Cute Halloween Sweets Spook Their Way Into Tokyo’s The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
18.August.2019 | FOOD
For this year’s Halloween season, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu in Tokyo has announced that it will serve up its Halloween Sweets Selection again this year at the hotel’s pastry boutique ORIGAMI located on floor B2F. The confectionery chefs have spun some spooky fun into this collection of 10 cute treats.
Frankenstein – ¥1,760 / Phantom – ¥1,760 / Cyclops – ¥1,760
The Phantom is a popular confection every year at the hotel, but this year he’s had two new freaky friends carved out for him: Frankenstein’s monster and a Cyclops. These white chocolate monsters are filled with chocolate-covered almonds, macadamia nuts and other hidden delights.
Witch Hat – ¥715
Dressed in a milk chocolate mousse is ganache and a rich and bitter crème brûlée made with bitter orange. It also contains a mandarin orange liqueur for deeper flavours. The mix of orange notes is refreshing on the palate.
Cross – ¥715
The orange and black Cross is a mousse cake made from pumpkin puree beneath which lies a cinnamon flavoured crème brûlée and coffee flavoured ganache. The bitter coffee elevates the exquisite sweetness of the pumpkin for a delicious combination.
Evil Eye – ¥715
Enter at your own risk with the grotesque-looking (but delicious tasting) Evil Eye mousse cake. It’s made with fragrant biscuit and caramel as well as blonde chocolate from France and inside is a smooth pear jelly.
There are lots of other Halloween treats besides these coming to the hotel too, so if you’re in Tokyo this October then be sure to stop by for a Happy Halloween.
*All listed prices include tax
Halloween Sweets Selection
Running: October 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Location: ORIGAMI, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu Floor B2F
Full Sweets Line-Up: https://www.tokyuhotels.co.jp/capitol-h/restaurant/boutique/plan/50306/index.html
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
Address: 2-10-3 Nagatacho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.tokyuhotelsjapan.com/global/capitol-h/
Tuck Into Halloween Themed Vegan Food at BOTANIST Tokyo
13.October.2018 | FOOD
BOTANIST Tokyo is the flagship store of Japanese botanical lifestyle brand BOTANIST, and it’s there at their cafe on the second floor that they are selling Halloween themed vegan food from October 12 to October 31.
BOTANIST Tokyo is an entry brand into a botanical lifestyle. This special food event can be enjoyed by both vegans and those who haven’t tried vegan food before. The menu contains a range of delicious, naturally-tasting food using absolutely no meat products, dairy products and so on.
VAMPIRE BURGER: ¥1,400 (Tax Included) *Comes with drink
As well as the cafe’s usual vegan menu, you can look forward to three additional spooky selections: the Vampire Burger, Black Cat’s Tiramisu, and Ghost Raspberry Tiramisu.
Black Cat’s Tiramisu: ¥650 (Tax Included) / Raspberry Tiramisu: ¥650 (Tax Included)
These cute vegan Halloween delicacies will have you snapping photos without realising.
Customers who dine at the cafe on October 27 can receive a free Halloween hair service by SALONIA Hair Salon. There are wonderful presents available for people who take a picture of themselves at the cafe and post it on social media on the day too. Both the inside and outside of the cafe will be decorated with botanical Halloween decorations too and you’re free to take pictures.
Enjoy a vegan-style Halloween this year!
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20：00
No Fixed Holidays.
BOTANIST Tokyo: http://botanistofficial.com/shop/
Halloween Themed Menu
Running: October 12, 2018 – October 31, 2018
Tokyo Disney Resort® Announces Disney Halloween 2019
17.June.2019 | SPOT
Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® are set to host their special Disney Halloween event again this year from September 10 to October 31. Additionally, several park facilities and services will hold their own Halloween programs this year, including at the Disney Hotel, on the Disney Resort Line, at IKSPIARI, and elsewhere.
The theme at Tokyo DisneySea this year is “a dark and bewitching Halloween.” Guests are invited to a mysterious but showy Halloween festival. The park’s first ever “Festival of Mystique” show will be held at Porto Paradiso where an evil power will creep. Mickey Mouse and the other Disney cast will work to recover Halloween from this wicked power.
The theme at Tokyo Disneyland is “ghosts” where guests will be pulled into a spooky and exciting ghostly Halloween experience. At the “Spooky Boo! Parade,” Mickey and Minnie will don all-new ghost costumes and beckon guests to join them in the spine-chilling and enticing celebrations. When the sun sets and evening covers the sky, Halloween music, visuals and lights will arise from the World Bazaar, and a new photo spot will be present for guests to take a picture together with the ghosts.
Headband: ¥1,800 / Light-Up Pendant: ¥1,500
Guests can also pick up a selection of dark and bewitching merchandise based on the Festival of Mystique show
Special Set: ¥1,880
Popcorn Soda & Doughnuts: ¥600
And of course, expect to tuck into a deliciously spooky menu too.
Running: September 10, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Tokyo Disney Resort: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Sanrio Puroland’s All-Night Halloween Party to Feature Guest Performances by Scha Dara Parr, m-flo & chelmico
Sanrio Puroland, Tokyo’s theme park home to Hello Kitty and her friends, has teamed up with music company Melody fair to create a very special one-night-only Halloween party called SPOOKY PUMPKIN 2019 〜PURO ALL NIGHT HALLOWEEN PARTY〜 which will take place on October 26.
This marks the 6th year of Puroland’s all-night event which never fails to sell out every ticket every single time. This year, there will be 4 live stages instead of the usual 3 allowing for even more exciting entertainment. There will be alcohol, performances from some big names in Japanese music, appearances from the Sanrio character cast, special openings of select park attractions and restaurants, and more for a truly unique club night experience you won’t find anywhere else.
The park will be decorated in all things Halloween, and guests must dress according to the dress code which is titled “Orange or Pumpkin.”
There is a huge list of artists are lined up with 40 expected to perform. The first batch have been announced already and includes Scha Dara Parr, m-flo, chelmico, Mom, BILLIE IDLE®, xiangyu, 4s4ki, DJ To-i (from DISH//), 掌幻と昴、LEGEND Of Densetsu a.k.a. Cypress Ueno, OTOTOY FRIDAY, Makita Sports、Poseidon Ishikawa, Shaka bose, JUN INAGAWA, Kubotakai, DJ DEVILMINTKIRYU, DJ yksb, and DJ Hello Kitty. The rest are to be announced at a later date.
There will also be a special pre-celebration for Hello Kitty’s birthday which is officially on November 1.
This fun all-night Halloween festival welcomes everybody include those who have never been to a music festival or club before.
Links to where you can buy tickets are listed below. If you buy them from Reco Ticket you’ll get the above-pictured exclusive Hello Kitty ticket.
Enjoy a Halloween party like no other this year at Sanrio Puroland.
©2019 SANRIO CO., LTD.
SPOOKY PUMPKIN 2019 〜PURO ALL NIGHT HALLOWEEN PARTY〜
Date: October 26, 2019
Time: Open 22:00 / Finish 05:00 (subject to change)
Location: Sanrio Puroland (1-31 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo)
Lineup: Scha Dara Parr, m-flo, chelmico, Mom, BILLIE IDLE®, xiangyu, 4s4ki, DJ To-i (from DISH//), 掌幻と昴、LEGEND Of Densetsu a.k.a. Cypress Ueno, OTOTOY FRIDAY, Makita Sports、Poseidon Ishikawa, Shaka bose, JUN INAGAWA, Kubotakai, DJ DEVILMINTKIRYU, DJ yksb, DJ Hello Kitty … & more TBA
Tickets: Advance ¥5,000 (Tax Included) *Available from August 3 at 10am (JST) / Same-Day ¥6,000 (Tax Included)
Reco Tickets: https://reco-ti.jp/l?dn=73001
Lawson Tickets: https://l-tike.com/spooky-pumpkim2019
Ticket Pia: https://w.pia.jp/t/spooky-pumpkin/ (P-Code: 159-441)
Event Page: https://www.puroland.jp/spookypumpkin2019/
Top 5 Delicious Must-Eat Parfaits in FukuokaFrom 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 ImaizumiChocolate Glass ParfaitLet’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 CHOCOLATEAddress: Nishitetsu Tenjin CLASS 1F, 1-19-22 Imaizumi, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka PrefectureOpening Hours: 11:00-21:00Closed: WednesdaysOfficial Website: https://greenchocolate.jpPatisserie Georges Marceau in WatanabedoriYou Kihi – ¥980A 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 MarceauAddress: 1F, 5-8-19 Watanabedori, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka PrefectureOpening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Until 19:00 on Sundays)No Fixed HolidaysOfficial Website: http://gm.9syoku.com/patisserie/Oyatsu cafe Hibi to in HiraoStrawberry ParfaitThis 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 PrefectureOpening Hours: 11:00-20:00No Fixed HolidaysOfficial Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hibitoacco/Kurasukoto in HiraoLeft: Coffee Jelly Parfait / Right: Strawberry ParfaitCoffee 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.▼KurasukotoAddress: 2F, 1-11-21 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka PrefectureOpening Hours: 11:30-18:00 (Food Last Orders 17:15 / Dessert Last Orders 17:30)Closed: Sundays & MondaysOfficial Website: https://www.kurasukoto.com/shop-hirao/momotose in HiraoSeasonal ParfaitStrawberries, 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.▼momotoseAddress: 1F, 3-19-20 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka PrefectureOpening Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:00 / Tea 14:00-18:00 / Dinner 18:00-21:00No Fixed HolidaysOfficial Website: http://momotose-fukuoka.com
Tokyo DisneySea’s New Halloween Show is a Thrilling Must-See
Disney Halloween 2019 has finally begun, and this year, Tokyo DisneySea is serving guests a dark and mysterious Halloween experience to keep them on edge. The festivities will run all the way up to October 31.
We visited the park to see Festival of Mystique, an all-new colourful and flamboyant show introduced this year. Here’s our report.
The show began with music chiming in at Porto Paradiso in Mediterranean Harbor upon which trickled out lines of costumed friends of the sea. The beautifully dressed ladies at the front then spoke of a Halloween festival that was once held at the port, and their intention to resurrect it.
Out came a merrymaking Mickey mouse and Disney cast aboard a ship, clad in cute outfits the likes of which have never been seen before at the park.
Donald Duck, Goofy, Chip and Dale all got off the boat and headed towards the ladies, almost as if charmed by the allure of their beautiful and bewitching singing voices. This was followed by a sudden whimper by Pluto as he looked on towards Mickey. “Pluto, you’ve got to be a good boy! We’ve put a lot of effort into this Halloween,” Mickey said to him. When he said this he began to think that something strange was going on with the festival―like something was going to happen…
The singing and dancing ladies went on to teach the onlooking guests a few dance moves to get involved with the show. Everybody danced together with Mickey as the leader.
It wasn’t long however before the mood and tone of the music took an uncomfortable turn…
Before we realised it, Mickey had been locked inside a cage! But he was dancing and having fun literally just seconds before―what happened?!
Luckily, Minnie Mouse comes to the rescue to save Mickey and bring the fun Halloween festivity back. She takes the lead and dances with the guests this time.
So what happened to the Disney characters, and what was their fate? We don’t want to spoil the ending, so you’ll have to see it for yourself this fall!
Running: September 10, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Winter is Coming But Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo’s Yuzu Lemon Afternoon Tea Will Warm You Up
16.September.2019 | FOOD
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo will begin serving its new citrus fruit-packed Yuzu Lemon Afternoon Tea on November 1 at the Le Jardin, the hotel’s lobby lounge which offers a view of the beautiful garden.
You’ll see yuzu and lemons throughout the year, but it is said that winter is the best season to enjoy them. Both lemons and yuzu are said to have a relaxation effect, and so Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo will beckon guests through its cosy doors with the afternoon tea set’s refreshing citrus fragrance, inviting them to an early wonderful winter at the beginning of November.
The set includes an assortment of sweets including a yuzu and lemon flavoured savarin, a lemon cheesecake that squeezes out all the juicy nectar of the citrus fruit, and more. The lemons and yuzu are the citrus kingpins of this afternoon tea.
The seasonal scones are a mix of yuzu and vanilla scones and silky white chocolate scones to relieve some of the sourness. Enjoy together with a mix of dips including salted clotted cream for even more flavour.
On the savoury side of things there is a tempting mix of bites and nibbles, including the use of spicy ginger to warm up your cold body.
Welcome the winter early this year and do it in style with Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo’s new afternoon tea set.
Yuzu Lemon Afternoon Tea
Running: November 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019 (*Reservations available only on weekdays)
Location: Le Jardin, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Price: Yuzu Lemon Afternoon Tea ¥4,000 / With Welcome Drink ¥4,500 (Tax and service charge not included in price)
Le Jardin Webpage: https://www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com/dining/le-jardin/
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Address: 2-10-8 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com/
Take A Tasty Trip to Tokyo Kaikan to Indulge in Mouthwatering Marron Chantilly Desserts
16.September.2019 | FOOD
Kiyotaka Katsume (勝⽬ 清鷹) is the first ever confectioner of the 70-year-old Tokyo Kaikan. This autumn, Tokyo Kaikan is selling Mont Blanc Marron Chantilly dessertsーwhich were invented by Katsumeーfor a limited period only.
Earl Grey Marron Chantilly: ￥908
The Earl Grey Marron Chantilly is only available from October 1 to October 31. The flavour and aroma of earl grey tea leaves has been fully extracted to add to the flavour of the cream.
Premium Marron Chantilly: ￥1,500
The premium Marron Chantilly is only available from September 1 to October 31. Japanese chestnuts sourced from Kasama are shredded with whipped cream for a light and fluffy texture. This is a paradise for anyone who loves chestnuts.
Pumpkin Marron Chantilly￥908
The Halloween-themed desserts at Tokyo Kaikan are a big hit every year. This year, the Pumpkin Marron Chantilly will be taking to the scene to deliver the very best flavours of Halloween. Just looking at this Halloween-coloured dessert is enough to make your mouth water. It is such a shame that it is only selling from October 18 to 31.
Dig into one of these delicious Marron Chantilly desserts surrounded by the luxurious atmosphere of Tokyo Kaikan.
Tokyo Kaikan Main Building
Address: 3-2-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.kaikan.co.jp/en/
5 Must-Try Desserts On Fukuoka’s Beach-Lined City Of ItoshimaItoshima 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-kuLeft: 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-STANDAddress: 2198-3 Kota, Nishi-ku, FukuokaBusiness Hours: 10:30am until sunsetNo Fixed HolidaysOfficial Website: https://futamigaura.com/oyatu-stand/Itoshima Sabo in Nishi-kuSpecially-Made Single Classic Pancake – ¥500You’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 SaboAddress: 2915-1 Kota, Nishi-ku, FukuokaBusiness Hours: 10:00-21:00No Fixed HolidaysOfficial Website: https://futamigaura.com/itoshima-sabo/KUROKI in NijoishizakiRoll CakeKUROKI 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!▼KUROKIAddress: 459-3 Nijoishizaki, Itoshima, FukuokaBusiness Hours: Lunch 12:00-17:00 (Reservation Only) / Dinner 18:00~ (Reservation Only)Closed: SundaysOfficial Instagram: @restaurantkurokiSumi Cafe in HonSalted Milk Houjicha Purin – ¥500Sumi 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 CafeAddress: 1454 Hon, Itoshima, FukuokaBusiness Hours: 12:00-17:00 (Lunch Last Orders 15:30 / Cafe Menu Last Orders 16:30)Closed: New Year’s HolidayTabelog Page: https://tabelog.com/fukuoka/A4009/A400901/40024859/Loiter Market in ShimakeyaLeft: 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 MarketAddress: 166-3 Shimakeya, Itoshima, FukuokaOpening Hours: 12:00-17:00No Fixed HolidaysOfficial Website: https://loiter-market.com
Häagen-Dazs Release New Soybean Flour Brown Sugar Syrup and Zunda Mochi Ice Creams
14.September.2019 | FOOD
Häagen-Dazs Japan has announced that it will release two new flavours from its popular hanamochi ice cream series on September 17: “Soybean Flour Brown Sugar Syrup” and “Zunda.”
Soybean Flour Brown Sugar Syrup Hanamochi
The soybean flour brown sugar syrup hanamochi was released back in 2015 and returned again in 2017. This year, Häagen-Dazs is bringing is back even more delicious than before. They have blended together a variety of soybean flours to elevate the ingredient’s original flavour.
The top of the mochi is sprinkled with a blend of lightly roasted black and yellow soybeans. By roasting them, the original taste and fragrance of the soybean comes through tenfold. Dark roasted soybean has also been combined with milk for a velvety texture, and the entire thing is drizzled in a rich original brown sugar syrup sauce which further enrichens the soybean flavour.
Zunda is sweet soybean paste made from mashed edamame beans and a flavour that has been gaining popularity in Japan in recent years. Häagen-Dazs is incorporating the flavour for the first time in their hanamochi series.
The lumpy texture of the crushed edamame goes deliciously well with the chewy mochi, taking the original authentic taste and texture of edamame to a whole new level. Mixing it with soybeans and rich milk turns it into a smooth ice cream in your mouth. The sauce also contains a sprinkle of salt to bring out the flavour of the zunda.
The packaging has also been updated, inspired by their flavours and topped with a golden lid, giving it a modern-Japanese appeal. Don’t miss out on these two new flavours.
Soybean Flour Brown Sugar Syrup Hanamochi (Limited Edition)
Price: ¥319 (Tax Included)
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Available: At supermarkets, convenience stores, and department stores across Japa
Product Page: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/hanamochi_1909/
Zunda Hanamochi (Limited Edition)
Price: ¥319 (Tax Included)
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Available: At supermarkets, convenience stores, and department stores across Japa
Product Page: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/hanamochi_1909/
Tokyo DisneySea’s Dark Halloween Festivities For 2019 Begin
Disney Halloween 2019 has finally begun! The Tokyo DisneySea fun is set to run until October 31 where it will provide guests with a dark and mysterious Halloween experience that will keep you on edge… like something’s about to happen, but you’re not sure what.
Tokyo DisneySea’s decor takes on a more grown-up bewitching look compared to Tokyo Disneyland’s cute decorations.
Hung throughout the park you will find decorative banners featuring illustrations of Disney characters dressed in their spooky garments. This year, Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the cast invite guests into a truly bewitching wonderland.
If you pop over to American Waterfront you’ll find some great photo opportunities, like the Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck statues waiting to welcome you at the entrance, clad in hauntingly beautiful attire and stood next to night-black pumpkins and dried flowers.
You’ll find the rest of the costumed characters further in too. Be sure to get photos with everyone!
Chicken & Vegetable Steamed Bun – ¥600 @ Nautilus Galley / Teriyaki Chicken Rubber Ring Steamed Bun – ¥600 @ Seaside Snacks
Nothing has been left out from the Halloween spell this year, even the food menu and drinks which arrive in festive colours like black and purple like this bandage-wrapped mummy steamed bun and rubber ring steamed bun.
Inside the mummy is a delicious concoction of chicken, cabbage, and other veg.
The rubber ring steamed bun is the perfect snack to munch on as you walk around the park. It’s filled with rich teriyaki chicken wrapped in a striking purple dough.
All of the food is packaged in cute packaging too―don’t throw it away straight away and check out which illustration you got!
Assorted Sweets – ¥430 @ Gondolier Snacks and elsewhere
Check out these bite-sized confections, from a mini baumkuchen cake on a lollipop stick to strawberry cheesecake and purple sweet potato cream mochi. The chewy mochi Mickey can only be described as kawaii♡
Grape Tapioca Tea – ¥500 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery
Sparkling Black Tea Tapioca Drink – ¥450 @ Hudson River Harvest
Tokyo Disneyland’s tapioca drinks are really popular in summer, and for Halloween they’ve arrived with all-new flavours, exclusive to the Disney Halloween event.
There’s lots to see and experience at this year’s Disney Halloween. Be sure to look everywhere, even in shop windows. And if you’re eager to see more of the food and drinks available at both parks then click here.
Running: September 10, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Kusatsu Onsen’s Emerald Green Pudding is a Must-Try After a Dip in the Hot Springs
Kusatsu Onsen is a hot spring resort in Gunma Prefecture that is one of Japan’s three principle hot spring locations. The site opened its new Japanese custard dessert (known as ‘purin’) shop, Kusatsu Onsen Pudding, on August 24, which serves the most incredibly smooth purin you have ever tried, each inspired by the hot springs.
Once you’ve stepped out of the nice warm hot springs of Kusatsu Onsen you can refresh yourself with a delicious purin packed full of love from the shop which has created a flavour you can only try by travelling to Gunma and going there. Each and every dessert is made fresh in the shop to further elevate its exclusivity as a local speciality.
Kusatsu Onsen Pudding also makes sure to use local and regional ingredients where it can to help support manufacturers and producers. Their purin is also made with a special type of milk sourced from in Gunma known as Haruna milk. The milk is made as delicious as can be by ensuring cows are raised on a healthy natural diet of grass on green pastures in Gunma bathed in plenty of sunlight.
The Yuhata purin is inspired by the hot spring areas where mineral deposits are harvested, its jelly taking on a gorgeous emerald green colour. It’s lemon and lime flavoured, the perfect flavour to enjoy when stepping out of the hot water, and one which goes surprisingly well with purin.
The staple purin of the store, this purin is based on yumomi, a method used for cooling the hot water with paddles from which cold water gushes forth. This velvety delight is made with lots of fresh cream and high-quality vanilla beans from Madagascar for added punch.
A pun on the word fromage, with furo in Japanese meaning “bath,” the Furomage purin uses a rich cream cheese base which has a seriously smooth texture. It’s topped off with strawberry jelly for the perfect combination, packing a perfect balance between sweet and sour.
Yuhata Soft (Milk/Yuhata/Mixed)
Choose from the Yuhata soft serve ice cream which is ramune flavoured and inspired by the flowing water of the hot springs or the Haruna milk-mixed vanilla flavoured Milk soft serve. If you can’t pick, then choose mixed for a bit of both. A satisfyingly refreshing pick for when you’re done in the hot springs.
The shop has plans to sell purin made using bamboo steamers in the near future, so you’re pudding can be steamed like yourself after a dip in the water! The wooden spoons used to eat the desserts are also made in the image of the paddles used in yumomi too.
Kusatsu Onsen Pudding
Address: 407 Kusatsu, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture
Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00
Official Website: https://www.kusatsuonsen-purin.com
Tokyo Station’s Christmas Cakes Are a Must-Buy Present This Holiday Season
Two of Tokyo Station’s shopping areas, GRANSTA and GRANSTA MARUNOUCHI―which are accessible inside the ticket gates and outside the ticket gates respectively―are set to hold the GRANSTA Christmas Fair from November 5 to December 25.
GRANSTA x Tokyo Staion Hotel
The main GRANSTA shopping area is joining hands with Tokyo Station Hotel for the very first time to release a line of hotel-original Christmas cakes.
Noel – ¥6,200 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Station Hotel (*10 servings per day)
This pine tree stump chestnut cake was originally sold to support the reconstruction work of the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building which was held until 2012. Topping the chestnut sweet potato base is a mix of chestnut mousse and coffee cream. This is topped with two types of chestnut pastes in a spiral shape to create the tree rings.
Bûche Chocolat Vanille – ¥5,500 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Station Hotel (*10 servings per day)
The Bûche Chocolat Vanille is an exquisite yule log made with melt-in-the-mouth chocolate mousse and vanilla cream inside which hides sweet and sour, kirsch-soaked cherries and sauteed pears. The top of the log is temptingly lined with even more cherries to give it both that rich look and even richer taste.
Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building Cake Designs
GRANSTA will also sell cakes inspired by Tokyo Station. As well as the ones shown here, there are ones based on the bullet trains and more.
Station Building Fruit Cake – ¥4,320 (Tax Included) @ Colombin (*only 100 available)
Exclusive to GRANSTA comes this special Christmas fruit cake based on the station building. It would make great gift to bring to the Christmas party.
Cupola de Tokyo – ¥3,780 (Tax Included) @ Caffarel (*only 50 available / *design still a WIP so may differ from the photo)
This colourful Christmas cake draws inspiration from the gorgeous interior designs of the north and south domes of the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building.
Suica Penguin Cakes
The adorable Suica Penguin is the mascot of Suica contactless smart cards used at train stations.
Suica Penguin Cake – ¥5,400 (Tax Included) @ Dalloyau (*only 100 available)
The main Suica Penguin cake is a combination of chocolate mousse and a cream made from tonka beans. This cute cake is sure to bring joy to any child this Christmas♡
Suica Penguin Chocolate Raspberry – ¥490 (Tax Included) @ Fairycake Fair (*30 servings per day)
Fairycake Fair has whipped up a chocolate cream-topped cupcake filled with raspberry jam. This one is for those who want something a bit smaller than a ginormous cake!
There are lots more cakes to look forward to, including ones in very limited quantities. If you’re in Japan this Christmas season, be sure to pay a visit to GRANSTA and GRANSTA MARUNOUCHI in Tokyo Station.
©Chiharu Sakazaki / JR East / DENTSU Suica by JR East Suica
Address: JR East Tokyo Station Building Floors B1F & 1F (Inside Ticket Gates), 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 8:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays)
*Opening hours differ for select shops in GRANSTA
*The GRANSTA New Area opening hours are from 9:00-22:00(Until 21:00 on Sundays)
Address: JR East Tokyo Station Building Floors B1F (Inside Ticket Gates), 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays)
*Opening hours differ for select shops in GRANSTA MARUNOUCHI
GRANSTA Official Website (Japanese): https://www.tokyoinfo.com/shop/mall/gransta/
Sanrio’s Kuromi Takes Over Harmonyland This Halloween For Devilish Events
08.September.2019 | SPOT
Sanrio character theme park Harmonyland in Oita has announced this year’s Halloween event, Kuromi’s Happy Halloween, which will begin on September 13. The devilish and mischievous Kuromi, whose birthday is on October 31－Halloween day－is taking over the park this year to deliver a very cute and just a tiny bit spooky Halloween to kids and adults this year.
Harmonyland’s Halloween Night Party, a huge hit every year, will also return on October 26. In addition to Kuromi’s birthday event, Wish me mell, another one of Sanrio’s cute characters, will also celebrate her birthday on September 20.
The event also has its own story. While Hello Kitty was having fun preparing for Halloween with everyone, Kuromi looked at the calendar and noticed that the park was scheduled to be closed on October 31, her birthday. Angry by this decision, the scheming Kuromi began Halloween preparations of her own.
Pashakawa SWEET HALLOWEEN
This event is a chance to meet your favourite characters, who will be dressed up in their Halloween costumes, and take a photo with them. Be sure to say the secret password to them, “trick or treat,” to get some free candy! The fun doesn’t stop there though, as there’ll be a chance to dance with the characters too.
Omotenashi Hello Kitty Cafe
Hello Kitty will serve as owner of the Hello Kitty Cafe, while Kuromi will be your maid along with the cafe staff, and Meister Cinnamon will learn your name and teach teach it to the rest of the character staff. At the end of the show, the cafe staff will change into their Halloween costumes.
Halloween Photo Spots
Special Halloween photos spots will be dotted around for Halloween where you can snap some cute pictures. From pumpkin heads of Hello Kitty, My Melody and Kuromi to flower beds decorated with Kuromi, there will be no shortage of Instagrammable spots for photos. And when you get close to the two flower beds, you might just run into a trick set up by Kuromi herself… Also, the background music playing at the park was all chosen by Kuromi.
Halloween Merch & Menu
Of course, there will be lots of exclusive character merchandise to grab, as well as a cute themed menu designed just for Halloween.
Halloween Night Party ~Pink or Black~
The popular Halloween Night Party returns again this year, a one-night-only spectacle of lights, music and dance. The theme this year is “pink or black.” Clad yourself in one or both of these colours and have a fun Halloween night!
・Date: October 26, 2019 (18:00-21:00)
・Price: ¥1,000 (Everyone aged 4+) *Price is reduced to ¥500 to those who hold an annual ticke
・A shuttle bus will be operating for free (limited spaces)
Celebrate Halloween this year together with Kuromi.
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Kuromi’s Happy Halloween
Running: September 13, 2019 – October 30, 2019
Location: Harmonyland (5933 Fujiwara, Hiji, Hayami District, Oita Prefecture)
Universal Studios Japan Scales Up Halloween Events For 2019
06.September.2019 | SPOT
The ever-popular Universal Surprise Halloween event is set to return again this year to Universal Studios Japan and will run from September 6 to November 4.
The event is set to be bigger than ever this year, with more attractions than ever before, as well as the event’s three main elements―Zekkyo Halloween, Otana Halloween, and Kowa Kawa Halloween―making use of the entire park. Look forward to a unique and spooky Halloween experience the very second you enter the park.
Three main events run every year during Universal Surprise Halloween. The first of these we are taking a look at is Zekkyo (“Screaming”) Halloween, which plunges guests into terrifying experiences, the kind of scream-inducing encounters you conjure up in your imagination at Halloween.
As part of Zekkyo Halloween, just some of the exciting and hair-raising attractions include the brand new horror maze which will see you running for your life through its twists and turns, the return of the extremely popular zombie dance show, a survival horror maze based off the Resident Evil game series, and much, much more.
Otona (“Adult”) Halloween is a more sophisticated kind of Halloween experience aimed at adults, clad with glamour and fashion, but certainly not free of scares.
Halloween 2019 sees the return of the interactive theatre event Hotel Albert in a brand-new sequel, Hotel Albert 2: Requiem. We covered last year’s here, but in summary, it’s an immersive theatre experience in which guests act as participants in the play. Guests walked around the attraction as characters in the story and experienced a beautifully haunting tale unfold before them. What secrets does the sequel hold? You’ll have to attend to find out!
A new horror restaurant, named Park Side Grill ~Cursed Banquet Of Roses~, will serve up magnificent meals while imbuing a sense of uncanny in its diners.
Kowa Kawa Halloween
Of course, it’s not all doom and gloom at Universal Surprise Halloween. Children will get to enjoy Kowa Kawa (“Creepy-Cute”) Halloween again this year in all its Halloween trickery. Minions and the Sesame Street cast will be present and dressed in mischievous costumes. The incredible Festa de Parade will run the street, and kids will be able to catch falling candy at Happy Trick Or Treat where it will rain down like a waterfall.
USJ is a spearhead in Japan’s Halloween culture, so if you’re there for the spooky season, make sure you don’t miss out.
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Halloween at HEP FIVE Osaka: Horror Ferris Wheel, Guillotine Photo Spot & More
06.September.2019 | SPOT
Osaka’s landmark shopping centre HEP in Umeda is just a short 3-minute walk from Umeda Station, meaning you don’t have to worry so much about looking over your shoulder to see if Michael Myers or Dracula is following this Halloween as you make your way to “HEP FIVE HORROR×HORROR AUTUMN.”
This bone-chilling event is set to deliver horror, beauty and fashion all in one place.
Junji Inagawa’s Horror Ferris Wheel
The Horror Ferris Wheel was such a hit last year that it’s set to return again this Halloween, better and scarier than ever. There will be two Ferris wheels, each inspired by two of ghost story writer Junji Inagawa’s masterpieces. Incorporating an all-new horror system, the Ferris wheels will take riders up 106 meters high for a hair-raising experience they cannot escape. Once you’re in, you’re in until the end.
Of course, no Halloween party is complete without some fang-tastic food. HEP FIVE’s restaurants have each whipped up their own unique dishes for the holiday.
Lulu Hashimoto’s Doll World
Lulu Hashimoto has garnered attention both in Japan and overseas as the “living doll” for her doll costume. She will be present at HEP FIVE where you can get a photo with her at the first floor entrance atrium.
Date: October 12, 2019
Time: Slot ① 13:00 (Floors 5F-6F), Photos at 13:30 / Slot ② 15:00 (Floors 3F-4F), Photos at 15:30 / Slot ③ 17:00 (Floors B1F & 2F), Photos at 17:30
Locations: The initial fan greeting will take place at various places across the shopping centre, and photos will take place on the first floor atrium
Getting a Photo: Tickets will be handed out from 11:00 on the day. 15 people per slot on a first-come, first-served basis.
Horror Show Time
Ghost performed Sadawo is set to take on the form of Japan’s most famous horror icon Sadako from Ringu while riding a Segway. Look forward to a whole host of terrifying performances.
Date: October 19, 2019
Times: ①12:00 (Floots 6F-7F) / ②14:00 (Floors 4F-5F) / ③16:00 (Floors 2F-3F) / ④18:00 (Floors B1F-1F)
Locations: Various places across the shopping centre
Guillotine Photo Spot
Get your photo taken at the guillotine photo spot at the first floor atrium and look like something straight out of a slasher movie. Make it even better by dressing up in cosplay or Halloween outfits with friends!
Enjoy a horror experience like no other this Halloween at HEP in Umeda, Osaka.
HEP FIVE “HORROR×HORROR AUTUMN”
Location: HEP FIVE (5-15 Kakudacho, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)
Date: September 20, 2019 – October 31, 2019
HEP FIVE Official Website: https://www.hepfive.jp/