Aladdin Inspired Afternoon Tea Wishes Its Way to VINO BUONO in Omotesando

14.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

The Omotesando branch of VINO BUONO is now selling a special Aladdin-themed afternoon tea until September 1.

 

This luxurious tea set comes with a mix of light savoury food and desserts. But the savoury side of it isn’t your conventional assortment, instead coming with four different selections including tandoori chicken pitta bread sandwiches, a couscous and seafood salad, and more.

The scones contain sweet and fragrant rosemary honey which fill are sure to tickle your fancy.

The Pistachio Macarons and Arabian Night Blanc-Manger are glazed in a beautiful blue colour reminiscent of the world of Aladdin. And don’t forgot the cute Magic Lamp Cookie with its blue centre―it’s almost too good to eat!

 

Other delights include the Mango & Flower Verrine, Pyramid Mousse, and gorgeous tea that looks like it has had a spell cast on it.

 

Take your special someone to VINO BUONO this summer and show them the world with this limited-time Aladdin afternoon tea.

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  • Disney’s Aladdin Themed Cafe Opens Inside Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

    20.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Disney’s new live-action adaptation of Aladdin opened was released in Japan on June 7. To celebrate its release, two themed cafes were by OH MY CAFE in Tokyo and Osaka.

    The Tokyo cafe opened at Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku on June 14 and the Osaka one at kawara CAFE & DINING on June 15. Both will run until July 15.

    The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON editorial team visited the Omotesando cafe with Japanese model Kanako to report on the cafe’s decor and design and food.

    The first thing to catch your eye when you enter is Jasmine’s gorgeous and intricate dress. Photos with the dress are permitted.

    Hanging from the cafe ceiling is an assortment of magic lamps while carpets are draped across the wall. Kanako went dressed up like Jasmine to enter this Aladdin-inspired world.

    There are plenty of places to take great photos throughout the cafe, such as these Jasmine silhouettes illustrated on pillars.

    Jasmine & Dalia’s Colorful Pasta: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)

    Magic Carpet’s Special Sandwich Wrap: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)

    The food of course is also based on the film. The menu includes a delicious and faithful line-up from the curry inspired by the magic lamp to Carpet’s sandwich wrap and a colourful pasta dish decorated with Jasmine and Dalia. It’s safe to say everything on the menu is Instagram-worthy.

     

    Kanako ordered the pasta dish. She gave it a rave review, saying, “It’s colourful and cute. It’s cute it has Jasmine and Dalia too♡” We recommend this dish for those who want to eat something light.

    Rajah’s Orange Smoothie: With Coaster ¥1,690 (Before Tax), Without Coaster ¥750 (Before Tax) / Genie’s Yogurt Smoothie: With Coaster ¥1,690 (Before Tax), Without Coaster ¥750 (Before Tax)

    For drinks, enjoy the tiger-striped Rajah orange smoothie or the blue Genie yogurt smoothie. Both are super refreshing and perfect for the summer heat.

    The cafe also sells exclusive original merchandise including key rings, an iPhone case and much more. Visit the cafe to see the full line-up.

    There are also two lunch mats you can get your hands on by booking a table in advance. The design is chosen for you randomly. So if you’re planning a trip, don’t forget to reserve in advance.

     

    How did you enjoy your visit, Kanako-chan?

    “They had Jasmine’s dress on display. I felt like I had been sucked into the world of Aladdin. If you love Aladdin or you love Disney, please be sure to pay a visit.”

     

    Whether you have seen or have yet to see Disney’s new Aladdin movie, if you’re in Tokyo or Osaka this summer, don’t miss a chance to enter its romantic and oriental world at the official themed cafes.

     

    ©Disney

     

    Model: Kanako

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Team)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Discover A Whole New World of Exotic Flavours with Ginza Cosy Corner’s Aladdin Petit Cake Set

    19.June.2019 | FOOD

    To celebrate the release of the live action adaptation of Aladdin, Ginza Cozy Corner is releasing an Aladdin-themed petit cake set to be sold at all branches that sell fresh cakes. This cake set will take you on an adventure to a whole new exotic world of flavours. The cakes will be sold for a limited time only from June 17 to July 11, 2019.

    Aladdin Star Festival Collection (9 mini cakes)

    The box is decorated with the iconic scene where Aladdin and Princes Jasmine soar through the night sky. Inside the box, you will discover a wide range of magical petit cakes, each themed around a character or a symbolic item from the film. The theme of three wishes from the film is a sprinkle of inspiration on the cakes. We recommend you think of the story whilst enjoying them.

     

    Let Aladdin sweep you away into a romantic world of exotic flavours with these limited edition sweets.

  • Disney’s Aladdin Film Celebrated in Japan With Themed Cafes in Tokyo & Osaka

    05.June.2019 | FOOD / MOVIE / SPOT

    Disney’s new live-action Aladdin film is set to be released in Japan on June 7. To celebrate, two branches of OH MY CAFE in Tokyo and Osaka are set to collaborate with the movie from June 14 and 15 respectively.

    “LOVE” is the concept of this collaboration, with everything from the cafe decor to the menu line-up steeped in the essence of romance.

    Customers who book a table in advance will randomly receive one of the two above-pictured original Aladdin lunch mats.

    Aladdin’s Magic Lamp Curry: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)

    Receive a magical lamp of your own with this black curry which is accompanied with a fluffy meringue salad topped with your own Genie.

    Magic Carpet’s Special Wrap Salad: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)

    One of many Instagrammable choices on the menu, this plate comes with fried bread made in the image of Carpet and an assortment of ingredients to wrap in the bread.

    Jafar’s Evil Chicken Cream Plate: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)

    This chicken cream plate is inspired by Jafar and is served with a generous portion of delicate saffron rice.

    Aladdin & Jasmine’s Fruit Drink (Yoghurt Flavour): With Bottle – ¥1,750 (Before Tax) / Without Bottle – ¥750 (Before Tax)

    Enjoy this refreshing yoghurt drink poured on top of an assortment of delicious fresh fruits.

    A Whole New World Grape Flavoured Starry Sky Drink: ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    Experience a whole new world in the starry night sky with this cloud-inspired shaved ice drink.

     

    The cafes will also sell a range of exclusive merchandise.

     

    Acrylic Key Ring (Aladdin & Jasmine): ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
    Acrylic Key Ring (Genie): ¥950(Before Tax)

     

    Charm Set (3 Charms): ¥1,200 (Before Tax)

    Enter the world of Disney’s Aladdin in Tokyo and Osaka this summer.

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  • Disney’s Jasmine Themed Items Releasing in Run Up to New ‘Aladdin’ Film

    14.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Disney’s Aladdin live-action adaptation will be released in Europe and the Us on May 24, 2019 and in Japan on June 7, 2019. In the run up to its release, Disney Japan has revealed a new line of Jasmine themed items that will be released on the Disney Japan online store on May 14 before rolling out at Disney Stores across the country on May 21.

     

    The items include products made in collaboration with Japanese natural cosmetics brand Laline, a brand new Disney Store original series, and Disney Princess BEAR by UniBEARsity plush toy bears.

    Disney Japan’s collaboration with Laline is an eye-catching assortment of cosmetic and self-care items all of which come in refreshing packaging with white as the base colour. Each item is made with natural ingredients and all are targeted at people of all ages.

     

    The line-up includes body scrub which contains mineral-rich dead sea salt and grapeseed oil, body mist, hand cream and more. Designs include the Jasmine range which come with fresh blue colouring and an elegant oriental flower fragrance. The Ariel range is cute pink and smells of delicate cherry blossoms. A selection of Disney original items not part of the collaboration are also being sold with the same designs.

     

    To celebrate the release of the new Aladdin, Disney Stores in Japan are releasing an original new series. These items have an oriental mood to them with their mix of white and blue and feature a beautiful drawing of Jasmine on them. Items include a round towel which is perfect to use both indoors and outdoors. If you look closely the print also includes illustrations of the magic lamp and Genie too.

     

    UniBEARsity is a Disney series that debuted in Japan featuring bear counterparts of Disney characters. The new “Disney Princess BEAR by UniBEARsity” are teddy bear plush toys based on Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie. Embroidered on the sole of each bears’ feet is a Genie bear. Disney Japan will also release costumes of this series too.

     

    No fan of Disney will want to miss out on this range of cute and special Aladdin merchandise!

     

    ©Disney

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  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Mickey Mouse Pancakes

    20.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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.

    In this recipe, I made Mickey Mouse pancakes from the Face Art ga Kawaii Pancake Pan Mickey Mouse set you can buy on Belle Maison. You hear a lot of different tips and tricks on how to make the perfect pancake with your batter, so I’ll show you a combined recipe to make yours as beautiful as possible♡

     

    1. Ingredients (Makes 7-8 pancakes)

    400g hot cake mix

    300ml milk

    1 large egg (approx. 52g)

    15g honey

     

    2. Mix the egg and milk together well. Add the hot cake mix slowly to ensure it does not become lumpy. Next, add the honey and mix. If you have time, leave to stand for 30 minutes on the side.

     

    3. For the next step, please see the video I made below.

     

    Heat the pan well without any oil.

    Once heated, place the pan on a wet cloth once to remove the residual heat, turn the flame down to a medium, and pour in your mix.

    Once your mix is in the pan, reduce to a low heat, put the lid on and leave to cook.

    Once the surface is dry, cook the back side of the mix in another pan which you have already heated.

     

    Done!

    Belle Maison sells Minnie Mouse and Winnie the Pooh versions too. Try making your own Disney pancakes!

     

    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!

     

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    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

     

    ©️Disney

  • Ginza’s Gorgeous Ice Cream Shop coisof Releases Halloween Parfait

    18.October.2019 | FOOD

    Ginza’s luxury ice cream shop has released a new parfait flavour for the Halloween and autumn season.

    They have called it the “Akiiro Murasaki coi Parfait” (Autumn Colour Purple coi Parfait). Coloured like the vivid sumire plant―a species of violet―this mouth-watering parfait contains a jam made in-house with whole natsuhaze, a wild type of blueberry that has been used in Japan since ancient times. It’s topped with a dollop of rich and milky ice cream, a puree made from in-season purple sweet potatoes, and assorted nuts for added crunch.

    Natsuhaze blueberries contain a lot of polyphenols, giving them an elegant sour flavour which goes unbelievably well with the taste of the milky ice cream and sweet potato. The parfait is served with a liqueur made from sumire extract.

    For the Halloween period between October 16 to 31, the parfait can also be topped with various spooky decorations at no extra cost, like chocolate ghosts, spiders and cobwebs.

     

    If you’re celebrating Halloween in Japan this year, or want to treat your date to a Halloween treat, then take them to Tokyo’s high-class shopping district Ginza for a luxurious parfait.

  • Japanese Sweets Brand Minamoto Kitchoan to Open Cafe Restaurant K. MINAMOTO in Ginza

    16.October.2019 | FOOD

    Japanese confectionery brand Minamoto Kitchoan will open a new cafe and restaurant called “K. MINAMOTO” on October 19.

    K. MINAMOTO will be located on floors 2-5 at THE HOUSE, Minamoto Kitchoan’s new company building which it just moved to on October 3. The cafe-restaurant’s menu concept is dubbed “Ginza Sunny Fruits.” It takes into consideration how daily fruit consumption has greatly decreased today by serving up a luxurious fresh fruit-packed line-up.

     

    Minamoto Kitchoan is a company that has made full use of fruits since its establishment, including the suikanshuku, a Japanese wagashi confection made of whole dried domestic persimmons. We can trust then that K. MINAMOTO will provide us with our 5-a-day.

    Roast Beef Sandwich w/ Fruit Soup – ¥2,420 (Tax Included)

    Seafood Lemon Cream Fedelini w/ Fruit Soup – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)

    Each and every dish on the menu has fruit, all grown in Japan to ensure the a high level of quality. Since the dishes have fruity flavours, prepping them is simple, and they enjoy the colours and textures of each fruit.

     

    Drinks haven’t been left out either. They are made with fruit purees and syrup, or are tossed in as they are, allowing for maximum fruity goodness.

    Smoked Salmon, Fruit Salad & Potato Galette w/ Fruit Soup – ¥1,980 (Tax Included)

    Autumn Fruit Almond Pudding – ¥1,760 (Tax Included)

    All the staff at K. MINAMOTO have a wealth of knowledge about the menu and the fruits used in each dish. Their service creates a comfortable atmosphere, and though they are polite they are incredibly friendly, so you can call out to them without worry.

     

    Get your fill of fruit from the all-new K. MINAMOTO, opening October 19.

  • This Week’s Dessert: Savouring Autumntime Matcha Sweets at ATELIER de GODIVA in Ikebukuro

    16.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spent to ensure happiness.

    I’ve been working relatively hard as of late. I had some spare time before a business meeting, so I took advantage of the occasion to treat myself to some desserts. My destination: ATELIER de GODIVA located inside Seibu Ikebukuro.

    GODIVA has numerous stores throughout Tokyo, but Ikebukuro’s concept store branch has an eat-in space that’s perfect for that tea or coffee break.

     

    ATELIER de GODIVA boasts that same level of quality when it comes to their desserts, some of which are exclusive to this branch. There are only three branches: this one in Seibu Ikebukuro (Tokyo), another in Daimaru Kyoto (Kyoto), and the last in Hakata Hankyu (Fukuoka). The cake I am showing you today is a special dessert sold only in these three branches (and is takeout only at Hakata Hankyu).

     

    The first delight I ordered was the Mousse Matcha Cherry.

    Mousse Matcha Cherry: Eat in ¥980 / Takeout ¥780 (*Matcha Ice Cream is eat-in only)

    Available: Until November 26, 2019 while supplies last

    The shiny cake is served on a round white plate with a dollop of matcha ice cream. The pink berry sauce is drizzled around the plate to make the plating even cuter.

    Time to tuck in. This extravagant cake is supported by a fluffy matcha mousse topped with a crunchy chocolate sable. On top of that still are juicy cherries, adding a hint of freshness to the cake. The matcha glaze on the mousse has just the right amount of bitterness, which when coupled with the subtly sweet matcha mousse makes for a heavenly balance of flavours. Lined around the base of the mousse are sweet and sour dried raspberries which elevated the matcha-ness of the matcha mousse.

    The matcha ice cream which it comes with when you order to eat in is rich and creamy.

    I was full up after my dessert, but since I’d taken the time to come here I wanted to order a drink too… so I got a takeout Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami from a shop adjoining ATELIER de GODIVA.

    Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami – ¥602 (*Takeout only at the GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro branch)

    This new drink is part of GODIVA’s chocolate and tea pairing series. The chefs at GODIVA have carefully selected the best varieties of tea to combine with chocolate. This one is an iced drink made with white chocolate and matcha.

    It’s a mix of GODIVA’s popular smooth and sweet white chocolate and rich Uji matcha. It’s crowned with a sprinkling of bitter Uji matcha powder. All of the flavours are highlighted in this sweet drink. The crunchy white chocolate pieces you sip up as you drink are delicious. It’s the kind of drink where you’re sure to find something new each time you take a drink.

     

    My 30-minute tea break is my little self-indulgence for the day. Spare minutes in my daily schedule affords me the chance to go and enjoy some delicious desserts. You should treat yourself to some special autumntime sweets too.

     

    Today’s Presents

    Matcha Adzuki ATELIER Tablet – ¥800

    It’s important to share the happiness between family and colleagues on when you get the chance to enjoy something tasty. The present I bought today was a tablet chocolate handmade in the shop. The matcha white chocolate has almonds in it as well as Japanese-style chocolate mixed with adzuki. It has a strong matcha flavour and isn’t overly-sweet. You can also request for a ribbon to be tied around it for gift-giving. It’s a chocolate that’s sure to bring anyone joy.

     

    Writer:Sayuri Mizuno(MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Full Moon Salted Caramel & Paradigm Shift Pudding Cooked Up By firando

    15.October.2019 | FOOD

    Mirai Image and firand have teamed up to create a new dessert brand named “firando.” Their website launched just recently, and their first products, “MANGETSU” and “PURIORI,” were shown for the first time at the 9th Tsuhan Expo which took place on September 26-27. Sales of these two confections went live on their official website on Tuesday (October 15).

     

    During the Edo portion of Sakoku, when Japan closed its doors to most foreign trade and foreign nationals, Hirado was called “firando” and thrived as a port for international trade. During this time, caramel, then a western-style confection, found its way to Hirado, and has since resurfaced in Hirado, Nagasaki.

    “MANGETSU” is the Japanese term for full moon. This salted caramel treat is made with a very special salt: it’s taken from the sea of the beautiful Hirado Island only when the tide is high during an evening full moon. It’s also made with freshly-squeezed raw milk shipped directly from the only dairy farmer in Hirado that has been passed down the generations. The dessert is completely additive-free, using no preservatives or artificial colouring. It uses the highest quality unrefined sugar from Kagoshima Prefecture that is easy on the body, with each and every grain being accounted for in the 10-second cooking progress. The milk has a rich flavour, and the full moon salt adds a pleasant accent, resulting in a refreshing aftertaste.

    The “PURIORI” is a Japanese-style pudding whose concept is “going back in time.” The concept asks, “What if you went back in time to the end of the Edo period and presented nanbangashi* to the Matsuura feudal lord?” The pudding piles together the layers of Japan’s confection culture. It’s made with rare eggs from Nagasaki Prefecture that you can’t get on the marketplace.

     

    *Nanbangashi are a variety of Japanese sweets derived from Portugal and Spain

    firanodo has whipped up some seriously special and luxurious desserts here. If you find yourself in Nagano, be sure to visit their store, and don’t forget to check out their website below.

  • Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Transforms For Halloween 2019

    11.October.2019 | FOOD

    Royal Park Hotel Tokyo in Nihonbashi has begun its Halloween festivities for 2019, including a bone-chilling black and orange food and dessert menu, spooky decorations, a photo spot in the first floor main lobby, and more.

    Check out their mouth-watering sweets assortment! Their Halloween Afternoon Tea set is packed full of autumntime flavours, from the glass desserts, to the apple chiboust, chocolate pocket watches with bats on them, adorable monster burgers, and more.

    The hotel is also offering a Halloween Dinner Buffet on weekends and holidays decorated in Halloween colours. Pile your tray with figs and blackcurrants, chestnut mousse, pumpkin tarts, and plenty of other tasty treats, all prepared fresh in the kitchen.

    This is just a peek into the hair-raising fun happening right now at Royal Park Hotel Tokyo. There’s also the Halloween Cocktail Fair, Halloween Sweets & Bread event, and much more.

     

    Spend your Halloween here, or even use it as an opportunity to try wearing your Halloween costume out so you’re ready for October 31!

  • Visiting the Weathering With You Cafe Now Open in Tokyo and Osaka

    10.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / MOVIE

    LEGS COMPANY opened two cafes themed on the hit anime film Weathering with You in Tokyo and Osaka on October 8 and October 10 respectively. The cafes will run for a limited time only.

    We paid a visit to the Tokyo branch which opened inside OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE & SPACE which is only a 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station.

     

    The new blockbuster hit from internationally-acclaimed animator and film director Makoto Shinkai Weathering with You dropped back on July 19 and has since amassed over 13 billion yen (approximately US$131 million) in the box office. It was seen by 7.5 million people in the first 34 days of its release, and over 10 million after 75 days. Its huge success has cemented itself in the Japanese animated film industry as another monumental masterpieces from Shinkai. The film has also been nominated for Best International Feature Film for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards set to take place on February 9, 2020.

    While sat in the cafe you can watch scenes from the film on the giant screens while the main songs performed by RADWIMPS play.

     

    The cafe menu features a line-up of drinks, dishes and desserts inspired by the characters and moments in the series, including the chahan set prepared by Hina for Hodaka, the Hodaka Welcome Party Set, and more.

    Teru Teru Omurice – ¥1,490

    This is the dish I ordered to eat. I couldn’t resist how cute it was. It’s inspired by the teru teru bōzu that Nagi makes, a traditional Japanese doll used to prevent rain and bring good weather. The doll’s head is made of mashed potato. He’s sat on a bed of ketchup rice filled with vegetables and bathed in a delicious sauce. This one’s too cute it almost seems a waste to eat♡

    Nagi’s Teru Teru Bōzu À La Mode – ¥1,490

    For dessert I ordered another teru teru bōzu treat. This one is made from gyūhi, a type of Japanese confection made from rice flour. Its head is filled with vanilla ice cream, and if you turn it over, you’ll find Japanese pudding underneath, and under that granola. It’s finished with a lining of bright blue lychee jelly around the outside for a hint of freshness.

     

    The cafe offers plenty of other dishes that will leave any Weathering with You fans spoiled for choice.

    Hina’s Handmade Sesame Oil Infused Pea Sprout Potato Chahan Set – ¥1,490

    A chahan set lovingly prepared by Hina for Hodaka. Chop up the spring onions that come on the side and add them to the soup just like Hina does in the film! This is a hearty set sure to fill you up.

    Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set – ¥1,590

    This one-person set was made lovingly by Natsume when Hodaka comes to work at the same company as her, K&A. If you’re looking for a healthy green meal packed with veggies then you’ll love this one.

    Clearing Up Weather Tiramisu – ¥1,490

    This refreshing matcha tiramisu is inspired by the scene when Hina and Hodaka reunite, with the sauce representing the sunlight and the cotton candy the rainy clouds. Pour the sauce over the cotton candy and watch the clouds clear up.

    Acai Bowl of the World’s Secrets – ¥1,390

    Enjoy the main key visual of the film right on top of your plate. The mild flavour of the yogurt coupled with the refreshing kiwi is a mouth-watering combination. The colours are really beautiful, too.

    Swirling Snow Whipped Latte – ¥990

    Inspired by the immense snow that spirals around Tokyo in the film, a cup of this whipped cream latte is perfect as a post-meal wind-down.

    Left: The Fine Weather That Day (Grapefruit) – ¥1,690 / Right: The Sunset That Day (Cranberry) – ¥1,690

    These two drinks are for takeout, and are based on iconic scenes in the film, specifically when the turns fine and the sunset. They are served in exclusive cafe-original bottles. Both flavours are sweet, sour and refreshing. Plus, you can reuse the bottles.

    If you order one of the many drinks from the menu you’ll receive one of six possible coasters chosen randomly.

    The cafe has plenty of exclusive merchandise on their shelves too.

    Sparkly Rain Smartphone Case (7/8 Ver. & X Ver.) – ¥3,900 Each

    When you shake these iPhone cases, it looks like the rain is falling.

    Raindrop Stickers (10 Designs) – ¥400

    Don’t you just want to collect all of these cute raindrop stickers?

    If you book a seat in advance (¥650 before tax per person) you will receive one of six possible bromide pictures chosen randomly, so don’t forget to reserve in advance.

     

    Plunge yourself into the world of Weathering with You at either one of these cafes, now running until November 17.

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only. All listed prices are pre-tax prices.

    ©️2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee

  • Hiroo’s Cafe CANVAS TOKYO Turns Into a Pure White Canvas in New Monochrome Theme

    09.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    CANVAS TOKYO is a cafe and open concept store based in Hiroo, Tokyo produced and managed by BLANCA ASSOCIATION. The cafe has announced that it is taking on a new monochrome theme on October 10 where the entire cafe will be decked out in white like a blank canvas. They will also sell new products as part of the transformation.

    The idea behind this concept is to make the overall look simple while putting great care and attention into the little details. Everything from the cafe exterior to its interior, cups, cutlery and so on have been dyed black and white to give a plain yet sophisticated appearance.

     

    The cafe will also stock a new range of merchandise under the same concept, like coats and bags, allowing the cafe’s stylish look to extend into the outside world too. As well as this, the cafe is introducing some new menu items, including a tea latte, bao, and more.

    Black & White Sweaters – ¥12,000 (Before Tax)  *One size

    Made into a loosely tailored size with wide ribbed sleeves, these sweaters have a design that makes them easy to coordinate, meaning you can pair them with countless outfits.

    London Fog – ¥500 (Before Tax)

    CANVAS TOKYO’s original London Fog beverage is an Earl grey tea mixed with natural maple syrup from Canada, warm milk and fluffy foamed milk, effectively creating a tea latte.

    Left: Fresh Salsa & BBQ Pork – ¥430 (Before Tax) / Right: Coriander & TERIYAKI Pork – ¥430 (Before Tax)

    These Chinese-style steamed meat buns, known as “bao,” are a popular snack item with people around the world. New York and London are known for having several stores specialising in bao.

     

    This is just a small peek into the monochrome heaven of CANVAS TOKYO. To see it in all it’s black and white glory, head to the trendy district of Hiroo in Tokyo.

  • Top 6 Desserts Made With Luxurious Pink Ruby Chocolate

    06.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Ruby chocolate is a variety of chocolate that was introduced in 2017 as the 4th main type of chocolate alongside milk, white and dark. It didn’t hit Japan until October 2018, but since then, the luxury pink delight has been getting much love with the release of many new products. The ruby colour of the cocoa beans is completely natural.

    I attended a product conference held by Barry Callebaut, the Belgian-Swiss chocolate company which introduced ruby chocolate to the world. I got to try out various confections made using this chocolate.

     

    When talking about ruby chocolate, you’re inclined to highlight its striking pink colour. But the looks are just part of the story. Compared to dark, white and milk chocolate, ruby chocolate is said to have the strongest cacao fruit flavour. Though it’s chocolate, it has a sour, fruity kind of taste.

     

    Until last year, I was more about the eye-catching pink colour of the chocolate, so I ended up overlooking that ruby chocolate is often paired with berry-type fruits when it comes to confections. I get it nowーso it has a sour taste? Well then, this year I really want to go all out and appreciate the unique flavour of this ruby chocolate.

     

    Today, I’m going to showcase six new products made with Callebaut® Ruby Chocolate. I’ve tried them all, so I can properly break down the flavours and how delicious they are for you!

     

    Ruby Chocolate Otabe – ¥660 (Before Tax)

    This Japanese confection is a combination of ruby chocolate and “Otabe,” which is a confection known as “yatsuhashi,” a popular souvenir sweet from Kyoto. Much time is put into making the ganache to ensure the fruitiness of the ruby chocolate remains intact. The ganache is wrapped in chewy yatsuhashi which is made with domestic koshihikari, which is a type of rice, and carefully selected water. There’s no way this could be anything short of delicious!

    At the taste-testing session, I got to see the ruby chocolate Otabe being made right in front of me. It was done by a kimono-clad Nara who normally makes confections in the factory.

    The rich and sour ganache combined with the chewy yatsuhashi is a match made in heaven! The pink colour really is cute after all, isn’t it? By wrapping the fruity chocolate in mochi, it creates even deeper flavours in your mouth.

     

    This product will be sold at Kyoto Station and various tourist sites around Kyoto, so if you ever visit the city, make sure you’re on the lookout.

     

    Ruby Chocolate Otabe

    Running: October 11, 2019 – Early May 2020

    Available: At Kyoto Station and tourist spots around Kyoto

    Official Website: http://www.otabe.kyoto.jp/

     

     

     

    Ruby Mille-feuille – ¥600 (Before Tax)

    From Juchheim comes these ruby chocolate-coated mille-feuille fingers, laced with butter from Hokkaido and strawberry and raspberry mixed cream layered into a crunchy sandwich.

    The puff pastry is of course tasty, and the sour flavour of the ruby chocolate mixed with the sourness of the berry cream packs a seriously fruity punch. It’s an overall crunchy and rich dessert, but it also has a refreshing taste to it, so one person is sure to be tempted by more than one.

     

    Ruby Mille-feuille

    Released: October 1, 2019 (Online orders from October 8, 2019 )

    Available: At all 272 branches of Juchheim in Japan / Juchheim Premium Online Shop

    Online Shop: https://e-shop.juchheim.co.jp/

     

     

    Pretzel Cookie – ¥480 Each (Before Tax)

    Food company Rosenheim have taken their crunchy butter pretzel cookies and coated them in various chocolate flavours, including ruby, sweet, milk, and white.

     

    The ruby pretzels have that distinct vivid pink colour and of course taste fruity. There’s six in a pack, so you can share them with friends.

     

    Pretzel Cookie

    Released: September 20, 2019

    Available: At mass retailers across Japan

     

    Christmas Wreath Ruby Framboise – ¥5,000 (Before Tax)

    Callebaut’s new ruby chocolate iced cake will be released from Maison Givrée. It’s topped with a ruby chocolate and raspberry ice cream and is adorned with cool and refreshing lychee sorbet.

    The best way to eat this cake is when the ice cream has melted a little bit. You can enjoy the sweet fragrance of the ruby chocolate and the marriage between its sour flavour and the raspberry. Try savouring the melted sorbet and ruby chocolate ice cream by leaving it in your mouth.

     

    Christmas Wreath Ruby Framboise

    Running: October 11, 2019 – December 13, 2019

    Delivery Window: December 20, 2019 – December 25, 2019 (subject to change)

    Stock: 50

    Available: At Maison Givrée and its online store

    Official Website: https://givreetokyo.shop-pro.jp/

     

     

    Ruby Chocolate Corn Puffs – One Box ¥1,450 (Tax Included)

    You can pick up a box of these ruby chocolate corn puffs at Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux on the 2nd floor of InterContinental ANA Hotel Tokyo. They have a shiny pink pearl-like appearance. The crunchy corn puffs are thick-cut which goes well with that fruity ruby chocolate taste.

     

    Ruby Chocolate Pear Tart – ¥650 (Tax Included)

    These cocoa-laced and ruby chocolate powdered baked tarts are also sold at Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux. They’re topped with almond cream and a pear compote. They’re also topped with a ganache made from ruby chocolate and a redcurrant puree. Their design is made so that it looks like a flower, crowned with extra redcurrants.

     

    Ruby Chocolate Corn Puffs

    Running: All year round

     

    Ruby Chocolate Pear Tart

    Running: October 1, 2019 – January 14, 2020

    Available: Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux (InterContinental ANA Hotel Tokyo – Floor 2F)

    Hotel Official Website: https://anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp/en/

     

     

    I’m all about ruby chocolate’s deep flavour now. If you’ve yet to try it then you’ve got to get your hands on some, to enjoy both its striking pink appearance and that sour cacao fruit flavour.

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Munch On These Crispy Freshly-Baked Custard Apple Pies Made With Sweet Potato at RINGO

    05.October.2019 | FOOD

    RINGO, a shop which specialised in freshly-baked custard apple pies, has announced that it will release its new Yakitate Custard Oimo Apple Pie on October 17.

    RINGO opened its first branch in Ikebukuro, Tokyo back in 2016. Since then, it has expanded and opened 12 branches across Japan, including Osaka and Fukuoka, and 3 stores overseas. They sell over 6 million custard apple pies every year. Since their products are baked fresh in-house, you can watch and see how they are made.

    The new Yakitate Custard Oimo Apple Pie is a crunchy 144-layer pie packed full of custard cream and an autumntime sweet potato paste for an added subtle sweetness.

    The sweet and sour apple filling is made with a range of domestic apples, including the hatorazu ringo apple from Aomori Prefecture. The pastry is also laced with cocoa powder and topped with roasted white sesame seeds. A deliciously fitting dessert for the autumn season!

  • Pink Ribbon Raises Breast Cancer Awareness with Pink Drinks and Pink Ribbon Smile Walk

    04.October.2019 | FOOD

    Pink Ribbon aims to spread knowledge about breast cancer and conveys the importance of breast cancer screening. In order to reach out to more people, Pink Ribbon has released special drinks for the month of October that are dyed completely pink. This limited edition series debuted at Cafe & Dining Zelkova which is located on the first floor of THE STRINGS in Omotesando.

    The White Chocolate Strawberry Cappuccino consists of hot milk blended with white chocolate and strawberry syrup. The beautiful blend creates a pure pink-coloured cappuccino. The Pink Lemonade is a cocktail which consists mainly of refreshing grapefruit juice. Both these beautiful drinks are Instagram-worthy.

     

    Those who order a drink will receive a free book which is full of essential information about breast cancer. There are also donation boxes for the Japanese Foundation For Cancer Research which provides customers with the opportunity to contribute towards research that saves lives.

     

    On October 5, there will be the Pink Ribbon Smile Walk Tokyo event where part of the terrace area will be lit up with pink illumination in order to raise awareness for Pink Ribbon’s breast cancer campaigns. Make sure to get involved.

  • Top 5 Halloween Treats to Pick Up at Japanese Convenience Stores This Year

    04.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    October is here, meaning Halloween is right around the corner. If you’re not up for dressing up in a costume or going out this year, then you can still get in the Halloween spirit by picking up one of the many Halloween exclusive goodies now being sold at Japanese convenience stores. We’ve picked out our top 5 favourite for you.

     

    Starbucks® Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte

    Starbucks Japan is now stocking its sweet caramel pudding latte across most convenience stores in Japan. The golden-capped cup features a spooky Halloween design, decorated with ghosts, pumpkins and bats. Enjoy Halloween in a cup with the beverage’s rich and sweet caramel pudding flavour.

     

    ▼Starbucks® Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte

    Price: ¥200
    Available: Most convenience stores across Japan. Select branches not stocking.

     

    Calbee Jagabee Black Consomme

     

    These crunchy potato sticks are a popular savour snack in Japan. This Halloween, Calbee has coloured their sumptuous sticks black, and made them taste like delicious consomme. This is a 7-Eleven and Ai Group-exclusive. Its cute pot design will have you grabbing one off the shelf without even thinking.

     

    ▼Calbee Jagabee Black Consomme

    Price: ¥138 (Before Tax)
    Available: 7-Eleven and Ai Group

     

    KOIKE-YA Karamucho Hot Chili Flavour

     

    The classic thick-cut Karamucho potato chips have been sprinkled with extra spiciness for that heated kick. The packet features all the familiar faces of Halloween, from a witch to a pumpkin, bats, a graveyard and more. If you’re a spice-seeker then this one’s for you. Also a 7-Eleven and Ai Group exclusive product.

     

    ▼KOIKE-YA Karamucho Hot Chili Flavour

    Price: ¥128 (Before Tax)
    Available: 7-Eleven and Ai Group

     

     

    7-Eleven Marshmallow Chocolate Ganache Daifuku

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    7-Eleven is also releasing a range of its own original Halloween treats, including this sweet white daifuku which looks like a marshmallow and is filled with rich chocolate ganache. A Japanese and Western-combined confection you can enjoy with one hand.

     

    ▼7-Eleven Marshmallow Raw Chocolate Daifuku

    Price: ¥118 (Before Tax)
    Available: 7-Eleven (Except in Okinawa)

     

    7-Eleven Black Cat Sachertorte

    Black cats are a popular symbol of Halloween, particularly in Japan. This cake is made with chocolate cream and vanilla cream and is coated in a crunchy chocolate coating for even more tasty texture. This is a seriously cute choice you’re sure to love!

     

    ▼7-Eleven Black Cat Sachertorte

    Price: ¥308 (Before Tax)
    Release Date: October 15, 2019
    Available: 7-Eleven

     

     

    Did you enjoy our picks? There are plenty of Halloween-themed foods, confections and sweets to look forward to this year at convenience stores in Japan. Head to your closest one and see what they have in stock.

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