Limited edition Valentine’s Day “Premium Steak with Chocolate Sauce”

03.February.2017 | FOOD

“THE DAD BOD” in Shinagawa is going to add a new item to the menu for Valentine’s: a “Premium Steak with Chocolate Sauce.” It will be sold from February 6th.


In Japan, when boys receive chocolate from girls, it means they are showing their love and confessing to the guy. So Japan makes sure to stock the shelves with all kinds of different chocolate products. You could call it the chocolate season.

This special new menu item uses “Saito Gyu,” a rare and high quality steak from Miyazaki Prefecture. After being grilled, demi-glace and chocolate sauce is layered on, as well as chocolate shavings.


It’s a new, unique and tasty way to enjoy Valentine’s Day this year. How about it?



THE DAD BOD Shinagawa (W Building 2F, 1-8-15, Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Available: Monday February 6th, 2017 to Saturday February 18th, 2017

Business Hours:

【Monday-Friday】Lunch 11:30-14:30 (Last Order 14:00) / Dinner 16:00-23:30 (Last Order 23:00)

【Saturday】Dinner 15:00-23:30 (Last Order 23:00)

Closed on Sundays & National Holidays



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  • New Cat Shots From Upcoming Anime Film ‘Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu’ Released

    29.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu is the second original anime feature film from Studio Colorido. The studio’s first feature film Penguin Highway released in August 2018 to critical acclaim (August 2018 release) and went on to win the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year as well as the Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation award at Fantasia International Film Festival for the best-animated feature.


    The film is being co-directed by Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon; Princess Tutu) and Tomotaka Shibayama, the latter making his debut as the director of a feature length film. The screenplay is being written by screenwriter Mari Okada (AnoHana; Black Butler; O Maidens in Your Savage Season).

    A new batch of images have been officially released featuring new shots of Muge as a cat and the secret cat world she lives in.

    Miyo Sasaki (voiced by Mirai Shida) is a 2nd year middle schooler a little different from the rest, and whose classmates called her “Muge” which is short for Mugendai Nazo Ningen in Japanese which roughly translates to “Infinitely Puzzling Human.” She’s head-over-heels for her classmates Kento Hinode (Natsuki Hanae), who she boldly tries to attack every day, but he pays her no attention. But she’s not discouraged and continues to approach him. She also has a big secret she can’t tell anyone about. The reason for Muge not giving up on her situation with Hinode is thanks to a mysterious mask she received from a cat shop owner which allows the wearer to turn into a cat. Muge uses this power to turn into a cat every day to visit Hinode’s house.

    Muge tries to approach her classmate Hinode every single day, but he’s at that point in his youth where he doesn’t know what road he should take in life. He’s into ceramics, loves cooking, and has a cute side too as he nicknames the cat that Muge transforms into “Taro.” Will his heart change for better of for worse if he finds out Muge’s secret?


    New details have been revealed for some of the other cats we will meet along the way. Eri Kitamura (Fairy TailBakemonogatariToradora!) will voice Kinako, a female cat that lives in the same house as Muge and is owned by her father’s fiance. Shinichiro Miki (PokémonFullmetal Alchemist: BrotherhoodMy Hero Academia) will voice Kakinuma, a reliable cat that Muge meets on the island of cats. Rei Sakuma (Ranma ½) will voice Tamaki who warns Muge to return to the human world immediately. Oolongta Yoshida will voice Sugita who shows Muge around cat island when she arrives. Fukushi Ochiai will voice Hajime who worries about Muge to the point of tears.


    ©2020 “Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu” Production Committee

  • 3 Must-Try Food Deliveries in Japan: Michelin Star Restaurant & More

    29.May.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With lockdown measures in place, many restaurants and food businesses are now introducing no-contact delivery services, and this goes for Japan as well. We have picked out menu items from 3 must-try restaurants that are offering a delivery option.


    1: sio

    HEY! Bánh Mì: ¥1,000

    sio is a 1-star Michelin restaurant who have pondered what customers are seeking during this time of the coronavirus, and what they can do it put smiles on their faces, and so they are now serving a affordable bento and bánh mì.


    “We have thought thoroughly on how to pack us into one dish to create delicious food with complex flavours and enjoyable textures.”


    That’s the story behind the “HEY! Bánh Mì,” a dish layered with Shusaku Toba’s personality, a chef at sio. The dish is the perfect lunch option to enjoy while working from home.

    Bento of the Day: ¥1,50

    The restaurant is also rotating different bento each day, from demi-glace stew to curry to their most popular kra pao and more.

    sio Zaitaku Bento (Reservation Only) | 1-2 People: ¥13,500

    If you’re looking for something a little more high-class, then there’s this very special bento as beautiful as a flower box. The meat has sea urchin scattered over it for gorgeous visual effect. Reservations for this bento open at 8:00pm (JST) every Monday, and on a good day it can sell out within an hour.



    Address: 1-35-3 Uehara, Shibuya Tokyo

    TEL: 03-6804-7607

    Official Website:
    *Reservations available on sio’s official Facebook and Instagram pages
    *Menu line-up subject to change, please enquire directly with sio with any questions


    2: La Table de Joël Robuchon

    La Table de Joël Robuchon Gourmet Box (Serves 4): ¥28,000 (Tax Included)

    La Table de Joël Robuchon is one of those places that people want to dine at at least once in their lives. The “La Table de Joël Robuchon Gourmet Box” comes following the success of the “Gastronomy Gourmet Box.” It includes four appetisers, such as seafood salad and a chicken breast and foie gras press with a lentil salad, as well as a main dish made from Japanese beef cooked in red wine and vegetable glacé, and to top it all off, 3 desserts including a tart and financier. It’s a box of pure luxury and indulgence.

    They offer champagne, wine, an anniversary gateau, and more too as an option, making it a great choice for celebrations.

    People are sure to be delighted by ordering takeout from La Table de Joël Robuchon as they enjoy restaurant quality food at home.


    La Table de Joël Robuchon

    Address: Ebisu Garden Place, 1-13-1 Mita, Meguro, Tokyo
    TEL: 03-5424-1338 / 03-5424-1347 (Available 11:00-17:00)
    Collection Times: 16:00-19:00

    Delivery Times: 16:00-19:00
    Delivery Charge: ¥5,000

    Deliveries: Tokyo’s 23 wards. For deliveries outside this area, please enquire.
    Official Website: 



    Hana Pepper Wagyu Dish: ¥4,629 (Now Unavailable)

    Jitsu Pepper Wagyu Dish: ¥2,700 (Before Tax) *Available

    EBISU YORONIKU serves delicious Japanese wagyu beef, and they’re offering takeout at irregular intervals. The “Hana Pepper Wagyu Dish” had a delicious peppery smell when you opened the lid, and the sliced omelette served to make the beef even more delicious. Since the season has changed, this dish is no longer available but has been replaced by the “Jitsu Pepper Wagyu Dish.”


    Address: GEMS Ebisu 8F, 1-11-5 Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo
    TEL: 050-3134-4629
    Official Website: 

  • Hatsune Miku Yeolume Doll Enters as the First Doll in a New Collection Series

    29.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    GROOVE Co.,Ltd. is releasing a new collaboration line of dolls using the Yeolume doll as a base. The first collaboration to the line welcomes none other than the iconic Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku.

    Collection Doll | Hatsune Miku: ¥13,200 (Tax Included)

    For Hatsune Miku, or the number one princess in the world, her cheeks have been made puffy and her lips cute and pouting. Her eyes can move left and right for changing her facial expression, and her neck, arms, waist, and legs are all movable. Her knees can bend too, so you can place her in all kinds of different poses.

    Her iconic outfit has all the little details too, plus her recognisable twin tails touch the floor which is super cute.


    This is definitely one to add to your doll collection.


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  • Japan Sinks 2020 Netflix Original Anime Series Trailer Confirms July Release

    29.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    A new trailer has been released for the upcoming Netflix Original anime series Japan Sinks 2020 which confirms that the series will hit the streaming service worldwide on July 9, 2020.

    Japan Sinks 2020 is the first ever anime adaptation of Sakyo Komatsu’s best-selling 1973 disaster novel Japan Sinks sometime this year. The series is being directed by Masaaki Yuasa, who is known for his unique free-flowing animation style, having directed such internationally-lauded anime series like Devilman Crybaby, Ping-Pong: The Animation, and The Tatami Galaxy.


    Masaaki Yuasa shows hope and restoration in the first ever trailer

    The anime’s story takes place in Japan in the year 2020. In the original Japan Sinks, the story follows that the Japanese archipelago will sink into the sea after a series of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. This plot line follows in Japan Sinks 2020 too in which we see an ordinary family put to the test as a series of massive earthquakes throws the Japanese archipelago into turmoil.


    Reina Ueda (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba; Dr. Stone; SSSS.GRIDMAN) will voice the protagonist Ayumu, a 14-year-old girl set to compete in the Olympics. Tomo Muranaka (World Trigger; FLCL Progressive) will voice Go, Ayumu’s younger brother whose connection to the world is through online video games. Yūko Sasaki (Chibi Maruko-chan) will voice their mother Mari, a former swimming Olympian who always looks at the positives even in difficult situations. Masaki Terasoma (Detective Conan) will voice their father Koichiro, a smart and resolute man who you can depend on for anything.

    In the new trailer, we are shown what was an ordinary day turn into something disastrous in an instant from Ayumu’s perspective. We also see that though the country has undergone immense change in just moments, the bonds between people offer the chance for hope and restoration. Ayumu carries the torch of hope for the people.


    Japan Sinks 2020 | Official Trailer


    New Characters Revealed

    Four new characters have also been revealed who are set to be voiced by Hiroyuki Yoshino, Nanako Mori, Kensho Ono, and Umeji Sasaki.


    ©“JAPAN SINKS : 2020”Project Partners

  • BiSH Announce New Mini Album ‘LETTERS’ for July

    28.May.2020 | MUSIC

    Japanese idol group BiSH, also known as “the punk band without instruments,” have announced the release of a mini album, which they are also calling their “3.5th album” to be released from their major label. Titled LETTERS, it will be released on July 22, 2020. The group were originally going to release a new single, but decided to release a mini album of 7 songs instead, which includes some newly-recorded tracks.


    Confirmed tracks include TOMORROW which is the opening theme for the TV anime series KingdomBuchinuke which is the ending theme for the Japanese drama Super Radical Gag Family, and co which is the main theme for Yoru no Yuenchi Kara no Dasshutsu, an escape game.

    BiSH members Sentochihiro Chicchi also posted a video on the group’s official Twitter and YouTube channels to promote the album alongside photos taken by her and a message written to fans by her. You can hear a snippet of one of their new songs LETTERS in the video.


    BiSH also announced the release of their first greatest hits album yesterday. Set to drop on July 8, 2020, all proceeds going to over 70 music venues which BiSH have performed at in the past.

  • The Quintessential Quintuplets Anime Gets Mobile Game

    28.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    The popular TV anime series The Quintessential Quintuplets is getting its first ever mobile game. Titled Go-Tōbun no Hanayome Itsutsu Ko Chan wa Puzzle o Go-Tōbun Dekinai (The Quintessential Quintuplets: The Quintuplets Can’t Divide the Puzzle Into Five Equal Parts), the game will be released digitally this year.


    The Quintessential Quintuplets is a manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. A second season of the anime series is set to air in January 2021. The story follows high school student Futaro Uesugi who becomes a private tutor for the sisters of the wealthy Nakano family, all of whom have no interest in study or grades. It’s up to Futaro to change their minds.


    The game is a romance comedy puzzle game whereby the player deepens their bonds with the five sisters. Players take the role of the series protagonist Futaro through an original story with new voice acting recorded for the game.

    To promote the release of the game, the official Twitter page is running a campaign where fans can receive a signed card by the voice actress cast. Details on how to sign up can be found on the official Twitter page.


    Running: May 27, 2020 – June 6, 2020 at 23:59 (JST)
    Reward: Signed Card (5 winners to be selected)
    Signers: Ichika (voiced by Kana Hanazawa), Nino (Ayana Taketatsu), Miku (Miku Itō), Yotsuba (Ayane Sakura) and Itsuki (Inori Minase)


    Be sure to check out the campaign in the run up to the game’s release.


    ©Negi Haruba・Kodansha / “The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬” Production Committee ©G Holdings Co., Ltd. ©enish,inc.

  • Daichi Miura’s 2019 Tour Finale to be Posted on Amazon Prime Video

    28.May.2020 | MUSIC

    The final concert of Daichi Miura’s 2019-2020 “COLORLESS” live tour held at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on November 5, 2019 is heading to Amazon Prime Video on June 17.

    The release date June 17 would originally have actually been the finale of another one of Daichi Miura’s planned tours, which was set to begin on February 28 with 31 shows. However, the tour had to be postponed as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


    The 6-date “COLORLESS” arena tour began on September 21, 2020 and took Daichi Miura to Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Osaka-jo Hall, Marine Messe Fukuoka, and finally Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo. The two-hour shows were jam packed full of excitement for fans, especially the performances of rendition of Katasumi—which was used as an insert song in the 2019 Japanese drama series Nurse In Action!—and Corner, a dance number which has the same melody as Katasumi.


    Daichi Miura / LIVE TOUR COLORLESS at Yoyogi National Gymnasium (Teaser)

    Pre-orders for the show are now available over on Amazon Japan.

  • BULK HOMME to Open Online Store in UK and France

    28.May.2020 | BUSINESS / FASHION

    Men’s skincare brand BULK HOMME had postponed their sales in UK and France due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but they are now set to open their official online store to the neighbouring countries on May 26, 2020.

    The new global brand website will be viewable in both English and French. In-store sales however are currently on hold due to the lockdown measures. BULK HOMME’s products will also be sold through the French men’s cosmetics websites MenCorner and Comptoir de l’homme.




    Select UK & France Products (Dropping May 26, 2020)
    *More products will be added to the list at a later date – those are still TBA.

  • Yuki Yuna Is a Hero Mobile Game Gets Short Anime

    28.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    A short anime entitled Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru Churutto! which will be based on the smartphone game Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru Hanayui no Kirameki has been green-lit. It will have an original story featuring superdeformed versions of the characters.

    A radio show featuring the voice cast of the three main characters of the Yuki Yuna Is a Hero anime series has also been announced.


    To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Yuki Yuna Is a Hero, six exciting projects have been in the works for fans, with the newest being smartphone game.


    Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: 6 Projects

    1) “Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru Hanayui no Kirameki” Smartphone Game New Chapter

    2) Greatest Hits Album “Yuki no Uta”

    3) “Yuki Yuna is a Hero Kansha Matsuri” Event

    4) New Serialisation “Hinata Uesato wa Miko de Aru”

    5) Short Anime “Yuki Yuna wa Yūsha de Aru Churutto!”

    6) ??? TBA ???


    ©2017 Project 2H KADOKAWA CORPORATION 2017  Developed by AltPlus Inc.

    ©2020 Project 2H

  • Matcha and Fruit Shaved Ice & Other Desserts Arriving to Saryo FUKUCHA in Kyoto This Summer

    28.May.2020 | FOOD

    Saryo FUKUCHA is a cafe that was opened by FUKUJUEN in Kyoto Station in April 2019. A new batch of seasonal summertime menu items are set to arrive this June, including shaved ice drizzled in Uji tea and fruit sauce, a refreshing Uji matcha soda made with fresh fruit and jelly, and floats. These items will be served from June 1 to September 30 with a takeout option available.


    Summer Menu

    Uji Matcha & Fruit Shaved Ice

    Matcha Berry Shaved Ice: ¥950 / Strong Matcha Berry Shaved Ice: ¥1,100 / Houjicha Banana Shaved Ice: ¥950 (All Before Tax)

    The “Matcha Berry” shaved ice is paired with rich Uji matcha ice cream and berry sauce. It’s also topped with a wafer cake shaped like a flower and filled with white bean paste, rice flour dumplings, and fruit.

    Uji Tea White Peach Soda / Uji Tea Lemon Soda: ¥650 Each (Before Tax)

    Full-bodied kabusecha tea from Uji made into a soda with fresh fruit pieces and jelly for a refreshing combination. Pick from super refreshing lemon or subtly sweet white peach.

    Uji Matcha Float / Houjicha Float: ¥700 Each (Before Tax)

    These floats are made using the best tea leaves selected by FUKUJUEN which are used to make a rich and frothy tea latte. Added to that is a dollop of soft serve ice cream topped with red bean paste and dried wheat gluten. Choose between authentic Uji matcha or aromatic houjicha.


    Takeout Menu

    Strawberry Flower Wafer Cake / Chestnut Houjicha Wafer Cake: ¥350 Each (Before Tax) 

    Fruit wafer cakes are a popular dessert at Saryo FUKUCHA, and for the first time ever they are making them available for takeout so customers can enjoy them at home too. Pick from the strawberry flower flavour made with white bean paste or the chestnut and houjicha with chocolate cream.

    Cream Anmitsu (Matcha/Houjicha): ¥700 (Before Tax)

    FUKUCHAs specially-made anmitsu, or syrup-covered anko bean jam, is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer’s day. It’s mixed with Uji tea honey and topped with various toppings like milk agar-agar, black soybeans, rice flour dumplings, white peach, raspberry, and mizu manju.

  • MIFA Music & Sports Company’s Mifanda Mascot Gets Anime Series in July

    28.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Music Interact Football for All (MIFA), which combines soccer and music activities, has announced that its mascot Utau Soccer Panda Mifanda (Mifanda the Singing Soccer Panda) is getting a TV anime series this July. Confirmed voice cast includes Kensho Ono (Giorno Giovanna in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind) and Taichi Ichikawa (Tower of God).


    Who is Mifanda?

    Mifanda is a soccer-loving and music-loving panda who strives to bring happiness to the people of the world using soccer and music. The official mascot of MIFA, their favourite foot is bamboo grass. At the center of MIFA’s activities are UKASUKA-G, a music duo formed by Mr. Children band vocalist Kazutoshi Sakurai and East End hip-hop group member Gaku-MC.


    The anime will premiere this July. Kensho Ono and Taichi Ichikawa will play the part of Mifanda’s teammates “No. 3” and “No. 18” respectively.


    Mifanda | Comment

    “Hey, I’m Mifanda! I’m getting an anime series called ‘Utau Soccer Panda Mifanda’! My wish is for this anime to deliver world peace once and for all! I, Mifanda, would be most impressed if I can bring a smile to your face and turn this world into a kind one! Be sure to watch it, okay?”


    Kensho Ono (No. 3) | Comment

    “I really love this vibe of this show! It’s a surreal story about soccer with some black comedy sewn in there. It’s also short so it’s easy to watch! Please be sure to check it out.”


    Taichi Ichikawa (No. 18) | Comment

    “I’ll be playing No. 18 in ‘Utau Soccer Panda Mifanda’! The show might not get across the true charms of soccer, but it’s fun and surreal and there’s plenty of laughs to be had! There’s a lot to enjoy about it, so please give it a watch!”

    *Comments translated from Japanese by MMN.

  • Ginza’s Legendary Strawberry Mille-Feuille Dessert Arrives to Japan’s Kansai Region

    28.May.2020 | FOOD

    VMG HOTELS & UNIQUE VENUES is now serving a certain strawberry mille-feuille at several locations across Japan’s Kansai region. Available from May 26 to 31, t’s a recreation of the legendary dessert “Napoleon Pie” from Ginza in Tokyo.

    In 1966, Sony co-founder Akio Morita opened a restaurant called Maxim’s de Paris with the idea in mind to create a place for adults to meet and socialise over food. Since opening, it has tickled the taste buds of customers with its authentic French cuisine and dazzled them with its deep crimson decor. The “Napoleon Pie” is an especially popular dessert that has gained a legendary status. The custard is laced with fragrant cointreau, and the thick pastry is stuffed with strawberries. The dessert gets its name from how it looks like Napoleon’s hat.


    This strawberry mille-feuille is now being sold at select locations in Kyoto and Hyogo for just six days. It’s the first time for the dessert to be served in Kansai.
    The dessert is available for takeout so customers can enjoy an at-home cafe experience.