Enjoy Pirate-Themed Food, Cocktails, Desserts And More at DisneySea This Summer

18.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

Tokyo DisneySea launched their special event called Disney Pirates Summer which will run until September 1. The event includes the launch of 16 colourful pirate-themed menus. 

 

We headed straight to Mediterranean restaurant Cafe Portofino to fill ourselves up on the delicious menu. Cafe Portofino is the nearest restaurant to the entrance of DisneySea. Once you find the Mediterranean Harbor, you will find it on the right. 

 Special set: ¥ 1,880 ① Potatoes and Roast Beef Salad ②Linguine topped with Olive and Caper Tomato Sauce and served with Battered Yellowfin Sole Fish ③ Lychee Pudding with Lemon Jelly topped with Mixed Fruit ④ A choice of Soft Drink ⑤ Pay an extra ¥310 for an alcoholic drink. 

 

I ordered the special set which is surprisingly big but definitely enough to satisfy the hungry pirates, who are always boasting about their enormous appetite. 

I started with the potato and roast beef salad, which was dressed in balsamic vinegar. The taste was so refreshing which is just what you want during the summer. The rosemary-flavoured potatoes were soft and a perfect match with the beetroot.   

The linguine was chewy and springy and the capers produced a mildly tangy flavour. I am not usually a big fan of olives, but these were very delicious. The battered fish was crispy and not oily, which is suitable for children and adults. 

Just looking at the lychee pudding with lemon jelly is enough to make you feel refreshed. It is packed with fruit and takes on the image of a pirate’s treasure chest that is full of colourful rubies. This is the perfect way to clean your palate. 

 

Ordering the special set allows you to choose a soft drink. If you pay an extra ¥310, you can change this drink into an alcoholic drink. 

Sparkling Cocktail ( Rum and Mango Sherbet) On its own: ¥680

This cocktail takes on the image of a pile of pirate treasure. Mango sherbet sits on top of the cocktail like nuggets of precious gold. The base of the cocktail is rum and peach and the refreshing alcoholic flavour of the rum is moderately sweet, spreading instantaneously through your mouth on your first sip. The solid texture of the mango makes the cocktail even more enjoyable, so please mix it thoroughly before devouring. 

The bakery next to Cafe Portofino called Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery is selling desserts which come with souvenirs that you can take home with you.

Mango Jelly and Orange Mousse with Souvenir Mug: ¥800

Jelly, mousse and meringue whip is layered in the mug. This refreshing dessert not only looks pretty, but is also made up of a range of fun textures for you to enjoy. 

You can take the souvenir mug back home with you. Its design features Mickey Mouse and friends dressed as pirates. 

Coffee Roll Cake with Souvenir Plate: ¥800

This is the perfect dessert for adults because it is slightly bitter. The layers of sponge, cream and bitter coffee makes for a range of delicious flavours. This plate’s design also features Mickey Mouse, who has dressed up as a pirate for the event. This would be perfect to take home with you to remember your trip!

 

DisneySea is the perfect place to cool down this summer and create many wonderful memories, so please do pay a visit. 

 

©️Disney

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  • Get Soaked at Tokyo DisneySea’s Pirates Summer Battle Event

    14.July.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    True summer is on the horizon as Japan’s rainy season slowly begins to let up. Tokyo DisneySea’s special summertime event Disney Pirates Summer began on July 7, and if you’re looking to cool down from the hot weather, you won’t want to miss the Pirates Summer Battle Get Wet show that is running until September 1.

     

    The show is inspired by the world of Pirates of the Caribbean and features Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa and his band of pirate comrades. It felt like being thrown into the sea life ourselves when we visited.

     

    It begins with Barbossa, who occupies Port Paradiso, and some of his fellow pirates setting forth to plunder Captain Jack Sparrow’s legendary ship. The remaining pirate ruffians left at the port begin loitering around.

    The sound of a horn then burst across the water as the legendary ship appeared. On board is Jack Sparrow who has been defeated by Barbossa to which his fellow pirates cheer. Barbossa then set his eyes on us to become pirates too and shouted that he was going to find out if we had what it takes.

    The test began and water was fired at the crowd, the pirates yelling at us things, “So ye wanna be pirates?” and “You want treasure too, don’t ya?”

    It was at that moment that Jack Sparrow appeared once again on a rickety ship. The crowd were tested on what they had learned and were encouraged to intimidate Jack Sparrow, but…

    …all of a sudden a merry banquet began! Everybody soaked each other in water, sang and drink. It was during this time that the sly Jack Sparrow took action, causing Barbossa to enrage with fury.

    With water shooting and flames blazing during the final battle, who came out victorious? You’ll have to visit Tokyo DisneySea to find your! Enter the wild world of the pirates and get wet this summer for Disney Pirates Summer.

     

    ©️Disney

  • New Tokyo DisneySea® Stage Show ‘Song of Mirage’ Arrives July 23

    15.June.2019 | SPOT

    Tokyo DisneySea’s new entertainment program “Song of Mirage” is set to open at the Hangar Stage in Lost River Delta on July 23.

     

    In the run up to its release, Tokyo Disney Resort unveiled a photograph of Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy donning their adventure costumes.

     

    Song of Mirage will see the four characters seek out the illusionary city of Rio Dorado which has been sought after by many adventurers. The performance will include an original story, singing, dancing and projection mapping.

    Plush Toy Badges: ¥2,200 Each

    Cute plush toy badges will also be available to purchase from July 17 of the four characters all in their Song of Mirage outfits.

     

    For Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy to find the lost city of Rio Dorado, they need to be able to believe that dreams can come true. Join the show and give them support on their adventure!

     

    ©Disney

  • 3 Must-Try Summertime Bubble Teas at Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea

    02.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Bubble tea continues to be ever popular in Japan this summer, especially at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea which not only is selling its much-loved classics but a selection of new refreshing beverages too. Let’s take a look at three of these drinks new this July that not only enjoyable to drink but fun to look at too.

     

    Coffee Tapioca Latte

    The Coffee Tapioca Latte is appearing as part of Tokyo DisneySea’s special event Disney Pirates Summer. The colour of this coffee flavoured delight is reminiscent of the Black Pearl from the 2003 Pirates of the Caribbean movie. It’s not overly sweet and so is perfect for those who prefer more adult flavours. Enjoy the event with a cup of this pirate brew in hand.

     

    Running: July 8 – September 1, 2019

    Price: ¥500

    Available: Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery, Tokyo DisneySea

     

    Fantastic Flight Drink (Lychee Tapioca)

    Inspired by the new Soaring: Fantastic Flight attraction arriving at Tokyo DisneySea on July 23, this drink contains lemon jelly and lychee flavoured chewy tapioca pearls. Lychee flavoured tapioca pearls are for sure a rarity―have you ever seen them?

     

    Running: July 8 – September 1, 2019

    Price: ¥450

    Available: Zambini Brothers’ Ristorante, Tokyo DisneySea

     

    Sparkling Tapioca Tea (Mango & Citrus)

    For a limited time only, this refreshing Sparkling Tapioca Tea will be served up at Tokyo Disneyland, a black tea with mango flavoured tapioca and grapefruit jelly. A perfect summertime sip for the hot weather with its refreshing black tea taste and fruity fragrance.

     

    Running: July 8 – September 1, 2019

    Price: ¥600

    Available: Tomorrowland Terrace, Tokyo Disneyland (Serving at 14:00-17:00 only)

    There are plenty of other new bubble tea drinks apart from these ones too, some of which are on sale right now, such as the Tapioca Mango Drink with its foundation of tiny chewy tapioca balls, the subtly sweet Strawberry Tapioca Tea with fresh strawberries pieces in it as well as large-grained tapioca balls, and more.

     

    If you’re heading to either park be sure to order a cup of bubble tea!せ

  • Tokyo DisneySea’s Disney Pirates Summer Event Merchandise & Food Pre-Sale Announced

    06.July.2019 | SPOT

    Tokyo DisneySea’s®︎ special event “Disney Pirates Summer” will begin next week on July 9.

     

    The event is themed around the internationally beloved Disney film franchise Pirates of the Caribbean and will include a show featuring Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa, exclusive merchandise, a themed menu and more.

     

    Today we will look at some of the merchandise and menu items that are set to roll out at the park early on July 8, one day before the event starts.

    T-Shirts: ¥2,600 / Wristband: ¥900 / Bandanas (From Left): ¥1,500, ¥1,720, ¥2,500 @ Emporio, Tokyo DisneySea

    Pirates Ear Hat: ¥2,000 @ Emporio, Tokyo DisneySea

    Fashion Glasses: ¥2,000 @ Emporio, Tokyo DisneySea

    Fans of the films can look forward to getting their hands on a “Get Wet” t-shirt as well as a range of dress-up items like the Mickey Mouse ear hat, glasses and more. Blend in with the event by picking up some pirate gear!

    Toy: ¥2,000 @ Emporio, Tokyo DisneySea

    You can also get your hands on a Mickey Mouse version of the popular game Pop-Up Pirate. Slide the swords into the barrel and try not to make Mickey pop up!

    Mug: ¥2,000 @ Emporio, Tokyo DisneySea

    Marshmallows: ¥900 @ Valentina’s Sweets

    Other pirate goods include a tankard, marshmallows packaged in a pirate ship box and more to make your Caribbean experience even more fun.

     

    No pirate can hunt to find treasure without a meal in their belly. Check out some of the items on the special pirate menu whipped up exclusively for Disney Pirates Summer.

    Cafe Portofino’s Special Set: ¥1,880

    Cafe Portofino in Mediterranean Harbor is serving this special set containing potato and roast beef salad linguine with an olive caper tomato sauce topped with a yellowfin sole fritter, lychee pudding and lemon jelly with mixed fruits, and a soft drink of your choice. Lots of food for a great price.

    Cafe Portofino’s Alcoholic Rum & Mango Sherbet Sparkling Cocktail: ¥680

    To refresh and keep you cool on your sail is this alcoholic cocktail which has a rum base is mixed with mango sherbet and peach.

    New York Deli’s Special Set: ¥1,230

    New York Deli in American Waterfront is also serving up a special set: a sandwich containing pork and shrimp in a lemon marinade, French fries, and a soft drink of your choice. Another cool choice for summertime.

    New York Deli’s Alcoholic Vodka & Orange Jelly Sparkling Cocktail: ¥680

    The sandwich at New York Deli goes perfectly with this sparkling cocktail so be sure to give them a try.

     

    Become a pirate this summer and Tokyo DisneySea.

    ©Disney

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  • PEANUTS Cafes and Diners Across Japan Release Christmas-Limited Snoopy Courses

    04.December.2019 | FOOD

    If you’re a Peanuts fan, you can’t miss out on the gorgeous Christmas menu which will served up at the PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and PEANUTS DINER Kobe from December 2 – 25. 

    Order the Christmas Dinner course for a large angus beef steak drizzled with a sweet and tangy sauce made of berries and raspberry vinegar.

    After your dinner enjoy the luxurious Christmas desserts plate of bite-sized treats such as a soft and tender canelé and sweet madeleine. The plate is decorated with a Christmas Snoopy pick where Snoopy’s face can be seen peeking through a wreath. 

     

    You don’t have to book in advance but we recommend you do. This can be done via the links in the information section below.

    Order the Salmon Cheese Gratin Christmas Plate for a luxurious course of mains, salad and dessert all on one tray. The sautéd salmon is the steal of the show as it sits in a bath of creamy stew and is topped with a generous layer of cheese. This is served alongside fluffy bread branded with Christmas designs that will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit. A Snoopy pick replaces the traditional cherry on the sundae that will leave you with a sweet aftertaste after your meal.

    The White Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to ward off the cold of winter. Like a white blanket of snow, white chocolate milk fills the cup and is topped with the traditional colours of Christmas. Allow yourself to be soothed by the drink’s mild sweetness.

     

    Make the most of your Christmas with Snoopy and friends. 

     

    © 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

  • 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.

  • KIRBY CAFÉ to Release 15 More Café-Style Arrangements of Kirby Songs on CD

    27.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The KIRBY CAFÉ will be releasing its second CD soundtrack called Sound of Kirby Café 2 on December 12. The soundtrack will be available to purchase from the KIRBY CAFÉ and KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE in Japan.

    The KIRBY CAFÉ has only ever been a temporary café that makes an appearance now and again. However, it is finally sticking around for good from December 12. To celebrate, the café has a whole lineup of new songs. 

    HAL Laboratory, Inc. is the official sound team behind the Kirby’s Dream Land game series They have carefully selected 15 original songs from the game and arranged them specifically for use in the café.

     

    A team of six musicians, some of which are new, got together to create a variety of Kirby song arrangements. From sophisticated yet relaxing cafe-style songs to cute songs which represent the pop colours of the mains and desserts, each song perfectly preserves the catchy features of the original. From the careful song selection, the sound direction was done by Kirby’s Dream Land’s general director Shinya Kumazaki from HAL Laboratory, Inc.

     

    ​The KIRBY CAFÉ and store are also giving away free stickers decorated with the special design on the CD. These stickers are in limited supply and can only be obtained by purchasing the soundtrack from the café or official store. Information on general sales and online sales will be announced in the future. 

     

    Whether you’re cosying up on the couch or on the way to work, let the ​KIRBY CAFÉ’s official soundtrack create the perfect atmosphere for you. 

     

    © 2019 HAL Laboratory, Inc. /Nintendo

  • Disney Store: Find the Perfect New Year’s Souvenirs From Japan

    27.November.2019 | FASHION

    Walt Disney Japan is celebrating the New Year by rolling out a new batch of celebratory character merchandise at Disney Stores across Japan as well as the online website on December 3.

     

    From the quintessential Japanese daruma to pine decorations and more, take home some of Japan with you for friends and family in the form of classic Japanese New Year items made into Disney souvenirs.

    Plush Toys: Mickey/Minnie Mouse ¥2,000 Each, Winnie the Pooh ¥2,800, Piglet/Roo ¥1,500, Eeyore ¥1,600, Chip/Dale ¥1,200 Each Mascots: All ¥1,000 Each Memo Pad: ¥650 Pine Decoration: ¥1,500

    The line-up includes a selection of daruma-dressed Disney character plush toys, plush toys of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Roo in rat costumes for the 2020 Year of the Rat, and more. Perfect as gifts, souvenirs, and for decorating your room and desk.

     

    Celebrate the New Year with your favourite Disney characters.

     

    ©Disney ©Disney. Based on the “Winnie the Pooh” works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard. ©Disney/Pixar 

  • 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

  • Frozen 2: Make Your Makeup as Beautiful as Elsa With This Tutorial

    22.November.2019 | FASHION / FEATURES

    Frozen 2 dropped its icy embrace on the world today and Disney fans are more thrilled than ever.

     

    All of the characters in the film have their own charm, but it’s Elsa whose beauty has captivated the world over. With the release of the new film and the cold approach of winter, why not try doing your makeup like the queen of Arendelle?

     

    Step ①: Cheeks

    Fallen pink snowflakes on those sweet cheeks

    Use a blueish-pink blush and apply lower than your cheekbone and on the tip of your nose. Blend in a circular motion to make the blush round. This will create a white, almost transparent glow and will uplift your cheeks.

     

    Step ②: Eyeshadow

    Bewitching purple to stand out in a snowy world

    Apply a reddish-purple eyeshadow over your eyelidd. A tip is to connect the outline the inner and outer corners of your eyes with a straight line. Then add a bold and shiny purple shadow on top of that across your eyelids. Apply to your lower eyelid too beneath the pupil. If the outline of your eyeshadow has an oblong shape when you open your eye, that’s good.

     

    Step ③: Eyeliner

    Eyeliner to look like a sophisticated queen

    Using a black liquid eyeliner, follow your eyeline from the inner corner to the outer corner of your eye. Extend the outer line a little and make it parallel. For your lower eyelid, use a black pencil to fill between your eyelashes.

     

    Step ④: Lipstick

    Pink lips ready to sing

    Use a blueish-pink lipstick on your lips, and make sure it’s layered on nice and thick to serve that sweet aesthetic.

     

    An elegant queen that can harness the ice and the snow

    Elsa has the power to turn anything she touches into ice. If you catch a gaze of her enchanting purple eyeshadowed eyes, your heart is sure to skip a beat. If you follow these four makeup points, you too can easily look like the ice queen herself. A perfect look for dates, parties and get-togethers this winter season.

     

     

    The long-awaited sequel to Disney’s blockbuster animated is finally upon us. The first Frozen film touched the entire world with its frosty beauty with both its story and music. Let It Go in particular was a worldwide phenomenon, and was an immense hit in Japan too.

    Frozen 2 sees Elsa embark on a dangerous journey with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven as she discovers why she was born with magical powers, the answer to which is threatening her kingdom.

    The new film’s main theme, Into The Unknown, captures the complex feelings and emotions Elsa holds as she steps forth, with all her anxieties and hopes, into a new world.

     

    Frozen 2 Trailer Japanese Version

    The first Frozen film was a widespread global hit and there’s no denying that Frozen 2 will follow in its footsteps. Get together with your family, friends or lover to watch it for the best experience.

     

     

    *All cosmetics used are personal items owned by the stylist

     

    Model: Aiko

    Writer: Ai Watanabe

    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

    Makeup: 橋本 裕介

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Tokyo Station’s Top 10 Edible Winter Souvenirs as Chosen by Station Staff

    22.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    There is just a month and a half left of 2019, with Christmas, the winter holidays and New Year celebrations right around the corner.

     

    Tokyo Station City has compiled a list of must-grab food-related souvenirs and gifts at Tokyo Station. If you’ve ever visited Tokyo Station, you’ll know that you can be spoilt for choice from the amount of goodies you can get your hands on. The list is based on the votes of 305 station staff members working at Tokyo Station who have voted on their Top 10 most recommend souvenirs to pick up this winter.

     

    The staff members went around the shopping area and taste-tested different edible souvenirs across an 8-day period. Their early thoughts as they went down the list were how delicious or unique things were, but they soon began to take it more seriously to consider things like price, how easy an item was to carry and transport, and what certain people might like in particular.

     

    If you’re travelling to or from Tokyo Station during the holiday season, be sure to bookmark this list so you know what to buy for on the flight back home!

     

    1st Place

    Rakumadoka @ Terra Saison (GRANSTA) – 5 Set ¥1,080 (Tax Included) / 8 Set ¥1,728 (Tax Included)

    This cheesecake is like a cream cheese-stuffed souffle-like sandwich. Branded with the words “Gin no Suzu” (a place in Tokyo Station) and “Tokyo,” this seasonal product is exclusive to Tokyo Station. In December last year, they sold over 1,500 in a day.

     

    2nd Place

    Mount Baum Kuchen @ Nenrinya (Meihinkan) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included)

    With its French bread texture, this delightful treat has a fragrant scent, is moist, and is simply delicious. It has a rich buttery taste and is baked slowly to perfection.

     

    3rd Place

    Shinjuku Curry Arare Ebi @ HANAGATAYA (GRANSTA) – 6 Set ¥600 (Tax Included)

    This rich curry snack is made by Shinjuku Nakamuraya, and has a light melt-in-the-mouth texture with spicy curry seasoning and shrimp flavour. The shrimp flavour comes from a mix of shrimp powder and shrimp oil. The mix of curry powder and spices gives it a really authentic curry taste.

     

    4th Place

    Tokyo Vegetable Rice Crackers @ nomono (GRANSTA Marunouchi) – 12 Set ¥950 (Tax Included) / 18 Set ¥1,598 (Tax Included)

    An assortment of rice crackers with three different flavours: great burdock, onion, and pumpkin. They have a set of 18 too which is perfect for handing out to lots of people.

     

    5th Place

    Maple Pie Sandwich @ The Maple Mania (GRANSTA) – 8 Set ¥1,944 (Tax Included)

    Coated in caramel, this crunchy pie is made with a cream laced with maple sugar. Exclusive to Tokyo Station, the packaging design for this dessert is made with souvenirs in mind as it’s made so it’s easy to carry and take around with you.

     

    6th Place

    Kuzumochi @ Funabashiya Koyomi (ecute Tokyo) – 24 Cut (Serves 1-1.5) ¥790 (tax Included) / 36 Cut (Serves 2-3) ¥895 (Tax Included) / 48 Cut (Serves 4-5) ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    Funabashiya’s kuzumochi is made with wheat starch that is fermented over a 450 day period before being cooked. It claims to be “the only fermented Japanese wagashi confection.” Since it is fermented over such a long period of time, it takes on a unique flavour and elasticity.

     

    7th Place

    Cheddar Cheese Pie Sandwich @ Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory (ecute Keiyo Street) – 6 Pack ¥1,620 (Tax Included)

    A crunchy pie filled with an addictive cheddar cheese cream. Exclusive to ecute Keiyo Street.

     

    8th Place (Joint)

    Premium Cacao Full Shortbread @ HANAGATAYA (GRANSTA) 8 Set ¥648 (Tax Included) / 18 Set ¥1,350 (Tax Included) / 27 Set ¥2,052 (Tax Included)

    This is a premium edition of the store’s Cacao Full Shortbread, made using the methods used to make the chocolate brand Merry Chocolate. The crunchy texture and full-bodied flavour of the cacao has been left as it is, while a few things have been added to make it a little more luxurious: French sour cream butter, strawberries, and raspberries.

     

    8th Place (Joint)

    Yaoki Senbei @ Mankaso (Meihinkan) – 16 Set ¥1,080 (Tax Included)

    These plump senbei rice crackers are made with 100% domestic rice and come in six different delicious flavours: agodashi soy sauce, salted, shrimp, seaweed, plum and coarse sugar, and chirimen pepper.

     

    10th Place

    Tartlette Neuf @ le billet (ecute Tokyo) – 6 Pack ¥1,728 (Tax Included) / 9 Pack ¥2,592 (Tax Included)

    la billet make their own tarts, and this assortment comes in a variety of flavours. Exclusive to Tokyo Station. A great option as a gift for meeting a business in Japan.

     

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  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Frozen 2 Milk Tea Muffins

    19.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / MOVIE

    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, you’ll learn to make cupcakes based on the upcoming Disney film Frozen 2 which is set to hit theatres worldwide on November 22, 2019. These cupcakes are inspired by the Anna and Elsa poster design for the movie. This recipe has parts that are a little more tricky compared to my usual recipes, but put yourself to the test and you’ll end up with something delicious!

    Milk Tea Muffin Ingredients (Makes 5)

    100g weak flour

    70g unsalted butter

    50g granulated sugar

    1 egg

    1 tsp bottled chestnut syrup

    5-6 chestnuts preserved in syrup

    50ml milk tea

    *To make the milk tea, add one black tea bag into 70ml of milk and draw 50ml from that

     

    Bean Paste Ingredients

    500g white bean paste (shiro-an in Japanese)

    25g unsalted butter (room temperature)

    20ml milk

    A bit of of vanilla extract

    A bit of Wilton White icing colour

    1. First, we’ll make the milk tea muffins. Bring the unsalted butter to room temperature and whisk with a hand mixer. Add the granulated sugar and continue to whisk. Whisk the egg fully, and then add slowly to the mixture. Make sure to add the egg slowly so as to not split the butter.

    2. Sieve the wheat flour and baking powder and add to the mix. Slowly add the milk tea and continue to whisk to bring the mixture together.

    3. Add a teaspoon of the chestnut syrup. Chop the chestnuts and add those too, then mix once again.

    4. Add 70-80% of the mixture equally between five cupcake cups. Bake at 170° for approximately 25 minutes.

     

    5. Next, we’ll make the bean paste cream. Do this by mixing together the white bean paste, unsalted butter, milk, vanilla extract, and Wilton White all at once. The Wilton White makes the cream turn a pure white colour.

    6: Allow the muffins to cool, lather over the bean paste to taste, and finally decorate. All done!

    I added colouring to chocolate plastic for the chest part of the dress. Then I cut it up and added it to the cupcakes. I hope you enjoyed the recipe, be sure to try making your own movie-inspired handmade desserts at home too!

    The long-awaited sequel to Disney’s blockbuster animated is right around the corner. The first Frozen film touched the entire world with its frosty beauty with both its story and music. Let It Go in particular was a worldwide phenomenon, and was an immense hit in Japan too.

    Frozen 2 will see Elsa embark on a dangerous journey with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven as she discovers why she was born with magical powers, the answer to which is threatening her kingdom.

    The new film’s main theme, Into The Unknown, captures the complex feelings and emotions Elsa holds as she steps forth, with all her anxieties and hopes, into a new world.

     

    Frozen 2 Trailer Japanese Version

    The first Frozen film was a widespread global hit and there’s no denying that Frozen 2 will follow in its footsteps. Get together with your family, friends or lover to watch it for the best experience.

     

    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!

     

    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

     

    ©2019 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

  • The Perfect Souvenir: Kyoto’s Famous OTABE Confections in Velvety Matcha Chocolate

    17.November.2019 | FOOD

    If you’re in Kyoto looking for a delicious elegant souvenir for your people back home then BijuuCo.,ltd. is your port of call. Their irresistible desserts vary from their well known sweet bean paste-filled Yatsuhashi to their Kyo-Baum. They will be releasing the mouthwatering Matcha Chocolate OTABE from November 20, 2019.

    The rich aroma of the matcha chocolate will be the first thing to entice you. The matcha Yatsuhashi is made from specially selected water and Koshihikari rice, which is famed as Japan’s best rice. The soft and chewy texture of the Yatsuhashi dough gently embraces a velvety, melt-in-the-mouth matcha chocolate ganache filling. These OTABE confections are bursting with the flavours of Kyoto and are only available to purchase for a limited period.

    OTABE combined with Kyoto’s famous matcha chocolate is matcha match made in heaven. If you’re ever in Kyoto, you must try it.

  • Tokyo DisneySea’s Christmas Food & Drink Feast Will Put You in the Christmas Spirit

    16.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Tokyo Disney Resort’s most sparkly event of the year, Disney Christmas, is currently taking place at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea until December 25.

    Today, I’ll be showcasing the must-buy Christmas food at drink at Tokyo DisneySea this Disney Christmas.

     

    Desserts with souvenirs make the perfect take-home gift

    Chocolate & Milk Mousse w/ Souvenir Mug – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery

    This cute chocolate and milk mousse is sure to soothe you, topped with star-shaped chocolate, crunchy nuts, and moist mousse. This sweet treat comes with a mug inspired by the calm night of Christmas which you can take home with you.

    Coffee Cream Tart w/ Souvenir Plate – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery

    This one’s for the adults: a coffee cream tart with a delightfully subtle bitterness to it. It’s not overly sweet, and so can be lapped up without leaving you with that sickly aftertaste. It also comes with a souvenir plate which has the same design as the mug.

     

    Christmas feasts to get you in the holiday season mood

    “Select Five” Set – ¥2,080 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant

    With this set, you get to pick five items: two from soups, salads and desserts, one entree, rice or bread, and a soft drink. The hamburger is super juicy and delicious with the tomato BBQ sauce!

    Enjoy a soy flavoured potato salad, cute Mickey onion soup, reindeer dessert, and more♡

    Christmas Cake – ¥1,480 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant

    And if we’re talking Christmas, we can’t forget about the cake! This cake is topped with a Mickey and Minnie cookie, holly shaped chocolate, candy cane-coloured biscuit, and other little Christmas vibe goodies. Perfect for sharing with multiple people.

     

    “Taste of Christmas” Food Programme: Pair drinks with food

    In the New York area of American Waterfront they’re holding a food programme called “Taste of Christmas” where they pair food with alcoholic and hot alcoholic drinks.

    Okonomiyaki Roll – ¥500 / Kirin Beer – ¥620 @ Restaurant Sakura

    This rolled okonomiyaki goes amazingly with beer. Its thin chewy wrap is filled with yakisoba noodles and ebi shrimp.

    It’s finished with a sprinkling of sesame seeds for added accent. A great option if you need something light to eat.

     

    Drinks and snacks to enjoy while waiting in line for attractions

    Popcorn w/ Basket – ¥2,400 @ The Gazebo (Popcorn Wagon)

    k up some popcorn served in a Christmas present basket decorated with cute illustrations of Mickey and company celebrating Christmas. This is also available at Tokyo Disneyland!

    Hot Matcha Milk (Tapioca & Strawberry) – ¥450 @ Hudson River Harvest

    Roll up to Hudson River Harvest in Tokyo DisneySea for a cup of this Hot Matcha Milk which has been filled with chewy matcha flavoured tapioca pearls, a texture that’s deliciously enjoyable when fused with the faint fragrance of the strawberry. A hot drink is the perfect thing to pass the time waiting in line.

     

    There’s lots of other limited-time food and drink to be enjoyed at Tokyo Disney Resort this Christmas besides our picks too. Treat your taste buds to some Disney delights this Christmas season.

     

    Writer: Ellie (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

    ©️Disney

  • Tokyo DisneySea Celebrates Christmas With Spectacular Show & Evening Illuminations

    15.November.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    This year heralds another heart-warming Christmas celebration at Tokyo Disney Resort® with the official Disney Christmas event, which kicked off at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea on November 8 and will run up to Christmas Day.

     

    Today, we’re reporting on Tokyo DisneySea’s entertainment programme “It’s Christmas Time!” as well as the park’s photo spots which can be enjoyed in the evenings.

     

    It’s Christmas Time!

    Returning again to Mediterranean Harbor this year is It’s Christmas Time!, a show which brings together the Disney character cast for a performance of Christmas song and dance.

    The show begins with the performers stepping out in their bright-red Christmas outfits and singing with beautiful voices.

    Lots of Disney friends were gathered together, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy, and Chip & Dale.

    “Let’s have all have a wonderful Christmas together,” announced Mickey, who danced the waltz with everyone.

    That’s when the snow began to fall, and the colourfully-clad performers began the real dance show, consisting of tap dancing, line dancing, and more. They played lots of classic Christmas songs, and we found ourselves naturally singing along too.

    Duffy the Disney Bear, ShellieMay, Santa Claus and many more made an appearance too to join in the festivities.

    Speaking of which, Pluto was there too, but he seemed kind of lonely… I wonder what happened?

    When visiting Tokyo DisneySea this year, be sure to go all-out when celebrating with the Disney characters and performers too!

     

    Romantic Photo Spots

    If you head down to American Waterfront, you’ll see a 15 meter high Christmas tree in front of the S.S. Columbia. And if you continue from there towards Cape Cod Cook-Off, you can get a really beautiful photo from the bridge.

    Reds, yellows, greens and other colours decorate the surrounding area of Cape Cod Cook-Off, where Duffy & Friends are celebrating their Christmas.

    There’s also photo spots where you can take some cute photos in front of the Christmas tree.

    Be sure to find the characters dressed in their winter clothes riding a sled too, you can snap a picture with them as well.

    At each themed port in the park they have spectacular illuminations at night too, which are sure to warm you with that Christmas spirit.

     

    Writer: Ellie(MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

    ©️Disney

  • Make Your Own Matcha Drink and Try Black Bean Butter Toast in Nakameguro, Tokyo

    13.November.2019 | FOOD

    If you’re looking for a cool café experience in Tokyo then head to Nakameguro for a goldmine of craft beer taprooms, coffee roasters and restaurants. One café to consider adding to your list of must-go places is music café and wine bar epulor. The café has added a number of exquisite and unique items to its menu this November including a matcha drink, black bean paste and butter toast and craft cola.

    Take a seat and admire the walls of old records which create a soothing artistic atmosphere while sipping your cup of the café’s specialty hand drip coffee or sommelier-selected wine as the music of old records fills the air. When you have finished, feel free to take a gander at the gallery corner to appreciate the cafés art. 

    The November menu introduces a high-quality matcha by UK brand Matchæologist®, providing the opportunity to make and enjoy your own matcha drink. From the high-quality rich flavour to the contemporary design of the tea vessel, Matchæologist® lives up to its reputation as artisanal matcha green tea specialists.

    Fans of epulor’s popular Red Bean Paste and Butter Toast are in for a treat as the café is now serving up the Black Bean Paste and Butter Toast. The bread is a charcoal bread from the bakery Lotus baguette, which uses only natural yeast, Japan-produced wheat and no additives. The binchotan charcoal used to prepare the bread is a traditional charcoal which has been used since the Edo period. The appearance is just as striking as its taste. 

    The café has also started to sell Japan’s craft cola TOMO COLA. The cola is spiced with flavours from around the world including kola nut, nutmeg, Japanese herbs and Japanese citrus fruits. This natural cola contains no additives so you can indulge in the taste of nature and enjoy a unique flavourful experience of Japan. 

     

    epulor is the perfect spot to enjoy a luxurious moment of relaxation during your busy day while immersing yourself in an artistic and cultural experience. 

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