Disney’s Aladdin Film Celebrated in Japan With Themed Cafes in Tokyo & Osaka
Disney’s new live-action Aladdin film is set to be released in Japan on June 7. To celebrate, two branches of OH MY CAFE in Tokyo and Osaka are set to collaborate with the movie from June 14 and 15 respectively.
“LOVE” is the concept of this collaboration, with everything from the cafe decor to the menu line-up steeped in the essence of romance.
Customers who book a table in advance will randomly receive one of the two above-pictured original Aladdin lunch mats.
Aladdin’s Magic Lamp Curry: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)
Receive a magical lamp of your own with this black curry which is accompanied with a fluffy meringue salad topped with your own Genie.
Magic Carpet’s Special Wrap Salad: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)
One of many Instagrammable choices on the menu, this plate comes with fried bread made in the image of Carpet and an assortment of ingredients to wrap in the bread.
Jafar’s Evil Chicken Cream Plate: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)
This chicken cream plate is inspired by Jafar and is served with a generous portion of delicate saffron rice.
Aladdin & Jasmine’s Fruit Drink (Yoghurt Flavour): With Bottle – ¥1,750 (Before Tax) / Without Bottle – ¥750 (Before Tax)
Enjoy this refreshing yoghurt drink poured on top of an assortment of delicious fresh fruits.
A Whole New World Grape Flavoured Starry Sky Drink: ¥1,290 (Before Tax)
Experience a whole new world in the starry night sky with this cloud-inspired shaved ice drink.
The cafes will also sell a range of exclusive merchandise.
Acrylic Key Ring (Aladdin & Jasmine): ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Acrylic Key Ring (Genie): ¥950(Before Tax)
Charm Set (3 Charms): ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Enter the world of Disney’s Aladdin in Tokyo and Osaka this summer.
Aladdin OH MY CAFE
OH MY CAFE TOKYO
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: June 14, 2019 – July 15, 2019
kawara CAFE&DINING Shinsaibashi
Address: Shinsaibashi Opa Floor 9F, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Running: June 15, 2019 – July 15, 2019
Aladdin OH MY CAFE Official Website: https://magic.ohmycafe.jp
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Mickey Mouse Ice Box Cookies
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.
For this edition of Kaori’s Easy Recipe, I used a recipe from the Disney dessert cookbook Oishii Disney Sweets Recipes to make cute Mickey Mouse-shaped ice box cookies. Ice box cookies are made by forming the dough into a cylindrical shape, leaving it to set in the fridge, and cutting into slices. This means you can make cookies even if you don’t have a specific cookie cutter, for example one in the shape of Mickey. You can create lots of different kinds of cookies using this method. They’re light, crunchy and best of all, delicious.
1. Ingredients (Makes: Approx. 30)
100g unsalted butter
80g powdered sugar
180g sieved weak flour
20g egg yolk (1 medium size egg)
A pinch of salt
10g pure cocoa
2. Bring the unsalted butter to room temperature until it’s soft. Break into small pieces until it turns creamy then add the powdered sugar and salt. Mix well until everything is blended together.
3. Add the egg yolk into the mixture and mix well with a whisk.
4. Slowly add the sieved flour. Add about a quarter at a time and mix well before adding the rest to avoid clumps. After all the flour is mixed in, divide in half and mix one of the halves with cocoa powder.
5. Shape both halves into a rectangular shape at 12cm x 6cm. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
6. Divide each half like in the picture below.
7. Put ⅞ of the plain dough to one side, and roll the rest of the plain dough and all of the cocoa dough into 15cm rods.
8. Roll the ⅞ of plain dough you put to one side into a 17cm x 15cm square. Referencing the pictures above and below, place plain “C” dough in the middle between the cocoa “B” dough. Ensure there are no gaps when pushing them together.
9. Place the cocoa “A” dough on top of the “C” dough. Take both sides of your rolled out square dough and bring together ensuring there are no gaps. Wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge for 20 minutes.
10. Take out of the fridge and cut about 5mm off the ends. Make sure to handle with care – if handled too roughly the dough will collapse.
11. Slice into single cookies and bake at 160℃ for 20-25 minutes.
Your cookies are 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!
There are many other cute Disney recipes available in the book that Kaori used too, so if you’re in Japan then why not pick up a copy?
Oishii Disney Sweets Recipes (Japanese Title: おいしい ディズニー スイーツ レシピ)
Price: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Available: Amazon Japan, Rakuten, and elsewhere
Chibi Maruko-chan Themed Cafe Heading to Tower Records Cafe Omotesando
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Chibi Maruko-chan anime series, Tower Records Cafe in Omotesando is collaborating with the franchise to turn its establishment into all things Maruko-chan for a limited time from September 5 to 29. Also, 22 branches of Tower Records as well as the Tower Records online store will sell collaborative merchandise.
Maruko-chan’s Hamburger Plate – ¥1,500
The hamburger plate will be served throughout the entire collaboration. Hamburgers are Maruko-chan’s favourite meal, and this one is served with vegetables and a rice ball with her adorable face on it.
The collaboration will be split into two different periods with different food and merchandise line-ups. The food in the second period has yet to be unveiled, so we will take a look at some of the things for the first period.
Collaboration Period ①
Nagasawa-kun’s Onion Soup Pasta – ¥1,500
Served with a whole onion, this soup seeped vongole pasta is inspired by the onion-head himself Nagasawa-kun.
Chi Chicken Sandwich – ¥1,500
This dish is inspired by the scene in the anime series when Maruko fights with her sister over who gets to have a notebook as there is only one of them. When her sister claims ownership, Maruko proceeds to write “idiot” on the front cover while she’s asleep and slips it back onto her bookshelf. This tuna mayo packed sandwich comes with a sandwich bag featuring the design of the notebook.
Noguchi-san’s Birthday Cake – ¥1,200
Celebrate Noguchi-san’s birthday (September 9) with this very special blueberry and milk crepe birthday cake.
30th Anniversary Melon Soda Float – ¥800
Topped with a dollop of ice cream and a cherry, the melon soda comes with a special 30th anniversary straw tag.
Chibi Maruko-chan Lattes – ¥700
The character lattes will have different character designs for each period as pictured above with the top row being the first collaboration and the bottom the second.
For every menu item ordered, customers will receive a random postcard. The postcards above feature the designs from the first collaboration period.
And the ones above here are those in the second.
And if you order a set of three items (food, drink and dessert), you’ll receive an exclusive lunch mat. All of these items are first-come, first-served so you’ll want to get to the cafe ASAP when it opens.
The exclusive merchandise takes on a music theme with original designs, from a towel to a tote bag and more.
Three t-shirts and a hoodie will also be sold exclusively at Tower Records Shibuya, Tower Records Shinjuku, Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, and the Tower Records online store.
Full information can be found on the official website below.
*All prices are tax-inclusive. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
*Please enquire with shop staff about any food allergies.
ⒸSakura Production/Nippon Animation
Chibi Maruko-chan x TOWER RECORDS CAFE
Running: September 5, 2019 – September 29, 2019
Period ①: September 5, 2019 – September 17, 201
Period ②: September 18, 2019 – September 29, 2019
*The menu line-up and free gifts will be different for each period
TOWER RECORDS CAFE Omotesando
Address: Imon Harajuku Bldg. 2F, 6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:30 (Last Orders 20:30)
Official Website: http://tower.jp/restaurants/cafe/omotesando
*No reservations, however during busy times numbered tickets will be handed out. Details on numbered tickets will be announced on the cafe’s official Twitter page: @TRC_Omotesando
Chibi Maruko-chan x TOWER RECORDS Collaboration Merchandise
Release Date: September 5, 2019 (*Pre-orders now open)
Available: At 22 Tower Records branches and the online store
Tower Records Online: https://tower.jp
Collaboration Page: https://tower.jp/chibimaru
Hatsune Miku Music Cafe Opening in Tokyo & Fukuoka
The Hatsune Miku Music Cafe is set to return for the third time this month. It will open in Akihabara, Tokyo on August 23 and in Hakata, Fukuoka on August 28.
The music cafe will be supported by VOCALOID music label KARENT. VOCALOID fans can look forward to dining while listening to music from their favourite characters―Miku, Luka, Rin, Len, MEIKO and KAITO―on high quality speakers and giant monitors.
Customers are able to request songs be played by picking from the record shelf. The huge discography will include the cafe’s official theme song and music video Jazz Chorus no Natsu Takenawa which is written and composed by buzzG.
Fans can look forward to character-inspired food and drinks and can get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise with designs illustrated by Kisaragi Yuu.
And if you gather enough stamps on your stamp card―one per visit―you’ll be able to get priority access to a DJ event on October 6.
Leek Bag – ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Multi Pouch (6 Designs) – ¥2,800 (Tax Included)
Miku’s Leek Record Curry – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
“Jazz Chorus no Natsu Takenawa” Summer Sky Jelly From the Starry Heavens – ¥600 (Tax Included)
When ordering something from the food menu you can receive one of 18 possible mini acrylic stands, chosen randomly.
Rin & Len’s Yellow Mango Milk – ¥750 (Tax Included)
Luka’s Pink Peach Soda – ¥750 (Tax Included)
There’s lots more merchandise, food and drinks as well as this too. You can see the full line-up on the official website.
© Crypton Future Media, INC. www.piapro.net
*The rate of consumption tax is set to increase from 8% to 10% in Japan from October 1, 2019 and so the prices listed here will increase
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
Hatsune Miku Music Cafe – 3rd Run
・Ani ON STATION AKIHABARA
Address: Daidoh Limited Bldg. 1F, 3-1-16 Sotokanda, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Running: August 23, 2019 – October 6, 2019
*Closed on September 1, 2019
*Regular hours will not run on October 6, 2019 due to the DJ event
・Ani ON STATION Hakata Bus Terminal
Address: Hakata Bus Terminal 7F, 2-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Running: August 28, 2019 – September 29, 2019
Entry Price: ¥500 (Tax Included)
Cafe Website: https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/cafe_and_bar/anionstation/special/miku_cafe3/
Ani ON STATION Official Website: https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/cafe_and_bar/anionstation/
Disney Store Announces Merchandise Collaboration With Sebastian Masuda
20.August.2019 | FASHION
The Disney Store has announced its first ever collaboration with artist and art director Sebastian Masuda. Titled “ARTIST COLLECTION by Sebastian Masuda,” this merchandise line-up will hit Disney Stores across Japan and on the online shop on August 27.
Masuda’s second “ARTIST COLLECTION,” this time he is using items from the Toy Story film series that have been sold at the Disney Store and has re-designed them through his unique lens of cute and colourful pop art.
T-Shirt – ¥3,900 (Before Tax)
Makeup Brush Set – ¥1,900 (Before Tax)
The line-up spans from a Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear plush toy to key chains, notebooks, pencil cases, wristwatches, t-shirts and much more.
Waist Bag – ¥4,900 (Before Tax)
Backpack – ¥7,900 (Before Tax)
As well as stationery and fashion items, the collection also includes outdoor products: namely, the waist bag and backpack which not only look gorgeous but are superior when it comes to functionality.
The product designs are created in the same way that Sebastian Masuda makes all of his iconic projects: by using lots of different vivid items and materials.
Don’t miss out on this toy box-like Disney Store exclusive line-up filtered through Masuda’s colourful world.
Mr. Potato Head is a trademark of Hasbro used with permission. ©Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.
ARTIST COLLECTION by Sebastian Masuda
Campaign Website: https://store.disney.co.jp/special/SebastianMasuda.aspx
Sebastian Masuda Official Website: https://sebastianmasuda.com/
Tokyo Disney Resort Reveals Its Spooky Halloween Programme and Character Costumes
Get ready for some spooky fun as Tokyo Disney Resort® transforms for the 52-day-long horrifically exciting Disney Halloween from September 10 to October 31. Head to DisneySea to be captivated by the new harbor show Festival of Mystique, or get spooked out of your skin at the Spooky “Boo!” Parade at Disneyland. Today, we will be revealing the spooky looks of both parks.
Tokyo DisneySea Festival of Mystique Costumes
Working with the main theme of a medieval European halloween, inspiration has been taken from the living creatures and waves at the port town Porto Paradiso.
Mickey Mouse’s costume inspiration comes from the the bones and scaly body of a sea creature. He will also be seen wearing a broach decorated with beautiful jewels.
Minnie Mouse’s costume resembles that of a medieval princess. You will see her in a fancy hat that bears beautiful pearls. Her costume is covered in scales on the chest and on the back which really suits her.
Tokyo Disneyland’s Spooky Boo! Parade Costumes
Disney friends have joined forces with a group of spooky spirits. You just can’t miss out on this rare chance to see your favourite Disney characters disguised as ghosts and skeletons. The strange and unusual atmosphere is sure to send a chilling shiver down your spine.
Mickey and Minnie will be completely refreshing their colourful look. Mickey’s necktie and Minnie’s skirt are very mysterious and particularly intriguing. Please come check them out!
Enjoy the beautiful costumes and the fun range of events this Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort.
Running: September 10 ー October 31
Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/
Tokyo’s Pokémon Cafe Unveils Halloween Themed Menu Line-Up
The Pokémon Cafe in Nihonbashi, Tokyo has revealed its Halloween food and drink line-up for the spooky season which will arrive early on September 7 be served until October 31.
The cafe is known for always having a cute selection of meals and beverages inspired by each season. So, what do they have in store for Halloween 2019?
Pikachu’s Greedy Halloween Plate 2019 – ¥1,706 (w/ Plate ¥2,894)
This year’s Halloween plate features Pikachu wearing a witch’s hat. This filling plate features a pumpkin salad, spaghetti and more. Plenty to keep you going until the late-night candy snacking!
Discovering Celebi!? Oak Forest Pesto Pasta – ¥1,706
This adorable and healthy, vegetable-packed Celebi dish includes basil flavoured short pasta and a cute.
Zorua’s Halloween Roast Beef Burger – ¥1,706
This hearty burger is packed with a generous serving of roast beef. You’d best not leave a crumb or Zorua might play a trick on you!
When ordering a drink at the cafe you’ll receive one of six possible coasters. One of the designs is being kept a secret!
And for the duration of the Halloween event, there’s also a limited-edition lunch mat and clear coaster to get your hands on. These are limited in stock so you’ll want to catch ’em all quickly! And don’t forget, you have to book a table in advance to dine at the Pokémon Cafe.
© 2019 Pokémon.©1995-2019 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Pokémon, ポケットモンスター and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc. and GAME FREAK inc.
Address: 2-1-2 Nihombashi | Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, Chuo 103-0027, Tokyo Prefecture
Business Hours: 10:30-22:00
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Tokyo Station’s Yaesu North Exit via JR Line / 5-minutes on foot from Nihonbashi Station’s B2 Exit via Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Tozai Line / 4-minutes on foot from Nihonbashi Station via Toei Asakusa Line
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/
New Must-Grab Disney Merchandise Features Mickey Mouse, Marvel & Star Wars
19.August.2019 | FASHION
Japan’s consumption tax is set to increase on October 1 from 8% to 10%. If you’re looking to bulk buy or grab up must-have items from Japan then now is the perfect time before the percentage goes up!
Today we will take a look some of Disney’s premium pieces of merchandise which are must-grabs before the tax increase.
Disney Senryobako – ¥ 2,982,650 (Tax Included) *Rate subject to change
A senryobako, or “thousand gold coin box,” is a box that was used during the Edo period to store koban, the former Japanese oval coin. This box features a Mickey and Minnie Mouse design that reads “Forever together” at the top. It also includes a set of 50 koban featuring Mickey and Minnie designs on them. This is a super special and premium gift item!
Available At: GINZA TANAKA
Mickey 90th Anniversary Design Signature Pot (18cm) – ¥30,000 (Before Tax) *Comes in 11 colours
This pot is being released in celebration of 90 years since Mickey’s screen debut. The pot lid features the iconic outline of Mickey Mouse. It’s also delivered in limited-edition packaging.
Available At: Le Creuset
Movie Masterpiece DIECAST: Avengers 1/6 Scale Iron Man Mark 7 Figure – ¥58,800 (Tax Included)
This highly detailed figure looks like Iron Man jumped right out of the movie theatre screen. Several different models and pieces are on sale too for each movie the superhero features in the Marvel Universe. Collect them all to create a whole range of poses.
Available At: Hot Toys
ROYAL SELANGOR Star Wars Vehicles “X-Wing” – ¥37,800 (Tax Included)
ROYAL SELANGOR Star Wars Figurine “Darth Vader” – ¥54,000 (Tax Included)
Malaysian-based company Royal Selangor is the largest pewter manufacturer and retailer in the world. Their new X-Wing and Darth Vader models elicit that vintage space opera vibe.
Available At: Royal Selangor
Each and every one of these items is a luxury Disney product. If you’re a collector or are looking to buy a present for a fan then now’s the best time to grab any of these premium products!
©Disney © 2019 MARVEL © &TM Lucasfilm Ltd.
Walt Disney Japan Official Website: https://www.disney.co.jp/
Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #11 – ‘Hatoya’ in Asakusa
In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Hatoya which is located in Asakusa Shin-Nakamise Arcade.
The streets of Tokyo’s historical district of Asakusa are packed to end with cafés. You can be spoiled for choice, but Hatoya stood out to me in particular as it’s an especially old café. Business there began back in 1927 but the actual building was built back in the Taisho period, meaning its history spans more than 90 years ago!
The outside appearance of the shop is smart and chic so it’s very easy to spot. I couldn’t tell by looking from the outside, but the inside is full of old decorations and odds and ends which make you feel the history of the café.
One reason why I wanted to visit this place so much is because I was drawn to their logo. It’s really retro-kawaii so I just couldn’t resist!
You should take some photos too if you visit.
It was time to head inside. It’s really comfy and cozy in there; the atmosphere was nice and relaxed.
Framed on the wall is a map of the Asakusa area during the Taisho era. Hatoya became famous back then because people could buy coffee for a mere 5 sen (a single sen is one-hundredth of a yen).
When business first began at Hatoya, because the café was opposite the stage door of a theatre, all of the famous actors and actresses would pop in. Some include famous Japanese comedian Roppa Furukawa and film actor Kiyoshi Atsumi who played Tora-san in the film series Otoko wa Tsurai yo.
I ordered the café’s popular hotcakes which cost ¥600. They have been making these same hotcakes since before the war.
They were nice and fluffy and had a deliciously gorgeous brown colour. The flavour was out of this world when the butter melted from the heat of the hotcakes and mixed together with the syrup.
The portion might look like a lot but they are fluffy and have a light flavour so can be finished with no problem.
And is the café’s signature milkshake (¥500).
It’s so refreshing that you can knock it back all in one go. It has a simple flavour but it tasted so good!
I also ordered the ¥600 cream soda, my favourite beverage.
I’ve been to many cafés, and have covered many in this series, but this is the first I have dined at with such a deep history. I found myself enthralled by the stories of the owner who has continued to treasure the café and maintained it all the same since it opened. I feel like I have learned about a world I never knew about. The next time I go to Hatoya with a friend I’ll be sure to let them in on its history. I encourage you to visit too!
Writer/Model: Ema Tanioku
Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
Design: Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)
Address: 1-23-8 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:00-17:30
No Fixed Holidays
Tabelog Page: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131102/13076130/
“Emaeri” is the nickname for models Ema and Eri Tanioku, who are Aomoji fashion model twins. Ema and Eri Tanioku specialise in twin fashion coordination. Over the years their fanbase has increased due to their cute looks. Ema Tanioku spreads Harajuku culture within Japan as well as overseas and works as a Harajuku Tourism Ambassador. Starting off as a model, Ema has broadened her talent range from fashion magazines to TV, and from playing the lead role in dramas to movies.
TV Anime Given Themed Cafe Opens in Tokyo, Osaka Nagoya & Sapporo
Six branches of CAFFÈ & BAR PRONTO in Japan are set to collaborate with the ongoing yaoi anime series Given from September 13 to 23.
The theme of the collaboration is “After Band Practice.” The cafes will serve up food inspired by the series as well as sell exclusive merchandise. The voice actors for the four main characters also recorded lines for the cafes which will play during your time there.
Fans who book a table in advance, whether as part of the pre-sale booking or ordinary booking, will receive one of two voice recorded mail reminders for their digital device. Chosen randomly, it will either be from Mafuyu and Ritsuka or Haruki and Akihiko.
Bright Red Tomato Pasta – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)
Pancake Of The Day – ¥1,296 (Tax Included) *Served during performances only
Hot Cafe Latte – ¥864 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Muddler (4 Designs, Chosen Randomly) – ¥864 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Glass Key Ring (4 Designs, Chosen Randomly) – ¥864 Each (Tax Included)
Pre-sales for tables and merchandise are now available over at Enter Bell until August 20.
©︎Natsuki Kizu・Shinshokan / Given Production Committee
TV Anime Given x Enter Bell at PRONT
Running: September 13, 2019 – September 23, 2019
Locations: PRONTO Sapporo Pole Town / PRONTO IL BAR Ochanomizu Sola City / PRONTO Ikebukuro Sunshine-dori / PRONTO Nagoya Marunouchi / PRONTO Meitetsu Gifu Station / BEERTERIA PRONTO Osaka Dojima
Pre-Sale Table Reservations
・Running now until August 20, 2019 at 23:59 (JST)
・Price: ¥2,700 (Tax Included) for one person. Includes one seat, drink, backstage pass sticker, and one of four acrylic bangles.
・Running: August 21, 2019 at midnight (JST) to September 23, 2019 at 23:59 (JST)
・Price: ¥1,188 (Tax Included) for one person. Includes one seat and drink.
*To make a reservation and receive the voice reminder you must have a Bandai Namco ID (free to register)
*Menu items and merchandise subject to alterations without notice
*The pictured photos are of products still in development and may differ from the actual product
Official Website: https://bpnavi.jp/enterbell/given/
STRAWBERRY MANIA: Harajuku’s Cutest & Tastiest Strawberry Ice Cream | Food Review
Hey, readers. It’s Midori again, from MMN’s editorial team.
Summertime in Harajuku means the cafes and ice cream shops start serving up some seriously kawaii and tasty ice creams. It’s always nice to grab a cone to enjoy while walking around shopping, but relaxing in a cafe to enjoy it is fun too♡
If the latter sounds like your kind of thing, then I’ve got a new recommendation for you. I visited STRAWBERRY MANIA recently, cafe located along Takeshita Street in Harajuku that specialises in strawberry desserts.
You’ll find it right above the 7-Eleven on Takeshita Street. Look for the strawberries!
There’s also a sign outside showing a few of the desserts. Go up the staircase right next to it and you’ll come to the cafe entrance.
No matter where you turn while you’re here, your eyes will be met with strawberries. It looks so cute♡
The shopfront showcase is shelved with lots of succulent strawberry treats. The chef whips up other desserts to order besides these too. Everything’s almost too cute to eat!
For the strawberry soft serve ice cream you can pick between three flavours: milk, strawberry or mixed. I couldn’t pick between them so I went for mixed.
The combination of the bright red strawberry ice cream and pure white milk ice cream makes for a beautiful colour contrast.
It’s also topped with a huge fresh strawberry.
I took no time at all in taking a spoonful. The strawberry ice cream has a really rich flavour. It’s sweet but has that sour kick too, like you’re eating a real strawberry. The milk ice cream has a milder sweetness and a real milky taste, the kind you’d imagine if it was sold at a farm with cows.
Everything is packed snug into the cone right down to the bottom, making it a filling treat. It can be ordered for takeout if you like, and if you do that you can get your ice cream straight away so you don’t have to wait for seats.
They serve other things besides soft serve too, like shaved ice and parfaits. There’s so much to choose from, I think you’ll be spoiled for choice! Be sure to visit if you’re in Harajuku.
STRAWBERRY MANIA Harajuku
Address: ITO Bldg. 2F, 1-6-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/strawberrymania_harajuku15/
Gundam Artist Yuji Kaida Exhibition Announced For Osaka Umeda LOFT
To celebrate 40 years of Yuji Kaida’s illustration artwork for the Gundam series, an exhibition entitled Yuji Kaida Gundam Gallery will take place on the fifth floor LOFT Forum of Umeda LOFT in Osaka from August 23 to September 8.
Yuji Kaida is known for his longtime work on box art for Gunpla model kits. The exhibition will feature a gorgeous collection of his iconic Gundam artwork, covering traditional art from Mobile Suit Gundam to Mobile Suit Gundam Wing to digital art in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.
Over 70 pieces illustrated by Kaida will be displayed, each categorised into one of four themes. Many of these will include artworks being shown to the public for the first time such as the Gwazine-class battleship.
There will also be enormous towers of piled-up Gunpla boxes, a showcasing titled “Maiking of Hi-νGUNDAM” the process of digital art, and more.
The exhibition is an absolute must-visit for all fans of the Gundam franchise.
©Sotsu Co., Ltd.・Sunrise Inc.
Yuji Kaida Gundam Gallery
Running: August 23, 2019 – September 8, 2019
Time: 11:00-21:00 (Until 18:00 on September 8) *Last entries 30-minutes before closing time
Location: LOFT Forum, Umeda LOFT Floor 5F, 16-7-5 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka
Entry Price: Adult ¥500 (Includes novelty gift) / High School Children & Below ¥400 (Includes novelty gift) / Elementary School Children & Below – Free
Official Website: https://art.parco.jp/
Love Live! & Sanrio Open Collaborative Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka
Multimedia project Love Live!―which has spawned an anime series, manga, game, movie and more―is teaming up with Sanrio to open themed cafes in Tokyo and Osaka on August 16 and September 27 respectively.
The cafe will see 20 characters from the Love Live! series music groups μ’s, Aqours and Saint Snow and 20 characters from the Sanrio cast come together at the cafe, with decorations, themed food, and merchandise.
The menu features a bounty of flavourful food and drink which incorporates popular flavours, luscious taste, and hearty servings. Menu item names below are translated from Japanese.
An Unlucky Combination Food Plate – ¥1,390 (Before Tax)
An interesting assortment of a mini omurice, soy sauce ramen, and a fresh tomato caprese salad. It also comes with the pictured postcard which features a blackboard design.
Deliciousness Ensemble! Invigorating Dessert Plate – ¥1,390 (Before Tax)
This dessert set is one fit for the gods, adorned with an apple topped castella, mini pancake laced with salted caramel ice cream, an tea-flavoured jelly. This also comes with the pictured postcard featuring different characters.
If you decide to buy a drink at the cafe you’ll be treated to one of the three coasters chosen randomly. They are topped with fine fruits. There are many more menu items in addition to these, so be sure to check the official website to see the full listing.
Fans of both franchises can pick up plenty of exclusive merchandise too, featuring the characters from Love Live! dressed like the Sanrio cast. There are bonus items for customers who book a table in advance too. Don’t miss this first ever collaboration between Love Live! and Sanrio♡
Love Live! Series x Sanrio Characters Cafe
Running: August 16, 2019 – October 14, 2019
Location: HARAJUKU BOX CAFE&SPACE (Lucessimo Bldg. Floor 2F, 4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: September 27, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Location: UMEDA BOX CAFE&SPACE( (Umeda LOFT Floor 1F, 16-7 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)
Reservations: ¥500 (Before Tax)
Official Website: https://lovelive-sanrio-cafe.jp/