Vegan Bubble Tea Arrives at Harajuku’s BOTANIST Tokyo Tea Stand
30.July.2019 | FOOD
For the whole month of August, the BOTANIST Tokyo tea stand in Harajuku is serving two different tapioca bubble tea beverages. Just 100 of each will be sold each day.
The two delicious drink flavours include “Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea” and “Matcha Milk Tea.” Both beverages are made with high quality tapioca pearls from bubble tea store Bull Pulu who serve up Taiwanese pop culture with their tasty menu.
Vegans shopping in Tokyo’s Harajuku and Omotesando areas will be excited to try the vegan-friendly Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea. Both of the drinks are also sold in eco cups and come with paper straws.
Tapioca Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)
The vegan-friendly option is a combination of bright and colourful butterfly pea tea and soy milk. It’s laced with a tropical coconut syrup for enhanced flavour.
Tapioca Matcha Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)
The matcha milk tea is a combination of rich and smooth matcha foam and milk. It’s mixed with a fragrant hazelnut syrup.
Both drinks are takeout only and are available to buy on the first floor. If you fancy a little refreshing drink while strolling through Harajuku then be sure to visit BOTANIST Tokyo.
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo (Shop – Floor 1F / Cafe – Floor 2F)
Business Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://botanistofficial.com/shop/
machi machi Descends Upon Harajuku With Godlike Cheese Tea Limited Edition Menu
26.June.2019 | FOOD
Head over to the GOOD MEAL MARKET food court located on floor 2 of Laforet Harajuku because a Cheese Tea shop has just opened up shop.
machi machi is known as the “Cheese Tea God” by Taiwanese media and is certainly stirring up a sensation in Japan too. Each cup extracts the deliciousness of Taiwanese tea. The salty flavour of the rich-flavoured cream cheese will leave you astonished at the discovery of a brand new dessert flavour. This drink is enough to enlighten you with an emotional journey of deliciousness.
These drinks became a massive hit after they managed to capture the heart of globally famous Hollywood Star Jay Chou, who is known for his love of tea in Taiwan. As the thirst for this drink has spread worldwide, shops have been opening up in London, Korea and many other countries. This shop is gradually capturing more and more fans.
Season-Limited Melon Cheese Tea: ￥788 (after tax ) Melon Cheese Tea Float: ￥950 (after tax)
Season-Limited Strawberry Cheese Tea Float/Wildberry Cheese Tea Float:￥950 (after tax)
Laforert Harajuku-Limited Brûlée Milk Tea: ￥680 (after tax )
There are currently season-limited and Laforet Harajuku-limited menus available. There are a total of 20 drinks on the menu that have been developed from five varieties of Taiwanese teas as base flavours. The five base teas are: Tieguanyin Oolong tea, Sun Moon Lake Black tea, Jasmine Green tea, Four Seasons Spring tea, and Ceylon Highland Black tea.
machi machi is blessing every country of the world with the sacred flavours of Taiwan, so head to Laforet Harajuku while you have the chance.
Address: Laforet Harajuku (1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Open From: June 26, 2019
Address: 1-9-13, Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/en/
5 Tasty Ice Cream Shops in Harajuku You Must Visit
Hi, everybody. I’m Midori from the MMN editorial department.
Spring is here, the season when ice cream finally becomes delicious to eat again! Ice cream in Harajuku isn’t just simply cute-looking, it’s extremely delicious too. Grab your Harajuku-style ice cream in one hand and let’s go shopping!
Roll Ice Cream Factory
The unique thing about Roll Ice Cream Factory is the way the ice cream there is made, which you get to see done right in front of you. The staff pour liquid ice cream onto an ice cold plate and then scoop it into a roll. The store releases new flavours all the time. Right now the big one during Golden Week is the Detective Pikachu ice cream. The shop also has Pikachu pictures and decorations around too so if you’re in the city be sure to pay a visit before the collaboration ends!
▲Roll Ice Cream Factory
Address: Just Harajuku Floor 1F, 4-28-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
No Fixed Holidays.
Business Hours: 10:00-21:00
Official Homepage: http://rollicecreamfactory.com/
Detective Pikachu Roll Ice Cream
Available: April 24, 2019 – May 10, 2019
If you want cute ‘n’ tasty then Eiswelt Gelato is the place to go. It’s also away from busy Takeshita Street.
The ice cream here is so cute that it almost seems a waste to eat, but the flavours are the real deal. It’s so delicious that it’ll be gone before you know it. I recommend the mint frog ice cream I ate in the article below!
▲Eiswelt Gelato Harajuku
Address: 1-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Eddy’s Ice Cream
If you want cute pop ice cream then you’ll want to make a trip to Eddy’s Ice Cream! Not only is the ice cream kawaii but the shop interior is too♡
Their huge toppings are what make them stand out from the rest. They come piled with candy floss and more. Their designs too make them seem a serious waste to slurp up. They sell things besides ice cream too so if you’ve got a friend with teeth sensitive to cold foods then take them here while you order your ice cream!
▲Eddy’s Ice Cream
Address: Eddy’s Ice Cream 1F, 4 Chome-26-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Closed: No fixed holidays
Access: 10 minutes’ walk from Harajuku Station via the JR Line / 8 minutes’ walk from Meiji Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro
Official Homepage: http://eddysicecream.jp/
LE SHINER is located along Takeshita Street and specialises in amazing rainbow ice cream. The ice creams sit really tall too making them a serious luxury. The shop’s exterior design is also incredible cute! They also sell rainbow toast, rainbow cheese dogs and more too, an incentive to go back on more than one occasion♡
Address: COXY176 Bldg. 1F, 1-7-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-18:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:30-19:00
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station’s Takeshita Exit (via JR Yamanote Line) / 4-minutes on foot from Exit 5 of Meiji-Jingumae Station (via Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)
Harajuku Denki Shokai
Harajuku Denki Shokai is known for its light bulb ice cream but now they also sell animal themed ice cream! You’ll be completely spoilt for choice on which to go for. They sell lots of other cute items too besides ice cream so you can enjoy this place all year round. The shop is making new animal-inspired ice creams all the time so if you’ve been there before then you should definitely go again!
Address: Harajuku Denki Shokai Floor B1F, 3-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:00-19:00
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/__doubutsuenn
Treat yourself to some cute Harajuku-style ice cream this spring and summer!
3 Must-Try Summertime Bubble Teas at Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea
Bubble tea continues to be ever popular in Japan this summer, especially at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea which not only is selling its much-loved classics but a selection of new refreshing beverages too. Let’s take a look at three of these drinks new this July that not only enjoyable to drink but fun to look at too.
Coffee Tapioca Latte
The Coffee Tapioca Latte is appearing as part of Tokyo DisneySea’s special event Disney Pirates Summer. The colour of this coffee flavoured delight is reminiscent of the Black Pearl from the 2003 Pirates of the Caribbean movie. It’s not overly sweet and so is perfect for those who prefer more adult flavours. Enjoy the event with a cup of this pirate brew in hand.
Running: July 8 – September 1, 2019
Available: Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery, Tokyo DisneySea
Fantastic Flight Drink (Lychee Tapioca)
Inspired by the new Soaring: Fantastic Flight attraction arriving at Tokyo DisneySea on July 23, this drink contains lemon jelly and lychee flavoured chewy tapioca pearls. Lychee flavoured tapioca pearls are for sure a rarity―have you ever seen them?
Running: July 8 – September 1, 2019
Available: Zambini Brothers’ Ristorante, Tokyo DisneySea
Sparkling Tapioca Tea (Mango & Citrus)
For a limited time only, this refreshing Sparkling Tapioca Tea will be served up at Tokyo Disneyland, a black tea with mango flavoured tapioca and grapefruit jelly. A perfect summertime sip for the hot weather with its refreshing black tea taste and fruity fragrance.
Running: July 8 – September 1, 2019
Available: Tomorrowland Terrace, Tokyo Disneyland (Serving at 14:00-17:00 only)
There are plenty of other new bubble tea drinks apart from these ones too, some of which are on sale right now, such as the Tapioca Mango Drink with its foundation of tiny chewy tapioca balls, the subtly sweet Strawberry Tapioca Tea with fresh strawberries pieces in it as well as large-grained tapioca balls, and more.
If you’re heading to either park be sure to order a cup of bubble tea!せ
Tokyo Disney Resort
Blind taste-winning Taiwanese Bubble Tea Jenjudan Opens In the Young and Trendy Shibuya
On June 14, popular Taiwanese bubble tea shop Jenjudan will open its first shop in Japan. The first shop will be located in the city that is known for capturing the hearts of Tokyo’s young and trendy: Shibuya. More specifically, the shop will be located on the MAG 7 Food Floor (7th floor) of MAGNET by SHIBUYA 109.
Jenjudan stands out for their skilled tea makers and carefully-selected ingredients that are used to make their high quality drinks. One of the main ingredients is 100% natural brown sugar, which is used to soak the tapioca pearls for full flavor. They also use rich Hokkaido milk. The best part is that all ingredients used here are natural and free from additives. Plenty of research went into harnessing the natural sweetness of the black sugar by determining the exact amount of time to soak the tapioca in the sugar syrup in order to extract its maximum flavour. Jenjudan managed to achieve flavourful tapioca where the flavour gradually spreads through your mouth when chewed. The softness and size of the tapioca were also carefully crafted after extensive research.
The first ever overseas branch has been set up in Singapore’s famous tourist spot of Shilin Night Market.
Jenjudan bubble tea was the winner in a blind tasting event conducted by Taiwanese lifestyle and current affairs popular smartphone app Mobile 01, so you absolutely must try it.
Jenjudan Shibuya MAGNET109
Address: MAGNET by SHIBUYA109 7F (MAG7)
1 Chome-23-10 Jinnan, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Opening hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (Closed Jan 1, closing days dependent on mall closing times)
Jenjudan Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/jx5p7ojqds0pk2y
Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo Collaborates With Traditional Kyoto Dollmakers
05.December.2019 | FASHION
Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo released six new products on December 5 in collaboration with Shimada Koen Ningyo Kobo, a long-standing traditional maker of Japanese gosho-ningyo dolls.
Golden Cup, Shimada Koen Ningyo Kobo – ¥50,000 (Before Tax)
The relationship between Starbucks and Shimada Koen Ningyo Kobo began when Starbucks opened its branch at Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya in Kyoto, which is known for having tatami flooring, as the dollmaker’s studio is located near it. There is a waving cat wearing a green apron at that Starbucks which was designed by the 5th generation of Shimada Koen.
Waving Cat, Shimada Koen Ningyo Kobo – ¥30,000 (Before Tax)
Shimada Koen specialises in making gosho-ningyo, dolls with distinct features such as stout forms, pure white skin, tiny legs and hands, a big face, and an overall cute appearance reminiscent of a child. In the Edo Period they were developed as gifts associated with the Court.
Bell Rat, Shimada Koen Ningyo Kobo – ¥3,500 (Before Tax)
The line-up of six dolls feature Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo motifs and are made with considered thought in mind, including the bonds between people and enjoying happiness throughout the yearーdesires upheld by Starbucks.
Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo x Shimada Koen Ningyo Kobo Collaboration
Running: From December 5, 2019 until stock runs out
Sold At: Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo
Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo
Address: 2-19-2 Aobadai, Meguro, Tokyo
Business Hours: 7:00-23:00
No Fixed Holidays.
Access: 14-minutes on foot from Naka-Meguro Station / 14-minutes on foot from the East Exit of Ikejiri-Ōhashi Station
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/roastery/
KIRBY CAFÉ: The World’s First Permanent Kirby-Themed Café to Open in Tokyo
The KIRBY CAFÉ is set to open on the 4th floor of Toyko Solamachiーthe shopping, dining and entertainment complex under Tokyo Skytreeーon December 12, 2019 as the world’s first permanent Kirby-themed café.
Though we still have a week to wait until Kirby inhales us whole into his café, the official website is already live, showcasing a new line-up of food and merchandise different from that held at the pop-up Kirby cafés (which we have covered extensively in Fukuoka and even Tokyo Solamachi, the latter of which has seen the most pop-ups).
Some of the menu items are served in a Kirby lunch box, on a Kirby plate, and more. Let’s take a look. Menu items below are translated from Japanese.
KIRBY CAFÉ’s Stone Baked Pizza ~Maximum Tomato Margherita~ – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
KIRBY CAFÉ’s Stone Baked Pizza ~Greedy Half ‘n’ Half~ – ¥3,980 (Before Tax)
Served on an original plate, the half ‘n’ half comes served with two pizza flavours of your choice. Perfect for those times when you can’t decide because all the options are too good!
Kirby’s Munching Loco Moco Bowl – ¥1,980 (Before Tax)
Munch and chew on this tasty serving of loco moco just like Kirby is adorably doing on the lunch box it comes in.
Whole Egg Plant & Meat Pasta: Say Your Wish to the Galaxy – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
Meta Knight’s Precious Matcha Mousse – ¥780 (Before Tax)
Doctor Kirby’s Secret Lab Soda – ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
As well as these incredible-looking dishes, there’s lots of other cute ones you can order for takeout too.
If you visit the KIRBY CAFÉ, you’ll have to pay a visit to KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE as well which is located on the 2nd floor of Solamachi. There’s around 200 pieces of Kirby merchandise including exclusives as well as KIRBY CAFÉ-themed items.
The KIRBY CAFÉ has its own soundtrack which you can actually buy at the store too. It will be released on December 12. We did an article about it here.
Customers can received a specially-made sticker with the CD design when they buy something at the café or store.
The KIRBY CAFÉ gives priority to reservations, so if you’re hoping to get sucked into the world of Kirby, be sure to book in advance.
KIRBY CAFÉ TOKYO
Grand Opening: December 12, 2019
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
*No fixed holidays except where Tokyo Solamachi is closed
Reservations & Website: https://kirbycafe.jp/tokyo/
*Reservations for February 2020 onward will open on Christmas Day at 18:00 (JST)
*Reservations can only be made via the official website – phone reservations not available
*The merchandise corner at the café is limited to café customers
*Depending on how busy the café is, customers may be permitted entry on the day without a reservation
*There is an allocated 85-minute time limit for using the café, and a group limit of up to 8 people
KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi East Yard Floor 2F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
PEANUTS Cafes and Diners Across Japan Release Christmas-Limited Snoopy Courses
04.December.2019 | FOOD
If you’re a Peanuts fan, you can’t miss out on the gorgeous Christmas menu which will served up at the PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and PEANUTS DINER Kobe from December 2 – 25.
Order the Christmas Dinner course for a large angus beef steak drizzled with a sweet and tangy sauce made of berries and raspberry vinegar.
After your dinner enjoy the luxurious Christmas desserts plate of bite-sized treats such as a soft and tender canelé and sweet madeleine. The plate is decorated with a Christmas Snoopy pick where Snoopy’s face can be seen peeking through a wreath.
You don’t have to book in advance but we recommend you do. This can be done via the links in the information section below.
Order the Salmon Cheese Gratin Christmas Plate for a luxurious course of mains, salad and dessert all on one tray. The sautéd salmon is the steal of the show as it sits in a bath of creamy stew and is topped with a generous layer of cheese. This is served alongside fluffy bread branded with Christmas designs that will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit. A Snoopy pick replaces the traditional cherry on the sundae that will leave you with a sweet aftertaste after your meal.
The White Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to ward off the cold of winter. Like a white blanket of snow, white chocolate milk fills the cup and is topped with the traditional colours of Christmas. Allow yourself to be soothed by the drink’s mild sweetness.
Make the most of your Christmas with Snoopy and friends.
© 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
Christmas Dinner Course
Price: ¥3,900 (Before Tax) Per Person
Locations: PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and Kobe
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/christmas_2019
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and Kobe: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/christmas_2019_kobe
* Reservations can also be made on the day.
Salmon Cheese Gratin Christmas Plate
Price: ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
Location: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
White Hot Chocolate
Price: ¥800 (Before Tax)
Location: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
Address: 2-16-7 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama
Address: MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA 2F, 1-3-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Official Website: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/
PEANUTS DINER Kobe
Address: PEANUTS HOTEL 1F, 1-22-26 Nakayamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo
Ginza Sony Park’s Milan Design Week 2019 Exhibition to be Shown in Tokyo
03.December.2019 | SPOT
Ginza Sony Park is set to display their #012 Affinity in Autonomy exhibition at the Ginza Sony Park buildingーwhich is a project for the renovation of the Sony Buildingーfrom December 14, 2019.
Affinity in Autonomy was first shown by Sony at Milan Design Week 2019 which was held back in April. It received huge praise from attendees, and so Ginza Sony Park are bringing it back home to showcase at the building, which has enjoyed over 5 million visitors since it opened, for more people to experience it. The exhibit looks at elevating the affinity between humans and robots so that they may co-exist.
Also as part of the exhibition, Sony will showcase five individual pieces entitled Awakening, Accordance, Autonomous, Affiliation, and Association, which make use of image sensors. As visitors experience each one in order, their affinity towards robots will grow. Sound and visuals will play in response to people’s movements.
The exhibition combines sound, colour and interaction, offering new insight into robots. What’s more is that the robots recognise humans and response in real time, further enhancing the realism offered by the experience.
If you’re in Tokyo this holiday season, and are looking for the robots, then be sure to pay a visit to Ginza Sony Park.
#012 Affinity in Autonomy
Running: December 14, 2019 – January 13, 2020 (Closed December 31, 2019 and January 1, 2020)
Location: Ginza Sony Park PARK B2 / PARK B3 (5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
Event Page: https://www.ginzasonypark.jp/program/020/
My Hero Academia Event to Take Place at Tokyo Tower
An event is set to take place at Tokyo Tower from December 7 in promotion of the upcoming anime film My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising, which is set to release on December 20.
If you pick up a Tokyo Tower Main Deck ticket, which takes you up 150 meters in the tower, you’ll receive a ticket with a limited-edition design, a folder, and one of six possible stickers as pictured above.
The Main Deck will be decorated with all things My Hero Academia, including original illustrations as well as key visuals for the upcoming movie. There will also be photo panels featuring classic lines said by characters where you can take photos.
A stamp rally will also be held throughout the tower at the event Collect all six stamps and receive one of six possible desk mats.
Running: Weekdays 10:00-18:00 (Reception Closes 17:30) / Weekends 10:00-20:00 (Reception Closes 19:30)
Available: Stamp Rally counter on the first floor of Tokyo Tower
*Please note that you will also have to pay the entrance fee to the Main Deck to participate
Test your My Hero Academia knowledge with the official quiz taking place on weekends up the outer staircase. Those who take part will be able to take a photo together with Midoriya and Bakugo and will receive a certificate.
Running: Weekends & Public Holidays 10:00-16:00 (Not running during rainy weather)
*A Main Deck entry ticket is required to access the outer staircase. A ticket to the event is also required to receive the certificate
Choose a beverage inspired by your favourite character. Every drink ordered comes with a My Hero Academia coaster.
Location: Cafe La Tour, Main Deck Floor 1F
Opening Hours: 9:30-22:45 (Last Orders 22:00)
Price: ¥600 Each
Don’t miss out on the chance to grab some Tokyo Tower-exclusive My Hero Academia merchandise either.
Location: Merchandise Counter, Tokyo Tower Floor 1F
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Until 20:00 on weekends)
©2019 “My Hero Academia THE MOVIE” Production Committee ©Kohei Horikoshi / Shueisha
Tokyo Tower x My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising
Running: December 7, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Location: Tokyo Tower (4-2-8 Shiba-koen, Minato, Tokyo)
Event Page: https://itateri.com/heroaca.html
Top 10 Most Popular Souvenirs to Pick Up at Tokyo Station’s HANAGATAYA Store | 2019 Edition
HANAGATAYA is a souvenir variety shop that opened in Tokyo Station’s central passage back in July. After over 5 months of sales, the store has revealed its Top 10 most popular products based on sales.
The line-up features a selection of HANAGATAYA exclusives, as well as products from elsewhere which have received pre-sales at HANAGATAYA. You will be spoilt for choice with this selection, all of which are perfect for ringing in the New Year when travelling back home. Let’s take a look.
Banana Custard Cream – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Emblem Design (Tokyo 2020 Official Licensed Product) – Contains 8 – ¥1,134 (Tax Included)
Officially licensed by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, these chewy cakes are made from domestic Japanese rice, and are filled with deliciously creamy banana custard.
Tokyo Banana Butter Madeleine (Tokyo Banana World) – Contains 4 – ¥560 Tax Included)
Exclusive to HANAGATAYA come these all-new butter madeleine’s created by famous confectionery company Tokyo Banana. These baked treats feature a buttery fragrance and taste, and are made with a banana confiture and finished with fresh lemon.
*Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street
Toro One Press Chocolate Chick (Tokyo Hiyoko) – Contains 3 – ¥648 (Tax Included)
This year marks 107 since the company Hiyoko was established. The “Toro One Press Chocolate Chick” is a new confection from them: an adorable skyward-looking chick made up of three chocolate layersーeach with their own distinct flavour. At the heart of the chick is a moist chocolate paste.
*Exclusive to Tokyo Station
Cheese Wich – Contains 5 – ¥594 (Tax Included)
These light and refreshing cheese cookies, called Cheese Wiches, are filled with a chocolate-coated melted cheese sauce. Three layers means an enjoyable amalgamation of flavours and textures.
*Exclusive to Tokyo Station
Chocolate Chestnut Eggs (Ginza Tamaya) – Contains 4 – ¥800 (Tax Included)
“Goma Tamago” is a popular bite-sized egg-shaped confection. This chestnut flavour was created for HANAGATAYA, a mix of dark chocolate and vanilla flavoured chestnut paste.
*Exclusive to Tokyo Station
Strawberry Cookie Sandwich (Berry UP!) – Contains 8 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)
Berry UP! is a cute confectionery brand which creates baked strawberry sweets. Keeping with that theme, they have created a crunchy quintuple-layered cookie sandwich filled with sweet and sour strawberry chocolate.
Shinjuku Curry Ebi (Shinjuku Nakamuraya) – Contains 6 – ¥600 (Tax Included)
If you’re looking for something more savoury, then this one’s for you: Shinjuku Nakamuraya’s light, fluffy and melt-in-the-mouth ebi, coated in curry spices. One nibble is enough to get you instantly hooked.
Strawberry Polvorón (Berry UP!) – Contains 6 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)
Another entry from Berry UP!, these polvorón shortbreads are made from lots of fresh strawberries mixed with condensed milk and mascarpone, creating a subtle sweetness that’s enough to have your mouth watering.
BLUE MELTIN SAND (Tokyo Campanella) – Contains 8 – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
What if herbal tea and cookies became its own snack? That’s what Tokyo Campanella asked too, and so make it a reality. Their BLUE MELTIN SANDs are cat’s tongue cookies stuffed with a herbal tea sauce that has a natural blue colour.
Premium Cacao Full Sablé (Mary Chocolate) – Contains 18 – ¥1,350 (Tax Included)
Finally, we have a premium edition of chocolate company Mary Chocolate’s Cacao Full Sablés. This one’s for the adults, a sophisticated combination of bittersweet chocolate and berries.
*Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street
Did you enjoy this list? Which one takes your fancy the most? Whether as a souvenir for the folks back home, or as a treat to yourself to celebrate 2020, if you’re in Tokyo this year then be sure to give HANAGATAYA a visit.
Official Website: https://www.j-retail.jp/hanagataya/
Doraemon Future Department Store: Secret Gadget Lab, Exclusive Merchandise & More
Doraemon Future Department Store is the world’s first official Doraemon shop, and it’s set to open tomorrow on December 1, 2019. Before its grand opening, however, the store has given customers a sneak peek into what to expect.
The shop’s concept is from the perspective of Doraemon, who says, “I’ll help make your future a good one.” It’s split into three areas: the Secret Gadget Lab, the Customise Zone, and the Shop Zone, each of which offers a unique Doraemon experience you won’t find anywhere else.
Secret Gadget Lab
The Anywhere Door
Just like in the manga and anime series, the Dokodemo Door, or Anywhere Door, lets you travel anywhere.
Discover secret gadgets, like the air gun!
Have a go at trying to shoot and hit the 10 targets within the time limit.
*Requires one Doraemon Future Department Store coin to play
Dorayaki Baybayin Game
Touch the dorayaki to increase your score. Touch too many, and something crazy might just happen…
*Requires one Doraemon Future Department Store coin to play
Fly as far as you can with the Bamboo Copter
Reach the goal with the Take-copter, or Bamboo Copter.
*Requires one Doraemon Future Department Store coin to play
Embroider Doraemon characters and the logo onto towels, bags, clothes and more.
Characters (18 Designs): ¥700 Each (Before Tax)
Text (45 Designs): ¥400 Each (Before Tax)
*The place where a design is embroidered is chosen for you
*There may be a waiting time during busy hours
Carved Seal Items
Have character designs, text and more carved onto various items like key rings.
Plate Key Ring (10 Designs) – ¥1,000 Each (Before Tax)
Room Key Holder (6 Designs) – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)
¥500 per carving (Before Tax)
*There may be a waiting time during busy hours
Shop Zone (Exclusive Merchandise)
These cute mugs have illustrations of Doraemon’s secret gadgets on one side, and the first letter of those gadgets written in Katakana on the other side. It makes you want to collect them all!
Product Name (Pictured): Doraemon Dora-moji Mug Cup A
Price: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
This cute figure of Doraemon is actually a piggy bank, a perfect gift to yourself or someone else!
Product Name: Doraemon Piggy Bank
Product: ¥4,000 (Before Tax)
There’s even a book shop where you can pick up the latest issues of the Doraemon comic.
To celebrate its grand opening, the store will give out the following items to customers.
Those who purchase any piece of merchandise will receive a free postcard with an original design with every transaction.
For every ¥4,000 (tax included) spent on a transaction on merch, you’ll get an original handkerchief.
And for every book bought, you’ll get a holographic postcard featuring a design of volume 0 of the manga.
*Bonus items available while supplies last
Doraemon Future Department Store
Address: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza 2F, 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo
Grand Opening: December 1, 2019
No fixed holidays except when DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is closed.
KIRBY CAFÉ to Release 15 More Café-Style Arrangements of Kirby Songs on CD
The KIRBY CAFÉ will be releasing its second CD soundtrack called Sound of Kirby Café 2 on December 12. The soundtrack will be available to purchase from the KIRBY CAFÉ and KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE in Japan.
The KIRBY CAFÉ has only ever been a temporary café that makes an appearance now and again. However, it is finally sticking around for good from December 12. To celebrate, the café has a whole lineup of new songs.
HAL Laboratory, Inc. is the official sound team behind the Kirby’s Dream Land game series They have carefully selected 15 original songs from the game and arranged them specifically for use in the café.
A team of six musicians, some of which are new, got together to create a variety of Kirby song arrangements. From sophisticated yet relaxing cafe-style songs to cute songs which represent the pop colours of the mains and desserts, each song perfectly preserves the catchy features of the original. From the careful song selection, the sound direction was done by Kirby’s Dream Land’s general director Shinya Kumazaki from HAL Laboratory, Inc.
The KIRBY CAFÉ and store are also giving away free stickers decorated with the special design on the CD. These stickers are in limited supply and can only be obtained by purchasing the soundtrack from the café or official store. Information on general sales and online sales will be announced in the future.
Whether you’re cosying up on the couch or on the way to work, let the KIRBY CAFÉ’s official soundtrack create the perfect atmosphere for you.
© 2019 HAL Laboratory, Inc. /Nintendo
Sound of KIRBY CAFÉ 2
Release Date: December 12, 2019
Price: ¥2,200 (Before Tax)
Contents: 1 CD, Card Jacket, 6-Page Leaflet
Catalog Number: KBCI-00014
Sound of KIRBY CAFÉ 2 Special Website (Japanese Only)
Indulge in Omotesando This Christmas With Q-Pot CAFE.’s Afternoon Tea Set
Christmas is almost here, and at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, the festivities have already begun as they begin serving a selection of special Christmas-exclusive menu items. These will be available until December 25.
Q-pot. is known for its accessory brand, which features jewellery made to look like sweets and desserts. It is also known for the Q-pot CAFE. which flips that concept, instead making sweets and desserts that look just like real accessories.
I visited Q-pot CAFE. to treat myself to their exciting Christmas afternoon tea.
Q-pot. Omotesando is a 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station’s A2 exit. You’ll spot the entrance by its sparkly illuminations as pictured above.
The cafe is split into seven concept rooms, such as Melt, Chocolate, BisQuit, SAKURA, and so onーso you can pick which sounds good to you and sit there. It also gives a reason to go back more than once!
The Story of Sweet Kingdom Afternoon Tea Set ¥2,400 (Tax Included/Drink Included)
The afternoon tea set: an indulgence any cafe-lover craves for at least once. And since Christmastime is coming, you want to enjoy a little treat too, right? Well, this two-tiered set comes with desserts, sweets, and some light food too.
The top plate includes gingerbread man pops, cupcakes, vanilla panna cotta, and macarons.
The gingerbread man pops are filled with caramel ganache, while the red velvet cupcakes topped with pistachio cream and made to look like a Christmas tree. The panna cotta is also sprinkled with dragees to look like stardust.
The macarons are strawberry and melon flavoured. The melon one has a particularly rich flavour and contains red melon pieces. This macaron is so popular that there are people who go to Q-pot CAFE. just to sink their teeth into one of them.
The bottom plate contains some hearty and crunchy croissants filled with roast beef, mini tomatoes, and broccoli. It also comes with a side of rich cheese soup with onions and potatoes inside. It’s a great palate cleanser after the desserts.
Pistachio Cream Tea Latte ¥750 (Tax Included) *Also sold separately
The drink that’s served with the afternoon tea set is a Christmas-only pistachio cream tea latte. It’s a latte made with one of the cafe’s original flavoured tea brews called “Flower Garden.” The tea ensures the drink isn’t overly-sweet and leaves it with a mild flavour. It also comes with a holly-shaped cookie. This drink is also available to order separately from the drinks menu.
The set comes with a special fairy tale-like Christmas lunch mat.
CHRISTMAS CAKE ~The Story of Sweet Kingdom~ ¥3,800 (Tax Included)
The cafe is also selling a cake that looks like something out of a children’s picture book. It’s topped with a coconut meringue snowman, gingerbread man, and strawberry Santa. This would make a great addition to a home party.
Saku Saku Meringue ¥600 (Tax Included)
Take away some crunchy snow-white meringues too, so addictive you won’t be able to stop after just one!
The cafe is also selling a Christmas collection of their dessert-like accessories too.
Christmas Tree Cupcake: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)
The Christmas tree cupcake features a chocolate cookie-like base topped with a realistic pistachio cream adorned with pearls.
Strawberry Santa Claus: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)
Check out these adorable bright-red strawberry Santas too!
Q-pot CAFE. has lots of other Christmas food and accessories in addition to these too, so if you’re in Tokyo anytime from now up to Christmas Day, then be sure to visit.
Writer: Ellie (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
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/
Pompompurin Cafe Reveals Christmas Menu For Harajuku, Yokohama & Umeda Branches
The Harajuku, Yokohama and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Cafeーthe cafe chain centred on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurinーis serving up two cute Christmas menu items this year from December 1 to 25.
*Food names below are translated from Japanese
Hurry Up Santa – Pompompurin Cheese Keema Curry – ¥1,290 (Before Tax)
This rich and spicy keema curry is made with Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, and natural cheese. The colourful stars are made from carrot and paprika, while the spiralled Christmas cheese is a combination of spinach and mashed potato. Purin is made of rice and is waiting in anticipation for Santa to deliver his present. You’ll see he’s holding a stocking which is a made from bread and walleye pollack mayo. A hearty dish that is both delicious and adorable
Snowman Pompompurin – Snow Covered Chocolate Tart ¥1,190 (Before Tax)
Pompompurin has turned into a vanilla ice cream snowman and is standing next to a pistachio cream Christmas tree. They are both atop a rich chocolate tart. This cute dessert is like a Christmas garden straight out of a children’s picture book.
If you decide you want to spend your Christmas with Pompompurin this year, then you’ll receive a free lunch mat when you order food and a free coaster when you get a drink. These are both limited in quantity, so don’t miss out!
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■Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku
Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)
Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station
■Pompompurin Cafe Yokohama
Address: Yokohama Sotetsu Square, 2-1-5 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from West Exit at Yokohama Station via JR
■Pompompurin Cafe Umeda
Address: Hankyu Sanbangai South Wing B2F, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Access: 3-minutes from Osaka Station via JR
Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com
Tokyo Disneyland’s Very Very Minnie! 2020 Event: Merchandise & Food Releasing Early
The all-new Minnie’s Style Studio is set to open in Tokyo Disneyland on April 15, 2020 as a character greeting location where you can meet the Disney cast. In the run up to its opening, Minnie Mouse is hosting a 70-day kawaii-packed event entitled “Very Very Minnie!” which will run at the park from January 10 to March 19 next year.
A special selection of merchandise and food themed on Minnie Mouse, from her polka dots to her ribbon, will be made available from January 9ーthe day before the event starts. Let’s take a look at what we can expect for the opening of the New Year!
Special Merchandise (Available: From January 9, 2020)
Parkers – Medium ¥4,900, Large ¥5,200 / Cap – ¥3,000 / Scarf Towel – ¥1,500
Wide Bath Towel – ¥3,400
Dress up like Minnie Mouse with one of the two parkers, one featuring white and black polka dots of different sizes, and the other with red and white ones. There’s also a cute cap, a scarf towel, and more.
Cushion – ¥2,300
Hand Cream Set – ¥1,600
Wall Pocket – ¥2,900 (*Items in pockets sold separately)
There’s also the wide bath towel featuring the Disney characters dressed in their new costumes which you’ll see them wearing for the Very Very Minnie! entertainment shows, a cushion which you can put your hands in to keep warm this winter, a useful wall pocket which you can store various items inーand many more items, up to 70 of them!
Special Merchandise Split Across 3 Months
Get one of 8 possible costumes for your Minnie Mouse posy plushy, as well as three different postcard sets. All of these items will roll out across a three month period: on January 9, February 3, and March 2 respectively.
Posy Plushie Costumes – ¥2,200 Each / Postcard Set – ¥1,300 (*Posy Plushies sold separately)
For the first month, January 9 will bring three costumes, including Minnie’s new Very Very Minnie! outfit, as well as one called “Super Dancing Mania” and another called “Resident of Mishika.” The first postcard set will also come with 7 designs all themed around Minnie.
And on March 2, 2020, which is known as “Minnie’s Day” at Tokyo Disney Resort®, guests can get their hands on a plush toy wearing Minnie’s “Hippity Hoppity Springtime” outfit at Grand Emporium which was voted as her No. 1 outfit based on a user poll held on the Tokyo Disney Resort® website.
Special Menu Items (Available: From January 9, 2020)
Of course, there’ll be plenty of delicious treats to munch on too, all so cute they seem a waste to eat.
Special Dessert Plate (Waffle & Doughnuts) – ¥1,500 / Served at: Center Street Coffeehouse
At Center Street Coffeehouse, this special dessert plate will be served from 1pm-6pm, which will include a set of cream-filled doughnuts and waffles drizzled in a sweet and sour strawberry sauce.
Strawberry Cheese Brownie Crepe – ¥700 / Sold at: Cafe Orleans
Cafe Orleans will serve a crepe topped with a strawberry cheese brownie and drizzled in raspberry sauce and a strawberry compote.
Cranberry Vanilla Mouse Cake with Souvenir Plate – ¥800 / Yoghurt & Raspberry Mouse with Souvenir Cup – ¥800 / Served at: Sweetheart Cafe
Also at the Sweetheart Cafe, you can get your hands on one of two of these desserts which come with souvenir merchandise you can take home with you. Both items feature Minnie in her cute new outfit.
Special Set – ¥1,980 / Served at: The Plaza Inn
The Plaza Inn has a very special set prepared: a hearty meal featuring two hamburgers, ice cream for dessert with a white chocolate mousse adorned with Minnie’s ribbon, and more.
Don’t miss this Minnie-exclusive event when it begins in the New Year!
*All photos are for illustrative purposes only
Very Very Minnie!
Running: January 10, 2020 – March 19, 2020
Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Tokyo’s My Hero Academia Themed Hotel Rooms Unveil Designs | Tokyo Prince Hotel
Tokyo Prince Hotel has announced a collaboration with the upcoming anime film My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising which is set for release on December 20, 2019. Bookings are now open for their My Hero Academia themed hotel rooms, which will be available to stay in from December 7 this year until February 29, 2020.
The room designs and hotel plans were revealed today. There are two plans available: the “Concept Room Plan” where guests can stay in a room that recreates the world of the movie and comes with free merchandise and a themed drink, and the “Regular Room Plan,” which features a regular hotel room decked out with lots of My Hero Academia decorations, and also comes with the merch and drink.
The concept room is split into two rooms: the first recreating the room in which the students of class 1-A meet the protagonist, Izuku Midoriya, and the second on Midoriya’s bedroom.
Expect to see illustrations of the students as well as the Villains in the rooms too. Bookings are first-come, first-served, so don’t miss out!
©️2019 “My Hero Academia THE MOVIE” Production Committee ©️Kohei Horikoshi/Shueisha
My Hero Academia Collaboration Hotel Plan
Location: Tokyo Prince Hotel
Running: December 7, 2019 – February 29, 2020
Bookings: Open from December 22, 2019 (First-come, first-served)
①Concept Room Plan (Original Merchandise & Drink)
②Regular Room Plan (Original Merchandise & Drink)
・Original drink (w/ coaster)