Tokyo Banana Launches Pokémon Confection Series With Pikachu as First Catch
Tokyo’s official souvenir sweets brand Tokyo Banana has launched its new Pokémon Tokyo Banana series of confections.
The first tasty entry to the series is the Pikachu Tokyo Banana which will begin rolling out in limited quantities at 7-ELEVEN convenience stores across Japan from November 21, 2020. It will subsequently arrive as a permanent product at the Tokyo Station branch of Tokyo Banana on December 10, 2020.
Pokémon turn into adorable Tokyo Banana confections
Pikachu Tokyo Banana | Banana Flavour (Contains 2) | ¥291 (Tax Included)
Tokyo Banana are popular cream-filled cakes and are the official souvenir sweet of Tokyo. The Pokémon series turns these fluffy treats into cute confections for you to enjoy with your favourite Pokémon during snack time.
Pikachu: The first in the delicious line
Pikachu is first up in the Pokémon Tokyo Banana series. The adorable Pokémon has been turned into a banana custard cream-filled sponge cake.
There are six Pikachu designs in total which include Pikachu making a variety of cute faces as well as its tail.
Each of the Pikachu Tokyo Banana confections are individually packaged in bags which have a Poké Ball design.
Special packaging designs
The individual treats are then packaged in one of six possible Pikachu packets.
Pikachu Tokyo Banana will first roll out at 7-ELEVEN convenience stores in the locations listed below on the respective dates before heading to Tokyo Banana at Tokyo Station on December 10.
November 21 Release
Tokyo / Kanagawa / Chiba / Saitama
November 28 Release
Hokkaido / Aomori / Iwate / Akita / Miyagi / Yamagata / Fukushima / Ibaraki / Tochigi / Gunma / Niigata / Toyama / Ishikawa / Fukui
December 5 Release
Yamanashi / Nagano / Shizuoka / Aichi / Gify / Mie / Okayama / Hiroshima / Tottori / Shimane / Yamaguchi / Tokushima / Kagawa / Ehime / Kochi
December 12 Release
Osaka / Kyoto / Hyogo / Shiga / Nara / Wakayama / Fukuoka / Saga / Nagasaki / Oita / Kumamoto / Miyazaki / Kagoshima
*Not available in Okinawa
*7-ELEVEN sales are available while supplies last
Tokyo Banana – JR Tokyo Station
Pikachu Tokyo Banana will arrive at the JR Tokyo Station branch of Tokyo Banana inside HANAGATAYA on December 10. The second Pokémon is scheduled to be released in January 2021.
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Pikachu Tokyo Banana
Pre-Sales: November 21, 2020
*Available at select 7-ELEVEN branches in Japan while supplies last
Pokémon Tokyo Banana @ Tokyo Station
Release Date: December 10, 2020
Location: HANAGATAYA at JR Tokyo Station
Tokyo Banana World: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/
Make Your Own Chocolate Pokémon Pies With Lotte’s Confectionery DIY Kit
Japanese confectionery company Lotte is launching a new version of its popular Choco Pie dessert in collaboration with Pokémon.
Pokémon Trainers out there with sweet tooths are given an ordinary blank Choco Pie which they can decorate with the accompanying assorted chocolates, nuts, and sweets to create their favourite Pokémon. They can create their own from their mind or follow the recipe provided.
Choco Pie Art with Pokémon will be released by Lotte in Japan on November 24, 2020.
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Luxurious Christmas Desserts Whipped Up at Ginza’s SHISEIDO PARLOUR SALON DE CAFE
23.November.2020 | FOOD
SHISEIDO PARLOUR SALON DE CAFE in Ginza, Tokyo, is serving up Christmas cheer this year in the form of a delightful selection of desserts from December 1 to 29.
Christmas Angel Parfait | ¥2,300 (Tax Included)
Made with super sweet Le Lectier pears and combined with assorted berries, this parfait is like a gift from the heavens.
Present From The Heavens w/ Drink | ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
A super cute Christmas assortment with a Christmas present made from white chocolate and berry yam, a snowman made from yuzu citrus-laced milk ice cream, and more.
Shiseido Parlour Story w/ Drink | ¥2,600 (Tax Included) *Served weekdays only
Ensemble Chocolate w/ Drink | ¥2,200 (tax Included)
A brownie made from a combination of Belgian, French, and Swiss chocolate surrounded by ganache, ice cream, and more, served with a spread of berry sauce.
Strawberry Parfait | ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
A simple but deliciously sweet parfait made with koiminori strawberries from Nagasaki. It’s served with ice cream and sauce but only contains 10g sugar content.
SHISEIDO PARLOUR SALON DE CAFÉ
Address: Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building 3F, 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5537-6231 (Reservations Not Required)
[Mon-Sat] 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
[Sun & Public Holidays] 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Closed: Mondays (Except Public Holidays) / New Year Holidays
Official Website: https://parlour.shiseido.co.jp/
Pikachu Caramel Frappes Zap Their Way to Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe This Holiday Season
Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, is adding the new “Caramel Pika Pika Frappe” to its menu this holiday season from December 5, 2020 to January 15, 2021.
Caramel Pika Pika Frappe | ¥700 (Before Tax)
The adorable beverage is based on the Japanese custard pudding known as purin. It’s laced with caramel sauce, closed off with a squirt of whipped cream, and finished with a sprinkling of chocolate chips for accent.
The drink also comes with one of four possible Pikachu sleeves which feature designs in promotion of the upcoming animated film Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (also known as Pokémon the Movie: Coco) which will be released in Japan on December 25, 2020 and in the US in 2021.
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Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe
Address: Sunshine City Alpa 2F, 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/pikachu_sweets/
McDonald’s Luxurious Chocolate Frappes in Collaboration With GODIVA Are Mouth-Watering
20.November.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan has revealed two new beverages which will be sold at McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s from November 25: the “GODIVA Chocolate Espresso Frappe & Macaron” and the “GODIVA Chocolate Espresso Frappe.”
This is McCafé by Barista’s first collaboration with the Turkish chocolate company GODIVA. The drinks were made under the supervision of Yannick Chevolleau, an executive chef and chocolatier pâtissier at GODIVA, bringing together a match made in heaven of rich chocolate and espresso.
GODIVA Chocolate Espresso Frappe – Regular Size (¥540)
The beverage contains a dark chocolate sauce which combines cacao powder and roasted cacao beans which is mixed together with fragrant espresso and milk before being topped with whipped cream drizzled in a couverture chocolate sauce made from 54% Belgian chocolate.
GODIVA Chocolate Espresso Frappe & Macaron – Regular Size (¥540)
You can also get it topped with a vanilla-flavoured macaron which adds sweetness to the rich beverage and looks even more Instagram-worthy.
GODIVA Chocolate Espresso Frappe & Macaron
GODIVA Chocolate Espresso Frappe
Serving: November 25, 2020 – Mid January 2021 (subject to change)
Available: At McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s in Japan
Pokémon Silicone Ring Phone Straps Keep Trainers Company in the Wild
Retail company Hamee recently released a new collection of Pokémon silicone ring phone straps in Japan.
Pokémon Silicone Ring Straps | ¥990 Each (Before Tax)
These cute straps are sure to keep Trainers out there company while their Pokémon sleep in their Poké Balls.
Designs include Pikachu and Ditto which not only look adorable but will keep your phone safe from falling while you’re using it too.
The rings are made from soft silicone which won’t damage the phone or its screen if it touches them and also doesn’t case discomfort when worn on the finger. They weigh in at just 3g. Use them not only on your phone case but digital camera, pass case, and more as a convenient hook.
They match perfectly with the Pokémon iFace First Class phone case series too.
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Pokémon Silicone Ring Straps
Mickey & Friends Disney Christmas Cupcakes to be Released at Ginza Cozy Corner
Japanese confectionery company Ginza Cozy Corner is teaming up with Disney once again to release a new Christmas collection of cupcakes on December 1.
Colourful Disney treats for the holiday season
This sweet seasonal collection is inspired by Mickey & Friends and contains nine unique cupcakes which depict the characters getting ready for their Christmas party.
Disney Christmas Collection (Contains 9) | ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
Cupcakes include a Santa-hat wearing, chocolate ganache-filled Mickey cream cheese cake, a strawberry jam-filled Minnie mousse cake, a lemon and mint cream-packed, Christmas decoration-adorned Donald tart, a banana and mint cream Pluto tart, an orange cream Goofy chocolate cake, and more.
The cakes are packed in a special Disney Christmas box which is sure to catch the attention of sweet tooths this holiday season, perfect for stay-at-home Christmas parties.
Disney Christmas Collection
Running: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Ginza Cozy Corner Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Starbucks Japan Reveals Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino®
19.November.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan has revealed that its second instalment of its limited-edition holiday season 2020 beverages will be the “Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate” and “Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino®” which customers can order from November 24. A new batch of festive Starbucks merch will also hit Japanese branches on November 30.
A harmonious fusion of matcha and sweet white chocolate
Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino® Tall ¥590 (Tall-size only)
Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate: Short ¥450 / Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570 (Hot option only)
Matcha is one of Starbucks Japan’s signature flavours and just to happens to have been in the spotlight in last year’s holiday season drinks. This year sees marbling mixture of of rich matcha sauce and sweet white chocolate syrup with the Frappuccino®, finished with a squirt of whipped cream, brownie bits, and snowy powdered sugar. The hot version comes as a marriage of matcha and white mocha mixed together with steamed milk to warm the cockles of hearts during the cold months.
New holiday season merchandise
The theme of the second batch of merchandise is “Brilliant Season” which capture the bright and sparkly vibe of winter like with the snowflake-covered stainless steel bottle, a glass mug with beads in it that move around when shaken, a snow globe, and more. The perfect line-up for capturing the holiday season mood during your coffee break.
Starbucks Japan is currently serving the Berry x Berry No-Bake Cheesecake Frappuccino® and Berry x Berry White Mocha holiday season drinks for the holiday season until November 24 when they will be replaced by the Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate and Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino®. It is also serving the Starbucks® Christmas Blend, Gingerbread Latte, and Macadamia Toffee Latte until Christmas Day.
Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate and Matcha
Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino®
Running: November 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Available: Starbucks in Japan
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
UNIQLO Announces Loungewear Collaboration With Pokémon and Sumikko Gurashi
Japanese clothing retailer UNIQLO has announced a loungewear collection for the holiday season in collaboration with Pokémon and Sumikko Gurashi—the latter being a set of fictional characters created by San-X. Set to roll out in Japan from November 19, the fleece line-up is the perfect gift for the coming winter months.
Everybody’s favourite Pokémon are coming together for this cosy collaboration. The fleece set’s theme is “Night Explorer” which imagines the wearer exploring the night together with their Pokémon. The designs feature moon and star motifs with neon colouring.
When the collection launches, those who purchase one of the Pokémon fleece sets in Japan will receive a set of two clear-coloured Pokémon figurines. And if they order online via UNIQLO’s website, their order will be shipped in a special Pokémon box.
Buyers will also receive a card with a code on it to participate in a special campaign.
Sumikko Gurashi Line-Up
The corner-dwelling Sumikko Gurashi character merchandise is themed on a sleepover with items made warm, fluffy, and cosy.
The three Sumikko Gurashi sets will launch online only on December 18.
Picking up either of the fleece sets or poncho blanket sets from December 18 will land you one of the above-pictured plush toys.
UNIQLO will also be selling limited-edition Sumikko Gurashi gift cards too both online and in-store when the sets are released.
Loungewear Holiday Collection
Release Date: November 19, 2020
Pokémon Line-Up Info: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/ja/spl/ut-graphic-tees/pokemon-20fw/kids
Sumikko Gurashi Line-Up Info: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/ja/spl/ut-graphic-tees/sumikkogurashi-20fw/kids
Online Pokémon Escape Game Launches in Promotion of Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle Anime Film
18.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME
SCRAP launched a new online escape game entitled “Escape From the Mystery Pokémon Jungle” on November 14, 2020 in promotion of the upcoming anime film Pokémon the Movie: Coco which will be released in Japan on December 25, 2020. The film will also be released in the US in 2021 under the title Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle.
SCRAP is a Japanese company that specialises in the creation of escape games. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, SCRAP has been hosting online escape games for people around the world. It has collaborated with Pokémon every year since 2013, with 300,000 participants having played the games collectively. This new escape game has players watching a video on the game’s official website while using a pen and paper to solve the puzzles and mysteries of the Mystery Pokémon Jungle.
Players can download and print the materials they will need for the game from the website. This will be their puzzle-solving kit which includes gimmicks of its own that will require assembly with tape. And since the game can be played at any time, players can choose what time works best for them when they have a free slot in the day.
The game offers a selection of different courses including two different two-person standard courses as well as a lighter family course for parents to play with their children.
The escape game is a great way to celebrate the upcoming and highly-anticipated release of Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle.
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Online Escape Game x Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle
Official Website: http://realdgame.jp/pokemon2020/
Toy Story’s Little Green Men and Lots-o’ Get Turned Into Confections at Japanese Convenience Stores
Bandai’s character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has revealed that its next batch of sweet treats will be inspired by the Little Green Men and Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear from the popular Pixar movie franchise Toy Story. The confections will hit 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan on November 21, 2020.
Tabemas Toy Story | ¥258 Each (Before Tax)
The lovable Little Green Men and Toy Story 3‘s main antagonist Lots-o have been fully recreated, down to the finest details, into delicious confections. The details are well crafted you can almost hear the aliens chanting “OOOOOH” in unison! The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.
The Little Green Men are matcha flavoured while Lots-o is strawberry flavoured. Both contain Japanese bean paste, and neither use artificial colourings. Their colours comes from the original ingredients. Each sweet is also only 100kcal making is a perfect quick treat.
‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour.
Tabemas Toy Story 25th Anniversary – Little Green Man & Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear
Release Date: November 21, 2020
Available: At the chilled sweets section of 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan
*Available while supplies last
*Stock date may differ from branch to branch
*Select stores not participating
Official Website: https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/toystory/
Christmas-Themed Afternoon Tea Set to Arrive at Hyatt Regency Tokyo
16.November.2020 | FOOD
Hyatt Regency Tokyo’s brasserie Vicky’s is reopening on November 20, 2020. To celebrate Christmas, Vicky’s is serving up an adorable afternoon tea set which contains Christmassy desserts and savoury snacks. The afternoon tea set will be available on weekends and national holidays from November 21 to December 27, 2020.
Christmas Afternoon Tea Set: ¥4,400 (After Tax)
Enjoy a festive afternoon tea set in Vicky’s comforting brasserie. For the occasion, head dessert maker Hirokazu Satō has created a selection of delicious pastries which take the forms of adorable Christmas characters. Enjoy the creamy layers of the strawberry mousse snowman, indulge in the aromatic pistachio cream tart which looks like a Christmas tree, and sink your teeth into a strawberry and pistachio macaron which looks like Santa Claus. Tuck into the strawberry shortcake which looks just like a Christmas present to finish off your dessert plate.
Minoru Ōtaki is in charge of the savory treats of the Christmas afternoon tea. The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, quiche lorraine, fried shrimp and more. The savoury snacks balance out the sweet desserts and add a moderately savoury touch to your experience. Customers are also invited to indulge in the wide variety of delightful drinks.
To celebrate the reopening of Vicky’s, Ōtaki has created a special dinnertime tapas selection where you can indulge in the natural flavours of fresh ingredients.
This Christmas afternoon tea is a wonderful way to relax after work or even with your friends.
Christmas Afternoon Tea Set
Running: November 21 ー December 27, 2020
Location: Vicky’s Brasserie, Hyatt Regency Tokyo Floor 1
2 Chome-7-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo
Teatime: 13:00 – 17:00 (Last Orders: 16:00)
*Available on weekends and national holidays only
Phone Number: 03-3348-1234
Vicky’s Brasserie Official Website: https://www.hyattregencytokyo.com/portals/0/vickys/
Pokémon Themed Hotel Rooms Open in Tokyo and Kyoto at APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU
Japanese real estate company Cosmos Initia teamed up with The Pokémon Company last year to offer Pokémon themed hotel rooms at two branches of APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU in Tokyo and Kyoto. The rooms have received high praise from guests, and so they have decided to offer the rooms in two more branches.
The new rooms will open at MIMARU TOKYO Ginza EAST on December 1, 2020 and MIMARU Osaka Nanba NORTH on January 14, 2021. Room bookings opened at both hotels on Friday (November 13).
Each part of the Pokémon Rooms are decorated in all things instantly-recognisable to fans of the franchise including in both the dining and bedroom spaces.
Guest kitchens also come with a batch of original plates and mugs to make their Pokémon stay even more fun. Rooms also come with various themed novelties such as a small bag, welcome card, and hand towel.
Fans of Pokémon planning a trip to Tokyo or Osaka will definitely want to check out APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU.
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Official Website: https://mimaruhotels.com/en/