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/
The Best Halloween Sweets to Pick Up Before They’re Gone
Fall is already here, and it’s time for some seasonal treats! Here on Moshi Moshi Nippon, we’ve brought you plenty of timely info on some of the best cute and spooky sweets Japan has to offer. Admittedly, some of them look too beautiful to eat, but at least they’ll liven up your living space!
This Halloween comes during another tough year, so why not treat yourself? Here are some of the best sweets to bring home during this spooktacular season.
Hotel W Osaka x PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS
Japan’s luxury lifestyle hotel W OSAKA is offering themed sweets at the ‘MIXup’ Art & Pastry Bar. The recipes and baking techniques are based on the methods of PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS, and the desert course features eight different treats filled with seasonal ingredients like pumpkin and pear.
Release Date: September 15, 2021
Hyatt Centric Kanazawa
A series of monochromatic Halloween-inspired treats will be on sale at Hyatt Centric Kanazawa starting October 1, including cakes, muffins, and more. Be sure to check out the absolutely massive Halloween parfait, which will both fill you up and freak you out.
Release Date: October 1, 2021
Located in Tokyo’s Omotesando area, Q-pot CAFE is offering cake and macaron sets, each of which are made to order. The Eye-Patch Ghost cake is adorable, but we don’t know if we could stomach that Brain Cake…
Release Date: September 1, 2021
Hotel Conrad Osaka x Sebastian Masuda
Sebastian Masuda, known as the Godfather of Kawaii, is teaming up with Hotel Conrad in Osaka for some bright and colorful Halloween treats. If you’re looking for something less dreary, this buffet is definitely the event for you.
Running: September 2, 2021 – October 31, 2021
Mister Donut Ouchi de MISDO HALLOWEEN
Five new Halloween donuts are now available at participating Mister Donut shops nationwide! Each sweet and spooky creature is available with ten different eye expressions, so you’ll just have to try to get them all.
Available: September 3, 2021 until sold out.
TEXT： Natalie（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
The Strings Omotesando Promoting Breast Cancer Awareness with Special Pink Menu
Since 2003, the Pink Ribbon Festival has been held to convey the importance of early breast cancer detection and regular screenings. Breast cancer affects more than 90,000 people each year in Japan, making this initiative more important than ever. In October, the Strings Omotesando will be supporting the initiative with an all-pink menu at both the Zelkova Cake Boutique and Cafe & Dining Zelkova. These treats will be available from October 1 until October 31.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to spread vital information and inspire people to take proper precautions. The Pink Ribbon Shortcake, available for takeout only, and two bright pink cocktails, the ‘Mary Pickford’ and ‘Diamond Lily’ will be available. The shortcake, with a massive symbolic pink ribbon on top, is made with a light sponge, smooth semi-sweet cream, and a layer of juicy seasonal Shine Muscat.
The Mary Pickford, made with white rum, pineapple juice, cherry liqueur, and grenadine, is served with a pink ribbon adorning the glass. The Diamond Lily mocktail is inspired by the flower of the same name, which typically blooms in October. Using pink grapefruit and rose syrup, it’s sure to make anyone sipping it look glamorous.
In addition to these limited menu items, the Breast Care Book, a guidebook detailing information about breast cancer, will be distributed for free, with donation boxes available for those who want to support cancer research.
Pink Ribbon Festival at The Strings Omotesando
Running: October 1 – October 31, 2021
Venue: Zelkova Cake Boutique / Cafe & Dining Zelkova / (The Strings Omotesando 1F)
Hours: 11:30-22:00 (Cake Boutique open 12:00-20:00)
*Hours of operation have been shortened. See website for details.
Phone: 03-5778-4566 (Direct line to Cafe & Dining Zelkova)
Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers Offers Halloween Menu to Enjoy in Lounge and at Home
Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers have announced a Halloween themed menu using seasonal Autumn ingredients. The ‘Sweets Parade~ Halloween~’ buffet will be held on the second floor of the Seawind lounge on Thursdays and Fridays between October 7 and October 29. In addition, a Halloween version of the popular take-out ‘Home de Afternoon Tea’ will be available in their basement floor pastry shop Dorer for a limited time between October 1 and October 31.
Lounge ‘Sea Window’ Sweets Parade ~Halloween~
‘Purple Potato Mont Blanc’ with Okinawan purple potatoes.
‘Shiro-An Yokan’ with skulls (front) Mousse Chocolate Marron (back right)
Caramel Coffee (left) / Matcha Anmitsu (right)
‘Orange and Strawberry Jelly’ with vivid graduation coloring (center)
Pumpkin Tart (front) / Eyeball ‘Vanilla Cassis’
Pastry Shop Dorer ‘Home de Afternoon Tea ~Halloween~’
Smoked Salmon Salad
Chestnut Rice with Pumpkin
Five variations of Ronnefeldt Tea / Alain Milliat Strawberry Jam
Lounge ‘Sea Window’ is back with another charming ‘Sweets Parade ~Halloween~’ sweets menu. The menu boasts a lineup of photogenic Halloween sweets, including a glossy ‘Purple Potato Mont Blanc’ made using Okinawan purple potatoes, a peering eyeball ‘Vanilla Cassis,’ a pumpkin and almond cream ‘Pumpkin Tart,’ and a jack-o-lantern themed gradient ‘Orange and Strawberry Jelly.’
There is also a selection of luxurious light meals, each featuring seasonal ingredients, that will offer you a taste of the hotel, including the pumpkin-filled ‘Chestnut Rice’ and ‘Pumpkin Soup’, and the ‘Chestnut Danish.’
For the first time, pastry shop Dorer will be offering a ‘Home de Afternoon Tea ~Halloween~’ experience, allowing customers to enjoy Halloween sweets from the comfort of their own home. The cute box is filled with a variety of fun sweets and savory snacks such as a ‘Purple Potato Mont Blanc,’ ‘Monster Macarons,’ a skull-covered ‘Fig Tart’ and ‘Shining Grape Petit Cream Puffs.’ The afternoon tea set makes the perfect gift to any loved ones!
You can visit the lounge and experience a luxurious time at the adult-aimed sweets buffet, gazing through the atrium during the long Autumn evenings, or you can enjoy the colorful afternoon tea set from the comfort of your own living room!
Why not experience a special Halloween in your preferred setting?
Lounge ‘Sea Window’ Sweets Parade ~Halloween~
Location: Lounge ‘Sea Window’ / 2F
Availability: October 7 ~ October 29 2021 on Thursdays and Fridays
Pastry Shop ‘Dorer’ Home de Afternoon Tea ~Halloween~
Location: Pastry Shop ‘Dorer’ B1F
Availability: October 1 ~ October 31 2021 (Reservations required, to be made 3 days in advance)
KRISPY KREME Reveals Limited Halloween Donuts
23.September.2021 | FOOD
KRISPY KREME DONUTS Japan has unveiled its screamingly delicious new Halloween themed donut selection, the “KRISPY KREME SKREMES!,” which will be available nationwide between October 1 and October 31 2021.
Halloween Jack Caramel & Custard
Blood Strawberry Skull
Halloween Dozen (12 pieces)
Halloween Half-Dozen (6 pieces)
Halloween Box (3 pieces)
Mini Box (20 pieces)
Mini Half-Box (10 pieces)
Mini Mini-Box (3 pieces)
This year’s KKDJ Halloween selection will include a new skull donut alongside the ever-popular Jack. In addition, in the lead up to Halloween, Jack and the Skull’s expressions will become increasingly scarier between the 25 and 31st! Don’t miss out on these ever-changing designs.
First in the lineup is the ‘Halloween Jack Caramel & Custard,’ a pumpkin and caramel flavored Jack-o-Lantern which returns every Halloween. The ‘Blood Strawberry Skull,’ released this year, featured a monster with a milky white chocolate face, with sweet white and bitter dark chocolate eyes. In addition, you can order ‘Halloween Sprinkles’ for a colorful Halloween aesthetic, and ‘Spider Chocolate Custard” which will turn your custard into a spider web shape!
The ‘Halloween Dozen’ and ‘Halloween Half-Dozen,’ which feature four types of Halloween donut, and the famous ‘Original Glazed®’ will be served in limited edition Halloween themed boxes for the season. The ‘Mini-box’ donuts have even transformed into tiny monsters! Be sure to check out these colorful and exciting new sweets.
KRISPY KREME SKREMES!
Availability: October 1 ~ October 31 2021
Participating Stores: KRISPY KREME DONUTS Stores Nationwide
Official Site: https://krispykreme.jp/
Museum-Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Releases Seven Artistic Christmas Cakes
20.September.2021 | FOOD
Museum-Hotel Gajoen Tokyo will be opening pre-orders for their Patisserie ‘Shiori Kyou 1928’ 2021 Christmas cake selection between October 1 and December 17.
The theme for this year’s Christmas cakes is “Art Temptation,” with seven unique, artistic cakes to choose from. The hotel is full of Japanese beauty and artistry, while the cake line-up features gorgeous cultural motifs and traditional crafts.
Tamatebako *Limited to 10 cakes
A shortcake with strawberries from Kayama Farm.
Pralines & Pistachio
Cassis & Fig
Coffee & Tonka
Fromage & Cru
This year’s lineup, of course, features the standard seasonal products; First is the Tamate Box, a two-tiered box made of chocolate, filled with cakes, gateaux, pound cake, and more. The Kayama Farm Strawberry Shortcake is their most popular product and is covered in high quality brand strawberries. The Stollen, with its spicy accents, is perfect for adults.
Alongside them is a selection of four new products; The Praline & Pistachio cake, which is covered in poinsettia and pine-shaped chocolate, and the Cassis & Fig is formed of four delicate, paper-cutting inspired layers. The Coffee & Tonka has a mature, bitter flavor and is topped with a Christmas tree, while the Fromage & Cru is made of a refreshing combination of cheese and apples.
Enjoy a precious moment that can be enjoyed by both adults and children with these beautiful and artistic cakes!
PATISSERIE ‘Shiori Kyou 1928″ Christmas Cakes
Reservation Period: October 1 ~ December 17 2021
Delivery Period: December 22 ~ December 25 2021
Reservation Phone Number: 03-5434-5230 (11:00-20:00)
Online Reservations・Official Site: https://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/lien/xmas
Hands-On POKEMON COLORS Exhibition Opening in Osaka for Limited Time
The globally-beloved Pokemon franchise is celebrating 25 years throughout 2021. Throughout the year, the POKEMON COLORS exhibition has opened in cities throughout Japan, bringing a barrage of bright colors, fantastic art, and Pokemon-themed activities to fans nationwide. As guests move throughout the event space, various projections and images around them change, with popular Pokemon characters popping up and flooding the world around them in color. Now, the POKEMON COLORS exhibition is set to open in Osaka beginning September 30.
Inspired by the more than 800 Pokemon species in the franchise, the POKEMON COLORS project uses sensors placed throughout the event space to track visitors movements, altering the images, music, and lighting accordingly. Meant to be a combination of pop culture and minimalist digital art, it’s an experience like no other.
160 unique goods will be available at the exhibition, from apparel and art pieces to cell phone cases and office supplies. Be sure to check it out if you’re in Osaka this fall!
©2021 Pokémon. ©1995-2021 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Running: September 30 – October 20, 2021
Address: Daimaru Museum Umeda 15F
Hours: 10:00AM – 8:00PM (Last entry at 7:00PM)
Official Site: https://pokemon-colors.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/
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.
Pokemon Shirts to Release 35 New Designs, Total of 386 Patterns Now Available
Pokemon Shirts have become massively popular since their release in 2019. A collaboration between American custom shirt brand Original Stitch and the Pokemon franchise, these customized tops now ship worldwide, and have people showing off their favorite characters in and out of the office. Now, 35 new Pokemon patterns are available, meaning that 135 total Pokemon from the Ruby & Sapphire titles are available. This brings the total amount of patterns available to 386.
New Design Preview
The creatures from Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire are being released over four installments, each with a specific theme. The theme of this fourth release is ‘Sky,’ and flying Pokemon are being added to the lineup, including Rayquaza, Latias, Latios, and Deoxys.
The key visual for the new promotion was created by Shiseido’s top hair and makeup artist Tadashi Harada, and was inspired by the dragon Pokemon Rayquaza.
Which Pokemon are looking forward to seeing on a fresh new shirt?
On Sale Now
Official Site: https://pokemon.originalstitch.com/
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!