Long-Standing Kyoto Tea Wholesaler Yamamasa Koyamaen Opens Cafe in Tokyo
TZEN, a company dedicated to promoting traditional Japanese culture around the world, has teamed up with Yamamasa Koyamaen, a tea wholesaler in business since the Edo period, to open a new matcha cafe in Tokyo!
ATELIER MATCHA, a quick walk from Ningyocho station, is harnessing the concept of ‘the third wave of matcha,’ serving up premium matcha in a cozy atmosphere.
MATCHA Cookies & Cream Shake: ¥748 (Tax Included)
MATCHA with Warabimochi and Red Bean Topping: ¥748 (Tax Included)
MATCHA Jelly Cider: ¥660 (Tax Included)
MATCHA Granola and Yogurt Latte: ¥715 (Tax Included)
MATCHA Cotton Candy Milkshake: ¥748 (Tax Included)
MATCHA Affogato: ¥660 (Tax Included)
MATCHA Shot (Espresso Style): ¥220 (Tax Included) / MATCHA Water: ¥275 (Tax Included) / MATCHA Green Tea: ¥330 (Tax Included)
Supreme MATCHA Terrine: ¥660 (Tax Included)
(This is a partial menu, all prices are for those dining in.)
Matcha is becoming popular around the world. ATELIER MATCHA was created to offer customers a unique experience which showcases the true taste and culture of this beloved tea grown in Japan.
Yamamasa Koyamaen is a Kyoto institution, cultivating and grinding matcha tea leaves for 160 years. Over 1,000 tea retailers, department stores, domestic and international trading companies and hotels stock their high-grade matcha, gyokuro, sencha, and other specialty teas, making them one of the most recognized and respected names in this traditional Japanese art. The company even prefers to call themselves a ‘studio’ rather than a ‘factory’, using the 800-year history of tea cultivation in Uji, Kyoto as a starting point to create their masterpieces.
ATELIER MATCHA is Yamamasa Koyamaen’s first cafe, and also the company’s first experience selling directly to consumers.
Blending the highest-grade matcha with locally made sweets, the cafe hopes customers will enjoy these original creations while surrounded by the relaxing aroma of tea.
The matcha used in the cafe includes signature Yamamasa Koyamaen blends, including Ogurayama and Tennozan, both varieties often used in tea ceremonies. For a limited time, the cafe is offering a single-origin blend with one rare variety of matcha, as well as a beverage made with tencha, which are the leaves used to make matcha before being ground down in a stone mortar. Visitors can also enjoy gyokuro and hojicha teas, made from carefully selected leaves.
Pulling recipes from Yamamasa Koyamaen’s book ‘Kyoto Uji-Koyamaen: Simple Matcha Drinks to Enjoy at Home,’ the menu features refreshing drinks blending the traditional with the modern, with unexpected combinations of soda, fruit and yogurt. Seasonal drinks will also be making an appearance, including shaved ice in summer and chocolate drinks in winter.
The name MATCHA SHOT packs a punch, using matcha instead of espresso for a needed pick-me-up. MATCHA WATER, a refreshing cup of watered-down tea, offers a way to fully enjoy the fullness and more hidden flavors of this popular Japanese tea.
As expected, ATELIER MATCHA also has a sweets menu set to impress: these sweet treats feature only the best, created with the top 0.03% of total national matcha production. This insanely high-quality matcha is a part of Yamamasa Koyamaen’s ultimate matcha experience project, titled “ALL FOR ONE,” which provides these rare leaves to some of the country’s top professionals in various fields.
At opening, only limited qualities of the Supreme MATCHA Terrine, made by well-known pâtissier Toshi Yoroizuka, will be available.
These authentic matcha creations are perfect for a hot summer’s day, or as a gift for a friend. When in Tokyo, don’t miss it!
Address: 1-5-8 Nihonbashi Ningyocho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 103-0013, Japan
Access: 30-second walk from Ningyocho Station/5-minute walk from Suitengumae Station
Open Date: August 2, 8:00
Hours of Operation: 8:00-19:00 (Last order 18:30)
Closed on Tuesdays (Open daily throughout August)
Phone Number: 03-3667-7277
Official Site: https://ateliermatcha.com/
Bandai Candy Releases Second Round of Family-Sized Demon Slayer Tarts
Bandai Candy has begun selling the second round of Demon Slayer-themed tarts! This time, the family-sized treats will feature the taste of two varieties of cheesecake, and will be available at select AEON, AEON Style, MaxValu, and Daiei locations throughout Japan.
Each tart features characters from the popular Demon Slayer anime series with smiles on their faces. With a two-layered structure, customers can enjoy the flavor of baked cheesecake and gelatin cheesecake. Characters included are Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, Giyu, Inosuke, Kyojuro, Shinobu, and Kanao.
Demon Slayer Big Tart Round Two ~Two Types of Cheesecake~
Price: ¥537 each (Tax Included)
Where to Buy:
AEON / AEON Style (Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu)
MaxValu (Kanto, Hokuriku, West Japan)
Daiei’s Chilled Dessert Corner
※Products only available in limited quantities.
※Only available at participating stores.
Alice in Wonderland’ Inspired Afternoon Tea Served at Aoyama St. Grace Cathedral for Seven Days Only
For seven days only from January to April 2022, the Aoyama St. Grace Cathedral wedding hall will open its doors to those wanting their fill of Alice in Wonderland-inspired sweets! ‘Alice’s Tea Party’ will be an afternoon tea experience you’ll never forget, and reservations are required.
The limited-time-only afternoon tea will feature a variety of adorable sweets that look like they popped out of a picture book, from Berry and Pistachio Bunny Ears Mousse to the Queen’s Chandelier Butter Sandwich Cookies decorated like playing cards. Each sweet makes use of seasonal ingredients like strawberries, perfect with chocolate dips, petite tarts, and macaroons.
Sweets Palette Afternoon Tea ‘Alice’s Tea Party’
January 19, 2022
February 2, February 9
March 2, March 9, March 16
April 6 *Reservations Required
First Seating 12:15-13:45（Open at 12:00)
Second Seating 14:45-16:15（Open at 14:30)
Price: ¥4,500 per person (Tax and Service Charge Included)
Address: Aoyama St. Grace Cathedral Guest House (3-9-14 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Access: 3-minute walk from Omotesando Station Exit A1 on Ginza Line / Chiyoda Line / Hanzomon Line
Limited Time Atami Plum Cafe Opens at Risonare Atami Resort
12.January.2022 | SPOT
Hoshino Resort Risonare Atami will open the Atami Plum Cafe from January 6 until March 11, 2022. Guests can experience the early arrival of spring beneath the plum blossoms, and at the cafe space on the top floor of the hotel, visitors can feast on a number of plum-inspired dishes.
The Atami Plum Garden, located near the resort, is one of the most famous places in Japan to see plum blossoms early. The first blossoms usually open up in late November or early December, and this event will get people excited about welcoming the warmer spring months.
A false plum tree will welcome visitors to the cafe, and the ceiling will also be covered in lavender blossoms. The tables, chairs, and garlands are all themed to welcome spring, and the terrace will feature a plum-shaped kotatsu. Guests sitting beneath it can stay warm while gazing out at the vast ocean.
The Plum Gelato Plate features three varieties made with plum pulp, jam, and paste. Why not give it a try?
Plum Gelato Plate: ¥2,000 (Tax Included) *5 available per day
Atami Plum Cafe
Running: January 6 – March 11, 2022
Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Order at 21:30)
*Adults Only (12 and up) after 21:00
Capacity: 40 seats
*Visitors must be staying in the hotel.
Official Site: https://risonare.com/atami/
Peter Pan and Wendy-Inspired Sweets Buffet Comes to Nagoya
The Strings Hotel Yagoto NAGOYA in Aichi Prefecture is holding the ‘Strawberry Neverland – Tinkerbell in Love Sweets Buffet’ at it’s sweets restaurant SCALA Terrace from January 15 until March 31, 2022. These limited-time desserts will use seasonal strawberries and pistachios.
Inspired by Peter Pan, the space will feature cute and refreshing sweets that will make guests think of the adorable fairy Tinkerbell. The ‘Tinkerbell in Love – Raspberry Lime Mousse’ is covered in the character’s fairy dust, and is highly recommended by the restaurants chef patissier. A total of 16 desserts will be available, with some featuring edible flowers and other fantasy-inspired decorations. Those wanting something a little heavier can enjoy slow-cooked Indian Curry and Farfalle Cream Pasta. The space will also feature plenty of photo spots, so be sure to take some pictures with the person you love!
Strawberry Neverland – Tinkerbell in Love Sweets Buffet
Running: January 15, 2022 – March 31, 2022
Location: Maison de FLEUR 3F
Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka to Hold Little Red Riding Hood-Inspired Strawberry Fair
The Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka will hold a ‘Strawberry Fair’ at four of its restaurants starting on January 1, 2022!
Little Red Riding Hood (Mascarpone and Berry Mousse)
Forest Friend (Cream Puff), Friendly Bear Macaroons
Forest Tree Stump (Nuts & Pistachio Cake)
Menu featuring Strawberry Items
Cafe & Gourmet Shop ‘Cafe Bell’
Running: January 15 – February 28, 2022
Strawberry Brioche Sandwich / Strawberry Pudding / Strawberry Pistachio / Strawberry Tart / Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Cannelé de Bordeaux / Strawberry & Almond Chocolate Danish / Strawberry and Cream Cheese Flute
Chinese Restaurant ‘Shisen’
Running: January 6 – February 28, 2022
Strawberry Apricot Tofu / Strawberry Pudding
Running: January 1 – February 28, 2022
Strawberry Grasshopper / Strawberry Milk for Adults / Strawberry Mojito
※Menu items subject to change depending on availability.
※Please inform the staff of any food allergies in advance.
Strawberry Fair ~Little Red Riding Hood & Friends in the Forest~
Running: January 15 – February 27, 2022 *Only on Weekends/Holidays
Hours: 15:00-17:00 (Last Order at 16:30) *Tables Reserved for 90 minutes
Price: ¥5,000 (Adults) / ¥2,500 (Children) / ¥1,000 (Children under 4)
Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka 21F Buffet Restaurant ‘Top of Miyako’
Hours: 7:00-10:00 (Last Order at 9:30) / 11:30-15:00 (Last Order at 14:30) / 17:00-21:00 *17:30-21:00 on January 2 (Last Order at 20:30)
*Open for dinner only on weekends and holidays. Also open on Fridays in December.
*Lunch hours during the sweets buffet are 11:30:-14:00.
Cafe & Gourmet Shop ‘Cafe Bell’
Hours: 8:00-19:00 (Take-out) / 8:00-18:00 (Eat-in)
Chinese Restaurant ‘Shisen’
Hours: 11:30-14:30 / 17:00-21:00 (Last Order at 20:30)
Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka 2F ‘Bar eu’
Hours: 17:00-22:00 (Last Food Order at 21:00)
Wall Art Commemorating Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Appears in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya
06.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
To commemorate the start of Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 on January 9, 2022, some powerful new wall art filled with storyboards and other imagery from the series has appeared in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya train stations for a limited time!
These incredible images will only be available to see until January 9, so if you’re near any of these stations, be sure to check them out! Starting on January 4, a countdown video of ‘favorite scenes’ as chosen by six popular creators will be posted to the official anime Twitter account (@anime_shingeki).
Storyboards featured in this wall art comes from episodes 76 to 80 of the anime series. The largest board is 22.5 meters in length.
©諫山創・講談社／「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会
Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Commemorative Wall Art
Location: Tokyu Dogenza Happy Board AB30
(In the underground passage near the A0 and A1 exits on B2F towards Dogenzaka on the Denentoshi Line at Shibuya Station)
Viewing Period: January 4 – 9, 2022
Location: Tokyo Metro / Shinjuku Metro Super Premium Set
(In the corridor connecting the east and west exits of Shinjuku Station)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Location: JR West Japan Railway / Sakurabashi Avenue, Osaka Station
(In the underground passage towards the Sakurabashi exit of JR Osaka Station)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Location: JR Central Japan Railway / Nagoya Wide Wall
(Inside the Sakuradori Gate of JR Nagoya Station, on the North Street)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Official Site: https://shingeki.tv/final/
Tokyo Gift Palette at Tokyo Station Selling Seasonal Strawberry Sweets
Tokyo Gift Palette, located near the Yaesu North Gate at Tokyo Station, offers a wide selection of unique souvenirs. From December 26, 2021 until January 11, 2022, the location will be holding the Exciting New Year’s Fair, with the Strawberry Sweets Fair coming soon after from January 5 until January 25, 2022.
Konigs-Krone Luxury ‘Strawberry Parfait’
Patisserie Ginza Sembikiya ‘Strawberry Omelet’
Strawberry Shop by FRANCAIS ‘Strawberry Parfait’
*Only available at Tokyo Gift Palette
Tokyo Kaikan ‘Reward Parfait ~Strawberry & Chestnut~
Strawberry Shop by FRANCAIS ‘Fresh Strawberry Milk Cake’
Oosumi Tamaya ‘Strawberry Daifuku’
Oosumi Tamaya ‘Chinese New Year Daifuku’
Tokyo Kaikan ‘Chocolate & Orange Tart’
Paq & Mog Terrace ‘Calbee and Tokyo Banana Bonito & Kelp Umami Dashi Potato Chips
The New Year’s Fair will feature cute cakes and sweets inspired by the Chinese Zodiac, along with traditional Japanese goods. The Strawberry Sweets Fair will see a number of popular goodies on sale, including desserts that won top prizes in the ‘Favorite Fruit Survey’ conducted by Tokyo Gift Palette on Instagram in June 2021.
Exciting New Year’s Fair
Running: December 26, 2021 – January 11, 2022
Strawberry Sweets Fair
Running: January 5 – January 25, 2022
Ginza Cozy Corner Launches Limited Edition New Year’s Chinese Zodiac Tiger Cake
31.December.2021 | FOOD
From December 31, 2021, until January 3, 2022, Ginza Cozy Corner locations nationwide will be selling a limited edition New Year’s cake featuring the Tiger from the Chinese Zodiac!
Chinese Zodiac Tiger Cake
Fortune Cookies (10 pieces)
New Year Madeleines (6 pieces)
New Year’s Grab Bag (24 pieces / 40 pieces)
Ginza Cozy Corner began selling a variety of New Year’s-themed sweets starting in 2011. Traditionally, families in Japan enjoy a luxurious boxed meal called osechi on New Year’s Day, and the company wanted to provide something to satisfy people’s sweet tooth afterward! This year is the Year of the Tiger, making this chocolate and banana cake the perfect way to welcome 2022. Shops will also be selling other sweets like fortune cookies and mini Madeleine cakes, so there’s something to bring a smile to everyone’s face.
Chinese Zodiac Tiger Cake
Available: December 31, 2021 – January 3, 2022
Where to Buy: Cozy Corner Locations Nationwide
Official Site: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Tamagotchi 25th Anniversary Event Opens in Tokyo’s Namjatown
The NAMJATOWN amusement park, located inside Ikebukuro Sunshine Plaza, will hold a special commemorative event with Tamagotchi from December 18 until January 23, 2022. The event celebrates the phenomenon’s 25th anniversary, and plenty of merchandise and prizes will be available!
Tamagotchi Acrylic Stands (14 varieties): ¥550 each (Tax Included) *Random
Kuchipatchi Glass: ¥1,500 each (Tax Included)
Tamagotchi Hand Towel: ¥1,100 each (Tax Included)
Tamagotchi Long Sleeve T-shirt, M/L Sizes: ¥3,800 (Tax Included)
Rally Game ‘Let’s Raise our Tamagotchi!’
Original Prizes: Tamagotchi Pair Charms (14 varieties, random)
Original Fortune Slip「Tamagotchi Fortune Telling」
Desserts & Drinks
Smiling Tamagotchi Donuts (Kuchipatchi, Mametchi, Loveruitchi): ¥650 (Tax Included)
Choose your Topping! Tamagotchi Ice Cream: ¥600 (Tax Included)
Fortune Telling! Tamagotchi Fortune Latte (Choose from 6 Characters): ¥690 (Tax Included)
Tamagotchi has been a phenomenon since it was released in 1996, quickly finding favor with adults and children alike. The handheld toys have sold over 83 million units worldwide as of March 2021. Each device only has three buttons, and players must take care of each tamagotchi pet by feeding and playing with them daily.
After the event, original goods will be available for purchase online at the Namco Parks Online Store starting January 24, 2022.
※The number of prizes and products are limited. We apologize for any inconvenience.
～25th Anniversary～ Tamagotchi Fes. IN NAMJATOWN
Running：December 18, 2021 – January 23, 2022
Event Details: https://event.bandainamco-am.co.jp/namja/Tamagotchi/
Namco Parks Online Store
Available：January 24, 2022 at 10:00 – February 28, 2022 at 23:59
*Products will ship in May 2022. Shipping fees will be charged separately.
Clappers Diner in Ikebukuro Releases Commemorative Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Menu
To commemorate the release of Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in theaters on December 24, Clappers Diner in Grand Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro has unveiled a special character-inspired menu starting December 17, 2021.
Purchase Bonus: Original Clear Coasters (6 varieties)
Clapper’s Diner is an American diner-style cafe that serves up delicious croissants and waffles baked in-store. A special waffle plate and two drinks have been added to celebrate the new film, and guests can enjoy these snacks on a first-come, first-served basis. The shop will also be decorated with characters and scenes from the film, so fans won’t want to miss out!
※Each coaster is random.
※One gift per order.
※While supplies last.
© 2021「劇場版 呪術廻戦0」製作委員会 ©芥見下々／集英社
Clappers Diner × Jujutsu Kaisen 0
Available: December 17, 2021 until Sold Out
Address: Clappers Diner, Grand Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro 5F
Hours: 10:00-21:00（Last Order at 20:30）
Japanese traditional confectionery brand OKOSHIYA TOKYO opens in Marunouchi Building
Japanese traditional confectionery Okoshiya Tokyo, a brand specializing in okoshi (rice cake), opened in the Marunouchi Building on December 15, 2021.
OKOSHIYA TOKYO is a brand specializing in okoshi, operated by a small Japanese confectionery manufacturer in downtown Tokyo which is celebrating its 60th anniversary. OKOSHIYA TOKYO opened in Tokyo’s Marunouchi Building as a store where customers can directly purchase the long-established okoshi, which has been sold only through the online store.
OKOSHIYA Maple Almond（60g）
aun 18 pieces (6 types x 3 pieces)
OKOSHIYA TOKYO’s crispy okoshi is a new texture that can be eaten easily. The sweetness is kept low so that you can enjoy the natural flavor of the ingredients. It has a nostalgic and comforting taste.
Marunouchi (3 types x 3pieces) *Marunouchi Building Limited Edition
There are many theories about the origin of the word “okoshi”, but it comes from the word “koshi”, which means “to rise”, and has been eaten as a confectionery for good luck. It can be used as a “friendship blessing” for friends who meet again after a long absence, a “cheering blessing” for those who are working hard towards their dreams and goals, a “love blessing” for a beloved partner, or to ” bring good fortune” to newlyweds who are starting a new chapter in their lives. Let’s convey not only the delicious taste but also your feelings to your loved ones through OKOSHIYA TOKYO’s okoshi.
Where: B1 1-4-2 Marunouhi, Chiyodaku, Tokyo, Maru Biliding B1F
Access: One-minute walk from Marunouchi South Exit of JR Tokyo Station, directly connected to Tokyo Station on the Marunouchi Line.
Opening Hours: Weekdays/Saturday 11:00～21:00 ／Sunday/Bank Holiday 11:00～20:00
Official site: https://okoshiya.official.ec/
Asakusa Hanayashiki and the TV animation Gintama announces Details of the Collaboration Event
The amusement park Asakusa Hanayashiki will hold a collaboration event with the TV anime Gintama titled Gintama Festival from December 20, 2021 to January 16, 2022.
Mission clear bonus acrylic coasters (4 types/randomly distributed).
Original Merchandise (example)
Reward for ordering original food: one original coaster (10 types/randomly distributed).
The lineup for the Gintama Festival includes sales of event-exclusive original merchandise, a riddle solving rally, and collaboration food. In addition, the special ticket, an advance ticket with special offers that will make the event even more enjoyable, will be available for purchase.
Please look forward to this special event that Gintama fans can enjoy to the fullest.
Running: From December 20 until January 16, 2022.
Closed on January 11 and 12.
Where: Asakusa Hanayashiki.
Opening Hours: 10:00～18:00 (Subject to weather conditions).
*Opening hours for January 10 to 14, 2022: 10:00-17:00.
*Last entry is 30 minutes before closing.