Start your morning with one of Tokyo Station’s 200+ delicious breads and pastries!
01.April.2019 | FOOD
Tokyo Station City is a bread battleground where over 200 types of breads and pastries are sold. In this article we show you the top bread rankings at Gransta, ecute Tokyo and ecute Keiyo Street that serve up the perfect breakfast to start your day.
1st Place – Curry Bread: ¥220 (Tax Included) @ BURDIGALA EXPRESS
Taking the No.1 spot in Gransta is BURDIGALA EXPRESS’s curry bread cooked with spicy fillings.
*Tax-inclusive price to increase to ¥226 on April 1, 2019.
2nd Place – Croissant: ¥220 (Tax Included) @ BURDIGALA EXPRESS
A light and crunchy croissant wrapped delicately in rich butter.
*Tax-inclusive price to increase to ¥226 on April 1, 2019.
3rd Place – Pain au Chocolat: ¥240 (Tax Included) @ BURDIGALA EXPRESS)
Known as a “chocolatine” in southern France, this puff pastry-like delight is full of delicious chocolate.
*Tax-inclusive price to increase to ¥248 on April 1, 2019.
4th Place – Croissant B.C.: ¥292 (Tax Included) @ Daisy Tokyo
An almond cake wrapped in a croissant pastry and topped with cookie dough and almonds.
5th Place – Onion Curry Bread: ¥324 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie Asano
This tasty curry bread is made with rich onions. The outside is crunchy without being greasy.
1st Place – Tokyo Brick Bread: ¥287 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Anpan Mame-Ichizu
Made to look like the red bricks of Tokyo Station this bread is filled with adzuki beans and a specially made cream before being stamped with the station’s name.
2nd Place – Denmark Sausage Roll: ¥291 (Tax Included) @ Andersen
A soft rolled pierced with a Denmark sausage and topped with cheese perfect for lunch or just a quick bite to eat.
3rd Place – Tokyo Red Bean Paste Pancake: ¥480 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Anpan Mame-Ichizu
A ‘pancake sandwich’ smothered in butter and packed with large-grained red beans from Tokachi District, Hokkaido.
4th Place – Tochiotome Strawberry Cream Anpan: ¥280 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Anpan Mame-Ichizu
The strawberry cream is made with Tochiotome strawberries which have a full-bodied flavour. This is mixed with coarse sweet red bean paste to create something both delicious and cute-looking.
5th Place – Milk France: ¥172 (Tax Included) @ Andersen
This bread has a light and piquant texture to it and is filled with cream that has a milky flavour. The delicious taste of the cream with the bread gives it a distinct flavour.
ecute Keiyo Street
1st Place – Beef Stew: ¥292 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie La Terre
An interesting mix that combines a chewy doughnut and slow cooked beef stew.
2nd Place – Happiness Calling Cream Bread: ¥195 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie La Terre
The Jersey cattle milk used to make the custard cream filling is rich in flavour but light in texture. Everything is wrapped in a fluffy dough with a cute smiling face on it.
Chickpea Curry: ¥216 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie La Terre
A curry doughnut stuffed with chickpeas. The slow cooked roux complements and bring out the flavours of the beef and vegetables even more.
Start your morning off with a hearty breakfast at Tokyo Station!
Tokyo Station City Official Website: http://www.tokyostationcity.com/
Popular Character Shirotan Inspires Limited-Time Store at First Avenue Tokyo Station
Tokyo Character Street, located within First Avenue Tokyo Station, has opened a special pop-up shop dedicated to the popular character Shirotan! The store will be open until May 26, 2022.
Shirotan, an adorable harp seal, represents “comfort, healing, encouragement, and connectedness.”
Aiming to cover Tokyo Station in this cute and inspiring character, the pop-up shop isn’t the only Shirotan appearance going on. Those strolling from the Nozomi Plaza in front of the Yaesu Underground Central Exit ticket gate towards Character Street will see Shirotan covering the walls, welcoming guests.
In addition to standard Shirotan products, fans can also grab 17 brand-new items being sold exclusively at the pop-up shop.
The book Welcome to Shirotan’s World will be available on July 7, so be sure to preorder!
Shirotan’s Fluffy Store
Address: First Avenue Tokyo Station (1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Open: May 13 – May 26, 2022
Hours: 10:00AM – 8:30PM (Closing at 6:00PM on May 26, 2022)
Pastel Easter Sweets and Bakery Items Coming to Grant Hyatt Tokyo
The luxury hotel Grand Hyatt Tokyo will offer Easter sweets and baked goods at the on-site Fiorentina Pastry Boutique from April 1 until Easter, April 17, to celebrate the arrival of spring.
Easter Egg Macaroon
Easter Cookies with Icing
Easter Bunny Brioche
This year, in addition to the new Easter Bunny and Easter egg macaroons, cookies with icing, lollipop chocolates, brioche in the shape of the Easter Bunny, and other sweets and bakery items will be available. Don’t miss it!
Fiorentina Pastry Boutique
Available: April 1 – April 17, 2022
Location: Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Official Site: https://www.tokyo.grand.hyatt.co.jp/restaurants/
Chibi Maruko-chan 35th Anniversary Pop-up Shop Coming to First Avenue Tokyo Station
To commemorate the 35th anniversary of Chibi Maruko-chan, the Momoko Sakura Pop-up Shop will open from March 18 to March 31, 2022, at Ichiban Plaza on Tokyo Character Street in the First Avenue Tokyo Station mall.
The Chibi Maruko-chan manga series began in 1986, and was serialized in the popular shojo manga magazine Ribon until 2018. Written by Momoko Sakura, it tells the everyday life of the third-grade troublemaker Maruko and her family. The series is set in the Irie district in Shimizu, now a part of Shizuoka City, where Momoko Sakura was born.
About 40 never-before-seen items will be available at the shop with new illustrations by Momoko Sakura. From stationary to accessories, fans of the series shouldn’t miss it!
Momoko Sakura Pop-up Shop
Running: March 18 – March 31, 2022
Address: First Avenue Tokyo Station, Tokyo Character Street B1, Ichiban Plaza (1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp
Vintage Furniture Exhibition ‘Life in Art: Tokyo Modernism 2022’ to Open at Three Venues Including MUJI HOTEL GINZA
Ryohin Keikaku, which operates the interior design brand IDÉE, will open the ‘Life in Art: Tokyo Modernism 2022’ exhibition from February 25 until April 10, 2022. Vintage stores and galleries from all over Japan that deal mainly with furniture from the 1940s to 1960s will come together to introduce audiences to exquisite designs from around the world. Shinichiro Nakahara and Takahiro Goko have organized the exhibition in an effort to spread the word about modern design in the golden age. The exhibition will be held in three parts, beginning with a showing at ATELIER MUJI GINZA and continuing to an auction at IDÉE Tokyo. The final exhibition will be held at MUJI HOTEL GINZA.
This exhibition is composed of items from a number of unique galleries and stores. Intended to promote the beauty of mid-century vintage furniture and interior design, each piece will be introduced alongside stories from the original designers.
Modernism Auction #Chairs
Store owners, creators, and artists participating in TOKYO MODERNISM 2022 will be auctioning off a selection of unique chairs during this unique event.
About 30 galleries and vintage shops from around Japan will transform the guest rooms on the 7th and 8th floors of MUJI HOTEL GINZA into stores for this special show. This is the main event and will gather together masterpieces of modern design from the United States, Brazil, Scandinavia, and Japan.
Life in Art “TOKYO MODERNISM 2022”
Running: February 25 – April 10, 2022
Address: ATELIER MUJI GINZA (Muji Ginza 6F / 3-5-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Modernism Auction #Chairs
Part 1: February 25 – March 16, 2022
Part 2: March 18 – April 10, 2022
Address: IDÉE TOKYO (Square Zero Area #48, B1F, Gransta Tokyo inside the ticket gates of JR Tokyo Station)
Running: April 7 – April 10, 2022
Address: MUJI HOTEL GINZA 7F/8F Guest Rooms (3-3-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
April 7, 17:00-20:00 / ¥5,000 (Tax Included) *Preview
April 8-9, 11:00-20:00 / ¥3,000 (Tax Included)
April 10, 11:00-17:00 / ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
Official Site: https://www.idee-lifeinart.com/
Tokyo Gift Palette at Tokyo Station Selling Seasonal Strawberry Sweets
Tokyo Gift Palette, located near the Yaesu North Gate at Tokyo Station, offers a wide selection of unique souvenirs. From December 26, 2021 until January 11, 2022, the location will be holding the Exciting New Year’s Fair, with the Strawberry Sweets Fair coming soon after from January 5 until January 25, 2022.
Konigs-Krone Luxury ‘Strawberry Parfait’
Patisserie Ginza Sembikiya ‘Strawberry Omelet’
Strawberry Shop by FRANCAIS ‘Strawberry Parfait’
*Only available at Tokyo Gift Palette
Tokyo Kaikan ‘Reward Parfait ~Strawberry & Chestnut~
Strawberry Shop by FRANCAIS ‘Fresh Strawberry Milk Cake’
Oosumi Tamaya ‘Strawberry Daifuku’
Oosumi Tamaya ‘Chinese New Year Daifuku’
Tokyo Kaikan ‘Chocolate & Orange Tart’
Paq & Mog Terrace ‘Calbee and Tokyo Banana Bonito & Kelp Umami Dashi Potato Chips
The New Year’s Fair will feature cute cakes and sweets inspired by the Chinese Zodiac, along with traditional Japanese goods. The Strawberry Sweets Fair will see a number of popular goodies on sale, including desserts that won top prizes in the ‘Favorite Fruit Survey’ conducted by Tokyo Gift Palette on Instagram in June 2021.
Exciting New Year’s Fair
Running: December 26, 2021 – January 11, 2022
Strawberry Sweets Fair
Running: January 5 – January 25, 2022
Tokyo Michi Terrace 2021 Event to Illuminate the City’s Marunouchi Area
09.December.2021 | SPOT
East Japan Railway and Mitsubishi Estate Company are teaming up for Tokyo Michi Terrace 2021, a special light-up event being held at Tokyo Station from December 14 until December 25. This year’s theme is ‘Scenery at Dawn,’ and was inspired by the phrase ‘after the night comes the day.’ 2021 was another difficult year for people around the world, and this event signifies the dawn of a new era.
The Tokyo Station Marunouchi Station Building, the trees in the Station Square, and the trees along Gyoko-Dori Avenue will all be decorated with lights that gradually change color. Hopefully, 2022 will be an easier year!
2021 Event Theme: ‘Scenery at Dawn’
After all of the hardships of the year, Christmas 2021 will be the dawn of a new era.
Tokyo will give citizens and guests a beautiful moment illuminated with the morning sunlight.
Tokyo Michi Terrace 2021
Running: December 14 – December 25, 2021
Location: Tokyo Station Marunouchi Station Building, Tokyo Station Marunouchi Station Square, Gyoko-Dori Avenue
*Event period, hours, and contents are subject to change.
*Content may be altered or canceled due to various circumstances.
Tokyo Revengers Characters Speak Local Dialects on New Posters Across Tokyo Station
Starting September 13, characters from the popular anime series Tokyo Revengers are taking over Tokyo Station in a unique new poster campaign! In addition to one main poster featuring all main characters, 47 local posters–one for each Japanese prefecture–are being displayed throughout the massive train station, with characters speaking in local dialects to promote different areas of Japan. For those learning Japanese, this is a neat way to learn more about the unique vocabulary used throughout the country.
A fun Twitter campaign is also underway, asking fans to tweet #オレの地元が最強 (#MyHometownIsTheStrongest). The special prize will be a B0 Japan Revengers poster, given to only one winner, with the remaining 47 winners able to snag a B2-size poster.
A special advertisement for Japan Revengers will appear in the morning edition of the September 17th edition of the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. Additionally, to celebrate the release of the 24th volume of the Tokyo Revengers manga series, those who purchase the new volume will receive one randomly-selected 47-prefecture illustration card during the in-store campaign.
Be sure to check out which prefecture your favorite character is repping!
Kyoto Sweets Cafe eXcafe Gion-Shinbashi Restarts Popular Breakfast Menu for Weekends
The calm Machiya sweet shop eXcafe Gion-Shinbashi will be restarting the popular eXcafe Breakfast (Calico) menu on weekends from September 4 2021. This is the perfect spot to start your Gion adventure, packed full of ancient city charm and history.
eXcafe currently has three store locations in Kyoto: Kyoto-Arashiyama, Gion-Shinbashi, and the newly opened Gion Yasaka.
eXcafe Gion Shinbashi is located in an area where you can appreciate the beauty of Gion, with the ever changing scenery fully reflecting the four seasons. Even on sunny weekends, the area isn’t overly busy and the sky is beautifully clear, making it the perfect spot for commemorative photos.
The returning breakfast menu is the eXcafe Breakfast (Calico), made up of charcoal-grilled toast with a calico cat motif. The fluffy bread is thickly cut and can be completed with your favorite topping: Bean paste, butter, whipped cream, or fruits. The breakfast set also includes a drink and Mitarashi dango dessert, making it the perfect way to spend a relaxing moment at the beginning of your trip, or as a break from your early-morning sightseeing.
Morning walks in Gion are particularly refreshing at this time of year, making a perfect break from the intense Summer heat. It is also ideal for visiting the Yasaka Shrine.
You’ll feel even cooler as you listen to the flowing Shira River, the water gently bubbling under the cobblestones of the famous Tatsumi Bridge. Although it is located in a trendy area, the eXcafe Gion-Shinbashi is a welcome break from the bustle of the city, surrounded by cobblestone alleys and wooden townhouses.
Address: 57-1 Motoyoshi-cho, Higashiyama, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 18:00
Weekends, holidays: 08:00 ~ 18:00
Special Area for Doraemon Tokyo Banana Opens in JR Tokyo Station
Popular souvenir brand Tokyo Banana is celebrating 30 years! These tasty treats are a must-buy for those visiting Japan, and now, a familiar face will be popping up at a special area in the JR Tokyo Station Tokyo Banana shop: Doraemon Tokyo Banana Tokyo Station opens on August 6, 2021. Our favorite blue robot-cat just turned 50 in 2020, and this is the perfect way to celebrate!
Doraemon Tokyo Banana ‘Found it!’
The Doraemon Tokyo Banana is a fluffy, gluten-free sponge cake. Created to celebrate the original creation of these dreamy sweets, the special Doraemon Tokyo Banana Tokyo Station area is now open at JR Tokyo Station. Adorned with various super cute designs, you’ll also be able to find these treats at convenience stores across Japan!
Visitors will also be able to purchase a special gift box, complete with a gently smiling Doraemon design. The box contains eight Tokyo Banana sweets, and is perfect as a souvenir for family and friends–or even for yourself! The sweets within are decorated with random Doraemon designs, so you’ll have to open the box to find out which ones you got! This item is sure to bring joy to all Doraemon fans both young and old.
A two-pack Doraemon Tokyo Banana will also be available. Three different Take-copter varieties and three different Anywhere Door varieties will be on sale, each with uniquely adorable designs to make you want to collect them all. Be sure to check out this special area, and pick up some memorable gifts!
(Please note that the shop has certain quantities of each package, and not all packages may be available depending on the date.
This product is manufactured in the same facility as products containing wheat flour.)
Doraemon Tokyo Banana Tokyo Station
Store Info: JR Tokyo Station HANAGATAYA Tokyo Doraemon Tokyo Banana Tokyo Station
Address: JR Tokyo Station 1F Central Passage, under the Tokaido Line
Open: August 6, 2021
Hours: 6:30-21:30 (Business hours may vary.)
Official Site: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/
Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji Get Retro-Themed Shop in Tokyo Station
Two of Nippon Animation’s most loved properties have come together for a limited-time shop like no other! Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji have joined forces to bring customers a curious collection of retro goods, available now at First Avenue Tokyo Station. The shop will be open until October 4, so there’s plenty of time to grab some new swag!
Wet Wipes: ¥550 each (Tax Included) / Alcohol Hand Spray: ¥880 (Tax Included) / Drug Notebook: ¥550 (Tax Included) / Clear File: ¥385 (Tax Included) / Acrylic Keychain: ¥715 each (Tax Included) / Acrylic Stand: ¥1,100 each (Tax Included) / Mini Tote Bag: ¥1,650 (Tax Included) / Canned Konpeito: ¥1,100 each (Tax Included) / Gacha Can Badge: 1 Turn ¥300 (Tax Included) / Gacha Mini Photo Stand: 1 Turn ¥400 (Tax Included)
Novelty Clear Bookmark
Novelty Set of 4 Clear Bookmarks with Mounts
Ten items in the shop feature this stunning new artwork, inspired by the idea of modern boys and girls in Taisho (1912-1926) retro style. In addition, plenty of other Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji goods are available at the shop for those wanting a more complete collection!
Customers spending over ¥1,500 or more (with tax) will receive a clear bookmark featuring the new retro art, while those spending over ¥6,000 (with tax) will get all four bookmarks with mounts, making it easy to decorate your space with these limited-time products.
Which of these goods are you most hoping to snag? Don’t miss your chance!
The Maruko & Coji-Coji Store Tokyo
Running: August 4, 2021 – October 4, 2021
Location: First Avenue Tokyo Station, Basement 1F North (Next to Mihashi)
Hours of Operation: 10:00-20:00 (Hours subject to change.)
Phone Number: 03-6260-9048
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chibimaruko_official/
Rice Flavoured Roasted Mochi Pieces in Cute Packaging Release in Japan
08.July.2021 | FOOD
Chuoken Senbei released its limited-edition “Arare Jumpin!” rice flavoured roasted mochi pieces snack last Wednesday online at Makuake.
Arare Jumpin! (Set of 3) | Cheese, Dadacha Mame Soybean, Corn | ¥2,540 (Tax Included)
Arare Jumpin! (Set of 6) | Two boxes of each flavour | ¥4,320 (Tax Included)
Chuoken Senbei is a Japanese rice cracker manufacturer that has been around for 100 years. Their new “Arare Jumpin!” snack was created as a way to get more people enjoying the taste of arare, roasted mochi pieces, and so it came up with a new version that goes well with soup.
The snack is made with fibrous genmai rice and is combined with lactic acid bacteria. It arrives in three flavours all of which are so tasty they can be eaten everyday without getting bored of them. Each tiny piece has a cute face printed on it.
“Arare Jumpin!” solves many problems for Japanese people, especially for those who have no time to prepare their own arare, are able to make them easily but are worried about getting enough nutrients, or can’t get their kids to eat them, since it’s made to be eaten in soup, adding a delightfully crunchy texture.
The product comes in cute colourful packaging with the characters swimming in soup. Each bag contains Shield Lactic Acid Bacteria® which is made up of 10 billion lactic acid bacteria. The bateria has mostly no taste or odour so the delicious flavour of the snack isn’t compromised. Genmai rice also contains six times more fibre than ordinary Japanese white rice, so is a healthy everyday option. Available in cheese, soybean, and corn flavours, the arare can be used as toppings in salad and other foods too.
The mochi rice used is called Miyakoganemochi which is produced in Miyagi Prefecture. It’s white and smooth and is popular for its viscosity and flavour. It takes over eight days to create this “Arare Jumpin!” and that’s why it’s limited in stock. Everything from cooking the rice to refrigerating, cutting, baking, bagging, and boxing up.
Kumamon Promotes Strawberry and Whipped Cream Pastry For Pasco Kumamoto Project
The Pasco Kumamoto Prefecture Project is a collaboration between the Japanese pastry company Pasco and Kumamoto Prefecture which has appointed Kumamon, the mascot of Kumamoto, as its head to promote local foods.
The project was started as a reconstruction and restoration effort to help support Kumamoto after the devastating earthquake that struck in 2016 and the 2018 Japan floods. For every select product sold, 0.5 yen is donated to the relief effort to aid victims of the disasters.
The Pasco Kumamoto Prefecture Project is set to run until end end of September this year. It released two items on April 1 as part of the project. It is now releasing two new products: the “Strawberry Jam & Milk Whipped Cream” pastry and “Pancake Omelette Custard & Milk Whipped Cream.” The milk, strawberries, and eggs used for these confections are all sourced from Kumamoto
The pastry recipe creates whipped cream from milk and layers it with a strawberry jam made from yuubeni, a popular brand of strawberry grown in Kumamoto, before baking. The pancake omelette is a combination of Jersey milk, eggs, and custard cream to create a fluffy dessert.
Pasco carefully selects ingredients as part of Kumamon’s promotional products
The ingredients used in the recipes for these food products are all carefully selected to go deliciously well with Pasco’s bread. This includes milk, eggs, and yuubeni strawberries. Pasco plans to used Kumamoto-grown rice for a new product in August.
Scan the code on the packaging and meet Kumamon!
A special Kumamon AR service has also been created as part of the project. If you scan the code on the packaging of these products using a smart device, you can take a photo together with Kumamon as pictured above. He has the same design as on the packets.
Pasco Kumamoto Prefecture Project – 2nd Release
Running: June 1, 2021 – July 31, 2021
Available: Supermarkets and shops in Japan
Pasco Official Website: https://www.pasconet.co.jp/