This Week’s Dessert: Savouring Autumntime Matcha Sweets at ATELIER de GODIVA in Ikebukuro
One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spent to ensure happiness.
I’ve been working relatively hard as of late. I had some spare time before a business meeting, so I took advantage of the occasion to treat myself to some desserts. My destination: ATELIER de GODIVA located inside Seibu Ikebukuro.
GODIVA has numerous stores throughout Tokyo, but Ikebukuro’s concept store branch has an eat-in space that’s perfect for that tea or coffee break.
ATELIER de GODIVA boasts that same level of quality when it comes to their desserts, some of which are exclusive to this branch. There are only three branches: this one in Seibu Ikebukuro (Tokyo), another in Daimaru Kyoto (Kyoto), and the last in Hakata Hankyu (Fukuoka). The cake I am showing you today is a special dessert sold only in these three branches (and is takeout only at Hakata Hankyu).
The first delight I ordered was the Mousse Matcha Cherry.
Mousse Matcha Cherry: Eat in ¥980 / Takeout ¥780 (*Matcha Ice Cream is eat-in only)
Available: Until November 26, 2019 while supplies last
The shiny cake is served on a round white plate with a dollop of matcha ice cream. The pink berry sauce is drizzled around the plate to make the plating even cuter.
Time to tuck in. This extravagant cake is supported by a fluffy matcha mousse topped with a crunchy chocolate sable. On top of that still are juicy cherries, adding a hint of freshness to the cake. The matcha glaze on the mousse has just the right amount of bitterness, which when coupled with the subtly sweet matcha mousse makes for a heavenly balance of flavours. Lined around the base of the mousse are sweet and sour dried raspberries which elevated the matcha-ness of the matcha mousse.
The matcha ice cream which it comes with when you order to eat in is rich and creamy.
I was full up after my dessert, but since I’d taken the time to come here I wanted to order a drink too… so I got a takeout Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami from a shop adjoining ATELIER de GODIVA.
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami – ¥602 (*Takeout only at the GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro branch)
This new drink is part of GODIVA’s chocolate and tea pairing series. The chefs at GODIVA have carefully selected the best varieties of tea to combine with chocolate. This one is an iced drink made with white chocolate and matcha.
It’s a mix of GODIVA’s popular smooth and sweet white chocolate and rich Uji matcha. It’s crowned with a sprinkling of bitter Uji matcha powder. All of the flavours are highlighted in this sweet drink. The crunchy white chocolate pieces you sip up as you drink are delicious. It’s the kind of drink where you’re sure to find something new each time you take a drink.
My 30-minute tea break is my little self-indulgence for the day. Spare minutes in my daily schedule affords me the chance to go and enjoy some delicious desserts. You should treat yourself to some special autumntime sweets too.
Matcha Adzuki ATELIER Tablet – ¥800
It’s important to share the happiness between family and colleagues on when you get the chance to enjoy something tasty. The present I bought today was a tablet chocolate handmade in the shop. The matcha white chocolate has almonds in it as well as Japanese-style chocolate mixed with adzuki. It has a strong matcha flavour and isn’t overly-sweet. You can also request for a ribbon to be tied around it for gift-giving. It’s a chocolate that’s sure to bring anyone joy.
Writer：Sayuri Mizuno（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
ATELIER de GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro
Address: Seibu Ikebukuro B1F, 1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sat] 10:00-21:00 / [Sun & Holidays] 10:00-20:00
ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto
Address: Daimaru Kyoto B1F, 79 Tachiuri Nishimachi, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sun] 10:00-20:00
ATELIER de GODIVA Hakata Hankyu
Address: Hakata Hankyu B1F, 1-1 Hakataekichūōgai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: [Sun-Thurs] 10:00-20:00 / [Fri-Sat] 10:00-21:00
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami
Running: October 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019
GODIVA Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Anime Series Celebrates 10 Years with Tokyo Exhibition
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime. To commemorate the event, a special anniversary exhibition will be held around Japan starting in August! The first venue will be Ikebukuro Sunshine City in Tokyo.
Fans will be able to trace the history of the many JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime releases, and the exhibition will feature characters from Phantom Blood and Stone Ocean.
Come enjoy celebrating this major milestone and check out some special illustrations drawn exclusively for the exhibition! Special video screenings and a behind-the-scenes look at the animation production process will be held as well.
（C）荒木飛呂彦&LUCKY LAND COMMUNICATIONS/集英社・ジョジョの奇妙な冒険THE ANIMATION PROJECT
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Anime 10th Anniversary Exhibition
Opening in locations around Japan in August 2022
First Venue: Tokyo (Ikebukuro Sunshine City Bunka Kaikan Bldg. 3F Exhibition Hall C)
Scheduled to open in Hokkaido, Niigata, Aichi, Osaka, Fukuoka
*Venues and exhibition dates for exhibitions outside of Tokyo will be announced at a later date.
Official Site: https://jojoanime10th-ex.com/
Kyoto Sweets Shop Otabe Rereleases Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Snacks with New Designs
Otabe, one of the most popular sweets souvenir shops in Kyoto, Otabe, is known for its delicious matcha and mini-desserts. Starting May 12, the company has released nine uniquely packaged sweets inspired by Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The limited-edition packaging will feature popular characters from the series. Previously, the company released matcha cakes for the crossover–this time, fans can enjoy choco-an flavor!
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Choco-an
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Matcha
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Otabe (with Original Sticker)
Original Sticker: 15 varieties, 1 given at random
Focusing on the hashira from the series, fans will want to be on the lookout for their favorite character. These sweets can be bought at select stations in the Kyoto and Osaka area, major Kyoto tourist attractions, and online. In addition, matcha flavored treats will also be on sale featuring Tanjiro Kamado, Nezuko Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma, Hashibira Inosuke, Kagaya Ubuyashiki, and Muzan Kibutsuji.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Choco-an
Release Date: May 12, 2022
Price: ¥432 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy: Train station in Kyoto & Osaka area, Major Kyoto tourist attractions, online.
Fruit Cakes from Patisserie Giraud Available at Gotanda Station for a Limited Time
Those passing through Gotanda Station in Tokyo might want to keep an eye out for some tasty treats on sale for a limited time. Patisserie Giraud has opened a limited-time pop-up location inside the aptly-named shop Have You Eaten This Before? The pop-up will be open until May 31, 2022.
Have You Eaten This Before? features a rotating selection of products perfect as gifts, souvenirs, or as a treat for yourself. Along with six cakes made to look just like fruits, a selection of other baked goods will also be available.
While it might be difficult to eat these beautiful cakes, you’ll never forget the way the juice-filled mousse and crispy pastry fill your mouth. Which one would you like to bring home?
Patisserie Giraud Limited-Time Shop
Open: May 16 – May 31, 2022
Hours: Weekdays 10:00-22:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-21:00
Location: JR East Gotanda Station
Official Site: https://www.giraud.co.jp
Tokyo Revengers Cafe to Open for Short Time at Mixalive TOKYO in Ikebukuro
A Tokyo Revengers collaboration cafe will open for a limited time at Live Cafe Mixa located in the Mixalive TOKYO entertainment complex in Ikebukuro. Fans can enjoy a menu filled with items themed after popular characters from June 1 until June 18, 2022.
Just like the inside of Pah-chin’s head?! Crispy Pie
Massive Teriyaki Burger
If You’re Hungry, Just Eat Fried Rice
My Favorite Machine (Mikey)
My Favorite Machine (Mitsuya)
The popular manga series Tokyo Revengers began serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2017 and has sold over 50 million copies. The event, titled “Tokyo Revengers Formation Eve Rally,” will be held to celebrate the series’ anniversary. The venue will feature new visuals of the founding gang members, and original menu items based on each character will only be available here.
Live Cafe Mixa has collaborated with other popular series in the past such as Attack on Titan and A Couple of Cuckoos, making a huge splash on social media.
Enjoy plenty of dishes based on your favorite character!
Tokyo Revengers Cafe
Running: June 1 – June 18, 2022
Venue: Mixalive TOKYO 9F, Live Cafe Mixa
Address: 1-14-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Official Site: https://livecafemixa.mixalivetokyo.com/
Hilton Osaka to Hold Cinnamoroll and Sanrio Character Sweets Buffet
Folk Kitchen, a restaurant on the second floor of Hilton Osaka, will hold the Sanrio Characters Sweets Buffet ~Joyful Summer Festival~ from May 20 until September 11, 2022. The event is being held to celebrate Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin, and Pochakko coming in first, second, and third in the Sanrio Character Awards. A lineup of 25 different sweets will be available, including those filled with summer fruits like mango, peach, and watermelon! In addition, a “Zero Leftovers Campaign” will be implemented–so be sure to clear your plate!
Happy Festival Heart Mousse
Joyful Pink Cake / Lime & Raspberry
Fluffy and Crunchy Mango Pavlova
Decorated with chocolate and adorable character designs, the Happy Festival Heart Mousse is a scrumptious dish blending the flavor of banana, caramel, and rum. The Joyful Pink Cake will be a smash-hit with Sanrio lovers, featuring the soft taste of white mousse and raspberry compote with a fresh lime flavor. Tons of other original sweets will be available, including everything from gingerbread to orange tarts.
Visitors can also find plenty of vegan sweets. Summer Blue Sky Jello features contrasting colors of pineapple pulp and soymilk cream that look like clouds floating against a summer sky. Be sure to try the Almond & Watermelon Jello and Grapefruit and Lychee Jello too!
Sanrio Characters Sweets Buffet ~Joyful Summer Festival~
Venue: Hilton Osaka 2F / Folk Kitchen
Running: Every Day from May 20 – September 11
Official Site: http://www.hiltonosaka.com
Moriarty the Patriot Anime Series Inspires Collaboration Cafe in Ikebukuro
Fans of the anime series Moriarty the Patriot won’t want to miss out on a new collaboration cafe coming to Ikebukuro! The special event is currently being held at the GiGO Collaboration Cafe Ikebukuro through June 19 and celebrates the release of the new Moriarty the Patriot OVA released on April 27.
Original Latte Art
Original Coaster Part 1 / Part 2
During the event, fans can find original menu items, desserts, and drinks inspired by the show’s characters. The location will be completely decorated in Moriarty goods and plenty of exclusive goods will be available, so don’t miss it!
©GENDA GiGO Entertainment Inc, All rights reserved.
GiGO Collaboration Cafe x Moriarty the Patriot
Running: April 28 – June 19, 2022
Part 1: April 28 – May 24
Part 2: May 25 – June 19
Venue: GiGO Collaboration Cafe Ikebukuro (GiGO Ikebukuro Building 2 B2F)
NAKED Collaborates with Uta no Prince-sama Game for Special Art Installation
Creative company NAKED is bringing the world of Uta no Prince-sama to life! From April 16 until April 24, fans will want to come to Ikebukuro Sunshine Plaza to see MAJI LOVE KINGDOM MEMORIES, a sensory photo booth decorated with floral art.
The first Uta no Prince-sama game was released in 2010, with an anime series following in 2011. In 2019, the first Uta no Prince-sama film, Maji LOVE Kingdom, was released.
NAKED’s project mapping and digital art are being used to create unique photo booths where guests can take pictures with their favorite idols as seen in the 2019 film.
Each photo booth was created using a variety of techniques, combining video, sound, scent, and even wind. The flowers included in each booth were inspired by the flowers that members of ST☆RISH, QUARTET NIGHT, and HE★VENS wear on their chests. How often do you get to experience a 3D photo booth with your favorite fictional boys?
Guests can also enjoy a unique AR experience at the venue by using NAKED INC PLAY!
Uta no Prince-sama on Stage: MAJI LOVE KINGDOM MEMORIES
Location: Ikebukuro Sunshine City World Import Building 4F Event Hall A
Running: April 16 – April 24, 2022
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last admission 60 minutes prior to closing)
*Open 10:00-17:00 on April 24
Official Site: https://ml-kingdom-memories.com/
Tapioca and Crepe Store ‘Pearl Lady’ Collaborates with Sanrio Character Cogimyun
13.April.2022 | FOOD
Pearl Lady, a tapioca and crepe specialty shop, will begin selling a special crepe inspired by the Sanrio character Cogimyun starting April 8, 2022! These gorgeous treats will be available at participating Pearl Lady locations while supplies last.
Cogimyun’s Sparkling Strawberry Crepe
Cogimyun’s Sparkling Strawberry Crepe, topped with a Cogimyun cookie, includes sweet and sour strawberry cream.
The dough, made with tapioca flour, offers a slightly chewy texture with a rich milk and butter flavor. Customers will also receive a special sticker as a purchase bonus. Be sure to enjoy the new Cinnamoroll drink available at Pearl Lady’s sister shop CHABAR!
CHABAR x Cinnamoroll Collaboration Drink
Pearl Lady x Cogimyun Crepe
Available: April 8 ~ While Supplies Last
Where to Buy: Pearl Lady Locations Nationwide (Sales period may differ depending on the store.)
CHABAR x Cinnamoroll Collaboration Drink
Official Site: http://www.pearllady.jp/
Kyo Hayashiya and Hayashiya Shinbei Offering Special Parfaits Perfect for Spring
Hibiya Hayashiya Shinbei in Tokyo Midtown Hibiya is now offering a scrumptious Strawberry Matcha Parfait until April 24, 2022! If that’s not up your alley, four Kyo Hayashiya locations in Shinjuku, Omiya, Yokohama, and Ikebukuro will begin offering a Matcha and Berry Mascarpone Parfait from April 1 until May 8, 2022.
Strawberry Matcha Parfait
The Strawberry Matcha Parfait is an eye-catching mix of green and pink, reminiscent of cherry blossoms and bright green grass. Green tea blends with rose jelly and lychee sorbet, offering a refreshing taste with a hint of bitterness. The sweet accent of crunchy chocolate feuillantine gives each bite a little kick.
Matcha and Berry Mascarpone Parfait
The Matcha and Berry Mascarpone Parfait mixes the deep, bitter taste of Uji matcha, the sweet and sour taste of berries, and the gentle sweetness of mascarpone cream. The berry sauce is blended with crunchy chocolate feuillantine, a layer of whipped cream, green tea jelly, green tea ice cream, and milk panna cotta. To finish, it’s garnished with refreshing raspberry sorbet, bittersweet matcha ice cream, and fresh strawberries.
Strawberry Matcha Parfait
Price: ¥1,650 (Tax Included) / with Tea: ¥2,090 (Tax Included)
Available: March 18 – April 24, 2022
Available at Hibiya Hayashiya Shinbei (Tokyo Midtown Hibiya 2F)
Matcha and Berry Mascarpone Parfait
Price: ¥1,430 (Tax Included) / with Tea: ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Available: April 1 – May 8, 2022
*Available until April 30 at the SOGO Yokohama location.
Available at the following 4 Kyo Hayashiya locations.
・Takashimaya Times Square (Shinjuku Takashimaya Times Square Main Building 2F)
・Seibu Ikebukuro (Seibu Ikebukuro Main Building 8F)
・SOGO Omiya (SOGO Omiya Main Building 9F)
・SOGO Yokohama (SOGO Yokohama 10F)
McDonald’s ‘McCafe by Barista’ to Offer Uji Matcha Sweets for Spring
10.April.2022 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan locations with ‘McCafe by Barista’ areas will begin selling special spring treats for a limited time starting April 6, 2022. Customers will be able to grab the ‘Strawberry Uji Matcha Frappe’ and the ‘Uji Matcha Mont Blanc Tart.’
McCafe by Barista invites guests to enjoy high-quality frappes and smoothies. The Uji Matcha Frappe was added to the regular product lineup in June 2021, and features a mellow matcha flavor. The Strawberry variant is coming back for the first time in three years. The Mont Blanc Tart is a new addition, and is a perfect treat to enjoy with this popular frappe!
Strawberry Uji Matcha Frappe: ¥490
The Strawberry Matcha Frappe mixes together the full-bodied flavor of matcha together with sweet and sour strawberries. It includes both a strawberry paste made from whole strawberries and a strawberry whipped cream at the bottom. The drink is topped with more strawberry whipped cream and a sprinkling of matcha powder. The refreshing taste of the strawberry sauce coupled with the whipped cream serves to elevate the great flavor of the Uji Matcha even more.
Uji Matcha Mont Blanc Tart: ¥390
The Uji Matcha Mont Blanc Tart is made with Uji Matcha batter, Uji Matcha whipped cream, white bean paste, and green tea cream. The refined sweetness is complemented by the mellow aroma and slight bitterness of Uji Matcha.
How would you like to enjoy these treats beneath the cherry trees?
Strawberry Uji Matcha Frappe
Uji Matcha Mont Blanc Tart
Available: April 6 – Mid-May, 2022
Available at Participating McDonald’s Japan Locations with ‘McCafe by Barista’
Official Site: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Sweets Shop Patisserie Pinede Offering Cat-Shaped Strawberry Mille-feuille
19.March.2022 | FOOD
The sweets shop Patisserie Pinede will be offering the Yummy Kitty Cat Mille-feuille from March 18 until March 22, 2022!
The store holds a special ‘Meow Meow’ event on the 22nd of each month. In Japanese, the word for two, ni, sounds similar to nyan, the Japanese word for meow.
The event means tons of cat-themed sweets and decorations, including a tasty strawberry mille-feuille. This includes layers of puff pastry, cream, icing, and plenty of fruit.
While it’s hard to cut into something so cute, the sweet and sour taste is the perfect way to enjoy this meow-gical holiday!
Yummy Kitty Cat Mille-feuille
Available: March 18 – March 22, 2022
Location: Patisserie Pinede
Official Site: https://pinede.co.jp
Detective Conan Event to Open at Ikebukuro Sunshine City
From April 8 until June 12, Sunshine City in Ikebukuro will hold a special Detective Conan event! Festivities will appear at the SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 observation deck, Sunshine Aquarium and specialty store area Alpa.
The event is being held in conjunction with the theatrical release of Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween on April 15. At the SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck, guests can participate in a riddle-solving rally with a unique storyline written exclusively for the event. A photo spot and Detective Conan shop will also open up during the event!
Sunshine Aquarium will also begin selling exclusive original goods for a limited time only.
A restaurant fair and other events will be held at Alpa, and guests will receive an original postcard with their order from the Alpa Sky Restaurant’s menu. Don’t miss out on the special movie-related exhibition at the Sunshine City Fountain Plaza!
Detective Conan: A Celestial City Where Heroes Gather (Sunshine City)
Location: Sunshine City
Running: April 8 – June 12, 2022
*Sunshine Aquarium: April 8 – May 15, 2022
*Sunshine City Fountain Plaza: May 2 – May 5, 2022
Admission: Free *Admission required for SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck and Sunshine Aquarium. There is a fee for the rally being held at SKY CIRCUS as well.
Official Site: https://sunshinecity.jp/