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.

 

The 30-second version can be viewed on YouTube and the official website.

 

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

 

Prizes
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.

RELATED ENTRIES

  • OMO7 Asahikawa Resort in Hokkaido Offers Polar Bear Valentine’s Day Girls’ Party Package

    17.November.2021 | SPOT

    Not a fan of Valentine’s Day? Want to get away from all the in-your-face romance and just have a good time with your gal pals? OMO7 Asahikawa by Hoshino Resort in Hokkaido is offering a limited-time polar bear-themed Valentine’s Day Girls’ Party package for all of February 2022. The single polar bear room, opened in November 2020, will be transformed into its Valentine’s Day version. 

     

    Valentine’s Day has been popular in Japan for many years and is a day when women give gifts to men to express their feelings. However, in recent years, it has also become a less romantic event for some–people are buying chocolate for themselves, or giving candies to friends. The polar bear room is perfect for girlfriends who just want to relax and have a good time. Why a polar bear? The Asahikawa Zoo is nearby and is an incredibly popular attraction.

     

    The Polar Bear Valentine Room, Only Available for One Party per Day

    Decorated from top to bottom in cute bears, guests can also wear matching polar bear loungewear, perfect for those Instagram shots. This will be a girls’ gathering you’ll never forget!

     

    Polar Bear-inspired Snacks for the Perfect Girls’ Night

    When girls get together, they just love to chat. But talking so much can make you hungry, so plenty of snacks will be waiting in the guest room! If you’re not in the snacking mood, they also make wonderful souvenirs. 

     

    Polar Bear Desserts, A Must-Have in Asahikawa

    The area around OMO7 Asahikawa is lined with stylish cafes where you can take a break from your daily life. After enjoying the Valentine’s Room, head out into the nearby neighborhood to Fukuyoshi Cafe for some polar bear sweets. The treats are included with the price of the room, so there’s no reason to miss it!

     

  • Mister Donut Announces Limited-Time Pokemon Christmas Sweets

    11.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Popular Japanese donut chain Mister Donut is teaming up with Pokemon for the fourth year in a row! Lots of new themed sweets and merchandise will be available for a limited time starting November 12. 

     

    Together Again This Year Collection

     

    Pikachu Donut

    Eevee Donut

    Turning-Back Pikachu Donut

    Turning-Back Eevee Donut

    Pokemon Turning-Back Donut

     

     

    Christmas Donuts

    Pon de Ring Chocolate

    Pon de Ring Pudding Flavor

    Pon de Ring White

    Christmas Set

    Donut Set

    Drink Set

     

     

    Merchandise

    Mister Donut x Pokemon Blanket

    Mister Donut x Pokemon Plate

    Mister Donut x Pokemon Mug

     

    This year, guests can enjoy not only Eevee and Pikachu themed donuts, but other adorable Pokemon too! The Pokemon Turning-Back Donuts show these cute characters looking over their shoulder. Adults will fondly look at these designs and remember their childhoods, while children are currently in the midst of becoming Pokemon masters. These are perfect to bring people together during the holiday season.

     

    The Christmas Set comes with three pieces of merchandise: a blanket, a plate, and a mug, all featuring this year’s Mister Donut x Pokemon design. How would you like to have this as a gift this Christmas?

     

    ©2021 Pokémon. ©1995-2021 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
    『ポケットモンスター ブリリアントダイヤモンド』
    『ポケットモンスター シャイニングパール』 are developed by ILCA,Inc.
    ポケットモンスター・ポケモン・Pokémonは任天堂・クリーチャーズ・ゲームフリークの登録商標です。
    Nintendo Switchは任天堂の商標です。

     

  • TRUFULL TOKYO Releases First Truffle Ice Cream

    08.November.2021 | FOOD

    Truffles aren’t something most people eat every day, but TRUFULL TOKYO wants to change that. The casual truffle brand wants to combine this luxury ingredient with simple dishes to make it easier to chow down on this tasty treat more often, and now, their first product release has been announced! TRUFULL ICE CREAM, playfully created by a French chef, aims to give people a new view of what food can be.

     

     

    The truffles aren’t the only thing that makes this ice cream special. The milk used to create it is gathered at Zao Provence Farm in Miyagi prefecture in the morning and processed the exact same day! After the ice cream is made, it is mixed with plenty of French black truffles, making a flavor like no other. 

     

    The upscale TRUFULL ICE CREAM, a perfect dessert for the discerning adult, is available at CARBON COFFEE in Fukuoka. 

  • McDonald’s Japan Releases New Black Thunder Winter Lightning McFlurry

    07.November.2021 | FOOD

    McDonald’s Japan has just released a tasty new treat for winter! The Black Thunder Winter Lightning McFlurry, a collaboration with the popular chocolate bar Black Thunder, is now available at participating locations nationwide. 

     

    This popular collaboration firsts appeared in 2017 and is now available in winter for the first time. Even though the weather is chilly, it’s impossible not to want to eat this unique blend of dark and white chocolate. The sugar rush is sure to get you through the day!

     

     

    Black Thunder Winter Lightning McFlurry: ¥290 (Tax Included) 

     

    Smooth soft-serve ice cream is mixed with Black Thunder incused cocoa cookies and plain cookies, then topped with two types of chocolate sauce. What’s not to love about this blend of textures and flavors? Be sure to grab one before they disappear at the end of November!

  • Cute Brothers Grimm’s ‘Rapunzel’ Themed Dessert Buffet to be Held for Six Days

    28.October.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Wedding venue ‘Art Grace Wedding Coast Tokyo Bay’ will be hosting the ‘Princess Rapunzel’s Flower Sweets Party,’ a colorful garden-themed dessert buffet based on The Brothers Grimm’s ‘Rapunzel’ for six days this Winter. The buffet will be open on November 14, November 21, November 23, December 4, December 8, and December 25. 

     

    Rapunzel’s Singing Voice Rare Cheese Tart

     

    Sweet and Sour Romance Flavored Strawberry Mont Blanc


    Rapunzel’s Yellow Carrot Salad

     

    Braided Meat Pie

     

    Dressed Up in Flowers Berry Roll Cake

     

     

    You’ll find a selection of over 20 delicious desserts that can be enjoyed by both children and adults at the buffet, including a cheese tart topped with a drawing of Rapunzel, a strawberry mont blanc that tastes like a sweet and sour love with a prince, roll cakes and chiffon cakes topped with plenty of flowers. It isn’t just sweets either! You can also enjoy braided meat pies, vegetable and chicken meatballs with tomatoes, and a spicy doria among other savory meals.

     

    The buffet will be held in the spacious wedding venue, which boasts impressive views and a gentle sea breeze. The hall will be decorated in flowers, inviting customers into a spectacular new world. Whether you’re a couple, a friend group, or a family with children, be sure to check out this floral sweets party!  

     

  • ‘Maruko & Cojicoji’ Collaborates with Popular Fruit Sandwich Store ‘FruitsBOX DAIKANYAMA’

    22.October.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    A collaboration between ‘Maruko & Cojicoji’ and FruitsBOX DAIKANYAMA has been announced. The ‘Maruko & Cojicoji Fruit Sandwich POP UP SHOP’ will be open between October 16 and October 31 in Kinshicho TERMINA 2.

     

     

    Matcha Bean Paste & Strawberry Sandwich

     

    Hokkaido Suzu Akane! Strawberry Sandwich

     

    Four Seasons! FruitsBOX Sandwich

     

    Crispy Taste! Banana and Chocolate Chip Sandwich

     

     

    Collab Goods

     

    Tote Bag: ¥2,200 (Tax Incl.)

     

    Parka (FREE SIZE: Length 71cm, Width 58cm, Shoulder Width 52cm): ¥6,050 (Tax Incl.)

     

     

    FruitsBOX DAIKANYAMA is a fruit sandwich specialty store that opened in 2019. The ‘Maruko & Cojicoji’ lineup will include eight new sandwiches. You’ll get addicted to the new Matcha Paste and Strawberry sandwich, which combines the sweet and sour taste of strawberries and a rich bean paste! 

    The pop up shop will stock a parka and tote bag, which both feature original artwork, alongside a! exciting collection of 50 Chibi Maruko-chan and Cojicoji items to purchase! Why not check it out?

  • ‘Kyoto Yura Hotel M Gallery’ New Halloween Menu Features Adorable Monster Motifs

    18.October.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    The ‘1F Lounge & Bar 1867’ at the Kyoto Yura Hotel M Gallery will be hosting a Halloween themed afternoon tea from October 1 2021, with tea sets and cocktails available. The premium hotel is owned by Accor, a Paris, France based group that owns over 5,000 hotels and resorts in 110 countries.

    The Halloween-themed afternoon tea has been made by Jennie Chiu, a pastry chef who grew up in America, the home of Halloween. The afternoon tea features cute and playful monster motifs, including a witch-hat Mont Blanc, a Cassis and Chestnut Cake topped with a small ghost, and a spider-web topped Raspberry and Chocolate Mousse. For savory treats, Chef Nishimura Niki has prepared Foie Gras soaked in Salted Koji, plus two luxurious lobster dishes.

     

     

    The creative Halloween cocktails were brainstormed by Yamazaki Sousei, who ranked in the Japan Top 10 category of bartending competition ‘WORLD CLASS 2021.’ The Halloween and apple pie inspired lineup was inspired by Scotland and the Celtic people, looking back to when Halloween was first celebrated. 

    Enjoy some adult-only time in this retro-modern “family mansion” themed space. 

  • Eggs’n Things Popular Halloween Menu Returns for Limited Time

    15.October.2021 | FOOD

    EGGS’N THINGS JAPAN have announced that between October 15 and October 31, their most popular Halloween item ever – the 2018 Halloween Trick Pancakes – will be returning to Eggs’n Things and Eggs’n Things Coffee stores nationwide. 

     

     

    The black pancake batter is kneaded with cocoa and is topped with subtly sweet pumpkin cream shaped in a cute spider pattern, finished with a swirl of purple taro whipped cream. Eggs’n Things have even hidden a colorful, popping trick inside the pancake. 

     

    Have some fun this Halloween at Eggs’ Things!

  • Patisserie Antenor in Kobe Releases Limited-Time Halloween Cakes

    10.October.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Antenor, a beloved patisserie located in Kobe, began selling limited-time Halloween-themed cakes on October 1, 2021. The exciting lineup will have guests ready for the scariest day of the year, offering sweets made with purple sweet potato, Mont Blanc, and pumpkin. 

     

    Halloween Petit Four – Available from October 16 until October 31

    Pumpkin Mont Blanc – Available from October 1 until October 31

    Halloween Cheesecake – Available from October 1 until October 31

    Gateau Chocolat Classic Cake – Available from October 1 until October 31

    Halloween Assortment (M) – Available from September 1 until October 31

    The Halloween Assortment (M) includes three types of popular cookies and is available now ahead of the October holiday. It would make a perfect gift, so snag one of these festive boxes before they’re gone!

     

  • Halloween Sweets Buffet Coming to Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu for Two Days Only

    08.October.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Moshi Moshi Nippon has delivered news on tons of Halloween treats this holiday season, but can there ever really be enough? Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyo has announced a special two-day-only Halloween Sweets Buffet on October 30 and 31 at the location’s Flyer’s Table restaurant on the second floor. 

     

    Pumpkin Cheese Tart

    Ghost Mousse

    Black Cream Puff

     

    Guests can enjoy a variety of spooky treats all incorporating fall flavors like chestnut, pumpkin, sweet potato, pear, and apple. Offerings include the Pumpkin Cheese Tart, a mildly-sweet cheese tart made with sour cream, cottage cheese, and cream cheese, and topped with pumpkin cream; the Ghost Mousse, a chestnut mousse made to look like a ghoul; and the Black Cream Puff, made with black cocoa and a cassis cream filling. 

     

    At the demonstration corner, guests can see the Sweet Potato Mont Blanc being made. Those wanting something besides sweets can enjoy a selection of sandwiches decorated in Halloween style!

  • KEYUCA Celebrates Halloween with Limited-Edition Autumn Sweets

    06.October.2021 | FOOD

    Dolce Felice and Keyuca Sweets, two sweets brands produced by lifestyle shop KEYUCA, have come together to sell some new treats inspired by the autumn season, along with the Halloween vibe. The autumn-inspired sweets will be on sale starting October 1 at participating shops and online, while the Halloween sweets will be sold for three days only, from October 29 to 31. Preorders are open now. These delicious delicacies will be filled with fall ingredients, including Hokkaido-grown Ebisu pumpkin cream and chestnut. 

     

    Limited-Time Halloween Sweets

    Petit Halloween Pound Cake, 2 pieces

    On sale: October 1 – October 31 *While supplies last. 

    Monster Shortcake / On sale: October 29 – October 31

    *Available to preorder at all stores starting October 1

    Monster Eclaire / On sale: October 29 – October 31

    *Available to preorder at all stores starting October 1

    Monster Mont Blanc / On sale: October 29 – October 31

    *Available to preorder at all stores starting October 1

     

    Limited-Time Autumn Sweets

     

    Ebisu Pumpkin Eclaire

     

    Chestnut Mont Blanc Shortcake

     

    Various limited-edition treats signify the coming of Halloween, with monster, black cat, and jack-o-lantern motifs. How would you like to bring home some of these ghoulish delights?

  • 2021 Halloween Sweets Collection Coming Soon to Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

    05.October.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    The pastry shop at Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel will start selling an absolutely gorgeous selection of Halloween sweets starting October 1, 2021. 

    Purple Sweet Potato Mont-Blanc (S, pictured left and right): ¥630 (Tax Included) / (M, pictured center): ¥2,700 (Tax Included)

    Chatnoir: ¥745 (Tax Included) 

    Pumpkin Pudding: ¥626 (Tax Included) 



    The sweets included in this year’s lineup are meant to bring some joy to those who have struggled during the past year of lockdown, and those who might not be able to attend their favorite seasonal events this year. In this lineup of three beautifully decorated treats, guests can bring the spirit of Halloween home. Which of these would you want to add some spooky flair to your kitchen?

RANKING

  • DAILY
  • MONTHLY

FOLLOW US