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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