Miffy Creator Dick Bruna Gets Themed Wine Bar ‘Dick Bruna TABLE’ in Kobe

04.July.2020 | FOOD

The new wine bar Dick Bruna TABLE is set to open in Kobe, Japan on July 17, 2020 at 11:00am (JST) where customers can enjoy various wines from around the world. Reservations are already open for both the bar and cafe tables, and if you book by July 16, you’ll get an original coaster.

Dick Bruna TABLE KOBE is themed around the popular children’s author and graphic designer Dick Bruna (1927-2017) who is known for his popular character Miffy. This will be the first bar of its kind centred on Bruna.

The bar has 4 floors which include a takeout counter, merchandise shop, cafe, wine bar, and event space. Dick Bruna TABLE will also be opening an online store for merchandise in the near future. It’s a must-visit for any fan of Miffy and Dick Bruna’s works.

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  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Miffy Parfait Using Tofu!

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    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.

     

    In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make an adorable Miffy Parfait using tofu shiratama!

     

    Tofu shiratama can be frozen without hardening, so it’s great to use for cooking as well as making sweets.

     

     

    Ingredients

    250g refined rice flour

    300g silken tofu

    ✩ This is about 1 bag of refined rice flour and 1 piece of silken tofu.

    Canned fruit or fruit of your choice

     

     

    Put the refined rice flour and silken tofu into a bowl and mix well.

    ⚠️ Do not drain the tofu!

    Don’t add water, just these two ingredients.

     

    ✩I knead all ingredients and then freeze it.

    Feel free to freeze it as dough, or boil it first.

    You can put them in Tupperware and store them in water in the refrigerator for a day or two. Don’t worry, they won’t harden!

     

    Add the coloring.

    Take a little bit of food coloring and add as you like.

    Here, I’m adding the yellow that will be the center of the flower.

     

     

    After mixing the dough, place it on parchment paper and put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

    You can shape it before placing it in the freezer, but chilling it will make it easier to work with.

     

    Cut out Miffy and her flowers.

    Place the yellow-colored piece into the middle of the flower.

    Roll the rest of the shiratama into balls.

     

     

    Boil the shaped shiratama while on the baking sheet.

    Boil the round shiratama as well. When they float to the top, place them in cool water.

     

     

    Place the shaped shiratama on parchment paper or plastic wrap and let dry briefly before adding decoration.

     

     

    Mix black cocoa with a little water, and using the mixture, draw Miffy’s face.

     

     

     

    Place the flowers and shiratama balls inside the glass, follow up with your favorite fruits!

    (If using canned fruit, feel free to add the syrup as well!)

     

    I hope you enjoy decorating this colorful dish!

     

     

    Kaori Kubota(@kaopan27

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

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    In conjunction with the 65th Anniversary Miffy Exhibition currently being held at the PLAY! MUSEUM in Tachikawa, a special silkscreen workshop is coming only to PLAY! KICHIJOJI! The event, called A Little Kindness in Kichijoji, is currently open for reservations, and will be open each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until September 5, 2021. 

     

    Dick Bruna, the creator of Miffy, often created posters using silk-screening. At the workshop, guests can choose from three different patterns and print their choice on either their own cloth and paper products, or on PLAY! goods. Each Sunday, illustrations from the book Miffy in the Snow can be printed on craft paper multiple times, eventually creating a colored Miffy! During the workshop, guests are asked to try making their own original goods using this time-honored silk-screen technique. No cheating!

     

     

    At the venue, visitors can take their time reading stories from reporter Shunji Morimoto, who interviewed Bruma countless times. Each tale from his book A Little Kindness: 66 Stories will be available to browse and buy, along with a slide show of Miffy photographs taken by photographer Kotori Kawashima. Various original goods will also be on sale, so keep an eye out!

     

    Won’t you come celebrate our favorite bunny’s birthday?

    Illustrations Dick Bruna © copyright Mercis bv,1953-2021  www.miffy.com

     

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    Limited-edition shopping bags

     

     

    Fruit Soda & Soft Serve Ice Cream Parfait

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  • Popular Miffy themed double wall glass is back on sale!

    18.June.2021 | FASHION

    The new Miffy themed double-wall glass, which was released in November last year and sold out only in one day is back with new designs including standard design from previous collection. 

     

    Double-wall Miffy Glass

    miffy style Surprised 

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    ©Mercis bv

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    25.May.2021 | FOOD

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    The Refreshing Line-Up

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    The Line-Up

     

    Collectors Sack

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    Pink

    Mint

    Blue

    The bag can be wrapped up

     

     

     

    Collectors Pouches

     

     

     

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    Get your own cute Miffy tote bag with this new series.

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    The Line-Up

    Miffy Short Socks | 3 Colours | ¥1,430 (Tax Included)

    Miffy Embroidered Socks | (2 Colours) | Women’s ¥1,430, Children’s ¥1,210 (Tax Included)

    Miffy Short Socks | 3 Colours | ¥1,430 (Tax Included)

    Miffy Embroidered Socks | (2 Colours) | Women’s ¥1,430, Children’s ¥1,210 (Tax Included)

     

    Limited-Edition Novelty


    The sock collection arrives with four different sock models featuring adorable Miffy designs. Those who spend over ¥3,300 on the collection will also receive a free Miffy memo pad.

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    Light Stone (Japan Exclusive)

    Light Stone

    Buttercream

    Pumpkin

    BON TON TOYS is a Dutch toymaker established in 1933. The brand is focused on helping to create a more sustainable world and protecting the environment for the future of children.

     

    The Miffy Corduroy Collection is one of BON TON TOYS’ most popular in the Netherlands too. The new colours include Light Stone, which is available only in Japan, and Buttercream and Pumpkin, both of which remind one of gentle springs. The line-up also includes key chains which are just 10cm in size and serve as trusty companions on your bag or elsewhere.

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