Top 6 Most Fancy Lunches in Fukuoka – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

28.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

Situated  on the northern shore of Kyushu is Fukuoka Prefecture, a hot spot for tourists and travellers both Japanese and foreign, particularly those visiting from parts of Asia such as China, Taiwan and South Korea.

 

When it comes to amazing Japanese food, Fukuoka is high on the list, home to a bounty of restaurants including some seriously stylish and kawaii ones.

 

Today, we are joined by foodie and Instagrammer moe who travels up and down Fukuoka dining at its many cafes for a bite of lunch or dessert. Using photos she has snapped on her days out, moe has listed 6 must-try fancy lunches you can order in Fukuoka.

 

Niku to Wain Haneushi in Ropponmatsu

Niku to Wain Haneushi is famous for its Saga beef which is matured on the bone in house for no less than two months. In the evenings they serve delicious steak for dinner, but during the day they whip up a seriously gorgeous and very affordable lunch menu. Their menchi-katsu, which is a breaded and deep fried ground meat patty, is served hot and fresh and retains the succulent juices of the meat. The next thing I’m looking forward to trying is their beef tongue.

 

▼Niku to Wain Haneushi (Japanese: 肉と葡萄酒 跳牛)

Address: 1-4-30 Ropponmatsu, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

Business Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:30 / Dinner 17:30-22:30

Closed: Tuesdays

Official Website: http://www.haneushi.com/

 

 

Shinobumeshi in Ropponmatsu

In the backstreets of Ropponmatsu is Shinobumeshi whose dishes provide a good balance of different foods. Their menu changes each day. The meal in the photo is their tender seafood katsu set. The katsu is deliciously crunchy and the okara soy pulp is to die for. It also comes with three little plates so your belly is sure to be full afterwards!

 

▼Shinobumeshi (Japanese: しのぶめし)

Address: 1-7-36 Ropponmatsu, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

Business Hours: 11:30 until all food is gone

Closed: Thursdays and Fridays

Official Website: http://shinobumeshi.com/muscat1b/

 

 

moku in Hakozaki


The building that moku is located in is a refurbished traditional house. It’s a fancy and stylish looking cafe but they have kids chairs and a kids menu too making it the ideal choice for families with children.

 

I ordered the seafood caponata with sauce aurore. This pasta dish is packed full of healthy vegetables and fresh seafood that is bound to delight your tastebuds.

 

▼moku (Japanese: 杢moku)

Address: Spital Hakozaki, 1-32-31 Hakozaki, Higashi Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

Business Hours: 11:30-22:00
No Fixed Holidays

Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/moku777

 

 

Shokudo Chez Moi in Befu, Jonan

Chez Moi is a European style restaurant that centres on French cuisine. The vegetables used in making their dishes are sourced in various places in Fukuoka Prefecture including the city of Fukuoka, Itoshima in the west, Asakura in the south central region, and elsewhere. This lunch plate gleams vibrant colours, with the centrepiece being the chestnut pork which is surrounded by lots of different veggies that are fun to pick to enjoy their individual flavours.

The dessert plate too is a cute work of art♡

 

▼Shokudo Chez Moi

Address: 6-8-2 Torikai, Jonan Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

Business Hours: Lunch 11:45-15:00 / Dinner 18:00-22:00

Closed: Sundays

Official Website: https://www.shokudochezmoi.com/

 

 

Café 62 Banchi in Nishitetsu Hirao


Famous for its homemade brad, Café 62 Banchi is located in a renovated room of an apartment. Pictured above is the “One Plate Lunch” which has a good balance of nutrients and is fun to pick at from the many choices on the plate.

 

▼Café 62 Banchi

Address: Itani Bldg. 201, 2-17-3 Ogusu, Minami Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

Business Hours: Lunch 11:30-17:00 / Dinner 17:00-22:00

Closed: The 1st Tuesday of every month

Official Website: https://www.cafe62.com/

 

Papparayray in Akasaka


Papparayray is popular for its rainbow coloured desserts which are piled with floral flowers and multicoloured fruits. My photo shows off their avocado and rolled oat salad. Rolled oats sit deliciously under the hearty bed of avocado. And the simple salt and olive oil seasoning is simply exquisite. No matter what vegetable is on your plate at this place, it’s sure to be fit for the gods.

 

▼Papparayray

Address: Akasaka 2-2-22, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

Business Hours: 11:30-18:00 (Lunch served 11:30-14:00)

Closed: Sundays & Mondays

Official Website: http://papparayray.petit.cc/

 

moe’s Instagram is jam packed full of even more tempting food and desserts. If you’re looking for even more recommendations on where to eat in Fukuoka then make sure you give her a follow.

 

Photo & Text: moe

Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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  • 5 Best Cute and Stylish Cafes in Fukuoka

    09.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Sat on the northern shore of Kyushu is Fukuoka Prefecture, a hot spot for tourists both Japanese and foreign, particularly those visiting from parts of Asia such as China, Taiwan and South Korea.

     

    Fukuoka has its fair share of famous tourist destinations and a delicious collection of gourmet restaurants, but did you know it’s also home to lots of different cute and stylish cafes? Today, Instagrammer moe takes us on her trip around Fukuoka’s plethora of popular coffee shops and shows 5 must-visit locations.

     

    10 Coffee Brewers

    A popular coffee shop also based in in Ōita Prefecture, 10 Coffee Brewers has another branch in Fukuoka’s Daimyo district. The mouthwatering beverage you see in the photo above is a vanilla smoothie with tapioca pearls and a shot of espresso. Topped with Oreo cookies, marshmallows and cream, this crave-inducing coffee delight offers a mix of tasty treats and textures that are sure to fill you up after a cup♡

     

    ▼10 Coffee Brewers

    Address: 1-10-18 Daimyo, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka

    Opening Hours: 11:30-19:00

    Closed: Mondays

    Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/10coffee.fuk/

     

     

    green bean to bar CHOCOLATE

    I ordered two different mousses together with my coffee, both exclusive to this Fukuoka branch of the cafe chain. On the left is the Vietnam x Hojicha and on the right is the Tanzania With Crumble. The cacao beans in both are sourced in separate locations. You can order several different flavours to combine with your mousse. As well as hojicha there is sesame seed, mikan and more. The mousse is crafted with a beautiful spiral shape that screams Instagram-worthy at whatever angle you point your camera at. You can even order them for takeout♡

     

    ▼green bean to bar CHOCOLATE

    Address: Nishietsu Tenjin CLASS Floor 1F, 1-19-22 Imaizumi, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

    Closed: Wednesdays

    Official Website: https://greenchocolate.jp/

     

     

    COFFEE & CAKE STAND LULU

    LULU’s beverages are served in simple and stylish cups. The drink on the left is the Houjicha Latte and the one on the right is a LULU Latte. Though the Houjicha Latte is a pure white colour it still has that proper houjicha taste to it. Their puddings are a must-try too and can be ordered for takeout but they were all sold out on this day. Their bouncy puddings are really popular, so if you see them on sale there you should definitely pick one up!

     

    ▼COFFEE & CAKE STAND LULU

    Address: 2-3-26 Yakuin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka

    Business Hours: Weekdays 9:00-18:00 / Weekends & Holidays 11:00-19:00

    Closed: Thursdays

    Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/COFFEE-CAKE-STAND-LULU-1045325205611217/

     

     

    NO COFFEE

    NO COFFEE promotes a coffee lifestyle with their contemporary decor and drinks. The drinks in the photos are the matcha latte with espresso and frozen banana mocha.

     

    The matcha latte mixes sweet matcha latte with a shot of full-bodied espresso to create a refreshing combination. The frozen banana mocha is my personal favourite and a perfect choice for when the weather’s hot. The cafe is also a concept shop that sells a variety of miscellaneous items.

     

    ▼NO COFFEE

    Address: 3-17-12 Hirao, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka

    Business Hours: 10:00-19:00

    Closed: Mondays (except on national holidays in which case the cafe will close on the following Tuesday)

    Official Website: https://nocoffee.net/

     

     

    W/O STAND

    Last on the list is W/O STAND, a coffee chain that’s popular not only in Tokyo but in Fukuoka too. The hypnotic drink in the photo is a caramel macchiato. It’s common to see the illustration on the cup on Instagram in Japan. The picture is different depending on which branch you visit. Their menu is huge too so you’ll definitely want to go back more than once to get coffee.

     

    ▼W/O STAND

    Address: ARKCUBE103, 1-3-5 Daimyo, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Business Hours: 11:00-19:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/without_stand_fukuoka/

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Which cafe do you want to visit the most?

     

    moe has many more photos of drinks, desserts and food she has tried in Fukuoka on her Instagram page too. If you’re planning a trip to Fukuoka when travelling to Japan, be sure to follow moe’s Instagram.

     

    Photos & Text: momo

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • See Hundreds of Japanese Wind Chimes at Nyoirin-ji Temple Festival in Fukuoka

    13.July.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Fukuoka is a tourist hot spot of Japan, bustling with tourists and travellers both from the island nation and those from overseas, especially from China, Taiwan and South Korea.

     

    Situated on the northern shore of Japan’s Kyushu Island, Fukuoka offers amazing shopping experiences and serves up some of the most delicious gourmet cuisine at its rows of restaurants. But nothing compares to its bountiful sightseeing splendours.

     

    Rie is an Instagrammer who travels to all the different sightseeing spots Kyushu has to offer which she documents on her Instagram page. Today, she gives us a special look at one her most recommended places to visit in Fukuoka: Nyoirin-ji Temple.

     

    Nyoirin-ji Temple is often nicknamed “Frog Temple” due to the many frogs you can see at the temple grounds, a rare sight at a Japanese temple. It’s located in Fukuoka Prefecture’s city of Ogori which can be reached by catching a Nishitetsu Tenjin Ōmuta Line train from Tenjin in the heart of Fukuoka and getting off at Mitsusawa Station. From there the temple is just a 15-minute walk.

    Nyoirin-ji Temple is the home of thousands of frogs. A lot of the frog ornaments and items at the temple were collected by the temple’s chief priest.

     

    There’s one ornament which you can take a photo through as seen above, so you should definitely try taking one yourself in your own way. You can even get a goshuin stamp with a frog illustration too if you take your goshuincho stamp book.

    The frogs are a given at the Frog Temple, but a must-see is the Wind Chime Festival which is currently running until September. The temple entrance onward is decorated with lots of cute and colourful wind chimes.

    Up the stairs you can walk through a wind chime tunnel which gives you a cool, refreshed feeling even in the hot summer.

    It costs ¥500 for one wind chime which you can write your wish on before hanging up. You can’t take them home however so be cautious of that!

    Nyoirin-ji Temple was built in 729. It is home to a Cintāmaṇicakra statue which is a rare sight in Japan. It is also a registered cultural property of Fukuoka Prefecture. It’s not just a location for kawaii adoration―it has been long been loved by locals since ancient times and has a long history.

    The wind chimes will be strung up until the end of September. Their gentle ring is sure to make you feel at peace, so why not try dressing up in a yukata like Rie and experiencing the festival for yourself?

     

    Rie has many other examples of popular tourist destinations from around Kyushu on her Instagram page. Be sure to give her a follow if you’re planning a trip to Kyushu yourself!

     

    Photos by Rie

  • Q-pot Cafe’s Dreamy Sailor Moon Afternoon Tea | Food Review

    24.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / FOOD

    Hey, readers. I’m Midori from MMN’s editorial team.

     

    Sailor Moon fans are going to want to visit Q-pot right now―a cafe in Omotesando that makes desserts that look like real accessories―as the cafe is currently collaborating with the franchise. The inside of the cafe has been transformed into a cute and magical Sailor Moon world, the kind you could only imagine in your dreams. It has blown up since it opened on June 30 across Japanese social media.

     

    There was no way I was going to miss a chance to eat here, so I took a trip to Q-pot to see what kind of kawaii things they had on the menu for the collaboration.

    You’ll know Q-pot when you see it in Omotesando by the pouring teapot on the wall next to the menu outside.

    Strung up at the entrance are lots of ema plaques where people write their wishes and goals.

    As soon as you step inside the cafe you are transported into a world of cute. The various chocolate and biscuit decorations on the wall are just plain kawaii. It gets you excited to start eating♡

    I started by ordering the drink set which comes with the Moon Twilight Soda and Tuxedo Night Mocha. The soda contains berries and its lemon and apple flavour gives it a sweet and sour taste. The pink gradation is cute too♡

     

    The mocha takes inspiration from Tuxedo Mask flying through the city at night. The rim of the glass is lined with sparkly sugar. The drink isn’t just an ordinary cafe mocha – it secretly contains a sweet strawberry flavour which adds an enchanting aftertaste.

    Next I tried the Transformation Brooch Macaron Cake. Shaped as a macaron, this cake is based by the brooch necklace which Usagi uses to transform into Sailor Moon. It’s served on a ribbon-shaped plate which you can take home with you. The cake is filled with apricot and mango mousse inside which is pineapple♡

     

    On top of the macaron is another exquisite macaron containing lemon jelly. The jelly and fruit sparkle to create a girly and gorgeous dessert. After you’ve eaten you can take the plate back to use at home!

    And now for the crowning jewel: the Sailor Moon Afternoon Tea Set! This is one that anybody is going to crave when seeing it. It comes with two plate packed with food and desserts. The ribbon at the top is cute too.

    The upper tier is adorned with macarons, mousse cakes, cookie sandwiches, and glass desserts.

    The lower tier has sandwiches, vichyssoise soup, and olive and tomato pinchos.

    The glass dessert is a raspberry mousse topped with Sailor Moon’s Moon Stick. The mousse is fluffy and very tasty. The sourness of the berries isn’t too strong either – it’s a nice and light flavour.

    When biting into the mousse cakes your mouth is filled with the gentle sweetness of the white chocolate.

     

    Macarons are a popular dessert at Q-pot. The Sailor Moon ones are bite-sized and almost seem a waste to eat because of how cute they are. The cookie sandwiches, which are based on Luna and Artemis, are stuffed with lemon cream which has a refreshing taste. The cookies also have a delicious buttery flavour.

    The lower tier sandwiches contain duck and broccoli. The sandwiches are small but you get a lot of veg so you won’t go hungry. The soup is great not just as a light meal but as a palate cleanser after the desserts too. Try eating some when your stomach says it’s full from all the sweet stuff!

    My belly was pretty full after this afternoon tea set. I recommend ordering it for lunch.

     

    If you’re looking for a place to eat out with your girl friends when why not enter the fairy tale world of Q-pot for the Sailor Moon collaboration? Q-pot even has its own merchandise too so be sure to check it out!

     

    ©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation

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  • teamLab: Digitized Fukuoka Castle Ruins to Take Place in 2019-2020

    07.November.2019 | SPOT

    teamLab has announced a new digital art event entitled “teamLab: Digitized Fukuoka Castle Ruins” which will bring interactive digital art to Fukuoka Castle from November 29 to February 2.

    Breathing Resonating Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle RuinsteamLab, 2017, Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    Construction of Fukuoka Castle began in 1601 and took place over the course of 7 years. The historical landmark is lined with hundreds of meters of stone walls, which has led the castle to be nicknamed Stone Castle.

    Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Tower RuinsteamLab, 2017, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    The exhibition is a part of teamLab’s Digitized City art project, the concept of which is that non-material digital technology can turn a city into art without physically altering it.

     

    The castle’s enormous span of 20,000 square meters will be decorated with interactive digital art that reacts to people’s presence.

    Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as Well in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Tower RuinsteamLab, 2019, Digital Installation, 4 min 20 sec (loop), Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    Sketch Kuroda Kanbei, teamLab, 2019, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi, Kenta Matsukuma, Jun Tanaka (Big Cats Creatives) 

    7 installations will make up the exhibition, including 4 new ones such as Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as Well in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Tower Ruins, where three-legged crowds from Japanese mythology known as Yatagarasu are rendered in light and fly across the castle walls, and Sketch Kuroda Kanbei, where people can draw Kuro Kanbei and historical figures and see them come to life.

  • Dine On Fancy Authentic Japanese Food Casually at SHARI in Ginza

    06.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    SHARI is a restaurant located on the second floor of Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza-gochome, a new hotel that opened on September 26 located within walking distance from Ginza Station and Higashi-Ginza Station. This restaurant serves authentic and fancy Japanese-style food as well as luxurious Kobe beef, gozen set meals, and much more.

    Ginza is known as the expensive, upmarket part of Tokyo, and when talking about small local restaurants there the pricing threshold tends to be rather high, but at SHARI customers can enjoy proper Japanese cuisine in a more casual manner and at a much more affordable price, with the typical set lunches starting at just ¥1,200.

    Sophisticated is the word that springs to mind upon entering this restaurant, as your eyes meet the gorgeous mix of wood on black. As well as table seats, they also have counter seats too, allowing for you to enjoy a little luxury on your own if you so wish.

    There is an additional restaurant inside the main restaurant itself that goes by the name Teppanyaki Mitaki, a tiny six-seater restaurant that serves Kobe beef, a type of wagyu beef and one of the top three beefs in Japan.

    SHARI Gozen – ¥3,000 (Before Tax)

    I ordered the SHARI Gozen which is served during lunchtime. This set comes with six small bowls, each filled with different colourful foods. It’s a cute-looking set♡

    There’s lots of meat and fish included in the set. For meat, they have steak made with domestic beef. It’s succulent and drizzled in a rich sauce that fills your mouth deliciously with a single bite. With the sashimi, the restaurant makes sure to serve fish that’s in reason. There were 3 types of fish so it was a very satisfying meal.

    The set can also be served with a variety of deep-fried foods, stewed foods, and cold fishes, as well as rice, miso soup, desserts and more. No matter what you order you can rest assured you’ll be full afterwards.

     

    SHARI is a chic and stylish restaurant with great food, plus it’s located in Ginza. And you can enjoy all of this at a super low price!

    Lady’s Gozen – ¥2,600 (Before Tax)

    I have to recommend the Lady’s Gozen if you’re looking to enjoy fish and vegetables. It comes with two varieties of sashimi and one fried fish, all in season, as well as an assortment of fried food, savoury egg custard, and four side dishes.

    It also comes with rice and sushi rolls as well as a dessert like the SHARI Gozen.

    The whole dinner menu is lined with Japanese food, including sashimi, tempura, fried food and more. There’s also various courses, including the Teppanyaki Mitaki course which is priced from ¥12,000. It comes with Kobe beef of course in addition to various other high quality ingredients.

    Shu – ¥1,000 (Before Tax)

    I also recommend this Japanese-style cocktail for those thinking of staying late. It’s inspired by the colours used in kabuki theatre―a Bloody Mary combining shichimi, nihonshu, and tomato juice. The rim of the glass is lined with more shichmi for a spicy and refreshing kick when you sip.

    Check out the cute glass it comes in too.

     

    From affordable lunches to dinner courses made with top quality ingredients, SHARI can be enjoyed throughout the entire day with its diverse menu line-up. Be sure to pay a visit to tuck into authentic Japanese cuisine in the luxury district of Ginza.

     

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • 6 Sailor Moon Cafes Opening Across Japan Including Tokyo and Osaka

    01.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    LEGS COMPANY, LTD. has announced that it will open six Sailor Moon cafes for its Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 event across Japan this year. The opening dates differ from branch to branch, but the first two will open in Tokyo and Osaka on October 3. See all the opening dates in the Information section below.

     

    LEGS held the Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 event back in September 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sailor Moon. The event’s theme focused around adulthood imbued with a hint of cuteness. The cafes were so popular that they had a second “encore” run in December of the same year.

     

    This year, LEGS has created an entirely new concept.

    The theme this year is “Girls Night Out,” and the menu line-up stays true to it, featuring food and drinks all ladies are sure to enjoy on a night out.

    5 Sailor Tortilla Wrap Sandwiches – ¥1,590 (Not available at the Saitama cafe)

    Pretty Girl’s Brunch Pancakes – ¥1,590 (Available at lunchtime only)

    Girls Night Out (Chicken Steak Plate) – ¥1,990 (Available at dinnertime only)

    Cosmic Heart Berry Sandwich – ¥1,690

    Moon Night Parfait – ¥1,490 (Available at dinnertime only)

    Girls Night Out Drinks (10 Flavours) – ¥890 Each (Usagi Tsukino/Ami Mizuno/Rei Hono/Makoto Kino/Minako Aino/Chibiusa/Haruka Tennou/Michiru Kaiou/Setsuna Meiou/Hotaru Tomoe)

    This is just a select look at what’s on the menu―there are many other themed foods and desserts too!

    Acrylic Key Ring (12 Designs Chosen Randomly) – ¥650

    Clear Bag (1 Design) – ¥1,800

    Plate (1 Design) – ¥2,200

    The artwork for select cafe-exclusive merchandise was done by popular creator Etoile et Griotte who makes items for girls who love cute things, and Japanese illustrator Jenny Kaori, who creates cute, fashionable and alternative works.

    Every person who books a seat in advance (¥650 before tax) at the cafe will receive one of the 5 above-pictured ticket holders chosen randomly.

    If you dine at the cafe, you’ll get one of the 4 above-pictured lunch mats chosen randomly.

    And if you order a drink, you’ll get one of the 10 above-pictured coasters chosen randomly.

     

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

    ©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation

  • Taste Different Japanese Teas in Wine Glasses in Fukuoka

    27.September.2019 | FOOD

    Neworld has teamed up with Asakura, Fukuoka-based tea manufacturing company Seichajo Yamashina to offer an all-new tea-tasting course. Reservations opened on September 25 and can be made via telephone call.

    Yamashina Tea Stall first opened its doors to the public back in 1947 in the city of Asakura, Fukuoka. This long-standing tea shop oversees every aspect of their original blends, from the tea leaf selection to the roasting.

    The shop’s representative, Koya Yamashina, is a tea professional, having worked as an instructor on Japanese tea as well as an established Japanese tea critic. He has travelled up and down Kyushu―one of the five main islands of Japan where Fukuoka sits―which has enabled him to select only the best tea for the shop, considering the taste, smell, season, place of production, and growers themselves.

    Yamashina Tea Stall promises a fun and authentic experience when it comes to Japanese tea, for the very fact that it has had its hands on so many different types. That’s where their new program comes in to play, where they will pair different Japanese teas into different wine glasses―provided by Tokyo glass makers Kimura Glass―for tasters to get the best out of the tea, including the flavours and fragrance.

    Let’s take a look at the course.

    Piccolo 6oz Flute & Yama no Asatsume

    This brand of tea is called Chiran Yama no Asatsume and it comes from Kagoshima Prefecture. It’s grown in Ushirodake, an area in Kagoshima with a high altitude, the only place it can be grown. It has a distinct fresh and sweet fragrance. The tea is served in a 6oz Piccolo glass which is a popular glass for champagne. Its delicate rim and form makes it the perfect shape to enjoy the full taste of the tea.

    Garson 3oz Grappa & Yame Gyokuro

    Yame Gyokuro is known as one of the most luxury teas in Japan. Served in a Garson glass, it has a thin, long shape, making it ideal for smelling the gentle aromas of the gyokuro tea and for enjoying its smooth, sweet taste.

    Pivo Orthodox 63224-210 & Sun Rouge

    Sun Rouge is an extremely rare variety of tea grown on the distant island of Tokunoshima which is south of Kagoshima. It is served in a classic champagne glass, much different from the flute-type champagne glasses. The liquid is allowed to spread over a wider surface, letting you take in the distinct beautiful purple colour of the tea while enabling the fragrance to dance around the elegant glass.

     

    This is just a snapshot of the many drinks this course has to offer. If you’re looking to experience Japanese tea in style, then why not try out this course? They even sell sets of glasses and tea so you can take them home with you!

  • Blue Grotto Fukuoka Illuminations 2019: Exquisite Food & Enchanting Lights

    25.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Blue Grotto FUKUOKA is an illumination event that opened at Nakasu Bridge in Fukuoka on September 16 and will run until October 6.

    Nakasu Bridge is located in the shopping district Nakase, where two exhibits are taking place: “Blue Grotto” and “Blue Waterfall.” They are also offering a very special romantic and magical 30-minute boat cruise which takes passengers from Nakasu Bridge to Canal City Hakata and Hakata Bay.

    As well as the breathtaking lights, passengers can look forward to a specially-prepared Blue Grotto Bolognese meal made by Nisshin Foods. Passengers will also receive an original Blue Grotto postcard courtesy of their boarding.

     

    During the illumination event, there will be multiple food booths around Nakase Bridge serving an assortment of delicious food, including some made using Blue Grotto brand ingredients in collaboration with Nisshin Foods.

  • Miyako Hotel Hakata Opens With Instagram-Worthy Pool, Michelin-Led Restaurant Menu & More

    24.September.2019 | SPOT

    Miyako Hotel Hakata will have its grand opening on September 22, 2019. To help spread word of the luxurious secrets behind its doors, an official report was released detailing everything there is for guests to look forward to.

     

    Its metropolitan exterior is inspired by the spectacular natural landscapes of Kyushu

    Miyako Hotel Hakata can be found by taking the Tsukushi Exit of Hakata Station where it stands directly in front, towering above the surrounding buildings. The basement floor of the hotel is directly connected to the station for ease of access. This floor is also home to a convenience store, restaurants and more and can be used by non-guests too.

    The building is a gorgeous eye-catching glass cube which offers an abundance of natural light during the day. At night, the hotel exterior is illuminated with 168 LED lights, giving it an metropolitan appearance. The building rooftop has a running ‘waterfall’ which is inspired by the majestic rural environments of Kyushu. Its iconic design makes it instantly-recognisable, with hopes in mind that this will make it a new landmark of Hakata.

    The lobby houses a gorgeous cafe lounge serving food and drink

    Up on the 3rd floor is the clean, bright and spacious front lobby where staff are waiting to greet guests warmly. In addition to the reception desk, there is CAFÉ EMPATHY, a cafe and lounge which can be used by both guests and non-guests. The cafe is produced by Transit General Offiice which is known for having produced the The Rail Kitchen Chikugo―a restaurant train―amongst a host of shared offices, hotels and more.

    The spectacular menu line-up includes an array of delicious drinks from herbal teas to flavoured lattes, as well as an assortment of light meals made using ingredients from around Kyushu. They also serve an original afternoon tea that’s served from 14:30. Everything on the menu is nothing short of Instagrammable and perfect for those who love to wine and dine on drinks and food that is both cute and fancy.

     

    The colourful flavoured lattes come in four flavours and can also be ordered for takeout. One of them is the Beets Latte which is a pink colour which comes from the beetroot used to make it. It has a subtle sweetness and smooth flavour.

     

    The stocked teas include those made by Paris-based tea company KUSMI TEA, such as the Anastasia which is a mix of standard black tea and citrus, as well as an array of decaffeinated fruit teas.

    Spend your time in luxury in your room

    Floors 5 through 12 are all lined with guest rooms. There are four types of rooms, all large, including Twin and Double. Each and every room has been given the same level of care and attention to create the most comfortable experience for guests.

    The Deluxe room is the perfect package if you’re looking to indulge in a little extravagance, whether as a treat to yourself or together with that special someone. The room design is stylish and simple, allowing for optimal relaxation. The bed is roomy and is ideal for watching the television or chatting.

     

    All guest rooms are also equipped with tablets from which you can control the air con, lights and so on. The TV can even tell you whether the restaurant is full or not which is a super convenient feature.

    A restaurant and bar menu created by a Michelin-starred chef & dreamy terrace pool

    On floor 13―the top floor―you will find Miyako Hotel Hakata’s must-see feature: the SOMEWHERE RESTAURANT & BAR. This all-dining restaurant’s concept is “A Beautiful Place Somewhere.” Its dinner menu was conceived by Michihoro Haruta, the chef at Crony, a Michelin 1-starred restaurant in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo. The innovative menu is made with local ingredients from Fukuoka and across Kyushu. The wine menu was created by Kazutaka Ozawa, a sommelier at Crony. The restaurant enjoys a laid-back atmosphere that isn’t overly formal or strict, with a glass exterior including the roof, allowing diners to enjoy the romantic evening atmosphere.

     

    Breakfast is served to both guests and non-guests and is served as a western-style buffet packed full of assorted foods such as freshly-baked bread, omelette, Eggs Benedict, and more. They serve an original Japanese-style breakfast too for those who fancy Japanese food. The tall windows allow natural light to pour into the restaurant.

    Right next to the restaurant is the hotel’s very own spa, offering a natural hot spring pool, jet bath, footbath and more. As part of the hotel’s grand opening, the spa is free for all guest until March 31, 2020. The hotel offers rental swimsuits too so you can freely and easily enjoy a nighttime dip. And when night truly sets in, you can gaze an unbroken view of Hakata from the roof, and the ‘waterfall’ next to the pool will also be lit up.

     

    There’s even a special poolside menu so you can order cocktails and light food from the terrace. With everything illuminate in beautiful lighting, your cocktail in hand, you can certainly snap some Instagram-worthy shots. And if you’re looking for a warm bath, there is a large public bath and even a sauna indoors.

  • Poop-Themed Exhibition to Teach People All About Poop in Fukuoka

    20.September.2019 | SPOT

    Fukuoka PARCO and Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens are collaborating to hold a poop-themed exhibition entitled “Poop Exhibition: Poop Academy Cultural Festival in Fukuoka” on floor B1F of the south building of Fukuoka PARCO from September 27 to October 27.

    There will be many elements to the exhibition. The first of these is the language section where sentences written in Japanese will be draped all across one room, each with references to poop.

    Above photo taken from the Ikebukuro exhibition

    In the “Outdoor Lesson” corner, there will be cased displays of different animal droppings with descriptions, enabling people to see the different shapes and sizes poop comes in.

    In the “Poop Arithmetic 3rd Year Students” corner is a photo spot where you can pose like the Poop Maths Teacher as shown on the right.

    At the end of the exhibition there’s an exam room where you can take a test based on what you have learned from the exhibition.

     

    There’ll even be a range of original and exclusive merchandise.

    Postcard Set (5 Designs) – ¥400

    Folders – ¥300

    Toilet Roll – ¥348 / Character Tape Cutter – ¥700 / Leather Futon Books (2 Designs) – ¥500 Each

    Japan is having a poop craze right now, with the opening of the Unko Museum in Yokohama which is also set to arrive in Shanghai next month.

     

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Listed prices are pre-tax. Event content subject to change.

  • Top 5 Delicious Must-Eat Parfaits in Fukuoka

    19.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    From must-try desserts to the most fancy lunches, the best cute and stylish cafes and more, we have covered many unmissable locations in Japan’s prefecture of Fukuoka.
    This time, we’re here to present a sweet assortment of parfaits in Fukuoka that are sure to get your mouths watering. We are joined by Instagrammer moe who has provided us with photos and descriptions of this tasty line-up.
    green bean to bar CHOCOLATE in Imaizumi
     
    Chocolate Glass Parfait
    Let’s begin with the Chocolate Glass Parfait, an extravagant parfait which is made with cocoa beans from various different regions, offering plenty of flavour. It’s a refreshing parfait topped with chocolate tea granita jelly. It’s also drizzled in a chocolate sauce which is made with cocoa beans and imbued with berries. If you’re a chocoholic then this one will provide the hit you need!
    ▼green bean to bar CHOCOLATE
    Address: Nishitetsu Tenjin CLASS 1F, 1-19-22 Imaizumi, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
    Closed: Wednesdays
    Official Website: https://greenchocolate.jp
    Patisserie Georges Marceau in Watanabedori
    You Kihi – ¥980
    A floral fragrance dances around this beautiful parfait, which one would expect the refreshing peach to be the centerpiece, only to find out that other fruits come through the flavour assortment too like lychee and raspberry. As well as fruits, the parfait includes sherbet, panna cotta, and other refreshing combinations.
    ▼Patisserie Georges Marceau
    Address: 1F, 5-8-19 Watanabedori, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Until 19:00 on Sundays)
    No Fixed Holidays
    Oyatsu cafe Hibi to in Hirao
    Strawberry Parfait
    This classic strawberry parfait contains double-sized cornflakes. I would change nothing about its taste or appearance, which also matches the atmosphere of the cosy and beautiful cafe.
    ▼Oyatsu cafe Hibi to (Japanese: おやつcafe日々to)
    Address: Maison Sansou 2F, 2-17-21 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Kurasukoto in Hirao
    Left: Coffee Jelly Parfait / Right: Strawberry Parfait
    Coffee jelly is a bitter flavour more suited to the adult palate. It goes perfect with the condensed milk and caramel nut-topped smooth ice cream cake. Piled with juicy strawberries and blueberries, you’re sure to enjoy your fill with this strawberry parfait.
    ▼Kurasukoto
    Address: 2F, 1-11-21 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:30-18:00 (Food Last Orders 17:15 / Dessert Last Orders 17:30)
    Closed: Sundays & Mondays
    momotose in Hirao
    Seasonal Parfait
    Strawberries, kumquat, and flower petals adorn this piece of parfait art. The combination of the sour fruits and sweet ice cream is a match made in heaven. As well as parfaits, momotose also sells other delicious desserts too like roll cake.
    ▼momotose
    Address: 1F, 3-19-20 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:00 / Tea 14:00-18:00 / Dinner 18:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Official Website: http://momotose-fukuoka.com
    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re looking for other sweet suggestions for must-try drinks and desserts in Fukuoka then be sure to follow moe on Instagram.
    Text & Photosmoe
    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
  • Kenshi Yonezu’s New Single ‘Uma to Shika’ Achieves Record-Breaking Sales

    17.September.2019 | MUSIC

    Kenshi Yonezu released his new single Uma to Shika on September 11 and it has soon become a new record-breaking sensation. The song served as the main theme for the TBS Sunday drama No Side Game, which just aired its last episode. The Oricon Weekly Single Rankings revealed that the single has so far been sold 412,000 times, which is Yonezu’s largest sale yet.

     

    The first ever solo Japanese artist to make over 400,000 sales within the first week of a release was achieved by Tomohisa Yamashita in June 2006 with his song Daite Señorita. After 13 years and 3 months, a new record has been set by Yonezuー the perfect way to start the brand new Reiwa Era.   

    The Download Chart shows that the rank for Uma to Shika is remaining steady. The Oricon Digital Single Ranking Chart shows that the single was downloaded 74,178 times in just one week, earning the top place. Since the single’s advanced sales which started on August 12, the single has remained at No.1 for five whole consecutive weeks. 

     

    In the drama No Side Game, Hayato Kimijima (played by Yo Oizumi) works as the general manager of the company’s rugby team named Astros. He puts up a rigorous fight to keep the team from falling apart so that they can face off against their arch rival team known as the Cyclones. Despite suffering an injury, team player Jo Hamahata, who carries the spirit of the team, rises to the challenge of the fierce battle with every ounce of energy to ensure victory, gambling his sports career by wagering everything on his last shot.

     

    The team members, staff and even the team supporters joined forces as one to ensure the team’s win, putting every ounce of their body and soul into the match. The theme drama’s theme song Uma to Shika is perfect for summing up this heated moment. The overwhelming feelings of the drama resonate in Yonezu’s song and has even stretched out to inspire many viewers. Many fans are still sending in messages about their lingering feelings towards the final episode. 

  • 5 Must-Try Desserts On Fukuoka’s Beach-Lined City Of Itoshima

    15.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Itoshima is a city located in the western part of Fukuoka and is known for its many gorgeous and picturesque locations-especially its beaches.
    Today, we are joined once again by Instagrammer moe who is here to show us the best delicious drinks and desserts to enjoy while gazing out at Itoshima’s breathtaking beaches and rural landscapes.
    OYATSU-STAND in Nishi-ku
    Left: Tapioca Milk Ryokucha Green Tea / Right: Tapioca Milk Houjicha (¥600 Each)
    What better way to enjoy a refreshing green bubble tea than with a sun-kissed blue sky and ocean right in front of you? As well as ryokucha and houjicha, there are plenty of other thirst-quenching flavours to choose from as well, including Japanese tea latte.
    ▼OYATSU-STAND
    Address: 2198-3 Kota, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: 10:30am until sunset
    No Fixed Holidays
    Itoshima Sabo in Nishi-ku
    Specially-Made Single Classic Pancake – ¥500
    You’ll find yourself reaching for your camera to snap a picture of this Instagram-worthy pancake, branded with the cafe’s name Itoshima Sabo in Japanese. They serve everything from breakfasts to full course meals.
    ▼Itoshima Sabo
    Address: 2915-1 Kota, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: 10:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    KUROKI in Nijoishizaki
    Roll Cake
    KUROKI is a French restaurant that serves up a variety of courses. This fluffy homemade roll cake is filled with rich and smooth cream. You can order it as a set together with a meal too. Don’t forget, this place is reservation-only!
    ▼KUROKI
    Address: 459-3 Nijoishizaki, Itoshima, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: Lunch 12:00-17:00 (Reservation Only) / Dinner 18:00~ (Reservation Only)
    Closed: Sundays
    Official Instagram: @restaurantkuroki
    Sumi Cafe in Hon
    Salted Milk Houjicha Purin – ¥500
    Sumi Cafe is a long-standing cafe that can be found by following a narrow road along the countryside. This irresistible salted milk houjicha purin is combined with astringent chestnut and candied chestnut to make a luxurious dessert.
    ▼Sumi Cafe
    Address: 1454 Hon, Itoshima, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: 12:00-17:00 (Lunch Last Orders 15:30 / Cafe Menu Last Orders 16:30)
    Closed: New Year’s Holiday
    Loiter Market in Shimakeya
    Left: Salt & Caramel / Right: Milk & Strawberry (¥400 Each)
    Made with organic ingredients, Loiter Market’s gelato is served in cute pastel colours. The salt and caramel is a must-try, it’s made with salt sourced in Itoshima.
    ▼Loiter Market
    Address: 166-3 Shimakeya, Itoshima, Fukuoka
    Opening Hours: 12:00-17:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Official Website: https://loiter-market.com
    Did you enjoy these picks? If you’re looking for even more desserts to try in Fukuoka then be sure to check out moe’s Instagram page which is filled with just that!
    Photos: @amatou.fuk
  • Cruise by the Dazzling Blue Grotto Illuminations in Fukuoka

    10.September.2019 | SPOT

    As part of a project to vitalise and develop the town of Hakata in Fukuoka and promote its wonderful culture to the people of the world, the Blue Grotto FUKUOKA Executive Committee is set to hold a special illumination event titled Blue Grotto FUKUOKA at Nakasu Bridge from September 16 to October 6.

     

    This illumination event first began in Nakameguro, Tokyo back in 2014 where it enjoyed great success. The location was then moved in 2016 to Shibuya where over 2.8 million people attended. It was then held outside the Tokyo area for the first time in Sapporo in February 2018 and then in Osaka in September of the same year. This enabled it to become widespread across the country and has consequentially made it become one of the main illumination events of Japan.

    Blue Grotto will now make its way to Kyushu for the first time with Blue Grotto FUKUOKA. Boats will be prepared for the romantic and magical cruise which will take passengers from Nakasu Bridge to Canal City Hakata and Hakata Bay.

     

    As well as the breathtaking lights, passengers can look forward to a specially-prepared pasta meal made by Nisshin Foods using Blue Grotto brand products.

  • Transvaal Daisies & Wind Chimes Cool Down You This Summer at Kasuga Shrine in Fukuoka

    31.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Situated on the northern shore of Kyushu is Fukuoka Prefecture, a hot spot for tourists and travellers both Japanese and foreign, particularly those visiting from parts of Asia such as China, Taiwan and South Korea.

     

    When it comes to delicious Japanese food, Fukuoka is high on the list, home to a bounty of incredible restaurants. It’s the same with shopping too―there are countless stores to rummage through with shelves lined with innumerable things you’ll want to buy.

     

    But your Fukuoka experience will not be complete without a trip to one of the prefecture’s breathtaking tourist spots. Today, we are visiting Kasuga Shrine (not to be confused with Kasuga Grand Shrine in Nara), and we are joined by Japanese Instagram user Rie, who posts about her trips around Kyushu, and who has provided us with her experience visiting the shrine along with photos. You’ll find out how to get there and the must-see aspects.

    Kasuga Shrine is located in the city of Kasuga, Fukuoka. It’s about a 30-minute drive from Fukuoka city. But if you’re looking to catch the public transport, you’ll want to hop on the JR Line to Kasuga Station, or you can board the Nishitetsu Bus and get off at Kasuga (春日). The shrine is about a 7-minute walk from either of these stops.

     

    The shrine has a long history. Its origins are said to lie in Emperor Tenji enshrining the male deity Ame-no-Koyane-no-mikoto there.

     

    In the shrine grounds there is a camphor tree called “Kasuga no Mori” (The Grove of Kasuga) which is registered as a natural monument. The shrine is also home to a festival called “Kasuga no Muko Oshi” which has also been designated as an significant intangible folk cultural asset.

    But what’s been catching people’s attention recently is the flower-filled chōzuya. A chōzuya, also known as a temizuya, is a water basin placed at shrines and temples in Japan which visitors use to cleanse themselves before entering the shrine or temple.

     

    It’s more common in May and June to see hydrangeas placed in the basins, but at Kasuga Shrine they flutter in transvaal daisies♡

    The flowers were placed in there on August 19 and will remain there until September 1. During the same period, there are lots of beautiful wind chimes being strung up around the shrine ground. Their tranquil sound as the breeze blows, together with the watery flowers, are enough to make you feel cool this summer.

    If you’re looking to find more beautiful places to visit around Kyushu, Rie has plenty of recommendations on her Instagam page so be sure to give her a follow.

     

    Photos by Rie

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