Experience Tokyo Disneyland’s Magical Christmas Parade & Decorations
Jolly faces are all around at Tokyo Disney Resort right now as Disney Christmas kicked off last Friday. It’s set to sleigh its way up to Christmas Day this year.
The editorial team at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON jumped ahead and got to experience all of the festive fun taking place at Tokyo Disneyland parks, so we’re going to showcase some of the magical events taking place this year.
Disney characters dress up for the amazing Christmas parade
If you’re visiting Tokyo Disneyland this year, the one event you absolutely have to check out the Disney Christmas Stories parade, where Mickey and company, as well as characters from various Disney Pixar films like Frozen and Toy Story, all arrive on Christmas floats.
All of the floats and themed on the films they appear in. For example, Lilo and Stitch ride a Hawaii Christmas boat, while Donald and Daisy have their own boat decked out with Christmas decorations.
The floats will stop before the crowd, and that’s when the dancing begins! Mickey, Minnie, Chip and Dale begin the dancing in front of Cinderella’s castle. All of the Christmas-clad characters and dancers invite guests to join in with dancing.
Once the dancing stops, the floats begin to move again, and snow falls all around the guests, plunging them into a White Christmas. The parade is truly magical at this point as the snow dances through the air. What could be better than celebrating Christmas than with your favourite Disney character at Tokyo Disneyland?
Gaze up at the 15-meter tall Christmas tree
The first thing to catch your eye if you walk towards the World Bazaar from the entrance is the towering Christmas tree which stands 15 meters high. At night, they turn the Christmas lights on, glow beautifully with the other visuals shining in the area. Here you’ll truly feel like you’ve been transported to a Christmas land as you’re wrapped in the warm lights of the illuminations and lulled by the music.
Photo opportunities with your favourite characters
In front of the Cinderella castle you’ll find multiple photo spots with statues of Disney characters. There are photographers there ready to take guests’ photos for them, so be sure to dress in your Christmas best to snap a memorable picture with the Disney cast. If you buy the photo, you’ll also receive a Christmas illustration and other goodies.
You can really feel the Christmas spirit at Tokyo Disneyland simply by walking through the park. Don’t miss this year’s Disney Christmas, and be sure to invite friends, family and loved ones along for the ride.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Disney Christmas 2019
Running: November 8, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Tokyo Disneyland: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tdl/event/detail/tdl_christmas2019/
Roppongi Hills Christmas Market 2019: Authentic German Food, Christmas Ornaments, Desserts & More
Christmastime has fallen on Roppongi Hills as it kicked off Roppongi Hills Christmas 2019 on Monday. The event sees the return of the gorgeous Keyakizaka illuminations from last year.
Keyakizaka-dori Street runs almost 400 meters, along which “Snow & Blue” LED lights glow and glisten like frost-covered trees, turning the street into a winter wonderland. For 2019, a very special photo spot has been designed by Japanese illustrator Yu Nagaba as pictured above amongst the ocean of illuminations. Over on the West Walk, passersby will spot a draped Christmas tree.
Starting this Friday (November 15), more illuminations will light up over at Mori Garden, which will reflect enchantingly from the garden lake, and 66 Plaza will be lit up too. All of these illuminations will glow until late in the night, making them a perfect spot for a little evening date.
A Christmas market will take place starting on November 30 which will feature German food and drinks, a shop where you can buy a real fir Christmas tree, and more. And on November 15, restaurants and cafes at Roppongi Hills will adorn their menus with Christmas cakes, sweets, and dinner plans.
Christmas Market 2019
2019 marks the 13th year of the Roppongi Hills Christmas Market, and this year, many of Japan’s leading shops are taking part. The market will recreate the atmosphere and decor of a German Christmas market, with gorgeous decorations lining the roof, as well as the 11 stalls which will sell German-made Christmas sundries, German mulled wine, frankfurter sausages, and more. There will be over 2,000 individual items to find.
Christmas Cakes & Merry Desserts
Top: Christmas Show Girl ¥3,672 / Bottom: Christmas Tree ¥10,800 @ LOLA’S Cupcakes Tokyo
Cafes and restaurants have cooked up various treats for the Christmas season which will be sold between November 15 to December 25, including Christmas cakes to complete your Christmas dinner, desserts so cute they almost seem a waste to eat, and little items perfect to give as gifts. There’s plenty on the menu to be enjoyed with friends, family and loved ones.
Have a very special and merry little Christmas this year at Roppongi Hills.
Roppongi Hills Christmas 2019
Running: November 11, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Locations: Roppongi Hills (Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori, 66 Plaza, West Walk, Roppongi Hills Arena, Rooftop Plaza, and elsewhere)
Official Event Page: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/sp/christmas/2019/
Christmas Market 2019
Running: November 30, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Time: 11:00-21:00 (Until 22:00 on Fridays, Saturdays & Christmas Eve)
Location: Rooftop Plaza
Running: November 11, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Location: Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori
Witness the Breathtaking Illuminations and Tokyo City Night Lights at Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019
10.November.2019 | SPOT
Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019 is set to run from December 1 to 25.
The event will take place at Shinagawa Season Terrace, a towering office building in Tokyo, where the rolling grass lawn will be lit up beautifully with enchanting blue lights. They offer a breathtaking view against the city nightscape of Tokyo’s skyscrapers. Last year’s event saw nearly 17,000 people in attendance.
2019 marks the 4th run of the event, and this year, the long staircase leading up to the lawn will also be lit up, welcoming visitors to see the illuminations from their first step upon arrival. The lights will flicker in 10 different patterns from the first floor (ground floor) up to the second.
Entry is free, and visitors will be able enjoy an unbroken view of the structural spectacle that is Tokyo Tower too. If you’re in Tokyo this December, be sure to mark Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019 in your calendar for the holiday season.
*Pictured photos are for illustrative purposes only
Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019
Running: December 1, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Location: Shinagawa Season Terrace (1-2-70 Konan, Minato Ward, Tokyo)
Access: 6 minutes on foot from Shinagawa Station’s Konan Exit (JR Line side)
Event Website: https://sst-am.com/
*The event will take place if there is light rainfall but will be suspended in the case of stormy weather
Tokyo Disney Resort to Release Frozen 2 Goods that Will Melt Your Heart
Disney’s Frozen is thawing back to life with the release of Frozen 2 which will premiere on November 22, 2019. To celebrate, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are gearing up with the release of approximately 30 kinds of exclusive merchandise which will be released on October 18. These are definitely worth melting for.
Plush Toy Hand Warmer: ¥2,900
Kid’s Cape: ¥3,900
The cold bothering you? Now you can let it go. Your kids will be prepared to embark on any winter adventure while staying stylish and warm with this magnificent Elsa and Anna-themed cape. Your sidekick Olaf has also come to life in the form of a Plush Toy Hand Warmer and is the perfect companion to keep your hands warm this season.
Drink Bottle: ¥2,700
Lip Balm: ¥900
There is also a big lineup of goods aimed at adults. The lineup consists of drink bottles, lip balms and much more. These items are perfect for everyday use no matter what season it is.
Pancake Sandwich (Potato Salad and Corned Beef) with a souvenir pouch: ¥1,300
Disneyland will also be serving up a delicious pancake fit for a princess which comes with a souvenir pouch. This Olaf Pancake Sandwich will be sold from October 18, 2019 to January 8, 2020. Two fluffy and sweet pancakes sandwich a potato salad and corned beef filling. The sweet and salty flavour will leave you and your friends finishing each other’s sandwiches!
There will also be a photo spot located on the wall of the Cinderella Castle (Tomorrowland) where you can get a photo with your favourite Frozen characters. Make sure you plunge into the world of the film and join Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven for a special photo.
*Please check the special edition website to find out more about the availability dates of the photo spot.
Special Cake Set: ¥2,000
The Disney Ambassador Hotel’s Hyperion Lounge will be selling a Special Cake Set and Special Drink from November 1 to December 19. The Special Cake Set consists of a lemon and cherry cheese tart. Can you spot the sugar paper Anna and Elsa on the plate? Eat the tart together with the lemon meringue for a refreshing flavour.
Special Drink: ¥1,300
The Special Drink is an autumn-themed Maple Syrup Iced Tea which perfectly depicts the autumn scenes of the film.
Tokyo Disney Resort® is giving you a first-time-in-forever-opportunity to experience the world of the film and is definitely worth checking out.
Tokyo Disney Resort: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Tokyo DisneySea: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tds/
Special Edition Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/treasure/frozen2/
Release Date: November 22, 2019
Official Website: https://www.disney.co.jp/movie/anayuki2.html
*The merchandise and special edition menu items are subject to change without prior notification. Please be aware that all Frozen 2 merchandise and menu items are limited in stock. This could cause items to sell out.
* Please refer to the Special Edition website to find out more information on the limited sale periods, shop locations and availability of Frozen 2 menu items and merchandise.
Japan Coronavirus: Tokyo Disneyland® and DisneySea® To Close Temporarily Until March 15
28.February.2020 | SPOT
Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea will be temporarily closed until March 15 to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus. Japan’s Coronavirus Countermeasures Taskforce has advised that there is a high risk of spreading the infection at large-scale sports and culture events and facilities where large numbers of people travel from across the country and congregate in one area. As many facilities and events in Tokyo are being restricted, postponed and even cancelled over the next two weeks, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea announced that both parks will close temporarily from February 29 – March 15, 2020.
The parks plan to reopen on March 16, 2020, however this will be decided following consultation with concerned administrative agencies and will be announced on their official website. If you have already purchased tickets which are valid during the parks’ closing dates, please refer to the links below.
Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Tokyo Disney Resort Online Tickets and Reservations: https://reserve.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/top/?language=en
Baymax Themed Food Flies Into Tokyo Disneyland Ahead Of New Big Hero 6 Attraction
The world is about to get its first Big Hero 6 themed park attraction, “The Happy Ride with Baymax,” at Tokyo Disneyland when it opens on April 15, 2020.
In promotion of the exciting new ride, Tokyo Disneyland has announced it will serve six different Baymax inspired menu items starting from April 8ーa week before The Happy Ride with Baymax’s grand opening.
Baymax Curry – ¥1,480 @ Center Street Coffeehouse
When you think of Baymax, you think of his white, chubby round face and body. Well, that image has been brought to life in this curry dish, with Baymax’s cute appearance recreated in the form of white rice. The dish takes inspiration from the spicy chicken wings made by Hiro’s auntie, Cass.
Special Pancake Set – ¥1,080 @ Center Street Coffeehouse / Time Served: 13:00-18:00 (Not serving June 1, 2020 – September 2, 2020)
Like the curry, this pancake set is also sold at Center Street Coffeehouse. It comes with two thick pancakes topped with Baymax’s faceーwhich is a Japanese ‘manju’ steamed cakeーassorted berries, strawberry sauce, and other delicious delights, mixing together Japanese and western flavours.
Sparkling Tapioca Tea (Cheese Cream & Berries) – ¥600 @ Tomorrowland Terrace / Time Served: 14:00-17:00
BB Popcorn w/Basket – ¥2,600 @ The Big Pop
There’s also a dessert-style drink at Tomorrowland Terrace which is a berry flavoured ice tea packed with dollops of cheese cream, as well as popcorn which comes with a popcorn basket of Baymax riding. This will be sold at the new popcorn shop, The Big Pop, which is opening on April 15.
Tuck into some cute and delicious Baymax food at Tokyo Disneyland before The Happy Ride with Baymax opens for business.
The Happy Ride with Baymax
Grand Opening: April 15, 2020
Food Menu: Serving from April 8, 2020
Tokyo Disneyland Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Tokyo Disneyland® Celebrates Opening Of New Park Area With Special Menu Line-Up
Tokyo Disneyland’s new biggest area is set to open on April 15, 2020, which will house four new exciting facilities: the new Beauty and the Beast attraction, the Fantasyland Forest Theatre, the Baymax’s Happy Ride attraction, and the Minnie’s Style Studio.
To celebrate the new area’s opening, several restaurants and eateries in Tokyo Disneyland will serve up some special menu items. Participating restaurants are calling this special menu line-up “New Dreams, More Fun!” Let’s take a look.
Sparkling Drink (Mixed Fruits) – ¥450 @ Boiler Room Bites and elsewhere
Boiler Room Bites and other eateries in the park are serving these colourful sparkling drinks packed full of fresh fruit pieces. The cups have special designs of Disney characters like Mickey mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Baymax.
Special Set – ¥990 @ Refreshment Corner
The special set being served at Refreshment Corner is inspired by Beauty and the Beast. It includes an apple cinnamon hot dog (contains nuts), a unique combination of juicy sausage, cinnamon, caramel, and nuts.
Blue Bayou Course – ¥5,200 @ Blue Bayou Restaurant
Another Beauty and the Beast-inspired dish is this special full course served at the Blue Bayou Restaurant. Buffet-style eatery Crystal Palace Restaurant will also serve up new dishes themed on each of the four new facilities of the new area starting on June 1, with a new one being introduced with each season.
Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Disney Easter 2020: Usapiyo Returns to Tokyo DisneySea® With Cute Food & Drink Line-Up
Tokyo DisneySea’s special springtime “Disney Easter” event will begin on March 27, and this year will once again see the arrival of the adorable yellow chick with rabbit ears Usapiyo to deliver a cute and fun Easter to guests in 2020.
Lots of newborn Usapiyo will stumble their way out of eggs again this year. Since they have just been born, they follow people, copy them, and try their hardest. These cute bunny-chicks will show just how charming they are in the “Tip-Top Easter” entertainment show, where they will captivate the Disney cast.
In line with the arrival of the newborn Usapiyo chicks, a line-up of 19 menu items will be served from March 20, 2020, all of which are Easter themed with motifs like Usapiyo and eggs.
Special Set – ¥1,980 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant
Sparkling Orange Jelly Drink w/Souvenir Cup – ¥950 @ Sebastian’s Calypso Kitchen
Head to Horizon Bay Restaurant at Tokyo DisneySea to order the special hamburger set, which has an Usapiyo cheese topping. Feeling thirsty? Then pay a visit to Sebastian’s Calypso Kitchen for a refreshing orange jelly drinkーyou even get to keep the cup! The Usapiyo food and beverages available this Disney Easter are almost too cute to eat or drink.
Special Set – ¥1,070 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery
Strawberry Mont Blanc w/Souvenir Plate – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery
If you’re wanting something lighter, then order the egg, cheese and roast pork sandwich at Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery. You get to take the plate home too.
There’s lots of other Usapiyo and Easter treats to discover at this year’s Disney Easter at Tokyo DisneySea.
*Please note that this menu line-up is subject to change without notice, and stock is available while supplies last for certain orders
Running: March 27 – June 12, 2020
Tokyo DinseySea Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Tokyo Disney Resort® Celebrates Toy Story’s Hamm With Pig Pink Merchandise
Tokyo Disney Resort is set to show some love to Hamm, everybody’s favourite piggy bank from the Disney/Pixar animated film series Toy Story, from February 28 with the arrival of some exclusive Hamm merchandise. This includes fashion items with pink woven into it amongst other accessories and miscellaneous pig picks.
*All Hamm merchandise will be sold from March 2 with the exception of sling bags, which will be sold from March 23.
Dress up with Hamm
Short Sleeve T-Shirt: ¥3,900
The unisex t-shirts include one design with a print of Hamm’s adorable face, and another more stylish t-shirt with a retro design.
Body Bag: ¥2,900
Coins aren’t the only thing Hamm can carry for you – with the new body bag, you can entrust your personal belongings to him, like your phone, card, coins, and so on, all while looking stylishly pink.
Pass Case: ¥1,900
Other items include a pass case of Hamm’s face, as well as a cute pig ear headband. There are lots of other items in the collection too.
Pink life dining
Fill the piggy bank that is your belly with food together with the pink tumbler and plate featuring designs that are actually used at restaurants throughout Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
Mini Towel: ¥680
Hand Cream & Lip Balm: ¥2,200
The mini towel, hand cream and lip balm set, and other items are all pocket-size, so you can take them anywhere with you.
This is just a small look at the pink range that’s set to beckon spring early. Don’t miss out on these exclusive items.
*Product designs and designs are subject to change without notice
*Available while supplies last
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
Release Date: February 28, 2020
Participating Shops: Planet M at Tokyo Disneyland® / Figaro’s Clothiers at Tokyo DisneySea®
Park Food Themed Miscellaneous Merchandise
Release Date: February 28, 2020
Participating Shops: Home Store at Tokyo Disneyland® / Bella Minni Collectionsat Tokyo DisneySea®
Tokyo Disneyland Reveals The First Image of Its New Baymax Attraction
30.January.2020 | SPOT
On April 15, 2020, Tokyo Disneyland’s largest renovation project will unleash its large number of new facilities and attractions to the public all in one go. On that day, Tomorrowland will be unveiling its new Big Hero 6 attraction ‘The Happy Ride with Baymax’. Tokyo Disneyland is the only Disneyland in the world to have one. The first ever images of the ride have been unveiled.
But hold on – is that Baymax is riding shotgun? The perfect form of our favourite white personal healthcare companion has been replicated 22 times. Each Baymax is committed to caring for each passenger’s health and happiness.
As the ride takes off, the 22 Baymaxes get to work, each steering a car unpredictably to send you on an unimaginably exciting journey. The upbeat music will add an extra layer of thrill to your adventure. Leave yourself in the care of Baymax, who will steer you on an unforgettable and unpredictable ride which is sure to put a smile on your face.
If you’re a Big Hero 6 fan, you just have to check out the new Baymax-themed ride at Tokyo Disneyland.
* The image in this article is an illustration
Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Tokyo Disneyland’s Very Very Minnie! Event is a Must-Experience For Minnie Mouse Fans
Fans of Minnie Mouse won’t want to miss her special “Very Very Minnie!” event that she is hosting at Tokyo Disneyland right now until March 19. Expect to see plenty of cute decorations, experience eating cute food, and getting your hands on some cute merchandise♡
Hand washing area
You’re sure to have never experienced hand washing like this before. Keep your hands clean at the park with this special soap which when dispensed is shaped like Minnie Mouse wearing her iconic ribbon. This is available for the duration of the event only, so head to Tomorrowland or Critter Country to try it out.
Exclusive Minnie merchandise
Around 80 pieces of limited edition Very Very Minnie! merchandise are being sold for the event.
Parkers – Medium ¥4,900, Large ¥5,200 / Cap – ¥3,000 / Scarf Towel – ¥1,500
Dress up like Minnie Mouse with one of the two parkers, one featuring white and black polka dots of different sizes, and the other with red and white ones. There’s also a cute cap, and scarf towel, so you can enjoy the event even more.
Cushion – ¥2,300
Hand Cream Set – ¥1,600
Wall Pocket – ¥2,900 (*Items in pockets sold separately)
There’s also a cushion which you can put your hands in to keep warm this winter, a set of hand creams, a useful wall pocket which you can store various items inーand many more items, up to 80 of them!
When looking for something to eat, make sure you try out one of the many Minnie-themed food and drink items.
Cranberry Vanilla Mouse Cake with Souvenir Plate – ¥800 / Yoghurt & Raspberry Mouse with Souvenir Cup – ¥800 / Served at: Sweetheart Cafe
At the Sweetheart Cafe, you can get your hands on one of two of these desserts which come with their own free souvenirs which you can take to use at home. You won’t be able to resist the addictive sweet and sour flavour of the berries.
Special Set – ¥1,980 / Served at: The Plaza Inn
The Plaza Inn has a very special set prepared: a hearty meal featuring two hamburgers, ice cream for dessert with a white chocolate mousse adorned with Minnie’s ribbon, and more.
Popcorn with Buckets – ¥2,300
You’ll find this bucket sold at the popcorn wagon next to The Gazebo. It features a design of Minnie looking good in various outfits. If you’re wanting popcorn at Very Very Minnie! then look no further.
Minnie Mouse’s influence can be felt all over Tokyo Disneyland right now, so make sure you see everything when visiting for Very Very Minnie!
Very Very Minnie!
Running: January 10, 2020 – March 19, 2020
Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Check Out Tokyo Disneyland’s Adorable ‘It’s Very Minnie!’ Show
Tokyo Disneyland has launched its Minnie-tastic programme Very Very Minnie on January 10 and it will run until March 19, 2020. The programme is packed with exciting limited period events including themed decorations, merchandise and special foods and drinks. Today we’ll be focussing on the It’s Very Minnie! show.
Presented at Showbase, It’s Very Minnie! is a musical revue show featuring Minnie Mouse and her Disney friends. The show is a mixture of Latin music, romance and even club scenes. As Minnie and friends dance rhythmically to the music, their colourful costumes colour the stage in a variety of styles. Each show lasts approximately 25 minutes.
Minnie dances in a classic red and white polka dot outfit. Her performance to Minnie Oh Minnie will have you singing along in no time.
As the lively music kicked in, Donald, Chip and Dale took to the stage in their Latin costumes.
As the music was constantly switching, the characters and dancers changed costumes at lightning speed.
Finally, Mickey and Minnie danced together. Just watching the couple dance will warm your heart.
Seeing Minnie in a beautiful pink dress, the crowd couldn’t help but scream “so cute!”
The show was a mix of the park’s many nostalgic tunes and Minnie in her many adorable outfits. From the very moment the intro played and Minnie’s figure appeared, fans instantly went wild. Watching fans chant their love for Minnie was very touching to see.
The timing of the dancers and characters was perfect. They even got down from the stage to interact with the audience, who were singing and clapping along to the music with excitement.
Some songs and costumes in the show were even having their debut. The stage was buzzing with so much excitement that it was impossible to look away.
Just watching Minnie’s variety of expressions will make you fall in love with her even more. You will want to go see her again and again. This is one of the best shows in history that Disneyland has ever put on.
Whether you’re a Minnie fan or not, anybody is bound to enjoy this fun-filled show.
Very Very Minnie!
Running: January 10 – March 19, 2020
Special Edition Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/treasure/fantasy/veryveryminnie/index.html
It’s Very Minnie! Special Edition Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/treasure/fantasy/veryveryminnie/show.html
Tokyo DisneySea’s Pixar Playtime Event Now in Full Swing and Loved by Pixar Movie Fans
You say there’s a snake in your boot? That’s because Tokyo DisneySea’s long-awaited Pixar Playtime is finally here, partner! Running from January 10 to March 19, this special event is a celebrating of all-things Pixar, with appearances from fans’ favourite films from Toy Story to Finding Nemo and beyond.
Today, we’re taking a small peek into what Pixar fanatics can look forward to. From shows to food and merchandise, this is an event you won’t want to miss!
Pixar Playtime is an annual event that plunges guests into the wonderful worlds of Pixar’s filmography, giving them a chance to meet and celebrate with some of the most iconic characters in animation history. For Pixar Playtime 2020, Tokyo DisneySea has been decorated like a colourful board game with squares which guests can move along and challenge themselves to the many different objectives written on them. There are many programmes prepared for this year, including the one below.
The “Pixar Playtime Pals” Show
Taking place at Piazza Topolino in Mediterranean Harbor, the Pixar Playtime Pals show invites guests into playing various fun games inspired by the Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Finding Nemo films.
As the games progress, more and more characters begin to appear to raise levels of excitement including those from Ratatouille, Up, Brave, and Inside Out.
It’s an exciting time for Pixar fans to interact with lots of their favourite characters.
Tokyo DisneySea is littered with decorations referencing Pixar’s films for the event including the iconic Pixar Ball.
Other things guests will spot is the colourful roulette featuring numerous characters, a game booth based on the Toy Story film series, a plethora of photo spots including the one above of Jack-Jack from The Incrediblesーthe list goes on. There’s plenty to be enjoyed at every turn, so be sure to take it all in.
Special Set – ¥1,980 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant
This special set is inspired by Finding Nemo. The pink mashed potato spread on the hamburger is made to look like coral.
There are also other little motifs, like this fish-shaped carrot which is orange like the titular clownfish himself.
The captivating colours of the lemon roll cake bring to mind Dory swimming through the ocean, while the accompanying pumpkin cream soup is sure to warm you up.
Sparkling Drink (Orange & Strawberry) – ¥450 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant
This orange and strawberry flavoured sparkling drink is inspired by Hank the octopus. It’s topped with strawberry flavoured pearls which look like octopus suckers and add a delicious chewy texture to your sipping experience.
Orange & White Chocolate Mousse w/ Souvenir Mug – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery
This two-layered cup dessert is made from orange and white chocolate mousse. You’re sure you recall the famous claw scene from Toy Story as your fork descends onto the custard-flavoured Little Green Man. The dessert comes with a free Toy Story and star design mug.
Blueberry Cheesecake w/ Souvenir Plate – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery
The fresh smell of blueberry will hit your nose as you munch into this moist cheesecake, topped with strawberry chocolate-coated wheat bran. It also comes with a plate featuring the Pixar Playtime board game design.
Mug – ¥’2,300
It wouldn’t be a Pixar event without some love for Luxo Jr., the famous lamp that is a symbol of Pixar. The “Playtime” text written on the mug depicts various movies from the animation studio.
Pouch Set – ¥2,100
You’re sure to be spoiled for choice when picking which of these pouches to use, but luckily they come as a set, so you get all three. They feature cute designs of the Pixar character cast.
Osenbei – ¥1,100
This set of osenbei rice crackers make for a perfect souvenir. There are five flavours in the set including persimmon seed, sweet & salty, curry, salted, and cheese.
Jump into the wonderful world of Pixar at Tokyo DisneySea’s Pixar Playtime Event.
Pixar Playtime 2020
Running: January 10, 2020 – March 19, 2020
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