GODIVA’s Irresistible Chocolixir Sakura Drink Available This Spring
23.February.2020 | FOOD
GODIVA Japan Inc. is releasing a new chocolate drink as part of their Chocolixir series. The new drink flavour “Chocolixir Sakura” will be sold from February 16 to April 9, 2020 at GODIVA shops only.
Chocolixir Sakura: ¥630 (Before Tax)
Cherry blossom jelly and pink chocolate curls rest on top of a white cloud of whipped cream to create the appearance of cherry blossom petals. The drink creates the image of beautiful sakura petals as they reflect off the water’s surface, creating the warm image of the rays of the spring sun. The sweet aroma and creamy melt-in-the-mouth white chocolate is divine. This chilled drink also contains small pieces of smashed white chocolate, creating a fun texture in your mouth.
It looks just as wonderful as it tastes. One sip will fill your heart with the refreshing vibes of spring. GODIVA’s velvety smooth chocolate drinks are always to die for. You just have to try it.
Selling: February 16, 2020 – April 9, 2020
*In limited supply, available while stocks last.
Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp
Starbucks Japan Unveils Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino®
18.September.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan has revealed the second beverage in its Artful Autumn @ Starbucks® series of drinks. The “Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino®” will be released at Starbucks branches in Japan on September 23, 2020.
Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino® | Tall Size Only – ¥590
Each drink is made using a whole chopped and blended Japanese daigaku imo candied sweet potato to serve those autumn flavours, with its marbled golden colour also reminiscent of the autumn leaves. It’s topped with whipped cream, black sesame seeds, and sweet potato syrup.
Truly the perfect dessert drink to sip on for the changing seasons.
Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino®
Serving: September 23, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Available: Starbucks in Japan (select branches not participating)
Starbucks Coffee Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Sweet Potato Milk Bubble Tea Pours Into Chun Shui Tang For Autumn
15.September.2020 | FOOD
Chun Shui Tang, a chain of Taiwanese bubble tea stores, is adding a new limited-time drink to the menus of all branches in Japan on September 16: the “Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea.”
Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea | ¥650 (Before Tax)
The beverage is made with annouimo sweet potatoes grown on the island of Tanegashima in Kagoshima Prefecture. The potatoes are known for their high sugar content, adding a delicious natural sweetness to the tea. It’s blended with a high grade sugar syrup and topped off with whipped cream and sweet potato chips to create a dessert drink.
Those who order the drink via the Smatapi (スマタピ) app from September 9 can get the drink early before its general release on September 16.
In Japan for the autumn season? Enjoy the tasty autumn flavour of sweet potato with the Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea.
Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea
Release Date: September 16, 2020
*Mobile pre-sales available from September 9 to those who order using the Smatapi (スマタピ) app
Available: All Chun Shui Tang shops in Japan
Chun Shui Tang Japan Official Website: https://www.chunshuitang.jp/
Japanese Chawanmushi Egg Custard Dessert Turns Into Drink in Tokyo
03.September.2020 | FOOD
Japanese food company Ninben has announced that it is extending its sales period for its drinkable chawanmushi dessert at Nihonbashi Dashi Bar in Tokyo until September 30.
Chawanmushi is a refreshing Japanese egg custard dessert that’s perfect for cooling down during the summer, and seeing as the summer heat isn’t letting down in Japan just yet, Ninben’s drinkable rendition is now available until the end of September.
Chawanmushi Drink | ¥300 (Tax Included)
The chawanmushi drink is a collaboration between the owner of Suzunari and Ninben’s Nihonbashi Dashi Bar. The drink was created to get more people enjoying the delicious taste of dashi. Exclusive to Nihonbashi Dashi Bar, which is located inside Ninben in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, the drink is being served for takeout only.
Normally, chawanmushi is eaten with a spoon, so using a straw adds an entirely new experience to enjoying the dessert. It’s seasoned with salt from Christmas Island which elevates the flavour of the egg and dashi.
It’s still hot in Tokyo, so if you’re in the city, then why not order one to cool down?
Nihonbashi Dashi Bar
Address: COREDO Muromach 1 (Floor 1F), 2-2-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: www.ninben.co.jp
Autumn Flower Topped Cream Sodas Served at Floral Cafe and Bar HANABAR in Koenji
31.August.2020 | FOOD
HANABAR, a floral themed cafe and bar in Koenji, Tokyo, released two breathtaking new cream sodas on Friday which capture the sentimental feeling of summer transitioning to autumn.
HANABAR opened in September 2017 as Japan’s “first dried flower cafe.” A sister store, gmgm, opened last year selling gorgeously gourmet doughnuts topped with dried flowers. Both stores as produced by Nana Yui, a dried flower artist.
Lavendel | ¥1,100
Coloured an eye-catching purple, this autumn-time cream soda is made with lavender, butterfly pea, and lime.
Aimatsurika | ¥1,100
A refreshing mix of jasmine, grapefruit, and lemon topped with sweet ice cream that has a citrus fruit aftertaste.
The flowers draped inside the ice are all elderflower which has high nutritional value.
Beat the Japanese heat this summer in Tokyo with one of these tantalising cream sodas.
Floral Autumn Colour Cream Sodas
Serving: August 28, 2020 – Late October 2020
Address: 3-30-6 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00-22:00
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://www.hanabar.tokyo/
Make Your Own Original KitKat at Tokyo’s KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya
31.July.2020 | FOOD
Nestlé Japan is opening a new branch of KitKat Chocolatory inside Shibuya’s new shopping mall Miyashita Park on August 4, 2020.
KitKat Chocolatory is a direct-to-consumer chain, serving premium, handcrafted KitKats made with top quality ingredients and production methods under full direction by Takagi Yasumasa―the owner and chef of LE PATISSIER TAKAGI. Its product line-up features a range perfect as gifts to friends, family and co-workers, or as a treat to yourself.
Japan is home to eight KitKat Chocolatory branches. The new Miyashita Park Shibuya branch will open as the fourth in Tokyo, as well as the first where you can create your own KitKat products.
My KITKAT: ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
“My KITKAT” comes as the world’s first KitKat service where consumers can create their own original chocolate bars.
KitKat Waffle: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Soft Cream: ¥630 (Before Tax)
KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya will also sell a variety of unique and exclusive KitKat desserts, like luxurious soft serve ice cream topped with couverture chocolate. It will also offer a cafe menu created by Nespresso, where customers can pair Chocolatory desserts with seasonal coffee menus, and more.
Shibuya-esque wall art will decorate the interior of the shop, making for plenty of photo opportunities.
KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya
Grand Opening: August 4, 2020
Address: Miyashita Park South 2F, 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/
4 Must-Try Colourful & Kawaii Cream Sodas in Kyoto
The rainy season in Japan, known as Tsuyu, is finally coming to a close, which means the real summer is right around the corner. And what better way to stay cool in Japan during the summertime than with a glass of coo, refreshing cream soda?
We’ve compiled a list of 4 must-try cream sodas in Kyoto recommended by Tiara on Instagram, who posts photos on her Instagram of drinks and desserts she tries around the Kanto region of Japan, and who has kindly provided us with photos on this occasion too.
and C Kyoto | Kita-ku
Yellow Cream Soda / White Cream Soda / Red Cream Soda / Blue Cream Soda
and C Kyoto is a stylish bar, cafe, and second hand clothes store located right by Hirano Shrine. They serve four different colours of their cream soda which look super cute when lined up in a row.
and C Kyoto
Address: 30 Hirano Kamihatchōyanagichō, Kita-ku, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 12:00-23:00
BABBI GELATERIA KYOTO | Gion Shijo
Mango Passion / Classic Blue / Amaou Strawberry
BABBI GELATERIA KYOTO is located along the Kamo River and is famous for its gelato. They also sell some super refreshing cream sodas topped with their tasty gelato.
BABBI GELATERIA KYOTO
Address: 134 Saitocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 13:00-20:00 (Temporary hours due to COVID-19)
Official Website: http://www.babbi.co.jp/showcase/gelateria-kyoto/
Kissa Zou | Imadegawa
Pudding a la Mode / Lemon Squash & Elephant Cookie
This cute cream soda comes with an elephant-shaped cookie. The custard pudding has a rich eggy flavour.
Address: 440-3 Santeichō, Kamigyō-ku, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:00)
No Fixed Holidays
Bread, Espresso & Arashiyama Garden | Arashiyama
Cherry Blossom Cream Soda
This old cafe is renovated from an old family estate which was built at the end of the Edo Period and is designated as a cultural property of Kyoto. This beautiful cafe coincides with the gardens and has gorgeous thatched roofing.
Bread, Espresso & Arashiyama Garden
Address: 45-15 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:00)
Official Website: https://bread-espresso.jp
Tiara has lots of other delicious dessert recommendations over on her Instagram, so be sure to follow her if you’re travelling in the Kansai region and are in need of a sweet treat.
Original Text & Photo: ＠happy_pinkrose_tiara
Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
*The information about the items on this list are correct at the time of publishing. For the latest information, please visit each cafe’s official websites and social media pages.
Pour Sake Into These Cups and Watch the Cherry Blossoms Bloom
23.July.2020 | FASHION
Japanese online store Fujimaki, which sells rare luxury products, released the new “Sakura no Heihai” (Cherry Blossom Sake Cup) on July 18 which has a cherry tree design on it that blossoms when cold sake is poured over it.
The cup is manufactured by Marumo Takagi, a Japanese pottery and ceramics company based in Tajimi, Gifu, which has been running for over 130 years. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people held out on the Hanami (cherry blossom flower viewing) in Japan this year. Marumo Takagi conceived the idea for their new cup as a result of this so that people can enjoy Hanami from the comfort of their own home.
Left: Blossoms in 7 minutes with liquids near 17°C / Right: Very cold liquids cause a full bloom
Each and every cup is handmade individually, including the cherry blossom designs. The flowers bloom a faint pink when the users pours in liquid which are of a temperature around 17°C. If the liquid is very cold, the cherry blossoms take on a full bloom pattern. The white porcelain serves to emphasise the pink hues of the flowers.
The secret behind how this reaction happens lies in the tools used to draw the illustration. Seiji Takagi, the 5th generation president of Marumo Takagi, conceived the idea when he simply thought how amusing it would be to have a function on one of the company’s drinking vessels that changes as a result of temperature.
Takagi explained how the went through much trial and error to achieve their vision for the colour, something which they were more focused on than everything else in the manufacturing process.
Cherry Blossom Sake Cup (Japanese: 桜の平盃): ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
The western region of Gifu Prefecture is famous for its Japanese ceramics. It is the biggest pottery manufacturing location in Japan and has been firing up ceramics for over 1,300 years. The city of Tajimi in Gifu, where Marumo Takagi is based, has prospered when it comes to the creating sake cups. The cherry blossom sake cup comes as an innovative design and shows the true skill and art of Marumo Takagi’s artisans.
Product Page (Japanese): https://fujimaki-select.com/item/408_0001.html
Flower Miffy Juice Garden Asakusa Now Open and Serving Adorable Drinks
22.July.2020 | FOOD
The new “Flower Miffy Juice Garden” opened as a permanent addition to Flower Miffy Asakusa on July 21, 2020. Flower Miffy is a Miffy-themed flower and merchandise shop.
Colourful Jelly Soda – Gerbera/Tulip/Sunflower/Lavender: ¥580 Each (Before Tax)
Four new Miffy drinks are being served for the opening of Flower Miffy Juice Garden. Each is a soda beverage is filled with colourful jelly, elderflower syrup made from real flowers, and a soft, bouncy kind of jelly. Each drink itself looks like a colourful bouquet.
Miffy Cream Soda: ¥680 (Before Tax)
Flower Miffy Juice Garden will also introduce the “Miffy Cream Soda” on Saturday August 1 which is a colourful jelly soda topped with ice cream, a Miffy wafer, and flower-shaped chocolate.
Lemonade: ¥480 (Before Tax)
Apple Juice: ¥480 (Before Tax)
Other available drinks include sweet and sour lemonade made using lemons grown in the Seto Inland Sea, 100% apple juice, and other cute delights.
Flower Miffy Juice Garden Asakusa
Address: Aiso Bldg. 1F, 2-19-7 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, TOkyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:30-18:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 10:30-18:00
Official Website: https://www.benelic-flower.com/
*Please note that the opening hours of Flower Miffy Asakusa and Juice Garden Asakusa are different
Houjicha Milk Tea and Genmaicha Milk Tea Made With Japanese Tea Leaves Serving at Gong cha
22.June.2020 | FOOD
Gong cha’s limited-time “Houjicha Milk Tea” and “Genmaicha Milk Tea” beverages are popular each year, and they returned once again on June 17.
Gong cha’s menu item “Japanese Tea” was released in 2018 exclusively for Japan, and is enjoyed every year during its annual limited-time run. Made using tea leaves from Japan, its authentic taste and aroma has people begging for more when the year’s run is up.
2 Flavours This Year
Houjicha Milk Tea (Regular Size: ¥470) / Recommended Topping: Milk Foam (+¥70) | Serving: From June 17, 2020 for a limited time
The Houjicha Milk Tea is the iconic drink of Gong cha’s “Japanese Tea” series. It’s a blend the best high quality houjicha and kukicha tea leaves, both of which are grown in Shizuoka Prefecture. Roasting and using them together gives a sweet and deeply rich aroma. Add milk foam as a topping and you’ve got yourself a rich milk tea.
Genmaicha Milk Tea (Regular Size: ¥470) / Recommended Tapioca (+¥70) | Serving: From June 17, 2020 for a limited time
The Genmaicha Milk Tea is an original blend of Japanese genmai rice and tea leaves from Shizuoka Prefecture. This milk tea keeps the original delicious flavour of the tea and wafts a fragrant rice aroma.
Gong cha Official Website: https://www.gongcha.co.jp
McDonald’s Set To Release Refreshing Hokkaido Melon Frappés To Kick Off Summer
21.June.2020 | FOOD
Devoted to selling authentic coffee, McDonald’s Japan’s McCafé by Barista coffee service is all set for the hot summer days ahead with delicious Hokkaido melon drinks. The Hokkaido Melon and Milk Frappé is making a return to the menu along with the brand new Hokkaido Melon Choco Frappé. The drinks will appear on the menu from June 24, 2020 for a limited period.
Enjoy the luscious flavour and fragrance of Hokkaido melons in the form of a refreshing frappé. Although the Hokkaido Melon and Milk Frappé has returned to the McDonald’s menu year after year since 2018, this year marks the debut of the Hokkaido Melon Choco Frappé.
Hokkaido Melon and Milk Frappé M Size: ¥470, L Size: ¥540
Vibrant Hokkaido melon is pureéd into a fruit sauce (2% fruit content). This is mixed with milk to bring out its full-bodied fragrance. The juicy, melt-in-the-mouth sweetness will leave you wanting more. The whipped cream topping is drizzled with more melon sauce. Mix the drink to enjoy the delicious combination of juicy melon and sweet cream.
Hokkaido Melon and Choco Frappé M Size: ¥490, L Size: ¥560
Enjoy a sweet smoothie of rich and juicy melon punctuated with notes of Belgian couverture chocolate sauce (54% Belgian chocolate) and whipped cream. With 2% fruit content Hokkaido melon pureé as the base of the smoothie, milk is added to create a mellow flavour. Crunchy chocolate Oreo® pieces are sprinkled on top along with a drizzle of chocolate sauce, adding a hint of bitter chocolate flavour.
As the weather gets hotter, make sure to cool down with a refreshing cool drink. If you’ve never tried Hokkaido melon, now’s your chance!
Hokkaido Melon and Milk Frappé
Hokkaido Melon and Choco Frappé
Release Date: June 24, 2020 – Around the End of August, 2020
Available At: McDonald’s Cafés in Japan with a McCafé by Barista
McDonald’s Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
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.
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.
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.
Address: 901 Higashi Shiokojicho, Karasumadori Shiokoji Sagaru,, Shimogyo-Ku Kyoto Station Bldg. 2F, Kyoto 600-8216 Kyoto Prefecture
Opening Hours: 8:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
*The cafe is currently running on reduced opening hours as of May 26, 2020. Hours are now 10:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30). Times are subject to change.
Official Website: https://fukucha-fukujuen.com/
3 New Limited-Edition Botanical Drinks to Arrive This Summer at BOTANIST Tokyo
27.May.2020 | FOOD
BOTANIST Tokyo, the flagship shop of BOTANIST in Omotesando, has announced a new collection of limited-edition drinks will be served on the second floor BOTANIST Cafe from July 12, 2020. BOTANIST Tokyo is currently closed but it scheduled to reopen on June 1.
There are three new refreshing drinks to choose from, all of which can be ordered for takeout. From apple mint to grapefruit, each beverage us the perfect accompaniment for cooling you down in Japan this summer.
Refresh Soda: ¥600 (Tax Included)
A combination of grapefruit jelly and fizzy soda water make this one of those drinks that you go “Ahh!” afterwards on a hot summer’s day. There’s also a hint of sweet green apple.
Botanical Melon Soda: ¥800 (Tax Included)
This is a smoothie which blends together two types of melon soda and adds melon jelly and a dollop of ice cream. It’s like a dessert in a cup!
Banana & Avocado Refresh Smoothie: ¥720 (Tax Included)
Enjoy the sweetness of banana and sugar beet together with the smoothness texture of the avocado in this smoothie which has apple and mint mixed into it for that refreshing summertime kick.
The cafe’s regular menu has also been revised to add three new desserts.
Vegan Waffles w/Drink: ¥800 (Tax Included)
These vegan waffles are healthier for the body if you’re looking for some guilt-free indulgence. It’s topped with soy whipped cream, maple syrup, and fruits of your choice.
Lemon Cheesecake w/Drink: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
A crunchy cookie base, a creamy cheese top, and a lemon to top it all off. The combination of the salty flavour with the sour hit is a match made in heaven.
Homemade Rich Pudding: ¥500 (Tax Included)
An in-house made purin, which is a type of Japanese custard pudding. It’s a delightful mix of rich egg and subtly sweet soy whipped cream.
Customers who spend over ¥4,000 (tax included) on items in the Refresh Series will also be entered in for a chance to win a “Refresh Soda.” The soda is available while supplies last.
Serving: June 1, 2020 – July 12, 2020
Serving: From June 1, 2020
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo (1st Floor – Shop / 2nd Floor – Cafe)
TEL: 1st Floor: 03-5766-3777 / 2nd Floor: 03-5766-3778
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://shop.botanistofficial.com/