Come Try These Tasty Matcha Meals and Desserts at OMATCHA SALON ー Coming Soon to Ikebukuro PARCO, Tokyo
From June 20, a new matcha tea shop will open on 8th floor of Ikebukuro PARCO Main Building (the restaurant floor). The OMATCHA SALON uses uji matcha green tea purchased from an old and traditional Kyoto shop called Kitagawa Hanbee Syouten.
Their famous Matcha Soba Seiro comes in 14 varieties. (Seiro is a cold noodle dish served with a warm dipping sauce). Along with the grand opening, OMATCHA SALON also announced the release of a curry and uji matcha soba noodle menu that is bound to be loved by everybody. The curry is to be served risotto-style with cheese and cha soba* made with Japanese-style dashi stock and then cooked in a porcelain dish.
*Cha soba is thin Japanese soba noodles that are infused with green tea.
The menu also features a detox salad cha soba which is served with a range of vegetables and assorted grains that are high in nutrients which are good for detoxing.
Other kinds of cha soba include the thick-sliced bacon carbonara cha soba which is made with a rich and creamy sauce, aromatic bacon and an onsen egg, which has a thicker yolk and runnier egg white.
There are also five tongue-tantalizing desserts, bubble tea made with fresh tapioca pearls, and much more. The desserts menu includes the Kitagawa Hanbee Syouten Mitarashi Dango which is a skewered rice dumplings in a sweet soy glaze and served with tiramisu which is made from mascarpone cream and uji matcha. There is also a tiramisu served with strawberry daifuku (rice cake stuffed with bean jam).
You should also check out the Ikebukuro-limited menu that serves Kogashi flour muscovado shaved ice.
As soon as you enter the OMATCHA SALON, you will notice a teakettle in the “CHASHITSU” where you can watch the finest selection of matcha tea being made before your very eyes. If you are looking for a place to take a relaxing break from your busy day, look no further than the OMATCHA SALON, Ikebukuro, PARCO.
OMATCHA SALON Ikebukuro PARCO
Location: 8th floor Ikebukuro PARCO main building
Address: 1-28-2, Ikebukuro, Minamiikebukuro, Toshima City,
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (Last orders: food: 22:00, drinks: 22:30)
OMATCHA SALON Official Website: https://omatcha-salon.jp/
Häagen-Dazs uses first tea pick of the season to make luxurious matcha and hojicha tea ice creams!
24.May.2019 | FOOD
Häagen-Dazs Japan is releasing the matcha-flavoured crispy sandwich ice cream Green Tea Crème brûlée and a Japanese tea-flavoured latte ice cream in a mini cup called Hojicha latte. These two new ice cream flavours will be released on Tuesday 21st May countrywide at the same time for a limited period.
Green Tea Crème brûlée crispy sandwich ice cream (for a limited time only ) ¥272 (RRP before tax)
The matcha crème brûlée made from matcha custard and caramel is the perfect flavour combination. This is encased in two crispy wafers. The rich aroma of matcha and the high quality sweetness is complemented with the creamy custard of the crème brûlée and provides a rich flavour for you to enjoy. A generous amount of caramel powder is used to create a deep-flavoured crème brûlée caramel. After biting through the crispy, fragrant wafer you will reach the subtle bitter flavour of the caramel.
Mini Cup Hojicha latte (for a limited time only ) ¥272 (RRP before tax)
Two types of hojicha tea latte swirl together with a maple finish. You can enjoy the real taste of tea leaves and their delicious aromatic flavour. This ice cream became very popular when it was sold in 2017. It was made using leaves from the first pick of the tea season. These leaves are less bitter and less acidic, so you can enjoy the elegance of the tea along with the luxurious flavour of the milk. Both of these combined create an exquisite flavour. The temperature of the water in which the tea is brewed and the time it is brewed for has been carefully managed to produce a clear, refreshing aftertaste whilst maintaining the highly aromatic hojicha fragrance.
Indulge in these two exquisite Häagen-Dazs ice creams filled with carefully balanced flavours.
Häagen-Dazs Matcha Crème brûlée (for a limited time only)
Launch: Tues 21/05/2019
Available at: Supermarkets countrywide, convenience stores, department stores, etc
Häagen-Dazs special edition website: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/green_tea_creme_brulee/
Häagen-Dazs Hojicha latte (for a limited time only)
Launch: Tues 21/05/2019
Available at: Supermarkets countrywide, convenience stores, department stores, etc
Häagen-Dazs special edition website: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/houjicha_latte/
Matcha & Hydrangea Festival 2019 Held by Green Tea Store Itohkyuemon
25.May.2019 | FOOD
Uji-based green tea store Itohkyuemon is set to hold its Matcha x Hydrangea Matsuri 2019 in line with the hydrangea season until the end of June.
The main branch of Itohkyuemon in Uji is close to Mimuroto Temple, a temple famous for its hydrangea foliage visited by countless tourists during the rainy season. During this season, customers can be waiting up to 3 hours to enter the cafe. Last year, there were even days where they were closed by noon.
Hydrangea Parfait: Single – ¥1,280 (Tax Included) / Tea Set – ¥1,680 (Tax Included) / Yuzu Shizuku & Matcha Set – ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
The promotional video for Itohkyuemon’s Hydrangea Parfait garnered over 1.5 million views on their official Twitter page. It is the season’s No. 1 parfait, made with matcha hydrangea kinton, crushed hydrangea-coloured jelly, leaf-shaped matcha cookies, blueberries and more. This year, the shop introduces its new Yuzu Shizuku & Matcha Set.
Hydrangea Panna Cotta: ¥540 (Tax Included)
Matcha Hydrangea Kinton: ¥777 (Tax Included)
A variety of hydrangea-themed sweets and desserts will also be available to purchase and can be enjoyed in the cafe or ordered for takeout. This includes the Hydrangea Panna Cotta which sold out last year, the Matcha Hydrangea Kinton and more. All these treats are available in limited quantities.
Available: Now until end of June 2019
Branches: Uji Main Store / JR Uji Station Store
Hydrangea Panna Cotta
Available: Now until end of June 2019
Branches: Uji Main Store
Matcha Hydrangea Kinton
Available: Now until end of June 2019
Branches: Uji Main Store / JR Uji Station Store / Kyoto Station Store
Itohkyuemon Official Website: https://www.itohkyuemon.co.jp/corporate/
Uji Matcha Masters Tsujiri Release Summertime Soda and Parfait
16.May.2019 | FOOD
Tsujiri―a tea chain specialising in Uji matcha tea―just released its refreshing new Matcha Yuzu Soda and ice cream and fruit Tsujiri Soft Summer Parfait on May 16 at five branches including Kyoto and Ginza. These are available for a limited time only.
Matcha Yuzu Soda (Left) / Tsujiri Soft Summer Parfait (Right)
The soda contains pieces of fresh yuzu, honey and bittersweet Uji matcha, all of which come together to create a striking colour combination. The refreshing summer parfait is an assortment of rich matcha flavoured soft serve ice cream, agar, apricot, and mashed sweet bean paste.
If you’re looking for a way to combat Japan’s hot summer heat then be sure to pick up one of these coolers during your shopping trip and sightseeing.
Matcha Yuzu Soda
Price: ¥490 (Ginza Branch) / ¥432 (Kyoto Branch, Kyoto Tower Sando Branch, EKI MARCHÉ OSAKA Branch, arde! Shin-Osaka Branch)
Tsujiri Soft Summer Parfait
Price: ¥880 (Ginza Branch) / ¥670 (Kyoto Branch, Kyoto Tower Sando Branch, EKI MARCHÉ OSAKA Branch, arde! Shin-Osaka Branch)
Address: GINZA SIX Floor B2F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:30-20:30
No Fixed Holidays
Address: 215 Nakanocho Shijodori Yamato-oji Nishi Iru, Higashiyama Ward, Nakagyo, Kyoto
Business Hours: 11:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Tsujiri Kyoto Tower Sando
Address: Kyoto Tower Sando, 721-1 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Business Hours: 9:00-21:00
No Fixed Holidays
Tsujiri EKI MARCHÉ OSAKA
Address: JR Osaka Station MARCHÉ OSAKA, 3-1-1 Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka
Business Hours: 10:00-22:00
No Fixed Holidays
Tsujiri arde! Shin-Osaka
Address: JR Shin-Osaka Station arde! Floor 2F, 5-16-1 Nishinakajima, Yodogawa Ward, Osaka
Business Hours: 10:00-21:00
No Fixed Holidays
Tsujiri Official Website: http://www.tsujiri.jp
New shop on the block GRAN CHA makes brand new must-have Nara souvenir: Matcha daifuku!
30.April.2019 | FOOD
Yamatocha is a type of green tea famously produced in Nara prefecture. It is said to be the origin of Japanese tea. With the ambition of creating a new kind of go-to souvenir that represents Nara prefecture, Yamatocha daifuku shop GRAN CHA will open on 28th April 2019.
*Side note*: Daifuku is a type of traditional Japanese sweet consisting of a rice cake filled with a delicious creamy filling.
Tea culture is said to have been started in Japan during the Heian period (794-1185) when Japanese missions returned from China’s Tang Dynasty with tea seeds. Yamatocha seeds are planted more than 300m above sea level in cold highland. They are raised patiently so that they produce a wonderful aroma and the leaves maintain its juicy and aromatic flavours. These are the key characteristics of Yamatocha that make it so wonderful.
GRAN CHA struggled to find a method of maintaining the wonderful aroma of Yamatocha. After a lot of trial and error, the shop finally managed to produce daifuku that allows customers to enjoy a new matcha aroma as a result of different concentrations of matcha.
The daifuku is filled with only the ingredients for Yamatocha. GRAN CHA created five different strengths of matcha daifuku on a scale of 1 ー 5 in order of matcha strength. GRAN CHA put themselves up for the challenge of making their number 5 matcha daifuku the strongest matcha daifuku in Japan.
GRAN CHA even prepared a version of their matcha daifuku that comes on a skewer, making it easy for you to eat while on the move. You can also enjoy the traditional Japanese atmosphere of the interior of the cafe. They’ve even gone as far as to make an original daifuku shaved ice treat which is only available for a limited period!
Looking to take a breather during your Nara trip? Come refresh yourself with matcha daifuku! ♪
Yamatocha daifuku specialist shop GRAN CHA
Address: 22, Higashimuki Nakamachi, Nara
Access: 3-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station
Opening hours: 10 am ー 5 pm
Shop information: https://grancha-nara.com/
Try These Mouth-Watering Cherry Daifuku Sweets Made With Seasonal Cherries ♡
11.June.2019 | FOOD
Kofukudo has been selling delicious and elegant Japanese sweets for over 140 years. From June 14, they will release a new season-limited flavour of their popular *daifuku. The season-limited sweet will be called Sakuranbo Daifuku. (Cherry Daifuku).
*Daifuku is a type of round, sweet mochi dough that is traditionally filled with a sweet filling such as red bean paste.
Cherry Daifuku: ￥270 each (after tax)
These daifuku are made using the seasonal Sato Nishiki cherries which are at their peak harvest time in June. This means that this is the only season where you can truly enjoy the beautiful flavour of this cherry. After extensive trial and error, a wonderfully balanced daifuku was created. The white bean jam has a mild sweet scent of cherry. Paying the slightest attention to detail, the sweet was carefully crafted in order to fully extract the fresh and juicy flavour of the cherries whilst preserving their high quality sweetness. A cherry casually sits on top of the white mochi of the daifuku. You just won’t be able to resist taking pictures of this cute treat.
This is perfect to set out on the dining table at a party. These seasonal sweet treats would also make the perfect gift when visiting a friend.
Take a light bite of luxurious daifuku to experience the best of traditional Japanese sweets.
Sakuranbo Cherry Daifuku
Price: ￥270 each (after tax)
※ This product may not be available at all Kofukudo shops. The limited sales period, the contents of the product and the price may vary from shop to shop.
Kofukudo Official Website: https://www.kakiyasuhonten.co.jp/cate/brand/?c=001006001
Gintama Diner: Tokyo’s Gintama Themed Cafe Heads to Animate Branches Across Japan
Animate Cafe, a chain of cafes that collaborate with popular anime and game franchises, is teaming up with Gintama to open the Gintama Diner for a limited time at the following branches: Ikebukuro 3, Kobe Sannomiya, and Nagoya 2.
The cafe will be inspired by American diners, and will run from December 19 to January 7 next year. Each cafe has its own system for being able to dine there. The Ikebukuro 3 and Kobe Sannomiya branches are all reservation-only, with each daily reservation going through a lottery system for a chance to have a place allocated. The Nagoya 2 branch has the same system for December 19-20 only, otherwise it is first-come, first-served.
Thick-Cut Bacon Burger – ¥850
Yorozuya Gin-chan’s Sakata Parfait – ¥850
Gin’s Strawberry☆Milk – ¥600
The menu features dishes, desserts and drinks inspired by the characters of the series. The bacon burger comes with a side menu item of your choice, with each being based on a specific character’s favourite side menu item. The parfait too is bright and vivid like the Yorozuya members.
When fans order from the themed menu, they’ll receive one of eight possible coasters featuring original designs.
Big Acrylic Stands (Diner ver.)
Squishy Trading Pin Badges
Trading Acrylic Keyrings (Diner ver.)
Fans will also be able to pick up some exclusive cafe merchandise they won’t find anywhere else, including acrylic stands, pin badges, key rings, and moreーall featuring a diner design.
©️Hideaki Sorachi/Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Dentsu Inc.・BNP・Aniplex
*All listed prices include tax
Gintama x Animate Cafe
Running: December 19, 2019 – January 7, 2020
・Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 3
・Animate Cafe Kobe Sannomiya
・Animate Cafe Nagoya 2
How to Enter
You must reserve a place for dining at Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 3 or Animate Cafe Kobe Sannomiya where you will be entered into a lottery and randomly allocated a slot. This applies to Animate Cafe Nagoya 2 for only December 19-20, weekends and public holidays, otherwise this branch is first-come, first-served.
Cafe Website: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/event/gintama1912
PEANUTS Cafes and Diners Across Japan Release Christmas-Limited Snoopy Courses
04.December.2019 | FOOD
If you’re a Peanuts fan, you can’t miss out on the gorgeous Christmas menu which will served up at the PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and PEANUTS DINER Kobe from December 2 – 25.
Order the Christmas Dinner course for a large angus beef steak drizzled with a sweet and tangy sauce made of berries and raspberry vinegar.
After your dinner enjoy the luxurious Christmas desserts plate of bite-sized treats such as a soft and tender canelé and sweet madeleine. The plate is decorated with a Christmas Snoopy pick where Snoopy’s face can be seen peeking through a wreath.
You don’t have to book in advance but we recommend you do. This can be done via the links in the information section below.
Order the Salmon Cheese Gratin Christmas Plate for a luxurious course of mains, salad and dessert all on one tray. The sautéd salmon is the steal of the show as it sits in a bath of creamy stew and is topped with a generous layer of cheese. This is served alongside fluffy bread branded with Christmas designs that will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit. A Snoopy pick replaces the traditional cherry on the sundae that will leave you with a sweet aftertaste after your meal.
The White Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to ward off the cold of winter. Like a white blanket of snow, white chocolate milk fills the cup and is topped with the traditional colours of Christmas. Allow yourself to be soothed by the drink’s mild sweetness.
Make the most of your Christmas with Snoopy and friends.
© 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
Christmas Dinner Course
Price: ¥3,900 (Before Tax) Per Person
Locations: PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and Kobe
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/christmas_2019
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and Kobe: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/christmas_2019_kobe
* Reservations can also be made on the day.
Salmon Cheese Gratin Christmas Plate
Price: ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
Location: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
White Hot Chocolate
Price: ¥800 (Before Tax)
Location: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
Address: 2-16-7 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama
Address: MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA 2F, 1-3-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Official Website: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/
PEANUTS DINER Kobe
Address: PEANUTS HOTEL 1F, 1-22-26 Nakayamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo
KIRBY CAFÉ to Release 15 More Café-Style Arrangements of Kirby Songs on CD
The KIRBY CAFÉ will be releasing its second CD soundtrack called Sound of Kirby Café 2 on December 12. The soundtrack will be available to purchase from the KIRBY CAFÉ and KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE in Japan.
The KIRBY CAFÉ has only ever been a temporary café that makes an appearance now and again. However, it is finally sticking around for good from December 12. To celebrate, the café has a whole lineup of new songs.
HAL Laboratory, Inc. is the official sound team behind the Kirby’s Dream Land game series They have carefully selected 15 original songs from the game and arranged them specifically for use in the café.
A team of six musicians, some of which are new, got together to create a variety of Kirby song arrangements. From sophisticated yet relaxing cafe-style songs to cute songs which represent the pop colours of the mains and desserts, each song perfectly preserves the catchy features of the original. From the careful song selection, the sound direction was done by Kirby’s Dream Land’s general director Shinya Kumazaki from HAL Laboratory, Inc.
The KIRBY CAFÉ and store are also giving away free stickers decorated with the special design on the CD. These stickers are in limited supply and can only be obtained by purchasing the soundtrack from the café or official store. Information on general sales and online sales will be announced in the future.
Whether you’re cosying up on the couch or on the way to work, let the KIRBY CAFÉ’s official soundtrack create the perfect atmosphere for you.
© 2019 HAL Laboratory, Inc. /Nintendo
Sound of KIRBY CAFÉ 2
Release Date: December 12, 2019
Price: ¥2,200 (Before Tax)
Contents: 1 CD, Card Jacket, 6-Page Leaflet
Catalog Number: KBCI-00014
Sound of KIRBY CAFÉ 2 Special Website (Japanese Only)
Devil May Cry 5: Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro Collaborates With DMC5 Again Featuring New Menu & Merch
The Capcom Cafe is collaborating with the action-adventure hack and slash video game Devil May Cry 5 once again at the Ikebukuro, Tokyo branch from December 5, 2019 to January 15, 2020.
The cafe will feature various menu items and merchandise that was sold at the Laketown branch of Capcom Cafe, as well as a new meal and two new desserts. For new merchandise, they have introduced a Vergil perfume.
New Menu Items
Devil Breaker “Overture” Potato – ¥880 (Before Tax)
These fries are inspired by the Overture Devil Breaker used by Nero. They are served with two kinds of sauce: ketchup and bagna càuda. Enjoy this simple but delicious dish based on the first Devil Breaker available in the game.
My Strawberry Sundae – ¥1,100 (Before Tax)
Piled to the top with sweet strawberries, now fans can enjoy Dante’s favourite dessert too.
Demon World Mont Blanc – ¥980 (Before Tax)
Dive into the Demon World with this mont blanc, made with black cocoa and mixed berries for a rich and deep flavour.
These are the new food items introduced, but there are lots of others you can order too.
Vergil Perfume – ¥4,800 (Before Tax)
This perfume captures everything about the DMC character Vergil including his path to seeking the truth and his superiority. The first smell to hit your nose is the cool and piercing mint, followed by the waft of cedarwood, and finally amber for an oriental finish.
The cafe also has plans to reproduce the Nero, Dante and V perfumes for the cafe too, all of which originally sold out.
©CAPCOM CO., LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Devil May Cry 5 x Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro
Running: December 5, 2019 – January 15, 2020
Address: Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro, 1-30-3 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
Official Website: http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/ikebukuro/
The Perfect Souvenir: Kyoto’s Famous OTABE Confections in Velvety Matcha Chocolate
17.November.2019 | FOOD
If you’re in Kyoto looking for a delicious elegant souvenir for your people back home then BijuuCo.,ltd. is your port of call. Their irresistible desserts vary from their well known sweet bean paste-filled Yatsuhashi to their Kyo-Baum. They will be releasing the mouthwatering Matcha Chocolate OTABE from November 20, 2019.
The rich aroma of the matcha chocolate will be the first thing to entice you. The matcha Yatsuhashi is made from specially selected water and Koshihikari rice, which is famed as Japan’s best rice. The soft and chewy texture of the Yatsuhashi dough gently embraces a velvety, melt-in-the-mouth matcha chocolate ganache filling. These OTABE confections are bursting with the flavours of Kyoto and are only available to purchase for a limited period.
OTABE combined with Kyoto’s famous matcha chocolate is matcha match made in heaven. If you’re ever in Kyoto, you must try it.
Matcha Chocolate OTABE
Selling: November 20, 2019 to the start of May, 2020
Price: Box of 10 (2 packs of 5): ¥660 Before Tax
Eat within 11 days of production.
Purchasable from souvenir shops in Kyoto and Kyoto Station.
Official Website: http://www.otabe.kyoto.jp/
Make Your Own Matcha Drink and Try Black Bean Butter Toast in Nakameguro, Tokyo
13.November.2019 | FOOD
If you’re looking for a cool café experience in Tokyo then head to Nakameguro for a goldmine of craft beer taprooms, coffee roasters and restaurants. One café to consider adding to your list of must-go places is music café and wine bar epulor. The café has added a number of exquisite and unique items to its menu this November including a matcha drink, black bean paste and butter toast and craft cola.
Take a seat and admire the walls of old records which create a soothing artistic atmosphere while sipping your cup of the café’s specialty hand drip coffee or sommelier-selected wine as the music of old records fills the air. When you have finished, feel free to take a gander at the gallery corner to appreciate the cafés art.
The November menu introduces a high-quality matcha by UK brand Matchæologist®, providing the opportunity to make and enjoy your own matcha drink. From the high-quality rich flavour to the contemporary design of the tea vessel, Matchæologist® lives up to its reputation as artisanal matcha green tea specialists.
Fans of epulor’s popular Red Bean Paste and Butter Toast are in for a treat as the café is now serving up the Black Bean Paste and Butter Toast. The bread is a charcoal bread from the bakery Lotus baguette, which uses only natural yeast, Japan-produced wheat and no additives. The binchotan charcoal used to prepare the bread is a traditional charcoal which has been used since the Edo period. The appearance is just as striking as its taste.
The café has also started to sell Japan’s craft cola TOMO COLA. The cola is spiced with flavours from around the world including kola nut, nutmeg, Japanese herbs and Japanese citrus fruits. This natural cola contains no additives so you can indulge in the taste of nature and enjoy a unique flavourful experience of Japan.
epulor is the perfect spot to enjoy a luxurious moment of relaxation during your busy day while immersing yourself in an artistic and cultural experience.
Address: ESCENARIO AOBADAI Floor 1, 1-19-10,Aobadai, Meguro, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00
Butter Sandwich Shop PRESS BUTTER SAND Releases Uji Matcha Flavour at Tokyo Station
11.November.2019 | FOOD
The butter sandwich specialists over at PRESS BUTTER SAND are bringing their famous Uji matcha flavour butter sandwiches to their Tokyo Station branch on November 13.
Known as the Uji Matcha Butter Sand, this tasty snack was developed to celebrate the grand opening of the Kyoto Station branch of PRESS BUTTER SAND. Due to high demand, they’ve decided to take the product to Tokyo for a limited time.
The exterior is made with butter cream and carefully selected Uji matcha. You get the full rich flavour of the matcha and delicious taste of the butter at once. The sandwich itself is filled with bitter matcha butter cream and sweet caramel butter for a sumptuously smooth combination that marries temptingly with the crunchy cookie exterior.
The sandwich biscuits come in packaging that features navy Kyoto-esque artwork inspired by the characteristic cultivation method for Uji matcha which blocks out sunlight. The sandwiches themselves are individually packaged in matcha green packets to contrast with the box.
Don’t miss out on a chance to enjoy the flavours of Kyoto while in Tokyo. Available at Tokyo Station only.
Uji Matcha Butter Sand
Price: Box of 5 – ¥1,150 (Tax Included) / Box of 9 – ¥2,070 (Tax Included)
Shop: PRESS BUTTER SAND Tokyo Station
Available: November 13, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Official Website: https://buttersand.com
Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #12 – ‘J-COOK’ in Gaiemmae
In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited J-COOK in Gaiemmae, a place I visited one time while off work which ended up in me wanting to absolutely feature it in the series!
It’s just a 5-minute stroll from Gaiemmae Station.
The cafe enjoys lots of sunlight, which is brightened further by all the plants scattered through the shop. The cafes I have visited to date are often a little darker with only a little light seeping through the windows to create a certain atmosphere, and they are wonderful, but this was the first I have ever visited with so might light and so many plants. The air felt clear, adding to the level of comfort in the cafe, perhaps because there are so many plants adorning the interior.
The cafe also has a space with a slightly more darker light and atmosphere on the left side. I haven’t sat in that area yet, so I think I’ll try it out on my next visit.
When I come to J-COOK, my eyes always wander over to the marzipan creations (¥450).
These ones here were actually all individually handmade by the owner’s husband from the early morning.
If you look really closely, you’ll notice all the dog designs are different. When ordering, get to pick out which one you want, so try finding your perfect pup!
I had mine together with an iced coffee (¥450). The sweet marzipan is a delicious combination with the bitterness of the coffee.
I also got some potted cream (¥450). It’s kind of like a Japanese custard pudding with just a moderate amount of sweetness.
I had mine with a bit of brandy which had fragrant vanilla notes. They’ve had this brandy for 33 years since the store first opened.
The cream was sensational, and the gentle notes linger afterwards.
They have a lot of different homemade soups too which are perfect for the coming cold weather. I got the New Orleans-style gumbo soup. It’s spicy with clam and okra in it.
Relaxing jazz music plays in the cafe while you sit and enjoy your drink and meal.
J-COOK is a wonderful little cafe run by a husband and wife. When I first came, the wife came and talked to me. She’s super friendly, and although it was our first meeting, she made me feel really comfortable and welcome. She must be full of happiness, which in turn naturally gives people who visit the strength to be positive and work hard.
I reckon their smiles have saved a lot of people.
I can’t wait to visit again!
Writer/Model: Ema Tanioku
Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
Design: Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Address: 3-36-26 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Tue-Sat] 8:00-22:00 (Last Orders) / [Sun] 11:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:30)
Official Twitter: @jcookjp
Experiencing Japan: Dining at Denkiya Hall in Asakusa Wearing a Retro and Antique Kimono
Hi, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON readers! Banako here again from the MOSHI MOSHI Friends group.
I have a question to ask you all. If you’ve been to Japan, did you ever dress up in a kimono or yukata to go sightseeing? It’s become common to see not only Japanese people, but foreign travellers and tourists clad in traditional Japanese ware snapping photos in the country’s historical locations. Dressing up in a kimono and walking the streets really immerses you in that Japanese spirit and transforms your experience entirely.
I visited kesatokyo in Asakusa which rents out kimono that are somewhat different from the norm, got myself a kimono, and took a trip to Denkiya Hall, a long-standing cafe in Asakusa.
Denkiya Hall is located along Senzoku-dori Shopping Street which is a 10-minute walk from the Tsukuba Express side of Asakusa Station. The street is quiet and peaceful since it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the station front.
The kimono at kesatokyo are renowned through the town as they give off cute retro-antique vibes with their combination of things like lace necks, head dresses and berets.
You can get some romantic co-ords which you won’t find with other kimono by matching with your friend in terms of design and accessories. I headed into the cafe excited with my kimono choice which matches the old-fashioned design of the cafe exterior.
A standout feature of this cafe is that some of the tables have arcade games attached to them. If there’s a free seat at one of them, pick your favourite-looking, slot in a coin and start playing! Be sure to ask the staff to switch it on for you beforehand.
While gazing through the nostalgic games, I ordered the cafe’s popular omumaki (¥700) and cream soda (¥650) while my friend got hot cakes.
Stuffed and wrapped inside the omelette is a hearty serving of fried noodles. The noodles themselves are on the thicker side and have a rich seasoning like that from the Showa period. You can also pick between different noodles.
The cream soda had deliciously sweet syrup and vanilla ice cream inside it.
Your kimono will match the atmosphere of the cafe really well, so you can take some really great pictures at any time.
Denkiya Hall opened over 100 years ago and incorporates styles from three different historical periods: Meiji, Taisho and Showa, giving it a nostalgic feeling.
Another one of Denkiya Hall’s specialities is their boiled adzuki, the perfect treat to warm yourself up as the weather gets colder.
It was fun strolling around Asakusa after our cafe visit, as well as searching for more modern towns like Ginza and Omotesando.
We returned our kimono to kesatokyo at 18:40, right before the final return time. The basic rental plan for one person is ¥6,050 and it even includes hair styling! You can make reservations either via DMs on the store’s official Instagram or by telephone. You’re certain to get a reply on Instagram so it’s recommended going that route. The shop has more details on their plans on their website.
Wearing a beautiful kimono and warming up inside a cafe during wintertime. How does that sound?
Address: 4-20-3 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Business Hours: 09:00-21:00 (Open Sundays)
Closed: Wednesdays (Except on national holidays in which case closed the following day)
*Business hours and closures subject to change on occasion, please enquire in store
Access: 10-minutes on foot from the Tsukuba Express side of Asakusa Station
Address: kesatokyo Floor 2F, 1-24-4, Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Business Hours: 9:00-19:00
Access: 2-minutes on foot from the Tsukuba Express side of Asakusa Station
Official Website: http://www.kesatokyo.com/#kesafrendsplan
Official Instagram: https://instagram.com/kesatokyo?igshid=1b4d7iod27lpf
Japanese Sweets Brand Minamoto Kitchoan to Open Cafe Restaurant K. MINAMOTO in Ginza
16.October.2019 | FOOD
Japanese confectionery brand Minamoto Kitchoan will open a new cafe and restaurant called “K. MINAMOTO” on October 19.
K. MINAMOTO will be located on floors 2-5 at THE HOUSE, Minamoto Kitchoan’s new company building which it just moved to on October 3. The cafe-restaurant’s menu concept is dubbed “Ginza Sunny Fruits.” It takes into consideration how daily fruit consumption has greatly decreased today by serving up a luxurious fresh fruit-packed line-up.
Minamoto Kitchoan is a company that has made full use of fruits since its establishment, including the suikanshuku, a Japanese wagashi confection made of whole dried domestic persimmons. We can trust then that K. MINAMOTO will provide us with our 5-a-day.
Roast Beef Sandwich w/ Fruit Soup – ¥2,420 (Tax Included)
Seafood Lemon Cream Fedelini w/ Fruit Soup – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Each and every dish on the menu has fruit, all grown in Japan to ensure the a high level of quality. Since the dishes have fruity flavours, prepping them is simple, and they enjoy the colours and textures of each fruit.
Drinks haven’t been left out either. They are made with fruit purees and syrup, or are tossed in as they are, allowing for maximum fruity goodness.
Smoked Salmon, Fruit Salad & Potato Galette w/ Fruit Soup – ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
Autumn Fruit Almond Pudding – ¥1,760 (Tax Included)
All the staff at K. MINAMOTO have a wealth of knowledge about the menu and the fruits used in each dish. Their service creates a comfortable atmosphere, and though they are polite they are incredibly friendly, so you can call out to them without worry.
Get your fill of fruit from the all-new K. MINAMOTO, opening October 19.
Grand Opening: October 19, 2019
Address: Minamoto Kitchoan Shinhonsha Bldg. “THE HOUSE” (Floors 2F-5F), 6-9-8 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sat] 11:30-20:30 / [Sun & Holidays] 11:30-19:00
No Fixed Closures
Minamoto Kitchoan official website: https://www.kitchoan.co.jp
This Week’s Dessert: Savouring Autumntime Matcha Sweets at ATELIER de GODIVA in Ikebukuro
One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spent to ensure happiness.
I’ve been working relatively hard as of late. I had some spare time before a business meeting, so I took advantage of the occasion to treat myself to some desserts. My destination: ATELIER de GODIVA located inside Seibu Ikebukuro.
GODIVA has numerous stores throughout Tokyo, but Ikebukuro’s concept store branch has an eat-in space that’s perfect for that tea or coffee break.
ATELIER de GODIVA boasts that same level of quality when it comes to their desserts, some of which are exclusive to this branch. There are only three branches: this one in Seibu Ikebukuro (Tokyo), another in Daimaru Kyoto (Kyoto), and the last in Hakata Hankyu (Fukuoka). The cake I am showing you today is a special dessert sold only in these three branches (and is takeout only at Hakata Hankyu).
The first delight I ordered was the Mousse Matcha Cherry.
Mousse Matcha Cherry: Eat in ¥980 / Takeout ¥780 (*Matcha Ice Cream is eat-in only)
Available: Until November 26, 2019 while supplies last
The shiny cake is served on a round white plate with a dollop of matcha ice cream. The pink berry sauce is drizzled around the plate to make the plating even cuter.
Time to tuck in. This extravagant cake is supported by a fluffy matcha mousse topped with a crunchy chocolate sable. On top of that still are juicy cherries, adding a hint of freshness to the cake. The matcha glaze on the mousse has just the right amount of bitterness, which when coupled with the subtly sweet matcha mousse makes for a heavenly balance of flavours. Lined around the base of the mousse are sweet and sour dried raspberries which elevated the matcha-ness of the matcha mousse.
The matcha ice cream which it comes with when you order to eat in is rich and creamy.
I was full up after my dessert, but since I’d taken the time to come here I wanted to order a drink too… so I got a takeout Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami from a shop adjoining ATELIER de GODIVA.
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami – ¥602 (*Takeout only at the GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro branch)
This new drink is part of GODIVA’s chocolate and tea pairing series. The chefs at GODIVA have carefully selected the best varieties of tea to combine with chocolate. This one is an iced drink made with white chocolate and matcha.
It’s a mix of GODIVA’s popular smooth and sweet white chocolate and rich Uji matcha. It’s crowned with a sprinkling of bitter Uji matcha powder. All of the flavours are highlighted in this sweet drink. The crunchy white chocolate pieces you sip up as you drink are delicious. It’s the kind of drink where you’re sure to find something new each time you take a drink.
My 30-minute tea break is my little self-indulgence for the day. Spare minutes in my daily schedule affords me the chance to go and enjoy some delicious desserts. You should treat yourself to some special autumntime sweets too.
Matcha Adzuki ATELIER Tablet – ¥800
It’s important to share the happiness between family and colleagues on when you get the chance to enjoy something tasty. The present I bought today was a tablet chocolate handmade in the shop. The matcha white chocolate has almonds in it as well as Japanese-style chocolate mixed with adzuki. It has a strong matcha flavour and isn’t overly-sweet. You can also request for a ribbon to be tied around it for gift-giving. It’s a chocolate that’s sure to bring anyone joy.
Writer：Sayuri Mizuno（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
ATELIER de GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro
Address: Seibu Ikebukuro B1F, 1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sat] 10:00-21:00 / [Sun & Holidays] 10:00-20:00
ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto
Address: Daimaru Kyoto B1F, 79 Tachiuri Nishimachi, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sun] 10:00-20:00
ATELIER de GODIVA Hakata Hankyu
Address: Hakata Hankyu B1F, 1-1 Hakataekichūōgai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: [Sun-Thurs] 10:00-20:00 / [Fri-Sat] 10:00-21:00
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami
Running: October 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019
GODIVA Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Visiting the Weathering With You Cafe Now Open in Tokyo and Osaka
LEGS COMPANY opened two cafes themed on the hit anime film Weathering with You in Tokyo and Osaka on October 8 and October 10 respectively. The cafes will run for a limited time only.
We paid a visit to the Tokyo branch which opened inside OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE & SPACE which is only a 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station.
The new blockbuster hit from internationally-acclaimed animator and film director Makoto Shinkai Weathering with You dropped back on July 19 and has since amassed over 13 billion yen (approximately US$131 million) in the box office. It was seen by 7.5 million people in the first 34 days of its release, and over 10 million after 75 days. Its huge success has cemented itself in the Japanese animated film industry as another monumental masterpieces from Shinkai. The film has also been nominated for Best International Feature Film for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards set to take place on February 9, 2020.
The cafe menu features a line-up of drinks, dishes and desserts inspired by the characters and moments in the series, including the chahan set prepared by Hina for Hodaka, the Hodaka Welcome Party Set, and more.
Teru Teru Omurice – ¥1,490
This is the dish I ordered to eat. I couldn’t resist how cute it was. It’s inspired by the teru teru bōzu that Nagi makes, a traditional Japanese doll used to prevent rain and bring good weather. The doll’s head is made of mashed potato. He’s sat on a bed of ketchup rice filled with vegetables and bathed in a delicious sauce. This one’s too cute it almost seems a waste to eat♡
Nagi’s Teru Teru Bōzu À La Mode – ¥1,490
For dessert I ordered another teru teru bōzu treat. This one is made from gyūhi, a type of Japanese confection made from rice flour. Its head is filled with vanilla ice cream, and if you turn it over, you’ll find Japanese pudding underneath, and under that granola. It’s finished with a lining of bright blue lychee jelly around the outside for a hint of freshness.
The cafe offers plenty of other dishes that will leave any Weathering with You fans spoiled for choice.
Hina’s Handmade Sesame Oil Infused Pea Sprout Potato Chahan Set – ¥1,490
A chahan set lovingly prepared by Hina for Hodaka. Chop up the spring onions that come on the side and add them to the soup just like Hina does in the film! This is a hearty set sure to fill you up.
Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set – ¥1,590
This one-person set was made lovingly by Natsume when Hodaka comes to work at the same company as her, K&A. If you’re looking for a healthy green meal packed with veggies then you’ll love this one.
Clearing Up Weather Tiramisu – ¥1,490
This refreshing matcha tiramisu is inspired by the scene when Hina and Hodaka reunite, with the sauce representing the sunlight and the cotton candy the rainy clouds. Pour the sauce over the cotton candy and watch the clouds clear up.
Acai Bowl of the World’s Secrets – ¥1,390
Enjoy the main key visual of the film right on top of your plate. The mild flavour of the yogurt coupled with the refreshing kiwi is a mouth-watering combination. The colours are really beautiful, too.
Swirling Snow Whipped Latte – ¥990
Inspired by the immense snow that spirals around Tokyo in the film, a cup of this whipped cream latte is perfect as a post-meal wind-down.
Left: The Fine Weather That Day (Grapefruit) – ¥1,690 / Right: The Sunset That Day (Cranberry) – ¥1,690
These two drinks are for takeout, and are based on iconic scenes in the film, specifically when the turns fine and the sunset. They are served in exclusive cafe-original bottles. Both flavours are sweet, sour and refreshing. Plus, you can reuse the bottles.
If you order one of the many drinks from the menu you’ll receive one of six possible coasters chosen randomly.
The cafe has plenty of exclusive merchandise on their shelves too.
Sparkly Rain Smartphone Case (7/8 Ver. & X Ver.) – ¥3,900 Each
When you shake these iPhone cases, it looks like the rain is falling.
Raindrop Stickers (10 Designs) – ¥400
Don’t you just want to collect all of these cute raindrop stickers?
If you book a seat in advance (¥650 before tax per person) you will receive one of six possible bromide pictures chosen randomly, so don’t forget to reserve in advance.
Plunge yourself into the world of Weathering with You at either one of these cafes, now running until November 17.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. All listed prices are pre-tax prices.
©️2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee
Weathering with You Cafes
①OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE&SPACE (Pine Under Flat B1F, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo) @ October 8, 2019 – November 17, 2019
②Osaka Shinsaibashi contact (1-6-24 Kitahorie, Nishi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture) @ October 10, 2019 – November 17, 2019
Price: ¥650 (Before Tax) *Includes bonus item
*Advance table reservations opened on September 24, 2019
Weathering with You Cafe Website: https://tenkinoko-cafe.jp/