izakaya Machiya Akariya, Meshiya Koyama Parking in Kego, and more.
To celebrate the opening of Tokyobike Plus Fukuoka, the first 80 customers will receive a free original Tokyobike hand towel designed by Kamawanu, a company specialising in making hand towels which are individually dyed using a traditional method known as chuusen.
Tokyobike Plus Fukuoka
Address: 16-1 Yakuinifukumachi, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
Official Website: https://tokyobike-fukuoka.com
Street Fighter Exhibition at Fukuoka City Science Museum Rescheduled For July
The Street Fighter exhibition “Street Fighter: Ore Yori Tsuyoi Yatsura no Sekai Ten” (Street Fighter Exhibition: The World of Those Stronger Than Me) was originally scheduled to run from March 14 to May 24 but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, it has been announced that the exhibition has been rescheduled and will take place from July 1 to September 22.
A ticket system is in place where attendees need to book a time and date in advance as a precaution against the novel coronavirus. Tickets can be bought in advance from the exhibition’s official website.
Street Fighter is a fighting video game franchise developed and published by Capcom. The first game was released in 1987 for arcades. Street Fighter II was released in 1991 is hailed as a landmark title in the series and would set the standard of fighting games that followed. The latest instalment to the series, Street Fighter V, was released in 2016, with Street Fighter V: Champion Edition following in 2019.
The Street Fighter exhibition is set to display treasured documents and art pieces from the franchise, as well as showcase a cabinet of the arcade games. With full support and cooperation from Capcom, the exhibition is a must-visit for all fans of the influential fighting game.
Here’s just a select glimpse of what to expect.
Street Fighter Gallery
This incredible gallery features a physical catalogue of game packages and cases, posters, and much more from across the series.
Memorable Street Fighter Scenes
①BONUS STAGE 2020 in FUKUOKA
Interactive Content: Destroy the car with a Surge Fist
②CONTINUE? Match Loss Facial Expression Collection
EXTRA ROUND: Secrets
A display of initial Street Fighter concepts, logos, character art, backgrounds, and more
CONTINUE: The Legend of Street Fighter Continues to Evolve
Street Fighter Exhibition (Japanese Name: ストリートファイター「俺より強いやつらの世界展」)
Running: July 1, 2020 – September 22, 2020
Closed: Tuesdays (Except August 11/August 18/September 22)
Time: 9:30-18:00 (Last Entries 17:30) (Open until 21:30 from August 7-19)
Location: Fukuoka City Science Museum (4-2-1 Ropponmatsu, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka)
Price: General ¥1,100 / High School & Junior High School Students ¥800 / Ages 4+ ¥500
Official Website: https://streetfighter.artne.jp/
Houjicha Milk Tea and Genmaicha Milk Tea Made With Japanese Tea Leaves Serving at Gong cha
22.June.2020 | FOOD
Gong cha’s limited-time “Houjicha Milk Tea” and “Genmaicha Milk Tea” beverages are popular each year, and they returned once again on June 17.
Gong cha’s menu item “Japanese Tea” was released in 2018 exclusively for Japan, and is enjoyed every year during its annual limited-time run. Made using tea leaves from Japan, its authentic taste and aroma has people begging for more when the year’s run is up.
2 Flavours This Year
Houjicha Milk Tea (Regular Size: ¥470) / Recommended Topping: Milk Foam (+¥70) | Serving: From June 17, 2020 for a limited time
The Houjicha Milk Tea is the iconic drink of Gong cha’s “Japanese Tea” series. It’s a blend the best high quality houjicha and kukicha tea leaves, both of which are grown in Shizuoka Prefecture. Roasting and using them together gives a sweet and deeply rich aroma. Add milk foam as a topping and you’ve got yourself a rich milk tea.
Genmaicha Milk Tea (Regular Size: ¥470) / Recommended Tapioca (+¥70) | Serving: From June 17, 2020 for a limited time
The Genmaicha Milk Tea is an original blend of Japanese genmai rice and tea leaves from Shizuoka Prefecture. This milk tea keeps the original delicious flavour of the tea and wafts a fragrant rice aroma.
Gong cha Official Website: https://www.gongcha.co.jp
Help Fukuoka’s Hotels During COVID-19 With Crowdfunding Project
17.June.2020 | SPOT
Fukuoka’s tourism industry is suffering greatly as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and so the city has launched a crowdfunding project to ask for people’s help and support.
By donating, you can receive a special ticket which can be used when travel returns to normal which can be used at hotels you have donated towards. The tiers are priced at ¥3,000 and ¥5,000, which will get you tickets priced at ¥3,300 and ¥5,500 respectively to be used in the future. If you’re thinking of travelling to Fukuoka, or already had plans booked to go there, then consider donating towards the city.
Fukuoka is a city loved by Japanese people and foreigners alike. It has a rich food culture, incredible festivals, a rich history, and an amalgamation of urban and rural scenery.
Cherry Blossoms and Rape Blossoms Compete For Spring at Kusaba River in Fukuoka
19.March.2020 | SPOT
The town of Chikuzen in Fukuoka Prefecture is home to a 2km strip of cherry blossom trees which bloom their pink beauty along the Kusaba River in spring. The area sees countless people flock there during the Hanami season to see the trees in full bloom.
But Kusaba River isn’t only home to cherry blossoms; it also sees rape blossoms sprout their yellow flowers during springtime, which offers a beautiful contrast to the overhead pink from the cherry trees.
The place is lit up in the eveningsーa great chance to see the cherry blossoms in a different light at night.
Rich verdure lines the whole of Kusaba River, so be sure to visit if you’re heading to Fukuoka this spring to see the cherry and rape blossoms.
Address: 875 Hisamitsu, Chikuzen, Asakura-gun, Fukuoka
Bloom Period: Late March – Early April
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Shincho Bus Stop (新町バス停) via Nishi Tetsu Bus
THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA: New Coffee Shop Opens in Fukuoka’s Hakata Ward
14.March.2020 | FOOD
Japan’s biggest online coffee publisher Good Coffee is opening a new cafe called “THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA” in Hakata, Fukuoka.
Good Coffee looks to bring together coffee lovers with all kinds of coffee shops. THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA will be their second branch of “THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND” in Japan following the branch they opened in Shibuya, Tokyo.
Good Coffee provides a wealth of information and the latest news on where to get delicious coffee inside and outside Japan. They have joint sponsorship and manage the TOKYO COFFEE FESTIVAL where roasters from across the country all come together and serve coffee in a variety of ways, host live performances, and more.
The coffee beans at THE LOCAL aren’t roasted in-house. Instead, the head barista, Yuji Otsuki, personally selects roasts every month from shops published on Good Coffee. This is a rare style of coffee shop in Fukuoka where every month, customers can enjoy a different cup of high quality coffee every month from popular roasters inside and outside Japan from the comfort of Fukuoka.
The coffee beans used for the cafe’s opening month of March will be drip coffee from GLITCH COFFEE&ROASTERS in Jinbocho, Tokyo and espresso from CRAFTSMAN COFFEE ROASTERS in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi. Events are scheduled to be held at THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA every month where baristas and coffee roasters will be invited as guests.
Find your new favourite coffee at THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA.
THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA
Address: 2-14-1 Hakataekihigashi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: 9:00-23:00 (*Pre-opening hours)
Access: 5-minutes from Hakata Station’s Tsukushi Exit
Official Website: http://thelocal2016.com/fukuoka/
Matcha Bubble Tea and Japanese-Style Milano Sandwich to be Released at Doutor Coffee Shop
08.March.2020 | FOOD
Doutor Coffee Shop is getting with the Japanese spring vibes with the unveiling of its new Uji Matcha Milk Bubble Tea and Milano C Smoked Chicken & Soft Boiled Egg which will hit branches of the cafe up and down Japan on March 19, 2020.
Tapioca ~Uji Matcha Milk~ / From ¥417 (Before Tax)〜
This tasty bubble tea is made with slightly bitter Uji matcha and subtly sweet milk and is finished with a serving of chewy tapioca pearls.
Milano C Smoked Chicken & Soft Boiled Egg ~Miso Ginger Sauce~ / From ¥382 (Before Tax)〜
This Japanese-style Milano sandwich is made with chicken that has been smoked with cherry blossom chips, a soft-boiled egg, and red onions. It’s drizzled with a miso ginger sauce which gives a sweet and spicy flavour to the sandwich.
Spring is right around the corner in Japan, so be sure to enjoy all the seasonal goodies that are to come!
Tapioca ~Uji Matcha Milk~
Milano C Smoked Chicken & Soft Boiled Egg ~Miso Ginger Sauce~
Release Date: March 19, 2020
Official Website: https://www.doutor.co.jp/