Harajuku’s New Chocolate Dessert Shop SÔ CÔ La Now Open For Business
16.July.2020 | FOOD
The first Tokyo branch of the chocolate dessert shop SÔ CÔ La opened in Harajuku on July 15, 2020. Together with Harajuku Milk & Mot Tram—a shop which opened in collaboration with bubble tea shop Mot Tram and fresh cream shop Milk—SÔ CÔ La serves to further cement Harajuku as the number one place to go for desserts.
SÔ CÔ La Soft Serve Ice Cream: ¥550
SÔ CÔ La Soft Serve Ice Cream Sundae: ¥550
SÔ CÔ La will serve a range of desserts using ruby chocolate—the officially-recognised fourth type of chocolate alongside milk, dark, and white—the cocoa beans of which have a natural pink colour. It has a sweet, sour, and fruity taste. Customers can look forward to trying a range of rich desserts made with this rare type of chocolate and blended with dark chocolate.
The crunchiness of the shop’s handmade “Aragosta Cones” goes perfectly with the rich chocolate blend ice cream.
SÔ CÔ La Harajuku
Address: THE SHARE 1F, 3-25-18 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
BEAMS Showcase Their Historical Fashion Archive at The National Art Center in Tokyo
BEAMS is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. At such an important milestone, it’s important to take a look back at where the brand has come from, and so BEAMS is taking part in the Fashion in Japan 1945-2020 exhibition that opened at The National Art Center, Tokyo, last Wednesday. Followers of the Japanese fashion are able to see their early products when they first opened in the late 1970’s to their Shibuya Casual style, known as Shibu-Kaji, from the late 80’s. It’s an historical, nostalgic throwback across their archive. Exclusive merchandise is also being sold featuring the ‘American Life Shop BEAMS’ logo which they branded upon establishing the brand.
A look at just some of the exhibits on display
BEAMS shopping bag from 1977
Shibu-Kaji outfit from late 1980’s
Exhibition-exclusive souvenir merch inspired by vintage BEAMS
This exhibition follows the unique trajectory of Japanese clothing, especially in post-World War Ⅱ Japan, as seen from both sides: that of designers who transmit culture by creating clothes and ideas, and that of users who receive it by wearing the clothes and at times create era-defining grassroots fashion movements. It offers a comprehensive overview that references the predominant media of each era, such as newspapers, magazines, and advertisements.
In the mid to late 1970’s, BEAMS was at the forefront of spreading casual wear to people, stocking some of the country’s most notable brands and designers. BEAMS opened its first store in Harajuku in 1976 where it sold shirts, shoes, and other items. In 1977 they introduced their own shopping bag, and the following year opened up their first BEAMS F selling traditional men’s style clothing. It was around this time that beams released their POPEYE magazine too. All of this and more is explore at the exhibition along with commentary.
A talk event titled “Lifestyle Tips: POPEYE & BEAMS” will also take place on July 3 at the museum.
Fashion in Japan 1945-2020
Running: June 9, 2021 – September 6, 2021
Venue: The National Art Center, Tokyo
Address: 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
*Last entries 30 minutes before closure
*Exhibition content subject to change
Official Website: https://www.nact.jp/english/exhibitions/2020/fij2020/
Title: Lifestyle Tips: POPEYE & BEAMS
Date: July 3, 2021
Venue: The National Art Center, Tokyo
Pompompurin’s 25th Anniversary Celebrated With Limited Edition Dessert at FamilyMart
15.June.2021 | FOOD
Sanrio teamed up with the convenience store chain FamilyMart to commemorate the 25th anniversary of their popular character Pompompurin with a special soufflé and macarons that hit shelves up and down Japan on June 8.
Pompompurin Soufflé Pudding | ¥276 (Before Tax)
Pompompurrin & Cinnamoroll Macarons | ¥350 (Before Tax)
Pom’s Kitchen Campaign
The Japanese pudding-style soufflé is made with smooth and velvety custard and caramel. It’s sold in a cup in three different original designs. Also available as part of the celebration is a set of macarons made to look like Pompompurin as well as Cinnamoroll, another one of Sanrio’s most popular characters. They are wearing cute king and queen crowns respectively.
A campaign is also being held where you can win some special Pompompurin merchandise by posting a photo of a rice dish inspired by Pompompurin on social media. More details can be found on the campaign website below.
Morinaga’s Milk Caramel Turns Into Delicious Desserts at MINISTOP
15.June.2021 | FOOD
MINISTOP Japan released three new desserts in collaboration with Morinaga on Tuesday: the Morinaga Milk Caramel Baumkuchen, Morinaga Milk Caramel Pound Cake, and Morinaga Milk Caramel Roll Cake.
Morinaga Milk Caramel Baumkuchen
Morinaga Milk Caramel Pound Cake
Morinaga Milk Caramel Roll Cake
Morinaga’s “Milk Caramel” is a long-selling product that has been sold for over 100 years. The triple dessert release coincides with Milk Caramel Day, a day by Morinaga that falls on June 10 to commemorate the flavour. The tasty caramel delights make as the perfect accompaniment during coffee breaks, when working, when studying, or just as a little treat.
The desserts are now available at all MINISTOP convenience stores in Japan.
MINISTOP x Morinaga Milk Caramel
Released: June 8, 2021
Available: MINISTOP Japan
Official Website: https://www.ministop.co.jp/
Experience Early Morning Japanese Sword Training On Tokyo Skyscraper
15.June.2021 | SPOT
HOSHINOYA Tokyo, a ryokan in Tokyo, introduced a new experience for guests last Tuesday which invites them for some early morning kenjutsu sword training atop a 160-meter tall building to refresh the mind and body. This Japanese swordsmanship practice teaches not only the large movements, but the breathing techniques used too. It requires the full use of the entire body coupled with lung-stimulating controlled breathing. Since the practice takes place on a towering site, your vision is unobscured, allowing you to see afar while bathing in the morning rays. You can also spot many famous Tokyo buildings too including Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower.
The area surrounding Otemachi where HOSHINOYA Tokyo is located is mostly made up of office buildings and business skyscrapers in the modern day, but it was formerly home to the daimyo’s main Tokyo mansion where samurais resided during the Edo Period. During the Bakumatsu at the end of the Edo Period, there was an establishment called Edo Sandai Dojo where swordsmen went to train. The town flourished as a site for honing your skills with a sword. HOSHINOYA Tokyo’s sword training experience is a nod back to that time and a chance for people to get their bodies moving in a safe environment during sedentary COVID-19 times.
Early Morning Practice in the Sky
1. An original practice created by HOSHINOYA Tokyo that combines swordsmanship and deep breathing
Participants will be taught by a master of Hokushin Ittō-ryū, a form of ko-ryū old-school sword fighting. They will begin by learning how to hold and operate a bokutō wooden sword as well as foot movements before the proper practice begins. They will learn about being conscious of the tanden, the point below the navel that’s a focus point for internal medatitive techniques, as well as sword techniques such as makkōgiri which is a large slice with the sword from top to bottom, dōgiri which is cutting horizontally, kesagiri which is a diagonal slash, and more. All of this is not only to teach sword fighting, but take relieve tension and stress too by utilising the whole body.
2. Soak up the sights of the cityscape basked in the morning light
The practice takes place on a helicopter landing pad atop an enormous skyscraper. From the building, you can see Akihabra, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and many other areas and districts of modern day Tokyo which serves as an interesting combination while practicing a traditional Japanese art.
Early Morning Practice in the Sky
Plan Title in Japanese: 天空朝稽古
Running: From June 1, 2021 all year
Booking: Please book the day before at HOSHINO Tokyo’s reception by 21:00
Requirements: Must be a guest staying at HOSHINOYA Tokyo
Official Website: https://hoshinoya.com/
*Please note the activity schedule is subject to alteration or cancellation depending on weather conditions
McDonald’s Japan Releases Pikachu Desserts
Mc Donald’s Japan released its new Sweets Trio Fruchu menu on Friday which features a line-up of three fruit-flavoured Pikachu items: the Yellow Peach McShake, Chocolate Banana McFlurry, and Hot Apple Custard Pie.
The menu items comes in limited-edition cups and packaging featuring the adorable Pikachu.
Yellow Peach McShake | Small ¥120 – Regular ¥200 (Tax Included)
A fruity and refreshing summery McShake made with sweet and sour yellow peach with that satisfying creamy McShake texture. Available in small and medium, both sizes come with three different cup designs each for a total of six.
Chocolate Banana McFlurry | ¥290 (Tax Included)
The Chocolate Banana McFlurry is served in an ice cream cup with a fresh squirt of milky rich soft serve and drizzled with banana and chocolate sauces. The ice cream is finished with a sprinkle of crunchy yellow cornflakes. Another perfect choice for cooling down in the hot summer weather. There are three possible cup designs to receive.
Hot Apple Custard Pie | ¥150 (Tax Included)
The apple custard pie is served hot with a crunchy outside and filled with custard cream made with fresh apple and vanilla beans and seasoned with caramel and cinnamon. There are three possible packaging designs to receive.
McDonald’s Japan is also serving a Pikachu-style Happy Meal as part of the collaboration which come with one of six possible toys.
Sweets Trio Fruchu
Release Date: June 11, 2021
Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
SSSS.DYNAZENON and SSSS.GRIDMAN Pop-Up Shops Open in Akihabara and Osaka
Two pop-up shops, the SSSS.DYNAZENON @ Dash Store and SSSS.GRIDMAN @ Dash Store, are now open at Animate Akihabara and Animate Osaka Nipponbashi until June 24. The stores are themed on Tsuburaya Productions and Studio Triggers’ anime series SSSS.DYNAZENON, which began airing in April, and SSSS.GRIDMAN.
SSSS.DYNAZENON @ Dash Store
SSSS.GRIDMAN @ Dash Store
Fans of the series can get their hands on a range of pre-sale and exclusive merchandise. For every ¥2,000 spent, they can get their hands on one of five possible bromide illustrations, and if they spend over ¥3,000, they’ll enter for a chance to win a special poster.
Bromides (5 Designs)
Dash Store Exclusive T-Shirts | 5 Designs | ¥7,150 Each (Tax Included)
Dash Store Exclusive Bottles | 2 Designs | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included) (All come with one of 3 possible illustrated cards)
Dash Store Exclusive Metal Sticker Sets | 2 Designs | DYNAZENON ¥1,320 – GRIDMAN ¥880 (Tax Included)
Dash Store Exclusive T-Shirt | ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Dash Store Exclusive Stainless Thermo Tumbler | ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Pre-Sale Acrylic Stands | 5 Designs | ¥1,980 Each (Tax Included)
Pre-Sale Tapestries | 5 Designs | ¥3,850 Each (Tax Included)
Pre-Sale Pin Set | DYNAZENON ¥1,320 – GRIDMAN ¥880 (Tax Included)
©円谷プロ ©2021 TRIGGER・雨宮哲／「DYNAZENON」製作委員会
©円谷プロ ©2018 TRIGGER・雨宮哲／「GRIDMAN」製作委員会
SSSS.DYNAZENON @ Dash Store / SSSS.GRIDMAN ＠ Dash Store
Running: June 5, 2021 – June 24, 2021
Locations: Animate Akihabara (Floor 1F) / Animate Osaka Nipponbashi (Floor 1F)
Event Page: http://dashstore.net/title_item/dz_gm_2106/
Disney’s Pride Collection Arrives in Tokyo For Shibuya Pride Month
SHIBUYA109 Entertainment is set to release The Walt Disney Company’s Pride Collection at SHIBUYA109 and MAGNET by SHIBUYA109 as part of Shibuya Pride Month. The collection will be available from June 18 to July 1.
The Walt Disney Company’s Pride Collection
The Walt Disney Company’s Pride Collection/SHIBUYA109
Free multipurpose case for buyers
SHIBUYA109’s ethos is about making today’s dreamers shine. Their collaboration with Shibuya Pride Month is to spread the positive message of creating a society where people can live however they want to live.
The Walt Disney Company’s Pride Collection is a unisex line-up of original items by five popular brands at SHIBUYA109 and MAGNET by SHIBUYA109 with Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars logos and character designs featuring rainbow colours.
A digital catalogue by creative director Wataru LINDA Igarashi was released showcasing each item in the collection. Special online events by SHIBUYA109 will also take place as part of the Pride celebration. Igarashi also created a collection of bucket hats, hoodies, sweaters, bandanas, stickers, and more as part of The Walt Disney Company’s Pride Collection.
SHIBUYA PRIDE MONTH
Running: June 18, 2021 – July 1, 2021
Locations: Shibuya109 (2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo) / MAGNET by SHIBUYA109 (1-23-10 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Official Page: https://www.shibuya109.jp/blog/?pi3=257211
The Walt Disney Company’s Pride Collection
Release Date: June 18, 2021 (Available while supplies last)
<Shibuya109> GYDA (Floor 5F) / SPIRALGIRL (Floor 5F) / dazzlin (Floor 6F)
<MAGNET by SHIBUYA109> PONEYCOMB (Floor 2F) / A’GEM/9 (Floor 4F)
SHIBUYA109 Online Store: https://www.shibuya109.jp/onlinestore/
The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ School Rock Themed Merchandise Releases in Ikebukuro
The The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ anime series teamed up with THE CHARA SHOP for a special event inside Ikebukuro Marui in Tokyo which is set to run until June 17.
Pins | 6 Designs (Chosen Randomly) | ¥440 Each (Tax Included)
Micro Fibre Clothes | 5 Designs | ¥660 Each (Tax Included)
Key Rings | 5 Designs | ¥880 Each (Tax Included)
Mug | ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Large Acrylic Stand | 5 Designs | ¥1,980 Each (Tax Included)
Mini Acrylic Art | 5 Designs | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)
B2 Tapestry | 5 Designs | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Fans of the anime series can get their hands on presales of a collection of ‘school rock’ themed merchandise. And for every ¥3,000 spent on items, you can enter for the chance to win extra free he Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ goodies too.
The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ x THE CHARA SHOP
Running: June 2, 2021 – June 15, 2021
Location: Ikebukuro Marui (Floor 7F)
Address: 3-28-13 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Toyo, 171-0021, Japan
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Until 18:00 on June 15)
Marc Jacobs The Snapshot Bag Collection Receives Exclusive Colours Release in Tokyo
10.June.2021 | FASHION
Marc Jacobs’ iconic The Snapshot Bag has released in two exclusive colours at Shibuya PARCO in Tokyo as well as their Japanese online store, serving early summertime vibes.
The Snapshot | Shibuya PARCO & Marc Jacobs Japan Online Exclusive
Left Photo: Exclusive Models – Both ¥47,300 | Right Photo: 3D Painted Flowers – ¥71,500, Crystals – ¥62,700 (Tax Included)
Arriving first on the 2016 Spring/Summer runway, the Marc Jacobs Snapshot is a collection of cute and compact bag purses made to wear across the body. Each model is kitted out with audacious colours with oversized double-J hardware. All come with a detachable strap.
The new and exclusive duo of blue coloured bags come with webbed straps showcasing the detail that goes into the brand’s craftsmanship. Both models add a sense of freshness to a look. Additionally, the Marc Jacobs Shibuya PARCO store branch also offering their Customization Capsule collection, allowing customers to freely customise their bags.
Marc Jacob The Snapshot – Shibuya PARCO Exclusives
Available: Marc Jacobs Shibuya PARCO
Address: Shibuya PARCO (Floor 2F), 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo, 〒150-8377, Japan
Product Page: https://www.marcjacobs.jp/products/list.php?category_id=681
Marc Jacobs Japan Official Website: https://www.marcjacobs.jp
Ueno’s Real-Life Panda Idol Xiang Xiang’s 4th Birthday Celebrated With Merchandise Release
Ueno Information Center is celebrating the 4th birthday of Xiang Xiang, the giant panda who was born at Ueno Zoo back in 2017, with the release of a merchandise collection. The line-up arrived on Wednesday and is available both at the information center and via their online store.
Although strict measures are in place at the center to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading, celebrations for Xiang Xiang aren’t completely cancelled, as fans of the adorable panda, who has become something of an idol in Ueno, can get their hands on some fun goodies.
Ueno Panda Family Memorial Pins 2021 | ¥2,530 (Tax Included)
Ueno Panda Family Clear Pouch YE | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Ueno Panda Family Cooling Lunch Tote Bag | ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
The collection features motifs of Xiang Xiang, her mother Shin Shin, and her father Ri Ri. The pin collection, which comes in a gold leaf-laced box, includes Shin Shin in a tree peony, Xiang Xiang amongst the cherry blossoms, and Ri Ri with lotus flowers.
The pouch sees Xiang Xiang happy and energetic with her parents. It comes in a summery yellow and is made from semi-transparent matted vinyl. Perfect for storing away makeup, stationery, and any other bits and bobs.
The cooling bag is made from aluminium on the inside for keeping your food fresh. It’s big enough for fitting a bento and 500ml bottle, making it handy for taking your lunch out with you.
Happy 4th Birthday, Xiang Xiang!
Gintama Pop-Up Event Opens at Narita Anime Deck
Narita Anime Deck opened its Gintama pop-up event last Tuesday which is set to run until July 15.
The Narita Anime Deck opened inside Narita International Airport Terminal 2 in November 2019. It’s an entertainment facility where travellers from around the world can experience and enjoy Japanese anime culture in various forms such as with character merchandise, food, events, and a variety of photo spots.
The event sees anime series characters Gintoki Sakata, Toshiro Hijikata, and Okita Sougo dressed as pilots and Shinsuke Takasugi as a traveller. These designs are featured on a range of merchandise, decorations, and the food menu.
One must-grab item is the face mask case which arrives in four designs – one for each character.
The food line-up includes the Uji Gintoki Don & Katsudon Hijikata Special Set. This meal and dessert comes with an Uji matcha syrup-covered anko bowl which is based off the food that Gintoki gives to a cat. You can also order a latte featuring latte art of your favourite character. For every item ordered on the menu, you get a free coaster. These come in two design collections: one is available now and will be replaced by the other on June 19.
And if you spend over ¥3,000 on Gintama merchandise at the event, you’ll receive a free card. Fans can also get a free lunch mat if they spend over ¥4,000 and the shop or eat-in restaurant and show their receipts.
Gintama Pop-Up Event
Running: June 1, 2021 – July 15, 2021
Location: Narita Anime Deck
Official Website: https://www.animedeck.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