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.
Detective Conan Themed Cafes Open in Japan to Promote Upcoming ‘Scarlet Bullet’ Anime Film
To promote the upcoming anime film Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet which is set to released in Japan on April 16, 2021, seven themed cafes will open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Sapporo from March 24. The cafe is themed on a retro diner which will transport fans back in time to diners inspired by America in the 1950s and 60s.
RETRO AMERICAN DINER MENU
DETECTIVE BURGER/SNIPER BURGER/ZERO BURGER/BOYISH BURGER/SHERRY BURGER/OSUSOWAKE BURGER – ¥1,599 Each (Before Tax), +¥500 For Acrylic Key Ring
DETECTIVE SUNDAE/SNIPER SUNDAE/ZERO SUNDAE/BOYISH SUNDAE/SHERRY SUNDAE/OSUSOWAKE SUNDAE – ¥1,099 Each (Before Tax), +¥500 For Acrylic Key Ring
DETECTIVE SODA/SNIPER SODA/ZERO SODA/BOYISH SODA/SHERRY SODA/OSUSOWAKE SODA – ¥899 Each (Before Tax), +¥500 For Acrylic Key Ring
CONAN CAFE CLASSIC Menu
APTX-4869 TROPICAL LAND CURRY | ¥1,400 (Before Tax)
COLUMBO MINT SAUCE PASTA ¥1,499 / DELICIOUS TO DIE FOR RAMEN ¥1,099 / POIROT CAFE SANDWICH ¥1,399 (All Prices Before Tax)
AI’S BERRY CHEESE FRENCH TOAST ¥1,200 / RAN’S LEMON PIE ¥1,499 / HIROSHI AGASA’S “SHIPPAI JA” PANCAKES VER.2 ¥1,199 (All Prices Before Tax)
CRIMINAL’S BLACK SESAME STRAWBERRY AU LAIT ¥999 / CRIMINAL’S SOUVENIR MUG +¥1,400 (All Prices Before Tax)
LEFT’S CAFE LATTE ¥899 / YOUNG DETECTIVE SHAKE ¥1,099 / RAN’S BERRY JELLY SODA ¥999 (All Prices Before Tax)
LIMITED EVENT MENU
1st Menu: Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet Menu | April 16, 2021 – May 31, 2021
AKAI FAMILY BANQUET ¥1,499 / UNAGI’S KABAYAKI & TARE OKAWARI RICE ¥1,699 / SHUKICHI & YUMI’S DELICIOUS SHORTCAKE ¥1,399 / SCARLET OGURA STRAWBERRY TOAST ¥1,599 (All Prices Before Tax)
2nd Menu: Phantom Thief Kid & Aoyama Sensei’s Birthday Menu | June 1, 2021 – July 11, 2021
*Only available at Nagoya cafe from July 1-11
THE JEWEL GARDEN SALAD ¥1,499 / MAGIC SPICE PARFAIT ¥1,200 / AOYAMA-SENSEI BIRTHDAY CURRY ¥1,399 (All Prices Before Tax)
3rd Menu: Shuichi Akai Season 1 Menu | July 1, 2021 – August 15, 2021
4th Menu: Shuichi Akai Season 2 Menu | August 16, 2021 – September 26, 2021
*Menus 3 and 4 exclusive to Shinjuku and Umeda cafes
*Menus 3 and 4 are centred on the character Shuichi Akai
Pins (6 Designs) | ¥450 Each (Before Tax)
Acrylic Coasters (12 Designs) | ¥800 (Before Tax)
Mini Acrylic Stands (12 Designs) | ¥900 (Before Tax)
Acrylic Magnets (6 Designs) | ¥500 (Before Tax)
Folders (6 Designs) | ¥300 (Before Tax)
Bandanas (2 Designs) | ¥1,500 Each (Before Tax)
Eco Bag | ¥1,850 (Before Tax)
Chocolate Tin | ¥1,600 (Before Tax)
Fans can tuck into a Detective Conan-themed retro menu as well as get their hands on some exclusive merchandise featuring original chibi art.
Make sure you don’t miss Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet.
Detective Conan Cafe
Opening: March 24, 2021
Where: 7 locations in four cities (see Cafe Website below for addresses)
Table Reservations: From March 5, 2021 @ 18:00 (JST)
Price: ¥500 (Before Tax)
Cafe Website: https://conan-cafe.jp/
Cafe Merchandise: https://conan-cafe.jp/goods/
Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet Official Website: https://www.conan-movie.jp/
THE iDOLM@STER SideM Themed Cafes Open in Ikebukuro, Tennoji, and Nagoya
Three branches of Animate Cafe in Ikebukuro, Tennoji, and Nagoya are now serving as the venues for a limited-time THE iDOLM@STER SideM cafe experience until March 14. Fans of the multimedia series can enjoy a range of themed food and drink as well as get their hands on exclusive merchandise of their favourite characters in chibi form.
Animate Cafe Ikebukuro Exclusive Mini Character Illustration Tapestry
Animate Cafe Ikebukuro “High x Joker” Life-Size Panels
The idol characters will be waiting to welcome you, the Producer, to a special “Sweetie Wonderland” themed space.
Food and drink names, which are inspired by past event that have taken place in THE iDOLM@STER SideM video game, have been translated from Japanese by MMN.
Themed Food Inspired by Past In-Game Events
Ryu Kimura’s Workout Tray Don | ¥950 (+¥200 for Cocoa Protein Drink) | Comes With SASUGA Logo Sticker
Super Live Fes 2016 Shiki Iseya – Shiki’s Kumacchiman Steamed Bun | ¥750
2020 Valentine’s Event – Prepping the Cacao Soil | ¥800
Bubbly AP CIDER!! Live Hokuto Ijūin – Sparkling Moment | ¥600
Jiro Yamashita’s Jelly Drink | ¥600
Shoma Hanamura’s Night Party Lemonade | ¥600
Acrylic Key Rings Sweetie Wonderland A-Group (15 Designs) – DRAMATIC STARS / Altessimo / Shinsoku Ikkon / Café Parade / S.E.M | ¥700
Acrylic Key Rings Sweetie Wonderland B-Group (15 Designs) – Beit / Sai / THE Kogado / F-LAGS / Legenders | ¥700
Acrylic Key Rings Sweetie Wonderland B-Group (16 Designs) – Jupiter / W / FRAME / High x Joker / Mofumofuen | ¥700
Pins – Sweetie Wonderland A-Group (15 Designs) – DRAMATIC / STARS / Altessimo / Shinsoku Ikkon / Café Parade / S.E.M | ¥400
Pins – Sweetie Wonderland B-Group (15 Designs) – Beit / Sai / THE Kogado / F-LAGS / Legenders | ¥400
Pins – Sweetie Wonderland C-Group (16 Designs) – Jupiter / W / FRAME / High x Joker / Mofumofuen | ¥400
Pin Cover Sets (3 Included / 15 Designs) | ¥500
Pin Cover Example
Frog Chocolates With 2 Coasters (46 Designs) | ¥1,800カエル型チョコ 注文特典コースター全46種よりランダム2枚付き 1,800円
Clear Tasty Box With PVC Key Ring (15 Designs) | ¥1,800 Each
Free Birthday Bromide Campaign
Free Coaster Campaign
©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
THE iDOLM@STER SideM x Animate Cafe
Running: February 12, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Where: Animate Cafe (Ikebukuro/Tennoji/Nagoya)
Entry: Must sign up for a chance to gain a slot
Event Details: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/event/imas-sidem2102/
Animate Cafe Official Website: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/
Uji Matcha Loaded Pancakes Get Served Up at Eggs ‘n Things Japan This Spring
27.February.2021 | FOOD
For the entire month of March this year, Eggs ‘n Things Japan is serving up “Uji Matcha Tiramisu Pancakes” and “Egg Scramble House Sandwich” at all branches.
The Seasonal Menu
Uji Matcha Tiramisu Pancakes | Eat In ¥1,480, Takeout ¥1,080
These rich tiramisu pancakes are made with a dough laced in delicious Uji matcha and topped with succulent strawberries.
*The takeout option doesn’t come with whipped cream
Egg Scramble House Sandwich | Eat In & Takeout ¥1,380
A classic BLT layered perfectly so every ingredient stands out for every bite.
A Refreshing, Fruity Springtime Drink
Tropical Fruit Mix | ¥650
Customers can stay refreshed this spring with this tropical fruit mixed beverage of mango, pineapple, banana, and more.
Eggs ‘n Things Japan Seasonal Menu
Running: March 1, 2021 – March 31, 2021
Available: All Eggs ‘n Things Japan branches
*Opening hours subject to change depending on the COVID-19 pandemic
Branch List: https://www.eggsnthingsjapan.com/store/
Seasonal Menu Info: https://www.eggsnthingsjapan.com/news/210224.html
Japan’s Cafe Chain Bread, Espresso & to Open New Branch in Kamata
25.February.2021 | FOOD
Hitobito, the company behind Japan’s popular bakery cafe chain Bread, Espresso &, is set to open a new branch inside Makita General Hospital in Kamata on March 1. The cafe opened its doors for pre-openings earlier this month with shortened business hours.
Bread, Espresso & has 20 branches across Japan including the popular one located in Omotesando, Tokyo. Its frequented by people of all ages for its deliciously soft bread made from 100% Japanese wheat.
The cafe’s picture book-like interior design caters to children featuring bread-shaped tables and cute illustrations.
Customers are welcome to try out the free samples on display. Each sample has a little card detailing various information which customers can take to the register if they want to buy that item. Often in Japanese bakeries there are tongs and trays which customers are free to use, but this new style of service lessens contact with others for a safer trip during the pandemic.
The bakery serves Bread, Espresso & classics like French toast and their mu pastries, as well as alternatives like gluten-free breads, no-sugar treats, and more.
Pan, Espresso & Kamata
Address: 8-19-1 Nishi-Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 9:00-21:00 (Until 18:00 during pre-opening)
Holidays: None (Except Sundays during pre-opening, after it will be open 7 days a week)
Pan, Espresso & Official Website: http://www.bread-espresso.jp/
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/
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.