Halloween Sweets Now Available at Historical Kyoto Sweets Shop Tsuruya Yoshinobu

14.October.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

Founded in 1803, Tsuruya Yoshinobu is a famous Japanese sweets shop specializing in wagashi, or traditional Japanese confections. To celebrate Halloween, the shop is now selling some themed treats through the end of October. 

 

Halloween Pumpkin/Halloween Ghost Japanese Sweets

Happy Halloween Cookie Assortment

 

The celebration of Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, before later being Christianized as All Hallow’s Day. A day to ward off evil spirits and celebrate the fall harvest, it has become a much less serious holiday in recent decades. Children dress up in costumes and go door-to-door asking for candy, and the past is largely forgotten. The sweets available at Tsuruya Yoshinobu are decorated with cute expressions and are sure to be a hit at tea time with friends and family. Be sure to keep an eye out for the ghosts, featuring six different expressions!

 

Japanese sweets aren’t as strong as their American counterparts, and each is sculpted like a work of art. These will melt in your mouth and are perfect for enjoying with matcha, tea, or coffee! Be sure to fill out the blank card along with the cookie gift box for a thoughtful gift this holiday season.

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  • Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward and au 5G are coming together to promote this year’s Halloween events online through Virtual Shibuya, a digital space accessible from smartphones, PCs, and VR devices. A number of events will be held from October 16 until October 30, incorporating popular artists, companies, and popular anime series. The concept for the event is ‘FUN FOR GOOD,’ aiming to inspire people to contribute to their community while also enjoying the holidays. 

     

    Sadly, this year’s Halloween celebration in Shibuya will be canceled again due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To ease any congestion on the streets, the ward is promoting the Virtual Shibuya au 5G Halloween Festival 2021, which will be available to anyone, anywhere. That’s right: you won’t need to be in Tokyo to participate!

     

     

    Event Lineup

     

    Special Anime Talks

    A simultaneous global virtual fan meetup for Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night will be held on October 16! Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, who plays Kirito, and Haruka Tomatsu, who plays Asuna, will appear in Virtual Shibuya in avatar form to discuss some highlights of the upcoming film. 

     

    Also, to commemorate the release of the 100th volume of Detective Conan, the Conan Edogawa x Furuya Rei Special Talk in Virtual Shibuya event will take place on October 30th, featuring voice actors Minami Takayama and Tohru Furuya. 

     

    Virtual Concerts

    Three artists are scheduled to perform live in Virtual Shibuya during the Halloween event!

    ・October 24 – povo Presents Creepy Nuts
    ・October 26 – au 5G Presents MY FIRST STORY
    ・October 31 – au 5G Presents Atarashii Gakko!

     

    Attraction Lineup

    A number of attractions will be available during the two-week event period. Check the website for complete details! 

    https://vcity.au5g.jp/shibuya/halloween2021

     

    Official Shop

    Starting October 16, an official store selling original event merchandise will be accessible in Virtual Shibuya and on the special event website. These goods will feature characters from select anime series and artists who have supported the project, with all proceeds being reinvested into Shibuya ward. The above items aren’t the only things that will on sale, so be sure to check the website for more details!

     

     

    Limited-Time Only! Make a Collaboration Anime Avatar During Halloween!

    In collaboration with avatar platform AVATARIUM, visitors will be able to generate custom avatars wearing costumes from Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night and Detective Conan! Choose from characters Asuna (SAO), Kirito (SAO), Conan Edogawa (Detective Conan), Ran Mori (Detective Conan), Furuya Rei (Detective Conan), and The Criminal (Detective Conan). 

     

    Even if you’re not in Japan, be sure to check out the event while you can!

  • ‘Kyoto Yura Hotel M Gallery’ New Halloween Menu Features Adorable Monster Motifs

    18.October.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    The ‘1F Lounge & Bar 1867’ at the Kyoto Yura Hotel M Gallery will be hosting a Halloween themed afternoon tea from October 1 2021, with tea sets and cocktails available. The premium hotel is owned by Accor, a Paris, France based group that owns over 5,000 hotels and resorts in 110 countries.

    The Halloween-themed afternoon tea has been made by Jennie Chiu, a pastry chef who grew up in America, the home of Halloween. The afternoon tea features cute and playful monster motifs, including a witch-hat Mont Blanc, a Cassis and Chestnut Cake topped with a small ghost, and a spider-web topped Raspberry and Chocolate Mousse. For savory treats, Chef Nishimura Niki has prepared Foie Gras soaked in Salted Koji, plus two luxurious lobster dishes.

     

     

    The creative Halloween cocktails were brainstormed by Yamazaki Sousei, who ranked in the Japan Top 10 category of bartending competition ‘WORLD CLASS 2021.’ The Halloween and apple pie inspired lineup was inspired by Scotland and the Celtic people, looking back to when Halloween was first celebrated. 

    Enjoy some adult-only time in this retro-modern “family mansion” themed space. 

  • Eggs’n Things Popular Halloween Menu Returns for Limited Time

    15.October.2021 | FOOD

    EGGS’N THINGS JAPAN have announced that between October 15 and October 31, their most popular Halloween item ever – the 2018 Halloween Trick Pancakes – will be returning to Eggs’n Things and Eggs’n Things Coffee stores nationwide. 

     

     

    The black pancake batter is kneaded with cocoa and is topped with subtly sweet pumpkin cream shaped in a cute spider pattern, finished with a swirl of purple taro whipped cream. Eggs’n Things have even hidden a colorful, popping trick inside the pancake. 

     

    Have some fun this Halloween at Eggs’ Things!

  • Hotel New Otani Osaka Offering Halloween Plans for a Limited Time

    12.October.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    For those looking for a safe getaway for Halloween, Hotel New Otani Osaka is offering a limited-time room plan allowing guests to enjoy a selection of scrumptious and spooky dishes in the privacy of their hotel room. A bottle of very photogenic blue sparkling wine will also be served!

     


    The menu includes a pumpkin quiche and mini-burgers, along with mummy-themed sausage pie rolls, black pasta with squid, and plenty of other treats to tantalize your taste buds. 

    Enjoy a toast with the lively La Vague Bleue sparkling wine from France, offering a dry and refreshing taste perfect for pairing with food. Room service will be available to serve plenty of other drink items, including wine and cocktails!

    Exclusive to the Halloween plan, a slightly terrifying sweets plate is available, featuring pumpkin mont blanc, bat-shaped cookies, eyeball blancmange, and more! If a Halloween getaway isn’t in the cards this year, enjoy this completely private party in a luxurious hotel room instead! 

     

  • Kyoto’s Kurodani Temple, Typically Closed to the Public, to Accept Visitors for Limited Time

    12.October.2021 | SPOT

    Constructed in 1175, the Kurodani Temple is one of the head temples of the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. Though typically closed to the public, the grounds will open for a short period to allow guests to experience some beautiful autumn scenery beginning November 12, 2021. This temple is associated with the Shinsengumi and served as the headquarters of the Aizu Clan at the end of the Edo period, so those interested in history won’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity. 

     

    [Night] Shiun Garden

    [Day] Autumn Leaves at the Main Gate

    [Day] Shiun Garden

    [Night] Autumn Leaves at the Main Gate

    Temple Grounds at Sunset

    The Tiger’s Room

    Ohoujou Garden

    Founders Hall

    Live Koto Performance

    Gokoushiyuiamidabutsu, ‘Afro Buddha’ 

     

    Guests will be able to enjoy the gorgeous autumn temple scenery during both daytime and nighttime, with the night viewing also offering some traditional Japanese live music. Visitors can also see various temple treasures and historical items, as well as the Tiger Room, known for its painted doors. The unique and aptly named Afro Buddha will also be on display. After training for an extremely long period of time, the Buddha’s hair piled up, giving him this strangely modern appearance. 

     

    On a clear day, guests will be able to see clear to the Abeno Harukas building in Osaka. Vividly painted ceilings and other statues will completely surround visitors in spiritual history. At night, traditional Japanese music will be played at three different times in the front gardens. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the temple will offer a Premium Plan, allowing interested guests to enter the grounds 30 minutes before general admission starts. (This will require reservations made on the official website.) This will also include a guided tour!

     

    How would you like to experience this piece of Japanese history while surrounded by unforgettable autumn foliage? 

  • Patisserie Antenor in Kobe Releases Limited-Time Halloween Cakes

    10.October.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Antenor, a beloved patisserie located in Kobe, began selling limited-time Halloween-themed cakes on October 1, 2021. The exciting lineup will have guests ready for the scariest day of the year, offering sweets made with purple sweet potato, Mont Blanc, and pumpkin. 

     

    Halloween Petit Four – Available from October 16 until October 31

    Pumpkin Mont Blanc – Available from October 1 until October 31

    Halloween Cheesecake – Available from October 1 until October 31

    Gateau Chocolat Classic Cake – Available from October 1 until October 31

    Halloween Assortment (M) – Available from September 1 until October 31

    The Halloween Assortment (M) includes three types of popular cookies and is available now ahead of the October holiday. It would make a perfect gift, so snag one of these festive boxes before they’re gone!

     

  • Halloween Sweets Buffet Coming to Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu for Two Days Only

    08.October.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Moshi Moshi Nippon has delivered news on tons of Halloween treats this holiday season, but can there ever really be enough? Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyo has announced a special two-day-only Halloween Sweets Buffet on October 30 and 31 at the location’s Flyer’s Table restaurant on the second floor. 

     

    Pumpkin Cheese Tart

    Ghost Mousse

    Black Cream Puff

     

    Guests can enjoy a variety of spooky treats all incorporating fall flavors like chestnut, pumpkin, sweet potato, pear, and apple. Offerings include the Pumpkin Cheese Tart, a mildly-sweet cheese tart made with sour cream, cottage cheese, and cream cheese, and topped with pumpkin cream; the Ghost Mousse, a chestnut mousse made to look like a ghoul; and the Black Cream Puff, made with black cocoa and a cassis cream filling. 

     

    At the demonstration corner, guests can see the Sweet Potato Mont Blanc being made. Those wanting something besides sweets can enjoy a selection of sandwiches decorated in Halloween style!

  • Neko Neko Shokupan Releases Online-Only Limited Edition Halloween Set

    07.October.2021 | FOOD

    Neko Neko Shokupan have announced that between October 1 and October 22, a limited edition “Dark Halloween” Neko Neko Shokupan Halloween and special set will be available on the official ALL HEARTS MALL webshop. The Nyanchee cheesecake from sister brand Neko Neko Cheesecake will also be included in the new set. Why not spend your Halloween with these tasty treats?

    Online-Only Flavor: Neko Neko Shokupan Dark Halloween

    Neko Neko Shokupan ~Halloween~

     

    Nyanchee

    Neko Neko Shokupan Dark Halloween & Nyanchee Set

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    Neko Neko Shokupan Three Types & Nyanchee Halloween Set

     

     

    The Neko Neko Shokupan Dark Halloween variation is baked from a cherry flavored dough and filled with cream, raisins, and chocolate chips. The subtle cherry taste is combined with rich and creamy whole milk to create an all-new flavor. A bitter black cocoa has been mixed in to add a slightly mature taste to the recipe. This slightly dark Neko Neko Shokupan can only be enjoyed this Halloween!

     

     

    The special Halloween flavored Neko Neko Shokupan ~Halloween~ will be sold for the first time in two years in stores nationwide. The catchy Halloween-inspired design is baked using a pumpkin and black cocoa flavored dough, filled with raisins and dark chocolate. While the Shokupan is made using black cocoa, bitterness is reduced by the whole milk cream used in most Neko Neko Shokupan products, resulting in a sweet and milky flavor. Don’t forget, the desserts look great in photos too!

     

     

    The Nyanchee is a cheesecake that has been baked at a high temperature to produce a dark brown, Basque finish. For this season, both a plain and Autumnal “Pumpkin” set will be released. The seasonal pumpkin Nyanchee has been made using a pumpkin purée for a rich, Fall flavor. The subtly sweet pumpkin and soft cheese will resonate with your tastebuds!

     

  • Junei Hotel Kyoto Adds New Plan Allowing Guests to Reserve Entire Property

    06.October.2021 | SPOT

    The Junei Hotel Kyoto Imperial Palace West, a small luxury hotel located in the heart of Japan’s ancient capital, has revealed a new plan allowing guests to rent out the entire premises. Imagine being in a hotel with only your closest family and friends!

     

    The Junei Hotel Kyoto Imperial Palace West – Guest Room

    The Junei Hotel Kyoto Imperial Palace West – Bathroom

    The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Bamboo Suite

    The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Bamboo Suite Bathroom

    The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Standard Room

    The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Standard Bathroom

    The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Breakfast at Futago

    The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Futago Restaurant Interior

    The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Dinner at Futago

    Arashiyama Yusaitei

    Arashiyama Yusaitei

    Kibune Riverbed

    Hozucho River Boat Ride

    The Junei Hotel Kyoto Rooftop View of Kiyomizu-dera Lights

    The Junei Hotel Kyoto Rooftop Garden Moon Viewing

     

    With two locations in Kyoto, guests will be able to enjoy the entirety of the hotel in complete privacy while still enjoying hotel hospitality. With between 8-11 rooms, this would be the perfect spot for a family gathering, wedding reception, graduation trip with friends, corporate meeting place, or even for overseas guests!

     

    The Junei Hotel Kyoto Imperial Palace West opened in 2017 as a community-based luxury hotel with only eight rooms, with a single mission: bringing the beauty of Japan to the world. Beyond simply finding a place to sleep for the night, the hotel wants guests to experience something special and to provide an unforgettable experience. By partnering with local tourism associations, the Junei Hotel hopes to accurately convey the traditions and singular culture of the city of Kyoto. 

     

    In March 2020, a second location opened. The Junei Hotel Kyoto is surrounded by bamboo, and in fact, the theme of the hotel itself is bamboo and the moon. Each of the guest rooms is decorated with traditional and local bamboo crafts, and every detail is pulled from the natural beauty of Higashiyama, Kyoto. 

     

    The restaurant attached to the hotel, Futago, is the perfect place for adults to unwind and recharge. The kappo-style course menu features Kyoto vegetables and seasonal ingredients, blending the delicious with the nutritious. Chefs will cook each dish using a variety of methods, and guests will be amazed by how the flavor of the meat changes from course to course. The menu changes each month, so be sure to come back throughout the year!

     

    Guests can also rent out Arashiyama Yusaitei, a gorgeous building deep in the forests of Kyoto perfect for wedding receptions, photoshoots, tea ceremonies, and more. The rooftop garden offers a stunning view of Kiyomizu-dera and is also perfect for moon viewing. Those wanting to get even closer to nature can enjoy a boat ride down the Hozucho river, and for those craving desserts, a Japanese sweets-making class is also available!

     

    Who would you take with you on a private stay at the Junei Hotel Kyoto? 

  • KEYUCA Celebrates Halloween with Limited-Edition Autumn Sweets

    06.October.2021 | FOOD

    Dolce Felice and Keyuca Sweets, two sweets brands produced by lifestyle shop KEYUCA, have come together to sell some new treats inspired by the autumn season, along with the Halloween vibe. The autumn-inspired sweets will be on sale starting October 1 at participating shops and online, while the Halloween sweets will be sold for three days only, from October 29 to 31. Preorders are open now. These delicious delicacies will be filled with fall ingredients, including Hokkaido-grown Ebisu pumpkin cream and chestnut. 

     

    Limited-Time Halloween Sweets

    Petit Halloween Pound Cake, 2 pieces

    On sale: October 1 – October 31 *While supplies last. 

    Monster Shortcake / On sale: October 29 – October 31

    *Available to preorder at all stores starting October 1

    Monster Eclaire / On sale: October 29 – October 31

    *Available to preorder at all stores starting October 1

    Monster Mont Blanc / On sale: October 29 – October 31

    *Available to preorder at all stores starting October 1

     

    Limited-Time Autumn Sweets

     

    Ebisu Pumpkin Eclaire

     

    Chestnut Mont Blanc Shortcake

     

    Various limited-edition treats signify the coming of Halloween, with monster, black cat, and jack-o-lantern motifs. How would you like to bring home some of these ghoulish delights?

  • 2021 Halloween Sweets Collection Coming Soon to Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

    05.October.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    The pastry shop at Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel will start selling an absolutely gorgeous selection of Halloween sweets starting October 1, 2021. 

    Purple Sweet Potato Mont-Blanc (S, pictured left and right): ¥630 (Tax Included) / (M, pictured center): ¥2,700 (Tax Included)

    Chatnoir: ¥745 (Tax Included) 

    Pumpkin Pudding: ¥626 (Tax Included) 



    The sweets included in this year’s lineup are meant to bring some joy to those who have struggled during the past year of lockdown, and those who might not be able to attend their favorite seasonal events this year. In this lineup of three beautifully decorated treats, guests can bring the spirit of Halloween home. Which of these would you want to add some spooky flair to your kitchen?

  • Villain-Themed Halloween Sweets Buffet Opens for One Day Only in Saitama

    03.October.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Omiya ART GRACE Wedding Chateau in Saitama will hold an all-you-can-eat Halloween buffet on October 31, 2021. Guests can enjoy as many villain-themed treats as they like, all prepared and decorated by the skilled on-site wedding patissier.

     

     

    In addition to sweets–like the sorcerer’s macaroon, pirate pudding, and cold-hearted chocolate mint ice cream–guests can also treat themselves to all-you-can-eat savory meals, including pirate’s seafood pizza and devil black curry. A photo spot will also be available in the main dining room, which will be entirely decorated for the occasion. This is the perfect event for a girl’s night out or for families with children, so be sure to make your reservation now!

     

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