Lotte Announces Matcha Flavoured Yukimi Daifuku Mochi Ice Cream
14.May.2019 | FOOD
Confectionery company Lotte are set to release the matcha versions of their popular mochi ice cream Yukimi Daifuku again this year on May 20.
The ice cream is made with Uji matcha and wrapped in chewy mochi. In the centre of the ice cream itself is matcha flavoured bean paste, making for the ultimate matcha delight. The design of the packaging has a refreshing design as the weather begin to get warmer in Japan.
If you are in Japan this summer then cool yourself down with some refreshing Yukimi Daifuku.
Yukimi Daifuku Matcha
Release Date: May 20, 2019
Price: ¥180 (Before Tax)
Lotte Corporation Official Website: https://www.lotte.co.jp/
Experience Old Time Kyoto in Autumn 2020 With Tea and Textiles
18.September.2020 | SPOT
Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, is also called the birth place of Japanese culture, with a history spanning 1,200 years. Today, we’re going to take a look at a number of upcoming events and seasonal items on sale in Kyoto for autumn 2020.
Celebrating 300 years of Tango Chirimen
This year marks 300 years since Tango Chirimen was established, a company located in Tango in northern Kyoto that specialises in a Japanese textile of flat woven silk known as ‘chirimen.’ There are many local chirimen brands around Japan, but it is the chirimen from Tango that has stood above the rest these past 300 years. The brand is now looking to the start of a new era for itself during its triple century milestone.
LIFE WITH THE QUALITY
Tango Chirimen is currently displaying a collaborative art exhibit at NEWoMan Shinjuku in Tokyo. This includes the entry display made in collaboration with Japanese artist Saki Tanaka, wall art made from woven fabrics, and more.
Running: Until September 30, 2020
Location: NEWoMan Shinjuku
Lineup: Display in collaboration with Saki Tanaka, wall art, and more
United Arrows x Tango Chirimen
United Arrows is also collaborating with the brand and incorporating their logo mark “TANGO OPEN” on a new men’s t-shirt.
Product Name: BY Tango Broad Wide Form Tapered Shirt
Buy Here: https://store.united-arrows.co.jp/shop/by/goods.html?gid=52838245
Sold at: BEAUTY & YOUTH UNITED ARROWS stores and their official online store
Taste tea from Uji on Japanese Tea Day
It is generally considered that the first tea of the season in Japan is best enjoyed from the end of April and during May, but in fact Japanese tea is the perfect season to enjoy Japanese tea, specially since the country celebrates Japanese Tea Day (Nihoncha no Hi) on October 1 and 31.
Ujicha, or tea from Uji in Kyoto, boasts some of the most famous kinds of teas in Japan. This includes matcha, sencha, and gyokuro, all of which were first grown in southern Kyoto. Because of this, it is said that Ujicha marks the origins of Japanese tea. So when you visit Japan during autumn, why not celebrate Japanese Tea Day with some authentic tea from Uji?
Ujicha Tea Murie Online Course
The Ujicha Tea Murie Course has been held since 2015 in Kyoto, and this year, the course is heading online for the first time as a result of the pandemic. Learn how to make and serve Uji tea from a professional tea instructor as well as its history and more.
Running: Session 1: September 15, 2020 / Session 2: October 2, 2020 / Session 3: October 17, 2020
Requirements: Download and install Zoom
Official Website: https://www.pref.kyoto.jp/yamashiro/ocha/
Certified Ujicha tea cafes for an authentic experience
Tsujiri Rihei Ginza | Tsujiri Rihei Senju
Nakamura Tokichi Ginza
Tsujiri Rihei Ginza, Tsujiri Rihei Senju, and Nakamura Tokichi Ginza are all cafes in Tokyo that are officially recognised for serving authentic Ujicha tea which also includes proper preparation as well as teaching the history and culture behind the tea. These three cafes are also holding an Ujicha tea stamp rally as well as a Twitter hashtag campaign.
Uji Tea Cafe Stamp Rally
Running: Until December 31, 2020
Location: 40 cafes in Kyoto
*The information listed in this article is correct at the time of publishing. The information is subject to change.
Luxurious Matcha Loaded Parfait Served Up at MICASADECO&CAFE KYOTO
13.September.2020 | FOOD
MICASADECO&CAFE KYOTO had to shorten its menu due to the effects of COVID-19. Their legendary parfait too was taken off the list, but now has finally returned, and even more delicious looking than ever.
MICASADECO&CAFE KYOTO has tried to make the parfait as breathtaking as possible, and they’ve certainly captured that. It’s vivid like the furisode long-sleeved kimono worn by the maiko of Kyoto, beautiful and dignified.
Uji Matcha Pudding & Raspberry Parfait | ¥1,250 (Tax Included)
This towering parfait is made up of many layers, one of which is a homemade Japanese-style pudding made with high quality matcha from Uji, Kyoto. It has a subtly sweet and deep flavour, and is taken to the next level with the matcha sauce it’s served with.
The homemade raspberry jam brings a delightful sweetness too as well as adds that eye-catching aspect they’re going for. As you spoon your way through, your taste buds are treated to an amalgamation of indulging flavours.
The lid that’s sat on top of the parfait is actually a tuile biscuit. The best way to go about beginning your feast is to break the biscuit and then pour the matcha sauce inside.
Hidden within the parfait are also pieces of homemade matcha brownies made with lots of top grade matcha.
These parfaits will be served from September 14 but are limited in stock, so if you’re in Kyoto this month, make sure you don’t miss out.
Address: 480 Umeyachō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto
Official Website: http://micasadecoandcafe.com/
Häagen-Dazs Reveals Chestnut Filling and Soy Flour Brown Sugar Syrup Mochi Ice Creams
09.September.2020 | FOOD
Häagen-Dazs Japan is bringing back its Hana Mochi series of mini cup ice creams this year in two flavours: Chestnut Paste and Ginsen Soy Flour Brown Sugar Syrup, both of which will be released across Japan on September 29, 2020 for a limited time.
The Hana Mochi series takes Häagen-Dazs’s smooth and rich ice creams and adds soft, chewy mochi to it. The Ginsen Soy Flour Brown Sugar Syrup was released last year and proved hugely popular, while the Chestnut Paste is a new mouth watering contender this time around.
The Ginsen Soy Flour Brown Sugar Syrup ice cream is made using dark roasted soy flour and is mixed with brown sugar syrup before being topped with mochi and a blend of yellow and black soybeans.
The new Chestnut Paste is a super sweet chestnut infusion and has an authentic Japanese wagashi confection taste to it. The ice cream is also laced with a chestnut sauce as well as salt to bring out the sweetness of the chestnut even more.
Both are the perfect flavours for autumn-time this year.
Häagen-Dazs – Hana Mochi Series
Release Date: September 29, 2020
Price: ¥295 (Before Tax)
Available: Supermarkets, convenience stores, and department stores in Japan
Houjicha Tea Brûlée Ice Cream Released by Baskin-Robbins Japan
03.September.2020 | FOOD
Baskin-Robbins has created an exclusive flavour for Japan, the “Houjicha Brûlée,” which was released on September 1 and will be served for a limited time only.
The ice cream is laced with rich and fragrant houjicha green tea and irresistibly mixed with caramel-infused brûlée. It’s a fusion of Japanese and Western flavours here for the autumn season and is the first time Baskin-Robbins Japan has sold it.
The ice cream recreates that same burnt look that crème brûlée has. You get the full-bodied aroma of the houjicha tea balanced by the sweetness of the custard and caramel.
This is the choice of ice cream for autumn this year, so if you’re in Japan to see the beautiful autumnal colours, don’t miss out.
Price: Single Regular Size – ¥390
*Price may differ between stores
Available: September 1, 2020 until stock runs out
Baskin-Robbins Japan Official Website: https://www.31ice.co.jp/
Häagen-Dazs Releases Honey Sweet Potato Ice Cream in Japan
02.September.2020 | FOOD
Häagen-Dazs Japan released its new “Honey Sweet Potato” flavour of mini cup ice cream on September 1, 2020. The ice cream is a combination of two types of potatoes with high sugar content.
Roasted sweet potato is a popular food eaten in Japan during the autumn season. By roasting them slowly, you allow the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes to come through, giving them that distinct autumn-time flavour. And it’s these potatoes that are used to make Häagen-Dazs’s new ice cream.
Sweet and rich honey-loaded ice cream
Sweet potatoes are naturally very sweet and have a syrupy texture to them, something which has been recreated to make this ice cream. As you spoon the ice cream, the melty honey sauce laced throughout the ice cream trickles.
Preserving the natural sweetness of the sweet potato
Roasting the sweet potatoes actually draws out their natural sweetness. Combined with Häagen-Dazs’s full-bodied milk, they have created a rich and subtly sweet ice cream.
Create your own Häagen-Dazs autumn recipe
Häagen-Dazs has also created a video using their vanilla flavour to showcase how to make your own ice cream dessert using pumpkin and cinnamon.
Häagen-Dazs Honey Sweet Potato Mini Cup (Limited Edition)
Released: September 1, 2020
Product Page: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/mitsu_imo/
McDonald’s Japan Reveals Japanese Tea Infused Dessert Beverage Series
31.August.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan has announced the release of four limited-time drinks which will be sold at McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s from September 2. The line-up includes the ‘Houjicha Frappe Shiratama Kuromitsu Kinako,’ ‘Houjicha Frappe,’ Matcha Frappe Shiratama Kuromitsu Kinako,’ and ‘Matcha Frappe.’
The beverage lineup is the perfect pink for an autumn-time dessert drink, each made with authentic flavours from Japan.
Houjicha Frappe Shiratama Kuromitsu Kinako | Regular ¥490, Large ¥530 (Tax Included)
Made using 100% Japanese houjicha powder and delicious milk, this houjicha frappe is topped with soy flour, sweet brown sugar syrup from Okinawa, chewy rice flour dumplings, and a squirt of whipped cream. This is the ultimate McDonald’s Japanese dessert drink, laced with fragrant houjicha tea with a creamy texture.
Houjicha Frappe | Regular ¥450, Large ¥490 (Tax Included)
Houjicha frappe is used as the base for this one, and if inished with whipped cream and a dusting of houjicha powder. The subtly sweet houjicha and creaminess of the whipped cream is a deliciously perfect match.
Matcha Frappe Shiratama Kuromitsu Kinako | Regular ¥490, Large ¥530 (Tax Included)
Just like the houjicha variant, except this time it’s a latte made with matcha and matcha powder from Uji, Kyoto. A truly all-star Japanese dessert drink.
Matcha Frappe | Regular ¥450, Large ¥490 (Tax Included)
The matcha frappe too is sprinkled with matcha powder from Uji, combined with full-bodied milk, and topped with whipped cream.
Available: McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s in Japan (124 branches as of August 27, 2020)
Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/shop/barista/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Hello Kitty Strawberry Ice Cream
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
Today’s recipe will show you how to make a simple ice cream made with frozen strawberries and a blender.
500g frozen strawberries (either store bought or self-frozen)
120ml condensed milk
Sliced white chocolate to make Hello Kitty
Defrost around 3/10 of the frozen strawberries until they are more soft than frozen, allowing them to be blended more easily.
Throw the defrosted strawberries into a blender along with the condensed milk and blend.
Place the blended mix into a ziplock bag and place into the freezer. After about an hour, massage the mix while it’s still inside the bag. Repeat this whole process 2-3 times. Doing this will make the ice cream tastier.
Once fully set, place into a serving cup of your choice, use sliced white chocolate to make your chocolate Hello Kitty, and serve!
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
UK Matcha Company Matchaeologist Collaborate With HARIO On Matcha Products
29.August.2020 | FOOD
UK-based matcha brand Matchaeologist is celebrating its second anniversary of selling products in Japan by collaborating with laboratory glassware brand HARIO Science on a matcha sets that come with a beaker with both company’s names on them. The sets were released on August 20, 2020 and are limited in stock.
Matchaeologist describes themselves as artisanal matcha green tea specialists who have expanded worldwide across Europe, the US, and Japan. Matcha has become a superfood outside of Japan and one of the new standard drinks alongside coffee.
Matchaeologist has a big fan base – with close to 150,000 followers on Instagram. Its matcha is grown in the world-famous Uji in Kyoto and is served in a “minimalist way for an epicurean tasting experience not unlike that of fine wine” in order to bring a modern perspective to the ancient tradition of the Japanese tea ceremony.
Matchaeologist x HARIO
Matchaeologist x HARIO Beaker – Matsu (20g Set) | ¥4,180
HARIO is a hugely popular brand that sells a variety of products from laboratory glassware to coffee making equipment. The collaboration with Matchaeologist introduces a sophisticated and minimalist HARIO beaker as a set with two of the matcha company’s matcha blends: matsu and meiko.
Matchaeologist x HARIO Beaker (Meiko 20g Set) ¥3,180
Experience matcha in a completely unique way by preparing some in one of HARIO’s high quality beakers.
Premium Uji Matcha Afternoon Tea Begins at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo This September
24.August.2020 | FOOD
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo has announced a collaboration with Tsuji Rihei—a tea shop that first opened in 1860 in Uji, Kyoto—to serve up a new “Premium Uji Matcha Afternoon Tea” in its lobby lounge Le Jardin from September 1.
This will be the hotel’s fifth serving of the Premium Uji Matcha Afternoon Tea, which first began in 2016. Last year saw 5,000 customers enjoy experience.
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo actually began serving the afternoon tea from April 13 this year, but had to stop service in May as a result of COVID-19. September 1 will see its return.
The food and drinks in the afternoon tea are all made with a Japanese green tea known as Kuradashi. The first fresh leaves picked from springtime have been put to one side for the summer serving, so customers can enjoy an enrichened tea-sperience.
Top Tier – Desserts: Sencha Jelly, Genmaicha Egg Tart, Kabusecha Souffle Cake, Kyobancha Tiramisu
Middle Tier – Scones: Plain Scone, Gyokuro Scone, Hojicha Scone
Bottom Tier – Savoury: Tea Leaf & Walleye Pollack Open Sandwich, Lily Bulb Honey Ham Tart, Smoked Salmon & Plum Mayo Sandwich, Smoked Dick & Cheddar Cheese Japanese-Style French Toast
Drinks: Uji Tea (3 Flavours), Hotel Original Blend Tea (15 Flavours)
The afternoon tea set is three tiers of desserts, scones, and savoury snacks, all served with a tea of your choice. Summer ‘falls’ into autumn with this lovely selection of delights.
Premium Uji Matcha Afternoon Tea
Running: September 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020
Location: Le Jardin (Lobby Lounge), Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Price: ¥4,500 (with welcome drink ¥5,000 – 20 people per day)
TEL/Enquiries: 03-3943-0920 (10:00-21:00)
Official Website: https://hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.jp/restaurant/plan/ujichaafternoontea2020/
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/
Garrett Popcorn Releases its Richest Matcha Flavour in Japan
31.May.2020 | FOOD
Chicago-based gourmet popcorn brand Garrett Popcorn Shops® is releasing its strongest matcha flavour to date alongside a new striped tin in Japan on June 1. Both are limited edition products and will be available while supplies last.
Named “Koi Matcha Kinako Kurumi” (Rich Matcha Soy Flour Walnut), the new matcha flavour is 40% stronger than the Matcha Caramel Crisp™ and blends together soybean flour and walnut for an aromatic crunch combination. The matcha holds a pleasant bitter flavour while the soybean flour is subtly sweet and gives off a rich, delightful smell.
The new tin takes Garret Popcorn’s iconic striped design and throws in multiple colours and patterns for vivid effect. Combined with the new matcha flavour, it makes for the perfect home theatre accompaniment while you watch a movie.
Koi Matcha Kinako Kurumi (Japanese Name: 濃抹茶きなこくるみ)
Available: Garret Popcorn Shops® branches in Japan (see below)
*Daily limited stock. Available while supplies last.
Harajuku: June 1, 2020 – July 16, 2020
Shisui Premium Outlets: June 5, 2020 – July 16, 2020
Nagoya: Now until July 16, 2020名古屋店：発売中～7月16日（木）
LaLaport Expo City: June 1, 2020 – July 16, 2020
Small: ¥620 / Medium ¥1,100 / Large ¥1,720 / Jumbo ¥3,450 / Quarter Tin ¥4,175 / 1 Gallon Tin ¥4,400 / 2 Gallon Tin ¥8,400
*Jumbo and 2 Gallon Tin sizes exclusive to the Shisui Premium Outlets and LaLaport Expo City branches of Garret Popcorn Shops®.
Official Website: http://jpgarrettpopcorn.com/
Famous Japanese Matcha Company Collaborates With Japan’s Convenience Stores
26.May.2020 | FOOD
With shops and businesses temporarily closed as a result of lockdown measures in Japan, Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart decided that since people can’t as easily get their hands on authentic matcha right now, they would collaborate with the famous matcha company Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten to stock some authentic matcha treats on its shelves. They were released at FamilyMart branches across Japan on May 19, 2020.
Umami Matcha Parfait
The parfait begins with a soft sponge bottom and is then layered with milk mousse and matcha mousse before being topped with matcha jelly, red bean paste, and other tasty accompaniments.
Umami Matcha Cheesecake Baumkuchen
The matcha baumkuchen is made using authentic Uji matcha and is baked to look like a cheesecake. You get the full rich matcha kick with this one.
Hidetoshi Kanbayashi (Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten) | Comment
“We use a blend of first-grade Uji matcha and top it with jelly and matcha mousse. We have made it in such a way that you can enjoy the full flavour and aroma of the matcha itself. Please enjoy.”
Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten Umami Matcha Parfait
Price: ¥298 (Tax Included)
Released: May 19, 2020
Available: FamilyMart convenience stores across Japan (except Okinawa)
Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten Umami Matcha Cheesecake Baumkuchen
Price: ¥298 (Tax Included)
Released: May 19, 2020
Available: FamilyMart convenience stores across Japan (except Okinawa)
FamilyMart Official Website: https://www.family.co.jp/