Starbucks Japan’s Valentine’s Beverages Are a Loving Chocolatey Treat
21.January.2021 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan is starting Valentine’s Day early with a line-up of three chocolatey drinks inspired by the day of love that will begin being served in Japan from January 20, 2021.
The first two drinks to arrive are the Melty Raw Chocolate Frappuccino®︎ and Melty Raw Chocolate Mocha. The third and final drink, the Chocolate On The Chocolate Frappuccino®︎, will hit coffee branches on January 27.
Melty Raw Chocolate Frappuccino®︎ | Tall ¥590 (Tall size only)
Melty Raw Chocolate Mocha | Short ¥450 / Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Ventii®︎ ¥570
Coffee couples can look forward to sipping on the Melty Raw Chocolate Frappuccino®︎, a rich drink made with velvety fresh cream, smooth chocolate cubes, a drizzle of raw chocolate sauce, and topping of red-coloured chocolates shaped like love hearts. If they’re looking for something to keep them snugged up warm and cosy this winter, then the Melty Raw Chocolate Mocha is the one to go for, a twist on the classic caffè mocha that contains chocolate cubes that slowly melt into the drink.
Chocolate On The Chocolate Frappuccino®︎ | Tall ¥620 (Tall size only)
If you’re really craving chocolate during Starbucks’s Valentine’s season, then you’ll want to order the Chocolate On The Chocolate Frappuccino®︎, a mountainous drink loaded with three kinds of chocolate. Crushed chocolate biscuit, chocolate cubes, brownie and cake-like chocolates, and more. Mix it all together for a tasty experience that’s sure to have you falling in love – whether with the drink or your date!
Classic Chocolate Cake | ¥440
Ruby Chocolate Cake | ¥540
Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without some delicious desserts. Starbucks has prepared a classic chocolate cake. Simple but tasty and pairs perfectly with a cup of Starbucks Caffè Verona. The ruby chocolate cake is love at first sight, a fruity delight that comes as Starbucks Japan’s first dessert to be made with ruby chocolate – the fourth type of chocolate alongside milk, dark, and white.
Running: January 20, 2021 – February 14, 2021
*Chocolate On The Chocolate Frappuccino®︎ available from January 27
Available: Starbucks Japan (Select branches not participating)
Little Twin Stars Doughnuts at Floresta Celebrate White Day
20.February.2021 | Uncategorized
Floresta Nature Doughnuts, a doughnut cafe in Japan that hand-makes doughnuts using organic ingredients, is celebrating White Day this year by releasing two doughnuts based on the Little Twin Stars which will be served from March 1 to 14.
The Little Twin Stars, also known as Kiki & Lala, are two of the most popular characters by Sanrio, the company known for such iconic faces as Hello Kitty.
Kiki & Lala Doughnuts | ¥450 (Before Tax)
Kiki & Lala are twins who were born on the Star of Compassion. The doughnuts capture the cute duo atop fluffy pink clouds made from strawberry and white chocolate.
The doughnuts are made without any additives or colouring. The ring part of the doughnut is coated in a strawberry chocolate made from organic strawberry powder for a sweet and sour kick.
Celebrate White Day this year, the sequel to Valentine’s Day in Japan, with the Little Twin Stars.
©’21 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L615092
Little Twin Stars White Day Doughnuts
Serving: March 1, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Participating Branches: https://www.nature-doughnuts.jp/shop/
*Available while supplies last
*Served at room temperature or refrigerated depending on branch
Online Shop: https://floresta-ec.jp/
Online Orders: February 27, 2021 – March 9, 2021
*Available while supplies last
Floresta Official Website: http://www.nature-doughnuts.jp
Love Cheese On Valentine’s Day in Apple, Basil, and Cacao Nib Flavours
14.February.2021 | FOOD
For Valentine’s Day 2021, Ginza Wakana released its new “ABC CHEESE” on Monday (February 28) in the line-up of its Ginza Cheese series of miso-tsuke miso-preserved and sakekasu-tsuke sake lees-preserved products.
ABC CHEESE (Box of 3: Apple/Basil/Cacao Nib) | ¥1,620 (Tax Included)
Ginza Wakana first opened its doors back in 1958 in Ginza, Tokyo. It’s a store specialising in tsukemono which are foods in Japan, often vegetables, that are preserved in a variety of ingredients. This includes pickling in salt, brine, rice bran, and more. Its focus is to promote the wonder and enjoyment of deep flavours that tsukemono bring to the palette. Tsukemono are rooted in traditional Japanese food culture, and so Ginza Wakana have made it their mission to pass down its tradition.
Wanting to bring something new to the table, Ginza Wakana has developed a new collection of cheeses. The ABC CHEESE collection gets its name after its flavours: Apple, Basil, and Cacao Nibs. It has cheese preserved in miso and sake lees, resulting in a unique flavour combination that mixes Japanese and Western tastes. The triple serving of cheeses is packaged in a stylish gift box for Valentine’s Day, making for a very different kind of present for loved ones that they’re sure to savour—especially if they’re cheese fanatics.
ABC CHEESE by Ginza Wakana
Running: February 8, 2021 – March 15, 2021
Where: Ginza Wakana Online Shop / Ginza Wakana Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi / Ginza Wakana Isetan Shinjuku / Ginza Wakana Daimaru Tokyo / Ginza Wakana Shibuya Tokyu / Ginza Wakana Atre Kichijoji / Ginza Wakana ecute Omiya / Ginza Wakana Nagoya Mitsukoshi Sakae / Ginza Wakana Matsuzakaya Nagoya / … and elsewhere
Online Shop: https://www.ginzawakana.com/
Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Bath at Ofuro Cafe no Yu Hakuju in Saitama
08.February.2021 | SPOT
Ofuro Cafe Hakuju no Yu is holding a special Valentine’s Day event for lovers which will run from February 6 to 14.
Though the bath house is split between male and female, couples can write messages of love to their special someone on a heart-shaped plaque made from Japanese cypress wood. The plaques were made in collaboration with the local business Kanezawa.
Choko Sweet Sake Shake | ¥630 (Before Tax)
For the Valentine’s event, the bath house is also serving up a special shake beverage made with chocolate and sweet sake. The polyphenol in chocolate is said to be good for health and beauty, making it a perfect choice for a day of luxury at Ofuro Cafe Hakuju no Yu.
Guys who visit the bath house on Valentine’s Day itself will also receive free Valentine’s chocolate.
Running: February 6, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Venue: Ofuro Cafe Hakuju no Yu
Address: 337-1 Wataruse, Kamikawa, Kodama District, Saitama
Official Website: https://ofurocafe-hakujyu.com/
■About Ofuro Cafe
Ofuro Cafe is a chain of hot spring brands made for long stay periods. It offers a variety of free services such as coffee, magazines, comics, massage chairs, PC rental, and more. The experience created is like being invited to a friend’s house to kick bck and relax. There are three branches in Saitama including Ofuro Cafe Utatane, Ofuro Cafe Hakuju no Yu, and Ofuro Cafe Bivouac, as well as one branch in Mie, Ofuro Cafe Yumoriza. It also has three franchise branches: Ofuro Cafe Bijinyu in Shizuoka, Ofuro Cafe Biwakoza in Shiga, and Ofuro CafeSeiyukan in Hokkaido. “おふろcafe(R)” is a registered trademark of ONSENDOJO INC.
Founded in March 2011. Manages hot spring facilities including the Ofuro Cafe brand as well as resort facilities, consultation services, and supporting regional businesses.
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: Japan Releases Whole Melon Cake
07.February.2021 | FOOD
Japanese online cake store Cake.jp released its new “Valentine’s Whole Melon Cake” on Monday (February 1).
Valentine’s Whole Melon Cake | ¥10,000 (Tax Included)
The Whole Melon Cake is a popular dessert on Cake.jp, but this month, it arrives in a chocolate flavour for Valentine’s Day. As the name suggests, the cake uses an entire muskmelon which when sliced into reveals a chocolate, melon, and raspberry filled sponge cake.
If you’re stuck for ideas on Valentine’s Day, this is sure to offer some inspiration.
Valentine’s Whole Melon Cake
Japanese Product Name: バレンタイン限定 まるごとメロンケーキ
Released: February 1, 2021
Buy Here (Japan): https://cake.jp/item/3392939/
Japan’s First Earl Grey Shop Makes Appearance at Chocolate Mode 2021 Event in Saitama
07.February.2021 | FOOD
&EARL GREY, the first shop in Japan to sell exclusively earl grey products, is appearing at the Chocolate Mode 2021 event at Isetan Urawa in Saitama which is taking place until February 14. Visitors can look forward to tucking into a sweet selection of delicious earl grey flavoured ice creams.
Double Chocolate Gelato & Macaron: Chocolate & Continental Earl Grey / Chocolate & Sunshine Earl Grey / Chocolate & Exotic Earl Grey – ¥605 Each (Tax Included)
Earl Grey Rich Milk Tea Gelato: Butterfly Pea & Earl Grey / Pistachio & Matcha / Mango Passion & Jasmine / Mixed Berries & Rooibos / Peche de Vigne & Honeybush Lavender – Single ¥495, Double ¥550, Triple ¥605 (Before Tax)
&EARL GREY has prepared a sweet line-up of rich ice creams made using high quality tea leaves from Japan, China, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and elsewhere. And for Valentine’s Day, some of the ice cream options have been topped with cute macarons.
&EARL GREY @ Chocolate Mode 2021
Running: February 3, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Location: Isetan Urawa
Event Details: https://www.isetan.mistore.jp/urawa/event_calendar/chocolat.html
Official Website: http://www.and-earlgrey.jp/
Perfectly Pink Sanrio Valentine’s Day Collection Heads to Maison de FLEUR
05.February.2021 | FASHION
For Maison de FLEUR’s annual “PINK MANIA” Valentine’s season event, it is teaming up with Sanrio to release a positively-kawaii pink collection of bags at its stores in Japan on February 11. The line-up also made a pre-release on the online shop STRIPE CLUB last week.
PINK MANIA x Sanrio Characters Collection: Azato Melody / Azato My Sweet Piano / Azato Cinnamoroll / Azato Bonbonribbon / Azato Pochacco
PINK MANIA Double Ribbon Tote Bag | ¥5,290 (Before Tax)
PINK MANIA Side Pocket S Tote Bag | ¥5,290 (Before Tax)
PINK MANIA Side Pocket M Tote Bag | ¥5,990 (Before Tax)
PINK MANIA Ribbon Pouch | ¥3,590 (Before Tax)
PINK MANIA Pouch | ¥3,590 (Before Tax)
PINK MANIA Face Mask Case Pouch | ¥3,590 (Before Tax)
Interior design of each bag and pouch
PINK MANIA is an event held by Maison de FLEUR every year around Valentine’s Day where select items turn all pink. This year’s line-up includes some of the brand’s iconic tote bags and pouches as well as some new entries. Familiar faces from Sanrio include My Melody, My Sweet Piano, Bonbonribbon, Pochacco, and Cinnamoroll.
Go pink and kawaii this Valentine’s Day with this year’s PINK MANIA collection.
Hear Eve and suis From Yorushika’s New Song in Ghana’s Special Animation
05.February.2021 | FOOD
A special animation was released by Japanese confectionery company Lotte on Monday (February 1) as a commercial for their Ghana chocolate. The video, entitled “Ghana Gift,” features a collaboration with Japanese music artists Eve and suis from Yorushika.
Eve x suis from Yorushika’s New Song “Heikousen” Features in ‘Gift’ Animation
The animation was directed by Nobutaka Yoda and written by Genki Kawamura, with character design by Kiyotaka Oshiyama. With the pandemic, it has become difficult to see loved ones and friends and many of us are unable to express our feelings to these special people in our lives directly. Lotte created the animation to promote the gift of giving this Valentine’s Day as a way of conveying ties to loved ones. The animation is 30 seconds long but a 4-minute version will be released in the near future.
The Animation’s Story
The story follows two children, a high schooler and middle schooler, who are neighbours. Both of them throw paper planes to each other with messages written on them to go shopping, make chocolate, and hang out. But the day before Valentine’s Day, we find out the girl has to move away, but before she does, she gives the boy chocolate. The two of them were always together, but they never expressed their love for each other.
Ghana Gift Twitter Campaign
Ghana launched a retweet campaign on Twitter on Monday where 130 lucky people can win a selection of prizes. Check out the details below.
Campaign – How to Join
1. Follow Ghana on Twitter @ghana-recipe
2. Retweet the daily campaign Tweet
A-Tier Prize: Heikousan Limited Edition CD + 5 Ghana Milk Chocolates (30 People)
B-Tier Prize: 2 each of Ghana Milk, Ghana Black, Ghana White, Roast Milk, and Ghana Pink Chocolate (100 People)
Running: February 1, 2021 – February 14, 2021
*Winners will be DM’d on Twitter. Shipping in Japan only from mid March 2021.
Released: February 1, 202
Lotte Official Website: https://www.lotte.co.jp/
Experience Valentine’s Day in Augmented Reality With NAKED SWEETS GIFT
04.February.2021 | FOOD
NAKED, INC. is collaborating with Tobu Department Store to offer a very different Valentine’s Day for people this year. It has introduced a special Valentine’s version of its “NAKED SWEETS GIFT” service for the mobile which lets users enjoy treats and desserts in AR.
The item needed to experience this AR service will be given to those who spend over ¥5,000 (tax included) at the Valentine’s event “Chocolate Marche” taking place at Tobu Department Store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo between January 30 and February 16. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
A delicious world of desserts before your very eyes
The NAKED SWEETS GIFT service is meant as a gift on celebratory days like birthdays and commemorative days, bringing colourful treats to life on your smartphone in the form of 3D visuals to the sound of music.
When customers scan the heart-shaped message card on their smartphone, the Valentine’s Day version of NAKED SWEETS GIFT will launch. It’s a little something extra to a regular Valentine’s card and is sure to bring about smiles to your special someone.
NAKED SWEETS GIFT VALENTINE 2021
Available: January 30, 2021 – February 16, 2021
Where: Chocolate Marche Service Counter at Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro on Floor 8F
More Details: http://www.tobu-dept.jp/ikebukuro/tnb/valentine_naked_sweets_gift/
Japan’s Gourmet Flower Doughnut Shop gmgm Bakes Up Even More Floral Fancies
04.February.2021 | FOOD
For Valentine’s Day, the Japanese doughnut shop gmgm released its new collection of “CHACCARI” doughnuts online on January 28 which includes both single and box orders of beautiful doughnuts.
gmgm is a cosy cafe and doughnut shop in Koenji, Tokyo which serves beautiful doughnuts topped with edible flowers.
Raspberry x Chocolate
Almond x Orangette
CHACCARI Pair Doughnuts (Box of 2) | ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
CHACCARI Pair Doughnuts (Box of 4) | ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
CHACCARI Pair Doughnuts (Box of 6) | ¥3,800 (Tax Included)
CHACCARI Pair Doughnuts Premium (Box of 9) | ¥5,100 (Tax Included)
Pick from an ambrosial collection of sweet treats like the gateau chocolate-rich “Raspberry x Chocolate” which balances sweet and tangy with chocolate, the citrusy orange peel-adorned “Almond x Orangette,” and more.
Customers can order their pair doughnuts for White Day by scanning the QR code on the CHACCARI Card. White Day can be considered the sequel to Valentine’s Day in Japan where those who received gifts on Valentine’s Day give a reciprocal present back to those who gifted them.
Pokémon, My Melody, Moomin and More Valentine’s Day Chocolates Arrive at Daimaru Tokyo
31.January.2021 | FOOD
The Hoppe Town area of Daimaru Tokyo is currently celebrating Valentine’s Day up to February 14 with the release of a selection of gift chocolates by six brands in collaboration with popular characters.
Pokémon Chocolate Set (Large Box) | ¥1,404 (Tax Included)
My Melody x Goncharoff Chocolates (Contains 21) | ¥2,160 (Tax Included)
Moomin x Merry Chocolate’s Hattifatteners Chocolates (Contains 11) | ¥1,188 (Tax Included)
Dick Bruna by Morozoff: Picture Book Chocolates (Contains 15) – ¥864 (Tax Included) / Miffy Pouch Chocolates (Contains 8) – ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
Chatrois Kitten Tiny Plain Chocolates | ¥783 (Tax Included)
Katanukiya Angel Panda | ¥684 (Tax Included)
Which of these cute and tasty-looking treats has caught your eye the most?
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Daimaru Tokyo Valentine’s Sweets
Running: January 27, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Location: Hoppe Town on Floor 1F of Daimaru Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/
Pompompurin Doughnuts Celebrate Sanrio Character’s 25th Anniversary This Valentine’s Day
31.January.2021 | FOOD
Floresta Nature Doughnuts, a doughnut cafe that hand-makes doughnuts using organic ingredients, has baked up a new ‘n’ tasty collection of kawaii doughnuts to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin. The “Pompompurin Valentine Doughnuts” will be served from February 1 to 14 for the lead up to Valentine’s Day.
Character Doughnuts (Pompompurin/Muffin) | ¥450 Each (Before Tax)
The Pompompurin and Muffin doughnuts will arrive in the first week on February 1. The doughnuts are covered in white chocolate sprinkled with strawberry powder, freeze-dried strawberries, and a chocolate heart. Sat comfortably on top of them are good friends Pompompurin and Muffin. Pompompurin is pumpkin flavoured.
Korokoro Cup Doughnuts (Pompompurin & Macaron) | ¥600 (Before Tax)
Arriving on the second week from February 8 is a cup of round, bite-sized Pompompurin and Macaron doughnuts.
Online pre-orders for the doughnuts opened on January 30.
©’21 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L615071
Starbucks Japan to Release Koshu Inden Lacquer Coffee Cup Sleeve in Yamanashi
29.January.2021 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan has announced that the 14th entry to their “JIMOTO made SERIES” will be a new 296ml coffee cup which comes with a koshu inden lacquer sleeve. The item will be released exclusively in Yamanashi Prefecture at 8 Starbucks branches.
JIMOTO made Series KOSHU – 296ml Cup With Koshu Inden Sleeve | ¥8,200 (Before Tax)
Inden no Yamamoto
The “JIMOTO made Series” is a collection of unique products by Starbucks Japan that incorporate the local resources and traditional craftsmanship from each region across the country, and as such are sold exclusively at branches in those regions. The line-up showcases the various designs particular to the regions. The series began in December 2015.
The new JIMOTO made Series KOSHU is made in collaboration with Japan’s only shop—which is located in Yamanashi—that holds an official title to manufacture koshu inden, a traditional style of leathercraft in which the artisans use lacquer to pain designs on deerskin. The coffee cup sleeve’s design incorporates numerous motifs related to Yamanashi Prefecture, such as the Takeda clan crest, the cherry blossoms of Mount Fuji, the Japanese bush warbler, and of course coffee beans as part of the collaboration with Starbucks.
Do you own any of the collectables in the JIMOTO made Series? Be sure to find out if a Starbucks you’re visiting while in Japan is part of the series.
Starbucks JIMOTO made Series KOSHU – 296ml Cup With Koshu Inden Sleeve
Japanese Product Name: 甲州印伝スリーブ付カップ 296ml
Released: January 27, 2021
Price: ¥8,200 (Before Tax)
Available: At the following Yamanashi Prefecture branches of Starbucks: Laza Walk, Kofu Wado-dori, Kofu River City, AEON Mall Kofu Showa Floor 1F, AEON Mall Kofu Showa Floor 3F, Kofu Alps-dori, University of Yamanashi Hospital, Kofu Heiwa-dori
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/jimoto/