Beasty Coffee by amadana Opens Flagship Store Beasty Coffee [ cafe laboratory ] in Shibuya
22.September.2019 | FOOD
Coffee brand Beasty Coffee by amadana, which uses the same coffee-making equipment and by the the top baristas in the country, as well as has delivered high quality coffee beans like them, is opening its new flagship store Beasty Coffee [ cafe laboratory ] in Shibuya on September 27.
Beasty Coffee [ cafe laboratory ] boasts inventory of stock developed by the company themselves, including its own hand-drip coffee tools, as well as original coffee bean blends, an espresso machine, and coffee roaster. The coffee house will also host workshops and other experimental activities, creating a new way to enjoy your cafe experience.
The cafe itself is renovated from a buckwheat noodle restaurant which was deep-rooted in the local area. It has a Japanese-style aesthetic with a modern approach, using mortar as its main decoration.
The furniture is walnut wood, which looks gorgeous in both Japanese and western-style decor, while the entrance has a stylish sliding door with a black frame. There is also a partition inside the cafe. All of this makes for a calm and relaxed atmosphere.
If you’re interested in ordering the hand drip coffee, there are three types to choose from. They also sell an in-house original lemonade, is a mix of lemon, which uses no preservatives, and herb tea.
The espresso machine comes in a navy colour, which is the brand’s main colour, with which the baristas can make customers coffees like cappuccino using original blends.
Behind the partitions sits two coffee roasting tester machines where the cafe will research making original blend coffees day to day to create coffee that people will love.
When you heard about a cafe that is set on creating delicious coffee every time, you want to become a repeat customer. If you’re a coffee lover then make sure you pop into Beasty Coffee [ cafe laboratory ] when it opens in Shibuya, Tokyo on September 27.
Beasty Coffee [ cafe laboratory ]
Address: 1-19-3 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Grand Opening: September 27, 2019
Business Hours: 9:00-19:00
Official Website: http://beastycoffee.com/
Starbucks’ Halloween Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte is Bound to Possess Your Heart
15.September.2019 | FOOD
The Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte will be infiltrating Starbucks’® Chilled Cup line of beverages from September 24 for a limited period.
The ghostly touch of sweet and smooth caramel pudding is accented with a dark base note of strong coffee. If you are looking for a creamy and luxurious flavour, this is the perfect autumn treat.
Starbucks never fails to raise our spirits with their adorable themed designs. This Halloween, the cup design been invaded with an army of ghosts, pumpkins and more Halloween-themed illustrations. The heavenly golden lid adds a touch of luxury to the design and is a premonition for the sweet and rich caramel that awaits underneath.
The Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte from the Starbucks’ Chilled Cup series is bound to send chills down your spine this Halloween!
Starbucks® Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte
Price: ￥200 (200ml cup)
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Available at: Most convenience stores across Japan.
Product Information: http://www.starbucks.co.jp/rtd/
* Information will be published on September 24th.
McDonald’s Japan Reveals Caffè Latte McShake in Collaboration With Mt. Rainier
12.September.2019 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan is collaborating with Morinaga Milk Industry’s popular long-selling products Mt. RAINIER Caffè Latte to release the McShake x Mt. RAINIER Caffè Latte to McDonald’s branches across Japan for a limited time from September 18.
Mt. RAINIER Caffè Latte is known for its tempting mix of rich aromatic espresso and full-bodied milk, and those flavours are about to meet another sumptuously compatible partner: the McShake. By using the McShake, which has a distinct creamy texture and subtle sweetness, McDonald’s has redefined the Mt. RAINIER Caffè to create an incredibly refreshing dessert-like coffee drink.
Only the best coffee beans are used in Mt. RAINIER and are sourced from 60 countries around the world. The new McShake beverage has a shot of full-bodied coffee syrup made from the extract of those pressed coffee beans for a harmonious amalgamation of flavours.
The drink is available in small and regular sizes, with small sizes only coming served in a special cup with the Mt. RAINIER Caffè Latte logo on it. These cups are limited in stock.
McDonald’s Japan is also holding a hashtag campaign to give 100 random people an original McCard and one case of Mt. RAINIER Caffè Lattes. Details below.
McShake x Mt. RAINIER Caffè Latte
Running: September 18, 2019 – Mid October 2019 (subject to change)
Available: At most McDonald’s branches in Japan
Price: Small ¥120 / Regular ¥200 (Tax Included)
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Twitter Campaign (Hashtag: #うちの無敵タッグが優勝)
Prize: Original McCard (with ¥500 allowance) and one case of 10 Mt. RAINIER Caffè Lattes
Starbucks Japan’s Autumn Beverage Line-Up Includes Golden Sweet Potato Frappuccino & Macchiato
17.September.2019 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan has unveiled the second batch of drinks in its ongoing Artful Autumn @ Starbucks® promotion: the “Sweet Potato Gold Frappuccino®” and the “Sweet Potato Gold Macchiato.” Both will go on sale on September 10.
The concept for this year’s Artful Autumn is “Be Colourful,” and that shines true with this golden, autumnal coffee line-up.
The Sweet Potato Gold Frappuccino® contains a rich syrup made from cured sweet potato. It retains the rich, full-bodied aroma, sweetness and deep flavour of the Japanese sweet potato (satsumaimo). The drink’s main characteristic is the crunchy texture left behind from the potatoes. Its golden appearance comes from the honey and sweet potato blend sauce. This sauce swirls around the beverage which can be seen through the cup, giving it that artistic flavour required to be considered for the Artful Autumn selection. The cold coffee beverage is drizzled in this same sauce, rich in flavour and fragrance.
Each cup of the Sweet Potato Gold Macchiato is made delicately in a mix of foamed milk, sweet potato honey, and a shot of freshly extracted espresso. The combination of the sweet and rich sweet potato and full-bodied espresso roast coupled with the caramel-y flavour is a coffee match made in heaven. The hot beverage is topped with more of that incredible sauce drizzled in the classic way of a macchiato.
Warm yourself up this season with the latest in the Artful Autumn collection.
Sweet Potato Gold Frappuccino®
Price: Tall ¥580 (*Only Tall size available)
Sweet Potato Gold Macchiato
Price: Short ¥440 / Tall ¥480 / Grande ¥520 / Venti® ¥560
Running: September 20, 2019 – October 10, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan
*Listed prices do not include tax
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Tokyo’s New Starbucks Branch in Ginza is a Cafe Dream Come True For Workers and Business People
Starbucks Coffee Japan opened a new branch at CIRCLES Ginza on July 30, 2020 that will serve as a dream location for business people.
The dream coffee shop, split into two floors, offers a unique environment and service created in collaboration with Think Lab. Rather than your regular, more public Starbucks, this branch also lets customers reserve booths and meeting spaces. This includes the SMART LOUNGE™ aimed at business users, as well as solo working spaces by Think Lab.
Starbucks Coffee CIRCLES Ginza caters to both solo workers and co-workers, giving them a space to think and concentrate alone, or come together in groups to exchange ideas. Booths offer a place to host online meetings, the SMART LOUNGE lets groups arrange chairs and tables however they like, and the Think Lab—which you pay an extra fee to use—is the perfect spot for some quiet contemplation.
1st Floor: Quick TOGO experience
The first floor is for people who aren’t looking to stay at the cafe long. They are looking for a quicker experience where they can order their Starbucks drink and food and head on out. The cafe offers cashless payments, which is notable as Japan is still very much a cash-based country, as well as the Starbucks mobile order and pay service where you pick what you want on your phone and then go and pick it up.
2nd Floor: A place where you can focus
Reserve a booth for video calls and more
There are four individual half-booths which can be reserved, each of which have a screen for video calls and online meetings. These can be used for 40 minutes and can be booked in advance. The booking system was co-developed by Starbucks and Vacan.
Tables for in-person group meetings
The window tables offer a place for meetings, discussions, and business negotiations for 2-12 people. It’s a relaxing area where workers and clients can chat freely.
For those who want to work along, Starbucks has created a spacious area with individual booths where you don’t have to meet eyes or be bothered by other people.
If you’re working in Tokyo, and need a business-oriented location where you can enjoy a coffee, then look no further than Starbucks Coffee CIRCLES Ginza.
Starbucks Coffee CIRCLES Ginza
Grand Opening: July 30, 2020
Address: CIRCLES Ginza, 3-7-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 7:00-22:30
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Shibuya’s New Hotel sequence MIYASHITA PARK Connects the People to the City
01.August.2020 | SPOT
sequence MIYASHITA PARK is a new mixed-use hotel set to open inside MIYASHITA PARK on August 1, 2020.
sequence’s concept is to connect the people with the city. It offers a space for everyone whether they want a quiet time alone, whether they are sightseeing, having a work-do, celebrating a party or festival, and more. This is centred around the hotel’s three notions: “SMART,” “OPEN,” and “CULTURE.”
The hotel is inspired by the local concept of “PARK MIND” which offers guests a place to relax after a long, busy day, like in a park. It has collaborated with Tokyo-based designers and creators to bring this to life in room designs. Furniture and fittings are simple while still being of high quality.
The fourth floor entrance connects seamlessly to Miyashita Park and is home to a lobby lounge as well as the new VALLEY PARK STAND cafe and bar. Up on the fifth floor is the breakfast dining restaurant Dōngxī Restaurant & Sakaba. Up on the 18th floor, guests can enjoy a panoramic view of Shibuya, as well as dine at the entertainment restaurant SOAK whose design and concept mixes together history and the future, the West and the East. There is also art from artists coordinated by The Chain Museum.
sequence MIYASHITA PARK
Address: 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.sequencehotels.com/miyashita-park
RIVERSIDE CLUB: Food, Art & Music Culture Come Together in Nakameguro’s New All-Day Lounge
RIVERSIDE CLUB officially opened on the first floor of “THE WORKS” along Meguro River in Tokyo on July 17, 2020. An all-day lounge which can be enjoyed from breakfast to dinner, its concept is a fusion of food, art, and music cultures which it calls “GOOD CULTURE SALON.”
RIVERSIDE CLUB boasts an incredible menu forged by chefs at the forefront of Tokyo’s food culture. Meals can be enjoyed while gazing at the various artwork on display, and customers can look forward to seeing collaborations with numerous apparel brands. It’s a unique space designed by adults for adults, the likes of which has never been seen before.
Comfort food is at the heart of RIVERSIDE CLUB’s menu design which they have cooked up using their own unique vision.
For breakfast, customers can enjoy a healthy smoothie made from a blend of kale, pineapple, kiwi and avocado. If they’re looking for something more classic, they can order the avocado toast served with bacon and eggs, or cold-pressed juice by SUNSHINE JUICE which hails as Japan’s first shop specialising in cold-pressed juice. The thought behind the morning menu is making sure to get both a tasty and nutritional meal down customers even if they’re in a rush.
If customers are looking for something a bit more hearty in the morning then they can check out the all-day menu where they’ll find the lounge’s fat and juicy 100% beef “RIVERSIDE BURGER.” There’s also the “Lemon Rice” provided by LEMON RICE TOKYO, a popular Shibuya-based restaurant owned by Yuhi Komiyama, the vocalist of Hoff Dylan and known as the gourmet chef of the music industry. Everything on the menu is made with Tokyo’s food culture in mind, and if you’re looking for something very Tokyo-esque, then there’s the “Hamburger Naporitan,” a bed of spaghetti topped with a hamburger.
Popular foods from NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE will also be served, such as scones, carrot cake, apple crumble, lemon pie, and more. NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE is a popular Hawaiian bakery which was originally in charge of pastries served at Diamond Head Market & Grill, which is famous for its Hawaiian lunches and scones, but subsequently opened its own store in Kyoto and became so popular that it often sells out its stock by evening time. Coffee made using specially selected coffee beans provided by Minami-Aoyama-based coffee rosters will also be served and goes perfectly with NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE’s food. Customers will be able to order their own coffees or buy their own bag of beans to take home.
RIVERSIDE CLUB has collaborated with numerous artists for graphics on show there. Their logo was created by “& Supply,” a Tokyo-based creative studio. Various artwork will be displayed, including a photograph of Lady Gaga taken by Nobuyoshi Araki for a bondage-themed photoshoot in Vogue Hommes Japan. Pieces by LEEGET, who creates graphics and illustrations, will also be displayed. RIVERSIDE CLUB will continue to serve its “GOOD CULTURE SALON” theme by promoting more artwork in the future.
RIVERSIDE CLUB also allows pets, so customers can enjoy a quiet time with their furry comrades. Pets will get their own pet-friendly menu, toys, and more in the future.
Address: 3-18-3 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: http://theworks.tokyo
Make Your Own Original KitKat at Tokyo’s KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya
31.July.2020 | FOOD
Nestlé Japan is opening a new branch of KitKat Chocolatory inside Shibuya’s new shopping mall Miyashita Park on August 4, 2020.
KitKat Chocolatory is a direct-to-consumer chain, serving premium, handcrafted KitKats made with top quality ingredients and production methods under full direction by Takagi Yasumasa―the owner and chef of LE PATISSIER TAKAGI. Its product line-up features a range perfect as gifts to friends, family and co-workers, or as a treat to yourself.
Japan is home to eight KitKat Chocolatory branches. The new Miyashita Park Shibuya branch will open as the fourth in Tokyo, as well as the first where you can create your own KitKat products.
My KITKAT: ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
“My KITKAT” comes as the world’s first KitKat service where consumers can create their own original chocolate bars.
KitKat Waffle: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Soft Cream: ¥630 (Before Tax)
KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya will also sell a variety of unique and exclusive KitKat desserts, like luxurious soft serve ice cream topped with couverture chocolate. It will also offer a cafe menu created by Nespresso, where customers can pair Chocolatory desserts with seasonal coffee menus, and more.
Shibuya-esque wall art will decorate the interior of the shop, making for plenty of photo opportunities.
KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya
Grand Opening: August 4, 2020
Address: Miyashita Park South 2F, 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/
Pikachu Ice Lollies and Frappe to Arrive at Tokyo’s Pokémon Cafe This Summer
The Pokémon Cafe in Ikebukuro, Tokyo is introducing some refreshing Pikachu sweet treats to its menu this summer, beginning on August 1.
Pikachu Pineapple Ice Bar | ¥650 (Before Tax)
First up on the is the tropical pineapple flavoured ice bar which comes with four different variations of Pikachu’s adorable face. There’s also two different packaging designs which come in blue or pink.
Pikachu Tail Chocolate Banana Frappe | ¥700 (Before Tax)
Drink Sleeve | ¥550 (Before Tax)
For drinks, the Pokémon Cafe is serving up a chocolate banana frappe topped with Pikachu’s tail made from chocolate. The drink comes with a free sleeve of Pikachu’s chubby face.
© 2020 Pokémon.©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe
Address: Sunshine City Alpa 2F, 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/pikachu_sweets/
*Opening hours subject to change. Please check the official website before travelling.
*Duration of these limited-time menu items subject to change without notice.
*Available while supplies last.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Actual products may differ in colour and design.
Starbucks Japan to Open New Branch Produced by Hiroshi Fujiwara in Miyashita Park
30.July.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan is opening a new branch in MIYASHITA PARK on August 4, 2020. Set to be Starbucks Japan’s fifth “park” branch—opening inside a park—the new coffee shop is being produced by Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment brand.
MIYASHITA PARK is a shopping complex filled with shops stocking high quality products, and stands as a new landmark of Shibuya. On the rooftop is the newly-arranged park area which has its own skate park, bouldering wall, and more. It’s home to all-new facilities, and there’s also the actual park where events can take place.
Starbucks Coffee Miyashita Park offers a new style of Starbucks conceived from the mind of Hiroshi Fujiwara. Glass doors are fitted on both the front and back sides of the cafe, allowing for a full-open design. The flooring is coloured green, making it feel as if it has become one with the green outdoors of the park, and the same mesh used inside Miyashita Park is used for the ceiling.
The cafe’s design was conceived to be a unique standout in the park, specifically with the image in mind of countries outside Japan where you walk along a lone road and eventually come to a gas station.
Starbucks Coffee Miyashita Park will also sell a range of merchandise at the back of the shop, as well as Starbucks coffee beans. There’s also a glass table in the middle of the cafe which slots in nicely with the overall aesthetic. The fun design together with the expanse of the park outside adds for an enjoyable combination that makes it a pleasant stay as you sip your beverage.
The regular line-up of merchandise sold at the Miyashita Park branch, such as the tumblers, are all produced by Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment brand. Items are branded with the word “MYST” which lets you know it’s from this particular branch, as well as Fragment’s logo.
Discover a new Starbucks experience at Miyashita Park.
Starbucks Coffee Miyashita Park
Address: 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Grand Opening: August 4, 2020
Opening Hours: 8:00-22:00
Shibuya PARCO: Food, Shopping & Events in July and August 2020
29.July.2020 | SPOT
Shibuya PARCO has a packed showcase for summertime this July and August, with pop-up shops, events, exhibitions, new products, and much more. The YUI ARAGAKI NYLON JAPAN ARCHIVE BOOK 2010-2019 photo exhibition, which sold out tickets, was posted as an online exhibition. The popular curry house Good Luck Curry, originally located in Ebisu, has moved to Shibuya PARCO. Let’s take a deeper look at the line-up.
4F PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO Relics of Kanto Through Time
Running: August 1, 2020 – August 16, 2020 | Entry Price: ¥700
New York City-based American artist Daniel Arsham is teaming up with Pokémon for a special exhibition centred around Arsham’s concept of “Fictional Archeology.” Visitors can enter for a chance to win a “Crystalized Pikachu” as well as get their hands on a variety of exhibition products. A two-meter tall Pikachu made from bronze will also be put on display on the first floor of Shibuya PARCO.
B1F GALLERY X YUI ARAGAKI NYLON JAPAN ARCHIVE BOOK 2010-2019 PHOTO EXHIBITION
Running: July 16, 2020 – July 27, 2020 (Online Exhibition) | Price: ¥300
This exhibition is centred around Yui Aragaki’s photo book YUI ARAGAKI NYLON JAPAN ARCHIVE BOOK 2010-2019 which compiles her work features in the fashion magazine NYLON JAPAN between 2010 to 2019. The book celebrates Aragaki at the age of 31, and was so popular at the time of its release that it sold out.
B1F Good Luck Curry
Good Luck Curry is a curry house managed by the chefs of Ata, a bistro in Daikanyama. Originally situated in Ebisu, the restaurant has been revamped and moved to Shibuya PARCO where they are serving a range of delicious spicy curries topped with a colourful array of vegetables.
B1F GAN-BAN FUJI ROCK COLLECTION “CREW NECK T-SHIRT” Limited Edition Sale
The “FUJI ROCK COLLECTION” of T-shirts are always so popular that their stock never fails to sell out. The new crew neck version is now available at the official FUJI ROCK shop and are being sold at Shibuya PARCO.
B1F Mirai Nihonshu-ten & SAKE BAR “Summer Sake Cocktails”
For this summer only, Mirai Nihonshu-ten and SAKE BAR are serving up two refreshing cocktails.
Left: Hakuju Salty Lemon | Right: Suzu Sweet Green
The Hakuju Salty Lemon is like a Salty Dog cocktail. It has notes of citrus and a salty sea salt bite. The Suzu Sweet Green is made with a sake known as “Kubota Suijyu” which is mixed with cocoa vinegar. It has a subtle sweetness.
Given Boys-Love Anime Film Promotion to Take Place at Tower Records Shibuya
To promote the upcoming release of the Given anime film adaptation, Tower Records Shibuya is opening an official “Given Gallery” which will take place on the store’s 8th floor from August 8 to 23.
Given is a popular boys-love (BL) manga by Natsuki Kizu that is serialised in Shinshokan’s Cheri+ magazine. An anime adaptation aired Fuji Television’s noitaminA programming block from July to September last year.
At the exhibition, fans will find a collection of coloured illustrations by the manga’s author Natsuki Kizu, display panels from the anime series, raw images taken from the upcoming film, and more.
Given x Tower Records Merchandise
Natsuki Kizu Illustrated Merchandise
Fans of the series can get their hands on a collection of exclusive merchandise at the Given Gallery.
Backstage Pass Design Postcard
Standing Panel A / Standing Panel B
Available on a first-come, first-served basis, visitors will receive one of nine possible postcards for free, each of which is designed in the style of a backstage pass. And for every ¥4,000 spent on the merchandise sold there, they will get a lottery ticket for a chance to win one of the life-sized standing panels of one the characters from the series which will be displayed at the event. Details will be announced at the event and on Tower Records Shibuya’s official website.
All visitors will be handed the “Given Gallery Quiz” when attending the event. If they answer all the questions correctly, they’ll receive a free postcard. Participants must be following Tower Records Shibuya (@TOWER_Shibuya). If you download the official Tower Records app and sign up as a member, you can get another original Given x Tower Records postcard too.
Though the Given Gallery is only taking place at Tower Records Shibuya, other branches of Tower Records will still be selling Given x Tower Records merchandise. You can find the branch list below.
Given x Tower Records Merchandise
Release Date: August 22, 2020
Branches: Sapporo PIVOT / Ikebukuro / Shinjuku / Machida / Kawasaki / Urawa / Nagoya Kintetsu Passe / Umeda NU Chayamachi / Kyoto / Tower Records Online
Running: August 8, 2020 – August 23, 2020
Location: SpaceHACHIKAI – Tower Records Shibuya 8F (1-22-14 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Time: 11:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:30)
Entry Price: ¥800 (Tax Included) *1 hour slot
How to Attend: You must purchase a ticket in advance with a select time and date at the official website link below.
Official Website: http://towershibuya.jp/news/2020/07/27/147089
Release Date: Spring 2020
Official Website: given-anime.com
Tokyo & Osaka’s Pokémon Cafés Reveal New ‘Pokémon Café Mix’ Menu
The Tokyo and Osaka branches of Pokémon Café have revealed a new limited-time menu they are introducing which is inspired by the free-to-play puzzle video game Pokémon Café. It will be served from August 8 to November 23.
Vulpix’s Burnt Caramel Sundae: ¥1,298 (Tax Included)
This gateau chocolate, vanilla ice cream, and fruit-filled sundae is drizzled in burnt caramel that has been scorched by Vulpix’s Ember.
Gossifleur’s Salad Plate: ¥1,848 (Tax Included)
Salad, soup, and plenty of veg fill this healthy late.
Sneasel’s Pickle Burger: ¥1,848 (Tax Included)
The combination of the tartar sauce, teriyaki chicken, and cheddar cheese is pure perfection. Served with pickles and a side of salad, this makes for a healthy and filling meal.
Additionally, if customers own the Pokémon Café Mix and show their in-game meal list on their console screen to the staff, they can receive the following special menu items.
Buneary’s Nutty Frappe: ¥1,188 (Tax Included)
Exclusive to those who have cleared up to Order 21.
Yamper’s Hide & Seek Bolognese: ¥1,848 (Tax Included)
Exclusive to those who have cleared up to Order 31.
The more orders you clear in-game, the more special and exclusive menu items you can receive.
Pokémon Cafe (Nihombashi, Tokyo)
Address: Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, 2-1-2 Nihombashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:30-22:00
No Fixed Holidays (Except when Nihombashi Takashimaya SC is closed)
Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka)
Address: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Honkan 9F, 1-7-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Business Hours: 10:00-21:30
No Fixed Holidays (Except when Daimaru Shinsaibashi is closed)
Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #12 – ‘Sepia’ in Shibamata
In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Sepia in Shibamata, a Showa-retro style cafe which I’ve always wanted to visit.
The cafe is just a 2-minute stroll from Shibamata Station which appears in the Japanese film Otoko wa Tsurai yo. The walk along the road that leads to Sepia, which is nearby the Buddhist temple Shibamata Taishakuten, is a pleasant one. Tokyo is a city consistently perceived as one that is cutting-edge in every aspect, but what I felt from each and every building surrounding Shibamata Station was a kind of warmth that you feel when something has history to it.
It’s been seven years since I came to Tokyo. Visiting Shibamata made me me realised how many places there are which I still don’t know about. It invigorated me. As my mind wandered with these pondering thoughts, I finally spotted the sign outside the cafe, and it sure is a cute one!
The moment I stepped inside, I stood, my mouth agape, and looked at my surroundings. It’s the first time I’ve entered such a bright, shining cafe. It was littered with characters I’ve never seen before, manga, magazines, and more.
When you hear the word kira kira (“glitter,” “sparkle”), the first thing that comes to mind for a lot of people is probably Harajuku and the Harajuku style, but Sepia’s version of kira kira is a nostalgic one betwixt 1965 and 1975 during the Showa Period. The cafe is incredibly delicate in every spot and corner, like I’m looking inside some grand treasure chest.
The owner of Sepia is Kiyoko Hasezawa. The cafe gets its name from the manga Milky Sepia Monogatari by Ako Mutsu. Ms. Hasezawa said that she wanted to bring to life the world of the manga she loved. The cafe is full of her dreams and is enjoyed by everyone, both children and adults alike.
The cafe menu is even inspired by the food that appears in the Milky Sepia Monogatari manga. The hard pudding I had, which combined caramel sauce and cream, was an absolute delight.
Homemade Showa Pudding & Cream Soda Set: ¥1,200
If we’re talking cafes, then you can’t go wrong with cream soda. The cream soda served at Sepia comes in seven different flavours and colours: melon, Blue Hawaii, strawberry, lemon, peach, grape, and orange. I was spoilt for choice on which to go for, but in the end I went with the pink-coloured strawberry. It had a sweet flavour and was really delicious.
Strawberry Cream Soda: ¥750
I devoured the hotcakes too. The pastry was so fluffy and tasty – I could have eaten a hundred of them. The second one I ate with honey.
At the back of the cafe, they also have the “Candy Candy Museum.” There’s a personal collection of items from Candy H Milky, a female fashion enthusiastic who used to be a customer at Sepia. There’s a photo spot for snapping a photo in the cafe too.
It’s a great time getting to go and look at the displays after eating. I recommend going to see the collection yourself with your own eyes. Entry to the museum is ¥300.
There’s a tearoom up on the second floor which has a nostalgic vibe to it. I felt warm and relaxed, like I’d been transported to my grandma’s house.
Humans can’t travel back in time, but if we look after mementos properly, we can go back there in our minds and memories. Sepia, a place that continues to be cherished and loved, is everybody’s treasure trove.
My oh my, I really want to go back there again.
Address: 7-4-11 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
Days Open: Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays
Business Hours: 12:00-17:00 (Last Orders 16:30)
For the latest information, visit Sepia’s official Twitter page @sepia_mama
Rilakkuma x Tower Records Collaboration Sees Themed Cafe, Exclusive Merchandise & More
Tower Records is collaborating with Rilakkuma for “Rilakkuma x TOWER RECORDS Campaign 2020” which will run at Tower Records, TOWERmini, and Tower Records Online in Japan from August 1 to 30.f
For the campaign, Tower Records selling a range of merchandise with exclusive designs illustrated for the event, and there’ll even be Rilakkuma themed cafes. Tower Records began collaborating with Rilakkuma on merchandise in 2009 and has done so every year since. This year sees the arrival of Chairoikoguma for the first time too.
Yhose who use the Tower Records app to show their coupons in-store, they will receive the above-pictured selection of must-have exclusive goodies including a mirror, postcard, bag, and bookmark. These are available on a first-time, first-served basis. Additionally, Rilakkuma themed cafes will be held at TOWER CARDS CAFE branches in Omotesando, Nagoya SKYLE, and Sapporo PIVOT which will have entirely original menus and bonus items for dining there.
The merchandise collection will drop on August 1 and will include a range of Tower Records exclusives. Pre-sales opened on July 15. You can see the full list here.
Available at all Tower Records branches and Tower Records Online
Exclusive to Tower Records Shibuya, Tower Records Sapporo PIVOT, TOWER RECORDS CAFE Omotesando, TOWER RECORDS CAFE Nagoya SKYLE, Tower Records Online
Exclusive to Tower Records Online
Rilakkuma and the Honey Forest’s Concert Cafe
The entire cafe menu line-up is so cute you’re completely spoilt for choice.
Rilakkuma and the Honey Forest’s Concert Dessert Plate: ¥2,500
“Honey Forest Concert” is the theme of the cafe, and this image is captured in the adorable dessert plate which is topped with various desserts and fruits. Everyone who orders one of these also receives a free sticker.
Rilakkuma’s Meatball Stew: ¥1,580
This hot meatball stew is served in a cute bread cup with Rilakkuma poking his head out from inside.
Kiiroitori’s Omurice: ¥1,580
Kiiroitori’s face is made from omelette and rice. Served with a side of healthy veg.
Rilakkuma’s Honey Lemon Drink: ¥850
A sweet and sour mix of honey and lemon.
Korilakkuma’s Strawberry Calpis: ¥850
Strawberries are Korilakkuma’s favourite, and that’s the flavour of this refreshingly sweet Calpis drink, topped with Korilakkuma vanilla ice cream.
There are lots of other dishes to look forward to in addition to the ones above, making this cafe one to go back to many times. And you can special free merchandise when visiting and dining there too.
Collaboration Cafe – Participating Stores
Omotesando/Nagoya SKYLE: August 1, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Sapporo PIVOT: August 1, 2020 – August 17, 2020
Official Website: https://tower.jp/rilakkumacafe
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Rilakkuma x TOWER RECORDS Campaign 2020
Running: August 1, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Official Website: https://tower.jp/rilakkuma
Japanese Tea Flavoured Shaved Ice For Takeout at Susumu Chaya in Tokyo and Kagoshima
11.July.2020 | FOOD
Japanese tea shop Susumu Chaya started up a takeout service for shaved ice on Tuesday (July 7) at all of its branches including in Kagoshima as well as Jiyugaoka and Shibuya’s DESCENTE TOKYO in Tokyo.
The shaved iced takeout service was originally only available at the two Tokyo branches, but now customers in Kagoshima can enjoy the tea-flavoured desserts.
Matcha Shaved Ice: ¥750 (Before Tax)
Made using Susumu Chaya’s “koicha,” a rich and full-bodied matcha variety.
Houjicha Shaved Ice: ¥750 (Before Tax)
The houjicha shaved ice is made using only first-grade tea leaves picked by Susumu Chaya. It has a refreshing taste.
The shaved ice can be ordered for takeout or eaten inside the cafes. Enjoy the full flavour of Japanese tea coupled with a refreshing portion of shaved ice.
Susumu Chaya Kagoshima
Address: 27-13 Uenosonochō, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima Prefecture
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Access: 8-minutes on foot from Kagoshima-Chūō Station
Susumu Chaya Tokyo Jiyugaoka
Address: 1-25-5 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
Closed: Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Jiyugaoka Station’s front entrance via the Ōimachi Line
Susumu Chaya DESCENTE TOKYO Shibuya Meiji Dori
Address: 6-19-21 Jingumae, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 4-minutes on foot from Exit 16 of Shibuya Station
Official Website: https://susumuya.com/