Tokyo Neko Neko: Cat Shaped Desserts and Pastries Served at Ginza’s New Bakery
28.July.2020 | FOOD
ALL HEARTS COMPANY, a Japanese company that develops bakeries and patisseries across Japan, opened its new bakery and confectionery shop Tokyo Neko Neko in Ginza, Tokyo on July 22, 2020. The shop has replaced Heart Bread ANTIQUE, another bakery also run by ALL HEARTS COMPANY, which was previously at this location.
At Tokyo Neko Neko, they are serving cat-shaped pastries and desserts including Tokyo-exclusive products from their Neko Neko Bread brand and Neko Neko Cheesecake shop. This is the second branch to open following the opening of Kyoto Neko Neko last month.
A stylish bakery
Tokyo Neko Neko’s pastries and interior design takes on a completely different look from Kyoto Neko Neko, with the walls acting as a canvas to display their food like an art museum. The bakery’s line-up centres on seeing as well as eating, adding an extra level of deliciousness to the products. If you’ve visiting Tokyo, you don’t want to pass up on the opportunity to visit Tokyo Neko Neko.
Tokyo Neko Neko Bread
Tokyo Neko Neko’s cat-shaped bread is palm-sized and so is a perfect gift and takeaway snack. The outside is crunchy while the middle is kept nice and moist. The secret behind the bread’s tastiness is the use of fermented butter which they get from France. The use of lots of almond cream adds a tasty kick too.
Tokyo Neko Neko Bread – Plain: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
Made using croissant pastry and loaded with fermented butter.
Tokyo Neko Neko Bread – Caramel Almond: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Caramel almonds and almond slices are added to this version, also made with lots of fermented butter.
Tokyo Neko Neko Bread – Praline Rose: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
This flvour is filled with praline rose, a traditional French confection of caramelised sugar-coated almonds.
Tokyo Neko Neko has lots of other tasty foods to offer too, like their Neko Neko Cheesecake, Neko Neko Butter Sandwiches, and more.
Tokyo Neko Neko Ginza
Address: OPTICA 1F, 3-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays (Except New Year)
Official Website: https://nekoshoku.jp
Japan’s Cafe Chain Bread, Espresso & to Open New Branch in Kamata
25.February.2021 | FOOD
Hitobito, the company behind Japan’s popular bakery cafe chain Bread, Espresso &, is set to open a new branch inside Makita General Hospital in Kamata on March 1. The cafe opened its doors for pre-openings earlier this month with shortened business hours.
Bread, Espresso & has 20 branches across Japan including the popular one located in Omotesando, Tokyo. Its frequented by people of all ages for its deliciously soft bread made from 100% Japanese wheat.
The cafe’s picture book-like interior design caters to children featuring bread-shaped tables and cute illustrations.
Customers are welcome to try out the free samples on display. Each sample has a little card detailing various information which customers can take to the register if they want to buy that item. Often in Japanese bakeries there are tongs and trays which customers are free to use, but this new style of service lessens contact with others for a safer trip during the pandemic.
The bakery serves Bread, Espresso & classics like French toast and their mu pastries, as well as alternatives like gluten-free breads, no-sugar treats, and more.
Pan, Espresso & Kamata
Address: 8-19-1 Nishi-Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 9:00-21:00 (Until 18:00 during pre-opening)
Holidays: None (Except Sundays during pre-opening, after it will be open 7 days a week)
Pan, Espresso & Official Website: http://www.bread-espresso.jp/
Japanese Spring Cherry Blossom Desserts and Food Bloom Pink at Tokyo Solamachi This March
Spring is arriving early at Tokyo Solamachi where shops and restaurants will be serving up their own cherry blossom themed desserts and dishes from March 1.
The Line-Up: A Delectable Excerpt
Vibrant Cherry Blossom Desserts Welcome Spring
Hanami Soft | ¥800
Where: Gion Tsujiri (East Yard Floor 6F)
Serving: March 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021
Feel the warm breeze of Japanese hanami with a parfait serving of cherry blossom bavarian cream and jelly, Uji match soft serve ice cream, cherry blossom chocolate, white flour dango dumplings, high quality red bean paste, wafer, and other little assorted treats.
Sakura Mochi Flavoured Spring Pancakes | ¥935
Where: Coconoha (West Yard Floor 4F)
Serving: March 1, 2021 – April 11, 2021
Coconoha’s popular fluffy pancakes topped livingly with cherry blossom ice cream, chewy white flour dumplings, and sweet red bean paste.
Takeout Cherry Blossom Food
Sakura Sushi | Takeout ¥2,138, Eat-In ¥2,178
Where: Kirby Cafe Tokyo (East Yard 4F)
Serving: From March 19, 2021
A picnic serving of six springtime sushi rolls decorated with Kirby references which comes in a cute lunchbox.
Cherry Blossom Lassi | ¥520
Where: AMARI DELI (West Yard Floor 2F)
Serving: March 1, 2021 – April 11, 2021
A cherry blossom lassi in full bloom with fluffy whipped cream and finished with sprinkles of pink-coloured chocolate.
Cute Spring Cherry Blossom Snacks
Financier Sandwich Box – Sakura & Matcha | ¥1,500 (Contains 4)
Where: Afternoon Tea Room (East Yard Floor 3F)
Serving: February 25, 2021 – April 21, 2021
An assortment of two financier cakes: the Sakura Financier Sandwich which is cherry blossom flavoured and filled with white chocolate, roasted walnuts, and strawberry flakes, and the Matcha Financier Sandwich which is filled with milk chocolate, roasted walnuts, and pistachio. Available while supplies last.
Restaurant Menus Beckon Hanami
Spring Roast Beef Nigiri & Cherry Blossom Dashi Kishimen Noodles | ¥1,380
Where: Sugimoto (East Yard Floor 6F)
Serving: March 1, 2021 – April 11, 2021
Roast beef sushi rolls made with Nagoya Owari beef and served with slightly-salted flat kishimen noodles served in a cherry blossom flavoured broth. Limited to 10 servings per day.
This is just a sampled look at what’s to come at Tokyo Solamachi this spring – if you’re in Tokyo for the cherry blossom season, be sure to visit!
Cherry Blossom Desserts & Dishes
Where: Tokyo Solamachi
Address: 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Starting: March 1, 2021
TEL: 0570‐55‐0102 (11:00-19:00)
Tokyo Solamachi Official Website: http://www.tokyo-solamachi.jp/
Laforet Harajuku Welcomes High-End Brands and Tokyo’s First Femtech Store For Spring 2021
24.February.2021 | Uncategorized
Starting this month, Laforet Harajuku is readying itself for Spring 2021 with the rollout of items by high-end brands and shops, all with an audience in mind who simply love culture regardless of their age or gender. This spring will see the opening of Lois CRAYON, a brand that emphasises individuality and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, as well as “circle in circle,” a new spot that will serve as a gathering place for a variety of clothing brands like l’atelier du savon, CHILD WOMAN, and more.
Laforest will also welcome LOVE PIECE CLUB to Tokyo for the first time, a shop which opened as Japan’s first centring on Femtech. It offers a variety of items to help support women’s health through technology.
AIR will offer a diverse wardrobe of unisex items from popular street brands such as REVENGE STORM, STARWALK, THEATER8, and more. CHOA ONNI is exhibiting South Korean culture like wearing K-pop idol clothes to take photos, and ovgo B.A.K.E.R is serving up vegan food and gluten-free cookies.
Public toilets will display photos by photography unit Toki to Yamikaya and Alexander Julian.
March 6 | New Store Opening
《Floor 1F》Lois CRAYON
4.23| New Store Opening
《Floor 3.5F》circle in circle
March 26 | New Store Opening
《Floor B0.5F》LOVE PIECE CLUB
February 11 | New Store Opening
《Floor 3F》『 』AIR
February 25 | New Store Opening
《Floor B0.5F》ME’VE the store
March 12 | New Store Opening
February 25 | New Store Opening
February 25 | New Store Opening
《Floor B1F》CHOA ONNI
March 6 – April 4 | New Store Opening
《Floor 2F》ovgo B.A.K.E.R
《Floor B1F》Women’s & Men’s Gallery Toilets
Toki with Alexander Julian
Yamikaya / FLOWER PUSHER
■Laforet Harajuku 2021 SS Promo Visual
Laforet Harajuku’s Spring/Summer 2021 promo visual was created by Japanese art director Uenishi Yuri. Following the Autumn/Winter 2020 theme, Uenishi has conceived a new concept: ‘CHARGE.’ This theme focuses on the roots of plants that spread underground, with the yellow colour used in the visual reminiscent of electricity or lightning flashes.
Laforet HARAJUKU 2021 S/S
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/
Disney Japan Celebrates Minnie’s Day With Exclusive Minnie Mouse Merchandise
22.February.2021 | FASHION
Minnie’s Day is set to fall in Japan on March 2, so to celebrate, Walt Disney Japan is getting in on the festivities nice and early by announcing the release of a new Minnie Mouse merchandise collection, called the “Disney ARTIST COLLECTION by Kelly Park,” which will be officially released at Disney stores in Japan on February 23. Pre-sales will also roll out at select stores and Disney Japan’s online store shopDisney from February 19.
Plushie ¥3,300 / Makeup Brush Set ¥2,640 / Tote Bag ¥2,090 / Room Fragrance ¥4,180 / iPhone Case (iPhone 11) ¥3,520 / Mirror ¥2,420 / Ballpoint Pen & Notebook Set ¥1,980 – (Prices Include Tax)
nuiMOs Plushie ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Kelly Park is an artist that is enjoying immense popularity in South Korea right now. Their new “Disney ARTIST COLLECTION by Kelly Park” is an exclusive release in collaboration with Disney Store.
The line-up is a celebration of all things Minnie Mouse for her big day, aptly named “Minnie’s Day,” on March 2. Vibrant blue is the main colour for the collection which Kelly Park has created to support fellow dreamers out there – those who have big hopes and aspirations in their everyday lives. The designs are bright, beautiful, and full of positivity, making them a perfect pick for the coming spring season. Minnie fans can feel fresh this spring season with fahsion items, accessories, stationery, a variety of lifestyle goods, and more.
Disney’s popular nuiMOs plushie range will welcome an exclusive new Minnie Mouse plushie on February 26 which features the date “March 2, 2021” on it for Minnie’s Day. It also comes with a pin. These plushies are limited-edition and only 320 will be sold – a number that of course aligns with March 2.
Celebrate the day of the original Disney Princess with the new Disney ARTIST COLLECTION by Kelly Park.
Disney ARTIST COLLECTION by Kelly Park
Pre-Sales: February 19, 2021 @ shopDisney, Disney Store Shibuya Koen-dori, Disney Store Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi, Disney Store Shinsaibashi
General Sale: February 23, 2021 @ Disney Stores in Japan
Store List: https://www.disney.co.jp/store/storeinfo.html
Minnie’s Day: http://shopDisney.jp/MinnieMouse/2021/
Tokyo Nightlife Beckons With Tokyo Tower’s NAKED SAUNA & SPA
19.February.2021 | SPOT
It’s time to strip down and relax as Japanese company NAKED announces that its ‘NAKED NIGHT SAUNA’ event, which is being held as part of its ‘NAKED SAUNA & SPA’ project, will take place atop Tokyo Tower from March 12 to 14. Visitors will also receive a relaxation drink called ‘CHILL OUT’ in collaboration with Endian.
NAKED SAUNA & SPA is a sauna project launched by NAKED in November 2020 to promote equilibrium of the senses. The first event was held in the village of Achi in Nagano Prefecture which is known for being Japan’s best location for enjoying the starry night sky. The second event was themed around the concept ‘Art of Meditation.’ It was held in Ariake and had visitors becoming one with nature as they sat under the expanse of Tokyo’s night sky to enjoy every gleaming speck that twinkled above them. It was an opportunity for busy city workers to reset and recalibrate.
Now, the project is set to host its third event in collaboration with Tokyo Tower. Visitors can enjoy towering above the capital’s city streets as they enjoy a sauna experience inside exclusive tents. It will be a fusion of analogue and technology as people enjoy sitting by the fire, smoking shisha, and gazing at mist that will be pumped and illuminations that will be lit to create atmosphere. Of course, this entire event will be held in accordance with government guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing will be enforced which will include a drive-through system so you don’t come into contact with people, and all visitors will have their own tents (groups of 4 max), and all tent saunas will be separated with partitions.
The tent saunas that will be used are MORZH SKY, a type of tent with a transparent roof made by the Russian tent company MORZH. They are provided by Sauna Camp.Inc. The tents are fitted with a stove and chimney so visitors can adjust the temperature to their liking.
To attend the event, you must register to the Facebook online community NAKED SAUNA CLUB and fill out the form that will be made available there on March 1 and 2. A select number of visitors will be chosen at random on March 3 and winners will be contacted directly on March 4 with further instructions.
If you’re in Tokyo this March, then don’t miss out on a chance to kick back and unwind up Tokyo Tower with a sauna treat.
NAKED NIGHT SAUNA at Tokyo Tower
Running: March 12, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Location: Tokyo Tower
Address: 4-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 17:00-20:00
Price: ¥20,000 (tax included) for 1-day tent rental (max 4 people)
Tickets: Will be posted on NAKED SAUNA CLUB Facebook Group
NAKED Official Website: https://naked.co.jp
Japan’s Snoopy Themed PEANUTS Cafe Reveals Charlie Brown Inspired Dessert
15.February.2021 | FOOD
Six branches of the hugely-popular PEANUTS Cafe in Japan are welcoming a collection of tasty new seasonal menu items this Saturday which are set to be served until March 14.
The Limited-Time Line-Up
Brownie Charles’s Brownie Chocolat | ¥950 (Before Tax)
Strawberry Whipped Hot Chocolate | Eat In ¥750 – Takeout ¥700 (Before Tax)
The collection includes a chocolate brownie inspired by the scene when Charlie Brown meets Peggy Jean for the first time. He is very nervous and mistakenly introduces himself as “Brownie Charlies.” There’s also a sweet strawberry hot chocolate topped with a squirt of whipped cream and drizzle of strawberry sauce.
(C) 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
PEANUTS Cafe Limited-Time Menu
Running: February 13, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Participating Branches: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, PEANUTS DINER Yokohama, PEANUTS DINER Kobe, PEANUTS Cafe Kobe, PEANUTS Cafe Snoopy Museum, PEANUTS Cafe Nagoya
PEANUTS Cafe: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
PEANUTS DINER: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/
Snoopy Japan Official Website: http://www.snoopy.co.jp/
Sailor Moon Eternal’s Second Anime Film Promoted With Luna Shaped Bread
Japanese bakery Neko Neko Shokupan is promoting the release of the second in the two-part anime film series Sailor Moon Eternal by baking up a bread inspired by everyone’s favourite feline: Luna. The bread will be sold from February 11 to March 25.
Neko Neko Shokupan Luna Bread w/ Chocolate Pen | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
The bread is made of pastry laced with black cocoa powder. Luna’s ears are strawberry flavoured and she of course has her iconic crescent moon atop her forehead. She arrives safely packaged in a cube-shaped box decorated in night sky stars and the moon. This box is placed in an eye-catching bag with little Sailor Moon details that are sure to be familiar to any fan, including Luna herself as well as Artemis.
The bread is available in-store at Neko Neko Shokupan branches and via the online store All Hearts Mall in Japan
The first film in the Sailor Moon Eternal series was released on January 8, 2021, and the second on February 11, 2021.
Baumkuchen Served Hot at Your Home Baked Up by Nenrinya
14.February.2021 | FOOD
Japanese bakery and confectionery company Nenrinya is releasing a takeout baumkuchen dessert which can be warmed up at home. The baumkuchen was released at Nenrinya’s JR Shinagawa Station branch on Monday (February 1) and will be released at their Daimaru Tokyo and Sogo Yokohama branches on February 16.
Hot Baum Shikkarime | ¥432 (Tax Included)
To heat up, you simply microwave it for 30 seconds at 500W. This leaves the inside moist and adds a crunch to the outside, all while helping to emit the sumptuous smell of that butter. It goes perfect with a cup of coffee, tea, or milk. Customise by adding some whipped cream or pour some melted chocolate over.
Hot Baum Shikkarime
Japanese Product Name: ホットバーム しっかり芽
Nenrinya JR Shinagawa Station
Running: February 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021
*Serving from 12:00pm at this branch
Nenrinya Daimaru Tokyo & Nenrinya Sogo Yokohama
Running: February 26, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Nenrinya Official Website: https://www.nenrinya.jp/
Cute Milk Bottle Pudding Releases at Milk Bakers in Tokyo
12.February.2021 | FOOD
Tokyo-based bakery Milk has released an adorable new milk pudding at two of its branches, both of which are served in cute milk bottles.
Smooth Pudding / Milk Pudding – ¥380 Each (Tax Included)
Box of 4
Box of 8
Carefully-selected and fresh milk of high quality is used to make these Japanese-style puddings, known as purin. Each and every one is handmade individually, and they can be bought separately or in boxes of 4 and 8. No preservatives, additives, of any nasty stuff is added to the dessert either.
Also on the menu is a milk-loaded soft serve ice cream. The cup it’s served in has a cute retro design to it.
Available: Milk Sano / Milk Shibuya
Address: 2-7-1 Sano, Adachi-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Official Website: https://tokyo-milk.jp/
Love Me Pom Poko! Manga Gets Themed Cafe at NewType Shinjuku in Tokyo
NewType Shinjuku, a subculture cafe and bar in Tokyo, is collaborating with Modomu Akagawara’s manga series Love Me Pom Poko! from February 6 to 28. The cute and charming world of the series arrives not only on the food and drinks menu but in the form of merchandise and decorations too. As is the case with collaboration cafes in Japan, there’s some free novelties for customers to enjoy when they purchase something from the menu too.
Love Me Pom Poko! is not that known in the West yet, but if you happen to be in Tokyo this month, be sure to stop on by to experience the art of the series yourself.
Love Me Pom Poko! Collab Cafe
Running: February 6, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Location: NewType Shinjuku
Address: Dash Bldg. 1F, 5-12-16 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 16:00-20:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 11:00-20:00
Official Website: http://ntsnjk.tokyo/
Yokohama Welcomes Products and Souvenirs From Ise at the New ISE SHOP
10.February.2021 | FOOD
Tama Plaza Terrace, a shopping centre in Yokohama, opened a limited-time pop-up shop on Tuesday (February 9) called ISE SHOP which is selling goods and products from Japan’s city of Ise.
The shop opened in response to the reduction of sales of foodstuff, traditional handicrafts, and more in Ise due to the pandemic. Ise is known for its bounty of diverse products, and so this is a way to continue supporting it. Free tourist pamphlets are also being handed out detailing information about the city’s wonders.
Some of the must-grab items
The store is a showcase of Ise’s history, traditional, and food culture. Shoppers will find staple souvenir items like Ise udon, sea lettuce, hijiki seaweed, pearls, and more. Other touches of Ise include a popular hand cream made with water drawn from the Isuzu River, a fragrance mist also made from the same water, all-new cosmetic items, cookies inspired by the oshiraishi stones spread over the most holy part of Ise Grand Shrine—the list goes on. 58 Ise-based businesses are stocking around 100 products inside the store, so it’s a must-visit for anyone interested in the ancient city.
Running: February 9, 2021 – March 28, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
*Opening hours subject to change depending on the pandemic
Location: Tama Plaza Terrace – Gate Plaza Floor 2F
Official Website: www.tamaplaza-terrace.com
Cat Shaped Bread Releases at Neko Neko Shokupan For Hinamatsuri Festival
09.February.2021 | FOOD
Neko Neko Shokupan is celebrating Japan’s annual Hinamatsuri festival, also known as Doll’s Day, by releasing a set of three limited-edition flavours of its popular cat-shaped bread. It is now available via their online store until March 3, 2021.
Strawberry / Plain / Matcha – ¥4,600 (Tax & Shipping Included)
Neko Neko Shokupan Hinamatsuri Strawberry
Neko Neko Shokupan Hinamatsuri Plain
Neko Neko Shokupan Hinamatsuri Matcha
Neko Neko House
The cute set includes pink-coloured strawberry, white-coloured plain, and green-coloured matcha breads which are available for delivery at addresses in Japan. They arrive in a cute house-shaped box.