Starbucks Japan Reveals New Matcha White Chocolate Hot and Iced Drinks For Christmas
17.December.2019 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan is celebrating Christmas 2019 with two new delicious beverages: the Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino🄬 and Hot Matcha White Chocolate, both of which will be available to order between December 19 and 25 for this year only.
Both versions of this delightful holiday season drink are the perfect accompaniment to the winter days, combining richly fragrant matcha with smooth white chocolate. The Frappuccino🄬 enjoys the addition of maple syrup for a distinct sweetness which mixes gorgeously with the matcha and milkiness of the white chocolate.
The hot version is made with foamed milk which too is soaked in the full-bodied kick of the matcha. The fluffy texture of the foamed milk together with the sweet taste and velvety white chocolate is a combination sure to get you addicted.
If you’re in Japan for Christmas this year, be sure to stop by Starbucks for a cup of Matcha White Chocolate.
Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino🄬
Tall: ¥570 (Tall size only)
Hot Matcha White Chocolate
Short: ¥430 / Tall: ¥470 / Grande: ¥510 / Venti®: ¥550
Running: December 19, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan
Notes: Listed prices do not include tax. Both drinks contain less than 0.5% cocoa.
Starbucks Coffee Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
4 Matcha-tastic Desserts Selling at Convenience Stores in Japan
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.
Love At First Sip: Starbucks Japan To Release Valentine’s 2020 Drink Series ‘CHOCOLATE with’
13.January.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan has developed a new Valentine’s drink series called ‘CHOCOLATE with’ to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2020. Some drinks in this romantic series include the Chocolate with Almond Praline Frappuccino® and the White Chocolate with Latte®. The series will be launched on January 17, 2020 in most Starbucks cafés across Japan.
The ‘CHOCOLATE with’ series aims to spark a sense of anticipation for the next delicious flavour to fill the gap and hopes to tempt more people to surrender to the delicious flavour of chocolate. This fun series aims to be loved by all genders and all ages across Japan.
Left: CHOCOLATE with Passion Fruit Frappuccino®: Tall ¥590 *(Only available in Tall)
Middle: CHOCOLATE with Almond Praline Frappuccino®: Tall ¥590 *(Only available in Tall)
Right: White CHOCOLATE with Latte: Short ¥450, Tall ¥490, Grande ¥530, Venti® ¥570
The CHOCOLATE with Passion Fruit Frappuccino® is a chocolate-flavoured drink with refreshing yellow streaks of passion fruit sauce, chocolate chips and shaved chocolate for the topping. This Frappuccino® enjoys both a fruity flavour as well as comforting chocolate. *Contains less than 5% passion fruit juice.
The CHOCOLATE with Almond Praline Frappuccino® is made by mixing chocolate sauce with caramel and coffee for a creamy and deep base flavour. Crunchy and fragrant candied almonds and chocolate sauce top the drink, providing a very chocolatey experience perfect for any chocoholic.
The elegant and sweet White CHOCOLATE with Latte contains creamy and smooth couverture chocolate white flakes, espresso and warm milk, combined for a strong and relaxing flavour.
Right: CHOCOLATE Mousse with Latte (Hot): Short ¥390 Tall ¥430 Grande ¥470 Venti® ¥510
Left: CHOCOLATE Mousse with Drip Coffee (Hot): Short ¥340 Tall ¥380 Grande ¥420
These ‘CHOCOLATE Mousse with’ drinks are perfect for drip coffee and Starbucks latte fans. These Valentine’s season-limited drinks are customisable so you can enjoy the delicious flavour of chocolate mousse in the form of a new Valentine’s drink. The smooth chocolate mousse is light and melts in your mouth. By adding the drip coffee, the flavours merge together for a brand new and exciting flavour experience.
CHOCOLATE with Milk Tea Frappuccino®Tall ¥590 *(Only available in Tall)
On January 31, the CHOCOLATE with Milk Tea Frappuccino® with its delicious aroma, chocolatey flavour and fun textures will make its debut. The tea is made from a blend of several different kinds of tea. Milk and milk tea powder is added to enhance the flavour and then blended with white mocha syrup and chocolate chips. This is the perfect chance to enjoy chocolate and milk tea in one drink.
This year, Starbucks will also be selling Valentine’s merchandise. This year’s theme colours are pink and navy. A range of cute yet fancy designs decorate Starbucks’ classic flasks and mugs and is bound to deliver a heart-warming experience with every sip. There are also pink Starbucks cards decorated with hearts and love letter-themed message card sets in the series. If you’re looking for a causal-style gift for someone special, how about something from the Starbucks Valentines series rather than traditional chocolates?
Come try a drink from the CHOCOLATE with series for a new and exciting chocolate drink experience.
Starbucks Japan CHOCOLATE with Drink Series
CHOCOLATE with Passion Fruit Frappuccino®
CHOCOLATE with Almond Praline Frappuccino®
White CHOCOLATE with Latte
CHOCOLATE Mousse with Latte
CHOCOLATE Mousse with Drip Coffee
Selling: January 17 – February 14, 2020
CHOCOLATE with Milk Tea Frappuccino®
Selling: January 31 – March 31, 2020
*Available while stocks last
Available At: Most Starbucks cafés across Japan
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp
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.
CHAYA 1899 TOKYO
Address: 6-4-1 Shinbashi, Minato City, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 21:00 (Last Orders: 20:30)
Opens: February 21, 2020
Official Website: https://1899.jp/hotels/tokyo/
Starbucks Releases its First 2020 Drinks: Hōjicha Cream Frappucino® and Latte
08.January.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan will be celebrating New Year by releasing its first new drink of 2020 on January 9. The new, aromatic and creamy drinks to kick off the New Year are the Hōjicha Cream Frappucino® and the Hōjicha Cream Latte.
Starbucks’ new 2020 drinks are made with carefully roasted tea leaves that are packed with the wonderful flavours of Japan and full of rich aroma. The tea is combined with white mocha syrup and whipped cream for a deliciously creamy tea. The tea leaf mix used is Starbucks Japan’s original blend which consists of five different types of tea. As the New Year’s holiday period comes to an end and the streets fill up with busy people rushing to and from work and school, this drink provides a much-needed break from a busy life and will soothe you with one of Japan’s favourite flavours.
Left: Hōjicha Cream Frappucino® Tall ¥570 (Before Tax) *Tall Size Only
Right: Hōjicha Cream Latte Short ¥430, Tall ¥470, Grande ¥510, Venti® ¥550 (Before Tax)
A layer of fragrant white mocha syrup lines the base of the cup to fully enhance the soothing aroma of the Hōjicha tea. Whipped cream is at the base of the drink and also floats on top. A final dusting of brown sugar accents the flavour. The strong tea aroma and milky flavour balance out in perfect harmony.
Looking for something warm? The Hōjicha Cream Latte is also milky Hōjicha tea flavoured with white mocha syrup and dusted with brown sugar. This smooth and creamy drink will warm your heart while the soothing tea aroma soothes your senses.
Pop into Starbucks to enjoy the aroma of Hōjicha tea and a soothing creamy flavour this winter.
Hōjicha Cream Frappucino® and Hōjicha Cream Latte
Selling: January 9, 2020 – January 16, 2020
* Available only while stocks last
Available at most Starbucks cafés across Japan
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp
Matcha Desserts in Sapporo You Just Have To Try
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.
Address: 1-1-1 Yamanote 5 Jō, Nishi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00
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
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.
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.
Address: 3-2-24 Kita 18 Jonishi, Kita Ward
Opening Hours: 11:00-18:30 (Last Orders: 18:00)
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 )
Surprise That Special Someone on Valentine’s Day with Décadence du Chocolat Japanese-Style Chocolates
03.January.2020 | FOOD
Décadence du Chocolat will release their popular Valentine’s chocolate assortment from January 23, 2020 for a limited time only. Each carefully crafted chocolate is packed with Japanese flavours and originality by chocolatiers who follow a detailed procedure. The assortment range features three Valentine’s bonbon chocolates. The shop will also be releasing their popular LOVE KISS chocolate again this year in Yuzu Orange and Strawberry-flavour.
Valentine’s Limited Bonbon Chocolate Assortment (Contains 4): ¥1,100
Valentine’s Limited Bonbon Chocolate Assortment (Contains 24): ¥5,200
The bonbon assortment of four contains one Kinako chocolate which is made with roasted soybean flour, a Muscovado Matcha chocolate, an Apple Hojicha chocolate made using roasted green tea, and the shop’s popular standard bonbon chocolat. The boxes come in 4, 9, 12 and 24 chocolates to cater for every situation. These chocolates are bound to be the perfect gift for your partner whether they are Japanese or foreign.
Décadence du Chocolat’s lip-shaped LOVE KISS is popular every year and has become a symbol of Valentine’s Day. Concealed in a beautiful box fit for a wedding ring, just seeing it is enough to fill your partner with excitement. This year’s LOVE KISS chocolate is made with a yuzu orange and strawberry ganache for a sweet and tangy flavour.
These Japanese-style chocolates are the perfect way to treat anyone on Valentine’s Day.
Décadence du Chocolat Shop Information
Ginza (Main Shop)
Address：G-ZONE, 1-2-3, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Address: Domi Koishikawa, 5-6-9, Koishikawa, Bunkyo City, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Closed Tuesdays*)
*Open on February 4
Address: Noren-gai, 1-1-4 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Monday – Saturday: 10:00-20:00
Sundays and National Holidays: 10:00 – 20:00
Official Website: https://decadence.jp/
Top Matcha Desserts in Kyoto Perfect for Your Next Instagram Post
When you think of Kyoto, matcha immediately comes to mind. Today with the help of the Kansai region’s expert dessert Instagrammer Tiara, we’ll be introducing you to the top matcha dessert shops of the Kansai region.
Matcha Ganache Cake
This matcha ganache cake looks just as good as it tastes. The beautiful smooth matcha coating is delicious and rich. The cake is best enjoyed with a cup of coffee and is the perfect sophisticated treat.
Address: 792 Nishishujakuchō, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto,
Opening Hours: 11:30-18:00
Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chika_ara/Chasho Shimizu Ippoen KyotoMatcha Tiramisu Parfait
A delicious spun sugar decoration rests on top of the melt-in-the-mouth matcha tiramisu parfait. The mascarpone and matcha ice cream is made completely from Hokkaido milk. The balance of flavours and moderate sweetness makes this parfait irresistible.
▼Chasho Shimizu Ippoen
Address: 665 Honkawaracho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
*Open on National Holiday Mondays but closed the following day. Closed during the New Year Period.
Official Website: https://ippoen.co.jp
MATCHA REPUBLIC, Shimogyō WardRock Salt Cheese Bubble Matcha Latte/ Bubble Matcha LatteThis unique drink belongs on Instagram. A cute ink bottle is filled with a mildly sweet matcha drink accented with a hint of salt. You’ve never tried anything quite like this before.
Address: Floor 1, 721-1 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 9:00-21:00
Official Website: https://www.matcha-republic.com
JTRRD cafe KYOTO, NakagyōUji Matcha Smoothie (Kyoto-Limited)
Pink, red, orange, yellow, purple, green – this Uji matcha smoothie is a rainbow of colours. There are four different designs and you can choose from three varieties of fruit to decorate the inside of your cup. Each smoothie is made of fruit and vegetables, making this a healthy way to indulge in matcha. It is so beautiful you won’t want to drink it.
▼JTRRD cafe KYOTO
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Closed: The third Monday of every month. No regular holidays.
Address: 135-1 Doyucho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
If you’re looking for a shop to satisfy your matcha cravings, you can’t go wrong with Tiara’s recommendations.
Tiara’s Instagram never fails to keep us updated on the most delicious and beautiful desserts in the Kansai region so check it out.
Article Contents and Photos by ＠happy_pinkrose_tiara
Garrett Popcorn’s Matcha Truffle Caramel Crisp Flavour Releasing for the New Year
24.December.2019 | FOOD
Garrett Popcorn has announced that it will release its popular limited-edition Matcha Truffle Caramel Crisp flavoured popcorn, as well as New Year’s popcorn tins with a Year of the Rat design for 2020, from December 26, 2019 in limited quantities.
Matcha Truffle Caramel Crisp / Available: December 26, 2019 – January 9, 2020 *While supplies last
The popular Matcha Truffle Caramel Crisp returns again this year, taking Garrett Popcorn’s classic Caramel Crisp™, coating it in white chocolate, and sprinkling over delicious matcha powder to create the ultimate luxury popcorn.
Garrett 2020 ETO Tins / Available: December 26, 2019 – January 9, 2020 *While supplies last
To get popcorn munchers in the festive mood, Garrett Popcorn has also designed these New Year’s tins featuring the classic Japanese celebratory colours vermilion and light emerald green. The design is also decorated with plum blossoms and a rat to symbolise the 2020 Year of the Rat from the Chinese zodiac.
Black Truffle / Available: December 27, 2019 – January 5, 2020 *While supplies last (At Garrett Popcorn Shops® in Harajuku/Tokyo Station/Shisui Premium Outlets/Nagoya)
The company has also developed a special new recipe to chime in the New Year: “Black Truffle,” a seriously luxurious indulgence. It will be sold for 10 days only when the New year rolls around.
Enjoy a Happy New Year with a bowl of these delicious popcorn flavours from Garrett Popcorn.
Garrett Popcorn Official Website: http://jpgarrettpopcorn.com/
*All items listed in this article are available in limited quantities while supplies last
Granny Smith Apple Pie & Coffee and Dandelion Chocolate Release Chocolate and Cherry Apple Pie
22.December.2019 | FOOD
Granny Smith Apple Pie & Coffee—a cafe chain in Japan—has teamed up with bean to bar chocolate company Dandelion Chocolate to release a special new dessert. The “Chocolate and Cherry Holiday Apple Pie” is now available to enjoy until January 13, 2020.
This lovingly-made ambrosial temptation is made with kougyoku apples from Aomori Prefecture which have a luscious sour kick to them. It’s combined with dark and sour cherries, which give a fruity flavour, and chocolate made from chocolate beans sourced in Guatemala. It’s held together by a crunchy pie pastry which is topped with velvety chocolate custard and ganache. The richness of the chocolate together with the apple makes for a delicious marriage of flavours.
The Guatemala bean chocolate too matches perfectly with the apples and cherries, which have a full-bodied flavour reminiscent of wine. There’s also chocolate nibs for added texture. This is truly a dessert for the gods, so don’t miss out.
Granny Smith Apple Pie & Coffee x Dandelion Chocolate – “Chocolate and Cherry Holiday Apple Pie”
Running: December 14, 2019 – January 13, 2020
Available: At Granny Smith Apple Pie & Coffee branches and Dandelion Chocolate branches in Japan
Prices (Before Tax):
・Takeout: One Slice ¥570 / Whole ¥4,500 (*Reservations must be made 3 days in advance for a whole pie. Orders up to December 25, 2019 come with Christmas decorations.)
・Eat In: One Slice ¥800 (Comes with sauce and ice cream)
・ Online Shop: ¥4,500
・Takeout/Eat In: ¥570
・Granny Smith Apple Pie & Coffee – Branch List: https://grannysmith-pie.com/info.html
・Granny Smith Apple Pie & Coffee Online Shop: https://www.rakuten.co.jp/grannysmith/
・Dandelion Chocolate, Factory & Cafe Kuramae / Dandelion Chocolate Omotesando / Dandelion Chocolate Kamakura: https://dandelionchocolate.jp/
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo: Kyoto’s Dessert House Releases Matcha Tiramisu and New Cheese Products
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo opened in Kiyomizu Gojozaka, Kyoto in July this year as the first place in Kyoto to specialise in “bottled cheesecakes.” This month, they are releasing four new products to continue the cheese craze right to the end of 2019.
The first is a revamp of their number one most popular soft serve cheese ice cream: the “Chocolate Mont Blanc Cheese Soft.” The soft serve ice cream is a mix of refreshingly sweet milk and rich cheese topped with a full-bodied mont blanc-style chocolate—a welcome addition during the winter months when you want to stay in and indulge in some chocolate. The ice cream is finished with crushed chocolate pieces and a crowning raspberry to create a chocolate cake in a cone. You’re sure to become a frequent customer after a bite of this.
And for the Christmas season only, between December 18th-25th the shop is also selling another special soft serve that’s made to look like a Christmas tree. The cheese soft serve is covered with a sprinkling of Uji matcha powder and adorned with chocolate pearls and stars.
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo is also releasing hot versions of its “Kiyomizu Cheese Drink” and “Matcha Cheese Tea,” the iced versions of which were greatly enjoyed in summer. The Matcha Cheese Tea can also now be ordered with tapioca topping, creating a delicious combination between the expertly crafted rich matcha cheese tea and the chewy and sugary tapioca pearls.
Also released this month is the “Homemade Matcha Tiramisu” when is served in a traditional masu box and served only on the second floor eat-in section. This irresistible delight is made with flavourful mascarpone cheese and bitter Uji matcha from Kyoto to create a dessert that’s perfect during a trip or day out in Kyoto. Because of the hard labour that goes into creating this dessert, only 5-10 are served per day, so be sure to arrive early to not miss the opportunity.
Chocolate Mont Blanc Cheese Soft – ¥550 (Before Tax)
Christmas Cheese Soft – ¥400 (Before Tax) *Available December 18-25, 2019 only
Matcha Tapioca Cheese Tea – ¥550 (Before Tax)
Homemade Matcha Tiramisu – ¥540 (Before Tax)
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo
Address: 569-10 Shiraitochō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Official Website: http://kiyomizu-cheese.com/
Jun Matsumoto’s New Kinoko Party Wins Meiji’s Best Chocolate Snack National Election
Meiji announced the long-awaited results of the 2019 National Election for Meiji’s long-selling chocolate brands Kinoko no Yama and Takenoko no Sato on December 17 and held an event to showcase a new commercial.
The election ran for almost four months from August 5, 2019 and saw people of Japan casting their vote for their favourite of the two Meiji chocolate snacks: Kinoko no Yama and Takenoko no Sato, represented by Jun Matsumoto (the leader of the New Kinoko Party) and Akihiro Miwa (the leader of the New Takenoko Party) respectively. A total of 10,587,785 votes were cast.
The New Kinoko Party won 6,021,986 votes while the Takenoko Party received 4,565,799 votes, marking a difference of 1,456,187 votes between the two. At the event, the leader of the winning party Jun Matsumoto said: “The New Takenoko Party has finally been beaten this time around at this 3rd National Election. It’s no doubt thanks to all of the citizens of this country who came together as one team and voted. I thank you all.”
Akihiro Miwa also commented on his first loss, saying: “Ah, this is disappointing. Really disappointing. But my love for Takenoko no Sato remains unchanged, and I want the same for the people of this country—for them to continue loving Takenoko no Sato.”
The two party leaders held a discussion after results were announced. Matsumoto said to Miwa, “I’m glad you were able to recover,” commenting on Miwa’s unfortunate bout of ill health. Miwa came right back with, “No matter what happens when it comes to myself, I’ll resurrect like a phoenix.”
At the end of the talk, the event moved on to the topic of Meiji having revamped their two chocolate products for the first time in 40 years. The two party leaders taste tested both and compared their delicious tastes.
This election closes the books on battle between Kinoko no Yama and Takenoko no Sato which has taken place for nearly 40 years. To celebrate this, the “Kinoko no Yama & Takenoko no Sato National Election No Side Association” (きのこの山・たけのこの里国民総選挙ノーサイド協定) was formed. Both party leaders signed the papers to make it official, after which Jun Matsumoto announced his retirement as party leader. “Following our first win, I can now retire from the New Kinoko Party without worry. The New Kinoko Party will forever be eternal!” Matsumoto said, and he placed down his microphone and sash and left the stage.
A campaign is being held to promote the Kinoko no Yama & Takenoko no Sato National Election No Side Association where you can win the chocolate products. Get involved by signing up below.
Kinoko no Yama & Takenoko no Sato National Election No Side Campaign
Running: December 17, 2019 at 12:00 (JST) to January 25, 2020 at 23:59 (JST)
1. Visit the special site and click “Webで応募” (sign-up online) to fill out the form.
2. After entering your details click “応募する” (finish sign-up) to complete your application
2. Retweet the application Tweet of either account (here or here). Or, post the following hashtags when following the respective accounts: for the New Kinoko Party it’s #きのこたけのこ国民総選挙ノーサイド and #きのこの山, and for the New Takenoko Party it’s #きのこたけのこ国民総選挙ノーサイド and #たけのこの.
・One each of Kinoko no Yama (74g) and Takenoko no Sato (70g) with No Side packaging
・2 party original QUO cards with ¥500 each on them
・Kinoko no Yama and Takenoko no Sato squishies
*40 sets available for 40 people
Special Site: http://sousenkyo.kinotake.jp/?link=kie19071102
Kinoko no Yama & Takenoko no Sato
Brand Website: https://www.meiji.co.jp/sweets/chocolate/kinotake/
Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo Releases Merchandise in Collaboration With BEAMS
18.December.2019 | FASHION
Starbucks Coffee Japan has collaborated with BEAMS Creative Lab (ビームス創造研究), which is led by Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe, Senior Creative Director at BEAMS, to release a collection of merchandise to celebrate the coming New Year. The items arrived at Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo on December 17.
Since opening on February 28, 2019, Roastery Tokyo has collaborated with BEAMS Creative Lab on three separate occasions to release collections of merchandise themed on “Play,” “Travel,” and “Go out!” respectively. They have proven popular with both Japanese and foreign customers. For this fourth collaboration, the theme is “Lucky Charms.”
The line-up of items range from classic Japanese New Year’s celebratory items like pochibukuro mini envelopes and a towel with a New Year’s greeting design on it to Roastery Tokyo-exclusive Kewpie dolls coloured copper and silver like the roasters in the coffee shop.
Look over the past year and beckon the New Year with a cup of coffee at Starbucks and some festive goodies.
Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo
Address: 2-19-2 Aobadai, Meguro, Tokyo
Business Hours: 7:00-23:00
No Fixed Holidays.
Access: 14-minutes on foot from Naka-Meguro Station / 14-minutes on foot from the East Exit of Ikejiri-Ōhashi Station
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/roastery/