Purchase cute fashion goods at an affordable price in fashion district Harajuku! Vol.2
Today we are introducing three shops that you absolutely must go to if you’re in Harajuku! This is volume 2 of the series that introduces affordable, trendy and cute items. The editorial department is publicizing new places one after the other non-stop!
1.Trendy date couples – head to “SPINNS”!
SPINNS is full of Spring trends. There is a large variety of fashion and an almighty assortment. The men’s corner is also rich in style, so this is recommended for couples.
【SPINNS fans 1：Denim white trousers】
The popular trend of white trousers from last year has continued to this year. Now, denim is the top choice. All these clothes are below ￥3,000. The free size allows for comfortable wear. This store offers off the shoulder tops and many more comfortable tops to enhance your silhouette and style – these are our recommendations!
【SPINNS fans 2：Sleve logos】
Thanks to K-pop, logos on the sleeves, longs sleeves and half-length sleeves have become very popular. Wear these with Jersey pants or ripped skinny jeans, and finish off your look with a cap to transform into a trendy Korean!
【Love at first sight in the editorial dept: Colour tinted sun glasses】
The UV rays are particularly strong during this season, so make the most out of these sun glasses! The sunglasses with the round lenses are cute! If you’re going to go through the trouble of buying them, make sure to choose a colour that brightens your mood!
Address：B1F, Iberia Building, 6-5-3, Jingu-mae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Contact number: unavailable
No scheduled holidays
2.Fashion with a twist only at Santa Monica
Second hand, vintage and original items are stocked up at Santa Monica. If you find something and immediately fall in love with it, buy it!
【Santa Monica favourite: Coach jacket and bag】
This coach jacket is unisex, suiting both men and women. It sells for ￥5,900. The handbag has a large volume, adding a great touch to your look. The bag costs ￥3,500. The bag and jacket are both Santa Monica original products.
【Love at first sight in the editorial dept. 1: Remake sweats】
Cute sweats with cool hemming! Due to the long length, you can try out a high-waist look!
【Love at first sight in the editorial dept. 2：Caps】
Colourful and small designs – there is a wide range of caps you should check out. The top left simple cap is an American one! You can find your perfect cap from ￥2,500!
■ Santa Monica Harajuku
Address：4-25-5, Jingu-mae, Shibuya, Tokyo
No regular holidays
3. No matter when you go, you’ll always find wonderful and new stuff at “KINJI”.
KINJI boasts their rich range of themes and styles. The shop is filled with fashionable clothing. The second hand clothing here has been inspired by places all over Japan and by foreign countries.
【KINJI favourite：Retro dresses】
Once it hits spring and summer, you’ll want to wear your retro dresses. The yacht design is something you’ve probably never seen before! This is the place to go if you want to dress like an idol!
【KINJI favourite 2：Pink items】
Pink is popular this year, which is precisely why the pink corner is overflowing. Remade lace and crochet clothing makes the perfect layered girly outfit. How about it?
【Love at first sight in the editorial dept.: Small accessories】
The wall of the accessory corner is packed with trendy to unique items. What a great lineup to really accent your look!
Address：B1F YM Square Harajuku, 4-31-10, Jingu-mae, Shibuya, Tokyo
No regular holidays
Now we have introduced three Harajuku stores, you can enjoy a whole day exploring each shop! Enjoy your fashion and fun-filled day! ♪
※ It is possible that some of the items introduced in this article have been sold out.
Tokyo’s Newest Bubble Tea Shop PEARL LADY CHA BAR Opens at Tokyo Station
18.October.2019 | FOOD
Bubble tea chain PEARL LADY opened a new tea and tapioca beverage cafe called PEARL LADY CHA BAR at GRANSTA Marunouchi in Tokyo Station on October 17.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of CHA BAR, a Japanese tapioca drink chain that serves different types of tea from around the world. The chewy tapioca pearls added to the drinks are made in the company’s own factory and delivered fresh everyday to stores.
They boast a large drink line-up for tea-lovers, such as their specially-made rich milk tea latte, rock salt cream cheese made with mascarpone, seasonal fruit beverages, and more. The menu offers new and original ways of enjoying tea.
If you’re passing through Tokyo Station during your travels to the capital, be sure to pick up a drink from PEARL LADY CHA BAR.
PEARL LADY CHA BAR GRANSTA Marunouchi
Address: JR East Tokyo Station Floor B1F (Outside Ticket Gates), 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Access: 1-minute on foot from the Marunouchi F central ticket gates at Tokyo Station
Official Website: http://www.pearllady.jp/chabar/
Ginza’s Gorgeous Ice Cream Shop coisof Releases Halloween Parfait
18.October.2019 | FOOD
Ginza’s luxury ice cream shop has released a new parfait flavour for the Halloween and autumn season.
They have called it the “Akiiro Murasaki coi Parfait” (Autumn Colour Purple coi Parfait). Coloured like the vivid sumire plant―a species of violet―this mouth-watering parfait contains a jam made in-house with whole natsuhaze, a wild type of blueberry that has been used in Japan since ancient times. It’s topped with a dollop of rich and milky ice cream, a puree made from in-season purple sweet potatoes, and assorted nuts for added crunch.
Natsuhaze blueberries contain a lot of polyphenols, giving them an elegant sour flavour which goes unbelievably well with the taste of the milky ice cream and sweet potato. The parfait is served with a liqueur made from sumire extract.
For the Halloween period between October 16 to 31, the parfait can also be topped with various spooky decorations at no extra cost, like chocolate ghosts, spiders and cobwebs.
If you’re celebrating Halloween in Japan this year, or want to treat your date to a Halloween treat, then take them to Tokyo’s high-class shopping district Ginza for a luxurious parfait.
Akiiro Murasaki coi Parfait
Price: With Liqueur ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Without Liqueur ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
Running: October 16, 2019 – November 30, 2019
*Free Halloween parfait toppings available October 16, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Grand Opening: January 17, 2019
Address: re:Dine GINZA Floor 9F, 4-3-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00
3 Must-Visit Locations to See Kyoto’s Autumn Colours at Night in 2019
17.October.2019 | SPOT
Kyoto is known as the ancient capital of Japan. It is said to be the place where quintessential Japanese culture started, and has charmed the world over with its incredibly rich 1,200-year history.
Autumn is a popular season in Japan, especially amongst tourists and travellers. While in spring you have the bright pink cherry blossoms, when autumntime rolls around, the trees turn into enchanting reds and yellows. People from around the world flock to see this incredible sight, with Kyoto being a very popular location.
KYOTO SIDE, a regional information website run by Kyoto Prefecture, has listed a number of must-visit places around the city for seeing the autumn foliage, which is known as koyo in Japanese. Of course, viewing the beautiful colours of the trees and their leaves is a must during the daytime, but seeing them in the evening has become popular in recent years too. It offers you an entirely different experience and atmosphere. Here’s three places you should jot down for your Kyoto trip this autumn.
Jitokuin Temple: A place of rest created by the chief priest and locals
Jitokuin Temple is located in the town of Yosano in Yosa District. Maple trees were planted almost 11 years ago with the help of locals and the chief priest to create local ties. Every autumn, the trees behind the mountain bloom in vivid hues, leading the temple to be nicknamed “Koyo-ji,” or “Temple of Autumn.” The locals work hard in the surrounding gardens day by day, so the sights change a little bit every year.
The maple trees are planted in a way that it looks like they take an entire side of the mountain. They are a sight to be hold during the day, but for one week in November there will be illuminations in the evenings, creating a magical scene under the night sky.
Light-Up Period: November 9, 2019 – November 16, 2019
Light-Up Time: 17:00-20:00 (Temple is open 09:00-20:00)
Autumn Foliage Peak Period: Early-Mid November
Address: 2250 Akeshi, Yosano, Yoza-gun, Kyoto
Support Fund: ¥300
Official Website: http://jitokuin.com
Nariaiji Temple: The 5-storey pagoda comes together with the autumn colours
Nariaiji Temple, located in Kyoto Prefecture’s city of Miyazu, is an ancient temple betwixt mountains overlooking Amanohashidate, one of Japan’s “Three Scenic Views.” It’s home to a grand 5-storey pagoda which is surrounded by hundreds of maple trees, offering an incredible, quintessentially Japanese view during autumn.
During the day, you can snap some gorgeous photos with the Sea of Japan and Amanohashidate in the back. For two nights only, on Saturday November 9 and Sunday November 10, the entire area will be beautifully lit up with warm illuminations.
Light-Up Period: November 9, 2019 – November 10, 2019
Light-Up Time: Sunset – 21:00 (Temple is open 08:00-16:30)
Autumn Foliage Peak Period: Early-Late November
Address: 339 Nariaiji, Miyazu, Kyoto
Official Website: http://www.nariaiji.jp/
Kasagiyama Prefectural Natural Park: A bright-red landscape from the mountain peak
Kasagiyama Prefectural Natural Park: is located atop Mt. Kasagi and is also home to Kasagi-dera, a temple with a 1,300-year history. During autumn, one entire side of the park is dyed in autumnal colours.
This November, the area will be lit up for a limited period, offering a gorgeous view from the mountain peak of the trees below as well as the flowing Kizugawa river.
Light-Up Period: November 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Light-Up Time: 17:00-21:00 (Temple is open 09:00-16:00)
Autumn Foliage Peak Period: Early-Mid November
Address: Mt. Kasagi, Kasagi, Soraku District, Kyoto
Price: Illuminations – Free / Temple – Adults ¥300, Children ¥100
Official Website: https://www.kasagidera.or.jp
See Japan’s autumn colours in an entirely new way this year at one of Kyoto’s many autumn-time illumination events.
Official Website: http://www.kyotoside.jp/
Kabukichō Sherlock Anime Ending Song by Lozareena Released on Downloading Services
Cute and edgy singer-songwriter Lozareena receives constant praise and admiration from numerous creators for her distinctive voice. She has previously featured on the NHK TV and radio program Minna no Uta. Her songs have also been played for several days in a row on NHK General TV and NHK Educational TV. Lozareena is known for having featured in the song Don’t you think feat. Lozareena by THE ORAL CIGARETTES (released by A-Sketch). Social media sites are flooding with comments on her beautiful voice.
Following the premiere of Kabukichō Sherlock on the late night anime programming block Animeism on MBS, TBS and BS-TBS on October 11, the ending theme song Hyakuoku Kounen (Ten Billion Light Years) has been released on downloading services in Japan. Upon hearing the ballad, which was produced by Seiji Kameda, the listener will feel time pass slower.
Kabukichō Sherlock fans are excited to know how the song fits into the anime. Along with the song’s digital release, artwork for the song has also been revealed. Please check out the artwork along with the single and the anime to enjoy a complete experience.
A Statement from Seiji Kameda
Lozareena’s voice is magical. There are times when her voice sounds childlike. Her voice paints an image of emotional pain entwined with strength. I have the utmost respect for her because she puts in all her effort when she sings.
Hyakuoku Kounen (Ten Billion Light Years)
Download Links: https://smr.lnk.to/TxBp6
Lozareena Official Website: http://lozareena.com/
TV Anime Kabukichō Sherlock
Premiere: October 2019, 11
Available on Animeism (MBS, TBS, BS -TBS)
Official Website: http://pipecat-kabukicho.jp/
Also available on the following Media Service Providers:
Docomo Anime Store (From October 12, 2019, every Saturday from 12:00)
AbemaTV (From October 15, 2019)
To be released on the following media service providers after October 19, 2019:
niconico（NicoNico Namahousou／NicoNico Channel)／GYAO!／Hikari-TV／Fuji TV On Demand／Bandai Channel／Hulu／J:COM On Demand／Video Pass／Anime Hodai／U-NEXT／Amazon／NETFLIX／Rakuten TV／DMM.com／Video Market／HAPPY Douga／MOVIE FULL plus
Starbucks Japan Unveils Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino®
17.October.2019 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan has announced a new beverage called the Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino® which will be released at Starbucks branches (*1) across Japan from 17:22 (*2)―the time of sunset when night begins―on October 18, 2019. The coffee chain is also releasing its new “Halloween Masquerade” filter on Instagram (*3).
*1. Select branches not participating.
*2. Roll out time may differ at select branches.
*3. Instagram is a service owned by Facebook, Inc. The above-mentioned filter is not backed or managed by Instagram in any way nor is it affiliated with the service.
The Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino® is themed on an evening masquerade party. It will go on sale when the sun sets at 17:22 on October 18. As the name suggests, the drink itself is black and mysterious like the night, blending together black cocoa powder with white chocolate brownie.
The jet black beverage also has a red hue to it which comes from a sweet and sour red berry sauce made from raspberries, cranberries and strawberries. It’s topped with a squirt of fluffy whipped cream, sprinkled with black cocoa powder, and drizzled with more of that red berry sauce to create that Halloween aesthetic. The black cocoa adds a delicious bitterness to the sweetness of the brownie and the sweet and sour mixed berries, creating a mouth-watering flavour combination.
The Halloween Masquerade filter was developed by Starbucks for people’s Instagram stories this Halloween. There are four masks to choose from which can be changed by just tapping on the screen. There are other cool Halloween effects on the filter to find too. Something might even pop out of your mouth if you open wide…
Starbucks Japan will also sell the above-pictured Halloween cup stands when the drinks go on sale. Limited in stock, the stands come in black and white, titled Halloween Red Night Frappuccino® or the Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino® respectively. You can buy them separately or as a set.
Experience a spooky masquerade party at Starbucks this Halloween.
Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino®
Price: Tall Size Only – ¥590 (Before Tax)
Running: October 18, 2019 at 17:22 to October 31, 2019 (While supplies last)
Available: At most Starbucks Japan branches
Starbucks “Halloween Masquerade” AR Filter
Available: From October 16, 2019 at 10:30 (JST)
How to Use:
・Available from Starbucks Japan’s official Instagram profile @starbucks_j
・Download the Instagram app on your phone and access via https://sbux.jp/masq
*The filter will be removed without notice on November 1, 2019
Running: October 18, 2019 – October 31, 2019 (While supplies last)
Halloween Red Night Frappuccino® / Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino®
Price: ¥990 Each (Before Tax) *Fits Tall size drinks only, Frappuccino® drink sold separately at ¥590
Available: At most Starbucks Japan branches
Starbucks Coffee Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
m-flo & J Balvin’s ‘HUMAN LOST’ Animated Music Video Receives International Praise
Last week, an animated music video was released for the main theme song of the upcoming original anime film Human Lost. The song was written by m-flo and features vocals from Colombian Grammy Award-winning artist J Balvin.
It has since amassed over 200k views on YouTube, and has garnered worldwide attention, with fans praising the triple, no-borders collaboration between m-flo, J Balvin and the animated film.
The music video ranked at No. 2 on the iTunes Store, while the song made it into various Spotify playlists around the world, including New Music Friday in Asia, New Music Friday Latin in Latin America, and Tokyo Super Hits in Japan. The video has also made it onto TV in Columbia, which is the home country of J Balvin and m-flo’s own LISA. Rolling Stone described Balvin as having “made a name for himself by transcending borders, both of the national and musical variety.”
The music video was animated by internationally-acclaimed and award-winning animators Polygon Pictures, Inc and OLM Digital. The character design work for J. Balvin’s animated character was created by Yūsuke Kozaki.
Scenes of m-flo and J.Balvin are woven together with highlight scenes from the anime film Human Lost. The original animated feature film will be released in Japan on November 29, 2019. The film will be screened in the US ahead of the Japanese release on October 22 and 23 with the subtitled version rolling out on October 22 and the dubbed version on October 23. which will hit US theatres on October 22, 2019.
J Balvin is one of the world’s top artists with over 50 million monthly listeners on Spotify and more than 30 million Instagram followers. He has also performed with other global superstars including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. The song was released simultaneously worldwide on October 11.
©2019 HUMAN LOST Project
HUMAN LOST feat. J Balvin (Digital Release)
Digital Release: October 11, 2019
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin -Spanish Version-
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin -Reggaeton Remix by Nao beatz- (October 25, 2019)
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin -Reggaeton Remix by Mitsunori Ikeda- (November 8, 2019)
Streaming Links: https://m-flo.lnk.to/20191011_humanlost_jp
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin / against all gods (CD Release)
Release Date: October 23, 2019
Price: ¥1,320 (Tax Included) [RZCD-86954]
m-flo 9th Album “KYO”
Release Date: November 6, 2019
2 CDs (Album+Mix CD) + DVD – ¥5,550 (Tax Included) [RZCD-86962～3/B]
1 CD (Album) + DVD – ¥4,400 (Tax Included) [RZCD-86964/B]
2 CDs (Album+Mix CD) – ¥3,850 (Tax Included) [RZCD-86965～6]
m-flo Official Website: https://m-flo.com/?ls=ja&cache=false
J Balvin Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jbalvin/?hl=ja
Release Date: November 29, 2019 (Japan)
©2019 HUMAN LOST Project
Official Website: human-lost.jp
Shibuya PARCO Refurbishments Reveal Collaboration Exhibitions With AKIRA, AUTO MOAI, JUN INAGAWA And More
The new fully refurbished Shibuya PARCO shopping complex is set to reopen on November 22, 2019. When Shibuya PARCO closed for renovations in 2016, GALLERYX BYPARCO was moved to Spain-zaka in the centre of Shibuya. This November, GALLERY X will return to its home on the basement floor 1 of the shopping complex.
The first opening exhibition of GALLERY X is titled “AKIRA ART OF WALL Katsuhiro Otomo × Kosuke Kawamura AKIRA ART EXHIBITION” which will see an entire wall decorated in a collage of art by manga author and film director Katsuhiro Otomo and his legendary series AKIRA until May 2020.
The art wall is in fact a relocation of the AKIRA art wall that has existed at the infrastructure building site in Shibuya for almost two years. Parts of it was damaged over time, and so it will resurface at PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO on the 4th floor of the new Shibuya PARCO. That’s not all: there will also be valuable original works displayed as well as posters, 3D model recreations of things seen in AKIRA, the series soundtrack by Geinoh Yamashirogumi playing, 3D attractions where you can interact with a futuristic “Neo Tokyo” and much more.
AUTO MOAI (December 2019)
Kazuki Iio (Zun) (December 2019)
Misaki Tanaka (February ー March 2020)
JUN INAGAWA (April 2020)
The first exhibition will be followed by a strong lineup of exhibitions. The exhibition areas will be filled with a wide range of attractions, making it appealing for a wide range of people with different tastes.
* The above information and dates are subject to change at any moment without prior notification.
GALLERY X is full of originality and is a source of the latest entertainment culture so please check it out.
Address: Shibuya PARCO floor B1, 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 21:00
Official Website: art.parco.jp/
THE MACHIYA SHINSEN-EN: Kyoto’s New Traditional & Modern Fused Hotel
17.October.2019 | SPOT
THE MACHIYA SHINSEN-EN is a new hotel that just opened on Tuesday (October 15) located just a five-minute walk from Kyoto’s world heritage site Nijō Castle. Renovated from an old Kyoto-esque townhouse, this 21-room hotel fuses traditional Japanese architecture with the modern, complete with a lounge on the first floor decked with an open space where guests can enjoy a gorgeous breakfast if they choose the option. The friendly staff will be waiting to welcome guests to the hotel like friends.
The hotel’s name derives from Shinsenen, a Japanese Buddhist temple and Kyoto sightseeing spot located just a one-minute walk from the site. The temple is home to Japan’s only “ehomaki shrine” where Toshitokujin, the goddess of auspicious directions for the current year, is enshrined. The temple is also home to an enormous and beautiful lake, and is said to provide good luck with marriage ties, something which is known to everyone in Kyoto. The “machiya” part of the hotel’s name means “townhouse” in Japanese.
The hotel combines the traditional with the modern effortlessly, with four types of suite rooms available including the spacious corner suite rooms, as well as suite rooms that focus more on traditional Japanese architecture, namely that of the old-fashioned townhouse. All suite rooms have a kitchen, washer/dryer, and other convenient amenities for those looking for a longer stay, as well as for families and larger groups.
THE SHINSEN-EN Deluxe Suite
Located on the top floor, this corner suite room offers a spacious environment and enjoys plenty of natural lighting for the window which takes up an entire wall. There are both beds as well as a tatami area with futons so you can pick how you want to sleep. There’s also a roomy washroom as well as a dining space with a fully-equipped kitchen and washer dryer. The room also has a sofa, TV, refrigerator, free WiFi, and more for your convenience.
THE MACHIYA Deluxe Suite (Dragon)
This suite room has a Japanese aesthetic with its paper sliding doors and hanging scrolls. Natural light seeps in from the ceiling window fitted to the high ceiling. As well as the Japanese-style bedroom, it also has a western-style bedroom and living room, as well as both beds and futons, so you can pick if you want a Japanese sleep or a western sleep. There is a fully-equipped kitchen and washer dryer. The room also has a sofa, TV, refrigerator, free WiFi, and more for your convenience.
THE SHINSEN-EN Suite
The entrance to this suite room has lattice doors and stone paving, welcoming you with that traditional Japanese aesthetic. The spacious room basks in natural lighting from the enormous windows. There is a fully-equipped kitchen and washer dryer. The room also has a sofa, TV, refrigerator, free WiFi, and more for your convenience.
In addition to suite rooms there are four other types including Deluxe Twin, Superior Hollywood Twin, Hollywood Twin, and Classic Hollywood Twin. The rooms enjoy indigo blue and orange colouring for a relaxed and modern feel. Each have their own washrooms, toilets, sofas and desks. Additionally, all first floor rooms can be connected, so you can turn them into full 2-3 or 4-5 people spaces.
Guests can use the first floor lounge space freely and at their own leisure. And if they choose so they can also enjoy breakfast there.
The front desk staff can speak both English and Japanese so can support foreign travelers. The hotel is situated in a great place for sightseeing, so be sure to consider booking at the all-new THE MACHIYA SHINSEN-EN if travelling to Tokyo.
THE MACHIYA SHINSEN-EN
Opened: October 15, 2019
Address: 17-1 17 Shinsenencho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Nijōjō-mae Station
Rooms: 21 (approx. 22-45㎡)
Capacity: 2-5 people
Breakfast: Served in first floor lounge for an additional fee
Official Website: https://shinsen-en.com/
Mobile Suit Gundam Themed Glasses & Case Releasing in Collaboration With OWNDAYS
Japanese eyewear chain company OWNDAYS has announced a collaboration with Mobile Suit Gundam to celebrate the anime series’ 40th anniversary.
Together, they have crafted four glasses frames inspired by four different Mobile Suits from the series. You can also snap onto each pair sunglasses lenses too, making them convenient in all weathers. The collection will be released at OWNDAYS stores in Japan as well as their online shop on December 13.
In the run up to their release, early pre-orders for a very special 1/7 scale Mobile Suit head glasses case will open at the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza branch of OWNDAYS on October 18. The case can hold up to 6 pairs of glasses.
Mobile Suit Gundam is a centerpiece of anime culture, adored and acclaimed the world over as a classic. These products will begin rolling out in 12 countries and regions in the coming months.
GUNDAM×OWNDAYS Wear the GUNDAM
Release Date: December 13, 2019 / Price: ¥11,980 (Before Tax) *Comes with lenses
The frames are made with a light and durable stainless sheet and each have a matte colour for a high-quality feel. They are inspired by Mobile Suits from the anime series. The front parts have a hardened layered structure, while the temple parts are lightweight to ensure they can be worn for long periods of time without causing discomfort.
GUNDAM HEAD CASE
Pre-Orders: October 24, 2019 / Shipping: From Early March 2020 / Price: ¥39,980 (Before Tax)
The RX-78-2 Gundam head glasses case can hold up to 6 pairs of glasses. Pulling on the antennas will release the doors to store the glasses. After storing your glasses and returning the antennas, the head will make a sound and it will flash lights.
GUNDAM HEAD CASE Early Pre-Orders
Location: OWNDAYS DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
Running: October 18, 2019 – October 23, 2019 (While stocks last)
*Only running at the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza branch of OWNDAYS
General pre-orders will begin on October 24, 2019
OWNDAYS Official Website: https://www.owndays.com/jp/ja
Japanese Sweets Brand Minamoto Kitchoan to Open Cafe Restaurant K. MINAMOTO in Ginza
16.October.2019 | FOOD
Japanese confectionery brand Minamoto Kitchoan will open a new cafe and restaurant called “K. MINAMOTO” on October 19.
K. MINAMOTO will be located on floors 2-5 at THE HOUSE, Minamoto Kitchoan’s new company building which it just moved to on October 3. The cafe-restaurant’s menu concept is dubbed “Ginza Sunny Fruits.” It takes into consideration how daily fruit consumption has greatly decreased today by serving up a luxurious fresh fruit-packed line-up.
Minamoto Kitchoan is a company that has made full use of fruits since its establishment, including the suikanshuku, a Japanese wagashi confection made of whole dried domestic persimmons. We can trust then that K. MINAMOTO will provide us with our 5-a-day.
Roast Beef Sandwich w/ Fruit Soup – ¥2,420 (Tax Included)
Seafood Lemon Cream Fedelini w/ Fruit Soup – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Each and every dish on the menu has fruit, all grown in Japan to ensure the a high level of quality. Since the dishes have fruity flavours, prepping them is simple, and they enjoy the colours and textures of each fruit.
Drinks haven’t been left out either. They are made with fruit purees and syrup, or are tossed in as they are, allowing for maximum fruity goodness.
Smoked Salmon, Fruit Salad & Potato Galette w/ Fruit Soup – ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
Autumn Fruit Almond Pudding – ¥1,760 (Tax Included)
All the staff at K. MINAMOTO have a wealth of knowledge about the menu and the fruits used in each dish. Their service creates a comfortable atmosphere, and though they are polite they are incredibly friendly, so you can call out to them without worry.
Get your fill of fruit from the all-new K. MINAMOTO, opening October 19.
Grand Opening: October 19, 2019
Address: Minamoto Kitchoan Shinhonsha Bldg. “THE HOUSE” (Floors 2F-5F), 6-9-8 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sat] 11:30-20:30 / [Sun & Holidays] 11:30-19:00
No Fixed Closures
Minamoto Kitchoan official website: https://www.kitchoan.co.jp
This Week’s Dessert: Savouring Autumntime Matcha Sweets at ATELIER de GODIVA in Ikebukuro
One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spent to ensure happiness.
I’ve been working relatively hard as of late. I had some spare time before a business meeting, so I took advantage of the occasion to treat myself to some desserts. My destination: ATELIER de GODIVA located inside Seibu Ikebukuro.
GODIVA has numerous stores throughout Tokyo, but Ikebukuro’s concept store branch has an eat-in space that’s perfect for that tea or coffee break.
ATELIER de GODIVA boasts that same level of quality when it comes to their desserts, some of which are exclusive to this branch. There are only three branches: this one in Seibu Ikebukuro (Tokyo), another in Daimaru Kyoto (Kyoto), and the last in Hakata Hankyu (Fukuoka). The cake I am showing you today is a special dessert sold only in these three branches (and is takeout only at Hakata Hankyu).
The first delight I ordered was the Mousse Matcha Cherry.
Mousse Matcha Cherry: Eat in ¥980 / Takeout ¥780 (*Matcha Ice Cream is eat-in only)
Available: Until November 26, 2019 while supplies last
The shiny cake is served on a round white plate with a dollop of matcha ice cream. The pink berry sauce is drizzled around the plate to make the plating even cuter.
Time to tuck in. This extravagant cake is supported by a fluffy matcha mousse topped with a crunchy chocolate sable. On top of that still are juicy cherries, adding a hint of freshness to the cake. The matcha glaze on the mousse has just the right amount of bitterness, which when coupled with the subtly sweet matcha mousse makes for a heavenly balance of flavours. Lined around the base of the mousse are sweet and sour dried raspberries which elevated the matcha-ness of the matcha mousse.
The matcha ice cream which it comes with when you order to eat in is rich and creamy.
I was full up after my dessert, but since I’d taken the time to come here I wanted to order a drink too… so I got a takeout Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami from a shop adjoining ATELIER de GODIVA.
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami – ¥602 (*Takeout only at the GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro branch)
This new drink is part of GODIVA’s chocolate and tea pairing series. The chefs at GODIVA have carefully selected the best varieties of tea to combine with chocolate. This one is an iced drink made with white chocolate and matcha.
It’s a mix of GODIVA’s popular smooth and sweet white chocolate and rich Uji matcha. It’s crowned with a sprinkling of bitter Uji matcha powder. All of the flavours are highlighted in this sweet drink. The crunchy white chocolate pieces you sip up as you drink are delicious. It’s the kind of drink where you’re sure to find something new each time you take a drink.
My 30-minute tea break is my little self-indulgence for the day. Spare minutes in my daily schedule affords me the chance to go and enjoy some delicious desserts. You should treat yourself to some special autumntime sweets too.
Matcha Adzuki ATELIER Tablet – ¥800
I’s important to share the happiness between family and colleagues on when you get the chance to enjoy something tasty. The present I bought today was a tablet chocolate handmade in the shop. The matcha white chocolate has almonds in it as well as Japanese-style chocolate mixed with adzuki. It has a strong matcha flavour and isn’t overly-sweet. You can also request for a ribbon to be tied around it for gift-giving. It’s a chocolate that’s sure to bring anyone joy.
Writer：Sayuri Mizuno（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
ATELIER de GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro
Address: Seibu Ikebukuro B1F, 1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sat] 10:00-21:00 / [Sun & Holidays] 10:00-20:00
ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto
Address: Daimaru Kyoto B1F, 79 Tachiuri Nishimachi, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sun] 10:00-20:00
ATELIER de GODIVA Hakata Hankyu
Address: Hakata Hankyu B1F, 1-1 Hakataekichūōgai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: [Sun-Thurs] 10:00-20:00 / [Fri-Sat] 10:00-21:00
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami
Running: October 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019
GODIVA Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Following up from the opening of their Shinjuku branch back in 2016, BEAMS JAPAN has announced that it will open a second branch in Shibuya on December 5, 2019. It will be found inside the new Shibuya FUKURAS which is also set to open beside Shibuya Station to this December.
Shibuya-Exclusive Field Watch – ¥15,000 (Before Tax)
BEAMS JAPAN Shibuya is set to be the second hub for BEAMS “TEAM JAPAN,” a project which aims to build a community around the brand and promotes products made in Japan. Opening with a completely original line focused on “super basic” clothing, it is sure to be a welcome addition to the streets of Shibuya―one of Japan’s leading districts when it comes to Japanese fashion and culture.
BEAMS JAPAN Hachiko Logo Long T-Shirt – ¥7,800 (Before Tax)
Scramble Crossing/Traffic Safety Caps – ¥5,800 Each (Before Tax)
The new store will stock a whole range of different clothing items, including attire exclusive to the branch such as the above-pictured caps and watch inspired by Shibuya;s tourist sites like the Scramble Crossing and Hachiko statue.
BEAMS JAPAN SHIBUYA
Grand Opening: December 5, 2019
Address: Tokyu Plaza Shibuya 2F, 1-2-3 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
Stocked Labels: Men’s <BEAMS> / Women’s <Ray BEAMS> <BEAMS BOY> / Other <BEAMS JAPAN> <TOKYO CULTUART by BEAMS>
BEAMS JAPAN Official Website: https://www.beams.co.jp/beams_japan/