Grand Front Osaka Opens New Cafe PANCAKE&books bibliotheque
11.September.2020 | FOOD
Grand Front Osaka opened its new cafe PANCAKE&books bibliotheque on September 11, 2020, serving a wide variety of fresh pancakes made with high quality ingredients.
Special Fruit Genmai Guilt-Free Pancakes | ¥1,500
These pancakes are made using gluten-free brown rice flour which creates a delicious fragrance and delightfully chewy texture to the pancakes. The pancakes are made even more chewier thanks to the incorporation of silken tofu, an ingredient which is also said to be good for dieting and the intestinal tract. The pancakes are topped with nuts and dried fruits, making them a very nutritional option.
Strawberry & Marshmallow Brûlée | ¥1,300
A hybrid pancake of two different desserts. It’s loaded with fluffy caramelised custard sauce to create a brûlée-like appearance and texture and is topped with sliced strawberries and roasted marshmallows. The caramel sauce drizzled on top adds a sweet and slightly bitter edge, bringing everything together.
Whole Peach & Fromage Blanc Cream Pancake | ¥1,500
Served with a whole juicy peach, these pancakes are combined with refreshing fromage blanc. The peach adds an ambrosial sweetness that melts perfectly with the fluffy pancakes. Complete the pancakes with a drizzle of the accompanying mint anglaise sauce.
Kyoho Grape, Blackcurrant, & Mascarpone Cream Pancakes | ¥1,700
A special combination of seasonal fruits including Kyoho grapes and blackcurrants. The mascarpone cream adds sweetness and the blackcurrant sauce a sour kick. If you’re wanting to taste autumn, then this one’s for you.
Mont Blanc & Praline Cream Pancakes in Caramel Sauce | ¥1,400
These pancakes make you feel summer changing to autumn with its fat dollops of rum-infused chestnut cream and praline cream. The chestnut cream brings a rich sweetness to your taste buds and the caramel sauce an appetising bitterness.
Pancake Burger | ¥1,300
bibliotheque’s incredible pancakes have also turned into hamburgers stuffed with a hand-rolled patty, melted cheddar cheese, sunny-side up egg, tomato, and lettuce.
Eggs Benedict Pancakes | ¥1,500
Pancakes towered with bacon, tomato, salad, and poached egg. The runny egg is a match made in heaven when combined with the homemade hollandaise sauce.
Salmon & Ricotta Cheese Pancakes | ¥1,500
Salad pancakes of smoked salmon, ricotta cheese, and poached egg. They are finished with rich Gruyère cheese.
Original Milkshake “Mixed Shake” | ¥700
A hybrid drink of authentic milkshake and Osaka’s speciality “Mixed Juice” beverage, this shake contains sakura tamago egg from Awaji Island and premium grade milk from Hamanaka in Hokkaido. It’s also made with vanilla cream and is topped with an apricot compote.
Grand Opening: September 11, 2020
Address: Grand Front Osaka Shops & Restaurants (South Bldg. 1F), 4-Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
Official Website: http://www.bibliotheque.ne.jp/pancake/
‘hotel tou nishinotoin kyoto by withceed’ is a new hotel in Kyoto managed by Withceed Hospitality Management that held its grand opening on April 20, 2021.
Located just a 10-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station, the hotel is situated between Nishi Hongan-ji and Higashi Hongan-ji, two temples and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The hotel’s concept is Oku (奥) which is Japanese for “deep,” “interior,” or being at the “heart” of something. Its aim is to offer guests a place to dive deep into Kyoto’s traditions and culture in a space that puts great focus on its interior design.
The design is built around themes of ‘light and shadow,’ ‘distance,’ and ‘gloss’ which expresses the notion of depth. The lattice windows and sliding doors pour in natural light, and the single boulder makes one think of being in a garden. It’s a design to tickle the senses and imagination which in turn lets guests feel the depth of culture and being deep within the space.
The hotel has its own cafe/bar fusion called ‘cafe&bar oku’ which serves food and drinks from a range of Kyoto restaurants and cafes such Kyoto-style meicha tea from Ippodo Chaho, a tea shop that first established back in 1717, as well as a traditional Japanese breakfast rice porridge called okaisan made using Hachidai Megihei rice, and more. Customers can also enjoy drinks from Allpress Espresso, a New Zealand speciality coffee roaster setting up shop in Japan for the first time.
hotel tou nishinotoin kyoto by withceed
Grand Opening: April 20, 2021
Address: 455 Nishinotoincho Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu 600-8327 Japan
Official Website: www.hotel-tou.com
SEGA to Open Love Live! Themed Cafe in Akihabara and Around Japan
GENDA SEGA Entertainment is set to open a themed cafe in collaboration with Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club on April 29, 2021.
A completely original menu themed on the characters
Fans can tuck into a very special menu inspired by the members of the Nijigasaki High School Idol Club with drinks, desserts, and food. The cafe will run over the course of three periods each of which will also include their own unique menu items.
Drinks | ¥660 Each (Tax Included)
Period ①: Hamburger Plate / Yaki Udon | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)
Nikujaga Plate / Clam Chowder | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)
Period ②: 1st Year Banana Parfait / 2nd Year Strawberry Parfait / 3rd Year Grape Parfait | ¥1,100 Each (Tax Included)
Period ③ menu exclusives to be revealed
Get some freebies simply by ordering
Period ①: Drinks Coaster / Food Coaster / Parfait Costers
Period ②: Drinks Coaster / Food Coaster / Parfait Costers
Period ③ exclusive freebies to be revealed
Character birthday cards
Kanon Shibuya – May 1, 2021 / Sarah Kazuno – May 4, 2021
Ai Miyashita – May 30, 2021 / Nozomi Tojo – June 9, 2021
Mari Ohara – June 13, 2021
Merchandise to add to your collection
Releasing: April 29, 2021
Acrylic Stands | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)
Art Panels | ¥660 Each (Tax Included)
Releasing: May 15, 2021
Chibi Key Rings | ¥770 Each (Tax Included)
Bonus merch for every ¥2,000 spent
Bromides | Available April 29, 2021 – May 14, 2021
Bromides | Available May 15, 2021 – May 28, 2021
©2013 プロジェクトラブライブ！ ©2017 プロジェクトラブライブ！サンシャイン!!
©GENDA SEGA Entertainment Inc.
SEGA x Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Collaboration Cafe
Running: April 29, 2021 – June 13, 2021
Where: SEGA Collaboration Cafe Akihabara 3 (SEGA Akihabara 3 Floor 7F) / SEGA Collaboration Cafe Stand / SEGA Akihabara 4 / Nanbasennichimae / Sendai / Okayama / Fukuoka Tenjin / Sasashima
Period ①: April 29, 2021 – May 14, 2021
Period ②: May 15, 2021 – May 28, 2021
Period ③: May 29, 2021 – June 13, 2021
Cafe Details: https://sega-collabocafe.com/top/nijigasaki03.html
Love Live! Official Website: https://www.lovelive-anime.jp/nijigasaki/
City Hunter Manga Pop-Up Store to Open at Umeda LOFT in Osaka
Anime, manga, and tokusatsu event organiser CRAZY BUMP has announced the opening of a pop-up store centred on Tsukasa Hojo’s manga series City Hunter which will run from May 12 to 25.
The pop-up shop first ran in Nagano in Tokyo last month and is now heading to Osaka. It’s themed on Ryo Saeba versus Umibozu.
City Hunter Pop-Up Store: Ryo Saeba vs. Umibozu in Umeda LOFT
Japanese Shop Name: POP UP STORE～冴羽獠VS海坊主墓場の決闘編～in梅田ロフト
Running: May 12, 2021 – May 25, 2021
Where: Umeda LOFT (Floor 1F Market)
Address: 16-7 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Until 18:00 on May 25)
Special Page: https://hakabanogarou.jp/archives/17920
Surround Yourself in Atami’s Natural Environment and Relax With a Special Hot Spring Plan
22.April.2021 | SPOT
Onsen ryokan hot spring inn SOKI ATAMI is collaborating with Shiseido’s skin and mind brand BAUM to offer a special new accommodation plan for the spring season. SOKI ATAMI x BAUM -Fresh Verdure & Healthcare- will run from May 1, but pre-bookings are already open on SOKI ATAMI’s website.
Free gift bag to the first 100 people who make a reservation
Enjoy deep relaxation with sachets filled with natural smells like wood
A candle-lit night under the starry sky
Fresh verdure and caring for one’s health is the theme of this event which takes place deep within Atami. The plan includes the Forest Twin bedroom which is fitted with a half open-air hinoki area that faces the mountains and lets guests feel like they are surrounded by the new green leaves of spring. Rooms are also kitted out with amenities such as BAUM’s Hydro Essence Lotion which captures the essence of fresh trees and shrubs. Guests are invited to experience Atami’s hot spring culture and cuisine as they allow their mind and body to relax, ultimately benefitting their health. This season is known for its bounteous verdure and refreshing breeze, but it’s also said to help alleviate the May blues which many Japanese people experience after starting school or work again, the negative feelings of the rainy season, and more, all of which can put one’s spiritual state out of kilter. The scent of trees will rid guests of stress, nerves, and tension, and bring about relaxation, peaceful sleep, and a good detoxing.
BAUM is a skin and mind brand that helps support the strength of one’s skin by focusing attention on the water storage, growth, and environmental protection of trees and forests while showing the importance of looking after your mind and body. The brand is giving free gift bags to the first 100 people that make a reservation to show how anyone can enjoy a sustainable life using an everyday item.
On the top floor of the inn is a tearoom where guests can make their own sachets using hinoki cypress. Guests can also enjoy the Aroamtic Room Spray and Aromatic Candles provided by BAUM, all to further aid in relaxation and restoration. In the evenings, the lights will be switched off at the cafe and be replaced with candlelight which will serve as a romantic replacement to shine against the overhead backdrop of the starry night sky.
Mini Pixar Cakes by Ginza Cozy Corner Includes Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and More
Japan’s confectionery shop Ginza Cozy Corner are releasing a new collection of petite Pixar cakes at all branches on April 23.
The cakes comes in time for celebrating Children’s Day in Japan, as well as making a perfect snack for Golden Week and for kids and parents to enjoy together. Pixar fans have nine to enjoy in the collection such as the Little Green Men from Toy Story, Nemo and Dory from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, Sully from Monster’s Inc., the Pixar Ball, and more.
Pixar Collection (9 Included) | ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
Flavours include the strawberry mousse Lightning McQueen, the Jack Jack raspberry jelly and mango cream, the Buzz Lightyear blueberry jam and cheese mousse, and more.
Pixar Cake Assortment (6 Included) | ¥540 (Tax Included)
The packaging also features cute artwork of everyone’s favourite Pixar characters. Choose between the whole nine cake box collection or this assortment of six white chocolate and strawberry cookies.
Pixar Sweets Box (10 Included) | ¥918 (Tax Included)
There’s also a 10-piece box of six cookies and four madeleines.
Running: April 23, 2021 – June 10, 2021
Where: Ginza Cozy Corner
Pre-Orders: Opened April 19, 2021
KitKat Japan Releases New Mini Maple Chocolate Bars For Earth Day
21.April.2021 | FOOD
In accordance with Earth Day, which is set for April 22, Nestlé released its limited-time KitKat Mini Maple on Monday to raise awareness of environmental issues and the future of the planet.
KitKat Mini Maple (3 Included)
KitKat Mini Maple (12 Included)
9 packaging designs with different messages related to the environment
‘KitKat Always For Earth Day’ online talk event to take place on April 30
In September 2019, Nestlé began packaging five of its major large-sized KitKat bags in paper bags rather than plastic, and since autumn 2020, most of their large sized bags are now made from paper. This has helped reduce 450 tonnes of plastic per year.
Now, Nestlé is releasing a new collection of packages for Earth Day featuring original designs by up-an-coming young artist SUGI. Each features messages from members of MIMO, a group managed by Japanese model Mila Aina, stating messages about helping to protect the environment and the future of planet earth.
KitKat Mini Maple
Release Date: April 19, 2021 (Limited Edition)
KitKat Japan Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/
Music-Eating Space Hamsters BLUE HAMHAM Get Pop-Up Store in Tokyo and Osaka
CHOCOLATE Inc. is set to open the BLUE HAMHAM POP UP STORE at Shibuya PARCO in Tokyo on May 14 and Shinsaibashi PARCO in Osaka on June 4. The pop-up shops are centred on Arimura Taishi’s characters BLUE HAMHAM.
BLUE HAMHAM are four music-eating space hamster brothers from a planet called ‘Proxima b.’ Their animations on Twitter, TikTok, and other social media platforms have garnered over 300 million views worldwide. In 2020, they began collaborating with overseas artists. Their musical animations have garnered popularity across the globe.
At the pop-up shop, fans can get their hands on over 30 new BLUE HAMHAM items. This also marks the brothers’ first pop-up shop in Osaka. From exclusives to free novelties, there’s plenty to enjoy.
At the store, fans will also be greeted by four 1-meter tall BLUE HAMHAM statues, the only ones in the world. There will be a display showing their animations, a chance to learn about the characters, and more.
BLUE HAMHAM POP UP STORE
Tokyo Store: Shibuya PARCO B1F GALLERY X
Address: 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: May 14, 2021 – May 30, 2021
Osaka Shinsaibashi PARCO 10F EVENT SPACE
Address: 1-8-3 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Running: June 4, 2021 – June 21, 2021
Special Page: https://art.parco.jp/shinsaibashi/detail/?id=656
Stay in Harajuku’s New Hotel Produced by Rolling Roster of Artists
India-ink painter CHiNPAN is collaborating with Rokuyon, who is known for helping to create a range of unique accommodations such as MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS, to launch a new kind of hotel experience in Harajuku beginning on April 23, 2021.
The project’s name is Harajuku Yofukashi Art Exhibition, with yofukashi being Japanese for ‘staying up late.’ It will invite a new artist or creator on board every one or two months as an opportunity for them to showcase their works.
One of the art pieces
Works displayed in the living space
The bedroom with art pieces against the walls and on the ceiling
MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS Series
MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS is our own hotel site located in the heart of Harajuku’s tourism: it is within walking distance of Takeshita-dori (Takeshita Street), Meiji-dori, the Ura-Harajuku area, and Omotesando. This makes it the ideal place to stay for travellers visiting Harajuku.
SAKURA | More details here
ORIGAMI | More details here
DOSUKOI | More details here
With art events and exhibitions cancelled or severely restricted due to the pandemic, this project serves as a get promotional opportunity for artists to display their works and for art lovers to appreciate them. It aims to grow and become a new way to enjoy art.
Harajuku Yorufukashi Art Exhibition
Japanese Name: 原宿夜ふかしアート展
Start Date: April 23, 2021
Where: Yados Jingumae (Formerly Wind Jingumae)
Address: 2-26-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.chillnn.com/1773daedf52237
Mr. Osomatsu Themed Hotel Rooms Open Across Japan
KADOKAWA has announced that it’s taking the Mr. Osomatsu themed hotel room from EJ Anime Hotel at Tokorozawa Sakura Town in Saitama, which ran from December 3, 2020 to March 31, 2021, to six hotels in Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Hakata starting on April 28.
Mr. Osomatsu anime freebies for guests
Design of the free mask case
The ‘EJ’ of EJ Anime Hotel stands for ‘Entertainment Japan.’ The hotel aims to have guests living inside the stories they love from a wide range of Japanese media from anime to manga, movies, tokusatsu SFX movies, idol culture, and more. As well as room decorations and the exclusive merch that will be on sale, the hotel is also offering a new kind of accommodation experience by incorporating videos, sounds, lighting, and more. Its restaurant will also offer a selection of food and drink in collaboration with various series including all-out full course dinners.
Due to its popularity with guests, the Mr. Osomatsu themed anime room is heading to six locations across Japan which are listed below.
Mr. Osomatsu Room
Bookings: Now Open
Running: April 28, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Capacity: Up to two people per room (Twin Rooms only)
Official Website: https://tokorozawa-sakuratown.jp/hotel/
Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu
Nagoya Sakae Tokyu REI Hotel
the b Nagoya
Shin Osaka Esaka Tokyu Rei Hotel
＆AND HOSTEL HOMMACHI EAST
Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu
Gintama @ Dash Store to Open in Ikebukuro and Osaka This April
The Gintama @ Dash Store pop-up shop is returning to Ikebukuro P’PARCO and Animate Osaka Nipponbashi where fans can get their hands on lots of merchandise of Hideaki Sorachi’s manga series Gintama.
Gintama’s characters wear blue for the store
Dash Store will sell a range of exclusive items as well as offer pre-sales on upcoming merchandise. The illustration pictured above of the characters in blue hoodies was also drawn exclusively for the store and will feature on a range of items.
For every ¥2,000 (tax included) spent by fans at the store they will receive one of nine possible bromide pictures. And for an extra ¥500, those who buy one or more items can get a special tote bag too.
A look at some of the merch line-up
Acrylic Stands | ¥1,650 Each (Tax Included)
Folders | ¥440 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Key Rings | ¥715 Each (Tax Included)
Hoodies | ¥5,500 Each (Tax Included)
HOSHINOYA Tokyo Recreates an Edo Period Festival For Summer 2021
18.April.2021 | SPOT
This summer, the Japanese ryokan inn HOSHINOYA Tokyo is once again hosting its “Tokyo Midsummer Night’s Banquet” event which brings Edo period culture to the modern day in the form of a traditional festival with entertainment and food.
Tokyo Midsummer Night’s Banquet: 4 Things to Enjoy
1. The new HOSHINOYA Tokyo Sake Bar
For a limited time only, the new HOSHINOYA Tokyo Sake Bar is opening on the first floor of the inn which will serve an izakaya-style experience to guests who can expect to enjoy Japanese sake together with various otsumami foods to enjoy with alcohol provided by restaurants nearby in Kanda, Nihonbashi, and Ningyocho. There will be old-timey noren entry curtains, lanterns, and other little decorations to give it that Japanese summer festival vibe. Staff will also be clad in traditional happi coats.
2. HOSHINOYA Ennichi
At the inn lobby and entrance, guests will be welcomed straight into the heart of the summer festival experience coupled with Edo culture. When evening settles in, the calm atmosphere will be transformed with the sound of lively music reminiscent of a Japanese matsuri orchestra. Guests can enjoy a range of activities from Edo times, such as ‘fishing’ for a flower as pictured above.
Location: HOSHINOYA Tokyo lobby and plaza
3. A very special menu for guests staying at the inn
Enjoy a range of Edo period foods like conger eel, refreshing cold sea bream chazuke perfect for the summer weather, and more. Food is served in guest rooms so they can enjoy a private dining experience.
Location: Guest Rooms
4. Rental yukata service for that real Japanese summer vibe
Use the inn’s rental kimono service to pick out a summery yukata and obi sash to look beautiful and get into Japanese summer festival mode. Guests can walk in and around the inn as well as around the local district of Otemachi.
Price: ¥5,000 per person
Book Here: https://hoshinoya.com/tokyo/
Tokyo Midsummer Night’s Banquet
Running: July 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Where: HOSHINOYA Tokyo
Conditions: Guests only
Official Website/Yukata Rentals: https://hoshinoya.com/tokyo/
Alice in Wonderland Themed Afternoon Tea Buffet ‘Lost in Europe’ Heads to Nagoya
This spring, Hilton Nagoya is set to serve up a special afternoon tea set and buffet plan at its first floor all-dining restaurant IN PLACE 3-3. The theme of the afternoon tea line-up, which will be served either as a set-only plan or the set plus a buffet, is ‘Lost in Europe.’ Fans of Lewis Carroll’s beloved novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland can look forward to jumping in the rabbit hole as they indulge in a colourful and delicious line-up that sends them straight to wonderland.
The plans will run for three months during which three different menu line-ups will be served, each with a European feel to them as Alice finds her curiosity tending away from Japanese cuisine to the delectable assortments of overseas.
Spain will serve as the first menu. Travelling to Spain, Alice finds the country one overflowing with creativity in the arts, so says the story of this fun afternoon tea. Dishes will be plated with desserts fusing together Spain’s food culture with that of Wonderland, traditional Spanish desserts, sweet treats inspired by Spanish art, and more. Many of the irresistible items will also be made with almonds – Spain being the second largest producer of almonds in the world.
Inside the restaurant, diners will feel like they have travelled to a Spanish rendition of Wonderland with a mix of styles from both locations, such as Spanish sunflowers, mosaic tiles, stained glass windows, and more.
A little look at the menu (some of it)
1. Afternoon Tea Set Menu: ¥4,600 (Tax Included)
Cubism Cheshire Cat Arroz Con Leche
A coconut-flavoured Spanish rice pudding made with coconut lavender jelly. Its design, from the stripes to the grinning teeth, are references to the Cheshire Cat.
Blue Caterpillar Siesta Cake
A cake covered in striking blue chocolate, made with pistachio mousse, and filled with a mixed berry jelly.
Butterfly Windmills Mousse
An artistic delight made with smooth chestnut mousse and colourful butterfly wings attached.
Pistachio Crema Catalana in Berry Sauce
A traditional dessert of Catalonia, this crema catalana features a rich pistachio-flavoured custard cream and is served with a berry sauce.
Salted churros that are crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the inside, and a checked bocadillo filled with Spanish omelette.
Lost in Europe Afternoon Tea Set Summary
10 desserts, two savoury items, and a choice of a soft drink, coffee, or tea.
2. Afternoon Tea Set & Dessert Buffet: Adults ¥5,000 / Children ¥2,500
Mischievous Crazy Clock Cake
A warped, melted clock made with passion fruit cream and orange and mango mousse.
Mosaic Tile Sangria Jelly (Non-Alcoholic)
A refreshing beverage made with non-alcoholic white wine and grape, strawberry, and grapefruit jelly, all made to look like mosaic tiles.
Pick from nine different savoury items like paella, sopa de ajo garlic soup, patatas bravas, tapas, and more.
There are also a range of other desserts like a coffee jelly ice cream, a melon cake, and more, as well as fruity iced candies.
Afternoon Takeout Box
Customers can also get their afternoon tea set to go with a mix of desserts and savouries.
Lost in Europe
・Afternoon Tea Set
Running: May 13, 2021 – August 18, 2021
・Afternoon Tea Set & Dessert Buffet
Running: May 13, 2021 – August 15, 2021
Times: 15:00-17:00 (Thurs-Sun and holidays only)