Kyoto’s Famous Confection Gets Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Makeover

23.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

Japanese confectionery company Bijuu, which stocks popular Kyoto sweets, has released mini versions of the famous Kyoto soft rice cake known as otabe, a type of yatsuhashi, which are boxed up in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba packaging.

The bite sized treats are chewy and filled with bean paste from Hokkaido. They are available in six different box designs taken from the popular anime series.

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    Alongside the limited cosmetic samples, there will be matching pajamas and slippers available for purchase and take home, with a that will take you even deeper into the PAUL & JOE world. While these cat-and-floral print PJs are perfect for a girls-only gathering, a men’s line has also been released due to popular demand, ideal for spending a romantic Christmas in matching pajamas.

     

     

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