Make Your Own Original KitKat at Tokyo’s KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya
31.July.2020 | FOOD
Nestlé Japan is opening a new branch of KitKat Chocolatory inside Shibuya’s new shopping mall Miyashita Park on August 4, 2020.
KitKat Chocolatory is a direct-to-consumer chain, serving premium, handcrafted KitKats made with top quality ingredients and production methods under full direction by Takagi Yasumasa―the owner and chef of LE PATISSIER TAKAGI. Its product line-up features a range perfect as gifts to friends, family and co-workers, or as a treat to yourself.
Japan is home to eight KitKat Chocolatory branches. The new Miyashita Park Shibuya branch will open as the fourth in Tokyo, as well as the first where you can create your own KitKat products.
My KITKAT: ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
“My KITKAT” comes as the world’s first KitKat service where consumers can create their own original chocolate bars.
KitKat Waffle: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Soft Cream: ¥630 (Before Tax)
KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya will also sell a variety of unique and exclusive KitKat desserts, like luxurious soft serve ice cream topped with couverture chocolate. It will also offer a cafe menu created by Nespresso, where customers can pair Chocolatory desserts with seasonal coffee menus, and more.
Shibuya-esque wall art will decorate the interior of the shop, making for plenty of photo opportunities.
KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya
Grand Opening: August 4, 2020
Address: Miyashita Park South 2F, 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/
Kyoto’s New Cafe YOJIYA CAFE Ocha no Crepe Serves Tasty Takeout Matcha Crepes
03.December.2020 | FOOD
YOJIYA CAFE opened up a new cafe called YOJIYA CAFE Ocha no Crepe in Kyoto on November 30, 2020, serving a selection of crepes made with Uji matcha and specially-selected ingredients.
YOJIYA is a Kyoto-based company that first opened 116 years ago specialising in aburatorigami blotting paper. Today, the company has expanded its range of cosmetic and beauty items, and it even operates two cafes in Kyoto. On Monday (November 30), it opened YOJIYA CAFE Ocha no Crepe in Nijo Fuyacho, Kyoto, an all-new cafe serving takeout crepes.
Ocha no Crepe Matcha | ¥750 (Tax Included)
The cafe’s signature matcha crepe is filled with cream, rice flour dumplings, and matcha from Uji. The crepe pastry itself is made from an original blend of two types of wheat flour. The cream is a delicious blend of three types of cream plus matcha cream. It’s also filled with crunchy pie which is cooked fresh every morning. The crepe is finished with an illustration of a matcha teacup and whisk made from matcha.
The high quality matcha crepes are made the perfect size and with the perfect combinations so they can be enjoyed even after a meal.
Be sure to pay a visit to YOJIYA CAFE Ocha no Crepe when visiting Kyoto.
YOJIYA CAFE Ocha no Crepe
Grand Opening: November 30, 2020
Address: Nijo dori & Fuyacho-dori, Hoteiyachō, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00
No Fixed Holidays
YOJIYA CAFE Official Website: http://www.yojiyacafe.com
Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars Kiki & Lala Light Up Shinjuku With TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS Illumination Event
Sanrio’s beloved character pair Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, are hosting a special winter event titled “TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS” at Shinjuku Southern Terrace from December 1 to 25, illuminating the area with beautiful Christmas lights, as part of their 45th anniversary.
Kiki & Lala’s twinkling Christmas tree magical in the daytime and night time
The towering 4-meter tall Christmas Tree is decorated in countless mirror balls which reflect beautifully both during the day from the sun and at night with Kiki & Lala’s illuminations. A special light show is also taking place from 16:30 each day with Christmas songs.
Decorated around the tree are Kiki & Lala neon signs and pastel-coloured adornments.
Those unable to visit Shinjuku this Christmas can access the “TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS AR TREE” digitally This will have Kiki & Lala’s Christmas tree appear on your phone when taking photos. You can access it here.
Kiki & Lala treats at the Sanrio Cafe Wagon
Limited time menu
45th Anniversary Items
On weekends, as well as from December 19 up to Christmas Day, a food wagon will make an appearance at the event serving Kiki & Lala food and drink like the pink and fruity Ruby Chocolate Latte and fruit-filled Twinkle Crepe.
©’76,’20 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ
Little Twin Stars x Shinjuku Southern Terrace TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS
Running: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Tree Light-Up Schedule: December 1 = 17:00-24:00 / December 2-24 = 16:30～24:00 / December 25 = 16:30-21:00
Address: 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/news/ts-odakyu-twinkle-color-christmas-20201119/
Tokyo Skytree® Promotes NiziU’s Debut Single ‘Step and a step’ With Special Light Show
To promote the debut single Step and a step by global girls group NiziU, which was released on Wednesday (December 2), Tokyo Skytree is set to put on a special rainbow-coloured light show. It will also display the outfits that Niziu wore in the music video of their pre-debut single Make you happy atop its 450-meter-high Tembo Deck.
NiziU is a nine-member global all-female music group which formed via Nizi Project, an audition programme co-produced by Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Labels, and JYP Entertainment.
Tokyo Skytree lights up in all the colours of the rainbow
Tokyo Skytree is running the light show for three consecutive days in promotion of NiziU’s debut single Step and a step.
Light Show Schedule
December 2, 2020 @ 17:30-24:00
December 3, 2020 @ 17:30-24:00
December 4, 2020 @ 17:30-24:00
NiziU outfit exhibition
NiziU fans should head up to Tokyo Skytree’s Tembo Deck where they can see the outfits that NiziU wore in their Make you happy music video which became a hit for its jump-rope dance sequence.
Outfit Exhibition Schedule
Running: December 2, 2020 – December 13, 2020
Location: Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck (Floor 450F)
NiziU’s popularity has continued to surge this year. Stay tuned for the latest information on the up-and-coming girl’s group.
©2020 Sony Music Labels Inc.／JYP Entertainment. All rights reserved.
Tokyo Skytree® Official Website: http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/
KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory Themed Cafes to Open in Japan This Holiday Season
Japanese company LEGS has announced the opening of two limited-time cafes themed on the video game KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory which will run from December 11, 2020 to January 31, 2021.
KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory is a rhythm action game developed by Square Enix. Released on November 11 in Japan and November 13 everyone else, it is the latest instalment to Square Enix and Disney’s video game series Kingdom Hearts.
The cafe menu features a line-up of dishes, drinks, and desserts inspired by characters and worlds found throughout the internationally-beloved video game series. The items all adhere to Disney’s nutrient guidelines and so are low in salt and sugar, offering fans a healthier option. The cafe will also sell a range of original merchandise.
<Sora> Power of Waking Tomato Pasta | ¥1,599
A red tomato pasta inspired by Sora that comes with a potato salad shaped like King Mickey.
<Riku> Daybreak Chicken Burger | ¥1,599
A black chicken burger based on Riku becoming enveloped by the Power of Darkness. This dish also comes with a potato salad shaped like King Mickey.
<King Mickey> King’s Tuna Sandwich | ¥1,399, with plate +¥2,000
A tuna sandwich branded with a King Mickey symbol that comes with a side of fruit.
<Neverland> Island Seafood Curry | ¥1,699
A squid and shrimp seafood curry inspired by Peter Pan’s Neverland which you can travel to in Kingdom Hearts.
<Sora, Riku & Kairi> Fate’s Pineapple Herb Soda | ¥899, with acrylic coaster +¥1,000
A pineapple herb soda based on the Paopu Fruit from the series.
<Roxas, Xion, Axel> Sea Salt Ice Cream & Milk | ¥1,199, with acrylic coaster +¥1,000
Based on the sea salt ice cream that Roxas, Xion, and Axel all eat together. It’s served with hot milk that can be poured over the ice cream for a tasty treat.
<Hundred Acre Wood> Honey Latte | ¥799, with mug +¥1,650
A latte sweetened with Winnie the Pooh’s favourite thing in the world: honey.
Folder ¥500 / Acrylic Magnet ¥700
Tote Bags (3 Designs) | ¥3,500 Each (Timeless River/Keyblade A/Keyblade B)
Customers who book a table in advance (¥650 before tax) and order from the menu will receive one of two folders, and if they order a drink, one of four coasters. Available while supplies last.
© Disney. © Disney/Pixar.
*All prices listed are pre-tax
KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory Cafe
・Tokyo (Shibuya): SHIBUYA BOX cafe&space
Running: December 11, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Address: LOFT (Floor 2F), 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
・Osaka (Umeda): UMEDA BOX cafe&space
Running: December 11, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Address: Umeda LOFT (Floor 1F), 16-7 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory Cafe Official Website: https://khmom.ohmycafe.jp/
Cheese Tea Shop machi machi Showcases Christmas 2020 Beverage
30.November.2020 | FOOD
Taiwanese cheese tea shop machi machi is releasing a new drink in Japan this holiday season on December 1: the ‘Flurry Strawberry Milk With Crème Brûlée.’
machi machi is an extremely popular cheese tea chain in Taiwan that has been called the ‘king of cheese tea’ by Taiwanese news outlets. Each and every cup poured is made fresh with tea from Taiwan to which rich cream cheese is added for a salty kick, creating a new kind of dessert drink.
Flurry Strawberry Milk With Crème Brûlée | ¥750 (Before Tax)
The new Christmas beverage being served in Japan uses fresh strawberries which adds a delightful sweetness to the milk. It’s topped with crushed Oreos and combined with crème brûlée for a variety of layered flavours. The Oreos add crunch to the dessert drink so that it’s a delicious experience down to the last sip.
If you’ve never had Taiwanese cheese tea, and are in Japan this Christmas, don’t miss out on this seasonal drink, available for the whole month of December.
Flurry Strawberry Milk With Crème Brûlée
Serving: December 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Available: machi machi stores in Japan
Official Website: https://machimachi.baycrews.co.jp
IKEA Shinjuku will be conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station. It will feature a line-up of products to get people living more sustainably at an affordable price. It will also serve authentic Swedish food.
Helen Von Rice (IKEA CEO, Chief Sustainability Officer) | Comment
“We are so excited to continue our city-expansion journey with our third city shop meeting many more of the Tokyoites in the bustling Shinjuku district. We hope to inspire and solve home-furnishing needs at a time when the home has never been more important. Our Shinjuku shop will also continue to offer great plant-based food as well as sustainable products to reach our goal of being climate-neutral by 2030.”
Grand Opening: Spring 2021
Address: Keio Shinjuku B1F-3F, 3-1-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.ikea.com/jp/ja/
Tokyo’s Art Aquarium Museum in Nihonbashi Announces Christmas Event
29.November.2020 | SPOT
Having only held annual summertime events up to now, Art Aquarium Museum in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, is celebrating Christmas for the first time this year with a series of holiday season festivities.
The Aquarium’s first Christmas tree
Art Aquarium Museum will display its very first Christmas tree for the event indoors near the entrance. The tree artwork was created by Hidemoto Kimura using 550 colourful crystals that have been made to look like goldfish. Made from venetian glass, he had them shipped himself from Italy. They are strung in 10 different colours which glow and glisten to create a romantic atmosphere.
Artwork Name: Natale di Pesce D’oro
Running: December 1, 2020 – December 27, 2020
Location: Art Aquarium Museum entrance
Pair tickets for Christmas with alcohol
Pair Ticket (2 People) + 2 Drinks | ¥4,600 (Tax Included)
Those arriving in twos can buy Pair Tickets which come with two alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages so you can plunge into the magical underwater world of the aquarium while enjoying a drink.
Buy Tickets: https://ticket.artaquarium.jp/en/
Running: November 24, 2020 – December 27, 2020
Validity Period: December 1, 2020 – December 27, 2020
[Alcohol] COEDO Beer / Marihana / Louis Raison Rouge Délice
[Non-Alcoholic] Sanpellegrino Pompelmo / Grapefruit
Christmas menu served up in the lounge and cafe
2-Person Hors d’oeuvre With 2 Drinks | Online Booking ¥4,200, Same-Day ¥5,000 (Tax Included) | Serving: December 18, 2020 – December 25, 2020
The aquarium’s lounge restaurant is serving an hors d’oeuvre for pairs of Japanese and western food together with two drinks.
2-Person Christmas Sweets Plate With 2 Drinks | Online Booking ¥3,300, Same-Day ¥3,850 (Tax Included) | Serving: December 1, 2020 – December 27, 2020
The cafe is serving up plate of assorted desserts, perfect for a post-aquarium date.
Christmas Special Cocktail | ¥2,200 (Tax Included) | Serving: December 1, 2020 – December 27, 2020
Both the restaurant and cafe are also serving a seasonal cocktail of chocolate, strawberries, cranberries, and champagne jelly for a sweet and refreshing mix.
Art Aquarium Museum Christmas Event
Address: 1-3 Nihonbashihoncho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Until 20:00 in December)
No Fixed Holidays
General Admission: Adults (13 and over) ¥2,300 (Tax Included) / After Dark Ticket: Adults (13 and over) ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
*Free for 12 and under
Official Website: https://artaquarium.jp/en/
Japanese Koala’s March Cookies Collaborates With Pokémon On Cheesecake Moomoo Milk Flavour
Koala’s March is one of the many tasty treats made by Japanese confectionery company Lotte. They are bite-sized cookies with sweet fillings. Lotte is teaming up with Pokémon to release 48 Koala’s March products with Pokémon prints on them.
Koala’s March With Pokémon – Cheesecake Moomoo Milk Flavour
The crunchy biscuits feature a variety of Pokémon prints on them along with the Pokémon’s names’ in Japanese. They are filled with sweet cheesecake-flavoured chocolate. The collaboration is inspired by Moomoo Milk, an HP-restoring medicine seen in Pokémon. Together with the original Koala’s March prints, there are a total of 96 individual designs to find.
A proper tasty snack for any Pokémon Trainer out there!
©LOTTE/Koala’s March Project
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Koala’s March With Pokémon – Cheesecake Moomoo Milk Flavour
Release Date: December 1, 2020
Product Page: https://www.lotte.co.jp/products/brand/koala/pokemon
Starbucks Japan Opens Nishitokyo Branch by 300-Year-Old Camphor Tree
29.November.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan opened a new branch on Thursday (November 25) in Nishitokyo, a western area of Tokyo, next to an ancient 300-year-old camphor tree. The coffee shop opens with a gorgeous wooden interior.
Starbucks Nishitokyo was built on top of a long-standing cafe called Kusunoki in Musashino, Tokyo that was loved by locals for 40 years before closing down. The Starbucks branch, with its striking warm wooden decor, takes inspiration from an old 300-year-old tree that stands 23-meters tall and 7 meters in circumference. The old round pillars that kept the previous cafe Kusunoki standing have been kept in place and built around, incorporating a tall new triangular roof, lights, and the walls, and more—all as an homage to the old cafe. This way, memories of the beloved can be passed on while making way for a new chapter in history.
Starbucks’s wooden decor
Starbucks Shinshu Zenkoji Nakamise-dori branch
Starbucks Shikishima Park branch
Starbucks Nishitokyo comes as the latest Starbucks branch to have entirely wooden decor, something which the company has been incorporating much of in Japan in recent years. The Shinshu Zenkoji Nakamise-dori branch is made using five different types of trees sourced in Nagano Prefecture. The Shikishima Park branch offers an incredible view of the park’s flowers and trees, including the cherry blossoms when they bloom in spring.
Starbucks Japan is opening another wooden branch in Spring 2021 at Ise Grand Shrine.
An initiative to use wood grown in Japan
Starbucks Shinjuku Gyoen branch
Starbucks LINKS UMEDA branch
The number of shops and cafes using local wood in Japan is on the rise in response to the issue of using domestic wood from places outside of a local area. Starbucks Shinjuku Gyoen, for example, has walls, a ceiling, and drinks counter made from wood sourced in Tama, Tokyo, while Starbucks LINKS UMEDA has pillars made of wood taken from trees in Umeda, Osaka.
Starbucks Coffee Nishitokyo
Address: 5-19-10 Shinmachi, Nishitokyo, Tokyo
Grand Opening: November 25, 2020
Opening Hours: 7:30-22:30
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Enjoy the Beautiful Taste of Kyoto at Isetan Shinjuku in Tokyo
28.November.2020 | FOOD
Isetan Shinjuku has announced a special event dedicated to promoting the beautiful taste of Tokyo. Set to begin on December 2, the event will see both traditional and newer restaurants from Kyoto come together to serve up Kyoto-style cuisine to the people of Tokyo from oldies like sushi to dango to more modern dishes like okonomiyaki and katsu sandwiches. Visitors will also be able to watch real chefs from Kyoto at work.
Hi-Lite Shokudo’s “Hi-Lite Katsu Sandwich” | ¥850
Since first opening in 1960, Hi-Lite Shokudo has continued to treasure the taste of home cooking and has continued to evolve that taste over the years to cater to each generation. Its famous katsu sandwich is made with a secret sauce that has kept it unbeaten against other popular eateries in Kyoto, and they’ve upped the taste for this event.
Kotoka’s “Mitarashi-dango” | ¥864 (6 Sticks)
These dango are made fresh in front of customers and are doused in a rich secret sauce. Their chewy texture is irresistible.
Izuu’s Mackerel and Tilefish Assortment | ¥4,455 (3 of each per person)
Izuu is an iconic sushi restaurant in Kyoto that was first established in 1781. This assortment is made with chub mackerel from coastal waters, esumai rice from Shiga Prefecture, and kombu from Hokkaido.。
Yumeya’s Fuwafuwa Okonomiyaki | ¥801 (1 portion)
Many people living outside of Kyoto search for the okonomiyaki flavour served by Yumeya. It’s made fresh, fluffy, and is topped with lots of ingredients.
Daitokuji Saiki-ya’s “Dashimaki Tamago” | ¥648 (1 portion)
Daitokuji Saiki-ya is a specialty store in Kyoto catered food in business for 1933 years. It serves Kyoto-style dashimaki tamago as well as lots of other delicious food that captures the taste of Kyoto.
Kyoto Food Fair (Japanese: 美味満喫 冬の京都特集)
Running: December 2, 2020 – December 8, 2020
Location: Isetan Shinjuku Floor 1F
Official Website: https://www.isetan.mistore.jp.e.az.hp.transer.com/shinjuku/shops/foods/foodcollection/shopnews_list/shopnews010.html
Gifts Galore as Roppongi Hills Welcomes the Christmas Market Again For 2020
27.November.2020 | SPOT
Christmas has sleighed into Roppongi Hills again this year, beginning with the Keyakizaka-dori Illuminations on November 13. The Christmas Market is also set to return to Oyane Plaza on November 28.
2020 marks the 14th run of the Roppongi Hills Christmas market which is inspired by the the famous Stuttgart Christmas Market in Germany. Visitors can sift through around 1,500 miscellaneous Christmas goods, enjoy German mulled wine and sausages, and more.
At the West Walk, visitors will also find an enormous 6.5m tall Christmas tree to complement the warm, cosy, festive atmosphere of the holiday season event.
Roppongi Hills Christmas 2020
Running: November 13, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Location: Roppongi Hills (Keyakizaka-dori, West Walk Floor 2F, Oyane Plaza, and elsewhere)
Christmas Market 2020
Running: November 28, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Location: Oyane Plaza
Roppongi Hills Official Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/
sequence SUIDOBASHI: Tokyo’s Next-Generation Hotel Opens November 25
26.November.2020 | SPOT
Major real estate developer Mitsui Fudosan and Mitsui Fudosan Hotel Management will open “sequence SUIDOBASHI,” the third branch of their “sequence” hotel chain, in Chiyoda, Tokyo, on November 25, 2020.
A convenient stay in Tokyo
sequence SUIDOBASHI is just a 1-minute walk from Suidōbashi Station’s JR Line and a 6-minute walk from its Toei Subway-Mita Line. Its convenient location puts it near the Tokyo Dome City entertainment complex where you can enjoy sports events, concerts, an amusement park, and more. It also means easy access to other places like Akihabara, Kagurazaka, and Otemachi.
Suidobashi is home to many office buildings, and so to blend in with its environment, sequence SUIDOBASHI features monotone colouring with chic and sophisticated design.
An easy check-in with facial recognition technology
At the hotel entrance is the facial recognition check-in counter. Guests use an app to register in advance and can use facial recognition or a QR code to self check-in easily. The hotel lobby also has a counter table and DJ booth as well as a cafe counter.
One checked-in, guests can enter the hotel to find their rooms or other facilities throughout the building. sequence SUIDOBASHI is the second branch to incorporate facial recognition, which lets the hotel do everything for you from checking-in to entering your room, following sequence KYOTO GOJO. The hotel chain is also the first in Tokyo to incorporate it.
The concept of “MOMENT”
The hotel is built around the concept of a moment, offering a range of spaces for guests to enjoy different moments like the theatre and the lounge, all of which can be experienced with proper COVID-19 precautionary measures in place.
Bar and dining at KANPAI TERRACE
The hotel’s bar and dining restaurant KANPAI TERRACE has a spacious open terrace where guests can enjoy a selection of sandwiches, French toast, mains and sides for breakfast and lunch. During bar time, pick from a range of alcohols and pair them with various Japanese, Western, and Chinese foods.
Up on the 2nd floor is the guest-only “SHUNKAN LOUNGE,” a 40m² mini theatres with an enormous 120-inch screen where guests can enjoy sports, entertainment, and more. They can also take food and drink they bought from KANPAI TERRACE in there.
SHUNKAN LOUNGE also has its own art gallery showcasing art themed on the concept of “MOMENT” from young, up-and-coming artists.
There are eight types of rooms to choose from, all of which can accommodate 2+ people. Rooms are compact and functional whether it be for guests’ morning routines or for desk work. The hotel has selected black as the base colour for the backstage area while the bed area uses white which softly illuminates with the light to create a chic contrast in the room design. There are also speckles of orange throughout the room which is the brand’s colour and adds accent to the overall design.
Floors 3-6 and 12 feature bunk bed rooms perfect for friends and families travelling together. The rooms are compact with everything guests need in there including the washrooms with showers and toilets. There’s also a concept room called “Bunk Bed 4 LIVE” which features a projector and BOSE speakers for guests looking for more of a party room.
If you’re looking for a place to stay in Tokyo, why not check out the “next-generation” lifestyle hotel sequence SUIDOBASHI?
Address: 2-22-17, Kanda-misakicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Grand Opening: November 25, 2020
Official Website (English): https://www.sequencehotels.com/suidobashi/eng/