Vegetable Shaved Ice Arrives On Honjitsuno’s Menu For Summer

07.July.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

Honjitsuno is a cafe based in Takeyacho, Kyoto, which introduced its new vegetable shaved ice desserts to the menu on July 1. Every month will see a different vegetable used.

 

Strawberry & Fruit Tomato | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)

Made with strawberry sauce, fruit tomato jam, and milk pudding. Hidden inside is soft cheesecake.

Peach & Corn | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)

Made with peach sauce, sweetcorn, custard cream, and caramel sauce. You can really taste the original sweet taste of the corn.

Matcha & Edamame | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)

Made with Mashed green soybeans, seaweed salted red bean paste, mango, and matcha sauce.

 

All of the sauces and jams are homemade. Combining vegetables with fruits on shaved ice creates a whole new delicious eating experience.

 

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    A special exhibition titled ‘Japanese Landscapes Discovered: Views from and for the Outside World,’ showcasing a private collection of Meiji era paintings, is now on display at the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto until October 31, 2021.

     

    Inside the Exhibit

    Inside the Exhibit

     

     

    This exhibition is designed to take visitors on a journey through the Meiji period (1868-1912), the beginning of Japan’s modern era, through oil and watercolor paintings of the time, and through the landscapes and customs depicted in these pieces of art. During this time, many foreign painters visited Japan, and were inspired to paint the country’s beautiful landscapes and unfamiliar customs, bringing these creations back to their countries of origin. Japanese artists studied these unfamiliar painting techniques, and made their own culturally-inspired paintings, often selling them to foreign visitors as souvenirs.

     

    Many works on display in this exhibition have never been shown publicly, with many being brought back to Japan from locations abroad. These include long-lost oil paintings by Kuroda Seiki and a massive newly-discovered work by Tamura Soryu. Other Japanese artists inspired by Western-style on display include Hiroshi Yoshida, Jirokichi Kasagi, Shotaro Koyama, and Ioki Bunsai.

     

    Also on display are works by foreign artists who visited Japan during this period, including British news painter Charles Wirgman, French news painter Georges Bigot, and British landscape painters Alfred Parsons, Alfred East, and John Varley Jr. These three men in particular triggered a watercolor boom in Japan during the late Meiji period. Vibrant female painters such as British watercolorist Ella du Cane, a lover of Japanese gardens, also make an appearance.

     

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    Kinako Parfait: ¥1,200 (Tax Incl.)

    Matcha Parfait: ¥1,200 (Tax Incl.)

    Milk Tea Parfait: ¥1,200 (Tax Incl.)

     

     

    The Yojiya Café is currently open in two locations, Gion and Sagano Arashiyama, offering a relaxing space to rest between shopping and sightseeing.

     

    The café has renewed their iconic Kinako Parfait, which combines Japanese Kinako and Western Maple Syrup, along with the Matcha Parfait, which is packed full of matcha ice cream, jelly, and cookies. The Milk Tea Parfait is made with a rich Japanese Tea and Earl Gray ice cream.

     

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    Cafe BIVOUAC, located in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, will reopen Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu on September 18, 21, after a full rebranding.

     

     

     

    The space aims to be ‘a garden that clears a guest’s body and mind.’ Visitors can enjoy a full bath and sauna, freshly-picked vegetables at the Haruniwa Dining Room, and a lush green lounge in which to relax and unwind.

     

    The Haruniwa Dining Room, run by The Farm, a resort in Chiba Prefecture, offers healthy dishes filled with fresh local vegetables from Kumagaya with carefully-selected main ingredients.

     

    In addition, a collaboration with fashion brand ‘niko and…’ will also begin upon reopening, offering the perfect comfy clothes to wear while enjoying the property.  The lineup  includes an original bath bag and sauna hat, each sold exclusively at Hareniwa no Yu.

     

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    Neko Neko Cheesecake, a sweets shop specializing in cat-shaped treats, is adding the massively popular Neko Neko Tiramisu back to the menu for a limited time only, from September 10 until September 30, 2021.

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    A selection of healing monotone panda sweets will be available at the Gelato Pique Café between September 6 and September 25. The collection is titled “everyday PANDA! ~Sweets Time with Pandas~.”

     

    Menu

     

    Panda Crepe

     

    Panda Gelato

     

    Panda Float

     

     

    Goods

    Gelato Pique Café Original Panda Glass/Mug
    Available from September 6

    Gelato Pique Panda Motif Eco Bag / Panda Motif Hand Towel
    Online reservations open September 2, available instore from September 8

     

     

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    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make an adorable Miffy Parfait using tofu shiratama!

     

    Tofu shiratama can be frozen without hardening, so it’s great to use for cooking as well as making sweets.

     

     

    Ingredients

    250g refined rice flour

    300g silken tofu

    ✩ This is about 1 bag of refined rice flour and 1 piece of silken tofu.

    Canned fruit or fruit of your choice

     

     

    Put the refined rice flour and silken tofu into a bowl and mix well.

    ⚠️ Do not drain the tofu!

    Don’t add water, just these two ingredients.

     

    ✩I knead all ingredients and then freeze it.

    Feel free to freeze it as dough, or boil it first.

    You can put them in Tupperware and store them in water in the refrigerator for a day or two. Don’t worry, they won’t harden!

     

    Add the coloring.

    Take a little bit of food coloring and add as you like.

    Here, I’m adding the yellow that will be the center of the flower.

     

     

    After mixing the dough, place it on parchment paper and put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

    You can shape it before placing it in the freezer, but chilling it will make it easier to work with.

     

    Cut out Miffy and her flowers.

    Place the yellow-colored piece into the middle of the flower.

    Roll the rest of the shiratama into balls.

     

     

    Boil the shaped shiratama while on the baking sheet.

    Boil the round shiratama as well. When they float to the top, place them in cool water.

     

     

    Place the shaped shiratama on parchment paper or plastic wrap and let dry briefly before adding decoration.

     

     

    Mix black cocoa with a little water, and using the mixture, draw Miffy’s face.

     

     

     

    Place the flowers and shiratama balls inside the glass, follow up with your favorite fruits!

    (If using canned fruit, feel free to add the syrup as well!)

     

    I hope you enjoy decorating this colorful dish!

     

     

    Kaori Kubota(@kaopan27

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

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    07.September.2021 | Uncategorized

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    ※Shown images are samples.

     

     

    Novelties

    Original Can Badge 2nd Series: 6 Designs (Random)

     

     

    ※Limited in quantity.

    ※Shown images are samples and may differ from the final product.

     

     

    ChiiKawa is a popular manga that is serialized on Twitter by illustrator NAGANO. The comic depicts the daily life of the ChiiKawa’s and has become known for its soft artwork, heartwarming story, and occasionally, some contrasting darkness.

     

    SEGA Taiyaki stocks popular food products from the Taiyaki brand Yokohama Kuriko-An, which has 31 stores throughout the Kanto region. They also collaborate with games and characters to produce Collaboration Taiyaki.

     

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    06.September.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    On September 1, Baumkuchen specialty shop Katanukia opened its second location on the second floor of Tokyo Solamachi, beneath Tokyo Skytree. These traditionally German cakes are extremely popular in Japan, and using a cookie cutter can transform them into works of art! To commemorate the new shop, the Tokyo Solamachi location will sell a limited-edition Panda Baumkuchen that is almost too cute to eat.

    Panda Baumkuchen

    Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen: ¥594 (Tax Included)


     

    Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen & Drawstring Bag Set: ¥1,815 (Tax Included)

     

    The special Starry Sky Panda Baumkuchen is made from soft, moist cake, and depicts an adorable panda character ready to gaze at the night sky from Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world. Children and adults alike will enjoy its gentle milk flavoring.

     

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    05.September.2021 | FOOD

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    04.September.2021 | FOOD / SPOT / Uncategorized

    A limited-time Marvel themed cafe is coming to Umeda, Osaka from September 16 until October 17. Produced by OH MY CAFE, the concept is centered on themes such as power, courage, talent, justice, and friendship, and the menu will be filled with items inspired by the many heroes of the Marvel universe.

     

    The cafe menu features original items representing the worlds of Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Black Widow. All dishes are healthy, low-sodium, and low-sugar. Various original pieces of merchandise will also be available for fans of American comics!

     

     

    Menu

    Marvel Paprikash: ¥1,759 (Tax Included)

    <Spider-Man> The Best Chicken Sandwich in Queens: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)

    <Captain America> American Tomato Pasta: ¥1,979 (Tax Included)

    <Thor> Hammer Curry in the Desert: ¥2,089 (Tax Included)

    <Black Widow> Jet-Black Squid Ink Gratin: ¥1,869 (Tax Included)

    <Iron Man> Evening Donut-style Bagel Sandwich: ¥1,979 (Tax Included)

    <Captain America> Ramune Soda: ¥1,209 (+¥770 for coaster) (Tax Included)

    <Iron Man> Cherry Soda:  ¥1,209 (+¥770 for coaster) (Tax Included)

    Marvel Cafe Latte: ¥989 (+¥1,650 for mug) (Tax Included) 

    Marvel Tea Bottle: ¥769 (Tax Included) / Bottle and Charm: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)

    Customers who make a reservation in advance will receive one random original mask case (7 designs). 

     

     

    Original Merchandise

     

    Acrylic Keyring (6 designs): ¥825 (Tax Included)

    Square Pins (13 designs, random): ¥495 (Tax Included) / Marvel Case: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)

    A5-size Clear Folder (7 designs, random): ¥385 (Tax Included)

    Tote Bag: ¥1,100 (Tax Included) / Marvel Bandana Handkerchief: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)

    Menu Art Series A4-size Clear Folder: ¥440 (Tax Included) / Menu Bandana Handkerchief: ¥1,650 (Tax Included) / Acrylic Magnets (6 designs): ¥715 (Tax Included)

    Avengers: Endgame Clear Folders (5 designs, random): ¥550 (Tax Included) / Avengers: Infinity War Postcards (8 designs, random): ¥275 (Tax Included)

     

     

    Ⓒ 2020 MARVEL

  • Chiikawa Themed Cafe to Open for Limited Time at Shizuoka PARCO

    04.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Twitter-famous character Chiikawa is coming to Shizuoka PARCO starting September 16! Guests can enjoy a cafe on the first floor of the facility serving specially-crafted treats, and can head to the fourth floor for a shop selling original Chiikawa cafe goods.

     

    Menu

    Hachiware Cream Soda / Chiikawa Cream Soda / Usagi Cream Soda: ¥990 each (Tax Included)

    Fluffy Cloud Latte with Character Sugar: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)

    Yoroi-san’s Strawberry Milk: ¥990 (Tax Included)

    Best Friends Cookie Set (3 cookies): ¥880 (Tax Included, takeout only)

    Each drink order will come with a random coaster (15 designs total). 

    Merchandise

     

    Mug: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)

    Cafe Chef Plushies: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)

    Cafe Employee Plushies: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)

    Bowl: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)

    Random Acrylic Keychain (8 designs): ¥660 (Tax Included)

     

    *Limit 2 items per person per type of merchandise. For random items, the limit is 10 items per person per type.
    *Images are for reference only. Not all products are shown.
    *Contents are subject to change. 

     

    4th Floor Shop Special Goods

    Special Gift

    Guests spending ¥4,400 or more (including tax) will receive an original cork coaster!

     

     

    The Chiikawa manga, created by Japanese illustrator nagano, is extremely popular on Twitter for its cute illustrations and heartwarming stories. In August, the second Chiikawa book was released.

     

    Who is your favorite Chiikawa character?

     

    ©nagano

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