Stay Home: 5 Simple and Kawaii Fruit Sandwiches to Try Making During the Lockdown
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Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.
In this edition of Stay Home, we’re taking a look at five simple and kawaii fruit sandwiches that have been featured with the trending Japanese hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”). Stuck for ideas for breakfast, lunch, or snacks? Then try making one of these super simple yet mouth-watering recipes.
1: Fruit Sandwich @tgm___n
naho’s fruit sandwich is layered in a specific way to make the fruit look like flowers. You can add an artistic touch to your sandwiches with just a bit of prep.
・Bread ・Yogurt ・Strawberries ・Grapes
1: Add Greek yogurt to the sandwich.
2: Cut the strawberries and grapes in a cross-section and stuff into the bread.
3: Wrap and leave in the refrigerator for one hour. Slice down the middle and you’re done!
2: Dot Open Sandwiches @mari.asakanon
Mari’s has served their fruit sandwich open-style and with plenty of fruit. The fresh cream and cream cheese adds a richness to the sandwich.
・Bread ・Fresh cream ・Cream cheese ・Fruits of your choice
1: Layer cream cheese over the bread slices and then the fresh cream.
2: Top with your assorted fruit.
3: Cut into bite-size slices and tuck in!
3: Strawberry Cake Style Fruit Sandwich @_ll_rire_ll_
riE.’s fruit sandwich is just like a cake! By arranging it correctly, she has transformed her sandwich into a strawberry dessert.
・Bread ・Strawberries ・Fresh Cream ・Honey ・Cinnamon
1: Slice a thick cut of bread in half and fill with fresh cream and strawberries.
2: Spread fresh cream on the outside and top with strawberries
3: Drizzle with honey, sprinkle with a little lemon, and enjoy!
4: Cocoa Bagel Fruit Sandwich @chiezzz8
chie’s fruit sandwich is made using homemade cocoa bagels and ponkan orange, creating a sweet and sour flavour combination.
・Cocoa bagels ・Ponkan orange ・Greek yogurt ・Cream cheese
1: Mix Greek yogurt and cream cheese to a ratio of 1:1.
2: Cut the bagels in half and add your yogurt and cream cheese mix.
3: Add the ponkan orange and enjoy!
5: Hot Banana & Oreo Crispy Tiramisu Sandwich @ks.daidokoro
Kancho makes lots of different hot sandwich recipes. This is a simple one you can make using a frying pan.
・2 slices of bread ・5 Oreo Crispy Tiramisu ・Greek yogurt to taste ・1 banana ・30g shredded cheese ・Cinnamon powder to taste ・Honey to taste
1: Top one slice of bread with Greek yogurt and add half the shredded cheese.
2: Add the Oreos (and fill the empty spaces with smashed Oreos).
3: Top with sliced banana, the cinnamon powder, and honey.
4: Add Greek yogurt and the rest of the shredded cheese to your other slice of bread.
5: Toast in a frying pan and press. Fry until both sides are a light brown and enjoy!
Bring the cafe experience into your own home with one of these 5 simple recipes.
Tokyo’s Fruits Salon Serving Up a Full Gourmet Fruit Course
06.September.2020 | FOOD
Fruits Salon, a fruit shop located on the second floor of Beauty Connection Ginza in Tokyo, introduced a new lineup of menu items on September 4 which will be available until mid October, all using seasonal grapes grown in Japan.
Fruits Salon opened in November last year and garnered much attention for its full course fruit dishes. Last month, the cafe served up the “Peach Full Course” which proved super popular. Now, they are offering a menu centred on juicy and sweet grapes.
Grape Full Course | ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
1st Plate: Apricot Tofu
2nd Plate: Dégustation
The grape course features three plates and a drink. It begins with a refreshing mix of Shine Muscat grapes, Delaware grapes, apricot tofu, and sake lees ice cream. The second plate is a tasting of four varieties of grape, while the third is a colourful and eye-catching parfait.
3rd Plate: Parfait
The parfait is served in a wine glass so you can see each layering of tasty ingredients.
The 90-minute course is reservation-only and invites you to both appreciate the appearance of as well as the taste of each dish.
Melon Parfait Alcohol Set | ¥2,178 (Tax Included)
The cafe is also serving its melon parfait alcohol set once more too for a limited time. It’s made to really elevate the flavour of the melon.
If you’re a fruit fanatic, then you won’t want to miss out on Fruits Salon’s new full course.
Beauty Connection Ginza Fruits Salon
Address: GINZA gCUBE 2F, 7-9-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.beauty-connection.jp/fruits/
J-Pop Group Perfume to Make and Eat Recipes Submitted by Fans at P.O.P Festival
Japanese food tech company Cookpad Inc. is set to co-host the “P.O.P” Fes Food Court at Japanese pop group Perfume’s upcoming Perfume Online Present (“P.O.P”) Festival which will be held on September 21, 2020. Cookpad has also opened applications for fans to submit the recipes that they want Perfume to eat at the festival
“P.O.P” Festival Breakdown
With concerts and music festivals forced to be cancelled or postponed as a result of COVID-19, Perfume too had to cancel their Japan dome tour. September 21, 2020 marks the 15th anniversary since Perfume made their major debut, and the 20th anniversary since they formed. Since their tour was cancelled, they still wanted to celebrate in some way, which is how the “P.O.P” Festival was conceived. The online event will feature both free and paid content with a full timetable for the day.
“P.O.P” Fes Food Court
Food is an indispensable part of music festivals, so the event will have its own interactive “P.O.P” Fes Food Court which encourages fans to submit the recipes that they want Perfume to eat. The chosen recipe will be displayed on the food court page of the event’s website and Perfume will actually make and eat it in a video. Fans can prepare their own food at the same time so they can sit down and eat with Perfume. Details on submitting can be found on the official website in Japanese.
Perfume | Comment
“We’re happy to announce the Perfume Online Present Festival which will take place on the 15th anniversary of our major debut, September 21. We’re starting applications for the food court, so we’re waiting for your submissions. We’ll pick one recipe and actually try making it ourselves! We’re going to get found out that we actually did this during lockdown period, but we also think it’s good for you to see our normal lives, so we will give it out all and hope you enjoy.”
“P.O.P” Fes Food Court Submissions
Running: September 1, 2020 – September 14, 2020
Submit Here: https://www.perfume-popfes.jp/food/
“P.O.P” (Perfume Online Present) Festival
Date: September 21, 2020
Time: Open 12:00 / Start 13:30 (subject to change)
Official Website: https://www.perfume-popfes.jp/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Hello Kitty Strawberry Ice Cream
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’s recipe will show you how to make a simple ice cream made with frozen strawberries and a blender.
500g frozen strawberries (either store bought or self-frozen)
120ml condensed milk
Sliced white chocolate to make Hello Kitty
Defrost around 3/10 of the frozen strawberries until they are more soft than frozen, allowing them to be blended more easily.
Throw the defrosted strawberries into a blender along with the condensed milk and blend.
Place the blended mix into a ziplock bag and place into the freezer. After about an hour, massage the mix while it’s still inside the bag. Repeat this whole process 2-3 times. Doing this will make the ice cream tastier.
Once fully set, place into a serving cup of your choice, use sliced white chocolate to make your chocolate Hello Kitty, and serve!
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Irresistibly Divine Peach and Exotic Fruit Jams Whipped Up by KEITA MARUYAMA
22.August.2020 | FOOD
Fashion desinger KEITA MARUYAMA’s lifestyle line CASA KEITA is collaborating with the pastry shop Equal to release a collection of two luscious jams in Japan. This marks KEITA MARUYAMA’s step into the world of food.
The two jams get their names from previous KEITA MARUYAMA collections: SWEET SWEET SWEET and EXOTICA, both of which are sold in mini textile bags.
SWEET SWEET SWEET
SWEET SWEET SWEET uses a base made from white peaches grown in Yamanashi Prefecture. A hint of sourness is added by griotte cherries.
Okinawan pineapples are mixed with passion fruit, coconut, and lime to create an exotic flavour, which is enhanced with the scents of galangal and kaffir lime leaves.
Bagged Jam Set | ¥8,000 (Before Tax)
The textile bags can be reused for a multitude of things, like storing small cosmetics, your wallet or purse, smartphone, and so on.
The jam set will be released both in-store at KEITA MARUYAMA in Tokyo on August 20 as well as online from 21:00 (JST).
Address: 4-15-10 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
KEITA MARUYAMA Online Store: https://store-keitamaruyama.com
Make Your Own Mister Donut Treats at Home With These Simple Recipes
09.August.2020 | FOOD
Mister Donut Japan is releasing recipes over on its official website on August 7 which will show you how to make three of their popular doughnuts. The simple recipes are twists on the “Honey Dip,” “Old Fashioned,” and “Pon de Ring” doughnuts.
The doughnuts can be whipped up for breakfast, as a daytime snack or an evening treat, so customers can enjoy the taste of Mister Donut from the comfort of their own home.
The “Morning Ring Toast” recipe is the perfect wake-up treat made with honey dip, eggs, and ham, all of which complement each other deliciously.
“Old Fashioned Parfait” combines the irresistible crunchiness of the Old Fashioned doughnut with ice cream to create a real summertime dessert.
Finally, “Pon de Agedashi” is an indulgence for after dinner, bringing together Pon de Ring doughnuts with grated daikon radish. It’s a great snack to have with an evening drink.
Mister Donut Japan will release the recipe as well as a how-to-make video over on their official website this Friday, so be sure to try making your own at home.
Official Website: https://www.misterdonut.jp/enjoy/recipe/
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
*Please store the doughnuts in a cool environment. Eat quickly after you have made them.
*Adjust the cooking time while keeping an eye on the microwave or toaster oven
Universal Studios Japan to Release Snoopy, Elmo and Other Cute Character Face Masks
In an effort to ensure the safety and protect the health of guests and staff, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) introduced strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on June 8, 2020, such as limiting the number of people who could enter the park each day and enforcing thorough cleaning routines. This enabled the park to reopen after its temporary closure. It has since been able to deliver its scope of fun and excitement to guests, albeit in a more structured way.
USJ wants to make wearing masks more fun too, and so it is releasing a range of character-inspired face masks, such as Snoopy, Elmo and the Cookie Monster, on August 7. Part of the money made from sales of these masks will be donated to the USJ Wonder Kids Program which helps support children in need.
Universal Studios Japan original design masks
The masks’ unique designs take the mouths of each character. These can be worn together with each respective characters’ headband which are also sold at USJ. Designs include Elmo, Cookie Monster, Snoopy, Tim, Jurassic Park, and Jaws.
Photos provided by Universal Studios Japan.
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Minions and all related elements and indicia TM & © 2020 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
TM & © 2020 Universal Studios.
© 2020 Peanuts
© ’76, ’20 SANRIO
© 2020 Sesame Workshop
TM & © Universal Studios & Amblin Entertainment
TM & © Universal Studios.
TM Universal Studios.
Universal Studios Japan Original Design Face Masks
Release Date: August 7, 2020
Price: Single Mask – ¥900 (Tax Included) / Set of Two – ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Universal Studios Japan Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/
Chawanmushi Recipe: Savoury Dessert Made With Carrots, Cream Cheese & Mirin
Together with soy sauce and miso, mirin is a fundamental condiment in the Japanese kitchen and for many recipes for Japanese food. It’s a sweet rice wine that has lower alcohol content and higher sugar content when compared to sake, adding a sweet flavour to dishes.
Today, we’re taking a look at a recipe that uses “Mikawa Mirin,” a brand of mirin made from high quality rice, to make carrot and cream cheese chawanmushi. Chawanmushi is a savoury egg custard dessert eaten in Japan.
Carrot & Cream Cheese Chawanmushi
Chawanmushi is made using mirin and has a smooth texture to it as well as a subtly sweet flavour. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a hot summer’s day.
Ingredients (Serves 1)
20ml soy sauce
120ml Mikawa Mirin
18g cream cheese
3ml Mikawa Mirin
We will start by making the chawanmushi.
1. Slice the carrots and boil them until they become soft.
2. Add the soy sauce, sugar, and lots of mirin and cook through the dashi.
3. Cook for approximately 20 minutes on a medium heat, then cool with ice. Add the cooled carrots, cream cheese, and 20ml of the dashi into a blender and bend.
4. Add the egg to the mix and steam the mix for 12 minutes on a medium heat.
While the chawanmushi is cooling, we’ll make the okra-an.
5. Mix together the okra-an dashi, mirin, and salt together. Add watered potato starch and thinly sliced okra. Leave to cool in the refrigerator.
6. Add the okra-an to the cooled chawanmushi and tuck into your cute two-layered dessert.
Carrot & Cream Cheese Chawanmushi
The dessert is an enjoyable mix of the sticky texture from the okra-an and smooth chawanmushi. It’s great to have not only at lunch or dinner, but at home parties with friends too.
–How’s the taste?
Misa Kimura: “It works really well with the mirin. The chawanmushi is like a sweet treat. It’s super easy to make too, so I think I’ll be making it at home!”
Mirin is indispensable to any Japanese cupboard and can be used in many ways, whether it be a classic Japanese dish or a dessert like this one.
Mikawa Mirin 700ml: ¥1,122 (Tax Included)
This authentic brand of mirin is made using a traditional method of Japanese brewing which blends in the delicious taste of rice. It’s so delicious that you just want to drink the whole bottle. A high quality mirin, it has a distinct sweetness, colour, and texture. It has a rich flavour, and the taste of the rice elevates the flavours of its ingredients.
Mikawa Mirin Official Website: http://www.mikawamirin.jp/
Official Online Store: http://mikawamirin.jp/product/product_step1.php?m=n
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikawamirin
This recipe was conceived by ITEMAE, a famous restaurant serving Japanese cuisine that is listed in the Michelin Guide.
Model: Misa Kimura
Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
Address: 10-14 Kamiyamachō, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30-15:00 (Weekdays Only) / Dinner 18:00-23:30
Closed: Sundays / New Year’s Holiday
The ‘Junoheart’ is a new variety of heart-shaped cherry grown in Aomori Prefecture. On July 2, 2020, they made their nationwide debut in Japan. Sales began at Kimura Fruits in Hankyu Umeda in Osaka.
Aomori Heartbeat (1 Box/2 Cherries): ¥2,160
The Junoheart cherries come in various sizes, including “4L” (over 3.1cm). One box of these high quality cherries contains just two. They are so cute they almost seem a waste to eat. They also make for a great gift to someone special.
Hankyu Umeda Official Website: https://www.hankyu-dept.co.jp
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
Japan’s Manga Artists Join Hands For New Manga Project Depicting Life During COVID-19
26.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Over 50 manga artists in Japan are coming together for the launch of the new “MANGA Day to Day” project which will depict daily life during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The project is set to roll out for free in mid-June on Twitter and Comic Days. A teaser by famous manga artist Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe; Notari Matsutarō) was released on May 22, 2020.
A related project entitled “Day to Day” is also taking place over on the Japanese literature news website TREE where over 50 popular authors have penned writings and essays on the restrictions of today’s everyday life. In addition to Japan, both projects have caught the attention of overseas news media and websites too. Like the related “Day to Day” project, “MANGA Day to Day” will have one new manga strip released for free each day on Twitter and Comic Days. A piece entitled Akudama by Tetsuya Chiba is already available to see over on the project’s official Twitter account.
People’s lives have changed drastically as a result of the pandemic. To pass down this time in history to the next 100, or even 200 years, the pieces contributed to the “MANGA Day to Day” project will be compiled into a book that’s scheduled for release in early 2021. A special edition of the book will also be compiled featuring both the manga and writing pieces.
Be sure to follow the Twitter account below to keep up to date.
BAPE® Releases Face Mask Case For Storing Your Mask
24.May.2020 | FASHION
A BATHING APE® released its new face mask case on Saturday (May 23) for people to hygienically put away their face masks, whether to store away or for on the go. The cases will be given to everyone that purchases something from the BAPE STORE® or BAPE.COM in Japan.
The case features BAPE’s iconic APE HEAD design. It’s made from PVC and so can be hand washed so people can safely and hygienically store their face masks. The case can of course be used to store hand sanitiser or hand wipes too.
BAPE® MASK CASE
Release Date: Saturday, May 23rd, 2020
Available: BAPE STORE® and BAPE.COM in Japan to all customers. One case per transaction. Available while supplies last.
Product Page: https://bape.com/blogs/news/bape-mask-case
Mori Art Museum Encourages People to Stay Creative at Home With Free Online Art Content
17.May.2020 | SPOT
Like many institutions around the world now, Mori Art Museum is temporarily closed as a result of COVID-19. But that hasn’t stopped the museum spreading creativity as it recently launched a new page on its website titled “Mori Art Museum Digital.”
The page comes as part of a new agenda by Mori Art Museum which it is calling “MAM @ HOME” which encourages people to “Stay Home, Stay Creative.” The project aims for the museum to stay connected with people even while the building itself is closed by offering a host of free art-related content.
This includes the “Future and the Arts 3D Walkthrough” which had to end in response to the museum’s closure, an online sneak preview of the postponed “MAM Screen 013: Mounira Al Solh,” the “ARTISTS COOKBOOK” which features recipes, photos and stories from artists around the world, and more.
Program #1: Online Sneak Preview of MAM Screen 013: Mounira Al Solh
Mounira Al Solh – Rawane’s Song (2006)
Mounira Al Solh – As If I Don’t Fit There (2006)
Since “MAM Screen 013: Mounira Al Aolh” has been postponed as a measure against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Mori Art Museum is introducing two works online prior to the official screening: Rawane’s Song (2006) and As If I Don’t Fit There (2006).
Mounira Al Solh works internationally and is based in her home country Lebonan and in Europe. Her work offers humorous takes on everyday events and stories, as well as episodes based on the lives of women from a contemporary society where political and religious conflicts as well as issues surrounding refugees occurs.
Program #2: Future and the Arts 3D Walkthrough
Due to the museum’s closure, “Future and the Arts: AI, Robotics, Cities, Life – How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow” was forced to end earlier than scheduled. Since then, the museum has been able to share walkthroughs of the exhibition via Instagram Live, as well as photos. Now people can enjoy the exhibition in a more immersive way as the museum introduces a virtual, 3D walkthrough, which they were able to capture thanks to the galleries being empty. It’s a complete recreation of the exhibition for people to enjoy at home.
Special #1: ARTISTS COOKBOOK by MAM
As a special project during Mori Art Museum’s closure, the museum has introduced “ARTISTS COOKCOOK by MAM,” a collection of recipes, stories, and photographs that artists from around the world have shared with them. The first recipe showcased is the “Kusama Lotus” by Kataoka Mami, the Director of Mori Art Museum. She describes lotus roots as reminiscent of polka dots and white nets, and that it’s a dish we could keep eating forever. She calls it a “dish for infinity.”
More recipes can be found on the museum’s official social media pages, so be sure to check them out.
Learning Online: Enjoy, Play, Learn Art @ HOME
Mori Art Museum hosts various programs and events where people can deepen their knowledge about contemporary art from around the world. The museum has posted an archived list of videos from some of their programs which people can tune in to from the comfort of their homes.
Mori Art Museum
Address: Roppongi Hills Tower Floor 53F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato Ward, TOkyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (until 17:00 on Tuesdays)
*Last entries 30 mins before closure
*The museum is currently temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Official Website: https://www.mori.art.museum/en/