Take a Fun Photo at Narita Airport’s Christmas Photo Spot Before Soaring Off
31.October.2019 | SPOT
Narita Airport, Tokyo will be sprinkling some Christmas magic around the terminals from November 1 to December 25, 2019. This year the bright and jolly colours Christmas will be fused with Japanese style to create a giant Christmas tree photo spot. As Narita Airport is a gateway to the rest of the world, the Christmas photo spot is something that foreigners will enjoy just as much as the locals.
Enter the passageway into the tree and poke your head through one of the star-shaped windows for the perfect photo. This giant photo spot will completely transform your photos with a touch of Christmas magic.
Before soaring away on your adventure this Christmas, make sure to take a fun photo!
Running: November 1 – December 25, 2019
Location: Near Counter G of the 4th floor Departure Lobby, South Wing, Terminal 1
Narita International Airport: https://www.naa.jp/en/
Natural Ice Area to Open at KERA-IKE Ice Rink in Karuizawa Hoshino Forest Area
23.October.2019 | SPOT
The “Natural Ice” area is set to return to KERA-IKE Ice Rink, an outdoor ice skating area managed by Hoshino Resorts, again this winter, something made possible only by the cold winter weather and without cooling devices.
KERA-IKE Ice Rink is connected to the Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary where countless wild birds and animals roam free. The ice rink opened for the winter season last Friday (October 18) and will run until March 8 next year.
The rink is formed of two areas: the “Man-made Area” which is made together with the cold air and the help of cooling devices, and the “Natural Area,” which appears only during the coldest time of winter and sees the water freeze up naturally, allowing people to skate across 1,080 square meters of land. This Natural Area will open on December 20 and run until February 20, 2020.
Stroll across the forest’s icy landscape
The freedom of skating across the natural ice is like taking a stroll through the forest. Enjoy skating around the little islands in the middle of the lake and finding the fallen leaves from the forest trees locked inside the ice.
Enjoy hot drinks with the sound of the wild birds as your soundtrack
Enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate at the neighbouring cafe. We recommend getting the Wild Bird Cafe Latte which comes with four different latte art designs of the wild birds you’ll often spot around the ice rink. The drink can be enjoyed in the cafe or can be taken out so you can enjoy sipping it on the benches on top of the ice.
Wild Bird Cafe Latte – ¥600 (Tax Included)
Coffee/Hot Chocolate – ¥500 (Tax Included)
Couples can enjoy the “Starry Sky Nighter Skate” Valentine’s event
For Valentine’s season, the ice rink has a special event in store for couples: the first ever “Starry Sky Nighter Skate.” Not only do they get the luxury of skating after-hours, they can also bask under the radiance of Karuizawa’s incredible star-filled sky. There will also be a guide providing commentary on the stars. After the event, all lights will be turned off to allow everyone to enjoy the pure light of the stars.
There will also be hot chocolate with heart-shaped marshmallows for the Valentine’s event.
Starry Sky Nighter Skate
Running: February 10, 2020 – February 16, 2020
Time: 17:30-19:00 (Reception open 17:00)
Price: ¥3,500 per person (Includes skating fee, skate rental fee, drink, binoculars, and consumption tax)
Age: 18+ years
Reservations: By 17:00 the same day by telephone or online. Reservations are mandatory.
Capacity: 20 per day (Must book for at least 2 people)
Kera-Ike Ice Rink Natural Area
Running: December 20, 2019 – February 20, 2020
*Man-made area running October 18, 2019 – March 8, 2020 (Except November 20, 2019, and January 7-9, 2020)
Price: General (Junior High Schol students and older) – ¥1,900 / Elementary School Students and younger – ¥1,300
Official Website: http://www.hoshino-area.jp/archives/area/skate
GINZA SIX Christmas 2019: Christmas Cake, New Art by Klaus Haapaniemi & More
Ginza’s biggest shopping complex GINZA SIX is celebrating Christmas this year with an upcoming event entitled “Celebration of Life: Hoshi no Umi no Shukusai” (A Festival Under a Sea of Stars) which will take place from November 5, 2019 to December 25, 2019.
Celebration of Life: Hoshi no Umi no Shukusai
The visuals for “Celebration of Life: Hoshi no Umi no Shukusai” were created by Finnish artist Klaus Haapaniemi. The work is titled “Astral Sea” and Haapaniemi arranged the art specifically for the event. It features animals and living beings floating through space amongst the stars, each moving to the rhythm of the stars’ revolution. With this grand work, Haapaniemi has created a new myth that makes one think of space and how it connections to the lives of humans.
The space and time-transcending “Lightning Whales” which appear in the Astral Sea will be suspended from the shopping centre’s atrium, and tapestries of Haapaniemi will also be draped down the centre, turning GINZA SIX itself into its own Astral Sea. The 10-meter long Lightning Whales floats have been designed in such a way that it looks like they are flying through space. Additional artwork can also be found in the front entrance, show window on floor B2F, and elsewhere.
Klaus Haapaniemi x GINZA SIX Christmas Collaboration Items
Several stores inside GINZA SIX are also releasing items in collaboration with Haapaniemi.
Mimuro Sugi Junmai Daiginjo Imadeya Ginza Limited Edition Model – ¥3,000 @ Imadeya Ginza
This Junmai Daiginjo is part of the Mimuro Sugi Roman Series developed by a sake brewery in Nara. This transparent drink retains the delicate flavour of the rice and leaves a beautiful lingering aftertaste. It’s best enjoyed with some tasty food.
Available: November 5, 2019 – February 29, 2020 (While supplies last)
Lightning Whales Frozen Fruit Bar – ¥600 @ PALETAS
These new frozen fruit bars from PALETAS are inspired by Haapaniemi’s Lightning Whales. The bar’s fantastic colouring is taken from the Astral Sea, while its flavour is blueberry gelato with salt. It’s decorated with gold leaf and silver leaf.
Available: November 5, 2019 – January 31, 2020
Gloves – Whale Embroidery ¥9,000 / Swan Embroidery ¥10,000 @ Ginza Tsutaya Book Store
Gloves are a must-have during winter, and these ones come with whale and swan embroidery. You’re sure to grab people’s attention with these gorgeous fits.
Available: November 8, 2019 – December 25, 2019
*Listed prices don’t include tax. Items subject to change without notice.
Christmas Cake & Party Food
Ginza is known for its long list of gourmet restaurants, serving food from around the world. This holiday season, GINZA SIX has plenty of Christmas delights lined up.
Noel Neige – ¥4,630 @ Pavlov Pâtisserie
This gorgeous, light cake uses cream for its snowy landscape, topped with bright-red strawberries.
Panettone Babbo Natale – ¥7,407 @ Café Cova Milano
Cova’s panettone is made with a secret recipe that has been handed down since the beginning of the 19th century.
Assorted Mini Sandwiches – ¥3,704
This assortment of mini sandwiches are the perfect choice for Christmas parties, filled with a variety of delicious ingredients like smoked salmon, caviar, pastrami, and more.
*Listed prices don’t include tax.
This is just a small look at what GINZA SIX has in store for this Christmas. If you’re spending the holiday season in Tokyo, be sure to stop by.
Address: 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Shops/Cafes (B2F-5F) 10:30-20:30 / Restaurants (6F, 13F) 11:00-23:00
*Business hours differ from shop to shop.
No Fixed Holidays (But shops and restaurants will be closed on August 26, 2019)
Access: Directly connected to Ginza Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line and Hibiya Line.
Tokyo Disney Resort® Kicks Off Christmas Celebrations on November 8
Another year heralds another heart-warming Christmas celebration at Tokyo Disney Resort®. From November 8 to December 25, Tokyo Disneyland will be filled with the fantastical magic of the holiday season and Tokyo DisneySea® will filled with gorgeous lights.
A special menu will be released on November 1 ahead of the official celebration period to whet our appetites.
Special Set: ¥2,900
Special Set: ¥2,900, available at Ristorante di Canaletto Tokyo DisneySea
Special Set: ¥1,980
Available at : Disnseyland The Plaza Inn Restaurant
If you are looking to go full on festive spirit mode then you absolutely must feast on the Christmas-limited special set, which is full of the luxurious flavours of Christmas and a healthy sprinkle of Christmas spirit. How about some luxurious Sea Urchin Spaghetti or a Jack Skellington-themed Hamburger Set? Make sure to check out this limited period Christmas menu.
Apple and Cinnamon Hot Drink: ¥400 per cup
Available at: Tokyo DisneySea (Gondolier Snacks, etc), Tokyo DisneySea (Boiler Room Bites, etc)
Christmas Cake: ¥1,480
Available at: Tokyo DisneySea (Horizon Bay Restaurant), Tokyo Disneyland (Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall)
For those of you who are prioritising the attractions and shows, the small takeout meals are best for you. Warm up your body with a hot drink or buy a cake to share with your friends. There are many meals and drinks perfect to satisfy your Christmassy cravings.
Fried Chicken Set: ¥1,180, Salty Lychee Bubble Tea: ¥700
* Taste of Christmas menu sold at: Tokyo DisneySea (Dockside Diner)
Tokyo DisneySea will be bringing back its Taste of Christmas event that was held last year which will see the return of Tokyo Disney Resort’s alcoholic beverages and snacks you can devour with just one hand. This is the perfect place to indulge on Japan’s traditional Christmas food: fried chicken. Munch on your fried chicken along with a very merry alcoholic lychee bubble tea. Enjoy the flavor of spice wrapped in the gentle sweet flavour of your drink.
Don’t miss out on this special Disney menu this Christmas.
*The images in this article are representations. ©Disney
Running: November 8 – December 25
Tokyo Disney Resort® Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Hello Kitty Cafe to Open in Narita Airport’s Anime Deck This July
KADOKAWA is set to open a Hello Kitty themed cafe on the Narita Anime Deck—which is located on the Main Building second floor of Narita International Airport Terminal 2—for a limited time from July 3, 2020 to October 2, 2020.
The Narita Anime Deck
The Narita Anime Deck opened inside Narita International Airport Terminal 2 in November 2019. It’s an entertainment facility where travellers from around the world can experience and enjoy Japanese anime culture in various forms such as with character merchandise, food, events, and a variety of photo spots.
Hello Kitty Cafe
The facility has collaborated with numerous anime series to open up limited-time cafes since it opened. This time around it is joining paws with Hello Kitty, a face known to all across the globe. As well as themed food, drinks and merchandise, customers can take a Hello Kitty quiz, learn the history behind Hello Kitty, and more.
An Original Food Menu
Hello Kitty’s Lovely♡ Pink Curry: ¥1,500
Hello Kitty’s Gurakoro Burger: ¥1,500
Hello Kitty’s Strawberry Pancake: ¥1,400
Hello Kitty’s Strawberry Parfait: ¥1,200
An Original Drinks Menu
The incredible drinks menu is diverse, including lattes where you can get 46 different latte art designs of Hello Kitty from 1974-2019. It could be fun to pick your birth year, or a year where you have fond memories.
Hello Kitty’s Colourful Tapioca Drinks (Matcha Milk/Strawberry Milk/Milk Tea): ¥720 Each
Hello Kitty’s Marshmallow Coffee: ¥800
Hello Kitty’s Latte (46 Designs): ¥720 Each
For every item you order from the collaboration menu, you can also receive one of 46 possible original coasters once again featuring a different design of Hello Kitty between the years 1974-2019.
1st Line-Up: July 3, 2020 – August 2, 2020
2nd Line-Up: August 3, 2020 – September 2, 2020
3rd Line-Up: September 3, 2020 – October 2, 2020
If you’re travelling through Narita Airport anytime this year up to October, then be sure to head on up to the Narita Anime Deck to dine at the Hello Kitty Cafe.
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Narita Anime Deck – Hello Kitty Collaboration Cafe
Running: July 3, 2020 – October 2, 2020
Location: Narita Anime Deck Entertainment Cafe
Address: Narita International Airport Terminal 2 Main Building Floor 2F (1-1 Furugome, Narita, Chiba)
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Food Last Orders 19:30)
No Fixed Holidays
Narita Anime Deck COVID-19 Prevention Precautions (Japanese): https://www.animedeck.jp/common/img/coronavirus_200629.pdf
3D Character at Narita International Airport Exhibition Lectures On Japanese Culture & History in Multiple Languages
The National Museum of Japanese History’s 3D character Momi-chan has been set up at the “Hikaru Edozu de Kanjiru Nihon” exhibition taking place at Narita International Airport. She is appears via Gatebox, a projection tube that uses the latest projection and sensory technology.
“Momi-chan” – The National Museum of Japanese History’s 3D Character
The exhibition is a showcase of folding screens owned by The National Museum of Japanese History with pictures of Edo art on them. It hopes to promote an interest in Japanese history and culture to both foreign tourists travelling to Japan as well as Japanese travellers.
Momi-chan can speak in English, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. If you’re travelling through Narita International Airport, be sure to pay her a visit for an insightful lesson.
“Hikaru Edozu de Kanjiru Nihon” Exhibition – Narita International Airport x The National Museum of Japanese History
Running: March 12, 2020 – Late June 2020
Location: NARITA SKY LOUNGE WA (Narita International Airport Terminal 2, after Departure Check-In)
*Due to the exhibition’s location, only passengers who are departing via an international air route can visit
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo: Kyoto’s Dessert House Releases Matcha Tiramisu and New Cheese Products
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo opened in Kiyomizu Gojozaka, Kyoto in July this year as the first place in Kyoto to specialise in “bottled cheesecakes.” This month, they are releasing four new products to continue the cheese craze right to the end of 2019.
The first is a revamp of their number one most popular soft serve cheese ice cream: the “Chocolate Mont Blanc Cheese Soft.” The soft serve ice cream is a mix of refreshingly sweet milk and rich cheese topped with a full-bodied mont blanc-style chocolate—a welcome addition during the winter months when you want to stay in and indulge in some chocolate. The ice cream is finished with crushed chocolate pieces and a crowning raspberry to create a chocolate cake in a cone. You’re sure to become a frequent customer after a bite of this.
And for the Christmas season only, between December 18th-25th the shop is also selling another special soft serve that’s made to look like a Christmas tree. The cheese soft serve is covered with a sprinkling of Uji matcha powder and adorned with chocolate pearls and stars.
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo is also releasing hot versions of its “Kiyomizu Cheese Drink” and “Matcha Cheese Tea,” the iced versions of which were greatly enjoyed in summer. The Matcha Cheese Tea can also now be ordered with tapioca topping, creating a delicious combination between the expertly crafted rich matcha cheese tea and the chewy and sugary tapioca pearls.
Also released this month is the “Homemade Matcha Tiramisu” when is served in a traditional masu box and served only on the second floor eat-in section. This irresistible delight is made with flavourful mascarpone cheese and bitter Uji matcha from Kyoto to create a dessert that’s perfect during a trip or day out in Kyoto. Because of the hard labour that goes into creating this dessert, only 5-10 are served per day, so be sure to arrive early to not miss the opportunity.
Chocolate Mont Blanc Cheese Soft – ¥550 (Before Tax)
Christmas Cheese Soft – ¥400 (Before Tax) *Available December 18-25, 2019 only
Matcha Tapioca Cheese Tea – ¥550 (Before Tax)
Homemade Matcha Tiramisu – ¥540 (Before Tax)
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo
Address: 569-10 Shiraitochō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Official Website: http://kiyomizu-cheese.com/
Starbucks Japan Reveals New Matcha White Chocolate Hot and Iced Drinks For Christmas
17.December.2019 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan is celebrating Christmas 2019 with two new delicious beverages: the Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino🄬 and Hot Matcha White Chocolate, both of which will be available to order between December 19 and 25 for this year only.
Both versions of this delightful holiday season drink are the perfect accompaniment to the winter days, combining richly fragrant matcha with smooth white chocolate. The Frappuccino🄬 enjoys the addition of maple syrup for a distinct sweetness which mixes gorgeously with the matcha and milkiness of the white chocolate.
The hot version is made with foamed milk which too is soaked in the full-bodied kick of the matcha. The fluffy texture of the foamed milk together with the sweet taste and velvety white chocolate is a combination sure to get you addicted.
If you’re in Japan for Christmas this year, be sure to stop by Starbucks for a cup of Matcha White Chocolate.
Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino🄬
Tall: ¥570 (Tall size only)
Hot Matcha White Chocolate
Short: ¥430 / Tall: ¥470 / Grande: ¥510 / Venti®: ¥550
Running: December 19, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan
Notes: Listed prices do not include tax. Both drinks contain less than 0.5% cocoa.
Starbucks Coffee Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Handmade Christmas Chocolate Santa and Snowman Released at ATELIER de GODIVA in Kyoto
13.December.2019 | FOOD
GODIVA Japan released two new chocolate products at the Daimaru Kyoto branch of ATELIER de GODIVA, a chocolate shop which combines GODIVA’s skilful craftsmanship with chocolate artistry. Named “ATELIER Christmas Showpiece Santa Claus” and “ATELIER Christmas Showpiece Snowman,” the two chocolate artworks were released on Wednesday and are available until December 25.
Each and every one of these chocolate sculptures are handmade in-store by the shop’s chefs. They are exclusive to ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto and the perfect Christmas treat to adorn any Christmas party this holiday season.
These cute Christmas-exclusives not only taste delicious, but are fun to look at. Santa is sat in a chimney ready to deliver the presents while the snowman is sat next to a Christmas tree looking warm with its scarf.
Both of these are limited in stock and won’t be available ever again after they sell out, so don’t miss out.
ATELIER Christmas Showpieces
Running: December 11, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Price: ¥1,500 Each (Before Tax) *Takeout only
Available: ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto (Daimaru Kyoto B1F, 79 Tachiuri Nishimachi, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
GODIVA Japan Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Rilakkuma Santa Cookies
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
In this recipe, you’ll learn how to make Santa Rilakkuma cookies
1: Ingredients: (For 10 Rilakkumas)
Unsalted butter: 55g
Icing sugar: 25g
White sesame seeds: 30g
Weak flour: 75g
2: Leave the unsalted butter out for a while until it reaches room temperature and then mix until smooth. Next, mix in the sugar, sesame seeds and then flour in that order.
3: Next, split the dough into portions. To make one cookie, you need 15g for the face and 1g of dough for each ear. Arrange your face and both ears as shown in the photo below.
Top tip: Rilakkuma’s face is oval-shaped so don’t make it circular.
4: After you’ve formed all your Rilakkumas, bake them at 180℃ for 15 minutes.
5: Please refer to the video below to decorate Rilakkuma’s face:
Before the cookies get cold, coat them in icing sugar, using a small brush to dust off the excess. Then, wait for the cookies to cool completely before decorating the face. Place a Meiji Apollo Strawberry Chocolate on Rilakkuma’s head for the Santa hat and you’re done.
This is the perfect way to contribute to your next Christmas potluck and it is a flawless plan to impress all your friends.
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Starbucks Unleashes Festive Spirit with Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino®
Now it’s December, we can unleash our festive spirits without anyone telling us “it’s too early”. The streets are glistening with Christmas decor and Christmas dinners, drinks and desserts are around every corner. Every year, Starbucks never fails to hype us up with their Christmas drinks and so without a moment to waste, I headed over to check them out.
For many, the excitement of Christmas starts to unfold at one moment: opening the stocking. Starbucks has hit home once again with the Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino®, which not only takes on the appearance of a stocking stuffed with treats, but tastes as jolly as one too. The Frappuccino® was released on December 4, 2019 and is enough to leave you with a very merry belly.
Once you place your order, you will be handed a sealed straw transformed with Christmas magic to become an edible cookie straw. This drink is the first of its kind for Starbucks and is on a whole new level of excitement. Just holding the straw in your hand waiting for your drink will have your heart racing in anticipation.
Here it is:
The small, bright red baubles of chocolate will immediately catch your attention. The Christmassy cup is literally a stocking packed with a range of delicious flavours and textures.
Now it’s time to insert the straw. You will be surprised at just how strong and sturdy it is. Alternating between a few refreshing gulps and an odd chomp on the crispy straw creates a new kind of flavour experience. Rest assured that you are also provided with a regular straw so no need to worry about devouring the straw before finishing the drink.
The frappuccino® base contains a rich chocolate sauce and is sprinkled with crispy potato chips. There are also some potato chips on top of the drink to moderate sweetness and add texture.
Not only will this fill your stomach, but just seeing the jolly drink will leave you fully topped up with the festive spirit. Sales will end once stock is depleted so make sure to try it asap if you are interested.
Have a jolly Christmas filled with excitement and love.
Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino®
Only Available in Tall: ¥690 (Before Tax)
Selling: December 4 – 25, 2019
Available at most Starbucks Coffee shops across Japan
* Sales will end once stock is depleted.
Starbucks Coffee Japan: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
PEANUTS Cafes and Diners Across Japan Release Christmas-Limited Snoopy Courses
04.December.2019 | FOOD
If you’re a Peanuts fan, you can’t miss out on the gorgeous Christmas menu which will served up at the PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and PEANUTS DINER Kobe from December 2 – 25.
Order the Christmas Dinner course for a large angus beef steak drizzled with a sweet and tangy sauce made of berries and raspberry vinegar.
After your dinner enjoy the luxurious Christmas desserts plate of bite-sized treats such as a soft and tender canelé and sweet madeleine. The plate is decorated with a Christmas Snoopy pick where Snoopy’s face can be seen peeking through a wreath.
You don’t have to book in advance but we recommend you do. This can be done via the links in the information section below.
Order the Salmon Cheese Gratin Christmas Plate for a luxurious course of mains, salad and dessert all on one tray. The sautéd salmon is the steal of the show as it sits in a bath of creamy stew and is topped with a generous layer of cheese. This is served alongside fluffy bread branded with Christmas designs that will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit. A Snoopy pick replaces the traditional cherry on the sundae that will leave you with a sweet aftertaste after your meal.
The White Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to ward off the cold of winter. Like a white blanket of snow, white chocolate milk fills the cup and is topped with the traditional colours of Christmas. Allow yourself to be soothed by the drink’s mild sweetness.
Make the most of your Christmas with Snoopy and friends.
© 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
Christmas Dinner Course
Price: ¥3,900 (Before Tax) Per Person
Locations: PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and Kobe
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/christmas_2019
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and Kobe: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/christmas_2019_kobe
* Reservations can also be made on the day.
Salmon Cheese Gratin Christmas Plate
Price: ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
Location: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
White Hot Chocolate
Price: ¥800 (Before Tax)
Location: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
Address: 2-16-7 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama
Address: MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA 2F, 1-3-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Official Website: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/
PEANUTS DINER Kobe
Address: PEANUTS HOTEL 1F, 1-22-26 Nakayamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo
Japan’s ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY Releases Christmas Themed Menu
01.December.2019 | FOOD
ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORYーan ice cream chain in Japan specialising in ‘rolled’ ice creamーreleased its Christmas menu today.
From Left: Reindeer’s Christmas / Pink Pink Christmas / Blue White Christmas / Royal Pink Christmas
This will be ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY’s third-ever Christmas menu, which they have made even more fun. There are three festive ice creams to choose from, including two featuring Santa Claus and a reindeer. The ice creams can be served in either their regular cups, or the store’s new “Fuwamoko” snowstorm cups, which looks like snow blowing in the wind. Check out the video below.
Until now, people would take photos of the ice cream being made, but these new cups make for an even more Instagrammable post. Edit in a Christmas song or your favourite music to make your own cute video for your Instagram Stories. The Christmas menu is available until December 25, but these cups will be served until late February 2020. You’ll find the Christmas menu at the select branches and pop-up stores listed below.
Christmas Menu (4 Flavours)
Running: December 1, 2019 – December 25, 2019
①Royal Pink Christmas
Price: Fuwamoko Cup ¥1,350 / Regular Cup ¥1,300
②Pink Pink Christmas
Price: Fuwamoko Cup ¥1,100 / Regular Cup ¥1,050
③Blue White Christmas
Price: Fuwamoko Cup ¥1,100 / Regular Cup ¥1,050
Price: Fuwamoko Cup ¥1,100 / Regular Cup ¥1,050
*Listed prices do not include consumption tax
・ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY Stores: Harajuku Omotesando (Tokyo), Dotonburi (Osaka), Aeon Mall Sakai Kitahanada (Osaka), LACHIC (Nagoya), Don Quijote Yamashita (Yokohama), Shinkyogoku (Kyoto)
・ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY Pop-Up Shops: Shiki 0101 (Saitama) *December 18, 2019 – January 7, 2020 / TOKIWA (Oita) *December 21, 2019 – December 30, 2019
Official Website: https://rollicecreamfactory.com
Instagram Sensation Unicorn Ice Cream Shop Now Selling Christmas Reindeer Ice Cream
28.November.2019 | FOOD
Looking for Instagram-worthy ice cream in Japan? You definitely need to check out Asakusa Tsuno Koi. Soon after opening in Tokyo’s traditional Asakusa on July 5, 2019, their soft serve unicorn ice cream instantly earned its fame on social media. From November 28 to December 24, the ice cream shop will be releasing a series of Christmas-limited ice creams that are sure to become a hit sensation.
This shop is famous for being the only ice cream shop in the world to make unicorn-shaped cones out of financier cake dough and filling them with a sweet spiral of soft serve ice cream for the unicorn’s horn. This Christmas, the shop is introducing Christmas-limited toppings, flowers and wreaths to the decorations menu, making customising your ice cream more fun than ever before.
* According to research conducted by Asakusa Tsuno Koi. Protected status has been received for America, Korea and Japan. Applications are still being processed in the EU, Singapore and Mongolia.
For the Reindeer Soft Serve Ice Cream (￥780), each and every single financier cone is baked carefully, but this time in the shape of a reindeer – and it’s chocolate flavoured. Filled with soft serve ice cream, this reindeer is too cute to eat.
The Christmas Tree (￥830) is a soft serve pistachio ice cream made using high-grade pistachos: the reigning queen when it comes to nut varieties. The ice cream is finished with one of Asakusa Tsuno Koi‘s original Christmas trees.
The Santa Claus Soft Serve (￥500) is made using Asakusa Tsuno Koi’s rich-flavoured vanilla ice cream. Young or old, the moment you set eyes on Santa Claus’ face, a smile will automatically appear on yours!
The Christmas-limited toppings include stars, candy, and gingerbread men (￥100 each). Can’t choose? There is set including all three which costs ￥250.
The shop interior is also looking more Christmassy. The interior is a fusion of Asakusa’s traditional heritage and the unicorn motif, which is popular in western countries. A colourful flowery background and Asakusa’s traditional folding fans and umbrellas perfectly finish the western-Japanese fusion scene, which is currently soaking in fame on Instagram.
Asakusa Tsuno Koi is serving up a totally unique kind of ice cream that has not been spotted anywhere else in the world. The Christmas-limited ice creams are definitely worth the hype.
* Prices Before Tax
Asakusa Tsuno Koi
Address: 1- chome-14-7 Asakusa Taito City
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 18:00
Website (Japanese Only): http://www.38cogp.com/tsunokoi/
Starbucks Japan Unveils Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino® With Edible Straw
28.November.2019 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan has revealed its drink in its line of holiday season beverages for 2019. The Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino® will be released at Starbucks branches across Japan on December 4, but will receive an early release at four branches in Shibuya on December 3.
The best moment during Christmastime is when you open a present. This drink is inspired by the candy and gift-stuffed stockings from childhood.
The drink contains everybody’s favourite indulging ingredients: chocolate, cookies, and potato chips. The base of the drink is filled with dipping chocolate sauce and crunchy chocolate chips. The potato chips on top add a delicious salty flavour to the sweetness.
The drink is closed off with a squirt of snow-white whipped cream covered in red chocolate balls and an edible cookie straw. Suck up all of those delicious flavours through the straw and then enjoy munching on it afterwards, ensuring nothing goes to waste. A perfect beverage to enjoy this holiday season!
Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino®
Price: Tall ¥690 (Before Tax) *Tall size only
Running: December 4, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan
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Indulge in Omotesando This Christmas With Q-Pot CAFE.’s Afternoon Tea Set
Christmas is almost here, and at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, the festivities have already begun as they begin serving a selection of special Christmas-exclusive menu items. These will be available until December 25.
Q-pot. is known for its accessory brand, which features jewellery made to look like sweets and desserts. It is also known for the Q-pot CAFE. which flips that concept, instead making sweets and desserts that look just like real accessories.
I visited Q-pot CAFE. to treat myself to their exciting Christmas afternoon tea.
Q-pot. Omotesando is a 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station’s A2 exit. You’ll spot the entrance by its sparkly illuminations as pictured above.
The cafe is split into seven concept rooms, such as Melt, Chocolate, BisQuit, SAKURA, and so onーso you can pick which sounds good to you and sit there. It also gives a reason to go back more than once!
The Story of Sweet Kingdom Afternoon Tea Set ¥2,400 (Tax Included/Drink Included)
The afternoon tea set: an indulgence any cafe-lover craves for at least once. And since Christmastime is coming, you want to enjoy a little treat too, right? Well, this two-tiered set comes with desserts, sweets, and some light food too.
The top plate includes gingerbread man pops, cupcakes, vanilla panna cotta, and macarons.
The gingerbread man pops are filled with caramel ganache, while the red velvet cupcakes topped with pistachio cream and made to look like a Christmas tree. The panna cotta is also sprinkled with dragees to look like stardust.
The macarons are strawberry and melon flavoured. The melon one has a particularly rich flavour and contains red melon pieces. This macaron is so popular that there are people who go to Q-pot CAFE. just to sink their teeth into one of them.
The bottom plate contains some hearty and crunchy croissants filled with roast beef, mini tomatoes, and broccoli. It also comes with a side of rich cheese soup with onions and potatoes inside. It’s a great palate cleanser after the desserts.
Pistachio Cream Tea Latte ¥750 (Tax Included) *Also sold separately
The drink that’s served with the afternoon tea set is a Christmas-only pistachio cream tea latte. It’s a latte made with one of the cafe’s original flavoured tea brews called “Flower Garden.” The tea ensures the drink isn’t overly-sweet and leaves it with a mild flavour. It also comes with a holly-shaped cookie. This drink is also available to order separately from the drinks menu.
The set comes with a special fairy tale-like Christmas lunch mat.
CHRISTMAS CAKE ~The Story of Sweet Kingdom~ ¥3,800 (Tax Included)
The cafe is also selling a cake that looks like something out of a children’s picture book. It’s topped with a coconut meringue snowman, gingerbread man, and strawberry Santa. This would make a great addition to a home party.
Saku Saku Meringue ¥600 (Tax Included)
Take away some crunchy snow-white meringues too, so addictive you won’t be able to stop after just one!
The cafe is also selling a Christmas collection of their dessert-like accessories too.
Christmas Tree Cupcake: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)
The Christmas tree cupcake features a chocolate cookie-like base topped with a realistic pistachio cream adorned with pearls.
Strawberry Santa Claus: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)
Check out these adorable bright-red strawberry Santas too!
Q-pot CAFE. has lots of other Christmas food and accessories in addition to these too, so if you’re in Tokyo anytime from now up to Christmas Day, then be sure to visit.
Writer: Ellie (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Address: 3-4-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Closed: New Year’s Holidays
Official Website: https://www.q-pot.jp/eng/