Butter Sandwich Shop PRESS BUTTER SAND Releases Uji Matcha Flavour at Tokyo Station

11.November.2019 | FOOD

The butter sandwich specialists over at PRESS BUTTER SAND are bringing their famous Uji matcha flavour butter sandwiches to their Tokyo Station branch on November 13.

 

Known as the Uji Matcha Butter Sand, this tasty snack was developed to celebrate the grand opening of the Kyoto Station branch of PRESS BUTTER SAND. Due to high demand, they’ve decided to take the product to Tokyo for a limited time.

The exterior is made with butter cream and carefully selected Uji matcha. You get the full rich flavour of the matcha and delicious taste of the butter at once. The sandwich itself is filled with bitter matcha butter cream and sweet caramel butter for a sumptuously smooth combination that marries temptingly with the crunchy cookie exterior.

The sandwich biscuits come in packaging that features navy Kyoto-esque artwork inspired by the characteristic cultivation method for Uji matcha which blocks out sunlight. The sandwiches themselves are individually packaged in matcha green packets to contrast with the box.

 

Don’t miss out on a chance to enjoy the flavours of Kyoto while in Tokyo. Available at Tokyo Station only.

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  • 5 Christmas Desserts to Buy at Tokyo Station | Christmas 2019

    04.November.2019 | FOOD

    Shops in and around Tokyo Station are starting to roll out their Christmas products this month. We’ve select our Top 5 must-buy Christmas cakes and desserts if you’re travelling in Tokyo or passing through Tokyo Station this year.

    Christmas Koisuru☆Kumagoron – ¥980 (Tax Included) @ Siretoco Donuts (ecute Keiyo Street)

    The perfect, most adorable doughnut treats to pick up this Christmas to share with friends and familyーor to enjoy yourself!

    *Exclusive to the ecute Keiyo Street branch. Online orders available.

    Suica Penguin Waffle Cake – ¥540 (Tax Included) @ RL waffle cake (GRANSTA)

    Inspired by the adorable Suica penguinーthe mascot for Suica travel cardsーthis mini cake is a fluffy waffle rolled into whipped cream and yellow peach and is coated in chocolate.

     

    *Only 100 to be sold. Sales begin from November 5 and is are first-come, first served. Reservation-only. Online reservations available.

    *Delivery Window: December 20-25, 2019.

    *Exclusive to GRANSTA.

    ©︎Chiharu Sakazaki/East Japan Railway Company/DENTSU by East Japan Railway Company

    Suica is a registered trademark of East Japan Railway Company

     

    Christmas Box (4 Included) – ¥1,940 (Tax Included) @ Fairycake Fair

    Cute cupcakes decorated for Christmas. Also available in boxes of 6 and 9.

     

    *Reservation Window: November 5 – December 20, 2019

    *Delivery Window: November 30 – December 25, 2019

    *Available for direct purchase in-store between November 30 – December 25, 2019

    *Online reservations available. Exclusive to GRANSTA.

    Chestnut Yule Log – ¥3,780 (Tax Included) @ le billet (ecute TOKYO)

    This Christmas yule log is a mix of chestnuts and hazelnuts and contains a rich tiramisu-style chestnut cream.

    *Online reservations available.

     

    Noel – ¥6,200 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Station Hotel

    This chestnut cake is inspired by the pine pillars that supported the Tokyo Station Marunouchi station building until it was restored. It has a chestnut and sweet potato base and is layered with chestnut mousse and coffee mousse to recreate the rings of a tree which are used to tell a tree’s age.

    *10 served per day

    *Reservation Window: November 5 – December 17, 2019

    *Delivery Window: December 22-25, 2019

    *Online reservations available. Exclusive to GRANSTA.

     

    Eat all of the cute treats you can this Christmas and holiday season.

  • Christmas Gifts, Delicious Desserts & More Coming to Tokyo Skytree Town This Holiday Season

    04.November.2019 | FASHION / FOOD / SPOT

    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

  • Sightseeing in Ise: 4 Must-Visit Souvenir Shops Near Ise Grand Shrine

    02.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    The city of Ise is located in central Mie Prefecture on the eastern tip of Kii Peninsula, the largest peninsula on Japan’s largest main island Honshu. Every year, the autumn season brings in a flurry of tourists and sightseers who flock to see the city’s leaves expressing their vibrant hues of red and yellow. The city boasts a magnificent catalogue of sightseeing spots, but perhaps the most famous of all is Ise Grand Shrine, whose inner and outer shrine give visitors a sense of what the townscape looked like in ancient times. This can also be seen at Sarutahiko Shrine, amongst other places.

     

    In this article, we’re going to introduce you to 4 must-visit souvenir shops near the inner shrine for your Ise travel bucket list.

     

    Amano Pearl

    When talking about specialty products of Ise, the one thing that’s sure to come to the minds of Japanese people are the pearls sold in the city. Amano Pearl can be found in Oharaimachi, an almost 1km long street lined with traditional shops. The owner themselves purchases and appraises the pearls while the shop staff manufacture and design gorgeous accessories to sell at an affordable price.

    Accessory – ¥2,200

    This rose-shaped necklace is a design favoured by women of all ages. They have plenty of other high-quality bargain picks like this too.

    The shop’s diverse line-up of beautifully accessories includes those perfect for combining with one pieces and dresses, as well as for parties. Prices and designs vary greatly, so there’s bound to be something for everyone who steps inside this quaint store. So if you’re shopping for souvenirs during your trip to Ise, then you absolutely have to pay a visit to Amano Pearl to see the city’s famous pearls.

     

    ▶︎Amano Pearl – Oharaimachi Branch

    Address: 45 Ujiimazaikechō, Ise, Mie

    Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: https://www.amanopearl.jp/

     

     

    Matsujiro Honey – Ise Oharaimachi Branch

    Matsujiro Honey is a long-standing honey shop that was established back in 1912. The shop sells various varieties of honey, including flavours you won’t find in supermarkets like apple honey and soba honey.

    Hanabana – ¥864

    Hanabana is the shop’s No. 1 most popular variety of honey and it’s made in Mie Prefecture. Its name in Japanese means “flowers,” and as the name suggests, it includes the nectar of numerous types of flowers. It has a smooth texture and distinct full-bodied floral fragrance.

    Centre: Mini Honey Soap – ¥503 / Right: Honey Soap – ¥2,200 / Left: ¥2,200 Honey Face & Body Oil (48ml) – ¥2,200

    The shop even sells its own honey-imbued cosmetics, all made with natural ingredients. Their soap is made with their popular Hanabana honey, and gives off a flavoursome honey smell. Your skin is left smooth, moisturised and smelling great after using it.

    Their rich honey oil too is made with 90% plant-derived oil and is free from preservatives. It’s a great option for the coming dry season and is gentle on the skin.

     

    If you visit the shop, they let you taste test their different types of honey too! Find your favourite.

     

    ▶︎Matsujiro Honey – Ise Oharaimachi Branch

    Address: 7 Ujinakanokirichō, Ise, Mie

    Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: https://www.matsujiro.shop/

     

     

    Uoharu

    Uroharu first opened its doors in 1931. Their products are sold as souvenirs to help spread the word of Ise’s rich food culture.

    Same No Tare – Salt Flavour / Mirin Flavour

    The item you absolutely want to look out for when going into Uohara is their “Same No Tare,” another Ise speciality. It was originally only eaten in Shima, Ise, but it was picked up on national television, leading it to become a food souvenir associated with Ise.

    Uoharu’s products are seafood based, and there’s plenty to choose from. If you’re looking for a food product specifically from Ise then look no further than Uoharu.

     

    ▶Uoharu

    Address: 49 Ujinakanokirichō, Ise, Mie

    Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (*Changes depending on season)

    Closed: Wednesdays (Except on national holidays in which case closed on Thursdays)

    Official Website: https://www.samenotare.jp/uoharu/

     

     

    Henbaya – Oharaimachi Branch

    Yet another speciality product of Ise comes from the much-beloved Henbaya, which first opened way back in 1775. The speciality products, also called “henbaya,” can be ordered either for takeout or enjoyed in the shop.

    Henbaya (Includes 2) – ¥160

    Henbaya are thin, round sticky rice cakes made with top of the range domestic ingredients and packed with smooth red bean paste. Both sides of these deliciously fragrant rice cakes are browned, and when bitten into, fill and melt in your mouth with the sweet, smooth flavour of the bean paste.

    At the Oharaimachi branch of Henbaya they sell various other rice cakes too, all chewy and made with high quality ingredients from Japan. Pick up a pair and enjoy the sweet taste of Ise.

     

    ▶︎Henbaya – Oharaimachi Branch

    Address: 1-149-1 Ujiurata, Ise, Mie

    Closed: Mondays (Except on national holidays in which case closed on Tuesdays)

    Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Eating in-store runs until 16:30)

    *Products may sell out before 17:00

    *Opening hours subject to change for January

     

     

    So, if you’re making a trip to the beautiful city of Ise, you now know the must-visit spots for finding souvenirs. Let us know if you visit any!

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  • Valentine’s Day 2020 in Japan: Must-Buy Chocolate & Sweet Gifts

    27.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Christmas is over, and Easter is still on the horizon, but if you love chocolate as much as we do, never fearーas our sweet tooth cravings will soon be satisfied with the season of love.

     

    In Japan, shop’s and restaurant’s are already carving their Cupid arrows to fire at customers for Valentine’s Day to tempt them into one of their many tantalising treats. If you’re in Japan this year, we’ve whipped up a list just for you of five must-buy gifts for Valentine’s Day 2020.

     

    Garrett Popcorn

    Almond Chocolate Truffle | Garrett Valentine’s Tin | Valentine’s Mix

    Garrett Popcorn is an American brand of popcorn that boasts a myriad of gourmet handcrafted popcorn flavours. You may not know that it’s also a household name in Japan, where they also make the popcorn fresh every day for snack-hungry customers. For Valentine’s, they serving up an exclusive series full of love which consists of the “Almond Chocolate Truffle,” “Garrett Valentine’s Tin,” and “Valentine’s Mix.”

    Almond Chocolate Truffle in Garrett Valentine’s Tin – From ¥1,130

    First up, the Almond Chocolate Truffle. If you’re not already drooling at that name, let the description begin: this popcorn takes Garrett’s crushed almond CaramelCrisp™️, coats it in chocolate, and sprinkles it generously with a dust storm of cocoa powder. The fragrant scent and texture of the almonds adds an incredible touch to the combination of the sweet, velvety milk chocolate and the slightly-bitter bite of the cocoa powder. Get in the Valentine’s mood even more by purchasing one of the Garrett Valentine’s Tin – the perfect accompaniment to your movie night in with your loved one.

    Valentine’s Mix (Chocolate Cocoa & Strawberry) – ¥1,200

    Valentine’s Mix (Chocolate Cocoa & White Chocolate Bark) – ¥1,200

    Last year, Garrett Popcorn release a cute heart-shaped tin big enough to fit in the palm of your hands. 2020 will see the return of the tin, this time with two different designs: one with kissing lips and the other with hearts.

     

    Inside the first tin is a mix of sweet chocolate cocoa flavoured CaramelCrisp™️ and sour freeze-dried strawberries. The other tin, which has a more sophisticated chocolate brown and salmon pink design, contains the same cocoa flavoured CaramelCrisp™️ but combines it with “white chocolate bark” – a white chocolate made with almonds and dried cranberries.

     

    ▶︎Garrett Popcorn Valentine’s Day Products

    Running: January 10, 2020 – February 14, 2020 (Mix available from January 17, 2020) *While supplies last

    Prices:
    ・Almond Chocolate Truffle: Small ¥620/Medium ¥1,100/Large ¥1,720/Jumbo ¥3,450/Quart Tin ¥1,750/1 Gallon ¥4,400/2 Gallons ¥8,400
    ・Garrett Valentine’s Tin/Quart Tin: From ¥1,130
    ・Valentine’s Mix: ¥1,200
    Available: Garrett Popcorn Shops®︎ branches in Japan
    Official Website: http://jpgarrettpopcorn.com/

     

    KitKat Chocolatory

    Ruby 2020 Assortment

    KitKat Chocolatory is releasing a new assortment of KitKat treats for the Valentine’s season in Japan made with ruby chocolateーthe fourth type of chocolate alongside milk, white, and darkーwhich was developed by Belgian-Swiss chocolate makers Barry Callebaut.

    KitKat Chocolatory Ruby 2020 Assortment – ¥1,200

    Ruby chocolate gets its striking pink colour from the original bean and has a distinct fruity sourness to it. This is the perfect Valentine’s Day giftーor even just as a treat to yourself!

     

    ▶︎KitKat Chocolatory Ruby 2020 Assortment

    Price: ¥1,200
    Running: from January 15, 2020
    Available: KitKat Chocolatory store/Online
    Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/

     

    GODIVA

    Valentine’s Collection

    GODIVA, one of the main players in the Japanese chocolate game, has developed the “Chocolate Chronicle Sweet Collection”ーan assortment of individually unique chocolates. The “chronicle” refers to the many places the chocolates have encountered since being created, both in the past and present.

    Chocolate Chronicle Sweetheart (Contains 6) – ¥3,240

    Chocolate Chronicle Chic Assortment (Contains 15) – ¥6,264

    The “Original Maya” considers the civilisation and mysteries of Mesoamerica. The “Cocoa Honey Delight” uses honey to sweeten the chocolate like they did in the latter half of the Middle Ages when there was no sugar. The “Modern Love”burns into your mind the image of its vivid red heart lovingly made with sweet and sour strawberries, ganache, and milk chocolate.

     

    ▶︎GODIVA Valentine’s Collection 2020

    Running: from January 10, 2020 (Limited Time)
    Prices:
    Chocolate Chronicle Sweetheart: 6 Set ¥3,240/12 Set ¥5,400
    Chocolate Chronicle Chic Assortment: 4 Set ¥1,296/6 Set ¥2,160/10 Set ¥3,240/16 Set ¥5,400
    Chocolate Chronicle Sweet Kare Assortment: 6 Set ¥1,080
    Chocolate Chronicle Chic Collection: 4 Set ¥1,836/6 Set ¥2,700/9 Set ¥3,888/12 Set ¥5,076/15 Set ¥6,264/20 Set ¥8,208
    Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp/

     

     

    Koi Suru Chocolate

    Valentine’s Collection 2020

    The base of these treats is chocolate by Shiroi Koibito. The collection was first released in January 2018 and is very reminiscent of Hokkaido chocolate. There are lots of chocolates in the collection made with cute pink ruby chocolate too.

    Mille-feuille (Contains 3) – ¥520

    These mille-feuille are layered with milk and white chocolate and coated in things like couverture chocolate and ruby chocolate.

    The Heart (Contains 7) – ¥1,080

    Each of these hearts has its own distinct sauce: the ruby chocolate has blackcurrant, the milk chocolate has caramel, and the white chocolate has yuzu.

     

    ▶︎Koi Suru Chocolate Valentine’s Collection 2020

    Release Date: January 17, 2020
    Available: ISHIYA store/Online
    Prices:
    Mille-feuille: 3 Set ¥540/6 Set ¥1,080/12 Set ¥2,160
    The Heart: 7 Set ¥1,080/14 Set ¥2,160
    Official Website: http://www.ishiya.co.jp/koi_choco/

     

    Morozoff

    Valentine’s Dessert Plate

    Morozoff specialises in western-style sweets, and at Cafe Morozoff, they’re serving up a Valentine’s-only dessert.

    Valentine’s Dessert Plate – ¥1,200

    The beautiful dessert plate is an assortment of cute heart-shaped treats. The rich chocolate mousse has an orange scent, and the fluffy chocolate sponge combines sweet and sour strawberries with smooth whipped cream which elevate the flavour of the chocolate.

     

    ▶︎Morozoff Valentine’s Dessert Plate

    Running: January 15, 2020 – February 14, 2020

    Available: select Cafe Morozoff branches in Japan
    Price: ¥1,200 (comes with tea or coffee)
    Official Website: http://www.morozoff.co.jp/

     

    Did you enjoy this list? There’s plenty of Valentine’s Day delights to be enjoyed while in Japan. Which on this list has you drooling the most?

  • Succulent Amaou Strawberries From Fukuoka Take These Desserts to the Next Level

    26.January.2020 | FOOD

    BAKE CHEESE TART, a company in Japan specialising in baked cheese tarts (hence the name), is releasing two new desserts on February 15, 2020. Made with amaou strawberries, the Amaou Ichigo Cheese Tart and Amaou Ichigo Sundae will be served for a limited time until March 31, 2020.

    The Amaou Ichigo Cheese Tart was first released in February last year as a seasonal product for spring where it was well-received by sweet-tooth customers. They were so popular in fact that there was growing demand from them for it to return, so BAKE CHEESE TART is delivering that sumptuous request. Topping decoratively with freeze-dried amaou strawberries, the tarts are a sweet call to the coming spring.

    The Fukuoka-grown strawberries have been nicknamed the “King of Strawberries.” The tarts are filled with a creamy cheese mousse and mixed with a puree made from the sweet berries. They add a rich sweetness to the slightly sour mousse, bringing together a mix of delightful flavours that will leave you wanting another. They also give the inside a light pink colour.

    The Amaou Ichigo Sundae has a dollop of soft serve ice cream so soft it’s almost like melted fresh cream. It’s topped with a sauce and powder made from those incredible strawberries, as well as freeze-dried strawberries. This bright-red mountain of a dessert is a satisfying experience to both look at and consume.

    While these two desserts are being sold, they will be served in special springtime packaging designed by creative studio KLOKA, a notable player in the creative scene that has had a hand in art direction for fashion magazines, shopping centre displays, and more.

  • Explore Kyoto With a Hot Pudding Latte From Kyo Yasaka Pudding

    24.January.2020 | FOOD

    Kyo Yasaka Pudding is a shop with a new vision. Located in Kyoto’s tourist hot spot of Higashiyama ward, it’s home to a team of people who love and are well-versed when it comes to food. Their incredible purin, or Japanese custard puddings, are made carefully one by one to make people happy. These puddings are tried and tested: much trial and error was done to ensure the ingredients, flavours, technique, and appearance were perfect.

     

    On January 24, they’re set to release a new product to the menu: the Kyo Yasaka Hot Pudding Latte.

    This hot beverage combines a pudding latte, made from incredible Kyoto milk, with super rich caramel cream. It’s then topped with a mix of tempting decorations. The caramel and cream are of a high quality, with the caramel cream itself having a unique and irresistible bitter bite you won’t find anywhere else.

    This is the perfect accompaniment to a winter walk through Kyoto while sightseeing.

  • Make Your Own Rilakkuma Valentine’s Day Treats With Kai’s Recipe Kits

    22.January.2020 | FOOD

    Cupid is readying his arrows for Valentine’s Day 2020 which is right around the corner. It’s the time of the year to show your special someone that you love them with some tasty chocolatey treats.

     

    If you’re wanting to make a grand gesture this year by making your own gifts, but are struggling for ideas or are intimidated by the task, the Kai Corporation in Japan has you covered with its collection of Rilakkuma goods. Now you can make some Instagram-worthy gifts with little effort. Let’s take a look.

     

    Make lots of Rilakkuma chocolates with this simple tool

    Rilakkuma Silicone Chocolate Maker – ¥850 (Before Tax) – Buy Here

    Five different patterns of Rilakkuma, Kiiroitori, and Korilakkuma make up this silicone tray, allowing you to make lots of bite-sized chocolates at once. This is perfect for sharing between you and your loved one or amongst friends. It can be used for making gummy treats and ice for drinks too, meaning it’s useful for the entire year.

     

    Make cute cookies by simply pressing your dough

    Korilakkuma Cutter Set – ¥650 (Before Tax) – Buy Here

    Anyone can make cute Korilakkuma cookies easily with this cutter set which you simply press the dough with. It comes with two different poses so you can make an assortment of them. If you know someone who’s not a fan of chocolate, then this is a perfect alternative.

     

    Decorate your sweets and desserts with this mini chocolate tray

    Mini Chocolate Tray – ¥650 (Before Tax) – Buy Here

    This chocolate tray makes makes chocolate bears which can hold things like nuts and candy. They can be used in a lot of creative different ways. The tray was made in collaboration with Cookpad.

     

    Super simple recipes that take out the work

    Here are some super simple recipes that remove the labour out of making and decorating sweet treats. Learn how to make Instagrammable delights with these items and techniques.

    Korilakkuma Cookie Marshmallow Sandwich – Item Used: Korilakkuma Cutter Set

    All you need to do is warm some marshmallows in a microwave and stick them between two cookies for a gooey and crunchy treat. At some toppings like freeze-dried strawberries for colour and to make them even cuter.

    Gateaux Chocolate Cupcakes – Item Used: Rilakkuma Face Cupcake Paper Wraps (5 Included)

    Make your Valentine’s cupcakes even more adorable with these paper wraps with Rilakkuma’s kawaii face on them.

    Tiny Bear Chocolates: Item Used – Mini Chocolate Tray

    There are many creative ways you can utilise these tiny bear chocolates. Make them hold small candy, nuts, and other delicious bites, or just simply top them on another dessert.

     

    Take the stress out of making something for Valentine’s Day this year with this range of items from Kai.

  • Cute and Chewy Pompompurin Confection Now Being Sold at Lawson Convenience Stores in Japan

    21.January.2020 | FOOD

    Lawson, one of the main convenience store chains in Japan, has released the all-new Mochi Mochi Pompompurin Yaki, a cute and chewy confection filled with custard pudding flavoured cream.

     

    The kawaii sweet recreates Pompompurin’s adorable sleeping form. Inside of him is a squirt of purin, or Japanese custard pudding, flavoured cream, which happens to be Sanrio Golden Retriever’s favourite treat. You’ll find yourself reaching for your phone to snap a photo of him to post online before tucking in.

     

    The confection will be discontinued once all have been sold, so if you’re in Japan, head to your closest Lawson.

     

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  • 4 Matcha-tastic Desserts Selling at Convenience Stores in Japan

    20.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    If you love delicious Japanese desserts and are keen to discover more, you’ve visited the right website. Today with the help of Instagrammer Yukko, we’ll be looking at matcha desserts you can purchase from Japanese convenience stores. 

     

    Matcha Purin Cake Sandwich: ¥324/ Family Mart

    Matcha Purin Cake Sandwich: ¥324

    This is a fluffy sandwich with a hearty filling of sweet matcha purin, matcha cream, whipped cream and red bean paste. The fluffy cake and light cream create a wonderful balance of textures and enjoy a moderate sweetness. This dessert is sure to leave your stomach fully satisfied.

     

    Dorayaki Pancakes Stuffed with Matcha Cream: ¥300/ 7-Eleven

    Dorayaki Pancakes Stuffed with Matcha Cream: ¥300

    The delicious aroma of the matcha will entice you before you have even tried it. The refined, rich matcha flavour will spread throughout your mouth and melt beautifully. 

     

    Uji Matcha and Shiratama White Dumpling Parfait:¥300/ 7-Eleven

    Uji Matcha and Shiratama White Dumpling Parfait:¥300

    This is a luxurious parfait containing Shiratama dango, warabi mochi, matcha whipped cream, dorayaki pancake pieces, plain whipped cream, matcha mousse and matcha starch cakes. Enjoy a variety of textures – perfect for the matchaholic!

     

    Matcha & Sweet Red Beans & Whipped Cream Doyayaki: ¥140/ 7-Eleven

    Matcha & Sweet Red Beans & Whipped Cream Doyayaki: ¥140

    Sweet red bean paste, matcha sauce, whipped cream and chewy warabi mochi are stuffed between two matcha dorayaki. The matcha sauce is rich and plentiful, creating the perfect matcha-tastic treat.

     

     If you’re on a matcha hunt, how about starting at the convenience store? There are just so many matcha desserts to discover. Mogu Mogu Yukko’s Instagram is full of delicious desserts that you can buy from Japanese convenience stores and supermarkets. If you’re looking for a sweet treat, make sure to check it out.

     

     Original Article Contents and Photos By: Mogu Mogu Yukko

     

    *Convenience stores are always updating their products and therefore the desserts mentioned in this article may stop selling at any time. Please check the convenience store’s social media or official website for the most up-to-date information. 

  • 7 Lucky Foods and Items From Tokyo Station To Push You Towards Success

    13.January.2020 | FOOD

    You’ve studied as much as you can for your exams and prepared as much as you can for that mid-term presentation but the nerves are still getting to you. How about some lucky items to help you succeed? As the exam season is approaching, Tokyo Station’s shopping centre GRANSTA is holding a fair from January 13 to February 14, selling a variety of lucky items and foods to fill you with the courage and strength you need to calm your nerves and boost your confidence.

     

     Katsu Sandwiches

    As “katsu” also means “win”, a crunchy and juicy “winning” sandwich is the perfect way to boost your confidence and energy levels.

    Kinokuniya Katsu Sandwiches (3 Sandwiches): ¥430 (After Tax)/KINOKUNIYA Entrée GRANSTA Marunouchi Floor B1 (Outside ticket barriers)

    A crunchy katsu sandwich with a thick slice of juicy Japanese pork – This popular katsu sandwich will provide you with the stamina you need to do that presentation.

    Katsu Fillet Sandwich (4 Sandwiches): ¥880 (After Tax) / Nagoya Meibutsu Misokatsu Yabaton: GRANSTA Floor B1 (Inside ticket barriers)

    A soft southern Kyushu katsu meat fillet drizzled with Yabaton’s special sauce. Enjoy the juicy flavour with every bite. 

    Egg and Shrimp Katsu Sandwich (1 Full Sandwich): ¥388 (After Tax) /Kyo no Gohan Wasai no Kuni: GRANSTA Marunouchi Floor B1 (Outside ticket barriers)

    This pack includes a tender shrimp sandwich and a rich-flavoured egg sandwich. (Limited number sold per day)

    Sangenton Katsu Sandwich Eat-In: ¥396, Take Away: ¥388 (After Tax)/ BOULANGERIE ASANOYA, GRANSTA Floor 1 (Inside Ticket Barriers)

    The Sangenton Katsu Sandwich is a hearty meal that consists of pork of three origins. This is perfect to fuel up on energy before your big moment. (Limit of 40 sold per day)

     

    Chestnut-Flavoured Talisman of Victory

    Silver Bell Pancake Sandwich: ¥378 Each (After Tax)/ Colombin GRANSTA Floor B1 (Inside ticket barriers)

    Chestnut-based foods as a victory treat date back to the end of the 15th century during the Warring States period of Japanese history. In this pancake sandwich, two fluffy pancakes hug a filling of delicious cream and chestnuts, creating the perfect victory snack. *Sold from January 13 – February 14, 2020

     

    Lucky Iyokan Mikan Vinegar

    Lucky Iyokan Mikan Vinegar (1:5 Dilution, 150ml): ¥1,296/ Drinking Vinegar expre・su Tokyo GRANSTA Floor B1 (Inside ticket barriers)

    This mikan orange-flavored drinking vinegar is made from Iyokan mikan oranges, which is said to bring luck. “Iyokan” also means “good premonition”, which is sure to provide both an energy and confidence boost. *Limited sales: From January 13, 2020 while stocks last.

     

    Lucky Pentagonal Chopsticks Set

    Lucky Pentagonal Chopsticks Set: ¥3,300/ Nihonbo GRANSTA Floor B1 (Inside Ticket Barriers)

    These lucky pentagonal (gokaku) chopsticks are a play on words with the word “gokaku”, which also means success. They are pentagonal right to the tip, making it easy to grip your food. This is the perfect present for your friend who is going to take an exam. Limited Selling Period: Until the beginning of March.

     

    Tokyo Station GRANSTA is full of lucky items and foods to help you and your friends prepare for success.

  • Delicious Valentine’s Desserts and Drinks All Over Japan For You and Your Sweetheart

    12.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    As Valentine’s fever slowly sets in across Japan, for many of us, thoughts turn to what we could give to our lovers. For the rest of us, how about a  bit of self-love with a romantic dessert for one? Whether it’s for just yourself or that special someone, if you’re in Japan, you got to try one of these Valentine’s-limited desserts.

     

    Eggs ‘n Things

    Fondant Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes: ¥1,580 (Before Tax)

    Eggs ‘n Things Fondant Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes will be love at first bite. Hazelnut gianduia chocolate pancakes are topped with a luxurious mountain of fruity strawberries and drizzled with chocolate sauce for an overall mellow flavour. The pancakes come with a generous tower of whipped cream – a sweet treat perfect for you and your sweetie. 

     

    ▼Eggs ‘n Things

    Fondant Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes 

    Price: ¥1,580 (After Tax)
    Selling: January 16 – February 27, 2020
    Available At: Most Eggs ‘n Things restaurants across Japan

    Not Available At:
    ・EGGS’N THINGS Lalaport Nagoya minato AQULS
    ・EGGS’N THINGS Coffee OPA Takasaki
    ・EGGS’N THINGS Coffee Kashiwa Takashimaya Station Mall

    Official Website: https://www.eggsnthingsjapan.com/

     

    nana’s green tea

    Choco Orange Latte/Hōjicha Chocolate Brownie Parfait

    nana’s green tea is serving up a gorgeous Valentine’s latte and parfait topped with orange zest and gold leaf. The Choco Orange Latte is full of chocolatey goodness. The orange zest contributes a tangy kick to the sweet yet bitter chocolate latte. The Hōjicha Chocolate Brownie Parfait is topped with Valentine’s limited hōjicha chocolate brownie and hōjicha ice cream, drizzled with chocolate sauce and sprinkled with gold leaf. nana’s green tea is the perfect place to enjoy a sip of luxury with your lovebird. 

     

    ▼nana’s green tea

    Choco Orange Latte/Hōjicha Chocolate Brownie Parfait

    Selling: January 6 – February 14, 2020
    Available At: All nana’s green tea restaurants

    Please check the official website for pricing.

    Official Website: http://www.nanasgreentea.com/

     

    Sarabeth’s

    Choco Pudding French Toast: ¥1,600 (Before Tax)

     Sarabeth’s Choco Pudding French Toast is made with their special challah bread. The bread is toasted and topped with their popular Chocolate Pudding dessert. The beauty of this Valentine’s-limited dessert is captivating. Enjoy a moment of pure bliss with this luxury treat.

     

    ▼Sarabeth’s

    Choco Pudding French Toast

    Price: ¥1,600 (Before Tax)
    Selling: January 14 – February 14, 2020
    Available At: Sarabeth’s LUMINE Shinjuku, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka

    Official Website:http://sarabethsrestaurants.jp/

     

    Segafredo Zanetti Espresso

    Chocolat Peach Melba: ¥560 (After Tax)

    White chocolate is poured over a peach melba sauce made from peaches and raspberries. The barrister then seals the drink under a thick lid of their unique, smooth foam. The sweetness of the chocolate enjoys a fruity accent and the rich flavour of the milk will warm your body and your heart.

     

    ▼Segafredo Zanetti Espresso

    Chocolat Peach Melba

    Price: ¥560 (After Tax)
    Selling: January 7 – February 14, 2020
    Available At: All Segafredo Zanetti Espresso Cafés in Japan

    Official Website:https://www.segafredo.jp/

     

    Give yourself and/or your loved ones a wonderful treat this Valentine’s Day.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make My Melody Strawberry Purin

    12.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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.

     

    As strawberries are currently in season in Japan, today we’ll be looking at an easy recipe for delicious strawberry purin. All you have to do is mix the ingredients and you’re done! In previous recipes, we’ve looked at purin recipes that involve decorating the inside of the glass. Many people commented that this is quite difficult so today we’ve got a recipe that is easy enough for even kids.

     

    Ingredients (For 2 Portions)

    Two small jars (this recipe uses Weck jars)

    200g Strawberries with stems and leaves removed (approximately one small pack)

    20g Sugar

    20ml Fresh Cream (or milk to substitute)

    5g Gelatin (dissolved in a tablespoon of water)

    ½ Teaspoon Lemon Juice

     

    To Decorate

    Premade Chocolate Decorations or Chocolate Slices (as you like)

    Strawberries to Decorate (as you like)

    Fresh Cream (As you Like)

    Chocolate Pen

     

    2: After removing the leaves and stems from the strawberries, blend them in a mixer.

     

    3: Heat the mixture in a microwave on 600w for 50 seconds. Afterwards, add the sugar, gelatin solution and lemon juice in that order. Finally, mix in the fresh cream.

    4: Meanwhile, press the premade chocolate decorations or sliced chocolate (white) into the inside wall of your jar.

    5: Use the chocolate pen to draw the face, strawberries and ribbons from the outside of the glass. If you make a mistake, wipe it off using kitchen paper and try again.

    6:Put the jar into the fridge for the chocolate to harden. Once the chocolate does not sink when the jar is placed upright, slowly add your strawberry mixture into the jar and put it back in the fridge until hard. After your dessert solidifies, you can add the finishing touches of whipped cream and strawberries.

    And you’re done!

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

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    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-themed foods, desserts and pastries♡I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→ @kaopan27

  • CHAYA 1899 TOKYO To Open in February Serving Specially Made Tea

    10.January.2020 | FOOD

    With a history of 120 years in managing a number of old hotels and restaurants, the Ryumeikan Group will open a new café that sells Japanese desserts, pastries, tea and coffee called CHAYA 1899 TOKYO. The new café is set to open on February 21, 2020 and will embrace the delicious flavours of matcha, hōjicha and Japanese black tea. 

    The café will open on floor 1 of the boutique hotel Hotel 1899 Tokyo. The café interior is wood-themed with touches of black for a casual fusion of tradition and modernity. With a space of 120 square metres, the relaxing environment is spacious enough to seat 38.

     

    The original restaurant opened for business in December 2018. Now, CHAYA 1899 TOKYO specialises in Japanese beverages and intends to live its days as the tea shop that customers can visit as they please for a break from everyday life.

     

    One of the most appealing aspects of the new restaurant has to be the menu. There are 10 different drinks available. Each drink is carefully made with high-quality tea leaves that were carefully selected from all over Japan. The tea varieties include matcha, hōjicha, Japanese black tea made from Japanese tea leaves. 

    Rich Matcha Latte: ¥600 (After Tax)

    Each cup of tea is carefully made, one by one, by the café’s Japanese tea specialist. The rich matcha tea is made using traditional tools such as a bamboo whisk. From this, soy milk or milk is added to make the rich matcha latte. From three to six grams, you can choose the strength of your tea by the gram to create a more personalised matcha latte. 

     Other drinks on the menu include the Hōjicha Latte and the brand new inventions the ‘Matcha Soda and ‘Japanese Black Tea Soda’, which will tempt you their exquisite aromas. 

     

    The café even has a counter especially for the tea making and pouring procedures. The water for each drink is boiled in a traditional kettle by the tea specialist, who carefully regulates the water temperature and controls the brewing time according to the tea leaf. 

    Matcha Pan:  ¥600 (After Tax)

    As expected, the café also sells delicious sweet treats full of matcha goodness to go with your tea. The fresh green Matcha Pan are full of matcha goodness. They are made from 100% Japanese wheat, Hokkaido butter and milk. The mixture is left to rise at a low temperature over a long period of time. Afterwards, matcha from Shizuoka is added to the mix and then baked into muffins. This original and rare bread was developed with Baba FLAT – a café which sells very popular pastries and coffee in Takadanobaba, Tokyo. 

    Craving more matcha? Enjoy both matcha and hōjicha at the same time in the form of a healthy snack: the Omatcha Brownie. The brownies are made from gluten-free rice flour and enjoy a moist texture and rich flavour.

    Uji matcha, a high-quality and rich matcha used in tea ceremonies, is also used to make rich matcha ice cream (Koicha Gelato) and matcha cakes called “Sakecha Cakes” which combine tea and Japanese sake or brandy with cakes. The varieties of cake include matcha and Japanese sake, hōjicha and Japanese sake and black tea and brandy.

     

    If you’re looking for a unique tea experience, look no further than CHAYA 1899 TOKYO.

     

  • Check Out The New Desserts in The Strawberry World of Ichigo BonBonBerry This Season

    10.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Strawberry Shop Izunokuni Shizuoka Michi-no-Eki Izu no Heso ichigo BonBonBerry Izunokuni factory will be celebrating “ii ichigo no hi” (Good Strawberry Day) on January 15 by releasing new strawberry purin desserts which are full of strawberry goodness. 

    Committed to increasing love for strawberries, Michi-no-Eki Izu no Heso Ichigo BonbonBERRY Izunokuni factory sells a wide range of delicious strawberry-based foods as well as cute merchandise throughout the year. For example, strawberry-themed merchandise, jams, seasoning containing strawberries, desserts and much more. 

     

    Strawberry Parfaits

    Toge Toge Bonbon: ¥1800 (After Tax)

    The Toge Toge Bonbon parfait is full of impact and full of strawberries. The glass is filled with homemade no-bake cheesecake, milk purin, homemade strawberry jam and much more. As strawberries are currently in season, the parfait currently enjoys a sweeter flavour. The fruitiness balances out with the mildness of the cheesecake and leaves a refreshing aftertaste.

     

    Mix and Enjoy – Strawberry Pouch Pudding

    Strawberry Pouch Pudding: ¥650 (After Tax)

    A smooth strawberry purin is layered with slices of strawberry and fluffy whipped cream. The adorable purin pouch is packed with dried, crispy strawberry granola mix. Mix up the granola to enjoy a range of different textures. This can also be enjoyed on the go. 

     

    As strawberries are in season, this is the perfect time to treat yourself to one of Japan’s sweet and beautiful strawberry desserts.

  • Matcha Desserts in Sapporo You Just Have To Try

    06.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    We’ve previously covered the best spots to try delicious matcha desserts in Kyoto. Now, with the help of expert dessert Instagrammer Kei, we are going to introduce you to some of the most delicious spots to try matcha desserts in Sapporo, Hokkaido.

     

    If you want to discover more delicious cafés, desserts and drinks in Hokkaido, make sure to check out Kei’s Instagram (@607keih).

     

    KotoniSand, Nishi Ward

    Macchan French Toast: ¥1200

     From dinners to desserts, this café serves up lots of meals based on their delicious thick-sliced bread. Bread flavours include plain, matcha and even coffee. You can order to go or enjoy the eat-in-limited menu. This fluffy french toast is soaked in matcha liqueur and is full of flavour even before trying it with the toppings. Take a bite of it with the red bean paste for a flavour adventure. A limited number of these are sold per day so if you want to try it, make sure to get there early. 

     

    ▼KotoniSand

    Address: 1-1-1 Yamanote 5 Jō, Nishi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido

    Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00
    Closed: Tuesdays
    Official Website: https://kotonisand.business.site

     

    Ame no hi to yuki no hi, Minami Ward

    Gelato Futatsu: ¥450

    Located before Jozankei’s onsen hotspot is a café called Ame no hi yuki no hi. It serves delicious pizzas and a variety of gelato flavours depending on the season. Their matcha ice cream is delicious. They even allow you to order two or three flavours at once so you can enjoy a mix and match of combinations. 

    ▼Ame no hi to yuki no hi

    Address: 2-4-1, Jozankeionsennishi, Minami Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 

    Opening Hours: 10:00-17:30
    Closed: Thursdays
    Official Website: https://www.amenohitoyukinohi.com

     

    KANON pancakes, Shiroishi Ward

    Matcha Tiramisu Pancake: ¥1500

    This is a famous pancake shop in Kikusui. Tuck into a stack of fluffy pancakes inside the relaxing and soothing restaurant. The Matcha Tiramisu Pancakes are soaked with liqueur, creating a texture that is softer and moister than their standard pancakes. In addition to the matcha liqueur, the pancake is also dusted with matcha powder for a richer matcha flavour. Finally, they are drizzled with delicious brown sugar syrup and topped with walnuts.

     

    ▼KANON pancakes

    Address: 5-5-18 Kikusui 3 Jo, Shiroishi Ward, Sapporo,

    Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Last Orders: 16:00)
    No Regular Holidays
    Official Website: https://kanon-pancakes.com

     

    Any cafe, Kita Ward

    Matcha Kintoki: ¥1350

    This shop uses gluten-free ingredients in their food. This pancake dish is made using unpolished rice powder, three pieces of Turkish delight, red bean paste, rice flour dumplings, and cream made from Hokkaido-produced mascarpone and fresh cream. The cream is full of the bitter and delicious flavour of matcha, making the pancake sweet and very delicious. 

     

    ▼Any cafe

    Address: 3-2-24 Kita 18 Jonishi, Kita Ward

    Opening Hours: 11:00-18:30 (Last Orders: 18:00)
    Closed: Tuesdays

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/any_cafe_sapporo/

     

    If you are looking for delicious matcha desserts in Sapporo, let this article help you decide where to go. When your food cravings kick in, make sure to visit Kei‘s Instagram which is full of the most delicious meals, drinks and desserts in Hokkaido. 

     

    Original Article Contents and Photos by: Kei (@607keih )

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