Bubble Tea Gourmets THE ALLEY to Open Flagship Store in Shibuya’s Dogenzaka District

23.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

Tea enthusiasts THE ALLEY are opening a flagship store in Dogenzaka, Shibuya on September 14, 2019.

THE ALLEY’s main customers are women and office workers. It’s custom for people to go out for a cup of coffee with friends and coworkers, but THE ALLEY hopes to bring that same idea of “grabbing a coffee” to tea with their drinks line-up. Located at the top of Dogenzaka, the new branch aims to make tea even easier to enjoy while embedding a culture of tea.

Enjoy a drink between shopping or work in one of their 73 comfy seats spread across two floors, or grab a takeaway cup to sip.

“THE ALLEY x thermo mug” 300ml Tumbler – ¥3,500 (Before Tax) / “THE ALLEY x thermo mug” 300ml Stainless Steel Bottle – ¥3,500 (Before Tax)

The cafe has also teamed up with thermo mug to create a seriously stylish tumbler and stainless steel bottle. Both are limited in availability, and if you do decide to grab one, you can get a coupon for one free drink of your voice. They are perfect for using at home, out or at the office.

THE ALLEY is known for its three tea bases: Assam, Royal No. 9, and Jasmine. But the new Dogenzaka branch will have two extra exclusives. The first is White Peach Oolong which originally appeared as a limited-time flavour and in the cafe’s milk foam series. It’s now a regular at the new cafe. The other is Tieguanyin, a premium oolong tea, whose sales ended in May this year. Due to high demand, they are bringing it back to THE ALLEY Dogenzaka and plan to put it on the menu of other branches in the future.

The cafe has also incorporated paper straws to help combat the use of single-use plastic straws. This includes their thick straws used for tapioca bubble tea drinks and ordinary thin straws for their regular teas.

 

THE ALLEY Dogenzaka marks the cafe’s move from a tea stand into a full-fledged tea shop. If you’re in Shibuya, be sure to pay them a visit when they open on September 14.

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  • Sanrio’s Cinnamoroll Serving Up Drinks at the Sky Drink Stand in Harajuku

    22.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Cinnamoroll’s Sky Drink Stand is finally open in Harajuku where Sanrio’s adorable white puppy will be catering drinks to your taste until August 25.

     

    The drink stand is located along Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street.

    When you step inside you are taken soaring up into the clouds with its fluffy decor and decorations.

    Cinnamoroll can be found all around the cafe looking adorable♡

    To get a drink you first need to purchase a ticket from the ticket machine. Once you’ve got that, it’s time to head on over to the row of Cinnamoroll plushies.

    There are 27 drinks in total to choose from. You will converse with Cinnamoroll and answers his questions which will change the colour, flavour and toppings of your drink. Your specially made and unique drink will arrive bottled with a handwritten name label on the front.

    As you answer the questions you will be able to see Cinnamoroll making your drink on the tablet.

    After a short time your drink will arrive!

    Here is my cute and sparkly drink. I wrote “MOSHI MOSHI” in Japanese (もしもし) for the name tag. Mine was a delicious fizzy summery drink with blue jelly.

     

    If you go with friends then you can have fun comparing your different drinks too!

    You can get some even cuter photos at the shop’s many photo spots.

     

    And if you want to order your drink in advance then you can use the Cinnamoroll Talk app which is compatible with Google Assistant. After you say, in Japanese, “OK Google, Cinnamoroll ni Osora Dorinku Onegai” (OK Google, please give me a Cinnamoroll Sky Drink), the order window will pop up. After you’ve talked with Cinnamoroll on the app you will receive an order number to collect your drink. There are also secret sentences hidden around the store for talking with Cinnamoroll, so if you find them you can have a longer chat with him!

     

    Make your own unique summertime beverage with Cinnamoroll at the Sky Drink Stand♡

  • Office Lady Higashi’s Nonchalant Shibuya Diary #2: “BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK” – Harajuku

    29.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hey. I’m Higashi.

     

    When I was at university I worked a salon model job which started early in the morning. Everyday after my photo shoots at the salon, I enjoyed walking back from Omotesando to Shinjuku. On that route there was a coffee stand called “BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK.”

     

    The friendly staff working there would call out to me with a smile: “Good morning! Where are you returning from today?” My usual course home would be to go there, order a takeout coffee, and walk back to Shinjuku while cheerfully listening to music.

     

    But one day I became a working adult and full-fledged member of society. My new workplace was faraway from the coffee shop and so I could no longer visit it. But I would casually wonder to myself what the guys and girls who worked there and would always chat to me cheerfully and friendly were up to now.

     

    So, yeah. I went to visit them.

     

    BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK is about a 7-minute walk from Harajuku Station’s Takeshita Exit.

    Follow Meiji Dori street.

    Make a turn at the corner of The DECK COFFEE and PIE, and you’ll see the sign.

     

    THERE IT IS!

    I was greeted by a stylish looking guy who looked great with facial hair. He was so cool!

     

    I took no time at all ordering a coffee.

     

    I found myself remembering how much I loved the gentle atmosphere brought about by the staff here and the smell of the coffee that flows in the air.

    Latte art is his forte!

    Time to try it.

    Oh… this was just pure bliss!!

     

    The coffee had slight acidic notes to it which permeated my body. It was really tasty and warmed by body to the core that day because it was raining!

     

    “Was this shop built in 2010?” I asked him.

     

    “To be precise, a furniture company called Landscape Products was set up here in 1997. It was converted into a corporation in 2000 and made a furniture shop called Playmountain over in Jingumae. The company then moved to Sendagaya in 2002.”

     

    “Oh, so it started as a furniture shop.”

     

    “That’s right. When making the company, our representative wrote a summary of all the projects that the company wishes to fulfill. Some of the projects on the list are coffee shops, publication and event planning. Based on that list, we opened a cafe called TAS YARD in Sendagaya in 2004.”

    “The company office and the cafe were close to each other. They were in Sendagaya along the road I would take everyday. We’d have lunch and meetings in the cafe and then work at the company office. There used to be a tobacco shop smack in the middle of the road I would come and go along. Lots of people would stand at this postbox just in front of the shop. They used it almost like a resting spot from their busy [working] days. Seeing that, our representative thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be good if there was a coffee shop here?’ A while later the owner of the tobacco shop left that place and we immediately went to rent the building.”

     

    He carried on explaining that they researched opening the shop, but at first it wasn’t a hit with the locals. They continued to explore for a solution and eventually the locals came to love the place. I never knew that this coffee shop was so earnestly in tune with the people of the town.

    He continue: “I hope this becomes a place where people can take a bread, whether it’s sitting on the benches outside the shop or putting their coffee on the postbox when they come to make an invoice. Our shop’s name BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR comes from us wanting to become good neighbours with the locals and for us to make a comfortable and relaxing place together.”

    If you’re looking for something new in your everyday life then please be sure to pay a visit here.

    You’re sure to be warmed by the delicious coffee and the face of the handsome shop owner!

  • Hello everyone! This is Midori from MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON.

     

    Candy apples are the staple food of summer festivals. A crunchy candy coating and a sweet, fruity apple is such a divine combination. It can be quite difficult to find candy apples outside of festivals. That’s where Candy Apple steps in. This is a brand new shop on the block that specialises in candy apples!

     

    This is located just a five-minute walk from Shibuya Station’s west exit. If you check out their saved Instagram story, you probably won’t get lost. During the weekdays and on Saturdays, this is an Italian restaurant called Buonappetito. On Sundays, when the restaurant is closed, it transforms into a candy apple shop.

     

    The shop interior is gorgeous.

    Plain: ¥600

    I ordered the plain apple without wasting any time. This is much larger than what you would usually get at a festival. Although these are usually eaten by immediately sinking your teeth in and biting out a big chunk, you can cut your apple here and enjoy it at your own pace. 

    After taking your first bite, you will realise just how different this is to your normal candy apple. The apple is coated in a thin layer of candy, creating a delicious crunch. The apple is fresh, juicy and sweet. Some candy apples are made with mushy apples that are not fresh, however these apples are extremely fresh and delicious right to the last bite. 

    These candy apples are full of a variety of flavours.

    Cinnamon Sugar: ¥600

    The apple with the dusting of beige-coloured powder is cinnamon-flavoured. The sweet cinnamon scent spreads everywhere as soon as you set it on the table. The sweet flavour of the apple and the fragrant cinnamon is a match made in heaven. 

    Cocoa: ¥600

    The apple covered in the brown powder is cocoa-flavoured. The slightly bitter flavour of the chocolate is a perfect match for the sweet apple. The colour contrast between the brown chocolate and white apple is also beautiful.

    Matcha: ¥600

    The apple with the green powder is matcha as you may have already guessed! The flavouring of the Uji matcha used for this apple was carefully balanced to maximise the flavour when combined with the apple. After you take your first bite, you just won’t be able to stop. 

    Blueberry Yoghurt: ¥600

    The bright white dusting on this blueberry yoghurt-flavoured apple is beautiful. The blueberry scent is mild and is perfect with the yoghurt.

    Black Cocoa: ¥600

    The pitch black colour of the Black Cocoa Candy Apple is very appetizing. The black cocoa is even more bitter than the cocoa apple, which really brings out the flavour of the sweet apple even more.

    You can even get chocolate fondue for your candy apple (¥400). By adding the fairly bitter chocolate to your candy apple, you can enjoy three different kinds of sweetness when it mixes with the chocolate, candy and the apple. 

    You can even order your candy apple to go, making it the perfect summer souvenir. Taking it home to enjoy is also another wonderful way to make the most of your experience. 

     

    This candy apple shop is only open on Sundays, but you can order to take away on other days. 

     

    This is a flavour that a festival candy apple will never be capable of offering. You can tuck into your apple inside the beautiful shop, or take it home to enjoy at home at your own pace. 

  • Blind taste-winning Taiwanese Bubble Tea Jenjudan Opens In the Young and Trendy Shibuya

    12.June.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    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.

     

    Photos: 宏勝商事株式会社

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  • Matcha and Fruit Shaved Ice & Other Desserts Arriving to Saryo FUKUCHA in Kyoto This Summer

    28.May.2020 | FOOD

    Saryo FUKUCHA is a cafe that was opened by FUKUJUEN in Kyoto Station in April 2019. A new batch of seasonal summertime menu items are set to arrive this June, including shaved ice drizzled in Uji tea and fruit sauce, a refreshing Uji matcha soda made with fresh fruit and jelly, and floats. These items will be served from June 1 to September 30 with a takeout option available.

     

    Summer Menu

    Uji Matcha & Fruit Shaved Ice


    Matcha Berry Shaved Ice: ¥950 / Strong Matcha Berry Shaved Ice: ¥1,100 / Houjicha Banana Shaved Ice: ¥950 (All Before Tax)

    The “Matcha Berry” shaved ice is paired with rich Uji matcha ice cream and berry sauce. It’s also topped with a wafer cake shaped like a flower and filled with white bean paste, rice flour dumplings, and fruit.

    Uji Tea White Peach Soda / Uji Tea Lemon Soda: ¥650 Each (Before Tax)

    Full-bodied kabusecha tea from Uji made into a soda with fresh fruit pieces and jelly for a refreshing combination. Pick from super refreshing lemon or subtly sweet white peach.

    Uji Matcha Float / Houjicha Float: ¥700 Each (Before Tax)

    These floats are made using the best tea leaves selected by FUKUJUEN which are used to make a rich and frothy tea latte. Added to that is a dollop of soft serve ice cream topped with red bean paste and dried wheat gluten. Choose between authentic Uji matcha or aromatic houjicha.

     

    Takeout Menu

    Strawberry Flower Wafer Cake / Chestnut Houjicha Wafer Cake: ¥350 Each (Before Tax) 

    Fruit wafer cakes are a popular dessert at Saryo FUKUCHA, and for the first time ever they are making them available for takeout so customers can enjoy them at home too. Pick from the strawberry flower flavour made with white bean paste or the chestnut and houjicha with chocolate cream.

    Cream Anmitsu (Matcha/Houjicha): ¥700 (Before Tax)

    FUKUCHAs specially-made anmitsu, or syrup-covered anko bean jam, is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer’s day. It’s mixed with Uji tea honey and topped with various toppings like milk agar-agar, black soybeans, rice flour dumplings, white peach, raspberry, and mizu manju.

  • 3 New Limited-Edition Botanical Drinks to Arrive This Summer at BOTANIST Tokyo

    27.May.2020 | FOOD

    BOTANIST Tokyo, the flagship shop of BOTANIST in Omotesando, has announced a new collection of limited-edition drinks will be served on the second floor BOTANIST Cafe from July 12, 2020. BOTANIST Tokyo is currently closed but it scheduled to reopen on June 1.

     

    There are three new refreshing drinks to choose from, all of which can be ordered for takeout. From apple mint to grapefruit, each beverage us the perfect accompaniment for cooling you down in Japan this summer.

     

    REFRESH MENU


    Refresh Soda: ¥600 (Tax Included)

    A combination of grapefruit jelly and fizzy soda water make this one of those drinks that you go “Ahh!” afterwards on a hot summer’s day. There’s also a hint of sweet green apple.

    Botanical Melon Soda: ¥800 (Tax Included)

    This is a smoothie which blends together two types of melon soda and adds melon jelly and a dollop of ice cream. It’s like a dessert in a cup!

    Banana & Avocado Refresh Smoothie: ¥720 (Tax Included)

    Enjoy the sweetness of banana and sugar beet together with the smoothness texture of the avocado in this smoothie which has apple and mint mixed into it for that refreshing summertime kick.

     

    The cafe’s regular menu has also been revised to add three new desserts.

     

    REGULAR MENU


    Vegan Waffles w/Drink: ¥800 (Tax Included)

    These vegan waffles are healthier for the body if you’re looking for some guilt-free indulgence. It’s topped with soy whipped cream, maple syrup, and fruits of your choice.

    Lemon Cheesecake w/Drink: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

    A crunchy cookie base, a creamy cheese top, and a lemon to top it all off. The combination of the salty flavour with the sour hit is a match made in heaven.

    Homemade Rich Pudding: ¥500 (Tax Included)

    An in-house made purin, which is a type of Japanese custard pudding. It’s a delightful mix of rich egg and subtly sweet soy whipped cream.

     

    Customers who spend over ¥4,000 (tax included) on items in the Refresh Series will also be entered in for a chance to win a “Refresh Soda.” The soda is available while supplies last.

  • Enter Virtual Shibuya: The New Ghost in the Shell Digital Platform

    20.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project launched its new digital platform “Virtual Shibuya” with an opening event on May 19. The event Virtual Shibuya helped promote release of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 with talks and performances from SEKAI NO OWARI’s DJ LOVE, virtual YouTuber and member of Nijisanji Ange Katrina, Chinatsu Wakatsuki of Future Design Shibuya, and Naohiro Ukawa of S/U/P/E/R DOMMUNE—all of whom are fans of Ghost in the Shell.

     

    Officially recognised by Shibuya City, Virtual Shibuya comes in response to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has brought tight restrictions to the economy and people’s way of life. It will enable people to continue enjoying entertainment from the comfort of their homes by participating in a whole host of virtual events and activities. The project aims to deliver content from Shibuya with live performances from artists, art exhibitions, talks, and more. The use of 5G and the latest cutting edge technology will connect the real Shibuya to a virtual space, combining the realms of the digital and real world.

     

    The guests joined over 50,000 users for the first event which went down a storm. Chinatsu Wakatsuki said: “I was amazed how much it looked like Shibuya! I can’t go to Shibuya right now, so it felt like I got to visit home again after so long.”

     

    Shibuya was fully recreated a virtual space for people to visit

    Lots of Ghost in the Shell fans gathered in the city

    Everybody in this virtual world jumped into their avatar skins, including the diverse range of guests who probably would never have come together had it not been for the Ghost in the Shell theme, as well as DJ LOVE, Katrina, Chinatsu Wakatsuki, and Naohiro Ukawa.

    The real world and the world of Ghost in the Shell collide

    The four performers, who were coming face to face with each other for the first time, talked to guests about what they love about Ghost in the Shell while strolling around Virtual Shibuya and having fun with fans on equal terms.

     

    Comments from the performers

    ・Chinatsu Wakatsuki (Future Design Shibuya)
    “I was amazed how much it looked like Shibuya! Shibuya is a place I hold near and dear to my heart. There were a lot of ‘firsts’ for me, like my first time using an avatar, and meeting new people for the first time, so I thought it was going to be difficult at first, but I found myself not nervous at all and had fun with everyone in there using this futuristic entertainment. Looking forward, au 5G will grow and the number of things we can do will as well. I hope to challenge myself as a tarento and a mum in many different things and have fun with this Virtual Shibuya!”

     

    ・“DJ LOVE” (SEKAI NO OWARI)
    “It felt like I had dived right into the world of Ghost in the Shell, my favourite series. It was a wonderfully fun event which expanded on my dreams. I’m looking forward to seeing it evolve and I hope to perform live there at some point. I want to make stuff that people who haven’t been physically able to go to venues up to now can enjoy. I think it would be fun to communicate with people who participated.”

     

    ・Ange Katrina
    “The streets of Shibuya I know were completely transformed into the world of Ghost in the Shell, and my favourite Tachikoma made an appearance too. For a Ghost in the Shell fan like myself it was a whale of a time! Right now we have to battle with staying indoors. Me having disappeared has caused a bit of trouble, but the thrill of this virtual event has lifted my nerves. I had a lot of fun.”

     

    You can check out footage from the event in the video below which was posted on Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project’s official YouTube channel.

    The world of Ghost in the ShellVirtual Shibuya in can be experienced until May 31, 2020, so sign up while you still can.

  • Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project to Launch Virtual Shibuya Platform

    17.May.2020 | SPOT

    Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project is set to launch its new digital platform “Virtual Shibuya” on May 19, 2020. The platform is officially recognised by Shibuya City.

     

    Virtual Shibuya comes in response to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has brought tight restrictions to the economy and people’s way of life. It will enable people to continue enjoying entertainment from the comfort of their homes by participating in a whole host of virtual events and activities.

    The project aims to deliver content from Shibuya with live performances from artists, art exhibitions, talks, and more. The use of 5G and the latest cutting edge technology will connect the real Shibuya to a virtual space, combining the realms of the digital and real world.

     

    1: Online Events

    A variety of online events will be held inside the virtual event space. People tune into Virtual Shibuya while at home by connecting with their smartphones, PCs or VR devices. They will have their own avatar and be able to traverse the area together with other people who are connected while participating in different interactive online events. The events will also be streamed on video streaming services.

     

    2: XR Art

    Experience XR (cross reality) content which will connect both Virtual Shibuya to the real Shibuya. Those in either Shibuya will be able to experience the same content and entertainment.

    The opening event for the grand opening of Virtual Shibuya will promote the release of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 with talks and performances from SEKAI NO OWARI’s DJ LOVE, who is a fan of Ghost in the Shell, as well as virtual YouTuber and member of Nijisanji Ange Katrina, Chinatsu Wakatsuki of Future Design Shibuya, and Naohiro Ukawa of S/U/P/E/R DOMMUNE.

  • McDonald’s Japan to Release Ramune Flavoured McShake

    17.May.2020 | FOOD

    McDonald’s Japan is teaming up with confectionery company Morinaga & Company to release the “McShake® Morinaga Ramune” at all McDonald’s branches in Japan. This is the first time McDonald’s Japan has collaborated with the product.

     

    Morinaga Ramune is a candy soda, and the perfect match to McDonald’s sweet and creamy to cool down during spring and early summer.

    The mixed beverage maintains the same refreshing taste as the original McShake® while drawing out the full flavour of the Ramune. It’s available in a small size only while supplies last and is the same light blue colour as Morinaga Ramune. It’s also served in an original cup.

  • Top 10 Instagrammable Drinks and Desserts to Try Making While You #StayHome

    06.May.2020 | FOOD

    Japan’s biggest social media photo aggregator Snaplace has curated a Top 10 menu list of the most popular drinks and desserts people have been posting on Instagram Japan with the hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”) with which people are making their own tasty treats to bring the cafe experience indoors during the lockdown.

     

    The line-up features coffee, ice cream, cream soda and lots of other delights which have ranked due to how little preparation is needed and how easy the recipes are to follow. Let’s take a look.

     

    1sr Place: Dalgona Coffee

    Dalgona coffee has taken the internet by storm for its beautiful two-layered appearance. Popular in South Korea, the drink has also garnered much attention in Japan. And you can substitute the coffee part to create a completely different beverage like a matcha, strawberry latte, chocolate, and so on.

    How to make Dalgona Coffee: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/312230

     

    2nd Place: Candy Strawberries

    Candy strawberries have taken over candy apples in terms of popularity this year. And you can have fun trying it out with other fruits too while at home during the lockdown like grapes, fruitsーwhichever fruit is your favouriteーand skewer them.

     

    3rd Place: Toast Arrangements

    Top your toast with ingredients like fresh cream, Greek yoghurt, cream cheese, sliced cheese, fruits, vegetables, and so on to change up your morning breakfast. There are so many different recipe inspirations for toast arrangements to find on social media.

     

    Related Article: Stay Home: 6 Toast Arrangements to Bring the Cafe Experience to Your Home During the Lockdown

    Related Article: Stay Home: 6 More Toast Arrangements to Bring the Cafe Experience to Your Home During the Lockdown

     

    4th Place: Marshmallow Cookies
    5th Place: Fruit Sandwiches (Check out recipes here)
    6th Place: Cream Soda
    7th Place: Eggs Benedict
    8th Place: Snoopy Gyoza
    9th Place: Candy Marshmallows
    10th Place: Deko (“Giant”) Ice Cream

     

    Try making your own Instagram-worthy menu at home.

  • Stay Home: 5 Simple and Kawaii Drinks to Try Making During the Lockdown

    28.April.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

     

    In this edition of Stay Home, we’re taking a look at five simple and kawaii drinks that were featured with the trending Japanese hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”). Try making one of these drinks yourself to bring the cafe experience into your home.

     

    Related Article: Stay Home: 5 Simple and Delicious Drinks to Try Making During the Lockdown

     

    1: Dalgona Strawberry @i.c.h.i.g.o.q.159

    This is a strawberry version of the dalgona coffee which is hugely popular right now. It’s a super simple recipe that you can make in just 3 minutes, so give it a go yourself.

     

    Ingredients
    ・3 packs of Milmake powder (strawberry flavoured) ・4-5 tbsp fresh cream ・Milk

    *If you can’t get your hands on Milmake, use another strawberry flavoured powder as a substitute 

     

    Method
    1: Add the Milkmake and fresh cream to a bottle.
    2: Shake the bottle until the mix becomes thick.
    3: Pour the mix over milk, top with a strawberry, and enjoy!

     

    2: Colourful Cream Soda @miki__718

    Miki’s made a serving of several colour and cute cream soda drinks. This is another easy recipe where she added coloured syrup to soda poured into cute glasses.

     

    Ingredients

    ・Soda ・MONIN syrup ・Ice cream ・1 strawberry

     

    Method

    1: I recommend using MONIN syrup to make your colourful soda.

    2: Mix together the soda and MONIN syrup, then add a dollop of ice cream and finish with a strawberry!

     

    3: Strawberry Cream Cider @onew_tc72

    Chihiro’s beverage is a cream soda with fresh fruit inside. If you’re looking for a fruity drink then this one’s for you.

     

    Ingredients

    ・Strawberries ・Vanilla Ice Cream ・Soda ・Thyme (for decorating)

     

    Method

    1: Slice the strawberries into small pieces.

    2: Add the cut strawberries into the soda and spoon in a large dollop of ice cream.

    3: Adorn with the thyme and a whole strawberry and enjoy!

     

    4: Mango Soda @lemmokit

    chii’s mango soda is made using a homemade jam. The orange drink looks super stylish with the giant ice cube inside. A cool and refreshing pick for those hot days.

     

    Ingredients
    ・100g mango ・15 sugar ・A squirt of lemon juice ・1 tsp rum

     

    Method
    1: Boil all of the ingredients together.
    2: Mix in soda and jam.
    3: Top with rosemary and drink up.

     

    5: Mikan Latte @hit0m._.mi

    HITOMI’s choice is the popular mikan latte! You can use sliced orange for the topping too if you can’t get your hands on mikan.

     

    Ingredients
    ・200ml milk ・Sugar to taste ・Yoghurt ti taste ・1 mikan ・Sliced mikan (for topping)

     

    Method
    1: Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender.
    2. Once smooth, add to a cup a finish with a slice of mikan or orange.

  • Make Authentic Matcha at Home With the New Ippukubox Set

    25.April.2020 | FOOD

    TAKAHASHI KOGEI has launched a new matcha making set called the Ippukubox which comes with everything you need to make authentic Japanese matcha.

     

    For many of us, our time indoors has increased. When taking a break from remote work we head to the kitchen to make ourselves a drink. We’ve all had those moments when we’re torn between making coffee, black tea, herbal tea, and so on. In those undecided moments, why not try making a cup of matcha instead?

    The Ippukubox is a 15cm box which comes with all the necessary gear for making mathca: a chawan cup, chasen tea whisk, chashaku teaspoon, and a natsume tea caddy for preserving your matcha.

     

    The inside of the box is lined with Echizen paper from Fukui Prefecture which not only makes it look beautiful, but protects your matcha tools from becoming damaged as a result of rubbing together.

     

    Generally in Japan, when you think about making matcha, the traditional tea ceremony springs to mind which follows strict rules when it comes to making the drink. But the Ippukubox is made for personal use, and so you can add as much or as little matcha or hot water as you like, and practice making it even if you don’t know the proper techniques. You can even add hot milk to make a matcha latte and enjoy a tasty treat with it.

    The chawan teacup is Echizen ware from Fukui and was made specially for the Ippukubox. Its cute size makes it fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, but it’s also spacious enough for using the whisk.

    The outside design of the box is also made in such a way that it fits seamlessly into modern living and dining spaces. Each wooden box is handcrafted individually and is layered in a matte coating to protect the wood.

    *This chawan teacup is different to the one included in the set

    The lid of the box can even be used as a tray as pictured above to fit your drink and snack.

  • Bring the Cafe Experience Into Your Home During the Lockdown With BOTANIST Tokyo’s Smoothe Recipe

    19.April.2020 | FOOD

    With the lockdown in place as a result of the coronavirus and businesses closed, BOTANIST’s flagship cafe in Tokyo has released two recipes for people to enjoy the BOTANIST cafe experience from their very own home.

     

    The two beverages in question are the delicious-looking “Smoothie Bon Bon Pineapple & Kiwi” and the healthy vegan-friendly “Spring Smoothie.” Both are super simple to make, so check out the recipes below.

     

    Smoothie Bon Bon Pineapple & Kiwi

    The ingredients used in this tropical drink give it a marble effect, combining pineapple with shiikuwasha syrup and apricot whipped cream. At the very bottom is a sweet kiwi sauce to stir into the drink with your straw for a further depth of flavour.

     

    Ingredients (Serves 1)

    ▼Smoothie
    100g pineapple / 10ml juice of shiikuwasha citrus / 60ml milk / 5g granulated sugar

     

    ▼Amaretto Whipped Cream

    20ml whipped cream / 1ml amaretto syrup / 30ml kiwi sauce

    ▼Toppings
    10-13 pineapple slices cut like diamonds / 25g granola / 5g crunchy chocolate pieces / 1 mint leaf

     

    Shiikuwasha can be replaced with lemon or lime juice. Taste as you go and adjust to your palate as necessary. Adding amaretto syrup to the whipped cream gives it an apricot taste, but the amaretto is optionalーplain whipped cream works great too. If you can’t get your hands on kiwi sauce, substitute with fresh kiwis. Slice and crush to make it into a puree so it’s small enough to be sucked through your straw.

     

    Method

    ①Measure out your ingredients. Cut your pineapple into diamond slices (see below).
    ②Put the kiwi sauce into your cup or glass.
    ③Mix the whipped cream and amaretto syrup. Use a spoon to spoon the whipped cream around the inside of the cup to create a marble effect.
    ④Blend together your smoothie ingredients and pour into the cup.
    ⑤Top with the granola.
    ⑥Spread your pineapple slices around the outside of the cup. Finish with your chocolate crunch pieces and mint leaf.

     

    Slicing the Pineapple

    ①Slice off the top and bottom of your pineapple.
    ②Slice through the length of the pineapple to divide into four sections.
    ③Chop off the inner white part of the pineapple.
    ④-⑥Following the picture below, slice your pineapple into diamond chunks and throw away the skin.
    ⑥Slice the chunks into thin diamonds.
    ⑦Spread the slices to create a sunflower pattern. Adjust according to your cup size. Make sure your granola is lower than the lip of your cup so you can properly balance the shape of your pineapple flower.

     

    Spring Smoothie

    This refreshing smoothie is packed full of spring berries. It’s the perfect spring accompaniment with the sweet and sour kick of the strawberries and raspberries and the subtle sweetness of the sugar beet and soy milk.

     

    Ingredients (Serves 1)

    50g strawberries / 30g raspberries / 30g sugar beet* / 230ml soy milk
    *The sugar beet can be replaced with gomme syrup to make the beverage vegan-friendly. If you’re using caster sugar or granulated sugar, make sure it is fully dissolve into the soy milk first before making the drink.

     

    Method

    ①Measure out your ingredients. A scale like the one above is super useful in this situation since it saves on washing too!
    ②Put in all the ingredients and mix until smooth.
    ③Pour into a large glass.

     

    BOTANIST Tokyo is currently temporarily closed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Bring the cafe experience home by making one of their tasty smoothies!

  • Stay Home: 5 Simple and Delicious Drinks to Try Making During the Lockdown

    09.April.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan.

     

    The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

     

    In this edition of Stay Home, we’re taking a look at five cute and tasty-looking drinks that are featured with the trending Japanese hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”). Try making one of these drinks recipes yourself then sit back, relax, and savour every sip.

    1: Dalgona Coffee @kaopan

    This dalgona coffee recipe was provided by Kaori who has a series here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON called Kaori’s Easy Recipe where she shows how to create fun and simple character recipes. It has a bitter taste but is temptingly creamy, giving it a flavour you’ll become addicted to.

     

    Ingredients

    ☆Instant Coffee ☆Hot Water ☆Powdered Sugar (Granulated works fine too) ・Milk

     

    Method

    1: Add one tablespoon each of all the starred (☆) ingredients into a bowl and whip well.

    2: Simply add cold milk to the sweetened coffee and it’s finished.

    3: Mix while drinking and enjoy.

     

    2: Dalgona Matcha @miwa__go

    This dalgona matcha was made by Yuka Onoda. This is a you’ve got to drink to try if you’re not a fan of coffee. The amount of milk will change depending on the size of your mug, so give it a go.

     

    Ingredients

    ☆2 tbsp sugar ☆1 egg white ☆2 tbsp matcha powder ・8 tbsp fresh cream ・Milk

     

    Method

    1: Whip all of the starred (☆) ingredients together well.

    2: Mix in fresh cream until it thickens.

    3: Pour in your milk and you’re done.

     

    3: Cherry Blossom Cream Soda @banakooooo

    This homemade cream soda recipe was made by Banako, one of our MOSHI MOSHI FRIENDS who writes articles on cafes and cream sodas in Japan. This is the perfect beverage for those unable to enjoy the cherry blossoms.

     

    Ingredients

    ・Soda/Carbonated Water・Pink coloured juice・Pickled cherry blossom leaves*・Vanilla Ice cream

    *The pickled cherry blossom leaves were bought online

     

    Method

    1: Add ice to a glass and pour in the soda.

    2: Pour in some pink coloured juice to your liking to change the colour of the water.

    3: Add some of the pickled cherry leaves and a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

    4: Top with some more pickled cherry leaves to garnish.

     

    4: Oreo Cookie Milk @kotone9558

    Kotone’s home cafe drink is a dessert-style beverage made using Oreos. This one’s a must-try for anyone who loves Oreos.

     

    Ingredients

    ・3 Oreos (2 without the cream)・Milk (to taste)・Fresh cream (to taste)

     

    Method

    1: Lay two Oreos into a glass.

    2: Add the milk. Whip fresh cream and add.

    3: Finish by topping with an Oreo.

     

    5: Orangeade @onew_tc72

    Chihiro serves us a refreshing orangeade from their home cafe. The perfect refreshment for the arrival of the warm spring weather.

     

    Ingredients:

    ☆1 orange ☆100g sugar ☆1 tbsp honey ・1 bottle of soda/carbonated water・3 orange slices・2 thyme sprigs

     

    Method

    1: Peel the starred (☆) orange, then place that and the rest of the starred ingredients into a bottle that has been sterilised by boiling. Leave in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

    2: Slice three piece of orange and cut them in half.

    3: Add the syrup you made from step ① into an ice-filled cup. Pour in the soda/carbonated water and add the orange slices and thyme.

  • Matcha Flavoured Caffè Latte to be Released by Japan’s Popular Chilled Coffee Cup Brand

    09.April.2020 | FOOD

    Mt.RAINIER is launching a matcha flavoured caffè latte in Japan for a limited time starting from April 21, 2020.

     

    Mt.RAINIER launched in February 1993 as a pioneering brand of chilled coffee in a cup. Since then, the company has introduced countless flavours which retain the authentic quality of a drink you would sip on in a cafè. With the number of people working from home rising, Mt.RAINIER is looking to be an easy grab for its customers to refresh and relax them during this time.


    With the Olympics being delayed until next year, 2021 is the new year expected for Japan to be in the spotlight. With many people interested and becoming interested in Japanese culture, including the Japanese themselves, the market for providing products to enjoy Japan and its culture is expected to grow. Mt.RAINIER is hopping on board this train with its new “Nippon Color Vibes” drinks series which will include beverages that capture the vibe of Japanese culture. The first drink in the line was cherry blossom flavoured, and the upcoming entry is matcha.

    The Mt.RAINIER Matcha Caffè Latte blends together matcha made from leaves carefully selected by tea experts with milk and a shot of espresso.

  • Gluten-Free Vietnamese Bánh Mi Baguettes Sold at the New Bánh mi Tokyo

    20.March.2020 | FOOD

    In Vietnamese cuisine, a Bánh mi is a baguette stuffed with various ingredients and served as a sandwich. It’s a popular meal in Vietnam, and in recent years has seen an appearance in Japan.

    Bánh mi Tokyo opened in Gaiemmae, Tokyo on March 16, 2020. They serve bánh mi with a Japanese taste, and their bread is made from 100% rice flour with no artificial flavourings or purified sugar.

     

    Bánh mi are generally made with lard or margarine, but at Bánh mi Tokyo, they are made with with ingredients with good-quality oil content like rice koji sweet sake and nuts, which give them a richness and creaminess and remove things like trans-fats that are a burden on the body. This also greatly cuts calories and other fats too.

    Mackerel Curry Bánh Mi

    All bánh mi overflow with original flavours, from the chicken-filled “Standard Bánh Mi” to the “Mackerel Curry Bánh Mi” which is made with curry flavoured grilled mackerel, “Five Spice Char Siu Bánh Mi” stuffed with juicy pork belly, and more.

     

    Bánh mi Tokyo also serves high-quality original coffees which are a must-try together with your bánh mi

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