New Japanese KitKat Commercial Sees Shingo Katori Show Off His Art Skills
30.March.2020 | FOOD
Shingo Katori is an official ambassador of KitKat Japan, and he appeared in the latest television commercial for the chocolate brand which began broadcasting on March 27. The commercial was also posted on the KitKat Japan website.
Japan has the biggest KitKat market in the world. In September 2019, in an effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste, Nestlé made the decision to alter the packaging of five types of its large size KitKat chocolate bars from plastic to paper. The paper can then be used to make paper cranesーa symbol of hopes and prayers in traditional Japanese cultureーor for writing messages on to give to people.
In KitKat’s latest commercial, Shingo Katori comes together with young people to create an art piece from the paper packaging which reads, “Let’s all work hard together!” in Japanese.
Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/
KitKat Chocolatory to Release Beautiful New Packaging Illustrated by Misaki Tanaka
05.April.2020 | FOOD
Nestlé Japan is collaborating with popular Japanese illustrator Misaki Tanaka to release a new series of chocolate packaging on April 15 at KitKat Chocolatory. The concept behind the packaging is to have people choose the chocolate they want based on the words and pictures branded on the single chocolate boxes.
The 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 luxurious line is endless, with products ranging from the elusive ruby chocolate, whose cocoa beans give the finish product its pink colour, to volcanic chocolate made from rare cocoa beans sourced from volcanic islands.
KitKat Mekakushi Chocolatory – ¥300~¥400 (Before Tax)
There are 15 different package designs in total which will be sold for a limited time. None of the boxes have information of the flavour or name of the chocolates; instead you pick which you want based on how the packaging looks. They make for a great gift to yourself and others.
The words chosen on the packaging reflect the feelings one goes through in love or everyday life. Misaki Tanaka has provided the perfect illustrations to better picture those times.
KitKat Mekakushi Chocolatory Full Box (15 Included) – ¥5,100 (Before Tax)
Those who want all of the flavours can purchase the assorted box of 15. The box lid features another original illustration by Miskai Tanaka. And if you roll up to KitKat Chocolatory Ginza between April 15 and May 17, they will have a special exhibition of the illustrations on show.
KitKat Mekakushi Chocolatory
Available: 7 branches of KitKat Chocolatory (3 in Tokyo/2 in Osaka/1 in Kawasai/1 in Hiroshima) & Nestlé Japan Website (*Only 15 sets will be sold online)
Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/mekakushi/
New KitKat Mini Yogurt Flavour Uses Famous Sake From Miyagi Prefecture
05.March.2020 | FOOD
The new “KitKat Mini Yogurt Sake” will be released on March 16, 2020. It is made with a famous brand of sake known as “Chonoko Jersey Yogurt Sake,” which is made by Niizawa Sake Brewery, a company in Miyagi Prefecture produced by Hidetoshi Nakata.
Japan’s KitKat product line-up is popular around the world, so much so that they are often recognised as “KitKats made in Japan.” Hidetoshi Nakata is known for pouring his strength into spreading the word of Japan’s traditional industry around the world. He has also visited around 400 sake breweries across Japan. To date, he has collaborate with KitKat on around 20 chocolate bars, all made with local sake, and all of which have been top sellers. These products are helping to promote the prefectures of Toyama, Wakayama, and Kochi.
Niizawa’s Sake Brewery’s “Chonoko Jersey Yogurt Sake” was released to help in the recovery efforts of the Tohoku Earthquake. “Yogurt Sake” has a short shelf life, and so it is a necessary requirement that it is shipped in refrigeration under 5℃ to preserve it. Because of this, the number of places it is sold at in Japan is limited, and it is also difficult to export overseas, making it a very rare type of sake. The milk comes from Jersey cattle which is used to make the milk. It’s combined with alcohol powder of the yogurt sake for the KitKat Mini. The chocolate bar has a refreshing sourness and rich flavour.
KitKat is sold in over 100 countries worldwide. This new flavour creates the opportunity for more people around the world to try yogurt sake when they are buying KitKats in Japan.
Speaking about the collaboration, Hidetoshi Nakata said: “I began with nihonshu, then went onto umeshu, then yuzushu. For the fourth one, I wanted to get people knowing about new possibilities when it comes to a Japanese sake that is not yet known around the world. So I chose Chonoko Jersey Yogurt Sake which is made by Niizawa Sake Brewery in Miyagi Prefecture. The yogurt in the sake has a bitterness and sweetness, which balances perfectly with the refreshing taste of the nihonshu. It’s a delicious sake that Japan can boast about, one which can be enjoyed whenever and by anyone. The sweetness of the chocolate comes together with the bitterness of the yogurt sake. We have created something that doesn’t taste just like yogurt, but yogurt sake.”
He continues: “Because there is a possibility the Chonoko Jersey Yogurt Sake will ferment and the bottles break during transportation, it can only be distributed to places within Japan where it can be shipped below 5 degrees at this moment in time. It’s this very reason that its delicious taste cannot be enjoyed around the world that I want people to know about Chonoko Jersey Yogurt Sake through KitKat, and also get people knowing about new possibilities of Japanese sake.”
KitKat Mini Yogurt Sake
Release Date: March 16, 2020
Contains: 9 bars
Available: At souvenir shops and KitKat gift shops in Japan
McFlurry and KitKat Come Together in Long-Awaited Collaboration at McDonald’s Japan
13.February.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan has teamed up with Nestlé Japan to release a KitKat® McFlurry®. It was released on Wednesday at all McDonald’s branches in Japan.
It has been seven years since McFlurry® and KitKat® came together in their delicious chocolatey ice cream combination. It was such a hit back in 2007 that it has finally made its fabled return to the delight of sweet-tooth McDonald’s customers.
The KitKat® McFlurry® is a simple combination of smooth soft serve ice cream and crushed KitKat®. It’s also drizzled in a special sauce made from rich couverture chocolate.
The mix of the wafer-like chocolate KitKat® with the soft serve ice cream is a combination to die for, and the sauce only adds to the mouth-watering flavour.
The dessert will be served in limited-edition cups as pictured above. These cups are limited in stock and will discontinue once all are sold.
Running: February 12, 2020 – Early March 2020 (subject to change)
Available: McDonald’s in Japan (Select branches not participating)
Serving: All Day
Price: ¥290 (Tax Included)
*KITKAT and キットカット are registered trademarks of Nestlé Group.
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Valentine’s Day 2020 in Japan: Must-Buy Chocolate & Sweet Gifts
Christmas is over, and Easter is still on the horizon, but if you love chocolate as much as we do, never fearーas our sweet tooth cravings will soon be satisfied with the season of love.
In Japan, shop’s and restaurant’s are already carving their Cupid arrows to fire at customers for Valentine’s Day to tempt them into one of their many tantalising treats. If you’re in Japan this year, we’ve whipped up a list just for you of five must-buy gifts for Valentine’s Day 2020.
Almond Chocolate Truffle | Garrett Valentine’s Tin | Valentine’s Mix
Garrett Popcorn is an American brand of popcorn that boasts a myriad of gourmet handcrafted popcorn flavours. You may not know that it’s also a household name in Japan, where they also make the popcorn fresh every day for snack-hungry customers. For Valentine’s, they serving up an exclusive series full of love which consists of the “Almond Chocolate Truffle,” “Garrett Valentine’s Tin,” and “Valentine’s Mix.”
Almond Chocolate Truffle in Garrett Valentine’s Tin – From ¥1,130
First up, the Almond Chocolate Truffle. If you’re not already drooling at that name, let the description begin: this popcorn takes Garrett’s crushed almond CaramelCrisp™️, coats it in chocolate, and sprinkles it generously with a dust storm of cocoa powder. The fragrant scent and texture of the almonds adds an incredible touch to the combination of the sweet, velvety milk chocolate and the slightly-bitter bite of the cocoa powder. Get in the Valentine’s mood even more by purchasing one of the Garrett Valentine’s Tin – the perfect accompaniment to your movie night in with your loved one.
Valentine’s Mix (Chocolate Cocoa & Strawberry) – ¥1,200
Valentine’s Mix (Chocolate Cocoa & White Chocolate Bark) – ¥1,200
Last year, Garrett Popcorn release a cute heart-shaped tin big enough to fit in the palm of your hands. 2020 will see the return of the tin, this time with two different designs: one with kissing lips and the other with hearts.
Inside the first tin is a mix of sweet chocolate cocoa flavoured CaramelCrisp™️ and sour freeze-dried strawberries. The other tin, which has a more sophisticated chocolate brown and salmon pink design, contains the same cocoa flavoured CaramelCrisp™️ but combines it with “white chocolate bark” – a white chocolate made with almonds and dried cranberries.
▶︎Garrett Popcorn Valentine’s Day Products
Running: January 10, 2020 – February 14, 2020 (Mix available from January 17, 2020) *While supplies last
・Almond Chocolate Truffle: Small ¥620/Medium ¥1,100/Large ¥1,720/Jumbo ¥3,450/Quart Tin ¥1,750/1 Gallon ¥4,400/2 Gallons ¥8,400
・Garrett Valentine’s Tin/Quart Tin: From ¥1,130
・Valentine’s Mix: ¥1,200
Available: Garrett Popcorn Shops®︎ branches in Japan
Official Website: http://jpgarrettpopcorn.com/
Ruby 2020 Assortment
KitKat Chocolatory is releasing a new assortment of KitKat treats for the Valentine’s season in Japan made with ruby chocolateーthe fourth type of chocolate alongside milk, white, and darkーwhich was developed by Belgian-Swiss chocolate makers Barry Callebaut.
KitKat Chocolatory Ruby 2020 Assortment – ¥1,200
Ruby chocolate gets its striking pink colour from the original bean and has a distinct fruity sourness to it. This is the perfect Valentine’s Day giftーor even just as a treat to yourself!
▶︎KitKat Chocolatory Ruby 2020 Assortment
Running: from January 15, 2020
Available: KitKat Chocolatory store/Online
Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/
GODIVA, one of the main players in the Japanese chocolate game, has developed the “Chocolate Chronicle Sweet Collection”ーan assortment of individually unique chocolates. The “chronicle” refers to the many places the chocolates have encountered since being created, both in the past and present.
Chocolate Chronicle Sweetheart (Contains 6) – ¥3,240
Chocolate Chronicle Chic Assortment (Contains 15) – ¥6,264
The “Original Maya” considers the civilisation and mysteries of Mesoamerica. The “Cocoa Honey Delight” uses honey to sweeten the chocolate like they did in the latter half of the Middle Ages when there was no sugar. The “Modern Love”burns into your mind the image of its vivid red heart lovingly made with sweet and sour strawberries, ganache, and milk chocolate.
▶︎GODIVA Valentine’s Collection 2020
Running: from January 10, 2020 (Limited Time)
Chocolate Chronicle Sweetheart: 6 Set ¥3,240/12 Set ¥5,400
Chocolate Chronicle Chic Assortment: 4 Set ¥1,296/6 Set ¥2,160/10 Set ¥3,240/16 Set ¥5,400
Chocolate Chronicle Sweet Kare Assortment: 6 Set ¥1,080
Chocolate Chronicle Chic Collection: 4 Set ¥1,836/6 Set ¥2,700/9 Set ¥3,888/12 Set ¥5,076/15 Set ¥6,264/20 Set ¥8,208
Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Koi Suru Chocolate
Valentine’s Collection 2020
The base of these treats is chocolate by Shiroi Koibito. The collection was first released in January 2018 and is very reminiscent of Hokkaido chocolate. There are lots of chocolates in the collection made with cute pink ruby chocolate too.
Mille-feuille (Contains 3) – ¥520
These mille-feuille are layered with milk and white chocolate and coated in things like couverture chocolate and ruby chocolate.
The Heart (Contains 7) – ¥1,080
Each of these hearts has its own distinct sauce: the ruby chocolate has blackcurrant, the milk chocolate has caramel, and the white chocolate has yuzu.
▶︎Koi Suru Chocolate Valentine’s Collection 2020
Release Date: January 17, 2020
Available: ISHIYA store/Online
Mille-feuille: 3 Set ¥540/6 Set ¥1,080/12 Set ¥2,160
The Heart: 7 Set ¥1,080/14 Set ¥2,160
Official Website: http://www.ishiya.co.jp/koi_choco/
Valentine’s Dessert Plate
Morozoff specialises in western-style sweets, and at Cafe Morozoff, they’re serving up a Valentine’s-only dessert.
Valentine’s Dessert Plate – ¥1,200
The beautiful dessert plate is an assortment of cute heart-shaped treats. The rich chocolate mousse has an orange scent, and the fluffy chocolate sponge combines sweet and sour strawberries with smooth whipped cream which elevate the flavour of the chocolate.
▶︎Morozoff Valentine’s Dessert Plate
Running: January 15, 2020 – February 14, 2020
Available: select Cafe Morozoff branches in Japan
Price: ¥1,200 (comes with tea or coffee)
Official Website: http://www.morozoff.co.jp/
Did you enjoy this list? There’s plenty of Valentine’s Day delights to be enjoyed while in Japan. Which on this list has you drooling the most?
World’s First Cacao Fruit Kit Kat Reduces Waste and Replaces Sugar with Cacao Pulp
30.November.2019 | FOOD
Nestlé has unveiled a new chocolate recipe that replaces added sugar with cacao pulp. Japan, famous for its exciting range of Kit Kat flavours, adopted the new recipe to create the first cacao fruit chocolate Kit Kat. The Kit Kat was released for sale at the Kit Kat Chocolatory and online on November 29, 2019.
The Kit Kat Chocolatory sells premium-quality Kit Kats made and from a careful selection of ingredients and by a special production method. The process is overlooked by Yasumasa Takagi, the chocolatier who owns LE PATISSIER TAKAGI.
Whether your’re looking for a unique Japanese souvenir for your friends and family, something small yet luxurious for your work colleagues or even just a petite treat for yourself, the Kit Kat Chocolatory’s popular range caters for every souvenir situation.
The new Cacao Fruit Chocolate Kit Kat uses Nestlé’s new cacao pulp recipe. Cacao pulp is the white substance surrounding the cacao beans inside the fruit. It is dried and pulverised into a fine powder to be used as a replacement for sugar. By infusing cacao pulp into the chocolate, the chocolate flavour can be tasted more fully, making for a new and exciting flavour experience.
Many people are unaware of the unique sweet and tangy flavour of the cacao fruit’s soft and fleshy insides. Part of the cacao pulp is normally used as a sugar to ferment cacao beans in a normal chocolate-making process. However, it is still not widely sold as a flavour.
Brazil and many other cacao-producing Latin American countries use cacao pulp to make drinks and smoothies that are easy to produce. It is also seen as an ingredient in ice creams. Some businesses have jumped on the appeal of cacao as a rarely used ingredient to make and export cacao juice. Other than this, usage of cacao pulp has remained low for a long time.
Under Takagi’s guidance, a new Kit Kat has arrived at the chocolatory which spreads not only the appeal of cacao as a natural sugar and flavouring, but also encourages sustainable living through reduced food waste.
Come try a Kit Kat made with cacao pulp for yourself.
Kit Kat Chocolatory Cacao Fruit Chocolate
Contains: 1 Bar
- 7 KitKat Chocolatory shops (3 in Tokyo, 2 in Osaka, 1 in Kawasaki and 1 in Hiroshima)
- Online including the Kit Kat Chocolatory Online Shop and Nestlé Online Shop
- Kit Kat Gift Shops (Located in Rinku Premium Outlets)
Kit Kat Chocolatory Cacao Fruit Chocolate Assortment
(Sold online including the Kit Kat Chocolatory Online Shop and Nestlé Online Shop)
Assortment of 5
Price: ¥1,900 (Before Tax)
Assortment of 7
Price: ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
Kit Kat Chocolatory Online Shop: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/
Enjoy the Flavours of Sendai with the Zunda Shake Kit Kat
29.November.2019 | FOOD
Sendai is famous for zunda mochi: a traditional dessert that fuses boiled mochi (rice cakes) and zunda (sweet edamame bean paste). The zunda mochi shop Zunda Saryo is collaborating with Nestlé to create a Kit Kat Mini with the regional flavour “Zunda Saryo Shake”, which will be released on December 1 at a number of shops including souvenir shops around Sendai Station and Sendai Airport, and selected KASHO SANZEN shops*
*(Omachi Hirose-dōri, Koji Matsushima and Monzen Matsushima)
Zunda Saryo spreads the delicious flavour of zunda across Japan through their variety of zunda-flavoured desserts and drinks. The Zunda Shake is an original drink made by fusing carefully selected milk with vanilla and then blending it with zunda to create an original sweet shake to represent Sendai. Kit Kat’s crispy wafers add texture to the layers of smooth chocolate, producing a divine flavour. Japan is home to more than 40 different Kit Kat flavours which are popular within Japan and overseas. 20 of those are from Japan’s regional flavour series, which is a collaboration with a regional specialty.
Foreigners and even Japanese visitors from other parts of the country will have never seen this new flavour before. The new Kit Kat Mini Zunda Shake flavour is sure to be the best way to experience the flavours of the region.
The cream filling is kneaded with edamame powder and sandwiched between crispy wafers. The Kit Kat is coated in Zunda shake-flavoured chocolate, creating the perfect Kit Kat flavour.
Whether you’re looking for a small snack or a souvenir, the Zunda Shake Kit Kat is perfect for you.
Kit Kat Mini Zunda Shake Flavour
Price: ¥800 (Before Tax)
Purchase from: Souvenir shops around Sendai Station and Sendai Airport, KASHO SANZEN (Omachi Hirose-dōri, Koji Matsushima and Monzen Matsushima)
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Shingo Katori’s New Album ‘20200101’ Details Revealed, 3rd Single Released
23.November.2019 | MUSIC
Shingo Katori will release his new album 20200101 on January 1, 2020ーthe title of the record itself referring to New Year’s Day. The CD covers as well as tracklist were revealed today. The album is a happy celebration of the new year, one in which the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are set to be held.
The 12-track album will include the songs 10% and Trap, both of which peaked at No. 1 on the Japanese digital music charts, and feature a wave of top artists including BiSH, Kishidan, KREVA, SALU, Scha Dara Parr, SONPUB & Mukai Taichi, TeddyLoid & Tanaka, WONK, and yahyel.
Until now, the final featured artist has been kept a secret, but it has been confirmed that it will be Keina Suda, a singer-songwriter whose popularity continues to surge, with over 67 million combined music videos views on YouTubeーincluding a self-cover of Sharuru which itself has 47 million views.
First Press Limited Edition – Miru BANG!
First Press Limited Edition copies with the subheading “Miru BANG!,” include a DVD featuring “Music Movies” for FUTURE WORLD (feat. BiSH) and Trap. “GOLD BANG!” copies include a remix of 10% by Yasuharu Konishi. Both editions are also coupled with booklets with special features. You’ll have to get your own copy to see what they are!
Katori’s third digital single Prologue (feat. TeddyLoid & Tanaka) has also been released. The song serves as the opening track to the album and features acclaimed music producer TeddyLoid and Tanaka who has worked with Boku no Lyric no Boyomi.
More information is to be announced, so stay tuned.
Shingo Katori – “20200101”
Release Date: January 1, 2020
・First Press Limited Edition – Miru BANG! (CD+DVD)
Price: ¥4,040 (Before Tax)
Stock No.: WPZL-31722/3
DVD: “Trap” Music Movie / “FUTURE WORLD (feat.BiSH)” Music Movie
・First Press Limited Edition – GOLD BANG! (CD)
Price: ¥4,040 (Before Tax)
Stock No.: WPCL-13166
CD: Includes bonus track “10% (Yasuharu Konishi remix)
・Regular Edition – BANG! (CD)
Price: ¥3,030 (Before Tax)
Stock No.: WPCL-13167
*When purchased at select stores, the album comes with a silicone bracelet
“Trap” Download/Stream: https://lnk.to/eijxI
“10%” Download/Stream: https://lnk.to/Y38rk
“Prologue (feat.TeddyLoid & Tanaka) Download/Stream: https://lnk.to/NWjnb
CD Pre-Order (Japan): https://contents.atarashiichizu.com/?p=11278&post_type=chizu_topic
Atarashii Chizu Official Website: https://atarashiichizu.com/
The Luxurious KitKat Chocolatory is Revamping Its Chocolate Line-Up
03.October.2019 | FOOD
Nestlé has announced that it is revamping its 16 products* at the KitKat Chocolatory which will be released on October 11, 2019.
*One of these products will be released in late November
The 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 luxurious line is endless, with products ranging from the elusive ruby chocolate, whose cocoa beans give the finish product its pink colour, to volcanic chocolate made from rare cocoa beans sourced from volcanic islands, and beyond.
The Chocolatory takes regular KitKats and the brand to a whole new level while still having that sense of familiarity, making their products great gifts and personal treats.
The new line-up of 16 products is considered by four categories: 1) the chocolate type, 2) where the cocoa beans are produced, 3) the production process from bean to bar, and 4) the combination between chocolate and other ingredients. Each and every bar has been given equal attention to create chocolates with different flavours, enabling consumers to discover not only which tickle their taste buds, but the story behind each unique bar.
There is a rapidly growing interest amongst consumers who want to know where their food comes from and how it’s made. When it comes to specialist chocolate products, a lot of information isn’t widely known. That’s the reason behind KitKat Chocolatory’s revamp, as well as to create chocolate that nobody has experience before.
Let’s take a look at four of the new KitKats you can get your fingers on.
Enjoy the Chocolate Varieties
KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Bitter – ¥300 Each (Before Tax)
A hallmark product since KitKat Chocolatory opened, the Sublime Bitter is couverture chocolate made with 66% cocoa. The bar is a blend of three different cocoa beans from Ghana, Madagascar, and the Dominican Republic. This addictive delight reserves the original bitterness of the cocoa while having a fruity tinge to it.
Enjoy the Difference Between Cocoa Production Areas
KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Volcanic Malakula Island – ¥400 Each (Before Tax)
This mysterious ‘volcanic chocolate’ is made from extremely rare cocoa beans sourced from the volcanic Malakula Island which was voted one of the happiest places on earth. It has a distinct bitterness and very fragrant scent reminiscent of the ground.
Enjoy the Chocolate Making Process
KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Raw – ¥300 Each (Before Tax)
The cocoa beans of this “raw” chocolate are cooked at a lower temperature than usual to draw out a more natural flavour of the original bean, like it’s been plucked right out of a cocoa bean farm and placed into your hands.
Enjoy the Combination Of Ingredients
KitKat Chocolatory Moleson – ¥500 Each (Before Tax)
Finally, here is the world’s first ingredient-topped KitKat. It uses the smooth, melt-in-the-mouth KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Milk bar as the base, and is topped with sweet and sour dried cranberries and fragrant crushed almonds, creating a flavourful and textural ensemble.
Discover a whole new world of KitKat and chocolate when the new products drop at KitKat Chocolatory on October 11.
Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/
Kit Kat To Release Two Autumn Kit Kat Flavours
26.July.2019 | FOOD
Indulge in the flavours of a Japanese autumn with the two new Kit Kat flavours of Kit Kat Chestnut and Kit Kat Sweet Potato. These will be released on August 19.
Thin wafers sandwich layers of the delicious autumn fillings. Even the white chocolate that wraps these wafers is infused with the flavour of sweet potato or chestnut respectively. The biggest appeal of these Kit Kat flavours is their mild sweetness.
The crispy texture of the wafers combined with the rich aroma and crumbly texture of the sweet fillings creates a whole new flavour to associate with a Japanese autumn.
Kit Kat knows just how celebrate the coming of a new season!
Kit Kat Mini Sweet Potato
Release: August 19
Pack size: 11
RRP: ￥500 (before tax)
Purchase from: Supermarkets and drugstores across the country
Kit Kat Mini Chestnut
Release: August 19
Pack sizes: 12 or 3
RRP: pack of 12:￥500 (before tax) pack of 3: ￥120 (before tax)
Purchase from: Supermarkets and drugstores across the country. (Packs of 3 available at convenience stores).
Kit Kat Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/
This AI Chooses the Best KitKat Flavour to Pair With Your Sake
The Gotochi KITKAT Pairing Bar will be open at Roppongi Hills from April 19 to 29 serving KitKat and sake pairings chosen from 1,650 combinations by AI.
Japan is known for its KitKat flavours, with a total of 350 having been created to date, 40 of which are always available. Many of those flavours are made using ingredients from local regions across the country where they sold at those places’ souvenir shops. Their unique flavour combinations and colours have tickled the fancy of Japanese people and foreigners alike.
The KITKAT Pairing Bar offers a new way for both locals and overseas visitors to enjoy eating KitKats by picking which flavour will go best for them when paired with sake.
You must answer 5 questions at the bar from which the AI will filter your tastes from 150 combinations chosen that day. There will be a total of 1,650 combinations available across the 11 day period.
Of course, you can purchase your local flavour KitKat there and then. The sake combinations were carefully selected and curated by Hidetoshi Nakata, a former soccer player and experienced sake expert who has tried well over 350 brands of sake all over Japan. The sake pairings are supervised by CRAFT SAKE WEEK.
Have the AI find your flavours!
Gotochi KITKAT Pairing Bar
Running: April 19, 2019 – April 29, 2019
Location: CRAFT SAKE WEEK at Roppongi Hills (Roppongi Hills Arena, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo)
Menu: One 60ml Japanese sake from 110 varieties + One KitKat from 15 varieties
Price: 2 coins per order. Coins can be bought at CRAFT SAKE WEEK and can be used when eating and drinking at the venue.
CRAFT SAKE WEEK at ROPPONGI HILLS 2019
Location: Roppongi Hills Arena (6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo)
Date: April 19, 2019 – April 29, 2019
Time: 12:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
Participating Breweries: 110 in Total / 10 per day (subject to change)
Participating Restaurants: 15
Official Website: http://craftsakeweek.com/rh/
“Sakenomy” – Official App: http://www.sakenomy.net/
Goro Inagaki & Shingo Katori Star in New Non-Alcoholic Beer Commercial Series
16.February.2019 | FOOD
A new series of commercials have been released for the non-alcoholic beverage All Free from Suntory starring Japanese musician Goro Inagaki and Japanese actor Shingo Katori.
There is a 15-second and 30-second version, both of which are set to hit Japanese televisions on February 16, but you can watch them now below on Suntory’s official YouTube channel.
The theme of the videos is “non-alcoholic restoration” and sees the two celebrities promoting the drink across Japan.
Both Goro and Shingo don bright-blue haori and hakama. Each video stars different guests. The one above includes Japanese comedian Muga Tsukaji who plays their comrade and shares the same yearning for the beverages as they do.
The one below features Yūzō Kayama, a feudal lord the pair serve under.
The highlight scene is in the first commercial when Goro and Shingo sit atop a rocky mountain with the clouds behind them holding their white and blue flags while enjoying a sip of their All Free. Be sure to check both videos out!
TV Air Date: February 16, 2019
Regions: Across all of Japan
All Free Official Page: http://suntory.jp/ALLFREE/
Shingo Katori’s art exhibition “BOUM! BOUM! BOUM! Shingo Katori NIPPON hatsukoten” to be held at Toyosu, Tokyo
11.January.2019 | SPOT
For an 88 day period from Friday 15th March 2019 t0 Sunday 16th June, Katori’s exhibition will take place at IHI Stage Around Tokyo. This is the only theatre in Japan to have a 360-degree stage with a rotating seating platform in the centre.
“BOUM!” is the French word for “boom!” and is an onomatopoeia that can be used to describe the thudding of a heartbeat. In September 2018, Japanese artist Katori displayed his first solo exhibition called “NAKAMA des ARTS” at Carrousel du Louvre, which is located on the basement floor of the Louvre art museum in France. Here, Katori displayed more than 100 art paintings. This year, Katori will be building on the theme of breaking through the boundary of common knowledge. The exhibition will include art you can explore and experience with your bodily senses!
For Katori and those who appreciate experiencing and enjoying the aesthetics of art, this exhibition is bound to make your heart race! Those attending the exhibition will be spinning around 360 degrees, enjoying the unique, artistic atmosphere of IHI Stage ARound Tokyo – expectations are high!
Suntory ALL-FREE presents BOUM!BOUM!BOUM!(ブン！ブン！ブン！)Shingo Katori NIPPON Hatsu Koten (First solo exhibition)
Dates：Friday 15th March 〜 Sunday 16th June 2019 (88 days)
※ Closed：19/03, 02/04, 16/04, 07/05, 21/05, 04/06
Exhibition start times：10:00、11:15、12:30、13:45、15:00、16:15、17:30、18:45、20:00
※ A limit of 350 people per exhibition. Each exhibition period lasts 120 minutes.
Location：IHI Stage Around Tokyo 6-4-25 Toyosu, Koto , Tokyo
General ticket sales:
1st round [15th March (Fri) 〜 15th April (Mon)] 10th Feb (Sun) 12:00〜
2nd round [17th April (Weds) 〜 20th May (Mon)] 17th March (Sun) 12:00〜
3rd round [22nd April (Weds) 〜 16th June (Sun)] 21st April (Sun) 12:00〜
As the event will be open for a long period of time, it has been divided into three rounds.
（For more information about reservations and tickets, please visit the official website.）
Price：General：¥3,500, Secondary/ Middle school students：¥3,000 Children: (Primary school and below) ¥2,500（Designated seating／prices include tax）
※ Under three-year-olds are not permitted to enter the venue. Children over the age of 4 who have not entered school can enter for free.（In this scenario, one parent/guardian can bring only one child and they must sit on the knees of their parent/guardian.)