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/
Tokyo’s Craft Chocolate Shop nel Releases Cacao Kintoki Shaved Ice Desserts
nel craft chocolate tokyo, a craft chocolate shop located in Nihonbashihamacho, Tokyo, released two chocolate shaved ice desserts last Wednesday for the hot summer season. The desserts are also being sold at Saryo Tsukikage, a restaurant inside the hot spring ryokan Yuen Bettei Daita in Setagaya.
Left: Cacao Kintoki | Right: White Cacao Kintoki
Cacao kintoki is a type of shaved ice made with specially-selected cacao beans from Vietnam. It uses a ‘bean to bar’ method where the shaved ice is made from scratch, roasting the beans fresh to create the dessert.
The two new treats at nel use a chocolate base and add cacao pulp to the mix, adding a natural fruity flavour derived from the bean. Each is also served with a special cacao sauce for extra flavour. The white cacao version is made by combining with in-house white chocolate. It also comes with an Okinawan passion fruit and cacao pulp sauce, resulting in a sour kick and refreshing taste.
The open-air baths at Yuen Bettei Daita
A special matcha version of this shaved ice can also be enjoyed while bathing in the open-air baths at Yuen Bettei Daita. It’s made with nel’s homemade white chocolate as well as dark chocolate, cacao pulp, and specially-selected yame matcha from Shimokita Chaen Ōyama, a cafe in Setagaya.
nel CRAFT CHOCOLATE TOKYO
Address: HAMACHO HOTEL 1, 3-2-2 Nihonbashihamacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://nel-tokyo.jp/
Yuen Bettei Daita
Address: 2-31-26 Daita, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.uds-hotels.com/yuenbettei/daita/restaurant/#saryo
Tokyo’s New Strawberry Dessert Shop ICHIBIKO Opens at Shibuya’s Tokyu Food Show
ICHIBIKO is a new strawberry dessert-themed cafe that opened at Tokyu Food Show in Shibuya, Tokyo, on June 1. The shop’s concept is centred on letting people enjoy strawberries all year round served in a variety of sweet and succulent ways.
Migaki-Ichigo Pudding | 3 Flavours
The Migaki-Ichigo Pudding is a Japanese-style custard pudding made with a layer of custard and strawberry jam. The jam, which contains fresh juicy pieces of strawberry left over, is made from a type of high quality strawberry called Migaki-Ichigo. These puddings are available in three flavours.
Migaki-Ichigo Pudding – Strawberry Custard | ¥432 (Tax Included)
Made with fresh cream and vanilla custard and combined with strawberry jam. Rich and full of fruity flavour.
Migaki-Ichigo Pudding – Condensed Strawberry Milk | ¥486 (Tax Included)
Layered with condensed milk instead of custard, lending a refreshing milky flavour to the sweet strawberry and giving a velvety texture.
Migaki-Ichigo Pudding – Strawberry Milk Yogurt | ¥432 (Tax Included)
Made with strawberry sauce-infused yogurt and Migaki-Ichigo jam giving a cool, refreshing flavour.
The new ICHIBIKO store also sells the brand’s most popular beverage, ICHIBIKO Milk, as well as baked confections, and fresh Migaki-Ichigo strawberries sourced directly from farmers.
ICHIBIKO Shibuya Tokyu Food Show
Grand Opening: June 1, 2021
Address: SHIBUYA MARK CITY East Mall Floor 1F, 1-12-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Access: Connected directly to the Keio-Inokashira Line at Shibuya Station
ICHIBIKO Official Website: https://ichibiko.jp/
Disney’s Mickey & Friends Teams Up With Tokyo’s Souvenir Sweet Tokyo Banana
07.June.2021 | FOOD
Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana, a joint confectionery shop between GRAPESTONE and Tokyo Banana, released its new Mickey & Friends collection on Thursday.
Tokyo Banana Mickey & Friends Collection | ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto join hands in a heart-warming new collection of Tokyo Banana, a cream-filled sponge cake and the official souvenir sweet of Tokyo’s official souvenir sweet: Tokyo Banana.
Mickey & Friends arrive in all the colours of the rainbow
The colourful packaging features the Disney group of best friends including Mickey, who loves his friends, his girlfriend Minnie, the anger-prone Donald, stylish Daisy, silly Goofy, and trusty Pluto.
Six cute patterns decorate the sponge cakes
There are six super cute Mickey & Friends designs you could get in your Tokyo Banana, and each one is random. They are filled with chocolate banana-flavoured custard cream.
Collect all the postcards
All boxes of these treats come with two of eight possible postcard designs which you can use for sending to someone or even as room decoration.
Mickey & Friends Tokyo Banana
Released: June 3, 2021
Where: Tokyo Banana stores
Tokyo Banana Official Website: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/disney/index.html
Kumamon Promotes Strawberry and Whipped Cream Pastry For Pasco Kumamoto Project
The Pasco Kumamoto Prefecture Project is a collaboration between the Japanese pastry company Pasco and Kumamoto Prefecture which has appointed Kumamon, the mascot of Kumamoto, as its head to promote local foods.
The project was started as a reconstruction and restoration effort to help support Kumamoto after the devastating earthquake that struck in 2016 and the 2018 Japan floods. For every select product sold, 0.5 yen is donated to the relief effort to aid victims of the disasters.
The Pasco Kumamoto Prefecture Project is set to run until end end of September this year. It released two items on April 1 as part of the project. It is now releasing two new products: the “Strawberry Jam & Milk Whipped Cream” pastry and “Pancake Omelette Custard & Milk Whipped Cream.” The milk, strawberries, and eggs used for these confections are all sourced from Kumamoto
The pastry recipe creates whipped cream from milk and layers it with a strawberry jam made from yuubeni, a popular brand of strawberry grown in Kumamoto, before baking. The pancake omelette is a combination of Jersey milk, eggs, and custard cream to create a fluffy dessert.
Pasco carefully selects ingredients as part of Kumamon’s promotional products
The ingredients used in the recipes for these food products are all carefully selected to go deliciously well with Pasco’s bread. This includes milk, eggs, and yuubeni strawberries. Pasco plans to used Kumamoto-grown rice for a new product in August.
Scan the code on the packaging and meet Kumamon!
A special Kumamon AR service has also been created as part of the project. If you scan the code on the packaging of these products using a smart device, you can take a photo together with Kumamon as pictured above. He has the same design as on the packets.
Pasco Kumamoto Prefecture Project – 2nd Release
Running: June 1, 2021 – July 31, 2021
Available: Supermarkets and shops in Japan
Pasco Official Website: https://www.pasconet.co.jp/
These Disney Ceramic Teacups and Plates Are Traditional Kiyomizu Wares From Kyoto
07.June.2021 | FASHION
Asahido is now selling a collection of Disney-inspired ceramics made using a traditional Japanese pottery technique known as Kiyomizu which originated in Kyoto.
Winnie the Pooh Hundred Acre Wood Teacup
This collection of teacups features hand drawn designs of Winnie the Pooh and his friends relaxing in their home of the Hundred Acre Wood. They are dyed indigo using a traditional dyeing technique known as gosu which makes the colour run deep into the design. There are cups to pick from, one big and one small and both with different designs. More details here (in Japanese).
Mickey & Minnie Traditional Dyed Pattern Mugs
These smiley teacups are made using the same dyeing technique and feature Mickey and Minnie made from collages of traditional Japanese patterns that have long been used in Kyoto.
Disney Princess Plates
Seven Disney Princesses have been feauted in this hand-painted Kiyomizu ware plate collection, all of which are lined with gorgeous colours including gold. They make for beautiful decorations for any Disney fan’s room.
Mickey & Minnie Kiyomizu Dolls
“Rakuyaki” is the name of the hand-mouldered pottery technique used to crafts these Mickey and Minnie Mouse dolls, one which has been used since the Taisho Period. Compared to the other ceramics on this list, these dolls are baked at a lower temperature, giving the colours a softer look. Red and black are classic colour combinations used in this technique, so Mickey and Minnie were the perfect candidates. Only 100 of each will be sold.
Asahido’s Kyoto Traditional Design Disney Series
Official Website: https://www.asahido.co.jp/lp/disney/
The Promised Neverland x Hotel Keihan Room Plan Collaboration Begins
Hotel Keihan launched a new guest room plan in collaboration with the anime series The Promised Neverland at its Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai, and Sapporo branches on Tuesday. It also released a collection of exclusive merchandise which can be bought at each hotel’s front desk.
Exclusive Merch Line-Up
Pins | ¥550 Each (Tax Included)
Key Rings | ¥550 Each (Tax Included)
The hotel plan was originally scheduled to take place for three months but has been extended by a further month to accommodate for travel restrictions as well as guest demand. New prices have also been introduced to make it more accessible to people. Fans of the anime series can get their hands on a range of items not available anywhere else too including pins, key rings, folders, and more.
The hotel room designs are inspired by both seasons of The Promised Neverland and come with life-size panels, wall decorations, and more, so fans can look forward to getting sucked into the world of the anime series.
Hotel Keihan x The Promised Neverland
Running: June 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021 (Guest Rooms + Merchandise)
Book Here: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/yakuneba/
Hotel Keihan Official Website: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/
Hotel Keihan Sapporo: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/sapporo/
Hotel Keihan Sendai: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/sendai/
Hotel Keihan Tsukiji Ginza: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/tsukijiginza/
Hotel Keihan Nagoya: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/nagoya/
Hotel Keihan Kyoto: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/kyoto/
Hotel Keihan Kyobashi: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/kyobashi/
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Gets Cute Cupcake Release by Ginza Cozy Corner
04.June.2021 | FOOD
Ginza Cozy Corner is releasing a new collection of cupcakes and confections at its stores on June 11 in collaboration with the Disney classic The Little Mermaid. The cupcakes feature designs that will be familiar to any fan of the animated film, from Ariel to Flounder, King Triton’s Trident, and others that capture the wonderful underwater world of Atlantica.
Some of the Disney delights include the Mermaid Ariel Apple & Strawberry Whipped Cream Tart, Princess Ariel Raspberry Jam & Strawberry Mousse Cake, Ursula Blueberry Jam & Blueberry Whipped Cream Cocoa Tart, Eric’s Cheese Mousse & Berry Jam Cake, and more.
The Little Mermaid Collection | Includes 9 | ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
The cakes come in a gorgeous box
The Little Mermaid Collection
Running: June 11, 2021 – July 29, 2021
Order Start Dates
[In-Store] June 1, 2021 until all sell out
[Online] June 7, 2021 – July 24, 2021
June 12, 2021 – July 29, 2021 (Except June 18-20)
Ginza Cozy Corner Official Website: http://www.cozycorner.jp/
Michelin Star Restaurant and Sushi Bar in Kyoto Get Added to Hometown Tax Service
Furunavi, a Japanese website that offers the hometown tax service, has added two restaurants in Kyoto to its listings. Hometown tax allows taxpayers to donate to any municipality and receive tax cuts.
Due to COVID-19, the number of tourists and travellers in Kyoto has meant that major tourist sites and restaurants have seen a lack of visitors. In response to this, Furunavi is collaborating with Kyoto City using its ‘Furunavi Gourment Point’ scheme that lets people dine at restaurants and eateries in the city while enjoying tax deductions.
Kikunoi Roan and Sushi Rakumi are two restaurants that have been added to Furunavi’s service.
Kyoto x Kikunoi Roan
Kikunoi Roan is a Michelin two-star restaurant located just a little down from Shijo-dori and Kiyamachi-dori by the business district of Takase River. When stepping through the noren entrance curtain of the concrete building, you’re met with a quiet tranquility that makes you forget you’re even in the big bustling city. The restaurant’s counter seats are popular as you get to watch the chefs prepare the food before you. It’s a compact space that brings customers close together. More details on Furunavi here.
Kyoto x Sushi Rakumi
Sushi Rakumi is a Michelin one-star sushi restaurant situated beside Shirakawa River. This counter-style sushi bar seats just eight people at a time. The chefs are skilled in many different forms of sushi making, all of which capture the delicious taste of Kyoto cuisine. The sushi toppings are all sourced from Kyoto, Toyosu, and Yaizu. Enjoy a unique selection of innovative sushi courses. More details on Furunavi here.
Furunavi x Kyoto Restaurants
Address: 118 Saitocho Kiyamachidori 4-Jo Sagaru, Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto 600-8012 Kyoto Prefecture
Address: 332-6 Miyoshichō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0081
Furunavi Official Website: https://furunavi.jp/
gelato pique café Begins Serving Desserts Made With American Cherries
gelato pique café is now serving up a selection of three desserts topped with seasonal American cherries. The items are available on the menu until July 15.
American Cherry Crepe: Have In ¥980 / Takeout ¥970
American Cherry Soft Cream: Have In ¥580 / Takeout ¥570
American Cherry Soda: Have In ¥580 / Takeout ¥570 (Photo for illustrative purposes only – served in a takeout cup)
American Cherry Crepe & Soda Set: Have In ¥1,380 / Takeout ¥1,370
Plain Crepe & American Cherry Soda Set: Have In ¥980 / Takeout ¥970
The American Cherry Crepe is filled with sweet and velvety royal milk gelato and seasonal American cherries. The sweetness of the gelato, sour kick of the cherries, and rich chocolate ganache cream make for a tasty combination, complemented by the range of textures including the soft fruit and crunchy granola.
The American Cherry Soft Cream contains a cherry sauce made with fresh cherries – and the whole thing is topped off with a cute cherry.
The beautifully red American Cherry Soda is made completely out of sweet cherries. The cherry syrup adds a gorgeous gradation to the drink as well as a refreshing after taste. There are two ways to enjoy this special drink: as it is, which offers a feeling of refreshment, or mixing the milk-flavoured gelato in for sweetness and creaminess.
AMERICAN CHERRY SPECIAL
Serving: May 25, 2021 – July 17, 2021
Where: gelato pique café (Participating Branches: Atre Ebisu, Lumine Ikebukuro, Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari, Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu, Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Mozo Wonder City, Namba Marui, Mitsui Outlet Park Hokuriku Oyabe, Kanazawa Forus, Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C)
*Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C is now serving the soft cream
*Opening hours subject to shortening depending on COVID-19
Official Website: https://pique-cafe.com/
Kyoto’s Ace Hotel Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary With Special Hotel Plan
31.May.2021 | SPOT
Ace Hotel Kyoto will commemorate its first anniversary on June 11, 2021. The hotel opened on the site of the historical former Kami Branch of the Kyoto Central Telephone Office which was completely renovated and refurbished. The hotel takes on an ‘East Meets West’ theme with elements of art and culture found throughout. As part of the celebration, the 98-year-old Samiro Yukino, a dyer and the man responsible for creating the hotel’s logo, has made sign posters and will display 242 photos from his immense collection of 17,000 photographs he has taken over the years in 10 guest rooms as part of the special hotel plan.
Ace Hotel Kyoto Tatami Suite
Ace Hotel Kyoto Standard Twin
Ace Hotel displays works of art from artists from both Japan and abroad all around the building, from the hotel’s iconic logo to dye work, paintings decorating the guest rooms, eye-catching tapestries, and more. Despite the pandemic which began last year, Ace Hotel has enjoyed many guests staying there. In celebrating of their first anniversary, they are releasing offering their ‘We Are One’ package for guests booking Suite rooms.
Ace Hotel ranked No. 9 in the ‘Most Popular New Hotels’ in TripAdvisor’s 2021 Traveller’s Choice Best of the Best Hotels. It was also the only Japanese hotel to rank in the list.
Special Hotel Package – “We Are One”
Location: Ace Hotel Kyoto
Start Date: June 11, 2021
Guest Rooms: Exclusive to just 10 rooms
Booking/Details Here: https://www.acehotel.com/kyoto/
Cute Cat-Shaped Mango Cheesecake Arrives at Neko Neko Cheesecake
31.May.2021 | FOOD
Neko Neko Cheesecake released its new seasonal ‘Neko Neko W Cheesecake Mango’ on Tuesday. Neko Neko Cheesecake is a sister brand of Neko Neko Shokupan by the same company, ALL HEARTS COMPANY, which serves cat-shaped bread.
Neko Neko W Cheesecake Mango | ¥2,430 (Tax Included)
The cute cheesecake is packed full of seasonal mango in the form of a mango and passion fruit sauce layered on top of the biscuit base. The cake is topped with fresh mango, lending a juicy and refreshing flavour to the sweet and tangy cake.
This tropical mango delight is one of many delicious cakes by Neko Neko Cheesecake. Be sure to check out our other coverages on the shop.
Enjoy a Japanese Summer Afternoon Tea Set From Home
31.May.2021 | FOOD
InterContinental Tokyo Bay will begin selling its new fruit-loaded ‘Summer Afternoon Tea Set’ at its hotel restaurant The Shop N.Y.LOUNGE BOUTIQUE on June 1. Available until August 31, the afternoon tea set is one to be enjoyed at home.
Summer Afternoon Tea Set | ¥3,780 (Tax Included)
This marks the third Summer Afternoon Tea to be sold by the restaurant which began its takeout and delivery service for the set last summer. The line-up is packed with a range of seasonal summer fruits, including the Mango Coconut which is a coconut mousse topped with mango sauce along with fresh mango and passion fruit, the Peach Mousse which combines peach mousse with peach jelly, refreshing Lemon Macarons, the cream, mango, and passion fruit-filled Mango Passion Cream Puff, and more. An afternoon tea set isn’t complete without scones either – this one has separate chocolate and raisin ones which go nicely with the pistachio whipped butter and raspberry jam.
On the savoury side of things are mini hamburgers with a pineapple and BBQ sauce, caprese salad with ham, peach, mozzarella, and more.
Petit Fours Set | ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
Treat yourself to an indulging afternoon tea at home this summer.
Summer Afternoon Tea Set
Order Window: June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Location: The Shop N.Y.LOUNGE BOUTIQUE
*Orders must be made two days in advance by telephone