McDonald’s Japan Reveals Doraemon Yogurt Flavoured McShake®
Last week, McDonald’s Japan revealed Part One of its Doraemon collaboration in celebration of the series’s 50th anniversary which included a collection of Happy Meal toys. They have now revealed Part Two of the McDonald’s Doraemon Festival which will see the arrival of yogurt flavoured McShakes® on August 19 at most McDonald’s restaurants in Japan.
The Doraemon McShake® in Japanese is named “Yogurudo,” a portmanteau of “yogurt” and “Doraemon.” Its refreshing yogurt flavour is perfect for summertime. Small size cups feature original illustrations of characters from the series, such as Doraemon himself and Nobita. These cups are already being served for vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate flavoured McShakes®.
Don’t forget about the science-themed Happy Meal sets either which come with one of nine toys. That includes a secret toy which you have to get in your Happy Meal to find out what it is.
McDonald’s Japan is also holding a Twitter campaign for 100 random people to win a ¥2,000 McCard. All you need to do is be in Japan, follow their official Twitter account, and retweet this Tweet with the hashtag #ヨーグル_ドでドひんやり and comment how you want to cool down this summer. The campaign is running until August 18 at 23:59 (JST).
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McShake® Yogurudo (Yogurt Flavour)
Running: August 19, 2020 – Mid September 2020
Available: McDonald’s restaurants in Japan (Select branches not participating)
Price: Small ¥120, Medium ¥200
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
McCafe by Barista to Offer Cookies & Cream Frappe for Winter Season
05.December.2021 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan locations with McCafe by Barista installations will begin selling the Cookies & Cream Frappe for a limited time starting December 8, 2021. The McCafe by Barista corner employs full-time baristas serving ‘authentic cafe coffee.’
McCafe by Barista invites guests to enjoy high-quality frappuccinos and smoothies and these locations are offering three unique Frappes this winter. Following the Strawberry Creme Brulee Frappe and normal Creme Brulee Frappe released in late November, the Cookies & Cream Frappe will release soon, filled with rich vanilla sweetness!
Cookies & Cream Frappe Medium: ¥470 / Large: ¥540 (Tax Included)
The drink is a rich blend of creamy vanilla made from Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans, blended with crunchy Oreo cookie bits and topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. What’s not to love?
Cookies & Cream Frappe
Release Date: December 8, 2021
Where to Buy: McDonald’s Japan Locations with McCafe by Barista
Official Site: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/campaign/winter-frappe/
McDonald’s Japan Releases the Winter Favorite Gurakoro Burger for 2021
01.December.2021 | FOOD
Each winter, McDonald’s Japan releases the wildly popular Gratin Croquet Burger, or Gurakoro for short. Starting December 1, this year’s iteration of the popular sandwich will be available at shops nationwide. This time, it’s the Angus Beef Bolognese Gurakoro, blending a creamy croquette with ripe tomatoes and stewed coarse-ground Angus beef Bolognese.
The Gurakoro burger is made with a creamy white sauce blended with shrimp and macaroni, combined with cabbage and a special spicy croquette sauce. Basically, it tastes a lot like macaroni and cheese on a bun! Crispy on the outside and velvety on the inside, it’s a dish that’s perfect to warm you up after a long day in the winter cold. The new TV commercial for the Gurakoro features actress Mikako Tabe, and the theme is ‘let’s warm up the year.’
How would you like to give one of these a try?
Angus Beef Bolognese Gurakoro Burger
Release Date: December 1, 2021
Official Site: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
McDonald’s Japan Introduces Strawberry Creme Brulee Frappuccino for Limited Time
20.November.2021 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan will be offering up a particularly tasty treat for the winter holidays! Starting November 24, the chain will release the Strawberry Creme Brulee Frappuccino for a limited time at stores featuring a McCafe by Barista corner. These locations employ full-time baristas serving ‘authentic cafe coffee.’
McCafe by Barista invites guests to enjoy high-quality frappuccinos and smoothies, and this winter, there are plenty of dessert-like additions to the menu. This Strawberry Creme Brulee Frappuccino is the first in the new lineup, combining strawberries and the annual winter staple, the Creme Brulee Frappuccino.
Strawberry Creme Brulee Frappuccino Medium: ¥470 / Large: ¥540
Creme Brulee Frappuccino Medium: ¥470 / Large: ¥540
This new release has a base mixture of rich milk and creme brulee syrup, blended with sweet and sour strawberry sauce with crushed strawberries, fluffy creme brulee whipped cream, and thinly baked crushed cookies, all topped with a bittersweet caramel sauce.
Strawberry Creme Brulee Frappuccino
Available: November 24, 2021 – Mid-January 2022
Available at Participating McDonald’s Locations with McCafe by Barista Nationwide
Official Site: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
McDonald’s Japan Releases New Black Thunder Winter Lightning McFlurry
07.November.2021 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan has just released a tasty new treat for winter! The Black Thunder Winter Lightning McFlurry, a collaboration with the popular chocolate bar Black Thunder, is now available at participating locations nationwide.
This popular collaboration firsts appeared in 2017 and is now available in winter for the first time. Even though the weather is chilly, it’s impossible not to want to eat this unique blend of dark and white chocolate. The sugar rush is sure to get you through the day!
Black Thunder Winter Lightning McFlurry: ¥290 (Tax Included)
Smooth soft-serve ice cream is mixed with Black Thunder incused cocoa cookies and plain cookies, then topped with two types of chocolate sauce. What’s not to love about this blend of textures and flavors? Be sure to grab one before they disappear at the end of November!
Black Thunder Winter Lightning McFlurry
Available: November 4 – end of November
Where to Buy: Participating McDonald’s Locations Nationwide
Sales Hours: 10:30-close (Until 1:00AM at 24-hour locations)
Official Site: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Doraemon Appears in Traditional Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Limited-Edition Release
11.October.2021 | FASHION
Everyone’s favorite robot cat is making a peculiar appearance inside a piece of famous Japanese art! Using traditional Ukiyo-e crafting techniques, the Hanzou company has successfully inserted Doraemon into the painting Fujimigahara in Owari Province by Hokusai, originally created between 1830 and 1832. The painting will be available to preorder online starting October 8, 2021, with only 300 copies available!
Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Production Process
Engraving by Craftsman
Rubbing by Craftsman
First, a sketch is made, and a monochrome version of the print is carved. After carving a number of woodblocks for each color and using them to rub the painting tirelessly to bring it to life, one single woodblock print is completed. The extremely delicate and advanced techniques these craftsmen utilize have been passed down from the Edo period.
The original painting was created after Hokusai turned 70, and took two years to complete. The painting is said to portray the view of Mount Fuji from Fujimi-cho, Naka-ku, Nagoya City. An eccentric piece for the time, looking closely shows that each and every line and dot was meticulously calculated. Note the vivid indigo sky and the abundance of blue shades that Hokusai loved to use. Doraemon and Nobita are shown having fun as they make barrels, a welcome departure from the more stoic figure in the original painting.
Doraemon Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print: Fujimigahara in Owari Province from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
Preorders begin on October 8, 2021, at 12:00
Price: ¥46,000 (Tax and Shipping not Included)
Number of available copies: 300
Echizen-Manufactured Washi Paper Provided by Iwano Ichibei
Online Shop: http://ukiyoework.com/
McDonald’s Japan Releases New Locally Sourced Limited-Time Rice Burgers
29.September.2021 | FOOD
Here’s something you can only find in Japan: starting September 29, McDonald’s locations throughout the country will add three new tasty sandwiches wrapped in rice buns to the menu for a limited time! These include the Gohan Chicken Filet with Garlic and Black Pepper, the Gohan Shrimp Filet with Spicy Sauce, and the Gohan Teriyaki Burger!
Each sandwich features a fluffy bun made entirely from domestically-grown rice and will be sold after 5 PM as part of the Yoru Mac (Night Mac) menu. Items on this late-night menu offer customers one special perk: any amount of meat can be doubled for only ¥100! Originally introduced in 2020, these burgers were a smash hit, mixing a traditional Japanese staple with western flavors.
Gohan Chicken Filet with Garlic and Black Pepper: ¥410
Gohan Shrimp Filet with Spicy Sauce: ¥440
Guests are sure to enjoy each of these two brand-new menu items. The Chicken Filet features a garlic and black pepper sauce, while the Shrimp Filet is filled with plump shrimp cutlets with a spicy red-pepper-based glaze.
A new series of ads for the new products starring popular actors Satoshi Tsumabuki and Jun Shison will begin airing on September 28.
Gohan Burger ‘Rice Farmers/Episode 1’ – 30-second ad
More new additions to the Gohan Burger lineup are expected in late October, so keep an eye out! Would you like to try one of these the next time you’re in Japan?
Gohan Chicken Filet with Garlic and Black Pepper
Gohan Shrimp Filet with Spicy Sauce
Available: September 29, 2021 – Mid-November, 2021 at participating McDonald’s Japan locations
Official Site: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
‘UCC CAFE＠HOME’ Release Coffee to Match Doraemon & Dorami’s Favorite Snacks
UCC Ueshima Coffee is currently developing the Food with Coffee themed ‘UCC CAFE@HOME’ selection, pairing snacks with a perfectly matching coffee. Doraemon is the latest to appear in the CAFE@HOME series in the new collaboration, designed by Sanrio. The new series features coffee and gifts based on the Doraemon characters’ favorite snacks and was released on September 3, Doraemon’s birthday.
CAFE@HOME Doraemon Series
UCC CAFE@HOME DORAEMON Dorayaki Suited Coffee VP10g: ¥281 (Tax Incl.)
UCC CAFE@HOME DORAMI Melon Pan Suited Coffee VP10g: ¥281 (Tax Incl.)
UCC CAFE@HOME NOBITA Caffeine-free Coffee VP10g: ¥281 (Tax Incl.)
UCC CAFE@HOME Doraemon Secret Gadget Print 6-piece Set: ¥1,901 (Tax Incl.)
UCC CAFE@HOME Doraemon Open Lot Printed 6-piece Set: ¥1,685 (Tax Incl.)
Doraemon Mug (Dorayaki): ¥1,540 (Tax Incl.)
Doraemon Cotton Handkerchief (Yellow) ¥990 (Tax Incl.)
Present Campaign Freebie: Original Coaster
CAFE@HOME, main product and cafe brand of UCC Group’s COFFEE STYLE UCC, are releasing a lineup of Doraemon themed coffees, each to be drank with the characters’ favorite snacks: One to go with Doraemons beloved Dorayaki, one for Dorami’s preferred Melon Pan, and a caffeine-free blend for the sleep-loving Nobita.
UCC has been researching coffee and food combinations for many years, using taste sensors to analyze both the coffee and food before diagnosing the comparability rating between each product. The company has patented their ‘Food Matching System’ technology, which has now been used to find out which coffee would be best suited to Doraemon’s Dorayaki.
An in store campaign has been announced to celebrate the release of CAFE@HOME’s Doraemon series, starting on September 3. During the campaign, customers who spend over ¥3,000 on CAFE@HOME’s Doraemon series will receive a free coaster. The coasters are only available in store and are limited in quantity.
Taste the world of Doraemon for yourself with UCC CAFE@HOME’s special coffee technology!
CAFE＠HOME Doraemon Series
On Sale Now
UCC Official Site: https://coffeestyle.jp/
Doraemon Mirai Department Online: https://mirai-dora-world-online.com/
Store Availability Information: https://coffeestyle.jp/assets/pdf/csu_doraemon_series_storelist20210825.pdf
Campaign/Series Details: https://coffeestyle.jp/special/doraemon_collab
Official Site: https://coffeestyle.jp/
McCafe by Barista® Offering New Kuromitsu Uji Matcha Frappe
01.September.2021 | FOOD
In Japan, McDonalds McCafe by Barista will be releasing the new Kuromitsu Uji Matcha Frappe beginning September 1. The sweet autumn drink will only be available for a limited time.
McCafe by Barista has been popular with customers looking for sweet beverages, such as Frappes and smoothies. The Uji Matcha Frappe was added to the regular product lineup in June 2021, and features a mellow matcha flavor. With this release, kuromitsu, or Japanese black sugar syrup, has been added to enhance the drink’s flavor.
Kuromitsu Uji Matcha Frappe: ¥490 (M), ¥560 (L)
The Kuromitsu Uji Matcha Frappe is made with powdered Uji Matcha tea from Kyoto, mixed with milk and topped with Kuromitsu jelly, known for its gentle sweetness and rich flavor. Brown sugar from Okinawa Prefecture along with whipped cream is added on top.
Uji Matcha Frappe: ¥440 (M), ¥490 (L)
The regularly available Uji Matcha Frappe is made with Uji Matcha powder from Kyoto, milk, and fluffy whipped cream. Dark green matcha powder and pure white whipped cream gives the beverage a gorgeous appearance, along with a truly Japanese flavor.
These are two drinks not to miss if you’re in Japan!
Kuromitsu Uji Matcha Frappe
Release Date: September 1, 2021
Official Site: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Doraemon Tokyo Banana Now Available by Mail-order Nationwide for Limited-time
Tokyo Banana World has started selling 8-packs of the new Doraemon Tokyo Banana by mail for a limited time. The treats will be available on the Tokyo Banana Official Online Shop until September 14. (Once they’re gone, they’re gone.)
In the first week of release, the Doraemon Tokyo Banana sold over 150,000 units.
Doraemon Tokyo Banana ‘Found it!’ (8-pack): ¥1,188 (Tax Included)
The Doraemon Tokyo Banana is a fluffy, gluten-free sponge cake baked in a Doraemon pattern with rich banana custard cream in the center. The treats come in a cute gift box adorned with Doraemon’s smiling face.
The sponge cakes come in 6 different designs, with the Takecopter design being the rarest. If you snag one, consider it good luck!
Doraemon Tokyo Banana
Available from: August 17- 17:00 on September 14, 2021
*The online store will close as soon as products are sold out.
*Unable to be shipped to certain remote islands.
Doraemon Tokyo Banana: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/products/banana_doraemon.html
Online Shop: https://www.paqtomog.com/shop/c/cdora-b/
New Lottery Campaign Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Fujiko F. Fujio Museum
18.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kawasaki-based Fujiko F. Fujio museum on September 3, a book fair lottery event featuring a variety of the manga artist’s works is coming to bookstores nationwide starting August 13. For each specially-marked manga or book purchased, participants can grab a special sticker as a prize. These stickers are new versions of those from last spring’s ‘Not-only-Doraemon Sticker Lottery.’
10th Anniversary Pin (©Fujiko-Pro/Shogakukan)
10th Anniversary Denim Doraemon Plushie (©Fujiko-Pro/Shogakukan)
*Images submitted from social media.
The prize stickers for the campaign don’t only feature beloved characters from Fujio’s beloved Doraemon series, but also familiar faces from Perman and Kiteretsu Daihyakka. These are perfect for decorating smartphone cases, notebooks, or anywhere that needs a manga makeover!
There are also two secret stickers, along with two special rewards for lottery winners. You’ll have to win to find out which characters are featured!
As part of this event, a special photo campaign using these stickers will be held from August 13 to September 30. Just follow the official Doraemon Channel Instagram and Twitter and post a photo featuring a prize sticker of your choice with the hashtag #NotOnlyDoraemonStickerLottery (＃ドラえもんだけじゃないシール) to enter. 10 people will be randomly selected to receive both the 10th Anniversary Pin and Denim Doraemon Plushie!
Which sticker set would you choose? Who is your favorite Fujiko F. Fujio character?
Book Fair Lottery
Starting: August 13, 2021
Location: Bookstores Nationwide
Campaign Period: August 13-September 30, 2021
Fair Details: https://dora-world.com/contents/2033
Doraemon Channel Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/doraemonchannel
Doraemon Channel Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dorachan_official/
Special Area for Doraemon Tokyo Banana Opens in JR Tokyo Station
Popular souvenir brand Tokyo Banana is celebrating 30 years! These tasty treats are a must-buy for those visiting Japan, and now, a familiar face will be popping up at a special area in the JR Tokyo Station Tokyo Banana shop: Doraemon Tokyo Banana Tokyo Station opens on August 6, 2021. Our favorite blue robot-cat just turned 50 in 2020, and this is the perfect way to celebrate!
Doraemon Tokyo Banana ‘Found it!’
The Doraemon Tokyo Banana is a fluffy, gluten-free sponge cake. Created to celebrate the original creation of these dreamy sweets, the special Doraemon Tokyo Banana Tokyo Station area is now open at JR Tokyo Station. Adorned with various super cute designs, you’ll also be able to find these treats at convenience stores across Japan!
Visitors will also be able to purchase a special gift box, complete with a gently smiling Doraemon design. The box contains eight Tokyo Banana sweets, and is perfect as a souvenir for family and friends–or even for yourself! The sweets within are decorated with random Doraemon designs, so you’ll have to open the box to find out which ones you got! This item is sure to bring joy to all Doraemon fans both young and old.
A two-pack Doraemon Tokyo Banana will also be available. Three different Take-copter varieties and three different Anywhere Door varieties will be on sale, each with uniquely adorable designs to make you want to collect them all. Be sure to check out this special area, and pick up some memorable gifts!
(Please note that the shop has certain quantities of each package, and not all packages may be available depending on the date.
This product is manufactured in the same facility as products containing wheat flour.)
Doraemon Tokyo Banana Tokyo Station
Store Info: JR Tokyo Station HANAGATAYA Tokyo Doraemon Tokyo Banana Tokyo Station
Address: JR Tokyo Station 1F Central Passage, under the Tokaido Line
Open: August 6, 2021
Hours: 6:30-21:30 (Business hours may vary.)
Official Site: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/
McDonald’s Japan Releases Strawberry and Banana Frappes at McCafe by Barista®
15.July.2021 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan released its new Strawberry & Condensed Milk Frappe and Banana Caramel Frappe beverages at McCafe by Barista® branches up and down the country on July 14. The fruity frappes and the perfect choice for the hot summer season.
Strawberry & Condensed Milk Frappe | Regular: ¥490
The strawberry frappe is made with a sweet and tangy strawberry sauce that has fresh strawberry pieces in it as well as juice taken from amaou strawberries grown in Fukuoka which are known for their fresh and sweet taste. Added to the cup is rich condensed milk along with a squirt of whipped cream for a milky and velvety finish.
Banana Caramel Frappe | Regular: ¥490
The banana frappe is filled with a banana puree sauce, banana syrup, and a crème brûlée syrup. It’s topped with smooth whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. The banana and caramel make for a delicious combination.
Strawberry & Condensed Milk Frappe / Banana Caramel Frappe
Released: July 14, 2021
Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/campaign/banana-strawberry-frappe/