Bring Back Childhood Memories At The Lisa and Gaspard Afternoon Tea Collaboration Café
15.July.2019 | FOOD
From July 25 to August 28, four Afternoon Tea shops will be collaborating with the French picture book Gaspard and Lisa to celebrate the book’s 20th anniversary. The collaboration will only be running at the following branches: AEON Lake Town kaze, Koshigaya, LaLaport Yokohama, Terrace Mall Shonan and Nagoya LACHIC.
Tomboy Lisa Katsu Curry Plate (Drink included): ￥1,491 (after tax)
Lisa’s Tomato Chicken Curry (Kids Drink included) : ￥1,005 (after tax)
The Tomboy Lisa Katsu Curry Plate consists of a European-style curry with a crispy chicken cutlet and carrot marinade. There is also a sweet apple and honey tomato chicken curry which is limited to kids only.
Peach Peach Clown Parfait Straight Out of the Picture Book: ￥1,404 (after tax)
Lisa and Gaspard Strawberry/ Melon Sundae Sodas: ￥864 (after tax)
The menu also includes desserts and drinks from the picture book. For example, the peach peach clown parfait and two flavours of Lisa and Gaspard Sundae Soda. Make sure you order one of these drinks to go with one of the five delicious collaboration meals.
During the collaboration period, the tea shop will be decorated with a special Lisa and Gaspard theme. There will be photo spots and even a book corner with 20 Lisa and Gaspard books (limited to Nagoya LACHIC only).
This is the perfect place to enjoy a special summer meal with your family so please check it out!
©2019 Anne Gutman & Georg Hallensleben / Hachette Livre
Hello Kitty & Lisa and Gaspard Collaborative Merchandise Released
17.June.2019 | FASHION
Sanrio’s popular character Hello Kitty has teamed up with French fictional character duo Lisa and Gaspard to release a line of merchandise at Sanrio shops, Sanrio corners of department stores and the official Sanrio online shop.
These characters first collaborated in September 2017 with the announcement of a selection of merchandise with oil painting designs. This collection was released in Japan in January 2018. Their second collaboration was the creation of 7 new oil paintings along with an original picture book which was published by French publisher Hachette Livre in January this year.
This new series uses designs from the new oil paintings that were released last year and also featured in the picture book. The theme of the works is “Paris.”
Foldable Tote Bag: ¥3,024 (Tax Included)
This foldable tote bag has an adjustable handle so you can use it as a carrier case.
iPhone 7/8 Case: ¥3,240 (Tax Included)
This case is compatible with the iPhone 7 a nd 8 and comes with a ring on the back.
A4 Clipboard: ¥972 (Tax Included)
This adorable A4 size clipboard can be used in a variety of situations whether at work or for studying.
The cute new collection can be enjoyed by fans and newcomers to the characters alike.
© 2019 Sony Creative Products Inc. / Hachette Livre, Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben ©1976, 2019 SANRIO CO.,LTD.
Hello Kitty and Lisa & Gaspard Collaboration Merchandise
Release Date: June 12, 2019
◇Most Sanrio stores and department stores (in the Sanrio Corner)
◇ The Sanrio Online Shop
Main shop: https://shop.sanrio.co.jp/
Rakuten Market: https://www.rakuten.co.jp/sanrio/
Yahoo! Shopping: https://shopping.geocities.jp/sanrio/
Sanrio Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/goodsinfo/lg-kt-collaboration-design-201906/
Lisa and Gaspard Official Website: http://www.lisagas.jp/
The Helpful Fox Senko-san Anime Themed Food & Drink Served Up in Ikebukuro
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!
The Helpful Fox Senko-san x Danmaya Suisan Ikebukuro South Entrance
Reservations: 070-6407-4611 (Weekdays 10:00-22:00 / Weekends & Holidays 15:00-22:00)
*Please note that due to the high number of people expected, dining will be limited to 90 minutes per table to accommodate more customers
*If you want to order the Senko-san Set then please book this over the phone too
Senko-san Set: ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
Senko-san Set (With Rock Glass): ¥2,138 (Tax Included) *Limited supply
・Senko-san’s Rum Ginger: ¥518 (Tax Included)
・Shiro’s Beer Shake: ¥518 (Tax Included)
・Senko-san’s Mango Smoothie: ¥518 (Tax Included)
・Shiro’s Calpis Smoothie: ¥518 (Tax Included)
Danmaya Suisan Ikebukuro South Entrance
Address: Yoronotaki Ikebukuro Bldg. Floor B1F, 1-10-15 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: Weekdays 16:00-Midnight / Weekends & Holidays 15:00-Midnight
Official Website: https://www.yoronotaki.co.jp/search/detail.html?CN=2793
Astronaut Snoopy Soars Up Tokyo Skytree For FIRST BEAGLE IN SKYTREE® Event
Tokyo Skytree is set to hold an event titled FIRST BEAGLE IN SKYTREE® from July 18 to October 14 in collaboration with the astronaut version of Snoopy which appeared in the original comic 50 years ago in March this year.
Strap on your space suits and get ready to head up the tallest tower in the world as its top floor, the Tembo Galleria―towering at 450 meters high―is transformed into a Snoopy space station. Learn about outer space with Snoopy and his friends, dine on food and drink themed on everybody’s favourite beagle, and more.
Join snoopy as he makes his galactic debut as the first beagle in space. As you step into Shuttle 2 (the elevator) head up into the stars, you and your fellow astronauts will glimpse pictures an decorations taken from the Astronaut Snoopy graphic novel. While you watch the number of meters rolling up on the monitor as you soar higher and higher, you can rest assured the excitement of stepping out will surge simultaneously.
You’ve made it. You step out of the elevator into the Skytree Space Station where Snoopy and the gang will be ready to meet you. Be sure to snap a commemorative photo with them with the spacey background on the windows so you never forget this day. Once that’s all done it’s time to start your astronaut mission.
Continue up a further 110 meters to reach the peak of the Tembo Galleria and gaze at the wall decorations all along which celebrate Astronaut Snoopy’s 50th anniversary with commentary. There’s plenty of great opportunities for photos here too.
After learning about space, it’s time to experience space yourself! Step into this area and take a photo that looks like you’re floating in space with Snoopy. Nearby there are also boards with various commentaries on them regarding JAXA’s work including the Akatsuki space probe, the Hayabusa2 asteroid explorer, astronaut gear for outside the space shuttle, sokol suits, space stations, and more.
It’s finally time to depart for space exploration. At the space station’s highest point (451.2m) you will find a special spaceship photo spot with beautiful illuminated half-globes and an illustration of the door to space behind you. Depart into the starry expanse with Snoopy, Charlie Brown and all the other characters of Peanuts.
Every astronaut needs a good meal to keep them going. Head back down to the SKYTREE CAFE on the Tembo Deck on floor 340F and enjoy a selection of themed desserts, drinks and more. You’ll even get a free gift! Look forward to the Planet Bagel filled with avocado and basil, a Moon Surface Tiramisu, the Iced Charlie Brown Whipped Cream & Caramel Latte, and more.
Expect to sift through all the exclusive merchandise they’ll have on offer too. All of this is available for a limited time only, so don’t miss this chance to celebrate Snoopy as the FIRST BEAGLE IN SKYTREE®.
©2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
FIRST BEAGLE IN SKYTREE®
Running: July 18, 2019 – October 14, 2019
Location: Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck and Tembo Galleria
1. Decorations in Tembo Galleria
2. Original limited-edition merchandise at THE SKYTREE SHOP
3. Original limited-time menu at SKYTREE CAFE on floor 340 of the Tembo Deck
4. Stamp rally around Tokyo Skytree
5. Event for children’s summer break research projects
Tokyo Skytree Official Website: http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/
Snoopy Japan Website: http://www.snoopy.co.jp/
Catch Your Favourite Pokémon at the Pokémon Café in Nihonbashi
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♡
Address: 2-1-2 Nihombashi | Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, Chuo 103-0027, Tokyo Prefecture
Business Hours: 10:30-22:00
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Tokyo Station’s Yaesu North Exit via JR Line / 5-minutes on foot from Nihonbashi Station’s B2 Exit via Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Tozai Line / 4-minutes on foot from Nihonbashi Station via Toei Asakusa Line
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/
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 Collaborates With Bonobono To Release Cute Summer Menu
08.July.2019 | FOOD
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
Pompompurin Cafe, Harajuku
Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU (floor 3), 1-7-1, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 21:00 (Last orders: 20:00) / (Drinks last orders: 20:30)
Pompompurin Cafe, Umeda
Address: Hankyu Sambangai South Bldg. Basement floor 2, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11:00 ー 22:00（Last orders: 21:30), Weekends/national holidays: 10:00 ー 22:00 (last orders: 21:30)
Pompompurin Cafe, Yokohama
Address: YOKOHAMA SOTETSU SQUARE, 2 Chome-1-5 Minamisaiwai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama,
Opening Hours: 10:00 ー 21:00 (Last orders: 20:30)
Bonobono Official Website: http://www.bonoanime.jp/
Pompompurin Cafe Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com
Tokyo Sushi Restaurant Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure Opens New Branch in Shibuya
14.December.2019 | FOOD
Edomae sushi restaurant Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure, which is known for its strict use of organic ingredients, just opened its second branch in Tokyo Plaza Shibuya following its first branch in Omotesando Hills.
Sasashigure is a type of sasanishiki rice grown completely organically without the use of any chemicals or fertilisers. It is grown by Akinori Kimura who is known for its “Miracle Apples,” the world’s first apples grown without pesticides.
Sasashigure rice yields 40% less rice quantity in one-tenth hectare than regular rice, but it has a natural sweetness and elevate flavour, with each and every grain savoured in a mouthful.
If you’re all for healthy eating and protecting the environment, and happen to be in Tokyo looking for some sushi, be sure to visit the new branch of Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure in Shibuya.
Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure
Address: Shibuya FUKURAS 6F, Tokyu Plaza Shibuya, 1-2-3 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30)
No Fixed Holidays (Except when Tokyu Plaza Shibuya is closed)
Official Website: http://www.tamasushi.co.jp/
My Hero Academia Pop-Up Shop to Open at Ikebukuro Sunshine City in Tokyo
Bandai Namco Amusement is opening a My Hero Academia pop-up shop at the new Namco Ikebukuro facility which itself is set to open this winter at Sunshine 60 Street. The pop-up shop will run for a limited time only from December 20, 2019 to January 19, 2020.
*The pop-up shop will be open before Namco Ikebukuro fully opens
To date, this pop-up shop has hit Shinjuku, Nagoya, Hakata and elsewhere across Japan since March 29 this year. The shop features official designs and illustrations drawn specifically for itself, themes of which include the cool Heroes laughing in the face of adversity, wearing festive headbands and happi coats, and more. These designs feature on exclusive merchandise, and there is even a raffle mini game where fans can win tapestries, pin badges, and other limited edition goodies.
Fans can also get involved in a digital roulette game which has been held at the other pop-up shops, which features a background image featuring the characters from the series, where they can win more items. New prizes will be included at both Nambo Ikebukuro and Namco Umeda.
And to promote the upcoming anime film My Hero Academia – Heroes: Rising, Namco Ikebukuro is holding a campaign for fans to win one of three possible postcard designs from the film.
©My Hero Academia Production Committee ©️2019 “My Hero Academia THE MOVIE” Production Committee ©️Kohei Horikoshi/Shueisha
*The information in this news release is up to date at the time of posting. Information regarding the event is subject to change without notice.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
My Hero Academia Character Pop Store
Running: December 20, 2019 – January 19, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Address: Ikebukuro Sunshine 60 Street Floor B1F, 1-22-10 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Pop-Up Shop Website: https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/chara_shop/heroaca/
My Hero Academia Official Website: https://heroaca.com/
To enter the campaign, you must download the Namco App (ナムコアプリ) and follow Namco Ikebukuro as one of your favourites. Those who follow the store will receive a coupon to receive a postcard. If they show this coupon to a staff member at the store, they will receive one of three possible My Hero Academia – Heroes: Rising postcards chosen randomly. Available on a first-come, first-service after Namco Ikebukuro opens. Exclusive to the Namco Ikebukuro branch.
Store Website: https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/game_center/loc/ikebukuro/
Akasaka Yuuga: The New Japanese Restaurant in Tokyo’s Gourmet Warzone Akasaka
13.December.2019 | FOOD
Akasaka is known as a warzone when it comes to gourmet restaurants, but a new contender has arrived. Akasaka Yuuga opened this month in Akasaka Ni-chome, Tokyo. This restaurant serves Japanese style cuisine featuring carefully selected flavours taken from across the country.
Yuuga gets most of their fish from Choshi Port, which boasts the best fish yield in Japan, as well as other carefully chosen seafood from across Japan in addition to seasonal vegetables. They bring out the full flavour of their ingredients, all of which are matched to the current season. They even serve Japanese black beef.
Their concept centres on how recognised and loved Japanese food is internationally. The restaurant makes full use of Japan’s traditional food culture and prepares food using a variety of cooking methods. Everything in the restaurant is carefully considered to ensure diners enjoy their meal experience with all five senses, from not only the food but the decor and hospitality too. There are also counter seats available for customers who want to watch their food being prepared while they talk, whether to their friends or with the skilled chefs, offering an unforgettable dining experience for Japanese people and foreigners alike. There are also private eating booths for those who want to eat with friends, family, or celebrate a special day.
Nijushisekki refers to the days that divide the solar year into twenty four equal sections and highlight the longest days of sun in summer, the shortest days in winter, and the days being the same in spring and autumn.
The dishes at the restaurant reflect these regular changes; the dishes are not bound strictly by Japanese cuisine, but make use of various cooking and preparation methods, with thought and consideration put into every dish.
Japanese Black Beef
Yuuga prides itself not only on seasonal vegetable and fish-filled menu, which is both a feast for the belly and eyes, but on the beef used in its course meals too.
Yuuga serves Japanese black beef which comes from a rare breed of cow which is difficult to rear. It has a distinct rich flavour and low melting point which gives it a melt-in-the-mouth texture.
There are three courses to choose from that cater to customers desires, costing ¥8,000, ¥12,000, and ¥20,000 respectively. This includes appetisers, and customers can choose from a range of wines from around the world select by sommeliers, as well as champagne, whisky, and of course sake and shochu.
Address: Yamaguchi Bldg. 1F, 2-14-8 Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Closed: Sundays & Public Holidays
Official Website: http://yuuga.ku-shin.jp
WITH HARAJUKU: Shiseido to Open Beauty Parlour, Hair & Makeup Academy and More in Harajuku’s New Shopping Complex
Shiseido has announced that it will open three new facilities in WITH HARAJUKU—a shopping complex currently in development by NTT URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION in front of Harajuku Stationーin April 2020. This includes the new beauty parlour Beauty Square, the hair & makeup academy and studio SABFA*, and the restaurant and lounge SHISEIDO PARLOUR THE HARAJUKU managed by Shiseido Parlour.
*SABFA is a school managed by Shiseido for training professional hair and makeup artists
Beauty Square will be located in the first floor as a place to discover beauty, have fun, and share experiences. As well as selling cosmetics, the facility will offer various beauty experiences using digital technology, and there will be a hair and makeup salon where customers can receive high quality service for a short period of time. By combining real experience with digital tech, Beauty Square hopes to bring in people of all ages and backgrounds from inside and outside Japan so that they can discover the fun of beauty and unlock their inner charm.
SABFA on the second floor will be home to an all-new lecture and training facility as well as a photo studio. It will train educate and support the next generation of hair and makeup artists who will challenge the ideas of beauty and revolutionise the industry.
SHISEIDO PARLOUR THE HARAJUKU is on the eighth floor where customers will be able to dine on French cuisine and indulge in line-up of wines carefully chosen by sommeliers. The restaurant overlooks Meiji Jingu, and its interior was designed by Kazuya Ura who designed the Twilight Express Mizukaze, a multiple unit sleeping-car excursion train operated by West Japan Railway Company.
Be sure to visit WITH HARAJUKU when it opens in April next year.
Grand Opening: April 2020
Address: 1-14-30 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Souvenirs at Tokyo Station’s GRANSTA Shopping Complex Abundant For the New Year
Tokyo Station’s GRANSTA and GRANSTA Marunouchi shopping complexes are holding a New Year’s from December 26, 2019 to January 5, 2019 where sweets and souvenirs will be sold to beckon the new year. The items are based on the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac for 2020.
Sweets and Souvenirs
Baked New Year 2020 (Contains 5) – ¥1,600 @ Fairycake Fair (Available from December 26)
Tuck into these adorable baked cookies with various celebratory designs including rats, flowers and the year 2020. They are egg flavoured and are made with caramel to create a taste similar to Japanese purin (a type of custard pudding).
High Grade Fresh Japanese Confection Assortment (Contains 6) – ¥1,848 @ Ginza Kanra (Available Mid-December to Mid-January)
Ginza Kanra’s assortment of fancy confections are so pretty they almost seem a waste to eat, each with a variety of motifs such as a rat as well as “Gin no Suzu”ーa silver bell inside Tokyo Station that’s famous as a meeting spot.
Ginza Kikunoya Fukiyose Kaiune Shikan (200g) – ¥1,998 @ Jimbocho Ichi no Ichi (Now on sale until all sell out)
This tin of assorted small sweets includes around 30 types of baked wheat bran treats and more. There’s plenty to keep you going through the New Year celebrations.
Left: Eto Kokeshi Rat – ¥2,090 / Right: Mame Kokeshi Rat – ¥880 @ SHARED TOKYO (Now on sale)
Available in limited quantities only, these cute rat kokeshi dolls would look good even as decorations in small spaces. Their red and white colours add to the festive vibe as these are celebratory colours in Japan.
New Year’s Card Shrimp Senbei Rice Crackers (Contains 11) – ¥1,080 @ Keishindo (Now on sale until all sell out)
Forget regular Christmas cards, hand someone one of these rice crackers instead which feature messages like “Here’s to another great year” in Japanese as well as other New Year motifs.
Osechi and New Year’s Bento
Houjou – ¥8,000 @ Asakusa Imahan (Available January 1 only)
Osechi is food prepared for the New Year in Japan, and this bountiful harvest includes Asakusa Imahan’s famous wagyu black beef, red rice, rice with minced sea bream, and more. These are limited to 10 sets only.
Osechi Shoufuku Suzen – ¥1,800 @Sasahachi (Available January 1-3)
Another delicious mix of osechi like fish wrapped in kombu seaweed, hand-rolled sushi, and more—all of which goes down best with a cup of sake. Limited to 20 servings per day.
This is just a peek into what’s available this New Year at Tokyo Station, so if you’re using the station this year, be sure to stop by.
*All listed prices include tax
New Year’s Fair
Running: December 26, 2019 – January 5, 2020
TOKYO STATION GUIDE Official Website: https://www.tokyoinfo.com/
Korilakkuma Cafe Opens in Harajuku With Projection Mapping Incorporated Dishes
11.December.2019 | FOOD
The all-new “HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe-” will open in Harajuku, Tokyo on December 21, 2019. This permanent cafe incorporates “interactive tabletop projection mapping” technology developed by Sony. The cafe runs in a “pair seating” system and so tables must be occupied by two people.
The first collaboration to hit the cafe for its grand opening is with Korilakkuma. The collaboration is titled “Korilakkuma Cafe: Inside The Mirror.” Customers will be able to enjoy their meals while playing together with the characters as they walk around their plates and tables through projection mapping technology.
The theme of the cafe is “Korilakkuma inside a mirror,” which sees Korilakkuma meeting another Korilakkuma inside the mirror in a world of cats and cosmetics.
Customers will be able to get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise with original art illustrated for the cafe, as well as enjoy themed meals which come in the form of courses made to share between two people. They are free to choose an appetizer, main dish and dessert. *Course menu only – items not available to order separately
Menu item names are translated from Japanese.
Appetizers: Soup and Salad
Welcome to the World Inside the Mirror! Soup & Salad
There are two soups to choose from: clam chowder and minestrone. As a pair you can also order one of each.
Omurice – Let’s Draw Together
Chicken and Mushroom Cream Pasta Made Delicious With Magic!
Friendly Twin Korilakkuma Burger (Available December 21 – January 19 only)
There are five main dishes in total to choose from including those above.
Crème Brûlée & Magic Mirror (Available December 21 – January 19 only)
Heart-Filled Fondant Chocolate (Available January 20 to February 16 only)
There are five desserts in total to choose from including those above.
Korilakkuma Cafe au Lait – ¥890 (Served Hot Only)
Korilakkuma Cocoa – ¥890 (Served Hot Only)
Twin Korilakkuma Strawberry Milk – ¥990
When you order a drink, you’ll get an original coaster too.
Pin Badge (6 Designs) – ¥400
Folder Set – ¥500
Sliding Mirror (Pink or Purple) – ¥1,200 Each
There are lots of other exclusive pieces of merchandise to get your hands on too. Every customer will also receive one of two dolomite crystals.
*All listed prices include tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
©2019 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Korilakkuma Cafe: Inside The Mirror
Running: December 21, 2019 – March 22, 2020 (Not running December 30, 2019 to January 3, 2020)
Location: HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe- (4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Grand Opening: December 9, 2019 at 16:00
Reservations: Now Open
*This cafe serves course menus for two people to share only
*Drinks ordered separately
Table Projection Mapping Seats: ¥2,500 per person (Before Tax)
*Reservations for two people only
*Course menu charged separately
Official Website: https://korilakkumacafe.jp/
Artist FUKI Collaborates with LINE MUSIC to Make Romantic Bubble Tea at Tai Parfait Cafe
LINE MUSIC-Bu is LINE MUSIC’s research team that studies popular music trends among teen girls. LINE MUSIC-Bu teamed up with love song-writer FUKI, who is releasing one love per month for 12 months, in order to produce a new bubble tea drink and tapioca dessert especially for couples. The drink and dessert is being sold at Tai Parfait Cafe, Yokohama World Porters. FUKI will also perform at a free live gig at Yokohama World Porters on December 25, which is the last day of collaboration drink and tapioca dessert sales.
The collaboration pair-tapi contains two different drinks in a twin split cup. One side of the cup is filled with cafe au lait and the other with a strawberry-flavoured drink. Both sides are stuffed with yummy tapioca pearls and are topped with a mountain of cream. This cute drink sees the perfect opportunity to get closer to your partner.
The second collaboration treat is the Tai Parfait Tapi which is stuffed with strawberries and tapioca pearls. The adorable tai fish is made from sweet dough – and it has cute eyelashes too. The fish’s enormously wide mouth can be seen chomping down on the delicious dessert.
Enjoy a romantic bubble tea and make sure to check out FUKI’s love song LOVE and CRY, which is based on a true story. The song is currently available on a number of digital music services.
Teen girls full of love problems find FUKI’S songs highly relatable. As Yokohama World Porters will be lit up for Christmas, you just can’t miss FUKI’s performance on December 25.
LOVE and CRY / FUKI
Digital Release: November 11, 2019
Tai Parfait Cafe
Selling Until: December 25, 2020
Location: Tai Parfait Cafe, Yokohama World Porters (Floor 5)
Address: 2 Chome-2-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 22:00
Christmas Free Live Gig
Event Name: FANTASTIC CHRISTMAS
Dates: November 8 ー December 25
FUKI’s Performance Date: December 25
Times: 14:00 ー 14:30 and 16:00 ー 16:30 (Stage 2)
Location:Yokohama World Porters Kishamichi Promenade, 2nd Floor Stage
Seven Days War Anime Film Release Promoted With Themed Cafe in Shinjuku
To celebrate the December 13th release of the upcoming anime film Seven Days War, a themed cafe will open at EJ Anime Theater in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The cafe will collaborate with popular creator Pantovisco who has over 680,000 followers across his social media.
The collaboration was born from Pantovisco’s being able to relate to the theme of Seven Days War which focuses on the heart of today’s youth.
The cute menu line-up features Seven Days War-inspired food and desserts with Perochi and his friends joining in with the fun.
There’s also a drinks menu with a line-up of colourful beverages and lattes which you can get various latte art drawings on.
And for every food item ordered on the collaboration menu, you’ll receive an original sticker selected randomly from several designs.
And if you order a drink, you’ll get a special card introducing various characters from both Seven Days War and the world of Pantovisco.
©2019 Osamu Souda・KADOKAWA / Seven Days War Production Committee
Cafe de Perochi with Seven Days War
Running: December 13, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Location: EJ Anime Theater Shinjuku Floor 5F (Shinjuku Bunka Bldg., 3-13-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo)
*Please check the EJ Anime Theater website for details on the menu items and more
・All customers using the cafe during this collaboration must each order at least one item
・Entry restrictions and time limits may be implemented during very busy hours
・Photography allowed including posting online. Post with the hashtag #EJアニメシアター and let them know how you liked it!
*Photography is prohibited for certain displays which will be marked in Japanese with “撮影禁止”
Seven Days War Official Website: http://7dayswar.jp/
Cafe Webpage: https://ej-anime-t.jp/cafe_and_gallery/perochi_7dayswar/
Kirby Pop-Up Shop ‘PLAYFUL KIRBY’ to Open in Laforet Harajuku in Tokyo
LEGS is opening a Kirby-themed pop-up shop named ‘PLAYFUL KIRBY’ for a limited time in Laforet Harajuku, a landmark of Tokyo’s fashion hub Harajuku.
The shop has invited popular Japanese illustrator Shogo Sekine on board, who is known for its distinct typography work which mixes fashion with messages written in English, to create an original line of Kirby apparel and miscellaneous fashion items.
PLAYFUL KIRBY is also teaming up with Converse. Kirby has inhaled a few too many Converse Stars and has turned into a truly fashionable pink blob. The line-up is unisex so can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone. It will include items also available to purchase at Converse Stars branches as well as Laforet Harajuku exclusives.
Witness Nintendo’s Dream Land hero in an all-new light as he becomes a fashion icon at Laforet Harajuku this month from December 16 to 26.
©Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
Running: December 16, 2019 – December 26, 2019
Location: Laforet Harajuku’s 2nd Floor CONTAINER (1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Until 19:00 on December 26, 2019)
PLAYFUL KIRBY Official Website: http://playfulkirby.jp
Laforet Harajuku Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/
Gintama Diner: Tokyo’s Gintama Themed Cafe Heads to Animate Branches Across Japan
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
Gintama x Animate Cafe
Running: December 19, 2019 – January 7, 2020
・Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 3
・Animate Cafe Kobe Sannomiya
・Animate Cafe Nagoya 2
How to Enter
You must reserve a place for dining at Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 3 or Animate Cafe Kobe Sannomiya where you will be entered into a lottery and randomly allocated a slot. This applies to Animate Cafe Nagoya 2 for only December 19-20, weekends and public holidays, otherwise this branch is first-come, first-served.
Cafe Website: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/event/gintama1912
Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo Collaborates With Traditional Kyoto Dollmakers
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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.
Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo x Shimada Koen Ningyo Kobo Collaboration
Running: From December 5, 2019 until stock runs out
Sold At: Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo
Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo
Address: 2-19-2 Aobadai, Meguro, Tokyo
Business Hours: 7:00-23:00
No Fixed Holidays.
Access: 14-minutes on foot from Naka-Meguro Station / 14-minutes on foot from the East Exit of Ikejiri-Ōhashi Station
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/roastery/
KIRBY CAFÉ: The World’s First Permanent Kirby-Themed Café to Open in Tokyo
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.
KIRBY CAFÉ TOKYO
Grand Opening: December 12, 2019
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
*No fixed holidays except where Tokyo Solamachi is closed
Reservations & Website: https://kirbycafe.jp/tokyo/
*Reservations for February 2020 onward will open on Christmas Day at 18:00 (JST)
*Reservations can only be made via the official website – phone reservations not available
*The merchandise corner at the café is limited to café customers
*Depending on how busy the café is, customers may be permitted entry on the day without a reservation
*There is an allocated 85-minute time limit for using the café, and a group limit of up to 8 people
KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi East Yard Floor 2F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00