Nana’s Green Tea x Häagen-Dazs Release Chocolate Matcha Glass Dessert

12.January.2021 | FOOD

Nana’s Green Tea is serving up a brand-new dessert in collaboration with Häagen-Dazs for Valentine’s Day at 77 branches in Japan. The dessert was released on January 6 and will be available up to February 14.

Matcha Chocolate Glass with Häagen-Dazs | ¥880 (Before Tax)

The dessert is a tempting sight to behold – not only is it delicious but visually appealing to the eye too, and layered with various textures so that every bite is a surprise.

The dessert is made with Häagen-Dazs’ “Sweet Chocolate” ice cream coupled with Nana’s Green Tea’s own original matcha ice cream, soft and crunchy meringue sticks, crumbled cookies, white chocolate whipped cream, and matcha chiffon cake. Sat at the bottom waiting to be discovered is a sweet strawberry sauce for a tangy kick.

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    Kinako Parfait: ¥1,200 (Tax Incl.)

    Matcha Parfait: ¥1,200 (Tax Incl.)

    Milk Tea Parfait: ¥1,200 (Tax Incl.)

     

     

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    Collaboration Items at a Glance

     

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    Curious George is celebrating his 80th anniversary in 2021. In Japan, the monkey character was first introduced in 1954, and has been loved by countless people ever since. This collection combines the humorous and retro feel of Curious George with the sensibilities of “niko and…,” creating a unique mash-up of products.

     

    Are you a fan of Curious George? Which of these products are you most likely to grab?


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    Room #107 – ‘Natsukaze ni Tokeru’ feat. riria., Nagumoyuuki / MAISONdes

     

     

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    In Fall 2019, singer-songwriter riria posted a video to TikTok and YouTube, in which she performs without showing her face. Currently, the artist has over 1.3 million followers on TikTok.

     

     

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    Comment from riria.

    I was incredibly honored to participate in the MAISONdes project, and to sing Nagumoyuuki’s incredible song. It wasn’t the type of song I usually sing, so I was able to express myself in a new and fun way. Please give it a listen!

     

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    Menma’s Favorite Sweet Curry: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

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    Usamaru Shaved Ice: ¥500 (Tax Included)

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    Hanayashiki Collaboration Chibi Attraction ver. Pins (12 designs): ¥440 each / BOX: ¥5,280 (Tax Included) *Random

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    Panda Crepe

     

    Panda Gelato

     

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    Gelato Pique Panda Motif Eco Bag / Panda Motif Hand Towel
    Online reservations open September 2, available instore from September 8

     

     

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  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Miffy Parfait Using Tofu!

    08.September.2021 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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.

     

     

    Ingredients

    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.

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    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!

     

     

    Kaori Kubota(@kaopan27

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

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    07.September.2021 | FASHION

    Popular Japanese accessories brand Maison de FLEUR is releasing a new collection of grown-up Rilakkuma-inspired goods, the second such collaboration for the brand. All goods will go on sale September 10 at Maison de FLEUR shops online, and at the STRIPE CLUB Online Store.

     

     

    Goods

     

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    Rilakkuma & Kiiroitori Frilly Tote Bag: ¥5,489 (Tax Included)

    Korilakkuma & Chairoikoguma Frilly Tote Bag: ¥5,489 (Tax Included)

    Rilakkuma & Kiiroitori Tissue Case: ¥3,949 (Tax Included)

    Korilakkuma & Chairoikoguma Tissue Case: ¥3,949 (Tax Included)

    Rilakkuma Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)

    Korilakkuma Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)

    Kiiroitori Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)

    Chairoikoguma Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)

    Rilakkuma Bag Charm: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)

    Korilakkuma Bag Charm: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)

    Kiiroitori Bag Charm: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)

    Chairoikoguma Bag Charm: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)

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    This limited-time collaboration features tote bags, tissue cases, card cases, and bag charms, for a total 0f 15 different products to collect. Each features these popular San-X characters adorned with the quintessential Maison de FLEUR ribbon. The tote bags are large and spacious, while the tote bags bring a more adult flair to those wanting a touch of playfulness in their wardrobe.

     

    Which of these fluffy goods is on your wishlist?

  • A BATHING APE® Teams Up with COMME des GARCONS For New Collaboration

    07.September.2021 | FASHION

    Japan’s representative brands A BATHING APE®︎ and COMME des GARCONS have teamed up to release a long-awaited new collection. The collection will be available in the BAPE STORE® and at COMME des GARCONS OSAKA.

     

     

     

    The collaborations usually consist of monotone shades, but this time, neon colors will be appearing throughout the collection, including on neon logo Tee’s, emphasizing the brand appeal even further.

     

    In addition, the CDC CAMO printed BAPE STA™ sneakers feature both brand logos on the heel, giving them a unique and limited finish. The BAPE STA™ sneakers are available in both black and white.

     

    You won’t want to ignore this long-awaited tag-team collaboration!

     

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