【Tokyo Stroll】A café date with Yutaro at Jugetsudo, Ginza – eating a rich parfait and Mont Blanc made with matcha and love♡

07.June.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

While shopping complexes such as Tokyu Plaza and GINZA SIX are on the rise, Ginza itself is a city that has been bustling with energy for a long time. It’s packed full of traditional and new shops and brings in people from all ages, young and old, and prides itself as the place to go during everyone’s days off.

 

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Today is one of those days, so we’ll be heading on a date with model Yutaro.

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Jugetsudo is a café managed by Maruyamanori that serves tea and nori (seaweed). It’s located only a 1-minute walk from Higashi-Ginza. Jugetsudo positions itself as a deliverer of Japanese culture, as not only does it have a shop in Japan, but in Paris too.

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Located on the 5th floor of Kabukiza Tower in Ginza, the stylish interior design of Jugetsudo was created by Kengo Kuma. The décor features bamboo throughout the entire café, giving it that Japanese authenticity.

 

The parks were visible from our seats, making it a suitable location for a relaxing and comfortable date. There were so many great things on the menu so it was difficult to choose what to order, but we went for a matcha parfait and matcha Mont Blanc since they are popular items at Jugetsudo.

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“Matcha is my favourite kind of sweet”

 

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The first order to arrive was the matcha parfait which is made using farming methods found in Nakajima. It came with Hōjicha and totaled ¥1,480. The luxurious soft cream uses matcha that is made from mineral-rich soil in Nakajima. Underneath, the parfait is complete with granola, matcha syrup, and matcha kanten. The entire parfait is lavished with matcha, and the soft cream even has matcha powder sprinkled on top. The sweet matcha ice cream and slightly bitter taste of the matcha syrup make for a perfect combination! This is a sweet that anyone can get down with, even people who aren’t too good with sweet stuff.

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“The powdered matcha on top of the soft cream is subtly bitter and delicious!”

 

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“Wanna try?”

 

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Of course, the Hōjicha that comes with the parfait is great too. The Hōjicha you will normally find being sold is made with second and third buds, but the Hōjicha in Jugetsudo boasts first buds. It’s a sweet and satisfying taste.

 

 

“Whew!”

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The second order to arrive was the matcha Mont Blanc and cold-brew tea set which came to ¥1,450. The Mont Blanc is made with a matcha cream that has a slight bitter taste to it, and chestnut paste, to bring out a rich flavour. You eat the cake with chestnut on top, and as you approach the center you’ll find a big chestnut inside. The chestnuts used as Japanese chestnuts. The sponge has cream on top of it and liquid matcha mixed inside, making this a sophisticated dessert indeed.

 

What goes perfectly with the Mont Blanc is the cold-brew tea that comes in the set, called “Matsuri Mecha.” The sweet tea brings out a refreshing flavour in the aftertaste of the cake. It’s the perfect thing for the upcoming hot summer days.

 

 

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To celebrate having gone out this day, we bought souvenirs and puddings, before saying goodbye.

The date with the matcha-loving Yutaro went by so quickly, but when I eat my pudding I will most definitely remember the happy day I spent today. Let’s plan our next date while eating our puddings ♡

 

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Jugetsudo in Kabukiza, Ginza

Address: Kabukiza Tower 5F, 4 Chome-12-15, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Telephone: 03-6278-7626

Website: http://maruyamanori.net/sp/kabuki-za/store/

 

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model:Yutaro

Born in Hiroshima-ken on June 3rd, 1998. Yutaro is a model that has received attention as a new-generation fashion icon and who currently works as a charisma shop assistant (‘karisuma’). He gained attention on Japanese variety shows as a “mysterious and handsome guy” and made his debut on “Gyorestu no Dekiru Horitsu Sodanjo.” Since then, he has appeared on lots of different TV shows. He challenged himself to appearing on stage for the very first time this year in March and is growing ever more popular every day for his diverse work.

 

Photograph:Kayo Sekiguchi

Writer & Editor:Sayuri Mizuno(ASOBI SYSTEM)

Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

 

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    We finally arrived. After bowing, we headed through the torii gate and onward towards the shrine. We cleanse our hands and mouth before praying. I wonder what could he be praying for? He has an unusually serious expression.

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    After praying, we climbed the fuji-zuka, a manmade mound made to imitate Mount Fuji. It has received much attention as a ‘power spot,’ a place believed to heal visitors through special energy. The Edo period was a time when it was difficult for people to climb Mount Fuji, so common folk would look to fuji-zuka as Mount Fuji for their worshipping.

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    It is said that Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine was constructed in 1789, and the fuji-zuka, the oldest still standing in the city, was designated a Tangible Folk Cultural Property.

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    Yutaro-kun hasn’t climbed Mount Fuji before, so this will be his first!

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    Mount Fuji has 5 stations you can stop off at leading up. Climbing fuji-zuka was tougher than we thought, so we agreed to wear sneakers next time. While being cautious we continued our climb without falling.

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    Writing from the Kansei era is written on the komitake sekison daigogen at the 5th station. You can’t help but feel the length of the fuki-zuka’s history at Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine!

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    The view from the top is amazing! When you see the tree-wrapped shrine grounds, your heart feels gentle and calm.

     

    “It’s a dream come true that we can climb Mount Fuji in Tokyo.”

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    We took a different route going down. This route is steep too!

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    After we safely reached the bottom, we receive a goshuin shrine stamp to commemorate today’s Mount Fuji worship. The ceremony fee is ¥300. Be sure you get one too after reaching the top!

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    Finally, we drew one of Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine’s unique “Hato Mikuji.” The omikuji blessing was “small blessing” (sho-kichi). After reading the omikuji carefully, we tied it to tie a link with the gods. Before we knew it, the date had come to an end.

     

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    How was this first kimono date? If you’re thinking you want to walk around Harajuku in a kimono like Yutaro, then we recommend checking out a rental kimono store. The kimono worn today was rented at the Moshi Moshi Kimono Salon in Harajuku. Please enjoy yourself by going out in a kimono with your friends or on a kimono date with that special someone.

     

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    Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine

    Adddress: 1-1-24 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3401-1284

    Homepage: http://www.hatonomori-shrine.or.jp/

     

     

    Model:Yutaro

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    Yutaro was born in Hiroshima on June 3rd 1998. His modeling career has earned him lots of attention as a fashion icon of the new generation. The famous model also works as a “charisma” shop assistant. Yutaro has gained his reputation as a “mysterious and handsome guy” from his appearance on Japanese variety shows. His debut was made on the show “Gyoretsu no Dekiru Horitsu Sodanjo” and has since then appeared on numerous different TV shows. He challenged himself to appear on stage for the very first time in March this year and is gaining popularity by the day for his diverse work.

     

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno(ASOBISYSTEM)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

  • Tokyo Stroll: A Christmas date with Yutaro at Tokyo Tower wrapped in sparkly illuminations

    15.December.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

    A late-night date is nice once in a while, am I right? Well, for the first time since the initiation of this series, that’s where we’re headed.

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    We went to Tokyo Tower where one can gaze at the bright and sparkly nightscape of the city.

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    Our meeting place was the entrance to Tokyo Tower. Yutaro-kun had arrived early. Maybe because we’re meeting at night? It has a slightly more mature vibe to it than usual.

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    “Geez, it’s cold!!”

     

    Yutaro-kun is always in good health.

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    There’s lots of other great places to take photos around the entrance too besides next to the tree. Taking an interposed photo with the lit-up mini Tokyo Tower or heart-enveloped Tokyo tower will most certainly be a memorable occasion.

     

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    Running: November 2, 2017 – February 28, 2018
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    After getting our fill of illuminations, we made our way to the Main Observatory of Tokyo Tower. The elevator made a steady climb up 150m.

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    When we arrived at the Main Observatory, there it was. Tokyo’s night skyline. It was a most spectacular view and looked like an entirely different place from the Tokyo we spend our time in.

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    “This is my second time in Tokyo Tower. It might be my first time to come at night.”

     

     

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    The Main Observatory is currently holding a projection mapping event called “CITY LIGHT FANTASIA.” They use the windows and floor of the observatory to make it look like Tokyo Tower is snowing.

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    There’s a photo spot in conjunction with the event too. The lights are turned on at this spot, so you can take beautiful photos even with your phone. Look out for the snow crystals changing colour as time passes too!

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    “It really looks like it’s snowing!”

     

    Snow was falling everywhere we walked around the observation deck. This was also part of the “CITY LIGHT FANTASIA” performance. Snow was emulated by lasers which sparkled as it fell. The highlight of the event was experiencing this snowy environment with the Tokyo nightscape as the backdrop. The snowfall “Diamond Dust” experience runs for 15 minutes.

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    Location: Tokyo Tower 2F Main Observation

    Price: Costs only the observation deck fee all the way to the Main Observation

     

     

    After being satisfied with seeing the nightscape, we went to the official shop where they sell souvenirs. They have Tokyo Tower merchandise you can’t get anywhere else, so be sure to find your favourite that captures your memory of heading up to the Main Observation.

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    Both of us were tired after so much fun, so we took a breather at “Cafe La Tour” located in one corner of the Main Observation. Yutaro-kun ordered his favourite match drink without hesitation: the “Koi Uji Matcha Late Float” which costs ¥520 (tax included).

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    Yutaro-kun, thank you for always sharing with me!

    This café has window seats, so you can enjoy your food and beverages while gazing over Tokyo. It’s a great spot for viewing the city scenery while kicking back and relaxing.

     

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    Cafe La Tour

    Open: 9:30-22:30

    TEL:03-3433-1850

     

     

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    After unwinding at the café, our Tokyo Tower date came to an end!

    My end-of-year was spent with Yutaro-kun who vibe was a little different from usual. I wonder what kind of Yutaro-kun I’ll get to meet next year? I  pray that I can have another fun date with him next year too!

     

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    Price: Adults ¥900 / Elementary & Middle School Students ¥500 / Children over 4-years ¥400

    Main Observation (150m): 9:00-23:00 (last entries 22:30)

    *Last entries may be carried out earlier during busy periods.

    Tokyo Tower Official Website: https://www.tokyotower.co.jp/

    Model:Yutaro  @aaaoe__

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    Yutaro was born in Hiroshima on June 3rd 1998. His modeling career has earned him lots of attention as a fashion icon of the new generation. The famous model also works as a “charisma” shop assistant. Yutaro has gained his reputation as a “mysterious and handsome guy” from his appearance on Japanese variety shows. His debut was made on the show “Gyoretsu no Dekiru Horitsu Sodanjo” and has since then appeared on numerous different TV shows. He challenged himself to appear on stage for the very first time in March this year and is gaining popularity by the day for his diverse work.

     

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno(ASOBISYSTEM)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

  • 5 New ‘Houjicha’ Sweets & Drinks – The Next Best Thing After Matcha

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    Recently, ‘houjicha,’ a type of roasted Japanese tea, has become popular among people of all ages in Japan. Right now, there are lots of different stores selling various houjicha beverages. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular, newly-released houjicha drinks!

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    Hachiya (Sendagaya)

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    Address: 1-16-9 Ebisunishi, Shibuya, Tokyo

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    Tsujiri (Ginza)

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    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/79035

     

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    Tsujiri – Ginza Branch

    Address: GINZA SIX B2, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

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    URL:http://www.tsujiri.jp

     

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    Nanaya (Aoyama)

    Nanaya in Aoyama sells sweet and refreshing matcha gelato. As well as the regular matcha flavour, they also sell a houjicha flavour too, which has a subtle fragrance of tea embedded in the sweetness!

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/58538

     

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    Nanaya Aoyama

    Address: Nanaya 1F, 2-7-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

    Tel: 03-6427-9008

    Hours: 11:00〜19:00

    Closed: Tuesdays (except national holidays)

    WEB: http://nanaya-matcha.com

     

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    Oyaizu Seicha (Fukuoka, Main Branch)
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    Oyaizu Seicha Main Branch

    URL:http://www.gasho-an.com/

     

     

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    Sanpi Ryoron Yorimichi (Shibuya)

    Sanpi Ryoron (‘Pros & Cons’) is a sweets shop selling sweets, dashi and houjicha. They have beverages, soft cream, purin and more on their houjicha menu.

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    Sanpi Ryoron Yorimichi

    Address: 5-17-4 Hiroo, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (last orders 20:30)

    Contact: 03-6409-6855

    Access: 5-minutes’ walk from Hiroo Station via the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

    Closed: Mondays

     

     

    Heal your soul with the indulging fragrance of houjicha.

     

  • Enjoy authentic Japanese sweets! Here are the top 5 matcha sweet stops you can find in the city!

    10.October.2017 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Japanese started their loving relationship with matcha long ago. One of the many uses of matcha is the making of traditional Japanese sweets. Today, we’ll be introducing some matcha sweets that are just as popular amongst the Japanese as they are with tourists.

     

    【Ginza, Tokyo】Tsujiri Ginza

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    The popular Kyoto–based Tsujiri Ginza has brought its rich, tea-ceremony-worthy matcha over to Tokyo. This matcha is used to make Tsujiri soft Koi matcha ice cream (Tsujiri Soft Ice Cream Koi Cha), and a white chocolate, rich-flavoured roll cake. The roll cake is carefully prepared at a low temperature and then baked. The roll cake is a limited product of the Ginza store. Tsujiri Ginza has so many items on the menu, including the Kyo Koi Cha Terrine! You can also purchase matcha, sencha and fresh Yatsuhashi sweets and much more!

     

    Find out more by following this link: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/37411

     

     

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    【Ginza, Tokyo】Tsujiri Ginza

    Address: 6-10-1GINZA SIX floor B2, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    Opening hours:10:30 ~ 20:30(No fixed closing hours)※ Closing times dependent on Ginza Six shopping mall closing times

    Closed when Ginza Six shopping mall is closed.

    TEL:03-6263-9988

    URL:http://www.tsujiri.jp

     

    【Ginza, Tokyo】Jugetsudo

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    The most popular treat on Jugetsudo’s menu is the matcha parfait. The matcha is farmed by a method used in Nakajima so that the matcha retains a high amount of minerals. Underneath the luxurious soft cream is a layer of granola, matcha syrup, and matcha kanten (agar). The entire parfait is sprinkled with matcha powder. The sweet flavour of the matcha ice cream combined with the slightly bitter taste of the matcha syrup is a matcha-match made in heaven!

     

    For more information, click here: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/44832

     

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    Jugetsudo in Kabukiza, Ginza

    Address: Kabukiza Tower 5F, 4 Chome-12-15, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Opening hours: 10:00 ~ 19:00, teahouse: 10:00 ~ 19:00

    No fixed holidays all year round

    TEL: 03-6278-7626

    URL:http://maruyamanori.net/sp/kabuki-za/store/

     

     

    【Shibuya】Nanaya Aoyama

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    The shop’s special consists of gelato made with matcha sourced from Fujieda. The intensity of the matcha is on a scale from 1 to 7, where level 1 begins with a moderately sweet flavour, but as you progress up the scale to level 7 the flavour of the matcha becomes richer and deeper. The menu is also packed with a range of gelato that are made using other types of tea such as houjicha (roasted green tea) and genmaicha (brown rice green tea). Amongst these is one matcha that is known as the world’s most intense: matcha premium – No.7. (¥560 for a single scoop). It uses matcha that received an award from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The deeply rich and bitter matcha flavour and the hint of refreshing sweetness gives it a splendid finish.

     

    More information can be found here: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/58538

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    Nanaya Aoyama

    Address: Nanaya 1F, 2-7-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

    Opening hours: 11:00 〜 19:00

    TEL:03-6427-9008

    Fixed holidays: Tuesday (Open on national holidays)

    URL: http://nanaya-matcha.com

     

     

    【Shibuya, Tokyo】Matcha Café MAIKO

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    Following booming business in Hawaii in July 2016, this matcha stand was reimported to Japan, opening its first store in Omotesando. Kyoto is known as the city from where Japanese green tea originated, and this is home to the old matcha cultivating business Harimaen, which provides the high quality matcha used for the desserts. The aroma is strong and the flavour is deep. The preparation process ensures that as much flavour as possible is retained in the ice cream.

     

    Ujitawara Harimaen’s first store in Japan “Maccha Cafe Maiko” was open in Omotesando on 24th June. The store serves matcha soft serve ice cream, which is very popular in Hawaii, as well as Japan-limited original desserts.

     

    More information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/47577

     

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    Matcha Cafe Maiko – Omotesando

    Address: Floor B1, GYRE, 5-10-1, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Opening hours: 11:00 〜 20:00

    URL:http://www.matchacafe-maiko.jp/

     

     

     

    【City suburbs, Saitama】MACCHA HOUSE

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    MACCHA HOUSE first opened a branch in Singapore, followed by Hong Kong and Taiwan. It now has a total of 9 branches across Asia. MACCHA HOUSE used matcha from Kyoto’s “Morihan“ to develop and carefully make original drinks and sweets. The Uji matcha Tiramisu is made using specially selected matcha and a generous serving of mascarpone cheese, giving a refreshing taste. It is served in a traditional Japanese “masu,” which is a wooden box cup. The fragrant scent of the hinoki cypress wood compliments and enhances the taste of matcha.

     

    More information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/45076

     

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    MACCHA HOUSE

    Address: Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma 2F, 3169-1, Miyadera, Iruma-shi, Saitama-ken

     

    Opening hours:Weekdays: 10:00 ~ 20:00 (last orders: 19:30)

          Weekends: 10:00 ~ 21:00 (last orders: 20:30)

    TEL:042-2902-6238

    URL:https://mitsui-shopping-park.com/mop/iruma/shop/iru4961.html

     

    So, what do you think? These Japanese sweets really bring out the essence of matcha so that you can enjoy this authentic flavour to your heart’s content!

     

    Translator: Samantha Fernandes

  • 【Tokyo Cafe】 Where all the matcha lovers gather…まっちゃんの旅 Part II

    27.February.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hello again to all the Matchans!

    Today I will be showing you a restaurant that’s famous for their matcha fondue.

    Japan is so amazing and unique. Who would’ve thought of starting a matcha fondue restaurant?

    The restaurant is called Saryo, and it’s about a 7 minute walk from Kagurazaka station.

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    You can enjoy eating inside or at the open roof terrace seats.

    There was already a long line on the day I went, even though it was a weekday.

    While waiting, the waitress handed us a menu and a blanket to keep us warm.

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    I thought they would only have matcha, but there were also regular meals on the menu too.

    Of course my friend and I ordered the matcha fondue~!

    We were able to order the set menu with drinks, but it was so hard for us to decide which drink to order.  I’m pretty sure the menu offered more than 30 different types of drinks to choose from.

    My friend went with the sweet fruit tea, and I ordered the premium matcha latte.

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    The matcha latte tasted more bitter than I imagined, but it was very delicious.

    Then came the matcha fondue!! The fondue sauce is made with matcha and white chocolate and it came with strawberries, shiratama rice balls, jello, ice cream and crackers.

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    The crunchy crackers and chewy shiratama balls were the best match with the deep bittersweet matcha. I couldn’t stop dipping them in the fondue.

     

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    It also came with vanilla ice cream, but it melted really fast so I would recommend you to eat that first.

    I wanted to try the matcha fondue itself so I started eating it with a spoon. I couldn’t stop eating it as you can see…

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    Kagurazaka was pretty far from my home, but this long train ride still paid off handsomely when I came here!

    Matcha hunting to be continued….

     

    ■Writer:Jessica

    ■SNS:@mintbaaby /Instagram

     

    Information:

    Name: Saryo

    Address: 5-9 Tokyoto Shinjukuku Kagurazaka 162-0825

    Telephone: 03-3266-0880

    Open: 11:30am~22:00pm

    http://saryo.jp/

     

    ■Related article:Where All the Matcha Lovers Gather…まっちゃんの旅

    ■Related article:Come and Try Yummy Soba

  • 【Tokyo Cafe】Nanaya in Aoyama has the World’s Most Intense Matcha Flavoured Ice Cream

    22.August.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    In today’s installment of Tokyo Café, we head to Nanaya in Aoyama, a popular café that sells sweet and refreshing matcha gelato, perfect for the summertime.

    Marushichi Seicha is a tea producer that estalished in 1988 in Shizuoka, Japan’s number one tea-growing district. They were the first in Japan to sell freeze dried matcha, which has since come to prove very popular and enjoyed throughout homes in Japan due to its ease of preparation. Marushichi Seicha set out to open “Nanaya” to take advantage of the flavour of matcha, something loved by people of all ages in Japan.

    The shop’s special menu features a list of gelato, or ice cream, using this same delactable matcha. It offers seven varying levels of matcha intensity – level 1 begins with a more moderately sweeter flavour, but as you progress up the scale to level 7 the flavour of the matcha becomes richer and deeper. The menu also includes a range gelato using other teas too, such as houjicha (roasted green tea) and genmaicha (brown rice green tea).

    The most popular item on the menu is the no. 7 level matcha gelato (¥560, tax incl.), which claims to be the most matcha-intense ice cream in the world. It uses matcha that received an award from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. There’s a reason it has become so renowned, with its deeply rich and bitter matcha flavour inside which lies the right hint of refreshing sweetness.

     

    As well as matcha flavours, Nanaya serves up other gelato too, such as the Genmaicha Gelato (pictured above on left / ¥370), a fragrant brown rice green tea that is popular among guys that visit the shop. You can customize your ice cream cups too and get double scoops (pictured above on right / ¥470) and even triple scoops (¥500), meaning you can order a variety of different flavours to try at once.

     

    If you you’re thinking of ordering another gelato flavour to go with matcha, then you should try getting it with houjicha, which has a subtle fragrance of tea in its sweetness!

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    The Kansai Television drama Zenra Meshi, starring Yutaro, is getting an official photobook release on June 23, 2023 titled Zenra Meshi Official Photobook -Our Recipes Start Here-.

     

    The unusual romantic comedy follows an elite businessman hiding an incredible secret–he loves to eat naked to relieve his stress. One day, this habit is revealed, and Ichijo finds himself quickly falling in love.

     

    The official photobook will include over 30 pages of gravure photos of Yutaro (Miki Mahiro) and Shori Kondo (Futa Ichijo). Set as an epilogue taking place after the main story shown in the series, Futa and Miki can be seen enjoying a picnic date with a handmade bento and spending cozy time together in PJs at home.

     

    Also included are 20 pages of solo photos of Futa wearing a suit and posing in front of a beautiful night scene and Miki wearing a hoodie in a restaurant that smells of spices. Both shoots were intended to look as though a lover snapped the images. The photobook also includes Mizuchi’s Recipe Notebook, highlighting recipes from around the world with comments by popular cookbook author Yummy. Fans can also look forward to plenty of interviews with the cast and crew along with behind-the-scenes filming and production details.

  • Licaxxx, Yutaro Appear in Ad for Mandom’s ‘Gatsby’ Brand

    01.May.2023 | FASHION

    Licaxxx and Yutaro are currently appearing in a new ad for Meta Rubber, a new series of products from Mandom’s ‘Gatsby’ hair styling brand.

     

    A total of nine cast members from all areas of the entertainment world appear in the ad, from voice actors and video creators to idols and DJs. The video features the song Kororon by the popular artist Eve.

     

    Be sure to check out the ad for a glimpse into the Meta Rubber lineup, which aims to transcend standard hair styling techniques.

     

  • Yutaro to Appear in Original Drama During the Recitation Play ‘Shitaitoka, Shitakunaitoka no Hanashi Janai’

    18.April.2023 | MOVIE

    The recitation play Shitaitoka, Shitakunaitoka no Hanashi Janai (It’s Not About Whether or Not I Want To) will be performed at the Haiyuza Theater in Tokyo starting on April 20. Yutaro will appear in the drama that will be shown as part of the production.

     

    The recitation tells the story of a sexless couple and raises pertinent questions about the state of married couples and child-rearing today. AOI Pro., which has produced many theatrical films and TV dramas including the film Shoplifters and the drama series silent, planned and produced this performance.

    For the stage production, the recitation will be staged with full-scale video footage from the play. It tells the story of Takashi, an unsuccessful screenwriter and husband, who was dumped by his lover. After his wife, Kyoko wins an award for excellence in a screenwriting contest she entered without her husband’s knowledge, she tries to break free from her conventional life of housework and childcare into a new world. The original drama shown during the performance will detail Takashi and Kyoko’s life when they were young and their first meeting before later becoming husband and wife.

     

    The drama was produced exclusively for the performance by Izuru Kumasaka, the director of Pretenders and other popular films. Yutaro will play the role of Takashi.

     

    <Comment from Yutaro>
    “This story is both sweet and bittersweet. It tells the tale of two young people who, I think, should be adults by now, but they can’t seem to grow up.
    I had never met Seira Hayakawa before this, but I’ve gotten to know her so well through this role. I hope you’ll enjoy the realistic struggles of two people through this reading!”

     

    <Comment from Director Izuru Kumasaka>
    “There’s a specific shot used in the play that Yutaro filmed with his smartphone. He managed to get a lot of great expressions out of Ms. Hayakawa, saying things like “the camera’s rolling,” and “the mic was in the shot, so is it okay if I resize the footage a bit?” It was a really novel experience. The last shot of the last day of filming was also done by him. The two of them really gave it their all until the end. There’s a scene where Hayakawa has to confess that she’s carrying her husband’s child, and it was so incredibly convincing despite how young she is. I was shaken. Please come to the theater to see their performance.”

     

    <Comment from Producer Yusuke Kurozawa>
    “Since we’re a video production company, we had to look at this theatrical performance in a unique way. We incorporated a lot of visual effects even though it’s largely a recitation. On stage, you see a fast-paced conversation between a couple on the verge of separation, but on the screen, you see them when they first met–when they were in love. You see how happy they were, and you wonder how their relationship became so incredibly warped. I was thrilled to work with Izuru Kumasaka on location in Chigasaki, since I’m a huge fan of Southern All Stars and Chigasaki Story – My Little Hometown, which he directed. I hope you’ll come to the theater to experience this blend of recitation and drama!

  • Yutaro to Star in Kansai TV’s Drama Series ‘Zenra Meshi’ This April

    28.March.2023 | MOVIE

    Yutaro will appear in the new Kansai TV drama series Zenra Meshi. The series is scheduled to begin airing this April during the EDGE time slot.

     

    The romantic comedy follows the protagonist Ichijo, a professional man hiding an incredible secret–he loves to eat naked. One day, this habit is revealed, and Ichijo finds himself quickly falling in love. Yutaro will play the role of Miki Mahiro, a young man who runs a fruit and vegetable store in Ichijo’s hometown.

     

    One highlight of the show is the number of tasty-looking dishes supervised by Yummy, a cooking expert who has gained incredible popularity for sharing simple recipes that anyone can make. The dishes that Ichijo and Mahiro prepare using foreign spices are especially noteworthy, and viewers will definitely want to recreate them at home.

     

    <Comment from Yutaro>

    “My name is Yutaro and I play the role of Miki Mahiro.

     

    When I first heard the name of the series, I was so confused. I’d be naked? And eating? I thought I’d need to strip, but I was told that my character didn’t need to. I was so relieved…

     

    My character is a young man who runs a fruit and vegetable store and likes to cook, so I tried to cook for myself as much as I could after being cast. Be sure to look forward to the cooking scenes–I did all of it myself!

     

    I’ve previously worked with Shori Kondo, who plays Ichijo, so we already had a good relationship. So, there were some scenes where we get pretty close to each other, but it wasn’t stressful at all. Everything went smoothly from day one. The staff has been amazing–everyone has been fun to work with, and even during darker scenes, everyone starts laughing as soon as the director yells “cut!”

     

    Even though this is a romantic comedy, there are sad scenes scattered throughout that will make your heart ache, and I think it will touch a lot of people’s hearts. Please look forward to it!”

  • Yutaro to Appear in ‘How many sins are there?’ Stage Play

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    5D2-FIVE DIMENSIONS is a solo project by members of TEAM NACS, giving each member space to express themselves. This play will be Shigeyuki Totsugi’s first new work in nearly four years.

     

    Yutaro will play the role of Raido Beppu, a transgender inmate on death row who is interviewed by the reporter protagonist.

     

    <Comment from Shigeyuki Totsugi>
    “Four whole years have passed since my last solo project, MONSTER MATES. I’m incredibly happy to finally be able to return to my professional solo career in this big way.

     

    Moreover, as with previous performances, I’ve assembled the best possible cast. We’re all grateful for this opportunity and we’re determined to bring audiences the best possible performance. Please look forward to it!”

  • Yutaro to Appear in NHK E Special Drama Series ‘Tokyo no Yukiotoko’

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    The family-centered series is packed with both humor and sorrow and tells the story of humanity living alongside a mysterious other species–the Snow People. Kouichi Yajima, known for his work on Kazeyo Arashiyo, Kounodori, and Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki, penned the screenplay.

  • Yutaro to Appear in TV Tokyo Drama Series ‘Nani ka Okashii 2’ with Theme Song by Atarashii Gakko!

    12.January.2023 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    The sequel to the May 2022 suspense drama series Nani ka Okashii (Something’s Strange) is now streaming on the Paravi streaming service. It has been announced that Atarashii Gakko! will provide the theme song titled Suki Lie.

     

    The original series featured a mysterious radio program and a murder mystery. The story was first written by occult horror writer Uketsu, whose bestseller Strange House sold over 300,000 copies.

     

    <Comment from Atarashii Gakko!>
    “We’re honored that our song Suki Lie will be used as the theme song for Nani ka Okashii 2! Thank you so much!
    The song is a strange pop tune, and that strangeness makes it perfect for this show. We’re looking forward to the show’s ending, where Uketsu will dance to our choreography! We also get to appear as radio guests in the drama in Episode 12, so keep an eye out!”

    Atarashii Gakko!

     

    <Comment from Yutaro>
    “I’m Yutaro and I’ll be starring in the series as a listener. I’ve been watching Uketsu’s YouTube channel last year, so I was so happy to hear this new story. I really hope you’ll enjoy this unique drama series.”

    Yutaro

     

    <Comment from Director and Screenwriter Yu Ota (TV Tokyo)>
    “Nani ka Okashii 2 is complete. In every episode, someone gets badly hurt, but a bad ending is rarely seen in Japanese dramas. The show sees someone hurt, and the malice born from that action splashes up and hurts someone else, and so on.
    The cast for this series is incredible and extremely varied. The people on the radio booth side–who will be playing themselves–were asked to be calm with no connection or interest in horror or drama. On the other hand, those on the other side needed to have stronger personalities.
    I’m also so happy to hear the theme song by Atarashii Gakko! Many people on the staff are fans of their music, and we thought it would be incredible to have Uketsu dance to their bizarre choreography as part of the series.”

     

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  • Yutaro to Appear in Drama Paravi’s Raise de wa Chanto Shimasu

    10.January.2023 | MOVIE

    Yutaro will star in the TV Tokyo Paravi original drama series Raise de wa Chanto Shimasu (I Will Do It in the Next Life).

     

    The series is based on the manga of the same name written by Itsuma-chan and serialized in Shueisha’s Grand Jump. Characters in the series live their lives without boundaries, from sex addicts and BL otaku to virgins and idol addicts. The erotic comedy blends risqué topics with tender and sometimes sad storytelling, giving hope to those facing troubles in their love and sex lives.

     

    Prior to the start of the broadcast, the series will pre-stream on the Paravi video service starting December 28, 2022.

     

    <Comment from Yutaro (Nagi Kuriyama)>
    “This series began in 2020.
    I’m so happy to play Nagi-chan in Season 2, the New Year’s Special, and now again. I’m also honored to start 2023 by starring in this series that I have such a strong attachment to. I’ve started feeling the pressure of everyone’s rising expectations for Nagi, and before filming started, I enhanced my sense of beauty, going on a diet to create an even better version of the character. The same incredible director has led me for three years, and I think I’ll be lonely when this is all over.
    I’m sure plenty of viewers are wondering if Nagi will have a happy ending after so much bitterness and sadness emerged from him last time. Will he become more powerful in Season 3? After all, a new character is about to appear. Be sure to tune in!”

    (C)いつまちゃん/集英社

    (C)「来世ではちゃんとします 3」製作委員会

  • Drama Series Nani ka Okashii 2 Starring Yutaro to Feature Theme Song by Atarashii Gakko!

    27.December.2022 | MUSIC

    The sequel to the May 2022 suspense drama series Nani ka Okashii (Something’s Strange) is now streaming on the Paravi streaming service. Atarashii Gakko! will provide the theme song titled Suki Lie. The show will air on TV Tokyo in 2023. In addition, actor Yutaro stars in episodes 9-12. 

     

    The original series featured a mysterious radio program and a murder mystery. The story was first written by occult horror writer Uketsu, whose bestseller Strange House sold over 300,000 copies.

     

    <Comment from Atarashii Gakko!>

    “We’re honored that our song Suki Lie will be used as the theme song for Nani ka Okashii 2! Thank you so much!

    The song is a strange pop tune, and that strangeness makes it perfect for this show. We’re looking forward to the show’s ending, where Uketsu will dance to our choreography! We also get to appear as radio guests in the drama in Episode 12, so keep an eye out!”

     

    <Comment from Yutaro>

    “I’m Yutaro and I’ll be starring in the series as a listener. I’ve been watching Uketsu’s YouTube channel last year, so I was so happy to hear this new story. I really hope you’ll enjoy this unique drama series.”

     

    <Comment from Director and Screenwriter Yu Ota (TV Tokyo)>

    Nani ka Okashii 2 is complete. In every episode, someone gets badly hurt, but a bad ending is rarely seen in Japanese dramas. The show sees someone hurt, and the malice born from that action splashes up and hurts someone else, and so on. 

    The cast for this series is incredible and extremely varied. The people on the radio booth side–who will be playing themselves–were asked to be calm with no connection or interest in horror or drama. On the other hand, those on the other side needed to have stronger personalities.

    I’m also so happy to hear the theme song by Atarashii Gakko! Many people on the staff are fans of their music, and we thought it would be incredible to have Uketsu dance to their bizarre choreography as part of the series.”

     

    ©テレビ東京

  • VICKS Releases Matcha Flavored Medicated Drops in Japan

    12.September.2022 | FOOD

    Taisho Pharmaceuticals has announced a new flavor of Vicks Medicated Drops available only in Japan! The Matcha flavor will be available starting October 1, 2022.

    VICKS Medicated Drops are lozenges perfect to relieve sore throats, and in an attempt to make a product for everyone’s taste, 14 flavors have been developed so far–five fruit types, three refreshing types, and six sugarless types.

     

    Matcha has become a more popular flavor among both young and old people in recent years, and this Japan-only flavor is sure to be a hit. The active ingredient, CPC, disinfects and sterilizes the mouth, so the next time you feel a cold coming on, try one of these lozenges out.

  • Upcoming Film ‘We Are Not Alone,’ Starring Yutaro, to Release in December

    07.July.2022 | MOVIE

    The popular actor Yutaro will star in the upcoming film We Are Not Alone, scheduled to release in theaters in December 2022.

     

    The film promises to be a unique take on the world of today, focusing heavily on justice, greed, and egoism. It will be directed by Tomoaki Kaneko and produced by yucca. 


    The film will ruthlessly depict the contrast between the darkness of adults and today’s youth. It will take place in a desolate shopping district and follow the main character, Shun Miyata (Yutaro), who is not good at interacting with others, and who works part-time at a bento shop. More information will be announced on the official film website soon, so keep an eye out!

     

    Comment from Tomoaki Kaneko (Director)

    “What are we living for? Everyone has their own story,  their own reasons, and their own justifications. It may seem easy to distinguish between right and wrong, but everyone has their own beliefs, and some of those thoughts may be distorted. Rather than immediately labeling someone as ‘evil,’ the world might be made a little better if we can imagine why people do what they do. 

    This film is set in Tokyo, but the story doesn’t depict the standard ‘positive, glamorous, fun’ version of Tokyo, instead telling a more somber and lonely story. The actors expressed themselves in such a powerful way, and I was impressed by the way they took on these challenging roles. 

    This story may not be upbeat, but it can be perceived in so many different ways depending on the viewer. I hope that the positivity in the film will come through and inspire everyone to see things from a different angle.”

     

    Comment from Yutaro

    “I’m Yutaro, and I play Shun Miyata.

    I didn’t expect to be cast in the lead role after the audition, so the pressure was immediately on! But when I read the script, I was told by the director and staff that I was the only person who could play the part of Shun. I was immediately determined to do my best. 

    The film tells the story of a young man who is slowly moving towards the future and searching for his own right answer. Is love what he imagined it to be, and are the righteous words he’s been saying really righteous at all? I hope you’ll come to see the film in theaters and connect with it in some way. We are not alone.”

     

    Summary

    Shun Miyata isn’t good at interacting with people. Submitting his work to tons of publishers to fulfill his dream of becoming a novelist, the response isn’t great. Needing a change of pace, he moves to Tokyo and starts working part-time at a bento shop. The friendly and beautiful shopkeeper Yuriko Kodama and another part-time worker Yuka Kosaka welcome him to the city, and his new life in Tokyo seems to be off to a good start.


    But happiness doesn’t always last.

    One day, Shun and Yuka discover Yuriko’s secret–a brutal plan involving the entire shopping district and the local chairman Saiki.  Agonizing over their inability to take any action, Shun and Yuka begin to grow closer.

     

    What are these two young people feeling? An ordinary landscape can hold unexpected darkness, and this work will bring those fears to light. 

  • Hydrangea Parfait Featuring Local Matcha Available at Itohkyuemon in Kyoto

    18.May.2022 | FOOD / SPOT

    Located in Uji, Kyoto, matcha shop Itohkyuemon was founded in the late Edo period. Three cozy locations have just launched a Hydrangea Parfait, perfect for spring.

    Hydrangea Parfait

    Hydrangea Coaster

     

    The shop’s main location is headquartered in Uji, which is also home to Mimuroto Temple, known for its hydrangeas. The flowery location attracts thousands of tourists during the rainy season. 

     

    The Hydrangea Parfait has been offered since 2013, now celebrating its 10th year. The popular seasonal treat features matcha hydrangea mashed sweet potatoes, hydrangea-colored jelly, leaf-shaped matcha cookies, and blueberries. Those ordering a parfait will also receive a hydrangea coaster as a gift, so why not enjoy the rainy season with something sweet to lift your spirits?

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