Hello Kitty’s 45th Anniversary Celebrates During Hilton’s 100th Anniversary

16.May.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

Hilton Osaka will celebrate both the 100th anniversary of Hilton and 45th anniversary of Hello Kitty from May 31 to August 31 this year at the hotel’s Folk Kitchen on the second floor.

 

Hilton is credited with starting the dessert buffet trend in Japan. Their dessert buffets enjoy a surge in popularity every single year with a line-up of unique and Instagrammable delectables. To celebrate Hilton’s 100th anniversary, the theme of this year’s dessert buffet is Hello Kitty dressing up smart to stop by the hotel. 25 different desserts can be tucked into, all inspired by fashion from cosmetics to jewellery, bags and beyond.

Bright Red Hello Kitty Bag Cake

Hilton Osaka’s pastry chef Hyakuda is no short of ideas, and that’s proven with this cake that is shaped into a Hello Kitty bag. This cute creation includes a chocolate Hello Kitty charm while the cake itself is a luxurious combination of chocolate and cherry compote.

Hello Kitty Peach Cream Cake

The pink and white cream that adorn this cake is what grabs your initial gaze. The refreshing cream sits on top of melt-in-the-mouth sponge which is filled with a peach compote. Hello Kitty also hides amongst the decorative chocolate.

The “Ruby Rouge Mousse” is made with ruby chocolate, a variety of chocolate that was introduced in 2017 as the 4th main type of chocolate alongside milk, white and dark. The ruby colour of the cocoa beans is completely natural. They have an exquisite sour flavour. The chocolate is mixed with fruits like guava and passion fruit.


Other desserts in the line-up include a selection made with summer fruits including the colourful macarons, refreshing melon and grape blancmange, mango pudding, Peach Melba and more.

 

The “Diamond Fruits Jelly” looks like a sparkly jewellery box while the “Eyeshadow Palette Tart” is inspired by a cosmetic palette. There are also some light meals such as an open pizza made from a crunchy baguette and rich cheese, corn soup, a potato salad with Hello Kitty hidden inside, and more.

 

You won’t be short of Instagram material with this dessert buffet. There will even be a Hello Kitty makeup room photo spot for you to snap a commemorative picture. Enter the fashionable world of Hello Kitty at Hilton Osaka this summer!

 

©76,’19 SANRIO APPR.NO.S600545

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    ▼Chihiro Sweets Shop (ちひろ菓子店)

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    Seasonal Fruits Sandwich

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    ▼Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor

    Address: 1-1-30, Tosabori, Nishi Ward, Osaka

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    Floor 1 Takeout: 10:00 – 16:00

    Floor 2 Eat-In: 10:00 – 19:00
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    Website: https://www.instagram.com/futsuunifuruutsu_cafe/

     

     

    Fukushima Sugar/ Fukushima

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    Fig Chiffon cake/ Grape Tarts Assortment of 2/ Choux Pastry with Chestnut Cream Filling

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    ▼Fukushima Sugar

    Address: 6 Chome-22-11 Fukushima, Fukushima Ward, Osaka

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    *It is possible to get a seat without reservation after 17:00

    Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays

    Website: https://www.instagram.com/sugar_fukushima/

     

     

    All of Tiara’s recommendations are just so mouthwatering – can you resist?

     

    Tiara’s Instagram is full of the most gorgeous cafés. If you’re looking for a dessert in the Kansai region, make sure to check out Tiara’s Instagram and you’re bound to find your dream destination in no time. 

    Original Text and Photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

     

    *As cafés are constantly updating their menus, please check the official website or social media accounts of the cafés mentioned in this article for the most accurate information. 

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  • Solve the Puzzles Of Osaka Metro and Reach the Goal With New Subway Game

    26.January.2020 | SPOT

    Osaka Metro is currently holding a puzzle-solving game for passengers which will run until March 31, 2020. As of January 24, over 12,000 people have participated in this exciting endeavour.

     

    The game requires people to ride with Osaka Metro and travel around Osaka while solving various puzzles to reach the goal. This style of escape game has proven incredibly popular in the subway around Tokyo and Nagoya, but this marks the first time it has been held in Osaka. The course is designed in such a way as to enable people to discover or rediscover the wonders of Osaka, allowing them to enjoy the many sights.

     

    Participants must purchase a puzzle-solving kit, which comes with a 1-day train ticket to use Osaka Metro, and follow the instructions to complete the course. Once a puzzle is solved, they are granted knowledge of the next location to head to.

    There is also a giant 4-meter long photo spot at Morinomiya Station which can be accessed via Osaka Metro’s Chuo Line and Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line. Snap a photo of yourself with the colourful train carriage handles, and also take a photo together with Osaka Metro’s official mascot character Nyanbarou.

     

    After completing the event, head to the photo spot so you can add to your Osaka travel album.

     

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  • Sanrio Gift’s New Shop in Ueno Welcomes Hello Kitty Panda Merchandise & More

    25.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Sanrio opened a new gift shop called Sanrio Gift Gate in Ueno on January 24, 2020. This is the 107th branch of the gift shop to open in Japan, following the openning of the Asakusa branch which opened in Asakusa last year. Aimed at tourists both Japanese and foreign, it sells merchandise of Sanrio’s popular cast of characters.

    You can’t miss the shop as a giant Pompompurin embracing a panda suit-clad Hello Kitty are waiting to greet you at the entrance. The panda is a symbol of Ueno due to Ueno Zoo housing giant pandas.

    The souvenir shop features a range of Ueno exclusives, including a line-up of six popular Sanrio characters wearing panda outfits.

    Plush Toys (6 Designs) – ¥2,200 Each / Small Plush Toys (6 Designs) – ¥1,760 Each

    Who could resist one of these cute toys? The bigger ones at 16cm tall and the small ones 11cm. The line-up includes fan favourites Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, Kuromi, and Pochacco.

     

    There’s also pop-up cards with a variety of designs, including one that opens up into Ameya-Yokochō open-air market, another that turns into Hello Kitty and a panda sat down, and more.

    Edo-Tamagawaya x Hello Kitty Pink Tonkotsu Ramen – ¥390

    Budoonoki Sanrio Character Baumkuchen – ¥594 Each (Hello Kitty/My Melody/Pompompurin/Cinnamoroll)

    The Salt Industry Center of Japan x Hello Kitty Table Salt – ¥248

    There’s also food and snacks amongst a whole range of other goodies, all perfect as gifts and souvenirs.

     

    Be sure to stop by Sanrio Gift Plaza the next time you’re in Ueno.

     

    ⓒ 1976, 1996, 2020 SANRIO CO.,LTD. TOKYO, JAPAN  Original Text: SANRIO CO.,LTD.

    *All listed prices include tax. Sold items receive stock turnovers.

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