Live the Disney Princess Dream With Tokyo Disneyland Hotel’s Luxurious Afternoon Tea

25.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

If you’ve had the chance to visit Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea you will have tried the many delicious dishes and drinks on offer at its variety of restaurants. But did you ever know that Tokyo Disney Resort also offers afternoon tea?

 

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel serves the only afternoon tea set across the entire resort on occasion in line with certain events.

We had the pleasure of joining Disney mega fan Kanako as she went to visit the hotel to try this very special afternoon tea.

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is the closest hotel to the entrance of Tokyo Disneyland. The first thing you will notice upon stepping inside is its use of Victorian decor. The ceiling also stands tall, opening the entire hotel up to give it a sense of space.

The afternoon tea is sold at the Dreamers Lounge in the lobby. In line with the Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer event currently taking place at Tokyo Disneyland until September 1, the tea set is also “hot jungle summer” themed.

The first thing to note about the three-stack set is how refreshing and summery it looks – a perfect selection for the hot season. It comes with sandwiches, hors d’oeuvre, scones, desserts, and a choice of tea or coffee.

Kanako started with the very top plate. The plate itself is decorated with what is supposed to look like Donald’s footprints and splashes of water.

The dessert on the left is haupia, a traditional Hawaiian dessert made with macadamia paste and roasted coconuts. It’s crunchy and has an incredible flavour.

Sitting temptingly next to it is the panna cotta and melon coulis. It contains a single sage leaf which adds flavourful herb notes. The entire dessert itself has a satisfyingly refreshing taste which covers your taste buds with a single mouthful.

The middle plate features two types of scones: plain and pineapple. They come with separate servings of clotted cream and honey to lather the scones in. The latter scone is cute in that it’s actually shaped like a pineapple. It’s crunchy and delicious and goes exquisitely with the accompanying tea.

The tea menu has many options. Kanako went for the “Darjeeling Summer” from the premium tea selection. When you order from the premium menu your tea is prepared in a sleeping pot that is both cute and extravagant as you would expect with an afternoon tea set.

The bottom plate contains a bunch of different appetisers including tuna and okra tartar, mango and mascarpone canapé, tomato and fish capellini, keema curry quiche, and an ethnic pork sandwich.

Kanako was very happy with her hors d’oeuvre, saying: “Everything is delicious, but I really like the combination of the pork and the slightly chewy bread for the pork sandwich!”

The chilled cone cream scoop was very refreshing and a perfect palate cleanser.

Finally, the cute hot jungle summer dessert plate which caught our attention from the very start. It comes with a tropical cream cheese and passion fruit mousse, white grape and shiikuwasha jelly, and Peach Melba which looks like flowing magma.

 

You might be surprised to find out that the jungle leaves on the plate aren’t actually part of the plate’s design but in fact green chocolate carefully sprayed on.

Even the Goofy, Mickey and event logo on the plate are delicately made from chocolate. Once you know that you’ll definitely be reaching for the camera straight away!

 

The Peach Melba is a lovely combination of peach compote and vanilla ice cream topped with raspberry sauce and almonds. Its mix sweet and sour flavours remind one of summertime.

It’s not everyday you see a cream cheese mousse, is it? The one that Donald is sat on. Kanako especially enjoyed its passion fruit scent and velvety texture. It’s made even more delicious when eaten together with the jelly surrounding it.

So, which was your favourite, Kanako-chan?

 

“Everything tasted amazing, but my favourite was the haupia♡ It’s moderately sweet, and I really liked the flavour of the coconut! Everything in the afternoon tea set is cute down to the tiniest details, so it’s perfect for taking photos for social media. I definitely wanna go again!”

 

The Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer themed afternoon tea set is being served from 11:30-17:00 until September 1, 2019. Places are limited so I recommend making a reservation in advance.

 

Enjoy your summer to the fullest with this tropical afternoon tea set!

 

©️Disney

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  • Tokyo DisneySea will open their new attraction Soaring: Fantastic Flight on July 23. This ride is an immensely popular attraction at theme parks around the world. DisneySea has created a new adaptation of this ride, offering a brand new and original experience to visitors.

     

    Model Saki Shibata from MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Editorial Department headed to DisneySea with model Kanako for an exclusive opportunity to experience this attraction before it opens to the rest of the public!

    Climb up the stairs next to the Mediterranean Harbor and the attraction will lie right before your eyes. 

    Before you enter the building, you will notice that there are lots of photo spots outside. 

    You will also spot Camellia Falco; a keen flyer who became the first woman to be accepted in the Society of Explorers and Adventurers in 1851.

    The Museum of Fantastic Flight located in the Mediterranean Harbor is celebrating Camellia Falco’s innovation in the field of aviation by holding a special commemorative exhibition dedicated to her and her research. 

    The final room of the museum is a gallery filled with Camellia’s outstanding achievements.

     

    Finally, it was time to climb aboard the invention of Camellia and her colleagues; an aircraft called the Dream Flyer.

    The Dream Flyer was a magnificent trip. We soared through the sky, through the nature and around famous places of the world.

    We were propelled from one place to another, experiencing a range of new atmospheres and surroundings in so many ways. At each location, we felt the wind and temperature of each country on our skin and could even smell a mix of intriguing smells unique to each location. 

     

    The final destination we arrived at was our most favourite… 

     

    This DisneySea original attraction is overflowing with imagination. It was like flying through an imaginary world. You absolutely must check it out. 

    Fantastic Flight Churros (Pineapple): ¥400

    Fantastic Flight Drink (Lychee Bubble Tea): ¥450

    To celebrate the opening of the new attraction, new Fantastic Flight-themed merchandise and foods have been released. Zambini Brothers’ Ristorante is even selling pineapple flavoured churros and bubble tea. Just looking at the blue sky colour of these delicious treats will leave you feeling refreshed.

    Postcard: ¥200 

    Origami Notebook: ¥400

    Socks (22 ー 25cm/ 25 ー 27cm): ¥700

    Please check out the full goods range!

    It has been quite a while since DisneySea has opened a new attraction, so the park is booming with excitement in anticipation for its grand opening to the public! Climb aboard the Soaring: Fantastic Flight ride and embark on a worldwide adventure! 

     

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  • On July 23, 2019, Tokyo Disney Resort will launch a new Tokyo Disney Resort App for smartphones which allows you to obtain FASTPASS tickets for rides from any location in the park.

    After entering the park, you can download your FASTPASS tickets using the app. This allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in the magical atmosphere of the park, giving them more time to enjoy the delicious food and discover the shops without having to rush to the other side of the park to get to the machines selling the FASTPASS tickets. 

     

    You can use the app to get FASTPASS tickets at a total of 18 park attractions at the resort. This even includes tickets for the brand new DisneySea® attraction Soaring: Fantastic Flight, which will open on July 23, 2019. 

    Downloading the Tokyo Disney Resort App is sure to save a lot of time and energy so you and your friends and family can focus on having a good time and discovering this enchanted world. 

     

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  • 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

  • Tokyo Disneyland’s Hot Jungle Summer Event Offers Up Flames, Drenching Water & Delicious Food

    16.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hi, everyone! It’s Midori from MMN’s editorial team.

     

    Donald Duck is the star of Tokyo Disneyland right now with his Hot Jungle Summer festival that is running right now until September 1. It is packed full of events, limited time food and exclusive goodies all themed around summer.

     

    The limited time food is taking on water and fire motifs with restaurants serving up both cool and refreshing looking items and hot summery items. I paid a visit to the festival together with Kanako so we could try out these seasonal meals and drinks.

    Sparkling Drink (Blue Syrup) – ¥380

    We headed over to Boiler Room Bites located inside Adventureland and tired out their blue coloured “sparkling drink.” Blue syrup is added to the cup inside which chewy pieces of jelly bob up and down in the soda. Its appearance alone is enough to cool you down, it’s really pretty!

     

    They sell other sparkling drinks too, including a red coloured one with raspberry syrup and a yellow one with lemon syrup. It’s cute and fun for you and your friends to get different coloured ones♡

    For an extra ¥350 you can also get this huge yellow souvenir straw with Donald on the front. Simply kawaii♡

     

    Cream Shaved Ice (Tropical Fruits) – ¥550 (Tax Included)

    The tropical fruits flavour of Tokyo Disneyland’s popular cream shaved ice is available for the festival only. It’s a mix of shaved ice and soft serve ice cream.

    It’s sold at Troubadour Tavern in Fantasyland and comes with huge pieces of pineapple. It’s not too sweet and is the perfect refreshment for the hot summer weather.

    Special Set: ¥960 (Tax Included)

    You can get this special set at the refreshment corner of World Bazaar. It comes with a bright red hot dog topped with cheese and a vegetable sauce packed full of veggies. The sauce is spicy and will whet your appetite!

     

    It also comes with a drink and fries so you’re sure to get your lunchtime fill.

    Special Set: ¥1,080 (Tax Included)

    Camp Woodchuck Kitchen in Westernland is popular for its turkey legs. This mouthwatering set comes with a tasty hamburger seasoned with curry sauce and topped with cheese. Even in the hot summer this one is a must-try. It also comes with fries and a drink.

     

    The restaurant sells a whole load of other bites too like the onigiri burger, waffle sandwiches and more, all ideal for lunch. Sift through the menu and make your choice♡

    Mango Milk Soft Serve Ice Cream w/ Raspberry Sauce – ¥400 (Tax Included)

    If you want ice cream then you’ll want to head to Squeezer’s Tropical Juice Bar in Adventureland where they’re selling mango and milk flavoured soft serve ice cream drizzled in raspberry sauce. The sweetness of the ice cream and sourness of the raspberry sauce go together really well. It’s available for a limited time only so don’t miss out!

     

    That goes for everything else listed here, it’s all limited-time-only, so if you’re in Tokyo this summer then be sure to head on over ASAP!

     

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  • Tokyo Disney Resort at Night is a Must-Experience With Chill Shows & Events

    15.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Tokyo Disney Resort’s® summer events have officially begun. There are plenty of exciting events to experience during the daytime this summer at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, but there are equally as many fun evening events too.

     

    Let’s take a closer look at what you can look forward to during summer nights this year at both parks and the Disney Ambassador Hotel.

     

    Oh! Summer Banzai – Flames and water surround the Cinderella Castle

    Oh! My Summer is the first stage show to be held at the Cinderella Castle in six years and will offer up a whole new kind of summer evening entertainment at Tokyo Disneyland. It will feature the impressive use of flames and drenching sprays of water to entertain the park guests.


    A colourful jungle background will provide the setting for the show with Donald Duck as the main character who will be joined by Mickey, Minnie and other members of the Disney cast.

    Together with the thundering music, thrilling dancing and refreshing water sprays, guests can look forward to a fiery show that in fact serves to cool them down from the summer heat.

     

    If you’re looking to cool down during the day then be sure to check out the Pirates of the Caribbean themed Pirates Summer Battle and Zootopia themed Judy and Nick’s Jumpin’ Splash events too to get sprayed with cold water.

     

    Oh! Summer Banzai

    Location: Castle Forecourt, Tokyo Disneyland

    Performance Time: 20-minutes (Twice a day)

    Event Page: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tdl/show/detail/938/

     

     

    Barnacle Bill’s – Chill out with beer and sausages at DisneySea

    The blackcurrant beer cocktail and cheese-filled bone sausage set sold at Barnacle Bill’s in American Waterfront is a must-try. The beer is super refreshing accompaniment for the hot weather and goes perfectly with the sausages.

     

    Barnacle Bill’s

    Location: American Waterfront, Tokyo DisneySea

    Running: July 8, 2019 – September 1, 2019

    Official Webpage: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tds/restaurant/detail/430/

     

     

    Empire Grill – A full course meal at Disney Ambassador Hotel

    As part of the Tokyo Disneyland event Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer, the Disney Ambassador Hotel is serving a special dinner course.

    The course includes an assortment of ethnic flavours with beautiful plating. The sweetbreads doused in mango sauce have been made to look like Donald’s feet.

    For mains you can choose between quail farcie or beef loin. We ordered the latter. The meat is beautifully juicy and tender. It comes with feijoada on the side with chilli beans and vegetables. The crunchy tortillas are so delicious you’ll want seconds.

    The true standout from this gourmet course however is the dessert which is accompanied by Donald and Daisy Duck! It’s a mix of white chocolate mousse topped with fruit and jelly. The hearts on the plate add that extra kawaii flavour to this special dish. It almost seems a waste to eat it… is what we said as we wolfed it down.

    We also recommend the special Donald Hot Jungle Summer drink. Its tropical taste and colour makes it the perfect beverage for summer time.

    If you order the drink you even get one of these exclusive coasters.

     

    “Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer” Empire Grill Dinner

    Running: July 8, 2019 – September 1, 2019

    Serving: [Dinner] Weekdays 17:30-21:00 / Weekends & Holidays 17:00-21:00 (*2 hours allotted)

    Price: ¥10,000

     

    “Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer” Special Drink

    Running: July 8, 2019 – September 1, 2019

    Serving: [Lunch] 11:30-14:00 [Dinner] Weekdays 17:30-21:00 / Weekends & Holidays 17:00-21:00 (*2 hours allotted)

    Price: ¥1,300

    Official Website: http://www.disneyhotels.jp/en/dah/restaurant/index.html

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    13.November.2019 | FOOD

    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Japan is releasing three new end-of-year doughnuts on December 26. They will be available for a limited time only.

    2020 is the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac, and so Krispy Kreme has taken that theme to create its own adorable rat doughnut. Lathered in caramel chocolate, this cute doughnut is filled with rock salt caramel cream. Its eyes, tail and large round ears are made of  dark chocolate while its nose is made of coffee chocolate.

    The second New Year’s doughnut in the series is the Lucky Strawberry Ring (¥230), which gets its deep crimson colour from the sweet and sour nappage made from strawberry puree and milky white chocolate. It’s finished with sprinkles of freeze-dried strawberries and gold leaf for that festive touch.

    The Snowman Chocolate (¥230) is a cute snowman shaped doughnuts filled with a rich chocolate cream and covered in a milky snow white chocolate coating. Together with the Lucky Strawberry Ring, you get a festive mix of red and white which are symbolic colours of the New Year in Japan.

    The three doughnuts are also available to purchase in a box set called Good Luck Zodiac Dozen which comes with twelve doughnuts including four Original Glazed®, the chain’s most popular doughnut.

     

    Welcome the new year with some delicious and kawaii doughnuts from Krispy Kreme Japan.

  • Experience Tokyo Disneyland’s Magical Christmas Parade & Decorations

    12.November.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Jolly faces are all around at Tokyo Disney Resort right now as Disney Christmas kicked off last Friday. It’s set to sleigh its way up to Christmas Day this year.

     

    The editorial team at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON jumped ahead and got to experience all of the festive fun taking place at Tokyo Disneyland parks, so we’re going to showcase some of the magical events taking place this year.

     

    Disney characters dress up for the amazing Christmas parade


    If you’re visiting Tokyo Disneyland this year, the one event you absolutely have to check out the Disney Christmas Stories parade, where Mickey and company, as well as characters from various Disney Pixar films like Frozen and Toy Story, all arrive on Christmas floats.

    All of the floats and themed on the films they appear in. For example, Lilo and Stitch ride a Hawaii Christmas boat, while Donald and Daisy have their own boat decked out with Christmas decorations.


    The floats will stop before the crowd, and that’s when the dancing begins! Mickey, Minnie, Chip and Dale begin the dancing in front of Cinderella’s castle. All of the Christmas-clad characters and dancers invite guests to join in with dancing.

    Once the dancing stops, the floats begin to move again, and snow falls all around the guests, plunging them into a White Christmas. The parade is truly magical at this point as the snow dances through the air. What could be better than celebrating Christmas than with your favourite Disney character at Tokyo Disneyland?

     

     

    Gaze up at the 15-meter tall Christmas tree

    The first thing to catch your eye if you walk towards the World Bazaar from the entrance is the towering Christmas tree which stands 15 meters high. At night, they turn the Christmas lights on, glow beautifully with the other visuals shining in the area. Here you’ll truly feel like you’ve been transported to a Christmas land as you’re wrapped in the warm lights of the illuminations and lulled by the music.

     

    Photo opportunities with your favourite characters

    In front of the Cinderella castle you’ll find multiple photo spots with statues of Disney characters. There are photographers there ready to take guests’ photos for them, so be sure to dress in your Christmas best to snap a memorable picture with the Disney cast. If you buy the photo, you’ll also receive a Christmas illustration and other goodies.

     

    You can really feel the Christmas spirit at Tokyo Disneyland simply by walking through the park. Don’t miss this year’s Disney Christmas, and be sure to invite friends, family and loved ones along for the ride.

     

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  • Warm Your Heart with a Sweet Shizuoka Satsuma Cheese Tart

    11.November.2019 | FOOD

    BAKE CHEESE TART will be baking up another fresh flavour which will be released in BAKE CHEESE TART shops across the country from November 15. The new featured flavour is of a Japanese Satsuma sourced from Shizuoka prefecture called Mikka Mikan. The brand new Mikan Cheese Tart will be sold at BAKE CHEESE TART shops countrywide. 

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    BAKE CHEESE TART is also running an Instagram campaign involving the hashtag #おすそわけタルト. Those who purchase the Mikan Cheese Tart and post a photo of it on Instagram during the limited time period have the chance to enter a prize draw for a BAKE CHEESE TART coupon.

     

    Warm up your heart with a soft and sweet, freshly-baked cheese tart and join in the campaign fun. 

  • Sleigh Bells Ring at Tokyo Disneyland This Year With Plenty Of Food & Merchandise to Go Around

    11.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Jolly faces are all around at Tokyo Disney Resort right now as Disney Christmas kicked off last Friday. It’s set to sleigh its way up to Christmas Day this year.

    The editorial team at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON jumped ahead and got a taste of the festive fun at the parks recently, so we’re going to showcase some more of the seasonal food and merry merchandise you can get your hands on this Christmas at Tokyo Disneyland.

     

    Food that makes you want to kick back and enjoy a nice break

     

    Special Set – ¥1,500 @ Grandma Sara’s Kitchen

    Grandma Sara’s has created the perfect hot lunch for warming up cold guests this year, adorned with a clam and seafood tomato cream, cheese and white sauce. Dip your bread into the rich sauce and tuck in! For dessert, you get a cranberry cake inspired by the look of a snow-tipped Christmas tree.

     

    Hot drinks of all kinds

    ‘Tis the season to stay warm, and so Tokyo Disneyland has devised a line-up of tasty drinks to warm the cockles of your heart, with flavours ranging from ruby chocolate to matcha and tapioca cheese teaーa unique flavour that’s all the rage right now.

     

    We actually covered these drinks in detail last Monday, so check out our report here.

    Deck the halls with these dessert & souvenir sets

    Cranberry & Tea Cake With Souvenir Cup – ¥800 @ Sweetheart Cafe and elsewhere

    Strawberry Dessert With Souvenir Cup – ¥800 @ Sweetheart Cafe and elsewhere

    Head to the Sweetheart Cafe to enjoy some desserts which come with cute take-home souvenirs, like cups and plates. The cranberry and tea cake is a subtly sweet cake with a fragrant tea flavour and filled with sweet and sour cranberries.

     

    The strawberry dessert is like strawberry shortcake with ascending layers of cake batter, cream, and strawberries. It’s topped with holly to give it that Christmas-y finish.

    Chocolate Doughnut – ¥380 @ Cleo’s and elsewhere

    The chocolate doughnuts at Cleo’s are completely lathered in a chocolate danish-like dough and custard cream.

    The doughnuts even come in this cute Mickey and Minnie packaging, who are dressed ready and for giving gifts to guests.

    If you pay an extra ¥700 you can get this adorable pouch featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy as snowmen.

     

    Have a merry little Christmas with these holiday season goodies

    Headband – ¥1,800

    Fun Cap – ¥3,000 / Plush Toy Wristband – ¥1,700

    Feel happy simply by placing these Mickey & Minnie headband ears and getting into party mode. The park has also developed a Christmas version of the Pluto fun cap so he has reindeer antlers and holly attached. Both items were previously available in a pre-sale on the park app, so depending on the shop you visit, they may have none left in stock. But if you see one, be sure to grab it quick!

     

    There’s also a Mickey version of the Minnie Mouse plush toy wristband. Wear one and have your friend or loved one wear the other!

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

    Pick up some popcorn served in a Christmas present basket decorated with cute illustrations of Mickey and company celebrating Christmas.

    It comes strung with a ribbon decorated with green, red and white colouring like a candy cane.

     

    Spend a Disney Christmas this winter at Tokyo Disneyland where you can stay warm with some comfort food and dress up!

     

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  • Butter Sandwich Shop PRESS BUTTER SAND Releases Uji Matcha Flavour at Tokyo Station

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    Known as the Uji Matcha Butter Sand, this tasty snack was developed to celebrate the grand opening of the Kyoto Station branch of PRESS BUTTER SAND. Due to high demand, they’ve decided to take the product to Tokyo for a limited time.

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  • Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo to Hold Christmas Evening Party at Le Jardin Restaurant

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    Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo has announced that it will hold a special Christmastime “Evening Party” from December 20-25 at Le Jardin, the hotel’s stylish cafe/restaurant that offers a gorgeous view of the hotel’s quiet garden landscape.

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    Enjoy a wonderful dinner time this Christmas in Tokyo at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo.

  • Tokyo’s Instagram-Worthy Christmas Cakes Are a Must-Grab This Holiday Season

    10.November.2019 | FOOD

    With Halloween now out of the way, it’s time to plunge ourselves into that Christmas spirit! We’ve compiled a list of some of the most delicious-looking and Instagrammable Christmas cakes available to buy in Tokyo this year that make for the perfect Christmas party accompaniments.

     

    Noel Tokyo Station Hotel @ Tokyo Station

    Noel – ¥6,200 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Station Hotel

    This chestnut cake is inspired by the pine pillars that supported the Tokyo Station Marunouchi station building until it was restored. It has a chestnut and sweet potato base and is layered with chestnut mousse and coffee mousse to recreate the rings of a tree which are used to tell a tree’s age.

    *10 served per day

    *Reservation Window: November 5 – December 17, 2019

    *Delivery Window: December 22-25, 2019

    *Online reservations available. Exclusive to GRANSTA.

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/267999

     

     

    pon pon×Chris.P @ Tokyo Solamachi

    Crispy Cakes (Happy Wreath/Santa/Reindeer) – ¥508 Each @ pon pon×Chris.P (East Yard Floor 2F) [Available From November 15]

    These tiny crispy cakes are another great little bite to eat. The cute Santa version is cookie and milk flavoured and has marshmallows as the fluff of his hat.

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/269015

     

     

    Café Cova Milano @ GINZA SIX

    Panettone Babbo Natale – ¥7,407 @ Café Cova Milano

    Cova’s panettone is made with a secret recipe that has been handed down since the beginning of the 19th century.

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/265169

     

     

    Tokyo Disney Resort

    Christmas Cake: ¥1,480 / Available at: Tokyo DisneySea (Horizon Bay Restaurant), Tokyo Disneyland (Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall)

    There’s lots going on at Tokyo Disney Resort this year, at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Don’t miss out on this cute Mickey and Minnie Mouse Christmas cake!

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/266495

     

     

    Which is your favourite from the list? Christmas cakes are a must-have on Christmas Day, so make sure you pick one up before the big day!

  • Adorable Mini Penguin and Polar Bear Confections to Arrive in Family Mart

    08.November.2019 | FOOD

    Tabemas is a Japanese confectionery series of small, traditional sweets designed to look like characters. For the first time, Tabemas is collaborating with the popular fictional character series Sumikko Gurashi to release Shirokuma and Penguin? sweets. The new confections will be sold in the chilled desserts corner of Family Mart convenience stores across Japan from November 12, 2019.

     

    The lovable characters who have been transformed into delicious sweets are Shirokuma: the shy polar bear who tends to get cold easily; and Penguin?, who has no confidence in their identity as a penguin. 

    The series name “Tabemas” means “edible mascot” and as the name suggests, these are traditional nerikiri confections which are made from bean paste and soft mochi, creating an adorable plump appearance.  Shirokuma’s body is white with pink ears whereas Penguin? has a pea-green body with a white stomach and yellow feet and beak. Both confections are kneaded with the characters’ charm and stand joining their tiny hands, staring at you with their adorable round eyes. 

    Both confections are filled with the mild flavour of red bean paste. To match the colour schemes of the characters, the white Shirokuma is milk-flavoured and the pale green Penguin? is apple-flavoured. The flavours of these confections are just as irresisitble as their appearance. You’re bound to be taking lots of photos of them for your next social media post in no time!

     

    As these confections are in limited supply, make sure to buy them as soon as possible if you are interested.

     

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  • Masaki Aiba & Jun Matsumoto Take Over Shibuya Station Billboards in New Promo Ads

    06.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Meiji plastered up some new billboard advertisements for their Meiji Oishii Gyunyu milk and Meiji Milk Chocolate products at Shibuya Station on Monday.

    Actors and singers Masaki Aiba and Jun Matsumoto were chosen to be part of the ad promos for the products respectively.

    The advertisements will also feature back-to-back in the Saturday November 9 issue of Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun where they have both written columns about what they like about their chosen products.

    The pictures in this photoshoot were also released as downloadable wallpapers on Tuesday. Links below!

  • Dress Up For Disney Christmas at Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea With These Official Items

    05.November.2019 | FASHION

    This year heralds another heart-warming Christmas celebration at Tokyo Disney Resort®. Disney Christmas kicks off at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea on November 8 where it will run up to Christmas Day.

     

    If you’ll be at either of the parks for the event, and have been wondering what to wear for the celebrations this holiday season, then don’t worry: Tokyo Disney Resort® has you covered in that department.

    Sweaters – ¥5,900 Each / Left: Reindeer Eat Hat – ¥2,100 / Right: Headband – ¥1,800

    The parks’ first ever Christmas sweaters will be available to buy this year, decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths, and other holiday season motifs. There are two designs: one with Mickey Mouse and the other with Pluto, so you can dress up in different ones together with family and friends. They are perfect for Christmas parties and Disney get-togethers too.

    Fun Cap – ¥3,000

    Fun Cap – ¥2,500 / Scarf – ¥2,900

    Keep your head and ears warm with the adorable Pluto fun cap which has his cute floppy ears.

    Illumination Lights – ¥1,900

    Other items include a candy cane scarf, a headband made to look like Christmas wrapping paper, illuminating lights to wear around your neck, and more. There’s plenty to pick from to put you in that Christmas spirit.

    Plush Toy Wristbands – ¥1,700 Each (Tokyo Disneyland only)

    Plush Toys – ¥2,200 (Tokyo DisneySea only)

    We recommend waving the plush toys and wristbands during one of the shows at the parks, or to just carry around with you and be merry!

     

    If you’re stuck on what to wear this Christmas, and love Disney, then be sure to take a look at what Tokyo Disney Resort has in stock.

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

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  • These Hello Kitty Kintsuba Japanese Confections are the Perfect Souvenir From Japan

    05.November.2019 | FOOD

    Confectionery company Nakataya has teamed up with Sanrio to release the Hello Kitty Kintsuba.

     

    Kintsuba is a type of traditional Japanese confection of sweet beans wrapped in wheat-flour dough. Nakataya is famous for their kintsuba, which are made with large-grained beans and red bean paste. They have maintained the flavour and quality of these confections, each of which is made with the utmost precision, and all individually.

     

    This year marks the 85th anniversary since Nakataya opened. The long-standing store hopes to bring in more foreign and younger customers by collaborating with Hello Kitty.

    They have crafted several flavours. Pictured above is the apple pie flavour, Hello Kitty’s favourite. It’s made with fuji apples from Aomori Prefecture which is known for its incredible apples. It’s mixed with white bean paste and is lightly flavoured with cinnamon.

    The mixed berry flavour is a fruity sweet and sour mix of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries which have been mashed together with white bean paste.

    The confection comes in two kinds of packaging: one designed by Nakataya’s founder Nakata (中田憲龍), and a Hello Kitty version where she is dressed as a dragonーa symbol of the shop. This is a completely original Hello Kitty design made specially for the collaboration.

    The outer packaging is made with a wrapping cloth to both pass down an aspect of traditional Japanese culture while also catering to the eco-friendly lifestyle of the modern age. It’s made from amuzen fabric and can be reused. The inner packaging is a simple paper tray so can be recycled. And if you take the wrapping cloth back to the store, they can refill it with the three Hello Kitty kintsuba confections at a discounted price.

  • Warm Up With Tokyo Disney Resort’s New Hot DrinksーRuby Chocolate, Matcha & More

    04.November.2019 | FOOD

    Are you feeling the cold yet? Don’t worry if you’re in Tokyo this year, because Tokyo Disney Resort has you covered with its new batch of hot drinks which they began serving on November 1.

     

    Left: Ruby Chocolate & Raspberry Milk – ¥500 / Right: Cheese Caramel Milk Tea

    The Ruby Chocolate & Raspberry Milk drink is sold at Squeezer’s Tropical Juice Bar and Ice Cream Cones at Tokyo Disneyland. It is made with the elusive ruby chocolate and retains its characteristic sour taste which melds temptingly with the sweet and sour raspberry syrup to create a luxurious hot beverage. Enjoy the gentle sweet notes of the chocolate and fruitiness of the cacao tickle your nose.

     

    You’ll find the Cheese Caramel Milk Tea at either Cafe Orleans or Rackety’s Raccoon Saloon at Tokyo Disneyland, or Sultan’s Oasis at Tokyo DisneySea®. The drink is a caramel-lined milk tea topped with a rich cream cheese. The subtle sweetness of the caramel milk tea coupled with the salty cream cheese is a flavour you’re sure to become addicted to.

     

    Hot Matcha Milk (Tapioca & Strawberry) – ¥450

    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.

     

    Hazelnut Milk Hot Cocktail – ¥760

    And if you head to Ristorante di Canaletto, also at Tokyo DisneySea, you can enjoy this cocktail served hot with a hazelnut liqueur and foamy milk. The added chocolate only makes the milk more delicious.

     

    The drinks are a part of the Sweets & Sips campaign now running around Tokyo Disney Resort.

    There are plenty of other drinks as well as churros, doughnuts, crepes and more to enjoy too, so be sure to check out the official websiteーor better yet, head to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea!

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