Cat Shaped Bread Releases at Neko Neko Shokupan For Hinamatsuri Festival
09.February.2021 | FOOD
Neko Neko Shokupan is celebrating Japan’s annual Hinamatsuri festival, also known as Doll’s Day, by releasing a set of three limited-edition flavours of its popular cat-shaped bread. It is now available via their online store until March 3, 2021.
Strawberry / Plain / Matcha – ¥4,600 (Tax & Shipping Included)
Neko Neko Shokupan Hinamatsuri Strawberry
Neko Neko Shokupan Hinamatsuri Plain
Neko Neko Shokupan Hinamatsuri Matcha
Neko Neko House
The cute set includes pink-coloured strawberry, white-coloured plain, and green-coloured matcha breads which are available for delivery at addresses in Japan. They arrive in a cute house-shaped box.
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/
Hinamatsuri Festival Celebrated by Japan’s Leading Cake Website For 2021
21.February.2021 | FOOD
Japanese cake website Cake.jp is celebrating Japan’s annual Hinamatsuri festival this year by stocking a range of themed cakes and sweets by famous confectionery stores in the country.
Hinamatsuri, also known as Doll’s Day, is an annual Japanese festival to pray for the health and wellbeing of female children. Cake.jp has a very special line-up of around 100 sweet treats ready for enjoyment with cute motifs like unicorns and traditional Hinamatsuri dolls.
Hinamatsuri 2021: Hinamatsuri Unicorn
Hinamatsuri 2021: Hinamatsuri-Exclusive Chiffon Cakes
Hinamatsuri 2021: Yogurt Cake
Hinamatsuri 2021: Hinamatsuri-Exclusive Flower Cupcakes
This is just a select look at some of the delicious cakes on offer – visit Cake.jp to see the full line-up!
Disney Japan Celebrates The Aristocats’ Marie Day & Cat Day With Cute Feline Merch
16.February.2021 | FASHION
Walt Disney Japan is releasing a new collection of merchandise of its famous feline characters in line with Japan’s Cat Day and Disney’s O’Malley Day, both of which fall on February 22. The items will be released at Disney Stores in Japan on February 16 but pre-sales will hit select shops and Disney Japan’s online store shopDisney on February 12.
Loungewear ¥5,060 / Mat ¥4,400 / Vanity Pouch ¥2,860 / Sweatshirt ¥4,290 / Snowdome ¥10,780 / Figurines <Dinah> <Marie> <Figaro> ¥2,420 Each / Figurine <Cheshire Cat> ¥2,640 / Cushion ¥4,180 / Mug ¥1,650
Hand Mirror ¥1,760 / Plushie Key Chain ¥2,750 / Smartphone Case ¥3,520 / Mini Towels ¥660 (Prices Include Tax)
Familiar kitty faces from some of Disney’s most celebrated animated films can be seen all around in the collection, including cats from The Aristocats, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, and more. Pink is the base colour for the collection, perfect for the forthcoming spring season.
The line-up is a must-grab for any fan of Disney’s cats, from figurines and a mug to a cushion, sweatshirt, vanity pouch, and more.
Cat Day Merchandise
Pre-Sale Release Date: February 12, 2021
Pre-Sale Locations: Disney Store Sendai Toei Plaza / Disney Store Shibuya Koen-dori / Disney Store Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi / Disney Store Shinsaibashi
General Release Date: February 16, 2021
Product Page: http://shopDisney.jp/cat-day/2021/
Sailor Moon Eternal Anime Film Promoted With Luna and Artemis Cheesecakes
Neko Neko Cheesecake, a bakery chain in Japan which cooks up cute desserts and pastries shaped like cats, is promoting the release of the two-part anime film Sailor Moon Eternal with two cheesecakes reminiscent of Luna and Artemis. The cakes will be sold from February 11 to March 25.
Sailor Moon Nyan Cheesecake (Mango) | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
Sailor Moon Nyan Cheesecake (Strawberry) | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
The cakes arrive in fruity mango and strawberry flavours, available both in-store at Neko Neko Cheesecake branches and via the online store All Hearts Mall in Japan. Both are also safely wrapped up and packaged in a cute box featuring a sailor uniform before being placed in a bag that has Luna and Artemis huddled together and sat atop a crescent moon.
The first film in the Sailor Moon Eternal series was released on January 8, 2021, and the second on February 11, 2021.
Sailor Moon Eternal’s Second Anime Film Promoted With Luna Shaped Bread
Japanese bakery Neko Neko Shokupan is promoting the release of the second in the two-part anime film series Sailor Moon Eternal by baking up a bread inspired by everyone’s favourite feline: Luna. The bread will be sold from February 11 to March 25.
Neko Neko Shokupan Luna Bread w/ Chocolate Pen | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
The bread is made of pastry laced with black cocoa powder. Luna’s ears are strawberry flavoured and she of course has her iconic crescent moon atop her forehead. She arrives safely packaged in a cube-shaped box decorated in night sky stars and the moon. This box is placed in an eye-catching bag with little Sailor Moon details that are sure to be familiar to any fan, including Luna herself as well as Artemis.
The bread is available in-store at Neko Neko Shokupan branches and via the online store All Hearts Mall in Japan
The first film in the Sailor Moon Eternal series was released on January 8, 2021, and the second on February 11, 2021.
Taiwanese Melon Bread Heads to Harajuku Food Factory
08.February.2021 | FOOD
The hugely popular Taiwan Melon Pan bread, which sells 10,000 units a month in Osaka, Kichijoji, and Nishiogikita, is now being served at Harajuku Food Factory until February 20.
Taiwan Melon Pan | ¥380 (Before Tax)
Taiwan Cheese Melon Pan | ¥450 (Before Tax)
The Taiwan Melon Pan bread is a combination of sweetness, rich butter, and salt for an irresistible flavour experience.
Harajuku Food Factory – “Taiwan Melon Pan”
Serving: February 3, 2021 – February 20, 2021
Where: Harajuku Food Factory
Address: THE SHARE Floor 1F, 3-25-18 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: http://www.opefac.com/
Cat Day 2021: Japan Celebrates the Day of Cats With Pop-Up Shops and Events
06.February.2021 | FASHION
BS TV Tokyo is celebrating Japan’s Cat Day, which falls on February 22, by opening pop-up shops at ten Book1st stores and two Marui stores which will run from February 1 to 28.
The pop-up shops will feature a feline-filled wealth of reading material and merchandise based on popular cat characters in Japan, like Tom & Jerry, Kuroro, Nanana, and more. And if you head to the Nakano branch of Book1st and visit their 2nd floor cafe “Cafe nota nova,” there’ll be some decorative cat-themed displays on show. During the pop-up shops’ openings, all who buy goods and books related to the event will receive a free folder too.
If you love cats, and are in Japan this month, then don’t miss out on this special event in the run up to Cat Day!
Cat Day Pop-Up Shops
Running: February 1, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Book1st Participating Branch List
Locations: Shinjuku, Nakano, Aobadai, LUMINE Kita-Senju, LUMINE Kagagoe, Mosaic Mall Kohoku, Shapo Ichikawa, Bono Sagamiono, Hankyu Nishinomiya Gardens, Ebista Nishinomiya
Running: February 1, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Marui Participating Branch List
Marui Kichijoji (February 16 – 28)
Shinjuku Marui Annex (February 22 – 28)
Event Details: https://www.bs-tvtokyo.co.jp/catday2021/
Kawaii Kittens Gather For Dessert at Sweets Paradise With Their New Menu Line-Up
06.February.2021 | FOOD
Sweets Paradise, a chain of all-you-can-eat desserts buffet in Japan, has revealed an upcoming new menu line-up themed around cats which will hit all branches on February 15.
Juno mofusand x Sweets Paradise Illustrations
Sweets Paradise Gacha Items
Sweets Paradise Limited-Time Menu
Nikukyu Nyanko Roll
Russian Blue Sesame Mousse
Colourful Strawberry Pound Cake
Bengal Nyanko’s Chiboust
The event is being held in collaboration with the popular artist Juno (ぢゅの) whose work garners huge attention on Twitter and Instagram. It is the illustrator’s second collaboration with Sweets Paradise, following the success of the one held in January of last year.
As well as sweet treats, a collection of original merchandise will also be released in collaboration with the illustrator, such as acrylic stands, pins for pinning on your bag, folders, and more. There will also be a selection of gacha items up for grabs like key rings, masks, and more.
Cat-Shaped Handbag and Saddle Bag Proceeds Go Towards Japanese Cat Shelters
15.December.2020 | FASHION
Sustainable cat-related fashion and lifestyle NECOREPA is now taking online orders for four new handmade cat-shaped handbags and saddlebags.
Made to Order
All orders are made-to-order as these bags are carefully handcrafted. The bags come with a free cat key ring when ordered online.
Real leather bags to last a lifetime
The bags are handmade for cat lovers by one 80-year-old man in Gifu Prefecture with 65 years in the industry. He makes each and every one with the utmost care to create something to be treasured for a lifetime.
All of the dyeing, oiling, cutting, and sewing is done in a single factory, allowing for consistency to ensure that the bag is durable.
These simple yet cute bags work with both casual and formal looks, as well if you want to just pop out for a bit. The shoulder strap is also removable.
4 limited-edition colours
The bags come in four different colours with different colouring and design for both the inside and outside.
Orders are now open until January 4, 2021 at 23:59 (JST).
Proceeds go to cats in need
Proceeds made from online orders go to NECO REPUBLIC’s cafe which takes in stray cats.
Store List: https://necorepa.stores.jp/items/5fc07fd6df51590671d1ffd0
Enjoy Breakfast With a Feline Twist at eXcafe Gion in Kyoto Where They Serve Cat Shaped Toast
06.October.2020 | FOOD
eXcafe Gion, a cafe located near Kyoto’s popular tourist spot Yasaka Shrine, introduced its Mikeneko breakfast to the menu on Monday. The breakfast was first put on the menu at the Arashiyama branch of eXcafe.
Gion is one of Kyoto’s biggest and most famous shopping districts. eXcafe Gion is located along Shinbashi-dori Street, which is listed as one of Japan’s Important Preservation Districts of Historic Buildings, making it within walking distance of many traditional places in Kyoto such as Yasaka Shrine, Hanamikoji Street, Shirakawa, Tatsumidaimyojin Shrine, and more.
eXcafe Mikeneko Breakfast | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
eXcafe’s Mikeneko breakfast menu is made with the new thick-cut, three-coloured cat-shaped bread from the popular cafe Kyoto Neko Neko, which is made with three flavours: caramel, black cocoa, and plain. It comes with various toppings to choose from including anko red bean paste, butter, whipped cream, and fruit, so you can arrange your toast how you like it.
The toast is served with mitarashi-dango for dessert which can be cooked on top of the little stove that you get.
Enjoy a super cute breakfast meal at eXcafe and then a stroll around Gion when visiting Kyoto.
eXcafe Mikeneko Breakfast
Serving: 8:00am-11:00am (Last Orders 10:00am) *Day menu available from 10:00am
Location: eXcafe Gion
Address: 57-1 Motoyoshichō, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 8:00am-6:00pm
Tokyo Neko Neko: Cat Shaped Desserts and Pastries Served at Ginza’s New Bakery
28.July.2020 | FOOD
ALL HEARTS COMPANY, a Japanese company that develops bakeries and patisseries across Japan, opened its new bakery and confectionery shop Tokyo Neko Neko in Ginza, Tokyo on July 22, 2020. The shop has replaced Heart Bread ANTIQUE, another bakery also run by ALL HEARTS COMPANY, which was previously at this location.
At Tokyo Neko Neko, they are serving cat-shaped pastries and desserts including Tokyo-exclusive products from their Neko Neko Bread brand and Neko Neko Cheesecake shop. This is the second branch to open following the opening of Kyoto Neko Neko last month.
A stylish bakery
Tokyo Neko Neko’s pastries and interior design takes on a completely different look from Kyoto Neko Neko, with the walls acting as a canvas to display their food like an art museum. The bakery’s line-up centres on seeing as well as eating, adding an extra level of deliciousness to the products. If you’ve visiting Tokyo, you don’t want to pass up on the opportunity to visit Tokyo Neko Neko.
Tokyo Neko Neko Bread
Tokyo Neko Neko’s cat-shaped bread is palm-sized and so is a perfect gift and takeaway snack. The outside is crunchy while the middle is kept nice and moist. The secret behind the bread’s tastiness is the use of fermented butter which they get from France. The use of lots of almond cream adds a tasty kick too.
Tokyo Neko Neko Bread – Plain: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
Made using croissant pastry and loaded with fermented butter.
Tokyo Neko Neko Bread – Caramel Almond: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Caramel almonds and almond slices are added to this version, also made with lots of fermented butter.
Tokyo Neko Neko Bread – Praline Rose: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
This flvour is filled with praline rose, a traditional French confection of caramelised sugar-coated almonds.
Tokyo Neko Neko has lots of other tasty foods to offer too, like their Neko Neko Cheesecake, Neko Neko Butter Sandwiches, and more.
Tokyo Neko Neko Ginza
Address: OPTICA 1F, 3-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays (Except New Year)
Official Website: https://nekoshoku.jp
Kyoto Neko Neko: Cat Shaped Desserts and Pastries Served at Kyoto’s New Bakery
02.June.2020 | FOOD
ALL HEARTS COMPANY, a Japanese company that develops bakeries and patisseries across Japan, opened its new bakery and confectionery shop Kyoto Neko Neko in Shijo, Kyoto on June 1, 2020. There, they are serving cat-shaped pastries and desserts including Kyoto-exclusive products from their Neko Neko Bread brand and Neko Neko Cheesecake shop.
Kyoto Neko Neko Danish Bread: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
This butter-loaded Danish pastry is folded into a braid shape and baked which keeps the pastry moist. It’s topped with a sprinkling of sugar, leaving it glistening. It’s recommended that you first try the pastry as it is—soft and moist. You can then try lighting toasting it which gives it a crispy texture and brings out the delicious aroma of the butter.
Products are packaged in a cute box making them a great gift idea.
Kyoto Neko Neko Cheesecake (On sale from mid-June 2020)
This cheesecake is made with Brie de Meaux cheese and is laced with black cocoa. The luxurious cheese combined with black soy beans and brown sugar syrup jelly makes for a marriage between Japanese and Western flavours. You get an extra layer of deliciousness too with a dusting of soy flour.
Kyoto Neko Neko Bread (Plain): ¥550 (Before Tax)
This Kyoto version of the Neko Neko Bread is still made without water, but rather than using only milk, Kyoto Neko Neko has added soy milk made using soy beans from a tofu shop in Kyoto, lending a smooth and rich flavour to the bread. And instead of mascarpone cheese, Kyoto Neko Neko uses soybean cream, and instead of dairy butter a soy cream butter.
Kyoto Neko Neko Bread (Houjicha): ¥680 (Before Tax)
Kyoto Neko Neko Bread (Matcha): ¥680 (Before Tax)
There’s also a houjicha flavour made with houjicha tea and white chocolate, as well as a matcha flacvour combined with black soybean.
Kyoto Neko Neko Shioji
Address: 578 Obiyamachi, Tachiuri Nakanocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Grand Opening: June 1, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:30-18:00
No Fixed Holidays (Closed: New Year’s Holidays)
Official Website: https://nekoshoku.jp/