Taste Authentic Japanese Matcha at Asakusa’s New Matcha Specialist Shop Kaminari Issa
Asakusa welcomed the newest and third branch of matcha dessert specialist shop Kaminari Issa on October 2, 2020, which opened its doors along Dempoin Street. The shop is just a 3-minute walk from Asakusa Station and 2-minutes from Kaminarimon.
Signature delights on Kaminari Issa’s menu include the Okoicha Warabi Latte and Okoicha Gelato. Everything on the menu is made with rich, high quality matcha, from the matcha tea lattes to the matcha beer, parfaits, ice cream, dacquoise, and more. If you love matcha, and you’re in Tokyo, this place is a must-visit.
There are plenty of items to get your hands on in this newest store, which also has its own eat-in space, tea leaf display, and more.
They even sell kits so you can make your own Okoicha Warabi Latte and Wakocha Brown Sugar Warabi Latte at home.
Kaminari Issa Dempoin-dori
Address: 2-2-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (until 17:00 on Mondays)
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station
Official Website: https://www.kaminari-issa.com/
Hotel W Osaka x PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS Unveil Limited Halloween Dessert Menu
15.September.2021 | FOOD
Opening in March 2021, Japan’s first luxury lifestyle Hotel W Osaka works with PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS to produce the ‘MIXup’ Art & Pastry Bar, which has unveiled a new Halloween themed dessert course and à la carte cake, available from September 15.
Pumpkin & Choux Cream / Ghost Montblanc / Frankenstein Cheesecake
Osaka is said to be the birthplace of Japanese cuisine, and in a similar vein, this unique ‘MIXup’ dessert course serves ‘CHEEKY’ sweets which are finished one-by-one in front of the customer. The counter-style serving has proven popular since it began in May of this year, known for the playful presentation and customer participation.
This Autumn, the menu has been transformed into the ‘TRICKY CHEEKY HALLOWEEN’ course, with eight playful new desserts available to try. The desserts feature well-known Halloween monsters, and incorporate the taste of Autumn with pumpkin, chestnut, and pear, among other seasonal flavors.
The take-out Halloween sweets lineup includes a matcha and red bean Frankenstein Cheesecake, a spooky Ghost Montblanc, jack-o-lantern shaped Pumpkin Choux Creams, and more. A limited Halloween variation of the bar’s iconic rose and raspberry Rock’n’Roll cake is also available! The recipe and baking techniques are based on the methods of PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS, with arrangements by The W Osaka.
Try out some scarily tasty sweets this Halloween with The W Osaka and PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS!
TRICKY CHEEKY HALLOWEEN
Release Date: September 15 2021
Famous Oil Blotting Paper Brand’s Yojiya Café Reforms Three Popular Parfait Flavors
14.September.2021 | FOOD
The Yojiya Café, opened by the Yojiya brand famous for its Aburatorigami, or facial oil blotting paper, will be renewing its menu from September 13. The popular face parfait, which features the logo alongside a Kyoto woman with a mole, comes in three flavors available – Kinako, Matcha, and Milk Tea. Each parfait comes with a sauce, so you can adjust the taste as you eat.
Kinako Parfait: ¥1,200 (Tax Incl.)
Matcha Parfait: ¥1,200 (Tax Incl.)
Milk Tea Parfait: ¥1,200 (Tax Incl.)
The Yojiya Café is currently open in two locations, Gion and Sagano Arashiyama, offering a relaxing space to rest between shopping and sightseeing.
The café has renewed their iconic Kinako Parfait, which combines Japanese Kinako and Western Maple Syrup, along with the Matcha Parfait, which is packed full of matcha ice cream, jelly, and cookies. The Milk Tea Parfait is made with a rich Japanese Tea and Earl Gray ice cream.
Take a trip to Yojiya and find out which parfait is your favorite!
Yojiya Café – Parfait Renewal
Release Date: 14 September 2021
Yojiya Café Gion
Address: Izawa Building 2F, 266 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Weekdays 11:00 ~ 17:00 (LO16:30)
Weekends/Holidays: 10:00 ~ 18:00 (LO17:30)
YOJIYA CAFE Sagano Arashiyama
Weekdays 11:00 ~ 17:00 (LO16:30)
Weekends/Holidays: 10:00 ~ 18:00 (LO17:30)
Address: 2 Tateishicho, Sagatenryuji, Ukyo-Ku, Kyoto
Official Site: https://www.yojiya.co.jp/
Nihonbashi Art Aquarium Museum Closes for Renewal and Relocation
The Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM will be closed on September 26 2021 to make way for new exhibits and works. The museum is scheduled to be relocated in the first half of 2022.
The ART AQUARIUM Museum opened in Nihonbashi, Tokyo on August 28 202 with the concept of “a museum where life dwells.” This will be the largest renewal in the history of the museum Museum, opened by writer and general producer Hidetomo Kimura, with the addition of more exhibits and new and improved interactive areas.
The Nihonbashi Art AQUARIUM Museum opened alongside the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic, with the expectations that visitors would come from both within Japan and overseas, thanks to the exhibitions which easily explain and represent Japan’s proud traditional culture and performing arts, but due to Covid restrictions, foreign tourists are still unable to enter the country. Despite this, the Museum saw many customers and with the closing of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the museum will be closed in preparation to relocate to the new ART AQUARIUM. If you want to see the Nihonbashi location for yourself then this is your last chance!
In addition, the “ART AQUARIUM” digital tour is being held from September 12, allowing you to appreciate the Museum in a digital format until the reopening.
Make sure to check out the Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM while you have the chance!
ART AQUARIUM Museum
Address:：1-3-9 Nihonbashihonchō, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00~19:00 (L.A 18:30)
Official Site: https://artaquarium.jp
French Artist Jean Jullien Provides Main Visual for Shibuya PARCO Art Week 2021
Last year’s Shibuya PARCO Art Week was met with incredible fanfare, and the 2021 event is now set to begin on September 17! This year, acclaimed French artist Jean Jullien is in charge of the main visual for the showing.
The exhibition will be held at NANZUKA 2G, located on the 2nd floor of Shibuya PARCO, as well as within the PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO on the 4th floor.
Shibuya PARCO Art Week 2021 Features
Martin Margiela: In His Own Words
© 2019 Reiner Holzemer Film – RTBF – Aminata Productions
Kensaku Kakimoto Exhibition ‘Devoting Time’ Collaboration with Luke Bubb, Piotr Stopniak
mono100 x Natsuki Kurachi POP UP
Nori Okawa Solo Exhibition ‘Good Boy, More Drunk’
Hikaru Ichijo Exhibition ‘CHIDORI ASHI,’ with a motif of ‘people who are carried away by alcohol’
Mariko Enomoto Solo Exhibition ‘Moments,’ depicting the fluctuations of daily life
Emi Ozaku Solo Exhibition ‘Good something for you’
Exhibition of Tetsuji Aoyama’s works, ‘21XX A Future Odyssey ~Someday in a Hundred Years~
Exclusive collaboration products by VOILLD x FACE on sale
Shun Komiyama Photo Exhibition ‘The Wind Responds,’ by MIDORI.so Gallery
A group exhibition ‘’ DONOKO? ‘’ Portrait series Curated by TOKYO URBAN ART
“Welcome back to your “Home Position” – Selecting art for the interior based on ‘likes’
At ‘WHITE CINE QUINTO’ on the 8th floor of Shibuya PARCO, visitors can see a powerful documentary film about Martin Margiela, Martin Margiela: In His Own Words. Also on the 8th floor, a hands-on exhibition titled #HotelKawashima will feature Akira Kawashima of the comedy duo Kirin becoming the manager of a hotel. The comedian’s voice will also be used for the in-house announcements throughout Shibuya PARCO.
An ART PASSPORT, distributed by the gallery and other stores throughout the complex, contains plenty of information about the events throughout the museum, as well as exclusive special offers. Be sure not to miss the interview with Jean Jullien!
Jean Jullien Exhibition「PAPER PEOPLE」/「POCKET PARENTS」
©Jean Jullien Courtesy of NANZUKA
©Jean Jullien Photo by Shigeru Tanaka Courtesy of NANZUKA
©Jean Jullien Photo by Shigeru Tanaka Courtesy of NANZUKA
Jean Jullien’s solo exhibition “PAPER PEOPLE,” curated by NANZUKA, will be held at the PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO on the 4th floor, and will depict the creative process of the artist through the medium of paper. Jullien, who has a deep knowledge and love of Japanese manga culture, is sure to bring some charm and comedy to the showing, as is typical of his style. The artist, from Brittany in France, has always been inspired by Japan, and also by the natural beauty of his homeland. Each of the nearly 50 works in the exhibition were created during the Coronavirus pandemic, and 25 special screen prints will be on sale via lottery, both at the event and online.
In the “POCKET PARENTS” exhibition at NANZUKA 2G on the 2nd floor of the complex, Jullien’s upbringing and experiences as a parent are expressed in a hilarious story about aging and responsibility. Compared to “PAPER PEOPLE,” this offers a different perspective from the artist, which visitors can learn more about in his interview.
Wildly In-Demand Neko Neko Tiramisu Returns in Limited Quantities
10.September.2021 | FOOD
Neko Neko Cheesecake, a sweets shop specializing in cat-shaped treats, is adding the massively popular Neko Neko Tiramisu back to the menu for a limited time only, from September 10 until September 30, 2021.
※Until supplies last.
Originally sold as a limited-edition release for Father’s Day, 800 of these cat-shaped treats sold out instantly. Brought back as a result of constant consumer requests, the Tiramisu will only be available in very limited quantities.
The Neko Neko Tiramisu is filled with soft sponge cake soaked with coffee syrup, with a layer of mascarpone cheese mousse layered on top. Finished with cocoa and coffee powder, it’s the perfect mix of bittersweet and rich flavors.
The Tiramisu will also be available at the online store All Hearts Mall, making it easy to send to friends and family. As the pandemic continues to keep people apart, this adorable sweet is a great way to surprise loved ones far away.
What do you think about this Neko Neko Tiramisu? It might be too cute to eat.
Healing ‘Panda’ Sweets Available at Gelato Pique Café for a Limited Time
A selection of healing monotone panda sweets will be available at the Gelato Pique Café between September 6 and September 25. The collection is titled “everyday PANDA! ~Sweets Time with Pandas~.”
Gelato Pique Café Original Panda Glass/Mug
Available from September 6
Gelato Pique Panda Motif Eco Bag / Panda Motif Hand Towel
Online reservations open September 2, available instore from September 8
In 2021, the Gelato Pique Café announced two rounds of animal themed sweets, proving hugely popular on social media. For Easter they released “Bunny Sweets” with rabbit ears motifs, while a series of “Polar Bear Sweets” was released during the Summer. Now, a selection of “Panda Sweets” is the latest to join the animal collection.
The chocolate and banana Panda Crepe is filled with a healing ganache and banana, while the Panda Gelato has cocoa biscuits studded around the pandas neck, along with rounded eyes and ears. The “healing monotone” Panda Float combines the Gelato Pique Café’s original Guatemalan coffee blend with Royal Blue Bourbon.
Along with this “everyday PANDA!” Fair, we have a large lineup of panda goods that will make you happy just by having them. Goods that are perfect for presents, souvenirs, and rewards for yourself can be purchased at each gelato pique cafe store and EC site, so please look forward to that too!
There is a huge lineup of panda goods that will brighten your day releasing alongside the “everyday PANDA” fair, which make perfect gifts for friends – or yourself! You can view the goods lineup in store and on the Gelato Pique website.
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Miffy Parfait Using Tofu!
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make an adorable Miffy Parfait using tofu shiratama!
Tofu shiratama can be frozen without hardening, so it’s great to use for cooking as well as making sweets.
250g refined rice flour
300g silken tofu
✩ This is about 1 bag of refined rice flour and 1 piece of silken tofu.
Canned fruit or fruit of your choice
Put the refined rice flour and silken tofu into a bowl and mix well.
⚠️ Do not drain the tofu!
Don’t add water, just these two ingredients.
✩I knead all ingredients and then freeze it.
Feel free to freeze it as dough, or boil it first.
You can put them in Tupperware and store them in water in the refrigerator for a day or two. Don’t worry, they won’t harden!
Add the coloring.
Take a little bit of food coloring and add as you like.
Here, I’m adding the yellow that will be the center of the flower.
After mixing the dough, place it on parchment paper and put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
You can shape it before placing it in the freezer, but chilling it will make it easier to work with.
Cut out Miffy and her flowers.
Place the yellow-colored piece into the middle of the flower.
Roll the rest of the shiratama into balls.
Boil the shaped shiratama while on the baking sheet.
Boil the round shiratama as well. When they float to the top, place them in cool water.
Place the shaped shiratama on parchment paper or plastic wrap and let dry briefly before adding decoration.
Mix black cocoa with a little water, and using the mixture, draw Miffy’s face.
Place the flowers and shiratama balls inside the glass, follow up with your favorite fruits!
(If using canned fruit, feel free to add the syrup as well!)
I hope you enjoy decorating this colorful dish!
SEGA Taiyaki Ikebukuro, Akihabara Stores Reveal Second Collaboration with Chiikawa
07.September.2021 | Uncategorized
GENDA SEGA Entertainment’s SEGA Taiyaki Ikebukuro and Akihabara stores have announced a second Chiikawa collaboration, the ‘ChiiKawayaki’ Taiyaki. The series will feature a Bunny and ChiiKawa design, in addition to the reversible Tuxedo design from the first collaboration. Customers who purchase any of the ‘ChiiKawayaki’ products will receive a free collaboration badge! (※Random design)
ChiiKawayaki: Premium Cream or Chocolate:¥600 each (Tax Incl.)
※Shown images are samples.
Original Can Badge 2nd Series: 6 Designs (Random)
※Limited in quantity.
※Shown images are samples and may differ from the final product.
ChiiKawa is a popular manga that is serialized on Twitter by illustrator NAGANO. The comic depicts the daily life of the ChiiKawa’s and has become known for its soft artwork, heartwarming story, and occasionally, some contrasting darkness.
SEGA Taiyaki stocks popular food products from the Taiyaki brand Yokohama Kuriko-An, which has 31 stores throughout the Kanto region. They also collaborate with games and characters to produce Collaboration Taiyaki.
The second ChiiKawayaki collaboration will satisfy both your eyes and your stomach!
SEGA Taiyaki ChiiKawayaki
Release Date: September 4 2021
Available Stores: SEGA Taiyaki Ikebukuro, SEGA Taiyaki Akihabara
Ikebukuro: 11:00 ~ 20:00
Akihabara: 11:00 ~ 20:00
Available Products: Premium Cream, Chocolate Taiyaki: ¥600 (Tax Incl.)
Store Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/SEGA_taiyaki（@SEGA_taiyaki）
Official Site: https://chiikawa-info.jp/
Baumkuchen Specialty Shop Katanukiya Offers Limited-Edition Panda Cake at New Location
On September 1, Baumkuchen specialty shop Katanukia opened its second location on the second floor of Tokyo Solamachi, beneath Tokyo Skytree. These traditionally German cakes are extremely popular in Japan, and using a cookie cutter can transform them into works of art! To commemorate the new shop, the Tokyo Solamachi location will sell a limited-edition Panda Baumkuchen that is almost too cute to eat.
Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen: ¥594 (Tax Included)
Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen & Drawstring Bag Set: ¥1,815 (Tax Included)
The special Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen is made from soft, moist cake, and depicts an adorable panda character ready to gaze at the night sky from Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world. Children and adults alike will enjoy its gentle milk flavoring.
The Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen & Drawstring Bag Set includes the signature Baumkuchen, the Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen, Panda shortbread, and an adorable bag. There will only be 100 of these sets available, so grab one before they’re gone!
Is Baumkuchen popular in your country? How would you like to try these cute sweets in Tokyo?
Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen
Official Site: https://www.katanuki-ya.com/
The Westin Tokyo Hotel to Offer Premium Autumn Parfaits for Limited Time
05.September.2021 | FOOD
Three delicious desserts are coming to The Westin Tokyo for a limited time! Beginning October 1, visitors to the hotel can enjoy a collection of premium parfaits filled with seasonal ingredients and western liquors unique to the executive bar, simply named The Bar. These will be available until November 28, on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday nights only.
Chocolate Parfait with Figs and Red Berries
Chestnut and Apple Parfait
Chestnut and Hazelnut Mont Blanc Parfait
The chocolate parfait includes whole figs and bright red berries, and is finished with rich port. Calvados was added to the Chestnut and Apple Parfait, allowing guests to enjoy a refreshing combination of nuts, fruits, and mascarpone. The Mont Blanc Parfait includes a fragrant rum from Martinique, and has a richer dessert flavor.
The executive pastry chef carefully layers each parfait by hand, and these unique treats combining flavors of both east and west can only be found at The Westin Tokyo!
Premium Autumn Parfait
Available: October 1 – November 28, 2021 (Only available Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays)
Price: ¥3,000 each (Tax and Service Charge Included)
Location: Executive Bar “The Bar” (1F)
Nature-filled Digital Detox Cafe HANARIDA Opens in Harajuku
Zoomers are used to life with their smartphones and computers. While life certainly is more convenient being able to connect instantly with your friends, have you ever felt a certain emptiness despite this? According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, young people in their 20s spend approximately four to five hours looking at screens per day. However, sometimes, it can be nice to put down your phone and enjoy a cup of tea with your friends in front of you. With those thoughts, the HANARIDA Harajuku cafe open on August 8 2021. The hidden cafe is filled with flowers and greenery, aimed at adults. Here you can enjoy a quiet time away from the bustle of the city, relaxing with a cup of dry fruit-infused herbal tea.
Every sunday is a digital detox day, meaning that smartphones and laptops are banned in the cafe. You can leave your phone with the staff to receive a free drink. With the comfy interior and a selection of board games, conversations will flow naturally to create a home-like space, even without technology
The flowers and trees in the cafe, which was decorated by a professional flower artist, are all real. The atmosphere changed based on the time of day – the sunshine lights up the cafe while the warm lights make for a relaxing evening. You won’t get tired of this cozy space!
Experience relaxation away from the busy city while watching the flowers bloom throughout the day, as you puff on a dried fruit Hanakemuri hookah. The hookah used by HANADIRA is both nicotine and tar free, meaning they can be enjoyed by non-smokers.
Their drink selection for Valentine’s day 2021 was a huge hit on social media, particularly the Sakicha dry fruit tea. The tea is now available on the menu, so make sure to try it for yourself!
Opening Date: September 8 2021
Opening Hours: 11:30 ~ 24:00 (No regular holidays)
※Closes at 20:00 until September 12 due to the current state of emergency declaration.
Address: Section L Pop-up House 2F 4-27-2, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Seven minute walk from JR Harajuku Station
※Under 20s are denied entry to the cafe
Official Site: https://hanarida-official.com/
New Halloween Sweets Collection Arrives at Tokyo’s Q-pot CAFE.
03.September.2021 | FOOD
Halloween is arriving early at Omotesando’s popular Q-pot CAFE. A collection of sweet, scary, grotesquely-adorable sweets are now available for a limited time. Each cake set and macaron set are made to order.
Q-pot CAFE. Three Cake Set: ¥2,030 (Tax Included)
This collection of three unique cakes includes the stomach-turning brain cake, and the much more palatable eye-patch ghost cake. Guests can also enjoy the popular cookie tiramisu.
Halloween Limited Edition ~Eye-Patch Ghost Cake~
As you dig into this fluffy dessert, enjoy the flavor of chopped almonds and feuillantine, wrapped in gyuhi, a type of Japanese traditional confectionery. The pistachio and berry sauce blends into the vanilla mousse, and is sure to appeal to any fan of sweets.
Halloween Limited Edition ~Brain Cake~
This frightening dessert is made with strawberry and other red berry jellies, milk mousse, Genoise, and savory almonds. Dissecting it won’t be easy, but the taste is well worth it.
Mascarpone mousse with chocolate sponge dipped in espresso, topped with bittersweet coffee-flavored ganache cream with caramelized hazelnuts…what more could you want?
Q-pot CAFE. Halloween Macaron Set (3 pumpkin/3 apple cinnamon): ¥2,430 (Tax Included) *Also available at the cafe individually for ¥360 (Tax Included)
Jack-o-Lantern macaroons and spooky eyeball macaroons are available for takeout for a limited time only! Order at the cafe, the online shop, or through Uber Eats.
Full of the rich, sweet taste of pumpkin, these will put you in the mood for the Halloween season.
These scary snacks are filled with apple jelly, cinnamon, and spicy ganache cream.
Do these sweets put you in the Halloween spirit?
Q-pot CAFE. Three Cake Set & Macaron Set
Release Date: September 1, 2021