Haneda Airport Releases First Bubble Tea Which Passengers Can Enjoy as They Fly
13.August.2019 | FOOD
XFLAG STORE + HANEDA is a small branch of XFLAG STORE and is located in Terminal 1 of Haneda Airport. On August 13th, they released three energising bubble tea flavours served in a bottle that you can take on board with you when travelling along domestic air routes. The three bubble tea flavours are; MILK TEA, HOJICHA (a type of green tea) and MATCHA.
These bubble tea flavours are limited to XFLAG STORE + HANEDA and were created with the intention of providing a splash of energizing fun to tiresome travels.
As long as you screw the lid on properly, you can store your delicious drink in your bag and even carry it onto your flight so you can enjoy it whilst soaring through the clouds. This is the first time a shop at Haneda airport has ever sold a bubble tea drink with the intention of flight passengers taking it on board with them.
*Drinks and liquids are usually permitted on domestic flights in Japan. Please check the specific rules of your flight by referring to the official website of your airline.
To commemorate the release of the new bubble teas, XFLAG STORE + HANEDA has launched an Instagram campaign with the chance to win an Amazon gift card worth ￥10,000 (approx. 80GBP/95USD).
To take part in the Instagram campaign for the chance to win a ￥10,000 Amazon gift card, be sure to take a photo with your XFLAG STORE + HANEDA bubble tea drink and then post the picture on Instagram with the following three hashtags:
#旅タピ #タピオカ #空の上で飲めるタピオカドリンク
Four winners will be selected.
Get your summer holidays off to a soaring start with a beautiful bottle of bubble tea.
MILK, HOJICHA, MATCHA Bubble Teas
Price: ￥650 (before tax)
Release Date: August 13, 2019
Available at: XFLAG STORE + HANEDA
Address: Haneda Airport Terminal 1 South Wing, floor 3 (3-3-2 Haneda Airport, Ota Ward, Tokyo)
*Bubble teas sold may differ in appearance to the images in this article.
* The MILK Bubble Tea (cup) is also available at XFLAG STORE SHINSAIBASHI. Both the HOJICHA and MATCHA Bubble Tea flavours are limited to XFLAG STORE + HANEDA.
XFLAG STORE Portal Website: https://xfl.ag/soratapi
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/
Food Review: Seahorse Bubble Tea at Sin an ju in Front of Harajuku Station
22.February.2019 | FOOD
Hey, everyone. Midori here again from the MMN Editorial Team.
The bubble tea boom in Japan is still rife. Harajuku in particular has become a war zone with new bubble tea shops opening all the time. Si an ju is one of them and it has become popular for its delicious drink selection so I went to try it out myself!
Si an ju is located just in front of Harajuku Station. Bubble tea shops in Harajuku tend to open along Cat Street or in Ura-Harajuku. Surprisingly there was even one in front of the station so it’s safe to say bubble tea life is making progress.
To get there, exit from Harajuku Station’s Takeshita Exit, cross at the traffic lights. Turn left and you’ll be able to see the outdoor shop sign.
Also beyond that is Cafe Yolum, a South Korean cafe.
Related Article: Cafe Yolum: The Popular & Pretty Pink South Korean Cafe in Harajuku
At the storefront is a huge and airy bubble tea monument. Now I’m getting excited!
There are several tables inside for customers to sit down, relax and enjoy their beverages, but not many.
The menu is fairly big and they even have options without tapioca balls. The Blue Lagoon drink sounds interesting, it has a mysterious colour.
On my visit thought I ordered the shop’s recommended Brown Sugar Bubble Milk.
The sauce in the cup is a brown sugar sauce which together with the decorative seahorse makes it look like a coral reef. Very beautiful!
The sauce is collected at the bottom and sinking around the sides so be sure to give the drink a good mix before drinking. Compared to other bubble teas the tapioca look pretty big. They might be almost as big as the thickness of the straw.
Time to drink!
It’s pretty sweet-tasting. It’s sweet even for me who orders their bubble tea with the maximum sugar option. But it’s not an overpowering sweetness – the brown sugar has a refreshing sweet flavour. The tapioca balls are large and so are filling
The brown sugar sauce will fall and mix into the drink as you sip so it’s best to take a photo right away.
I visited the shop at the same time as they opened so I was able to buy my drink without waiting, but if you go on the weekend in the afternoon the lines can get pretty long, so it might be an idea to go earlier.
A lot of bubble tea shops open at 11:00am but Sin an ju opens at 10:00am so I recommend going there if you’re in Harajuku early in the morning when no others are open!
I also highly recommend it for people who like chewy tapioca balls. Be sure to pay them a visit.
Sin an ju
Address: 1-19-14 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://sin-an-ju.com/
7 Must-Visit Bubble Tea Shops in Harajuku
Hello, everybody! It’s Midori from MMN’s editorial team.
Harajuku is a bubble tea battleground! A new bubble tea shop opens every month, and all of them enjoy huge lines of customers. I’ve tried most of the bubble tea in Harajuku, and so I’ve compiled the perfect list for those of you who don’t want to take a gamble and choose the wrong place, or those of you not planning to do a bubble tea crawl to taste test.
Gong cha – The standard bubble tea shop
Gong cha has multiple stores here and there, but the one in Harajuku is extremely busy on weekends, so much so that it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it’s the one people line up for the most.
In spite of the many subtle customisations you can have with your drink, whether it’s the ice and sweetness levels or the toppings, the staff here are extremely skilled in what they do. This might explain the long lines of people.
You can’t go wrong with this place, so I recommend it to newcomers of bubble tea.
THE ALLEY – Where they have chic cups!
Chic cup server THE ALLEY is close to Gong cha. Its location can be difficult for people to explain, and yet this place too is bustling on weekends!
In addition to the standard bubble tea options, this shop also sells unique drinks, like its “Bonsai Tapioca.” Personally, I prefer ordering this drink “mild hot” rather than the normal cool or hot. I’ve burnt myself drinking hot tapioca through a straw before, so mild hot is great for me.
The tapioca balls are relatively small so I think those people who’ve never had tapioca before will find it delicious. I recommend it on a chilly day!
KOI Thé – For those of you who want to try something a little different
KOI Thé serves golden tapioca balls instead of black!
The shop has a simple interior design and enjoys more male and adult and adult customers compared to other places. When compared to Gong cha and THE ALLEY it may seem as if not many people line up for this one, but their flavours are great, and the small golden tapioca balls can be sipped smoothly.
I recommend going to KOI Thé if you’re a little embarrassed about going into an overly ‘kawaii’ looking shop or if you don’t want to line up for long.
NONARA PEARL – Their pink kitty is so cute!
NONARA PEARL is located on the second floor of Laforet Harajuku. As of now this is the only branch, so if you’re looking to try Harajuku-exclusive bubble tea then look no further. Since it’s located indoors, you don’t have to worry about the heat, cold or rain when lining up. It’s nice to have a leisurely chat with friends when lining up.
The shop also has this big piece of wall art which is perfect for an Instagram steal. In any case, I recommend visiting if you want to drink some Harajuku-style cute bubble tea.
FORTUNER tea box – A little-known good place where you can drink cheese tea!
FORTUNER tea box sells cheese tea topped with cheese foam that’s like a bubbly cheese cake. Though their beverages are rich and delicious the shop is a little far from the station. But that means you don’t have to line up to get your drink.
Their bubble tea is addictive, so I recommend it to anyone who has already tried regular bubble tea and those who don’t want to stand in line.
The building it’s in also has a shop that sells really cute bottled drinks. Check it out via the link below.
Si an ju – Seahorse tapioca!
Si an ju opened just recently, you’ll know it by their seahorse logo!
Their brown sugar tapioca has a coral-like design as pictured above. The tapioca here is chewy and very filling. It’s also conveniently close to Harajuku Station.
Their large-grained tapioca are freshly-made and you don’t have to line up as much as Gong cha or THE ALLEY. I recommend this shop to those who want to try out the newest tapioca in Harajuku.
Chakasho – Famous flavours on Takeshita Street
The last entry to this list is Chakasho which also just opened recently!
It being along Takeshita Street means you can also get some shopping in too. Their drinks may be less “Instagrammable” than other shops, but their tapioca are chewy and large-grained, and the drinks are rich but easy to drink, delicious, and very satisfying.
If you’ve made the effort to go to Harajuku and want some extraordinarily tasty tapioca then I recommend Chakasho. They have lots of staff working there so the lines move quickly.
Many shops are crowded on the weekends, some where you can be waiting over half an hour! But all of the drinks sold at these shops are tasty so you’ll soon come to realise why the lines are so long. Since you’ve made the effort to visit Harajuku, why not try lining up at one of them?
The shops are very busy at noon on weekends so I recommend heading to a shop around opening time to avoid that.
I hope this article is helpful to both those making their bubble tea debut as well as local bubble tea masters!
Tokyo’s Newest Bubble Tea Shop PEARL LADY CHA BAR Opens at Tokyo Station
18.October.2019 | FOOD
Bubble tea chain PEARL LADY opened a new tea and tapioca beverage cafe called PEARL LADY CHA BAR at GRANSTA Marunouchi in Tokyo Station on October 17.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of CHA BAR, a Japanese tapioca drink chain that serves different types of tea from around the world. The chewy tapioca pearls added to the drinks are made in the company’s own factory and delivered fresh everyday to stores.
They boast a large drink line-up for tea-lovers, such as their specially-made rich milk tea latte, rock salt cream cheese made with mascarpone, seasonal fruit beverages, and more. The menu offers new and original ways of enjoying tea.
If you’re passing through Tokyo Station during your travels to the capital, be sure to pick up a drink from PEARL LADY CHA BAR.
PEARL LADY CHA BAR GRANSTA Marunouchi
Address: JR East Tokyo Station Floor B1F (Outside Ticket Gates), 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Access: 1-minute on foot from the Marunouchi F central ticket gates at Tokyo Station
Official Website: http://www.pearllady.jp/chabar/
Experience Art and the Japanese Tea Ceremony Come Together at hotel koe tokyo’s Private Lounge
“hotel koe tokyo” isn’t your everyday normal hotel. Developed and produced by “koe,” the hotel brings together fashion, music, cuisine, and a luxury accommodation experience. In line with DESIGNART TOKYO 2019, the hotel has announced it will hold a reservation-only event entitled “DESIGNART TOKYO 2019: Tea ceremony by artless＋asahiyaki” at its third-floor private lounge on October 19 and 20.
Asahi ware is a type of Japanese pottery originating in Uji, Kyoto almost 400 years ago. Hosai Matsubayashi is the 16th generation master of this long-running workshop, known as Asahiyaki, and he’s set to collaborate with Shun Kawakami, an artist and art director of global branding agency artless Inc. The collaboration is being held to promote Japanese culture not only to the people of Japan but those overseas too, and “hotel koe tokyo” is the perfect place to do it due to the huge number of foreign visitors that stay at the hotel.
The two of them have taken the traditional Japanese tearoom and have put a modern spin on it. Normally, this private lounge of the hotel is only usable by guests staying there, but this reservation-only event will grant exclusive access to all. It brings together Japanese tea and art in the form of a special tea-making course. Attendees will follow Hosai Matsubayashi’s instructions and prepare their own tea. During the session, both Matsubayashi and Kawakami will give talks on their work while you enjoy your tea.
Take advantage of this special occasion to learn about the beauty of Japanese tea.
Tea ceremony by artless + asahiyaki
Dates: Saturday October 19, 2019 / Sunday October 20, 2019
Time: 4 Slots – ①12:00 / ②13:30 / ③15:00 / ④16:30 (60 minutes each)
Capacity: 10 per slot
Location: hotel koe tokyo (“koe lounge” on Floor 3F)
Content: Tea Making + Tea Art
Price: ¥3,000 (Before Tax)
*This event is reservation-only
GODIVA Releases New Heavenly Chocolixir Tea and Chocolate Pairing Drink
03.October.2019 | FOOD
As the almighty creator of the chilled chocolate drink called the Chocolixir, GODIVA has now transcended to a whole new level with its Tea Magic Series which pairs luxurious GODIVA chocolate with a specially made tea. The fourth and final heavenly Chocolixir drink for the Tea Magic Series has now been revealed to be called the Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami. This is a pairing of GODIVA white chocolate and Uji matcha. A limited number of these will be released for sale from October 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019.
The GODIVA Tea Magic Series is made using the finest GODIVA chocolate. The chocolatier considers the most appropriate tea to enhance the flavour of the chocolate and only uses the finest tea leaves to make the drink. The result is a chilled chocolate tea which is filled with a flavour that will enlighten you. Hojicha Chocolate tea was the first tea of the series and was released on July 1st.
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami (270ml): ¥602 (before tax)
GODIVA’s mildly sweet and velvety white chocolate is blended with rich uji matcha tea and then chilled to a perfectly refreshing temperature. A light cloud of whipped cream floats on the surface and is sprinkled with carefully made uji matcha powder. Matcha chocolate sticks garnishe the drink.
From your first sip to your last, your mouth will be filled with a rich and luxurious matcha flavour. From time to time, your tongue will discover the exciting texture of small pieces of smashed white chocolate pieces.
This is the perfect opportunity to indulge in the luxurious flavour of mild white chocolate blended with rich uji matcha.
GODIVA Tea Magic Series: Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami (Final Drink)
Available: October 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Only available at GODIVA shops
Branch search: https://www.godiva.co.jp/boutique/?view=map&store_list_id=50
Taiwanese Bookstore Chain Eslite Opens New Outlet in Nihonbashi, Tokyo
Eslite Bookstore is one of the prominent bookstore chains in Taiwan that opened an all-new outlet in Nihonbashi, Tokyo on September 27, 2019 that promotes reading, culture and lifestyle.
This will be the first Eslite Spectrum shopping mall to open outside Greater China. Its concept is “a cultural wonderland for reading and living” under wh ich Eslite has curated Nihonbashi’s rich history and culture to promote to the people of Tokyo.
Eslite Spectrum is always in the front row when it comes to the latest in Taiwanese trends, and it’s a place I never fail to visit when I travel to Taiwan. When I heard they would be expanding to Tokyo, I couldn’t wait for the day of the grand opening to arrive. I made my merry way there, excited and eager to see what kind of place it would be, and what kind of items they would stock.
The outlet is split into 4 different zones: the bookshop zone, the stationery zone, the miscellaneous item and workshop zone, and the restaurant zone. The bookshop features a line-up of carefully selected reading material and book recommendations.
One hundred brands from around the world make up the miscellaneous and eating areas. Half of the brands are Taiwanese, meaning you can get your hands on authentic goods from Taiwan itself.
The building was designed by leading Taiwanese architect Kris Yao, whose concept for the design was “interweaving the old and new.” It’s a stylish, welcoming building with elements of the traditional Japanese aesthetic in there. The store front has indigo blue noren entry curtains, which is both stylish and quintessentially Japanese.
This new branch of Eslite Spectrum is home to stores setting up shop in Japan for the very first time. There are also many shops here selling items exclusive to Nihonbashi. I’m going to showcase four of the places I was particularly interested in.
Kuo Yuan Ye
Kuo Yuan Ye is a confectionery shop based in Shinlin, Taipei. Since opening, they have continued to use traditional confectionery-making methods, serving sweets with deep, rich flavours.
As well as having maintained tradition, they have also released products in collaboration with rising designers. I encourage you to try their beautiful line-up yourself to taste their long, delicious history.
We have covered Sarutahiko Coffee on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON in the past when we visited the branch in Ebisu.
The first thing that struck me upon visiting this new branch is how different the interior design is to other places. The design and its concept of “coffee and words” were created by book director Yoshitaka Haba. Quotes pulled from the books can be found written all around the cafe. There is also a space underneath the chairs for storing books. No matter where you look in the cafe, it’s nothing less than stylish.
The cafe has their own special hot cakes and original coffee blends exclusive to Nihonbashi. The hot cakes are topped lavishly with mont blanc, giving it an extremely rich taste and one reminiscent of autumn-time. Both the hot cakes and this original coffee blend are limited-time menu options available until November 14, so you’ll want to get in there quick.
For the first time ever, long-standing Taiwanese tea store Wonder Chuan arrives on the shore of Japan. The shop takes great care in the growing and brewing of its tea leaves, pouring their heart and soul into every cup.
The Taiwanese oolong tea drank was a similar colour to matcha. It had a sweet flavour and a much smoother taste compared to Japanese oolong. The shop also serves a selection of cocktails made with oolong tea as well as perform traditional tea-making methods for customers. They even have plans to host their very own Taiwanese tea workshops in the future.
The last place I want to introduce is Fujin Tree, also a first in Japan. This is another one of my favourites, so I was thrilled when this one was coming to Tokyo too!
It’s uncommon to be able to drink wine in restaurants in Taiwan, but the popular Fujin Tree serves Taiwanese cuisine and champagne in style.
Their dishes are packed full of fresh vegetables and fruit. One of their popular picks is their springstar and century egg with spicy minced pork. It’s a tasty dish with full, rich flavours that goes well with sake. It’s also great with rice. There are many amazing options on the menu, but if you’re spoilt for choice then I recommend this one.
Eslite is the bridge between Japanese and Taiwanese that aims to become a hub for Asian culture. Centred around reading, there are countless experiences to look enjoy here. Discover a new side of Nihonbashi by paying a visit.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Eslite Spectrum Nihonbashi
Address: COREDO Muromachi Terrace 2F, 3-2-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Fuji Tree is open 11:00-23:00)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: http://www.eslitespectrum.jp
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!
Yamashina Tea Stall
Address: 1635 Amagi, Asakura, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Course Name: CRAFT STORE x Seichajo Yamashina Japanese Tea Course (5 Types)
Reservations: Telephone (Limited number of places, please enquire ASAP)
New Bubble Tea Shop Opens in Ochanomizu to Heal Fatigue and Improve Skin
Sugar Factory is the mastermind behind four trendy brands in Japan including the colourful candy floss shop TOTTI CANDY FACTORY, which is famous for its giant Harajuku rainbow cotton candy, and candy coated strawberry shop Strawberry Fetish. On September 26, they will be opening a bubble tea shop in Ochanomizu called Wu-Cha which is committed to serving only the best quality.
Wu-Cha uses large tapioca pearls sourced from Taiwan. From start to finish, the process of making these fresh tapioca pearls involves four hours of careful procedures. They are boiled and steamed carefully according to a strict schedule to create a springy texture. As the pearls are soaked evenly in syrup, each pearl is packed with deliciousness that will explode in your mouth with every bite.
Okinawa Brown Sugar Milk Tea: ¥470
Matcha Milk Tea: ¥550
Extensive research went into creating recipes to use these tapioca pearls. Raw ingredients such as Okinawa brown sugar and Kyoto Uji matcha have been carefully sourced from their places of origin to maximize the flavours. A generous amount of all these special ingredients have been used to develop these delicious and authentic milk teas.
Strawberry Milk: ¥550
Mango Yoghurt: ¥ 550
The Strawberry Milk and Mango Yoghurt are made with fresh fruit pieces and look just as refreshing as they taste.
Beautiful Skin Tea: ¥450
Fatigue Recovery Tea: ¥450
There is a large variety of drinks to enjoy with a range of healing effects. Alongside the bubble tea series and the fruity tea series, there is also a herb tea series.
Whether you are tired, unwell or just in need of a quick sugar boost, this bubble tea shop is the fairy godmother to all your problems. Every drink is packed with love and you absolutely must try it.
Address: 3-20-4, Ogawa-machi, Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
No regular holidays
Check Out the Chocolate Matcha Frappé at McDonald’s This Autumn
23.September.2019 | FOOD
McDonald’s is bringing back its irresistible Uji Matcha drinks series this autumn and adding a brand new drink: The Choco Matcha Frappé, which will be sold from September 25 for a limited period. This drinks series is only available at McDonalds Restaurants which serve the McCafé by Barista menu.
The overwhelmingly popular Uji Matcha Series is currently being served for a limited period. From a Strawberry Matcha Frappé to Uji Matcha Chocolate and even Oreo® Cookie toppings, this series is the perfect way to indulge in a fusion of Japanese and western flavours. The Choco Matcha Frappé is the latest drink to join this series.
The base of the chocolate Matcha Frappé consists of chocolate whipped cream and a layer of high quality Belgian couverture chocolate sauce. The next layer is the frappé, which consists of matcha milk made from matcha sourced from Uji, Kyoto. This is topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate sauce and sprinkled with bitter cocoa Oreo® pieces. The faint green colour of the matcha is a wonderful contrast with the chocolate colour, creating the image of autumn.
The mild flavour of the Uji matcha and chocolate is a matcha match made in heaven that you will want to taste again and again. The crunchy, bitter Oreo® cookie pieces create a texture adventure and enhances the flavours of the chocolate and matcha. This frappé is the perfect way of enjoying both the colours and flavours of autumn.
The Matcha Frappé Latte, Matcha Latte and Iced Matcha Latte have been returning to the menu year after year since their first appearance in 2014. These drinks are also available this year. The entire drinks series is made using the slightly bitter Uji matcha sourced from Kyoto: the birthplace of matcha. The mellow flavour is perfectly balanced out by the milk. These matcha drinks are definitely worth trying.
Choco Matcha Frappé
Price (After Tax): Regular ¥490 / Large ¥530
Selling: September 25 – Mid October 2019 (subject to change)
Matcha Frappé Latte
Price (After Tax): Regular ¥450 / Large ¥490
Selling: Until mid-October (subject to change)
Iced Matcha Latte
Price (After Tax): Regular ¥390 / Large ¥430
Selling: Until mid-October (subject to change)
Price (After Tax): Small ¥350 / Regular ¥390
Selling: Until mid October (subject to change)
Available only at McDonald’s branches in Japan with a McCafé by Barista area.
* Please visit McDonald’s official website to find out more information.
* Only available during “McCafé by Barista” opening hours. Opening hours vary from branch to branch.
Warm Up With a Cup Of Hot Tapioca at Mister Donut
23.September.2019 | FOOD
The beautiful warmth of summer is slowly fading away, ready to let in the cool autumn weather and subsequent winter. What better way to warm yourself up than with a nice hot cosy drink? Mister Donut is lovingly pouring two new seasonal hot tapioca drinks this autumn from September 20, including the Hot Milk Tea and the Hot Matcha Milk.
Mister Donut’s “Hot Tapioca” beverages first hit back in the spring where they tantalised the taste buds of customers, with each sip becoming more delicious and addictive after the next. The Hot Milk Tea is a mix of royal milk tea made with uva tea leaves and tapioca while the Hot Matcha Milk combines matcha-flavoured tapioca with milk.
It seems that even after these hot drinks have been released, Mister Donut’s regular Tapioca Milk Tea and Tapioca Matcha Milk beverages are still enjoying big sales. It’s always nice to have a choice to order what you like depending on your mood.
Tapioca Hot Milk Tea: ¥496 (Tax Included)
Indulge in this black tea filled with chewy tapioca and steeped in rich uva tea leaves to create a full-bodied royal milk tea.
Tapioca Hot Matcha Milk: ¥496 (Tax Included)
For something a little more Japanese-tasting, enjoy a cup of hot milk mixed with tapioca matcha.
These drinks will be sold until mid-February 2020, so if you’re in need of warming up this autumn and winter in Japan, head to Mister Donut.
Hot Tapioca Drinks: Hot Milk Tea/Hot Matcha Milk
Running: September 20, 2019 – Mid February 2020 (Release dates may differ from branch to branch)
Mister Donut Japan Official Website: https://www.misterdonut.jp
Experience the Heart of the Japanese Tea Ceremony This Autumn in Ginza
22.September.2019 | FOOD
In line with the annual autumn event Ginchakai―which is held in Ginza and brings together multiple schools of tea in Japan for an open-air tea ceremony―Tokyu Plaza Ginza is hosting an event themed on the heart of the Japanese tea ceremony.
This special event will serve Japanese omotenashi, or “hospitality,” thorough various exhibits including a co-project with Tokyo University of the Arts, an exhibition by one of Japan’s leading confectionery companies Toraya Confectionery, and more.
The co-project with Tokyo University of the Arts will feature installations produced by the university that is centred on calligraphy drawn by Japanese calligrapher Shoko Kanazawa, who performs both in Japan and overseas, and the tea ceremony. There will also be several tokonoma alcoves around the event which will be like miniature gardens where one can enjoy the beauties of nature. There will even be covers of famous songs about autumn on October 27 at the KIRIKO TERRANCE on the roof.
Up in the KIRIKO LOUNGE on the 6th floor, Toraya will serve up a selection of traditional Japanese confections, including those that had already been created by the end of the Edo period. You can order a set of two confections and a drink. Sweets include the Kiren Kaki, which is made to look like a Japanese permission, and the Kuri Goyomi, which is made with chestnuts, sugar, and agar-agar.
Soak up the enchanting nostalgia of autumn while enjoying the Japanese tea ceremony at Tokyu Plaza Ginza.
The Heart of the Tea Ceremony in Ginza (Japanese Title: 銀座で触れる、茶の湯の心)
Running: September 26, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Location: Various places around Tokyu Plaza Ginza
GINZA Tokonoma Alcoves: Admire the Season With Tokonoma Art
Running: September 26, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Locations: Floors 3, 4, and 6
Autumn Music Performances
Date: October 27, 2019
Location: KIRIKO TERRACE on the Tokyu Plaza Ginza rooftop
TOKYU PLAZA GINZA x Bunkamura SPECIAL PROGRAM ~ Toraya Confectionery~
Running: October 11, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Time: 11:00-23:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays and public holidays)
Location: KIRIKO LOUNGE (Tokyu Plaza Ginza Floor 6F)
Tokyu Plaza Ginza
Address: 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://ginza.tokyu-plaza.com/
ONSEN GUEST HOUSE TSUTAYA to Open in Hakone This November
21.September.2019 | SPOT
ONSEN GUEST HOUSE TSUTAYA is a new hot spring and guest house facility set to open in the town of Sokokura in Hakone on November 26. The building is being renovated from an old guest house that has enjoyed a long history of hot springs since the Edo period.
Sokura Onsen is about a 90 minute car drive from the city centre and is considered one of Hakone’s “7 Hot Springs,” a list that has been around since the Edo period. The place is said to have been used and loved by many military commanders back in the day for the high water yield gifted by the water source.
When the building was first constructed it was known as “Tsutaya Ryokan” and became a famous guest house with not only locals but travellers who would arrive all the way from Tokyo. ONSEN GUEST HOUSE TSUTAYA combines history of both Sokura Onsen and Tsutaya Ryokan.
The renovated building was built 29 years ago. Though it has been revamped, it still maintains a nostalgic air to it in the style of a traditional guest house. It’s home to 6 spacious ryokan-type rooms and 46 compact rooms.
There is a space where one can gaze at the river after taking a dip in the hot springs, as well as a lounge with tables which encourages you to socialise with people you have just met. There are male and female open-air baths and indoor baths as well as a cooking space and laundry service for those looking to stay longer.
The facility offers a retro environment in which each guest can relax and enjoy their own time as they please. Throughout the guest house is original old-fashioned furniture that has been upcycled, including kotatsu tables and shelves, to give that sense of traditional Japanese culture. This has been combined with contemporary art to create a fusion of the old and new.
It is a harmonious combination of a traditional Japanese hot spring ryokan, or inn, and a guest house, which means travellers from abroad will be able to enjoy the beauty of the country’s traditional culture.
Escape the noisy city and enjoy peace and tranquillity surrounded in the colours of autumn at ONSEN GUEST HOUSE TSUTAYA
ONSEN GUEST HOUSE TSUTAYA (Sokokura no Yu Tsutaya Ryokan)
Address: 240-1 SokokuraHakone, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa 250-0403
Arrival: 10-minutes on foot from Miyanoshita Station or 12-minutes on foot from Kowakidani Station, both via the Hakone Tozan Line
Grand Opening: November 26, 2019 (Bookings begin in late October)
Official Website: https://hakone-tsutaya.com/
Sensuously Scrumptious Mont Blanc Parfait Arrives at GINZA SIX Tsujiri
20.September.2019 | FOOD
The Ginza branch of long-standing Uji tea shop Tsujiri has unveiled a seasonal treat that will be available this autumn only. It was released on September 18 and will be served until October 31.
Tsujiri Ginza is the only branch of Tsujiri in the Kanto region of Japan, aiming to offer a “new kind of matcha experience” to the people of Tokyo. This autumnal mont blanc parfait dessert is made from an aromatic chestnut cream made in France, matcha soft serve ice cream made by the Uji matcha experts at Tsujiri, and fluffy fresh cream, creating a seasonal mix of flavours.
Once you’re done shopping around the extravagant town of Ginza, why not treat yourself to a tasty matcha-packed delight?
Address: GINZA SIX Floor B2F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:30-20:30
Tsujiri Official Website: http://www.tsujiri.jp
Delicious and Instagrammable: 7 Bubble Tea Drinks Unique to Sapporo, Hokkaido
Bubble tea is a national sensation in Japan. Until now, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON has been introducing quite a lot of bubble tea shops in Harajuku, however today, we are going to introduce you to some special bubble teas that you can only get in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
When it comes to cafés, desserts and drinks in Sapporo, you can always count on Instagrammer Kei to pick out the most unique and cute places. Check out his Instagram (@607keih) which is home to a precious collection of mouthwatering and delicious pictures.
And with that let’s get started:
Almond Jelly Coconut Milk and Bubble Tea ￥600 (strawberry sauce topping: +￥50)
(Chinese almond jelly is sometimes made with apricot kernels.)
Club China is a Chinese restaurant where you can enjoy authentic Chinese food in a classy atmosphere. This rare bubble tea is the perfect way to discover authentic Chinese flavours. You can change the sweetness of your drink by adding gomme syrup, brown sugar sauce or strawberry sauce.
▶︎ Club China (クラブチャイナ)
Address: SYOKUSAN 35 Building 3rd Floor
3-chōme-5 Minami 3 Jōnishi, Chūō-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
・Lunch: 11:00 ー 15:00（Last orders: 14:30）
・Tea 14:30 ー 17:00
・Dinner: 17:00 ー 22:00（Last orders: 21:00）
Closed: Wednesdays (Open on national holidays)
Oukacha (Located inside Izakaya Chorotto)/Higashi Ward
Strawberry Milk Cream: ￥580
There is a famous Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) in the Higashi-ku area. However, during the daytime, it is sometimes taken over by a bubble tea shop called Oukacha. The drink to look out for is their homemade brown sugar syrup bubble tea, which you can order with topping of whipped cream. This is the way to treat anyone with a sweet tooth!
▶︎ Oukacha (Located inside Izakaya Chorotto 桜華茶)
Address: 7-1-24, Kita 15 Johigashi, Higashi Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Ritz Cream Cheese Churros: ￥550, Okinawa Brown Sugar Bubble Milk: ￥650
MESSE Building is a mall full of interesting restaurants including a Bikkuri Donkey. Head to the 5th floor to discover a Taiwanese and Korean restaurant called o.cha.bar. This is where you will come across the Okinawa Bubble Milk. This is a bubble tea which is topped with a generous serving of cream made using salt sourced from Okinawa. The tapioca is imported directly from Taiwan and has a very springy texture. Maximise your experience by dipping the churros in the cream cheese.
Address: N.MESSE Building 5th floor, Minami 3-jo Nishi 3, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Opening Hours: 11:30 ー 21:00
Closed: No regular holidays
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/ochabar1
cafe & kitchen unique/Higashi Ward
Strawberry Milk: ￥480 , Matcha: ￥480, Served in a bottle: +￥80
cafe&kitchen unique is famous for their delicious fluffy pancakes that are made in a deep pot and topped with beautiful toppings. However, their bubble teas which are sold in cute bottles are also something you do not want to miss. The Strawberry Milk contains fruity pieces which perfectly compliment the milk. The Matcha Milk has a gentle sweet flavour that adults would love.
▶︎ cafe&kitchen unique (cafe&kitchen ユニック)
Address: 3 Chome-2-6 Kita 10 Johigashi, Higashi Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Lunch : 11:00 ー 14:00
Coffee Time: 14:00 ー 17:00
Dinner: 17:00 ー 22:00
Closed: The 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month.
Official Website: https://cafekitchen-unique.com/
MY TAPIOCA KOUTA/Higashi Ward
Brown Sugar Bubble Tea Latte
Ramen restaurant Ore no Ramen Kouta also runs the bubble tea shop MY TAPIOCA KOUTA, where it is possible to order just a bubble tea. The brown sugar adds a strong accent to the flavour. The tapioca pearls are large and although this is filling drink, it is also cheap which makes it a good deal. The shop is open late into the night which is perfect for those late night cravings.
▶︎ MY TAPIOCA KOUTA
Address: 4-5-26, Honcho 1 jo, Higashi Ward, Sapporo
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:30
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/tapiocamy
Milk san Asabu Branch/Asabu
Strawberry Milk: ￥650, Brown Sugar Milk: ￥570, Tapioca Topping: ￥70 (served in a bottle)
Milk san serves delicious drinks made using milk which is specially produced by dairy farmers, contributing to the delicious Hokkaido goodness of the drink. The small tapioca pearls and the rich milky flavour are the perfect combination. The brown sugar flavour is only available at the Asabu branch, so we recommend you try it. As these drinks are served in cute bottles, you just have to post a picture on Instagram.
▶︎ Milk san Asabu
Address: Karumu Asabu 1st floor, 5-2-8, Kita 39 Jonishi, Kita Ward, Sapporo
Opening Hours: 10:00 ー 19:30
Official Website: https://www.milk-san.com/
Iced Biscuit Shop SHONPY/Susukino
Chocolate Mint Frappé: ￥690, Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea with a Tapioca Float: ￥690
One by one, this shop makes iced biscuits that are original down to their shape. SHONPY also delivers countrywide. The Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea comes with a tapioca float that is too cute to consume. It is filled with fruit such as strawberries and bananas that are a perfect match with the tapioca. The Chocolate Mint Frappé comes in a very cute bottle. This shop opened in Harajuku too.
Address: SUSUKINO LAFILER 2nd floor, 4 Chome, Minami 4 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Opening Hours: 10:00 ー 21:00
No fixed holidays
Official Website: http://shon-py.jp/
So, how about it? If you ever find yourself in Hokkaido, Kei’s recommended Hokkaido-limited bubble teas are bound to make your trip special.
Kei’s Instagram is full of delicious desserts and mouthwatering meals. When in doubt of where to eat out, Kei’s Instagram is bound to save your day so please check it out.
Photos & Text: Kei（@607keih）