Tokyo’s Pokémon Cafe Reveals Cherry Blossom Aloha Pikachu Cake & Latte
The Pokémon Cafe in Nihonbashi Tokyo is bringing two new “Sakura Aloha Pikachu” items to its menu this spring for a limited time. They will be served between March 14 and April 19.
The Pokémon Cafe previously served up a cherry blossom Aloha Pikachu-inspired dessert and latte last year too to celebrate one year since the cafe opened. This year, they’ve changed their designs.
Sakura Aloha Pikachu Fruit Sandwich Cake – ¥1,738 (Tax Included)
Sakura Aloha Pikachu Latte 2020 – ¥770 (Tax Included)
The fruit sandwich is filled with flurry strawberry cream and fruits, while the latte features cute latte art of Aloha Pikachu who has a fluffy cherry blossom afro.
Don’t miss these seasonal picks at Tokyo’s Pokémon Cafe this year.
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Pokémon Cafe (Nihonbashi, Tokyo)
Address: Nihonbashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, Nihonbashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:30-22:00
Closed: When Nihonbashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. is closed
*Reservations can be made online only
CHEESE CRAFT WORKS Now Serving Shaved Ice Made With Natural Ice, Fresh Fruit & Cheese
05.June.2020 | FOOD
CHEESE CRAFT WORKS, a food company run by LIFEstyle that makes food using fresh cheese, is now holding a shaved ice fair until August 31, 2020.
CHEESE CRAFT WORKS specialises in over 20 varieties of cheese which it orders from both Japan and overseas, such as good quality fresh cheese from Hokkaido, which is then used to make a different food dishes.
For their shaved ice fair, the shaved ice is made using light and fluffy natural ice which is topped with sweet, sour and refreshing fruits and syrups as well as fresh cheese.
Shirokuma-kun: ¥980 (Before Tax)
Honey Lemon Shaved Ice: ¥1,080 (Before Tax)
Strawberry Mont Blanc Parfait Milk Shaved Ice: ¥1,080 (Before Tax)
Five different shaved ice flavours are being served, such as the Candied Strawberry Shirokuma-kun which is topped with candied strawberries and a foam made from milk and fresh cheese. The Honey Lemon is a combination of sweet honey and sour lemon, while the Mont Blanc has milk-soaked shaved ice topped with strawberries and cream to create a parfait-like shaved ice dessert.
Candied Strawberry Shirokuma-kun: ¥1,260
You can pick candied apple too.
Experience the unique combination of cheese and shaved ice at CHEESE CRAFT WORKS.
Fresh Cheese Topped Natural Shaved Ice
Running: Now until August 31, 2020
CHEESE CRAFT WORKS Official Website: https://www.cheese-cw.jp/
SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro to Open in Tokyo’s Sunshine City On June 5
Sanrio is set to open the new SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro in on floor B1F of Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo on June 5, 2020.
Just a convenient 8-minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station, SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro will serve up a menu that captures the kawaii world of Sanrio’s roster of characters.
The cafe is divided into two areas: the main cafe space, and then the wagon corner for takeout. Enjoy dining surrounded by adorable Sanrio characters on the walls and ceiling, or take your character-inspired food and drink away with you.
The cafe is putting the health and safety of its customers and staff at the top of its list in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and so will operate the cafe while taking all necessary safety measures.
If you’re in Tokyo, or the next time you’re in Tokyo, make sure you don’t pass up the chance to dine at SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro.
SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro
Grand Opening: June 5, 2020 at 10:00 (JST)
Location: Sunshine City (Floor B1F), 1-28-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
TEL: 03-5985-5600 (Open from June 5, 2020)
Sanrio Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/
*Please note that opening hours are subject to change or closure depending on the status of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). For the latest updates, please visit Sanrio’s official website.
New Open Fruit Sandwich Shop ‘Fruits Panda by bekkaku’ Opens at Kyoto Tower
04.June.2020 | FOOD
Kyoto-based confectionery company Bijuu opened its new shop “Fruits Panda by bekkaku” inside Kyoto Tower on June 4, 2020.
Premium sandwiches made with high quality bread
Fruits Panda by bekkaku serves colourful and Instagrammable open sandwiches made from bread baked by Kyoto-based luxury bread company bekkaku which is topped with a variety of fresh fruits and one of the shop’s rich creams. The in-house made creams, whether it be the caramel cream, condensed milk cream, or another, all bring out the delicious taste of both the fruit and bread.
Strawberry Panda (Strawberries/Red Bean Paste/Condensed Milk Cream): ¥350 (Tax Included)
Topped with fresh strawberries and sweet red bean paste, this open sandwich is served with a side of velvety condensed milk cream for a harmony of flavours.
Kiwi Panda (Kiwi/Honey Cream): ¥350 (Tax Included)
Sweet and sour kiwis coupled with sweet honey is a match made in heaven that creates a refreshing aftertaste.
Banana Panda (Banana/Chocolate Cream): ¥350 (Tax Included)
Subtly sweet fried bananas and rich chocolate cream are a classic combination which create a full-bodied aroma and delicious aftertaste.
The shop will also be selling bekku’s “Tanabiki” bread, so if you visit the shop, use this opportunity to try out their luxurious loaves.
Fruits Panda by bekkaku plans to serve seasonal combinations too so customers can enjoy their open fruit sandwiches all year round.
Fruits Panda by bekkaku
Location: Kyoto Tower (Floor 1F), 721-1 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216
Yaoi Manga Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu Collaborates With Animate Cafe in Ikebukuro
animate cafe—a cafe chain which collaborates with popular anime series, games, and manga—is opening a new store called “DECOTTO by animate cafe” in Ikebukuro on June 24, 2020. For its first collaboration, it will collaborate with Hashigo Sakurabi’s popular yaoi manga Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu from June 24, 2020 to July 27, 2020.
CHOCOTTO DECOTTO Character Doughnuts (Tonyaka/Chunnya): ¥600 Each
animate cafe operates cafes both in Japan and overseas, and has seen countless collaborations with popular series. DECOTTO will open as a new brand of the company which will serve doughnuts inspired by anime, manga, and game characters.
DECOTTO GIFT Souvenir Doughnuts (Tonyaka/Chunnya): ¥400 Each
CHOCOTTO DECOTTO will be served as cute, decorative doughnuts based on characters. They are nothing short of Instagram-worthy.
Seasonal DECOTTO TEA: ¥600 Each (More flavours available)
Bonus Coasters (9 Designs) / Bonus Straw Markets (2 Designs) *Designs chosen randomly
DECOTTO will serve both regular doughnuts as well as seasonal flavours. When you order a doughnut or a drink, you’ll also receive a free coaster or straw marker.
Doughnut Squishies (2 Designs): ¥800 Each
Doughnut Shaped Towels (2 Designs): ¥1,000 Each
Get your hands on exclusive doughnut merchandise too.
Hashigo Sakurabi’s popular yaoi manga Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu has sold over 3.5 million copies. A 13-episode anime series aired in 2018.
“Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu” x “DECOTTO by animate cafe”
Running: June 24, 2020 to July 27, 2020
Location: DECOTTO by animate café (Animate Annex, 3-2-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo)
Access: 8 minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station
*June 24-28 is reservation only, and reservations will be allotted randomly
*June 29-July 27 will be normal service
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/decotto_donut/
Online hanko store Hankos released a new collection of stamps in its “Pokémon PON” stamp line on May 30 which are based on 107 Pokémon from the Sinnoh region. Hanko are a type of stamp or seal traditionally used in place of signatures in Japan. They are crafted with people’s names and unique symbols.
Pokémon PON are made-to-order hanko stamps which feature a Pokémon of your choice and a name in Japanese writing. The Sinnoh region stamps follow the release of the Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn region themed stamps.
The 107 designs include the Sinnoh starter Pokémon Turtwig, Piplup, and Chimchar, as well as the Legendary Pokémon Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, and Mythical Pokémon Shaymin, Darkrai, and Arceus.
When ordering your stamp you pick your favourite Pokémon and give your name to be written on it. This can be your actual name, surname, pen name, social media name and so on. Keep in mind though that there is a character limit: three Kanji, five Hiragana or Katakana, and up to six alphabet letters.
There are three different fonts and several types of hanko. One type produces ink by itself meaning you don’t have to buy an ink pad. The wooden type can also be used with most banking facilities in Japan.
Pokémon PON stamps are packaged in an exclusive Pikachu and Eevee box.
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McFlurry® Black Thunder Make its Delicious Return to McDonald’s Japan
03.June.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan is collaborating with the hugely popular Japanese chocolate bar “Black Thunder” to release the “McFlurry® Black Thunder” at all McDonald’s branches across Japan for a limited time from June 10, 2020.
The McFlurry® is known to every McDonald’s customer. Made from delicious soft serve ice cream, it is mixed with various toppings and sauces and then blitzed at high speed to create a smooth, velvety dessert. The dessert has seen many collaborations with other products in Japan in the past, and it’s been 2 years since it has been mixed with Black Thunder.
McFlurry® Black Thunder: ¥290 (Tax Included)
The McFlurry® Black Thunder sees the rich, velvety ice cream combined with crumbly Black Thunder so you get the crunch of the cocoa cookie and biscuit. It’s also drizzled in a chocolate sauce that has been frozen for added crunchiness. You get the bitterness of the cocoa cookie and the sweetness of the chocolate come through.
The dessert will be served in a limited edition Black Thunder cup too. These are available while supplies last.
If you’re in Japan, don’t miss out on the delicious return of the McFlurry® Black Thunder.
McFlurry® Black Thunder
Serving: June 10, 2020 – Mid July 2020 (Subject to change)
Available: Most McDonald’s branches in Japan
Stunning Hydrangea Parfait Now Being Served at Itohkyuemon’s Cafe in Kyoto
02.June.2020 | FOOD
Kyoto-based tea company Itohkyuemon is now serving its gorgeous new “Hydrangea Parfait” at each of its cafes.
Hydrangea Parfait: ¥1,290 (Tax Included) / With Drink ¥1,690 (Tax Included)
In Kyoto’s city of Uji, where Itohkyuemon’s cafes are based, lies Mimuroto Temple which is famous for its hydrangeas. The temple bustles with tourists and sightseers during Japan’s rainy season who flock to see the gorgeous gardens. During this season, wait times for the cafe can last up to three hours.
The Hydrangea Parfait is made with mashed sweet matcha hydrangea, hydrangea-coloured crushed jelly, tea leaf-shaped matcha cookies, blueberries, and more.
Itohkyuemon will also be serving a special “Hydrangea Chakai” tea set for ¥1,900 (tax included) which sees the parfait topped with warabimochi. You also get a drink of your choice.
Serving: From May 19, 2020 until stock sells out
Available: Itohkyuemon Uji Honten / Itohkyuemon JR Uji Station / Itohkyuemon Gion-Shijo
Official Website: https://www.itohkyuemon.co.jp/corporate/
Kyoto Neko Neko: Cat Shaped Desserts and Pastries Served at Kyoto’s New Bakery
02.June.2020 | FOOD
ALL HEARTS COMPANY, a Japanese company that develops bakeries and patisseries across Japan, opened its new bakery and confectionery shop Kyoto Neko Neko in Shijo, Kyoto on June 1, 2020. There, they are serving cat-shaped pastries and desserts including Kyoto-exclusive products from their Neko Neko Bread brand and Neko Neko Cheesecake shop.
Kyoto Neko Neko Danish Bread: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
This butter-loaded Danish pastry is folded into a braid shape and baked which keeps the pastry moist. It’s topped with a sprinkling of sugar, leaving it glistening. It’s recommended that you first try the pastry as it is—soft and moist. You can then try lighting toasting it which gives it a crispy texture and brings out the delicious aroma of the butter.
Products are packaged in a cute box making them a great gift idea.
Kyoto Neko Neko Cheesecake (On sale from mid-June 2020)
This cheesecake is made with Brie de Meaux cheese and is laced with black cocoa. The luxurious cheese combined with black soy beans and brown sugar syrup jelly makes for a marriage between Japanese and Western flavours. You get an extra layer of deliciousness too with a dusting of soy flour.
Kyoto Neko Neko Bread (Plain): ¥550 (Before Tax)
This Kyoto version of the Neko Neko Bread is still made without water, but rather than using only milk, Kyoto Neko Neko has added soy milk made using soy beans from a tofu shop in Kyoto, lending a smooth and rich flavour to the bread. And instead of mascarpone cheese, Kyoto Neko Neko uses soybean cream, and instead of dairy butter a soy cream butter.
Kyoto Neko Neko Bread (Houjicha): ¥680 (Before Tax)
Kyoto Neko Neko Bread (Matcha): ¥680 (Before Tax)
There’s also a houjicha flavour made with houjicha tea and white chocolate, as well as a matcha flacvour combined with black soybean.
Kyoto Neko Neko Shioji
Address: 578 Obiyamachi, Tachiuri Nakanocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Grand Opening: June 1, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:30-18:00
No Fixed Holidays (Closed: New Year’s Holidays)
Official Website: https://nekoshoku.jp/
Clean Japanese Cosmetics Shop MAKANAI to Open in Kagurazaka
01.June.2020 | FASHION
Kagurazaka-based Japanese ‘clean’ beauty brand MAKANAI are set to open up a store in Kagurazaka, Tokyo on June 5, 2020.
The shop interior was designed by up-and-coming Japanese artists and is based around gold leaf.
The decor features gold leaf-incorporated wall and ceiling art, as well as fragments taken from Kutani ware that became damaged when it was being forged in Ishikawa Prefecture. MAKANAI is a place that prides itself on sustainability.
The main centre table, called the “Ritual Bar,” is made using the stump of a lime tree that is hundreds of years old. It is on this luxurious table that various beauty products are to be displayed. The interior designs, which makes use of wood grain, gives the shop a natural feel to it and feels nice to touch together with the products. It’s a simple yet relaxing and welcoming aesthetic that will have you staying in there for a long time without noticing.
The shop has a smart mirror which uses AI to diagnose your skin type, and there are also workshops too such as “Pure Beauty Rituals” where MAKANAI will teach you how to care for your skin. MAKANAI plans to introduce other exciting things too.
Grand Opening Commemoration Set w/ Tote Bag: ¥10,000 (Before Tax)
To commemorate the store’s opening, customers can purchase a set which comes with face lotion, moisturising oil, and face cream. Normally, all of this would cost ¥13,000 (before tax), but for the opening it will be offered at the special price of ¥10,000. It’s a great MAKANAI starter kit.
Experience MAKANAI’s brand concept of clean Japanese cosmetics for yourself at the official store when it opens on June 5.
Address: 3-1 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
MAKANAI Cosmetics Official Website: https://makanaicosmetics.co.jp/
Pokémon Camping Items Released in Collaboration With Pokémon Center and LOGOS
01.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Outdoor brand LOGOS has teamed up with the official Pokémon shop, the Pokémon Center, for the first time to release a new collection of Pokémon-themed camping gear. The items went on sale at Pokémon Center and its website in Japan on May 30, 2020.
The 10 items feature cute retro designs of familiar Pokémon and can be used for outdoor life and everyday use.
The line-up includes a sun shade that can be easily assembled by just taking it out of the bag and opening it, two types of chairs for adults and children, a lightweight cushion, two different floor blankets, a compact and foldable basket, a drinks cooler, a food cooler, and a mini table. The two-person LOGOS pop shade will be released on August 8.
Enjoy a Pokémon picnic or camping trip with this cute new collection from LOGOS and Pokémon Center!
MAXPLAN AZABU10: The New Landmark of Tokyo’s Azabu Juban District
31.May.2020 | SPOT
MAXPLAN Co. is set to open MAXPLAN AZABU10 on October 22, 2020 which is set to become the new symbol and a landmark of Tokyo’s Azabu Juban District. The building will offer many unique and extraordinary experiences.
Nakamura Suzuko (CEO, MAXPLAN Co.) | Comment
“This project borrows the strength of internationally-active architect Kengo Kuma. I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to be a driving force together with him once again. This building, which is the ‘Azabu Juban Development Project,’ will be a place that creates and discovers new collective value between companies and individuals. A place of creative symbiosis. It aims to offer well being for companies that brings about a sense of cultural values. It will be a creative space for companies and individuals to resonate, bounce ideas off, and flow with one another. I pray from the bottom of my heart that these things will serve as a connection to how we want to live in the future.”
Kengo Kuma (Architect) | Comment
“Azabu Juban is Tokyo’s intersection between tradition and the future. I wanted to create a symbol for this district of ‘fluctuations’ around its crossroads. Combining panels of varying sizes with different heights, thicknesses, and textures expresses the district’s diversity and energy. I wanted the building to blend in as part of the ‘fluctuations,’ as well as create a small 3D city which itself has ‘fluctuations’ […]”
We look forward to seeing how this new landmark and symbol of Azabu Juban brings together the traditional and the futuristic.
Building Site: 4-1-1 Azabu Juban, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Access: 1-minute on foot from Azabu Juban Station (via Tokyo Metro Namboku Line and Toei Oedo Line)
Grand Opening: October 2020 (subject to change)
Brown Sugar Syrup Dorayaki to be Sold at FamilyMart Convenience Stores in Japan
30.May.2020 | FOOD
With shops and businesses temporarily closed as a result of lockdown measures in Japan, Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart is currently collaborating with famous shops around Japan. They recently teamed up with famous matcha company Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten to stock some authentic matcha treats on its shelves.
For its 5th collaboration, FamilyMart is collaborating with Eitaro Sohonpo, a Japanese confectionery store that has been around since 1818, to bring the company’s brown sugar syrup dorayaki to their own shelves from May 29, 2020. Since being released in December 2018, the dessert has been sold over 1 million times.
The dorayaki is made with Eitaro Sohonpo’s brown sugar syrup and coarse sweet red bean paste. Each and every ingredient is chosen with care to create this luxurious dessert. The adzuki beans are soaked in a brown sugar syrup made from sugar from Okinawa Prefecture. It’s also made with whole soybean soy sauce and a whipped cream that’s made from a blend of fresh Hokkaido cream and 26% milk.
The dorayaki pastry is soaked in brown sugar syrup which when eaten with the whipped cream and coarse sweet bean paste makes it truly a dessert for the gods.
Eitaro Sohonpo – Brown Sugar Syrup Dorayaki (Japanese Name: 黒みつしみうま生どら焼)
Price: ¥298 (Tax Included)
Release Date: May 29, 2020
Available: Japan (Except Okinawa)
FamilyMart Official Website: https://www.family.co.jp/