The Perfect Souvenir: Kyoto’s Famous OTABE Confections in Velvety Matcha Chocolate

17.November.2019 | FOOD

If you’re in Kyoto looking for a delicious elegant souvenir for your people back home then BijuuCo.,ltd. is your port of call. Their irresistible desserts vary from their well known sweet bean paste-filled Yatsuhashi to their Kyo-Baum. They will be releasing the mouthwatering Matcha Chocolate OTABE from November 20, 2019.

The rich aroma of the matcha chocolate will be the first thing to entice you. The matcha Yatsuhashi is made from specially selected water and Koshihikari rice, which is famed as Japan’s best rice. The soft and chewy texture of the Yatsuhashi dough gently embraces a velvety, melt-in-the-mouth matcha chocolate ganache filling. These OTABE confections are bursting with the flavours of Kyoto and are only available to purchase for a limited period.

OTABE combined with Kyoto’s famous matcha chocolate is matcha match made in heaven. If you’re ever in Kyoto, you must try it.

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  • 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.

  • Adorable Mini Penguin and Polar Bear Confections to Arrive in Family Mart

    08.November.2019 | FOOD

    Tabemas is a Japanese confectionery series of small, traditional sweets designed to look like characters. For the first time, Tabemas is collaborating with the popular fictional character series Sumikko Gurashi to release Shirokuma and Penguin? sweets. The new confections will be sold in the chilled desserts corner of Family Mart convenience stores across Japan from November 12, 2019.

     

    The lovable characters who have been transformed into delicious sweets are Shirokuma: the shy polar bear who tends to get cold easily; and Penguin?, who has no confidence in their identity as a penguin. 

    The series name “Tabemas” means “edible mascot” and as the name suggests, these are traditional nerikiri confections which are made from bean paste and soft mochi, creating an adorable plump appearance.  Shirokuma’s body is white with pink ears whereas Penguin? has a pea-green body with a white stomach and yellow feet and beak. Both confections are kneaded with the characters’ charm and stand joining their tiny hands, staring at you with their adorable round eyes. 

    Both confections are filled with the mild flavour of red bean paste. To match the colour schemes of the characters, the white Shirokuma is milk-flavoured and the pale green Penguin? is apple-flavoured. The flavours of these confections are just as irresisitble as their appearance. You’re bound to be taking lots of photos of them for your next social media post in no time!

     

    As these confections are in limited supply, make sure to buy them as soon as possible if you are interested.

     

    (C)2019 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

  • McDonald’s Japan to Release Hot Cinnamon Melts Dessert For Wintertime

    14.November.2019 | FOOD

    Roll up to McDonald’s in Japan from November 20 to enjoy the return of the delicious Cinnamon Melts dessert, coming to all branches across the country.

    McDonald’s Melts series is a popular dessert in Japan. It introduced the new Double Chocolate Melts earlier this year. Customers have been waiting for the return of the elusive Cinnamon Melts since 2017, the first time the flavour made an appearance in seven long years. Well, their wish has finally come true. Look forward to tucking into soft pastry glazed with cinnamon sugar and drizzled in a sweet cream cheese syrup.

    When customers open a box of these delicious delights, their noses are met with the tempting cent of cinnamon. Served warm, they are the perfect choice for tackling the harsh cold weather.

     

    Compare their test with the Double Chocolate Melts which were released on November 6 and are still available for a limited time, or pair them with a cup of Premium Roast Coffee which the fast food chain revamped this year with a richer and more delicious flavour.

  • Starbucks Japan Releases Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino

    12.November.2019 | FOOD

    The holiday season has finally hit Starbucks in Japan, and for the first drink in their series of Christmas beverages, they are serving the new Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino which is made to look and taste like a strawberry cake. Customers can even customise their drinks with as much free strawberry sauce as they like.

    Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino – Tall ¥590 w/ Free Strawberry Sauce (*Sauce not available with other drinks)

    The drink is built on sponge cake flavoured base, on top of which sits ascending layers of bright-red strawberry sauce, whipped cream, and a sprinkling of freeze-dried strawberries, effectively creating a dessert that you can drink. One sip of this pink delight fills your mouth with the sweet and refreshing taste of fresh fruity strawberries.

     

    We recommend customising yours with non-fat milk or soy milk. If you want to hold back on some of the sweetness, go for the non-fat milk option, and if you want something smoother, get the soy milk. Drizzle over additional strawberry sauce to your liking, and you’ve got yourself a festive treat for the season!

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  • Alice in Wonderland Themed Afternoon Tea Buffet ‘Lost in Europe’ Heads to Nagoya

    16.April.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    This spring, Hilton Nagoya is set to serve up a special afternoon tea set and buffet plan at its first floor all-dining restaurant IN PLACE 3-3. The theme of the afternoon tea line-up, which will be served either as a set-only plan or the set plus a buffet, is ‘Lost in Europe.’ Fans of Lewis Carroll’s beloved novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland can look forward to jumping in the rabbit hole as they indulge in a colourful and delicious line-up that sends them straight to wonderland.

     

    The plans will run for three months during which three different menu line-ups will be served, each with a European feel to them as Alice finds her curiosity tending away from Japanese cuisine to the delectable assortments of overseas.

     

    Spain will serve as the first menu. Travelling to Spain, Alice finds the country one overflowing with creativity in the arts, so says the story of this fun afternoon tea. Dishes will be plated with desserts fusing together Spain’s food culture with that of Wonderland, traditional Spanish desserts, sweet treats inspired by Spanish art, and more. Many of the irresistible items will also be made with almonds – Spain being the second largest producer of almonds in the world.

     

    Inside the restaurant, diners will feel like they have travelled to a Spanish rendition of Wonderland with a mix of styles from both locations, such as Spanish sunflowers, mosaic tiles, stained glass windows, and more.

     

    A little look at the menu (some of it)

     

    1. Afternoon Tea Set Menu: ¥4,600 (Tax Included)

    Cubism Cheshire Cat Arroz Con Leche

    A coconut-flavoured Spanish rice pudding made with coconut lavender jelly. Its design, from the stripes to the grinning teeth, are references to the Cheshire Cat.

     

    Blue Caterpillar Siesta Cake

    A cake covered in striking blue chocolate, made with pistachio mousse, and filled with a mixed berry jelly.

     

    Butterfly Windmills Mousse

    An artistic delight made with smooth chestnut mousse and colourful butterfly wings attached.

     

    Plate Menu

    Pistachio Crema Catalana in Berry Sauce

    A traditional dessert of Catalonia, this crema catalana features a rich pistachio-flavoured custard cream and is served with a berry sauce.

     

    Savoury Items

    Salted churros that are crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the inside, and a checked bocadillo filled with Spanish omelette.

     

    Lost in Europe Afternoon Tea Set Summary

    10 desserts, two savoury items, and a choice of a soft drink, coffee, or tea.

     

     

     

    2. Afternoon Tea Set & Dessert Buffet: Adults ¥5,000 / Children ¥2,500

    Mischievous Crazy Clock Cake 

    A warped, melted clock made with passion fruit cream and orange and mango mousse.

     

    Mosaic Tile Sangria Jelly (Non-Alcoholic)

    A refreshing beverage made with non-alcoholic white wine and grape, strawberry, and grapefruit jelly, all made to look like mosaic tiles.

     

    Savoury Items

    Pick from nine different savoury items like paella, sopa de ajo garlic soup, patatas bravas, tapas, and more.

     

    There are also a range of other desserts like a coffee jelly ice cream, a melon cake, and more, as well as fruity iced candies.

     

    Afternoon Takeout Box

    Customers can also get their afternoon tea set to go with a mix of desserts and savouries.

  • Neko Neko Cheesecake Releases New Cat-Shaped Mikan Orange Flavoured Cake

    15.April.2021 | FOOD

    Neko Neko Cheesecake is set to open pre-sales for its new Nyan Cheese Mikan cheesecake at Pastel branches of Neko Neko Cheesecake on April 22 before rolling it out at all Neko Neko Cheesecake branches.

     

    Neko Neko Cheesecake is a sister brand of Neko Neko Kuu Pan from the same company which serves cat-shaped bread.

    Nyan Cheese Mikan | Single Slice: ¥237 (Tax Included)

    Nyan Cheese Mikan | Box of 4: ¥1,080 (Tax Included)

    The cheesecake is made with Brie de Meaux, aka the king of cheeses, and cooked at a high temperature to add a gorgeous browned surface. They contain rich juice from mandarin oranges to give them a refreshing kick perfect for the spring season. A perfect snack or post-dinner dessert.

  • Pompompurin Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Cute Pudding Confection at Lawson

    15.April.2021 | FOOD

    Bandai released a new chewy and delicious custard pudding-flavoured confection at Lawson convenience stores in Japan on Tuesday in celebration of Pompompurin’s 25th anniversary, the popular character by Sanrio.

    Mochi Mochi Pompompurin Yaki Pudding Flavour | ¥158 (Tax Included)

    The cute confection is made to look like Pompompurin laying down. The chewy delight is filled with Japanese custard pudding-flavoured cream.

     

    The packaging also features limited-edition artwork for Purin’s 25th year milestone where he is joined by his cute furry friends.

     

    ©2021 SANRIO CO.,LTD. 著作(株)サンリオ

  • Experience a Hotel Camping Experience at Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto

    14.April.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto is collaborating outdoor recreation product brand Coleman to launch the Hotel Camp Buffet which will run from May 1 to August 31 at the hotel.

     

    Guests can enjoy a fusion of the hotel and camping experiences as Coleman provides their tents, tables, chairs, and other outdoor items to be used at Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto. The hotel chef, Honda, has also conceived a camp buffet for guests to enjoy at both lunchtime and dinnertime.

     

    The hotel is carrying out all necessary measures against COVID-19 including providing guests with a how-to breakdown at all tables, providing alcohol spray, mouth guards with the Coleman logo so guests can enjoy dining and talking, and more.

     

    Coleman x Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto Hotel Camp Buffet

    Individual Room Plan | Capacity: 4-6 People

    Enjoy a camping buffet with tents, chairs, and other camping goods provided by Coleman. Everything will already be set up for guests to enjoy.

     

     

    Lunch & Dinner Buffet Menus

    Dinner

    ・Beef churrasco in black pepper

    ・Chicken paella

     

    Lunch

    ・Frankfurt and smoked berry ham

     

    Lunch & Dinner

    ・Meat and potato cottage pie

    ・Atlantic salmon wood plank grill

    ・Croque-madame style hot ham and cheese sandwich

    ・Spare ribs in BBQ sauce

  • TETRIS® Gummy Candy Releases in Japan

    14.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Japanese candy company UHA Mikakuto has collaborated with the video game TETRIS® to launch pre-sales on their new Tsumu Gummy TETRIS® which hit shelves on Monday (April 12) in Japan.

    Tsumu Gummy TETRIS® | ¥370 (Before Tax)

    The colourful gummies arrive in seven different forms, shaped and coloured like the blocks in TETRIS®, meaning you can stack them as well as eat them. They are an assortment of green grape, red grape, orange, and strawberry flavours, and one pack weighs in at 180g.

     

    Tetris ® & © 1985~2021 Tetris Holding.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Baymax Mushi-Pan Steamed Bread

    14.April.2021 | 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.

     

    Today, I’ll teach you how to make Baymax mushi-pan steamed bread.

     

    Ingredients

    This recipe makes 5 portions

    140g strong flour

    20g granulated sugar

    Pinch of salt

    3g dry yeast

    3g baking powder

    5g vegetable oil

    85ml-90ml milk (room temperature)

     

    1

    Mix everything together in a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, you can also knead the ingredients well by hand.

     

    2

    Ferment at 40℃ for 40 minutes. If you don’t have a fermentation machine, leave in a warm environment.

     

    3

    Once the dough has doubled in size, divide into five portions and put into separate cups. If using paper cups, rub a little bit of oil inside.

     

    4

    Bake in the oven at 40℃ for 20-25 minutes.

     

    5

    After baking, steam in a steamer for 12-13 minutes. If you don’t have a steamer, put into a frying pan or large pot with a little bit of water and cover.

     

    6

    Once cooled, use some nori seaweed to make Baymax’s face and you’re done!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    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 → @kaopan72

  • French chocolatier Pierre Hermè Represents Products Of Kochi Prefecture

    13.April.2021 | FOOD

    Pierre Hermè, the French pastry chef and chocolatier, has founded a brand called “Made in Pierre Hermè” in 2018 where he represents the wonderful products of Japan that he specially selected to share with the world.

     

     

    The producers and farmers of Kochi prefecture, Japan collaborated with “Made in Pierre Hermè”

     

    Line ups of Kochi Fair organised by “Made in Pierre Hermè”

     

     

     

    The Tokyo branches of “Made in Pierre Hermè” launched in 2020 followed by their Fukuoka Airport branch opening in Spring 2021. The new branches openig soon. From 2021, which marks the 3rd Anniversary of the brand, they will hold a fair every 3 months to introduce and celebrates excellent producers and products in each region in collaboration with local governments across Japan in order to deliver brand’s concept more starting with Kochi prefecture where is surrounded by abundant nature and food culture. The Kochi fair is set to open from April 16 to July 31 at all branches of “Made in Pierre Hermè”.  A kick-off event of the fair is happening on April 15 at COMMUNE Omotesando in Tokyo. 



    The fair will be featuring the hidden gems of Kochi such as Kochi Yuzu citrus macarons, salad dressings made of vegetables locally produced, Hachi-kin, the produced poultry, canned Tuna, Tosayama ginger ale, matcha and Kochi yuzu citrus brownies, yuzu peel cookies and more. In addition, collaboration products with Kochi producers such as sun-dried salt gelato, tomato ketchup, and green tea will be on sale. Don’t miss the chance to taste the flavour of Kochi proudly represents by Pierre Hermè! 

  • Mister Donut Japan Releases 2nd limited- edition Gion Tsujiri Matcha Doughnuts

    12.April.2021 | FOOD

    Mister Donut Japan released its new tasty collection of limited-edition doughnuts in collaboration with Gion Tsujiri, the famous tea shop in Kyoto from April 9. 

     

    The Line Up

     

    Fluffy Uji Matcha Mochi with Black Honey 

    Fluffy Uji Matcha Mochi with Soybean Whipped Cream 

    Fluffy Uji Matcha with Azuki Red Beans Mochi 

    Pon de Double Uji Matcha

    Pon de Double Uji Matcha with Black Honey Mochi

     

    Pon de Double Uji Matcha with Soybean Whipped Cream and Azuki Red Beans 

    Uji Matcha Chocolate, Azuki Red Beans and Rice Cake Balls Pie

     

    Special Edition: Mister Donut Voucher Card with Masaki Sudaミ

     

    The 1st edition of collection released on March 12 with the theme of colouration 

    that enhances the colour of matcha. The new edition launching this time was developed with the theme of Japanese ingredients such as black honey that brings harmony with matcha.  “Fluffy Uji Matcha” series consist of 3 flavours made of luxurious Kyoto Uji Matcha with fluffy donut which marks its first appearance of this year. “Fluffy Uji Matcha with Black Honey” is a glossy doughnut coated with matcha chocolate with black honey filling. A wide variety of doughnut featuring 7 combinations of matcha and Japanese ingredients are unbearably delicious and unmissable. 

     

    Mister Donut holds a promotional campaign in collaboration with the Japanese movie God of Kinema starring Masaki Suda, current image model of the brand. 

     

    During the campaign, follow Mister Donut’s official Twitter account and upload pictures of the collection with hashtag  “#ミスドでつや抹茶” and 428 lucky customers can win a voucher worth ¥500 with exclusive design features Masaki Suda.  Additionally, 67 lucky customers who have also participated in the 1st edition of Mister Donut ×Gion Tsujiri collection campaign previously can receive a voucher worth ¥2,000. 

     

    Enjoy popular limited-edition doughnuts with Gion Tsujiri until your heart’s content. 

  • Ham and Cheese Dorayaki and Other Delicious Foods Release at Old-Time Japanese Dessert Shop Eitaro

    12.April.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Japan’s 203-year-old confectionery shop Eitaro Sohonpo is rolling out a new series of delicious delights over the next three weeks at Nihonbashi E-Chaya.

     

    Week One: From April 7, 2021 all year round

    Nihonbashi Dorayaki: Ham & Cheese/Egg Salad/Anko Mochi – ¥303 Each (Tax Included)

     

    Week Two: April 14, 2021 – April 28, 2021

    Assorted Sweets Set | ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

     

    Week Three: April 21, 2021 – April 28, 2021 (and the same dates every month from May)

    Mangetsu Mochi Omusubi | ¥270 (Tax Included)

    Exclusive to Nihonbashi E-Chaya, the new release includes two different deli-style dorayaki as well as an anko red bean paste version, a plate of assorted Japanese sweets, and a red rice ball made with black-eyed peas instead of sesame seeds. Red rice was often consumed on joyous occasions during the Edo period.

  • Peanuts Comic Launches 70th Anniversary Birthday Campaign in Japan

    11.April.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Japan’s five Peanuts comic-themed cafes are now holding a birthday plan campaign in celebration of the series’ 70th anniversary.

     

    Each cafe branch is offering something different

    PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro x WHYTROPHY With Birthday Rosette

    PEANUTS DINER Yokohama With Embroidered Striped Pin

    PEANUTS DINER Kobe With Embroidered Striped Pin

    PEANUTS Cafe Snoopy Museum With Tote Bag

    PEANUTS Cafe Nagoya With Tote Bag

    Campaign Art

    Customers at the cafes will also be randomly selected to stay at the PEANUTS HOTEL and will receive a free sticker as pictured above. All who order the birthday plan and their group will even receive a free present.

     

    (C) 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC (短縮形 (C) 2021 Peanuts)

  • Rich and Divine Matcha Roll Cake Gets Baked by 170 Year Old Japanese Tea Shop

    10.April.2021 | FOOD

    Japanese tea shop and cafe Tsuboichi Seicha Honpo has baked up a brand new matcha roll cake made with high quality matcha leaves specially selected by their own tea experts. If indulgence is your calling, then this cake is the perfect accompaniment with a cup of tea whether it be matcha, Japanese tea, black tea – or any other of your favourite kind of tea.


    The cake is a striking black colour, one that is featured in traditional Japan. The soft matcha filling provides an eye-catching contrast to the sponge. It’s baked on a high temperature over charcoal and bamboo which serves to deepen the colours even more and elevate the vividness of the green matcha.

     

    Cafe time can now be enjoyed at home with this very special treat.

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Holds Wisteria Event in Japan to Ward Off Demons

    07.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Keifuku Electric Railroad launched an event on Boxing Day last year in Japan in collaboration with the TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The event is still taking place and is set to end on April 11.

     

    At Arashiyama Station on the Randen Line, there is a temporary area draped with wisteria flowers that commuters are encouraged to participate in as part of the collaboration. Built to ward off demons, fans of the anime series can write their own messages to be strung up on the flowers. They can write their thoughts and feelings on the characters and series as well as wishes and prayers for COVID to soon be over for all. It’s been a popular photo spot amongst passengers. And if you head from this area up to the roof, you can gaze out at the incredible view of Arashiyama.

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