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/
Akiyoshido Cave in Yamaguchi to be Illuminated for Christmas & Valentine Theater Event
26.December.2022 | SPOT
The Mine City Tourism Association has announced a Christmas & Valentine’s Day event at Akiyoshido Cave, one of the largest limestone caves in Japan. The event will see the natural wonder illuminated by a number of colorful lights. The Christmas event will run from December 21 to 25, 2022, while the Valentine’s Day event will run from February 10 to 14, 2023.
Akiyoshido Cave is one of Yamaguchi Prefecture’s most popular tourist attractions. The interior will be decorated with colorful lights and unique soundscapes, creating a once-in-a-lifetime setting for visitors. These illuminations and sounds were directed by world-renowned lighting designer Motoko Ishii, known for her work on Tokyo Tower and the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge.
Christmas & Valentine Theater ~ Akiyoshido Cave ‘Fantasy of Light and Echoes’
Christmas Theater: December 21 – December 25, 2022
Valentine Theater: February 10 – February 14, 2023
Times: (1) 10:00-11:00 (2) 12:00-13:00 (3) 14:00-15:00
3 events per day
Akiyoshido Cave, Shuhocho Akiyoshi, Mine, Yamaguchi
Godiva Japan Launches Animal Crossing: New Horizons Valentine’s Day Collection
Godiva Japan has announced an exclusive collaboration with Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Valentine’s Day 2023! Products in the collection will be available in limited quantities and for a limited time starting January 6, 2023 at Godiva stores nationwide, Godiva Online, the Godiva cafe, and convenience stores nationwide.
Fans of chocolate and this beloved Nintendo Switch title can find unique assortments of tasty treats decorated with images of different characters and logos from the Nintendo Switch game. Certain bundles also come with an original pouch, and some assortments are only available at certain locations or at convenience stores nationwide. A total of six items will be available.
These products will also be sold in an original collaboration-only box depicting Godiva’s 2023 Valentine’s Day collection theme, a merry-go-round, and characters from the game.
~Godiva meets Animal Crossing~
Chocolate with Game Logo
Timmy and Tommy
Godiva meets Animal Crossing Assortment (6 pieces)
Godiva meets Animal Crossing Assortment (6 pieces) with Original Pouch
Godiva meets Animal Crossing Assortment (9 pieces)
Godiva meets Animal Crossing Assortment (9 pieces) (Events Only)
Timmy & Tommy
Chocolate with Game Logo
Godiva meets Animal Crossing Assortment (4 Pieces) *Convenience Store Exclusive
Godiva meets Animal Crossing G Chocolate Assortment & Tin (7 pieces)
Godiva meets Animal Crossing
Release Date: January 6, 2023
Where to Buy: Godiva stores nationwide, Godiva Online Shop, Godiva Cafe, Convenience Stores nationwide
*Limited quantities available
Official Site: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Godiva Cafe Launches Limited Edition Valentine’s Day Sweets
12.February.2022 | FOOD
As part of the ‘Chocolate Me’ event, Godiva Cafe is now offering a variety of Valentine’s Day items until March 15, 2022. The first 300 customers to spend ¥2,000 yen or more (including tax) during the event period will receive an original mini tote bag as a gift!
Godiva White Chocolate Strawberry Maritozzo
Godiva Chocolate Strawberry (White/Dark)
Whole Fruit Cacao Hot Chocolat (Valentine’s Version)
Godiva Cafe Limited Edition Valentine’s Item
Alto Luna / Antonieta Maragogype Coffee Beans (Original Bottle Designs)
In addition to last year’s popular chocolate strawberries, this year’s chocolate fondant chocolate will only be available for Valentine’s Day. The whole fruit cacao hot chocolate, currently available as a seasonal beverage, will feature a special heart topping, and two types of bottled coffee beans will be on sale!
Which item would you want to share with your sweetheart?
Godiva Cafe ‘Chocolate Me’
Running until March 15, 2022
Official Site: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Shaun the Sheep Cafe Unveils New Valentine’s Day Menu, Cooking Workshop
The British claymation series Shaun the Sheep is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2022. With Valentine’s Day almost here, the Shaun the Sheep Cafe in Tokyo will be offering a selection of limited-time Valentine’s treats perfect for enjoying with your sweetheart.
Baby Shaun’s Chocolate Cake & Drink Set
Penne with Cream Sauce & French Toast
Shaun’s Crazy Waffle & Banana Milk
How to Make a Shaun the Sheep Brownie Bar
How to Make a Large Shaun Cocoa Roll Cake
Located in Kichijoji PARCO, the Shaun the Sheep Cafe with Sunday Brunch is a permanent location initially opened to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series.
The cafe offers plates inspired by Shaun’s world travels and seasonal offerings. Each month, the cafe hosts a sweets workshop to teach fans how to create Shaun-inspired goodies! These events are a blast with family and friends, and the February workshop will be teaching how to make Valentine’s cookies.
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Shaun the Sheep Cafe Limited Time Valentine’s Day Menu
Available until February 28, 2022
Address: Kichijoji PARCO 4F
Official Site: https://shaunshop.jp/
Date: February 12, 2022
Gelato Pique Cafe Now Serving Valentine’s Day Chocolate Sweets
09.February.2022 | FOOD
From January 19 until February 15, gelato pique cafe is selling four chocolate-based treats for Valentine’s Day! The theme of this new menu is ‘Melt,’ and guests are asked to enjoy the richness of melting chocolate during this sweet season.
Fondant Chocolat Crepe (Dine-in: ¥980 / Take-out: ¥970)
This crepe is topped with chocolate fondant that melts into a warm chocolate sauce inside. The chocolate whipped cream is combined with Royal Bourbon gelato, accented with blackberry and black currant sauce, and a bit of crunchiness from the cookie bits.
Chocolate Crepe (Dine-in: ¥980 / Take-out: ¥970)
This mouth-watering crepe includes plenty of whipped cream and a luxurious fresh chocolate sauce topping. Inside, dark chocolate gelato is mixed with cocoa-flavored chocolate whipped cream.
Hot Chocolate Chai (Dine-in: ¥640 / Take-out: ¥630)
This hot chocolate is a variation of the popular chai beverage. White chocolate is combined with Assam tea leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves for that perfect chai flavor. The sweetness of the hot chocolate is enhanced by the rich spices, giving it a more mature flavor!
Hot Dark Chocolate (Dine-in: ¥640 / Take-out: ¥630)
Extra dark chocolate is only enhanced with a roasted flavor creating a less sweet hot chocolate beverage. Available toppings are less sweet whipped cream, milk chocolate, and chocolate sauce.
gelato pique cafe
Official Site: https://pique-cafe.com/
Mister Donut Releases Valentine’s Day Donuts in Collaboration with Belgian Patisserie Wittamer
09.February.2022 | FOOD
Mister Donut has unveiled three new donuts as part of the ‘misdo meets Wittamer Heart Donut Collection!’ These will be available nationwide for a limited time only and were developed alongside the royal Belgian patisserie brand Wittamer.
These heart-shaped treats are a new take on Wittamer’s popular Coeur Lait donuts including crunchy pralines. The Rouge Heart donut is made with dough that will remind guests of a Belgian waffle. The Noir Heart contains macadamia nuts and almonds, and the Blanche Heart is accented with blueberry jam.
Which do you think looks the tastiest?
misdo meets WITTAMER – Heart Donut Collection
Official Site: https://www.misterdonut.jp
Online Shop ‘Cake with’ Begins Selling Limited Edition Valentine’s Day Cakes
07.February.2022 | FOOD
Online cake site ‘Cake with’ is now accepting orders for two limited edition Valentine’s Day cakes until February 14, 2022. Which of these gorgeous sweets will best convey your love to that special someone?
Cake with “Valentine Heart Red”
Cake with “Valentine Heart Black”
Cake with Valentine’s Day
Available to Order until February 14, 2022
JACK IN THE DONUTS to Release Limited-Edition Valentine’s Day Sweets
07.February.2022 | FOOD
JACK IN THE DONUTS has released a collection of cute sweets as Valentine’s Day exclusives, including special European donuts and a very creative Teddy Bear donut.
European Donut Series
Be sure to grab one of these sweet teddy bear donuts to give to the person you love. This collection features a variety of chocolate flavors and is sure to fill both your heart and your stomach!
JACK IN THE DONUTS
Sanrio Puroland to Stream VIVA LA VALENTINE for the Second Year
Sanrio Puroland’s online performance VIVA LA VALENTINE was first aired in February 2021. The event trended on Twitter and was incredibly popular, with many celebrities also speaking up about how much they loved the show. Due to popular demand, the event will be restreamed from February 5 to February 14 on the ZA streaming platform. Fans can watch the performance as many times as they like from the end of the performance until 20:00 the next day.
In addition, a screening will also be held at Sanrio Puroland on February 13. Archived footage from last year’s VIVA LA VALENTINE will be screened, as well as a live performance featuring characters performing to original music composed by Sayonara Ponytail, ZoZhit (Dos Monos), Kroi, and Tomggg. There will also be a grand send-off by characters and actors in VIVA LA VALENTINE costumes, so don’t miss taking some great photos!
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VIVA LA VALENTINE Stream
Available: February 5 – February 14, 2022
Runtime: Around 50 minutes
Streaming Platform: ZA
Contents: A rerun of last year’s VIVA LA VALENTINE Play
VIVA LA VALENTINE Screening (with Show)
Date: February 13, 2022
<Part 1> Doors Open 14:00 / Show Starts 14:30
<Part 2> Doors Open 16:30 / Show Starts 17:00
Address: Sanrio Puroland 1F Fairyland Theater
Length: Around 70 minutes
Special Website: https://www.puroland.jp/viva_la_valentine/
Pokemon Valentine’s Day Sweets on Sale for a Limited Time from Meine Rollen
Western confectionery brand Meine Rollen has begun selling a collection of Pokemon-themed Valentine’s day goods for 2022! Although some of these chocolates look too cute to eat, they’ll certainly earn top marks with your crush.
Chocolate Set L (Pokemon)
Sleeping Pikachu Pack (Pokemon)
Eevee & Friends Pack (Pokemon)
Last year’s designs focused on characters from Pokemon Red, Green, Blue, Gold, and Silver, released between 1996 and 1999. This year’s imagery was inspired by all games in the series, appealing to an even larger audience. Which design do you like the most?
Meine Rollen Pokemon Designs
On Sale Now
Where to Buy: Department Stores nationwide
Official Site: http://www.matsukazeya.co.jp/syouhin/event/v-pokemon.html
gelato pique Releases Adorable Valentine’s Day Roomwear
03.February.2022 | FASHION
Roomwear brand gelato pique has released a series of new Valentine’s Day loungewear featuring adorable heart motifs. These items are available at participating stores nationwide and at gelato pique’s official online store.
‘Souffle’ Heart Aran Cardigan / ‘Souffle’ Heart Aran Shorts
‘Souffle’ Heart Aran Dress / ‘Souffle’ Heart Aran Hairband / ‘Souffle’ Heart Aran Socks
Heart Chocolate Print Shirt / Heart Chocolate Print Pants
Heart Chocolate Print Vanity Pouch / Heart Chocolate Print Pouch
Heart Print Hand Towel
‘Souffle’ Heart Aran Parker *Online store only
The gelato pique Valentine’s Day Collection is made with soft materials and features lovey-dovey motifs. This season, the lineup centers on heart-shaped Aran knitwear and satin sprinkled with assorted chocolates.
GELATO PIQUE Valentine’s Day Collection
Where to Buy:
Direct Retailers: https://gelatopique.com/Page/shoplist.aspx
gelato pique Official Online Store: https://gelatopique.com/
USAGI ONLINE: https://usagi-online.com/floor/gelatopique/?link=HD
Godiva to Sell Valentine’s Day Chocolixir for a Limited Time
30.January.2022 | FOOD
Godiva Japan has begun selling two special Chocolixir beverages for Valentine’s Day! The Chocolixir Valentine Limited Edition Strawberry White Chocolate drink will be available either hot or cold and sweets lovers will feel indulged by their decadent flavors.
Regular Size (270ml): ¥700 (Tax Included) / Large Size (350ml): ¥790 (Tax Included) / Hot (220ml): ¥700 (Tax Included)
These magical elixirs are perfect for the Valentine’s season. The gentle sweetness of the white chocolate and the elegant sourness of the strawberry sauce are perfectly balanced, and the whipped cream is topped with adorable pink hearts. Be sure to find a participating location near you to pick up one of these tasty treats while you can!
Chocolixir Valentine Limited Edition Strawberry White Chocolate
Hot Chocolixir Valentine Limited Edition Strawberry White Chocolate
Available: January 12, 2021 – February 15, 2022 *While Supplies Last
Participating Stores: https://www.godiva.co.jp/boutique/storelist/
*Sales period subject to change. Store hours may change.