The Helpful Fox Senko-san Anime Themed Food & Drink Served Up in Ikebukuro

11.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

The Ikebukuro South Entrance branch of Danmaya Suisan is collaborating with the TV anime series The Helpful Fox Senko-san to served up a range of themed food and drinks from July 30 to August 30.

 

The story of The Helpful Fox Senko-san follows Kuroto Nakano, a salary man completely exhausted from his mundane routine of simply going back and forth to and from work. One day, an 800-year-old fox girl by the name of Senko appears to him to take care of him. Senko’s food has a cosy homemade feel to it that serves to heal the heart and soul of her salary man. The food at Danmaya Suisan serves to bring this idea to life.

Ordering the Senko-san Set will get you all the food Senko-san serves in the anime series including meat and potatoes, sashimi and inarisushi. You’ll also receive a free original lunch mat and rock glass designed by Senko-san. These items are available in limited supply.

For drinks, there are two alcoholic and two nonalcoholic, both inspired by Senko-san and Shiro.

If you decide to order a drink you’ll receive one of four possible coasters.

 

Keep in mind that you need to book a table in advance to dine at the cafe, so if you’re looking for some personal attention and hospitality from Senko-san, be sure to book ASAP!

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  • Catch Your Favourite Pokémon at the Pokémon Café in Nihonbashi

    08.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hello, everyone. I’m Ren Koseki.

    Whether it’s the anime series, Pokémon Go or one of the many other games, the Pokémon franchise is loved by kids and adults alike. There was even the recent Detective Pikachu movie which was a huge hit as well! Obviously I went to see it too. That fluffy Pikachu was just too cute. Check out my Detective Pikachu hat in the photo.

     

    I absolutely adore Pokémon and find myself often dining together with them at the Pokémon Café. Today, I’d like to show you all what it’s like there!

    The Pokémon Café is located inside the Pokémon Center (a merchandise shop) on the 5th floor of Nihombashi Takashimaya S.C.. It’s important to keep in mind that the café is reservation-only. You must book a specific time slot before going. You can do this by heading to the café’s official website.

    Pokémon roam all around the café – it’s like a dream come true for all fans! Trying to spot them all is another part of the fun of coming here.

    There’s a photo spot inside with two Pikachu in the background wearing cute staff uniforms. Expect to see Pikachu in many different forms like this which you won’t find anywhere else.

     

    Of course, the food and drinks on the menu are all Pokémon-themed too. Here is the drink I ordered:

    Choose-Your-Own-Pokémon Latte: ¥756 (Tax Included)

     

    The café’s classic latte. You can choose to have latte art from all Pokémon up to No. 251 in the Pokédex. I ordered the Detective Pikachu version of Jigglypuff. I didn’t want to ruin the beautiful art so it was hard to drink!

     

    And for food…

    Eevee Teriyaki Chicken Burger: ¥1,598 (Tax Included)

     

    I ordered the Eevee burger which is available for a limited time until September 6. The café menu has regular options as well as limited-time-only items too so you’re bound to see something new every time you visit.

    Most importantly however is that you can expect a visit to your table from a real Pokémon!

    Whoa, so fluffy! Eevee came to visit me this time around. You will get a visit from either Pikachu or Eevee. This was my 4th or 5th time at the café but the first time I got to encounter Eevee!

     

    The Pokémon are led to each table by the staff to strike cute poses for you, and you’re free to take as many photos and videos are you like!

    This is my personal recommendation, but it’s fun to take a photo together with your latte art and plush toy of your favourite Pokémon.

    It looks like my Squirtle is enjoying itself too.

    And that’s the Pokémon Café, a dreamland for any Pokémon lover. Be sure to visit♡

    TALENT PROFILE

    Ren Koseki

    Earns charismatic support as a model from young girls. She appears in a variety of media with her cute appearance which says things you cannot imagine and speaks the opinions of a generation. She also films, edits and posts videos on her YouTube channel, ‘Ren Channel.’

  • Pompompurin cafe Harajuku, Umeda and Yokohama will be collaborating with much-loved manga and anime character Bonobono. The collaboration will see a new menu make its way to the three Pompompurin cafes from July 11 to September 1, 2019. 

     

    The theme of the collaboration is Bonobono and Pompompurin on a fun trip to the beach. The collaboration menu includes four meals that are both cute and delicious enough to fully satisfy both Bonobono and Pompompurin fans. 

    Two friends swimming in white curry: ¥1,290 (before tax) 

    Order the white curry dish and you will see the two pals are wearing matching mushrooms as hats. Pompompurin has come prepared to swim in the curry with a lifering made from a crispy mochi wafer (monaka). The two friends seem to be having lots of fun on their beach trip. The dish is decorated with large and colourful vegetables, shellfish-shaped ham and starfish-shaped bell pepper. This healthy dish is both filling and beautiful.  

    Pompompurin English Muffin and Bonobono Doria (Doria: rice casserole dish with a creamy white sauce) ¥1,390 (before tax )

    In the English muffin and doria meal, a slice of English muffin is topped with vegetables and a burger. Pompompurin’s face is drawn on a slice of cheese that is placed on top. The meat doria is a casserole topped with a creamy white sauce, decorated with Bononono’s face. Both the pals are seen expressing their friendship by wearing matching berets. This comes as a set with a salad topped with shellfish-shaped ham and chips. What a filling meal. 

    Pompompurin Pancake Featuring Bonobono : ¥1,090 (before tax)

    The pancake dessert plate features a Pompompurin pancake alongside a Bonobono sherbet that is ramune flavoured. The sherbert might be your first time tasting the unique Japanese flavour of ramune. Ramune is a Japanese soft drink that is blue in flavour and perfect for the summer. Make sure to leave enough room for dessert!

     

    Good Pals in a Fluffy Soda ♪: ¥900 (before tax)  

    Order the fluffy soda and you will be served with an ocean blue drink. Blue curaçao liqueur and grapefruit syrup are mixed with soda and topped with whipped cream. On top of the drink sits a mango ice cream-flavoured Pompompurin and a marshmallow Bonobono. This refreshing drink depicts the image of the two friends enjoying a swim in the blue ocean. 

     

    Customers who order from the limited-time collaboration menu will receive a free postcard. 

    All customers who dine in the café will receive a free table mat. Those who order a drink will receive a free drink coaster. 

    ※ These will no longer be given to customers when stock runs out.

     

    Fill yourself with delicious and cute meals and drinks.  

     

     

    © Mikio Igarashi /Takeshobo, Fuji TV, Eiken © 1996, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S601363

  • Hello Kitty & KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Collaboration Begins July 12

    02.July.2019 | FOOD

    The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE in Harajuku is teaming up with Sanrio bring Hello Kitty, Harajuku culture and kawaii culture to the restaurant in a collaborative event that will run from July 12 to September 1. This year marks Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary and KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s 4th anniversary making this an event not to be missed.

    “Harajuku x Kawaii x Hello Kitty” Themed Menu

    Eight dishes will make up the colourful menu arriving at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE on July 12 inspired by Harajuku, kawaii culture and Hello Kitty.


    Dishes include the Hello Kitty Burger packed with colourful melted cheese sauce, the Hello Kitty Harajuku Rainbow Curry which imagines Hello Kitty looking up to a rainbow after the rain lets up, and more.

    Don’t forget the beautiful desserts either from a vibrant pop cake to a gorgeously layered parfait, all imbued with kawaii♡


    During the event, customers who order from the collaborative menu will receive one of these original coasters featuring Hello Kitty and the restaurant’s popular character Mr. Choppy.

     

    Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room: A Special Reservation-Only Room

    Also running at the restaurant during the event will be a special reservation only “room” which can be found at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s popular Mel-Tea-Room area. This room will see Hello Kitty take on the theme of a Harajuku girl and be decorated in pastel colours, ribbons, strawberry cake and more. You’ll wish this room was your own!

     

    Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room

    Running: July 12, 2019 – September 1, 2019

    Reservations: Once reserved please speak to the Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room staff

    Slots: [Weekdays] 11:00/13:00/15:00 [Sundays & Holidays] 11:00/13:00/15:00/17:00/19:00

    *2 hours per slot, limited availability

     

    Original merchandise and novelties will also be available to purchase and pick up at the restaurant.

     

    The collaboration is running until the end of Japan’s summer break, so if you’re here this summer then be sure to plan a trip to Harajuku to eat at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE.

  • Anime Bonobono collaborates with Sweets Paradise! The collaboration cafe menu is finally unveiled!

    08.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Anime Bonobono is collaborating with the all-you-can-eat dessert buffet Sweets Paradise for a second time now! The collaboration menu for “Bonobono Cafe in SWEETS PARADISE 2019” will finally be unveiled to you right now! The menu is full of cute and delicious dishes that portray the world of Bonobono through Sweets Paradise’s bragworthy foods and drinks. ♪

    Bonobono and Shimarisu-kun sleepy omelette rice  (served with fruit sauce) 

    The egg is so fluffy that Bonobono and chipmunk friend Shimarisu fell asleep! It’s just so soft…zzz…zzz…

    Troublesome Bonobono’s Pineapple Hamburger 

    Bonobono! Did you wedge this pineapple here? Only you would do something like that…

    Bonobono fried banana boat!

    Everyone climb aboard! We’re heading to that island over there! Oof!

    Bonobono fruit soda  ※ One of four random designs

    “Dad! Look at how much fruit there is! Dad loves lots of fruit…but why…?”

    +.

     

     

    Bonobono random hot drink ※ One of four random designs

    Relieved, laid back, just chilling ー which design will you get?

    Order from the collaboration menu and you will get one original tin badge as a gift! You will get a badge every time you order from the collaboration menu!

    ※ There are a total of 10 different badge designs and you will be given one at random.

     

    …and don’t forget to check out the original merchandise!

    Plate  ¥700 + tax

     

    Please visit the Bonobono Cafe 2019!

     

  • Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition Bound For Nagasaki This Summer

    10.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The second run of the Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition is set to take place at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki from July 13 to September 23. The event is focused on longtime Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and centres on specific “words” he wishes to convey through this work.

     

    The exhibition had its first run in Tokyo back in April this year. We covered that event in detail so be sure to give it a read.

    The enormous 3-meter tall Yubaba & Zeniba centrepiece will return at the Nagasaki exhibition. Visitors can draw omikuji fortunes from the display which have Suzuki’s keywords written on them along with his explanation of them. You can take these home with you―a perfect addition for your Studio Ghibli collection!

    An extremely special merchandise shop will also open at the site with exclusive items and products on sale and decor and decorations that will have you feeling you have stepped right into an enchanting world woven by Studio Ghibli.

    Fan: ¥702 (Tax Included)

    Get your hands on an official Spirited Away fan to cool yourself down at the event this summer. On one side is an illustration of Yubaba and on the other some powerful words from Suzuki.

    Tote Bag: ¥1,620 (Tax Included)

    Express your love for Studio Ghibli everyday with this tote bag featuring the same illustration of Yubaba―which is the main visual for the exhibition―on the side. It’s big enough to be worn on your shoulder making it a convenient day-to-day item.

    Tea-Towel: ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    This beautiful tea towel is made in collaboration with dyed goods company Chikusen who have been around since the Edo period. It has a traditional indigo blue colour and is made from high quality material. A perfect gift and souvenir for any fan of Studio Ghibli.

     

    We can’t forget the themed food menu either. You’ll find it on the first floor of Huis Ten Bosch at the Tea Salon.

    Bath House Dessert: ¥850 (Tax Included)

    A fitting dessert for any guest of the Spirited Away bath house, look forward to a bamboo charcoal-black chocolate-sprayed vanilla ice cream, colourful sugar candy and a cookie. It’s also served with iced corn tea.

    Toast For Adventure Lovers: ¥650 (Tax Included)

    Served with a glass of iced corn tea is a delicious egg-topped slice of toasted baked in the hotel bakery. Like you see in anime series, it makes you want to grab it, shove it between your teeth and run outside on an adventure.

    Any fans of Studio Ghibli’s work aren’t going to want to miss out on this very special event. If you’re in Japan this summer be sure you get to go.

     

    ©️TS ©️Studio Ghibli

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  • Gintama Diner: Tokyo’s Gintama Themed Cafe Heads to Animate Branches Across Japan

    06.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    Animate Cafe, a chain of cafes that collaborate with popular anime and game franchises, is teaming up with Gintama to open the Gintama Diner for a limited time at the following branches: Ikebukuro 3, Kobe Sannomiya, and Nagoya 2.

    The cafe will be inspired by American diners, and will run from December 19 to January 7 next year. Each cafe has its own system for being able to dine there. The Ikebukuro 3 and Kobe Sannomiya branches are all reservation-only, with each daily reservation going through a lottery system for a chance to have a place allocated. The Nagoya 2 branch has the same system for December 19-20 only, otherwise it is first-come, first-served.

    Thick-Cut Bacon Burger – ¥850

    Yorozuya Gin-chan’s Sakata Parfait – ¥850

    Gin’s Strawberry☆Milk – ¥600

     

    The menu features dishes, desserts and drinks inspired by the characters of the series. The bacon burger comes with a side menu item of your choice, with each being based on a specific character’s favourite side menu item. The parfait too is bright and vivid like the Yorozuya members.

     

    When fans order from the themed menu, they’ll receive one of eight possible coasters featuring original designs.

    Big Acrylic Stands (Diner ver.)

    Squishy Trading Pin Badges

    Trading Acrylic Keyrings (Diner ver.)

     

    Fans will also be able to pick up some exclusive cafe merchandise they won’t find anywhere else, including acrylic stands, pin badges, key rings, and moreーall featuring a diner design.

     

    ©️Hideaki Sorachi/Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Dentsu Inc.・BNP・Aniplex

    *All listed prices include tax

  • Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo Collaborates With Traditional Kyoto Dollmakers

    05.December.2019 | FASHION

    Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo released six new products on December 5 in collaboration with Shimada Koen Ningyo Kobo, a long-standing traditional maker of Japanese gosho-ningyo dolls.

    Golden Cup, Shimada Koen Ningyo Kobo – ¥50,000 (Before Tax)

    The relationship between Starbucks and Shimada Koen Ningyo Kobo began when Starbucks opened its branch at Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya in Kyoto, which is known for having tatami flooring, as the dollmaker’s studio is located near it. There is a waving cat wearing a green apron at that Starbucks which was designed by the 5th generation of Shimada Koen.

    Waving Cat, Shimada Koen Ningyo Kobo – ¥30,000 (Before Tax)

    Shimada Koen specialises in making gosho-ningyo, dolls with distinct features such as stout forms, pure white skin, tiny legs and hands, a big face, and an overall cute appearance reminiscent of a child. In the Edo Period they were developed as gifts associated with the Court.

    Bell Rat, Shimada Koen Ningyo Kobo – ¥3,500 (Before Tax)

    The line-up of six dolls feature Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo motifs and are made with considered thought in mind, including the bonds between people and enjoying happiness throughout the yearーdesires upheld by Starbucks.

  • KIRBY CAFÉ: The World’s First Permanent Kirby-Themed Café to Open in Tokyo

    05.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The KIRBY CAFÉ is set to open on the 4th floor of Toyko Solamachiーthe shopping, dining and entertainment complex under Tokyo Skytreeーon December 12, 2019 as the world’s first permanent Kirby-themed café.

     

    Though we still have a week to wait until Kirby inhales us whole into his café, the official website is already live, showcasing a new line-up of food and merchandise different from that held at the pop-up Kirby cafés (which we have covered extensively in Fukuoka and even Tokyo Solamachi, the latter of which has seen the most pop-ups).

     

    Some of the menu items are served in a Kirby lunch box, on a Kirby plate, and more. Let’s take a look. Menu items below are translated from Japanese.

    KIRBY CAFÉ’s Stone Baked Pizza ~Maximum Tomato Margherita~ – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    KIRBY CAFÉ’s Stone Baked Pizza ~Greedy Half ‘n’ Half~ – ¥3,980 (Before Tax)

    Served on an original plate, the half ‘n’ half comes served with two pizza flavours of your choice. Perfect for those times when you can’t decide because all the options are too good!

    Kirby’s Munching Loco Moco Bowl – ¥1,980 (Before Tax)

    Munch and chew on this tasty serving of loco moco just like Kirby is adorably doing on the lunch box it comes in.

    Whole Egg Plant & Meat Pasta: Say Your Wish to the Galaxy – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    Meta Knight’s Precious Matcha Mousse – ¥780 (Before Tax)

    Doctor Kirby’s Secret Lab Soda – ¥1,280 (Before Tax)

    As well as these incredible-looking dishes, there’s lots of other cute ones you can order for takeout too.

     

    If you visit the KIRBY CAFÉ, you’ll have to pay a visit to KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE as well which is located on the 2nd floor of Solamachi. There’s around 200 pieces of Kirby merchandise including exclusives as well as KIRBY CAFÉ-themed items.

    The KIRBY CAFÉ has its own soundtrack which you can actually buy at the store too. It will be released on December 12. We did an article about it here.

    Customers can received a specially-made sticker with the CD design when they buy something at the café or store.

    The KIRBY CAFÉ gives priority to reservations, so if you’re hoping to get sucked into the world of Kirby, be sure to book in advance.

  • Ginza Sony Park’s Milan Design Week 2019 Exhibition to be Shown in Tokyo

    03.December.2019 | SPOT

    Ginza Sony Park is set to display their #012 Affinity in Autonomy exhibition at the Ginza Sony Park buildingーwhich is a project for the renovation of the Sony Buildingーfrom December 14, 2019.

    Affinity in Autonomy was first shown by Sony at Milan Design Week 2019 which was held back in April. It received huge praise from attendees, and so Ginza Sony Park are bringing it back home to showcase at the building, which has enjoyed over 5 million visitors since it opened, for more people to experience it. The exhibit looks at elevating the affinity between humans and robots so that they may co-exist.

    Also as part of the exhibition, Sony will showcase five individual pieces entitled Awakening, Accordance, Autonomous, Affiliation, and Association, which make use of image sensors. As visitors experience each one in order, their affinity towards robots will grow. Sound and visuals will play in response to people’s movements.

    The exhibition combines sound, colour and interaction, offering new insight into robots. What’s more is that the robots recognise humans and response in real time, further enhancing the realism offered by the experience.

     

    If you’re in Tokyo this holiday season, and are looking for the robots, then be sure to pay a visit to Ginza Sony Park.

  • My Hero Academia Event to Take Place at Tokyo Tower

    03.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / SPOT

    An event is set to take place at Tokyo Tower from December 7 in promotion of the upcoming anime film My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising, which is set to release on December 20.

    If you pick up a Tokyo Tower Main Deck ticket, which takes you up 150 meters in the tower, you’ll receive a ticket with a limited-edition design, a folder, and one of six possible stickers as pictured above.

    The Main Deck will be decorated with all things My Hero Academia, including original illustrations as well as key visuals for the upcoming movie. There will also be photo panels featuring classic lines said by characters where you can take photos.

    A stamp rally will also be held throughout the tower at the event Collect all six stamps and receive one of six possible desk mats.

     

    Stamp Rally

    Price: ¥600

    Running: Weekdays 10:00-18:00 (Reception Closes 17:30) / Weekends 10:00-20:00 (Reception Closes 19:30)

    Available: Stamp Rally counter on the first floor of Tokyo Tower

    *Please note that you will also have to pay the entrance fee to the Main Deck to participate

    Test your My Hero Academia knowledge with the official quiz taking place on weekends up the outer staircase. Those who take part will be able to take a photo together with Midoriya and Bakugo and will receive a certificate.

     

    Running: Weekends & Public Holidays 10:00-16:00 (Not running during rainy weather)

    *A Main Deck entry ticket is required to access the outer staircase. A ticket to the event is also required to receive the certificate

    Choose a beverage inspired by your favourite character. Every drink ordered comes with a My Hero Academia coaster.

     

    Location: Cafe La Tour, Main Deck Floor 1F

    Opening Hours: 9:30-22:45 (Last Orders 22:00)

    Price: ¥600 Each

    Don’t miss out on the chance to grab some Tokyo Tower-exclusive My Hero Academia merchandise either.

     

    Location: Merchandise Counter, Tokyo Tower Floor 1F

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Until 20:00 on weekends)

     

    ©2019 “My Hero Academia THE MOVIE” Production Committee ©Kohei Horikoshi / Shueisha

  • Top 10 Most Popular Souvenirs to Pick Up at Tokyo Station’s HANAGATAYA Store | 2019 Edition

    30.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    HANAGATAYA is a souvenir variety shop that opened in Tokyo Station’s central passage back in July. After over 5 months of sales, the store has revealed its Top 10 most popular products based on sales.

     

    The line-up features a selection of HANAGATAYA exclusives, as well as products from elsewhere which have received pre-sales at HANAGATAYA. You will be spoilt for choice with this selection, all of which are perfect for ringing in the New Year when travelling back home. Let’s take a look.

     

    1st Place

    Banana Custard Cream – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Emblem Design (Tokyo 2020 Official Licensed Product) – Contains 8 – ¥1,134 (Tax Included)

    Officially licensed by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, these chewy cakes are made from domestic Japanese rice, and are filled with deliciously creamy banana custard.

     

    2nd Place

    Tokyo Banana Butter Madeleine (Tokyo Banana World) – Contains 4 – ¥560 Tax Included)

    Exclusive to HANAGATAYA come these all-new butter madeleine’s created by famous confectionery company Tokyo Banana. These baked treats feature a buttery fragrance and taste, and are made with a banana confiture and finished with fresh lemon.

    *Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street

     

    3rd Place

    Toro One Press Chocolate Chick (Tokyo Hiyoko) – Contains 3 – ¥648 (Tax Included)

    This year marks 107 since the company Hiyoko was established. The “Toro One Press Chocolate Chick” is a new confection from them: an adorable skyward-looking chick made up of three chocolate layersーeach with their own distinct flavour. At the heart of the chick is a moist chocolate paste.

    *Exclusive to Tokyo Station

     

    4th Place

    Cheese Wich – Contains 5 – ¥594 (Tax Included)

    These light and refreshing cheese cookies, called Cheese Wiches, are filled with a chocolate-coated melted cheese sauce. Three layers means an enjoyable amalgamation of flavours and textures.

    *Exclusive to Tokyo Station

     

    5th Place

    Chocolate Chestnut Eggs (Ginza Tamaya) – Contains 4 – ¥800 (Tax Included)

    “Goma Tamago” is a popular bite-sized egg-shaped confection. This chestnut flavour was created for HANAGATAYA, a mix of dark chocolate and vanilla flavoured chestnut paste.

    *Exclusive to Tokyo Station

     

    6th Place

    Strawberry Cookie Sandwich (Berry UP!) – Contains 8 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    Berry UP! is a cute confectionery brand which creates baked strawberry sweets. Keeping with that theme, they have created a crunchy quintuple-layered cookie sandwich filled with sweet and sour strawberry chocolate.

     

    7th Place

    Shinjuku Curry Ebi (Shinjuku Nakamuraya) – Contains 6 – ¥600 (Tax Included)

    If you’re looking for something more savoury, then this one’s for you: Shinjuku Nakamuraya’s light, fluffy and melt-in-the-mouth ebi, coated in curry spices. One nibble is enough to get you instantly hooked.

     

    8th Place

    Strawberry Polvorón (Berry UP!) – Contains 6 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    Another entry from Berry UP!, these polvorón shortbreads are made from lots of fresh strawberries mixed with condensed milk and mascarpone, creating a subtle sweetness that’s enough to have your mouth watering.

     

    9th Place

    BLUE MELTIN SAND (Tokyo Campanella) – Contains 8 – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    What if herbal tea and cookies became its own snack? That’s what Tokyo Campanella asked too, and so make it a reality. Their BLUE MELTIN SANDs are cat’s tongue cookies stuffed with a herbal tea sauce that has a natural blue colour.

     

    10th Place

    Premium Cacao Full Sablé (Mary Chocolate) – Contains 18 – ¥1,350 (Tax Included)

    Finally, we have a premium edition of chocolate company Mary Chocolate’s Cacao Full Sablés. This one’s for the adults, a sophisticated combination of bittersweet chocolate and berries.

    *Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Which one takes your fancy the most? Whether as a souvenir for the folks back home, or as a treat to yourself to celebrate 2020, if you’re in Tokyo this year then be sure to give HANAGATAYA a visit.

  • Doraemon Future Department Store: Secret Gadget Lab, Exclusive Merchandise & More

    30.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Doraemon Future Department Store is the world’s first official Doraemon shop, and it’s set to open tomorrow on December 1, 2019. Before its grand opening, however, the store has given customers a sneak peek into what to expect.

     

    The shop’s concept is from the perspective of Doraemon, who says, “I’ll help make your future a good one.” It’s split into three areas: the Secret Gadget Lab, the Customise Zone, and the Shop Zone, each of which offers a unique Doraemon experience you won’t find anywhere else.

     

    Secret Gadget Lab

     

    The Anywhere Door

    Just like in the manga and anime series, the Dokodemo Door, or Anywhere Door, lets you travel anywhere.

     

    Discover secret gadgets, like the air gun!

    Have a go at trying to shoot and hit the 10 targets within the time limit.

    *Requires one Doraemon Future Department Store coin to play

     

    Dorayaki Baybayin Game

    Touch the dorayaki to increase your score. Touch too many, and something crazy might just happen…

    *Requires one Doraemon Future Department Store coin to play

     

    Fly as far as you can with the Bamboo Copter

    Reach the goal with the Take-copter, or Bamboo Copter.

    *Requires one Doraemon Future Department Store coin to play

     

    Customise Zone

     

    Embroidered items

    Embroider Doraemon characters and the logo onto towels, bags, clothes and more.

     

    Characters (18 Designs): ¥700 Each (Before Tax)

    Text  (45 Designs): ¥400 Each (Before Tax)

    *The place where a design is embroidered is chosen for you

    *There may be a waiting time during busy hours

     

    Carved Seal Items

    Have character designs, text and more carved onto various items like key rings.

     

    Plate Key Ring (10 Designs) – ¥1,000 Each (Before Tax)

    Room Key Holder (6 Designs) – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)

    ¥500 per carving (Before Tax)

    *There may be a waiting time during busy hours

     

    Shop Zone (Exclusive Merchandise)

    These cute mugs have illustrations of Doraemon’s secret gadgets on one side, and the first letter of those gadgets written in Katakana on the other side. It makes you want to collect them all!

     

    Product Name (Pictured): Doraemon Dora-moji Mug Cup A

    Price: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)

     

    This cute figure of Doraemon is actually a piggy bank, a perfect gift to yourself or someone else!

     

    Product Name: Doraemon Piggy Bank

    Product: ¥4,000 (Before Tax)

     

    Book Corner

    There’s even a book shop where you can pick up the latest issues of the Doraemon comic.

     

    Bonus Items

    To celebrate its grand opening, the store will give out the following items to customers.

    Those who purchase any piece of merchandise will receive a free postcard with an original design with every transaction.

    For every ¥4,000 (tax included) spent on a transaction on merch, you’ll get an original handkerchief.

    And for every book bought, you’ll get a holographic postcard featuring a design of volume 0 of the manga.

     

    *Bonus items available while supplies last

  • Indulge in Omotesando This Christmas With Q-Pot CAFE.’s Afternoon Tea Set

    27.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Christmas is almost here, and at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, the festivities have already begun as they begin serving a selection of special Christmas-exclusive menu items. These will be available until December 25.

     

    Q-pot. is known for its accessory brand, which features jewellery made to look like sweets and desserts. It is also known for the Q-pot CAFE. which flips that concept, instead making sweets and desserts that look just like real accessories.

     

    I visited Q-pot CAFE. to treat myself to their exciting Christmas afternoon tea.

    Q-pot. Omotesando is a 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station’s A2 exit. You’ll spot the entrance by its sparkly illuminations as pictured above.

    The cafe is split into seven concept rooms, such as Melt, Chocolate, BisQuit, SAKURA, and so onーso you can pick which sounds good to you and sit there. It also gives a reason to go back more than once!

    The Story of Sweet Kingdom Afternoon Tea Set ¥2,400 (Tax Included/Drink Included)

    The afternoon tea set: an indulgence any cafe-lover craves for at least once. And since Christmastime is coming, you want to enjoy a little treat too, right? Well, this two-tiered set comes with desserts, sweets, and some light food too.

    The top plate includes gingerbread man pops, cupcakes, vanilla panna cotta, and macarons.

     

    The gingerbread man pops are filled with caramel ganache, while the red velvet cupcakes topped with pistachio cream and made to look like a Christmas tree. The panna cotta is also sprinkled with dragees to look like stardust.

     

    The macarons are strawberry and melon flavoured. The melon one has a particularly rich flavour and contains red melon pieces. This macaron is so popular that there are people who go to Q-pot CAFE. just to sink their teeth into one of them.

    The bottom plate contains some hearty and crunchy  croissants filled with roast beef, mini tomatoes, and broccoli. It also comes with a side of rich cheese soup with onions and potatoes inside.  It’s a great palate cleanser after the desserts.

    Pistachio Cream Tea Latte ¥750 (Tax Included) *Also sold separately

    The drink that’s served with the afternoon tea set is a Christmas-only pistachio cream tea latte.  It’s a latte made with one of the cafe’s original flavoured tea brews called “Flower Garden.” The tea ensures the drink isn’t overly-sweet and leaves it with a mild flavour. It also comes with a holly-shaped cookie. This drink is also available to order separately from the drinks menu.

    The set comes with a special fairy tale-like Christmas lunch mat.

    CHRISTMAS CAKE ~The Story of Sweet Kingdom~ ¥3,800 (Tax Included)

    The cafe is also selling a cake that looks like something out of a children’s picture book. It’s topped with a coconut meringue snowman, gingerbread man, and strawberry Santa. This would make a great addition to a home party.

    Saku Saku Meringue ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Take away some crunchy snow-white meringues too, so addictive you won’t be able to stop after just one!

     

    The cafe is also selling a Christmas collection of their dessert-like accessories too.

    Christmas Tree Cupcake: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    The Christmas tree cupcake features a chocolate cookie-like base topped with a realistic pistachio cream adorned with pearls.

    Strawberry Santa Claus: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    Check out these adorable bright-red strawberry Santas too!

     

     

    Q-pot CAFE. has lots of other Christmas food and accessories in addition to these too, so if you’re in Tokyo anytime from now up to Christmas Day, then be sure to visit.

     

    Writer: Ellie (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Pompompurin Cafe Reveals Christmas Menu For Harajuku, Yokohama & Umeda Branches

    27.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Harajuku, Yokohama and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Cafeーthe cafe chain centred on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurinーis serving up two cute Christmas menu items this year from December 1 to 25.

    *Food names below are translated from Japanese

    Hurry Up Santa – Pompompurin Cheese Keema Curry – ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    This rich and spicy keema curry is made with Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, and natural cheese. The colourful stars are made from carrot and paprika, while the spiralled Christmas cheese is a combination of spinach and mashed potato. Purin is made of rice and is waiting in anticipation for Santa to deliver his present. You’ll see he’s holding a stocking which is a made from bread and walleye pollack mayo. A hearty dish that is both delicious and adorable

    Snowman Pompompurin – Snow Covered Chocolate Tart ¥1,190 (Before Tax)

    Pompompurin has turned into a vanilla ice cream snowman and is standing next to a pistachio cream Christmas tree. They are both atop a rich chocolate tart. This cute dessert is like a Christmas garden straight out of a children’s picture book.

    If you decide you want to spend your Christmas with Pompompurin this year, then you’ll receive a free lunch mat when you order food and a free coaster when you get a drink. These are both limited in quantity, so don’t miss out!

     

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  • Devil May Cry 5: Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro Collaborates With DMC5 Again Featuring New Menu & Merch

    27.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Capcom Cafe is collaborating with the action-adventure hack and slash video game Devil May Cry 5 once again at the Ikebukuro, Tokyo branch from December 5, 2019 to January 15, 2020.

    The cafe will feature various menu items and merchandise that was sold at the Laketown branch of Capcom Cafe, as well as a new meal and two new desserts. For new merchandise, they have introduced a Vergil perfume.

     

    New Menu Items

    Devil Breaker “Overture” Potato – ¥880 (Before Tax)

    These fries are inspired by the Overture Devil Breaker used by Nero. They are served with two kinds of sauce: ketchup and bagna càuda. Enjoy this simple but delicious dish based on the first Devil Breaker available in the game.

    My Strawberry Sundae – ¥1,100 (Before Tax)

    Piled to the top with sweet strawberries, now fans can enjoy Dante’s favourite dessert too.

    Demon World Mont Blanc – ¥980 (Before Tax)

    Dive into the Demon World with this mont blanc, made with black cocoa and mixed berries for a rich and deep flavour.

     

    These are the new food items introduced, but there are lots of others you can order too.

     

    New Merchandise

    Vergil Perfume – ¥4,800 (Before Tax)

    This perfume captures everything about the DMC character Vergil including his path to seeking the truth and his superiority. The first smell to hit your nose is the cool and piercing mint, followed by the waft of cedarwood, and finally amber for an oriental finish.

     

    The cafe also has plans to reproduce the Nero, Dante and V perfumes for the cafe too, all of which originally sold out.

     

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  • Tokyo Disneyland’s Very Very Minnie! 2020 Event: Merchandise & Food Releasing Early

    25.November.2019 | FASHION / FOOD / SPOT

    The all-new Minnie’s Style Studio is set to open in Tokyo Disneyland on April 15, 2020 as a character greeting location where you can meet the Disney cast. In the run up to its opening, Minnie Mouse is hosting a 70-day kawaii-packed event entitled “Very Very Minnie!” which will run at the park from January 10 to March 19 next year.

    A special selection of merchandise and food themed on Minnie Mouse, from her polka dots to her ribbon, will be made available from January 9ーthe day before the event starts. Let’s take a look at what we can expect for the opening of the New Year!

     

    Special Merchandise (Available: From January 9, 2020)

     

    Parkers – Medium ¥4,900, Large ¥5,200 / Cap – ¥3,000 / Scarf Towel – ¥1,500

    Wide Bath Towel – ¥3,400

    Dress up like Minnie Mouse with one of the two parkers, one featuring white and black polka dots of different sizes, and the other with red and white ones. There’s also a cute cap, a scarf towel, and more.

    Cushion – ¥2,300

    Hand Cream Set – ¥1,600

    Wall Pocket – ¥2,900 (*Items in pockets sold separately)

    There’s also the wide bath towel featuring the Disney characters dressed in their new costumes which you’ll see them wearing for the Very Very Minnie! entertainment shows, a cushion which you can put your hands in to keep warm this winter, a useful wall pocket which you can store various items inーand many more items, up to 70 of them!

     

    Special Merchandise Split Across 3 Months

    Get one of 8 possible costumes for your Minnie Mouse posy plushy, as well as three different postcard sets. All of these items will roll out across a three month period: on January 9, February 3, and March 2 respectively.

    Posy Plushie Costumes – ¥2,200 Each / Postcard Set – ¥1,300 (*Posy Plushies sold separately)

    For the first month, January 9 will bring three costumes, including Minnie’s new Very Very Minnie! outfit, as well as one called “Super Dancing Mania” and another called “Resident of Mishika.” The first postcard set will also come with 7 designs all themed around Minnie.

    And on March 2, 2020, which is known as “Minnie’s Day” at Tokyo Disney Resort®, guests can get their hands on a plush toy wearing Minnie’s “Hippity Hoppity Springtime” outfit at Grand Emporium which was voted as her No. 1 outfit based on a user poll held on the Tokyo Disney Resort® website.

     

     

    Special Menu Items (Available: From January 9, 2020)

    Of course, there’ll be plenty of delicious treats to munch on too, all so cute they seem a waste to eat.

    Special Dessert Plate (Waffle & Doughnuts) – ¥1,500 / Served at: Center Street Coffeehouse

    At Center Street Coffeehouse, this special dessert plate will be served from 1pm-6pm, which will include a set of cream-filled doughnuts and waffles drizzled in a sweet and sour strawberry sauce.

    Strawberry Cheese Brownie Crepe – ¥700 / Sold at: Cafe Orleans

    Cafe Orleans will serve a crepe topped with a strawberry cheese brownie and drizzled in raspberry sauce and a strawberry compote.

    Cranberry Vanilla Mouse Cake with Souvenir Plate – ¥800 / Yoghurt & Raspberry Mouse with Souvenir Cup – ¥800 / Served at: Sweetheart Cafe

    Also at the Sweetheart Cafe, you can get your hands on one of two of these desserts which come with souvenir merchandise you can take home with you. Both items feature Minnie in her cute new outfit.

    Special Set – ¥1,980 / Served at: The Plaza Inn

    The Plaza Inn has a very special set prepared: a hearty meal featuring two hamburgers, ice cream for dessert with a white chocolate mousse adorned with Minnie’s ribbon, and more.

     

    Don’t miss this Minnie-exclusive event when it begins in the New Year!

     

    *All photos are for illustrative purposes only

    ©Disney

  • Adorable Sanrio Character My Melody Gets Her First Permanent Character Café in Osaka

    24.November.2019 | FOOD

    A new character café themed around the sweet and adorable Sanrio character My Melody will open on the 7th floor of HEP FIVE, which is just a three-minute walk from HANKYU Umeda Station in Osaka. The café is set to open on December 5 and will be Japan’s first permanent My Melody Café.

    Once you enter the café, you will be immersed in a world of pink, green and white pastel colours. Take a seat in the pleasant British garden-themed café surrounded by roses. Sanrio friends My Melody, My Sweet Piano and Kuromi are relaxing in the garden, enjoying afternoon tea together in the soothing atmosphere. 

     

    Food Menu

    My Melody European-Style Curry ¥1,490 + tax

    Kuromi’s Green Flower Prawn and Avocado Doria: ¥1,390 + tax 

    My Sweet Piano’s Fluffy and Foamy Pollock Roe Pasta ♪ ¥1,390 + tax

     

    Dessert Menu

    My Melody’s Hide-And-Seek in the Strawberry Mountain Parfait: ¥1,690 + tax 

    Kuromi’s Tiramisu Flower Pot: ¥1,490 + tax

    Giant Blooming Flower Pancake: ¥1,490 + tax

     

    The café’s original menu is bursting with the cuteness of My Melody and her friends. You won’t be able to resist posting your photos of the interior and food on Instagram. 

     

    Original Merchandise 

    Make sure to take a photo with My Melody and friends at one of the photo spots in the café and check out the large variety of My Melody café-limited goods which cannot be purchased anywhere else. The above photo shows just a small selection of the cute goods that are available. 

    Customers who enjoy a meal in the My Melody Café will receive a free placemat and sticker. If you order a drink, you will receive a free drink coaster. These are in limited stock so if you want them, make sure to visit the café as soon as you can.

     

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