Disney Store’s New Merchandise Gives a Reason to Go Out in the Rain
24.May.2019 | FASHION
Japan is about ready to enter its rainy season as the country transitions from spring to summer. Rain has the tendency to make people want to stay indoors, but Japan’s branches of the Disney Store are here to help as they reveal their new collection of merchandise made for those times when you don’t want to go out because it’s raining.
Umbrellas: ¥2,700 Each (Tax Included)
At first glance, these umbrellas look plain and simple, but when you open them up they spread out into cute illustrations of various Disney characters. Your heart is sure to fill with warmth when you open these out on a cold and rainy day.
Folding Umbrellas: ¥1,728 Each (Tax Included)
These refreshing and more simple designs are catered more towards adults. They also make for a great UV protector against the sun, so you can take them out whenever.
Umbrella Pouch: ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
Keep your dry or wet umbrella inside one of these cute pouches. They are the same size as a water bottle so you can use them for a multitude of things.
Umbrella Covers: ¥648 (Tax Included)
These cute umbrella covers feature various character motifs on them. In Japan there are umbrella points at most shops and buildings where you can leave your umbrella – these covers will ensure you don’t get yours mixed up!
The Disney Store collaborated with KiU, a brand that creates outdoor items for adults, to make this poncho which can be used in the rain when on a stroll, going to a festival, and more.
The Disney Store is also holding a campaign at its branches and website. If you purchase any of these items you will receive one of four possible stickers.
Have a reason to go out in the rain with this new line of rainy merch from Disney.
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Disney Store – Rain Merchandise
Available: From March 28, 2019 while supplies last
Full Product List (Japanese): https://store.disney.co.jp/c/c5232/?ex_adv=TDS_adv_raincp
Toy Story 4 Inspired Cupcakes Baked Up at Ginza Cozy Corner in Japan
Ginza Cozy Corner is following up the release of its teeny tiny Disney cupcakes with a new batch of Toy Story 4 themed cupcakes which will release at all branches around Japan on June 22, 2020.
Toy Story 4 was a hit across the globe when it released last year, becoming the highest-grossing instalment of the film series and at the time, the fifth highest-grossing animated film of all time. The iconic world of Toy Story has now been recreated in the form of nine colourful cupcakes.
Toy Story Collection (9 Cupcakes): ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
Everybody’s favourite cowboy Woody has his own cupcake, featuring his signature hat and shirt design. Buzz Lightyear’s trademark colour of green and white is expressed with grape jam an cream cheese, while Bo Peep’s cupcake is topped with an edible Giggle McDimples and ramune and cheese cream flavoured roll cake. There’s also a mint and lemon flavoured Ducky & Bunny cream tart, chocolate crunch-littered chocolate cream Slinky cupcake, and more.
The cupcakes are packaged in a super cute Toy Story box too.
Toy Story Collection (9 Cupcakes)
Available: June 22, 2020 – July 16, 2020
Ginza Cozy Corner Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Themed Cafes to Open in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya
10.June.2020 | FOOD
OH MY CAFE is set to take a Beauty and the Beast theme at three of its branches in Tokyo and Osaka from June 19, and subsequently Nagoya from June 26, for a limited time.
The concept of the cafe is based on the Beast gifting Belle a library. The main visual for the collaboration sees Belle wearing a green dress which she only wears during the library scene. The cafe too will fittingly take on a library look.
<Beauty and the Beast> Night Sky Cream Curry Rice: ¥1,890
A mild curry themed on Beast and Belle’s romantic ball.
<Something There> Snow Thawed Love Cream Pasta: ¥1,990
Inspired by the scene in which Belle and Beast come closer together. Mushroom cream penne served with truffle meringue.
<The Mod Song> Chip’s Assistance Afternoon Tea: ¥1,090 / With Spoon: ¥1,690
A tea set with the cute chipped cup Chip, a scone, and tea jelly. The perfect after-meal conclusion.
<Enchanted Rose> Rose Water: ¥890 / With Coaster: ¥1,590
A refreshing rose water mixed with lemon. Maybe you too will be able to find true love with a sip.
Message Cards (9 Designs): ¥450
Tinned Tea (Red/Blue): ¥1,600 Each
The cafe will also sell lots of special, exclusive merchandise.
Additionally, those who book a table in advance and order from the menu will receive one of 4 possible lunch mats chosen randomly. And if you spend over ¥2,000 (tax included) on merchandise at the cafe you’ll get one of 9 possible bookmarks.
Beauty and the Beast OH MY CAFE
Tokyo: OH MY CAFE TOKYO / June 19, 2020 – August 16, 2020
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku (Floor 3F), 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Osaka: kawara CAFE&DINER Shinsaibashi / June 19, 2020 – August 16, 2020
Address: Shinsaibashi OPA (Floor 9F), 1-4-3 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Nagoya: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO / June 26, 2020 – August 25, 2020
Address: Nagoya PARCO South Building (Floor 5F), 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Beauty and the Beast OH MY CAFE Reservations: https://bandb.ohmycafe.jp
Fufu Nara: The First Luxury Hotel Set to Open in Nara Park is Designed by Kengo Kuma
09.June.2020 | SPOT
Fufu Nara is set to be the first luxury hotel to open inside Nara Park on June 5, 2020. Designed by industry-leading Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the hotel promises a unique dining experience with food served using herbal medicines that can only be tasted here, and guest rooms that are covered in art made by Nara-based artists who use traditional techniques. Both the dining and accommodation experiences aim to immerse guests in the culture of Nara.
Witness the handiwork of Nara’s artists
Nara is a city steeped with beautiful history and culture. This has been captured by the artists who have collaborated with Fufu Nara in the form of paintings, crafts, entrance decorations, and more. A stay at Fufu Nara is an opportunity to witness first hand the deep traditions and techniques of Nara’s art world.
There are 30 rooms in total which are split into five different types. For example, one room type is designed around the old Japanese style of sitting on the floor. Inks and woods are used in the room to enhance that feeling that you’re in Nara, and the colour tones too are chosen to bring to mind the ancient city.
Fufu Nara’s dining concept
Nara Prefecture is closely tied to herbal medicines. Herbal medicine came about in the year 611 during the monarch of Empress Suiko. It is written in the Nihon Shoki that the use of herbal medicine had already been adopted by the time Prince Shōtoku was serving under the Empress. Many different traditional herbal medicines are still used in Nara today, including Angelica root, shakuyaku peonies, fennel, and so on. Traditional herbal medicines have become popular again in the prefecture in recent years.
The food prepared at Nara Fufu makes use of ingredients grown and produced in Nara, from vegetables to herbs and beyond. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner all incorporate Japanese and Chinese herbal ingredients.
Spa by sisley
The hotel also has a spa made in collaboration with French luxury skin care brand Sisley. There, guests can enjoy Fufu Nara’s medicated baths.
Address: 1184-1 Takabatakecho, Nara, Nara Prefecture
Grand Opening: June 5, 2020
Price: From ¥77,000 (for 1 night and 2 meals for 2 guests in 1 room) *Tax and service charge included; spa charged separately
Official Website: https://fufunara.jp
Walt Disney Japan has announced that pre-sales for its new and original Disney themed yukata will open via shopDisney in Japan from June 9, 2020. Designs range from popular picks such as the Mickey Mouse yukata from last year to new designs like Alice in Wonderland.
The Mickey Mouse yukata has a white base which combined traditional Japanese prints of hemp leaves and a checked pattern with plum blossoms and Mickey. Dressing up in this gives off grown-up yet cute vibes.
The new Alice in Wonderland yukata has a navy base and features prints from the popular Disney movie made into a Japanese style design. It also comes with an obi sash featuring characters from the film on it in a casual manner, so it blends in well and isn’t too flashy. shopDisney will also sell a bag, fan and other items with this design too so you can coordinate a style with the yukata.
Several items for kids will also be sold, such as a cute Elsa-inspired yukata, a Toy Story 4 jinbei, a Bunny shoulder bag, and more.
A TSUM TSUM series of summertime yukata will also be sold from June 9, 2020 which will include Mickey & Friends designs.
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea Release Their Own Spotify Music Playlist
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea launched their first ever music playlists on all major streaming websites on Friday, including on Spotify and Apple Music.
Music from Tokyo Disneyland features everything from famous ballads and show music from the park to Tokyo Disneyland’s nostalgic anniversary theme song, a “Ride Through Mix” that has you feeling like you’re on the park’s attractions, and more. It’s a magic-filled Tokyo Disneyland musical fantasy.
Music from Tokyo DisneySea follows the same course as the Tokyo Disneyland playlist, except it also has the theme songs of the park’s seven ports. It’s packed full of imagination the likes of which you can only experience at Tokyo DisneySea.
New songs are set to be added from both parks each season, so you can feel like you’re at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea from your own home all year round!
Music From Tokyo Disneyland®
Released: May 15, 2020 at 8:00am (JST)
Listen Here: https://lnk.to/TDL_PLAYLIST
Music From Tokyo DisneySea®
Released: May 15, 2020 at 8:00am (JST)
Listen Here: https://lnk.to/TDS_PLAYLIST
Teeny Tiny Disney Cupcakes to be Baked Up by Ginza Cozy Corner in Japan
10.May.2020 | FOOD
Ginza Cozy Corner is introducing nine new Disney “sports festival” themed cupcakes to cake shops through Japan on May 11, 2020.
Cute mini cupcakes with a sports theme
Nine cupcakes make up the collection which feature motifs from popular Mickey Mouse & Friends characters including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy. One look at the picture below is enough to have you thinking what a waste these nearly seem to eat because of how adorable they are.
Disney Sports Festival Cupcakes (Box of 9) – ¥2,500 / Available: May 11, 2020 – June 21, 2020
The designs take inspiration from different sports like tennis, rugby, skateboarding, and more. All nine come in a box so it’s going to be difficult picking which one to start with!
Disney sports design box
Top Row From Left
Daisy Duck Rhythmic Gymnastics: Cheese Cream Roll Cake
Mickey & Friends Basketball: Chocolate & Vanilla Cream Roll Cake
Pluto Running: Chocolate Cream Cake
Middle Row From Left
Mickey & Friends Rugby: Sweet Adzuki Bean Paste Cream Matcha Cake
Mickey & Friends Cheerleader: Strawberry Cream Tart
Goofy Soccer: Orange & Chocolate Cream Tart
Bottom Row From Left
Minnie Mouse Tennis: Lemon Cream & Strawberry Cream Tart
Donald Duck Swimming: White Peach & Lychee Cream Shortcake
Mickey Mouse Skateboard: White Chocolate Cream & Raspberry Puree Tart
Disney Sports Festival (Box of 9)
Available: May 11, 2020 – June 21, 2020
Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Join Kawaii Virtual Traveller Emma on Her Global Sightseeing Tour
While the world is on lockdown, embark on a global adventure from the comfort of your own home with kawaii virtual character Emma.
The newly-launched EMMA Travel project follows the adventures of Emma as she travels from country to country, discovering and learning new things.
Satisfying your thirst for adventure couldn’t have been easier. Emma will be uploading pictures of her adventures to Instagram so you can enjoy travelling without leaving your house. All her travels will be documented in English to cater to foreigners who are eagerly awaiting the chance to visit Japan.
While global lockdown measures are still in place, join Emma as she takes you on a virtual tour of must-visit sightseeing locations.
EMMA Travel Instagram
1→10, Inc. Brings Magical Shores Interactive Land Art to Siloso Beach in Singapore
19.April.2020 | SPOT
Japanese creative studio 1→10, Inc. opened up Singapore’s first ever permanent interactive land art exhibition “Magical Shores” on January 23 this year together with Lighting Planners Associates (LPA), a lighting company based in both Tokyo and Singapore.
Magical Shores spans 400 meters of Sentosa’s Siloso Beach, turning it into an immersive, multi-sensory experience of AI-operated lights and sounds which elevate the beauty of the surrounding natural environment.
Guide To Magical Shores | Siloso Beach, Sentosa:
AI technology responds to visitors on the beach, giving them a breathtaking and unique performance. Sensors are dotted around the area which use sensing data to react based on people’s movement around the beach. The AI is constantly developing as it collects big data about the temperature and climate of Siloso Beach as well as that of people’s movements.
In two of the interactive areas, people can witness the “Circle of Life” beginning with the big bang. After that there is magma, followed by heavy rainfall and eventually flowing water which gives birth to life. Cells divide as plants begin to sprout, fish swim in the sea, and birds and insects sing in the mountains. At the end, life falls, and the process begins again.
Japanese musician Masakatsu Takagi was put in charge of the music and sound design of the exhibition. Takagi is known for having written the music for Wolf Children and The Boy and the Beast. He took inspiration from his music project “Marginalia,” a sound diary where he would record the sounds of birds, insects, the wind, rain, and so on from his studio window. Takagi did field recording on the beach to capture the sounds of nature to use for the art exhibition.
Kuniyuki Takahashi also offered his musicianship to the exhibition. Based in Sapporo, he is an internationally-recognised composer. He also recorded the sounds of Siloso Beach, and together with Takagi, created the perfect soundtrack for Magical Shores.
Magical Shores is currently temporarily closed as a result of the coronavirus but will resume once more as soon as the situation allows it.
Official Website: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/magical-shores
Yowamushi Pedal Anime’s ‘Five Bridges of Amakusa’ Ranks Number One in Places People Want to Visit Most
17.April.2020 | SPOT
Seikatsu Guide, and online website that helps support and promote local regions around Japan, has announced its Top 10 selection for “Places I Most Want To Go And See (Western Japan)” as voted for by people.
Right now, most of us are under lockdown and are prohibited from making trips deemed unnecessary. So why not make a list of places you want to visit for when we can next travel? One of those places should be the Five Bridges of Amakusa in Kumamoto Prefecture.
“Yowamushi Pedal” Anime | Five Bridges of Amakusa in Kumamoto
Taking the number one spot on the list is Five Bridges of Amakusa which is located in Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto. As the name suggests, five bridges make up the landmark, all of which stretch from Misumimachi and connect to Oyano Island, Nagaura Island, Oike Island, and Maejima Island. The bridges are a famous sightseeing spot and have been chosen as one of Japan’s “100 Best Evening Spots” and “100 Best Roads.”
One woman in her 30’s said, “I’ve been there on numerous occasions. It’s a really beautiful place.” A man in his 30’s also commented, “I love the [Yowamushi Pedal] manga. If you’re going as a fan, that scene is really exciting, so I went there on my bike.”
Comment from the person in charge of the Kamiamakusa Planning Committee
“Thank you for honouring us with 1st place in this […] ranking. Five Bridges of Amakusa features as the location for the race in the Yowamushi Pedal movie. It gets its name from its five bridges which connect the islands along National Route 266. The area is also nicknamed ‘Amakusa Pearl Line’ for the abundance of pearls that can be found here. It was also selected as one of Japan’s 100 Roads. It’s a truly beautiful bridge which is also an example of Japan’s fine bridge building craftsmanship.”
They continue: “Amakusa is surrounded by the beautiful ocean and spectacular mountains. Most of the city is located in Unzen-Amakusa National Park. There are islands that sit atop the glistening sea, and there’s the Amakusa Alps which offer a spectacular view. It hails as one of Japan’s best places for nature! There are many fun outdoor activities to experience, like dolphin watching, kayaking, cycling, and more. We have incredible food like kuruma prawns, which are a speciality food here, as well as free range local chickens. You can relax your mind and body with a dip in the hot springs while gazing at the ocean. Please be sure to drop by Kamiamakusa to enjoy everything it has to offer.”
Other places that ranked on the list include the following.
2nd Place – “Manpuku” TV Drama | Porto Europe, Wakayama
3rd Place – STU48 Promotional Video | Chichibugahama Beach, Kagawa
4th Place – “Yatsuhakamura” Movie | Makido Cave, Okayama
5th Place – “Segodon” TV Drama | Tatsumonjizaka Trail (Ryumonjizaka), Kagoshima
Top 10 Ranking: https://www.seikatsu-guide.com/rank_minna/result/11/
Kanucha Resort in Okinawa Announces Spring and Summer Activity Program for 2020
06.April.2020 | SPOT
Located in the city of Nago in Okinawa lies Kanucha Resort, a hotel resort which boasts 2.6 million square meters of land. The resort has revealed its spring and summer program which invites guests to enjoy everything Okinawa has to offerーnot just its breathtaking oceans.
What is Kanucha Resort?
Kanucha Resort sits on the east coast of Nago on the northern part of the Okinawa mainland. It’s surrounded by the vast rolling sea and mother nature, and also faces Oura Bay, which is known for its coral reefs, which includes blue coral. Guest rooms come in nine styles, all of which incorporate gorgeous wooden decor. The resort has a bounty of restaurants, its own golf course, the beach, and over 70 activities to choose from, all of which makes Kanucha Resort a little town of its own. In the past winter months just gone, it also celebrate the 20th anniversary of Okinawa’s largest illumination event, Stardust Fantasia.
Buggy Ride Tours & Buggy Adventure Tours
Experience a different side of Okinawa away from the beaches with an off-road ride through Yanbaru no Mori Forest on a quad bike.
Running: All Year
Meeting Locations: Buggy Ride Tour @ Dokidoki Yambarunture / Buggy Adventure Tour @ Matayoshi Coffee Farm
Ages: 4 years and older
Coral Snorkeling Tour in Banana Boats
Witness the tropical fish swimming around you, and gaze upon the gorgeous coral reefs, as you explore the waters below when you climb off the banana boat.
Running: July 23, 2020 – August 31, 2020
Time: 60 minutes
Ages: 5 to 65 years
Mangrove Kayak Tour Along the Kesaji River
The Okinawan mainland is home to many mangroves. See them together with the expand of Yanbaru’s nature with a kayak ride along the Kesaji River.
Running: All Year
Time: Subject to change each day depending on how busy it is – please enquire directly
Courses: 150 Minutes (5 years and older) / 90 Minutes (3 years and older)
Star Sommelier to Space Walk
Hear about the moon and space with talks from Hoshi no Somurie® (“Star Sommeliers”) and use a telescope to observe the stars at the planetarium.
Meeting Point: Leisure Counter
Oura Mangrove Kayak
Enjoy a round trip kayak ride around the Oura Mangrove which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Nago.
Running: All Year Round
Time: Please enquire directly
Ages: 3 years old and above (*For guests only)
Meeting Point: Wansaka Oura Park
For more details on the activities available at Kanucha Resort, visit their website here.
Address: 156-2 AbuNago, Okinawa
Reservations: 0980-55-8484 (9:00-18:00)
Access: 1 and a half hours by car from Naha Airport
Official Website: https://www.kanucha.jp/en/
5 Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Hokkaido | 2020 Edition – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON
Sapporo, Asahikawa, Abashiriーthe list goes on when it comes to incredible places to see the cherry blossoms in Hokkaido. And the best time to see them in Japan’s northernmost main island is May.
Today, we are joined by Mirina, an Instagrammer who posts photos of tourist and sightseeing spots in Hokkaido that are rich in nature. She has shared her photos with us along with details of 5 must-visit famous cherry blossom sites in Hokkaido. Let’s take a look.
Tokiwa Park is located in the city of Asahikawa, and is home to around 200 individual cherry trees of various kinds including the Yoshino cherry and ezo yamazakura. Weeping cherries also dangle their graceful branches around the lake, which you can sail through on a boat for an even more memorable cherry blossom experience. Tokiwa Park is also listed as one of Japan’s “100 City Parks,” so it’s one that needs to go on your list of sightseeing spots if you’re travelling to Hokkaido.
Address: Tokiwakoen, Asahikawa, Hokkaido
Access: 25-minutes on foot from Asahikawa Station (via JR Line). Alternatively, board the Tohoku Bus and get off at Tokiwa Park (常磐公園).
Official Website: http://www.asahikawa-park.or.jp/
Twin Harp Bridge
This spot is also located in Asahikawa. It gets its name from how the bridge looks like two harps lined up next to each other. Twin Harp Bridge is also a popular place with the locals for celebrating Hanami in the spring season as cherry blossoms bloom in the vicinity of the bridge.
Twin Harp Bridge
Address: 4 Chome Toko 18 Jo, Asahikawa, Hokkaido to 5 Chome Kyokushin 1 Jo, Asahikawa, Hokkaido
Access: 20-minutes by car from Asahikawa Airport / 15-minutes by car from Asahikawa Station
Official Website: http://www.city.asahikawa.hokkaido.jp/files/tosi_kei/index.htm
Kitoushi Forest Park – Family Village
Located southeast of Asahikawa, Kitoushi Forest Park – Family Village offers views of ezo yamazakura as well as shibazakura moss phlox. Visitors can also have barbeques at the facility for an even better outdoor experience combining great food with cherry blossom viewing.
Kitoushi Forest Park – Family Village (Kitoushi Shinrin Koen Kazokuryokomura)
Address: 5 Gokita-44 Nishi, Higashikawa, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
Access: 40-minutes by car from Asahikawa Station
Official Website: http://www.kazokuryokoumura.jp/
More Information (English): http://www.asahikawa-tourism.com/asahikawa/asahikawa_sites/higashikawa/higashikawa_en.html
Maruyama Park is another famous cherry blossom site where Yoshino cherry trees and ezo yamazakura bloom. Compared to Asahikawa, the cherry blossoms here bloom a little earlier during spring. You’ll catch them from late April to early May. During the cherry blossom season, there is a place where fires can be lit, so you’ll catch people cooking up jingisukan, a type of Japanese mutton dish.
Address: Miyagaoka, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Maruyama-Kōen Station
Official Website: http://www.sapporo.travel/find/nature-and-parks/maruyama_park/
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park’s rolling hills offer a breathtaking view of shibazakura moss phlox cherry blossoms. The hills themselves aren’t steep, so the spectacle can be enjoyed from both the top and bottom of them. The Shibazakura Festival is also held between May and June.
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park
Address: 393 Higashimokotosuehiro, Ozora, Abashiri-gun, Hokkaido
Access: 30-minutes by cat from Abashiri Station. Alternatively, board the transit bus from Abashiri Station, get off at Higashimokotocho (東藻琴町). The park is a 5-mintue drive from here.
Official Website: http://www.shibazakura.net/
Photo：Mirina has visited many sightseeing spots in Hokkaido, so if you’re looking for more places to visit be sure to follow her on Instagram.
Photos: Mirina Nishio
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make a Toy Story’s Little Green Men Japanese Parfait
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.
We’re all locked up at home right now as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and so I want to show you a fun character ice cream recipe that can be made with things you have at home! In this recipe, we’ll learn how to make a Japanese parfait made in the image of the Little Green Men from Toy Story. This recipe is taken from the recipe book Disney Tsum Tsum Sweets Recipes.
Matcha Ice Cream
Toppings of your choice, such as red bean paste or soy flour
Draw the eyes, ears, and antennae of your little green men onto a baking sheet using a chocolate pen. Place into the freezer to chill.
Let the ice cream come to room temperature so it’s easier to scoop, then scoop out with a round ice cream scoop.
You can get an ice cream scoop from a dollar store. If you don’t have one, place the softened ice cream into something round, and then let it harden again in the freezer. Afterwards, remove and place it into some cling film to shape it roundーthe same method you use for making onigiri rice balls in Japan. Then let it solidify in the freezer once more.
Before letting your ice cream from Step ② fully solidify, first place on the face parts from Step ①. If your ice cream is completely solidified and not soft enough, the parts will break when you try to fix them on, so make sure to take note. Once the parts are on, place into the freezer to harden. By doing this, the eyes, ears, and antennae will affix to the head.
In the recipe book, they top their parfait with rice flour dumplings, but I’m using the outer part of a large daifuku for my toppings. It’s something I saw on the TV recently.
Add a tablespoon of granulated sugar and two tablespoons of potato starch into a bowl and slowly add hot water until it becomes transparent. This is a super easy way to make gyuhi, a type of soft Japanese confectionery like mochi and daifuku.
Add the gyuhi on top of the red bean paste and top with soy flour.
Add your Little Green Man and fruit of your choice, then tuck int!
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!