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/
Tokyo’s Craft Chocolate Shop nel Releases Cacao Kintoki Shaved Ice Desserts
nel craft chocolate tokyo, a craft chocolate shop located in Nihonbashihamacho, Tokyo, released two chocolate shaved ice desserts last Wednesday for the hot summer season. The desserts are also being sold at Saryo Tsukikage, a restaurant inside the hot spring ryokan Yuen Bettei Daita in Setagaya.
Left: Cacao Kintoki | Right: White Cacao Kintoki
Cacao kintoki is a type of shaved ice made with specially-selected cacao beans from Vietnam. It uses a ‘bean to bar’ method where the shaved ice is made from scratch, roasting the beans fresh to create the dessert.
The two new treats at nel use a chocolate base and add cacao pulp to the mix, adding a natural fruity flavour derived from the bean. Each is also served with a special cacao sauce for extra flavour. The white cacao version is made by combining with in-house white chocolate. It also comes with an Okinawan passion fruit and cacao pulp sauce, resulting in a sour kick and refreshing taste.
The open-air baths at Yuen Bettei Daita
A special matcha version of this shaved ice can also be enjoyed while bathing in the open-air baths at Yuen Bettei Daita. It’s made with nel’s homemade white chocolate as well as dark chocolate, cacao pulp, and specially-selected yame matcha from Shimokita Chaen Ōyama, a cafe in Setagaya.
nel CRAFT CHOCOLATE TOKYO
Address: HAMACHO HOTEL 1, 3-2-2 Nihonbashihamacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://nel-tokyo.jp/
Yuen Bettei Daita
Address: 2-31-26 Daita, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.uds-hotels.com/yuenbettei/daita/restaurant/#saryo
Tokyo’s New Strawberry Dessert Shop ICHIBIKO Opens at Shibuya’s Tokyu Food Show
ICHIBIKO is a new strawberry dessert-themed cafe that opened at Tokyu Food Show in Shibuya, Tokyo, on June 1. The shop’s concept is centred on letting people enjoy strawberries all year round served in a variety of sweet and succulent ways.
Migaki-Ichigo Pudding | 3 Flavours
The Migaki-Ichigo Pudding is a Japanese-style custard pudding made with a layer of custard and strawberry jam. The jam, which contains fresh juicy pieces of strawberry left over, is made from a type of high quality strawberry called Migaki-Ichigo. These puddings are available in three flavours.
Migaki-Ichigo Pudding – Strawberry Custard | ¥432 (Tax Included)
Made with fresh cream and vanilla custard and combined with strawberry jam. Rich and full of fruity flavour.
Migaki-Ichigo Pudding – Condensed Strawberry Milk | ¥486 (Tax Included)
Layered with condensed milk instead of custard, lending a refreshing milky flavour to the sweet strawberry and giving a velvety texture.
Migaki-Ichigo Pudding – Strawberry Milk Yogurt | ¥432 (Tax Included)
Made with strawberry sauce-infused yogurt and Migaki-Ichigo jam giving a cool, refreshing flavour.
The new ICHIBIKO store also sells the brand’s most popular beverage, ICHIBIKO Milk, as well as baked confections, and fresh Migaki-Ichigo strawberries sourced directly from farmers.
ICHIBIKO Shibuya Tokyu Food Show
Grand Opening: June 1, 2021
Address: SHIBUYA MARK CITY East Mall Floor 1F, 1-12-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Access: Connected directly to the Keio-Inokashira Line at Shibuya Station
ICHIBIKO Official Website: https://ichibiko.jp/
Disney’s Mickey & Friends Teams Up With Tokyo’s Souvenir Sweet Tokyo Banana
07.June.2021 | FOOD
Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana, a joint confectionery shop between GRAPESTONE and Tokyo Banana, released its new Mickey & Friends collection on Thursday.
Tokyo Banana Mickey & Friends Collection | ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto join hands in a heart-warming new collection of Tokyo Banana, a cream-filled sponge cake and the official souvenir sweet of Tokyo’s official souvenir sweet: Tokyo Banana.
Mickey & Friends arrive in all the colours of the rainbow
The colourful packaging features the Disney group of best friends including Mickey, who loves his friends, his girlfriend Minnie, the anger-prone Donald, stylish Daisy, silly Goofy, and trusty Pluto.
Six cute patterns decorate the sponge cakes
There are six super cute Mickey & Friends designs you could get in your Tokyo Banana, and each one is random. They are filled with chocolate banana-flavoured custard cream.
Collect all the postcards
All boxes of these treats come with two of eight possible postcard designs which you can use for sending to someone or even as room decoration.
Mickey & Friends Tokyo Banana
Released: June 3, 2021
Where: Tokyo Banana stores
Tokyo Banana Official Website: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/disney/index.html
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Gets Cute Cupcake Release by Ginza Cozy Corner
04.June.2021 | FOOD
Ginza Cozy Corner is releasing a new collection of cupcakes and confections at its stores on June 11 in collaboration with the Disney classic The Little Mermaid. The cupcakes feature designs that will be familiar to any fan of the animated film, from Ariel to Flounder, King Triton’s Trident, and others that capture the wonderful underwater world of Atlantica.
Some of the Disney delights include the Mermaid Ariel Apple & Strawberry Whipped Cream Tart, Princess Ariel Raspberry Jam & Strawberry Mousse Cake, Ursula Blueberry Jam & Blueberry Whipped Cream Cocoa Tart, Eric’s Cheese Mousse & Berry Jam Cake, and more.
The Little Mermaid Collection | Includes 9 | ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
The cakes come in a gorgeous box
The Little Mermaid Collection
Running: June 11, 2021 – July 29, 2021
Order Start Dates
[In-Store] June 1, 2021 until all sell out
[Online] June 7, 2021 – July 24, 2021
June 12, 2021 – July 29, 2021 (Except June 18-20)
Ginza Cozy Corner Official Website: http://www.cozycorner.jp/
VTuber Yukihana Lamy Releases Her Own Sake Called ‘Yuki-Yo-Zuki’
Yukihana Lamy, a Virtual YouTuber associated with hololive, launched her own Japanese sake project in February to bring her dream to life of making her very own sake by hand. That sake has now been released by the name of Yuki-Yo-Zuki, a premium brand daiginjo sake.
The sake was created in collaboration with Meiri Shurui, a Japanese sake brewery which has been around since the Edo Period. Every single ingredient in the drink was considered from scratch including the type of rice, the ratios, yeast, alcohol content, and so on. The sake is made by hand in a brewery located in Mito, Ibaraki.
Yuki-Yo-Zuki uses Fukushogun Daiginjo as its base, a sake that won Gold in the Sake category at IWC2020. It’s made with a combination of Yamada Nishiki and Biyama Nishiki rice as well as ginjoka, the highest quality daiginjo, known for its light spicy kick and fruity notes. The bottle features an illustration of Yukihana Lamy drawn by Abara Heiki, an artist Lamy likes, with a fusion of black and silver inspired by the meaning of drink’s name: ‘Snowy Evening Moon.’
Yuki-Yo-Zuki – Lamy’s Nihonshu Project
Buy Here: https://www.meirishurui.com/online/
Kirin Announces Restoration Project With Gogo no Kocha Milk Tea
01.June.2021 | FOOD
Kirin Beverage launched the Gogo Tea Happiness Project on June 1, 2021. The project will donate the proceeds made from select products to locations in Japan that require support in restoration efforts. The first product to launch is the ‘Gogo no Kocha for HAPPINESS Kumamoto Strawberry Tea’ which released in limited quantities in Japan on Tuesday.
Kirin Group launched a similar project in 2011 called the ‘Kirin Bond Project.’ in 2016, they began efforts to support the people of Kumamoto after the earthquake that struck there that year – to ‘bind’ them to the future. From then until 2018, they also shot commercials for their Gogo no Kocha milk tea brand at Miharashidai Station, Shirakawa River, and other places around Kumamoto, as well as promoted the village of Minamiaso to showcase its beautiful natural environment.
The Gogo Tea Happiness Project takes Kirin back to Kumamoto to continue helping to support restoration efforts, something the company has been doing since July 2011 after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. For every bottle of Gogo no Kocha for HAPPINESS Kumamoto Strawberry Tea sold, not only does 3.9 yen of the proceeds go towards supporting Kumamoto, it also gives people around Japan the chance to try a type of strawberry grown in Kumamoto called yuubeni. The project also ties in with the 35th anniversary of Kirin’s Gogo no Kocha tea.
Gogo no Kocha for HAPPINESS Kumamoto Strawberry Tea
Japanese Product Name: キリン 午後の紅茶 for HAPPINESS 熊本県産いちごティー
Released: June 1, 2021
Price: ¥140 (Before Tax)
Official Website: https://www.kirin.co.jp/
gelato pique café Begins Serving Desserts Made With American Cherries
gelato pique café is now serving up a selection of three desserts topped with seasonal American cherries. The items are available on the menu until July 15.
American Cherry Crepe: Have In ¥980 / Takeout ¥970
American Cherry Soft Cream: Have In ¥580 / Takeout ¥570
American Cherry Soda: Have In ¥580 / Takeout ¥570 (Photo for illustrative purposes only – served in a takeout cup)
American Cherry Crepe & Soda Set: Have In ¥1,380 / Takeout ¥1,370
Plain Crepe & American Cherry Soda Set: Have In ¥980 / Takeout ¥970
The American Cherry Crepe is filled with sweet and velvety royal milk gelato and seasonal American cherries. The sweetness of the gelato, sour kick of the cherries, and rich chocolate ganache cream make for a tasty combination, complemented by the range of textures including the soft fruit and crunchy granola.
The American Cherry Soft Cream contains a cherry sauce made with fresh cherries – and the whole thing is topped off with a cute cherry.
The beautifully red American Cherry Soda is made completely out of sweet cherries. The cherry syrup adds a gorgeous gradation to the drink as well as a refreshing after taste. There are two ways to enjoy this special drink: as it is, which offers a feeling of refreshment, or mixing the milk-flavoured gelato in for sweetness and creaminess.
AMERICAN CHERRY SPECIAL
Serving: May 25, 2021 – July 17, 2021
Where: gelato pique café (Participating Branches: Atre Ebisu, Lumine Ikebukuro, Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari, Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu, Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Mozo Wonder City, Namba Marui, Mitsui Outlet Park Hokuriku Oyabe, Kanazawa Forus, Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C)
*Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C is now serving the soft cream
*Opening hours subject to shortening depending on COVID-19
Official Website: https://pique-cafe.com/
Cute Cat-Shaped Mango Cheesecake Arrives at Neko Neko Cheesecake
31.May.2021 | FOOD
Neko Neko Cheesecake released its new seasonal ‘Neko Neko W Cheesecake Mango’ on Tuesday. Neko Neko Cheesecake is a sister brand of Neko Neko Shokupan by the same company, ALL HEARTS COMPANY, which serves cat-shaped bread.
Neko Neko W Cheesecake Mango | ¥2,430 (Tax Included)
The cute cheesecake is packed full of seasonal mango in the form of a mango and passion fruit sauce layered on top of the biscuit base. The cake is topped with fresh mango, lending a juicy and refreshing flavour to the sweet and tangy cake.
This tropical mango delight is one of many delicious cakes by Neko Neko Cheesecake. Be sure to check out our other coverages on the shop.
Enjoy a Japanese Summer Afternoon Tea Set From Home
31.May.2021 | FOOD
InterContinental Tokyo Bay will begin selling its new fruit-loaded ‘Summer Afternoon Tea Set’ at its hotel restaurant The Shop N.Y.LOUNGE BOUTIQUE on June 1. Available until August 31, the afternoon tea set is one to be enjoyed at home.
Summer Afternoon Tea Set | ¥3,780 (Tax Included)
This marks the third Summer Afternoon Tea to be sold by the restaurant which began its takeout and delivery service for the set last summer. The line-up is packed with a range of seasonal summer fruits, including the Mango Coconut which is a coconut mousse topped with mango sauce along with fresh mango and passion fruit, the Peach Mousse which combines peach mousse with peach jelly, refreshing Lemon Macarons, the cream, mango, and passion fruit-filled Mango Passion Cream Puff, and more. An afternoon tea set isn’t complete without scones either – this one has separate chocolate and raisin ones which go nicely with the pistachio whipped butter and raspberry jam.
On the savoury side of things are mini hamburgers with a pineapple and BBQ sauce, caprese salad with ham, peach, mozzarella, and more.
Petit Fours Set | ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
Treat yourself to an indulging afternoon tea at home this summer.
Summer Afternoon Tea Set
Order Window: June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Location: The Shop N.Y.LOUNGE BOUTIQUE
*Orders must be made two days in advance by telephone
Koala’s March Cookies x Police × Heroine Lovepatrina! Collaboration Launches
In promotion of the tokusatsu film Police x Heroine Lovepatrina! ~Challenge from a Phantom Thief! Let’s Arrest with Love and a Pat!~, which was released in Japan on May 21, Japanese snack company Lotte released a special version of its popular Koala’s March cookies on Friday.
Lovepatrina’s March | ¥3,240 (10 Boxes)
Police x Heroine Lovepatrina! ~Challenge from a Phantom Thief! Let’s Arrest with Love and a Pat!~
Police × Heroine Lovepatrina! is a Japanese tokusatsu TC drama series which first aired in July last year. Its fourth and latest entry is Girls × Heroine.
Lotte’s collaboration launched in promotion of the new film which hit Japanese theatres on May 21.
Check out the cute packaging for the popular cookies!
ReleaseD: May 21, 2021
Product Page: https://lotte-shop.jp/shop/e/eLorikoalp202104/
Colourful Dessert Buffet ‘OWNER OF A COLORFUL HEART’ to be Served at Conrad Osaka
Conrad Osaka is set to serve a very special rainbow-coloured dessert buffet called ‘OWNER OF A COLORFUL HEART’ at its Atmos Dining restaurant in collaboration with Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda, who is known for his iconic work in Japan’s culture of ‘kawaii,’ from June 4 to August 31.
OWNER OF A COLORFUL HEART Peach Dessert Buffet
The colourful line-up aims to bring light and strength to people during these dark times. It says that if we were to shine a light on our hearts, the hidden colours of our hearts would illuminate for all to see. We are all owners of a colourful heart. The beautiful and mouth-watering dessert table conceived by Masuda was made after he had discussions with Jimmy Boulay, executive chef at Atmos Dining, who helped bring this peach-filled sweet treat bounty to life.
The picturesque buffet is made so colourful thanks to a range of natural ingredients such as paprika, turmeric, coconut, rose, and more. The ‘Colourful Heart Tarts,’ which look like baby peaches, are fluffy and made sweet with peach and vanilla. The ‘Sunshine in the Dark’ is bright yellow like sunshine and contains peach and vanilla caramel cream. The ‘Peach Prism Cupcakes’ glisten vividly, and the ‘Daisy Celebration’ is a wonderful mix of almonds, rose mousse, and peach compote. Below is a small peek at just some of the goodies on this summertime feast.
Menu Sneak Peek
Marble Marble Mousse
Colourful Heart Tarts
Sunshine in the Dark
Peach Prism Cupcakes
The restaurant also has a photo booth where you can take photos together with some of Sebastian Masuda’s most iconic works. There’s also merchandise from the artist’s own brand Sebastian Masuda ART. And that’s not all – a special hotel plan at Conrad Osaka is also available where guests can stay in rooms decorated in Masuda’s art. The plan comes with the dessert buffet attached. There are just three rooms a night with this plan for the duration of the buffet.
Win a free glass of sparkling wine by posting a photo of yourself with a heart in the picture at the buffet with the hashtag #ownerofacolorfulheart.
If you’re in Osaka this summer, show that you’re also the owner of a colourful heart at this very special dessert buffet.
OWNER OF A COLORFUL HEART Peach Dessert Buffet
Running: June 4, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Times: [Mon-Thur] 15:00-17:00 / [Fri-Sun & Holidays] 14:30-18:00
Price: Adults ¥6,200 / Children ¥3,100
*Prices will change to ¥6,800 and ¥3,400 respectively for Obon from August 7 to 16
Venue: Atmos Dining (Conrad Osaka Floor 40F)
Address: 3-2-4 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Reservations: Online / Telephone (06-6222-0111 )
Kawaii Strawberry Milk by ICHIBIKO Now Stocked at 7-ELEVEN Convenience Stores
27.May.2021 | FOOD
Japan’s strawberry dessert specialists ICHIBIKO released their ICHIBIKO Strawberry Milk and ICHIBIKO Strawberry Milk Pudding at all 7-ELEVEN convenience stores in Japan (excluding Okinawa) on May 18.
ICHIBIKO’s Strawberry Milk which they serve at their own cafe is made by putting sliced strawberries into a specially-made strawberry milk that has sugar in it and then finishing with frozen strawberries and a topping up of raw milk. Since its addition to the menu in 2018, ICHIBIKO has served over 150,000 cups of the sweet stuff, making it their most popular drink.
The strawberry milk and pudding now available at 7-ELEVEN is based on the flavour of this beverage. Both feature cute strawberry pink designs.
ICHIBIKO Strawberry Milk | ¥267 (Tax Included)
The ICHIBIKO Strawberry Milk recreates the same tasty flavour of their cafe beverage. It’s made with 27% strawberry juice and fresh strawberry, and also contains raw milk, making it taste nice and fresh without being too sweet.
ICHIBIKO Strawberry Milk Pudding | ¥181 (Tax Included)
Like its name suggests, the ICHIBIKO Strawberry Milk Pudding is a Japanese-style pudding (purin) made with the same strawberry milk. Additions include a layer of fresh strawberry sauce and vanilla for a rich and tasty combination.
If you’re in Japan for the spring or summer, stop by your closest 7-ELEVEN and grab yourself some of ICHIBIKO’s strawberry goodness.
ICHIBIKO x 7-ELEVEN
Released: May 18, 2021
Where: 7-ELEVEN (Japan, excluding Okinawa)
ICHIBIKO Official Website: https://ichibiko.jp/