In 2016, fresh fruit juice shop Sour opened in Uraderacho, Kyoto. Now, they will soon open up shop down Cat Street in Harajuku.
Upon your order at Sour, fresh fruit will be squeezed for your drink in a juicer. After adding some sourness to your drink, not only will it taste divine but also look fun.
Like Sour in Kyoto, Sour Harajuku also uses fresh fruit and vinegar cordial. The interior was decorated by the Kyoto clothes shop and gallery VOU/Bou. CRT televisions, fluorescent lamps and other such decorations created by artists from Kyoto also decorate the interior. The colourful fruits of Sour contribute to the pop design atmosphere.
Drink example: Watermelon Sour/ Lemon Sour: ￥500 (after tax) ー (Appearance changes due to ingredients )
Sour offers seasonal menus that makes use of seasonal fruits as well as 20 varieties of vinegar cordial sour drinks. This summer, Sour is selling their standard Lemon Sour, as well as a range of other sour flavours including Watermelon, Passionfruit, Kiwi, Brand Orange, Pineapple, and much more.
Enjoy a wonderfully refreshing cup of a fruity drink this summer!
Address: MOE Building Floor 2, 5-25-1, Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Access: 7-minute walk from exit 13 of Shibuya Station (Tokyo Metro line)/ 7-minute walk from exit 7 of Meiji Jingumae Station (Tokyo Metro line)
Opening Hours: 12:00 ー 21:00 （Last Orders: 20:30）
Battle The Heat With 5 Cute, Refreshing Foods and Drinks at Tokyo Disneyland
The Star Festival celebration Tanabata Days is currently underway at Disneyland, but it’s already over 30 degrees outside. You’ll find yourself all sweaty just by standing up. That’s why today we will be introducing you to foods and drinks that will keep you cool and refreshed in this baking heat.
A Cute Mickey Biscuit Ice Cream ♡
Head to ICE CREAM CONES at World Bazaar to get your hands on a soft serve ice cream with chocolate (￥500). A wafer cone is filled with delicious soft serve ice cream and then topped with chocolate sauce and bright, colourful chocolate. Finally, a biscuit decorated with Mickey’s winky face is placed on top.
The shop’s interior is decorated with cute pastel colours which make it the perfect spot for a picture, however, a picture with Cinderella’s castle in the background is also a grand idea.
This is perfect for those of you who are looking for something both refreshing and cute. The ice cream has a rejuvenating flavour and tastes perfect along with the bitter cone.
A Refreshing Cold Meal: Beef Salad Udon Noodles
This one is recommended for those of you who are hungry but want to eat something cool rather than a burger. If this is you, head to Plazma Ray’s Diner at Tomorrowland for their cold beef karubi udon (￥780).
Thick cold noodles are served in a delicious soup along with pieces of beef, aubergine, okra and other summer vegetables. It even includes a pink fish paste cake cut into the shape of Mickey’s face. You are bound to finish this refreshing meal quickly on a hot summer’s day.
Perfect for the Peckish : A Sweet Treat
The same shop sells a Monsters, Inc-themed Mike sandwich biscuit that is filled with chocolate ganache (￥400). This is the perfect pick-me-up when you’re in search of a quick energy boost.
Cool chocolate and marshmallows are squished between the two biscuits. Have you noticed the giant eye on the top of the biscuit? You just won’t be able to resist taking a photo. When you’re slightly peckish, make sure to give it a try!
A Moderately Sweet Refreshing Drink
This one is for the coffee-lovers. Pop by Café Orléans to pick up the D’s Delights Vanilla Smoothie & Coffee Jelly (￥500). Underneath the vanilla smoothie is a layer of coffee jelly. The top of the smoothie is filled with cocoa. We recommend you thoroughly mix the vanilla smoothie and coffee jelly before drinking it. The sweetness of the smoothie and the bitterness of the coffee jelly are a match made in heaven. When you’re tired of walking and need something sweet and refreshing, this drink is sure to power you up back to full battery.
Fruity Shaved Ice With Actual Fruit Pieces
Last but not least is the Shaved Ice (￥400) which is sold at many places including Huey, Dewey and Louie’s Good Time Cafe. There are two flavours to choose from; Japanese pear and Japanese orange. The sauce poured all over your ice contains actual pieces of fruit that will bring you right back to life. If you pay an extra ￥400, you can get your shaved ice served in a Toy Story-themed souvenir cup that you can take back home with you.
With all the sun and excitement at Disneyland, you could overheat, so please take care and make sure to rejuvenate yourself with something refreshing and delicious!
Tokyo Disney Resort
Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/
Running: June 6 ー July 7, 2019
Special Edition Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/treasure/fantasy/tanabata2019/tdl/index.html
McDonald’s full-time barrister café feature McCafé by Barista serves original café coffee. As part of McDonald’s, they will launch summer drinks on Wednesday 12th June. From this day, the Peach Smoothie will be sold. There will also be a limited-time summer fruits smoothie which will be changed approximately every month. The first drink for round one is the Mango and Passionfruit Smoothie.
Peach Smoothie: M: ¥440, L: ¥480 Extra toppings M: ¥500 Extra toppings L: ¥540
The summer drinks season will continue until late September. This year will mark the fifth year running of McCafé by Barista’s popular menu. This summer, the Peach Smoothie will keep you refreshed with its peachy goodness. Peach purée and peach tea syrup is mixed to create the body of the smoothie. The drink is topped with a sauce filled with chunky pieces of peach.
Mango & Passionfruit Smoothie: M: ¥490, L: ¥530, Extra toppings: M: ¥550 , L: ¥590
The limited-time drinks will be changed approximately each month. For the first round, the Mango and Passionfruit Smoothie is on the menu with its southern tropical vibes. The refreshing mango sauce made from Alphonso mango purée is combined with a flavourful yet moderately sour passionfruit sauce. The sauces are then mixed with ice. The drink is topped with a sweet and fruity sauce which contains chunky fruit pieces. The sweet and sour balance is just right. In addition, if you pay an extra ¥60 on top of your purchase when you order either of these drinks, you can increase the toppings on your drink!
A round two and three of fruit smoothie summer drinks series has been planned. Don’t forget to pick up a stamp card! Every time you purchase from this menu, you will receive a stamp. Collect four and you will be awarded with a free smoothie from the regular menu or a frappé (M size)
These smoothies are full of fruity feelings! Enjoy layers of luxury to your heart’s content.
Available: Wednesday 12th June ー end of September (Subject to change)
Mango and Passionfruit Smoothie
Available: Wednesday 12th June ー end of July (Subject to change)
Available at: McDonalds nationwide that have a McCafé by Barista (98 of these currently exist in June 2019)
Selling times: Dependant on McCafé by Barista’s opening hours. (Varies depending on the branch)
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/shop/barista/
You Must Try These Tanabata Star Festival Desserts And Delicious Drinks
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
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
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
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. ♡
See KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU’s New MONSTER X Girls
25.June.2020 | FOOD
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU has announced MONSTER X, a new roster of characters who are like sisters to the cafe’s MONSTER GIRLS and are personifications of popular areas in the cafe: Mushroom Disco, Bar Experiment, and the Mel-Tea Room.
The theme and decor of KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU imagines customers inside the belly of a monster. But this is no ordinary digestion, as customers are pulled into a crazy and vivid world of colours. The cafe is split into various areas where you’ll find the new MONSTER X girls: the colourful mushroom forest Mushroom Disco welcomes MUSH, the bewitching jellyfish Bar Experiment says hello to JELLY, and the candy-filled Mel-Tea Room beckons MELTY. Let’s take a look at who these MONSTER X girls are.
MUSH’s theme is “Cheer.” Her dress and hairstyle is fitted with lots of round mushrooms. She’s here to cheer everybody up with the power of her vivid, Harajuku-esque colours.
Area: Mushroom Disco
Mushroom Disco is a giant forest of colourful, poisonous mushrooms and plants from outer space.
JELLY’s theme is “Deep.” Her dress and hairstyle personifies the bar which take son the image of a luminous deep sea jellyfish. Her glittery cool beauty will captivate all who see her.
Area: Bar Experiment
An enormously bright, glistening jellyfish has wrapped itself around this bar which also couples as a laboratory where people can experiment with different drinks.
MELTY’s theme is “Sugary.” Her name speaks for her droopy dress and hairstyle which looks like it’s melting. She will heal all with her sweet and overwhelming aura.
Area: Mel-Tea Room
Follow the ants along the sugar trail and you’ll find the tea party room adorned with ice cream, chocolate, and macarons.
Fashion x Entertainment x Virus Precautions
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU will continue to entertain customers while taking all the necessary COVID-19 precautions. The staff will coordinate masks to their outfits fitting of the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE while still paying respect to the spirit of Harajuku’s fashion style which encourages people to enjoy fashion however they like. When you look back at the history of Harajuku’s street fashion, decorative masks and gas masks have always been around, so it will be business as usual at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE.
Jokin Dance (Bacteria Elimination Dance)
Before your meal at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, the MONSTER GIRLS will pay a visit to your table and invite you to join in doing the Jokin Dance (Bacteria Elimination Dance). KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU is an entertainment restaurant, and so it can make even taking precautions against something like COVID-19 a fun time.
Houjicha Milk Tea and Genmaicha Milk Tea Made With Japanese Tea Leaves Serving at Gong cha
22.June.2020 | FOOD
Gong cha’s limited-time “Houjicha Milk Tea” and “Genmaicha Milk Tea” beverages are popular each year, and they returned once again on June 17.
Gong cha’s menu item “Japanese Tea” was released in 2018 exclusively for Japan, and is enjoyed every year during its annual limited-time run. Made using tea leaves from Japan, its authentic taste and aroma has people begging for more when the year’s run is up.
2 Flavours This Year
Houjicha Milk Tea (Regular Size: ¥470) / Recommended Topping: Milk Foam (+¥70) | Serving: From June 17, 2020 for a limited time
The Houjicha Milk Tea is the iconic drink of Gong cha’s “Japanese Tea” series. It’s a blend the best high quality houjicha and kukicha tea leaves, both of which are grown in Shizuoka Prefecture. Roasting and using them together gives a sweet and deeply rich aroma. Add milk foam as a topping and you’ve got yourself a rich milk tea.
Genmaicha Milk Tea (Regular Size: ¥470) / Recommended Tapioca (+¥70) | Serving: From June 17, 2020 for a limited time
The Genmaicha Milk Tea is an original blend of Japanese genmai rice and tea leaves from Shizuoka Prefecture. This milk tea keeps the original delicious flavour of the tea and wafts a fragrant rice aroma.
Gong cha Official Website: https://www.gongcha.co.jp
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Steps Up As Harajuku’s Beauty Square Ambassador
On June 18, WITH HARAJUKU, a shopping complex located in front of Harajuku Station, opened its Shiseido beauty facility “Beauty Square” on the first floor. To strike a chord with beauty-loving millennials across the country, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has been appointed as the shop’s ambassador. With “beauty diversity” as its main theme, Shiseido’s top hair and makeup artist Tadashi Harada is also getting involved by launching a variety of beauty projects.
Harajuku Shiseido Beauty Square Ambassador Video:
Before the facility celebrated its grand opening, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu stepped through its doors, visiting the makeup counter and enjoying the fun interactive features such as the large LED screen located in the centre which displays endless videos.
The concept of Beauty Square is to become an interactive space to discover beauty, have fun, and share your experiences. Along with the sale of cosmetics, customers can enjoy digital interactive experiences to connect with the world of beauty or treat themselves to a makeover at the hair and makeup salon, which will glamour up your look in the bat of an eye.
From transforming your look to digital interaction, this is the perfect day out for fashion-lovers from all over the world.
Beauty Square (Shiseido Beauty Square)
Open: June 18, 2020
Address: 1-14-30, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-5413-7717 (Main Number)
Business Hours: 11:00 – 20:00 *Current business hours: 11:00 – 19:00
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://beautysquare.tokyo/?rt_pr=trg20
McDonald’s Set To Release Refreshing Hokkaido Melon Frappés To Kick Off Summer
21.June.2020 | FOOD
Devoted to selling authentic coffee, McDonald’s Japan’s McCafé by Barista coffee service is all set for the hot summer days ahead with delicious Hokkaido melon drinks. The Hokkaido Melon and Milk Frappé is making a return to the menu along with the brand new Hokkaido Melon Choco Frappé. The drinks will appear on the menu from June 24, 2020 for a limited period.
Enjoy the luscious flavour and fragrance of Hokkaido melons in the form of a refreshing frappé. Although the Hokkaido Melon and Milk Frappé has returned to the McDonald’s menu year after year since 2018, this year marks the debut of the Hokkaido Melon Choco Frappé.
Hokkaido Melon and Milk Frappé M Size: ¥470, L Size: ¥540
Vibrant Hokkaido melon is pureéd into a fruit sauce (2% fruit content). This is mixed with milk to bring out its full-bodied fragrance. The juicy, melt-in-the-mouth sweetness will leave you wanting more. The whipped cream topping is drizzled with more melon sauce. Mix the drink to enjoy the delicious combination of juicy melon and sweet cream.
Hokkaido Melon and Choco Frappé M Size: ¥490, L Size: ¥560
Enjoy a sweet smoothie of rich and juicy melon punctuated with notes of Belgian couverture chocolate sauce (54% Belgian chocolate) and whipped cream. With 2% fruit content Hokkaido melon pureé as the base of the smoothie, milk is added to create a mellow flavour. Crunchy chocolate Oreo® pieces are sprinkled on top along with a drizzle of chocolate sauce, adding a hint of bitter chocolate flavour.
As the weather gets hotter, make sure to cool down with a refreshing cool drink. If you’ve never tried Hokkaido melon, now’s your chance!
Hokkaido Melon and Milk Frappé
Hokkaido Melon and Choco Frappé
Release Date: June 24, 2020 – Around the End of August, 2020
Available At: McDonald’s Cafés in Japan with a McCafé by Barista
McDonald’s Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Beauty Square: Discover Your Inner Beauty at Harajuku’s New Beauty Salon
Shiseido is set to open its new beauty salon Beauty Square inside WITH HARAJUKU on June 18, 2020. WITH HARAJUKU is a shopping centre located in front of Harajuku Station in Tokyo.
Beauty Square’s concept aims to have people discovering their beauty, having fun, sharing experiences, and learning the latest in the scene. Visitors will be able to purchase cosmetics and makeup products, participate in interactive digital content, experience the salon where hair and makeup artists will beauty up customers, and more. Focused on younger customers, Beauty Square is a place to find your inner beauty, and what better place to do it than in Harajuku—Tokyo’s hub for youth fashion, beauty, and culture?
Beauty Square is split into 4 separate zones: the Go-Live Zone, Brand Zone, Installation Zone, and Salon Zone. Let’s take a look at each in detail.
In this area, the real world and digital world collide: enormous LED screens and signs fill the area where a variety of content will be broadcast, like hair and makeup tips from the Salon Zone artists. Influencers will visit the Go-Live Zone everyday and stream live.
Brand Zone is the shopping area of Beauty Square featuring a lineup of numerous Shiseido group brands, like Laura Mercier, SHISEIDO, SHISEIDO PROFESSIONAL, Dolce & Gabbana Beauty, NARS, bareMinerals, IPSA, Cle de Peau Beaute, THE GINZA, and more. The Brand Zone also offers a one-on-one counselling service carried out by beauty consultants.
This is the entertainment space filled with immersive artistic content like towering LED screens, kinetic lights that move up and down, moving lights, as well a tie-up with the 3D avatar social media app ZEPETO for customers to interact with, and more. Events and pop-up shops will also open in this area.
Makeup artists who honed their skills and craft at the hair and makeup academy and studio SABFA will be customers’ one-on-on producers, carrying out personal hair and makeup styling. Talks will also be held.
The restaurant and lounge SHISEIDO PARLOUR THE HARAJUKU opened up on the 8th floor on June 16, 2020, where people from around the world can enjoy the traditional taste of SHISEIDO PARLOUR.
Japanese international superstar Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has also been appointed the ambassador f Beauty Square. She will be promoting beauty in various forms throughout the year with the theme “Beauty Diversity.”
Grand Opening: June 18, 2020
Address: WITH HARAJUKU Floor 1F, 1-14-30 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://beautysquare.tokyo/
*Website available in English, Japanese, and Chinese
Seiko Watches to Open 2 New Stores in WITH HARAJUKU
18.June.2020 | FASHION
Seiko Watch Corporation has announced that it’s opening two new shops simultaneously inside WITH HARAJUKU in Tokyo’s hub for fashion and culture Harajuku on June 17, 2020: Seiko Boutique WITH HARAJUKU and Seiko Prospex Boutique WITH HARAJUKU.
Seiko launched its “Seiko Boutique” chain of stores in 2004 which are situated in major cities around the world and offer the full experience of the Seiko brand. It currently has around 80 branches worldwide. Seiko also opened its newest “Seiko Prospex Boutique” branch in Ginza last year, making it the third branch in the world.
At Seiko Boutique, customers can enjoy looking through the brand’s many watch varieties, such as Grand Seiko which offers leading watch functionality and a sophisticated design, Seiko Astron which hails as the first GPS solar watch, the popular casual Seiko 5 Sports watches, and more.
From Left: SNE537PC / SNE533PC / SNE535PC
From Left: SRPD35KC / SRPD31KC / SRPD33KC
To commemorate the opening of the two new shops in WITH HARAJUKU, Seiko will sell a limited 10 number of watches each from 6 models that are currently unavailable in Japan.
Seiko Boutique WITH HARAJUKU / Seiko Prospex Boutique WITH HARAJUKU
Grand Opening: June 17, 2020
Address: WITH HARAJUKU 1F, 1-14-30 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Until 19:00 on June 17)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://www.seikowatches.com/jp-ja
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU Re-Opens Just As Colourful As Ever
14.June.2020 | FOOD
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU finally reopened with reduced hours on June 13 after its temporary closure as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. For the first time ever, the colourful cafe and restaurant will be offering takeout options, as well as opening its secret room where one group of people per day, if it’s someone’s birthday, can enjoy a birthday meal plan.
Harajuku Kawaii Birthday Party Set
The birthday set is available to order for takeout or delivery. The jaw-dropping line-up includes one of three main courses, such as the fat and juicy “MANGA MEAT,” a vibrant chopped jelly salad, sliders with colourful buns, and more. For dessert, there’s enjoy the symbol of the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE: the “Colourful Poison Cake (Chemical)” which can be customised to come with a birthday message. Order for takeout, delivery, or even enjoy it at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE.
Harajuku KAWAII Birthday Party Set (Serves 3-4): ¥12,000 (Before Tax)
Chopped Jelly Salad
Served in a cup, this root vegetable salad is dressed with a ginger Caesar dressing.
Colourful Pop Slider
Colourful buns (Red, Blue, Yellow Green) topped with multifarious ingredients.
Red: Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Slider
Yellow: Egg Salad Sandwich-Style Slider
Green: Lemon Dressed Tomato, Cucumber & Avocado Vegetable Slider
Blue: Roast Beef & Marble Cheese Slider
Apple Pie Sweets Pizza
This dessert pizza is topped with cheese, sliced apple, and jam and sprinkled with cinnamon before being baked. It’s finished with honey and cream cheese.
Party Monster (Hors d’oeuvre)
A monster volume of finger food including onion rings, chicken nuggets, fried potatoes, and popcorn shrimp.
Choose Your Main
or MANGA MEAT
Mozerella cheese and minced meat wrapped in pork belly, lathered in teriyaki sauce, and served on the bone. The kind of meat you drool at in manga and cartoons!
or MEAT MEAT MEAT
A popular main at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE with beef, pork, and chicken combined with vegetables and wrapped up.
or Roast Chicken (1 Whole Chicken)
The chicken is stuffed with colourful tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and potatoes before being baked in the oven.
Colourful Birthday Cake (Chemical)
An original sponge cake created by the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE filled with strawberries and chocolate chips and lathered in multicoloured bites of cheese cream. You can add a message on the cake for free too.
Harajuku KAWAII Home Party Set (Takeout/Delivery Only)
This home party set will take the world of KAWAII MONSTER CAFE into your very own home.
Harajuku KAWAII Home Party Set (Serves 3-4): ¥10,000 (Before Tax)
Chopped Jelly Salad
Colourful Pop Sliders
Apple Pie Sweets Pizza
Party Monster (Hors d’oeuvre)
MEAT MEAT MEAT (Teriyaki Sauce or Basil Sauce)
*For an extra ¥1,080, you can add the Roast Chicken (1 Whole Chicken) or MANGA MEAT
The set also comes with 4 plates, chopsticks, hand wipes, a box of issues, and 4 balloons. You can also check out a video of one of the cafe’s Monster Girls how to make some cute balloon art at home.
Other Takeout Options
As well as sets, the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE has plenty of individual menu items you can order for takeout too. Let’s take a look.
MONSTER Box Sandwich: ¥3,500 (Smoked Salmon & Teriyaki Chicken/Tuna Mayo & Potato Salad/Ham & Cheese With Fresh Lettuce)
This box of sandwiches is nothing short of colourful, packed full of tasty healthy ingredients.
Colourful Poison Cake Chemical Whole Size: ¥4,000 (Before Tax)
Party Party Monster: ¥3,000 (Before Tax)
MANGA MEAT (60g): ¥4,000 (Before Tax)
Colourful Pop Sliders: ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
Pink Cat Room: Children’s Birthday Plan in the Secret Room
The secret Pink Cat Room is loved by customers of KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, both Japanese and foreign. They are now offering a children’s birthday plan for one group per day.
Children’s Birthday Plan: Adults ¥4,000 / Kids ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
Cold Dish: Duck Carpaccio
Appetiser: Smoked Salmon Carpaccio
Fried Dish: Fried Assortment (Fries/Nuggets/Onion Rings/Popcorn Shrimp)
Hot Dish: Colourful Mini Pop Burger
Pasta: Colourful Rainbow Pasta
Dessert: Colourful Poison Cake Birthday Style
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU
Address: YM Square Bldg. 4F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:30-19:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 5-minutes on foot Harajuku Station via JR / 1-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jigumae Station via Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line
Official Website: https://kawaiimonster.jp/
IKEA Harajuku Opens This June With Swedish Convenience Store
05.June.2020 | SPOT
IKEA Japan is set to open its first central Tokyo branch in Harajuku this week. Located inside WITH HARAJUKU, and just a 1-minute walk from Harajuku Station, the store will officially open its doors on June 8, 2020.
IKEA Harajuku’s features
Sales floors stocked with all your living needs
The sales floors are split into four different themes to cater to customers’ living needs: “Sleep” and “Organise” are on the first floor, while “Relax” and “Cook” can be found up on the second floor. IKEA Harajuku also caters to single person households and their lifestyles too, so takes into consideration limited spacing with its items.
Swedish Convenience Store
To support life in the busy city and create a convenient shopping experience, IKEA Harajuku will be home to the world’s first “Swedish Conbini,” or Swedish convenience store. Eco-friendly items can be bought speedily, including eco bags, ISTAD freezer bags made from plants, plant ramen, and so on—all at an affordable price.
IKEA Harajuku Exclusive Tunnbröd
The convenience store stand will also serve takeout food like cinnamon rolls, plant-based soft serve ice cream, sundaes, and more. There’s even the “Sweden Cafe” up on the second floor where they’ll sell Tunnbröd, a traditional Swedish-style flatbread topped with various ingredients. This will be exclusive to IKEA Harajuku. The cafe brings together Harajuku’s culture of crepes and foods to eat while walking with Swedish culture.
Due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and to limit people in the shop, a ticket system will be place. Employees will also be using masks, and staff will use face shields when serving customers. The shop will also be practicing social distancing and asking people to wear masks.
Address: WITH HARAJUKU, 1-14-30 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Grand Opening: June 8, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
Access: 1-minute on foot from Harajuku Station via JR Line / 1-minute on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro
IKEA Harajuku Official Website: http://www.IKEA.jp/harajuku
Matcha and Fruit Shaved Ice & Other Desserts Arriving to Saryo FUKUCHA in Kyoto This Summer
28.May.2020 | FOOD
Saryo FUKUCHA is a cafe that was opened by FUKUJUEN in Kyoto Station in April 2019. A new batch of seasonal summertime menu items are set to arrive this June, including shaved ice drizzled in Uji tea and fruit sauce, a refreshing Uji matcha soda made with fresh fruit and jelly, and floats. These items will be served from June 1 to September 30 with a takeout option available.
Uji Matcha & Fruit Shaved Ice
Matcha Berry Shaved Ice: ¥950 / Strong Matcha Berry Shaved Ice: ¥1,100 / Houjicha Banana Shaved Ice: ¥950 (All Before Tax)
The “Matcha Berry” shaved ice is paired with rich Uji matcha ice cream and berry sauce. It’s also topped with a wafer cake shaped like a flower and filled with white bean paste, rice flour dumplings, and fruit.
Uji Tea White Peach Soda / Uji Tea Lemon Soda: ¥650 Each (Before Tax)
Full-bodied kabusecha tea from Uji made into a soda with fresh fruit pieces and jelly for a refreshing combination. Pick from super refreshing lemon or subtly sweet white peach.
Uji Matcha Float / Houjicha Float: ¥700 Each (Before Tax)
These floats are made using the best tea leaves selected by FUKUJUEN which are used to make a rich and frothy tea latte. Added to that is a dollop of soft serve ice cream topped with red bean paste and dried wheat gluten. Choose between authentic Uji matcha or aromatic houjicha.
Strawberry Flower Wafer Cake / Chestnut Houjicha Wafer Cake: ¥350 Each (Before Tax)
Fruit wafer cakes are a popular dessert at Saryo FUKUCHA, and for the first time ever they are making them available for takeout so customers can enjoy them at home too. Pick from the strawberry flower flavour made with white bean paste or the chestnut and houjicha with chocolate cream.
Cream Anmitsu (Matcha/Houjicha): ¥700 (Before Tax)
FUKUCHAs specially-made anmitsu, or syrup-covered anko bean jam, is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer’s day. It’s mixed with Uji tea honey and topped with various toppings like milk agar-agar, black soybeans, rice flour dumplings, white peach, raspberry, and mizu manju.
Address: 901 Higashi Shiokojicho, Karasumadori Shiokoji Sagaru,, Shimogyo-Ku Kyoto Station Bldg. 2F, Kyoto 600-8216 Kyoto Prefecture
Opening Hours: 8:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
*The cafe is currently running on reduced opening hours as of May 26, 2020. Hours are now 10:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30). Times are subject to change.
Official Website: https://fukucha-fukujuen.com/
3 New Limited-Edition Botanical Drinks to Arrive This Summer at BOTANIST Tokyo
27.May.2020 | FOOD
BOTANIST Tokyo, the flagship shop of BOTANIST in Omotesando, has announced a new collection of limited-edition drinks will be served on the second floor BOTANIST Cafe from July 12, 2020. BOTANIST Tokyo is currently closed but it scheduled to reopen on June 1.
There are three new refreshing drinks to choose from, all of which can be ordered for takeout. From apple mint to grapefruit, each beverage us the perfect accompaniment for cooling you down in Japan this summer.
Refresh Soda: ¥600 (Tax Included)
A combination of grapefruit jelly and fizzy soda water make this one of those drinks that you go “Ahh!” afterwards on a hot summer’s day. There’s also a hint of sweet green apple.
Botanical Melon Soda: ¥800 (Tax Included)
This is a smoothie which blends together two types of melon soda and adds melon jelly and a dollop of ice cream. It’s like a dessert in a cup!
Banana & Avocado Refresh Smoothie: ¥720 (Tax Included)
Enjoy the sweetness of banana and sugar beet together with the smoothness texture of the avocado in this smoothie which has apple and mint mixed into it for that refreshing summertime kick.
The cafe’s regular menu has also been revised to add three new desserts.
Vegan Waffles w/Drink: ¥800 (Tax Included)
These vegan waffles are healthier for the body if you’re looking for some guilt-free indulgence. It’s topped with soy whipped cream, maple syrup, and fruits of your choice.
Lemon Cheesecake w/Drink: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
A crunchy cookie base, a creamy cheese top, and a lemon to top it all off. The combination of the salty flavour with the sour hit is a match made in heaven.
Homemade Rich Pudding: ¥500 (Tax Included)
An in-house made purin, which is a type of Japanese custard pudding. It’s a delightful mix of rich egg and subtly sweet soy whipped cream.
Customers who spend over ¥4,000 (tax included) on items in the Refresh Series will also be entered in for a chance to win a “Refresh Soda.” The soda is available while supplies last.
Serving: June 1, 2020 – July 12, 2020
Serving: From June 1, 2020
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo (1st Floor – Shop / 2nd Floor – Cafe)
TEL: 1st Floor: 03-5766-3777 / 2nd Floor: 03-5766-3778
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://shop.botanistofficial.com/
McDonald’s Japan is teaming up with confectionery company Morinaga & Company to release the “McShake® Morinaga Ramune” at all McDonald’s branches in Japan. This is the first time McDonald’s Japan has collaborated with the product.
Morinaga Ramune is a candy soda, and the perfect match to McDonald’s sweet and creamy to cool down during spring and early summer.
The mixed beverage maintains the same refreshing taste as the original McShake® while drawing out the full flavour of the Ramune. It’s available in a small size only while supplies last and is the same light blue colour as Morinaga Ramune. It’s also served in an original cup.
McShake® Morinaga Ramune
Release Date: May 20, 2020
Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Top 10 Instagrammable Drinks and Desserts to Try Making While You #StayHome
06.May.2020 | FOOD
Japan’s biggest social media photo aggregator Snaplace has curated a Top 10 menu list of the most popular drinks and desserts people have been posting on Instagram Japan with the hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”) with which people are making their own tasty treats to bring the cafe experience indoors during the lockdown.
The line-up features coffee, ice cream, cream soda and lots of other delights which have ranked due to how little preparation is needed and how easy the recipes are to follow. Let’s take a look.
1sr Place: Dalgona Coffee
Dalgona coffee has taken the internet by storm for its beautiful two-layered appearance. Popular in South Korea, the drink has also garnered much attention in Japan. And you can substitute the coffee part to create a completely different beverage like a matcha, strawberry latte, chocolate, and so on.
How to make Dalgona Coffee: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/312230
2nd Place: Candy Strawberries
Candy strawberries have taken over candy apples in terms of popularity this year. And you can have fun trying it out with other fruits too while at home during the lockdown like grapes, fruitsーwhichever fruit is your favouriteーand skewer them.
3rd Place: Toast Arrangements
Top your toast with ingredients like fresh cream, Greek yoghurt, cream cheese, sliced cheese, fruits, vegetables, and so on to change up your morning breakfast. There are so many different recipe inspirations for toast arrangements to find on social media.
4th Place: Marshmallow Cookies
5th Place: Fruit Sandwiches (Check out recipes here)
6th Place: Cream Soda
7th Place: Eggs Benedict
8th Place: Snoopy Gyoza
9th Place: Candy Marshmallows
10th Place: Deko (“Giant”) Ice Cream
Try making your own Instagram-worthy menu at home.
Top 10 Best Instagrammable Menus 2020 #おうちカフェ