The Entire World Is Curious About PAPABUBBLE’s Candy Art Museum To Open In Ginza

01.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

Described as the “most interesting sweets shop in the world”, PAPABUBBLE sells a range of cute and fun confections. On July 1, PAPABUBBLE will open a Candy Art Museum on basement floor 2 of GINZA SIX.

 

PAPABUBBLE has set up shop in over 30 cities worldwide. The main shop will contain art pieces made from candy. Considering all the candy shops that are currently out there in the world, nobody has ever seen anything quite like this before. 

The museum contains around 20 different ornaments that are edible sweets. Visitors who wish to purchase the ornaments can do so. Besides the standard sweets, the display items and range of sweets for sale will be changed every day. 

 

When the museum opens in July, visitors will be able to enjoy the wonderful texture and flavour of candy lampshades, enjoy the artistic and charming glow of candy mushrooms, and gaze in bewilderment at an antique vase baumkuchen cake. 

To commemorate its grand opening, customers who spend more than ¥5,000 (after tax) on display items or on the sweets shop range will receive either a soft gummy brain or soft gummy dentures. This campaign will be running throughout July. 

Along with the grand opening of the art museum, there will also be Ginza-limited products on sale that are completely unique to the Ginza branch. The lineup includes sweets made from ingredients that are rarely seen in Japan. This includes colourful and fruity chocolate such as rocky roads and soft candy sweets made from snow sugar. PAPABUBBLE will also sell souvenirs that represent Ginza such as Kirihako boxes which are beautiful boxes made from wood. 

 

If you are in Tokyo, you just cannot miss this museum that is overflowing with originality.

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  • Treat Yourself to Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Luxurious And Refreshing Desserts and Cocktails

    28.June.2019 | FOOD

    Towering over the busy streets of the heart of the city is the dynamic and luxurious hotel Grand Hyatt Tokyo. Here, you can indulge in grand premium cakes made with generous amounts of fruit that were carefully selected by the chef. You can also purchase small souvenirs such as verrine, which are coloured with the fresh and vibrant colours of summer. There is also a bar which serves cocktails made from Japanese sake sourced from the Tohoku region. The fresh and fruity cocktails menu is changed every Monday.

     

    Fiorentina Pastry Boutique (First floor )

    Grand Premium Shortcake Melon (Left): ¥1,800 Grand Premium Shortcake Peach (Centre): ¥1,800 Grand Premium Shortcake Mango (Right ): ¥2,000 (prices before tax)

    Carefully selected fruit has been used to make this new, premium signature cake. The pastry team consists of worldwide western confectionary competition winners. The team has developed a lineup of world class desserts for the Fiorentina Pastry Boutique. Specially selected branded fruits and rich, flavourful Jersey milk whipped cream are used to make these premium cakes.

     

    This summer menu features three cakes made from the three major summer fruits; peach, mango and melon. A three-layered spongecake contains a centre of Jersey milk Crème brûlée and fruits. The luxurious taste of these specially-selected ingredients is enough to surprise you.

    Lychee, Watermelon, Rose and Berry Verrine: ¥800 (before tax)

    The fun texture of the watermelon combined with the soft rose mousse is an excellent contrast with the lychee and raspberry jelly. The luxurious rose fragrance will spread all the way through your mouth on your first bite.


    Blueberry and Lavender Verrine: ¥800 (before tax)

    Colourful jelly is sprinkled with vibrant blue Butterfly-pea flowers. This rests on a bed of lavender-scented panna cotta. These flavours and colours compliment the blueberries perfectly. This refreshing verrine sprinkled with beautiful and delicious edible flowers is truly irresistible. 

    Mango Verrine: ¥800 (before tax) 

    A coconut blancmange verrine is topped with Fiorentina’s popular mango pudding and fresh mango for a southern country vibe. The verrine is garnished with a drizzle of passion fruit sauce and seeds to accent the flavour. 

    Muscat Verrine: ¥800

    Iced wine jelly is set over blancmange and shine muscat, creating a sophisticated verrine dessert. Enjoy the delicious thin layer of crunchy candy that has been carefully shaped to top the verrine.


    Dragon Fruit Verrine: ¥800 (before tax)

    A layer of fresh and fruity orange and grapefruit jelly rests on top of the Dragon Fruit and orange mousse. The balance of sweetness and sourness makes for a rare yet harmonious verrine.

    Summer Icing Biscuits Assortment (size: 10cm): ¥850, box of 4: ¥1,200 (before tax )

    From the baking to the decorating, each of these cookies are fully handmade and decorated. These are a popular choice of souvenir. Now, a summer edition series has been released. The assortment shown above is just one example from the series.

     

     Chinaroom (6th floor)

    Chinaroom serves Chinese regional dishes, an authentic Yum Cha tea service and Chinese steamed cakes that are made with a generous amount of egg. They are now serving a brand new Chinese parfait that is made with a wide range of ingredients.

    Chinaroom Chinese Parfait: ¥1,800 (before tax )

    Using a coconut husk as a bowl, mango pudding and steamed Chinese cake is served with fresh mango, coconut ice cream, fresh cream, raspberries and mint. Enjoy the refreshing sweetness of the coconut ice cream and the rich mango pudding. The fluffy steamed pudding adds a gentle touch of texture so irresistible you will not be able to stop taking big mouthfuls. The sweetness is not too overpowering.

     

    Sprinkled around the coconut bowl is roughly smashed pieces of coconut and peanuts. This adds an exciting texture and aftertaste to your dessert experience. This dessert is the perfect way to cool your tastebuds after eating some hot and spicy noodles. ※ It is not possible to order just the dessert only.  

     

    Maduro, (4th floor Jazz Lounge)

    Maduro is the perfect place for adults to relax with friends. This chic jazz lounge is a place where you can enjoy cocktails made with premium seasonal fruits throughout the year. Sweet, ripe mangos, peaches that you can enjoy down to the skin, and a wide range of fruits are used to make frozen cocktails, martinis and much more. Come enjoy a Maduro-style cocktail! 

    Mango Frozen Champagne (left): ¥2,500, Mango Daiquiri: ¥2,300 (centre ), Mango Mojito: ¥2,300  (right), all prices before tax  

    The mango daiquiri rum-based cocktail is made with ripe mangos sourced from Miyazaki Prefecture. The mangoes are puréed and used plentifully so that the real sweetness can be tasted. Combined with the sweetness of the rum, the flavour is strengthened.

     

    The mango frozen champagne also uses ripe mangos sourced from Miyazaki prefecture. Champagne is poured over the carbonated ice to create this cocktail, creating a pleasant bubbly texture with a fruity aftertaste.

     

     The mango mojito is a mango version of Maduro’s signature cocktail mojito. Miyazaki prefecture mangos were used to make this mojito. Lots of mint is added for a touch of freshness. The sweetness of the mango will spread through your mouth. This is the perfect summer cocktail.

     

    Come try Grand Hyatt’s exquisite range of refreshing cocktails and desserts this summer.

  • 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.

  • Tairaku Tea: Ikebukuro’s New Taiwanese Tapioca Sweets Shop

    09.May.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Tairaku Tea is a shop originating in Taiwan that makes homemade tapioca sweets. They opened a new branch in Japan near Naka-ikebukuro Park on April 27.

     

     

    All the tapioca used in the shop is made specially made tapioca flour all directly imported from Taiwan.

    This flour is used to make homemade tapioca pearls every morning, meaning they are fresh and irresistibly chewy. While in the shop, there’s also a chance to see the pearls being made. The machine filers the flour through and turns it into cute colourful balls♡

    The menu is centred around “Brown Sugar Tapioca Milk Tea.” You can pick from three different milk teas including Assam, jasmine and houjicha. For the tapioca pearls you can choose brown sugar black pearls or clear honey pearls.

     

    These fresh and delicious drinks are worthily Instagrammable. One sip will have you transported onto the streets of Taiwan―and completely addicted.

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  • Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers Offers Halloween Menu to Enjoy in Lounge and at Home

    27.September.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers have announced a Halloween themed menu using seasonal Autumn ingredients. The ‘Sweets Parade~ Halloween~’ buffet will be held on the second floor of the Seawind lounge on Thursdays and Fridays between October 7 and October 29. In addition, a Halloween version of the popular take-out ‘Home de Afternoon Tea’ will be available in their basement floor pastry shop Dorer for a limited time between October 1 and October 31.

     

     

    Lounge ‘Sea Window’ Sweets Parade ~Halloween~

     

    ‘Purple Potato Mont Blanc’ with Okinawan purple potatoes.

     

    ‘Shiro-An Yokan’ with skulls (front) Mousse Chocolate Marron (back right)

     

    Caramel Coffee (left) / Matcha Anmitsu (right)

     

    ‘Orange and Strawberry Jelly’ with vivid graduation coloring (center)

     

    Pumpkin Tart (front) / Eyeball ‘Vanilla Cassis’

     

    Pastry Shop Dorer ‘Home de Afternoon Tea ~Halloween~’

    Smoked Salmon Salad

     

    Chestnut Rice with Pumpkin

    Pumpkin Soup

    Assorted Fruits

    Five variations of Ronnefeldt Tea / Alain Milliat Strawberry Jam

     

     

    Lounge ‘Sea Window’ is back with another charming ‘Sweets Parade ~Halloween~’  sweets menu. The menu boasts a lineup of photogenic Halloween sweets, including a glossy ‘Purple Potato Mont Blanc’ made using Okinawan purple potatoes, a peering eyeball ‘Vanilla Cassis,’ a pumpkin and almond cream ‘Pumpkin Tart,’ and a jack-o-lantern themed gradient ‘Orange and Strawberry Jelly.’ 

     

    There is also a selection of luxurious light meals, each featuring seasonal ingredients, that will offer you a taste of the hotel, including  the pumpkin-filled ‘Chestnut Rice’ and ‘Pumpkin Soup’, and the ‘Chestnut Danish.’

     

    For the first time, pastry shop Dorer will be offering a ‘Home de Afternoon Tea ~Halloween~’ experience, allowing customers to enjoy Halloween sweets from the comfort of their own home. The cute box is filled with a variety of fun sweets and savory snacks such as a ‘Purple Potato Mont Blanc,’ ‘Monster Macarons,’ a skull-covered ‘Fig Tart’ and ‘Shining Grape Petit Cream Puffs.’ The afternoon tea set makes the perfect gift to any loved ones!

     

    You can visit the lounge and experience a luxurious time at the adult-aimed sweets buffet, gazing through the atrium during the long Autumn evenings, or you can enjoy the colorful afternoon tea set from the comfort of your own living room! 

     

    Why not experience a special Halloween in your preferred setting?

  • VTuber Group Hololive English Celebrates First Anniversary with Art Battle

    26.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    The popular VTuber group Hololive English is celebrating their first year of activities with a new contest! The hololive English Art Battle is now open on the art-sharing site pixiv, and entries from around the world are welcome. There will be five different stages in the illustration battle, one for each member of the first generation of hololiveEN talents. Those wanting to enter should submit their artwork using the appropriate contest tag, #hololiveENArt. 

    1st Stage: Mori Calliope
    2ndStage: Takanashi Kiara
    3rd Stage: Ninomae Ina’nis
    4th Stage: Gawr Gura
    5th Stage: Watson Amelia

     

    Each day, the total number of artwork views will be tallied, and that number will ‘deal damage’ to each of the five bosses. When the HP of each stage hits zero, that stage will be counted as clear, and the next stage will begin! The reward for clearing all stages will be the release of the ‘hololive English x pixiv FAN ARTBOOK,’ a digital release that will be available to everyone. The ten best pieces submitted to each round will be posted on the official pixiv Twitter (@pixiv), so check them out!

     

    In addition to the ten MVP awards per round, a special acrylic block featuring each member’s signature is also up for grabs! The members of hololiveEN will be choosing the winner, so give it your all. 

     

    Even if you aren’t an artist, be sure to check out the submitted illustrations to help whittle down the boss’s HP! 

  • THE STRINGS Omotesando Introduces New ‘Violet Halloween Afternoon Tea’

    24.September.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    THE STRINGS Omotesando will be offering a new and limited ‘Violet Halloween Afternoon Tea’ at the ‘Cafe & Dining ZelkovA’ 1F between October 5 and October 31 2021.

     

     

     

    The Halloween themed afternoon tea offers a selection of cute sweets, including black monster themed Maritozzo and purple taro Mont Blanc cream puffs topped with witch hats.

    The cool Autumnal menu is made up of sweet and savory violet snacks, with purple potatoes, cassis, blueberries and more. You’ll find yourself able to taste the season, with the rich fig cheesecake and sweet chestnut scones.

     

    Enjoy bottomless drinks with a selection of 16 herbal and flavored teas, coffees and lattes. You can even enjoy a cup of tea from TWG, a luxury brand from Singapore.

    This adult-aimed afternoon tea is full of luxurious ingredients, such as parfait-like organic vegetables and salmon micuy, roasted Angus beef, and violet desserts. Spend your afternoon relaxing on the French and Italian crafted sofas while you take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

     

      

     

    Why not spend an elegant Autumn afternoon enjoying a luxurious afternoon tea, watching out over the iconic zelkova-lined streets of Omotesando?

     

  • The Jellyfish Kaleidoscope Tunnel Transforms for Halloween at ‘HALLOWEEN in Sumida Aquarium’ Event

    23.September.2021 | SPOT

    Between October 1 and 31 2021, Sumida Aquarium will be hosting the ‘HALLOWEEN in Sumida Aquarium’ event, where you can enjoy an exciting Halloween alongside the Jellyfish. 

     

    A workshop will be held at the event, teaching guests all about the floaty, mysterious and ghost-like jellyfish.

     

    The aquarium’s famous 50m ‘Kaleidoscope Tunnel,’ which is formed of 5,000 mirrors, will be transformed into a Halloween wonderland for the ‘Jellyfish and Halloween’ event. Eight aquariums are embedded into the walls, with colorful background panels which feature Halloween motifs such as witches and pumpkins. The jellyfish look just like festive ghosts!

     

    Moon Jellyfish Aquarium in the Kaleidoscope Tunnel 

     

    Each aquarium introduces seven mysterious facts about jellyfish – For example, did you know that jellyfish have no heart, and have tons of eyes?

    The mysterious tunnel wall is covered in images of cute jellyfish that transform into ghosts and jack-o-lanterns, while Halloween themed music plays in the background.

     

    A jellyfish comparison workshop

     

    A jellyfish comparison workshop will also be held at the aquarium’s Aqua Academy. Young children can participate in the workshop which explains the visual differences between different types of jellyfish, while crafting a cute jellyfish mobile under staff supervision.

     

    Spend this Halloween at the incredible Sumida Aquarium!

     

  • KRISPY KREME Reveals Limited Halloween Donuts

    23.September.2021 | FOOD

    KRISPY KREME DONUTS Japan has unveiled its screamingly delicious new Halloween themed donut selection, the “KRISPY KREME SKREMES!,” which will be available nationwide between October 1 and October 31 2021.

     

     

    Halloween Jack Caramel & Custard

    Blood Strawberry Skull

    Halloween Dozen (12 pieces)

    Halloween Half-Dozen (6 pieces)

     

    Halloween Box (3 pieces)

     

     

    Mini Box (20 pieces)

     

     

    Mini Half-Box (10 pieces)

     

    Mini Mini-Box (3 pieces) 

     

     

    This year’s KKDJ Halloween selection will include a new skull donut alongside the ever-popular Jack. In addition, in the lead up to Halloween, Jack and the Skull’s expressions will become increasingly scarier between the 25 and 31st! Don’t miss out on these ever-changing designs.

     

    First in the lineup is the ‘Halloween Jack Caramel & Custard,’ a pumpkin and caramel flavored Jack-o-Lantern which returns every Halloween. The ‘Blood Strawberry Skull,’ released this year, featured a monster with a milky white chocolate face, with sweet white and bitter dark chocolate eyes. In addition, you can order ‘Halloween Sprinkles’ for a colorful Halloween aesthetic, and ‘Spider Chocolate Custard” which will turn your custard into a spider web shape!

     

    The ‘Halloween Dozen’ and ‘Halloween Half-Dozen,’ which feature four types of Halloween donut, and the famous ‘Original Glazed®’ will be served in limited edition Halloween themed boxes for the season. The ‘Mini-box’ donuts have even transformed into tiny monsters! Be sure to check out these colorful and exciting new sweets.

  • New Tokyo Tourism Center ‘Have a Nice TOKYO!’ Opens to Promote Local Attractions

    22.September.2021 | SPOT

    Have a Nice TOKYO! (HanT), a new tourist communication center promoting both local and nationwide events and attractions, celebrated its grand opening on September 14, 2021. 

     

    This new facility aims to provide assistance and guidance to both domestic and international visitors, helping with matters relating to sightseeing, culture, food, and technology. It’s three main functions are tourism assistance, providing useful and necessary information, and selling goods from around the country. As the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a major blow against the country’s tourism industry, this new venture was opened in a conveniently-located space, well-suited for the important task of helping the local and nationwide economies when the country opens to travel once again. The nearby Marunouchi Happ. Stand & Gallery, a cafe, will act as a partner facility and will offer a special menu linked to the project. 

     

     

    Tourism Advice & Guidance

    Information Counter

    The information counter provides helpful information for tourists regarding events, stores, and facilities in the area. In the future, a variety of tours will be available to choose from, highlighting the attractions of the region, as well as providing ticket sales, luggage storage, and sightseeing vehicles such as buses and rentable bikes. 

     

    Travel Information & Assistance

    POP UP ZONE

    In the POP UP ZONE, visitors can experience all sorts of unique things from around Japan using the five senses! See, hear, and taste different areas of the country using crafts, food, and technology, and get personalized recommendations regarding where to explore next!

     

     

    Sale of Goods

    SHOP ZONE

    See, smell, or taste something you liked in the POP UP ZONE? The SHOP ZONE will offer tons of different specialty products from all around Japan!

     

    Be sure to stop by the next time you’re in Tokyo!

     

  • Autumn Scenery Coming to teamLab Forest Fukuoka for a Limited Time Only

    22.September.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    The permanent museum teamLab Forest Fukuoka is bringing autumn scenery to the virtual exhibition for a limited time only beginning September 18, 2021. A number of animals made of autumn foliage will be roaming through the space, and you won’t want to miss this memorable experience!

     

    teamLab Forest Highlights

     

    Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives – teamLab, 2020

     

     

    Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives II – teamLab, 2019

     

     

    Soft Terrain and Granular Topography –  teamLab, 2020

     

     

    Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life –  teamLab, 2020

     

     

    The prolific works of the teamLab art collective change with the seasons. In the Forest of Movement, guests can enter the ‘Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives’ exhibit, where creatures made of flowers exist in a three-dimensional space. For this fall event, these flowers will be those found in the autumn months. The ‘Soft Terrain and Granular Topography’ will display tons of colorful grains raining down on visitors, while the ‘Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life’ will change the usual butterflies to have autumn colors as they fly around guests. 

     

    teamLab Forest is a new museum created by art collective teamLab. The museum consists of two sections: the first, ‘The Catching and Collecting Forest,’ invites guests to explore with their smartphone to capture various unique creatures, while the second, ‘The Athletics Forest,’ is a physical creative space which asks visitors to use their body to immerse themselves in interactive areas. 

     

    Would you like to visit this distinctive museum in Fukuoka on your next trip to Japan?

     

     

  • Chiba City Museum of Art Brings Ukiyo-e Exhibition to Osaka’s Takashimaya Department Store

    21.September.2021 | SPOT

    New Prints: The Evolutionary Beauty of UKIYO-E, featuring pieces from the Chiba City Museum of Art, will be held at Takashimaya Osaka from September 15-27, 2021. 

     

    Ukiyo-e, or woodblock prints, were exceptionally popular as a Japanese art style from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Now, a new exhibition coming to Osaka is highlighting the ‘Shin-hanga’ movement, which took place during the early 20th century and focused largely on the creation of pieces to sell to foreign markets. The man behind this movement was Shozaburo Watanabe, who commissioned artists to design prints blending traditional Japanese techniques with unique elements of Western paintings at the time, such as shadowing and different perspectives. 

     

    The exhibition will contain 120 works selected from the Chiba City Museum of Art’s Shin-hanga collection, ranging from early masterpieces such as Goyo Hashiguchi’s ‘Woman at her Bath,’ Ito Shinsui’s ‘Before the Mirror,’ as well as rich depictions of Japanese landscapes by Hasui Kawase and international landscapes by Hiroshi Yoshida. 

     

    Selection of Featured Works

     

    Twelve Months of Tokyo: Evening Glow at Yanaka – Hasui Kawase. 1921. 

     

    The Twelve Months in Tokyo series consists of twelve paintings based on sketches made by Kawase between December 1920 and October 1921. While twelve pieces were planned, only four circular pieces and one square piece were completed. Evening Glow at Yanaka depicts a five-story pagoda glowing faintly in the light of the setting sun. Kawase has stated that as he finished sketching the piece, he heard the sound of a bell, and for some reason, he had the uncanny feeling that he needed to straighten his collar. 

     

     

    Sailing Boats in the Morning: Inland Sea – Hiroshi Yoshida. 1926.

     

    Yoshida began work on the Sailing Ship trilogy in 1921 under Shozaburo Watanabe, but all of his woodblocks and most of his works were lost in the Great Kanto Earthquake. Five years later, Yoshida decided to tackle the project again, this time deciding on six pieces. In contrast to the originals under Watanabe, these pieces tackled more nuanced periods of time and give a stronger sense of tranquility. Pay attention to the slight variations in color and light. 

     

    Before the Mirror. Ito Shinsui. 1916. 

    This is the first Shin-hanga work by Ito Shinsui. The piece only uses three colors: red, black, and white, and utilizes serrated carving to give the impression of shadows. Using layers of rare high-quality red paint, this work has been deemed a masterpiece by fans of the movement, conveying Shinsui’s subtlety when depicting the feminine figure. 

     

    Fashions of the Modern World: Tipsy – Kiyoshi Kobayakawa. 1930.

    This portrait of a modern lady is one of six in the Fashions of the Modern World series by Kobayakawa, and is regarded by many as the best in the bunch. Produced between 1930 and 1931, the artist portrayed the unique personalities of women, rather than sticking to tradition. The woman in this portrait isn’t demure or quiet, but instead shows off her short hair, a cigarette, rings, and a cocktail in her hand, showing a different side to the Japanese women of the period. 

     

    Combing the Hair. Goyo Hashiguchi. 1920. 

    With her overflowing black hair and elegant appearance, the subject of Combing the Hair makes it clear why this is Hashiguchi’s most representative work. The woman’s name is Tomi Kodaira, and she modeled for many of the artist’s works, being discovered by him as she was modeling at a nearby art school. The pose is said to be inspired by Rossetti’s Lady Lilith, but her expression is unique to Hashiguchi and the typical style of ukiyo-e. 

  • Hard Rock Cafe at Ueno Station to Sell Goods Commemorating Birth of Twin Pandas at Ueno Zoo

    21.September.2021 | FASHION / FOOD

    American music-themed restaurant Hard Rock Cafe has locations across Japan, and the Ueno location is now selling some very cute black-and-white goods. At the nearby Ueno Zoo, the oldest in Japan, two giant pandas were recently born, and that’s cause for celebration! Limited quantities of these goods will be on sale at the physical location and online starting September 18, 2021!

     

     

    Twin Pandas Pin #1

     

    Twin Pandas Pin #2 (Only available at Online Shop.) 

     

    These two original pins depicting the two newly-born pandas with the Hard Rock’s signature guitar are available in gold (online only) and silver. 

     

    Panda T-shirt

     

    Grab one of these before they sell out–they’re going quick! This cute original design will look perfect as you walk through the zoo gates, ready to show your love for pandas and rock music. 

     

    Guests presenting an Ueno Zoo ticket stub or annual pass at the Ueno Hard Rock Cafe location will receive 10% off. (Full details available on the Hard Rock Cafe website.)

    Congrats to the happy family!

     

  • Noseden Artline Festival 2021 Bringing Light, Sound, and Food to the Kawanishi Area

    21.September.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    A celebration of light, sound, and food, the biennial Noseden Artline 2021 Festival will take place from October 30 until November 23, 2021. Set in one city and three towns along the Nose Electric Railway, the regional art event began in 2013 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the rail line, and brings local artists and residents together. 

     

    The festival will be in Kawanishi and Inagawa in Hyogo Prefecture, as well as in Toyono and Nose in Osaka Prefecture, with Mt. Myoken marking the center point. Each part of the event will connect the history, industry, and tradition of the area with new and engaging creations. 

     

    The theme of the 2021 Noseden Artline Festival is ‘Enlarged Mentality.’ By taking things that are subjective, like an artist’s thoughts and senses, and applying them to the objective world that can be shared, it creates a one-of-a-kind way to connect fully with others. The event will feature local cuisine and music, as well as art focused on light, inspired by the North Star. After a year of solitude due to the pandemic, the festival hopes to remind people to cultivate, nourish, and preserve local relationships. 

     

    Art can make life more enjoyable, so why not come and see what the area has to offer?

     (C)Kousei Ikeda(SPEKTRA)

  • Art Gallery Cafe WHAT CAFE to Open New Collaborative Exhibition with the DELTA Project

    20.September.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    A new collaborative exhibition is coming to WHAT CAFE in Tokyo! The WHAT CAFE x DELTA EXHIBITION -EXPANSION- will run from September 25 until October 24, and will give guests some incredible pieces to ponder while sipping some warm coffee. 

     

    WHAT CAFE is an art and culture facility opened with the goal of supporting artists with promising futures in the industry. Guests can wander the gallery while enjoying a meal or beverage, with some art being available for purchase.

    Flash FINCH – Ji-hae Park

    Combination-cut in 2 – Saki Matsumura

    Galloping on a Free-floating Planet – Yui Suzuki

    real screen – Takuro Sugiyama

     

     

    This exhibition was inspired by WHAT CAFE’s interest in the activities of DELTA, an art project that helps plan and organize art fairs and exhibitions around Japan. It’s mission is to create a new place connecting galleries, artists, and collectors, while also breaking the norm and making a space that is more accessible. The WHAT CAFE x DELTA EXHIBITION -EXPANSION- will feature 60 works by 17 cutting-edge artists carefully selected from seven different galleries based in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. The showing will ask visitors to expand their minds and become more flexible when pondering the meaning behind each of the pieces on display.

     

    Does this art-gallery-meets-cafe sound like your kind of place? 

     

  • Museum-Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Releases Seven Artistic Christmas Cakes

    20.September.2021 | FOOD

    Museum-Hotel Gajoen Tokyo will be opening pre-orders for their Patisserie ‘Shiori Kyou 1928’ 2021 Christmas cake selection between October 1 and December 17.

    The theme for this year’s Christmas cakes is “Art Temptation,” with seven unique, artistic cakes to choose from. The hotel is full of Japanese beauty and artistry, while the cake line-up features gorgeous cultural motifs and traditional crafts. 

     

    Tamatebako *Limited to 10 cakes


    First Layer

     

    Second Layer

     

    A shortcake with strawberries from Kayama Farm.

     

     

    Pralines & Pistachio

     

    Cassis & Fig

     

    Coffee & Tonka

     

    Fromage & Cru

     

    Stollen

     

     

    This year’s lineup, of course, features the standard seasonal products; First is the Tamate Box, a two-tiered box made of chocolate, filled with cakes, gateaux, pound cake, and more. The Kayama Farm Strawberry Shortcake is their most popular product and is covered in high quality brand strawberries. The Stollen, with its spicy accents, is perfect for adults.

    Alongside them is a selection of four new products; The Praline & Pistachio cake, which is covered in poinsettia and pine-shaped chocolate, and the Cassis & Fig is formed of four delicate, paper-cutting inspired layers. The Coffee & Tonka has a mature, bitter flavor and is topped with a Christmas tree, while the Fromage & Cru is made of a refreshing combination of cheese and apples.

     

    Enjoy a precious moment that can be enjoyed by both adults and children with these beautiful and artistic cakes!

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