Popular Kyoto Doughnut Shop koe donuts kyoto Opens Pop-Up Store in Shibuya
hotel koe tokyo, located in Shibuya, is a hotel that offers guests a variety of services from accommodation to fashion, music and dining. The hotel has regular pop-up stores that set up shop on the first floor “koe space.”
koe donuts kyoto is the next store to hit the koe space where it will run from May 1 to 6. The hugely popular doughnut shop had its grand opening in Kyoto on March 21 this year. They are now set to bring their “ethical & wellness” doughnuts to the people of Tokyo.
Plain Financier Doughnut: ¥320 / Five-Coloured Bean Financier Doughnut: ¥350 / Carrot Cake Financier Doughnut: ¥350 / Black Bean Financier Doughnut: ¥350 / Crumble Financier Doughnut: ¥350 (*Pre-tax prices)
A selection of koe donuts kyoto merchandise illustrated by Japanese illustrator Yu Nagaba will also be sold featuring drawings of the “Doughnut Professor.” There are six items in total including a t-shirt made from organic cotton (which includes beige and purple colours exclusive to Shibuya), a tote bag, mug, and more.
If you’re in Tokyo in early May for Golden Week then try some exclusive doughnuts all the way from Kyoto!
Photo © Masaki Hamada (kkpo)
Experience Shibuya Online With Airbnb and PLAY! DIVERSITY SHIBUYA’s Special Website
05.July.2020 | SPOT
PLAY! DIVERSITY SHIBUYA and Airbnb launched a new website on July 2 which lets people experience Shibuya tourism and all things Shibuya online.
The online project comes in response to the economic slump that Shibuya has faced as a result of COVID-19 which has meant less tourism. The website will feature a host of unique content that captures the essence of the Shibuya experience.
The first entry to the website will see KABA taking users on a virtual walk through the city of Shibuya. KABA, an activist for the LGBTQ community in Japan, was appointed as an official Tourism Ambassador of Shibuya this year. As well as this, the energetic Akkun, another Shibuya Tourist Ambassador and influencer amongst Shibuya’s youth, will also be hosting a “Shibuya Sake School.” There is much more content to enjoy right now too, and the website is set to expand even more.
Other features include the “WANDER COMPASS” which lets users learn about Shibuya’s history and visit local spots through a virtual tour, and Shibuya TSUTAYA O-EAST’s own DJ Bar “AZUMAYA” is showcasing how to make Japanese cocktails using various Japanese ingredients and spices.
Visit Shibuya from the comfort of your own home using Airbnb and PLAY! DIVERSITY SHIBUYA’s special new website.
New York Ramen Bar Kuro-Obi to Open First Japanese Branch in Shibuya
05.July.2020 | FOOD
New York-based ramen bar Kuro-Obi has announced that it’s opening it first Japanese branch in the food hall of Shibuya’s new shopping centre RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK on August 4, 2020.
Kuro-Obi was established in New York back in 2014. To date, it has opened 6 branches across the US as well as one branch in Singapore. It specialises in “tori paitan”, a silky chicken-base broth. The new Japanese ramen bar will serve many different tori paitan ramen dishes takeout style, which is common in the US. All ramen served here is served in paper cups rather than bowls, so it can be eaten both in the food hall or taken away.
Added to the rich soup broth and noodles is moist chicken char siu, soft-boiled egg, negi spring onion, and fried onion chips. The black pepper used adds a kick to the overall flavour. Thick noodles are also used.
“Ramen is Freedom” is the theme of Kuro-Obi’s brand in Japan, with which they aim to challenge the new possibilities of ramen.
Kuro-Obi MIYASHITA PARK
Grand Opening: August 4, 2020
Address: MIYASHITA PARK South 3F FOOD HALL, 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30)
Official Website: https://kuroobi-ramen.com/
Chocolate-Piled Shaved Ice & Other Summer Season Delights at BEL AMER Kyoto Villa
04.July.2020 | FOOD
Kyoto-based chocolate bar BEL AMER Kyoto Villa is serving up the perfect line of new chocolatey bites for summer 2020.
The entire line-up is a delight to look at, from a mountain of chocolate piled on top of shaved ice, a summertime mango and melon dessert, and more.
Chocolate Noir Shaved Ice x Matcha: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Shaved ice is the quintessential summertime dessert in Japan, and since this one is being served at a shop specialising in chocolate, what better way to serve it than drizzled in a mountain of the stuff? The shaved ice is covered in rich chocolate cream and chocolate sauce and is topped with chocolate nibs. It’s also served with a side of matcha sauce which you can pour over yourself, creating a delicious harmony of flavours.
Mille-Feuille au Chocolat Exotic With 196℃ Chocolate Ice Cream: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
This summertime dessert is made with lots of mango and melon. In the centre of it all is even more mango, as well as pineapple and coconuts, for a flavourful layered experience. Served on the side is ice cream made from BEL AMER Kyoto Villa’s own original couverture chocolate.
Summer Pavlova: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
This piece of art of a dessert is a must for lovers of matcha and melon. It’s made from fluffy meringue topped with white chocolate, matcha mousse, and chocolate cream, which itself is then topped with refreshing melon and grapes for a refreshing kick.
Chocolate Croquette Sandwich: ¥990 (Tax Included)
BEL AMER Kyoto Villa is also serving up a very unique dish indeed which mixes together chocolate and croquette—a flavour that actually works, combining sweetness and bitterness. The croquette is made from potatoes. The brioche sandwich also contains cheese and bacon.
These are just some of the delights on show at BEL AMER Kyoto Villa this summer. If ever you’re in Kyoto, be sure to stop by, especially in the summer.
BEL AMER Kyoto Villa Bettei Sanjo
Address: 66 Sanjodori Sakaimachi Higashi Iru Kitagawa Masuyacho, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto
Official Website: https://www.belamer-kyoto.jp
3 Gourmet Cheesecakes From Popular Cheesecake Shops in Japan
04.July.2020 | FOOD
The cheesecake—a popular dessert with a flavour that is both rich and refreshing. The number of shops in Japan specialising in cheesecakes has been on the rise recently, all of whom are baking up their own unique versions. Here are three summertime cheesecakes available online in Japan from three popular cheesecake shops.
This summer, Mr. CHEESECAKE has whipped up a seasonal “Hirami Lemon” flavoured cheesecake which they are selling in limited quantities via their official LINE account from July 12 to 19. The cheesecake is packaged in a special box featuring an illustration of the summertime ocean.
Made with refreshing hirami lemons, the cheesecake has a sour and slightly bitter kick to it. By combining Japanese sansho pepper and olive oil, the sourness of the hirami lemon is elevate to new heights. Mint is also added to up the refreshing flavour, and salt from Okinawa heightens the sweetness of the cheesecake.
Mr. CHEESECAKE hirami lemon
Price: ¥5,400 (Tax Included)
Official Website: https://mr-cheesecake.com/
Neko Neko Cheesecake
Neko Neko Cheesecake, a cheesecake shop which opened in Tokyo in May, serves cat-shaped cheesecakes. This summer-only cheesecake is made using setonai lemons. It was released on Friday and will be sold in limited quantities only.
The cheesecake has lemon jelly in the middle and is topped with sliced lemons grown in the Seto Inland Sea area that are baked together with the cake. It’s finished with a smear of lemon jam and cream, making for a real summertime treat.
Neko Neko Cheesecake ~Setonai Lemon~
Release Date: July 1, 2020
Price: Single ¥3,800 / Lemon & Plan ¥5,980
Online Store: https://hbantique.official.ec
Release Date: July 3, 2020
Price: Single ¥2,200
Available: Neko Neko Cheesecake in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo
Confectionery shop LeTAO has released their popular “Melon Double” cheesecake again this summer.
A popular cheesecake released every year by LeTAO, the Melon DOuble is a sweet baked cheesecake made with individual layers of melon puree and mascarpone cream cheese. The refreshing sweetness of the melon goes hand in hand with the cheese.
Melon Double ~Hokkaido Melon~
Price: ¥1,728 (Tax Included) *Shipping fee ¥890
Available: Until August 31, 2020
Product Details: https://shop.letao.jp/item/F695.html
Gourmet Shaved Ice Served Up at the New VERMICULAR PREMIUM SHAVED ICE SALON in Nagoya
03.July.2020 | FOOD
For this summer only, a limited-time gourmet shaved ice shop called “VERMICULAR PREMIUM SHAVED ICE SALON” is opening up inside VERMICULAR VILLAGE in Nagoya from July 2 to September 13.
The exquisite shaved ice options are topped with fruit confitures which are made without any water involved, allowing for the original flavour of the fruits to come through, as well as adzuki beans cooked with Vermicular cookware, and more. The shaved ice is served inside Vermicular’s high quality mini pots, which have been kept cool, meaning the ice doesn’t melt when it’s put inside, meaning it stays nice and fluffy until the end.
There are three to pick from, and underneath each the shaved ice is a blancmange which goes hand in hand with the shaved ice flavours.
Strawberry, Pistachio, & Condensed Milk: ¥1,300 (Before Tax)
This ice pot is topped with a strawberry jam which was made using no water, and pistachios—which go really well with the fruity confiture. At the very bottom is a condensed milk blancmange, making it delicious down to the last spoonful.
Nishio Matcha, Adzuki Beans, Brown Cane Sugar Warabimochi, & Houjicha: ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Next is a matcha flavoured shaved ice pot made with adzuki beans and matcha grown in Nishio, Aichi. Sat at the bottom of the pile is a houjicha tea blancmange and brown cane sugar warabimochi.
Mango, Passion Fruit, & Coconut: ¥1,300 (Before Tax)
Lastly is a mango and passion fruit sauce covered shaved ice with coconut milk and a topping of fresh mango. At the bottom is a coconut blancmange.
Address: 2-4 Funatocho, Nakagawa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi
Enquiries: VERMICULAR RESTAURANT THE FOUNDRY (052-355-6800)
Dining: 50 minutes max
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
Summer 2020 Parfait Fair Begins at Shiseido Parlour in Tokyo
03.July.2020 | FOOD
Shiseido Parlour began its annual “Midsummer Parfait Fair” at its Ginza, Tokyo branch on Wednesday which will run until August 30 and be divided into two different slots serving different parfaits. The cafe is serving up a selection of parfaits made from ice cream and local seasonal fruits under the trust that the chefs and farmers have built over the years.
2020 Midsummer Parfait Fair: Slot ① July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020
Furano, Hokkaido – Furano Melon Parfait: ¥2,100 (Tax Included)
This parfait is made using Furamon melon which is grown in Hokkaido’s city of Furano between the mountains where there is a major temperature difference. The melon is ripened after being harvested and so make it nice and soft, giving a sweet and juicy flavour and fragrance.
Sakai Nouen, Wakayama – Arakawa Peach Parfait: ¥2,300 (Tax Included)
The “Arakawa” peach is a brand of peach grown in Wakayama Precture. The peaches are grown until their nearly completely ripe while in the tree, giving them a soft texture. Inside the sweet flavour is a sour kick, both of which explode with the juiciness of the peach in the parfait.
Yaeyama Islands, Okinawa – Apple Mango Parfait: ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
The “apple mango” is a type of mango grown in the hot climate of Okinawa. The mango has a super soft, melt-in-the-mouth texture and a sour tinge which elevates its rich sweetness.
Hatake Kobo, Nagano Prefecture – Koihime Strawberry Parfait: ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
The “koihime” is a type of summer strawberry grown in-house by Shiseido Parlour. The strawberries get plenty of water, air, and sunlight so they grow into red jewels packed full of sweetness.
The second slot of the 2020 Midsummer Parfait Fair will run from August 1 to August 30.
Shiseido Parlour Ginza
Address: Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Bldg. (Floor 3F), 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5537-6231 (No reservations required)
[Tue-Sat] 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
[Sun & Hols] 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30
Closed: Mondays, New Year Holidays
Official Website: https://parlour.shiseido.co.jp/
Support Japan’s Cherry Farmers During Lockdown by Eating Q-pot CAFE.’s Cherry Parfait
02.July.2020 | FOOD
Q-pot. and Q-pot CAFE. introduced a special cherry parfait to its menu on June 27 to help support cherry farmers whose work has been affected by COVID-19.
Due to less people travelling and sightseeing around Japan as a result of the lockdown and self-isolation practices, orders for cherries are being cancelled, and many festivals across Japan too are being cancelled, all of which is having a huge affect on the country’s cherry industry.
The current season is the best time to enjoy Japan’s juicy cherries, and so Q-pot CAFE. has teamed up with a cherry farm in Yamagata, a prefecture famous for its cherries.
Cherry Cherry Parfait (w/Drink): ¥1,850 (Tax Included)
The “Cherry Cherry Parfait” is topped with snow-white whipped cream, crunchy meringue, and cherries for a gorgeous contrast of red and white.
The cherries used are considered a high-grade type called “satonishiki” which has been dubbed the “King of Cherries.” They sit gracefully atop their kingdom of sweet ingredients including salt milk ice cream, chocolate, cherry jam, sponge cake, and panna cotta.
The cherry farmers are taking all the necessary safety precautions against COVID-19 while they continue to delivery delicious cherries to the people of Japan.
Cherry Cherry Parfait
Location: Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando
Serving: From June 27, 2020 while supplies last
*Due to an event taking place between July 21, 2020 – September 4, 2020, customers must book a table in advance to dine at Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando. The regular menu will not be served.
Official Website: http://www.q-pot.jp
Brown Bear & Other Tasty Shaved Ice Recipes Arrive at Tokyo’s Terrace Dining TANGO for Summer
01.July.2020 | FOOD
For this year’s summer season only, Tokyo-based Italian restaurant Terrace Dining TANGO is serving three original shaved ice desserts from July 1 to August 31.
Terrace Dining TANGO is a restaurant located in The Place of Tokyo, a wedding venue that faces Tokyo Tower. Every summer, the restaurant serves special limited-time shaved ice. They use water with absolutely no impurities that is frozen slowly over a period of 48 hours. This is turned into fluffy shaved ice which the restaurant’s patissiers drizzle in specially-made sauces. This year includes their popular brown sugar syrup-drizzled brown bear shaved ice which is always well received for its cute appearance, as well as their regular strawberry milk flavour, and a new apricot kernel and mango sauce shaved ice.
Brown Bear w/Brown Sugar Syrup: ¥950 (Before Tax/Service Charge)
An original shaved ice conceived by Terrace Dining TANGO which never fails to put smiles of the faces of its customers every year. This year they are adding a Japanese taste to it with a houjicha tea syrup sauce. Inside the fluffy shaved ice is condensed milk and chewy tapioca. If you let the shaved ice melt it becomes like bubble tea with the tapioca pearls.
Strawberry Milk: ¥850 (Before Tax/Service Charge)
A classic serving of TANGO’s strawberry milk shaved ice, doused in a specially-made strawberry syrup and rich condensed milk. Hidden in the centre is a condensed milk cream, strawberry jelly, and fresh strawberries.
Apricot Kernel Milk w/Mango Sauce: ¥850 (Before Tax/Service Charge)
This shaved ice is topped with melt-in-the-mouth apricot kernel cream and lots of fruity mango sauce for a sweet and sour punch.
Terrace Dining TANGO is a great place to visit after going to Tokyo Tower, so if you’re in Tokyo this summer then cool yourself off with some refreshing shaved ice.
Terrace Dining TANGO
Address: 1F, 3-5-4 Shibakoen, Minato Ward, Tokyo
[Weekdays] 11:30-15:00 (Last Orders 14:00), 17:00-23:30 (Last Orders 22:30)
[Saturdays] 11:30-16:00 (Last Orders 15:00), 17:00-23:30 (Last Orders 22:30)
[Sundays/Holidays] 11:30-16:00 (Last Orders 15:00), 17:00-22:30 (Last Orders 21:30)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1307/A130704/13144857/
Cute Bear Pancakes Whipped Up at IMADA KITCHEN in Tokyo’s SHIBUYA109
30.June.2020 | FOOD
IMADA KITCHEN in SHIBUYA109 has teamed up with Hattendo Cafe to co-create the new “Torokeru Kuma-san Pancakes” (Melty Mr. Beat Pancakes) which will be served from July 1, 2020 to August 30, 2020.
IMADA KITCHEN is a food project that aims to create original food in Shibuya. Together with Hattendo, a Hiroshima brand known for its incredible cream pastries, they have created a super cute bear design pancake. Bear designs are popular with young girls in Japan.
Torokeru Kuma-san Pancake: ¥450 (Before Tax)
The fluffy pancakes are filled with melt-in-the-mouth, handmade custard cream, meaning a single bite lets you enjoy both the moist texture of the pancake and the melty drizzle of the custard cream. Your mouth is instantly filled with flavours of maple syrup and egg, which when combined with the accompanying berries makes for a sweet amalgamation of deliciousness.
Torokeru Koro Tama Kuma Sandwich: ¥450 (Before Tax)
Normally, you would have to go to Hiroshima to try Hattendo Cafe’s “Torokeru Koro Tama Kuma Sandwich,” but now it will be available to try at IMADA KITCHEN. Made with the cafe’s “cream bread,” this moist sandwich is filled with egg salad, korokke, and cabbage for a hearty meal.
Location: MOG MOG STAND (SHIBUYA109 Floor B2F)
Official Website: https://imada-kitchen.jp/
4 Refreshing Matcha Shaved Ice Flavours Released at Itohkyuemon in Kyoto
30.June.2020 | FOOD
Kyoto’s famous tea shop Itohkyuemon began serving four new Uji matcha and shaved ice mixed desserts on its menu yesterday (June 29). Itohkyuemon was founded in 1832 in the latter period of Edo. Ujitawara, the place in Kyoto where the shop is located, is famous for the tea served by Itohkyuemon which has been harvested by the Ito family for years.
Uji Matcha Parfait Ice: ¥1,490 (Tax Included) | Serving: Until Late September 2020 | Avaialble: Itohkyuemon JR Uji Station/Itohkyuemon Gionshijo
The Uji Matcha Parfait Ice uses a blend of matcha and milk-infused ice as its base. It’s then topped with sweet treats like rice flour dumplings, red bean paste, ice cream, matcha jelly, and more to turn it into a parfait.
Uji Matcha Daifuku Ice: ¥1,290 (Tax Included) | Serving: Until Late September 2020 | Avaialble: Itohkyuemon JR Uji Station/Itohkyuemon Gionshijo
This Uji Matcha Daifuku Ice is an upgrade of the one Itohkyuemon served last year. It has a creamy custard base with matcha daifuku hidden in the shaved ice.
Fluffy Uji Kindokei Vanilla Ice Cream: ¥990, Matcha Ice Cream ¥1,090 (Tax Included) | Serving: Until Late September 2020 | Avaialble: Itohkyuemon JR Uji Station/Itohkyuemon Gionshijo
Fluffy Uji Kindokei Rice Flour Dumpling: ¥850, Rice Flour Dumpling & Vanilla Ice Cream ¥970, Rice Flour Dumpling Matcha Ice Cream ¥1,090 Serving: Until Late September 2020 | Avaialble: Itohkyuemon Uji Main Branch
These two “Kindokei” (Gold Watch) servings use more ice. At the main branch of Itohkyuemon they’re more crunchy, while at the JR Uji Station and Gionshijo branches they’re more fluffy.
Official Website: https://www.itohkyuemon.co.jp/corporate/
Cute and Dreamy Tanabata Inspired Confections Arrive at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando
29.June.2020 | FOOD
Q-pot CAFE. is celebrating Japan’s Tanabata festival with a limited-time menu which was introduced on June 27.
Romantic Star Plate w/Drink: ¥2,060 (Tax Included)
This starry delight is plated with a fromage blanc filled with ganache cream and peach jelly. There’s star-shaped meringue macarons filled with cream, creamy blueberry and blackcurrant panna cotta, star-shaped chocolate to represent the Tanabata deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, and a luxurious Q-pot CAFE. macaron.
Romantic Peach & Elderflower Soda: ¥750 (Tax Included)
Refresh yourself with a summery glass of this peach and elderflower soda which is filled with blue, purple, and pink transparent jelly which twinkle like a kaleidoscope.
Bottled Drinks (Takeout Only): ¥1,296 Each (Tax Included) *Limited quantity available / *¥100 off if you take your own bottle
Enjoy a takeout bottle of “Aurora Lychee Tea Soda” with its romantic pink, purple, and blue gradation. This herb tea changes colour like magic, and contains marrow cheese plant, lychee puree, and Blue Curacao. The twinkling pearl powder makes it glow like an aurora.
There is also bottled Strawberry Tea Soda, Ginger Ice Milk Tea, and Honey Lemon Vinegar Soda.
If you’re in Tokyo this summer, head to Q-pot CAFE. to enjoy a round of pastel-coloured Tanabata confections and drinks.
Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando
Address: 3-4-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: June 27, 2020 – July 20, 2020
*From July 21, 2020 to September 4, 2020 the cafe will be reservation-only in line with an event, and the regular menu will not be available.
*For the time-being, reservations can be made by telephone call only. Web reservations are currently not available.
Official Website: http://www.q-pot.jp
10 Refreshing Shaved Ice Flavours Arrive at i-ZA Kamakura
26.June.2020 | FOOD
Japanese cafe Komachi Chaya and bakery, cafe and restaurant Dear Bread Kamakura have collaborated to release 10 cool shaved ice flavours at i-ZA Kamakura, a shopping centre that’s just a 1-minute walk from Komachi Street in Kamakura.
10 Tasty Shaved Ice Recipes Combining Japanese & Western Flavours
Komachi Chaya, which is located on the 2nd floor of i-ZA Kamakura, has a diverse line-up including a hydrangea-inspired shaved ice. All of their options are made using in-house made syrup. Dear Bread Kamakura, which is located on the 1st floor of i-ZA Kamakura, is introducing a rich new shaved ice made using specially-made foam.
Hydrangea: ¥1,420 / With Rice Flour Dumpling Ice Cream ¥1,630 (Tax Included)
This vivid blue shaved ice is inspired by Kamakura’s famous hydrangea flowers. It comes with lemon syrup which changes the shaved ice into a beautiful purple. You can pick two syrups from six to combine and create new and tasty flavours.
Whole Strawberry Sagahonoka: ¥1,100 / With Rice Flour Dumpling Ice Cream ¥1,310 (Tax Included)
The Sagahonoka has a super sweet taste and is made with an unheated strawberry syrup. It’s topped with fat and juicy strawberries and served with condensed milk.
Komachi Chaya is serving a total of 7 flavours. As well as the ones above, there’s an Uji matcha flavour, a plum pick made from two types of plums, and more.
Strawberry Milk Foam: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Dear Bread Kamakura’s shaved ices are made using foam. The strawberry one is made using in-house strawberry syrup and is topped with milk foam, giving it a cute appearance like light snowfall. The combination of strawberry and cream also gives it a taste similar to shortcake.
Brown Sugar Syrup Matcha: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Doused in a rich and sweet brown sugar syrup and covered in a matcha flavoured foam made with Uji matcha from Kyoto, this fluffy shaved ice has a slight bitter bite from the matcha which is balanced against the sweet syrup and red bean paste.
Dear Bread Kamakura will also serve a mango flavour made with two different homemade syrups instead of foam.
i-ZA Kamakura is maintaining social distancing measures as a precaution against COVID-19. The shopping complex has expanded its wooden deck terrace seating area as well as its eating-in space so customers can feel at ease.
Address: i-ZA Kamakura 1F, 1-6-15 Komachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Access: 1-minute on foot from Kamakura Station via the JR Line and Enoshima Electric Railway
Official Website: https://i-za-kamakura.com/