TV Anime Sarazanmai Inspired Sushi Released at Restaurant Sushizanmai

02.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

TV anime series Sarazanmai is set to begin airing on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block on April 11, 2019.

 

As an April Fool’s Joke, Japanese sushi chain Sarazanmai changed their website on April 1 to make it look like they were teaming up with the anime series. Fortunately for fans it turned out to be a real collaboration.

Eight of the 55 branches of Sushizanmai in the Kanto region of Japan will begin selling a set of 6 sushi pieces inspired by the series for ¥2,160. It will be available from April 11 to May 31. Those who order the sushi will receive one of the six above-pictured lunch mats.

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  • WASHOKU: Asakusa’s Newest Restaurant For Experiencing Japanese-Style Cuisine

    07.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Asakusaーone of the hottest spots in Tokyo for sightseeing, ever-bustling with Japanese and foreign tourists and travellers alike. This ancient district is famous not only for its sights, like Sensō-ji (the oldest temple in Tokyo) and the Nakamise-dōri shopping street leading up to it, but for its bountiful offering of gourmet restaurants.

    Today, we’re taking a look at Taikenkei Dining -WASHOKU-, a restaurant which opened in Asakusa on November 19 this year. If you’re looking for the full package when it comes to experiencing Japanese food culture, WASHOKU has customers covered. Not only do they serve food, like traditional Kyoto obanzai, but they offer cultural experience plans too where you can learn to make sushi or dress up in a kimono and walk the old streets of Asakusa.

    WASHOKU’s concept when it comes to both lunch and dinner centres around enjoying Japanese-style food that is colourful. And that rings tantalisingly true with their kaleidoscopic obanzai, which is formed of 12 vivid bite-sized delights. Obanzai is a traditional style of Japanese cuisine that comes from Kyoto, made up of mostly seafood and vegetables. The obanzai served at WASHOKU was conceived under the guidance of nutritionists, and so is packed full of healthy nutrients for the body. Not only that, the ingredients selected are all domestic to Japan, and are of a very high quality.


    The obanzai I ate included fried beni haruka sweet potato which is sourced from Ishida Farmsーa sweet potato growerーin Katori, Chiba. It had a moist texture and rich sweetness. When I sank my teeth into it, I was flushed with feelings of the fall season.

     

    Other foods in the assortment included sashimi, scallop and yuzu, saikyo-yaki Kyoto-style grilled fish, and more. Each mouthful of the selection offered its own distinct and unique flavours.

    The obanzai is served with miso soup too with which you get to choose a miso ball from a variety of flavours to put into your bowl. I went for the sesame seed miso ball.

    The miso ball is made from miso paste and various ingredients. Once placed into the hot water, it melts and turns into miso soup. The sweet light-brown miso was perfect for warming up my chilly self.

    Dinner also features a dessert menu, as well as courses with an all-you-can-drink option, so I recommend these options for people who want to relax and take their time with their dining experience.

     

    As I mentioned earlier, WASHOKU also offers a variety of experience-based plans. This includes a sushi class where you can learn to make your own hand-rolled sushi.

    There are two types of “temari” hand rolled sushi you can make: the regular type, which makes use of tuna, salmon and other classic sushi toppings, and the high quality type, which uses more high-end ingredients like uni sea urchin eggs, caviar, gold leaf, and more. And for foreign customers, the restaurant has prepared a handout detailing the history of Asakusa and recipes, as well as souvenirs for them to take home.

    The MMN team of course had to have a go at making our own sushi, but it proved quite difficult. You have to get the right amount of sushi rice to roll, then actually roll it perfectly into a ball before topping with your ingredients. But the sushi I made was actually really delicious! To attend this class you have to book in advance, so if you’ve never tried making your own sushi before or have an need some guidance, then we can’t recommend it enough.

    As well as food-related experiences, WASHOKU provides customers with three different plans to experience Japanese culture. The first of these is the rickshaw ride, where you board a rickshaw pulled by a runner and are taken around the various sites of Asakusa. The ‘Excursion Around Asakusa Course’ takes you to the most popular spots around Kaminarimon, while the ‘Sky Tree Course’ takes you all the way to the Sumida River, and you also get to see Tokyo Skytree and various other attractions in Asakusa.

    The Edo Kiriko plan gives you the opportunity to cut your own Japanese glass to drink from. You can drink from your glass if you reserve the plan with lunch or dinner.

    Finally, you can rent a kimono. Select your favourite from the shop and have a professional dresser get you readyーwith both your kimono and your hair. After you’re dolled up, you can take a stroll around Asakusa to get a real feel for Japanese culture.

     

    All three of these plans are just ¥3,500 per person, and all require reservations which you can book online.

    So, if you’re looking for a taste of Japanese food and culture, why not take a trip to WASHOKU when visiting Asakusa for an all-in-one experience?

  • Character cafés are an exciting experience in Japan which sees a café collaborate with well-known anime series, game series or other franchise by decorating the café interior with designs and illustrations based on them and meals and drinks inspired by them.

     

    Before continuing this article be sure to check out our September 2019 list of character cafés as some of them are still running.

     

    Ariel Heads to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya & Hokkaido for The Little Mermaid Cafe

    Ariel is swimming to Japan this September as four branches of OH MY CAFE turn into cafes inspired by The Little Mermaid. The Tokyo and Osaka branches will open on September 21, the Hokkaido branch on September 22, and the Nagoya branch on September 27. The collaboration is being carried out by LEGS COMPANY, LTD.

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid was released back in 1989 as the 28th Disney animated feature film. It tells the story of the internationally-beloved Disney mermaid princess Ariel and her curiosity about the world above the sea.
    The cafes celebrate 30 years since the film’s release. The cafe’s concept is “independent girl.” Each cafe will take on a stylish look and be inspired by Ariel’s unwavering heart and her strength to make her dreams come true.

    <Ariel> Veggie-Packed Pesto Pasta – ¥1,990

    If you’re vegetarian, you won’t be disappointed with this healthy, vegetable-packed pasta dish. The plate it is served on features an illustration of Ariel swimming elegantly in the ocean.

    Seaside Cream Risotto – ¥1,990

    Based on sandy beaches is this creamy risotto. If you look closely you’ll see one of Ariel’s priceless treasures from her endless collection of whose-its, whats-its, and thingamabobs. Sebastian is hiding on the plate too, can you spot him?

    <Flounder> Stripey Yogurt Drink – ¥1,090 / With Coaster – ¥1,890

    Flounder is Ariel’s closest friend, so he had to be included on the menu. This cute yogurt-flavoured smoothie takes on the same colours as our stripey fish companion.

    <Sebastian> Strawberry Smoothie – ¥890 / With Coaster – ¥1,790

    There are lots of other character-themed food and drinks to be enjoyed at the cafes besides these ones too. For more information, check our full article here.

     

    ▼The Little Mermaid OH MY CAFE

    Locations/Dates
    ・Tokyo: OH MY CAFE TOKYO (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku) / September 21, 2019 – November 9, 2019

    ・Osaka: kawara CAFE&DINING Shinsaibashi / September 21, 2019 – November 10, 2019

    ・Nagoya: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO / September 27, 2019 – November 10, 2019

    ・Hokkaido: Cafe Interlude / September 22, 2019 – October 14, 2019

    Official Website: https://mermaid.ohmycafe.jp/

     

     

    Sarazanmai Cafe Designed & Produced by Sanrio Opens in Ikebukuro and Osaka

    Two cafés based on the popular anime series Sarazanmai have arrived in Tokyo and Osaka. The café designs were produced by Sanrio.

    Football Curry of Youth: ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    Football is what connects the three main characters Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. Come taste the delicious flavour of budding friendship in the form of a delicious curry at the café.

    Pudding a la Mode of Friendship: ¥1,280 (Before Tax)

    The three middle schoolers are represented in the form of colourful fruit. This is a delicious dish easily enjoyed by anybody.

    Sparkling Jelly Juice (Kazuki/Kuji/Enta): ¥650 Each (Before Tax)

    These jelly drinks are also themed around Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. The jelly lurking at the bottom of the cup adds a wonderful accent to the flavour.

     

    This café is the perfect place to relax at your own pace this autumn. For more information, check out our full article here.

     

    Sarazanmai Café (Designs Produced by Sanrio)

    Open:

    ・Ikebukuro, Tokyo: September 19 ー October 27, 2019

    ・Nipponnbashi, Osaka: September 26 ー November 5, 2019

    Advanced reservations accepted from 7pm on September 6, 2019

    Reservation Fee: ¥500 (comes with a bonus for reserving)

    Official Website: https://sarazanmai-sanrio-cafe.jp/

     

     

    My Hero Academia Themed Cafe Opening at SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO in Tokyo

     

    A cafe based on the hit TV anime series My Hero Academia will open at SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO on October 12.

     

    Drinks Menu

    Drinks – ¥600 Each (Before Tax)

    Original Latte Art (11 Designs) – ¥700 Each (Before Tax)

     

    Food Menu

    Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019

    Katsu-Lover Midoriya’s Pork Rib Noodles / Eijiro Kirishima’s Crunchy Kakiage Don – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)

     

    Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019

    Katsuki Bakugo’s Spicy Mapo Doufu / Shoto Todoroki’s Fire & Ice Tomato Cheese Pasta – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)

     

    Dessert Menu

    Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019

    Ochaco Uraraka’s Japanese-Style Dessert Set with Matcha Milk – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Tenya Iida’s Source of Strength Orange Parfait – ¥900 (Before Tax)

     

    Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019

    U.A. Dessert Plate – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Tsuyu Asui’s Kero Kero Parfait – ¥900 (Before Tax)

    Enjoy a fun selection of food, drinks and desserts inspired by the My Hero Academia character cast. There’s a whole bunch of merchandise to get your hands on too. For more information, check our full article here.

     

    ▼SEGA Collabo Cafe My Hero Academia

    Running: October 12, 2019 – November 24, 2019

    Location: SEGA Collabo Cafe Ikebukuro GiGO (SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO Floor B2F, 1-21-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

     

    Schedule

    Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019

    Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019

    *Menu items and coaster designs will change for each menu

    *More details can be found on the SEGA Collabo Cafe official website

     

    Cafe Website: https://sega-collabocafe.com/ikebukuro/heroaca02.html

    My Hero Academia Official Website: https://heroaca.com/

     

     

    Weathering with You Anime Film Themed Cafes Opening in Tokyo & Osaka

    Two cafes filmed based on the hit blockbuster anime film Weathering with You will open in Tokyo and Osaka on October 8 and 10 respectively for a limited time. The cafes are being opened by LEGS COMPANY.

     

    The cafes have a beautiful menu lined up inspired by the world of Weathering with You. In addition to the themed decorations set to line the cafes, fans can also get their hands on a range of exclusive cafe merchandise and bonus items.

    The Most Delicious Dinner in Your Life – ¥1,590

    This dish is a complete recreation of the dinner Hodaka eats in the film which he describes as the most delicious he has ever eaten in his 16 years of living. Enjoy a hearty burger together with clam chowder soup and fries.

    Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set – ¥1,590

    This one-person set was made lovingly by Natsume when Hodaka comes to work at the same company as her, K&A. Complete the set together with one of the “Dreamy” beverages from the drinks menu.

    Nagi’s Teru Teru Bōzu À La Mode – ¥1,490
    The teru teru bōzu is a traditional Japanese doll used to prevent rain and bring good weather. This assortment includes candy, fruits, and the doll itself holding a cute umbrella.
    Dreamy Peach Soda – ¥790
    There are lots of other gorgeous-looking menu items and merchandise available too. For more information, check our full article here.

     

    ▼Weathering with You Cafes

    Locations/Dates:
    ①OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE&SPACE (Pine Under Flat B1F, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo) @ October 8, 2019 – November 17, 2019

    ②Osaka Shinsaibashi contact (1-6-24 Kitahorie, Nishi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture) @ October 10, 2019 – November 17, 2019

     

    Table Reservations:

    Price: ¥650 (Before Tax) *Includes bonus item

    *Advance table reservations opened on September 24, 2019

     

    Weathering with You Cafe Website: https://tenkinoko-cafe.jp/

     

     

    ‘LISA LARSON Fika TOKYO’ Cafe Opens in Collaboration With Swedish Ceramicist Lisa Larson

    Sunday Branch Marronnier Gate Ginza is a cafe in Ginza that has collaborated with a number of different characters and artists, including Shawn the Sheep since 2017, The Very Hungry Catterpillar in 2018, and Leo Lionni since 2019.

    Mikey Plate

    ​Inspired by Larson’s popular cat character Mikey, this healthy dish includes almond milk rice with a side of greens.

    Lion Plate

    The adorable round Lion looks like he has been taken right out of Larson’s works and put onto a plate.

    Baby Mikey Gateau Chocolate

    These baby Mikey chocolates take on a ceramic appearance like Larson’s work and are filled with sesame and cocoa powder.

     

    Enjoy food and art come together at LISA LARSON Fika TOKYO. Keep in mind that reservations get priority, so be sure to book a table in advance. For more information, check our full article here.

     

    ▼LISA LARSON Fika TOKYO

    Running: October 4, 2019 – January 27, 2020 (Closed January 1, 2020)

    Location: Sunday Branch Marronnier Gate Ginza 1 Floor 4F (2-2-14, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)

    Website/Reservations: https://www.marronniergate.com/topic/detail/115

    6 Sailor Moon Cafes Opening Across Japan Including Tokyo and Osaka

    LEGS COMPANY, LTD. held the Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 event back in September 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sailor Moon. The event’s theme focused around adulthood imbued with a hint of cuteness. The cafes were so popular that they had a second “encore” run in December of the same year.

     

    This year, LEGS has created an entirely new concept. The theme this year is “Girls Night Out,” and the menu line-up stays true to it, featuring food and drinks all ladies are sure to enjoy on a night out.

    5 Sailor Tortilla Wrap Sandwiches – ¥1,590 (Not available at the Saitama cafe)

    Pretty Girl’s Brunch Pancakes – ¥1,590 (Available at lunchtime only)

    Cosmic Heart Berry Sandwich – ¥1,690

    Moon Night Parfait – ¥1,490 (Available at dinnertime only)

    Enter the kawaii world of the Sailor Moon Cafe again in 2019. For more information, check our full article here.

     

    ▼Sailor Moon Cafe 2019

    Dates/Locations

    ▶︎Tokyo・Shibuya: SHIBUYA BOX CAFE&SPACE SHIBUYA 109

    Running: October 3, 2019 – November 17, 2019

    ▶︎Osaka・Abeno: Abeno contact

    Running: October 3, 2019 – November 17, 2019

    ▶︎Aichi・Nagoya: NAGOYA BOX CAFE&SPACE

    Running: October 10, 2019 – November 24, 2019

    ▶︎Hokkaido・Sapporo: Coach & Four Shinkawa-Dori (Hokkaido Branch)

    Running: October 18, 2019 – November 17, 2019

    ▶︎Kyushu・Fukuoka: kawara CAFE & DINNING KITTE (Hakata Branch)

    Running: October 26, 2019 – December 1, 2019

    ▶︎Saitama・Koshigaya: BOX CAFE&SPACE

    Running: November 14, 2019 – January 13, 2019

     

    Reservations: Opened September 26, 2019

    *¥650 per reservation. Up to 4 people per reservation. Includes bonus item.

     

    Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 Official Website: https://sailor-moon-cafe2019.jp/

     

     

    How did you like this list? Be sure to enjoy all of the café collaboration cafes this October and November!

  • Sanrio-Style Sarazanmai Café to Steal the Scene at Tokyo and Osaka

    13.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    A café based on the popular anime Sarazanmai is coming to Tokyo on September 19 and Osaka on September 26 and will run for a limited time only. The café designs were produced by Sanrio. 

    Sarazanmai is a TV anime which was produced by animation studios MAPPA and  Lapin Track. The anime became incredibly popular when it aired between April and June 2019 on the Fuji TV programming block Noitamina. The last episode was met by an undying stream of grateful messages from fans and even those involved in the creation of the series. 

     

    Sanrio produced Sarazanmai designs which are perfect for the traditional coffee shop theme and the retro Asakusa atmosphere of the series. The collaboration cafés will open in Ikebukuro in Tokyo and Nipponnbashi in Osaka.

     

    Menu

    Football Curry of Youth: ¥1,380 (before tax)

    Football is what connects the three main characters Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. Come taste the delicious flavour of budding friendship in the form of a delicious curry at the café.   

    Pudding a la Mode of Friendship: ¥1,280 (before tax)

    The three middle schoolers are represented in the form of colourful fruit. This is a delicious dish easily enjoyed by anybody. 

    Sparkling Jelly Juice (Kazuki/Kuji/Enta): ¥650 each (before tax)

    These jelly drinks are also themed around Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. The jelly lurking at the bottom of the cup adds a wonderful accent to the flavour.  

     

    Original Goods

     

     

    Badge (10 random designs): ¥450 (before tax)

    Mug (one design only): ¥1,500 (before tax) 

    Special Bonus Goods

    Those who book seats in advance (¥500 + tax) and order from the menu will receive an original design sticker. You will be presented with one of four designs at random. 

    For each item ordered from the menu, you will receive an original design drink coaster. One of six designs will be given to you at random. 

     

    This café is the perfect place to relax at your own pace this autumn. 

     

     

    © イクニラッパー/シリコマンダーズ

  • Roppongi Hills Renovates Food Court Revealing Mouthwatering Michelin Guide Restaurants

    26.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Looking for a delicious Michelin-approved food experience? You surely cannot go wrong with heading to Roppongi Hills; a large-scale development project located in Tokyo, which is known for its nightlife and and shopping. Roppongi Hills is also home to the shopping mall Metro Hat, which is currently renovating its food court on basement floor 2. The foodcourt will have its grand opening on October 29th. 

     

    The renovation will introduce seven new restaurants to the food court. Some of these include ramen shops and Yakitori restaurants which are bringing brand new rare dishes and flavours to the table.

     

    Let’s look at our recommendations:

     

    Ginza Kagari (銀座 篝)

    Chicken Soba: ¥900 (before tax)

    Ginza Kagari is known for their notorious never-ending queues. In 2016 and 2017, it earned a place in the Michelin Guide Tokyo and even became popular overseas. One of their specilaties is their chicken soba. The broth is packed with the goodness and flavour of the entire chicken and even the bones. The flavour of the broth is exquisite and rich. The salt kaeshi sauce which is made from a mix of soy sauce, mirin and sugar goes perfectly with the soup. The salt mixture in the sauce consists of a range of natural salts which contain the natural goodness of the sea and perfectly enhance the flavours of the soup.

     

    Location: Metro Hat Hollywood Plaza Floor B2

    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (L.O: 22:00)
    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/  (The website is scheduled to open during mid October)

     

    Yakitori Kokorikoan (焼鳥 ここりこ庵)

    Yakitori (chicken skewer): ¥200 (before tax)

    You must not miss out on Kokorikoan’s Chicken Skin Hotpot ー a dish that is rare even to Tokyo. This dish is the perfect opportunity to discover a new kind of flavour and a new way to enjoy food. This restaurant prepares their dishes using special and rare cuts of chicken and chicken that is freshly ground in the morning. The chicken is flavored using traditional flavorings such as tare sauce and salt as well as flavorings that are not so conventional in Japan such as balsamic vinegar, herb vinegar, madeira wine, brandy and much more. Each cut of meat is prepared with the most careful methods and best seasonings to fully bring out the flavours. 

     

    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
    Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:00 ー 15:30 (L.O.15:00)  Dinner: 17:00 ー 23:00 (L.O.22:00)

    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/ (The website is scheduled to open during mid October) 

     

     Pintokona (ぴんとこな)

    As a cheap place to enjoy authentic sushi, Pintokona has become a very popular restaurant. Now, it is having a fresh renewal. This sushi is made by using seasonal ingredients from around Japan. From November 1 to 30, there will be an exciting new menu that includes fresh fish from Miyazaki and authentic shochu (Japanese spirit). There will also be a fair that you also should not miss out on. 

     

    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
    Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:00 ー 15:30 (L.O: 15:00) Dinner: 17:00 ー 23:00 (L.O: 22:00)

    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/ (The website is scheduled to open during mid October) 

     

    AFURI(アフリ)

    Yuzu Orange and Salt Ramen: ¥1000 (before tax) 

    Popular ramen shop AFURI sells a ramen with a translucent gold-coloured soup made using the natural spring water that gushes from the foot of Mount Afuri (Mount Oyama) located in the Tanzawa Mountain Range of the Kanto Region. Carefully selected chicken bones, pot herbs, kombu (kelp) and katsuobushi (fermented and smoked fish) is boiled in the water to add to the flavour. The whole wheat flour used to make the noodles creates a wonderfully fresh, chewy texture. The chashu roast pork pieces are freshly barbecued upon each order, creating a fresh and delicious flavour. AFURI also sells vegan ramen which is particularly popular among foreigners.

     

    We have a full report on our heavenly trip to AFURI so if you are curious to find out more, please check out our this article: Introducing AFURI—Harajuku’s Michelin-Starred Ramen Restaurant

     

    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (L.O:22:00)
    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/shops_restaurants/restaurants/00100.html

     

    There are just so many popular shops and restaurants at Metro Hat that you will be spoilt for choice. We hope you enjoy exploring the rich culture of Roppongi. 

  • Watch Sarazanmai in a Single Sitting at Tokyo’s Anime ZONE Cinema

    30.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME

    TV anime series Sarazanmai wrapped up its story on June 20 with its final episode.

    If you’re in Tokyo from July 19, you’ll want to head on over to Anime ZONE in Ikebukuro, a cinema that screens anime series all day, as it has announced that it will screen all of Sarazanmai‘s eleven episodes in one sitting. Ticket prices and other information will be announced on the official website in the weeks leading up to it.

     

    Anime ZONE is a new way to enjoy anime series, giving fans a chance who watched a series on their television, computer or smartphone to see it on the big screen with surround sound. The cinema hosts seasonal events, invites staff who have worked on particular anime series to talk, and more. Their catalogue offers a multitude of shows, from the latest series to older masterpieces.

     

    ©イクニラッパー/シリコマンダーズ

  • Mogu Mogu Nippon | Indulging in Oniku no Osushi’s Matsusaka Beef Don in Asakusa

    27.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Asakusa is located in Tokyo and is home to many famous tourist and sightseeing spots such as Sensō-ji Temple and the Kaminarimon Gate. It’s also a place lined with restaurants serving up an array of gourmet dishes.

     

    We have covered many popular cafés and local specialties in Asakusa in MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON. Today, we will take a look at a sushi restaurant called Oniku no Osushi which opened recently where customers can eat sushi served with Japanese wagyu beef. It is the first big name restaurant from the Gion district of Kyoto to arrive in the country’s Kanto region. Since opening its doors, it has been much-talked-about and has enjoyed the hustle and bustle of hungry customers.

    The restaurant is about an 8-minute walk from Akasaka Station via the subway and just a 2-minute walk via Tsukuba Express. You’ll know the restaurant when you see it as the outside of it incorporates a wooden design. Inside, too, wooden planks and pillars decorate the interior.

     

    Matsusaka beef is a brand of beef in Japan made from the meat of Japanese Black cattle that are reared under strict conditions in Matsusaka, Mie. At Oniku no Osushi, customers are able to eat this beef in the form of sushi marbled and with a rare texture.

    I dined together with Chinese model and talent Etsuna. She loves eating out but this was her first time eating rare meat on sushi. We ordered the restaurant’s popular Oniku no Osushi platter and the Gyusen Don (served only at lunchtime).

    Oniku no Osushi Platter (8 Pieces): ¥5,000

    The meat sushi platter comes with eight pieces including two pieces each of lean beef, salted beef, roast beef, and fatty gunkan beef. Excluding the gunkan beef it’s recommended eating each piece from the left as pictured above. Everything is already flavoured so you can eat them as they are.

     

    The gunkan beef is best enjoyed while it is still frozen so I started with that. The cold beef just melts as it enters you mouth. It tastes sweet and has a fatty texture to it. The egg yolk mixes together with the beef on your tongue and gives it an even smoother taste.

     

    The meat of the lean beef, salted beef and roast beef sushi is soft and each is layered with refreshing grated lemon and daikon. When you bite into the succulent meat your taste buds are treated to the sweetness of the fat and the meats’ rich flavours. I was able to taste the distinct qualities of each type.

    Gyusen Don (w/ Cold Miso Soup): ¥2,480

    The Gyusen Don is served at lunchtime only. It contains Matsusaka Gyusen® flakes and Kyoto-style tsukemono pickled vegetables, condiments and bite-sized meat pieces. The presentation of the dish is beautiful! You add soy sauce to it and mix with the egg yolk, and it’s simple irresistible! We made sure to snap a final photo before tucking in.

    The beef of this dish melts in your mouth just like the gunkan beef and blends well with the egg yolk to create a velvety flavour. The dish also has condiments and pickled vegetables too adding to the variety of tastes. If you add wasabi or ginger the flavours are elevated even further, especially when eaten with the Kyoto-style pickled vegetables which creates a spicy tang.

     

    The miso soup that the dish is served with is also Kyoto-style. Wheat starch and pickled vegetables are added to the sweet white broth to create a mellow flavour that goes well with the dish.

    Etsuna gave high praise to the dish too: “It was so delicious. I think there are still a lot of foreigners that don’t know about meat sushi yet, so I think it’ll get popular soon. It’s a bit pricey there are a lot of foreign travelers who want to eat tasty Japanese food, so I recommend it to them.”

     

    Asakusa is famous for its takeaway food to be eaten while walking, but Oniku no Sushi serves up an Asakusa-exclusive gourmet experience too.

    Steamed Rice & Meat: ¥500

    If you’re walking around Asakusa and are feeling peckish, then you should go for steamed rice and meat (おにくの飯蒸し). It’s packed full of beefy flavour.

    What did you think of this little Asakusa lunch trip? Of course, Oniku no Osushi has an evening slot for dinner too, so if you’d like to try some Matsusaka beef then be sure to pay a visit.

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Department)

    Model: 悦奈(Etsuna)

  • Full Music Video for Massara by KANA-BOON Now on YouTube

    13.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    KANA-BOON are currently celebrating five years since their debut with “5 releases” and “5 events” across “5 seasons.” On June 12, the full version music video for KANA-BOON’s newest song Massara was unveiled.

     

    Massara was released on June 12, marking the end of KANA-BOON’S five-year commemoration project. This makes it a very significant song in their career. 

    Massara is currently the opening for NoitaminA TV anime Sarazanmai. After the release of the short version music video, fans just could not contain their excitement for the release of the full version video.

     

    From the moment the introduction starts, KANA-BOON powers through the entire song. From the way vocalist/guitarist Maguro Taniguchi passionately screams from the bottom of his heart with deep feeling etched into his face, to the emotional guitar solo, the entire band pulled out all the stops to create this powerful piece. KANA-BOON is set in motion and they just cannot stop improving and striving forward.

     

    This music video is the perfect way to wrap up KANA-BOON’s five-year commemoration project so please check it out.

  • the peggies Release Sarazanmai Ending Theme ‘Stand By Me’ Music Video

    06.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese pop-rock band the peggies dropped their song Stand By Me at the end of April which serves as the ending theme for the TV anime series Sarazanmai. Today, the full music video for the song hits YouTube over on Sony Music’s official channel.

     

    *May be unavailable in certain regions.

     

    The music video has a sense of loneliness to it as we see focused shots of each member on their own. Vocalist and guitarist Yûho Kitazawa in particular expresses her emotions as she sings her heart out in the rain.

     

    The music video is available for limited-time viewing and is scheduled to be removed on July 31, 2019.

  • Hello, readers! I’m Ren Koseki. Spring is here, and we’re about to enter the Reiwa era.

     

    When talking about spring, we’ve got to talk about spring anime! I’ve picked up some series from the season and compiled them into a list for you all with my own comments and opinions. Let’s go!

     

    • The Helpful Fox Senko-san

    For those of you who need a relaxing break from the demands of day-to-day life, I recommend this moe-packed, heart-healing series!

     

    The story follows Kuroto Nakano, a salary man completely exhausted from his mundane routine of simply going back and forth to and from work. One day, an 800-year-old fox girl by the name of Senko appears to him to take care of him. There are flashback scenes every now and then that hint at Kuroto having met Senko when he was a child. Watching their relationship unfold is interesting to watch. At any rate, this is one that people who are also fatigued should watch so they can feel cared for too.

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    • Sarazanmai

    You can never predict what’s coming next or how the story will develop in this anime series!

     

    Three middle school boys are transformed into kappa by Keppi who steals their shirokodama. In order for them to return to their human forms, they must fight kappa zombies by removing their shirokodama from them and retrieving their wish-granting dishes. The atmosphere of the series is ever-changing. At one point it suddenly turns into a musical with the kappa singing and dancing. It’s an anime where you won’t get the full scope by just watching two or three episodes, and while it’s still ongoing that fact even now holds true.

     

    • Carole & Tuesday

    This series is set in a world 50 years after humans have migrated to Mars. It’s an age where most of the culture is created by AI.

     

    The story follows Carole, who was raised in a facility, and Tuesday, who was born into a wealthy family. These two musicians are drawn together by the same solitude they feel and dreams they hold. In an age where AI creates hit songs, these two characters’ voices will change the world.

     

    You will of course be invested in this story but it’s the music that these two create that you will end up becoming a fan of. I’m interested to see how their voices will change this lonely, AI-developed world.

     

    • Midnight Occult Civil Servants

    Miyako Arata joins the “Nighttime Regional Relations” department of Shinjuku Ward Office. Each of Tokyo’s 23 wards in this story is home to one such department. Their work sees them coming into contact with occult-like beings such as gods, spirits and angels. These beings appear in order to patch things up where an ordinary human encounters some kind of problem.

     

    Miyako is supposed to be just a newbie, but he has an ability that none of the others have: he is able to communicate with these beings. His roots, and the events surrounding theme, are another interesting part of this interesting anime!

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    • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

    This is an anime adaptation of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba which is currently serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump.

     

    The protagonist Tanjiro lived a happy live together with his family in the mountains where they sold charcoal. One day a demon comes and slaughters his family. The sole survivor, Tanjiro’s sister, is turned into a demon, though not completely. Tanjiro sets off to find a way to turn his sister back into a human. The story is harsh and the battle scenes are exhilarating. Will Tanjiro be able to save his sister? We will find out as we carry on watching the story unfold.

     

     

    These are the five anime series I am checking out this season! Asakusa in Sarazanmai and Shinjuku in Midnight Occult Civil Servants are actual places so it’s fun to watch! It might be fun to visit the locations they visit too.

     

    It’s looking to be a great spring this year with so many great looking anime series this season.

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  • the peggies Release TV Anime Sarazanmai ‘Stand By Me’ Ending Theme Music Video

    27.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Pop rock band the peggies released their first major studio album Hell like Heaven on February 6. Right now, they are knee deep in their nationwide tour of Japan.

     

    It was previously announced that the band will release their song Stand By Me on May 29, the ending theme for the hugely popular ongoing anime series Sarazanmai. But today, the band has just dropped the track’s music video. The emotional video features them on the dim and rainy streets illuminated by car light.

     

    the peggies – “Stand By Me” Music Video Short Ver.

    The band also unveiled the singles’ CD covers as well as a new artist photo.

    Regular Edition copies feature vocalist and guitarist Yuuho Kitazawa standing alone in a desert.

    Limited Pressing Edition copies feature artwork taken from the Sarazanmai anime series. It has the three main characters walking through Asakusa where the series is set. These copies also come is special tall-size packaging and are coupled with a DVD which has the anime’s creditless ending theme video on it.

    Fans can get their hands on the above-listed pieces of bonus merchandise when buying the single at the respective stores. When purchased at TOWER RECORDS or the band’s fan store they will receive one of two original stickers designed by Yuuho. When bought at Sony Music Shop they will get a set of two pin badges also designed by her. These are all limited in stock.

     

    If fans buy the CD from the band’s ongoing tour “the peggies tour 2019 Hell like Heaven trip” they can have their copy signed by the band at the venue. Details on the tour can be found on the band’s official website.

  • New sushi restaurant Osushi to washoku hatanaka opens in front of Kanazawa station, Ishikawa!

    25.April.2019 | FOOD

    On 20th April, a new sushi restaurant called Osushi to washoku hatanaka opened in front of JR Kanazawa station, Ishikawa prefecture.

     

    The restaurant’s sushi is made by 29-year-old Ayako Hatanaka, who has had many years of experience training at Japanese restaurants in Kyoto and even at a top-class sushi restaurant in the capital of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur. Talented staff who have experience working abroad have been specially chosen to work here, and so foreigners can stop by this restaurant to order sushi with no trouble at all!

    The restaurant building was once a traditional Kanazawa Machiya merchant house that was built straight after WWII. For the purpose of the restaurant, it was renovated but still maintains the graceful Japanese-style atmosphere The building was formerly used by a fish dealer and so the restaurant decor includes an old fashioned store signboard.

    The menu is filled with sushi made using fish freshly caught from Kanazawa Port. There are also many vegetable side dishes made from vegetables which were nurtured to contain lots of nutrients. The vegetables are sourced from the Hokuriku region, which is the northwestern region of Honshu; Japan’s main island. You can also enjoy the flavour of natural wine as the drinks menu includes Japanese alcohol sourced from the Hokuriku region.

     To celebrate the grand opening, MotionGallery is holding a grand funding event which aims to not only raise money to support the business but will also make it possible to purchase 25% off meal tokens! Already, the funding project has raised over two million yen, which is almost three times the amount that the fund aimed to raise.

     

     

  • KANA-BOON Reveal Release Date For TV Anime ‘Sarazanmai’ Opening Theme ‘Massara’

    20.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    KANA-BOON have revealed that they will release their new single Massara (“Brand New”) on June 12. The refreshing-sounding and feel-good song is being used as the opening theme for the ongoing anime series Sarazanmai.

     

    The single is coupled with the up-tempo track FLYERS which features wordplay by the band’s vocalist Maguro Taniguchi.

     

    First Press Limited Edition copies of the single come with a DVD featuring the band’s performance at Yokohama Bay Hall taken from their 55-date tour “Let’s go 55 ONE-MAAN!!” held across all 47 prefectures of Japan, as well as a tour documentary. The footage comes as proof of KANA-BOON having refined their live performances even more.

    Additionally, the CD cover art is a photo of KANA-BOON’s muse Yukino Kishii who has appeared in several of their music videos including Naimononedari1.2. step to you and Ikiteyuku. This marks her 5th year working with the band.

    KANA-BOON vocalist Maguro Taniguchi released the following statement on the new single: “It’s been 5 years our debut during which we have come to perform at some crazy events and have release many songs. We are now adding a new song to the repertoire. It’s the theme song for the anime series Sarazanmai. We themed the lyrics on ‘connections’ as the [anime’s] story is rooted in that. You and I, me and you, the world and myself, the stage and the floor, a person I have never seen before and one I have. I want this song to take on both the role of creating new connections and reconnecting things.”

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