Tairaku Tea: Ikebukuro’s New Taiwanese Tapioca Sweets Shop
Tairaku Tea is a shop originating in Taiwan that makes homemade tapioca sweets. They opened a new branch in Japan near Naka-ikebukuro Park on April 27.
All the tapioca used in the shop is made specially made tapioca flour all directly imported from Taiwan.
This flour is used to make homemade tapioca pearls every morning, meaning they are fresh and irresistibly chewy. While in the shop, there’s also a chance to see the pearls being made. The machine filers the flour through and turns it into cute colourful balls♡
The menu is centred around “Brown Sugar Tapioca Milk Tea.” You can pick from three different milk teas including Assam, jasmine and houjicha. For the tapioca pearls you can choose brown sugar black pearls or clear honey pearls.
These fresh and delicious drinks are worthily Instagrammable. One sip will have you transported onto the streets of Taiwan―and completely addicted.
Tairaku Cha Ikebukuro Higashi-guchi
Address: Amms Bldg. BF1, 1-15-12 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
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/
Scrumptious and Spooky New Mousse Cakes Haunt The Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Café Menu
Scrumptious and spooky mousse cakes are set to arrive on the Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Café menu on September 12, 2020.
Pikachu Sweets Tomodachi Ippai Assortment: ¥2,600 (Before Tax)
The café’s popular mousse cake collection is now welcoming two new friends – Gengar and Litwick. The two spooky cakes will be included in the Pikachu Sweets Tomodachi Ippai Assortment set shown above. This surely is the perfect gift for any Pokémon-lover.
Pikachu Sweets Eraberu Cake Set: ¥1,300 (Before Tax)
You can choose two cakes from the six shown above and pay just ¥1,300 to purchase them as a set.
The Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Café menu changes from season to season. You just have to try these adorable Halloween mousse cakes.
*Names of desserts have been translated from Japanese
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Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Café
Address: Sunshine City Specialty Shop Area Alpa Floor 2, 3-1-2 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo
Running: 10:00 ー 20:00
*Opening times may vary according to the facility’s opening hours.
Autumn Flower Topped Cream Sodas Served at Floral Cafe and Bar HANABAR in Koenji
31.August.2020 | FOOD
HANABAR, a floral themed cafe and bar in Koenji, Tokyo, released two breathtaking new cream sodas on Friday which capture the sentimental feeling of summer transitioning to autumn.
HANABAR opened in September 2017 as Japan’s “first dried flower cafe.” A sister store, gmgm, opened last year selling gorgeously gourmet doughnuts topped with dried flowers. Both stores as produced by Nana Yui, a dried flower artist.
Lavendel | ¥1,100
Coloured an eye-catching purple, this autumn-time cream soda is made with lavender, butterfly pea, and lime.
Aimatsurika | ¥1,100
A refreshing mix of jasmine, grapefruit, and lemon topped with sweet ice cream that has a citrus fruit aftertaste.
The flowers draped inside the ice are all elderflower which has high nutritional value.
Beat the Japanese heat this summer in Tokyo with one of these tantalising cream sodas.
Floral Autumn Colour Cream Sodas
Serving: August 28, 2020 – Late October 2020
Address: 3-30-6 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00-22:00
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://www.hanabar.tokyo/
Creamy Mami Ani-Art Pop Up Shop to Open in Ikebukuro and Shizuoka
Two Creamy Mami themed pop-up shops are set to open in Ikebukuro Marui on September 5 and in Shizuoka Marui on September 19. Fans can expect to get their hands on a range of exclusive and new merchandise themed on the popular anime series Creamy Mami, the Magical Angel, from pin badges and a parker hoodie to tote bags and more.
Pre-Sale Merchandise (Excerpt)
Trading Ani-Art Pin Badge (9 Designs) | Single: ¥430, Box: ¥3,870 (Before Tax)
Trading Ani-Art Acrylic Stands (9 Designs) | Single: ¥800, Box: ¥7,200 (Before Tax)
Back Print Zipper Parker (1 Design) | ¥5,980 (Before Tax)
Clear Pouch (1 Design) | ¥1,980 (Before Tax)
Fans who spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) on related merchandise and display their Epos cards will have the chance to enter a lottery to win a prize.
The pop-up shop is also currently holding a Twitter campaign in Japan until October 5, 2020. One lucky fan can receive a complete set of bromide photos by following AMNIBUS on Twitter and retweeting this tweet.
The pop-up shop is a chance for fans and newcomers to jump into the magical world of Creamy Mami.
Creamy Mami, the Magical Girl Ani-Art POP UP SHOP in Marui
Official Website: https://event.amnibus.com/mami-0101/
Running: September 5, 2020 – September 13, 2020
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Address: 3-28-13 Nishi-Iekbukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo, 171-0021
Official Website: https://www.0101.co.jp/048/
Running: September 19, 2020 – October 5, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:30-19:30 (until 19:00 on October 5, 2020)
Address: 6-10 Miyukicho, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka, 420-0857
Official Website: https://www.0101.co.jp/036
Yowamushi Pedal Themed Cafes Ride Their Way to Tokyo and Osaka
Japanese company TORICO is teaming up with Yowamushi Pedal to promote the 68th volume as well as the live action film which released last Friday by opening two themed cafes at Osaka Tani 6 Torico in Osaka—which is now open until August 23—and Ikebukuro Torico in Tokyo from August 28 to September 13.
Yowamushi Pedal is a sports cycling manga written and illustrated by Wataru Watanabe. Serialised in Weekly Shonen Champion, the manga has over 25 million copies in circulation. It has spawned an anime series, stage adaptation, and most recently a live-action film adaptation which was released just last week on August 14.
Yowamushi Pedal Cafe Menu
Customers who order from the themed menu will receive one of 11 possible original wooden coasters, available while supplies last. The coasters feature designs of the characters from Yowamushi Pedal.
Arriving at the Cafe
There is a ¥500 fee to visit the cafe. Customers must book in advance and are allotted a 50-minute dining window. From August 21, bookings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
①12:00-12:50 ②13:00-13:50 ③14:00-14:50 ④15:00-15:50 ⑤16:00-16:50 ⑥17:00-17:50 ⑦18:00-18:50
Fans will also be able to grab some official merchandise too.
Address: Fukuri Bldg. B1F, 3-29-9 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Running: August 28, 2020 – September 13, 2020
Opening Hours: 12:00-19:00 (Merchandise available from 12:30)
*Currently taking place at Osaka Tani 6 Torico until August 23 (Address: 6-13-10 Tanimachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
Official Website: https://www.manga10.com/schedule/1024
Learn About Animal Sex Habits at Sunshine Aquarium’s Exhibition in Tokyo
16.August.2020 | SPOT
Following the success of last year’s event, Sunshine Aquarium in Ikebukuro, Tokyo is bringing back its animal reproduction-themed exhibition this year which will run in the evenings at the aquarium from September 12 to November 5.
The exhibition looks at the reproductive habits of various animals from different angles using informative explanation boards with cute illustrations amongst other things which enable visitors to learn things they probably didn’t know about this topic. During the run of the evening exhibition, all of the fish tanks and lighting throughout the aquarium will be turned pink, lending a more mature adult fun vibe to the event.
All visitors will be given a free lucky bag which has even more secret stuff inside than last year, as well as a ‘fitting’ prop for taking photos at the exhibition.
♡Sex Explanation Panels
The regular daytime panels which have captions explaining each animal will be replaced in the evenings with different explanations regarding their reproductive habits. Visitors can scan the QR codes on the panels to see cute illustrations of the animals along with descriptions.
Videos will be placed on screens located around five places in the aquarium showing the moment of different animals’ copulation, something which you normally can’t see when visiting the aquarium on a normal day.
The aquarium will be dyed a cute pink, including the outdoor rooftop area Marine Garden and the magical new jellyfish area that opened earlier this summer.
An original score of background music will sound throughout the aquarium to set the evening mood, lending an atmosphere that is different from that during the daytime. You might even hear different animal sounds in the music.
♡The “Tsun Tsun” Poking Wall
Visitors can learn about the genitalia of different animals at the exhibition, both by reading the panels or by poking the “Poking Wall” to understand the firmness of the genitals.
♡The “Kun Kun” Smelling Wall
Step on the pedal and you’ll be able to smell what the animals smell like, as well as the scents they give off to attract partners.
♡A drink filled with love
Sold at Aqua Pocket | ¥300 (Tax Included)
An original energy drink made by Sunshine Aquarium.
More sexy content online
Those unable to visit the aquarium can enjoy the variety of online content related to the exhibition.
♡Digital Lucky Bag (Fee Charged)
Check out a variety of informative videos and photos related to animal copulation and more, including content featured in the first exhibition.
♡Online Talk (Fee Charged)
An online talk will be held by the aquarium staff, and participants can take a quiz related to animal reproduction too. More information can be found here (Japanese).
Sunshine City Motto♡ Sei Ippai Exhibition (Japanese: もっと♡性いっぱい展)
Running: September 12, 2020 – November 5, 2020 (Closed October 31)
Regular Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Exhibition Opening Hours: 18:30-22:00 (Last Entries 21:00)
Official Website: https://sunshinecity.jp/file/aquarium/sexy/
The Quintessential Quintuplets Get a Full Makeover This Summer For Season Two
Everybody’s favourite sister quintuplet is set to roll up to an all-new, revamped exhibition this summer. The Quintessential Quintuplets Exhibition MAKEOVER will take place at Tokyo’s Sunshine City World Import Mart Bulding in Ikebukuro from August 15 to 30 and subsequently Osaka’s Nanko ATC Museum from November 26 to December 6.
The exhibition is taking place to promote the upcoming season season of The Quintessential Quintuplets and will feature a whole new merchandise line-up, new displays, and more. Series creator Negi Haruba has also illustrated a new visual for the exhibition.
The Quintessential Quintuplets is a manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. The story follows high school student Futaro Uesugi who becomes a private tutor for the sisters of the wealthy Nakano family, all of whom have no interest in study or grades. It’s up to Futaro to change their minds.
A second season of the anime series is set to air in January 2021. A mobile game is also in the works. The game is a romance comedy puzzle game whereby the player deepens their bonds with the five sisters. Players take the role of the series protagonist Futaro through an original story with new voice acting recorded for the game.
The Quintessential Quintuplets Exhibition MAKEOVER
Location: Ikebukuro Sunshine City World Import Mart Bldg. Floor 4F – Hall A
Running: August 15, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Time: 10:00-20:00 (Until 17:00 on August 30)
*You must book a ticket for one of the specified slots at the link below by 16:00 the previous day
Buy Ticket: https://l-tike.com/event/5hanayome-makeover/ (L-Code: 36055)
Running: November 26, 2020 – December 6, 2020
Location: Osaka Nanko ATC Museum
*Ticket details TBA
The Quintessential Quintuplets Exhibition MAKEOVER Official Website: http://www.gotobun-exhibition.com/
Pikachu Ice Lollies and Frappe to Arrive at Tokyo’s Pokémon Cafe This Summer
The Pokémon Cafe in Ikebukuro, Tokyo is introducing some refreshing Pikachu sweet treats to its menu this summer, beginning on August 1.
Pikachu Pineapple Ice Bar | ¥650 (Before Tax)
First up on the is the tropical pineapple flavoured ice bar which comes with four different variations of Pikachu’s adorable face. There’s also two different packaging designs which come in blue or pink.
Pikachu Tail Chocolate Banana Frappe | ¥700 (Before Tax)
Drink Sleeve | ¥550 (Before Tax)
For drinks, the Pokémon Cafe is serving up a chocolate banana frappe topped with Pikachu’s tail made from chocolate. The drink comes with a free sleeve of Pikachu’s chubby face.
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Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe
Address: Sunshine City Alpa 2F, 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/pikachu_sweets/
*Opening hours subject to change. Please check the official website before travelling.
*Duration of these limited-time menu items subject to change without notice.
*Available while supplies last.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Actual products may differ in colour and design.
Mobile Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party Gets Themed Cafe in Tokyo, Osaka, & Nagoya
LEGS COMPANY is opening three cafes in Tokyo (Ikebukuro), Osaka (Umeda), and Aichi (Nagoya) based on the popular mobile game Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party for a limited time from July 31, 2020.
Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party is a rhythm and adventure mobile game that was released in Japan in 2017. It is part of Bushiroad’s “BanG Dream!” music media franchise which is centred on all-female bands.
Since summer 2017, LEGS COMPANY has opened themed cafes based around the game every year. 2017 saw the cafes focus on the vocalists of the bands in the game. In 2018, it was the keyboardists and DJs, and last year the drummers. Each theme brought with it illustrations and decorations created specifically for the cafes, as well as a food menu inspired by the characters, original merchandise, and more.
This year marks the 4th run of the annual summer cafe which will hit Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. The theme this time around focuses on the seven main bands from the game. Seven characters from the bands, including one from a new band, will welcome fans in the form of kawaii-packed dishes, drinks, and desserts.
Yamabuki Bakery’s Mini Croissant Plate (Poppin’party): ¥1,590 (Before Tax)
Kitazawa Butcher’s Stamina Croquette Curry (Hello, happy world!): ¥1,490 (Before Tax)
All of the main dishes on the menu are colourful and vivid, plated with hearty portions of delicious and nutritional goodies.
Strawberry Rock Parfait (Afterglow): ¥1,290 (Before Tax)
Colourful Doughnut Sandwich (Pastel＊Palettes): ¥1,290 (Before Tax)
This gourmet dessert is topped with fruit, so gorgeous it seems a waste to eat.
There are colourful drinks too with each colour representing a different band. Support your favourite band by getting a glass!
Pin Set 2020 ver. (7 Designs): ¥3,100
Canvas Art (7 Designs): ¥3,500 Each
Birthday Pins (4 Designs): ¥650 Each
Fans can get their hands on plenty of exclusive merchandise too, and there’s even birthday items and food available too.
Online Birthday Cake (4 Designs): ¥3,850 Each (+¥950 shipping fee)
Cushions (22 Designs): ¥3,800 Each
You can even order your own special birthday cake in Japan from the cafe, and they’re not short on exclusive merchandise.
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Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party Cafe 2020
IKEBUKURO BOX cafe&space / July 31, 2020 – September 6, 2020
Address: Matsumoto Kiyoshi Ikebukuro Part 2 (Floor 4F), 1-22-8 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
UMEDA BOX cafe&space / July 31, 2020 – September 6, 2020
Address: Umeda LOFT (Floor 1F), 16-7 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
NAGOYA BOX cafe&space / July 31, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Address: LACHIC (Floor B1F), 3-6-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Booking Price: ¥650 (Before Tax) *Max 4 people per booking, comes with gift
Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party Cafe 2020 Official Website: https://bang-dream-cafe.jp/
Ikebukuro’s Sunshine Aquarium to Open Magical New Jellyfish Area
01.July.2020 | SPOT
Sunshine Aquarium in Ikebukuro, Tokyo is set to open its brand new jellyfish area as part of the aquarium’s third major renovation on July 9, 2020.
Jellyfish Panorama Tank
Two tanks will grace this area: the magnificent moon jellyfish will dance across the 14-meter wide “Jellyfish Panorama” tank, while sea nettle jellyfish, which are known for their long tentacles, will swim in the “Jellyfish Screen.”
The jellyfish exhibit already in Sunshine Aquarium is also being renovated, with gorgeous new flooring and walls being put in place. Six tanks will be housed here, including the 360° “Jellyfish Tunnel,” “Jellyfish Loop,” “Jellyfish Drop,” and “Jellyfish Dream.”
A Spectacular Performance of Music, Smells, and Lighting
The new jellyfish area will feature original sounds newly recorded to capture the vibe of the jellyfish’s movements. There will also be special fragrances you can smell, as well as beautiful lighting that twinkles like the swaying of the water. All of this serves to make visitors feel calm and relaxed.
Exclusive Tully’s Coffee Beverage
T’s Splash Nata de Coco in Oasis: Have-In ¥649 / Takeout ¥637
This refreshing carbonated drink is inspired by jellyfish filled with lemon flavoured nata de coco coconut jelly. Exclusive to Sunshine Aquarium, the drink comes with one of four possible special jellyfish straw flags.
Grand Opening Commemoration Products
High Grade Jellyfish Confection: ¥400
Limited in stock, this confection was made in collaboration with Ikebukuro’s long-stand confectionery shop Ikebukuro Miharado and also under the guidance of the aquarium’s jellyfish staff.
Jellyfish Konjac: ¥972
Konjac shaped just like real jellyfish.
Grand Opening Commemoration Menu
Jellyfish Cold Greens: ¥1,100 / CHUKA SHUNSAI RYOURI・HINABE SHU (Alpa Floor 3F)
Blue Hawaii Tiny Aquarium & Jellyfish Jelly: ¥495 AGIO (Alpa Floor 3F) *15 served per day
Select restaurants in Sunshine City Alpa will also serve up some limited-time jellyfish-inspired dishes and drinks from July 9 to celebrate the opening of Sunshine Aquarium.
Address: Sunshine City World Import Mart Bldg. Rooftop, 3-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 9:30-21:00 (until September 10) / 10:00-18:00 (from September 11)
General (High School Students and Older) ¥2,200 (¥2,400 from July 9)
Children (Elementary & Junior High School Students) ¥1,200
Infants (Aged 4+ Years): ¥700
Official Website: https://sunshinecity.jp/
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. All listed prices are tax-inclusive.
Natsume’s Book of Friends Exhibition to Take Place at Animate Ikebukuro in Tokyo
The Animate Ikeubkuro Temporary Store has announced a special exhibition for Natsume’s Book of Friends which will open on July 10, 2020 and be free to enter.
Natsume’s Book of Friends
Natsume’s Book of Friends is a manga series by Yuki Midorikawa. It was first published in the shojo manga magazine LaLa DX in 2003 and began serialisation in 2005. It subsequently switched to LaLa in 2008 where it continues to be published. A 74-episode anime adaptation spread across six seasons aired between 2008 and 2017.
There are five illustrations of Nyanko-sensei and keywords scattered around the 2nd floor of Animate Ikebukuro Temporary Store. If you can find them all, you’ll receive a free folder as pictured above in the bottom right. The exhibition will also showcase illustrations drawn by Yuki Midorikawa, drafts, sined pictures, and more.
Natsume’s Book of Friends Exhibition (Japanese Name: 「夏目友人帳」緑川ゆき先生複製原画展 & 復刻・ニャンコ先生を探せ!)
Running: July 10, 2020 – July 26, 2020
Location: Animate Ikebukuro Temporary Store (Floor 2F)
*Folders are limited in stock
*Restricted entry during busy times
*A face mask must be worn at all times in the store
*Event subject to change, postponement, or cancellation
Exhibition Website: https://www.animate-onlineshop.jp/contents/fair_event/detail.php?id=104117
Animate Ikebukuro Temporary Store Official Website: https://www.animate.co.jp/special/301734/
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