Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea in Japan: Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo’s Beautiful Floral Menu
Spring is set to blossom early at Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo, where they will begin serving their “Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea” at Le Jardin, a lobby lounge, from February 17. Three new cherry blossom sweets will also be sold for the spring season only from March 1 at the hotel’s Pastry & Cheese Shop, which bakes up fresh bread, cheese, desserts, and more.
Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea
The Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea returns to Hotel Chizanso Tokyo after its huge reception last year. This cute pink assortment is stacked high with cherry blossom flavours and seasonal ingredients.
On the top plate is a collection of four pink and white desserts. This includes some tempting macarons which are filled with a cherry blossom ganache. The macarons themselves are vanilla flavoured, packed with cherry blossom cream, and have prints of delicate cherry blossom flowers on them.
On the middle tier are crunchy pie sandwiches filled with a cream cheese that is laced with cherry blossom leaves, while the bottom tier is an assortment that includes refreshing shrimp, grapefruit and asparagus sandwiches, and more.
Cherry Blossom Roll Cake
Baked fresh in the Pastry & Cheese Shop are these incredible cherry blossom roll cakes that look almost ornamental. They are part of the “Seasonal Cake ~SAKURA~” series of three desserts being sold at the shop for a limited time. The roll cakes are stuffed with fresh cream which is filled with black beans and cherry blossom paste. They are also finished with a little salt. This is an absolute must-eat during spring in Japan this year, a treat that reminds one of the cherry blossoms during the Hanami (flower-viewing) season.
Cherry Blossom Cube
The second dessert is the cute checked Cherry Blossom Cube, a pink and white sponge laced with strawberry and cherry blossom syrup. The butter cream is also made with cherry blossom, and the whole thing is topped with almond and white chocolate.
Cherry Blossom & Pistachio Panna Cotta
Finally, we have the white vanilla and cherry blossom panna cotta which is made with a rich pistachio bavarois and cherry blossom jelly. It’s topped with a pickled cherry blossom bud, and the bavarois has sliced strawberries on it made to look like petals.
But that’s not all for springtime at Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo. A walk through their gardens gifts your eyes to a variety of different cherry trees, like the kawazu-zakura and Taiwan cherry, which bloom early, as well as the Yoko cherry, miyabi-zakura, and Yoshino cherry, which blossom between February and April. There are 120 trees to see spanning 20 types of cherry blossom; enjoy them during the early hours when they are basked in the morning light, or at night when they are lit up with beautiful illuminations. And don’t forget the row of cherry trees that line Kandagawa from Edogawabashi Stationーthe closest station to the hotel.
Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea
Running: February 17, 2020 – April 12, 2020
*On weekdays between January 6, 2020 to February 28, 2020, the afternoon tea will be served from 14:30-18:00 due to the holding of the sweets buffet
Location: Le Jardin at Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo
Prices: Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea ¥4,000 / With Welcome Drink ¥4,500
Seasonal Cake ~SAKURA~
Running: March 1, 2020 – April 12, 2020
Location: Pastry & Cheese Shop at Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo
Prices: Cherry Blossom Roll Cake ¥3,200 / Cherry Blossom & Pistachio Panna Cotta ¥620 / Cherry Blossom Cube ¥650
Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo
Address: 2-10-8 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo
Official Website (English): https://www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com/
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.
Tsumu Gummy TETRIS®
Pre-Sale: April 12, 2021
UHA Mikakuto Official Website: https://www.uha-mikakuto.co.jp/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Baymax Mushi-Pan Steamed Bread
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.
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)
Mix everything together in a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, you can also knead the ingredients well by hand.
Ferment at 40℃ for 40 minutes. If you don’t have a fermentation machine, leave in a warm environment.
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.
Bake in the oven at 40℃ for 20-25 minutes.
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.
Once cooled, use some nori seaweed to make Baymax’s face and you’re done!
Solve Mysterious in Tokyo While Walking Around Asakusa in This New IRL Game
14.April.2021 | SPOT
Japanese IRL mystery game production company Haregake is launching a new game in collaboration with Cosmos Hotel Management who are known for managing the apartment hotel chain MIMARU. MIMARU Tokyo Asakusa STATION, a new branch, is set to open on April 22.
This game will take place around Asakusa in Tokyo and can be played by couples, families, and groups. The event is being carried out with all necessary COVID-19 safety measures in place and aims to get people learning more about the wonders of Asakusa with a game that incorporates elements of the district’s traditional buildings, culture, and more. It’s a chance to sightsee around one of Tokyo’s most iconic areas while solving puzzles at the same time.
The game kit can be bought at the vending machine inside MIMARU Tokyo Asakusa STATION when it opens later this month. It includes the story, which you can read below, and everything you need to get yourself started. There’s also no time limit, so players can take as long as they like while they enjoy the sights.
The Game’s Story
“I want you to find the treasure of Asakusa for me.”
So says the request that finds its ways to you – you, who are a detective.
A certain wealthy individual once resided in Asakusa.
He left a letter behind, and now this letter is in your hands.
“This map – perhaps it shows the location of this treasure.”
Will you be able to locate the treasure resting in Asakusa?
Head on out and solve the mystery as you walk around the district.
Asakusa Detective Game: The Secrets of the Millionaire’s Forgotten Letter
Japanese Game Name: 浅草街歩き探偵録〜富豪の残した手紙の秘密〜
Start Date: April 22, 2021 (Not a limited-time event, will be held permanently)開
Start Point: MIMARU Tokyo Asakusa Station
Address: 2-20-4 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0034
Official Website: https://nazotoki.mimaruhotels.com/
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!
Made in Pierre Hermè
Made in Pierre Hermè Kochi Marche
Kick-off Event: April 15, 2021 from 11:00 to 18:00
Where: COMMUNE Omotesando
Made in Pierre Hermè Kochi Fair
Running: April 16, 2021- July 31, 2021
Where: All Made in Pierre Hermè branches
Harajuku’s Pompompurin Maid Café to Open on April 14
Akihabara’s premiere maid café chain “@home café” announced last month the opening of a permanent maid café themed on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin. The café is set to open along Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street on April 14, 2021.
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@home café has collaborated with many of Sanrio’s popular characters in the past at its Akihabara-based café branches such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, and of course Pompompurin, but this time the collaboration is flying out of Akiba and straight into the heart of Japanese pop culture: Harajuku.
This new Pompompurin Café is themed on Pompompurin throwing a party for everyone—that’s you and your friends. It’s a place for Purin to deliver happiness to all who visit in the form of cute and tasty food.
Of course, the @home café maids will also be present, and all wearing original maid uniforms coloured like Pompompurin.
A little look at some things on the menu
Soufflé Omurice | ¥1,450
Butter Chicken Curry | ¥1,300
Pompompurin Pudding | ¥700
Chocolate Banana Mountain Waffle | ¥1,200
Custard Pudding Latte | ¥850
Muffin’s Caffe Mocha | ¥850
Take a commemorative photo
For just ¥550, you can take a chekki photo at the café. It comes with café-original stickers and paper. For an extra ¥300, you can take a photo with one of the maids.
Pompompurin Birthday Party
April 16 is Pompompurin’s birthday, so on that day the café will have a special dessert prepared (which you can see below) along with novelties for customers, new decorations, and more.
Pompompurin’s Birthday Dessert
Special Birthday Parfait | ¥1,700 | Serving: April 14, 2021 – April 30, 2021
To commemorate Pompompurin’s birthday and the opening of the café, all visitors will receive the pin below for free.
Pompompurin will visit the café
On the evening on April 16, Pompompurin will visit the cafe for his birthday to celebrate with everyone. Details and bookings can be found here in Japanese.
Pompompurin Cafe x @home cafe
Grand Opening: April 14, 2021
Where: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU Floor 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:00-22:00 / [Weekends] 10:00-22:00
No Fixed Holidays
Pompompurin Cafe Official Website: https://pompompurincafe.com/
@home Official Website: http://www.cafe-athome.com/
Renai Mangaka Drama Series Gets Themed Cafe in Tokyo
13.April.2021 | FOOD
Fuji TV’s ongoing drama series Renai Mangaka opened a theme cafe in Ebisu on April 8 with dishes inspired by the series.
Renai Pancakes | ¥1,892 (Tax Included)
Renai Fondant Chocolate | ¥1,122 (Tax Included)
Renai Lemon Sour | ¥660 (Tax Included)
Renai Strawberry Milk | ¥990 (Tax Included)
Renai Bread Gratin | ¥2,805 (Tax Included)
Renai Bread Dessert | ¥990 (Tax Included)
Renai Dessert Plate | ¥1,232 (Tax Included) | Available Early May 2021
Renai Omurice | ¥1,452 (Tax Included) | Available Early May 2021
The story of Renai Mangaka follows Karibe Seiichiro, a manga artist who’s not the best at socializing. He rarely goes outdoors and has a strange way of thinking. One day, he meets his late-brother’s former girlfriend Kuon Aiko, and asks her to be his pseudo-romance partner.
Cafe Accueil Ebisu x Renai Mangaka Collaboration Cafe
Opened: April 8, 2021
Where: Cafe Accueil Ebisu
Address: 2-10-10 Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/
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.
misdo meets Gion Tsujiri
Running: April 9, 2021 – May, 2021
Campaign Duration: April 4, 2021- April 30, 2021
Campaign Page: https://www.misterdonut.jp/campaign/matcha
Official Site: https://www.misterdonut.jp
Mister Donut Official Twitter account: https://twitter.com/misterdonut_jp（ ＠misterdonut_jp）
The Moomin Cafe at Tokyo Dome City Begins Serving Breakfast Menu
The Moomin Cafe at Tokyo Dome City LaQua introduced a breakfast menu on April 1.
Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwich: One – ¥510 (Tax Included) / Two – ¥800 (Tax Included)
Hattifatteners Hot Dog: ¥600 (Tax Included)
Northern Europe Breakfast Plate | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Open Fruit Sandwich | ¥700 (Tax Included)
Five fun and delicious items arrive at the Moomin Cafe for the spring season, each with a reference or design inspired by the beloved Moomins.
Breakfast Menu: Released April 1, 2021
Where: Tokyo Dome City LaQua
Official Website: https://moomincafe.jp/
Gaspard and Lisa Themed Menu to be Served in Tokyo
The popular French characters Gaspard and Lisa are getting their own themed menu at Le Cafe la Boutique du Joel Robuchon in Tokyo. The menu will be served from April 24 to May 9 and takes inspiration from Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben’s children’s book series.
Gaspard and Lisa One Plate & Cocktail Set | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Non-Alcoholic Strawberry & Lychee Cocktail | ¥990 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Galette (With Coffee or Tea) | ¥2,420 (Tax Included)
The first 500 customers who order something from the menu will receive a free coaster, and those who spend over ¥5,000 will get a special pouch.
Enter the charming world of Gaspard and Lisa with this cute themed menu.
(C) 2021 Anne Gutman & Georg Hallensleben / Hachette Livre
Le Cafe la Boutique du Joel Robuchon x Gaspard and Lisa
Running: April 24, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Where: Le Cafe la Boutique du Joel Robuchon (Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. Floor 2F)
Opening Hours: 10:30-19:30 (Last Orders 18:30)
Official Website: https://www.robuchon.jp/
Ham and Cheese Dorayaki and Other Delicious Foods Release at Old-Time Japanese Dessert Shop Eitaro
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.
Address: 1-2-5 Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 08:00-16:30 / [Saturdays] 10:00-16:30
Closed: Sundays & Public Holidays
Official Website: https://www.eitaro.com/
Yamaha has set up its iconic yellow LovePiano inside Toyosu Foresia in Tokyo where it will stay until April 20. The piano is for public use so anyone can show off their playing skills.
The LovePiano was built to get more people having a go at playing pianos and music in general. It has seen to over 50 locations in Japan from Shinjuku Station to Shinagawa Station, Sapporo Station, Osaka International Airport, and elsewhere.
Running: April 7, 2021 – April 20, 2021
Time: 08:00-19:00 (Closes at 15:00 on April 20)
Where: Toyosu Foresia
Official Website: https://jp.yamaha.com/products/contents/pianos/lovepiano/
Blue Bottle Coffee to Open First Pop-Up Store in Tokyo
Blue Bottle Coffee Japan is opening its first-ever pop-up store this spring at Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C. where it will run from April 21 to May 11.
Check out some of the products that will be on offer from the minimalist and stylish coffee brand.
Castella & Coffee Bean Set | ¥3,564 (Tax Included) | Exclusive pre-sale at Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C.
Eco Bag & Instant Coffee Set | ¥4,180 (Tax Included) | Exclusive pre-sale at Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C.
First Light Single Origin | ¥1,944 (Tax Included)
Renewal Blend | ¥1,836 (Tax Included)
Coffee Beans (200g x 2 bags) | ¥3,456 (Tax Included)
Coffee lovers can get their hands on a range of Blue Bottle Coffee’s bean range as sold at their cafes across Japan as well as an original tote bag to encourage “Coffee Time, Everywhere,” pre-sales on select items like the Blue Bottle Coffee Castella developed in collaboration with Bunmeido Tokyo, seasonal coffee beans, and more.
The pop-up shop will not be serving coffee for customers, but they can enjoy their coffee picks once they get home. And don’t worry if you don’t have a coffee grinder as there are instant coffees too.
Blue Bottle Coffee Pop-Up Store
Running: April 21, 2021 – May 11, 2021
Where: Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C.
Address: 3-17-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 158-0094
Official Website: https://store.bluebottlecoffee.jp/