Shaved Ice Pop-Up Shop Opens in Ginza With Refreshing and Adventurous Flavours

06.June.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

From Tuesday 4th June to Sunday 1st September, a TORAYA CAFÉ AN STAND pop-up shop will open on the ground floor of Ginza Sony Park. For a limited time only, the pop-up shop will be selling kakigori (shaved ice) with a variety of adventurous flavours on the menu. The kakigori will be served with red bean paste made at TORAYA CAFÉ, which is located on floor B3. 

 

Last August when Ginza Sony Park opened, the red bean paste kakigori became very popular, leading to its return this year. This is your chance to experience unique flavours such as red bean paste and alcohol and even red bean paste and fruit. These flavours are limited to this pop up shop.

 

(※) Contains alcohol

 

Blueberry: ¥756, Blueberry Condensed Milk: ¥864, Limoncello: ¥540 (tax included)

Available: Tues 4th ー Sun 30th June

The Blueberry and Blueberry Condensed Milk kakigori are new flavours and are both served with red bean paste. The sweet yet tangy syrup is made from ripe blueberries and is generously poured over the kakigori. We recommend you enjoy this along with the carefully balanced condensed milk. The Limoncello red bean paste kakigori uses an Italian liqueur, creating a refreshing flavour.

 

Hassaku orange: ¥756, Hassaku Orange Condensed Milk: ¥ 864, Calvados (※): ¥540 (tax included)

Available: Mon 1st ー Wed 31st July

Two flavours of kakigori shaved ice are having their debut at Ginza Sony Park; the Hassaku Orange and the Hassaku Orange with Condensed Milk. The hassaku syrup is made from hassaku oranges sourced from Hiroshima. Both flavours are also served with sweet red bean paste that perfectly balances out the tangy orange.

 

The Calvados kakigori is made using brandy sourced from France which is stored to ferment in an oak barrel. The oaky scent and the fresh appley flavour perfectly balance each other out.

 

 

Strawberry: ¥756, Strawberry Condensed Milk: ¥864, Mulled Wine (※): ¥540 (tax included)

Available: Thurs 1st Aug ー Sun 1st Sept

Selectively bred strawberries were used to make the syrup for this strawberry kakigori. This is also served with red bean paste, which is perfect along with the sweet and sour strawberry syrup. The Mulled Wine Kakigori is made with red wine spiced with lemons, oranges, cinnamon and cloves for a new, fruity flavour.

 

 

Condensed Milk: ¥702, Matcha: ¥702, Matcha Condensed Milk: ¥810, Rum: (※) ¥540 (including tax )

Available: Tues 4th June ー Sun 1st Sept

 

Besides the standard red bean paste kakigori, the rum flavour is also returning this year! Sugarcane sourced from Okinawa is used to make the rum. When mixed with the blackstrap molasses sugar,  it becomes a flavour that adults just cannot resist.

 

Escape the heat and enjoy a moment of supreme bliss with these delicious shaved ice flavours!

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  • Taste Local Shaved Ice Around Japan at Hoshino Resorts KAI

    15.May.2019 | FOOD

    Hoshino Resorts KAI is set to hold a shaved ice event titled KAI no Gotochi Kakigori 2019 at several branches of KAI from July 13 to August 31. The event will allow people to enjoy tasting the different syrups and toppings served with shaved ice in each local area.

     

    Shaved ice is a staple of Japanese summertime. People in Japan have enjoyed the ice-based dessert for many years. It is even mentioned in The Pillow Book, a famous collection of poems, essays and observations by the court lady Sei Shōnagon.

     

    KAI’s line-up of original shaved ice both ensures you will pull through the hot weather as the dessert was designed for while enjoying a fun time. Each option incorporates local flavours. Let’s take a look at some of them.

     

    Wine Shaved Ice – KAI Matsumoto (Asama Onsen, Nagano Prefecture)

    Kikyogahara located in Nagano Prefecture’s city of Matsumoto is known as the birthplace of Nagano wine. At Hoshino KAI Matsumoto they serve around 50 types of wine from Kikyogahara. The shaved ice you can get at KAI Matsumoto is lathered in a syrup made from just one of those wines: the fruity Concorde. The shaved ice is served in handmade ceramic grape bowls. The alcohol has been removed from the syrup so that the shaved ice can be enjoyed by everyone.

     

    Serving: 16:00-17:00

    Location: Lobby (*Can be ordered by children)

     

    NEW Hydrangea Shaved Ice – KAI Hakone (Miyanoshita Onsen, Kanagawa Prefecture)

    Because the Hakone area is elevated hydrangea bloom for a longer period of time than other places. Trains along the Hakone Tozan Line are dubbed “Hydrangea Trains” when the flowers are blossomed as passengers can enjoy gazing at the flowers from their window seats. This shaved ice is made with blue hydrangea flavoured jelly and syrup to recreate the hydrangeas of Hakone.

     

    Serving: 15:00-17:00 (Last Orders 16:30)

    Location: Restaurant

     

    NEW Hanairo Shaved Ice: KAI Ito (Ito Onsen, Shizuoka Prefecture)

    The city of Ito has a warm climate and so locals and tourists can expect to enjoy seeing many different flowers sprout through all four seasons. The Hanairo (“flower colour”) Shaved Ice captures the flowers that bloom around Ito from early to late summertime. The yellow represents the hypericum patulum, the pink the Abelia linnaea, and the blue the hydrangea that bloom in profusion by Matsukawa Lake.

     

    Serving: 15:30-17:00 (Last Orders 16:30)

    Location: Yuagari (the spot where you get out of the bath)

     

    NEW Apple Shaved Ice – KAI Alps (Omachi Onsen, Nagano Prefecture)

    Nagano is famous for its apple production. This shaved ice is made with three types of apple. Two types of syrup are concealed by ice: one that has an apple flesh-like texture and another made with fruity Bramley apples. Enjoy tasting the different flavours of each individual apple.

     

    Serving: 15:00-18:00 (Last Orders 16:30)

    Location: Irori (the sunken fireplace)

     

    NEW Art Shaved Ice – KAI Sengokuhara (Sengokuhara Onsen, Kanagawa Prefecture)

    Lots of art museums surround KAI Sengokuhara, and so to stick with the theme, this DIY shaved ice is served blank like a canvas and you get to decorate it yourself with different coloured syrups. Use spoons that look like brushes to paint on strawberry and orange coloured syrups to mix and match various flavours. The tools were handmade by glass artist Hiroshi Hamadate of ipada.

     

    Serving: 15:00-17:00

    Location: Restaurant and lobby

     

    Kaga Bocha Tea Shaved Ice – KAI Kaga (Yamashiro Onsen, Ishikawa Prefecture)

    Kaga Boach is a type of tea that has been adored since the Edo period for its aromatic smell and refreshing taste. This shaved ice is topped with Kaga Bocha syrup and gold leaf and is eaten from kutani-ware to give it a traditional feeling.

     

    Serving: 18:00-20:30

    Location: Travel Library

     

    Blueberry Shaved Ice – KAI Kinugawa (Kinugawa Onsen, Tochigi Prefecture)

    Tochigi is famous for its Ai Ichigo blueberries, and now you can enjoy them topped on shaved ice together with blueberry syrup. The prefecture is visited by many tourists and sightseers to go to pick blueberries in the summer. The syrup has pieces of fresh blueberry in it to retain the original sweet and sour flavour.

     

    Serving: 15:00-16:30

    Location: Restaurant

     

    Cool yourself down this summer in Japan with one of these many tasty local shaved ices.

  • Espresso, Tapioca & Other Adult-Oriented Shaved Iced Flavours This Summer at Omotesando Hills

    03.June.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Eleven cafes and restaurants at Tokyo’s shopping complex Omotesando Hills will serve various “adult-oriented” shaved ice desserts from June 14 to August 31. The limited run is a continuation of last year’s adult flavoured shaved ices, but this year more establishments are climbing aboard.

     

    Check out these 5 flavours that are a must-try this summer.

    Frozen Milk Black Tapioca & Mango Shaved Ice: ¥1,404 (Tax Included) @ Kageyamarou (Floor 3F)

    *Limited to 20 per day

    Kageyamarou are whipping up a fluffy, Taiwan-style shaved ice seeped in the sweet taste of mango and topped with fresh mango pieces. Accompanying on the side are big chewy tapioca pearls as well as a mango purin.

     

    Serving Time: 11:00-21:00 (Except 16:30-17:30) *Serving until all 20 orders have sold.

    Chai-Style Shaved Ice w/ Homemade Dates, Dried Fruits & Rum: ¥1,080 (Tax Included) @ Cosme Kitchen Adaptation (Floor B2F)

    This shaved ice is made in the image of chai tea. It contains agar of dates―a superfood―and vitamin C-packed berries making this a great choice for those looking to look and stay healthy. It contains alcohol but can be ordered non-alcoholic. For an additional ¥216 (Tax Included) it also comes with hot or iced tea.

     

    Serving Time: 11:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays)

    Hokkaido Yamakawa Nouen’s Yamakawa Wasabi & Watermelon Shaved Ice: ¥1,512 (Tax Included)

    @ Yasaiyamei (Floor 3F) *Limited to 30 per day

    Yasaiyamei and bringing back this delight again which was popular last year. Served in a real watermelon, this upgraded version is packed with sweet watermelon and Yamakawa Wasabi made by Yamakawa Nouen in Hokkaido for a fiery punch. It comes with an original blend herb tea served hot.

     

    Serving Time: 15:00-22:00 (Except 16:00-17:00. Until 21:30 on Sundays) *Serving until all 30 orders have sold.

    Hazelnut & Espresso Granita: ¥1,296 (Tax Included) @ Fratelli Paradiso (Floor 3F) *Limited to 15 per day / Contains alcohol

    Sat on top of a dollop of ice cream is a rich and bitter espresso granita steeped in Frangelico hazelnut liqueur. This Italian-style shaved ice recreates the granita, a semi-frozen dessert with origins in Sicily.

     

    Serving Time: 11:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays)

     

    Daisy Mandarin Shaved Ice: ¥1,728 (Tax Included) @ 37 Roast Beef (Floor 3F) *Limited to 20 per day / Contains alcohol

    This citrus-packed shaved ice contains daisy mandarins, marmalade sauce and an orange liqueur for a refreshing and bitter mix. It’s also topped with crunchy meringue made with coconut oil.

     

    Serving Time: 11:00-22:00 (Except 16:30-17:30 on weekends and holidays)

     

    If you’re in Tokyo this summer, be sure to plan a trip to Omotesando Hills to try them.

  • Cherry Blossom Shaved Ice Released at Kakigori Kobo Sekka for Springtime

    06.April.2019 | FOOD

    Kakigori Kobo Sekka is a shaved ice shop in Sugamo, Tokyo that is serving up fresh shaved ice using this year’s natural water from Mount Fuji. For spring, the shop just re-released its cherry blossom flavoured shaved ice.

    This year’s Sakura Shaved Ice is made with a syrup that uses rare cheese as its base. Inside it’s filled with cherry blossom flavoured milk and cherry blossom fromage blanc. It’s also topped with cherry blossom whipped cream, jelly and a leaf chocolate.

    The store will also once again sell the Ichigo Mamire from early May, a menu option which proves popular every year. This shaved ice is the ultimate strawberry sensation with the ice itself having you think you’re eating an actual strawberry.


    Other seasonal delights include the Koucha Holic, Spring-Only Cheese & Cheese, and more.

     

    Kakigori Kobo Sekka is a hugely popular store where people can be waiting over 2 hours in line to get inside when summer rolls around. It’s popular in spring too but you can rest assured you’ll get in much quicker if you go now―and also get to try limited-edition flavours available during spring only.

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    29.January.2020 | FOOD

    Fruit tart chain Qu-il Fait Bon has announced that it is renaming its s’more products to “SMILE MORE” which will roll out at 10 branches from February 3, 2020.

    S’mores are a classic campfire treat enjoyed in the US, Canada, and Mexico. They are made with two biscuits, or traditionally graham crackers, inside which is placed marshmallows and chocolate which are then melted for a sticky treat. The s’mores at Qu’il Fait Bon are all handmade with care and individually packaged, making for great souvenirs and gifts.

     

    The Shizuoka branch of Qu’il Fait Bon is also releasing a new gyokuro tea and mandarin orange flavour on the same day the rebranding rolls out, February 3.

    SMILE MORE S’mores

    Two crunchy sablé cookies form the foundation of these s’mores, which are filled with sweet marshmallows, sweet and sour-tasting cranberries, and dark chocolate for a mouth-watering combination. The name “SMILE MORE” comes from the satisfied smile you will make when you stuff your cheeks with these s’mores.

    SMILE MORE Gyokuro Tea & Mandarin Orange S’more

    Not the traditional kind of s’more, but for sure a luxurious treat. The cookies are infused with high quality gyokuro tea from Shizuoka Prefecture, and filled with marshmallows, chocolate, and dried mandarin orange. Available at the Shizuoka branch only, this flavour is quintessentially Shizuoka.

  • GINZA SIX Announces New Stairwell Art Installation by Tokujin Yoshioka

    29.January.2020 | SPOT

    A new piece of installation art is coming to GINZA SIX, the largest shopping centre in Tokyo’s Ginza fistrict, next month. From February 27, Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka’s “Prismatic Cloud” will adorn the stairwell until the end of October.

    Tokujin Yoshioka is a Japanese artist whose grand and poetic nature-themed work has received international praise. His skills include art, design, and architecture, which are being put to use to give GINZA SIX a new face for 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics and therefore year in which many people from around the world are sure to flock to Tokyo’s upmarket and luxurious district.

    Prismatic Cloud is an enormous light sculpture inspired by clouds and the fundamentals of nature. It was originally showcased at the Allen Center in Houston, US, and has been arranged once more for it’s Japan debut. It stretches an incredible 10 meters long and is made from 10,000 prism rods which are layered together, making light penetrate through them to look infinite. Its appearance changes depending where you view it from, both your position and your line of sight in relation to it.

     

    GINZA SIX’s stairwell is a symbol of the shopping centre, and it has become an art program filled with creativity and energy, with many international artists having displayed their works there, including Yayoi Kusama, Daniel Buren, Nicolas Buffe, Chiharu Shiota, and Klaus Haapaniemi. Prismatic Cloud is being overseen by Mori Art Museum, who also supervised Kusama, Buren, and Shiota’s work. While these installations are set up for a limited time, GINZA SIX also houses some permanent artwork around the complex by artists from around the world.

  • Valentine’s Day 2020 in Japan: Must-Buy Chocolate & Sweet Gifts

    27.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Christmas is over, and Easter is still on the horizon, but if you love chocolate as much as we do, never fearーas our sweet tooth cravings will soon be satisfied with the season of love.

     

    In Japan, shop’s and restaurant’s are already carving their Cupid arrows to fire at customers for Valentine’s Day to tempt them into one of their many tantalising treats. If you’re in Japan this year, we’ve whipped up a list just for you of five must-buy gifts for Valentine’s Day 2020.

     

    Garrett Popcorn

    Almond Chocolate Truffle | Garrett Valentine’s Tin | Valentine’s Mix

    Garrett Popcorn is an American brand of popcorn that boasts a myriad of gourmet handcrafted popcorn flavours. You may not know that it’s also a household name in Japan, where they also make the popcorn fresh every day for snack-hungry customers. For Valentine’s, they serving up an exclusive series full of love which consists of the “Almond Chocolate Truffle,” “Garrett Valentine’s Tin,” and “Valentine’s Mix.”

    Almond Chocolate Truffle in Garrett Valentine’s Tin – From ¥1,130

    First up, the Almond Chocolate Truffle. If you’re not already drooling at that name, let the description begin: this popcorn takes Garrett’s crushed almond CaramelCrisp™️, coats it in chocolate, and sprinkles it generously with a dust storm of cocoa powder. The fragrant scent and texture of the almonds adds an incredible touch to the combination of the sweet, velvety milk chocolate and the slightly-bitter bite of the cocoa powder. Get in the Valentine’s mood even more by purchasing one of the Garrett Valentine’s Tin – the perfect accompaniment to your movie night in with your loved one.

    Valentine’s Mix (Chocolate Cocoa & Strawberry) – ¥1,200

    Valentine’s Mix (Chocolate Cocoa & White Chocolate Bark) – ¥1,200

    Last year, Garrett Popcorn release a cute heart-shaped tin big enough to fit in the palm of your hands. 2020 will see the return of the tin, this time with two different designs: one with kissing lips and the other with hearts.

     

    Inside the first tin is a mix of sweet chocolate cocoa flavoured CaramelCrisp™️ and sour freeze-dried strawberries. The other tin, which has a more sophisticated chocolate brown and salmon pink design, contains the same cocoa flavoured CaramelCrisp™️ but combines it with “white chocolate bark” – a white chocolate made with almonds and dried cranberries.

     

    ▶︎Garrett Popcorn Valentine’s Day Products

    Running: January 10, 2020 – February 14, 2020 (Mix available from January 17, 2020) *While supplies last

    Prices:
    ・Almond Chocolate Truffle: Small ¥620/Medium ¥1,100/Large ¥1,720/Jumbo ¥3,450/Quart Tin ¥1,750/1 Gallon ¥4,400/2 Gallons ¥8,400
    ・Garrett Valentine’s Tin/Quart Tin: From ¥1,130
    ・Valentine’s Mix: ¥1,200
    Available: Garrett Popcorn Shops®︎ branches in Japan
    Official Website: http://jpgarrettpopcorn.com/

     

    KitKat Chocolatory

    Ruby 2020 Assortment

    KitKat Chocolatory is releasing a new assortment of KitKat treats for the Valentine’s season in Japan made with ruby chocolateーthe fourth type of chocolate alongside milk, white, and darkーwhich was developed by Belgian-Swiss chocolate makers Barry Callebaut.

    KitKat Chocolatory Ruby 2020 Assortment – ¥1,200

    Ruby chocolate gets its striking pink colour from the original bean and has a distinct fruity sourness to it. This is the perfect Valentine’s Day giftーor even just as a treat to yourself!

     

    ▶︎KitKat Chocolatory Ruby 2020 Assortment

    Price: ¥1,200
    Running: from January 15, 2020
    Available: KitKat Chocolatory store/Online
    Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/

     

    GODIVA

    Valentine’s Collection

    GODIVA, one of the main players in the Japanese chocolate game, has developed the “Chocolate Chronicle Sweet Collection”ーan assortment of individually unique chocolates. The “chronicle” refers to the many places the chocolates have encountered since being created, both in the past and present.

    Chocolate Chronicle Sweetheart (Contains 6) – ¥3,240

    Chocolate Chronicle Chic Assortment (Contains 15) – ¥6,264

    The “Original Maya” considers the civilisation and mysteries of Mesoamerica. The “Cocoa Honey Delight” uses honey to sweeten the chocolate like they did in the latter half of the Middle Ages when there was no sugar. The “Modern Love”burns into your mind the image of its vivid red heart lovingly made with sweet and sour strawberries, ganache, and milk chocolate.

     

    ▶︎GODIVA Valentine’s Collection 2020

    Running: from January 10, 2020 (Limited Time)
    Prices:
    Chocolate Chronicle Sweetheart: 6 Set ¥3,240/12 Set ¥5,400
    Chocolate Chronicle Chic Assortment: 4 Set ¥1,296/6 Set ¥2,160/10 Set ¥3,240/16 Set ¥5,400
    Chocolate Chronicle Sweet Kare Assortment: 6 Set ¥1,080
    Chocolate Chronicle Chic Collection: 4 Set ¥1,836/6 Set ¥2,700/9 Set ¥3,888/12 Set ¥5,076/15 Set ¥6,264/20 Set ¥8,208
    Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp/

     

     

    Koi Suru Chocolate

    Valentine’s Collection 2020

    The base of these treats is chocolate by Shiroi Koibito. The collection was first released in January 2018 and is very reminiscent of Hokkaido chocolate. There are lots of chocolates in the collection made with cute pink ruby chocolate too.

    Mille-feuille (Contains 3) – ¥520

    These mille-feuille are layered with milk and white chocolate and coated in things like couverture chocolate and ruby chocolate.

    The Heart (Contains 7) – ¥1,080

    Each of these hearts has its own distinct sauce: the ruby chocolate has blackcurrant, the milk chocolate has caramel, and the white chocolate has yuzu.

     

    ▶︎Koi Suru Chocolate Valentine’s Collection 2020

    Release Date: January 17, 2020
    Available: ISHIYA store/Online
    Prices:
    Mille-feuille: 3 Set ¥540/6 Set ¥1,080/12 Set ¥2,160
    The Heart: 7 Set ¥1,080/14 Set ¥2,160
    Official Website: http://www.ishiya.co.jp/koi_choco/

     

    Morozoff

    Valentine’s Dessert Plate

    Morozoff specialises in western-style sweets, and at Cafe Morozoff, they’re serving up a Valentine’s-only dessert.

    Valentine’s Dessert Plate – ¥1,200

    The beautiful dessert plate is an assortment of cute heart-shaped treats. The rich chocolate mousse has an orange scent, and the fluffy chocolate sponge combines sweet and sour strawberries with smooth whipped cream which elevate the flavour of the chocolate.

     

    ▶︎Morozoff Valentine’s Dessert Plate

    Running: January 15, 2020 – February 14, 2020

    Available: select Cafe Morozoff branches in Japan
    Price: ¥1,200 (comes with tea or coffee)
    Official Website: http://www.morozoff.co.jp/

     

    Did you enjoy this list? There’s plenty of Valentine’s Day delights to be enjoyed while in Japan. Which on this list has you drooling the most?

  • Succulent Amaou Strawberries From Fukuoka Take These Desserts to the Next Level

    26.January.2020 | FOOD

    BAKE CHEESE TART, a company in Japan specialising in baked cheese tarts (hence the name), is releasing two new desserts on February 15, 2020. Made with amaou strawberries, the Amaou Ichigo Cheese Tart and Amaou Ichigo Sundae will be served for a limited time until March 31, 2020.

    The Amaou Ichigo Cheese Tart was first released in February last year as a seasonal product for spring where it was well-received by sweet-tooth customers. They were so popular in fact that there was growing demand from them for it to return, so BAKE CHEESE TART is delivering that sumptuous request. Topping decoratively with freeze-dried amaou strawberries, the tarts are a sweet call to the coming spring.

    The Fukuoka-grown strawberries have been nicknamed the “King of Strawberries.” The tarts are filled with a creamy cheese mousse and mixed with a puree made from the sweet berries. They add a rich sweetness to the slightly sour mousse, bringing together a mix of delightful flavours that will leave you wanting another. They also give the inside a light pink colour.

    The Amaou Ichigo Sundae has a dollop of soft serve ice cream so soft it’s almost like melted fresh cream. It’s topped with a sauce and powder made from those incredible strawberries, as well as freeze-dried strawberries. This bright-red mountain of a dessert is a satisfying experience to both look at and consume.

    While these two desserts are being sold, they will be served in special springtime packaging designed by creative studio KLOKA, a notable player in the creative scene that has had a hand in art direction for fashion magazines, shopping centre displays, and more.

  • Explore Kyoto With a Hot Pudding Latte From Kyo Yasaka Pudding

    24.January.2020 | FOOD

    Kyo Yasaka Pudding is a shop with a new vision. Located in Kyoto’s tourist hot spot of Higashiyama ward, it’s home to a team of people who love and are well-versed when it comes to food. Their incredible purin, or Japanese custard puddings, are made carefully one by one to make people happy. These puddings are tried and tested: much trial and error was done to ensure the ingredients, flavours, technique, and appearance were perfect.

     

    On January 24, they’re set to release a new product to the menu: the Kyo Yasaka Hot Pudding Latte.

    This hot beverage combines a pudding latte, made from incredible Kyoto milk, with super rich caramel cream. It’s then topped with a mix of tempting decorations. The caramel and cream are of a high quality, with the caramel cream itself having a unique and irresistible bitter bite you won’t find anywhere else.

    This is the perfect accompaniment to a winter walk through Kyoto while sightseeing.

  • Luxury Kyoto Jewellery Brand NIWAKA Brings its Beautiful Collection to Ginza in Tokyo

    23.January.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    NIWAKA is a Japanese jewellery brand that first launched in the city and ancient capital of Kyoto. The company has announced it is set to open a special concept store in Tokyo’s district of Ginza, home to luxury shops, restaurants and outlets.

     

    The new jewellery shop will boast the biggest collection in the country, housing five floors of fashion, bridal, and high jewellery.

    NIWAKA’s jewellery is renowned the world over, even being used by Hollywood actresses at the US Acadamy Awards for four years in a row.

    The new concept store in Ginza aims to deliver everything about the NIWAKA brand, with its modern interior littered with traditional Japanese motifs. They hope to grow their name even more with stores overseas in the future.

    The outside of the store is adorned with gorgeous and sparkling wisteria installations. Their abstract design makes them look like light bunches that sway gracefully.

     

    Inside the store, each floor has its own theme, with traditional elements like lattice and paper sliding doors combined effortlessly with the modern design.

    Los Angeles was the first to try NIWAKA’s new collection which was used by famous red carpet actress, and it will now be sold in Japan at the new concept store. The first floor will include a range of fashion jewellery in the company’s “Kyo no Matsuri” range as well as all-new accessories.

    Floors 2-4 will house gorgeous bridal jewellery with centre showpieces and tables and chairs on both sides.

    Up on the 5th floor will be the high jewellery, accessed via an elevator, which brings you to an incredible sparkling bamboo thicket-like space.

     

    If you’re looking to indulge in some expensive jewellery, worn by the famous actresses of Hollywood, then be sure to check out NIWAKA and visit their new Ginza store. Be on the lookout for future branches opening up in Japan and overseas.フ

  • Make Your Own Rilakkuma Valentine’s Day Treats With Kai’s Recipe Kits

    22.January.2020 | FOOD

    Cupid is readying his arrows for Valentine’s Day 2020 which is right around the corner. It’s the time of the year to show your special someone that you love them with some tasty chocolatey treats.

     

    If you’re wanting to make a grand gesture this year by making your own gifts, but are struggling for ideas or are intimidated by the task, the Kai Corporation in Japan has you covered with its collection of Rilakkuma goods. Now you can make some Instagram-worthy gifts with little effort. Let’s take a look.

     

    Make lots of Rilakkuma chocolates with this simple tool

    Rilakkuma Silicone Chocolate Maker – ¥850 (Before Tax) – Buy Here

    Five different patterns of Rilakkuma, Kiiroitori, and Korilakkuma make up this silicone tray, allowing you to make lots of bite-sized chocolates at once. This is perfect for sharing between you and your loved one or amongst friends. It can be used for making gummy treats and ice for drinks too, meaning it’s useful for the entire year.

     

    Make cute cookies by simply pressing your dough

    Korilakkuma Cutter Set – ¥650 (Before Tax) – Buy Here

    Anyone can make cute Korilakkuma cookies easily with this cutter set which you simply press the dough with. It comes with two different poses so you can make an assortment of them. If you know someone who’s not a fan of chocolate, then this is a perfect alternative.

     

    Decorate your sweets and desserts with this mini chocolate tray

    Mini Chocolate Tray – ¥650 (Before Tax) – Buy Here

    This chocolate tray makes makes chocolate bears which can hold things like nuts and candy. They can be used in a lot of creative different ways. The tray was made in collaboration with Cookpad.

     

    Super simple recipes that take out the work

    Here are some super simple recipes that remove the labour out of making and decorating sweet treats. Learn how to make Instagrammable delights with these items and techniques.

    Korilakkuma Cookie Marshmallow Sandwich – Item Used: Korilakkuma Cutter Set

    All you need to do is warm some marshmallows in a microwave and stick them between two cookies for a gooey and crunchy treat. At some toppings like freeze-dried strawberries for colour and to make them even cuter.

    Gateaux Chocolate Cupcakes – Item Used: Rilakkuma Face Cupcake Paper Wraps (5 Included)

    Make your Valentine’s cupcakes even more adorable with these paper wraps with Rilakkuma’s kawaii face on them.

    Tiny Bear Chocolates: Item Used – Mini Chocolate Tray

    There are many creative ways you can utilise these tiny bear chocolates. Make them hold small candy, nuts, and other delicious bites, or just simply top them on another dessert.

     

    Take the stress out of making something for Valentine’s Day this year with this range of items from Kai.

  • Cute and Chewy Pompompurin Confection Now Being Sold at Lawson Convenience Stores in Japan

    21.January.2020 | FOOD

    Lawson, one of the main convenience store chains in Japan, has released the all-new Mochi Mochi Pompompurin Yaki, a cute and chewy confection filled with custard pudding flavoured cream.

     

    The kawaii sweet recreates Pompompurin’s adorable sleeping form. Inside of him is a squirt of purin, or Japanese custard pudding, flavoured cream, which happens to be Sanrio Golden Retriever’s favourite treat. You’ll find yourself reaching for your phone to snap a photo of him to post online before tucking in.

     

    The confection will be discontinued once all have been sold, so if you’re in Japan, head to your closest Lawson.

     

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  • 4 Matcha-tastic Desserts Selling at Convenience Stores in Japan

    20.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    If you love delicious Japanese desserts and are keen to discover more, you’ve visited the right website. Today with the help of Instagrammer Yukko, we’ll be looking at matcha desserts you can purchase from Japanese convenience stores. 

     

    Matcha Purin Cake Sandwich: ¥324/ Family Mart

    Matcha Purin Cake Sandwich: ¥324

    This is a fluffy sandwich with a hearty filling of sweet matcha purin, matcha cream, whipped cream and red bean paste. The fluffy cake and light cream create a wonderful balance of textures and enjoy a moderate sweetness. This dessert is sure to leave your stomach fully satisfied.

     

    Dorayaki Pancakes Stuffed with Matcha Cream: ¥300/ 7-Eleven

    Dorayaki Pancakes Stuffed with Matcha Cream: ¥300

    The delicious aroma of the matcha will entice you before you have even tried it. The refined, rich matcha flavour will spread throughout your mouth and melt beautifully. 

     

    Uji Matcha and Shiratama White Dumpling Parfait:¥300/ 7-Eleven

    Uji Matcha and Shiratama White Dumpling Parfait:¥300

    This is a luxurious parfait containing Shiratama dango, warabi mochi, matcha whipped cream, dorayaki pancake pieces, plain whipped cream, matcha mousse and matcha starch cakes. Enjoy a variety of textures – perfect for the matchaholic!

     

    Matcha & Sweet Red Beans & Whipped Cream Doyayaki: ¥140/ 7-Eleven

    Matcha & Sweet Red Beans & Whipped Cream Doyayaki: ¥140

    Sweet red bean paste, matcha sauce, whipped cream and chewy warabi mochi are stuffed between two matcha dorayaki. The matcha sauce is rich and plentiful, creating the perfect matcha-tastic treat.

     

     If you’re on a matcha hunt, how about starting at the convenience store? There are just so many matcha desserts to discover. Mogu Mogu Yukko’s Instagram is full of delicious desserts that you can buy from Japanese convenience stores and supermarkets. If you’re looking for a sweet treat, make sure to check it out.

     

     Original Article Contents and Photos By: Mogu Mogu Yukko

     

    *Convenience stores are always updating their products and therefore the desserts mentioned in this article may stop selling at any time. Please check the convenience store’s social media or official website for the most up-to-date information. 

  • Tokyo’s MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE Food Menu is Just Too Kawaii to Eat

    19.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    Fans of Japanese mangaka Momoko Sakura won’t be able to resist the new MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE which is set to open at Sunday Brunch in Tokyo on January 31, 2020 for six months. It’s collaboration between the manga series Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji, both by Momoko Sakura.

    The cafe is opening to promote the release of the Chibi-Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji picture book. Customers can look forward to joining the two characters on their adventures as they are vividly recreated on their plates, with food and drink inspired by the beautiful scenes seen throughout the four seasons, cherry blossoms, Mount Fuji, and more. The menu line-up is an homage to Momoko Sakura’s iconic work.

     

    Today, we finally get to take a peek at what’s on the menu at the cafe. Keep in mind this is just a small selection of what will be served.

    *Menu item names are translated from Japanese

    Homage Menu: Coji-Coji Came To Visit- ¥1,850 (Before Tax)

    Both Marko-chan and Coji-Coji are made from cookies and are flying through the air together. Below them is Mount Fuji, made from rice and adorned with cherry blossoms. It’s sat in a lake of cod roe cream sauce littered with tea leaves.

    Summer Menu: King of Sun Kingdom – ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

    Enjoy this healthy keema curry packed full of nutritious vegetables as well as a piece of French toast made from fresh eggs and milk. The individual suns are made from pumpkin flavoured mashed potato, while the two pals have written a letter that says “To the King.”

    Winter Menu: Three’s Company – ¥1,880 (Before Tax)

    Delicious butterfly pea and spinach purees sit atop a bed of shrimp tomato cream and pumpkin soup, creating an eye-popping mixture of colours.

    Sweets: Coji-Coji Came to Visit Baked Cheese Cake – 1 Slice w/Drink ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    This baked cheese cake celebrates the two’s meeting. You get one slice which will contain Mount Fuji and either Maruko-chan or Coji-Coji. Which will you be given?

    Sweets: A Chat in the Cold Morning Chocolate Cake – 1 Slice w/Drink ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    Layered with sumptuous mango custard cream, this cute gateaux chocolate cake is moist and delicious.

    Parfait Drink: Onigiri People & Star Festival – ¥1,700 (Before Tax)

    Inspired by the Milky Way in the Tanabata festival, this parfait drink includes jelly under which hides an assortment of fruits, cream, and vanilla ice cream. The juice itself has a squirt of cheese cream in it too.

    Special Drink: What’s The Rainbow Invitation? – ¥980 (Before Tax)

    A glass of lemonade that comes with a cafe-exclusive charm. There’s jelly inside the glass which dances and sparkles as you stir.

     

    The cafe itself will also be decorated in picture book art in the form of tapestries and other things. There will also be a display of Momoko Sakura’s work, as well as Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji merchandise up for sale.

     

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  • Delicious Valentine’s Desserts and Drinks All Over Japan For You and Your Sweetheart

    12.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    As Valentine’s fever slowly sets in across Japan, for many of us, thoughts turn to what we could give to our lovers. For the rest of us, how about a  bit of self-love with a romantic dessert for one? Whether it’s for just yourself or that special someone, if you’re in Japan, you got to try one of these Valentine’s-limited desserts.

     

    Eggs ‘n Things

    Fondant Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes: ¥1,580 (Before Tax)

    Eggs ‘n Things Fondant Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes will be love at first bite. Hazelnut gianduia chocolate pancakes are topped with a luxurious mountain of fruity strawberries and drizzled with chocolate sauce for an overall mellow flavour. The pancakes come with a generous tower of whipped cream – a sweet treat perfect for you and your sweetie. 

     

    ▼Eggs ‘n Things

    Fondant Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes 

    Price: ¥1,580 (After Tax)
    Selling: January 16 – February 27, 2020
    Available At: Most Eggs ‘n Things restaurants across Japan

    Not Available At:
    ・EGGS’N THINGS Lalaport Nagoya minato AQULS
    ・EGGS’N THINGS Coffee OPA Takasaki
    ・EGGS’N THINGS Coffee Kashiwa Takashimaya Station Mall

    Official Website: https://www.eggsnthingsjapan.com/

     

    nana’s green tea

    Choco Orange Latte/Hōjicha Chocolate Brownie Parfait

    nana’s green tea is serving up a gorgeous Valentine’s latte and parfait topped with orange zest and gold leaf. The Choco Orange Latte is full of chocolatey goodness. The orange zest contributes a tangy kick to the sweet yet bitter chocolate latte. The Hōjicha Chocolate Brownie Parfait is topped with Valentine’s limited hōjicha chocolate brownie and hōjicha ice cream, drizzled with chocolate sauce and sprinkled with gold leaf. nana’s green tea is the perfect place to enjoy a sip of luxury with your lovebird. 

     

    ▼nana’s green tea

    Choco Orange Latte/Hōjicha Chocolate Brownie Parfait

    Selling: January 6 – February 14, 2020
    Available At: All nana’s green tea restaurants

    Please check the official website for pricing.

    Official Website: http://www.nanasgreentea.com/

     

    Sarabeth’s

    Choco Pudding French Toast: ¥1,600 (Before Tax)

     Sarabeth’s Choco Pudding French Toast is made with their special challah bread. The bread is toasted and topped with their popular Chocolate Pudding dessert. The beauty of this Valentine’s-limited dessert is captivating. Enjoy a moment of pure bliss with this luxury treat.

     

    ▼Sarabeth’s

    Choco Pudding French Toast

    Price: ¥1,600 (Before Tax)
    Selling: January 14 – February 14, 2020
    Available At: Sarabeth’s LUMINE Shinjuku, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka

    Official Website:http://sarabethsrestaurants.jp/

     

    Segafredo Zanetti Espresso

    Chocolat Peach Melba: ¥560 (After Tax)

    White chocolate is poured over a peach melba sauce made from peaches and raspberries. The barrister then seals the drink under a thick lid of their unique, smooth foam. The sweetness of the chocolate enjoys a fruity accent and the rich flavour of the milk will warm your body and your heart.

     

    ▼Segafredo Zanetti Espresso

    Chocolat Peach Melba

    Price: ¥560 (After Tax)
    Selling: January 7 – February 14, 2020
    Available At: All Segafredo Zanetti Espresso Cafés in Japan

    Official Website:https://www.segafredo.jp/

     

    Give yourself and/or your loved ones a wonderful treat this Valentine’s Day.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make My Melody Strawberry Purin

    12.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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.

     

    As strawberries are currently in season in Japan, today we’ll be looking at an easy recipe for delicious strawberry purin. All you have to do is mix the ingredients and you’re done! In previous recipes, we’ve looked at purin recipes that involve decorating the inside of the glass. Many people commented that this is quite difficult so today we’ve got a recipe that is easy enough for even kids.

     

    Ingredients (For 2 Portions)

    Two small jars (this recipe uses Weck jars)

    200g Strawberries with stems and leaves removed (approximately one small pack)

    20g Sugar

    20ml Fresh Cream (or milk to substitute)

    5g Gelatin (dissolved in a tablespoon of water)

    ½ Teaspoon Lemon Juice

     

    To Decorate

    Premade Chocolate Decorations or Chocolate Slices (as you like)

    Strawberries to Decorate (as you like)

    Fresh Cream (As you Like)

    Chocolate Pen

     

    2: After removing the leaves and stems from the strawberries, blend them in a mixer.

     

    3: Heat the mixture in a microwave on 600w for 50 seconds. Afterwards, add the sugar, gelatin solution and lemon juice in that order. Finally, mix in the fresh cream.

    4: Meanwhile, press the premade chocolate decorations or sliced chocolate (white) into the inside wall of your jar.

    5: Use the chocolate pen to draw the face, strawberries and ribbons from the outside of the glass. If you make a mistake, wipe it off using kitchen paper and try again.

    6:Put the jar into the fridge for the chocolate to harden. Once the chocolate does not sink when the jar is placed upright, slowly add your strawberry mixture into the jar and put it back in the fridge until hard. After your dessert solidifies, you can add the finishing touches of whipped cream and strawberries.

    And you’re done!

     

    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!

     

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    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-themed foods, desserts and pastries♡I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→ @kaopan27

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