Visiting Shibuya’s Candy Apple Store | Food Review
Hello everyone! This is Midori from MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON.
Candy apples are the staple food of summer festivals. A crunchy candy coating and a sweet, fruity apple is such a divine combination. It can be quite difficult to find candy apples outside of festivals. That’s where Candy Apple steps in. This is a brand new shop on the block that specialises in candy apples!
This is located just a five-minute walk from Shibuya Station’s west exit. If you check out their saved Instagram story, you probably won’t get lost. During the weekdays and on Saturdays, this is an Italian restaurant called Buonappetito. On Sundays, when the restaurant is closed, it transforms into a candy apple shop.
The shop interior is gorgeous.
I ordered the plain apple without wasting any time. This is much larger than what you would usually get at a festival. Although these are usually eaten by immediately sinking your teeth in and biting out a big chunk, you can cut your apple here and enjoy it at your own pace.
After taking your first bite, you will realise just how different this is to your normal candy apple. The apple is coated in a thin layer of candy, creating a delicious crunch. The apple is fresh, juicy and sweet. Some candy apples are made with mushy apples that are not fresh, however these apples are extremely fresh and delicious right to the last bite.
These candy apples are full of a variety of flavours.
Cinnamon Sugar: ¥600
The apple with the dusting of beige-coloured powder is cinnamon-flavoured. The sweet cinnamon scent spreads everywhere as soon as you set it on the table. The sweet flavour of the apple and the fragrant cinnamon is a match made in heaven.
The apple covered in the brown powder is cocoa-flavoured. The slightly bitter flavour of the chocolate is a perfect match for the sweet apple. The colour contrast between the brown chocolate and white apple is also beautiful. ♪
The apple with the green powder is matcha as you may have already guessed! The flavouring of the Uji matcha used for this apple was carefully balanced to maximise the flavour when combined with the apple. After you take your first bite, you just won’t be able to stop.
Blueberry Yoghurt: ¥600
The bright white dusting on this blueberry yoghurt-flavoured apple is beautiful. The blueberry scent is mild and is perfect with the yoghurt.
Black Cocoa: ¥600
The pitch black colour of the Black Cocoa Candy Apple is very appetizing. The black cocoa is even more bitter than the cocoa apple, which really brings out the flavour of the sweet apple even more.
You can even get chocolate fondue for your candy apple (¥400). By adding the fairly bitter chocolate to your candy apple, you can enjoy three different kinds of sweetness when it mixes with the chocolate, candy and the apple.
You can even order your candy apple to go, making it the perfect summer souvenir. Taking it home to enjoy is also another wonderful way to make the most of your experience.
This candy apple shop is only open on Sundays, but you can order to take away on other days.
This is a flavour that a festival candy apple will never be capable of offering. You can tuck into your apple inside the beautiful shop, or take it home to enjoy at home at your own pace.
Address: Nomura Building 1st floor, 7-12, Sakuragaocho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Open every week on Sundays only)
*Only the Italian restaurant Buonappetito is open on weekdays.
Osamu Watanabe’s Mouthwatering Museum of Sweets Showcases Giant Candy Unicorn & More
Have you heard of Osamu Watanabe? You won’t forget his name by the end of this article. He is an installation and contemporary artist that draws his inspiration from the world of sweets and confections. He has drawn much attention not just in Japan but overseas too in countries like the US, Italy, Turkey, Indonesia and China with his various exhibitions.
Watanabe is set to take his “Museum of Sweets” exhibition to Shinjuku where it will open at the Odakyu Department Store on July 31.
The candy creations will be split throughout 9 different areas such as the titular room Museum of Sweets as well as the Forest of Sweets, Banquet of Sweets, Sweets Aquarium and more, all of which are sure to tickle the taste buds of sweet tooth visitors.
What’s more is that you are permitted to take photos, opening the door for countless photo opportunities for Instagram.
Osamu Watanabe will also be present to host a workshop on 4 separate days so you can craft your own cookie charm using materials Watanabe actually uses in his creations.
Enter a fantastic candy land cooked up by the one and only Osamu Watanabe.
Museum of Sweets
Running: July 31, 2019 – August 14, 2019
Time: 10:00-20:00 (Until 20:30 from August 7-13 / Until 17:00 on August 14)
*Last entries 30 minutes before closing times
Location: Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku Floor 11F
Entry: General ¥600 / High School & Junior High School Students ¥400 / Elementary School Students & Younger – Free
*If you are disabled you and a guardian can get in for free if you take a physical disability certificate
*Those who hold an Odakyu Points Card or Odakyu Ladies Club Card can get ¥100 off entry (applicable only to those who have a card)
Odakyu Department Store Official Website: http://www.odakyu-dept.co.jp/
Workshop: Make a Cookie Charm With Osamu Watanabe!
Running: August 3, 2019 / August 4, 2019 / August 11, 2019 / August 12, 2019
Slots: 13:00 / 13:30 / 14:00 / 14:30 / 15:00 / 15:30 (Each Day)
Participants: 10 per slot
Applying: Please apply at the department store from 10:00 on the day
Osamu Watanabe Official Website: http://watanabeosamu.tokyo/profile_en.html
The Entire World Is Curious About PAPABUBBLE’s Candy Art Museum To Open In Ginza
Described as the “most interesting sweets shop in the world”, PAPABUBBLE sells a range of cute and fun confections. On July 1, PAPABUBBLE will open a Candy Art Museum on basement floor 2 of GINZA SIX.
PAPABUBBLE has set up shop in over 30 cities worldwide. The main shop will contain art pieces made from candy. Considering all the candy shops that are currently out there in the world, nobody has ever seen anything quite like this before.
The museum contains around 20 different ornaments that are edible sweets. Visitors who wish to purchase the ornaments can do so. Besides the standard sweets, the display items and range of sweets for sale will be changed every day.
When the museum opens in July, visitors will be able to enjoy the wonderful texture and flavour of candy lampshades, enjoy the artistic and charming glow of candy mushrooms, and gaze in bewilderment at an antique vase baumkuchen cake.
To commemorate its grand opening, customers who spend more than ￥5,000 (after tax) on display items or on the sweets shop range will receive either a soft gummy brain or soft gummy dentures. This campaign will be running throughout July.
Along with the grand opening of the art museum, there will also be Ginza-limited products on sale that are completely unique to the Ginza branch. The lineup includes sweets made from ingredients that are rarely seen in Japan. This includes colourful and fruity chocolate such as rocky roads and soft candy sweets made from snow sugar. PAPABUBBLE will also sell souvenirs that represent Ginza such as Kirihako boxes which are beautiful boxes made from wood.
If you are in Tokyo, you just cannot miss this museum that is overflowing with originality.
Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE (Gallery of Sweets Art by PAPABUBBLE)
Address: B2F, 6-10-1, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opens: July 1, 2019
Opening Hours: Mondays ー Sundays (10:30 ー 20:30)
PAPABUBBLE JAPAN Official Website: http://www.papabubble.jp
Häagen-Dazs Releases Mouthwatering Yuzu Orange Blanc Manger Ice Cream
22.July.2019 | FOOD
Häagen-Dazs Japan will release their mini cup Yuzu orange Blancmange ice cream countrywide on 23rd July. This will be available for a limited period only.
This cooling ice cream is made with milky blancmange. You will be hit by the sudden sourness of the yuzu orange which accents the flavour perfectly. Blancmange is a chilled French dessert which is perfect for the summer. It is made by boiling milk and adding milk, sugar, whipping cream, vanilla and gelatin. This is then cooled to solidify.
This ice cream is made using rich-flavoured milk and the juice of Japanese yuzu oranges. This is then combined with Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Yuzu oil is also added to the ice cream so that you immediately taste the deeply-flavoured and aromatic yuzu orange with your first mouthful. The refreshing fruitiness will instantly spread all over your mouth, simultaneously harmonising with the milky flavour.
Even the sauce for the ice cream is made using the skin of Japanese yuzu oranges so that ice cream-lovers can fully enjoy the true flavour of yuzu oranges. The rich milky flavour is accented with the refreshing sourness of the yuzu orange.
This summer, treat yourself to a mild and milky yet fruity and flavourful ice cream.
Häagen-Dazs Mini Cup Yuzu Blanc Manger (limited time ice cream)
Release: July 23, 2019
Price: ￥319 (RRP)
Available at: Supermarkets, convenience stores and department stores countrywide.
Special Edition Website: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/yuzu_blancmanger/
Tokyo Station’s White Day Fair Loaded With Loving Gifts and Souvenirs
Tokyo Station’s two shopping centresーGRANSTA, which is inside the ticket gates, and GRANSTA Marunouchi, which is outside themーare holding a White Day Fair which started the day after Valentine’s Day and will run until March 14, 2020.
In Japan, Valentine’s Day usually sees girls and women giving chocolate to guys and men, which can be for both friendship or love. On White Day, the opposite happens, where guys and men are expected to repay the favour. GRANSTA and GRANSTA Marunouchi have the perfect assortment of gifts and accessories that are sure to please any girls this White Day.
Tasty treats to return the favour
These visually-appealing picks are perfect for expressing your thanks to friends and coworkers.
Tokyo Station Exclusive: Mini Pigeon & Heart Biscuits – ¥880 @ Fairycake Fair (GRANSTA Floor B1F) / Available: From February 15, 2020
These cute tiny tins from Fairycake Fair are packed with crunchy and milky pigeon and heart biscuits and mini lemon yoghurt-flavoured meringues. They’re a brand new product from the confectionery shop.
Tokyo Station Exclusive: Strawberry Pie Burger – ¥864 @ Kyobashi Senbikiya (GRANSTA Floor B1F) / Available: February 20, 2020 – March 14, 2020 (*30 served per day)
Adorably cut into love hearts, these pies are lovingly filled with cream, which has a subtle eggy flavour, and cream cheese
White Day Selection – ¥3,672 (Contains 9) @ Pierre Marcolini (GRANSTA Floor B1F) / Available: From March 1, 2020 while supplies last
An assortment of chocolates from popular chocolate brand Pierre Marcolini, named after the famous Belgian chocolatier, which is sure to make anyone happy. It includes a new chocolate called the “Gradation Cool.”
Impress with these little gems
Here’s a selection of gifts other than sweets that are great for those seeking something unique that no one else will buy.
Truffle Salt – ¥1,296 – @ DEAN & DELUCA (GRANSTA Floor B1F) / Available: Now on sale
This blended salt is a mix of summer truffle and natural sea salt. The absolute perfect gift for someone who loves cooking.
Dashi Stock – ¥1,080 @ Kayanoya (GRANSTA Marunouchi Floor B1F) / Available: Now on sale
An assortment of Kayanoya’s popular “Kayanoya Dashi” and their flavour-packed “Kiwami Dashi.” A great pick for those who want to return the favour with something out of the ordinary.
uka nail oil 13:00 – ¥3,300 @ FruitGATHERING (GRANSTA Floor B1F) / Available: Now on sale
Scented with refreshing mint and lemon and keeps your nails and skin nice and moist.
ecoffee cup-WILLIAM MORRIS – ¥2,310 Each @ Neue (GRANSTA Marunouchi Floor B1F) / Available: Now on sale
These beautifully stylish, textile-design cups are reusable, so you can take your coffee with you wherever and whenever.
Address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo (JR Tokyo Station Floor B1F-1F / Inside Ticket Gates)
Opening Hours: 8:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays and the final day of consecutive public holidays)
*Opening hours differ from store to store
*GRANSTA’s new area is open 9:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays and the final day of consecutive public holidays)
Address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo (JR Tokyo Station Floor B1F / Outside Ticket Gates)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays and the final day of consecutive public holidays)
*Opening hours differ from store to store
Japan Coronavirus: Studio Ghibli Museum, Sanrio Puroland & Other Facilities Close Temporarily
27.February.2020 | SPOT
A number of facilities in Japan have announced temporary closures to help stop any possible spreading of the coronavirus. Please check the following closures if you’re planning a trip to Japan in February or March. New information is rolling out all the time, so for the latest updates, please check the official websites for each establishment listed below.
Updated: February 28, 2020 1:00pm
Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea®
Closed: February 29 – March 15, 2020
The parks plan to reopen on March 16, 2020, however this will be decided following consultation with concerned administrative agencies and will be announced on their official website. If you have purchased tickets valid during the parks’ closing dates, please refer to the links below.
Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Tokyo Disney Resort Online Tickets and Reservations: https://reserve.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/top/?language=en
Closed: February 29 – March 13, 2020
Information on ticket refunds is provided on the museum’s official website.
Snoopy Museum Official Website:https://snoopymuseum.tokyo/s/smt/page/english?ima=0000
Sony Music Roppongi Museum
Closed: February 29 – March 13, 2020
Information on ticket refunds will soon be provided on the museum’s official website. The TYPE-MOON Fate / stay night-15 years of history Exhibition will be extended until April 19, 2020.
TYPE-MOON Fate / stay night-15 years of history Exhibition Official Website: https://type-moon-museum.com/
Sony Music Roppongi Museum Official Website: https://smrm.jp/
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020
The park is scheduled to reopen on March 13, 2020, but this is subject to change depending on the circumstances of the coronavirus and news published by the government.
Tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.
Passport tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – September 29, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.
Payments for PUROPASSES bought between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled.
Payments for Anniversary Time tickets for the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled. Those who paid with cash will be refunded via registered mail.
Official Website (English): https://en.puroland.jp/
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.puroland.jp/
Closed: February 25, 2020 – March 17, 2020
Refunds are applicable for tickets dated between January 22, 2020 – March 30, 2020.
Refunds will be paid in full between February 15, 2020 – March 31, 2020.
Official Website (English): http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/
Official Website (Japanese): http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/
Toei Animation Museum
Closed: February 26, 2020 – March 18, 2020
The museum’s reopening is subject to consideration depending on the circumstances of the coronavirus. It will be announced via the museum’s official Twitter page and website.
Official Website: https://museum.toei-anim.co.jp/
Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum
Closed: February 22, 2020 until further notice
Official Website (English): https://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/english/
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/
Kyoto National Museum
Closed: February 22, 2020 until further notice
All events, the museum shop Benrido, and the museum cafe Maeda Coffee, have also closed temporarily.
Official Website (English): https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/index.html
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/jp/index.html
ARASHI EXHIBITION “JOURNEY”
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 9, 2020
Location: Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan
Official Website: https://arashiexhibition.jp/
Sanrio Harmony Land
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020
Official Website (English): https://www.harmonyland.jp/english/harmony/harmony.html
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.harmonyland.jp/welcome.html
Numerous other sports and cultural events will also close for two weeks commencing February 26, 2020. If you’re travelling to Japan in February and March, please check the websites of any places you plan to visit during your trip to see if they are open.
BT21 Cafe to Open in Tokyo and Osaka With a Spring Theme
The 6th run of the popular BT21 Cafe is here. The cafes will open at TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi on February 28, 2020, and at TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando and UMEDA BOX cafe&space on March 5, 2020.
BT21 are the LINE messenger app characters created by K-pop group BTS. The cafe has seen five runs in Japan, and has proven immensely popular amongst fans for the selection of original dishes and drinks as well as exclusive merchandise.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando & UMEDA BOX cafe&space
Kobu Salad & Baguettes – ¥1,690
Chef’s Crepe – ¥1,690
Drinks – ¥990 Each
“Springtime” is the theme this time around. TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando and UMEDA BOX cafe&space will be based around a spring party, and customers will be able to order a set menu with food or dessert.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi
SHOOKY’s Brown Burger — ¥1,690
TATA’s Very! Berry! Sandwich – ¥1,690
Drinks – ¥990 Each
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Solamachi’s menu will be centred on the BT21 Baby Series, where all the characters have been turned into babies.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando & UMEDA BOX cafe&space – “Let’s Party With You” Original Stickers and Coasters
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi – “BABY” Original Stickers and Coasters
Customers can also get their hands on some original merchandise and bonus items too. Book a table and receive one of seven stickers, and order a drink to receive one of seven coasters.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando (6-3-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo) / Running: March 5, 2020 – March 29, 2020
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi (Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 1F East Yard, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo) / Running: February 28, 2020 – March 23, 2020
UMEDA BOX cafe&space (16-7 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture) / Running: March 5, 2020 – April 19, 2020
Reservtions: ¥650 (Before Tax)
BT21 Cafe Official Website: https://box-cafe.jp/
Tokyo Tokyo Official Souvenir Shop Opens in Haneda Airport
27.February.2020 | SPOT
Tokyo Toyko, a website that provides information on things to do in Japan’s capital, opened its own souvenir shop, called Tokyo Tokyo Official Souvenir Shop, in EDO KOJI on February 22, 2020, which is located on the fourth floor of Haneda Airport International Passenger Terminal.
As part of an effort to promote the appeals of Tokyo to the world, Tokyo Metropolis is carrying our PR work and branding with the catchphrase “Tokyo Tokyo Old meets New.”
Happy Daruma / Mamehapi
Edo Kimekomi Waving Cat
The “Tokyo Omiyage Seisaku Project” aims to develop products in collaboration with Tokyo Metropolis and local businesses with the “Tokyo Tokyo” brand. To date, 50 products (excluding colour variations) have been produced, from traditional crafts to stationery, food, and moreーall embodying the spirit of Tokyo.
The shop design features illustrations of Asakusa and Shibuya, two a symbols of Tokyo that have been around since the Edo Period and are and hub of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture respectively. The shop is also planning to hold workshops, where you can learn to make your own daruma and origami.
If you’re travelling to or from Haneda Airport, then be sure to pay a visit to Tokyo Tokyo Official Souvenir Shop where you can pick up souvenirs that combine traditional and contemporary culture.
Tokyo Tokyo Official Souvenir Shop
Location: EDO KOJI – Haneda Airport International Passenger Terminal (Floor 4F)
Address: 2-6-5 Hanedakuko, Ota Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 8:00-21:00 (Open all year round)
OIMON: The New Local Kagoshima Sweets Brand Established by BAKE
25.February.2020 | FOOD
Named “OIMON,” the brand will specialise in creating sweets made from local sweet potatoes, with the first branch opening at the new Gohobi Street zone inside Amu Plaza Kagoshima, a shopping complex connected directly to the JR side of Kagoshima-Chūō Station, on March 13, 2020.
What is OIMON?
OIMON is a new shop specialising in sweet potato confectionery whose concept is “Tradition x Innovation.” Its first branch is opening in Kagoshima, a prefecture that produces sweet potatoes and shochu from its warm climate. These traditional ingredients and methods will be combined with both Kagoshima’s contemporary food and food culture and BAKE Inc.’s design, flavours and preparation methods to create a new kind of local Kagoshima confectionery
Sweet potato cakes aplenty with Kagoshima flavour
Freshly-Baked Mini Mikan Sweet Potato Cake: Single Serving – ¥237 / Box of 5 – ¥1,188 / Box of 10 – ¥2,376 (Tax Included)
Freshly prepared in-store, you can pick from a single serving as well as a box of 5 or 10. The mini sweet potato cakes are inspired by gane, something taken from traditional Kagoshima cuisine. Gane refers to julienned sweet potatoes, but it also means “crab” in the Kagoshima dialect because the way it’s cut looks like a crab. The sliced sweet potatoes are wrapped and baked in a sweet potato paste to bite-size pieces.
The cakes are also soaked in caramel sauce, and their surface lathered in “Kosama Gin,” a craft gin made using lots of mikan oranges grown on Sakurajima in Kagoshima. Enjoy the delicious milky taste of the caramel coupled with the crunchy gane texture. The sweet potato paste is laced with powder made from the mikan oranges, adding a fresh and fruity flavour.
OIMON will promote Kagoshima to the rest of Japan
The brand colouring is a mix of beige and pink, reminiscent of Japanese sweet potatoes. OIMON went for a minimalist design to convey the simplicity of sweet potatoes. The logo is made up of round slices, also like round slices of sweet potato. The entire design conveys the fact that this is something from and exclusive to Kagoshima.
Grand Opening: March 13, 2020
Address: Amu Plaza Kagoshima Main Building 2F, 1-1 Chuocho, Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture
Opening Hours: [Mon-Thurs] 10:00-20:30 / [Fri-Sun, Holidays & Day Before Holidays] 10:00-21:00
Official Website: https://oimon.jp
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS Releases Snoopy Merchandise as Part of SCRAP x SNOOPY Puzzle Game Project
24.February.2020 | SPOT
As part of the second SCRAP x SNOOPY Puzzle Game Project taking place at TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUSーthe world’s first puzzle-themed theme parkーthe Shinjuku-based theme indoor theme park has released ten pieces of original and exclusive merchandise.
What is the SCRAP x SNOOPY Puzzle Game Project?
Visitors are joining Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang for a whole bunch of puzzle-solving fun. The project begin in November 2019, and will run through three periods. The first edition has seen over 10,000 people play this first puzzle game, which is titled “Snoopy and the Clue Solving Circus” and has players helping Snoopy to retrieve his Circus Leader badge back. The second game, “Snoopy and the Secret Recipe,” will begin on February 26. In the meantime, a selection of 10 pieces of merchandise have dropped.
Mugs (2 Designs) – ¥1,400 Each
Paper Napkins (Set of 10) – ¥600
Art Card Set w/ Puzzle (Set of 5) – ¥1,000
The two mugs see Snoopy wearing his chef’s hat and ready to cook up some delicious pastries for the new game. There’s also a paper napkin set, items that come with their own unique puzzles, and more. Available at the TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS shop, these items can all be purchased by non-participants of the game too.
SCRAP x SNOOPY Puzzle Game Project
Event Page: https://mysterycircus.jp/snoopy/en/
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS
Address: APM Bldg., 1-27-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, 160-0021
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:30-23:00 / Weekends & Holidays 09:30-23:00
No Fixed Holidays.
Price: Free Entry (*Separate tickets required for games)
Official Website: https://mysterycircus.jp/en/
GODIVA’s Irresistible Chocolixir Sakura Drink Available This Spring
23.February.2020 | FOOD
GODIVA Japan Inc. is releasing a new chocolate drink as part of their Chocolixir series. The new drink flavour “Chocolixir Sakura” will be sold from February 16 to April 9, 2020 at GODIVA shops only.
Chocolixir Sakura: ¥630 (Before Tax)
Cherry blossom jelly and pink chocolate curls rest on top of a white cloud of whipped cream to create the appearance of cherry blossom petals. The drink creates the image of beautiful sakura petals as they reflect off the water’s surface, creating the warm image of the rays of the spring sun. The sweet aroma and creamy melt-in-the-mouth white chocolate is divine. This chilled drink also contains small pieces of smashed white chocolate, creating a fun texture in your mouth.
It looks just as wonderful as it tastes. One sip will fill your heart with the refreshing vibes of spring. GODIVA’s velvety smooth chocolate drinks are always to die for. You just have to try it.
Selling: February 16, 2020 – April 9, 2020
*In limited supply, available while stocks last.
Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp
NAKED SAKURA AQUARIUM: Cherry Blossoms and the Sea Come Together at Tokyo’s Maxell Aqua Park
23.February.2020 | SPOT
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa has announced the holding of a new exhibition entitled “NAKED SAKURA AQUARIUM” which will run at the Tokyo-based aquarium from March 1, 2020 to April 19, 2020.
Offering “cutting-edge Tokyo entertainment,” the exhibition is combined music, lighting, and visuals with living beings. Using the latest in leading edge tech, visitors will be treated to a visual treat of animals living harmoniously with the season. The exhibition promises you will notice something new with each visit. Enter a world of spring like never before as cherry blossoms and the ocean come together through digital art.
Cherry Blossom Tayori
The entrance to the aquarium will be in full bloom with cherry blossoms. The water tanks in the centre will be perfectly pink and house madai snapper, a type of fish also nicknamed “sakura-dai” around this season.
Spilling Cherry Blossoms
This area will be like an atrium, with water tanks and showcases lined up beautifully next to each other and decorated with cherry blossom art flowers. The water tanks, which bring to mind the image of a “banquet,” will house sakura-dai, sea goldie, and other fishes.
Dancing Cherry Blossom Garden
In the immersive Patterns area, you can see the “possibilities” of the four seasons as digital art works to combine a seasonal landscape with the sea creatures on display.
Also in the Dancing Cherry Blossom Garden will be Cape penguins who will put on a performance using their physical abilities. The performance, which is split into two parts, will make use of projection mapping. The first part will see the bloom of yaezakura cherry trees, while the second part will have jacaranda, also called the “purple cherry blossom,” a flower that blooms in South Africa where Cape penguins originate.
Dolphin Performance Day Version – Cherry Blossom Dance
The daytime dolphin performance sees visitors gathering in the amphitheatre. This interactive performance is inspired by springtime banquets and Hanami flower-viewing. Enjoy seeing the dolphins dance high-speed to the rhythm of Japanese rock music.
Dolphin Performance Night Version – Cherry Blossom Story
The nighttime dolphin performance uses the water, lighting, visuals, and music to celebrate cherry blossoms in the evening. Enjoy a more delicate, but powerful performance from the dolphins, and see the flowers in all their beauty.
Jewellery Fish Rumble
The ceiling and walls of the spacious Jewellery Fish Rumble area all have reflective mirror surfaces. Countless pink and blue illuminations light up this evening cherry blossom-themed area, where you can enjoy a digital Hanami experience together with the jellyfish.
Katou Flower Lantern
The NAKED SAKURA AQUARIUM cafe and bar is adorned with a cylindrical water tank with illuminated coral. The cafe/bar is inspired by Katou, which is when the evening light feels like it is being lit up by fully bloomed cherry blossom flowers. The menu includes a selection of cherry blossom and matcha drinks, as well as a selection of sweet treats perfect for the Hanami season.
3 Dango & Mini Taiyaki – ¥500 (Red Bean Paste/Cream)
Sakura Mizu-warabi Rice Cake – ¥500
Enjoy a completely different kind of Hanami experience at Maxwell Aqua Park.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
NAKED SAKURA AQUARIUM at Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa
Running: March 1, 2020 – April 19, 2020
Address: Shinagawa Prince Hotel, 4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Prices: General (High School Students and Older) ¥2,300 / Elementary-Middle School Students ¥1,200 / Children (4+ Years) ¥700
Exhibition Page: http://www.aqua-park.jp/special/snowaquarium2019/en_index.html
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa Official Website: http://www.aqua-park.jp/aqua/en/
Van Gogh & Monet Inspired Tarts to be Released by Qu’il Fait Bon in Japan
23.February.2020 | FOOD
Japanese fruit tart masters Qu’il Fait Bon is promoting the upcoming London National Gallery Exhibition, which is set to arrive at Tokyo’s National Museum of Western Art on March 3, 2020, with the release of two new art-inspired tarts, which will be available at Qu’il Fait Bon from the same day.
The National Gallery in London is a world famous art museum that houses countless artworks from across the generations. The museum is well-known for its collection of high quality European paintings, and the first time ever, it’s taking 61 these works for large scale exhibitions in Tokyo and Osaka this year.
Orange & Mango Tart – “Sunflowers”
One Piece – ¥736
Whole Tart (25cm) – ¥7,365
This first tart is inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers series. The beautifully layered floral dessert contains matcha and honey flavoured almond cream, mango pudding, fresh orange and mango pieces, and meringue. The honey used is Bulgarian sunflower honey. Together with the beautiful, swirling meringue and the cross-section of the sliced cake, the tart strongly depicts Gogh’s gorgeous Sunflowers work.
Qu’il Fait Bon (Grand Maison Ginza) / Serving: March 3, 2020 – Mid April 2020
Qu’il Fait Bon (Grand Front Osaka) / August 11, 2020 – Mid September 2020
Green Fruit & Peach Mousse Tart – “The Water Lily Pond”
One Piece – ¥732
Whole Tart (25cm) – ¥7,322
The second tart is themed on Claude Monet’s The Water Lily Pond. A lily bed of fresh fruits sip atop a peach mousse, which has a gentle fragrance.
Qu’il Fait Bon (Grand Maison Ginza) / Serving: April 8, 2020 – Mid May 2020
Qu’il Fait Bon (Grand Front Osaka) / July 7, 2020 – Mid August 2020
Make a day of art by heading to the London National Gallery Exhibition and finishing it off with a delicious artistic tart at Qu’il Fait Bon.
London National Gallery Exhibition
Running: March 3, 2020 – June 14, 2020
Location: National Museum of Western Art (Ueno Park, Tokyo)
Running: July 7, 2020 – October 18, 2020
Location: The National Museum of Art, Osaka (Nakanoshima, Osaka)
Official Website: https://artexhibition.jp/london2020/
URBAN SENTO: The New Brand Making Japanese Bath House Clothing Stylish
22.February.2020 | FASHION
“JAPAN MADE PROJECT” is a project launched by Japanese apparel shop URBAN RESEARCH which aims to revitalise regions around Japan by building local communities with businesses and creators around the country while also looking to take a step back to reconsider what is appealing about each of those regions.
As part of this new project, URBAN RESEARCH has announced its plans to establish “JAPAN MADE PROJECT TOKYO” on March 20, 2020. Focusing on Tokyo, this branch of the project will see the launch of “URBAN SENTO.” This will focus on the potential of sento, or “bath houses,” in the city, which will also include a new line of bath house clothing made in collaboration with Kosugi-yu a sento located in the Tokyo district of Koenji.
Public bath houses play an important part in Japanese culture by contributing to people’s mental health and creating communities. This is especially so in a city as busy as Tokyo. That’s where URBAN SENTO comes in, which will encourage the rediscovery of the city’s appealing culture through sento.
Pre-sales for the new clothing line opened on the URBAN RESEARCH online store on February 14, 2020. It features a collection of must-have items for the bath house, whose message is to spread the bath house lifestyle.
To ensure the clothing is comfortable as bath-wear, the collection is made from high quality cotton provided in collaboration with HAAG, a brand managed by Smile Cotton. This cotton is nice and soft and does not rub against the skin. Smile Cotton’s materials are even endorsed by the Japan Atopic Dermatitis Patients Association.
Crew Neck T-Shirt – ¥7,700 (Tax Included) | Sizes: Small/Medium/Large | Colours: White/Light Grey/Black
One Piece – ¥13,200 (Tax Included) | Sizes: Small/Medium | Colours: White/Light Grey/Black
Short Pants – ¥12,100 (Tax Included) | Sizes: Small/Medium/Large | Colours: White/Light Grey/Black
ZIP Parker Hoodie – ¥16,500 (Tax Included) | Sizes: Small/Medium/Large | Colours: White/Light Grey/Black
Pouch (Medium Size) – ¥3,080 (Tax Included) | Colours: White/Navy/Orange
The mesh pouch can be taken into the bath with you. Put your shampoo or other bath products in with you and take a dip.
Miscellaneous Items: IKEUCHI ORGANIC x URBAN SENTO
The bath towels you can use at Kosugi-yu are made by IKEUCHI ORGANIC. They come in two sizes and are incredibly soft on the skin.
Oragnic 120 Bath Towel – ¥5,060 (Tax Included) | Colours: White/Grey
Oragnic 120 Face Towel – ¥1,980 (Tax Included) | Colours: White/Grey
Kimura Soap x URBAN SENTO
The products used for cleaning yourself at Kosugi-yu, as well as what’s used for washing the towels, is soap provided by Kimura Soap. This pure soap, crafted by artisans by cooking in kettles, is friendly to the environment and the skin. It can be used at the bath house, in the bath at home, or even for your laundry.
Body Soap (Hinoki Cypress/Lavender) – ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
This body soap gently lathers your skin in bubbles and leaves your skin filling refreshed. Both the hand soap and body soap feel good to use.
The a video and main visual were released for URBAN SENTO, which feature Japanese music artists Yusuke Emoto and Aoi Nogi as the models.
JAPAN MADE PROJECT TOKYO “URBAN SENTO”
Pre-sales: Opened February 14, 2020
Available: URBAN RESEARCH online store
*Only a select number of items are available in the pre-sale
General Sale: March 20, 2020
Available: URBAN RESEARCH online store / URBAN RESEARCH Jinnan / URBAN RESEARCH Namba CITY / URBAN Famima!! Toranomon Hills Business Tower
*Store list subject to change
Official Website: https://media.urban-research.jp/news/61847/
Disney Princess Inspired Cupcakes Released at Ginza Cozy Corner in Japan
22.February.2020 | FOOD
Disney princesses around the world won’t be able to resist the nine new cupcakes released at Ginza Cozy Corner last week in Japan.
The cupcake collection is being released to celebrate Hinamatsuri, a festival held annually in Japan on March 3, which prays for the well-being and healthy maturity of girls. The line-up can be enjoyed by child and adult Disney fans alike, and includes not only Disney princesses, but other female characters in the Disney cast. This includes Minnie Mouse, Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, and more.
Disney Girl’s Collection (Contains 9) – ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
These cute cupcakes look like they have come straight out of a Disney character toy box. They not only look pretty, but sound delicious too, like the raspberry Minnie cupcake, lemon-flavoured Belle cake, cheesecake Cinderella, and more.
Celebrate Hinamatsuri in Disney-style by picking up a box of these cupcakes at Ginza Cozy Corner.
Disney Girl’s Collection (Contains 9)
Available: February 15, 2020 – March 3, 2020
Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
‘SAKURA Romantic Tea Party’ is Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando’s Newest Afternoon Tea Experience
20.February.2020 | FOOD
Q-pot. has revealed its new “SAKURA Romantic Tea Party” line-up which is set to be served at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, Tokyo from March 1, 2020 for a limited time.
The cherry blossom pink coloured and flavoured line-up includes a glamorous afternoon tea set, limited-edition parfaits, plated goodies, drinks, and more. “Romantic” is the key word for this beautiful Japanese springtime assortment.
Romantic SAKURA Parfait w/ Drink – ¥1,850 (Tax Included)
The tall Romantic SAKURA Parfait is layered with a mix of both Japanese and Wesrern flavours, built up delicious with cherry blossom cream cherry blossom petal-laced jelly, houjicha tea sauce and more, all of which is topped off with cherry blossom cookies and meringue.
Romantic SAKURA Mont Blanc Plate w/ Drink – ¥2,060 (Tax Included)
This plate of delight features a soft mont blanc made with cherry blossom bean paste cream, rich matcha chocolate, Japanese waguri chestnut, and chestnut cream. Q-pot. CAFE offers a selection of original macarons too which you can pick from including strawberry, chocolate, lemon, and melon. Feel the call of Japanese spring with this romantic cherry blossom mont blanc.
Romantic SAKURA Afternoon Tea Set w/ Drink – ¥2,400 (Serves 1) (Tax Included) *Photo shows tea set for two
Simply put: a colourful pink and romantic afternoon tea set.
The top tier is decorated with cherry blossom St. Honoré cakes made with gorgeous cherry blossom cream, peach bavarois, strawberry cookies, and rich cream ganache-filled biscuits.
The bottom tier includes fat croissants filled with duck pastrami and cucumber that has been dressed with white wine vinegar. They’re served together with a white asparagus cream potage soup and skewered olives, mini tomatoes and pickles, creating a truly gourmet addition to your afternoon tea experience.
Romantic SAKURA Berry Blossom Tea (Hot/Iced) – ¥750 Each (Tax Included)
There’s also a cute pink cherry blossom tea that can be served hot or iced. It’s made using Q-pot CAFE.’s popular “Flower Garden” flavour which has a refreshing after taste as well as a floral and fruity sweet scent. Added to it is cherry blossom and raspberry flavouring which mixes deliciously with the milk.
Hanami Party Plan – ¥3,000 Per Person (Tax Included) *Reservation-only
You can also book a special hanami party plan which adds a sparkling beverage to the afternoon tea set together with a a cherry blossom card and a crunchy meringue. You must reserve for 2+ people, making it perfect for enjoying together with a friend or special someone.
It’s not long until March now, meaning springtime, cherry blossoms, and Hanami flower-viewing is just around the corner in Japan. Why not celebrate romantically at Q-pot CAFE.?
SAKURA Romantic Tea Party
Running: March 1, 2020 – April 26, 2020
Online Reservations: Now Open
*Afternoon tea set and hanami plan to be served until March 29, 2020
Address: 3-4-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Closed: New Year’s Holidays
Official Website: https://www.q-pot.jp/eng/