Idol Group Keyakizaka46 Themed Cafes to Open in Harajuku, Osaka & Nagoya
The new cafe TOKYO BOX CAFE&SPACE will open in Omotesando, Harajuku on November 21, 2019.
The cafe will serve as a space to promote artists, franchises and more by collaborating with them. For the grand opening, the cafe’s first collaboration will be with Japanese idol group Keyakizaka46 which will run for a limited period from November 21, 2019 to January 13, 2020. The collaboration will subsequently move to Osaka and Nagoya where it will open on November 22 and 28 respectively.
The names of cafe menu dishes below are translated from Japanese.
Break the Cheese! – ¥1,690
This cheesy pasta dish is made with crispy cheese, the spaghetti is bathed in a rich cheese sauce, and the plate is finished with delicious seafood. Break the cheese up and tuck in!
Black Vegetable Curry – ¥1,590
The quirk of this veggie-packed meal is the black colour of the curry. Topped with okra, tomatoes, Japanese mustard greens, sunny-side up egg and more, this nutritional dish is sure to fill your belly.
2 People Season Pancakes – ¥1,790
For the sweet-tooths out there, they can look forward to forking into some chocolatey pancakes lathered sweetly in blueberry sauce and blueberry cream. Between the pancakes are fruits and chocolate to create a pancake sandwich, and adorning the plate is more chocolate, fruit, and blue dragées.
Humility! Kindness! Bonds! Shining Brightly, Keyakizaka46 Parfait – ¥1,690
Named after one of the group’s catchphrases, this matcha parfait is green which is a colour that symbolises Keyakizaka46. It’s piled with chocolate, macarons, ice cream, warabimochi and more for a truly hearty and mouth-watering dessert.
Late-Night Herb Tea – ¥890
During those nights when you can’t fall asleep, there’s nothing better than some refreshing herbal tea.
Matcha Milk That Stays Hot Even When It Blows In The Wind – ¥890
Nothing beats a cup of hot matcha milk during the cold weather. Coloured green like the group’s iconic colour, this gorgeous, garden-like beverage is sure to warm up your mind and body.
T-Shirt (White) – ¥3,100
Acrylic Keyring – ¥900
Tote Bag – ¥1,800
Those who book a table in advance (¥650 per person, tax excluded) and order something from the menu will randomly receive one of 26 possible trading cards pictured above.
If you order something from the food or dessert menu, you’ll also receive one of 26 possible signed mini cards, chosen randomly.
Finally, if you get a drink, you can get one of these 8 possible coasters, also chosen randomly.
This is just a small peek into what’s to come at the cafesーthere are more drinks, dishes and merchandise to get your hands on, so don’t miss out.
*All listed menu item prices do not include tax
*All listed merchandise items include tax
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
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Keyakizaka46 Collaboration Cafe
- TOKYO BOX CAFE&SPACE (6-3-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo) / November 21, 2019 – January 13, 2020 (Closed December 30-January 3)
- Shinsaibashi contact (1-6-24 Kitahorie, Nishi Ward, Osaka) / November 22, 2019 – January 19, 2020/2019 (Closed December 31-January 1. Open later on January 2 from 14:00.)
- NAGOYA BOX CAFE&SPACE (LACHIC Floor B1F, 3-6-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi) / November 28, 2019 – January 19, 2020 (Closes early on December 31 at 18:00. Closed January 1-3)
Now open at all branches. Price: ¥650 (Before Tax). Includes bonus item.
Keyakizaka46 Official Website: http://keyakizaka46-cafe.jp
Christmas Gifts, Delicious Desserts & More Coming to Tokyo Skytree Town This Holiday Season
The dessert shops and and bakeries on the second floor of Tokyo Solamachiーthe shopping facility at the base of Tokyo Skytreeーare reading themselves for Christmas by baking up a whole range of festive delights for the holiday season, perfect for parties, gifts, or as a little self-indulgence. Let’s dive in and take at what’s on offer this year.
The perfect cakes for spending Christmas at home
Bonheur du Noel – ¥6,480 @ Ginza BOUL’MICHI (Tower Yard Floor 2F) [Reservations: November 1 – December 13 / Serving: December 21-25] *Tokyo Solamachi exclusive
Macarons are in this year in Japan, so BOUL’MICHI has whipped up the perfect strawberry chocolate cake adorned with colourful macarons and fresh strawberries to give it that Christmas-y look. Only 50 of these precious cakes will be sold, so don’t miss out.
Fromage Citron @ – ¥2,970 Ginza Ginger (Tower Yard Floor 2F) [Reservations: November 1 – December 10 / Serving: December 23-25] *Tokyo Solamachi exclusive
This no-bake cheesecake is made with Oceania cheese and layered with an almond base followed by a sumptuously sour lemon cream.
16cm Yule Log – ¥4,104 @ Sweet Heart Tree (Tower Yard Floor 2F) [Reservations: November 1 – December 20 / Serving: December 15-25]
A gourmet yule log made with rich chocolate and packed with fruits and nuts. This sophisticated dessert is one for the adults to enjoy.
Takeout Sweets & Christmas Merchandise
Tiny Waffles (Dark Chocolate/White Chocolate) – ¥486 Each @ RL waffle cake (Tower Yard Floor 2F) [Reservations: November 1 – December 23 / Serving: December 20-25]
If you’re looking for something a little smaller, perhaps as a Christmas present to friends and family or as a little gift to yourself, then check out these fluffy waffles made with strawberries, chocolate and whipped cream. Simple, but delicious!
Mamegui Towels (Santa Clause/White Christmas/Snowman) – ¥550 Each @ Mamegui (East Yard Floor 4F) [Available From November 1] *Gifts inside sold separately from ¥388
Mamegui are a type of towel used in Japan to wrap gifts in for people. These Christmas versions are perfect for wrapping up small presents for people, like Japanese snacks and candy.
Crispy Cakes (Happy Wreath/Santa/Reindeer) – ¥508 Each @ pon pon×Chris.P (East Yard Floor 2F) [Available From November 15]
These tiny crispy cakes are another great little bite to eat. The cute Santa version is cookie and milk flavoured and has marshmallows as the fluff of his hat.
Tokyo Skytree’s THE SKYTREE SHOP Christmas Items
THE SKYTREE SHOP is the official souvenir store of Tokyo Skytree®. This Christmas they are selling a new batch of themed items, including plenty featuring their cute official mascot Sorakara-chan.
TOKYO SKYTREE Premium Chocolates – ¥1,706 @ Tokyo Skytree Floors 345 & 450 [Available From November 7]
This luxurious assortment of Tokyo Skytree-shaped chocolates come in a variety of flavours, including ruby chocolate.
Left: Sorakara-chan Winter Collection S – ¥2,200 / Right: Sorakara-chan Winter Collection Mascot – ¥1,375 @ Tokyo Skytree Floors 1, 5 & 450 [Available From November 7]
You can’t leave Tokyo Skytree without a little memento, so why not pick up a cute duffle coat clad Sorakara-chan? Available this winter only.
Sorakara-chan Compact Mirrors – ¥968 @ Tokyo Skytree Floors 1, 5 & 450 [Available From November 7]
Also part of the Sorakara-chan winter collection are these compact mirrors which are filled with glitter that falls like stars or snowflakes depending which one you go for. They are small enough to fit into your pocket or bag making them super convenient.
And that’s not allーTokyo Solamachi has countless other goodies, from desserts to souvenirs, to pick up this Christmas too. If you’re in Tokyo this winter season and are planning a trip to Tokyo Skytree, be on the lookout.
*All listed prices include tax. Applicable tax rate may vary on certain products in line with Japan’s consumption tax increase.
*Products and sale periods subject to change. Products available while supplies last.
*Pictured photos are for illustrative purposes only.
Tokyo Skytree Town®
Address: 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.tokyo-skytreetown.jp/english/
Warm Up With Tokyo Disney Resort’s New Hot DrinksーRuby Chocolate, Matcha & More
04.November.2019 | FOOD
Are you feeling the cold yet? Don’t worry if you’re in Tokyo this year, because Tokyo Disney Resort has you covered with its new batch of hot drinks which they began serving on November 1.
Left: Ruby Chocolate & Raspberry Milk – ¥500 / Right: Cheese Caramel Milk Tea
The Ruby Chocolate & Raspberry Milk drink is sold at Squeezer’s Tropical Juice Bar and Ice Cream Cones at Tokyo Disneyland. It is made with the elusive ruby chocolate and retains its characteristic sour taste which melds temptingly with the sweet and sour raspberry syrup to create a luxurious hot beverage. Enjoy the gentle sweet notes of the chocolate and fruitiness of the cacao tickle your nose.
You’ll find the Cheese Caramel Milk Tea at either Cafe Orleans or Rackety’s Raccoon Saloon at Tokyo Disneyland, or Sultan’s Oasis at Tokyo DisneySea®. The drink is a caramel-lined milk tea topped with a rich cream cheese. The subtle sweetness of the caramel milk tea coupled with the salty cream cheese is a flavour you’re sure to become addicted to.
Hot Matcha Milk (Tapioca & Strawberry) – ¥450
Roll up to Hudson River Harvest in Tokyo DisneySea for a cup of this Hot Matcha Milk which has been filled with chewy matcha flavoured tapioca pearls, a texture that’s deliciously enjoyable when fused with the faint fragrance of the strawberry.
Hazelnut Milk Hot Cocktail – ¥760
And if you head to Ristorante di Canaletto, also at Tokyo DisneySea, you can enjoy this cocktail served hot with a hazelnut liqueur and foamy milk. The added chocolate only makes the milk more delicious.
The drinks are a part of the Sweets & Sips campaign now running around Tokyo Disney Resort.
There are plenty of other drinks as well as churros, doughnuts, crepes and more to enjoy too, so be sure to check out the official websiteーor better yet, head to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea!
Special Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/treasure/sweets_sips/menu/
Tokyo Disney Resort (English): https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
KFC Japan Introduces Snoopy & Peanuts Gang Mug Designs
31.October.2019 | FOOD
KFC Japan is teaming up with the Peanuts franchise to release a new line of mugs featuring designs of Snoopy and the rest of the gang. They will be released on November 22, with in-store pre-orders opening on November 1.
Christmas is a big time for KFC in Japan as it’s a location many people enjoy dining at during the holiday season. This special Snoopy collaboration has been dubbed a pre-Christmas celebration.
Four mugs will be available, including pink, yellow and blue ones as well as a “rare” mug which is the hardest one to obtain. The mugs feature completely original illustrations of Snoopy and his friends playing in the snow.
Also arriving on November 1 is a series of other Snoopy-themed merchandise which can be obtained when ordering the kids meals pictured below. The first in the series will be a plate which comes with the same 4 designs as the mugs.
It’s a tradition to eat KFC in Japan at Christmas, so celebrate this holiday season together with Snoopy and his friends.
Pack Set w/ Snoopy Soup Mug
Snoopy Soup Mug Pack Set A – ¥1,520
Snoopy Soup Mug Pack Set B – ¥1,520
Snoopy Soup Mug Sandwich Set – ¥1,220
Snoopy Soup Mug Chicken Set – ¥1,220
Complete Pack – ¥4,980
*Complete Pack not available at select stores
*Mug design is entirely random and cannot be chosen. There is also a smaller stock of rare mugs than the other 3 designs.
Release Date: November 22, 2019 (Pre-orders open November 1, 2019)
Available: At most KFC branches in Japan (While supplies last)
Kids Menu w/ Snoopy Plate
Kids Nugget Set – ¥500
Kids Crispy Set – ¥500
Release Date: November 1, 2019
Available: At most KFC branches in Japan (While supplies last)
KFC Japan Website: https://www.kfc.co.jp/top.html
3 New Limited-Edition Botanical Drinks to Arrive This Summer at BOTANIST Tokyo
27.May.2020 | FOOD
BOTANIST Tokyo, the flagship shop of BOTANIST in Omotesando, has announced a new collection of limited-edition drinks will be served on the second floor BOTANIST Cafe from July 12, 2020. BOTANIST Tokyo is currently closed but it scheduled to reopen on June 1.
There are three new refreshing drinks to choose from, all of which can be ordered for takeout. From apple mint to grapefruit, each beverage us the perfect accompaniment for cooling you down in Japan this summer.
Refresh Soda: ¥600 (Tax Included)
A combination of grapefruit jelly and fizzy soda water make this one of those drinks that you go “Ahh!” afterwards on a hot summer’s day. There’s also a hint of sweet green apple.
Botanical Melon Soda: ¥800 (Tax Included)
This is a smoothie which blends together two types of melon soda and adds melon jelly and a dollop of ice cream. It’s like a dessert in a cup!
Banana & Avocado Refresh Smoothie: ¥720 (Tax Included)
Enjoy the sweetness of banana and sugar beet together with the smoothness texture of the avocado in this smoothie which has apple and mint mixed into it for that refreshing summertime kick.
The cafe’s regular menu has also been revised to add three new desserts.
Vegan Waffles w/Drink: ¥800 (Tax Included)
These vegan waffles are healthier for the body if you’re looking for some guilt-free indulgence. It’s topped with soy whipped cream, maple syrup, and fruits of your choice.
Lemon Cheesecake w/Drink: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
A crunchy cookie base, a creamy cheese top, and a lemon to top it all off. The combination of the salty flavour with the sour hit is a match made in heaven.
Homemade Rich Pudding: ¥500 (Tax Included)
An in-house made purin, which is a type of Japanese custard pudding. It’s a delightful mix of rich egg and subtly sweet soy whipped cream.
Customers who spend over ¥4,000 (tax included) on items in the Refresh Series will also be entered in for a chance to win a “Refresh Soda.” The soda is available while supplies last.
Serving: June 1, 2020 – July 12, 2020
Serving: From June 1, 2020
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo (1st Floor – Shop / 2nd Floor – Cafe)
TEL: 1st Floor: 03-5766-3777 / 2nd Floor: 03-5766-3778
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://shop.botanistofficial.com/
Tokyo’s New Skin Care Concept Shop SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS to Open in Omotesando
SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS is the debut concept shop by Japanese beauty company ORBIS, and it’s set to open in Omotesando this summer. The shop’s teaser website opened on May 13 where information on its conception, special content, interviews with the company’s partners, and more will roll out in the run up to the grand opening.
ORBIS established themselves in 1984, and in 1987 launched their mail-order service. Since then, their mission has been to “create a world filled with people who are true to themselves, think positively, and lead lives of beauty.” They believe in the beauty each of us has inside them and want to unlock its full potential.
SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS aims to have people learning about their own skin and to unlock its full potential. “Feel,” “Learn,” and “Take” are the keywords of the concept shop.
The shop’s creative directors are Hisato Ogata, who is a designer and innovator at takram, and Momo Kudo of Tokyo-based architecture and interior design studio MMA Inc. They are also supported by George Amano of GEORGE CREATIVE COMPANY.
SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS has two floors. On the first floor, customers are free to test various products as well as learn about the correct way to look after their skin. The second floor offers skincare treatments, workshops, and various private events. You must be a member on the shop’s official app and book in advance for the second floor services.
If you’re strolling around the Harajuku and Omotesando area this summer, pop into SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS and learn all there is to know about proper skin care.
SKINCARE LOUNGE BY ORBIS
Address: 5-7-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo
LOUNGE: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM
JUICE BAR: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
*Please note that the shop is subject to temporary closure
Official Website: http://www.orbis.co.jp/skincarelounge/
BAPE STORE® To Open in COMME des GARCONS in Osaka’s Luxury Brand Hotspot
Japanese fashion label COMME des GARCONS OSAKA has moved to Midosuji in Shinsaibashi, Osaka and is set for its grand opening on April 3, 2020.
The first floor will be occupied by BAPE STORE® (A BATHING APE®), making it the first ever COMME des GARCONS to house a BAPE STORE®.
COMME des GARCONS was founded by world-famous fashion designer Rei Kawakubo in 1969. Besides developing a number of world famous brands such as COMME des GARCONS HOMME PLUS, she also founded the multi-brand retailer DOVER STREET MARKET GINZA, becoming a key figure in the world’s leading fashion. As the second largest city in Japan after Tokyo and the largest in west Japan, Osaka has remained the economic and cultural epicentre of the Kansai region for centuries. Kawakubo’s latest step in the world of fashion is the brand new opening of BAPE STORE® COMME des GARCONS OSAKA along Midosuji street, Shinsaibashi – a main street of central Osaka which is a hotspot of luxury designer shops.
Last year, BAPE STORE® opened in Kyoto, marking a year since BAPE STORE® opened in the Kansai region. The interior of BAPE STORE® COMME des GARCONS OSAKA was done by Rei Kawakubo. This atmosphere and design is completely different to existing BAPE® stores and will also sell limited COMME des GARCONS and A BATHING APE® collaboration merchandise that are not available anywhere else.
If you’re in Osaka and love high-end fashion, the brand new BAPE STORE® COMME des GARCONS store and its limited merchandise is worth checking out.
BAPE STORE® COMME des GARCONS OSAKA
Address: Floor 1 COMME des GARCONS OSAKA, 4-4-21, Minamisenba, Chuo Ward, Osaka
Grand Opening: April 3, 2020
Items Release Date To Be Confirmed.
Special Edition Website: https://bape.com/pages/cdg_osaka/
Harajuku’s Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe Entertains Customers With Projection Mapping
“HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe-,” a cafe in Harajuku whose name speaks for itself, has announced its second collaboration with Rilakkuma to bring the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe which will open for a limited time from April 3, 2020 to June 28, 2020.
The cafe’s first collaboration with Rilakkuma was in December last year. It was called “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” and earned itself many fans for its cute food and decor, but especially for its interactive tables which used projection mapping technology to have Rilakkuma and friends running around people’s tables.
Harajuku’s Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror | Food Review: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/284456
Fruit is the theme of the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, which follows that Chairoikoguma and the other characters have gathered lots of nutritious fruit to fill up the belly of hungry Rilakkuma.
Rilakkuma’s Fruit Salad – ¥1,590
Get your fill of refreshing fruit from this fruit salad plate which has Rilakkuma poking his cute face out from behind it all. When you order this dish, you’ll need to touch the fruits that appear on the table to give them to Rilakkuma.
Korilakkuma’s Apple Cheese Gratin – ¥1,690
A combination of hot apple and melted cheese, you’ll find yourself addicted to the sweet and sour mix of flavours. Pick lots of apples with Rilakkuma and company with the projection mapping game. (*Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)
Chairoikoguma’s Orange Burger – ¥1,690
The bun of this hearty burger is branded with Chairokoguma’s cute bear face. But what happens when you squeeze Rilakkuma’s orange? (*Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)
Rilakkuma’s Maku Maku Fruit Tree Parfait – ¥1,590
Korilakkuma’s Maku Maku Strawberry Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)
Kiiroitori’s Maku Maku Peach Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)
For dessert, you have a selection of fruit-topped parfaits to choose from featuring Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiiroitori.
Rilakkuma & Friends Maku Maku Drinks – ¥790 / With Glass – ¥1,990
Warm & Fluffy With Everyone Cafe Latte – ¥890
Pick between one of the cold beverages, or if it’s a cold day, warm up with a hot drink. Feel warm and fluffy like Rilakkuma and his friends with a warm beverage after your parfait.
Exclusive Merchandise & Bonus Items
Pin Badges (9 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥400
Acrylic Key Rings (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500
Get your hands on a selection of original merchandise too, including pin badges, acrylic key rings, and more.
Stickers (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)
Coasters (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)
Book a table online in advance and receive one of four possible stickers. Order a drink at the cafe and get one of the four coasters!
You’re sure to get your five-a-day when you dine at the Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, opening for spring on April 3, 2020 in Harajuku.
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Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe
Running: April 3, 2020 – June 28, 2020
Location: HARAJUKU AR BOX-table projection mapping cafe- (Lucessimo Bldg. Floor 2F, 4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Table Bookings: Now Open
*Table Projection Mapping seats for two people are ¥2,960 (before Tax)
Official Website: https://rilakkuma-fruits-cafe.jp/
Pompompurin Celebrates 24th Anniversary With Birthday Menu at the Pompompurin Cafe
Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin is celebrating his 24th anniversary at three branches of the Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku, Yokohama, and Umeda with a special birthday menu that will be served for the whole month of April.
A special celebratory menu for the floppy-eared golden retriever
The official date for Pompompurin’s birthday is April 16. The birthday menu line-up includes two food items, a drink made in collaboration with popular Japanese picture book author Yukako Ohde, and some novelty gifts.
Happy Birthday Flower Bouquet Bisque – ¥1,590 (Before Tax)
This cute bisque soup has Pompompurin and Muffin holding a colourful boquet made from broccoli and mashed potatoes made to look like roses. It has a rich but mild flavour, and is both adorable and filling.
Happy Birthday Strawberry Mousse – ¥790 (Before Tax)
The strawberry mousse has a fluffy texture and refreshing, sweet taste. It can be eaten as it is or drizzled with the accompanying raspberry sauce.
Yukako Ohde x Pompompurin Lemonade – ¥550 (Before Tax)
Take a sip from this delicious lemonade from a straw adorned with a cute, warm illustration of Pompompurin by Yukako Ohde.
Exclusive Anniversary Novelty Gifts
Lunch Mat Design
Customers who dine at any of the three cafes during the anniversary celebration will receive a free lunch mat.
And those who order the lemonade will receive a coaster with designs illustrated by Yukako Ohde. The designs are different at each branch of the Pompompurin Cafe. You can also receive another special coaster if you spend over ¥1,000 each (tax included) at Pompompurin Cafe Umeda and KIDDY LAND Osaka Umeda. Simply show your receipts at the cafe.
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■Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku
Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)
Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station
■Pompompurin Cafe Yokohama
Address: Yokohama Sotetsu Square, 2-1-5 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from West Exit at Yokohama Station via JR Line
■Pompompurin Cafe Umeda
Address: Hankyu Sanbangai South Wing B2F, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Access: 3-minutes from Osaka Station via JR Line
Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com
Dine in Luxury With Truffle Toast at Patisserie SATSUKI in Hotel New Otani Osaka
22.March.2020 | FOOD
If you’re looking to indulge yourself during your trip to Japan, and happen to be staying in Osaka, then Hotel New Otani Osaka’s pastry shop Patisserie SATSUKI has you covered with their new “Spring Truffle Toast” which is made with Bianchetto truffles. Only 5 servings are served per dayーand 10 on weekends and public holidays.
The arrival of Japan’s unprecedented bread boom
In recent years, Japan as a country has seen a boom in the baking and serving of bread. NOGAMI, a bread shop in Osaka, is credited with lighting the fire of the “shokupan” boom, a type of fluffy bread in Japan. This has resulted in many more shops opening selling shokupan. In spring 2017, Hotel New Otani Osaka decided it wanted the people of Kansai to buzz about high quality shokupan too, so it developed its French-inspired “Spring Truffle Toast.” Since releasing, the bread has continued to sell out, and if you don’t place an order for one you won’t be able to get your hands on it. Their tasty truffle toast has returned again this year.
Premium toast with loaded truffle
Spring Truffle Toast With Bianchetto Truffles – ¥1,500 Per Loaf (Before Tax)
The ambrosial Spring Truffle Toast lacks nothing when it comes to taste, texture, and smell. The ingredients used to make ordinary bread like eggs, milk, and butter aren’t used for the shop’s Spring Truffle Toast. Instead, strong flour, yeast, water, and finely chopped spring truffles are used. To bring out even more flavour, truffle butter, pure olive oil, and shortening is used.
The same goes for the crustーeggs and milk aren’t used like in ordinary bread. And to prevent the bread from drying out, more time and labour is put into kneading the dough. A lava pot is used to bake the dough. By using far infrared to heat it, it makes the finished bread nice and chewy.
The shop’s head chef wanted to ensure that the bread’s fragrant smell is preserved when you take the lid off, and so the entire loaf is lathered in truffle oil, which also gives it a moist taste.
The bread can be toasted and enjoyed on its own, and you’re guaranteed great flavour and smell, but you can take it to the next level by topping it with a fried egg or scrambled egg to create an extraordinary and filling meal.
These truffles can only be harvested in spring
Truffles are a delicacy in kitchens around the world. The types used for the Spring Truffle Toast are Bianchetto. They are a very popular traditional truffle of Italy and can only be harvested from mid-March to April. As a result, they are extremely rare in Japan, making the toast that much more special.
Spring Truffle Toast With Bianchetto Truffles
Location: Patisserie SATSUKI – Hotel New Otani Osaka Floor 1F)
Available: Until Mid-April 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Price: ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Sales: Limited to 5 servings per day (10 on weekends and public holidays)
Reservations: 06-6949-3298 (Patisserie SATSUKI)
World’s Largest Athletic Tower Banpaku BEAST to Open at Expo ’70 Commemorative Park in Osaka
14.March.2020 | SPOT
Banpaku BEAST is set to open as the largest athletic tower in the world at Expo ’70 Commemorative Park on March 15, 2020, standing 24 meters tall.
The hexagonal tower was created by German-based amusement park attraction developers KristallTurm. It has four floors, each of which is its own “athletic area,” as well as an observation deck. It is a comprehensive workout tower, offering 120 different kinds of athletic activities such as climbing and slacklining, meaning the fun will never end in a single day, and will have you wanting to go back for more.
The tower makes use of its full height; expect to use your entire body during your ascension, ride barrels, bikes, and more. Safety is guaranteed while still offering a heart-racing experience for those thrill-seekers. The facility can be used by both kids and adults alike who want to test themselves and feel refreshed after a good workout.
See Banpaku BEAST in action in the official video above.
Location: Expo ’70 Commemorative Park, Suita, Osaka
Time: Reception 9:30-15:00 / Open 10:00-16:30
Price: General ¥3,500 / Elementary school children and below ¥3,000
*Separate fee charged for entry to Expo ’70 Commemorative Park’s Natural and Cultural Gardens (General ¥260/ Elementary school children and below ¥80)
Access: 5-minutes from Expo Memorial Park Station via Osaka Monorail
Official Website: https://www.se-amuse.jp/bampakubeast/
Food Review: Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando
The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON editorial team took a trip to Q-pot CAFE. to try out their new afternoon tea experience, the “SAKURA Romantic Tea Party,” where we were treated to a pink kawaii tea party experience. This afternoon tea is available now until April 26, 2020.
The cherry blossom designed decor and decorations welcomed us to an early spring. We ate in the cafe’s “SAKURA Room” for this review, which takes the Q-pot’s springtime cherry blossom experience to the next level.
Romantic SAKURA Afternoon Tea Set w/ Drink – ¥2,400 (Serves 1) (Tax Included) *Photo shows tea set for two
The top plate is beautifully adorned with cherry blossom St. Honoré cakes which are filled with a sumptuous gorgeous cherry blossom cream. There is also peach bavarois, strawberry cookies, and Q-pot CAFE.-original rich, cream ganache-filled macarons. The fallen cherry blossom petals on the plate are also in fact chocolate.
Everything on the plate screams kawaii with the considerate attention that is given to all the little details.
The bottom plate is the savoury stuff. We have hearty croissants filled with duck pastrami and cucumber that has been dressed with white wine vinegar. They are served with a white asparagus cream potage soup and skewered olives, mini tomatoes and pickles.
The balance of flavours between the top and bottom plates is exquisite; the savoury food refreshes your palate after the sweet treats on top.
The set comes with a cup of pink cherry blossom tea. Floral and fruity fragrances fill your nose as you go to take a sip, after which your taste buds are treated to the notes of cherry blossom and raspberry. This subtly sweet and refreshing drink is the perfect accompaniment to your dessert and meal line-up. It even comes with a little chocolate petal.
Romantic SAKURA Mont Blanc Plate w/ Drink – ¥2,060 (Tax Included)
The pink mont blanc gives cherry tree vibes. It’s made with cherry blossom bean paste cream, rich matcha chocolate, Japanese waguri chestnut, and chestnut cream. When you fork the fluffy bean paste, you get plenty of chestnut cream and matcha chocolate with it. The sweetness of the cherry blossom bean paste and the subtle bitterness of the matcha go really well together. Q-pot. CAFE offers a selection of original macarons too which you can pick from including strawberry, chocolate, lemon, and melon. We wanted to go as pink as possible, so we went for the strawberry one!
Romantic SAKURA Parfait w/ Drink – ¥1,850 (Tax Included)
This strikingly gorgeous parfait is topped with cherry blossom cookies, cherry blossom meringue, and more. Its tall beautiful form is built up by a selection of ingredients, including Japanese flavours like cherry blossom cream and houjicha sauce.
But what we want to draw attention to is the transparent jelly in the middle of the glass. If you look really closely, it looks like dancing cherry blossom leaves.
Q-pot CAFE. also has a range of other limited-time menu items, as well as food that looks just like real accessoriesーsomething the cafe is famous for. They also have accessories that look like real desserts, like a sugar cookie or crunchy meringue. Perfect for coordinating a spring look this year.
Make sure to pay a visit to Q-pot CAFE. if you’re visiting Tokyo this spring!
SAKURA Romantic Tea Party
Running: March 1, 2020 – April 26, 2020
Online Reservations: Now Open
*Afternoon tea set and hanami plan to be served until March 29, 2020
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/
Tokyo & Osaka’s Pokémon Cafes Reveal 3rd Line-Up Of Sword and Shield Themed Food
The Tokyo (Nihonbashi) and Osaka (Shinsaibashi) branches of the Pokémon Cafe are releasing their third line-up of menu items in collaboration with Pokémon Sword and Shield which will be served between March 20 and May 29 this year. The second line-up is still available and will be served until March 19.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are the latest games in the Pokémon video game franchise and were released for the Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019. The new menu line-up sees appearances from familiar faces including Pikachu, Eevee, Yamper, Zigzagoon (Galar form), and Eiscue.
*Dish names are translated from Japanese
Gigantamax Pikachu’s Naughty Octopous Rice Plate – ¥2,178 (Tax Included)
This hearty portion of octopus rice is made in the image of Pikachu in his Gigantamax form.
Gigantamax Eevee’s Smiley Hamburger Stew Plate – ¥2,178 (Tax Included)
A hearty stew made in the image of Eevee in its Gigantamax form.
Yamper’s Happy Sandwich Picnic Plate – ¥1,848 (Tax Included)
This picnic-on-a-plate meal features the adorable Yamper, who is served with a tasty salad.
Galar Zigzagoon’s Crunchy Cookie Tiramisu – ¥1,738 (Tax Included)
This crunchy cookie tiramisu features a cute recreation of Zigzagoon in its Galar form.
Ice Face Eiscue’s Shivering Panna Cotta – ¥1,628 (Tax Included)
As you fork through this cute Eiscue panna cotta, you’ll discover a special and delicious treat inside.
Jump into the video game world of Pokémon Sword and Shield at the hugely popular Pokémon Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka.
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Pokémon Sword and Shield – 3rd Menu Line-Up
Running: March 20, 2020 – May 29, 2020
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)
*Reservations available online only. Telephone reservations not available.
DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN Exhibition Shows Off Dress Line-Up Inspired by Japanese Culture
The DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN exhibition at HANKYU Umeda Store in Osaka began on March 1 where it is set to run until March 22.
The collection features a complete line-up inspired by Japan’s rich culture, from dresses serving haute couture to exquisite Lady Dior bags re-interpreted by various artists. This exhibition is a coming-together of DIOR and Japan and expresses savoir faire the way a maison should.
The exhibition is also home to a gift shop selling a range of different items. It also has an audio guide presented by Japanese actress and fashion model Yuko Araki and actor and model Ryusei Yokohama, both of whom were selected as Japan Fashion Ambassadors for this exhibition.
See the worlds of DIOR and Japan collide at DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN.
DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN
Running: March 1, 2020 – March 22, 2020
Location: HANKYU Umeda Gallery (HANKYU Umeda Store Floor 9F)
Address: 8-7 Kakudacho, Kita, Osaka
Official Website: http://bit.ly/DiorFromParisToJapan
Matcha Sweets & Mini Tea Ceremony Experience Coming to The Strings Omotesando in Tokyo
04.March.2020 | FOOD
Cafe & Dining ZelkovA is set to offer a new “Japanese Tea Set” service from March 3 to July 2 this year which gives customers a mini tea ceremony experience where they can enjoy a cup of matcha and tuck into some matcha sweets.
Japanese Tea Set – ¥2,600 (Tax Included) *Plus separate 12% service charge
This tea set comes with genuine a nanbu tekki cast iron kettle for pouring hot water and a chasen tea whisk for mixing the matcha powder. Authentic Uji matcha from Kyoto is used which has a wonderfully rich fragrance that reminds you just how good matcha really is.
The tea set also comes with an Uji matcha tiramisu and a rice flour dumpling anmitsu which comes with an assortment of fruits like the setoka citrus and melon, Tokachi adzuki beans, and brown sugar syrup from Okinawa.
Sit either on the sunny terrace or inside with the cafe’s high-end interior design and enjoy yourself luxuriously with a cup of matcha and some Japanese matcha treats.
Cafe & Dining ZelkovA
Address: The Strings Omotesando (Floor 1F), 3-6-8 Kitaaoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Serving: March 3, 2020 – July 2, 2020
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:30-22:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 11:00-22:00
Fruit Parlour is the Theme Of Kichijouji’s New ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Cafe
04.March.2020 | FOOD
A cafe themed on Eric Carle’s internationally beloved children’s picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe is set to open at Sunday Branch in Kichijoji PARCO in Tokyo on April 1, 2020 where it’s set to run for an entire year, ending on March 31, 2021. Today, we finally get a look at the cafe’s menu line-up.
The picture book has seen its fair share of themed cafes, with the first having taken place in Ginza back in 2018, which was so popular that customers had to book a month in advance to dine there. The cafe was always fully booked.
The concept for the new cafe opening in Tokyo’s Kichijouji district is “Fruit Parlour.” Look forward to munching your way through an assortment of fruit-filled sandwiches, pudding
à la mode, and moreーall of which are packed full of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s favourite fruits.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Fruit Curry (*Price TBA)
Very Hungry Plate (*Price TBA)
Meals on the menu are inspired by the fruits the caterpillar ate each dayーwhich have been recreated using rice! The fruit curry is made with lots of apple, mango, and tomato. It’s a pork curry that has a fruity flavour and a subtle sweetness. If you don’t like spicy curries, then this dish is the one for you.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Kid’s Plate (w/Drink) (*Price TBA)
The menu is also packed with food for kids, like this kid’s plate which comes with a chicken and broccoli tomato pasta, mini pancakes, and a side of fruit. There’s also baby food, like a thin rice porridge made with soft rice and vegetables.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Fruit Sandwich (*Price TBA)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Cheesecake (*Price TBA)
Of course, this tasty menu wouldn’t be complete without a long list of drinks and desserts. There’s the adorable fruit sandwich which recreates the caterpillar’s body, and a New York-style cheesecake topped with artistic cookies made with vegetables and spicesーand all with natural colourings.
This is just a small teaser of what’s to come at The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe in Kichijouji; they have promised there will be even more. Their website will go live on March 18, but you can follow them at their social media with the links below.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe in Kichijoji
Running: April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021 (subject to change)
Location: Sunday Brunch, Kichijoji PARCO Floor 4F (1-5-1 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo)
Official Website: Live from March 18, 2020
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/harapecocafe20
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harapecocafe2020/
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harapecocafe2020/