The Entire World Is Curious About PAPABUBBLE’s Candy Art Museum To Open In Ginza
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.
Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE (Gallery of Sweets Art by PAPABUBBLE)
Address: B2F, 6-10-1, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opens: July 1, 2019
Opening Hours: Mondays ー Sundays (10:30 ー 20:30)
PAPABUBBLE JAPAN Official Website: http://www.papabubble.jp
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.
Fiorentina Pastry Boutique
Address: Grand Hyatt Tokyo 1st floor (lobby)
6-10-3, Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 9:00 ー 22:00 ※ Cakes and tarts sold from 10:00 to 22:00
TEL: 03-4333-8713 （direct connection）
Address: Grand Hyatt Tokyo 6th floor
6-10-3, Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:30-14:30（Weekends/ national hols: until 15:00） Dinner: 18:00-21:30
TEL: 03-4333-8785 （direct connection）
Address: Grand Hyatt Tokyo 4th floor
6-10-3, Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 19:00 ー 25:00 (Fridays/ Saturdays: until 26:00)
TEL: 03-4333-8783（direct connection）
Grand Hyatt Tokyo Official Website: https://www.hyatt.com/ja-JP/hotel/japan/grand-hyatt-tokyo/tyogh
Try These Mouth-Watering Cherry Daifuku Sweets Made With Seasonal Cherries ♡
11.June.2019 | FOOD
Kofukudo has been selling delicious and elegant Japanese sweets for over 140 years. From June 14, they will release a new season-limited flavour of their popular *daifuku. The season-limited sweet will be called Sakuranbo Daifuku. (Cherry Daifuku).
*Daifuku is a type of round, sweet mochi dough that is traditionally filled with a sweet filling such as red bean paste.
Cherry Daifuku: ￥270 each (after tax)
These daifuku are made using the seasonal Sato Nishiki cherries which are at their peak harvest time in June. This means that this is the only season where you can truly enjoy the beautiful flavour of this cherry. After extensive trial and error, a wonderfully balanced daifuku was created. The white bean jam has a mild sweet scent of cherry. Paying the slightest attention to detail, the sweet was carefully crafted in order to fully extract the fresh and juicy flavour of the cherries whilst preserving their high quality sweetness. A cherry casually sits on top of the white mochi of the daifuku. You just won’t be able to resist taking pictures of this cute treat.
This is perfect to set out on the dining table at a party. These seasonal sweet treats would also make the perfect gift when visiting a friend.
Take a light bite of luxurious daifuku to experience the best of traditional Japanese sweets.
Sakuranbo Cherry Daifuku
Price: ￥270 each (after tax)
※ This product may not be available at all Kofukudo shops. The limited sales period, the contents of the product and the price may vary from shop to shop.
Kofukudo Official Website: https://www.kakiyasuhonten.co.jp/cate/brand/?c=001006001
Tairaku Tea: Ikebukuro’s New Taiwanese Tapioca Sweets Shop
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.
Tairaku Cha Ikebukuro Higashi-guchi
Address: Amms Bldg. BF1, 1-15-12 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Kawaii Bear Themed Cafe Menu Arriving at Tokyo’s Q-pot CAFE. This Christmas
28.October.2020 | FOOD
Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, Tokyo, has revealed its upcoming Q-pot CAFE. “KUMA”STMAS MENU which is set to be served from November 1 to December 25.
Happy Merry “KUMA”STMAS！
“KUMA”STMAS is a portmanteau of the Japanese word for bear (kuma) and Christmas. The cafe’s cute menu is here to bring warmth and cosiness this holiday season.
Merry “KUMA”STMAS Plate w/ Drink – ¥2,060 (Tax Included)
A sweet assortment cute enough to tug your heartstrings.
Q-pot CAFE.’s pastry chefs take their time to delicately handmake the adorable bear’s baby face oat milk cookie. The cookie is sat on top of a fluffy duvet of whipped cream, berry jam with fresh berries, and a chocolate génoise cake. It’s a sweet and tangy combination of raspberry and strawberry.
The cookie-topped cake is also served with a rich pistachio cream Christmas tree.
Merry “KUMA”STMAS Bitter Caramel Milk Tea – ¥750 (Tax Included)
A warm and cosy beverage to heal your heart, mind, and soul. This baby bear looks sweet but has delightfully rich notes thanks to the caramel. The tea is one of the cafe’s originals, the “Sweet Weekend,” which has a refreshing after taste and goes perfectly with the caramel cream.
Merry “KUMA”STMAS Afternoon Tea Set | ¥2,400 per person (Tax Included) *Photo shows a set for two
If you love teddy bears, then this afternoon tea set is a dream come true.
The top plate is a delicate assortment of sweet and crunchy oat milk cookies, a glass dessert of fromage blanc and fresh orange jelly, velvet cupcakes topped with pistachio cream made to look like a Christmas tree, and creamy macarons.
The bottom plate is the savoury selection and comes with croissants stuffed with roast beef topped with honey mustard sauce, a rich potato potage, and skewers piercing olives, mini tomatoes, and pickles.
Special Novelty <Teddy Bear Message Card>
Customers who book a table in advance to the cafe will receive a free teddy bear message card. These are limited in stock, so if you’re in Tokyo don’t miss out.
See the Sun Sit Atop Mount Fuji at Tokyo’s Sunshine 60 Observation Deck
27.October.2020 | SPOT
SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck is holding its 5th Tentai Kanshokai this year where visitors can witness the phenomenon known as Diamond Fuji, a rare occurrence that only happens several times a year where the sun looks like it is sitting on top of the mountain peak and looks like a sparkling diamond. The first session was held on October 1, 2020 and the next ones will be held from November 12 to 18.
Diamond Fuji (Photo by Bic Camera Inc)
The phenomenon occurs most often during the winter solace when the days are shorter and can do so for both the sunrise and sunset depending on the time and place. SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck offers a spectacular view for this visual wonder.
Diamond Fuji at SKY CIRCUS
Running: November 12, 2020 – November 18, 2020
Location: SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck
Price: Entry to Observation Deck only
*Depending on the weather conditions the phenomenon may not be visible
The Sunshine 60 building is also offering rooftop viewings to the 30 people between November 14 and 16, with 10 people allowed per day on a first-come, first-served basis. The 227m view offers the perfect vista for a photo and so a photographer will be on site in co-operation with Bic Camera to take photos of people on the day.
Running: November 14, 1010 – November 16, 2020
How to Book: Telephone bookings only on 03-3989-3457 from October 30 at 10:00am (JST). 10 people per day, first-come, first-served.
*Check the Important Notices before visiting
SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck
Address: Sunshine City, Sunshine 60 Building Floor 6F, 3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:00)
Official Website: https://sunshinecity.jp/en/
Pokémon Cafe and Pikachu Sweets to Open Online Orders For Christmas Home Party Set
Tokyo’s two cafes Pokémon Cafe and Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe have announced that they will open online orders for their new ‘Pokémon Cafe Christmas Home Party Set 2020’ on November 17, 2020.
Pokémon Cafe Christmas Home Party Set 2020
The party set comes with a Pikachu-shaped Christmas cake, Christmas tree stand, a set of four wooden chopstick rests shaped like Pikachu’s tail, and a set of four paper Pikachu glasses. If you’ve ever dreamed of a Pokémon Christmas, then who better to spend it with than Pikachu?
Kawaii Pikachu Cake
Pokémon Cafe Christmas Home Party Set 2020 | ¥8,800 (Tax Included)
The cake is a mousse cake made with cream from Hokkaido and sweet white chocolate. Shaped like Pikachu, the cake is made from chocolate and plain sponge which hide secret chocolate chips for added texture and sweetness.
Decorate for Christmas this year with Pokémon Cafe’s original Christmas tree stand, Pikachu tail chopstick rests, Pokémon Christmas Wonderland wreath, and paper Pikachu cups.
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Pokémon, ポケットモンスター, and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK inc.
Pokémon Cafe Christmas Home Party Set 2020
Order Window: November 17, 2020 at 14:00 (JST) to December 11, 2020 at 18:00 (JST)
Available: Via Pokémon Cafe’s official website from November 10, 2020 at 14:00
・Pokémon Cafe (Nihombashi, Tokyo)
Pick Up: December 22, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Address: Address: Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, 2-1-2 Nihombashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:30-22:00
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/
・Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Café
Pick Up: December 23, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Address: Sunshine City Alpa Floor 2F, 3-1-2 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/pikachu_sweets/
Sanrio Puroland Halloween Makeup Developed in Collaboration With POLA
POLA INC. is collaborating with Sanrio Entertainment’s amusement park Sanrio Puroland for their ongoing PURO HALLOWEEN PARTY event which is being held both at the park and online. The company has developed cute and sophisticated Halloween makeup inspired by the looks being worn by the Sanrio characters at Puroland for Halloween.
Halloween is a time to dress up as your favourite spooky figure, and POLA has jumped on board by creating a range of makeup looks to support Halloween outfits this year that anyone can do at home. Each look has a step-by-step visual guide as well as a video to help you along the way.
All the products used for the looks are by POLA and can all be bought at their nearly 4,000 stores including the 670 POLA THE BEAUTY branches and their flagship store POLA GINZA. Select branches in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Macao, and Singapore are also stocking the items.
PURO HALLOWEEN PARTY
Running: September 11, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 10:00-17:00 / [Weekends] 9:00-19:00
Online Event: October 24, 2020 (Opens 19:30/Starts 20:00)
Online Price: ¥2,000
Requirement for Online Participation: Use of the Zoom app
Sanrio Puroland Official Website: https://www.puroland.jp/liveshow/online_2020_halloween_part
POLA Halloween Makeup Site: https://net.pola.co.jp/ec/closeup/puroland/index.html
Winter Vegan Food to be Served Up at BOTANIST Tokyo in Harajuku This Holiday Season
25.October.2020 | FOOD
BOTANIST’s flagship shop BOTANIST Tokyo will be serving up a special Northern European-themed holiday season menu at its second floor BOTANIST Cafe from October 31, 2020. The line-up is made with the wish in mind that everyone can live with hope in mind as we draw closer to the end of 2020 and ready for the start of the New Year.
All food on the seasonal holiday menu is vegan and promised to be filling, delicious, and healthy.
White Mushroom & Meatball Pasta | ¥1,250 (Tax Included)
A vegan pasta with must-have meatballs covered in a lip-smacking tomato sauce. The pasta is made from rice flour.
Shiitake Patty & Shimeji Sauce Hamburger | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
A vegan burger with a patty made from shiitake mushrooms and doused in an aromatic shimeji mushroom sauce. It’s served with hot hasselback potatoes which are seen in the cuisine of North Europe as well as cauliflower.
Five Mushroom Soy Potage | ¥510 (Tax Included)
A rich potage made from five varieties of mushroom including shiitake, eryngii, shimeji, and hen-of-the-wood. It has a full-bodied flavour and is nothing short of delicious.
Vegan Doughnut Holiday Cake | ¥600 (Tax Included)
A Christmas cake where you can pick two vegan doughnuts from a selection of flavours. It’s filled with soy cream which goes perfectly with the chewy rice flour doughnuts.
Christmas Set To Go
Christmas Set To Go: ¥2,200 (Tax Included) / Uber Eats: ¥2,600 (Tax Included)
A Christmas set that can be ordered to go or via Uber Eats. Perfect for get-togethers with friends and families.
BOTANIST Botanical Winter Coffret
BOTANIST Botanical Winter Coffret (Premium Hair Care Set) | ¥8,690 (Tax Included)
At BOTANIST Tokyo’s first floor shop, they have announced the release of a new hair care collection called BOTANIST Botanical Winter Coffret which will hit shelves on October 31, 2020.
BOTANIST Tokyo’s vegan winter menu will arrive on October 31, 2020 which is the final day of their vegan autumn menu. Check out their autumn food line-up here.
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/
Cute Halloween Confections Make Their Way to Ginza Cozy Corner This October
25.October.2020 | FOOD
Ginza Cozy Corner released a new collection of Halloween confections on October 19.
JOYJOY Halloween Party (9 Included) | ¥2,400 (Before Tax) | Available: October 19, 2020 – October 31, 2020
The tasty line-up features a collection of playful ghouls and ghosts partying at a haunted house. Bites include an eyeball tart, orange-flavoured Jack-o’-lantern roll cake, and lots more. Plus, the box they come in can be cut out and used as a photo prop for snapping cute Halloween pictures.
Imp’s Trickster Mont Blanc | ¥580 (Before Tax) | Serving: October 19, 2020 – October 31, 2020
There’s also a colourful mont blanc layered with four different creams: strawberry, lemon, melon, and blueberry, and inside—a mouth-watering tangy orange sauce surprise.
Ginza Cozy Corner Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Jack Skellington Stained Glass Cookies
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.
I have the perfect Halloween recipe for you this time. If we’re talking Halloween, then who else but Jack Skellington is the man for the job? Here’s my recipe to make Jack Skellington Stained Glass Cookies.
70g unsalted butter
50g icing sugar (or high quality white sugar if you don’t have)
A pinch of salt
110g weak flour
10g black cocoa
1 white chocolate pen
Hard candy of your choice crushed into small pieces
*To crush the candy, you can put into a zip lock bag and use a rolling pin
Place all ingredients except the egg into a food processor and blitz. After, place the egg into the blitzed mix and blitz once again. Once combined, wrap with cling film and place into the refrigerator for 1+ hours until set.
Use a rolling pin to roll out circles of equal thickness for Jack’s head. Use a cutter to cut out the eyes, and place into the refrigerator one more to set.
Bake in the oven at 180°C for 10 minutes and take out again.
Place your crushed candy into the eye holes and bake for a further 5 minutes.
*The candy will melt into place and even out, so feel free to pile on the pieces
*Be careful not to overcook the candy as it will turn brown
Allow to cool. Be very careful handling and placing down the cookies as the eyes will be delicate. Decorate Jack’s nose and mouth with the chocolate pen and he’s ready for your Halloween party!
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Jazz Manga Series BLUE GIANT Collaborates With Brooks Brothers in Omotesando
Brooks Brothers, the oldest apparel brand in the US, is teaming up with Shinichi Ishizuka’s popular jazz manga series BLUE GIANT with a collaborative event set to take place at Brooks Brothers Omotesando in Tokyo from October 30 to November 15.
The event celebrates the simultaneous release of all 11 volumes of the European edition of the manga series, entitled BLUE GIANT SUPRIME, as well as the first volume of BLUE GIANT EXPLORER which is set in the US—the holy grail of jazz.
The event will showcase Brooks Brothers’ iconic button-down shirt with a famous quote said by the protagonist of BLUE GIANT as pictured above which roughly translates to: “A white shirt is proof of a jazzman!!”
There will also be displays of original illustrations drawn by Shinichi Ishizuka himself for the event, panels from the manga on show, original art by popular collage artist Kosuke Kawamura and embroidery artist Mana Morimoto, and more. Visitors will even get to try some embroidery themselves in a special workshop, and much more.
The Aoyama branch of Brooks Brothers recently moved to Omotesando, signalling a new start for the store. Likewise, the BLUE GIANT story is now set in the US, which will make for more new and exciting stories. The event serves to celebrate the new chapters of both Brooks Brothers and BLUE GIANT.
Brooks Brothers x BLUE GIANT “NEW CHAPTER”
Running: October 30, 2020 – November 15, 2020
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Location: Brooks Brothers Omotesando
Address: H-CUBE MINAMIAOYAMA 5-7-1 Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Running: October 30, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Running: October 30, 2020 – November 15, 2020
*Silkscreen service that prints BLUE GIANT motifs, Kosuke Kawamura’s original art, and more onto shirts you buy
Taste Authentic Japanese Matcha at Asakusa’s New Matcha Specialist Shop Kaminari Issa
Asakusa welcomed the newest and third branch of matcha dessert specialist shop Kaminari Issa on October 2, 2020, which opened its doors along Dempoin Street. The shop is just a 3-minute walk from Asakusa Station and 2-minutes from Kaminarimon.
Signature delights on Kaminari Issa’s menu include the Okoicha Warabi Latte and Okoicha Gelato. Everything on the menu is made with rich, high quality matcha, from the matcha tea lattes to the matcha beer, parfaits, ice cream, dacquoise, and more. If you love matcha, and you’re in Tokyo, this place is a must-visit.
There are plenty of items to get your hands on in this newest store, which also has its own eat-in space, tea leaf display, and more.
They even sell kits so you can make your own Okoicha Warabi Latte and Wakocha Brown Sugar Warabi Latte at home.
Kaminari Issa Dempoin-dori
Address: 2-2-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (until 17:00 on Mondays)
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station
Official Website: https://www.kaminari-issa.com/
Sanrio Themed Cafe Celebrates Characters’ Monthly Magazine ‘Ichigo Shimbun’
23.October.2020 | FOOD
Sanrio is once again collaborating with the EGG & SPUMA cafe located on the 8th floor of Shinjuku Lumine EST to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Ichigo Shimbun, a monthly magazine published by Sanrio which includes information about the latest character merchandise, the Sanrio Character Awards, and more. The limited-time cafe will run from November 1, 2020 to late January 2021.
Sanrio fans can expect a very special menu line-up of food, drinks, and desserts based on their favourite characters from the Sanrio roster.
There will in fact be two different menus served on separate occasions. The first menu will welcome a soufflé omelette topped with a potato salad Pochacco while the second will see an adorably pink My Melody cream stew.
There will also be an incredibly cute two-tiered afternoon tea set with desserts and savoury items.
For drinks, there is a Hello Kitty strawberry milk, Cinnamoroll milk, and milk caramel pudding Pompompurin.
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And everyone who orders from the collaborative menu will receive one of eight possible coasters as thanks for visiting.
Ichigo Shimbun 45th Anniversary CAFE
Location: EGG & SPUMA, Shinjuku Lumine EST Floor 8F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Running: November 1, 2020 – Late January 2021
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders)
Official Website: http://salt-group.jp/shop/egg-spuma/
Disney’s Fantasia Gets Sweets Collection by Tokyo Banana
22.October.2020 | FOOD
GRAPESTONE is releasing a new sweets collection at Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana, which is located in Tokyo Station, in collaboration with the Disney classic Fantasia. The confections will be released in limited quantities from October 30, 2020.
© Disney Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana JR Tokyo Station
Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana opened on the JR Line side of Tokyo Station in November of last year. The shop is a joint-collaboration with Tokyo Banana—the official souvenir sweet of Tokyo—and Disney. The shop sold over 100,000 products in the first week of its opening, and caught the attention of Disney fans on social media who described the shop and the packaging of their sweets as cute.
Disney Fantasia Chocolate Sandwich (Contains 28) | ¥3,024 (Tax Included)
The cute packaging features Mickey Mouse as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in the 1940 animated film Fantasia. The light and crunchy cat tongue cookies at filled with chocolate banana milk shake flavoured cream
The confections serve as the perfect gift or souvenir from Japan to yourself or any fan of Disney.
Disney Fantasia Chocolate Sandwich
Running: October 30, 2020 – Mid December 2020
Available: Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana JR Tokyo Station
Purchasing: 70 available per day, max 2 per person
Official Website: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/disney/index.html
Sanrio Puroland Announces Christmas 2020 Event PURO RAINBOW CHRISTMAS
22.October.2020 | SPOT
Sanrio Puroland has announced that this year’s PURO RAINBOW CHRISTMAS event will run from November 13 to December 25. The theme for 2020 is “Rainbows,” and this time around, the event can be enjoyed both at the park and online.
Colourful and Kawaii Christmas Food
Sanrio Puroland will once again serve up a special Christmas menu of ten items, with iconic characters like Hello Kitty, My Melody and the Little Twin Stars wearing colourful Santa Claus hats.
Food includes dishes like “Hello Kitty’s Christmas Gift Curry” with Hello Kitty holding a Christmas present, the snow white “Rainbow Christmas☆Snow Omelette Pasta,” and more. There are also desserts such as “My Melody’s Pink Yule Log Cake” and “Pochacco’s Pistachio & Strawberry Tree Parfait.” The multi-coloured menu line-up takes up Christmas classics like chicken and snow.
Cute Rainbow Coloured Merchandise
Mascots | ¥1,650 Each (Tax Included)
A collection of different mascots from Sanrio Puroland each wearing colourful Santa outfits.
Confectionery Set | ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
An assortment of confections served in an eye-catching box featuring familiar Sanrio faces.
Christmas Illuminations – “Rainbow Santa’s Christmas Eve”
An exciting Christmas illumination show will take place at Puroland Village to the sound of Christmas-y Puroland music. Lights will brighten up the place with in a kaleidoscope of colours.
PURO RAINBOW CHRISTMAS Special Greeting
Visitors will be able to meet and take photos with the Sanrio characters in person for one whole minute. The cast will wear Christmas red outfits from November 13 to December 1 and change into white costumes from December 5. This will take place on the first floor Event Corner and will see Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, Wish me mell, and Dear Daniel make an appearance. It will be carried out using social distancing measures.
Enjoy Puroland Christmas at Home
This year, Sanrio Puroland will stream past popular Christmas events held at the park on the Japanese video streaming site SHOWROOM on December 12. Shows include “HAPPY GIFT CHRISTMAS” from 2016, “The Puro Christmas” from 2019, and more.
Infinite Online Greetings
Sanrio Puroland launched online content back in June in response to COVID-19 which included getting to meet the characters online. They will host a special Christmas version on December 22 also on SHOWROOM where the characters will wear their white costumes from the Christmas show “The Puro Christmas.” Participating characters include Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, Little Twin Stars (Kiki & Lala), Wish me mell, and Dear Daniel.
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PURO RAINBOW CHRISTMAS
Running: November 13, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Official Website: https://www.puroland.jp/2020_christmas/