Alice in Wonderland Themed Afternoon Tea Buffet ‘Lost in Europe’ Heads to Nagoya
This spring, Hilton Nagoya is set to serve up a special afternoon tea set and buffet plan at its first floor all-dining restaurant IN PLACE 3-3. The theme of the afternoon tea line-up, which will be served either as a set-only plan or the set plus a buffet, is ‘Lost in Europe.’ Fans of Lewis Carroll’s beloved novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland can look forward to jumping in the rabbit hole as they indulge in a colourful and delicious line-up that sends them straight to wonderland.
The plans will run for three months during which three different menu line-ups will be served, each with a European feel to them as Alice finds her curiosity tending away from Japanese cuisine to the delectable assortments of overseas.
Spain will serve as the first menu. Travelling to Spain, Alice finds the country one overflowing with creativity in the arts, so says the story of this fun afternoon tea. Dishes will be plated with desserts fusing together Spain’s food culture with that of Wonderland, traditional Spanish desserts, sweet treats inspired by Spanish art, and more. Many of the irresistible items will also be made with almonds – Spain being the second largest producer of almonds in the world.
Inside the restaurant, diners will feel like they have travelled to a Spanish rendition of Wonderland with a mix of styles from both locations, such as Spanish sunflowers, mosaic tiles, stained glass windows, and more.
A little look at the menu (some of it)
1. Afternoon Tea Set Menu: ¥4,600 (Tax Included)
Cubism Cheshire Cat Arroz Con Leche
A coconut-flavoured Spanish rice pudding made with coconut lavender jelly. Its design, from the stripes to the grinning teeth, are references to the Cheshire Cat.
Blue Caterpillar Siesta Cake
A cake covered in striking blue chocolate, made with pistachio mousse, and filled with a mixed berry jelly.
Butterfly Windmills Mousse
An artistic delight made with smooth chestnut mousse and colourful butterfly wings attached.
Pistachio Crema Catalana in Berry Sauce
A traditional dessert of Catalonia, this crema catalana features a rich pistachio-flavoured custard cream and is served with a berry sauce.
Salted churros that are crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the inside, and a checked bocadillo filled with Spanish omelette.
Lost in Europe Afternoon Tea Set Summary
10 desserts, two savoury items, and a choice of a soft drink, coffee, or tea.
2. Afternoon Tea Set & Dessert Buffet: Adults ¥5,000 / Children ¥2,500
Mischievous Crazy Clock Cake
A warped, melted clock made with passion fruit cream and orange and mango mousse.
Mosaic Tile Sangria Jelly (Non-Alcoholic)
A refreshing beverage made with non-alcoholic white wine and grape, strawberry, and grapefruit jelly, all made to look like mosaic tiles.
Pick from nine different savoury items like paella, sopa de ajo garlic soup, patatas bravas, tapas, and more.
There are also a range of other desserts like a coffee jelly ice cream, a melon cake, and more, as well as fruity iced candies.
Afternoon Takeout Box
Customers can also get their afternoon tea set to go with a mix of desserts and savouries.
Lost in Europe
・Afternoon Tea Set
Running: May 13, 2021 – August 18, 2021
・Afternoon Tea Set & Dessert Buffet
Running: May 13, 2021 – August 15, 2021
Times: 15:00-17:00 (Thurs-Sun and holidays only)
Royal Park Hotel Begins Serving Limited-Time Desserts For Golden Week
01.May.2021 | FOOD
For this year’s Golden Week, Royal Park Hotel in Tokyo is serving up a limited-time selection of two desserts on its first floor cafe and bakery IKI: the Koinobori Roll Cake and Animal Sweets & Pastries, both of which are available now until May 5. It’s also selling two different mont blancs for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Carp streamer-inspired roll cake and animal pastries
Koinobori Roll Cake – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)
Animal Sweets & Pastries: Sheep Cheesecake, Bear Tiramisu, Rabbit Mousse – ¥540 Each / Piglet Pastry, Dog Pastry, Chick Pastry – ¥324 (Tax Included)
This line-up of takeout desserts and pastries are made at the hotel’s own cafe and bakery IKI, all of which have been made to celebrate Children’s Day which falls on May 5 every year. This includes a moist chocolate and strawberry carp streamer roll cake which is popular at IKI every year. There’s also a cute selection of animal delights including the light and fluffy Sheep Cheesecake, mascarpone cream and coffee Bear Tiramisu, and a sweet and tangy Rabbit Mousse made from assorted berry mousse and jelly, as well as three pastries made to look like a chick, dog, and piglet.
Serving: April 29, 2021 – May 5, 2021
Happy Father’s Day & Happy Mother’s Day Specials
Mother’s Day Mont Blanc / Father’s Day Mont Blanc – ¥1,944 Each (Tax Included)
The Mother’s Day Mont Blanc is a wonderfully light combination of strawberry jelly, fresh strawberries, white chocolate mousse, and strawberry cream. The Father’s Day version is made with a fresh mascarpone cream, a mont blanc base that’s made from chestnut and blackcurrant jam, chocolate cream, and caramelised nuts.
Mother’s Day Mont Blanc: May 7, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Father’s Day Mont Blanc: June 18, 2021 – June 20, 2021
Monthly Breads: May & June
Each mother, IKI releases limited-time breads or pastries. For May, customers can enjoy the rich Edamame & Bacon Parmesan France and the bitter Chocolate Cream Cornet. In June, there’s an Orange Cream Cornet made with sliced orange peel, and the Tomato Rustic which is crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle, combining tomato and cheese. There’s also Shokupan made with matcha and large-grained adzuki beans.
Edamame & Bacon Parmesan France / Chocolate Cream Cornet (Dark Chocolate) – ¥302 Each (Tax Included)
Orange Cream Cornet – ¥302 / Tomato Rustic – ¥302 / Shokupan (Matcha & Adzuki Bean) – ¥648 (Tax Included)
May Monthly Bread: May 6, 2021 – May 31, 2021
June Monthly Bread: June 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Royal Park Hotel Golden Week Desserts
Start Date: April 29, 2021
Address: royal Park Hotel, 2-1-1 Nihonbashikakigarachō, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.rph.co.jp/event/GWevent2021.html
Non-Alcoholic Cocktails Made With Vinegar Get Served at Tokyo’s Royal Park Hotel
Royal Park Hotel is collaborating with the Japanese condiment brand Mizkan, which is known for its vinegars, mustards, salad dressings and more, to serve non-alcoholic cocktails made with vinegar. The Non Alco-Vinegar Cocktail Fair will be held from May 1 to June 30.
Royal Park Hotel x Mizkan
Tropical Princess/FLORAL BEAUTY Vinegar Cashew/Frozen Fruity Su/Blueberry Black Vinegar Soy Milk Shake/Vinegar Fruit Yogurt/Ponzu & Tomato Ginger
The non-alcoholic vinegar cocktails were created for both drinkers and non-drinkers of alcohol as a way to enjoy the food scene more. The alcoholic drinks used in cocktails gives them a kick, and so does vinegar when used in food. These beverages combine vinegar with a range of fruits, teas, carbonated water, and other ingredients.
The line-up was conceived by the Vinegar Club who have also posted recipes for various cocktails on their website – links below.
Shiseido Parlour Releases Creamy BOUQUET DE FRAISES Biscuit Cake
The Ginza branch of Shiseido Parlour in Tokyo released its new BOUQUET DE FRAISES biscuit cake on Friday. The dessert is inspired by Shieido Parlour’s strawberry parfait and is made to be held in one hand. It comes with three kinds of creams, and each is a crunchy and customisable delight decorated like a bouquet.
BOUQUET DE FRAISES | ¥540 (Tax Included)
The buttery cone is a cat tongue biscuit and is filled with cream shanty, cream patissiere, and strawberry jam. The bouquets are also topped with fresh strawberries.
BOUQUET DE FRAISES (Box of 10) | ¥5,724 (Tax Included) | Reservation-only
BOUQUET DE FRAISES
資生堂パーラー Official site：https://parlour.shiseido.co.jp/?rt_pr=pl369
New Doraemon and Korosuke Dessert Gets Served at the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum
The Kawasaki-based Fujiko F. Fujio Museum, which is dedicated to the Japanese manga writing duo who created Doraemon, is now serving up its new Doraemon Korosuke Chiffon Sandwich which was added to the menu on Wednesday.
Doraemon Korosuke Chiffon Sandwich | ¥1,280 (Tax Included)
The new arrival sees Doraemon and Korosuke turned into chiffon sandwiches with the beloved blue robot cat made from chocolate and filled with banana cream and his friend filled with mango cream.
Check out some of the other items available on the menu at the museum too.
Doraemon Arrabbiata | ¥1,230 (Tax Included)
French Toast de Anki Bread | ¥980 (Tax Included)
Fork into the Doraemon Arrabbiata with tomato sauce and a Doraemon face made from egg sheets, or a French toast inspired by Doraemon’s Copying Tost, one of his many Secret Gadgets.
Doraemon Korosuke Chiffon Sandwich
Released: April 21, 2021
Where: Fujiko F. Fujio Museum
Address: 2-8-1 Nagao, Tama Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 214-0023, Japan
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Official Website: http://fujiko-museum.com/english/
Sanrio Announces 60th Anniversary Exhibition ‘The Beginning of Kawaii’
From Hello Kitty to Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, and more – Sanrio’s internationally adored cast of characters can be universally agreed to be representatives of Japan culture of ‘kawaii.’ In celebration of Sanrio’s 60th anniversary, the company have announced an exhibition centred on the beginning of kawaii culture. The event will take place at TOKYO CITY VIEW from September 17, 2021 to January 10, 2022.
60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition: The Beginning of Kawaii is currently taking place at Matsuzakaya Art Gallery in Nagoya until June 12 and will move to Ōita Prefectural Art Museum where it will run from July 10 to September 5 before heading to TOKYO CITY VIEW.
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This exhibition will not only look back over Sanrio’s 60-year history, but will also dive into how Japan’s culture of ‘kawaii’ came about. Fans of Sanrio and Japan’s kawaii can expect product and design showcases, in-depth explanations, and more.
Over 800 products, documents, and materials related to Sanrio will be presented, many of which will shine a spotlight on some of their most famous characters out of their roster of 400, such as Hello Kitty and My Melody, and other characters that might not be known to those outside Japan such as best friends Patty & Jimmy.
What to look out for at Sanrio’s 60th anniversary exhibition
Unforgettable Tower by Sebastian Masuda
Sebastian Masuda, a pioneer of kawaii culture, will showcase his symbolic art pieces at the event at TOKYO CITY VIEW’s observation deck, combining his iconic work against a breathtaking background.
The Beginning of Kawaii
Learn about the history of Sanrio’s culture of kawaii, beginning as a service to ‘move people’s hearts’ through gifts and products. Visitors will get a chance to see the secrets of Sanrio’s iconic style which draw a line under fancy products from other companies.
There will also be a chance to see Japanese illustrators Takashi Yanase, Ado Mizumori, and Rune Naito’s work with Sanrio.
The Birth of the Characters
What makes something kawaii or not kawaii? Why do characters not necessarily need to have a story to become so popular? These questions are more will be answered as the exhibition looks at the birth of Sanrio’s characters.
How did their hit characters come to be? During the 1980’s, Japan was a warzone for characters. Sanrio changed how characters became popular, moving from characters that were popular with everyone to creating characters that people wanted for themselves – their own personal characters. Discover how Sanrio’s long list of characters came about, including ones that have stood the test of time and ones that have declined in popularity.
Ichigo Shimbun is a magazine published by Sanrio all about Sanrio and their characters – a familiar read to all fans in Japan. The magazine will be featured at the exhibition.
Hello Kitty: The Character Who Turned Into a Global Icon
Hello Kitty is known the world over, with even Lady Gaga having worn a dress of Hello Kitty plush toys in the past. This dress will be exhibited at the event, amongst many other things related to Sanrio’s global idol.
A Battle Between Artists
Artists from various artistic background will participate in the exhibition by creating a range of different Sanrio works. Participating artists and their specialities include Ryūsuke Fukahori (objects), Hajime Nakatomi (bamboo art), Takaya Mori (sculptor), Mio Hashimoto (sculptor), and Risa Fukui (paper cut-outs).
60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition: The Beginning of Kawaii
Running: September 17, 2021 – January 10, 2022
Where: TOKYO CITY VIEW (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower Floor 52F)
Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Toky0
60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition: The Beginning of Kawaii Official Website: https://sanriocharactermuseum.com/
Enjoy a Picnic Under Okinawa’s Starry Night Sky on Taketomi Island
27.April.2021 | SPOT
HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island, a hotel resort in Okinawa, is bringing back its night time picnic plan this year where guests can sit on sofas by the beachside with the gorgeous starry sky overhead. The plan is called “Hoshi Furu Yoru no Teingaara Picnic” (Starry Night Milky Way Picnic). Teingaara (てぃんがーら) is Okinawan for the Japanese word for Milky Way (Ama no Gawa, 天の川). It will run from June 1 to August 31.
Gaze at the Milky Way beside the tranquil seaside
Aiyaru Beach is just a five-minute walk from HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island, and it’s here where guests can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Milky Away. The beach is situated away from any hustle and bustle, and not many people visit at night, allowing for a chance to enjoy the sound of the waves. Plus, there aren’t many days when people have picnics when the moon is out, meaning guests can enjoy a more quiet and private picnic under the moonlight on a comfy sofa.
A fancy picnic inspired by the Milky Way
Tuck into a very special picnic based on the Milky Way made with Taketomi Island’s famous Japanese leek, papaya, purple yam, and other delicious veggies as well as island tofu cream and miso. The set comes with a sparkling wine which captures the deep hues of the night sky.
A conversation with the stars
An expert on the Ishigaki Island and the stars will take guests on a journey through the stars, offering commentary on the island’s beauty and culture.
In March 2018, the Yaeyama Islands, which includes Taketomi Island, were recognised by the non-profit organisation International Dark‑Sky Association as Japan’s first International Dark Sky Park for its distinguished quality of starry nights. The Yaeyama Islands have a lower latitude than Tokyo meaning many more stars can be seen in the sky. Summertime is the best season for enjoying its stars too.
Hoshi Furu Yoru no Teingaara Picnic”
Japanese Plan Name: 星降る夜のてぃんがーらピクニック
Running: June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Closed: June 20-25, July 19,-24, August 7-22.
Price: ¥30,000 per group (does not include tax, service charge, or accommodation fees)
Capacity: 1 group of two people per day
*Bookings must be made 14 days in advance
*Picnic will not run if the weather is bad
*Picnic ingredients subject to change depending on stock
KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2021 to Showcase the Craftsmanship of Kanazawa
KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2021 is set to be held at Hyatt Centric Kanazawa from November 26 to November 28. The event is also taking submissions for the exhibition gallery.
Scenes from KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2019
KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa is an annual art fair that has been held in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, since 2017, showcasing the best of the region’s craftsmanship. The event is taking submissions from both young up-and-coming artisans to seasoned craftsmen. Kogei is a branch of fine art unique to Japan that promotes traditional Japanese culture such as the tea ceremony, the essence of zen, Noh theatre, and more.
This year marks the 5th run of the art fair and will be its first collaboration with Hyatt Centric Kanazawa which opened in August of last year. The hotel will display many works from local artists and act as a hub for the promotion of Ishikawa’s culture.
KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2021
2021/11/26 @ 13:00-19:00 (First View)
2021/11/27 @ 11:00-19:00 (General Opening)
2021/11/28 @11:00-18:00 (General Opening)
Location: Hyatt Centric Kanazawa (Floors 5F & 6F)
Address: 1-5 Hirooka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0031, Japan
Price: ¥2,000 (for two days)
Exhibits: 30-40 exhibits to be displayed from both Japan and overseas
Sign-up window: April 19, 2021 – June 25, 2021 at 18:00 (JST)
Sign up here: https://kogei-artfair.jp/
Detective Conan Turns Into Confections at Japanese Convenience Stores
In promotion of the latest entry to the Detective Conan anime film series, Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet, which was released on March 18, Bandai released two traditional Japanese wagashi sweets from its Tabemas confection series at 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan on April 23.
Tabemas Detective Conan 2021
‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour. The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.
The sweets feature titular character Conan Edogawa and FBI agent Shuichi Akai from the new film, recreating their looks in adorable detail and making the custard and chocolate flavoured respectively. The colours of the confections are naturally-derived from the ingredients used, meaning no artificial colourings are used.
Tabemas Detective Conan 2021
Released: April 23, 2021
Price: ¥278 Each (Tax Included)
Available: The chilled desserts corners of 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan
*Available while supplies last
*Stock date may differ from branch to branch
*Select stores not participating
‘hotel tou nishinotoin kyoto by withceed’ is a new hotel in Kyoto managed by Withceed Hospitality Management that held its grand opening on April 20, 2021.
Located just a 10-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station, the hotel is situated between Nishi Hongan-ji and Higashi Hongan-ji, two temples and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The hotel’s concept is Oku (奥) which is Japanese for “deep,” “interior,” or being at the “heart” of something. Its aim is to offer guests a place to dive deep into Kyoto’s traditions and culture in a space that puts great focus on its interior design.
The design is built around themes of ‘light and shadow,’ ‘distance,’ and ‘gloss’ which expresses the notion of depth. The lattice windows and sliding doors pour in natural light, and the single boulder makes one think of being in a garden. It’s a design to tickle the senses and imagination which in turn lets guests feel the depth of culture and being deep within the space.
The hotel has its own cafe/bar fusion called ‘cafe&bar oku’ which serves food and drinks from a range of Kyoto restaurants and cafes such Kyoto-style meicha tea from Ippodo Chaho, a tea shop that first established back in 1717, as well as a traditional Japanese breakfast rice porridge called okaisan made using Hachidai Megihei rice, and more. Customers can also enjoy drinks from Allpress Espresso, a New Zealand speciality coffee roaster setting up shop in Japan for the first time.
hotel tou nishinotoin kyoto by withceed
Grand Opening: April 20, 2021
Address: 455 Nishinotoincho Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu 600-8327 Japan
Official Website: www.hotel-tou.com
Surround Yourself in Atami’s Natural Environment and Relax With a Special Hot Spring Plan
22.April.2021 | SPOT
Onsen ryokan hot spring inn SOKI ATAMI is collaborating with Shiseido’s skin and mind brand BAUM to offer a special new accommodation plan for the spring season. SOKI ATAMI x BAUM -Fresh Verdure & Healthcare- will run from May 1, but pre-bookings are already open on SOKI ATAMI’s website.
Free gift bag to the first 100 people who make a reservation
Enjoy deep relaxation with sachets filled with natural smells like wood
A candle-lit night under the starry sky
Fresh verdure and caring for one’s health is the theme of this event which takes place deep within Atami. The plan includes the Forest Twin bedroom which is fitted with a half open-air hinoki area that faces the mountains and lets guests feel like they are surrounded by the new green leaves of spring. Rooms are also kitted out with amenities such as BAUM’s Hydro Essence Lotion which captures the essence of fresh trees and shrubs. Guests are invited to experience Atami’s hot spring culture and cuisine as they allow their mind and body to relax, ultimately benefitting their health. This season is known for its bounteous verdure and refreshing breeze, but it’s also said to help alleviate the May blues which many Japanese people experience after starting school or work again, the negative feelings of the rainy season, and more, all of which can put one’s spiritual state out of kilter. The scent of trees will rid guests of stress, nerves, and tension, and bring about relaxation, peaceful sleep, and a good detoxing.
BAUM is a skin and mind brand that helps support the strength of one’s skin by focusing attention on the water storage, growth, and environmental protection of trees and forests while showing the importance of looking after your mind and body. The brand is giving free gift bags to the first 100 people that make a reservation to show how anyone can enjoy a sustainable life using an everyday item.
On the top floor of the inn is a tearoom where guests can make their own sachets using hinoki cypress. Guests can also enjoy the Aroamtic Room Spray and Aromatic Candles provided by BAUM, all to further aid in relaxation and restoration. In the evenings, the lights will be switched off at the cafe and be replaced with candlelight which will serve as a romantic replacement to shine against the overhead backdrop of the starry night sky.
Mini Pixar Cakes by Ginza Cozy Corner Includes Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and More
Japan’s confectionery shop Ginza Cozy Corner are releasing a new collection of petite Pixar cakes at all branches on April 23.
The cakes comes in time for celebrating Children’s Day in Japan, as well as making a perfect snack for Golden Week and for kids and parents to enjoy together. Pixar fans have nine to enjoy in the collection such as the Little Green Men from Toy Story, Nemo and Dory from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, Sully from Monster’s Inc., the Pixar Ball, and more.
Pixar Collection (9 Included) | ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
Flavours include the strawberry mousse Lightning McQueen, the Jack Jack raspberry jelly and mango cream, the Buzz Lightyear blueberry jam and cheese mousse, and more.
Pixar Cake Assortment (6 Included) | ¥540 (Tax Included)
The packaging also features cute artwork of everyone’s favourite Pixar characters. Choose between the whole nine cake box collection or this assortment of six white chocolate and strawberry cookies.
Pixar Sweets Box (10 Included) | ¥918 (Tax Included)
There’s also a 10-piece box of six cookies and four madeleines.
Running: April 23, 2021 – June 10, 2021
Where: Ginza Cozy Corner
Pre-Orders: Opened April 19, 2021
KitKat Japan Releases New Mini Maple Chocolate Bars For Earth Day
21.April.2021 | FOOD
In accordance with Earth Day, which is set for April 22, Nestlé released its limited-time KitKat Mini Maple on Monday to raise awareness of environmental issues and the future of the planet.
KitKat Mini Maple (3 Included)
KitKat Mini Maple (12 Included)
9 packaging designs with different messages related to the environment
‘KitKat Always For Earth Day’ online talk event to take place on April 30
In September 2019, Nestlé began packaging five of its major large-sized KitKat bags in paper bags rather than plastic, and since autumn 2020, most of their large sized bags are now made from paper. This has helped reduce 450 tonnes of plastic per year.
Now, Nestlé is releasing a new collection of packages for Earth Day featuring original designs by up-an-coming young artist SUGI. Each features messages from members of MIMO, a group managed by Japanese model Mila Aina, stating messages about helping to protect the environment and the future of planet earth.
KitKat Mini Maple
Release Date: April 19, 2021 (Limited Edition)
KitKat Japan Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/