Coca Cola Adds Yamagata Prefecture to Stylish Regional Design Series

27.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

Coca Cola is adding a brand new design to their famous and stylish regional series. Coca Cola’s Slim Bottle Region Design series features illustrations of famous landmarks around Japan on a slim and stylish bottle.  Yamagata Prefecture will be making its grand debut on the slim and stylish bottle on September 2nd and will be sold only in Yamagata Prefecture. 

 

The Slim Bottle Region Design series aims to add a refreshing kick to your travels. So far, a total of 31 different designs have been released. These new Coca Colas are the perfect way to splash excitement into whatever new food you discover on your travels in the region and will also provide you with the energy boost you need on a tough day of traveling. In previous years, this stylish Coca Cola bottle has even become a very popular souvenir. 

 

So far, designs based on regions all over the country have been featured on these bottles. Locations used so far include Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Hokushinetsu, Tokai, Kansai, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawawa. With Yamagata added to the collection, there will be a grand total of 32 different designs.   

 

Different illustrations to represent the famous foods and culture of Yamagata prefecture cover the entire surface of the bottle. You will notice a person waving a hat decorated with safflowers on a summer night which represents the prefecture’s famous Hanagasa Festival. The illustration of the stylish streets of the Ginzan Onsen will definitely trigger nostalgic memories of the Taisho Era for many. The prefecture’s specialty ー small and sweet sakuranbo cherries ー also make an appearance on the bottle. 

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    25.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Japan is a haven for bubble tea and tapioca-based beverages. Here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON we have covered many shops selling these tasty drinks in Harajuku―the town which started the tapioca boom in Japan―but today we will be heading to the ancient city of Kyoto.

     

    We are joined by Kyoto café life tiara who posts photos of the best drinks and desserts they have tried around the Kansai region of Japan. They have provided us with photos of two must-try bubble teas and two must-try desserts in Kyoto.

     

    ROCCA & FRIENDS PAPIER KYOTO in Shijo

    ROCCA & FRIENDS PAPIER KYOTO is just a 5-minute walk from Shijo Station. The cafe is made from a traditional townhouse along an old-fashioned Kyoto-esque street.

     

    It takes a little while for your drink to arrive placing your order, but that’s because each beverage is carefully handmade from fresh. I ordered the mango smoothie soda and the strawberry smooth soda. Both are fruity and super refreshing and full of chewy tapioca pearls.

     

    ROCCA & FRIENDS PAPIER KYOTO

    Address: 735-2 Shinkamanzacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: Mondays

    Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/rocca.papier/

     

    &Hana in Shijo

    &Hana is located at the back of Kyoto Daimaru. The cheese rose tapioca milk tea I bought is a cute pink colour. It’s a mix of rose which is good for skin and relaxation, sweet brown sugar tapioca, and sour cheese.

    Draped at the back of the cafe are bunches of dried flowers which provide an Instagrammable background for your drinks.

     

    ▼&hana

    Address: 619 Nishiuoyacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:0

    No Fixed Holidays

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

     

     

    KISSHOKARYO KYOTO in Gion

    This honey and tea parfait is special because they only serve 20 of them a day. Tapioca pearls go well not just in drinks but in desserts like this one too♡

     

    The fluffy shaved ice is a perfect match with the homemade Earl Grey tea syrup. The rest of the parfait is made up of milk tea flavoured jelly, tapioca pearls, tea ganache, and other delightful surprises.

    I enjoyed mine with lots of syrup and roasted soybean flour!

     

    ▼KISSHOKARYO KYOTO Gion Honten

    Address: 306 Ishibashicho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: https://kisshokaryo.jp/

     

    MASHOLA in Kawaramachi

    MASHOLA is a South Korean-style cafe which of course sells tapioca pearl drinks, but also this delicious capo egg brulee tart as well. As soon as you put the order in their fire up the tarts fresh along with hot tapioca pearls for a heavenly melt-in-the-mouth experience.

    They also sell bottled strawberry milk packed full of fresh strawberries, and for an extra ¥80 you can top if off with tapioca.

     

    ▼MASHOLA

    Address: 406 Sakuranocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website:  https://mashola.business.site/

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Kyoto café life tiara has lots of other tempting recommendations of drinks and desserts on their Instagram page too, so if you’re looking for something to try while in the Kansai region of Japan be sure to give them a follow.

     

    Text & Photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Colourful New Agar & Mango Jelly Drink Released at Kyo Yakasa Pudding in Kyoto

    24.August.2019 | FOOD

    Kyo Yakasa Pudding opened its doors to the world back in April, and since then they have whipped up many different kinds of Japanese custard pudding, known as purin. Earlier this month they released their all new “Yasaka Cider,” a jelly-like drink which became a hit on Japanese Instagram (search with #京八坂プリン).

    The shop’s most popular product since launching is the Kyo Yasaka Pudding―named just like the shop. It has a honey and lemon flavoured jelly which is full of agar and mango jelly balls, giving it a cute appearance and very refreshing flavour and completely new kind of texture.

    Now, the shop has released its new Yasaka Cider. The word “Cider” in Japanese doesn’t actually refer to the alcoholic drink, but instead is usually a carbonated mixture of lemon and/or lime.

     

    Available this summer only, the Yasaka Cider is the perfect accompaniment for cooling yourself down while strolling the streets of Kyoto, filled with Kyo Yasaka Pudding jelly, agar balls, mango jelly balls, and an in-house made lemon slice and honey mix. The beverage is made fresh to order and comes in a cute bag which you can carry around easily with you.

    There are lots of great photo opportunities for Instagram in the store too! If you’re in or travelling to Kyoto this summer then be sure to stop.

  • 4 Must-Try Kawaii Aesthetic Tapioca Drinks in Aichi Prefecture

    22.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Japan is a haven for bubble tea and tapioca-based beverages. Here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON we have covered many stores selling these tasty drinks in Harajuku―the town which started the tapioca boom in Japan―but today we will be heading southwest of Tokyo to Aichi Prefecture, located in central Honshu Island, to look at 4 must-drink tapioca drinks.

     

    We are joined by meme whose Instagram page is packed full of drinks and desserts from cafes across Japan.

     

    The Flower Table in Sakae

    Located inside the MITSUKOSHI shopping complex in Nagoya’s retail and entertainment district Sakae is The Flower Table. I absolutely recommend this store for those who aren’t good with sweet drinks as you can choose between having sugar or no sugar.

    Your taste buds are hit by the flavour of the milk tea on the first sip which has a bite to it. The tea leaves used by the shop in this drink are from Kusumi Tea, a Paris-based premium tea brand.

     

    If you’re someone who likes chai then this taste is sure to tempt your palate. Not only does the milk tea taste exquisite, the tapioca pearls are sweet and satisfyingly chewy too. And let’s not forget to mention their adorable takeout cup designs!

     

    ▼The Flower Table

    Address: MITSUKOSHI Nagoya Sakae Store Floor 3F, 3-5-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 10:00-19:30 (Food Last Orders 19:30)
    *Food not served until 11am, only drinks between 10-11am
    *Afternoon tea sets, parfaits and other teatime menu options served from 2pm

    Official Website: https://theflowertable.owst.jp/en/

     

     

    BON CAFÉ in Sakae

    BON CAFÉ can also be found in Sakae. I had heard lots of praise about this place before my first visit so I was eager to get in there. I ordered two drinks: the mango cream cheese tea (with cream and tapioca pearls) and the brown sugar milk tea (with tapioca pearls). It’s hard to tell by the photos but both drinks are packed with tapioca pearls aplenty.

    I’d heard before that the mango cream cheese tea was like a “dessert that you can drink,” and I can confirm that it’s true. It’s topped with fresh cream and pearls so it’s just as satisfying as a mango parfait.

     

    ▼BON CAFÉ

    Address: Apa Hotel Nagoya Nishiki Floor 2F, Nishiki 3-15-30, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: https://bon-cafe.jp/tapioca/

     

     

    Peripatos in Kita-Okazaki

    Drinks at Peripatos are takeout-only. Their bottle designs are cute and simple with just a kitty illustration on them. The three drinks in the photo are Very Berry, Tropical, and Hazelnut & Caramel Sauce with coffee jelly.

    The tropical drink has pieces of fresh mango in it while the Very Berry has fresh strawberry and chewy strawberry flavoured tapioca pearls in it. My friend ordered the Hazelnut & Caramel one which has coffee flavoured jelly in it instead of tapioca pearls. You sip it while crushing the jelly.

     

    The shop interior is really cute too!

     

    ▼Peripatos

    Address: 4-4 Ida Nishimachi, Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture

    Opening Hours: [Mon-Tues & Fri-Sat] 11:00-21:30 / [Thurs & Sun] 11:00-18:00

    Closed: Wednesdays

    Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/c.peripatos/

     

     

    Watashi to Cafe in Kariya

    At Watashi to Cafe I ordered the strawberry milk tapioca drink. The pearls in this drink are strawberry flavoured too, and there’s a lot of them making is super tasty. The glasses they come in are cute too.

    They also sell beautiful herbarium-like drinks. These don’t have tapioca pearls in them but I recommend these too!

     

    ▼Watashi to Cafe

    Address: 2-20 Minamisakuramachi, Kariya, Aichi Prefecture

    Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:00 / Dinner 15:00-Midnight

    Closed: Tuesdays

    Official Website: https://watashitocafe.gorp.jp/

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? meme has lots of other tempting recommendations of drinks and desserts on their Instagram page too, so if you’re looking for something to try while in the Tokai region of Japan be sure to give them a follow.

     

    Text & Photos: @ meme_mi_

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    Akakura Kanko Hotel (Myoko, Niigata Prefecture)

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    Satoyama Jujo (Minamiuonuma, Niigata Prefecture)

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    Each season in Japan offers uniquely beautiful scenery. How would you like to enjoy winter in one of these luxurious baths?

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    ISE Cardamon Cola (720ml): ¥4,860 (Tax Included)

    Traveling Ise Tea Assortment Pack: ¥900 (Tax Included)

     

    Ise Shrine houses the guardian deity of food, so these foods and drinks on offer are extra tasty. ISE Cardamom Cola is a healthy soda that contains no added color, preservatives, or flavors. It includes a blend of over a dozen spices and lemons from Mie Prefecture. The tea assortment pack is made with tea leaves from Mie, which offer plenty of natural sweetness.

    Nakano Yogurt: ¥216 (Tax Included)

     

    This yogurt is made from Nakano Milk, which has been producing and selling milk in Ise since the Taisho Era. Served in a retro-style jar, it has a low acidity and is well-loved by the locals.

     

    Ise Shrine Guidebook: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)

     

    The shop also has a number of goods related to the famous Ise Shrine.

    Ise Lululun (Tree Scented / 7 packs x 4 bags): ¥1,870 (Tax Included)

    Hand Cream with Water from the Isuzu River (50g): ¥1,100 (Tax Included)

     

    Ise Lululun is a face mask containing Sakaki leaf extract from Ise Sakaki trees. The moisturizing ingredients help brighten the skin. 

     

    The Ise Shop also provides guests with information on sightseeing in Ise City! With travel still restricted due to the pandemic, this is a great way to feel as though you’re getting away to this lovely seaside town.

  • Exhibition Featuring Famed Silk Fabrics from Tsuruoka in Yamagata Prefecture Now Open

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    Ogarami Choshi, the byproduct of the silk mill: Photo Keiko Matsubara

    The First Cultivation of the Matsugaoka Reclamation Site 




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  • NiziU Debut New Song ‘Super Summer’ in Coca-Cola Commercial

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    As part of Coca-Cola System’s ‘Coca-Cola Summer Campaign,’ the drinks giant is releasing a new summer entry to their Kono Shunkan ga, Watashi (Me in This Moment) TV commercial series on June 28, promoting the start of a new summer. The commercial features the members of Japanese music group NiziU enjoying the hot weather and includes their new song Super Summer which doesn’t have a release date yet.

     

     

    NiziU’z shoot for the commercial

    On set, NiziU arrived with smiles and said to the staff, ‘We look forward to working with you!’ This shoot took place by the sea. The scene begins on the beach, and because the members were so engaged in the shoot, they didn’t notice the wave rolling up to them, making them scream out ‘Cold!’ when it hit their feet. When they’re running along the beach, all the members showed how each of them runs in their own unique way. There’s also a scene when they’re flying a kite, and when they were filming it, a bee appeared out of nowhere. The shoot was full of smiles from start to end, and it shows in the final cut.

     

    NiziU | Interview

    How did the shoot go on this ‘New Summer Start’ commercial, and what were some fun moments?


    ―RIKU
    “We had fun being our normal, natural selves, and I think it shows in the commercial. I experienced at lot of first-time things in this one, so it was a lot of fun.”

    ―RIO
    “Drinking Coca-Cola by the beach makes tastes super good! I enjoyed how refreshed I felt after it took the heat away.”

    ―RIMA
    “I was able to enjoy feeling summer nice and early with the other members and some Coca-Cola!”

    All of you are your normal, natural selves in this commercial. How did you find doing the activities together?


    ―AYAKA
    “Everyone took the coke dropping way too seriously, it was a little scary <laughs>, but I enjoyed how natural we were!”

    ― MIIHI
    “It’d been a while since I flew a kite and the other stuff, so I was hypnotised. It was fun, so I’d love to go to a lodging house with everyone if we get time and do it all again! <laughs>”

     ―MAYA
    “It was my first time flying a kite. You need to be able to run a lot to keep it up high, so I was running around all over the place <laughs>.”

    What parts of the commercial would you want people to look out for?


    ―MAKO
    ‘New Summer Start’ was the theme, so we showed us enjoying the summer in the moment, so I hope people look out for that! I’d also love for it to encourage people to try something new!”

    ―NINA
    “You get to see all of us looking natural in this commercial, so I definitely want people to check that out!”

    ―MAYUKA
    “I personally think the part where we’re all enjoying drinking Coca-Cola at the beach is a must-see part.”

     

    With the core message of the commercial mind, is there anything you too want to try doing this summer?


    ―MAKO
    “Going to the beach with everyone!”

    ―MAYUKA
    “You’re here now, aren’t you? <laughs>”

    ―ALL MEMBERS
    <Laughs>

    ―MAKO
    “We’re here! <laughs> But I want to come here in our free time too! <laughs>”

     ―RIKU
    “I want to try dares! A lot of the members aren’t good with them, so I want to go and have fun doing that with everyone! <laughs>”

    ―MAYUKA
    “I want to eat a big shaved ice with everyone!”

    ―RIKU
    “We’re gonna get brain freeze! <laughs>”

     ―MAYUKA
    “It’ll make a good memory though!”

    ―ALL MEMBERS
    “For sure! Sounds fun!”

     ―AYAKA
    “I want to try making a watermelon dessert!”

    ―MAKO
    “I love that! You’re the best, AYAKA! <laughs>”

    ―NINA
    “I love ice cream, so I wanna try making some myself to enjoy with everyone!”

    ―RIO
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     ―MAYA
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    ―MIIHI
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    ―MAKO
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    ―RIKU
    “Let’s all get some together! <laughs>”

     


    As part of the Coca-Cola Summer Challenge, NiziU had a go at the summer Coke mix challenge in a video which shows you how to best into Coke in summer.

  • Shonai Hotel Suiden Terrasse Reopens With New Sauna Area

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    An authentic Finnish-style sauna

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    The Sauna Features


    Men’s Sauna

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    Women’s Sauna

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    Coca-Cola Japan launched a new campaign and commercial on Monday (January 4) titled “Kono Shunkan ga, Watashi,” which roughly translates to “This Moment is Me.”

    2020 saw tremendous changes in the lives of people around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and those changes continue to this day. Coca-Cola Japan’s new campaign aims to spread positivity with a mindset that says enjoy yourself to the fullest is the right way to go precisely because things have changed. It’s a campaign for loving those moments spent with friends and family in whatever way possible.

     

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    Coca-Cola Japan has released limited-edition NiziU bottles as part of the collaboration which feature a QR code on them. When scanned, you can access the campaign website to sign up to win access to a special Coca-Cola x NiziU online event, a NiziU-original QUO card worth ¥1,000, and points for the LINE app. A total of 200,000 lucky winners will be chosen. There are 10 bottle designs to look out for.

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    NiziU Interview

    ―Your names are written on the limited-edition NiziU Coca-Cola bottles. How do you feel about them lining the shelves in stores?

     

    MAKO:
    I am super happy that our names get to go on the Coca-Cola labels! I hope lots of people see them and are filled with positive vibes.

     

    RIKU:
    It doesn’t feel real to me yet either that our names are featuring on Coca-Cola products. When they hit the stores I kind of want to go searching for my own name <laughs>.

     

    RIMA:
    There’s a QR code on the bottles when might land you something if you scan it with your phone, so be on the lookout and try finding my bottle.

     

    ―When do you find yourselves wanting to drink Coca-Cola?

    RIO:
    I’m personally a huge foodie, so I like to drink it together with people when everyone’s eating their favourite food.

     

    MAYA:
    I definitely find myself wanting some when I need a kick of positivity or need some energy.

     

    ―Please give your thoughts on the commercial shoot.

    MAYUKA:
    When went on the rooftop with everyone, and when we were practicing the dances, we were drinking Coca-Cola. I feel the shoot had a completely different air to it than our usual practice. Everyone said “Cheers!” [with their drinks] on the roof. It was a lot of fun.

     

    AYAKA:
    It was hard to convey the appeal of Coca-Cola [during the shoot], so we thought to convey its delicious taste how we would convey the appeal of [NiziU]. We showed ourselves really enjoying its delicious taste.

     

    NINA:
    The shoot for this commercial was so much fun, there’s so many great bits in it! It looks so tasty watching everyone gulp down their drinks. It was a great time, I like everyone’s facial expressions in it. Be sure to check it out.

     

    ―Give us each of your thoughts on the “This Moment is Me” campaign and how it relates to yourselves.

    MAKO:
    I feel the most me thing is when I’m writing in my diary. I write in it at the end of every day, it’s my favourite moment.

     

    RIKU:
    When I’m eating something. I feel only happiness when eating; I forget all the bad things and can concentrate just by eating something tasty. It’s a moment I can be myself.

     

    RIMA:
    I really love steady and straightforward work, like puzzles, so when I’m concentrating on one thing I really get in the zone, to the point where I can’t hear people even if they call my name. I think that kind of moment is most me.

     

    RIO:
    For me, it’s when I’m dancing. It’s something I’ve done since I was little, so I think working hard and practicing to improve in that is my most me moment.

     

    MAYA:
    The moment which is most me is when I’m cooking. I find it so much fun and love seeing people enjoy the food I cook for them.

     

    MAYUKA:
    It would be when I’m playing with my cat. I have two cats at home and can be my true self when playing with them.

     

    AYAKA:
    When I’m video calling my mom. We talk about the silliest things and laugh, and that’s when I feel most like myself. I love those moments the most.

     

    NINA:
    The moments I love the most are when I’m drawing. I don’t have to think about anything when I’m drawing and can relax, so they’re definitely my favourite.

  • Tokyo Banana Chooses Eevee as Next Pokémon Souvenir Sweet

    28.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Tokyo Banana World has revealed that its next sweet treat in its Pokémon Tokyo Banana series will be Eevee which Pokémon Trainers can expect to catch up and down Japan from January 2, 2021, including at the store itself as well as at 7-Eleven branches.

     

    Pokémon Tokyo Banana Welcomes Eevee as Entry #2

    Tokyo’s official souvenir sweets brand Tokyo Banana launched its new Pokémon Tokyo Banana series of confections in November with the first catch being Pikachu. Now Eevee is being added to the collection.

    The fluffy sponge is a delicious caramel macchiato flavour and is filled with sweet banana custard cream. It can be eaten as it is, refrigerated, or even baked to create completely different flavour experiences.

     

    6 Designs Including a Lucky Heart-Shaped Tail

    The sponge cakes come in six different designs, all of which are adorable. The one to look out for though is the one with a cute heart-shaped tail.

     

    Fluffy Eevee Design Packaging

    Eevee Tokyo Banana Caramel Macchiato (Contains 2) | ¥291 (Tax Included)

    The packaging features fluffy artwork of Eevee in six different designs, such as a waving Eevee and winking Eevee.

     

    Where Can You Catch Eevee Tokyo Banana?

    Eevee will roll out at 7-Eleven stores across Japan (excluding Okinawa) at the dates listed below. Each branch will have a limited stock so don’t miss out.

     

    January 2, 2021 Release
    Tokyo/Kanagawa/Chiba/Saitama

     

    January 16, 2021 Release
    Hokkaido/Aomori/Iwate/Akita/Miyagi/Yamagata/Fukushima/Ibaraki/Tochigi/Gunma/Niigata/Fuji/Ishikawa/Fukui

     

    January 23, 2021 Release
    Yamanashi/Nagano/Shizuoka/Aichi/Gifu/Mie/Okayama/Hiroshima/Tottori/Yamaguchi/Tokushima/Kagawa/Ehime/Kochi

     

    January 30, 2021
    Osaka/Kyoto/Hyogo/Shiga/Nara/Wakayama/Fukuoka/Saga/Nagasaki/Oita/Kumamoyo/Miyazaki/Kagoshima

     

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  • Coca-Cola Gets Limited-Edition NiziU Japanese Girl Group Bottle Design

    06.November.2020 | FOOD

    Coca-Cola System has announced that it will limited-edition Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero, and Coca-Cola Zero Caffeine bottle designs for Japanese girl group NiziU and its members in Japan on December 14, 2020.

    There are nine members of NiziU, bringing the designs up to a total of 10. And if you scan the rainbow-coloured QR code on the bottles, which is based on each colour of the group members, from January 4, 2021, you’ll be able to join a campaign to win a ticket to NiziU’s online event as well as get your hands on original band merchandise and earn LINE points.

     

    Bottle designs with feel-good vibes

    The colourful bottle designs are inspired by the nine members of NiziU who were specially chosen after many auditions and training sessions from 10,000 individuals. They are meant to capture the energetic and positive vibes of the group members.

     

    The bottle designs include the 500ml and 1.5L for Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero, and Coca-Cola Zero Caffeine as well as the 350ml and 700ml for the Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Zero.

  • Coca-Cola to Release New Bottle Designs in Collaboration With BAPE®

    20.May.2020 | FASHION / FOOD

    Coca-Cola System is joining monkey paws with A BATHING APE® to release two new bottle designs in limited quantities throughout Japan on May 25.

     

    The designs come as part of Coca-Cola’s slim bottle line which was first released in Japan back in 2015. This is the first time the slim bottles have collaborated with a fashion brand. There are two designs: the classic BAPE® ape and BABY MILO.

    Left: Coca-Cola Slim Bottle BAPE® Design / Right: Coca-Cola Slim Bottle BABY MILO Design

    A BATHING APE® has collaborated with Coca-Cola in Japan twice in the past since 2014. The slim bottles are 250ml for that quick refreshing hit, and are made from aluminium to keep your drink cold. It features the same stylish shape as Coca-Cola’s glass contour bottles.

     

    Coca-Cola’s bottles have high design concepts having collaborated with the Olympics and FIFA World Cup, and in Japan they release seasonal bottles as well as bottles with tourist hot spots.

  • 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.

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