You Must Try These Tanabata Star Festival Desserts And Delicious Drinks

24.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

Hi everyone, this is Midori from MMN’s Editorial Department.

We are approaching the Tanabata season!

 Tanabata, also known at the Star Festival, is a traditional annual festival in Japan which celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and and Hikoboshi who are only able to see each other once a year on July 7. During this festival, many people celebrate by writing their wishes on a small, rectangular strip and then attaching it to bamboo grass. It is also the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful night sky with friends and family. What really makes Tanabata extra fun is the Tanabata-limited sweets and desserts that are decorated with Tanabata-themed designs and look very appealing. Today, I will be introducing you to those delicious, must-try desserts and drinks!

 

TOKYO STRAWBERRY PARK: Tanabata-Limited Parfait And Handmade Jelly

Tanabata-Limited Strawberry Parfait ¥1,200 (after tax) ※ Limited stock

Tokyo Strawberry Park will launch its first ever Tanabata event from June 22 to July 7. They will be selling the Tanabata-Limited Strawberry Parfait which is made using Japanese strawberries; a rare fruit to be seen around summer.

Simple Tanabata Strawberry Jelly

Tokyo Strawberry Park will also be selling fresh and colourful Tanabata strawberry jelly which was handmade. Make sure to pour all your wishes into every mouthful. ♡

 

▼ Tokyo Strawberry Park

Selling Period: June 22 ー July 7

Address:  11-1 Daikokucho, Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa

Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11:00 ー 16:00/ Weekends & Holidays: 10:00 ー 18:00

Website: https://tokyo-strawberry-park.jp/

 

Hello Kitty and My Melody Cakes at Odakyu Department Store Fair, Shinjuku

Patisserie Mon Cher, Summer Friendly: ¥1,404/18cm

Head to basement floor 2 of the department store’s main building where the traditional Japanese wagashi sweets are usually sold to discover the Hello Kitty and My Melody Tanabata cakes that are too beautiful to eat. This popular Dojima Roll Cake is decorated with Hello Kitty and My Melody mousse.

Tsuruya Yoshinobu Co.,Ltd., Tanabata: ¥1,296/1 block

The fair is full of a wide range of other unmissable Tanabata sweets that you should also check out.

 

Odakyu Star Festival (Odakyu no Tanabata)

Event Period: July 1 ー July 7, 2019

Location: Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku (main building ) and HALC

Address: 1 Chome-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo

TEL: 03-3342-1111

Special Edition Website: http://www.odakyu-dept.co.jp/shinjuku/

 

Cafe Comme Ca Orihime and Hikoboshi Tanabata-Limited Cakes

Specially-selected fruits have been used to create these artistic cakes. The cakes are themed around Orihime and Hikoboshi.

Orihime 〜 Peach, Fig and Sato Nishiki Cherry Cake with Cream Cheese Base (Comme ca stage, Ginza branch): ¥1,100 per piece (after tax)  

The Orihime cake is a luxuriously creamy cheesecake topped generously with sweet peaches, figs and sweet and sour Sato Nishiki cherries. The cake even contains jelly that takes on the appearance of the milky way.

 Hikoboshi 〜 Muskmelon and Mango Cake With Fromage Blanc Base  (Comme ca stage, Ginza branch:¥1,100 per piece, ¥1,026 at other Cafe comme ca branches,  prices after tax)  

The Hikoboshi muskmelon and mango cake has a wonderful fruity fragrance. The fruit pieces rest on top of a bed of fromage blanc. This dessert is also made with jelly that takes on the appearance of the Milky Way.

 

▼ Cafe comme ca

Official Website: http://www.cafe-commeca.co.jp/

 

BOTANIST Tokyo’s Orihime and Hikoboshi Drinks Chosen By 5,000 Instagram Fans

Approximately 5000 people voted on BOTANIST Tokyo’s Instagram in favor for the release of the High Viscosity Milk Tea and Butterfly-Pea Milk Tea to be sold for Tanabata. Both include silver leaf that reflects light beautifully, creating the image of stars twinkling in the Milky Way. Order this Tanabata-limited drink for a Tanabata Tanzaku card for writing your Tanabata wishes.  

Viscous Milk Tea: ¥800 (after tax)

The High Viscosity Milk Tea is a Tanabata-limited drink themed around Orihime. The deep flavour of sweet amaretto syrup can be tasted with the milk tea. The sweet yet sour, viscous tea consists of two layers and is topped with melty whipped cream for an even stronger flavour.

Butterfly Pea Milk Tea: ¥800 (after tax)

The Butterfly Pea Milk Tea is themed around Hikoboshi. The milk is accented with the fresh sweetness of Jasmine syrup . The drink also has two layers of refreshing, blue butterfly pea tea. The silver leaf glimmers like stars in the night sky, making it the perfect drink to enjoy on a summer’s night.

 

▼BOTANIST Tokyo Tanabata-Limited Drinks

Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00

BOTANIST Tokyo Official Website: https://botanistofficial.com/shop/

 

Royal Park Hotel X Calpis Collaboration Milky Way Fair

As soft drink Calpis celebrates its 100th anniversary and Royal Park Hotel celebrates its 30th anniversary, both parties have teamed up during the Tanabata season.

Milky Way Afternoon Tea Set: ¥4,752 (after tax)

The July-limited Milky Way Afternoon Tea Set uses gold leaf to create the image of the moon and stars and the Milky Way in a nighttime scenery. The intricate white bag crafted from fresh white chocolate located on the top tier will immediately catch your attention. The Panna cotta made from calpis is layered with jelly to balance the overall flavour. This is served in a glass. Other treats include Calpis marshmallows, Calpis sour cheesecake, and many other special treats.

Calpis Collaboration Wishes Cocktail Fair

いまSNSで人気の青いお茶「バタフライピー」とタピオカで、“天の川”をイメージしたノンアルコールカクテルなど、七夕に想いを馳せながら、お気に入りの1杯を見つけてみて。

The collaboration fair sells four varieties of cocktails and two non-alcoholic cocktails. The bartender will use Calpis to create an imaginative cocktail themed around the Milky Way or Tanabata. The Kyoho Grape Calpis, and the Orihime, which is coloured a distinctive, fresh red colour with cranberries, are just a couple of items on the menu. Other drinks include the White Peach Calpis and the Milky Pêche, which is made from white peaches. Non-alcoholic drinks include bubble tea cocktails, and cocktails made from Butterfly Pea tea, which is currently trending on social media for its blue colour. All these drinks are specially prepared to take on the appearance of the Milky Way.

 

The Royal Park Hotel will also have a Tanabata-limited photo spot. Come explore the range of Tanabata drinks and join in the anniversary celebrations with Calpis and the Royal Park Hotel. 

 

▼ Milky Way Fair in Royal Park Hotel 

Running: July 1 ー July 31, 2019

Address: 2-1-1, Nihonbashikakigaracho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

Official Website: https://www.rph.co.jp/

 

Tanabata is a wonderfully unique experience in Japan, so make plenty of wishes, try your favourite sweets and drinks and have the time of your life. ♡

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    From July 1 to 7, Odakyu Department Store, Shinjuku will be holding a fair to celebrate the Star Festival in Japan. The Star Festival, known in Japan as “Tanabata”, originates from a Chinese legend of two deities who were in love called Orihime and Hikoboshi and could only meet once every year. Their meeting is represented by the stars Vega and Altair. Every year, Japan celebrates their meeting around the months of June and July with the Star Festival. The fair at Odakyu Department Store will be called Odakyu no Tanabata.

     

    Head to basement floor 2 of the department store’s main building where the traditional Japanese wagashi sweets are usually sold to discover the Tanabata desserts that are a popular craze year after year when the festival is held. These desserts are so beautiful that you will not want to eat them. 


    Patisserie Mon Cher, Summer Friendly: ¥1,404/18cm  c’76,’19 SANRIO APPR.NO.S600927

    This popular Dojima Roll Cake is decorated with Hello Kitty and My Melody mousse. You just have to try these cute cakes.

     

    GRAMERCY NEWYORK, TANABATA  ¥1,944/12cm diameter

    This dessert consists of peach Bavarian cream which is decorated with a rainbow of colourful fruits, sparkly jelly and a Milky Way motif.

    Tsuruya Yoshinobu Co.,Ltd., Tanabata: ¥1,296/1 block

    This is a yokan dessert; a thick jelly made from red bean paste, agar, and sugar​. As the reunion of the two deities Orihime and Hikoboshi is the main theme of the fair, this sweet is decorated to represent the milky way.

     

    Come join in the Tanabata celebration and send your tastebuds on an adventure out of this world!

  • Tokyo Disneyland: Write Down Your Wishes at the Tanabata Days Event

    10.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. I’m Midori, part of the editorial team here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON.

     

    Tanabata, also known at the Star Festival, is a traditional annual festival in Japan which celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and and Hikoboshi who are only able to see each other once a year. Right now at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea a special Tanabata event is being held called “Tanabata Days.” It began on June 6 and will run until July 7.

     

    During the Tanabata season in Japan, people write their wishes on tanzaku, small pieces of paper, and hang them up before praying to the stars. If you head on over to Tokyo Disneyland right now you can do just that!

    At the entrance to Tokyo Disneyland in the World Bazaar is the “Wishing Place” where guests are invited to jot down their wishes. You’ll find it by spotting the two Tanabata decorations of Mickey and Minnie. If you look really close you’ll see that the characters are holding their own washing cards too. Be sure to sneak a peek♡

    You’ll also find Donald and Daisy to the side of Cinderella’s castle.

    Guests can get their own wishing cards from one of the cast members dressed in yukata. The cards are yellow. The cast also have pens and desks prepared for guests too.

    Once you’ve written your wish the next step is to hang it at the Wishing Place. The colours of the cards are different at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Perhaps your wish will be granted?

    When the evening settles in the Wishing Place is lit up and renamed the Starlight Wishing Place. The illuminations represent the stars and constellations that float in the Milky Way, all references to Tanabata.

    You’re sure to enjoy a magical and romantic Tanabata at this event, so be sure to check it out. The visuals and lights are of course gorgeous, but the music is wonderful!

     

    Perhaps your dream to the stars will come true at Disneyland’s Wishing Place♪
    © Disney

  • Enjoy Tanabata Star Festival-Limited Drinks and Sweet Treats at Disneyland

    13.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hi everyone, this is Midori from MMN’s Editorial Department.

     

    Are you familiar with Japan’s Star Festival called Tanabata? According to a legend that originated in China, two deities who were in love called Orihime and Hikoboshi could only meet once every year. Their meeting is represented by the stars Vega and Altair.  Their meeting is celebrated yearly in Japan with the Star Festival. To join in the celebration, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are holding a special event to celebrate called Tanabata Days . This event will run from June 6 to July 7, 2019.

     

    Today I’m going to introduce you to the limited edition sweet treats you can indulge in during the Tanabata Days festival period.

    Shaved Ice with Cream: ¥550

    Check out the Troubadour Tavern Cream Shaved Ice which consists of a cute and colourful mix of blue and pink ♡. A mountain of peach shaved ice sits on of a layer of blue jelly. This is topped with soft serve ice cream and sprinkles of Tanabata stars.  

    Sparkling Jelly Drink (grape): ¥380

    Next is a drink that is limited to Boiler Room Bites and Captain Hook’s Galley: The Sparkling Jelly Drink! It will leave you feeling refreshed and full of summer vibes. Enjoy the flavour of the sparkling soda along with grape jelly which is full of flavour. It is also  fun to pop the yellow balls of jelly.

    Grape & Blue Jelly with Souvenir Mug: ¥750

    Disney has revived their tradition of desserts in souvenir cups again. This time, you can leave Disney Resort with a beautiful teacup decorated with Mickey and Minnie dressed as the Tanabata deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. This cute souvenir cup is only available during Tanabata Days, so be careful! Enjoy the beautiful color gradation of the blue and grape jelly. This is topped with a dusting of magical stars. 

     

    Not only do these summery Tanabata treats look good, but they are also very tasty. Tanabata Days ends on July 7, so if you want something, make sure you get your hands on it in time.
    © Disney

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    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.

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    Ingredients


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    Pinch of salt
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    Pre-preparations


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    Lipton opened its two permanent tea stands “Lipton TEA STAND” in Nagoya and Hakata in winter 2018 in an effort to make black tea more accessible to people. The drinks menus at these stands are diverse, ranging from simple black tea to their “Fruits in Tea” range which are teas filled with fresh fruits, royal milk tea, desserts, and more.

     

    Iced Parfaits


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    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train is an upcoming anime film set for release on October 16, 2020. The film is a direct sequel to the 2019 anime series adapted from Koyoharu Gotouge’s manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.

     

    In the run up to its release, the film is being promoted in collaboration with Japan’s annual Tanabata festival which takes place every year on July 7. A special website opened today which features wishes written in Japanese and illustrations drawn by 31 voice actors and actresses from the anime series—as well as the main characters, including Tanjiro. It is customary on Tanabata to write a wish on tanzaku, which are small pieces of paper, and tie them to bamboo. Additionally, three special announcements have been made to celebrate Tanjiro’s birthday on July 14.

     

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    You can check out the rest of the cast’s wishes over on the official Demon Slayer Tanabata website, all of which are written in Japanese.

     

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    Kifune Shrine, which is dedicated to the god of water Takaokami no Kami, is currently holding evening illuminations with Tanabata bamboo lamps until August 15, 2020.

     

    About Kifune Shrine

    Kifune Shrine is one of Kyoto’s foremost historical shrines. Records show that the shrine was already built in 677 during the reign of Emperor Tenmu. It is located near the source of Kamo River and is dedicated to the god of water who is said protect Kyoto’s water sources. The area is also known for kawadoko which is where Kibune’s restaurants build platforms over the river where visitors can enjoy their meal as the water flows beneath them.

     

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    This summertime dessert is made with lots of mango and melon. In the centre of it all is even more mango, as well as pineapple and coconuts, for a flavourful layered experience. Served on the side is ice cream made from BEL AMER Kyoto Villa’s own original couverture chocolate.

    Summer Pavlova: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)

    This piece of art of a dessert is a must for lovers of matcha and melon. It’s made from fluffy meringue topped with white chocolate, matcha mousse, and chocolate cream, which itself is then topped with refreshing melon and grapes for a refreshing kick.


    Chocolate Croquette Sandwich: ¥990 (Tax Included)

    BEL AMER Kyoto Villa is also serving up a very unique dish indeed which mixes together chocolate and croquette—a flavour that actually works, combining sweetness and bitterness. The croquette is made from potatoes. The brioche sandwich also contains cheese and bacon.

     

    These are just some of the delights on show at BEL AMER Kyoto Villa this summer. If ever you’re in Kyoto, be sure to stop by, especially in the summer.

  • 3 Gourmet Cheesecakes From Popular Cheesecake Shops in Japan

    04.July.2020 | FOOD

    The cheesecake—a popular dessert with a flavour that is both rich and refreshing. The number of shops in Japan specialising in cheesecakes has been on the rise recently, all of whom are baking up their own unique versions. Here are three summertime cheesecakes available online in Japan from three popular cheesecake shops.

     

    Mr. CHEESECAKE

    This summer, Mr. CHEESECAKE has whipped up a seasonal “Hirami Lemon” flavoured cheesecake which they are selling in limited quantities via their official LINE account from July 12 to 19. The cheesecake is packaged in a special box featuring an illustration of the summertime ocean.

    Made with refreshing hirami lemons, the cheesecake has a sour and slightly bitter kick to it. By combining Japanese sansho pepper and olive oil, the sourness of the hirami lemon is elevate to new heights. Mint is also added to up the refreshing flavour, and salt from Okinawa heightens the sweetness of the cheesecake.

     

    Mr. CHEESECAKE hirami lemon

    Price: ¥5,400 (Tax Included)
    Official Website: https://mr-cheesecake.com/

     

    Neko Neko Cheesecake

    Neko Neko Cheesecake, a cheesecake shop which opened in Tokyo in May, serves cat-shaped cheesecakes. This summer-only cheesecake is made using setonai lemons. It was released on Friday and will be sold in limited quantities only.

    ​The cheesecake has lemon jelly in the middle and is topped with sliced lemons grown in the Seto Inland Sea area that are baked together with the cake. It’s finished with a smear of lemon jam and cream, making for a real summertime treat.

     

    Neko Neko Cheesecake ~Setonai Lemon~
    Online

    Release Date: July 1, 2020

    Price: Single ¥3,800 / Lemon & Plan ¥5,980

    Online Store: https://hbantique.official.ec

     

    In-Store

    Release Date: July 3, 2020

    Price: Single ¥2,200

    Available: Neko Neko Cheesecake in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo

     

    LeTAO

    Confectionery shop LeTAO has released their popular “Melon Double” cheesecake again this summer.

    A popular cheesecake released every year by LeTAO, the Melon DOuble is a sweet baked cheesecake made with individual layers of melon puree and mascarpone cream cheese. The refreshing sweetness of the melon goes hand in hand with the cheese.

     

    Melon Double ~Hokkaido Melon~
    Price: ¥1,728 (Tax Included) *Shipping fee ¥890
    Available: Until August 31, 2020
    Product Details: https://shop.letao.jp/item/F695.html

  • Gourmet Shaved Ice Served Up at the New VERMICULAR PREMIUM SHAVED ICE SALON in Nagoya

    03.July.2020 | FOOD

    For this summer only, a limited-time gourmet shaved ice shop called “VERMICULAR PREMIUM SHAVED ICE SALON” is opening up inside VERMICULAR VILLAGE in Nagoya from July 2 to September 13.

     

    The exquisite shaved ice options are topped with fruit confitures which are made without any water involved, allowing for the original flavour of the fruits to come through, as well as adzuki beans cooked with Vermicular cookware, and more. The shaved ice is served inside Vermicular’s high quality mini pots, which have been kept cool, meaning the ice doesn’t melt when it’s put inside, meaning it stays nice and fluffy until the end.

     

    There are three to pick from, and underneath each the shaved ice is a blancmange which goes hand in hand with the shaved ice flavours.

    Strawberry, Pistachio, & Condensed Milk: ¥1,300 (Before Tax)

    This ice pot is topped with a strawberry jam which was made using no water, and pistachios—which go really well with the fruity confiture. At the very bottom is a condensed milk blancmange, making it delicious down to the last spoonful.

    Nishio Matcha, Adzuki Beans, Brown Cane Sugar Warabimochi, & Houjicha: ¥1,500 (Before Tax)

    Next is a matcha flavoured shaved ice pot made with adzuki beans and matcha grown in Nishio, Aichi. Sat at the bottom of the pile is a houjicha tea blancmange and brown cane sugar warabimochi.

    Mango, Passion Fruit, & Coconut: ¥1,300 (Before Tax)

    Lastly is a mango and passion fruit sauce covered shaved ice with coconut milk and a topping of fresh mango. At the bottom is a coconut blancmange.

  • Summer 2020 Parfait Fair Begins at Shiseido Parlour in Tokyo

    03.July.2020 | FOOD

    Shiseido Parlour began its annual “Midsummer Parfait Fair” at its Ginza, Tokyo branch on Wednesday which will run until August 30 and be divided into two different slots serving different parfaits. The cafe is serving up a selection of parfaits made from ice cream and local seasonal fruits under the trust that the chefs and farmers have built over the years.

    2020 Midsummer Parfait Fair: Slot ① July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020


    Furano, Hokkaido – Furano Melon Parfait: ¥2,100 (Tax Included)

    This parfait is made using Furamon melon which is grown in Hokkaido’s city of Furano between the mountains where there is a major temperature difference. The melon is ripened after being harvested and so make it nice and soft, giving a sweet and juicy flavour and fragrance.

    Sakai Nouen, Wakayama – Arakawa Peach Parfait: ¥2,300 (Tax Included)

    The “Arakawa” peach is a brand of peach grown in Wakayama Precture. The peaches are grown until their nearly completely ripe while in the tree, giving them a soft texture. Inside the sweet flavour is a sour kick, both of which explode with the juiciness of the peach in the parfait.

    Yaeyama Islands, Okinawa – Apple Mango Parfait: ¥2,700 (Tax Included)

    The “apple mango” is a type of mango grown in the hot climate of Okinawa. The mango has a super soft, melt-in-the-mouth texture and a sour tinge which elevates its rich sweetness.

    Hatake Kobo, Nagano Prefecture – Koihime Strawberry Parfait: ¥2,000 (Tax Included)

    The “koihime” is a type of summer strawberry grown in-house by Shiseido Parlour. The strawberries get plenty of water, air, and sunlight so they grow into red jewels packed full of sweetness.

     

    The second slot of the 2020 Midsummer Parfait Fair will run from August 1 to August 30.

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