Enjoy a Japanese Summer Afternoon Tea Set From Home
31.May.2021 | FOOD
InterContinental Tokyo Bay will begin selling its new fruit-loaded ‘Summer Afternoon Tea Set’ at its hotel restaurant The Shop N.Y.LOUNGE BOUTIQUE on June 1. Available until August 31, the afternoon tea set is one to be enjoyed at home.
Summer Afternoon Tea Set | ¥3,780 (Tax Included)
This marks the third Summer Afternoon Tea to be sold by the restaurant which began its takeout and delivery service for the set last summer. The line-up is packed with a range of seasonal summer fruits, including the Mango Coconut which is a coconut mousse topped with mango sauce along with fresh mango and passion fruit, the Peach Mousse which combines peach mousse with peach jelly, refreshing Lemon Macarons, the cream, mango, and passion fruit-filled Mango Passion Cream Puff, and more. An afternoon tea set isn’t complete without scones either – this one has separate chocolate and raisin ones which go nicely with the pistachio whipped butter and raspberry jam.
On the savoury side of things are mini hamburgers with a pineapple and BBQ sauce, caprese salad with ham, peach, mozzarella, and more.
Petit Fours Set | ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
Treat yourself to an indulging afternoon tea at home this summer.
Summer Afternoon Tea Set
Order Window: June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Location: The Shop N.Y.LOUNGE BOUTIQUE
*Orders must be made two days in advance by telephone
Grab a Takeout Hydrangea Parfait at Itohkyuemon in Kyoto
Itohkyuemon, one of Kyoto’s most famous green tea shops which established in the latter part of the Edo Period, is now serving a takeout hydrangea parfait at its main branch in Uji, Kyoto.
Uji, the city where Itohkyuemon is based, is home to Mimuroto Temple which is famous for its hydrangea. The temple bustles with sightseers and tourists during Japan’s rainy season who flock to gaze upon the gorgeous flowers. The tea shop’s limited-time hydrangea parfait was first released in 2013 and has gone to become their most popular seasonal parfait every year. So that lots of people can continue to enjoy the popular dessert, Itohkyuemon is offering the parfait as a takeout option so customers don’t have to eat indoors.
The parfait is made with matcha and hydrangea mashed sweet potato and hydrangea-coloured crushed jelly, and is topped with leaf-shaped matcha cookies, blueberries, and other colourful treats that bring to mind Uji’s rainy season.
Takeout Hydrangea Parfait
Available: Until the end of June 2021
Price: ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
Location: Itohkyuemon Uji
Official Website: https://www.itohkyuemon.co.jp/corporate/
Krispy Kreme Releases Summer Edition Doughnuts For a Limited Time Only
21.June.2021 | FOOD
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Japan is releasing two new doughnuts themed popular seals in the aquarium and a floating ring from June 23 until July 22.
Watermelon Slim Ring
Seal Custard is a seal motif donut. The surface of the fluffy dough coated with white chocolate and filled with custard cream using Hokkaido milk and vanilla beans. The charm point is a mouth drawn with milky and rich white chocolate on the face drawn with bitter chocolate. The charm point is a mouth drawn with a bitter chocolate on a face coated with milky and rich white chocolate.
Watermelon Slim Ring is a ring donut coated with white chocolate motif a large floating ring with a red pattern drawn with a juicy watermelon glaze. The colorful contrast of red and white gives you a summer-like breeze and sweetness.
Why don’t you try the adorable donuts that are perfect for the summer?
Seal Custard /Watermelon Slim Ring
Running: June 23, 2021- July 22, 2021
Available: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Japan
Harajuku’s New Snoopy Themed Cafe ‘PEANUTS Cafe SUNNY SIDE Kitchen’ to Open This Summer
The Snoopy-themed PEANUTS Cafe chain of cafes is set to open the all-new PEANUTS Cafe SUNNY SIDE Kitchen branch inside WITH HARAJUKU in Harajuku, Tokyo, this July, where it will serve an all-new, gorgeous healthy food menu.
The Peanuts franchise has been active in its marketing efforts in Japan this year, promoting messages of love and friendship, themes that are threaded through the globally-celebrated Peanuts comic strip.
PEANUTS Cafe SUNNY SIDE Kitchen keeps with those important themes, serving up a menu of healthy light food as well as sustainable products.
Their food line-up includes no-fry doughnuts, granola made with organic ingredients, open sandwiches stuffed with fresh vegetables, and more. The cafe also has its own collection of merchandise with kitchenware to promote healthy eating as well as environmentally-friendly and sustainable items.
If you’re staying in Tokyo and frequenting Harajuku but have had your fill of the district’s famous crepes, why not let Snoopy cook you up some healthy grub?
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PEANUTS Cafe SUNNY SIDE Kitchen
Location: WITH HARAJUKU
Grand Opening: Late July 2021
Official Website: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
Dress Like EarthBound’s Ness With New Era’s Hat Collection
New Era has announced its first collaboration with the Mother video game series, also known as EarthBound outside Japan. Two hats, one inspired by Ness’s hat from Mother 2, and a ‘SMAAAASH!!’ version, will be released at the Mother no Hiroba pop-up shop at Shibuya PARCO as well as at participating TOCHIBI stores in Japan on July 1.
NEW ERA® 9FIFTY™ SMAAAASH!!/Ness – ¥7,700 Each (Tax Included)
Both hats feature New Era’s iconic 59FIFTY® model, which was first released in 1954, and feature the 9FIFTY™ snapback adjuster. One is coloured red and blue with a white top, just like Ness, and the other is full black with the word ‘SMAAAASH!!’ on the front.
The Mother no Hiroba pop-up shop will be open at Hobo Nichijo on the 8th floor of Shibuya PARCO in Tokyo from July 1 to 11. EarthBound fans can get their hands on a range of related merchandise.
©SHIGESATO ITOI / Nintendo ©HOBONICHI
MOTHER x New Era Collection
Released Date: July 1, 2021
Product Details: https://www.1101.com/n/s/mother2_newera_pre
MOTHER no Hiroba Pop-Up Shop
Running: July 1, 2021 – July 11, 2021
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Location: Hobo Nichijo (Shibuya PARCO Floor 8F)
Address: 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Turns Into Confections at Japanese Convenience Stores
Bandai’s character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas released a new collection of traditional Japanese wagashi confections and tarts inspired by the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime series at Lawson convenience stores across Japan on June 15.
Tabemas Demon Slayer
‘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.
Their line-up of three confections are based on Tanjiro, Nezuko, and Zenitsu from the series, each of which captures their charm points in terms of colour and design. Tanjiro is chocolate flavoured, Nezuko is strawberry, and Zenitsu is custard.
Tabemas Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 2021 | ¥285 Each (Tax Included)
Demon Slayer Tarts
Tabemas has also baked up some no-baked cheesecake tarts featuring designs of Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, Inosuke, Tomioka, Kyojuro, and Shinobu.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Tarts | ¥249 Each (Tax Included)
Tabemas Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 2021
Released: June 15, 2021
Available: At the chilled sweets section of Lawson convenience stores in Japan
*Natural Lawson and Lawson Store 100 stores not participating
Kokonoe Honpo Tamazawa, a wagashi Japanese traditional confectionery maker that has been around since 1675, released its new emoji-themed ‘EMOCHI’ collection as part of the WA!GASHI Project on Wednesday, a day which also happened to be Wagashi Day.
EMOCHI | Pick Your Own Set of 3 | ¥1,512 (Tax Included)
EMOCHI | Recommended Set of 3 – A | ¥1,512 (Tax Included)
EMOCHI | Recommended Set of B – A | ¥1,512 (Tax Included)
EMOCHI | Recommended Set of 3 – C | ¥1,512 (Tax Included)
EMOCHI | Full Set of 10 | ¥3,996 (Tax Included)
Kokonoe Honpo Tamazawa is a 346-year-old confectionery company based in Sendai, renowned for their wagashi-making skills and original techniques while they use to constantly innovate on their sweets. This new collection of sweets with a smile features emoji in three flavours: white bean paste, yuzu bean paste, and miso bean paste.
The collection links how emoji are used to communicate feelings through text in the form of texts and emails like how wagashi, or traditional Japanese sweets, are often used to express gratitude as part of Japan’s culture of gift-giving.
There are 10 emoji to pick from, perfect for giving as a gift to someone to send a message or as a treat for yourself, and each comes with one of eight message cards.
Released: June 16, 2021
Product Details: https://www.tamazawa.jp/products/detail.php?CN=318212
Buy Online: https://tamazawa.thebase.in/items/45785579
Benzaiten Daifuku Opens New Fruit Confectionery Store Inside GINZA SIX
Benzaiten opened its first store in 2019 and since then has opened over 50 branches up and down Japan. The confectionery brand, which specialises in fruit-filled daifuki, has now opened a new store inside Tokyo’s luxury shopping centre GINZA SIX.
Yellow Papaya | ¥950 (Tax Included)
Tayo no Tamago Red Mango | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Fig | ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Kiwi | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Benzaiten has over 10 types of fresh seasonal fruits ordered in from the market every day to make their daifuku with, most of which use the entire fruit. They are very particular about the mochi used to make the daifuku to ensure the original delicious flavour of the fruit is maintained and maximises. They use two layers of high quality white bean paste and habutai to hand-prepare the daifuku every day.
Benzaiten GINZA SIX
Address: GINZA SIX (Floor B2F), 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
Official Website: https://benzaiten-daifuku.jp/
Butter no Itoko x Samantha Thavasa Open Second Store Together at Tokyo Skytree
Butter no Itoko and Samantha Thavasa opened their second collaborative store branch in the desserts area of Tokyo Skytree Solamachi last Tuesday.
Butter no Itoko is a Nasa-based confectionery company co-developed by Chus and Shinrinno Bokujo, a company specialising in milk from Jersey cattle. It opened a store in collaboration with Samantha Thavasa last year at Haneda Airport Terminal 2.
Samantha Thavasa Exclusive Butter no Itoko Salted Caramel
Solamachi Exclusive Samantha Thavasa x Butter no Itoko Eco Bag
The new store will sell a whole range of tasty treats including the salted caramel Butter no Itoko which was first released at the Haneda Airport branch, Shinrinno Bokujo’s soft service ice cream, updated 90 Banana Smoothies, and more. There’s also a limited-edition complete box of milk, chocolate, red bean paste butter, and salted caramel Butter no Itoko youc na get your hands on which were first released in April.
If you spend over ¥3,000 on desserts at the new store, you can also get your hands on the exclusive eco bag. These are available on a first-come, first-served purchase.
Butter no Itoko x Samantha Thavasa Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi
Grand Opening: 10:00-22:00 (currently operating on reduced hours at 10:00-20:00)
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 1F East Yard 9, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo, 131-0045, Japan
Samantha Global: https://samantha-global.com/
Butter no Itoko Official Website: https://butternoitoko.com/
Hard Rock Cafe Releases Limited-Edition Pins of Ueno Zoo’s Panda Xiang Xiang
Hard Rock Cafe Ueno is celebrating the 4th birthday of Ueno Zoo’s giant panda Xiang Xiang with a collection of birthday pins. The limited-edition line-up was released on Thursday.
4th Birthday Pin | 300 Available | ¥2,200
4th Birthday Pin 2 | 500 Available | ¥2,200
The two pin designs are limited in stock, the first featuring Xiang Xiang with her mother and father has 300 available, and the second one has the cute giant panda on an aeroplane branded with her birthday date with 500 available.
Both pins capture Xiang Xiang’s energetic personality and are cute souvenirs to take home after meeting her at Ueno Zoo.
Mr. Fullswing Manga Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Themed Cafe in Ikebukuro
In celebration of Mr. Fullswing‘s 20th anniversary, Animate are collaborating with the manga series to serve up a themed menu at their own Animate Cafe in Ikebukuro from June 23 to July 26. The entire menu including the meals, drinks, and desserts are all inspired by the series, and fans can get their hands on some exclusive merchandise too.
Mr. Fullswing is a baseball manga series written and illustrated by Shinya Suzuki which was serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2001 to 2006. This year marks 20 years since it was first released.
Menu item names have been translated from Japanese.
A peek at the manga-themed menu
Is That Rice? No, It’s Curry | ¥1,000
Rations From Shiba | ¥1,000
Gou’s Secret Batting Form ~Hachiku~ | ¥800
Sei’s Secret Batting Form ~Utsusemi~ | ¥800
Terrible Tatsuragawa’s Glasses | ¥600
A peek at the merch
CoLotta Acrylic Plate Key Rings | 15 Designs | ¥800 Each
Acrylic Character Key Rings | 14 Designs | ¥800 Each
Acrylic Uniform Key Rings | 14 Designs | ¥650 Each
Campaign to win a free photo card
24 photo cards based on the manga volume front covers
Win a birthday bromide photo
For every ¥2,000 spent at the cafe on menu items or merchandise, customers will receive one free photo card. There is also a birthday campaign being held from July 19 where you can win a free birthday bromide for every ¥2,000 spent.
Mr. Fullswing x Animate Cafe
Running: June 23, 2021 – July 26, 2021
Where: Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 2
Event Details: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/event/mrfullswing2106/
BEAMS Showcase Their Historical Fashion Archive at The National Art Center in Tokyo
BEAMS is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. At such an important milestone, it’s important to take a look back at where the brand has come from, and so BEAMS is taking part in the Fashion in Japan 1945-2020 exhibition that opened at The National Art Center, Tokyo, last Wednesday. Followers of the Japanese fashion are able to see their early products when they first opened in the late 1970’s to their Shibuya Casual style, known as Shibu-Kaji, from the late 80’s. It’s an historical, nostalgic throwback across their archive. Exclusive merchandise is also being sold featuring the ‘American Life Shop BEAMS’ logo which they branded upon establishing the brand.
A look at just some of the exhibits on display
BEAMS shopping bag from 1977
Shibu-Kaji outfit from late 1980’s
Exhibition-exclusive souvenir merch inspired by vintage BEAMS
This exhibition follows the unique trajectory of Japanese clothing, especially in post-World War Ⅱ Japan, as seen from both sides: that of designers who transmit culture by creating clothes and ideas, and that of users who receive it by wearing the clothes and at times create era-defining grassroots fashion movements. It offers a comprehensive overview that references the predominant media of each era, such as newspapers, magazines, and advertisements.
In the mid to late 1970’s, BEAMS was at the forefront of spreading casual wear to people, stocking some of the country’s most notable brands and designers. BEAMS opened its first store in Harajuku in 1976 where it sold shirts, shoes, and other items. In 1977 they introduced their own shopping bag, and the following year opened up their first BEAMS F selling traditional men’s style clothing. It was around this time that beams released their POPEYE magazine too. All of this and more is explore at the exhibition along with commentary.
A talk event titled “Lifestyle Tips: POPEYE & BEAMS” will also take place on July 3 at the museum.
Fashion in Japan 1945-2020
Running: June 9, 2021 – September 6, 2021
Venue: The National Art Center, Tokyo
Address: 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
*Last entries 30 minutes before closure
*Exhibition content subject to change
Official Website: https://www.nact.jp/english/exhibitions/2020/fij2020/
Title: Lifestyle Tips: POPEYE & BEAMS
Date: July 3, 2021
Venue: The National Art Center, Tokyo
Pompompurin’s 25th Anniversary Celebrated With Limited Edition Dessert at FamilyMart
15.June.2021 | FOOD
Sanrio teamed up with the convenience store chain FamilyMart to commemorate the 25th anniversary of their popular character Pompompurin with a special soufflé and macarons that hit shelves up and down Japan on June 8.
Pompompurin Soufflé Pudding | ¥276 (Before Tax)
Pompompurrin & Cinnamoroll Macarons | ¥350 (Before Tax)
Pom’s Kitchen Campaign
The Japanese pudding-style soufflé is made with smooth and velvety custard and caramel. It’s sold in a cup in three different original designs. Also available as part of the celebration is a set of macarons made to look like Pompompurin as well as Cinnamoroll, another one of Sanrio’s most popular characters. They are wearing cute king and queen crowns respectively.
A campaign is also being held where you can win some special Pompompurin merchandise by posting a photo of a rice dish inspired by Pompompurin on social media. More details can be found on the campaign website below.