The Fairy Godmother Waves her Wand to Transform Tokyo Disney Resort for Christmas
Disney magic flows through the veins of Disney Resort throughout the year. However, when the clock strikes Christmas time, the entire resort transforms for Disney Christmas: the annual event where the streets sparkle the most compared to any other yearly event.
With Christmas just over the horizon, the Fairy Godmother waved her magic wand over all areas of the park ー including the hotels. This year, a whole load of delicious Christmassy afternoon tea dishes have poofed onto the menu at Disney Ambassador Hotel’s Hyperion Lounge. Today, we’ll be looking at a few.
Disney Christmas Cake Set: ¥1,800
The Hyperion Lounge’s Disney Christmas Cake Set is shaped like a wreath and is garnished with your favourite Disney characters.
The wreath, which is sat on a bed of chocolate mousse, is woven from pistachio dough that is full of flavour and soft mousse. The sweet tanginess of the raspberry and cherries mixes with the sweet chocolate for a refreshing flavour that will fill your mouth. It is just too cute to eat.
Disney Christmas Special Drink: ¥1,300 *with Drink Coaster
The Christmas Special Drink is an iced tea coloured with a raspberry and strawberry syrup. Above the syrup is a mixture of milk tea and peach juice which will send a fruity scent floating to your nose. Mix the syrup with the milk tea thoroughly for a magical flavour adventure. Mixing the drink will turn it a cute light pink colour, too.
Two yellow chocolate stars shine in the middle of the drink. Can you spot them?
This drink was created to look just like Santa Claus and the two stars represent the buttons on his clothes.
This drink comes with a free original coaster, however, the coasters are in limited supply. Many restaurants around the resort are serving up special drinks which come with a free Disney Christmas coaster. The design available at Hyperion Lounge is Mini Mouse. Try collecting them for an extra special Disney Christmas.
Collect all the drink coasters and put them together for a Disney Christmas masterpiece!
Whether inside the park or not, Tokyo Disney Resort never fails to make our hearts race with excitement. If you’re staying at the resort, don’t miss out on the restaurant’s irresistible Christmas drinks and desserts.
Original Text Author: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
The Disney Ambassador Hotel
Christmas Menu: November 1 – December 25, 2019
Serving Times: 12:00 ー 22:00
Official Website: http://www.disneyhotels.jp/en/dah/restaurant/index.html
This Relaxing Onsen Hotel with Picturesque Nature and Luxurious Local Cuisine is the Perfect Getaway
Japan is full of picturesque locations where you can be at one with nature and soak the tiredness of your body away in the onsen baths. If you are looking for an escape from busy working life, then you’re in luck: Today we’ll be introducing you to a modern onsen hotel which is perfect for families, lovers, and even solo travellers.
Escape from Tokyo on the bullet train, ride the Zairai line and finally, catch a bus. After your two-hour journey, you will arrive at onsen hot spot Uonuma city in Niigata Prefecture. Today, we’ll be heading to Tomoya Hotel. The picturesque scenery of paddy fields and mountains will unfold before your very eyes and put your mind at ease.
Sunlight pours over the reception desk from the giant window. It was time to check in. After being informed on meal times and private onsen rentals, I quickly headed to my room.
I was given room 305. The warm wooden structure made the room feel lavishly large. Whether you’re snuggling up with a lover, chilling out with friends or relaxing with family, the atmosphere and size of the room allows for flexible usage.
The Sanashi river was right outside my window. I could watch the soothing clear water flow out to the horizon for hours.
The room was prepared with loungewear, bath towels, toothbrushes, socks and many other amenities. It was even fitted with a fridge and water heater.
From the lamps lighting the stairway and hallway sofas to the displayed artwork, every item in Tomoya Hotel is a carefully selected item of special design.
There was even a DJ area next to the lobby which contained a surprising stash of records, CDs and DVDs which was uncountably large. Being able to discover new music and films is another admirable feature of the hotel.
The front lobby is filled with a fresh and liberating atmosphere. There are plenty of spots to sit and read to yourself as the melodies of records weave through the air.
The shop sells specially selected products including locally produced juice, snacks and much more. You can even purchase Tomoya Hotel’s original skincare goods. Reading the cheerful and thoughtful comments written on the goods by the manager made it clear that every single item in the shop was chosen with the utmost care.
One by one, several lavish courses arrived at my door for dinner that evening. The locally-sourced ingredients and seasonal vegetables were served with Niigata prefecture’s uonuma koshihikari rice, which is famed as Japan’s best rice.
Nameko mushroom hotpot, salt-fried East Asian trout, tofu mixed with lotus root, and sashimi were just some of the hotel’s many original dishes that were brought to my door. As the rice was harvested from the first crop of the year, it was very sweet and so delicious that I helped myself to multiple servings without realising. The food was flavoured and seasoned very lightly to ensure that guests could fully enjoy the true flavours of the fresh harvest from the mountains and the sea. The luxurious dinner was highly enjoyable.
I enjoyed sipping a small glass of Tomoya’s chilled Reishu sake with my meal. This is an original recipe sake created by Tomoya Hotel and local sake brewery Tamagawa Shuzo. It was so refreshing, easy to drink and perfectly complimented every dish. The hotel provided a rich variety of alcoholic dinks including refreshing beer, carefully-selected wines, rare local sake, homemade fruit liqueurs, and more.
The onsen is home to rich history dating back to the year 1300 when it first opened its doors to the public. There are two types of private rental onsen and large public onsen indoors. Some square-shaped baths sit right beside a small stream which branches off from the Sanashi river. Treat yourself to a soothing soak in a historical onsen while absorbing the beautiful scenery.
After finishing your relaxing soak, head to floor 1 of the main building to spend some time relaxing. This space is for guests to use freely and how they please. There are bookshelves lined with books and games available.
The first floor of the hotel annexe was my favourite place. Music from a variety of genres is played here. A disco ball hangs high, splashing light across the spacious room. There is a ping-pong table, a pool table, massage chair, piano, an old Nintendo game, manga and much more. It may seem like a relaxing place at first glance, but my heart was racing with excitement as I got hooked on the games.
The following morning, breakfast was delivered right to my room again. Seeing the tray filled with a luxurious mix of both western and Japanese-style cuisine was very pleasing to see. I indulged in yaki-fu: baked wheat gluten which is a specialty of Niigata, fried fish, rolled Japanese-style omelette, homemade cheesecake and much more. All the meals served at the hotel are made with the utmost care and precision.
If I were to introduce all the wonderful services and features of Tomoya hotel then there would be no end to this article. The main highlights were the delicious meals made with locally sourced ingredients, the soothing onsen, the music, films and experience of art culture, and of course, the opportunity to get in touch with nature, watching the water trickle down the mountain streams as your mind discovers peace.
If you are looking to heal your body, mind and soul whilst discovering nature and art, then Tomoya Hotel is perfect for you.
Writer：Ellie（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Address: 282 Oyuonsen, Uonuma, Niigata
Official Website: http://www.tomoyahotel.com/index.html
Universal Cool Japan 2020: Attack on Titan, Monster Hunter World, Detective Conan & Lupin III
It has been announced that Universal Cool Japan 2020 will take place from January 21 to June 28 next year. This year marks the 6th run of UCJ which began in 2015, bringing together the ‘cool’ aspects of Japan enjoyed by the rest of the world, and enjoys immense popularity every year.
Universal Cool Japan 2020 will see four big titles in Japanese entertainment come together. Expect all-new attractions for all-new experiences.
*The Monster Hunter World: Iceborne x USJ attractions will be announced at a later date
Attack on Titan XR Ride
The Attack on Titan manga series has celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. For the first time ever, the series is getting its own XR Ride in which guests will don VR goggles that will transport them into a 360° rendering of the world of Attack on Titan, with life-size Titans appearing before their very eyes. Guests will ride a roller coaster and fly alongside the Survey Corps. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to soar up high with ODM maneuver gear, now’s your chance.
Running: January 21, 2020 – June 28, 2020
Detective Conan World
Join Conan in the all-improved and revamped Detective Conan World and help him solve cases in Detective Conan: The Escape; ride the new story-filled roller coaster Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream: The Ride which features full voice acting and an immersive plot; run around the park and solve various incidents hands-on with Detective Conan Mystery Challenge; and dine at the Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant.
Running: January 21, 2020 – June 28, 2020
*Full details on the restaurant will be announced at a later date
Lupin the Third: The Live
Lupin the Third made its first appearance at UCJ 2019 and was very well-received. This live show features street live entertainment by real cast members who will perform right before guests. Join Lupin and the characters in the exciting world of the franchise.
Running: January 21, 2020 – June 28, 2020
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne x Universal Studios Japan
The Monster Hunter video game franchise is loved the world over, and is appearing once more at Universal Cool Japan after two years. Use interactive VR technology and go hunting in the world of Iceborne, the hit expansion to Monster Hunter World which has shipped 2.8 million copies worldwide.
Running: Spring 2020 (subject to change)
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Universal Cool Japan 2020
Running: January 21, 2020 – June 28, 2020
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/universal-cool-japan2020/
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/
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea Release Their Own Spotify Music Playlist
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea launched their first ever music playlists on all major streaming websites on Friday, including on Spotify and Apple Music.
Music from Tokyo Disneyland features everything from famous ballads and show music from the park to Tokyo Disneyland’s nostalgic anniversary theme song, a “Ride Through Mix” that has you feeling like you’re on the park’s attractions, and more. It’s a magic-filled Tokyo Disneyland musical fantasy.
Music from Tokyo DisneySea follows the same course as the Tokyo Disneyland playlist, except it also has the theme songs of the park’s seven ports. It’s packed full of imagination the likes of which you can only experience at Tokyo DisneySea.
New songs are set to be added from both parks each season, so you can feel like you’re at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea from your own home all year round!
Music From Tokyo Disneyland®
Released: May 15, 2020 at 8:00am (JST)
Listen Here: https://lnk.to/TDL_PLAYLIST
Music From Tokyo DisneySea®
Released: May 15, 2020 at 8:00am (JST)
Listen Here: https://lnk.to/TDS_PLAYLIST
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’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
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
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.
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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